1. stroppy says

    “Liar and a fraud” to put it mildly.

    Words elude me; maybe “evil farce of a human being,” but that doesn’t really get at what has to die and decay in order for him to become the most powerful person on the planet.

  2. cartomancer says

    To amuse myself I have been watching a performance of the musical Les Miserables, based on the Victor Hugo novel. It strikes me that what you have done is elect the reincarnation of Monsieur Thenardier – the ratty, vicious, morally bankrupt inkeeper, charlatan, corpse-robber and thief – to be your president. He’s comic relief in the musical… not so much in the novel. But he’s exactly the type that Trump also exemplifies.

  3. methuseus says

    There an to be fewer comments here lately. Is it because people are spending more time with family? I hope it’s not because many are sick.

  4. says

    Can’t speak for anyone else, but I’m feeling burned out from the intramural rancor on display. It’s too 2016 for me already.

  5. blf says

    I grew up watching disaster movies. Here’s what I’ve learned (minor edits for formatting reasons (not marked)):

    […] Disaster films teach us that, even while the world becomes scary and unmanageable, there are only half a dozen types of people, and there is something deeply reassuring about that predictability, now more than ever. So ask yourself: which disaster movie cliche do you want to be?

    (1) The noble scientist nobody listens to (until it is almost too late): […]
    (3) The idiot who dies an idiotic death: […]
    (6) The noble president: No matter how bad or chaotic the disaster, as long as we have someone calm and steady in the White House, we will be fine: think of Morgan Freeman in Deep Impact, Bill Pullman in Independence Day, Harrison Ford in Air Force One (not quite a disaster film, but it will do). So, good president = good outcome. We’re all doomed.

  6. says

    And Michael Sheen in West Wing, Michael Douglas in The American President; hell, even Kevin Kline as Dave. Even the fake fictional president is better than the real one.

  7. nomdeplume says

    He may not have had the biggest inaugural crowd but President Knucklehead is determined to be the leader who tells more lies while in office than any leader before him.

  8. unclefrogy says

    well I grew up watching post apocalyptic movies TV programs and reading similar other sci-fy novels with similar story lines. good thing about it has allwayes made me aware possible disaster.
    Lately I have had the feeling of living in the pre-apocalyptic times, the problems are way to big for any loan hero to solve and they are moving forward slowly and relentlessly.
    then I have to stop and look up and remember it is not all about humans (my) desire. it is 2020 not 1820 and you can’t put history back in the bottle.
    I also feel awestruck by the power of biology demonstrated here. no matter what you believe or what you think it is a biological world you live in.
    The incompetence in Washington is on display along with the overweening venality for all to see and not in some backroom behind closed doors.
    uncle frogy

  9. says

    There is a wonderful old Yiddish word that perfectly fits him, but which is all too seldom used: “trobenik” (although a friend of mine prefers to transliterate it as “trumpenik,” for obvious reasons).
    No single English word exactly corresponds to it, but roughly it means “a boastful loudmouth; a lazy faker.”

  10. Saad says


    And people are still defending him

    Dozens of millions of Americans love him. Liberals love to paint him as someone who is despised by Americans.

  11. jacksprocket says

    “trombenik”? Oy mazeltov! As we say in Salford. Where are the anti-vaxxers now?

  12. Andy Geth says

    Excellent summary from The Guardian in the UK listing Trump’s lies about the Coronavirus from the start.

    “How Trump changed his tune on coronavirus again and again … and again”
    “We have it totally under control,” Donald Trump said. It was 22 January, and he was asked in public for the first time about his worries about the coronavirus.“It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control,” he said. “It’s going to be just fine.”

    As with anything said by Trump, it remains unclear if he was lying, under-informed, or uninterested in becoming so. (Or all three.) And as in so many other instances, Trump’s lies and/or carelessness have had disastrous effects.

  13. DanDare says

    Its incredible that we need a map of his lies, mistatements and rambles, connecting them to the verifiable real situation and the easily verified real consequences of his moronic ooutbursts.