A Complete Analysis Of Trump’s 174th Unpresidented Week As POTUS

With the US coronavirus death toll nearing 100,000, corruption scandals engulfing Pompeo, and his support waning, Trump is growing increasingly unstable.
President Donald J. Trump meets with Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in the Cabinet Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

President Donald J. Trump meets with Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in the Cabinet Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

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Trump’s first major typo after winning the election was spelling Unprecedented incorrectly. He infamously tweeted “Unpresidented.” This typo is emblematic 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 every week of his presidency. This is week 174.

We’re approaching 100k coronavirus deaths, with health workers and other essential workers on the frontline of this fight among them. On a weekend that is dedicated to memorializing those who have died in service of our country, the President of the United States spent two days of it golfing.

The New York Times memorialized the nearly 100,000 people who have died of COVID-19 in America on their front page, naming 1,000 of those lost and a little bit about the lives they each lived. The President, on the other hand, oscillated from the golf course to Twitter rampages that included falsely accusing Joe Scarborough of murder.

The week that preceded this weekend’s events was filled with wild occurrences. While President Trump tried to change the subject by dubiously claiming he has been taking the unproven drug hydroxychloroquine as a prophylactic and openly extorting states with mail-in voting, one of the biggest corruption scandals of his presidency zeroed in on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Let’s start there.

We learned more details about the ousting of Steve Linick, the State Department Inspector General who was probing Pompeo’s conduct when he was terminated. We learned that he was probing the Trump Administration’s Saudi Arm’s deal that Congress opposed and other potentially corrupt conduct involving Pompeo. Pompeo admitted that he recommended the firing of Linick. In a normal world, Pompeo would immediately resign. But this is the standard operating procedure for the Trump Administration, as this was the fifth Inspector General who has been fired over the course of six weeks.

This was also a terrible week for the US intelligence community and our national security as a whole. The US has withdrawn from the crucial Open Skies treaty which permitted the unarmed surveillance of allies and adversaries alike. In another blow, Rep. John Ratcliffe was confirmed to the position of Director of National Intelligence in a party-line vote by the Senate GOP.

Ratcliffe will do to the Intelligence Community what Barr has done to the DOJ. As he demonstrated during the House impeachment hearings, he will be nothing but another partisan tool in an outsized position of power who will bend it to Trump’s will. Republicans who confirmed Ratcliffe will own every authoritarian move he makes in the comings months.

Ratcliffe will be in charge of the declassification of the Senate Russia report, among other things. Watch to see if the Trump Administration “suddenly discovers” intelligence that coronavirus was engineered in a Wuhan lab. Watch how the new Senate Russia report is selectively declassified. Watch how Ratcliffe gives Barr and Senate GOP everything they need for their Obamagate charade. With Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) set to hold Obamagate hearings this Summer, except corrupt uses of intel like what Grenell pulled.

Graham has said that the hearings will begin in early June. While Graham has said he will not call Obama to testify, he has indicated he will target Obama officials. The list includes former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former national intelligence director James Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan, and former FBI Director James Comey. Prepare for a banana republic-style shitshow.

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Speaking of authoritarian shitshows, President Trump sent tweets threatening to extort Michigan and Nevada for sending absentee ballot applications to voters. It’s important to note that we’re in the middle of a deadly pandemic that puts their lives at risk if they vote in person. Trump and his Press Secretary Kaleigh McEnany claimed there’s a potential for mass voter fraud in mail-in voting. This is a massive lie. News21 found only 2,068 cases of voter fraud between 2000-2012. 25% were fraudulent absentee ballots. 35% of all allegations resulted in either acquittal, dismissal, or no charge.

In another attempt at deflection, President Trump said that he’s been regularly taking hydroxychloroquine for weeks. Trump went on to advocate its use, even after the FDA warned against it due to the fact it causes heart complications. Fox News, which was among the only networks airing the remarks, had a good moment of truth for once. Immediately after airing Trump’s remarks about hydroxychloroquine and Trump asked “what do you have to lose?”, Fox News Anchor Neil Cavuto said you could lose your life. Cavuto cited multiple studies and said if you’re vulnerable “this will kill you.”

It’s important to note that Trump is now saying he doesn’t take the drug. It’s reasonable to speculate that he was never taking it. You’re telling me an overweight 73-year-old who eats big macs and drinks 12 diet cokes a day has the heart health to take hydroxychloroquine every day? A drug that has heart complications as a side effect and no proven preventative benefits? Not buying it.

The Trump Administration’s dishonest deflections and attempts to distract have been nauseating. They are seemingly unconcerned about how history will depict their shameless depravity. When the dust settles and the gaslighting subsides, all those involved with this will be objectively depicted as the villains they are in the objective texts of history.

Let’s dive into yet another Unpresidented week.

Pompeo’s Corruption

Day 1,215: Monday, May 18

CIA Director Mike Pompeo, listens during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

CIA Director Mike Pompeo, listens during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Monday’s top stories:

Manipulated Data?

Day 1,216: Tuesday, May 19

President Donald J. Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence and members of the White House COVID-19 Coronavirus task force – – Thursday, April 16, 2020. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

President Donald J. Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence and members of the White House COVID-19 Coronavirus task force – – Thursday, April 16, 2020. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

Tuesday’s top stories:

Trump’s War On Accountability

Day 1,217: Wednesday, May 20

President Donald Trump, May 30, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump, May 30, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Wednesday’s top stories:

Blows To The US Intelligence Community

Day 1,218: Thursday, May 21

Thursday’s top stories:

Trump’s Church Demand

Day 1,219: Friday, May 22

Donald Trump speaks during a church service at Great Faith Ministries, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Donald Trump speaks during a church service at Great Faith Ministries, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Friday’s top stories:

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