Trump Praises Aide Accused Of Domestic Abuse, Wishes Him Well, Hopes He Has “Wonderful Career” [VIDEO]

CBS News reports:

President Trump, who had gathered the press in the Oval Office Friday afternoon to share that he had donated money to a family with a father battling cancer, commented on now-former White House aide Rob Porter, who resigned over allegations of spousal abuse. The president said the White House wishes him well, noting that it is a “tough time” for the former staff secretary.

“We wish him well,” the president said. “He worked very hard. I found out about it recently and I was surprised by it. But we certainly wish him well. It’s obviously a tough time for him. He did a very good job when he was in the White House. And we hope he has a wonderful career, and hopefully he will have a great career ahead of him.

“But it was very said when we heard about it, and certainly he’s also very sad. Now he also as you probably know, he says he’s innocent. And I think you have to remember that. He said very strongly yesterday that he’s innocent. So you’ll have to talk to him about that. But we absolutely wish him well. Did a very good job while he was at the White House.”

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Worthless Piece of Shit.

  • RaygunsGoZap

    I hear he has a fantastic backhand! We wish him well.

  • another_steve

    Been said many many times:

    You just can’t make this shit up.

  • Rex

    Nazis – very fine people
    Child Molester – elected him to the senate
    Spousal abuser – wish him well.

    Really, what do we expect from a man that’s all of these things?

    • drbrentzenobia

      Mussolini was a fine strong leader too, apparently. And Hitler, now there was a painter. People are saying he could paint an entire apartment in one afternoon, two coats!

      • Boss Dave✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        Of course, Hitler huffed more paint than he put on a wall or a canvas, but…

        • Lumpy Gaga

          I’d say, “Why didn’t someone just feed him a hamburger?”, but then you clearly have a whole different set of problems.

    • SFBruce

      And not a single word, not a syllable about what all this may be like for the 3 women who’ve made these allegations.

      Sadly, no surprise. As recently as October 2016, little Donnie insisted that the Central Park Five’s conviction should never have been vacated, that the victims would never be the same. For little Donnie, women who are the victims of sexual crimes only deserve sympathy if the perpetrators are African-American men. Even when DNA evidence has exonerated those same African-American men.

    • zhera

      Black widow of US soldier – nasty woman, ungrateful, lying, etc.

  • Gustav2

    White House Chief of Staff John Kelly “instructed senior staff to communicate a version of events about the departure of staff secretary Rob Porter that contradicts the administration’s previous accounts.”

    “During a staff meeting, Kelly told those in attendance to say that he took action to remove Porter within 40 minutes of learning that the allegations brought by his two ex-wives were credible… That version of events contradicts both the public record and accounts from numerous other White House officials in recent days as the Porter drama unfolded.”

    Some staffers “after the meeting expressed disbelief with one another and felt his latest account was not true”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/kelly-offers-account-of-porter-exit-that-some-white-house-aides-consider-untrue/2018/02/09/119feb7e-0db1-11e8-95a5-c396801049ef_story.html?utm_term=.9e7c674a8507

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Liars
      Wife beaters
      Dog killers
      Liars
      Rapists
      Thieves
      Liars

      How any Trumper -MAGAt can claim a single shred of decency is literally impossible.

    • The_Wretched

      It takes them a day or two to settle on a story. The early stuff is like a ball bouncing on a roulette wheel.

    • David Walker

      I thought Rachel and Lawrence have done a pretty good job on this.

  • Treant

    I hate tone-deaf people. I hate Trump. While the two are an equivalency, in this case, it’s synergizing.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Career ahead of him ?

    Who hires wife beaters ?

    • Treant

      Oooo! Oooo! Mr. KOTTER! Ooooo!

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Sadly, there are some porn companies who would hire him…that and ISIS would LOVE him.

    • Butch

      Trump does.

    • BobSF_94117

      Any number of GOP think tanks.

    • Cuberly Deux

      Well, he worked for Orin. Maybe the Momo church has an opening.

    • Halou

      The White House, apparently.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    There just aren’t any words anymore, I’m repeating myself. I’d say what fresh hell is this, but at this point it would be redundant.

  • Butch

    Because people like Trump (and Kelly) don’t see spousal abuse as a problem at all. The little lady don’t make you a sammich like you demanded, you smack ’em around a little to remind them who’s boss.

    • Sam_Handwich

      why is it always sandwiches???

      • BobSF_94117

        Cuz they’re delicious?

        • Sam_Handwich

          that can’t be denied!

      • Butch

        I didn’t even think of you. I didn’t mean anything – if I edit it to “bring you a brewski” will you forgive me?

        • Gustav2

          We need to get to the bottom of this ‘sammich’ thing.

          • Bluto

            Why do we never see Sam’s bottom?

          • If he’d take the olive off you couldn’t tell the difference.

          • The_Wretched

            He’s like the moon, you only see one side due to geosynchronous locking.

          • Gustav2

            It is the crust of the bread.

      • Gustav2

        Shuddup and get me a beer.

      • clay

        If it were “chicken pot pie”, it’d just be someone else complaining.

      • kelven

        That or chicken pot pie!

  • Harveyrabbit
  • greenmanTN

    The only thing sad here is that his first wife wasn’t Lorena Bobbitt.

  • David J

    That man in OUR White House is just plain insane. Also, he’s probably as guilty as that Porter guy of doing the same things to his previous and current wife. Just an insane misogynist

  • Pollos Hermanos

    He’s already gotten a job offer to work on the Tareyton Cigarette ad campaign.

    http://www.vintageadsandstuff.com/viewtareyton11.jpeg

    • Wait, there was a cigarette with the words “tar” and “ton” in the name… and that wasn’t the worst thing about them? Wow.

      • Butch

        Hate to say it but I remember those ads.

        • David Walker

          As a grammar nazi, it drove me crazy that a national ad campaign would purposely use “us” instead of “we.” Now that I’m reminded about this campaign, I’ll blame all the ills of internet language abuse on it.

        • ZRAinSWVA

          https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/868a2c6dfb63a2911b14a957c931c784da1082970cc9880477e9192448b10457.jpg I hate to say that I spent perhaps more time than I should have as a youngster looking closely (ahem) at certain ads…

          • Todd20036

            Those ads are why a disproportionate amount of LBGTs smoke

    • Bambino

      I thought she will be cast in Celebrity Big Brother next.

  • Lazycrockett

    I don’t know if pissing off Hicks is a smart move.

    • Leo

      MTE. She knows where most of the bones are buried.

    • greenmanTN

      She probably knows a lot of dirt. And you just know Trump has been hitting on her since day one, if not worse.

    • clay

      Her skill set is (intentionally?) limited.

      • The_Wretched

        She liaisones.

        • Menergy

          les liasones dangereuses mayhap? (apology for my French spelling if incorrect..) Those court intrigues were entertaining for sure!

          • Lumpy Gaga

            It’s beyond her control.

  • Leo
    • Boreal

      What a repugnant creature.

    • BobSF_94117

      Pretty foolish to offer to pay it back.

    • JWC

      Nasty little chipmunk Sorry to Chipmunk nation

    • Lumpy Gaga

      On the upside, he beats egg-whites.

    • coram nobis

      “Ducky Pajamas” is still in the news? Yeesh.

  • The_Wretched

    His ‘communications’ staff didn’t manage to tell him that he needs to say something about the women and give him a few lines*?

    *to say, not coke.

  • IAMBOWLINGGREEN
  • Halou

    So innocent that a judge issued a restraining order against him?

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
    • Treant

      I can’t hear that without snapping back to the 1980’s SNL:

      “I am not dead!
      This is how rumors get started!”

  • Lumpy Gaga

    The president said the White House wishes him well, noting that it is a “tough time” for the former staff secretary.

    One less, bitch to punch out,
    One less, blackened eye.

  • Karl Dubhe

    To paraphrase his other statements.

    “Some wife-beaters are good people.”

    Like the one who shows up in his mirror every day.

    • Boreal

      There were good people on both sides.

  • David J

    Sensing a pattern here? When Mike Tyson was convicted of rape, Trump came to his defense.

  • JWC

    OK First off if you have donated money to help a family with cancer bills , you do NOT call a press conference to brag about it. Second, he did know about Mr Porter’s problem because the FBI alerted him and others in the inner circle in Jan , days after Porter was hired. They all knew. Even if Trump can’t read someone would have told him , like Kelly. Trump is just such a total washout lying schmuck

  • The_Wretched

    The clip also sounded like, “Gee, I have no idea what’s going on in the WH.”

    • Cuberly Deux

      The one time he tells the truth is by insinuating his obliviousness.

  • billbear1961

    Fucking DISGRACE of an unfit FAKE “president”!

  • Cuberly Deux

    Um, did he just “there were good people on both sides” this? Er wait, he basically claimed this was all news to him and Porter was totes a cool guy.

    He’ll NEVER acknowledge the abuses or the victims.

  • Boreal
    • -M-

      Nazi see, Nazi do.

  • billbear1961

    Stop normalizing this EVIL, media!

  • Boreal
    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Would anyone really be that surprised ?

    • trouble94114

      a far more likely candidate than Nikki Haley

      • David Walker

        I had wished during the previous republican’t regime that the twig had a secret affair with Condoleeza Rice. I’m just perverted that way, I guess.

  • Boreal
    • coram nobis

      “Turn turn KICK turn, turn turn KICK turn!”
      — “The Producers”

      • pj

        we go to hotel?

        • jeffg166

          No, Ulla go to work.

    • paganguy
  • Hue-Man

    New Normal?

    Dow Jones 23,434.50 DOWN 425.96 (1.79%) 1:44 p.m. EST

  • Boreal
  • billbear1961

    Call this bastard out, American “journalists”!

    Get off your asses and go on the ATTACK, Democrats!

    FIGHT!!

  • Pip

    You know… It’s not goodwill if you brag about it.

    • RoFaWh

      Trump is, afaict, utterly incapable of grokking what you wrote.

  • AltheaTheCat

    Trump had gathered the press so he could brag about having made a donation. It’s not an act of charity if you’re only doing it for the attention. Santa sees you when you’re naughty, Little Donnie.

    • clay

      “Barron showed me this website, where people can beg for money.”

      • Lumpy Gaga

        “It’s more fun than all those cat videos.”

  • JoyZeeBoy

    There isn’t a single thing about these people that I wouldn’t like to personally bitch slap into the next century.

    • safari

      Slap ’em into the last one and leave ’em there.

    • Gerry Fisher

      On the one hand, I know what you mean. On the other hand, using the term “bitch slap” about a story involving domestic violence against women is…ummm…problematic.

  • Boreal
  • Cuberly Deux

    Wait, so now they’re saying Hicks helped draft the defense of Porter without notifying Donnie?

    DOH!

    • The_Wretched

      See, we can’t blame Donny for missteps. First we fingered Corey L. and then thought it best to blame a woman. The one dating Mr.AbuserPorter but hey.

      • Cuberly Deux

        ….and donnie just went on TV and defended the guy and wished him well.

        Are we being gaslit again?

        • The_Wretched

          It never stops.

        • coram nobis

          Brought to you by the American Gas Association.

          • Gianni

            And this gas is really cheap and the supply is apparently endless. Somebody, light a match.

  • billbear1961

    This demented moral ZERO would excuse a bastard who beat children as long as the monster claimed he was innocent.

    And the media would just report on it and SHRUG THEIR SHOULDERS!

    I’ve truly begun to HATE this country!

    • The_Wretched

      I feel like the nation has becoming a game of Hungry Hungry Hippos. And the little white balls they are mindlessly grabbing are the stuff we need to run the place.

  • Ninja0980

    Just in case you needed another reminder of how Trump truly feels about women.

    • Bambino

      He praised the Nazis and say nothing about the murder victim Heather Heyer in Charlotteville.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    So the Josh Marshall tweet — someone who thinks with her dick isn’t fit for WH service?

    Good to know.

  • coram nobis

    “We wish him well. He worked very hard,” the Duce said about the former Foreign Minister and son-in-law. He added, “Count Ciano did a good job. It’s sad that I had to have him shot. I wished him well.”

  • boatboy_srq

    Caucasian male patriarchal privilege strikes again.

    • billbear1961

      “Strikes” is the right word!

  • The_Wretched

    hmmmm, the news media don’t want to cover the budget deal. That’s getting buried like the Vegas shooter (58 dead, 851 injured).

    • billbear1961

      How many all-news channels are there?

      And they just can’t FIND the time to cover more than a couple stories a day in any detail.

      And anything complicated? Forget it! There will be little effort to explain things clearly and accurately. Mostly, they’ll just PARROT what they’re told.

  • RainbowPhoenix

    Domestic abusers need to look out for each other.

    • coram nobis

      Someone should tell the National Stupid that that’s not what they mean by “#metoo”.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Bros before Hos.

      • Bluto

        perfect summary.

    • another_steve

      Melania better get a damn good “separation payment” when Trump sends her back to Serbia or wherever the fuck she’s from.

      Can you imagine the “tell all” book she could write?

      • RoFaWh

        Slovenia, one of the constituent parts of the former Yugoslavia. The Slovenian language is noted for retaining many “primitive” features lost in other Slavic languages.

      • Reality.Bites

        I expect we are rapidly approaching the point, if we haven’t passed it already, where any amount Trump could pay her would not match what publishers would.

    • Longpole

      So do perverts.

  • Bambino
    • another_steve

      “Both good and bad men give women black eyes.”

      • Joel McRorie

        Excuse me, but those are now referred to as African American eyes.

        • The_Wretched

          So it’s not battery anymore but ‘supporting diversity’?

  • Hank
  • j.martindale

    He is a freak of nature. No matter what he does, it is wrong! Just an incredibly consistent mess of a shitgibbon!

    • RoFaWh

      If you stop and think about it, Trump’s ability to invariably say or do the wrong thing is really remarkable. This “personality flaw” says a great deal about the man.

      My guess is that this is the way he runs the Trump Organization and that within that outfit it’s always lies, cover your ass, and deny culpability or responsibility about any- and everything. Chaos, in other words, just like the West Wing right now.

    • billbear1961

      But, JM, he “hit reset” at his SOTU!!!!

      Why, sometimes, he makes a speech and sounds almost sane for maybe an HOUR!!!!

      (Okay, 30 minutes.)

      (Okay, 10–as long as he’s reading, and he doesn’t have to answer ANY questions.)

  • Lumpy Gaga

    https://abovethelaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/rob-porter-150×150.jpg

    The sun comes up
    I think about you
    The coffee cup
    I think about you
    I want you so
    It’s like I’m losing my mind

    The morning ends
    I think about you
    I talk to friends
    I think about you
    And do they know?
    It’s like I’m losing my mind

    All afternoon, doing every little chore
    The thought of you stays bright
    Sometimes I stand in the middle of the floor
    Not going left
    Not going right

    I dim the lights
    And think about you
    Spend sleepless nights
    To think about you
    You said you loved me
    Or were you just being kind
    Or am I losing my mind?

    I want you so
    It’s like I’m losing my mind

    Does no one know?
    It’s like I’m losing my mind

    All afternoon, doing every little chore
    The thought of you stays bright
    Sometimes I stand in the middle of the floor
    Not going left
    Not going right

    I dim the lights
    And think about you
    Spend sleepless nights
    To think about you
    You said you loved me
    Or were you just being kind!
    Or am I losing my mind?

    • Hank

      THAT is one of my FAVORITE Sondheim songs. I would NOT want to associate it with a wife beater, however.

      No one does it better, than Barbara Cook!!!
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_BfWOtfzhk

      • another_steve

        Thank you, Hank. Cook’s version is a knock-out.

        I’m particularly fond of Marin Mazzie’s version.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noJz7le7LdI

        • Hank

          Steve… It is hard to choose between the two. However, the first time I ever heard the song was on TV with Follies in Concert. I bought the album immediately!!

          • another_steve

            Stephen Sondheim is a treasure the extent of which – because we are living in his day – we do not / cannot fully appreciate.

            A hundred years from now, historians of music will rank him as one of the defining musical greats of the 20th and 21st Centuries.

          • Hank

            I am in TOTAL agreement!!! George and Ira Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein come close, but NO ONE matches, the GENIUS of Sondheim!!!

          • another_steve

            Well, Hank, this is a classic example of “preaching to the choir.”

            We’re both culturally Jewish, you and I. We are (population-wise) a small people.

            You and I are probably 3rd or 4th cousins.

      • stevenj

        Thought that sounded familiar. Liza w/the Pet Shop Boys:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4hOH4YMPoE

        • Lumpy Gaga

          When I heard that song from that project, I thought I had been too hard on the PSB.

          Then I discovered they didn’t write it.

        • Hank

          I would love to hear Liza sing it, as it was written…. a Romantic Ballad! The beauty of the song is lost with the attempt at rock.

      • David Walker

        Thank you for choosing Barbara Cook and this version of her singing it. It’s sad to think that such a magnificent voice has been quieted and that such a great human is no longer with us.

        • Hank

          I managed to see her perform Live at the Kennedy Center a few years ago. She was a TRUE Knockout!!! I have half a dozen of her albums, as well.

          Here is another one, from Follies, that she does to make one REALLY feel…
          In Buddy’s Eyes – Barbara Cook – Follies
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zBoj_v5lHs

          • David Walker

            I cannot watch this (or listen to it on the Follies concert CD) without a box of tissues near by. She just nails it…and that last note is maybe the most indescribable note ever sung. She really was a song’s best friend.

      • Mr. Ric

        Check out the original, Dorothy Collins. I still thinks it’s the best, plus it has Jonathan Tunick’s beautiful orchestration. I saw it.
        https://youtu.be/LibYSV0hMEM

        • Hank

          She does a wonderful job singing it. I wish there was a video of her doing it as, well.

          • Mr. Ric

            Others have sung it well, but she’s just recording the 11 o’clock number from a new show. She had the big success from the show. For all its musical splendor, and the brilliant t musical staging, the book was very pedestrian and the whole show quite dull.

          • Hank

            I first saw the TV-PBS showing of Follies in Concert and it was well done. Years later, I saw the revival on its way to Broadway at the Kennedy Center with Bernadette Peters. It was not bad. However, if you can see the Follies In Concert Version, you will be surprised.

          • Mr. Ric

            I’ve seen that. There’s just something glum about it to my mind. Having seen its original, absurdly lavish, splendiferous production, I’m happy to let that live in my memory. Fun fact: Phyllis was intended to be played by Lee Remick, who was great friend of Sondheim’s, but then she wasn’t available. I don’t know if it’s done the same since but Lucy/Jesse was a colossal, and very spectacular, dance number. Who knew Alexis Smith could dance like that?

  • Mike C

    “Hope Hicks, more like Hop Dicks, amirite?” – Donald J. Trump

    • coram nobis

      The former Hope Springs.

  • Rex

    “He says he’s innocent, you have to remember that” – Trump is sympathetic to people who lie to cover their abuses. Trump is one of them.

    • Joe in PA

      But, but, he said it “very strongly”. Alrighty then.

      SMFH.

    • Gianni

      Exactly, just like Dear Leader himself. Accused by thirteen women, he’s innocent, they’re all liars – let’s remember he said he’s innocent. Good thing Dear Leader isn’t a sitting criminal court judge. All the guy has to do is claim innocence (rather common I’d say) and he’d be off the hook by virtue of the accuser is a woman.

  • Mark

    He has the language skills of a 10 year old and I’m being kind. No offense meant to 10. year olds.

    • Gianni

      Yeah, and a ten-year old has a reason and will improve as he grows and learns.

  • Ninja0980

    One more thing, time for the Trump/Bernie/media folks to stop bringing up some of the Clinton accusers, whom have continued to stand behind Trump no matter how many vile things he says and does about women.
    They simply have no credibility at this point and trying to bring them up to deflect from Trump or to help St.Bernie or his candidates is looking more foolish by the day.

    • The_Wretched

      Never let a day go by without smearing bernie like it’s an obsession. the guy is dead old news already. It’s exactly the same as the endless republican attacks on hillary, move on.

      • Joe in PA

        Stop it you two….don’t make me stop this car!

        • Lumpy Gaga

          Careful! I’ve got a pretty sharp stake back here.

  • Joe in PA

    to share that he had donated money to a family with a father battling cancer, …

    What are the chances he’ll actually do it or that it is actually his money? Slim to NONE?

    Speaking of that…what about the $1M he promised to Hurricane Harvey relief? The press is as bad as Trump following the next shiny object.

  • Rex

    Trump defended:
    Bill O’Reilly
    Roy Moore
    Roger Ailes
    Rob Porter
    Himself

    Any questions?

    • another_steve

      Compared to those guys, he’s an angel.

    • Gianni

      Dear Leader is considerate and supports the underdog. He obviously sees that as a winning quality. Female accusers are always liars. He should know; he has thirteen of them.

  • Rex

    Trump wishes an abuser well but not a word about the women he abused.

    • clay

      Standard Operating Procedure

  • Leo
    • The_Wretched

      We haven’t heard much from Tillerson or Sessions. Trump’s been quieter about them but they were forced to sit down and shut up instead. I wonder if Kelly is too close to bottle and store.

    • RoFaWh

      A normal human would, in response to the allegations about Porter, just say “I made a mistake hiring that jerk” but Trump is incapable of saying “I was wrong” no matter how it’s phrased.

  • Max_1
  • RoFaWh

    My immediate reaction: Trump is just mouthing conventional best wishes but, unsurprisingly, shows not one scintilla of understanding the context. Thus, he goodbyes an accused thug as though he (the thug) has been Trump’s right-hand man.

    Perhaps the inner motive is “don’t admit you hired a flake; lie and pretend he was the greatest guy ever,” but I don’t think Trump thinks like that; he just reacts, often in a completely inappropriate manner. A little like throwing darts at a dart board: sometimes you hit bullseye.

    The important thing is that this exemplifies Trump’s utter inability to understand context. This is not new.

    • Max_1

      Thugs of a feather…
      … Should say bye bye together.

    • coram nobis

      It also betokens a lack of empathy. He seems to be missing a lot of circuits.

  • Adam Stevens

    And yet, not a mention about compassion or sympathy for the man’s victims.

    Only sadness that the criminal had to resign.

    What planet even is this anymore?

    • MBear

      Republican Prime

    • RoFaWh

      This is planet “No Longer Inside the Trump Cocoon”.

    • AmeriCanadian

      Do you believe that any of the women who voted for Drumpf pick up on his non-stop misogynistic dog whistles? My bet is NO.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Dotard Trump: Rob Porter is a fine wife-beater – a very fine wife-beater. He has been unfairly treated by the media. I wish him a wonderful career.

  • skyweaver

    All us doods dat ever done been accused by dose broads are innocent amirite? Feel you, bro!

  • Jim Maloney

    The last paragraph is another example of him being a jole.

  • MT YVR

    I’m starting to wonder if Trump would pass a Turing test. Maybe he’s just a really fucked up bot that they’re test running?

    A bot that runs Windows, scouring the net and Twitter specifically as a method to fake communication and cognition…. actually makes a scary amount of sense.

    • coram nobis

      Philip K. Dick, in his android story (later “Blade Runner”) had a Voigt-Kampff test. The way the police could spot a replicant, an android, was use the test to look for empathy. The replicant didn’t have any.

  • zhera

    What did he say about the family he donated money to?

    1. I’d hate to be that family, and to be associated with a wife beater because the Dotard can’t focus on one single subject.
    2. If health care was working the way it should, and social security was working the way it should, there would be no need for any money donated. Did no-one point that out to him?
    3. Charity is to give selflessly. Announcing that you’ve donated money to so and so just makes you an ass.
    4. OF COURSE he only has good things to say about Porter. Duh!

  • Leo
    • BobSF_94117

      And the trap slams shut…

    • Lumpy Gaga

      A letter about the memo.

      But no memo, I take it.

  • bkmn
    • billbear1961

      Whatever it is, it won’t matter.

      Media: “Any day now, he’ll hit reset! Any day now, he’ll pivot!!!!!”

    • clay

      “Mr. President, Mr. President, what about the memo?”

  • David Walker

    OK, so it IS about being a criminal, but I can’t believe that his NOT having a permanent security clearance isn’t being brought up. Are two stories about one guy too much for the media to handle? Would any of us known about this without Rachel?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrI-82LmRmQ

    • billbear1961

      I swear to Christ that MOST in the media are COMPLICIT–out of conviction or cowardice or sheer laziness or INCOMPETENCE–with the overthrow of this democracy!

    • Lumpy Gaga

      I think it was RM who pointed out that the real crime – if the story that “Trump didn’t know” proves true – is that someone else was giving this punch-drunk clown access to the most sensitive stuff there is, and it’s nobody’s prerogative to unilaterally do that except the President’s.

      They scramble like roaches to protect the Orange One, and hang themselves in the process.

    • BobSF_94117

      Do we know that the reason he couldn’t get a clearance is the allegations from the ex-wives? How do we know there isn’t something else?

      • David Walker

        OK. But even given that, why was he allowed absolute access to everything, even the most topic secret stuff, without a security clearance? As Rachel said, she can sort of understand why Jared would be given free rein…familia and all…but someone whom the FBI refused unlimited clearance? Was he paid in rubles?

        • BobSF_94117

          He should NEVER have been allowed to have that job. Period.

        • BobSF_94117

          And Jared should never have been allowed to have his job. Being family just makes that worse, to my mind.

        • Lumpy Gaga

          Only through the transition.

          Where’s Mike?

          Mike? Mike?

      • Lumpy Gaga

        Indeed, we do not know that it wasn’t something else making the FBI be all “Fuck off.”

        For a year.

        • BobSF_94117

          Once the FBI is in “fuck off” mode, it stays there.

    • The_Wretched

      Trump admin is lawless. Everyway possible and at every level. They simply don’t care.

      • David Walker

        Due in large part because they are safe in the knowledge they can get away with it, that no one will ever raise a fuss.

    • BobSF_94117

      I admit that I really haven’t followed the details (I just can’t anymore) but there’s no police record of actual physical abuse, is there? I read there’s a restraining order based, IIRC, on his breaking a door window.

      Did I miss something?

    • clay
  • Lumpy Gaga

    AOL headline:

    Knives come out for Kelly amid Rob Porter scandal

    I actually heard someone use the term “long knives” last night on teevee.

    • coram nobis

      The Night of Long Knives was June, 1934.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        IK,R?

        Dropped my tea cake.

        • coram nobis

          Just a FYI for the readership.

  • PickyPecker
    • billbear1961
      • ChrisMorley

        Most excellent.

        • billbear1961

          It just thrills the old bear to pieces, Chris.

          🙂

          • ChrisMorley

            Wow. What an introduction to the Netherlands Bach Collegium. I have a weakness for period instruments and that is a quality of performance that’s stunningly vibrant. Thanks for sharing your delight in this gem.

        • billbear1961

          See what you think of THIS rendition:

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PqDx0fFgOs

  • coram nobis

    From “Nuremberg”: the tribunal’s psychiatrist tells Justice Jackson (Alec Baldwin) a theory.

    https://youtu.be/3GDmhVD5GMs?t=81

  • The KGB Ate Our Votes

    I will say this about Trump’s remarks today – I’ve never seen his hair plastered down tighter to his gelatinous blob of a head. He’s not taking any chances anymore, even indoors.

    • coram nobis

      I wonder if Brylcreem is publicly traded. It looks like a growth industry now.

      • BobSF_94117

        There’s a joke about “peak oil” in there somewhere.

      • drbrentzenobia

        In my day it was called greasy kid stuff. Now it’s greasy old man stuff.

    • AmeriCanadian

      Shellac.

  • Bambino
    • The KGB Ate Our Votes

      Completely unacceptable. This White House. Full stop.

  • infmom

    And now I’m going to go upstairs and smack Melania around so she’ll quit walking off without me.

  • bkmn
    • The KGB Ate Our Votes

      So many coffee boys. No collusion. No collusion. You’re the collusion.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        Collusion and cream.

        • PickyPecker

          Isn’t that the Russian whorehouse in DC?

          • Lumpy Gaga

            Crackers and Crabs.

          • Gil

            That one’s in Atlanta….

      • BobSF_94117

        You’re the collusion!

        I want that on a t-shirt.

    • Bambino

      That one long arse thread that require some time to read and reread. But it’s worth to learn the mechanics behind the collusion among the dozen of key players. I’ll be surprise Seth Abramson is not being hire as a script writer and consultant to a film or series Hollywood certainly plan to make in the very near future.

  • MikeBx2

    Please show me one single solitary reason from Trump’s life that shows he thinks of women/girls as something more than sexual objects. He’s even objectified his own daughter.

  • clay

    Hope Hicks didn’t hire Porter.
    Hope Hicks didn’t promote Porter.
    Hope Hicks didn’t approve the security clearance waiver.

    At least, Hope Hicks isn’t the person who’s supposed to have done any of that.

    • edrex

      her only job was to fuck porter.

      • The KGB Ate Our Votes

        and Lewandowski
        and Trump
        and maybe Miller and Bannon

        • edrex

          it’s the service economy.

  • safari
    • The KGB Ate Our Votes

      President Toad’s Wild Ride*

      * You must be this tall to lose your retirement savings

      • safari

        There is this idea being pushed by Jim Cranmer that part of the instability is that institutional investors bet on low-volatility index-style instruments and now that the market is volatile, and they’ve leveraged themselves quite a bit, they’re having to do massive sell offs to try to recoup their losses.

        • clay

          also, they don’t trust Trump replacing Yellen.

        • The_Wretched

          If we had competent financial oversight, the government would stop this spiral immediately.

    • BobSF_94117

      1 1/2 hours to go.

    • The_Wretched

      post lunch rally seems to be a feature since last Thursday. It didn’t happen this most recent Thursday but it seems to be a pattern.

  • Gianni

    “……And we hope he has a wonderful career, and hopefully he will have a great career ahead of him…..” Gee. Mr. President, you only said that two times in a row. Normally, you repeat your bullshit three times. Well, if nothing else, even in the face of proof, we can count on our Dear Leader to support a dirtbag, especially if in involves abuse of women. Dear Leader has to choose his words carefully lest he remind us all that he has been accused by thirteen women of sexual assault.

  • billbear1961

    Even IF he weren’t evil and a crook, he’s so obviously, painfully UNFIT.

    Anyone who pretends otherwise at this point is spitting in our faces.

    This country is a LAUGHINGSTOCK.

    A society that lets this evil FARCE go on like this, that LETS itself be bullied and frightened and intimidated by SCUM like this obviously CORRUPT regime and its CORRUPT enablers, is SPINELESS.

    • The KGB Ate Our Votes

      Well, spineless is a little harsh. We are, after all, limited legally to controlling our government by our (or Russia’s) vote. Maybe we are spineless because he haven’t broken out the trebuchets and guillotines yet, but as a pacifist, I’m kind of waiting for the KFC and Big Macs to remove him.

      • billbear1961

        A truly free press, that cared about the truth and holding power accountable, and a competent opposition would make MINCEMEAT of a regime as corrupt as this, that has handed them so much explosive ammunition to use against them. And a truly FREE people would be outraged about the interference in their elections by a hostile foreign power that has in no way been punished for what it did but rather REWARDED. They’d be in the streets, demanding public access to that THIEF’S financial history, something his own people believe would lead to his downfall. They’d be in the streets demanding voter registration rolls and elections be protected from foreign and domestic tampering, and that voter suppression and gerrymandering stop, that the courts not be stacked with fanatics, that law enforcement not be weaponized. They would reject, as illegitimate and forfeit, the authority of ANY government engaged in the subversion of the rule of law.

        Massive and relentless demonstrations, on the same scale as the Women’s Marches, coupled with economic measures by individuals and blue states that still believe in genuine democracy and the rule of law, are what’s called for. It’s been estimated that 3.5% of the population constantly in the streets can bring down an authoritarian regime. It has also been estimated that significant economic measures taken by NY, CA and WA–those three states alone–could bring the U.S. economy to a virtual standstill. Stop all non-essential purchases, online and off. Recourse to a GENERAL STRIKE should not be ruled out.

        https://twitter.com/Exen/status/889194760610697216

        “A massive people’s resistance just forced Polish president to veto ominous Right-Wing laws”

        https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/7/24/1683383/-Massive-Polish-Resistance-causes-President-Duda-to-veto-proposed-ominous-right-wing-judiciary-laws

  • edrex

    these things are always so hard on the abuser.

  • Taylor Bixler

    Isn’t this basically a recycling of his now standard “very good people on both sides” speech?

  • Ninja0980

    Sad to say, this mindset about how abusers are good people at heart isn’t just limited to Trump, it’s the attitude way too many folks have in society.
    I can still remember when my ex got sick a couple of years ago (they weren’t sure if he would make it) some folks (whom I don’t talk to as much anymore) insisting I go see him, despite knowing our history.
    Suffice to say, I told them to fuck off.
    From my standpoint, if you are physically or emotionally abusive to your spouse/bf/gf, then you aren’t a good person, period.

  • billbear1961

    I cannot think of an appropriately mournful piece of tragic music.

    I’m just flat out of ideas.

    SILENCE

    • PickyPecker

      Then perhaps, my dearest Bear, something soothing. You know how music has the power to aid critical thinking and analysis. 🙂

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Someone added “lyrics” to “Ave Maria” and used it at the end of the film “King Cobra”.

      I think that’s about as tragic as it gets.

      • billbear1961

        I’ll take your word for it, dear Lumpy.

    • ChrisMorley

      This is marvellously mournful.

      William Byrd’s elergy on the death of fellow English master musician Thomas Tallis – Ye Sacred Muses

      Ye sacred Muses, race of Jove,
      whom Music’s lore delighteth,
      Come down from crystal heav’ns above
      to earth where sorrow dwelleth,

      In mourning weeds, with tears in eyes:
      Tallis is dead, and Music dies.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CW8y-cjX_gs

      • ChrisMorley

        This is why he revered Thomas Tallis

        Spem In Alium
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Cn7ZW8ts3Y

        • Menergy

          I misread that as “sperm in the garlic”…. apologies! : )

      • billbear1961
        • ChrisMorley

          Thank You, BillBear.

          • billbear1961

            I hope you’ll be able to save yourselves from insanity in Britain.

            Thank you for the extraordinary music.

          • billbear1961

            Chris, there’s a piece by Bach that’s had my spirits soaring in the past couple days–it’s the sinfonia to BWV 174, probably better known as the 1st movement to Brandenburg concerto #3, but with some subtle differences that add even more to the piece.

            I’ve just posted it to Picky P lower on this thread.

          • ChrisMorley

            Thanks indeed for the tip off; so many threads and posts.

  • MikeBx2
  • I say we use the power of Erina Kamiya’s breasts to get rid of the Orange Menace pronto! This is a very, extremely silly video, but it made me laugh and thought, why not share the love?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=46&v=in19ZVVw0as

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Yayyyy!

  • Jerry Kott

    When you work in a Shit Factory, you forget that it stinks.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Furthermore, you want to stay employed, so you keep yakking up how wonderful Shit is.

      • Jerry Kott

        and yak about how good it taste.

  • Sam_Handwich
  • Josh Shapiro

    Nobody in this freak show, wife beater or not, has done a “wonderful job.”

  • -M-

    A) If the liar in chief just found out, then how was Porter allowed to handle all that stuff classified top secret and beyond for a year without a security clearance?

    B) What the fuck is this “said very strongly” phrase dippy keeps using? Was that ever an expression people used?

    • Gianni

      You have to remember: There are many fine people……..On Both Sides, on both sides. Donnie doesn’t want to say anything derogatory about a fellow abuser, just like with Roy Moore. Like a pack of dogs, they sniff each other’s holes, recognize the scent, and take care of one another. Our Dear Leader is the proverbial Leader Of The Pack.

  • Wow. I’m shocked. So shocked.

  • JaniceInToronto

    You elected an idiot.

    Every so often he opens his mouth and any doubt of his lunacy is gone.

    Come to Canada. We accept many refugees. Dress warmly.

    • The_Wretched

      Canadian immigration isn’t actually all that open to US citizens.

      • JaniceInToronto

        Bring money. You’ll get in.

        • drbrentzenobia

          It helps to be young, too.

  • fuzzybits

    Oh yea buddy,it’s a tough time for him. I don’t recall seeing any bruises on his face.

  • frogview

    Hairspray poisoning! Trump is full mental from hairspray!

  • Henry Auvil
  • jimbo65

    “He was a beautiful axe murderer , an artisan really. Have a happy hunt for all your future victims. “

  • Longpole

    Too bad he vented his job frustrations on his wives instead of his bosses.

  • JCF