A Monday morning grab-bag of sleaze, corruption, and groping.
Whatever Chutkan does, (and I think someone should literaly gag him) it won't matter. I hate to say that, but until he is dead, he will never stop talking.
If he incites the armed idiots that adore him and violence ensues, (which is very possible) we will then have to deal with the ramifications of that.
The Republican Party is reponsible for this. They have been leaning this way for decades and now they are trying to tame the monster they created.
This will not end well.
Let’s take stock of the latest episode of Boebert Behaving Badly – too tempting to pass up, for all the obvious reasons, but also not something that should be allowed to slide:
-- Boebert vapes, against the rules, in an enclosed facility and in the presence of a pregnant woman, because she cares so much about the lives of the unborn. Got it.
-- Boebert fondles a companion as if in the back row of the bus in high school, because there should be common standards of decency in a public place. Check.
-- Boebert gave the finger to those removing her from the theater, and everyone else within eyesight, because that’s how elected officials are allowed to behave in front of their bosses, the taxpaying citizens. Okay – as long as the rest of us can do that to our bosses as well and get away with it.
-- Children saw much or all of this in real time, but that’s okay, because she is a mother and knows what’s best for kids. All right.
-- Boebert apologized after the fact for her transgressions. Yeah, after doubling down on her innocence first, and only when video evidence surfaced that proved her to be a liar. Yet another “sorry, not sorry” moment from GOP officials who feel even less shame and embarrassment than they do empathy for others who are not like them and do not have their perks and advantages.
-- And of course Boebert chose to play the “Do you know who I am?” card. The correct answer is, “Actually, we know what you are. Who you are is a distinction without a difference.”
Feel free to add to the list if I have left something out -- quite possible, given how many balls there are to juggle. I feel bad for those good, decent people in Colorado who are tainted by the presence of this person and the guilt by association that she increasingly projects upon the masses there. But as bad as she is, if she gets reelected, it becomes more about the voters who put her there, with full knowledge of her track record of trailer trash behavior. (Requisite apology to the many people living in trailers who know better than to act like that and do so.) In life we get what we settle for more than what we want or need. Boebert increasingly is proof that the car will crash as often as we remove the guardrails meant to ensure that it stay on the road.
It looks as if Trump is daring Judge Chutkan to put him in jail. It’s a win-win for him. Being dragged off to jail would be the ultimate show of how he is being persecuted. If he is not silenced, he is showing that the law can’t touch him.
What the judge should do is call him into court and have him stand before her like a naughty child. Have him explain his comments about her, and then make him explain why they are wrong. She should ask him if he is trying to get her to send him to jail. She should have his lawyers publicly explain to him what he is doing wrong, to make sure they understand. Then she should move the trial date up two weeks. Then if he spouts off again, she should put in him jail until the trial with no contact with the world except through his lawyers.
Trump has demonstrated to the rest of the Republican Party that they can be as corrupt as they want and if they support each other’s criminality they can get away with it. This is evident in Texas, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Alabama, as well as in the US House of Representatives.
MTG lecturing the Senate about decorum after the chamber announced changes in dress code while Boebert is acting like a horny teenager in public. Chef’s kiss on timing.
I regularly watch Meet the Press anyway, so, although it was TFG, I who I normally cannot stand to hear, I watched Kristen Welker try to get answers out of him. It was like watching someone try to nail Jello to a wall. I had some questions, too. What proof do you have that President Biden is directing the Department of Justice on anything at all? When is the “appropriate time” for you to reveal where you were during the Capitol siege? Do you think there should be a Federal abortion ban? Will you end America’s policy of standing by our democratic friend Taiwan? That interview was the biggest display of lies, evasion, re-direction, and weapons-grade b.s. I have ever witnessed in my life. I wanted to throw something at the tv.
It would be hard to find people with no opinion on Trump to be jurors, he is such a polarizing figure. Via social media he’s going to continue badmouthing everything about the trials, daring the judges to stop him (nobody tells Donald Trump what to do!). If he draws some jail time for contempt, he knows his base will be outraged on his behalf, decrying First Amendment violations.
It’s hard to believe half the country is down for another four years of that vile lunatic, but I guess the heart wants what it wants.
I absolutely refuse to believe that half this country wants DJT back in the White House
But this is the GOP’s guy, because they are the party of “Law and Order”. I am disappointed, because I really wanted to watch the video of P01135809 confusing Biden with Obama and forgetting that there already was a World War II…
Despite DeSantis insisting on his immoral, sinful, pro-death position on vaccines, the man keeps emailing me about the "anti-Catholic DOJ" and "Catholic persecution." So I Googled Desantis and the Catholic Church, and it turns out that the Church has been objecting to his policy positions, quite a lot. And the media has been reporting it; how else would I have known? I don't know what to make of all that. All I know is that the sinful, immoral, pro-Death DeSantis and I agree on one thing only: it barely matters who runs against Trump and what their positions are when the media is in the tank for Trump so obviously.
Paxton was impeached by 70% of his own party. That is not politics…that is ethics…something we rarely see in the GOP, and something the majority GOP Senate in Texas was unable to support…
Charlie,thank you for not dwelling on this latest MSM clickbait poll from CBS 14 months out from the election. 'Give us this day our daily poll' is my attitude towards these silly things.
I don’t place as much stock in polling as James Carville, but I do think there is one benefit to these polls that show a dead heat...that is those who do not want to see the country descend into anarchy and authoritarianism had better get off their complacent asses.
One fact that seems to be omitted when tfg drones on about the "rigged" 2020 election is that he was president during that election cycle. He claimed for months before the election that it would be rigged, yet somehow this "very stable genius" was hornswoggled by those "scheming Dems". That doesn't exactly reflect kindly on his leadership ability.
On the "Ukrainian Nazis" -- I had the opportunity to see a prototype for a new (unclassified) dashboard used by the Intelligence Community to track misinfo/disinfo campaigns. The demo used the "Ukrainians are Nazis" campaign to demonstrate capabilities. It used visualization and maps to track the spread of the campaign. The first mentiones came from IP addresses in St. Petersburg and quickly spread via social media to Europe and really took off when they popped up in US population centers. The origin of the campaign could not have been less ambiguous.
This is the best and most comprehensive coverage I've seen of the Smith gag order request. I look forward to seeing how it shakes out: whether it's granted, and if it is, what will take place when Trump inevitably violates it.
The Paxton acquittal is disappointing, as he richly deserved conviction. I shouldn't be surprised, though. On the bright side, it is nice seeing Texas Republicans shivving one another over it, so I'll enjoy that while it lasts. Probably won't last much longer.
Clever double meaning headline? .... “Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis turns on ‘malignant narcissist’ ex-president Donald Trump” - The Guardian
I’d like to be today’s first to comment but the bullets in the intro, combined with msnbc, prevailed. I don’t know if I need another cup of coffee or an antacid.