Bannon’s prominence is already getting to Trump

It looks like more and more people are making the assertion that Donald Trump is mere clay in the hands of his advisor Steve Bannon, as shown in last week’s Saturday Night Live sketch. These are not just the late night comedians on TV but political commentators as well. There have even been social media movements with hashtags #PostcardstoBannon and #PresidentBannon surfacing on Twitter.

The hashtag #PresidentBannon gained ground last week after Bannon was appointed to the National Security Council by an executive order signed by Trump. This decision came at a time when the country was still reeling under the effects of the president’s temporary travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries as well as the suspension of the refugee program.

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What White House press briefings look like now

Melissa McCarthy channels White House spokesperson Sean Spicer to demonstrate the nature of current press briefings. I for one am hoping that the relations between the government and the press get as hostile as possible because an adversarial press is more likely to produce actual news than one that had such good relations with high government officials that reporters could be easily manipulated and used as puppets.
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Trump calls world leaders

Alec Baldwin seems to be having a blast portraying Trump on Saturday Night Live. There have been increasing suggestions that Trump’s advisor Stephen Bannon is the person actually running the White House with Trump as his puppet and a figurehead. Given Trump’s ego, narcissism, and intense dislike of being upstaged, it will be interesting to see if this will get under Trump’s skin at some point and what he will do about it if it does.
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Trump World

We have entered a period in which democracy, with all that it connotes about respect for the rule of law and human rights, and that had been in decline in the US for some time, has rapidly degenerated, the label now merely a veneer slapped on an emerging autocracy. I share with commenter Smokey the concern that some of the things that I post under the category of humor are really quite terrifying. But I decided to go with the intent of the creator and if that person is a humorist, then humor it is.
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Rat becomes president

The comic strip Pearls Before Swine is not usually overtly political, preferring to cast a wry eye at society’s mores in general. But in the last week it has been more targeted in which the obnoxious Rat gets sworn in as president, starting with the strip last Wednesday. The creator has continued that story arc on and off for the next week that you can see online, such as this one from Tuesday.
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