Today began with news that New York attorney general Letitia James is seeking a preliminary injunction to stop former president Trump from continuing with the fraudulent practices she filed a $250 million lawsuit in September to end. Apparently, the day James filed the lawsuit, the Trump Organization registered the “Trump Organization II,” which James claims is acting in some of the same ways the old organization does. Investigators warn that Trump might shift his assets from the old entity to the new one to avoid liability. Trump lawyer Alina Habba said in a statement: "We have repeatedly provided assurance, in writing, that the Trump Organization has no intention of doing anything improper.”
Dear God, how I love and admire Nancy Pelosi!
“I hope he comes, I’m gonna punch him out… I’ve been waiting for this. For trespassing on the Capitol grounds. I’m gonna punch him out, I’m gonna go to jail, and I’m gonna be happy.”
With her take-charge performance on January 6, Nancy Pelosi becomes The Greatest Speaker Ever. None of the other contenders, not even Thomas Reed, can match her - none of them ever had to face down The Enemy Domestic, quartered at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue.
The January 6 Committee, Chair Thompson and Vice Chair Cheney prevailed. Virtue prevailed. Evil failed. The Book of Job was staged and Former President Trump was overruled by SCOTUS in a single sentence allowing the FBI and DOJ to progress. As HCR makes clear, Trump is the prime mover of the evil that nearly destroyed us. DOJ was discussed.
And our dog Gus has never felt better. My wife has recovered. And so, we live to fight another day.
Going to bed.
I have a fantasy related to dripping water that suddenly, after continual dripping, causes a flawed rock to split.
Trump’s bizarre megalomania has transformed facts into falsehoods, law and order into lawlessness and disorder, the Constitution into insidious conspiracy, and democracy into disarray.
The House January 6th House Committee has provided astonishing evidence of the dangers and rottenness of Trump and his Mafiosos.
My fantasy is that, at long last, the culmination of Trump’s calumny, like the flawed rock subjected to dripping water, will suddenly result in the erosion and then splintering of Trumpamania, which I find so frightening and anti-American.
You may think this is simply a fantasy and you may be right. However, after McCarthyism infected America for years, quite suddenly it splintered like a shattered stone.
McCarthy and Trump linked through Roy Cohn.
Clap your hands, if you believe.
In a sense, Speaker Pelosi's comment, "I'm gonna punch him out," brings things full circle in a weird, wish fulfillment way. At a June or July 2015 rally in Las Vegas, Trump, whose candidacy I had not taken seriously or paid much attention to up until that point, commented as a protestor was being extricated from the arena, that he longed for "the good old days," when you could simply "punch the guy out" and watch him get carried out of the hall. I was chilled by the remark, because in the instant I knew Donald J. Trump, a possible contender for the highest office in the land, had just legitimized violence and given every playground bully in the country permission to act on their worst impulses. And now, Nancy Pelosi is on record wanting to give Donald Trump exactly what he longed for, only he would be the recipient of the knock out punch, not the observer. I say, "Have at it, Nancy. Fulfill his dreams." If they were ever put in a ring together, my money would be on Madame Speaker of the House, every single time.
It felt like a sea change today. Like many, I was glued to the TV for a good part of it while the news came in; first with the House Select Committee’s final public hearing with its laser focus on DJT and the bombshell subpoena announcement, then the terse SCOTUS backhand to his latest ploy to drag out the classified documents debacle. While all the pieces have taken months (years) to converge, it just felt like the perfect storm brewing, and not a good one for Trump and his party. And just in time for the midterms. Did anyone else get that feeling?
That video might have won Nancy Pelosi another term as speaker... It'll certainly make ME pause the next time I'm about to criticize her.
Thank you HCR for sharing this continuing journey. Putting it together, letter after letter. So many of us have been riveted to every step of the quest to hold TFG accountable for his attempt to destroy our Democracy, through Insurrection and his daily cheating and lying. What the people have seen from the beginning of his announcement to run for president 2016 is a person not used to losing, a child who knows how to get his way. No matter what. Cheating and lying and surrounding himself with cheaters , liars, enablers, crooks, and already experienced in buying power and fame. In broad daylight. Until today. In today’s hearing even a repub could say No one is above the law. Shocking (or not) to see the evidence of TFG not only planning and watching the violence but not stopping it. Gratitude to the Committee skillfully putting it all together for the American people. And courts not nullifying the election. 62 times. Now we will see what is next. DJT we’re not finished yet.
My 80+ year old life long Republican aunt told me during the 2016 Presidential election as Donald Trump was succeeding in the Republican primaries that she wished someone would shoot that man. This was after Trump said he could shoot someone and not lose a supporter.
So much for the character and integrity of Trump supporters. They are all Manchurian candidates in total robotic mode to destroy our democracy and nation as much under Trump's spell as too many Russians are under Putin's spell, and enough Germans were under Hitler's spell. There is not a challenge, failure, difficulty today, climate change to inflation to world tensions that hasn't been worsened if not caused by Trump and his fellow world travelers of authoritarianism.
And let us not forget something at the heart of all this fine mess - the gob smacking amount of money from a handful of billionaires and corporations sloshing around in conservative “think tanks” and underwriting republican PACs. Unbelievable amounts of money to rid themselves of the headaches of regulation and taxation. I fear that if we cannot rid our politics of this “free speech” money, that our experiment in representative democracy is doomed.
Nancy Pelosi was remarkably calm, cool and in control even as her life was in imminent danger. She demonstrated great leadership, true courage and grace under pressure. This was not a drill. it was the real deal. She is a great patriot and exceptional leader.
It is just so depressing to watch Republican leaders including Grassly, Thune, MCCarthy, Scalise, McConnell, and others meekly stand with her in support and know that they soon would refuse to condemn Trump much less vote to impeach or convict him. If the Democrats lose the house and Senate in the midterm elections, I really fear our national democracy will die. Kaput. Over
I love Nancy Pelosi more now than I did a year ago. She has earned much respect too. Chuck Schumer too.
It was harrowing to watch the Democratic leadership in the persons of Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Chuck Schumer, Senate Majority Leader, exercising great leadership in trying to get outside help to rescue the United States Capitol, and people trapped inside, from the raging mob instigated by then-President Donald Trump as they invaded the building. Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Schumer were calling from a secure area of Fort McNair, located approximately three miles south of the Capitol which is located proximate to the confluence of the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers. Even though the congressional representatives were then located within the safe and secure confines of a military facility, the tone of the recorded telephone conversations between the Speaker and Majority Leader with political leaders outside the District of Columbia was urgent and concerned, because nobody was able to get through to either the White House or the Pentagon to get President Trump to call upon his followers then raging inside the capitol building to stand down and withdraw. The video recordings were made by Speaker Pelosi's daughter, who is a professional documentary filmmaker. Earlier portions of the House Select Committee to investigate the attack on the capitol made it crystal clear that the president had sent his fired up supporters to march on the capitol at a time when he knew to an absolute certainty that he had lost the presidential election, and that he had exhausted all other avenues to change the outcome of the recent presidential election by lawful and peaceful means. Trump was overheard urging his Chief of Staff and members of his reelection campaign staff to withhold any formal announcement that he, the president, had lost his bid for reelection. Instead, Trump's speech to his assembled followers massed on the White House South Lawn falsely claimed that the election had been 'stolen' by his political adversaries.
Had this been the conclusion of a criminal trial, what we saw yesterday was a brilliant and compelling marshaling of the facts and summation and closing argument to a trial jury to convict Trump of the various criminal offenses that he most likely would have been charged in a formal indictment to have committed against the government of the United States.
My personal view is that the entire series of televised hearings and expository presentations will stand the test of time, much like the compelling documentaries that Ken Burns has produced over the past several decades. The presentation was masterful, and were not to have been created in a partisan political context, the entire series would be strong candidates for any number of documentary awards. My view is that it some point in the near future, such accolades may indeed be awarded on their intrinsic merit alone.
Pretty tricky, using all Republicans and tRUMP supporters to make their case. Hard for the GOP and TFG to make the claim its partisan. Maybe they'll turn on each other like rabid dogs (apologies to rabid dogs)
Funny how “alpha male” Trump always seems to hide behind his lawyers and statements on social media..........
Good woman, Nancy Pelosi.