Spies and witches and bears, oh my! – nope, not a new Netflix series, just the White House trying to up its ratings this week, with daily new episodes ranging from “With Great Power Comes Great Indignity” to “Please Mommy Make It Stop”. Uh, what did I miss, you ask? Well first Trump said “You’re fired!” to FBI Director James Comey for reasons that keep changing but definitely have nothing to do with the Russia thing. Then Comey suggested via post it note that Trump tried to interfere with the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Cue bipartisan raised eyebrows. Then Trump decided to play political Chinese whispers with Russia about some classified Israeli intelligence, which was predictably leaked, and categorically denied. Purple monkey dishwasher. Then the Justice League unretired superhero special investigator Robert Mueller AKA Batman to get to the bottom of the Russia/Trump/Flynn issue. Holy collusion!
This week has unfortunately distracted the press bigly from President Trump's glorious 100 days celebration. So how has he responded to all of this? With characteristic unruffled silence. JKS. He tweeted his unhappiness immediately, calling this “the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history”. In unrelated news, Obama’s ears were burning. Meanwhile, the FBI now has a “help wanted” sign in their window. Also, SNL’s writers have decided to throw in the towel for this season, since they just can’t keep up anymore.
So, how is everyone else coping with all of these daily doses of distraction? Well, Republicans are visibly struggling to cover up for the president, Democrats are gleefully gathering all of the ammo they can in preparation for 2020 and everyone is starting to contemplate the i-word. And while impeachment of the president is still a very distant prospect, it’s become much more than a liberal dream over the last few weeks. But since the GOP controls Congress, impeachment proceedings remain extremely unlikely. In the end though, when it comes to the question of impeachment, the president isn’t doing himself any favors by continually attacking people in the press, firing people who speak against him, and changing his story every other day. It may feel like a witch hunt, but it doesn’t help when you act like a witch.
Feel like everyone’s out to get you? Unleash the flying monkeys. Movie for your mood: The Wizard of Oz