Trump apologizes?

When I saw the header below in my email inbox, I thought, “Whaaaaat? Trump apologizes? He never apologizes!” (I assumed he was apologizing to Christine Ford for what he just said about her, but that would be out of character.) I was flummoxed.

When I clicked on the email to open it, though I found typical Trumpian blather. As with his former advisor Steve Bannon, Trump never apologizes for anything he’s done wrong or said wrong. Sure enough, here’s the content:

Well, Kavanaugh was found “credible” by Trump and the Republicans (though not by me), but really, an apology? Why not apologize to Christine Ford for her ordeal, at least in being grilled by the Senate, for getting death threats that drove her from her home,  for being demonized by the Right for the rest of her life, and, especially for Trump himself making fun of Ford’s testimony in public the other day.

The man is. . . well, you know what I think. If you look in the dictionary under “odious,” you’ll find his picture.

 

69 Comments

  1. varney33
    Posted October 8, 2018 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for this post.And what does “replying above this line” mean???

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted October 9, 2018 at 12:56 am | Permalink

      @varney33 you are referring to your email notifications where each new comment deposits an email in your inbox? At the top each email says:

      Respond to this comment by replying above this line

      Just ignore it. If you wish to reply to that particular comment then click the blue “Reply” button in the email or do it via the white bell top right in your WordPress account.

  2. Historian
    Posted October 8, 2018 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    Trump’s party controls all three branches of the federal government. Yet, he feels compelled to stoke its members’ feeling of victimization. Grievance and resentment is what holds the party together. Tom Nichols noted this. This tactic has worked because the base of the Republican Party (Trump’s cult) feels that its grip on American society is slipping away due to demographical change that threatens the dominance of white people. But more and more white people are rejecting the racist and sexist core of the Republican Party, if the polls are to be believed. In a month we will see if Trump’s magic has finally run dry. We’ll see how much has changed since 2016.

    • W.Benson
      Posted October 8, 2018 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

      This is something I just saw that seems relevant:
      “The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, selfappointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.”
      James Madison, The Federalist Papers, February 1, 1788.

      • Historian
        Posted October 8, 2018 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

        There have been many instances in American history where, as of now, all three branches of government were controlled by one party. During such periods, it was not uncommon for the minority party to be accused by the minority party of being tyrannical. Lincoln was accused of being a tyrant as was FDR. Most historians have rejected such accusations. However, in this age when one party, captured by a radical element, controls all three branches of government, divided government doesn’t look bad, although it can result in legislative gridlock, which was the case during the Obama years.

        The Founders’ view of government was shaped by the experience of the Revolution, which ostensibly was fought to overthrow the tyranny of King George III. The Constitution was designed to prevent the emergence of tyrants through a system of checks and balances. The Constitution has worked in this regard. But the Founders naively did not expect the creation of political parties. How wrong they were! Shortly after George Washington left the presidency, bitter partisanship broke out in the forms of the Federalist and Republican parties (NOT the Republican Party of today, but the forerunner of today’s Democratic Party). The second president of the United States, John Adams, a Federalist, was bitterly opposed by his arch-rival Thomas Jefferson, leader of the Republicans. Adams was frequently accused of trying to make himself a monarch. At that time, the perpetuation of the American republic was not something that could be taken for granted. But, it did survive this period and the maelstrom of the Civil War. But the question remains whether it can survive with its fundamental laws enshrined in an 18th century document in a 21st century world.

        • Randall Schenck
          Posted October 9, 2018 at 6:42 am | Permalink

          Sorry for being so late to the posting but at least I find one good comment. I would argue the timing on the beginning of the party/opposition. Madison/Jefferson began the opposition around the end of Washington’s first term. The hated enemy of course was Hamilton who they were sure was running rough shod over the constitution. They apposed his financing plans for the debt and his proposal for the bank. So odd that within a few short years since Madison had worked so hard along side Hamilton to create the constitution and promote it in the Federalist papers, he turn on Hamilton as the prime operator in the apposition party. The Break was so hard that Madison lost Washington as a friend before Washington left office.

          I will reference a recent book, The Three Lives of James Madison, copyright 2017 by Noah Feldman.

    • darrelle
      Posted October 9, 2018 at 7:37 am | Permalink

      Also a favored tactic of Christians for hundreds of years and still to this day.

      I’ve come to tentatively think that this upwelling of putrescence that is most recognizable as “Trumpism” is the flight or fight reflex of a cornered animal that feels death is near. And that if we can manage to not devolve into a banana republic, or worse, for another 10 years or so that there will likely be significant and relatively quick change for the better. I can’t decide whether this is wishful thinking on my part or reasoned assessment. I can only hope that it is true.

  3. Jenny Haniver
    Posted October 8, 2018 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    Did these remarks come before or after Trump declared that Kavanaugh “was caught up in a hoax that was set up by the Democrats using the Democrats lawyers…blah, blah”? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFr5wttrRB8

    This is the product of a sick, sick mind, and is deeply offensive.

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted October 8, 2018 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

      I realize that I neglected to insert the apostrophe of ownership after the second “Democrats'” but Trump wouldn’t know the difference.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted October 8, 2018 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

      After Kavanaugh was confirmed, not only did Trump start calling Dr. Ford’s allegations a “hoax and a set-up,” but Republican US congressmen and senators — grown men, one and all — started tweeting out #Beers4Brett.

      Think of the message these men, all of whom claimed during the hearings to find Ford credible and sympathetic, are sending to the next woman who considers coming forward alone with an allegation of sexual misconduct against a powerful man.

      • Rita Prangle
        Posted October 9, 2018 at 9:08 am | Permalink

        +1 I was thinking this morning, that the Republican Senators were acting just like Frat Boys.

      • Mark R.
        Posted October 9, 2018 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

        And what message are these grown men giving to young boys? Obviously, it’s: “do whatever you want to girls, it’s what boys do.”

    • Posted October 9, 2018 at 10:13 am | Permalink

      While most of us here agree that Trump indeed has a sick mind and is despicable human, we must remember that this is considered yet another “win” for the Trumplodytes. The oppressed white male base is joyous while the remainder parrot the lies of the POTUS and Republican leadership. The screeching left only detracts from the basic need to vote these bastards out.

  4. Heather Hastie
    Posted October 8, 2018 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    This is absolutely outrageous. It reminds me of a cartoon I saw on Facebook earlier today, obviously drawn by a Trump/Kavanaugh sympathizer:

    Then there’s this one:

    • Blue
      Posted October 8, 2018 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

      Is absolutely outrageous.
      Is absolutely odious.

      I cannot even … …

      Blue

    • Diane G
      Posted October 10, 2018 at 2:19 am | Permalink

      Love the Thomas one! 😀

      • Heather Hastie
        Posted October 10, 2018 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

        The cartoonists seem to have got more worked up on this issue than any single issue since Trump’s election. I have over 150 related to it, and I only kept the ones I liked!

        The only bigger single issue is gun control, which has been ongoing for years of course.

  5. max blancke
    Posted October 8, 2018 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

    Katz and Co. should be the ones apologizing to Dr. Ford. It does not seem like she wanted a big public spectacle.
    And Trump apologizing to Kavanaugh makes some sense. Anyone Trump nominated was going to be accused of all sorts of things. I am sure K and his family knew that going into the process.
    But the allegations of serial gang rape and assorted hysteria were probably over what could be reasonably anticipated.
    I have read a reasonable argument that a good part of this process was to discourage the next nominee from accepting.

    • Posted October 8, 2018 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

      Do not agree that anyone Trump nominated would be accused of anything. His first pick was not accused of anything. Because he had not done anything. Kavanaugh was accused of only things he was guilty of doing.

      • mordacious1
        Posted October 8, 2018 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

        He was the leader of a serial gang rape squad that no ever got wind of? He was guilty of that? I don’t think that most Democrats swallowed that story.

        • Posted October 8, 2018 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

          You have misstated what the women said happened. I don’t know if you mistakes it intentionally yourself, but some twisted and mistaked her story. The republicans should disown and disavow people who make such statements.

          • mordacious1
            Posted October 8, 2018 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

            I’m not sure what you just said, but she originally stated that she attended 10 parties where there were gang rapes and that BK was involved, including drugging the punch. She later back tracked on that, to say she saw him near the punch bowl. She’s a liar and the Democrats bought it, because they didn’t care about the truth.

            • Posted October 8, 2018 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

              I said someone lied about what she said. Based on your above comment I suspect it was you. She said nothing about a secret rape gang and you know that.

              • Rita Prangle
                Posted October 9, 2018 at 9:11 am | Permalink

                +1

            • Posted October 8, 2018 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

              I said someone lied about what she said. She did not say he was the leader of a serial rape gang. You knis she did not say that.

              • Posted October 8, 2018 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

                Yes, you. What you said in your comment and what she said in her sworn statement do not match up. That means you were lying.

              • mordacious1
                Posted October 8, 2018 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

                More like a comprehension problem on your part, or perhaps wishful thinking. Whatever.

              • Posted October 8, 2018 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

                She did not say he was the leader of a serial gang rape group.

              • mordacious1
                Posted October 8, 2018 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

                He, according to her, was spiking the punch at 10 separate gang rapes that she attended. Ten sounds like serial and doing the spiking sounds like initiating (or leading) the whole thing. Semantics?

              • Posted October 8, 2018 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

                No, you were just lying.

            • Rita Prangle
              Posted October 9, 2018 at 9:12 am | Permalink

              Christine Ford did not say that.

              • mordacious1
                Posted October 9, 2018 at 9:34 am | Permalink

                No one said she did. It was Swetnick.

        • Posted October 8, 2018 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

          Mordacious, you are repeating the co-ordinated talking points of the Republican Judicial Committee senators, who deliberately exaggerated the claims of the third alleged victim against BK and his best drinking buddy Mark Judge.

          As you may know, the ex-girlfriend of Mark Judge claimed that Mark confessed to participating in a gangbang with a drunk girl. Based on this, some of the claims of the third woman seem less crazy than the Republican senators would like us to believe.

          • mordacious1
            Posted October 8, 2018 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

            You have a friend that admits to rape, therefore you too are likely a rapist. Got it.

            • mordacious1
              Posted October 8, 2018 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

              Sorry, not admits to, but is accused of having admitted to by a disgruntled ex.

              • Ken Kukec
                Posted October 9, 2018 at 8:31 am | Permalink

                How do you know she was “disgruntled” (other than that that fits the Republican narrative)? That’s not how she comes off in interviews.

                If Republicans had any interest in getting at the truth, they would’ve dealt with the evidence as actually presented, rather than mischaracterize it so they could refute a strawman.

              • mordacious1
                Posted October 9, 2018 at 9:35 am | Permalink

                Straws.

          • Ken Kukec
            Posted October 9, 2018 at 8:48 am | Permalink

            These are typical Trumpian tactics the GOP has adopted. It is not enough, for example, for Trump to point out that Sen. Richard Blumenthal misrepresented that he had been stationed in Vietnam while with Marines; Trump must contend (falsely) that Blumenthal claimed that he was a battle veteran and that (again falsely) Blumenthal blubbered when caught out.

            Similarly, it was not enough that Trump took issue with something NYT reporter Serge Kovaleski had written; he had to mock his disability while yelling “I don’t know what I said! I can’t remember!”

            This is just one of the ways in which Donald Trump has debased this nation’s public discourse.

        • Michael Fisher
          Posted October 9, 2018 at 1:08 am | Permalink

          mordacious1 says Swetnick claims…:

          “He [Kavanaugh] was the leader of a serial gang rape squad…”

          No, she didn’t claim that he was the leader.

          • mordacious1
            Posted October 9, 2018 at 9:37 am | Permalink

            Again, semantics.

            • Michael Fisher
              Posted October 9, 2018 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

              Semantics, Straws – your descriptions of accurate corrections to your bullshit, spun narrative.

              • mordacious1
                Posted October 10, 2018 at 11:13 am | Permalink

                Sorry. Didn’t see this comment earlier.

                Swetnick first claimed that BK was present at 10 parties where gang rape occurred. She stated that he spiked the punch and served it to underage girls. You appear to be arguing that this doesn’t mean he was the leader of said gang rape. Considering the severity of the allegations, that’s a pretty minor point to be hanging your hat on.

                Later, probably after hearing that she could do actual jail time for this kind of false statement, she back tracked on CNN saying that in actuality, she saw Brett near the punch bowl handing out red cups, not spiking the punch.

                She has no credibility whatsoever and the Democrats looked ridiculous repeating her wild accusations. Grasping at straws. Democrats should be embarrassed by this whole situation and since they’re not, shame on them.

                Kavanuagh will be one of the better justices of our time, IMO. Long may he serve.

              • Michael Fisher
                Posted October 10, 2018 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

                FFS mordacious1 go to the source of what Swetnick claimed [her lawyer’s information release] rather than using your own memory having read some rag or other!

                Here is the very first line of your reply to me & it is bollocks: “Swetnick first claimed that BK was present at 10 parties where gang rape occurred…” Nowhere does she make that claim – she says she attended “well over” 10 house parties with both Kavanaugh & Judge around the Washington DC area. That’s where you’re getting your magic number 10 from.

                That will be all the attention I’ll give your lame, inaccurate commentary until you start quoting directly from her lawyers written bullet pointed statement

                Amateur hour

              • mordacious1
                Posted October 11, 2018 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

                I posted the link to her statement above. In items (11) and (12) she clearly states that she witnessed BK spike the punch in order for underage girls to be gang raped.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted October 8, 2018 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

      “Anyone Trump nominated was going to be accused of all sorts of things”

      What unfair accusations were lodged against Neil Gorsuch?

      • mordacious1
        Posted October 8, 2018 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

        Gorsuch wasn’t filling the swing seat on the court. Remember the protest signs when BK was announced, where they forgot to fill in his name? [blank] is the worst nominee ever!!

        • Rita Prangle
          Posted October 9, 2018 at 9:17 am | Permalink

          I think you might be making that up. I didn’t see any signs like that. Also, if those signs really exist, they could very well be created by some misguided Trumpers for the purpose of discrediting protesters.

        • Mark R.
          Posted October 9, 2018 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

          Also, every judge Trump was/is going to nominate was off the the Federalist Society list, so essentially, they are all the same. It really could be a “blank” as any judge from the Federalist Society is going to be a “worst nominee ever”.

    • Randy Bessinger
      Posted October 8, 2018 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

      I am already seeing Republican ads using Kvanaugh as victim. I think they secretly love it and are using it tothe hilt. To me, this is just moe political theater.

      If there was no Hollywood access tape, and Bush would have testified what Trump said, it would been dismissed as heresay.

      • Randy Bessinger
        Posted October 8, 2018 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

        Sorry for the misspelled words and hearsay etc.

        • Posted October 8, 2018 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

          I thought you meant heresy.

      • Rita Prangle
        Posted October 9, 2018 at 9:20 am | Permalink

        Trevor Noah did a segment on that, how Trump’s statement about the accusations against Kavanaugh, and how all white men must be afraid of false accusations, so now all white men are victims.

  6. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted October 8, 2018 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    It’s not the “apology” as such – it’s how he can be judge and jury at a trial that never happened, and his fans love it.

  7. Posted October 8, 2018 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    The things that Trump says are simply unexplainable. The nearest is to say he is always on the offensive. In this case always appealing to his voters and to verify that his actions were correct.

    He once complained to his staff about the press, saying, “They exaggerate my exaggerations.”

  8. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted October 8, 2018 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    Next item: President Trump apologizes to Donald Trump for all the criticism he’s had to endure while being the Best President Ever…

    cr

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted October 8, 2018 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

      Ha ha!

  9. W.Benson
    Posted October 8, 2018 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

    I often feel obliged to apologize to my Brazilian friends for Trump being president of the United States.

  10. mfdempsey1946
    Posted October 8, 2018 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    Whatever other factors have contributed to the current situation of the former USA, no adjective or collection of adjectives in any language can adequately capture the full obscenity of the Trump creature, its enablers, and its cultists.

  11. Mathew Goldstein
    Posted October 8, 2018 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    Trump is about Trump and his transactional calculus is transparent: I selected you and I will back you 100% provided that in return you decide cases favorably for me. He has no such self-interested transactional motive to publicly apologize to anyone else.

  12. S.K.Graham
    Posted October 9, 2018 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    Hi didn’t “apologize”.

    If you say “I’m sorry for you loss”, are you apologizing?

    The word “sorry” has other uses than apologizing.

    • W.T. Effingham
      Posted October 9, 2018 at 6:44 am | Permalink

      When Team Mueller finishes their project, tRUMP and co. Will be among the sorry-est of the sorry-assed.

      • Diane G
        Posted October 10, 2018 at 2:29 am | Permalink

        I’ll believe that when I see it.

  13. Rosmarie Maran
    Posted October 9, 2018 at 6:22 am | Permalink

    I often think that “person” is no longer really an accurate term to encompass what Trump performs, it’s more like some sort of extreme biological phenomenon. That’s not a determinist’s view, but a conditionalist’s one.

  14. YF
    Posted October 9, 2018 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    Well, K was certainly not ‘proven innocent’…he was just not proven guilty of sexual assault. He was proven guilty of perjury, however. And it’s often the cover-up that gives the whole game away.

    • Posted October 9, 2018 at 10:58 am | Permalink

      Although you are correct, you must remember that if Trump says it, it will be taken as truth by his cult members.

  15. Posted October 9, 2018 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    Although you are correct, you must remember that if Trump says it, it will be taken as truth by his cult members.

  16. Posted October 14, 2018 at 12:24 am | Permalink

    Reblogged this on chrismakan.


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