Here’s Your President-Elect, Trumpkins

A small, delusional narcissist who can’t focus on the fact that he won the big prize but has to quibble over the implicit slights in his historic popular vote loss:

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Never mind that alleging massive voter fraud hardly serves his cause — people are saying he was beaten by a girl! Outrage!

This is your president-elect, Trumpkins. You were taken in by a not-too-bright conman. That makes you an especially idiotic mark.

Had you only squandered your life sayings on a hard-sell shakedown disguised as a real estate course, it wouldn’t be any of my business, except perhaps as a concerned citizen who wants to shut down similar scams.

But with your vote, you made me and mine collateral damage to the con you signed up for, and second-class citizens into the bargain.

Wanted to “send a message,” did you? Well, message received, motherfucker: You don’t give a shit about this country that you’ve entrusted to a lunatic. Never dare to question my patriotism again.

So, he’s all yours, Trumpkins. Defend his petty vendettas at the cost of your soul. Or sack up and join the resistance.



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Mouth of Shit-Gibbon

mouth-sauron-2It’s minor in the scheme of things, but among my many regrets about the outcome of the recent election is the prospect of being exposed to Kellyanne Conway for the duration of the shit-gibbon administration.

I get that people must sometimes do unsavory things for money. I’m not particularly proud of my stint years ago as a PR flack for an insurance company, where I toiled in the service of evil while telling myself that didn’t make me a bad person.

But for Conway, it’s not just a job. She, like her boss, is an awful person. Here’s Conway on “Morning Joe,” where she appeared to spin the shit-gibbon’s decision (not his to make) not to pursue Hillary Clinton on charges related to her (non-criminal, as per an exhaustive investigation) handling of emails into an act of generosity:

“I think when the President-elect, who’s also the head of your party, tells you before he’s even inaugurated that he doesn’t wish to pursue these charges, it sends a very strong message, tone, and content” to fellow Republicans, Conway said in an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Conway said Clinton “still has to face the fact that a majority of Americans don’t find her to be honest or trustworthy,” but added that “if Donald Trump can help her heal, then perhaps that’s a good thing to do.”

God, what an arrogant, vindictive, malicious asshole that woman is. It’s not like Clinton is out there calling for an audit of the vote, even though she’s on track to win the popular vote by an unprecedented two million and there were irregularities aplenty that by rights SHOULD result in an investigation and a lot more controversy than there currently is, IMO.

No, we’re on track to inaugurate Conway’s embarrassing buffoon of a boss to a role for which he is manifestly unqualified, and the popular vote winner not only conceded graciously, she’s kept a low profile since. But that’s not enough to satisfy Conway’s spite; she has to twist the knife.

Anyway, not looking forward to seeing Conway play Mouth of Sauron for the next four years. Since Trump is busily filling his cabinet with the dregs of society, Conway likely won’t even crack the top 10 list of worst people in the shit-gibbon orbit, what with all the neo-Nazi pals, gropers, racists, etc. But she sure is a malignant turd.

ETA: The more I think about it, the more I’m convinced that this is Trump’s “Nazi Frog Moment.” Remember Bill Clinton’s so-called “Sistah Souljah” moment, when he denounced a controversial black entertainer to solidify wavering support among whites? Well, the shit-gibbon’s reversal on “lock her up!” isn’t going down well with the usual suspects, including the editors at neo-Nazi hub Breitbart, which is Trump’s chief strategist’s baby.

Now, not only does the shit-gibbon not have to further alienate half the country and make a fool of himself by urging his DOJ to fruitlessly prosecute an innocent person, Conway gets to simper and gloat about Clinton, and there’s a chance the more gullible among us will see it as a magnanimous deed that conveniently leaves a “cloud” over the person who actually won the most votes. Win-win if you’re a narcissist surrounded by vipers.



If His Lips Move, He’s Lying…part [n]

Donald Trump has yet to meet with the prime minister of the United Kingdom — arguably the closest ally of the United States.  He has found time to meet with representatives of Britain’s Lets-Play-Footsie-With-Fascists UKIP party including its well-dressed proto-fascist leader, Nigel Farange.

In that meeting Hair Führer focused on what really matters in the trans-Atlantic alliance.

Offshore wind farms in Scotland [h/t TPM]:

[Andy] Wigmore, who coordinated the communications effort for the push for Britain to leave the European Union, told The Express and the New York Times that Trump asked them to oppose new wind farms….

Wigmore told The Express that Trump “is dismayed that his beloved Scotland has become over-run with ugly wind farms which he believes are a blight on the stunning landscape.”

Rich guy doesn’t like looking at windmills. Rich guy manages to grasp real power. Rich guy starts f**king with other nations’ energy policy, land use decisions and the rest because…he can.

Welcome to the post policy presidency.  Trump has no idea what energy mix makes sense and he doesn’t care.  Just doesn’t like looking at turbines.  So lose the buggers, amirite!

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Apparently, Trump’s intervention appears to have worked, sort of:

Wigmore said that Trump “did suggest that we should campaign on it” and that the conversation “spurred us in and we will be going for it,” according to the New York Times.

Going for it, in this case, meaning that a party and a leadership roundly loathed in Scotland will argle bargle pwfft or something.  But gotta stroke the ferret-heedit shitgibbon, and talk is cheap.

The lagniappe, utterly unsurprisingly, is that the default position of the Trump crowd to any challenge is to lie:

Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks denied to the New York Times that Trump discussed wind farms during his meeting with Farage. When the Times told Hicks that Wigmore gave an account of the wind farm discussion, Hicks did not respond with further comment, according to the Times.

With every passing day it becomes yet more clear that there is no way that Donald Trump can handle the presidency.  With each passing day his presidency draws closer.

WASF.

Image:  Paul Gauguin, The Queen’s Mill, Østervold Park1885.



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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Early Morning Open Thread: Mr. Pence Goes to Hamilton

Virtue signalling — and I don’t mean by the audience/cast. Per the Chicago Tribune:

Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Friday was the latest high-profile person to attend the Broadway hit “Hamilton,” but he became the first to get a sharp message from a cast member from the stage.

Actor Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr, the nation’s third vice president, gave a speech Friday for his political descendant after the curtain call, telling Pence the multiracial and multicultural cast is worried about the Trump administration.

“We, sir, are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights,” Dixon said. “We truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us. All of us.”

Pence ducked out before Dixon finished the unprecedented message. But a show spokesman said Pence stood in the hallway outside the entrance to the auditorium and heard the full remarks.

The vice president-elect’s appearance at the Richard Rodgers Theatre triggered both cheers and boos when he slipped into row F in the mezzanine.

“Vice President-elect Pence, I see you walking out, but I hope you will hear us, just a few more moments. There’s nothing to boo here, ladies and gentlemen,” Dixon said from the stage. “We’re all here sharing a story about love.”…

Mike Pence, Public Scold of All Immorality, showed up at Hamilton for two reasons. First, getting good seats at the most popular show in one of the world’s top theater cities shows that he, VP-Elect Mike Pence, is now a Very Important Person. (If you were Mike Pence, you wouldn’t believe it without outside confirmation, either.) Second — most important, I’m guessing — Hamilton is a musical about a bunch of New York City immigrants, played by a cast of not-white actors, many of them openly LGBT. People like Mike Pence go to Hamilton to confirm their conviction that New Yorkers have always been filthy immigrants who proudly mock God and “history” while celebrating their perversities with every variety of that noisy jungle music. Getting boo’d at Hamilton gives Mike Pence immense ‘street cred’ with the neo-Nazis clotting around Steve Bannon, official Trump strategist-in-chief; since Bannon has a lot more influence with Trump than Mike Pence will ever accrue, Pence probably enjoyed the public opprobrium more than he did the play itself.
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Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III Is Trump’s AG Pick

Today in bearing witness to things that are not normal, we note that outgoing US Attorney General Loretta Lynch will be replaced with a man deemed too racist to serve as a federal judge by the US Senate in 1986. Via TPM:

Sessions’ nomination will likely be met with opposition in the Senate. While serving as a U.S. attorney in Alabama, Sessions was nominated for a federal judgeship in 1986, but he was never confirmed due to past racist comments. He withdrew his name from consideration and went on to be the Alabama attorney general and later a senator.

During the 1986 hearings to consider Sessions, J. Gerald Hebert, a Justice Department prosecutor, testified about how Sessions talked about a lawyer representing a black client. Herbert said that he once told Sessions that a judge had called a white lawyer “a disgrace to his race” for representing black clients. In response, Sessions said, “maybe he is,” Herbert said. Herbert also told Congress at the time that Sessions had called the NAACP “un-American” because the group was “trying to force civil rights down the throats of people.”

An African-American prosecutor testified to Congress that Sessions had called him “boy” and once joked that he felt the Ku Klux Klan “was O.K. until I found out they smoked pot.” Sessions denied called the prosecutor “boy” but not the other comments.

Though Sessions is likely to meet opposition from Democratic senators, it’s not clear how Republicans will approach his nomination now that he is one of their colleagues.

Trump’s picks so far: a white nationalist for Chief Strategist, an Islamophobic nutjob for National Security Adviser, and a walking monument to the Confederacy in name and outlook as AG. He is who he said he was.

ETA: Appending my comment below: I don’t know what more Democrats need to know to conclude that the only proper response to the incoming administration is implacable resistance. They should have a convo with Rep. Lewis. He knows a little something about how to stare down racist goons.