SCOTUS

Fox News Idiot Knows Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar Only So Mean To Amy Coney Barrett 'Cause They're Jealous

Fuck off, Greg Gutfeld.

One of the most grating things about watching two solid days of Amy Coney Barrett confirmation hearings — you know, besides how she wouldn't even acknowledge that water is wet, in case there might be a "controversial" case coming her way where the defendants believe differently — was the CONSTANT FAWNING over her GABILLION CHILDREN. On top of the white savior shit (did you know ACB has two Black children and therefore cannot by definition have racial biases, according to Republicans?), we were constantly encouraged to be super-impressed that this unqualified, obfuscating asshole has seven kids. Guess what? So did Michelle Duggar before she had 100,000 more kids, and we're not putting her on the Supreme Court.

They told us the young daughters of misogynistic conservatives finally had somebody to look up to, as if they couldn't just rebel against their shithole parents and look up to actual woman heroes, like other kids do. They tried to gaslight us into believing people were attacking Barrett just for being a mother, because liberals and progressives always do that.

But despite how Republicans have been claiming it is so, nobody has actually been attacking Amy Comet Ping-Ping for being a mother, just like nobody has been attacking her for wanting to be the — *checks abacus* — SIXTH Catholic on the current Supreme Court, in a presidential election year where the frontrunner is also Catholic. We have no reason to believe she's anything but a great mom, and the essence of reproductive freedom is that you get to CHOOSE what kind of family you want to have. Amy Coney Barrett made her choice, and we are glad for it!

Amanda Marcotte wrote convincingly for Salon that the purpose of all this was to troll actual feminists, as if to say, "See, ladies? THIS woman is smart and successful, and she didn't even have to abort all her itty bitty babies to make that happen! What's YOUR problem?"

Fox News's Greg Gutfeld — that fetus-fetishizing paragon of sexism, last seen on Wonkette shitting his pants in fear that he is going to PERSONALLY GET KILLED if Joe Biden loses the election — decided to defend Amy Coney Barrett in his own special way this week, by saying the only reason Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar were being mean to Amy Coney Barrett is because she is hotter and smarter than they are, or something, which makes them very jealous:

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White Nonsense

Trump Pretty Sure Kamala Harris Some Kind Of Monster Movie Monster

Oh no, did Kamala Harris upset the fragile little white man?

Last week, Donald Trump phoned his friends at Fox News and shared his COVID-drug-addled thoughts about the vice presidential debate and impromptu remake of The Fly. He grossly but not surprisingly called Kamala Harris “this monster that was onstage with Mike Pence, who destroyed her last night, by the way."

It wasn't a one-time slip-up. President Projection double-dipped his misogynoir: "This monster, she says, 'no, no, there won't be fracking,' there won't be this. Everything she said is a lie."

This is not how you should speak about a sitting senator who's going to be the vice president-elect in 22 days. But Trump has a pattern of disrespecting strong women, specifically women of color. He calls Hillary Clinton “crooked" and calls for her arrest. But he doesn't dehumanize her quite the way he does Harris. His contempt for Harris is something else.

TRUMP: I thought that wasn't even a contest last night [at the debate]. She was terrible. I don't think you could get worse. And totally unlikeable. And she is.

As usual, Trump is wrong on the facts. According to a CNN poll, a majority of viewers of the debate believed Harris won the debate. It wasn't even close — 59 to 38 percent. Sixty-nine percent of female voters, who don't enjoy seeing smarmy assholes talk over women, thought Harris outperformed Pence, and even men broke 48 to 46 percent in Harris's favor.

It's also odd that Trump would stress that Harris is “unlikeable" when he's just called her a monster. No one likes monsters, as his own approval ratings make quite clear. Maybe Trump is trying to distinguish her from the monsters he personally likes, such as Herman Munster or Ghislaine Maxwell, the accused child rape ringleader he “wished well" after her arrest.

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SCOTUS

Amy Coney Barrett Ready To Curse Senate Like She Cursed Rose Garden, ALLEGEDLY

And so it begins.

Today begin the confirmation hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee for aspiring Supreme Court Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett, an event future historians may look back upon as the time Republicans just went too damn far. Or we hope they will. Perhaps this will be the moment when it finally clicks for everyone that the GOP has no intention of playing fair, that they have no real "principled beliefs" other than securing power.

It may also be the end of the nine-justice Supreme Court. Which, to be fair, hasn't actually always been the case anyway. It started out at six, went to seven, then to nine, then to 10 and then back down to nine. The number of judges is at Congress's discretion.

GOP Senator and Judiciary Committee chair Lindsey Graham swore to high heaven that he would never, ever, ever confirm a judge in an election year, and swore up and down that his opposition to Merrick Garland getting a hearing was born not of partisanship but of a principled belief that it was just wrong for a president in the last year of his term to be able to select a new Supreme Court justice. He promised to the Lord that he'd feel that way even if it were his side making that selection. "Use my words against me," he said. "If there's a Republican president [elected] in 2016 and a vacancy occurs in the last year of the first term, you can say, 'Lindsey Graham said let's let the next president, whoever it might be, make that nomination," he said.

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The Internet

Terrible People Are Being Terrible To Chrissy Teigen And John Legend Over Their Terrible Loss

Not an ounce of empathy in that crowd.

Earlier this week, before it came out that there was more to the Brad Parscale situation than we all initially thought, I had to write about what we then thought was a person who we really did not care for attempting suicide. It was not fun! I grappled with how to even do that, because no matter how terrible someone is, no matter how much I hate them, I still generally don't want them to kill themselves. I'm not a monster. I would much prefer they just stop being terrible.

Late Wednesday night, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend announced in a heartbroken post on Instagram that, due to complications in Teigen's pregnancy, she suffered a miscarriage and their son, whom they had named Jack, died.

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