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Trump: Illegal Immigrants Taking Murder Jobs From Hard-Murdering Americans

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The latest appalling thing Donald Trump has done -- honestly, who can even keep count these days? -- is the release of a racist attack ad that depicts illegal immigrants as the single greatest threat to America other than Democrats. I'm not linking to the ad because I'm not helping drive up Trump's engagement numbers, but you can find it pinned to the top of his Twitter page with the following absurd proclamation: "It is outrageous what the Democrats are doing to our Country. Vote Republican now!" It's basically a less subtle version of the "Futurama" PSA advising horny teenagers against sex with robots: "The next day Billy's planet was destroyed by aliens. That planet was Earth! DON'T DATE ROBOTS!"

Trump has taken time from his busy schedule of hate-mongering to remind voters just days before the midterms about Luis Bracamontes, a twice-deported Mexican immigrant who killed two police officers in 2014. When convicted, he expressed no remorse for his crimes and even vowed to "kill more" cops. Bracamontes was executed in April, so he now poses at least 20 percent less of a threat. Democrats apparently support an "open borders" policy with hell, so let's not get too comfortable.


People are already comparing this to the 1988 "Willie Horton" ad, which George H.W. Bush's campaign manager, Lee Atwater, died regretting. Horton was a black convicted murderer serving a life sentence when he was temporarily released from prison in 1986 as part of Massachusetts's weekend furlough program. He escaped and later raped a white woman and stabbed her fiancé. Bush's Democratic opponent, Michael Dukakis, had supported the furlough program as governor. Back in the day, presidential candidates and certainly sitting presidents would distance themselves from these types of attacks. Trump has no such concerns. Also, there was at least some reasonable connection between Horton and Dukakis's policies. Trump instead just slimes Democrats in general as responsible for Bracamontes's heinous actions: "Democrats let him into our country . . . Democrats let him stay." Which Democrats? What specific policy?

The hardly namby-pamby liberal Cato Institute published a study in February that revealed native-born residents, with our fancy birthright citizenship, are more likely to be convicted of a crime than either legal or illegal immigrants. But Trump is obsessed with scaring his supporters into locking the door to America and forgetting that the true threat to them is already inside the house.

Since Trump took office, there have been mass shootings at music festivals, churches, schools, more schools, and in a synagogue. That last one took place just a few days ago, which is after 2014. (I double-checked my calendar.) Trump has no interest in addressing the lax gun laws or even his own hateful words that contribute to the ongoing slaughter. All he has is fear to sell. He based his racist campaign and now his racist presidency on the cynical belief that white Americans secretly wish all their problems came from an external, ideally browner, source. Two black cops in South Carolina were killed just last month by a natural-born American psycho. Trump hasn't released any spooky Birth of a Nation-style Halloween ads about him.

Retiring Arizona Senator Jeff Flake described the Bracamontes ad as "a new low in campaigning. It's sickening." Jamie Weinstein of the National Review Online tweeted, "This is, without question, a racist ad." It's interesting how conservatives have flipped the script from 30 years ago. Shadowy "independent" groups used to sound racial dog whistles and the president would retain a plausibly deniable distance. It certainly worked because even a few liberals now claim Ronald Reagan was some model of racial tolerance. Now, though, the president waves his hate flag high and Republicans distance themselves while still ultimately supporting his every move. If Hillary Clinton had won in 2016, she'd probably gladly accept Flake criticizing her on the Senate floor in exchange for supporting her policies and court nominees 84 percent of the time.

John Sides of the Washington Post wrote that Willie Horton as a campaign tactic became less effective in 1988 once its racist appeals were called out explicitly. He said this in January of 2016, though, before Trump won the GOP primary and later the presidency. Blatant racism isn't as embarrassing to Republicans as it once was.

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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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