When this insane age of Trumpism ends, by whatever means, you have to believe that there are a ton of stories to expect – not all of them good.
This will certainly be one for the history books. Sociologists and politicos alike will study this period for ages, wondering what was the impetus for a nation to fall so far off the edge of sanity.
I suppose in a world that can no longer tell the difference between girls and boys (and is afraid to try), or where chivalry didn’t die, but was forced into exile, we should expect the worst.
In the meantime, there are castoffs and escapees from MAGA Island that are willing to talk now.
I’m assuming it’s therapeutic for them.
One such exile is the former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Tillerson, a former Exxon Mobile CEO, was President Trump’s first secretary of the State Department, but was dismissed in March 2018, after what was rumored to be a long, contentious relationship.
The stone-faced Tillerson did not take Donald Trump’s reality TV shtick and utter ignorance of the post he is now filling kindly.
He’s been gone for 9 months, so now is as good a time to start telling of his experiences on the Trump Cabinet as any.
According to what he’s now saying, President Trump had no idea what it was he was supposed to be doing and he often had to be put back in his place.
“So often, the president would say here’s what I want to do and here’s how I want to do it and I would have to say to him, ‘Mr. President, I understand what you want to do but you can’t do it that way. It violates the law,’ ” Tillerson said in rare public remarks in Thursday night in Houston at a fundraiser for the MD Anderson Cancer Center.
“I’d say here’s what we can do. We can go back to Congress and get this law changed. And if that’s what you want to do, there’s nothing wrong with that. I told him I’m ready to go up there and fight the fight, if that’s what you want to do,” he added.
For months, the rumors of tensions between Trump and Tillerson swirled in the media.
Those tensions seemed to heighten to the point that some were saying Tillerson was quitting, after Trump appeared at the annual Boy Scout Jamboree, in 2017.
Tillerson, an Eagle Scout, himself, was apparently appalled when Trump used his time on stage to boast about himself, treating the event like any of his other insane campaign rallies, full of frothing, unthinking sycophants.He also used foul language in front of a sea of young men.
Tillerson was rumored to have retreated back to Texas, and reportedly referred to Trump as a “f***ing moron.”
I’ll say this: Tillerson was right to be outraged.
I was disgusted and disappointed to see my former favorite pick, Rick Perry, standing on that stage behind Trump and smiling and clapping along, as Trump destroyed the purpose of the Jamboree.
Perry rose to the ranks of Eagle Scout, and even wrote a book about the importance of the Boy Scouts, yet, he acquiesced to the low behavior of the man he once firmly called a “barking carnival act” and a “cancer” on conservatism.
Tillerson also expressed his dismay at a society that would allow such a man to be president.
“I will be honest with you, it troubles me that the American people seem to want to know so little about issues that they are satisfied with a 128 characters,” Tillerson said, referring to Trump’s use of Twitter.
“I don’t want that to come across as a criticism of him,” he added. “It’s really a concern that I have about us as Americans and us as a society and us as citizens.”
No matter what Kamala Harris or Adam Schiff, Rachel Maddow or Don Lemon scream at you. Trump is not the problem. He is a symptom.
The problem is the kind of people that would think a “President Trump” was a good idea.
In complete fairness, anybody cheering for the corruption of the Clintons to sit in the White House again, simply for party politics, shoulder an equal portion of blame.
Further, Tillerson also sees a problem with Russia, and supports our nation’s intelligence community, unlike the Commander-in-Chief.
Yes, according to Tillerson, Russia did interfere in the 2016 election.
“What Russia wants to do is undermine our confidence and undermine the world’s confidence in us,” Tillerson said according to the Houston Chronicle.
“Many people talk about playing chess. He plays three-dimensional chess,” Tillerson added about Russian President Vladimir Putin.
So is this sour grapes on the part of Tillerson?
I’m going to go ahead and say it is not. He never struck me as the kind of guy to have his feelings easily hurt. I don’t think he has spent hours mourning the State Department job. I’m also positive he’s fine with never having to speak to Donald Trump or try to teach him what he can and cannot do, again.
Now, when Jeff Sessions starts talking…