The Trump administration is foundering at breakneck speed these days, and it can feel overwhelming just trying to keep up.
As I write this, less than 24 hours has passed since President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. This was a stunning development for all but a handful of senior officials in the White House.
Chances are that no matter when you are reading this column, more has already been discovered about Comey’s firing. Just as surely, it’s bound to make us feel even worse about this Den of Disaster, formerly known as the White House — where, by the way, less than 24 hours after Comey was fired, Trump (presumably still president of the United States) met with #Russia Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and #Russia Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
Let us segue for a moment to Iowa, where Rep. Rod Blum, fresh off his vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, surrounded himself with black schoolchildren, whom he quickly dumped after he didn’t like a reporter’s question.
The ever-so-white 62-year-old Blum had insisted on verifying the residence of every person wanting to attend his town hall meeting later that day. I’ll leave it to your imagination to wonder why.
Blum got testy with a local reporter who asked about the residency requirement.
The brief exchange, in front of the young children, between KCRG-TV reporter Josh Scheinblum and Blum:
Scheinblum: “Some would make the case that you represent all Iowans. The decisions that you make impact all Iowans. So shouldn’t all Iowans have a voice at the table or at least have the option to?”
Blum: Laughs. “I don’t represent all Iowans. I represent the 1st District of Iowa. That’d be like saying, ‘Shouldn’t I be able to — even though I live in Dubuque — go vote in Iowa City during the election because I’d like to vote in that district instead?'”
Scheinblum: “Would you still take donations from a Republican in Iowa City?”
“I’m done,” Blum said, standing up and yanking off his microphone as the children around him tried to figure out what was happening. “This is ridiculous. He’s going to sit here and just badger me.”
“Congressman, come on, take a seat,” Scheinblum pleaded.
Nope. Off he went.
Blum told The Washington Post: “Well, we get there and we were ambushed. … It was very apparent that he had an agenda. It’s my right to say that ‘this interview is over.'”
Remind me to wish the future former Rep. Blum well after next year’s midterms, OK?
In the meantime, I hope someone explains to the children, who were meant to be props, that just because Blum and the president act this way doesn’t mean they should start treating fellow humans as discardable, too.
By the way, the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum has had it up to here with descriptions of Trump as “Nixonian.”
“FUN FACT,” the library tweeted this week. “President Nixon never fired the Director of the FBI #FBIDirector #notNixonian.”
To which we can only reply: #Russia.
Connie Schultz is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist.