About that press conference…

(Read the transcript on the New York Times website.)

So that thing was pants-on-head crazy, right? I mean, wow. I wish I had something smarter to say about it, but I’ve been thinking about it all day and that’s the best I’ve got. It was just nuts. It defies my ability to quantify.

Here’s the thing, though: I’ve been reading reactions to the presser all day, and if you were a Trump voter? You thought it was fantastic. And that? Scares the shit out of me.

I’ve been trying to wrap my head around the idea of thinking that press conference was a good thing. What goes on in the mind of someone who watched that and thought everything was great? Who listens to the wildly incoherent word salad Trump spewed for over an hour and applauds?

I’m not trying to denigrate anyone, by the way. I honestly don’t get it.

See, I heard a mentally disordered person raving away about an election he already won, using obvious falsehoods to bolster his madness. To me, Trump sounded delusional, dishonest and angry. But apparently that’s not what a Trump voter heard, and that blows my mind.

I saw a lot of folks on Twitter going on about how they were “finally being heard.” Trump supporters seemed to think that 1) Trump was speaking for them, and 2) that they were some kind of silent majority that were finally having their views aired.

So, okay, some numbers. Just a hair over half the voting eligible population actually voted in the 2016 presidential election. About 55% of all voters. About 26% of that 55% voted for Trump.

Now, you can’t assume that the whole 26% were dyed-in-the-wool MAGA Deplorables, because plenty of folks will just vote for whomever their party is running, no matter who it is, without putting much more thought into it than that. So some fraction of that 26% just wandered in off the street, punched the Republican ticket, went home to dinner, and then got up the next morning and thought to themselves, “Huh. Well, I hope he doesn’t screw up too much.”

Which means that less than 26% percent of the voting population watched Trump’s press conference today and cheered. I do take some comfort in that thought.

Trump campaign advisers were talking with Russian intelligence officials during the election.

Well, I’m exhausted, how about you guys? Just trying to keep up with today’s news has tuckered me right out.

As it stands, it seems like many of the accusations of the Trump campaign coordinating with Russian intelligence might be true. The New York Times, the Washington Post, and CNN spent much of the evening competing to break this story.

The WaPo article is a detailed run-down of today’s Flynn story, but the New York Times, CNN and Vox, there, are reporting on this evening’s more recent news: the fact that Trumpsters were in regular contact with Russian intelligence officers during the campaign.

Let me run that by you again, because it’s amazing: Russia put considerable time and effort into subverting our election, and Trump’s campaign advisers were talking to Russian intelligence while they did that.

Did the Trump campaign coordinate with Russian intelligence to “hack” our elections? Well, no one is conclusively saying so, yet, but it sure the hell looks like they were, folks.

I don’t even know what to think about this, it’s so stunning. On one hand I’m not at all surprised, because if you were paying any attention at all this summer, you saw this coming. On the other hand, holy crap you guys I think the president of the United States might be a Russian stooge.

Watching the wheels come off this presidency is much the same. Not surprising, and also mind-blowing. Like, of course the wheels are coming off, these people are incompetent. But holy crap, how did we let this happen?

I don’t know. It’s late and I don’t have anything intelligent to say about this because I’ve been staring at it like a slow-motion train wreck all day. I can tell you one thing, though: I cannot wait for Spicer’s daily briefing tomorrow.

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