Donald Trump is Guilty as Fuck and Mueller Has the Goods

Thus ends my sophisticated legal analysis.






114 replies
  1. 1
    lamh36 says:

    smh…that tweet he sent John…was fuq’n crazy delustional/

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    feebog says:

    This is still going to take months to completely wrap up. More indictments early in the new year, including Donnie Jr.

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    I think you’ve got it, John.

    Popehat called the Cohen memo “a real curb-stomping.”

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    lamh36 says:

    @maxbergmann
    5m5 minutes ago
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    After cooperating, Manafort kept lying about his interactions w/ his right hand man Konstantin Kilimnik, who Mueller identified as a Russian intelligence agent.

    Just stop and think about that for a moment. The chairman of the Trump campaign’s consiglieri was a Russian agent.

    https://twitter.com/maxbergmann/status/1071181708345655297

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    dmsilev says:

    But, but, noted legal authority and very stable intellect Donald Trump claims that he’s totally innocent and exonerated and everything:

    @realDonaldTrump
    Totally clears the President. Thank you!

    Surely he couldn’t be wrong?

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    R-Jud says:

    Trenchant observations, Mr. Cole. Trenchant.

    *puts bubble pipe in mouth, blows thoughtfully*

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    lamh36 says:

    @ShimonPro
    Follow Follow @ShimonPro
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    Another big one:

    Mueller has text messages that shows Manafort’s interactions with Trump officials including one who is a “senior administration official,” through February of this year and in May 2018.

    5:23 PM – 7 Dec 2018
    https://twitter.com/ShimonPro/status/1071183361778089986

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    jl says:

    Paul Krugman has a good idea.

    @paulkrugman
    As I understand it, we call our chief of state “president” because it was a modest designation, one that didn’t carry connotations of royalty. But over the years the title has, of course, acquired imperial overtones.

    So maybe we should rename the chief of state “Individual 1”?

    https://twitter.com/paulkrugman/status/1071181374911078400

    Maybe Trump will like it, it makes him the number one individual. I recall John Adams objecting to ‘president’ as not dignified enough, since at the time it was mainly used for the captain of the local cricket club. What you’d call the guy who ran a local sports team. Could explain that Trump, and maybe even who John Adams was.

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    Pete says:

    When J. Cole speaks, listen up,

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    TenguPhule says:

    Donald Trump’s head would look much better on a pike mounted in front of the White House then on his neck.

    Thus ends my sophisticated fashion analysis.

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    The Dangerman says:

    Cole: Succinct

    Trump: Suck sphincter.

    ETA: “Totally clears the President” = “I am not a crook”

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    debbie says:

    @lamh36:

    Any chance you could post that tweet?

  13. 13
    lamh36 says:

    @debbie:

    @realDonaldTrump
    Totally clears the President. Thank you!

    21.1K
    5:00 PM – Dec 7, 2018

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    Mezz says:

    Evergreen: Easier to be History Professor when crazy criminal mafia-wannabee criminals are NOT making history (and crimes) constantly.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    What I wonder is what the blowback is going to look like when Mueller is finished and so is Trump.

    All those Trump fans are going to react. Mightily. And their style isn’t having a big march wearing handknit hats. I’m down to hoping not too many people get killed.

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    debbie says:

    @lamh36:

    Thanks! Blocking will occur in 5, 4, 3, …

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    NotMax says:

    In the spirit (no pun intended) of the season,

    I wear the chain I forged in life,” replied the Ghost. “I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free-will, and of my own free-will I wore it. Is its pattern strange to you?”

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    Keith P says:

    @dmsilev: Maybe he was talking about dietary fiber? Naa, 100 Mexican cartel members couldn’t tunnel through his colon.

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    debbie says:

    Once Trump is gone, I wonder if there’s any way to pass legislation forbidding any government employee anywhere near Twitter?

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    kindness says:

    I love the Law Offices of John Cole.

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    Mary G says:

    This drip, drip, drip has got to be driving Individual-1 crazier than he already was.

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    Baud says:

    The legal term you are looking for is upus creekus shitum.

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    lamh36 says:

    @kaitlancollins
    8m8 minutes ago
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    After signing his plea agreement, Manafort said he had no direct or indirect contact w anyone in the Trump administration while they were there. But according to the filing, in a text exchange in May 2018, he authorized someone to speak with an admin official on his behalf.

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    The Dangerman says:

    @Ohio Mom:

    And their style isn’t having a big march wearing handknit hats. I’m down to hoping not too many people get killed.

    Think of it as culling the herd; we may have to build new prisons.

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    Mai Naem mobile says:

    I am a little concerned about what Trumpov is going to do as the wheels come off. With John Kelly looking to abandon the Trumptanic there won’t even be a racist adult left in the room. Remember when Jake tapper made a big deal about Obama smoking? Can we go back to that?

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    NotMax says:

    @The Dangerman

    History cries out for a larger dustbin.

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    japa21 says:

    @Mezz: My son teaches history at a Jesuit College Prep HS in Chicago. This whole presidency has been driving him nuts. He has to at least try to appear neutral but is really pushing his students to defend their opinions. If a student states he got some information from Fox News, for example, he pushes them to come up with validating evidence.

    But most nights he just hangs his head.

    He just tweeted to ask if I and Mrs Japa are happy with the 44th anniversary present that Mueller gave us today.

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    LAO says:

    Seems an apt legal analysis.

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    Yarrow says:

    Yep. Been clear for quite some time, as I’ve been saying. They’re all going down because they’re all traitors. You can tweet all you want, Donnie. Isn’t going to save you.

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    Mike in NC says:

    Gonna be a holly jolly Christmas!

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    Mary G says:

    Apparently the Manafort memo is partly public, though big chunks are redacted:

    NEW: Mueller's office says ex-Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort met with investigators 12 times, where he "lied in multiple ways and on multiple occasions." pic.twitter.com/1kmw5PXzT2— Brad Heath (@bradheath) December 7, 2018

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    Mai Naem mobile says:

    @Ohio Mom: we can eat lots of popcorn while watching Fox newz try to land , safely, that plane of crazy white people.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @debbie:

    Once Trump is gone, I wonder if there’s any way to pass legislation forbidding any government employee anywhere near Twitter?

    And make Facebook an official government speaking platform instead?

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    NotMax says:

    OT, for a grin.

    Scene just now in Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo on TCM (emphasis mine):

    Van Johnson sidles up to the PX (or whatever it’s called on board a navy vessel) and asks for “12 cartons of cigarettes.”

    Clerk: “That’ll be $7.20.”

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Baud:

    The legal term you are looking for is upus creekus shitum.

    Paddles not included.

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    Yarrow says:

    @lamh36:

    Just stop and think about that for a moment. The chairman of the Trump campaign’s consiglieri was a Russian agent.

    The thing about this is that it was known. It was out there. Our media refused to look. We also need to be cleaning house in our media organizations because there are plenty of compromised people there that either watered down stories so the substance wasn’t there or outright refused to run stories about what was really happening with Russia interfering in our elections.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Ohio Mom:

    I’m down to hoping not too many people get killed.

    I’m down to hoping most of them will be Republicans attempting to charge entrenched infantry units.

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    Mezz says:

    @japa21: I’m teaching a class on the History of the Presidency in the spring. It was hard last spring when it was the investigation only – we had to take a half-hour each Monday to update and discuss what was happening. I have no idea what to do next month.

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    LAO says:

    @Mary G: disappointing as that is, it’s regular practice during an ongoing investigation.

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    Mary G says:

    @japa21: Happy anniversary, japas!

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    WaterGirl says:

    @lamh36: Please let it be Pence.

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    japa21 says:

    @Mary G: Thank you.

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    Baud says:

    @LAO: Maybe Trump can declassify it.

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    Mary G says:

    @LAO: I was disappointed when I thought the whole thing was sealed, but am delighted with the crumbs released! Manafort is an idiot for texting people as cutouts; he really just doesn’t understand Mueller’s powers.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Baud: This is why we look to the attorney’s here!

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    eemom says:

    my sophisticated legal analysis.

    I concur with the learned BlogLord

  47. 47
    Mary G says:

    And though they had only enough court documents for one night, the news lasted for eight nights.— ryan teague beckwith (@ryanbeckwith) December 7, 2018

    Happy Holidays, indeed!

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    LAO says:

    @Baud: well, Trump does believe the filings exonerate him…

    @Mary G: agreed.

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    rikyrah says:

    @WaterGirl:
    God doesn’t love me enough for it to be Race Bannon 🤗🤗🤗

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    Baud says:

    @Mary G: Ha! That’s good one.

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    rikyrah says:

    You are on the mark, Cole.👏👏

  52. 52
    NotMax says:

    @LAO

    Yup. Hat tipping is for the openly courtly, not the open court.

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    rikyrah says:

    @Yarrow:
    Their professional malpractice during 2016 is something that should never be forgotten.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Ohio Mom:

    I think the QAnon types are more likely to commit suicide. Hopefully they won’t decide they need to take family members with them.

    The outright white supremacists will probably act, but they seem to prefer to act as “lone wolves” than to act collectively, which I hope will limit the damage.

    It’s gonna suck, though.

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    Yarrow says:

    @rikyrah: Manafort did bring Pence into the campaign, so….

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    TenguPhule says:

    @WaterGirl:

    This is why we look to the attorney’s here!

    Now don’t you start with that grammar.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    I think the QAnon types are more likely to commit suicide.

    You obviously don’t know them at all, do you?

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    Mary G says:

    Individual #1 is committing function #2 in his voluminous suit pants right now.— David A. Duemler (@DavidDuemler) December 7, 2018

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    Suzanne says:

    @debbie: I am already planning the bender on which I am going to go if we are ever rid of Trump.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @rikyrah: Maybe between the two of us he loves us enough?

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    TS (the original) says:

    @jl:

    Paul Krugman has a good idea

    So wish he would go publish his opinions someplace other than the NYT – only person worth reading there but I cancelled out my sub months ago.

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    the sad thing about the legal system: everybody and their mothers know who Individual #1 is, because there’s nobody else sitting in the middle of this sh-tpile but trump.

    trump is the human manifestation of a black hole made up entirely of excrement. A singularity of greed and ineptitude that sucks every other con artist and grifter into his orbit before they implode like firecrackers against the night sky.

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    geg6 says:

    @Yarrow:

    Maggie Haberman. Maggie Haberman to the white courtesy phone.

  65. 65
    TenguPhule says:

    @TS (the original):

    So wish he would go publish his opinions someplace other than the NYT – only person worth reading there but I cancelled out my sub months ago.

    Just steal it from their online site like a normal person.

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    patroclus says:

    It’s like Doonesbury’s Megaphone Mark on the day John Mitchell was convicted! That’s GUILTY, GUILTY, GUILTY!!

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    NotMax says:

    @Suzanne

    From Aalborg to Zwack, inclusive.

    ;)

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    @feebog:

    I don’t want donnie junior’s indictments after Saturnalia! I WANT THEM RIGHT NOW!

    We KNOW Mueller is sitting on DOZENS of indictments. There’s a reason why Roger Stone and Fredo Junior have been warning their friends that they’re about to do the perp walk. They’re out there. It’s just Mueller’s making sure he’s crossed every T and dotted every I.

    DAMMIT THOUGH. WE WANT OUR FITZMAS NOW!

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Suzanne:

    I am already planning the bender on which I am going to go if we are ever rid of Trump.

    Designated driver?

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    TS (the original) says:

    @TenguPhule: I’d like an honest publication to get the benefit of his wisdom.

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    geg6 says:

    @Suzanne:

    Come sit by me.

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    JPL says:

    @LAO: Tillerson said trump doesn’t read the information, so maybe the staff lied to him. Tonight is the X-Mas dinner with senior staff.
    The filing didn’t use the word collusion and according to Individual 1 that would be important to mention. Maybe he’s just delusional.
    f.k if I know.

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    Mary G says:

    Mueller’s happy dance:

    hi, i love you (sound) 😂 (via @chunkled) pic.twitter.com/Jnf8PdNs6Q— ᴿealfarmacist (@real_farmacist) December 1, 2018

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    TenguPhule says:

    Cake or Death

    @Johngcole

    wtf

    Carmen Ribecca

    @photochrist
    Probably about twice a week, I think about how Matthew McConaughey’s mom boned his father to death, then had him wheeled out of the house naked to show off his giant dick.
    3:47 PM – 7 Dec 2018

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    lamh36 says:

    So will he resign (naw…he thinks he’s a “fighter’ so he never folds) or does he ride it out?

    I’d say if it gets closer to Ivanka…then maybe he resigns? But otherwise he rides it out. Why, cause his and the GOP voters who vote for them have already been indoctrinated to think that it’s all a witch hunt and fake news.

    The question is, if he rides it out…does more of those voters turn away or not?

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    Suzanne says:

    @TenguPhule: Are you volunteering to be the DD? That works for me.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @JPL: Personally, I think this occasion warrants the use of the letters “u” and “c”. :-)

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    Yarrow says:

    @geg6: Go up the chain. Dean Baquet. And plenty more than that and not just NYT.

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    Suzanne says:

    @geg6: No kidding.

    I am now waiting for the nicest commenter on this blog to show up to this thread and call me a drunk. Oooooh, I cannot wait.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Suzanne: Sure. I’ve drunk so much during this hellish regime that it might be nice to have a sober night.

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    Platonailedit says:

    @lamh36: If he gets the loser cooties, I bet majority of ‘his base’ will ditch him.

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    jl says:

    @JPL: ” The filing didn’t use the word collusion ”

    Trump doesn’t know what ‘synergies’ means? Good defense?

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    WaterGirl says:

    @lamh36: He will NEVER resign. He might say the doctors have made him leave because of xx problem, but it’s more likely that he devolves into a puddle of craziness so bad that the Rs have no choice but to implement the 25th amendment.

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    JPL says:

    Why would Nick Ayers want John Kelly’s job? If the rumors are true that he is the heir apparent, why put your future on the line with individual 1 that could go down in flames. I heard that he would like to return to GA and possibly run for Senate or even Governor in the future. I don’t see that being a move that would insure upward mobility.

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    Platonailedit says:

    Lost in all these 24×7 fuckery

    William Barr appears to have made more than $308,000 in campaign contributions to politicians, all Republicans, including to Trump, Chuck Grassley (who is leaving the Senate Judiciary Committee), John McCain, and George W. Bush— Max Kutner (@maxkutner) December 7, 2018

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    Yarrow says:

    @lamh36: He’s a narcissist and he’ll throw everyone, including Ivanka, under the bus to save himself. He may resign but only after he’s convinced himself that it’s the obvious best decision for him and he’s going out a winner. Convoluted logic but narcissists can convince themselves of all sorts of crazy stuff.

    Watch how fast he throws “good boy” Don, Jr. under the bus. Eric too, of course. Ivanka may be his favorite of the traitor tots but he’ll turn on her to save himself.

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    JPL says:

    @jl: This is what I think happened..
    Trump: Did the report use the word collusion
    Staff: no sir.
    Trump: Did the report use the word obstruction
    Staff: no sir
    Trump: Then it cleared me
    Staff: yes sir

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    cynthia ackerman says:

    @Suzanne:

    Lush

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    debbie says:

    @Suzanne:

    Drink away. I’ll be the DD.

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    leo says:

    I have visited the President Carter musem. I think he was a good president. Not his fault the it was time of bad economy ( and I was an adult that was hurt by that economy). It has long been obvious that Carter is one of the most human person on earth.

    BUT BUT BUT. He is wrong. Trump deserves to be removed from office (not just impeached).

    Trump, his GOP friends and the Russian cheated.
    Trump did not win fairly. Trump, Pence, Supreme Court appointments and more should be removed.

    If they are not removed it is just more indication that the system failed.
    Waiting until he leaves after 4 years is bad for the future of the U.S.

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    JGabriel says:

    @maxbergmann via lamh36:

    After cooperating, Manafort kept lying about his interactions w/ his right hand man Konstantin Kilimnik, who Mueller identified as a Russian intelligence agent.

    Just stop and think about that for a moment. The chairman of the Trump campaign’s consiglieri was a Russian agent.

    Well, that was kind of predictable, wasn’t it? I mean, Trump is a Russian agent, so of course his campaign’s consiglieri was a Russian agent, too.

    Just think, less than two years in office, and Trump has already normalized the idea that a US President could be a foreign agent – a plotline once relegated to bad Manchurian Candidate knock-offs.

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    Van Buren says:

    @rikyrah: Nor forgiven

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    jl says:

    @JPL: it’s those cute little staff synergies that make working for Trump such a joy, I am sure.

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    lamh36 says:

    the question is what does Chump do when he’s miserable…either doubles down or flees…the question is which will he do now?

    the question too, will Congressional Republicans actually shun him? Or will they go down with the ship? Look at Lindsey Graham?

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    Chetan Murthy says:

    @leo:

    Trump, Pence, Supreme Court appointments and more should be removed.

    Indeed. They must not enjoy the fruit of the poison tree.

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    Darkrose says:

    @japa21: Would that Jesuit College Prep have the initials SICP?

    (Class of ’83 here)

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Suzanne:
    Why would I want to call you a drunk?

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    JPL says:

    @Amir Khalid: I must admit that your are a nice commenter, but in this case she might not have been referring to you. lol

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    leo says:

    @Chetan Murthy:

    It is more than them (GOP, Koch brothers and other utlra wealth) not enjoying.

    Just the Supreme Court appointments will affect us for 10- 30 years
    Already had that with Clarence Thomas.
    Nixon, Regan, Idiot Bush all became presidents by massive cheating

    That is essential many entire life times.

    I know my entire lifetime has been substantial harmed by GOP rule and Supreme Court.

    Trump did not win fairly. Trump, Pence, Supreme Court appointments and more should be removed.

    If they are not removed it is just more indication that the system failed.
    Waiting until he leaves after 4 years is bad for the future of the U.S.

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    TriassicSands says:

    So maybe we should rename the chief of state “Individual 1”?

    In Trump’s case, I think “Inmate” would be a better title.

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    Ladyraxterinok says:

    @Ohio Mom: Evangelicals say deep state /forces of Satan are working overtime to take down T, ‘god’s annointed one.’

    Watch a little of Jim Bakker show videos on youtube.

    Visitors have been Frank Gaffnry, J Boykin, etc, Mark Taylor who wrote about his prophecies that T would be prez, Steven Strang editor of Charisma mag who has written a book about ‘all the wonderful things T has done for US, for bringing US back to god!’

    They brag about how they were guests at the inauguration, that T calls them, etc

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    Ladyraxterinok says:

    @patroclus: A Doonesbury strip that will live forever!

    I think it’s online, could someone post it?

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    J R in WV says:

    Oh, yeah, I LIKE drinking champagne while Trump goes down!!!!

    I hope everyone is celebrating Friday news dump appropriately!

    I’m meeting my cousin tomorrow to book flights to AZ together, followed by individual returns, as I’m staying longer than he is. More champagne, tho!!!

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    NotMax says:

    @ Ladyraxterinok

    Wait until The Trump Prophecy sweeps the Oscars.

    Bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha.

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    Ken says:

    @TenguPhule: In anticipation of additions, may I suggest a nice tzompantli? I learned about it from Charles Stross’ latest Laundry Files novel.

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    Ladyraxterinok says:

    @NotMax: Will happen only if god allows Russia to ‘meddle’ in the ellection!

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    NotMax says:

    @Ladyraxterinok

    All tabulations from the firm of Priceski-Waterhouseroff.

    ;)

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    Michael Cain says:

    @JPL: Because he thinks he’s just getting in place so everything is ready when Pence is promoted?

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    ema says:

    @TriassicSands:

    In Trump’s case, I think “Inmate” would be a better title.

    Or President Dennison, public servant Trump, etc.

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    Ceci n est pas mon nym says:

    Time for another one of these:

    I smiled, –for what had I to fear? I bade the gentlemen welcome. The shriek, I said, was my own in a dream. The old man, I mentioned, was absent in the country. I took my visitors all over the house. I bade them search –search well. I led them, at length, to his chamber. I showed them his treasures, secure, undisturbed. In the enthusiasm of my confidence, I brought chairs into the room, and desired them here to rest from their fatigues, while I myself, in the wild audacity of my perfect triumph, placed my own seat upon the very spot beneath which reposed the corpse of the victim. (E. A. Poe, The Tell-Tale Heart)

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    Ruckus says:

    @NotMax:
    It was something like $2.00 or $2.50/per carton in the early 70s, once we cleared the 12 mile limit and they didn’t have to collect tax. I didn’t smoke but the line out the ships store was long. And they only allowed you to buy 2 cartons at a time, they just didn’t have room to carry any more. And of course if they had sold more, some enterprising fellows would buy the lot and sell a pack for a buck – a tidy profit.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Mary G:
    No, Manafort was used to working for the russians. Any one who crossed him then could be dealt with in a forceful and final manner. It’s a little less so here, he was working for dolt #1, at least figuratively.

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    Ruckus says:

    @rikyrah:
    One thing I believe we all should remember, the press doesn’t work for us. They work for their publisher and the owner of the show/paper/site. We don’t have to like it, and often don’t of course but while our money pays the sponsors that provide most of the income to those journalists, they do not work for us.
    It is a separate issue if there should be a truth requirement, for example anything promoted as news has to be true as generally accepted at the time of issue. But as long as there isn’t any, they are as free as any of us to say/print whatever they want are told to write. We should remember also that the people that work for FTFNYT/Fox Bullshit and so on may and often do agree with what they are told to say. Complaining about them is worthless, not purchasing their product or the products of their sponsors can have a much greater effect.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @TriassicSands:

    In Trump’s case, I think “Inmate” would be a better title.

    Heck, I’ll even let him have “inmate-in-Chief.” I’m generous that way.

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