Sad, Low Energy Late-Night Open Thread: Rallying the Deplorables, Disappointing the Rest of Us

From early reports, looks like the biggest news from the rally is that it was a bog-standard Trump rally — no epic meltdowns, no mention of the day’s earlier events. SAD!

Biggest takeaway that I can see: Trump *is* still capable of pulling himself together to get through another one of his Greatest Hits Arena Shows, like any other professional performer on auto-pilot. Bad news for the rest of the Repub criminals… it’s gonna be that much harder to convince anyone outside The Base that “we” need to take away Granpa’s car keys & checkbook if the old man can fumble convincingly through a competency performance in front of a sympathetic judge.

Ah, well, we all live with our little disappointments…

Think this guy might just be correct in his diagnosis?…


36 replies
  1. 1
    NotMax says:

    He says he might make “a few trips without them.” (………….)

    Might one suggest trips to, I dunno, L.A.? Or New York City? Or Chicago?


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    Jay says:


    Afghanistan, Iraq, Mali, Somalia, Syria, Lybia, Lughansk, Donetsk, Nigeria, Yemen,…….

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    His endorsed choice for Governor of Wyoming, Foster Friess, lost the GOP primary yesterday.

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    Montanareddog says:

    A sitting president cannot be indicted and Trump can “totally” pardon himself. Perhaps, he could continue the sterling work of his DOJ in draining the swamp (convictions for Manafort, Cohen, Flynn, Gates etc.) and show the Deep State who’s boss by indicting himself. Win win!

    OT: mobile site is working much better now (touch wood)

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    NotMax says:


    Or mayhaps someone in the White house can slip in a paper for his signature which removes his own security clearance.

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    Jay says:


    Actually, a sitting President can be indicted. It’s a DOJ “custom” not a law.

    Pence will be the second to last indictment.

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    NotMax says:


    Yup. Convention, not statute.

    Aaron Burr was indicted as a sitting v.p.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    Despite everything that happened yesterday, Congressional Republicans are still standing firmly behind Trump and McConnell is pushing ahead with confirming a new SCOTUS Justice.

    So much for a law and order President.

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    NotMax says:


    Also too, is it just my impression or has Pence superglued his lips together?

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    Jay says:


    Yup. It’s just sad how much Nazi Propaganda has been internalized as “belief” by the center-left.

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    Rich2506 says:

    I like the idea of making the President an offer. “If you take Air Force One to Moscow and ask for asylum, liberals have agreed to let you keep the plane! Think about it. you (Trump) could sell he plane for a lot of rubles, buy yourself a dacha on the Black Sea and settle down.”

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    Jay says:


    There’s two schools of thought on this:

    A). Deer in Headlights

    B). Manniquinning. If he freezes in place like his hero’s, Boris and Natasha, in the Rocky and Bullwinkle Documentaries Mother makes him watch, Meuller won’t see him.

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    NotMax says:


    “Jailbird One is not cleared for takeoff.”

      – Con Air


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    Noah Brand says:

    Honest question: do you think he literally didn’t know about Manafort and Cohen?

    Not even joking here. How would he have found out? Via the news? He doesn’t read or watch it. Twitter? That’s a one-way megaphone for him. The only possible avenues are Fox News, or someone on his staff telling him.

    So a conversation was had among that staff. The upshot of that conversation was “Just keep him away from the TV for a few hours, just until he goes onstage.” Any fallout from that decision will, definitionally, be less than the fallout from the decision to tell him the truth and then give him a live mic. Assuming you don’t believe in any principle greater than self-interest, you’d be crazy NOT to hide the news from him.

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    NotMax says:


    C) Dumb as the proverbial post.

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    Jay says:

    @Noah Brand:

    Nope, he made a few comments before flying off to W.Va.

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    Jay says:


    Okay, three schools of thought,…….

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    @NotMax: Yeah, that’s the ticket; campaign against Aunt Maxine without the Secret Service.

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    different-church-lady says:

    but they responded, “Sir, we wanna keep coal.”

  20. 20
    different-church-lady says:

    but they responded, “Sir, we wanna keep coal.”

    I actually find that quite believable.

  21. 21
    Amir Khalid says:

    Will the president strip? It’s a distinct possibility.

    Such a sight would call for triple-strength brain bleach.

  22. 22
    NotMax says:


    Still makes one laugh, in a sickly sort of way.

    Also too, T&A to sell … coal? (Did they bother to listen to the lyrics?)

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    Jay says:

    BTW, the Alberta Rat twitter thread linked by Cole is hilarious.

  26. 26
    Amir Khalid says:

    Trump hasn’t tweeted one word about Cohen’s guilty plea or Manafort’s conviction. I think he’s afraid.

  27. 27
    Amir Khalid says:

    @Amir Khalid:
    Make that:
    I think Mueller can smell that he’s afraid.

  28. 28
    low-tech cyclist says:

    Is it just me, or is Lara Trump auditioning for the Julie Nixon Eisenhower role in this scandal?

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    vhh says:

    @low-tech cyclist: No. Davide Eisenhower. Julie was Nixon’s daughter, David his son in law. And Lara is Trump’s daughter in law. So the blood excuse doesn’t work.

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    Gvg says:

    @Noah Brand: he avoided talking about Mueller too much this time as opposed to other speeches, in fact avoided whole topics he usually hits that might lead back to today’s subjects. Not likely to be a coincidence. I am certain he know the news.

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    trnc says:


    A sitting president cannot be indicted

    Says who? I don’t see anything in the constitution stating that. Impeachment is explicitly mentioned, not because it’s the only way to remove a president but rather to give congress a way to remove one when classified evidence may prevent a conventional trial.

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    trnc says:

    @Noah Brand:

    Honest question: do you think he literally didn’t know about Manafort and Cohen?

    He’s been talking about them pretty regularly, so the fact that he didn’t give Manafort the pity party at the rally probably means he knew.

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    Butch says:

    I guess I’m a masochist, but we briefly turned to Fox last night to see what they were saying about Cohen and Manafort. Instead of any mention of them we saw footage of the rally and a discussion of how Democrats are veering too far left, courtesy of Tucker. The thing that most impressed me was how listless the crowd seemed at the rally; I assumed Fox would be showing the most enthusiastic supporters and most of those in attendance seemed to be pretty much just standing there.

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    Tim C. says:

    @Jay: Portland. Come to Portland. The city the first Bush administration called Little Beruit. Portland! It will be glorious. There will be a protest like the city has not seen before. Seriously, we need to get our mojo back. We’ve been making Republicans squirm since the early 90s.

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    JGabriel says:


    [Trump] says he might make “a few trips without [the Secret Service].” (………….)

    Might one suggest trips to, I dunno, L.A.? Or New York City? Or Chicago?


    Afghanistan, Iraq, Mali, Somalia, Syria, Lybia, Lughansk, Donetsk, Nigeria, Yemen,…….

    … Hell.

    I think Hell would be a good, appropriate, destination for Trump.

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    Sebastian says:

    The Horse Whisperer is a she, not a he

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