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Donald Trump's performance at the Phoenix
rally is a sign he's on his way out the door
by Nathan'ette Burdine: August 25, 2017

The one thing that is clear from Donald Trump’s Phoenix rally is that he is on his way out the door.

During the rally in Phoenix, Arizona, Trump behaved like a man who knows he’s about to go down.

He whined about everything from Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake, “the fake news media,” to folks not hearing him clearly “condemn” white supremacist domestic terrorist groups.

Let Trump tell it, everybody was lying like a cross tire about what he had said and done and he was going to use the Phoenix rally in order to get the truth out.

So, he got the crowd going by talking about two of his favorite targets, Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake.

Trump told his crowd of cheering supporters that he wasn’t going to “name” Senators McCain and Flake by name because somebody told him that his Afghanistan speech on Monday was so good that he needed to remain “presidential.”

So in an effort to remain “presidential,” Trump dropped hints about the fact he was bad mouthing McCain and Flake.

Trump told folks about McCain, without naming him, that he was the senator who gave the thumbs down, effectively ending any chances of Obamacare being repealed.

Trump never minded the fact that he didn’t take the time out to read the bill or to learn about the issues associated with the healthcare system.

He also failed to mention to his cheering crowd of supporters that he called the House’s Obamacare Repeal bill, “mean.”

Yep, all of that just slipped Trump’s mind. Let Trump tell it though, he isn’t to blame. Everything is everybody else’s fault.

As evidence of this, Trump would tell folks that he told Congress to get an Obamacare repeal bill on his desk and they didn’t do it because McCain gave the thumbs down, killing the repeal effort.

Poor ol’ Trump, bless his heart, he doesn’t know how the government works.

Case in point is when he let his ignorance be known after he told folks the Senate needs to change the number of votes to 51 in order to get bills, like the Obamacare repeal bill, passed into law.

Weeelll, all the Senate needed was 51 votes. They didn’t get it because Senators Susan Collins (ME), Lisa Murkowski (AK), and John McCain (AZ) provided the three votes the Democrats needed in order to kill the bill.

There are 46 Democrats, 2 Independents who vote with them, totaling 48, to the Republicans 52 members in the Senate.

You take three Republicans from 52 Republicans and you’re down to 49 Republicans.

Add those three Republicans to the 48 Democrats and Independents and you’re up to 51 votes for “no” on the Obamacare repeal bill.

Trump didn’t know any of that and he doesn’t care to know it. The current president of the United States can’t have his mind preoccupied with how the Senate works.

As far as Trump is concerned, the Senate suppose to work because he tells them to work.

And if Congress isn’t working, it’s because the congressional members aren’t doing what Trump tells them to do.

Unfortunately for the 45th president of the United States, our government doesn’t work that way.

And the fact that Trump won’t take the time out to learn the legislative process is going to be one of the contributing factors as to why the immigration bill won’t be moved from the table to the floor of the House or the Senate.

But, we all know Trump. Trump is a man who will not be blamed for anything going wrong.

If it goes right, Trump gets all of the credit. But when things go south, it’s everybody else’s fault.

That’s why it comes as no surprise that Trump has found his punching bag, on the immigration issue, in Senator Jeff Flake; who, last Thursday, Trump tweeted is a “non-factor” in the Senate.

Trump, who decided to remain presidential by not naming Senator Flake either, told the crowd in Phoenix that the senator’s unwillingness to be hard on illegal immigration and crime is increasing Arizona residents’ chances of being the victims of illegal immigrants.

Now I must say, our country does need to do a better job in how we enforce our immigration policy.

However, Trump isn’t the right person to lead the country in this effort.

Folks have about as much trust in Trump as a bank teller has in a robber.

His constant rants about the media, calling them the enemy of the people whenever they print the truth about him, has made Trump look like an entitled brat who thinks folks should only say how cute, lovely, and talented he is.

The media’s job is not to be Trump’s friend like “Fox and Friends,” who he “loves” because all the folks over there do is rain down sugar drop and honey dew praises upon him.

The media’s job is to report the news. Y’all know, news like the fact that Trump has decreased the funding to deal with alt-right, neo-Nazi, KKK, and other domestic terrorist groups.

Yep, news like that. But, Trump doesn’t like that type of news. And Trump doesn’t like the news about his decreasing the funding to fight white supremacist domestic terrorist groups because when it’s placed alongside his “violence on many sides” comment about the Charlottesville attack, which resulted in the death of 32-year-old Heather Meyer, it shows a parallel in his racist tendencies.

Trump knows that if folks continue to draw parallels between his insensitive comments and actions on race issues, he will look like anything but presidential.

That’s why during the Phoenix rally, Trump had on stage with him Dr. Ben Carson and Dr. Martin LutherKing Jr's niece, Alveda King.

By having them there, Trump was trying to tell folks, “Hey, I like the blacks. They’re cool cats.”

Hell, Trump’s even friends with Twitter stars Diamond and Silk. Seriously, that’s their names, Diamond and Silk.

Trump believes that by being associated with these folks, he’s showing that he is the “least racist person” anybody on this Earth knows and that the problem lies with all of these folks who hear racism when it’s there.

Trump told the Phoenix, Arizona, crowd, “I got the white supremacist, the neo-Nazi, I got them all in there. Let’s see, we got KKK. We have KKK. I got them all!”

The only problem with reading all of the haters’ names off of the teleprompter is that the 45th president of the United States has gone off script and said several times that there was plenty of wrongdoing going on both sides and that the folks protesting alongside the neo-Nazis, KKK, and alt-righters were just protesting folks trying to change their history.

It’s a history, which by the way, the white supremacists know nothing about.

Let them tell it, the Civil War never ended, slavery still exist, and the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments are lies printed by the “fake news media” in 2017.

Yep, that’s how those humans think. Welp, their dear leader isn’t so different.

He believes all black folks live in the ghettos and that every Hispanic he sees is an illegal immigrant from Mexico.

And just to add a little more piss sugar onto this shit cake, Trump verified this point by sneaking in his intent to pardon known hater of all people of color Sheriff Joe Arapaio; who was recently found guilty of racially profiling folks.

Trump told the crowd that Arapaio was “just doing his job” and “he’s going to be just fine.”

So yeah, Trump can’t whine about the “fake news media” reporting about his love for all the haters when he turns around and says he’s going to pardon a man who’s been convicted of using his position and power to act on his hate. That just won’t fly.

Needless to say, all of this hell raising Trump's been carrying on has made congressional Republicans madder than a whore trying to make a house a home.

Last week after the Charlottesville’s white supremacist terrorist attack, the Republicans just started telling folks how they really feel about Trump.

Some Republicans told the folks over at the New York Times that after the Charlottesville attack, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said that Donald Trump’s presidency can’t be saved.

Senator Orin Hatch (R-UT), the longest serving senator currently in the Senate, told folks about the pain and anguish his family endured after his big brother was killed fighting Nazis in German during World War II.

Senator Hatch tweeted, “We should call evil by its name. My brother didn’t give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home.”

Both Republican senators from the Deep South state of South Carolina also gave Trump a “McCain thumbs down” on his Charlottesville comment.

Senator Lindsey Graham called Trump out by name and told him that his “violence on many sides” comment wasn’t doing anything to bring all Americans together as one.

Senator Tim Scott echoed Senator Lindsey Graham’s feelings about Donald Trump’s comment when he tweeted, “There is absolutely NO gray area when it comes to condemning groups who breed on racism, hate and division… Our American family deserves conspicuous, determined leadership that stands in the gap for principles of freedom and the pursuit of liberty.”

Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) took it a little further by questioning if Donald Trump has the intelligence to be the president of the United States.

The Tennessean quoted Senator Corker as saying, “The president has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability, nor some of the competence, that he needs to demonstrate in order for him to be successful-and our nation and our world needs for him to be successful, whether you are Republican or Democrat.”

A day after Senator Corker expressed doubt about whether Trump will ever be able to learn on the job how to be president, Trump’s alt-right boo boo, Steve Bannon, took the door marked exit.

For his part, Bannon knew he was out the door. That’s why he started snitching on Trump to none other than the liberal magazine, The American Prospect.

Steve Bannon told The American Prospect co-founder and co-editor Robert Kuttner that Donald Trump wasn’t being all the way truthful with the American people when he said he would unleash “fire,” fury,” and power onto the North Koreans heads if they launched a missile towards the U.S. territory of Guam.

Now, anybody who’s anybody knows the one thing a person doesn’t do is make ol’ Trump there look like a liar and a fool by telling the truth.

Doing something such as that can get a person cast out of Trump’s circle and branded with the scarlet letter “F” (Fake).

Bannon knows this. Yet, he snitched anyway because he not only knew that his time was nigh but that Trump is also on his way out the door.

In fact, Bannon has been going around telling folks about the White House intel he has and how he’s going to use it against the Trump’s administration; specifically, Donald Trump’s daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. Yep, it’s that bad folks.

Now, fast forward to this week when Trump stood on the stage in Phoenix, Arizona and did what he does best, throws temper tantrums.

And what is that you ask? Why is ol’ Donald Trump there throwing temper tantrums?

Like his alt-right boo boo Steve Bannon, Donald Trump sees the writing on the wall.

He knows the Republicans who are coming out of hiding, saying to the New York Times reporters in public what they say to them in private is a sign he’s done.

Trump is no longer their number one man. Trump’s poll numbers are stuck in the mud at 35%. The conservatives are leaving him. Heck, the talks are even growing louder that if Trump manages to stick around, he’ll have more than two primary challengers in 2020.

Plus, there’s that Robert Mueller investigation that just won’t go away.

Remember, y’all remember how Trump told folks he got rid of former FBI Director James Comey because he wouldn’t leave the Russian Investigation alone?

Then there’s U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions whose job has been on the line for a while now because he recused himself from the Russian investigation, allowing Robert Mueller to come in as Special Counsel.

And now, there’s the New York Times reporting that Trump is mad at McConnell because the Senate majority leader wouldn’t make the Russian investigation go away.

Yep, Trump’s in trouble. Things aren’t looking good for him. He knows it and last night he showed it.

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