This is a self-care post.
Quick follow-up on a story we told you about last week, of the very mean and terrible letter GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger's cousins sent him to let him know he is DISOWNED and BAD for turning his back on their one true lord and savior Donald Trump. It was handwritten, in a font called Extreme Grandma Cursive, and it revealed that God (the letter underlined things a whole lot) was VERY DISAPPOINTED in Kinzinger, because in denying Trump like a common Peter denying Christ, Kinzinger had "joined the 'devil's army' believing in abortion." (He is anti-abortion. It's one of the actual problems with him.)
So, so sad! the letter wailed. Kinzinger had not only lost the respect of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, but also Tucker Carlson and Lou Dobbs and Greg Kelly and Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity and Mark Levin and (now dead) Rush Limbaugh!
We headlined our story "Sorry about your family, Adam Kinzinger," not only because we received a similar letter one time from a family member, but also because we thought it was really exemplary of what's happening in lots of families these days. It didn't start with Donald Trump waddling down that escalator in 2015 and declaring war on America, but that was an inflection point. Some might argue it started with Fox News poisoning an entire generation of white conservatives' brains. Some might say it started even before that, with the onset of Rush Limbaugh (who is still dead), which generally coincided with when the batshit campaign to rebrand the Clintons as murderous fraud tyrants metastasized out of Arkansas and onto a national stage.
Anyway, Kinzinger went on CNN this morning, and said he's glad y'all got to read his cousins' letter, though he was not the one who leaked it. We figured he had, but he says actually the New York Times got it because one of his cousins sent it to "so many people out of so much anger" that eventually it just wound its way there. Oh, the perils of copy/pasting literally everyone on your Extreme Grandma Cursive screeds!
In the interview, Kinzinger gave some good advice, we think, to people who might be experiencing similar things in these heady times of seemingly sane people becoming brainwashed into the cults of Fox News, Trump, and now even more batshit stuff like QAnon.
Kinzinger says he's "glad" the angry letter from his family over Trump impeachment came out because "people need to… https://t.co/ACyoMU5VTl— TPM Livewire (@TPM Livewire)1614085588.0
KINZINGER: I'm glad the letter came out, because I think people need to see, if you haven't experienced that division in your family, this is the best example of it. So look, I hold nothing against them, I mean, maybe someday I'll have to look back and do some more forgiveness in my heart, but I don't feel it right now. I just have no desire to really reach out and repair it, that's up to them!
If you know what he's talking about, you know.
We don't agree with Kinzinger on much, obviously -- just look at his voting record -- but he was one of only 10 Republicans in the House to vote for Donald Trump's impeachment for literally inciting a domestic terrorist attack on America. That means something in these times, that he's one of 10 left in that caucus who can arguably be called patriots. And he's got some real garbage-ass family members whose worship of Trump clearly outweighs any love they ever had for him, even though he's a dirty Republican just like them.
So fuck 'em. It's on them.
That's good advice to follow, if you have real garbage-ass family members who act like that toward you.
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Hello, good morning, welcome to the first day of the rest of our lives!
The other night, as we were parceling out our Inauguration Day Advent Calendar mini liquor bottles, my son what prints your merches in our basement factory said, regarding the only two days remaining before our long national nightmare would (PRESUMABLY) come to an end, "Already? That was fast!" and my husband almost murdered him right there in the kitchen where he stood.
"'FAST'? 'ALREADY'?" he bellowed, followed by a cartoon string of epithets. He had a really good point! Every single day of the past four years has been a fight to even continue existing, and that's before the shithead that unaccountably somehow got "elected" president of the United States affirmatively killed more than 400,000 Americans and attempted to murder democracy itself.
It has been, dear ones, a trial.
Four years ago, I put "three months" in the office pool for how long it would be before Trump got bored and resigned because people were mean to him. I undershot it by 45 months. You should never ever ever listen to me.
But we have survived, except for those 400,000 of our friends and neighbors, which still spatters my poor little brains across the wall. Obviously he couldn't react properly and use the bureaucracy to provide states medicine and PPE. But it would have cost him nothing to say, "The Democrats want to shut down the country, but we are STRONG! We must WEAR MASKS and go back to work instead of cowering in fear!" And his idiots would have put on the biggest face-merkins they could imagineer. How do you make a culture war out of not dying of an infectious disease?
That was only the last year of our lives so far. Before then there were three years of everything else in the entire world. I can't even remember it, can you? Good. We're better off that way.
There was a headline yestertoday I didn't click on, "Joe Biden, Our Imperfect President," because who cares? Nobody expects him to be perfect, and I imagine that was probably their point, and also fuck them. He's old, he's handsome, he's a nice fella, and probably none of our beloved fightin' types — our Liz Warrens, our Bernies, even our Kamalas — could be the normal the world needs for a while.
Mother Teresa had her (ferocious) detractors. Jimmy Carter deregulated some stuff and maybe was bad in Nicaragua (Afghanistan?), I forget. Barack Obama, a fine man, believed some stupid shit sometimes, like "the American people want me to work with these dicks."
Even I am not perfect — I am greedy sometimes, and envy others, and sometimes I whine at our fabulous staff about why they (yes they) make me work so much, and I'm too lazy to make a podcast — and I'm really fucking close to perfect, you can ask my mother.
I know the craziness will continue; we're still in a goddamn pandemic, for one thing, and Mitch McConnell doesn't do "life lessons." A third of the American people have fallen victim to some wildass cult brain rinsings, and we can't deprogram them because they like it there.
We might lose Congress two years from now; we often do, and Fox and its new even more cracked-out siblings OAN and Newsmax will be doing every lie in their power to make that happen. But for a minute, or two years, we won't have a rubber stamp on whatever Trump lieutenant Santa Monica Goebbels pulls out of 1930s Germany's ass. Instead, we will have a moderate Congress backing a moderate president — but one who claims he sees the need for big change. And hell, when Chuck Schumer is pushing you to do more and bigger, you listen to old Chuck.
So what's on our agenda? We'll drink, we'll dance, we'll livebloog, we'll breathe deep and better assuming there's no bombings, and if there are, I'll make Dok and SER and Robyn and Evan and Liz deal with it.
I bought Wonkette just shy of nine years ago, in March 2012. Never ever ever saw this shit coming; I thought George W. Bush and his lie enablers were as Nazi as our shit could get. This year isn't going to be perfect by any stretch of Walt Disney's imagination, but it will be better. And 2022 and 2024, we'll cross those bridges when Josh Hawley comes to them.
It's my fervent desire that you no longer need to check in at Wonkette three or six times a day, unless you're retired and your buddies are playing pinochle in the comments. It's my fervent desire that we'll be able to write about other things once in a while, nice things, shiny normal things, culture and the world, because all our bandwidth won't be sucked up by one criminally psychopathic man. And it's also my fervent desire that you keep us going regardless, because you know when news breaks, there's nobody you want screaming and frothing at the mouth about it but us, and that's why we're your very first stop.
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It was Christmas Eve babe, in the drunk tank.
You guys, I was SO CLOSE to just declaring flawless victory over today and going home, which conveniently is where I already was. What else was I going to do, write about "blown up RV is probably 5G Q people but also nobody knows anything" or "okay this Sidney Powell expert lady is LEGIT hilarious, but also so hilarious as already written that it would really just be Excessive Blockquote Like A Nineties Blogger"? No. And the other option seemed to be this thread on the Dakota warriors mass-executed on this day by order of Abraham Lincoln, which is a thing we should all know about, so let Ruth Hopkins tell you.
No, today's post will be on ... well, see for yourself.
WATCH: “I’m reasonably thankful for Kimberly... I try to keep a very low bar.” Captain Romance @DonaldJTrumpJr ma… https://t.co/AUMFh4rUD0— The Tennessee Holler (@The Tennessee Holler)1608993334.0
Guys, get a grip, it's just a joke.
Like this boyfriend's family was just joking when they made "ugly sweater" sweaters with pictures of his girlfriend's face. JUST JOKING!
I (25M) have a girlfriend (23F) who is absolutely beautiful, but she does have a large facial scar. My family often jokes about it, they have a super dark sense of humor. It bothers my girlfriend, and she says it doesn't feel like a joke, it feels like she's being insulted under the pretense of it being dark humor. Even though I explain it's just how they are and they don't mean any harm, she doesn't really want to be around them. I told her it was really important to me we spend Christmas with my family, we would all quarantine first and test but it was important to me. She resisted at first, but after some urging from me she gave in. She said I absolutely could not excuse their behavior if they made a rude comment about her though.
We got there and it was fine for a while. Then my mom and sister broke out their matching ugly sweaters, that had my girlfriends face all over it. They both laughed, saying my mom made them (screen printed) and it was just a joke. My dad thought it was hilarious, I even chuckled a little because she's really beautiful, so it was ironic they put her on the "ugly" sweater. My girlfriend looked at me, and when I said they were just being ironic, she shook her head, got up and left. Didn't say anything to anyone, just took her car and left.
I called her several times, and she didn't answer. The only text I received was "You need to find your own way home." That pissed me off, and I called her a couple more times. The whole time, my mom is upset because it was just a joke and she didn't realize my girlfriend was going to overreact like that. I told her that a warning would have been nice, but my sister agreed it was just a joke and my girlfriend was being a baby about it.
See? They all agreed it was just a joke!
Anyway, obviously Future Pennsylvania Senator Donald Trump Jr. is just joking about Kimberly Guilfoyle, the woman he sleeps with, not anywhere near the malice of the family above; he just made some "funny" words about withholding love and affection from his partner lest she become accustomed to being treated with dignity and respect is all.
Has that ever been problematic in the history of the world, including whatever they did to Donald Trump Sr. to make him turn out like that, where he has to continue the cycle of abuse onto his son and also the entire nation and world?
I rest my case.
Kimberly Guilfoyle laughs, but you can see it hurt her feelings. Her partner "joked" to the world that he emotionally abuses her to keep her controlled and in her place, and she is embarrassed by it. She tries to play it "I'm a cool girlfriend, not like the other girlfriends," but she knows what he just did. And the bells were ringing out on Christmas Day.
Now it is your OPEN THREAD because I said so, BECCA OUT.
Surprise, they were all GOP cowards.
After Donald Trump made an appearance in Georgia on Saturday night to whine about faux grievances, barely giving the uncharismatic senators GOP he was there to stump for any time to awkwardly shower him with praise ...
Loeffler can barely squeeze tepid applause out of the crowd. Perdue then starts talking but is drown out by "fight… https://t.co/PuoXnQCtJI— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1607218195.0
… it was time for the cavalcade of Republican cowards to come to the Sunday shows.
There is such a wide spectrum of cowardice within the Republican party. There the "good Republicans" who still voted/will vote for Republicans despite being villainized by their own party. Then there's the cowardice of refusing to accept you will forever be remembered as the last mouthpiece of Donald Trump. For instance, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany desperately begging Georgia GOP Governor Brian Kemp to do crimes to appease Trump.
Dead-ender Kayleigh McEnany yells at GA Gov. Kemp on Fox News: "You have the power to call in a special legislative… https://t.co/NsjTTU9tIz— The Recount (@The Recount)1607267992.0
Of course in the same interview, McEnany accidentally admitted Kamala Harris would be the tiebreaking vote in the Senate should the two Democrats win the runoffs in Georgia, which means she admitted Harris would be Vice President.
Over on Maria Bartiromo's special den of propaganda called "Sunday Morning Futures," she had Director of National Intelligence John
Three days, Ratcliffe told CBS News that no foreign government was able to mess with the election:
#OriginalReporting No intelligence so far has shown that a foreign adversary or criminal group had the ability to c… https://t.co/hcFmjuC22g— Catherine Herridge (@Catherine Herridge)1607043723.0
But once Ratcliffe was with Bartiromo, He showed the same level of "integrity" and "courage" he exhibited during Trump's impeachment.
"Well, these election issues, we'll see who's in what seats and whether there is a Biden administration," said [...] Ratcliffe, after [...] Bartiromo asked what the official thought of Mr Biden's cabinet picks and their approach to China.
Johnny, the Biden Administration begins on January 20th, 2021, and you will be out of a job. Maybe you can be hired for party events (when we can have parties again) to be a dollar store knockoff of the main character of "American Dad."
GOP Senator Mike Braun of Indiana displayed his own kind of cowardice on ABC's "This Week."
Indiana Republican Sen. Mike Braun discusses the 2020 election | ABC News youtu.be
George Stephanopoulos explained that enough states had been certified to give Joe Biden enough electors to be the President-elect of the United States. Stephanopoulos then asked the obvious (and easy) follow-up question:
STEPHANOPOULOS: So do you now accept that he's president-elect?
But the senator who once took heat from Tucker Carlson for saying Black Lives Matter and calling for an end to qualified immunity seems to have learned since then to be a good little spreader of false information.
BRAUN: Well, we've got a process that I think we've been going through since the election, and it's going to play itself out. I think that we've got a threshold coming on December 14th that -- when the Electoral College meets. [...] What is at play is, when you look at what was talked about earlier with the secretary of state in Georgia, I think when you talk -- reflexively dismiss that maybe nothing has happened at all, versus the other side of the spectrum, systemic fraud, widespread, it's a wide gulf.[...]
STEPHANOPOULOS: But, sir, I think it's pretty hard to argue that it's been reflexively dismissed. What you've had since the election is certification processes in every states. Those include audits and in many cases recounts. Those certifications have been done in many states led by Republican governors, like Arizona and Georgia.[...] So the process has played out, hasn't it? And there's no evidence of widespread fraud. Why can't you accept the results?
But when Braun couldn't answer why he couldn't accept reality, Stephanopoulos once again corrected him.
BRAUN: I think it's easy to say it's played out because that might be the most convenient thing to say, but let's look at what the secretary of state did not mention in Georgia, you know, the video where, after a counting place closed, you see boxes of ballots coming out from underneath the table. I know that's, kind of, a graphic example, but...
STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, I have to stop you right there. No, that -- it wasn't mentioned because it didn't show anything improper. He's spoken to that this week. They -- that was exactly the proper process for counting the ballots. There wasn't anything wrong shown in that video at all. So you're just throwing out a claim out there that...that doesn't prove what you're saying.
BRAUN: I think, unless you scrutinize something like that further -- or what about, like, say, Wisconsin, where...
STEPHANOPOULOS: It was scrutinized.
Stephanopoulos was not the only one who apparently decided to journalism that morning, as Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday" pushed back on the wormy way HHS Secretary Alex Azar refused to hold Trump responsible for the surge in coronavirus cases and refused to give the proper respect to the President-elect of the United States.
Chris Wallace corrected Azar for referring to Biden as "vice president" instead of "president-elect." https://t.co/eEpfi2RDYv— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1607265335.0
That's enough, that's enough cowards.
Have a nice week!
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