Summit 2: The Putinining

Trump is so pleased with the outcome of the last summit that he’s asking Putin to join him in DC for another:

Assuming the White House doesn’t issue a correction stating that Trump asked Bolton to NOT invite Putin to hole up in the Emoluments Suite of the Trump International Hotel Washington, DC, we Americans will have an opportunity to stage a massive protest to express our displeasure with the foreign autocrat who conspired to install a buffoon in the Oval Office.

The UK activists behind the Trump Baby blimp from the London protests (was that really just last week?!?) have given permission for Americans to make a fleet of the blimps to follow Trump around the US. They’d be ideal for the DC protest. Maybe someone can design a Putin blimp too. Hey, it beats giant puppet heads.

Anyhoo, one wonders what the fuck Trump is thinking. Breaking news reports say the second summit is planned for this fall. Maybe Trump thinks another summit will dissipate the stench from the Helsinki Humiliation before the midterm elections? Maybe it was Putin’s suggestion?

I have no idea. But if the Beltway isn’t a gigantic sea of angry humanity during Putin’s visit, I’ll be disappointed in us.

Open thread.



Document Dump (Open Thread)

This hasn’t been a good week for Paul Erickson, also known as “US Person 1” in the court documents charging alleged Russian spy Mariia Butina. Erickson is a lifelong GOP operative who had a “personal relationship” with Butina, squiring her around DC and NRA conventions and introducing her to many Republican bigwigs. But he found out, presumably through the indictment, that Butina just wasn’t that into him. Via the BBC:

“But this relationship does not represent a strong tie to the United States because Butina appears to treat it as simply a necessary aspect of her activities,” said the court papers.

In some of her photos on social media, Ms Butina is seen with Paul Erickson, a South Dakota-based conservative political activist who is listed in public records as being 56 years old.

She had “expressed disdain for continuing to cohabitate with” the American man, according to documents seized by the FBI.

Prosecutors said she did not appear to take the attachment seriously because “on at least one occasion, Butina offered an individual other than US Person 1 sex in exchange for a position within a special interest organisation”.

The documents do not name the organisation in question. But her social media accounts show she frequented National Rifle Association (NRA) events.

So she was ready to dump Erickson for Ted Nugent or some other gross old ghoul who could help her more efficiently funnel money from the Kremlin to Republican campaign coffers via the NRA. Ouch. Earlier today, someone vandalized Erickson’s Wikipedia page:

The “traitor to the American people” bit has since been removed. But still, that had to hurt. Open thread!



He’s Nuts

I’m not sure how else to make sense of it:

BREAKING NEWS: President Trump, who has been under fire for not aggressively confronting Russian President Vladimir Putin over election interference, said Russia is no longer targeting the United States.

“Thank you very much, no,” Trump said in response to a question about whether Russia is still targeting the United States.

Last week, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats said that Russia and other countries are continuing to target American businesses, the government and other institutions and that “the warning lights are blinking red.”

Being a slobbering authoritarian fanboy and wannabe may explain some of Trump’s behavior. Being captive to Putin’s will due to compromising information and/or debt to the Russian mob, etc., is a plausible explanation for many of his actions. But this ping-ponging back and forth shit? The absurd back-to-back performances Monday and Tuesday? And now this? It doesn’t make sense in any universe. Earlier today:

But there WAS a boxing match, and Putin knocked Trump on his ass in front of the entire world. Big results will come, all right. Just not the results this deranged schmuck in expecting.

Now, we can let this drive us nuts too. I’ve felt detached from reality more than once during this shit-show. But for now, at least, I’ll just take care of what I can do, i.e., do things to get more Democrats elected in November, and enjoy the fact that propping up this nutcase must be driving some of the very worst people in America insane.



Obviously, a major malfunction…

Anonymous White House officials throwing Trump under the bus to the WSJ:

LOL!

PS: I adore Ted Lieu:

I have no idea what’s going to happen, fellow citizens. But this has been a remarkable news day. Maybe this motherfucker is finally going to get what he deserves.

ETA:

She was right about everything. Everything.



The Shitlord or Mastermind Question Is Irrelevant Now

Prior to making his way to Helsinki for tomorrow’s performance review with Boss Putin, Trump gave an interview to slobbering fanboy Piers Morgan aboard Air Force One. The interview is so severely cringe-inducing that it might cause more sensitive readers to collapse inward upon themselves and be transformed into a small, indescribably dense ball of shame.

But before we get to that, here’s an excerpt from a slightly more consequential interview Ocher Omnishambles did with CBS:

HELSINKI — President Trump said in a new interview airing Sunday that he hadn’t thought of pressing Russian President Vladimir Putin on extraditing the dozen Russian officials charged with hacking Democratic emails, while continuing to blame Democrats for the stolen emails that upended the 2016 presidential campaign.

“Well, I might,” Trump said when asked during an interview with CBS News about extraditing the indicted intelligence agents. “I hadn’t thought of that. But I certainly, I’ll be asking about it. But again, this was during the Obama administration. They were doing whatever it was during the Obama administration…”

“We [the RNC] had much better defenses. I’ve been told that by a number of people. We had much better defenses, so they couldn’t,” Trump said during the CBS interview. “I think the DNC should be ashamed of themselves for allowing themselves to be hacked. They had bad defenses and they were able to be hacked.”

Of course it didn’t occur to him to demand accountability from Putin for the coordinated and wildly successful cyber-attack on American democracy. It benefited Trump, after all, so by definition it was good.

Also, sluts shouldn’t parade around in short skirts — it’s just asking for trouble. They should be ashamed of themselves.

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Hideous Orange Baby Takes Flight

Gotta love the Brits:

We know from the absolutely disastrous (for PM Theresa May, UK-US relations, the Western alliance, basic human dignity, etc.) interview Trump gave to Rupert Murdoch’s UK scandal sheet, The Sun, that the blimp may not float like a butterfly, but it sure does sting like a bee:

Revealing he has been told of the 20ft “Trump Baby” blimp that will be flown above Parliament Square today, he said: “I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London.

“I used to love London as a city. I haven’t been there in a long time. But when they make you feel unwelcome, why would I stay there?

If that’s all it takes to repel the lumpy orange shit-stain, I say we all get busy making our own Trump Baby blimps.

Trump just held a humiliating joint presser with May. Because he has the wit and recall of a concussed, lead-painted snail, he told a new slew of lies about NATO, made a petulant show of refusing to take a question from a CNN reporter and denounced the network as “fake news,” called on Fox News (“a real network”) instead, bragged about how he knows all about “the nuclear” because his uncle was an MIT professor, and demonized [nonwhite] immigrants:

As someone in comments rightly remarked, the only thing missing was the tiki torch.

I’m thoroughly embarrassed to be an American today, and it’s not even noon on the Eastern Seaboard. The buffoon will probably snatch the Queen out of her sensible shoes with one of his absurd jujitsu handshakes before tea time. Then it’s on to Helsinki and Putin, where new horizons of national humiliation await.

ETA: Genius idea for Photoshopping…everything:

Also, very interesting:



More Projection Than Carmike

“Mommmmm! Make him stop! He’s embarrassing me in front of Luxembourg!”

Look at the reaction of the people around the bloviating block of Velveeta. Kelly is a slimy villain, of course, but he’s not a blithering idiot, so he knows this rant is shamefully stupid. I’d love to know what Kelly is scribbling on that napkin during Trump’s foolish soliloquy. “I hereby resign my position as White House Chief of Staff, effective immediately”? Or perhaps, “Note to Self: Explain to Trump how NATO works — for the 500th goddamned fucking time [frowny face-frowny face]”?

Putin must have a perma-smirk as he revels in his complete and utter triumph — and prepares Q3 and Q4 objectives for his employee’s upcoming performance review in Helsinki.