Gravitas. Photo by Doug Mills/New York Times
Alas, Loud Little Donnie is back among us from his Asian adventures. The good news: We are not yet at (more) war with anyone. The bad news: He blithely ignored the human rights abuses of the strongmen he met, flattered and was comically flattered by all the wrong people - cue Sally Fields: "You like me!" - with parades and songs while trashing his own entirely competent people back home, and once again proved both wildly contradictory and "staggeringly incoherent" on substantive issues, thus presenting as what John Oliver called "a drunk driver crashing a pickup truck full of alphabet soup."
To remind us that alphabet soup from the ostensible President of the United States is Not Normal, Digby collected some of his babbling about "fake barriers," "baby stuff," "big events," "amazing feelings" and other matters key to his fragile ego. Many sound the common theme of his awesomeness: "I think it's been a great trip. In certain ways, it's been very epic. I think things have happened that have been really amazing," "They say in the history of people coming to China, there's been nothing like that. And I believe it," We have an amazing feeling toward each other. And he's for China; I'm for USA. You know, it's one of those things," "So it's been really very incredible. And then today was excellent. Today was a different kind of a thing. It's a conference."
On Ukraine: "That whole thing was set up by the Democrats." On Putin: He "said he did not do what they said he did...But we have a - you know, we have a good feeling toward getting things done...There was no collusion. Everybody knows there was no collusion. There is no collusion. There's nothing...The Democrats wanted to have a good relationship with Russia, but they couldn't do it because they didn't have the talent to do it." On world peace: "We're really - you know, this is a dangerous time. This isn't small stuff. Nobody mentions that." Also not mentioned by the blowhard-in-chief himself: Asian leaders pretty much side-stepped him on substantive matters. One expert: "Despite all the red carpet, Trump's own agenda was largely ignored."
En route on Air Force One, reporters asked him about Roy "I'm Sweet On Teenagers" Moore, but the guy who gets his policy "ideas" from Fox News dodged by saying he hasn't had time to study the issue: “People that don’t know me, they like to say I watch television - you know, fake reporters, fake sources. But I don’t get to watch much television. Primarily because of documents. I’m reading documents. A lot. And different things.” Uh huh. For once, it's difficult to argue with North Korea's view of a "lunatic old man of the White House, lost to senses." Digby is more concise: "Jesus H. Christ."