Trump Said What?

In an unhinged 2-hour diatribe before a crowd of conservative Republicans, President Trump returns to one of his favorite subjects — crowd size for his 2017 Inauguration. An exact transcription of part of his speech is quoted in the next paragraph.

It was raining. And it was wet, and the grass was wet. And women and men, and I consider them totally equal so I’m not going to say it’s harder — in fact it’s probably, with the men I know, it’s actually easier for the women to make the walk. But they’ll had to walk all the way down. They had to walk in high heels in many cases. They had to walk all the way down to the Washington Monument and then back. And I looked and I made a speech, and I said, before I got on, I said to the people that were sitting next to me, ‘I’ve never seen anything like this. Look at that crowd.’ And it was wide! Wide! We had a crowd — I’ve never seen a thing like it. And I have to live — I have to live with ‘crowd size.’ It is all a phony deal, folks. But I saw a picture just the other night of practically no people. It was taken hours before our great day. That was a great, great day. People came from all over. People came from all over. So, ‘Sir, it doesn’t matter. Nobody cares.’ I said, ‘But I care. And people care. People care.’

President Trump’s explaining the crowd size for his inauguration before the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) on March 2, 2019 — more than 2 years later.
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Sanders Announces 2020 Presidential Bid

The runner-up to Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for President, Senator Bernie Sanders, today announced his candidacy for the 2020 election. Sanders, an Independent who caucuses with the Democrats in the U.S. Senate, immediately moves to near the front of the already-crowded pack of candidates with wide name recognition and a well-oiled fundraising apparatus.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

“Our campaign is not only about defeating Donald Trump, the most dangerous president in modern American history. It is not only about winning the Democratic nomination and the general election. Our campaign is about transforming our country and creating a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice.”

Senator and Presidential Candidate, Bernie Sanders
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Chant with Me….Lock Him Up!

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Tweet of The Day

The wrong Conway works in the White House.

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Is Trump America’s Snake?

In February, 2018, President Trump returned to one of his tried-and-true crowd pleasers by reciting the words of a 1960’s song by Oscar Brown, Jr., called “The Snake.” While used by Trump as a racist trope against immigrants, the poem could better be understood as a reminder that voters were warned about Trump, but elected him, anyway.

On her way to work one morning

Down the path alongside the lake

A tender-hearted woman saw a poor half-frozen snake

His pretty colored skin had been all frosted with the dew

“Oh well,” she cried, “I’ll take you in and I’ll take care of you”

“Take me in oh tender woman

Take me in, for heaven’s sake

Take me in oh tender woman,” sighed the snake

She wrapped him up all cozy in a curvature of silk

And then laid him by the fireside with some honey and some milk 

Now she hurried home from work that night as soon as she arrived 

She found that pretty snake she’d taken in had been revived

“Take me in, oh tender woman 

Take me in, for heaven’s sake

Take me in oh tender woman,” sighed the snake

Now she clutched him to her bosom, “You’re so beautiful,” she cried

“But if I hadn’t brought you in by now you might have died”

Now she stroked his pretty skin and then she kissed and held him tight 

But instead of saying thanks, that snake gave her a vicious bite

“Take me in, oh tender woman 

Take me in, for heaven’s sake

Take me in oh tender woman,” sighed the snake

“I saved you,” cried that woman

“And you’ve bit me even, why?

You know your bite is poisonous and now I’m going to die”

“Oh shut up, silly woman,” said the reptile with a grin 

“You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in 

”Take me in, oh tender woman 

Take me in, for heaven’s sake

Take me in oh tender woman,“ sighed the snake 

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Tweet Of The Day

Usually not a Donna Brazile fan, but her post today is spot on!

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Blackface – Political Felony or Misdemeanor?

As Virginia continues to reel from allegations of racism and sexual assault on the part of their statewide elected leaders, political analysts and honest politicians (the list is unfortunately short) begin to weigh whether decades-old misdeeds should be considered in the same context as if the events were remotely contemporary.

One of America’s most respected political analysts, Charlie Cook, ponders whether a 35-year old picture of Governor Ralph Northam, allegedly dressed in either blackface or wearing the costume of a Ku Klux Klansman requires his resignation or removal from office.

In a February 7, 2019 column, Washington Post Opinion Writer, Jennifer Rubin, weighs-in with an assist from Cook.

Is there a distinction between Northam’s blackface scandal (as a young adult, admitted and then denied) and Herring’s (in college, profusely apologized although he never brought it up before)?

Charlie Cook, writing before Herring’s story broke, observed:

“There is a legitimate debate over what misdeeds are the political equivalent of misdemeanors and ought to be survivable, which ones are political felonies and should be dealt with in a more punitive way, and which ones are in effect, political capital offenses. And is there a statute of limitations, or does that depend on the severity of the offense? Northam’s case is arguably worse than Herring’s, in large part because of the lack of a consistent and credible account, but if he departs, that shouldn’t determine whether Herring should stay or go,

Charlie Cook, quoted in the Washington Post, 3/7/2019

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Word of The Day for Virginia Democrats

Ratfucking is an American slang term for political sabotage or dirty tricks. It was brought to public attention by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein in their non-fiction book All the President’s Men (1974).

Source: Wikipedia

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Cheering for The Rams in Super Bowl LIII

Although I no longer watch NFL football games, I’m hoping the Los Angeles Rams (or whoever is playing against the Patriots), wins Super Bowl LIII.

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Walter T. Kenney, 1930 – 2019

Walter Thomas Kenney, son of Jacob Kenney and Lois Moore Kenney, was born in Henrico County, Virginia on December 3, 1930. Walter began his career as a postal clerk in Richmond, before later being elected by members of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), AFL-CIO, in the states of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and the District Columbia to a position on the union’s national executive board.

Appointed Mayor in 1990 by members of the Richmond City Council, Kenney faithfully served the citizens of Virginia’s capital city for two terms.

Walter T. Kenney Sr., a labor leader who made history as a member of the first black majority on the Richmond City Council before making racial reconciliation a priority as mayor, died early Monday in a local hospital. He was 88.

Richmond Times-Dispatch, January 28, 2019

“Over an 18-year career of council service to his fellow citizens, Kenney broke down barriers and trailblazed a new way for us to build a more just and equitable city, and government,” Stoney said. “We are grateful for his leadership during this important era of change, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family today.”

Levar Stoney, Mayor of Richmond, Virginia

Kenney is survived by daughters Wilma Kenney Battle and Marvette Kenney, and a son, Walter T. Kenney, Jr.. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mamie Mallory Kenney.

 He was a fine elegant man who exuded class. My condolences to his family.

Rob Strunk, former Clerk Division Director, APWU
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