Trump Tapes

Coupfefe


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When the tape came out Sunday of Donald Trump attempting to force Georgia’s secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, to disenfranchise thousands of voters, overturn an election, and thwart democracy, a lot of Republicans were upset. Republicans like Senator David Perdue, who is on the ballot today in a runoff trying to keep his seat.

Yes, Perdue was outraged. He called it “disgusting.” No, he wasn’t outraged Donald Trump was committing election fraud and behaving like a mob boss. He wasn’t even upset over the multiple conspiracy theories Trump shared on the call. Perdue was upset the call was recorded. He was upset at Raffensperger.

Perdue said, “I guess I was raised differently. To have a statewide elected official, regardless of party, tape without disclosing a conversation — private conversation — with the president of the United States, and then leaking it to the press is disgusting.”

I guess I was raised differently because I was raised to believe this is a republic and not a theocracy and the president should be a champion of democracy, not attempting to be a fascist leader. I was also raised to believe United States Senators choose democracy over fascism and cult leaders. I was raised to believed we respected the will of the people. I was raised to believe we abided by the Constitution. I was raised to believe we put America before cults of personalities. Obviously, a lot of Republicans were raised with different values.

I was also raised not to be a hypocrite. In 2017, after Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, he issued a threat for Comey to keep quiet, as he may have taped their conversations. Do you recall David Perdue being upset that Trump may have taped Comey? Funny. I don’t remember him doing that either.

Trump eventually said he didn’t tape Comey, as the former director called his bluff and spoke to the press about their conversations where Trump tried to get him to drop an investigation. But, Trump probably did tape the call as he has a history of that. Trump was taping phone calls decades ago without informing the other party.

But anyone who talks to Trump should record the conversation because he may ask them to do something illegal or lie about what he said later…or probably both.

And Republicans can pretend to be upset over this call being recorded and leaked, but that’s just a distraction from what they should really be upset over, the fact the president (sic) of the United States is engaging in criminal acts.

David Perdue may also want to check on the laws about recording a phone conversation. In Washington, D.C., it’s legal. In Georgia, it’s legal. David Perdue needs to find another reason to get his knickers in a twist. What isn’t legal is election fraud. While the state of Georgia may not want to go after Trump, the improved United States Justice Department may after January 20, and the Fulton County district attorney may open an investigation into the solicitation of election fraud.

Perdue also said, “I didn’t hear anything in that tape that the president hasn’t already said for weeks now since the November election.” Sure, we all heard the lies and conspiracy theories from Trump before, but have we heard him ask for favors…other than that time he illegally asked Ukraine to investigate his opponent (or he wouldn’t allow military aid) or that time when he asked Comey to stop investigating Michael Flynn? I guess David Perdue is right. We’ve all heard Donald Trump commit criminal acts before.

His colleague and fellow Georgian, Senator Kelly Loeffler, was OK with the tape because she’s on board with trying to overthrow the election tomorrow when Congress certifies Joe Biden’s election. Different values as in, they don’t have any.

We do have different values than Republicans. In fact, Republicans have different values than Republicans. There’s nothing Republican about destroying our republic. Perdue and Loeffler also called for Raffensperger to resign back when Donald Trump lost Georgia the first time before he lost the three recounts. How much do you want to bet that if Donald Trump had won Georgia, there would not have been any recounts, and definitely not three. I haven’t heard anything about there being a recount in places like Texas, North Carolina, or Florida where Trump won.

Republicans want the secretary of state to resign for doing his job and not handing an election over to a fascist wannabe, and they want the fascist reinstated. Again, different values.

I just hope today the majority of Georgians have better values than to return two fascist-loving, democracy-hating senators back to Washington.

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Trump Tapes


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After hearing tapes of Donald Trump’s call with Georgia’s secretary of state, I’m even more convinced he’s going to issue a self-pardon.

On Saturday, Donald Trump called Brad Raffensperger, the secretary of state, and harangued the guy for over an hour. It was a phone call the secretary shouldn’t have taken. Raffensperger was kind and courteous, telling Donald Trump at one point, “You have the wrong data,” instead of losing his cool and saying, “Stop calling me after freebasing 8chan, you corrupt orange conspiracy-minded lunatic!!!!”. Or something to that effect.

Donald Trump’s defense in that he didn’t break the law yesterday would be that he honestly believes in everything he said. He believes votes for Biden were counted three times. He believes dead people were voting. He believes out-of-state residents voted. He believes Dominion voting machines hijacked the election for Biden. He believes Dominion took out machines after the election so they couldn’t be inspected, or inner parts of them were replaced. He believes officials are stealing the election from him. He believes Fulton County is corrupt. He believes ballots were “shredded” in Fulton County. He believes the count is off by “hundreds of thousands” of votes. He believes a water main broke in a room where people were counting votes, then they rushed out leaving ballots unattended and while they were gone, leprechauns fucked with them or some shit like that….anyway. His best defense is that he’s fucking nuts.

And being desperate and nuts isn’t a great defense when you’re president (sic). I mean, do we really want a lunatic as our president (sic)? Apparently, a little less than half our nation does. Half our nation is comprised of lunatics.

But in regards to Donald Trump’s defense, can he be excused if he really doesn’t believe he was threatening Georgia’s secretary of state and his lawyer, Ryan Germany (who Trump said has a very nice last name) with prison if they didn’t overturn the state election for him?

While it was rambling and at times, barely coherent, it was a threat when Trump said, “But the ballots are corrupt. And you’re going to find that they are — which is totally illegal, it is more illegal for you than it is for them because, you know what they did and you’re not reporting it. That’s a criminal — that’s a criminal offense. And you can’t let that happen. That’s a big risk to you and to Ryan, your lawyer. And that’s a big risk. But they are shredding ballots, in my opinion, based on what I’ve heard. And they are removing machinery and they’re moving it as fast as they can, both of which are criminal finds. And you can’t let it happen and you are letting it happen. You know, I mean, I’m notifying you that you’re letting it happen.”

The highlights from that one paragraph alone: That’s criminal. That’s a big risk to you. It’s more illegal for you than it is for them. I’m notifying you that you’re letting it happen.

The most sketchy part of the conversation, out of a lot of sketchy shit, is when Donald Trump told Raffensperger to get him a specific number of votes. Donald Trump told Raffensperger to give him 11,780 more votes than he currently has. Why that number? Because Joe Biden beat him by 11,779. These votes don’t exist, so where are they supposed to come from?

In the call, Trump said, “All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have because we won the state.” He then said, “So what are we going to do here, folks? I only need 11,000 votes. Fellas, I need 11,000 votes. Give me a break.”

Donald Trump is telling a state official to break the law, to disenfranchise voters, to overturn an election, and to violate democracy. This is what a mob boss does. This is literally what a fascist does.

Everything Donald Trump believes is a lie. And since he needs more than Georgia to flip for him to win the election, who is in other states is he calling to flip?

On Wednesday, Congress will count the electoral college and validate the election for President-Elect Joe Biden. Currently, we know of 140 House members and 12 senators who are going to object. They’re objecting to democracy. They never should have signed on to this coup but after hearing the tape of Trump’s call with Georgia, they should step back. Elected representatives, you know, who got their positions by being elected, shouldn’t object to an election.

It’s bad enough there are insane people out there believing all these conspiracy theories. I’ve had these Qnuts tweet at me in all caps that Biden will never be inaugurated. Do they believe they’ll find corruption and prove Donald Trump won, or do they believe in something worse? Do they believe something terrible is going to happen? Are they part of the plan in making something terrible happen?

Donald Trump is inviting and encouraging his MAGAt base to come to Washington on January 6. What will he do after Wednesday? What argument will they take? What new plan will develop to keep Donald Trump on a throne of power? Trump goons have already plotted to kidnap the female governor of Michigan after Trump tweeted “Liberate Michigan.” During one of the debates, he told Proud Boys to “stand by.” What is he telling them to do now? What are they discussing on 8chan, Parler, and wherever the hell it is that dark shadows congregate?

During the call, Raffensperger tried to shoot down Trump’s conspiracy theories and said, “The problem you have with social media, they — people can say anything.” Donald Trump replied, “Oh, this isn’t social media. This is Trump media.”

Trump media is where they decide their own facts. What are they saying over there?

This is not the first record of Donald Trump engaging in corruption in a phone call. Transcripts were released of his call with the president of Ukraine where he demanded him to investigate Joe Biden and his son or Donald Trump wouldn’t release military aid that had already been approved by Congress. Donald Trump was impeached for that and the Senate of corrupt Republicans acquitted him. Now, he’s breaking the law by telling, and begging, a government official to break the law.

Donald Trump probably won’t need any defense because Georgia is controlled by Republicans so they won’t prosecute him and federally, he’s going to pardon himself. Since the election, Donald Trump has proven time and time again that voting him out of office was the right thing to do.

Joe Biden won the election. This is a fact. There was no mass voter fraud. In the United States, the loser doesn’t win the election (unless he/she wins the most votes but loses the electoral college, but we’ll get back to that another day). If Republicans somehow succeed in stealing the election not just from Joe Biden, but from the American people, then what sort of presidency will Donald Trump operate? After the Senate acquitted him, he just upped his game of corruption. He knew he wouldn’t be punished for anything. If you steal an election for him, then you’re not going to have a president. You’ll have a dictator.

Why would any Republican want to throw out democracy for a fascist state? That’s what I don’t get.

Donald Trump and Republicans are fighting for fascism. Lock them up.

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Groper In Chief


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Friday afternoon The Washington Post released a video of Trump bragging about groping and assaulting women, attempting to sleep with a married woman, and how women will let you do anything “when you’re a star.” He gave disgusting details such as being able to walk up to them and “grab them by the p***y.”

How bad is it? Speaker of the House Paul Ryan cancelled a Saturday appearance with Trump. U.S. Representative from Utah Jason Chaffetz has rescinded his endorsement, as has that state’s Republican governor. It’s so bad that Trump actually apologized….sort of. His first was a statement saying he apologizes IF anyone was offended. That’s not a real apology. No word on whether he apologized to the woman he attempted to sleep with or her husband, or to his own wife. Hours later he released a video saying the guy in the video wasn’t really him and he apologizes, but Bill Clinton is much worse. His flying monkeys were released with the same “Bill Clinton is worse” talking points. Trump said everyone who knows him knows he’s not like that. No. It seems everyone who knows Trump knows he’s exactly like that. He’s a guy who’ll grope your wife while refusing to pay you for contracted labor.

The tape is from 2005 and Trump said it was “locker room” talk. The thing about locker room talk is that it’s usually committed by teens and guys in their early 20s. Not by men in the 60s.

I’m a straight guy. I’ve engaged in “locker room” talk. Every guy has. We have all said jokes that are inappropriate. But I have never said, or been friends with anyone, who said the sort of stuff Trump did. I have heard plenty of guys talk like Trump and I assure you, most men find it distasteful and try to distance themselves from that person. It’s boorish. At a certain age guys don’t give details of their sex life and they don’t want to hear their friends’ either. Details come with mental images. Ew! Trump’s talk doesn’t just turn off women. It disgusts men too….those with a conscience. That’s something Trump surrogates lack.

His lackeys didn’t bail from the Trump campaign. They all doubled downed and defended the guy. They pointed out the tape was over ten-years old and you know a man doesn’t really start growing until he’s 60. The biggest talking point was to immediately go into talking about the Clintons. The thing is, this isn’t about the Clintons. This is about Donald Trump being a crass and vulgar human being who doesn’t respect women. This man claims he has the best temperament.

Let’s see Mike Pence say “Trump never said that” to this scandal. Trump surrogates have sold their soul to this guy. You would think on Friday they’d ask for a return but instead they just keep plodding along.

There were reports earlier in the week that Trump was crude and vulgar toward women on the set of his television show The Apprentice. His daughter Ivanka told us several weeks ago that her father “is not a groper.” From calling women pigs and slobs to Alicia Machado, Trump has left a trail of slime. His people will say Bill Clinton has a trail too except Clinton actually knew policy and he’s not running for president. Trump says this is a distraction and we need to focus on the issues. The problem is, Trump is the issue.

Is this the October Surprise? Sort of. Is it the scandal that finally defeats him. Yes it is. The support he has now may not decrease at all. His supporters are already blind to logic and reality. But for Trump to win the election it’s not losing support he has to worry about. He has to gain support and this video kills that. How does he gain support after this and his upcoming flame-out at Sunday’s debate? It’s not happening. If both candidates’ support freezes where it is today, Clinton wins the election. Trump has a very low ceiling and his bad comb-over had hit it.

This does more than kill the Trump campaign for president. This destroys the Trump brand.

A few years ago a man was being a bore to a woman I care about. He had a tendency to slap her on the butt. He did it quite often. He thought it was amusing. She told me she didn’t know how to stop him. I told her she didn’t have to. I’d stop him. I made it stop. There wasn’t any violence or even a threat, but I stopped it. All I had to do was talk to him and he felt bad, embarrassed, and probably a little humiliated. He took it well, took responsibility, and apologized without being asked or told to. Trump needed a video unearthed by The Washington Post to actually pretend to apologize. I don’t want a crass, vulgar, bore disrespectful of practically everybody as my president.

We have to stop it.

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