Donald Trump's Really Killing It at Davos

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I am tired of the President of the United States of America. Thank you.

Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:

  • Donald Trump gave a speech at Davos trumpeting his whole “America first!!!” shtick, then pivoted to yet another excoriation of the “fake news media,” the latter of which was met with boos and hisses from the crowd. Buddy, read a fucking room. [CNN]
  • Think all the way back to January 2017, when the White House released a statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day that somehow did not mention Jewish people. Everyone was (rightfully) very mad and this year, somehow, they remembered to mention them. Progress. [Politico]
  • In an attempt to stanch the flow of Republican seats in the Senate during the upcoming midterm elections, Mike Pence is taking his whole dog and pony show on the road, and looking to do almost 30 events between now and April. Good luck. [Politico]
  • Rep. Pat Meehan (R-PA), most recently accused of settling a sexual misconduct case using taxpayer dollars, is retiring, leaving one seat open in a valuable and very important swing state. [Talking Points Memo]
  • Nikki Haley would like you to know that the unsubstantiated rumor that she had an affair with Donald Trump is “absolutely not true.” [CNN]
  • State Department morale is at an all-time low and some employees have retained legal counsel because no one seems to be hearing their complaints about being assigned “low-level” duties and tasks. [CNN]
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DISCUSSION

I may eat my words but agree with Nikki Haley’s assessment of this being a disgusting rumour.

First of all, accusations of an affair dogged her as she ran for governor in South Carolina, and I don’t think it a coincidence that rumours of an affair in both cases are pinned on a woman of colour. And, yes, I do understand that she changed her religion possibly in a bid to be more palatable to South Carolinian voters but she remains a high-profile Desi politician, and this has left her vulnerable to attacks based thereupon.

Second, were there a male Secretary of State spending time alone with the president, would this be the cause of salacious gossip? It’s like a corollary of the ‘Mike Pence rule:’ if you’re alone with a woman with whom you work, you two must be having an affair.

Third, yeesh, who wouldn’t find rumours of sleeping with NMPOTUS ‘disgusting’?