Washington Post Editorial Board Voices “Darker Suspicions” About Trump’s Bromance With Putin

From the editorial board of the Washington Post:

Mr. Trump has been frank about his desire to improve relations with Russia, but he seems blissfully untroubled by the reasons for the deterioration in relations, including Russia’s instigation of an armed uprising in Ukraine, its seizure of Crimea, its efforts to divide Europe and the crushing of democracy and human rights at home.

Why is Mr. Trump so dismissive of Russia’s dangerous behavior? Some say it is his lack of experience in foreign policy, or an oft-stated admiration for strongmen, or naivete about Russian intentions. But darker suspicions persist. Mr. Trump has steadfastly refused to be transparent about his multibillion-dollar business empire.

Are there loans or deals with Russian businesses or the state that were concealed during the campaign? Are there hidden communications with Mr. Putin or his representatives? We would be thrilled to see all the doubts dispelled, but Mr. Trump’s odd behavior in the face of a clear threat from Russia, matched by Mr. Putin’s evident enthusiasm for the president-elect, cannot be easily explained.

  • kelven

    Treason by any other name…

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      …would smell as rancid as Kellyanne’s cooch

      • Silver Badger

        Inquiring minds do NOT want to know. The rumor is bad enough. 🙂

      • cleos_mom

        But who even wants to know what il Douche’s johnson smells like?

        • SunsetGay

          It smells like Kellyanne Conway

          • Dubito et cogitare

            And looks like her clit.

          • Cattleya1

            Smaller…

      • Mike_in_the_Tundra

        Oh gross.

      • Steverino

        Well, she is a douche, even if she doesn’t douche.

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    • AtticusP

      “How do you like your blue-eyed boy, Mr. Death?”

      –e e cummings

    • bill weber

      Reactionary, right-wing Dems….

      “Suspicions” related to the multiple stories WaPo has had to retract or amend? Trump is a bad actor, but it’d be nice to stick to established facts.

  • pj

    wonder if the truth will come out before its too late.

    • Jerry Kott

      it is better to be safe than sorry. The brakes need to be put on NOW.

      • cleos_mom

        And the engineer discreetly ‘taken out.’

    • olandp

      It is already too late. You can’t stop a runaway freight train on a dime.

    • Chucktech

      Too late?? I have no idea what you mean by too late.

      And as far as “truth” goes, truth was another casualty of 2016. We are now post-truth.

      • Steverino

        It would be nice if it is Washington Post truth.

    • lymis

      If it came today, we’d shift to inaugurating President Pence. Even if we headed off the worst of what Trump might cause, it would be it’s own special shit-show.

  • Jerry Kott

    The answer is in his Tax Returns! it takes my breath away at the prospects of where this fuck head will take us all down because he has no coping mechanism that force him to be an adult.

    • Silver Badger

      Those tax returns are a work of fiction created by the very best accountants.

      • Jerry Kott

        Where is “Anonymous”? The energy around Trump is just tooooooo toxic. It is just a matter at this point of controlling the damage that has already been done..

        • Giant Monster Gamera

          All we need is one rogue person at the IRS.

          • Lantor

            A deep throat, if you will?

          • Silver Badger

            A deep throat is always handy to keep around the house.

          • KCMC

            Yes. I will.

            Happy NYE.

        • lymis

          Ah, you know damn well that Putin has his tax returns.

  • Silver Badger

    It’s pretty easy to see. trump’s a traitor who sold out his country for personal gain. The real question is what is America going to do about it?

    • Gil

      Nothing. Like usual.

      • Silver Badger

        The coronation should be interesting, at least.

        • Richard, another Canuck

          I wonder if it will be in English?

          • Cattleya1

            You don’t think he’s learned and Slovenian, do you? He speaks English at or below the 4th grade level.

          • Richard, another Canuck

            Fido was thinking Russian…

          • Cattleya1

            I was thinking about his wife… But, he really only needs one word of Russian -‘Da’.

      • Mike__in_Houston

        Agreed, other than the “like usual” part. IOKIYAR.

      • cleos_mom

        The Democrats, including those non-governmental humanoid units who waxed hysterical earlier this year will make disapproving noises. And decide not to vote next time.

      • Quite a few Americans will be applauding this from both side of the political spectrum.

        • wmforr

          To quote from Pirates of the Caribbean, “It’s just good business.” His fans would say, “See how smart he is? He made a huge pile of money selling Seoul to North Korea. What a genius!”

    • Michael White

      But the basket loves him and the GOP will not prosecute him for anything. He is pushing their agenda

      • Friday

        Yeah, he’s gonna push it, all right. They might find getting what they wanted isn’t what they spent so much time trying to sell.

    • Steverino

      Blame Obama and Hillary.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
    • Treant

      Heh. Replace the faces and, for me, that was Saturday night three weeks ago.

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        Yeah, that’s pretty much myself and the husbotter on weekends.

        • jsmukg

          pretty much me given any opportunity 😀

      • Mike_in_the_Tundra

        What were you doing the last two Saturdays?

      • cleos_mom

        I hope we’re safe in assuming that the other face is not represented in that picture? (If not, you have very strange taste)

        • Treant

          Indeed not the same because…ew.

      • jsmukg

        grin. That long ago? More recently here

    • Mike_in_the_Tundra

      Normally I like leather, but that picture may turn me off of it.

    • Ray Taylor

      Looks like they are on 18th St. just South of Castro St. in San Francisco.

  • olandp

    Where was the Post editorial board during the election?

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Oh, they were doing what everyone else did, creating false equivalences for the sake circulation and revenue.

    • Mike__in_Houston

      The same place everybody else was. This whole thing was a big joke to Trump and to the MSM until suddenly it turned tragically real and then everybody switched to “normalizing” mode, pretending that they had been in that mode and serious about it the whole time.

      • cleos_mom

        They forgot the first rule of the trade and didn’t get the money up front.

  • Stephen Elliot Phillips

    For some time, russian think-tank types have wanted the USA to break apart into smaller less powerful entities.
    Like the west coast would be one country. The south another.
    Not sure if putin is attempting to put this vision into play or he and his billionaire friends just want us disorganized and fighting among ourselves

    • http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/06/vladimir-putin-texas-secession-119288

      Yep. But here’s hoping it backfires on the Russian when the Chechen become militarized.

      • Chucktech

        From the article:

        than Smith, who styles himself the “foreign minister” for the Texas Nationalist Movement, appeared last Spring at a far-right confab in St. Petersburg, Russia. Despite roaming around in his cowboy hat, Smith managed to keep a low-key presence at the conference, which was dominated by fascists and neo-Nazis railing against Western decadence. But at least one Russian newspaper, Vzglyad, caught up with the American, noted that TNM is “hardly a marginal group,”and quoted Smith liberally on the excellent prospects for a partial breakup of the United States. Smith declared that the Texas National Movement has 250,000 supporters—including all the Texans currently serving in the U.S. Army—and they all “identify themselves first and foremost as Texans” but are being forced to remain Americans. The United States, he added, “is not a democracy, but a dictatorship.” The Kremlin’s famed troll farms took the interview and ran with it, with dozens of bots instantly tweeting about a “Free Texas.”

        Traitorous patsy Texans…

        • Friday

          Yeah, but they don’t actually want to secede in Texas, only those right-wingers that hate America in *that* way, (not even most of the ones in actual power, evn if they don’t mind talking out the other sides of their mouths.) If Texas *had* been allowed to secede, we actually really wouldn’t be in this situation in the first place.

        • Uncle Mark

          There was a similar observation about Americans in the 19th century, that most Americans identified themselves by their state, instead of referring to themselves as American. Americans have been doing this forever. Clearly the Russians are unaware of this idiosyncrasy of Americans, and view this incorrectly as a general dislike for the federal gov’t.

    • TimCA

      Calexit leader lives in Russia

      “A former right-wing activist from Buffalo, New York, Marinelli first moved to Russia almost a decade ago. He studied at St. Petersburg State University, the alma mater of Russian President Vladimir Putin. He returned to the United States to campaign against LGBTQ rights as part of the National Organization for Marriage.”

      http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2016/12/13/from-his-home-in-russia-calexit-leader-plots-california-secession/

      • That’s why I’m suspicious of both Calexit and Cascadia. Moreover, these American succession movement never bring up the fact that they are on Native lands.

        • Friday

          I can understand the appeal, really, though it would essentially mean a new Pacific nation would have all the rest of the US with only more right-wing power: which’d tend to force other regions to bail, which would leave a lot of failed states on everyone’s borders, basically.

      • CanuckDon

        For Christ sakes….what is wrong with these men in our society who can’t just find solace and life contentment in nature, science, literature, music, hobbies, our sexual selves? Instead, their bored little minds continually delve into the devious realms of harming and denying others these pleasures.

        • Steverino

          I have long lamented those sick souls who seek, and gain power, just to lord their little psychological dramas over the rest of us.

        • tempus

          To borrow Hannah Arendt’s phrase, ‘the banality of evil.’ Nothing complex and life-affirming can possibly appeal to ratfuckers; only ugliness and sociopathy get them going.

      • JCF

        Yeah. Not that I was interested, but that was The END of “Calexit”, AFAIC…

    • GayOldLady

      Putin’s primary objective is to undo NATO and the EU. If he can do that he can reconstitute the Russian Empire.

      • bill weber

        They have no money.

    • geoffalnutt

      Strategy always comes down to ‘divide and conquer’.

  • HZ81

    Happy New Year! Roughly twenty days of the USA left. Enjoy it while you can! It was fun..

    • cleos_mom

      But there will be some boffo sales on the 21st.

  • Treant

    I’m firmly convinced that:

    a) Don the Con’s net worth is negative and he’s propped up solely by borrowed money–most of it Russian these days. That makes him eminently bribeable and very unlikely to risk his cash flow.

    b) Russia has plenty of videos and/or photos of Don the Con fucking something below the legal age of consent.

    c) Russia has hacked the RNC and Don the Con’s tax returns and will release them when their puppet steps out of line–or it’ll do an enormous amount of damage to the government just before Russia wishes to conquer a country we’d normally object to.

    • bkmn

      Donnie wants to know where his next child-bride comes from.

      • Steverino

        Melania will be the First Lady of the United States, but Trump before he’s finished likely will dump her, marry another, and that bride will become the first Second Lady of the United States. FLOTUS to SLOTUS (pronounced slutus).

        • Acronym Jim

          We’ve already had two second First Ladies (and one third one), but all were for reason of the President becoming widowed.

          When John Tyler’s wife, Letitia died, he married the much younger Julia Gardner, making Tyler the first President to marry while in office.

          When Woodrow Wilson’s wife, Ellen died. His daughter Margaret became the de facto First Lady. When Wilson remarried, Edith Wilson took Margaret’s place. Edith, in turn, became the first de facto female President when Woodrow suffered a debilitating stroke.

        • cleos_mom

          On January 20th Melania will become the Third Trophywife of the United States (TTUS). When Trump trades her in for a younger model, she will be replaced by the Fourth Trophywife of the United States (FTUS).

          If you’re vocalizing the acronyms we’ll at some point make the transition from the Tittyus to the Fucktus.

      • Henry Auvil

        I’m betting Miss Ukraine has a bright future in fat old man whoring.

    • I don’t know. Evidence of all these things hasn’t stopped him before. Trump actually openly admitting to sexual assault didn’t stop him. A part of me thinks he’s doing because he’s just a cancer on humanity nothing more.

      • Marides48

        I think tRumps only undoing will be when his minions realize that “Making America Great Again” does not include them.

        • Todd20036

          No. His undoing will be when Congress decides it would be more profitable for Pence to be in charge, and uses the events to impeach Trump for treason

          • marshlc

            Yup. Prompted by corporate interests.

            One of the few things that gives me hope right now is that big corporations like stability and the appearance of an open democratic society. Anything that threatens that gets them nervous, and they have a fair amount of weight to swing around.

            Since the choice right now appears to be that the US will be governed by an insecure and erratic man-child, or by multinational corporations, I’m rooting for the corporations, and may god have mercy on all of us.

          • witch

            New meaning to “the lesser of two evils”

          • cleos_mom

            And a huge joke on people who used the phrase during the election — with straight faces.

    • LaChatSayWha

      Or maybe they have video of him NOT fucking one of the 12-year-old Party favors Putin’s people gifted him on his last trip to Moscow. The guy looks like tepid death, I imagine he has a VERY difficult time getting it up.

      • Mike_in_the_Tundra

        Popsicle sticks and tape are what he uses.

      • Marides48

        He probably has difficulty just finding “it”.

      • Treant

        “Can’t we just be friends and talk? Why are you girls always demanding the sex? I just ca…I mean, I don’t want to…”

    • another_steve

      Sound reasoning, Treant.

      I’m pretty convinced that Trump sees this whole “President of the United States” thing as a potential money-making opportunity — for him personally and for his children. It’s been pretty obvious that the man has no real interest in governing. He’s a businessman.

      Your suggestion that Russia has incriminating tapes and tax returns is intriguing.

      • Cattleya1

        They have him by the short hairs – I think you can count on that.

    • Skokieguy [Larry]

      You beat me too it. I agree that they have far more vile information not yet released. And on top of it, they hacked the RNC as well, but nothing was released. Perhaps Russia has proof that the RNC conspired to throw the election and the proof, if released could result in the election being declared invalid and the RNC prosecuted under the RICO act as a criminal enterprise?

      • Treant

        Could be, but given that the Republicans will be in power on January 20th, nothing would come of it anyway…

      • Kruhn

        The election won’t be invalidated, but those revelations would cause a constitutional crisis, which in the middle of a crisis can paralyze us just long enough for them to get their goals.

    • Todd20036

      a) Could be. His net worth is seriously debatable.
      b) Doesn’t matter. His base will just cheer him on.
      c) Again, won’t matter with his base.

      • JCF

        I really want to believe that actual pedophilia would be a step too far for the Trumpanzees—but you could be right (“Look at the slutty way she was gumming that pacifier—she was clearly asking for it!”)

        • wmforr

          Come on! Any true Trumplover will flatly deny any evidence whatsoever of anything they don’t like. If Trump were going to go on live TV today and fuck a ten-year-old, they’d say it was a Libral plot, and it never happened. Meanwhile, Sean Hannity will suck Putin’s dick to get an interview and then declare him a champion of democracy and human rights.

    • Henry Auvil

      Franklin Foer’s Slate story about the cyberlink between the trump Organization and Putin’s crony bank Alfa went nowhere, but I suspect it will rear its head again soon…. http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2016/11/the_trump_server_evaluating_new_evidence_and_countertheories.html

    • Cattleya1

      d) China wouldn’t float him a loan when he needed it.

    • wmforr

      And President Trump will declare, “Russia is not in Poland,” as the troops march in and mow down all government leaders.”

  • Giant Monster Gamera

    He’s never wrong, so it’s impossible for Trump to believe he’s been played like a puppet by people on both the Republican and Russian sides that are vastly smarter than he is.

  • Stephen Elliot Phillips

    Wonder how long after january 20th the russians take before they start bullying eastern europe and the ukraine, etc

    • BearEyes

      9 pm

      • WildwoodGuy

        Sorry BearEyes. I think it will occur right during the actual inauguration because the whole of the US gov’t will be involved in watching the fiasco… and too busy with thoughts of parties and hookers and blow… to be concerned with what Russia is doing or planning. It won’t be until the next day when whatever Russia has planned is a fait accompli that they’ll wake up and realize what a fucking disaster they’ve gotten themselves into.

  • bambinoitaliano

    If this is the 50’s Saint Reagan would have put a bullet through this traitor’s head.

    • cleos_mom

      He’d been too busy making immortal films like “Bedtime For Bonzo.”

    • Natty Enquirer

      But Russia is our friend. We’ve always been friends with Russia.

      • bambinoitaliano

        If he were to behave this way against Putin in Russia today, same result.

  • cleos_mom

    Glad to see this coming to light; but the suspicions of WaPo and the rest of the infotainment industry were much “lighter” when speaking up could have made a difference.

    • j.martindale

      The Post did the best job of any paper revealing tRump’s character. Go after the Times or some other paper.

      • cleos_mom

        Not being a cheap whore doesn’t make anyone a non-whore.

        The “MSM” were ALL complicit; some just less than others.

        • j.martindale

          Fahrenholt of the Post dug up all of the dirt no one else did. You are wrong.

  • JWC

    Trump before you put your had on that biuble to swear an empty oath come clean you crook

  • Captain Jack

    I wonder how much money he owes puta … I mean Putin..

    • Steverino

      Trump is always putin’ out for Putin.

  • aar9n

    Lock him up

  • greenmanTN

    Mother Jones intimated that during one of Trump’s visits they gathered blackmail material on him.

    I would not be surprised if they have similar material on other high-level GOP figures.

    How else can you explain the sudden switch from Russia as an “evil empire” for the last 50+ years, and the sudden transformation to the Republican party as best buds with Pooty-Poot and admiration for that regime?

    • Natty Enquirer

      The death of Communism. Russia has gone from capitalist threat to capitalist darling.

      • greenmanTN

        Is that an excuse? From Communism to a oligarch/gangster/capitalist socieity with incredible amounts of political/religious homophobia is not my idea of progress.

        • Natty Enquirer

          1. It’s about the money.
          2. See #1.

          • geoffalnutt

            Republicans? It’s always about the money. Nothing else.

        • Halou

          Not your idea of progress, but we’re talking about establishment republicans. The 1-percenters, the faith-State inquisitors to be.

      • LaChatSayWha

        But they maintain many powerful governmental and military structures, and persist in behaviors, that are largely unchanged from both the Soviet era. They are a capitalist kleptocracy, but they still function as an authoritarian totalitarian state. In other words, plus ça change…

        • Natty Enquirer

          “Democracy versus totalitarianism” was a cover for the little people. You’re not going to get 18-year-old kids to kill themselves just to protect your wealth. The real threat was a spreading philosophy of collectivization that could take wealth away from the wealthy and give it to someone else, oligarch or otherwise.

        • GayOldLady

          Should have read your comment before I commented. You are spot on.

      • GayOldLady

        Although they have a market based economy, they’re not actually capitalists, they are kleptocrats.

        • bill weber

          What’s the difference?

      • Lazycrockett

        As a fan of Marx and his theory I just have to state for the record that the Soviet Union was never, ever a communist state according to Marx theory.

    • cleos_mom

      Wasn’t quite as much a stretch for “God’s people”, since they had an authoritarian mentality to begin with.

      • geoffalnutt

        It’s always been a celestial dictatorship. Christopher Hitchens makes the point, however: at least you can die and get out of the earthly ones – not so with the Abrahamic religions. Either Heaven or Hell awaits…for eternity.

        • cleos_mom

          Wouldn’t bother someone who’s a true believer. It was once socially acceptable to imagine one of heaven’s chief joys as being able to spectate the agonies of hell.

          My (late) Religious Science minister in Atlanta had a theory that the notion of hell was created by people who really needed a place to send their relatives to.

    • Lazycrockett

      12 year old girls and blow. Watch This Space.

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        The sad thing is that the Trumpeteers would probably be OK with that. (points to assholes who actually whined about people “persecuting” Josh Duggar for attacking his sisters until it turned out he also cheated on his wife with strippers).

        I honestly don’t think the Trumpeteers are that much different than tribespeople who sell their daughters to other families in order to settle disputes.

        • Lazycrockett

          You are never going to convince the Drumpeteers you have to convince the fence sitters.

          • JWC

            always had faith in the silent majority there are stil 20 days for trump to hang himself. I know he has weaseled out before but at some point the teflon will slip

        • Pat

          I’ve given up caring what the Trumpanzees think anymore. They fall into several different groups and none of those groups will ever be convinced that Hillary isn’t evil, Podesta didn’t run a pedophile ring out of a pizzeria with sekret codes ~n~ stuff or Sandy Hook was a false flag operation. Screw them and go on without them, they’re not even worth arguing with online. They require industrial cult deprogramming from Fox, Alex Jones and Breitbart, the mental illness is so great. Evangelicals have finally provided incontrovertible proof they are nothing more than bs artists hiding behind the bible and the overwhelming GOP congress are without morals or conscience. I take comfort in the thought there are more of us than them and we have to be loud, persistent and demanding for our own sakes, because you can’t help anyone who is complicit in their own fleecing.

          • Skeptical_Inquirer

            It’s not that I care about their fee-fees. I’m pissed that they wield power through voting and donating what little money they have to charlatans.

          • Pat

            Yeah. The ones who voted for him and regret it are the ones to concentrate on for 2018. All the rest can go scratch, especially the ones who vote R again and again and expect a different outcome every time.

          • JCF

            “I take comfort in the thought there are more of us than them”

            …and that their median age is way OLDER than ours!

      • Pat

        I have a feeling that’s it, plus shady deals and money owed, plus Russia is suffering under the sanctions for Crimea.

        • Lazycrockett

          Its gonna be very interesting when Russia starts pushing into the Nato Allied Baltic States and Drumpf refused to take action leaving Europe to deal with it on their own. That will be a crack that can’t be fixed.

          • The Return of Traxley

            And to ensure that America does not intervene, they’re going to fuck with our infrastructure. Our utilities, the internet, our telecommunications system.

            I know that I can’t let go of the power grid thing, but it’s been a major vulnerabilty security experts have been warning us about since 2003. Taking down whole sections of the country’s electrical service is warfare. People requiring medical care WILL die. Potentially thousands of them.

            I really hope that someone is paying attention to Russia’s beta-testing in VT. They’re not just a bunch of kids challenging a firewall. They mean us serious harm. They want to destroy us.

          • Amanda B. Rekendwith

            Your power grid concerns are well-founded.
            Great interview by Charlie Rose with Ted Koppel…
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZQouyI1giA

          • Pat

            Yep, reason #1 why he’s Puta’s useful tool in the WH. It’s insufferable that we and so many others overseas will suffer whatever consequences this moron provokes. Everyone outside the US can see what a tool he is and how he’s going to destablize long term alliances and the integrity of nations Russia wants to control because Puta has something on him. He dismisses the CIA and praises a murderous thug. I can only hope key evidence that gets rid of him is turned up before he does damage.

      • Phillip in L.A.

        We have both 12-year-old girls and blow in the US, Lazycrockett! Or does Vladi get all the really good shit?

    • bambinoitaliano

      Capitalism has no limit. It includes selling out the country to anyone for the highest price. Corporations are people too as are nations are clients.

      • greenmanTN

        Actually I believe that is true.

        How else can you explain tobacco executives denying the link between smoking and lung cancer decades after medical experts had made it clear the two were inextricably related? Remember the guy who compared tobacco addiction to him liking jelly beans?

        But now we have put control in the hands of people who are only concerned with the bottom line, with no interest in people whatsoever.

        If it weren’t for the fact that the rest of us will be suffering along with them I’d enjoy watching the blooming comprehension when they realize they’ve been played by a huckster only one step above a carnie.

        • bambinoitaliano

          It’s the on going evolution of globalization. Nations sovereignty is no longer define by physical boundaries, rather by the wealth and power of individuals and conglomerates as we have seen from many of the science fiction movies and tv series.

          • Lazycrockett

            Amen, Exxon considers itself its own political economic force that goes against the US Governments desires all the time.

          • greenmanTN

            Richard Branson’s take on Trump is interesting. Here are two billionaires (alleged in Trump’s case) meeting for lunch (or dinner) and according to Branson the only thing Trump wanted to talk about was the people who had slighted him in some way and how he wanted to get revenge on them.

            Donald Trump is a very very small man, yet he’s the President elect.

          • bambinoitaliano

            Professionally, those two are working in a different field. Richard Branson is a real billionaire that operate legit businesses like Mark Cuban and Michael Bloomberg. Donald Trump is a con man who skim investors money and contractors. He set up fake charity and business that offer no legitimate services or products. And he is not a billionaire. He can’t run a business more than he can run a country. Donald Trump is a loser who was lucky to be born in a wealthy family that cushioned his lifetime of failure as a human being.

          • greenmanTN

            You/we are singing to choir, unfortunately.

            Some huckster gets himself on TV and half of us are thinking “a fitting place for this dillweed,” and apparently the other half is thinking “this guy must be a genious because they put him on the TV”

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I honestly think the blackmail material will manage to leak out anyway. Not soon enough but will it come out, yeah. Someone needs to pull a Panama Papers type thing on this.

      • Natty Enquirer

        It will probably be the excuse for impeachment when Trump has outlived his usefulness.

    • bill weber

      Uhhhh, because things changed around 1989? You moron.

      • greenmanTN

        If I ever want your opinion I’ll slap it out of you, you rude piece of shit. I am perfectly capable of going off the civil and polite trail.

        • bill weber

          Yeah, I figured you didn’t know about the dissolution of the USSR, babycakes.

          • greenmanTN

            It’s all fun and games until your country gets invaded.

          • greenmanTN

            Yeah, because decades old connections like that disappear lime that fade in an instant though the players are still alive, or have been cultured by old regimes.

            What’s your beef anyway? Think it’s a good idea to make Putin our new “bestie” or that Trump isn’t going to follow through on a single goddamn promise he made?

            If I weren’t right in the middle of it I might enjoy watching when the butterfish shitstain reveals his true colors.

          • greenmanTN

            And you are a tool. Whose tool you are is just a matter of speculation.

  • bkmn

    Keep this up WaPo and your subscription numbers will keep going up and up. It might even inspire other rags to do some real journalism.

    • Natty Enquirer

      Asking the right questions is great but finding the answers would win them a Pulitzer.

    • SoCalGal20

      They’re hiring 60 reporters and boosting their investigative team. Fingers crossed they bring the Trump administration down.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Just to be clear let’s spell out these darker suspicions – high treason and traitorous betrayal of all America stands for. Lock him up!!!

    • bill weber

      that’ll work…. *whoo whoo*

  • Slippy_World
    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      + 3 million

      • Amanda B. Rekendwith

        In TrumpSpeak, that’s “nearly 5 million”

    • Steverino

      The sore losers will be Trump voters (and Republican voters) when they have their health insurance under the ACA yanked out from under them by the very people they voted for, and also when congress guts, and Trump signs into law, Eddie Munster and Yertle’s legislation to gut and privatize Medicaid and Social Security.

  • Gustav2

    The MSM is too fucking polite, it is one of the reasons Trump won.

  • Love is not love
    Which alters when it alteration finds,
    Or bends with the remover to remove:
    O no; it is an ever-fixed mark,
    That looks on tempests, and is never shaken

    W. Shakespeare

    https://queerty-prodweb.s3.amazonaws.com/content/docs/2016/11/09122318/Coz_b_9XEAATTRl-646×437.jpg

    • MBear

      Tho rosy cheeks within his bending sickles compass come

  • bkmn
  • boobert

    russia has been paying him off for years by financing projects and purchasing properties at inflated prices. Aaron Schock pretty much took a bribe when he sold a home at way more than what it was worth, but this is accepted behavior for trump.

    • GayOldLady

      And that’s why we’ll never see his tax returns. Somewhere in those documents there is likely incontrovertible proof that tRump is in a quagmire of business connections all ending up in Russia.

      Where are the HACKERS when you need them?

      • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

        The hackers are Russian and Chinese so don’t put too much faith in them coming to the USA’s rescue.

  • Michael R

    We need someone on the inside to help us …

    https://s23.postimg.org/da363wcor/katya.gif

    • JCF

      I love Katya!

  • GayOldLady

    Oh, so NOW the 4th estate is coming to that conclusion? Every damned one of us connected the dots when tRump made Paul Manafort his campaign manager. And when the outrage of Manafort’s connections to the Kremlin finally became news tRump replaced him with Steve Bannon, another admirer of Putin, white nationalist and a man with ties to the efforts to destablize the EU and NATO. Then he ran the campaign circuit with Michael Flynn as his strong arm adviser, another friend of Putin’s. Then he appointed Rex Tillerson as SOS, a man who fought U.S. sanctions against Russia after Russia attempted to strangle the Urkraine and annexed the Crimea. So how did you guys figure it out?

    The bastard is going to kill us all.

  • Dirk Prophet

    Trimp owes Putin and American fortune, a king’s ransom.

  • Oh’behr
  • Halou

    Donald Trump is the first ever prince of the RSA.

  • ByronK

    I still think that one of the missing pieces is the fact that the Russian government admitted they were in contact with the Trump team throughout the election. Why has there been no questions or investigations into this?

    • stuckinthewoods

      While Snopes labelled the allegations in a Slate article “unproven” (alleging Trump had a server communicating with a Russian bank) all his communications and contacts with Russia should be examined in detail.
      http://www.snopes.com/trump-server-tied-to-russian-bank/

      • ByronK
        • stuckinthewoods

          The Snopes one is financial, and it will be hard to prove political entanglement. As the child of a spy, I’d bet contact with Russian operatives went on in the most ancient and untraceable way, entirely personal, through intermediaries. Hard trail to follow.

  • Mark

    If company XYZ produces AB food product – and half of a single peanut is within 50 miles – people demand to know due to allergies.

    Yet this fucking shitgibbon has an ongoing love fest with Pooty, is heavily financed by Pooty’s banks, has made many appointments with Pooty ties…and all those same peanut people seem to have absolutely zero allergic reaction to the treason right in front of their faces.

    I will spend the eve wishing and hoping for a grand sink hole to hit florida at midnight……

  • worstcultever

    My god, that photo. His face truly looks more reptilian by the hour.

  • Halou

    What is the Russian translation of “Fuck me harder, daddy!”
    It’s going to be the unofficial pledge of allegiance for the next 4-8 years.

    • Natty Enquirer

      TЯЦMP

    • ByronK

      Трахни меня сильнее папа, apparently.

  • Clive Johnson
    • that’s gonna look splendidly divine on Mt Rushmore…
      /S

      • Lazycrockett

        Oh like asshole would share with the 4 others.

      • rednekokie

        Especially after he has the other four blasted off in order to have enough room to depict his own ego.

    • JCF

      He really DOES look like Pepe the White (or Orange) Supremacist Frog…

      • Clive Johnson

        I had a little help from Affinity Photo (an affordable Photoshop clone). But still, you’re right. Catch his face in the right mood and you can see it.

  • leastyebejudged

    Eh, Russia and the US both do shitty things, working together or against each other, the whole world suffers regardless.

  • Ryan Hunter

    So, the real question is whether Trump will be impeached or will he be tried for treason? It just might be both.

    • Halou

      That would require the congress to take action, and the congress is packed full of Republicans who will refuse to put America first because their loyalties lie with money an Dear Leader.

      • JWC

        that depends on if it starts to look like thr GOP is in support of Trump/Putin the spimless rats will jump ship After all at some point they will still have to face the American piblic

        • Halou

          I’m not so optimistic.

          Autocrats and their cliques of that sort from this side of the Atlantic have in the past tended to go into hiding and have their paid-for militias suppress dissenters, oftentimes successfully, just look at Assadistan/Syria.
          But on the rare occasion (Charles 1st, Louis 16th, Nicholas 2nd) that public anger becomes so overwhelming as to actually cause regime change. You celebrate just such a feat every year on July 4th.

          • JWC

            you have nothing if you don’t have hope The pendulum swings back and forth

    • Natty Enquirer

      Treason in federal law requires aid to an enemy. Until Russia is declared an enemy, treason does not apply.

      • canoebum

        I think a case can be made in a court of law that the Russian Federation is an enemy state.

        • Natty Enquirer

          That would be a short case. “Enemy” means an adversary at war in this context, not in a general sense.

          • canoebum

            Well. I’d that case I’d say we’ve spent many trillions of dollars defending against them for the past 70 years that could have been used for something else.

    • JWC

      who in the US has the BALLS to charge him

  • canoebum

    Is it any wonder why Donald was so certain the election would be rigged? He just failed to mention he knew it was rigged for him to win. This wasn’t an election, it was a coup d’etat. Personally, I think conspirators like Giuliani, Comey, Priebus, Manafort, Bannon and Trump should hang for this.

    • JWC

      it is treason in its purest form and thro Mc connell in there too

    • geoffalnutt

      Mitch McConnell, don’t forget.

  • Phil in FLL

    But WaPo’s own reporters noted in an article from July 2016 that Donald Trump Jr. had already explained that Russian oligarchs close to Putin had invested “yuuuuge” amounts of money in Trump’s business enterprises. The WaPo article from July quoted Donald Trump Jr. stating this at a real estate conference in 2008 (link to the WaPo article here). Here is an excerpt:

    Q: What about investments from Russia in Trump’s businesses?

    A. There is strong evidence that Trump’s businesses have received significant funding from Russian investors. Most notably, Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. made that very claim at a real estate conference in New York in 2008, saying “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets.” Donald Trump Jr. added, “we see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”

    Trump also made millions when he agreed to bring the Miss Universe pageant to Moscow in 2013, a deal financed in part by the development company of a Russian billionaire Aras Agalarov. Agalarov is a Putin ally who is sometimes called the “Trump of Russia” because of his tendency to put his own name on his buildings. At the time, Trump mingled with the Russian business elite at a swanky after-party. “Almost all of the oligarchs were in the room,” Trump bragged on returning home.

    As a sign of the importance of Russian investors, partners of one of Trump’s projects then under construction in Panama visited Moscow to sell condos at the building in 2006.

    Trump also made significant money from one Russian oligarch in 2008, when he sold a mansion in Palm Beach for $95 million to Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev. Trump had bought the home at a bankruptcy auction less than four years earlier for $41.4 million.

    • Lazycrockett

      I remember posting back this summer that after Drumpf lost the election don’t be surprised to find his body in a river, the Russia Mafia don’t play. Now the only thing going in the river is the country.

      • Phil in FLL

        I would be very suspicious about any cooperative economic ventures between the U.S. and Russian governments that wind up being lucrative for the Russians.

      • Steverino

        The country is going in the river that runs through Paris, while GOP voters remain in that river in Egypt.

  • Lazycrockett

    He ditched the press pool again this afternoon to go play golf at da club.

    • Halou

      Dodging responsibility and accountability before the electorate.

    • DaddyRay

      I am sure Republicans will give Donald just as much flack about playing golf as they did Obama

      • Joe in PA

        Bwahahahahaha!

      • Gianni

        There’s a strong odor of sarcasm in that remark, thankfully. 🙂

  • bambinoitaliano
    • Natty Enquirer

      It’s a madhouse!

      • bambinoitaliano

        The advance of our technology has retarded the evolution of human. Our basic thinking and learning skills are now relying on artificial intelligence that regurgitate simplify words. Hence the appeal of this oranghutan 140 word or less regressive behavior akin to neanderthal we were some hundreds of thousands years ago. The human extinction might differ from the dinosaurs in the way that we no longer able to use our brains to survive instead we will be reverted to physical violence that abuse the mass weapons of destruction we accumulated over the decades.

        • cleos_mom

          If there’s any factor making it likely the the human species will survive but shortly regress back to medieval times, blindly following technology wherever it leads would be it.

  • Jeffg166

    “Are there loans or deals with Russian businesses or the state that were concealed during the campaign?” Does the pope shit in the woods?

  • Paula

    I wonder how much Trump got from Russia for selling the presidency to them?

    • DaddyRay

      It was HUGE

      • Silver Badger

        He may have been talking about Putin.

    • Halou

      I don’t think Trump was paid anything so much as had his mountain of hidden debt to Russian state banks mysteriously “forgiven” right after agreeing to abandon Europe to it’s fate.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      Won’t he burn through what he has and ask for more $$?

    • ByronK

      A hotel deal, a low-interest loan, and access to four 9s.

      • JCF

        Four 9 year-olds?

  • Rebecca Gardner
    • Richard, another Canuck

      Putin’so bitch

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    Something more sinister? Like when Trump and his minions were in Russia for the Miss Universe pageant maybe his rooms, phones, etc. all bugged and they have very damaging information on Trump? Considering he walked into the dressing room of the Miss Teen USA pageant while some of the girls were naked and the (now withdrawn) child rape allegations, maybe Russia has something even more sinister and are literally blackmailing Trump.

    • ByronK

      Very plausible and pretty common in espionage. I mean how many politicians have been blackmailed or taken down because of their dicks. There was a rumour that our ex-Foreign Minister was filmed bt Mossad having sex with an underage Palestinian kid in an Israeli gay club and the whole thing was set up by a Canadian-Israeli business man who was, I believe, convicted of corruption. It’s hard to keep track of the details about these scumbags.

  • Cuberly
  • TimCA

    Forgive my extensive quotations but the article is behind a paywall requiring the reader to submit an email address to view.

    From The Boston Globe, December 12, 2016:

    “Why does Trump publicly reject these intelligence agency conclusions and the bipartisan proposal for a congressional investigation? As president-elect, he should have a strong interest in presenting a united front against Russia’s interference with the electoral process at the core of American democracy.”

    “There are several possible explanations for Trump’s position. They are not mutually exclusive. First, he may be trying to shore up his political standing before the Electoral College vote on Monday. Second, he may be attempting to undermine the credibility of US intelligence agencies in advance of his taking office so that he can intimidate them and have a freer hand in reshaping the intelligence product to suit his objectives. Third, he may be testing his ability to go over the heads of intelligence professionals and congressional critics and persuade the American public to follow his version of the truth about national security threats. And finally, he may be seeking to cover up evidence of involvement or prior knowledge by members of his campaign team or himself in the Russian cyberattack.”

    “In each case the president-elect is inviting an interpretation that his behavior is treasonous. The federal crime of treason is committed by a person “owing allegiance to the United States who . . . adheres to their enemies, giving them aid or comfort,” and misprision of treason is committed by a person “having knowledge of the commission of any treason [who] conceals and does not disclose” the crime. By denigrating or seeking to prevent an investigation of the Russian cyberattack Trump is giving aid or comfort to an enemy of the United States, a crime that is enhanced if the fourth explanation applies — that he is in fact seeking to cover up his staff’s or his own involvement in or prior knowledge of the attack.”

    https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2016/12/16/trump-raises-specter-treason/zdwgXRuJBMChEXmX5kchhP/story.html

    • Natty Enquirer

      The Globe commits the common error of confusing treason with sedition. Treason, as defined by the federal Constitution, cannot be committed during peacetime. A state of war must exist, either levied directly by the treasonous party, or by another party (the “enemy”) whom the traitor assists.

      • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

        Former director of the CIA states that Russia’s hacking is the equivalent of a cyber Pearl Harbor. So….maybe treason?

      • canoebum

        You keep saying that, but apparently a number of members of Congress, including some prominent Republicans, are calling the Russian intervention in our elections “an attack on the United States”. I believe our President also called it an attack. He apparently thinks so, because he ordered retaliation. It’s not much of a stretch to identify a foreign power conducting an attack as an “enemy”. So, yes, treason.

        • geoffalnutt

          This is war. Perhaps a different kind, but war none-the-less.

      • cleos_mom

        Yes, because having a POTUS indulging in sedition would be so much better.

  • Cuberly
  • ByronK
  • GayOldLady

    “Why is Mr. Trump so dismissive of Russia’s dangerous behavior? Some say
    it is his lack of experience in foreign policy, or an oft-stated
    admiration for strongmen, or naivete about Russian intentions.”

    Portraying Donald J. tRump as a naive peasant is like calling me and everyone who comments here, virgins. Laughable.

    • cleos_mom

      But he does have the taste of a very taste-challenged-to-begin-with peasant who just won the Powerball Lottery.

  • Texndoc

    Are you seriously asking this now? I’ve always suspected he’s a billionaire only because of Russia and if they wanted him to pay up now (“The bill is due, Comrade Trump”) he’d be a pauper.

  • Picabo
  • Ish

    So is this blog becoming the new infowars? Because all this Russia stuff is hilarious but actually ludicrous as hell. I don’t know why it would shock that Democrats are now becoming the conspiracy theorists after several years of Benghazi! Benghazi! but seriously people, you’re embarrassing yourselves.

    https://theintercept.com/2016/12/31/russia-hysteria-infects-washpost-again-false-story-about-hacking-u-s-electric-grid/

    • Daveed_WOW

      Wrong holiday, honey. Halloween was months ago. Time to take your Troll costume to the cleaners.

      • Ish

        you seem nice

        • Gene

          you seem stupid

          oh..sorry…my bad

          delusional and fanatical and closed minded to truths you don’t like.

          fixed it

    • tempus

      Such remarkably laughable concern trolling. Do find a blog which better suits your mental handicaps.

      • Ish

        You’re lapping up conspiracy theories and accusing ME of mental handicaps? OK then.

        • tempus

          Assuming facts not in evidence (you know nothing about my views of the ‘suspicions,’ which by the way are not ‘conspiracy theories’–nice try at demonizing by cliche) and, of course, tu quoque. You’re ignorant of even basic logic. Complete fail. Bye now, little Pootytroll.

    • TimCA

      Granted a lot of this is unproven supposition at this time. We’re simply trying to find answers as to the motives of Trump given his seemingly inexplicable deference, even adulation shown to the Putin regime. That and given the connections that so many of Trump’s family, advisers and proposed cabinet members have with Russian state actors and compounded by his unprecedented lack of transparency (no tax returns etc) and refusal to answer direct questions or provide elaboration (no press conferences), I don’t think this is an unreasonable exercise by the JMG readership.

      But it’s nice to see that after all these years you’ve spent here trying to normalize and rationalize Kim Jong the elder and his son, Hamas, the Iranian Ayatollahs etc., that you’ve now turned your enormous talents to doing the same for Putin and his buddy, Donald Trump.

      • Ish

        The only thing i have said about those folks is that those countries have a right to defend themselves. Meanwhile, the US imperialism of your lovely Obama administration remains more brutal and murderous than anyone on your list of slanderous intent.

  • geoffalnutt

    Putin was counting on the fact that by the time we figured out what was going on – it would be too late. Trump has tipped Putin’s hand hand over and over again, though. Trump’s an idiot. The alt-right, neo-Nazi thing is just a device to divide us. Clumsy. Trump has been saying what a wonderful leader Putin is…because he’s supposed to be ours.

  • Jeffrey

    I firmly believe that a Watergate level investigation is going to come down on this fool within two years. There are too many journalists who hate him and too much dirt to dig up for it not to happen.

    • LesbianTippingHabits

      Not re tipping, but first said ‘journalists’ need to decide to do so, and need to welcome the necessary inside information. That isn’t happening, and we know why. [Because they are lazy and will neither leave their computers nor hack Trump Tower.] Sorry.

      • Jerry Kott

        They won’t risk a nano second of of personal security because it takes courage to speak truth to power. If they would have done so sooner, there would be President Clinton now.

        • JWC

          I think Priebus NcConell and Ryan support TYrump all along because he gave them the executive senate and House But it think that support is turning to chicken shit because Putin and the general public are saying wait a minute time to Dump Trump they gat all 3 and go with Pence

  • Sam_Handwich
    • SoCalGal20

      Well played, Sen. McCain. Well played.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Intercepted memo from Putin to Trump:
      “My beloved puppet,
      I would love you even more, if you could soon rid me of that meddlesome “Walnuts”. Perhaps you could have him over for some ‘tea’.
      Hugs, Putie”

      • OdieDenCO

        the Walnuts is in putin’s backyard. he would be wise to monitor every meal with a Geiger counter

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Not a fan, by any stretch, but I have to give him his props for this one.

      • JWC

        jean marc what part of Canada?

        • Jean-Marc in Canada

          Currently in southeastern Ontario. Near CFB Trenton. Though we don’t live here all the time.

          • JWC

            I live on one of the Gulf Islands between Van and Vic Yousaid WE do ypou have a partner?

          • Jean-Marc in Canada
          • JWC

            very nice pic..which is you? I can’t get Disqus to uplad a pc

          • Jean-Marc in Canada

            I’m the one sitting down.

          • JWC

            Oh so you ARE the cute one

          • Jean-Marc in Canada

            while husbotter says “HEY!”

          • JWC

            Oops where is my home wreakers seal of approval

          • djcoastermark

            Hmm? I see two cute ones.

          • Gene

            I would say there are two
            🙂

          • madknits

            There is only one cute one in the picture.
            The other is adorable.

      • bill weber

        bipartisan reactionaries. kumbaya.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I wonder if he fears facing his dead father’s ghost if he just sat on his ass.

    • Chicago joe

      Prediction: McCain suffers “stroke” next year and is replaced in office by someone more “compliant” with the overall narrative. Look for traces of Russia in the medical records a few weeks ahead of said stroke. McCain should be very careful and never be alone anywhere.

      • Ish

        Alex Jones has nothing on you people

      • cleos_mom

        Which would have happened had he won in 2008.

        • JCF

          Nah, the dagger La Palin kept in her cootch would have clattered to the floor on Inauguration Day (McC would have locked her up after that)

  • Jerry Kott

    When it is slowly being realized that Trump is a serious National Security Matter, there may be a point of no return where minimizing the damage is the only option.
    Trump is a very dangerous creature and has no problem risking others lives to save his.

  • LesbianTippingHabits

    Not re tipping, but:

    Does the Washington Post seriously welcome accurate information from insiders?

    Of course not. It’s too much trouble to try to distinguish such information – needed by the American people – from crazy nonsense.

    The 2016 Washington Post would not have bothered to pursue Watergate in 1972.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Saw this on my FB thread a few minutes ago…the symbolism is frighteningly apt. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/703ee077ae6e377dd014ff433260f2992e7da230fe44c1a3cb37c98fa85e2b8a.jpg

    • DaddyRay

      Indeed with the coming Nazi Occupation

      • David Walker

        Let’s not forget “Tomorrow Belongs to Me”:
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29Mg6Gfh9Co

        • Natty Enquirer

          This would be a nice piece for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to perform.

          • David Walker

            Good one!

          • Natty Enquirer

            I’ll be sure to mash it up for YouTube.

        • JWC

          I like the old guy with Glassses :Oh shit here we go again:

    • Lazycrockett

      Fuck off Rolfe!

    • bill weber

      yeah, The Sound of Music is about as deep as you guys go in political/historical analysis.

      • cleos_mom

        But of course, we all know how that smitten young boy turned out. He’d previously been spotted in a biergarten leading a chorus of “Tomorrow Belongs To Me.”

      • coram nobis

        Indeed. “Gold Diggers of 1933” is probably a more postmodern metaphor of the contemporary scene.

  • David Walker

    It’s a match made in heaven, of course. Drumpf would be singing:
    Each time I saw him I couldn’t wait to see him again
    I wanted to let him know that he was more than a friend
    I didn’t know just what to do
    So I whispered I love you
    He said that he loved me too
    And then he kissed me

    However, Pooty’s reaction would be a little different:
    A fine bromance, with no kisses
    A fine bromance, my friend this is
    We should be like a couple of hot tomatoes
    But you’re as cold as yesterday’s mashed potatoes
    A fine bromance, you won’t nestle
    A fine bromance, you won’t wrestle
    I might as well play bridge
    With my old maid aunt
    I haven’t got a chance
    This is a fine bromance

    A fine bromance, my good fellow
    You take bromance, I’ll take Jello
    You’re calmer than the seals
    In the Arctic Ocean
    At least they flap their fins
    To express emotion
    A fine bromance with no quarrels
    With no insults and all morals
    I’ve never mussed the crease
    In your blue serge pants
    I never get the chance
    This is a fine bromance

    • JCF

      Aw, one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite movies—

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRqK-KxNLAY

      • David Walker

        Thank you, JCF. I find I need a certain amount of black-and-white movie watching weekly. This most enjoyably goes toward that quota.

  • Bill #drain that swamp

    Putin, lootin’ and shootin’ … It’s what all the kkkool kkkids are doing.

  • grada3784

    I just wonder how much dirt Putin has on Benedict Donald.

  • JWC

    that is the dumest smug shot of trump yet

  • stevenj

    Has Trump borrowed a large sum(s) of money from Russian banks? He cannot get a loan in the US due to his bankruptcies and probably has overextended himself with the German banks.

  • SoCalGal20

    Fingers crossed that some of those 60 new reporters WaPo is hiring, along with the boosted investigation team, will bring down the Trump administration (along with Ryan and McConnell). That would make for a very good 2017.

  • SoCalGal20

    Chris Colfer expresses the feelings many of us have for 2016 while also preparing for 2017.

    https://twitter.com/chriscolfer/status/815298171802763264

  • Blackfork

    We need to see Fucko the Clown’s tax returns — THEN we’ll know his relationship with Putin.

    • Gianni

      Where are all the hackers when you need them to dig up something truly relevant? Get on it, already!

      • Give it time…

        • Gianni

          I hope you’re right. I so want to see him melt away like the Wicked Witch of the West.

          • Natty Enquirer

            What a world, what a world. Sad.

          • cleos_mom

            I’m from the east part of the US, so I’d prefer to see a building fall on him.

          • Gianni

            Whatever works.

  • JaniceInToronto

    Problem is, his stupid, completely fucked up supporters won’t find the least bit wrong with his behaviour towards Putin and Russia.

    American idiots love and adore him. Russians like him because they can see him for the buffoon he is.

    You guys are seriously screwed.

    • coram nobis

      Worth remembering that you’re on the same planet with this latter-day Hindenburg.

      • JaniceInToronto

        Yes. Sadly, there is no “Planet B” to go to.

  • MB
  • Clive Johnson
    • CB

      He looks like Marcus Bachman

    • Earl

      IT’S MOTHER RUSSIA!!1111

      Maamaaaaa

      /jk

      • geoffalnutt

        It’s Frau Trumpolina.

      • Dreaming Vertebrate

        That is one butt-ugly babushka!

      • coram nobis

        It’s Catheter the Great!

  • geoffalnutt

    Waiting for Barack and the cavalry to come charging in and save the day. If the WAPO Editorial Staff is connecting the dots…I want to believe that gov’t officials are too. I haven’t given up yet. Then again, I’m rather a dullard. Sigh.

  • Ross

    Joe!

    That is a particularly bad image of Trump you picked.

    Thank you.

  • NowAnAgnostic

    No idea who deserves credit for this joke (not me):

    A woman in a hot air balloon realized she was lost. She lowered her altitude and spotted a man in a boat below. She shouted to him: “Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don’t know where I am.”

    The man consulted his portable GPS and replied, “You’re in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above ground elevation of 2,346 feet above sea level. You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude.

    She rolled her eyes and said, “You must be an Obama Democrat.

    “I am,” replied the man. “How did you know?”

    “Well,” answered the balloonist, “everything you told me is technically correct. But I have no idea what to do with your information, and I’m still lost. Frankly, you’ve not been much help to me.”

    The man smiled and responded, “You must be a Republican.”

    “I am,” replied the balloonist. “How did you know?”

    “Well,” said the man, “you don’t know where you are — or where you are going. You’ve risen to where you are , due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. You’re in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but somehow, now it’s my fault.”

  • Barry William Teske

    Funny this and that…

    If one checks back on how Russia’s leadership and seemingly surreal response to all the bad acting, one might think Russia is better at informing its population, second to none. Secrets, lies, truths et al.

    Here in the West, seemingly as well, our leadership and most importantly our news media, have been neglect with the ratings too, and just as surreal as Russia, if at all. Secrets, lies, truths et al.

    Stage and screen actors on both sides of this international political B Movie Armaganza, the world has witnessed thus far had, have, and are seemingly still auditioning for a sequel.

    Lighting will be easy for the Underground Bunker ‘Lites.
    The rest of us, well I suppose we can strike a match on any ole Nuclear Winter hot spot.
    Pending local diecasts of course.

  • Ross

    I have zero confidence that this will matter.

    Trump has now proved that he can do/say anything with total impunity.

    The media has UTTERLY failed to do its job, and I blame them for the events of 11/8.

    I predict that things will only get much much much worse.

    We all know the saying: Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

    Beginning January 20th, Trump will begin a crazed power grab and nobody will stop him. Congress will allow Trump anything, and the media will just endlessly report on the latest pointless Trump tweet/distraction.

    All the while democracy will be dismantled. Social programs and the EPA will be gutted. The top 1% will get huge tax breaks. The deficit will soar to terrifying new levels, as will the debt. Countless jobs will be lost. Then Trump will declare that America is bankrupt, and the country will collapse into third-world status.

    Terrifyingly conservative people will be appointed to the Supreme Court. Marriage equality will be repealed, as will the right to an abortion. Drunk with absolute power, the rightwing will make interracial marriage illegal. And then make segregation legal again.

    Trump will CRUSH the media, and it will soon, very soon, be a crime to write/say anything critical of him. Trump will create a whole new department to ruthlessly go after the media, and this will include JMG.

    Oh, and there WILL be WWIII.

    Be afraid people. Be very afraid. The horror show we have all witnessed these past 18 months is just a prelude.

    • AJayne

      I wish I had arguments against what you predict, but I cannot offer evidence that any one of them will not happen. Dammit!

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      Plausible… hopefully avoidable.

    • cleos_mom

      Trump will CRUSH the media, and it will soon, very soon, be a crime to write/say anything critical of him.

      You left out the part where everyone involved in the MSM will play the martyr card and chant the “OMG, who knew????” mantra.

      • Ross

        Yes, they will do exactly that.

        Fuckers.

  • Jay Silversmith

    No medical records to show how he ditched the military
    No records of his scholastic achievements
    No medical records to show his current health
    No taxes to show his indebtedness to Russia, China, etc.
    No press conferences to answer any questions
    No intention of divesting himself before taking office
    No experience in government
    No interest in foreign espionage against the U.S.
    No nothin’

  • TexasBoy

    Putie, hun, this is for you. Love,Donnie.

    Once I had a secret love
    That lived within the heart of me
    All too soon my secret love
    Became impatient to be free

    So I told a friendly star
    The way that dreamers often do
    Just how wonderful you are
    And why I’m so in love with you

    Now I shout it from the highest hills
    Even told the golden daffodils
    At last my heart’s an open door
    And my secret love’s no secret anymore

    https://youtu.be/aiueIiFJdN8

  • Lorraine Lencina

    I cannot thank you enough for finally “telling it like it is”. I am horrified at the continuing strange “bromance” between Trump and Putin, and don’t want to believe what it certainly might suggest. But we need to know!

  • Piona O.

    Putin has the video of Trump having sex with an underage girl at Jeffrey Epstein’s private resort.

  • glass

    Someday Donald J. Putina will have to answer to the US citizens. Con men always get caught.

  • Whicker Park

    This man-baby should not be President.

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  • Robert Adams

    If it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, and looks like a duck……

    • BudClark

      … and it’s ugly as fuck … it’s THE ORANGE STRUMPET MONSTER!

  • Ribb Rotgut

    “Darker Suspicions” sounds like a sci-fi movie on Skinemax.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    Why can’t the justice department/FBI/CIA get a warrant to search his secretive tax returns?

    • coram nobis

      For the same reason the Roman Bureau of Investigation could never get Nero’s tax returns.

  • goofy_joe

    I certainly hope the protections we have in place to stop a Tyrant from taking over stay strong these next four year.

  • JCF

    “Some say it is his … oft-stated admiration for strongmen”

    As is this wasn’t “dark” enough.

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  • JHunter

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