Whenever Donald Trump is backed the furthest into a corner by his own scandals and incompetence, he just yells that it’s “Infrastructure Week” and hopes that someone out there buys it. By our count this is at least the third time he’s tried this particularly weird gambit. Suffice it to say that Infrastructure Week 3.0 is off to a crumbling start.
Here’s what Trump tweeted this morning: “This will be a big week for Infrastructure. After so stupidly spending $7 trillion in the Middle East, it is now time to start investing in OUR Country!” Oh boy, this is never good. The last few times he yelled “Infrastructure Week,” nothing happened at all with infrastructure, as he spent the week trying to stay afloat amid his worsening Russia scandal.
In this instance Trump actually is floating a budget that’s, well, horrible for infrastructure. So at least he’s on topic this time, if firmly on the wrong side of it. But the real story here is what he’s trying to distract us from. He’s up against an imminent deadline to decide whether or not to give an interview to Special Counsel Robert Mueller about the Russia scandal. The Rob Porter domestic violence scandal and coverup get worse for his White House by the day.
So even as Donald Trump spends the rest of this week yelling around about Infrastructure Week, try to pay attention to what he’s trying to distract us from. His budget proposal is a non-starter and he knows it. It’s meant to be controversial, so it’ll distract us from everything he doesn’t want us paying attention to.
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