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1. Jack Holmes is the Politics Editor at the Esquire website, where he writes daily and edits the Politics Blog with Charles P Pierce. There's also a dash of sports and some feature writing. His work has appeared in New York magazine and The Daily Beast.|
The following are excerpts from Jack Holmes' August 23, 2019 article under the headline "Don't Lose Sight of President Good Brain's Insane FXXXXXing Week" and subheading "David Koch is dead and the Amazon's on fire, but the President of the United States had back-to-back episodes again."
....it's been a banner week for Donald Trump, American president, and his brain.
Just this morning, the president delivered a proclamation stating that, "Our great American companies are hereby ordered" to stop dealing with China (!). He also declared the chairman of the Federal Reserve, whom he himself appointed, was an enemy of the state.
But remember when the president endorsed the idea he is King of Israel and the Second Coming of God? And then he said Jewish people who vote for Democrats—that is, the 70-to-80 percent of American Jews who don't support him—are guilty of "disloyalty" to Israel? And then he accused Rashida Tlaib of anti-Semitism? And then he started screaming, "WHERE IS THE FEDERAL RESERVE?" And then he canceled a diplomatic trip to Denmark because the prime minister was rude in saying she wouldn't sell him Greenland? And then he demanded Russia be reinstated in the G8, and said they were only thrown out because they "outsmarted" Obama, when in fact it was because they'd invaded Ukraine? And then he declared he was The Chosen One, looking to the heavens as he said it, who'd been tapped by the almighty to launch a trade war against China?
And then he joked, again, about serving more than the constitutionally mandated two terms in office? And then he threatened to release detained ISIS fighters into Europe? And then he talked about how much the El Paso and Dayton shooting victims loved him? And then he responded to a question on gun control by saying, among other things, that, "We have great mental illness?" And then he trollishly suggested he'd revoke birthright citizenship—a constitutional mandate—via executive order?
It's here where you might insert the snipe about how Republicans shit their pants about Obama's executive orders, but what's even the point anymore? No one, except a few highly credulous media types, even entertains the pretense that the Republican Party is a group of principled actors who value small government or limits to executive power or fiscal responsibility anymore. It's about power, and Trump has it, so they're all in line behind him. Senator Tom Cotton, who's sniffing around the authoritarian throne for when Trump someday abdicates, actually tried to claim credit for the national embarrassment that was The Greenland Episode. Shame is dead.
It's all that much more alarming because, beyond the narcissistic spasms above, our fearless leader seems to be having trouble pronouncing even basic words.
...."Ubsurd," "Armed Forca," Appliculble," "Obstulcles" -- Trump had a hard time pronouncing a number of words on Wednesday
The brain is doing fXXXXn' swell. But no need to worry. While the world's most powerful man is thrashing about on the White House lawn, the same parasites who thrived in conservative politics during David Koch's Obama-era glory days are slithering through the Executive Branch. They're pursuing the same scorched-earth campaign of deregulation they always have—regardless of what scientists or other experts in the field have to say, and regardless of the consequences for human health—while a deranged Fox News Grandpa rants and raves through yet another ChopperTalk. And few of these people will have to deal with the worst consequences of it all. They'll be dead, like David. (End excerpts)
2. Just two days after claiming to be the "Chosen One" to mount a trade war with China, US stocks plunged in a volatile session on Friday, 23 August. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended down more than 600 points. Obviously nobody, including the Divine One, wants to see his name misused for any ungodly purpose.
Perhaps long after Trump fades away into history, what the world could still remember most vividly was the moment he looked up at the sky as he claimed to be the "Chosen One" to mount a trade war with China.
Meanwhile, Trump's self-proclaimed messianic status may give us an inkling of how some people in Hong Kong see democracy. Perhaps they envy the Americans for having a political system that can pick a messiah as their leader out of a population of 329,000,000.
Trump also endorses the idea he is King of Israel and the Second Coming of God which means that he is another Messiah like Jesus Christ.
It is interesting to note that Hong Xiuquan (1 January 1814 – 1 June 1864), who established the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom over varying portions of southern China, failed to obtain the full support of his "Heavenly Father and Brother" even though he declared himself as the "Heavenly King" and claimed to be the brother of Jesus Christ.