What’s Not Normal Today (Day 219)

Some Cream for your Covfefe?

Seething Rage.
(image courtesy Scissorhead MonkeyFister)

Where to begin… remember this all happened in ONE DAY:

Hair Führer Donald Trump decided to preemptively pardon Arizonastan’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Preemptively, you say?

Yes. Though Arpaio was found guilty of contempt, he was never sentenced. And at age 85 it seems unlikely that Arpaio would have been given an onerous time in the pokey. We do not know that Arpaio will ever express contrition for his criminal contempt. But we do know that it didn’t matter to Preznint Stupid what the sentence would be, lenient or otherwise. He was going to do it.

Any claim that Hair Führer Donald Trump had on opposing racism and who respects the rule of law is now gone with the desert wind. For Trump to stand-up for white supremacists and Nazis who (allegedly) killed a protester in Charlottesville, and then to pardon Arpaio leaves no doubt as to where he stands when it comes to racism and to equal treatment before the law.

(And on a side note, there is conjecture that pardoning Arpaio was a signal to Trump’s possible co-conspirators in the still-under-investigation Russian Collusion that he will pardon them, too.)

The pardon was met with a shit storm of criticism, but only from people that Preznint Stupid doesn’t care about. Like Latinos. And Hollywood elites. And oddly from both of Arizona’s Republican Senators: Grandpa Walnuts and The Flake:

That’s a real portrait in courage, Flake. But I digress. Anyway, the reaction from none of these people matter because Americans hate them more than they hate ol’ 40% Trump (Tengrain’s Theory of The Bear).

  • The RNC had to issue a statement that condemns white supremacists, Nazis, and the KKK. RNC said, “We don’t want your vote, we don’t support you, we’ll speak out against you.”  The Bear growls, I’m sure.
  • Next up, ABC reports that Hair Führer Donald Trump is probably going to end the DACA program next week. 800,000 people who came to the U.S. illegally as children could be deported. So more fodder for his base. The optics of deporting 800,000 people will be shocking, by the way. I cannot see how he can do it without boxcars and camps to process them.
  • We noted that Commander Bunnypants also has signed authorization to remove transpeople from the Military (technically for Sec. of Defense Mattis to do the deed. Or not.)
  • And now actual Nazi Sebastian Gorka has been fired (though Gorka denies that), so it leaves only two possible Nazis in the administration (our pal Pee Wee Goerring and Hair Führer hisself), so that’s good news, amiright?
  • We learned that National Economic Council director Gary Cohn, almost quit his job last week due to his boss’ support for the many fine people chanting antisemitic Nazi-era stuff at Charlottesville.
  • NBC reported “Mueller issued grand jury subpoenas … seeking testimony from public relations executives [from firms including Podesta Group and Mercury LLC] who worked on an international campaign organized by Paul Manafort.”
  • Oh, North Korea fired three missiles on Friday in yet another dick-measuring contest, but that got shoved off the front page with all the other crap going on.
  • And all of this happened on one day, a Friday in August with a Force 4 Hurricane barreling into Texas, because climate change is a hoax by the Chinese. Oh No: undocumented people are refusing to go to shelters because they are sure that they will be deported.

None of this is normal.



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10 Responses to What’s Not Normal Today (Day 219)

  1. Gator90 says:

    So Cohn, a Jewish American, is actually standing up to Nazis by continuing to work for a man who coddles Nazis. As a Jewish American, I have a new hero.


  2. 9thousandfeet says:

    None of this is normal.

    But it will be by the middle of next week.

    Your “Theory of the Bear” is excellent, TG, and I’ve embraced it fully into my thinking.

    It meshes perfectly with my “Theory of Incrementally Expanding Normalcy”, which we’ve discussed.

    Trump knows exactly what the fuck he’s doing, and by meticulously monitoring and assessing the media he knows exactly when to do it, too. He’s been in almost complete control of the headlines above the fold for two years and more now.

    He has absolutely no interest in conforming to any of the concepts of normalcy that have kept US politics at least mostly on the rails all along. The idea, constantly advanced by the denizens of Punditstan, that he needs the GOP in order to be a “successful” president carries no weight at all with Trump.
    That scenario is based on the old political calculus, now swept away, that “success” in a presidency is measured by legislation passed, and that only comes about by way of coöperation between government branches.
    Trump doesn’t give a shit about any of that. He’ll sweep away any indictments that arise from Mueller’s investigations with a tsunami of pardons (to those who remain “loyal”, of course) if he feels like it.
    He’ll challenge the mid-terms too, if they don’t play out in a way he likes.

    Success for him is power and dominance, not teamwork and laws, and he’s not going to give either of them up.
    Shit, if Ryan and McConnell went into his office to tell him it’s over and an impeachment conviction was now a certainty (they won’t, and it isn’t) he’d tell them to bring it on. He might even have them arrested, then hold a rally to tell his hypnotized base his version of what’s going on.

    This fucker is dug in like a tick, and getting him (and/or Trump v2.0, whoever that might turn out to be) outtathere is gonna be truly difficult and ugly.


  3. MJG says:

    The obvious strategy for Mueller is to get trump FIRST so he cannot pardon the rest.


  4. osirisopto says:

    I’m surprised. I expected him to drag it out until the end of the season.

    Whatever will we do with all of our time now that he’s jumped the shark?

    Oh, I know – talk about the Russia investigation.

    Dudes a freaking idiot. But now everyone is talking about him, the star of the show instead of the hurricane.
    Or maybe preemptively pardoning a federal criminal was his way of mollifying his Nazi base for being forced to fire one of the Nazi’s.


  5. buckobear says:

    TG — it’s correctly spelled Joe R Piehole.


  6. Redhand says:

    Speaking as a lawyer, my view is that the pardon of Joe Arpaio is the worst Presidential Act this POS has committed. It completely undermines the Rule of Law in this country, and can only be seen as a ratification of racism.

    Except for the fact that he is an off-the-rails nutjob, I don’t see how Trump could ever square this with a claim that he wants our diverse population to be united. He plainly doesn’t give a shit about national unity.

    I truly despise this creature.

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    • tengrain says:

      I’m sure my attorney parents (and D.A. grandparent) are rolling in their graves.

      That pardon shocked me more than I can say.




  7. C Montgomery Burns says:

    If ‘Maverick’ McCain is so outraged let him prove it – Introduce impeachment proceedings when he returns to the senate, otherwise go the way of all the other blowholes and STFU.


  8. Once again you call Steven Miller Pee Wee Goering, a reference to the extremely fat commander of the Luftwaffe who looked absolutely nothing like Miller. You mean Goebbels, the skinny Propaganda Minister who looked very much like Miller. The reference doesn’t work unless you get the image right. Try again.


    • tengrain says:

      God, I love the Scissorheads!

      PeeWee Herman
      Hermann Görring

      But I take your point about propaganda.

      — TG


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