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Written by Jack King, BT Contributor   
July 2019

Does it remind you of Seven Days in May?

Abigstock--177428830s some of my Biscayne Times readers may have noticed, recently I’ve changed my column topics away from President Don “the Con” Dumpster to just about anything that isn’t him.

Unfortunately, the Con is at it again.

In mid-June, he took a week out of the calendar to tell more lies than ever. And that’s on top of the more than 10,000 lies he’s already told in speeches, tweets, interviews, you name it. You can check the ongoing count on the online Washington Post Fact Checker Database. 

So now we’ve come to a very wide weird spot in the road that looks suspiciously like the book Seven Days in May. It turned out that it was really Six Days in June, insanity edition. Here goes.

Trump kicked off his 2020 campaign and it was a mess: The Dumpster filed for reelection the day he was inaugurated in 2017. Though nothing changed in terms of the Dumpster’s campaign status this month, his rally in Orlando on June 18 gave us a glimpse of what to expect. He warned that the “fake news” media would lie about everything, from how full the arena was to whether China would pay for his tariffs, though most people think China won’t.

It’s telling that the Dumpster’s claim about the environment -- “our air and water are the cleanest they’ve ever been by far” -- came just a few sentences after he boasted that the United States is now the top producer of oil and natural gas in the world. That second claim is true, but it was also true before he took office.

Trump claims he got Iran death estimates with minutes to go before ordering a retaliatory strike on June 20: The Dumpster says he prevented the deaths of 150 Iranians that night, but his account has since raised questions about exactly when he learned a probable death count.

People familiar with the National Security Council decision-making process say that the number of casualties in a U.S. military action is one of the first pieces of information a president receives in the planning process. But the Dumpster says he got it at the last minute, after he asked. Gee, maybe he was trying to write a screenplay rather than plan real military action. Just another Dumpster lie.

And then he called off the strike: That’s just what the Dumpster does all the time. He puts on a loudmouth show and then stops the touted action with nothing accomplished. And that’s his modus operandi. He puts on a big dog-and-pony show. Waves his hands around and shoots his mouth off, then declares victory and says he saved the day. So how many times has this happened since his election?

There’s a debate about soap and toothbrushes to kids? I kid you not. From Courthouse News, June 18: “The Trump administration argued in front of a Ninth Circuit panel this month that the government is not required to give soap or toothbrushes to children apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border and can have them sleep on concrete floors in frigid, overcrowded cells, despite a settlement agreement that requires they be kept in ‘safe and sanitary’ facilities. All three judges appeared incredulous during the hearing.”

The Dumpster brilliantly cornered himself in Iran: In May the administration announced that it’s sending a carrier strike group and bombers to the Middle East “in response to a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings.” Then it announced new economic sanctions on Iran. And then after an escalating war of words, he announces the deployment of 1500 troops to the Middle East. Then in June, the attacks on oil tankers and the shooting down of a U.S. spy drone. And Trump is now sending in more troops and threatening “obliteration.” So who is escalating tensions here?

The Dumpster threatened to deport millions: On the day of his self-declared presidential campaign kickoff, the Dumpster threatened to deport “millions” of immigrants who are in this country illegally, beginning “next week.” Then he turned around and “delayed” the raids, threatening a do-nothing Congress that he’d still carry through on them. It’s that SOP again. He plays fast and loose with his watch and calendar -- so far, nothing to do with the Dumpster lasts long. And even he can’t remember what he was doing yesterday.

Another enemy of the people? The principal newspaper in Orlando is the Sentinel. Its editorial board endorsed the Dumpster in 2016. Not so this time around. From the paper’s June 18 editorial: “We’ve already decided who will get our endorsement for president in 2020, or, at least, who we’re not endorsing: Trump. After two and a half years, we’ve seen enough.”

The Sentinel dubbed the Dumpster’s “successful assault on truth” as “the great casualty of this presidency, followed closely by his war on decency.”

Nuff said.

 

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