“Superior Genetic Material” Open Thread: Eric Takes Back the ‘Dumbest Trump Offspring’ Title

I’m absolutely sure Eric sent this *EXCORIATING* tweet on blast to every single Trump employee, because that Fahrenthold guy made him so BIGLY MAD.

Hopefully somebody (many somebodies) will screenshot Eric’s message, before he reads (has somebody read to him) the replies:

Only pro-Eric response I’ve seen, so far, with response:

Lots more of this, please

I’m not sure exactly why, since Trump has been openly corrupt from day one, but the Pence Doonbeg boondoggle seems to have legs in the media, even while SharpieGate rages on:

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is demanding the State Department disclose its role in Vice President Mike Pence’s trip this week to meet with Irish leaders in Dublin, which included a stay at the Trump International Hotel in Doonbeg, some 175 miles away.

“This is only the latest instance in which government officials, companies or special interest groups have patronized the President’s hotels – enriching the President and his family – in numerous cases, with taxpayer funds,” Warren wrote in a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, obtained by WBUR.

Warren demanded Pompeo disclose the State Department’s involvement in making travel arrangements, how much more it cost Pence to stay in Doonbeg instead of in Dublin, and whether Trump’s reported suggestion that Pence stay at his property played a role.

Maybe it’s because the story keeps changing?

Nancy Pelosi’s office issued a blistering statement about the Doonbeg boondoggle a couple of days ago. An excerpt:

President Trump is violating the Constitution by making money off of his lavish, ritzy resort properties, ultimately prioritizing his profits over the interests of the American people.

First, Trump suggested holding the G7 Summit at his Doral golf resort in Florida.

Now, the White House is walking back their previous statements that Trump personally suggested Pence stay at his Doonbeg hotel in Ireland, which would be yet another example of the President’s self-dealing.

Vice President Pence promised that their Administration would defend the Constitution and stand by a “strict constructionist” interpretation of the Constitution. Instead the Trump-Pence Administration is ignoring the text itself and selling out the Constitution to line Trump’s pockets.

Trump properties are a cesspool of corruption, a black hole for taxpayers’ money, an exploiter of immigrant labor and a national security threat with a suspected foreign spy walking the halls.

Let’s hope this is all a preview of coming attractions for when Congress is back in session. I’ve stopped complaining about it here because it seems like pointless blog-wanking that generates more heat than light, but we have the House — let’s USE it to expose the most corrupt pack of gilded grift-mavens who ever fleeced a sucker.

Late Night Open Thread: Does Dan Crenshaw Have 30-50 Feral Friends?

So Rep. Crenshaw doubled down, because OF COURSE…

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“I pity the fool…”

As dumb as it is — and damn, is it dumb! — SharpieGate isn’t going away. Trump’s use of a Sharpie to make himself not-wrong on Twitter last week spawned thousands of memes, including this:

The Beltway press can’t get enough of it. 24-hour news has been on it for 24 hours.

Trump tweeted about it five times today (most recently about 20 minutes ago). His “press secretary” (who neither presses nor secretaries) waded into the fray, spotting an opportunity to curry favor with the boss by taking a whack at CNN — and getting politely curb-stomped by CNN for her trouble:

Trump can’t let it go because he’s a walking collection of untreated personality disorders who relies on bullying and dominance to bubble-wrap his fragile ego. I think valued commenter Gin & Tonic was onto something yesterday when he noted (paraphrasing) that the media has glommed onto this because it’s both absurd and an easy story to cover.

I’m finding the story hard to let go too because it’s such a perfect example of the how the Trump presidency is ridiculous and frightening at the same time: this demented crybaby is inventing stories that would shame a fourth grader, and government officials are serving as props and defenders, as if this whole episode wasn’t bug-fuck nuts.

But maybe Mayor Pete Buttigieg has the right strategy here:

A snippet of the transcript (via The Hill):

“I’m really worried about that,” the South Bend, Ind., mayor and Democratic presidential candidate said on CNN’s “New Day.”

“I feel sorry for the president, and that is not the way we should feel about the most powerful figure in this country,” he said. “Somebody on whose wisdom and judgment our lives literally depend.”

“I don’t know if he felt it necessary to pull out a sharpie and change the map. I don’t know if it was one of his aides believed they had to do that in order to protect his ego,” he added. “No matter how you cut it, this is an unbelievably sad state of affairs for our country. If our presidency is not in good shape, then our country is not in good shape. And on one level it’s laughable, on another it is exactly why we got to do something different.”

Maybe pity is the right approach. Perhaps Trump’s opponents should discuss him in hushed, solicitous tones, as if the crazy racist uncle has graduated from demented email forwards to leaping out of dumpsters and screaming at passing schoolchildren about the Bilderberg Group. Because in a sense, he has.

More On #SharpieGate

In the downstairs thread, we were discussing an absurd thing that happened earlier today: Trump hosted a “hurricane update” in the Oval Office, seemingly for the sole purpose of whipping out a days-old National Hurricane Center map that one of the low-quality hires altered by crudely extending the “cone of concern” with a Sharpie to include part of Alabama.

Why would anyone do something so idiotic, especially since the actual hurricane has since killed probably lots of people and threatens many more thousands right now? To make it look like Trump wasn’t wrong on Twitter last week when he said Alabama was in the path of Dorian. (Narrator: It wasn’t!)

So, the press got a hold of it this afternoon, and Trump doubled down:

More lies and a promise that “better maps” will be “presented later.” Someone should tell him the National Hurricane Center archives forecast maps, and they are available to anyone with an internet connection. Jesus Christ, y’all. I knew a Trump presidency would be non-stop stupid and mind-bogglingly incompetent, but…damn.

Open thread?