Looks Like Donald Trump is Coming to Montana. Get Excited and Get Working.

It looks like President Trump is coming to Montana. He may have just typed the wrong Manhattan Steakouse (shout out to the Oasis) into his google maps, but hey at least the President is going to show our state some love.

Maybe Don Jr lost his favorite stuffed animal, or gun, and he needs his dad to come find it? Maybe he is Greg Gianforte’s new tag-team partner in a match between the Guardian’s Ben Jacobs and a member of the Montana media? Or he’s coming to campaign–that makes sense.

According to news reports, Trump is coming to Great Falls Montana for one of his patented campaign rallies. Nevermind that the President hasn’t set foot in Montana for any policy related trip, it looks like we are in store for some good old fashioned lock her up chants, a little bit of FAKE NEWS, and a whole lot of President Trump talking about himself.

That’s fine. When he talks, we should act.

While the President and 400 of his closest friends, likely a shirtless Ryan Zinke, a brown-nosed Steve Daines, and just the feet of Matt Rosendale sticking out from the President’s butt, are rallying–Montana’s Democrats should be working.

The President has shown time and time again his ability to draw a crowd, make outlandish statements, and distract Democrats, Republicans, the news media, hell, just about everyone. We can’t let it continue to work.

The ultimate form of protest to our pro-wrestler in chief is to not pay attention. Or better yet, go have a real conversation about the issues with a Montana voter.

This November, the average person voting isn’t going to be glued to Fox News on a random Thursday afternoon. And they sure as hell aren’t going to waste their 4th of July Holiday in line at the Expo, they are likely going to be working, caring for their families, or paying their bills.

The President wants to have a fight, he wants a protest, he wants to point at you and yell RESIST. Don’t give the President what he wants. When you get in the ring with him, win or lose, you both get bloody and he gets to scream “BOTH SIDES.” His playbook has been out there for everyone to read for about 3 years now. It’s time we stop playing his game and start winning our own.

Go knock on a door, make a phone call, sit at a coffee shop and tell a voter about how you and your candidates care about better schools, avoiding a trade war, caring for veterans, or whatever issue you feel most passionate about. It’s how we win.

P.s. Below are odds for sidebets being taken at the Cowgirl Blog:

  • 3:1 Trump mispronunces Rosendale’s name
  • 12:1 Trump praises Rosendale’s career as a real estate developer just like him
  • 6:1 Trump praises Gianforte’s body slam
  • 2:1 Ryan Zinke does pushups
  • 10:1 Daines misses on an awkward high-five with Trump
  • even: Thumbs up had by all
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114 Comments on "Looks Like Donald Trump is Coming to Montana. Get Excited and Get Working."

  1. Wow, Trump’s on a roll.

    And another Supreme Court conservative is on its way.

  2. Yep, everybody get working.

  3. Yes, keep it up. Let the TV camera’s show those types of you that support “Resist” so hard working voters are even more convinced to support the GOP. PS, take bail money. The Montana police and security there won’t mess around. Please do me a favor and let me how many that show up that it would take to pool a $100. Could you also do some signs on what you suggest for change to make thing better that the platform and changes the GOP has already put forth. Open boarders? What about health care? Eliminate the tax break? I am all ears. Note that making loud or unusual noises is a call by the police, not you. Good luck and Hugs

    Montana Code section 45-8-101: Disorderly Conduct
    What’s Prohibited?

    Knowingly disturbing the peace by:
    Quarreling, challenging to fight, or fighting
    Making loud or unusual noises
    Using threatening, profane, or abusive language
    Rendering vehicular or pedestrian traffic impassable
    Rendering the free passage way to public or private places impassable
    Disturbing or disrupting any lawful assembly or public meeting
    Transmitting a false report or warning of a fire or other catastrophe in a place where its occurrence would endanger human life
    Creating a hazardous or physically offensive condition by any act that serves no legitimate purpose, or
    Transmitting a false report or warning of an impending explosion in a place where its occurrence would endanger human life

    Penalties

    Disorderly conduct is generally punishable by a fine of up to $100, and/or imprisonment in the county jail for up to ten days. However, offenders convicted for transmitting a false warning of an impending explosion are punished with a fine of up to $1,000, and/or imprisonment in the county jail for up to one year.
    Failure to Disperse

    It is also illegal to fail to disperse from engaging in disorderly conduct. Where two or more people are engaged in disorderly conduct in Montana, a peace officer, judge, or mayor may order the participants to disperse. A person who purposefully refuses or knowingly fails to obey such an order commits the offense of failure to disperse. A conviction for failing to disperse is punishable by a fine of up to $100, and/or up to 10 days in jail.

  4. Do you supppse Jon Tester will bring out Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Schumer to campaign for him?

    That would get him over the top for sure.

  5. LOL, Tester will be busy trying to slander the new Supreme Court Justice pick. Debbie Wasserman Schultz 2011–2016, oops, Donna Brazile 2016–2017, oops, Tom Perez is looking for another rookie to pump Tester with more false allegations, like Radm Jackson, so Schumer and Pelsoi can whisper into Tester’s ear to run to the press.

  6. Read into the second paragraph to catch on quickly you are not reporting straight-forward news, but just another old hateful hack from the anti-Trump bunch. Why can we not have just the news any more without enduring colourful sarcasm that, would you not think, the general citizenry is just flat tired of. We are above that, or at least, a good number of us are.

  7. Thank you Meg.

  8. Thanks for the law regarding disorderly conduct. Esp. disrupting PEACEFUL PROTEST.Billings police missing this.

  9. @windwalker In the 19teens and twenties, women did all those things and got arrested and even killed just to get the right to vote. We have much more at stake now so the penalties are not a deterrent. You misspelled borders (as boarders). We are not talking about renters here :-) If that’s what your thought we were talking about, maybe you can do an Emily Litella “Never mind.”

  10. I agree; the best way to respond to his visit to Montana is to just ignore the lying slug. He only wants attention for himself and a repub to win, doesn’t matter whether it’s Rosendale or not. The left may be unhinged alright, because they are fighting for the survival of our freedoms and rights as Americans. They are fighting for better paying jobs, better schools, better highways, better medical care, and the health of the planet we live on. Anyone who cannot see this blind as a bat. Trump cares about none of these ideals. Our freedoms and dignity are slowly being slashed away by him and his cronies. Become unhinged and fight to save our country from corporations and nazi radicals. Fight so that one percent of our population does not have more money than all the rest of us combined. For heaven sakes, forget your resentments and get into reality. Look at the balance in your savings acct and wonder how you are going to pay the rent next month. Help one another instead of hating one another. Don’t be hateful, but be angry at the representatives who live only for power and money.

    • Yup! F Trump, and F all his little toadie trolls! They just can’t “not-see” why they suck. Avoid fascist rally’s at all costs. The more you see Big Swede, Windbreaker, and Marjie’s other bastard, faux-conservative, fascist loving, love-children posting here the more you know that they are nervous for dear leader. Stay convicted! Talk to your neighbors and friends, get out of the city, take a road trip to the country, have a nice lunch/dinner with the spouse, and get the vote out this fall! Enough of this B.S. is enough!

      • Ummm, for better or worse, the orange chito is gaining momentum while the left hangs their hat on illegal immigration and kicking people out of restaurants (and the people seem to be catching on and getting pretty damn sick of it). In case you haven’t noticed, the chito’s base isn’t going anywhere. The left has NOBODY that will come close to overtaking him in the next 2 years.

        Probably time you turn off Rachel Madow and/or Foxxy news, or whatever for-profit news channel you’re watching.

        • …and look! Here they all are @ MTCG… all the little orange toadies jumping about, with sweaty brows, like whores in church, pretending to be one thing, when in fact they are another. They aren’t worried about a thing. Why have D.T. Jr. and papa fly out to a po-dunk state like MT in less than the space of a month? As to the whole Red-Hen dealy, how completely un-American! How dare a private business owner decide who they will service. How DARE any citizen question/challenge dear leader’s minions or his glorious vision in public. Treasonous bastards! I mean, it’s almost the same thing as, say, someone refusing to bake a cake for some gay guys, or something just as hypocritical. Let’s just all sell our souls, join the orange team, and come on in for the big win! I really don’t give two shits and a fart if Cheetoh’s base is the majority, wins MT, and is not going anywhere fast. Slavery, and beating the shit out of your spouse with a stick, were both considered moral and justified by 90% of the American populace at one time. I will still vote my moral compass. Stripping children from their parents, and locking them up in cages, to get funding for a bull shit wall, that a certain foreign power was guaranteed to pay for, and prove how much of a tough guy you guy’s are is not the way to go.

  11. It’s fairly windy didn’t bother reading the post or more likely judging by his writing, he can’t read the post and understand it. Will someone please show me one elected Democrat who has ever called for open borders? Kinda like the gun-grabbing thing, most problems in life are not either/or situations.Legal immigration is a vital part of our future but the current situation is not about immigration-it is about asylum. These are not “illegal immigrants”, they are refugees from authoritarian governments and criminal cartels created by our government’s past actions. Not rapists and murders but mothers and their babies. I hope we are not a White Nationalist Nation-I guess this election will answer that question.

  12. “fairly obvious” sorry.

  13. Campaigning on our tax dollars! And you complain about poor people getting food stamps! Here you have the biggest largess in office along with his family! The country is sinking deeper into debt. Our rights are being eroded. Women are going back to being second class citizens and the constitution is being used as toilet paper by the bovine in the WH..

  14. By Sharon Nunn
    Updated June 28, 2018 10:00 a.m. ET
    7 COMMENTS

    WASHINGTON—Economic growth was slower at the beginning of this year than the government previously reported, as consumers pulled back spending and the housing market weighed down output.

    Gross domestic product, a broad measure of the goods and services produced across the U.S., expanded at a seasonally and inflation-adjusted annual rate of 2% in the first quarter, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. That was weaker than an earlier estimate of 2.2% growth.

    Consumers spent less on services than previously thought. Health-care purchases by nonprofits and spending on finance and insurance services were all weaker than the government previously reported. The economy also saw less private inventory investment, chiefly in retail inventories.

    Still, investment outside of the housing market, such as computer software and research and development, was stronger than earlier thought, growing by the fastest pace in about three years.

    Winning bigly.

    • Bobs, so say it. Repeal the tax cuts.

      • I have already said it and I will say it again. Repeal the tax cuts.

        While we are at it, pay for what we spend.

        The only way to reduce spending is if everyone has to pay for what is spent rather than passing it along to the next Generation.

        Is that clear enough or did I stutter?

  15. Bobs, so say it. Abolish the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. You know you want the illegals vote. To heck with our safety.

    A pair of Democratic lawmakers have said they will support a bill to abolish the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, ABC News reported Thursday.

    Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), who introduced a bill that would eliminate the agency, told ABC News that Reps. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Mike Capuano (D-Mass.) have indicated they will support the effort.

    • No asshole I will not say that. If TRump has done anything that I come close to supporting it is getting the conversation started about our Immigration System.

      This country needs an influx of Immigrants, it is and was the cornerstone of what made us a great economic powerhouse. But that means that anyone who is in this country is a legal Citizen or in the process of becoming a legal Citizen.

      If you jump the queue and are caught you get sent back home and as far as I am concerned you also get RFID chipped so you cannot come back again unless it is through the regular system.

      Hate to break it to you skippy, I am not a Democrat. And one other thing, as long as the Gov. makes it cheap and straightforward to get an ID I support voter ID laws that require proof of who is who in order to vote. Not that voter fraud is the big deal you jerk-wads say it is but just to get you to shut the fuck up.

  16. Feel the love….lol

  17. LOL, thanks they can’t shoot straight….As the Dems continue to freak out, obstruct, and push idiot ideas, Sanctuary Cites, etc., the Republicans will benefit. Keep up the good work Dems.

    • Right up to the minute when the torches and pitchforks come out and the enabler sheep like you are marched to the Guillotine.

      • Pedro- Once again, definitions and concepts of the English language elude you. The Democrats are the party of big government and control, and if you dare to have an independent thought, it’s the dems that go after you like rabid UNHINGED lunatics that can’t keep a straight thought (see Maxipad Waters).

        No es muy inteligente que?

        • Sorry mon, I am just a poor illegal. Perhaps I do not speak the English as well as such a learned man as you.

          But if this is as true as you say, how is it that the GOP wants to control all facets of a woman’s life and body. And every time a Republican gets into office, Government spending goes up along with the Debt and Deficit?

          Please explain that Senor.

          Grassy-ass Pendejo.

          • Since when did paying for your own birth control suddenly become “controlling all facets of a woman’s blah blah blah?” Explique, por favor.

            It must be exhausting always being the victim. I know it’s exhausting to listen to.

            • Si Senor, all the Pro-life movement wants is for women to pay for their own Contraception. And if a woman decides to have an Abortion and can pay for it, what then? They will be OK with that?

              Your HI coverage pays for little blue hard on pills, right?

              You could just go to sleep ya know.

          • Does anybody else care to tell Nacho which president added the most to the national debt? Hint: He wasn’t a Republican!

            • Hint #2: “The Obama tax cuts added $858 billion to the debt in two years.”

            • Chew on this Captain.

              Ronald Reagan:
              Took office January 1981. Total debt: $848 billion
              Left office January 1989. Total debt: $2,698 billion
              Percent change in total debt: +218%

              George H.W. Bush:
              Took office January 1989. Total debt: $2,698 billion
              Left office 20 January 1993. Total debt: $4,188 billion
              Percent change in total debt: +55%

              Bill Clinton:
              Took office 20 January 1993. Total debt: $4,188 billion
              Left office 20 January 2001. Total debt: $5,728 billion
              Percent change in total debt: +37%

              George W. Bush:
              Took office 20 January 2001. Total debt: $5,728 billion
              Left office 20 January 2009. Total debt: $10,627 billion
              Percent change in total debt: +86%

              Barack Obama:
              Took office 20 January 2009. Total debt: $10,627 billion
              Total debt (as of the end of April 2011): $14,288 billion
              Percent change in total debt: +34%

              • I think the question was too complicated for The Boobs. And Doug’s answer is Trumpsky? Huh?

                • Obviously there are different ways to measure things besides your gross oversimplification.

                  Too bad you are so mathematically challenged that all you can come up with is 5 is more than 4, Captain say Bad.

                • I think Captain Oblivious or Captain Obtuse would have been a better name choice for you.

  18. Nothing like preaching to the choir. Trump and his closed rally’scand our own Republican Trump toadies and their cherry picked tele-town halls. None dare face an open forum.

    • That must have been a typo. I think you meant FREE rally.

      We gotta stop making up lies, brother. It makes our entire side look really stupid.

  19. The greatest dangerto the nation and democracy is Trump and the Republican party. Germany relived all over again.

  20. Abraham, the truth will surface and you see how history will see the 2016 election, Debbie Wasserman Schultz burning Bernie, Donna Brazile debate questions, State Dept Clinton Foundation buying the DNC, DNC buying Steel Dossier, DIA/DOJ/FBI corruption including the exoneration of Hillary and the start of the Mueller Probe, exploding political civil unrest in Hollywood and the press/TV, sanctuary cities/states, mass importation refugees(Soft Landing Missoula over 200 from Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Syria), catch and release illegals, abolish ICE and all fooled for more votes not our safety. Socialists evolving into Fascists. The closest to a coup ever seen and probably years to rebuild the Democratic Party. Many of us know what would happen to us if we mishandled classified information. Do you support this?

  21. I will type slower this time. McMaster dismissed the reporting as “false”.

  22. Pilgrim may I remind you HR McMaster is a 3 Star General.

  23. Hey toehead. Once a flag officer always a flag officer. They can always be recalled if needed. Don’t question them unless you really have your ducks in a row or you will always come off as an idiot like Tester.

    • Do you think they will recall Disgraced General Mike Flynn from prison or will they save that for his probationary placement when he gets out?

      • Third time Mueller has extended Flynn’s sentencing hearing. What’s up there? More FBI DOJ corruption.

        John Carlin – Assistant Attorney General – Head of DOJ’s National Security Division – announced resignation on September 27, 2016 after filing the Government’s proposed 2016 Section 702 certifications on September 26, 2016. The filing does not disclose known FISA Abuses. Carlin is aware NSA Rogers is conducting a compliance review which will uncover the FISA Abuse. The 2016 certifications are scheduled for Court approval on October 26, 2016. Trump surveillance originated under Carlin’s tenure.
        Sally Yates – Deputy Attorney General & Acting Attorney General (replacing Loretta Lynch – 10 days) – fired January 30, 2017. Complicit in Flynn Surveillance and surveillance of Trump Campaign.
        Mary McCord – Acting Assistant Attorney General – Acting Head of DOJ’s National Security Division (replacing John Carlin) – announced resignation on April 17, 2017 – Left on May 11, 2017. Complicit in Flynn Surveillance and surveillance of Trump Campaign.
        Bruce Ohr – Associate Deputy Attorney General – demoted twice. Stripped of Associate Deputy Attorney General title on December 6, 2017. Removed as head of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force January 8, 2018. Unofficial liaison between Fusion GPS and FBI/DOJ. Wife worked at Fusion. Long-standing ties to both Christopher Steele and Glenn Simpson/Fusion GPS.
        David Laufman – DOJ National Security Division, Deputy Asst. Attorney General in charge of counterintelligence – resigned on February 7, 2018. Laufman “played a leading role in the Clinton email server and Russian hacking investigations.”
        Rachel Brand – Associate Attorney General – number three official behind Deputy AG Rosenstein – resigned February 9, 2018. Takes top legal position at Walmart. Brand “played a critical role in Congress’ re-authorization” of section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
        FBI:

        James Comey – FBI Director – fired May 9, 2017. Oversaw all FBI operations – including exoneration of Clinton and Trump-Russia Investigation. Reported to AG Lynch.
        Peter Strzok – Deputy Assistant Director of FBI’s Counterintelligence – forced off Mueller’s team – demoted August 16, 2017 to FBI’s Human Resources. IG Horowitz discovered texts July 27, 2017. Strzok involved in all facets of Clinton exoneration. Working member of “Insurance Policy” group.
        Lisa Page – FBI/DOJ Lawyer – forced off Mueller’s team – demoted August 16, 2017 to parts unknown. IG Horowitz discovered texts July 27, 2017. Working member of “Insurance Policy” group.
        James Baker – FBI General Counsel – demoted and reassigned on December 20, 2017. Working member of “Insurance Policy” group. Senior-most legal counsel at FBI.
        James Rybicki – Chief of Staff to FBI Director James Comey & successor Chris Wray – resigned/forced out January 23, 2018. Working member of “Insurance Policy” group.
        Andrew McCabe – Deputy FBI Director – on December 23, 2017 announced retirement effective March 22, 2018. Forced to resign on January 29, 2018. Involved in all aspects. Reported to Comey.
        Josh Campbell – Special Assistant to James Comey – resigned on February 2, 2018. Writes op-ed in New York Times on why he is leaving but does not disclose in op-ed that he was Special Assistant to Comey – or that he had been offered lucrative CNN job. Takes job with CNN on February 5, 2018.
        Michael Kortan – FBI Asst. Director Public Affairs – resigned on February 8, 2018 – effective February 15, 2018. Kortan served as assistant director for public affairs, an influential job that controlled media access.
        Bill Priestap – Assistant Director – Head of FBI Counterintelligence – Holds same position. Strzok’s boss – reported directly to McCabe.

        • Nice list of rightwingnut lies you found on the internet. Which site did you lift them from?

          “A pair of legal filings suggesting that special counsel Robert Mueller’s office is almost-but-not-quite ready to set a sentencing date for former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn have prompted a federal judge to order Flynn and lawyers for both sides to make an unexpected trip to court next week.

          The hearing set for next Tuesday would be the first court appearance for Flynn since last December, when the former Defense Intelligence Agency chief appeared in a packed courtroom to plead guilty to one felony count of making false statements to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the U.S., about his lobbying during the presidential transition on a United Nations resolution critical of Israel, and about his lobbying work favorable to the Turkish government.”

          https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/02/michael-flynn-july-hearing-date-691336

          Read the whole story, maybe you learn some actual facts.

  24. If lies then did all these people hit the lotto and we didn’t hear about it? lol

    But prosecutors with Mueller told a judge in a court filing Friday that they were not ready to set a sentencing hearing. The filing, done jointly with lawyers for Flynn, asks for permission to submit another status report by August 24.

  25. Not hard to see that the bunch here are in the 41%.

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fifty-five percent of U.S. adults believe the United States’ best days are “ahead of us,” while 41% say they are “behind us.” Americans are more optimistic about the country’s future than they were the last time Gallup polled on the question, in December 2012, when Americans were nearly evenly split in their views.

    MAGA.

  26. Another bad Intelligence Committee report for you. That’s alright we all know you do DO Intelligence.

    https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/03/senate-russia-election-meddling-669405

  27. Alex Jones’ prediction isn’t working out very well.

    https://twitter.com/search?q=%23secondcivilwarletters&src=tyah

  28. Interesting…..

    ‘Their Party Has No Future’: Former Democrat Urges Liberals to ‘Walk Away’ From…
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    The creator of a social media campaign urging liberals to detach themselves from the Democratic Party said that the future of the party is over.

    Brandon Straka started the “#WalkAway Campaign,” which shares video stories of people who decide to dissociate themselves from liberalism.

    According to the movement’s Facebook page, it’s meant to “encourage and support those on the left to walk away from the divisive tenets.”

    Straka appeared on The Ingraham Angle Tuesday and said that negative rhetoric spoken by the left and intolerance it has shown has been a big reason as to why he’s walked away.

    “What do these people stand for? What is there platform? All I can figure out so far is ‘We hate Trump’ and ‘We love illegal immigrants,'” Straka said.

    Straka said that his campaign is proving that politicians like the self-proclaimed socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) are the reasons why people are leacing the Democratic party.

    DNC Chairman Tom Perez gave Ocasio-Cortez high praise on Tuesday, dubbing her “the future of our party.”

    “Their party has no future, it’s over,” Straka said in response.

    The one reason Straka was initially a Democrat was because he is gay.

    “I think that if you’re a minority in America … there’s sort of this assumption that you are not wanted on the right,” he said.

    He added that he believes the left takes minorities for granted and makes people feel that President Trump’s administration is looking to “hurt” them.

    “If you’re a minority, you have a choice,” he said.

    • There are two kinds of people who talk about #Walkaway:
      1: Gullible rightwingnuts who think it’s for real
      2: Folks on the left mocking them for believing that shit

      Meanwhile, back at the ranch,
      “WASHINGTON – Steve Schmidt has worked at the highest levels of Republican politics. He helped run George W. Bush’s 2004 presidential campaign and oversaw the confirmations of Supreme Court Justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito. He led Sen. John McCain’s ’08 presidential bid and helped introduce Sarah Palin to the world. The American Association of Political Consultants once named him its “GOP Campaign Manager of the Year.”

      But today, Schmidt is finished with the Republican Party. He renounced his membership last week in a series of withering tweets that quickly went viral. Under Trump, he wrote, the party had become “corrupt, indecent, and immoral.” With the exception of a select few, the GOP was “filled with feckless cowards who disgrace and dishonor the legacies of the party’s greatest leaders.” He pointed to the Trump administration’s family separation policy and use of detention centers for young immigrant children – “internment camps for babies” – and the refusal of House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to repudiate the president.”

      https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/ex-republican-operative-steve-schmidt-the-party-of-trump-must-be-obliterated-annihilated-destroyed-667008/

      Prominent Conservative Max Boot opines:
      “Personally, I’ve thrown up my hands in despair at the debased state of the GOP. I don’t want to be identified with the party of the child-snatchers. But I respect principled conservatives who are willing to stay and fight to reclaim a once-great party that freed the slaves and helped to win the Cold War. What I can’t respect are head-in-the-sand conservatives who continue to support the GOP by pretending that nothing has changed….

      That is why I join Will and other principled conservatives, both current and former Republicans, in rooting for a Democratic takeover of both houses in November. Like postwar Germany and Japan, the Republican Party must be destroyed before it can be rebuilt.”

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/i-left-the-republican-party-now-i-want-democrats-to-take-over/2018/07/03/54a4007a-7e38-11e8-b0ef-fffcabeff946_story.html?utm_term=.dd5a2a2a785d

    • The orange nitwit cheeto in charge wants to invade Venezuela.

      https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/trump-ask-venezuela-invade

      And you still think he represents America’s best interests.

      Whatever drugs you are on should be legal.

  29. Liberalism and the Abnormal Trump
    By Mark Bauerlein| June 27th, 2018

    The enduring triumph of liberalism was not the civil rights movement, women’s liberation, open borders, or even Obergefell v. Hodges. Something more fundamental happened long ago that made those changes possible. Liberalism began when a space was carved out in society wherein people of different beliefs and backgrounds could go about their business without tensions arising.

    They might loath one another’s religion, abhor their politics, and find their respective mores and customs odd or distasteful, but in the public square they kept their judgments in check as long as others minded their manners and didn’t push their differences too hard. At home and in church, in the government and in what counted as media at the time, differences and partisanship could have full expression. But on the streets and in the parks, in shops and restaurants, liberalism demanded that citizens lower their tribal instincts and mingle without open antipathy.

    The incident with Sarah Sanders at the Red Hen restaurant in Virginia is one event in a long series of erosions of this liberal compact. The boundary between someone’s political work and private activity no longer holds, not with Trump personnel. They’re not even safe at home.

    The liberalism that used to protect public officials has given way to the Leftist premise that everything is political. Leftists don’t believe in any such boundary. To them, the private sphere isn’t an apolitical realm. It’s a bourgeois creation, a middle-class redoubt that seeks to disguise its politics. (See Friedrich Engels’ 1884 book The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State.) To maintain it and preserve a space in society in which political judgments are withheld is itself a form of political suppression. To begin your breakfast at a hotel in Arlington and spot a well-known conservative at the next table and not make your voice heard is, to someone of progressive social conscience, a crime in itself. It’s not personal to him; it’s political. In letting such people live their private lives without having to answer for their deeds, we allow the wrongs to continue.

    Protest never sleeps! Trumpists don’t deserve a time out. To hold your tongue just because of some abstract liberal notion of civil society strikes a leftist as capitulation.

    Liberals know where this leads, but they can’t stop it. Liberals have always feared the Left more than the Right—their oft-expressed warnings of conservative tyranny (remember the angst about “theocons” in W’s first term?) are intended to assure those on the Left of their compatibility, not to identify a real threat. Their own pale convictions are no match for an impassioned social change-agent.

    Besides, the last thing they want to do is appear to defend anyone and anything associated with Trump. As Adam Gopnik said in a commentary on the Red Hen incident in The New Yorker, after noting the dangers of letting politics get so personal that the very presence of people on the other side disturbs us: “On the other hand, the Trump Administration is not a normal Presidential Administration.”

    The choice of diction is telling. Gopnik doesn’t call the administration evil, corrupt, or incompetent. He calls it abnormal. That requires a different response than the usual democratic one of criticism, investigation, and campaigning, all conducted through proper channels. Abnormality suspends the ordinary rules of engagement. When you encounter a sociopath in your daily rounds, you don’t handle him with rational persuasion or firm entreaty. He hasn’t accepted the compact of civility, and so we must fend him off and shut him out.

    He won’t respect you if you don’t. As Gopnik goes on to say, Trump despises those precise “normal decencies” that regulate civil deportment in social affairs. Trump favors “the natural order of domination and submission,” he writes. “It’s why Trump admires dictators.”

    Reading Gopnik’s sentences, a visitor to America with no knowledge of current events would assume that Trump’s forces have hounded dissident figures in public places. Yes, it is Trump himself who has abrogated the civility that assures individuals that they may dine in peace. I haven’t heard of any liberal politicians, officials, celebrities, or journalists chased out of neutral public spots, but nevertheless, Trump is the source of expulsion and threat. He and his administration are “intolerable,” Gopnik concludes as if he were a solemn judge tendering wisdom to the populace,” and “public shaming and shunning of those who take part in it seems just.”

    We should see this article as just the latest take on the “RESIST” exhortation, but note well that Gopnik and other liberals don’t seem to understand its implications. A friend of mind, a finance guy, had a clear-sighted response when I recounted one “resist” episode last year (I believe it was the talk about using the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office) and said, “I don’t think they’ll ever accept the results of the election.”

    He replied, “Then it’s war.”

    He didn’t mean it aggressively, and he didn’t look forward to the fight. He merely drew the obvious inference. When you refuse to abide by the outcome of an election (and no evidence of fraud is in hand, as is currently the case), you don’t oppose only the figure sitting in the Oval Office. You deny the will of all the people who voted for him, too.

    The hard Left understands this; they’re ready for battle. But to liberals who sympathize with people who expel and harass White House personnel, those 60 million plus Americans who pulled the lever for Trump in 2016 don’t even exist. They’re invisible. They have no political value. That’s why liberal mouthpieces can label the Trump team “not normal.” If they took into account all the people in the country who backed him, if they remembered that Trump’s approval ratings haven’t been much different than those of presidents in the recent past, they’d have to acknowledge that Trump embodies elements commonly held by roughly half of the voting population. He wouldn’t be abnormal, then, only oppositional.

    But if so, this would bring the liberal compact back into play and reinforce the demand that Democrats curb their outrage and indignation. Only if Trump falls off the political chart are the protests and insults warranted. Yes, Trump must be abnormal, he must be, or else liberals must admit that they’ve abandoned their liberalism. The fact that when they judge Trump abnormal they tell all his supporters that they, too, are screwy seems to escape them.

    About the Author: Mark Bauerlein
    Mark Bauerlein is a senior editor at First Things and professor of English at Emory University, where he has taught since earning his Ph.D. in English at UCLA in 1989. For two years (2003-2005) he served as director of the Office of Research and Analysis at the National Endowment for the Arts. His books include Literary Criticism: An Autopsy, The Pragmatic Mind: Explorations in the Psychology of Belief, and The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future. His essays have appeared in PMLA, Partisan Review, Wilson Quarterly, Commentary, and New Criterion, and his commentaries and reviews in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Boston Globe, The Guardian, Chronicle of Higher Education, and other national periodicals.

    • Goody for you. You found a pro-tRump “liberal” contrarian fuss-budget on Google.

      “The national divisions that emerged in the runup to Donald Trump’s election were largely unseen in one group of Americans—namely, the overlapping and generally liberal ranks of college professors, writers, and intellectuals. Mark Bauerlein is an exception. An English professor at Emory University and a senior editor at the journal First Things, Bauerlein supported Trump’s candidacy, hailing it as a response to political correctness, which he views as immensely damaging to American society. He is also a hawk on immigration and a fierce patriot.

      A religious Catholic, Bauerlein once wrote a short piece about how disturbed he was about swearing, which included the line, “When we hear obscenities in closed public places, we should recognize conscience as an ally against degradation.” One wonders how someone horrified by vulgarity could vote for Donald Trump. Yet, as he told the New Yorker before Trump came to office, “There are some things in politics that you say, ‘This runs against what I believe.’ You have to suck it up.”

      http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/interrogation/2017/02/what_pro_trump_english_professor_mark_bauerlein_thinks_now_that_his_candidate.html

    • It’s not so much the refusal to accept the outcome of an election. Yes, Republican Donald Trump lost the popular election, but that’s not how we elect Presidents. Yes, there seems to be a growing case that the election was rigged (as Trump himself declared it would be)by Russian meddling, but even if that is the case, the only Consitutional remedy that seems to be in play is impeachment. That part of the drama is in the next act.

      But aside from accepting the outcome of an election, what about accepting the outcome of a Supreme Court ruling? In Roe v. Wade, the Court–after much wailing and gnashing of teeth on both sides for years, after a nation-wide debate on the subject–the Court established the principle that a woman had the right to an abortion. Even so, ever since Rov v. Wade, there has been an endless attack on that right by people who simply would not accept that the Court, the arbitors of the supreme law of the land, had settled that issue. Foes of a woman’s right to choose the future of her body have been relentless in attacking that ruling with legislation with ridiculous requirements and rule-making intended not to make abortion a safer procedure but to make it more onerous. If one deeply and compassionately thinks about women making this choice, the efforts of anti-choice legislators and rule-makers seem cruel. The fact is, those women are your relatives and friends–not sluts or welfare queens. I have never know of a woman who loved having an abortion. Yet they are too often viewed as monsters and not people in crisis in desparate need of compassion.

      So, bringing it back to society and what seems to fray it and drive it toward tribalism is the idea that our institutions have it wrong and that in itself gives us license to abandon social norms. If I don’t agree, I don’t have to accept anything that comes out of the institutions, whether it is an election outcome that is suspect or a ruling by the Supreme Court I don’t like. No wonder we are in trouble.

      There is a certain genius in the form of government our Founders gave us. It has to do with competition between factions within government. The checks and balances of the three branches of government illustrate that best, perhaps. When each branch functions at its highest level, the system works. When one branch defers too often to the others, or seeks to overpower the others, the government fails us.

      What has happened to drive us apart socially, though, is that the proverbial thumb on the scale is huge economic disparity, fear (I cringe at what the Founders would think of how driven by fear we have become), and an ability to be heard by millions with no accountability for our truth, facts or wisdom. Civility in this case is asking a drowning man to tie his tie with a full windsor knot for respectability’s sake; no matter how proper, it can’t be entertained.

  30. So you and your kind have a get out of jail free card for no political correctness and are above the law? I don’t think the majority of the voters will agree and the FBI/DOJ/NSA/Hillary crew will find out different. Darn those Catholics….

    • “You and your kind”? Sounds like racist hate speech to me.

      • It is the new normal.

        Use to be in this country that a man or woman was able to believe whatever they wanted and remain free from ridicule or hatred.

        Now in the name of “telling it like it is”, some people have decided that it is perfectly OK to hate their fellow citizens all because they hold different beliefs or views. And when it comes to expressing their opinions they are free to insult, mock or threaten.

        And these same people claim to be Christians and Patriots and think they are the defenders of Freedom.

  31. What would you think if I walked up to you while your eating in a restaurant and yelled at you calling you a fascist pig and killing our kids with drugs from open borders. This is not the way to act. Voters are get real tired of all this.

  32. The swamp is finally getting drained. Serially corrupt grifter Scott Pruitt has resigned from the EPA.

  33. I sure miss Montana… way to go you guys! Keep up the great work Cowgirl ;-)

  34. I just finished watching the Presidents rally in Great Falls.

    He hit a home run out of the park today.

    I hope tonight whe you say your prayers that you thank God for bringing us President Trump, and thank him for making America great again.

    • It was a typical example of his madlibs speeches, unhinged and completely separated from reality.

      • I do think he made one mistake – when he overestimated the intelligence of Maxine Waters.

        • That’s what happens when you use projection.

        • Eric, who here besides you gives a fuck about Maxine Waters?

          She does not represent Montana and for some reason the voters in her district keep electing her.

          Got a problem with that, move to her State and vote there.

          • The Dems care about Maxine Watters.

            I don’t agree with The President that she is the leader of the Dem Party, but a bunch of Dems are sick of Pelosi/ Schumer.

            Tester doesn’t represent Montana values either, as the President pointed out, so are you not supporting Tester either?.

            • Maxine Waters is the leader of the Democratic Party? I think there may be something wrong with Trump’s brain.

              I am not a fan of Pelosi or Schumer, I am really not a fan or McConnell or Ryan.

              Please tell me how Jon Tester does not represent Montana Values. Besides whatever that idiot who is President may have pointed out.

              Yes, I will be voting for Jon Tester, Matt Rosendale is as scary a candidate as I have seen since Donald Trump.

              • Well, Tester cast the deciding vote on Obamacare – against the wishes of the majority of Montanans.

                Voted to keep it, even as exchange after exchange was failing.

                Recently voted against the nex tax laws, that are benefitting all Montanans.

                Voted to shutdown the Govt, and not even pay our military, in an attempt at amnesty for a group of illegal aliens.

                Used allegations (since proven to be lies) to slander the Presidents VA nominee. Like a failing farmer should be in a position to judge a Flag Officer.

                And the list goes on and on, Monkey see, Monkey do.

                Schumer say, Pelosi say, Tester do.

                This race went from pretty much a sure thing for a Tester, down to a coin toss.

                As a good Montanan, I hope Tester comes out hard against whoever the President nominated for the Supreme Court – it should put Matt Rosendale over the top.

                • Thank you for your answers.

                  Well, Tester cast the deciding vote on Obamacare – against the wishes of the majority of Montanans.
                  I favored the ACA and still believe that every legal US Citizen should have access to good quality Health Care.

                  Voted to keep it, even as exchange after exchange was failing. Because the GOP has steadfastly refused all attempts to improve it and taking every opportunity to sabotage it.

                  Recently voted against the nex tax laws, that are benefitting all Montanans. You mean the one that adds 1.5 Trillion to the Debt over the next 10 years? That one? The one weighted to provide billions in corporate tax cuts VS millions for American Taxpayers? The one that all those companies were going to use to give higher wages and create good jobs and instead has gone towards stock buybacks?

                  Voted to shutdown the Govt, and not even pay our military, in an attempt at amnesty for a group of illegal aliens. Too stupid to even bother with.

                  Used allegations (since proven to be lies) to slander the Presidents VA nominee. Like a failing farmer should be in a position to judge a Flag Officer. Uhhh, that IS his job and your “lies” does nothing to change the fact that the Rear Admiral was woefully under-qualified to run the VA and was just a random choice for the office like so many Trump appointees.

                  You entitled to your opinions. That is all they are. Just because you think they are factual doesn’t mean anything except to you. Just like my opinions.

                  I trust that Tester will give whoever the President nominates a fair hearing.

                  • “I trust that Tester will give whoever the President nominates a fair hearing.”
                    Tester will do whatever his master, Chuckie Schumer, tells him to do.

                    • More like, Republican Senators will do whatever their Fascist master, Mitch McConnell, tells them to do. Like fail to perform their Constitutionally mandated duty of advise and consent for a SCOTUS justice while using a non-existent “rule” to justify it because they are racists determined to sabotage our first black President.

                    • Doug: It sucks when liberals are forced to play by their own rules.

                    • JDMTBZ: There is no such thing as the “Biden rule”. McConnell created it out of whole cloth.

                      Show me where it is listed in the Senate Rules. Show me where its adoption appears in the Federal Register.

                      I’ll wait.

                    • @ JDMTBZ, so far it would appear that you are wrong. Tester has said on the record he will do what is best for Montana and America.

                      That Biden rule reasoning is total bullshit.

                      What really pisses me off is that Obama sat meekly while the GOP gave him the finger and blocked a qualified Centrist from a spot on the Court.

                      BTW, just because you have a Computer, have managed to be able to use it and have an Internet connection does not mean you have the obligation to be an asshole.

                      Just an observation.

                  • “I favored the ACA”

                    If you like your plan you can keep your plan – NOT

                    The average household will see their premiums drop $2500 per year – NOT – they more than doubled.

                    If you like your plan you can keep your plan – like your Dr. etc – they were all lies.

                    • Which Eric are you Eric*?

                      Because everything was so great before the ACA.

                    • I kept my plan and my doctor AND my premiums went down.

                      They didn’t start to go up until Republicans started sabotaging what was working instead of working together to tweak some minor problems.

                    • I did not get to keep my plan. Why? I left my managerial job and started a small business. I would have had to pay through the nose without the ACA. I Kept my Doctor, have been able to shop for about 12 different plans at many different levels and while my premiums have gone up, they would have done so no matter what was in place.

                    • Doug you dumbfuck. You actually believe the ACA magically made healthcare cheaper. Your premium went down because you are a low wage earner. You ever stop to think that somebody needs to pick up your slack, you lazy fat piece of shit? You’re being subsidized by the rest of us, you fucking stooge, and you’re too stupid to understand.

                    • @Harry- I think it’s safe to say you’re the only one here mistaking Doug for a contributor. Doug posts 24/7. All you have to do is read between the lines to understand his healthcare is FREE: “sabotaging what was working” means “I don’t pay for healthcare.”

                    • @ Harry Sach (Great alias btw), oh look, another stooge who gets subsidized insurance and points fingers at others without knowing their story.

                      Again, just because you have internet access does not mean you are obligated to be an asshole.

                • So, the standard list of lazy rightwingnut talking points is all you’ve got. No surprise. This 2011 article is shows the predictability of campaign rhetoric.

                  “Here’s a line Democratic Sen. Jon Tester can expect to hear a lot from Republicans over the next year and a half: He was “the 60th vote” for the health care law.

                  That’s how the National Republican Senatorial Committee phrased it Wednesday to remind Montana voters that Tester — who’s facing a tough race for reelection next year — supported the law. His opponent, Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg, not only opposed the law known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) but is also trying to cut off the funding for it.

                  Tester’s office was ready, though. His aides e-mailed the video of the Senate roll call vote in December 2009 — which clearly shows Tester casting the 52nd vote.”

                  https://www.politico.com/story/2011/03/nrsc-tester-was-60th-vote-for-aca-051854

                  • I love it when facts are twisted!

                    If Tester had voted no, there would be none of the Obamacare problems that have divided this country since 2010.

                    He could have stopped it all by himself.

                    That is the truth, and it cannot be disputed.

                    Handle it

                    • “Tester cast the deciding vote on Obamacare ”

                      Eric, you do understand that “The Deciding Vote” means, right?

                      Because from your comments I don’t think you do.

                      By your reasoning, every person who voted yes cast “The Deciding Vote”.

                      Now just exactly who is twisting what?

                    • “I love it when facts are twisted!”

                      Irony, thy name is projection.

  35. The sheer, undeserved ego of this petulant man-child is a genuine threat to our Republic. He grabs control of the levers of power and yanks them back and forth like a drunken 16 year old behind the wheel. His bigoted nitwittery on full display as the degradation of our country continues to make ratings in its first season. The one certainty of his Administration is that we don’t have to choose between Malice or Stupidity.

  36. My my, look at all the angry rightwingnuts spouting off lies about someone they know nothing about and getting all blustery. harumph harumph

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