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Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada's chief of staff Cade Cothren resigned Monday night, and it wasn't just because he'd allegedly tried to frame a black student activist. It turns out Cothren has a repulsive history of sending racist and sexist text messages. He's also made gross advances toward former interns, lobbyists, and campaign staffers. He's a full deck of House of Cards.

The text messages are from 2014 to 2016. Cothren was the House Republicans' press secretary at the time, so in theory he should've known a better way to communicate with people. Cothren also seems to think three to five years ago is the distant past.

COTHREN: I'm just not the same guy that I was several years back. I was young and dumb and immature. There's no excuse for it at all, and I'm not trying to make excuses, but I can tell you that I have changed since then... While I'm not proud of who I was in the past, I am proud that, with God's grace and a strong support system, I've been able to achieve so much in the years since.

We normally believe that "existence precedes essence" but Cothren's actual existence is putrid and slimy. Texts show that Cothren requested oral sex and nude photos from interns like he was using a pervert's GrubHub. He told a lobbyist that he'd be up for sleeping with an older woman (charming). He also asked an intern about her underwear and orgasms. He could've just called a phone sex line, but he probably enjoyed exerting his dominance over women in the workplace. He's an asshole is all we're saying.


Cothren also confessed Monday to having snorted coke in his office at the Capitol. He also used other drugs but not in the legislative offices out of respect to cocaine. He claims this is part of his "personal testimony," which he now "readily admits" after News Channel 5 confronted him with texts where he boasted about all this like a moron. He claims his drug use negatively impacted his relationships and job performance (well, duh). Speaker Casada fully supported Cothren when he confided his troubles to him.

"Politics has become a game of 'gotcha' with no thought of forgiveness and starting anew," Casada said in the statement.

"I choose to believe that we all deserve a shot at redemption. I gave Mr. Cothren this chance to prove himself, and that's exactly what he has done."

That's really quite moving. Casada, by the way, supports drug testing for welfare recipients. The speaker claims Cothren sought "counseling" but Cothren confirms the "counseling" didn't include rehab or addiction treatment specifically, which is why we keep putting quotes around "counseling." Cothren went on to become Casada's chief of staff in January. He earned $199,800 a year (or would've if he'd served a full year). That was a $130,000 raise from his previous salary. If that seems excessive, you just haven't paid attention to the rising costs of cocaine.

Casada seems like the best boss ever -- more like a dad, really. Or, you know, someone implicated in Cothren's grossness who had compelling reasons to keep him close and happy. Texts from the period reveal that Casada was a willing Beavis to Cothren's Butt-head.

In July 2016, Cothren shared a photo of an upside down woman standing next to a pole. He shared the picture with Casada, who said, "What about some pole dancing!!!"

Cothren referred to the woman as "wife material" before Casada asked, "Can I just touch????"

Cothren replied, "Lol maybe just once."

Casada was married at the time. Also: Ewww. And it gets worse. If you're doing coke in your office while reading, now's a good time for another snort.

In August 2016, Cothren texted Casada about a sexual encounter he had with a woman.

"Just so y'all know, I did f—k (woman) in the bathroom at party fowl," he said, referring to the Party Fowl restaurant. "Will send pictures later."

Casada responded: "Only gone for 60 seconds," adding, "R u a minute man???;)"

Cothren said, "Yes, I take after you. Like father like son."

Casada replied, "Lolol! If I'm happy, then all is good!!!!!"

There's really nothing more pathetic than two grown men "bragging" about their inability to pleasure a woman. Casada didn't seem to find anything disturbing about these highly offensive messages. He even joined in! Casada also "joked" that "Those girls aren't safe!!!" in a separate text exchange with another person.

During a radio interview this morning, Casada claimed he was a changed man who's "embarrassed" by his past statements, which he'd like to stress are in the past.

CASADA: In the last couple of years, I have come to realize ... I can't do this and it is not appropriate behavior.

Really? Did this happen while Casada was protecting men accused of sexual misconduct? Tennessee state Rep. David Byrd admitted on tape to inappropriate contact with female players he coached. Casada promoted him to chair of an education subcommittee.

CASADA: So, yes, I participated in locker-room talk with two adult men that was not intended to go to anyone else, and I was wrong. In the last several years, that kind of talk has not entered and left my mouth.

Locker room talk? Are you fucking kidding us? These also weren't just gross texts between two gross men. Cothren and Casada worked together. Casada was Cothren's boss. The legislature's sexual harassment policy requires that anyone with knowledge of misconduct should immediately contact the House and Senate speaker. Casada should've reported Cothren and himself to himself.

People are rightly calling on Casada to resign. Republican Gov. Bill Lee has remained MIA during all this and refuses to comment. Maybe he's busy reviewing his old text messages. Regardless, Casada claimed today that he enjoys "overwhelming support" from his party.

CASADA: They are proud to have someone in charge that is leading in a direction of making Tennessee the most conservative state - and that's defined as keeping government out of your way and keeping more money in your back pocket.

They don't seem to define the "most conservative state" as one that demonstrates any respect for women or minorities. That's not a shock.

[NewsChannel5 / Tennessean]

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Once upon a time... about ten years ago, a group of entirely ridiculous men burst onto the scene wearing stupid hats and telling men that wearing stupid hats and telling men that walking up to women in bars and insulting ("negging") them would get them laid. This did not last long, as women also had televisions and computers and were completely aware of these tricks as well, so when some ass came up to us in a bar and said "Hey, nice nails, are they real?" we would laugh and laugh and loudly announce "Oh my god, this guy just tried to neg me! Can you believe that shit? HEY EVERYONE, THIS GUY JUST TRIED TO NEG ME!" and then refer to him as "Mystery" the whole night.

Most of the men who tried that shit only did so a few times before realizing that it wasn't going to work, and thus moved on to other things. Perhaps things that did not involve furry hats and coming off as a huge creep. We may never know, because I would assume that those who tried it are now extremely embarrassed and would never, ever admit to this to us.

Still, there were a few men willing to eat that shit up, as well as some grifters willing to take advantage of that. Said grifters tended to be extremely misogynistic and seemed more like they were teaching men how to be as despised by women as they were than teaching them how to actually be liked by women.

Some of them, like Roosh V, a creepy weirdo who actually does live in his mom's basement, actively encouraged men to rape women who were intoxicated to the point of being obviously unable to consent.

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'Baby Geniuses' star Jon Voight took to Twitter early this morning to proclaim his undying love for Donald Trump, probably because there is no one left in his life who will listen to him talk about this, or anything else, in person. In this video rant, Voight encouraged members of the Republican Party, whom he apparently thinks are the only real citizens of the United States, to stand by Donald Trump and "acknowledge the truth" that he is the best President since Abraham Lincoln.


Part ONE:

People of the Republican Party, I know you will agree with me when I say our president has our utmost respect and our love. This job is not easy. For he's battling the left and their absurd words of destruction. I've said this once and I'll say this again. That our nation has been built on the solid ground from our forefathers, and there is a moral code of duty that has been passed on from President Lincoln. I'm here today to acknowledge the truth, and I'm here today to tell you my fellow Americans that our country…

Oh no, not our absurd words of destruction!

Part DEUX:

is stronger, safer, and with more jobs because our President has made his every move correct. Don't be fooled by the political left, because we are the people of this nation that is witnessing triumph. So let us stand with our president. Let us stand up for this truth, that President Trump is the greatest president since President Lincoln.

Does Jon Voight not know there have been... other presidents? Can he name them? Because really, it does not sound like it. Does he also not know that a very big chunk of the Republican Party actually does not care very much for Abraham Lincoln? Namely those defenders of Confederate statues that Trump called "very fine people?" Also, did he intentionally diss their beloved Ronald Reagan?

Who can know? Who can even tell what he is trying to say or why he is trying to say it. He doesn't appear to have tweeted much since 2016, so I'm guessing whoever's job it was to keep him from tanking his career quit. Either that... or after filming the seventh season of Ray Donovan, he found out it's going to be canceled or his character is getting killed off or something and he is now free to be a jackass? I don't know, I haven't watched the show, although my parents are very into it and mad that I haven't watched it. Literally all I know about it is that it has something to do with Boston, because they keep mentioning that to me like it's a selling point.

It seems useless at this point to note that the people who scream their faces off about how bad it is for Hollywood celebs to support liberal causes, and how they should keep their politics to themselves, etc. etc. make a way bigger deal than normal people do whenever a Big Time Hollywood Celebrity like Jon Voight or, uh, Scott Baio, supports their cause. Mostly because they're the only ones who have elected a reality TV star and the star of Bedtime for Bonzo (who by the way, also once practically ruined a perfectly good Bette Davis movie with his bad acting. Which is not to say that Dark Victory is not fantastic and probably the best thing to watch if you want to sob your face off, but he was very bad in it.) to run the country.

But we might as well do that anyway, because it actually never stops being funny.

[Jon Voight Twitter]

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