Riders on the Storm: The Disaster Trumpists Have Created

You know, it’s too bad that Stop Making Sense was used as the title for the famous Talking Heads concert film, because it would have been far more fitting for a documentary about the Trump administration’s handling of its various scandals:

Former New York mayor and Trump legal counsel Rudy Giuliani gave a long and, at times, incoherent interview to ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos Sunday morning.

At one point, Giuliani dismissed the now-famous $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels because $130,000 “is not a great deal of money.” After Stephanopoulous played a clip of Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano labeling some of Giuliani’s previous statements about Trump “unworthy of belief,” the former mayor’s defense was that Napolitano “knows less about” this case “than I do.”

If Giuliani made any news during the 20 minutes he spent offering a stream-of-consciousness defense of his most famous client, it came at the end, when the president’s lawyer suggested that Trump may refuse to speak with Special Counsel Robert Mueller…

Giuliani’s suggestion that Trump may not testify because it would be too risky followed several attempts to blame this state of affairs on Mueller and claim that the special counsel is untrustworthy. In one especially awkward exchange, Giuliani blamed Mueller for leaking a set of potential questions he might ask Trump.

Yet, almost immediately after Giuliani attempted to blame this leak on Mueller, Stephanopoulous cut the former mayor off to point out significant evidence that the leak came from the Trump camp.

Somewhere in Chappaqua, New York, a former Secretary of State is thinking, “Boy, I hope the 62 million people who voted for Trump are proud of themselves.”

Watching this mess, one can’t help wondering if the folks who are responsible for putting this unflushed toilet of an administration into power are, on some level, addicted to chaos. Do they find this stuff entertaining? Do they get off on having reality TV in the White House?

I mentioned earlier the media’s exploitation of John McCain’s illness. When McCain finally passes away, we’ll surely see replayed over and over the moment ten years ago when McCain stood up to an elderly, bigoted member of his base at a rally in Minnesota. One wonders if the press will ever track down that woman (assuming she’s still alive), ask her if she voted for Trump (surely she did), and ask her if she’s proud of the mess the 45th president has created.

Last week, Suffolk University released a poll with some interesting findings related to the 2020 presidential election:

Even though Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has declared that she is not running for president in 2020, her shadow looms over the New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary, according to a new Suffolk University poll of New Hampshire voters. President Donald Trump dominates the Republican side…

Active campaigning in New Hampshire is still a year and a half away, but were Warren to enter the fray, she would lead among probable Democratic primary voters. In a theoretical field of candidates, Warren was the choice of 26 percent of respondents, followed by former Vice President Joe Biden (20 percent), Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (13 percent), New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker (8 percent), California Sen. Kamala Harris and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (4 percent each). New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (2 percent each), with 18 percent undecided.

Let’s say we do end up with Trump vs. Warren in 2020, assuming Trump does not resign by then (he won’t be impeached and removed even if Democrats recapture the House and Senate this year). How many of the 62 million who voted for Trump the last time around will do so again, despite all the chaos and covfefe of Trump’s first term, because they’ll buy into Trump’s pathetic “Pocahontas” prattling? Dick Cheney once famously observed, “[Ronald] Reagan proved that deficits don’t matter.” We could look back years from now and mournfully observe, “Donald Trump proved that truth doesn’t matter.”

D.R. Tucker

D. R. Tucker is a Massachusetts-based journalist who has served as the weekend contributor for the Washington Monthly since May 2014. He has also written for the Huffington Post, the Washington Spectator, the Metrowest Daily News, investigative journalist Brad Friedman's Brad Blog and environmental journalist Peter Sinclair's Climate Crocks.