Deeply disturbed by the visible erosion of faith in the mainstream media and the refusal of a growing portion of the American people to accept empirical fact as an undeniable truth former Acting Attorney General turned Trump resistance hero Sally Yates to issue one of her rare tweets.
We can’t let POTUS’s complete indifference to truth become ours. Constant barrage may be exhausting, but normalizing it is too dangerous.
— Sally Yates (@SallyQYates) October 24, 2017
The combination of the way that President Trump stumbles from petty feud to announcing yet another appalling policy with all the grace of a drunken lumberjack combined the with numbing resignation induced by a ravenous 24/7 infotainment media machine that barely stops to tut-tut the President’s impropriety before hungrily seizing on Trump’s latest barbs has indeed exhausted our reserves of outrage and fed a growing sense of normalizing resignation among many.
The past week alone saw the President insinuate that his predecessor didn’t show any respect for fallen soldiers, use his Chief of Staff’s dead son as a political battering ram, disrespected the widow of a fallen soldier who died on a mysterious mission which the people know nothing about, called a Democratic Representative, the widow, and her mother in-law a liar, revoked federal protections for students with disabilities, attacked NFL players, accused the FBI of colluding with the Russians to help the Clinton campaign… it goes on and on.
There’s no shame in running out of outrage or growing exhausted and frustrated with the state of affairs in this country – but as Yates pleads, we cannot allow this to become normal.
Prioritize your outrage. Forget the tweets and forget the impropriety and forget the “disgrace to the office” and Trump’s disregard for the ultimately superficial veneer of respectability that we expect our politicians to have – and focus on the policy.
Why were four men wandering around in the Nigerian desert unsupported and unprotected?
Why do we have 1,000 soldiers in Niger in the first place? How much is this costing?
Why did Betsy DeVos repeal 72 guidances protecting the rights of students with disabilities?
Why did the Trump administration just hand the contract to rebuild Puerto Rico’s power grid to a tiny company from the Secretary of the Interior’s hometown in Montana that only has two employees?
These are the questions we need to be answered. Who cares what Trump tweeted about Senator Bob Corker?