Remember this

When Trump goes down, Mike Pence does not get a pass. He must be recognized as a sycophantic enabler, equally guilty in all crimes against humanity.

No, I’m not going to quote it here. I can barely get past the first paragraph without gagging. It’s obsequiousness to such a degree that it ought to justify a firing squad.


  1. Mark Dowd says

    What a worthless fucking suck-up. So much “You got the Congress to do…”. Trump didn’t get them to do shit, they did everything in secret on their own. Trump doesn’t even know what the fuck is going on, he’s just going along for the ride. He’s their worthless but charismatic figurehead and a convenient distraction from the evil they plot and execute in secret.

  2. lucifersbike says

    Pence is Squealer. Trump is Comrade Napoleon. How ironic that Orwell’s satire is becoming true in the USA of all places.

  3. robro says

    As I read some of the exchange between Pence and Trump, I was reminded of Trump’s recent vile, obnoxious rant directed at Sen. Gillibrand after she and three other senators recommended an investigation into the sexual harassment accusations against him. Seems Pence would do anything for Trump no matter how humiliating, but then Pence is a venal and stupid man.

  4. bryanfeir says

    And now I’ve got a song in my head. Anybody else remember British a capella group The Flying Pickets? This was from their first album, and seems appropriate for these days:

    Remember this: nothing is sacred, we live right beside the abyss.
    Remember this: there is no doubt that your name is on somebody’s list.
    Remember this: the cloud you live under is hiding the thunder to come.
    Remember this: truth’s out of season; they’ll try you for treason my son.
    Remember this…

    (And anybody familiar with the British labour movement should recognize the term ‘Flying Pickets’ and what that says about the political leanings of the group. They weren’t exactly shy about it.)

  5. says

    Yeah, I couldn’t bear to quote that suck-up on the Political Madness All the Time thread either.

    Beyond belief. This part from Mike Pence resonated particularly strongly for me after I listened to Nikki Haley threaten and scold all of our allies at the United Nations today:

    You’ve restored American credibility on the world stage. We’re standing with our allies. We’re standing up to our enemies.

    So, yeah, lying at all levels and in all venues.

    The U.N. voted 129 to 9, (with 35 abstentions) to declare Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “null and void.”. Not exactly restoring American credibility on the world stage.

    Excerpts from Nikki Haley’s speech:

    The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in this assembly. We will remember it when we are called upon to once again make the world’s largest contribution to the UN and when other member nations ask Washington to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit.

    […] That [put its embassy in Jerusalem] is what the American people want us to do and it is the right thing to do. This vote will make a difference in how Americans look at the UN. And this vote will be remembered.

  6. says

    You’ve restored American credibility on the world stage.

    Yeah, that stood out to me as well.
    The sad part is that there’s a contingent of the American population who firmly believes this. I could tell them that no, here in Germany politicians and population alike are shaking their heads, I could show them the data, and it would just be “fake news”.

  7. jrkrideau says

    @ 14 Giliell
    I never even remarked on it in was so patently absurd. Like some remark a few months ago that implied that Trump’s antics might soon make the allies of the USA begin to doubt him.

    I had not considered that some Americans could still believe than anyone in the world had any respect for him even before the election. Unfortunately you’re right.

    Did you see that video clip where Chancellor Merkel and Trump were walking side-by-side during her Washington visit and she had this look of total disbelief on her face? It was clearly “I know they warned me but no one could have believed he’s this bad”.

  8. says

    Cross posted from the Political Madness All the Time thread.

    From Masha Gessen, writing for The New Yorker:

    Donald Trump has scored a legislative victory with staggering costs. The price of the tax bill has to be measured not only in the loss American society will face in the increase in inequality, in the impact on public health, and the growth of the deficit, but also in the damage to political culture inflicted by the spectacle of one powerful man after another telling lies of various sorts.

    All along there has been Trump claiming that the bill was a “gift” to the middle class. That this assertion appears to have no basis in fact has not affected the President’s statements. The President’s Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, maintained that his department had run the numbers and had shown that the tax bill would pay for itself. It appears that he lied, not so much about the result of the Treasury’s study but about the existence of the study itself […]

    This was a Trumpian lie, which is distinct from other kinds of political lying. It might be called a power lie: its purpose is not to convince the audience of something that isn’t true but to demonstrate the power of the speaker. Trump tweets blatant lies, repeatedly, to show that he can—and that by virtue of his bully pulpit, his words, however absurd, always have consequences. Mnuchin showed that he can do the same thing, and that he has more power than the opposition.

    That’s an interesting assessment of “Trumpian” lies. I haven’t heard that before, but it makes sense.

    […] The bill’s passage occasioned an orgy of false public ritual. […]

    Later in the day, the Republican leaders of both houses of Congress, the Vice-President, and other Republican politicians gathered at the White House to offer praise to their leader. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and others hailed Trump for setting records in judicial appointments and, now, for passing the tax bill. Representative Diane Black, of Tennessee, thanked Trump “for allowing us to have you as our President.” Orrin Hatch, of Utah, who has been in the Senate for forty years, predicted that the Trump Presidency will be “the greatest Presidency we have seen not only in generations but maybe ever.” Pence performed, too, again, addressing Trump: “You will make America great again.”

    Political speeches are rarely occasions for truth-telling. But the good ones combine a description of shared reality with the expression of a vision, or with words of celebration. The mediocre ones consist of platitudes—well-intentioned but lacking the force of inspiration or recognition. And then there is the genre of the thoroughly insincere pronouncement that is all empty ritual. This is not normally observed in countries with functioning democratic institutions, because hollow words are the very opposite of accountability. These kinds of speeches are usually given in dictatorships: their intended audience is not the public but the tyrant. This is what we observed in Washington on Wednesday, and it’s the scariest part of Trump’s big tax triumph.

  9. rietpluim says

    Oh my gawd this is hilarious.
    Laughed out so loud my tummy hurts.
    Thank you, you just made my day.

    Wait… This is not satire?