Thursday, February 1, 2018

It is an Omen!

A chartered train carrying GOP lawmakers to a Republican policy retreat at the Greenbrier (West Virginia) struck a garbage truck on Wednesday.

One lawmaker who was aboard the train, Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., said the garbage vehicle, like the GOP itself, had been ripped in half.

Cole said he felt “a tremendous jolt” when the accident occurred at about 11:15 a.m. EST, nearly two hours after it left Washington headed to the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

Cole said that GOP lawmakers who are doctors got off the train to assist, including Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, who was also at last June’s shooting of Republicans at a baseball practice.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., was on the train and was unhurt, aides said.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Donald Trump had nothing to do with this particular train wreck.

Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., said about 100 Republican lawmakers were on the train to Greenbrier when the crash occurred.

White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., in the Allegheny Mountains has been a vacation spot for the powerful and the privileged since the early 1800s. What began as an inn and scattered summer homes is now a 6,500-acre luxury resort, the Greenbrier. It includes a spa, three golf courses, horseback trails, trout streams, skeet shooting, bowling, opulent shops, a culinary school, a museum, and its own Amtrak station.

State of the Union Impression

As for the State of the Union speech, it was more like a glazed donut than just another Trump train wreck. Trump’s speech was hollow and none too deep with a little grease and sugar but no real substance.

Some claimed that Trump “hit it out of the ballpark” except a) Trump has no balls and b) Trump is hardly “a star at bat.”

Democrats questioned the President's tone during the speech.

"The President had the opportunity to unite the country tonight. But instead he doubled down on his divisive rhetoric and empty promises. I'm deeply disappointed," said U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM).

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) felt the president presented a speech that included "hateful rhetoric."

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce (R) said that Trump highlighted "consecutive victories" achieved in the last year.

Those victories, Pearce said, include thousands of "Obama-era" regulations repealed and passage of the Tax Cuts. "And it's just the beginning," Pearce said.

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) said she is concerned that Trump's policies will create "instability" and "uncertainty."

"Tonight (Tuesday), President Trump repeatedly touted his accomplishments, but over the past year, the Trump Administration has turned the United States government into chaos," Lujan Grisham said.

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