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Kamala Harris Goes On Teevee To Piss On Kirstjen Nielsen's (Professional) Grave

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Last year, Kamala Harris was the first senator to ask for ex-Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen's resignation. We're not sure what was holding up the other senators. Maybe they hadn't yet had horror movie nightmares about Nielsen's cold, empty eyes. Harris thought Nielsen should go because she had a "record of misleading statements" regarding Trump's policy of separating migrant children at the border. She also repeatedly lied to Harris's face and you just don't do that to a black woman.

Chris Hayes had the California senator on his show last night to tap dance on Nielsen's professional grave. Harris made clear, though, that while Nielsen ain't shit, Donald Trump and his stooges are shittier.

HARRIS: It's important to understand that this is a policy of the administration's that [Nielsen] implemented. And she was clearly prepared to do so. But it's the administration's policy. And it's not one person to blame or demand accountability. It's the entire administration and all the people that are complicit in its policies.

Harris said the administration perpetuates "lies, frankly" about what's actually happening at the border. Trump incites fear for his own twisted ends. We can also safely assume that the next secretary of Homeland Security will be even more ghoulish than Nielsen, sort of like when there's a villain upgrade during the middle of a "Supergirl" season.


The working theory, at least from the media, is that Trump fired Nielsen because she pushed back mildly on straight up breaking the law. Hayes asked Harris what she thinks should happen, as a law-talking person, if Trump and the next top child torturer at DHS enact policies that are obviously illegal. Harris mentioned the courts, where there's been some pushback against Trump's more odious acts, but not nearly enough to get excited about. Then Harris tried to lighten the mood with some humor.

HARRIS: I am truly hoping that my Republican colleagues will agree that we can't continue to have policies coming through that department that are really violating people's human rights.

Bwah-ha-ha! No, wait, she was probably serious. We get that she has to still believe in our government, because she's currently running for head of it. However, when it comes to the Republican capacity to oppose Trump or stand up for what's right (basically the same thing), she should probably leave all hope at the Barack Obama Presidential Library.

Harris stressed that people seeking asylum in the US are often fleeing the "murder capitals of the world" (no, not Chicago, Laura Ingraham). Trump wants us to turn our backs on them, which is repugnant. She also called out Trump's recent trip to Calexico (rhymes with "Mexico"!) on the California border, where he's building a "fence that he's calling a wall, which is just a vanity project." She said when she was there she saw tunnels, which are wall-avoidant by design.

Calexico was where Trump claimed that America was "full," like a 1990s New York nightclub. In fact, almost half of the country is empty space like Trump's brain.

TRUMP: I say, and this is our new statement, the system is full. We can't take you anymore. Whether it is asylum or anything you want, illegal immigration, we can't take you anymore. Our country is full. Our area is full. The sector is full. We can't take you anymore. Sorry, can't happen. So turn around, that's the way it is.

The president's words are so inspiring someone should tattoo them on Lady Liberty's thigh.

Harris contends that pretty much everything Trump has said and done about immigration is a "distraction" from what should be a "productive approach." It seems like Trump's only real policy is short-sighted cruelty. How else do you explain his plan to cut off aid to Central American nations? If we want to reduce the desperate circumstances that motivate illegal immigration, humanitarian aid is the most effective means. But that would require an administration staffed by humans and not Stephen Millers.

[MSNBC/ Real Clear Politics]

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You guys, hi, hello, it is almost the holiday weekend, so we are going to share you a real video posted last night by "Doctor" Sebastian "Don't Call Me A Nazi" Gorka, that hilarious old knucklecuck. We guess now that he had to give up (or gave up voluntarily!) his Fox News contract, he just makes videos for the Twitter. Hoo ... ray?

Anyway, Gorka is super-excited that Donald Trump issued that order last night, giving Bill Barr all kinds of new powers to expose the Deep State for what it is and PROVE once and for all that the gremlins who live inside Trump's diarrhea are correct when they say Hillary ordered the Deep State to do an illegal witch hunt to Trump, yadda yadda yadda, you've seen these people huff paint before, we don't have to type it all.

Here is the video, after which Wonkette will either transcribe it OR we will provide our own dramatic interpretation. Which one will it be? We don't know! Would you be able to tell the difference between the two? We don't know!

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We want to say right here at the outset that we hate Julian Assange. Aside from the sexual assault allegations against him, and aside from the fact that he's just a generally stinky and loathsome person who reportedly smeared poop on the walls at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, while reportedly not taking care of his cat, an innocent creature, he acted as Russia's handmaiden during the 2016 election, in order to further Russia's campaign to steal it for Donald Trump. All signs point to his campaign being a success!

So we are justifiably happy when bad things happen to Julian Assange. We are happy his name is shit the world over, and that any reputation WikiLeaks used to have for being on the side of freedom and transparency has been stuffed down the toilet where it belongs. We are happy he looked like such a sad-ass loser when the Ecuadorian embassy finally kicked him out and he was arrested.

And quite frankly, we were OK with the initial charge against him recently unsealed in the Eastern District of Virginia. If you'll remember, he was charged with trying to help Chelsea Manning hack a password into the Defense Department, which is not what journalists do. Journalists do not drive the get-away car for sources. Journalists do not hold their sources' hair back while they're stealing classified intel. Assange is essentially accused of doing all that.

Now, put all that aside. Because -- and this is key -- journalists do publish secrets they are provided by sources. That's First Amendment, chapter and verse, American as fucking apple pie and fast-food-induced diabetes. And that is what much of the superseding indictment of Assange unsealed yesterday was about. (And nope, it wasn't about anything regarding Assange's ratfucking the 2016 election or Hillary's emails. Why would the Trump Justice Department prosecute anything about that? It's all about the older Chelsea Manning stuff, the stuff the Obama Justice Department considered charging Assange with, but ultimately declined, because of that little thing called the First Amendment.)

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