Stop taking Trump’s bait

Look, I get it. All the stuff I learned getting my Political Science degree means nothing any more. All the experience I got running campaigns and working for candidates is meaningless. Trump has thrown all the rules out the window, because his followers don’t care.

It used to be that you could confront lies with the truth, but no more. When a Trump supporter holds a position contrary to the facts, presenting them with the facts does nothing. They don’t care. They just double down and fight harder, while screaming “fake news” and whining about the “mainstream media.”1535630063840

Better that we just ignore them and laugh at them.

Elizabeth Warren should have taken this to heart when Trump said he’d donate a million dollars if she had native American blood in her. So she took him up on it, proved him wrong, and how did Trump respond? By saying “who cares” and lying about whether he even made that offer.

It’s easy to prove Trump wrong (again) because there is video of him saying this, but the point is this: It doesn’t matter. Not one Trump supporter is now going to say “Well, I guess Trump was wrong. We should all apologize and he should pay that money.”

So don’t take the bait. When a Trumphead screams online in a debate, demanding “proof”, they don’t mean it. You can link to dozens of scholarly articles and facts and they’ll just ignore you.

You have better things to do with your time than talking to a wall.

The time for civility is over

No, no, no. Fuck off. The time for civility is gone. Being kind and civil only allows the assholes who aren’t kind and civil to get their way. This is a war for the heart of America, and you don’t win wars through prayer, chanting, or turning the other cheek.

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I am not advocating violence. I’m just saying that we have to stop playing “nice” against the bullies. We need to give them their own medicine.

For instance, if Trump was President and the democrats refused to have a hearing for his Supreme Court nominee, he would have appointed him anyway in a recess appointment. Obama didn’t do that because Obama isn’t an asshole.

Recess appointments have never been done with the Supreme Court. On the other hand, a party has never refused to hold hearings on a nominee either. So if they want to play those games, we shouldn’t clutch our pearls and swoon.

We need to treat them how they treat us because otherwise, they’re just beating us up, taking our lunch money, and laughing at us for not fighting back.

The GOP Kavanaugh responses simplified

“There’s someone accusing Kavanaugh”

“Well, that’s just one woman. That’s meaningless.”

“Here’s a second one.”

“Big deal, you can’t believe them. It’s only two.”

“A third one has just come forward.”

“Oh, three out of everyone who has ever known him? Not believable.”

“Number four has just talked.”

“Well, that’s just four women. That’s meaningless.”

(continue ad infinitum)

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cartoon by Clay Bennett

“Women sometimes lie about these things!”

“I agree. So let’s have the FBI investigate.”

“Uhhhhhh…. no, let’s just attack her without making any attempt to ascertain the truth. We’re Republicans, after all. Truth doesn’t matter any more.”

“It’s clear this is all just a smear campaign — women do this to destroy powerful men!”

“Yes, that’s why so many women came out and accused Obama of sexual misconduct.  Oh, wait…”

“If every man is held to this standard, then we’ll never be able to choose someone!”

“Really? Every one of you Republican men did something like this to women in your past? Guess we’ll just have to fill the court with women.”

“If women are to always be believed, then no man is safe!”

“Uh, you do realize that most of us men have absolutely nothing to worry about, right?”

“Kavanaugh deserves a fair hearing!”

“Oh so now you’re concerned about fair hearings. Too bad Judge Garland didn’t get one.”

“We’re going to push this through like we want without any regard for the desires or wishes of any women!”

“Hey, what a coincidence! That’s what Kavanaugh said.”

This is a job application, not a criminal trial

This is not about guilt or innocence. It’s a job application. We’re allowed to take into consideration references from people who knew you in the past.

The fact that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh may have attempted to rape someone when he was younger is indeed relevant.

Yes, people can change. But this is the friggin’ Supreme Court. Let’s have higher standards! It’s not like there aren’t thousands of other highly qualified judges and lawyers out there  that have very clean backgrounds.

But the GOP apologists are bending over backwards to try to slander the victim, while presenting the most ludicrous conspiracy theories to explain away the facts.

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cartoon by Darrin Bell

Apparently, according to the GOP, the victim in this matter knew years ago that Kavanaugh was going to be nominated 35 years into the future, so she made a record by telling other people, going into therapy for it, and notifying her friends. Then, clever woman she is, she defeated a lie detector test and demanded an FBI investigation, promising to cooperate fully with the police. Because, of course, that’s what all people who bring false claims (and have their lives ruined because of it) do. (No, wait, I remember now: She doesn’t fit the profile of a false accuser at all.)

Anyway, back to the conspiracy: Kavanuagh, being completely innocent, then got 65 women to claim he had never raped them and had that letter sitting around waiting for a false allegation to be filed against him so he could produce the record instantly. (Come on guys, who doesn’t have that kind of letter on their desk just waiting for the right moment?) I’m going to use this in my next trial: “I know my client is accused of robbing the victim, but I have here a list of 65 people he didn’t rob!”  “Impeccable logic, counselor. Not guilty.”

Kavanaugh’s buddy had written a book about how he and Kavanaugh would get so drunk in High School that they would black out and forget everything. So it is certainly possible that Kavanaugh could just not remember this. (Notice how I didn’t mention that they belonged to a frat that regularly debased women, and who would chant “No means yes, yes means anal” and who eventually had to be removed from campus because of their Animal-House antics.  Oops, I guess I did mention that after all.)

The GOP, seeing that the majority of the population is against this appointment, and realizing their conspiracy theories weren’t being bought, has now turned to even more outlandish defenses, such as “boys will be boys“, “hey, it was a long time ago” and “maybe she’s confused and it’s actually someone else who looks like him.” My favorite is the one where Kavanugh denies having been at that party when the victim has never once said exactly when and where the party was.

If only Kavanaugh was an immigrant. Then the GOP would gladly demand a vetting process! But no, let’s not kid ourselves. This is a party that nominated and supported someone for President who bragged about sexual assault. Why, being a sexual assaulter is practically a requirement for power in that party.

The GOP may lose the Senate as well as the House in the next election if they continue to support Kavanaugh, but they don’t care, because they know having Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court will push their agenda for many years to come.