Sylvester came close to his cage

If the president didn’t see that his precipitous firing of the man in charge of investigating the Trump campaign’s connections with the Russian regime might instead alienate some of his allies and outrage much of the public, that’s no anomaly. Rather, it’s an illustration of several of the president’s core character traits — a belief that the past doesn’t matter, a penchant to act swiftly and unilaterally, and a conviction that even the most unpopular actions can help build his brand.


Why Trump expected only applause when he told Comey, ‘You’re fired.’
The Washington Post


Sylvester came close to his cage –
that put Tweetybird in a rage.
He fired a volley
and felt very jolly!
That’s life when you’re on center stage.

Eric Linden, 5/10/17

The media should be much nicer

In Friday’s briefing, White House press secretary Sean Spicer denied that a tweet from President Trump threatening former FBI director James B. Comey was a threat, insisted that the president maintained a busy schedule and therefore it was hard to be accurate all the time, dodged a question about whether the president tapes White House meetings, boasted about how hard his people work, uttered the mantra “the tweet speaks for itself,” maintained that his shop didn’t, in fact, mislead the public about the rationale for Comey’s firing, even though it clearly did, and lamented how the media is obsessed with small things.


Another day at the office, in other words.


The Daily Spicer: ‘He’s a nice man’
Eric Wemple, Opinion, The Washington Post



The media should be much nicer
to me and to you, my dear Spicer.
Because you stayed hidden,
that isn’t forbidden!
Next time, just tell ‘em “Aye aye, sir.”

Eric Linden, 5/11/17


Fake news again! Really! How dare they?

President Donald Trump unleashed a Twitter torrent Friday morning following days of punishing headlines over his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey.


Trump’s tweetstorm railed against the “fake media” and those who expect his surrogates to defend him with “perfect accuracy,” while giving a stern warning to Comey that he “better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”


AM ET President Trump Unleashes on Fired FBI Director James Comey and ‘Fake Media
NBC News


Fake news again! Really! How dare they?
That Comey was tossed out on Tuesday!
The fellow kept digging
straight into my wigging!
I booted him right out the doorway!

Eric Linden, 5/11/17

We need a diversion

The shock sacking of FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday represents an attempt by the Republican administration to distract public attention from the damaging revelations contained in Sally Yates’s testimony before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee the previous day, former Senator and Governor (D-FL) Bob Graham told i24NEWS.


“We’re in a state of mutually assured destruction,” Graham said, referring to the partisan discord in Washington. “It seems as if both sides are trying to lob the biggest bomb they can at the other in order to get the public’s attention off the last bomb.”


“I think the timing is very suspect, that it would be done the day after this very damning testimony by Miss Yates relative to the President’s handling of information that indicated that his number one national security advisor compromised himself to the Russians,” Graham further added.


Comey sacking ‘a diversion from Yates testimony’: Bob Graham to i24NEWS
i24NEWS Americas


I’ll bet it was getting some hotter
for POTUS or maybe his dotter.
“We need a diversion
to stop this occursion!”
sez he, that precedent rotter.

Eric Linden, 5/10/17

When Don T is finished with NAFTA

“The messy 24 hours were part of a week in which the West Wing has erupted with an all-guns-firing-at-once frenzy intended to prove that Mr. Trump is an effective leader on the cusp of his 100th day in office. His staff has been alarmed by a trend: A decreasing percentage of Americans, even supporters of Mr. Trump, view him as capable of executing on his muscular if vague campaign promises.”


Trump’s Day of Hardball and Confusion on Nafta
The New York Times



When Don-T is finished with NAFTA,
I wonder what he will do afta.
Will it be some more tweeting,
retreating or cheating?
I’m sure it will give us more lafta!

Ya never know what he will dew
when most things arise from the blew.
This one thing’s for certain –
there ain’t no avertin’
the fact that he hasn’t a clew!

© 2017 Eric Linden


Despite all the stuff he’s up-messing

“So inflammatory is his rhetoric that it’s stirring up a #resistance and worldwide protests, the likes of which we haven’t seen since the Civil Rights or Anti-War movements in the 1960s.”


Donald the demagogue: How Trump measures up to US presidents, dictators and despots
Metro News



Despite all the stuff he’s up-messing,
many folks still believe he’s a blessing.
They won’t face this truth –
Forty-five is uncouth,
and the world really finds that depressing!

© 2017 Eric Linden


From the Northland, we watch things unfolding

“Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has been getting used to a U.S. leader dramatically unlike the one before him, and unlike the one that Ottawa’s political class expected to win last year.”

What does the Trump era mean for Canada? A guide to what’s happened so far
The Globe and Mail


From the Northland, we watch things unfolding
by a president bent on remolding
a country once leader of nations
(who are now reviewing relations…)
and its media – they get a scolding.

© Eric Linden, 2017