Previous “This Week in Trump” posts

Avoid Touching Your Face, but Sometimes a Facepalm Is Required 

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

Dr. Anthony Fauci seems to be one of the only adults in the room when it comes to the White House’s pandemic response, and I’m not sure how he can stand it. His chat with Science magazine was enlightening.

This Was a Scripted Speech 

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

Last night, Donald Trump briefly addressed the nation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to accidentally airing the president of the United States muttering “Aww, fuck”, the speech contained a rather shocking number of errors and falsehood, which needed to be corrected immediately afterwards.

Rather than allaying fears, the speech proved the most clear evidence yet that Donald Trump is dangerously unqualified for his present job.

Impeached President Donald Trump 

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

Yesterday evening, the US House of Representatives voted in favor of two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. The articles of impeachment charge Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, in relation to his withholding crucial military aid from Ukraine to pressure the country for personal favors.

Despite a mountain of evidence, not a single registered Republican in the House had the backbone to put country over party. There’s little hope we’ll see better from the Senate, where a 67 senator supermajority would need to vote to remove Trump from office, and Republicans hold control. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has stated outright that he’s “not an impartial juror”, despite the fact that he must soon swear an oath to be impartial. It is likely Trump will be acquitted in 2020, and this nightmare will continue for at least one more year.

Nevertheless, this impeachment is important. Regardless of the outcome in the Senate, these articles of impeachment signal that illegal and unconscionable behavior by officials is dangerous for the perpetrator, and unacceptable to the system. I hope to be pleasantly surprised by a Senate that does what it clearly ought to do, but I doubt very highly that that’s what will happen. Still, at the very least, Donald Trump can now forever be referred to as “Impeached President Donald Trump”. It’s not nothing.

I Want Any Reality But This 

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

You likely already saw the viral photograph of Donal Trump’s ridiculous notes, shot just yesterday. Here it is again:


Not to be overlooked, there’s also a printed-out tweet under there, likely part of a stack of “reading matrial” for Trump’s helicopter ride.

Wired has a brief interview with Mark Wilson, who captured the likely-to-be-iconic shot.

No Wall Lasts Forever 

Monday, November 11th, 2019

In commemoration of the fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago, a pro-democracy nonprofit in Germany has sent Donald Trump a not-so-little gift.

Not a Great Gig 

Friday, November 8th, 2019

A headline like “Rudy Hires New Lawyers To Stand By Helplessly And Watch Him Admit To Crimes On Twitter” is really just a delight to read. If you enjoy that story, don’t miss “Rudy Giuliani Prepares For One Million Legal Cases By Firing His Lawyer” either.

Don’t Make Us Say No 

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

You likely saw that Donald Trump attended game 5 of the World Series on Sunday, where he was loudly booed. A look at his loathsome face when this occurred shows that the booing may have even briefly given him a moment of realization that, yes, many, many people rightly despise him. I can’t say I have any hope that such a realization will stick, nor that it will result in any change in his awful behavior, but it’s not nothing.

Even better, however, was this tidbit from an article on the booing:

Trump did not sit with the Lerner family, the principal owners of the Nationals. A representative for the Lerner family put in a request to MLB to not be put in position to turn down a request from the White House to sit with Trump, according to WUSA.

Yes, it appears that the Lerner family had no desire to sit with Trump. They went so far as to ask Major League Baseball to help them avoid needing to turn down the president. That’s quite something.

President Trumpsimus 

Friday, September 6th, 2019

One of the least important bits of recent ridiculousness from the Trump administration has been Trump’s insistence that he didn’t make any mistake when he said Alabama would be hit by Hurricane Dorian. He did, and no amount of changing-an-F-to-an-A-with-a-Sharpie will change that.

There are far more consequential occurrences which deserve our attention, from inadvertently releasing previously classified information via a tweet, to sparring with the Federal Reserve, to ratcheting up a foolish trade war with China. These stories, and many others, are more important than “SharpieGate”. Still, this mess has at least given us all a chance to be amused by a dictionary engaging in some top-notch trolling.

Don’t Be Distracted

Friday, July 26th, 2019

Yesterday, a story broke that Donald Trump had spoken in front of a fake presidential seal while at the Turning Point USA Teen Student Action Summit.

This seal featured multiple shots at Trump, included a two-headed eagle alluding to his shady Russian dealings, a set of golf clubs, and a wad of money. While it’s still not clear how this image wound up projected behind Trump (the hosts have blamed it on a now-former member of the A/V team), the creator of the logo is known. Washington Post caught up with Charles Leazott, a former Republican who’s tickled at how this all went down.

This story is certainly good for a moment of levity, but unfortunately, it’s taking attention away from a much more unsettling story out of the very same event. The actual content of the speech Trump gave is disturbing. In short, Trump falsely claimed that he can do whatever he wants as president.

Trump claimed, “Then I have an Article II, where I have the right to do whatever I want as President.”

“But, I don’t even talk about that,” he added, “because they did a report and there was no obstruction.”

This is, in one word, wrong. The trouble is, the way a president is held accountable is via Congress. Without an independent legislative branch, the power of the American presidency really can go unchecked. That is proving disastrous for our democracy, and it’s the real story we should be watching.

Well, Someone Had to Be Manning Those Amperts 

Friday, July 5th, 2019

During his speech for the 4th of July, Donald Trump stated that the Continental Army “manned the amperts, ran the ramparts and took over the airports, it did everything it had to do”. As you can imagine, folks in Boston had more than a little bit of fun with this stupidity.