A Complete Analysis Of Trump’s 106th Unpresidented Week As POTUS

Another week in Trump's America.

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 106.

The government shutdown is over, for now, but the economic and human impact will be long felt. If you compound this with the effects of the GOP tax cuts, a clear picture of the recurring harmful impact Republican administrations have on the US economy crystalizes.

President Trump’s feud with the US Intelligence Community continued this week as Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and CIA Director Gina Haspel contradicted Trump’s beliefs on Iran, North Korea, and ISIS.

President Trump continued his ignorant, climate change denying rhetoric that ignores the reality of the existential threat climate change poses to humanity and pushes the interests of the fossil fuel industry.

While appropriators negotiate a potential deal to avert another government shutdown on February 15th, President Trump can’t help but attempt to insert himself into the talks at every turn, spearing fear-mongering lies about immigrants.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam began a stunning fall from grace. After admitting to wearing blackface, he refuses to resign even after losing support from the entire Democratic Party. President Trump and the Republican Party have responded with about as much hypocrisy you’d expect from the party who still has Steve King, Cindy Hyde-Smith, and Donald Trump himself holding office.

And as the 2020 Democratic field continues to grow, it’s become the most diverse field of candidates in U.S. history.

Let’s dive into yet another Unpresidented week.

This comprehensive column sources great reporting from top news organizations, but it’s also built on brilliant analysis from my team at Rantt Media. We are independently-owned and strive for quality, not clicks. But the only way to truly have a media for the people is for media to be funded by the people. We take pride in being reader-funded so that we are beholden to you, not corporate interests. If you like the work we do, please consider supporting us by signing up for a monthly subscription:

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The Party Of Fiscal Irresponsibility

Day 739: Monday, January 28

As airports on the east coast began to shut down some of their operations, President Trump caved in a Friday speech in the Rose Garden, announcing he would agree to open the government for 3 weeks without border wall funding.

We learned more about the impact the shutdown had.

And more information from the CBO touched on the GOP tax cuts.

In other news…

A Polar Vortex Of Lies

Day 740: Tuesday, January 29

As the polar vortex swept the nation, Americans were grappling with sub-zero temperatures and the at least 20 deaths reported so far. While many areas in the midwest are seeing temperatures well below zero, by Super Bowl Sunday, some temperatures will go up into the 60s. President Trump took to Twitter on Monday night to remark on the polar vortex, tweeting: “What the hell is going on with Global Waming?” (That “waming” typo is his, not ours.) As we’ve seen, global warming is actually the cause of this and many other extreme weather events, as it speeds up climate change. Global warming is being exacerbated by human-driven carbon emissions, which President Trump is doing everything in power to increase to benefit fossil fuel companies. Note to media: if you report on the polar vortex without mentioning climate change, you’re doing it wrong.

In other news…

Contradicting Donald

Day 741: Wednesday, January 30

Donald Trump attends a rally, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Donald Trump attends a rally, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. (AP Photo/John Locher)

In a congressional testimony on Tuesday, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and CIA Director Gina Haspel contradicted President Trump’s messaging on ISIS, Iran, North Korea, and other topics.

On Wednesday, President Trump called them “passive and naive” on and later claimed the media misreported their statements, even though the entire country saw the live footage with their own eyes.

It culminated with Trump tweeting a photo on Thursday of him, Coats, and Haspel in the Oval Office, claiming they also said their testimony was mischaracterized. That claim should be taken with several grains of salt.

In other news…

  • Roger Stone, President Trump, and Republicans continued complaining about alleged mistreatment by law enforcement.

Build The Wall That’s Already Built

Day 742: Thursday, January 31

President Donald Trump listens to a question during a signing ceremony of the "Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act," in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump listens to a question during a signing ceremony of the “Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act,” in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Appropriation negotiations are underway, in an effort to avoid a February 15th government shutdown. President Trump sent a series of tweets attempting to make the case for his border wall, including one that announced the more troops being sent to the southern border. President Trump also falsely claimed much of his border wall is already built. Meanwhile, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said at a press conference that there will be no money for a wall in the deal, but she is open to some barriers. President Trump responded by claiming if that’s the case, the negotiators are wasting their time. This isn’t helping his support.

As this back and forth was playing out, US Border Patrol made the largest fentanyl bust in its history. Important to note that this, like the majority of drugs apprehended at the border, happened at a port legal of entry. A wall wouldn’t have prevented that.

In other immigration news, the Associated Press reported that ICE has force-fed detainees who were on a hunger strike.

A quick Muller update: In a court filing, Special Counsel Robert Mueller revealed just how much evidence they raided from newly indicted Roger Stone. Mueller has seized several years of “multiple hard drives containing several terabytes of information consisting of, among other things, FBI case reports, search warrant applications and results (e.g., Apple iCloud accounts and email accounts), bank and financial records, and the contents of numerous physical devices (e.g., cellular phones, computers, and hard drives).” This comes as Roger Stone, who was released on bail he could afford unlike hundreds of thousands of poor Black Americans, and Republican allies claimed he was mistreated by investigators. In related news, ABC News reported that the identity of the block calls Donald Trump Jr. had around the time of the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting were with Nascar CEO Brian France and real estate developer Howard Lorber.

In other news…

  • In a bipartisan 68-to-23 vote, the Senate sent a clear rebuke to President Trump. The vote advanced legislation, written by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell himself, that strongly opposes Trump’s troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.
  • After days of negotiations between American and Chinese negotiators, the talks end for now with no new deal. Trump plans to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping amid the tariff war that has rattled markets and ratcheted up global economic uncertainty. If a deal isn’t reached by March 1st, China tariffs will increase to 25% on March 2nd.
  • NBC News: ‘Whistleblower’ in White House security clearance office gets suspended
  • Rantt Media: In Memphis, A Battle Over The First KKK Leader’s Statue

“Coonman”

Day 743: Friday, February 1

Virginia Gov. elect Ralph Northam addresses supporters and at the Northam For Governor election night party at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Virginia Gov. elect Ralph Northam addresses supporters and at the Northam For Governor election night party at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

On Friday, we saw the beginning of the stunning fall of Democratic Virginia Governor Ralph Northam.

We interviewed Ralph Northam and pressed him on racism in the past.

Northam’s initial statement and subsequent video statement took ownership over himself being in the photo.

We called for Northam’s resignation.

Of course, the right was incapable of acting on this in good faith.

By Saturday morning, several prominent Democrats also called for his resignation, including presidential candidates Kamala Harris, Julian Castro, and Kirsten Gillibrand. Other big names like Joe Biden had chimed in as well.

Northam still didn’t resign, and instead had a disastrous press conference.

Trump responded.

By the end of the day Saturday, Northam’s own Attorney General called for his resignation as well as his key allies Mark Warner, Tim Kaine, and Terry McAuliffe.

Justin Fairfax, who would be made the 2nd black governor in Virginia history, released a statement.

As of the time of this writing, Ralph Northam still hasn’t resigned.

In other news…

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