At this point in Trump's presidency I've become accustomed to being shocked on a daily basis by the newest horror inflicted on us by the Liar-in-Chief.
Today, for example, Trump cancelled pay raises for civilian workers in the federal government because our "nation's fiscal situation" can't afford it.
This is the same Trump who regularly proclaims that our economy is the best it's ever been in the history of the United States, and he's the reason things are so amazingly great. And this is the same Trump who pushed for a massive tax cut for corporations, which, along with smaller tax cuts for individuals, will add at least $1 trillion to the federal deficit (that's additional over 10 years; the current annual overall deficit is approaching $1 trillion).
But Trump says the country can't afford to give federal workers a 1.9% pay raise. Corporations get much richer from a massive tax break. Public servants -- nothing, nada, zilch.
Here's the most disturbing thing about Trump's presidency, though. It isn't any of the horrendous things that Trump has said and done since he was elected in a highly dubious fashion, with a lot of help from Russia.
It's the fact that 85 to 90% of Republicans approve of Trump.
Trump lies about eight times a day. He had sex with a porn star shortly after his wife gave birth, then tried to cover up the affair. He trusts Vladamir Putin more than he trusts his own intelligence agencies. Etc. Etc. Etc.
So if you know a Republican, or are one, there's nine chances out of ten that this person approves of what Trump is doing. Thankfully, only about a third of Independents and a tenth of Democrats feel the same way. So hopefully the next elections will send Trump a blunt message: stop with the crap you're doing to this country.
Close to home, obviously Oregon Republicans must be just about as enthusiastic about Trump.
Thus we can expect that 85 to 90% of Republican candidates for state and local offices, whether or not the office is partisan or non-partisan, are just fine with what Trump is inflicting on our country, states, and cities.
Keep this in mind when you vote in November.
Chances are a vote for a Republican is a vote for a Trump supporter. If you don't like what Trump is doing to the United States, then don't vote for any other Republicans -- unless, perhaps, they explicitly, convincingly, and publicly say they disavow Trump's policies.