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Just in case you missed it -- how did you miss it? -- there's Emma Gonzalez's incredible speech at Saturday's March For our Lives, during which she pointed out that the attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School lasted six minutes and 30 seconds before the gunman hid his AR-15 and slipped out with the escaping students. A couple minutes into the speech, Gonzalez stopped speaking and stood there in silence until a timer went off, and she closed her speech by noting that her entire speech had taken as long as the rampage. She later took to Twitter to point out that the silence hadn't been six and a half minutes -- the silence was shorter:


So how did rightwingers respond to that amazingly powerful voice (and her equally powerful silence)? Easy! By fixating on the fact that Gonzales, who is Cuban-American (her father came to the US in 1968) was wearing a COMMUNIST FLAG!!! And you know what's not allowed in communist countries like Cuba, North Korea, Australia, and Canada? Private ownership of assault rifles, to prevent tyranny! (Happily, in Somalia, everyone can have a Kalashnikov, and look at all the freedom there!). But the point is, obviously this gal is a COMMIE, as Iowa Rep. Steve King's Facebook page bravely pointed out:

Got that? We weren't sure if the "this is how you look" bit was about Gonzalez crying like a wimp just because 17 people were murdered at her school, or because she looks like a commie rebel in that olive shirt and buzz cut, but it's definitely bad to look that way and to wear a communist Cuban flag. If only Cubans had lots of guns, they could have overthrown a corrupt dictator, and that's why Americans need all the guns they can get.

Also, anti-immigrant cantaloupe-head Steve King -- or rather, his campaign staff -- finally found the only Latina in the United States they'll ever criticize for not speaking Spanish.

As WaPo notes, King's campaign team got into some very well-reasoned arguments with people who said maybe it was a low blow to mock a girl who lost friends in a school shooting:

Pointing out the irony of someone wearing the flag of a communist country while simultaneously calling for gun control isn’t ‘picking’ on anyone. It’s calling attention to the truth, but we understand that lefties find that offensive.

A King campaign spokesperson told WaPo this was simply accurate discourse about the communist hellhole future that Emma Gonzalez obviously wants for America:

"[The] meme in question obviously isn’t an attack on her ‘heritage’ in any way,” the spokesman wrote in an email. “It merely points out the irony of someone pushing gun control while wearing the flag of a country that was oppressed by a communist, anti-gun regime. Pretty simple, really.”

You see, this is what the flag of Communist Cuba looks like:

If Gonzalez wanted to wear a flag that reflected her "heritage," she obviously should have worn a patch on her shirt that showed the flag of Cuba before the 1959 revolution, which looked like this:

Hey, Iowa! Remember what this shithead did this fall, will you? Oh lordy, in King's district, they may remember it fondly ...

In other Great Moments in Lying About Emma Gonzalez this weekend, some very clever rightwingers took a photo and a .gif file from a Teen Vogue article, showing Gonzalez tearing up a gun range target, and faked it -- rather badly -- to make it look as if she were tearing up the US Constitution, because isn't that what these kids REALLY want to do? Here's the REAL .gif:

Now look at the faked version, which floated around rightwing Twitter until Adam Baldwin tweeted it to explain that these kids are literally the Hitler Youth (WaPo helpfully notes Vorwärts! -- "Forward!" -- was part of a Hitler Youth marching song):

 

Donald Moynihan, a professor of government at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, also found an even clumsier 'shop of a still image that a now-suspended troll had tweeted with the comment, "Proudly shredding the Constitution. Horrifying to every educated American."

 

After the faked images were debunked all across Twitter, some of the people posting them lamely insisted that OF COURSE they were fake, it was SATIRE, and when did they ever claim it was real, huh?

Also, she's not touching you, she's not touching you, why are you so upset, she's not touching you at all, can't get mad.

Several wise people on Twitter have defended the fake images because they might as well be real. Anyone who'd limit magazine capacity or ban high-velocity semiautomatic rifles is literally shredding the Constitution, as everyone will remember from that time between 1994 and 2004 when the federal assault weapons ban was in place and suddenly the entire Constitution was revoked for ten years.

In conclusion, these stupid fucks must be pretty scared if they have to lie about an 18-year-old high school student, the end. Also, here is an actual photograph of US Rep. Steve King of Iowa and his brain:

We wish we knew who did this so we could give 'em credit!

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Yeah, that's definitely a repurposed animatronic Hillary (YouTube)

A whole bunch of protests were held today against the fake "president's" fake "emergency" declaration, with people turning out in cold crappy weather to call attention to the general nastiness of the guy who claims he absolutely had to do that declaration that wasn't necessary. Organizers with MoveOn.org said over 250 rallies were planned nationwide. So far, the national State Of Emergency doesn't appear to have caused any of the rallies to be cancelled, despite the very real possibility that terrified Honduran refugees fleeing violence in Central America might suddenly show up and ask for asylum.

Are there still actions taking place in your area? Check at MoveOn!

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WHAT. IS. PAUL. MANAFORT. HIDING?

Before Manafort pleaded guilty and signed up as a cooperating witness who didn't actually cooperate, we wrote this:

We have always kind of figured that Paul Manafort is the one who knows the whole Trump-Russia conspiracy story. He was the first big fish indicted, and they hit him for A LOT. Also note that just about all the other prosecutions that have come from the Mueller investigation so far have been farmed out by Mueller to different jurisdictions. Manafort, on the other hand, Mueller has kept squarely in his office. There has to be a reason for that.

Perhaps it's because, as this Josh Marshall podcast suggests, Paul Manafort, a foreign agent who worked for Oleg Deripaska, AKA Putin's favorite oligarch, and who got sideways financially with Deripaska, was literally sent into the Trump campaign by the Kremlin to do its dirty work. Perhaps the Steele Dossier is right when it suggests that the entire Trump-Russia election-stealing conspiracy was run by Manafort on the Trump side, and that others like (perhaps!) Michael Cohen only had to take over when Manafort's shit started to stink and the news media started reporting on his weird-ass Russian connections in the summer of 2016.

If it's possible, we are beginning to suspect it may be even worse than that.

On Friday, special counsel Robert Mueller issued his sentencing recommendations for Manafort, after DC district court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled conclusively that the shady motherfucker very intentionally lied and blew up his cooperating agreement. Because Manafort defaulted, Mueller is no longer bound to recommend that Manafort's sentence be reduced, and is free to throw the book right at Manafort's face. HARD.

And that is what Mueller did! To be clear, the sentencing memo is harsh.

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