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I pray to God to see this front page come true.

Click on the tweet to see the whole page. I like the bits at the bottom...Hannity Lingers In ICU...McConnell Trampled At Kentucky Derby.

https://twitter.com/joncoopertweets/status/1267162152848297984

Donald Trump looked six years into the future.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/446461592029630464

Police: Man broke into bank to heat up Hot Pockets in microwave.

(WHDH) — A man was arrested early Wednesday morning after police say he broke through the window of a bank because he wanted to heat up his Hot Pockets in a breakroom microwave.

Officers responding to a burglary alarm at a Wells Fargo in San Diego around 3:30 a.m. encountered a man who claimed to be homeless and hungry, KNSD-TV reported.

“Was it worth it? Yeah, it was worth it,” the man told photographers as officers handcuffed him, according to the news outlet. “A Hot Pocket? Hell, yeah.”

Police say they man shattered a window near the drive-thru ATM to gain access to the bank. Officers, with the help of a K9 team, quickly swept the bank and took the man into custody.

The man, whose name was not released, is facing a charge of breaking and entering.

There were no reported injuries.

https://whdh.com/news/police-man-broke-into-bank-to-heat-up-hot-pockets-in-microwave/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

Guy who hung Beshear in effigy joins Amy Cooper in the unemployment line.

Thoughts and prayers.

https://twitter.com/KySportsRadio/status/1265426007496032261

Trump didn't drain the swamp. Now Biden may drown him in it.

Money that should be going to needy Americans is going to Trump's friends and cronies. If anything, the swamp is bigger than ever.

Kurt Bardella Opinion columnist USA Today


Whatever happened to “drain the swamp” — one of the original promises from then-candidate Donald J. Trump? At the time, it was a powerful rhetorical refrain that harnessed a widespread sentiment that Washington had sold out the American people in favor of special interest influence. It was an effective rallying cry that created a tangible contrast between the outsider insurgency that was Donald Trump juxtaposed with the ultimate insider that was Hillary Clinton. And yet four years later, Trump has become the swampiest of swamp creatures, giving the Joe Biden campaign a very real opening to do to Trump what Trump did to Clinton.

If you’re among the 36.5 million Americans who have filed for unemployment insurance since mid-March, you might be asking yourself, “What happened to all of that money Congress passed to shore up the economy and keep small businesses afloat?” The answer: Too often, it went to donors, supporters, allies and former aides of President Donald J. Trump, aka The Swamp.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2020/05/21/trump-didnt-drain-swamp-biden-drown-him-column/5228137002/

This is why Trump is back to attacking Obama

It makes zero sense, you would think, for President Trump to attack his predecessor, since President Barack Obama is the most popular politician around (next to his wife) — someone who instills in Democrats a feeling of solidarity, of nostalgia for decent leadership and of hope. Even those critical of Obama’s presidency regard that era as akin to a Golden Age compared with the Trump calamity that brought us the Great Depression 2.0. And yet over the past week or so, Trump has rekindled “Obamagate,” a made-up scandal that has become a bumper sticker for Obama-haters. Trump’s claims are so thoroughly baseless and hopelessly convoluted that Trump cannot even explain it. I side with CNN’s Jake Tapper on this:

Jake Tapper

@jaketapper
President Trump and his team are launching an unprecedented smear campaign against rivals, leveling wild and false allegations against critics in the media and politics, ranging from bizarre conspiracy theories to spreading lies about pedophilia and even murder. 1/

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President Trump and his team are launching an unprecedented smear campaign against rivals, leveling wild and false allegations against critics in the media and politics, ranging from bizarre conspiracy theories to spreading lies about pedophilia and even murder. 1/

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2/ These smear campaigns are unmoored from reality. They're deranged and indecent and seem designed at least in part to distract us from the horrific death, health, and economic crisis caused by the pandemic. The pandemic, which impacts you, is what we will continue to focus on.

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On Sunday, the president who dawdled while a pandemic spread across the country, got into a no-win trade war with China, hired a slew of incompetent and ethically challenged advisers and presided over the worst economic crash in 90 years decided to call Obama “grossly incompetent.” Talk about projection.

I have a couple theories as to why he is doing this now. No, it is not simply an effort to distract from Trump’s meltdown or from the almost 90,000 deaths resulting from the pandemic. Trump could have chosen a more plausible conspiracy and a less popular target, but he picked Obama for a reason. Two reasons, actually.

First, Trump has been in a juvenile competition with his predecessor since the day he took office. Trump insisted the economy was stronger under him than under Obama. (That was false then and is now, well, self-evidently ludicrous.) Trump tore up the Iran deal and backed out of the Paris accords in part because Obama was associated with them. As it becomes patently obvious that Trump’s presidency will go down as one of the worst in history and that his achievements are minuscule compared with Obama’s, Trump becomes even more frantic to position himself as a superior president. It is the sort of thing a narcissist crumbling under the pressure of his own humiliation would do.

However, when one looks more carefully, a more specific different reason emerges for Trump’s new round of Obama-bashing. Trump seeks to make Obama out to be a criminal or unfit. It goes back to the original sin of Trump’s political career — birtherism — and to his campaign, which channeled cultural and racial animosity among whites against elites, nonwhites and immigrants.

Trump’s effort to delegitimize the only African American U.S. president and to convince his followers that they are victims has been central to his political identity and to the bond with his cult. In times of political peril, as he was in the 2018 midterms when he invoked a “caravan” of migrants to stir his base, Trump always returns to white grievance. Just as birtherism made no sense but became a totem of the MAGA crowd, “Obamagate” now provides the same function of unifying, energizing and enraging Trump’s camp.

When Trump is staring at international humiliation and political defeat, he first went to the well of anti-Asian xenophobia (e.g. imploring an Asian America reporter to ask China her question). When that fails to hit the mark, he goes back to his touchstone: racism directed against African Americans. He remains convinced that if he just gets his rabid base sufficiently engaged, he can pull out another improbable win. And prepare yourself: Should Biden select an African American vice president (as I think he should), the grotesque racism that will ooze from the right will make birtherism seem innocuous.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/05/18/this-is-why-trump-is-back-attacking-obama/#click=https://t.co/LQsTF9k0ti

What happened to America's Mayor?

Long read but worthwhile.

Rudy Giuliani was once a national hero who refused to let Donald Trump buy him breakfast. How did he become who he is today?

Not long ago, Rudy Giuliani was traveling in a car across New York City with Jon Sale, his longtime friend, when some construction workers saw the former mayor and approached the vehicle. Giuliani lowered the window. “One of them,” Sale recalls, “said, ‘Mr. Mayor, I would like to shake your hand and thank you for what you did for New York. I wish you were still mayor.’ ”

This happens a lot to Rudy Giuliani, and it reflects what he once represented to most Americans: a man whose steady response to the attacks of September 11th, 2001, transcended partisan politics and transformed him into a national hero. Christened “America’s Mayor,” Giuliani for years was an immensely popular figure who appeared destined for a lucrative, decorated career at the spires of American business and government.

Two decades later, Giuliani is in free fall. The past few years on the national stage have left his reputation in tatters, marked in history for his role in the Ukraine extortion scandal that got a president impeached. He has seemed, at times, unstable and incoherent, contradicting both himself and the president in wild appearances on cable news, while spinning a web of conspiracy theories with Joe Biden at the center.

Giuliani’s ever-dwindling circle of friends — “I got about five friends left,” he was overheard telling someone near a reporter for the New York Daily News in one of his frequent phone mishaps — maintains that Rudy is still Rudy. A bit older at 76 (as of May 28th), sure, but still the same brash maverick he always was, and anybody who says otherwise has an ax to grind.

But others, even those with a deep affinity for Rudy, have been stunned as a man they barely recognize pokes at his iPad in Fox News interviews or drools through a boozy lunch with a reporter. Raoul Felder, his divorce lawyer, tells Rolling Stone “the Rudy Giuliani that I knew was a very careful, brilliant lawyer. . . . It’s hard to comport what I see and the way he was.”



https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/rudy-giuliani-new-york-trump-997712/

Protesters outside MA Gov. Baker's home demand he re-open economy

Maybe the MAGAts should demand they open grade school a little sooner.

https://twitter.com/7News/status/1261823750258872321

Jimmy Kimmel spanks the Orange Crybaby.

https://twitter.com/jimmykimmel/status/1257898410432065537
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