Beautiful Lives and What Trump Is Doing to Them

Just for starters, does anybody have a clue what The Creature is bleating about here?

Seriously, I have no clue what “young and beautiful” lives he’s talking about. Who went home in tatters?

And then there’s this one, from yesterday:

Put pressure on the Democrats? to end the horrible law? This is your bleeping policy, you bleeping moron. 

Mother and son at Mexican-American border.

In case anyone is confused, this is what’s happening: There has long been a policy that when unaccompanied minors enter the U.S., they are put into the custody of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Refugee Resettlement, and from there they are either sent to relatives legally living in the U.S., if such can be found, or put into some kind of foster care. Once placed, Homeland Security takes no more responsibility for the children. It supplies no subsistence benefits for them and does not keep track of them. I would think they should at least keep track of them, but apparently they don’t. Again, my understanding is that’s been the process for awhile, and it could have used more scrutiny before Trump became president.

What’s new and unique to the Trump Administration is that the Trump Administration (via Terminal Prick Jeff Sessions) has directed border patrol to prosecute parents caught making unauthorized border crossings with their children. When that happens, and the parents are taken into custody, the children become unaccompanied minors. Got that? They weren’t really unaccompanied until Trump’s border patrol took their parents away. This directive wasn’t issued officially until recently, but the New York Times reported in April that 700 children, over 100 of them younger than four years old, had been taken from their parents at the border since October 2017.

And then, it was learned in a congressional hearing that Homeland Security has lost nearly 1500 children.

From October to December 2017, ORR [Office of Refugee Resettlement] attempted to reach 7,635 UAC [unaccompanied alien children] and their sponsors. Of this number, ORR reached and received agreement to participate in the safety and well-being call from approximately 86 percent of sponsors. From these calls, ORR learned that 6,075 UAC remained with their sponsors. Twenty-eight UAC had run away, five had been removed from the United States, and 52 had relocated to live with a non-sponsor. ORR was unable to determine with certainty the whereabouts of 1,475 UAC.

So we don’t know if those children are being trafficked or living on the streets or even still alive, and many of them actually came to the U.S. with at least one parent, who now has no idea where her or his children are. So, to keep out nasty street gangs — and I’m fine with keeping out nasty  street gangs — we’re tearing up families that are not part of street gangs, many of whom are fleeing the violence of street gangs. And Trump is responsible for this, not the Democrats. The Democrats have absolutely no power to reverse Trump’s decision.

Trump may be attempting to use lost and traumatized children to blackmail Democrats into providing funds to build his stupid wall, but the ripping apart of those families is still on him. Hostage-takers who kill the hostages can’t blame their victims.

Oh, but Trump tries. He also said,

“We have the worst immigration laws of any country, anywhere in the world,” Trump said at the roundtable held at the Morrelly Homeland Security Center. “They exploited the loopholes in our laws to enter the country as unaccompanied alien minors.”

Trump added: “They look so innocent. They’re not innocent.”

We’ll have to disagree about who is innocent and who is not.

But Trump was at his most brilliant yesterday when he tweeted that a White House aide who had given an official briefing to many members of the press did not exist.

But most of the bleeping White House press corps was there and heard this White House official say what he said.  See articles from the Washington Post, New York magazine, and CNN, just for starters.

Apparently Trump hasn’t yet given up on his Nobel Prize and is clinging to a fiction that the June 12 meeting that he canceled is going to happen anyway. There is a word for people like Trump. It is “moron.” Actually there are several other words; I believe you can think of a few.

12 thoughts on “Beautiful Lives and What Trump Is Doing to Them

  1. "Delusional," is another one.

    Also, someone needs to remind "President" D. Evil Cheesepuff, that this is Memorial Day weekend:

    When we as a nation (should) remember the young and beautiful lives that have been devastated and destroyed by REAL wars! – and not the young people who decided that having a White House gig would look good on their resume, but now find themselves unhireable (or, at least unhireable outside of the Wingnut Wefare circuit).

    Only a sociopath like tRUMP could focus on the "me" in Memorial Day! 

  2. It's a lamentful ode to Hope Hicks? Actually, he's just projecting what should rightfully be his shame and guilt on to the American public. Or maybe he's laying the foundations for an insanity defense. Whatever his game is, it doesn't alter the fact that Trump is a con man and a big bag of shit.

  3. "Seriously, I have no clue what “young and beautiful” lives he’s talking about. "

    I agree with Swami; Trump is missing Hope Hicks.  She was so much younger and less scowly toward him than Melanie is.

    "Put pressure on the Democrats? to end the horrible law? This is your bleeping policy, you bleeping moron."

    Even if it was a law enacted by Democrats, there is a Republican majority in both houses of Congress, and a Republican president to sign what they pass.  But of course it's just another of his incompetent attempts at blackmail.  I've been thankful (and sad to say, surprised) that the Democratic leaders in Congress have resisted caving in to these repeated and clumsy attempts.


  4. "Who’s going to give back the young and beautiful lives (and others) that have been devastated and destroyed by the phony Russia Collusion Witch Hunt? " Donald J. Trump

    Answer: Donald J. Trump

    IMO, and only my opinion – I think President Bone Spurs is worried that when Mueller delivers a report to Rosenstein and then it goes to Congress, the specifics will get out. Only Trump and Mueller know how bad those specifics will be. The tweet reflects a HUGE concern for Trump – Flynn flipped. Manifort will flip. Cohen will flip. Other insiders are "cooperating" witnesses. Trump knows what they know and their testimony will blow the lid off "No Conspiracy!" IMO, Trump is going to pull the plug on the Special Counsel Probe. He's going to shut down the NY investigation of Cohen. Trump wants everyone to recant their sworn testimony.  I think. If I'm right, Trump is facing charges when he leaves office that will put him behind bars for the rest of his life – UNLESS he can take over the justice system – buy all the witnesses off and when he has to, imprison the investigators. (Yeah, I'm crazy enough to think that's Trump's plan.)

    Why wouldn't he? Otherwise, he dies in jail. 

    The situation reminds me of the moment, when you are playing Hearts, and you realize one other card player is trying to "run it" and you ask the other two holding cars in secret, "Can you stop him?".

  5. Trump is playing a trick borrowed from the Republican playbook. (But they probably stole it from somebody else.) Whatever you're doing that is blameworthy, say that your opponents are doing. I have not noticed the Republicans failing to do that in the past 20 years. Sometimes I even find out what the Reps are doing by what they say the Dems are doing.

  6. (Yeah, I'm crazy enough to think that's Trump's plan.)

    Doug, I can't agree with your particular scenario, but I do believe you're not crazy in thinking that Trump will act out of desperation in an effort to stop the investigation. A more frightening scenario would be that he launches a preemptive military strike on North Korea to secure a position of a "war time president" to increase domestic opposition to investigating his criminal activity.

    The certainties that I have established ( in my mind) thus far pertaining to Trump are that he's guilty of many crimes. Among them are conspiracies with foreign entities to subvert our electoral process, and obstruction of justice in the cover up of those conspiracies. And that he capable of any act to the furtherance of his self preservation. Like a wild animal that has been cornered he's got nothing to lose by crashing in everything around him. Desperate men take desperate measures.

     I'm reminded of the bible story of Sampson. Only in the respect that Sampson was a strongman who had lost his power, and only had it restored in it's last vestiges to effect his own demise. You never know though. Sometimes I think of an ending of Trump's presidency in a similar manner to the disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker. Where federal marshals have to drag Trump from underneath the resolute desk in the oval office, with a broken Trump whimpering in tears, saying.."Please, don't do this to me". As they come to take him away to justice.

  7. Now "President" D. Evil Cheesepuff is twitlering that our fallen soldiers would have loved his administration.  It's bad enough this a sociopath focuses on the "me" in Memorial Day.

    But to use this solemn occasion for blatant self-serving propaganda is too much.  Impeach already!

  8. Joy Reid has stopped reading tRumps tweets on the air, I think she has it about right!

  9. It's really scary to try to get into Trump's mind.  However, I have my boots on.  Trump is not dumb but he is not a chess player.  He may have a strategy but it changes from day to day if not moment to moment.  And it does not come from intelligence but from his "instinct". 

    I can believe Trump  to be guilty of anything and hope that justice will prevail even if it sends me to the bathroom.

    I can understand Joy Reid's not wanting to read Trump's tweets but on the other hand I feel the public has a right to know what he is thinking.  Also, I do believe the tweets will be his downfall.  Just wish it would happen soon.

  10. Granny,

    The way I see it the problem with trumps tweets is that he (Steven Miller is the guy behind most of the tweets) is using them to control the media narrative, he puts out outrageous shit that is meant to inflame and occupy meanwhile his cabinet officers are busy raiding the treasury and selling of our public lands. His tweets are nothing more than a modern day Trojan Horse, they have little to do with his actual policy. Most of the tweets lately are only meant to deflect attention from the Mueller Probe, remember they know what Mueller knows.

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