Lance Simmens: Trump is known for many things, among them that he is a pathological liar, is relentlessly hyperbolic, projects strength through bluster, and is enamored with litigation. All of these things have the potential to torpedo his presidency, particularly in light of the deliberate efforts of the Special Counsel’s investigation.
Lance Simmens: Even this accomplished policy/political actor has within two weeks of his appointment managed to find himself in the middle of a s@#tstorm that seems to be the trademark of the Trump administration.
Lance Simmens: Trump lives and operates in a zero-sum world. You are either with him or against him. In a world where win-win situations are optimal he views them as weakness.
Lance Simmens: At the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston I had the honor of escorting the members of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party on stage forty years after they had been denied to be credentialed delegates at the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City.
Lance Simmens: The problem with this President is that he is liable to sneak up behind you when you are not looking and sucker punch you. This is the quintessential trait of a thug, and he exhibits these characteristics daily.
He has not only, at least to this point, managed to slip and slide through crisis after crisis in the eyes of his amazingly steady base of support but has prevailed over an internal mutiny that most likely will continue to grow.
Lance Simmens: I had the opportunity to engage in a discussion with accomplished singer, song-writer Don Arbor recently about his latest project, Everyone Comes From Somewhere, a song inspired by a conversation he had with his mother’s caregiver, an immigrant from Guyana.
Lance Simmens: Either from the thirst for wealth and power or fear from the embarrassment of a severely compromised set of moral, ethical, sexual, or other inadequacies, or maybe a combination of the two, our President is willing to sell out the American dream for his personal aggrandizement.
Lance Simmens: The best that this President has to offer are the ludicrous song lyrics from a cheeky song from the 1960’s about how an act of kindness is viewed as weakness and results in disaster.
Lance Simmens: I think [Trump] is an agent of the Kremlin. He behaves and talks about Putin the same way mobsters talk who don’t know they are being recorded.
Lance Simmens: In the latest in an avalanche of inane tweets that emanate from the President’s empty cranium comes the latest treatise on his inability to distinguish between weather and climate.
Lance Simmens: The good news for the President is that he is on the verge of being able to point to a huge victory by virtue of an immense tax reduction package that virtually was patched together like a Rube Goldberg contraption right up until the 51st vote was counted.
Lance Simmens: Today there are nearly 66 million people who have left their homes due to conflict, violence, persecution and human rights violations. That number has doubled in the past decade alone and is expected to continue to increase exponentially in the years to come.