Today’s Clown Show

Trump Maladministration

Today in an event honoring Navajo Code Talkers that was attended by three of the surviving “talkers,” Trump went off on Elizabeth Warren, calling her “Pocahontas.”

“You were here long before any of us were here. Although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her ‘Pocahontas,’ ” he said with a chuckle. “But you know what? I like you.” The audience was quiet.

I have said in the past that Trump has no class. He’s like a black hole that sucks away any trace of class.

Warren has been a consistent critic of Trump’s and, prior to joining the Senate, was one of the key advocates for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. That agency has been at the center of a fight over the past several days as Trump tries to overhaul it. Warren criticized Trump’s efforts in an interview with The Washington Post on Monday.

Unsurprisingly, many Native Americans have taken offense at Trump’s use of Pocahontas’s name to disparage a political opponent. So, too, have many Republicans. When Trump used the expression in 2016, Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) expressed his disdain.

“It’s neither appropriate personally toward her, and frankly, it offends a much larger group of people,” Cole said at the time. “So I wish he would avoid that.” Instead, Trump not only used it Monday, but also did so after explicitly mentioning that MacDonald’s “great friend” Tom Cole was in the audience.

The “MacDonald” referenced above is Peter MacDonald, one of the surviving Code Talkers. Whether MacDonald and Cole actually are friends, or whether Trump was just being a dick toward Native Americans, I do not know.

If you’ve been wondering what the hell is going on with the the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, do see “What the Hell Is Going On at the C.F.P.B.?” by Abigail Tracy at Vanity Fair. In brief, after longtime director Richard Cordray announced he was leaving, “he promoted his chief of staff, Leandra English, to the agency’s No. 2 position, and declared in a letter to bureau staff that she would step in as acting director,” Tracy writes. But Trump picked former congressman Mick Mulvaney to be the acting director until someone is confirmed by the Senate. In the past Mulvaney has called the CFPB a joke that shouldn’t exist. Mulvaney is expected to dismantle the agency.

But then this happened: English filed a lawsuit against Trump to stop Mulvaney from taking over as acting director.

Mulvaney appeared to escalate the battle on Monday, showing up to work armed with donuts; English countered with a post-Thanksgiving e-mail signed ”acting director.” At present, both are hard at work at the same job.

In an interview, Liz Warren sided with English:

Pressed on whether the law clearly authorizes the president to fill such vacancies, Warren challenged that premise. “Dodd-Frank is quite specific: It provides its own succession planning,” she told me. “There is no vacancy for President Trump to fill.”

Just another day in the clown car …

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  1. Ed  •  Nov 27, 2017 @6:50 pm

    Plus Trump "honored" the Navajos in front of a portrait of Andrew Jackson, who is one of his favorite presidents. 


  2. Bonnie  •  Nov 27, 2017 @7:41 pm

    Good point, Ed.  Jackson is known for saying "the only good Indian is a dead Indian."  Trump and Jackson are two peas in a pod.  As an American Indian, Trump and his staff who support him in calling Senator Warren Pocahantas just absolutely offend me (I'm looking at you, so-called Christian, Sarah Sanders).  It is a racial slur to all of us American Indians.

  3. uncledad  •  Nov 27, 2017 @8:04 pm

    "Today in an event honoring Navajo Code Talkers"

    I’m surprised Trump even bothered to honor a minority group, someone must have told him that President Obama was against the Navajo when he was in office?

  4. Swami  •  Nov 27, 2017 @9:31 pm


    Whether MacDonald and Cole actually are friends, or whether Trump was just being a dick toward Native Americans, I do not know.

     When in doubt always assume that Trump is being a dick… only because he is and he's always going to be true to his nature. Trump has never learned the discipline of self control or discretion. He's a big obnoxious bag of shit….and I'm looking forward to the day when Mueller's investigation takes him down.

  5. aj  •  Nov 27, 2017 @10:06 pm

    The tax bill is one more wrecking ball since the rich do not have enough money yet.

    Pelosi tried to get MTP to talk about it, but MTP was focused on trying to blame her for the personnel policies of a Congress she is not speaker of. She was trying to get Conyers to comply with an investigative process that is confidential so no she cannot answer questions of  the allegations since she cannot know what they were. And no one is putting Smirk P Ryan in the hotseat for Neanderthal personnel policies.

    Mulvaney is pulling a stunt to intimidate the legislative branch into compliance with authoritarianism. And the lawyer that wrote the executive branch opinion is a lobbyist for payday loan industry.

    Oh Pocahontas. I live in a state with 39 tribes. I am a descent person also. So the veteran elders were treated  with obnoxious disrespect when they were supposed to be honored. Pocahontas was real and has living descendants. But are we surprised he is a racist sexist?

  6. c u n d gulag  •  Nov 27, 2017 @11:01 pm

    I wonder how the Navajo say, "Orange-colored flaming asshole!!!"?

  7. csm  •  Nov 27, 2017 @11:23 pm

    That this disgusting pig of a man couldn’t help but insult these heroes in such a racist way when they were asked to be there to be honored for their extraordinary service should be offensive to everyone who calls themselves an American. 

    That he is the President, and that there will be literally millions of "fellow Americans" who will not only find no fault with this behavior but actually revel in it, just shows where we are as a nation.  And its not a good place.

    This is the only way this ignorant cretin delivers any value to his party in helping them “govern” and pass horrible legislation by generating outrage after public outrage to create distractions and run interference for them. 

    I just hope this ends up being yet another brick among many removed from the edifice of any respectability and legitimacy the GOP has left.  And that they are made to pay for it in 2018.

  8. Swami  •  Nov 28, 2017 @3:47 am

    Also keep in mind that Flynn is in the process of rolling over. And one of the characteristics of rolling over is that you have to roll over on a target further up the ladder if your attempt to secure a better deal for yourself is going to have any meaningful value. Which in Flynn's case is limited to only Trump or Sessions as a possible propitiation to satisfy the spirit of justice.  

    With Manafort already indicted, anybody below that level of importance is just small potatoes that Mueller can pick off at his leisure.

  9. c u n d gulag  •  Nov 28, 2017 @9:17 am

    And the cherry on top of this sundae of bigotry and stupidity, was that the whole ceremony with our Navajo heroes took place with the portrait of Andrew Jackson looking on.

    Andrew Jackson.

    Chew on that for a moment.

    But don't digest it.

    You'll yack-up a hairball – or worse, your spleen.

  10. Doug  •  Nov 28, 2017 @9:24 am

    Trump is quite willing to honor minorities who fight the wars he won't. That's their function in a Trump democracy – to be ground to bits in the war machine.

    Trump and his ilk will pin a medal on the survivors when they are feeble.

  11. aj  •  Nov 28, 2017 @10:14 am

    Tell me , Sarah H Sanders, sour mouth, if it is not a slur why does he call her that? Why does he call her that?  If it is not derogatory why does he say it over and over? Can you back up your statement yesterday that alleged Sen. Warren got something out of it? Why are you saying something you cannot back up with facts.

    Her royal sourness needs to be put on the spot.

  12. Doug  •  Nov 28, 2017 @1:01 pm

    The distraction over Trump's NA slur will have the desired effect of overshadowing what the GOP is trying to do in tax "reform". The big news today is that Pelosi & Schumer cancelled a meeting with Trump over attaching a DACA fix to the spending bill that must pass on Dec 8 to prevent a government shutdown. This is going to be epic IF the Dem leadership will throw their weight behind Warren and Sanders. They want a fix now – when they have negotiating leverage. Trump wants to turn the American Gestapo lose on Hispanics in March.I will be in DC next week to participate in protests which will include come confrontation at the offices of key Senators.


  13. Swami  •  Nov 29, 2017 @1:21 am

    I'm stoked man!  Just got done reading an article about Flynn and his legal predicament. In order to save his little cabbage patch kid he's gotta start singing..Word is he's gonna roll over like the Andrea Doria. I hope I'm not allowing my hopes to get too high, but when you hear how close Flynn was to Trump throughout the whole campaign and into the White House you get the feeling that if anybody has solid information about Trump that could be damaging…It's Flynn.

    No doubt that Flynn was running his own game, but seeing how Trump was so eager to shake Comey off of Flynn's trail it kinda strongly points to the idea that Trump was covering his own ass for his own reasons rather than any love for Flynn.

     Go Mueller!.. and team.