As the days tick away, President Desperation is turning on anyone who deigns to accept the reality that he lost the election. According to a new Axios story, President Petulant is now angry at Chief of staff Mark Meadows, White House counsel Pat Cipollone, Secretary of State Pompeo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and, perhaps most deliciously, Vice-President Mike Pence.
“A source who spoke to Trump said the president was complaining about Pence and brought up a Lincoln Project ad that claims that Pence is “backing away” from Trump. This ad has clearly got inside Trump’s head, the source said.
- Trump views Pence as not fighting hard enough for him — the same complaint he uses against virtually everybody who works for him and has been loyal to him.
Pence’s role on Jan. 6 has begun to loom large in Trump’s mind, according to people who’ve discussed the matter with him.
- Trump would view Pence performing his constitutional duty — and validating the election result — as the ultimate betrayal.”
Here’s the ad in question:
President Narcissist is also sending around a Power Point to Republicans that suggests he’s solely responsible for Mitch McConnell’s re-election, which is hilarious on the face of it and promising to think what he might do to Republicans he feels weren’t sufficiently loyal to him when the midterms come around in 2022.
But by shedding all the “reasonable” Republicans, the ones that live among us here in reality, President Entrenched is surrounding himself with only lunatics: Sidney Powell, Rudy Giuliani, Mike Flynn, and NEW CHARACTER ALERT! Patrick Byrne, the former CEO of Overstock who was ousted when it was recently revealed that he had an affair with Russian spy Maria Butina. Or as The Guardian described them:
In the final month of Donald Trump’s time in the Oval Office, he has at last assembled his own team of outsized odds and ends, self-aggrandizing wingnuts, and brainless lumps of gelatin. You can decide for yourself if this latest incarnation of his “elite strike force” of advisers is more likely to launch all the nuclear weapons or make a fresh cup of coffee.
So, even as Geraldo and ~does double take~ Pat Robertson abandon the sinking ship with the rest of the rats, and even as Sebastian Gorka shuts down the My Pillow Guy when he tries to scream election fraud …
— Angry🍁Beaver (@CanuckCritter) December 22, 2020
… expect this shitshow to continue chugging along in some fashion until January 20. And even after that, this walking disaster will continue to scream that he was robbed if it will make him a buck, according to Michael Cohen. That is, unless he’s in prison somewhere, which might be the real reason someone is so desperate to stay behind the Resolute Desk.
Meanwhile, President-elect Joe Biden is going to appoint Dr. Miguel Cardona, Connecticut’s first Latino commissioner of education, as Secretary of Education. I’ve never heard of him, either, and THAT’S FANTASTIC.
29 more days.
Anita Hill’s Hollywood Commission has released its report on sexual harassment and discrimination in the entertainment industry and found: the industry has a permissive attitude towards harassment and that workers don’t believe powerful people will be penalized; that workers don’t believe the industry values diversity, inclusion, or respect; and that even after the #MeToo movement, there has only been a modest uptick in workers reporting inappropriate behavior out of fear for retaliation. The Commission made suggestions on how to change this environment, ranging from everything from anti-bias training to avoiding certain stereotypes in storytelling. It’s a lot.
Jacob Roloff, one of the stars of the reality series Little People, Big World, has accused a former producer of molesting him when he was younger.
Patty Jenkins spoke very openly about her WonderWoman: 1984 salary dispute with Warner Bros. “It was easy to find that all of the men not just had quotes, they’d made an independent film and then a first [superhero] movie. They got paid seven times more than me for the first superhero movie. Then on the second one, they got paid more than me still. It was an easy fight to say, ‘This can’t be. It super can’t be. And it really can’t be on ‘Wonder Woman.’ It was an interesting thing to do, but it was an easy thing to do in the fact I was dead serious.” She also is insisting she will only direct Wonder Woman 3 if Warner Bros. promises to open in theaters only.
Britt McHenry’s sexual harassment case against her former co-host George Murdoch (aka Tyrus) can move forward, but her claims against two of her bosses and Fox News have been dismissed.
Jean-Luc Brunel, a modeling agent and associate of Jeffrey Epstein, has been charged in Paris with the rape of minors and human trafficking.
Eddie Izzard has asked that people use the pronouns she/her in describing her going forward.
This very detailed story about how President Malfeasance’s ineptitude and refusal to accept science and reality led to our horrible winter is infuriating. A dear friend lost her father last night to COVID-19, less than a week before Christmas and her birthday. I am livid for her and for everyone else who lost a loved one because of this administration’s hubris and incompetence. It didn’t have to be this way.
K.T. Oslin, country singer and songwriter, has passed away from COVID.
Violent and armed anti-lockdown protestors broke into the Oregon statehouse while COVID-19 measures were being debated. According to police, at least one protestor used a “chemical agent” officers, and others kicked in glass entryways. But tell me again how it’s the “leftists” who are the dangerous ones.
Conservative dipshits Turning Point USA are holding superspreader events at Mar-A-Lago. And then there are these dingdongs in New York State:
the Whitestone Republican Club in NYC apparently held a Christmas party this year without a care in the world about COVID pic.twitter.com/mHzW86d9M7
— Matt Binder (@MattBinder) December 21, 2020
Honestly, if these assholes want to get together, they should be forced to sign waivers swearing they will not seek medical attention when they inevitably get the virus.
That COVID stimulus bill Congress is passing that will send you a whopping $600 possibly as soon as next week will also make illegal streaming a felony with a penalty of up to 10 years in prison. What that has to do with COVID? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ TV and film productions are also receiving tax deductions in the bill of up to $15 million, and movie theaters and live venues will receive some $15 billion.
Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s next season will take place in a post-COVID world, which I guess is OK as long as they do address the virus. There are exactly two shows I wanted to see tackle this pandemic: Curb and Sunny, but I’ll take storylines that are about the world the virus has left us with, too.
John Krasinski’s Some Good News is back:
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Giancarlo Esposito would like a prequel series based on Gus Fring and he has some excellent ideas about Gus’s backstory. Listen, if Marvel and Star Wars can get the universe treatment, I don’t know why Breaking Bad can’t, too.
Here’s hoping that the Patron Saint of Lapsed Catholics gets the help he needs and has a speedy recovery and that people leave him the hell alone. For those who might be struggling with substance abuse, please reach out for help. You can call the Substance Abuse And Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) helpline at 1-800-662-HELP.
- B-Positive has been given a full-season order at CBS.
- His Dark Materials has been renewed for a third and final season on HBO.
- Spenser Confidential, a thriller starring Mark Wahlberg, has been picked up at Netflix.
- Inkwell, a drama about Black surfers, is being developed at HBO Max.
- The Magical Reality of Nadia is being adapted into a TV series.
Mark Your Calendars
- Coming 2 America will premiere on Amazon on March 5.
- Tiger will premiere on HBO on January 10.
- History of Swear Words will debut on Netflix on January 5.
- The Little Things will premiere on HBO Max and in theaters on January 29.
- Good Trouble will return on Freeform on February 17.
— Good Trouble (@GoodTrouble) December 21, 2020
- Gomorrah returns on HBO Max on January 21.
- Unsung Presents: Music & the Movement will premiere on TV One on January 18.
- NikkieTutorials: Layers of Me will premiere on YouTube on December 28.
Kevin Greene, Hall of Fame NFL lineman
David Giler, Alien producer
The Bachelorette: Tayshia picks her man and I’m free from Bachelor Nation for, like, a solid week. Season premiere. 7 p.m., ABC
neXt: Two-hour series finale. 7 p.m., Fox
The Price is Right at Night: PLINKO BUT AT NIGHT. 7 p.m., CBS
Let’s Make a Deal Primetime: By the way, these primetime game shows are the future of CBS’s lineup in January. Thank COVID. 8 p.m., CBS
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