Billionaire tech investor Robert F. Smith stunned the 2019 graduating class of Morehouse College by announcing a grant that will quash the seniors’ student debt. Nearly 400 young men will head into the world without crippling stress over how to repay those loans. Best. Graduation. Gift. Ever.
Guys, we are failing as a nation. Forget that, we’re failing basic humanity here. An April attack against this transgender woman was captured on video; a month later she was found murdered in the street. The life expectancy of a trans woman of color is only 35. Surely we’re not willing to accept this as tolerable in America.
Ben Carson, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, heard “Oreo” while being questioned about REO (Real Estate Owned) rates. Look. I’m sure there’s a fluster factor to being questioned by Congress, and we all get twitterpated at times. But if you’re being questioned in a professional setting about your actual field of “expertise” and said questioner uses terminology common to your profession and you hear…Oreo? I’m gonna wonder how much expertise you might actually possess.
Crap, you guys, I can’t even choose.
Wednesday imploded. Pelosi accused Trump of participating in a (just one?) cover-up. The president
flipped out was upset and showed up for five minutes of a planned meeting on infrastructure where he basically told Pelosi and Schumer to screw themselves, that he won’t do his job until they stop their investigations. Sounds a whole lot like holding the country hostage until Congress leaves him alone, but maybe that’s just me.
Plus we learned about a sixth child who died in U.S. custody – eight months ago. And to precisely nobody’s surprise, the administration indefinitely delayed the plan to replace Andrew Jackson with Harriet Tubman on the twenty dollar bill. Because who would want to honor a woman of color who fought to free slaves and earn women the right to vote when we can have a slave holder on there instead.
And then things really got rolling.
So then somebody thought it would be a good idea to trot some staffers out in front of reporters to accurately describe the president’s state of mind in that meeting. Because of course you’ll get nothing but stark honesty in front of the press while being questioned by the president himself.
Moving right along.
Declaring Pelosi “a mess”, Trump commented, “Crazy Nancy…I watched Nancy and she was all crazy yesterday.” He then declared himself “an extremely stable genius”. Pelosi’s response?
At Pelosi’s weekly news conference she said, “I wish that his family or his administration or his staff would have an intervention for the good of the country,” adding that she prays for Trump and the nation. She also suggested a leave of absence might be in order for his well-being.
Thursday’s final kicker was the announcement that the president is ordering full transparency and cooperation with – wait for it – an investigation into surveillance during the 2016 Presidential election. Not for the Mueller report, Mueller testimony before Congress, the subpoena for documents and testimony from former White House counsel Don McGahn, an open request for all documents and communications between Trump and Putin, a subpoena for eight years of Trump’s financial documents, a request for six years of Trump’s personal and business tax returns, cooperation with the investigation into alleged abuses in the White House security clearance system, OR encouraging cooperation to clear himself of obstruction of justice and corruption charges.
I guess the only confidence restoring he thinks we’re entitled to is the one that talks about how he got elected.