Thanks to President Trump, the United States now is condoning murder by the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.

At the same time, he is looking the other way while the Saudis continue to mistreat and abuse women (despite that same Crown Prince’s smiling way of saying he’s making things better for women. “Hey, I’m letting them drive!”).

Trump is still attacking judges appointed by his predecessor. He also is overlooking his daughter’s mistakes regarding email that are similar to his former presidential opponent (“Lock her up!!!”) and, well, it’s only early morning, so who knows what else.

This man, the President of the United States, is not a good man. Let me repeat: he is condoning the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia’s order to murder and dismember (possibly while he still was breathing) an “opponent” – a journalist. He may have done it or not, the very decisive President Trump concludes. But, hell, let’s treat it as if he didn’t do it because he said he’d buy $400 billion of war products from us.

Oh, and my advice to you, Mr. President, is: If you’re going to pimp out the United States’ values, at least get the money up front because it’s unlikely the Saudis will ever buy those armaments and, if they do, they may wind up pointed at us. Why get the money up front? Because my guess is the prince’s word is as good as yours. Jus’ sayin’.

My friends, we are not in the Twilight Zone. We cannot make Trump’s behavior the new normal and overlook it because his latest outrage isn’t as outrageous as his previous outrage. My friends who read this and continue to support this man, you need to reassess whether your lives are really as better off as you think they are.

Because his tax cut is a failure, his economy (yes it’s his economy now) got a jump start from the last administration (whether you like that fact or not) and the market, as one indicator Trump liked pointing to for so long, has now lost all its yearlong gains. If he takes credit for its past strength, he also gets blame for the current declines. Sorry, time to put on your big boy pants and accept responsibility.

He did accept blame, kinda sorta, when he said he should have gone to Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans’ Day. Duh. Okay… it’s true. Your fear of going into a war zone is one thing (and I’m not condoning that, you are, after all the Commander in Chief) but going to Arlington??? Who’s gonna attack you there? A cyclist giving you the finger? Oh, that’s already happened, and… you survived!!!! Brave man, surrounded by buff men and women with automatic weapons.

The front page of the Washington Post last week led with the President’s decision to not accuse the Crown Prince of ordering a murder (and don’t think that isn’t being applauded in dictators’ offices around the world today!). The Post had a sidebar on the mistreatment of Saudi women and the next story that caught your eye was the one about how the acting Attorney General – that man who of course never winked at the President regarding how he’d handle the special counsel’s probe into Russia mucking with our election and the President’s campaign’s possible collusion – a few years ago took over a dormant non-profit, raised right-wing dollars and became its only employee and then used it as a platform for right-wing attacks, and got paid more than a million bucks along the way. A shining example of an Attorney General who will defend Americans against crime!!

And, yes, I hear my Trump-supporting friends right now saying, “yeah, but what about...” I’m done listening to “what abouts” because we aren’t talking about “them,” we’re talking about Trump. Stay on topic and then we can get to your what abouts later!!!

And, yes, I’m using exclamation points just as Trump did in his statement on the Saudi prince because, well, doesn’t that make it more emphatic, more true?

If you buy that, then let me end this way:

Trump continues to chop down the values this country was founded on, and every president since Washington has upheld. Until now!!!!!

And, for emphasis, !!!!!!!!🔷

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