Saturday, August 22, 2020

They fought the law

It took a while but Trump has finally found his Roy Cohn.  According to Brian Stelter's forthcoming Hoax:  Donald Trump, Fox News and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth, William Barr was dispatched last October to tell Rupert Murdoch he needed to "muzzle" Judge Andrew Napolitano, who had begun talking about Trump's "criminal behavior" and calling the evidence reported by Robert Mueller "impeachable." Until then, Napolitano was under the impression Trump was going to put him on the Supreme Court, so maybe we came out ahead in the long run.  It's one thing to have your personal fixer intimidating and threatening people; it's totally different when he's the attorney general of the United States and opens the conversation by talking about media consolidation, a topic dearer to Rupert than any of his wives or children.

It's not just Judge Andy who's getting up Trump's nose.  Over in Pennsylvania, where his campaign is suing to stop the use of drop-off ballot boxes, Federal Judge J. Nicholas Ranjan quite reasonably asked for evidence of voter fraud.  He's still reading the 524-page document they submitted but, according to Suzanne Almeida of Common Cause Pennsylvania, there isn't any.  Not even those thousands of ballots mailed to dogs and cats.  (Dogs lean left, cats are all over the place.)

Meanwhile in California, Judge Robert Broadbelt III ruled that Trump has to pay Stormy Daniels $44,100 in legal costs stemming from her non-disclosure agreement lawsuit.  This is shaping up to be the costliest wang-dang-doodle since Henry VIII first spotted Anne Boleyn.

At least twenty-one states and the District of Columbia are suing Louis DeJoy and the Postal Service for an incredibly brazen attempt to impede, if not prevent, mail-in voting.  Testifying in front of a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee so friendly it could have been a fraternity reunion, DeJoy promised that ballots will be "prioritized," and nobody asked why that would be necessary if he hadn't kneecapped so many facilities in swing states.  The House will doubtless have some real questions next week.  For instance, how did Steve Mnuchin, putative Secretary of the Treasury, come to fill the postal board with Trump accomplices?  (What else can we call them?)

Doing its part to prevent the wrong sort of voting, Tennessee passed a law making it a felony to camp out on public property, as racial justice protesters have been doing since May, with automatic loss of voting "privileges."  The hope is that by the time the Supreme Court gets around to striking it down (that whole "right of the people peaceably to assemble" thing), the 2020 election will be history.   Well done, Governor Lee.  Any relation to  the general?

Trump is again petitioning the Supreme Court to let him block people on Twitter because he is a little girl who doesn't like it when they say mean things about him.  Two years ago they ruled that his 240-character lies and tantrums are "governmental in nature," but let's hope that's no longer the case by January 21.

Steve Bannon, who Trump has barely even heard of, also has a Twitter problem.  Someone found a tweet where he and co-defendant Brian Kolfage joke about stealing from We Build the Wall.  Questioned about the "culture of lawlessness" that surrounds him, Trump responded, "There was great lawlessness in the Obama administration."  The reporter wimped out without asking for the name of even one indicted Obama adviser.  Live to "journalist" another day, huh?

She's a former judge now, but just for Saturday night fits & giggles, read what Maryanne Trump Barry thinks of her brother.  Read it!


Blogger The New York Crank said...

About this thing Trump has about sharks:

Wouldn't it be a hoot if a couple of live sharks were discovered in the swimming pool at Mar a Lago?

Just tossing the thought out there to tickle your imagination.

And maybe a very, very large alligator at the ninth hole. Or in his golf cart.

Yours crankily,
The New York Crank

7:15 AM  

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