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Don’t focus on things Trump says, focus on things he’s said he’s done. Sometimes.


Your attention please. Sean Spicer, Trump’s press secretary, wants you to stop talking about what Trunplethinskin is tweeting and start talking about the action he’s getting.

So the idea is everyone wants to talk about the tweets he sent. But I would actually focus on the action he’s getting. Donald Trump is not president yet and he’s getting action, successes and wins, both abroad and here at home.

I’m sure he didn’t mean it that way. In fact, it is possible that Spicer regularly huffs the glue the hairdresser uses to secure the cotton candy to to his boss’s scalp and doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about. During the same appearance on ABC’s This Week:

President-elect Donald Trump will continue to use his Twitter account to make major policy announcements once he takes office later this month, his incoming press secretary said Sunday.

“There’s a new sheriff in town, and he’s going to do things first and foremost for the American people … Absolutely you’re going to see Twitter,” Sean Spicer said on ABC’s “This Week.”

“The fact of the matter is that when he tweets he gets results.

Yes. Trump tweets and as a result people laugh and say look at this lying horse’s ass. Oh, and sometimes a company’s stock tanks, which is Great for Business. Then his press secretary goes on TV to whine and demonstrate he can’t keep track of the words that are falling out of his own face.

Perhaps Spicer’s job will involve letting people know which Trumptweets are we should talk about and which we shouldn’t, so we can laugh at him some more.

So whether it’s Twitter, holding a news conference, picking up the phone, having a meeting, he is going to make sure that he continues to fight for the American people every single day,” Spicer added.

And that’s just more proof of my theory that the right wing is fast approaching the point where its leadership can only communicate with buzzphrases.

“I think it freaks the mainstream media out that he has this following of over 45 plus million people that follow him on social media, that he can have a direct conversation,” Spicer said. “He doesn’t have to have it funneled through the media.”

Or a press secretary; you’re fired!

You can view a clip of his entire appearance at the first link. (Bonus viewing – Spicer’s attempts to dodge around Russia’s interference in the election and suggesting Clinton needs to be punished for … something.) But back to leaving Trump alone.

Everything he does right now, he gets — he speaks [with] the head of Sprint, gets 5,000 jobs moved from abroad. And everyone starts to mock him. Oh, those jobs were already announced. They weren’t. The sales jobs have been a previous announce. These jobs were coming from abroad to America.

And instead of trying to mock him or undermine him, it’s time that people started to give him credit for actually getting things done.

Nah. But it was nice of Spicer to drop a hint that Trump isn’t even in the kitchen but is already complaining about the temperature. Honestly, I’m reminded of Bush II’s administration when it became obvious that the invasion of Iraq was stubbornly refusing to stick to the script of cakewalks and flowers and candy.

Trump is mocked because he isn’t getting anything done. The president-elect is taking credit for things that already happened, or the accomplishments of others. For example, Trump took credit for the good economic numbers in November despite the fact that the growing economy has nothing to do with him because he is not yet the president. Trump took credit for the horrible Carrier deal that Mike Pence negotiated, and Trump is trying to pass off the Sprint job announcement, which he had nothing to do with, as an accomplishment.

And soon we’ll see Trump denying responsibility for fuck ups he had everything to do with. It’s going to be a weird four years.

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  • jim, some guy in iowa

    um, no, Sean that idea is dead in the water

  • Breadbaker

    The problem with quoting the lies is that you end up quoting the lies. When he tweets, he lies. Repeating his lies or the lies about his lies gives him more publicity for his lies. Quoting Donald Trump verbatim (and how often was Obama quoted verbatim as opposed to a precis that was followed by a complete quote from some Republican denying or contradicting what he said?) should simply stop.

    • parsec

      Holy crap. It’s the return of Baghdad Bob!

  • keta

    What’s the over/under for how long Twilight Spicer, lead mount of Trump’s My Little Phony stable, lasts as purveyor of presidential nostrumps?

    10 months?

  • tsam

    Should I be taking the “getting action” idiom the way it’s reading? Cause I don’t believe it no matter the intent

    • Snuff curry

      Who knew Spicer was Brock Turner’s father?

    • kvs

      Could’ve been using gambling jargon.

  • Peterr

    A question for the lawyers: at noon on Jan 20, does Trump’s personal twitter account become subject to the Presidential Records Act?

    • tsam

      Do you REALLY want to know what’s in those DMs? Good question, though.

    • delazeur

      People have been saying that it will become illegal for him to delete tweets (as he sometimes does when they don’t get the desired reaction), but I am not sure if that claim comes originally from legal scholars or not.

      • efgoldman

        I am not sure if that claim comes originally from legal scholars or not.

        Doesn’t matter. Peach Pustule knows all the laws, only the best laws. You’ll see.

  • georgekaplan

    Trump had better enjoy this brief period of being credited for anything that can considered a success, whether he had anything to do with it or not. Four years from now, when the last remnants of America’s greatness are a smouldering ruin, all of the Republicans now genuflecting to Trump’s genius will somehow pretend that everything that happened from November 2016 onward was Obama’s fault.

    • tsam

      He didn’t serve a third term. IT IS ALL HIS FAULT

    • Lurking Canadian

      The sharp turning points in all the measured economic indicators right around Feb 1 2017 will be he clearest sign of Obama’s culpability.

    • efgoldman

      all of the Republicans now genuflecting to Trump’s genius will somehow pretend that everything that happened from November 2016 onward was Obama’s fault.

      They’ve managed to erase W from their own history, Soviet style. No reason to expect they won’t do the same with the Citron Czar.

      • science_goy

        Not erase, but completely rewrite. Bush Kept Us Safe; the 2008 economic collapse was caused by Clinton-era regulations, and so forth.

        • N__B

          I believe the party line is that the 2008 collapse was because the markets were afeared of the coming Kenyan administration.

          • science_goy

            Interesting, my conservative relatives dutifully explained to me that Clinton’s laws forced banks to give mortgages to black people, and that’s why the market collapsed. But hey, it can be both!

            • In any case, we can certainly be sure that black people were at the bottom of it!

            • Dr. Ronnie James, DO

              Ecen more interesting, if you trace the line of blame from a common (sensible) left-wing explanation of what caused the collapse, and a totally batshit disparate right wing explanation, they both trace back directly and in very few steps to Bob Rubin.

          • BigHank53

            Twas the Community Reinvestment Act that did the deed. All Carter’s fault, don’t you know.

            • efgoldman

              All Carter’s fault, don’t you know.

              You sure it wasn’t Barney Frank? You have to blame the gay Jewish guy from Boston, don’t you?

              • Dr. Ronnie James, DO

                Bob Rubin is rubbing his hands and cackling

            • Brad Nailer

              One of my co-workers swears (to this day) that it was the CRA that caused the meltdown. I gave him a transcript of a speech by one of the trustees of the Federal Reserve that stated categorically that the CRA was not the culprit, but that didn’t matter: I gave him the transcript a year ago and he just repeated the CRA canard to me about two weeks ago.

              • Davis X. Machina

                You can’t refute a theology.
                Revelation doesn’t work that way.

        • Peterr

          The “Bush kept us safe” meme includes the fact that Bush gets a mulligan for 9-11.

  • Bitter Scribe

    I predict that the people who report directly to Trump will spend much if not most of their time trying to figure out what the hell he just said, what it means, and what he wants done about it.

    • Breadbaker

      I suspect that’s not much different from what happened when he was just running a real estate business. The difference is the scope is a tad wider now.

    • DocAmazing

      Glossolalia! Ought to bring the fundies back into the fold.

    • nemdam

      And then they will learn that Trump doesn’t really care as long as they praise and compliment him. So they will do whatever they want. Which I’m sure won’t cause any problems.

      • Bitter Scribe

        Yes. Trump will be one of the most easily manipulated presidents in history.

  • DrDick

    On the upside, this administration should drive a stake through the heart of the insane idea that businessmen know anything about running the government (or anything else).

    • Bitter Scribe

      Hell no. They’ll just do the No True Scotsman thing: “He wasn’t a real businessman.”

    • If only. I doubt very much that anything will be proved to the Usual Gang of Low-Information Idiots by the failures, mistakes, &c. of their hero, other than the perfidy of the media when they repeat what Lumpy said.

    • delazeur

      The last time we got a real businessman he was followed by FDR. We can only hope that happens again.

      • Did Hoover ever really own a business? He was an engineer and then was in the Cabinet for 8 years before becoming president.

        • N__B

          He was a partner in a number of mining companies, if I’m remembering correctly. He had real experience in running businesses which, it turned out, meant fuck all when it came to the presidency.

          • Makes sense

          • Dr. Ronnie James, DO

            The fundamental challenge of business is keeping your costs low.

            The fundamental challenge of government administration (ie the executive branch) is spending all the money Congress appropriates for your job in a timely fashion without breaking the law. There’s a very government-specific word for people who fail to do this: “underspent.” There’s also a less govt-specific word: “stripped of their responsibilities.”

            Saying the government should be run more like a business is like saying the blood bank should be run by Dracula.

      • efgoldman

        We can only hope that happens again.

        Zombie FDR. What a great idea!
        “The only thing we have to fear is rotting flesh itself.”

        • Brad Nailer

          As I recall, Obama was supposed to be “the next Roosevelt.” Alas . . .

          • kvs

            You mean “alas, the Senate changed its use of the filibuster over the preceding 60 years; Obama had a supermajority for about a month; it included Joe Lieberman, Evan Bayh, and Ben Nelson,” right?

      • DocAmazing

        Wasn’t Truman a businessman? Ran a haberdashery shop, or something?

        • Davis X. Machina

          Lincoln. Grocery (i.e. country-store-cum-bar) — bankrupt.
          Truman. Haberdashery — bankrupt.
          Trump. Real estate and every other damn thing — bankrupt, multiple times.

          Trump — poised for greatness.

          • jim, some guy in iowa

            W Bush wasn’t exactly Jed Clampett. so Carter is the one successful businessman elected President? uff da

            • LNM_in_LA

              No. Uff da MAAY . . .

              ‘May’ being the multiplier append on our universal epithet of dismay.

          • Warren Terra

            Also Grant?

            And George W Bush ran three oil companies into the ground …

            • kvs

              And the Texas Rangers.

              Where else are you going to find oil beside the ground or seabed? It’s the tankers you don’t want to to run aground.

      • GeorgeBurnsWasRight

        W was advertised as “a real businessman”.

        Which meant he was The Decider.

    • tsam

      Well, there’s a huge difference between owning a successful business and keeping it that way, and inheriting millions of dollars and a NYC development business and not doing shit with it.

  • Captain Oblivious

    Shorter Sean Spicer: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ “Can’t stop him from making an ass of himself, much as we’d like to.”

  • Points for The Flamin’ Groovies. How many of us will be headed for the Texas border soon?

    • science_goy

      Just beat me to it… Depeche Mode and now Flamin’ Groovies. Shakezula, you’re on a roll today.

    • DrDick

      Canada is much closer for me.

      • GeorgeBurnsWasRight

        They’re equidistant for me, but I can learn to speak Canadian quicker.

  • Lasker

    I don’t think it is unreasonable for Trump to take credit for stock market gains since his election.

    We can’t bemoan Trump’s probable coming giveaways to business on the one hand and then deny that the markets reaction to that has anything to do with him.

    Let this instead be a reminder that the stock market is not a reflection of the health of the country.

    ETA: I see now you didn’t reference stock market gains, but economic indicators – and you are right to say those have nothing to do with him. But I’ll leave my post. Trump has bragged about the stock market numbers and it is important to remember just what that does and doesnt mean.

    • GeorgeBurnsWasRight

      We can’t bemoan Trump’s probable coming giveaways to business on the one hand and then deny that the markets reaction to that has anything to do with him.

      A bigger impact, IMO, is the numerous Republicans who had pulled all their money out of the market because they knew the world was going to end when Clinton was elected and have now piled back in because they’re sure that Trump is going to usher in a new golden age of prosperity.

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