Day 13: Defying Logic

I’m really starting to get sick of this show and we’re not even two weeks in.

Today, at the National Prayer Breakfast, Trump channeled the prayers of our nation’s religious population to boost the ratings of a show, where he serves as an Executive Producer, as a running gag against his new counterpart (who has attained much lower ratings than Trump did when he was the host). He also wants to repeal the Johnson Amendment, which is codified into tax law for the purpose of ensuring non-profits and religious institutions remain politically neutral during elections. This is an effective way of keeping our religious and civic lives separate, a principle that our country was founded on.

This was preceded by a call with Malcolm Turnbull, the Prime Minister of Australia, which went completely off the rails over the resettlement of approximately 2,000 refugees from Australia to the United States. I don’t know of any President, even Bush or Nixon, who would act in such an atrocious manner to one of our closest allies over such a small issue. I’m no fan of Turnbull, but he and the nation of Australia deserved much better than that. It’s a beautiful place.

It came out today that Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch was a huge fan of Fascism and Cambodian butcher Henry Kissinger. That Trump would pick someone with such a perverted view of liberty should come as no surprise. As he has shown, authoritarian regimes will be rewarded for their work on his behalf.

On a completely separate note, today is the second day of Black History Month. One of the most uplifting experiences I had over the past year was a visit to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Contrary to Trump’s notion of Frederick Douglass, the museum discusses the contributions he made to our country. It tells the story of countless other heroic Black Americans. The museum represents the best of us. I highly encourage you to visit and donate.

We’re only two weeks in, we’ve got a long way to go until we can sweat out this national fever nightmare. To all of my bad hombrés and nasty women: stay strong, stay united and keep fighting. I believe that we will win.

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