On Thanksgiving, I’m thankful my Jewish ancestors left Europe, and that America took them in

“I’ve got something I’d like to say.” That’s what I usually offer up as a preamble, as I try to get the attention of my kids and other family members gathered around the Thanksgiving table. It usually takes a couple of attempts, but once we’re all on the same page, I offer words of thanks for my ancestors. I talk about how brave they must have been to leave the communities of their birth—which were at least familiar, despite the hardship, discrimination, and all-too-common violence they faced—and come to a land where they didn’t speak the language, didn’t know the culture, and, in many cases, didn’t know a soul.

In this offering, I mention the family names of the people who came and the places they came from. We’ve done quite a bit of genealogical research—on my side and my wife’s side of the family—and are lucky to have as much information as we do. My goal is to give my kids a sense of who their ancestors were, and what they went through to give us a chance to have the life we do here in America. One branch of my father’s family came from Vilnius, now the capital of Lithuania; another from Riga, Latvia’s capital; another from Minsk, capital of Belarus; and the last from Odessa, now in Ukraine. Growing up, I had learned that all my father’s ancestors were “Russian.” It turns out none of them came from places that are now in that country (at least as of this writing, although Mr. Putin and his Little Green Men may well be plotting another change of borders).

The story is similar on my mother’s side. One branch was described to me as Austrian; in fact they came from Skole in today’s Ukraine. The other was Hungarian, and came from Sighet (Elie Wiesel’s hometown) in Transylvania, now a province of Romania. During my Thanksgiving meal talk, I also thank my wife’s family, who came from Vienna, Poland, and Russia. In reality, the primary point of identification in terms of culture and identity for all these people was not the country of origin on their passport, but the fact that they were members of the Jewish people, irrespective of any particular level of belief or religiosity.

In addition to being Jews, the family ancestors I’ll be acknowledging were also, of course, Americans. And that’s the other part of the thanks I’ll give on the holiday. I’m thankful that my ancestors had a place to go, that they could become Americans and make a life here.

The last of them got in just under the wire, arriving a few months after the First World War and only a couple of years before a series of immigration “reforms” severely limited the number of immigrants our country accepted from outside the British Isles and northwest Europe. My wife’s grandmother’s family got out of Poland in 1937—and only because the youngest child had been born here (it’s a long story); one of the oldest living “anchor babies,” I’d surmise. Very few Jews were able to find refuge here at that point and immediately afterward—during the years when they needed it most.

I make sure my kids know about these restrictions on immigration, as well as the fact that people coming from Asia had almost no chance to emigrate and become U.S. citizens until the early 1950s. We also talk about how—although their ancestors and other Jewish immigrants certainly didn’t have it easy—they at least had opportunities that America denied to the large numbers of African Americans and American Indians who had arrived long before our family. America didn’t treat everyone living here equally, either on paper or in practice. Certainly, as the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many others have reminded us, we’ve still got room for improvement on that front as well, to say the least, although we have come a long way thanks to those heroes who fought and bled to get us as far as we have come.

Over the course of four long years, the twice-impeached former guy made the process for coming here far more difficult, far more treacherous, for refugees and asylum-seekers. But thankfully, The Man Who Lost An Election And Tried To Steal It was unsuccessful in that endeavor, and we have a new, far more humane president. That is something for which my family and I are deeply thankful, for many reasons.

Contrast Trump with the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) of Pennsylvania, who for 13 years have organized a Thanksgiving event in Philadelphia specifically for immigrants, although it will be virtual again this year thanks, if that’s the word, to the pandemic. Over 100 people shared the holiday meal in 2019:

Vanessa, who declined to give her last name, says the event is exactly what she and her family needed after being under the threat of deportation.

"We couldn’t miss it today, because recently my parents were in deportation court," she said.

Vanessa says she's thankful her family can stay together just in time for the holiday.

If that organization sounds familiar, it might be because of the wonderful work it does on behalf of immigrants, or it might be because the terrorist who killed 11 Jews at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh specifically mentioned HIAS in a post just a few hours before committing that mass murder:

A couple of hours before opening fire in a Pittsburgh synagogue, Robert Bowers, the suspected gunman, posted on the social network Gab, “HIAS likes to bring invaders in that kill our people. I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I’m going in.” HIAS is the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and Bowers had posted about it at least once before. Two and a half weeks earlier, he had linked to a HIAS project called National Refugee Shabbat and written, “Why hello there HIAS! You like to bring in hostile invaders to dwell among us?” Another post that most likely referred to HIAS read, “Open you Eyes! It’s the filthy EVIL jews Bringing the Filthy EVIL Muslims into the Country!!”

So while I’m thankful to our country for taking in my family, and so many others, I am aware that not everyone approves of America’s generosity, or the support Jews have generally shown for it. There’s another person, whose family is also Jewish and from Eastern Europe, who expressed a sense of gratitude that reminded me of my own. This person did so in the context of coming forward to testify in an impeachment inquiry focused on Donald Trump. He has faced antisemitism from Fuck a l’Orange and his allies in retaliation for stepping forward and telling the truth. Here are the words of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, words that make me proud to share my heritage with this man:

Next month will mark 40 years since my family arrived in the United States as refugees. When my father was 47 years old he left behind his entire life and the only home he had ever known to start over in the United States so that his three sons could have better, safer lives. His courageous decision inspired a deep sense of gratitude in my brothers and myself and instilled in us a sense of duty and service. All three of us have served or are currently serving in the military. Our collective military service is a special part of our family’s story in America.

I also recognize that my simple act of appearing here today, just like the courage of my colleagues who have also truthfully testified before this Committee, would not be tolerated in many places around the world. In Russia, my act of expressing my concerns to the chain of command in an official and private channel would have severe personal and professional repercussions and offering public testimony involving the President would surely cost me my life. I am grateful for my father’s brave act of hope 40 years ago and for the privilege of being an American citizen and public servant, where I can live free of fear for mine and my family’s safety.

Dad, my sitting here today in the US Capitol talking to our elected officials is proof that you made the right decision forty years ago to leave the Soviet Union and come here to United States of America in search of a better life for our family. Do not worry, I will be fine for telling the truth.

Thanksgiving—at least in the form we celebrate in this country—is an American invention, and also a holiday about each of our relationships to America, and to our fellow Americans. It means different things to different people, depending for some on how their ancestors were treated. For me, America is my home, the only one I’ve got. It is the place that made my life and my family possible. My membership in the American people, the American national community, is central to my identity.

We are living in a time when, once again, demagogues are playing on our deepest fears to argue against taking in people fleeing oppression in their homelands, just as was the case in 1939. Demagogues are also casting doubt on the loyalty of Jewish Americans who were born elsewhere, just as was the case in the Dreyfus Affair over a century ago. I am truly grateful for what America did for me—taking in my ancestors when they needed a place to go. I know there are many others who will end up being far less fortunate. They are the ones we have to fight for now.

This is an updated version of a piece I have posted the last couple years on Thanksgiving.

Donald Trump ‘wrote’ a ‘book’ for $229.99.* Here’s my ‘book,’ and it is free

In fairness, the $229.99 price tag for his picture book is the cost if you want a signed copy. But if you want to “read” his book without his signature, it is just $74.99, or, roughly the same price as six—count them—six of these.

The choice is yours. 

I digress. What is important for you to know, Reader, is that when I woke up this morning I had no idea I would publish my first “book” about Trump’s presidency, either.

Wonders never cease. That said, here is my look back at some other memorable moments from Trump’s presidency below the fold.

And in the spirit of those four tumultuous years where few things made any logical sense, these images appear in no particular order.

From the South Lawn, not Saint Tropez, here’s Trump returning to the White House from Charlotte, North Carolina last February. In the words of Alyssa Edwards, a great American, “Girl, look how f---ing orange you look, girl.”

The man Donald Trump appointed to serve as inspector general for the Interior Department, Mark Greenblatt, issued a report in June saying that police did not clear protesters away from St. John’s Church using tear gas so Trump could shoot a photo op as the nation erupted in civil disobedience in response to the police killing of George Floyd. But The White House did use this image and others, set to swelling music, for promotion. 

At the State of the Union in 2019, Speaker Pelosi made sure to give Trump a special round of applause. The California Democrat told reporters after the image went viral that the applause wasn’t sarcastic. 

While the applause may not have been sarcastic, as Pelosi said at the time, there’s no doubt about her feelings in this photo captured as the Speaker ripped up a copy of Trump’s State of the Union speech. Pelosi called it “liberating.”

Profiles in Compassion: President Trump tossing a roll of paper towels into a crowd in Puerto Rico like he is handing out free merch at a ball game. Hurricane Maria devastated the island in 2017 and the U.S. delayed roughly $20 billion in aid.

From the faces of babes. 

Juli Briskman lost her job after this photo was snapped of her giving Trump’s presidential motorcade the middle finger as he departed his golf course in Sterling, Virginia in 2017. 

There’s no time to close umbrellas when boarding a plane! What is this? Amateur hour?

President Barack Obama is pictured with incoming President Donald Trump in what is known as a peaceful transfer of power, something that almost didn’t happen after Trump lost the election in 2020 to Joe Biden and incited an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Dr. Deborah Birx, tapped by the Trump White House to serve as a COVID-19 response coordinator, in April 2020. Birx was looking on as Trump recommended—against all medical advice and common sense—that injecting bleach into the body may work to treat COVID-19. Birx said in March that she still thinks about that moment until today. 

Trump’s inauguration in 2017 had far fewer attendees than his predecessor President Barack Obama, but that did not stop then-White House press secretary Sean Spicer from uttering what some have referred to as the ‘first lie’ of Trump’s presidency.

Ivanka, Melania, and Donald Trump stand for a photo with Pope Francis in May 2017 before a private 30-minute meeting between the pontiff and the president. 

Trump stared directly into a solar eclipse for a few moments despite the pleas of his aides. To his credit, he eventually put on appropriate eyewear.

As President Abraham Lincoln looks on in a portrait, President Donald Trump stands before a sumptuous (?) feast of fast food in the State Dining Room in January 2019. He was welcoming the Clemson Tigers after their NCAA Football championship win. 

In a meeting between Speaker Pelosi and President Trump, tensions were high, and while Trump used the image to slander Pelosi as “unhinged” and “nervous,” she used it as a badge of honor. A deconstruction of the image from a photojournalist offers more to chew on here.

Why admit you are wrong when you can double down? In 2019, Trump claimed that Hurricane Dorian was going to hit Alabama, despite NOAA saying it would not. Trump went on to display a National Hurricane Center’s original weather forecast chart for the storm and edited it with a black Sharpie marker. 

Trump needed notes—with very large print—in November 2019 to remind himself, before speaking to the press, that he was innocent of the allegations against him during his first impeachment for obstruction of Congress and abuse of power. He was impeached on both counts, but the Senate refused to hear witnesses or hold a senate trial and he was acquitted. 

And of course, who could forget this moment, the power of which can only be properly conveyed through video format. 

Now, we have had a bit of light hearted fun today walking down memory lane. But with all jokes aside, there are other images that Trump surely will not display in his book. And those are from the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

As the anniversary of that assault fast approaches, I leave you with a just few images that are forever seared into our American history. 

A riotous mob crushes itself against the Capitol after the former president whipped people into a frenzy and incited insurrection during a speech delivered on the morning of Jan. 6. 

Rioters after breaching the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to stop the certification of the 2020 election.  

Trump’s supporters gathering outside of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Note the hand signals prominently displayed to the right. 

One of the more memorable images from the Jan. 6 attack; a man carrying Speaker Pelosi’s lectern through the rotunda after the complex was breached.

A person, draped in a Trump flag, standing atop a freshly erected gallows before the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. 

Officers who defended the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 offer testimony on their harrowing experiences to the Jan. 6th Committee. 

Get Ready – Trump’s First Post-Presidency Book Is On The Way

We knew it was going to happen, and the wait will be over soon. Former President Donald Trump is publishing his first post-presidency book.

The book will be entitled, “Our Journey Together,” and will contain over 300 official White House photographs.

Donald Trump Jr. said of his father’s latest book, “My father picked every single photo in this book, wrote all the captions, including some by hand.”

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Making America Great Again In Pictures

The description on Trump’s website calls the book “a beautiful photo book covering President Donald J. Trump’s successful time in the White House.” Photos in the book include the confirmation of judges and the military.

There are also some depicting Trump’s interactions with world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. 

Other photos include Trump’s visits to the United Kingdom and his meetings with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Queen Elizabeth II. In classic Trump fashion, the book will include photos described as “fighting liberals in two impeachment witch hunts!”

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But Will It Be ‘First’ Post-Presidency?

Since leaving the White House, Donald Trump has teased his base with the idea that he might run again in 2024. His closest competition might be Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has already announced his reelection bid as Governor in 2022.

In an interview with Fox News Digital in mid September following the disastrous withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, Trump stated then that, “I don’t think we’re going to have a choice.” He called the Afghan exit the“greatest embarrassment in the history of our country.” Trump also said of the Biden administration, “It is disgraceful.”

Polling data also appears to show that Trump’s base is solidly behind another run for the White House. A recent Quinnipiac University poll showed that four out of five Republicans say they would like to see Trump run in 2024.

There may be some other indicators as well as to which way Trump is leaning. He is doing very well in the area of fundraising, and his traveling schedule is reported to include places like Iowa.

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Trump The Author

The new book will be the latest addition to a list of over 15 best selling books. His first book, “The Art of the Deal,” is considered a business classic, and one of the best selling books in that genre of all time.

His later books, “Time To Get Tough: Make America Great Again,” and “Great Again: How to Fix Out Crippled America” veer more towards the political arena, and give insight into how Trump believes we can truly make America a great nation.

An unsigned copy of the book runs $74.99, and a signed copy jumps up to $229.99. 

 

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Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: The COVID pandemic is not over, as Europe heats up and the U.S. simmers

Greg Sargent/WaPo:

Trump’s rage at Georgia Republicans should unsettle us all

CNN reports that [Gov Brian] Kemp is now facing the prospect of a serious primary challenge from David Perdue, the businessman and former senator. He very well may have Trump’s backing, and Republicans in the state say Kemp could lose if it happens.

In much of our discourse, Trump-backed GOP primary challenges to sitting Republicans tend to be cast mainly as retaliation for personal disloyalty to the former president. There’s something to that, but the full truth appears to be darker.

What this really suggests is that large swaths of Republican voters appear to want to elect people to office who would have been willing to overturn the election on Trump’s behalf, and will be willing to overturn a loss in the future.

NEWS: Hoyer tells @pkcapitol and me that there will be NO vote tonight. House will come back at 8am “He wants to do it in the dead of night,” Hoyer says of McCarthy. “We are going to do it in the day.”  He also says he only knows of one Dem defection - Jared Golden.

— Manu Raju (@mkraju) November 19, 2021

"Nobody elected Joe Biden to be FDR," McCarthy says in his floor speech. "I did!" one Democrat pipes up. "Me too!" says another.

— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) November 19, 2021

Will Bunch/Philadelphia Inquirer:

The impeachment of President Biden and other American nightmares coming in 2023

With polls, gerrymandering making a GOP House all but inevitable in 2023, Americans need to ponder a year that could tear the nation apart.

Imagine this: It’s a gray, chilly day in Washington, D.C., in March of 2023. A handful of protesters from left-leaning groups like Indivisible are huddled outside against the icy Potomac winds, but mostly there’s a climate of disbelief in the nation’s capitol as the GOP-dominated House of Representatives wraps up debate over the impeachment of Joseph Robinette Biden Jr., 46th president of the United States.

It was little more than five months since the Republicans gained 43 House seats in the 2022 midterms, many in newly gerrymandered seats, and since the incoming chair of House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, started studying a menu of equally off-the-wall options — Hunter Biden’s laptop, the Afghanistan withdrawal, or something unprecedented about the president’s mental acuity — for Biden impeachment hearings.

In the end, Jordan and his colleagues — including the radical QAnon conspiracy theorists who’d replaced GOP moderates Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger — decided that the pretext didn’t even matter that much.

I will not focus on Sen. Kennedy’s grotesque, offensive display. Instead I invite you to watch the poise, clarity, dignity & strength of Prof. Saule Omarova, President Biden’s nominee to serve as head of the Office of the Comptroller of Currency. https://t.co/DxcIWs5Kf0

— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sifill_LDF) November 18, 2021

And a reminder as well that no one looks down on GOP voters or has less respect for their intelligence than elected GOP officials. https://t.co/maBbn0Tf8z

— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) November 18, 2021

Dan Froomkin/presswatchers:

Handicapping the midterm elections? Let me rewrite that for you.

The inescapable conclusion is that if this Republican Party wins back control of even one house of Congress, they will grind governing to a halt — and that, if they win the presidency again, democracy as we know it may well no longer exist.

my God New England loves its govs https://t.co/rObEC26jeo

— Alex Lockie (@alexjlockie) November 18, 2021

AZ Central:

White House phone calls, baseless fraud charges: The origins of the Arizona election review

This is how Arizona plunged into a fog of election conspiracies, riven with partisanship and targeted by opportunists from across the country.

In a Bluetooth conversation that lasted several minutes, Trump and his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, noted their deep concern for what they viewed as widespread fraud and irregularities in Arizona’s election. Giuliani said they had evidence dead veterans had voted. And illegal immigrants. And there were other problems, too.

Trump and Giuliani wanted [state House speaker Rusty] Bowers to help ensure President-elect Biden’s 10,457-vote win in Arizona would not be formalized a week later. They told him “there’s a way we could help the president” and Arizona had a “unique law” that allowed the Legislature to choose its electors, rather than voters, he recalled.

“That’s the first I’ve heard of that one,” a skeptical Bowers told them. He told the men he needed proof to back up their claims: “I don’t make these kinds of decisions just willy-nilly. You’ve got to talk to my lawyers. And I’ve got some good lawyers.”

Bowers told them he supported Trump, voted for Trump and campaigned for him, too. What he would not do is break the law for him.

New Quinnipiac poll: Republicans +8 on the generic ballot. Biden job approval rating now down to 36%. https://t.co/NKY3bKOKG4

— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) November 18, 2021

TPM:

Texts Show Kimberly Guilfoyle Bragged About Raising Millions For Rally That Fueled Capitol Riot

Guilfoyle’s texts, reviewed by ProPublica, represent the strongest indication yet that members of the Trump family circle were directly involved in the financing and organization of the rally. The attack on the Capitol that followed it left five dead and scores injured.

A House select committee investigating the events of Jan. 6 has subpoenaed more than 30 Trump allies for testimony and documents, including Pierson and Caroline Wren, a former deputy to Guilfoyle. But Guilfoyle herself has so far not received any official scrutiny from Congress.

The attorney for Jacob Chansley, a.k.a. the ‘QAnon Shaman,’ said Trump needs to take care of the ‘jackasses that [he] f*cked up because of January 6’ pic.twitter.com/llHasyNWOL

— NowThis (@nowthisnews) November 18, 2021

Sarah Zhang/Atlantic:

The Pandemic’s Next Turn Hinges on Three Unknowns

A potential winter surge is up to vaccines, variants, and us.

Here are the basic numbers: The U.S. has fully vaccinated 59 percent of the country and recorded enough cases to account for 14 percent of the population. (Though, given limited testing, those case numbers almost certainly underestimate true infections.) What we don’t know is how to put these two numbers together, says Elizabeth Halloran, an epidemiologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. What percentage of Americans have immunity against the coronavirus—from vaccines or infection or both?

This is the key number that will determine the strength of our immunity wall this winter, but it’s impossible to pin down with the data we have. This uncertainty matters because even a small percentage difference in overall immunity translates to a large number of susceptible people. For example, an additional 5 percent of Americans without immunity is 16.5 million people, and 16.5 million additional infections could mean hundreds of thousands more hospitalizations. Because unvaccinated people tend to cluster geographically and because many hospital intensive-care units run close to capacity even in non-pandemic times, it doesn’t take very many sick patients to overwhelm a local health-care system.

🇩🇪🦠 Wow. In a frank & at times emotional presentation, the head of Germany’s CDC, Lothar Wieler, urges politicians to get real amid the country’s Covid surge. Excerpts: “We are heading for a serious emergency situation. If we don’t act now, we will have a horrible Christmas.”

— Michael Knigge (@kniggem) November 18, 2021

Deutsche Welle:

COVID: Germany introduces new measures to curb the pandemic

Chancellor Angela Merkel and the 16 state premiers have decided on fresh restrictions. Parliament saw a heated debate over how best to respond to the dramatic increase in COVID infections.

Acting Chancellor Angela Merkel and the country's 16 state premiers reportedly agreed on several measures to curb the pandemic. The leaders stressed the necessity of vaccinations for all employees of hospitals and nursing homes.

They also agreed on the introduction of "2G" restrictions for the unvaccinated in those regions where a certain hospitalization rate is exceeded. "2G" refers to a system only allowing free movement for leisure activities for the geimpft oder genesen — "vaccinated or recovered."

Merkel has long favored stricter measures to curb the pandemic. She again described the current situation as "dramatic."

What is the principal reason for Europe's surge? Insufficient vaccination/immunity Why does this portend trouble for the US? Our vaccination rate is 58.5%, considerably less than countries that are surging in the EU, and our counter to waning with 3rd shots is moving very slowly

— Eric Topol (@EricTopol) November 12, 2021

Politico (EU):

Two Austrian regions to go into full lockdown next week

Measures imposed as Salzburg region prepares for triage as hospitals are overwhelmed.

Speaking at a state parliament meeting today, Upper Austria's conservative governor, Thomas Stelzer, said that if there is no nationwide lockdown, the region will enter "a lockdown of several weeks from next week,” reported Die Presse.

The Salzburg region has also agreed to join these measures, announcing in a statement that they were needed “in view of the continuing sharp rise in new corona infections.”

#COVID update: Austria 🇦🇹 Germany 🇩🇪 Netherlands 🇳🇱 pic.twitter.com/U2TiegSoLH

— Martin Hiesboeck #UP (@MHiesboeck) November 18, 2021

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Trump widens scope of revenge tour to include GOP infrastructure supporters who handed Biden a win

Donald Trump's first order of business after escaping his second impeachment conviction (with the blessing of Senate Republicans) was to get revenge on the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach him for inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. His message was clear: Hold Trump accountable and you'll pay for it.

Back then, what qualified as an affront to Trump seemed directly related to taking an action that immediately harmed him, such as supporting his ouster from office.

Now Trump is widening his list of offenses to include any action that might benefit one of his political enemies, such as helping President Joe Biden enact a $1 trillion infrastructure bill. In other words: The friend of my enemy is my enemy.

That's the new bar Trump is demanding GOP lawmakers factor in as they tip-toe around him and his exceedingly fragile ego. And if it prevents a Republican lawmaker from giving their constituents what they want, too bad.

Trump's new standard became apparent this week when he chose sides in a West Virginia House race that is now pitting two sitting GOP members against each other after redistricting merged their districts into one.

Rep. David McKinley voted for the infrastructure bill; Rep. Alex Mooney voted against it. Guess who Trump endorsed: Mooney, who traveled down to Mar-a-Lago last Friday in the wake of his "no" vote on the bipartisan measure, according to CNN.

McKinley told CNN that he gave the voters and local officials what they had been craving for years: new roads and bridges.

"They've wanted infrastructure," McKinley said.

Trump injecting himself into a West Virginia primary between two GOP incumbents is just a continuation of the war that has erupted within the Republican Party over the Biden infrastructure win that Trump wasn't skilled enough to pull off. Trump's personal insertion into the drama also guarantees the rift will never heal—just one more way for Trump to turn Republicans against each other as the party further disintegrates.

Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell appears to be having the time of his life.

"Seventy-five percent of the American people support infrastructure," McConnell said Tuesday. "From a Kentucky point of view, it was extremely good for our state. I'm proud of my vote."

Go ahead and yuck it up, McConnell. By the time Trump finishes with GOP voters, two-thirds of them will believe it was treasonous for any Republican to vote in favor of the infrastructure measure. In Trump's GOP, no one is allowed to have nice things unless he's the biggest beneficiary.