Responding to reports that North Korea launched another short-range missile to test its weapon systems, Trump tweeted this yesterday morning:

Anything in this very interesting world is possible, but I believe that Kim Jong Un fully realizes the great economic potential of North Korea, & will do nothing to interfere or end it. He also knows that I am with him & does not want to break his promise to me. Deal will happen!

This is what America has come to–a weak, corrupt president who is “with” murderous dictators like Kim and who envies and grovels to kleptocratic despots like Putin.  Trump doesn’t care that Kim starves and brutalizes his people. Trump only cares that North Korea has beautiful beaches that he might be able to develop into gaudy, plastic Trump resorts some day.  Everything with Trump is personal.  His vanity is like a giant black hole that needs to consume everything it comes into contact with, saying or doing anything to feed its ego.  Meanwhile the GOP doesn’t care how much damage Trump does to our institutions or global prestige as long as they get two SCOTUS seats and tax cuts.

It really is exhausting to watch the daily scandals, regressive policies, and outrageous lies that flow from the Trump sewer.  And now that our Justice Department is run by a liar and shameless partisan hack, the Trump regime has become a real threat to the rule of law and the health of our Democracy.  What does a country do when the person in charge of enforcing the law…breaks the law?  Conservative Max Boot penned an alarming op-ed in the Washington Post two days ago that is worth pointing out.  He says:

“It is hard to think of any president in the past 230 years, including Nixon, who has ever sabotaged the rule of law so flagrantly or so successfully to protect his own hide. And, sadly, it is hard to imagine that anything can be done about it before Nov. 3, 2020….So for the next 18 months, at a minimum, this nation is at the mercy of a criminal administration. I am in despair as I have never been before about the future of our experiment in self-rule. Before Mueller filed his report, it was possible to imagine the president being brought to justice. That fantasy is no longer tenable. Instead we are left with the dismaying likelihood that the president will now feel emboldened to commit ever greater transgressions to hold onto power…”

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We can’t let ourselves become too exhausted by scandal, nor can we let those around us accept or pretend that anything about this president is normal–because it’s horribly abnormal.  We haven’t seen anything remotely close to Trump in our lifetimes, and if he cheats his way to a victory in 2020 it’s hard to imagine what four more years of lying and bumbling and greed and mismanagement will do to our already bruised and dysfunctional republic.

Tomorrow is the self-imposed deadline for “nepotism banker” Stephen Mnuchin to hand over Trump’s tax returns to the House.  I’m betting he won’t.  Mnuchin is a mediocre guy who fell upward because his father was a legendary banker at Goldman Sachs.  He’ll do anything to cover for Trump because the GOP protects wealthy heirs like Mnuchin by keeping their taxes low. But it begs the question, what is the most opaque president in modern history hiding?  Congress–and the American public–have a right to know.

Keep resisting and working to “vote his ass out of office.”

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