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Trump Attacks Blumenthal Over Vietnam — While ObamaCare Remains Unrepealed

Filed under: Uncategorized — Patterico @ 8:00 am

Already the John Kelly era has brought a certain calm dignity to the White House. The president now seems to be getting his information presented properly, rather than through television. Best of all, there have been no new Twitter rants. Perhaps this means we have opened a new chapter — one in which the White House concentrates on priorities like tax reform and repealing ObamaC– hello! What’s this?

There he goes again. It’s not the first Twitter rant of the morning, either. (Susan Wright covered the earlier one.)

I think people in the heartland aching for ObamaCare repeal might have a different judgment as to who defrauded voters.

It should be noted: Trump is right about Blumenthal, of course. As the #FAKENEWS!! New York Times reported in 2010, Blumenthal often said things like “We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam” and similar breast-beating statements suggesting he had served in the war. But he did not. He received at least five deferments.

So Trump was right. But, speaking of five deferments from Vietnam, Mr. Bone Spurs is not exactly the right person to be making this argument.

Josh Hammer sums it up nicely:

Oh, and by the way? Not that you didn’t already suspect this from the first Trump tweet above, but just to hammer the point home: guess why Trump is talking about Blumenthal today? You guessed it: because Blumenthal was on the teevee.

Blumenthal appeared earlier in the morning on CNN’s “New Day.” During that interview, the senator said he was “concerned” the Department of Justice is “weaponizing” laws after it announced a crackdown on leaks.

So much for the John Kelly era of A New Maturity.

Over the weekend, I had a post titled Trump Is Not The Victim Of A Slow-Rolling Coup; He Is The Victim Of His Own Incompetence. If you missed it, I encourage you to read it now. It’s your friendly reminder that Trump is not addressing ObamaCare; he’s watching teevee and tweeting — and maybe that’s a big part of why he’s failing.

It’s time to acknowledge that maybe, just maybe, President Trump’s failure to date has been largely his own fault. Contemptuous of the notion of familiarizing himself with even a superficial level of policy detail, he can’t make the case for ObamaCare repeal the way Obama made the case for the law in the first place. Having created an absurdly chaotic White House by dint of his own lack of discipline and his obsession with television, praise, and his image, Trump is unable to fashion a legislative agenda that garners the votes he needs in Congress.

. . . .

[T]he media and the Deep State did not hold a gun to Trump’s head and tell him: “Do not learn about policy. Do not build a well-functioning White House. Instead, act like a narcissistic dummox. Watch television 24/7, tweet stupid nonsense as often as possible, and do your best to come off like a self-obsessed, amoral buffoon, so that your approval ratings tank and you can’t get anything done.”

Turn off the TV, put down your smartphone, and get to work, Mr. Trump.

[Cross-posted at RedState.]


  1. A girl’s Little League softball team was disqualified from the championship game for an inappropriate social media post. Trump acts like a young girl instead of a mature adult, and he’s teaching everyone that it’s okay to act that way.

    Comment by DRJ — 8/7/2017 @ 9:14 am

  2. He is certainly emboldening those who don’t like the social constraints of responsible adulthood.

    Comment by aphrael — 8/7/2017 @ 10:43 am

  3. Trump reminds me of Walter White in Breaking Bad. Both are bright, driven, controlling, narcissistic, and ultimately self-destructive. Walter “only” ruined his own life and the lives of those close to him. How many lives will Trump ruin?

    Comment by DRJ — 8/8/2017 @ 7:50 am

  4. I was thinking about this analogy because loyalty is/was the most important thing to both Trump and White. Loyalty matters in life, but what motivates someone to put it first in their lives? My guess is a deep insecurity or something bad to hide.

    Comment by DRJ — 8/8/2017 @ 9:18 am

  5. I’ve never watched the show, so I can’t comment on the analogy.

    One of the things that really gets under my skin is that Trump’s loyalty seems to be one sided: loyalty *to him* is important, but he seems to have little loyalty to his people.

    Comment by aphrael — 8/8/2017 @ 10:07 am

  6. It’s a good show. I recommend it if you like drama. The protaganist, Walter White, is motivated by providing for his family but he quickly becomes ensnared by greed, power, and especially the desire to control everything and everone. He rationalized and puts his interests first, even ahead of his family’s.

    What makes it so intriguing is the viewer can identify with most of his decisions and dilemmas, even though very few of us choose the path he takes (he is a chemistry teacher who decides to cook meth to earn money after being diagnosed with cancer). We realize he can’t stand the idea of depending on anyone but himself and will do anything to stay in control. Ultimately, it’s a story about man vs morality.

    in my opinion, that is Trump’s story, too.

    Comment by DRJ — 8/8/2017 @ 2:12 pm

  7. I feel that Walter Whote resented the dangers of unchecked pride and arrogance. He didn’t ask for help because he didn’t want to be helped, because he believed his way was best – in spite of it destroying his family. It was about himself, first and foremost. No matter how much he lost. He was the man who never learned anyone.

    Comment by Dana — 8/8/2017 @ 6:12 pm

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