There are so many crazy news stories on Comrade Orange right now, it is impossible to determine which Trump screw-up one is more important than the other. It is also painful to try and read all of them. So here they are, aggregated. By no means is this a complete list, but it is a decent overview.
The US/Mexico Border Wall
The Trump team is attempting to use the Secure Fence Act of 2006 to get the wall built, rather than pass new legislation. The problem? Most of the seven hundred miles covered by this bill have already been built. Now, they can go in and shore it up, make it more difficult for people to get through rather than just vehicles, and maybe even put a ginormous TRUMP USA sign on it, but the promised wall is supposed to be 2,000 miles long. Also, if he goes around Congress, he’ll be Captain Hypocrite, because that’s exactly what he’s bitched about Obama doing. (TPM)
Trump has also said he wants Congress to pay for the wall via appropriations, then have Mexico reimburse us. Mexico has already responded to that with a LMAO and FU. (CNN)
Repeal and Replace has turned into a massive pile of steaming shit for the GOP. The Kaiser Family Foundation’s poll shows 47% of Americans flat-out oppose a repeal. Of those who want one, over half think there should be a replacement plan in place first. Hey, Paul Ryan…do you hear what I hear?
The transition team is also continuing to hire complete whacknuts who have strange beliefs against science and evidence. The latest addition to the Domestic Policy Council is Katy Talento, who among other things believes “Chemical birth control causes abortions and often has terrible side effects, including deliberate miscarriage.” (Federalist) Wow, cannot wait to see what happens to our access to the pill with her around.
Trump Doesn’t Like Intelligence
Today is the big day, when Trump will be briefed on the Russian’s involvement in the hacking of DNC emails and other involvement in the election. So of course he spent last night questioning the intelligence community, media, and everyone’s mother, sister, and uncle to discredit what he does not even yet know. Go ahead and get in front of it. Sure, because you have nothing to do with it. Right?
Trump began his tweetstorm by referencing an NBC News report on the intelligence report presented to President Obama on Thursday. Intelligence officials discovered Russian officials celebrating Trump’s win, according to NBC News and the Washington Post.
Trump then referenced a Buzzfeed News report about the hack into the DNC. The DNC told Buzzfeed News that the FBI never asked for access to the group’s hacked servers. But the FBI countered the DNC’s claims and said that the agency repeatedly told the DNC that it needed to access its servers with no success. Trump used the Buzzfeed News report to cast doubt on the intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia was behind the DNC leaks. (TPM)
In more surprising news, Former CIA director R. James Woolsey Jr., resigned from the Trump Transition Team yesterday. He stated he was no longer included in discussions regarding undermining the intelligence community, and therefore did not feel comfortable lending his name to it any longer. Woolsey has served under four presidents, but it does not look like he will make it to five. This is a pretty damn big deal. (MSN)
Finally, Uncle Joe said what we have all so desperately wanted to.
“Grow up Donald, grow up, time to be an adult, you’re president,” he told television station PBS in an interview broadcast Thursday. “Time to do something. Show us what you have.” (MSN)
AMEN. But I’m not holding my breath it will actually happen.