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It's been a joy watching the reactions come in from TrumpWorld about the news that Donald Trump has committed YET ANOTHER CRIME, in this case suborning perjury by instructing his former lawyer thug fixer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress. How many other people did he do that with? WE DUNNO! But that's not what this post is about.

First of all, let's see what the big guy himself did. As with all presidential statements from the un-president, it happened on Twitter:

Oh wait, that's (grapes) not it. Here it is:

That's right, the president of the United States reacted to a bombshell news report exposing that he had tampered with a witness by suborning perjury by ... tampering with that witness some more in public, by threatening his father-in-law! (To be fair, Trump has been trying to intimidate the witness by encouraging the feds to investigate Cohen's father-in-law for a hot minute now. It's one of his things, like tweeting and pooping at the same time and comparing WALL to WHEEL.)


We should add, not for nothing, that the Daily Mail is reporting (grain of salt) that Michael Cohen returned home to his apartment today with his arm in a sling and a black eye, wearing a hospital bracelet. And they have pictures! Personally, we are not seeing the "black eye," and there are a couple pics where it looks like his knuckles might be bloody, but who knows. For the record, his people say he had minor shoulder surgery today. Did Trump send somebody to rough him up, or was it a freelance job by one of the horse-fellating inbreds who still supports the president? Or did he just have surgery? WAS ONE OF THOSE HORSE-FELLATING INBREDS ALSO HIS NURSE? Dunno! Just letting you know it's out there.

Anyway, so that is how Donald Trump is handling the news.

In our morning post, we included some early reactions from the goons who populate Trump's orbit, which was funny, because literally nobody was denying the truth of the story. Rudy Giuliani's initial response, last night, was that if we believe KNOWN LIAR Michael Cohen, then he is going to sell us the Brooklyn Bridge for a bargain price. This, of course, intentionally ignored the fact that if you read the BuzzFeed article (a tall order for the average Trump supporter, we know), then you could see that Cohen was merely corroborating what Robert Mueller already knew, through interviewing other witnesses and reading internal emails and texts from the Trump Organization. Also, BuzzFeed's sources were two high-level law enforcement officials, not Michael Cohen.

But those details didn't stop White House press dude Hogan Gidley -- yes, that is a real name, and is not the name of the lovable sidekick basset hound from an upcoming cartoon about a group of pedophile Klansmen -- who went on Fox News and explained what's really going on here:


"... This is why the president refuses to give any credibility to news outlets ..."

Fox News was like, "That's not a denial."

" ... No, but the premise is ridiculous. We're also talking about a person, Michael Cohen, who, quite frankly, has now been proven to be a liar ..."

Fox News was like, "That's not a denial."

"... The president's attorneys already addressed this ..."

Fox News was like, "That's not a denial." Also, at the time of that Hogan Gidley interview (HOGAN GIDLEY!), the only lawyerly statement from TrumpWorld was that horseshit above from Rudy Giuliani, so we guess that's what he meant when he said they had "addressed this."

So, Gidley "refuted" the story by saying the fake news is stupid and Michael Cohen is a liar, even though Cohen wasn't the source for the story, ROBERT MUELLER'S RECEIPTS were the source of the story.

Newt Gingrich gave it a try. (Newt Gingrich is also a real name.) We don't think Newtie really knows who or what a "BuzzFeed" is:

Of course, if we were total dicks, we might point out that it sounds more like Newticles is talking about the National Enquirer than BuzzFeed News (which has been nominated for all the Pulitzers). You know, that rag Donald Trump committed campaign finance crimes with, by instructing Michael Cohen to have their Enquirer publisher pal David Pecker catch and kill stories from women claiming to have been mistresses to the man Russia cheated into the White House. Oh wait, we are total dicks, so we just pointed it out!

Anyway, that was not a denial either.

Kellyanne Conway went on Fox Business and attacked BuzzFeed's sources for being leakers, by saying BUZZFEED SUX, and by not denying the truth of the report.

Indeed, the noise got so loud, attacking the sources, accusing Michael Cohen of being the source, attacking BuzzFeed as a news organization, and attacking the reporters individually, that BuzzFeed reporter Anthony Cormier, who shared a byline on the bombshell report, went on TV to yell at Trump idiots, for being idiots:

He also went on BuzzFeed's morning news show (which is a thing!) to say it's "fucking bullshit" how stupid the president's supporters are, unable as they are to get it through their empty heads that Michael. Cohen. Was. Not. The. Fucking Source.

At long last, though, we have a denial, maybe because fuckers on the internet couldn't stop pointing out how nobody in TrumpWorld had actually denied that Trump committed this crime. Of course, it came from Rudy Giuliani, a man with a broken brain and no reputation left to uphold:

Dipshit still hasn't read the article.

Anyway, doesn't Rudy Giuliani denying a thing usually mean Rudy Giuliani will accidentally admit to the same thing a few days/weeks/months/minutes later on live television? IT DOES.

Oh golly, whom should we believe? The piles of human-animal hybrid excrement that surround President Russian Agent Unindicted Co-Conspirator, or excellent news reporters from BuzzFeed?

IT IS A MYSTERY AND A CONUNDRUM.

Anyway, see if you can answer that question in this, your OPEN THREAD.

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Hello! Here a beautiful open thread for you to not comment all over, so that you don't not comment all over Dok's book club post.

I was gonna drop my Nonnie's recipe for Easter bread in here, but apparently it has to proof overnight and is also for approximately 87,000 people, so not much of a point to that! (Though here it is if you really want it. She doesn't do the egg thing, but if you want, you can put some dyed raw eggs in the braided dough before you bake. And you can add sprinkles, and anise if you're gross and like gross things) I was gonna try and make it myself last night, but have instead opted to just make waffles. Waffles are FINE.

So instead, I shall just leave you with this absolutely terrifying version of The Velveteen Rabbit starring Marie Osmond as said velveteen rabbit. Coincidentally, Marie Osmond is also Nonnie's 2nd arch-nemesis, after Rachel Ray (Rachel Ray because she doesn't pull her hair back when she cooks, and Marie for reasons I'm not entirely clear on but which I believe are related to a Weight Watchers commercial).

THE VELVETEEN RABBIT starring Marie Osmond - full length feature youtu.be


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Happy Day Before Half-Priced Easter Chocolate Day, Wonkers! Time to wrap up our Wonkette Book Club discussion of Winter War: Hoover, Roosevelt, and the First Clash Over the New Deal, by Erich Rauchway, a historian at UC-Davis. We're increasingly convinced the book might have just as well been titled Herbert Hoover: Christ, What An Asshole! As ever, even if you haven't finished the reading, jump in anyway -- there won't be a test!

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