LA Times Pulls No Punches in New Editorial Series: “Our Dishonest President”

Nothing prepared us for the magnitude of this train wreck
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If you read only one editorial today, make it this one from the Los Angeles Times — a measure of how terrible a predicament the United States is in with an unhinged sociopath in the Oval Office: Our Dishonest President.

It was no secret during the campaign that Donald Trump was a narcissist and a demagogue who used fear and dishonesty to appeal to the worst in American voters. The Times called him unprepared and unsuited for the job he was seeking, and said his election would be a “catastrophe.”

Still, nothing prepared us for the magnitude of this train wreck. Like millions of other Americans, we clung to a slim hope that the new president would turn out to be all noise and bluster, or that the people around him in the White House would act as a check on his worst instincts, or that he would be sobered and transformed by the awesome responsibilities of office.

Instead, seventy-some days in — and with about 1,400 to go before his term is completed — it is increasingly clear that those hopes were misplaced.

In a matter of weeks, President Trump has taken dozens of real-life steps that, if they are not reversed, will rip families apart, foul rivers and pollute the air, intensify the calamitous effects of climate change and profoundly weaken the system of American public education for all.

His attempt to de-insure millions of people who had finally received healthcare coverage and, along the way, enact a massive transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich has been put on hold for the moment. But he is proceeding with his efforts to defang the government’s regulatory agencies and bloat the Pentagon’s budget even as he supposedly retreats from the global stage.

These are immensely dangerous developments which threaten to weaken this country’s moral standing in the world, imperil the planet and reverse years of slow but steady gains by marginalized or impoverished Americans. But, chilling as they are, these radically wrongheaded policy choices are not, in fact, the most frightening aspect of the Trump presidency.

Read the whole thing.

Calling out the Trump Horror is going to take the LA Times four editorials, and Part II is now posted as well: Why Trump lies.

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Decatur Deb  Apr 3, 2017 • 10:50:39am

Remembering that the LA Times is not the NY Times—it’s several clicks farther right.

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I Would Prefer Not To  Apr 3, 2017 • 10:50:48am

He did tell the truth once. “I could shoot someone on Fifth Ave and not lose any votes.” I believe him.

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Decatur Deb  Apr 3, 2017 • 10:52:25am

re: #2 I Would Prefer Not To

He did tell the truth once. “I could shoot someone on Fifth Ave and not lose any votes.” I believe him.

Because the RW blogosphere would convince the faithful that a Black teenager did it.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 3, 2017 • 10:53:00am
Still, nothing prepared us for the magnitude of this train wreck.

Well, some of us were paying attention during the campaign.

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I Would Prefer Not To  Apr 3, 2017 • 10:53:21am

re: #3 Decatur Deb

Because the RW blogosphere would convince the faithful that a Black teenager deserved getting shot did it.

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Decatur Deb  Apr 3, 2017 • 10:55:24am

re: #5 I Would Prefer Not To

Because the RW blogosphere would convince the faithful that a Black teenager deserved getting shot did it.

What business did he have on the Uppa Easside?

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Charles Johnson  Apr 3, 2017 • 10:55:44am
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The Vicious Babushka  Apr 3, 2017 • 10:57:06am

Still, nothing prepared us for the magnitude of this train wreck.

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Timothy Watson  Apr 3, 2017 • 10:57:56am

re: #7 Charles Johnson

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Berdie had to have been an orange egg previously.

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lawhawk  Apr 3, 2017 • 10:58:34am
Still, nothing prepared us for the magnitude of this train wreck.

Oh, we were warned.

In fact, a lot of people were doing the warning. Like the author of Trump’s ghost written books. Or David Fahrenthold. Or Hillary Rodham Clinton.

She repeatedly warned what kind of regime Trump would install in the West Wing.

The very kinds of deplorables who are running amok.

The very kind of incompetent (on purpose), ignorant, and amateurs who have no idea how to do the jobs they’re tasked with.

Heck, anyone in NYC knows what kind of guy Trump was from decades of watching his schtick. From the days when he was nabbed for housing discrimination to when he was finally nailed for defrauding people at his scam school and all the days in between, Trump saw everyone else as a way to further his own ambitions and wealth.

Oh, and there’s a reason that the IRS was auditing his tax returns for all those years - their complexity and interconnectedness of all these small business entities and pass throughs meant that there was always a chance that Trump was using them as a way to illegally evade tax (not just tax avoidance, which is legit). His business dealings were and remain suspect, and his prowess has always in conning people into thinking he’s a business wiz, and not lucky to have been born into a family real estate business (as his kids are doing, with the added benefit of using the WH as their base of operations for emoluments violations, conflicts of interest, and violating the “ethics” pledge that no one has actually signed, let alone enforced).

So, this was entirely predicted.

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Charles Johnson  Apr 3, 2017 • 10:58:58am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 3, 2017 • 10:59:09am

re: #3 Decatur Deb

Because the RW blogosphere would convince the faithful that a Black teenager did it the person deserved it and DT was doing us a favor by ridding us of that scum.

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lawhawk  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:03:11am

re: #12 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

They had it coming,
They had it coming
They had it coming all along
I didn’t do it, in spite if I’d done it
How could you tell me that I was wrong?

—- the Cell block tango.

14
jaunte  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:05:59am

NYT: “For the Trump aides, one potential drawback is that they will now take government salaries, which for many will amount to a cut in pay as they refrain from outside work to avoid conflicts.”

As if.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:07:33am

re: #14 jaunte

NYT: “For the Trump aides, one potential drawback is that they will now take government salaries, which for many will amount to a cut in pay as they refrain from outside work to avoid conflicts.”

they have to start trading at a different level: the level of pure power and promises down the line

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Bass Reeves  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:09:03am

re: #10 lawhawk

Oh, we were warned.

In fact, a lot of people were doing the warning. Like the author of Trump’s ghost written books. Or David Fahrenthold. Or Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Or pretty much every black and brown person not financially tied to the RWNJ-sphere. This “we” shit is getting pretty old since it wasn’t a “we” situation that got him elected. Or to put a finer point on it, it’s only a “we” situation if your definition of “we” doesn’t actually include me.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:09:05am
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The Vicious Babushka  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:11:28am
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Charles Johnson  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:12:16am
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HappyWarrior  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:13:42am

re: #17 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Yeah Mitch anyone who knows you knows that. Karma’s a bitch.

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makeitstop  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:13:53am

Wow. From today’s editorial:

But he is not merely amusing. He is dangerous. His choice of falsehoods and his method of spewing them — often in tweets, as if he spent his days and nights glued to his bedside radio and was periodically set off by some drivel uttered by a talk show host who repeated something he’d read on some fringe blog — are a clue to Trump’s thought processes and perhaps his lack of agency. He gives every indication that he is as much the gullible tool of liars as he is the liar in chief.

He has made himself the stooge, the mark, for every crazy blogger, political quack, racial theorist, foreign leader or nutcase peddling a story that he might repackage to his benefit as a tweet, an appointment, an executive order or a policy. He is a stranger to the concept of verification, the insistence on evidence and the standards of proof that apply in a courtroom or a medical lab — and that ought to prevail in the White House.

Emphasis mine. At bottom, he’s as stupid and gullible as the people who voted for him.

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jaunte  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:15:07am

re: #17 Backwoods_Sleuth

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HappyWarrior  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:19:14am

re: #22 jaunte

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It was simply to fuck Obama over. Really petty shit. Even after the election of 1800, the Anti Federalists didn’t stop John Adams from appointing John Marshall. The GOP by how they treated Garland created a dangerous precedent. Sucks for Gorsuch but you know what, the GOP pulled shady shit and this is what they deserve in retaliation for it.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:20:04am

hypocrite:

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jaunte  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:20:44am

re: #23 HappyWarrior

McConnell doesn’t get described as “lawful anarchist” nearly enough.

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lawhawk  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:20:53am

re: #17 Backwoods_Sleuth

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The Vicious Babushka  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:20:56am

re: #24 Backwoods_Sleuth

hypocrite:

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Too bad he can’t ride a bike because of his bone spurs.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:23:34am

re: #26 lawhawk

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Someone really needs to call him out on his shit to his face. Hypocrite with no principles at all.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:24:00am

re: #25 jaunte

McConnell doesn’t get described as “lawful anarchist” nearly enough.

Pathetic weasel son of a bitch works too.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:24:23am

Trump on Russia subway explosions: “Terrible. Terrible thing. Happening all over the world. Absolutely a terrible thing.”

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HappyWarrior  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:25:19am

re: #30 Backwoods_Sleuth

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It’s not happening all over the world. Jesus shut the fuck up and learn a new adjective other than terrible.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:25:48am
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The Vicious Babushka  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:27:50am

re: #30 Backwoods_Sleuth

Trump on Russia subway explosions: “Terrible. Terrible thing. Happening all over the world. Absolutely a terrible thing.”

He makes George W. Bush sound like Winston Churchill.

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Charles Johnson  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:29:11am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:29:17am

We have reached the final act of the absurdist fiction that is the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. He likely will be confirmed by the end of the week, after some considerable political bloodletting and the likely demolition of one more ancient legislative norm that people thought would last forever. Before we go on, however, we should commend my man Chuck Todd for his expert work over the weekend helping Mitch McConnell look like the partisan robot he actually is.

This was so good it even makes up for the inexcusable interview my man Chuck Todd did with retired thug Tom DeLay earlier last week. They all know what they did to Merrick Garland. They all know why they did it. And now that it’s inches—and one act of easy political vandalism—away from the goal line, they’re trying to pretend it never happened. It’s shameless and, if you’re looking for pure political shamelessness, Mitch McConnell is a bottomless well of it.

MCCONNELL: That’s an absurd question. We were right in the middle of a presidential election year. Everybody knew that either side—had the shoe been on the other foot—wouldn’t have filled it. But that has nothing to do with what we’re voting on this year.

So Neil Gorsuch, at 49, will ride onto a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court on a Banzai Pipeline of lies and misdirection, of which we will be reminded down the line when he writes the majority opinion upholding the Let ‘Em Freeze in the Dark Act of 2025.

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EPR-radar  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:30:16am

re: #23 HappyWarrior

It was simply to fuck Obama over. Really petty shit. Even after the election of 1800, the Anti Federalists didn’t stop John Adams from appointing John Marshall. The GOP by how they treated Garland created a dangerous precedent. Sucks for Gorsuch but you know what, the GOP pulled shady shit and this is what they deserve in retaliation for it.

This doesn’t suck for Gorsuch. Gorsuch is getting on SCOTUS, so he will do just fine. The only question is whether the Democrats get something for this by getting McConnell to eliminate the filibuster, or preemptively surrender.

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The Vicious Babushka  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:32:28am

I can understand those who like pineapple on their pizza but this….

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HappyWarrior  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:32:43am

re: #36 EPR-radar

This doesn’t suck for Gorsuch. Gorsuch is getting on SCOTUS, so he will do just fine. The only question is whether the Democrats get something for this by getting McConnell to eliminate the filibuster, or preemptively surrender.

True that. I feel awful for Garland. The Republicans can go fuck themselves for that shitty stunt they pulled.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:32:55am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:34:13am
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Joe Bacon  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:35:21am

re: #37 The Vicious Babushka

I can understand those who like pineapple on their pizza but this….

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HappyWarrior  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:36:09am

re: #40 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Yep. And as much as conservatives love to whine about how Bork was treated, he too got a hearing.

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Citizen K  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:36:25am

re: #34 Charles Johnson

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:38:05am
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The Vicious Babushka  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:38:41am

AUTOMATIC. BLOCKING. FUNCTION. TRIGGERED.

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EPR-radar  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:41:42am

re: #42 HappyWarrior

Yep. And as much as conservatives love to whine about how Bork was treated, he too got a hearing.

And a floor vote in the Senate. US Republicans are the worst whiners and hypocrites. They only ever get about 10% or less of the partisan abuse they dish out, and on the rare and blessed occasions when this minimal level of resistance occurs, they squeal like stuck pigs.

For example, the LA Times editorial series of the OP will have a lot more punch to it in the unlikely event that it concludes with something like this:

“Therefore, our news operations will no longer attend Spicer’s white house press briefings, since there can be no news in the speech of such a propagandist. More generally, we will cover the Trump administration and US Republicans using the same journalistic rules of engagement that are used for repressive regimes completely incapable of dealing honestly with the press.”

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FormerDirtDart  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:42:11am

And people are worried about pineapple while this is going on…
BLASPHEMY

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:42:20am
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makeitstop  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:43:46am

re: #48 Backwoods_Sleuth

@PressSec says @POTUS will donate his Q1 salary to the National Parks Service

And has instructed his accountant to make note of the tax write-off.

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Citizen K  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:43:49am

re: #47 FormerDirtDart

This is some Ninja Turtles-level pizza monstrosity here…

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:44:12am
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EPR-radar  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:44:21am

re: #48 Backwoods_Sleuth

This might mean something if it weren’t certain that Trump has already illegally profited from his presidency* for much more than his official salary.

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Charles Johnson  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:44:35am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:45:37am
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EPR-radar  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:46:49am

re: #53 Charles Johnson

The secret to Trump’s success is very simple.

Trump is US right wing nut job God.

Forget the ‘God-Emperor’ stuff of Free Republic, because that understates the case.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:46:57am

re: #51 Backwoods_Sleuth

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John Adams lost and still got to pick John Marshall. Fuck off Cornyn.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:47:33am

re: #53 Charles Johnson

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He’s uglier than Nixon…

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jaunte  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:48:18am

re: #47 FormerDirtDart

Peeps are sugar, not acidic to balance the fat/cheese the way tomatoes or pineapple do.
Bad food chemistry.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:48:28am

Trump’s success is because he’s a bullying dick that few people have the bravery to call him out on.

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lawhawk  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:48:56am

re: #45 The Vicious Babushka

And likely Oafkeeper.

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Citizen K  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:49:42am

re: #55 EPR-radar

The secret to Trump’s success is very simple.

Trump is US right wing nut job God.

Forget the ‘God-Emperor’ stuff of Free Republic, because that understates the case.

It’s the great American cult experiment, even moreso than Scientology is. And it’s even more of a ‘success’ than anyone could have fucking imagined. We are literally ruled by cult at this point. And there seems to be so precious fucking little we can do about it.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:51:28am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:54:50am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:56:43am
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Dave In Austin  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:56:56am

LOl…

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:58:08am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:58:45am
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HappyWarrior  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:58:58am

re: #66 Backwoods_Sleuth

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RTing Cernovich? Jesus Christ.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:59:15am
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jaunte  Apr 3, 2017 • 11:59:54am

Does he actually need any walking around money if the taxpayers are picking up his tab?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 3, 2017 • 12:01:03pm
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Scout  Apr 3, 2017 • 12:01:12pm

re: #23 HappyWarrior

It was simply to fuck Obama over. Really petty shit. Even after the election of 1800, the Anti Federalists didn’t stop John Adams from appointing John Marshall. The GOP by how they treated Garland created a dangerous precedent. Sucks for Gorsuch but you know what, the GOP pulled shady shit and this is what they deserve in retaliation for it.

There was nothing petty about it. The Supreme Court is everything.

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Belafon  Apr 3, 2017 • 12:06:54pm

re: #65 Dave In Austin

LOl…

Yeah, the president doesn’t have to follow the law. //

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Major Tom  Apr 3, 2017 • 12:16:45pm

re: #63 Backwoods_Sleuth

“They sent Jared to Iraq.”
“To Fight?”
“No, Trump’s son in law…. So, nooooo….”


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