Vote for me with your money, please!

Mick Mulvaney is saying the quiet parts out loud again. Perhaps he thought he was alone in the shower last night when he admitted to charging lobbyists admission to his congressional office?

We had a hierarchy in my office in Congress: If you were a lobbyist who never gave us money, I didn’t talk to you. If you’re a lobbyist who gave us money, I might talk to you.

What's a little pay-for-play between friends highly compensated corporate lobbyists and the elected representative of 680,000 taxpaying citizens, amirite?

Only, Donald Trump's favorite multi-tasking attack spaniel wasn't in the shower. (It would be pretty weird if someone leaked audio of Mulvaney in the shower to the NYT!) He was at a microphone addressing the American Bankers Association, an organization that plows money into lobbyists whose job is to persuade the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to let banks screw their customers without penalty.

Hey, who runs the CFPB again?

OH, RIGHT. Mick Mulvaney, the guy who's been trying to burn the agency to the ground since Trump shoe-horned his servile ass into the top spot there.

Do you think those bankers got the message that they need to pony up for Republican candidates this cycle if they'd like to keep financial enforcement authorities off their backs? Well, they gave this asshole a standing ovation. And if you want to see which of your elected representatives are hanging out with the American Bankers Association, check out the organization's Twitter feed. (Spoiler Alert: It is AOT,K!)

In his defense, Mulvaney did couch his words in some palaver about really loving those constituents who showed up in his office for an in-person visit.

If you came from back home and sat in my lobby, I talked to you without exception, regardless of financial contributions.

Isn't that nice. If you live in South Carolina, all you had to do to get your Congressman to hear your concerns was drag your ass 500 miles up the coast to DC and camp out in the waiting room. EASY PEASY.

Lucky thing the Koch brothers have an army of lobbyists in DC on staff to get their message across. Who were former Congressman Eczema's biggest contributors during the last cycle?


And while Mulvaney was roundly criticized for pulling off his mask and saying, BOW BEFORE MY GLORY, FOR I AM THE SWAMP MONSTER, Rupert Murdoch's Propaganda Outlet for Spray-Tanned Race Baiters had a different take. Only we can't link to it, since they didn't tweet it, and it seems to have been memory-holed from the Fox and Friends website. Weird, huh?

Think Progress got this screengrab.

Screengrab via Think Progress

There's a HOT TAKE for you! Fox is congratulating Mulvaney for promoting civic engagement. Out of the goodness of his heart and love of country, Mick Mulvaney stood in front of 1,200 bankers, each of whom paid hundreds of dollars to eat rubber chicken while listening to Mulvaney's sermon on the importance of "involvement in the process."

Truly, Mick Mulvaney walks with the Lord, and we should follow his precepts and render unto the rich man what is his by divine decree. JUST AS JESUS COMMANDED. Amen.

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I'd mentioned this week that there's definitely probably a tape out there of Donald Trump referring to a black person as a "nigger," because Trump is a racist and that's sort of what they do. Sarah Huckabee Sanders won't even affirmatively deny such a tape exists, and she's from the "two plus two equals five" school of communications management. I also speculated that once the tape was released, Republican supporters of the president would flock to defend his vile words: "Hey, if you rearrange the letters in "nigger," you get "ginger" and who doesn't like redheads and the occasional Dark 'n' Stormy?"

The shameful display has already started and the supposed recording isn't even available for pre-order on iTunes. George State Senator Michael Williams stated in appearance on CNN's "New Day Saturday" that if Trump -- who's the president, by the way -- did say "nigger," it would certainly concern him as an "individual" but "not necessarily as a person that is running our country." So, uh, what the hell is that? This has been a standard argument from Republicans ever since Trump crawled his way out of the sewers of birtherism and onto a major political stage: "We think Trump is a terrible human being -- seriously, we have to shower immediately after meeting with him -- but we still think he's a suitable steward of the most powerful nation on the planet."

Normally, you'd think this would work the other way. You know, your brother-in-law is a nice enough guy. Your sister certainly could've done worse. You don't mind the slightly rambling sports-ball discussions with him at family gatherings. He's good for looking after the kids (as long as your sister is present or reachable by cell), but you'd never invest your hard-earned money into whatever half-assed business venture he's trying to get off the ground nor would you back his run for any serious political office.

I've long had issues with the "brilliant asshole" archetype in TV and movies. It's almost always a white male (because women and minorities must be perfect) whose emotional immaturity and overall jerkass behavior we're told to overlook because they're so goshdarned awesome. Do you want some PC "cuck" or do you want Dr. House to figure out that the MS symptoms you're suffering are really just because you ate a stale doughnut? Sherlock Holmes doesn't have time for your feelings or social niceties -- not while he's solving mysteries and being dreamy.

Trump, however, isn't "brilliant." He's just a guy who says "nigger." They're hardly a scarcity in the market. You don't even have to venture out to a klan rally to find one. You can order online -- same day social media delivery.

Williams argues that Trump didn't use the word "nigger" when he was in the "office of the president." It was just some youthful indiscretion when he was almost 60. I don't even know where he's going with this. Does he think Trump has changed? He routinely insults and belittles black people. He also calls black NFL players who peacefully protest "sons of bitches." Was that his way of weaning off calling us "niggers"? Has he been wearing a "nigger" patch on his arm to control his cravings for the racial epithet?

"He used the word in his personal life," Williams said. (It was actually in a workplace context -- SER) "Now if he were president and were to go on TV and use the n-word, I'd have a major problem with that."

It's heartening repulsive to see that Williams draws the line at Trump holding an official "nigger" press conference. I think once we reach that point, Trump will probably also reveal that his buddies on the Supreme Court discovered a typo in the Thirteenth Amendment and black folks' work-life balance will start to really suffer.

"I will always say using the n-word is wrong, and it's bad, and should never be accepted in our society. But just because (Trump) might have done it years ago, not as our president, doesn't mean we need to continue to berate him because he used it," GOP state Sen. Michael Williams, who is white, told CNN's Victor Blackwell on "New Day Saturday."

Blackwell, who is black, had to sit there and listen to this crap from a white elected official who is just 45 years old. You know, the word "nigger" doesn't even appear in the Dred Scott decision, for example, but that's not necessary for reasonable people to understand that it was racist as hell. We all know Trump is racist, but now Republicans can't even repudiate the worst demonstrations of his racial animus. The first black president hasn't even been out of office for two full years and already "nigger" is being redefined. What would once end a campaign in its tracks when Blackwell and I were growing up is now just an "oops, my bad."

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