Welcome to Barf Bag, a daily politics roundup to help you sort through the chaotic Trumpian news cycle.
Here’s a fun note: Ellie thought it was Wednesday—her Barf Bag day—and diligently put together a roundup of news items from Thursday without realizing that it was, in fact, Thursday. So we have double the Barf Bag for you, and Ellie is going to take a nap.
Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:
- Trump was in Poland today, which is run by a right-wing government that shares his disdain for the press and the judiciary and other things a democracy needs in order to stay a democracy. He really seemed to love it! “Do we have the desire and the courage to preserve our civilization in the face of those who would subvert and destroy it?” he asked in a somewhat frightening speech written by, of course, Stephen Miller, the villain who you finally see at the end of the movie and the twist is that he’s a weak nerd. Trump was also the first US president since the fall of communism to skip a visit to the Warsaw Ghetto memorial, because while he loves Poland, he appears to love upsetting the Jewish community even more. [New York Times]
- Trump also word vomited all over Polish President Andrzej Duda, speaking with a stunning lack of authority on one of the biggest scandals in American politics: Russia’s alleged interference with the US election. It “could very well have been Russia” who interfered with the US election, he said, “But I think it could well have been other counties and I won’t be specific but I think a lot of people interfered.” Then he also said, “Nobody really knows for sure.” Insightful. [The Hill]
- Don’t ever let Energy Secretary and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry teach you about economics, because he has no idea how supply and demand works. [The Washington Post]
- Maine’s fun-loving Republican governor Paul LePage implied that he makes up stories to confuse the press; in a radio interview, he also said “the sooner the print press goes away, the better society will be.” Get ready for a pretty good joke—I agree, Paul, if you replace “the print press” with “a political party with fascist tendencies”! Are you guys laughing so hard? [AP]
- Six states are suing the EPA for a decision to keep a pesticide shown to harm infants and fetuses on the market. [AP]
- Here’s an actually somewhat heartening update on the Trump administration’s voter suppression effort. [Washington Post]
- The Obamacare repeal effort appears to be teetering on the brink. [The Hill]
- Mike Pence has declared that “we will put American boots on the face of Mars.” You know what, that’s really great. Have an amazing time, Mike and Karen! [The Hill]
- A Trump supporter in Connecticut was arrested for an ill-conceived attempt to frame Trump protesters, writing extremely lame graffiti like “Bernie Sanders 2020" and “Left is best” on a playground. [BuzzFeed]
Here are some tweets the president was allowed to publish:
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