A New Veep for Trump

People are floating a suggestion that Trump should dump Pence (yay!) and choose Tucker as veep (oy). It’s not going to happen because I watched Tucker’s interview with Trump yesterday, and it was very uncomfortable. But Tucker should definitely run next time. I’d totally vote for him.

26 thoughts on “A New Veep for Trump”

      1. I think Tucker makes an exception for useful idiots. And Trump has been a very useful idiot (for Tucker) so he won’t notice that Tucker’s usual expression of “dumbfounded I smelt something stinky” signifies his actual contempt. Plus, Tucker can pass along Steve Bannon/Stephen Miller points without looking as physically repulsive. [Yes this matters to Trump. ]

        Does anyone believe Pence actually likes Trump? Trump has been very useful to him. And Pence doesn’t have a reputation for being bright.

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        1. Tucker had the facial expression I probably have when students tell me that a metaphor is a type of horse.

          As for Pence, I do think he secretly likes Trump like all very repressed like those who are joyfully and unrepentantly filthy.

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          1. Tucker had the facial expression I probably have when students tell me that a metaphor is a type of horse.
            Oh no!
            “A metaphor is a type of horse, like a Trojan horse. We use metaphors to convey meaning in similes. So like, it’s an English student’s proper use of like in a sentence. A metaphor is like a horse, it’s a vehicle writers can ride to get readers where they want to go in a story or an essay. So when I need to pad my word count I just take a metaphor down to Old Town Road until I can’t ride ‘no more’. Then I beat it. ”

            As for Pence, I do think he secretly likes Trump like all very repressed like those who are joyfully and unrepentantly filthy.
            Don’t search for fan fiction. Or Rule 34. By that logic shouldn’t Santorum secretly love Trump? Now that’s a man who is wound tightly.

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            1. Thank you for alleviating the traumatic memory of “metaphor is a horse.” Really, thank you. That’s a memory that’s been haunting me for months.

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  1. Instead of wasting time watching Tucker, why don’t you stay informed about what’s really going on by reading Shakesville daily?

    I’ll bet you think that it was just a coincidence that Pence’s planned trip to New Hampshire today was cancelled and he was suddenly called back to the White House at the exact same time that “Putin reportedly canceled his plans for today to meet urgently with his defense minister.” (Melissa McEwan isn’t naive enough to believe WH denials about the timing.)

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    1. Russia, by the way, had a horrible accident on Monday where 14 military burned alive. So Putin is canceling the meeting with the defense minister because he needs to decide his strategy of dealing with the crisis in view of plummeting support ratings.

      People have a lot going on that isn’t about Trump or the US.

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  2. I enjoy Tucker’s show, but I don’t trust him further than I can throw him. This is someone who supported Republicans during the Bush years. Like Trump, he’d throw out some populist sounding rhetoric, maybe attempt a few half-measures, in the meantime passing an agenda that benefits rich people and big business.

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    1. “he’d throw out some populist sounding rhetoric, maybe attempt a few half-measures, in the meantime passing an agenda that benefits rich people and big business”

      That sounds like Obama tbh…

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      1. I believe that the best we can expect from a president at this point is not to bomb out any other countries. In everything else, they seem utterly impotent.

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        1. laughs in what the hell is this military parade
          Trump’s 4 July tanks prompt ‘don’t panic’ warning
          Trump is getting his military parade
          …A MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR BIRTHDAY PARTY: President Trump wanted a military parade and now, he’s getting one. The president became enamored of the idea after a 2017 visit to France, where he bonded with Emmanuel Macron over the Bastille Day parade where tanks rolled down the Champs-Élysées. Despite criticism that it sends the wrong message and is more in line with authoritarian regimes, we’re getting our own version tomorrow on America’s birthday.

          We don’t know the overall cost for Trump’s “Salute to America.” But the National Park Service is diverting roughly $2.5 million in “entrance and recreation fees primary intended to improve parks across the country” to help foot the bill for the president’s independence Day celebration on the Mall, per my colleagues Juliet Eilperin, Josh Dawsey and Dan Lamothe, who have been all over this story.

          “The diverted park fees represent just a fraction of the extra costs the government faces as a result of the event, which will include displays of military hardware, flyovers by an array of jets including Air Force One, the deployment of tanks on the Mall and an extended pyrotechnics show,” Juliet, Josh and Dan report.
          Key: “By comparison, according to former Park Service deputy director Denis P. Galvin, the entire Fourth of July celebration on the Mall typically costs the agency about $2 million.”
          Trump’s militarized birthday celebration for America has created a logistical nightmare, as the military figures out how to transport armored vehicles through Washington to be in place for Thursday, despite the potential for such heavy artillery to damage D.C.’s roads and monuments.

          “At least 300 service members are slated to participate Thursday, primarily from military bands and drill teams, but that number could rise as additional military aircraft and other flourishes are added to the event.”
          Juliet, Josh and Dan reported earlier this week that the “cost of a military parade Trump had planned for last year was about $92 million, including $50 million in Defense Department costs, defense officials said at the time. The parade was scuttled after the potential costs became public.”
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          Army spokesperson says, “you’ll see them moving through your neighborhood, but DON’T PANIC.”@WUSA9 #SaluteToAmerica #FourthofJuly

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          The Pentagon has historically been opposed to the parading of U.S. military might and privately opposed Trump’s push for this kind of celebration, per the New York Times’s Michael Shear, Thomas Gibbons-Neff and John Ismay:

          “Top military officials have expressed deep concern about letting the armed forces be used by the president to advance a political agenda, and earlier resisted his efforts for a military parade on Veterans Day.”
          “They say the United States, which has the world’s most powerful military and spends more on defense than the seven next largest military spenders combined — China, Saudi Arabia, India, France, Russia, Britain and Germany — does not need to broadcast its strength.”
          “The president is using the armed forces in a political ploy for his reelection campaign and I think it’s absolutely obscene,” retired Army Maj. Gen. William Nash, a veteran of Vietnam, the Gulf War and peacekeeping operations in the Balkans, told Politico’s Wesley Morgan.
          This time around, obviously, Trump did not cave to public pressure or internal opposition and is getting his way, even doling out tickets to top donors and Republican surrogates despite the fact that the event is intended to be nonpolitical…

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          1. Tanks rolling through D.C. I just hope my cousin and her family stay out of the city center. Yikes.

            When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like an errant nail. There’s no reason to maintain a military that large that also functions as a giant jobs/college education program to not use it, somehow. The military employs a lot of people who otherwise would have trouble finding jobs in civilian life. It’s probably nothing, but it’s a great way to lull people about troop movements.

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          2. I honestly don’t understand the big deal with the parade. And the idea of Trump as an authoritarian is frankly ridiculous. The guy is a wimp who agrees with whomever spoke to him last. He’s a total walkover doormat. That’s his main problem. That and being an idiot.

            The biggest thing he can insist on is this vapid parade. Big whoop.

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              1. The court gave him every opening to refile. But he wimped out, as always. Just like with last week’s deportations, just like with everything.

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            1. “I honestly don’t understand the big deal with the parade.”

              Yeah, this retired military officer agrees with your meh. The parade idea is silly and a bit childish, but so what? It isn’t going to cost that much money compared to what the government routinely wastes on a massive scale, and the wailing from some “top military officials” about how it’s misusing the armed resources for “obscene” political purposes is pure “We hate Trump” hysteria.

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      2. True enough. But Obama actually did something for me (Medicaid expansion) so I have warmer feelings towards him.

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          1. Obama is the first (and probably the last) president to make a noticeable positive difference in my life. I probably would not have been insured at any time in my adult life if not for him.

            I’m not alone in this. I know lots of people who got health insurance for the first time thanks to Obamacare. So I can never hate Obama no matter what his shortcomings were in other areas.

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  3. Trump should keep Pence as vp to reassure his religious bigots base.

    For his own good, Tucker should not run as prez for the GOP, unless Trump is miraculously beaten in 2020, since Trump’s damage to this party will take a long time to repair.

    France does the same fucking kind of parade each year and almost everyone is happy about that.

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