Trump supporters make strange bedfellows. With two of the named supporters who allegedly assaulted three protesters at a Trump rally being the leader of a white supremacist group and a member of the Korean War Veterans Association.
Trump himself is the defendant in the case in which the protestors claim he incited violence by telling the crowd to “get ‘em out of here” at a Kentucky rally. Trump will have to defend the charge as Judge Hale, 2014 appointee of President Barack Obama commented that Trump’s speech “stated in the imperative; it was an order, an instruction, a command” in his ruling.
The complainants will have to get in line, as more than 50 lawsuits have been filed against the president; most to do with the ban that media were referring to as the #Muslimban and is now less controversially called a travel ban.
Other suits relate to other immigration issues, civil rights, conflicts of interest and San Francisco sued over federal funds to sanctuary cities.
Trump and his administration will fight them all.
He probably wants to fight Michael Flynn too. Flynn will testify after he was fired by the Trump administration after denying discussing US sanctions against Russian with one of their envoys. There is speculation his testimony will shed light on the allegations that Russia influenced the 2016 American election, effectively installing Trump as president. With a desire for immunity, there may be any number of things Flynn could disclose without putting the current president or administration at risk.
Certainly it goes against his previous statement to NBC news that “When you get given immunity that means you’ve probably committed a crime.”
Then there’s the brawl The L.A.Times has started. In round one the newspaper has come out against Trump in a scathing article that calls his presidency a “train wreck” and the man himself a “demagogue” a “narcissist” “radically wrongheaded” and “dangerous.” I can’t help but agree and personally can’t wait for the bell to ring on the following rounds.
I almost flagged writing this blog post and just left a link to the article entitled “Our Dishonest President.”
It’s not what is being said that is shocking. We all know that Donald Trump is causing terrible upheaval in America and around the world. The second instalment “Why Trump Lies” offers no surprises either. Anyone with any sense of reality is aware he is lying, and only the most deluded of his supporters can believe everything he says or tweets. But it is the source that is shocking.
The L.A. Times, whose reporters have won 44 Pulitzer prizes since 1942, have decided to risk being declared biased and come out against their president. The editorial board has said “He is a stranger to the concept of verification.” and that he is “…a Machiavellian negotiator who lies to manipulate simpler minds- or one of those simpler minds himself…”
The newspaper calls upon us all to “Listen. Speak. Think” and that “To defend freedom, demand fact.”
With Trump and his administration declaring war on the press, one newspaper is fighting back and not pulling their punches.
Expecting the president to have spoken out against the paper with the “fake news” accusation being top of my list of things I’d find, I was surprised to see no mention.
When I check his twitter feed for nuclear meltdowns, both real and emotional, I see he’s still on about the Russian election hacking being fake news and the real story being his completely unfounded allegations against President Obama regarding wire-tapping that only Fox News appears to believe.
My disbelief is centred on his bio. I find myself staring at the single terrible sentence for far too long, “45th President of the United States of America”. After all this time, it still doesn’t seem real, like America just played an enormous practical joke on all of us and any day now Barack Obama is going to appear on the news with his wide smile claiming to have punked us all.
Instead we will get a long litany of litigation followed by ranting tantrums calling out people who know more, have worked harder and have better qualifications for the job they do than he has. Unless the threat of planetary destruction we have all lived under since he was elected occurs.
The next fight Trump is picking is with both North Korea and China as he wants to tackle the problem of North Korea’s nuclear programme alone. Presumably by continuing to be so terrible at diplomacy and foreign policy that he ensures there are no nuclear weapons left after they are all fired, blowing us all into oblivion. That will be a fight no reporter will be delivering bad press about, mostly because there will be no fifth estate, or any estate.
He and Banning will have what they wanted all along, the destruction of all government institutions.
Bourke, L., (April 3, 2017). “Newspaper’s vicious take-down of ‘demagogue’ Trump”. Retrieved from www.news.com.au
No byline. (March 31, 2017)”Fired Trump aide Michael Flynn wants immunity to testify on Russia allegations”. Retrieved from www.bbc.com April 3, 2017.
Rose, J., (February 2, 2017). “After 2 weeks in office, Trump faces more than 50 lawsuits”. Retrieved from www.npr.org April 3, 2017.
Samuelsohn, D., (April 2nd, 2017). “Lawsuit claiming Trump incited violence advances”. Retrieved from www.politico.com April 3, 2017.
The Times Editorial Board, (April 2, 2017). “Our Dishonest President”. Retrieved from www.latimes.com April 3, 2017.
The Times Editorial Board, (April 3, 2017). “Why Trump Lies”. Retrieved from www.latimes.com April 3, 2017.
The Times Editorial Board, (April 3, 2017)“Pulitzer prizes for the Los Angeles Times”. Retrieved from www.latimes.com April 3, 2017.
Andra Jenkin co-wrote Double-Edged Sword- The Simonne Butler Story, and contributed to New Zealand Anthology of Women’s Comics ‘Three Words.’