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Trump Delivers Angry, Divisive Speech At Mt. Rushmore Event

Beneath Mount Rushmore on the eve of Independence Day, President Trump addressed his holiday remarks to his narrow base of angry white voters while charging that advocates of racial justice are promoting a "merciless campaign to wipe out our history."

Trump focused on efforts by a few protesters to take down monuments and statues honoring figures who benefited from slavery, including Civil War generals and previous presidents.

"This movement is openly attacking the legacies of every person on Mount Rushmore," warned Trump. He said that protesters want to "defame our heroes, erase our values and indoctrinate our children."

"We will not be terrorized, we will not be demeaned, and we will not be intimidated by bad, evil people," he added. "It will not happen."

Trump also announced plans for an executive order to establish a "National Garden of American Heroes," a park featuring the statues of the "greatest Americans to ever live."

The Mt. Rushmore event had all the trappings of a campaign rally as his fans chanted "Four more years!" Clad in Trump 2020 shirts and MAGA hats, very few wore masks.

#EndorseThis: Lincoln Project Ad Humiliates 'Comrade Trump'

Those mischievous Never Trump Republicans (and ex-Republicans) who run the Lincoln Project know how to aim for the jugular – perhaps more keenly than any Democratic counterpart. What they produced this week, a brief ad titled "Fellow Traveler," may be their masterpiece.

Voiced in gloating Russian over an ominously triumphal Soviet score, it tells the glorious story of how Vladimir Putin divided America in 2016, elected Donald Trump, and is plotting a repeat performance this year. You can tell that these people -- GOP strategists Steve Schmidt, Rick Wilson, and Jennifer Horn, among others -- are seasoned political assassins: the graphics, the sound, the tightly scripted message all attest to their craft.

This ad is a must-see and a must-share, especially in light of the Afghanistan "bounty" scandal.

Just click.


#EndorseThis: Randy Serenades Trump To 'Cover Your Freakin' Face'

Are you irritated by the countless idiots out in public places without masks? Are you most irked by that imbecile in the Oval Office who refuses to wear a face covering -- and thus encourages his stupid followers to go unmasked?

So is musical satirist Randy Rainbow – and he's written a timely new tune.

"Cover Your Freakin' Face" is set quite perfectly to "Put On A Happy Face," although its theme is a bit less sunny. The lyrics are witty as ever, the performance and production superb as always – and with subtitles you can sing along.

It's ideal for sharing, especially with those aforementioned idiots, should you happen to know any.

Click and enjoy.


#EndorseThis: Sacha Baron Cohen (In Disguise) Pranks Militia Rally

Long known for luring political leaders into giving interviews that later turn out to be deeply embarrassing, Sacha Baron Cohen turned his wiles on the militia movement last weekend. He showed up at an Olympia, Washington "freedom" rally, clothed in rural style, accompanied by a bluegrass band that accompanied him as he took the stage.

He quickly began chanting a tune with deeply offensive and racist lyrics -- vowing to "lock up" and "chop up" every right-wing target from Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to Bill Gates and Tony Fauci. The chorus goes something like this: "Mask-wearers. What we gonna do? Inject them with the Wuhan flu. Journalists. What we gonna do? Chop 'em up like the Saudis do."

And not too surprisingly, at Cohen's urging, a number of the good ole boys sang along with gusto. Which must have been his point. When the militia guys caught onto him and rushed the stage, he fled the scene in a waiting ambulance.

In this video, the event's organizer insists afterward that nobody sang along and that the crowd booed instead. He says they beat Cohen at his own game. See what you think.




#EndorseThis: Sarah Cooper Does That Trump-Hannity 'Town Hall'

"How to second term," Sarah Cooper's latest TikTok video, is a skit with two characters: Her favorite target Donald Trump and his favorite sycophant Sean Hannity.

In Cooper's super-short lip-sync from last week's actual "Town Hall" interview on Fox News, Hannity tries to ask the president what he might do if re-elected. Although Trump has no policies or plans, he has other matters on his mind -- notably, his revulsion over "that idiot [John] Bolton." Meanwhile, playing Hannity, Sarah is sketching dreamy notes {"SeanTrump," with two hearts) on a pad in red marker.

It's slightly surreal. Just like our current reality.

Trump Claims He Was Never Briefed About Russian Bounty On US Soldiers


President Trump denied on Sunday that American spy agencies ever briefed him about intelligence showing that Russia had offered rewards to Taliban-linked militants for killing US troops in Afghanistan. Trump bristled in tweets excoriating the report by The New York Times as "Probably just another phony Times hit job, just like their failed Russia Hoax."

"Nobody briefed or told me, @VP Pence, or Chief of Staff @MarkMeadows about the so-called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan by Russians, as reported through an 'anonymous source' by the Fake News @nytimes,"

"Everybody is denying it & there have not been many attacks on us...."

"Nobody's been tougher on Russia than the Trump Administration."

Citing anonymous official sources, the newspaper said Trump was briefed on the US intelligence findings in March, but has not decided how to respond. The Times investigation has since been confirmed by The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal.

According to the Times, US intelligence officials learned that a Russian military intelligence unit had offered "bounties" to Taliban fighters to kill soldiers belonging to of the US-led NATO coalition in Afghanistan.

#EndorseThis: Trevor Noah Exposes 'Deadly Strain Of Stupidity'

At this point, Trevor Noah must be starting to wonder why ever left South Africa for the United States. Watching people in Florida protest against mandatory masks at a county government meeting -- in a crazy clip that went viral -- was like realizing that you've checked into the world's largest insane asylum.

Noah listened in horror as the Palm Beach weirdos ranted about the deadly dangers of masks and threatened the county health authorities with "citizens arrest." Meanwhile the Sunshine State marked its highest-ever rate of infections with 9,000 new cases yesterday.

"Yes, it appears America isn't just dealing with a deadly strain of coronavirus, it's also dealing with a deadly strain of stupidity," Noah observes. "If wearing masks killed people, there would be no doctors, no dentists, and no hockey goalies. Every hockey game would end with a score of 1,000 to 980. Why are we even arguing with these idiots?"

Good question! But at least the Daily Show host has a few snappy answers for stupid people.



#EndorseThis: Colbert Identifies 'Well-Known Disease Vector' In Arizona

Stephen Colbert takes a few minutes to review the evisceration of our laws that allowed former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to go free, after twice confessing to felony offenses (and selling out his office to a foreign power). Colbert notes that the two US Appeals Court judges who sprang the retired general were Republican operatives -- including a right-wing extremist appointed to the bench by Donald Trump last year.

But that's just the hors d'oeuvre because America is in mu9ch bigger trouble. Coronavirus is spiking across 26 states, including new daily highs of 5,000 cases plus in Florida and Texas. One of the biggest surges is in Arizona where, as Colbert put it, "another well-known disease vector" showed up on Wednesday. Trump flew there to deliver a speech to a crowd of 3,000 young nimrods, packed together with very few wearing masks.

"Do you feel the spirit?" asked Trump as the kids hooted. Oh yeah, it's in the air! And if you don't feel it now, you will soon enough.

Dark humor is all we have right now.


#EndorseThis: Colbert Narrates Trump's Visit To His Border Wall

If Trump felt sad about his pitiful Tulsa rally, what better way to cheer himself up than to visit his cherished border wall? Never mind that the wall as he envisioned it can never be completed (let alone paid for by Mexico).

As Stephen Colbert explains, even Trump's diminished substitute for the original wall isn't meeting expectations. And of course -- as Colbert further elaborates -- the president is lying about the building of that dinky, entirely useless barrier.

According to Colbert, Trump is also preoccupied with proving his mental acuity, and refers often in White House meetings to a cognitive exam he took two years ago. If you find that reassuring, you're a Trump cultist. And you won't find this monologue funny at all.

It's hilarious. Just click.


#EndorseThis: Sarah Cooper's Tulsa Takedown Is Final

Perhaps we should move on from Trump's comeback rally in Tulsa -- which turned out so poorly for him and his campaign yet so well for the nation and the world. We enjoyed the boasting by his campaign manager Brad Parscale, the tiny crowd that actually showed up, the saga of the TikTok and K-pop kids who gamed the ticketing, and Trump's dejected return to the White House. But it's over now, right?

Well. almost over: The final commentary on this fiasco is owned by comedian Sarah Cooper, who delivers her performance using Trump's own words as usual.

How To Empty Seat is so short and yet so sweet.



#EndorseThis: Ted Lieu Trolls Trump In 15 Seconds Or Less

With the help of his children, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) has released one of the simplest, funniest, and shortest campaign ads ever. Is video of the Congressman drinking a glass of water really campaign advertising? You'll have to decide, but this pithy video surely confirms Lieu's reputation as one of Donald Trump's sharpest critics. Now we know he's a funny guy, too.

This is trolling as performance art. Enjoy.

#EndorseThis: Seth Meyers Finds Bolton -- And Trump -- Despicable

Seth Meyers has a point: By now, we all know who and what Trump is, and the answer isn't complicated. As Seth says, "There's just one layer -- a thick epidermis of Botox-infused pancake skin wrapped around a dark, howling void where a soul should be."

Which should mean that tell-all books about this president and his evil banality are redundant. But John Bolton's new book may be different. Bolton is implicated in the worst foreign policy decisions of the past two decades, right up to Trump's decision to disband the global pandemic unit in the National Security Council. And yes, he's just as morally reprehensible as Trump.

But the details of Trump's subservient pleadings to the Chinese dictator and his idiotic entreaties to the North Korean dictator are still revealing, horrifying – and darkly amusing. Seth imagines Trump and Bolton ending up as cellmates in the Hague.

Now that would be a great buddy movie!

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#EndorseThis: Sarah Cooper Does Trump's Madness In 45 Seconds

If you don't know the comedian Sarah Cooper yet, consider her latest Trump TikTok impression. In 45 seconds, she perfectly captures the loopy, mentally lazy, and extremely dangerous president. She brings a bright, brief dose of levity to these midnight times.

Click and chortle. (And don't forget to follow @sarahcpr on Twitter!)

#EndorseThis: MeidasTouch Smacks Senate's Silent Cowards

The bold new political action committee known as MeidasTouch ("Because Truth Is Golden") has posted a new video ad – and its depiction of the most craven responses to Trump are going viral. Now #GOPCowards is trending on social media.

The video highlights Trump's troubling tweets, juxtaposed with clips of Republican Senators fleeing from reporters --including Ted Cruz (R-TX), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Martha McSally (R-AZ), Rick Scott (R-FL) and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

Watching them scurry away is both amusing and infuriating.

Just click.

Trump Threatens Bolton With 'Criminal Problems’ Over Book

Donald Trump has threatened his former national security adviser, John Bolton, with a vague "criminal problem" if the former national security adviser proceeds to publish a memoir that describes the president's foreign policy as perilous, self-serving, and possibly unlawful.

While Trump pointed to Attorney General William Barr as the source of any potential charges against Bolton, he strongly suggested that his estranged adviser will encounter imminent legal problems. "We'll see what happens. They're in court — or they'll soon be in court," Trump said about the book, set to be released early next week.

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#EndorseThis: Lincoln Project Burns Flag Of Treason (And Trump)

The dissident Republicans of the Lincoln Project -- including George Conway III, Rick Wilson, John Weaver, and Steve Schmidt -- have produced several of this cycle's most compelling political ads. These Never Trumpers know how to go negative.

Their latest effort punctures the antebellum pretensions of those Trumpsters (and outright fascists) who strut around with the Stars and Bars. It is, as perhaps they should have acknowledged years ago, the banner of treason -- and now even NASCAR admits that it must go. Only Trump still defends it.

This ad is short but pithy. Enjoy it patriotically.