Whistling in the Wind

While Donald Trump is a Queens native, a councilman in the neighboring borough of Staten Island is already thinking of a presidential library for him.

“I believe you have a certain affection for our borough and its residents and I believe that in many ways it is shared,” councilman Joe Borelli wrote to Trump, according to the New York Post

About 57 percent of the residents in Borelli’s’ district voted for Trump in 2016.

Hmmm. A presidential library? An ex-New Yorker friend of mine scoffed: “My dear friend in Staten Island says he has a one-car garage that would be perfect!”

Some may think of other places for President Trump and his belongings. Ryker’s Island?

Peachy

As each day goes by, each hour, Donald Trump keeps making the case for impeachment. And possibly conviction.

He goes off the rails. Again. And again.

The disaster that is Donald Trump keeps giving.

It is nearly 1,000 days, America held hostage.

I thought Trump might be in bunker mode by now. That’s not his style. He’s in retaliation, tweet-in-your-face mode. What we’ve learned about Trump since the beginning of his presidency is a constant: a liar, a braggart, misleading (if not lying), angry, vengeful.

“As I learn more and more each day, I am coming to the conclusion that what is taking place is not an impeachment, it is a COUP,” Trump tweeted tonight.

George Washington calling?

Adults leaving the room are becoming a cliche when the conversation turns to some Trump aides who offered a steady course. As an anonymous author wrote in the New York Times just over a year ago: “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration. The author said “many of the senior officials in his administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.”

Picture school children learning about the Presidents: Yes, Donald Trump chopped down the cherry tree. He stole the cherries, eat them all himself. He bulldozed that tree, sent it to a scrap heap.

Children – we don’t know the real story of Donald Trump or how it unfolds – yet.

Trump as president: People are stressed. Every day is the longest of the year. The news cycle is old in two minutes. Frazzled. People are stuck in front of their TVs. Breaking News. Breaking News. And it is breaking news.

The weird thing with Trump is that he’s been a steady dose of overdose since the beginning. Think back to shortly after the election when the White House lied about the crowd size during the inauguration. A few weeks ago, Trump brought out his Sharpie pen and lied about a storm heading into Alabama. Between then there have been so many lies, so much misinformation, so much twisting of facts. Dog eat dog eat dog. Loyalists are showed the door and despised. Remember Tillerson? Remember Scaramucci?

“I would like you to do us a favor”

The Don—there’s been lots of Mob stories around Trump these days, too, from his parsing of the language, his talk to the Ukrainian president. Mob guys usually aren’t too blunt at least until, well, the final instruction. Trump isn’t much of a mumbler but he likes a few syllables. His sentences veer off into collisions with words that don’t make sense. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, no?

That whistleblower, let me have a few words with him, Trump seems to say. C’mon, send him to the Oval Office. Robert De Niro, who has played a few mobsters, calls Trump a “wannabe gangster.”

After the whistleblower disclosed his concern about the President’s talk with Ukraine president Zelensky, the political avalanche has begun, at least among Democrats. I can’t tell if Trump loves this stuff, in part, because his campaign coffers are bolstered, and he believes he’s impervious. In the meantime, Trump raises the volume of his attacks and the nonsense: accused political opponents of treason and even invoked the prospect of a civil war if he is removed from office, according to the Associated Press. 

A history of nonsense

“During the 2016 campaign, I received a phone call from an influential political journalist and author, who was soliciting my thoughts on Donald Trump,” says Peter Wehner in the Atlantic. Trump’s rise in the Republican Party was still something of a shock, and he wanted to know the things I felt he should keep in mind as he went about the task of covering Trump.

“At the top of my list: Talk to psychologists and psychiatrists about the state of Trump’s mental health, since I considered that to be the most important thing when it came to understanding him. It was Trump’s Rosetta stone.”

“Donald Trump’s disordered personality – his unhealthy patterns of thinking, functioning and behaving – has become the defining characteristic of his presidency. It manifests itself in multiple ways: his extreme narcissism; his addiction to lying about things large and small, including his finances and bullying and silencing those who could expose them: his detachment from reality, including denying things he said even when there is video evidence to the country; his affinity for conspiracy theories; his demand for total loyalty from others while showing none to others and his self-aggrandizement and petty cheating.”

Geez, that’s a long time in the Confessional…..

That loyalty thing. “I need loyalty. I expect loyalty,” Trump once said. The Republicans have been mostly in line.

Code Orange

Is this all catching up to this bizarre businessman turned politician turned instant President? Should we say Orange Head? What name hasn’t he called people?

Carl Bernstein, the Pulitzer Prize winning reporter who exposed Watergate with his partner Bob Woodward at The Washington Post, said that Trump was “unraveling.” He’s not the only one who says Trump is unraveling.

Unraveling from what? The guy has been a ball of wrapped up crazy quilt mess for a long time. More unraveling?

In the Mueller report, many of his aides described an array of anger, anger, anger surrounding Trump and things he didn’t like. Mr. Sessions are you listening? And more anger.

Loyalty vs. Real Leader

Presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin found that Trump lacks several traits of an effective leader, such as “humility, acknowledging errors, shouldering the blame and learning from mistakes, empathy, resilience, collaboration, connecting with people and controlling unproductive emotions.”

Er, Trump says: “I need loyalty. I expect loyalty.”

Republicans: Is this the guy you want as president?

Excuse me, I’m checking out what Kearns Goodwin said in researching Lincoln on what it takes to be a great leader.

Among the attributes:

Share Credit for Success.

Ready Willingness to Share Blame for Failure

Awareness of Own Weakness

Ability to Control Emotions.

Lincoln 100, Trump 0.

Hmm. Trump’s not there and may never be.

Denouement

Eventually, Trump’s most infamous words may be a reflection of what mobster Joey Gallo once said: “I respectfully decline to answer because I honestly believe my answer might tend to incriminate me.” – Joe Cantlupe, Health Data Buzz

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