[Home]  [Headlines]  [Latest Articles]  [Latest Comments]  [Post]  [Mail]  [Sign-in]  [Setup]  [Help]  [Register] 

The Ex-Model Who Claimed Silvio Berlusconi Hosted Satanic Rituals in His House Died From “Apparent Poisoning”

MLB Going Full-Blown TSA: Teams Prepare To Scan Millions Of Fans’ Faces

Why Does The Mainstream Media Purposely Ignore Mass Killings Of Christians Across The Globe?

U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Require Police to Render Emergency Aid After Ohio Police Shoot Military Veteran Multiple Times, Let Him Bleed to Death

Don’t Shoot the Dogs: The Growing Epidemic of Cops Shooting Family Dogs

Ron Paul Support Legalizing Heroin

Reputed Gambino crime boss' suspected killer flashes 'MAGA,' other slogans on hand

lMalia, Michelle, Barack and the College Admissions Scandal

Sen. Warren: ‘I Would Support Removing Confederate’ Statues and Monuments

HOW U.S. MEDIA IS HELPING THE NEW ZEALAND TERRORIST ACHIEVE HIS ULTIMATE GOAL There's a reason the media is selectively choosing which facts to report about this killer's purpose

Is Trump Really About to Attack Venezuela?

The Grim Reaper – Frequently A Personified Insignificant Force

Dick Dale, a Great American Original, RIP

Government to Pizzeria: You Can Paint a Mural, Just Not One That Features Pizza

Donna Bazile Hired as FOX News Contributor

Source Claims Fox News Host Secretly Worked to Get Jeanine Pirro Suspended to Curry Favor With Democrats

AP Pushes New Leftwing Conspiracy Theory: "Puzzling" Number of Activists Connected to Ferguson are Dying (Usually by Suicide or Drug Overdose), And That Suggests They're Being Secretly Murdered by an Unidentified But Obviously White Cabal

Man cleaning garage finds burglar crushed by fallen 900-pound floor safe, cops say

US Supreme Court denies hearing Ron Paul 2012 aides' appeal

'Beto' Was A Member Of A Prominent Hacking Group, a Punk-Rock Band And His Name Was 'Psychedelic Warlord,' Report Says

Conservative? Hardly. New Zealand mass shooter is a far-Left “eco-fascist” who praised communist China

Tucker Carlson and Thoughtcrime

New Zealand: The Most Hysterical Reaction to an Event I’ve Seen Since 9/11

CONGRESSWOMAN ILHAN OMAR: TERRORIST

Trump threatens 'Saturday Night Live' with federal investigation and charges comedy show as an 'an advertisement without consequences' for mocking him

Illegal Alien Who Used Fake Fed Doc to Get License Committed No Crime, Obama Judge Rules

Hillsborough sues to declare Flintstone House a ‘public nuisance’

Six questions muslims often ask about Jesus

Are libertarian Republicans misreading the political climate?

Why Ron Paul Is Dead Wrong On Venezuela

Vaccines Are Pushing Pathogens to Evolve (vaccinated people are incubators for disease, avoid like the plague)

The BEAST SYSTEM Revealed

Juice Newton - Love's Been A Little Bit Hard On Me

A Woman Flipped Off A Cop And A [federal appeals] Court Sided With Her

OH BOY! Barack Obama’s brother asks if Michelle is ‘Michael’

1986 Amnesty (justfacts.com)

Groupthink and Why They NEED to Censor Us

WATCH THIS AND STOP WATCHING PORN (Rockefeller/Masonic Manipulation & Agenda To Control and Wreck Families and Values)

"Medieval" Diseases Flare as Unsanitary Living Conditions Proliferate

Sanders cuts head on shower door, receives 7 stitches

Houston Public Library admits registered child sex offender read to kids in Drag Queen Storytime

Another Murderous AGW

AGWs Hut! Hut! Hut! Man Cleaning Up His Own Yard

No Charges for Cops Who Killed 6yo Boy While Trying to Kill an Unarmed Woman

S.C. Mayor Says ‘Yellow Sticky Substance’ on Her Car Was Sprayed by Vandals, Police Say It’s Just Pollen

LIVE STREAM Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: I have been helped by terror Sahih Muslim 523 f

'Old fat lesbians' who smoke pot find captive Instagram audience

It's all the Fuckin' Farmers Fault...

Exclusive – Trump on Campus Free Speech Executive Order: ‘We’re Going to Do a Very Big Number’ Probably ‘Next Week’

Nancy Pelosi personally supports lowering voting age to 16 to capture Common Core programmed minds


Status: Not Logged In; Sign In

politics and politicians
See other politics and politicians Articles

Title: Blame Anybody but Trump
Source: Reason
URL Source: https://reason.com/archives/2018/12/26/blame-anybody-but-trump
Published: Dec 26, 2018
Author: Jacob Sullum
Post Date: 2018-12-27 05:22:48 by Deckard
Keywords: None
Views: 65

For the president, self-love means never having to say you’re sorry.

For the last decade, I have been writing an end-of-the-year column recalling memorable examples of blame shifting during the previous 12 months. At first these compendiums featured various public figures, including Barack Obama. But then Donald Trump took up residence in the White House, providing such a rich trove of examples that no one else could compete.

Although Trump had never held public office before he was elected president, he outdoes professional politicians in his obstinate refusal to accept responsibility for any problem or failure. For Trump, as these highlights from 2018 show, self-love means never having to say you're sorry.

Election deflection. "If Republicans were to lose control of the House on November 6th," the Associated Press asked the president on October 16, "do you believe you bear some responsibility for that?" His response: "No, I think I'm helping people." When A.P. reported that Trump "won't accept blame" for losing the House, he denied that he had denied responsibility, calling it "FAKE NEWS." After the elections, Trump blamed Republican losses on candidates who had failed to show him sufficient "love."

DACA dodge. Trump said he favored citizenship for people who entered the country illegally as children, who had been protected under the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. But he said he would support a legislative fix only if it included border wall funding, penalties for sanctuary cities, and a sharp cut in family-based legal immigration—conditions he knew Democrats would never accept. Then he claimed "Democrats are nowhere to be found on DACA."

Kidnapping credit. The Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy of prosecuting all illegal border crossers, including those accompanied by children, resulted in widely condemned family separations. The president blamed Democrats for "the horrible law that separates children from there [sic] parents."

Proscribed proclamation. Trump decreed that people who cross the border between ports of entry would not be allowed to apply for asylum, even though the Immigration and Naturalization Act allows applications by "any alien who is physically present in the United States or who arrives in the United States," "whether or not at a designated port of arrival." When a federal judge blocked the new policy because it contradicted the statute's "clear command," Trump blamed Obama—for appointing the judge.

Anger issues. In October, an ardent Trump supporter mailed pipe bombs to several of the president's critics and to the New York offices of CNN, which Trump habitually derides as an "enemy of the people" purveying "fake news." Three days after the bomber's arrest, the president blamed "The Fake News Media, the true Enemy of the People," for causing "great anger in our Country."

To Russia with love. Trump's fawning July 16 press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin was widely criticized, and not just by anti-Russia hawks. Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), for instance, said Trump "went out of his way to appear subordinate" and spoke "like the head of a vassal state," adding that "a person can be in favor of improving relations with Russia, in favor of meeting with Putin, and still think something is not right here." The president blamed—you guessed it—"the Fake News Media," which "wants so badly to see a major confrontation with Russia."

Farmers' friend. Trump started a trade war with China, which had a predictably pernicious impact on American farmers who sell crops to that country. Last week he bragged about providing compensatory aid to those farmers, saying he had to "defend" them "from unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations."

My bulls, your bears. Trump is quick to take credit for rising stock prices but deflects responsibility for falling stock prices, even when they coincide with his market-unsettling tweets. Last month he claimed "the prospect of Presidential Harassment by the Dems is causing the Stock Market big headaches!"

This is my second totally Trump inventory of irresponsibility, and I expect there will be more. Don't blame me. Blame him.

Post Comment   Private Reply   Ignore Thread  


[Home]  [Headlines]  [Latest Articles]  [Latest Comments]  [Post]  [Mail]  [Sign-in]  [Setup]  [Help]  [Register] 

Please report web page problems, questions and comments to webmaster@libertysflame.com