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You'd think a guy who wears ducky jammies in public would have better judgment


We'll confess we always have a thrill of anticipation whenever we see Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Footie Pajamas) is about to speak as a Trump surrogate on Chris Hayes's show, because Blake Farenthold is terrible at pivoting away from the question that's asked to the talking points he has some vague idea he's supposed to push. The man may be a very sincere conservative Texan, but he can't do cable TV interviews worth a damn, usually with hilarious results. And so it was Tuesday night, when Farenthold couldn't quite find himself thinking of any circumstances that might lead him to not support Donald Trump. Certainly not Trump's innocent "locker room talk" about how he can get away with grabbing women by the pussy, because boys will be boys, and Farenthold will be A Idiot. But what if Trump had said something a bit less nuanced?

Hayes: Congressman, if someone off the record in a locker room — this was not in the locker room, this was the workplace — said, ‘I really like raping women,’ would that be locker room talk?

Farenthold: Again, you don’t know the entire context of all this.

Hayes: You would be fine with that?

Farenthold: I don’t like what he said. [...]

Hayes: If a tape came out with Donald Trump saying, ‘I really like to rape women,’ you would continue to endorse him?

Farenthold: Again, that would be bad. And I would have to consider — I’d consider it. But again we’re talking about what Donald Trump said 10 years ago, as opposed to what Hillary Clinton has done in the past two or three years.

Yep, that's the Blake Farenthold we've come to know and loathe. He's not quite the spectacular Texas moron that Louie Gohmert is, but bless his heart, he tries. Remember, this is the birther dipwad who in 2015 explained that Ebola would surely kill everyone, because the Centers for Disease Control was reassuring us Ebola was very unlikely to kill everyone: "Every outbreak novel or zombie movie you see starts with somebody from the government sitting in front of a panel like this saying there’s nothing to worry about."

Farenthold might not have been the best guy to have consulted on the matter of Donald Trump's rapey coments at all, seeing as how he was accused of sexual harassment his own self. That suit was eventually settled out of court. Farenthold also purchased the domain name Blow-Me.org, presumably in hopes of selling it to a porn company.

In any case, Farenthold apparently realized just how badly he'd stepped in it this time, since he almost immediately took to the Twitters to explain he'd been blindsided by a wily member of the Liberal Media:

All well and good, and as apologies go, at least it's not one of those "if anyone was offended" things. Of course, Farenthold still doesn't seem to recognize that the only reason Chris Hayes keeps inviting him on is precisely because he's a clown who's likely to drive his clown car off a rhetorical cliff, so we can probably look forward to even more Blake Farenthold nonsense in the future. At least, he'll have to consider it.

[Guardian / WaPo / Buzzfeed]

Doktor Zoom

Doktor Zoom's real name is Marty Kelley, and he lives in the wilds of Boise, Idaho. He is not a medical doctor, but does have a real PhD in Rhetoric. You should definitely donate some money to this little mommyblog where he has finally found acceptance and cat pictures. He is on maternity leave until 2033. Here is his Twitter, also. His quest to avoid prolixity is not going so great.

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