Unsung Hero of the Republic

I just wanted to highlight the heroic actions of a congressman, Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT), who this week introduced an amendment to a House Armed Services Committee bill that allocates money for two new Air Force One planes. The new 747s won’t go into service until 2024, by which time we hope Trump will be but a bad memory.

However, the tiny-fingered, ferret-headed shitgibbon had planned to leave his mark on the presidential conveyances with a “star-spangled” paint job and “gold-plated fixtures like those at his personal residences,” according to the CT Mirror.

Not on Rep. Courtney’s watch! Noting that “additional paint can add weight to the plane, additional fixtures inside the plane can also add cost and delays to the delivery of the plane,” Courtney successfully attached an amendment that requires congressional approval for excessive spending on “paint, interior, and fixtures” on the planes. The amendment was adopted on a party-line vote.

Republicans called the amendment a “political attack by Democrats, unfairly restricting the president’s ability to make even minor decisions.” Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA) sputtered, “They want to impede the president at every turn.”

You’re goddamned right we do, Wittman.

Anyhoo, kudos to Rep. Courtney. Now future President Harris/Klobuchar/Warren won’t have to fly around in a plane with an exterior that resembles a Tobie Keith super-fan’s camper and an interior that looks like the ghost of Liberace ate a bushel of gold leaf and vomited all over the cabin. Well done, good sir!

Open thread!

This movie seems familiar…

Trump is underwater in the polls, under fire for confessing on national TV that he’d welcome reelection assistance from foreign governments, flailing in trade wars that threaten to undermine the economy, and besieged by subpoenas in a widening series of investigations that may blossom into a full-flown impeachment inquiry. Think he wouldn’t like a “splendid little war” to take the focus off this fail parade?

In other news, you won’t have Sarah Sanders to kick around come July. Per The Post:

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders will leave the job at the end of the month, President Trump announced in a tweet Thursday.

“She is a very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job! I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas — she would be fantastic. Sarah, thank you for a job well done!”

She didn’t do her job at all — they may as well convert the press briefing room back into a swimming pool for all the use they’re getting out of it. Anyhoo, good riddance, Sarah — may all your cheese plates be comped!

PS: Who do you think will replace her? Speaking of cheese, ambulatory cream cheese sculpture Hugh Hewitt has been auditioning for the job for a couple of years…

Senator Duckworth on Cadet BoneSpurs (Open Thread)

So, Trump was interviewed by Piers Morgan on “Good Morning Britain” today, and he projectile-vomited a spray of excuses about why he didn’t serve in Vietnam, including that he was “never a fan” of that war and “nobody had ever heard of the country.” Morgan, a Trump toady who once applied for the White House chief of staff job, didn’t press Trump about faking a disability to dodge the draft, and he allowed Trump to claim he is making up for it now by increasing defense spending.

Iraq War veteran and US Senator Tammy Duckworth wasn’t having that shit, friends. Here are her tweets on the topic in paragraph form:

#CadetBoneSpurs: no one cares whether you were a “fan” of the Vietnam War. No one believes you were medically unfit to serve. You used your wealth & privilege to avoid serving your country five times, forcing another American to serve in your place each time.

Now, you’re stealing billions from @DeptofDefense’s budget to fund a wall you promised Mexico would pay for. You’re failing to support military families by taking away caregiver funding. You’re kicking out Americans who *are* willing to serve only because they’re transgender.

Sane people aren’t “fans” of war—only #StableGeniuses would even think that. I’ve met many #WWII #DDay Vets. None ever said they were fans of war. They simply answered their nation’s call, regardless of what they thought. Especially during the draft—it wasn’t optional for them.

These comments only make one thing clear: @realDonaldTrump got his deferments for the wrong thing. They shouldn’t have been for his disappearing, imaginary bone spurs—they should have been for that yellow streak down his back. At least that would have been a real condition.

Thank you, Senator Duckworth. Pete Buttigieg also recently dragged Trump for faking a disability to dodge the draft, noting that he (Buttigieg) admires people who were conscientious objectors but disapproves of rich assholes buying their way out of service via fraud. (I’m paraphrasing!)

Anyhoo, a couple of weeks ago, Post columnist Paul Waldman asked if it’s time for Democrats to talk about Trump’s draft dodging. Yes, it is.

Open thread.

They’re not booing; they’re chanting “Boooooooooo-lton”

Maybe someone in Trump’s entourage has figured out how to stream Fox News so the Trumps can access this comforting spin from a Blonde with Two Boobs on a Couch:

One of the Two Boobs claims the boos are for Bolton, who allegedly “loves it” since he’s a “tough guy.” Does the average Londoner even know who Bolton is? If so, they’re way ahead of the average American. Regrettably, Princess Complicity’s vacant visage is known worldwide. Ask not for whom the Brits boo; they boo for she.

What I want to know is who is paying for this European vacation for Trump’s adult hell-spawn? We taxpayers are almost certainly on the hook for Ivanka and Jared since they are (preposterously) employed by our government. But I hope the newsies will follow up on who’s paying for the trip for Don Jr., Tiffany, and Eric plus his idiot wife.

I remember wingnuts screeching like scalded stoats when Michelle Obama and her daughters toured London — even though the Obamas paid for their own personal expenses. They’ll guard the US Treasury just as jealously now that the vulgar Trump horde is abroad, amirite? [Rhetorical question!]

Open thread!

Give him five in the snot locker, Harry!

Those who believe the British monarchy is an anachronistic absurdity that wastes millions providing a jet-setting lifestyle to upper-class twits who should get real jobs might reconsider that opinion in light of Prince Harry’s odious obligation to meet Donald Trump (and possibly his hell-spawn) this week.

But the ginger prince has an opportunity here to reaffirm the vitality of the institution he represents and become a hero to millions on both sides of the Atlantic and beyond — he could punch Trump in the nose for insulting his wife.

Trump lies about everything, so we can’t draw conclusions such as “Trump’s afraid the Duke of Sussex will punch him in the snoot” from the fact that Trump is lying about calling Meghan Markle “nasty,” but here Trump is lying about it just this morning:

Trump’s official 2020 campaign “war room” Twitter account out-stupided the boss by tweeting the same lie last night, only with an audio recording with subtitles in which Trump clearly calls Markle “nasty” when he learned she had (correctly!) said Trump is divisive and misogynistic in the run-up to the 2016 election:

In the “war room” social media director’s defense, the audience for those tweets would thank the Golden Pig for dispensing lemonade if he pissed in their mouths, so there’s no downside to providing ironclad proof that they’re lying in the tweet containing the lie.

But why Trump thinks it’s a good idea to keep stirring this shit up right before jetting off to inflict himself and his horrible family on the UK is baffling. Maybe because it distracts Americans from impeachment? Nah, there’s no strategy beyond “look at meeeeeee!” There never is.

Open thread!