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Yesterday, less than two days before he would have qualified for a full retirement pension, Donald Trump's Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, fired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. Read all about it in yesterday’s Politico article by Elana Schor, “McCabe says his Russia probe work sparked smear campaign before firing” (https://www.politico.com/story/2018/03/16/mccabe-fired-fbi-justice-retirement-468647).
As Schor writes, “The dismissal from his decades-long home marks an ignominious end to a once-storied career for McCabe. That departure came ahead of an Inspector General’s inquiry that is expected to criticize his handling of an October 2016 media report on his wife's failed run for the Virginia State Senate and his handling of investigations into Hillary Clinton.”
Not only that, but Special Counsel Robert Mueller III has memos written by McCabe about his conversations with Trump (https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/17/politics/mccabe-memos-trump/index.html).
Associate solitary reporter Susanna Sherman, whom we constantly send to cover the GOP’s never-ending misdeeds, confronted Sessions as he was continuing his daily struggle to stay in office.
“Susanna,” Sessions began, “Ah always act with Complete Honesty because Ah am a very distinguished Southern Gentleman. Mah decision was absolut'ly correkt both politically and, more importantly, morally.”
"McCabe’s wife, Jill McCabe — see, she didn’t even bother to use her name, she used his, instead — was runnin' for the State Senate in Virginia as a Democrat, and then-Governor Terry McAuliffe — don’t forget, McAuliffe used to run the DNC, and he’s very close to Bill and Hillary — and he and his cronies gave Jill McCabe $467,000 for her campaign, while McCabe held one of the top jobs in the whole Justice Department."
“But General,” Sherman shot back, “don’t you think it looks really bad, like sour grapes, to say the least, to fire a long-time Justice Department guy just before he qualifies for a full retirement pension, after your boss, Donald Trump — who, among other things, expected you to be his personal lawyer — was all over Twitter blasting Mr. McCabe?”
“Susanna, you are the most naive reporter Ah has ever met. This is Washington. Here in Washington, we-all dearly love livin’ in a swamp."
Yesterday, Donald Trump made a proposal on how to deal with school shootings.
On Valentine’s Day, to show his love for the NRA, Nikolas Cruz killed seventeen people at a high school in Parkland, Florida, using an AR-15 assault weapon.
Trump’s Education Secretary, Betsy Dee Prince DeVos, knows almost nothing about public education.
But she’s a big cheese when it comes to charter schools and private schools, and she was (and no doubt still is) a big cheese in the Michigan GOP.
She was Michigan’s Republican National Committeewoman from 1992 to 1997.
The current occupant of the White House received 47.5% of the votes in Michigan, while Hillary Clinton received 47.27%; Clinton lost to Trump by 107,704 votes. Green Party presidential candidate and Spoiler-in-Chief Jill Stein received 51,463 votes. Other minor party presidential candidates, including Natural Law Party presidential candidate Emilio Soltysk, received 26,525.
Trump’s first choice to be his Education Secretary was none other than Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University, the largest Christian university in America. It’s evangelical and it has 15,000 students on campus with 110,000 students including online students.
Former conservative Indiana talk show host Mike Pence had to break a 50-50 tie in the Senate to get DeVos confirmed (first time that’s ever happened).
Evangelicalism doesn’t really have much to do with Christianity. If Jesus were to visit Liberty University, he would run, not walk, to the nearest Presbyterian Church USA, or maybe even a Unitarian Universalist church.
For reasons unclear to any sensible person, Trump managed to collar the evangelical vote, even though he is a notorious womanizer; has been married to three trophy wives; was a star of the Hollywood Access video; and thinks more with his gonads than with whatever is under that thing on top of his head.
DeVos is married to Dick DeVos, the former CEO of Amway. Her brother, Erik Prince, founded Blackwater USA (now known by the improbable name of “Academi"). Blackwater employees successfully killed fourteen Iraqi civilians in 2007. The Iraqi government didn’t like that, so it refused to extend Blackwater’s license in 2009.
The DeVos family is listed by Forbes as the 88th richest family in America, with an estimated net worth of $5.4 billion.
Trump said, after losing the popular vote to HRC, that he wanted the members of his Cabinet to be billionaires like him.
While in Michigan, DeVos campaigned vigorously for charter schools.
After the most recent (of many) school shootings, in Parkland, Florida, DeVos visited the school where the shooting occurred.
When she was interviewed on 60 Minutes (shown yesterday), by Lesley Stahl, DeVos said she didn’t know whether the public schools in Michigan improved following the school choice policies which she pushed there. “I can’t say overall that they have all gotten better.”
Asked whether she had visited poor-performing schools in Michigan, DeVos said “I have not intentionally visited schools that are underperforming… [but] maybe I should."
DeVos’ comments on 60 minutes were reported by Politico’s Kimberly Hefling and Michael Stratford (https://www.politico.com/story/2018/03/11/devos-schools-violence-task-force-454720).
Given that Trump thinks it’s a really swell idea to arm teachers in schools, DeVos told Stahl that she believes that arming teachers “should be an option for states and communities to consider” though she said she “couldn’t ever imagine” her own first-grade teacher being armed in the classroom.
So we sent associate solitary reporter John Hooper, our education expert, to interview DeVos as to the reasonableness of Trump’s proposal, which he made yesterday, in response to the Parkland shooting.
“Go away, John,” she said. “I know where you live. You live in the most liberal precinct in Denver, and Denver consists mostly of Democrats.”
“So I won’t listen to the first thing you say.”
At Trump's Rally Yesterday in Pennsylvania, Stormy Daniels Propositions Trump on Stage, but Trump Blames It All on the DNC
At the top of her column in today’s New York Times, Maureen Dowd shows us a photo of the venue where porn actress Stormy Daniels will be performing on April 13 and 14.
And where might that be?
Very close to Donald Trump’s exclusive resort for the filthy rich, Mar-a-Lago, in the same state where the NRA has filed suit to overturn Florida’s new law which ever so mildly tries to impose sensible restrictions on the use of guns, including assault weapons.
Trump went to Moon Township, Pennsylvania, yesterday, for a rally, to feed red meat to his base, as he continues his drive to make America worse again.
That’s because on Tuesday, voters in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District will go to the polls in a special election, after their former Congressman, Republican Tim Murphy, was forced to resign last year.
Murphy, a psychologist, had encouraged his mistress to abort her pregnancy even though he held a strict public anti-abortion stance.
So the Republicans are running Pennsylvania legislator Rick Saccone against a rising star Democrat, Conor Lamb. For weeks now, Republicans have been embarrassed at Saccone’s poor fundraising and lousy campaigning, while Lamb is slightly ahead in the polls in the deeply conservative District, which Trump won by over 19 points in 2016.
If Lamb wins, it will send an extremely strong signal to the GOP that its chances of holding its majorities in the House and Senate in November are close to zero.
So Trump held a typically Trumpisitc rally yesterday to tell his rowdy and uninformed base to vote for Saccone.
But did he do that?
After an hour-long rant against the media (including calling NBC News anchor Chuck Todd a son of a bitch), and after praising himself as The Greatest Ever, he finally got around to saying something about candidate Saccone.
As our two best associate solitary reporters, Johanna Jones and Susanna Sherman, watched, at minute 55 of Trump’s hour-long rant, Stormy Daniels came on the stage in high heels and not much else and offered to do for Trump what she did for him a number of months ago.
But Trump didn’t miss a beat. As soon as Daniels made her proposition to have sex on stage with him for a mere $1,300,000, in front of God and everybody, Trump, with the third Mrs. Trump at his side, yelled “You know what, folks? The Democrats hired Stormy to do that, just to make me look bad."