Trump Plays the Nepo Card Again

I've joked a few times I wouldn't be surprised if Trump were to make Ivanka his running mate -- or appoint Don Jr.'s girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle to be Attorney General if he gets re-elected (because she would dismiss the federal indictments against him, relieving him of the need to spend years in court debating whether he has the power to pardon himself).

But I missed the real mark: It's Eric's wife Lara Trump who Donald Trump is promoting for Co-Chair of the Republican Party.

Can no one in this family get where they want to go on their own credentials and experience? Apparently not. Except for Jared Kushner, who finally got it through his thick skull that he is rich enough not to have to step in the dog doo that follows his father-in-law everywhere he goes. In a recent interview, Jared says he won't be involved in a second Trump administration, should there be one.

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    Jared was well paid by the Saudis. (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Thu Feb 15, 2024 at 11:12:14 PM EST
    Meanwhile, everybody in the media distracted by the GOP's quixotic pursuit of Hunter Biden, which got somewhat messy today with Special Counsel David Weiss' indictment of their star witness, FBI informant Alexander Smirnov, on two felony counts: (1) Lying to the FBI about President Joe Biden's involvement in son Hunter's business affairs; and (2) Fabricating evidence to support those lies.

    Republicans are cruisin' for a real bruisin' this November.

    UPDATE: It appears that ... (5.00 / 1) (#19)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sun Feb 25, 2024 at 07:48:56 PM EST
    ... Alexander Smirnov is a Russian mole or at the very least, a useful idiot in the service of the FSB. Why am I not surprised?

    Russian intelligence's successful penetration of the Republican Party's political apparatus and the Trump campaign is likely the most significant breach in U.S. national security since FBI agent Robert Hanssen first approached Soviet Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) in 1979 to offer his services as a double agent.

    This is a very serious matter.


    Knee deep in Trump's sewage filled swamp (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by john horse on Fri Feb 16, 2024 at 11:59:56 AM EST
    There are already post election plans by Trump to decimate federal civil service.  If elected up to 50,00 civil service employees will lose their career protections and be replaced by political appointees.  We will then have a government that is only "responsive to the political desires of Trump rather than to the Constitution and the law."  This means that we will have a less competent government which may be what grifters like Trump want.

    Project 2025 (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Feb 16, 2024 at 01:53:21 PM EST
    and it's not just Trump. It's a plan for any Republican elected president.

    They want the government to fail. (none / 0) (#7)
    by desertswine on Fri Feb 16, 2024 at 02:54:26 PM EST
    Anybody Else Been Having Problems with TalkLeft? (5.00 / 1) (#27)
    by RickyJim on Tue Mar 05, 2024 at 10:29:30 AM EST
    For the past couple of weeks, it has been down more than it has been up.  Is this just me?

    Nope, not just you (none / 0) (#28)
    by Peter G on Tue Mar 05, 2024 at 11:13:10 AM EST
    Jeralyn has apparently been having repeated server issues.

    And Trump's (5.00 / 4) (#29)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Mar 13, 2024 at 08:05:12 AM EST
    idiot DIL is moving the RNC to Maralago I guess so they can collect rent and firing all the people that know how to run elections. What could go wrong? LOL.

    Loser (5.00 / 4) (#30)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Mar 18, 2024 at 05:49:14 PM EST

    Trump loses bid to block Michael Cohen, Stormy Daniels testimony at hush money trial

    No one seems very excited about this trial but I think it could be very bad for Trump.  Politically.  He is going to sit there day after day and there is going to be some very unsavory tales told.  Rehashed ad nauseum by the media.

    People are just starting to pay attention.

    Speaking (5.00 / 2) (#31)
    by FlJoe on Wed Mar 20, 2024 at 04:03:37 PM EST
    of keeping it in (crime) family, apparently Paul fkng Manafort is coming back, from Russia with love I guess.

    He seems intent (5.00 / 2) (#32)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Mar 20, 2024 at 05:30:21 PM EST
    on actually running on all the worst parts of Trumpism.  

    The corruption and malice is the platform.  

    The truth is if we elect him or allow him to take power some other way, God help us we deserve him.

    There won't be many voters who don't understand the stakes by November.  

    It ain't in God's hands it's in ours.


    I don't think (5.00 / 1) (#60)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Mar 26, 2024 at 05:25:28 PM EST
    Trump knows what is coming. Judge Juan Merchan does not suffer fools. Today he put a gag order on Trump. Trump went after Merchan's daughter. I hope she is safe. He is the judge that put Allen Weiselberg in prison twice. Of course, he's an immigrant from Colombia so I'm sure there will be "he can't be fair because he's Hispanic" rhetoric coming at him too.

    If nothing else (5.00 / 1) (#61)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Mar 26, 2024 at 05:50:01 PM EST
    weeks of great courtroom drawings of Trump scowling

    He's complaining (5.00 / 1) (#62)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Mar 26, 2024 at 05:55:11 PM EST
    he can't campaign because of the trial but I have started paying attention and he isn't campaigning. He does maybe one rally a week but spends most of his time golfing at Maralardo and whining on Truth Social.

    Tickled to read in this morning's news (5.00 / 4) (#66)
    by Peter G on Thu Apr 11, 2024 at 10:12:19 AM EST
    that the appellate judge who summarily denied a stay of the NYC hush-money trial, pending Tr*mp's bogus "emergency appeal" of Judge Merchan's order declining to recuse himself, was on old friend of ours, one of my wife's law school housemates, and the officiant at our eldest daughter's wedding.

    Nothing to worry about. (5.00 / 1) (#64)
    by KeysDan on Mon Apr 08, 2024 at 10:33:11 AM EST
    According to polling of 10 unvaccinated MAGAts in an Ohio diner, just as wearing a mask during the pandemic was a Socialist plot against freedom,  so too is the Biden supporters scheme of wearing glasses to observe the solar eclipse.

    We had a very good time eclipsing (5.00 / 2) (#65)
    by Peter G on Thu Apr 11, 2024 at 10:05:14 AM EST
    in Lake Placid (viewpoint at nearby Saranac Lake) NY, with our three grown daughters, their three excellent spouses and three grandchildren (ages 2, 5 and 6).  All 11 of us in a big, ridiculous, party-house-type AirBnB. Weather cooperated (after some anxiety about that). Very well planned by middle daughter and son-in-law.  And we got to visit the John Brown Farm (NY State Park) just a mile away, a well designed and educational monument to radical antiracism. The trek from home was about eight hours each way (to make the 6-1/2 hr non-stop drive). A friend just asked whether doing this made us "totalitarians."

    It's not (none / 0) (#1)
    by Ga6thDem on Thu Feb 15, 2024 at 02:50:46 PM EST
    about really qualifications or even family connections. It is about who will drain the RNC of all the funds and he knows Lara will do it. There is going to be zero money for downticket races in November.

    You say that (5.00 / 3) (#2)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Feb 15, 2024 at 03:46:12 PM EST
    like it's a bad thing.

    I can (none / 0) (#4)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Feb 16, 2024 at 04:36:41 AM EST
    see why you would think that from that post but I was just stating facts. You should see some of the Republicans that are apoplectic over this. I'm LMBO. Everytime something like this happens I'm like you had a lot of chances to get rid of Trump but yet here we are.

    Trump Ordered to pay $355 million (none / 0) (#9)
    by john horse on Fri Feb 16, 2024 at 04:36:41 PM EST
    Looks like Trump is going to need every penny of that RNC money.  He was just ordered to pay $355 million and can't do business in New York for three years.

    O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!


    Oh yes, Lara Trump... (none / 0) (#8)
    by desertswine on Fri Feb 16, 2024 at 04:34:37 PM EST
    Didn't she run some kind of Dog Rescue charity scam in Florida some years ago where the proceeds went to Trump?  Big Dog Ranch or something like that.

    I saw a clip of her (none / 0) (#10)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Feb 17, 2024 at 12:05:11 PM EST
    She is like the reverse of Trump.  Her neck and chest are the color of Trump's face, that being old leather, and her face encased in makeup is a normal skin tone.

    Lindseybelle (none / 0) (#12)
    by KeysDan on Sun Feb 25, 2024 at 12:18:33 PM EST
    says Lara Trump is the future of the Republican Party.  

    I hope he is right (5.00 / 2) (#13)
    by jmacWA on Sun Feb 25, 2024 at 03:00:55 PM EST
    because if she is the future, the future is the demise.

    The future (none / 0) (#17)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Feb 25, 2024 at 06:32:19 PM EST
    is a dead eyed zombie Barbie.  

    At (none / 0) (#11)
    by FlJoe on Sun Feb 25, 2024 at 08:47:05 AM EST
    least they don't come from a long line of criminals
    The Hill is out with my column in a recent discovery of the criminal history of the great-great-grandfather of Joe Biden. It turns out that the evasion of accountability may be something of a family trait acquired through generations of natural selection.

    By reaching back 204 years to 1820,... (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sun Feb 25, 2024 at 04:30:08 PM EST
    ... which was when Joe Biden's black sheep forebear Moses Robinette was born, in order to postulate that the president somehow inherited a tendency toward criminality, Jonathan Turley appears to be channeling the ghost of Theodore Kaczynski, because this level of twisted reasoning is skirting the frontiers of Unabomber Manifesto territory.

    To be clear, there is no scientific evidence of an increased genetic predisposition for illegal behavior, nor is there any legal basis for a practicing attorney to make such an absurd and disreputable claim.

    Shame on The Hill for wasting valuable bandwidth by publishing that frankly slanderous screed.

    Boo. Hiss.


    I (5.00 / 2) (#15)
    by FlJoe on Sun Feb 25, 2024 at 05:17:22 PM EST
    honestly thought this was parody.

    Well, it isn't. (5.00 / 1) (#18)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sun Feb 25, 2024 at 07:24:19 PM EST
    Rather, it's just incredibly irresponsible journalism on the part of The Hill's editors. But then, there seems to be a lot of that going around these days.

    One of my paternal grandfather's nine brothers (none / 0) (#20)
    by Peter G on Sun Feb 25, 2024 at 09:33:17 PM EST
    was a robber on the New York subways, who served a stretch in Sing Sing. My grandfather worked for the Post Office, sorting international parcel post; another brother was a New York City high school principal. Which, if any, do I take after?

    Well..... (5.00 / 1) (#21)
    by Chuck0 on Mon Feb 26, 2024 at 04:25:16 PM EST
    you ARE a lawyer :).

    Have a good day sir.


    In other words (5.00 / 1) (#22)
    by jondee on Tue Feb 27, 2024 at 04:08:05 PM EST
    the first one. Just kidding.

    Supposedly, one of my mother's brothers used to roll passed-out drunks on the subway and if they came to, pretend that he was just fondling them. He was also known to dress-up like Carmen Miranda.

    Show me a family tree with no oddballs and eccentrics and I'll show you a cover up.


    ... arrived home to the family farm staggeringly blind drunk one night in old Wheeling Township in then-rural Cook County, IL. (What was the family farm is now the site of present-day Chicago Executive Airport in a very urbanized suburban community.) He passed out face-first front of the house in a shallow drainage ditch, which contained 6-8 inches of water. And that's where family members found him the following morning, having drowned.

    Thank heavens that wasn't indicative of anything on my part - at least, nothing I did while sober.



    My maternal grandfather (none / 0) (#23)
    by Chuck0 on Tue Feb 27, 2024 at 05:47:21 PM EST
    was chaplain to the Mississippi KKK and a prominent member of the local White Citizens Council. And yet somehow I managed not to be a flaming racist. Go figure.

    I never knew the man. He died when I was like 2 or 3 and I was living in Adak, Alaska.


    I just learned a week or so ago... (none / 0) (#24)
    by desertswine on Tue Feb 27, 2024 at 06:02:59 PM EST
    that my great-grandfather went out for a walk and was struck and killed by a train in 1940 in Passaic NJ.  I wonder if he was suicidal, demented, or deaf.  Those steam engines made a lot of noise I imagine.  

    According to my grandmother (none / 0) (#26)
    by jondee on Wed Feb 28, 2024 at 05:31:19 PM EST
    the KKK actually made some inroads on Long Island of all places back in the day.

    I think it was related the whipped-up hysteria about the implications of presidential candidate AL Smith being a Roman Catholic.

    This country has always been a little nutty. I blame it on the Freemasons.


    I saw this (5.00 / 2) (#16)
    by Ga6thDem on Sun Feb 25, 2024 at 05:33:52 PM EST
    this morning and thought Turley has literally lost his mind. Not that he had a great one to start with. How can his students even go to a law class with this clown as a professor?

    Will he or won't (none / 0) (#33)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Mar 25, 2024 at 09:15:36 AM EST
    he be able to come up with the money?

    Judging by his social media meltdowns the answer seems to be no.

    Well (5.00 / 1) (#63)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat Apr 06, 2024 at 04:14:19 PM EST
    it seems he may have put forth a fraudulent bond. Is anybody surprised?

    Looks like he won't have to. (none / 0) (#34)
    by desertswine on Mon Mar 25, 2024 at 10:26:39 AM EST
    He has to (none / 0) (#35)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Mar 25, 2024 at 10:37:48 AM EST
    come up with a different amount. Does he have the money for that? Remains to be seen.

    $175 million, (5.00 / 2) (#36)
    by KeysDan on Mon Mar 25, 2024 at 11:34:40 AM EST
    10 days extension to arrange for bond (or cash).  Pause, also, on penalty of running his business for 3  years  and, for Junior and  Eric, for 2years.

    Armando (former co-host of this blog) (5.00 / 1) (#37)
    by Peter G on Mon Mar 25, 2024 at 01:31:42 PM EST
    who practices civil litigation in New York, says (on Twitter) that this morning's ruling is virtually unprecedented, in allowing a stay pending appeal based on bonding less than 40% of the money judgment.

    It is curious (none / 0) (#38)
    by KeysDan on Mon Mar 25, 2024 at 04:38:21 PM EST
    that the  appellate judges  reduced the bond, stayed the penalty of  Trump , Junior and Eric  to run the business, and  continue  to allow them  to get their hands on  more money from New York banks ( banks  willing), but keep in place the independent monitor, former  US District  Court Judge,  Barbara  Jones.

    The independent monitor suggests the judges  do not have confidence  in  the Trump's  capabilities and the likelihood  to run their operations  without  the fraudulent practices charged by the Attorney General of New York.  If that  is the case, the  other  parts of the  appellate decision is inconsistent.


    Armando (5.00 / 1) (#40)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Mar 25, 2024 at 06:12:08 PM EST
    says every attorney in NY will now be filing with the appeals court to have their bond amount reduced.

    Since it is not a ruling on the merits (none / 0) (#39)
    by Peter G on Mon Mar 25, 2024 at 04:47:39 PM EST
    but only reflects, as one factor among several, the appellate judges' preliminary view of the probability of success on appeal, along with the relative balancing of harm to the parties in the short term (during the appellate process), I don't think you can really describe the order as internally inconsistent.

    Did Armando Hazard a Guess (none / 0) (#41)
    by RickyJim on Mon Mar 25, 2024 at 10:17:54 PM EST
    on how the court will rule on Trump's appeal?  I assume he is familiar with the judges in question.

    Not that I saw (none / 0) (#42)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Mar 26, 2024 at 08:30:52 AM EST
    I only saw him comment on the appeal bond. He is going to file but also thinks Trump is probably getting special treatment.

    Armando opines that the appellate court (none / 0) (#44)
    by Peter G on Tue Mar 26, 2024 at 10:22:27 AM EST
    of first instance, that is, the "Supreme Court, First Department, Appellate Division" (IIRC) is known to be generally "pro-business." There is also potentially a second (and final) level of appeal to the highest court of New York State, which is called the "New York Court of Appeals."

    I have pretty much given up hope that (none / 0) (#43)
    by vml68 on Tue Mar 26, 2024 at 09:58:49 AM EST
    Tr*mp will be held accountable for anything. Everytime it looks like there will be some accountability, he gets a reprieve.

    Don't give up (5.00 / 1) (#49)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Mar 26, 2024 at 03:43:35 PM EST
    he desperate enough to sell bibles

    And, (none / 0) (#50)
    by KeysDan on Tue Mar 26, 2024 at 03:51:44 PM EST
    golden shoes.  

    Coincidentally (5.00 / 1) (#57)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Mar 26, 2024 at 04:14:13 PM EST
    Both from CIC VENTURES!



    I have no words... (none / 0) (#45)
    by vml68 on Tue Mar 26, 2024 at 01:09:14 PM EST
    Trump is selling `God Bless the USA' Bibles for $59.99

    "All Americans need a Bible in their home, and I have many. It's my favorite book," Trump said in the video posted on Truth Social. "I'm proud to endorse and encourage you to get this Bible. We must make America pray again."

    I thought (5.00 / 1) (#46)
    by Zorba on Tue Mar 26, 2024 at 02:00:08 PM EST
    Mein Kampf was his favorite book.

    And in his post promoting this Bible (5.00 / 2) (#47)
    by Peter G on Tue Mar 26, 2024 at 02:19:30 PM EST
    Tr*mp wishes his followers a "Happy Holy Week," as anyone would who understands the Passion story. The traditional Good Friday Happy Hour is among his favorite social events, I'm sure.

    Truly. (5.00 / 1) (#53)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Mar 26, 2024 at 04:02:46 PM EST
    Holy week is a somber event none moreso than Good Friday.

    And, (none / 0) (#52)
    by KeysDan on Tue Mar 26, 2024 at 03:58:19 PM EST
    don't forget the Last Supper--- no doubt, another favorite.    Big Mac and lots of Ketchup.

    Amazing. (5.00 / 1) (#48)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Mar 26, 2024 at 03:02:22 PM EST
    If you need more proof his followers really don't get what religion is supposed to be all about.

    I find this offensive and I'm an atheist


    The evangelicals (none / 0) (#54)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Mar 26, 2024 at 04:04:21 PM EST
    will eat this up though. Of course religious grifters are the norm in evangelical Christianity.

    We should be glad (none / 0) (#51)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Mar 26, 2024 at 03:52:00 PM EST
    he is not selling eclipse glasses.

    We are ready to be overrun here.  They are expecting 3-4 million visitors in the state.  That has a population of 3 million.  
    They are predicting shortages of everything from gas and food to cell service.
    I live dead on the center line.  I have three houseguests for the event.

    Hope it's not cloudy.


    This is (none / 0) (#55)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Mar 26, 2024 at 04:06:03 PM EST
    just cringe.

    He really (none / 0) (#56)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Mar 26, 2024 at 04:09:59 PM EST
    just licensing them

    According to the Bible's website, Mr. Trump's "name, likeness and image" are being used "under paid license from CIC Ventures LLC."

    The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to questions about the business arrangement. But CIC Ventures is also connected to another product Mr. Trump has hawked while campaigning: $399 "Never Surrender" sneakers that he announced at a sneaker convention in Philadelphia last month.

    Trump might be a senile con man (none / 0) (#58)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Mar 26, 2024 at 04:21:56 PM EST
    but he is smart enough to know RatFvcK is more of a threat to him than Biden.

    "RFK Jr. is an AOC lover and opposes really any human advancement, preferring that we all live in caves by candlelight."


    I have (5.00 / 2) (#59)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Mar 26, 2024 at 05:21:33 PM EST
    to laugh because his idiots like Steve Bannon have been the ones pushing RFK Jr. Going by social media it would seem all the nutty DeSantis antivaxxers are really into RFK and pushing him and saying they are going to vote for him.

    I will laugh if the conservative strategy of peeling off D votes ends up peeling off R votes instead.


    Meet Donald Trump, eminent Civil War scholar. (5.00 / 6) (#67)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sun Apr 14, 2024 at 07:28:46 PM EST
    His take on the Battle of Gettysburg is truly one of the ages:

    "... where our Union was saved by the immortal heroes at Gettysburg. Gettysburg, what an unbelievable battle that was. The Battle of Gettysburg was, I mean it was so much and so interesting and horrible and so beautiful in so many different ways, it represented such a big portion of the success of this country. Gettysburg, wow. I go to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to look and to watch, and the statement of Robert E. Lee - who's no longer in favor, did you ever notice that? No longer in favor - 'Never fight uphill, me boys, never fight uphill!' They were fighting uphill and he said, 'Wow, that was a big mistake.' He lost his great general and they were fighting. 'Never fight uphill, me boys!' But it was too late."

    It sounds like Robert E. Lee had done a few too many bong hits and Cuervo shots at Gettysburg.



    Gee, I thought Lee was a Virginian. (5.00 / 1) (#68)
    by Chuck0 on Mon Apr 15, 2024 at 11:52:05 AM EST
    Cheeto makes him sound like Scotsman or something.

    Has this dim bulb even seen the movie? I'd like to hear him expound on Devil's Den or Pickett's charge. You know, cause he's so historical and stuff.


    Speaking of movies, ... (5.00 / 1) (#70)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Tue Apr 16, 2024 at 03:00:01 AM EST
    ... Trump sounds like he was channeling Jeff Spicoli (Sean Penn) in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High".

    Well, il douche (5.00 / 2) (#69)
    by KeysDan on Mon Apr 15, 2024 at 01:04:58 PM EST
    is right that Colonel Robert E. Lee is not in favor by many--ever since resigning from the  U.S. Army in 1861 to become, subsequently, a treasonous Confederate general, who lost his U.S. citizenship.

    There was very fine people (none / 0) (#71)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 16, 2024 at 02:00:20 PM EST
    on both sides.

    Chortle (5.00 / 2) (#73)
    by Towanda on Tue Apr 23, 2024 at 10:24:40 PM EST

    RIP Carl Erskine... (none / 0) (#72)
    by desertswine on Tue Apr 16, 2024 at 03:48:39 PM EST
    The last of the Boys of Summer.

    Erskine Street in Brooklyn is named after him.