— rev. howard arson (@revhowardarson) April 1, 2023
The MAGAts — and more importantly, their enablers, like Ingraham — assume that prosecuting Trump is ‘political’ because prosecuting their enemies on manufactured charges is what they’ve always done.
Trump really thinks he's a mob boss https://t.co/V1wZ5WmRG5
— KD (@Fly_Sistah) April 2, 2023
We don’t call Trump a liar and criminal because we don’t like him. We don’t like him because he’s a liar who does lots of crimes.
— Katie Mack (@AstroKatie) April 1, 2023
I don’t think the right wing seriously believes he’s not a criminal. I think they just understand that it’s more socially/politically acceptable to play-act outraged credulity than to admit they don’t care about rules or honesty as long as their guy is winning.
— Katie Mack (@AstroKatie) April 1, 2023
Trump’s indictment is an affirmation of the principle that no one is above the law.
McCarthy’s threat to interfere with the case and DeSantis’ pledge not to extradite Trump would make him a kind of king.
If we are a democracy, no one can violate the law with impunity.
No one. pic.twitter.com/dRAj3cWj6G
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) March 31, 2023
“Trump has called for the indictment of every single democratic nominee for President since 2004”
Trump ceded the moral high ground on presidential indictments long ago https://t.co/mo26fZVzpd
— Adam Kinzinger #fella (@AdamKinzinger) April 2, 2023
As numerous prosecutors have pointed out – this just will mean the presiding judge will give him a gag order – and if still do this, confinement. Really quickly will see consequence.
— Morgan Cameron Ross (@Morgan_C_Ross) April 2, 2023
“Trump, like the Republican opportunists who cling to him like remoras under a shark, doesn’t care about shame—he cares about getting away with it,” @RadioFreeTom writes. https://t.co/6NZGsHU0wB
— The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic) March 31, 2023
Lucky for Mr. Trump, his loyal followers will certainly…
Libs if you DARE persecute Trump we patriots will have no choice but to SIT TIGHT and HANG OUT https://t.co/QvpgYZgI9Q
— Kitara Revanchist (@canderaid) March 30, 2023
There should be a trigger warning before one is shown so may close-ups of the angry yam.
On the substance, I hope he is going to continue overplaying his (tiny) hand, however hard it may be to listen to it. I rely on the vanity of judges here and one day one is going to say “ ‘nuff o’ that!”.
Dollar Tree Mob Boss 🤣🤣🤣
I hope he does keep speaking about the case, and the judge imposes a gag order ASAP. Let’s see how TFG likes that. WAAAAHHH!
Geez, that Fox chyron, “TRUMP INDICTMENT WILL POISON POLITICS IN PERPETUITY” is really rich. How’s about not electing thugs and criminals in the first place? That’s what indicting, and hopefully convicting, the fat fart is intended to accomplish. Party of law & order my a$$.
Sunday was election day in Finland with Sanna Marin’s PM seat at stake. While her Social Democrats made gains that was not enough to prevent the National Coalition Party (centre-right) coming in with most parliament seats with the Finns party (MAGA-ish (MFGA-ish?) right-wing populists) right behind them leaving the Social Democrats behind as the third largest party.
YLE: Sanna Marin heads for the exit as Finland veers right
Coming out ahead in elections after leading the government is somewhat of a feat: usually the government parties, especially the leading one with the PM seat see their support among voters erode, indeed, the other parties in Marin’s government coalition suffered devastating losses. The result seems like a combination of Marin’s popularity among voters and tactical voting by those who usually support the other coalition parties having voted Social Democrats meant to keep Marin as PM to prevent the Finns Party getting at the levers of power. Now, however, this depends on the National Coalition Party who’ll get the first shot at putting together a government coalition*: they need either the Finns Party or the Social Democrats as a partner for a viable coalition i.e. one with a supporting majority in the parliament (they can’t have both unless Marin goes back on her pre-election vow not to work with the Finns Party (which is unlikely)).
* for an explainer of the Finnish political system and pre-election situation see: https://yle.fi/a/74-20020980
@Hangö Kex: I saw that news. So disappointing.
Marin got NATO out of it, huge win.
@HumboldtBlue: There is that. Then again this had wide popular support (after the Ukraine invasion) and had been something the political right had been for all along (the left not so much, before the invasion) so it didn’t really help Marin in the election.
Did DeSantis really say something this stupid? He should remain neutral. But by implicitly joining the “Save Our Trump” squad, he undermines his presidential ambitions, and comes across as just another Trump flunky.
It’s interesting to see that Trump still depends on aggressive insults and full attack mode. He’s a one-trick pony, and doesn’t realize that he’s done. He’s going to need some smart lawyers and the continuing aid of the craven GOP to get out of this one.
Incidentally, the D’Hondt method used in Finnish elections for proportional representation was first described by Thomas Jefferson. The concept is simple:
Thank you for your comments on the Finland election.
Does it often take a long time to form a government?
Yes, he did, three days or so ago. But there’s more! From CBS
@JWR: Typical meaningless hot air from DeSaniflush. He knows full well that Trump has said he’ll be there for the indictment, so extradition isn’t an issue.
The reason he’s playing nice is because he doesn’t want to needlessly piss off Trump’s supporters. If all these legal problems put Trump out of the running, or discourage enough of his fans, Ron will be there with open arms.
@Brachiator:You are welcome. :) Sometimes getting a coalition together takes weeks or even months (this seems likely to be one of those times); sometimes this can be pretty snappy – depends on the election result. Also, sometimes the election result is such that the resulting coalition is brittle (due to fundamentally different goals of the member parties) which hampers its ability to make decisions, and, at worst, results in a government collapse before the next scheduled election (the difficulty of getting a coalition together tends to predict this); I suppose this is an inevitable drawback of a multi-party parliamentary system. In Finland, this was a often a problem following WWII, but has been improving so that the lately (from the 1990s or so) governments have at least been in place for the normal 4 year election cycle (if not always able to co-operate smoothly); this is probably due to the field of the political parties having been stable and all of them relatively moderate for the past decades (the Finns Party might change that).
Trump, CPAC, 4th March: “I am your retribution”
Trump, Waco, 25th March: “I am your retribution”
Trump and supporters, after the formerly unindicted co-conspirator became an indicted co-conspirator, for a crime in which the other conspirator did prison time: “how dare you think of charging me with a crime! Vengeance has no place in our politics.”
Seconded! I like how Betty Cracker used to cover his Twitter photo with a pig face.
I think we have a winner!!
What were the main issues in the election?
MAGA/Woke panic education candidates lost big again in New Hampshire:
No one should think MAGA and woke panic candidates are as popular as the NYTimes/centrist pundits say they are. They lose A LOT. Remember- Twitter isn’t real life!
Ugh, Arne Duncan and Betsy DeVos are backing the same candidate for Chicago mayor.
Arne Duncan was the worst pick by a Democratic candidate in my lifetime. He just gets worse and he’s going to be around forever. He should just become a Republican.
Especially because it’s New Hampshire.
To an infant, any use of power is arbitrary and legitimacy is a myth.
@Barney: Vengeance is mine, saith the Trump
@Hangö Kex: Fun fact, the city of Cincinnati Ohio instituted proportional representation for city council elections in the 1920s. It was part of a larger city government reform effort.
I don’t know how many elections it was used for though. By the time I arrived in the late 1970s, it had long been abandoned.
It is intersting to see that Thomas Jefferson proposed PR, especially in light of remembering Bill Clinton’s failed attempt to nominate law professor Lani Guinier to the Justice department. As I recall, one of the things held against her were her writings on alternative election methods such as PR.
Anyway, I am tickled we have a lurker in Finland. I hope you will continue to comment.
@Baud: I’d say the biggest issues were state finances and the Finns Party. As in, something must be done to balance the budget (which is in a worse state than usual after the direct and indirect expenses from the pandemic and the war in Ukraine), and, as in, the Finns Party must be opposed; the former emphasized from the right (by the National Coalition Party in particular), the latter from the left (by Marin in particular).
Thanks. Good luck!
@Ohio Mom: I suppose it is kind of hard to bring PR to a two party system as the two parties who’d need to make the decision like things as they are.
I have been lurking here in the Ukraine War thread, which I happened to find via Kevin Drum’s blog (which in itself seemed like a convenient way to see what is up in the US (and which I originally discovered when checking out Mother Jones when they made the expose on Romney; at the time the blog was on Mother Jones, it has since moved to stand alone)). The time difference (UTC+2 here) hampers commenting, but I seem to manage to find a live thread time to time. :)
@Kay: Thank you for linking to this source… I did not know of it and it seems this may be a good resource to have.
Finland joining NATO will be a done deal tomorrow, per the BBC: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-65164726
@TKH: You refer to the (Un)Admirable YamAMofo, I prezoom?
@Alison Rose: Just FTR, that’s Dollar-And-A-Quarter-Tree Mob Boss these days. (Sons of bitches are too cheap to change their signs to account for their price gouging.)
@Timill: :) Apparently the formalities have been completed then; the last I heard the ratification paperwork from Turkey (and possibly Hungary) still needed to be deposited in Washington, DC (where these are kept by the founding treaty). It is a shame that Sweden was left out at this time though. :(
Dare we hope…
TRUMP LAWYER: We challenge the confinement on the grounds that it also requires confining his Secret Service detail, unjustly punishing them.
JUDGE: They are already required to be in his presence 24 hours a day, I cannot see how confinement could be worse than that. Dismissed.
For those who don’t know the US Constitution.
Article IV, Section2, Clause 2
@Hangö Kex: Cincinnati has a third local party, The Charterites. They were the group that pushed for reforms in the 1920s. Now they are something of a relic, they serve no real purpose anymore. They vote with the Democrats so I’m not against them.