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More thoughts on the Donald’s racist authoritarianism, and why the Republican Party owns it.

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  • Buckeye623

    F#ckface von Clownstick rides again.

    Trump has an affinity for nicknaming Hillary — time to bring back Jon Stewart’s nickname for Trump.

    As an added bonus [or WAD], Trump really dislikes this one.

  • CaptainBringdown

    Having a president who believes that legitimate opposition is a logical impossibility is highly dangerous.

    Unfortunately, this isn’t limited to Trump; virtually the entire Republican Party views elected Democrats in general, and our sitting president in particular, as illegitimate. Indeed, the Republican Party owns it.

  • tsam

    Trump also called for Curiel to recuse himself … on the grounds that he made decisions Trump disagreed with.

    Well, he’s got a point there. I mean, doesn’t this guy know who Donald Trump is??

    • …and he’s got a very good brain.

      • cpinva

        “…and he’s got a very good brain.”

        and we expect you to get right on that! yeah, yeah, I know, you have standards. low standards, but standards nonetheless.

        • I am usually very picky in that regard.

          However, this one time I am willing to take eat one for the team….

  • CP

    Democracy is premised, in part, on the promise that the losing factions of an election remain members of the political community. Having a president who believes that legitimate opposition is a logical impossibility is highly dangerous.

    I’ve seen this before. The conservative argument is that because Obama has been so extreme and refusing to deal with the Republican Congress, he’s the one who started all this incivility and liberals and media are all hypocrites for not noticing until now. (Because this fits the MSM “both sides do it” narrative to a tee, expect to see a lot more of it).

    • so-in-so

      Recall under Bush the Lesser that anyone who disagreed with the President “hated America” or “hated freedom”.

      • Or was “Objectively pro-Saddam” or “Objectively pro-terrorism”.

      • CP

        You both forget, history began under Barack Obama. That’s why we call it the Obama Recession.

        • so-in-so

          Except for the “Golden Age” when Saint Ronald ruled the state and showered his glory over all.

          • Make that “showered his golden glory over all.”

          • Donalbain

            The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again.

            • N__B

              The sun shines and people forget.

        • MAJeff

          You both forget, history began under Barack Obama.

          Thanks Fukuyama.

          • CP

            Yeah, history ended in 1991 and then began again in 2009. What do you expect? Everything‘s getting a reboot these days.

            • njorl

              We had a 18 year intertemporum.

              • N__B

                Okay, who let the wormhole out of its cage?

        • cpinva

          “You both forget, history began under Barack Obama.”

          yes. except, of course, for the 16 years that Bill Clinton was in office.

      • And it was “treason” to question him during wartime.

        Hey, we’re still at war aren’t we?

        • cpinva

          “Hey, we’re still at war aren’t we?”

          nope, haven’t been “at war”, since WWII ended, with the formal surrender of Japan. we are involved in two “authorizations of the use of force by congress”. believe it or not, this actually makes a difference, especially in terms of how our troops get paid, and what benefits are available to them, as a veteran of said authorizations. aside from that, I suspect to veterans of both “authorizations” of Iraq & Afghanistan, they seemed very much like what they’d read/seen/heard about how wars are supposed to be, with people trying to kill you and everything.

          • efgoldman

            with people trying to kill you and everything.

            If it walks like a duck….

          • You’re talking to a retired USAF Lt. Colonel and a veteran of Desert Storm, Bosnia and Iraq II by the way.

            • wjts

              Bosnia and Iraq II? I don’t recall you mentioning those before.

              • I deployed to France and Italy several times during Bosnia when I was flying KC-135s in the ANG.

                It was pretty easy duty. Mostly we flew refueling missions over the Adriatic, with the occasional run over Croatia.

                Iraq II is on my DD214 but I was just part of the Air Bridge so I’ve never made a big deal about it.

          • Donalbain

            The last country that the USA declared war on was Romania.

            • wjts

              And that, surprisingly, was last week.

              • N__B

                Vlad the Impaler just won’t learn his lesson.

                • fucking vampires.

                • weirdnoise

                  I guess brains are rather dry after all the blood is drained.

  • Crusty

    Don’t fuck with federal judges. Some of them have tremendous ego’s and power to match.

    • wjts
      • Denverite

        Sweetness, he was only joking when he said he’d like to bash every tooth in your head.

        • wjts

          Share some greased tea with me.

          • Denverite

            I dated a girl from Southend (the basis for that song) for a while. I think I visited her twice there. I didn’t think it was so bad.

            • wjts

              It always makes me think of a town in Massachusetts.

              • Denverite

                Nah, exurb maybe an hour from London by train. Right on the sea. Home of the “Essex girl” stereotype (which I didn’t find to be true at all — the girl I dated is now an employment solicitor at a big international firm).

                • wjts

                  Oh, I know the actual setting for the song. It just makes me think of a different coastal town that they forgot to close down.

        • Brownian

          Some egos are bigger than others.

          • Denverite

            Keats and Yeats are on his side, while Wilde is on mine.

            • wjts

              If you must write internet comments, the words you use should be your own: don’t plagarize or take on loan.

            • Brownian

              Oh, I didn’t realise that you wrote poetry. I didn’t realise you wrote such bloody awful poetry.

              • wjts

                It’s gruesome that someone so handsome should care.

                • Denverite

                  Someone so well-dressed needs to remember to hang the DJ hang the DJ hang the DJ.

              • Mark Field

                That’s too harsh for such beauty effulgent.

          • efgoldman

            Some egos are bigger than others.

            They call it “overcompensation.”

            • Denverite

              OLD ALERT

  • Alex.S

    I guess on the plus side, it was nice of Trump to tie his racism directly to his fraudulent business.

  • twbb

    Let’s all blog about it on lefty websites, that’ll show him!

    Seriously though, has any Democrat maken a statement about this? It’s pretty clear to me, a simple non-politician member of the public, that “give-him-enough-rope-to-hang-himself” doesn’t work. Can’t some proxy for Clinton can’t start a public fight with Trump by insulting him? I mean, the media loves that stuff and they will broadcast it. Take advantage of the media’s lack of journalistic integrity for once.

    • Dennis Orphen

      Wait until he’s nominated. Slow down, breath deep, unclench those muscles.

      • twbb

        No, waiting until he’s nominated is not the best idea. Paul Ryan just got on board. Once they resign themselves to him they will get between him and the media and make him look a lot more polished. He will actually get a professional campaign staff, and they could very well stop him from saying too many more stupid things.

        • “… they will get between him and the media….”

          That seems unwise. It’s damn DANGEROUS to get between Drumpf and a camera.

        • so-in-so

          Paul Ryan was ALWAYS going to get on board. I’d say the number of Republicans of any power who don’t (and haven’t been declared RINO already over passed errors of judgment) is too small to be meaningful.

          It didn’t help Romney, who was a better candidate.

          • I am SHOCKED SHOCKED SHOCKED to see Ryan once again announcing Firm Unbending Conditions and then exhibiting slightly less spine than a lamprey.

        • AMK

          Too bad. I was hoping for at least one more round of Trump v. Ryan “discussing differences,” but I guess Ryan’s scared Trump will sic the base on him again. Granted, I’m sure that Ryan has no actual problem with Trump, but two days after his latest racial slurfest, I would have though the Speaker would have held off for the sake of his elite media image.

        • Charlie S

          If they want to hitch their star to Trump’s let’em. The more the merrier. Then move to bring him down.

    • petesh

      Evidently Hillary needs no proxy. I haven’t listened to her speech yet, but I have seen several comments from those who did, of which my favorite was that she said “I’m willing to bet he’s writing a few (nasty tweets) right now” — while he was writing a few tweets. Which he promptly stopped doing.

      • catclub

        Which he promptly stopped doing.

        Wow, sounds like they already inside his head.

        • wjts

          One thing I’m hopeful about (and looking forward to) in this election is that I think it will be very easy to bait Trump into doing counterproductive things by needling him. If Clinton says, “He can’t even win New York – his home state!”, he’ll come back by buying up a bunch of ads explaining how great he is and how much New York loves him. Every dollar he wastes on vanity projects like that is a dollar he can’t spend on canvassing or phonebanking in Virginia.

          • howard

            i agree, and i want to add that a certain barack hussein obama and a certain william jefferson clinton are past masters at needling obtuse right-wingers and getting in their heads.

            • wjts

              Oh, yes.

            • And they will soon be hitting the campaign trail. It’s going to be AWESOME….

      • NonyNony

        she said “I’m willing to bet he’s writing a few (nasty tweets) right now” — while he was writing a few tweets. Which he promptly stopped doing.

        This may be the bestest thing I’ve heard on the internet this week.

      • efgoldman

        Evidently Hillary needs no proxy.

        Damn you and your Evelyn Wood speed typing.

        • petesh

          Do you have elephant genes? I plum forgot Evelyn Wood.

          • howard

            hell, for certain books that i just want to skim, i still use the evelyn wood technique!

            • petesh

              Well, for mental arithmetic (if only to confuse the kids at the register) I still use parts of the Trachtenberg System, developed in a concentration camp by an inmate for the sake of his own sanity. Someone gave me the book when I was about 13 and I thought it was really cool

          • efgoldman

            I plum forgot Evelyn Wood.

            Regular advertiser, back in the day, on a station I worked for.

      • sharculese

        Watched it live. She came out swinging. ‘Thin skinned’ is a phrase were going to be hearing a lot on the stump.

      • twbb

        Yep, she does. The point of a proxy is to get into undignified slap fights with the opposing candidate so your candidate looks stately and dignified.

        • sharculese

          So like Geraldine Ferraro in 2008? I cant imagine why HRC doesnt want that.

          • so-in-so

            Compared to Trump, I find it hard to picture any Democratic politician not looking stately and dignified. Maybe if Anthony Weiner decided sext right on stage… which would probably prompt Trump to do the same.

            • NonyNony

              Alan Grayson and Ed Rendell both come to mind.

              That said – I think Clinton has less to worry about when it comes to undignified proxies and more to worry about with proxies who are perfectly dignified when they stick their feet into their own mouths and then push hard. That’s historically been more of her problem than a lack of dignity.

              • Matt McIrvin

                I don’t know if you can call Ed Rendell “perfectly dignified”.

                edit: ah, I see you weren’t, never mind.

        • jim, some guy in iowa

          and then you get a bunch of crap about “Crooked Hillary” hiding behind someone else. She might just as well stand right up and say the truth about the sonofabitch herself- and if she keeps her cool as he freaks out, I believe that’s gonna be one *hell* of a heightened contradiction

          • wjts

            I foresee a number of “Please proceed… dipshit” moments in the debates.

          • Coming from Trump, I assume “lying” and “crooked” are intended as compliments.

            • N__B

              “Laughable” should do good service.

      • Rob in CT

        Vox has multiple posts up about her speech. The excerpts I’ve read looked pretty good to me.

        “Donald Trump’s ideas aren’t just different — they are dangerously incoherent,” Clinton said at the beginning of the speech. She continued, with a few lines that really cut to the core of the speech:

        “They’re not even really ideas: just a series of bizarre rants, personal feuds, and outright lies.”

    • efgoldman

      Can’t some proxy for Clinton can’t start a public fight with Trump by insulting him?

      Well, on Monday HRC referenced the lawsuit and called Trump and the opossum on his head a fraud in so many words, although I don’t think she actually mentioned his rant about the judge.

    • Joe_JP

      Can’t some proxy for Clinton can’t start a public fight with Trump by insulting him?

      Like Sen. Warren?

      • twbb

        Yes. More of that, please.

      • cpinva

        you mean “Pocahontas”?

      • random

        I was gonna say….Warren already did this. I suspect that was also at least part of Bernie’s intention with that whole debate thing.

        • Breadbaker

          Naw. Debating Trump is Hillary’s job. Bernie was talking out of turn. You have to earn that job and he hasn’t.

  • liberalrob

    Did Trump’s embrace of racist paranoia make him toxic within the Rpeublican party? Hardly.

    Typo. Or Freudian slip…

  • Unemployed_Northeastern

    Steve Harper wrote a great piece over at his Belly of the Beast about how Trump’s tirade against Curiel may actually break 18 USC 401 and 1503, and that folk have been thrown in the clink for indirect criminal contempt of court for less than what Trump has said.

  • Joe_JP

    South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) warned that the divisive rhetoric presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump is known for can lead to tragic events like the racially-motivated massacre last summer at a Charleston church.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/nikki-haley-links-trump-dylann-roof

    But:

    Despite their differences, Haley has said she will support Trump as her party’s nominee.

    • Drexciya

      In the wake of the killings, Haley started a national movement to remove the Confederate battle flag from government buildings by advocating for it to be taken down from the state house grounds.

      ?????????????????????????

      Have Bree Newsome’s charges even been dropped yet?

      Edit: That quote is even more fascinating in context:

      The South Carolina governor, who is of Indian descent and endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) in the 2016 race, has spoken out against Trump’s “irresponsible” rhetoric about immigration many times during the campaign.

      Trump responded by calling her “very weak on illegal immigration.”

      Despite their differences, Haley has said she will support Trump as her party’s nominee.

      Never underestimate the flexibility of racist signaling.

      • so-in-so

        Great point, I guess “ceasing to resist” equals “starting a movement” at least for Republicans.

        • cpinva

          personally, I prefer that my “movements” be of brief duration.

          • BubbaDave

            It all depends on how much shit you currently contain. Getting all the fecal matter out of the Republican party could be a movement of years if not decades.

  • Gee Suss

    I seem to remember a big uptick in threats/violence against judges post-Obama, specifically because of right-wing agitation. I’ve just found allusions to it. Does anyone else remember specifics? My point is that this is part of a longstanding tradition of threatening judges…

  • Manju

    Trump referred to Curiel as “Mexican” as a way of indicating that he was therefore not really American.

    Maybe. But more specifically, I thought he was providing a possible motive for the judge’s alleged bias, i.e. the judge hates Trump because he’s Mexican.

    In this reading, “Mexican” is just shorthand for “Mexican-American”. That’s how people speak colloquially. If someone asks, I usually just say I’m Indian, even though I’m American. They want to know my ethnicity, not my citizenship.

    IMO, Trump’s accurate description of the Judge makes his line of argument even more racist. It’s tantamount to George Wallace assuming that a black judge may not like him. The racism implicit in this assumption does not hinge on whether or not the judge is actually black. Nor does the assumption have to be incorrect in order to be racist. There’s something much more fundamental in play.

    • Drexciya

      It was a threat, I’m sorry. In this regard, Lemieux is correct. The designation of “Mexican” is less to call into question his motives and more to tether him to a descriptively demi-human population that’s been reduced to “rapists,” and “killers” (his words) that need to be mass-deported by the miltiary/police, with the full support of the state. He’s associating him with a population that Trump has justified assaults and terrorism against, in front of a crowd that took the dog-whistles to the obvious conclusions and booed and chanted “build a wall” accordingly. The fundamental dynamic is the relationship between supposedly innocuous speech and violence and how continual, willful density about that relationship dulls our defensive reflexes for the almost explicitly extrajudicial appeal of making America great again.

      He’s not promising to head and direct a political movement, he’s promising to head and direct a white nationalist mob. We really don’t need to start waiting for assassinations and cross burnings before we start taking this to the conclusions his supporters already have.

      Edit: Also, calling him an Obama appointee serves to reinforce both the delegitimization and, more importantly, the dehumanization for pretty much the exact same purposes. It’s not just “these people are biased” it’s that they’re not people.

      • wjts

        Pretty much. “Mexican-American” is not a category Trump and his supporters recognize – they’re all “Mexicans” sensu Trump. Even the Brazilians.

        • alex284

          I literally looked up Gonzalo Curiel’s wikipedia page because I had so little faith in Trump to actually know what country his parents were from.

      • CD

        Exactly. Build a wall, round up and deport, rapists … we need to read for the larger narrative, which is the alien within.

        It’s also not like violence toward people understood to be “Mexican” is a new thing in U.S. history.

        (Plus Manju’s idea that “Mexican” is an ethnicity is … credulous. It’s a nationality, no more an ethnicity than U.S. is an ethnicity.)

        • (Plus Manju’s idea that “Mexican” is an ethnicity is … credulous. It’s a nationality, no more an ethnicity than U.S. is an ethnicity.)

          I’m not sure your proposed restriction(s) on the use of the word “ethnicity”, whatever their putative prescriptive virtues, are particularly accurate from a descriptive standpoint. J. Otto can cite chapter and verse from the ethnicity literature, and perhaps he’ll say something here. Meanwhile, we have Manju telling people he’s Indian because “They want to know my ethnicity, not my citizenship.” Is he wrong to speak (to random USAn interlocutors) of his own ethnicity as being Indian rather than, I don’t know what, Gujarati? Bengali? Manjurian?

          It’s a semantic thicket, is what it is, Brother Fox. Don’t throw the baby into it with the bath water!

          • Manju

            Is he wrong to speak (to random USAn interlocutors) of his own ethnicity as being Indian rather than, I don’t know what, Gujarati? Bengali? Manjurian?

            Heh.

            This is an issue of contention. I haven’t adopted any of the regional or language identities, and certainly not the caste ones, that are trademarks of the genuine indian. No real indian calls himself an Indian.

            To do so ( to embrace the sub-categories) especially in regards to caste, would be to embrace another peculiar institution.

            Anyway, I’m veering into advanced anti-racism here. I’ll elaborate / unpack what I mean later if anyone is interested.

            But my original post, if u read the last paragraph, is actually much more in-line with what Drex is saying…ie it’s more about the straight up old-fashioned racism that Trump is practicing…its just that we arrive there using different routes.

      • Plus it implies that the judge is somehow not fully American.

    • random

      I don’t think I’ve ever heard any white person refer to a Latino who was born in the US as a “Mexican” and didn’t mean it as a racial slur. YMMV.

      • Manju

        Well, that’s how we (immigrants and their children) often refer to each other.

        Just tonight, while watching the Cavs v Warriors, the (white) Bartender asked the women in our group where they were from. My friends wife said she’s “Puerto Rican”…answering the implicit question (what are you) as opposed to the literal.

        The answer to the literal would have been “the Bronx” but we all know from experience that this was not what the bartender was seeking. The others followed suit…Brazilian, Indian, and Russian…and that was that.

        • random

          Puerto Ricans aren’t immigrants. They are about to have their Democratic primary.

          And Trump is also….not an immigrant and I don’t see how that anecdote has anything to do with this. I’ve pretty much never in my life heard a Republican refer to a natural-born American citizen who is Latino as ‘Mexican’ and not mean it as either a put-down or race-baiting.

          • Manju

            Well its not the n-word. It’s not like we object to others calling us what we call ourselves.

  • Alex.S

    Mr. Trump said U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel had “an absolute conflict” in presiding over the litigation given that he was “of Mexican heritage” and a member of a Latino lawyers’ association. Mr. Trump said the background of the judge, who was born in Indiana to Mexican immigrants, was relevant because of his campaign stance against illegal immigration and his pledge to seal the southern U.S. border. “I’m building a wall. It’s an inherent conflict of interest,” Mr. Trump said.

    From a new WSJ interview.

    • Breadbaker

      Judge Curiel spent decades doing some rather significant work trying to stop drug trafficking across the Mexican border. He knows a shitload more about the issues of immigration than Donald Trump.

  • slothrop1

    Seems to me, Prof. Lemieux, you want to vastly underestimate the irrationality of… The Mood. We’re not talking about enthusiastic members of the Weimar Republic. We’re talking about the FU boys of nascar, the MMA, of the NFL.

    You don’t really get it.

    • sharculese

      Omigod are we gonna get dumb people bloviating about Nascar Dads again?!? It’s like Maureen Dowd never died!*

      *Maureen Dowd didn’t die on the way back to her home planet.

      • jim, some guy in iowa

        more “burning things down” than “nascar dads”. since the controlled burn of the revolution failed, we’re going to have a forest fire

        • sharculese
          • jim, some guy in iowa

            maybe, though I was thinking slothrop’s comment reads more like a James Bond villain

            • sharculese

              Look, you can’t say ‘forest fire’ and expect me not to link to DK.

              Unless it’s about an actual forest fire, because I’m not an asshole. Well, I am an asshole, but I’m an asshole with basic human decency.

              • jim, some guy in iowa

                no, it was *good* – I don’t know as much DKs as I probably should

        • slothrop1

          No. Not really a digression, you expressed some reservations about burning because of down-ticket problems. And yet, HRC is using the DNC as a money-laundry.

          • tsam

            Miss your meds this morning?

            Got any proof of this money laundering?

            • slothrop1
              • tsam

                Sanders campaign linking to Politico? Well that’s good enough for me.

                • slothrop1

                  1 percent of $61 million raised by the arrangement. Sounds like a scam to me.

      • The using the term “Professor” as an insult is amusing.

        • sharculese

          I thought capitalizing the “m” in “mood” was funnier.

        • N__B

          Especially since the Professor was the most likable castaway.

          • tsam

            Mrs. Howell was. Not that fancypants professor.

        • alex284

          personally I prefer “perfesser.”

        • slothrop1

          He’s a professor. No disrespect intended.

          • tsam

            No disrespect intended

            U WOT M8?

    • Of country music, no doubt, Comrade Commissar of Right Thinking American Culture?

      • slothrop1

        Smoke a can of Sprite and listen to your Archie records.

    • Scott Lemieux

      Seems to me, Prof. Lemieux, you want to vastly underestimate the irrationality of… The Mood. We’re not talking about enthusiastic members of the Weimar Republic. We’re talking about the FU boys of nascar, the MMA, of the NFL.

      You don’t really get it.

      There are words here, but alas in this combination they fail to generate meaning.

      • alex284

        Well, then I guess his last sentence was right.

      • slothrop1

        She doesn’t give a shit about the Berniebros, but she loves Goldman Sachs and all-things MIC. And she’s got you – should account for a couple of readers of the Guardian.

        It’s hard to think of a less competent candidate. The economy is tanking at a propitious moment, as well.

        • Rob in CT

          It’s hard to think of a less competent candidate

          We’ve seen many, just in this election cycle. Even limiting ourselves to Democrats, we’ve seen Jim Webb and whatshisface from Maryland. Not to mention Biden, who didn’t run but has in the past and was no good at it.

          Also, too: 1 bad jobs report = economy tanking. Hi there, Chicken Little!

          • slothrop1

            Whatever gets you through the night. She’s running to the right as fast as those fat little legs will take her. Running away from her base. Brilliant.

            The economy sucks. It has sucked for young voters, especially.There is not much of a reason for people on the left to vote for her. She’s plainly uninterested in these voters. What a brilliant campaign.

            • Rob in CT

              those fat little legs

              Yeah, I’m gonna waste keystrokes on the likes of you.

              Piss off.

              [not that that is the only screwy thing about your comment, of course]

              • slothrop1

                Short-legged vulgarian.

              • weirdnoise

                Yeah, I’d say slothrop1 have launched themselves well inside troll territory.

    • alex284

      Meh. I think the left (in all its forms) vastly overestimates the right in the US. Every correlation is causation. Every word a republican says is a brilliant strategy that cannot fail. If it does, then it’s immediately forgotten. If a rightwinger succeeds, then it’s obviously because of Americans bought whatever stupid koolaid they were selling.

      Like Kerry lost in 2004. A normal person looks at that and says that he did pretty OK considering he was running against a popular war-time incumbent president. But a liberal looks at that and says “Americans are really so dumb that they believed everything the Swiftboaters said!”

      Also, who cares about the mood. Lemieux was saying Trump is racist. That argument doesn’t depend on the rationality of the unwashed masses.

  • Referee doesn’t like me, it’s NOT FAIR.
    Was there any stage in Trump’s career when he wasn’t whining?

    UPDATE: I cannot help imagining how Trump would respond to a series of tweets reminding him that “Winners don’t whine about the umpire”).

    • N__B

      Why are you spelling “whine” correctly? I suddenly doubt that you are actually an upside-downie.

  • Matt

    Given that FDR’s proposal to pack the courts was rejected by Congress in the aftermath of a historic landslide in the 1936 presidential election, it’s unlikely that even a Trump-friendly Republican Congress would take such extreme measures.

    [Citation needed]

    We’ve just watched the entire GOP establishment go from “#nevertrump” to lining up to delicately tongue The Mighty Orange Ringpiece in less than a month. The only way I see the teahadis in Congress pushing back on any of his proposals is if they don’t think they go *far* enough…

    • Aaron Morrow

      Article III of the consitution provides various tools that could theoretically undermine the independence of the courts – packing federal courts with additional members selected by the president, stripping the courts of jurisdiction and removal from office. All of these actions, however, would require an act of Congress.

      Looking only at actors in Congress, Senator Cruz supports “stripping the courts of jurisdiction” concerning gay marriage, and the House Judiciary Committee is currently debating the “removal from office” of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.
      (I suspect Republicans who don’t vote to put a majority of Scalias on the bench will be targeted for contested primaries, but I have no idea if that’s true or whether or not they would be successful.)

  • drpuck

    To beat a third grader, one needs to think like a fourth grader.

    For example, if Hair Duce calls you Lyin’ Hillary you repeat the insult with the appropriate substitution.

    Lyin’ Trump.

    Example routine:

    @donaldjtrump

    In Crooked Hillary’s telepromter speech yesterday, she made up things that I said or believe but have no basis in fact. Not honest!

    so:

    In Crooked Trump’s telepromter speech yesterday, he made up things that I said or believe but have no basis in fact. Lyin’ Trump!

    @donaldjtrump

    “@Valenti317: @realDonaldTrump is a criminal and I’m the only person that can stop lyin’ trump

  • drpuck

    To beat a third grader, one needs to think like a fourth grader.

    For example, if Hair Duce calls you Lyin’ Hillary you repeat the insult with the appropriate substitution.

    Lyin’ Trump.

    Example routine:

    @donaldjtrump

    In Crooked Hillary’s telepromter speech yesterday, she made up things that I said or believe but have no basis in fact. Not honest!

    so:

    In Crooked Trump’s telepromter speech yesterday, he made up things that I said or believe but have no basis in fact. Lyin’ Trump!

    @realDonaldTrump is a criminal and I’m the only person that can stop lyin’ trump

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