Evening Briefing: 'You Can't Go Any Lower. [Trump] Is F--ked'
This is officially my favorite paragraph of the day, from Vanity Fair:
“Here’s what Manafort’s indictment tells me: Mueller is going to go over every financial dealing of Jared Kushner and the Trump Organization,” said former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg. “Trump is at 33 percent in Gallup. You can’t go any lower. He’s fucked.”
Is it dusty in here? It’s nothing. Just feeling a little verklempt. I didn’t think political news could bring me to happy tears, but there you go.
That same article also noted that Donald Trump blames Jared Kushner basically for everything.
According to two sources, Trump has complained to advisers about his legal team for letting the Mueller probe progress this far. Speaking to Steve Bannon on Tuesday, Trump blamed Jared Kushner for his role in decisions, specifically the firings of Mike Flynn and James Comey, that led to Mueller’s appointment, according to a source briefed on the call. When Roger Stone recently told Trump that Kushner was giving him bad political advice, Trump agreed, according to someone familiar with the conversation. “Jared is the worst political adviser in the White House in modern history,” Nunberg said. “I’m only saying publicly what everyone says behind the scenes at Fox News, in conservative media, and the Senate and Congress.”
Goosebumps, people. That gave me goosebumps!
Meanwhile, over in the NYTimes, McCain gave an equally ominous assessment:
“This is a centipede,” said Senator John McCain, the Arizona Republican who has served in Congress longer than Mr. Papadopoulos has been alive. “More shoes will drop.”
There’s some positive news for three red-state Democratic Senators, too, who are all polling over 50 percent heading into next year’s reelection campaigns: Joe Manchin (53%) of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp (55%) of North Dakota, and Jon Tester (53%) of Montana.
I tried to figure out how to add the “How a Bill Becomes a Law” song from Schoolhouse Rock to this clip, but I couldn’t figure out how to edit it right. So, just sing it inside of your brain while watching Trump try to explain how the tax bill is gonna become law:
Reminder: Donald Trump, according to linguists, speaks at a third-grade level.
Finally, and completely unrelated, I leave you with this. Last night, Dave (fucking) Grohl guest hosted Jimmy Kimmel, dressed up as David Letterman (perfectly, I might add) and performed with Kristen Bell (dressed as Tom Selleck) a mash-up of “Snowman” and Metallica’s “Sandman.” It’s phenomenally fun.
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