This afternoon, President Trump signed away the political future of the Republican Party as an institution and sold out American working families to the richest of the rich when he signed The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in a ceremony today at the White House.
His first major piece of legislation, signed nearly an entire year into his first term, should have been a cause for celebration at the White House.
Instead, in a prophetic turn of events, Trump found himself all alone.
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Traditionally, the pens used to sign major pieces of legislation are treated as treasured artifacts, given to the legislators responsible for the passage of the bill.
But this time, the cowardly legislators who had put aside their ideological differences in order to screw over their constituents have gone home to their families, dreams of stock buybacks and cushy corner office jobs dancing in their heartless, empty skulls.
So Trump was forced to give out the pens to the gathered members of the press who were there to record what will be remembered as one of the darker days in our nation’s long and dark history.
“I have some beautiful pens over here and because all of these folks are either continuing to work down the road or getting ready to leave, and I’m sure they’ll be working very hard also, I think I’m probably going to hand some of them to the press. We have them, many of you have worked very hard, many of you have worked very, very fairly, and we really appreciate that.
So here you go folks.
I particularly like the boomholders and the cameramen.”
It’s a fitting dose of karma in that in what should be Trump’s proudest moment this year, the only people there to see it are his enemies in the “fake news media.” Forced into signing the bill early by his own insecurities, the lack of fanfare and lack of supporters around him will surely eat at him on the inside, preventing him from enjoying the sweet taste of victory.
It is a shame that the pens the media received were used to sign such a deplorable piece of legislation – they deserve far better. The pens that will be used to sign Donald Trump’s indictments – those are the real artifacts of historic value that we should look forward to preserving.