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Yesterday Was The 1st Day Of The 1st Ever Criminal Trial For An Ex-President Of The United States



Presidents of other countries have been tried— Louis XVI (France), Charles I (Great Britain), Lula in Brazil, Nicolas Sarkozy in France, Hissène Habré (Chad), Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (Pakistan), Alberto Fujimori in Peru, Park Geun-hye (South Korea), Slobodan Milošević (Serbia), Carlos Menem (Argentina), Charles Taylor (Liberia), mar al-Bashir (Sudan), Pervez Musharraf (Pakistan)— and others were disposed of extrajudicially, like Salvador Allende (Chile), Muammar Gaddafi (Libya), Saddam Hussein (Iraq), Patrice Lumumba (Congo), Tsar Nicolas II (Russia), Nicolae Ceaușescu (Romania), Indira Gandhi (India), Benito Mussolini (Italy)… the list is endless. 


And now Trump’s series of trials. Before it got started, Trump sent out an e-mail asking his supporters to send money. There was wall to wall coverage on TV. The first order of business was Merchan telling Trump he would not be recusing himself and dismissing Trump’s spurious claims of bias. Trump’s campaign then sent out another hackneyed fundraising e-mail (“They’re just a DEEP STATE plot from RADICAL Democrats to come after you— and I’m the only thing standing in their way!”). They didn’t pick any jurors on day one; over half of the 96 perspective jurors from the pool said they couldn’t be impartial and were dismissed.


It didn’t take long— less than an hour— before Trump fell asleep. He had been all hopped up on drugs in Schnecksville— listen to this Trump version of the Gettysburg Address— and yesterday he paid the price with low, low energy and a nappy during the argument over using National Enquirer evidence.



The prosecutor Joshua Steinglass, asked the judge to hold Trump in contempt for violating the gag order that forbids him from denigrating witnesses to the public (which Trump has been doing). Steinglass wants Trump fined $1,000 for each violation. Merchan says he’ll rule on that next week. Merchan ruled in Trump’s favor several times, exactly as Trump hoped he would, trying to disprove Trump’s baseless accusations that he was biased— a Roy Cohn strategy. Trump fell asleep again. Maggie Haberman wrote: “Trump appears to be sleeping. His head keeps dropping down and his mouth goes slack.” She neglected to mention he was drooling.


Before the court was adjourned the Trumpanzee campaign sent out another fundraising e-mail falsely claiming Pig-Man had stormed out of court. Maybe he had dreamed that in one of his naps.


The NY Times had 5 takeaways from yesterday’s show:


  • Justice Merchan is no-nonsense. That hasn’t favored the defense.

  • The trial is about much more than business records.

  • Trump says he’s happy. His demeanor suggests otherwise.

  • The trial may take a while.

  • We are on our way to picking a jury. Slowly.


The Washington Post had takeaways too, different ones:


  • Prosecutors want to include salacious details of Trump’s history with women

  • Judge warns Trump to behave in court

  • Trump will be present during sidebar questioning of jurors

  • Picking a jury could take a while




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Stratospheric stupidity and ignorance on display. I’ll bet he knows nothing about the battle. Dumb as dirt but brilliant as a con man - though his success is really due to the stupidity and ignorance of his base rather than any brilliance on his part.

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Apr 18
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who was it who said "you can never go broke underestimating the stupidity of americans"?

And the success of your corrupt pussy democraps is due to exactly the same thing.

Which is why we all have so much to bitch about. More every day.

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Apr 16

So much crazy and evil in that short clip. Showing his psychopathy again, he talks about the "unbelievable battle," that is "so interesting, and so vicious and so horrible, and so beautiful in so many different ways," that makes me think he has watched his mafia friends kill people and enjoyed it. Did he ever go on a car ride with his buddies Anthony "Fat Tony" (Genovese family capo) or Paul Castellano (Gambino family capo) with a rival locked in the trunk of the car before dumping the rival's bullet ridden body in the East River? Based on how he liked the political strategy that blue states were getting hit with COVID, and people would blame deaths on their governors,…

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We better hope like hell that this trial (and likely conviction) puts a serious dent in Trump's approval ratings. Currently, he's only -10.7% on average, while Biden remains stuck in the high 30's with a net disapproval of -16.4%:


https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/polls/favorability/donald-trump/


https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/biden-approval-rating/


The always estimable Umair Haque raises valid points here:


Americans are poised to put Trump back into the Oval Office for a very simple reason: things suck. Especially the economy. Nothing’s more maddening than hearing tone-deaf politicians cry “the economy’s great!,” when the average person can barely make ends meet, when credit card balances are skyrocketing, when debt’s soaring off the charts, and when living standards are plummeting.


Things suck.


But they don’t suck just because Papa Trump isn’t…


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Apr 16
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Correct. democraps are not even going to try to do ANYTHING to make it suck less. They've refused to do anything like that since about '66.

But you're deluded if you think democraps can do anything to push trump's negatives below that of your WORST FUCKING CANDIDATE EVER!! People are dumber than shit. But that does not mean they don't know it sucks and it's not going to get better. What being dumber than shit means is that some will actually vote for nazis because democraps refuse to do jack shit.


My choice has been to vote Green or Socialist because BOTH nazis and democraps refuse to do jack shit.


I just figure if someone is hitting me with a…


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