View from the Left: After catastrophic week, Trump turns to executive power for satisfaction

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The chickens finally came home to roost.

Who could’ve known that mocking a war hero might have consequences—that a guy who had survived five tortuous years in captivity might have the last laugh?

Not someone with the keen perception and incisive wit of Donald Trump, that’s for sure.

But sure enough, when it came down to the big Obamacare repeal vote that Republicans had been promising for seven years, neither insult nor threat nor wild diversion could win the day for the Trump.


In actuality, Mr. Burns was too generous. Trump didn’t discharge just one errant message—every day was a new lesson in stepping on what Senate Republicans were furiously trying to accomplish as they crammed seven years of promises into one bill-writing session over lunch on Thursday.

Trump beat against his attorney general like a battering ram using every platform available to him, he dreamed up a new military personnel policy which he deployed via twitter, he hijacked a speech to the Boy Scouts to attack Hillary Clinton and hail his “incredible” election-night victory.

But after demonstrating the laser focus of a dementia-driven narcissist with psychotic features, all Trump got for his efforts was blowback.

The war hero he had ridiculed along with the two female senators he had chastised tanked his chance to finally declare superiority over Barack Obama by eviscerating his greatest legacy.

Jeff Sessions’ former Senate colleagues finally came to his defense, with Sen. Lindsey Graham saying there would be “holy hell to pay” if Trump tried to replace Sessions, adding that “any effort to go after [Robert] Mueller could be the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency.”

Military leadership flatly rejected his policy-by-tweet transgender ban, saying there would be “no modifications to the current policy until the President’s direction has been received by the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary has issued implementation guidance.”

Indeed, far from getting any satisfaction, all Trump had to show by week’s end for his considerably misguided efforts was the Russia sanctions bill his aides had been laboring to weaken for weeks and a subsequent rebuke from this bestie Vlad.