January 18, 2021

"The dissolving of one of America's most enduring transfer-of-power rituals — the outgoing president welcoming the incoming president on the steps of the North Portico..."

"... and then riding with them to the United States Capitol — is just one of the snubs the Trumps are perpetrating as they leave Washington. Instead of a president and first lady, the Bidens will be greeted by the White House chief usher Timothy Harleth, according to a source familiar with the day's events and planning.... The Inauguration Day snub of the Biden's comes on the heels of a series of broken norms and childish behavior that comes directly from the President of the United States, who has been vocal about his disinterest in preserving any semblance of decency towards the man who will succeed him. Trump, according to several sources, is even mulling whether to write a letter to Biden to leave for him in the Oval Office, a standard-bearing tradition. Melania Trump, who has not been seen in public in more than two weeks, has not reached out to Jill Biden, dashing expectations she would continue the passing along of hospitality to her successor, hosting her for a tour. Even after contentious election cycles, first ladies and presidents have set aside hard feelings and ego, no matter how bruised, until now...."

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Roughcoat said...

Oh, woodja woodja woo.

Kevin said...

Melania Trump, who has not been seen in public in more than two weeks, has not reached out to Jill Biden, dashing expectations she would continue the passing along of hospitality to her successor, hosting her for a tour.

Yes, how will Jill find her way around the place her husband worked for eight years?

Curious George said...

Perhaps Melania doesn't want to get sniffed.

n.n said...

More than 16 trimesters of witch hunts, warlock trials, JournoListic cover-ups, spreading social contagion, steering engines to set context, allegations of diversity, and protests have forced a climate change. Violating civil rights, colluding with foreign parties, and carrying out social justice only exacerbates the dynamic. #HateLoveaAbortion

DavidUW said...

They have to keep writing about Trump or they'll lose ratings.

wild chicken said...

Wait, I thought Trump was at the border last week checking out the wall?

Of is that too outside the beltway?

D. said...

This week's final episode of Trump - The End Game promises to be very exciting.

Narayanan said...

I once read something about not inviting vampires - the UNDEAD to cross threshold

Leland said...

John Adams left early too. I'd say Trump's in good company.

Alas, it is CNN crowing about how Trump is snubbing the Biden's, but if Pelosi and House Democrats had their way; Trump wouldn't be there anyway. Democrats have turned Impeachment into a kneejerk reaction to whatever claimed slight they want it to be. And consider Trump's first impeachment was about withholding aid to Ukraine, while less than 12 months later; Pelosi would crow about how she refused to negotiate aid to the American people that lost jobs due to coronavirus lockdowns. I see someone snubbing people, and it isn't Trump.

I'm Not Sure said...

"The dissolving of one of America's most enduring transfer-of-power rituals — the outgoing president welcoming the incoming president on the steps of the North Portico and then riding with them to the United States Capitol — is just one of the snubs the Trumps are perpetrating as they leave Washington."

If Trump was there, they'd bitch about that, too. There's no pleasing people who can't be pleased.

BTW- speaking of snubs... how's that impeachment going?

Amadeus 48 said...

As I said below, the Trumps are reviving the tradition established by the admired Abigail and John Adams. And their son became president, too.

Michael K said...

Does anyone think this is as funny as I do? Here is a better precedent.

The presidential election of 1828 was a rematch between John Quincy Adams, the incumbent, and Andrew Jackson, who’d been deprived of the presidency in 1824 by the “corrupt bargain.” The campaign was nasty, even by today’s standards. Jackson’s marriage came under intense scrutiny, as did his ownership of slaves. When the election results were announced, Jackson had won, his supporters stormed the White House, and Adams had to escape through the back.

Slow Joe and the Ho are lucky.

Ice Nine said...

Yeah, I suppose Trump could go and lick the asses of this crook and his fellow election thieves. Wouldn't they just love for him to volunteer for that last little bit of humiliation that they are determined to lay upon him. Now there would be some grade A civility bullshit!

Fuck them. No way in the world he should lend any validation to any of that.

Psota said...

If it's important, Joe and the Doc can revive this ritual, no prob.

JK Brown said...

I guess that Joe Biden ran on the Charlottesville hoax and repeatedly called Trump racist and worse has been memory-holed by CNN. Trump, whose supporters they fear, is choosing to leave the day to Biden. The installment of the new president as Nancy Pelosi put it should proceed but without them being able to insult Trump to his face.

And hopefully with dark screens all across the land

TheOne Who Is Not Obeyed said...

Personally, I couldn't give two shits about the traditions of the Presidency and the transfer of power. The Dems lost any right to call for civility with their bullshit Russia Collusion Hoax and bullshit impeachments and their stolen election.

I would much rather see Trump give the Bidens a big ol' middle finger a la Johnny Cash's famous picture. THAT is how Americans should peacefully transfer power. Skip the monarchist/oligarchist "trappings" and give 'em what they earned on the way out the door.

Chris of Rights said...

#CivilityBullshit

chickelit said...

DavidUW said...They have to keep writing about Trump or they'll lose ratings.

Painfully true. And it will be interesting to see what drives rating in 2 weeks. It certainly won't be any healing or outreach, or even Covid related--it will be the Trump impeachment trial.

Jim Gust said...

How about the Clinton tradition of prying off the W key caps on the keyboards before Bush II took over? $15,000 worth of damage, according to the GAO?

Will Trump top that?

Chuck said...
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Ken B said...

And if he did attend? They'd say he was provoking violence. Trump was right about some things, and the thing he was most right about was the political press.

n.n said...

Trump's presence would be a signal to "tear down the wall". With martial law in place to mitigate progress, better to avoid that accident of history.

Ken B said...

Side note. NO ONE should attend. COVID lockdowns.
Trump is setting a good example.

narciso said...

The absurdity has gone mogatu.



http://acecomments.mu.nu/?post=392203

Ken B said...

The LLR is making Zyklon-B jokes already.

Bob Smith said...

Madam Speaker up the SOTU speech on national TV to the cheering multitudes removed any obligation the Trumps had to even be civil. And given CNN’s ...... ummm ..... tenuous connection to the truth since forever I’ll ignore them thank you.

Bob Smith said...

tearing

Inga said...

It’s for the best. Mr and Mrs Drumpf should just leave quietly in the middle of the night.

n.n said...

And it will be interesting to see what drives rating in 2 weeks.

Progressive spread of social contagion, not limited to allegations of diversity, projections of sex... gender chauvinism, social justice and cancellation/abortion, coloring pro-human rights a la Pro-Life, Liberty, etc.

Joe Smith said...

Supposedly it's tradition for the outgoing president to write a note to the newcomer.

Trump's note will be written in Mandarin.

Humperdink said...

Another ritual dissolved occurred in 2015/16. That was an existing administration not spying on the incoming administration.

I'm Not Sure said...

"CNN reports."

Really? More like- CNN editorializes.

But hey- whatever.

Mike of Snoqualmie said...

When's CNN going to report on the Biden Crime Family and all of the bribes accepted by same from China, Russia and Ukraine? Also, when are they going to apologize for the three years of Russia, Russia, Russia! hoax? Until then, CNN can take their "breaking of norms" and shove it up their collective as*es.

Bill Harshaw said...

Contrasts with the GWB/Obama actions in transition. Obama and wife swallowed the resentment they must have had about the birther nonsense, just a foreshadowing of the way in which Trump demeaned the office.

That said, I don't blame the Trumps for passing--I'm not sure I could guarantee the good behavior of the audience for the inauguration.

chickelit said...

Tit for tat

YoungHegelian said...

Two freakin' Army divisions on the Mall, walls & wire everywhere, bridges to VA shut down, all rights of 1A assembly shut down, and we're supposed to worry about the hand-off of the WH silverware?

Oh, CNN give me a fucking break!

tcrosse said...

They could ger Alec Baldwin to stand in for Trump. Joe won't know the difference.

n.n said...

the bribes accepted by same from China, Russia and Ukraine

Billions and spies from China. Millions and a multitrimester cover story from Ukraine. A hundred thousand in Facebook ads from Russia. A British agent to narrate, and a JournoListic press to spread it.

mockturtle said...

Oh, I'm sure Joe and Jill are crushed by this turn of events.

BidenFamilyTaxPayerFundedCrackPipe said...

After 4 years of media lies and democrat party harassment of the man - I don't blame Trump at all.

F THE LEFT.

Howard said...

Nothing Burger... which is a high standard

bbkingfish said...

Not at all surprising. Right on-brand.

BidenFamilyTaxPayerFundedCrackPipe said...

what will the corrupt collective left do without Trump?

Media-gush and drool over Biden and Kamala will get boring fast.

BADuBois said...

Well, I've read that Hoover and Roosevelt despised each other, and didn't exchange a single word as they rode in the same car to the Inauguration. So there's that. And I believe the same was true for Truman and Eisenhower.

But that's history. And History is Hard to our new journalists.

gilbar said...

just one of the snubs the Trumps are perpetrating

was he invited? would have been welcomed? or lynched?

Sebastian said...

But whatabout, whatabout, whatabout --

O and Biden greeting Trump by launching a hoax persecution against him?

Still, Trump should have been there.

n.n said...

They could ger Alec Baldwin to stand in for Trump. Joe won't know the difference.

I wonder how many people would be able to discern the man from the caricature of our first Orange-American President that was spun so carefully, insidiously over these many trimesters.

Bob said...

CNN is full of it. Michael K's story might be one of the more colorful, but there have been a number of "transitions" that were acrimonious and didn't involve the outgoing and incoming presidents getting cozy.

https://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/trending/heres-history-awkward-presidential-transitions/X2EBNETLCFGHRFTMP7YMDWKYWA/

Just another gratuitous shot at Trump.

rhhardin said...

Closed Circuit (2013) is pretty good. Unusually I've watched it three times. Most films don't stand a repeat.

There's sort of a peaceful transfer of power in it, as the message; slightly modified. Trump may do the same.

rhhardin said...

The taunt of "childish" is good.

n.n said...

O and Biden greeting Trump by launching a hoax persecution against him?

Still, Trump should have been there.


16 trimesters of witch hunts, warlock trials, JournoListic cover-ups, and protests razing our cities, occupying government offices, invading neighborhoods, intimidating people, and forcing persons to kneel... Stop hitting yourself.

I'm Not Sure said...

"The dissolving of one of America's most enduring transfer-of-power rituals..."

Maybe Democrats should have considered where trashing honest elections might lead?

Just a thought...

gilbar said...

Serious Question
what are the trolls going to do, in three days?
they've based their entire lives around: Orange Man Bad!
Where do they go from here?

The Vault Dweller said...

So what would the headline have been had he attended? "In Smug Act of Contempt Trump Brazenly Plans to Attend Inauguration After Inciting Insurrection"?

Jim at said...

Not at all surprising. Right on-brand.

And if he did attend, you'd bitch about that, too.

Josephbleau said...

When an entire political party tells you to F off for 5 years the civilized thing to do is to walk off and ignore them.

n.n said...

On a forward-looking basis, we need a means to audit the vote. The blue finger method from third-world nations is a prospective choice. Also, in retrospect, allowing the Electoral Press to certify our elections was likely a poor conception. #HateLovesAbortion

Howard said...

Josephbleau: Drumpf is just short hand for a string of expletives summarizing PDJT's resume.

Fewer. Keystrokes

Mike of Snoqualmie said...

what are the trolls going to do, in three days?

They're going to relive the glory days of Trump Derangement Syndrome. They have to do that to keep their wacko audiences. Expect that to last four years, then they'll switch to [Republican president name] Derangement Syndrome for the next four years.

mccullough said...

Watching two old men in masks shake hands under a portico would be a comical image.

Trump doing Biden a favor by skipping the silliness of the moment.

n.n said...

Today, we celebrate our first Orange-American President. That said, diversity breeds adversity.

I'm Not Sure said...

"what are the trolls going to do, in three days?"

Same thing they did after BO took office- continue to bitch about the previous president.

n.n said...

Watching two old men in masks shake hands under a portico would be a comical image.

Sanitized full body condoms and goggles. The eyes are a window to contagion. Anything less means you don't care.

tim maguire said...

Is anyone surprised at how teary-eyed they get over empty symbolism as compared to how gleefully they destroy the substance?

n.n said...

When an entire political party tells you to F off for 5 years the civilized thing to do is to walk off and ignore them.

Your Jew... White... White Hispanic privilege is showing, deplorable.

Josephbleau said...

“Drumpf is just short hand for a string of expletives summarizing PDJT's resume.”

I see, it’s better to be a classless jerk than an uglier classless jerk.

JPS said...

That petulant, childish Trump is depriving crowds of Democrats of the chance to belt out Steam's "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye," as they did for George W. Bush as he departed. Now there was a gentleman.

Joe Smith said...

"16 trimesters of witch hunts, warlock trials, JournoListic cover-ups, and protests razing our cities, occupying government offices, invading neighborhoods, intimidating people, and forcing persons to kneel... Stop hitting yourself."

In reality, Trump got in only about a year's worth of actually being president, given all of the distractions.

Odi said...

Civility Bullshit

Rosalyn C. said...

Who knew Democrats are sentimental about old white supremacist slave owner traditions?

I'm Not Sure said...

"In reality, Trump got in only about a year's worth of actually being president, given all of the distractions."

Biden's not likely to get in much more, what with the dementia.

Chuck said...
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AndyN said...

Obama welcomed President Trump to the White House by using Russian disinformation to open a fraudulent FBI investigation into President Trump and his campaign staff. Should President Trump follow that precedent?

chickelit said...

gilbar asked: what are the trolls going to do, in three days?
they've based their entire lives around: Orange Man Bad!
Where do they go from here?


They'll be busy here and elsewhere hunting down and doxxing Trump supporters. in their eyes, 72 million people need some sort of persecution or at least mild scolding. My advice to you is to start acting like a teenage George Soros and get with the pogram.

mccullough said...

Dissolve is a poor word choice.

Mr. D said...

I don't blame Trump one bit. This is complete civility bullshit.

Leora said...

I bet the Trump's would have traded the greeting at the portico for not having their incoming national security advisor targeted by the FBI.

Leora said...

excuse the apostrophe, please

Winnie said...

Humperdink said...
"Another ritual dissolved occurred in 2015/16. That was an existing administration not spying on the incoming administration."
Funny.

BidenFamilyTaxPayerFundedCrackPipe said...
"what will the corrupt collective left do without Trump?

Media-gush and drool over Biden and Kamala will get boring fast."

That gush and drool over Obama and Michelle got boring fast but didn't even slow down for 8 years. Tedious.

chuck said...

I find the presence of the NG a bigger break from the past. But for the rest, I don't care. Half the country won't care. Civility died four years ago.

n.n said...

In reality, Trump got in only about a year's worth of actually being president, given all of the distractions.

With positive developments to mitigate progress of Obama/Biden's legacy of wars without borders and transnational terrorism; urban revitalization, rehabilitation, and reconciliation; emigration reform to reduce refugees from [catastrophic] [anthropogenic] immigration reform; restoring market function to curb progressive prices and availability in the medical and pharmaceutical sectors; education reform to overcome "every child left behind" policies; emancipation of Americans from the diversity and sex... gender chauvinist rackets; proponent of early, effective, inexpensive treatment of Covid-19 and opponent of Planned Parent/hood in the several Democrat jurisdictions; and more. Pro-Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. The most credible criticism is that he didn't complete what he started.

Howard said...

Josephbleau you still don't get it. It's being a lazy classless jerk. Lazy. Fewer keystrokes. Please keep up.

n.n said...

Oh, and peace in the Middle East. A truly novel contagion that was spreading to Africa, too. Impeach the bastard.

Lem said...

I'm with Trump on this. Why pretend it was a fair and honest election? It wasn't.

PB said...

The Democrats have crashed many norms. Now they get upset?

rhhardin said...

Trump should wait for an apology from Biden over the Charlottesville hoax, Scott Adams suggests. The Charlottesville hoax looms big for Adams. I myself see nothing wrong with calling even Nazis fine people. You have to start there if you're going to talk to them. Apparently this is unknown to the all the participants in the controversy.

It's one of those cheap grace things.

Michael K said...

Blogger Howard said...
Josephbleau: Drumpf is just short hand for a string of expletives summarizing PDJT's resume.

Fewer. Keystrokes
?

Howard, I think it wise for you to go back to just trolling, A better look for you.

Don't try analysis. Not your thing. Spitballs is more your thing.

rhhardin said...

It would have been a Trumpian step to start by calling the Nazis fine people, as a first step in a deal, but then Trump thought better it - he'd never be able to explain it to a hostile media echo chamber. Which is how it wound up only as a correction.

zipity said...


If it weren't for double standards, Liberals/Democrats would have none at all.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/victoria-taft/2021/01/08/political-amnesia-look-at-all-the-democrats-who-boycotted-trumps-inauguration-n1324479


My, how standards have changed.

On inauguration day four years ago, 63 House Democrats boycotted President Donald John Trump’s swearing-in and they let the whole world know.

Politico kept track of the Democrats ditching the affair.


Maxine Waters
John Conyers
Barbara Lee
Jerrold Nadler
Louise Slaughter
Zoe Lofgren
John Lewis
Ted Lieu
Joaquin Castro
Alcee Hastings
Jared Huffman
Keith Ellison
Mike Quigley
Raul Grijalva
Jamie Raskin
Jan Schakowsky
Luis Gutiérrez
Ruben Gallego
Karen Bass
Tony Cardenas
Alan Lowenthal
Judy Chu
Mark DeSaulnier
Gerry Connolly
Jerry McNerney
Grace Napolitano
Lucille Roybal-Allard
Raul Ruiz
Mark Takano
Juan Vargas
Darren Soto
Rep. John Yarmuth
Chellie Pingree
Anthony Brown
Katherine Clark
Mike Capuano
Bennie Thompson
Lacy Clay
Carol Shea-Porter
Bonnie Watson Coleman
Donald Payne Jr.
Yvette Clark
Adriano Espaillat
Grace Meng
José Serrano
Nydia Velazquez
Alma Adams
G.K. Butterfield
Marcia Fudge
Earl Blumenauer
Kurt Schrader
Brendan Boyle
Bob Brady
Mike Doyle
Dwight Evans
Steve Cohen
Lloyd Doggett
Al Green
Filemon Vela
Don Beyer
Don McEachin
Pramila Jayapal
Mark Pocan

Another batch of Democrat congressional reps also boycotted, though they claimed it wasn’t because of Trump.

64. Peter DeFazio

65. Adam Smith

66. Dan Lipinski

67. Frederica Wilson

Fully one-third of the House Democrats ditched Trump’s inaugural.

Only three other former presidents have not attended their successor’s swearing-in: John Adams in 1801, John Quincy Adams in 1829, and Andrew Johnson in 1869. President Nixon also missed Gerald Ford’s swearing-in but, ahem, under different circumstances.

Tank said...

tcrosse said...

They could ger Alec Baldwin to stand in for Trump. Joe won't know the difference.


Winner.

The Cracker Emcee Refulgent said...

"I'm with Trump on this. Why pretend it was a fair and honest election? It wasn't."

Biden was party to (though I wouldn't be surprised if he was left out of the loop) the greatest injury done to the Republic since the Civil War. Not a reason on Earth not to treat him like a piece of shit.

Michelle Dulak Thomson said...

Chuck,

Oh, they'll just have to keep writing about Trump, will they? What, no room at all for the Great Shiny Happy Future promised by the incoming administration?

Face it: they will keep talking about Trump because it's ever so much more fun than talking about Dr. Joe and Dr. Jill and President-In-Waiting Harris. Indeed, talking about the new administration might even cause ratings to fall, and obviously we can't have that, now, can we? There's a reason why, in 1984, Emmanuel Goldstein had a permanent, indeed mandatory, spot on the telly.

I'll repeat something I said yesterday: I really do want Biden to serve his four years. Eventually we will know who's actually running things, and in the meantime Kamala Harris will not officially be President.

Michael K said...

just a foreshadowing of the way in which Trump demeaned the office.

You mean by keeping promises ? I agree, unprecedented.

rhhardin said...

The thing to look forward to is Chief Justice Roberts seeing the results of his handiwork with all the fences and troops ruling the capitol.

rhhardin said...

Biden isn't a piece of shit. That honor goes to Obama. Biden us just typically corrupt, well inside the extremes for corruption.

MadTownGuy said...

Zombie Lloyd Bentsen on CNN: "I knew John Adams. John Adams was a friend of mine. You're no John Adams."

Joe Smith said...

"The thing to look forward to is Chief Justice Roberts seeing the results of his handiwork with all the fences and troops ruling the capitol."

Silly rabbit, fences and troops don't work : )

Gahrie said...

After the way the Left and the MSM has treated Trump, his family, and his supporters the last four years? The Democrats in Congress have shown their contempt for Trump by pushing this farcical impeachment the last week of Trump's presidency. Scores of Democrats publicly boycotted Trump's inauguration (and were applauded for it). The election was obviously stolen from him, and the Democrats are promising to continue to persecute him, his family and his supporters.

Compared to what I would be tempted to do in his place, I think Trump not showing up is a class act.

Lewis Wetzel said...

Americans' constitutional rights have been trampled on for ten months, and I am supposed to worry about Biden's hurt feelings?
Just days before Trump's inauguration, Biden sat in on meetings where it was decided to cripple Trump's presidency based on false information.
The Left lacks any ability to look at its behavior from the POV of a normal American.
What nasty, hateful people they are.

Francisco D said...

Ken B said...And if he did attend? They'd say he was provoking violence.

An image from Apocalypse Now entered my brain.

THE HORROR! ....

THE HORROR! ....

Tim said...

Did they take all the fucking B's off the keyboards? Don't hand out this bullshit and expect us to forget the past. That got us nowhere, and got you Trump. Wait till you see what is next.

rhhardin said...

Nobody's worried about hurt feelings. They're all figuring out which angle to sell to the female masses, who will treat it as a neighborhood problem.

Mikey NTH said...

Meh, they didn't want Trump there in the first place.

rhhardin said...

Separate the nation into a man cave and the rest of the house. Have different governments for each.

Tommy Duncan said...

Perhaps Trump took to heart the second impeachment and the calls to bar him from public life. Some Democrats have been calling for his arrest. Didn't he give them exactly what they wanted?

Civility BS, Ann. Add the tag.

gspencer said...

"Melania Trump, who has not been seen in public in more than two weeks, has not reached out to Jill Biden"

That's "Doctor Jill" to you, pal.

There's hope out there that Jilly will become the surgeon general, I have it on good authority that "she's a hell of a doctor. She's an amazing doctor."

Charlie Currie said...

Obama, Biden, Clinton, the DNC, CIA, FBI, State Department, MSM, and more already let that horse out of the barn. Try using our full national security/law enforcement apparatus to spy on your opponent, then spend the next four full years trying to remove him from office, by any means possible. There's your destruction of tradition and decorum.

Mutaman said...

3 more days!

The Cracker Emcee Refulgent said...

I'm guessing a lot of rituals will be passed on during Biden's puppet show. State of the Union address, meeting foreign leaders, pretty much anything that requires a rational presence.

The foreign leader thing is going to be very interesting. They may not have loved Trump, but imagine the chatter in the ministries when they verify for themselves that Biden has lost it.

John henry said...

Drumpf used to be, I think, the family name before they came to the US. As so many immigrants did, they americaized their name.

For some reason, certain deep thinkers think using it shows disrespect. I've never understood how they get there but whatever floats your boat.

What is amusing is that these are the same people who complained when I regularly called Obama "Obie" or refer to Democrats as "demmies".

I expect they'll complain when I talk about the "FICUS", "president *", "Zhou Bai-den" and other terms of mockery.

Fuck 'em.

John Henry

Rabel said...

I hear Trump will be at his niece's baptism.

narciso said...

people will be checking for the underwear on the outside,

I called obama, zaphod, after the character from hitchhiker's guide, who would say if there was anything bigger than his ego, he'd have it shot.

Tom said...

If the guy who was part of authorizing the FBI, CIA, and other crimi-intelligence agencies to spy on me and my campaign beat me in an election, there’s no way I’m pretending for the American people there’s a civil transfer of power.

We elected a crook. He needs to be treated as a crook. And if you don’t know if I’m talking about Trump or Biden, the answer is yes.

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Chuck said...
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The Cracker Emcee Refulgent said...

"Shit like this leads me to believe he actually would sell out the country to Putin."

Shit like this leads me to believe that Democrats would actually sell out the country to anybody.

narciso said...

I think he'll hand alaska over to Russia, Hawaii to China,

cfs said...

After what Obama and Biden did to the Trump campaign and then to the Trump administration, I don't want to hear a word from the left concerning civility or norms. Nor of the optics of a "peaceful transfer of power". They waived their right to such when they instigated the Russian Putin puppet story and put this nation in 4 years of turmoil which prevented President Trump from accomplishing much of his goals. I don't want to hear a word from the GOPe, including McConnell or Graham either. They worked behind Trump's back as they repeatedly stabbed him in it.

mockturtle said...

Patrick, I assume you are trolling and not serious. Because no one, NO ONE, would believe that Trump showing up for the changing of the guard would help one iota to unify the country that the LEFT has torn apart by four years of bashing, hating and impeaching our elected President. So, assuming you are in fact a troll, I shall, in future, scroll past your posts, as I do those of the other trolls.

Lloyd W. Robertson said...

Trump supporters are saying that if the Biden gang wanted a pretext to treat all Trump voters as dangerous terrorists, the Capitol riot gave them what they wanted. Was a higher level of law enforcement actually called off by Mayor Bowser and Nancy Pelosi? Now Biden supporters can complain that Trump has ... let us say ... urinated over what ought to be a solemn occasion. I suspect the bigger better wall and troops are overkill, sorry, an excessive response. Little Joe will be squeaking away, with two generals lifting him by the elbows so he can see over the wall. "What did he say?" "I don't know, it didn't make any sense."

The great uniter. In the Pink Panther movies, the supposedly superior detective, Dreyfus, keeps going mad. With the left side of his face in spasm, eye blinking, he keeps saying "Clouseau! Clouseau!" For Biden it's "Trump! Trump!"

FullMoon said...

I would rather see Biden and Trump together, Biden attempts the famous 'behind the schoolyard' thrashing , and Trump decks him with a three punch combination.

DOWN GOES BIDEN!, DOWN GOES BIDEN, DOWN GOES BIDEN!!!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZEIMQ42-oU&ab_channel=ZipTartarWarrior

rcocean said...

CNN has displayed the following opinion in every story for 5 years:

Trump is always wrong.

Good to see they haven't changed.

Joe Smith said...

"I hear Trump will be at his niece's baptism."

Hunter spends a lot of quality time with his niece too...what a good uncle.

Howard said...

Guys who refer to their man caves are little women.

Mike of Snoqualmie said...

Biden was party to (though I wouldn't be surprised if he was left out of the loop) the greatest injury done to the Republic since the Civil War. Not a reason on Earth not to treat him like a piece of shit.

Biden knew: “We’re in a situation where we have put together, and you guys did it for our administration…President Obama’s administration before this. We have put together, I think, the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics.”

rcocean said...

Biden, is liar who accused Trump of supporting Nazi's at Charlottsville. Even though he knew it was a lie.

Biden - with Obama - sent the FBI/CIA to spy on the Trump campaign, and after Trump was elected Biden and Obama set up the Russia-Trump-Collusion hoax to destroy Trump's Presidency.
And during the debates, Biden insulted and lied about Trump.

Oh, and Biden stole the election and is proud of the steal. Its unheard of in American Politics. Trump would be a fool to pretend to respect Biden and consider our future "Thief-in-Chief" to be worthy of visit and friendly talk.

Readering said...

Looking forward to the HBO movie.

rcocean said...

We now have 25,000 national guardsmen in the Capitol to protect poor senile Biden from the boogie-man. I guess he and Harris know they stole the election and have a guilty conscious about it. Like many thieves, they naturally expect their victims to react with violence. But in this case, no one cares about Biden or Harris.

Leland said...

presidents have set aside hard feelings and ego

This is just a continuation of "Trump has thin skin" narrative. They keep making this claim, yet Biden needs 20,000 plus troops to protect him. All of them screened to make sure they aren't Trump supporters.

They say a good movie "show[s], don't tell"; well I can see who has then thinner skin without CNN telling me.

Mike of Snoqualmie said...

The inauguration occurs at 9:00 a.m. PST. I'll be walking our chihweenie and picking up her poop during Baseless Biden's coronation. That's much more productive then listening to Slo' Joe trying to give his speech while DR. Jill tries to keep him on track. Unfortunately for us, Sadie has more smarts in her 11-lbs. than the Election-thief in cheif.

Gunner said...

Trump should just say that he will meet with Biden as soon as he apologizes for the “Fine People” hate hoax that Joe has rode hard for 3 years.

FullMoon said...

I admired Barack and Michelle attending with Trump and Melania. Especially Michelle.

The Obama's knew they would look unattractive, classless, small,unimportant, and petty standing next to a self made multi billionaire motivational speaker and a gorgeous intelligent , sophisticated ,dignified charismatic woman.

Seriously, remember how Obama's were dressed? LOL! nd the look on Michelles face?OMG!!

TreeJoe said...

Who gets to order the military there right now to her ensure peaceful transfer of power?

Oh. Right. The existing executive.

Mutaman said...

"pretty much anything that requires a rational presence"

400,000 dead, 10000000 unemployed.

Some rational presence!

Richard Aubrey said...

Safer for the Bidens. Might be collateral damage when the BLM/antifa are shown the best route to attack Trump.

Paul Zrimsek said...

The Inauguration Day snub of the Biden's

CNN report's.

Seamus said...

Do the Bidens really want to be greeted by the Trumps?

Big Mike said...

They may not have loved Trump, but imagine the chatter in the ministries when they verify for themselves that Biden has lost it.

IMHO he never did have three digits in his IQ.

Ambrose said...

It's a bit much even for CNN to expect a gracious handoff from the President you've just impeached.

Mr Wibble said...

I'm guessing a lot of rituals will be passed on during Biden's puppet show. State of the Union address, meeting foreign leaders, pretty much anything that requires a rational presence.

The foreign leader thing is going to be very interesting. They may not have loved Trump, but imagine the chatter in the ministries when they verify for themselves that Biden has lost it.


I'm looking forward to ending the SotU clown show. Let Biden submit a letter to Congress and be done with it.

I suspect that the foreign leaders are going to slowly, horrifyingly, realize that Biden is mentally gone, and that his administration has no leadership and will be too busy infighting or trying to line their own pockets to be much use in the world.

tim in vermont said...

LOL. Fuck you Joe, you stole it. You stole it when your buddies in Big Tech suppressed the story of your corruption that came to light because the son you trust as a bag man is exactly the fuckup he says he is.

Suppressing news stories in the United States of America in a concerted effort by a collection of oligarchs who control. mass communications in this country is a way bigger destruction of norms.

Was it normal for Mueller, acting on an allegation made by the Clinton campaign to raid Trump’s lawyers office and seize his files and comb through them?

Fuck you again Joe.

tim in vermont said...

"IMHO he never did have three digits in his IQ.”

He flunked the third grade. Is that normal for a US president?

pacwest said...

The fact that Trump draws a breath is a mortal insult to the left. Attending the inaguration? On the one hand, on the other hand. Mortal insult either way.

Patrick said...

@mockturtle, I am anything but a troll. Not sure why Althouse deleted my post. I agree showing up to inauguration may be too risky, but publicly greeting the Bidens at the WH is such a small act that would do so much good.

tim in vermont said...

"400,000 dead, 10000000 unemployed. “


There are 400,000 deaths in the EU. Is Trump responsible for those too?

Readering said...

Trump has about 36 hours to decide what message to leave his successor in oval office desk. He said he would cherish the beautiful letter his predecessor left him.

Hercules, not that one though said...

On January 6, hundreds of thousands of Americans assembled at our Capitol City to Petition for a Redress of a Grievance. The grievance being that the 2020 Presidential Election was a blatant Fraud.

Our Government calls us 'terrorists'. This thing we had is over.

Now, awakened from their slumber to the 2016 coup attempt, and the actual 2020 coup, the FBI pours over iDiot phone videos to identify attendees who dared to make a plea to the State. They will be rounded up and punished.

Those who acquiesced to windows being boarded up in their town, because they just wanted 'boring' are not going to get boring. Do Not Move to my State. Stay where you are and choke on your Progressivism.

stever said...

Oh too bad, its not like the democrats and CNN haven't spent the last five years breaking all sorts of norms in regards to Trump.

Clyde said...

Fuck CNN.

trumpintroublenow said...

"dashing expectations ..."

I think it highly unlikely that anyone had their expectations dashed.

Michael K said...

Blogger rcocean said...
We now have 25,000 national guardsmen in the Capitol to protect poor senile Biden from the boogie-man. I guess he and Harris know they stole the election and have a guilty conscious about it. Like many thieves, they naturally expect their victims to react with violence. But in this case, no one cares about Biden or Harris.


Yup. It's the "multiracial whiteness" that the Bidens fear.

Why not have 25,000 troops, all vetted by the FBI, standing by ?

alfromchgo said...

'We Are One': Biden-Harris inaugural event will celebrate Black resiliency in America"

Fox 32 Chicago----so much for unity.

pacwest said...

Thinking about it, not attending is very gracious of him. That way it can be about Biden/Harris, not Trump. But it will probably be about Trump anyway.

Michael K said...

Blogger Readering said...
Trump has about 36 hours to decide what message to leave his successor in oval office desk. He said he would cherish the beautiful letter his predecessor left him.


Oh, was that the Flynn frame job ? Obama is good with a stiletto. Probably something he picked up in Chicago.

tim in vermont said...

This is how the BBC reports. stories when they are not involved as a player.

BBC Breaking News@BBCBreaking

Long-time leader Yoweri Museveni declared winner of Uganda's presidential election amid vote-rigging allegations

alfromchgo said...

"We now have 25,000 national guardsmen in the Capitol to protect poor senile Biden from the boogie-man."

Also to perform a proof of concept drill on the use of Political Commissars in the military and Federal Agencies.

tim in vermont said...

I think Trump should leave Biden a special prosecutor based on the evidence presented and not reported during the election that Biden is in the pay of China.

tim in vermont said...

It’s all about which side makes the allegations, says the BBC.

Clyde said...

Stolen elections have consequences. Once Biden* is installed as FICUS, then we’ll see how well we can adapt Irish Democracy to America.

The Cracker Emcee Refulgent said...

"Blogger Readering said...
Trump has about 36 hours to decide what message to leave his successor in oval office desk. He said he would cherish the beautiful letter his predecessor left him."

Seriously? Four years and you're completely unfamiliar with Trump's, uh, diplomatic hyperbole?

mezzrow said...

One by one, the formerly sacred court rituals of our elected aristocracy fall by the wayside as we see the mechanism behind the curtain.

The stylized movement of the French royal court was immortalized in what we know today as classical ballet. Could any of our own court rituals give birth to such an artform?

Perhaps Melania will be a mysterious legend in another 100 years, as she will be the First Lady whose portrait will be the hardest to find. I suspect future generations will be stunned by her beauty when they finally get a chance to see her likeness.

Bill589 said...

If Biden has a conscious (if his brain still works well enough) then he may not be able to look DJT in the eye.
Then again,from reading about his life I doubt he has a conscious. But maybe fear.

n.n said...

'We Are One': Biden-Harris inaugural event will celebrate Black resiliency in America"

Fox 32 Chicago----so much for unity.


Yes, diversity breeds adversity and division is a poor conception, a bad choice, a progressive condition. So much for the Trump doctrine: Revitalization, Rehabilitation, Reconciliation. The American dream: Pro-Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

Joe Smith said...

"IMHO he never did have three digits in his IQ.”

Joe's a two-digit guy. High two's, but two nonetheless.

He's done pretty damn well for stone-cold average.

DINKY DAU 45 said...

Hey, all ya gotta do is read Melanies jacket on the way to the cages."I REALLY DON'T CARE,DO YOU?" its pretty simple right... :) bye, please sneak away early never to be heard from again until the divorce and we'll read it in the STAR magazine. Good bathroom reading! BE BEST!

n.n said...

If Biden has a conscious (if his brain still works well enough) then he may not be able to look DJT in the eye.

Biden is Pro-Choice a relativistic ("ethical") quasi-religion, which enables a calming of the disorder forced by cognitive dissonance that weighs heavily on people outside of his Progressive Church/Synagogue/Mosque/Temple/Clinic/Office/Chamber etc.

boatbuilder said...

This is of course all political theater, but has anybody--CNN, those brilliant minds at WaPo, the Bulwark and NR types, Joe's "braintrust" (heh-c'mon man, those guys take very good care of it!)--anybody--suggested that perhaps Joe the Great Uniter could come out and say: "We don't need this. President Trump and I have our differences, but he's leaving office next week. I am asking my fellow Democrats in Congress, for the good of this Nation, to drop the impeachment proceedings. And if they will do this, I would invite the outgoing President, in a gesture of unity and respect for the office, and to help unite a country which so badly needs it, to attend the inauguration, with my blessing and support."

He never will, and they never would, and maybe Trump would actually tell him to shove it up his ass. But lets not pretend that Joe deserves any respect from Trump, or from me, unless he is willing to speak up against this incredible, dishonest, petty and divisive bullshit.

I'm Not Sure said...

"Shit like this leads me to believe that Democrats would actually sell out the country to anybody."

Given their admitted dislike of the country, that's a pretty safe bet.

Yancey Ward said...

Yeah, the Democrats are impeaching Trump on his way out, so I really don't understand why the Trumps can't be more magnanimous towards the Xidens.

Basically, my opinion is this- fuck the Bidens. Harris will have the office before the end of this year.

Birches said...

I'd like to imagine the CNN headline if Trump pretended everything was alright.

These guys wanted him to resign last week and are now mad he's not going to be at the White House? CNN is deranged. Does anyone believe their bs?

n.n said...

"400,000 dead, 10000000 unemployed. “

400,000 deaths attributed to the virus and collateral damage (e.g. suicides, denial of care, cross-contamination). Planned Parent/hood, spreading social contagion, and denying/stigmatizing early treatments has consequences, but is clearly politically congruent (i.e. profitable).

Joe Smith said...

"Biden is Pro-Choice..."

And yet along with Pelosi, another 'devout' Catholic, still receives communion from spineless priests.

mockturtle said...

CNN is deranged. Does anyone believe their bs?

THEY don't even believe it. They are like trolls, goading, taunting, harassing...it goes with the territory.

FullMoon said...

tim in vermont said...

I think Trump should leave Biden a special prosecutor based on the evidence presented and not reported during the election that Biden is in the pay of China.


That's cold, man,cold.

Trump should display his sense of humor by leaving 4x6's and 8x10's of Hunter (downloaded from PornHub), hidden all around the White House. Also, transcipts of Hunters Emails.

Be like ongoing Easter Egg hunt for politicians and employees alike. Good times!

n.n said...

And yet along with Pelosi, another 'devout' Catholic, still receives communion from spineless priests.

Clearly a cause for a schism. Many, perhaps most, Catholics are true to their religion (i.e. moral philosophy) and are Pro-Life, and for self-defense. Americans are Pro-Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness, which requires a reconciliation. The question for some is what to do with the excess lives. Social liberalism has consequences. Immigration reform to cover-up this cascade of bad choices is poorly conceived. The wicked solution is poorly conceived and administered.

Gahrie said...

By the way...whose inaugural speech is Biden going to plagiarize?

n.n said...

These guys wanted him to resign last week and are now mad he's not going to be at the White House? CNN is deranged. Does anyone believe their bs?

CNN et al are playing with a double-edged scalpel when they believe that they can abort the baby and have her, too. The dysfunction forced by incongruities is a progressive condition.

Robert Cook said...

"By the way...whose inaugural speech is Biden going to plagiarize?"

One written by Melania, no doubt.

Gusty Winds said...

Traditionally the outgoing President greets the candidate that actually won the election.

tim in vermont said...

Joe plans to kick red states in the nuts day one by killing Keystone.

All resulting increases in energy prices will be the fault of evil oil executives and Republicans. The media oligarchy will see to that.

Rick said...

Now the pussy hat people are whining about norms and snubs.

Resist!

n.n said...

Investigate to determine the cause of the officer's death. Was it a medical condition, progressive viability caused by blunt force trauma, or something altogether different.

Due process for Ashli Babbitt. Was her abortion a choice in self-defense or a novel apology.

#RIP #HateLovesAbortion

n.n said...

Joe plans to kick red states in the nuts day one by killing Keystone.

And spread the Green blight upon the land, and redistribute change to his foreign patrons. That said, save an endangered bird, a bat, whack a wind turbine.

tim in vermont said...

.@RepCohen on his concerns w/ the National Guard securing the Inauguration: “The [National] Guard is 90 some-odd percent male; and only about 20 percent of white males voted for Biden … there are probably not more than 25% of the people there protecting us that voted for Biden”

Questioning the loyalty to our country of the National Guard based on the actions of a couple hundred people whose motives we don’t even understand yet. That’s “normal.”

This is honestly getting scary. When does the purge of the National Guard to rid it of Trump voters begin?

Wince said...

Obama’s two-faced, dirty tricks passive aggression was preferable?

Gospace said...

All the talk above about the NG being present and unprecedented. That’s not a good message or omen for an incoming administration.

But an even worse message is being sent to citizens by the incoming administration. Troops that can be identified as pro-Trump are being disarmed. Democrats seem intent on turning the armed forces into an arm of the Democrat Party. That’s something that’s part of every totalitarian government in history. Our armed forces swear their oath to the Constitution. Democrats are now requiring loyalty to Democrat.

Democrat voters and people who didn’t vote because Trump tweeted mean things are directly responsible for this.

BTW, gas has gone up significantly in the last week without the excuse of a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico shutting down refineries and production. This time next year- double or triple? Or more? I’m predicting a first year doubling. Which Democrat voters are directly responsible for.

RNB said...

Anthony Bergen, Presidential Historian: "Everything boiled over on Inauguration Day 1953 as Truman handed the Presidency over to Eisenhower. At one point, Eisenhower had threatened to break tradition and not even ride to the Capitol with Truman. He didn’t follow through on that threat, but he did arrive at the White House too late to share a small lunch that the outgoing First Couple had prepared for the incoming First Couple. Truman and Eisenhower did end up sharing a car, as by tradition, from the White House to the Capitol, but the conversation was anything but light. They were still sniping at each other by the time they arrived at the Capitol."

Howard said...

Your all spouting Q drama based on the crumbs they keep casting about. Do you're research!

Banjo said...

The wasps nest has been truly poked. Let's see what happens now.

BUMBLE BEE said...

I find it amusing and somewhat smarmy that these trolls voted for a senile white man and have no idea who is calling the shots. Lyin Susan Rice will be one to watch.
I would suggest you watch Tucker Carlson's Intro tonight 1/18/21. It'll give you pause.

n.n said...

Drumpf used to be, I think, the family name before they came to the US. As so many immigrants did, they americaized their name.

For some reason, certain deep thinkers think using it shows disrespect. I've never understood how they get there but whatever floats your boat.


Respect the family's choice. For example, many people change their first name to facilitate assimilation, but reserve use of their native names to close family and friends.

Meade said...

"Traditionally the outgoing President greets the candidate that actually won the election."

Exactly. The free and fair election.

iowan2 said...

Howard said...
Your all spouting Q drama based on the crumbs they keep casting about. Do you're research!


As is standard. The only person thinking about Qwhatever is a leftist.

Butkus51 said...

Give respect to a guy who spied and plotted against you?

Yeah, right.

Meade said...

Robert Cook said...
"By the way...whose inaugural speech is Biden going to plagiarize?"

One written by Melania, no doubt.
__________________________________
Ah, good one.

Which reminds me—here's a prediction: Biden will be out of office by March 1. President Harris will select Michelle Obama, the most popular person in the world, as her VP. When President Harris resigns ahead of the 2022 House elections the counter revolution will be complete and the military industrial complex will once again completely rule.

What a nightmare for Bernie and Trump supporters. Sad.

BUMBLE BEE said...

Contentious? I'll show you contentious! - https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/01/video-exclusive-film-crew-releases-never-seen-footage-2017-inauguration-riots/
I'm shocked, truly shocked.

sterlingblue said...

47% of the country un-personed by the corporate media, while the brainwashed 53% cheer it on.

Welcome to America, 2021.

Michael K said...

Blogger Howard said...
Your all spouting Q drama based on the crumbs they keep casting about. Do you're research!


Howard hears a dog whistle and thinks everyone else is a dog.

BUMBLE BEE said...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6JLKbSjH3E - sez it all!

Achilles said...

narciso said...

I think he'll hand alaska over to Russia, Hawaii to China,

Biden will start a war with someone.

Possibly China.

Then make sure we lose that war.

He has voted to start many wars in his 47 years in office and he has undermined every war he has started after a few years.

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