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Donald Trump knows that running for president means you never have to say you're sorry, especially if you're Donald Trump. In a chat on "Imus in the Morning" Wednesday, radio hemorrhoid Don Imus asked Trump if he would consider apologizing to POWs for his July 2015 comments about preferring "people that weren’t captured," and Trump explained he didn't see any need for that sort of empty gesture:

“Well I’ve actually done that, Don,” Trump replied. “You know frankly, I like John McCain, and John McCain is a hero. Also, heroes are people that are, you know, whether they get caught or don’t get caught -- they’re all heroes as far as I’m concerned. And that’s the way it should be.”

Just for the hell of it, we did a bit of quick Googling to see when Trump actually did that, and darned if we could find any articles about Trump apologizing to POWs -- lots of pieces from July with McCain demanding an apology to POW families, and also about McCain's call on CNN Sunday for Trump to apologize to POWs. But as far as Trump actually having done that, not so much. We did find a Buzzfeed piece from March where Trump insisted to the father of a soldier captured and killed in Iraq that he'd never said that people who get captured aren't heroes -- "Oh, no, no, no, I never did that" -- which is true. He just said McCain wasn't a hero, and then that he was "a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured, okay?" So not the same thing at all, and no further apology needed, not that Trump ever actually apologized (if he did, let us know and we'll update).

So there's a surprise, Donald Trump trying to have it both ways. Imus asked, "So do you regret saying that?"

“I don’t, you know -- I like not to regret anything,” Trump said. “You do things and you say things. And what I said, frankly, is what I said. And some people like what I said, if you want to know the truth. There are many people that like what I said. You know after I said that, my poll numbers went up seven points.”

“You understand that, I mean, some people liked what I said,” added Trump. “I like John McCain, in my eyes John McCain is a hero. John McCain’s a good guy.”

Apart from how McCain also needed to apologize for all the awful nasty things he said about Trump last summer, when Trump wrote on Facebook,

I am not a fan of John McCain because he has done so little for our Veterans and he should know better than anybody what the Veterans need, especially in regards to the VA. He is yet another all talk, no action politician who spends too much time on television and not enough time doing his job and helping the Vets.

Besides, did you see how great Trump's poll numbers were? Why would he need to apologize if his numbers are up? Do people not understand how morality even works anymore?

Imus pointed out that while he certainly intends to vote for Trump, maybe it's a little tacky for a guy with a lot of student deferments to be criticizing a Vietnam War POW for having made the mistake of getting caught. Trump didn't take the bait, of course, merely confirming, "I understand that. Well, I was going to college, I had student deferments. I also got a great lottery number," and going on to explain that he HAD done his part in the war effort, by building a Vietnam War Memorial in New York City. Or at least he was the co-chair of the commission for the thing, even if he only attended a few of the meetings. Still, he did his time in the 'Nam, not to mention his military service in prep school, and we're sure all the vets appreciate it.

Plus, did you see the lousy poll numbers that war got? Terrible!

[BuzzFeed via TPM / NYDN / BuzzFeed again]

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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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