Trump Resistance Report - Summer 2017

The Trump Resistance Report is a weekly report published by The Young & Blue that summarizes the Trump Administration's weekly shenanigans. While it is intended to poke fun at many of the unconventional and unprecedented actions, it also serves to educate its readers and keep them on their toes for what's to come.

May 9, 2017 - Firing of FBI Director Comey

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What better way to prove your innocence than firing the director of the FBI? President Trump shocked the country on May 9 when he revealed that he had fired FBI Director James Comey. Even more surprising was the reason that Trump gave for letting Comey go: mishandling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. Pretty weird, considering that this was the same guy selling “Hillary for Prison” merchandise just a few months prior. Comey, however, maintains that he lost his job because he refused to end the federal investigation into Mike Flynn’s suspected ties to Russia. Many political figures on both sides of the isle were swift to criticize Trump’s actions, with many equating it to the events that preceded Nixon’s resignation over forty years ago. Can anyone say “obstruction of justice?”

June 1, 2017 - Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement

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On the first day of June, the commander-in-chief made headlines after announcing that he would be withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Accord. This puts the US in with the ranks of two (2) other countries on earth: Nicaragua and Syria. Of course, the reason that these two countries did not sign the accord were far different from why Trump decided to pull out. Syria chose not to sign due to the fact that they were and continue to be in the midst of a bloody civil war and therefore could not properly commit to making the necessary changes. On the other hand, Nicaragua’s reasoning was that the proposed agreement was actually too lenient. Maybe, just maybe, Trump will start believing in and caring about climate change when his beloved “winter White House,” Mar-a-Lago, becomes the next Atlantis.

July 26, 2017 - Ban on transgender service members in the military

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In a string of early morning tweets (naturally), President Trump stated “After consultation with my generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.” Which, while disgusting, was also a little bit odd considering many of these aforementioned military experts had no clue what he was talking about. The chief executive cited concerns about the “tremendous medical cost” that the military incurs by providing basic health care to these troops. Well as it turns out, the so-called “tremendous cost” ends up at about $8.4 million a year - a little less than the cost of just three of the president’s weekend getaways to Palm Beach.

August 8, 2017 - Unleashing “fire and fury” on North Korea

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As one might expect when you have a head of state with absolutely no history of foreign policy experience, President Trump made some not-so-strategic comments on August 8 while referencing threats made by North Korea. Trump stated at a meeting that was supposedly intended to address the United States’ opioid crisis, that if North Korea continued to threaten the US, he would unleash “fire and fury like the world has never seen.” This comment was later revealed to be improvised by the President himself, and after widespread criticism, Trump actually continued to defend his comments, suggesting that perhaps he was “not tough enough.” Never mind the fact that following the “fire and fury” debacle, North Korea directly threatened to nuke the US territory of Guam. Ah, nothing brings solace to the people like the threat of World War III.

August 12-15, 2017 - Charlottesville statement controversy

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Hold on tight, because all the flip-flopping here makes for a wild ride. On August 12, Charlottesville, VA made headlines after white supremacists staged a “Unite the Right” rally, with appearances made by neo-Nazis and members of the KKK. As counter protesters showed up to oppose this disgusting display of racism and anti-semitism, a white supremacist drove through the crowd of counter protesters, killing one and injuring nineteen more. President Trump’s “condemnation” of the rally left Americans in shock, as he stated that there was “hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides.” He was widely criticized for this choice of words, as well as his refusal to call out the perpetrators by name. Two days later, on August 14, the President appeared to correct his statement by directly naming “the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups” as “those who cause violence.” But wait, there’s more! The very next day, he again said that “there is blame on both sides,” and even asserted that there were “some very fine people” amongst the white supremacists. Way to go, Donald.

Tweet of the summer: CNN bodyslam video (now deleted)

After the extreme vetting of everything Donald Trump has tweeted over the course of this summer, we have finally named a winner. The video featured in the now deleted tweet from July 2 depicted the President getting into a fight with and beating up a figure with the CNN logo superimposed on his face. This, of course, came roughly a month after a GOP candidate for Congress allegedly body-slammed a reporter, breaking his glasses. Trump sure does know how to show his sensitive side!