If the world is still turning in 100 years, scholars will look back at the presidency of Donald Trump in awe. They won’t admire his accomplishments; they’ll simply be astonished with the American public’s ability to deal with the Donald Trump presidency week by week. The first 100 days of the presidency were certainly something special. There are even political theorists who believe that the Trump administration is piling on tragedies to shock the system of the American people, making it so people grow numb to the irrational choices and systematic stripping of rights enacted by the President until no one notices that America has been gutted of its sovereignty. Once you look at the most eventful weeks of Donald Trump's time as president, you can see that he’s just winging it.
Rest assured, there are peaks and valleys within Trump’s presidency. Some weeks go by with barely a peep from Sean Spicer, and sometimes the President gives us a respite from his beloved tweet storms – and even those moments are in the running to be the craziest week of the Trump administration. Deciding what WTF week of Trump presidency is the most bonkers is like a Rorschach test where everyone is wrong. What little joy that can be found in it is nothing more than schadenfreude, but the joke is on the country. Even if you voted for Donald Trump, there’s nothing worth beating your chest about to be found in his presidency, just the realization that something has gone terribly wrong. Keep reading, and check back every week to see how low the President can go.
Week 41, November 6 - 12: Trump Does Asia, Responds To The Texas Church Shooting, And Antagonizes North Korea (Again)
The President takes a 10-day trip to Asia and does all kinds of touristy stuff. You know, like posting childish tweets to his enemies and claiming that mass shootings don't have anything to do with guns.
- Monday, November 6: In a press conference early Monday morning, Donald Trump claimed that “mental health” was the problem with the mass shooting in Texas. He went so far as to call the gunman “a very deranged individual.” He put much of the emphasis on mental health, stating that the ease with which someone can get their hands on a weapons wasn't an issue.
- Tuesday, November 7: At a press conference in South Korea, Trump was asked if better background checks for gun ownership could have saved the victims of the Sutherland Springs shooting. Trump came to the conclusion that tighter gun control would have somehow resulted in a higher death toll, claiming that “instead of having 26 dead you would have had hundreds more dead.” He further claimed that gun control laws are “not going to help.”
Trump on civilian who intervened in Texas shooting: “If he didn’t have a gun, instead of having 26 dead, you would have had hundreds more.” pic.twitter.com/5Ab7CFP2nR— CNN International (@cnni) November 7, 2017
- Wednesday, November 8: While in South Korea, Trump called into a meeting with the Democrats to beg for their votes for the tax bill. He told them that he would "get killed" if it passed, but that he was willing take a bullet for the American people. According to NBC, Trump told the members of the meeting, "My accountant called me and said, ‘You’re going to get killed in this bill.'” He went on to perpetuate the myth that the GOP tax reform would hurt the wealthy, which is just not the case. While Democrats were picking up off cycle wins in states like Virginia and New Jersey, Trump was tweeting about the electoral college victory from a year ago. That never gets old.
Congratulations to all of the ”DEPLORABLES” and the millions of people who gave us a MASSIVE (304-227) Electoral College landslide victory! pic.twitter.com/7ifv5gT7Ur— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 8, 2017
- Thursday, November 9: Trump honored the fall of the Berlin Wall by proclaiming November 9 to be "World Freedom Day." ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Also, Trump backtracked on all of his tough talk about China, saying that he totally gets why they were "taking advantage of another country for the benefit of its citizens." Throughout his trip to China, Trump was incredibly effusive towards President Xi, and he even managed to tweet in a country where Twitter is banned.
- Friday, November 10: Trump arrived at the APEC summit in Da Nang, Vietnam, and put the haters on blast. He went after countries who he felt had betrayed America by either acting with "economic aggression" or by taking jobs from the fine folks in the USA. He told a stunned audience, “Despite years of broken promises, we were told that someday soon everybody would behave fairly and responsibly. People in America and throughout the Indo-Pacific region have awaited that day to come but it never has and that is why I am here today.”
- Saturday, November 11: Following his insulting and aggressive speech at APEC, Trump sent out a series of bizarre tweets directed at "haters" and Kim Jong-Un – whom he referred to as "short and fat."
When will all the haters and fools out there realize that having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. There always playing politics - bad for our country. I want to solve North Korea, Syria, Ukraine, terrorism, and Russia can greatly help!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2017
Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me "old," when I would NEVER call him "short and fat?" Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend - and maybe someday that will happen!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2017
- Sunday, November 12: After a day of insane tweets, Donald Trump arrived in the Philippines to finish off his week-long tour of Asia. Upon arrival, Trump ignored members of the press who asked if he was going to discuss President Rodrigo Duterte's terrible human rights track record. While the President probably isn't going to bring up the Philippines's nasty human rights record, analysts believe that he will be able to discuss drug trafficking with Duterte. Hopefully something positive comes from this relationship.
Week 32, August 28 - September 3: Trump Gets A Hurricane Harvey Redo, North Korea Continues Its Threats, And Obama Never Wiretapped Trump Tower (Duh)
Week 32 finally offered Trump his first chance to look presidential, and he handled it exactly how you'd think he would; he flailed on his first attempt, and then on his second shot, he acted as all of his moves had been choreographed as to not seem like a complete buffoon. North Korea returned this week with yet another claim that they have a giant bomb. How will Trump handle this powder keg? If the last 31 weeks are any indication, the answer is "poorly."
- Monday, August 28: President Trump's personal lawyer stated that during the election primaries, they were attempting to make a real estate deal with officials in Moscow, and Trump definitely knew about it as he had signed a letter of intent. It's time to add this Russia news to the underground fire of Russia connections that's been burning since before the election. Amid Hurricane Harvey news, the Trump administration quietly decided to lift the ban on providing local police forces with military equipment. When do you think the first police officer is going to be given administrative leave with pay for blowing someone up with a grenade? According to New York Magazine, Trump fired George Gigicos, an event manager for the President, because Trump wasn't as happy about the "beautiful" turnout at the Pheonix, AZ, rally as he said he was.
- Tuesday, August 29: After North Korea launched a missile designed to carry a payload over Japan, Trump made sure everyone knew that "all options are on the table following North Korea missile launch." That's right; Trump is considering everything, from giving a kitten to every member of the population to covering North Korea with a giant dome. But before Trump had to think about dealing with the world at large, he and the FLOTUS zipped off to Corpus Christi, TX, to make their presence known among the Hurricane Harvey team. In this time of national crisis, Trump did what he does best – he gave a press conference where he talked about the size of the crowd. “What a crowd, what a turnout,” Trump grandstanded to the assembled victims of Harvey. Then, in a visit to the Emergency Operations Center in Austin, Trump muttered the now immortal line, "Harvey. It sounds like such an innocent name... But it’s not innocent." Way to name shame Mr. President.
- Wednesday, August 30: For some reason, despite his ties to Russia, his lack of tact with North Korea, and his all-around hatred for anyone other than the 1%, Trump doesn't understand why reporters continue to write negative stories about him. He summed this up in a succinct tweet on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the investigation into Trump's dealings with Russia continued to gain momentum when Department of Justice Special Counsel Robert Mueller teamed up with New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to investigate Paul Manafort’s financial dealings.
After reading the false reporting and even ferocious anger in some dying magazines, it makes me wonder, WHY? All I want to do is #MAGA!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 30, 2017
- Thursday, August 31: In response to Russia removing US diplomats from their positions, the Trump admin ordered Russian diplomatic offices in San Francisco, New York, and Washington to close.
- Friday, September 1: Trump began his day tweeting about James Comey and Hillary Clinton because he seems to be in a time warp, or maybe a groundhog day scenario where he's constantly living 2016 over and over again. Vice President Mike Pence refused to say whether the President will withdraw his threat of a government shutdown if he doesn't get the money for his transparent border wall. If the shutdown continues as planned, it would slash federal aid to tens of thousands of people impacted by Hurricane Harvey. However, Trump pulled back his threat to shutdown the government over the border wall. Later that day Trump decided that he didn't want to be the President who shut down the government and denied funds to people in a time of national crisis. This is the second time he's flip flopped on a threat to shut down the government, and he's probably going to do it again in December.
Wow, looks like James Comey exonerated Hillary Clinton long before the investigation was over...and so much more. A rigged system!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 1, 2017
- Saturday, September 2: Remember when Donny T. thought that President Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower? After launching an investigation, the DOJ has determined that those claims were completely false. So, what's going to happen to Trump after telling such an egregious lie? Probably nothing. Although someone might purchase a king hat for him to make him feel special. Trump returned to Texas for a redo on the terrible optics from his first trip to the flood-ravaged Gulf Coast. This time around, he visited victims of Hurricane Harvey who were holed up in disaster centers; he shook hands with people; and he even waved a Texas flag. It's great that the President is actually getting a first-hand look at the devastation in Texas, but there shouldn't have been a need for a second attempt at looking empathetic.
- Sunday, September 3: After North Korea's most recent test of a nuclear weapon, a missile with a hydrogen bomb allegedly more powerful than the weapons used on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Trump chastised South Korea for asking for appeasement because he's a very small man.
South Korea is finding, as I have told them, that their talk of appeasement with North Korea will not work, they only understand one thing!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 3, 2017
Week 36, September 25 - October 1: Puerto Rico, Taxes, And More North Korea Baiting
In Week 36, Trump unveiled a tax plan that would only benefit the so-called 1%, did some golfing, and managed to take America two steps back by not sending humanitarian efforts to Puerto Rico after they suffered from a horrible storm.
Monday, September 25: Three new countries have been added to Trump's travel ban, which now includes Chad, Venezuela, and North Korea; the travel ban was lifted for people from Sudan. Remember when everyone was so mad at Hilary Clinton for using her personal emails to conduct government business? And how Trump built an entire agenda of putting Clinton in jail for not using her government email? Well, on Monday, it came out that Jared Kushner, the senior advisor to Trump, used his private email for government business. So, are we going to lock him up or what? While Puerto Rico deals with one of the worst hurricanes they’ve ever seen, Trump claims that the principality owes Wall Street $600 million, and he insinuated that they needed to pay up before he helped them. Oh, and the North Korean foreign minister accused Trump of issuing a tweet that was the equivalent of a declaration of war.
Texas & Florida are doing great but Puerto Rico, which was already suffering from broken infrastructure & massive debt, is in deep trouble..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 26, 2017
Tuesday, September 26: Chuck Rosenberg, the acting head of the DEA, announced his plans to resign from the position, saying that he believes Trump has little respect for the law. After backing Alabama senate runoff loser, Luther Strange, Trump deleted his tweets that showed support for the candidate. Wash that man right out of your hair, Mr. President.
Wednesday, September 27: A week after hurricane Maria laid waste to Puerto Rico, the citizens were still without power – and food. Despite The Hill reporting that the Trump administration was forcing the people of Puerto Rico to pay for evacuation, it turns out that's not actually the case. It's actually citizens of the island of Dominica who are having to pay off loans to the US Department of State.
Thursday, September 28: This bit of news flew under the radar this week thanks to Hurricane Maria and Trump's poor/horrible handling of the situation, but the big story is that Trump asked a judge to drop a lawsuit that says he’s profiting from his presidency. In a statement about the suit, one of the filers said: "By accepting benefits from foreign and domestic government actors, he is opening himself up to the type of divided loyalties and undue influence that the Constitution seeks to prevent."
Friday, September 28: Tom Price, the Health and Human Services secretary either resigned or was fired from his roll in the administration, depending on whom you ask. However he didn't quit/resign because he was using government property for his private matters, but because he made the President look bad. Of Price's government property scandal, Trump said, "I was disappointed because I didn't like it, cosmetically or otherwise. I was disappointed." While all of that was going on, Trump was unveiling a proposed tax cut that he called a "once-in-a-generation opportunity." However, the tax plan's most advantageous opportunities would go to the top 1%. The tax plan offers to repeal the estate tax, write off for capital investments, and repeal the alternative minimum tax. Remember when he ran an anti-elitism platform in 2016? Making a terrible Friday even worse, Trump spoke to the National Association of Manufacturing in Washington about his Puerto Rico relief efforts on Friday, and he explained that it was hard to send humanitarian efforts to the island because: "This is an island, surrounded by water. Big water. Ocean water."
Saturday, September 29: In one of the many moments that historians (provided mankind still exists by 2020) will point to as one of the grossest nadirs of his presidency, Donald Trump played golf on Saturday morning while rescue efforts continued in Puerto Rico. He even threw a hissy fit and tweeted that the mayor of Puerto Rico was being nasty to him after she begged for help.
The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017
Sunday, October 1: After Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that the US had open channels to North Korea in order to work something out and prevent a nuclear war, Trump tweeted that Tillerson was “wasting time” negotiating with North Korea. Also, Trump might think that Kim Jong Un is also Kim Jong Il.
...Save your energy Rex, we'll do what has to be done!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 1, 2017
Being nice to Rocket Man hasn't worked in 25 years, why would it work now? Clinton failed, Bush failed, and Obama failed. I won't fail.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 1, 2017
Week 31, August 21 - 27: Trump Stares At The Eclipse, Pardons Joe Arpaio, And Tweets About Hurricane Harvey
Week 31 continues the total eclipse of our democracy as the President hands out pardons, gives a weird speech in Arizona, and somehow manages to make a national disaster all about him.
- Monday, August 21: Trump proved his prowess as a man and as a president by staring directly at the eclipse while the rest of you mere mortals had to wear stupid eclipse glasses. Many people believed this to be idiotic, but Tucker Carlson felt that it was "impressive." It was reported that due to Trump's travel schedule, the Secret Service can no longer afford to pay some members who have reached their federally mandated caps on salary and overtime; some agents may not even be paid for time that they've worked. According to VICE, the Secret Service has already spent $60,000 on golf cart rentals alone. After staring directly at the eclipse, Trump gave a primetime speech on his plans for how the US would handle the forever war in Afghanistan. During Trump's campaign, he said that he would call for a complete pullout of the military from Afghanistan, but in his speech, he completely reversed his plan, saying that the military presence in Afghanistan would continue as it has under the last two presidencies.
- Tuesday, August 22: On Tuesday, Trump flew to Arizona for his favorite thing, a campaign rally! Yay! In his speech, Trump defended his comments about Charlottesville, strangely shouted "Antifa" to the tune of "Tequila," claimed he would shut down the government if he didn't get his way on the border wall (like a giant baby), and announced that he might be pardoning Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted of criminal contempt after ignoring a federal judge's order to stop detaining people for being undocumented immigrants with no proof. A blind item appearing in Tuesday's hot gossip said that Trump and Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell may no longer be on speaking terms. According to the New York Times, the two men apparently got into a screaming match over the phone on August 9. Meanwhile in Europe, Trump shaped ecstasy pills were seized by German police, so at least someone is having a good time in all of this chaos.
- Wednesday, August 23: Trump started the morning with tweeting about how great his speech in Arizona was while dragging Republican Senator Jeff Flake. You didn't need a crystal ball to see this coming.
Phoenix crowd last night was amazing - a packed house. I love the Great State of Arizona. Not a fan of Jeff Flake, weak on crime & border!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 23, 2017
- Thursday, August 24: The transgender ban once again rears its ugly head as Trump presses on with his ridiculous transphobic nonsense. The plan is to "stop admitting transgender people; and for current transgender troops, the Pentagon should consider a service member's ability to deploy when determining whether to expel them." All of this ignores the fact that a person's willingness to serve their country has nothing to do with their sexual orientation or gender. Trump also retweeted a meme of himself "eclipsing" president Obama, which many people in the scientific community took umbrage with. Sarah Huckabee Sanders gave her first press conference in three weeks where she continued to push Trump's rhetoric about the border wall.
- Friday, August 25: Trump began the morning, as he is wont to do, with a series of tweets talking about how great he is, but he refrained from speaking about Hurricane Harvey, one of the worst storm systems in recorded history. Later in the day, Trump officially pardoned Sheriff Arpaio, a racist criminal, as people across Texas and Louisiana feared for their lives mid hurricane. THEN, according to the Associated Press, White House national security aide Sebastian Gorka resigned from his position, saying that: "the individuals who most embodied and represented the policies that will 'Make America Great Again,' have been internally countered, systematically removed, or undermined in recent months." Was he speaking about his white supremacy bro Steve Bannon? There's no way to know, but Gorka did say that he was going back to Breitbart after his stint in the White House, so interpret that how you will. How's that for a late day news dump?
Few, if any, Administrations have done more in just 7 months than the Trump A. Bills passed, regulations killed, border, military, ISIS, SC!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 25, 2017
- Saturday, August 26: Trump let it be known that he was watching Hurricane Harvey from the safety of "very rustic" Camp David. He also declared August 26 National Women's Day, are you happy now ladies?
Closely monitoring #HurricaneHarvey from Camp David. We are leaving nothing to chance. City, State and Federal Govs. working great together!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 26, 2017
- Sunday, August 27: Somehow Trump managed to make Hurricane Harvey, a national disaster, into yet another one of his grandstanding "accomplishments." He noted that Harvey was a once-in-500-year flood (which sounds inaccurate), and he said that "we" have an "effort" going. But that raises the question, what is the effort? And should a president be applauded for carrying out the basic functions of their job? And is he even doing his job, or is this just more grandstanding via Twitter? Does anyone else need a drink?