Trump presidency

Donald Trump is a bully, and like every bully, he has his sycophants. He’s also a father and like any father his children give him the benefit of the doubt. Unfortunately for Trump, Don Jr. and Eric aren’t doing him any favors — and Ivanka seems to have melted away.

The misogyny won’t die with dad.

Today it was Eric’s turn to take all that’s bad about his father and make it worse.

Here’s the background. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has taken the lead in combating sexual abuse in politics. She was instrumental in Al Franken’s promise to resign. And for the main course, she called on Trump to do likewise.

Trump Sr. reacted as expected — firing off his infamous tweet suggesting that Gillibrand was willing to prostitute herself. Only the mighty misogynist would fight sexual abuse claims with sexism. Further, he suggested that Gillibrand was begging for money —  because he likes to characterize politicians asking for donations as groveling toadies.

Then Eric piled on. Because nothing in politics makes more sense than demeaning the largest single voting bloc — women. You would have thought that the Alabama disaster would have chastened the Trumps. But the ‘watch this, Dad’ instinct runs deep in Eric. And so he echoed what he had heard before:

“I remember Kirsten Gillibrand when she came into his office every three days to ask him for money and ask for major campaign contributions,” Eric said in a Wednesday interview on WABC Radio with Rita Cosby. “There is no one who wanted to get into his office more than Kirsten Gillibrand.”

Every three days? How many times in total Eric? We’ve heard of one visit. And records show Trump gave her $1,050 in 2007, when she was a member of the House of Representatives, and $4,800 in 2010, after her appointment to the Senate. Hardly amounts that would have Gillibrand lusting to get into his office. And, for the non-mathematicians in the audience, that’s nothing in seven years.

And just to add a gratuitous sneer, Eric added

“She follows the whole Schumer playbook.”

Because this man-child, who needs his Dad to tell him how to think, cannot conceive of a US Senator standing on her own two intellectual feet.

Well Eric, should dear old Dad survive until 2020, he’ll find that Gillibrand isn’t a woman that can be pushed around. And should Gillibrand not be the chosen one, the Democrats have others.


Gillibrand Doesn’t Need to Beg. Unlike Trump, She Wins the Popular Vote Easily.

December 12, 2017

By now Trump latest offensive tweet has made the rounds, and the clear sexist language disparaging Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has been noted and scorned. Here’s the tweet: The “would do anything” is obvious sexual innuendo. But why should she do anything? Why should she beg? Unlike Trump, she wins her elections by huge margins in […]

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The Democrats Talked Tough on Franken and Let ‘Pussy-Grabber’ & the Pedophile Slide

December 7, 2017

Al Franken resigned. And he had to. There may be a debate about the relative seriousness of the various abuse claims. But the sheer number — now eight — made Franken’s position untenable. But the way the Democrats went about it was pathetic. They lost a man who had been good on women’s issues and got […]

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Trump Is a Character from A Greek Tragedy. Perhaps Icarus.

December 2, 2017

I have no expertise, training, or background in psychology. But that’s OK. For years conservatives have cast aspersions on knowledge – viewing it with suspicion. Now Trump has made expertise peripheral to advancement. God forbid that a job goes to someone who can do it. So, having established my credentials, let me offer my opinion of Donald Trump’s […]

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Roy Moore Is Still Alabama’s Most Likely Next Senator.

November 12, 2017

Republicans have to deal with a Senate candidate, Roy Moore, who has been accused of plying girls with alcohol and touching them up. In Alabama the local GOP’s answer is simple. They deny he did it and besides most of the accusers were at least 16 – so fair game for a 30-something. And that’s if the […]

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Trump Hires 70 Foreigners to Work at Mar-a-Lago.

November 4, 2017

Trump’s Mar-a-Lago has been given 70 H-B2 visas to hire temporary foreign hospitality staff for the 2017/18 winter season. They will be paid from $10.33 (for cleaners) to $13.34 (for cooks). Trump says he loves the American worker — but it’s just another lie. When questioned during the 2016 campaign about his hiring of foreign workers, Trump claimed that there […]

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The GOP Tax Cuts Are Just More Voodoo, Trickle-down, ‘Hurt the Worker’ Cynicism.

November 2, 2017

Republicans are shameless liars — especially when it comes to selling corporate care as populism. Take their tax cut bill. The cherry on the cupcake is the cut of the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20%. This cash-back to business is sold as a ‘job creator’ and ‘wage booster’ — but the real beneficiaries […]

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Fighting a ‘War on Drugs’ Is Pointless. We Have to Fight a ‘War on Addiction’

October 30, 2017

At 3 AM on Sunday morning, Carlos Andrade 22, stepped outside of the family’s Brooklyn home to smoke a cigarette with his father Joseph Andrade, 44. An hour later both he and dad were dead from a heroin/fentanyl overdose. They are mourned by their family and friends, but to everyone else, they are just two more names in the list of […]

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Whites Believe Whites are Discriminated Against.

October 25, 2017

By any standard, whites have it best in America. It’s tough for displaced workers of any stripe — or for any employee whose wages have stagnated — but if you are white, you are more likely to have a job. And your wages will be higher. But in a new poll, the majority of whites (55%) believe that whites […]

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