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I have not been comfortable in the role of making fun of everything Trump does. After all, one of the main things I’ve been complaining about is the Republican Party being the “party of no” — opposing pretty much everything Obama ever did or said.

So it is with great relief that I have TWO things that Trump just did that I like and approve of. The first is the new pick for Trump’s National Security Advisor. Trump’s first pick, Michael Flynn, was a disaster. And his second pick, Robert Harward, turned him down. But as they say, the third time is the charm, and I think Herbert McMaster is an excellent choice, and is getting approval from both parties.

McMaster was also reportedly given the authority to hire his own staff (which apparently was why Harward turned down the job). This is good news, as there are a bunch of people hired by Flynn who are still working at the NSC.

The second thing Trump did was (finally) denounce anti-semitism and racism. He did so mainly in response to a spate of bomb threats against Jewish community centers (there have been around 70 threats since January first). Of course, these are just words, and some Jewish leaders are (very) skeptical until Trump’s actions mirror his new words.

Giving Trump the benefit of the doubt, I will count these as two good things, with the caveat that Trump has to actually do something about the dark cloud of racism and bigotry that continually hangs over his administration. Talk is cheap, and Trump’s words often change from day to day.



  1. Jonah wrote:

    IMO its important to note that neither of the above may have occurred if not for the pushback by democrats and the public. The ones who have criticized the pushback against trump should think about what could have happened otherwise. Flynn would be in charge of the NSA and Trump would break his silence and be outraged only when a white christian dies.

    Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 2:50 am | Permalink
  2. ebdoug wrote:

    Oh, but a white Christian policeman died at the hands of Muslim terrorist or so the murderer told them he was. Not much said about it because the Muslim terrorist was white. Nor has much been said about the intercepted terrorist down south, because he in dreadlocks is also white.

    Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 3:50 am | Permalink
  3. il-08 wrote:

    He also predicted the riots in Sweden, pretty impressive!

    Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 8:17 am | Permalink
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    Trumps words may change from day-to-day, but I’m concerned that we may see his actions changing as well.

    Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 10:08 am | Permalink
  5. notycoon22 wrote:

    If you have access to facebook, I believe that anyone can view this description of Drumpf’s campaign rally last week. Warning, it’s rather scary. If you can’t see it, I’ll repost the entire article.

    Yup, he’s appointed a couple of decent people and sort of came out against anti-Jewish hate (many folks are semitic, including Arabs and he continues to foment hatred against Arab Muslims). But these couple of decent things do not hold a candle to the crap he and the Publicans are dumping on the American people.

    Don, Yreka

    Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 11:37 am | Permalink
  6. redjon wrote:

    Trump’s strategy of keeping himself firmly at the center of our attention continues to work… while the GOP Congress continues to operate essentially unnoticed. What HAVE they been doing, anyway?!?

    Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 1:46 pm | Permalink