Unnatural disaster Hurricane Donnie made landfall earlier this weekend and wreaked massive destruction in its wake. A nation preoccupied with a tropical storm bearing down on the Gulf Coast was caught off guard by the one that had been brewing in the Oval Office for months. Hurricane Donnie had gathered strength from white nationalists in the wake of Charlottesville carnage and a campaign-style rally in Phoenix last Tuesday. By Friday, the Category 5 storm landed and caused weeks, months, years worth of devastation.
As had long been expected, windbag Donnie made good on promises to his base of deplorables to permanently ban trans people from serving in the military. Later in the day, he huffed and he puffed and he pardoned “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” Joe Arpaio. The Arizona sheriff was convicted in July of criminal contempt after years of unchecked racial profiling. Arpaio had been an enthusiastic, vocal Trump supporter and vice-versa. When you’re loyal to Donnie, there’s gonna be reciprocity.
The timing of the formal trans ban and the pardon may have been a bit of surprise, but anyone following the seemingly daily outrages coming from this administration expected Hurricane Donnie to follow through on his promises to appease his diehard supporters. And at this point, he needs all the support he can get. Donnie started his term in January as the most unpopular new president in polling history. Seven months later, things have only gotten worse. Donnie is setting records with his dismally low ratings. His current approval rating is 34% – a rating Obama never achieved during his eight years in office.
Hurricane Donnie will continue to rage and bluster in the coming weeks, but all was not gloom and doom over the weekend.
Mexico clapped back and once again, stated that they will NOT be paying for the wall. Trump has threatened to shut down the government if Congress doesn’t allocate funds for his obsession, building that “great, great wall.” Reiterating again yesterday, the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement reading, “our country will not pay, under any circumstances, for a wall or physical barrier built on U.S. territory along the Mexican border.”
And white nationalists cancelled their planned rally in San Francisco’s Crissy Park. Probably fearful they’d get their ass kicked by hippies and queens inside a park named after Suzanne Somer’s character on “Three’s Company.” How humiliating would that be for such manly men?
At times it seems like we are being battered and pummelled by the unpredictability of this unnatural disaster on a daily basis. The administration hopes we will unplug, disconnect and retreat into safe cocoons of boxing matches, “reality” TV trash and other shiny objects dangled in front of us. Stay engaged. Stay focused. Don’t despair. We are stronger than one disaster. Hopefully, Hurricane Donnie will soon pass. It might take months or years (paging Robert Mueller) but we will recover.