Trump goes from campaign tough guy to President Snowflake – – “Everyone is so mean to me!!!”

Former senior adviser to President Barack Obama laid into President Donald Trump’s recent spate of self-pity over his treatment at the hands of the media, including his mawkish speech to the graduating class at the Coast Guard Academy on Wednesday in which he bemoaned how unfairly the media has treated him and said “no politician in history” has been treated worse.

Anchor Anderson Cooper said that Trump is definitely sending a message on Twitter that says “everyone’s out to get him, I assume that’s why either he just has no control over himself and he just blurts these things out and believes that they genuinely help him stir up the base.”

“What’s interesting is a different Donald Trump,” said Jones. “When he ran, he was this tough guy. This guy’s gonna get things done, this great negotiator. He was Trumpzilla. He was going to make Washington bow down. He was gonna drain the swamp.”

He continued, “Now he’s President Snowflake, okay? Everything he says is about, ‘Oh, they’re mean to me and they don’t like me and I just don’t understand it and it’s not fair.’ So, you have a big brand shift going on.”

It still works with his base, Jones said, but to most people he’s looking “increasingly bizarre.”

Trump is all about “Me!! Me!! Me!!” What about the rest of us?

A former CIA counterterrorism official could not hold back his contempt for Donald Trump while appearing on CNN today.

Political analyst Philip Mudd said Trump is “a narcissist. We saw that within 24 hours of his inauguration. He doesn’t represent 320 million Americans, he represents one. And that’s Donald Trump.”

Mudd talked about the now-infamous Trump speech at the CIA the Saturday after Inauguration Day when Trump stood in front of a monument to unnamed agents that have died in the field and used to occasion to whine about his unfair treatment by the media and the size of the crowd that attended his swearing in.

“Disgusting,” said Mudd. “He goes to the commencement and the Coast Guard Academy a few days ago. He should be offering a vision of the future. What’s he talk about? The sissy-in-chief talks about how tough it is to be president because the media comes after him.”

“We’ve seen it from day one,” he continued. “He only represents one person and as the man responsible for my security, he ought to be thinking about 320 million, not himself.”

Buyers’ remorse sets in: Now, even the people who voted for this clown are turning against him

The places that loved Donald Trump in the 2016 election have begun to grow wary of the president, a new poll indicated Thursday.

The latest survey from Monmouth University found that Trump’s approval rating has fallen in the counties that he won over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by 10 or more percentage points. In March, the 2,500 Trump stronghold counties gave the president a 55 percent approval rating. That fell 4 percentage points to 51 percent in the latest poll.

Perhaps more importantly, Trump’s approval rating has plunged in the so-called swing counties that helped decide the election. There were 300 counties in which the margin between Clinton and Trump was in the single digits, according to Monmouth. In those counties, Trump’s approval rating dropped from 41 percent in March to just 34 percent in the latest poll.

“Trump has been losing support in the places that matter most,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, in a statement.

Somewhat predictably, Trump’s approval rating was awful in counties that voted strongly against him in November. In the more than 400 counties that voted against him by 10 or more percentage points, the president’s approval stood at just 28 percent, a 5 percentage-point drop from March.

Overall, Monmouth pegged Trump’s approval rating at just 39 percent while 53 percent of the country disapproved. The poll sampled 1,002 U.S. adults via telephone interviews from May 12 through May 17. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

Trump’s approval rating has continued to fall as the controversies surrounding the White House have piled up, including an ongoing investigation into his campaign’s potential cooperation with Russia meddling in the election, the firing of former FBI Director James Comey and the president reportedly divulging classified intelligence to a Russian official in the Oval Office. A Morning Consult/Politico released a poll this week, for instance, found the president’s job approval among registered voters had hit a new low of 42 percent and that “strong approval” among Trump voters fell 7 percentage points.

Trump has not yet left on his trip and already he’s pissing off our allies

In yet another example of Trump’s inability to maintain even a slight bit of tact while representing America’s interests overseas, the White House reportedly canceled plans to visit a historic landmark during his visit to Israel – one of the nation’s biggest tourist attractions. The reason: Trump wanted to land his helicopter directly on the ancient mountain fortress and was told no.

President Donald Trump has canceled a planned visit and speech at the ancient mountain fortress of Masada in Israel after authorities told him that he could not land his helicopter on top of the UNESCO-listed site.

Instead, Trump will now deliver a speech at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. It comes after an Israeli Air Force (IAF) regulation that prevents helicopters landing at the summit of the Masada site, according to Israel’s Channel 2 broadcaster.

Unlike former presidents who have made the trip, such as George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, Trump declined to land the helicopter at a base of the historic site and then take the cable car up, preferring to cancel the visit altogether.

The reasons not allowing helicopters near the 2,000-year-old ruins should be obvious: For starters, the dust and sand that characterize the mountaintop are extremely rough on helicopter motors. Secondly, the wind and sand kicked up by the powerful blades can destroy the ancient structures, costing archaeologists priceless artifacts. Avoiding those issues by simply getting in a cable car was apparently too much energy.

It may be another sign that Trump is hoping to breeze past this trip while doing minimal work. Sources close to Trump say he is extremely upset about having to travel abroad for a multi-day trip to the Middle East and already begged his staff to cut the number of days he’d be gone. Keen observers of Trump’s habits might note that Trump will be missing at least two weekends during the trip, days he typically reserves for golfing at his various private courses.

Trump’s demands on his overseas guests have raised eyebrows before. Earlier this year, Trump created a stir in England when reports leaked that he had requested Queen Elizabeth pick him up in a golden chariot:

The White House has made clear it regards the carriage procession down the Mall as an essential element of the itinerary for the visit currently planned for the second week of October, according to officials.

The request frustrated royal planners who described the situation as a logistical and financial nightmare.

It’s unclear how Israelis will react to Trump’s show of laziness during his trip. Already the country’s mood toward Trump is souring after the president is said to have leaked classified information provided by Israeli intelligence services to the Russians. He hasn’t even left the White House and already his trip is shaping up to be trouble.

Trump will impeach himself, 140 characters at a time

Yesterday, another huge bombshell was dropped when it announced that the Department of Justice had appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the Russia probe. The White House released a short statement last night saying President Donald Trump looked forward to the “matter concluding quickly” and that a “thorough investigation” will show no collusion with Russia. However, Trump naturally took to Twitter this morning to label the investigation a “witch hunt” while complaining that no special counsel was assigned to look into President Obama or Hillary Clinton.

During an MSNBC appearance this afternoon, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) explained that this has become “standard operating procedure” with the Trump administration.

“The night before, they say something responsible and thoughtful,” he noted. “And then sometime in the middle of the night or early morning hours, the president tweets the exact opposite.”

Durbin added, “The President is his own worst enemy. He is going to basically hang himself with 140 characters at a time with a tweet.”

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Here’s one person’s impression of meeting Trump

So I met someone the other day who once met Donald Trump.

This man is a successful businessman himself. So I think he might be a little credible on this.

Anyway, he said to me that he had “had the misfortune of staying in a Trump hotel a number of years back.” Naturally, this piqued my curiosity. So as I asked him a few more questions, this man revealed that Donald Trump just happened to be visiting this particular property on one of the days that this man was staying there.

They met in the downstairs lobby. Now, this man said that he had heard a lot of unflattering anecdotes about Trump, but other than that he really wasn’t quite sure what to expect. So I asked him what Trump was actually like in person.

The man replied, “He’s hands down the biggest asshole I have ever met. And let me tell you something – I’ve met a LOT of assholes over the several decades I’ve done business. But this guy…goddamn.

To be more specific, he said that Trump had the most fake, incredibly awkward “smile” – the kind of expression that betrayed how much he genuinely despised listening to other people. The only times Trump really seemed to be animated and upbeat, the man told me, were “when he was talking about himself and how proud he was of his ‘tremendous success.’ Which was easily 80% or more of what he talked about.”

Trumpcare would make Ebenezer Scrooge happy

I swear we’re just one or two steps away from a Charles Dickens workhouse proposal from Republicans. First they threaten to take the Children’s Health Insurance Program hostage unless Democrats work with them to take health insurance away from their parents. Oh, wait! Trumpcare won’t just take health care away from their parents!

The House GOP’s ObamaCare replacement bill would result in a cut of $43 billion over 10 years in funding for Medicaid coverage of children, according to a new study.The study from the consulting firm Avalere finds that the cuts to coverage for non-disabled children would come as a result of a new cap on Medicaid payments that the bill would impose, known as a per capita cap.

“Over time, per capita caps could significantly reduce the amount of funding that goes towards Medicaid coverage for children,” Dan Mendelson, president of Avalere, said in a statement. “While local control and more efficient operation of Medicaid programs are laudable goals, coverage and access for low income children are ultimately dictated by federal funding, and reductions of this magnitude could disrupt access.”

But they’re poor kids, so what does it matter? They should be working for their health care, just like they should have to work for their school lunch. Maybe we should just forego school and health care and put ’em in work houses. That’d solve the problem, right?


Congressional Republicans . . . especially McConnell and Ryan . . . are complicit in Russian attacks on our electoral systems

The basic nature of the pro-Trump subversion effort was known to GOP leaders before the parties’ conventions last year: The above conversation took place on June 15. Several weeks after the GOP officially nominated Trump in mid-July, in a secure setting with Obama administration officials and other members who receive classified briefings, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed to politicize any effort on the part of the government to reveal that Russian intelligence was intervening in the election to help Trump. “According to several officials,” the Post reported, “McConnell raised doubts about the underlying intelligence and made clear to the administration that he would consider any effort by the White House to challenge the Russians publicly an act of partisan politics.”

Despite Ryan’s clear awareness of the truth, we can infer that he sided with McConnell, tacitly or otherwise, because the Obama administration backed down in the face of McConnell’s threat. An official government assessment that Russia was helping Trump in the election didn’t reach the public until after the election, as Trump was transitioning to the presidency.

Unless this story has a second act, McCarthy and Ryan will stick to the explanation that their Putin-paying-Trump speculation was meant to be a joke. But even if that part of the conversation had never happened, the rest of it, and the later briefing with Obama officials, tell a perfectly rounded story of congressional Republicans’ complicity in Russian sabotage of the Clinton campaign. There is no way to walk this one back—and it wasn’t locker room talk.