Trump's weekend of madness

Remember when Saturdays and Sundays were for relaxing?

President Trump.
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Ah, the weekend. You might remember a time when weekends were for relaxing, for tending to your garden or spending cherished time with your loved ones. Your fridge was pinned with grocery lists and reminders. You may recall doing a crossword puzzle over coffee, or spending a few languid hours watching sports on TV. Not so anymore: During the Trump Era, weekends are blocked off on our calendars for sorting through the consequences of whatever time-bending policy outrage is dumped into the news cycle from the corridors of power in Reprobate Rome late Friday afternoon or evening.

This weekend was no exception. After days of caterwauling and feuding that involved the appointment of aspiring war criminal John Bolton as national security advisor, the assassination of the archduke moment in our impending trade war with China, the looming threat of a porn star's revelations about the president's peculiar peccadillos, the Dow's worst week in over two years, and the empty and quickly unfulfilled threat to veto a six-month spending bill, Trump and his advisors decided that a good way to put the cherry on top of this slipshod sundae would be to implement new regulations banning trans men and women from serving in the U.S. military.

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David Faris

David Faris is an associate professor of political science at Roosevelt University and the author of It's Time to Fight Dirty: How Democrats Can Build a Lasting Majority in American Politics. He is a frequent contributor to Informed Comment, and his work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, The Christian Science Monitor, and Indy Week.