Friday, October 13, 2017

Blind Willie McTell

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San Juan mayor "Trump is taking out his anger on Puerto Rico"

Asked on CNN last night whether she believed Trump has handled the response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico differently than he handled hurricanes in Florida and Texas, San Juan Mayor Yulin Cruz said he "most definitely" had. "He's treating Puerto Rico different than the U.S. treated Haiti," Cruz said. "For some reason, he's taking all of his anger out on Puerto Rico."

With due respect to the mayor, I don’t think Trump is taking all his anger out on Puerto Rico. He’s taking some of his anger out on people who are sick or have pre-existing health conditions.

He’s taking some of his anger out on young people who immigrated to America as infants and toddlers.

He’s taking some of his anger out on African-American athletes who are protesting police violence and racism.

He’s taking some of his anger out on women who need contraceptives or college women who don’t want to be sexually harassed.

He’s taking some of his anger out on children fleeing violence in Central America and on refugees fleeing violence in the Middle East.

He’s taking some of his anger out on the poor, who won’t get the services they need because his plans to give huge tax breaks to the rich and to expand the military will use up the federal budget.

He’s taking some of his anger out on people who criticize him, including journalists, judges, and even some senior Republicans in Congress.

Trump seems to possess an endless amount of anger. Puerto Rico is just one of the recipients.

Robert Reich's Conversation

Robert Reich (

October 11 at 3:57pm

This morning I phoned my old friend, a Republican former member of Congress.

Me: So what’s up? Is Corker alone, or are others also ready to call it quits with Trump?

He: All I know is they’re simmering over there.

Me: Flake and McCain have come pretty close.

He: Yeah. Others are thinking about doing what Bob did. Sounding the alarm. They think Trump’s nuts. Unfit. Dangerous.

Me: Well, they already knew that, didn’t they?

He: But now it’s personal. It started with the Sessions stuff. Jeff was as loyal as they come. Trump’s crapping on him was like kicking your puppy. And then, you know, him beating up on Mitch for the Obamacare fiasco. And going after Flake and the others.

Me: So they're pissed off?

He: Not just that. I mean, they have thick hides. The personal stuff got them to notice all the other things. The wild stuff, like those threats to North Korea. Tillerson would leave tomorrow if he wasn’t so worried Trump would go nuclear, literally.

Me: You think Trump is really thinking nuclear war?

He: Who knows what’s in his head? But I can tell you this. He’s not listening to anyone. Not a soul. He’s got the nuclear codes and, well, it scares the hell out of me. It’s starting to scare all of them. That’s really why Bob spoke up.

Me: So what could they do? I mean, even if the whole Republican leadership was willing to say publicly he’s unfit to serve, what then?

He: Bingo! The emperor has no clothes. It’s a signal to everyone they can bail. Have to bail to save their skins. I mean, Trump could be the end of the whole goddam Republican party.

Me: If he starts a nuclear war, that could be the end of everything.

He: Yeah, right. So when they start bailing on him, the stage is set.

Me: For what?

He: Impeachment. 25th amendment.

Me: You think Republicans would go that far?

He: Not yet. Here’s the thing. They really want to get this tax bill through. That’s all they have going for them. They don’t want to face voters in ’18 or ’20 without something to show for it. They’re just praying Trump doesn’t do something really, really stupid before the tax bill.

Me: Like a nuclear war?

He: Look, all I can tell you is many of the people I talk with are getting freaked out. It’s not as if there’s any careful strategizing going on. Not like, well, do we balance the tax bill against nuclear war? No, no. They’re worried as hell. They’re also worried about Trump crazies, all the ignoramuses he’s stirred up. I mean, Roy Moore? How many more of them do you need to destroy the party?

Me: So what’s gonna happen?

He: You got me. I’m just glad I’m not there anymore. Trump’s not just a moron. He’s a despicable human being. And he’s getting crazier. Paranoid. Unhinged. Everyone knows it. I mean, we’re in shit up to our eyeballs with this guy.