The ridiculousness of it quite obvious, well, it’s probably obvious to all but the Trumpeteers who probably don’t get, or appreciate, the joke. Because it’s on them.
But then again, it’s pretty obvious these guys can’t take a joke. Certainly not from Kathy Griffin. Or really anyone, as we’ve seen Trump’s various scion running around whining in a giant pity party about how badly they’ve been treated.
But before I get to that’s let talk about that “100 days” thing.
During FDR’s first 100 days he signed legislation that established the Federal Emergency Relief Agency as his opening salvo against the Great Depression, then the Civilian Conservation Corps that fought the dust bowl, the Agriculture Adjustment Administration to get farming back on it’s feet, the National Industry Recovery Act and the Tennessee Valley Authority.
During Obama’s first 100 days he signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act which pulled the country out of the Great Recession of W. Bush preventing it from becoming a new Great Depression, turning the loss of 200,000 jobs per month into a gain of 50,000-70,000 per month, saved the U.S. Auto Industry, the Lily Ledbetter Equal Pay Act, the expanded the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP), ordered the Closure GItmo, supported the UN declaration on sexual orientation and gender identity, implemented new ethics guidelines for lobbyists, lifted the ban on embryonic stem-cell research, reversed the global gag rule for family planning and added the requirement that the CIA abide by the Army Field Manual to further limit the repetition of Torture that occurred under Bush.
During his first 100 days Trump signed no major legislation except for 28 minor regulation roll backs on gun control rules and internet privacy changes, claimed he brought about 1,000 jobs to Carrier — while still losing another 800 — twice attempted to ban Muslims from
seven — er — six countries from which we’ve never been attacked, only to be blocked twice by the 9th Circuit Court of appeals, took credit for job gains that we’re already in the works, had his big Trumpcare bill — which could kill between 25,000 and 36,000 Americans per year — fail on it’s first attempt then finally limp it’s way out of the House to be then largely ignored by the Senate, cut safety regulations for workers and the environment, green lit the DAPL and Keystone-XL pipelines while ignoring the giant Keystone leak, ignoring the massive rise in Hate Crimes and intimidation of minorities being implemented IN HIS NAME, begun his mass deportation plot by focusing on people who haven’t committed violent crimes and tearing families apart in the process, tried to have sanctions on Russia halted three times only to fail every time, lied about saving money on Air Force One, lied about saving money on the F-35, then reinstated and worsened the global gag rule.
Soon after the 100 day mark he dropped the U.S. out of Paris Climate accords, talked a lot of shit to NATO about “paying their fair share” when they already agreed in 2014 to do exactly that by 2024, lied about getting a massive arms deal with Saudi Arabia, managed to get a Special Prosecutor assigned to investigate his administration, has the New York Attorney General investigating both his and his son Eric’s charity foundation, and gotten next to nothing much else done except a ton of whining and crying via tweet.
So sure, Trump’s done a lot of stuff, mostly FAIL, and just about none of it has been any good for anyone.
And on the issue of slow cabinet confirmations, this is the record for all the administrations prior to Trump.
Obama nominees hold the top three spots on the waiting list. And Obama has had to wait longer, on average, than any other president in the data set for his nominees to join his Cabinet: Confirmed Obama nominees have waited for an average of 35 days. George W. Bush’s waited for an average of 16 days, Bill Clinton’s for 16 days, George H.W. Bush’s for 21 days, Ronald Reagan’s for 13 days and Jimmy Carter’s for six.
Obama cabinet members hold six of the top ten slots with Loretta Lynch who waited 161 Days, longer than seven other Attorney General nominees combined on top. And these are the ones who were ultimately confirmed because there were several who waited even longer and who were never confirmed because they gave up once the wait extended to year.
[As of 2013] The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services haven’t had a Senate-confirmed administrator since 2006. The Federal Labor Relations Authority has had only a single member since January and can’t issue decisions. And the Election Assistance Commission hasn’t had any commissioners at all since 2011.
Overall, more than 13 percent of presidentially appointed positions hadn’t been filled at the end of Obama’s first term, compared with around 10 percent for Bush and 11 percent for Clinton. While the uptick compared with the Bush administration may sound small, it translates into dozens more vacant positions.
Republicans have increasingly created roadblocks for nominees.
For instance, Senate Republicans blocked Obama’s nominees to the Election Assistance Commission — an agency charged with aiding voting that House Republicans voted to get rid of in 2011.
There was one Obama nominee who waited two years and ultimately died without being confirmed.
Cassandra Butts, a friend of President Obama's since law school, died on May 26 at the age of 50 — 835 days after he nominated her to be the ambassador to the Bahamas.
“All Cassandra wanted to do was serve her country,” Valerie Jarrett, an aide to Obama, told New York Times columnist Frank Bruni.
“Looking back, it is devastating to think that through no fault of her own, she spent the last 835 days of her life waiting for confirmation.”
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) reportedly put a hold on Butts's confirmation along with that of two other nominees in retaliation for a Secret Service leak regarding a GOP congressman.
Not to mention Judge Merrick Garland, the American Jobs Act, the Infrastructure Bank Bill and the Authorization to Use Force in Syria that congress either blocked or never even considered.
As a matter of fact Trump’s 15th and final cabinet confirmation came on April 27, while Obama’s final confirmation — which was for Kathleen Sebelius as HHS Secretary who was offered as a replacement for Tom Daschle for who dropped out due to a tax issue — was April 28th, one day later. So even Trump’s complaint about his cabinet coming together slowly, mostly because he was slow submitting them, it was still one day faster than Obama’s cabinet was completed.
Putting this in perspective the fact is that Trump is woefully behind getting his nominations done, but that’s largely his own fault.
On a broader level, the lack of Ambassador speaks to Trump’s slow and indifferent efforts to fill out the 559 government posts that require Senate confirmation. Only 39 of those have been confirmed in the Senate, and 442 have yet to have a name announced, according to a tally maintained by the Washington Post and the non-partisan Partnership for Public Service and updated Monday morning.
"If the President is looking for someone to blame on the slow pace of confirmations, he needs only to look in the mirror," Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer said of what he called Trump's "glacial pace in selecting nominees." Schumer noted that the Senate has confirmed Trump's Cabinet secretaries, the the President should "roll up his sleeves and get to work rather than pointing false fingers of blame."
The fact is that Trump really hasn’t even reached a point where has a real reason to complain with the prior track record of the Republicans obstruction with Obama. Yet complain they do and the latest whine-a-thon has come from Ivanka who says she “wasn’t expecting the viciousness.”
When asked if it was harder than she thought to get things done in Washington, the presidential advisor admitted that it left her surprised at the rancor in the city.
“It is hard,” she began. “There is a level of viciousness that I wasn’t expecting. I was not expecting the intensity of this experience.”
Trump’s words come six years and three months after her father’s first accusations about former President Barack Obama not being born in the United States and being an illegitimate president. The conspiracy theory took root and followed the elder Trump throughout the campaign until he was forced to acknowledge that Obama was actually born in Hawaii as his birth certificate says.
“This isn’t supposed to be easy,” Trump’s daughter said. “My father and this administration intends to be transformative and we want to do big bold things and we’re looking to change the status quo. So, I didn’t expect it to be easy. I think some of the distractions and the ferocity, I was a little blindsided by on a personal level. But for me, I’m trying to keep my head down, not listen to the noise and just work really hard to make a positive impact in the lives of many people.”
Of course what’s been vicious has been the mocking.
Now in seriousness the issue that Ivanka mostly talked about was Trump new “Job Skills and Apprenticeship” — where they are supposedly focused last week on infrastructure and this week on the issue of trying to help people without four year degrees find new jobs in new industries who have been displaced. And that is a legitimate issue worthy of discussion.
But of course coming from the Trumpsters this is still a big line of crap because his budget cuts worker retraining efforts and funds which had been put in place by President Obama by 40%.
"Workforce development and vocational training -- very important words," Trump said on March 17.
But his newly released budget doesn't reflect that.
It would cut funding for many job training programs by 40% to $1.6 billion from $2.7 billion currently, according to an analysis by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, a left-leaning think tank.
The cuts "would absolutely devastate the innovation and new models of jobs training," says David Socolow, director at the Center for Law and Social Policy, also a think tank.
And speaking of “vicious” there’s also her brother Eric who has been certainly keeping a civil and reasonable tone. Or rather not.
President Trump’s son Eric Trump on Tuesday said Democrats are “not even people” to him after their obstruction of his father’s agenda.
“I’ve never seen hatred like this,” he said on Fox News’s “Hannity” Tuesday night. “To me, they’re not even people. It’s so, so sad. Morality’s just gone, morals have flown out the window and we deserve so much better than this as a country.
“You see the Democratic Party, they’re imploding. They’re imploding. They became obstructionists because they have no message of their own.”
“You see the head of the DNC, who is a total whack job,” he told host Sean Hannity. “There’s no leadership there.”
“They lost the [2016 presidential] election that they should have won because they spent seven times the amount of money that my father spent.”
So you can see the thug-acorn doesn’t fall far from the Thug-in-Chief tree. This is a guy whose dad said John McCain wasn’t a war hero, who attacked the father of another U.S. War Hero claiming that he was in league with ISIS. Who said a sitting Federal Judge was such a Mexican racist he couldn’t rule fairly in the Trump U. case. Who called Mexicans “Rapists and “Criminals.”
And they don’t think the deserve some criticism of their own? Or don’t think you deserve to be the butt of well target jabs and humor?
YOU GUYS set the tone here. YOU GUYS have drawn first, second, third and twenty-fourth blood. And now you whine like a school yard bully caught in the act? A special prosecutor is coming after you guys because you fracking deserve it.
White Conservative Rich Clueless Asshole people, please.