It’s not a defeat for Trump

Today, the House Republican leadership pulled the Trumpcare bill — the American Health Care Act — from consideration by the House after realizing that they did not have and could not get the votes.

Pundits are now declaring this to be a defeat for Trump.

This is not defeat.  This is FAILURE.

Failure and defeat are not the same thing.  Let’s use a football analogy.

Consider a top-flight, winning, championship football team — a team made up of the best players, all at the peak of condition — they practice and practice and practice until they execute flawlessly — they are coached by the best coaches the game has ever seen.  And yet, they lose.  It happens every Saturday and Sunday during football season — one team upsets the favorite.  That’s a defeat.  A really good team will lose from time to time.

What happened to Trump and Ryan and the GOP today was a failure — they failed to practice, they failed to stay in condition, they failed to have a game plan, their coaches proved to be incompetent, they failed in every respect.

Furthermore, this is not the last failure we will see from the Trump administration.  In fact, I’ll be surprised if they succeed at anything.

What’s happened to Trump The Dealmaker??

How many times during the campaign did Trump tell us he is the Master  Dealmaker of All Time??

Looks as though that claim was as much bullshit as everything else he claims.

Let’s look at the Master Dealmaker at work on the promise to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act.

Monday, March 20:  21 House Republicans will vote NO.

Tuesday, March 21:  The Master Dealmaker Himself goes to Capitol Hill to make deals.

Wednesday, March 22:  27 House Republicans will vote NO.

Thursday, March 23:  34 House Republicans will vote NO, another 17 are leaning to vote NO.

Friday, March 24:  “Over 40” House Republicans will vote NO.  One Republican House member said:  “We are going to lose and lose big.  Once one person votes NO, the floodgates open.”


This is NOT a sane man

Not only is Trump not a sane man, he is gullible, has limited intelligence, has no concept of the difference between facts and bullshit, and, he believes anything he sees in print.

President Donald Trump sat down with Time Magazine for an interview this week in which he doubled down on multiple falsehoods that he has said over the course of the past two years.

During the interview, Trump repeatedly refused to admit that he had ever said anything that was incorrect, and at times he justified spouting falsehoods by simply claiming that he was quoting “very respected” sources in the media.

Below, here are the five most insane quotes from the Trump Time Magazine interview.

-Trump blows off FBI Director James Comey saying there’s no evidence to back up the president’s Obama wiretapping conspiracy. When confronted by Time about Comey’s testimony before the House Intelligence Committee this week, Trump brushed it off and said that he trusts assorted “articles” that he’s read more than his own FBI director.

“I have articles saying it happened,” the president said.

-Trump says he can’t be losing credibility because thousands of people showed up to one of his rallies this week. When Time read Trump some quotes this week from a scathing editorial by the Wall Street Journal that questioned his credibility, Trump said that his credibility was fine because his fans went to one of his rallies in Kentucky this week.

“The country believes me,” he said. “Hey. I went to Kentucky two nights ago, we had 25,000 people in a massive basketball arena. There wasn’t a seat, they had to send away people.”

-Trump stands by bringing up the conspiracy theory that linked Ted Cruz’s father with Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. When Time brought up Trump’s past embrace of a conspiracy theory linking Cruz’s father and Oswald, Trump said he was just quoting a reputable news source about the matter — a.k.a., the National Enquirer.

“That was in a newspaper,” he said. “No, no, I like Ted Cruz, he’s a friend of mine. But that was in the newspaper. I wasn’t, I didn’t say that. I was referring to a newspaper. A Ted Cruz article referred to a newspaper story with, had a picture of Ted Cruz, his father, and Lee Harvey Oswald, having breakfast.”

-Trump insists he’s going to form a committee to uncover the 3 million “illegal” voters who costs him the popular vote victory against Hillary Clinton. When asked about his completely unsubstantiated claim that Hillary Clinton benefited from millions of “illegal” voters, Trump insisted that he’d be proven right by a committee he was going to form to help prove him right.

“If you take a look at the votes, when I say that, I mean mostly they register wrong, in other words, for the votes, they register incorrectly, and/or illegally,” Trump said. “And they then vote. You have tremendous numbers of people. In fact I’m forming a committee on it… We’ll see after the committee. I have people say it was more than that. We will see after we have. But there will be, we are forming a committee. And we are going to do a study on it, a very serious problem.”

-Trump says he must be doing a good job because he is the president. Trump concluded the interview by telling the reporter that:

“Hey look, in the mean time, I guess, I can’t be doing so badly, because I’m president, and you’re not.”

UPDATE:  March 23, 11:30 AM EDST

More on the Time magazine interview with extensive quotes from Trump.

TIME: Do you want me to give you a quick overview [of the story]?

TRUMP: Yeah, it’s a cool story. I mean it’s, the concept is right. I predicted a lot of things, Michael. Some things that came to you a little bit later. But, you know, we just rolled out a list. Sweden. I make the statement, everyone goes crazy. The next day they have a massive riot, and death, and problems. Huma [Abedin] and Anthony [Weiner], you know, what I tweeted about that whole deal, and then it turned out he had it, all of Hillary’s email on his thing. NATO, obsolete, because it doesn’t cover terrorism. They fixed that, and I said that the allies must pay. Nobody knew that they weren’t paying. I did. I figured it. Brexit, I was totally right about that. You were over there I think, when I predicted that, right, the day before. Brussels, I said, Brussels is not Brussels. I mean many other things, the election’s rigged against Bernie Sanders. We have a lot of things.

There is neither sense nor sensibility anywhere in this train of WTF. And it’s far from the only block of Crazytown included in Trump’s interview.

Trump: Now remember this. When I said wiretapping, it was in quotes. Because a wiretapping is, you know today it is different than wire tapping. It is just a good description. But wiretapping was in quotes. What I’m talking about is surveillance. And today, [House Intelligence Committee Chairman] Devin Nunes just had a news conference. Now probably got obliterated by what’s happened in London. But just had a news conference, and here it is one of those things. The other one, election, I said we are going to win, we won. And many other things. And I think this is going to be very interesting.

Nuclear trigger. He has his finger on the nuclear trigger!!!!!

Throughout the interview, Trump defends every claim he ever made—including the claim that Muslims in New Jersey celebrated the attacks on 9/11—with a combination of word salad and word … stew? Mush? Let’s just say a mixture of flat-out lies and jaw-dropping delusions. Reminded, repeatedly, in ways both subtle and subtle as a load of bricks that everyone else in the world doesn’t just disagree with him in the sense of “blueberries are better on cereal than bananas,” but knows he is wrong as in “blueberries are not larger than elephants,” Trump eventually comes to the Ultimate Comeback.

TIME: But isn’t there, it strikes me there is still an issue of credibility. If the intelligence community came out and said, we have determined that so and so is the leaker here, but you are saying to me now, that you don’t believe the intelligence community when they say your tweet was wrong.

TRUMP: I’m not saying—no, I’m not blaming. First of all, I put Mike Pompeo in. I put Senator Dan Coats in. These are great people. I think they are great people and they are going to, I have a lot of confidence in them. So hopefully things will straighten out. But I inherited a mess, I inherited a mess in so many ways. I inherited a mess in the Middle East, and a mess with North Korea, I inherited a mess with jobs, despite the statistics, you know, my statistics are even better, but they are not the real statistics because you have millions of people that can’t get a job, ok. And I inherited a mess on trade. I mean we have many, you can go up and down the ladder. But that’s the story. Hey look, in the mean time, I guess, I can’t be doing so badly, because I’m president, and you’re not. You know. Say hello to everybody OK?

Remember Trump’s promise to bring back coal jobs and save factory jobs??

Remember when Donald Trump appeared in Indiana to announce he’d saved 1,100 jobs that Carrier and United Technologies were planning to send to Mexico? A refresher from early December:

“But I will tell you that United Technologies and Carrier stepped it up and now they’re keeping — actually the number’s over 1,100 people, which is so great, which is so great …. I just noticed — I wrote down because I heard it — since about six years ago, 260 new federal regulations have passed, 53 of which affect this plant. Fifty-three new regulations. Massively expensive and probably none of them amount to anything in terms of safety or the things that you’d have regulations for.”

His fans cheered and chanted, hailing their king of bankruptcy for saving all those jobs. Except, as the Washington Post later mentioned, those numbers were—the jobs and the regulations— false.

This week significant layoffs were announced at three Carrier, United Technologies and Rexnord factories in Indiana.

United Technologies confirmed Friday that the first wave of about 50 layoffs happened last week at its electronics plant that had about 700 workers in Huntington. The plant in the northeastern Indiana city is slated for closure.

Steps are also being taken toward about 550 job cuts anticipated at a Carrier Corp. factory in Indianapolis, where Trump’s intervention last fall curbed job losses but didn’t halt them altogether. Layoffs could start within a month at a 350-worker Rexnord industrial bearings factory in Indianapolis, according to United Steelworkers Local 1999 President Chuck Jones, who represents workers at the Carrier and Rexnord plants.

Meanwhile, over in Southern Ohio, where Donald Trump’s promise to bring back those coal jobs took a hit this week as not one, but two coal plant closures were announced:

Dayton Power & Light, a subsidiary of AES Corp. (AES), said in an emailed statement that it planned to close the J.M. Stuart and Killen plants by June 2018 because they would not be “economically viable beyond mid-2018.”

Coal demand has flagged in recent years due to competition from cheap and plentiful natural gas.

The plants along the Ohio River in Adams County employ some 490 people and generate about 3,000 megawatts of power from coal.

Those coal jobs aren’t coming back, despite the promises candidate Donald Trump made:

The plants sit at the heart of a region Trump vowed to revitalize with more jobs and greater economic security during his 2016 campaign. As part of his pledge to reinvigorate the area, Trump also said he would “bring back coal.”

Where are you now, Donald Trump? Can you spare a weekend away from your private golf course to ride in and save the day in Indiana and Ohio?