What a Day It Was

I really hate to concentrate on Trump, but let’s just tally up his day yesterday.

In Dayton, no press were allowed in the hospital, but that didn’t stop the Trumpers from creating a campaign ad style video that the stablest genius tweeted out today. He also lied about Sherrod Brown and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley’s comments on his visit to the hospital (he said they criticized him, when they actually said it was nice that he had comforted victims).

When Trump went to El Paso yesterday, none of the victims who were still hospitalized met with him, and when he met the staff, this happened:

This guy just keeps getting worse.

63 replies
  1. 1
    MattF says:

    The D politicians failed to address him as ‘Sir’.

  2. 2
    Amir Khalid says:

    Alas, they have too much decorum to call him a preening asshole.

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    Litlebritdifrnt says:

    Did anyone point out to him that his campaign still owes El Paso $586K for his rally.

  4. 4
    MattF says:

    Also, RW slapfight! Marc Thiessen (in the WaPo) says Dayton shooter was left-wing and El Paso shooter was right-wing, so it all evens out. Bret Stephens (in the NYT) says that’s nonsense. No links.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    If he wasn’t seen throwing a tantrum about it, then I guess not.

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    Felanius Kootea says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt: I was wondering that as well. He’s at a hospital with 8 shooting victims who refused to meet with him talking about crowd size and how small Beto’s rally was in comparison. Talk about a malignant, narcissistic sociopath.

    I hope they keep that hospital staff member with the Trump socks away from the victims. Disgusting.

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    J R in WV says:

    Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, who seems like a smart and attractive person, said she was confused by Trump’s press conference remarks and tweets, after she and Sherrod Brown told the press that the victims and first responders were comforted by Trump’s visit.

    What, she doesn’t know that Trump lies about everything?

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    hueyplong says:

    She had learned the valuable lesson that treating the monster with decency does no good.

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    chris says:

    Big beautiful wall. Gets a little higher and longer every day.

  10. 10
    rikyrah says:


    Why was the only picture of him at the hospital in Dayton was WITH A CHILD?


    Just asking.
    Uh huh
    Uh huh

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    rikyrah says:

    O’Rourke: Trump language is giving license to act on racism

    Beto O’Rourke, former congressman and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, talks with Rachel Maddow from El Paso, Texas about holding Donald Trump responsible for his divisive and dehumanizing language, and calling for unity among Americans in the face of violent racist terrorism.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @J R in WV:
    When the President lies, protocol requires that you feign surprise.

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    rikyrah says:

    Trump visits to gun massacre sites met with protests

    Rachel Maddow looks at the less-than-welcoming reception Donald Trump received from the Dayton and El Paso communities when he arrived to visit first hospitals responders in the wake of deadly gun attacks.

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    rikyrah says:

    Divisive Trump presence disrupts Dayton community’s healing unity

    Mayor Nan Whaley of Dayton, Ohio, talks with Rachel Maddow about how the divisive presence of Donald Trump ruptured the unity of the Dayton community still healing from a deadly mass shooting, and how public pressure for gun reform has been received by Republican politicians previously disinclined to consider it.

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    rikyrah says:

    Booker, Biden rail against racism and Trump rhetoric

    Rachel Maddow shares highlights from speeches by Senator Cory Booker and former Vice President Joe Biden, 2020 Democratic candidates for president, in which they criticism how Donald Trump’s rhetoric has helped fuel a resurgence of racism in the United States.

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    ThresherK says:

    none of the victims who were still hospitalized met with him

    I’m visualizing victims in leg casts literally hobbling at top speed the other way when Trump arrives. I may have watched more Benny Hill than absolutely necessary to sustain life.

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    rikyrah says:

    McGahn makes dubious confidentiality claim to avoid testifying

    Rachel Maddow reports on former White House counsel Don McGhan’s claim that he cannot testify before Congress because he is obligated by client confidentiality to Donald Trump, even though he was not Donald Trump’s personal lawyer.

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    MattF says:

    @ThresherK: Now I’m going to be hearing ‘Yakety Sax’ for the rest of the day. Um, thanks.

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    rikyrah says:

    And, this Twitter Thread was so powerful…about how Ms.Morrison’s words changed this one life:

    Sarah J. Jackson (@sjjphd) Tweeted:
    A quick, powerful story I will never, ever forget about #ToniMorrison:
    In college I befriended a fellow student I’ll call James. James was Black but had been adopted by a white family and raised in an all white community. I was one of his 1st black friends. At 20.

    Sarah J. Jackson (@sjjphd) Tweeted:
    I was an African American studies minor and convinced James, who was a business major, to take a Black literature class with me to fulfill one of his electives. The first book we read was The Bluest Eye.

    Sarah J. Jackson (@sjjphd) Tweeted:
    I had read it in high school, it’s an amazing text but wasn’t new to me. Some others in the class had read it before too, maybe half of us, but for many folks, it was new. The professor began quizzing us on why the book is considered so seminal.

    Sarah J. Jackson (@sjjphd) Tweeted:
    After a few other comments James raised his hand. He was choking on his words, it was obvious he felt angry and ashamed: “This is the 1st book by a Black person I’ve ever read,” he said quietly, “I didn’t know Black people could write like this.”

    Sarah J. Jackson (@sjjphd) Tweeted:
    The room was the most quiet I have ever heard. This young Black man had made it to college without ever reading a Black author. The other students, Black and white, were silent. The professor was silent. No one knew what to say right then.

    Sarah J. Jackson (@sjjphd) Tweeted:
    James started crying. “I read it twice already,” he muttered softly. About half the room was teared up. To this day it is one of the most powerful moments I’ve experienced in a classroom. The professor pulled us back together and the class went on.

    Sarah J. Jackson (@sjjphd) Tweeted:
    We read Ellison, Hughes, Hurston and others in that class. Years later James told me that class changed his life. It changed how he understood Black people, how he understood America, but most importantly it helped him understand many experiences he had never had language for.

    Sarah J. Jackson (@sjjphd) Tweeted:
    He told me he took The Bluest Eye home to his parents. Asked them why they kept it from him, pleaded w/ them to read it. Used it to try to get them to SEE. That relationship isn’t my story to tell, but thank you Toni Morrison for helping my friend & many others to see themselves.

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    I think there were two campaign-style videos out of yesterday, but I don’t have the stomach to look for them. The music on one made me think it was going to burst into “Ride of the Valkyries” at any moment. Lots of Trumpian thumbs-upping.

    No press in the hospital leads to the question of how staged those photos were.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Cheryl Rofer:
    Even I know not to evoke “Kill Da Wabbit” in a campaign video.

  22. 22
    Keith P. says:

    @Cheryl Rofer: yeah, that music was something else. You’d thing this was celebrating a space launch, not mourn a massacre

  23. 23
    trollhattan says:

    @Cheryl Rofer:
    Am I wrong to be disappointed that Trump would not appreciate the deep historical irony of using Wagner for his campaign media?

    Stephen Miller OTOH….

  24. 24
    Ben Cisco says:


    I may have watched more Benny Hill than absolutely necessary to sustain life.

    I submit that There. Is. No. Such. Thing.

  25. 25
    Brachiator says:

    @J R in WV:

    What, she doesn’t know that Trump lies about everything?

    It’s one thing to read about it, another thing altogether to be in the middle of it. Trump’s lies are reprehensible. But they’re like fuel to him.

    Equally reprehensible is how Trump’s people understand that their job is to smear Democrats and anyone who doesn’t kiss his ass. And they certainly seem to love their jobs. Just a happy bunch of enablers, toadies and boot lickers.

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    smintheus says:

    Anyone remember this bullshit from Trump whisperer Salena Zito?

    These are voters who are intellectually offended watching the Affordable Care Act crumble because they warned six years ago that it was an unworkable government overreach. They are the same people who wonder why President Obama has not taken a break from a week of golfing to address the devastating floods in Louisiana. (As one woman told me, “It appears as if he only makes statements during tragedies if there is political gain attached.”)

    Voice such a remark, and you risk being labeled a racist in many parts of America.


    That has aged well.

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    prostratedragon says:

    @Amir Khalid: !:)

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    feebog says:

    Is it November 3, 2020 yet? Asking for about 70 million voters.

  29. 29
    Gin & Tonic says:

    Since the post category is “shitheads,” water is still wet and Elon Musk is still a shithead.

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    ThresherK says:

    @Ben Cisco: When my wife got her knee replaced and was temporarily on four wheels she didn’t like how often I referenced Jackie Wright in a runaway wheelchair.

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    @trollhattan: It wasn’t actually Wagner, just wildly triumphalist in that way.

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    jonas says:

    @Cheryl Rofer: Oh, I’m sure they carefully canvassed the hospital for every MAGAt employee they could find and told them they could meet their beloved Führer president if they clapped and cheered loud enough when he entered the room. “Hey, there’s just been a mass shooting. Let’s yuk it up with the Prez so he can make a campaign video!” What a fucking disgrace. These people should be ashamed of themselves.

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    SFAW says:


    The D politicians failed to address him as ‘Sir’.

    They just spell it differently: C-U-R

  34. 34
    jonas says:

    @Cheryl Rofer:

    just wildly triumphalist Triumph of the Will in that way.


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    Ben Cisco says:

    @ThresherK: So “Yakety Sax” playing over Bluetooth would have been right out, then? 🤣

  36. 36
    Steeplejack says:


    Apparently that little girl was a victim of a different shooting. Because of course. 🙄

  37. 37
    Bex says:

    Tucker “white supremacy is a hoax” Carlson is “on vacation” from his crappy Fox show until August 19. That is my birthday. The best gift I could get would be that Tucker never comes back. Thanks in advance, Tucker. You don’t need the money.

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    ThresherK says:

    @Ben Cisco: I didn’t want to press my luck, but I would have used all the Benny Hill music.

  39. 39
    BC in Illinois says:


    Is it November 3, 2020 yet?

    450 days
    20 hours
    9 minutes
    14, 13, 12 . . .

    (Central Time)

  40. 40
    Mike in NC says:

    No doubt Fat Bastard was counting on El Paso throwing him a ticker-tape parade. Such a douchebag.

  41. 41
    Steeplejack says:


    What is wrong with you?!

  42. 42
    ET says:

    The books that will be written on this administration when he is dead and gone are going to be “interesting.” They are going to sit next to books about kleptocracies in less developed countries. Catalogers looking at biographies on tRump will have to decide if they should go in biography area, books covering aging/dementia issues, or books covering those with mental illness. The future is going to wonder WTF was going on.

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    Baud says:


    Equally reprehensible is how Trump’s people understand that their job is to smear Democrats 

    Absolutely. That’s our job. :-)

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    Kattails says:

    @rikyrah: That is so sad, and it’s how repression works insidiously.
    I wanted to be a painter, even in high school, but never heard mention of any women artists outside of Georgia O’Keefe until maybe my 30’s. No Artemisia Gentileschi, no Angelica Kaufmann, Rachel Ruysch, Rosa Bonheur (although the Horse Fair is 16 feet long and resides in the Met, NYC). Women artists go back centuries but each one gets treated as a single aberration rather than a continuum.
    So “If I’ve seen further it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants” does not apply to Blacks, to women.

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    cain says:

    The ultimate in “both sides!”. Cripes.

  46. 46

    @BC in Illinois: I have my eye on January 20, 2021. A lot of bad things could happen between the election and the inauguration.

  47. 47

    I’m in moderation because I mistyped my email. Help!

  48. 48
    Steeplejack says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor:

    Pro tip: Put a reply link to the moderated comment so we can go back and find it when it emerges.

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    jonas says:

    I really hate to concentrate on Trump, but let’s just tally up his day yesterday.

    Unfortunately it falls to us as our solemn duty to document the atrocities.

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    BretH says:

    @Ben Cisco: Couldn’t stand Benny Hill after seeing Monty Python. Same way I could never watch The Munsters after the Addams Family or Lost in Space after Star Trek.

  51. 51
    bluefoot says:

    @rikyrah: Sort of on topic: The first time I took my (Black) niece to the beach, we saw this Black woman surfer get out of the water and my niece said to me, “I didn’t know Black people were allowed to surf.” She was 13 years old at the time, and I was equally angry and in tears. I mean, sh*t, everything her parents and her family could do to show/tell her that she could do anything, and still she’d absorbed this idea that Black people “weren’t allowed.” JFC, thinking about it still makes me want to throw things and this happened 10+ years ago.

  52. 52
    rikyrah says:

    That’s why I like seeing Black people do ‘ non-traditional’ stuff…so that the youth, especially, can see that we can do ANYTHING.

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    eric says:

    @rikyrah: I am a pretty big amateur physics nerd and I just heard of emmy noether for the first time a few months ago. We are talking a topshelf genius. how is that possible???

  54. 54
    Just One More Canuck says:

    @Gin & Tonic: now you’ve done it – the Musk fanboy/girl from a while ago is going to show up and tell us all how Elon Musk is the kindest, bravest, smartest person in history, and that we are all philistines for not appreciating the greatness of all things Elon

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    Ben Cisco says:

    @BretH: I guess I didn’t differentiate to quitetthat degree, but now that I see you lay it out, I get where you’re coming from.
    Disclaimer: Except for Python, I saw the rest first-run.

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    chopper says:


    these parents raised a black child and literally never provided him a single book by a black author? jesus, really fits the “shitheads” topic.

  57. 57
    opiejeanne says:

    @eric: How about Cecilia Payne?

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    J R in WV says:

    OK, we live in the woods, and have a 75 pound white lab mix. She is free to roam the forested hills, there are thousands of acres of vacant forest around our forested farm. As a result, she finds things in the deep woods.

    Bad, terrible dead things, which she eats, being a Lab mix. Then she comes home, and doesn’t eat her kibble dinner, because she is so full of yuck! Lovable scamp, then she emits fumes, laying on the floor beneath my chair. OMG!!!

    It is like have a lovable pet vulture, in some ways. Cuter, but nearly as smelly. You can hear this little hiss, like a chemical process leaking, and in a few seconds there’s this fume wafting.

    TMI? Sorry, but thought sharing would make me feel better. Not yet, so far, but maybe later on? Dogs!

    Sometimes the outdoor cat, who comes in for a drink, or dinner, catches a chipmunk, and then comes to the door to bring it in for a snack later on. Her “lemme in” cry becomes a little muffled because of the mouthful of furball — but sometimes I don’t notice the change in audio timbre and open the door, as I am basically a door opener for the pets, my position in life now.

    So then I have to catch the cat. Sometimes she spits out the chipmunk when I grab her. Mostly the critter is stone dead, once it nearly escaped. But mostly I can use the cat as a picker-up device by holding her face to the chipmunk, so she will grab hold, and then I run for the door.

    I have repeated this trick up to 3 times to get the cat + the chipmunk out the door.

    Happy International Cat Day, all !!!

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    Brachiator says:


    That’s why I like seeing Black people do ‘ non-traditional’ stuff…so that the youth, especially, can see that we can do ANYTHING.

    Black people have been everywhere and have done everything. Sometimes black folk even invented damn traditions or excelled in them.

    But you are right that current examples are helpful in making the point.

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    Buckeye says:

    he met with 3 victims, including the girl.

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    Miss Bianca says:


    I may have watched more Benny Hill than absolutely necessary to sustain life.

    What, there’s some sort of minimum daily/yearly/lifetime requirement for Benny Hill watching? I did not know that!

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    tokyocali (formerly tokyo expat) says:

    I think I should give a shout out to my New York public high school education (’79-’83) in Putnam County. We read African American authors as part of our curriculum. We often had to read another book outside of class. I remember reading Native Son for that reason. When I look back, I am always grateful for the wide-range of material my teachers exposed me to from short stories, to plays, to poems.

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    Mary Ellen Sandahl says:

    @Ben Cisco:Totally agree. I wish his genius was still readily available round my neck of the woods. Remember his charmingly ladylike (to call them “drag” is a misnomer somehow) ads for Fairy Liquid dish soap?

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