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Donald Trump doesn't believe in political, factual, or legal correctness, so why would anyone expect him to bow down to the liberal fascism of merely following normal protocol when a political opponent dies after a long illness? So it's not the least bit surprising to learn from the Washington Post that Trump didn't just neglect to issue a formal White House statement on John McCain's death -- Trump went a level lower and killed a statement written by the comms team that praised McCain's military service and his time in the Senate, and which used the verboten word "hero," a word that should be reserved for the brave people who take children away from their families at the border.

The statement had been drafted Saturday, before McCain died, and then polished by Sarah Huckabee Sanders and others before it was shown to Trump. The Great Man then rejected it in favor of sending out this masterpiece of solemnity which didn't even say anything about McCain's life:

Truly, Donald Trump has the best words. He even managed not to insult the dead guy, so that's actually pretty impressive, huh? Never mind that the norm for presidents, on the passing of a significant person, is to issue at least a paragraph or two praising their service to the nation, even if the dead person belonged to the other political party. The Obamas said far nicer things about Nancy Reagan than Yr Wonkette did, for instance, because they're classy like that (and we too had a reputation to uphold). Hell, Obama probably never liked Antonin Scalia one bit, but when the man died, Barry did what a president does and praised Scalia's public service, even lauding him as a "larger-than-life presence on the bench -- a brilliant legal mind with an energetic style, incisive wit, and colorful opinions."

Because that's just part of the job -- the ceremonial stuff that moves along the national machinery. Was calling one of the most awful, petty judicial opponents of progress "brilliant" and dedicated to the "rule of law" hypocrisy? Not especially -- it's just what you do at a funeral before plunging back into the serious work of trying to get someone less awful onto the bench. Trump's petulant response certainly isn't "refreshingly honest," that's for damn sure.

Trump's Twitter account on Sunday was otherwise just the usual shitheaded garbage about the fake news media, social media companies oppressing conservatives, and nobody giving Trump credit for the incredible economic success of his riding Obama's economic recovery, at least until early evening, when it became clear Trump had tired of all the attention to some guy who wasn't even president, ever:

Over 90% approval rating for your all time favorite (I hope) President within the Republican Party and 52% overall. This despite all of the made up stories by the Fake News Media trying endlessly to make me look as bad and evil as possible. Look at the real villains please!

Trump was, of course, lying about poll results -- he's just under 90 percent approval among Republicans in some recent polls, but no, that's not even close to the highest ever even among Republicans -- every R president except Gerald Ford has had higher peak approval. As for the 52 percent overall approval thing, not even the friendliest polls have Trump doing anywhere that well, the best guess is that Trump saw his disapproval rating in a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll and said "Hooray for Trump! 52 percent is a majority of people who love me! I have big best brain!"

Oh, yes, and then there's that flag thing. While flags at the White House were flown at half-staff briefly after McCain's death, in accordance with the Flag Code (which says when a member of Congress dies, the flag should be lowered "on the day of death and the following day), they were back to full staff as of Monday morning. Trump hasn't issued an order for flags to be lowered nationwide any longer than that. (Obama ordered the flag to half-staff more than any other president, incidentally.) Flags remained at half-staff at the Capitol and, strikingly, at the Washington Monument:

By 9:15 Monday morning, the flags at the monument had been raised again, and of course there will be no order for them to stay at half-staff longer, because Donald Trump knows the personal is political. And of necessity, it's petty as fuck.

McCain's funeral will be held Saturday at DC's National Cathedral; his family invited George W. Bush and Barack Obama to deliver eulogies; we expect Donald Trump to either go golfing or, more likely, to schedule a campaign rally at the exact same time.

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[WaPo / Reuters / The Week / WaPo]

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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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