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#EndorseThis: Triumph The Insult Comic Dog Hosts Focus Group Of Real Trump Voters

What makes Trump supporters so loyal to a president who is wrecking the country and the world is one of the great mysteries of our time. And the latest political scientist to ponder this problem is Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog, whose obscene, cigar-chomping wisecracks you may recall from his many appearances on Saturday Night Live.

Now working as a "correspondent" for Stephen Colbert's Late Show, Triumph recently convened a focus group of real live Trump supporters to discuss current issues, such as the dismantling of Confederate statues and unemployment. The group watched some fictional Trump-Pence campaign ads to gauge their reaction to potentially extreme proposals by their idol.

Even Triumph, who always presumes human stupidity, was exasperated by their answers.

It's uproariously funny, the way only a gang of mindless Trumpists can be.



#EndorseThis: CNN Fact-Checker Shuts Down Trump's 'Fire Hose Of Lying'

Watching Donald Trump's ABC News Town Hall for 90 minutes was surely a grueling experience – and not something most sane people would endure voluntarily. Besides, everyone knows without watching that Trump must have lied and lied, because that's what happens whenever he opens his mouth.

But you didn't need to watch Trump in order to learn about his latest outrageous falsehoods, because Daniel Dale is paid to do it for you. Yes, CNN's brilliant (and tireless) fact-checking reporter took notes on the whole damned fiasco, which he described to Don Lemon as "a gusher of lies." Just watching him recite a long list of those falsehoods is hilarious, but the fun doesn't stop there.

Just click.


#EndorseThis: Hey, How Did $800M Disappear Into That Trump Campaign Money Pit?

Among the most uplifting stories of this election season is the news that the Trump campaign appears to be running out of money -- almost like an Atlantic City casino or an inedible brand of beefsteaks. Many of "the best people" he hired to run his 2016 campaign ended up as felons, but what about this year's geniuses? They've been canceling ad buys and campaign events because the campaign is broke, and now Trump is promising to put up $100 million of his own funds. (It sounds a lot like his claim that Mexico would pay for the border wall.)


Where did all that money go? While Trump's numbers went down, Brad Parscale's net worth went up. So he bought a lot of fancy cars and houses.

Now our friends at the Lincoln Project have released a very amusing ad to celebrate the campaign's near-bankruptcy, titled "Don the Con," for obvious reasons. Never try to con a conman! Unless his name is Trump.

Just click.


#EndorseThis: Trump 'Not At All Concerned' Over Virus Infecting Voters At His Nevada Rally

Donald Trump defended his decision to defy coronavirus mitigation orders in order to hold a packed indoor rally in Henderson, Nevada, on Sunday night, saying that he was far away from the thousands of maskless attendees who were defying social distancing orders.

"I'm on a stage, and it's very far away," Trump said in an interview with a reporter from the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "And so I'm not at all concerned."

Trump expressed no concern in the interview for the thousands of his supporters who defied all social distancing orders to pack into the indoor rally, most of them not wearing masks, putting themselves at risk of contracting the deadly virus, which has to date killed 193,950 people in the United States.


#EndorseThis: Can Donald Recite The Pledge Of Allegiance? Melania Didn't Even Try

Only weeks ago, Donald Trump (and many of his eager minions) accused Democrats of eliminating the words "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance at their convention. That was a fairly typical lie from an impious politician who is constantly trying to persuade gullible Christians of his fervent religiosity. (He doesn't know a single Bible verse either, but never mind. They don't.)

Flash forward to the commemoration of 9/11 on its 19th anniversary at Shanksville, PA, where Flight 93 crashed on that tragic day. Donald and Melania Trump showed up, stood there dutifully while an announcer recited the pledge, and...flubbed. Watch the video and it's clear that Trump doesn't really know all the words. He conspicuously omits "under God." As for Melania, she doesn't care enough to even move her lips.

Can they get anything right? Yeah, that's a stupid question.



#EndorseThis: How Trump Encourages White Nationalist Violence And Terror

Now a Department of Homeland Security whistleblower has pointed America's attention to what has been obvious for years: White nationalist terrorism is a major threat to our lives and liberty -- and the Trump administration has done far too little to address this burgeoning menace. In fact, as this MeidasTouch video shows, Donald Trump has provoked and encouraged racist violence from the beginning of his presidency.

Trump deserves plenty of blame for this toxic excrescence, but too many of his fellow Republicans have gone along. The Republican leadership even allows QAnon, the anti-Semitic and racist conspiracy movement, to co-opt the party's Congressional candidates.

Why won't Republicans isolate these extremists and protect Lincoln's legacy?




#EndorseThis: When Trump Told The Truth About Covid-19 (For Just Under One Minute)

Whenever Donald Trump or any of his abject minions needs to defend this administration's horrendous abdication on coronavirus, the canned answer is that "nobody knew" how dangerous Covid-19 would prove to be. Of all Trump's thousands of lies, that may turn out to be the worst, because it has cost tens of thousands of American lives – with no end in sight.

The peculiar thing about Trump, however, is that he almost always confesses his crimes in public. He says the quiet part out loud. And that's what he did when journalist and author Bob Woodward interviewed him about the pandemic (for his new book Rage). Which the Lincoln Project has turned into a handy short video, suitable for sharing.

As the election approaches – and Trump tries to pretend he led the nation through this catastrophe – it's vital to remember every moment when the ugly truth emerged. Yes, #TrumpKnew.


Leaked Details From Michael Cohen's Shocking Trump Memoir

Revealing details of Michael Cohen's forthcoming book were reported over the weekend after The Washington Post obtained a copy.

"President Trump's longtime lawyer and personal fixer, Michael Cohen, alleges in a new book that Trump made 'overt and covert attempts to get Russia to interfere in the 2016 election' and that the future commander in chief was also well aware of Cohen's hush-money payoff to adult-film star Stormy Daniels during that campaign," according to the Post.

The former Trump lawyer's book, titled Disloyal: A Memoir, will be released on Tuesday. It recounts dozens of stunning and occasionally salacious episodes, notably explaining Trump's connection with the Kremlin.

Trump admired Vladimir Putin, writes Cohen, because he wrongly believed that the Russian president is " the richest man in the world by a multiple." Trump loved Putin, Cohen wrote, "because the Russian leader had the ability 'to take over an entire nation and run it like it was his personal company — like the Trump Organization, in fact.

"Trump's sycophantic praise of the Russian leader during the 2016 campaign began as a way to suck up and ensure access to the oligarch's money after he lost the election," the Post reports. But Cohen says Trump also believed that Putin's hatred Hillary Clinton, which dated back to her support for the 2011 protest movement in Russia, "could strengthen Trump's hand in the United States."

Cohen also disclosed details of the plans for Trump Tower Russia — and notes that Ivanka Trump was deeply involved in the project.

"Cohen says the Trump Tower plans called for a 120-story building in Red Square, including 30 floors devoted to a five-star hotel with an Ivanka Trump-branded spa and Trump restaurants, and 230 high-end condominiums for Russian oligarchs and leaders," reported the Post. "Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter, who is now a senior White House adviser, even selected the proposed tower's high-end finishes."

Cohen also says that Trump admired apartheid-era South Africa, ridiculed his own evangelical supporters, mocked Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama in racist terms, rand shared his overly enthusiastic admiration for Cohen's then-15-year-old daughter.

"Look at that piece of ass," Trump reportedly said. "I would love some of that."



#EndorseThis: Biden Slaps Trump Over Reported Insults To American Troops

Today in Wilmington, Delaware, Joe Biden delivered a scorching response to Donald Trump's reported remarks belittling American troops. Beginning quietly but with increasing fury and dismay, Biden let the president know how little he appreciated the suggestion that his late son Beau Biden – and Beau's fallen comrades in Iraq – were "suckers" or "losers."

America has a "truly sacred obligation" to those in uniform who uphold "duty, honor, country" and their families. Biden promised not to disappoint them if he becomes commander-in-chief.

Listen to the full ten minutes. This is how a real president speaks.



#EndorseThis: Every Annoying Trump Bot On Twitter -- In 43 Seconds

Are you on Twitter? OK, but have you been on Twitter anytime during the past four or five years? You must have noticed the legions of Trump supporters whose style, avatars, and self-descriptions seem...redundant. As if they were pseuds, not people, cooked up by an Internet bucket-shop somewhere in Russia and dispatched here to simulate politically useful categories of human: suburban women, disgruntled Democrats, alienated people of color, patriotic veterans...

If this sounds eerily familiar, watch Kylie Brakeman -- comedian, comedy writer, and improv actor -- instantaneously and exhaustingly reproduce the panoply of Trump social media identities in well under a minute.

Or as she put it, "this is every trump bot account." She's hilarious and dead on. Just hit play.



#EndorseThis: Trump Just Threw A Twitter Tantrum Over This Lincoln Project Ad

Donald Trump threw a big fat Twitter tantrum over "Ratings," the latest Lincoln Project ad – which mocks his Republican convention's weak ratings against the Democrats.

In his usual style, he boldly lied: "We had FAR more people (many millions) watching us at the RNC than did Sleepy Joe and the DNC, and yet an ad just ran saying the opposite."


The truth is that the Democratic convention, including Joe Biden's excellent acceptance speech, enjoyed an audience of millions more than Trump. But don't you want to see the ad that shook Trump so badly? He must have really hated it, especially when the female narrator says, "You're tired. It's hard to keep your…ratings…up."

Click and cackle.

#EndorseThis: Doc Rivers Watched GOP Convention -- And Wasn't Amused

Doc Rivers, the basketball legend and Los Angeles Clippers coach, said what must be acknowledged now by every decent person in this country. Watching the wanton brutality visited on Black people who have been convicted of no crime, from George Floyd to Breonna Taylor, Rivers told reporters: "You don't need to be black to be outraged. You need to be American to be outraged." It is affecting to listen to him express his frustration with Republican fear-mongering -- and wonder why America doesn't love its Black citizens the way that they have loved her.

His brief emotional statement, posted by the Lincoln Project, is worth watching -- and sharing.

Oh yeah -- he wants you to vote.



'Patriot Prayer' Activist Shot Dead In Portland After Parade Of Armed Trump Supporters


Following the arrival of a caravan of armed Trump supporters in Portland on Saturday, their confrontation with Black Lives Matter protesters escalated into a shooting incident that left one man dead. He was idenfitied escended on Portland to confront anti-racist protesters in an incident that resulted in at least one fatal shooting.

More than 36 hours later, law enforcement authorities have released few details about the incident. Portland police have not yet identified the victim, who was shot in the chest. Although they have confirmed that the killing is being investigated as a homicide, they have yet to arrest a suspect.

The evening of violence began with a "Trump 2020 Cruise Rally in Portland," which came into the city from nearby Clackamas, Oregon. Video footage from CNN affiliate KOIN showed pickup trucks with Trump 2020 flags prominently displayed.

Portland police sought to keep the caravan from entering the downtown area, according to Police Chief Chuck Lovell, but a number of vehicles were able to "come into the downtown core." Violence soon broke out between the Trump rallygoers and anti-racist counter-demonstrators, as videos posted by a New York Times reporter showed.

A witness to the shooting who posted some video on Facebook told CNN that he "didn't hear much lead up to it."

"I heard like three seconds of yelling and saw a guy spray bear mace," he told CNN. "The victim sprayed mace and launched it right into the other guy." CNN reported that it has not confirmed whether the victim is the person who sprayed mace.

CNN and other news outlets reported that he man who died was wearing a hat with the insignia of Patriot Prayer, a far-right group that has clashed with protesters in the past.


#EndorseThis: Why Steve Bannon's Arrest Was So Thrilling For Colbert

Among the perps missing from Donald Trump's White House audience of Republican super-spreaders last night was Steve Bannon, his 2016 campaign chief – who, like every other Trump 2016 campaign chief has run afoul of the law. But at least Bannon drew some attention from Stephen Colbert in a segment detailing the sensational fraud allegations against him and his "We Build The Wall" gang.

This is one of Colbert's strongest segments since the pandemic began – perhaps because he got into a little confrontation with the "Wall" gang last month. You see, after the Late Show aired a segment on their little wall's shoddy construction, they sent out a fundraising email claiming that "Stephen Colbert lied on his show and said that the Wall YOU built is 'falling apart.'"

Of course it is falling apart, just like their scam. So when Colbert learned that Bannon had been arrested on a Chinese billionaire's super-villain yacht, he experienced what he calls a "schadengasm."

You can figure out what that means. Click and chortle.


#EndorseThis: Former Trump DHS Official Says He Threatens Our Security

Elizabeth Neumann is an honest conservative. She voted for Donald Trump in 2016 and later accepted a position in the Department of Homeland Security. In a new ad from Republican Voters Against Trump, Neumann describes herself as "first and foremost a follower of Jesus Christ" -- and explains that she chose Trump primarily because she opposes abortion rights.

As a DHS official responsible for counter-terrorist policy, however, Neumann saw what she could not deny: Trump's racism encourages white supremacist violence that is endangering the nation's security. And then she watched in horror as the coronavirus pandemic unfolded, with Trump obstructing every federal effort to mitigate its deadly impact. He betrayed the nation for his own political convenience, again and again.

This is a powerful statement from a woman who never expected to support a Democrat for president. You won't be surprised by her conclusion, but you will be moved.



#EndorseThis: 'Kellywise' Is How We'll Always Remember Kellyanne

Kellyanne Conway is leaving the Trump White House to "spend more time with her family," as the saying goes. Tonight she will deliver a valedictory speech at the Republican National Convention – which is certain to feature her trademark toxic fog of "alternative facts" and partisan malevolence.

But everyone in the news business is sure to miss Kellyanne when she's gone. (Especially if she's replaced by a full-goose loony like Kimberly Guilfoyle.) Cable hosts found her overwhelming zeal for televised throwdowns, her backstabbing White House shenanigans, her capacity to spit loud, rapid-fire lies exhausting yet somehow compelling.

How did we really feel about Kellyanne? Nobody captured her dark magic like the great Kate McKinnon in this classic Saturday Night Live sketch, titled "Kellywise."

Creepy as hell, it will make you shudder – and cackle.


Anti-Abortion Speaker Said Husbands Should Control Wives’ Votes

Abby Johnson, an anti-abortion activist who spoke last night at the Republican National Convention, has urged a return to what she calls "household voting" -- meaning that wives should obey their husbands on all decisions related to politics.

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