Federal workers are about to get a major holiday gift: 12 weeks of paid parental leave

Daily Kos - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 09:12

In a 377-48 vote, the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, on Wednesday evening. In addition to authorizing $738 billion in spending, the bill includes a genuine win for more than 2 million federal workers. It provides paid family leave to federal workers for the birth, adoption, or foster care of a child, starting Oct. 1, 2020.

That's 12 weeks of paid leave to more than 2 million people federal workers, or at least the ones who are growing their families. House Democrats tried to get all family and medical leave included in the package, so that workers could also get paid time off to deal with their own or a family member's medical needs. "It's really unfortunate the comprehensive leave was cut out,” Jessica Mason, a senior policy analyst for the National Partnership for Women and Families, told The Washington Post. Nevertheless, she called it "an exciting signal on both sides of the aisle there is finally an appetite to tackle the paid-leave crisis in this country."

In fact, Trump is all for it and will sign the bill after it passes the Senate sometime next week. He probably bought into because the House agreed he could have his Space Force, which is possibly the least harmful crazy idea Trump has come up with thus far.

Not everyone is happy with it. Sen. Ron Johnson, Republican tool from Wisconsin, took the most parochial view possible, saying he "doesn't think workers in Oshkosh will be happy they are subsidizing federal workers even more." He also said, "I think it’s unfortunate. I think it sets a very dangerous precedent." Johnson calls himself "pro-life," but believes giving the parents he would force to have children the benefit of three months to start raising them is a step too far.

Meanwhile, there's an Ivanka Trump-led "summit" this week at the White House to discuss her and Sen. Marco Rubio's hare-brained scheme to create "paid family leave" that consists of workers stealing from their future selves by taking their Social Security payments to pay for leave. By definition, this is not "paid family leave." It's theft. There are other modest leave programs that will be discussed at the summit, apparently, some of which are bipartisan. According to the Post, though, Democrats aren't invited to Ivanka's party.

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House Judiciary Debates, Votes On Articles Of Impeachment

Crooks and Liars - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 09:10

Expect more Republican yelling and attempts to delay the vote with procedural objections.

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Anti-Semitic Attack In Jersey City Apparently A Product Of Black-nationalist Sect's Hatemongering

Crooks and Liars - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 08:52

When the news first crossed the wires Tuesday about a lethal attack on a Jewish market in Jersey City, N.J., in which six people, including a police officer and the two gunmen, died, speculation ran rampant on social media that it might be another act of far-right terrorism inspired by anti-Semitism.

After the smoke had cleared, that concern had largely been confirmed, but with a complicated twist: at least one of the perpetrators turned out to be an apparent follower of the black-nationalist Black Hebrew Israelite movement, which is indeed deeply anti-Semitic, and which has inspired an ongoing litany of violent acts over the past decade and longer.

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Jimmy Kimmel Thinks Lindsey Graham Is Whistleblower AND Anonymous!

Crooks and Liars - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 08:52

Jimmy Kimmel talked about Trump's crazy report that's supposed to rebut the Inspector General's report.

That's where Senator Lindsey Graham comes into play. He demanded to know why investigations didn't tell Trump his campaign was being investigated. "Maybe because his campaign was being investigated? Isn't that how it usually works?" he said.

"But then Graham did some role play to diminish the report, reciting saucy text messages between FBI lovers Lisa Page and Peter Strzok."

Graham "took his performance to heights previously unseen in the Senate," Kimmel said. "Has anyone ever mentioned a 'golden shower' in Congress before? I don't think so."

He then played clips of Graham attacking Trump. Ah, good times!

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Devin Nunes Claims Calls With Parnas Were Really With Parnas' Wife

Crooks and Liars - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 08:51

Rep. Devin Nunes tried to explain away the embarrassing phone records showing several calls with indicted Giuliani associate Lev Parnas by claiming the call or calls were with Parnas’ wife. Fox host Maria Bartiromo didn’t question a word.

Nunes: "I wasn't in Vienna" and "I never met with Shokin"

Nunes visited Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures show again on Sunday, this time to try to explain away embarrassing phone call records showing calls between himself and indicted Giuliani associate Lev Parnas. Naturally, Bartiromo ate up every word, no matter how dubious.

Since his chat with Bartiromo the week before, Nunes has added yet another lawsuit to a portfolio that includes suits against two Twitter parody accounts. This time, the target is CNN for reporting that Parnas’ lawyer alleges Nunes met with Ukraine’s former prosecutor Viktor Shokin in Vienna last year.

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Senate likely to hold final impeachment vote rather than risk 'recriminations' of dismissal vote

Daily Kos - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 08:49

If, as expected, the House of Representatives votes to impeach Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will have a choice. House impeachment managers and Trump’s defense lawyer will give opening arguments and then ”It could go down the path of calling witnesses and basically having another trial or it could decide—and again, 51 members could make that decision—that they've heard enough and believe they know what would happen and could move to vote on the two articles of impeachment,” McConnell told reporters Tuesday. McConnell went on to say that “Those are the options. No decisions have been made yet,” but two Republican senators say they believe that McConnell will call witnesses and ultimately move to acquit rather than simply trying to make the issue go away by dismissing it immediately.

According to Sen. John Cornyn, it “would make more sense” to vote on the articles of impeachment themselves, with the 67-vote threshold for conviction and removal, rather than trying to dismiss, which could be blocked by 50 votes (since the vice president doesn’t get a tie-breaking vote and a tie would fail). There’s a risk to trying to “decide this on a 51-vote threshold, with the potential tie and all the recriminations that would flow from that,” Cornyn said.

Another Republican senator told CNN—anonymously, for some reason—the same thing about McConnell’s plans, that he would go for the vote that was more or less a sure thing rather than trying to make it go away more quickly at risk of failure.

The House is on track to put impeachment in the Senate’s lap, with the Judiciary Committee marking up the articles of impeachment on Thursday and a full House vote possible next week. The Senate likely wouldn’t hold its trial until after Christmas.

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New Daily Kos/Civiqs poll: Most Americans think Trump committed impeachable offenses

Daily Kos - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 08:20

The best antidote to hot takes is hard data, and the December Daily Kos/Civiqs poll is here with your cure. This month’s survey of 1,411 registered voters was conducted online from Dec. 7-11 and reveals that most Americans believe Donald Trump has committed impeachable offenses while in office.

Based on what they know, 53% of Americans say that Trump’s conduct qualifies as impeachable. Additionally, if the 2020 presidential election were held today, Trump would lose to a generic Democrat 50-44%.

Other noteworthy findings in this month’s poll include:

  • The majority of Americans (54%) believe things have gotten worse for the country over the past year.
  • 54% of Americans also disapprove of Trump’s job performance as president.
  • Just 30% of Americans unwaveringly support Trump, while 48% oppose Trump no matter what.
  • Despite Trump’s high disapproval rating and the fact that just 44% of Americans want Trump reelected, 53% expect Trump to win reelection.

Additional issues surveyed include support for impeachment, the importance of the congressional inquiry, and Fox News and MSNBC viewership.

December’s numbers bring more bad news for the Trump administration as most Americans not only believe that Trump has committed impeachable offenses but also would vote for a generic Democratic presidential candidate over him.

This month’s survey also reinforces the fact that frequent Fox News viewers are deeply disconnected from mainstream Americans. While 54% of all Americans disapprove of Trump’s job performance as president, a whopping 93% of faithful Fox viewers approve. And while most Americans believe Trump has committed impeachable offenses (53%), the vast majority of frequent Fox viewers think he has not (95%).

Civiqs is a survey research firm that conducts scientific public opinion polls on the internet through its nationally representative online survey panel. Results of Civiqs’ daily tracking polls can be found online at civiqs.com.

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Mike's Blog Round Up

Crooks and Liars - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 08:01

BradBlog - Trump a clear and present danger to ... pretty much everything;

emptywheel - our democracy needs better reporters;

Mock Paper Scissors - GOP: Benghazi the hell out of that IG report!


The Mahablog - stuff to read about lies;

Steve in Manhattan (@blogenfreude) blogs at stinque.com and suggests you take a listen to this interview of Glenn Simpson, co-founder of Fusion GPS.

To recommend a link, send it to mbru@crooksandliars.com - we do check it!

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Morning Digest: Self-described 'pro-choice' Republican will seek conservative House seat in Oregon

Daily Kos - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 08:00

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar.

Leading Off

OR-02: Knute Buehler, a former state representative who was the 2018 GOP nominee for governor of Oregon, announced Tuesday that he would seek the open and safely red 2nd Congressional District. Buehler lost an expensive race last year to Democratic incumbent Kate Brown 50-44, and he may benefit from lingering name recognition in the May primary to succeed retiring Rep. Greg Walden in this eastern Oregon seat.

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However, Buehler has taken a number of stances during his political career that may have been helpful in a statewide race but toxic in a primary. Notably, Buehler identifies himself as pro-choice, and during his last campaign he pledged, "Regardless of what happens at the federal level, Oregon will remain a pro-choice state." Buehler also was one of three Republicans in the state House to support a gun safety bill last year.

Several anti-abortion groups were unenthusiastic about Buehler last time, and they unsuccessfully tried to recruit a strong candidate to oppose him in the primary. The two Republicans who ended up taking on Buehler, businessman Sam Carpenter and retired Navy pilot Greg Wooldridge, both ran to his right and stressed their opposition to abortion, but they struggled to raise money. Buehler ended up defeating Carpenter 46-29, while Wooldridge took 20%. The result was similar for the 2nd District to what it was statewide: We estimate that Buehler beat Carpenter 46-33 here, with Wooldridge in third with 17%.

While Buehler's primary victory last year demonstrated that a self-declared pro-choice candidate could still win a GOP primary in Oregon, he may have a tougher time winning the GOP nod to succeed Walden. While Republicans looking to defeat Brown in this blue state may have been willing to ignore Buehler's apostasies in the name of electability, they won't need to make that sort of compromise to hold this 57-36 Trump seat.

Buehler also is likely to face much tougher challengers next cycle than he did last time. While neither of Buehler's 2018 foes had won elected office, the current GOP field for the 2nd District includes state Sen. Cliff Bentz and former state Sen. Jason Atkinson. However, Oregon only requires candidates to take a plurality of the vote to win the primary, so Buehler may be able to win the GOP nod even if a majority of Republican voters once again go for other candidates.

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Trump Kids Ordered To Mandatory Training So They Don't Bilk Charities Again

Crooks and Liars - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 08:00

The Trump family’s use of its “charities” as personal piggy banks is one of the more obvious impeachable offenses not being pursued as impeachable because we live in the “Upside Down" these days. Last year, the Trump Foundation, under investigation by New York’s attorney general, was dissolved. Last week it was reported that Donald Trump himself had paid out $2 million to charities as a part of a settlement in which the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES admitted to misusing just under $3 million in “funds raised by the Donald J. Trump Foundation to promote his presidential bid and pay off business debts.” Many of those funds were collected for veteran charities.

Part of that settlement was this piece, reported by the New York Times:

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Cartoon: Trump presents 'The drafting of the U.S. Constitution'

Daily Kos - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 07:50

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Cheers and Jeers: Thursday

Daily Kos - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 07:49


Like Sands Through the Hourglass…

With less than 72 hours to go before the chopped-in-half-by-sabotage-mad-Republicans ACA signup deadline passes, the last President of the United States to not head up a mafia-style crime syndicate is here with a reminder: you have until Sunday to get your ass covered...


As the pillar of truth, decency, and real American values says above, many people can get covered for only $10 a month, and that ain't bad. So if you need coverage, get coverage. If ya got coverage, help yourself…


It’s okay. Obamacare also covers type-2 diabetes.

Cheers and Jeers starts below the fold... [Swoosh!!] RIGHTNOW! [Gong!!]

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Dying at home is now the norm

Balloon Juice - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 07:32

Death is now a home based event.

My awesome colleague, co-author, and friend, Sarah Cross is the lead author on a new article at New England Journal of Medicine that has found that Americans whose deaths are attributed to natural causes are dying at home more often than the hospital.

Between 2003 and 2017, there were nearly 35.2 million natural deaths (Figure 1). Most were attributed to cardiovascular disease (29.3%), followed by cancer (24.5%), respiratory disease (10.5%), dementia (7.9%), and stroke (5.9%).

In 2003, a total of 905,874 deaths occurred in hospitals (39.7%), which decreased to 764,424 (29.8%) in 2017, whereas the number of deaths at nursing facilities decreased from 538,817 (23.6%) to 534,714 (20.8%). The number of deaths at home increased from 543,874 (23.8%) in 2003 to 788,757 (30.7%) in 2017, whereas the number of deaths at hospice facilities increased from 5395 (0.2%) to 212,652 (8.3%). These trends were seen across all disease groups.


There are notable differences in where people die depending on their demographics and causes of natural death.

So what does this mean?

There are several major policy threads coming through in this short article. The first is that hospice and home deaths are becoming more common. That strongly implies that there is a lot more end of life home and unpaid caregiving now than under the counterfactual of holding 2003 places of death constant. Unpaid caregiving has massive direct and indirect economic costs. My Duke colleague Courtney Van Houten and her co-authors have shown that the economic costs of unpaid care giving for a year can easily run into the six figures even as the fiscal costs are “only” in the low five figures. There has been a concerted policy effort over the past decade to shift care out of high federal cost facilities to lower cost (to the federal government) locations of care. In a recent Health Affairs Blog post, Chatterjee and others raise the possibility that this is cost shifting instead of cost saving once we account for unpaid caregiving burden as a real cost:

The push to discharge more patients directly home after hospitalization may seem preferable in some circumstances. In addition to being financially sensible by decreasing spending on postacute care, patients might prefer to be discharged home rather than to an institutional setting. In this way, getting patients home may represent a rare opportunity to align goals across patients, payers, and health systems. However, these gains must be viewed in the context of the costs borne by those who care for patients once they are discharged home—informal caregivers. …
Payment policies designed to reduce institutional postacute care do little to support home-based care when patients are more quickly discharged than before. Medicare’s home health benefit provides limited home-based support, with at most one visit per day from a home health provider. Although Medicare Advantage expanded this benefit in 2019 to cover non-skilled needs such as help with daily activities, in the postacute period, when patients frequently need significant support in their activities of daily living, a once-daily visit is unlikely to alleviate caregiver burden.

Furthermore, our current hospice benefit was designed to be effective within the paradigm of well staged, predictably descending cancer progression. Hospice has become far more commonly used over the past twenty years. In 2016, 1.4 million people used hospice, and 95% were over the age of 65. The disease mixture of the hospice using population has changed. In a recent paper that examined an upstream palliative care demonstration project for the very seriously ill that Sarah and I worked on with numerous colleagues at Duke, over 80% of the project decedents had more than six comorbidities in the last year of life, more than eighty percent had a dementia, and almost all had a cardiology concern while less than forty percent of program decedents were diagnosed with at least one cancer in the last year of life. The target population was specifically chosen to be very ill, but the surrounding decedents who were not in the program were twice as likely to have a dementia diagnosis in the last year of life than a cancer diagnosis.

Our hospice programs are still optimized for a different care pathway. Furthermore, we place restrictions on hospice and palliative care program expansions that we don’t place on other medical interventions and innovations. From the same article, we explain:

In health care, the expectation of cost neutrality is unique to hospice and now palliative care, where coverage for therapies is typically based on their efficacy and ability to improve patient and caregiver outcomes. Given the challenges of using reimbursement to measure resource use, alternative measures may be needed. For example, hospice enrollment could be considered as a surrogate outcome that reflects reduced resource utilization at the EOL and high-quality EOL care. We found that the CMMI demonstration significantly increased odds of hospice enrollment. Patient-centered care, symptom control, and alignment with patient and caregiver preferences are also important outcomes to consider in evaluating palliative care models.

Right now, any innovation or policy change that does not save money during the end of life care regimen will not be favorably evaluated. Other treatment interventions can and are favorably evaluated if they buy improved quality of life and improved health at reasonable net new expenditures.

As more and more Americans are dying away from institutional settings, policy needs to catch up to reality. Sarah and her co-author have made a meaningful contribution to the policy environment by noting that our reality of where we die has changed and is likely to continue to change and therefore policy needs to catch up.

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Abbreviated pundit round-up: Afghan war lies; punishing pregnant women; gov't surveillance

Daily Kos - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 07:30

Ben Armbruster at The Guardian writes—The Afghanistan war is more than a $1 trillion mistake. It's a travesty:

The American people have known that the war in Afghanistan was a lost cause for quite some time. According to the Pew Research Center, Americans’ views of the war started to go south right around the end of 2011, until eventually a majority started seeing the writing on the wall about two years later.

That’s why the Washington Post report this week on the so-called “Afghanistan Papers”, detailing how US officials “deliberately mislead the public” on the war’s progress, is almost sort of unremarkable. If the piece took away any shred of innocence left from this ghastly enterprise, it’s that perhaps some of us thought our leaders, while failing miserably at building a nation thousands of miles away, were at least acting in good faith.

At the same time, the Post report is rage inducing, not just because of the sheer stupidity of American leaders continuing to fight a war they knew they could not win, but also how their unwillingness to take responsibility for a failed policy caused so much death, destruction and heartbreak, particularly among those American families who have admirably dedicated their lives to serving their country, and the countless number of Afghan civilians trapped in a cycle of endless war they have nothing to do with.

Of course, the “Afghanistan Papers” immediately recalled memories of the Pentagon variety leaked to the New York Times nearly a half century ago because they too were government documents outlining how numerous American administrations had lied to the public about Vietnam – another long, costly and unnecessary war with no military solution.


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Daily Kos - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 07:00

It’s Thor’s day, they say. I wonder what he’ll do with it.

I know what the Judiciary committee is going to do with it. They’ll be finalizing those impeachment articles and voting to report them out to the House floor. And they’re doing it on my time. The nerve!

We, of course, will be giving our time over to 950 other stories that on any other day, with any other president, would have produced screamer headlines, and outraged calls for resignation.

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David Waldman is back from his roof leak crisis of yesterday. He still has the leak, just not the crisis, as the hole is promised to be patched in a week, two weeks, maybe sooner… Greta Thunberg is Time’s person of the year! Boy, will that burn the Right… if they ever hear about it. Donald Trump bestows brutal killers—Jewish Americans—with dual loyalties, and countries. By sheer coincidence, Black Hebrew Israelites will become his new red herring. You hear it here first: Greg Dworkin predicts Trump WILL be impeached. Only two articles of impeachment, even though Trump has earned impeachment in a million ways. The reason for this is simple, and of course, complex. Republicans aren’t even putting up a defense, because that would just complicate their simple acquittal plans. Time to call surprise witness, Ivanka Trump! She has a pretty good idea of what Michael Steele has got in his dossier, if you get my drift. While we are impeaching, let’s put Ben Carson in line. Political media production staff can thank Mike Bloomberg for pumping $90 million into their economy. Bloomberg is now ahead of Trump… heck, everybody’s ahead of Trump. The Dems are neck and neck and neck and neck heading into New Hampshire because they are all #1 with completely different sets of people. In the meantime, should Democrats impeach Trump or work with him? Why not both? Mitch McConnell asks, “Why not neither?” Joan McCarter assures us that this has always been Moscow Mitch’s plan. Mitch is too busy appointing unqualified, extremist judges to lifetime positions right now. Maybe next month he’ll throw a little sham thing together if there’s time. Think of the trouble we’d all be in if Trump wasn’t really good at getting stuff done or whatever.

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Thursday Morning Open Thread: Happy (OK, Fierce) Thoughts

Balloon Juice - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 06:11

Gonna be another busy, strife-ful day in politics, so…

And furthermore:

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On The Road – arrieve – Humpback Whales

Balloon Juice - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 05:00

Good Morning, everyone,

Let’s go off to Newfoundland (if only, it’s gorgeous country I need to re-visit)!


I spent two weeks in Newfoundland in August. It was a wonderful trip and I have many photos to share. These are from a whale-watching excursion we went on in St. Anthony, at the northern tip of the island. The humpbacks there basically herd the fish against the rocky coast and then slurp them up, so we were able to get close to them and see them feeding.

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Why Is Everyone So Upset Over Ukraine?

Kevin Drum - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 01:37

The latest from the brain of Donald Trump:

This doesn’t surprise me. I don’t think Trump really gets the distinction that dirt on Joe Biden is a personal benefit, not a national benefit of the kind you get during, say, a trade negotiation. To him, his reelection campaign is just another part of his presidency. So why is everyone getting so upset?

That’s Trump for you. The bigger problem is that I suspect an awful lot of the public doesn’t immediately get the distinction either, and we’ve done a poor job of hammering it home.

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C&L's Late Nite Music Club With McCoy Tyner

Crooks and Liars - Wed, 12/11/2019 - 23:01

Pianist McCoy Tyner joined John Coltrane's band in 1960 and, along with Jimmy Garrison on bass and Elvin Jones on drums, formed what is known as 'Trane's "classic quartet".

Among the records the combo played on include A Love Supreme and Live At The Village Vanguard. After splitting from the group in '65, Tyner led several different groups both big and small and is revered as one of the most influential piano players in the history of jazz.

McCoy Tyner turned 81 years old today. Let's hear one from his classic 1967 album The Real McCoy where he guides a four-piece band made up of him, saxophonist Joe Henderson, drummer Elvin Jones and bassist Ron Carter.

What are you listening to tonight?

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Repub Stupidity Open Thread: Trump’s Press Campaign Proudly Declares Him A Comic-Book Villain

Balloon Juice - Wed, 12/11/2019 - 22:29

… a comic-book villain who is mere seconds away from getting the beat-down of his life…

Nicely (in the original sense of the word) encapsulating the modern Republican Party: Parasitizing a smarter group’s work, failing to pay attention long enough to spot the problems with the stolen ideas, and not caring how much they get kicked around afterwards so long as the check clears. Per the Guardian:

Shortly after the House brought two articles of impeachment against the president for his efforts seeking foreign interference to bolster his own political interests, the official Trump War Room re-election campaign Twitter account posted a video to social media that superimposed his face over that of the villainous Marvel comic book character Thanos.

In the scene from the movie Avengers: Endgame, Thanos snaps his fingers, attempting to destroy the diverse array of heroes from throughout the universe who’ve teamed up to defeat him. I am inevitable Trump/Thanos says…

The video then cuts to footage of Democratic leaders like Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, and Jerry Nadler who magically vanish much like in the movie. Not the movie in question, mind you, the previous one, but these low-effort trolling operations from Trump’s social media team tend not to be heavy on consistency or logic.

Marvel Universe timeline discrepancies aside, the choice of this moment from the film was a strange one, as it’s seconds before Thanos realizes he’s about to be defeated.

Among the chorus of critics to point out the many other flaws at work in the analogy here was Jim Starlin, the artist who created the character of Thanos in the 1970s…

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