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Within the past week, we've had one man sending bombs to nearly every person on Donald Trump's personal shit list, we've had a man with a history of making racist remarks kill two black people at a Louisville Kroger, and now we've had a mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, committed by a virulent anti-Semite who was afraid of immigrants "slaughtering" his people.

Were Donald Trump a normal president, or even just a normal human being, the bombings this week might have made him want to take a beat and at least try to be a president to all of America, or at least try not to act like the biggest asshole that ever lived. He is not, however, a normal president or a normal human being.

Prior to his rally in North Carolina last night, Trump spoke briefly with the press and when asked whether or not the recent bombings would lead him to tone down his rhetoric, said that he could, actually, "tone it up."


And last night, to a crowd of however many people in Charlotte, North Carolina, he did, indeed, "tone it up." He got them to cheer "CNN Sucks." Which was just a little creepy given that one of the bombs was sent to CNN.

He then tried to blame "the media" for the uptick in violence and division, because they criticize him and criticize his supporters. For the record, "the media" did not try to bomb anyone this week. He takes care to point out that the Right did not use the Steve Scalise shooting to try and score political points, despite the fact that every single time anyone on the Right does anything crazy and violent, they start screaming about Steve Scalise. Also, when Steve Scalise was shot, people on the Left did not go around screaming "FALSE FLAG!" and instead merely focused on the obvious need for gun control.

The only "political points" anyone is trying to "score" with these bombings are whatever goddamned points are required to get this shit to stop happening. We would like it a lot if the Right could stop trying to scare the crap out of people, so that unstable people don't take it to heart and think murdering people is the only way they can keep themselves and others safe. That's the political points we would like to "score."

The immediate well he went to is that "the media" was saying very unfair things about his supporters because one of them went and sent some bombs to people, and he just wanted to stand up for them. There is a purpose to this. It makes these people enraged, and he has to keep them enraged because that's how he keeps their loyalty and their attention. He creates monsters and then tells people he is their protector, and they fall for it every goddamned time. Sometimes, they fall for it so hard that they go around trying to bomb people.

Trump then kept with his theme of attacking all the people who had just had bombs sent to them, because gee, what could possibly go wrong?


If Trump doesn't want the media saying mean things about him, perhaps he ought to consider not pulling shit like this right after a terrorist attack. Perhaps he could be more concerned about the human beings who could have died than he is about trying to score his own "political points." Perhaps he could tone it down, just a little bit.

But he can't tone it down. Because screaming "lock her up" like a mob of pitchfork-bearing villagers is the only thing that makes these people feel good, because the insults and the cruelty are what they came to see, it's what they are there for, and it's why they're goddamned dangerous.

Trump doesn't care if people die as a result of his bullshit -- because even if that does happen, he will create a new narrative ("It is the MEDIA who is wrong!") and stick to it, and each time, that narrative will serve to radicalize people even further. There is no bottom.

[Talking Points Memo]

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Nancy Pelosi is making news again today after her weekly press conference, mostly because she said this about yesterday's nutbag performance from President Stable Genius:

[T]his time, another temper tantrum — again — I pray for the President Of The United States. I wish him and his family, his administration and staff would have an intervention for the good of the country.

She prays for him. And she's just kind of suggesting that maybe the president is unwell, in his brain. She's being very subtle!

When Glenn Thrush asked afterward what kind of "intervention" she might be talking about, she suggested that Article 25 would be just fine.

But many folks out there right now are saying "BUT WHAT ABOUT INPEACH! They are not going to do an intervention, because the intervention is called INPEACH!" (They are taking her words very literally, it would seem.) Every other damn day lately, there is news about how "NANCY SAID INPEACH IS BAD" or "NANCY SAID TRUMP'S ACTIONS IS SELF-INPEACH-ATORY, WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN, NANCY!" and whatever else, we don't know, because we have muted all of Twitter until further notice. (Here is some news about the House Democrats' weekly meeting yesterday, most of which was about Democrats yelling INPEACH! while Nancy Pelosi gave them cold showers.)

Here's the thing:

In today's presser, Pelosi was clearer than ever about her feelings on impeachment -- she doesn't like it, and she'd really hate for the nation to get to a place where that's inevitable, she is just saying it would be truly terrible for them to have to do that -- but they might just be FORCED to go there. And wouldn't that be just terrible? Nancy Pelosi is praying about that just like she is praying for Trump, under a big oak tree that casts all the shade she threw at Donald Trump for her entire fucking presser.

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Happy Throwback Thursday! Remember Paul Manafort? He's still in jail, don't worry. But it looks like he might be getting some company soon from his old pal Stephen Calk, who just got indicted today by the Southern District of New York.

Calk was a simple CEO and COB at the Federal Savings Bank of Chicago, but he had big dreams. He'd been an army pilot and a money guy, so he figured he was competent to be either Secretary of Treasury or Secretary of Army. He'd take Commerce or HUD, or even a cool ambassadorship to France, or the UK, or the UN -- he wasn't picky. Just any old position befitting a guy who is 100 percent going to be played by Michael McKean in the movie version of this nightmare.

Luckily Calk knew a guy on the inside. Sure that guy had recently been You're Fired from the Trump campaign for ratfucking the Ukrainian election, but Paul Manafort was still waving his bits all over Trumpland in the summer and fall of 2016, so Paul Manafort had the hookup that Calk needed. Luckily, Calk had what Manafort needed, which was MONEY. Manafort's fountain of untaxed cash had dried up since the Ukrainians gave his guy Viktor Yanukovych the boot, and he was in danger of losing multiple investment properties to foreclosure. So naturally Calk stepped up to the plate with $15 million in loans to keep the wolves at bay, because what are friends with more political ambition than scruple for, right?

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