Open Thread: Another Starbucks Backwards-Boycott!

As the Washington Post reports, a Florida real estate remodeler lost his temper when he felt disrespted at Starbucks: “‘I voted for Trump! You lost!’: White Starbucks customer accuses barista of ‘discrimination’”

Give him credit (being as Florida is a Stand-Your-Ground state) — he used his words, even if those words were sometimes NSFW.

This being 2016, of course another customer took some video, which inevitably went viral. Trump supporters nationwide considered themselves deeply, personally OUTRAGED!!! And because Trump supporters are not the sharpest crayons in the box, they announced another round of their notorious NATIONWIDE PROTESTS…


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Donald Trump: Fascist

I can’t think of another way to describe him after this* [Politico link]:

Donald Trump suggested canceling the election Thursday and granting himself the presidency.

“What a difference. You know, what a difference this is,” Trump said during a rally in Toledo, Ohio, after comparing his tax plan with Hillary Clinton’s.

“And just thinking to myself right now, we should just cancel the election and just give it to Trump, right? What are we even having it for? What are we having it for?” he asked. “Her policies are so bad. Boy, do we have a big difference.”

Because that’s how he rolls, and how the party that nominated him would, if they could.

I got nuthin’ beyond that.

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Except perhaps this:  the Republican party is a wholly owned Trump subsidiary now. It must be destroyed, its walls pulled down, its proud towers cast down, its fields sown with salt.

Factio Grandaeva Delenda Est

*Actually, I’ve been using that label for the Cheeto-faced Ferret-heedit Shitgibbon for some time.  But that’s neither here nor there.

Image: J. W. M. Turner, The Decline of the Carthaginian Empire1817.



Horrorshow Open Thread: It Can’t Happen Here — Can It?


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Give Megan McArdle Some Credit

She has a deep understanding of the thought processes among America’s dumbest spite voters:



Border Patrol Union Official Feeds Trump’s Craven Victimization Fantasies

Credit: Evan Vucci, AP Photo

Credit: Evan Vucci, AP Photo

Since Republican primary voters nominated a racist, sexist, xenophobic conspiracy-monger as their party’s standard-bearer, we’ll have to put up with that asshole’s dangerous demagoguery until future President Hillary kicks his ass on November 8. That’s just the way democracy works when the electorate comprises millions of petulant, overgrown toddlers with massive persecution complexes.

But is there no recourse when public sector union officials lie to inflame anti-immigrant sentiment on a candidate’s behalf? That appears to have happened during a meeting today between Trump and several National Border Patrol Council officials.

Art Del Cueto, president of the Tucson chapter of the National Border Patrol Council, the union that represents U.S. Border Patrol agents, told Trump a big fat lie that fits right into Dainty Digits’ pre-butt-kicking “I wuz robbed!” fantasies:

Donald Trump says border patrol agents have been told to allow immigrants into the United States illegally “so they can vote in the election.” Neither Trump nor a border patrol union official supporting him offered evidence Friday to back up the claim.

Newly admitted immigrants are not eligible to vote, a right reserved to citizens.

Trump spoke Friday as he received the endorsement of the 16,500-person National Border Patrol Council on Friday at Trump Tower.

Union official Art Del Cueto says agents have told him they had directives to ignore immigrants’ criminal records, so they can quickly become citizens and gain the right to vote.

Trump called it a huge story. Trump has repeatedly said he fears the election will be rigged. He has made a hardline stance on immigration the centerpiece of his campaign.

Of course, anyone with even a passing familiarity with this country’s immigration processes would immediately recognize the absurdity of Del Cueto’s claim. It typically takes many months or even years to become a U.S. citizen, and only U.S. citizens are eligible to vote.

Del Cueto is therefore a liar, an incompetent or both. His claim caused enough of a stir when Trump ran with it that the union had to trot out a flak to walk it back a bit:

A Border Patrol union spokesman is clarifying a union official’s comments about immigration to Donald Trump.

Shawn Moran said some U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services employees have claimed they are being asked to ignore criminal histories for people applying for citizenship so they would be eligible to vote in the November election. There has been no evidence to support this.

Moran also said Border Patrol agents are seeing an uptick in the number of people trying to cross the border illegally.

Moran said union vice president Art Del Cueto inadvertently combined the issues when he met Friday with Trump. He wrongly suggested that agents have been told to admit immigrants into the U.S. illegally so they can vote, but provided no evidence to back up that assertion.

Those clarifying remarks are not good enough. These motherfuckers are playing with fire, and they know it.

In a bid to protect his exquisitely fragile ego against the possibility of a loss, Trump is traveling all over the country inciting the millions of bigots who support him by claiming that he can’t lose the election unless there is massive fraud. He has encouraged rural bumpkins to become self-appointed poll watchers in urban areas because what could possibly go wrong. And there’s apparently nothing we can do about that except hand Trump a resounding defeat.

But Del Cueto already has a job, and he is doing it irresponsibly — in a way that has the potential to bring great harm upon the country his organization’s members are hired to protect. If Trump’s deluded followers decide to target people based on these ridiculous lies after Trump loses the election, the Border Patrol union will have blood on its hands.



Late Night Open Thread: Creepy Clowns on the Loose!

And I’m not talking about the Alabama teenagers pranking easily frightened authority figures…

He’s his old man’s son, that’s for sure…

… not only is it a disgusting metaphor, Don Jr. ripped it off without attribution… and from “the best” sources, too:



The Best People

There is this guy.  He’s running for president.  He himself is not particularly experienced at most (all) of what a president does, but we’re not to worry.

Why not?

Because he’s not the detail guy.  He’s the big picture guy, the boss.  He hires the folks who lift and tote.

But that’s OK.

Why?

Because:

“My motto is ‘Hire the best people…”  (Donald Trump: Think Big, 2007).

And now, let us savor:

Donald Trump’s new presidential campaign chief is registered to vote in a key swing state at an empty house where he does not live, in an apparent breach of election laws.

Stephen Bannon, the chief executive of Trump’s election campaign, has an active voter registration at the house in Miami-Dade County, Florida, which is vacant and due to be demolished to make way for a new development….

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Election officials in Miami-Dade make clear to prospective voters that they are required to actually live in the county and to use their home address in election paperwork. “You must reside in Miami-Dade County,” their website states. It adds: “When you register to vote, an actual residence address is required by law.” A county spokeswoman did not respond to questions relating to Bannon’s situation.

Three neighbors said the house where Bannon is currently registered to vote had been abandoned for three months. When the Guardian visited the property on Thursday a large window in the front aspect was missing. A soiled curtain was blowing through it. The driveway was a mess of tree branches and mud.

Bannon never appeared at the house, according to the neighbors.

What’s most striking is that this apparent prima facie  voter fraud — while the more likely to get Bannon into actual legal difficulties — is in a moral sense the lesser of two scandals that have dropped over the last twenty four hours.  Because we’ve also learned this:

Stephen K. Bannon, the new CEO of the Donald Trump campaign, was charged with misdemeanor domestic violence, battery and dissuading a witness following an incident in early January 1996, though the case was ultimately dismissed, according to a police report and court documents.

That witness:

The Santa Monica, Calif., police report says that Bannon’s then-wife claimed he pulled at her neck and wrist during an altercation over their finances, and an officer reported witnessing red marks on her neck and wrist to bolster her account. Bannon also reportedly smashed the phone when she tried to call the police.

The details get uglier:

Bannon then got his lawyer on the case, who allegedly “threatened” Piccard and told her she “would have no money [and] no way to support the children” if the case went to trial.

Bannon then told Piccard to skip town.

He said “that if I wasn’t in town they couldn’t serve me and I wouldn’t have to go to court,” she claimed in the document.

Piccard left for two weeks before Bannon’s attorney said she could return, according to the declaration.

“Because I was not present at the trial, the case was dismissed,” she said in the documents.

That second quote is from The New York Post. That would be the Rupert Murdoch-owned Post, which is an added twist to this tale.  What is the true state of Trump-Murdoch relations?

But leave aside that kind of political inside baseball.  The most compelling element to the story of Bannon’s thuggery is that it is an unexpected, deep look into his character.  Through it we can discover what kind of person Donald Trump — a major party nominee for President, with a genuine, non-zero chance of achieving that office — thinks is one of  “the best people.”

It ain’t pretty.  The Post‘s coverage continues:

Bannon had allegedly also earlier told Picccard, who was then his girlfriend and the expectant mother of their twin girls, that he would only agree to marry her if the kids were “normal.”

He married her on April 14, 1995, three days before the twins were born.

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Worst of all — at least it seems to me — Bannon is a man who would do this:

Piccard alleged in another document that Bannon believed in corporal punishment for the girls, even though he rarely saw them.

She cited as one example that Bannon allegedly spanked one of his toddler daughters to try to stop her from hitting her head against the crib.

Piccard claimed that when she intervened, he exploded, calling her “f—ing crazy” and saying if he hadn’t been interrupted, “she wouldn’t be banging her head anymore.”

Beating any adult is reprehensible.  Whacking on a child, a toddler? (And no, I don’t think “spanking” in this context is likely to have been a gentle swat on the bum.)  There are special circles of hell for those folks.

I left out the last half of the Trump quote at top.  In full, it reads “My motto is ‘Hire the best people, and don’t trust them.’”

As none should him.

Images:  John Sell Cotman, Ruined House betw. 1807 and 1810.

George Romney, Mother and Childundated, before 1802.