Newer tweet: "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said 'take them out.' Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings -- unfortunately, no trust!" Recordings are a GREAT idea! Wish they would hurry up with that. But since Kelly has banned cellphones and recording devices from the West Wing, who would set that up?
Let the dogs out to pee. Make coffee. Watch as conflicting reports on the "shithole" comment make the rounds on the telescreens. Watch US political figures and world leaders react in horror to the latest racist comments. Still no official statement from the White House.
10am -- Trump just tweeted: "I don't believe the Democrats really want to see a deal on DACA. They are all talk and no action. This is the time but, day by day, they are blowing the one great opportunity they have. Too bad!" We leave to explore Asheville, buy New York Times and find a coffee shop. Do a little sight-seeing and shopping.
Noon -- drive around a bit looking for a good lunch spot, listen to replay of Paul Ryan calling Trump's comments "unfortunate and unhelpful." No Paul, it's unfortunate when you break the heel on your shoe and unhelpful when someone gives you wrong directions. Not when the leader of the free world says Haitians come from a shithole country and orders (someone to) "Take Them Out!" That's not unhelpful -- that's an undeniable outrage and affront to every black and brown person on earth.
What happened to the Stormy Daniels story? Guess it went down the memory hole, or shithole...
12:30pm -- stop for lunch
1:30pm -- return to car. What the hell -- Hawaii was under a false ballistic missile attack for 38 minutes? "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL."
Jesus, can't even stop for lunch! How did this happen? Who was in charge? Where is the President? (golfing) How do we know for certain it was a false alarm? What is the reaction from N. Korea? China? The State Department? Hello ... anybody? Vacationers in a panic, parents shoving kinds into open manholes, people running thru the streets seeking shelter. Jesus God, what the hell is happening?
And bodies are still being discovered from Tuesday's mudslide in California, death toll approaching 20.
2pm -- return to take dogs for a walk and hike around the area. We keep our cellphones in hand for breaking news. African Union and the African UN envoys demand Trump apology. A former Idaho lawmaker kills himself after coming under a sex-abuse investigation. Damn, that's hardly newsworthy these days.
4pm -- decide to stay home for dinner and go out later to hear some live jazz music. Take a bath (with cellphone handy). There is flooding in Maine and Connecticut from "ice jams" clogging the rivers. And Trump has cleared the way to attach work requirements to Medicaid. Because, of course he did.
5:15pm -- In his first statement after the false alarm, Trump tweets: "So much Fake News is being reported. They don't even try to get it right, or correct it when they are wrong. They promote the Fake Book of a mentally deranged author, who knowingly writes false information. The Mainstream Media is crazed that WE won the election!" Nothing to the citizens of Hawaii.
6pm -- eat while watching evening news. Senators Perdue and Cotton who were in the Thursday meeting with Trump "don't recall" hearing him say "shithole," directly contradicting Senators Durbin and Graham. This is getting juicy, now the senators are turning on each other. Unreal. More backlash from NAACP and MLK family members. Haitian government wants the US diplomat to explain Trump's remarks. Still no response from the golfer on the Hawaii crisis.
8pm -- leave for jazz club. Spend a blissful 2.5 hours not focused on the orange lunatic.
11pm -- return to watch news. Trump is still at Mar-a-Lago; still hasn't reacted to the horror the people in Hawaii underwent earlier. Did nobody tell him?
1am -- stay up to read the entire Wall Street Journal Trump interview and more excerpts from Fire and Fury. Jesus, Trump is deranged. He can't string together a single coherent sentence.