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Ted Cruz Still Country's Biggest A-Hole, Border Photo-Op Edition

'This is not a zoo,' a staffer at a border facility actually had to say to the asshole.

Ted Cruz and 18 other Republican senators who aren't ashamed to spend time with him took a field trip to the border last week. It was more than just a pointless photo-op. Polling shows that President Joe Biden has overwhelming support for his COVID-19 response, but he's underwater on his handling of “the border situation," which is not a situation at all. It's a made-up crisis Republicans are using as a political cudgel.

The Washington Post reported last week that the current rise in border crossings is predictable and is not directly related to Biden's policies. The so-called surge fits a pattern of "seasonal changes in undocumented immigration combined with a backlog of demand because of 2020's coronavirus border closure."

It's not a surprise Republicans would lie, but it's still repulsive that they'd exploit desperate people for short-term political gain. Sunday, Cruz tweeted video he shot at a crowded holding facility in Donna, Texas.

A brave and compassionate staffer — two traits Cruz lacks — stood up to the senator and asked him to "please give dignity to the people" held in the facility and "please respect the rules," which likely prohibited assholes filming detainees without their consent.

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Trump Stumbles Into Wedding, Gives Incoherent Toast To Himself

And one for Mahler!

You know, Donald Trump is bad at most things, but one thing he does deserve credit for is always being able to perfectly recreate the incredibly awkward feeling of being stuck in a conversation with a person you didn't realize was that drunk when you first started talking to them.

This Saturday, prominent Trump donors Megan Noderer and John Arrigo got hitched at Mar-a-Lago. During the reception, Trump was reportedly invited on stage to give a toast to the happy couple, and ended up just weirdly rambling on and on about himself and Joe Biden and Iran and the election being stolen from him. He also had a lot to say about some dude named Jim.

And if it is at all possible, he's even less coherent than he was when he was President. It's like a grand dame guignol if no one in the movie were at all talented.



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Immigration

Very Concerned Republicans Make Run To Border To Find Facts, Photo Ops

They'll ride a BOAT, motherfucker!

Two delegations of members of Congress are in Texas today to check out the situation on the border. A group of Democrats, led by Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), will visit the Department of Health and Human Services shelter for unaccompanied minors in Carrizo, where some 700 teenage boys are waiting to be placed with sponsors, usually parents or family members already in the US. And a delegation led by Texas Republican Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn will traipse around the border area to mutter about how everything is Joe Biden's fault, despite the fact that nahhh.

Last night, several of the Republican senators were escorted by Border Patrol agents to a spot along the Big River River, where the Border Patrol agents told them voices and flashlights on the Mexican side of the river belonged to "human traffickers and cartel members," according to Cruz, who apparently can tell a cartel-held flashlight from a flashlight held by someone else taunting him in Spanish across a river in the darkness. Look, Cruz even posted video of the terrifying encounter!

Oddly, Cruz didn't follow up his video of the criminal gangs "preparing to cross" with any evidence they actually did.

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You Know What Else Trump Administration F**ked Up? Kids At Border, That's What

Biden transition warned DHS, HHS in December, Trumpers had thumbs up their butts.

It turns out that the COVID-19 pandemic, the rickety vaccine roll-out, and the recession weren't the only problems Donald Trump ignored while trying to overturn democracy following the 2020 election. NBC News reports that the Biden transition team alerted Trump administration officials to a rise in unaccompanied minors crossing the border back in early December, calling on them to prepare to house the incoming teenagers, but the Trump team just sat around with their thumbs up their asses until a few days before Biden was inaugurated. That's according to "two Biden transition officials and a U.S. official with knowledge of the discussions." NBC News 'splains,

The Biden transition team made its concerns about the lack of shelter space known to Trump officials both at the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Homeland Security, laying out the need to open an influx shelter in Carrizo Springs, Texas, and to issue what's known as a "request for assistance" that would start the process of surveying new sites for expanded shelters, according to the transition officials.

As we've noted and as Joe Biden pointed out at his press conference Thursday, arrivals of migrants at the border tend to be a seasonal thing, regardless of who's in office. Now we know the Trump team knew there were a lot of unaccompanied minors coming, but didn't do much of anything to prepare for them. After all, by the time the numbers really started growing, it would be Joe Biden's problem, and even better, it could be spun as a "crisis" he'd caused.

One of the former transition officials said, "They were sitting on their hands. [...] It was incredibly frustrating." Why yes, we bet it was!

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