A Complete Analysis Of Trump’s 92nd Unpresidented Week As POTUS
Trump’s first major typo after winning the election was spelling Unprecedented incorrectly. He infamously tweeted “Unpresidented.” This typo is a personification of his administration: An impulsive, frantically thrown together group of characters with virtually no oversight. After Trump was sworn in, I started writing the weekly “Unpresidented” column, analyzing his every move. This is week 92.
This was one of the most difficult weeks under the Trump administration thus far. The flames of division we face, which are being fanned by the President of the United States, have never felt more searing. At times, it felt as if America was coming apart at the seams. That’s because, in a lot of ways, it was.
This week, a neo-Nazi murdered 11 Jews in a Pittsburgh synagogue with an AR-15. He was apparently triggered by the fear-mongering over the caravan from Honduras, specifically, the lies from conservative media claiming George Soros is funding the caravan.
A Trump supporter mailed 14 bombs to 11 individuals Trump has relentlessly criticized. That includes Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, George Soros, John Brennan, James Clapper, other senior Democratic political leaders, and the Time Warner Center where CNN is located. This individual was caught in a van covered in Trump stickers.
A white supremacist killed two black people in a Kroger supermarket in Kentucky.
In the aftermath of this, the President of the United States continued to use the anti-Semitic dog whistle “globalist” and attacked many of the individuals his supporter sent bombs to, including CNN.
Members of conservative media continued to push the same false narrative that George Soros is funding the caravan.
And what we saw from others was the false rebranding of peaceful protests from Democrats as “angry mobs” and equating restaurant disruptions with the near-fatal bombing attempts that came from the right.
Let’s be clear: this is not an issue that both sides suffer from equally and that false equivalency does nothing but build up a narrative that further gaslights the American people into believing that both parties are the same.
We must not shy away from the fact that rhetoric from the President of the United States had a direct influence on the events that transpired this week. That is objectively true. But what happened in the aftermath tells you everything you need to know about the man currently occupying the Oval Office.
When tragedy strikes, the question is no longer whether or not Donald Trump will rise to the occasion and unite the nation. The question is how much further will Donald Trump plummet himself into moral degradation?
My question for you as you relive the events of this week is simple: how many people will you mobilize to vote on November 6th?
Day 641: Monday, October 22
Redefining Rights Away
In spite of numerous studies proving gender identity is determined by the brain, the Trump administration aims to redefine transgender people’s rights away.
Over the weekend, a New York Times report revealed that the Department of Health and Human Services is looking to redefine gender, which would, by extension, mean the US government would not recognize transgender people as a protected class of people entitled to civil rights.
The consequences would be dire.
Trump’s HHS aims to redefine gender
Trump tried to ban transgender people from the military
Trump’s DOJ argues businesses can discrimnate aganist transgender people
Trump essentially says transgender people don’t deserve rights
Science says otherwise https://t.co/FqWlv6JG2y
— Rantt Media (@RanttMedia) October 24, 2018
The measure has yet to be enacted so, needless to say, keep an eye on this.
In other news…
- The Washington Post reported that Republican congressmen and conservative commentators resorted to slandering Jamal Khashoggi’s name to make Trump’s defense of Saudi Arabia look better. This came after Saudi officials came forward on Friday with this excuse for the murder which the President later called “credible” before flip-flopping and casting doubt on it. They are claiming it was a “fist fight gone wrong.” This, as we’ve heard from multiple reports, is a lie.
- CNN: Mueller drills down on Roger Stone’s WikiLeaks contacts
- NBC News: NBC/WSJ Poll: Democrats hold 9-point advantage for midterm elections
- NBC News: Republicans outpacing Democrats in early voting in key states, NBC News finds
- President Trump continued to fear monger about the caravan, which we see later in the week had dire consequences.
When a leader’s main message to you is “MS-13 is coming to take your children while the politically correct Democratic mob is going to beat you up,” you need to be very suspicious of their motives.https://t.co/Ov3i6KUUt8
— Ahmed Baba (@AhmedBaba_) October 22, 2018
MSNBC & @marianaatencio are doing great work broadcasting the human stories of the caravan from Honduras
There’s a mother & her daughters who had their home taken by gangs
A young man seeking a better life
These people are seeking asylum, not troublehttps://t.co/90kC4RdNu4
— Ahmed Baba (@AhmedBaba_) October 22, 2018
By picking up the language of “caravan crisis” and “onslaught” — and by allowing themselves to be manipulated — the media does Trump’s bidding. Again. … My column https://t.co/iayYgDEF8L
— Margaret Sullivan (@Sulliview) October 22, 2018
Day 642: Tuesday, October 23
“I’m A Nationalist”
“A globalist is a person who wants the globe to do well, frankly not caring so much about our country… I’m a nationalist,” President Trump said at a rally in Houston pic.twitter.com/QVYIGYyrvt
— TIME (@TIME) October 23, 2018
On Tuesday, after unleashing the “globalist” anti-Semitic dog whistle, President Trump finally admitted what many have called him. Although some of his supporters may try and brush this aside as Trump putting “America First” (which is a slogan that has its roots in the pro-Nazi movement in America in the 1920s but that’s a story for another day) this comment had a dark past. Not only is it synonymous with the modern white nationalist/neo-Nazi movements that are currently surging in America and Europe, but it is also synonymous with the ideologies America combatted in Japan, Italy, and Germany during World War II…
Nationalism is not patriotism. Nationalism is inherent in authoritarian regimes.
In other news…
- New York Post: Khashoggi’s body parts reportedly found in Saudi consul general’s garden
- Reuters: Trump says Saudis staged ‘worst cover-up ever’ on Khashoggi; U.S. revokes visas of some Saudis
- CNBC: Trump says he ‘probably’ will meet Russian leader Putin in Paris in November
- The Guardian: Kavanaugh once lobbied for judge now handling ethics complaints against him
- Ted Cruz-Beto O’Rourke update:
— Ahmed Baba (@AhmedBaba_) October 23, 2018
- The New York Times: U.S. Begins First Cyberoperation Against Russia Aimed at Protecting Elections
- The New York Times: Explosive Device Is Found in Mailbox at Soros’s Home in N.Y. Suburb
Day 643-645: Wednesday-Friday, October 24-26
The MAGA Bomber
The Lede: I combined the events that took place from Wednesday to Friday into one segment because it truly felt like one, very long day.
After this week’s events, it now seems indisputable: the President of the United States and conservative media’s reckless rhetoric helped radicalize terrorists.
Cesar Sayoc Jr. has been arrested in connection with the attempted mass murder targeting Trump critics that include President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, senior Democratic political leaders, a former director of the CIA, and the Time Warner Center where CNN is located. Sayoc is a 56-year-old Florida resident with ties to New York. He has a lengthy criminal record which includes bomb threats. Sayoc’s social media accounts have also been uncovered, which include numerous posts threatening violence against Democrats, pro-Trump memes, and footage of Sayoc at a Trump rally. He also was the sole follower of Facebook pages called “Kill George Soros” and “Kill All Socialists.”
Sayoc’s truck, which was found by the FBI by in Plantation, Florida, was covered in President Trump’s seal and other right-wing/MAGA paraphernalia.
— Adam (@aalali44) October 26, 2018
The van of the man arrested in connection with the mail bombs shows a picture of Hillary Clinton with a target on her face. pic.twitter.com/fUBin5PAmI
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) October 26, 2018
Sayoc was also a Fox News fan.
Key Takeaways from alleged #MAGABomber Cesar Sayoc’s Twitter…
— Jonathan Franks (@jonfranks) October 26, 2018
The news of Sayoc’s arrest came just after President Trump attacked the press on Twitter at 3 am and then appeared to endorse the false flag theory being perpetuated by conservative media (which the FBI has now concluded is not the case, and that these were not hoax devices).
Let’s be very clear about what this tweet is:@POTUS just signaled an endorsement of the baseless false flag theories being spread by right-wing media, framing terrorism as a midterm distraction
This is his most depraved display of party over country yethttps://t.co/O5itHFQKxK
— Rantt Media (@RanttMedia) October 26, 2018
After Sayoc’s arrest was made public, President Trump read scripted remarks at a prescheduled event condemning the attacks, but then continued his reckless rhetoric.
Trump hits “globalists” at WH event after call for unity in wake of bomb-scare suspects arrested. Several audience members shout out “George Soros” and others shout “lock ’em up.” Trump chuckles, points and repeats “lock ’em up.”
— Jordan Fabian (@Jordanfabian) October 26, 2018
And at a rally later on Friday night, President Trump continued his attacks on targets of these bombings.
Donald Trump is not fit to lead in any capacity
There’s a reason his businesses failed and he had to depend on his daddy’s money, bankruptcies, and Russian money
Not only is he a simpleton, he’s a depraved human, and I don’t think people should shy away from pointing that out https://t.co/wyq9cHLIdP
— Ahmed Baba (@AhmedBaba_) October 26, 2018
Trump in Charlotte: Says “radical Democrats… will try to erase everything we’ve [done]. They want to raise your taxes. They want to impose socialism. They want to take away your 2nd amendment rights… A vote for Democrats is a vote for open borders and tax hikes.”
— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) October 26, 2018
The Context: As of Friday morning, there were a total of 11 bomb targets and 14 bombs. All of the pipe bombs have a similar function and packaging. And all of the people who experienced these attempted assassinations have been repeatedly vilified and deemed enemies by the President of the United States.
- Billionaire liberal philanthropist George Soros (sent to his home in New York)
- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (sent to her home in New York)
- Former President Barack Obama (sent to his home in Washington)
- Former CIA Director John Brennan (sent to CNN- the Time Warner Center in New York)
- Former Attorney General Eric Holder
- Rep. Maxine Waters, D-CA (One bomb sent to LA, another sent to Maryland’s congressional mail sorting facility)
- Actor Robert De Niro
- Former Vice President Joe Biden (One sent to New Castle, DE, another sent to Wilmington)
- Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ)
- Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper
- Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA)
- Billionaire liberal philanthropist Tom Steyer
President Trump has long called the media the “enemy of the people,” called for his political opponents like Hillary Clinton to be jailed, questioned Barack Obama’s place of birth, and framed Democrats as “evil” enemies. And just last week, President Trump praised GOP Congressman Greg Gianforte for criminally body slamming reporter Ben Jacobs.
The Analysis: In moments of great crisis, the American people look to the president to assuage their fears. In times of divisiveness, we look to the president to unite us. In times of volatile political violence, the president is supposed to encourage peaceful coexistence. But that is not the case in 2018. Instead, the American people have come to expect the president to exacerbate crises, stoke divisiveness, and encourage political violence. President Trump is perpetuating the very things he has sworn to protect the American people from.
What Donald Trump and his allies are doing is dangerous. This isn’t a game. Lives are at risk. The President of the United States is cultivating an environment where political violence is encouraged. Trump and his allies in conservative media spread disinformation, gaslighting his supporters into a state of such hatred and delusion that we now have a radicalized terrorist who attempted to act on that hatred.
The president is supposed to remind Americans of their common values, not lie to them about their differences. President Trump’s political platform is to divide and conquer. And now we have further proof he is willing to continue his culture war, even if there may be casualties.
In other news…
- CNN: Man who killed 2 at Kroger tried to enter a predominantly black church minutes earlier, police say
- The New York Times: When Trump Phones Friends, the Chinese and the Russians Listen and Learn
- Mother Jones: Text Messages Show Roger Stone Was Working to Get a Pardon for Julian Assange
- NBC News: U.S. officials concerned Trump discussing sensitive information on unsecured cellphone
- The Washington Post: CIA director briefs president on audio purportedly capturing the killing of Jamal Khashoggi
- CNBC: Senate panel refers Avenatti, Kavanaugh accuser Swetnick for criminal investigation
- The Hill: Court rules part of Trump order on sanctuary city funding is unconstitutional
- The Washington Post: Trump considering plan to ban entry of migrants at southern border, deny asylum
- The Atlantic: George Papadopoulos Wants Immunity From the Senate
- USA TODAY: Federal judge blocks Georgia from throwing out absentee ballots based on signature mismatches
- Politico: HHS admits miscount left some migrant children stranded in custody
- CNN: Trump signs opioids law at White House event
- Politico: Bolton says Putin has been invited to visit Washington in early 2019
Day 646-647: Saturday-Sunday, October 27-28
MOMENTS OF TERROR: The city of Pittsburgh is in pain after a massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue left 11 people dead. Officers rushed to the scene within minutes the congregation was under attack and ran right into gunfire. @mattgutmanABC reports. https://t.co/o3Z0cXLLIX pic.twitter.com/uEIafsnGm5
— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) October 29, 2018
On Saturday, tragedy struck. The attack was committed by a neo-Nazi who screamed “all these Jews need to die” as he entered the synagogue. The shooting was at a Bris. The shooter was later identified, and his social media profile on Gab was revealed, showcasing that he was radicalized by the caravan fear mongering. Conservative media had been lying, stating that George Soros was funding the caravan of migrants from Honduras.
alleged suspect had post 2hrs ago blaming jewish immigration resettlement org for caravan, “likes to bring invaders in that kill our people”
— Laura Rozen (@lrozen) October 27, 2018
Spent the past few hours studying the social media of Robert Bowers – the Pittsburgh shooter.
Guess what he believed & was actively angry about?
Trump’s lie that dangerous men from the Middle East were marching in as a part of the caravan in Mexico & that Jews were funding it.
— Shaun King (@shaunking) October 27, 2018
Social media accounts suggest shooting suspect Robert Bowers was a neo-Nazi/white nationalist who loathed Jews, migrants and refugees. He also said he strongly disliked Trump because he thought Trump was too soft on Jews.
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) October 27, 2018
Before President Trump gave his speech condemning the attacks, he had a slightly different tone.
We live in a reality where the President of the United States compulsively makes himself perpetuate the grief Americans are feeling over tragedies with his depraved, unempathetic, counterproductive reactions.
To immediately victim-blame? Trump’s behavior is indefensible. https://t.co/uVYa58m8wU
— Ahmed Baba (@AhmedBaba_) October 27, 2018
There is scripted Trump (fake) and there’s off the cuff Trump (real)
Now speaking as if he didn’t earlier unemphatically say the worshippers should’ve been armed
Someone the other day called this a Jekyll and Hyde presidency
That’s true, except Jekyll is just his speechwriter https://t.co/V3YalLQLDj
— Ahmed Baba (@AhmedBaba_) October 27, 2018
Even after it was known that this is what motivated the shooter, it did not stop President Trump from more anti-Semitic attacks.
Trump casually uses anti-Semitic “globalist” dogwhistle hours after anti-Semitic mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh leaves at least 11 people dead.
“We don’t worry too much about the globalists… we have to take care of ourselves before we start worrying about others.” pic.twitter.com/yS4g6NPPCH
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 27, 2018
And conservative media continued as well, with the specific charge that triggered the shooter.
Thread. A guest on Lou Dobbs’s show on Fox News is pushing a version of the same conspiracy that the Pittsburgh shooter evidently believed in and which may have helped trigger the murders he committed. Been trying not to weigh in on events of the day but this is really dangerous. https://t.co/Dlt4bknm6t
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) October 28, 2018
A neo-Nazi murdered several Jews at a Pittsburgh synagogue
A white supremacist murdered 2 black people in Kentucky
A Republican sent bombs to Trump critics
That was all this week
This is radical right-wing terrorism
We must take this threat seriouslyhttps://t.co/TZu4oNrsFZ
— Rantt Media (@RanttMedia) October 27, 2018
By the end of the weekend, President Trump was once again targeting the bomb targets.
Tom Steyer was literally sent a bomb by a Trump supporter this week https://t.co/TyaO1wkLDZ
— Remy Carreiro (@Remy_Anne) October 28, 2018
Trump calls the media “the enemy of the people”
Trump tweeted a video of himself body slamming @CNN
After one of his radicalized supporters sent 2 bombs to @CNN, Trump now blames the media for the hatred he’s causing
Trump’s depravity is on the ballothttps://t.co/d2N4H9JiCU
— Rantt Media (@RanttMedia) October 29, 2018