Things are bad.
A sampling of ThinkProgress stories from the last few days alone confirms this: An immigrant father of three with no criminal record may soon be deported. A Republican who said pipeline activists were waging “jihad” was confirmed to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Trump’s wall will require large seizures of private land and nobody knows how much it’s going to cost. Stephen Miller used white supremacist rhetoric to insult a reporter.
As Lindy West put it in The New York Times earlier this week, “Nineteen hyenas and a broken vacuum cleaner control the White House, and ice is becoming extinct. I get it.”
I get it. But if I may: It’s still okay to laugh sometimes. They’re laughing in Australia and Mexico, at least.
On Thursday, The Washington Post released transcripts they obtained of President Donald Trump’s calls with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
In the call with Nieto, Trump pleads the Mexican president not to say he won’t pay for Trump’s proposed border wall, and Jorge Guajardo, a Mexican diplomat, told McClatchy that “everyone [he’s] spoken to around the world is laughing.”
After the transcript leaked, a panel on an Australian news show devolved into laughter while talking about the conversation Turnbull and Trump had in February. On the call, Turnbull argues that Trump should honor an Obama-era deal that the U.S. would consider taking refugees from Manus Island and Nauru.
“So we would rather take a not very attractive guy that helps you out than to take a Nobel Peace Prize winner that comes by boat,” Turnbull said, according to the transcript. “That is the point.”
“What’s the thing with boats?” Trump asked. “Why do you discriminate against boats?”
The anchor starts laughing as she reads from the transcript, and a reporter on the panel bursts into giggles for several seconds before saying, “That’s a very astute question, Mr. Trump!”
The transcripts, the reporter says, are kind of strange to read.
“Isn’t it weird? What a weird thing to read. I read that and I was like, oh wow, I’m not sure if I necessarily wanted to be privy to all of that,” she says.
The group giggles a bit more as they break down the transcript, and it is perhaps a good reminder to us all that it is sometimes okay to laugh at, as the reporter on the panel puts it on live Australian television, “two dudes, two big business dudes, kind of swinging their dicks about a pretty awkward issue.”
Happy Friday, everyone.