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Il Duce and Ol' Douchey


On Fox's "The Five" Thursday, the panel was very, very miffed that DNC deputy chair Keith Ellison blasphemed against Donald Trump on the socialist public radio t'other day, when Ellison brazenly compared Donald Trump's use of the Twitterbox to Mad King George the Tyrant, which is ridiculous because everyone knows George III lived in old-timey times when all they had was dial-up. Ellison raised rightwing hackles by suggesting that Donald Trump used social media for evil:

I see [Twitter] in general as a good thing to foster communication from the government, but I think it can be used in a very bad way, because what he’s doing through his Twitter account and in other ways is circumventing the whole system to intimidate people, to pack courts, to intimidate the press, all so that he can just sort of run everything himself.

And we fought a war of independence against somebody, King George, who was trying to do that. This is really why I’m actually kind of concerned about his use of social media, not the fact that he uses it -- that's actually a good thing. The way that he uses it, I think, is damaging to representative democracy.

Filthy lies, said the Foxes, because, POINT: Dana Perino said the constitutional system of checks and balances is actually working really well and Donald Trump is not able to just randomly blow things up with a single Tweet, because apparently she hadn't heard about how he abruptly tried to remake Pentagon policy on transgender people in the military one day before. But hey, checks and balances -- they're ignoring the tweet until they get a real order through proper channels, so Ha-Ha-Herman, Keith Ellison.

Then COUNTERPOINT: Fox "humorist" person Jesse Watters chimed in with a thought about how it would really be a cool thing if only Ellison were right:

A lot of people wish President Trump was a dictator, maybe we could repeal Obamacare. It would be a lot easier that way.

Mind you, this is not a thing Jesse Watters himself believes, just "a lot of people," so he is merely reflecting the popular will for a Trumptatorship, not advocating such a thing himself. Still, wouldn't it be cool if Trump could just wish Obamacare into the cornfield? That'd be cool, and it would really be cool if Trump could just make all the illegals go back to Mexico, wherever they're from. Do we really need unelected judges getting in the way of solving America's problems?

Also, it would really be unfair to suggest that Trump followers in general have some kind of authoritarian tendencies just because some guy on Fox joked about the president having dictatorial powers.

It would, however, be rather more fair to suggest a significant portion of Trump supporters have authoritarian tendencies when you look at an Economist/YouGov poll released earlier this week, which found that 55 percent of Republicans would favor "permitting the courts to fine news media outlets for publishing or broadcasting stories that are biased or inaccurate," and that 45 percent of Republicans like the idea of courts having the power to shut down media outlets for the same offenses. You know it's news when it upsets Ben "Liberals Are Doing 1984" Shapiro, who worries this is bad news for Free Speech. You think?

Probably nothing to worry about here. Now sign your loyalty oath and salute the president, will you?

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[Washington Times / Media Matters / Economist/YouGov poll / Daily Wire]

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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. Georgia 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."

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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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