Though he thinks he’s the illuminati

“President Trump held a joint press conference with the Prime Minister of Italy today where he took the opportunity to brag about his friendship with the very prominent Italian celebrity Luciano Pavarotti which is an interesting statement to make because Pavarotti has been dead for ten years. Luckily for Jimmy, he got a rare opportunity to speak to Pavarotti so he could find out whether he actually is friends with Trump once and for all.” – Jimmy Kimmel Live (video)


Graphic by Rafael Barker

Though he thinks he’s the illuminati,
The BLOTUS is really quite dotty,
So flushed with his fame
That he made a false claim
To be buds with the late Pavarotti.

© 2017 Colleen Anderson and Steven Kretzmann

He’s wolfish and wicked and wily.

“The governing irony, of course, is that in the world according to O’Reilly and other cultural scolds, everyone else is wrong and they alone are the uncorrupted. Their spin is no-spin; their truth is the Truth. They promise their followers: Do as I say (but not as I do), and America will be its own best self again, whatever you perceive that to be. Moral certainty is their armor, and it allows them at times to be immorally cruel. It takes a very smug kind of meanness to watch Representative Maxine Waters speak passionately on race in the Trump era and only be able to crack a joke, as O’Reilly recently did, about her ‘James Brown wig.’ A very white kind of meanness, too.”


The O’Reilly factor that mattered? Hypocrisy.
Ty Burr, Commentary, The Boston Globe


Graphic by Rafael Barker


He’s wolfish and wicked and wily.
He treats women rudely and vilely.
He’s up to no good,
And we wish that he would
Go down like his pal Bill O’Reilly.

© 2017 Colleen Anderson


Another judge rules he must pay


A judge rules Trump may have incited violence … and Trump again has his own mouth to blame
The Washington Post


Did Trump and military get it wrong about San Diego warships rushing to North Korea?
The San Diego Union Tribune


Trump’s Mar-a-Lago kitchen slapped with 13 health violations


Graphic by Rafael Barker



Another judge rules he must pay,
His warships go badly astray,
And his gaudy resort
Gets a bad health report—
It’s a typical Trump kind of day.

© 2017 Colleen Anderson


Most presidents share their return

“But it is Mr. Trump’s own taxes that have provided the crucial leverage for his opponents. More than 100,000 of his critics took to the streets over the weekend in marches around the country, demanding that the president release his returns. Tax legislation, they say, could be a plot by Mr. Trump to get even richer.”


Trump’s Unreleased Taxes Threaten Yet Another Campaign Promise
The New York Times


Graphic by Rafael Barker



Most presidents share their return,
Reporting the income they earn,
But Donny cops out,
Because, without doubt,
He’s hiding some crimes we would learn.

© 2017 Colleen Anderson


Remember how plainly he spoke

“Still, coal’s long-term outlook is poor, less because of environmental regulations than market forces, including competition from natural gas and increasingly cost-effective renewable sources. Loosening environmental laws won’t make coal cheaper than natural gas, and it certainly won’t make it cleaner.”


Wrong Message, Wrong Coal Mine
Editorial, The New York Times


Graphic by Rafael Barker



Remember how plainly he spoke
That he’d rescue the blue-collar folk?
Now the miners and truckers
And factory workers
Are the butt of a billionaire’s joke.

© 2017 Colleen Anderson


No visitor logs?

“The White House announced Friday that it would cut off public access to visitor logs revealing who is entering the White House complex and which officials they are meeting, breaking with the Obama administration’s practice and returning a cloak of secrecy over the basic day-to-day workings of the government.”


White House to Keep Its Visitor Logs Secret
The New York Times




Graphic by Rafael Barker


No visitor logs? Tell me, is it
To hide something dark and illicit?
Or is the big twit
Ashamed to admit
He can’t get his own wife to visit?

© 2017 Colleen Anderson


When his name is engraved upon granite

“Only 10 weeks into his presidency, and at great risk to future generations, Donald Trump has ordered the demolition of most of President Barack Obama’s policies to combat climate change by reducing emissions from fossil fuels.”


President Trump Risks the Planet
Editorial Board, The New York Times


Graphic by Rafael Barker



When his name is engraved upon granite
In the rubble that’s left of our planet,
Some wandering spirit
May say (we won’t hear it),
“This can’t be America, can it?”

© 2017 Colleen Anderson

Yes, Russiagate keeps getting bigger

Trump dubbed ‘Commander-in-distraction’ after dropping gigantic bomb on Afghanistan

A source told the newspaper [The Guardian] the official [US] investigation was now making progress and had “specific concrete and corroborative evidence of collusion … between people in the Trump campaign and agents of [Russian] influence relating to the use of hacked material.”


British spies were first to spot Trump team’s links with Russia
The Guardian

The Guardian has been told the FBI and the CIA were slow to appreciate the extensive nature of contacts between Trump’s team and Moscow ahead of the US election. This was in part due to US law that prohibits US agencies from examining the private communications of American citizens without warrants. “They are trained not to do this,” the source stressed.


“It looks like the [US] agencies were asleep,” the source added. “They [the European agencies] were saying: ‘There are contacts going on between people close to Mr Trump and people we believe are Russian intelligence agents. You should be wary of this.’


“The message was: ‘Watch out. There’s something not right here.’”



Graphic by Rafael Barker


Yes, Russiagate keeps getting bigger,
And Donny’s responding with vigor:
He means to conceal
What the probes may reveal
By incessantly pulling the trigger.

© 2017 Colleen Anderson


On NATO, he swivels with ease

“It was almost as if Trump’s outsider presidential campaign never happened as he rushed to embrace mainstream political and national security positions he once publicly abhorred.”


Trump’s stunning u-turns on NATO, China, Russia and Syria


Graphic by Rafael Barker


On NATO, he swivels with ease
A hundred and eighty degrees.
It makes one’s head whip—
Now, let’s see him flip
On climate and banned refugees.

© 2017 Colleen Anderson



He has shown that he’s vulgar and crass

Spicer said he has not spoken to the president about his widely condemned mistake from the podium Tuesday during the White House press briefing.


‘I sought people’s forgiveness because I screwed up,’ he said in a subdued tone.”


Sean Spicer: ‘I’ve Let the President Down’


Graphic by Rafael Barker



He has shown that he’s vulgar and crass,
And he surely knows how to harass;
But, for once, he’s outdone
By his own hired gun
Splitting hairs over murder by gas.

© 2017 Colleen Anderson