Not to Alarm Anyone, But Mitch McConnell Is Starting to Think This Trump Character Might Be Bad News

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This may come as a surprise to anyone who has been a Republican or in space or doing a stint a silent monastery on a mountaintop with no electricity since 2015, but Donald Trump seems to inspire shitty people to do awful things, according to Mitch McConnell, who has made a whole career out of being a shitty person who needs no inspiration from Trump and therefore would know.

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McConnell’s remarks on the Senate floor today seem to be a departure from his previous stance on Trump, which was that Donald Trump was super great and the two of them were best friends who shared a hatred of universal health care and passion for torturing immigrants. But no more. McConnell now says that inciting truly horrible followers to behave violently is officially out of style and that people might get in trouble for doing it, according to Politico:

The mob was fed lies,” McConnell said on the Senate floor on the last full day of Trump’s presidency. ‘They were provoked by the president and other powerful people. And they tried to use fear and violence to stop a specific proceeding of the first branch of the federal government which they did not like. But we pressed on.’”

No word from McConnell on who those “other powerful people” might be. Guess we’ll never know. [Politico]


Much like how a person fresh out of a relationship will cut an ex out of existing photographs, Donald Trump’s soon-to-be-ex vice president is trying to remember the good times he had with mother and the gang in the old VP quarters without dredging of painful memories of all the things he had to do to Donald Trump’s ego in order to hold on to his power and attention, by selecting a few artfully edited memories: 

See ya, Mike. No thanks for the memories.

  • Trans patients face constant discrimination from the medical community, so the appointment of Pennsylvania health secretary Dr. Rachel Levine for assistant secretary of health at HHS, the first time an openly transgender person will be up for Senate confirmation, is long overdue. [Politico]
  • Bad Man Arrested! [CNN]
  • Like Texas, Wyoming also might want to take its toys and go home. That’s fine, but don’t come over here whining about how your country isn’t any good and begging to use ours. [Casper Star-Tribune]
  • America is a sleepy monoculture, says yet another soon-to-be-unemployed racist. Feel free to fuck off to Texas or Wyoming! [Twitter]

DISCUSSION

Things are kind of getting interesting at Fox News as they fired about 20 editorial staff members today, including the head of their much touted Decision Desk who made the call about Arizona going to Biden, that has been pretty directly described as an ideological purge.

Apparently after the election, Fox News has actually been beaten by a wide margin in the ratings by both CNN and NBC. So Fox, sensing where the wind is blowing, has decided to go even more right-wing with their news coverage. While the direction has been clear for a while, it is still staggering how hard they are committing to it.