Donald Trump Jr.'s wife Vanessa sent to hospital after she opened mail that contained white powder


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/02/12/donald-trump-jr-s-wife-vanes.html


#2

The ashes of democracy?


#3

Authoritarian clampdown in 3… 2… 1…


#4

Right? Fuck. This is not a grumpycat. I don’t want anyone to inhale anthrax, not even my mortal enemies.


#5

Not cool. Especially since the FBI is not sure that they pinned the 9/11 Anthrax mailers on the right guy.


#6

This is either the work of

  1. a complete moron,
  2. someone trying to create sympathy for the Trumps, or
  3. both.

#7

Tip: Always mark your envelopes of ominous white powder as “personal and confidential” to prevent mistakes like this from happening.


#8

I think the postal inspectors are the only wing of Government enforcement not currently black-masked, up-armored, and over-paid.


#9

Say what you will about Donnie Kong Jr. and his wife, he has five little kids, the oldest of which is ten or eleven.


#10

What a clickbait-y title


#11

How should it have been worded in your expert opinion, then?

What would you have written?


#12

“Donald Trump Jr.'s wife Vanessa Opens Envelope Containing White Powder, Powder Assessed To Not Be Dangerous”? The implication I got from the headline, which is near-identical on the BBC, was that she’d sniffed some anthrax or something else dangerous, so expect the whole country shut down for a few days.

…Okay, that was the implication after the obligatory mental cocaine joke happened.


#13

I’d say category 2 is a sub-category of 1, there.


#14
  1. Shipping standards for coke have gotten real loose.

#15

I’m thinking an exception could be a malicious actor (such as a Russian agent) purposely sowing discord. Evil but not necessarily stupid.


#16

What is it about white powder that sets off an alarm in people? Toxins and bio-agents can come in many different forms. Any terrorist with half a brain would disguise it as something else.


#17

Probably the fact that the anthrax mail attacks of 2001 and subsequent copycat scares all involved white powder.

Why would they? Whether the powder is a real bioagent or not, causing terror is the whole point.


#18

While the article clearly states that the envelope was addressed to Trump Jr.
Michael Cohen, President Trump’s personal attorney, wastes no time in distorting the situation:

"How disturbed must a person be to do what they did to a mother of five children?’’ Michael Cohen, President Trump’s personal attorney, said in a statement. “This dangerous and reckless act goes beyond political differences.”


#19

Don’t send coke through the U.S. Postal Service. Have your dealer come to your house.


#20

Did you see that little blip about how Donald Trump Jr. dropped Secret Service protection for a week, then resumed it? What a weird move. I wonder what he was up to.