OLD FAITHFUL – Here at the most famous geyser in the world in the USA’s oldest national park, a solitary reporter was suddenly blindsided early this morning by the sight of real estate developer turned big time loser and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.
The National Park Service is under siege by Congress. This week marks the 100th anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service. Because of Republican shortsightedness, our national parks and national monuments are running critically short of badly needed funds for long-delayed maintenance, just as attendance records at our national parks and monuments are being broken.
Yesterday, Rush Limbaugh cracked up on the air because The Donald is flip-flopping on his immigration platform. Last year on June 16, Trump, announcing his presidential campaign, descended on his escalator in his Tower and let loose his notorious rant against Mexican criminals and rapists.
Poor Jeb Bush — you remember Jeb — you know, Low Energy Jeb — the man who was unfortunate enough to have announced his campaign for president the day before The Donald. It was Jeb! who sensibly campaigned during the GOP presidential primary on an immigration platform somewhat resembling the immigration reform bill passed in the Senate in 2013, but never taken up by the House. The Senate bill would have, with stringent safeguards, created the possibility of a path for citizenship for people who came to the land of the free and the home of the brave illegally, but who have lived and worked here for years without getting into trouble. Jeb, of course, could not dare to embrace a path to citizenship, but his stance on allowing illegal immigrants to stay here legally cost him big-time in the face of Trump's attacks.
Trump keeps yelling about “making America safe again” — his language always drenched in xenophobic vitriol – but now he is, to a limited extent, accepting advice from campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, a sensible woman who realizes that we are not in the primary season anymore. No doubt, Conway realizes full well that 95% of all Latino voters will vote for Hillary. So it makes no sense at all for Trump to say, as he did yesterday, that he would “work with” (whatever that means) Latinos and others to craft some version of an immigration platform slightly resembling the bill passed by the Senate in 2013.
The solitary reporter brashly asked Trump what in the world he was doing in the Cowboy State (Dick Cheney’s home state), which has only three electoral votes, and which has not voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since God was a baby.
As National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis looked on, Trump grabbed the solitary reporter and threw him into Old Faithful, saying, “You have no faith in me! so you are a heretic. This’ll get you real clean!”
Jarvis grabbed the solitary reporter and Trump, sent Trump to the tender custody of the Secret Service, and took the solitary reporter to the Old Faithful Inn, where he was restored to the Hillary-approved campaign outfit in which he arrived.