Cold as ICE
– This week’s update on the United States kicking out those yearning to breathe free comes from Cleveland. After 16 years in the United States, Jesus Lara Lopez kissed his four children and wife good-bye
as he boarded a flight to Mexico under deportation orders. ICE did not reconsider his case despite a plea from Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and a petition with 34,000 signatures.
Bombing the Shit Out of ISIS Civilians – In the earliest days of his campaign, before we could imagine the upside down world that awaited us, Trump said he would “bomb the shit out” of ISIS. Well, he has, and an estimated 2,200 civilians have been killed by U.S.-led coalition bombings since Trump’s sparsely attended inauguration six months ago. That’s 12 civilians per day. Under Obama’s leadership, an estimated 2,300 were killed in attacks against ISIS as well, but that was over his entire administration.
Paul Ryan – Silent but Deadly – Recently, we here at The TrumpShaker congratulated Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) for getting her amendment to end the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force approved by House Appropriations Committee. This meant that Lee’s amendment was to have a full hearing in the House of Representatives. However, a lot of things that should happen don’t happen with Paul Ryan (R-WI) in charge. Ryan pulled Lee’s amendment, literally in the middle of the night, without warning.
Not Honest Abe (But She’s My Hero) – In his crazy New York Times interview, Trump said he was seated next to Akie Abe, the wife of Japan’s Prime Minister during the G-20 summit dinner. Trump said, “So, I was seated next to the wife of Prime Minister Abe, who I think is a terrific guy, and she’s a terrific woman but doesn’t speak English . . . Like, not ‘hello.’” Well, Akie Abe did go to English-speaking schools in Tokyo, worked for a global PR firm, and has given a speech before in English. So, while it’s not clear if she’s comfortable speaking English, there’s a chance that she pretended to not know English to avoid talking to Trump for two hours. If so, she’s my new personal hero. In fact, I was even able to get an interview with her to find out why she did it.
He’s Mr. Short Term Memory – Apparently, putting less care into his national security clearance disclosures than I put into reviewing the waiver at a waterslide park, Jared Kushner has revised his disclosures yet again, adding in 70 assets worth $10.6 million.
As American as Indentured Labor – This week was declared “Made in America” week by the Trump administration. The Made in America campaign was slightly buried by the other administration themes this week of Russian collaboration and Republican infighting. However, Mar-a-Lago knew how to celebrate it in style. Trump’s Florida club asked permission to hire 70 foreign workers because it cannot find qualified citizens to serve as cooks, waiters, and housekeepers. I think they forgot to say they can’t find qualified citizens “at the wages we like to pay.”