Friday, November 18, 2016

CBS interviews Jon Stewart about election of Donald Trump.

Here are a few of the exchanges that caught my attention courtesy of CBS News: 

“It all ties together... Here’s what I would honestly say. I don’t believe we are a fundamentally different country today than we were two weeks ago,” Stewart said. “The same country with all its grace and flaws, and volatility, and insecurity, and strength, and resilience exists today as existed two weeks ago. The same country that elected Donald Trump elected Barack Obama. I feel badly for the people for whom this election will mean more uncertainty and insecurity. But I also feel like this fight has never been easy. And the ultimate irony of this election is the cynical strategy of the Republicans, which is: ‘Our position as government doesn’t work. We’re going to make sure… that it doesn’t work.’” 

“Draining the swamp,” Rose said. 

“But they’re not draining the swamp. McConnell and Ryan, those guys are the swamp. And what they decided to do was, ‘I’m going to make sure government doesn’t work and then I’m going to use its lack of working as evidence of it,” Stewart said. “Donald Trump is a reaction not just to Democrats, to Republicans.” 

Stewart said Donald Trump is “not a Republican,” but a “repudiation of Republicans.”

And then this: 

Stewart said America wages a fight “against ourselves” because it is not “natural.” 

“Natural is tribal. We’re fighting against thousands of years of human behavior and history to create something that no one’s ever-- that’s what’s exceptional about America and that’s what’s, like, this ain’t easy,” Stewart said. “It’s an incredible thing.”

A number of very salient points were made by Stewart in this interview, and of course it made me miss his unique brand of observational comedy all the more.

Fortunately for us it appears that he will soon return on HBO this time, to help us through this dystopic deathscape we find ourselves living in right now.

73 comments:

  1. I also miss George Carlin more than ever now. :(

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  2. Anonymous5:20 PM

    And the best part about the new show, it's animated! (secretly I think Stewart went animated because he got used to not shaving)

    I've always loved the freedom that animation seems to give writers when addressing serious subjects; this is going to be fun.

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  3. Check out Bristol's contribution to FAKE NEWS (now being spread on Facebook by gullible people):
    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/bristolpalin/2016/11/tom-hanks-tells-liberal-crowd-he-hopes-to-vote-for-trump-in-2020-heres-how-they-responded/?utm_content=buffercb230&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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    1. Anonymous5:49 PM

      no thank you, she's a greedy lazy moron

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    2. Anonymous5:52 PM

      Who gives a shit except you.

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    3. Anonymous5:55 PM

      She's pathetic. Anyone who heard every word Hanks said knows that he was being rhetorical.

      He voted for Hillary and he'll surely vote for the good guy again in 2020. He was making a speech to help soothe the hurt and despondency that the people in the movie industry, and all over, are feeling right now. He was trying to be healing. He was saying that the country always finds a way to keep going and get through things. He was saying that he hoped Trump wouldn't fuck everything up.

      But of course Bristol and people like her don't get that he was being rhetorical and said what he said to drive home his larger message to all the people who are in pain and who he absolutely identifies with.



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    4. Anonymous6:01 PM

      get a life.

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  4. Anonymous5:47 PM

    Whenever I think the day won't bring out yet another revelation about what a POS Trump is, another comes out. His idea of an "autograph" is not the same as his fans' idea. Aww, poor fools:


    https://gma.yahoo.com/autographed-trump-hats-books-sold-website-were-signed-003403191--abc-news-topstories.html

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  5. Anonymous5:50 PM

    Jon Stewart may do as he pleases.

    I'M fucking fighting.

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    1. Anonymous6:22 PM

      Yep! 2 years. We have two years to get our act together and make big changes in the Dem party. It's time to boot the oldsters and get young progressives that include everyone and fight back!

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    2. Anonymous8:14 PM

      It's time to get those people systematically disenfranchised their voting registration back.

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    3. Anonymous5:31 AM

      @Anonymous 5:50 PM

      Jon Stewart may do as he pleases.

      I'M fucking fighting.''
      ***********************
      Jon Stewart is a weak man. He stands for NOTHING. Which ever way the pendulum swings is alright with him.

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  6. Anonymous5:55 PM

    Trump settles Trump University lawsuits for $25m
    1 hour ago

    Donald Trump has settled three Trump University lawsuits for $25m (£20m), the New York Attorney General has said.
    The US president-elect was being sued by former students who paid $35,000 (£28,000) for real estate "secrets" from his "hand-picked" instructors.
    Mr Trump had repeatedly said he would not settle the class-action lawsuits.

    Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said the settlement was a "stunning reversal" by Mr Trump and a "major victory" for victims.

    The businessman faced three fraud lawsuits - which alleged the school misled students and failed to deliver on its promises - in California and New York.

    A trial in one of the cases had been due to begin in San Diego on 28 November, although Mr Trump's lawyers had attempted to delay the case.
    Donald Trump's ongoing lawsuits
    During the election campaign, Mr Trump was criticised for saying that the California judge hearing the case could not be impartial because he is of Mexican heritage.

    Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement: "Today's $25 million [£20m] settlement agreement is a stunning reversal by Donald Trump and a major victory for the over 6,000 victims of his fraudulent university.
    "The victims of Trump University have waited years for today's result and I am pleased that their patience - and persistence - will be rewarded by this $25 million settlement."
    Mr Schneiderman, who Mr Trump has attacked as a "lightweight", had sought a $40m (£32m) payout from Mr Trump over the university, which closed in 2010.
    He called Trump University a "fraud from beginning to end" in July, adding that the organisation used "false promises to prey on desperate people"....

    Read more at
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38021820

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    1. Anonymous3:17 AM

      so - after lawyer fees each victim gets only 2k? Did i do my math right?
      That is probably a pittance compared to what they spent.

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  7. And Dan Hicks.

    Love you!

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  8. Anonymous5:58 PM

    Trump would have Ivanka and her scheming husband both in cabinet positions if it were legal.

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    1. Anonymous6:51 PM

      He still will and the GOP will roll over

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  9. Anonymous6:00 PM

    Funny, there are other countries that have made much greater strides in achieving what America says it wants to become (like Canada) yet America thinks it's exceptional.

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    1. Anonymous6:40 PM

      Following this election Germany is now the #1 Democracy in the world.

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    2. Anonymous6:57 PM

      Irony.

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    3. Anonymous3:21 AM

      we are exceptional!
      Some of the US is Exceptionally stupid, racist, arrogant, entitled, misguided, indoctrinated, shortsighted, lazy, homophobic, misogynistic, dangerous, and stupid...did I say stupid?

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    4. Anonymous3:43 AM

      American Exception was a phrase coined by Stalin and it was NOT meant to be a compliment.
      http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/03/how-joseph-stalin-invented-american-exceptionalism/254534/

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    5. Anonymous5:23 AM

      @Anonymous 6:40 PM

      Following this election Germany is now the #1 Democracy in the world.
      ********************
      Yep, Germany is the leader of the free world now.

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  10. Anonymous6:02 PM

    I wish he'd never left. I like Trevor Noah and he can be really biting at times--I really loved the Trump as Idi Amin thing he did--but it would be good to have JS back. I think JS has said some very smart things here. The problem, for me, though, is that he sounds like a lot of other people who are incisive and yet seem to be just shrugging their shoulders in acceptance.

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    1. Anonymous7:29 PM

      Colbert is much more of a fighter than Stewart. He gets the job done without the "oh well, the world sucks, what do you expect?"

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    2. Anonymous1:22 AM

      @Anonymous 7:29 PM

      I agree with you.
      Also, Stewart is wrong. The the people who elected President Obama are NOT the same people who voted for Trump. Stewart tried to make it sound like the people who voted for President Obama are the same people who voted for Trump. That is so farfetched.

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    3. Anonymous5:05 AM

      Actually a lot of Dems voted for Trump this time. So your statement is wrong, unfortunately. You underestimate how unemployment, high insurance premiums, and reduced work hours have turned many Democrats on to voting for something different. My neighborhood is filled with liberal Obama voters who voted Trump.

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    4. Anonymous5:27 AM

      @Anonymous 5:05 AM

      The people who voted for President Obama, would never vote for the likes of Trump.
      What I said is, the people who voted for President Obama and put him in office are NOT the same people who voted for Trump.
      President Obama's supporters have different policy values, personal values than Trump.

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    5. Anonymous9:11 AM

      Did you not read my comment? Sorry if I wasn't clear. I can count about two dozen folks in my physical neighborhood and family network as well who have been lifelong liberals and voted enthusiastically for Obama, who voted enthusiastically for Trump this time. Reasons cited were largely economic and they consider Obama a complete failure in this regard. As Stewart says, voters are not monoliths. They can be motivated by a complex array of issues to vote different ways at different times.

      While personally I don't share their views this time around, I also am fortunate enough not to have suffered tremendous financial setbacks these past eight years as they have.

      Sometimes people vote with their ( empty ) wallet. I can understand that. I think we as liberals need to understand this better if this country is to move forward.

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  11. Anonymous6:02 PM

    The Electoral College Was Created to Stop Demagogues Like Trump

    http://time.com/4575119/electoral-college-demagogues/

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  12. Anonymous6:03 PM

    Of course nothing has changed, Jon, because President Obama still has the reins. You're also filthy rich.

    Many in this country dread January 21, 2017. and what it will mean for our families. WITH GOOD REASON.

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    1. Anonymous7:16 PM

      Some of us will die, sooner rather than later...

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  13. Anonymous6:05 PM

    "And when you start settling cases, you know what happens? Everybody sues you because you get known as a settler. One thing about me, I am not known as a settler,”
    -Donald Trump


    USA TODAY:
    Trump settles fraud case against Trump University for $25M

    Doug Stanglin | USA TODAY
    10 minutes ago

    In what New York's attorney general called a "stunning reversal," president-elect Donald Trump agreed Friday to settle fraud cases involving Trump University for $25 million.

    The cases involved a lawsuit by New York state and two class actions suits in California against the university, which promised to reveal Trump's real estate investing "secrets" to people who enrolled in the courses.

    Trump's defense team said the decision was made to settle so that years of potential litigation could be avoided.
    “This would have gone on for a long, long time and would have been a very significant distraction,” said Daniel M. Petrocelli, the lead attorney who represented Trump in the case.

    Trump had publicly vowed not to settle the lawsuits and suggested at one point during his presidential campaign that he might reopen the school, which closed in 2010. He told supporters at a May rally that he would come to San Diego to testify after winning the presidency.
    “I could have settled this case numerous times, but I don’t want to settle cases when we’re right. I don’t believe in it. And when you start settling cases, you know what happens? Everybody sues you because you get known as a settler. One thing about me, I am not known as a settler,” Trump said at the time....

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/11/18/reports-trump-nears-settlement-trump-u-fraud-case/94068946/

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    1. Anonymous7:25 PM

      I can't wait to see his spin on this one.

      I am sure it will be something along the lines of I won but settled because I am too busy blah blah blah give the little people some money blah blah

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  14. Anonymous6:08 PM

    Draining the swamp...to install a cesspool instead.

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    1. Anonymous6:52 PM

      Not instead - in addition to.

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  15. Anonymous6:15 PM

    For Warned >
    https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/graphics/2015-steve-bannon/

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  16. Anonymous6:18 PM

    This is nothing more than a good old bundy style take over. America held hostage.

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    1. Anonymous6:34 PM

      You know, every Thanksgiving on my Facebook page I post "Alice's Restaurant" and the Wasilla Wendingo's turkey massacre. I'm leaving her out this year because it would come with a BOLD political commentary not appropriate for the day.

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  17. Anonymous6:21 PM

    I love Jon Stewart, but this is just bullshit:
    “Natural is tribal. We’re fighting against thousands of years of human behavior and history to create something that no one’s ever-- that’s what’s exceptional about America and that’s what’s, like, this ain’t easy,” Stewart said. “It’s an incredible thing.

    Sorry folks, we're just not all that. To suggest that America is ahead of the curve ball on evolution is pandering to the MAGA crowd.

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  18. Anonymous7:05 PM

    Attorney Offers To Represent Any Elector For Free If They Face Legal Action for Dumping Trump

    Civil rights attorney Lisa Bloom is offering to represent any electoral college elector for free if they defy their state and get into legal trouble by voting against Donald Trump.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2016/11/18/attorney-offers-represent-elector-free-face-legal-action-dumping-trump.html

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    1. Anonymous3:23 AM

      Wow! Thank you Lisa Bloom!

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  19. Anonymous7:36 PM

    Actually the only thing that has changed with the "election" of Trump is the racists are out in the open.

    The republican party has always been for the rich and the majority are probable racist, they just kept it hidden.

    Now at least the "secret" is out of the bag and they can be openly racist.

    After 4 years of trump, the rich will be richer, the middle class will be gone and the poor will be just hanging on.

    In other words the republicans with the help of trump will turn the USA into a 3rd world country.

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  20. Anonymous7:42 PM

    OK. Somewhat inspiring. BUT I AM SO FUCKING MISERABLE I'M SO FUCKING TIRED OF BEING TERRIFIED OF THIS MONSTER THIS PIECE OF SHIT OUR COUNTRY GAVE POWER TO!!! I CAN'T STAND IT MY MIND WON'T ACCEPT THE DISSOLUTION OF THE COUNTRY I ALWAYS KNEW, THE COUNTRY THAT ALWAYS RIGHTED ITSELF AND TRIED TO DO RIGHT! BEFORE OUR VERY EYES. IT'S FUCKING OVER THE OLE U.S. OF A. IT'S FUCKING OVER! DASHED BY THE DEVIL DRESSED UP AS DONALD FUCKING TRUMP. A GREAT DREAM IS OVER.

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    1. Anonymous8:28 PM

      Darling, we're all in the same boat. And all over the world the worst people are getting into power. I don't know what to tell you, except you can't drink or smoke you way through this, so don't even try. Stay healthy. You'll be needed, come the revolution.

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    2. Anonymous8:58 PM

      One foot in front of the other, soldier:

      https://www.amazon.com/Rules-Revolutionaries-Organizing-Change-Everything-ebook/dp/B01MG20YZ0/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

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    3. Anonymous9:50 AM

      8:28... lol ...

      "You'll be needed, come the revolution."

      lololol. Okaaay we will all be waiting for your big "revolution" hahahahaa.

      You people won't even vote.

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  21. Anonymous7:56 PM

    DON'T LAUGH ....
    TRUMP HAS TO FIND A PLACE FOR PALIN ....
    HE ALREADY SAID HE WOULD


    UPI:
    Trump administration taking shape; Romney, Giuliani, Palin possible picks for key roles
    By Doug G. Ware
    Updated Nov. 18, 2016 at 8:11 PM

    ......

    Interior Secretary - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, 2008 VP candidate Sarah Palin, former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, Lucas Oil CEO Forrest Lucas, investor Robert Grady.

    ......

    http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2016/11/18/Trump-administration-taking-shape-Romney-Giuliani-Palin-possible-picks-for-key-roles/2491479496168/

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    1. Anonymous8:37 PM

      It is apparent with all of the recent property liquidations, that there is a certain level of financial uncertainty in the Palin family.

      This would lead me to believe that the likelihood of her being able to afford a residence in DC is very slim; I don't think she can afford to accept the job.

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    2. Anonymous1:18 AM

      @Anonymous 7:56 PM

      What a hypocrite Romney would be to take a role in the cabinet of a man he hates.

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    3. "TRUMP HAS TO FIND A PLACE FOR PALIN ....
      HE ALREADY SAID HE WOULD"
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      Since when has Trump ever felt obliged to keep his word? The man lies with every breath he takes.

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  22. Anonymous7:59 PM

    POSSIBLE POSITION FOR PALIN?
    She has to go somewhere.
    Hell perhaps?

    The Deputy Secretary of the Interior, in the United States government, advises and assists the Secretary of the Interior in the supervision and direction of the Department of the Interior and its activities, and succeeds the Secretary in his or her absence, sickness, or unavailability. The Deputy Secretary of the Interior is appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.[2] In 1990, the title of the position was changed from Under Secretary of the Interior to Deputy Secretary of the Interior.

    Do cabinet members have to be approved by Senate?
    All Cabinet members are nominated by the President and then presented to the Senate for confirmation or rejection by a simple majority. If approved, they are sworn in and then begin their duties.

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    1. Anonymous3:26 AM

      Steve Schmidt ! Don't let your legacy be a piece of shit!
      If Palin becomes secretary of interior , do what you need to do to out her as the cry pregnancy faking loon that she is.

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    2. "POSSIBLE POSITION FOR PALIN?
      She has to go somewhere."
      -----------------
      Why does she have to "go somewhere" in the administration? Nobody has to offer her anything.

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  23. Anonymous8:00 PM

    Do you think Trump and his bitch will get out of the presidential limousine and walk like President Obama did?

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    1. Anonymous9:51 PM

      Wouldn't be smart.

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    2. Anonymous3:27 AM

      I don't think hooker heels are very comfortable for Melanomia.

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  24. Anonymous8:59 PM

    OT but this will make you smile. Pence at Hamilton was addressed by cast and crew and booed by audience.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/hamilton-message-mike-pence-booed-2016-11

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    1. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mike-pence-booed-hamilton_us_582fbe42e4b030997bbf9782

      The above has video of the booing.

      I hope Pence and Drumpf get the same treatment when they show up to anything. Make them really understand how people really feel about them.

      The speech was wonderful but I doubt it had any effect on Pence. That is one hard hearted, hard headed righteous stick up his ass fundamentalist.

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    2. Anonymous3:28 AM

      He better get used to it.
      AND Did he get a fuckin' free ticket when the rest of us are shelling out hundreds or thousands and waiting months for a ticket???

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  25. Anonymous8:59 PM


    Thanks to Trump, president of the racist white inbreds:


    Hate Crimes Against Muslims Spiked 67 Percent Last Year
    And that figure is probably a vast underestimate.

    BRANDON ELLINGTON PATTERSON NOV. 18, 2016 5:23 PM
    -Mother Jones

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  26. Anonymous10:09 PM

    To 7:42 PM A Great Dream Is Not Over.
    Trump is his own worst enemy. This clown
    will not be allowed to kill our country.
    One way or another, he will be put out to pasture. Remember the paper that granny
    Palin showed off with all of the cross hair
    targets aimed at certain Democratic areas.
    Well , that was nothing compared to
    the many cross haired targets from all over the world aimed in a certain direction. We all know he is crazy!










    and

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  27. Anonymous10:43 PM

    NORMALIZING RELATIONS: The entire station — Not just F&F — has been working hard to normalize the Trumpster Fire. To that end there is tonight’s big special (taped more than 2 months ago and shopped around until now):

    FOX News Channel to debut ‘OBJECTified: Donald Trump’ special

    Fox News Channel To Air Harvey Levin
    Tour Of Donald Trump’s Home And Keepsakes

    More of this week’s normalization process:

    http://www.politicususa.com/2016/11/18/friday-fox-follies-fake-news-fox-news-news.html

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  28. Anonymous11:05 PM

    Yet another Trump conflict of interest. Now that Trump's going to be in office, the company trying to put in that Dakota pipeline is happily saying a big F-you to the Native Americans. They say no way are they going to change their plan and go around the revered land. And who owns stock in that company? Trump. He owns between $500,000 and $1,000,000 in stock. And the company donated $100,000 to Trump's campaign.

    Everything Trump's name is associated with is ugly or ruined. Seriously, I just want the monster to have a heart attack already and die. He has wrecked so much and is on his way to wrecking much more.


    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dakota-access-pipeline-route-change_us_582f65c3e4b099512f82c1df

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  29. Anonymous11:23 PM

    This Is Not Normal: POTUS-Elect Trump Spends $25 Million To Dodge Fraud Trial

    While the news that Trump settled the Trump University fraud cases is great for the thousands of people he defrauded, the fact that the next President Of The United States had to spend millions to avoid a fraud trial speaks volumes about his lack of ethics.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2016/11/18/trump-walking-corruption-potus-elect-spends-25-mil-dodge-fraud-trial.html

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  30. I really missed him this election season. I think this election season made him realize that he really should have stayed at The Daily Show.

    I'm happy he's going to be back and I'm glad I have HBOnow. But I'm a bit disappointed it is going to be an animated series.

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  31. Anonymous3:13 AM

    lol I feel abandoned by Jon. I personally needed him election night.

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    1. I understand his burn-out. But him leaving the show during this particular election cycle was like those that sat out the election because they weren't registered or didn't vote.

      Who knows if him continuing The Daily Show might have made a difference?

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  32. Anonymous3:39 AM

    Here is the thing, for me at least.
    I am a 1%er. I come from a lower barely middle class upbringing. So does my husband. His parents were immigrants. (Scandinavian) I am second generation (Italian). We both are smart and the first to go to college and get advanced degrees. We have worked hard and are 1%. BUT we are far left liberals and atheists. We are appalled the Drumpf won and want to leave this country. BUT, the thing is, we should be fine financially. We are more worried about our families and fellow US friends who voted for Trump than THEY are. Its a weird position to be in. My sister keeps telling me to "get over it". yet, she is the one that is going to be hurt the most.
    So, I guess what I'm trying to say is, I feel like I'm in a no mans land, yelling and not being heard.
    Maybe Jon feels that way, too. I sense a resignation in him. He is super rich, He is a 0.1%er. He, too will be fine. He, too has screamed and still the worse has happened.
    It seems we can't fix stupid.

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    1. Anonymous12:56 PM

      You'll just have to let them suffer. They need to learn the hard way.

      There are many English speaking countries you could spend four happy years in, but my advice would be first visit the Baltic countries before Putin's tanks roll back in right over the people- because you know Trump the Communist puppet won't even say anything about it.

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    2. They're adults. At some point they need to lie in the bed they made. And you need to have the courage to say TOLD YOU SO. It's like an alcoholic. They need to hit rock bottom and acknowledge they have a problem before you can help them.

      You've got money. You can take an extended vacation for Drumpfs first and hopefully only term.

      Panama uses the U.S. dollar as currency, as an English Speaking ex-pat community. And if you're retired, they have some great discounts for retirees.

      Yes, I have looked into it.

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  33. Anonymous4:10 PM

    He's spot on with the swamp location but it doesn't make me feel we'll be ok as a country under Trump.

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