Trump’s Loyalty Test: This Is What Authoritarian Regimes Do

When President Donald Trump -shudder- ordered Press Secretary Sean Spicer to the podium on Saturday for his first newspeak, it wasn’t just about Trump’s vanity or ego, it was also a test. “This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period,” Spicer claimed. Regardless of Spicer’s politics, you know this man does not believe what he said. You know Spicer does not believe Trump’s inauguration crowd was larger than President Obama’s 2009 inauguration crowd. Anyone still clinging to the last smoldering shreds of reality knows this.

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Obama’s Presidency Led To Trump’s White Nationalist Populism

When the “Taxed Enough Already” protest signs started appearing just after Barack Obama’s first inauguration, we should have seen this coming. When those protest signs turned into a conservative political coalition called the Tea Party, we should have seen this coming. When Donald Trump presided over the “birther” freak show, we should have seen this coming.

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Sanders: Nobody Has Asked For My Birth Certificate

During tonight’s Democratic town hall on CNN, Bernie Sanders connected Republican obstructionism during Obama’s seven years in office to the birther movement led by Donald Trump. “What you are seeing today in this Supreme Court situation, is nothing more than the continuous and unprecedented obstructionism that President Obama has gone through,” said Sanders. “And this is on top of this birther issue — which we heard from Donald Trump and others — a racist effort to try to delegitimize the President of the United States.”

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Sep. 17, 1986: Justice Antonin Scalia’s Supreme Court Confirmation

On September 17, 1986, Antonin Scalia, facing virtually no opposition, was confirmed 98–0 by the Senate. President Reagan’s uber-conservative nominee was confirmed with lightning speed. Now, you may be wondering what the political party makeup was at that time. In the 99th United States Congress, Republicans had 53 members and Democrats had 47 members. So yes, Republicans did indeed control the Senate, but that ultimately didn’t matter, as Democrats went along with Scalia’s confirmation.

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GOP Debate: Obama Hammered On Executive Action ‘Abuse’

So, during last night’s GOP debate, somebody (it could have been Cruz, but who really gives a fuck?) said something to the effect of, blah, blah, President Obama, blah, an unlawful and unprecedented, blah, blah, use of executive orders. As is usual anytime you listen to Republicans, your rational brain insists on looking this shit up.

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Supreme Court: McConnell Vows No Senate Confirmation For Obama Nominee

Only an hour after news broke of the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, with no time to wait for the body to cool, said, “The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.” Somewhere in that thought process McConnell forgot the people already spoke when they elected Barack Obama to a second term. There is always a potential for a Supreme Court nominee in every presidential term. Of course during the 2012 election, this was not a hot topic, but this is at least in-part why we choose a president, knowing there could be a vacancy on the high court.

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Beating Back The Bern: Shilling For Hillary Clinton By Proxy

Something I’ve noticed in the past few days on social media is the backlash against Bernie Sanders supporters by certain “liberals.” To be clear, I put “liberals” in quotes because they are acting more like protectors of the establishment and not the liberals they claim to be. Hillary Clinton defenders are starting to “#FeelTheBern” and they are lashing out.

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