A Complete Breakdown Of Donald Trump’s 55th Unpresidented Week As POTUS

By standing by Rob Porter, President Trump once again stands against victims of abuse

Rob Porter, left, former White House Staff Secretary speaks to President Donald Trump after Trump made remarks about white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 — (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Rob Porter, left, former White House Staff Secretary speaks to President Donald Trump after Trump made remarks about white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 — (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Rob Porter. Roger Ailes. Roy Moore. Bill O’Reilly. Donald Trump.

These men have a few things in common: They’ve all been accused of abusing women, and they’ve all been defended by Donald Trump.

In these abusers, President Trump sees himself. And in their victims, he sees the women who have accused him of sexual assault. Not to mention the fact his own ex-wife Ivana previously accused him of beating and raping her. This is why the President still can’t bring himself to condemn domestic abuse.

For supporters of the President, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to vouch for his character, as each day Trump adds yet another dose of indefensible depravity to our national discourse.

This depravity isn’t exclusive to the President himself. The White House staff, especially Chief of Staff John Kelly’s role in keeping Rob Porter employed, continue to showcase their lack of moral fortitude as they fumbled the response to domestic abuse.

While this scandal captured the nation, President Trump’s authoritarian tendencies were on full display. Trump called Democrats “treasonous” for not applauding his State of the Union, ordered a military parade, and continued his attacks on the Intelligence Community, DOJ, and FBI.

Here’s a complete breakdown of Donald Trump’s 55th week as POTUS:

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55th Weekend (February 3–4)

#MemoDay Hangover

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. walks out of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, to speak with reporters following a meeting with President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. walks out of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, to speak with reporters following a meeting with President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

We ended last week’s Unpresidented debunking the obstructive moves of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA-22). Nunes was last seen vanishing from an Uber and pretending to be recused from his committee’s investigation into Russian interference. Last week, he came back in full Nunes form with yet another dubious attempt to obstruct the Russia investigation. This time, it came in the form of a memo…

Before I start, I have to note up front (as all media outlets should be doing) that Nunes was on the Trump transition team, which is a subject of the Trump-Russia investigation. Also, Nunes did not read the underlying raw intelligence that the memo was based on. Nunes and his staff wrote a book report on a book they didn’t read.

In a nutshell, the memo was an effort to cast the largely Republican FBI and DOJ as corrupted and politically biased against President Trump. More specifically, it was an attempt to discredit Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein by claiming his involvement in the approval of a renewal of FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) surveillance on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, was obtained under pretenses. It tries to cast doubt on the FISA process while at the same time alluding to a false “Deep State” conspiracy.

The Justice Department proclaimed that releasing the memo would be “extraordinarily reckless” and FBI Director Christoper Wray statement expressed “grave concerns” over its accuracy, but nevertheless Nunes persisted.

On Friday, the White House approved its release. Turns out, the memo was a nothingburger.

The major new piece of information was that Carter Page’s FISA warrant was renewed 3 times. To clarify, it wasn’t just Rosenstein who approved the renewal. Former acting-Attorney General Sally Yates, current FBI General Counsel Dana Boente, Andrew McCabe, James Comey, and 4 judges approved of it.

Not only that, it had multiple omissions of fact and it debunked one of the GOP’s main talking points which centered around their false notion that the dossier triggered the FBI’s investigation, rather than George Papadopolous drunkenly bragging about the fact Russia had dirt on Hillary Clinton to an Australian diplomat. It also mentions the fact that some of the Steele dossier has been corroborated.

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) chimed in.

Even Trey Gowdy (R-SC-4) shot down the idea that this discredited the Russia investigation.

Over the weekend the President cried vindication.

Then news of a 2013 Carter Page letter gave us even more reason (aside from his campaign trips to Moscow and 2013 meeting with a Russian spy) to believe his FISA surveillance was justified.

There is no other way to cover this: The President of the United States, along with his sycophants in the Republican Party and right-wing media, are executing on a coordinated effort to obstruct the Trump-Russia investigation and undermine the rule of law.

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Meanwhile…

It appears some of the GOP’s disinformation tactics are working.

This drop in confidence is being exacerbated by conservative media who has been parroting the President’s unpatriotic attacks on our institutions. Luckily, Rep. Eric Swalwell told Fox News’ what we’ve all been dying to tell him for far too long.

Bravo congressman. Bravo.

55th Week (February 5–9)

Monday, February 5

Authoritarian-lite

President Donald Trump applauds himself as he finishes his first State of the Union address — Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 in Washington. (Win McNamee/Pool via AP)

President Donald Trump applauds himself as he finishes his first State of the Union address — Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 in Washington. (Win McNamee/Pool via AP)

President Trump started this week where last week left off: attacking U.S. institutions and his fellow Americans.

Later in the day, as the Dow had it’s largest single-day decline in history, President Trump called Democrats treasonous for not applauding during his speech.

While some tried to push this remark aside as a jokey retort, this comes in the context of a President who has called for the jailing of his political opponents, called the press “the enemy of the American people,” and threatens the rule of law by consistently trying to obstruct an investigation into his ties with Russia.

This is not a game, and his remarks should be taken seriously.

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Meanwhile…

  • The House Intelligence Committee unanimously voted to release the Democrats memo.
  • As Republican Senator John McCain and Democratic Senator Chris Coons were set to unveil their bipartisan immigration deal this week, Trump took to Twitter…

  • Some of the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles have decided not to visit the White House.
  • Head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Mick Mulvaney, continued his efforts to make sure that the bureau doesn’t live up to its name. Reuters reported:

Mick Mulvaney, head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has pulled back from a full-scale probe of how Equifax Inc failed to protect the personal data of millions of consumer

  • After the backlash over Speaker Paul Ryan’s tweet last week about the $1.50 boost someone would get from their tax law, the person spoke up.

  • The Supreme Court ruled that Pennsylvania is allowed to redraw their congressional districts.
  • More indicators showcasing the damage Trump is doing to Republican’s faith in their own institutions.

Tuesday, February 6

The Military Parade

President Donald Trump speaks to military personnel and their families at Andrews Air Force Base, Md — Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump speaks to military personnel and their families at Andrews Air Force Base, Md — Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

In a January 18th meeting at the Pentagon, President Trump implored his generals to throw a Bastille Day-like military parade. The Washington Post reports:

Surrounded by the military’s highest-ranking officials, including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., Trump’s seemingly abstract desire for a parade was suddenly heard as a presidential directive, the officials said.

“The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France,” said a military official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the planning discussions are supposed to remain confidential. “This is being worked at the highest levels of the military.”

The right tried to argue that this isn’t a problematic suggestion, but it is. This request didn’t happen in a vacuum. It occurred in the context of the authoritarian tendencies that I mentioned earlier. And veterans concur:

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Meanwhile…

  • Devin Nunes was already on to his next conspiracy theory.

  • Trump’s lawyers are advising him against interviewing with Robert Mueller, citing that he may be charged with perjury:

Lawyers for President Trump have advised him against sitting down for a wide-ranging interview with the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, according to four people briefed on the matter, raising the specter of a monthslong court battle over whether the president must answer questions under oath.

His lawyers are concerned that the president, who has a history of making false statements and contradicting himself, could be charged with lying to investigators.

  • Steve Bannon received a week extension on his subpoena to appear before the House Intelligence Committee.
  • As the shutdown deadline on Thursday approached, Trump said that he’d love to see a shutdown if Congress couldn’t come to a deal on immigration.
  • EPA Head Scott Pruitt falsely said that climate change may benefit humans.
  • Chief of Staff John Kelly stirred controversy after he called undocumented immigrants lazy.

Wednesday, February 7

Abuse

President Donald Trump talks with then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly during a meeting on cyber security in the Roosevelt Room of the White House — Jan. 31, 2017 (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump talks with then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly during a meeting on cyber security in the Roosevelt Room of the White House — Jan. 31, 2017 (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

White House Secretary Rob Porter, who spent almost every day with the President, was outed for emotionally abusing and physically beating his ex-wives. By the end of the day he would resign, but we learned that John Kelly and much of the White House was well aware of his history of abuse and did nothing about it. In fact, Kelly pushed to keep him on board. And even worse, the White House, especially John Kelly, went out of their way to defend him after these allegations initially came forward on Tuesday.

This defense of an alleged domestic abuser is nothing new for this administration, but more on that later.

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Meanwhile…

  • For about 9 hours straight, and in four-inch heels, Nancy Pelosi read the stories of DACA recipients.

  • The New York Times didn’t give the Kelly coverup the attention it deserves.

  • Democrats won a State House seat in Missouri that Trump won in 2016.
  • ICE is looking to expand their capabilities.

Given their current track record, I’ll go with no.

  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says that the U.S. isn’t prepared to handle Russia’s incoming midterm election meddling.
  • Speaking of election meddling…

Thursday, February 8

Complicity

The White House

The White House

We learned even more about how White House officials were aware for months about Rob Porter’s domestic abuse allegations…and in some cases, years. The Washington Post reported:

White House Counsel Donald McGahn knew one year ago that staff secretary Rob Porter’s ex-wives were prepared to make damaging accusations about him that could threaten his security clearance but allowed him to serve as an influential gatekeeper and aide to President Trump without investigating the accusations, according to people familiar with the matter.

Chief of Staff John F. Kelly learned this fall about the allegations of spousal abuse and that they were delaying Porter’s security clearance amid an ongoing FBI investigation. But Kelly handed Porter more responsibilities to control the flow of information to the president.

Porter, who denied the “vile” allegations, resigned Wednesday after the ex-wives’ accounts of years of verbal and physical abuse were published, along with graphic pictures of Colbie Holderness, his first wife, bruised from what she said was a punch to the face.

….

Porter is having a romantic relationship with White House Communications Director Hope Hicks, and that relationship led the former girlfriend to come forward, according to White House officials. Hicks helped draft some of the early White House responses to the allegations against Porter.

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Meanwhile…

  • President Trump responded to a Fox News story as expected.

  • Trump began to complain about John Kelly…to his ex-chief of staff.

  • Reuters reported: “The Trump administration is considering making it harder for foreigners living in the United States to get permanent residency if they or their American-born children use public benefits such as food assistance, in a move that could sharply restrict legal immigration.”

Friday, February 9

President Donald Trump: Enemy Of Victims

President Donald Trump in the Oval Office (AP/Andrew Harnik)

President Donald Trump in the Oval Office (AP/Andrew Harnik)

When given the opportunity to say that he stands with the victims of Rob Porter, and domestic abuse victims in general, President Trump once again stood for the abuser…and by extension, he stood for himself.

Despite his own depraved defense of Porter, Trump was reportedly angry at a woman, Hope Hicks, about this.

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Meanwhile….

  • Rachel Brand resigned from the DOJ. This was a consequential move.

  • The Washington Post reported that Donald Trump refuses to read his presidential daily briefing.

  • The government shut down for a few hours but then was reopened after a short-term spending bill was agreed upon.
  • Seeing how Trump’s entire campaign was run attacking Hillary Clinton for potentially putting classified information at risk, this was quite the hypocritical news.

  • President Trump blocked the release of the Democratic memo.

Over the weekend, President Trump continued his depraved defense of abusers and also distorted a report about a Russian false flag operation.

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