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4/1/2017

President Trump’s Social Media Director Targets House Freedom Caucus Member

Filed under: General — Dana @ 12:19 pm



[guest post by Dana]

President Trump’s social media director and senior adviser, Dan Scavino Jr. went after Rep. Justin Amash this morning:

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(While President Trump is taking credit for the the $1.2 billion investment by Ford in Michigan announced last week, according to reports, this plan was in place long before President Trump took office.)

Rep. Amash responded with the troubling truth of the matter:

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Interestingly, it was just a week ago that President Trump messaged that both the Democrats and Freedom Caucus members inhabit the same basket of deplorable opponents:

The president threatened 2018 primary retribution against the conservative House Freedom Caucus, of which Amash is a member, last week after its members opposed the House Republican leadership’s plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Trump warned in a tweet that the House Freedom Caucus “will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don’t get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!”

Further, in a recent interview, Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) claimed that President Trump “sent him” a little message:

Against the backdrop of crumbling negotiations over the GOP bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, President Donald Trump said last week he wanted to oust incumbent U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford in 2018.

The South Carolina Republican told The Post and Courier that Trump chose to convey this message through an intermediary: White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney, a former member of the S.C. congressional delegation, co-founder of the House Freedom Caucus and a friend.

“‘The president asked me to look you square in the eyes and to say that he hoped that you voted ‘no’ on this bill so he could run (a primary challenger) against you in 2018,'” Sanford said Mulvaney told him.

He added that Mulvaney made it clear he did not want to deliver the message but did so at Trump’s insistence.

“I’ve never had anyone, over my time in politics, put it to me as directly as that,” Sanford said, perhaps understating just how monumental it is for a sitting president to openly go after members of his own party.

Although critical of the president, Rep. Sanford claims he is not being antagonistic, but that he “want[s] to help him succeed, because if he succeeds, the Republican congress, and our country by extension, succeeds.”

And about those “negotiating tactics” of President Trump, Rep. Amash had this to say:

It’s constructive in 5th grade. It may allow a child to get his way, but that’s not how our government works.

(Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.)
–Dana

141 Responses to “President Trump’s Social Media Director Targets House Freedom Caucus Member”

  1. I realize none of this will matter to Trump loyalists.

    Dana (023079)

  2. the freedom filth aren’t interested in governing or even in influencing the process

    they’re just self-satisfied narcissistic grandstanders what don’t give two craps about america as long as the freedom filth fan club keeps sending in money

    even harvardtrash p.o.s. ted cruz learned this approach was a dead end

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  3. the juxtaposition of bloviating horndog mark sanford with the previous post is kinda fun i think

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  4. It’s constructive in 5th grade. It may allow a child to get his way, but that’s not how our government works.
    our govt.has not worked in years, dude. quit thinking your some savior, your over rated over paid and over insured.

    mg (31009b)

  5. well said Mr. mg

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  6. why is “sent him” in quotes

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  7. This second generation Arab, whose father is Syrian is dead against Trump on immigration. He is bowing to the feet of the circus judges.
    happyfeet, thanks.

    mg (31009b)

  8. good point about immigration

    very hard to square Mr. Trump’s immigration stance, including his stance on border security, with rapefugee-loving little Justin’s vapid “trumpstablishment” meme

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  9. perhaps understating just how monumental it is for a sitting president to openly go after members of his own party.

    How monumental is it for members of his own party going after a sitting president.

    http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/mccain-blasts-trump-policies/2017/02/17/id/774297/

    In a foreign country no less. The Dixie Chicks should make him a honorary member of the band.

    Leon (168f33)

  10. Yeah, where is the blind party loyalty due poor markie?

    In a candid and lengthy interview with Politico Magazine, Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) said that Donald Trump has “fanned the flames of intolerance,” one of a string of criticisms that the former governor leveled at the president.

    In the interview with Tim Alberta, which can be found here, Sanford said that “at some level” Trump “represents the antithesis, or the undoing, of everything I thought I knew about politics, preparation and life.”

    Leon (168f33)

  11. does adulterous sleazebag mark sanford really wanna force filthy obamacare tuberculosis on his own constituents just cause he has a personal hatred of President Trump?

    that’s pitiful and unbelievably shallow no wonder his wife left him

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  12. the freedom filth aren’t interested in governing or even in influencing the process

    yes yes! part of governing is working with others and Mr. Donald doesn’t want to work with them. Influencing is saying no and getting concessions. so definitely its the freedom caucus who isn’t interested! gotta love it!

    they’re just self-satisfied narcissistic grandstanders what don’t give two craps about america as long as the freedom filth fan club keeps sending in money

    yes yes! I mean Mr Donald only cares about himself and grandstands all the time, and definitely doesn’t give two craps about american and its principles. so we MUST blame the freedomers who don’t bow to his will.

    i agree with you. this freedom group must give up its principles and bow to Mr Donald so we can have less freedom, less prosperity, and make america terrible again!

    sadfeet (2ab6f6)

  13. someone give happyfeet a hug.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  14. this amashtrash guy really needs to join with the establishment.

    we wanted Trump to fight the establishment, so its great to see him join the establishment and attack the outsiders.

    its so glorious to see it and we must cheer it!

    sadfeet (2ab6f6)

  15. don’t get it twisted, sf

    President Trump’s done more for actual conservatism in just a few weeks than the freedom filth and the execrable george w. bush did their whole lives

    the precedent he’s set by eschewing carbon dioxide fascism is a mighty blow for freedom

    sleazy petulant justin amash and the rest of the phony freedom filth should be taking notes not acting like high school mean girls

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  16. You guys sure are milking this EPA thing. I always figured Trump caving in on Obamacare was a little more important.

    But in no sense is Trump a conservative, nor is he doing anything for conservatism, the movement he is actively fighting and attempting to rid DC of (as the post makes crystal clear). He’s making deals with democrats on Obamacare, and talking about huge spending initiatives. How did you think Trump planned to spend all our money? How do you think he plans to keep living like a tin pot dictator in Florida? The waste comes from the spenders, who Trump now bends his knee to.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  17. trust me President Trump is puh lenty conservative

    the inept and ever-supine paul ryan did a crappy crappy job on his obamacare reform bill nobody’s arguing that

    but it was better than obamacare, and the cowardice with which the phony freedom filth ran away from their duty to exact concessions that would improve the bill was jaw-dropping, even for congress-sluts

    *now* there’s a very real possibility the end result will be far worse than we could have gotten

    all thanks to pure untainted rapefugee-loving justin amash and his narcissistic sanford slut friends

    it makes me wanna cry when i think of the callous way the phony freedom filth would rather do obamacare all up in it than compromise with pervy Mitt Romney’s slicked-up sex poodle Paul Ryan

    grow. the. eff. up, Justin

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  18. on the other hand Congressman Sanford’s conservatism is weak, flabby and full of donuts.

    For the past 20 years, I have seen the ever-so-gradual effects of rising sea levels at our farm on the South Carolina coast. I’ve had to watch once-thriving pine trees die in that fragile zone between uplands and salt marshes. I know the climate change debate isn’t over, but I believe human activity is having a measurable effect on the environment. The real “inconvenient truth” about climate change is that some people are losing their rights and freedoms because of the actions of others — in either the quality of the air they breathe, the geography they hold dear, the insurance costs they bear or the future environment of the children they love…

    I am a conservative conservationist who worries that sea levels and government intervention may end up rising together. My earnest hope going forward is that we can find conservative solutions to the climate change problem — ecologically responsible solutions based on free-market principles that both improve our quality of life and safeguard our freedoms.

    – Mark Sanford

    papertiger (c8116c)

  19. i think maybe his third world hooker girlfriend made him say that Mr. papertiger

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  20. Congressman Sanford’s Kung Fu is sloppy and weak. [YouTube]

    papertiger (c8116c)

  21. Hillary Clinton issues marching orders to #NeverTrumpelstiltskin: “Resist. Insist. Persist. Enlist”.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  22. As much as I hate to interrupt happyfeet’s Tourettes, there an argument being made that Scavino’s tweet is a violation of the Hatch Act.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatch_Act_of_1939

    Davethulhu (c75fb7)

  23. It’s always amusing when the habitually lawless turn to the law for succor.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  24. trust me President Trump is puh lenty conservative

    I guess you made your case!

    So the way I see it, we need about 20 GOP senators to vote to impeach and Sanford = +1. we gotta be getting closer.

    Hillary Clinton issues marching orders to #NeverTrumpelstiltskin: “Resist. Insist. Persist. Enlist”.

    Colonel Haiku

    Such a weird thing to say to Hillary’s most outspoken critics, the Nevertrumpers. Hell, I think Hillary is as bad as Trump… how could I condemn a leader more than that? While we’ve escaped partisanship and are honest about republicans and democrats both being unethical, the partisans on both sides see this as simply joining the other team. Because the Trump loyalists have no moral compass. They only have partisanship. They really think this is about Hillary.

    i think maybe his third world hooker girlfriend

    So a Trump fan has a problem with hookers. Interesting.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  25. As much as I hate to interrupt happyfeet’s Tourettes, there an argument being made that Scavino’s tweet is a violation of the Hatch Act.

    Maybe you should make a citizen’s arrest.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  26. look just trust me President Trump wants the best stuff for us

    we used to understand, how it was that time was running out for poor pitiful failmerica

    we don’t have time to lollygag like congress-slut pension pig justin amash

    unlike sleazy “family man” mark sanford we don’t have time to indulge in sordid self-indulgent indulgences

    and President Trump is full speed ahead! (we can breathe again)

    sure maybe through the anemic lens of newsletter conservatism his agenda is only mostly triples and home runs

    and yeah here and there we’re gonna have a double or maybe even a single

    but where we end up is gonna be a goddamn sight better than where a sleazy dirty socialist piece of harvardtrash like george soros butt-boy barack obama wanted to take us

    and praise Republican Jesus for that I say

    hosanna in the highest trust me

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  27. President Donald Trump on Saturday morning called for NBC News, and “sleepy eyes” Meet the Press host Chuck Todd, to stop covering the “the Fake Trump/Russia story” and instead focus on “the Obama SURVEILLANCE SCANDAL.”

    [Hillary donor and supporter] Trump’s Saturday morning jab at the press over its coverage of Russia’s potential interference in the 2016 election comes a little over a week after FBI director James Comey confirmed that links between Trump’s campaign and Moscow have been under investigation since July 2016,

    And also just days after Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn asked for immunity from prosecution in exchange for testifying in Russian probe of possible links between the campaign and Russia.

    So as Trump ruins his relationships with the people he knows will decide his entire legacy, he begs the press to stop holding him, the poor president, accountable, and he runs to Mar al Lago to avoid the White House. It’s easy to come to the conclusion that Trump is in a special hell of his own creation. So perhaps we won’t need those 20 GOP Senators. Perhaps Trump will resign when (not if) it comes to that.

    The democrats are cynical of course (just as the Republicans are) and will find a way to time the impeachment perfectly ahead of the mid-terms, hoping (realistically) to make huge gains in congress.

    My crystal ball doesn’t work. I thought Trump had no chance because I respected our democratic process. For all I know Ivanka Trump will be running for the presidency in a few years and roll over everybody. But at least I know Trump is suffering from the spotlight he aimed at himself. He hates it when we talk about Russia, almost as much as he hates it when conservatives win Senate elections.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  28. Tourettes is not a crime. I’m glad that someone as impaired as happyfeet is still able to use the internet.

    Davethulhu (fab944)

  29. When will Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd and @NBCNews start talking about the Obama SURVEILLANCE SCANDAL and stop with the Fake Trump/Russia story?

    this is a very good question

    not even a single solitary fbi bimbo from comey’s corrupt and sad joke of an fbi has come up with a shred of proof about Russia

    not even a single solitary fbi bimbo

    and trust me, these bimbos go cheap

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  30. Feigned ignorance is a crime, according to Judge Oros last week.

    You can be held in contempt.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  31. Comey is super tall!

    comey’s corrupt and sad joke of an fbi

    Checkmate! Oh wait, no I’m pretty sure you guys loved Comey when he announced Hillary was under investigation. Anyway, I take it happyfeet is not expressing a positive outlook on this investigation given his apparent anger at the FBI’s existence.

    The press will continue covering this interesting story about the President of the United States and the USA’s geopolitical adversary for a long time, Happyfeet. Trump telling the press to not cover a story actually makes it more newsworthy. In fact, the story really is just that Trump is mad about the story. Streisand Effect!

    For a post partisan like me it’s fun munching on popcorn sometimes and just taking the bad news in stride.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  32. Maybe you should make a citizen’s arrest.

    papertiger

    LOL or maybe the many Senators who Trump has been bashing and insisting he’ll run out of office can decide if this is OK when they vote on whether to convict Trump of doing that.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  33. you enjoy your popcorn I’m busy praying President Trump can turn this tugboat around for the american way

    Please God help President Trump stay strong no matter how he’s assailed

    Please God do it for America

    our little country doesn’t deserve what paul ryan and nancy pelosi wanna do all up in it

    ok I hope you’re listening love you God Amen

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  34. I didn’t expect he’d follow through, based on his performance re plamegate and the Gonzalez kerfluffle,
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4370168/Flynn-dismissal-linked-meeting-Cambridge-graduate.html

    Probably more morsels from fusion gps

    narciso (d1f714)

  35. It’s certainly happy to see you turn to prayer, happyfeet.

    I wonder why Flynn wants immunity?

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  36. Happy, Miss Appalachian Trail of the Pampa is like the rest of her countrymen – Italians who speak Spanish who act French and who yearn to be British, Malvinas be damned.

    urbanleftbehind (847a06)

  37. A more interesting perspective by a skilled analyst

    https://mobile.twitter.com/Doranimated/status/848166761979686912

    narciso (d1f714)

  38. What alarmed intelligence officials was that Miss Lokhova appears to have gained rare access to previously classified Soviet-era material in Moscow for her forthcoming book, The Guardian reported. Adding to the intrigue, Mr Flynn did not tell the US authorities about his meeting with Miss Lokhova, who used to work for the London branch of Russia’s state-controlled Sberbank.

    you’re kinda left wondering what *wouldn’t* alarm a pansy-assed p.o.s. ivy league trash intelligence official

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  39. a pansy-assed p.o.s. ivy league trash intelligence official

    You don’t sound like you’re confident they are going to see things your way.

    Weird how when Hillary was not careful with classified stuff you guys were upset about it, and now it’s pansy-assed to care. I wonder why the different treatment? Hang on I’ll think about it while I heat up some more popcorn.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  40. Well considering his atty, expressly omitted any request for his client, but ask Oliver north if he needed immunity, there’s a late city manager of San Diego who was railroaded by the senate WatergAte committee

    narciso (d1f714)

  41. who cares how they see thing they’re flailing

    ex-military weirdo james clapper lol

    his piggy-butt lard-ass better get ready for some jail time

    and sleazy john brennan better get his ducks in a row too – at the end of the day who’s gonna stick their neck out for an ex-commie cia dorktwat like john brennan

    maybe we can roll george w.’s p.o.s. war hero daddy out to say a few words lol

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  42. who cares how they see *things* they’re flailing i mean

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  43. Well clapper they zero him out of the loop,

    With brennan he is trying to swing the big Saudi lobby gig, but prince nayef would probably nix it.

    narciso (d1f714)

  44. exactly

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  45. Davethulhu,

    How’d Scavino violate the Hatch Act? He tweeted from a non-government account:

    Personal Twitter Handle. 6/2015-11/2016, Director of #SocialMedia & Senior Advisor @realDonaldTrump. Official White House Twitter Handle: @Scavino45

    And it was tweeted this morning, on a Saturday, not during work hours, or on the taxpayers dime.

    Dana (023079)

  46. who cares how they see *things* they’re flailing i mean

    Wouldn’t want your comments to be unclear!

    george w.’s p.o.s. war hero daddy

    Long gone is the everyone’s favorite funny commenter. Your guy won… shouldn’t you not be so bitter? Lighten up! It’s spring. George HW Bush is 600 years old and has nothing to do with anything and you’re mad at him? What his ‘Read my lips’ flip flop still ticks you off? Something tells me a Trump man isn’t so picky about promises.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  47. Even Louise mensch doesn’t have as elaborate a mental architecture:
    http://www.bluedotdaily.com/trumprussia-connection-found-to-go-far-deeper-than-anyone-imagined

    narciso (d1f714)

  48. You not to take David spade, seriously. He hates pretty much every body

    narciso (d1f714)

  49. Trump will be impeached before any Freedom Caucus member is successfully primaried. The orange-skinned pansy can tweet all the Detroit jobs he wants, but the voters who vote will know whether they have a job or not.

    nk (dbc370)

  50. i’m so happy President Trump won cause of he can do windex plus on the sordid bush family legacy

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  51. rapey bigoted formerly-strategic Egypt gets way way way too many monies from us

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  52. Remember he pointed to the stay behinds, before anyone rlse
    https://mobile.twitter.com/Kredo0/status/847867729029861376

    narciso (d1f714)

  53. ‘Freedom Kochus’ fifth graders like Amash need some schoolin’- ‘From Russia, With Love’ as it were– and learn this is no longer a land of Daniel Boones but a nation of Neil Armstrongs.

    Swipe his lunch money and spend it w/t Dems, Mr. President. Signing ceremonies and points on the board are what matters, right?!

    “When you’re slapped, you’ll take it and like it.” – Sam Spade [Humphrey Bogart] ‘The Maltese Falcon’ 1941

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  54. Different strokes for different folks
    https://mobile.twitter.com/budswdrbobbillw/status/848313078651514880

    narciso (d1f714)

  55. He’s a college creative writing teacher:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/847983693964738564

    narciso (d1f714)

  56. At some point, the Democratic Congress will need to move away from their history of KKK and discrimination against non-whites. Why, one would think they were mimicking Canada!

    http://dailysignal.com/2017/03/29/this-senator-is-1-of-only-5-with-a-top-staffer-who-isnt-white/

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  57. I guess maybe Trump should have run under Team D. Would have saved a lot of awkwardness when he is donating to Hillary, wanting to help the democrats with Obamacare, and wants to campaign against those conservative Senators. As it is, while he’s only turned half the GOP against him the entire Democrat party is against him due to partisanship. Not a good position to be in, politically, when impeachment is being spoken about so much.

    Narciso, you raise a good point. Flynn asking for immunity might help him from a potential witchhunt, but I don’t think it will protect him from a Scooter Libby situation. Immunity deals do not protect you from lying in your testimony.

    I would be more concerned but I just don’t see enough of a different between parties to be all that worked up about it. I hope these days we’re in teach folks to be independent.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  58. It’s interesting watching the “non-partisan” “conservatives” devoting 99% of their time attacking the Republican president with hardly a squeak about the democrats shenanigans.

    All while complaining that Trump fights back.

    Totally unaware of how they come off as people way more vested in their own navel gazing virtue signalling than the health of the republic.

    I mean, we all know if President Cruz had the exact same circumstances as Trump this far into his presidency, the very same people would be damning the democrats every move and hailing Cruz as the best president ever, bar none.

    Non-partisan my hairy behind.

    Leon (168f33)

  59. Kellyanne was off only by order of magnitude. https://www.yahoo.com/news/kentucky-man-stabbed-father-church-224707629.html

    urbanleftbehind (d5b2e7)

  60. their history of KKK and discrimination

    Sad!

    he seemed like the model tenant. A 33-year-old nurse who was living at the Y.W.C.A. in Harlem, she had come to rent a one-bedroom at the still-unfinished Wilshire Apartments in the Jamaica Estates neighborhood of Queens. She filled out what the rental agent remembers as a “beautiful application.” She did not even want to look at the unit.

    There was just one hitch: Maxine Brown was black.

    Stanley Leibowitz, the rental agent, talked to his boss, Fred C. Trump.

    “I asked him what to do and he says, ‘Take the application and put it in a drawer and leave it there,’” Mr. Leibowitz, now 88, recalled in an interview.

    It was late 1963 — just months before President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the landmark Civil Rights Act — and the tall, mustachioed Fred Trump was approaching the apex of his building career. He was about to complete the jewel in the crown of his middle-class housing empire: seven 23-story towers, called Trump Village, spread across nearly 40 acres in Coney Island.

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    He was also grooming his heir. His son Donald, 17, would soon enroll at Fordham University in the Bronx, living at his parents’ home in Queens and spending much of his free time touring construction sites in his father’s Cadillac, driven by a black chauffeur.

    “His father was his idol,” Mr. Leibowitz recalled. “Anytime he would come into the building, Donald would be by his side.”

    Over the next decade, as Donald J. Trump assumed an increasingly prominent role in the business, the company’s practice of turning away potential black tenants was painstakingly documented by activists and organizations that viewed equal housing as the next frontier in the civil rights struggle.

    Nothing to see here!

    Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke is running for U.S. Senate and tells NPR that he believes he’ll be getting the votes of Donald Trump supporters.

    And he reiterated his own support for Trump, saying he’s “100 percent behind” the Republican presidential candidate’s agenda.

    “As a United States senator, nobody will be more supportive of his legislative agenda, his Supreme Court agenda, than I will,” Duke said.

    Trump, while he once said he didn’t know enough about Duke to comment on him, has several times disavowed endorsements by Duke. But that hasn’t stopped some white supremacists from publicly supporting Trump’s campaign.

    Complicated!

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  61. If lying under oath were really a thing, the entire front bench of NBC would have been in the docket, Mitchell, russett it al.

    narciso (d1f714)

  62. Kellyanne was off

    LOL

    It’s interesting watching the “non-partisan” “conservatives” devoting 99% of their time attacking the Republican president

    Yeah super weird that we went from criticizing Bush when he was president to criticizing Obama when he was president to criticizing Trump when he is president. It’s as though we nonpartisan conservatives think being president means being more accountable.

    But maybe I should focus on footnote Hillary for no reason. It’s not like my years and years of doing so mean a thing to partisans.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  63. The Washington Post, leaning heavily on the gullibility of #NeverTrumpelstiltforeskinners, instructs VP Pence on how to be a better Christian… https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/03/30/the-religious-reasons-mike-pence-wont-eat-alone-with-women-dont-add-up/?tid=ss_fb-bottom&utm_term=.a0ad7f8af460

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  64. “I was honored when I heard that former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton were coming today — and I would like you to stand up,” Trump said at the Inauguration Luncheon in Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol.

    The Clintons stood as attendees to the luncheon, which includes members of Congress and the families of the new president and vice president, applauded.

    “And, honestly, there’s nothing more I can say because I have a lot of respect for those two people,” Trump said.

    Huh

    After Florida senator Marco Rubio said that Bush had “kept us safe,” Donald Trump shot back: “How did he keep us safe when the World Trade Center came down?”

    Yeesh. Yeah I really should watch how much I criticize poor Trump, who is always so careful about his own bashing of folks. It makes total sense to be thin skinned on Trump’s behalf. Nothing at all hypocritical there!

    Meanwhile my stomach hurts from the popcorn. Too much popcorn.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  65. this copypasta thing is easy. I see why the loyalists do it so much. I’ve been doing this all wrong!

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  66. Communist Party USA found common cause with many of the rudderless, confused, formerly sensible voters and #NeverTrumpelstiltskin when they went all in for Hillary Clinton. Read the whole thing: http://www.cpusa.org/article/america-needs-a-landslide-against-trump/

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  67. your hostility to President Trump makes me discount a lot of what you say

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  68. Sure Dustin, W. Bush got the same treatment from republicans his first 100 days in office. All those conservatives calling for his impeachment!

    Totally the same.

    Leon (168f33)

  69. Yes she confused the Kentucky cell, which could have potebtiakly staged an attack, the mashadani clan, which was involved in the kidnapping of Roy hallums fell through the cracks.

    narciso (d1f714)

  70. It WAS complicated… For the mentally challenged.

    LOLOLOLOL

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  71. I could ask who is “pulling the TrumpTrain”, but that’s a comment better left for happyfeet, I think. Besides, there’s no shortage of w__res, of both sexes and some in-between, on the Trump team.

    nk (dbc370)

  72. Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don’t know what to do. Love!

    Sure Dustin, W. Bush got the same treatment from republicans his first 100 days in office.

    What is this supposed to mean? I can understand the sentence but it doesn’t seem to mean anything. Can you explain why you care whether or not W was criticized, why you think he wasn’t, and why I should care about this?

    Hell, you know which whiny baby criticized the living hell out of W? Donald “Hillary is Awesome” Trump. He said Bush is the worst president in history. So why would a Trump loyalist condemn something Trump did? Because there is no reasoning going on here at all.

    Besides which, Bush is awesome and Trump is terrible. I could go into detail but this is evident to all who do the analysis.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  73. The justice department, seems to have hidden these details from homeland, and hence from context re the eo.

    narciso (d1f714)

  74. your hostility to President Trump makes me discount a lot of what you say

    happyfeet

    Well yeah. That seems to be your basis for whether someone is right or not. “Do they like Trump? then they are right. Do they criticize Trump? Then they are wrong.”

    thank you for illustrating the issue, haha!

    Now that we’ve all accepted the joke that was this election, it’s time to watch and see who was right about Trump. The guys who said he’d flip flop and be a scandal ridden mess, or the guys who said he would “make America great again”, repeal Obamacare day one, “easy”, beat ISIS, drain the swamp.

    So far the nation is largely in agreement on this one.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  75. T a drink with jam and bread

    and that brings us back to

    Trump!

    Trump re me fa so la ti DO!

    once you know the notes to sing you can sing most anything

    that’s what my mama told me

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  76. “An ‘extremely credible source’ has called my office and told me that Barack Obama’s birth certificate is a fraud”

    -Some kook

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  77. I think one can reasonably conclude that w’s wish to be loved, caused him to cede two much poerr to the democrats, re the nclb bill, dos bill, it al, and failed to defend his programs adequately,

    narciso (d1f714)

  78. Yeah that’s W. Just going with the flow. Not a real leader.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  79. Everyman renders verdict on some #NeverTrumpelstiltskin members collusion with Communist Party USA in November election…

    http://ace.mu.nu/archives/critic.jpg

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  80. You know the areas I pointed to, I could rumsfeld as one of his best appts and his to keep tenet as one of his worst.

    narciso (d1f714)

  81. He didn’t realize the gulf states, had organized the levick group campaign against him, re gitmo and later Abu ghraib, it didn’t matter than John yoo was painstakingly careful in his drafting of memo.

    narciso (d1f714)

  82. the bush family will forever be a poop-stain on america

    but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn some valuable lessons from what they did

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  83. @ happyfeet,

    your hostility to President Trump makes me discount a lot of what you say

    I realize you were addressing Dustin, but I want to weigh in here. Tell me what the ground rules are in presenting a critique and/or criticism of our president in order to prevent it from falling into the default trash bin of the Trump loyalists? I’ve repeatedly stated that I want the president to succeed, and want him to make decisions for our country that will forward conservative principles and values. From my vantage point, I’ve offered a small but telling post wherein the president’s people, following his lead, have called for one of the strongest conservatives in office to be defeated in the election because he didn’t fall in line but held steadfastly to the principles and promises to which he was elected.

    It should trouble anyone who is a Republican that the president is going after the strongest Conservatives on the right. That is unless they, too, want to see the party remade into a more left-leaning entity. Then this refusal at objectivity makes perfect sense. Going after Conservatives, who are essentially roadblocks, then becomes absolutely necessary.

    Dana (023079)

  84. I’m much nuanced on the issue, pikachu, the alternative for the notation would have been maverick, and his track record has been at best .150

    narciso (d1f714)

  85. see i reject almost you whole premise

    brb i have to put turt turts to bed

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  86. Do not take pikachu seriously, Dana,he says things for effect,

    Trump is learning to delegate, that’s good isn’t it, it appears amash was somewhat prescient on the question of surveillance.

    narciso (d1f714)

  87. erm

    91 for 89

    yes yes yes

    mccain is a blemish

    a nasty lesion on america

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  88. Amash agreeing with the circus judges is conservative big time, nowadays.

    mg (31009b)

  89. mccain is a blemish

    a nasty lesion on america

    happyfeet

    Yeah, I prefer the guys who don’t get captured. The real heros like Trump who were fighting off all the women during Vietnam. #winning

    “Part of the beauty of me is that I am very rich,” he said

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  90. And I count his choice if the huntress, in the .150, and his throwing her under the bus as at least.100 against.

    I’ve had my reservations about the president for some time, sometimes I’m pleasantly surprised, sometimes I hold out hope:
    http://www.babalublog.com/2017/04/01/cuba-has-been-the-topic-of-conversations-between-sen-marco-rubio-and-president-trump

    narciso (d1f714)

  91. the strongest Conservatives on the right

    that and a shiny coat will get you best in show at Westminster

    i say poop on that

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  92. Tell me what the ground rules are in presenting a critique and/or criticism of our president in order to prevent it from falling into the default trash bin of the Trump loyalists?

    ok finally a serious question worthy of a pikachu’s solemn consideration

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  93. I for one would say when happy feet said: “your hostility to President Trump makes me discount a lot of what you say” about someone who said “Because the Trump loyalists have no moral compass. They only have partisanship.” I would say hes got it right.

    Leon (168f33)

  94. Tell me what the ground rules are in presenting a critique and/or criticism of our president in order to prevent it from falling into the default trash bin of the Trump loyalists?

    here are the rules fair Dana

    they are not many in number, nor are they complicated

    a critique of President Trump, for to be serious, must countenance this analysis by one Mr. Patterico what he shared with us almost two years ago to the day

    If conventional wisdom is correct, we are screwed.

    Which, it generally is. And we generally are. Screwed, that is.

    See I believe this, very much.

    I think a lot of other people believe it too, and that’s why filthy-ass Jeb and Carly Pupperoni and harvardtrash ted were emphatically told thanks but no thanks.

    What is our good President Trump if not the most sexiest most dazzling most thrilling hail mary in failmerican history?

    I don’t agree with his take on everything.

    I’ll be the first to tell you his nasty stripper daughter is nasty and strippery.

    But I get what he’s trying to do.

    He’s trying to get this shamefully slut-ridden food stamp-besotted loser-assed i-lurv-muh-welfare-check-slash-government-piggy-pension country’s economy to grow.

    bolting through a closing door, that’s the nub of it

    And President Trump, he’s sending up a prayer to Jesus.

    “god grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,” prays President Trump

    “and grant me the courage to change the things I can – even if it’s just a tweak like pervy Mitt Romney’s sex poodle Paul Ryan wants to do on obamacare

    “and, please please please with sugar on top, grant me the wisdom to know the difference,” Mr. Trump finishes solemnly.

    I think it’s the height of idiocy to think this creepy-ass loser-slut country has the luxury to wait til the mostest perfect specimen of harvardtrash ever produced (ted cruz of course) is lifted up unto the presidency by some deus ex machina as yet unimagined.

    The time to fight is now.

    And gentlemen in England now a-bed shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here.

    (A lot of them are off round the bend whinging about Mr. Trump being the wrong sort of lad.)

    But me, I’m here.

    I show up every goddamned day.

    That’s the ground rule.

    Stop whining and moaning about Trump cause of he retweeted that harvardtrash Teds’s sacky harvardtrash wife is maybe not a supermodel.

    You either believe in President Trump, the last product of this once-great country’s democracy, or you don’t believe in nuffin.

    Well me, I choose to believe,

    Let’s do this.

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  95. Virtue signaling is a thing here, Leon.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  96. Click here, for a well thought out, eloquent, yet nonetheless pithy, response to what happyfeet said.

    nk (dbc370)

  97. that was reductive

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  98. The rules for “critiquing” Trump are the rules Trump follows when “critiquing” his opponents. It’s that simple.

    nk (dbc370)

  99. Lock him up!

    nk (dbc370)

  100. A defense attorney was cross-examining a police officer during a felony trial – it went like this:

    Q. Officer, did you see my client fleeing the scene?
    A. No sir, but I subsequently observed a person matching the description of the offender running several blocks away.

    Q. Officer, who provided this description?
    A. The officer who responded to the scene.

    Q. A fellow officer provided the description of this so- called offender. Do you trust your fellow officers?
    A. Yes sir, with my life.

    Q. With your life? Let me ask you this then officer – do you have a locker room in the police station – a room where you change your clothes in preparation for your daily duties?
    A. Yes sir, we do.

    Q. And do you have a locker in that room?
    A. Yes sir, I do.

    Q. And do you have a lock on your locker?
    A. Yes sir.

    Q. Now why is it, officer, if you trust your fellow officers with your life, that you find it necessary to lock your locker in a room you share with those same officers?
    A. You see sir, we share the building with a court complex, and sometimes lawyers have been known to walk through that room.

    With that, the courtroom erupted in laughter, and a prompt recess was called.

    mg (31009b)

  101. Thing is, Dana, there is no criticism of Trump that a Trumpkin will accept. Trump said it himself: “I could stand in the Middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters”.

    nk (dbc370)

  102. i never voted for nobody

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  103. It’s not my fault if “supporters” is too long a word for Trump’s vocabulary.

    nk (dbc370)

  104. Anyway, I don’t think you’re a Trumpkin.

    nk (dbc370)

  105. Communist Party USA lays out the 2016 election strategy for leftwingers and #NeverTrumpelstiltskin:

    “Our work
    A 10 Point Strategy To Win a Landslide Unity Vote November 8 and Build On-going Grass Roots Power is taking hold in many places and should be taken to our membership, allies and friends. Can’t assume outcome of this election. Why the need for the landslide?
    Overwhelmingly repudiate the racist, bigoted, fascist poison from Trump and Republicans
    Take the US Senate and House out of Republican obstructionist majority and elect progressives where they are running.
    Take State houses and governors out of Republican control and repudiate the Koch brothers
    Secure appointments to the Supreme Court
    Create the climate most favorable to building the peoples movements
    Make the wins in the Democratic platform real
    Think big – talk issues, and prepare for after election day.”

    http://www.cpusa.org/article/america-needs-a-landslide-against-trump/

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  106. Expanding their ranks of Useful Idiots.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  107. @ Leon,

    It’s interesting watching the “non-partisan” “conservatives” devoting 99% of their time attacking the Republican president with hardly a squeak about the democrats shenanigans.

    All while complaining that Trump fights back.

    Totally unaware of how they come off as people way more vested in their own navel gazing virtue signalling than the health of the republic.

    I mean, we all know if President Cruz had the exact same circumstances as Trump this far into his presidency, the very same people would be damning the democrats every move and hailing Cruz as the best president ever, bar none.

    First, I have posted about Democrats and their shenanigans, as well as President Obama.

    Second, the complaint in this post isn’t that Trump is fighting back, it’s that he is fighting back against the very people who are truly working to “drain the swamp”. Why isn’t he embracing them and their efforts? Few have been more committed to this endeavor than Justin Amash.

    I expect that navel gazing virtue signalling is in the eye of the beholder.

    And no, Leon, we don’t know that about a President Cruz. I know that I have been equally hard on Republicans as I have been with Democrats. I’ve also repeatedly made it clear that no matter which party an elected official is affiliated with, if there is something untoward, fishy, or downright wrong, I’ll say so. Not all of us play defend the party at all costs game. That you think so, speaks more about you than me.

    Dana (023079)

  108. justin amash stoled my chockit snack pack puddin cup at lunch today and gave it to a syrian rapefugee and i told the teacher but she said happy let it go

    so i did

    but i’m telling you guys cause what if it happens again tomorrow?

    suffice to say nonono not tired of winning yet

    want muh goddamn puddin cup

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  109. Dana, if the shoes don’t fit you don’t have to wear them. You do bring a little balance to this blog, plus I don’t remember you ever attacking “trumpkins” gratuitously.

    As for the partisanship thing, I have little respect left for the Republican party, BUT, our government has a two party system where anything that gets done is going to get done by one party or the other. You can stand on the sidelines feeling righteous for being above it all, yelling at every opportunity, but you are only sound and fury signifying nothing.

    This is the trap conservatives have put themselves in. Democrats understand the game, join their team, and play as a team. Conservatives are so worried about their principles and honor, they’d have stoned Jesus for sticking up for the adulteress. They’re so stiff necked they can’t get together enough of them virtuous enough to make up team, much less play as one. They are too busy pointing out each other’s faults. Meanwhile the dems are eating their lunch

    So yes, I’m a partisan. I want to win republican battles for a change. Conservatism is about noble defeat. The country can’t survive any more of that.

    Leon (168f33)

  110. Yeah, “we” won the World Series and I got a trophy and a ring and a sh!tload of extra season money and even more money from TV and even more, more money from tickets and even more, more, more money from memorabilia and …

    Wait! I didn’t get any of that! The Cubs players and the Ricketts and the MLB got all that. All I got is that the price of Cubs caps doubled and I was looking to buy one not sell it.

    Winning! What a joke. The Trumps and their cronies won. Trumpkins ain’t won a damn thing.

    nk (dbc370)

  111. Dif you examine berlusconi’s actual accomplishments. Not the controversies, there was considerable center right progress on a host of areas

    narciso (d1f714)

  112. People who grumble about what others think they’ve won are oblivious to what’s obvious they themselves have lost.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  113. There are indications coronello, that progress is being made o. The big thing, quelled surprisr

    narciso (d1f714)

  114. “THEY’D RATHER REIGN IN HELL THAN SERVE IN HEAVEN. IF A DESTRUCTIVE LIE HELPS THEIR CHANCES, THEY’LL USE IT. Andy McCarthy: Democrats Know the Election Was Legitimate but Persist in a Dangerous Fraud.”

    https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/261416/

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  115. What do you give the man who has everything? Well, penicillin is a good start. But Ivanka should also get one of her shmatte designers to make a brassiere for her daddy.

    nk (dbc370)

  116. Years of the uni-party going along doing nothing productive for America puts skepticism in play. Giving the republicans complete control during the booooosh administration was a complete disaster. These ingrates spent more than democrats. Then tweety bird mclame showed up and gave the nomination to obama, followed by mittens getting knocked out by a tee vee bimbo. Eight years of reid and pelosi pulling the strings for obama, all this and the republicans never came together as a team. So now a bully shows up and starts backing the winning team(the voters]. Most of us that ended up backing Trump. [I worked for Ted Cruz, went to his gatherings and was truly impressed and wish he would have won. After years of getting sand shoved in my face by republican liars and cheats, I’ll give Trump more than a fair chance. Besides, most of us now Trumpers don’t care what you no trumpers think. We just enjoy watching the brains of the party lose their minds.

    mg (31009b)

  117. Amash voted present on P.P.

    mg (31009b)

  118. Amash wants to cut military spending

    mg (31009b)

  119. Amash dislikes Israel

    mg (31009b)

  120. Probably the best thing a rich person in America can do is employ a lot of people.

    Whereas, the best thing a lawyer can do is chase an ambulance and get run over by a bus while doing it.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  121. Don’t be so hard on buses, Colonel.

    Rev. Hoagie® (785e38)

  122. A lawyer is a gentleman who rescues your estate from your enemies and keeps it for himself.
    Lord Brougham

    Rev. Hoagie® (785e38)

  123. Few things do I appreciate as much as hosting conference calls at 6AM pacific and to have members of our legal team who live and work in the Dallas area grumble about the early start time.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  124. “Want to settle your case fast? Call the firm of Rock, Paper & Scissors!”

    mg (31009b)

  125. “THEY’D RATHER REIGN IN HELL THAN SERVE IN HEAVEN. IF A DESTRUCTIVE LIE HELPS THEIR CHANCES, THEY’LL USE IT. Andy McCarthy: Democrats Know the Election Was Legitimate but Persist in a Dangerous Fraud.”

    Wow, I thought this would be a birther retrospective, what a surprise.

    Davethulhu (fab944)

  126. Squidtastic!!!

    “Meanwhile, progressives are all, like, WHAT WE DO NOW: Standing Up for Your Values in Trump’s America. Because for progressives, controlling the mainstream media, the entertainment industry, academia, and book publishing just isn’t enough. They still feel stifled because of the existence of Donald Trump.”

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  127. They still feel stifled because of the existence of Donald Trump.

    Same, except conservatives and Obama.

    Davethulhu (fab944)

  128. Shorter 🐙: “My work here are done.”

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  129. Dustin (ba94b2) — 4/1/2017 @ 4:06 pm

    George HW Bush is 600 years old and has nothing to do with anything and you’re mad at him? What his ‘Read my lips’ flip flop still ticks you off?

    ‘Read my lips’ came up this week. Vladimir Putin repeated it (although apparently the Russian word was more like ‘Watch my lips’) and attributed it to Reagan, approvingly.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/vladimir-putin-misquotes-ronald-reagan-deny-election-hacking-n740486

    Putin was asked on a CNBC-moderated panel discussion to confirm that he and his regime “never tried to influence the outcome of the U.S. presidential election, and there will be no evidence found?”

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/putin-denies-russia-hack-incorrectly-quoting-wrong-president-article-1.3013610

    “Ronald Reagan once, debating about taxes and addressing Americans, said, ‘Watch my lips: No,’” Putin replied.

    “He said, ‘Watch my lips: No,’” he repeated to audience applause.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/CNBCnow/status/847417176596168706/video/1

    This is something that maybe should have appeared on Saturday Night Live.

    Sammy Finkelman (bd89d5)

  130. Also, a week ago, Marine Le Pen had a surprise meeting with Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin. Onlly ameeting with Russian legislators had bene previously announced.

    Putin announced he was not interfering in the French election, although he wished her good luck. Marine Le Pen called for strong security ties with Moscow to jointly combat radical Islamic groups, promised to work to repeal the EU sanctions on Moscow over its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, and pledged to recognize Crimea as part of Russia if she’s elected.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/putin-meets-marine-le-pen-moscow-denies-french-election-interference-n738471

    Jean-Marie Le Pen, the National Front’s co-founder, his daughter Marine and her niece Marion Marechal-Le Pen have all made numerous visits to Moscow over the years.

    Le Pen herself has repeatedly visited Russia, and her party borrowed 9 million euros in 2014 from the small First Czech Russian Bank, but the bank’s license was later revoked.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-03-31/le-pen-s-worldwide-hunt-for-french-campaign-funds-draws-a-blank

    Sammy Finkelman (bd89d5)

  131. Back when Trump was fighting his own personal Vietnam with venereal disease*, he went to see his doctor about a rash on his tongue.

    The doctor said, “It looks like gonorrhea. Any idea how you got it?”

    “Well”, Trump said, “it was my birthday last week and my father sent over a call girl as a present. Among the other things we did, I performed cunnilingus on her.”

    “Ok”, said the doctor, “I think we can put the blame entirely on your father.”

    “For ever-indulging me?” Trump asked.

    “Not only that”, said the doctor. “For not teaching you not to lick a gift w__re in the mouse.”

    * http://people.com/politics/trump-boasted-of-avoiding-stds-while-dating-vaginas-are-landmines-it-was-my-personal-vietnam/

    nk (dbc370)


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