It’s so damn easy to make fun of failed one-term, twice-impeached former president Donald Trump. Especially when he provides all the material needed to mock and ridicule him.
It’s also easy to make fun of Trump because he’s a walking dichotomy.
He’s ignorant but pompous. Vain but somewhat slovenly. Rich but with hints of pure white trashiness.
So when he showed up in Iowa as part of the 2024 race for the White House, it was a big media event. And therein lies the problem for Donald.
He probably wanted to look his best for the good people of Iowa, but he only managed to look like a complete fool.
That brings us to this video from Friday, which was shared on Twitter by Ron Filipkowski:
Be sure and notice (how could you not?!) the hair horns he’s sporting, along with the orange makeup, which looks like it was applied with a damn trowel. It’s downright embarrassing, and you’d think he’d be ashamed to show himself in public looking like a damn clown, but as we learned some time ago, the man has no shame and will do absolutely anything for attention because he’s a malignant narcissist.
Twitter certainly noticed, and the mockery was absolutely delicious.
Proving yet again that the biggest snowflakes on the planet are those on the political right end of the spectrum, they’re in full meltdown mode over at Fox News because an article from the Daily Beast dared to refer to Casey DeSantis, wife of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis who is also seeking the 2024 GOP Presidential nomination as “Walmart Melania.”
Katie Baker wrote this about Mrs. DeSantis, and quite frankly, it’s on-point in more than a few ways:
The First Lady of Florida showed up on the campaign trail in Iowa this weekend wearing a ghastly black leather jacket—American flag on the front, an alligator and the silhouette of her state on the back, with the sneering words, “Where Woke Goes to Die”—that brought to mind nothing so much as the racks of a Red State big-bin store where it would be retailing for $24.99.
To be fair, Casey DeSantis wore the bomber to a charity biker rally and I’m sure the campaign intended it to be a viral moment, like Melania Trump’s infamous “I Really Don’t Care” coat that the former First Lady donned to check out the border crisis.
But it was the title of Baker’s article, “Casey DeSantis is the Walmart Melania” that drew the ire of the gang at Fox’s “Outnumbered,” where the discussion soon turned to how it was yet another attack on average Americans, though they failed to explain what’s “average” about either Ron or Casey DeSantis.
According to Emily Compagno, who was one of the guests on “Outnumbered,” Baker’s article was a slap at every American who struggles to make ends meet and therefore shops at Walmart.
“This is why it is so repetitively disheartening to open up the paper and read what people actually think of us. Us. We are the ones who put food on our table. We earn our income. We fly the American flag. We wear clothes from where we can afford proudly, and rightly so.”
“We disgust the elitist left. We disgust them by existing and by being proud of being American, being proud of being modest and humble and coming from humble beginnings and moderate ends.”
We? Who in the hell is Compagno trying to pretend she is? Because the truth is that she’s a wealthy attorney and TV host who can afford to shop anywhere she wants and probably doesn’t hang out around Walmart very much. After all, she has a net worth of millions.
Casey DeSantis, by many reports, is a conniving and cutthroat spouse who protects her husband because she sees herself getting ahead as a result of being his wife.
But here’s some free advice for Casey, Ron, and the gang at Fox: You’d better grow some thicker skin because the barbs are only going to get sharper from this point forward.
Or, as Harry Truman once wisely advised, If you can’t stand the heat, get the hell out of the kitchen.
Lawyers for former President Donald Trump met with Justice Department officials on Monday following a public request for a meeting about what they characterize as prosecutorial misconduct, according to sources familiar with the matter.
The meeting comes as the special counsel’s investigation into Trump’s handling of classified documents and possible obstruction appears to be nearing its final stages.
The meeting lasted an estimated 90 minutes. Trump’s attorneys did not comment to reporters after leaving.
While Trump’s team had publicly asked to meet with Attorney General Merrick Garland, he was not believed to be in the meeting.
Additionally, thanks to the New York Times, we now know what one of Trump’s former attorneys, Evan Corcoran, handed over recordings to the Justice Department that could be incredibly damaging to the disgraced ex-president.
Those developments led former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance to tell MSNBC host Ayman Mohyeldin that it’s clear prosecutors have the evidence to indict Trump.
“The evidence, if the public record is correct, is a solid evidence, prosecutors should be able to obtain and sustain a conviction. That answers the question, can you indict?” Vance explained. “Then you have to answer the more nuanced question of should you? A big part of that is whether or not an indictment would be consistent with how similar situations have been handled in the past. In this instance, indicting Trump based on his conduct would be very consistent with how other cases involving retention but not dissemination of classified or other sensitive material has been handled.”
Vance went on to note that prosecutors have the ultimate weapon when it comes to gathering evidence: A subpoena. And we could soon learn all sorts of “surprises” about what the DOJ found during their investigation.
“Typically, the government knows a lot more than the public does when a case is indicted. This is a little bit different because the reporting has been so outstanding. Many reporters are very well-sourced,” Vance. “But it would be surprising if there weren’t a few surprises it would that could be good or bad for prosecutors. It’s possible that there could be some form of exculpatory evidence that suggests Trump is not guilty, maybe of any charges, or at least some of them. But It’s also possible that the government’s evidence gets much stronger when they access information through the grand jury. They may even be able to prove, for instance, that Trump disseminated these materials instead of just retaining them. And we will have to wait until we see the indictment to know how that shakes out.”
Special Counsel Jack Smith may hand down indictments against Trump as soon as this week, according to reports.
Among those who say they greatly admire (though their admiration seems like little more than fanboy worship) Twitter CEO Elon Musk, you often hear talk about what an incredible businessman he is, able to see trends sooner than just about anyone.
However, the one thing Musk isn’t seeing at the moment is a way out of the financial morass he’s created since he bought Twitter and began proclaiming the site as the last bastion of free speech on social media.
It turns out that free speech doesn’t pay well, and that alone could result in Musk having to dump Twitter sooner rather than later if he wants to retain even a semblance of being considered successful.
Case in point: A report from the New York Times that ad sales are down 59% since this time last year. Ads are one of the main revenue streams for Musk and Twitter other than the $8 he charges for “verified” blue check accounts, which were supposed to bring in a ton of money but have so far not been the boon that was predicted, most notably by Musk himself. After all, most social media users have repeatedly said in polls that they aren’t about to pay for a service they can get for free.
The Times report contains this incredibly troubling fact for Musk: His willingness to allow extreme views on the site is causing many advertisers to back away from the platform.
That performance is unlikely to improve anytime soon, according to the documents and seven current and former Twitter employees.
Twitter’s ad sales staff is concerned that advertisers may be spooked by a rise in hate speech and pornography on the social network, as well as more ads featuring online gambling and marijuana products, the people said. The company has forecast that its U.S. ad revenue this month will be down at least 56 percent each week compared with a year ago, according to one internal document.
Keep in mind that Musk overpaid for Twitter. He had a chance to back out of the deal but decided to move ahead anyway, and that’s turning out to be one of the worst business decisions made in recent memory.
The list of companies that have paused or slowed down their ad spending on Twitter reads like a list of the Dow Jones Top 5: General Motors and Volkswagen, Apple, Amazon, and Disney. And ad agencies that buy media space are also said to be concerned about the misinformation and toxic tenor found on the platform.
Elon Musk was once considered to be one of the best businessmen in the world. But his purchase of Twitter and laissez-faire attitude toward hate speech are not working well for him. And the controversy over Twitter since Musk took over is also impacting his other business, Tesla Motors, which has seen a significant downturn since his acquisition of Twitter.
It sounds like Musk is about as much of a “great businessman” as Donald Trump, who, by the way, has yet to return to Twitter despite having his account restored.
A host on the right-wing Real America’s Voice network is absolutely enraged that students are being taught the importance of wearing deodorant so they don’t stink.
Jason Rantz reported some parents were upset that sex education courses were being taught to students.
Fourth and fifth graders at Lincoln Elementary in the Olympia School District received sex education lessons on May 9. Parents said the school told them that the lessons were district-approved. But students were given unapproved lesson plans. Materials presented by Planned Parenthood included drawings of pubic hair shaped like an animal, and students were told they could pick from a number of contrived genders to identify as. Some of the materials promoted medication to block puberty.
That led host Real America’s Voice host Ed Henry to note, “An elementary school, I think he’s out in the West, and he said an elementary school offered sex-ed lessons to students without parental consent. For again, elementary school. This is not high school. This is not college.”
Henry added that one of the lessons the kids were taught was to use deodorant.
Co-host Karyn Turk, however, strongly disagreed.
But other co-hosts quickly shot down Turk, with Terrance Bates noting, “I get the deodorant.”
If conservatives have their way, pretty soon the only thing students will be allowed to learn is that Donald Trump is the savior of the country and the Bible is the only book any child should read.