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Trumplandia Report, Evening Edition For May 25th, 2017 — Trump Gets Pushy

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Introduction

I still don’t know how this is going to sort out. I know I want to do something on a regular basis about Trump, but it seems as though it would be best done as an email tip sheet. But, given that no one seems all that interested in giving me their email addresses, I will do it as a blog for the time being. Having said that, no one is reading this, either. So, really, this is more for my benefit than anything else. But it is enjoyable to write and it’s fun to use all this information I have about Trump in my mind in a productive manner.

The Montana Body Slam
According to sources on Twitter, the GOP candidate for the open House seat in Montana, Greg Gianforte, allegedly has received some $100,000 in new campaign funds since the recorded incident. If ever there was a sign of the new Trumplandia that we live in, that is it. But, as I have noted before, we shouldn’t get too excited one way or another about this race. Though some on the Left think he Gianforte loses it’s an indication that Trump is losing support, in fact 60% of the votes have already been cast. And Montana is about as Red as you can get, so something dramatic would happen for Gianforte to lose. And even if he does, the GOP can spin it that there were “special circumstances” that caused it.

Trump NATO Blunders
Again, according to reports bubbling up on Twitter, Donald Trump acted like a real asshole at the NATO summon in Brussels. He pushed his way to the front of the line, jostling the leader of Montenegro along the way. He refused to say he supported Article 5 of the NATO treaty, which says if one member is attacked, everyone is attacked. And, in general, NATO leaders appeared to think Trump a total dumbass. Which, of course, he is. He also scolded the members of NATO for not paying their fair share when it came to the treaty obligations.

Travel Ban Struck Down, Again
The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals shot down yet another edition of Donald Trump’s travel ban from several majority Muslim nations. It will be interesting to see what happens next on this front.It will be interesting to see if Trump tries again to do this or not.

Conclusion
We continue to live in Trumplandia. And there does not seem to be any way out any time soon. I hope to try to make this more formalized in the coming days. I will probably do these as events warrant as well as in the morning and may be even in the evening, too. I just don’t know. It would be nice if someone, somewhere would read these. But I guess you have to start somewhere.

Trumplandia Report For May 25th, 2017 — Don’t Body Slam Me, Brah

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Introduction:

I know I feel like doing something on a daily basis about this new world we live in, Trumplandia, but I don’t know exactly what I want to do. We seem to live in a regular state of uncertainty, and I am a little obsessed with news about Trump, so it makes sense to maybe use all that obsession productively.

I don’t know exactly how it will shape up, though. It could be an email list, it could be a blog, I just don’t know. But I feel like there is both a market and audience for a narrowcast media outlet devoted to covering the latest outrage on the part of Donald Trump. Or, put another way, I’m interesting in putting the energy into doing from my point of view.

So, maybe nothing will come of this, or maybe something will. I don’t know. Only time will tell. But I might as well try and see what happens. Right now, the key issue is will this be an email tip-sheet or a blog? If you want it be a tip-sheet, send me your email at migukin (at) gmail.com and I will add you and go that direction with this. If no one does that, I will just write this up as events warrant, but at least once a day in the mornings. If this becomes really popular, I’m going to need donations for bandwidth, if nothing else.

The Trumplandia Report
May 25, 2017

It seems as though each day brings with it totally bonkers news here in this new era, this new land we call Trumplandia. The president of the United States, Donald J. Trump, is willfully obstructing justice in an on-going manner and yet it seems no one cares in Congress. Vichy Republicans control both houses of Congress and they are willful in their complicity when it comes to Trump’s ongoing violation of the Constitution.

So much news is coming at us so fast these days that we risk an overload. We risk being burnt out to such an extent that we endup with a “managed democracy” like they have in Russia. I, for one, believe the American spirit is such that this won’t happen, no matter what.

The big news today in Trumplandia is the vicious assault of Ben Jacobs of The Guardian by Republican candidate Greg Gianforte in Montana. The event — of which there is an audio-recording — took place when Jacobs asked a question about the Congressional “score” of TrumpCare. While Rightwing Nutjobs tried to spin this event in their usual surreal manner, the cold hard truth is Jacobs was not doing anything to warrant the bodyslam.

Three of Montana’s major newspapers have taken back their endorsement of Gianforte as a result of this news. However, reports are that close to 60% of the expected vote has already come in through mail-in early voting, so it’s uncertain how likely it is that this tragic event will make any difference in the actual outcome of the vote. It must be noted that Montana is extremely conservative and even though this race has garnered national attention, it was unlikely to go to the Democratic challenger Rob Quist, regardless of what happened.

Quist, as I understand it, isn’t even that good a candidate all things considered and so it was one of those things were all the hype about this race being a referendum for Trumplandia is rather misguided.

In other news, Trump today is in Brussels for a NATO summit. Reports say that NATO officials were expecting the visit like one might “expect an asteroid.” As you may recall, Trump during the 2016 campaign claimed that NATO was “obsolete” and yet within the first 100 days of his administration saw the light and decided it wasn’t.

Elsewhere in Trumplandia, Buzzfeed is reporting that an employee for Trump’s “Winter White House” has been doing logistics work for Trump during his foreign trip. She got a government phone and email and everything, acccording to Buzzfeed.

All of this takes place as there are at least four major investigations going on of the Trump Administration. Three in Congress and one by the Special Counsel. I am not one of those people who feel Trump will be impeached anytime soon. In fact, I think it will be unlikely it will happen until at least 2019, and that assumes both houses of Congress flip in 2018.

The path of history is rarely a straight line and so there are bound to be any number of bizarre twists and turns to this tale of Trumplandia before it’s finally over. Donald Trump has show himself to be, if nothing else, a survivor.

A Surreal Winter 2018 Scenario #Trump #Resist

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I love to run scenarios and so I have sketched out a pretty surreal one in my head about what might happen should the worst occur and there is proof that Trump did, in fact, knowingly collude with the Russians to rig the 2016 election.

So, imagine its late 2018 and the Republicans have lost an enormous number of seats in both the House and Senate. Enough that it’s pretty obvious that Trump is going to be impeached, because, well, Trump will never resign. A few months exist between election day and when the new Congress is sworn in, so there is plenty of time for the Republicans to do all sorts of mischief.

I am think, specifically, of them impeaching Trump themselves so they will have the right to pick who will replace Mike Pence as Veep. Given how surreal they are in their partisanship, it doesn’t take too much to assume that if Trump’s approval ratings dip below, say, 20%, that they will suddenly find the backbone they have not had all this time.

It will help, of course, that they would, on a strategic level, get to pick Pence’s Veep. They might go to Trump and beg that he resign, but he doesn’t give a shit about the Republican Party and I just don’t see him doing it. His personality is such that he would have to actually be convicted by the Senate before he would leave office.

And that doesn’t even begin to address the idea that he might, well, pardon himself and everyone involved in an effort to save himself. I am assuming he could still be convicted of abuse of power, should that happened. I think, at least.

But Democrats, after winning Congress back and suffering through about a year of an epic scandal might not play along. So, you would have the weird situation of the Democrats refusing to impeach a president who obviously has colluded with a foreign power so THEY can impeach him later. It might be a little bit too much for everyone to handle. Or not. The whole thing would be so weird and epic that we’d all be talking about it for years go come.

And that doesn’t even begin to address the fact that Democrats, once they get Congress in their power may, by January 2019 be so radical and pissed that they will go after Pence, too, especially if they know they can get the presidency if they balk and letting him pick his veep.

It would all be very, very weird. And, sadly, the way things are going, it could all be very real in a few years.

Trump Is A Traitor. Now What #resist #TrumpRussia

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I feel as though it’s pretty obvious that Donald Trump campaign knowingly colluded with the Russians to rig the 2016 in his favor through the strategic use of leaked e-mails from the Hillary Clinton campaign. The question, of course, is, now what.

Every day, it seems, there is a pretty as though the elites in America are completely clueless as to what I can see with my own senses. Nothing Trump does seems to have any political consquences. To say it is surreal is an understatement. It is pretty obvious that the Trump Administration has, if nothing else, a soft spot for Russia. And yet I feel like I’m the only person to notice this. It is really weird.

It is looking ever more likely that rather than being the end of the Trump Administration as it should be, it, is, in fact just the beginning of a scandal that will grind along for months, if not years. Trump will never resign and given how bizarrely partisan is base is, I would not put it passed him to not survive this scandal, but to actually thrive.

Some tectonic political forces at work and there simply is no quick, short-term fix to why Trump has been so successful despite the fact that any reasonable observer would be willing to entertain the notion that Trump has surrounded himself with traitors and, may, in fact, be one himself.

So all of this is all very surreal. Extremely surreal. The normal laws of politics seem to have been suspended and their return doesn’t seem to likely anytime soon. Trump has a core base that lies somewhere between 20% and 30% of the electorate. I have come to believe that Trump pretty much could strangle someone live on FOX News and his base would not blink an eye.

Should the traditional rules of politics snap back into place and people wake up to the treasonous behavior that Trump has engaged in, then even more surreal things could happen. Since Trump will never, ever resign, we may be in for some truly calamitous political events in the next few years.

Events that will make our jaws drop more than once. Because, if nothing else, Trump has proven there will be no “pivot” on his part. What you see is what you get. We’re screwed.

Talk To Me Internet: Of #Politics, #Trump & #Writing A #Novel 2nd Draft Outline

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

The question of the moment is, “How did Trump come about and why?” I also talk about working on the 2nd draft of the outline for my 2nd outline of my novel.

‘A Good & Just War’ — Is Trump Crazy Enough To Wag The Dog Using North Korea?

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I used to say when I lived in South Korea that problems were solved in one of two ways — either it was done in a really weird way or there was a fistfight. So, as Donald Trump barely muddles through the first month of his administration, it seems like it would make a lot of sense for him to “wag the dog” using a war with North Korea.

Now, let me stress, I don’t want this to happen. I don’t want this to happen at all. I know and love a few people in South Korea who would be dead as a doornail should the worst happen and North Korea attack South Korea. There pretty much wouldn’t be any warning if such an attack happened. When I was in South Korea, I kept asking the question of how much notice we would have should North Korea decide to attack and no one would give me a straight answer.

Anyway, what is so problematic all of this is it would be very, very easy for Trump to sell a war with North Korea because, well, North Korea is horrible. Simply horrible. It’s the worst regime on earth by a long shot and it would be easy to use a war with North Korea as a huge distraction that would give Trump’s presidency the breathing room it needed to survive.

Do I think this will happen? I honestly can’t say. It could go either way. What I am most concerned about is that Trump will, through sheer mismanagement of the situation, cause an otherwise avoidable war. Should such a horrible war start, I can honestly say once the initial shock wore off and I knew the people I know in the area were safe, I would probably support it simply because it needs to be done eventually.

The next few days and weeks will be telling. It could be a lot less than that. I could be a few hours if things get really bad for Trump as quickly as all of us suspect. But I don’t know. I just don’t know. Everything is up in the air and could go either way. I probably and overthinking things as always.

Anarchy In Trumplandia

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Whoa buddy. I don’t know what to tell you about these times. Things are getting really weird really fast. The revelations about Gen. Flynn keep coming. And then today we discover that then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates tried to warn Donald Trump about Gen. Flynn being compromised by the Russians and he did nothing.

Weird times, guys. Weird times indeed.

I don’t know what to say.

What happens next is anyone’s guess. It’s not like Congress is going to impeach him or anything. We’re doomed. Totally doomed.

Though, I will note that even though there is no endgame, the Republic can’t take much more of this. Something is going to happen, something dramatic. We can’t have this anarchy shooting out of the White House for two more years. This is just crazy. All of this is just crazy.

I struggle to figure out how all of this is going to end. I just don’t know. It’s weird. It’s weird that things seem to be coming apart at the seems and there is nothing that is going to stop it.

We are in Vichy America and the only people who can save us is us.