Three of the internet’s finest wall-related tweets, meticulously curated for your enjoyment

I have important business to attend to this evening, so I don’t have much time. With that said, however, I’ve just curated what I think are the three best wall-related tweets of the past 48 hours for your consideration. I hope my efforts are appreciated.

TWEET ONE: Trump, back in 2004, telling graduating college students that walls can’t stop those who are motivated. “If there’s a concrete wall in front of you,” the future President says to them, “go through it… over it… around it.”

TWEET TWO: It’s not just concrete, apparently, that can be gone through. As we learned today, steel slats aren’t magical. No, apparently you can just cut right through them.

TWEET THREE: Trump said today that he never suggested that Mexico would actually write a check for the wall, contradicting himself in 2016, when he said… and I quote… “They may even write us a check.”

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While we were all yelling about Trump’s fucking wall, it was established that Paul Manafort funneled internal Trump campaign polling data to the Russians, likely to assist in their anti-Clinton disinformation campaign

I know I should probably be talking about Trump’s ridiculous speech from the Oval Office last night, and how, surrounded by the deplorable misfits that remain his administration, he moved effortlessly from talking about his boundless love for all people to reciting a list of Americans beheaded and beaten to death by hammer-wielding Mexicans, and how he lied repeatedly about everything from how opioids cross the border and the fantastic, magical vehicles driven by drug dealers to the number of people crossing into the country illegally and how our new trade deal with Mexico would pay for the wall, but I’d rather talk about Paul Manafort, and what we just discovered about his time at the head of the Trump campaign.

Thanks to A document that was apparently incorrectly redacted by Paul Manafort’s attorneys, we now have a better sense as to why the former Trump campaign chairman had his plea deal rescinded. It would appear that, among other things, Manafort had lied to Robert Mueller about his interactions with Konstantin Kilimnik, a man thought by U.S. intelligence agencies “to have ties to a Russian intelligence service.” Specifically, it would appear that Manafort lied repeatedly during the course of 12 interviews, and 2 grand jury appearances, about the fact that he had both shared campaign polling data with Kilimnik during the campaign, and met with him in Madrid shortly after Trump was sworn in as President.

While we’d known for some time that Manafort had a relationship with Kilimnik, who is a Russian citizen, since 2005, we didn’t know until now that Manafort, while Trump’s campaign chairman, was sharing internal polling data with him, and this could very well be the last piece of the collusion puzzle that we’d been waiting for… the piece that connects the Trump campaign to Russian intelligence. Of course it’s still conjecture at this point, as we don’t know what Mueller knows, but, as Manafort apparently fought so hard to keep this quiet, knowing that doing so would jeopardize his plea deal, one would imagine it’s incredibly important… Does this mean that Mueller now has proof showing that the Trump campaign supplied information to the Russians, showing them where to focus their now well-documented online disinformation campaigns, like in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania? We don’t know. But it sure seems plausible.

And let’s not forget, it was Manafort who wrote to Kilimnik after getting the job with the Trump campaign, asking “How do we use [this] to get whole?,” referring to the fact that he was millions in debt to Russian Oligarch Oleg Deripaska. [Former Russian spy Victor Boyarkin, who works for Deripaska, just recently said the following about Manafort to Time. “He owed us a lot of money,” Boyarkin said. “And he was offering ways to pay it back.”]

So, to recap, Paul Manafort, who was deep in debt to shady Russian characters, took an unpaid job as Trump’s campaign chairman, and then promptly wrote to Kilimnik, asking how he might use this new position to erase his debt with Deripaska. Then, as we just learned, he not only started sending internal polling data from the Trump campaign to Kilimnik, but he secretly met with Kilimnik in Madrid just after the election, where they apparently discussed a Ukrainian “peace” plan… meaning, of course, a path forward that would see the United States stepping back from the conflict, allowing for Russia to annex the country. [You’ll recall that the the Trump campaign team, during the 2016 Republican National Convention, had already forced a change to the GOP platform, removing mention of our nation’s need to arm the Ukrainians in their fight against Russian and rebel forces in Ukraine, “contradicting the view of almost all Republican foreign policy leaders in Washington,” according to the Washington Post..]

I would say, based on what we know right now, it’s pretty obvious that Manafort was doing the bidding of the Russians while serving as Trump’s campaign chairman. And, I think, by the time all of this is over, we’ll know for a certainty that there was collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians. The only remaining question, it would seem, is to what extent Donald Trump was personally aware and profiting from the arrangement. And I think that Manafort knows the answer to that question, which is why Donald Trump has refused to turn on him, like he’s done with others that have accepted plea deals, like Michael Cohen. Trump knows that Manafort could put him in prison for the rest of his life.

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NBC, ABC and CBS capitulate to Trump, offering him airtime to lie to the American people about the non-existent “crisis” on our southern border

Early this afternoon, Donald Trump tweeted out that he would be addressing the nation at 9:00 on Tuesday evening to discuss the “national security crisis on our southern border.” The three networks, who, back in November of 2014, refused to televise a speech on immigration by President Barack Obama, saying that it was too political, quickly caved, and said they would broadcast Trump’s speech. As for why they would do this, when they know full well that Trump will lie to the American people about this non-existent “crisis,” just as his Homeland Security Director and Press Secretary have done over the past few days, I think it’s safe to say that they were bullied into it.

According to CNN’s Brian Stelter, he received a text earlier today from a network executive stating the following. “[Trump] calls us fake news all the time, but needs access to airwaves,” the unnamed executive said. “If we give him the time, he’ll deliver a fact-free screed without rebuttal. And if we don’t give him the time, he’ll call every network partisan. So we are damned if we do and damned if we don’t.”

So, because the networks can’t stand up to Donald Trump, tomorrow evening, he will go on television to tell the American people of the terrorist threat on our souther border [which doesn’t actually exist], and make the case as to why we need a $5 billion wall [which border agents say would be counterproductive].

The truth is, a border wall would do nothing to stop terrorism and illegal border crossings are already at near a half-century low. But none of that will be said. Instead, it’s very likely that we’ll hear Donald Trump invoke the National Emergencies Act of 1976, saying that, because of the severity of the (imagined) crisis, he doesn’t have to work through Congress to give his racist followers the wall he promised them during the campaign.

I could go on, but I’ll just leave you with the three best responses I’ve seen to this thus far.

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Trump doesn’t really want a wall. With impeachment on the horizon, he just wants to demonstrate that he has the support of America’s angry, terrified, racist, and uninformed white males.

As of yesterday, the federal government had been partially shut down for two weeks, and Donald Trump marked the occasion by tweeting out the above image, making it clear that he didn’t intend to give in, even though our national parks are overflowing with shit and TSA agents have stopped coming to work, bringing air travel to a near standstill. It’s difficult to say what Trump’s endgame is here, as public opinion seems to be building against him, but he says that the shutdown could go on for years, if that’s what it takes for him to get a wall built across our southern border.

The whole thing is completely fucked up. Trump says that the government shutdown is necessary, as it’s the only way for him to get his wall, and stop terrorists from making their way into America from Mexico, but the shutdown is actually keeping those agents patrolling the southern border from being paid. What’s more, there’s no evidence that terrorists are crossing over our southern border. In fact, they’re even admitting as much on Fox News… Here’s video from this morning of Chris Wallace taking on Sarah Huckabee Sanders on the subject.

But this was never about the truth. And it was never really about border security. If it was, we’d be discussing the fact that there’s still unspent money in the federal budget for border security, or that Donald Trump himself just recently conceded that the southern border is already “tight.” But here we are, discussing a ridiculous border wall because our President, beset by numerous criminal investigations, desperately needs to retain the support of his most diehard followers… the racists who ate it up when he promised them back in 2016 that he’d give them a “big, beautiful wall” to protect us from brown people from from shithole countries. So, here we are, not paying the people protecting the border, so that we can get a wall that national security experts agree would be absolutely useless, in order to appease people who apparently don’t understand that Mexicans have the technology necessary to build ladders.

Thankfully, while Donald Trump is lying about how former U.S. presidents have privately reached out to him and confided in him that they regret not having built a wall along the southern border themselves, Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats are doing the work of the American people, and trying their best to reopen those federal agencies we need in order to, among other things, provide border security. And, one would imagine, it’s just a matter of time before Republican Senators come to accept the reality of the situation and abandon Donald Trump on this issue. [Republican Senators Susan Collins and Cory Gardner are already talking about supporting Democratic initiatives to reopen the government without the border wall, and one would imagine that others will follow, seeing as how the Senate had already voted two weeks ago to keep the government funded without the wall, before Trump threw his tantrum and demanded a shutdown.]

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Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves

Today, the first day of the 116th Congress, is noteworthy not just because Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats have taken back control of the House, where they’re already talking about things like addressing climate change, protecting those with preexisting conditions, and rebuilding the working class, but because a record number of Representatives in this year’s class are women. As Nancy Pelosi, our new Speaker of the House, noted earlier today, it’s been 100 years since women won the right to vote in America, but we’ve finally gotten to the point where over 100 women are serving in the House. Yes, as of today, there are 102 female U.S. House members, which is 15 more than at any other point since the founding of our nation. And a whopping 34.3% of these women are serving in the House for their first time. [In the Senate, there are now 25 women, which is also a record.]

And it’s not just that a record number of women have been elected… A lot of them also made history when they won their respective races. As CNBC reported, “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Abby Finkenauer became the youngest women ever to serve in Congress. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar became the first Muslim-American women ever elected. Ayanna Pressley will be the first Black woman to represent Massachusetts. Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia will be the first Latinas to represent Texas. And Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland are the first Indigenous women ever elected to Congress.”

And, I think it’s worth noting, we have the Democratic Party to thank for every one of these historic firsts… Just check this out.

That’s right. Wile Republicans are still sending the same number of women to the House that they did back in 1989, Democrats this year elected 89 women to serve as Representatives, including those women pictured at the top of this post; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, Deb Haaland, Veronica Escobar, and Sharice Davids. While Republicans, it would seem, have a difficult time pulling the lever for women, perhaps believing that men are better suited to leadership, Democrats apparently have very little hesitation. And it’s not just that Democrats sent a record number of women Congress… They also sent women of color, and non-Christian women. [Democrats today were sworn in not just on the Christian Bible, but on the Muslim Quran, the Buddhist Sutra, and the Hindu Vera.]

And, no, I don’t think it was a coincidence that, last night, Tucker Carlson, on his Fox News show, was talking about how, when women are more successful than men, it leads to “more drug and alcohol abuse, higher incarceration rates, fewer families formed for the next generation.” There is a huge change taking place, folks, and you can be sure that it’s scaring the Republicans shitless. They know that their time is up. They know that that they pushed things too far, and there’s going to be a price to pay. They know that, even with their lying, fear mongering, voter suppression, gerrymandering, numerous propaganda channels, corporate cash, and blatant appeals to racism, they just can’t make it work any longer. They know that they’re fast coming to a point where they won’t be able to cobble together a winning coalition of corporatists, evangelicals and terrified racists, and that this post-#MeToo wave of female Representatives is just the first sign. Unfortunately, though, it’s not in their nature to just give up. And that’s why we need to keep sending Democrats, like the women we’re talking about right now, to Congress. Only when Congress truly reflects the people of American will the people of America have the leadership they deserve.

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