Friday Open Thread | Of Course, Dolt45 is Lawless…That’s Been Obvious From the Beginning

Of course, he is going to grow more lawless. He’s never been held accountable for anything in his life. He wishes that he could do what Putin has done and other dictators do.

Trump’s island of support is shrinking. He will grow increasingly lawless.
By Greg Sargent
December 20, 2018 at 10:13 AM

We are now learning that the special counsel is seeking a transcript of longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone’s testimony to Congress, to determine whether he concealed advance knowledge of a public dump of Democratic emails stolen by Russia. This could help determine whether people around President Trump conspired with Russian electoral sabotage or create an incentive for Stone to cooperate — meaning the case is inexorably advancing.
Meanwhile, the Senate just voted to keep the government open into February, but without the $5 billion in border-wall money Trump craves. The House is expected to follow suit. It’s unclear whether Trump will go along, but this makes it more likely that he’ll fold, at least for now. (Updated below.)
These two developments provide a hint as to what will likely happen next year: Trump’s mounting legal travails and his increasingly unhinged demands for victories like the wall — ones that will thrill his #MAGAhatter base and no one else — may well grow more tightly intertwined as narrative lines. As the former leads Trump to increasingly fall back on his base for support, he’ll need the latter to keep his voters energized, which means keeping them persuaded he’s “winning.”

Trumpism sits on a shrinking island of public support. Ron Brownstein recently surveyed multiple polls and noted that the wall — a grand symbol of Trump’s immigration narrative and agenda — is overwhelmingly unpopular among precisely the voter groups that moved away from Republicans to fuel the big Democratic victory. As Brownstein concluded, Trump’s continued push for the wall has left the GOP in the precarious position of “trying to extract greater advantage from groups that are shrinking.”
Trump has left little doubt that this will continue in to next year. And there’s a deep irony to this. If ongoing probes bear fruit, Trump will double down on his immigration demands to keep his base in line. Republicans will cast that as the pro-rule of law stance. In reality, support for the investigations revealing the true depths of Trump’s corruption and lawlessness, and resistance to his cruel and arbitrary immigration policies, will constitute the true rule of law positions.

Interesting segments:
Hirono: Trump only wants an A.G. who will do his bidding

Senator Mazie Hirono talks with Rachel Maddow about a new report from CNN that Donald Trump berated acting-Attorney General Matt Whitaker for how the SDNY case against Michael Cohen made him look.

Please note Joy’s winners:

Who are the biggest winners in politics in 2018?

Who are the biggest winners in politics in 2018? Joy Reid and some of your favorite AM JOY guests discuss the year’s most prominent political figures and events.

Trump faces at least 17 separate investigations

Special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly nearing the end of his investigation into Russian election interference, potential obstruction of justice, and more. Joy Reid and her panel discuss how Donald Trump appointing a new U.S. attorney general could impact the aftermath of this probe, and other investigations.

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72 Responses to Friday Open Thread | Of Course, Dolt45 is Lawless…That’s Been Obvious From the Beginning

  1. Ametia says:

    Pelosi with Joy Reid@ town hall on MSNBC Good stuff

  2. rikyrah says:

    This Chinese challenge is so adorable 😍😍😍

  3. rikyrah says:

    Tell me you don’t love this story…
    Found at BJ:

    Mnemosyne says:
    January 4, 2019 at 4:53 pm
    A little something to cheer you up: new House Rep Katie Hill (D-CA)
    found out that fellow freshwoman Rep Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) really wanted the office that had belonged to Shirley Chisholm but had gotten a high number in the office lottery, so Hill claimed Chisholm’s office and then swapped with Pressley. I’m not crying, you’re crying! 😭😋

  4. rikyrah says:

    Democratic diversity on display as new class sworn-in

    Rachel Maddow reports on the celebratory swearing in of new members of Congress and the new Democratic majority, including the election of Nancy Pelosi to reprise her role as House Speaker, and notes the changing role of activists who helped influence the outcome of many 2018 races and now look to maintain accountability of their representatives.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Trump parrots Russian revisionism on Soviet Afghanistan invasion

    Rachel Maddow points out that the only other place where the views expressed by Donald Trump about the justifications for the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan can be found are in Russian propaganda. Michael McFaul, former U.S. ambassador to Russia, joins to discuss Trump’s peculiar fluency in Russian revisionism.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Trump curiously well versed in specific Russian talking points

    Rachel Maddow reviews instances when Donald Trump parroted Russian narratives on international affairs in a way that seems oddly out of character from Trump’s typical presentation of how he understands the world.


    DEMANDS? Now Comes the Part Where We Throw Our Heads Back and Laugh…..

  8. Ametia says:

    Word of the Day : January 4, 2019

    An apt description of 45

    Abominable: adjective uh-BAH-muh-nuh-bul

    1 formal : worthy of or causing disgust or hatred : detestable

    2 : very bad or unpleasant

    • Ametia says:

      Why you yelling, Stephen?

      All these black coaches and players gone learn.

      NFL trying to go all white SPORT. GOOD LUCK WITH THAT!

      NBA wouldn’t play that shit.

  9. rikyrah says:

    I posted yesterday about the indictment of powerful Alderman Ed Burke. The odd thing about this case is that he was charged with anything. Everybody knows that he’s a crook.
    You know how something seems ordinary, but blooms into something way bigger?
    The Laquan McDonald murder just seemed, at first, another police killing. …to be pushed into the pile of young Black men killed by the Chicago Police Department.
    You never know what case will be the spark.
    But, everyone even tangentally with Laquan McDonald has had bad befall them.
    Burke, in all the shyt that he has done for DECADES, winds up being arrested for a shakedown of a Burger King owner…
    The same Burger King where McDonald was murdered…
    Laquan McDonald has taken out..
    The Police Chief..
    The States Attorney…
    The police officer who killed him..
    About to take out the police officers who lied for the officer that killed him…
    Rahm Emmauel (he never recovered from the revelations about this case)….
    If Burke goes down too?

    • Ametia says:

      Great observations and insights, Rikryah. Thanks for sharing, as all ways.



      It’s a universal law, not man-made law. Man’s actions produce consequences, whether we’re aware of them or not. Nobody gets away with anything

  10. The media clutching their pearls at @RashidaTlaib saying “motherfucker”. Where was the pearl clutching when Trump called Black athletes ‘sons of bitches’? Y’all can go to hell with that fake outrage. Ain’t nobody backing down from ISH. Who gon check her, boo?

  11. I’ve been sick the past days, coughing, throat burns. I have no voice. Everyone in my house is sick. My husband is sick too but he made us all a toddy. It helped.

  12. rikyrah says:

    I really do just adore her. I never thought that she would win.

    • Ametia says:


      > throwing paper towels at Puerto Rican citizens suffering from a disastrous hurricane
      > walking up stairs on Air Force One with toilet paper stuck on bottom of shoe

      both clearly metaphors for all the shit he drops wherever he goes.

  13. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone😄😄😄

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