To be honest, this is not a fair comparison. The Keystone Kops actually intended for their fumbling, stumbling, bumbling antics to be funny. The fumbling, stumbling, bumbling activities of Donald Trump and his closest advisors are most assuredly not funny. They are at best, inept, and at worst, downright dangerous.
The missteps began on Day One of the administration with Trump’s obsession over the size of the crowd at his inauguration as compared to the crowd attending Obama’s 2008 swearing in. Instead of focusing on the real concerns of the people he had just sworn to serve, Trump instead turned his attention to the National Parks Service who had posted the side-by-side comparison photos on the internet. Yes folks, we really need to be worried about the dastardly National Parks Service.
This was followed almost immediately by the debacle of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s first official press conference where the focus again was lasered in on crowd sizes. Spicer then hurriedly left the press conference without taking any questions from the press.
On Day Two of his administration, Trump paid a visit to the C.I.A., ostensibly to offer an olive branch to the intelligence community that he had lambasted during his campaign. Instead, while standing before the Memorial Wall that commemorates those agents who gave their lives in service of their country, Trump used the occasion to lambast the media for their coverage of – you guessed it – crowd sizes at his inauguration.
To say that things have gone downhill since then would be an understatement. Trump began as the least popular president in modern history, and his approval ratings have declined since. They are bordering on the 30% range in less than a month.
But let us confine ourselves to just a few of the disasters provided by this Keystone Kops administration:
- Appointing Steve Bannon to the National Security Council without realizing it
- The Bowling Green Massacre (51% of Trump supporters believe this happened)
- The Executive Order on Immigration
- The Great Atlanta Massacre
- Claims of massive voter fraud that include 3 to 5 million illegal votes for Clinton
- The North Korean missile launch handled on the terrace restaurant at Mar-A-Lago
- Twitter attacks against Nordstrom
- Twitter attacks against negative polls
To those people who keep saying “Give him a chance,” “He hasn’t done anything unconstitutional, yet,” the question many are asking is “Just how long are we supposed to give him? Until he launches a nuclear weapon?”
The last couple of days has presented the Keystone Kops with a politically life-threatening, disaster. The Washington Post confirmed reports that Trump’s senior national security advisor General Michael Flynn had indeed discussed the sanctions imposed last December by President Obama with the Russian ambassador. General Flynn, who had served in the Obama administration until he was fired, apparently did not realize that the U.S. government routinely monitors and tapes such conversations.
Once again, the administration was stumbling, fumbling, and bumbling over them to address this revelation. According to The Washington Post, this following is part of the timeline involving General Flynn’s compromised position:
Feb 8 – Flynn categorically denies have discussed sanctions with Russian ambassador in an interview with The Washington Post.
Feb 9 – A spokesman amends Flynn’s denial saying that he “indicated that while he had no recollection of discussing sanctions, he couldn’t be certain that the topic never came up.”
Feb 10 – Trump says he is “unaware” of the Post’s report and “he will look into it.”
Monday (approx. 5:00 pm) Per KellyAnne Conway, White House has “full confidence” in General Flynn.
Monday (approx. 5:00 pm) Sean Spicer contradicts Conway’s comment.
Monday (shortly before 11:00 pm – General Flynn resigns
But the fun doesn’t stop here.
Tuesday morning – Conway says Flynn resigned.
Tuesday afternoon – Spicer says Trump requested the resignation.
It is extremely worrisome that immediately following Flynn’s resignation, Russia ramped up its military activities involving the United States. As reported by one of my fellow writers at EatPrayVote in an article “Russia Issues Antagonistic Military Response Immediate to Flynn Resignation” – “…a Russian spy ship was spotted Tuesday in international waters, roughly 70 miles off the coast of Delaware.” This article details further, troubling, and provocative incidents by the Russians.
Now the Trump Administration has stumbled, bumbled, and fumbled themselves into a fully grown political crisis. Will this be enough to bring down the administration? Probably not, but we are still less than a month into the Trump regime. If they keep it up at this rate, it won’t take much longer.