Alden Graves | Graves registry: The 'get over it' administration
"I have little doubt that, within the life spans of many reading this tweet, students throughout the world will learn in their history books that a deeply psychologically unwell man — also a criminal — was president of the United States in the late 2010s." - George Conway.
The above quoted Mr. Conway is, of course, presidential adviser Kellyanne's husband. Their marriage must make George and Martha's knock-down, drag-outs in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" seem like Ron and Nancy's starry-eyed gazing.
For some bizarre reason, Kellyanne's boss seems to think that George wouldn't be so deranged if it weren't for his wife. It's all her fault. Given Trump's assessment of women in general, the opinion shouldn't be surprising, but blaming the person who supports you seems like a strange approach to any issue unless Mr. Conway's character analysis has some real validity. And the "deeply psychologically unwell" part is only going to get worse no matter how many anti-Adam Schiff T-shirts the geniuses on Trump's team dream up.
State Department official George Kent probably made a remark that will reverberate throughout history as a reminder of the Trump years in the same the way that "Ask not what your country can do for you " did through John F. Kennedy's administration. Mr. Kent told the House Intelligence Committee, "You can't fight corruption without p-----g off corrupt people."
And, folks, Donald Trump seems really p---ed.
Mr. Trump said he was "strongly considering" leaving his twitter perch and testifying in the House impeachment inquiry. Yeah, right. There was a better chance that Amelia Earhart would show up and tell them where she's been all these years.
The reply to Nancy Pelosi's invitation was done, of course, at safe remove, where Mr. Trump's bravery knows no bounds. I would imagine his lawyers collectively curled their toes at the mere thought of President Word Wizard trying to extricate himself from his latest mess in front of people who are not wearing red hats and drooling.
In another tweet, Mr. Trump stated it was beyond imagining that his name would ever be linked with the word "impeachment." Connect it with incompetence, draft dodger, con man, tax cheat, adulterer, liar, porn stars, and bankruptcies, but for heaven's sake, not impeachment!
People who are still wavering about the impeachment should stop for a moment and consider both the potential magnitude of what Trump threatened to do to a nation struggling to maintain its sovereignty and what his supporters are offering in his defense. But, first and foremost, keep nine crucial words in mind: "I'd like you to do us a little favor."
The steadfast Republicans all bemoan the absence of the original whistleblower. Did you ever wonder if other countries in the world treat people who come forward and report abuses and crimes the same shameful way they are treated in America? Even the word has taken on a sinister connotation, as if it is synonymous with betrayal.
There hasn't — to my knowledge — been a single witness that appeared before the House Intelligence Committee that refuted the information originally brought to light by the still anonymous whistleblower, a man who deserves a chapter in an updated version of John Kennedy's "Profiles in Courage." The commitment of this person to American standards and values is even more impressive given the fact that we know by now how little they matter to Trump and what he is capable of doing to protect himself.
Trump's acting (everybody's acting in this administration) chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, would have us "Just get over it." These are probably the operative words for maintaining some semblance of sanity within Trump's inner circle after you have jettisoned cumbersome things like honesty and integrity. He swindled people out of money they intended for an education. Get over it. He can't enunciate a coherent sentence. Get over it. He cheats on his third wife with a porn performer. Get over it. He has a far-too cozy relationship with Putin. Get over it. And yes, he's an arrogant fool, but get over it.
Mr. Trump's coddlers would have us believe that the inquiry to Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky was made out of concern for combating the corruption that was rampant in his country. The same man who had recently been fined $2 million for cheating firefighters out of money raised from charity events, we are told, is a warrior on corruption. Donald Trump voicing a concern for fighting corruption is like Bill Clinton arguing for the merits of abstinence.
It was just a coincidence that Trump only specified Burisma as the target for investigations. Joe Biden's son, Hunter, was raking in millions by sitting on the board of directors of the huge energy company. There is nothing inherently criminal about sitting on a board of directors, but the former vice president's failure to sense the inherent risk to his own career by advancing the fortunes of his ne'er-do-well offspring is evidence that Biden's judgment is seriously flawed. We need someone in this nation at this moment who isn't merely better than the god-awful president we are stuck with today.
And, Mr. Mulvaney, we will get over it. Next November at the ballot box.
Alden Graves writes a regular column for the Banner.
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