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Nom Nom Make Boom Boom


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Supreme Court, accused sex offender, and chronic liar Brett Kavanaugh described yesterday’s hearing as a circus, which was an insult to circuses. Somewhere, there’s a pissed off clown. Bozo said, “Don’t drag me into this shit. Honk! Honk!”

Naturally, the hearing hasn’t changed many minds over who you believe. But, the one thing it did demonstrate is that even if he’s not a man who has had problems with alcohol and assaulting women, Brett Kavanaugh does not have the temperament, mind, independence, coherence, or personality to sit on the Supreme Court.

Kavanaugh, who is already a judge, dodged, ignored, and quibbled through questions while using the drunk choir boy defense. Sometimes, he threw questions back at Senators, such as after being asked if he ever drank to the point of blacking out.

He treated the Senators and public as though they’re stupid. When asked about writings on his calendar and yearbook, he gave definitions that were outright lies that only an idiot or a Republican could believe.

He explained that “boofing” was a reference for flatulence and not sex. He said the Renate Alumni wasn’t a club for guys who claimed they had “boofed” a girl named Renate, but a gang who held her in high respect. Being in the “Ralph club” wasn’t about vomiting from a lot of alcohol, but from a queasy stomach from spicy food. He explained that the “Devil’s Triangle” is not a sex reference with three people, as most people and the Urban Dictionary believes, but a drinking game with quarters. In fact, within minutes, someone from inside the capitol building changed the definition of “Devil’s Triangle” on Wikipedia, which can also explain Kavanaugh’s calendar from 1982.

I was a teenager in 1982 and I am not familiar with any of the definitions he gave. To be fair, I’m not an idiot or a Republican. As Rachel Maddow said (pert near) a few weeks ago, Republicans in charge of the government is a great example of why we don’t let dogs drive cars.

When pressed to call for an FBI investigation, Kavanaugh wouldn’t even answer and kept saying how much he wanted an immediate hearing, despite that these procedures are controlled by Republicans.

When asked by Senator Dick Durbin about his friend Mark Judge, and who Christine Blasey Ford says is a witness, and if the description of a character in his book, “Wasted Tales of a Teenage Drunk,” was him, Kavanaugh said Durbin would have to ask Judge. His answer highlighted the absurdity of the hearing as Durbin can’t ask Judge. The GOP won’t allow witnesses and Judge is currently hiding in a beach house in Delaware. How bad is it that he had to escape to Delaware? Is that why it took forever to find Wesley Snipes? Saddam and Bin Laden should have considered the state for a hiding space.

Dr. Blasey Ford was asked who paid for her polygraph test, which she has passed and Kavanaugh refuses to take (her lawyers paid for it) as if she created this entire story and ordeal to get a free polygraph test out of it. Maybe, someone should ask who’s paying for Mark Judge’s Delaware vacation.

Mark Judge had a letter delivered to the Senate denying any memory of the event (which isn’t a denial). The affidavit  is against the threat of perjury. I’m guessing risking perjury isn’t as great of a risk of being charged with sexual assault charges, where Maryland, the state where Blasey Ford says the assault took place, does not have a statute of limitations.

Blasey Ford was asked questions by a professional prosecutor who is a female. Orrin Hatch demonstrated the wise choice for the all-white Republican male membership on the committee not to ask the questions when describing her testimony; he stated that Blasey Ford is attractive. Shortly after the prosecutor started asking Kavanaugh questions, the GOP fired her on the spot and started asking questions themselves…or more or less, giving rhetorical speeches laced with fake outrage and condescension in defense of the nominee.

Kavanaugh was combative. He was a crier. He cried when he described how his father saved calendars. He claimed the accusations came from people trying to get revenge for the Clintons and upset over Donald Trump’s election victory. This shows he’s too partisan and conspiracy-minded for the court, even if he isn’t gropy.

Hillary Clinton testified before the Senate in 2016 for eleven hours and never cried or shouted once. If she had, she would have been described as “shrill,” “hysterical,” and lacking the temperament and disposition for the presidency. If Blasey Ford had acted that way, instead of slightly nervous, very descriptive, believable, credible, and intelligent, they would have used the same descriptions for her. I actually heard a few conservatives complain about the sound of her voice. Fox News fired contributor Kevin Jackson yesterday after he tweeted that Blasey Ford is a “lying skank.”

Lindsey Graham matched Kavanaugh’s histrionics yesterday and scolded the Democrats for bringing the accusation forward, which was actually made before Kavanaugh was nominated. Graham also promised to match the tactics he’s accusing the Democrats of, which is to bring false charges against their nominees in the future. Lindsey Graham chucked his principles with his old phone number that Trump gave out publicly.

Lindsey Graham does not belong on the Judiciary Committee or even in the United States Senate, just like Brett Kavanaugh doesn’t belong on the Supreme Court. The American Bar Association has rescinded their endorsement of him and is calling for an FBI investigation, which the Republicans will ignore and cram through a vote on the nominee.

Republican Senator John Kennedy asked Kavanaugh if he can swear to God that the accusations aren’t true, and he did.

Brett Kavanaugh can swear to God, but he can’t swear to the FBI. That’s because the FBI exists.

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Why I Didn’t Report


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Donald Trump tweeted, “I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!”

For the answer to “why didn’t report it?,” one only has to look toward Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who says the Senate will confirm Kavanaugh. It doesn’t matter what his accuser says or what new information comes out. He’s committed to sending Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court for a lifetime appointment, even if it turns out he attempted to rape a girl when he was 17-years-old.

THAT is why so many instances of rape and sexual assault go unreported. To men like Mitch McConnell, it doesn’t matter what she says. When it comes to he said/she said it only matters what he said.

Trump’s tweet, all by itself, should make Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins vote no on Kavanaugh. Both women senators demanded Al Franken resign over a photo of him pretending to grope a woman. You would think they’d have more outrage over someone accused of doing the real thing.

The Senate Republicans and Trump say they can’t delay the vote any longer, which is a lie. They proved they can by delaying Obama’s nominee by eleven months, and not even giving the guy a hearing. They refused to even meet with him in their offices. Not only can they delay, but they’ve shown they’re really good at it.

They want the accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, to come to them on Monday, and they refuse to bend on that date. They refuse to allow her to speak after Kavanaugh. They refuse to have an investigation. They refuse to hear any witnesses. This is how we select a justice for the Supreme Court, by having as little information as possible?

The Republicans don’t care if new information comes out that shows Kavanaugh is guilty and shouldn’t be on the Supreme Court, just so long as he’s on the court when we find out. There are no interests in facts. Only in putting an extreme right-wing political operative on the bench who will overturn abortion and protect Donald Trump. The bad thing is, if they don’t get this right-wing, knuckle-dragging troglodyte on the bench, why they’ll just have to settle for another right-wing, knuckle-dragging troglodyte.

Over the past two years, Republicans have defended and protected pedophiles, rapists, men who commit and brag about sexual assault, and Nazis. To be a Republican now is to be on the wrong side.

The defense of, “he was only a kid at the time,” is not a defense you would use if it was your daughter.

When you ask, “why didn’t she report it,” the answer is in your question.

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The More Things Change…


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When you see what’s happening now with Christine Blasey Ford, who’s accusing SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempted rape, you realize that Republicans, and maybe even the majority of men, haven’t learned anything over the past 30 years after what they did to Anita Hill.

If the internet was as prevalent in 1991, Ms. Hill would have been the first victim of cyberstalking, bullying, and harassment. Now, they demand that Ms. Ford testify to them without all the facts.

Republicans do not want the FBI to investigate the matter. Maybe they’re afraid they’ll find more Russians. They don’t want the confirmation of right-winger Kavanaugh, who will rule to ban abortion, delayed any longer, especially after the midterm elections. But, why?

What’s so wrong with waiting? Are they afraid we’ll have more information that will prove he should not have a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land? Are they afraid Democrats may take the Senate and do what they did to Obama, not let Trump have another justice to the court? They’re right that Democrats want to delay it, but they should be delayed. We should have all the information we can gather before we put a man on a bench for the rest of his life. Do we really want a man who attempted rape on the Supreme Court?

I don’t care if Kavanaugh was only 17-years-old when this incident happened. A 17-year-old should know about consent. They should not be rapists. Should he carry that for the rest of his life? Yes.

Kavanaugh, who has already been proven to be a liar, should be the one asking for an investigation, not the accuser. If he’s innocent, why wouldn’t he want professionals to look into it? If Ms. Ford is guilty, then she has a lot to lose as it’s a crime to lie to the FBI. It’s funny that she’s the one who wants an investigation and the accused does not. The accused’s friend, a witness to the event, is refusing to testify.

Republicans are afraid this will hurt them in the upcoming elections. So, they want eleven white men, only three who aren’t younger than 55, to grill Ms. Ford. How could this possibly go wrong for them?

Eleven men, all white, and no females from their party on the panel. At this point, they should call it a day and tell Trump to send another nominee. Kavanaugh should have been disqualified before we found out he may have been a guy who would rape a girl. Seriously, we can’t do better than this?

Kavanaugh was accused of holding Ford’s mouth, so she couldn’t cry for help while he attacked her. Right now, I think all eleven Republican white men on the Judiciary committee are doing it again.

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The #SoWhat Movement


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It really shouldn’t surprise anyone that Republicans are defending Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s Supreme Court nominee who is accused of sexual assault and attempted rape. They’ve already defended Nazis.

Donald Trump says “Judge Kavanaugh is one of the finest people he’s ever known,” but Trump has known people like Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen, Stephen Miller, Roy Cohn, Rodrigo Duterte, Recep Erdogan, Vladimir Putin, and Kim Jong Un.

Kavanaugh is accused of sexually assaulting and trying to rape Christine Blasey Ford, a research psychologist in Northern California, at a social gather in the 1980s when they were both teenagers. She claims Kavanaugh was holding her down and trying to get her clothes off, covering her mouth, so she couldn’t scream, while one of his friends watched. Kavanaugh claims he didn’t do it, and then claimed he wasn’t even at the party. Ford says she was afraid Kavanaugh would inadvertently kill her.

The friend that Ford says witnessed the incident claims it didn’t happen, but he’s also written a book titled, “Wasted: Tales of a GenX Drunk.” Kavanaugh’s witness is a guy who has boasted about binge drinking until he blacked out.

One of Kavanaugh’s defenses is a list produced by Republicans of 65 women, who knew the nominee during high school, who say Kavanaugh never sexually assaulted them. Seriously. There are a few weird things about this list. One is, it was revealed shortly after Senator Dianne Feinstein revealed the letter detailing the accusation against him. While Feinstein has been criticized for holding back on the letter, there’s speculation that Republicans were also aware of the accusation and had the list ready just in case.

Another problem with the letter is how did Kavanaugh even know 65 women during his high schooldays since he went to an all-boys Catholic school? Granted, I wasn’t the most popular kid in high school, but it was public and I didn’t know 65 girls. In fact, I still don’t know 65 women. Out of those 65 women vouching for the judge, only two will actually go on the record and publicly defend him.

Also, while it’s good there are 65 girls he didn’t assault, even Jeffrey Dahmer could have produced a list of people he’s known that he didn’t eat.

When asked Monday if he may withdraw Kavanaugh’s nomination, Trump said, “what a ridiculous question.” He also said he hasn’t spoken to Kavanaugh since the accusations came out, despite the nominee spending nine hours at the White House Monday (maybe it was for the famous meatloaf). But, we don’t know what will come from the hearings next week. Kavanaugh may come off so poorly that they have no choice but to pull his nomination. Seeing that Trump has wilted on “always deny, deny, deny” and says he’s OK with waiting for the confirmation, and he’s known to throw people under the bus quickly, it may not be a “ridiculous” question.

Republicans, who believed all the accusations against Harvey Weinstein and wanted Al Franken tossed from the Senate for pretending to grope a woman, don’t believe Kavanaugh’s accuser. Senator Orrin Hatch, who is on the Judiciary Committee, says the woman is mistaken and may be “all mixed up.” Hatch was also on the committee in 1991 for Clarence Thomas’ nomination to the Supreme Court, where he defended him against sexually harassing Anita Hill, called her a liar, and later said she owed Thomas an apology.

Republicans also argue that if it did happen, then it was so long ago and while he was a teenager, so it shouldn’t be important now. Would you want to hire a guy suspected of being a rapist while he was in high school thirty years ago? Would you want him setting legal policy? Would you want to give him a lifetime appointment?

Just like in 1991, Republicans are not going to come out of the hearing smelling like roses. Their questioning of Ford next week will likely contribute to the women vote and the blue wave coming in November.

The one thing we definitely will not receive from next week’s hearings is proof. Each of us will believe one or the other. Do I believe her at this point? I do. She’s passed a polygraph, had mentioned it years ago before Kavanaugh was nominated for the Supreme Court, and it wouldn’t make sense for an intelligent person to subject herself to the lifetime of bullying and harassment she’s about to be the beneficiary of from Republicans. Who in the right minds would look at what they did to Anita Hill and say, “I want some of that?”

And, since Brett Kavanaugh is already on the record as a liar, I don’t believe him.

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Bad Behavior Defense


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Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein did not get the Hollywood red-carpet treatment when he entered a New York City courthouse to face charges of raping one woman and forcing another to perform oral sex. Instead, he entered wearing handcuffs. Three pairs in fact, because he’s kind of a big guy.

It was being a big guy that allowed Weinstein to get away with harassing, assaulting, and intimidating women for decades. Decades of using his wealth and power to force women to submit to him, and destroyed the careers of those who wouldn’t. He’d often coerce or buy silence, and even employed an Israeli security firm to collect information on his accusers. Over 90 women have accused him of harassment and assault. While a few of his accusers are famous, many are not, and maybe it’s because of Weinstein why they’re not.

But it was the famous that finally brought the accusations out from being just rumors and whispers in Hollywood, to public exposure, to eventual criminal charges. It spawned the #MeToo movement which has brought to light harassment and assaults from other famous men.

Other famous men like Bill Cosby, who will now be going to prison. I’m sure Weinstein has Cosby in mind as he prepares his defense.

Weinstein is out on $1 million bail and has been extended the luxury of traveling between his homes in New York City and Connecticut, although with an ankle monitoring bracelet. He’s also surrendered his passport, so he won’t be able to flee the country.

Weinstein may not ever see the inside of a prison, even if all the criminal accusations are true. His legal team is preparing a defense admitting his bad behavior, which they say is not criminal or on trial. Will it work? Ask Donald Trump.

This is a nation that disregarded numerous horrible traits of Trump while putting him in the White House. Trump has been accused by nearly 20 women and has bought the silence of others. The number of those paid off is only known by Trump and his lawyer/fixer, Michael Cohen. Weinstein’s lawyers will be seeking people to put on a jury who will disregard bad behavior.

Perhaps his lawyer’s first question to potential jurors will be, “did you vote for Donald Trump?”

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Skins Peddle Skin


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This cartoon was published last Friday, May  4, in The Costa Rica Star.

The Washington Redskins are disgusting. First off, they have a racist name. They totally suck. They let their star quarterback sign with Minnesota in free agency. Now, they’re pimping their cheerleaders. You would think a scandal like this would have happened in the Lingerie League. Yes. There’s a league where women play football in their panties.

What the Redskins did in this particular escapade was take a bunch of their cheerleaders to Costa Rica for a photo shoot. Some women were required to pose nude with body paint on them. For a model, this may not be a problem except that the organization allowed spectators to watch the shoot. It’s very unprofessional to bring in gawkers and treat people like eye candy. But it gets worse.

After the shoot was over and the women thought the ordeal completed, and they could enjoy their evening, a few of them were told they were required to escort. Do what now? Escort? What does this mean?

It doesn’t mean they were prostituted. It means they were made to accompany men, VIP ticket holders, out for a night on the town. It made the VIP douches look and feel important and cool by having a cheerleader on their arm. Look at me. I smell terrific. The women said they felt they didn’t have a choice.

The Redskins organization issued a statement saying they respect women, have created a safe work environment, blah, blah, blah, but they’ve heard contradictory versions of the event. Yeah, sure. I guess it’s possible your employees went to Costa Rica and just created the story.  But then again, this is an organization that can’t see how a big red Native American adorned with feathers on their helmets with the name “Redskins” can be considered racist or offensive, so how can we expect them to know what a pimp looks like?

Creative notes: This is the first cartoon I’ve drawn for Costa Rica that I didn’t let them kill. They didn’t try to kill it, but I told them I was doing it. I knew it would be good for them to cover an issue that occurred in Costa Rica that would be of significant interest to a lot of U.S. readers. I even promised to send it to my clients and get it some reprints here, which it did.

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Schneiderman


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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman resigned this week after four women accused him of physical abuse.

The women say Schneiderman had repeatedly choked, hit or violently slapped them, all without their consent during his tenure as Attorney General. These women were romantic partners with the 63-year-old Schneiderman and the abuse often occurred in bed.

Schneiderman has denied the allegations, but he resigned within three hours of the accusations becoming public. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo also called for his resignation after the article was published in The New Yorker.

I saw a lot of conservative trolls whooping and cheering about this and demanding that liberals criticize the guy, despite the fact liberals were already criticizing the guy. They also failed to notice that the information they were celebrating was obtained from the so-called fake news media. Of course, these are the same jerks who were silent about Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly, and even Dennis Hastert. I am always amused at people exhibiting their hypocrisy while accusing others of hypocrisy.

Creative notes: This is a quickie cartoon I drew because there are other issues I feel I need to hit this week. I drew a quickie yesterday too. I am so far ahead, that since my files are dated, the readers at GoComics are going to believe I’m the last to cover an issue. I also felt this was too big of a story for me to miss. I don’t care if the guilty party is liberal or conservative. When I see wrongdoing, I’m going after it.

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A Cosby Sweater


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The man once revered as America’s dad was convicted Thursday on three counts of sexual assault.

The 7-man, 5-woman jury took less than two days to convict Bill Cosby for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a Temple University women’s basketball operations director who is three decades younger than the man who used to appear in commercials with children hawking Jell-O. The conviction comes in a retrial of a 2017 case in which a mistrial was declared.

Though this conviction was for his attack on one woman, there have been more than 60 cases reported. This is a win for the #MeToo movement as it proves that justice is possible for old cases that were formerly buried. The Cosby case has inspired several states to extend or abolish the statute of limitations in cases of sexual assault. They should all be abolished.

Cosby has not been sentenced yet, but he’ll most likely die in prison if he doesn’t flee. The prosecutor argued that Cosby is a flight risk as he has access to a private plane. This angered Cosby, who made a career out of avoiding profanity and chastising others for it, to shout in the courtroom, “He doesn’t have a plane, you asshole.”

Cosby’s $1 million bail was not revoked which kinda surprises me. Faced with dying in prison, why wouldn’t he flee the country? Cosby’s net worth has been estimated at $400 million. After spending millions on his defense, he probably has enough to live out the rest of his days in a location like Mali, Andorra, São Tomé & Príncipe, Togo, Vanuatu, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, or Micronesia, all nations without extradition treaties with the U.S. Each, much more pleasant and stable than a Yemen, Russia, China, or Syria. I’m listing these, not to give Cosby any ideas, but because I found it intriguing, it made me go down internet wormholes, and it’ll make copy editor Frank look them all up.

Cosby deserves to spend the rest of his life in an American jail cell, and not on a beach in the South Pacific.

With Cosby going down, maybe we can go from #MeToo to #WhosNext? I can think of a few candidates.

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Due Process


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No one expects Donald Trump to be a bleeding heart. The man doesn’t possess a trace of compassion or empathy, at least not for those who need it. At this point, we should all give up on the guy being any sort of decent human.

When it comes to violence against women, he doesn’t care. His first instinct is to defend the man who has been accused. When he has gone after men for sexual harassment, it wasn’t out of a concern for justice as much as it was an opportunity to hit a liberal and score political points. His criticism of Bill Clinton, Harvey Weinstein, and Al Franken were just opportunities to hit Democrats.

He even defended Clinton back in the 90s, before he jumped into politics. He said Clinton was the “real victim” and that his accusers were “terrible” and “unattractive.” When asked if it’d be different if the accusers were supermodels, Trump said, “I think at least it would be more pleasant to watch.”

What is not pleasant to watch is a man destroying the dignity of the presidency, but at least 100,000 repugnant Trump followers disagree with me. That’s at least how many “liked” Trump’s latest tweet defending the accused and trashing the victims.

Saturday morning, Trump tweeted, for no apparent reason, “Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused––life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?” Still burned by the women’s march, which had a much larger crowd than his inauguration, he’s taking on the #MeToo movement.

Maybe Trump feels if he can convince people the men are innocent, then people will believe he’s innocent from the accusations from at least 19 women who have accused him of sexual misconduct (even though he’s bragged about that conduct on more than one occasion).

Sarah Huckabee Sanders used his denial as a defense that his situation wasn’t comparable to Al Franken’s because Trump denied it. It’s as though the denial itself is proof of innocence.

When defending now-resigned White House secretary Rob Porter, Trump focused on the denial. He never once mentioned sympathy or compassion for victims of domestic violence. It didn’t matter that the stories came with corroboration, a restraining order, and a photo of a victim with a black eye. His empathy was in his statement “he’s very sad now.”

While endorsing Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, Trump brought up the denial. He said, “he totally denies it. He says it didn’t happen. You have to listen to him, also.” Trump has never listened to the accusers.

Trump defended Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes. He described O’Reilly as a “very good person” and said he shouldn’t have settled with his accusers. He defended Ailes by criticizing his accusers. “I can tell you that some of the women that are complaining, I know how much he’s helped them. And now all of a sudden they’re saying these horrible things about him. It’s very sad. Because he’s a very good person.” The men are always sad and good.

While defending former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski against a battery charge when he grabbed a female reporter, Trump said, “How do you know those bruises weren’t there before?”

There have been five men associated with the Trump administration and campaign of assaulting women. I’m sure they’re all “good and sad.” Trump even argued that Mike Tyson shouldn’t have gone to prison for a rape conviction.

Trump hasn’t always been a believer in “due process” or worried about accusations ruining people’s lives.

He accused Ted Cruz of having an affair and his father of being involved in the JFK assassination, based on nothing more solid than stories in the National Enquirer. I can’t decide which accusation is more far-fetched. The involvement in the Kennedy assassination, or someone wanted to sleep with Ted Cruz.

In perhaps the most famous incident of Trump ignoring due process, he called for the execution of the Central Park Five, the black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping and assaulting a white woman in Central Park in 1989. He bought newspaper ads campaigning for their executions. They were later exonerated in 2002, but Trump was still arguing in 2016 that they had admitted their guilt.

There are instances of false accusations, and they’re terrible. But that isn’t just the first concern from Trump. It’s the only concern unless they’re black or a Democrat (when he defended Tyson, he was making millions off the boxer in his casinos. Probably the only black person who didn’t face discrimination as an employee in one of Trump’s casinos). At some point, while discussing violence against women, a decent person would actually discuss the violence against women.

This year, 390 women are planning to run for the House of Representatives. Many more will be running for lower seats in state legislatures and city councils. Trump’s continued attacks against women and the #MeToo movement will surely make the number of women running increase.

If there is truly a “due process,” we’ll have fewer Trump sycophants and enablers in Washington in 2019. And maybe, we won’t have Trump.

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West Wing Beaters


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Earlier in the week, Deputy White House Press Secretary Raj Shah addressed comments made by Omarosa Manigault about the turmoil in the executive branch by saying, “Omarosa was fired three times on The Apprentice, and this is the fourth time we let her go.”

I am not defending Omarosa, who has gone from the West Wing to the reality show Big Brother where she said she is “haunted” by Donald Trump’s tweets, that things are “bad” inside the White House and that it’s “not going to be okay” there going forward. She was perfectly fine with the Trump administration when she was a part of it when she said, “Every critic, every detractor, will have to bow down to President Trump. It’s everyone who’s ever doubted Donald, whoever disagreed, whoever challenged him. It is the ultimate revenge to become the most powerful man in the universe.”

Criticizing Omarosa is fine, but what is this “we fired her” stuff? My point of contention is Mr. Shah’s comments about them firing her for the “fourth” time. Raj, the White House is not The Apprentice. It is not a reality TV show. Or is it?

White House Secretary Rob Porter resigned this week after it was revealed he’s been accused of beating both of his ex-wives. A former girlfriend has also made some accusations. As it turns out, the White House knew this for over a year as Porter was never cleared by the FBI for a security clearance.

White House Counsel Don McGahn was aware of this as well as Chief of Staff John Kelly. Kelly even defended Porter and attempted to talk him into staying. Later, Kelly told the White House staff to lie and tell the press that he had moved aggressively to oust him once his misdeeds were discovered. Remember when Kelly was supposed to be the moderating influence on this White House? Sure, he lied about a black congresswoman, Lied about Obama not calling Gold Star families, and said Dreamers won’t get off their “lazy asses,” but other than that, he’s a great influence.

Adding to the turmoil, Hope Hicks, Communications Director, and Porter’s squeeze, issued statements from the White House supportive of Porter. Stand by your man, Hope.

Treatment of women has become a serious issue for this White House. Original Campaign Director Corey Lewandowski grabbed a female reporter at an event. Steve Bannon has been accused of violence against an ex-wife. Trump’s first choice as Labor Secretary, Andrew Puzder, withdrew as the nominee after questions arose about him assaulting his ex-wife. On Friday, another member of the Trump team, speechwriter David Sorensen, resigned after accusations came to light of him assaulting (take one guess) his ex-wife. And, of course, there’s Donald Trump who has also been accused of assaulting his first ex-wife.

Not counting Trump, five people associated with this administration have been accused of violence against women. Do you know how many during the 16 years of the Bush and Obama administrations faced those types of allegations? Zero. And, it’s only been a year for the Trump team.

It should also be noted how the White House handles these accusations and how seriously they take them. First, they kept Porter on for over a year after being informed of the accusations by the FBI. They even allowed him to handle classified information without having a permanent security clearance. Blackmail Schmackmail.

Trump has accused every woman claiming he groped them of lying, and that he’d eventually sue them all. He defended Roy Moore and argued that the man claimed he was innocent.

Friday, Trump talked about Porter and didn’t express any concern for the woman. He was only concerned for Porter and said, “he also, as you probably know, says he is innocent, and I think you have to remember that.” It’s interesting that Trump always repeats what the man claims, but never what the woman says.

When a woman is assaulted, what she needs most is to be believed. For some women, the most powerful man in the world is calling them liars and defending their attackers.

Equally disturbing is the fact there are multiple individuals in the White House who are working with classified information without a security clearance. Congress needs to demand how many are currently working without the clearance and who they are.

As ridiculous as it seems to go from the White House to competing on a reality TV show, perhaps everyone in the Trump administration needs to take a good hard luck at Omarosa’s current gig.

After sacrificing their dignity, credibility, respectability, humanity, and selling their souls, the only place that will take them seriously in their future will be reality TV.

Maybe Omarosa will scooch over and make room for them on the couch.

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