As our president continues to strut around the globe to sustain his mitered command of his office, let’s s not forget that there’s still work to be done by his apostles back home.

So I’ve gathered some of their useless comments for you to translate as you will as I hopelessly toy with the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle. Hope you have better luck than I:

Energy secretary Rick Perry, an unbridled  zealot for fossil fuels,  linking them to a barrier against  sexual assault:

“Let me tell you where people are dying is in Africa,” Perry said in Newsweek upon his return from Africa. “But from the standpoint of sexual assault. When the lights are on, where you have the righteousness, if you will, of those types of acts. So from the standpoint of how you really affect people’s lives, fossil fuels is going to play a role in that.”

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When Chuck Todd asked Ohio Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman about the present state of the Republican Party, Portman responded:

“Well, look, the Republican primary voters have spoken, you know, in a couple of  these primaries. But uh – particularly in Alabama recently – no question about it. But by the same token so-called establishment-type Republicans, you know, won in Montana, won in Georgia when people thought those races were going to go the other way. I think the party’s in pretty good shape.”

(Welcome to the Trump Establishment Sen. Roy Moore!)

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And now for the coup de grace…

Responding to the massacre at the Texas church, President Trump appeared to be inspired by his own profound wisdom in dealing with such monstrous events:

“This isn’t a guns situation. This is a mental health problem at the highest level. It’s a very, very sad event.’’

(A  short time earlier, he demanded the death penalty for the guy who killed eight on the bike path along the Hudson River, running them down with his truck. Obviously a very, very sad event, too. But inconsistency is one of Trump’s strengths for an unquestioning base.)