You-know-who with the you-know-what

This New York Mag post from last July is spot on. Jonathan Chait goes to the obvious, which is probably why it makes sense.

…this is to say that German conservatives did not see Hitler as Hitler — they saw Hitler as Trump. And the reasons they devised to overcome their qualms and accept him as the head of the government would ring familiar to followers of the 2016 campaign. They believed the responsibility of governing would tame Hitler, and that his beliefs were amorphous and could be shaped by advisers once in office.

You ask yourself ‘Why do alcoholics keep drinking?’ Or ‘Why are some people so mean?’ Because it’s what they do. There’s not a lot of logic built into it. I don’t think the right wing has ever made any sense.

As for our ‘German conservatives’ over at Fox News, or National Review, who think sobering responsibilities or hallowed institutions or craggy advisers will somehow temper Trump’s fascism…

I think that it’s been an important reminder to all Americans that we have a judiciary that has taken far too much power and become in many cases a supreme branch of government,” Miller told John Dickerson of CBS News…

…they’re wrong.

“The end result of this, though, is that our opponents, the media, and the whole world will soon see, as we begin to take further actions, that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned.”

Donald’s worst tendencies will only be duly supported and then amplified…by the whip-wielding likes of Stephen Miller, a vicious piece of work in his own right. I know plenty of people who voted for the guy thought that he wouldn’t be that bad. He couldn’t be that bad! But he is. Congratulations, dumbass.

Go on. Impeach him. Now

Three weeks in and there’s still no indication any Republican has ever heard the term “Emoluments” much less “of any kind whatever.” They’re probably figuring to ride the tiger until he keels over and pukes a half-digested GOP on their loafers.

I don’t think it will be too long before that happens.

Plenty of people are going on and on about a country in chaos, but few are talking about what’s been settled. No one’s really much talked about the more remarkable fact: Donald Trump is an historically unpopular president with no hope of redemption.

PPP’s new national poll finds that Donald Trump’s popularity as President has declined precipitously just over the last two weeks. On our first poll of his Presidency voters were evenly divided on Trump, with 44% approving of him and 44% also disapproving. Now his approval rating is 43%, while his disapproval has gone all the way up to 53%.

In only 21 days Trump’s unfavorability has gone from 44% to 53%. This is not surprising given 1.) How horrible he is. 2.) What a fuck up he is. 3.) How many Americans already knew this about him. He’s not shy, and New York is not a small place.

And there’s this.

Just three weeks into his administration, voters are already evenly divided on the issue of impeaching Trump with 46% in favor and 46% opposed. Support for impeaching Trump has crept up from 35% 2 weeks ago, to 40% last week, to its 46% standing this week. While Clinton voters initially only supported Trump’s impeachment 65/14, after seeing him in office over the last few weeks that’s gone up already to 83/6.

Democrats were only about 5 to 1 on impeachment, but now they’re 14 to 1. He can call us whatever names he likes, but we’re still 40% of the country. And the territory he’s in now is deep and dark. The stain won’t wash off. He can’t be forgiven, he’ll never be popular. He has no hopes of ever being okay with the American people.

Shortly before the committee undertook its impeachment votes, a Harris Poll showed that 53 percent of Americans supported an impeachment of Nixon by the House. The same poll showed that 47 percent thought he should be convicted in a Senate trial, 34 percent thought he should be acquitted, and the rest were unsure.

Trump is now only seven percentage points from being in dead Nixon-walking territory. It’s a hard seven points for sure, but still. To be this close to having his presidency ended in its first month, it’s impressive.


ADD: Barbara Jordan, with one of the great political speeches of the century. Do yourself a favor and watch.

No harm in trying

This story broke on CNN a couple hours ago.

The sources said the Warren moment came up in the context of the Trump’s impromptu analysis of the state of the Democratic Party. Trump made his comments in what appeared to be a reference to Warren’s criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions during his confirmation process.

Now we know. Donald did in fact take note of Sen. Warren’s King-clubbing of Jeff Sessions, the refurbished racist and newly minted attorney general.

President Donald Trump taunted Democrats by telling them “Pocahontas is now the face of your party” — his insult of choice for Sen. Elizabeth Warren — during a meeting with senators earlier this week, sources told CNN.

Imagine we could get ‘Senators’ Lewis and Cummings to troll him like Senator Warren – maybe with a heartfelt exhortation not to hurt white folks from an actual white person. Capitol Testudine McConnell could silence the pair with a Jim Crow parliamentary faceslap, then Lindsay Graham could go on Fox News and regret the time was long past only telling the two to shut up. And if that’s what it takes to get Donald to drop an “Amos n’ Andy” bomb on all of us, I’m good.

Of course Adolf had a big dick

Our man, Aesop:

So the Mouse had Miss Lion for bride;
Very great was his joy and his pride:
But it chanced that she put
On her husband her foot,
And the weight was too much so he died.

If the Trumpers think they can pick us all up and carry us over the threshold, they are mistaken.

I got on the subway in Manhattan tonight and found a Swastika on every advertisement and every window. The train was silent as everyone stared at each other, uncomfortable and unsure what to do.

One guy got up and said, “Hand sanitizer gets rid of Sharpie. We need alcohol.” He found some tissues and got to work.

I’ve never seen so many people simultaneously reach into their bags and pockets looking for tissues and Purel. Within about two minutes, all the Nazi symbolism was gone.

Nazi symbolism. On a public train. In New York City. In 2017.

“I guess this is Trump’s America,” said one passenger.

I would say so. For those of us unfortunately trapped on His Commuter Trains, I would agree. It ain’t easy living in Trump’s vibrant renewal. For New York Times op-ed flunkies though, these days are rich with stretch limos and runway models.

Free Melania – From Our Expectations

Here they clearly all are, America’s winners and losers. The doyennes and the donks, the kings and crows. The deservedly rich, and of course (thank god) the poor. The mess has finally been properly sorted out for everyone to see. For god’s sake now can we all get along? Can we at last have some peace in here? Because Maureen Dowd is about to have her first orgasm. All of you, just keep going the way you are now. Really, don’t change a thing, you’re doing great. Because she is riiiiiight there. And maybe in a minute, or perhaps, more charitably, two, after we at last catch a breath, we’ll dispatch our candy kisses and boudoir bouquets to the wax white dildo who won the big prize.

Here’s the latest, if you’re interested

I’ve enjoyed writing this blog. Really it had to be done. Donald Trump is a threat to everything I know. He’s a menace to any peace of mind.

When I started it though I knew no one would read for it awhile. It’s a bit desolate right now. Hopefully it’ll get better. For now the fun of it is in putting something on the page.

But there’s a problem. Where to begin?

…about 140 refugees whose resettlement in the United States was blocked by President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration have been sent back to their refugee camp.

Nadir Hassan says the group of Somali refugees was relocated to Dadaab camp in eastern Kenya on Saturday… Hassan said he was hoping to start a new life in the U.S.

Trump fucks over so many people so fast, it’s difficult to keep up.

President Trump on Saturday morning ripped into a federal judge’s decision to temporarily block enforcement of his controversial travel ban.

“When a country is no longer able to say who can, and who cannot , come in & out, especially for reasons of safety &.security — big trouble!” Trump posted on Twitter.

He also appeared to question the legitimacy of the federal judge who issued the ruling.

“The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!” Trump tweeted.

And he’s a wet-face brat, so there’s that.

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) agency charged with ensuring the humane treatment of large research animals, such as primates and goats, has quietly scrubbed all inspection reports and enforcement records from its website. The move has drawn criticism from animal welfare and transparency activists who say the public has the right to know how their tax dollars are being used.

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), which also oversees animals in circuses, zoos and those sold commercially as pets, says that making the data publicly available posed a threat to individuals’ privacy.

And he’s turning the institutions of government into cartoons.

President Donald Trump has so far failed to nominate deputies and other top officials to run the day-to-day operations at most federal agencies, creating a vacuum across the government that has businesses, lobbyists and lawmakers in limbo as they wait to see how Trump’s agenda will be carried out.

…the president has named just three deputy secretaries — at the Commerce Department, Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security…

As he rankles world leaders with his unorthodox public statements, Trump has yet to fill out the top ranks of the State Department, the agency tasked with international diplomacy. Neither the Treasury Department nor the Defense Department, both core to Trump’s economic and national security message, have deputy secretaries.

And he doesn’t give a damn. At all, in the least.

There’s no easy narrative here. There’s no one thing to latch onto and begin your daily diatribe with. He’s a jewel of dog shit, unyielding and multi-faceted. Beyond our ken in his sickening existence.

ISIS’ new best friend

‘Fake news’, as they say, now dominates what’s become of our political discourse. With a fake president in the White House and fake leaders littered generously all around him, lying has become our Esperanto. It’s probably a pretty good time to be a linguist – or a fact-checker, at least so far as keeping busy. As far as getting half the country to believe anything you say, forget it.

This however appears to be real.

In the days that followed, the recent defector said, ISIS members in Raqqa, the group’s self-declared capital, hailed Donald Trump’s win as a victory for the terror group. Local leaders even called it divine intervention. “They told us that victory is at hand and that God has sent the pig Trump as clear evidence of this,” Abu Musab said.

These are interviews BuzzFeed did with former ISIS members.

On the morning after the election, though, the soldiers found the imam in an excited mood. He devoted the entire hour to Trump and his electoral win, imploring the fighters to seize the initiative. “He said that now Trump won the election, and he is an enemy of Islam, and we have to use this chance because it’s on our side,” the former fighter said. “He said we have to be smart and use social media to call people to come and join us.”

Here was the Washington Post on Sunday.

Jihadist groups on [social media accounts] Sunday celebrated the Trump administration’s ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, saying the new policy validates their claim that the United States is at war with Islam…

Several postings suggested that Trump was fulfilling the predictions of Anwar al-Awlaki, the American born al-Qaeda leader and preacher who famously said that the “West would eventually turn against its Muslim citizens.”…

“When U.S. President Donald Trump says ‘We don’t want them here’ and bans the Muslim immigrants from Muslim countries, there is one thing that comes to our mind,” said another posting, beneath a banner of Awlaki and his quote.

Another posting on the Telegram channel “Abu Magrebi” said Trump’s actions “clearly revealed the truth and harsh reality behind the American government’s hatred toward Muslims.”

Here was CNN yesterday.

“It can play into their propaganda, to make it clear for anyone who could be in doubt, that it’s a war on Islam and all Muslims,” Abdullah told CNN over a messaging service. The names of the now-defected foreign fighters in this story have been changed to protect their identities…

“[Trump’s] helped ISIS a lot, he’s basically being a tool for them in a way,” Abu Obaida, a British former Jabhat al-Nusra fighter in Syria, told CNN via direct message. “On social media right now there’s a lot of people quoting Anwar al-Awlaki (the late spokesperson for al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula) and his last speech when he said that America will turn on the Muslims.”…

In conversation on social media, various jihadists have said the executive action unveiled America’s “hatred towards Muslims,” according to US-based SITE monitoring service. A pro-ISIS account on Telegram — an encrypted app favored by the militant group — praised Trump as “the best caller to Islam,” signaling the President’s ban would attract new believers.

You can see why Obama was so careful with his language. He was likely to refer to ISIS and the like as ‘not Islamic’ or ‘enemies of Islam.’

Propaganda is a game that the terrorists play every day, and they play it well. That’s why they’re so good at recruiting young men – and women – from across the world, including from here in the U.S.. Donald would rather play that exact same game, but only with you and me. He’d rather lie to us and be blunt with the enemy. It’s a bad strategy.

Roll up roll up for David French

I wouldn’t want to write for the National Review. I would never want to work as a member of that staff. You’d have to deal with the standard issue racism, and stupidity of course, and you’d have to make nice with banana slug Jonah Goldberg. And I’m not sure I could do it. I’m pretty sure, despite the flashy pay, I would freak out and fail. Spectacularly.

But there’s more to it. The ridiculous demands would kill me. For example, back in 2015 their staff were bound to say that Trump was something of a fascinating candidate. Donald was an engaging mystery, even a breath of fresh air. But then, in 2016, they had to pound their desks and swear that he was an un-American troll. Trump somehow managed to become an ill-mannered lout with no true conservative credentials to his name. It was obvious that the man was a clear threat to Western democracy, of course.

But now? After he won the election? C’mon, he’s The President! Now it’s the writers’ job to confuse the American suckers. They’ve got to make a show of the New Politics so that no one notices President Whack is up to his elbows in the treasury. Someone’s got to pretend that Republican Dad is doing everything as usual when Donald starts hucking money bombs at NatRev’s many rich pals. That ain’t easy. It is no mean feat even as shameless lying goes. It’s especially difficult given the considerable number of people who can remember…anything at all.

For a fair demonstration of this, the art and science of flummoxery, come a little closer. And feast your eyes upon a writer who gazes shamelessly past the war torn refugees and green card innocents now trapped in Trump’s racist dick-wagging. Watch as David ‘no middle initial’ French beguiles and bedevils us all with his Dance Of The Seven Bong Hits.

So, what did Trump do? Did he implement his promised Muslim ban? No, far from it. He backed down dramatically from his campaign promises and instead signed an executive order dominated mainly by moderate refugee restrictions and temporary provisions aimed directly at limiting immigration from jihadist conflict zones.

*glubglubglubglub*…he’s practically kissing them on the lips…….

The bottom line is that Trump is improving security screening and intends to admit refugees at close to the average rate of the 15 years before Obama’s dramatic expansion in 2016. Obama’s expansion was a departure from recent norms, not Trump’s contraction.

*glubglubglubglub*…keep crunching those numbers Dave-o they’re almost asleep…….

We know that terrorists are trying to infiltrate the ranks of refugees and other visitors. We know that immigrants from Somalia, for example, have launched jihadist attacks here at home and have sought to leave the U.S. to join ISIS.

*glubglubglubglub*…no point in letting in someone who’s only gonna bail…….

Unless we want to simply accept Muslim immigrant terror as a fact of American life, a short-term ban on entry from problematic countries combined with a systematic review of our security procedures is both reasonable and prudent.

*glubglubglubglub*…take the good ya take the bad there ya have…the terror facts of life…….

However, there are reports that the ban is being applied even to green-card holders. This is madness.

*glubglubglubglub*…Christ did I just type madness? eject eject…….

The plain language of the order doesn’t apply to legal permanent residents of the U.S., and green-card holders have been through round after round of vetting and security checks.

*glubglubglubglub*…plain language…plane playne playen pleine…the word has no meaning…….

It’s particularly gross to see this display when the Obama administration’s deliberate decision to leave a yawning power vacuum — in part through its Iraq withdrawal and in part through its dithering throughout the Syrian Civil War — exacerbated the refugee crisis in the first place…

*glubglubglubglub*…the refugees created when he ended the war…unlike the guy who started it heh…….

Righteous bro, good bake. Go get yourself some Little Debbies (you earned it).