AWKWARD: Republican Leaders Grimace Silently As Reporters Shout Questions About Roy Moore [VIDEO]

CNN reports:

When Senate leaders planned an event Thursday afternoon with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and White House economic guru Gary Cohn to tout the rollout of their tax plan, the words “Roy Moore underage girl” were not likely on their minds.

But by the time the event happened, the allegations — first reported by The Washington Post — that the Alabama Republican Senate nominee had pursued relationships with four girls aged 14 to 18 when he was in his 30s was all anyone was talking about.

Which made this question and answer session SUPER awkward. (Republican Sens. Mitch McConnell and Orrin Hatch had both previously issued responses saying that if the allegations were true, Moore should step aside.)

  • Bluto
    • Treant

      They should be shot for wearing patterned brown ties with blue coats. And they call those pocket squares? Firing squad.

      • Bluto

        I say give them the same punishment as alabama wants to impose on rape victims.

        • JackFknTwist

          Call in the sans culottes…….they’ll know what to do.

        • Treant

          Since that color combination is practically sexual abuse, I agree.

        • Lumpy Gaga

          Male quartets don’t always make the best decisions.

    • Clive Johnson

      lol

  • Boreal

    These pricks think it is funny, after all it was just one of their own pedophiles.

  • safari

    “Tee, hee, this is funny”

  • Paula

    How many underage boys are being held captive in Lindsay Graham’s basement?

    • safari

      I think he’s more of a Rose for Emily corpse in the spare bedroom kind of gent.

      • Paula

        I wouldn’t be surprised at that revelation. He does seem a Gothic Horror kind of guy.

    • Tulle Christensen

      none they have all been buried

      • Paula

        Look for evidence of ham biscuits on the bodies.

        • Tulle Christensen

          no chicken and waffles

        • William

          The secret’s in the sauce.

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      I heard on the internets that lindsey belle ordered “The Jeffrey Dahmer Cookbook” on amazon

      • Paula

        If you saw it there, it must be true. That’s what everybody is saying.

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

    So courageous so Jesus

  • coram nobis

    They want to get back to their legislation, which Paul Krugman is calling “The Leona Helmsley Act.”

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/09/opinion/trump-ryan-republican-taxes.html

    … So let me propose, as one reader suggested, that it be renamed the Leona Helmsley Act, after the New York hotelier convicted of tax evasion, who famously declared that “only the little people pay taxes.”

    • Tawreos

      That would be the perfect name for it.

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    • liondon#iamnotatraitor

      Taxes are for chumps.

      • AmeriCanadian

        Silly liberal. Taxes are for masses.

    • JackFknTwist

      “Let them eat cake.”……………the Marie Antoinette Act.

      • coram nobis

        Followed by the Jacobins’ Cut Cut Cut Act.

    • Jefe5084

      She was such a delightful, charming, gracious sycophant. Just like those old white guys. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/156f9af5e8b4537b66d288c0cd372cc95edbddf194bdd4684882e0dfadcd0fe5.jpg

      • William

        She was more cuddly than Mitch.

        • acde

          That is NOT a complement!

      • architect_tim

        She looks like an old white guy.

    • JCF

      …or, you could just call it the “Donald ‘Where Are Your Fucking Tax Returns?’ Trump Act”.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    That’s no grimace. They seem delightfully amused by it all.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I think they were beating off under the table.

      • Tulle Christensen

        Thinking “It’s been ages since I had a 14 year old”

        • Stephen Elliot Phillips

          more like it been ages since they got a tax cut they dont need

        • liondon#iamnotatraitor

          ..at least a week.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      They know they’re getting their tax breaks. Can’t hide their glee.

      Like laughter at a funeral.

      • jerry

        Why wouldn’t they be smiling? This distraction provides quite a bit of cover for how bad they’re going to screw the middle class.

  • Tawreos

    What a surprise the party that believes in party before country has a problem with condemning the actions of members of their party.

  • Jmdintpa

    could there be a more ugly bunch of people at that table. that mnuchin has a more punchable face than that pharmadude

  • safari

    All Mitch would have to say is: “We’re taking these allegations seriously. We’ll put out a statement once we know more.”

    Instead — turtle grin.

    • Tawreos

      Putting out a statement like that would take a willingness to do something and he isn’t having any of that.

  • Snarky

    Watch with the sound off. The white male privilege and entitlement just oozes from them all, and the dismissive hand-waving and frozen smiles makes it even worse.

    • safari

      I didn’t notice the hand-waving until I turned the sound off. Disgusting.

    • AmeriCanadian

      Why is it that our elected officials, over time, stoop to this lowest common denominator of ethics and corruption?

      • Boreal

        They are conservatives, its what they do. Notice how they will either defend Roy Moore or ignore the allegations, meanwhile on our side Anthony Weiner, a gross pig in his own right is going to serve jail time for sexting.
        IOKIYAR

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Grassley is particularly DISGUSTING

      • Snarky

        I agree. Grassley is vile.

      • Chucktech

        Good ol’ Chuck “Pull-the-Plug-on-Gramma” Grassley. Pig.

    • iambu

      That fucking smile…I could punch my damn screen…

      • charemor

        I had much rather punch the senators.

  • Slippy_World
  • Ninja0980

    https://twitter.com/ddale8/status/929031531435319296
    Meanwhile, hacks like this are being appointed to our courts for life.

    • Bryan

      JFC.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Jerry Fries Chicken ?

        • The_Wretched

          jesuit falafel christ

        • Marty Pavelka

          Jesus H Christ! (Jesus Haploid Christ)

        • Bryan

          Yes!
          (whatever works…)

    • The_Wretched

      The Bar’s ‘qualified’ rating isn’t hard to achieve. The ‘not qualified’ is reserved for only those people who should never ever ever sit on a bench.

    • William

      After Trump is run out of DC, can we get an ‘Undo’ law passed?

      • JCF

        We’ll have to get MUCH more serious re impeachment. [And also investigative reporting! I’m serious: Roy Moore is FAR from atypical, for RWNJs. There are going to be a lot of “14 year olds” in the background of these judges—the male ones anyway—also.]

  • Smokey

    “The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer

    • Karl Dubhe

      We’re doing better than some. At least we’re not serving them with a side of peas and carrots. h/t W.C. Fields.

      • AmeriCanadian

        Peas and carrots? Was that intentional? Like franks and beans?

        • Karl Dubhe

          It was a scene in an old movie my dad once took me to. I can’t remember the title anymore, but it stared W.C. Fields. At one point he defended himself and said that “Yes, indeed. I do love children. (sotto voiced) with a side of peas and carrots.”

          He was the only man in the 1930s to get away with child abuse on camera. By which I mean he said horrible things about them and kicked the little ankle biters, not that he fucked them. (at least no record of that, that I know of.)

    • Treant

      Children, pets, and the environment. Basically, anything that cannot vote and can’t directly defend itself against a human.

    • Dan M

      Or what it does TO its children.

    • jerry

      And since the GOP Congress won’t renew CHIPS, we’re definitely failing the moral test.

    • Bluto

      The high school I attended in OH (700 students) had several ‘portable classrooms’ (trailers) parked behind the bldg during the 60’s due to overcrowding. They were still being used when I graduated in ’81. The school bldg was old, dark, worn out, unsafe, cramped & not handicap accessible. The science ‘lab’ had no running water & at the start of the computer age there was not one to be found in the school.
      Forward to 2017 & nothing has changed, the now rotted ‘portable classrooms’ are still in use, handicap children still have no access, an exterior wall collapsed some time ago that required emergency repair. The school district which is mostly middle class has been begging for 60 years for funds to build a new school & for 60 years the voters have told them to fuck off.
      The children are our future, yeah right. Fuck ’em.

      • jerry

        And Kasich’s tax cuts on the state level has pushed even more of the burden down to the local districts. A number of the cities/school districts have raised the local taxes, but many of the rural areas are just getting by with less.

        • Charles Nelson

          Those kids don’t need an education…they just need to know how to serve the caviar to their 1% masters.

  • Jeffrey

    What in the fuck are they smiling about?

    • safari

      And waving about?

      • The_Wretched

        The waving the questions away is like cartoonish robber barrons from the 1920s.

        • liondon#iamnotatraitor

          I was thinking Scarlett.. oh fiddle dee dee.

          • William

            Pish posh!

    • Treant

      They’ve bribed enough House and Senate votes to get their payoff in terms of tax cuts. They could give a shit about a 14 year old being raped.

    • William

      It’s Friday and Mitch has a session tonight with his personal assistant Manuel.

      • Jeffrey

        Manuel the turtle wrangler?

  • Lazycrockett
  • Lazycrockett
    • Treant

      Given the general lack of House and Senate candidates, I’m agnostic on what 2017 represented. Other than a repudiation of Republicans and Republicanism, of course. That’s obvious.

      I need to see Primary data for 2018 before making any initial decision but, just from poking around, I’d tentatively say that local Dems who I happen to know are completely over Bernie. The reaction is neutral-with-disdain to negative.

      • Ninja0980

        Same here.
        If nothing else, I know folks here in NY who are angry at Bernie for making it that much harder to fight against the true DINOS in our State Senate that are allowing Republicans to control it.

      • Ross

        I used to like him.

        Now I loathe him.

        • Treant

          Ditto. I liked him when I didn’t listen too closely, I guess. Once I saw him at the debates, I disliked him in ten minutes and loathed him in 45.

      • Snarkaholic

        The college crowd who voted for him or ill Swine will probably be easier to convert to voting Dem the next time around…
        …just point out that their stupidity last time led the earth’s environment to near-ruination; and if they are stupid again, it will be complete.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Warren’s PAC (bless their hearts) sends me snail-mail solicitations for $$ on practically a bi-weekly basis. I’m guessing they heard from some of the folks actually responding.

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    We would rather talk about cutting taxes and starving grannie.

    • AmeriCanadian

      OMG…first read of your comment I saw “shaving grannie”. Ughhh.

  • IAMBOWLINGQUEEN

    Jesus is like Barbie, you can dress him up any outfit.

    https://twitter.com/jaketapper/status/929033341382332421

    • Treant

      He’s a Barbie Girl…

      https://youtu.be/ZyhrYis509A

      • Lazycrockett

        It’s corny as hell but I have always liked that song.

        • Ragnar Lothbrok

          Me too. But I don’t want anyone to know.

        • Treant

          Ditto. So many people complain that, like the subject matter, the music is generic and fake.

          …That’s kind of the point. Even so, it’s catchy, it’s got a beat, and you can dance to it. I never objected to something intended for momentary amusement. Like ephemeral art, it serves its purpose and does it well, and it isn’t intended to last.

          • greenmanTN

            Sorry, I’ve gotta say no to that one, and I like that Golden Age song.

            But Aqua + girl makes me think of…

            https://youtu.be/rRILrwzedK4

    • JohnJay
      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Jesus wore briefs ? I did not know that.

      • iambu

        There goes my afternoon…

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Aahhh yes, persecuted just like jesus.
      Let’s bury him for 3 days and see what happens.

      • Snarkaholic

        If I had a hammer…

      • Chucktech

        Bet he’d stop being just like Jesus…

        • Ragnar Lothbrok

          We gotta find out!

    • Karl Dubhe

      Yah, I remember the fuss about Lennon saying that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus.

      This isn’t at all blasphemous.

      • Tulle Christensen

        The Beatles were not American like Jesus was

        • TuuxKabin

          Is. /s

    • William

      Jesus did not have a charity earning him a six figure income.

    • Reality.Bites

      Well if his brother says he didn’t do it, obviously that’s all the evidence we need.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    No flags to hide behind this time grASSly??? – Sad!!

  • Dave Babler

    “… analysis by CNN’s Chris Cillizza”? no thanks I’d rather eat broken glass.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Pass the salt.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Here, catch !

  • Ben in Oakland

    The expressions on their faces…
    Damn, this is embarrassing. But kinda hot.

  • GayOldLady

    What’s the matter with you boys, cat got your tongue? Watching the GOP unravel is like watching a slow motion train wreck. Just can’t take your eyes off of it.

  • The_Wretched

    All that hand waiving is so much dismissal from “The Aristocrats.”

    They really act like cartoon elites. It’s weird to see it in real life.

  • Sam_Handwich

    i want to crack their fuckin heads together like a bunch of coconuts

  • joe ho

    First they decided treason with Russia wasn’t so bad after all.

    Now it’s pedophilia.

  • boobert

    When you look on sites like fox, most of the comments say that Clinton and Obama are behind this. When in reality it’s the republicans that don’t want him , lol.

    • HZ81

      Ha. Republicans in January 2009 after GWB left a hole in the country: Stop blaming Bush.

      Almost a year into Dolt 45’s term and they’re blaming Obama and a private citizen who holds no office.

      • Lazycrockett

        “Its the DEEP STATE!!”

        • HZ81

          ZOMG black helicopters dropping Dijon mustard and pussy hats!

  • RealityBass

    Not as awkward as the middle class family discovering that their taxes are going up so that billionaires won’t have to pay the estate tax.

    • Chucktech

      but stil luvs tham there downuld truhmp

  • Bambino

    The same faces and reaction they made when they help elected the pussy grabbing in chief.

  • HZ81

    Only thing better was Grassley getting caught int eh flags trying to run away from reporters last week.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
  • Scoot

    Glad Grassley finds child rape so fucking funny.

  • david fairfield

    Grimace “slightly”…….

  • Frostbite

    Hmm. Do I feel sad for their awkwardness? Nope!

  • Scott Fitler

    My mom tried her best to instill in me the quality of being kind and forgiving, but I can’t help but look forward to the day these pieces of shite are rotting in the ground.

    • CB

      “Elvira Gluch, for 30 years I’ve wanted to tell you what I think of you. And now…well, being a Christian woman…I can’t.”

      These are the times that try our souls, for sure, where our instincts towards kindness are assaulted and insulted multiple times a day. It’s freaking fatiguing.

  • Lars Littlefield

    Such awkwardness times tens is what Hatch and McConnell need to suffer the rest of their lives. Those two are the worst of the Senate. The worst.

  • Mb

    They are smiling and waving their hands because they know, even though these allegations are heinous, that Moore is still pretty much of a lock for winning in Alabama. There is not one single moral fiber in any of these creeps.

  • Jefe5084

    Mnuchin is especially obnoxious in this deceitful display of bullshit. He is such a lying sycophant, abusing his position by lying about the effects of the Republican’s tax proposals to please his emperor.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/806586baeb66b4bfc9b35d5f99f08f376b008c4ac82d69cc9e6b1fb9e68b916f.jpg

  • They excused and accepted Trump even after a public recorded confession of serial sexual assault.

    They’ve continued to excuse and accept him even he was on TV confessing to an obvious act of obstruction.

    They’re deliberately ignoring clear evidence of corruption, conspiracy and treason.

    There is no bottom to the moral rot and utter depravity of the Republican party.

  • William

    Why does Mitch always look like he was just hit in the head with a steel pipe?

  • Michael

    Is it not obvious by now if you’re a hate filled homophobic bigot then its all deflection of your own horrific past?

  • Friday’s_cat

    Why does it look like McConnell tried to squeeze one out and failed?

  • Halou

    “Traditional family values”

  • Tempus Fuggit

    That doesn’t look like grimacing to me. It looks like guilty grinning. And what’s with the wristy action by whatzisface to McConnell’s right?

  • acde

    Priceless – deer caught in the headlights!

  • justme
  • TheManicMechanic

    This should be the only thing they hear. We heard “emails,” they shall hear every heinous thing they enable.

  • CB

    You broke it. You bought it.
    Spineless cretins.
    The question is, “Senator, how have your attitudes and behaviors in the past led us to this state of affairs where people are finally feeling brave enough to address treatment that has traumatized them for years?”