REPORT: Bannon Purposely Launched Travel Ban On Weekend To Enable Protests That Would Enrage Base

From a Bloomberg report that’s mostly about White House advisor Stephen Miller:

Over the last few weeks, Trump’s White House has exploded in chaos and infighting—a situation Miller exacerbated by helping to mastermind the sudden and much-criticized rollout of Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order banning refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries, which federal judges swiftly blocked.

In fact, it was no accident that the order was sprung without warning on a Friday afternoon. Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon arranged the timing in the expectation that opponents, freed from work on the weekend, would stage huge protests—drawing maximum attention and galvanizing Trump supporters as the president followed through on a controversial campaign promise, says a senior administration official.

The order did indeed spark nationwide demonstrations, but things veered off script from there, as the White House struggled to explain to law enforcement officials, federal agencies, and foreign governments what the hastily drafted document did and didn’t say. Miller in particular became the target of withering attacks by everyone from Republican elected officials to Stephen Colbert, host of The Late Show, which did a skit featuring Miller’s severed—but still talking—head on a spike.

Joe Scarborough, the co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, with whom Trump has a complicated psychological fascination, spent days deriding Miller, whom he dubbed “Little Napoleon.” Yet not only has Miller survived the uproar and calls for his firing but he appears to be ascendant at a time when other West Wing staffers are diving for cover.

There’s much, much more at the link.

  • Pollos Hermanos

    Gotta start his Reichstag Fire one way or another.

    • Bob Conti

      I’ve been viewing Triumph of the Will just to remind me of how history has a dangerous way of repeating itself. BTW, the disturbingly homoerotic stuff starts at the 14:00 mark.
      https://youtu.be/GHs2coAzLJ8

      • Derrick Johns

        Leni Rienfenstahl. She made “Triumph of the Will” but claimed that she never was a Nazi. I believe that she wanted to be an artist and filmmaker. But I’m a drunk and a pushover. I’ll believe anything…as long as you use a condom

        • Bob Conti

          No. Of course she wasn’t a Nazi. And Bannon and Miler aren’t really alt-right assholes.

      • Artsy

        The deplorables were better looking back then.

        • popebuck1

          That was the one positive thing you could say about the Nazis back then: they were all about physical fitness. Ours are drawn much more from the “People of Wal-Mart” community.

          • Bad Tom

            The Nazis also knew something about organization.
            Barking Yam, not so much.

          • Bob Conti

            Thank God!

      • Bluto

        Thanks for the disturbingly homoerotic stuff warning. It takes me back to those snackless days at dildo ridge.

    • Gustav2

      Or at least cause some riots.

    • Todd20036

      It backfired bigtime. We protested, we got lawyers instantly there to thwart deportations of legal aliens.
      We didn’t riot.
      But a few teabillies went on rampages.

      • safari

        It made his administration look disorganized and weak.

      • Nowhereman

        Same with the uproar about Milo at Berkeley. The protesters were peaceful. Then the “Black Bloc” showed up and started breaking windows and setting things on fire. I wouldn’t be surprised if the masked, hooded agent provocateurs are being run out of Bannon’s office at the White House.

  • Ian

    Be careful what you wish for Banny, you just might get it.

  • HZ81

    Robert Redford’s deformed midget brother has gotta go. On second thought, maybe he should stay and keep up this KKKeystone Cop act.

    • You are terrible! Deformed midget brother. Why am I laughing? That is so politically incorrect.

  • Gustav2

    “Yeah, I fucked up on purpose and the snowflakes fell for it!”

    • j.martindale

      Yeah, I don’t see what benefit they think this would accrue. They aren’t mobilizing the tRump people; they are mobilizing opposition.

      • Gustav2

        Maybe they underestimated the reaction. Or were testing to see how much opposition there would be.

        • Lazycrockett

          I call horse shit.

          • Gustav2

            Wait, you think the Trumpsters lie when they totally fuck up?

          • j.martindale

            I think Bannon may be trying to pass the blame for the debacle on to others, claiming he had this great scheme someone else fucked up, when his plan sucked.

        • Skokieguy [Larry]

          Maybe they want protest-fatique to set in before they get even worse?

          By the way, sent to Joe, but looks like too busy a day for it to get posted, but undocumented immigrants are being used as slave labor. Prison camps are real. A lawsuit is being allowed to proceed.

          “On Monday, a federal judge ruled that current and former detainees held at an immigrant detention center in Colorado can join a class-action lawsuit against GEO Group, a private prison company. The plaintiffs allege that the GEO Group forced detainees to work for extremely low wages or for no wages at all, and in some cases threatened detainees with solitary confinement as punishment if they refused to work. The center holds undocumented immigrants facing deportation.”

          The article is worth reading in full

          http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/02/27/detainees-sue-private-prison-for-forced-labor.html

  • geoffalnutt

    How long can Bannon last – surrounded as he is by ineptitude…not the least being Herr Groepenfuhrer’s? Sad.

    • Natty Enquirer

      But that is a key to his plan. Trump’s predictable antics keep our attention diverted from Bannon’s machinations.

  • This is completely OT — Amazon’s music streaming service is down right now Alexa keeps on telling me “I can’t play your music library (or Telemann thank you Bill Bear!) or whatever). I just found this web site confirming the outage — http://status.aws.amazon.com/ So if you are yelling at Alexa, and she keeps on talking back to you, let her rest for a while.

    • Rex

      These are trying times for all of us, human and otherwise.

      • Poor Alexa! I just wish I could get her to sound like Ricky Martin. It would be sexier. I actually asked her if she could sound like him and she said “I am still learning new skills” so I have to wait.

        • Tor

          My Siri has a male voice, but he certainly does not sound like Ricky Martin.

      • “I don’t function at all after a nuclear blast, don’t you fucking get that, you stupid meat bags???” /digital screams

      • Joe in PA

        Thanks Obama.

    • AWS itself appears to be down entirely.

      • Stephen Elliot Phillips

        tumblr is slow. disqus is slow. JMG is slow. youtube is slow.
        thanks russia!

        • pj

          time for the state of the union

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      a friend has one of them thar new-fangled alexa’s. I asked it very specific sexual questions
      all I got in return was “I cannot answer that question….”

  • ChrisMorley

    Trump’s America is great for holidays – if you enjoy vigorous frisking by men in uniform
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/28/trumps-america-holidays-tourism-down

    • Todd20036

      Well, it depends. Do I get to frisk them back?

      • agcons

        I wonder what would happen?

        “Oh, thanks for the groping; it’s been a while. May I return the favour? You’re cute!”

  • leo77

    I think there little doubt that much of what’s done by this administration is done primarily for effect.

    • CanuckDon

      Mind games and psychological warfare. While the majority of us just want to figure out what to have for dinner this evening, these psychopaths spend their time seeking revenge on the world for hurting their fragile male egos.

    • I think its done because Trump is either being controlled by Putin’s blackmail, Bannon for some reason I can’t figure out, or his daughter and her husband who are the only hope we have for stopping him from setting back our rights a generation apparently through executive orders. I think Trump has no idea what he is doing. But he is a superb entertainer, and has a good pulse of how to sell things to his rust belt white voters. And we should not underestimate him — that is where we as progressives are going to continue to screw up.

  • Mark Née Fuzz

    When does the cirrhosis kick in and take this sonofabitch?

    • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

      Any minute now. Any minute.

      Has anyone considered that he knows he’s dying and wants to take the whole world with him?

      • james1200

        He has children, and he still wants to see the world burn. He’s the sickest fucker alive.

        • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

          They went to school with Jews and weren’t bothered by it.

          The little race-traitors are dead to him.

          • Stephen Elliot Phillips

            his wife wanted the kids to go to the school they attend. Bannon didnt like it cause there were too many jewish families.

          • james1200

            I remember that. But Bannon had no problem working with Jews in Hollywood and making that Seinfeld money, tho! (It actually hurt me to type that, since Seinfeld is one of my favorite shows, ever.)

          • Stephen Elliot Phillips

            trust me if bannon hates hollywood jews, he hates hollywood gays.
            The two groups interact and control a lot of the industry.
            He made his money but he left hollywood and opened breitbutt.
            Theres a lot of whitie rich folks on the westside with animosity.

          • Twitter-in-Chief✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Bannon made most of his media money from that 1 Seinfeld.

            “I’m a Leninist. Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal, too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all ”
            –Steve Bannon 22 August 2016

          • agcons

            I forget who wrote it over 30 years ago, but it’s relevant:

            “It’s one thing to burn down the shit house, but quite another to install indoor plumbing.”.

          • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

            Precisely. That’s one of the big reasons she left him.

            That, and that he’s an angry drunk who gets physically abusive.

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      heavy drinking can cause pancreatic cancer too.
      Im crossing my fingers and toes

    • Nowhereman

      He claims that he’s never used alcohol or drugs. He does take Propecia though, rather than just let his poor hair die a death with some dignity. Propecia has some scary side effects.

      • Mark Née Fuzz

        Yeah right. And I’ve never sucked a dick either. /s

  • Kremlinology was my dad’s field, not mine. anyone want to translate?

  • Derrick Johns

    I think Bannon is the most evil man in American history…since Simon Legree (I’m including American literature). Shit, he’ll probably enjoy my comment.

    • geoffalnutt

      He’s definitely willing to die for his cause. He is a mad man. We have to remember that.

      • Paula

        I hope somebody gives that chance.

  • Michael R

    The one thing Bannon is counting on is people being polite and going through normal means to deal with his evil . I hope we get to a point soon where we deal with these idiots by whatever means necessary .

    ” I have learned nothing in twenty years that would suggest that evil people can be rapidly influenced by any means other than raw power. They do not respond, at least in the short run, to either gentle kindness or any form of spiritual persuasion with which I am familiar. ”

    M. Scott Peck

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      protests seem to rile them. The backlash after the travel ban is what we need to happen often

      • Brian Burleson

        Daily. Every time President Bannon opens his vodka hole people need to push back, hard and loud.

  • james1200

    I wouldn’t put anything past Bottom Shelf White Man Steven Bannon but the government (and public figures in general) do the Friday night news leak thing in order to minimize coverage, too. I’m sure Obama has done it as well. I’m not sure if I buy this story totally.

    • Brian Burleson

      Buy it or not, it happens nonetheless.

  • Sam_Handwich

    Trump’s supporters have the same minimal knowledge and attention span that he does. Sure, he can keep holding rallies in red states and attract a few thousand to his circus, but there’s not much national cohesion to his “movement”. It’s just a bunch of white people with a variety of pet peeves…they’re not gong to organize rallies to support him on specific issues.

    • Gustav2

      He is losing support from college educated Republicans who voted for him.

      • Stephen Elliot Phillips

        the question begs to be asked “what fucking college educates a trump voter??”

        • Gustav2

          Look at DeVoss’ resume.

          • Cuberly

            Did you see her latest? She’s attempting to walk back her ignorance and it’s not helping….at all. I think I’m going to start calling her, Bubble Lady.

          • Gustav2

            Using Calvinist logic, you must separate The Elect from the other and separate is equal.

        • edrex

          going to college does not guarantee an education. the student has some responsibility for that.

        • bunnysanford

          Liberty U, Oral Roberts, BYU, Bob Jones…? No place worth going into debt for.

          • Stephen Elliot Phillips

            oh BJU students. or colloquially referred to as boe-joes. The women are required to wear dresses or skirts below the knee caps, their hair/makeup/accessories cannot be flashy. The men wear ties to class. At one time, bob jones was self sustaining (not sure anymore) they had their own dairy and farm, dry cleaners, grocery. The students were mostly from hard right white supremacist midwest stock like MI, MN, IN, IL, OH
            I call them them “american taliban”

        • Todd20036

          Same as women who voted for him

        • Boreal

          Liberty U

      • I would like to smack every single one of those people in the face. Twice. They should all know better.

      • Cattleya1

        Remind me again why anyone with a college education voted for him? My secular southern jewish family is beginning to think we blended in just a little too soon.

  • Do Something Nice

    EVERY Friday they pull this. They want to control the discussion on the weekend, and deflect attention away from what they are really doing. Remember when some of the press was barred from entering the presser? Friday. Remember when he called the press the enemy of Americans? Friday. Bowling Green massacre? Friday.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    What on earth do they need to be further galvanized? Bannon’s hoping for more cemeteries and Mosques to be defaced and burned? Not enough violence against immigrants by the base yet?

  • Jeffg166

    They live in a fantasy world. What they think will happen will happen. Not what actually happens. The blow back grows and they look for other things to distract the country and it isn’t working.

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      they are really piling on the insults and the injuries. With each political move they make they are enraging a different segment of this country.

      • Jeffg166

        Who would have thought Donald Trump would unite the country. Just not the way he wanted to.

  • bkmn

    On the plus side I did see one report that Bannon is now reconsidering ACA repeal since it could do more harm than good to their base.

    • Cuberly

      That’s what’s weird. Part of his America First thing. Supposedly social programs are less of a concern to him.

      Not sure how that can be since he produced a movie promoting Sarah Palin of all things.

  • Sam_Handwich

    trump insinuated today that the recent threats against JCC’s are false flags

    https://twitter.com/chrisgeidner/status/836653660864147456

    • Clive Johnson

      Why not just hire Alex Jones as spokesperson, or the Third Eagle Co-Prophet?

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Third Eagle guy is sounding pretty sane about now

        • Robincho

          Turd Beagle w/ Alpaca Lips

      • Twitter-in-Chief✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        I believe that Infowart site IS already his outlet.

    • Todd20036

      OFFS, why not just blame his own daughter for seducing him?
      Shit, I bet he does that.

      • The_Wretched

        Especially after he bought her breast implants.

  • bkmn

    If Trump is indeed trying to now put the blame on the military “they wanted to go in there” for the majorly botched Yemen raid he will see his military support drop bigly.

    • johncAtl

      The early stories around this raid said the Pentagon was opposed to the mission, but Trump said do it. He’s already lost the intelligence agencies. If he loses the military he’ll never be able to leave The White House.

      • geoffalnutt

        Not alive.

        • Paula

          I’m good with that.

      • Tor

        Without the military, Bannon won’t be able to pull off his coup.

      • bkmn

        If only that were enough to shut him up.

  • jefe5084

    OT: So with this ridiculousness from Bannon, let’s look in on Ms. Kellyanne’s latest demonstration of her professionalism in the White House Swamp.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kellyanne-conway-oval-office-sofa-meme_us_58b533ace4b0a8a9b785b390?section=us_politics

    • KarenAtFOH

      Couch will need shampooing now to remove a funny odor.

      • Brian Burleson

        And funky fungus. Ish!

  • Sam_Handwich
    • Gustav2

      Well, we knew he was going to threaten their funding.

    • Clive Johnson

      I’d like to be able to walk out of a lunch with Trump.

    • Sam_Handwich

      Miller also just tweeted that Jake Tapper walked out of the lunch. wtf

      • The fuck is going on there?

        • Sam_Handwich

          well done steak and ketchup?

          • Gustav2

            Of course nothing exotic, it’s not Cinco de Mayo or anything.

        • Sam_Handwich

          hmmm i think what he MAY mean is that it’s notable that PBS was actually invited to the lunch to begin with. not very clear

          • Gustav2

            Or was it a reporters lunch?

        • KarenAtFOH

          The meatloaf was bad.

          • coram nobis

            The meatloaf was made possible by the David M. Koch Foundation. And viewers like Donald. Thank you!

      • Gustav2

        “I’m the president so you have to take shit from me!”

  • Lazycrockett
  • NancyP

    It may be backfiring, because it has certainly activated the normally non-political “Brown” or Semitic (Jew and Arab) professional class citizens (doctors, engineers, scientists) and descendants of same. It is generally not a good thing to alienate individuals who can max out on direct political candidate campaign donations without worrying about their bank balance, and who have networking and leadership skills. Yep, small fry, compared to captains of industry, but there are many more of them. If the Chinese and Japanese – heritage professional-class citizens become afraid or stop traveling because they don’t have faith they can get back in, there’s another bunch of donors and community leaders.

  • clay

    So, basically the TeaPeople are too tired to keep protesting once the black man’s gone?

    • Ross

      That would seem a correct assumption.

    • Jerry Kott

      It seems that HATE is the only emotion that gets them off their fat asses. Hate is easy to know and understand and only takes the reptilian brain to process. Hating a Black just comes naturally.

    • Kelly Lape

      They still have the energy to bitch and moan in person though.

      • KnownDonorDad

        Well…on the internet.

    • Nowhereman

      Their rallies yesterday were pathetic. I don’t think they’d be a whole lot bigger it they held them on a Saturday, either.

  • geoffalnutt

    I wonder what kind of kompromat Putin has on Bannon. Must be truly hideous.

    • The_Wretched

      Bannon is behind most of the bullshit. He does it out of a personal desire to ‘crash’ the federal government so that the christianists can institute a theocracy. That’s his goal. It’s pretty straightforward to see how all his bull is an effort to that end.

      • -M-

        Bannon: All the White Christian nationalism, with none of the Jesussy stuff.

  • Cuberly

    OT:…with Joni Ernst right behind him. Get ready for more pig shit in your water Iowa.

    https://twitter.com/NBCPolitics/status/836663692703883265

    • Gigi

      Who needs clean water!

      • Todd20036

        If you cannot chew it, it’s not worth putting in your mouth

        • Joe in PA

          no teeth! no teeth!

        • Derrick Johns

          Now, Todd, think about what you’re saying. I usually agree with you in all your comments. I am not Jeffrey Dahmer. I don’t want to chew some man’s ding dong.

          Maybe I misunderstood your comment.

          • Brian Burleson

            chew some man’s ding dong. My, I have not heard anything like that since potty training. “Aim your weiner at the water’. Thanks mom, I will try. 🙂

    • Todd20036

      Guess all those teabaggers don’t mind swimming in sewage and industrial waste.

      • Gustav2

        And we can look forward to algae blooms in Lake Erie

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbCZ5Li0JW4

      • Cuberly

        I love how Trump looks up at one of the supporters and asks, “So how important is this?”

        He has no clue what he’s doing….and he doesn’t care.

    • Joe in PA

      Damn, you mean Joni will have to break out those plastic bread bags again?

      • Cuberly

        This calls for a double bagger. That shit is deep!

  • LesbianTippingHabits

    Not re tipping:

    This was not a mistake.

    These are ‘competent’ professionals who know exactly what they are doing.

    To repeat: This was not a mistake. Thank you.

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      what the hell is “Not re tipping:” ???
      Im not googling

      • Lumpy Gaga

        Sometimes LTH goes off-topic and says something that has NOTHING TO DO with tipping. (Yes, I used all caps. I’m outraged!!)

        • LesbianTippingHabits

          Thank you. I sincerely try to stay on-topic.

      • -M-

        Their name’s Lesbian tipping habits, their posts that don’t start “Not re: tipping” contain speculation about the subject of the conversation’s tipping habits and admonish that tipping well is good karma.

        • LesbianTippingHabits

          Thank you. If I’m going to go off-topic, I say so.

      • LesbianTippingHabits

        “re” is an abbreviation for “about” or “referring to” or “regarding. Thank you.

  • Halou

    Bannon wanted to manufacture a situation in which angry liberals and left-wingers took to the streets, he got that part right. And seeing this he expected angry right-wingers would also take to the streets, so when both sides met he expected to happen… what?

    Right, but please, do go on about how immigrants and refugees are supposed to be the ones starting riots. How many funerals would that be if Bannon got what he wanted? He is fucking dangerous.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Now low-level lackeys like the head of the NRA have to tell their base – slowly – that the idea is to go out in the streets and Defend Herr Trump.

      “Please clash.”

      • Halou

        Truly, their intellectual prowess knows no limits.

    • Brian Burleson

      Why bother. Mass graves are quick and easy.

  • another_steve
    • JWC

      MSNBC Rachel Maddow A lot of new dots to connect

      • TampaDink

        Her A segment last night was excellent.

        • Ross
          • TampaDink

            Definitely worth watching again.

          • Jay George

            The American people better lube up. We’re about to be fucked.

          • Brian Burleson

            Little late to the party. We have been getting fucked since the day he took office if not prior to that. Keep lots of lube handy. Sadly, it has only just begun.

        • JWC

          she gives great reports

    • The_Wretched

      The sub on the US News piece is “The Democrats’ best play may be to highlight the Trump administration’s incompetence.”

      This is fail. Utter complete fail by the Dems. The need to make a positive case and not just rip at Trump. It. does. not. work.

      So far as they do rip at Trump, it’s been small. ball. That route needs a massive signal boost. All they are doing is protests ala that stapler guy from The Office.

      • another_steve

        Well, progress is already being made on Obamacare. It’s at record approval levels. The Democrats are correctly focusing on the real-life losses people will suffer if the law is repealed.

        When Trump issues his next version of the Muslim ban, we’ll see how the Democrats respond. I think they did a pretty good job last time around — mobilizing progressives nationwide to get out in the streets and protest.

  • Ross

    Keith is doing our country a great service.

    His RESISTANCE videos have been watched well over 100 million times.

    “It’s Time for a Grand Jury on Trump and Russia”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6zYwKIhwsA

  • safari

    Steve Bannon’s mug is a pretty good motivating factor for me to slow my drinking.

    • Jay George
    • Lumpy Gaga

      No, srsly. Every time I take a drink now, my “defenseless” brain keeps showing me those damaged goods.

      [Edit: not the Time cover pic, but the JMG go-to with the red background … and sores.]

    • Brian Burleson

      His face is a classic example of “gin blossoms”. Sad.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    We thought we were in Animal Farm.

    We’re in Ant Farm.

  • Patrick

    So now we know when in the week he will launch his war.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Joke/Not a joke.

      Wasn’t it the W admin who decided they wanted a war but knew you didn’t do a “rollout” in the Summer months?

      http://gizmodo.com/who-famously-said-you-dont-introduce-new-products-in-a-1617926552

      • Lumpy Gaga

        Also introduced by the W crowd: “reality based”.

        People often get the etymology wrong on this. It is specifically from the W admin, about people who insisted on remaining “reality based” – the press and the public, while the world of alternate (!) facts the admin was creating out of whole cloth actually ruled the day.

        He was laughed at on the Internet a lot.

        Who’s laughing now?

  • Boreal
    • Halou

      I doubt it. Trump isn’t that much of a fan of racial diversity.

    • OdieDenCO

      octopus has way more smarts the donny’s staff.

  • Twitter-in-Chief✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Ha! I called it on here. President Bannon wanted to create chaos but underestimated his “opponents”

  • Cuberly
    • Jay George

      Don’t know whether to laugh or cry at that one.

  • Boreal
  • JWC

    Bannon is a child of the 60’s No one runs around anymore with thei collars shot lacket and shirt All that’s missing is the Brylcreme

    • Lumpy Gaga

      A little Vlad’ll do ya.

      • JWC

        Shore duz

  • Boreal
    • safari

      It is not a dump truck; it is a series of tubes.

      • coram nobis

        Pneumatic tubes? Like they used to have in office buildings?

        • Boreal
          • safari

            Thank you for tickling that part of my memory.

          • KarenAtFOH

            IE 4.0 LOLOLOLOLOL! And here I am with Opera on a 2015 Macbook pro 15. Guess it will look pretty silly in a few years too…

        • SoCalGal20

          Some buildings still have them! The hospital I worked at had one from Pharmacy to ER.

    • Paula

      It coming from inside the White House! 😳😳😳😳😳😱😱😱

  • President Bannon also drastically overestimates the popularity of his fascist authoritarian and unAmerican agenda.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      I wish I could agree, but I watched some of that focus group on “Face the Nation” this past Sunday.

      • Boreal

        They haven’t lost their jobs, homes or social security yet.

        • billbear1961

          But when they do, it will somehow be the Democrats’ fault.

          You wait and see.

          Remember: 40% of the electorate believe ANYTHING Trump and the right-wing propaganda machine tell them.

          The abject FAILURE of genuine journalists to DEAL with that supreme MENACE to democracy is the MAIN reason–not the only one but the MAIN reason–the republic is on its deathbed today.

          EDIT: Genuine democracy cannot survive without a truly FREE press, in a society where facts and the truth no longer MATTER.

      • I don’t trust focus groups because they’re not random and selected with a purpose in mind.

        • Lumpy Gaga

          John Dickerson was certainly the cheerleader he’s always looked like: “Why are you so upbeat?” “How awesome will Trumpcare be?”

          • billbear1961

            “How awesome will Trumpcare be?”

            What a fucking asshole!

            EDIT: We’ll see how “awesome” it will be, you fascist SHIT.

  • billbear1961

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrX0muCZ81s

    Toi, Liberté, Liberté, que nous aimons
    Toi, Liberté, Liberté, que nous voulons
    Sois notre espoir et notre force
    Sois notre joie, notre bonheur
    Nous pourrons chanter chaque jour plus haut
    Chanter chaque jour plus loin
    Chanter joyeusement cet hymne de foi
    Liberté, Liberté, je crois en Toi
    Liberté, Liberté, sois notre loi
    Ô Toi qui peux donner l’espoir
    Ô Toi qui peux sonner la joie
    Ô Liberté, Liberté, que nous aimons
    Sois toujours plus près de nous
    Sois toujours plus près de nos cœurs

    Loin de nous l’esclavage
    Loin de nous les prisons
    Plus jamais de privilèges
    Loin de nous famines et massacres
    Loin de nous le temps des tyrannies
    Nous chanterons toujours ton nom, “Liberté”
    Nous croyons en Toi.

    You, Liberty, Liberty, whom we love
    You, Liberty, Liberty, whom we want
    Be our hope and our strength
    Be our joy, our happiness
    Each day we will be able to sing higher
    Sing each day further
    Sing joyfully this hymn of faith
    Liberty, Liberty, I believe in you
    Liberty, Liberty, be our law
    O You who can give hope
    O You who can make joy ring
    O Liberty, Liberty, whom we love
    Be always closer to us
    Be always closer to our hearts

    Far from us slavery
    Far from us prisons
    Never again privileges (for the few)
    Far from us famines and massacres
    Far from us the time of tyrannies
    We will sing your name forever, “Liberty”
    We believe in You.

  • tbj5

    And how are his supporters going to react when they see this at protests?

    https://twitter.com/Mikel_Jollett/status/836625877853097984

    • Jay George

      Dear gods that is awful.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      First, pepper spray the witnesses, THEN help the 86yo lady you just pushed over.

  • Davester

    This is the thing you have to be aware of with these people. They think they’ve perfected some kind of kung fu/mind control/4d chess/mass gaslighting crap. I think another example was Ivanka after the election, flying in *coach* which has probably never happened before in her life…on a flight that seemed algorithmically tuned to be full of young, confrontational liberals. (NYC-San Fran-HI flight on trendy airline) Almost guaranteeing she was confronted. They let the opposition do the work of stirring up the base.

  • agcons

    . . . but things veered off script from there

    It appears as though they aren’t quite in the same league as Dr. Goebbels, who was a competent vicious, evil propagandist. Here’s hoping they continue to think they’re capable.

  • greenmanTN

    Never trust a man in a Member’s Only jacket, no matter how many epaulettes it has.

  • fuzzybits

    Isn’t he in treatment yet?

  • boatboy_srq

    Don’t you just love these idiots’ persistent conviction that they are the One True Majority and that their followers are legion, rabid and willing to be led by the nose? And that their opponents are a mere handful, paid with Unlimited Soshulist Cash©, and easily outnumbered?

    tRump and Bannon make Shrub’s Mayberry Machiavellis look polished and skillful.

  • leastyebejudged

    But this doesn’t fit with the narrative of how stupid they are…

  • OdieDenCO

    yes, and 10s of that enrage base turned out at the love donny fests held around the country. HA!

  • Mike__in_Houston

    I’m wondering why Joe keeps using this photo of Bannon. I have seen many less flattering photos of him, some of which look like he is in the final stages of alcoholism and doesn’t have much time left. Not that he looks all that great in this one either.

    • M Jackson

      Photographers seem to have an understanding that they never show his cloven hooves.

  • M Jackson

    The Soros people need to have better signage. I’ve been to several rallies and have yet to find them. All I want to do is give them my automatic deposit info so I can be paid.

  • DonnaLee

    I think they didn’t recognize the size the crowds would become and how widespread, but also I think the right also was thinking “Why just those countries?”

  • Nasty Girl Brianna

    If there’s one head I’d love to see on a spike, it’s Steve Bannon’s.

  • saucetin

    [searches, w/ aprehension: you tube head spike vids]