About brobrubel

Retired journalist. I've reported and edited for newspaper in Florida, Kentucky, New York, Brussels and London. I also spent a few years as a government flack in Pennsylvania. This blog contains random thoughts on politics, world affairs and entertainment

And then, they took away Roberto

Stupidity has no ethnic bounds:

When Helen Beristain told her husband she was voting for Donald Trump last year, he warned her that the Republican nominee planned to “get rid of the Mexicans.”

Defending her vote, Helen quoted Trump directly, noting that the tough-talking Republican said he would only kick the “bad hombres” out of the country, according to the South Bend Tribune.

Months later, Roberto Beristain — a successful businessman, respected member of his Indiana town and father of three American-born children — languishes in a detention facility with hardened criminals as he awaits his deportation back to Mexico, the country he left in 1998 when he entered the United States illegally.

“I wish I didn’t vote at all,” Helen Beristain told the Tribune. “I did it for the economy. We needed a change.”

Really, don’t expect any sympathy from me, because:

  1. The economy was fine and growing and would have done much better if the vermin in the GOP hadn’t spent the past eight years undermining everything Obama tried to fix.
  2. We didn’t need a change. You needed a fucking brain. What the hell did you expect from the dwarf-digited douche.

Remember when we had a real president?

Via Vox:

The utter failure of Paul Ryan and Donald Trump to pass a bill rolling back the Affordable Care Act makes one thing perfectly clear: love him or hate him, Barack Obama is one of the most consequential presidents in American history — and that he will be a particularly towering figure in the history of American progressivism.

He signed into law a comprehensive national health insurance bill, a goal that had eluded progressive presidents for a century — and built it strong enough to withstand assaults from the Supreme Court and avoid repeal from a Republican administration. He got surprisingly tough reforms to Wall Street passed as well, not to mention a stimulus package that both blunted the recession and transformed education and energy policy.

He’s put in place the toughest climate rules in American history and signed a major international climate accord. He opened the US to Cuba for the first time in more than half a century, and reached a peaceful settlement to the nuclear standoff with Iran.

You can celebrate or bemoan these accomplishments. Liberals hail them as moves toward a social democratic welfare state and a foreign policy more skeptical of military intervention; conservatives critique Obama’s efforts to expand regulation and the government’s reach, and accuse him of abdicating America’s role as world hegemon.

But no one can deny that the changes Obama has wrought are enormous in scale.

And it was only four months ago.

Profiles in mean-spirited incompetence

Here’s what you need to take from yesterday’s massive failure by the GOP. They shat on Obamacare for eight years, and they never even considered putting a plan together as an alternative. They just slapped something together after Election Day because they were certain the tiny-fingered, orange-glazed Richie Rich was going to lose to the qualified smart lady.

Republican leaders abruptly pulled their overhaul of the nation’s health-care system from the House floor on Friday, a dramatic defeat for President Trump and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan that leaves a major campaign promise unfulfilled and casts doubt on the Republican Party’s ability to govern.

What doubts? I knew they couldn’t govern.

The Orange Menace: Redacted

So, El Cheeto gave an interview with Time magazine recently, and the folks at The Slot took a look at it and redacted everything that wasn’t true:

Here’s what they ended up with:

But even with that extreme vetting of the Lügenorange’s words, the folks at The Slot came to a realization:

Correction: We actually missed another false statement. Trump received 306 electoral college votes on election day, but thanks to two “faithless” electors, his official tally is 304; his claims that he “ended up at 306” and “ended up getting to 306″ are technically false. 

I get two important points out of this:

  1. Time magazine did the American public a disservice by printing this interview verbatim without providing a fact check at the end of the article.
  2. You can tell the stub fingered babyman is lying when you see him moving his lips. But you already knew that.