Donald Trump may be psychologically impervious to feeling shame for his actions. But some other members of his administration seem all too easy to humiliate for their association with him. On Martin Luther King Day, Mike Pence and his wife attended a ceremony at the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Maryland.
Mandel, a staunch tea party favorite who already ran against Brown in 2012, was an extremist candidate famous for his bald-faced lies about his Democratic opponent, including that he urged protestors to poop on police cruisers, that he invented outsourcing, and that he was behind the private jet exemption in the GOP tax scam.
One year ago, the Democratic Party and liberal activists were devastated. They had been wiped out at every level, President Barack Obama was on his way out, and Donald Trump was assembling an administration of terrifyingly extreme and unqualified right wing crusaders, ready to break down and all but demolish many of our civil institutions.
Moore — a twice-fired state supreme court justice and accused child molester — filed a complaint alleging that there were too many black voters for his loss to be real, based in part on the work of an “elections expert” who “has claimed to have ‘mathematically proved a conspiracy to assassinate’ President John F. Kennedy.”
Donald Trump and his hardcore defenders have spent the past few months picking a public fight with special counsel Robert Mueller, in a coordinated effort to try to manipulate public perception and discredit any potential wrongdoing by Trump that he might find — and possibly, warm people to the idea of firing him.
Desperate to take the heat off of their own unpopularity and Donald Trump’s legal problems, a group of House Republicans led by Rep. Devin Nunes are aggressively trying to investigate the FBI and DOJ. They are convinced there was a conspiracy at these agencies to help Hillary Clinton, even though they likely cost her the election.
Now that the House has passed the GOP tax scam — with only 12 Republicans voting against it and zero Democrats supporting it — and it is heading to the Senate Tuesday night for a final vote, it is worth considering how shockingly little Republicans know about their own bill.
Republicans have for months deluded themselves that giant tax cuts for corporations and billionaires are the answer to all their problems. Sen. Lindsey Graham said it is the only thing that can save their House majority. Many other GOP lawmakers have said that without the tax scam passed by next year, their donors will cut them off.
None of the details of this secret deal are yet known. Any of the horrifying provisions of the House and Senate bills, from taxing graduate students to ending the health insurance mandate to eliminating credits the middle class relies on, could have made it in.