Trump and the Third Lady made a surprise visit to Iraq so Trump could take control of the news cycle and get us all talking about what a sentimental patriot he is instead of an isolated paranoid manic malignant narcissist unchecked tyrant jonesing to blow something up. He needed to change the narrative from the president is a lunatic all alone in the White House on Christmas to surprise! — the troops get a visit from their commander and chief and the Third Lady! Melania wore fashionable new combat boots to look camo chic in front of all that camouflage. Service members were expected to pose for a photo with both of them. He signed MAGA hats for the troops.
Did he bring those hats to pass out to the troops? Or did they all happen to have MAGA hats in their foot lockers? This was nothing more than a PR stunt — a MAGA rally with Christmas toy soldiers. He told the men and women who put their lives on the line every day (wearing a goofy bomber jacket that barely covered his huge gut,) “We’re no longer the suckers, folks. We’re respected again as a nation.”
Fat guy in a little coat bombs in Iraq.
He also told his not so adoring but dutiful crowd, “You haven’t gotten a raise in more than ten years. More than ten years. And we got you a big one. I got you a big one….I said no. Make it ten percent. Make it more than ten percent. Because it’s been a long time.”
Fact check: The troops have had a raise every year. This year it’s 2.6%.
After his rally for the troops, Trump stopped to pose for photos with some of the service members. Kyu Lee was one of them. He told Trump he was the chaplain for Seal Team Five. Trump said, “Hey, in that case let’s take a picture!” Right after that he hopped on his plane and bragged about his trip by posting a video of himself with the troops on Twitter, exposing Seal Team Five identities and location.
He exploited the military and put them in danger.
His publicity stunt backfired. His approval rating among the military is at an all time low.
It has been a long standing policy that active duty personnel may not engage in partisan political activities and should avoid the inference that their political activities imply or appear to imply that the Department of Defense sponsors, approves, or endorses any political candidate, campaign, or cause.
The same goes for the fat guy in a little coat.
“Donald: Don’t insert domestic politics into your speeches at military bases, and don’t assume our troops must agree with you. They are working hard there to serve all Americans, not just some. By the way, that’s in your job description, too.” — George Takei
Perhaps he hopped on a jet and went to Iraq to distract us from the story of the daughters of a podiatrist in Queens who said that their father, who rented office space from Fred Trump, helped Trump avoid the draft by signing off on bone spurs as a favor for Fred Trump. The Commander in Chief is a draft dodger.
The Commander in Chief has no idea what he’s doing. There is no exit strategy for Syria. That’s insane.
Meanwhile, the grifting first family is jet setting about, on holiday, with their tax funded body guards who aren’t getting paid because of Dad’s shutdown, paying for rooms with tax dollars owned by their Dad.
“Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner traveling during the Trump shutdown means Secret Service agents who are not currently receiving paychecks missed Christmas with their families so they could escort wealthy nepotists with no conception of public service.” Walter Shaub
Trump today: “Do the Dems realize that most of the people not getting paid are Democrats?”
The first thing the House Dems plan to do on January 4 is put a bill on the floor to re-open the government.
Nancy Pelosi sat next to Cher in the honoree’s box at the Kennedy Center Honors, the seat the president usually sits in, but the president wasn’t there (for the second year in a row.) He was busy trying to suck up all the media attention.
Nancy, we salute you.
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