The staff at As The Donald Turns knows one of the hardest things in daily life can be to say you are sorry. Hey, Elton John even wrote a song about it, (“Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word”). It’s even harder to say sorry and mean it. We have seen that a lot this week in Donald-Land. Oh, heck, who are we kidding…we have seen this in Donald-Land for the two-plus years that feel like 20. Our As The Donald Turns episode is, “Sorry, Not Sorry. “
As The Donald Turns; Sorry, Not Sorry
- The United States had a special guest in the country this week. Kim Yong Chol of North Korea is “sorry, not sorry.” He is one of North Korea’s top spies, yet he is the one who was meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo trying to resurrect the Donald Trump-Kim Jong Un summit.
What did Chol do as a North Korean spy? Remember the hacking of Sony emails and communications in November of 2014? That was Kim Yong Chol’s enterprise in retaliation for the Sony film The Interview, a comedy about a plot to assassinate Kim Jong Un. Chol has been banned from the US but here he is because Donald needs this summit to happen. He will even get to be in the White House despite being banned in the country.
Pants on Fire
- Donald wants the media to say they are sorry for accusing him of firing former FBI head James Comey in an effort to stop the Russia investigation. He tweeted Thursday:
“Not that it matters but I never fired James Comey because of Russia! The Corrupt Mainstream Media loves to keep pushing that narrative, but they know it is not true!”
5:11 AM – 31 May 2018
The media of course is “not sorry” because Donald admitted, in video interviews, that he got rid of Comey because of the Russia investigation. He told Lester Holt of NBC that very thing. He even told Russian “diplomat/spy Sergey Kislyak the day after doing it.
Sorry Donald, but there is nothing for the media to be sorry about. You did it, and everyone who gets their news somewhere other than Fox and Friends knows it.
It Was In All The Papers
- History called. It is asking for Donald to say he is sorry. Earlier this week, he did what was supposed to be a fundraising rally for Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn in Nashville, TN. Of course, it turned into five minutes on Blackburn and 50 minutes on himself. In the speech, which was full of things that are not true, Donald said, “African Americans vote for Democrats, for the most part. Vast majority. They’ve been doing it for over a hundred years.” A hundred years. I think many blacks over the age of 53 would be surprised to hear they voted at all in the mid 1900’s, since the Voting Rights Act did pass until 1965. History is waiting for you to say you are sorry, Donald.
- Mexico is telling Donald is sorry this week; as in “Sorry, “Ese, but it ain’t happenin’.” In that same Nashville debacle of a speech, Donald said of Mexico and the rumored border wall, “They’re going to pay for the wall, and they’re going to enjoy it.” Mexico president Enrique Peña Nieto responded to Donald in his favorite forum, Twitter:
Enrique Peña Nieto
@EPN May 29
“President @realDonaldTrump: NO. Mexico will NEVER pay for a wall. Not now, not ever. Sincerely, Mexico (all of us).”
Sorry, Donald….you got another one wrong….not sorry.
- There are a lot of people who got in trouble and some were sorry and some were not, but they are being let off the hook by Donald.
- Dinesh D’Souza is being pardoned by Donald. D’Souza already served his time in a federal halfway house after pleading guilty in 2014 to federal campaign finance fraud.
He was using co-workers and subordinates email addresses to spread out campaign contributions to Kirsten Gillibrand’s opponent in the New York senate race. It allowed him to donate more than what the law allows. One he got out after serving eight months, he became a cause celebre on the conservative media circuit. He would take to Twitter and Fox News to trash anything having to do with Barack Obama. “You can take the boy out of the ghetto, but not the ghetto out of the boy,” he said of Obama in 2015. In response to a photo of survivors reacting to Florida lawmakers voting down a proposed ban on assault weapons following the Parkland school shooting, D’Souza tweeted “worst news since their parents told them to get summer jobs.” He has mocked the civil rights record of Rosa Parks, and the education of Michelle Obama.
Donald admitted he knew nothing about his case. No one was making a stance for the pardon and the file never went through the Department of justice pardon attorneys, but he had seen D’Souza on tv. Good enough. Thursday, he was granted a pardon.
- There are rumors that Trump feels sorry Martha Stewart and wants to pardon her. In 2001-02, Stewart was investigated for insider trading and ultimately convicted by a jury of obstruction of justice for lying to investigators. She served five months in prison in 2004. She has survived quite nicely and rebuilt her mega empire into something that dwarfs Donald’s. Still, Donald is sorry for her. He may wipe the slate clean for her.
Wanna know something else that binds these two cases? Donald’s middle finger. Both cases were handled by the US Attorney’s office in the Southern District of New York, the same office currently handling the Michael Cohen case. Beyond that, D’Souza was investigated by Preet Bharara. He was the US Attorney who was pushed out the door last year when he refused to be sorry for not taking Donald’s direct calls. He knew it was unethical, and ultimately was forced to leave his job. Ms. Stewart? She was prosecuted by a young up-and-coming US Attorney named James Comey.
Donald is not sorry to be flipping the middle finger at either of these people or that particular US Attorney’s office right now.
Hey, while we are at it, Donald has floated the idea of pardoning former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich. All Blago did was openly advertise he was accepting bribes for filling the vacated senate seat of Barack Obama when he became president. Blagojevich was prosecuted by US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald. Sound familiar? Yes, the same US Attorney who prosecuted Scooter Libby, recently pardoned by Donald Trump. And what is Mr. Fitzgerald up to now? He is on James Comey’s legal team.
Yes, it is back to the middle finger for Donald.
Apologies From The Hiring Department
- We know Donald has been whining about how people should be sorry for the way they treat him…as if. Donald has never apologized for any of the horrific things he says about people. Still, after the Roseanne Barr debacle this week, he whimpered that ABC head Bob Iger should apologize for the mean things anyone ever associated with ABC may have said about him. Spokes-crackpot Sarah Huckabee Sanders even suggested Iger should be sorry for ABC-owned ESPN hiring Keith Olbermann back for Sports Center.
Hey, there are people on the staff at As The Donald Turns who have worked opposite, and, with Olbermann. He has gone back and forth between sports and politics and never without vociferous opinions. Is this what we have come to? We have to apologize for who we hire?
Is the White House going to apologize for hiring an illiterate simpleton like Sanders? Sorry, but we had to ask. Ok, we’re not really sorry.
There is a lot to cover in the coming days about trade wars and tariffs. Donald is going to owe many of you Red State folks an apology pretty soon, as your economy tanks and the jobs disappear. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word.