Late Night KKKlown Car Open Thread: The GOP Retreat (But Trump Found Them Anyway)

Even though it meant not live-tweeting during the DNC’s Houston debate, where he was guaranteed a (considerably less flattering) large audience. Per the Washington Post:

With the president speaking here Thursday to a closed-door retreat of House Republicans, scores of protesters gathered to express opposition to White House policies and outrage at Trump’s recent tweets calling Maryland’s largest city “the Worst in the USA.”

The visit by the president — who maligned Baltimore as a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess” where “no human being would want to live” — was limited to a dinnertime speech kicking off the GOP retreat at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Harbor East.

House Republicans selected Baltimore as the location for their three-day conference long before the president’s attack on the city, where Democrats outnumber Republicans 10 to 1. Well before the White House announced that Trump would attend the conference, a coalition of advocacy groups calling themselves the Baltimore Welcoming Committee had planned days of rallies to protest GOP policies on immigration, climate change and other topics. There was to be a singalong, a light show and a dance party. Organizer Sharon Black said Trump’s scheduled appearance “upped the ante.”

“This is about the remarks about Baltimore and his policies. You can’t really separate the two,” she said…

Of course, Donny Dollhands goes nowhere without a few of his devoted sycophants…

S.V. Date, at HuffPost:

Trump’s remarks lasted 68 minutes, in a low energy speech, possibly because of the low energy audience. He alternated between reading from his teleprompters and ad-libbing, resulting in him frequently returning to topics he had already covered once or twice before…






26 replies
  1. 1
    Calouste says:

    I’m surprised it was at a Marriott, not at a hotel owned by you know who.

  2. 2
    FelonyGovt says:

    Soshulism!!!

  3. 3
    Yarrow says:

    They’re so predictable with the password stuff. So dumb.

    Saw Kavanaugh was trending on Twitter and went to have a look. So there;s at least one more sexual assault story and the FBI apparently covered it all up and/or didn’t investigate.Terrible stuff.

  4. 4
    Anne Laurie says:

    @Calouste:

    I’m surprised it was at a Marriott, not at a hotel owned by you know who.

    The ‘Permanent Party’ members were no doubt hoping His Grifterness would refuse to spend ‘his’ (our) money at any hotel that he wasn’t taking a cut from.

  5. 5

    @Anne Laurie: IIRC, the junior Senator from Utah* is named after one of the Marriott’s founders.

    * I think you may know this guy.

  6. 6
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Yarrow:

    But while we found Dr. Ford’s allegations credible during a 10-month investigation, Ms. Ramirez’s story could be more fully corroborated. During his Senate testimony, Mr. Kavanaugh said that if the incident Ms. Ramirez described had occurred, it would have been “the talk of campus.” Our reporting suggests that it was.
    At least seven people, including Ms. Ramirez’s mother, heard about the Yale incident long before Mr. Kavanaugh was a federal judge. Two of those people were classmates who learned of it just days after the party occurred, suggesting that it was discussed among students at the time.
    We also uncovered a previously unreported story about Mr. Kavanaugh in his freshman year that echoes Ms. Ramirez’s allegation. A classmate, Max Stier, saw Mr. Kavanaugh with his pants down at a different drunken dorm party, where friends pushed his pen*s into the hand of a female student. Mr. Stier, who runs a nonprofit organization in Washington, notified senators and the F.B.I. about this account, but the F.B.I. did not investigate and Mr. Stier has declined to discuss it publicly. (We corroborated the story with two officials who have communicated with Mr. Stier.)
    Mr. Kavanaugh did not speak to us because we could not agree on terms for an interview. But he has denied Dr. Ford’s and Ms. Ramirez’s allegations, and declined to answer our questions about Mr. Stier’s account.

    that last part interests me, Kavanaugh knew it was coming. Which probably means trump, Barr, McConnell, etc all knew.

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    Mary G says:

    @Yarrow: FTFNYT really shit the bed on that story – they’ve deleted two tweets and went with a third that said “we apologize.” They are infused in the rich white man bubble and need to add a public editor STAT.

  8. 8
    Mary G says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: And we still don’t know who financed Kavanaugh’s $92,000 country club membership and multi-million dollar house, which he could not afford on his judge’s salary. He and Bob Barr should both be impeached.

  9. 9
    Yarrow says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Kavanaugh knew it was true and the Republicans on the committee knew it was too. Remember the woman they brought in to question Kavanaugh at the hearing. She started asking him a question about the calendar and they called a break and she was gone. They knew she was asking him something that he shouldn’t be answering.

    @Mary G: @Mary G: Yep, the NYT was terrible on this. Excellent reporting let down by some editor or someone who was in charge of the tweets.

    As for the money, I think it’s probably money laundering of some sort. It should totally be investigated. It’s a travesty that someone with that sort of financial mystery in his background could get anywhere near being selected for the Supreme Court, let alone get through the process and get on the court.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Mary G: lots of interesting discussion on twitter about the weirdness of that article, presented on the op/ed pages

    Laura Rozen @ lrozen
    why does the Times piece with such bombshell reporting about Kavanaugh turn it into a story about the culture of Yale in the 1980s?

    Brian Fallon @ brianefallon
    The editors clearly got spooked out of framing the piece around the actual news it contained.

  11. 11
    Yarrow says:

    I knew I’d seen this the other day. If there’s any question Barr is up to his eyeballs in the Kavanaugh stuff…

    What a joke.

    This prestigious award typically goes to prosecutors who make the biggest cases against terrorists, corrupt politicians, drug cartels, organized crime enterprises, etc.

    And now AG Barr is using it to honor… Team Kavanaugh.
    https://t.co/HhOzz8XDae
    — Elie Honig (@eliehonig) September 14, 2019

  12. 12
    Aleta says:

    Brandon @Boweetles
    If anyone deserves this award, it is Lindsey Graham, who interrupted the woman chosen to ask the questions when it became apparent that she might get him to slip up. Completely went unnoticed.

    noticed but mostly unremarked, and not much remembered

  13. 13
    Yarrow says:

    @Aleta: I can only imagine what was in those emails that Lindsey Graham said were hacked.

  14. 14
    hervevillechaizelounge says:

    @Yarrow:
    According to the datalounge Graham frequented male escorts back in the day.

    LINK

    No idea if it’s true, but common sense indicates he hasn’t always been celibate, although he may be now.

    I can’t get my mind around McCarthy; he admitted Putin pays Trump but he seems fine with it. I always knew republicans were evil but I had no idea they were so unpatriotic.

    Somebody needs to get working on a contingency plan for the day, coming soon, when republicans refuse en masse to leave office claiming the votes were hacked.

    I wish someone in the media would point out the logical fallacy of claiming election malfeasance while actively agitating against election security, but apparently that’s too much to ask.

  15. 15
    smike says:

    @hervevillechaizelounge:

    I wish someone in the media would point out the logical fallacy of claiming election malfeasance while actively agitating against election security, but apparently that’s too much to ask.

    Infuriating, ain’t it?

  16. 16
    Brachiator says:

    Trump is talking about a further tax cut on top of a $1 trillion deficit. From recent stories.

    The U.S. government’s red ink for fiscal 2019 swelled past the $1 trillion mark in August, the first time that level has been eclipsed in seven years, the Treasury Department reported Thursday.

    The total shortfall rose to nearly $1.07 trillion, thanks to a difference between revenue and expenses of more than $214.1 billion in August. The government last saw that large of a fiscal deficit in 2012, when the gap was nearly $1.1 trillion.

    During his presidential campaign, President Donald Trump promised economic growth that would easily take care of the tax cuts and new spending he planned. His 2017 tax break for corporations and individuals has helped contribute to a deficit that has grown from $584.6 billion in 2016.

    Revenue has accelerated slightly in 2019 to about $280 billion a month, but so have expenditures, which are averaging $377 billion a month, or about $25 billion a month more than in 2018. Last year closed with a $779 billion deficit.

    As the deficit has grown so has the national debt, which is now at $22.5 trillion, up 13% since Trump took office.

    Democrats need to bash these “no tax and spend spend spend” Republicans.

  17. 17
    Chris Johnson says:

    @Mary G:

    And we still don’t know who financed Kavanaugh’s $92,000 country club membership and multi-million dollar house, which he could not afford on his judge’s salary.

    I’m gonna make a WILD GUESS and say ‘Russia’ and or ‘Putin’. Did I win?

  18. 18
    NeenerNeener says:

    So Trump claims he got Osama Bin Laden’s son? Obama is living in his head rent-free, isn’t he?

  19. 19
    Butter Emails says:

    @Chris Johnson:

    I’m gonna make a WILD GUESS and say ‘Russia’ and or ‘Putin’. Did I win?

    Nah. I’m going to guess it’s just standard corruption. Rich Republican or Republicans supporting a favorite judge.

  20. 20
    bystander says:

    Why do these guys insist on repeating twitler’s slurs? Do we need to know everytime he calls Biden “Sleepy”? They all seem so eager to aid him in branding Democrats. I’m already sick of it.

  21. 21
    SFAW says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA:

    IIRC, the junior Senator from Utah* is named after one of the Marriott’s founders.

    Mittens Marriott? Well, at least it’s alliterative.

  22. 22
    debbie says:

    I call him “Dick” because I don’t have time for his full name. //

  23. 23
    SFAW says:

    @Yarrow:

    If there’s any question Barr is up to his eyeballs in the Kavanaugh stuff…

    Let’s hope the 2021 or 2022 award goes to the prosecutors who secure treason convictions of Barr, Shitgibbon, Moscow Mitch and … well. I could go on for awhile, but this blog is limited to 140 characters, right?

    And by “characters,” I mean “traitorous Rethuglicans.”

  24. 24
    Another Scott says:

    @Mary G: Twitter:

    Scott Lemieux @LemieuxLGM

    Kavanaugh can’t be removed from the Court barring the addition of about 20 new blue states. But Susan Collins can certainly removed from the Senate.

    7:41 PM – 14 Sep 2019

    Yup.

    We need to channel our disgust and righteous anger in the proper directions.

    (via LOLGOP)

    Cheers,
    Scott.

  25. 25
    BroD says:

    I’m a fourth generation Baltimoreian and generally up for an anti-Trump protest but decided to go to my grandson’s soccer game instead. Maybe it’s just rationalization, but I’m thinking maybe just ignoring him (aside from working like hell to defeat him next year) is a good thing. Next time, I may show up with a sign that says, “Oh, I thought it was going to be Donny Osmond“!

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    Ohio Mom says:

    Kudos to whoever is behind the Trump rat balloon. Very nicely done and on point.

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