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Donald Trump warned on TV Sunday that he hasn't ruled out replacing Paul Ryan as chairman of this summer's Republican National Convention. Now that Trump has ascended to the GOP nomination, he can do what he damned well pleases, and if some pipsqueak speaker of the House doesn't have the integrity to fall in line, maybe Trump will just replace him with a convention chair who'll jump when Trump says "Jump!"

Mr. Trump stopped short of calling for Mr. Ryan, the speaker of the House, to step down from his convention role. But in an interview that aired Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Mr. Trump said there could be consequences in the event that Mr. Ryan continued withholding his support.

“I will give you a very solid answer, if that happens, about one minute after that happens, O.K.?” Mr. Trump said. “There’s no reason to give it right now, but I’ll be very quick with the answer.”

OK, then! We'll put in an order for another bushel of popcorn! Trump wasted no time turning his appearance on MTP into an Airing of Grievances, complaining that Jeb Bush was "not honorable" for not following through on the Very Serious Blood Oath all GOP candidates signed, promising to support the eventual nominee -- you know, that thing Trump regularly said he'd disregard if the party wasn't sufficiently deferential to him. He also griped that Mitt Romney was "ungrateful" for Trump's endorsement in 2012, as if Romney hadn't groveled enough for the Great Man four years ago. As for Lindsey Graham, who said Friday he would never vote for Trump, Trump dismissed him as "this lightweight." Trump also took to his favorite communications medium to condemn the scoundrels' betrayal:

We'd suggest it would be cool if dueling were still legal, but there are Rules against saying that sort of thing around here. So Trump will have to stick to Sunday talk shows at 20 paces.

Trump affected not to care one way or the other about whether Ryan ultimately backed him, saying only, "I’d like to have his support. But if he doesn’t want to support me, that’s fine, and we have to go about it."

We have to offer our congratulations to Brendan Buck, Paul Ryan's spokesman. When asked by the New York Times to comment on Trump's threat to give Ryan the heave-ho, Buck simply answered, "The speaker looks forward to meeting with Mr. Trump on Thursday." We'd like to think he said that exactly like John Gielgud in Arthur, then put down the phone and said to himself, "Perhaps he'd like us to come and wash his dick for him, too, the little shit."

Were it not for his millions of raving idiot supporters, poor Donald might be feeling awfully unloved, considering that nobody in the GOP establishment wants to acknowledge the creature they created:

Four of the last five Republican presidential nominees — George Bush, George W. Bush, John McCain and Mitt Romney — have said they will skip the convention in Cleveland, where Mr. Trump is expected to be formally nominated.

We had to count backward to remember Bob Dole from 1996, who on Friday actually endorsed Trump, no doubt figuring that after doing ads for Pepsi and Viagra, he didn't have a hell of a lot of principle left to stand on anyway.

In a related development, Trump said Monday he didn't necessarily agree with campaign surrogate Sarah Palin's plans to support Paul Ryan's opponent in the Wisconsin primary election. In an interview on CNN's "New Day," Trump said,

Sarah Palin has endorsed me, and I like her a lot. I think she’s a terrific person [...]

But I have nothing to do with that. You know, Sarah’s very much a free agent. She's a terrific person but she’s very much a free agent and I didn't know about this until yesterday. I guess she's been fighting or she’s endorsing somebody running against Paul Ryan. And I didn't know about it until yesterday when I read about it.

That's exactly the kind of tight ship Donald Trump runs. Yr Wonkette will continue to update you on preparations for the GOP convention as they develop. Please make sure to wear a helmet and to securely fasten your safety harness.

[NYT / NYT again / NBC News / Politico]

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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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