Saturday, February 11, 2017

Trump the Bully Does What Bullies Do – They Fold in the Face of Pressure

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The Hill is reporting that Trumpie will not appeal the 9th Circuit’s judgment that the Executive Order on immigration must be stayed because it is, well to be brief, it is Un-American.

The Trump administration is not planning to appeal a temporary hold on the president's travel ban to the Supreme Court, a White House official said Friday. 
But the White House said it will forge ahead on the broader battle against a lawsuit challenging the executive order. 
The administration plans to continue defending the substance of the order in a Seattle-based federal district court, the official said.
So why not appeal to the Supreme Court after all the strutting by Trump?  Easy question, he has been told he could lose and bullies won’t take on a fight that is fair, that has the possibility of losing, that goes up against someone who can fight back. 

This running away is one of the hallmarks of the early administration.  This week Trump also backed off his opposition to the ‘one China’ policy when he had to actually talk to the head of the Chinese government.  See Trump didn’t have the courage to go face to face, or in this case not even over a telephone with someone strong who disagrees with Trump.  From the NYT

  • "In pledging to honor the “One China” policy, President Trump may have averted confrontation with America’s most powerful rival.
  • “Trump lost his first fight with Xi and he will be looked at as a paper tiger,” said an adviser to China’s State Council."

And Trump is backing away from replacing ACA even though he said he was close to finalizing a plan.  Why?  Because the heat is rising and Trump has to actually argue something rather than bluster.

And law and order is taking a beating in the Trump White House.  Adviser Kellyanne Alternative Facts Conway broke ethics rules by hawking Ivanka Trump’s products on HSN Fox News.  Security adviser Michael Flynn apparently violated laws against private citizens engaging in diplomatic activity.  Even worse Flynn may have promised Putin that Trump would remove sanctions, thus undermining American foreign policy.  Trump is silent.  And nobody knows Trump's position on Israeli settlements, whenever he is criticized on his position he changes it.

All of this points the way to effectively opposing Trump.  Stand up to him, do not placate him, confront him and use democratic tools to stop him.  He will fold like a busted hand in Texas Hold’em.

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