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Donald Trump has been president of the United States of America for 318 days and it’s possible that not a single one of those has gone by without an international incident. This weekend was particularly painful — er, eventful. In two and a half days, Trump managed to trash talk the F.B.I., endorse an alleged child molester, claim that something we all saw happen didn’t happen and possibly admit on Twitter that he obstructed justice. You know, just your normal weekend stuff.

A little bit of context here: Donald Trump has a reason to be a little frazzled and want to blow smoke. On Friday, his former National Security Adviser Gen. Michael Flynn cut a plea deal with the Special Counsel that is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion between the Russian government and the Trump team. It’s clear that Flynn has pertinent and damaging information about high-level Trump Admin officials and possibly POTUS himself. Trump has a right to be nervous and he seems to be running around in a panic, trying to distract in any way possible. Let’s take a look at everything he managed to pack into this weekend.

One potential win

On Friday night — or more accurately, early Saturday morning — the Republicans managed to push through their tax reform bill — a big win for Trump and his admin. It still needs to be reconciled with the House bill, but the sweeping reform is one major step closer to becoming law. Only problem is it’s absolutely terrible for anyone making less than $300,000 a year.

As a general overview: this plan raises middle class taxes over 10 years, gives tax cuts to corporations, gets rid of key health care financing, would add a trillion dollars to the federal deficit and also somehow manages to allow oil drilling on an Alaskan wildlife refuge. Senators were pretty unhappy with how the whole thing was handled. Just look at them trying to read the edits in the 479 page bill. But we guess the 51/49 pass counts as a win for Trump. Congrats.

“My lawyer did it”

When Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I. about his communications with the Russian ambassador, that looked pretty bad for a number of reasons. We already knew he was dishonest with the Trump administration at the time and that Flynn lied to VP Mike Pence about his phone calls. Allegedly, that’s why Trump fired Flynn as National Security Adviser in February — he had lost the trust of the president. That’s not what Trump tweeted on Saturday though. He said that he fired Flynn for lying to Pence AND “the F.B.I.”

The problem? Trump fired Michael Flynn on Feb. 13. Then on Feb. 14, Trump met with then-F.B.I. director James Comey to ask him to drop the ongoing investigation into Flynn. IF Trump knew that Flynn had lied to the F.B.I. when he fired him AND THEN asked the F.B.I. director to stop his investigation into him, Trump obstructed justice. Technically, Trump’s words to Comey were “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go” so there’s some room for interpretation there. But Comey said in his testimony later: “I took it as a direction. It is the president of the United States, with me alone, saying, ‘I hope this.’ I took it as this is what he wants me to do. I didn’t obey that.” Comey was fired on May 9.

That tweet and the potential admission of guilt therein caused quite a stir Saturday. Then on Sunday, Trump’s lawyer, John Dowd, told news outlets that he was the one to craft the tweet which he then sent to the president’s social media director, Dan Scavino. So yeah, people are definitely on board with believing that.

This FBI is out of order!

That’s not all the damage Trump did on Twitter this weekend (obviously). He also attacked the very basis of democracy and government accountability. Remember civics class where everyone learned about the three independently acting branches of government: Executive, Legislative and Judicial? After news came out that an F.B.I. agent who had sent anti-Trump/pro-Hillary personal messages during the 2016 campaign worked on the Hillary email case, Trump (executive branch) attacked and attempted to delegitimize the F.B.I. (judicial branch) by calling them “tainted” and “dishonest.” Delegitimizing the very organization that keeps a check on absolute power in the government is an authoritarian move even worse than when he calls legitimate news sources “fake news.” This is a scary development for anyone who values democracy.

 

Donny vs. Billy

This one’s a real head-scratcher. We all remember the Access Hollywood tape from 2005 that came out during the presidential race? You know the one: “I did try and f*** her. She was married,” “I moved on her like a bitch,” and “Grab ’em by the p***y.” We all heard it with our own ears. A New York Times piece attempting to explain why Trump is endorsing Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore (more on that in a minute) mentions that in the past few months Trump has suggested to a senator and an adviser that the AH video was “not authentic.”

That revelation prompted the rise of an unlikely hero: disgraced host, former-Trump enabler and the other person in the AH video, Billy Bush. He wrote an op-ed in the New York Times to confirm (because apparently our own ears aren’t enough) that the president did in fact say all the things we thought he did. Look up the definition of “gaslighting” and then you’ll have a new favourite word for how DJT operates. Anyone else feeling a little tired and overwhelmed?

Assault is nothing when you need senate votes

As if ALL THAT wasn’t enough, Trump had to do one more thing to make us all question his, our and everyone else’s sanity. On Sunday, he endorsed Roy Moore, the Republican senate candidate for Alabama accused of child molestation and the sexual assault/harassment of nine women. Previously, the president had declined to comment and said that the decision was up to Alabama voters, but over the weekend he changed his tune. Because friends who prey together, stay together. Trump’s excuse last week was that Moore has denied all the allegations against him (just like Trump did!). So basically, Trump believes the man who was banned from the Gadsden Mall for predation rather than the women and witnesses who have alleged his sexual misconduct. On Monday afternoon, Trump confirmed the endorsement in a phone call to Moore.

That was wild. We’re going to go take a nap before he tweets again.

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