Child President

“We got Scotch tape”

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

According to Politico, there's a whole team of people at the National Archives whose job it is to clean up Trump's messes.

More specifically, their job is to literally reconstruct and tape together official documents that Trump constantly tears apart because, if they don't, Trump would be breaking federal law.

Armed with rolls of clear Scotch tape, [former records management analyst Solomon Lartey] and his colleagues would sift through large piles of shredded paper and put them back together, he said, “like a jigsaw puzzle.” Sometimes the papers would just be split down the middle, but other times they would be torn into pieces so small they looked like confetti. [...]

White House aides realized early on that they were unable to stop Trump from ripping up paper after he was done with it and throwing it in the trash or on the floor, according to people familiar with the practice. Instead, they chose to clean it up for him, in order to make sure that the president wasn’t violating the law.

Staffers had the fragments of paper collected from the Oval Office as well as the private residence and send it over to records management across the street from the White House for Lartey and his colleagues to reassemble.

I get it now. Melania isn't sleeping in the same room as Trump because he throws papers all over the damn place and leaves it for his staff to clean up.

  • muselet

    That Donald Trump rips up papers and scatters them to the four winds is bad enough. Then there’s this:

    As Politico reported, the document-preservation team shrunk in the early spring, and folks like Lartey and Young are “full of questions about why they were stripped of their badges with no explanation and marched off of the White House grounds by Secret Service.” They were also reportedly “forced to sign resignation letters without being given any explanation for why they were being dismissed.”

    Their personal belongings were later shipped in boxes to their homes.

    [link omitted]

    Presidential Records Act? We don’t need no stinkin’ Presidential Records Act!


  • Aynwrong

    He represents the Republican party and voter perfectly.

  • waspuppet

    On the floor.

    On the f*cking floor.

    He really is living the 12-year-old spoiled brat’s dream.

  • Draxiar

    I hope the people that fetch his Filet o’ Fishes jack-off into them before he munches away.

  • ninjaf

    Leave the papers lay. They are evidence. Haul his ass out in handcuffs and perp walk him for a mug shot. Maybe the next damn time he would remember to behave like an actual adult.

    • Badgerite

      The gop will do anything to pack the federal courts with legal Neanderthals who will conclude that Brown v Board of Education was wrongly decided. I wish it were only Roe v Wade that they were after. But it is more than that. They will push it as far as they can. And that includes attempts to re-institute Jim Crow and to de-legitimize the right of privacy and the right of women to have access to birth control. There are forces in this country that would overturn all the case law that is integral to our modern society. That includes not just gay marriage but Loving v Virginia, Griswold v Connecticut, Eisenstadt v Baird. There is no such thing as ‘settled law’ unless you are willing to get to the God damned polls and vote about it.
      And no, Bernie would not have won. Any more than Kucinich was going to win. We are a liberal democracy because democracy in itself is liberal. But we are not and never have been a liberal country. And if your campaign is tied to one person and not to strategic political objectives, there is something wrong with your campaign.
      In case it is not apparent by now, there was more of a legal case against Jane Sanders and for bank fraud no less, then there ever was against Hilary Clinton. It will not be pursued because it is not in anyone’s interests, let alone the public interest, to pursue it. But had he been the nominee of the Democratic party for president, you had better believe that someone would have found a reason to pursue it. It would have been ‘crazy’, rich, Bernie and his ‘crooked’ wife. Nonstop.

    • Christopher Foxx

      Maybe the next damn time he would remember to behave like an actual adult.

      Never gonna happen.

  • He is incapable of fulfilling even the easiest duties required of a President. He’s mentally ill.

    • Username1016

      If he were normal, someone would just be able to say, “Please don’t do that,” and he would stop doing it. But nooooooo.