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When did everyone decide that the photo angle for a selfie was from the perspective of someone looking down on me?

Look, it's Joe Biden, doing what I think was once just a silly, vain thing for young women to do:I know people look saggy and grumpy looking down into their phones. I was just commenting on that here, where a NYT photographer had captured people at a Biden event looking "dull and inert" in part because some were staring down into their iPhones. But just because looking down is bad doesn't mean you've got to go to the opposite extreme. Traditionally, a portrait is done looking pretty much straigh...
Tags: Law, Selfies, Joe Biden, Bible, Pennsylvania, Biden, Delaware, Joe, Trump, Wilmington Delaware, WaPo, Scranton, Leonardo da Vinci, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Montoursville Pennsylvania

"Please be sure that you are treated fairly."

Starting Monday, our great Farmers can begin doing business again with Mexico and Canada. They have both taken the tariff penalties off of your great agricultural product. Please be sure that you are treated fairly. Any complaints should immediately go to @SecretarySonny Perdue! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 20, 2019 Can that be in the running for a list of Trump's famous quote? Please be sure that you are treated fairly.I like that he (seems to) see that as his role, making sure t...
Tags: Law, Foreign Affairs, Farming, Trump rhetoric

"It now seems the General Flynn was under investigation long before was common knowledge. It would have been impossible for me to know this but..."

"... if that was the case, and with me being one of two people who would become president, why was I not told so that I could make a change?"Tweeted Trump this morning.Earlier this morning, in a less sober tone:My Campaign for President was conclusively spied on. Nothing like this has ever happened in American Politics. A really bad situation. TREASON means long jail sentences, and this was TREASON! [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Treason, Trump, Flynn, Michael Flynn, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric

"Thank you Joe and remember, the BRAIN is much sharper also!" tweeted Trump...

... in response to something Joe Scarborough, who'd said that Trump "looks like he’s about 20 years younger than a lot of Democratic candidates" (reported at Politico).ADDED: Notice that Trump said "the BRAIN is much sharper," not "my BRAIN is much sharper." Remember, yesterday we were talking about "the geriatric possessive," how old people tend to say "I’m going to take my bath" and "take my walk" and "take my nap" rather than referring to baths and walks and naps and so on generally, without ...
Tags: Law, Politico, Aging, Looks, Brain, Language, Howard Stern, Shakespeare, Joe, Trump, Donald, Joe Scarborough, Howard, Henry Fielding, Keats, Meade

Trump taunted — "Alfred E. Neuman cannot become president of the United States" — and Buttigieg responded.

"I’ll be honest. I had to Google that. I guess it’s just a generational thing. I didn’t get the reference. It's kind of funny, I guess. But he’s also the president of the United States and I’m surprised he’s not spending more time trying to salvage this China deal." (Politico.)This is a great and complex answer:1. Buttigieg implicitly taunted Trump for being old, and Trump is pretty old, but maybe not as too old as Buttigieg is too young.2. The intro "I'll be honest" can be used to lie, and I'm ...
Tags: Law, Looks, Mad magazine, Insults, Trump rhetoric, Pete Buttigieg

"One of the Democrats today — it's a he — sleepy person — said that he heard from a lot of foreign leaders, and they want him to be President. Of course, they do..."

"... so they can continue to rip off the United States. Of course, they do. Of course. I think if I heard that, I'd never vote for him. And then you have Bernie. Bernie. Then you have Bernie. You got some real beauties. Crazy Bernie. You got a choice between Sleepy Joe and Crazy Bernie. And I'll take any of 'em. Pick somebody, please. Let's start this thing. Let's start it. Pick somebody! We have a young man, Boot-edge-edge. Boot. Edge. Edge. They say: edge, edge. He's got a great chance, doesn'...
Tags: Law, China, Biden, Trump rhetoric, Pete Buttigieg, 2020 Campaign

"You're the best-looking people, that's for sure. You ever see?... They call themselves 'the elite.' You ever see 'the elite'?... I always laugh when I hear 'the elite,' and then you see this guy. He's not elite."

I think Trump just said — in so many words — that his antagonists are bad looking. Listen to this clip from last night's rally in Panama Beach, Florida:Trump to the crowd: You were "the invisible people." And then: You're the smartest... the hardest working... great talent. You're the best-looking people, that's for sure. You ever see? I joke about this, but it's really not joking. They call themselves 'the elite.' You ever see 'the elite'? This is 'the elite.' They're not elite. You're elite......
Tags: Law, Trump rhetoric, Class Politics, Aphorism, Masculine Beauty

Listen to Alan Dershowitz explain the New York accent and think about what people love/hate about Trump.

This great little documentary came out before the ascendency of Trump, but it made me think a lot about why some people get Trump and others don't: I've been meaning to show you that clip and invite you to think about the love and hate for Trump in terms of the New York speech pattern, and what put me over the top this morning was Bay Area Guy on the previous post (about Trump's new tweet, "they have stolen two years of my (our) Presidency"):Once you get to "decode" Trump's manner and style of s...
Tags: New York, Movies, Law, NYC, Gestures, Accents, Trump, Alan Dershowitz, Dershowitz, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Bay Area Guy

"... they have stolen two years of my (our) Presidency... that we will never be able to get back..."

Trump, on Twitter this morning, here and here:Despite the tremendous success that I have had as President, including perhaps the greatest ECONOMY and most successful first two years of any President in history, they have stolen two years of my (our) Presidency (Collusion Delusion) that we will never be able to get back..........The Witch Hunt is over but we will never forget. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Trump troubles

Trump takes a position on the Kentucky Derby and (maybe, metaphorically) on politics.

The Kentucky Derby decision was not a good one. It was a rough & tumble race on a wet and sloppy track, actually, a beautiful thing to watch. Only in these days of political correctness could such an overturn occur. The best horse did NOT win the Kentucky Derby - not even close! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 5, 2019 I hear politics because, first, he bemoans "these days of political correctness," but also because: "It was a rough & tumble race on a wet and sloppy track, actually, a...
Tags: Law, Horses, Kentucky Derby, Trump, Donald J Trump, Political correctness, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric

"Coverage of Trump’s latest rally shows how major media outlets normalize his worst excesses."

Aaron Rupar writes about the Green Bay rally at Vox:The president falsely accused Democrats of supporting infanticide, called the FBI and Justice Department leaders he’s purged from government “scum,” referred to the assembled media as “sick people,” and even admitted his proposal to punish blue states by relocating undocumented immigrants to sanctuary cities was “actually my sick idea.”...The New York Times did attempt to fact-check Trump’s lie about Democrats and abortion — Trump accused Democ...
Tags: Law, Journalism, Fbi, Abortion, The New York Times, Times, Vox, Justice Department, Trump, Green Bay, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Trump and the press, getting used to Trump, Aaron Rupar, Trump Instead of calling Trump

"Here we go again Bernie, but this time please show a little more anger and indignation when you get screwed!"

Trump tweeted this morning (here and here):The Democratic National Committee, sometimes referred to as the DNC, is again working its magic in its quest to destroy Crazy Bernie Sanders........for the more traditional, but not very bright, Sleepy Joe Biden. Here we go again Bernie, but this time please show a little more anger and indignation when you get screwed!As I was just saying, the presidential campaign is a test. But how do you do well on this test? Trump gives an answer: Show anger and in...
Tags: Law, Dnc, Hillary, Bernie Sanders, Trump, Bernie, Democratic National Committee, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Sleepy Joe Biden

Music in Moab.

We're home now, but we drove into Moab, Utah last Wednesday, had a nice dinner at La Sal House, noticed a poster advertising free bluegrass music later that evening, went for a walk, and just happened upon the music venue, Moab Backyard Theater... ... as the show was about to begin. So we went in and took a chance... Great! The band was Quicksand Soup. Here's how they looked and sounded on the same stage a few days before we heard them. They didn't do "Rock of Ages" the day we were there. My f...
Tags: Utah, Photography, Music, Smoking, Law, Advertising, Trump rhetoric

"It will be nasty - you will be dealing with people who truly have some very sick & demented ideas."

Welcome to the race Sleepy Joe. I only hope you have the intelligence, long in doubt, to wage a successful primary campaign. It will be nasty - you will be dealing with people who truly have some very sick & demented ideas. But if you make it, I will see you at the Starting Gate!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 25, 2019 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Biden, Donald J Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Trump 2020


Congratulations!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 22, 2019 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Donald J Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Trump and the press


Donald Trump got 46.1% of the popular vote. Mitt Romney got 47.2%.— Christian Schneider (@Schneider_CM) April 20, 2019 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Mitt Romney, Trump rhetoric, Christian Schneider

Trump is jovial this morning...

I believe it will be Crazy Bernie Sanders vs. Sleepy Joe Biden as the two finalists to run against maybe the best Economy in the history of our Country (and MANY other great things)! I look forward to facing whoever it may be. May God Rest Their Soul!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 17, 2019 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Bernie Sanders, Trump, Donald J Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Lightweight Religion, Trump 2020, Sleepy Joe Biden

"What do I know about branding, maybe nothing (but I did become President!)... But again, what the hell do I know?"

What do I know about branding, maybe nothing (but I did become President!), but if I were Boeing, I would FIX the Boeing 737 MAX, add some additional great features, & REBRAND the plane with a new name.No product has suffered like this one. But again, what the hell do I know? — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2019 I'm giving this my "modesty" tag even though it's jocular modesty. I think the rhetorical use of modesty is interesting coming from Trump, whose antagonists love to pre...
Tags: Law, Airplanes, Boeing, Trump, Donald J Trump, Modesty, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric

"Love people who are great under pressure. What a fantastic life comeback for a really great guy!"

Maybe it's a symptom of Trump derangement, but I can't help hearing him talking about himself:Love people who are great under pressure. What a fantastic life comeback for a really great guy!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 14, 2019 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Tiger Woods, Donald J Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric

"That is so objectionable. That is so offensive. And- and- and this is what I mean about moral vandalism in our country that's going on..."

"... from the highest offices stoking hatred, stoking fears, pitting people against each other," said Cory Booker — quoted in "Presidential candidate Cory Booker calls Trump's 9/11 tweet 'vicious, crass, disgusting'" ("Face the Nation").Here's the Donald Trump tweet in question:WE WILL NEVER FORGET!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2019 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Donald Trump, 9/11, Trump, Donald J Trump, Cory Booker, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Ilhan Omar

Is this general humor deafness or a special symptom-of-Trump-derangement deafness?

On a tour of Mount Vernon, President Trump said: "If he was smart, he would’ve put his name on it. You’ve got to put your name on stuff or no one remembers you."At Politico, the headline is: "Trump’s ‘truly bizarre’ visit to Mt. Vernon/The 45th president — no student of history — marveled at the first president’s failure to name his historic compound after himself." So many things are "bizarre" if you don't get that other people are using humor. Trump's remark is one of the funniest things he's ...
Tags: Law, Washington, Boredom, Trump, George Washington, Mount Vernon, Eliana Johnson, Daniel Lippman, Ann Althouse, Misreadings, Trump rhetoric, Trump derangement syndrome, Bradburn, Doug Bradburn

Only time will tell!

President Trump, tweeting this morning (here and here):Congressman Jerry Nadler fought me for years on a very large development I built on the West Side of Manhattan. He wanted a Rail Yard built underneath the development or even better, to stop the job. He didn’t get either & the development became VERY successful. Nevertheless,........I got along very well with Jerry during the zoning and building process. Then I changed course (slightly), became President, and now I am dealing with Congressma...
Tags: Real Estate, Law, Railroads, Trump, Jerry, Ann Althouse, Nadler, Trump rhetoric, Jerry Nadler, West Side of Manhattan

"I have heard that she was nasty to me, but she should be. Look what I did to her sons."

Said Donald Trump about Barbara Bush, quoted in The Washington Times. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Washington, Barbara Bush, Ann Althouse, Insults, Trump rhetoric, Said Donald Trump

"Our former vice president, I was going to call him. I don’t know him well. I was gonna say, 'Welcome to the world, Joe. You having a good time, Joe?'"

Said President Trump, the day before Joe Biden came out with his "mindfulness" video.Joe tugged at my heartstrings, I've got to say. He seemed so sweet and pathetic:"But I’ll always believe governing — life, for that matter — is about connecting, connecting with people... That won’t change.... And I’ll be much more mindful. That’s my responsibility, my responsibility, and I’ll meet it.... The idea that I can’t adjust to the fact that personal space is important, more important than it’s ever bee...
Tags: Law, Joe Biden, Kissing, Nancy Pelosi, Biden, Joe, Trump, Pelosi, Ann Althouse, Hugging, Trump rhetoric, Joe You

"They say the [wind turbine] noise causes cancer."

Said Donald Trump. Why did he say that? You can add "They say" to a lot of assertions and have something that's not exactly false... assuming somebody out there is saying that. But, as Jonathan Chait sums up:Wind turbines do not cause cancer. Some people blame the noise for causing a variety of other health ailments, but these charges have zero scientific validity. Cancer is not caused by noises of any kind....Help answer my question: Why did Trump say that? (Multiple answers accepted) He be...
Tags: Energy, Law, Cancer, Bad Science, Trump, Jonathan Chait, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Said Donald Trump

The Great Orange Mystification Move of April 2019.

This is not normal— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 2, 2019 ADDED: Why did Aaron Rupar (whoever he is) put the video up twice, replying to himself, as if in a conversation with himself, agreeing with himself that he is amazed.These oranges are replicating. Viral as hell and you cannot stop...... you're mesmerized, and you don't know why. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Orange, Pronunciation, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Aaron Rupar


There is no amount of testimony or document production that can satisfy Jerry Nadler or Shifty Adam Schiff. It is now time to focus exclusively on properly running our great Country!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 2, 2019 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Donald J Trump, Adam Schiff, Ann Althouse, Nadler, Trump rhetoric, Jerry Nadler, Democratic Party in Trumpland

"You have always been loyal to your nation. And now you have a President who is loyal to you — 100 percent."

"You rejected the failed political establishment that shipped away your jobs, sold out your sovereignty, and tied us down in endless foreign wars, which we're now winning and getting out.... You stood with me.... You took back your country. You recaptured your destiny. You defended your dignity. And you proudly reclaimed your freedom. Maybe for a second time. You have always been loyal to your nation. And now you have a President who is loyal to you — 100 percent. The Democrats took the people o...
Tags: Law, Russia, Michigan, Treason, Grand Rapids, Trump, Patriotism, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, taking responsibility for the Russia hoax, Trump's loyalty

Some day, Trump will tell us the secret.

The Fake News Media is going Crazy! They are suffering a major “breakdown,” have ZERO credibility or respect, & must be thinking about going legit. I have learned to live with Fake News, which has never been more corrupt than it is right now. Someday, I will tell you the secret!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2019 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Trump, Donald J Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Fake News, Fake News Media

"The Mainstream Media is under fire and being scorned all over the World as being corrupt and FAKE."

"For two years they pushed the Russian Collusion Delusion when they always knew there was No Collusion. They truly are the Enemy of the People and the Real Opposition Party!"Trump's morning tweet, 19 minutes ago.ALSO: From last night:WSJ: Obama Admin Must Account for ‘Abuse of Surveillance Powers’ via @BreitbartNews— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 26, 2019 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Obama, Journalism, Donald J Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Fake News, Trump troubles, Obama and the Russia hoax, Real Opposition Party Trump

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