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Lindsey Graham Knows What White Ladies Want

Why can't they all be like Susan Collins?

Senator Lindsey Graham has lamented that his party performed "fairly poorly with suburban women in some of these House districts." This is the canny political observation of a seasoned operator who watched dozens of Republican seats in the suburbs fall to Democrats. The running GOP theory leading up to the midterms was that the districts that voted for Mitt Romney in 2012 but switched to Hillary Clinton in 2016 did so only because of an aversion to Donald Trump. Without Trump himself on the ballot in 2018, these areas would remain loyal to Republican candidates. This did not happen.

We all recognize that "suburban women" is code for white women, specifically well-off, well-educated white women who are probably watching "This Is Us" right now. So, when the election returns came in from suburban districts on election night, it was clear that this prized demographic had fled Trump's party.

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Elections

Senator Sinema. Wonkagenda For Tues., Nov. 13, 2018

Sinema wins Arizona election, Trump's just going to "You're Fired" everyone, and the Facebook tries to fix its shitshow. Your morning news brief.

Morning Wonketariat! Here's some of the things we may be talking about today.

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Culture

Michelle Obama Said A Mean About Donald Trump And Made Him Cry

God, we love this woman.

Michelle Obama has written a memoir, Becoming, that you should all pre-order right now so you can rejoice in the majesty of her life. She's always been real, unlike the current cubic zirconia first lady, so you might wonder how much real-er she can manage to be. Well, Obama easily ascends to the top of the Cheryl Lynn scale of realness when she reveals that she suffered a miscarriage 20 years ago that left her feeling "lost" and "alone." She also shares for the first time that both her daughters, Malia and Sasha, were conceived through in vitro fertilization.

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2018 Congressional Elections

Federalist Lady Says No MAGA Pussy Hat Marches Over Losing The House, Because Wingnuts Are CLASSY

Fine, but that would actually be preferable to what the Right usually does?

Remember like ten years or so when that The Secret book was all the rage and people were all "If you just BELIEVE something is true and keep saying it's true, then it will be true?" Well, it has occurred to me recently that this is the overarching Republican strategy these days, starting at the rotting head of Donald Trump and moving all the way down through all the equally fetid limbs. If you say something over and over enough, it doesn't matter if it's true. As George Costanza once said -- "Remember, it's not a lie if you believe it."

One of the most adorable narratives they've tried to The Secret into being lately is the one about how they handle political disappointment normally and non-violently, whereas the left is "unhinged" and full of violent mobs who care about nothing other than cruelly ruining Ted Cruz's dinner plans. As such, Inez Feltscher Stepman of The Federalist has compiled a very smug top ten list of things we won't see Republicans doing after losing the House, because of how classy they are.

Spoiler alert: This does not include not threatening a violent overthrow of the government should anyone try to impeach Trump, which has already occurred.

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Culture

Deleted Comments: Trump Doesn't Encourage Violence. It's All Anita's Fault!

The Comment Czar's in Town

Stressed out over the election and the general everythingness of this crapsack world we find ourselves in? Let's dip into the Deleted Comments Silo and see what wonders there may be! It's been a while, so we have a big backlog of derp to get to over the next few installments of Dear Shitferbrains!

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Guns

Of Course The Guy Who Shot Up A Yoga Studio Was An Incel With A History Of Assaulting Women.

Scott Paul Beierle killed two women at a Tallahassee yoga studio on Friday night.

Another week, another mass shooting. Last night, 40-year-old Scott Paul Beierle walked into a Tallahassee hot yoga studio and opened fire, killed two women, injured five others, and then killed himself.

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Russia

'When I Can, I Tell The Truth.' Wonkagenda for Thurs., Nov. 1, 2018

Trump will build his wall with soldiers, there's a new "Willie Horton ad," and more post-Halloween horrors. Your morning news brief.

Morning Wonketariat! Here's some of the things we may be talking about today.

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News

Here Is Your Wonkette Golden Probes Watch Party!

Come watch with us!

Hi, Wonkers! It's been a heartbreaking and terrible weekend, hasn't it? Here at Wonkette, we like to try to laugh through our rage and our tears, so as we told you earlier this week, tonight is the premiere of the 2018 Golden Probes, which are just like the Golden Globes except for how it is SEXISM'S MOST GLAMOROUS NIGHT. Awards will be given to all the leading lights of sexism and misogyny, people who work tirelessly every day to make America great again for white straight conservative men! Truly, this year's winners will inspire you (to vote the motherfuckers out, hopefully).

We got to go to New York to help with this event, which was put on by Lady Parts Justice, which was founded by bona fide Wonkette pal Lizz Winstead. It. Was. HILARIOUS.

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Right Wing Extremism

Punchable Nazi Richard Spencer Accused Of Domestic Violence.

'Violence is the only language women understand,' he allegedly told his ex-wife.

In perhaps the least surprising news this week, Richard Spencer -- America's Most Punchable Nazi -- has been accused of domestic violence by his ex-wife, Nina Koupriianova, in their divorce proceedings. In an interview with Buzzfeed, Koupriianova detailed the ways Spencer ("allegedly") abused her emotionally, physically and financially.

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Feminininism

We Told You The Trump Administration Was Coming For Your Birth Control Pills.

Should employers be allowed to tell you what to do with your compensation?

Once again, the Trump administration is coming after birth control. Specifically, they are looking to issue rules that would roll back the Affordable Care Act mandate that requires that most employers provide insurance that covers it, which would leave god knows how many women across the country without access. The administration had previously attempted to eliminate this mandate last year, but said attempt was blocked by two federal judges on the grounds that doing so would cause "serious and irreparable harm."

But now they're trying again, because forcing people to have unwanted children just seems like a really fantastic time to them, I guess. If these rules manage to get passed, and if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade as it is expected to, the Right will soon be closer than ever to the future filled with barefoot and pregnant women making them sandwiches that they have always dreamed of. For the rest of us, it will be a pretty shitty time.

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2018 Congressional Elections

The Week In Garbage Men: GOP Congressman Wishes You Gals Could Be More Chill About Groping

And some other shit.

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Elections

Who You Gonna Call? Dr. Bonesaw! Wonkagenda For Thurs., Oct. 18, 2018

Mike Pompeo didn't discuss 'the facts,' Rod Rosenstein brushes off the haters, and Facebook fucks up (again). Your morning news brief!

Morning Wonketariat! Here's some of the things we may be talking about today.

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Culture

New York Times Gives Fascist Republican Gavin McInnes A Sweet, Loving Tongue Bath

He used to be a HIPSTER! Did you know he used to be a HIPSTER?

Hey! Remember this weekend when the New York Times got dragged all over the place for calling Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes a "provocateur" like he's some edgy new performance artist or 1980s Madonna instead of a deranged, violent bigot?

Well, they doubled down on that one again yesterday with a saccharine, both sides-y profile by Alan Feuer titled "Proud Boys Founder: How He Went From Brooklyn Hipster to Far-Right Provocateur."

With his egghead glasses, pocket-protector and heavy-drinking, angry-nerd aesthetic, Mr. McInnes has in recent years set himself apart from the current crop of professionally outraged right-wing pundits, not only for being able to spout aggressive rhetoric, but also for being willing to get physical at times.

His obsessions seem to be more cultural than political. Mr. McInnes, a fiscal conservative and libertarian, calls himself a champion of Western values and reserves a burning ire for the political correctness of people on the left whom he describes as busybodies who have lost their sense of humor.

There is a admiration in this description, as if it might be reasonably followed by "He's a rebel and he'll never, ever be any good." As if Feuer can't help but swoon a little over how very cool he thinks McInnes is. After all, he used to be a hipster. From Brooklyn! And he is "willing to get physical at times," like a manly man. Shouldn't all of us be "willing to get physical at times," in service to our principles and (white) nation? Perhaps while chasing people down the street, delivering a gang-style beatdown, and screaming "FAG"?

Even the descriptions of what Feuer calls McInnes's "darker" views are not exactly emblematic of what his "darker" views actually are. In fact, they almost seem cherry-picked to make him sound very reasonable and normal and almost endearing to a certain segment of the population.

But his views are darker when it comes to gender roles and immigration. Mr. McInnes admits that he may be Islamaphobic ("It's seen as xenophobic to be worried about Islam, but they appear to disproportionately allow intolerance to blossom in their communities," he said.) He also acknowledged being something of a sexist. ("I'm an Archie Bunker sexist," he said. "I don't like Gloria Steinem, but I'd take a bullet for Edith.")

Yeah. Those are shitty, but they are pretty milquetoast when it comes to Gavin McInnes's "darker" views. Had Feuer merely gone over to his Wikipedia page, he would have found far "darker" quotes about Muslims. Like this one.

"Muslims have a problem with inbreeding. They tend to marry their first cousins... and that is a major problem [in the US] because when you have mentally damaged inbreds – which not all Muslims are, but a disproportionate number are – and you have a hate book called the Koran ... you end up with a perfect recipe for mass murder."

He also would have found out about a video McInnes did called "10 Things I Hate About Jews." About the horrific things he's said about trans people, about his support for the theory of "white genocide." If he had dug in, at all, to the things McInnes actually says and believes, he might have spent less time swooning over his cool hipster glasses.

Further in the article, Feuer almost seemed to justify the brutal violence of the Proud Boys this weekend by suggesting that they were merely defending themselves, and McInnes, from ... a plastic bottle.

But according to the police, skirmishes erupted as soon as the evening's program ended and Mr. McInnes's supporters confronted a group of masked left-wing protesters that had left the event and walked down Lexington Avenue to catch them. The opposing forces came face-to-face on East 82nd Street, yelling at each other as they met. A protester hurled a plastic bottle at the Proud Boys, and that, the police said, was when the punches started flying.

It was not the first time that the city's anarchists and anti-fascists have clashed with Mr. McInnes and the Proud Boys, who have often served as a private fight club ready to protect him.

Oh yeah, surely, had that plastic bottle not been thrown (which, by the way, was not a thing any of the videos of the assault captured), the Proud Boys would not have been forced to knock several people to the ground and start beating the shit out of them.

Meanwhile, over on the Today Show this morning, NBC aired a segment about white nationalist group Identity Europa which not only gave the group a platform to explain why it is totally normal that they want a country full of white people, but also spent a strange amount of time remarking at how "clean cut" they were.

Oh gosh, it's so confusing! Sure, they're racist assholes ... but they're wearing polo shirts and they're good at the internet, so they can't be "ignorant thugs." WHAT DO WE DO?

I don't know -- say that yes, they are "ignorant thugs" regardless of their sartorial choices and "internet savvy"?

The segment included an interview with IE's founder Patrick Casey, a creepy little twerp who explained that the politics of his group were a natural outgrowth of Trumpism (which, honestly, is not wrong), and that they weren't "racist," but "identitarian" -- a term which means absolutely nothing outside of being a fancy sounding word for "racist."

While the Today Show may have intended to do a "Look at how bad this group is!" type segment, they did not quite pull that off. Casey is now on Twitter bragging that they are now receiving tons of membership applications as a result of the interview.

Just a hot tip for the Today Show and any other media organization looking to report on white supremacist groups -- DON'T GIVE THEM A GODDAMNED PLATFORM. It is possible to report on these groups without having them sit down for an interview. Particularly a Today Show interview. Interview people affected by these groups. Interview the immigrants of color these people are hoping to legally discriminate against. Give them a platform, not some twerpy fucking douchenozzle whining about how he wants to live in a country with only white people.

To say that these groups are capitalizing on the "division" in our country is absolute bullshit. They are doing no such thing. They are capitalizing on the racists in our country. They are capitalizing on the fact that we have a president and a Republican Party who are more than thrilled to court and coddle these people, to bring them on stage and stand by them, to echo their views. When things are framed that way, it suggests that people who fight racism and white supremacy are somehow equally to blame for having, god forbid, upset the racists to such an extent that they must now be even more racist. Because they are, of course, delicate, polo-shirt and pocket protector wearing flowers.

This creates a false dichotomy. Fascists and anti-fascists are not equally bad. Racists and anti-racists are not simply "divided." The sad thing isn't that America is "divided," it is that we even have people who elected Donald Trump president, that we even have groups like the Proud Boys or Identity Europa being as large as they are. If we weren't "divided" from these people, there would be something severely wrong with us as well. I am more than happy to be "divided" from people like that, and I hope you are too.

[New York Times]

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2018 State and Local Elections

'Guilty Until Proven Innocent.' Wonkagenda For Wed., Oct. 17, 2018

Trump does more interviews, voter suppression is already happening, and Canada legalized weed. Your morning news brief.

Morning Wonketariat! Here's some of the things we may be talking about today.

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Culture

HORSEFACE. He Called Stormy Daniels HORSEFACE.

GAME ON, TINY.

Well! Our president who cherishes women is cherishing women in public again! Because he is a lazy fuck who doesn't actually go to work in the morning, Donald Trump reacted on Twitter at around 11 AM to a federal judge tossing out Stormy Daniels's defamation lawsuit against him by declaring flawless victory, and also calling Daniels "Horseface." And misspelling her name. Here's a screenshot of that tweet, for once it's deleted (to correct the spelling, obviously -- the misogyny will stand):

You heard him, women of America. He called her HORSEFACE. And according to Maggie Haberman, he's been calling Stormy Daniels that in private for a long-ass time, but we guess he always goes off the record with Haberman before saying "Hey Maggie. HORSEFACE! HORSEFACE! STORMY IS THE HORSEFACE!"

As for the rest of the content of the tweet, we have been assured by Popehat that it is legally meaningless argle-bargle of the type that perpetually inhabits Trump's brain.

But back to HORSEFACE! First of all, it is always weird to us when Donald Trump, who looks like a mason jar full of anal warts floating around in a bowl of orange food coloring, comments on others' looks. We know he thinks women are beneath him, because his funky little Mario Kart weenus puts him on a pedestal somehow, but Jesus Christ. (For a quick primer on all the times Donald Trump has said gross things about women's looks without ever once noticing that his face looks the way his face looks, MSNBC's Hallie Jackson has a Twitter thread going.)

We also love that Trump misspelled "Stormy Daniels," but we're not surprised, because he is very stupid.

But let's get clear on what just happened: Donald Trump called the very beautiful porn actress and producer he had sex with and then arranged an illegal payoff to, which he directed his son Eric and his former dingbat lawyer Michael Cohen to make, a "horseface." He reportedly had unprotected sex with her, because guess who wraps his dick up when he has sex with women what are not his wife while his actual wife is home with their new baby? Not Donald Trump! To be fair, maybe they don't make condoms in weird little fun-sized shapes that would actually fit him.

Stormy Daniels has thoughts.

GAME ON, TINY.

Michael Avenatti also has thoughts.

The Daily Caller, which sprang from the unfuckable loins of Tucker Carlson, is thrilled about Trump's new heights in misogyny:

The Daily Caller added in a tweet it has now deleted:

And Donald Trump Jr., who sprang from the unfuckable loins of his dad, is real excited as well:

Reminder, everyone, that Donald Trump Jr. looks like this:

Meanwhile, over on Fox News, Ari Fleischer (something is fucking wrong with him) seems to be congratulating Trump on holding back from calling anybody a "horseface" this long, because that's how low the bar is.

As for the actual situation with the lawsuit being dismissed, it's really not that big of a deal. This was the defamation lawsuit Daniels and Avenatti filed after Trump tweeted that she had made up the incident where a thug threatened her in the parking lot of her gym. It's not the main event of the Daniels/Avenatti lawsuit related to the fucked up nondisclosure agreement Stormy Daniels was pressured to sign, and it's also not the related main event, which is the SDNY investigation into Trump and Michael Cohen's campaign finance crimes stemming from their illegal payoffs to women during the campaign. Michael Cohen has fucking pleaded guilty already! And implicated Trump as an unindicted co-conspirator!

Vox has a good splainer on what just happened, but suffice it to say that it may not even matter that Stormy Daniels is now responsible for Trump's legal fees for this particular lawsuit. First of all, Avenatti stated on MSNBC this morning that they are appealing this ruling, so they're not exactly in "OH HO HO, YOU BEAT US, TRUMP" stance. Secondly, Popehat estimated that Trump's legal fees here might be nothing more than $85K on the high end, in which case Daniels and Avenatti made out like bandits. She sold her book, he's raised his profile ... in short, this is not a loss.

Hell, they might have factored this cost in as a possible eventuality.

We look forward to Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who cried about a mean lady making fun of her eyeshadow, explaining that "Horseface" is not sexist in her next press briefing, which at this rate will be sometime in 2019.

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'I'm Not A Baby!' Wonkagenda For Mon., Oct. 15, 2018

Trump cries he isn't a baby, Elizabeth Warren has DNA evidence, and NYTimes seeks Kanye-Republicans. Your morning news brief.

Morning Wonketariat! Here's some of the things we may be talking about today.

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