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So-called President

On Saturday, Donald Trump angrily tweeted his displeasure at federal judge James Robart, who had just temporarily blocked Trump’s travel ban:

The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!

Calling Robart a “so-called judge” is clearly an attempt to delegitimize the US judiciary. After all, Trump can’t accuse Robart of issuing a partisan decision, as Robart was nominated by George W Bush and was unanimously confirmed by the Senate.

But the hypocrisy here is that — as noted by this blog and others — Trump commonly accuses others of things of which he himself is guilty. Which means Trump should be called a “so-called president”.

Why would the president attack one of the other two branches of our government? Especially the branch whose most important job is to provide checks and balances on executive power?

Even Republicans noticed this. In a rebuke, Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) said:

We don’t have ‘so-called judges,’ we don’t have ‘so-called’ senators, we don’t have ‘so-called presidents’. We have people from three different branches of government who take an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution.

But Trump continues to attack Judge Robart. As long as he does that, it is only fair that we should call Trump a “so-called president”.



  1. Squeaky Wheel wrote:

    Never mention his surname or the office he illegitimately holds together. Mr. Small Grabby Hands, or so-called-president, Bigly Don, Little Donny, Don the Con, Il Douche . . . They’re all good!

    Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 10:27 am | Permalink
  2. Jennifer wrote:

    One of the Internet-meme lists:

    Cheeto Satan
    Squirrelwig McRacistPants
    Coral Babyhands
    Fanta Fascist
    Dreamsicle Demon
    Orange Menace
    El Hombre de Tang
    Maramalade Mussolini
    Orange Anusmouth
    Don the Con
    Hair Gropenfuhrer
    Sunkist Stalin
    Mandarin Orange Mugabe
    Human-toupee hybrid
    Fuckface von Clownstick
    Cheetolini Babyhands
    Doorknob Trundlefuck
    President Tweety
    Pumpkin Pinochet
    Short-fingered Vulgarian

    And that’s only a small list.

    Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 11:19 am | Permalink
  3. Ralph wrote:

    If the Muslim ban is more of a “throwing a dead cat on the kitchen table” distraction, as Joan Hill alluded to the other day, maybe the real play is his EO seeking to repeal the Dodd-Frank banking regulations. As suggested by a recent article in Slate, Wall St. bankers are eager, salivating even, to revisit those halcyon days of sub-prime mortgages, shady hedge funds and the various other financial weapons of mass destruction that guaranteed a heads-we-win/tails-you-lose outcome a’la 2008. Wall St. Bailout II anyone?

    It comports with some other interviews I’ve heard lately with economists and financial types that see disturbing signs of political and market uncertainties en-route to another bubble economy, turbo-charged by this cadre of shameless, greedy political neophytes that now occupy the WH. And wouldn’t Trump & Sons simply love another real estate bubble to further pad their penthouses.

    Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 8:04 pm | Permalink
  4. ThatGuy wrote:

    Don’t forget about net neutrality getting assaulted again.

    Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 9:37 pm | Permalink
  5. Wildwood wrote:

    Then again, what isn’t getting assaulted? Divide and conquer. Attack on many fronts. The Pubs have had this as a major part of their playbook for a while now, but this has been taken to a whole new level by the new lord of the realm and his eager minions. Sorry Minions, I should have not used the word minions, I love the Minions. How about eager flunkies?

    Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 9:54 am | Permalink
  6. paradoctor wrote:

    Fling his insults back at him? Very well then, he’s a so-called President; and what’s more, he’s a special orange snowflake; and his strongest supporters are whingers, losers and Contards.

    Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 10:10 am | Permalink
  7. Iron Knee wrote:

    Wildwood, we could call them “thugs”. I love the minions too.

    Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 12:17 pm | Permalink
  8. Wildwood wrote:

    Paradoctor he’s the snowflake in chief. Show some respect! You’ve see snow where the dog has spent some time. Is he anywhere near that color?

    Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 2:54 pm | Permalink