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Coups, they are all the rage these days in America! There is the FBI-Russian hacking coup that barely elevated Donald Trump to the presidency by a margin of minus three million votes, and there is also the hilarious, democracy-killing coup North Carolina Republican legislators are pulling, because they are sad and butthurt about how a dashing Demon-crat, Roy Cooper, seized the governorship from Republican Pat McCrory, by winning more votes in the election. The shenanigans began Wednesday, as a special session of the legislature was called, for "hurricane relief," and quickly turned into Republicans cramming through as many bills as they could to take power away from the incoming governor -- you know, fun things like requiring state Senate confirmation for all the guv's cabinet members, and reducing by 1200 the number of staffers he's allowed to appoint without confirmation. Just normal democratic measures by the opposition party, in order to basically negate the vote just taken by North Carolinians!

Well the funsies continued Thursday night, but this time with the added bonus of arresting protesters (including a journalist!) and banning the public from the chambers, so those poor, put-upon Republican legislators could pull their pants down and do Number Twos all over democracy IN PRIVATE, PLEASE AND THANK YOU.

Protesters shouted "Shame, shame, shame," according to ABC affiliate WTVD, and carried signs that read, "Protect Voting Rights," "The Nation is Watching, GOP," and "Say No To Power Grabs."

Sixteen people were arrested, according to WTVD. The arrests occurred when Speaker Tim Moore ordered the gallery cleared. Supporters in the rotunda chanted, "this is what democracy looks like," as the protesters were led out in plastic handcuffs.

How nice! Now, according to ABC, the protesters were released quickly, so we can thank our lord and savior Santa Claus that people aren't being hauled off to the gulags just yet.

Once those dirty stinky hippie protesters were gone, the North Carolina House was free to pass House Bill 17, which includes the provisions we mentioned above, and also takes away the governor's right to appoint people to university boards of trustees and "radically reorganizes governance of North Carolina’s public schools," according to NC Policy Watch's Progressive Pulse. Now it will go to the Senate, where it will probably pass! Maybe outgoing Gov. McCrory will sign it, or maybe he will veto it like a grown-up, but that's no big deal because PFFFFFT, the GOP's super-majorities in the legislature (thanks to illegal racist gerrymandering!) will help them over-ride it if so! NORTH CAROLINA, FUCK YEAH!

Hey look, here is a video of good people of North Carolina protesting the GOP's insane power grab:

And here is the Senate legislative gallery being cleared of gross democracy supporters:

And finally, here are some protesters getting arrested:

 

Governor-elect Roy Cooper is not amused by all this:

"Most people might think this is a partisan power grab, but it is really more ominous," said Cooper. "It's really about hurting public education, working families, state employees, health care, and clean air and water."

Yep, that's the GOP in a nutshell!

Anyway, protesters are back at the legislature today, and we're sure there will be more hijinks to report when they happen.

DEMOCRACY. GET SOME! While you still can.

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[ABC / Progressive Pulse / The New Civil Rights Movement / ABC 11 Eyewitness News]

Evan Hurst

Evan Hurst is the senior editor of Wonkette, which means he is the boss of you, unless you are Rebecca, who is boss of him. His dog Lula is judging you right now.

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How do you do, fellow libs? We come together tonight to cheer and clap and cry and laugh, with our leader, Elizabeth Warren, and her fellow nice people Jay Inslee (the gold standard in climate action), Beto O'Rourke (excellent on being a good ally mostly), Cory Booker (best corny love hippie but also Wall Street, it's weird), Julian Castro (I don't know, people are super into him despite his creepy twinness and his too much pomade), Amy Klobuchar (bad bitch), Bill de Blasio ( ... ), John Delaney (???), and Tim Ryan and Tulsi Gabbard.

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We know, the thing we said in our headline is a thing you can say every day, but it's really intense today, maybe because Donald Trump is now filled with fear of the inescapable reality that millions of Americans who have not read the Mueller Report are going to see Robert Mueller testify on live TV on July 17, and Donald Trump will be exposed. Maybe the Big Mac vending machine next to his golden toilet is on the fritz and he hasn't had gotten to eat a Big Mac on the poop chair since last night. Maybe he's just a weak and sad person, a collection of shithole cells God meant to throw in the garbage, but accidentally implanted in Mary Trump's turkey incubator. We imagine that'd lead to a pretty constant state of anxiety and ennui.

Whatever it is, he's totally fucked right now. We were going to write a nice post about Trump's batshit interview on Fox Business with Maria Bartiromo, but we were busy, and by the time we got to it, he had performed so many batshit feats that we're just going to stick them all in this one post.

Let's start with the fight he's trying to wage with US soccer star Megan Rapinoe, who in a now-viral video stated that she has no fuckin' interest in going to the White House to meet that idiot. He got into a quarrel with her on Twitter ... or at least with a Twitter account that didn't belong to her. It's now been replaced, in order that the adult president may shit-tweet at the soccer superstar who hurt his feelings, but Splinter grabbed the original:

The rant continued:

Right. And Megan Rapinoe just said win or lose, she has no interest in meeting your crusty ass, because no decent American would consider that an honor.

Besides, she has already been to the White House to meet a legitimately elected president:

By the by, the owner of the incorrect Megan Rapinoe account saw Trump's whining and told him to grow a dick and set it on fire:

Ya burnt!

But as we said, it was a whole day of batshit from Trump, so let's continue.

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