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Sunday, July 02, 2017

"But I am very concerned as to what this once again reveals about the president of the United States."

Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States:


What is wrong with this man?

And no, this isn't a genius "distraction" from the failing Obamacare repeal in the Senate; or the failure of the fraudulent "voter fraud" commission that even Kris Kobach, as committee member and Secretary of State of Kansas, won't comply with; or the "bombshell" in the Russia investigation, nor the Supreme Court ruling on Trump's travel ban.  Oddly enough, the country functions whether we pay attention to it or not.  Our teletronic gaze is not magical, it does not cause things to happen or to fail to happen.

This is the work of the President of the United States.  It is not what he is calling our attention to, it is that he thinks this is the best use of his precious time as President.  I can be concerned about more than one thing at a time, and I should certainly be concerned about a President who browses the internet to find video like this, and then posts it on his Twitter feed.

Adding:  Remember James Hodgkinson, who shot up a baseball diamond in D.C.?  It made even Ted Nugget recounce violent rhetoric.  Remember Steve Scales, still recovering from his wounds?  Remember all the concern about "violent rhetoric" that drove a man to relocate to D.C. and then shoot up as many Congresspersons as he could?

“I want to see how funny it’s going to be when somebody ends up getting killed or getting hurt or getting punched or getting injured,” Navarro told anchor Fredericka Whitfield. “There’s people that may be able to take this as humorous, I certainly don’t. Maybe it’s because I know the kind much social media feedback and threats that I get and that many other on CNN and of our colleagues get on a daily basis. There may be some people who are capable of taking this as humor, but there are a lot of unstable people out there who do not take it as humor, who take it as a cult leader’s call to action, a call to arms.”

Yeah, nobody else does, either.  Wassamater, can't ya take a joke?

To some observers and those working at political news outlets, the tweet was an inappropriate, and potentially dangerous, escalation of Trump’s long-running feud with CNN. To those in Trump’s political inner circle and many of his supporters, it was the mark of a tough guy—and funny as hell. Of the three senior Trump administration officials contacted on Sunday by The Daily Beast, all said that the tweet was both justified and amusing. Officials spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to speak freely.
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When asked if they were concerned that these kinds of messages Trump sends could encourage actual physical violence against journalists, all officials ignored the follow-up questions.
Because, you know, if you have to explain the joke, it isn't funny anymore.




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