“I had tears of rage when I heard about this experience in that meeting. And for you not to feel that hurt and that pain and to dismiss some of the questions of my colleagues . . . when tens of millions of Americans are hurting right now because they’re worried about what happened in the White House. That’s unacceptable to me.” — Sen. Corey Booker, in an unhinged, unconvincing rant aimed at Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
Nielsen was the latest Trump administration amnesiac called on the congressional carpet over the president’s “shithole countries” comments at an immigration-reform meeting at the White House. Like some other forgetful Republicans, Nielsen was in the meeting, but claimed she didn’t hear Trump use the word that inspired Booker’s overwrought outburst at a Tuesday hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
As the national media convulsed, Trump denied using the reported vulgarity, which some in the room allowed may actually have been “shithouse.”
Because Trump lies as naturally and routinely as all other earthly creatures breathe, I have no doubt that he dropped the “s-bomb” and more. I just can’t get all that worked up over it, and can’t imagine how anyone can claim to be shocked. It’s like every time Trump says or does something stupid or vile, we are meeting him for the first time.
Remember the “Access Hollywood” tape on which he was recorded bragging about sexually assaulting unsuspecting women? Any other political candidate would have been ruined. Trump brushed it off as “locker room talk,” and kept lurching toward the White House.
Trump has always been a shameless vulgarian with racist tendencies. In many ways, his potty mouth and bigoted worldview got him elected. His mouth drains the sewer that is his mind.
It’s dark under that haircut, but apparently not as empty a place as some think. The president was given a clean bill of mental health in a recent physical exam. Doctors used the Montreal Cognitive Assessment test, which you can take for yourself here.
Bring your results to Keystone College in LaPlume on Thursday night for the free community forum, “President Donald Trump After One Year: How Have We Changed and Where Are We Headed?” The event (again, free of charge) will run from 7-8:30 p.m. in Evans Hall at the Hibbard Campus Center.
Panel members include Keystone political science professor Jeff Brauer, Wilkes University political science professor Dr. Thomas Baldino, Lackawanna County Recorder of Deeds Evie McNulty, area businessman Keith Eckel, Scranton Times-Tribune columnist Chris Kelly, and CNN contributor and Washington Examiner political reporter Salena Zito. It will be moderated and broadcast statewide by PCN public affairs television, a portion of the evening will be dedicated to audience questions and comments.
I hope to see you there.