I suspect the atmosphere in the White House is so heavy with disruption and concerns that Donald Trump has not even the time to commit sexual predatory acts. You know, the type he openly admitted to committing on an audio recording which was released during the campaign.
For starters Senate Democrats correctly announced that they were boycotting a committee vote on two of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees, drawing fury from Republicans. The Senate Finance Committee was set to vote on the nominations of Congressman Tom Price to lead the Department of Health and Human Services and Steve Mnuchin for Treasury secretary.
Senator Wyden of Oregon, the ranking Democrat on Finance, said in a statement that the two nominees “have misled the public and held back important information about their backgrounds. Until questions are answered, Democrats believe the committee should not move forward with either nomination.”
The murky nature of their backgrounds makes them perfect for this administration but would not allow for the rank-and-file citizens to have faith in their government. At the end of the day that seems one of the foundational needs this country must correct.
Meanwhile Trump’s nominee for education secretary, in written responses to questions from senators, appears to have used several sentences and phrases from other sources without attribution — including from a top Obama administration civil rights official. Nominee Betsy DeVos is a sad piece of work. She is void of background on education which she would love to make others think is her first calling. Promoting her ideology is her main desire to have power. If there was one person who should be rejected outright by the senate it would be DeVos.
But things do not stop there for what ails this White House.
It’s been 44 years since the last time a president fired his top officials at the Justice Department. It was chilling to be have the top official accused of by Trump as having ‘betrayed’ her duties. For folks who read history and understand the use of language there is a concern for how words are employed. What Trump did was vile. And I used that word for the weight it carries.
When was the last time an ally head of state canceled a meeting with the person sitting in the White House? And have it happen in the first week of taking office?
Consider the botched U.S. military raid in Yeman. “Almost everything went wrong,” an official stated this week about the Sunday’s raid which resulted in the deaths of a SEAL and the 8-year-old daughter of Anwar al-Awlaki.
And then there is the need for a former president to speak out concerning the one who currently resides in the White House. Recall that it never happened in the last eight years when the past president criticized the new one, as Obama’s statement on Trump’s immigration/travel ban did yesterday.
The Trump team is so inept that they have given the Democrats the lifeline they needed following a most upside-down election. Even though the vast majority of the voters (to the tune of 3 million ballots) supported the Democratic ticket the fact is the party is floundering for a message. Just eleven days into the new term Democrats have found their message and it was given to them thanks to the incompetence and chaos that makes up Trump’s world. The party has found its cause and that is blocking the Trump agenda. The protesters, the mocking words of Trump towards Democratic leaders, and troubling legal twists over a Muslim ban mean there is a message for the party to send to the base. We will unite shoulder to shoulder and work tirelessly to stand in Trump’s path.
And so it goes.