"Any move that might bring him more money or, now, more power, Trump will make – regardless of the ethics or the optics or the damage to his reputation. He is shameless."
ince Melissa McCarthy's instantly classic portrayal of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on last weekend’s "Saturday Night Live” (if you’re among the few who hasn’t yet seen it, click below), I haven’t been able to watch Spicer without laughing.
Apparently Trump isn’t laughing, though. According to a Trump ally quoted in Politico, Trump "doesn't like his people to look weak."
But it’s not just weakness. For all his alpha male swagger, Trump is particularly sensitive to attacks by women -- from Megyn Kelly’s questions during the debates, to the millions who marched the day after his inauguration, to Meryl Streep's take-down at the recent Golden Globes. Women seem to get under Trump’s thin skin. And Trump’s counterattacks -- mocking their looks, claiming they're "overrated," suggesting they have their periods – make him seem even weirder than usual.
I hear Rosie O'Donnell, Trump’s longtime nemesis, has volunteered to play Steve Bannon on SNL. Go for it, Rosie.
When it comes to bullies, satire is the best disinfectant. For alpha male bullies, satire by a woman is sheer poison.
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"First, there was the unseemly haste. May’s eagerness to be the first foreign leader to shake that short-fingered hand, the scramble to catch up with Nigel Farage and Michael Gove, gave off a strong whiff of desperation.
That is a scent Trump understands. What he lacks in book smarts, he makes up for in alpha male gamesmanship."
And while Band, a longtime aide to Bill Clinton, never worked for State, he also held multiple roles within the Clintons' orbit. As Eric Lichtblau of The New York Timesrecently explained it to NPR:
"He is a personal assistant to Bill Clinton. He ran a consulting company that paid Bill Clinton a lot of money until 2012. He is also the head of Clinton's Global Initiative which gets together muckety mucks from all over the world for big charity events, and he's with the Clinton Foundation. So to figure out at any one time which hat someone like Doug Band is wearing when he communicates with aides to Hillary Clinton is a bit of a puzzle."
There's no question the optics are bad for Clinton and the Clinton Foundation. But no proof has emerged that any official favors — regulations, government contracts, international deals — were curried in exchange for donations or pledges.