Trump in a Panic on All Fronts

Trump has been counting on four things to get him re-elected: The economy Winning the trade war he started with China Building the wall he promised his base Russian hacking and GOP voter suppression Right now he's panicking on all 4. The economy is heading toward a recession. Trump and his echo chamber are denying…

One of the idiots behind the GoFundMe border wall could be going to jail

Oh, schadenfreude, you are my very favorite of all the freudes. So you may have heard that those guys who raised money on GoFundMe for a small chunk of easily passable wall actually started building said chunk on Memorial Day weekend. Thing is, they didn’t get the permits they needed and were eventually shut down….

GoFundMe border wall project hits another snag

At this point, Trump and his cultists might as well wait for continental drift to separate the U.S. from Mexico. ‘Cause that wall ain’t getting built anytime soon. Now, the group that famously raised $20 million to build a tiny portion of Trump’s giant border wall has run into more problems — other than the…

The 'GoFundMe Wall' guy who raised millions from Trump supporters? See his new yacht

Remember that GoFundMe page to raise money to build Trump his wall? Well, this just got interesting: x Trump supporters are stupid  #MAGAmorons https://t.co/IjhLFRaJ5K — TheSeminoleDemocrat (@TheSemDem) May 13, 2019 Brian Kolfage is supposed to be helping Donald Trump build a wall with the 22 million raised. No construction has begun, even after multiple promises to break ground. However, Brian does…

Ohio is being destroyed under Trump, and it's about to get a lot worse

While a lot of states are turning blue, Ohio is one of the few states getting redder—but that is only because so many people are leaving.  With the exception of Columbus, the cities in Ohio are suffering from an exodus due to a sluggish economy.  Cleveland, Toledo, and Youngstown have been hit especially hard, and have…

Donald Trump’s 10 most pathetically predictable broken promises

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Republican Donald Trump presented a unique conundrum for the public and pundits alike. Simply put, Trump lied at a rate never before seen in modern American politics. No candidate in the 21st century, from either party, even came close. Writing in The Atlantic that September, Salena Zito offered this warning…

Trump accidentally gets it right on expanding legal immigration

Even a broken clock, the old saying goes, is right twice a day. So it was for Donald Trump during his 2019 State of the Union address on Tuesday night. During perhaps the most backward-looking presidential message in memory, the president thundered about a mythical national crisis of undocumented immigration putting America and Americans at risk….

Shutdown 2.0? Border wall talks reportedly stalled

It’s hard to imagine that Donald Trump would put the country through another shutdown given the political fallout from his previous unforced error, but then this guy is a special kind of stupid. If no agreement is reached on the border wall by Friday’s deadline, it seems likely that he’ll declare a state of emergency and…

Fund the wall or we kill the economy: GOP debt ceiling extortion returns

“Both sides do it” may well be the most dangerous and deceitful phrase in U.S. politics. The lazy analyst’s substitute for actual journalism doesn’t merely misdiagnose what plagues the American body politic, but fails to correctly identify the source of the disease. As Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein put it in their 2012 book, It’s…

Former Trump campaign official: 'Democrats have Trump by the b*lls'

Can you write “balls” in a headline if it refers to, you know, theoretical POTUS gonads? Is there official DKos guidance on this? I think this is a gray area. Anyway, many in Donald Trump’s orbit are, let’s just say, disappointed in their ocher overlord’s capitulation to newly inaugurated de facto president Nancy Pelosi, and they’re…

Air traffic controllers: 'We cannot even calculate the level of risk currently at play'

This is not … er … comforting. What is it about Republicans and screwing with our air traffic control system? In a joint statement, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, Air Line Pilots Association International, and the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA is warning of the increasing danger posed by the partial government shutdown, currently in its 33rd day. Is…

Tulsi Gabbard claims Dems partially to blame for shutdown

Thanks for playing, Tulsi. You were already dangling by the most gossamer of threads. And now your failure is complete. From Politico: Hawaii congresswoman and Democratic candidate for president Tulsi Gabbard said Sunday that her party’s leadership was not blameless for the partial government shutdown that is now approaching a month, accusing both sides of…

Steve King broke the first rule of White Club

When Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King lamented that language like “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization” had “become offensive,” GOP leaders like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy appeared horrified. But if they were shocked—SHOCKED!—to find Steve King’s racism going on in their Republican Party, they shouldn’t have been. King, after all,…

Trump's mealy half-measure on DACA pleases exactly no one

Well, well, well. You mean Jared Kushner — who singlehandedly brought peace to the Middle East and got Israelis and Palestinians to gather on verdant hilltops, hand in hand, warbling “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing” in white turtlenecks and vintage sundresses — flopped in his attempt to end the current impasse over wall…

Pelosi is magic: Trump prepared to offer DACA protections for his idiotic wall

Axios is reporting that Donald Trump will make significant concessions in his 3 p.m. speech today that will signal a major departure from his current negotiating tactic of flopping around on dry land like a fat, surly carp: Details: The offer is expected to include Trump’s $5.7 billion demand for wall money in exchange for the BRIDGE Act…

Consumer sentiment plunges in January, thanks to Trump

If you take a few blocks away from a Jenga tower it might stay up for a while, but if you keep pulling pieces away, it’s going to fall eventually. (Aren’t you glad I went with the Jenga thing instead of the Donald Trump strip poker analogy I was workshopping? My better angels saved you all…

Non-furloughed workers can’t take vacation during a shutdown—unless their names are Jared or Ivanka

Putting aside Donald Trump’s ridiculously authoritarian decision to put his freaking kids in top White House positions, the fact remains that they are federal employees. When Ivanka Trump was made “Special Counsel” and husband Jared Kushner was put in charge of everything, they filed official paperwork (including Form 278) which legally binds them to ethics rules. Upon taking…

There ain't gonna be a wall, and Trump now knows it

It now looks like the only way we’re going to get a Mexican border wall is if Stephen Miller makes one himself out of that spray-on hair gunk he doused his head with last Sunday. Everyone knows it — even the eternally obtuse Donald Trump. And he’s a bit piqued about it. From CNN: President Donald…

Don't build a wall: build this instead

Fearing the prospect of large Democratic gains in Tuesday’s midterm elections, Donald Trump has been serving a steaming buffet of hate with something to please everyone in his xenophobic base. Some 3,500 Central American migrants—most of them women and children—trudging through Mexico hundreds of miles from the U.S. have been transformed by the president into…

The 'we told you so' president

As 2017 draws to a close, President Donald Trump and his amen corner are bragging about his “year of solid policy accomplishments.” Despite approval ratings only slightly higher than the Ebola virus, Trump took to Twitter to soak up praise from Maria Bartiromo, who gushed that “Year One has been excellent from an economic standpoint.”…