Saturday, March 18, 2017

White House cites parody as news article

The only good thing about the Trump administration is that it gives us many reasons to laugh (while we're crying for our country).

From TPM:
The White House cited a parody article published in the Washington Post as support for President Donald Trump's proposed budget.

The article, "Trump’s budget makes perfect sense and will fix America, and I will tell you why,” was penned by the Post’s Alexandra Petri for her “ComPost” column.

“This budget will make America a lean, mean fighting machine with bulging, rippling muscles and not an ounce of fat,” Petri wrote in the article. “America has been weak and soft for too long. BUT HOW WILL I SURVIVE ON THIS BUDGET? you may be wondering. I AM A HUMAN CHILD, NOT A COSTLY FIGHTER JET. You may not survive, but that is because you are SOFT and WEAK, something this budget is designed to eliminate.”

Petri then ran down a list of agencies that would be affected by Trump’s budget draft.

“There will be no LABOR in the future,” she wrote of proposed cuts to the Department of Labor. “Labor is what women do, I think. All fetuses will burst out of wombs brandishing an Uzi on each arm. (Also, we will cut the funding to the people who would have explained that this is not how birth or labor works.)”

The White House included the article at the bottom of its “1600 Daily” newsletter. (Here’s an archived copy.)

I don't want to give the Trump administration too much credit, but it's hard to believe that even they were stupid enough to think that this article was actually pro-Trump.

I think it's more likely that they just read the headline and picked it from that (probably because they couldn't find anything else that seemed to support their cruel, ignorant, and crazy budget plan).

But it is funny, at least. And in Trump's America, I really, really need the ability to laugh.

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