Trump and Bolton are apparently old pals from Bolton's days at Fox. The main reason Trump hadn't already given Bolton a job as Sec State or NatSec Adviser was because he doesn't like Bolton's moustache.
Tell me we're not living in an 80's cartoon.
But in that final month on the trail, there was something else weighing on Trump’s mind, even more than the assault allegations. According to three top campaign officials, speaking to The Daily Beast on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations, Trump began pressing senior staffers about the specific dates that the women were alleging that the assaults, affairs, or harassment took place.
If the date fell within the time period of the early stage of his marriage to Melania Trump—and the birth of their son Barron—Trump would suddenly care more about the story and quiz campaign aides more closely about it. Officials concluded that Trump’s true concern was not so much being accused of sexual harassment as it was, in the words of one aide, about “pissing off Melania.”
“The president may be able to fire Mr. [Robert] Mueller and others who may challenge him, but he cannot fire me, or my client. We will not be going away any time soon,” Michael Avenatti, Daniels’ attorney, told The Daily Beast. “If they [in Trumpworld] are upset about what has transpired over the last two weeks, they are really going to be upset when they see what is going to transpire over the next few months—because the last two weeks haven’t been a warm-up lap.”
Quoting what I said on The Avocado:
Stormy's handling of this, the pace at which she's let details out, seems extremely canny and media-savvy. It sure seems like she's consulted with counsel (and probably media consultants), made a plan, and is following it.
It's possible, of course, that I'm full of shit and she's just good at manipulating the media into giving her attention and has no real plan -- like Trump. Time will tell. But it at least looks to me like she's cleared the low bar of "smarter and better-disciplined than Trump."
Speaking of Trump's lack of discipline, that he's actually managed to keep his mouth shut on this story definitely means something. I'm not sure what, exactly; maybe the "he's more afraid of pissing off Melania than he is about investigations and lawsuits" theory is true, or maybe it's just that this is the kind of scandal he's used to dealing with and it's easier for him to stay on-script.
CNN: White House reviewing plan to restrict immigrants' use of government programs
There's no possible way THIS could go wrong and kill a bunch of children!
"We've had extremely positive feedback regarding the killing of brown children in other countries," a White House spokesman was quoted as saying. "But here in America, people don't like even regular drones that are not armed with explosives constantly bombing everything, so we had to work out some other way to murder brown kids."
"Our next plan is to encourage shooters to target only inner city schools by giving them a cash incentive," the spokesman went on to say. "Sure, there might be a few white kids shot, but they're probably poor, so they're like 50-70% worthless anyway."
Ah, "no more DACA deal". As opposed to all the DACA deals we've had up to this point.
Minutes after wishing the nation a happy Easter Sunday, Mr. Trump denounced “liberal” laws that he said were preventing Border Patrol agents from doing their jobs. He said that Republicans should use the “nuclear option” to sidestep Democratic opposition in the Senate and enact “tough laws NOW.”
Prediction: Mitch McConnell is not going to eliminate the filibuster right before an election where there's a chance Republicans we'll lose the Senate.
But, y'know, McConnell understands how the government works. Trump does not.
Like regardless of how this thing ends, just... goddamn. It was an easy test, and holy fuck did we ever blow it. I'm not sure how I'm ever going to trust ourselves with policy decisions and/or sharp objects ever again.
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