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Sean Hannity Cannot Believe Michelle Obama Would Be So Crass As To Bring Up Trump's Birtherism.

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Yesterday, it was revealed that in Michelle Obama's forthcoming memoir she states that she will never forgive Donald Trump for his ridiculous birtherism conspiracy shit. While that might seem like the mildest of all possible "mean" things one could say about Donald Trump, Sean Hannity and his guests were simply aghast during his show last night at how she could put forth such divisive rhetoric instead of "going high" and just letting it go. As we all know, the cruelest thing one can do to a Republican is to simply... mention that they said something messed up, or to repeat their words back to them verbatim.




Fox News lady Tammy Bruce, responding to the comment, actually had the chutzpah to say "Considering the environment that we've got, right, you would think that she would maybe, uh, think twice about the nature of that kind of rhetoric." No, really, she said that. Out loud.

She then said that she was pretty sure Michelle Obama was mad at the wrong person because supposedly Sidney Blumenthal "came up with it first" which is apparently their big excuse now for why Trump yelled about it for years and also claimed to have multiple sources ready to prove President Obama's birth certificate was a fake. She then congratulated Trump on his response, in which he attacked President Obama for not spending enough money on the military, which she says was good because it wasn't a "personal attack." Because he's classy like that and does not personally attack people.

Bruce also noted that President Obama once said that Trump's rhetoric was a great ISIS recruiting tool... WITHOUT EVEN CONSIDERING THE IMPACT THAT MIGHT HAVE ON BARRON TRUMP.

The program then went on a whirlwind tour of things Michelle Obama said that they did not like and also repeatedly pushed the lie that poverty increased by "7 million" under the Obama presidency. Which, you know, it didn't. One of those things was the time that she said, in 2008, that "For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback." Hannity then listed all the things that had made him proud of his country, nearly all of which were WWII related (which -- unless she is a vampire -- did not occur during Michelle Obama's adult life), and then finally gave contributor Deneen Borrelli, a black woman, a moment to speak so that she could say that she, too, was also always proud of America.

Now, just take a moment and consider the amount of times Donald Trump has personally insulted people this week alone. Hell! Consider the amount of times he has personally insulted black women, this week alone! Think about the fact that last night, instead of offering condolences to those in California who lost loved ones, who lost their homes during the Woolsey Fire, he decided to yell about how "forest management" had failed... somehow, and how he was going to defund it.

The fire, by the way, was cause not by poor "forest management" but by drought. Which was caused by climate change, which Donald Trump doesn't believe in. He says stupid and cruel things like this ten times a day, but Michelle Obama is "going low" by not "forgiving" him for the stupid and cruel things he said about her husband? Sorry, but there is no world in which Donald Trump exists and that is going low.

But for the record, this is why the "they go low, we go high" thing is bullshit. Because it fails to account for the fact that there is no amount of "going high" that anyone could do that would count as such with these people. They have decided on their rules, and the rules are that they get to say repulsive and cruel and horrible and stupid things, and then everyone else pats them on the head and tells them that they are wonderful and special and good "Real Americans." There is no winning this "going high" game.

[Media Matters]

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Good morning, America! Attorney General Bill Barr is doing a presser at 9:30 AM EDT about the Mueller report, which nobody will be able to see until around noon or after, once Congress gets the redacted report on CDs. Seeing as that is bullshit, there's no reason to watch this thing, as journalists won't be able to ask him questions about a document they haven't seen. So ... go back to bed, everyone!

Ugh, fine, we guess we will do this, and that is because we care, even though we are quite certain HGTV is doing some kind of very important "Property Brothers" marathon that adds much more of value to the national discourse, and also covers it up with shiplap accent walls. Does Bill Barr do cover-ups with shiplap? No, because he doesn't have the good taste for that.

Reportedly, we are going to hear from Barr why certain things were redacted, including why he thinks certain facts are subject to executive privilege, which is funny because he is not the president and therefore cannot invoke executive privilege. But oh whatever! Details! Robert Mueller won't be there and none of his team will be there, which tells you something about how they feel about this whole process. If they felt like this was on the up-and-up, you'd imagine they might show up to present a united front. As that is not happening, assume the entire thing is a bullshit act meant to help Donald Trump set the narrative for what will otherwise be a very bad day for him.

The New York Times reported last night that the White House has already been briefed on significant portions of the report, because Bill Barr is a rightwing scam artist piece of shit who gives the Trump White House reacharounds. The briefings have reportedly been very helpful for the White House in coming up with how to rebut today's report, which is funny because we thought Trump said this report was a full exoneration, NO COLLUSION, NO OBSTRUCTION. (Actually nope on both counts, since Mueller didn't decide the obstruction question, and even according to Barr's mash notes, he took a very limited view of the conspiracy question, focusing on the Russian government's hack and dump WikiLeaks operation.)

Anyway, assuming Trump is right about full exoneration, we guess Rudy Giuliani's rebuttal will state that Trump is guilty, full stop. Because that's what "rebuttal" means, correct?

Committee chairs in the House including Jerry Nadler, Adam Schiff and Maxine Waters have called upon Bill Barr to cancel today's briefing, as it is useless horseshit. Because Barr literally gives zero fucks about his reputation and apparently is OK with going down in history as a fecal stain on our institutions and the rule of law, the show will go on.

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