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Monday, December 10, 2018

President Donald Trump on Monday dismissed payments to alleged mistresses just before the 2016 presidential election as "a simple private transaction," disputing claims by prosecutors that they amounted to a conspiracy to evade campaign finance laws.

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"You lousy smocking cork-soakers-- you have violated my fargin' rights. Dis som-a-num-batching country was founded so that the liberties of common patriotic citizens (like me) could not be taken away by a bunch of fargin' iceholes... like yourselves.

- Donald J. Trump

#1 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2018-12-10 01:48 PM | Reply | Funny: 4

Trump's smocking gun:

www.popularairsoft.com

#2 | Posted by truthhurts at 2018-12-10 01:51 PM | Reply

According to him, he wasn't even aware of said 'simple private transaction.'

Smells fishy to me. Almost impeachment fishy.

#3 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-12-10 01:51 PM | Reply

Smells fishy to me. Almost impeachment fishy.

#3 | POSTED BY RSTYBEACH11 AT 2018-12-10 01:51 PM

Do you really want President Pence over Hart/Edwards style hush money?

I'm pretty sure the DNC wouldn't make that trade.

#4 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-12-10 01:59 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#4
Nobody gives a flying fig what you think the DNC wants.

#5 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2018-12-10 02:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

#5

Why don't you answer the question, bitter old man...

#6 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-12-10 02:08 PM | Reply

I'll take a President Pence. He will be a caretaker until 2020, after which time he will go back to his gas station business in Indiana...

#7 | Posted by catdog at 2018-12-10 02:10 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 3

I'm pretty sure the DNC wouldn't make that trade.
#4 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

I'm neither a Democrat nor a spokesman for the DNC, but I sure as hell would prefer Pence right now over the Dotard and his pack of nepotists.

#8 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-12-10 02:12 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Yes, as faux-Christian and rightist as Pence is, at least he's a fairly conventional Republican. Trump is in no way a normal human being, so the usual strategies of negotiation, or even ordinary conversation, are pointless.

#9 | Posted by cbob at 2018-12-10 02:17 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

- Do you really want President Pence

Absolutely. He'll be ignored by everyone concerned for two years and we won't have the Human Dumpster in the WH.

#10 | Posted by Corky at 2018-12-10 02:28 PM | Reply

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#8

I agree with you, but from a political standpoint, it will be easier to defeat the Trumpster Fire in 2020 than Pence if the economy stays stable. If it goes into the tank before 2020 then the DNC won't care.

#11 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-12-10 02:28 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#11

I don't think he will be ignored, and if Trump is forced out his base will rally around Pence in force come election time.

He may suffer from the Ford Effect, but since Pence has done a good job of keeping his distance from the insanity it will be harder to defeat a President Pence than you might think.

#12 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-12-10 02:30 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I agree with you, but from a political standpoint, it will be easier to defeat the Trumpster Fire in 2020 than Pence if the economy stays stable. If it goes into the tank before 2020 then the DNC won't care.

#11 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

I repeat:
Nobody gives a flying fig what you think the DNC wants.

#13 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2018-12-10 02:40 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"...and if Trump is forced out his base will rally around Pence in force come election time." - #12 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-12-10 02:30 PM

A lot of that would depend on the mechanism by which President Fat Clemenza is forced out. And I just don't see him as a quitter in that regard. So anything that had even the slightest scent of Pence on it would backfire tremendously against a President Pence running for election in 2020.

And unless he's sitting in a jail cell (doubtful), Trump will be Tweeting just as much, and holding rallies.

One look at the most recent election cycle showed that Trump's rallies, like his Tweets, were mostly about himself and not so much for the candidates he was obstinately campaigning for.

Would Trump really rally for Pence? Or would he subtly (or not-so-subtly) sabotage that effort?

Just where would the Trump base focus their rage?

I would gamble that it would be not-so-comfortable time for the GOP, from local races through the national one.

#14 | Posted by Hans at 2018-12-10 02:43 PM | Reply

- easier to defeat the Trumpster Fire in 2020 than Pence

Absurdism in a bucket. Pence couldn't win election as National Dog Catcher, much less President.

#15 | Posted by Corky at 2018-12-10 02:45 PM | Reply

Why don't you answer the question

#6 | Posted by Rightocenter

I think we should deal with our fear of Pence after we deal with our fear of Trump. Impeach him if we can; indict him surely.

Donald Trump is going to prison.

#16 | Posted by Zed at 2018-12-10 02:52 PM | Reply


Lemme see...

- nothingburgers

- nothing happened

- if it did happen, he didn't know about it

- he knew about it, but it's not illegal

- it's illegal, but a jury wouldn't convict

- Pence will win re-election in 2020.

(I may have missed a few intermediate steps...)

#17 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-12-10 03:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

If I am indicted I can resign and Pence will pardon me

#18 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2018-12-10 03:08 PM | Reply

Do you really want President Pence over Hart/Edwards style hush money?
I'm pretty sure the DNC wouldn't make that trade.

#4 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

I will take justice and the rule of law. Let politics fall where they may.

Allowing Republicans to get away with this level of corruption and lawlessness is a precedent that I do not want to set. If all you care about is winning... go be a Republican. There are things that matter more than winning. There are things that matter more than one party. Such as the future of this country.

Not just 6 months in the future, or 2 years, or 4 years, or 10 years. The things we do now will be recorded and analyzed as long as this country exists. Winning the next election is nothing compared to ensuring that this country stays on the right footing for the generations that will inherit it from us.

#19 | Posted by gtbritishskull at 2018-12-10 03:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 7

Winning the next election is nothing compared to ensuring that this country stays on the right footing for the generations that will inherit it from us.

#19 | POSTED BY GTBRITISHSKULL AT 2018-12-10 03:23 PM | REPLY | NEWSWORTHY 2

Amen.

#20 | Posted by cbob at 2018-12-10 04:14 PM | Reply

#13

And I repeat:

Why don't you answer the question, bitter old man...

#6 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER AT 2018-12-10 02:08 PM

I guess that may be past your now limited cognitive abilities, but why don't you put down the Bingo marker and give it a shot before naptime.

#21 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-12-10 04:21 PM | Reply

Pence is going to jail too. Hasn't anyone noticed that in Flynn's filing where it was documented that the Russians were in contact with Trump's Transition team on multiple occasions along with being told that Flynn was a security risk because the Russians knew he was lying? Pence was the HEAD of the transition team and has lied multiple times about knowing of Flynn's actions even when the House Judiciary wrote him a letter detailing these very concerns (which he acknowledged receipt of) not to mention his repeated denials that any Trumper had contact with Russians at all. He's complicit in any conspiracy as is anyone else involved in the Trump campaign. Trump is trying to throw him under the bus already for the whole thing. Why do you think stories about him dumping Pence started being published in the last two weeks?

#22 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-12-10 04:37 PM | Reply

Hey Chreestians, tell me again about your moral superiority and how Dems are the disgusting immoral ones.

Please oh please, for bonus points, explain how Trump squares with that mindset that you've spewed for decades while railing against the supposed immortality of Clinton and Obama being a fake Christian.

#23 | Posted by jpw at 2018-12-10 07:46 PM | Reply

Russia is making a documentary about this to air on Nyetflix

#24 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2018-12-11 05:14 AM | Reply | Funny: 4 | Newsworthy 1

"Russia is making a documentary about this to air on Nyetflix" - #24 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2018-12-11 05:14 AM

I see what you did there, AU! :-)

#25 | Posted by Hans at 2018-12-11 05:38 AM | Reply

#22 I think Trump realizes he is in big trouble and is planning his exit. He doesn't have original ideas, so he needs a VP that will pardon him and his feckless clan. If Pence won't do it, he will find someone who will.
Trump will spin a story that the deep state has backstabbed him, so he will resign and get his VP to pardon him. Then he will start an inside politics news show to allow him to attack his enemies. His base will believe him. Putin will see he continues to weaken the US, so he will let his kids live.

#26 | Posted by bored at 2018-12-11 12:39 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Payments to Women Not a 'Smocking Gun'

Unless they're being made by Bill Clinton.

He can't have it both ways.

#27 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2018-12-11 01:10 PM | Reply

#26 - big obstacle there. He can't just fire and replace Pence and Pence isn't going to resign on his own.

Also, a pardon doesn't protect Trump from State level charges. At this point I think the only way he avoids prosection is to negotiate a deal between Congress, the feds and NY AG to not impeach/prosecute in exchange for his resignation. And that is a long shot because I don't think the FBI or NY would go for that deal.

#28 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2018-12-11 01:41 PM | Reply

Remember Star Trek? "Smock's Brain"?

#29 | Posted by Zed at 2018-12-11 01:53 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

The symptoms of Tertiary Syphilis include:

• Brain (neurological) problems.
• Infection and inflammation of membranes around the brain and spinal cord. Causing -

• Personality changes
• Dementia
• Numbness

From having unprotected sex 10 years or more, hence.

Trump rans his "Mario Cart" barefoot. A well-known fact.

WINNING

#30 | Posted by getoffmedz at 2018-12-11 02:24 PM | Reply

President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign was fined $375,000 by the Federal Election Commission for campaign reporting violations -- one of the largest fees ever levied against a presidential campaign, POLITICO has learned.www.politico.com

It's in dispute as to whether on not [then candidate] trump had violated the law. As for impeachment, I guess they can do it just as with clinton, but that does not mean he's gone any more than billy was.

#31 | Posted by MSgt at 2018-12-11 02:46 PM | Reply

#31 - If you don't understand the differences, there's no point in even bothering with you. Your attempted false equivalences only make you look clueless.

#32 | Posted by YAV at 2018-12-11 02:54 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#31 - because a reporting violation is the exact same as conspiring to accept illegal donations and use campaign funds improperly, right?

#33 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2018-12-11 03:12 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#31 - If you don't understand the differences, there's no point in even bothering with you. Your attempted false equivalences only make you look clueless.

#32 | POSTED BY YAV AT 2018-12-11 02:54 PM | FLAG:

Well he's a right winger so...............

#34 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-12-11 03:14 PM | Reply

Cases are built on all sorts of direct and circumstantial evidence on a daily basis. "Smocking guns" are for bad movies and cop tv dramas.

#35 | Posted by JOE at 2018-12-11 03:27 PM | Reply

Cases are built on all sorts of direct and circumstantial evidence on a daily basis. "Smocking guns" are for bad movies and cop tv dramas.

POSTED BY JOE AT 2018-12-11 03:27 PM | REPLY

Maybe he was fantasizing about Stormy Daniels in a smock doing a "pricing" of his mushroom.

#36 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-12-11 03:30 PM | Reply

#31 - If you don't understand the differences, there's no point in even bothering with you. Your attempted false equivalences only make you look clueless.

#32 | POSTED BY YAV AT 2018-12-11 02:54 PM | FLAG: | FUNNY: 1 Since you are so '---- sure' let us see how it plays out, and if not to you liking, you always have Russia to fall back to :)

#37 | Posted by MSgt at 2018-12-12 12:54 PM | Reply

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