I was forced to lurch the other day. I needed an extra burst of energy to escape, if only for a moment, from Trump Americana. A well-timed lurch might work. It didn’t.

No sooner had I lurched than Trump told us that he woke up at 6:30 a.m. to watch Fox and Friends, his favorite fake news program on the the state TV channel where any hint of professional journalism goes to die. Some lurches never work.

Later in the day, my lurch failed again when Reince Priebus turned up on the screen to explain, as only he can, that Trump’s “process is different but yields good results.” I should be kinder to this stagehand who once headed the Republican National Committee and can boast that he was once Trump’s feeble chief of staff (without portfolio).

There was the moment when the fake president looked straight into the camera and improvised his tariff percentages on steel and aluminum that horrified — if truth can ever be told in this administration —  his well greased allies. I had lost again and turned off the TV to do somersaults in the melting snow to regain my sanity.

He did find time from his golf to attend the Gridiron Dinner Saturday night, a closed door event where filming was forbidden. He tried to be funny with lines that are useful any place that he shows up. Like “I like chaos. It really is good. Who is going to be the next to leave Steve Miller, (an aide) or Melania?”

That calls for  first-tier lurching and when it’s repeated to Sarah Huckabee Sanders at the next news briefing, we can expect her say it was all in fun because the “president is only interested in doing what’s best for America.”

By then, I hope to have improved my reactions to simply flinching.


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