Here’s the UN General Assembly laughing at Trump after he says, “My administration has accomplished more than almost any other in two years.”
Yep. That happened. You can read his awful, nationalist speech at Vox, or read about the reaction at TPM, or check out journalist Daniel Dale’s Twitter thread about the speech.
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Honestly, I’m going to have to start Irishing my coffee if things keep up like this.
5 Things to Read Today
We had a Category 1 Shitstorm this morning when Axios, based on one anonymous source from the White House, reported that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had resigned this morning. This turned out to be BS, because Axios apparently just repeats whatever the White House tells them. This is why Axios isn’t on my “trusted news sources” anymore.
Anyway, something went down with Rosenstein this morning. Popular opinion has it that the Trump administration was fishing for a resignation, and Rosenstein wouldn’t take the bait. The Trump administration then backed down from outright firing him.
Rosenstein is set to meet with Trump Thursday, the same day of the Kavanaugh hearings. Remember to eat your Wheaties this Thursday, kids. It’s shaping up to be a hell of a day.
Speaking of Kavanaugh, the New Yorker is reporting a new allegation of sexual misconduct against him. Deborah Ramirez was a student at Yale while Kavanaugh was, and she says, “Kavanaugh had exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party, thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away.”
The New Yorker is catching a bunch of hell for this story because Ramirez said flat out that she’d been drinking, too, and she’s not 100% sure of her recollections. This is her best memory of what happened.
The New Yorker is pretty transparent about the story, and how and why they reported it, though, so I’d say cut them a break. They’re reporting it because it’s a second allegation, and both Democratic senators and Republican senators knew about it in advance of the New Yorker, and it might play into why the GOP was so hot to fast track Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
- TPM Editor’s Blog: Things Moving Very Fast – Speaking of the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh, Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo has a roundup of yesterday’s news.
- Lawfare: The Hurdles to Removing a President Under the 25th Amendment – Matthew Kahn at the Lawfare blog has a piece on the 25th Amendment, how it’s used, and what using it now would take.
- New Yorker: How Russia Helped Swing the Election for Trump – And finally, back to the New Yorker, where Jane Mayer goes over the evidence that Russia’s interference did, indeed, swing the 2016 elections for Trump.
All right, that’s what I’ve got for this morning. Stay tuned – it seems like it’s winding up to be a very Monday sort of Monday.
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And I mean… just… ug.
But of course, that’s not all. I mean, it’s all for Trump, so far, although I’m sure there’ll be worse over the weekend once he has some spare time to really wind himself up. But also the GOP seems to be readying a “hey man, all rich white frat boys look the same, probably Ford just accused the wrong one” defense.
No, but for real. Respected conservative thinker Ed Whelan lost his damn mind on Twitter yesterday afternoon and went off the deep end with a 20-tweet conspiracy theory thread fingering a buddy of Kavanaugh’s as the real attempted rapist. And as nutty as the thread was (I read it yesterday but it’s since been deleted), it kind of seems like it was probably planned between a group of conservative Kavanaugh supporters, to some end or another. Apparently they thought defaming a private citizen was going to work out well for them?
What I don’t get about this whole bizarre situation is why the GOP is picking Kavanaugh as their hill to die on. Like, the guy is toxic. He’s been caught lying at his hearings, he’s got hella shady finances, and now he’s contending with a sexual assault allegation. Dump. Him.
It’s not like there’s any shortage of qualified conservative judges who’ll be happy to vote down Roe v. Wade. That’s all the GOP wants, right? So dump Kavanaugh and hustle through the appointment of literally any other conservative judge who’ll toe the party line for the next thirty years.
(Not that I support that plan. I’m just saying, if this is their goal, why are they screwing it up and shooting themselves in the foot over it?)
I can only think of two reasons why they’re clinging to Kavanaugh:
- The GOP just sucks at everything.
- Kavanaugh’s the guy who thinks presidents can’t be indicted or investigated, and they want that guy on the SCotUS in case the Democrats take back the House and Senate and actually scrape up the huevos to impeach Trump.
I mean, probably a bit of both, right? Also, I’m pretty sure the GOP is suffering from the same kind of Stockholm Syndrome that spouses of abusers get, where they just go along to get along. Trump is their abuser and they’re trying to avoid angering him.
Also-also, the GOP is full of power-hungry sociopaths who want everything for themselves and screw the future and the rest of us. That’s part of it too.
Anyway, happy Friday, you guys. This is barely the start of the day and I’m sure some more garbage is coming down the pipes, so brace yourselves.
This morning’s popular story involves a woman, Cristina Miranda, who went to Georgetown Prep with Christine Ford and Brett Kavanaugh and who claims to remember hearing about the rape attempt after it happened.
Miranda wrote a Facebook post where she was pretty adamant that the rape happened and that she remembered hearing about it at school. When she was quizzed by a pack of rabid reporters, she backed down from her certainty some.
I want you to read Miranda’s story. Then I want you to read Amber Wyatt’s story, number 4 on my list below. Then I want you to just, you know, ruminate on the similarities.
5 Things to Read Today
- Boing Boing: Spiders blamed after broken siren played creepy nursery rhymes randomly at night to UK townsfolk – I don’t even know what to say about this. You have to read it.
- New York Times: Unraveling the Russia Story So Far – The New York Times has a great big overview-type article about the Trump-Russia-2016 Elections mess. Grab a cup of coffee, settle in, and give it a go. Good stuff.
- The Atlantic: Cape Town Is an Omen – So, you remember several months back when it was reported Cape Town was going to run out of water? Well, they didn’t. Here’s the story.
- Washington Post: What do we owe her now? – In 2006 Amber Wyatt reported she’d been raped. Unfortunately for her she was a party girl who was reporting two popular members of the local high school sports team, so instead of getting justice she was harassed out of town.
- DataSociety.net: Alternative Influence: Broadcasting the Reactionary Right on YouTube – YouTube is facing a serious problem with their algorithms and some of their userbase. Their “related video” algorithms devolve into suggesting nazi rhetoric and right-wing BS almost instantly, and they’ve got an extensive and savvy userbase of nazis and right-wing BSers promoting themselves across the platform.