8am -- wake up, check cell phone for news. Make coffee, walk dogs, etc. Oh, Trump just tweeted: "The Wall Street Journal stated falsely that I said to them "I have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un" (of N. Korea). Obviously I didn't say that. I said "I'd have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un," a big difference. Fortunately we now record conversations with reporters...and they knew exactly what I said and meant. They just wanted a story. FAKE NEWS! And "DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don't really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military." Just the usual propaganda.
9:30am -- go for a hike. Take phones. Seems the Stormy Daniels story is gone. Thanks, Hawaii. Watch CBS Sunday morning tribute to Dr. King. Can't believe it's been 50 years and we are more racially divided than ever.
11am -- switch to ABC -- there is Sen. David Perdue lying thru his teeth about Trump's comments, now claiming he regained his memory and Trump never said "shithole countries" in the Thursday meeting. Unbelievable. Calling Sen. Durbin a liar.
On his way to lunch following a golf game at Mar-a-Lago, Trump tells reporters "I'm the least racist person you'll ever interview."
noon -- head back into town to hear a Celtic band and have lunch. MSNBC is reporting that Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, also in the Thursday meeting, said on "Fox News Sunday," "I don't recall him saying that exact phrase." CA Attorney General Becerra, appearing on "Fox News Sunday" after Nielsen, said, "It's disturbing to see so many people with such short-term memory losses and the inability to recall a conversation -- important conversation that has taken place just a few days ago."
Ben Marter, a spokesman for Sen. Durbin, then tweets "Credibility is something that's built by being consistently honest over time. Senator Durbin has it. Senator Perdue does not. Ask anyone who's dealt with both."
1pm -- leave the car and spend another couple of Trump-free hours.
3pm -- Return to check on dogs, stop and grab Sunday NY Times. Still nothing from Trump on Hawaii.
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This is just part of the weekend. Just some highlights, but it completely illustrates the totality in which The Trump Show has dominated my life. It is the first thing I think about in the morning and almost always the last thing I think about before turning out the lights at night. It is all-consuming and inescapable, even in the middle of the beauty and splendor of the Smoky mountains.
Being at the mercy of a 24-hour news cycle is one of the realities of this business, but The Trump Show eclipses anything I've ever experienced, and I lived thru the Bush Crime Family years. But I still believe, even in all my cynicism, that America will recover. We are a resilient nation, we've survived the Gulf of Tonkin, Vietnam, Watergate, Iran-Contra, and much more. We were founded on honorable principles and a system of morality I still believe most Americans admire and aspire to. Trump cannot change the words on the Statue of Liberty or the US Constitution, no matter how much he denigrates them.
The Trump Show will be canceled one day, either by Mueller or by voters or by some other means. Maybe it's just me, but I sense a change. Trump's first-year anniversary is approaching and his presidency is collapsing under the burden of his utter incompetence -- the center cannot hold. He cannot sustain this level of ineptitude, ignorance, and outright racism without consequence forever.
And the Republicans who stand with him now better be prepared to be remembered in the history books as complicit in Trump's crimes, whatever they may be.
Trump? He's a superstar. Not even a cell in Leavenworth will change that.