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Giant Shapeless Ass

These are the first few paragraphs of an article by conservative pundit Andrew Sullivan. You should read the whole thing.

When is the moment we can say that Trump has clearly gone over the line in erasing democratic and constitutional restraints on his personal power?

I’d say declaring a national emergency when there isn’t one to fund a project he can’t get through Congress pretty obviously qualifies. Wouldn’t you?

He couldn’t manage to get his wall funded when his own party controlled the entire government. He even turned down a bipartisan offer to build a “wall” in return for a path to citizenship for Dreamers last year, because he wanted a reduction in legal immigration as well. He petulantly refuses to accept greater funding for border control and immigration enforcement if his symbolic wall isn’t part of the package. He says he intends to use the military to do what a civilian border force is constitutionally designed for. He even intends to seize private land in order to construct the Great Wall of America, using a military version of “eminent domain.” And he says he has the power to do all this anyway and is only negotiating with congressional leaders because he feels like it. His benchmark for when an emergency begins? When Nancy Pelosi refuses to budge. Which is proof that this “emergency” is pulled out of his giant, shapeless ass.

And for all this, he has shut down much of the federal government as leverage to get his way, jeopardizing public safety and health, disrupting the lives (and now paychecks) of millions.

Somehow, it seems to be apropos to think of this situation as a Calvin and Hobbes comic (with Hobbes played by John Barron, Trump’s imaginary friend).



  1. ebdoug wrote:

    All so he can be reelected next year. I don’t want my tax dollars going to that idiot’s reelection.

    Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 2:34 am | Permalink
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    Oh, and he could never have pets. Someone might say “oh, what a cute goldfish” which would take attention from the narcissist.

    Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 3:53 am | Permalink
  3. Wildwood wrote:

    The scary monster is the Butt Nugget sitting in the White House. I think this would all end quickly if all the TSA agents just didn’t show up for work. Bring the airlines to a halt and the flying public would certainly soon be storming the Capitol.

    I was watching the mayor of Atlanta saying they are giving the TSA free parking and some meals. My first thought was, “They don’t get free parking all the time?” A boring but important job, with low pay, and they are required to pay for parking? Something terribly wrong with that.

    Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 11:18 am | Permalink
  4. Sam Foster wrote:

    I have no time or energy or patience for these conservatives trying to make a case against 45. 45 is a direct outcome of the path the republicans have been on since at least Nixon and if these commentators truly cared about the nation they would’ve stopped Cheney, Gingrich, Bush I’s crew, Reagan’s crew, etc. and started acting for the betterment of all. The only problem they have with 45 and his cohort is that they’re saying out loud what repubs have believed and acted on for decades. Screw them, screw their party, and screw their supporters.

    Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 3:47 pm | Permalink