Donald Trump’s illegitimate occupation of the White House has been such a consistent disaster for him on a political, professional, personal, and familial level, he doesn’t tend to have what you’d call good days. Instead his days generally range from nondescriptly bad to jarringly bad. Suffice it to say that, for several reasons big and small, the past day was one of his worst days yet.
The day started off badly enough for him, with the news that he’d been caught bragging to donors that he’d simply been making things up about trade during his conversation with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. For any legitimate president, this would be the biggest scandal of the year. For Trump, he had so many more scandals throughout the course of the day that by the time it was over, the Trudeau thing was barely still on the radar.
It was revealed that Special Counsel Robert Mueller subpoenaed an array of documents from the Trump Organization, a sign that he’s planning to bust the Trump family business empire like a piñata for its decades of financial crimes, and that Trump’s kids could be directly on the hook for those crimes. In a move that may or may not have been related, Donald Trump Jr’s wife Vanessa filed for divorce. Then Trump had to meekly sign off on the U.S. Treasury Department’s plan to hit Russia with new sanctions, in an attempt at appeasing the UK. But the day was just getting started.
By the evening, one major newspaper broke the story that Donald Trump had decided to fire National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster. Then Trump’s White House immediately refuted the story. Undeterred, another major newspaper then confirmed the story. Trump was left looking like too much of an idiot to even fire a guy correctly. Oh, and that newly built bridge that tragically collapsed in Miami? The company that built it has connections to Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort. This was indeed Donald Trump’s day from Hell.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report