Remarks And Asides, June 12, 2017

The Hill reported:

Secret Service: We don’t have any Trump White House tapes

Lordy, I was looking forward to more locker room talk. Dammit. Now the Tr-mp-Comey War amounts to the word of a pathological liar versus the word of a Boy Scout. And, predictably, Republicans once again are siding with pathology.

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Speaking of pathology, it wasn’t enough that NBC gave us Donald Tr-mp through something called “The Apprentice.” Now they have to give us both Megyn Kelly and Alex Jones on the same damn night! Well, not me. No thanks. I never watched a minute of Tr-mp’s TV show and I won’t watch a minute of this one, as Jones auditions for some kind of gig on NBC (wouldn’t be any worse than the network promoting Tr-mp, who promotes Jones, who promotes Tr-mp). As for Megyn, some smart person on Twitter said, “You can take the Kelly out of Fox, but you can’t take the Fox out of Kelly,” or something like that.

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What I will watch is the progress of an important lawsuit involving emoluments. The District of Columbia and the state of Maryland have filed suit against Tr-mp for violating “two critical, closely related anti-corruption provisions” of our Constitution, “the Foreign Emoluments Clause” and “the Domestic Emoluments Clause.” From the formal complaint:

Together, these provisions help ensure that the President serves with undivided loyalty to the American people, and the American people only. Our republican form of government demands no less….President Tr-mp’s continued ownership interest in a global business empire, which renders him deeply enmeshed with a legion of foreign and domestic government actors, violates the Constitution and calls into question the rule of law and the integrity of the country’s political system.

Amen. And good luck. As most of you know, my position from the beginning has been that Tr-mp should be immediately impeached and convicted for violating these provisions of the Constitution. If he isn’t, then we should give these two provisions, if not the Constitution itself, a decent burial somewhere. Perhaps in Paul Ryan’s back yard.

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As far as lawsuits, perhaps one day someone will file a suit over Tr-mp blocking people from his infamous Twitter account. Columbia University’s “Knight First Amendment Institute” sent Tr-mp a letter stating,

We write on behalf of individuals who have been blocked from your most-followed Twitter account…because they disagreed with, criticized, or mocked you or your actions as President [sic]. This Twitter account operates as a “designated public forum” for First Amendment purposes, and accordingly the viewpoint-based blocking of our clients is unconstitutional. We ask that you unblock them and any others who have been blocked for similar reasons.

I, for one, don’t find this a frivolous matter. In fact, it may demonstrate more clearly Tr-mp’s disdain for democracy than just about anything else he has done. If he wants to take advantage of the opportunities to publicly embarrass himself that Twitter affords him, he is obligated to give the rest of us the opportunity to embarrass him too.

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That millionaire Montana congressman-elect who body-slammed a journalist had his day in court. Naturally, he escaped the hoosegow, paid a fine, and will pick up trash along the Interstate, or some such thing. Now this Jeezussy Republican is free to go to Washington and body-slam the American people.

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Speaking of body-slamming:

Riot police descended on thousands of anti-Kremlin protests across Russia on Monday, kicking, shoving and beating demonstrators.

Tr-mp, of course, had something to say about this on Twitter:

My daughter, Ivanka, will be on tomorrow morning. Enjoy!

I sure hope those bruised or bloodied protesters were able to catch the show!

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Speaking of Fox & Friends and its daily dose of dementia-inducing drivel, the show recently “reported” that, “A New York City play appears to depict President Trump being brutally stabbed to death by women and minorities.” God. That sounds awful. Who would write such a thing? Shakespeare, you say? Julius Caesar, you say? But, but, but, “his wife is depicted with a ‘Slavic accent’ and he is being stabbed by women and minorities” and stuff. That has to mean that this particular production of the classic play is meant to send the message that Tr-mp should be stabbed to death by patriots, right? Wrong.

The artistic director who presented this interpretation of Julius Caesar, Oskar Eustis, reminded everyone about the point of the original play: that fighting “the tyrant does not mean imitating him.” And a review in the New York Times pointed out the basics:

Even a cursory reading of the play, the kind that many American teenagers give it in high school, is enough to show that it does not advocate assassination. Shakespeare portrays the killing of Caesar by seven of his fellow senators as an unmitigated disaster for Rome, no matter how patriotic the intentions.

It turns out it is fairly common to portray American presidents as Julius Caesar. Even Barack Obama was so portrayed, although I don’t remember Fox & Friends worrying on the air about that or about any potential assassination of our first African-American president. What Fox & Friends should worry about is how many IQs that show murders, not just on the Ides of March, but each and every day.

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Speaking of tyrants, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara refused to take a phone call from Julius Tr-mp and ratted him out to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “Twenty-two hours later, I was fired,” said Bharara. It took Tr-mp 18 days and a Washington Post story to fire Russia-friendly Michael Flynn, after it was clear Flynn was a liar and a threat to national security. It took Tr-mp less than a day to fire a prominent public servant who dissed him. Now, that is unpresidented and that is why we all should continue the noble work of unpresidenting Tr-mp, not with knives or guns, but with the one thing that bothers him the most: denying him the respect he thinks he deserves.

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  1. The wife and I were discussing the recent mass-shooting of ball-playing Republicans yesterday and she opined that Tr;mp was largely to blame. I think she has a point. By any rational measure his antics during the 2016 campaign severely corroded American political discourse.

    Hmm. I wonder if the shooting will change any minds regarding an assault-rifle ban? Nah. The NRA will probably say the victims should have brought their own rifles to the practice in case they needed to shoot back. It’s a conundrum: playing ball with an AR-15 on your back could give the opposition an advantage.

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    • Believe it or not, Jim, there is now talk of armed congressmen. Rep. Chris Collins, perhaps the biggest Tr-mper in the House, says he will do so. Others have argued they should. Exactly the response we could have predicted. When I was watching CNN yesterday morning, Mo Brooks was giving his account of the event. During the account, with emotion still quite obvious in his voice, he managed to slip in the idea that he felt so helpless without any way to fight back. Yeah, well, that’s the terror part of terrorism. And my guess is that if some congressman at that park would have been armed, more carnage would have happened, not less.

      These folks just don’t want to deal with the fact that America is awash in guns (especially assault-style) and there are no real laws to protect us from dangerous people who shouldn’t have access to them, but do. I should say, I suppose, that at this point, we are hopelessly awash in guns and are hopelessly impoverished in terms of laws that regulate them.

      Duane

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      • Amid all the appeals for “unity” following the assault on Republicans I found myself wavering about principally blaming Tr;mp for politics’ hard edge. Then, WaPo reminded me of the facts. Irony indeed.

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        • Nice, Jim. I can’t keep track, in my head, of all this stuff. And, for the record, I don’t think “irony” is in the Tr-mp family vocabulary.

          Perhaps the most ironic thing of all is the sad and scary fact that a lot of working class people have committed themselves, in cultish ways, to a phony big-city billionaire with a history of exploiting everyone, including working people, he comes into contact with.

          Duane

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  2. Anonymous

     /  June 15, 2017

    Jim,

    Trump does indeed incite violence amongst his supporters, but I think this type of pre-existing condition of violence in found more in the conservative ideology than in the liberal. Social media users have decried the extremists query of Republucan or Democrat, prior to the shooting as a factual basis that the left has gone insane over the loss of the presidency.

    People seem to have forgotten the Knoxville shooting in 2008 where liberals were targeted.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knoxville_Unitarian_Universalist_church_shooting

    People have seemed to forgotten, or excused as fake news, the Time article stating right wing extremism is a far greater danger, than posed by ISIS.

    http://time.com/3934980/right-wing-extremists-white-terrorism-islamist-jihadi-dangerous/

    Shootings of this type are committed by sick, disturbed individuals that are absent of reason, compassion or the facilities to claim membership of anything other than extremist murderer. I doubt the NRA will ever stand down to gun control efforts, even though many of their members are extremists that base their votes on the NRA’s endorsement, as opposed to qualification or ability.

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    • And people have forgotten about the 2009 report on right-wing extremism put out by the Department of Homeland Security. Remember? The right went nuts. They not only attacked the report, but bashed an analyst associated with it and demanded his head. His name was Daryl Johnson. Here’s how Media Matters summed it up:

      That April 2009 report, written under the imprimatur of DHS’ Department of Intelligence and Analysis and running nine bullet-point pages, was brief but sober. Using recent history as his guide, Johnson argued that the sharp economic downturn triggered by the 2008 financial crisis, in combination with the election of the country’s first black president and intensifying debates over immigration, gun control, and abortion, all set the stage for an uptick in violent right-wing extremism. Citing the growth of the militia movement in the 1990s that culminated in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing (until 9/11 the worst act of terrorism committed on U.S. soil) he implied that the agency’s near all-absorbing focus on al Qaeda and Islamic terror was misplaced.

      This report came out just as the Tea Party was rising, and its truth was never accepted or, really, even debated. In fact, as Media Matters points out, Johnson himself said he left his job partly because, shamefully, the Obama DHS slashed staff assigned to studying domestic terrorism unrelated to Islam.” I remember those days. I remember a former co-worker, a conservative Republican, telling me how shameful it was for Obama to blame terrorism on “veterans.”

      The fact remains that we used to have a problem with left-wing terrorism in this country, but today the problem is mostly on the right, which, oddly, the shooting in Virginia demonstrates, as everyone was quite shocked to learn a Bernie supporter would do such a thing.

      Duane

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