The Belarus Birth: an Update on the Unimpeachable Alternate Facts

A highly placed and well informed source has disputed the identity of Trump’s mother given in a recent post. According to this exceptionally knowledgeable European source, Trump’s real mother is the person shown below. More information here, from the National Lampoon of May, 1985, a far more unimpeachable source than the National Enquirer.

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Psst! Trump was born in Belarus! Pass it on!

Many people are saying that Trump is not actually our President because he was born in Belarus, not New York.

Aardvark has heard that a lot. It’s huge news. Pass it on. Let all your friends know.

As ironclad proof, shown here are his place of birth, 57.697 miles SSE of Minsk,

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and a recent photo of his mother.

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For more “alternative facts,” go here. And see also

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Of Blueberry Pie, Pontius Pilate, Don Quixote, and the 25th Amendment

In an earlier post I cited Ezra Klein for the observation that we’re not seeing a war on the media, we’re seeing a war on facts. But is Trump like Pontius Pilate, who cynically asked, “What is truth?”*

Maybe so. But beginning a war on facts by denying a fact that even illiterate people can plainly see is an odd way to start to manipulate the collective psyche. It sounds much more like a very young child denying that he ate the pie even though blueberries festoon his face.

Actually, it sounds like Don Quixote. When the Don looked at those windmills, he actually saw knights in black armor. When the Donald looked at his crowd, I think he actually saw the largest inauguration crowd in history.

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Richard Cohen has pointed out that the Constitution now provides a remedy for nutjob presidents, section 4 of the 25th Amendment:

Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.

Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit within four days to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty-eight hours for that purpose if not in session. If the Congress, within twenty-one days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session, within twenty-one days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.

*Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again …”

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Crazy Like a Fox or Crazy Like a Loon?, or, The Ministry of Truth Has Spoken

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Aardvark welcomes his new readers today in the United Kingdom and in Hungary. Üdvözöljük to all of you.

Over here in the Dysfunctional States of America we are still trying to find out whether our new President is an actual crazy person or a really eccentric person pretending to be crazy.  (In Germany Chancellor Merkel is said to be scrutinizing Trump’s nonsense to answer the same question. Please let us know what you find out, Chancellor.)

Put another way, to what extent does he believe his own nonsense?

Apparently embracing the crazy like a fox theory, Ezra Klein insightfully writes, “Trump’s real war isn’t with the media. It’s with facts. Trump needs to delegitimize the media because he needs to delegitimize facts.”

I think Ezra is right, as far as he goes. But there is, I think, an important qualification to be added.

Narcissistic personality disorder begins, though it does not end, with a series of highly distorted views of reality. Don’t take it from Aardvark, who is a retired shyster, not an expert in mental illness. Go check out the official criteria in DSM-5.

Insofar as the concepts of truth and belief apply at all to Trump’s tortured thinking, my suspicion is that he pretty much believes whatever nonsense he asserts, at the time he asserts it.

There is a lot we could say about the potential consequences of such a frame of mind, but let’s end with a note of levity. You know that Sean Spicer guy? Aardvark hopes they are paying him a shit load of money to stand up a repeat, with straight face and solemn demeanor, the bullshit that Trump makes him say. Whatever they are paying him, he deserves more.

For what doth it profit a man if he gain the whole world but lose his own soul?

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“Who You Gonna Believe—Me or your Lyin’ Eyes?”

… asked Baghdad Bob.

From the New York Times:

Trump Team Accuses Media of Understating Crowd Turnout

  • President Trump and his press secretary, Sean Spicer, opened a bitter war against the news media, disputing depictions of the crowd at the inauguration.
  • “We are going to hold the press accountable,” shouted Mr. Spicer, who falsely claimed that Mr. Trump drew “the largest inaugural crowd ever.”

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This Song is for You, Hans

Hans hears “America First” and thinks “Deutschland über alles.“  And so do we all.

After today’s abomination of an inauguration speech, Aardvark takes cold comfort in this thought: a cleverer fascist would probably do a much better job of concealing his hand.

In addition, there’s the widespread revulsion that followed the speech.

That said, it CAN HAPPEN HERE. I don’t think it will, in the end, but it can.

We need our friends in Europe to keep on reminding us of the lessons of history.

And so, Hans, this song is for you.

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P.S. To add to the footnote in my last post, here’s an additional shoutout to Aardvark’s readers in Israel, Ireland, and Canada.