Trump faces difficulties at home. His approval rating is the lowest of any president at eight months in office in polling back 71 years. The public by 66-28 percent says he’s done more to divide than to unite the country.
Friday, May 19, 2017
The Russia Probe is "now a criminal investigation'
Republican Senator Lindsay Graham said the Russia probe [is] ‘now a criminal investigation’
And that caps off Trump's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week.
Off goes the BLOTUS to his first foreign country visit and gawd only knows how many embarrassments he'll bring down upon himself and our country. Trump's grasp of domestic policy is tenuous, at best, and his foreign policy understanding is non-existent.
From what I've read about the upcoming trip, Trump is not enthused about leaving the comfort of his cocoon of sycophants and lackeys.
Meanwhile, this is the cover of Time Magazine, and it says volumes about how the Trump regime is perceived here and around the world:
This Vox article explains how the Trumpistas are dealing with the Trump-Russia scandals and the possible obstruction of justice in Trump's firing of the FBI Director Comey:
“I just choose to not listen”: why Trump supporters are tuning out the scandalsMotivated ignorance, explained.
“I tuned it out,” Michele Velardi, a 44-year-old in Staten Island, told the AP of the recent news. “I didn’t want to be depressed. I don’t want to feel that he’s not doing what he said, so I just choose to not listen.”
This line is extremely revealing. It shows a psychological tendency we’re all susceptible to. That tendency is called “motivated ignorance,” and it’s an extremely powerful force in American politics. It’s also one of the keys to understanding why political discourse can be so irrational.
Politics is about establishing a shared sense of reality with like-minded people. It’s not about facts. Here’s a simple truth: We find inconvenient political facts to be genuinely unpleasant. Psychologists theorize that’s because our partisan identities get mixed up with our personal identities — which would mean that an attack on our strongly held beliefs is an attack on the self.
A brief visit around the internet and right wing blogs confirms that many Trumpistas are pretending this is a "nothingburger," or that the Trump-Russia-Comey scandals are made up by a cabal of Clinton, Obama, and Soros agents. I guess when you pin you hopes and dreams on a con man, and then you get conned, the best way to protect your sanity is to ignore it all.