October 20, 2020

THE POSSIBLE ESCAPE OF DONALD TRUMP

FROM KING FEATURES SYNDICATE
BY BOB FRANKEN

THE POSSIBLE ESCAPE OF DONALD TRUMP

editor’s note: Please note the Cyrillic spelling of “tower” in the third paragraph.

Could you imagine if I lose?” President Donald Trump is now actually musing out loud about the possibility that he might not get re-elected. He was speaking, in this instance, at one of his rallies: “My whole life, what am I going to do? I’m going to say, ‘I lost to the worst candidate in the history of politics.’ I’m not going to feel so good. Maybe I’ll have to leave the country. I don’t know.”
He may have to leave the country as an alternative to facing all his legal problems, particularly if he’s not successful in pardoning himself. True, his successor Joe Biden expressed the opinion during the campaign that it’s “not very ... good for democracy to be talking about prosecuting former presidents.” But he also said that he’d keep a hands-off approach: “I will not interfere with the Justice Department’s judgment of whether or not they think they should pursue a prosecution.” Additionally, there are tons of state investigations, to say nothing of all the unresolved lawsuits that he finally might have to face when his attorneys run out of delaying tactics.
So where could fugitive Trump flee? That’s easy. Among the dozens of countries that don’t have an extradition treaty with the United States is Russia. Surely he and his buddy Vladimir Putin have secretly colluded on detailed plans for his escape. He might have finally worked out a deal for constructing in Moscow the Trump Bashnya, or Trump башня if you prefer the Russian Cyrillic alphabet translation of Trump Tower. This alleged secret agreement could even allow him to set up a resort property near Odessa. What would he call it? How about Marxist Lago?
That would take care of Donald Trump, but what about his most passionate believers, who would prefer to settle in another country if their hero flies the coop? In particular, where would the white supremacist militias go? People like the ones who came up with the plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, apparently because she displeased their hero, King Trump.
They even surreptitiously scouted the Whitmer family vacation home, but not all that surreptitiously. These “Vigilantes Who Couldn’t Shoot Straight” managed to be infiltrated by undercover FBI agents and soon found themselves indicted on a variety of federal and state charges. Mercenaries they’re not.
One might surmise that a president of the United States would temper his incendiary language a tad. But not this president. In a western Michigan rally he was on the attack against Whitmer for her strict anti-pandemic actions. Still again, his rabid supporters screamed, “Lock her up!” at the top of their lungs. Supporters who will become infected with Covid because they crowded together unmasked. President Trump simply basked in their shouted mantra, before sending them all wild again by adding, “Lock ’em all up!”

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October 17, 2020

TURKEY DAYS

FROM KING FEATURES SYNDICATE
BY BOB FRANKEN

TURKEY DAYS

Mark the day. Nov. 26 is Thanksgiving 2020. It’s a Turkey Day unlike any other. If Tony Fauci gets his way, it will be a “Zoom holiday,” not the family gathering it usually is. In his words, “You may have to bite the bullet and sacrifice that social gathering, unless you’re pretty certain that the people that you’re dealing with are not infected.”
More importantly, it is 22 days after Election Day. They might be through counting the votes by then. And Donald Trump and his Republican axis of evil might be done with all the post-campaign chicanery they might dream up if their voter suppression and intimidation have not worked and Joe Biden has won the race against Trump.
The only way that Biden and his Democratic forces can avoid all the legal contrivances aimed at getting the case before an even more pliant Supreme Court is a landslide victory so massive that the GOP is rubble. That would possibly mean that the Democrats control two of the three branches of our national government — the presidency and Congress — while that other political branch, the judiciary, at least the Supreme Court, is firmly in control of the Republicans and ultra conservatives. And after presumed new Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s evasive pretense before the Senate, don’t believe for a minute that justices are not partisans. They are, and a desperate President Trump is counting on that to put him over the top, if he isn’t crushed by the avalanche of votes against him.
Right now it looks like that is plausible, that the American people, by wide margins, are flat-out tired of his antics. They’re onto all his tricks — the lying, hateful, racist demagoguery. How pathetic it is that the suburban women he was trying to attract with his blatant appeal to their white flight bigotry is no longer effective, that his warning of hordes of poor black and brown people ruining their neighborhoods doesn’t work anymore. Suburban women are no longer a monolith, certainly not a prejudiced monolith. The Jim Crow redlining segregation and anti-busing demagoguery falls on deaf ears.
It leaves the Trumpster no recourse but to grovel:
“Suburban women, will you please like me,” he begged at one of his rallies. “Please, please. I saved your damned neighborhood. OK?”
Apparently, it’s not OK with the female voters, suburban and urban, young and old, particularly the elderly, who supported him the last time around. They’ve grown weary of his insulting misogyny and his dismal record that puts us all in danger from the coronavirus. Even when he caught Covid recently from one of his White House events, which also infected so many of his staff and associates, he blew the chance to appear humbled by the experience, maybe even empathetic.

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October 13, 2020

FAUCI THE EXPLAINER

FROM KING FEATURES SYNICATE
BY BOB FRANKEN

FAUCI THE EXPLAINER

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The normally low-key Tony Fauci is complaining loudly that the thieves in the Trump campaign have stolen his credibility for a TV spot and
taken his seeming words of praise for President Donald Trump “out of context.”
And that leads to my latest brilliant idea: Let’s make Dr. Fauci the national spokesman to explain all things pandemic.
To say President Trump has damaged his own reputation for veracity is a gross understatement. That’s because Trump is a lying sack of tweets. Everyone around him is also infected with an inability to tell the whole truth. Maybe it’s partly because so many of them are infected by the coronavirus.
That number would include Kayleigh McEnany and the “dissembly” of other Trump press secretaries, and certainly the medical providers he has relied on through much of his life. There was the now famous podiatrist who diagnosed bone spurs in young Donald’s feet, which just so happened to get him out of serving in the Vietnam War. Then there was the Trump personal physician who wrote, “If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.” He later admitted Trump dictated the entire letter.
Trump has found similar doctors of deception in the White House. One said the president was “in excellent health” after his first physical, even though he is obese. And then there is the current one, Dr. Sean Conley, whose briefings about POTUS’ COVID condition were and are selective and incomplete. He glossed over so many important facts that we don’t really have any idea whether it’s safe for Trump to resume a heavy schedule of campaign rallies, -- safe for him or for the people who will be packed together, most of them without masks, screaming their hatreds out at the top of their perhaps infected lungs.

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October 10, 2020

FLY ON THE HAIRSPRAY WALL

FROM KING FEATURES SYNDICATE
BY BOB FRANKEN

FLY ON THE HAIRSPRAY WALL

A rule of thumb: If you have to say that you’re a tough guy, you’re not, and you’re certainly not “invincible”. But that’s the fantasy President Donald Trump has been peddling. He dodged the coronavirus for months, even though he was endangering himself with his risky behavior, as well as endangering the American people — certainly the 7 million who have been afflicted and the 210,000 who have died in this pandemic.
One would think that catching the infection himself would have put an end to his minimizing the danger. But nooooo. After all, he had a treatment regimen that no other person would get, administered by as many medical practitioners as he needed. Some of them, including the head of his team, top White House physician Dr. Sean Conley, were willing to present misleading reports on his condition ... then and now.
It meant that he could order his team to selectively release information and prop him up so he could even take a spin in his armored SUV, putting his Secret Service protectors in jeopardy for his joy ride in a hermetically sealed vehicle.
And then to agree to release him from Walter Reed Hospital so he could crow about how he had conquered the coronavirus, even though he had not. He told his gullible followers, “Don’t be afraid of Covid,” as he was whisked away by helicopters to return to the White House. There he would take his mask off and preen for the cameras just like the “Superman” he pretends to be, standing resolutely and posing there for “Truth, Justice and the American Way.” Then he mingled with his staff, who were probably thinking in horror, “Who is that Unmasked Man”? (Sorry, that’s a mixed superhero metaphor.) As the planning discussion was going on, I would have loved being a fly on the wall.
That’s a segue, folks, a particularly shameless one, to pirouette to the vice presidential debate a few days later. The highlight was when that fly landed on Mike Pence’s lacquered hair. He was there for two minutes and three seconds, until he decided the repartee was too boring and took wing into history.

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PRESIDENT’S COVID CREDIBILITY

TRUMP COVID

ROSE GARDEN PARDONS

TIME TO GET OUT THE VOTE

GINSBERG IMPACT-TBD

NEVADA INFECTION

THE MORTIFICATION EFFECT

COVID AND OTHER TRUMP DISEASE

SHATTERED CREDIBILITY

EXPLOITING EXPLODED KENOSH

SCRIPTED SMEARS

THE SHOW

PTB AND DJT

CONVENTION CONTRIVANCES

THE ANTI-MAIL MALE

SMEAR CAMPAIGN BEGINS

THE STUPID AWARD

”IT IS WHAT IT IS”

THE DISMAL FUTURE

FAUCI’S PITCH vs. TRUMP’S PITCH

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