Welcome to the depression-inducing reality show Keeping Up with the Trumps. On this week's 'episode,' House Republicans passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) legislation for the purpose of dismantling Obamacare.
Though the bill could result in millions of people losing access to affordable health care, many Republicans admitted to not having read the AHCA before signing it. Here's what else happened this week . . .
Keeping Up With The Trumps, S1, Ep15
Trump was holed up at his Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, this weekend, after visiting New York City on Thursday for the first time since becoming POTUS. Protestors welcomed New York's native son home with a resounding "Bronx cheer."
Trump's reasoning for staying at his New Jersey compound, as opposed to the Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan, was to avoid "causing a big disruption" and also it "saves the country money."
In three months, Trump has spent over $21 million on vacation travel, while Obama spent a total of $97 million in eight years.
Rather than causing a big disruption in N.Y.C., I will be working out of my home in Bedminster, N.J. this weekend. Also saves country money!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 5, 2017
While on the topic of Trump-related New Jersey properties, Nicole Kushner Meyer, the sister of Trump's son-in-law and White House advisor Jared Kushner, was speaking at an event in Beijing on Saturday, offering clients to "Invest $500,000 and immigrate to the United States."
With a $500,000 investment in the Kushner-owned 1 Journal Square property in New Jersey, Chinese clients would be granted an EB-5 visa. Even though Jared Kushner has stepped away from his business since becoming a White House advisor, critics are citing this as another example of possible ethics violations.
Stephen Colbert was trending on social media this week after the Late Show host delivered a scathing take-down of Donald Trump during his monologue on Monday night’s show.
Colbert’s rant began with "Mr. Trump, your presidency, I love your presidency; I call it ‘Disgrace the Nation,'" and ended with "The only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s cock-holster."
Butt-hurt Trump supporters accused Colbert of homophobia and "gay-baiting," demanding that CBS fire the comedian. #FireColbert began trending on Twitter.
@jdickerson I've not seen any comment from you on Stephen Colbert's profane, gay-baiting, Trump trashing defense of you? Approve it or not?— Kristinn Taylor (@KristinnFR) May 3, 2017
The irony here is as thick as a border wall. Homophobic conservatives, after years of blocking gay rights initiatives, are now defending gays against Stephen Colbert, a man who has spent years using his platform to fight for gay rights.
It appears the average Trump supporter has difficulty understanding irony. Political satire is, of course, the use of irony, sarcasm and analogy to attempt to draw attention to a particular societal concern.
Specifically, Colbert’s "cock-holster" joke alludes to Trump’s apparent willingness to satisfy the whims of Vladimir Putin, over the interests of America.
Remember folks, Trump’s ties to Russia are being investigated by the FBI and the Senate and House Intelligence Committees. If found guilty, Trump could be charged with treason. That’s fair game for any political satirist.
The LGBTQ community, seeing through the charade, are not falling for this right-wing duplicity, with many expressing their thoughts on social media.
Indeed, Colbert would concur that oral sex between two consenting adults is a beautiful thing. What sucks is that Trump’s love for Putin, trumps his love for the American people. Sad.
Conservatives are proving themselves to be savvy opportunists. If it serves their cause, by dividing the liberal base, then they too can be LGBTQ heroes- but just for one day. On Thursday, Trump signed his "Religious Liberty" executive order, in essence allowing for discrimination against gays and lesbians. And where were the protests from conservatives then? Nothing there but the sound of crickets.
Indeed, Trump's campaign promised the Christian Right a return to "traditional American values," and the LGBTQ movement feared the new administration would roll back gains made under Obama. These fears have been realized by Trump's cabinet and Supreme Court appointments.
Advocacy groups are not happy with what they see. "One hundred days of Trump translates into 100 days of erasure for the LGBTQ community," said Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of advocacy group GLAAD.
"From the census exclusion, to rescinding Obama's guidance for trans youth in schools, and lack of any LGBTQ mentions on the White House website, he has spent the early days of his administration trying to remove us from the very fabric of this country, and we must resist."
On Wednesday, Colbert responded to the controversy, saying "Welcome to 'The Late Show,' I’m your host Stephen Colbert. Still? Am I still the host? I’m still the host!" Unapologetic, Colbert offered "I believe he can take care of himself. I have jokes; he has the launch codes. So, it’s a fair fight."
We feel that, if Colbert were to be removed from his position, it should be only under one condition- to replace Trump as President of the United States. And in turn, Trump could take Colbert's job, because really, the only thing Trump is good at is hosting a television show.