Trump Blames Dems For “Very Political” Memo

The Associated Press reports:

President Donald Trump on Saturday morning offered an explanation for his decision not to release a Democratic rebuttal of the Republican memo that made the case the F.B.I. abused its powers and was politically motivated in the spying on of Carter Page.

Democrats have been angling for the declassification of their memo, which they claim outlines selective omissions made by Representative Devin Nunes, who authored the GOP document the Trump administration cleared for release last week.

Trump tweeted Saturday morning the Democratic memo was a “very political and long response.” The president said the Democrats knew, because of the sensitivity of the information they included in their memo, that it would need to be heavily redacted.

  • MikeBx2

    “whereupon” LOL

    • Taylor Bixler

      right? No way he wrote that tweet.

      • CanuckDon

        Read it in a Stephen Miller tone of voice.

        • Miller is ghoulish. Repellent. A sociopath.

          • Steverino

            The love child of Roy Cohn and Vladimir Putin.

          • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

            He was spawned asexually from an especially toxic, irradiated bacterium.

          • David Walker

            In other words, Miller has found a home.

          • A cold, slimy one. Just how he likes it. With blood splatters and heads rolling down the corridors, with a strong tang of anguish wafting about.

          • Joe in PA

            So Trump says “what’s not to like?”

        • Taylor Bixler

          Petulant white nationalist douchebag is not really in my repertoire

        • Silver Badger

          I’ve never heard his voice, but he looks like he should sound smarmy with a bit of evil dripping out every time he opens his mouth.

          • CanuckDon

            He’s evil and he pouts like most of the sad, forlorn boys on the Right who think life is so unfair now that calling people names is considered wrong.

          • Silver Badger

            So he is whiny too?

          • CanuckDon

            It’s an angry pout and creepy as hell.


          • Steve Smith

            How can anyone bear to watch this? Rude, ignorant pushy little creep shouting and refusing to answer questions? I’d turn it off right away.

          • Galvestonian

            I know that his own mother thinks he’s a bit of a shit.

            Now that’s damning.

          • SFBruce

            That’s exactly how he sounds.

    • Gustav2

      Not a Trumpy word.

      • Steverino

        Same with “redacted.”

        • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

          Same with “very”.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok
  • Mark Née Fuzz

    Once again, these are probably not his words. He knows nothing of sources and methods. “And more” probably translates to something along the lines of “motherfucker is fucking guilty as fuck”.

    • Bluto

      He’s using yesterday’s talking points. Probably pick them up from his national security advisors at faux & fucks.

    • Yeah, the language isn’t his, nor is it written in his signature style.

      • ColdCountry

        I dunno, it’s pretty incoherent. Plus, “which they knew, because of sources and methods (and more),” sounds about like his level of vague understanding.

        • Yeah, it’s weirdly written, and oddly vague. But maybe they are attempting to channel him, but can’t dumb down their word choice enough.

          • -M-

            I could see him having them add the “and more” and the exclamation point.

      • Dazzer

        Yep. That’s no way Trump’s work. The idea structure and word usage is all wrong.

        It was someone trying to sound like him – and failing badly.

        • Joe in PA

          I know, they left out the Sad!

          They thought they could fool us with the exclamation point at the end! Not buying it!

    • leo77

      You can absolutely tell when someone else has scripted his tweets. This tweet was vetted probably by an attorney.

  • bkmn

    It wasn’t in crayon so he couldn’t understand the big words?

    • Mark Née Fuzz

      WH staff has not yet acted it out in puppets.

      • McSwagg

        They need approval from Chief Puppeteer Putin before they can proceed.

  • “Proper form”. Hahahahaha!!! Like he’d know proper form for government memos. Ya got to read them, to know the proper form.

  • MikeBx2
    • This has tainted our future, it’s going to take effort by a future Congress, voters and the president to clean up this toxic waste dump.

      • lymis

        And even then, we will have permanently lost all the skills and experience of the senior people he’s forced out of all our government agencies.

        Even if the junior people in the future sincerely try to step up, they’ll be hamstrung until they can painfully reinvent the wheel.

        This is Putin’s wet dream.

      • JCF

        Over AT LEAST 16 years of unified Democratic administration (President/Congress—God help us re SCOTUS, and that’s just as is). I’m serious.

    • safari

      They’ve been poisoning the political culture for so long that they’ve created a nation that has half of its people literally brain-dead.

      • thatotherjean

        Weeeellll. . .if they were LITERALLY brain dead, we wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in (but that would create a whole different mess).

  • Hank

    The Democrats sent a very …. long response memo

    In other words it was TOO long for him to bother to read, and had NO bullet points!!! Just like his Daily Briefings!!!

    • Well for cripes sake. It was 10!! pages long. How did the DNC expect him to read a long memo from them, when he won’t even read the daily briefings.

      • Silver Badger

        They didn’t. Shure makes trump look stupid though. Of course that’s not really hard to do.

        • JT
          • He doesn’t seem to be doing those any more. Is he no longer signing executive orders, or just not publicly signing them?

          • Can’t we pick on him for the stupid things he does(so many) rather than the ones he can’t help?
            Not that I’m not above make fun of his hair just the condition that cause it.

          • Silver Badger

            This is trump we’re talking about. We can pick on him for breathing and using oxygen we might need some day. Not to mention all of the resources he’s wasting by eating and drinking.

          • Nowhereman

            Exactly. Not to mention how much his weekly outings to his own properties cost us. He even bills our Secret Service for their room and board, and the golf carts they need to follow him around the golf courses. And not a peep from all those “budget hawks” in the GOP.

          • Silver Badger

            just more reason to pick on him.

          • Nowhereman

            With his shitty diet, he’s contributing to global warming too.

          • thatotherjean

            And flying. And sleeping. And golfing. . .and golfing. . .and golfing.

          • Nowhereman

            I think it’s the vanity. He just can’t get a grip and realize that he’s gone bald, and that the single remaining hair that he wraps around his head to try to hide that fact just makes it look worse.

          • violamateo

            “I don’t feel quite right in a turban. What I DO feel like is GLORIA FUCKING SWANSON!” — Sally Field as Celeste Talbot, in “Soapdish”

          • Stogiebear

            There’s no condition that causes his coif to look like that other than Fucking Moronism.

          • Vanity , something we all have to a degree.

          • Uncle Mark

            As long as he can pick on other people for their appearance….especially women, then he should expect nothing less in kind

          • Trying not to be a republican hypocrite.

      • Nowhereman

        He can barely get through the McDonald’s menu. That’s why he orders the same thing all the time.

        • hahahahaaaa!!!

    • Acronym Jim

      And they only gave him FIVE!!! days to read the TEN!!!! page memo. I mean for fuck’s sake, they put him in an impossible position.

      /s in case that wasn’t obvious.

      • olandp

        Is it snark if it is true?

      • David Walker

        Not only 10 pages, but NO PICTURES! And Commander Bone Spurs wasn’t mentioned. OK, I don’t know about the pictures and not mentioning president shithole, but it’s a reasonable guess.

        • JaniceInToronto

          I though he was Cadet Bone Spurs!

          Did he get promoted?

          • David Walker

            I’m torn between the two. Maybe I’ll just go back to “fucking moron.”

          • JaniceInToronto

            Yeah. Fucking Moron has such a caché.

          • Nowhereman

            He gave himself a battlefield promotion. I think he broke a nail or something opening his diet coke on Air Force One.

          • Stogiebear

            He’s pretty close to being General Malaise as it is.

        • violamateo

          And too many big words!

        • Military Refuses to Participate in Trump’s Parade, Citing Bone Spurs

          WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—The Pentagon has turned down Donald J. Trump’s request for a grand military parade in Washington, D.C., citing a sudden outbreak of bone spurs that would prevent men and women in uniform from participating.
          Harland Dorrinson, a Pentagon spokesman, said that, within an hour of Trump’s request, more than a hundred thousand military personnel complained that they were suffering from acute cases of bone spurs that would make marching in such a parade a painful ordeal.
          “In the history of the U.S. military, we have never experienced a bone-spur epidemic of this magnitude,” the spokesman said. “Regrettably, however, we have no choice but to issue thousands of deferments.”
          A statement from the bone-spur sufferers said that they would continue to valiantly serve their country around the world in a non-marching capacity, and offered an alternative to their participation in Trump’s proposed pageant.
          “President Trump is welcome to march in the parade all by himself if he would finally like to enlist,” the statement read.

          Andy Borowitz is the New York Times best-selling author of “The 50 Funniest American Writers,” and a comedian who has written for The New Yorker since 1998. He writes the Borowitz Report, a satirical column on the news, for

    • SFBruce

      Plus, that 10 page memo probably included some really big words. Between watching Fox & Friends, golf, the Big Macs required to maintain a 239 frame, and making excuses for men who assault women, little Donnie is way too busy to read some looser memo.

      • David Walker

        As was his staff, which was busily making creative excuses for people leaving important positions in the shite house. It’s been a tiring week for those poor babies.

      • Nowhereman

        He gets the Diet Big Macs, right? And only four per meal?

    • wds

      Now they’re being presented to him orally – and I’ll just leave that right there … reading is just to tough for the semi-literate … SMH

  • DaddyRay

    Apparently it contains the truth which is what is offensive to Trump

    • boatboy_srq

      It contains more pages than three, which is offensive to tRump. The factual accuracy just makes it worse.

  • Henry Auvil

    They should have known that “very long” means he wouldn’t read it.

    • Strepsi

      They probably wrote it properly, and probably shouldn’t have. It should be 20 bullet points on one page, with footnote numbers that could be links to further proof online

      • If Nunes doesn’t read footnotes, you expect the kindergarten president to?

  • boatboy_srq

    Translation: TL;DR.

    Perhaps an edition as graphic novel? Or should Dems go with all pictures?

    • Oh no that won’t work. How about giving him a DVD of actors pretending to be news anchors and have them discuss it, at his level with loads of prettily colored graphics, and animated explanations?

      • boatboy_srq

        I misread your last suggestion as “animated explosions”, which might be equally appropriate.

    • Bad Tom


  • MikeBx2

    It’s 10 pages.

    • boatboy_srq

      Eight too many.

      Plus, no illustrations.

      I’m beginning to pine for a pResident who had the patience and stamina even for My Pet Goat.

      • another_steve

        But I thought he “reads documents” (?)

        • Silver Badger

          He places his hands over the document, closes his eyes and “reads” their aura.

      • JCF

        Nine and a half.

    • Silver Badger

      One of my college instructors once told me to always limit your message to one page. It seems that few people really read more.

      • safari

        That’s called the executive summary.

        In Donald’s case an executive summary is three bullet points and a cartoon that’ll make him laugh or flatter him.

        • With a photo of a naked Eastern European woman as a treat for getting all the way to the end!

      • CB

        I have an associate who won’t read an email more than two sentences. So, we send a metric ton of emails. Sigh.

  • Cuberly Deux

    Another Stephen Miller tweet.

    • AdamTh

      Oh yeah…. Donnie has no idea what “redacted” means.

      • And giggles over hearing whereupon.

        • JCF

          Reads it as “whoreupon”.

  • i just can’t, with the Clown, anymore. it’s totally Boring me.

    anyway, i am enjoying watching Ceiling Cat and Basement Cat fight it out on a Caturday. hee. they are so adorable. he’s older, she’s younger. they play fight in the best way. i wish i were a better videographer; i’d post them if i knew how to do that well. she loves him. he loves her. they grab like oceans and weather phenomenons. “Fur Flies.”

    were we talking about AiA? i still want to. i want to remember the first time i saw it. i started at 3am, on a Monday morning. i did not quit until i’d seen it all. fuck you short term attention people. i am Superior.

    • Silver Badger

      How are you feeling, dear? The tone of your posts and their wording has changed a bit and you seem to be channeling a lot of strong emotion.

  • AdamTh

    “…proper form!”

    He means they have to praise Dear Leader.

  • another_steve

    Once again he’s speaking to his thug base only.

    Anyone with half a brain sees through this. The deplorables, on the other hand, swallow it hook, line and sinker.

    • Oh hello! Haven’t seen you around lately. And coupled with jared’s disappearance I thought you had him in your playroom and were to busy to visit!

      • another_steve

        Jared is here with me, in chains.

        We have a little game, he and I. It’s called, “You Put Out, You Get Fed.”

        • safari

          Tit for tat. Jared should understand that.

        • jimbo65

          Just curious, but does your hubby share your um…obsession with Jared?

          • another_steve

            Hubby likes skinny Jews.

            It’s one of the reasons he married me.

      • AC

        she’s commented over 40 times within the last 24 hours. per usual. how on earth could you not have seen her?

        • Well then, my bad. I must have missed her….


    • CB

      I read that as hook, line and “stinker.” Both work. LOL

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Fake President.

    NOT legit !!

    Lock him up!

    • Build a wall (around him and his administration)

      • Silver Badger

        Perhaps a nice airtight dome.

        • No. I don’t want a quick end, I want him to sit and stew about what he had and lost.

          • Silver Badger

            It could be a big dome.

          • :-D. Ok!

      • Joe in PA

        That’s called a prison…and I agree!

    • Silver Badger

      Throw a big noose and catch them all. I wonder how much the republicans will like those for profit prisons from the inside.

    • boatboy_srq


  • Taylor Bixler

    This applies to everything dear leader says and does really, but …

    • David Walker

      This one made me laugh because, of course, I went to the ridiculous. He’s hiding his graciousness, bravery, gallantry, intelligence, concern for all people, and a big dick. Sorry. It’s just the way the brain works sometimes.

  • Joe in PA

    I dunno, I’m a bit torn…I just watched the clip of Schiff (on Maher) talking about how damaging the R memo was with respect to intelligence sources in the future (lasting damage as he put it), but yet he wants to release the D memo the same way? Do they have the D memo structured in such a way that it DOESN’T do damage? Is it water under the bridge now and all is fair?

    I need to get outside and do something physical. Oh geez, AMJoy is on…time for me to get MORE spun up. 🙂

    • Exercise bike or treadmill by the tv. Then that head of angry steam can really fuel your workouts!

      • Silver Badger

        Hook that treadmill up to a generator. Clean energy!

      • OdieDenCO

        bike and blast: bike and xbox. physical and mental engagement

      • Dramphooey

        How about an orange bean bag with a cheap wig laying on it and just hit it with a bat for exercise?

        • Oooh! That’s the perfect workout!

          • CB

            Be careful of your rotator cuff however.

    • Taylor Bixler

      There is a lot here that is not known, which is the problem.
      But no redactions were demanded on the Nunes memo I dont think, even after the FBI publicly pushed against its release.

    • joe ho

      The FBI OK’d the release of the Dem memo.

      • Strepsi


      • Joe in PA

        Thanks, I did not know that.

    • canoebum

      All of this bullshit is on Paul Ryan’s head. He is the one responsible for allowing Nunes to remain as Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, a task in which he has failed spectacularly to the detriment of the nation’s security.

      • McSwagg

        No. Nunes is still the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee because he is doing exactly what the GOP Crime Syndicate wants him to do.

        dRumpF over Party over Country

    • -M-

      Presumably the Democrats are conscientious enough not to release anything sensitive that wasn’t already exposed in the White House/Nunes memo if they could avoid doing so.

  • Leo

    “If you hate Kelly, this is your moment”

    • jimbo65

      It’s like watching the cliff notes of Julius Caesar.

      • Silver Badger

        Not Caligula? Awwwww comeonnnnnn

      • Steverino

        “Et tu, POTUS?”

      • William

        With a bit of the movie ‘Downfall’ thrown in.

    • Silver Badger

      Hate is such a conservative, christian, republican emotion. I’ll pass.

    • Jerry Kott

      Kelly is starting to have that Nosferatu look.

    • Six people from the administration are gone in 48 hours. What a bloodbath

      • Jerry Kott

        and the wash cycle hasn’t even begun.

        • McSwagg

          We’re in a perpetual spin cycle.

    • thatotherjean

      Kelly has been trying to stop the bleeding? Seems only fair, since he’s responsible for a lot of it. There’s a lot less to that man than meets the eye.

  • Boreal
    • Strepsi

      See? This PROVES the FBI is in the tank for Hillary!!!!1!

    • Another witch hunt in 3,2,1…..

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
    • McSwagg

      Of course.
      “America First” was always a dog whistle to the KKK/White Nationalists. The rest of us weren’t meant to notice or understand.

  • safari

    The memo. Was too long.

    • Silver Badger

      With too many bigly words.

  • TexasBoy

    In other words…he wouldn’t release it because it was truthful. Roy Cohn tactics.

  • William

    Donald’s reading ability don’t go much farther than a McDonald’s placemat.

  • safari

    if Obama had said whereupon there would be a Fox News segment about his preposition elitism.

    • RoFaWh

      Well, “whereupon” does have three syllables.

  • olandp

    “Told them to re-do and send back in proper form!”

    In crayon?

    • #DJTK5F

      Perhaps a copy of the memo will fall out of Hope Hicks’ ever-open vagina, and be discovered in the backseat of a rented limo by the editors at the NYTimes and Washington Post, who MAY have some proofreaders who could assist with redaction and proper formatting.

      Leak it already.

  • justmeeeee

    He doesn’t give a shit about what the memo said–he’s just pissed off that is was LONG.

    • lymis

      And that it undercut his own pet theories. If it disagrees with Hannity, it must be wrong.

  • lymis

    The Nunes memo made bullshit claims that didn’t even hold together internally, much less when subjected to basic known facts that don’t require knowing any classified information.

    The Democratic response actually, apparently, deals with data and actual information to rebut the claims in the Nunes memo with facts.

    So of course Trump wants to redact anything substantive. If he “allows” a response at all, he wants it to be simply “Nuh-uh” – so he can just say, “Well, you have one opinion, and I have another. I’m the president, so I win.”

  • Lars Littlefield

    As if Trump had even a remote clue what “the proper form” would be. Hah!
    The asshole can’t read beyond a Little Golden Books level. . . if that.

    • Gil

      How about Bazooka Joe bubblegum wrapper comics ?

  • billbear1961

    What do you mean, AP, the Nunes memo “made the case” that “the FBI abused its power . . .”?? It did NO SUCH THING–it attempted to make a case to that effect and failed miserably in its attempt at a SMEAR JOB, and you KNOW that!

    The GOP made their case, did they, but the Democrats only CLAIM their memo outlines omissions made by Nunes? You KNOW omissions were deliberately made and things were taken out of context by the filthy little LYING shit!

    God DAMN the media in this country, going out of their way to help Trump and the GOP subvert the rule of law!

    I saw an article in the NY Times talking about it not being “Mr.Trump’s style” to take a hands-off approach as a CEO, so certainly he would not remain passive in the current scandals rocking his White House (my phrasing, about the scandals). The tone was deferential, treating someone they KNOW is an evil IDIOT, grossly UNFIT, intellectually and morally, for the office he occupies as if he were a NORMAL occupant deserving of RESPECT! Deference, for a racist hatemonger, a proven and relentless pathological LIAR, a grifter, a traitor doing NOTHING to punish a hostile foreign power for interfering in our elections and to keep them from doing it AGAIN, a degenerate who says good people march with NAZIS and wife-beaters deserve our SYMPATHY!!

    It’s not just the right’s media LIE machine that is aiding and abetting this fledgling DICTATOR and his neo-fascist party in their efforts to subvert the rule of law and turn this country into a banana republic! Many OTHERS in the MSM, even at a paper like the Times, are doing what they can to cover up for him and to pass him off as a normal, deserving occupant of the Oval Office when they KNOW, for so MANY reasons, that he is NOT!!

    • Bad Tom

      Even the Boston Globe has used similar language. It is infuriating.

    • RoFaWh

      The NYT lost any respect I may have had for it in the past when they published an article by a medical student about her anatomy lab and the cadaver dissection undertaken to learn human anatomy.

      What did said med student have to say? “I circumcised him”, which I label as an inappropriate attempt to shock and astound. No insight there. Essentially click bait in print form.

  • Natty Enquirer

    Hee hee, Trump done give them Demercrats what fer!

  • Galvestonian

    Just release the damn thing. There has to be someone – some politician, even a minor functionary – somebody with brass cojones, with enough courage to stand up to these ass tromping, gawd awful, dodgy wankers that keep crapping all over the American public.

  • Bad Tom

    ONE page is too long for Trump to read, if it doesn’t have his name in it.

  • JWC

    If he didn’t(couldn’t) read 3.5 pages what was he to do with 10 .Besides the day before, the guy he had for that job quit

  • hdtex
  • Halou

    How many days did it take for him to realise the Dem memo was ‘too long’?

  • Halou

    Trump is a tyrannical wanker with the reading comprehension equivalent to that of yogurt.

    • David Walker

      Whoa! I’m glad I came back to this thread. That just blew me away. Thank you.

    • bzrd

      but he reads the prompting screens for his speeches
      what gives with the dump
      Mueller please flush soon

  • ClevelandJim

    Lesson for Saturday: Context and Facts = Very Political. Got it. Thanks Cheeto!

  • Gerry Fisher

    “Whereupon”? Nice Tweet, Ms. Hicks.

  • DaveMiller135

    I thought you guys were kidding. It really is a 10 page memo. Trump complaining that it’s too long, my friends, is a failure of our educational system. I definitely have presidential embarrassment fatigue.

    Countdown to leak to the media, in 3… 2…

    • RoFaWh

      I agree that the US system of free public education has been ruined, deliberately, by the GOP. However, Trump’s own inability to read fluently is almost certainly due to the kinks in his brain, not to the educational system.

      It amuses me slightly that this illiterate man went through a “military academy”. One would presume they would have taught him to read, but evidently not.

      • thatotherjean

        I’ve been reading _The Mansions of Limbo_by the late Dominick Dunne, which is his gossip about the great and not-that-good of the 80s and early 90s. Donald Trump appears several times, and shows none of the cognitive/speech/behavior quirks that he exhibits now–and if he had, Dominick Dunne would have said so. There’s definitely something wrong with the man that wasn’t wrong decades ago.

        • kareemachan

          I’ve said this time and again – I recognize the early tells of my mother’s dementia. I do NOT like having to admit this – it was a very sad time in my family’s life – but I recognize it.

  • Steve Smith

    can’t deal with anymore of this crap. Its lovely evening here, and I’m expecting friends to visit. Keep well and safe and please don’t be driven insane. Here’s the view from my window tonight:

    • bzrd


  • Nowhereman

    Wow. Ten pages is too long for the idiot in chief to read and comprehend? Maybe he could get a fourth grader to help him with that.

  • RoFaWh

    Trump always lies. He is also fond of projection, blaming others for behavior that is his very own.

    Keep these facts in mind when reading anything Trump has written or that he simply says.

  • Kevin Andrews

    It doesn’t kiss the Shitgibbon’s ass. Of course it will never see the light of day. Traitors can’t stand being exposed as the liars and propagandists they truly are.

  • Karl Dubhe

    He didn’t like what it said, well, he didn’t like the part that was read to him.

    I wonder what was in the thing, and if it’s going to be leaked. 😀

  • Pablo Sánchez

    Proper form: one page, bullet statements, double spaced, illustrations.

    • McSwagg

      You forgot 14 point font.

  • narutomania

    “Send back in proper form.”

    You know: without all those pesky truths in it!!!

  • Pfefferdog

    Can someone explain to me why the Executive Branch of government gets to squelch a report generated by the Legislative Branch? We have three branches of government – each with its own powers.

    • McSwagg

      Simply put, the memo contains or is based on classified intelligence that is under the authority o f the Executive Branch. Only the Executive Branch can declassify the intelligence and allow the information to be released.

  • Mark_in_MN

    *insert really big eye roll here*

  • Pete Wascher

    i don’t understand . . . why does a legislative body need the president’s permission? The FBI’s I could see–they’re an independent body charged with protecting national security. the legislation and executive branch are supposed to be separate and autonomous. one doesn’t need the permission of the other.

    • -M-

      Both memos derive from classified info. The congress could, now that he’s had five days to weigh in, vote to declassify the Dems memo despite his objections. I don’t see the Rethugs supporting that though.

  • wds

    I am hopeful that a Dem will get so fed up with this that they will read it or enter it into the Congressional Record as was done with the Pentagon Papers …

  • Gianni

    This past year of Dear Leader’s noxious presideny has made me want to step off the train the next time it stops in Willoughby.

  • Got Dayum, I H8 this vermin!

  • “. . . long response. . . .”

    He didn’t read it.

    And he didn’t write the tweet.

    I wonder if he ever saw the Dems’ memo.

  • Puck

    It needs to be one page with pictures and bullet points.