As pfluffy observed, it was a bad week for public discourse here in the United States. I’ll go further than she did though. I think this was possibly the worst week we’ve ever seen as far as discourse goes, at least on par with the week after Charlottesville. Does anybody want to disagree with that?
There was Kathy Griffin, who comes second only to Britney Spears in the “highly public nervous breakdown coupled with a bad haircut” league.
Updated (partial) list.
FUCK DON JR.
FUCK FOX & FRIENDS
FUCK RUSH LIMBAUGH
FUCK STEPHEN MILLER
FUCK JOHN KELLY
FUCK KIRSTJEN NIELSEN
FUCK SARAH SANDERS
FUCK STEVE BANNON
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) June 18, 2018
Not to be outdone, Peter Fonda shocked everyone by
proving that he isn’t dead airing out his darkest, perverted fantasies about women and children.
So remind me why Peter Fonda is still not suspended on Twitter.
So many calls for harm to others, and references to sexual violence.
said Nielsen should be stripped naked and whipped
said Barron should be raped by pedos and caged
said ICE agents' children should be targeted pic.twitter.com/09LYY22RkU
— 100%MAGAMeatball (@LazyMeatball) June 23, 2018
Remember back when we discussed an Ambien-addled Roseanne making a vaguely racist comment and whether it was appropriate to utterly destroy her career over it? The innocence of yesterweek, I tell you. Significantly, his Twitter account is still active and he hasn’t lost his verified checkmark. He was never even suspended. Milo, Roger Stone and numerous voices on the Right were banned from Twitter for far less than this.
I mean, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey had to apologize for eating a chicken sandwich. But threatening violence against women and children to the point that the Secret Service opens a criminal investigation on it? Meh. Perfectly acceptable use of the platform, I suppose.
There haven’t been any other consequences for Fonda. His movie is still being released and there’s no reason to believe that Hollywood regards this as anything but heroic. But please tell me again why what Roseanne did was worse. I’m just not seeing it.
Oh, and Trent Reznor doesn’t understand what the words “vulgarian” or “ironic” mean.
“He’s a fucking vulgarian,” Reznor said of Trump. “Aside from whatever ideological beliefs he has — if he has any — he’s a grotesque person who represents everything I hate.”
Did Reznor take elocution lessons from Otto West?
As a reminder, the DNC wants to partner with Hollywood to get its message out for the midterms. Brilliant. Hollywood is creatively bankrupt and the DNC is literally so. This is less desperate and more tone deaf. Hollywood is already sufficiently politically outspoken in its messaging. Even the failure of the last Star Wars movie hasn’t brought it home yet, but it should be clear to everyone else that the audience Hollywood hopes to influence has long since tuned it out.
For the DNC, it seems to me that there’s no difference between their message and Hollywood’s already. The only area of disagreement seems to be that the DNC wants to overthrow Trump through constitutional processes while Hollywood wants to do it violently. Again, they’re both out of sync with American voters who seem to be increasingly wondering why anyone would want to overthrow Trump at all.
With unemployment low and the economy strong, Americans feel more positive about the future. In the new poll, 40 percent said the United States was headed in the right direction; 49 percent said it had gotten off on the wrong track. In February, that judgment was a darker 29 percent-60 percent.
I believe it was Sean Trende with RCP who said that the “right direction” question is the key determinant of a wave election. As long as it stays at or above 40%, there will be no Blue Wave. Keep an eye on that.
Unfortunately for the Democrats, they have nothing else to run on except hating Trump. This is why Hollywood’s Resistance voices are reduced to threatening children.
Roseanne's loser ex-husband is planning on stalking and harassing Trump Jr's and Jared Kushner's children. Hey @TwitterSafety is organizing child-stalking allowed on your platform? Oh, I forgot. You allow rape threats, so of course you would allow stalking children. pic.twitter.com/2AWDTEmkYD
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) June 21, 2018
Peter Fonda's tweet encouraging the kidnapping and rape of 11 year old BARRON TRUMP seems to be inspiring more threats towards the first family's children… Things like this need to be stopped! Pat Dussault is also a TV writer. Let that sink in… pic.twitter.com/M9Rs4EmREh
— Chuck Callesto (@ChuckCallesto) June 21, 2018
This has officially gone too far. I don’t care how mad you are about family separations at the border. You are the worst sort of person if you threaten a child because you’re mad about a policy issue. You are a shitbag if you approve of other people doing it to score political points.
Hollywood doesn’t deserve all of the blame, nor does the DNC. I think the lion’s share belongs with the news media who similarly can’t understand why the American public has started outright despising it when it isn’t merely treating it with suspicion or ignoring it.
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) June 23, 2018
The press is ginning up this lunatic hatred with its falsehoods and misrepresentations. It’s infuriating that they spent a couple of days bitching about Melania Trump wearing a jacket that was apparently a stab at them.
“I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?” written on the back of Melania’s jacket, refers to the Fake News Media. Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2018
I don’t blame her at all. As I said, the news media has lied about the immigration issue–and many, many others–so aggressively and maliciously that A-list actors are now calling for stalking her son and giving him to pedophiles. And don’t tell me that we shouldn’t beware of the impulses of crazed actors.
Think we are overreacting to a mere “actor” threatening our President’s family? @iamfonda Never forget John Wilkes Booth was a famous actor, right up until he assassinated Lincoln! I hope the @SecretService takes the gloves off in dealing with you!! pic.twitter.com/s99or7o2rt
— Rick Swift (@rickswift) June 21, 2018
I agree with this. The agitations that we’re seeing out of Fonda, Griffin, and others isn’t political commentary and nobody can credibly hide behind that justification. They’re incitements to violence and ought be treated as such, complete with criminal charges. They’re not even stopping with Trump and his family. They’re turning their threats against ICE employees and before long, I’m sure it won’t be long before they’re trying to justify threatening the children of Trump supporters if they’re not reined in.
This is the logical and inexorable path the Resistance is on, and I don’t care if you disagree. Fight me. Anti-Trumpism is evolving into a terrorist movement right before our eyes.
Less threatening but equally confrontational are the tactics being directed against female members of the Trump Administration. The DHS Secretary was driven out of a Mexican restaurant by a mob and the Press Secretary was denied service in a restaurant in Virginia.
I’ve made my attitude on whether or not politicians are fair game for criticism when they’re out and about in public clear. They are.
I ask the question: shouldn’t (Sean Spicer) be subject to scrutiny by regular people who he encounters? People whose lives are affected by the policies of the Administration for which he is basically responsible for defending on absolutely everything it does? No prominent person should ever be subject to threats or violence, but isn’t it fair to question them? To speak “truth to power” when we come face to face with it?
I say yes.
Keep in mind that I live in flyover country. Some of you on here live in DC or LA or NYC. You don’t think anything of encountering famous people, bu t it’s very rare for me.
If I were to bump into, say, Lena Dunham at the massage parlor, I’d love the opportunity to politely tell her that I think she’s a sick, twisted creature who should be institutionalized before she stabs someone and starts writing haiku on the walls in her own shit.
That said, I’m bothered that the mob who hassled Secretary Nielsen included a Justice Department employee. If there was ever a time that the DOJ didn’t need a spotlight shined on the partisan behavior of its employees, the week after the IG Report would probably be it.
As for Sanders, I think it’s fine that the owner of the restaurant chose not to serve her. Honestly, I don’t want to eat anything I’m given by people who hate me. I’m extra polite to fast food employees for a reason, man. But it works both ways. If they want to make a political statement, then I also think it’s fair play for Sanders to discuss the incident knowing that the Right’s mob will harass the restaurant right back.
Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left. Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) June 23, 2018
Personally, I think mixing politics into your business is a bad idea, but it’s normal these days. Disney, CNN, and others push their political goals even as profits drop because of it. If a restauranteur wants to risk destroying her business to send a message, that’s her right. It’s also my right to go on Yelp and complain about the time I went to her restaurant and the waitress had alcohol on her breath and flecks of vomit on her shirt.
It doesn’t have to even be true, using the Time magazine and CNN standard. Isn’t that the message being filtered down from the Resistance? Any and all immoral acts are justified because Trump won the 2016 election. Isn’t that right? Let us all behave at our worst then. Is that how we want it to be? The Resistance says “yes”.
My advice to anyone who thinks that terrorizing the children and grandchildren of politicians and even government employees is a good idea, for any reason, is to stop and look down. That’s the mouth of the abyss gazing into you. That hatred and anger you’re seething with is going to suck you down into it. Once it does, it is very, very hard to come back from.
We all know people who throw out hateful and incendiary rhetoric. I’m not talking about mere insults. I mean threats, intimidation, and calls for violence. They’re in a dark place and they’ll drag you down with them. For your own good, you should shun them if you can.
I’ve said it before and I’ll repeat it: there’s been a part of me that wonders if it wouldn’t be better if the Democrats won the House this year. Maybe, just maybe, the Resistance would be less deranged if it felt like it had some control and a sense of representation in Washington. It would be nice if the Left acted like it has a stake in society again, wouldn’t it?
This week has crushed that feeling for me. I’m more convinced than ever that Trump’s opponents are complete lunatics who shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near the levers of power. All indications are that they will use control of the House to impeach the president for any tenuous reason they can find and fully realize Russia’s goal of sowing chaos and discord. The Democrats and their increasingly mentally unstable Resistancetards have given me no reason to believe they want anything else but destruction.
Those of you who are sane liberals should be worried that I have nearly abandoned all hope that any semblance of sanity remains from America’s political Left, as you know I’m a reasonable guy (or at least try really hard to look like one). Understand that it’s the endless screeching of the Resistance that’s doing this, not anything Trump has said or done.
I am, and always will be, open to discussing ideas. Unfortunately, I have this growing sense that the anti-Trump crowd has none and has instead morphed into a real Party of Hate. I’m not seeing ideas. I’m seeing an emerging pattern of violence and intimidation and it has to stop. I’m not saying this to insult, but to warn.
Let’s not be fooled though. The entire immigration kerfluffle this week was entirely pushed by the Democrats and their Fake News bomb-throwers to distract from the IG report and any other “bad” news. As the probability that Trump won’t be impeached since he either hasn’t committed any crimes or that the investigation against him is so hopelessly compromised that there’s no chance of it happening, I’m sure we’ll see more rage.
The IG report itself was a dud. My main fault with it was that it didn’t go nearly far enough in its recommendations, beyond some corrective training. Yes, I know investigations are ongoing. It just doesn’t seem like there was much point to this report.
That said, where the report was a dud, the Congressional hearings were bitchin’.
Horowitz performed very well, being forthright and providing full explanations for the scope and meaning of this report (which admittedly was subject to some ass-covering edits by the DOJ and FBI). However, I have a high degree in confidence in what he’s doing and hope he continues.
Will Congress or Sessions act on it? I’m somewhat less optimistic. Sessions did well by firing McCabe and I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt. Congressmen and Senators, though, only talk tough. It remains to be seen if they will follow through on their vows to punish Rosenstein for his obstruction. To me, it’s easy enough. Hold a vote to find Rosenstein in contempt. If a majority agrees, send the Capitol Police to Rosenstein’s office and march him out in handcuffs. Lock him up. Yes, they do have the authority to do this, but do they have the will?
The Executive branch can’t be counted on to balance itself, however much you might want Trump or Sessions to start firing people. Congress exists for this purpose as a coequal branch. If it is ever going to reassert itself and its powers for the good of America, this is as good a time and cause as any.
That’s about all I have for now. The immigration debate took up most of the oxygen in this week’s news cycle (as intended) and I’ve devoted enough space here to keep the debate going if anyone wants to.
What news didn’t get enough attention this week? What do you think will dominate the news cycle this next week?