Donnie Bad Touch Goes On The Lam

Breaking: Washington, D.C.
Petulant Trump, the ‘Glorious Leader’ and liar in chief of the Divided States of ‘Murica, appears to have ‘fled the jurisdiction’ today amid all the latest treason and grift allegations surrounding he and his spawn. It is unknown exactly why Bad Touch Donnie has fled town, but it appears he is heading to France. Following the usual morning flurry of incomprehensible and factually bereft (not to mention reality bereft) rage/morning-poop tweets, the Pumpkin Overlord boarded Air force One and skipped town. It is unknown whether he took his own golf clubs or will be renting from the local club he will no doubt spend the next several days waddling about. Watch this space for more info as it becomes available.

For Your Viewing Enjoyment

Tonight’s Listings …

MSNBC: “Are Trump Jr. Russian Meeting Emails Evidence of Criminality?”

CNN: “Source: Justice Dept. probe will look at Trump Jr.’s disclosed emails, meeting.”

CBS: “Did Donald Trump Jr. break the law?”

ABC: “Offered Russian aid to ‘incriminate Hillary,’ Donald Trump Jr. wrote ‘I love it’”

Fox News: “Dispelling The Fascist Left Wing Conspiracy That Donald Trump Jr. Is In Any Way Related To Donald Trump Sr.” with your host Hannity the Manatee


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Donnie Jr. Update …

Donnie Bad Touch Jr. Update …

one day we’ll all look back on this and laugh, and laugh, and, no actually it will be just as infuriating as it is now, but at least all these pricks will be in prison …
so we’ll laugh, and laugh, and …


President Vows To Find Those ‘3 Million Illegal Voters’

Petulant Trump, the Velveeta Raccoon, ‘Glorious Leader’ and liar in chief of the Divided States
of ‘Murica  seen here looking for those ‘missing 3 million illegal crooked Hillary voters’

“If I have to golf every course in America, which by the way is way more awesomer, freedom filled and bigly since I became ruler, I will find those 3 million illegals that crooked Hillary snuck into the country through her Mars based, child pornography/slave ring pizzerias, I will damnit!” the petulant one exclaimed before wandering off and climbing into the wrong limo at the airport. The Prima Donnie, or ‘Samsung Note 7’ as he is referred to by his Secret Service detail was then hurriedly bum rushed into the appropriate waiting limo and whisked away for his afternoon meds and nap. He rolled down the window and shouted “I’m president and you’re all NOT!” as the car sped away.

What Do the Russians ‘Have’ on the Trump Family? Fear.

excellent piece by Charles Pierce

So, Donald Trump The Second now has his ass in a crack because he went out after something that hundreds of elite political journalists have sought since at least 1991—some dirt on the Clintons. The difference, of course, is that many of the latter took meetings with every poolroom liar and state house grifter in the state of Arkansas. According to the remarkable one-two thrown by The New York Times over the weekend, Junior went spelunking for slime in an incredible universe of murderous gangsters, which shares a very big chunk of the Russian government’s Venn diagram with the political elite of that country. Forgive my cynicism, but Junior would have been better off hanging out at the Mena Airport, or maybe tossing back a few at Parker Dozhier’s fish camp. Safer, too. Per the NYT:

Trump Jr. added that the lawyer then changed subjects and began discussing a separate issue: the adoption of Russian children and a US law known as the Magnitsky Act, which allows the US to withhold visas and freeze the assets of Russians thought to have violated human rights.

Veselnitskaya founded a group purporting to seek the removal of Moscow’s ban on the adoption of Russian children by US citizens, which it put in place in retaliation for the Magnitsky Act; she has also sought to repeal that law.

Let us pause for a moment and consider the Magnitsky Act. Sergei Magnitsky was an auditor from a Russian law firm who uncovered the biggest case of tax fraud in the history of Russian kleptocratic corruption, which is something. In response, Magnitsky was arrested and put on trial for tax evasion in front of a bunch of crooks in lovely kangaroo suits. He died in prison of untreated medical problems and (probably) from being beaten to death by the good people from the Interior Ministry. In 2012, the Congress passed a law that froze the assets and effectively rendered non-persons 18 Russian officials who were tied in some way to the persecution and murder of Sergei Magnitsky. This got up the nose of Vladimir Putin, who responded by suspending the adoption of Russian children by American families. He also launched a PR blitz headed by a well-connected hack lawyer named Natalia Veselnitskaya. Which is where Junior comes in.

Veselnitskaya was the person with whom Junior—along with Paul Manafort and the inevitable Jared Kushner—took the meeting. Let’s let Junior’s most recent explanation speak for itself, because it’s just the funniest thing ever.

In a statement on Sunday, Donald Trump Jr. said he had met with the Russian lawyer at the request of an acquaintance. “After pleasantries were exchanged,” he said, “the woman stated that she had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Ms. Clinton. Her statements were vague, ambiguous and made no sense. No details or supporting information was provided or even offered. It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information.” He said she then turned the conversation to adoption of Russian children and the Magnitsky Act, an American law that blacklists suspected Russian human rights abusers. The law so enraged President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia that he retaliated by halting American adoptions of Russian children. “It became clear to me that this was the true agenda all along and that the claims of potentially helpful information were a pretext for the meeting,” Mr. Trump said.

This, then, is Junior’s official explanation: I thought we were colluding to ratfck the Democratic candidate, and the presidential election in general, but then she started talking about getting the mobsters’ money back. Bitch set me up.

This is not an argument I would bring to court.

Right now, there are more Russians involved in this story than there are in War and Peace. Many of them have the power to cloud men’s minds; how else to explain the fact that both Kushner and Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III both forgot to mention to the responsible vetting agencies meetings with various Russians. At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if the statue in the Lincoln Memorial was wearing a fur hat some morning very soon. At this point, I wouldn’t be shocked if the R in Rhode Island suddenly turned backwards.

To get the full picture, the redoubtable Booman suggests that we examine the criminal complaint that Preet Bharara filed against one Denis Katsyv, another one of Veselnitskaya’s clients, and the alleged mastermind of the massive fraud that got Sergei Magnitsky killed. He’s right. The breadth and depth of the corruption is almost impossible to believe. There’s identity theft … of corporations. (I guess they really are people, too.) There’s the entire world as their laundromat, including “Manhattan real estate.” Russian security forces raided corporate offices and then used what they took to set up front companies to clean the cash. Essentially, they looted this hedge fund of about $230 million. Magnitsky looked into it. He got busted by the same people he was investigating, and it got him killed. Of course, Bharara got fired, and the case was quietly settled for $6 million and no admission of guilt by anybody.

What I believe I see here is an incredibly corrupt American family doing business with criminal gangs that are way, way out of their league, and that are in league with the institutions of government, and the formidable security apparatus, of an authoritarian state. Talk about punching out of your weight class. This isn’t cheating some poor subcontractor. These people throw you out windows. And the Trumps have being doing business in this financial abattoir for years. This doesn’t make them sharp. This makes them compliant minnows in a shark tank.

Not to borrow trouble, but what if these guys decide that the president’s son—or, god forbid, the president himself—have become as inconvenient as Sergei Magnitsky was. For months now, people have been asking what the Russians “have” on Donald Trump. Maybe it’s just fear. If it’s not, it ought to be.

Charles Pierce

The Art of the Con

Donald Trump is a con, a grifter, a fraud.
He has failed at everything he’s ever done, other than cheat, lie and backstab.
And now he has conned his way into the presidency and what does he deliver?
The astute businessman with the nerves of steel and the guile of a fox?
A liar who is in WAY over his head.

master negotiator art of the deal
The master negotiator at work at the G20 – picture really does kinda sum it all up doesn’t it?

Way to cut those deals Donnie.
Way to lead the way.
Oh well, at least he doesn’t have any email server problems …
Dodged a bullet on that one huh America? … phew …

Der Spiegel–Some Truth

When it comes to verbalizing exactly how most sane people feel about Donald Trump, it comes down to the fact that there really aren’t enough expletives to get your point across. He’s as horrific as a person as he is a leader and has absolutely no place being near the Oval Office. One paper, a German paper called Der Spiegel, has perfectly put into words how most sane Americans, nay, the world, feels about Trump. The author is Klaus Brinkbäumer, and the man is a damn genius.
The article is titled “It’s Time to Get Rid of Donald Trump”  — “A Danger to the World.” Saying:

“Donald Trump has transformed the United States into a laughing stock and he is a danger to the world. He must be removed from the White House before things get even worse.”

Something the majority of Americans, seeing as Trump overwhelmingly lost the popular vote, agree with.

The article begins by saying:

“Donald Trump is not fit to be president of the United States. He does not possess the requisite intellect and does not understand the significance of the office he holds nor the tasks associated with it. He doesn’t read. He doesn’t bother to peruse important files and intelligence reports and knows little about the issues that he has identified as his priorities. His decisions are capricious and they are delivered in the form of tyrannical decrees.”

But hold onto your underoos, that’s just the beginning. Brinkbäumer continues:

“He is a man free of morals. As has been demonstrated hundreds of times, he is a liar, a racist and a cheat. I feel ashamed to use these words, as sharp and loud as they are. But if they apply to anyone, they apply to Trump. And one of the media’s tasks is to continue telling things as they are: Trump has to be removed from the White House. Quickly. He is a danger to the world.”


“Trump is also a miserable boss. His people invent excuses for him and lie on his behalf because they have to, but then Trump wakes up and posts tweets that contradict what they have said. He doesn’t care that his spokesman, his secretary of state and his national security adviser had just denied that the president had handed Russia (of all countries) sensitive intelligence gleaned from Israel (of all countries). Trump tweeted: Yes, yes, I did, because I can. I’m president after all.”

The article goes on from there with a skillful and articulate criticism, but the final paragraph deserves a damn Pulitzer. Brinkbäumer wrote:

“In “Game of Thrones,” the Mad King was murdered (and the child that later took his place was no better). In real life, an immature boy sits on the throne of the most important country in the world. He could, at any time, issue a catastrophic order that would immediately be carried out. That is why the parents cannot afford to take their eyes off him even for a second. They cannot succumb to exhaustion because he is so taxing. They ultimately have to send him to his room – and return power to the grownups.”

Bravo, Klaus Brinkbäumer, you are one-hundred and ten percent correct in your summation of that buffoon of a man.


The Fake President

A superb piece by: Barbra Streisand, singer, actress, director, composer, activist

The Fake President

For all his ranting about fake news and fake media …

fat shaming turdThere’s a narcissistic fraud in the White House. An angry, hollow, vindictive man is running the country. What bottomless emotional need does he have for acclaim? It is hard to know where his rampant narcissism ends and serious mental problems ensue. He lies prodigiously and for no reason except he obviously has an unclear vision of what the truth is.

Is his narcissism the driving force behind his lies? Look no further than the lobbies at seven of his golf courses, where he has hung fake Time Magazine covers with made-up headlines of effusive praise for himself. What a bizarre intersection between vanity and fraud. That is a president whose cabinet officials obsequiously offer tribute to his greatness while cameras roll. What is next, Dear Leader… a new haircut?

Trump has lied so much there was a New York Times article listing just the lies he’s told since taking the oath of office. This is to say nothing of the lies told repeatedly on the campaign trail and the ones he used to sell investors before bankrupting six business deals. He tells us he is very rich, but disregards the Constitution to enrich himself and his family. The chief government ethics officer just quit over it.

He is a president who only enjoys the roar of the crowd at the rallies, and doesn’t want to learn even the basics of federal policy.

Trump continues to lie about the number of people at his inauguration. Why is that so important to him? Is he so obsessed with losing the popular vote by 3 million that he established a partisan, taxpayer-funded commission to search for non-existent voter fraud? A Stanford analysis of what Trump’s “voter fraud” panel would do, shows how devastating it would be to legitimate voters, “For every one case of double voting the program identified, it yielded 200 false positives that would purge the registrations of people legitimately eligible to vote.” Luckily, 44 states (as of July 5th) have refused to fully comply and hand over the invasive partisan information requested by the commission. Business Insider pointed out the Department of Homeland Security doesn’t even intend to investigate whether voting machines were hacked in November, and the commission is not bothering to investigate Russian interference. As I write this, it is being reported that Trump has accepted, despite our intelligence community’s unanimous finding otherwise, Putin’s denial that Moscow interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

He has a particular problem with any criticism from strong women. We all saw the disgusting tweet he put out about Mika Brzezinski, “She was bleeding badly from a face-lift.” At dinner at Mar-a-Lago? I doubt that. What is his obsession with blood? When Megyn Kelly hosted the GOP debate, he was so put off by her appropriately tough questioning of his record that he denigrated her saying, “She had blood coming out of her wherever.” He went on to retweet someone who called her a “bimbo.” He regularly disparages women’s looks, debases them to sexual objects and even brags about sexually assaulting them… and yet he became president?

In his Twitter battle with Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Brzezinski, he called Scarborough “psycho” and Brzezinski “crazy” with a “low I.Q.” He called former FBI Director James Comey “a real nut job” to the Russians. This seems to be yet another example of Trump suffering from “the disowned self,” the psychological condition of a person who projects his own flaws onto others. Does his ego blind him?

The large ego of a small man drives the vindictiveness of his policies. This presidency is all about the perception of “winning” for Trump – no matter the cost to others. He is a president who only enjoys the roar of the crowd at the rallies, and doesn’t want to learn even the basics of federal policy. While Trump presides over the circus in his mind, his vice president, Mike Pence, is pushing the extreme agenda of the Koch brothers through both the appointments and policies of federal agencies. They have undone environmental, labor and consumer protections. The Education Department is undermining public schools, and now attorneys general from 18 states and DC are suing Betsy DeVos for undoing loan protections for students who were cheated by fraudulent colleges. In fact, many in the cabinet seem dedicated to undoing the historic missions of their agencies. No surprise, since Trump’s financial supporters are getting what they want – deregulation in the guise of preventing necessary public oversight.

Candidate Trump promised: “No cuts… to Medicaid,” “No one will lose coverage,” and that “Nobody will be worse off financially.” Of course we now know his endorsed Senate TrumpCare plan offers tax cuts to the wealthiest individuals at the cost of stripping 23 million people of their health care and making the biggest cuts to Medicaid in history. Another broken promise. He has specifically gone after women’s health care with a vengeance. Can his supporters support that? Do they even know about it? Maybe not if they get their fake news from Fox.

Residents of the world have taken note. According to a recent Pew Research Poll, international faith in the president of the United States to respond well to global crises is 22 percent. This is down from 64 percent when President Obama was in office.

Keith Olbermann has taken to calling our Commander in Chief, #FakePresident. One could almost hear his unrequited search for legitimacy when he said, “I’m president and you’re not” to the media. You can hear the singsong of a child saying, “lalalalala!” There was also his stunt for WWE when he faked a body slam, which of course was later repurposed into a tweet he shared with a CNN logo over his opponent’s face. While he fit quite nicely into this WWE world of fake entertainment, what case of arrested development is it to retweet this? Is he 12?

This is the Trump presidency. He will not grow in the office. Does his vindictiveness stem from Obama teasing him at the White House Correspondents Dinner over the “birther” insanity? As Charles Blow so perfectly put it, “Trump wants to be Obama — held in high esteem. But, alas, Trump is Trump.” His approval rating is underwater. A full 20 percent of his first five months in office has been spent golfing instead of learning about policy. He watches cable TV and then tweets in a rage. He lacks the temperament to fulfill his role. For all his ranting about fake news and fake media… the truth is, he is the fake president.    from HuffPo

The Rude One Strikes Again

a great piece from a couple of weeks back …

Ignorant, Friendless, and Uncaring: Trump’s Paris Agreement Decision Is a Reflection of Himself

In President Trump’s extravagantly stupid speech yesterday announcing that he was pulling the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord, one lie, among the series of lies that he told, stood out. Trump said, “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” Put aside the myopic view that Pittsburgh is no less a part of a world affected by climate change than Paris and thus would benefit from mitigating the effects of global warming. Put aside even the thought that Trump seems to think that because the pact was finalized in Paris, it’s about Paris.
Instead, focus on the Pittsburgh part. Because, see, if Trump were representing the citizens of that city, who voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton (115,000 to Trump’s 32,000), he would have stayed in the agreement. In fact, Trump’s ignorance about Pittsburgh goes far, far deeper. It’s as if he still thinks that the city is dependent on the steel industry when, in reality, the economy of the city has very little to do with steel anymore. It’s a high-tech center, and the health care industry, among other highly-skilled fields, provides far more employment. This is not to mention that Pittsburgh is a leader among cities in moving to clean energy.
In other words, invoking Pittsburgh as an example of a place that he thinks he’s helping shows that Trump not only completely misunderstands the Paris agreement, but he doesn’t know shit about the United States.
The blizzard of idiocy that Trump spouted yesterday was the ranting of a paranoid, hateful, and profoundly friendless man. Look at what he said: “At what point does America get demeaned? At what point do they start laughing at us as a country? We want fair treatment for its citizens, and we want fair treatment for our taxpayers. We don’t want other leaders and other countries laughing at us anymore. And they won’t be. They won’t be.”
Who the fuck is demeaning us? Who the fuck is laughing at us? Give us a single example of a country that is laughing at us for any reason other than, “Holy Jesus fuckballs, did you hear what American’s idiot king said today? They are sooo fucked.” This is how small and pathetic Trump is. It is better to swat at imaginary laughter than to stand up and act like something matters more than he does. Meanwhile, those allegedly laughing countries are going to lap us in the clean energy industry. And Trump just told them that the United States is not to be trusted.
Everything that came out of his face anus was turd-like. “It is estimated it would only produce a two-tenths of one degree — think of that; this much — Celsius reduction in global temperature by the year 2100,” he said, which completely misreads the research on that. He said that the United States “can’t build…coal plants.” Yeah, we can. And as far as jobs, man, there are more jobs in the renewable energy industry than in fossil fuels right now.  Those solar jobs need protecting, too. But that doesn’t play to his Neanderthal base. What we need to be doing is establishing job retraining programs to help places transition so they can be more like Pittsburgh and less like West Virgina.
Instead of looking forward, Trump is heading back in time. “[T]he current agreement effectively blocks the development of clean coal in America — which it does [note: no, it doesn’t], and the mines are starting to open up,” the president blustered. “We’re having a big opening in two weeks. Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, so many places. A big opening of a brand-new mine. It’s unheard of. For many, many years, that hasn’t happened.” It’s like saying that he’s going to invest in ink wells and quill pens because he needs to protect the feather pluckers of Michigan and the vast ink mill workers of Virginia, and the United States will never give up those jobs for your fancy typewriter machines. Pointy metal nibs will make America great again.
Trump seems to think he can negotiate a better deal. I’m not sure what deal is better than “voluntary compliance” and “set your own standards,” as the Paris agreement say. Is it that we’ll only do it if every country pays us to do it? That seems to be the Trump extortion way.
The Paris Accord was important not because of what it did, since everything in it was voluntary, but because of what it demonstrated. Two hundred nations acknowledged the reality of climate change and said, “Well, shit, we better try something.” What the fuck makes the United States so fucking special here? What knowledge do we have that other countries don’t? And why aren’t countries like India and Greece worried about job loss? Oh, right, because the fuckin’ oceans are rising.
It took a decade to negotiate and, even then, it was modified to suit the nutzoids in the U.S. President Obama didn’t try to get it ratified in the Senate because the Senate is run by motherfuckers who don’t give a shit if their grandkids drown or starve to death. The deal was as much symbolic as anything. It relied on everyone not being a dick, and then we went and elected the prickiest dick ever. Symbolism is important, and Trump took it and pissed on it.
This action is Trump in a nutshell. Greedy, isolated, deranged, and utterly oblivious to consequences beyond silencing the imaginary laughter. That it pisses off that fairy in France and that bitch in Germany and all those traitor liberals is all the more reason to do it. Trump can’t imagine that what’s good for the rest of the world might be good for us. Look at the man himself. No friends. No charity. Nothing that doesn’t profit himself or his odious family of twat mites.
We are living out the fantasies of a delusional megalomaniac. That his interests happen to cross with those of his party merely assures that whatever destruction he brings, no one will try to stop him.
This is what it’s like to be alone. Maybe he just wanted us to feel the self-loathing that he feels every second of his miserable, worthless life.

by the rude pundit