Scott Pruitt resigns

I’d normally say “There is a god after all,” but I’m pretty sure there isn’t, for if there was, we wouldn’t have either Trump or Pruitt, and another hyperconservative Supreme Court nominee wouldn’t be in the offing.

Nevertheless, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt, beleaguered by accusations of financial malfeasance and other ethics violations, has resigned.

Just to show there is no god, this won’t affect the direction of the EPA. Pruitt’s successor will be, for the nonce, Deputy EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. Wheeler was a lobbyist for the coal industry. Meet the new boss, etc. etc.

God what a debacle the Trump administration has been—probably worse than any of us even imagined.

 

125 Comments

  1. Martin X
    Posted July 5, 2018 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    More malevolent than I imagined, but also more incompetent, thank goodness.

    • rickflick
      Posted July 5, 2018 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

      Yes incompetent. Imagine the damage if Trump was a true evil genius. Still, a bull in a china shop is no genius.

      • Posted July 6, 2018 at 3:12 am | Permalink

        Yes, malign incompetence is sufficient to cause a huge amount of damage and there’s no shortage of either incompetence or malignity in Trump’s administration.

        • Mike
          Posted July 6, 2018 at 7:03 am | Permalink

          With the Nuclear Codes.

  2. Posted July 5, 2018 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    Pruitt’s resignation letter is classically delusional:

    “I believe you are serving as President today because of God’s providence.”

    • Diane G
      Posted July 5, 2018 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

      Or obsequiously ingratiating. May sense he hasn’t yet exhausted the opportunities that might come his way by staying on Trump’s radar.

      • darrelle
        Posted July 6, 2018 at 9:12 am | Permalink

        Very accurately characterized I think. Disgustingly obsequious. Just what Trump would love to have from all his subjects.

    • Harrison
      Posted July 5, 2018 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

      It’s amazing. Trump neither walks the walk nor even attempts to talk the talk but they still fall over themselves claiming literally the least godly man ever to inhabit the White House is a model Christian.

      • Posted July 6, 2018 at 11:44 am | Permalink

        Even weirder are the ones who insist that Trump is divinely ordained or whatever and yet *recognize* that he is not (very) Christian.

  3. Amyt
    Posted July 5, 2018 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    I now longer have just nightmares.
    Now I have daymares as well.
    24/7

  4. Posted July 5, 2018 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    Gee, maybe the confrontation with Kristin Mink was too much for him.🙂

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted July 5, 2018 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

      I dunno, Trump probably didn’t like the looks (or “optics” as they say on tv) of Pruitt being called on the carpet by a young woman with a kid, just sitting there, shooting furtive glances, saying nothing, then slinking off after a mere 45 seconds.

      If Pruitt woulda jumped up in her face, called her some vulgar names, asked her if she was “bleeding from her wherever” (or, as Trump calls it, “punching back”) Pruitt might still be on the job tonight, plotting his next scam on the taxpayers and environmental despoilment.

      • darrelle
        Posted July 6, 2018 at 9:14 am | Permalink

        You know, sadly that actually sounds plausible.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted July 6, 2018 at 3:36 am | Permalink

      Yep, that immediately crossed my mind, it’d be nice if that was the last straw.

      cr

      • Lynn Wilhelm
        Posted July 6, 2018 at 10:38 am | Permalink

        Of course it’s hard to know for sure, but it’s interesting that she was specifically asking him to resign and that’s what he did.

    • Posted July 6, 2018 at 8:55 am | Permalink

      post hoc ergo propter hoc

      • Lynn Wilhelm
        Posted July 6, 2018 at 10:46 am | Permalink

        darwinwins did say “maybe”. So what makes this a logical fallacy?

        It’s just as incorrect to say it didn’t affect his resignation. The major tenor of the comments on the Mink post was that her confrontation of Pruitt was a useless way to protest (not just that it was uncivil). We now have circumstantial* evidence that it may have worked.

        *note, I didn’t say it did work, I said it may have worked.

  5. Posted July 5, 2018 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    Not a lot to celebrate this Fourth of July, but if this medley of the immortal Jimmy Cagney from “Yankee Doodle Dandy” doesn’t put a belated smile on your face, I can’t imagine what will. (“Give My Regards” should really follow “Yankee Doodle,” but this is the best version of the two I could find.)

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted July 5, 2018 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

      I dunno, mirandaga, sick son of a gun that I am, the Cagney that’s always brought a smile to my face is this one: Top of the world, Ma! 🙂

      • Posted July 6, 2018 at 1:06 am | Permalink

        So I’m guessing the grapefruit to Mae Clark’s face made you LOL? 😆

  6. Ken Kukec
    Posted July 5, 2018 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    I’ve seen some godawful cabinet members in my day, from Reagan’s Interior Secretary James Watt to Nixon’s Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz, but damned if there’s ever been one worse than Scott Pruitt — the complete package of corruption, malfeasance, and malignant personality. His resignation letter is a tour de force of resentment, self-pity, suck-up, and drooling piety.

    Don’t let the EPA door hit ya on the way out, asshole.

    • eric
      Posted July 5, 2018 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

      I agree. Wheeler may be ideologically similar, but he’s not likely to waste taxpayer money on corruption – merely priorities most of us here disagree with. Which is a pretty normal description of “the executive branch 8 years out of every 16”.

      I’m thinking the latest scandal of the hidden appointment calendar did him in. Good riddance.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted July 5, 2018 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

        Yeah, 13 personal ethical scandals is Trump’s threshold; pick up a 14th (as Pruitt did today) and it’s a bridge too far.

        I’m sure the rest of Trump’s cabinet took notice; time slow down once you hit scandal #12.

      • rickflick
        Posted July 5, 2018 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

        Pruitt’s waste of money was insignificant compared to his efforts at dismantling the EPA. Let’s not focus on the wrong kind of corruption. Keep your eye on the ball – the distractions by Trump and company are to keep the conversation away from the far more significant changes in the government.

        • darrelle
          Posted July 6, 2018 at 10:40 am | Permalink

          “Pruitt’s waste of money was insignificant compared” to the power of the Dark Side of the Force! (Emperor’s voice)

        • Lynn Wilhelm
          Posted July 6, 2018 at 10:57 am | Permalink

          But remember, Pruitt appeared to be doing exactly what the Trump administration wanted him to do. That’s a bigger problem than Pruitt alone.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted July 6, 2018 at 3:40 am | Permalink

      Ugh! That letter!

      Makes me want to put him in the stocks and have rotten vegetables and worse thrown at him until he finally ‘gets it’. Not that he ever would, of course…

      cr

    • darrelle
      Posted July 6, 2018 at 9:17 am | Permalink

      +1^100

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted July 6, 2018 at 11:56 am | Permalink

        Hey, I’m no math wiz, but even I know about the identity property of multiplication: one to the hundredth is still one.

        You tryin’ to get one over on a non-STEM major? 🙂

        • darrelle
          Posted July 6, 2018 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

          🙂

        • darrelle
          Posted July 6, 2018 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

          I was wondering if anyone would comment on that.

          • W.T. Effingham
            Posted July 6, 2018 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

            Oh yeah? Well, how about +1*10^100?😀

            • darrelle
              Posted July 6, 2018 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

              I’ll see you that and up you . . .

              [e^i(π/2)]^100

              Er. I think? Not sure I got that right.

        • infiniteimprobabilit
          Posted July 6, 2018 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

          I guess it depends whether you interpret it as
          ‘+(1^100)’
          or ‘(+1)^100’

          😉

          cr
          (taking the second option figuratively, of course)

  7. Jon Gallant
    Posted July 5, 2018 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    God provides in mysterious ways. It took increasing disorder in occupied Iraq, the Feds’ response to Katrina, and the 2008 financial collapse, to again provide the Democrats with a commanding majority in the 111th Congress. Perhaps the exploits of a full Republican government (with the novel Trumpian addition of trade wars) will be an educational experience for the Americans. As Lenin put things so wisely: “two steps backward and one step forward” (or have I got the numbers mixed up a little?).

  8. Posted July 5, 2018 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    Hey, are you still mad at that woman in the diner? She seems to have had some effect on his ego!

    • Posted July 5, 2018 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

      I doubt if she had anything to do with it. In any case, he’s just been replaced by a man from the coal industry. The only way to put somebody reasonable in charge is to vote out Trump.

      • yazikus
        Posted July 5, 2018 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

        She may well have been the proverbial straw to his camel’s back, but I suspect it had much to do with the 16 (or was it more?) open investigations into his improprieties. I really do think folks like him, who seem to crave status, would be bothered by a diner calling them out fwiw. They hate to be challenged. I mean, look at his resignation letter, normal people do not write or speak (about other people) like that. It is not normal. But when they’ve closeted themselves together, it becomes what they are used to. I think there is value in shattering that illusion of universal praise.

        • Posted July 6, 2018 at 3:58 am | Permalink

          This man reports to Donald Trump, a bully. I think he’s unlikely to be fazed by a random woman addressing him courteously.

          The stuff in the letter was probably there because he would rather claim to be leaving because of family harassment than because it looks like he might be going to prison.

      • Posted July 12, 2018 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

        + 1

    • Diane G
      Posted July 5, 2018 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

      One can have a disagreement about tactics without being mad at anyone

    • Posted July 6, 2018 at 6:38 am | Permalink

      That crossed my mind yesterday when I saw the CNN headline, EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigns amid scandals, citing ‘unrelenting attacks’.

      To claim this outcome invalidates disagreement with what that woman did would be to say the end justifies the means, but on the other hand, Dr. Coyne did write on July 3rd that “I don’t think this tactic is useful. It won’t change his mind…”

      Apparently, it did. 😉

    • Posted July 12, 2018 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

      And fluffy bunnies cure cancer.

  9. Randall Schenck
    Posted July 5, 2018 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    When the swamp is overflowing one more pile flows out. Why even have an EPA or an Energy Dept. or Education Dept. They are all gutted and marching backward. Trump will be heading to Finland now to get orders from the boss man.

    The cost of the Mueller investigation plus the rest of the DOJ’s work on or around it is roughly 20 million and counting. I sure hope we get something out of it.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted July 5, 2018 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

      “Why even have an EPA or an Energy Dept. or Education Dept.”

      That’s what The Coiffure from Texas, Rick Perry, asked (excepts he oopsed out on the third agency). Look where that got him … oh, yeah, Secretary of Energy.

    • W.T. Effingham
      Posted July 6, 2018 at 11:30 am | Permalink

      …heading to Finland now to get orders from his boss man.(Because his Lips) tRump’s lips are on his hips. (Because his Lips) tRump’s lips are on his hips ..Because tRump’s are on his hips, Vladimir Putin can smile. [Apologies to Hall and Oates.]

  10. Posted July 5, 2018 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    The good news is that everything Pruit andTrump have done can be undone by the nex administration. I mean the executive orders and policies of Pruitt.
    If there ever is another Democratic administration. A lot of work has to be done to make that happen.

    • Historian
      Posted July 5, 2018 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

      By the time the next administration comes in (hopefully in January 2021) the damage done to the environment may be irreversible no matter what the next president may do.

      • Posted July 5, 2018 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

        We may be already past that’s point. And I worry about that also. I also like to think about the things I can control and make plans. Saying it may be to late does not help.

        • Jenny Haniver
          Posted July 5, 2018 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

          Except I fear that we’re well past the tipping point and we just don’t know it yet. Hope your modal “may” is operative and there still is even just a glimmer of legitimate hope.

          • Posted July 5, 2018 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

            I believe a lot of the damage is irreversible, but I am not sure exactly what they means in terms of environmental change of sustainability of life in the future. Does it mean the climate will be warmer and people in North America will be farming and living in Canada?

            • nwalsh
              Posted July 5, 2018 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

              Damn right. I crawled out of my igloo this am, but had to retreat back in as temp was 33c…

            • infiniteimprobabilit
              Posted July 6, 2018 at 3:44 am | Permalink

              Canada better build their own wall bloody quick then. You think they’d want immigrants from a country that elected Trump?

              cr

              • Posted July 12, 2018 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

                Many immigrants come from countries ruled by nasty folks, and a proportion of these rulers have been elected.

      • Posted July 6, 2018 at 8:58 am | Permalink

        The Pence administration won’t be much better on the environment.

        • yazikus
          Posted July 6, 2018 at 10:49 am | Permalink

          I expect the Pence Administration will be worse in all the ways. Pence, so much more so than Trump, is as effective legislator.

          • Posted July 6, 2018 at 10:54 am | Permalink

            Maybe but I am sure Pence wouldn’t be as good at vindictively bullying anyone in the GOP that even hints at being against him or his policies. This is a major tool that has enabled Trump to hold onto his support. I can’t see Pence doing that.

          • Diane G
            Posted July 6, 2018 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

            OTOH, Pence is just another career politician and Congress won’t be nearly so intimidated by him. His politics are probably scarier than Trump’s but he’s not gonna get away with nearly as much crap.

          • Posted July 8, 2018 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

            Pence is predictably bad. trump creates, and thrives on, chaos.

        • Ken Kukec
          Posted July 6, 2018 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

          With the stench left on him from Trump, Pence would be too wounded to accomplish anything more than limping to his term’s finish line.

          Getting rid of Trump is necessary to save the Republican Party — and, by extension, the American two-party system. Arch-conservative neocon Max Boot joined the chorus this week of principled conservatives abandoning the GOP in droves. As he observed in his recent WaPo piece, the GOP used to be “a conservative party with a white-nationalist fringe. Now it’s a white-nationalist party with a conservative fringe.”

          • Posted July 8, 2018 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

            Yes, thankfully, Pence would be a lame duck.

  11. U. Pecksniff
    Posted July 5, 2018 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    “What a debacle the Trump administration has been”, says the person who regularly slings the right wing slur of “Trump Derangement Syndrome” at anyone other than himself who criticizes Trump.

    • Posted July 5, 2018 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

      How is observing the incompetence of the Trump administration an example of Trump Derangement Syndrome?

    • Posted July 5, 2018 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

      Oh, please.

      • Posted July 5, 2018 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

        I had never heard that term and had to look it up. Must not be getting news from the right sources. I wat h Fareed Zakara every week and have heard him talk about it not not heard him use the term.

        • Posted July 5, 2018 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

          If the right wing sources are saying Trump is deranged then I’m okay with that.

          • Posted July 5, 2018 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

            I think they have known that all along. They don’t admit it outside the family.
            Note: I have a mole on the inside.

            • JohnnieCanuck
              Posted July 6, 2018 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

              You really should get that lump removed. Colon cancer is no fun.

    • Posted July 6, 2018 at 8:59 am | Permalink

      False dichotomy.

      • Posted July 6, 2018 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

        no, observation.

        • Posted July 8, 2018 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

          So you see no conceivable reaction to trump that is overboard — not calling to abolish Customs & Immigration, not scaling the Statue of Liberty, not Maddow’s theatrical tears, not primal scream sessions in the middle of the street, not checking for nazis under the bed?

    • Posted July 12, 2018 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

      Slur? My English is betraying me again.

  12. busterggi
    Posted July 5, 2018 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    I expect Pruitt simply no longer could spare the time out of his grafting to pretend he was doing the job.

  13. Blue
    Posted July 5, 2018 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    In re ” … … probably worse than any of us even imagined, ” b u t I did imagine this Administration.

    And is quite .why. I, as I had, placed with PCC(E) my wager
    back inside the early y2016 autumn.

    p279 its first sentence there … … of prescience:
    Dr Greer’s The Female Eunuch.

    Blue

  14. Curt Nelson
    Posted July 5, 2018 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    Putting such a person in charge of the EPA makes it absolutely clear that Republicans don’t care about the environment as they used to have to pretend they did.

    My desire has been to write a good comment and bless you as you make important posts without regard to God’s providence. However, it is extremely difficult when my desire to service you has been enabled by the American people.

    • Posted July 6, 2018 at 1:01 am | Permalink

      It used to not be pretend. Nixon supported and signed some good bills for the environment. And he was for universal health care. This is a totally different bunch now. The think economic growth is the only thing that matters.

      • Curt Nelson
        Posted July 6, 2018 at 8:44 am | Permalink

        Nixon did what he did for the environment for political reasons not because he actually cared about it. It’s always been pretend.

        • Posted July 6, 2018 at 9:04 am | Permalink

          Bottom line: even someone as personally corrupt as Nixon still operated within the system of political compromise. That system is gone.

        • Posted July 6, 2018 at 10:08 am | Permalink

          Perfect example of Tru
          P Derangement Syndrome expanded to Republican Derangement Syndrome.
          How about Eisenhower and Teddy Roosevelt? I guess they were pretending also.

          • Curt Nelson
            Posted July 6, 2018 at 10:32 am | Permalink

            I guess you think Nixon was a true environmentalist. Is that what you mean?

            If one goes back far enough a generalization falls apart. I see that.

            • Posted July 6, 2018 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

              No, did not mean that but to say he did not actually care about the environmet nt is not true either. That is a stretch to far. Nixon’s brother was an active environmentalist and do were some of the members of Nixons’s staff sho were republicans.

              • Diane G
                Posted July 6, 2018 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

                After all, there is something “conservative” about preserving the environment.

        • Posted July 12, 2018 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

          The problem is that now, nobody (apparently) can make the US president pretend to care about important things.

  15. Hempenstein
    Posted July 5, 2018 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    Maybe he found out that the FBI had bugged his soundproof room?

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted July 6, 2018 at 12:22 am | Permalink

      Also, he’d lost lost his bodyguards because Kristin Mink wouldn’t have been able to get that close to him if they’d been on the job.

      I hope this doesn’t mean that he’s now freed up to become Attorney General, since corruption in a candidate is a plus to Trump, and it’s common knowledge that Pruitt’s been salivating for that job, and T wants to replace Sessions.

      • Diane G
        Posted July 6, 2018 at 12:42 am | Permalink

        As long as he’s not Scotus material…

  16. Tom R
    Posted July 5, 2018 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    “what a debacle the Trump administration has been”

    debacle? I nominate this one by JC for understatement of the year.

  17. Alan Clark
    Posted July 6, 2018 at 3:25 am | Permalink

    What the EPA has been doing seems to be the exact opposite of environmental protection, so perhaps it should be renamed the Environmental Destruction Agency.

    • nicky
      Posted July 6, 2018 at 4:40 am | Permalink

      Our host will agree with you, he said exactly that a post or so ago.

    • Posted July 6, 2018 at 11:47 am | Permalink

      Just like the Department of Defense is really a Department of Offense.

  18. nicky
    Posted July 6, 2018 at 4:10 am | Permalink

    I always saw Mr Pruitt at the head of the EPA as a convicted rapist in charge of a girl’s orphanage.
    I doubt whether Mr Wheeler will be any better, he’s linked with the coal industry.
    They say he’s a much more open guy, with whom compromises are possible, but that is just hearsay.

  19. sensorrhea
    Posted July 6, 2018 at 6:46 am | Permalink

    The weird ostentatiously religious wording of the letter of resignation, full of a strange number of “serving you” and “blessing” and “God’s providence” should be noted on this blog:

    Mr. President:

    It has been an honor to serve you in the Cabinet as Administrator of the EPA. Truly, your confidence in me has blessed me personally and enabled me to advance your agenda beyond what anyone anticipated at the beginning of your Administration. Your courage, steadfastness and resolute commitment to get results for the American people, both with regard to improved environmental outcomes as well as historical regulatory reform, is in fact occurring at an unprecedented pace and I thank you for the opportunity to serve you and the American people in helping achieve those ends.

    That is why it is hard for me to advise you I am stepping down as Administrator of the EPA effective as of July 6. It is extremely difficult for me to cease serving you in this role first because I count it a blessing to be serving you in any capacity, but also, because of the transformative work that is occurring. However, the unrelenting attacks on me personally, my family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us.

    My desire in service to you has always been to bless you as you make important decisions for the American people. I believe you are serving as President today because of God’s providence. I believe that same providence brought me into your service. I pray as I have served you that I have blessed you and enabled you to effectively lead the American people. Thank you again Mr. President for the honor of serving you and I wish you Godspeed in all that you put your hand to.

    Your Faithful Friend,
    Scott Pruitt

    • Claudia Baker
      Posted July 6, 2018 at 7:30 am | Permalink

      Thanks for posting the full letter.

      My head is spinning after reading it. Some day, this document will be used to illustrate just how crazy and demented Trump’s administration is (was). Future students will study it in disbelief, at how close their country came to becoming a theocracy.

      • darrelle
        Posted July 6, 2018 at 9:34 am | Permalink

        I agree completely. Pruitt is the antithesis of what a cabinet member in a government like our’s is supposed to be. Trump and his administration is precisely the type of government that the US Founding Fathers were striving to prevent from ever happening. And yet the core of Trump’s supporters is composed largely of the people who most loudly proclaim their patriotism. What fucking idiots.

    • Robert Bray
      Posted July 6, 2018 at 8:36 am | Permalink

      Pruitt is a courtier, now banished from Versailles-Mar-a-Lago, yet with the right sort of lickspittle ethos that should allow him to crawl back through one of the thousand little doors of Trump Palace.

      • Diane G
        Posted July 6, 2018 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

        I think that about nails it. 😉

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted July 6, 2018 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

        ‘Tis a vertiginous rat that clambers back aboard a sinking ship.

    • yazikus
      Posted July 6, 2018 at 10:52 am | Permalink

      It is mind-blowing, no? I mean, who talks like this. Wormtongue?

  20. Posted July 6, 2018 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    I’m glad he has resigned. However, his leaving because of a financial scandal is like getting Dillenger for tax fraud; beside the point.

    • Posted July 6, 2018 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

      Al Capone for tax fraud. Dillinger for going to s movie on Sunday with a woman wearing a red dress.

  21. Ken Kukec
    Posted July 6, 2018 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    I see the Donald was at his demagogic best last night at his Nuremberg rally in Montana — deriding John McCain and Poppy Bush, two American war heroes (and fellow Republicans) battling terminal illness. He also went on a “Pocahontas” rant and mocked the “Me, too” movement to boot.

    • Diane G
      Posted July 6, 2018 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

      So why the fuck aren’t the campus Ctrl leftists going after him bigtime?!

      • Posted July 6, 2018 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

        Two reasons: you can’t shame trump and he never steps foot on campus.

        • Ken Kukec
          Posted July 6, 2018 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

          Is there any proof Trump actually ever set foot in a classroom during his own time at Penn? The circumstantial evidence demonstrates he didn’t learn a goddamn thing.

          Campus pics or GTFO, Donald.

          • Posted July 6, 2018 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

            Vanity Fair did story on his college days. Interviewed some classmates and a famous actress who had a blind date with him. He was only interested in real estate business courses. His friends thought he was a likable guy.

        • Diane G
          Posted July 6, 2018 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

          Good points. But those near-fascists seldom let adversity deter them. Plus there have to be several colleges around DC.

          Guess I’m dreaming wishfully…

        • Diane G
          Posted July 6, 2018 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

          Wouldn’t it be great if Wharton rescinded his degree? I suspect they’re not bragging about him, at least.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted July 6, 2018 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

        Can you believe it, DG, that Trump takes gratuitous shots at the “Me, too, generation” at the same time he hires Bill Shine, the guy that got shit-canned from Fox News for enabling and covering up sexual harassment by Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes?

        How can any woman support this jerk?

        • Diane G
          Posted July 6, 2018 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

          Thanks, Ken, seems there’s always another sleazy factoid I’m ignorant of–and I really appreciate your all-embracing mind!

          • Claudia Baker
            Posted July 7, 2018 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

            “Nuremberg rally” – that sums it up very well. All that’s missing are the columns of light designed by Speer. A rally every couple ‘a days. With thousands in attendance. Are there really that many fuckwits in the USA?

            • Posted July 8, 2018 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

              63,500,000 people voted for that nut.

              • Ken Kukec
                Posted July 8, 2018 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

                Slightly under 63 million actually. Nearly 73 million voted against him (including 2.8 million for a single other opponent). Nothing like that has ever happened in this nation’s 56 prior presidential elections, and Trump’s popularity has declined since.


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