Everyone’s mad at President Trump. Again. For those of you still on summer vacay, you may be asking, so what’s he done this time? Well, not too much this week – just mastering his golf swing, talking up a little Korean missile crisis and supporting some racist protesters. Why in God’s name, you ask? Probably just wanted to convince everyone once and for all that he was working hard, instead of hardly working. But it’s okay, really, because Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is saying that everything’s under control and Americans can still sleep well at night. What he doesn’t realize is that more than half of the country hasn’t been sleeping well since last November.
President Trump promised to rain “fire and fury” down on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s head after NK tested another missile. To which Kim said I’ll see your fire and I’ll raise you a nuclear warhead aimed at the US territory of Guam. To which Trump called his bluff and said the US was “locked and loaded” in case NK tried anything. To which China tried to tell everyone to calm the eff down, let’s talk about this. Critics say Trump’s talk is dangerous and that he’s playing with people’s lives, supporters say he’s just speaking Kim’s language. Any good news? Bomb shelter business is booming. In the end Kim backed off so Trump probably calls this a win – after all, everyone is still alive. But this was an awful reminder that the US is sitting on a few thousand nuclear missiles, under the command of an unpredictable and belligerent leader. And it seemed like one of those times where it would be really useful to know if everyone should take the president seriously, but not literally – or the other way around.
Showing his masterful prowess in both foreign emergencies and domestic crises, the president then took three whole days to figure out if and how he should denounce violent white supremacists and neo-Nazi groups in Charlottesville, Virginia – that’s like six years in Twitter time. First he blamed the “many sides”, then he called racism evil and condemned the KKK after copping a lot of criticism, then he backtracked again and started talking about the “alt-left” and how both sides are very violent. So what’s everyone saying? That this is a no brainer and you can’t put racists and those standing up to racism in the same basket. That racism is still an issue and so far Trump isn’t helping. That instead of acting in the best interests of his base, the president should be acting in the best interests of the country. Boom.
Feeling a little bomb-bastic lately? Movie for your mood: Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb