In his private sector days, he went bankrupt several times but told supporters on the campaign he never went bankrupt. Parsing it because he, of course, didn’t file bankruptcy for himself, but for the companies he filtered his money through. He said he never settled court cases preferring to go to court. But he settled so many, it’s hard to count.
He said he never grabbed women inappropriately, but a dozen or more say otherwise. But he figures that’s all in his past. He now protects himself from blame for other things.
The biggest “positioning” is saying he will close the government if he doesn’t get the initial – just the initial -- $1.6 billion for his cockamamie border wall. The one he said Mexico would pay for. He apparently has even his truest supporters believing the wall is a “red line” for him even though his promise, again, was a wall Mexico would pay for. He even told the Mexican president to go along with the rhetoric because that’s all it was. And now he wants to shut down the government if he doesn’t get his wall.
Either he’s nuts or the rest of us are.
As The Washington Post reports this morning he is playing me against them with the Republican-controlled Congress for being too incompetent to pass his legislative agenda. Let’s remember, while he does have priorities I’ve yet to see his White House submit any specifics of any of his priorities. He says let’s do x and Congress will write the bill.
He never submitted a health plan and now blames basically Sen. John McCain, who is battling brain cancer, for being the one responsible for health reform failing to pass (with blame left over of course for the majority leader). He also left it up to the Congress to fill in the details on “his” plan. But not that plan he called “mean” after having a Rose Garden ceremony celebrating the House Republicans for passing it.
He now wants tax reform done, before the year is up, according to his economic advisor Gary Cohn. But they have yet to submit a specific plan, saying the Congress can fill in the details.
If the Congress doesn’t pass tax reform, he’ll blame them for not getting HIS agenda done.
And if it does get done, when the reality hits that’s his country club buddies got a tax cut while the rest of the country didn’t even get to eat cake, he’ll blame the Congress again. No fingerprints.
The President also seems to think he can win re-election with 35 percent, or less, of the vote since he does nothing but play to his base. Mr. President, the stars aligned when you were elected. They ain’t aligning a second time.