I call the final shots
Literally the most insecure man on earth. So much weakness.
I'm in charge you guys
Guys, I'm the big boss here and I make all the decisions
Hey guys just remember that I'm the one in charge ok?
The bigly brain am winning again! I am the greetest! Now I am firing Rex Tillerson for no raisin!
This reminds me so much of this asshole my mother used to work for when she was the office manager at a church. He was a priest, and because of his position at the archdiocese (episcopal vicar I think?) he was to be addressed as Monsignor rather than Father. He was a seriously huge prick in many different and exciting ways, but my favourite story about him was a simple one because it so perfectly showed his vanity, nastiness and arrogance.
They had a housekeeper at the rectory who was from Jamaica. She was in her late 60s, and she was a big, imposing woman. She kept calling him "father," and he kept correcting her. She's from a culture where verbal respect is very important (e.g. you never call a woman by her first name unless you're basically best friends or sisters - it's always Mrs./Ms. X or if the person is older than you either Mrs. X or Aunty X if you're very close). It took her YEARS to call the previous priest Father [firstname] as he requested, because that seemed incredibly overfamiliar to her. But because she didn't know/understand what Monsignor meant, she just couldn't bring herself to call him Monsignor.
One day he lost it and started dressing her down in front of my mother.
"IT'S..... MONSIGNOR. MONSIGNOR [LASTNAME]. MONSIGNOR MEANS I'M MORE IMPORTANT THAN A PRIEST... OKAY? IT MEANS I'M VERRRRRY IMPORTANT, DO YOU UNDERSTAND?"
And she replied very seriously, "Yes Father Monsignor, I understand."
People like this have such oversized egos that they've become extremely taut and fragile - one little pin prick and it goes whizzing around the room.
"No puppet you're the puppet"
It’s almost sad. He’s President of the United States and still needs to remind everyone he has power? I’d pity him if he wasn’t so terrible.
As Tywin Lannister put it, "Any man who must say, "I am the king" is no true king."
Roosevelt: "Speak softly and carry a big stick"
Trump: "Speak bigly and carry a big stick in my small hands"
Wow. He really needs a Tywin to do this job.
Unfortunately he's got Baelor the Blessed for a hand.
The sad thing is he THINKS he's Tywin.
Everyone says he's Joffrey, but I think he has the intellect and the attention span of Robin Arryn.
He thinks hes tywin but hes really walder frey
Here's the thing though, he DOES call the final shots. He is suppose to be leader of the free world. He's the President. Major decisions rest on his shoulders, the problem is though, he isn't a leader. If something goes right, he takes credit, if something goes wrong, he passes blame. That's not leadership. That's a big reason why I have absolutely zero respect for him.
I've held leadership positions in the past, and work in an industry where there is always 1 ultimate leader who makes the final call, and while what you and your team say/suggest counts, its only ever worth 49% of the vote because the leader of the group has the final say. When i was the leader of the group, if the decision I made was good, I and my team shared the victory. If the decision I made was bad, I had to fall on that sword because ultimately it was my call.
A true leader understands the responsibilities of their positions. They should know and understand that the buck stops with them, but they should also know and understand that any failings or poor decision making also stops with them. Trump doesn't understand that or operate that way. He takes credit when it's not his, and passes it when he's at fault. He is not a leader.
Call all of the shots
"But you guys, I'm not to blame"
Any man who must say I am king is no true king.
Nobody has more weakness. Great weakness. The best weakness. Ask anyone!
Seriously. It feels as if King Joffery fell into the White House.
It's a real life zap brannigan
I call the final shots
nothing is my fault.
How do people read that and think "Wow, he's so badass."
What a bloody clown fiesta current politics are.
Hire a clown, get a circus.
You’ll float too!
ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?!
Exactly. I’ve been thinking that our politics need to go back to boring as hell. Because boring is what it should be. It should be hum drum policy stuff that only a few people find interesting. Instead it’s become a dog and pony show.
Remember when something crazy would happen in the world, like a mass shooting at an elementary school, and you would turn on the TV and see serious people addressing the problem? We could see our leader's heart breaking over the news instead of needing a cheat sheet for showing empathy. Remember when Osama Bin Laden was killed and the President came out on TV and didnt make it about himself, but spoke for 10 minutes about what it meant for America, reiterated that Muslims are not America's enemies, and while clearly relieved didn't crack a smile or brag about his own role in the raid? Do you remember when our President punished our enemies for interfering in our elections instead of inviting them into the White House?
Of course you do remember, and it's crazy to think how lucky we were to have a steady, scandal free administration where no one went to jail or had to plead guilty to anything. It used to be comforting to turn on the TV, now I'm afraid to look at my twitter for whatever new craziness our President is the cause of.
We've fallen so far, so fast. And I think we all realize we're not even close to the eventual rock bottom yet.
I honestly liked the Obama years. Not just because I supported him, but it was always like, "Wow all this Iraq/healthcare/policy stuff sounds tough and boring, good thing we have an adult handling it. Hey and oh look, he just shot a 3 pointer! Now he's hosting a science fair launching potatoes. And now he's doing an interview with Dave Grohl! Isn't that nice."
We may never have that again.
While the US is having this clown fest, Putin is using chemical weapons on European soil. Just because he can.
Bloody Clown Fiesta is a good band name
Andy Dwyer already claimed it.
Seriously. It's gotten to the point that every time I see Trump I hear circus music in the background instead of Hail to the Chief.
Hey Rex, no reason to hold back now; let's hear you call Trump a "fucking moron!"
edit: additional context
Pres Trump just told reporters he'd been talking about replacing Tilllerson for a long time. Says they disagreed on things - cites the Iran nuke deal as an issue of disagreement. Says we were not really thinking the same. Says more in line with Pompeo's thinking.
credit to u/LuchiniPouring for the find.
He may have a reason to hold back, if he's concerned about polonium tea.
Nah nerve gas is the new and hip thing today.
Came here to make the same point; sacked the day after coming out pretty strongly in support of our PMs response to Russia
From America, we’re sorry.
I can't wait until all these ex-Trump Administration officials write their tell-all books. We might have a dozen new "Fire & Fury" spinoffs, but direct from the participants and not filtered through a sketchy tabloid journalist.
Honestly, they can shove their tell-all's up their ass. Will there be some details in them that we don't get from an already porous White House where half the people seem to leak and talk left and right anyway? Sure.
But i'm not interested in letting these enabling, sycophantic douchebags to make money on a 'tell-all' when it was their responsibility to run this country as well or to try and do their best in spite of this moronic Coward of a President we have now. But they were all just hanger on's who wanted the power and glory too and did not a damn thing to really help despite an almost innumerable number of red flags well before he even started running, up to today.
Is there anybody left in the state department at this point?
I think there might still be a janitor.
update: The janitor has now been fired after he was overheard saying that Tillerson was right about Russia.
What's funny is that Tillerson condemned the poisoning after finding out he was being fired. Almost like he knew condemning Russia would piss off Trump.
Tillerson confirmed he found out this morning about firing from tweet.
not sure if it was because Tillerson condemned Trump's boss or not.
I mean, at this point, how much more evidence could we possibly need to be sure?
It'll never be enough for the T_D crowd me thinks.
Wonder if this is just to divert attention from the stormy drama
edit: It was only a matter of time before Tillerson got sacked. I’m talking about the timing of this being used at a diversion.
With W. Bush, the "I wonder if this is just to distract from..." held more water because he had surrounded himself with intelligent (albeit evil) people who could pick up his slack.
This administration is a clown car that no one is driving. To suggest any forethought regarding literally any action is giving it way too much credit.
Little late for that.
I mean the morning news sounds like Entertainment Tonight, now.
Tillerson blamed Russia/Putin for the nerve gas terrorism in UK.
Trump can’t have his buddy Putin blamed.
Even though it was obviously Putin.
Trump is slowly pissing off all the wolves he surrounded himself with.
Eventually when there's no food left, they're all gonna turn on him and we get to see what he fucking does in that joke of a whitehouse.
He can write his memoirs from prison. My state would gladly let him stay free of charge
First off, Trump is a fucking moron.
Second, goddamn does the failing New York Times have great informants or what? November 30: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/30/us/politics/state-department-tillerson-pompeo-trump.html
And don’t forget that Tillerson first threatened to resign after that weird speech Trump gave in front of the Boy Scouts way back in July 2017. Just a few months later, Trump said that he and Tillerson should compare IQ test results. Well, I guess the results came in, and Trump didn’t like them.
Oh and America is a fucking laugh riot right now to the rest of the world.
American here, I’ve been ugly crying since November 2016.
Just remember, we are not our leaders. Most of us are fairly ok.
Donald won't release his tax returns, good luck getting a report on his IQ.
But trust me, it is a great IQ, one of the bigliest, at least fifty points higher than crooked Hillary's!
Hey now! Do you think you could pass that test he took a few months back? Remembering the shape of a camel is hard work!
There should be a subreddit to collect all the anonymously sourced stories that turn out to be true. Would be useful to rebut claims that such stories can't be trusted (a favorite argument among Trump supporters).
It's fascinating how dismissive people can be with information that doesn't agree with them, and how quickly people have been trained not to trust journalistic institutions with a history of credibility. Just because the paper says "an anonymous source" doesn't mean it was anonymous to the paper, they simply did not publish the name.
The New York Times doesn't always disclose who their sources are because, if they did, their sources wouldn't be able to get more information or it would be too risky for their sources to disclose any information in the first place. As readers, we know we can trust the Times to verify their sources because of their established pattern of credibility.
that weird speech Trump gave in front of the Boy Scouts way back in July 2017
Geez, I had forgotten about that. It seems like a decade ago.
For anyone that doesn't remember, he gave a heavily political speech at the Boy Scout Jamboree, something that breaks with all past tradition.
But Trump being Trump, he couldn't leave it at that:
President Donald Trump told the Wall Street Journal that after his controversial speech at the Boy Scouts National Jamboree in West Virginia, the head of the Boy Scouts called him and told him it was “the greatest speech that was ever made to them.” But the organization told TIME they are unaware of any call from national leadership placed to the White House.
Trump said that he and Tillerson should compare IQ test
LMAO. This is something teenagers on /r/iamverysmart get lampooned for but here we are.
I was literally just about to post this lol. I would also like to add this:
John Kelly "signed off on a plan to replace Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State back in October-November of 2017… The breaking point appears to be President Trump's surprise announcement last week that he was willing to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.” @MajorCBS says
He literally does everything he denies once people forget he denied it.
No one has forgotten.
Honestly I regularly forget, it's hard to keep up with a new lie or denial every couple of hours.
I think it's a lot more about when he 'thinks' we have forgotten what he's denied. Just think if he didn't have Twitter, or a loud mouth how, yes, off the rails crazy his administration is- but he wouldn't have multiple platforms that publishes his flip-flop decisions
It's probably actually when he forgets...
He literally does everything he denies once people forget he denied it.
Or backs off at the last minute from executing what he's been planning in private. Presumably because to follow through would be to admit that 1) the media was right and 2) they have more leaks than a colander.
America is highly respected again!
N E E D E D
What do you think this is, a science brainy paper with big words or huh? I got the biggest of words i know them and i am respected in my room i am the presidente and world.
Source: Fox News and Breitbart.
The White House reminds me of a company i worked for. Good boss gets taken away after a buy out. We get a new shitty boss, he hires some idiot friends, people keep getting fired, clients calling and e-mailing asking why it's such a shit show and if anyone even works there anymore, then the company fails completely.
It's exactly like cancer.
Except this time, the company is your country
To be fair, Tillerson lasted for another ~16 Mooches which is decades in Trumpland.
I believe he lasted a total of 40.5 Mooches
Where's conversionbot when you need him?
What about his suicide pact?
I'm surprised more people haven't brought this up. I was looking for it in the mega thread / bigger threads
I T E M
What the hell is "item"?
When I'm on Reddit I just go with whatever others are doing and don't ask questions.
Shhhhh, don't remind them.
This is the worst possible timeline. Mattis may not be the greatest, but he's about all that is keeping me from digging myself an underground shelter.
Also, fun fact: Rex Tillerson currently holds the record for shortest total time serving as a first term Secretary of State (who was fired). (Not to be confused with shortest tenure, where you have to go back to 1881 to find that James Blaine served as SOS for only 9 months under Garfield. Blaine, however, was reappointed to the SOS position under Harrison and served for three additional years.)
Edit: Since my writing, the article I linked was updated. Blaine was not the shortest tenure, but rather Elihu Washburne, who serve for 11 days.
Aren't we having fun?
I might be worrying to much but I can’t stop the feeling that something bad is going to happen soon.
Yes, but I envy you not having felt that way the last 14 months.
Growing up and learning about the World Wars I always wondered and worried about what foreign land I might be sent off to, to fight and die one day. Hate to break it to you America, but this presidency is the first time the thought has crossed my mind that, that country could be America.
Don't get weird.
What country are you from?
Bad things are happening everyday lol. Unless you mean like 9/11 scale bad. It feels like something big will happen during this administration, but not just yet
One could argue that Russia attacking and deligitimizing the integrity of our elections is equivalent.
I know I shouldn't be at this point, but I'm still continually astonished at just how little self-awareness Hair Twitler has, Literally every major scandal and drama he has been involved in has a prior tweet where he rails against just such a situation and his position in it.
I feel like I'm in some drug induced dream world, and as entertaining as it is, I really think it's time I leave Alice and friends and get back to reality.
Drink this. Drink this. Keep drinking.
We all know that after 15 minutes have passed anything Trump has said is now null and void so this comment shouldn't surprise anyone.
C'mon, you snowflake. Trump was obviously joking the first time he said that. You can't take his words to mean words. - T_D
America is highly respected again!
There are people who think the world's perception of America has improved since 2016.
"(I call the final shots)"
as if people don't understand that's how the Presidency is supposed to work
People understand how the Presidency is supposed to work, but all evidence points to the President still trying to figure it out.
"He's new to this."
Who knew it was so complicated?
To be fair, by typical Trump timelines, three months does qualify as not leaving "soon".
Not soon at all, it's almost an entire decamooch!
Will you do the Fandango?
Every fucking event. Every event.
I imagine the house intel committee's sudden announcement of 'no collusion' findings was a total coincidence! /sobviously
Our country could not be any less respected than it has been the past 14 months.
Oh, you think so? Just wait and see...
WtF. Tillerson is going to become a complicated figure. He is humanized by trumps insanity. He also was the leader of Exxon and should be irredeemable.
Much like Trump and Bannon, there is plenty of room for two people at odds with each other to both be terrible.
He's someone I disagree with most of the time, but the past few months had shown he's one of the few people in the administration that had their head on straight. When ever he disagreed with Trump policy, it was always the right and obvious thing.
Kind of hilarious that it ended up that way given my first reaction to Trump picking an oil CEO.
He wasn't lying about "calling the final shots". Who's next? Actually, better yet, who's left?
Dude, he hires the best people.
The very best. The best in all the lands. They best like no one has ever seen. Trust me. It's true. /s
The Daily Show has been keeping track with a graphic they've titled "Celebrity Appresident". It's about halfway greyed out now.
America is highly respected again!
Where does he get this idea that America is being respected and not laughed at?
Probably Fox and Friends
Racists, climate-change deniers, stupid fuckers, and psychos.
These people have helped create a hatred of republicunts that will hopefully last for generations. ;D
Technically he was right. This was December, which in today’s political climate feels like about 10 years ago. “Leaving soon” in Trump years means later that afternoon.
I love that he felt that need to clarify that he's the boss. How sad must your life be that BEING THE PRESIDENT hasn't satisfied your low self esteem?
Trump is beyond delusional. Our standing as a country has actually been weakened. Overseas, people listen to the EU and China is amassing power in their zone of influence. Southeast Asia knows America will not commit to helping them. We also fucked over all of our Middle East allies who we need to help us fight terrorism. Then we insulted Mexico who is a fucking massive trading partner. Trump is wholly ignorant of the world and believes that winning is just a feeling instead of something you tangibly accomplish.
Haha, how delusional do you have to be to think that America is more respected now than before Trump came aboard? Most of the rest of the world thinks we're a bunch of fucking morons for letting this con artist into the White House. And most of the rest of the world, including our allies and the leaders of those countries, HATES Trump.
To be fair, 4 months is an eternity in the era of the Trump administration. There is like 25 scandals, big developments, and bizarre claims each week.
(I call the final shots)
Is this guy mentally 5 years old?
Can a simple man get so many things incorrect in one statement? I did not think so, but here we are.
I like how you can pretty much read the news just by scrolling through this subreddit