You go out for a drink Friday night, expecting to see images of hurricane Harvey on the bar’s TV, but instead you are riveted by the breaking news that, in his own tornado of activity, President Donald Trump has pardoned the criminally convicted racial profiler Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio and that Sebastian Gorka, the White House’s sinister counterterrorism advisor, who likes to wear a medal associated with Hungarian Nazi collaborationist group Vitézi Rend, has left his post.
Another week, another trip to the dark side. “Love for America requires love for all of its people,” the President opined on Monday, lauding “the men and women of our military [who] operate as one team, with one shared mission and one shared sense of purpose. They transcend every line of race, ethnicity, creed and color to serve together and sacrifice together in perfect cohesion.” But his rosy rhetoric did not, in fact, include “all of its people”—on Friday, the president sabotaged this “perfect cohesion,” issuing draconian guidelines intended to strip transgendered people of their right to serve.
His Monday speech ostensibly concerned Afghanistan, and it did lay out some sort of fuzzy souped-up plan, the gist of which seemed to be swapping “nation building” for “killing terrorists.” (General McMaster reportedly talked a reluctant Trump into this foreign foray by showing him a photo of three miniskirted Afghan girls walking down the street in Kabul in 1972.) With his typical eloquence, the commander-in-chief declared that terrorists are “losers,” which made us wonder all over again why the president can’t seem…
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