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"President Donald Trump on Monday pleaded with Venezuela’s military to support opposition leader Juan Guaido..."

"... and issued a dire warning if they continue to stand with President Nicolas Maduro’s government. 'You will find no safe harbor, no easy exit and no way out. You will lose everything... We seek a peaceful transition of power, but all options are open.'... In remarks broadcast on state television, Maduro accused the U.S. president of speaking in an 'almost Nazi style' and lashed out at Trump for thinking he can deliver orders to Venezuela’s military. 'Who is the commander of the armed forces, ...
Tags: Law, Socialism, Miami, Venezuela, Fox News, Donald Trump, Nicolás Maduro, Trump, Maduro, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Juan Guaido

Did you watch that McCabe thing on "60 Minutes"?

I did.  I watched it very closely. With some meticulous rewinding and analysis (where McCabe declared Trump "disgusting" and it was hard to understand exactly why (Trump, campaigning, had weaponized a factoid from the Wall Street Journal)).I thought the "60 Minutes" presentation followed a clever narrative arc, with a beginning that allowed McCabe to inflate himself, a middle that brought in his wife and complicated the story, and an ending that gave us so much reason to doubt his credibility th...
Tags: Law, Fbi, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal, WSJ, Clinton, 60 Minutes, Trump, Andrew, McAuliffe, Terry McAuliffe, Jill, McCabe, Scott Pelley, Ann Althouse

Taunting/soothing, Trump tweets.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2019 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Donald J Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric

"When I came into office, I met right there in the Oval Office with President Obama. And I sat in those beautiful chairs."

Said Trump — WaPo transcript — who seemed to be flying high at the end of his Q&A session after his speech today. And we talked. It was supposed to be 15 minutes. As you know, it ended up being many times longer than that. And I said, "What's the biggest problem?" He said, "By far, North Korea." And I don't want to speak for him. But I believe he would have gone to war with North Korea. I think he was ready to go to war. In fact, he told me he was so close to starting a big war with North Korea....
Tags: Japan, Law, Obama, North Korea, Syria, Kim Jong Un, Nuclear War, Trump, Kim Jong, Oval Office, WaPo, Abe, Said Trump, Idlib Province, Nobel Prize, Ann Althouse

Trump disturbs The Daily News by showing his awareness of a sex-related meme.

I'm reading "Trump just responded to '69' with 'Nice!' — effectively 'killing' a popular sexually suggestive meme trend." “The Gallup Poll just announced that 69% of our great citizens expect their finances to improve next year, a 16 year high. Nice!,” the President boasted.As the social media savvy are already aware, it’s common to reply to mentions of the number 69 — code for a certain sex position — with the word “nice.”...“Trump did a 69/nice tweet, which means I'm never going to do one agai...
Tags: Twitter, Law, Sex, Stupid, Nice, Trump, Shaun, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Trump and pop culture

Whose is bigger? Trump versus O'Rourke.

In El Paso last night, :About 30 minutes into his rally, Trump said he had been challenged by "a young man who's got very little going for himself except he's got a great first name. ... So we have, let's say, 35,000 people tonight, he has 200 people, 300 people — not too good," Trump claimed. "That may be the end of his presidential bid." He said later that 10,000 people were inside the stadium. Donald Trump Jr. also tried to mock Beto's crowd size.Trump's audience inside the coliseum was 6,50...
Tags: Law, Bloomberg, BETO, Trump, El Paso, Rourke, Texas Tribune, Donald Trump Jr, El Paso Times, El Paso Fire Department, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Jennifer Epstein, O'Rourke, Beto O'Rourke, Trump's

"You do love your dogs, don't you? I wouldn't mind having one honestly, but I don't have time. How would I look walking a dog on the White House lawn?"

Trump, in El Paso, last night."Would that be [makes a face] — right? — sort of not — right? I don't feel good. Feels a little phony — phony to me. People say, Oh, you should get a dog. Why? It's good politically. I said, That's not the relationship I have with my people." Trump muses about having a dog at the White House, but concludes "it feels a little phony to me.""That's not the relationship I have with my people... Obama had a dog."— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) Feb...
Tags: Law, Obama, Dogs, Indonesia, White House, Chanel, Fake, Trump, El Paso, GWB, Obama Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Obama is not like Trump, Trump styles, Obama eats dog

"When the term Executive Time is used, I am generally working, not relaxing."

The media was able to get my work schedule, something very easy to do, but it should have been reported as a positive, not negative. When the term Executive Time is used, I am generally working, not relaxing. In fact, I probably work more hours than almost any past President.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 10, 2019 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Labor, Donald J Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Idleness

The Green New Deal — don't ask if it's practical, it's "aspirational," and people are looking for "dreamers."

That's the message Markos Moulitsas (founder of The Daily Kos) delievered — with an assist from WBUR news correspondent Kimberly Atkins — on “Meet the Press" today (transcript).The moderator Chuck Todd got the conversation going by reading Trump's tweet:"I think it is very important for the Democrats to press forward with their Green New Deal. It would be great for the so-called carbon footprint to permanently eliminate all planes, cars, cows, oil, gas, and the military even if no other country ...
Tags: Law, Elizabeth Warren, Sarcasm, Atkins, Environmentalism, Amy Klobuchar, Kos, Trump, Democratic Party, Chuck Todd, Klobuchar, Sherrod Brown, WBUR, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Markos Moulitsas

How despicable (or clever) is Trump's "See you on the campaign TRAIL, Liz!"

Today Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to by me as Pocahontas, joined the race for President. Will she run as our first Native American presidential candidate, or has she decided that after 32 years, this is not playing so well anymore? See you on the campaign TRAIL, Liz! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2019 I'm seeing Trump getting trashed — "Twitter Lampoons Trump for Apparent Trail of Tears Joke Aimed at Elizabeth Warren" (Mediaite)."The joke here is that the Trail of ...
Tags: Law, Elizabeth Warren, America, History, Empathy, Viral, Native Americans, Pocahontas, Liz, Trump, Donald J Trump, Natchez Trace, Political correctness, Ann Althouse, Too Much Drama, Trump rhetoric

"Warren uses vivid speech that's fascinatingly similar to Trump's."

That's something I wrote on August 10, 2016, and I'm reading it again after writing about Elizabeth Warren's speech yesterday. In 2016, I was addressing Warren's tweet, "@realDonaldTrump makes death threats because he's a pathetic coward who can’t handle the fact that he’s losing to a girl." I want to add my new "Warren is like Trump" tag to that. And I want to find the transcript from yesterday's speech so I can pull quotes that made me feel it was Trumpish. But let me give you some of this 201...
Tags: Law, Elizabeth Warren, America, United States, Warren, Donald Trump, Hillary, Bernie Sanders, Trump, Donald, 2016 Campaign, Bernie, Masculinity, Ann Althouse, Gender Politics, Emotional Politics

"PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT! It should never be allowed to happen again!"

Trump, this morning, on Twitter:So now Congressman Adam Schiff announces, after having found zero Russian Collusion, that he is going to be looking at every aspect of my life, both financial and personal, even though there is no reason to be doing so. Never happened before! Unlimited Presidential Harassment........The Dems and their committees are going “nuts.” The Republicans never did this to President Obama, there would be no time left to run government. I hear other committee heads will do t...
Tags: Law, Obama, White House, Virginia, Trump, Adam Schiff, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Trump troubles, Trump's new Congress, Gov. Northam, Great State of Virginia

"It’s true that much of Ocasio-Cortez’s appeal has to do with her frank and fluid way of expressing a politics whose particulars are increasingly popular across the country. But some of it feels substitutionary..."

"... having something to do with her status as an ambassador from everyday life—still so much like the rest of us who follow politics, caught between complicit spectatorship and horror at the seriousness at hand."I'm consuming New Yorker prose..."Substitutionary" is an odd word for me. But it is a word. The OED finds its earliest use in 1772, in "Clerical Subscription No Grievance": "The Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his Life,..a substitutionary Ransom f...
Tags: Google, Law, Wikipedia, Freedom, America, United States, Socialism, Christianity, Jesus, Christ, Bernie Sanders, The New Yorker, Trump, Sotu, Sacrifice, Ann Althouse

The Democratic Women — dressed in white to honor the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote — stand and cheer as Trump says just the right things to rouse them out of what I think was supposed to be grim disapproval.

It was so much fun to see this creation of festive happiness:Let me break this scene down:0:00-0:12 — "No one has benefitted more from our thriving economy than women, who have filled 58% of the new jobs created in the last year," says Trump, leaning into "women." He pauses, nods and looks around.0:15 — We see the array of women in white, keeping a solemn look at first. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez turns around and causes the women behind her to smile.0:17-0:19 — This gesture happens — one woman  (w...
Tags: Law, Congress, Wikipedia, Kkk, Nancy Pelosi, Nancy, Trump, Smiling, Sotu, Aoc, Ivanka, Ivana, Ann Althouse, Gender Politics, Emotional Politics, Trump rhetoric

At the State of the Union Café...

... you can talk about anything you want, but I'm going to be watching the State of the Union, which is just about to start. How about you? I don't live-blog anymore. I don't like the feeling of coming out with instant opinions. I'd rather soak it up, then see what stays with me and write the next morning, with the aid of a transcript. I hope Trump does well — brings us together, inspires optimism and so forth. I wonder what it will be like with Nancy in the background the whole time...UPDATE: T...
Tags: Law, Nancy, Trump, Sotu, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Trump's new Congress

What Gov. Northam did was "unforgivable" Trump says... but look at what he's calling "unforgivable."

Democrat Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia just stated, “I believe that I am not either of the people in that photo.” This was 24 hours after apologizing for appearing in the picture and after making the most horrible statement on “super” late term abortion. Unforgivable! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2019 What is Trump calling unforgivable?Theory #1: What's unforgivable is the tight cluster of poor expression. In quick succession, Northam said something about late-term ab...
Tags: Law, Virginia, Christianity, Abortion, Forgiveness, Trump, Blackface, Donald J Trump, Meade, Ralph Northam, Northam, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics, Trump rhetoric, Trump's genius, Gov. Northam

"So sorry to hear the news about Jeff Bozo being taken down by a competitor whose reporting, I understand, is far more accurate than..."

"... the reporting in his lobbyist newspaper, the Amazon Washington Post. Hopefully the paper will soon be placed in better & more responsible hands!"Tweets Trump.Which competitor newspaper took down Bezos? According to TMZ, it was The National Enquirer:[T]he tabloid published alleged text messages between Bezos and GF Lauren Sanchez after he announced he and MacKenzie Bezos were getting a divorce. Trump seems to be implying that the paper forced Jeff's hand.Trump's nicknames are so out-and-prou...
Tags: Law, Divorce, Trump, Jeff, Bezos, WaPo, BOZO, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Clowns, Amazon Washington Post, MacKenzie Bezos, Jeff Bozo, Lauren Sánchez

"The president of the United States has many faults, but let’s not ignore this one: He cannot write sentences."

"If a tree falls in a forrest and no one is there to hear it … wait: Pretty much all of you noticed that mistake, right? Yet Wednesday morning, the president did not; he released a tweet referring to 'forrest fires' twice, as if these fires were set by Mr. Gump. Trump’s serial misuse of public language is one of many shortcomings that betray his lack of fitness for the presidency. Trump’s writing suggests not just inadequate manners or polish—not all of us need be dainty—but inadequate thought. ...
Tags: Comics, Supreme Court, Law, White House, United States, Jane Austen, Random House, Hemingway, Spelling, Wilson, Trump, John Keats, John Irving, Ernest Hemingway, Scott Fitzgerald, Andrew Jackson

"The Fakes always like talking Chaos, there is NONE. In fact, there’s almost nobody in the W.H. but me...."

I just watched a Fake reporter from the Amazon Washington Post say the White House is “chaotic, there does not seem to be a strategy for this Shutdown. There is no plan.” The Fakes always like talking Chaos, there is NONE. In fact, there’s almost nobody in the W.H. but me, and...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2019 MEANWHILE: There is only one right answer to the incredible question: Are you a foreign asset? And it doesn’t take 2 minutes to explain...
Tags: Law, White House, Trump, Campbell, Donald J Trump, Ann Althouse, Josh Campbell, Trump rhetoric, Trump derangement syndrome, Trump troubles, Amazon Washington Post, Trump's shutdown

"Trump tried to play a normal president on television. The result was very strange."

Ha. I'm reading Washington Post columns this morning, drawn or repelled by headlines. I was repelled by "Trump’s nothingburger speech." That's Jennifer Rubin, who I guess, was expecting Trump to do something drastic and planning to rage about it, then stuck with normal, and much less to chomp on. She wanted a red-meat Trumpburger.I'm more attracted to "Trump tried to play a normal president on television. The result was very strange." That also, obviously, aims to make something of normal, but s...
Tags: Law, Washington Post, Masks, Trump, Normal, WaPo, Rubin, Alyssa Rosenberg, Jennifer Rubin, Ann Althouse, Emotional Politics, Trump rhetoric, Trump derangement syndrome, nice Trump

"And, most important, Pelosi and Schumer failed to use the one word that millions of Americans were longing to hear — compromise."

"But Trump did. That is why the president won the night. Schumer and Pelosi appealed to their base, while Trump made an effective appeal to persuadable Americans."Writes Marc A. Thiessen in The Washington Post.Here's the text of Trump's speech, if you want to look for where Trump used the word "compromise." He uses it twice, but both times it's about not compromising. First, there's a criticism of those who oppose the wall and won't compromise:How much more American blood must we shed before Con...
Tags: Law, Congress, Trump, Pelosi, Schumer, Ann Althouse, Emotional Politics, Trump rhetoric, Marc A Thiessen, Trump's wall, Pelosi Schumer, Trump's shutdown


HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE, INCLUDING THE HATERS AND THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA! 2019 WILL BE A FANTASTIC YEAR FOR THOSE NOT SUFFERING FROM TRUMP DERANGEMENT SYNDROME. JUST CALM DOWN AND ENJOY THE RIDE, GREAT THINGS ARE HAPPENING FOR OUR COUNTRY! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 1, 2019 ADDED: Did the all caps bother you? It bothered Chris Cillizza: "Typing in all caps is a very good and very presidential way to calm people down!" [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, New Year's, Donald J Trump, Chris Cillizza, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Trump derangement syndrome

Urban Dictionary has made "marginal" its front-paged word of the day, but none of the definitions have anything to do with Trump's saying that at age 7, belief in Santa is "marginal."

The top-rated definition is "Word describing a friend that is a taker and not a giver - someone that never shows up or pays for a tab or helps in any way. Not a true friend."That's the only marginally accepted Urban Dictionary definition. There are 2 other definitions, but they are massively down-voted: 1. "Another word for an insecure, psychotic, nerd who has problems distinuishing real life from the internet," and 2. "A synonym for a woman's genitalia." The second definition is especially bad ...
Tags: Law, Language, Santa, Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Urban Dictionary

"Are you still a believer in Santa?... Because at 7, that’s marginal, right?”

Until this morning, I'd only seen Trump's end of the Santa-is-marginal conversation: Donald Trump, answering phone call from 7-year-old on Christmas Eve: "Are you still a believer in Santa? Because at seven it's marginal, right?" — The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) December 25, 2018 I did find that very funny... for a cluster of reasons:1. I didn't think a 7-year-old, especially a 7-year-old who still believed in Santa, would understand the word "marginal."2.  The que...
Tags: Lisa Kudrow, Law, Friends, Santa Claus, Santa, Donald Trump, Trump, Joey, Ann Althouse, Using Children In Politics, Trump rhetoric, Era of That's Not Funny, Christianity Trump

Trump's Christmas meme: "I am all alone."

As I see it in the press...... it seems to mean that Trump is isolated, friendless, and self-pitying. His words are characterized as a "ranting" and "complaining." He stews, un-self-aware, in chaos of his own making. Let's look at the tweet that set off this anti-Trump ideation: I am all alone (poor me) in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come back and make a deal on desperately needed Border Security. At some point the Democrats not wanting to make a deal will cost our Country more ...
Tags: Law, Washington, White House, Solitude, Trump, Donald J Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Border Wall, Trump derangement syndrome

His mind exploded.

James Comey just totally exposed his partisan stance by urging his fellow Democrats to take back the White House in 2020. In other words, he is and has been a Democrat. Comey had no right heading the FBI at any time, but especially after his mind exploded!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 11, 2018 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, White House, Fbi, James Comey, Donald J Trump, Comey, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Democratic Party in Trumpland

Trump "must have said the word ‘wall’ 30 times... It’s like a manhood thing with him — as if manhood can be associated with him — This wall thing."

Politico reports on what Nancy Pelosi said after her meeting today with Trump.Also — incredibly — she said "I was trying to be the mom," and "it goes to show you: You get into a tinkle contest with a skunk, you get tinkle all over you."During the meeting, in the Oval Office, with the cameras running, Trump got ahead of the Democrats' effort to blame a government shutdown on him. He acted like he wanted it: "If we don't get what we want ... I will shut down the government... I am proud to shut do...
Tags: Law, Metaphor, Nancy Pelosi, Trump, Oval Office, Pelosi, Ann Althouse, Insults, Trump rhetoric, Trump's wall, Democratic Party in Trumpland

"Meet the Bottomless Pinocchio, a new rating for a false claim repeated over and over again."

Glenn Kessler, the WaPo "Fact Checker," is thoroughly exasperated. Trump’s willingness to constantly repeat false claims has posed a unique challenge to fact checkers. Most politicians quickly drop a Four-Pinocchio claim, either out of a duty to be accurate or concern that spreading false information could be politically damaging.Not Trump. The president keeps going long after the facts are clear, in what appears to be a deliberate effort to replace the truth with his own, far more favorable, ve...
Tags: Law, Lying, Jack Kerouac, Trump, Glenn Kessler, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, WaPo Fact Checker

No "smocking" gun.

“Democrats can’t find a Smocking Gun tying the Trump campaign to Russia after James Comey’s testimony. No Smocking Gun...No Collusion.” @FoxNews That’s because there was NO COLLUSION. So now the Dems go to a simple private transaction, wrongly call it a campaign contribution,... — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2018 It's not a typo if you do it twice. The question is whether it's a deliberate misspelling to infuse the message with virality. "Smocking" is what makes this speci...
Tags: Law, Russia, Spelling, James Comey, Trump, Donald J Trump, Comey, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric

Who in the Sam Hill is Scott Free?

I'm reading "'Who is Scott Free?' A search for meaning after Trump’s misuse of a medieval idiom" (WaPo).This is after Trump tweeted:Michael Cohen asks judge for no Prison Time,'” Trump began. “You mean he can do all of the TERRIBLE, unrelated to Trump, things having to do with fraud, big loans, Taxis, etc., and not serve a long prison term? He makes up stories to get a GREAT & ALREADY reduced deal for himself, and get..... his wife and father-in-law (who has the money?) off Scott Free.He made it...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Wikipedia, Language, Satan, Arizona, Michelle Obama, Mel Gibson, Sam, Vikings, New York Magazine, Western Europe, Trump, Scott, Scott Adams, Hill