GUEST BLOG: Andra Jenkin – Backlash, Treason Talk, and a Mad, Mad World – Pass the Popcorn it’s the Presidency Show!

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What happens when you piss off the F.B.I., the C.I.A., war veterans, the Media, Mexico, Sweden, Attorney Generals in general, judges, Muslims, scientists, Whitehouse insiders, women, the LGBQT community and freedom lovers around the world? Get yourself some popcorn. Let’s find out.

What happens when you piss off the F.B.I., the C.I.A., war veterans, the Media, Mexico, Sweden, Attorney Generals in general, judges, Muslims, scientists, Whitehouse insiders, women, the LGBQT community and freedom lovers around the world?

Get yourself some popcorn. Let’s find out.

Trump has had a big week, again, as usual. He’s fired the Director of the F.B.I. and let the guy find out by watching the news. Low blow Don, where’s the signature ‘You’re fired’ we’ve all come to know and detest?

Remember when Trump really pissed of the former Director of the C.I.A. when he dissed those in the C.I.A. who had lain down their lives in service to American interests overseas? He was like, totally going to show respect in front of the wall of fallen heroes, but he just wanted to tell everyone that his inauguration crowd was bigger than Obama’s, and also the media is fake and not even kidding just had to add “And then they say, ‘Is Donald Trump an intellectual?'” Trump said. “Trust me, I’m like a smart person.”

Like a smart person on Facebook’s post maybe, but unlike a smart person, he says really stupid things, almost constantly.

Like that time he gave the Afghanistan war veteran Alvaro Barrientos a Purple Heart and congratulated him for being injured. The man lost a leg. “Tremendous,” said Trump.

But hey, maybe all this was reported by fake news. You know, those media outlets Trump likes to say are telling lies about him and hurting his poor sore feelings. Like CNN, NBC, ABC, NYTimes, CBS. In fact the only news that doesn’t appear to be fake is Breitbart and his pet Fox, from where he apparently got the news Mexican’s are rapists and Sweden suffered a terror attack. This was after he pissed off Mexico by promising to build a freaking border wall between the two countries, remember when that was the biggest news? Wait till Texas finds out that all the people who do the work are gone and they have to look after their own kids, clean up after themselves and starve (also there are loads of Mexicans that don’t do jobs for under minimum wage, but those are the jobs Texans are going to be really unhappy about having to do themselves).

I know Sally Yates isn’t the first lawyer Trump has pissed off, but she is the one who gets to testify against him in the Russia hearings. Preet Baharara was the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, till he was fired by Trump that is. On his twitter account it’s open season on the president. It was hard to choose just one.

Oh who am I kidding, here’s two more. His whole twitter feed is full of it, go check it out.

But it’s not just lawyers Trump likes to anger. Here’s him maligning James Robart, a judge who made the crazy decision to actually uphold the law.

This was of course over the #MuslimBan, which was then referred to as the travel ban, and now isn’t referred to at all because Trump has pissed off so many people since he denied access to America for Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, and Libya, seemingly at random, because if it was about terrorism, then where’s Saudi on that list? It’s tempting to think that Trump has a limit on the stupidity of who he will enrage. Would he poke a bear with a stick? Would he call Miss Piggy a porker? Would he place a travel ban on Saudi Arabia, well no, but I’m thinking that’s got more to do with his business interests than his amazing self-control.

Remember when he pissed off the scientists? The scientists for goodness sake! These are the people who are clearly on the correct side of any argument. Mostly because they gathered evidence before they picked a side, and that evidence was peer reviewed, they presented the information in easy to understand graphs, but still Trump thought … yep, I’m going to display the tweet again. ..

And he ordered that information about climate change on the Whitehouse website be taken down. And with that, the Rebel Alliance was formed. The other Rebel Alliance, the one where every group involving scientists in the Whitehouse formed a rouge twitter account to make sure knowledge about climate change didn’t become history.

Oh those scientists were pissed off. As was a Whistleblower who started live tweeting the collapse of the American government.

Other Whitehouse insiders decided they would rather be in on the resistance than be labelled collaborators by history (That was from a Katie Mack tweet. Check out her twitter feed.

The Whitehouse insiders were also unimpressed by the president.

Before he’d even taken office he’d pissed women off. Over the years Trump has said a lot of things about women, it wasn’t just one comment about grabbing women by the pussy, or “nasty woman’ or fat shaming Rosie O’Donnell. Women protested in record numbers when he became president. I know I’m still furious.

The LGBTQ community were pissed off at Trump when his Vice President was announced. Pence’s stance on gay rights is that they shouldn’t have any. Nor protection under the law, nor appropriate bathrooms, nor marriage. I have to agree with the guys holding the rainbow flag, (though to be fair I’m not American, so for me the sign is simply accurate rather than political).

As for freedom lovers everywhere. Let’s hope that’s you, and as the Trump administration grinds us all down, we all find a way to #Resist.

Because what happens when you piss off all those people? Backlash. Accusations of treason for giving Russian officials classified information, protests, resistance movements, useless angry blogs, being sued, and one day, we fervently hope, impeachment and prison.

Grynbaum, M. N., (February 17, 2017). “Trump calls the news media “the enemy of the American people.” Retrieved from www.nytimes.com May 16, 2017.
Mitchell, A. and Dilanian K., (January 22, 2017). “Ex-C.I.A. boss Brennan, others rip Trump speech in front of memorial.” Retrieved from www.nbcnews.com May 16, 2017.
Politi, D. (April 22, 2017). “Trump says ‘congratulations…Tremendous’ to purple heart recipient.” Retrieved from www.slate.com May 16, 2017.
Siddiqui, S. and Jacobs, B., (May 16, 2017).”Trump ‘shared highly classified information with Russian officials.” Retrieved from www.theguardian.com May 16, 2017.

 

Andra Jenkin co-wrote Double-Edged Sword- The Simonne Butler Story, and contributed to New Zealand Anthology of Women’s Comics ‘Three Words.’

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21 Comments

  1. tony says:

    The scientists for goodness sake! These are the people who are clearly on the correct side of any argument. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ,, thanks for the giggle! and theres more ..
    Trump has had a big week, He’s fired the Director of the F.B.I. and let the guy find out by watching the news.Rubbish and Absolute fake news, he was hand delivered the letter telling him he was fired forthwith! Please fact check before doing your character assassination attempt, it makes you look sloppy, kinda like the main stream media! You know the ones, like CNN and NYT who cheer leaded the Nation into attacking Iraq based on absolute lies, why do you hold them up as some kind of standard for genuine news! they are phony bullhorns!

    • Priss says:

      Yeah, Tony. Scientists. You know, the guys who invented electricity, telecommunications, computers, the internet…….. In short, all the people who put together the forum you use to bag them.

      Regarding your rubbish claim; “He’s fired the Director of the F.B.I. and let the guy find out by watching the news.Rubbish and Absolute fake news, he was hand delivered the letter telling him he was fired forthwith! ”

      Pretty hard to hand deliver something a guy who was in Los Angeles (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/comey-fired-trump-found-out-tv-screens-while-talking-fbi-la-a7727346.html) and the sent was sent to FBI headquarters in Washington.

      You’re the one who needs to get his facts straight. But then I guess Trump supporters don’t rely heavily on facts.

      Re attacking Iraq, didn’t Trump jump bomb Syria and Yemen? Why yes! So he did!!

      • tony says:

        Priss, Scientists, the guys that gave us Leaded petrol, bombs, germ warfare,,Nuclear holocaust potential,medicines that harm, lots of other things as well like assuring us cigarettes are good for us they ain’t all good guys Priss and are used to deceive the Public at large on occasions. You might also find if you look at the individuals that developed the Electricity, telecommunications, computers and the internet you will discover they are Engineers rather than Scientists, I didn’t bag the Scientists, I just had to laugh at such a ludicrous statement … Remember when he pissed off the scientists? The scientists for goodness sake! These are the people who are clearly on the correct side of any argument. Ha ha ha ha ha ha Oh it got me laughing again!

        • Yes, Tony, engineers developed those processes. But scientists developed the science behind each process.

          As for the “correct side of any argument” – well, do you have “alternative science” to present to us?

        • Samwise says:

          So you don’t accept science, tony? What do you accept, voodoo magic?

        • Strypey says:

          Tony,

          What scientists do (sometimes called “pure research”), is to observe the natural world, come up with hypotheses about it, design experiments to test their hypotheses, carefully document and publish their results, and defend them in the face of challenges from other scientists in a process called “peer review”. Over time, these results are used to build up (and tear down, rebuild, and refine) theories about how the natural world works.

          I think you’ll find that…
          “the guys that gave us Leaded petrol, bombs, germ warfare,,Nuclear holocaust potential,medicines that harm”

          …were mostly engineers too. These are examples of ‘technology’ (ie “applied science”), and although they do depend on the theories generated by science, they are not themselves the output of scientists (see above). And as for…

          “assuring us cigarettes are good for us”

          …I think you’ll find it was not “scientists” who did that, but PR companies working for the major US tobacco corporations. The scientists who worked for those tobacco companies were actually prevented by their contracts from revealing the health risks that had been confirmed by their studies. Until Jeffrey Wigand decided to risk his career by blowing the whistle (re-enacted in the Russell Crowe film ‘The Insider’).

          A similar game of paying for loud unscientific PR, muzzling scientists, and smearing activists, is being played right now. In this case it’s the fossil fuel industry, and other corporate interests whose bottom lines will be affected as our species takes large-scale action to reduce carbon emissions (and conserve natural carbon sinks like old-growth forest and coal seams). See the recent documentary ‘Merchants of Doubt’, by the creators of ‘Food Inc.’.

        • D'Esterre says:

          Tony: “The scientists for goodness sake! These are the people who are clearly on the correct side of any argument. Ha ha ha ha ha ha Oh it got me laughing again!”

          Indeed. A statement like that misrepresents what science is about: the falsifiable hypothesis. Scientists themselves would be horrified to be so characterised: the implication being that they are always right.That’s very far from being the truth. Scientific knowledge is always “what we know so far”. Everything in science is subject to questioning and critique and further research; and that’s as it ought to be. The science on climate change ought to be subject to as much scrutiny as any other branch of science.

          • Sally's Husband says:

            ” The science on climate change ought to be subject to as much scrutiny as any other branch of science.”

            It is.

            And the data thus far seems fairly conclusive that anthropogenic climate change is upon us and already impacting on our environment. The rise in temperature is commensurate with the rise in atmospheric CO2 levels.

            The real scrutiny now is what to do about it.

  2. Historian pete says:

    “But hey, maybe all this was reported by fake news.You know, the media outlets trump likes to say are telling lies about him and hurting his poor sore feelings Like CNN,NBC,ABC<NYTimes,CBS"
    I couldn't care less about Herr Trumps feelings.But you are spot on about the fake news.The aforementioned have acted like stenographers for the State Department in their reporting of the multiple wars in which the U.S. Empire has engaged in the last 25 years.They lied about the conflict in the former Yugoslavia.They lied about the Afghan War.They lied about the Iraq war.They lied about the invasion of Libya.They are still lying about their attempts to dismember Syria, with their CIA false flag attacks,their sponsorship of the Isis White Helmets,and their support of the Saudi war criminal attack on Yemen.All in breach of International law.And for seventy years they have put forward a lying narrative about the establishment of Israel,to the detriment of the ethnic cleansed Palestinians.

    • D'Esterre says:

      Historian Pete: “CNN,NBC,ABC<NYTimes,CBS……have acted like stenographers for the State Department in their reporting of the multiple wars in which the U.S. Empire has engaged in the last 25 years.They lied about the conflict in the former Yugoslavia.They lied about the Afghan War.They lied about the Iraq war.They lied about the invasion of Libya.They are still lying about their attempts to dismember Syria, with their CIA false flag attacks,their sponsorship of the Isis White Helmets,and their support of the Saudi war criminal attack on Yemen.All in breach of International law.And for seventy years they have put forward a lying narrative about the establishment of Israel,to the detriment of the ethnic cleansed Palestinians."

      Yes indeed. We have been comprehensively propagandised – in particular but not exclusively – by the US media, over my entire lifetime. It took the arrival of the internet – and exposure to academic literature in the university system – to open my eyes to the lies we'd been told. It was a big shock: things I'd for many years accepted as truth turned on their heads by the actual, uncomfortable truth.

      Nowadays, aside from natural disasters, I take nothing reported by the msm at face value without corroborating evidence. The current reporting of what's supposedly happening in Washington is a case in point: none of it is credible, because the media has been caught out in its lies, and we can be certain that they're lying to us again. At the very least, we can't be certain that they're not.

  3. CLEANGREEN says:

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-putin-idUSKCN18D1EA

    Putin:

    I Can Prove Trump Did Not Pass Secrets to Russia

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump had not passed on any secrets to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a meeting in Washington last week and that he could prove it.
    Speaking at a news conference alongside Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Putin quipped that Lavrov was remiss for not passing on what he made clear he believed were non-existent secrets.

    “I spoke to him [Lavrov] today,” said Putin with a smile. “I’ll be forced to issue him with a reprimand because he did not share these secrets with us. Not with me, nor with representatives of Russia’s intelligence services. It was very bad of him.”
    Putin, who said Moscow rated Lavrov’s meeting with Trump “highly,” said Russia was ready to hand a transcript of Trump’s meeting with Lavrov over to U.S. lawmakers if that would help reassure them.
    A Kremlin aide, Yuri Ushakov, later told reporters that Moscow had in its possession a written record of the conversation, not an audio recording.
    Complaining about what he said were signs of “political schizophrenia” in the United States, Putin said Trump was not being allowed to do his job properly.
    “It’s hard to imagine what else can these people who generate such nonsense and rubbish can dream up next,” said Putin.
    “What surprises me is that they are shaking up the domestic political situation using anti-Russian slogans. Either they don’t understand the damage they’re doing to their own country, in which case they are simply stupid, or they understand everything, in which case they are dangerous and corrupt.”
    © 2017 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

    • Cleangreen, you’ll have to excuse my cynicism but I’d trust a Russian transcript of the Trump meeting as much as I’d trust an American transcript of a meeting with Putin, in similar controversial circumstances…

  4. Glenn says:

    Darn it Tony…I thought you were serious for a moment. Such tongue in cheek humour is to be commended.

    Looking back through history it is almost impossible to find someone to compare Trump to. There’s very few leaders of state who could compare with Trump. Maybe Mad King Ludwig of Bavaria but even he did great things…building castles which are much admired today….whereas Trump is destined to remain remembered as a guy who achieved little except for gaining the contempt of most of his country..
    I hope he screws up so badly that next term Bernie Sanders gains the presidency. But that would mean the Democrats would have to grow a pair and that’s unlikely.

    • D'Esterre says:

      Glenn: “Mad King Ludwig of Bavaria but even he did great things…building castles which are much admired today….”

      Ha! King Ludwig is remembered for having drained the Bavarian treasury – and for leaving behind castles that cost a bomb to maintain. He met a mysterious death; nobody openly says assassination, but the implication is there.

      Our impression is that he’s not remembered fondly by the Bavarians, judging by what was said to us. Sisi, on the other hand….. Also and especially in Vienna, of course.

      “I hope he screws up so badly that next term Bernie Sanders gains the presidency.”

      I’m afraid that’s a train that’s left the station. But it’s worth reflecting on the fact that, had the DNC not white-anted him in a bid to prop up Hillary Clinton, Sanders would likely have got the nomination. And if he had, he would likely have beaten Trump. So we all know who’s distally – if not proximally – responsible for the current situation.

      And the neocons are making things worse by white-anting Trump’s fledgling foreign policy of detente before it gets off the ground. We all ought to want peace; pity the neocons don’t.

  5. Bingo says:

    Preet Baharara was not a US Attorney-General. He languishes in obscurity, and is not even related to Preet Bharara, who was a damn fine A-G while he was allowed to be, and deserves to have his name spelt correctly.

    • D'Esterre says:

      Bingo:”Preet Baharara was not a US Attorney-General.”

      Yes, I noticed this as well. Sloppy and disrespectful. Journalists of all people need to be careful about such things.

  6. David Stone says:

    ” What happens when you piss off the F.B.I., the C.I.A., war veterans, the Media, Mexico, Sweden, Attorney Generals in general, judges, Muslims, scientists, Whitehouse insiders, women, the LGBQT community and freedom lovers around the world?”
    Trump fully pissed these people off by winning first the republican nomination, and the the presidential election. He never had a chance of winning them over, he is a rank outsider. If he survives for a year without impeachment or assassination we may start to see if he can be a president. If not we’ll see the way the American military industrial complex addresses the world when no one is opposing them.
    D J S

  7. Mike the Lefty says:

    Trump doesn’t believe he was elected president, he believes he was crowned King of the United States.
    A lot of Republicans must be wondering what they were thinking as they chose him for their presidential delegate, and a lot of voters must be doing the same.

    • D'Esterre says:

      Mike The Lefty: “A lot of Republicans must be wondering what they were thinking as they chose him for their presidential delegate…”

      Remember how the primaries went: the convention had no option but to choose him, because the voters had chosen him. The risk of nominating someone else who hadn’t won the primaries was the irretrievable splitting of the Republican party.

      Were I one of those voters who’d supported him, I’d be seriously pissed off at Republican pollies for attempting to white-ant his administration as they’ve done. That’ll no doubt come back to bite them at the mid-terms.

  8. Slippery says:

    Lmao!!. Thank God its not Crooked Hillary, We all knew it would be interesting & a great time for popcorn, President Donald J Trump will drarin the swamp & expose the real Swamp Creatures ,its great entertainment watching him preform Tolljitsu on all the Cucks & Snowflakes L-Tards!!,
    @ scoops, 2 genders & 2 Terms – deal with it!!!!

    • Sally's Husband says:

      You’re a right wing fanatic, Mr Slippery. Those terms are all coded insults from the alt.right.

      Why are you being given a voice on this forum? You don’t seem to add anything rational to the debate.