Out of My Mind | Will the Pig Fly?

The GOP finally denounces Trump because they have mothers & daughters. If they knew Mexicans or Muslims, this could’ve wrapped up last year.
“I wish SOMETHING would distract from Donald’s horrible Central Park 5 statement.” — Paul Ryan, wishing on a monkey’s paw
Trump, posing as John Miller, reportedly told one journalist in 1991, “Actresses just call to see if they can go out with him and things.”
As a producer on seasons 1 & 2 of #theapprentice I assure you: when it comes to the #trumptapes there are far worse. #justthebegininng (Link.)
“Bill Clinton has actually abused women, and Hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed, and intimidated his victims. We will discuss this more in the coming days. See you at the debate on Sunday.”
Trump is 70 years old. Why should we forgive him for what he did 10 years ago, but insist his opponent be blamed for what her husband did 30 years ago? (Link.)

Hope the question’s rhetorical.

Before the storm:

Trump again dismissed questions about his insulting comments towards women, saying of his past comments: “A lot of that was done for the purposes of entertainment.” But “there’s nobody that has more respect for women than I do.” (Link.)

A lifetime, a very successful career, based on racism, lying, theft; a campaign powered by pandering to haters and taking advantage of those suffering from fucked up policies promoted by his party (yeah, yeah, muchly enabled by the other party) which he will implement nonetheless, and that eleven years ago, the fucker said some even more disgusting things in an even more crude way, that’s a campaign-destroying problem now??

Maybe it’s me, maybe I’m that out of touch, but given the above, his refusal to concede that the proven innocent Central Park Five are in fact innocent — well, he can’t, because being Trump means never admitting you’re wrong — all the lies, the ripping off of people of color, taxpayers, contractors and employees, the sick remarks about his daughter and groping of her body in public, his 2005 remarks surprise me as being that big of a problem. I mean, maybe supporting and endorsing rape culture will make America great again — or at least keep the mens’ rights activists in his corner.

Of course, for a large part of the GOP base — maybe even for the evangelicals — being a crude pig is that big a problem, and his statements just made the corporate media’s job easier: They don’t have to investigate and report but can’t just echo the shock.

Whatever. Hope this puts the nail in the coffin of the campaign, harming the fucker’s brand as well. Meanwhile, maybe people will remain energized by the Sanders campaign and Black Lives Matter. Maybe enough people will be getting off their answers.

As they say, while we wait for that last opinion poll on 8 November, there’s stuff like this:

Well, I’ll tell you the funniest is that before a show, I’ll go backstage and everyone’s getting dressed, and everything else, and you know, no men are anywhere, and I’m allowed to go in because I’m the owner of the pageant and therefore I’m inspecting it. You know, I’m inspecting because I want to make sure that everything is good. … You know, the dresses. “Is everyone okay?” You know, they’re standing there with no clothes. “Is everybody okay?” And you see these incredible looking women, and so, I sort of get away with things like that. But no, I’ve been very good.

What fascinates me about it is that Trump doesn’t so much as lie as just says what he feels he needs to say in the moment for a given audience, in this case, on a Howard Stern show. So sometimes he’s lying, sometimes not. Problem now — and always should have been — is that he now has to own the lies as if they were the truth.

More:

“I’ve got to use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her. You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait.”

And:

“The Tic Tacs. That’s exactly what Trump did to me. Trump took Tic Tacs, suggested I take them also. He then leaned in, I’m reading this, catching me off guard and kissed me almost on the lips. After Trump asked me to come in his office alone, I figured I could handle myself. Anyway, once in his office, he kept telling me how “special” I am and gave me his cell phone number and asked me to call him. I ran the hell out of there.”
That was in 2010. He was married at the time. This is the exact story that Trump said. This isn’t Trump just saying something to make it up. This happened. To someone I know. (Link.)

And:

Donald Trump failed to express any remorse for cheating on his first wife Ivana in a 1994 interview that emerged, saying instead that he may have continued his affair with Marla Maples had he not gotten caught.
When an interviewer on ABC Primetime Live asked Trump whether he would have ‘confronted that situation’, he expressed his doubts before saying ‘life was just a bowl of cherries’ because he had ‘a beautiful girlfriend, a beautiful wife, a beautiful everything’.
Trump famously cheated on Ivana, who met Maples during a 1990 Christmas skiing trip in Aspen after she had been married to the business tycoon for 13 years.
Maples is said to have confronted Ivana by asking: ‘I’m Marla and I love your husband. Do you?’, and the dissolution of Trump’s first marriage ended up costing more than $14 million. (Link.)

And:

The Daily Beast reported Saturday — and Raw Story noted at the time of the offensive remarks — that Trump boasted about the size of his genitalia during a legal case against Allred regarding a transgender beauty pageant contestant. (Link.)

And:

Trump apology: This video is more than a decade old & is just a distraction. Now let’s talk about what Bill Clinton did in the 1990s.

Fucker couldn’t apologize if he wanted to — except in the way any of them do, where they deny all fault. That is, his apology here is a failure. Too awful a person for a crumb of decency. Not how Fred Trump and Roy Cohn raised him.

Takes no shit a sick mind to find this awful, awful person presidential. Or even just a decent human being.

And while I’m at it, I don’t want to hear any that was then, this is now. He has always been an awful person:

Q: You had a meeting on June 16, 1990?
A: Right. Same identical entry. Right. Okay. For three quarters of an hour with Donald, right.
Q: Did Mr. Miller always do everything together with you when he was active in this case?
A: Not everything, but we — it’s always been our practice to make sure two people are present, and we don’t have a problem of people lying.
Q: You are meeting with your client?
A: That’s right. Our client. Hey, Trump is a leader in the field of expert — he’s an expert at interpreting things. Let’s put it that way.
Q: That’s interestingly put. As I recall in your letter to Mr. Descantis, which we marked yesterday, you indicated the policy of your office was to have two attorneys present for meeting with public officials?
A: Correct.
Q: Here you are meeting with your client?
A: That’s right.
Q: Was it necessary for both you and Mr. Miller to always attend the meeting —
A: We always do that.
Q: Always?
A: We tried to do it with Donald always if we could because Donald says certain things and then has a lack of memory.

(Emphases in the original.)

And to think… just last week we were going nuts over the taxes and the proof — for the seeing — that he was a shit business manager. Just a week later, we learn that he’s a complete shit.


Honor Roll of Losers:

Mike Pence; need I say more? Okay, I will:

A little while ago things began to get even more demonstrably insane over at Meltdown Trump Headquarters. No, it wasn’t the news that there was another brand of candy that needed to distance itself from Donald Trump. It wasn’t that Republicans everywhere continue to jump off like rats from a sinking ship. It was that Governor Mike Pence, after canceling an appearance in Wisconsin with Speaker Paul Ryan, looked like he might be trying to find a hole in the sinking Republican ship to escape from. (Link.)
Nauseous Republicans choking back their vomit are deep in the throes of a fever dream: Donald Trump drops out (he’s already said he won’t) and Mike Pence somehow replaces him (he can’t — the ballots are already printed). But this delusional fantasy demonstrates just how hollow the GOP’s supposed outrage over Trump’s “grab them by the pussy” remarks really is, because Pence isn’t just a run-of-the-mill conservative misogynist — he’s been a top general in the Republican War on Women for years. (Link.)

Yeah, but no one’s yet accused him of groping pussies, at least literally doing so. Or maybe he has groped a pussy after all — he seems to be one himself:

As a husband and father, I was offended by the words and actions described by Donald Trump in the eleven-year-old video released yesterday. I do not condone his remarks and cannot defend them. I am grateful that he has expressed remorse and apologized to the American people. We pray for his family and look forward to the opportunity he has to show what is in his heart when he goes before the nation tomorrow night.

What a coward, a man lacking all principle says.

More:

Donald Trump has been cheered by dozens of fans in an extraordinary scene outside Trump Tower in New York, just hours after Melania called her husband’s lewd remarks about women from a 2005 video ‘unacceptable and offensive’.
The defiant Republican nominee emerged from his Manhattan skyscraper about 5pm on Saturday, and was immediately mobbed by adoring supporters. Trump waved to his fans and raised a fist in the air before disappearing back inside the building emblazoned with his surname.
Chris Christie was also seen arriving at Trump Tower, as the nominee continues to prepare for the second presidential debate with Hillary Clinton on Sunday night.
Campaign manager Kellyanne Conway and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who said calls for Trump to bow out are simply the ‘wishful thinking of the Clinton campaign and those people who have opposed him for a long time,’ also spent most of the day inside Trump Tower. (Link.)

Carl Paladino mansplains it for us:

Carl Paladino, Trump’s New York state co-chairman, a former gubernatorial candidate who had his own scandals over sexism and racism, said Trump’s “gutter talk” was something “all men do, at least all normal men.”
“The only people concerned with this are Hillary people right now and the treacherous ones in the Republican Party,” Paladino said. “The people in America look at this and say it’s another day in the life of Donald Trump. It doesn’t matter to them.”

I’m much less of a man than Paladino is so he’s left me wondering: Sexual assault is something “all me do”?

More mansplaining:

“Are his words perfect? Absolutely not,” Lewandowski said. “Is this defensible? I don’t think so.” But he praised Trump for apologizing “if anyone was offended” and said “we want a leader who is going to lead America, and is that rough sometimes? It is.”
“He speaks from the heart,” Lewandowski added. “He speaks the way many times people talk around their dining room table.” (Link.)

And add to the cowards the entire fucking party:

In the aftermath of the release of the audio recording of Donald Trump bragging about grabbing “pussy” because he’s “a star” and can “get away with it,” it seems that the Republican Party has emerged from a 16-month coma. Suddenly they’re outraged, shocked and appalled that Donald Trump made vile comments about women. It’s unacceptable, it’s disqualifying, he must apologize, he should step down. So what about the past 16 months?
Since Trump descended on his golden escalator to announce his candidacy, he has peddled hate. He called Mexicans “rapists and criminals” and promised a “deportation force” to remove millions of them from the country, he repeatedly attacked a Gold Star family, he’s whipped up hated against Muslims, he said an Indiana-born judge wasn’t qualified because of his ethnicity, he mocked a reporter with disabilities, he has waged a war on women for their looks, their bodies, their menstrual cycles … his hate has been constant. And day after day, as Trump peddled this hate, the Republican Party remained silent. Until now.

And:

I came home late, but still managed to hear at least two tellings of the story of how John Rhodes, Barry Goldwater and Hugh Scott went down the Hill and gave the hook to Nixon when it was time, with the ideation that such a similar scene could end the Trump moment now. Those are the crazy fever dreams of people like Chris Matthews, David Gergen, Mark Halperin and the rest of the Beltway cocktail weiner gobblers.
Not gonna happen. Rhodes, Goldwater and Scott were men of a different time and more stout character. There are no analogues today. Jason Chaffetz and Mike Lee can conveniently preen and bluster all they want. It is bullshit, as it is with almost all of the rest of today’s Republican party. They do NOT get to suddenly walk away from the monster their party has spent decades creating. They own Trump, Hannity, Roger Ailes, Fox News, Breitbart and Limbaugh. It is who they are, and nobody should forget it.

And:

It’s not just the party leadership in Washington that’s showing no appetite for taking on Trump. A whole host of Republican senators, including nearly all of those facing reelection next month, issued statements Friday night expressing outrage at the nominee’s remarks. They came from: Arizona’s John McCain; North Carolina’s Richard Burr; Pennsylvania’s Pat Toomey; New Hampshire’s Kelly Ayotte; and Ohio’s Rob Portman, among others. But not one of these senators announced any kind of opposition to Trump — whether by withdrawing their support or by calling on him to step down as the nominee. . . (Link.)

And:

As we see numerous elected Republicans disavow Donald Trump and withdraw their support, let’s remember the endless number of things that they were willing to tolerate. Everything. The whole list. If this was too much, all the rest was apparently okay. But there’s another point too. Donald Trump has never been ahead through the entire race. But he’s been on a full skid since the first presidential debate on September 26th. For anyone who had eyes to see it, it was clear before yesterday afternoon’s revelations that Trump was almost certainly going down to defeat. If he were still just a bit behind in the polls, would they be walking away from him now? I think the question answers itself.

It’s complicated:

The institutional Republican party has endorsed and supported a dangerous man, enabling the damage he’s done during the campaign and leaving the country open to innumerable depredations should he become president. #NeverTrump ended up being a marginal reality, backed by only a few Republicans and virtually no officeholders. If this tape brings them around to some measure of responsibility later, wonderful. But this has been a game they’ve been playing for months with eyes wide open. (Link.)

Actually, it’s the result of decades of running on lies so they can screw their base for the benefit of special interests. The GOP’s majority rests on empowering haters and the worst people. In that regard, Trump is only the GOP turned up to 11 and nothing more. He reflects the party, and the party is one of hateful lies. Which is why, in part, they focus on some words as opposed to his admission (or boast) of being some sort of sexual predator.

And:

In addition to the entire GOP, let’s add all evangelicals, because they don’t have any significant problem with a sexual predator as long as he’s a Republican. Very christian, I believe.


President Trump will bring back St. Ronnie’s belligerence, turned up to 11 — bet on it. Problem is that St. Ronnie’s belligerence was a bad thing — almost bringing about a nuclear showdown.


But as these reports indicate, sockpuppets often are outed in the end. Trump publicly denied posing as Miller or Barron, but he also admitted to it during testimony in court in 1990. (Link.)

Classy, nothing but, always.


Trump, hugely successful businessman:

Donald Trump somehow losing tons of money on Atlantic City casinos in the halcyon days when they were a license to print money for any remotely competent operator is fascinating.
[snip]
“If you want to be less generous, you see that the one time Trump’s leadership skills were put to the test as an agent of middle-class people’s economic well-being, he ripped those people off ruthlessly and unapologetically. As president, Trump would be a custodian of the American people’s interests — just as he was of THCR shareholders’ interests as chair. And unless he’s had a drastic change of heart, he’d be an incredibly ineffective one.” (Link.)

Thing is, scummier businessmen, the vultures and parasites, manage businesses solely to skim money into their wallets, hurting the businesses’ longterm prospects. So Deplorable Donald’s casinos maybe failed to be profitable because he took just too much money.

Now, if he only managed America the same way, we’d be great again for sure.


Asked:

Why don’t GOP candidates move to the center?

True answer:

The GOP doesn’t have an actual center. Besides, if the votes were there, they’d move there so fast that Donald Trump would forget groping pussies for a heartbeat.


Other things

Reminder: Worker safety and serfdom can’t coexist, so the former has to go. Besides, it reduces profits.

The attack on voter enfranchisement really is just a form of racism. There is no actual significant voter fraud enough to support the massive disenfranchisement all them America-loving patriots are implementing.


Don Blankenship, the former CEO of Massey Energy who is currently serving a one-year sentence in federal prison for conspiring to violate safety standards, is defending himself in the form of a 67-page booklet, “American Political Prisoner,” the Wall Street Journal reported.
The 2010 explosion at Blankenship’s Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia killed 29 people — the worst coal mining disaster in roughly 40 years — and Blankenship was found guilty of a misdemeanor for his “part in a dangerous conspiracy” to flout federal mine safety regulations, in the words of Judge Irene C. Berger. (Much to the dismay of prosecutors and some victims’ families, Blankenship was acquitted of three felony charges that would have resulted in a significantly longer prison term.) (Link.)