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Morning Briefing: Donny Trash Won't Even Shut Up for the Holidays, and Franken Has Gotta Go

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | November 24, 2017 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | November 24, 2017 |

Good morning! I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving. There’s not a ton going on in the political world, and the truth is, you already know most of what happened because even on the holidays, you still periodically check your phones, and there’s so little news that you end up seeing the same 5 stories over and over, and now you and everyone in your extended family has an opinion about the homeless guy who gave $20 to a woman for gas, who then started a GoFundMe campaign to thank him. That campaign has hit almost $300,000. Your darling aunt thinks that’s the most adorable thing ever! Your crazy uncle has already suggested that the homeless guy is going to inject all that money straight into his veins. Meanwhile, your progressive cousin is complaining that no one would ever give $300K to the homeless guy if he was black, while your other cousin’s meathead boyfriend said something lewd about giving the woman $20 for gas “and a tip, if you know what I mean.” “That’s disgusting,” your sister says. “What? Why is that disgusting?” your seven-year-old nephew asks.

Anyway, the homeless guy, Johnny Bobbitt Jr., sounds pretty remarkable, and my guess is that he’ll end up giving most of that $300K away to his friends, for better or worse.

Meanwhile, while I’ve grown accustomed to Donald Trump tweeting outrageous shit every goddamn day, you’d think the motherfucker would take a break from divisive, saber-rattling over the holidays. Alas, he’s still being a racist prick:

1) No one cares about this issue anymore, Trump, and 2) just go ahead and say, “The inmates are running the prison.” We know it’s what you mean, you racist crayola. He basically said as much yesterday:


What is wrong with you?

— Elsewhere, two more women came out a couple of days ago and alleged that Al Franken grabbed their butts during photo ops, bringing that number up to four. Franken apologized again yesterday, and promised to regain the trust of his Minnesota constituents. Franken’s approval rating, by the way, has dropped to 36 percent in Minnesota, only 5 points better than Trump.

Also, the apology was … ?

“I’ve met tens of thousands of people and taken thousands of photographs, often in crowded and chaotic situations.

I’m a warm person; I hug people. I’ve learned from recent stories that in some of those encounters, I crossed a line for some women — and I know that any number is too many. Some women have found my greetings or embraces for a hug or photo inappropriate, and I respect their feelings about that.

Al. Dude. You grabbed their asses. All women would find that inappropriate. How is that a “greeting” or “embrace”? Is that some sort of variation on the “Oklahoma hello”? Is the “Minnesota hello” to grab a handful of ass? I know a lot of “warm” people who are overly huggy; most of them don’t grab butts while they’re at it.

You gotta go, bro. Love your politics. Appreciate what you’ve done in the Senate for us. But you can’t come back from his.

— Speaking of Franken, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted this yesterday:

Billy Baldwin Jr. hit him back with a helluva a response:

His wife, by the way, is Chynna Phillips, she of Wilson Phillips fame. They have been married for 22 years, which is pretty remarkable for a Hollywood couple. (Billy may be the only good Baldwin brother.)

— There’s good news in the Russian probe, as Michael Flynn’s attorneys have notified Donald Trump’s attorneys to tell them that they will no longer be sharing information, which suggests that Michael Flynn has agreed to cooperate. He’s likely struck an immunity deal for both himself and his son, and he wouldn’t be able to strike that deal if he didn’t have information that Mueller could use, and that information must incriminate Trump or his people, otherwise Flynn’s attorneys wouldn’t have put the kibosh on exchanging intel. It also explains why Mueller hasn’t indicted Flynn yet, despite having enough evidence to put him away. He was using that evidence to flip him.