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“Mr Pin hated the sight of Charlie trying to be clever. It was like watching a dog try to play the trombone.”


The ambulatory pile of orange peels can’t even perform basic math. If the complexities of the U.S. legislative process were any further above his blow-dried head, they’d be bumping against Mars.

This is why I LOL at people who insist he’s some sort of mastermind.

As an aside – Ha ha ha ha ha ha!

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  • sibusisodan

    Marvellous title/tweet combo.

    Of course Trump is confused. He was expecting the Senate Electoral College to nudge things over the line despite the lack of a voting majority.

    • rm

      He doesn’t know the Senate Electoral College is why they have 52 instead of, like, 35 in the first place.

  • N__B

    Go Republican Senators, Go!

    Far, far away.

    • FlipYrWhig

      And take the Falcons with you! No, wait, that’s something else.

  • Malaclypse

    He should order the Marshall of the Supreme Court to impeach the Democrats. Problem solved!

    • Yixing’s Fluffer

      Too busy executing Bannon secretly.

    • efgoldman

      He should order the Marshall of the Supreme Court to impeach the Democrats.

      Marshall has been dead for ~200 years, But Orange Julius doesn’t know who he was, when he lived, or what he did. Probably thinks he’s Fred Douglass’ buddy.

  • Thom

    Apparently someone told him, a bit late:

    Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump 1h1 hour ago

    …Even though parts of healthcare could pass at 51, some really good things need 60. So many great future bills & budgets need 60 votes….

  • Robbert

    This is a new one? So a couple days after posting a widely mocked Tweet, prompting tons of “Donald Trump doesn’t understand the filibuster” articles, he posts a Tweet that is all but identical? You’ve got to be kidding me.

    • Bizarro Mike

      At first during this maladministration, I kept having the shocking revelation that Trump didn’t know anything about topic X. As it has bumped along, I’ve settled into the Trump Strong Ignorance Hypothesis. Not only does Trump not know anything about topic X, but he is actually incapable of learning anything about topic X.

      The set of topics X may be drawn from is vast.

      • david spikes

        When X is the set of everything in the world.

      • Cheap Wino

        I went through the same process and have arrived at he’s really just a stupid man.

      • Robbert

        I think you’re right, and the two very similar tweets would suggest the reason he’s incapable of learning about X is because he doesn’t even realize X has come up before.

  • Dr. Waffle

    He has to be the dumbest person to ever occupy the Oval Office, right? Is there anyone who even comes close?

    • TJ

      Palin has been in the Oval Office. Does that count as occupying?

      • eclare

        I think he’s dumber than Palin, who at least seems to have some idea that there are things she doesn’t know.

        • Charles S

          Trump makes Palin seem self-aware.

          • Thirtyish

            Palin was the beta version of Trump: less orange, more female, and certainly more attractive (albeit less ambitious), but sold well enough with the drooling moron contingent to be revamped for a shiny new election cycle.

        • JDM

          Trump is definitely dumber than Palin. And Palin is stupid.

        • efgoldman

          I think he’s dumber than Palin

          As dumb as Snowbillie Snooky is, she at least did politics before Grandpa Walnut anointed her.

    • Post stroke Woodrow Wilson possibly.

      • Shantanu Saha

        Nah. Wilson had the self-awareness to let his wife run the country for him. I think we’d all make a sigh of relief if We knew Melanie was really in charge.

    • Cheap Wino


    • JDM

      But Newt only a couple days ago said Trump is one of the smartest. He couldn’t be a lying sack of shit, could he?

      I’m disillusioned.

      • so-in-so

        Newt has himself been described as a stupid person’s idea of a smart person, so…

  • Aaron Morrow


  • kdbart

    The man doesn’t even have a 6th grader’s understanding of the structure of the US government. That there are 3 separate but equal parts that provide checks and balances on one another.

    • weirdnoise

      I think he once heard the part about “checks” and thought it might be an opportunity to expand his “balances.”

  • Boris Veytsman

    I hate to say this, but he has a point here. GOP senators were constrained by Byrd rule. If they could put on the table any change, not just the one approved by parlamentarian, they could try to give something to McCain for his vote

    • humanoidpanda

      Right but in long term Byrd rule constrains progressive priorities.

      • Boris Veytsman

        Yes. If Trump helps to kill filibuster, this may be the (only) positive part of his legacy.

        Unless he kills the mankind first.

      • Joe Paulson

        Hard to say by how much. More than once, it has also helped progressives by holding back immediate change when Republicans had power.

    • eclare

      If they brought back earmarks they probably wouldn’t even need to use reconciliation. Legislative horsetrading used to be a real thing.

    • AlexSaltzberg

      They also didn’t try for a 60-vote bill. If they were smart legislators, they would be using the threat of a reconciliation bill to push Democrats into a compromise bill.

      But that would require a goal and not the generic nihilism they were offering.

      • so-in-so

        Also a base that hadn’t been carefully trained to hate Democrats so much that any “compromise” would create similar levels of apoplexy and meltdown. No, a bi-partisan bill is nearly impossible, and that is mostly Gingrich/Rove/Fox/McConnell’s doing as well.

      • Thlayli

        Are you suggesting “FUCK HUSSEIN OBONGO!!1!” isn’t a goal?

        • Bri2k

          “Man I love me some obongos.”

          – Maynard G. Krebs

    • Joe Paulson

      Why couldn’t they “give something to McCain for his vote” under the rules in place?

      McCain was upset at the process, including how it was rushed without normal committee process. McCain wasn’t concerned about some tax break or something. And, as someone noted last night, the defense appropriation bill is up. He cares about that. He could have been offered something there. Maybe he was during his long talk with Pence.

  • HugeEuge

    I enjoyed the video/audio of McConnell blaming the Democrats for his inability to pass a bill. He’s mostly just the foulest cynicism but this time he actually seemed hurt that the Democrats ruined the festivities by not agreeing to lie down and let him shit all over them. I think I actually may despise him even more than I do Trump.

    • This is our daily lesson that the GOP gets power so they can use it, They don’t fail often.

    • Bizarro Mike

      Especially when you factor in him telling Obama to keep a lid on the Russian interference last summer. He’s working hard to destroy America, and I’m glad he’s had this setback.

      The Dem blaming is delicious, though. PROTIP: If you want their support, you might have to let them influence the contents of the bill.

    • so-in-so

      Since he did his share in getting us Dump, hating him more is absolutely a valid position. Plus, without McConnell Dump would not have had the opportunity to name Gorsuch, so double down on that hatred, it’s fully justified.

    • Thirtyish

      He’s more competent, and much more intelligent, which makes him more dangerous, to be sure.

    • david spikes

      Shorter Yertle: after we tried and failed to murder them, the Democrats have now refused to commit suicide. There has never been such a failure of collegiality.

    • Hondo

      I was infuriated by it, especially after Schumer didn’t call him on it. I realize he didn’t want to get into a fight at that time, but I also feel strongly that republican bullshit must be confronted and refuted every time without exception. The record must be kept straight.
      When Schumer spoke after McConnell, he said something like, “We must find a way to work together from now on, the American people demand it.” Then follow that with, “However, for us to be able to do that, we have to agree on both sides that we will all endeavor to debate the issues honestly. We must agree to avoid mischaracterizing the positions taken by our opponents, to accurately acknowledge events and actions as they actually happened, not projecting onto our opponents such traits they do not possess, statements they did not make, or actions in which they did not, in fact, engage.
      During the ACA debates, the Democrats did not write the bill behind closed doors. We did not decline to hold public hearings at which many policy experts were permitted to provide their views. We did not prevent Republicans from participating in debate. We did not refuse to accept 188 Republican amendments that were voted on by the full committees of both chambers. We did not refuse to engage in open debate in either chamber leading to the passage of the PPACA.
      However, these are all actions that were taken by our friends across the aisle leading up to this latest vote, even tonight when it comes to refusing to engage in open debate, Democrats were denied the floor.
      Debates must be conducted honestly if we are to make the progress the American people expect and demand of us. The statements just made by the Majority Leader do not meet that minimum standard for honest debate, and I hope he and his conference do not continue to engage in falsehoods, projection, and alternative facts.”
      The End.

    • NonyNony

      I think I actually may despise him even more than I do Trump.

      Oh, I know I do. Trump is horrible, but he’s also stupid. If he hadn’t been born the son of a multi-millionaire I don’t know what he’d be doing now. If he was born middle class he’d probably be the recipient of a fourth-rate degree from a third-rate college and would be eking out a living somewhere for some passive-aggressive middle manager who didn’t like him and was trying to make his life so miserable he’d quit.

      McConnell is from what I can tell actually worked a bit to get to his position. I don’t know what his father did, but he didn’t own his own business from what I can tell. McConnell’s millions come mostly from his rich wife’s inheritance – who he didn’t marry until long after he became a Senator, and so aren’t part of how he clawed himself up through the GOP and into a Senate seat that he’s held since 1985. He isn’t a stupid man.

      That makes him far more contemptible than Trump. Trump earns my generic contempt of rich people who get everything they are from Daddy and think they’ve earned it themselves. But McConnell is someone who chose to be who he is and that’s disgusting. Guys like McConnell make me wish that I could believe in Hell because it would nice to think that someday they’d actually get everything they deserve from how they acted in life.

      • addicted4444

        McConnell used to actually be pro environment and believed in fighting climate change when he was younger (in Kentucky). At some point he thought his conscience was a detriment to his political success and completely discarded it along with his soul.

      • Me miserable! which way shall I fly
        Infinite wrath and infinite despair?
        Which way I fly is hell; myself am hell;
        And in the lowest deep a lower deep,
        Still threat’ning to devour me, opens wide,
        To which the hell I suffer seems a heaven.

    • Synykyl

      You should despise McConnell more. He knows what he is doing. Trump does not.

  • thispaceforsale

    Maybe trump is referring to the number of senators required to vote guilty during an impeachment hearing.

    • Bri2k

      It’s all projection with the Velveeta-in-Chief.

  • Mike in DC

    We’ll get right on that simple majority thing, the next time we control all 3 branches of government. Great suggestion!

  • MikeEss

    …if the Republicans in the Senate give us any “better” healthcare, we’re all gonna be dead. If we’re not obscenely wealthy, we’re just cogs in a giant machine…we get sick (or wear out), and they would like to see us tossed out, to die alone on the street somewhere. We no longer have any value because we can no longer contribute to making other people wealthy…

  • Rob in CT

    Shut the fuck up, Donny. You’re out of your element.

  • I read my kids the book Go, Dog, Go! by P.D. Eastman. They like it quite a bit. It has the best words.

    • Rob in CT

      I think I can recite that one from memory.

      Go dogs go!
      Go by ?? or go by bike. Go on foot, run, skip or hike!
      Go by scooter, go by skis, bundle up so you don’t freeze!
      Go by boat. By Car…
      Go dogs, Go, it’s not too far!
      Stop Dogs, Stop! The Light is Red. [cameo by the little bird from Are You My Mother?]
      Go dogs, go! It’s green ahead.
      You’re almost there, stop at that tree.
      Climb the ladder to…
      … a dog party!

      So close!

      • mds

        [cameo by the little bird from Are You My Mother?]

        “You are not my mother! You are a Snort!”

      • Captain_Subtext

        You forgot the “Do you like my hat?” parts. Other than that, a remarkable summation :)


    Yay Terry Pratchett!

  • Harkov311

    I think I first appreciated just how resistant to changing or learning Trump was when I learned he still is glued to Fox News.

    It’s like “dude, you’re the president. You can get facts direct from the source as often as you want, you don’t need cable goddamn news to tell you what’s going on.”

    • so-in-so

      He just wants to hear how many times they say his name, especially with the word “President” preceding it. Plus he’s more certain of hearing the version of events he wants to hear on Fox.

    • FlipYrWhig

      I think because he knows he doesn’t always follow the details of things, he’s developed a small number of relationships of trust with people who can simplify and explain on his level. I think the total membership of that list is Ivanka, Kushner, Michael Flynn (which is why he’s been totally lost since he was dropped), and “the shows.”

  • Owlbear1

    Sounds like a threat directed at the Senate Parliamentarian to me.

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