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Yesterday marked a first in presidential behavior. For the first time in his presidency, Trump held a public cabinet meeting where his cabinet heads took turns lavishing praise and blessings on their Lord Dampnut.
It was embarrassing and comical at the same time: Trump's minions sucking up to their Supreme Overlord, obsequiously kissing the hem of his ridiculously long red necktie. I've never witnessed such a sickening orchestrated show of fawning, unctuous, and sycophantic claptrap from our supposed public servants.
The loyalty pledges unfolded the day before Attorney General Jeff Sessions is due to testify before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about his involvement with Moscow and his role in the firing of Mr. Comey. Mr. Sessions has recused himself from the Russia investigation.
The tableau in the White House’s Cabinet Room struck many observers, including former White House officials familiar with the day-to-day workings of the president and the senior officials in his administration, as extraordinary.
The whole thing was creepy. Forced laughter and zombie praise. This thing gets weirder and weirder every day. The photo-ops have been a big feature of his presidency but this is really reaching into Kim Jong Un territory:
Yahoo News: Shortly after the Cabinet coverage, the Gallup organization released its updated tracking poll of how Americans view their president's performance. He is fighting from a deep hole: 36 percent approve his handling of the job, 59 percent disapprove.
In other news:
Putin blamed Hillary Clinton for the protests that swept across Russia in 2011. Hillary is not the Secretary of State, but Putin's Poodle is the POTUS, so the question is who will Putin blame this time?
A Russian court on Tuesday sentenced Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny to 30 days in prison for repeatedly violating the law on organizing public meetings, a Reuters journalist reported. Navalny was earlier detained on his way to an anti-Kremlin protest in central Moscow.
It's not surprising to read that Putin would throw his opposition in jail for organizing public meetings. After all, it is Russia, and there is no Constitution in that country that protects freedom of assembly the way our Constitution protects ours.
REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS IN FIVE STATES PROPOSE BILLS TO CRIMINALIZE PEACEFUL PROTEST
Over the past few weeks, Republican legislators across the country have quietly introduced a number of proposals to criminalize and discourage peaceful protest.
Remember Trump's promise to throw Hillary in jail should he win the presidency? Remember Trump's pal, General Flynn, screaming during the RNC convention last summer, "LOCK HER UP!"
Remember the complete silence from the Goopers? Y'know, the people who fetishize the Constitution and who accused President Obama of "fundamentally changing America?"
I remember all of that. The rabid right that took over the GOP has turned it into a gang of thugs willing to desecrate the US Constitution and support an authoritarian demagogue for the sole purpose of holding power and fundamentally changing America.