The great, loud, illiterate pretender. Getty Images.
Laughter Is the Best Medicine Followed By Impeachment and Jail Time Dept: A terrible no good day for our spectacularly inept, perilously insecure "president" for whom mockery is the ultimate threat. First, his peeps were laughed/shamed off the stage at UN climate talks in Poland, where protesters eviscerated their claims that “unapologetic utilization” of "clean" coal, oil and gas is our future. Then, in his frantic Denial of the Day - on Twitter, of course, the new site for all presidential policy briefings - Trump arguably admitted to two felonies, offered a legal defense widely deemed "beyond unconvincing," and did it with spelling errors that many commenters argued - and confirmed by asking their kids - fourth graders wouldn't stoop to. "Democrats can’t find a Smocking Gun tying the Trump campaign to Russia after James Comey’s testimony. No Smocking Gun...No Collusion,” he blathered, going on to huff and puff about "a simple private transaction" and anyway Obama did it (not).
Cue the quickly trending hashtag Smocking Gun, full of bad sewing puns, digs at Trump's best words, and reminders the guy who keeps loudly, lamely protesting his innocence has again moved the proverbial goal post from "I didn't do anything" to "even if I did, so what?" His idiocy, it is universally agreed, "makes a smockery of" our democracy, the presidency and basic literacy: "I always hope that it's a parody account and it never is...Can I buy a smocking gun without a background check?...Dude what r U smocking???...It was #ScottFree with the #SmockingGun in the #Covfefe room... Smocky the Bear warned us about this. Only you can prevent re-electing dumb ass presidents." To help us resist, the Washington Post Fact Checker has added a new mendacity rating for Trump, the “Bottomless Pinocchio,” for formerly 3 or 4 star lies repeated at least 20 times. So far, Trump has 14 whoppers that made the list. Meanwhile, even Fox News pundit Judge Andrew Napolitano actually said out loud that Trump may face indictments. Trump, Giuliani et al, he warned, "mock the government at their peril," smocking gun or no.