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US Sen. Richard Blumenthal went on the Rachel Maddow program last night to talk about this nice bill he's co-sponsoring with Chuck Grassley, but near the end of the brief interview, Blumenthal casually noted he thinks Donald Trump Jr. and other witnesses in the Trump/Russia investigation hadn't been 100 percent truthful in their closed-door testimony, if you can believe that, and that they may very well end up "ensnared" by Robert Mueller's investigation. One can only hope!

The real reason Blumenthal came on the show was to discuss a bill he and Grassley are co-sponsoring, the "Special Counsel Transparency Act," which would mandate that any special counsel investigation must include a report to Congress, and that the report must also be released to the public (with any necessary redactions for national security stuff). It's a seriously good idea that Donald Trump would surely veto, if Mitch McConnell even allowed a vote on the thing.

But the real newsy stuff came when Maddow asked Blumenthal if he could comment on whether any more witnesses' secret congressional testimony had been forwarded to Robert Mueller's office for possible investigation of lying like a lying liar. Bumenthal said he obviously couldn't say anything about that in particular, but then went on to say he sure hopes a whole bunch of people are called back to testify to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Oh, yeah, and wow, Don Junior is a nasty lying piece of work!

I can tell you this much: I was in the room when a great many of these witnesses appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee behind closed doors. I think many of them should be called back to testify in public, and I hope that will be true of other congressional committees as well, because behind close doors, there arose in my mind, very clearly, questions, serious issues concerning their truthfulness. And that issue pertained particularly to Donald Trump Jr., in a number of his contentions before our committee. So I think this common thread of lying to Congress [...] may ensnare a number of other potential targets in the special counsel's investigation and become a matter of criminal action.

Gee, what do you suppose Blumenthal could have been referring to? We bet maybe it was any one of the million or so lies Evan found in his liveblog of reading through Junior's testimony when it was made public back in May. Yes, "May 2018" was a thing that happened even if it all feels like a blur now. F'rinstance you have Donnie Boy not remembering hardly anything about the Trump Tower Dirt On Hillary But Really Just Russian Babies, BORING meeting, and his insistence that he has no idea whether he told his dad about it. And he certainly doesn't know who picked up when he called that blocked number right after getting the invite to meet with Russians, heavens no.

It sure will be a surprise if it turns out to belong to Dad. Dad gets miffed when you forget him -- unless of course you were supposed to forget him.

After Blumenthal's Oh yeah, Don Junior's gonna get nabbed, America got another astonishing revelation: Donald Trump Senior must watch "The Rachel Maddow Show," because he tweeted one of his boilerplate lying insults about Blumenthal within minutes of the segment airing. It was, as Daniel Dale, the Toronto Star's instant catalog of Trump Lies, pointed out, full of lies:

Then an aide came in and praised Donald Trump, calling him "Sir," and he personally monitored the US-Mexico border for fast vans full of duct-taped women being smuggled into the USA. And as he watched the detailed satellite imagery, Trump exclaimed, "I knew it! As soon as they got to the end of the fence, they turned left!" Weird how nobody believes him.

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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.

However, even that branch of the PUA tree is wilting away. Many "self-help" style PUA forums like Nextasf and RSDnation are shutting down or have already shut down. In March, Chateau Heartiste, a batshit crazy PUA turned White Nationalist/Alt-Right blog was shut down by Wordpress. This week, rape advocate Roosh V (whom you may recall once called yours truly a "Wonkette typist/clown face, would not bang") announced that he was renouncing his PUA ways and devoting himself to Jesus. He explained to the forum he manages that he would no longer be allowing anyone to discuss premarital "fornication."

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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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