Trump World Grab-Bag--A Collection

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Arrogance and Andrew Cuomo


There was a moment today when I thought, very briefly, upon hearing that Andrew Cuomo was going to make a statement at 1 p.m. after the details of the investigation into the allegations of his sexual harassment had been made public, that maybe, just maybe, he was going to do the right thing. Surely, I thought, like a poor innocent fish, he's just taking a minute to draft his resignation comments and will be getting his ass out of office with some basic dignity intact because if he tries to hang on, shit is going to get nasty from here on. 

He certainly did no such thing. He made a disgusting appeal to his age and ethnicity and tried to maintain that no, everyone just misunderstood him: actually, he is a big supporter of women. The current throughout--these lying women are just trying to jam me up. With no explanation of what set them off (other than the simple truth) or how their coming forward about what they went through benefits them in the slightest, except that he not be in a position of power anymore, and not be able to continue to do harm.

And here's the grotesque thing--this was a prepared statement that came along with a montage of Governor Kissyface showing physical affection to a wide assortment of people, as if to say, see? This is just how he is. How can you imagine that any of this was inappropriate? 

Well, thanks to the visual representation, I can imagine it a bit more vividly, so thanks for that. It's astounding. Someone cut that together and thought "This is helping." But clearly, that was put together before AG James' announcement.

Have They No Shame?


The tragedy of the January 6th incident continues to reverberate, but Republicans continue to lie about what happened and disrespect the people who literally tried to stand between them and potential violence from Trump's deplorable domestic terrorists. They continue to try and cover their own asses, as well as that of the giant loser who went so far as to disparage the officers who engaged in combat for hours as weak. They have mostly rejected the opportunity to address not just a national security crisis that certainly looks to have been enabled and cultivated by Trump associates, but also to review that the harm done was real and affected real human beings, and that there is potential for another event.

This sickens me. It sickens me that the fake audit in AZ--a production of Springtime for Hitler   funded by people with deep pockets filling the coffers of actual cynical grifters, has the pay-off of at least muddying the waters regarding whether our elections are clean by the time-honored bullshittery of "just asking questions". (And that isn't all the AZ GOP nonsense.)  It sickens me that some MAGA rioter right here in PA wants to do the same sort of bullshit. 

Lives have been lost. It wasn't a pack of enthusiastic activist/tourists descending on the Capitol that day, but real malefactors. We often hear that quote that for evil to prosper, all it takes is for good men to do nothing. But in the face of what's going on now, are those who would stand aside even good? I mean, for what? 

If they truly have no shame, then I think their shame-glands need kickstarted. Because these officers faced a nightmare situation and aren't feeling supported by their damn country. This was terrorism and they were the Flight 93* goddamn heroes rushing the cockpit. And they deserve our attention, and so does what happened that day.

(*And Michael Anton can go fuck himself. And the Claremont Institute can do the same. And if they can't go fuck themselves because they won't rise to the occasion, history will.)

Monday, August 2, 2021

You Wouldn't Take This So Lightly


I don't know know how I would personally feel if the state I was supposedly running just broke its record in COVID-19 cases and also hospitalizations, but I absolutely imagine that if I had even thought about scoffing at the seriousness of the pandemic by making whimsical campaign merchandise* about flouting simple, solid, epidemiological advice because CULTURE WAR!!!!!, I'd probably feel like 31 flavors of untreated raw sewage. But I don't think Ron DeSantis is that kind of guy: he's probably all good with it. 

How do I know?  Well, he's even implying he would let his own, too-young-to-be vaccinated kids go maskless (similar to uncanny Valley Girl and Trump by marriage Lara) while promoting an executive order to let parents choose whether kids have to mask or not--basically banning local mask mandates for schools. Even if we know pretty well that having the unvaccinated mask is a really good idea. 

It's a decision that doesn't seem all that great, to me. Pediatricians are saying the Delta variant of COVID-19 does spread in kids, and whether it's uniquely dangerous to them or not, why the hell spread it, and why the hell let mutations flourish (ok, that last question is mostly mine, but,  seriously, give it time, and maybe some variation will escape vaccinations and be deadly AF--so why tempt fate?) 

Right now, people are losing their  unvaccinated family members (and even some sicker or older vaccinated family) and begging people to get vaccinated even if they weren't big believers before.  There isn't one thing in the world wrong with making the choice to both vaccinate yourself and urge it for the people around you--and to mask yourself just because you could, temporarily, be capable of breakthrough infection and spread. It's just a civic duty and a kindness to others. It's just caring enough about the people around you to not want them or their loved ones sick, any more than you want to be sick or see your loved ones sick. 

Sunday, August 1, 2021

How Trump's Cabinet Meetings Go

I'm sorry, but when Mark Meadows says that one term wonder and loser of the 2020 Presidential election, Donald Trump is having cabinet meetings up at Bedminster, this is really all I can think about.

Saturday, July 31, 2021

TWGB: A Little Help From His Friends?


Donald Trump lost the 2020 election because he was incompetent at everything, including rigging an election in favor of himself. He tried to damage his opponent's reputation with a spurious investigation in Ukraine even before the man had even won his primary (and because Trump is Trump, he was lousy at that, too, got caught and was impeached). The basis of the investigation didn't have to be real--the appearance of a problem would have been enough for Trump, and he would have been getting people to say "Lock him up!" at rallies. 

I mean, the more or less mundane Wikileaks drops from hacked Democrat emails were enough to get people chanting "Lock her up!" about Hillary Clinton, and who knows what he could have done if he actually got hold of her own emails? (Notwithstanding that too, was kind of stupid, since he ended up with the Mueller investigation.)

So why wouldn't asking the DOJ to declare that the election was corrupted have the same effect? Tell the Big Lie, have some official cover for the Big Lie, and let the fun and games begin for politicians like himself and the "R.Congressmen" referred to in the notes kept by deputy AG Richard Donoghue.

After all, it's not like his little fan club wasn't prepped to believe that there would be voter fraud--he told them so every chance he could, and his campaign even deputized the little devils to think of themselves as his "Army" of poll watchers (and freelance voter intimidation thugs). He certainly railed against the mail-in ballots enough. (Although it is strange, isn't it, that having been certain that things were going to be rigged against himself since before the 2016 election, he never worked with congress to do anything concrete about election security?)

Friday, July 30, 2021

TWGB: Suspicious Behavior


I usually center TrumpWorld Grab Bags on Trump himself and his immediate circle, so I'll kick this one off with Trump, the desperate one-term wonder who for some reason was practically stalking his acting AG with concerns over imagined "voter fraud".  From the piece:

Trump’s calls to Rosen show the degree to which the president was personally involved in such efforts, however, and the ways in which Justice Department officials walked a tightrope of listening to the president while not taking any concrete actions they considered unethical or partisan. 
The conversations also offer new clues into the president’s mind-set in early January, when he entertained a plan to replace Rosen with a different senior lawyer at the department — Jeffrey Clark — who was more amenable to pursuing Trump’s unfounded claims of voter fraud. That possibility nearly touched off a crisis at the highest levels of federal law enforcement, people familiar with the matter have previously said.

It really sounds to me like Trump was pretty desperate to hold onto the presidency and was going to use any kind of power he had to try and hold onto it. Maybe that was because once stripped of some of the protections of office, he's back to being legally culpable for his own bullshit, like his and his family's endorsement of MLM products and the possible Trump Org skim from the Presidential Inauguration.  Or who knows what other things (like the still being litigated E. Jean Carroll defamation suit) that the office of the presidency sort of shielded him from. Having the White House Counsel as his taypayer-funded support system must have felt great while it lasted, since he hates paying lawyers.  (I wonder--did Giuliani miss a memo? Because Trump not paying for shit isn't new.)

But this grab-bag is going to focus on Trump allies and why House GOP are seriously wigging out right now, and I think it's because they are so culpable. Take Margarine Tater Grease--I don't know that she's the pipebomber, but she certainly thinks people should have known the bombs were there on January 5th. Now, why would she think that? 

Then there's the case of Kevin McCarthy, who wants us to know he did talk to Trump during the insurrection, but only to talk about ensuring that resources would come to where he was hunkered down ASAP--so old Kev is basically copping to knowing it was Trump, not Pelosi, who was supposed to deploy the DC National Guard. We knew that

Thursday, July 29, 2021

May Senator Carl Levin's Memory Be a Blessing


I couldn't let the senator's passing go unremarked on the blog, as he provided such an amazing highlight, with such good outrage and preparation, when he threw the phrase "shitty deal" back at Goldman Sachs to let them know he knew that they knew exactly what they were peddling to their investors. I relished that moment because he tried to make them hear themselves and I admired that. He was a voice for government transparency and ethical government and a supporter of civil rights. All in all, he was great example of a dedicated public servant--an example to learn from.

Mo Problems


From the story: 

Then, to prove his point about preparation, he revealed a new detail to me: that because of a tip he’d received about potential violence, he’d been wearing body armor at the very same Ellipse speech in which he encouraged rally attendees to “start taking down names and kicking ass.” 
“I was warned on Monday that there might be risks associated with the next few days,” he said. “And as a consequence of those warnings, I did not go to my condo. Instead, I slept on the floor of my office. And when I gave my speech at the Ellipse, I was wearing body armor. 
“That’s why I was wearing that nice little windbreaker,” he told me with a grin. “To cover up the body armor."

That's certainly a very interesting tip that Rep. Brooks got, right? Where did it come from?  Did he think it might be a good idea to share those thoughts with anyone, you know, before it all went down? Did he, realizing that the crowd might include some radicalized and potentially violent individuals, think for a minute about possibly toning the down his speech?

Given that there is no Constitutional remedy for folks who are just fighting mad and want a do-over after a legitimate election is over, did he give any thought at all to whether any of this was a good idea, or as to whether continuing to lie those those people was fair to them?  

And did he give a good goddamn about whether anyone else besides his own self might get hurt that day?

His little admission about body armor doesn't make him sound like he was properly prepared to me--it makes it sound like he understood a little more directly what was going down and did not care for any neck but his own. 

I'm sure some of these questions will come up in the lawsuit, aren't you? 

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

See Who The GOP is Siding With


Sgt. Gonell was a professional law enforcement officer doing his job against a criminal, domestic terrorist mob that day, and Trump's little violent fan club did not see him as a fellow American. They also called him a "traitor" and a disgrace" for doing his job that day, because they apparently had no idea that they, that day, were the barbarians at the gate. They called his fellow officer Harry Dunn racial slurs, looking past his uniform and only seeing him as a man of color and a Biden supporter. Michael Fanone was also called a "traitor", and had to plead that he had a family for fear that these people might kill him with his own firearm. Officer Daniel Hodges recounts being asked if he was their "brother" by the domestic terrorists, because they didn't understand why a white police officer wasn't on their side.

The picture these officers relate is certainly not one of a patriotic love-in that seems to exist only in the delusional mind of the loser of the 2020 presidential election. It was a largely white/Christian supremacist violent insurrection, which certainly did include people who were armed that day, or who made weapons of whatever object fell to hand. 

Republicans (other than Cheney and Kinzinger) wanted to distract from all of this. They wanted to blame Nancy Pelosi for things that had nothing to do with her, like Rep. Elise Stefanik claiming that somehow she was responsible for the security situation that day. For one thing, the Speaker of the House doesn't control the DC National Guard, the President does. (From the website: "This authority to activate the D.C. National Guard has been delegated, by the President, to the Secretary of Defense and further delegated to the Secretary of the Army.  The D.C. National Guard is the only National Guard unit, out of all of the 54 states and territories, which reports only to the President. " )

What Stefanik is doing is basically the Benghazi "stand down" ruse--claiming something must have happened that almost certainly under the circumstances makes no sense within the timing or for any plausible motivation, but might sound plausible to people who really fucking hate liberal politicians. Why in the world would Nancy Pelosi, certainly a target of the mob, not want her workplace and her very own ass defended? That's just stupid, and while Stefanik is probably not an actual idiot, she should be very definitely upbraided for promoting such a stupid easily debunked lie for no other reason than cynical politics. 

But she is not alone in being a signifying distraction.