The government is trying to ignore Trump's dumbest ideas.
Trump's orders are so stupid and destructive that government agencies, officials and White House aides are simply ignoring them, hoping he will forget that he made them in the first place.
"Slow-walking or flat-out disobeying Trump's fleeting obsessions has become common practice across various sectors of government," The Atlantic reported on Wednesday.
Trump is attempting to govern the United States through his tweets, and he and his team have repeatedly argued that his ridiculous, racist, and often incoherent missives are "official statements."
The Atlantic reports that in several instances, however, there has been a concerted effort among insiders and agencies to do nothing while Trump is mid-tantrum.
"We felt like we could kind of sit quietly on those" kind of orders, a former White House official told The Atlantic, explaining the strategy for handling Trump's dumbest demands.
The pattern of behavior fits in with the evidence in the Mueller report, which noted numerous instances of White House staff ignoring Trump's orders to obstruct justice and break the law.
Despite Trump's claim that "nobody disobeys my orders," there is overwhelming evidence that they do.
Officials began ignoring Trump from early on. In March 2017, Trump demanded an investigation of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer "for her close ties to Russia."
A former White House official told the Atlantic nobody bothered to follow-up on the ridiculous command from Trump.
In March, Trump said America would cut off aid to Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. The announcement was made in response to Fox News host Laura Ingraham who argued in favor of the idea to stop immigration from South America.
"According to lawmakers and aides, the administration is not advancing the issue" nearly a month and half after Trump's tantrum, The Atlantic noted. A senior Democratic official on the Senate Appropriations Committee, who would have to sign off on such a change in spending priorities, told the outlet "we have heard nothing so far."
When it emerged in March that actor Jussie Smollett had faked a racial assault and pinned it on Trump supporters, Trump tweeted, "FBI & DOJ to review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago. It is an embarrassment to our Nation!"
Yet in reality, there is no evidence that any such review is underway. The Atlantic noted that the Department of Justice declined to comment on Trump's order and the FBI just wouldn't respond, nor would White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.
When Trump's Twitter impulses have been followed, the consequences have been damaging and dangerous.
The ban on transgender military service largely had its origins in a Trump tweet, made as a policy proclamation on the platform before military leaders were aware of it. Trump has long since moved on from the topic but his hand-picked Supreme Court justices recently gave the bigoted policy a legal blessing.
Trump is responding in real time to nonsense he sees on racist propaganda outlets like Fox News. Because of his position, implementing those idiotic ideas has consequences for millions of people.
There is now a concerted effort, from within the government, to simply ignore Trump and hope his infantile tantrums pass without creating major upheaval and disruption across the world. It has come to that.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.