Well, California Rep. Devin Nunes’ marketing campaign to boost the visibility of the Twitter account of Devin Nunes’ Cow succeeded fabulously. In the five hours or so that has passed since I took the screenshot of the @DevinCow page for this animation, the parody account has added around 70,000 followers. Before Nunes sued his imaginary cow’s Twitter account, it had a grand total of 1,204 followers.
Sure, it’s stomach-turning and a bit shocking to see Donald Trump signing Bibles. It’s not the tinge of blasphemy and desecration, plenty of people write in Bibles and it’s not that big a deal. What is head-turning to religious and non-religious people alike is just who is signing Bibles.
President Trump is having a busy few days, what with seat-of-the-pants diplomacy with North Korea, Michael Cohen testifying before congressional committees and an impending Mueller report. It would be understandable if Trump was a little too distracted to end a war and disarm a crazed nuclear-armed tyrant. A summit was a nice distraction while it lasted.
Well, Trump’s emergency declaration is here — time to get ready for ripping off funding from military construction and anti-drug trafficking activities, hooray! We’ve got to build a wall that’s already tremendously built and take money from anti-drug trafficking to pay for a thing that cuts down on drug trafficking. Follow?
Trump’s pick to lead the Department of the Interior has been through the revolving door between government and lobbying so much it’ll make your head spin. David Bernhardt has been the number two guy at the agency for a while and is likely going to be the next Interior Secretary now that ethically-challenged Ryan Zinke is out.
Now that President Trump finished the State of the Union, how about a little Executive Time? When a White House source leaked Trump’s daily private schedules to Axios, you could see that around 60% of his schedule was devoted to “executive time.” This is time when the president is in the White House residence, watching TV, making phone calls and generally hanging out.
Okay, I know that Trump lying is not exactly breaking news. I agree. But as his lies get more fantastical and dangerous, I think we need to remind ourselves once in a while that it’s not okay for the President of the United States to lie and keep getting away with it. He’s not a doddering old relative, he’s the guy supposedly running the country who also has the nuclear launch codes (which fortunately he hasn’t tweeted out yet).
The social media firestorm that erupted after a group of MAGA-hat-wearing high school students taunted a Native American man on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial has yet to die down. Unlike many of the pundits out there, I don’t think this event is all about the evils of social media and confusion over video angles.