“Plot, Plan, Strategize, Organize, and Mobilize”

Killer Mike: Before my daughter sent me a video of Killer Mike making his impassioned plea at a press conference on Friday with Atlanta’s mayor, I had never heard of him. I had no idea who Killer Mike was. Now I do.

Susan Glasser: The New Yorker writer’s tweet about the state of 2020 America made it clear – it’s only June 1 but we have four of the most horrific years in American history, 1974, 1918, 1929 and 1968 all wrapped up in one Trumpian package.

Nero fiddled while Rome burned; Trump tweets while Americans die!

On Memorial Day we spend time remembering those who lost their lives and could not come home, reflecting on their service, a service that has given us the luxury of freedom that we enjoy today. It is the holiday that most represents what America should be: “The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.”

Who should be leading this tribute to our fallen heroes? Right – the President of the United States!

Except when the President of the United States is Donald John Trump.

Trump plans halt to National Guard deployments before retirement benefits kick in

Trump’s plan to end the deployment National Guard members assisting in coronavirus relief one day short of the day when their extended benefits is cynical and transparently cruel.

I wonder if he can say, “Thank you for your service.”

White House moves to shield Trump from oversight of his coronavirus response

The White House is barring members of the coronavirus task force from testifying before Congress without special permission, claiming that they’re too busy.

Of course, the two most important members, Fauci and Birx, haven’t been too busy to spend 2-3 hours a day, 7 days a week, as props for Trump.

But there’s a little wrinkle in the process. Seems permission is granted for appearances at Senate hearings, not House hearings. I wonder why?

Also, in this Around the Block, how Trump used the claim of “core government function” to televise his campaign “town hall” from the Lincoln Memorial.

Trump calls protesters who carried guns into the Michigan Capitol ‘very good people’

I was watching the videos of gun-toting demonstrators protesting Michigan’s coronavirus lockdown as they stormed the state capitol building. The images were horrific!

I read that the President of United States said that Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer should “negotiate with them…make a deal,” because “they are very good people.” It was a stunning, but not totally surprising, statement from this man.