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Please stop what you are doing, because if you did not see Rachel Maddow's interview with Bob Woodward, you need to DO THAT, because Woodward has things to say to us. He's been writing about presidents going back to Nixon, but in his own words, his new book is different. This time it's a warning.


Maddow introduced the interview by breaking some more news from the book. For instance, this scene when Trump suddenly tweeted something about a secret Ukrainian influence campaign to help Hillary Clinton and hurt Trump -- you know, like the Opposite Day Ukrainian version of what Russia did and continues to do for Trump!

He did tweet that, on July 25, 2017, and he @'ed Sean Hannity in it.

Trouble is, it was Russian propaganda, and it had somehow ended up inside the president's small childish brain. And everybody on Trump's national security team knew it already!

Maddow reports that the very next line in the book was McMaster saying he wasn't sure how much longer he could stay working there in Fucking Crazy Land.

Dwell on that for a second. Trump literally tweets Russian propaganda, and even his own people in the White House know he's doing it, and they can't seem to stop him. (We guess "Anonymous" from the New York Times was off work that day.)

Maddow shared a couple more book excerpts, including a very enticing thing that suggests maybe Donald Trump was in on Michael Flynn's secret conversations about Russian sanctions with the Russian ambassador when they were happening (during the transition, before Flynn was hired and then fired supposedly for lying to Mike Pence about his conversations with the Russian ambassador), and then introduced Woodward.

The point Bob Woodward wants us to understand is that it's not that Donald Trump is a stupid dumb idiot who doesn't know things. A lot of people don't know things! It's that even now, almost two years into his failed presidency, Trump is completely unwilling or unable to learn new things, even when his own people present him with reality. Woodward is particularly horrified by a conversation we read in the first excerpts that leaked, where Defense Secretary Jim Mattis had to explain to a president who refused to understand that the reason we invest so much in a military presence on the Korean peninsula isn't just for shits and giggles, but rather to literally prevent World War 3. Mattis reportedly came out of that meeting "exasperated and alarmed" that the president is dumber than a fifth grader.

Maddow said that, "as a citizen," she's much more worried about a president that's "wrong in the head" than she is about one who's simply "wrong," and clarified that she wasn't just being a silly goose when she said that. Woodward responded:

WOODWARD: There's a scene in the book where he starts talking about the World Trade Organization. [...] And he said, "This is the worst organization in the world!" And the advisers who were experts say, "No!" And Trump says, "Well, we lose our cases there!" And they bring out the document. "No, we win 85.7 percent of the cases." [...] And Trump says, "No, that's not true!" And they say, "Bring in your trade representative. Call him. Ask him." Trump: "I won't do that! I don't want to!" He closes his mind to the information that makes it possible for the president to weigh arguments and data.

There's one point where he's literally saying, they're saying, "Where did you get these ideas?" "I've had them for 30 years!" That's it. "YOU'RE WRONG!" That's it. If you are the most ardent Trump supporter, that has got to give you pause that the White House and government are being managed this way.

In other words, when Wonkette uses this picture of Trump, we are being SCIENTIFICALLY ACCURATE, because it really, really is this bad.

And this is how everything is, says Woodward. Trump wakes up on the wrong side of the shitter and decides to do something. He's told by HIS OWN EXPERTS, no, please don't do that. He goes ahead and announces the thing anyway, and then the people in the White House are responsible for walking it back or covering it up or pretending it never happened.

Here's the full interview, which will be removed from YouTube five minutes from now:

We'll end this post with one more little tidbit Maddow shared from the book, of what happened when Donald Trump learned from his former Russia lawyer John Dowd (who seems to be a major source for this book) that his conversations with former White House Russia lawyer Ty Cobb weren't privileged the same way his conversations with Dowd were:

LOL sad! Bet Ty Cobb's been spending a lot of time in Robert Mueller's office like a common Don McGahn!

In summary and in conclusion, the president is a fucking moron, please put him in jail now.

And America, BE AFRAID. Be VERY AFRAID.

Oh, and buy Bob Woodward's book if you wanna.

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Once upon a time... about ten years ago, a group of entirely ridiculous men burst onto the scene wearing stupid hats and telling men that wearing stupid hats and telling men that walking up to women in bars and insulting ("negging") them would get them laid. This did not last long, as women also had televisions and computers and were completely aware of these tricks as well, so when some ass came up to us in a bar and said "Hey, nice nails, are they real?" we would laugh and laugh and loudly announce "Oh my god, this guy just tried to neg me! Can you believe that shit? HEY EVERYONE, THIS GUY JUST TRIED TO NEG ME!" and then refer to him as "Mystery" the whole night.

Most of the men who tried that shit only did so a few times before realizing that it wasn't going to work, and thus moved on to other things. Perhaps things that did not involve furry hats and coming off as a huge creep. We may never know, because I would assume that those who tried it are now extremely embarrassed and would never, ever admit to this to us.

Still, there were a few men willing to eat that shit up, as well as some grifters willing to take advantage of that. Said grifters tended to be extremely misogynistic and seemed more like they were teaching men how to be as despised by women as they were than teaching them how to actually be liked by women.

Some of them, like Roosh V, a creepy weirdo who actually does live in his mom's basement, actively encouraged men to rape women who were intoxicated to the point of being obviously unable to consent.

However, even that branch of the PUA tree is wilting away. Many "self-help" style PUA forums like Nextasf and RSDnation are shutting down or have already shut down. In March, Chateau Heartiste, a batshit crazy PUA turned White Nationalist/Alt-Right blog was shut down by Wordpress. This week, rape advocate Roosh V (whom you may recall once called yours truly a "Wonkette typist/clown face, would not bang") announced that he was renouncing his PUA ways and devoting himself to Jesus. He explained to the forum he manages that he would no longer be allowing anyone to discuss premarital "fornication."

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'Baby Geniuses' star Jon Voight took to Twitter early this morning to proclaim his undying love for Donald Trump, probably because there is no one left in his life who will listen to him talk about this, or anything else, in person. In this video rant, Voight encouraged members of the Republican Party, whom he apparently thinks are the only real citizens of the United States, to stand by Donald Trump and "acknowledge the truth" that he is the best President since Abraham Lincoln.


Part ONE:

People of the Republican Party, I know you will agree with me when I say our president has our utmost respect and our love. This job is not easy. For he's battling the left and their absurd words of destruction. I've said this once and I'll say this again. That our nation has been built on the solid ground from our forefathers, and there is a moral code of duty that has been passed on from President Lincoln. I'm here today to acknowledge the truth, and I'm here today to tell you my fellow Americans that our country…

Oh no, not our absurd words of destruction!

Part DEUX:

is stronger, safer, and with more jobs because our President has made his every move correct. Don't be fooled by the political left, because we are the people of this nation that is witnessing triumph. So let us stand with our president. Let us stand up for this truth, that President Trump is the greatest president since President Lincoln.

Does Jon Voight not know there have been... other presidents? Can he name them? Because really, it does not sound like it. Does he also not know that a very big chunk of the Republican Party actually does not care very much for Abraham Lincoln? Namely those defenders of Confederate statues that Trump called "very fine people?" Also, did he intentionally diss their beloved Ronald Reagan?

Who can know? Who can even tell what he is trying to say or why he is trying to say it. He doesn't appear to have tweeted much since 2016, so I'm guessing whoever's job it was to keep him from tanking his career quit. Either that... or after filming the seventh season of Ray Donovan, he found out it's going to be canceled or his character is getting killed off or something and he is now free to be a jackass? I don't know, I haven't watched the show, although my parents are very into it and mad that I haven't watched it. Literally all I know about it is that it has something to do with Boston, because they keep mentioning that to me like it's a selling point.

It seems useless at this point to note that the people who scream their faces off about how bad it is for Hollywood celebs to support liberal causes, and how they should keep their politics to themselves, etc. etc. make a way bigger deal than normal people do whenever a Big Time Hollywood Celebrity like Jon Voight or, uh, Scott Baio, supports their cause. Mostly because they're the only ones who have elected a reality TV star and the star of Bedtime for Bonzo (who by the way, also once practically ruined a perfectly good Bette Davis movie with his bad acting. Which is not to say that Dark Victory is not fantastic and probably the best thing to watch if you want to sob your face off, but he was very bad in it.) to run the country.

But we might as well do that anyway, because it actually never stops being funny.

[Jon Voight Twitter]

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