Trump: ‘Do I Stay on Top of the Boat and Get Electrocuted or Do I Jump over by the Shark and Not Get Electrocuted?’

Transcript of his infamous sharks and batteries rant

Donald Trump, convicted felon, at a MAGA rally: “Beautiful company, beautiful. Guy’s been doing it for 50 years, sells hundreds of boats. They use Mercury engines. They want to take that out, they want to make it all-electric. I asked, ‘How is it?’

“He said, ‘It’s a problem, sir, they want us to make all electric boats. The problem is, the boat is so heavy, it can’t float.’ (Remember, one of the “tells” that Trump is lying is he’ll say someone else called him “sir.”)

“I said, ‘That sounds like a problem.’

“He said, ‘Also it can’t go fast because of the weight, and they want to now have a 50-mile or 70-mile radius. You have to go out 70 miles before you can really start the boat up, and you go out at two knots. That’s essentially almost like two miles an hour.’

“I said, ‘How long does it take you to get out there?’

“He said, ‘Many hours, and then you’re allowed to go around for ten minutes, and then you have to come back, because the battery only lasts a very short period of time.’

“So I said, ‘let me ask you a question,’ and he said, ‘Nobody has ever asked this question.’ And it must because of MIT, my relationship to MIT. ‘Very smart,’ he goes. (His brother John taught at MIT.)

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Swalwell Schools Congressional MAGAs: ‘You May Be in a Cult’

'Guys, I’m starting to think you’re in a cult'

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA)

“My colleagues, none of this today that you are bringing makes sense—your inconsistencies, your hypocrisy, your sycophancy. Unless you are in a cult,” Rep. Eric SwalWell (D-CA) said, addressing his MAGA colleagues at a June 4, 2024, congressional hearing. “And guys, I’m starting to think you’re in a cult. That is your right. But it’s not your responsibility. I promise you, that’s not what your constituents would want.”

Swallwell was responding to the MAGA party’s reaction to the conviction five days earlier of their leader, Donald Trumps, on 34 felony counts of fraud in New York.

He continued: “So if you believe in states’ rights, except when a jury in that state convicts your nominee for president, you might be in a cult.

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MAGA Mag Attacks Dolly Parton: ‘There Is Nothing Loving about Dolly Parton’s False Gospels’

The Federalist: 'Love doesn’t mean we must accept sinfulness as good to avoid hurting someone’s feelings'

Dolly Parton

Los Angeles Blade: In an article published Thursday in the far-right anti-LGBTQ+ online magazine The Federalist, Indianapolis-based freelance writer Ericka Andersen, who self identifies as a Christian mom and Bible study leader, attacks Country Music icon and megastar singer-songwriter Dolly Parton…

When asked about her diverse community of fans, Erickson writes, Parton always mentions Christianity, saying she does her best “not to judge” and only “to love” for that reason.”

But Parton’s version of love, which includes condoning immoral sexual behavior (“be who you are,” she’s said), is unaligned with God’s vision for humanity. Like so many secularized spiritual leaders, Parton equates love with agreement, but the two are not reciprocal. Love doesn’t mean we must accept sinfulness as good to avoid hurting someone’s feelings.

MAGA Pennsylvania Officials Heckle Capitol Police Officers Injured by Jan 6 Terrorists

Cult of convicted felon sinks to new low

 Sgt. Aquillino Gonell (left) and Officer Harry Dunn
Sgt. Aquillino Gonell (left) and Officer Harry Dunn

Washington Post: Two former law enforcement officers who defended the U.S. Capitol from rioters during the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection were jeered by state GOP lawmakers as they visited Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives on Wednesday, according to several Democratic lawmakers present.

Former U.S. Capitol Police officer Harry Dunn and former sergeant Aquilino Gonell were introduced on the floor Wednesday as “heroes” by House Speaker Joanna McClinton (D) for having “bravely defended democracy in the United States Capitol against rioters and insurrection on January 6.”

As the two men — both of whom were injured by rioters on Jan. 6 — were introduced, the House floor descended into chaos. According to Democratic lawmakers, several GOP lawmakers hissed and booed, with a number of Republicans walking out of the chamber in protest.

FROM TEFLON TO FELON: Trump Found Guilty on 34 Felony Counts

Teflon to Felon
Washington Post: A Manhattan jury on Thursday found former president Donald Trump guilty of all 34 counts of falsifying business records. The crimes are felonies because the jury found Trump falsified the records to try to illegally influence the 2016 presidential election, which he narrowly won over Hillary Clinton.

election with significantly more force. Even if the guilty candidate weren’t shoved to the side after being indicted, a guilty verdict would surely have made them persona non grata. There would be inquests about how to avoid nominating them or how to remove them from the ballot.

But this is the Trump-era GOP. The former president spent years inoculating himself with his base from a moment like this by casting any scrutiny of him as a “witch hunt.” Republican lawmakers have almost universally toed Trump’s line of decrying the Manhattan proceedings and urging people to disregard the verdict.

So the question today is not whether the vast majority of Trump supporters will stand by him (they will) but whether the small percentage of them who might balk — combined with undecided voters who might be turned off — will ultimately matter.

Aerial Photo Calls into Question Trump Campaign Claims about Crowd Size at Bronx Rally

The Trump campaign claims there 25,000 people at his rally in the Bronx. This is an aerial shot.

Newsweek: The rally had a permit for 3,500 people, according to the New York Times which cited the Police Department. However, some said many more attended the event. Steven Cheung, spokesperson for Trump, told Newsweek in an email after the event that 25,000 people attended.

Fun Fact: Mother of Misogynist Footballer Harrison Butker Is a Medical Physicist

Another baby step toward Gilead

Elizabeth Butker and Harrison Butker
Elizabeth Butker and Harrison Butker

The Handmaid’s Tale-style campaign to push American women out of the public sphere comes from every direction. It recently erupted during a commencement speech at a college in Kansas. The misogynist propagandist was Harrison Butker, a professional football player.

Here’s what Butker said in his commencement address to Benedictine College in Kansas:

The 28-year-old kicker came under fire recently for telling female graduates at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, that they “have had the most diabolical lies told to you.”

He continued: “How many of you are sitting here now, about to cross this stage and are thinking about all the promotions and titles you are going to get in your career?” he asked.

“Some of you may go on to lead successful careers in the world, but I would venture to guess that the majority of you are most excited about your marriage and the children you will bring into this world.”

So Harrison Butker must owe his success to his stay-at-home mother, who was known for her quiet devotion to her family and a contented life having babies and preparing meals, right?

Wrong:
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MAGA NC Senate to State Residents: Wear a Mask, Go to Jail

The South Carolina-ification of North Carolina rolls on

U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC)
U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC)

During the Covid pandemic, Republican politicians desperately tried to downplay and disparage the crisis in order to protect Pres. Trump from political damage over his dangerously incompetent handling of the crisis. It appears that their political malfeasance backfired, however, because Covid killed many more Republicans – who bought into the GOP’s anti-mask and anti-medical science campaign – than Democrats who followed doctors’ advice and wore masks and took other precautions.

Post-pandemic analyses found that Republicans died in greater numbers across the country, and researchers at Yale University who studied Covid mortality in two ruby red states, Florida and Ohio, found that “the excess death rate among Republican voters was 43 percent higher than the excess death rate among Democratic voters. The gap in excess death rates between Republican and Democratic voters was larger in counties with lower vaccination rates…”

It was puzzling then that the GOP was systematically killing off older party members, it’s most reliable voters. Party leaders addressed this tragic disparity back then, predictably, by first lying about and then by ignoring it.

Now the North Carolina Senate has decided that when the next pandemic comes, no one in the state will survive, irrespective of party. In a ham-fisted and short-sighted attempt to prevent protesters from wearing Covid masks to hide their identities, the Senate has voted to ban wearing masks in public for any reason, from disease prevention to, let’s assume, trick or treating at Halloween. How this law will be enforced in the nation’s ninth largest state remains to be seen. The Hill reports that:
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