Now that Donald Trump has Won


#1727

To be honest, I feel the opposite. I feel that to conservatives it’s more than a game, like an existential imperative, so they play to win. As deeply stupid and monstrous as they are, it’s enough to completely dominate anyone else just showing up to disinterestedly play their turn.

I actually feel like the Democratic party views this as just a game where there’s an adult in the room somewhere who’s eventually going to reward them for playing honorably. It feels like the reward they really want is just for everything to “feel normal” again. We need them to play to win.


#1728

It’s like the schoolyard. The kids who play nice don’t win because the bullies know to hit you and steal your lunch money when the teacher isnt looking. The teacher also believes them when they lie and buys their crocodile tears.


#1729

Speaking of people not taking things seriously…

"Nationally, Latino voters favor a Democratic Congress over a Republican one by 64-21 percent, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal Telemundo poll last month. But self-reported interest in the election is low, according to the same survey, and the picture in some individual races looks even worse for Democrats.

On paper, some of congressional Democrats’ best opportunities to pick up seats come from heavily Hispanic districts that are currently held by Republicans, but which Hillary Clinton won in 2016. Yet those are also some of the places where recent polls are showing Democratic candidates not doing as well as anticipated."


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#1732

I have as growing sense of dread that, regardless of the findings, the Justice department and Congress will do absolutely nothing.


#1733

Well Congress certainly won’t, at least until January if by some miracle Dems take back Congress. Justice department might but I’m not holding my breath.


#1734

IF the Dems take the House they get to impeach him and then … nothing because they can’t convict in the Senate. So nothing happens.


#1735

Even if the Democrats do retake Congress after the midterms, I don’t think they should try to impeach Trump unless there is a smoking gun of collusion.

I’m not saying that he shouldn’t be impeached, he should, there is no doubt in my mind that Trump has committed high crimes and misdemeanors, but from a political standpoint, I can’t see any benefit for the House impeaching Trump only for the Senate to acquit him, similarly to what happened to Bill Clinton in 1998.

Rather than impeach Trump, the Democrats in the House (and the Senate if they retake that as well) should open investigation after investigation into all his abuses of power.

"Here are some of the probes it predicts:

  • President Trump’s tax returns

  • Trump family businesses — and whether they comply with the Constitution’s emoluments clause, including the Chinese trademark grant to the Trump Organization

  • Trump’s dealings with Russia, including the president’s preparation for his meeting with Vladimir Putin

  • The payment to Stephanie Clifford — a.k.a. Stormy Daniels

  • James Comey’s firing

  • Trump’s firing of U.S. attorneys

  • Trump’s proposed transgender ban for the military

  • Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s business dealings

  • White House staff’s personal email use

  • Cabinet secretary travel, office expenses, and other misused perks

  • Discussion of classified information at Mar-a-Lago

  • Jared Kushner’s ethics law compliance

  • Dismissal of members of the EPA board of scientific counselors

  • The travel ban

  • Family separation policy

  • Hurricane response in Puerto Rico

  • Election security and hacking attempts

  • White House security clearances"

Every week, there should be another headline about how Committee X found another piece of damning evidence, whether it’s about Trump’s business dealings, his violation of the Emoluments Clause, whatever. The Democrats should try to inflict as much political damage as possible to him leading up to the 2020 presidential elections.


#1736

EDIT: Also this.


#1737

#1738

He should have caught three in the chest.


#1739

From the Department of the Obvious, Trump admits to basically being a Nazi. Because of course.


#1740

Nationalism isn’t Nazism, it’s just dumb and can lead to Fascism if you are not careful. All the countries of the mid 20th century were extremely nationalist going into World war 2…


#1741

Of course in Trump’s case, “nationalism” isn’t of a more benign form like “civic nationalism” or even “economic nationalism,” but almost certainly “white nationalism.”

But “nationalism,” in and of itself, is not necessarily controversial in certain contexts. The sentiment known as “civic nationalism” is routinely expressed by politicians in both parties. There are even aspects of Trumpian nationalism that are unremarkable, such as the economic nationalism embodied in his campaign promise of an infrastructure package (which he has abandoned). What would make his claim controversial is if Trump actually meant “ racial nationalist” or “ white nationalist.”

Which, of course, is exactly what he did mean. By claiming to be breaking a taboo by using this particular N-word, Trump basically confirmed that without saying it out loud.


#1742

It doesn’t help that Trump still have Stephen Miller who is deputy undersecretary of creepy shit.


#1743

Those eyes of his are just dead.


#1744

#1745

A third was sent to CNN, and one was found at George Soros’s house yesterday.


#1746

I’m going to make some predictions now. The perpetrator is white, will be taken alive by police, and will be treated like a troubled loner with little to no mention made of his right-wing beliefs.