Marie Yovanovitch

Secretary Spanky


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Mary Louise Kelly, the reporter for National Public Radio who Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is currently having a temper tantrum over, wrote a column for The New York Times that explains how she’s bothered by something more than our nation’s top diplomat calling her a liar.

Kelly wrote, “Journalists don’t sit down with senior government officials in the service of scoring political points. We do it in the service of asking tough questions, on behalf of our fellow citizens. And then sharing the answers — or lack thereof — with the world.”

It was the lack thereof she got from our Secretary of State.

When asked how we would prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, Pompeo’s answer was, “We’ll stop them.” In case you’re a Republican, that’s not an answer to her question. But what really ticked Pompeo off were her questions regarding Ukraine and the State Department’s treatment of our former ambassador to that nation, Marie Yovanovitch.

In case you’re just tuning in (you know, if you’re a Republican), Donald Trump sent his goon, Rudy Giuliani, who engaged his own goons into a campaign to discredit and destroy Yovanovitch. We’ve learned since that the goons may have even stalked Yovanovitch and put her life in danger. Pompeo, the man responsible for the safety of our ambassadors, did nothing.

For over a year, Trump’s goons went after Yovanovitch. When asked if he owed her an apology, Pompeo replied to Kelly that he’s defended all our ambassadors. Again, not answering her question. And that’s ultimately what pissed Pompeo, who is now officially a Trump goon, off.

Pompeo told Kelly that “nobody in America cares about Ukraine” and then challenged her to find that nation on an unmarked map. She did. He screamed and cursed at her, which she reported. While not denying her account, he went public with a snowflake tirade that she lied to him, twice, and that their exchange was to be off the record and she promised to only ask questions about Iran. Kelly released emails she exchanged with Pompeo’s staff which don’t just back her up but prove Pompeo is a liar.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Pompeo is a liar because he works for Donald Trump. It also shouldn’t be a surprise that he’s bullying women (a journalist and an ambassador) and demonstrating just how thin-skinned he is by banning NPR from his plane on an upcoming trip to Ukraine. And it also shouldn’t be a surprise that Donald Trump praised Pompeo for the “job” he did on her.

Donald Trump, who was caught on a recording to “take her out” in regards to Yovanovitch and who told the president of Ukraine that “things were going to happen to her,” compliment Pompeo for his riff with the NPR reporter.

During a photo-op with another corrupt leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump said to Pompeo, “That’s impressive. That was very impressive. That reporter couldn’t have done too good a job on you yesterday. I think you did a good job on her, actually.” Naturally, Trump is ignoring the fact Pompeo was caught lying and was internationally embarrassed. But you know how it is with Trump’s minions. They’re only performing for an audience of one. All that matters to them is that a mean girl asked mean questions. Does anyone need a hug?

Freedom of the press is guaranteed in our Constitution. It’s so important, it comes before that right to own guns thing. Our president and secretary of state should be championing all of our freedoms, not just the selective ones that appeal to their racist fucknut base. As it turns out, Kelly has more trouble with our top diplomat than she did with Iran’s who she also interviewed just a few days before.

Instead of championing that freedom, our State Department is telling the world they’ll shut up journalists who challenge them. We’ll shut them up by banning them from coverage. We’ll shut them up by defunding NPR. Nations like Turkey, who imprisons journalists, and Saudi Arabia, who murders journalists, is paying attention.

Cruelty and being vile to people is what Trump and his supporters consider humorous in this era. The entire room, except for the press who were present, laughed at Trump’s comments and praise for Pompeo’s bullying. I don’t see the humor in it. Where was the punchline?

Everyone in that room, including Trump and Pompeo should read Kelly’s column today. They should especially take note of this passage: “There is a reason that freedom of the press is enshrined in the Constitution. There is a reason it matters that people in positions of power — people charged with steering the foreign policy of entire nations — be held to account. The stakes are too high for their impulses and decisions not to be examined in as thoughtful and rigorous an interview as is possible.”

They should read it twice. Three times if they have to. Trump and Pompeo could read it a hundred times and still not understand that they are to be held accountable.

Donald Trump’s He-Man Women Hater Club may not like it, but girls are allowed to ask them questions.

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Stalking Yovanovitch


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Lev Parnas, the hired goon who’s an associate of Rudy Giuliani and whom Donald Trump doesn’t know despite being in dozens of photos with, revealed through text messages with a Republican congressional candidate (this just gets better by the minute) that there were plans to stalk Marie Yovanovitch while she was serving as ambassador to Ukraine.

The Trump team, specifically Rudy Giuliani, was conducting a smear campaign to get rid of Yovanovitch. During one phone call with the president of Ukraine, Trump said that Yovanovitch was going to “go through some things.” The text messages released by the House Intelligence Committee reveal that Parnas and his friend, Robert Hyde,” were, trying to get her to “go through some things,” discussing stalking and perhaps making something else happen to her when Hyde wrote, “They are willing to help if we/you would like a price,” and “Guess you can do anything in the Ukraine with money.”

Hyde also referred to Yovanovitch as a “bitch” in multiple texts, once writing, “can’t believe Trumo hasn’t fired this b—h. I’ll get right in that.” I don’t know why he referred to Trump as “Trumo” or if that’s just a typo. He also texted about Yovanovitch’s location and the state of her security. He also said we need to “get that bitch out” and “fuck that bitch.” He later said he was just being playful because calling a woman “bitch” is funny and humorous to Republicans. Hyde is the kind of guy who makes tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions to GOP candidates while falling behind on child support payments.

This should really help Robert Hyde with the “get the bitch” demographic.

Now, Ukraine is investigating this as they feel a responsibility for a foreign ambassador’s safety. This is NOT the investigation Donald Trump wanted that nation to announce.

I am glad Ukraine cares about Yovanovitch’s safety because our Secretary of State and State Department, under the Trump regime, does not. Neither the State Department nor Mike Pompeo has issued any statements regarding this.

We killed a foreign general after one of our embassies was demonstrated against. Donald Trump cited an “imminent attack” on four as justification for assassinating the general. But someone threatens one of our ambassadors and we hear nothing?

The Ukrainian government issued a statement saying, “the published messages contain facts of possible violations of Ukrainian law and of the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations, which protect the rights of diplomats on the territory of another state.” Where’s the statement from Mike Pompeo regarding an ambassador’s safety?

Ukraine also asked the FBI for assistance in investigating the Russian hacking of Burisma, the gas company Hunter Biden worked for. Isn’t it funny that Russia seems to be getting involved on the side of Donald Trump?

Morale is low at the State Department. Probably because its leader refuses to express any concern for the safety of its employees. Perhaps he’s afraid of angering Trump by expressing that he doesn’t want anything bad to happen to Marie Yovanovitch, whom Trump, with Giuliani and her stalker, has smeared. This is another example proving that all our government agencies are only working in the personal interest of Donald Trump.

And for that matter, I haven’t heard any Republicans express concern for our ambassador. I’ve heard a bunch of them, Kellyanne Conway, for example, say Lev Parnas is unreliable because he’s indicted and just trying to help his case by cooperating, but no concern about threats against a United States ambassador. What happened to patriotism? What happened to putting nation before Trump? What happened? Do you know who else should be expressing concern for the safety of a United States ambassador? Donald fucking Trump, the president (sic) of the United States of America. The new normal is that nobody’s pointed that out yet except me, a cartoonist.

Republicans have done nothing over the past three years except excel at being horrible, vile, disgusting creatures. And because all of this is a result of electing Donald Trump, we need to get that bitch out.

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Photo Bomb


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Before we even get the lie in the latest Trump whine and victimization, the absurdity of it should be acknowledged.

Donald Trump removed Marie Yovanovitch from the ambassadorship of Ukraine. Before doing so, Rudy Giuliani and the fuckwits on Fox News engaged in a smear campaign of Yovanovitch. While most Fox News viewers had never heard of Yovanovitch, the audience was left with an impression of what a horrible person she was…though they couldn’t even pronounce her name. Trump even complained about her to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Yovanovitch testified before the House Intelligence Committee and owned the Republicans on the committee. She didn’t advocate for impeachment. She laid out facts. She schooled and scolded Republicans for pushing debunked conspiracy theories that aid Russia. She described in detail the smear campaign Trump’s goon Rudy Giuliani engineered against her and how her removal wasn’t for fighting corruption, but for enabling it. During her testimony, Trump attempted to intimidate her in tweets.

He’s arguing she’s a horrible person. Since Trump has said it, his base will believe it. What are the offenses for being horrible? No, she didn’t refuse to sell him Greenland. According to Trump, she’s an Obama person. There’s no proof of that as she’s served in several administrations. Trump whined to Fox News, “She said bad things about me, she wouldn’t defend me.” There’s no evidence of this before her removal. Now, her greatest offense seems to be that she waited a long time before hanging Trump’s photo in our embassy in Ukraine.

This is what’s ridiculous before we get to the lie in his claim. Donald Trump is so petty, that not hanging his photo is a crime against him. It’s sacrilege. What’s even worse is that his supporters will say the same thing. It’s like the charge that someone’s a “Never Trumper.” What the hell is that? Someone is not to be believed or trusted because they will never support you politically?

Do you know who else had to deal with politicians who would never support them politically? Every politician in history. Even George Washington had haters who accused him of treason. Nancy Pelosi was never going to support George W. Bush, but she worked with him. Newt Gingrich was never a Clintonite, but he was still legitimate (hypocrite, but legitimate). Every time John Boehner or Paul Ryan opposed Obama on an issue, he didn’t cry out, “But they’ve never liked me.” Why not? Because President Obama isn’t a narcissistic manbaby. Tip O’Neill once said Ronald Reagan is “the most ignorant man who had ever occupied the White House.” He died before Trump was elected, but he was definitely a Never Reaganite. But Reagan said they were friends “after 6:00 PM.” Instead of crying that O’Neill never liked him, Reagan handled their relationship with humor like the time he said he received a Valentine’s Day card from O’Neill, and said, “I knew it was from Tip because the heart was bleeding.”

Previous presidents never had the delusion that EVERYBODY was supposed to line up and kiss their ass, that everyone was in their servitude, that everyone who didn’t worship at their altar was to be viewed with suspicion, should probably be investigated, and most likely breaking the law with something-something. Why, if they don’t hang up their photo, they should be removed from office. Tomorrow (because today is Sunday), go to your local post office and see if the mailman should be reported for subversion. That’s some real North Korea shit right there, where every citizen is required to display a portrait Dear Leader.

In North Korea, portraits of the Dear Leader are to be hung on the most prominent wall in the living room. There is to be nothing else on that wall. The wall is to be devoted entirely to Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il (soon, Kim Jong-un. They’re still developing that cult). It needs to be hung high and looking down on the rest of the room. The portraits are to be kept clean and hung appropriately, and North Koreans better do it as they’re subject to random checks each month. If the picture is dirty, maligned, or even slightly askew, there is an investigation where the “criminal” may be punished by serving a day of hard labor. When a person moves, the very first thing they have to display in their new home are the portraits.

The complaint about the photo is another clue as to why Trump loves authoritarians so much. Even your casual narcissist wouldn’t demand that you hang his photo. At what point will Donald Trump require girls to throw rose petals before his feet?

If you’re a Trump supporter, when do you get tired of this childish, ridiculous bullshit? The man is crying someone wouldn’t hang his photo. You’re going to give credibility to that indignation? You’re going to pretend it’s an actual offense? Next time Nancy Pelosi is at the White House, she should stick her finger three inches from Trump’s face and say repeatedly, “I’m not touching you.”

Here’s the truth about the portrait: Yes. Portraits of the president are to be displayed in every embassy and consulate. They’re in every post office. They required in other federal offices too. But, for the photos to be displayed, they have to be delivered. According to Lewis Lukens, who ran the U.S. embassy in London for much of Trump’s first year in office, it took the Trump administration nearly 15 months to deliver the official portraits of Donald Trump and Mike Pence to our embassies. Now, imagine going to work every day and see those two faces constantly.

I guess Marie Yovanovitch’s true crime is that she didn’t make it happen. Why, if she was truly supportive of our Dear Leader, she would have purchased an appropriate photo of Donald Trump and had displayed it prominently for everyone to see and kneel before. She would have done it at her own expense and have been proud to do so. Everything else on her agenda would have been set aside until a portrait was displayed. For not doing so, she truly is horrible.

This incident is another example of Trump’s tone-deafness or just a display that he ignores or fails to acknowledge facts. Or, maybe he just tells himself we don’t know what we know. What do we know?

We know Donald Trump displayed fake Time magazines with him on the cover in his crappy golf resorts. Trump claims he’s been on the cover of Time more than anyone else in history. We know that’s a lie. Many of us know the person who’s been on the cover the most is Richard Nixon. We also know that’s not good company.

What else do we know? We know that Trump spent $10,000 for a portrait of himself to hang in one of his clubs. We also know that $10,000 was not his and belonged to his charitable trust, the Trump Foundation (which has seen been dissolved because it was a criminal ring). We know that Donald Trump stole from a charity in an act of narcissism.

There are damn good reasons to be a “Never Trumper.” If anything, it should give a person credibility. It tells a person you’re not a dumbass who is an easy target for grifters. A person who will never support Donald Trump is a person who doesn’t support racism, anti-Semitism, narcissism, nepotism, cruelty, bullying, childish taunts, cult worship, lies and just assorted, stupid-ass bullshit.

I am proud that I will never support Trump but I don’t need the label “Never Trumper” because not supporting Trump is just the rational and logical thing to do.

Supporting this childish complaint, and giving it any validity is another example of Republicans destroying our nation. Bret Stephens wrote for The New York Times that “we’ve been living in a country undergoing its own dismal process of Ukrainianization: of treating fictions as facts; and propaganda as journalism; and political opponents as criminals; and political offices as business ventures; and personal relatives as diplomatic representatives; and legal fixers as shadow cabinet members; and extortion as foreign policy; and toadyism as patriotism; and fellow citizens as “human scum”; and mortal enemies as long-lost friends — and then acting as if all this is perfectly normal.” A student asked me yesterday during a lecture about my goal with my work. Part of the answer was to fight this new normal. I reject that it’s normal to go after someone not displaying a photo of the president. Republicans, please stop for one minute and actually listen.

Can you imagine the outrage and mockery we would have heard from the right-wing if there was even a debunked rumor President Obama was upset over someone not displaying his photo?

I will never display a Trump-approved portrait of Donald Trump. If anything, I’ll get in trouble for the images I’m posting now.

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Some Things Are Impeachable


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On one of his phone calls with Ukraine’s president, Donald Trump said then-Ambassador to that nation, Marie Yovanovitch, was going to “go through some things.” The man does project.

No real blog for this one. I already wrote one today. I’m tired and I need a few hours off.

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