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Welcome to the Sunday Show Rundown. With today's day of remembrance for civil rights leader Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., it's only fitting we look at the ways bad politicians use his legacy and a sanitized, Disney-like version of his life as a weapon to pervert his dream.

First we have senator from Oklahoma and alternate universe Conan O'Brien, James Lankford.

This is what a Conan with zero joy or humanity would look like.


Appearing ABC's "This Week," Lankford started the stupidity by throwing out this ironic bit of fortune cookie wisdom about the shutdown:

LANKFORD: The problem that we've had for the past 30 days has been everyone's been staring at everyone, playing politics instead of policy. Politics is a lot easier than policy on this and what we've got to do is get a proposal on the table.

That is very rich coming from a Republican senator after a stolen Supreme Court seat, an (alleged) sexual assaulter appointed to another Supreme Court seat, eight years of obstruction for President Obama, and Mitch McConnell enabling Trump to have his record-breaking shutdown by not debating the bills passed in the House.

But then he came up with HIS brilliant plan to end the shutdown: A "straw-man proposal"! Brilliant!! why didn't anyone think about writing all this down and using the rough draft?! I mean, it worked for Trump's deficit cratering tax cut, so why not for border security.

LANKFORD: Now what I encouraged the White House to do and multiple others encouraged the White House to do is put out a proposal. They've listened to a lot of Democrat and Republican members for the last month, they've heard all the demands, they know all the background on it, put out a straw man proposal, get something out there the president can say, I can support this, and it has elements from both sides, put it on the table, then open it up for debate.

You heard the man. A straw-man proposal it is! But the real kick in the pants was, of course, using MLK's legacy to decry civility after he was shown video of sociopaths students from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky disrespecting a Marine Vietnam veteran and indigenous elder peacefully marching on the Lincoln Memorial.

LANKFORD: The key issue that I would say is in our culture for whatever reason, in our current culture, whether it's on social media whether it's at events, I see people trying to stop hate with more hate. That doesn't help us as a culture. If there's anything we should have learned from Martin Luther King Jr. is hate doesn't drive out hate, only love drives out hate.

So first he removes the responsibility form the shit parents who raised these smug little twerps by blaming "the culture." Then he follows that with a nice side dish of "both sides" by equating people standing up TO hate as the same as those perpetrating hate to begin with. Standing up to bullies is not BEING bullies, Lankford. He truly is an idiot.

Turns out running a Christian summer camp is a lousy preparation for Congress. Who knew?

We conclude with Vice President and racist Race Bannon from "Jonny Quest," Mike Pence.

Appearing on CBS's "Face The Nation," Pence first gave us HIS update on the shutdown:

PENCE: the President also announced that-- that he'd be willing to support legislation that provides temporary relief, three years of-- of temporary legal status for those in the DACA program and also those who have temporary protective status. It really is an effort to -- to compromise and -- and we really look forward to the Senate taking this bill up Tuesday --

Ah, yes, the ol "Republican Compromise." You know, the one where they compromise by offering set of political hostages they took for another set of hostages. Not surprising that Trump's way of negotiating is taking hostages as leverage but, for the rest of Congress, this is a bad way of negotiating.

Then, after Margaret Brennan informed him that this plan of theirs is a "nonstarter," Pence tried to "George Glass" the nation:

PENCE: think it is an act of statesmanship on the President's part to say, here is what I'm for. It includes my priorities, it includes priorities that Democrats had-- have advanced for some period of time. And we believe it provides a framework--
BRENNAN: Which--
PENCE: --a framework for ending this impasse, securing our-- our border and reopening government.
BRENNAN: I-- I didn't hear you say which Democrats are supporting it though.
PENCE: Right. Well--
BRENNAN: I need that.

But the worst moment is when Pence compared Trump to Rev. Martin Luther King (Stephen wrote it up for you here). This was absurd on several fronts:

  1. Pence's "favorite" quote of MLK is the one he reads verbatim on tv.
  2. MLK "worked through the legislative process" (guess all those marches, boycotts, arrests and speeches were just PR)
  3. Pence walked out of a football game when a man who peacefully protested, like Rev. King, took a knee. So ... we don't believe him.

Or as put more succinctly by the brilliant Marc Bernardin:

Watch below for the full interview of Mike Pence to catch all the smug, faux sincerity that Pence always dishes out.

Wait ... Was there someone missing? Nope! Rudy Giuliani's batshit craziness was covered fully HERE. See ya' next week!

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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.

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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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