Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Mr. Uncomplicated

Demagogue and ignoramus Donald "Rump" Trump only recently realized that health care was a "complicated" matter, but one would think that he would at least know the Cliffs Notes version of his floundering TrumpCare bill. One would be wrong.

In yesterday's meeting with the Senate Rethuglican caucus, according to the New York Times, Rump appeared ignorant of some of the bill's most significant features, e.g. the transfer of money from health care to the pockets of the wealthy and insurance companies via tax cuts. Rump appeared confused by one Senator's comment that the bill's tax windfall for the wealthy would be used by their opponents:
"'A senator who supports the bill left the meeting at the White House with a sense that the president did not have a grasp of some basic elements of the Senate plan — and seemed especially confused when a moderate Republican complained that opponents of the bill would cast it as a massive tax break for the wealthy,' the Times reported a senate staffer revealed.

The senator also said that Trump said he would navigate tax reform later, and seemed to ignore the tax implications that are part of the new health bill."
It was hard even for Machiavellian scoundrel Sen. Mitch "Missy" McConnell to maintain the charade of presidential competence:
When asked by reporters clustered on the blacktop outside the West Wing if Mr. Trump had command of the details of the negotiations, Mr. McConnell ignored the question and smiled blandly.
The Times also reported that the Senators privately expressed a preference for Vice President and Rump suck-up Mike "Dense" Pense to be in charge of White House interactions on the bill. The article's suggestion that he wasn't in charge or knowledgeable apparently enraged Rump, who went on Twitter this morning to denounce the article as baseless "fake news."

One of the authors of the story, Glenn Thrush, had a tart response to the buffoon-in-chief:
Perhaps "very smart" Vladimir Putin can explain it to him.

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