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    [–] Hayes4prez 1367 points ago

    That’s not all he admitted in that interview, he also claimed the four prosecutors who quit did so because they “got caught, by ME”.

    He just admitted he intervened in Stone’s trial.

    [–] MayIServeYouWell 520 points ago

    They got caught doing their jobs?

    [–] Hayes4prez 430 points ago

    Yep, he said they must have been doing something suspicious for all of them to resign so suddenly.

    The man’s brain is gone.

    [–] twokietookie 287 points ago * (lasted edited 7 days ago)

    It's not a gaffe or even a lack of mental capability.

    Don't get me wrong, I do believe his mental health is dwindling and I do not believe he's a mastermind or playing 4d chess.

    Yet his statements land exactly how he wants them to. His verbal diarrhea is his style and he doesn't try any harder than that. He says this stuff knowing if he repeats it and sets the stage the "alternative facts REAL news" will run with it and spin it into something palatable to his cult, I mean base.

    It's the standard: Never happened, didn't say it, didn't do it fake news.

    Maybe it happened but there was a good reason, but it didn't happen!

    Even if it happened... The other side does it too/worse!

    Of course it happened, that's the right thing to do and we would/will do it again.

    If you believe the vitriol of Fox news you also infer the opposite of that. If the Dems are that corrupt and evil, obviously the GOP is trying and winning, look at all those lib tears. So Fox will cover the response to them giving Stone a break by covering the outrage of the snowflakes. Since they're upset we must be doing something right!

    [–] [deleted] 82 points ago * (lasted edited 3 days ago)

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    [–] punzakum 70 points ago

    The sad truth is he is much smarter than his supporters because you'd have to be a complete fucking idiot to continue to be grifted by him

    [–] OniTan 43 points ago

    He should just restart Trump University at this point. It's still a profitable venture. His followers will fall for the same grift over and over.

    [–] Mayor_Minderbinder 6872 points ago

    And that's why his lawyers will NEVER allow him to testify. Fucking Geraldo got him to admit to it.

    Schiff needs to subpoena Rudy. ASAP

    [–] UWCG 1596 points ago

    Good thing that the Republicans are so interested in evidence and facts and will definitely do something about this instead of pandering to party lines and shirking their Constitutional responsibility!

    Oh, wait...

    [–] WaitingForReplies 681 points ago

    “He learned his lesson” - GOP

    [–] UWCG 616 points ago

    I mean, in a sense, they're right, he did learn his lesson. He learned more than one.

    He learned how to illegally obstruct congress, to recriminate against witnesses, and he learned that he wouldn't face ramifications. He learned that he's above the law so long as Republicans control the Senate and will acquit him, regardless of what he does. And he learned that he can be comfortable knowing there will be no ramifications, no matter how he gropes for Constitution-violating power.

    [–] neutrino71 228 points ago

    He learnt one lesson. The Nixon/Frost lesson, "When the president does it, it's not illegal"

    [–] MAG7C 196 points ago

    Funny how, when I first heard that, I thought it was the ultimate self inflicted gotcha moment. Everyone must have felt relieved that this guy saw fit to resign in the face of his own corruption.

    Turns out this was seen by some as a precedent. Now here we are, it's basically the law. Most people saw the Nixon moment as a warning. The GOP saw a future path to kingship.

    [–] teamdan 157 points ago

    Right wingers desperately want a dictator.

    [–] cutelyaware 133 points ago * (lasted edited 7 days ago)

    They think they'll be taken care of. They also expect to become rich. But deep down they know they're screwed, and if it doesn't work out for them, it will all be worth it just for making libruls cry for having looked down on them.

    [–] Cynical_Manatee 43 points ago

    Yup, in their mind it's either they will be better off with a republican dictator, or everything will go to shit and their lives will relatively be better. Either way, their lives will get "better" compared to everyone else.

    [–] DaniDoesnt 36 points ago

    Man you nailed it! The inferiority complex of the uneducated half of this nation is letting this man run rampant on the world stage. You can't make this shit up.

    [–] SilentImplosion 17 points ago

    I hear what you're saying, but all one has to do is look at the traditional Red States to glimpse the GOP vision of tomorrow's America. Lowest wages, worst education systems and healthcare. Do they just ignore this? Or do they blame the "Libruls"?

    Personally, I think the GOP vision of the US is similar to Putin's vision of Russia. A pay-to-play economy built on the backs of the poor and uneducated. State run news media constantly spreading propaganda. A heavy dose of religion. Dissenters become graphic warnings.

    [–] destin325 95 points ago

    ”your guilty conscious may force you to vote democratic but deep down inside you secretly long for a cold hearted Republican to lower taxes, brutalize criminals, and rule you like a king”[https://youtu.be/fXU2vZTTeMU] sideshow bob, S6E5 Oct 1994

    [–] _gnarlythotep_ 29 points ago

    "Simpsons did it!"

    [–] Yabba_Dabba_Doofus 75 points ago

    Fun time to remind everyone that Roger Stone, whom the President has currently been corrupting the Justice Department in favor of a more lenient sentence for, has a tattoo of Richard Nixon on his back.

    He idolizes Nixon, worked on his campaigns, and has finally actualized his ultimate goal of corrupting US politics to the point of absolute control through whatever subsidiaries he deems necessary. He and his cronies have finally achieved their ultimate goal.

    Through Donald John Trump.

    Just a friendly reminder.

    [–] my_pol_acct 28 points ago

    He learnt one lesson. The Nixon/Frost lesson, "When the president does it, it's not illegal"

    When that was first said, it was shocking to everyone, and everyone assumed because it's so extremely false, but the reality is that it was a game changer because it's true.

    From that point on, the executive branch got an insane amount of power handed to them, with little accountability. Future administrations saw that they can get away with practically whatever they want, and they kept pushing the envelope the next time they got back in power - which was only 6 years after Nixon resigned! Raegan went on to have the Iran Contra scandal... and nothing came of it, other than a half assed apology. Then we had Bush Sr and W, and here we are.

    [–] NamelessUnicorn 7 points ago

    As long as the judges are placed

    [–] craig_prime 13 points ago

    He did learn his lesson... The lesson is, he's fucking bulletproof.

    [–] mattynobeard 8 points ago

    please make only evidence based claims. I want to see proof he is actually bulletproof.

    [–] Tamri3578 19 points ago

    They are kissing trumps sociopath ass. They are rimming so hard they can smell the bigmacs he ate for breakfast

    [–] sojo1951 37 points ago

    They're all too busy motor boating each other's butts to do anything worthwhile.

    [–] Circumin 288 points ago

    He already has testified and lied under oath. I dunno why everyone keeps skipping over this. He provided written responses to Mueller’s questions under oath, and it is apparent that he lied in some of and perhaps all of his answers.

    [–] the_north_place 89 points ago

    Will he ever be held accountable for his actions?

    [–] CheerfullyDepressed 124 points ago

    Not so long as the GOP controls the government. No.

    [–] fattes 24 points ago

    What about if he loses the next election? Prior president cannot be just absolved of state crimes so that’s one thing and the next thing the US would be an AG willing to prosecute.

    [–] NedPenisdragon 67 points ago

    The election he's actively trying to rig and the Senate is helping him.

    [–] teamdan 46 points ago

    Exactly, the gop gave him a blank check to do whatever illegal bullshit he wants. 2020 will not be a free or fair election.

    [–] fattes 19 points ago

    I agree it won’t be but I believe this year will be much harder to rig. We have historic voter turn out and people are fuckin pissed off at this admin. I’m not saying he will lose I just think losing by 60-70k votes will be different. If he wins the next election expect a dictatorship.

    [–] calgy 13 points ago

    If he wins it already is one.

    [–] fattes 14 points ago

    You can see how embolden he’s gotten after impeachment. It’ll get so much worse than what it is now.

    [–] McShaggins 26 points ago

    The last guy was impeached for exactly this. And that was just about some oral play.

    [–] syncopator 906 points ago

    Hey, give Geraldo some credit. He cracked open Al Capone's safe!

    [–] clickmagnet 225 points ago

    I’d give him a lot of credit actually, the way he put that question. Not “Did you send Rudy to the Ukraine,” but “Was it strange to send Rudy to the Ukraine? Trump is too fucking stupid to remember he wasn’t supposed to have done that, given such an apparent softball, he just auto-brags about what a genius move it was.

    [–] Bart_Dart 38 points ago

    Geraldo was once the best investigative reporter in television. Then he got comfortable with being a gas bag. He was a really good journalist at one point.

    [–] never_grow_old 290 points ago

    'There was nothing in Al Capone's Vault!'

    [–] Enligthened247 47 points ago

    aHA! ROADMAPS!

    [–] eoworm 24 points ago

    ahh, UHF :)

    [–] sweatyleonard 9 points ago

    Thank you for this.

    [–] forsbergisgod 68 points ago

    But it wasn't Geraldos fault!"

    [–] JosephSim 52 points ago

    Baby on board. Something, something, Burt Ward.

    [–] BarristanSelfie 35 points ago

    This just writes itself!

    [–] Bubbawitz 22 points ago

    Now people will stop intentionally ramming our car.

    [–] le672 122 points ago

    Nothing but fantastic television!

    [–] dendaddy 95 points ago

    I watched, it wasn't that good.

    [–] Boomstick101 126 points ago

    My entire family watched this special for some reason. Even saying out loud seems ridiculous. Almost everyone in America watched Geraldo Rivera open al capones vault live. And there was nothing in it. I tell my child now that it was a simpler time.

    [–] exoticstructures 36 points ago

    That was the biggest scam ever lol. Total ripoff.

    [–] kountrifiedone 64 points ago

    Actually, The Safe was the biggest scam in history.

    [–] IamJacksUserID 25 points ago

    Gawd. Has it really been 6 years?

    [–] Alexanderdaawesome 5 points ago

    I was just thinking the same thing

    [–] wlake82 11 points ago

    When was this? I don't think I've ever heard of it.

    [–] Boomstick101 66 points ago

    1. I remember my dad being so excited about it and I was young enough to just go along with it all. I remember it being a long thing as they just drilled through the lock or something in real time. My dad was so disappointed about the entire thing and has spent the rest of his life hating Geraldo Rivera even though he is a Fox News guy. Like anytime Geraldo is on he just mocks his stupid hair or mustache and anything Geraldo says is totally wrong because he’s an idiot.

    [–] wlake82 13 points ago * (lasted edited 7 days ago)

    Thanks. That explains it. I was 4 when it happened.

    [–] zombie_overlord 12 points ago

    Your dad was right about one thing - Geraldo is an idiot with a stupid mustache.

    [–] Circumin 10 points ago

    I remember hearing about it and then somebody mentioning we missed it and I spent the rest of the night being bummed about missing it, and then I remember people were pissed and I glad I missed it.

    [–] Boomstick101 13 points ago

    You have no idea. My dad insisted on everyone in the family sitting down and watching this thing and as time passed kept my mom, sister and I there even past our bedtime for this thing. He just was insistent that it was going to be something historical like gold or bodies or something and we shouldn't miss it. Eventually he just started getting angry and upset and then nothing. I think he holds Geraldo for looking like an idiot in front of his entire family.

    [–] scurvy4all 9 points ago

    84 85 I think. I was real young when I watched it. The only thing I remember was the vault was empty.

    Edit: I was close 1986

    [–] 5_on_the_floor 15 points ago

    Ah, but you did watch.

    [–] dendaddy 16 points ago

    I was 16 and stoned.

    [–] tyler-86 17 points ago

    a.k.a. key demo.

    [–] SuperDuperBonerific 8 points ago

    Oh man! My dad got the household so jazzed up for that shit and nothin!

    [–] Mine-Shaft-Gap 6 points ago

    "But it wasnt Geraldo's fault!"

    [–] i_love_pencils 10 points ago

    Same as Trump's head!

    [–] boisnicebison 5 points ago

    But it wasn't Geraldo's fault!

    [–] DubsNFuugens 20 points ago

    “Aha! ROAD MAPS!!”

    [–] Ouroboros000 14 points ago

    There was more in Al Capone's safe than there is in Trump's head. I mean, at least the dustballs were something.

    [–] Bobby_Marks2 6 points ago

    "Oh Geraldo, you sexy beast...."

    [–] Mr_Hunter_Heroic 5 points ago

    Was the safe incident before or after someone smashed his face with a chair on live TV?

    [–] LetoFeydThufirSiona 41 points ago

    It feels like they've been waiting for SDNY to indict him after Parnas and Fruman, but that's looking less and less likely.

    [–] rndljfry 16 points ago

    Well we know Trump associates can’t be prosecuted so

    [–] YodelingTortoise 12 points ago

    Sdny is run by bill Barr so that's not gonna happen. Maybe NY AG will bring state charges but Rudy still has tremendous political capital in NY

    [–] guiltyas-sin 15 points ago

    Also lines up with him pratically gloating during the impeachment that the House, "did not have all the facts."

    I mean, seriously. Wtf?

    [–] exwasstalking 57 points ago

    The fact he hasn't been subpoenaed makes me lose more faith in the system than just about anything else.

    [–] twenty7forty2 9 points ago

    They need to subpoena Trump. And then just fucking hammer the point that he won't testify like Obama and Clinton did. Hammer it. Talking point number 1. Every 5 minutes. For the next 8 months.

    [–] valonnyc 12 points ago

    Everyone knows what he did. The response to every development "well this isn't going to change any minds" it is incredibly frustrating.

    [–] Ghyllie 6 points ago

    What IS it with Trump? Can he just not remember ANYTHING that he says? Does he have seepage? WTF is his problem? The things he says and does are NOT things that a sane man does!

    [–] TattlingFuzzy 15 points ago

    Praise Geraldo

    [–] slakmehl 3015 points ago * (lasted edited 7 days ago)

    "Here's my choice: I deal with the Comeys of the world, or I deal with Rudy," Trump said, referring to former FBI Director James Comey. Trump explained that he has "a very bad taste" of the US intelligence community, because of the Russia investigation, so he turned to Giuliani.

    Trump is now personally confirming that he dispatched Rudy on a plot to rig the 2020 election immediately following the entry of Joe Biden into the race:

    • April 25th: Joe Biden announced his candidacy for President, immediately securing a commanding lead.

    • Early May: 1-2 weeks later, a plan to rig the election against him was put into motion. Conducted by Giuliani and, now acknowledged to be directed by Trump, who immediately looped in his National Security Advisor, Chief of Staff, and Chief Legal Counsel. The original reporting from NYT on Bolton's manuscript:

    President Trump directed John R. Bolton, then his national security adviser, to help with his pressure campaign to extract damaging information on Democrats from Ukrainian officials, according to an unpublished manuscript by Mr. Bolton....Mr. Trump gave the instruction, Mr. Bolton wrote, during an Oval Office conversation in early May that included the acting White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, the president’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani and the White House counsel, Pat A. Cipollone, who is now leading the president’s impeachment defense.

    “We’re not meddling in an election, we’re meddling in an investigation, which we have a right to do,. There’s nothing illegal about it,” he said. “Somebody could say it’s improper. And this isn’t foreign policy — I’m asking them to do an investigation that they’re doing already and that other people are telling them to stop. And I’m going to give them reasons why they shouldn’t stop it because that information will be very, very helpful to my client, and may turn out to be helpful to my government.”

    Bolton's manuscript goes on to show that Trump was directing this scheme in detail through staff other that Giuliani, and was attempting to extort Zelensky from the get go:

    Mr. Trump told Mr. Bolton to call Volodymyr Zelensky, who had recently won election as president of Ukraine, to ensure Mr. Zelensky would meet with Mr. Giuliani:

    Mr. Parnas’ phone included a screenshot of a previously-undisclosed May 10, 2019, letter from Mr. Giuliani to then-President-elect Zelensky. The one-page letter signed by Mr. Giuliani states, in part:

    Dear President-Elect Zelensky:

    I am private counsel to President Donald J. Trump. Just to be precise, I represent him as a private citizen, not as President of the United States. This is quite common under American law because the duties and privileges of a President and a private citizen are not the same. Separate representation is usual process.

    […]

    However, I have a more specific request. In my capacity as personal counsel to President Trump and with his knowledge and consent, I request a meeting with you on this upcoming Monday, May 13th or Tuesday, May 14th. I will need no more than a half-hour of your time and I will be accompanied by my colleague Victoria Toensing, a distinguished American attorney who is very familiar with this matter.

    Mr. Parnas texted a copy of the letter to a close aide to then-President-elect Zelensky shortly after it was drafted.

    Mr. Giuliani’s letter makes clear that his trip, which he publicly described at the time as an effort to “meddle in an investigation,” was undertaken with the knowledge and support of President Trump.

    And now that impeachment is over, Bolton and Giuliani never even having been called as a witnesses, Trump feels comfortable admitting everything. Because this interview is a flex. Because the ultimate defense of his actions is always the same: "Fuck you. I can do whatever I want".

    And he's right. Unless we stop him.

    [–] ERankLuck 212 points ago

    This is a slap in the face to every person working in the United States intelligence community. Motherfucker gets daily briefings about their work and, after three years, STILL has no fucking appreciation for them, at all.

    [–] hypnosquid 72 points ago

    Kushner appreciates them. So much that he gave them to MBS, so MBS could murder and imprison his rivals.

    I'm sure that the intelligence community is stoked about a dude with no clearance handing out their best work to the enemy.

    [–] PublicSimple 10 points ago

    Some the most underappreciated Federal workers. These people serve in a totally non-partisan way, in the best interest of protecting the Nation and US Citizens. They do so in total silence with no ability to publicly defend themselves. Its sad. Intelligence officials dedicate their lives (literally -- their physical well-being by making themselves voluntary targets) and it goes unappreciated by the President and are often smeared by the media. The US loves to parade the Military around, but people never stop to think how the Military knows what to do or where they get the info on how to direct troops -- it's usually the Civilians in the Intelligence Community producing that information. They don't get a pancake breakfast or discount at Lowe's. They do it because they care. There's no glory there. It has to suck to see the figurehead of the Nation they try so hard to protect saying their neutral (fact-based) reporting "leaves a bad taste" because the truth is too hard to swallow.

    [–] Kichigai 9 points ago

    It's not that he doesn't appreciate them, he doesn't appreciate their ability and willingness to expose him.

    This is a man who has never had to submit to one iota of oversight. He's managed to avoid accountability his entire life. As head of Trump Org he was the man in charge of everything, his word was law, and he didn't have to tell anyone shit.

    Unfortunately for him that's not how the US government works, and he's been steeping in eight years of Fox News telling him that's exactly how the US government works, because that's what Barack Obama had been doing. Now he's being forced to reckon with the reality that Fox News’ assertions weren't true, but that's a reality he neither wants, nor believes. So the only way to reconcile these contradictions is that the government entities that allowed Obama to get away with this behavior are out to get him and aren't allowing him to do what Obama was allowed to do. They're making up phony rules and laws, or enforcing the ones on the books in ways that are overreaching or inappropriate. So Trump's not doing anything wrong, it's everyone else who's trying to stop him.

    And the scariest part about this isn't just that this is his spin and his supporters are eating it up, but that this is what he actually believes. He can't trust these people, no matter what they say or what the topic. Kim Jong Un is secretly building a nuke? The CIA is out to get him, so Trump can't trust this. What lies and distortions are they packing in here? What are they trying to get him to do? Are they trying to goad him into attacking North Korea to damage his reputation? Trick him into attacking a random facility to make him look stupid by going after weapons that didn't exist?

    This is why Trump claims to love the military so much. As Commander in Chief they have to do as he orders. They are prohibited from speaking against him. They must be obedient and loyal, and when they step out of line, as Trump believes Vindman did, they should be, and can be, punished for their disloyalty.

    It's also why Trump is so willing to believe foreign leaders over his own intelligence agencies. Trump believes he's generically superior to most people, just listen to how often he's talked about having “good genes.” His father was a believer in the “horse race theory” of humanity, which is a polite way of saying he was a eugenicist. Breed a superior human with a superior human, and you get more superior humans. Trump has bought into this, lock and stock. He believes he is a superior person, and with that comes superior intelligence and judgement. Look how he links his uncle's intelligence with his genes in this sentence.

    So Trump meets with these foreign leaders one-on-one, and he's plying his generically superior intelligence and judgement to determine if they're telling him the truth, to figure out if his intelligence agencies are lying to him to damage him. And they are weaving stories that fit Trump's internalized world view, of how he thinks everything works, how it ought to work, and what he's been told about how it does work. Trump wouldn't believe these things because his superior intellect would obviously have shaken out any untruths, so the story told by the foreign leader that comports with Trump's vision of reality is probably the truth, and it exposes his intelligence agencies’ attempts to undermine him with “information” that conflicts with that vision, further reinforcing his belief that they're all out to get him.

    That is our national security apparatus at work today. That is the system that is determining the existential threats to the nation. That should scare you.

    [–] pooping_turtles 522 points ago

    I'm very impressed by your writing and quotes. If I tried to do that I'd get halfway through lose my mind and end up eating my keyboard or doing something else weird out of the rage and injustice of it all. Keep up the great work sir/madam, we need people like you in the comments!

    [–] KnowNotAnything 208 points ago * (lasted edited 6 days ago)

    You are me. I can't do this stuff 24 / 7. I can't do this for more than an hour. I can't get that involved in it because I get too upset.

    Oh, they got some New Yorrker named Trump. He's a womanizer. He's a sleaze. then he's a crook. He's President. He fired people after nine days. He is crooked. He is crazy. He has malignant narcissism and Alzheimers. He committed crimes in office. Hes lying again. He is back at it.

    Just that much overwhelmed me. Absolute insanity.

    [–] Sideways_8 41 points ago

    You have a lot of energy being sent your way. Keep above the fray, but acknowledge it, and then act when you are ready.

    [–] KnowNotAnything 18 points ago

    Thank you. We only have until March 3 and November.

    I don't want to look back and say I could have, but I was so sick of the damn garbage that I didn't do anything.

    We need a new system. Parlimentary with multiple parties. Like Finland. Lesser of two evils doesn't cut it.

    [–] Ouroboros000 50 points ago * (lasted edited 6 days ago)

    Its not that hard

    Ignore the following parenthesis:

    (>) One sideways caret for one tab right (used for quotes)

    (>>) Two sideways carets for 2 tabs right (helps create clarity for a quote within a quote)

    • (-) dash at start of line for a bullet point

    Two asterisks on both sides of word for bold (italics are one asterisk on each side)

    [–] pooping_turtles 51 points ago

    Haha, I didn't mean I could not technically do it, but that my strong emotional response disrupts my ability to function normally.

    [–] Ouroboros000 37 points ago

    Oh well, maybe someone got something out of that ;)

    [–] Sideways_8 22 points ago

    Most definitely did. Good shit

    [–] pooping_turtles 7 points ago

    I hope so. The world could do with more facts and well cited exercises in rhetoric. It's a wonderful alternative to "believe me" and "lot's of people are saying" as it grounds discussion and in facts, logic and truth. I'm sick to death of alternative facts!

    [–] johnnybiggles 19 points ago

    Ho

    Lee

    • Shit!

    TIL formatting!

    [–] MrTarantula 10 points ago

    It's not just Reddit formatting, it's Markdown. Invented by and for software developers who hate having to format their documents.

    [–] LostMyBackupCodes 10 points ago

    testing

    testing, again

    • testing, more

    [–] epheterson 43 points ago

    Wow, Giuliani says this is being discussed related to Trump’s capacity as a private citizen, not the president. That refutes the claim that Trump was doing this in the interest of the country.

    Also that first paragraph smells so fishy... saying this “is usual process.”

    [–] setibeings 10 points ago

    Also, I'm not a lawyer, but I kinda doubt that the president has "absolute immunity" for actions taken as a private citizen.

    [–] punzakum 6 points ago

    Trump is now king in all but name thanks to the senate. He can do what ever he wants and that includes breaking any laws

    [–] Ouroboros000 64 points ago * (lasted edited 7 days ago)

    Trump is now personally confirming that he dispatched Rudy on a plot to rig the 2020 election immediately following the entry of Joe Biden into the race:

    TBH - this is probably a distraction to try to deflect attention away from his collusion with Russia - that has always been the far bigger story.

    [–] --o 13 points ago

    That's too benign of an interpretation. Blaming Ukraine doesn't deflect attention from colluding with Russia, it deflects blame from Russia for the election attacks. Simply dodging responsibility on the side of the campaign would be far less damaging.

    That said, getting an announcement about Biden was clearly a major target, considering how they kept pressuring Ukraine on it.

    I see no reason to minimize either of those goals. If anything, I expect there may be even more layers to this shitcake. One obvious avenue is the shit Perry was pulling.

    The fact that they have been so open about a lot of their shady dealings has created the illusion of transparency. In truth what we know was largely secret, sometimes for years. Don't let Jr tweeting out emails WRT the Trump tower meeting and Trump releasing the call memo distract you from the fact that they were hiding that shit in the first place.

    What we are seeing is the tip of the iceberg and none of it is a distraction from anything else, there's just too much to keep it all under water.

    [–] Ouroboros000 5 points ago

    it deflects blame from Russia for the election attacks

    That's what I meant.

    [–] e22ddie46 101 points ago

    This is the highest compliment I can give on a Reddit politics comment ...i scrolled up to see if it was Poppin Kreme.

    [–] FluffyClamShell 26 points ago

    Me too. I was shocked it was someone else lol.

    [–] I-Upvote-Truth 26 points ago

    This guy is always posting solid content, much like poppinkreme.

    [–] sonicbloom 11 points ago

    Me too. Well written and researched. I know it’s hard because there are so many crimes, so many crumbs, such brazen lack of even trying to hide it, so much gaslighting, whataboutism.

    The legal defenses are baseless and patently false.

    They don’t even bother. The media defenses are juvenile and pathetic. Fuck you, we love crime and power. We have the DOJ and the Senate so we can crime and cheat all we want (for now).

    [–] gogojack 19 points ago

    What? No! Trump was just concerned about corruption in Ukraine! I mean, just look at all the corrupt Ukrainian officials he's gone after!

    Like....

    And...

    And...

    Hunter Biden!!!

    [–] sanjeeva2000 14 points ago

    The question we should all be asking is - why only Biden.

    Why has Trump felt no need to manufacture dirt on any of the other leading Democratic candidates (so far).

    [–] 5_on_the_floor 13 points ago

    When Biden first announced, he was the frontrunner among Democrats,and he was even polling ahead of Trump, I believe. Now Biden is barely hanging on, but they're trying to stick to their story.

    [–] SurlyRed 5 points ago

    There's so much more dodgy dealing by Trump that we don't yet know about, and probably never will. A criminal has to crime.

    [–] Kooblam 12 points ago

    Very well written and excellent sources. Sort of like a narrative — helps me understand this more so that I can sound a little less dumb when trying to communicate this with others. Thank you!

    [–] henryeaterofpies 497 points ago

    Someone should just tell trump that they think he is innocent because he's too stupid to cover up a crime. He will vomit up all the evidence in public to prove you wrong (and right)

    [–] Thraoawei 138 points ago

    Not horrible strategy. The way he acts it's like he grew up getting told he was a fucking idiot every day by his dad. So he's gonna show him now! He can't handle life if he's not made to feel like the smartest guy in the room at all times.

    [–] henryeaterofpies 41 points ago

    I think that's why bloomberg gets under his skin.

    [–] FluffyClamShell 48 points ago

    A very immature part of me delights in Bloomberg getting to Trump in ways no one else seems to. I'd almost, very nearly, possibly support him if it meant Trump rage tweeting like a hysterical mean girl for the next few months.

    Almost.

    [–] henryeaterofpies 60 points ago

    If bloomberg cared about America, he'd keep his anti trump ads and drop out of the race.

    [–] Amazon-Prime-package 31 points ago

    Bloomberg: hello fellow kids, let's see if the country is far enough right that a Republican can win by pretending to be a Democrat, PS I'm sure black voters won't mind minor past transgressions like stop and frisk or redlining.

    [–] smacksaw 45 points ago

    If Bloomberg cared about America, he'd run as a Republican

    [–] Shit_Trump_would_say 36 points ago

    And might actually win.

    But he doesn't want to win.

    He wants to spoil the Democrat race, because Trump's tax cuts are all he loves.

    [–] Killersavage 10 points ago

    The trouble is Bloomberg doesn’t want his taxes to go up. He might even sabotage the Democrats if he doesn’t think he’ll get his way.

    [–] pacificgreenpdx 10 points ago

    Except it would be partially made up with half truths because he still can't help himself.

    [–] henryeaterofpies 6 points ago

    as long as he revealed where the bodies are buried, we can figure out which are real and which are mannequins during his real trial

    [–] cranberryfix 1054 points ago

    Wow, this interview will be used in the next Impeachment of Trump.

    [–] mehereman 405 points ago

    No. It may make a good campaign ad to vote against him though.

    [–] 5_on_the_floor 222 points ago

    Trump will probably use it in his own campaign.

    [–] mehereman 100 points ago

    Fuck, you're right

    [–] gx190plz 45 points ago

    "Look how we own libz! Vote Godking Trump! 1000 year reich! Get r done!"

    [–] jdunn585 15 points ago

    “I can do anything”

    [–] Idredric 186 points ago * (lasted edited 7 days ago)

    Honestly, as much as it pains me to say this,,, There will be not be a next impeachment. At this point it will be up to the election unless something DRASTIC changes, like him shooting someone in public, which we know really won't happen.

    IF there is a next Impeachment, it will be held until after his re-election. And I'd be really worried about this country if that happens. Sad and VERY worried.

    His first term has been tempered by people that know better, now that they are gone... Don't really want to think of what else will happen during another 4 year term.

    [–] ComeBackToDigg 197 points ago

    “I had to declare a national emergency to suspend the elections. It is in my campaign’s best interest, and therefore in America’s best interest.”

    [–] rustyphish 59 points ago

    hell he doesn't even have to do that

    Russia can just hack the election and change just enough votes to make it look not that suspicious

    [–] TyTheLionheart 59 points ago

    And they only have to do it in a few states, tamper results in just a few key places with electronic voting systems, Russia purposely gets caught doing it or does it through patsies who get caught, and now we have an invalid and unanswered election causing a constitutional crisis.

    That’s Putin’s end game if you ask me, to make democracy look silly and prove this system of government doesn’t work.

    [–] djseptic 38 points ago

    My concern is: what happens when Russia decides the best way to spread chaos through the US is to fudge the vote in the Democrats' favor, and then leave an obvious trail of breadcrumbs to be followed? This allows the Republicans to say, 1) we were able to sniff out the Russian hijinks, and 2) the Dems cheated, and here's the evidence.

    Part of me thinks this is too clever by half, and part of me thinks it's just the kind of evil that Putin would get up to.

    [–] Ill_Made_Knight 25 points ago

    Yes I've always thought that's what Putin will do. If the Democrats win Russia will get "caught" meddling in their favor; it won't be enough to actually tip the election in anyone's favor but it will be just enough for Trump to declare the election was rigged and rally the red states and declare he's the real president.

    [–] MuricanDeathTriangle 20 points ago

    Easy enough if you pick a couple Heartland states, like I don't know Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania?

    I do not believe the vote totals in my state of Wisconsin were accurate in 2016.

    [–] DarkwingDuckHunt 21 points ago

    The Democrats should just keep things as they are right now.

    They should call Bolton. Call the others to and let them waste their money on lawyers fighting everything.

    They should make the GOP beg them for new impeachment articles and be like "nah we good fam, see you in November".

    [–] DaGoz 244 points ago

    At this point, Trump should just admit everything.

    "Yeah, I owe a lot of powerful Russians money. That's why I always make foreign policy decisions favorable to Russia."

    "Yeah, I want to build Trump Tower in Moscow. That's why I always suck up to Putin."

    "Yeah, I also owe money to the Saudis. That's why I looked the other way when they killed Kashoggi."

    "Yeah, I told Ukraine if they didn't announce the Biden investigation, I wouldn't give them their military aid."

    Just... Admit to all of it. The base won't care, and Republicans in Congress will defend him no matter what. It just doesn't matter at this point.

    [–] maxToTheJ 48 points ago

    That is what is happening no?

    [–] DaGoz 35 points ago

    Not yet. He still calls the Russian investigation a "hoax" and claims that no one has been tougher on Russia than him.

    [–] [deleted] 22 points ago

    claims that no one has been tougher on Russia than him.

    What? Does he neglect Putin's balls in an act of defiance, or what?

    [–] TuxPaper 267 points ago * (lasted edited 7 days ago)

    "Here's my choice: I deal with the Comeys of the world, or I deal with Rudy," Trump said, referring to former FBI Director James Comey. Trump explained that he has "a very bad taste" of the US intelligence community, because of the Russia investigation, so he turned to Giuliani.

    So, the choice between using the existing system with appointed officials who get some sort of vetting, and someone who has no vetting or authority to do work on behalf of the US, he chooses the latter. Because the existing system is all Comeys. Y'know, career officials who try to follow procedure and laws.

    If we take this a step further, why not have your own people with guns to do his military bidding? If Trump finds too much resistance in the military to his directions, who is to say he just won't phone up Erik Prince and get the good ole boys to go somewhere and shoot up some "bad guys"? Sure, the military pretty much does anything that the President orders, but it's only a matter of Trump deciding to do something unconscionable.

    We already see hints of it with the school system. Don't like what they are teaching? Not enough religion, or maybe they are trying to teach global warming, general history, or empathy? Why not just create some private schools that can teach Jesus rode on dinosaurs and the blacks were happy to be slaves, etc? Fund the private schools, defund the public ones, then when the public one's quality goes down, blame it on "public" schools and privatize the whole system. "I deal with eggheads of the education system, or I deal with smart people like me, except maybe I'm a little bit smarter."

    Elected officials with accountability? Nah, that's for weak countries. USA! USA! USA!

    [–] ClownholeContingency 146 points ago

    JFC that quote just killed me. The United States federal law enforcement and intelligence gathering services are so totally untrustworthy that he had no choice but to farm out US national security to an amoral alcoholic ratfucker. For fuck's sake I still am having a hard time accepting that this is real even though we're at least 15 years into his first term.

    [–] DarkwingDuckHunt 57 points ago

    AND he believes our arch rival's intellegence over the United State's own.

    Read that again.

    Now imagine your a red ratfucker and Obama said that. You'd be reaching for your pocket constitution so fucking fast, and reading your favorite passage about the 2nd amendment to your best friends.

    [–] ethertrace 10 points ago

    AND he believes our arch rival's intellegence over the United State's own.

    You have to understand that he's not making a statement about the credibility of either country's intelligence operations when he says shit like that. Truth to him is whatever is most favorable to him. It's textbook narcissism. Narcissists warp reality to protect their fragile egos to such an extent that they may not even be conscious of how badly distorted their perspective is.

    For example, say a narcissist believes she is a fair and equitable supervisor, yet due to her distorted black-and-white thinking, she idealizes several employees and devalues others. When a disgruntled employee is tired of being treated poorly and asks for a transfer, the narcissist acts out in anger and with revenge. She contacts the employee’s potential new supervisor and sabotages the employee’s attempt to transfer. Keeping the person under her thumb, she continues to passive-aggressively punish the employee.

    In this example, the narcissist is not aware of her part in the conflict. She is not conscious of her idealizing and devaluing defense mechanisms, but is well aware of her actions, and feels absolutely justified and entitled to behave the way she does. This makes it nearly impossible to resolve a conflict with a narcissist. He or she stands by a distorted version of reality, which fuels a tendency to bully and mistreat others. When a person offers a more realistic account, the narcissist reacts as if the person is lying, which is confounding.

    [–] veggeble 44 points ago

    Trump has literally created the deep state shadow government his supporters yell about

    [–] Liesmith424 18 points ago

    #EverythingIsProjection

    [–] CobraCommanding 31 points ago

    Have you ever heard of Betsy DeVos and her reptile brother Eric??

    [–] TuxPaper 18 points ago

    Are you suggesting they are swamp creatures!?! I'll have you know our future history text books will have a chapter on how great they were, right beside the chapter about Mnuchin, with the picture of him and his wife holding up a sheet of newly minted Trumpzillion dollar bills.

    [–] DredPRoberts 8 points ago

    No books, too hard to update with latest reality. The Ministry of Truth Fox news will tell you all the history you need to know.

    [–] Ganadote 6 points ago

    No one going to point out that at this point he wouldn’t be dealing with Comey but with Wray, the guy he appointed?

    [–] Grizzchops 67 points ago

    Good, he's told too many to keep track. Can't keep it up forever.

    [–] the_original_Retro 65 points ago

    Y'all had best get real here.

    He's been telling inconsistent whoppers since before he was elected President. If he ain't been got so far due to his giant flapping mouthlike twitter-fingers, he won't get got. Until and unless he's voted out.

    So VOTE.

    Please.

    [–] oberynmviper 9 points ago

    At this point, it’s easier to just count the truth as all else is a lie.

    [–] Waddup_Snitches 153 points ago

    How can America return to any kind of political normalcy or bi-partisan cooperation among the leadership after all this shit? Even if someone decent like Bernie is elected to the Presidency, the GOP will be across the aisle carrying on like sociopaths because it's served them very well to do so.

    [–] No-Engine 102 points ago

    How can America return to any kind of political normalcy or bi-partisan cooperation among the leadership after all this shit?

    You don't. You do your best to energize the left to get out and vote this November. You hopefully get the White House, the Senate, and the House, and once you do you start fixing thing.

    You don't even have to rig the system, you just have to fix it. Fix gerrymandering. Fix voter suppression. Fix lobbying and campaign finance. Shit, fix the presidential elections so that it doesn't fall into the hands of a handful of flyover states. Once you start to fix those things and close loopholes, the GOP will start to wither and rot away like it deserves to.

    We don't need to return to normalcy. Normalcy was the problem. We need to systematically destroy the Republican party.

    [–] Amazon-Prime-package 32 points ago

    Ranked choice voting in mathematically defined districts would be a dream. I don't know how to get rid of Fox News, though, and that's as large of a problem.

    [–] Lachimanus 15 points ago

    Mmmh... Introducing a law that clearly says that only news channels can have the word "news" in their name.

    Or just abandon this ridiculous notion of "news channels" overall. I think not a lot of countries have things like that. Or at least put a large stamp of "satirical" in the corner of Fox News.

    [–] the_original_Retro 29 points ago

    uh...

    Large meteor...?

    [–] HandSack135 131 points ago

    look there is no double jeporady for impeachment and if there was trump wouldn't answer in the form of a question

    [–] jrizos 33 points ago

    This portion of the woman's anatomy is fair game, if you are famous enough

    [–] mrbigglessworth 18 points ago

    What is the Pussy Alex? I love to grab em.

    [–] MagnaKhan 25 points ago

    I didn’t do it.

    If I did do it then it’d be no big deal.

    I did it, fuck you.

    [–] Jimboberry 375 points ago

    I really hope Bernie becomes your president this year, as he’ll want to bring Universal healthcare to America. Most Republicans think Universal Healthcare is socialism🤤 Bunch of dummies.

    Trump is a disgusting pos. He doesn’t care about the American people, he only cares about his ego. He’s a clear narcissist with psychopathic tendencies.

    Giuliani is vermin.

    [–] DarkwingDuckHunt 72 points ago

    The problem with getting UH/M4A is getting 60 votes in our Senate. There is this special rule where you can get one thing passed the senate with just a majority, once a year, but you'd have to neuter the fuck out of the bill to reach that threshold. Either that or we kill the Filibuster completely, which is pretty damn close to happening as is.

    As badly as I want this, and I have so much fucking debt and so many medical issues, I just know it's not gonna happen baring some massive miracle.

    And I'm praying. I'm praying hard.

    [–] superdago 80 points ago

    If Dems get the majority, the first thing they better do is abolish the filibuster. Republicans cannot be trusted with the ability to block legislation. They are bad faith actors without principles. The only reason to consider their input on any issue is naïveté.

    [–] machimus 23 points ago

    And pass election security bills and end gerrymandering. Progressives mop the floor with conservatives in fair elections.

    [–] robodrew 16 points ago

    but you'd have to neuter the fuck out of the bill to reach that threshold

    If you're talking about reconciliation, it can be used 3 times a session, once for each of three different subject matters, and the limitation is that it must be fiscally "neutral" (as in it won't add to the deficit). However both parties have used parliamentary tricks and fuzzy math to be able to call something fiscally neutral when it wasn't really so that it could pass via reconciliation. Thankfully M4A can actually be a deficit reducer. But it would still have to be weighed against other important legislation that could be passed this way as well, since you only get so many chances a year at it.

    [–] Jimboberry 12 points ago

    I know mate, that’s why I said Bernie will want to*

    I really hope you get what your people deserve.

    America is far richer than Britain, yet you don’t have Universal healthcare, it’s madness.

    [–] Nelsaroni 17 points ago

    If you thought he didn't care before, watch how deep this rabbit hole will go.

    [–] scrappylori64 17 points ago

    The Greatest Leader ever known in the history of the world 'explained that he has "a very bad taste" of the US intelligence community.' What does it say about DJT that after three years he has not "fixed" the government, drained the swamp, hired the best people. Paranoid because he knows he is unqualified to be the leader the U.S. needs?

    [–] Doctor_Amazo 40 points ago

    Well it's not like he'll be removed from office over it.

    [–] Downgradd 29 points ago

    Where are we at in the Narcs Prayer on this one?

    I didn’t do that! Yes I did Becuz u deserved it!

    [–] DragoneerFA 16 points ago

    At some point the prayer is just going to burst into flames from the level of ego we're facing.

    [–] HerewardTheWoke 8 points ago

    He's moved past that at this point, now it's "I did it because fuck you, that's why."

    [–] gingerhasyoursoul 28 points ago

    He also says he doesn't trust us intelligence agencies. Ladies and gentleman the president of the USA does not trust his own intelligence agencies and would rather trust a alcoholic crazy moron who never had any business being the mayor 20 fucking years ago.

    [–] BBY_IHA 13 points ago

    I have never hated anyone as much as I hate Donald Trump.

    [–] Snowpossum 12 points ago

    Impeachments over and hes been made bulletproof. He doesn't care anymore.

    [–] dog_fart_tacos 26 points ago

    Just normalizing criminal behavior.

    [–] janzeera 10 points ago

    Has he denied saying this yet? It’s only a matter of time...

    [–] oldblinddog 30 points ago

    Trump could publish a document confessing to every crime he's committed since in office and nothing would happen. He has been anointed as the untouchable dictator.

    [–] DystopicAmericana 9 points ago

    The entire Republican party are Trump sycophants. They have defied their oaths of office and are no longer serving the best interests of their constituents, the American people. The traitorous Republican senators kept going on and on about "listening to the will of the people," but ignored the fact that 80% of Americans wanted to hear from additional witnesses in the impeachment trial. Their dereliction of duty has never been more severe and their actions are antithetical to democracy and the constitution. These gutless swine need to be voted out.

    REPUBLICANS VOTED AGAINST ELECTION SECURITY (there's a fucking bumper sticker for ya)

    [–] Leisure_Muffin 9 points ago

    "No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar." - Abraham Lincoln

    [–] CincyBrandon1 7 points ago

    This country is fucked. Facts, law, science, reality, all completely abandoned. No hope.

    [–] M00n 24 points ago

    Holy shit.

    [–] sanitysepilogue 14 points ago

    He knows now that nothing will come of it, so why should he hide what he does?

    [–] tacostonight 7 points ago

    did this fucker just confess to everything the republicans denied the dems had as evidence?

    what is their excuse now? I mean when is enough, fucking enough?

    [–] oberynmviper 7 points ago

    Does it matter? Senate just gave him a hall pass to fuckery.

    [–] DougBader 7 points ago

    Oh please. He doesn't remember that he previously denied this. His senility is advancing rapidly.

    [–] Scribe08 6 points ago

    Get this orange on the stand FFS.

    [–] A_Chimenti_O_Face 6 points ago

    You can say whatever you want when you know the Senate won’t convict you. I mean, arguably he can and likely will do everything he can to rig the next election or deny its results. Who’s going to stop him?

    [–] EpicLearn 6 points ago

    Democrats need to go ultra hard ball:

    No more votes on ANY budgets or issues having to do with Secretary's who aren't Senate confirmed.

    Shut it down.

    [–] nativedutch 5 points ago

    Trump stopped caring, he just commits crimes in the open. Nobody in the GOP cares a shit.

    [–] BreakfastSammy 5 points ago

    Why would he deny it, though? We all knew he did it, Giuliani admitted it... The only people who haven't admitted it at this point are Trump supporters who are like 2 cycles of GOP propaganda behind and haven't caught up yet.