Let’s start this morning not with Trump, but with Mark Halperin, yet another man in power who has been outed as a sexual harasser. Halperin is a big deal senior political analyst for MSNBC and Bloomberg Television, and he wrote the book Game Change, which was made into a pretty good HBO movie. If you watch MSNBC at all, you’ve seen him.
He’s a skeeve. He apparently likes to rub his dick against women and grab their breasts.
“I went up to have a soda and talk and — he just kissed me and grabbed my boobs,” one woman said. “I just froze. I didn’t know what to do.” Another woman told CNN that Halperin once pressed his penis on her shoulder during the 2004 campaign cycle. “I was obviously completely shocked. Given I was so young and new I wasn’t sure if that was the sort of thing that was expected of you if you wanted something from a male figure in news.”
Five women have accused Halperin of sexual harassment, and with a guy that PUTS HIS DICK ON WOMENS’ SHOULDERS, you know there’s probably a lot more. I mean, happily married men in comfortable sexual relationships do not perch their penises on their spouses’ shoulders. I mean, COME ON.
rubbing your erection on someone is like your dick pics pivoted to video— Alex Trimboli (@Nicole_Cliffe) October 26, 2017
This is not a Fox News problem. It’s a dude problem. And women are taking them down!
He’s out at MSNBC:
MSNBC statement: "Mark Halperin is leaving his role as a contributor until the questions around his past conduct are fully understood."— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) October 26, 2017
By this time next year, there may not be any men left in power, and you know what? I’m OK with that.
— Speaking of harassment, a second woman has come out and accused George H.W. Bush of groping her. The story is very similar to the one we heard yesterday. During a photo shoot, Bush grabbed a woman’s ass, and told her the same dirty joke: “You know who my favorite magician is? David Cop-a-Feel?” George H.W. Bush, through a statement, has offered another apology.
Andrea Mitchell had an interesting response to this, and this particular take is not flying on social media;
Mrs Bush was at his side. He is in a wheelchair with Parkinson's syndrome. Really? Someone should be ashamed and it isn't '41. https://t.co/CGhy8yNX5i— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) October 26, 2017
Now, what I think she’s saying is, ‘George H.W. Bush is a senile old man with Parkinson’s, so why does his wife continue to put him in these situations and then laugh it off?” In both of these reported instances, Barbara Bush sort of joked, “Oh, George. You’re gonnna get yourself put in jail.” I mean, obviously, George H.W. Bush is a dirty old man and should be held responsible for his actions, but if Barbara and the entire security detail know that he does this, they should really stop putting him in these situations. But this is NOT a case of elder abuse, as some are suggesting. I mean, COME ON.
George H.W. should be ashamed. Barbara Bush should be ashamed. The security detail should be ashamed. What’s abundantly clear, however, is that the victims have NOTHING to be ashamed of:
Let the nice men touch you, ladies. Quit fussin’. https://t.co/JDf9SQoF9G— Courtney Enlow (@courtenlow) October 26, 2017
— In lighter news, is this the best tweet ever or BEST tweet ever:
This will go down in the annals of dumb alt-right tweets as a true classic. It’s almost art. pic.twitter.com/X93RTc4Psx— Stuart Ritchie (@StuartJRitchie) October 24, 2017
— In truly, truly devastating news, victims of the Las Vegas shooting are being harangued and harassed on social media by people who believe they are actors perpetuating a hoax. The lede on this Guardian piece is just, wow:
Braden Matejka survived a bullet to the head in the Las Vegas massacre. Then, the death threats started coming.
“You are a lying piece of shit and I hope someone truly shoots you in the head,” a commenter wrote to Matejka on Facebook, one week after a gunman killed 58 people and injured hundreds more. “Your soul is disgusting and dark! You will pay for the consequences!” said another. A Facebook meme quickly spread with a photo of him after the shooting, captioned: “I’m a lying cunt!”
I don’t even know how to … I mean … wow. We are living in seriously fucked up times.
— The buck stops …. over there! KEEP THE BUCK AWAY FROM ME.
Trump says he did not authorize the mission in Niger that resulted in loss of 4 soldiers. generals did— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) October 25, 2017
— Here’s some uplifting news. Did Fox News actually report the findings of its own poll on air? Did they wait until they knew that Trump was asleep to do so?
Does Fox News ever ask itself: “We are sucking up to a guy with only a 38 percent approval rating. I wonder if there’s more ratings to be had in opposing the guy with only a 38 percent approval rating?” You can bet your ass that James Murdoch — who will take over the company one day — is asking that, as he attempts to takeover Sky News and make Fox’s news department more global.
— There’s a whole lot of other political news, too, but let me see if I can break it down for you:
Bannon is going after the Establishment; McConnell and the rest of the mainstream Republicans are fighting back, and they intend to go personal against Bannon by calling him a white nationalist, bringing up his divorce, and his anti-semitic comments. I don’t know if that’s going to work. I genuinely think that the Bannon wing of the GOP is now larger than the establishment wing, but I genuinely hope that the Bannon wing of the GOP is smaller than the Democratic party. So far, the polls suggest as much in most states.
Meanwhile, it seems like tax reform is the only thing tenuously keeping the GOP together, but given the growing disagreements as to how to go about providing it, the trillions that will be added to the deficit, and the large number of special interests involved, it sure seems like tax reform is going to be difficult to pass, to say the least, especially considering deficit hawks like Bob Corker who will not be voting to maintain his seat.
Constitutional norms continue to erode — it feels like we’re on the precipice of something horribly dangerous. Meanwhile, Flake, Corker, McCain, Sasse, and Collins are anti-Trump, and if tax reform collapses, it is my hope against all hope that the rest of the Republicans finally say, “Fuck it. We’re done with this guy.” If the Democratic candidate makes a even a somewhat strong showing against Roy Moore in Alabama, maybe the GOP will realize that the Bannon faction can’t do too well in general elections.
I hope Ted Cruz is the first to bite it.
The Russia investigation heats up. Again. We now know that the Trump campaign’s data firm actually reached out to Julian Assange and tried to coordinate with him over the release of the emails. In fact, Cambridge Analytica knew about the Podesta emails before they were released.
If I’m understanding this correctly, this is a holy crap story https://t.co/fOoiYOTilP— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) October 26, 2017
May 2016: Mercer mulls looking for missing Clinton emails— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) October 26, 2017
July 2016: Nix emails Assange, CC’s Mercer, about emailshttps://t.co/JwPqdKM6e2
Meanwhile, Manafort is about to be indicted for money laundering in Manhattan (in a jurisdiction where Trump cannot pardon him); Congress is trying to get to the bottom of why Trump hasn’t implemented sanctions against Russia yet, and all of this in conjunction with Trump’s falling approval ratings has to mean something, right? Please?
Meanwhile, where the fuck is Jared Kushner anyway? Did that guy just pack up and go back home?