Nothing wrong with quid pro quo? "Perhaps so", says Trump

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/11/04/nothing-wrong-with-quid-pro-qu.html

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The GOP and conservatives have certainly become an amen chorus for Il Douche’s Narcissist’s Prayer:

That didn’t happen.

And if it did, it wasn’t that bad.

And if it was, that’s not a big deal.

And if it is, that’s not my fault.

And if it was, I didn’t mean it.

And if I did…

You deserved it.

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That stupid Trump-tweet is just floating a defence. It’s not an admission, it’s still a flat denial by Trump. He’s not saying that “perhaps there was a quid pro quo”.

It doesn’t matter what he says in a tweet. It’s clear that there was a quid pro quo, from the actions under his orders.

This just shows they’re scrambling and testing future strategies. The tweet doesn’t contain a useful admission from Trump though.

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asked this in the Trumpian events thread…

What stage of the prayer are we in again?

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Reminiscent of how he would try different lines during the campaign. If it got applause or chants, he repeated and doubled down on it . If it was ignored or unpopular with his base, he wouldn’t repeat it and would deny that he said it. As somebody pointed out, he is like a bad AI, iteratively tryng variations to come up with an optimum. Natural stupidity imitating artificial intelligence.

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On the Ukraine quid pro quo, about halfway through.

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So little time
So much to know

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Wait, Ben Shapiro is saying, “bad, ugly behaviour is not impeachable”?

First, I hope someone alerts Trump to the fact that Shapiro suggested Trump’s behaviour was bad or ugly and Trump tweets about how Shapiro is a know-nothing hack and Shapiro gets shit-canned by the Trumpists.

Second, up yours it’s not, Shapiro. If the president is bringing the country into disrepute that’s a very serious thing that congress might want to weigh in on.

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I think the real question is whether it was a corrupt, criminal, impeachable quid pro quo made by a left-hander on a Tuesday during a leap year while talking on a Samsung phone and wearing a jewel-encrusted tiara with Chuck Mangione’s Feels So Good playing in the background.

And even the most fake-news, anti-Trump lib has to admit that it was not.

So case closed. Move along.

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To save everyone else the time it takes to google it…

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The ultimate destination of these moving goalposts scares the hell out of me.

We’re facing a situation we’ve literally never had before in an administration that literally doesn’t care about leaving any kind of functional government behind, so if/when “he did it, but it’s not impeachable” doesn’t get the traction he wants, it seems that “how dare you talk about impeachment at a time of war!?” would be on the table.

And then what?

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The so-called “Sideshow Bob” defense seems to be gaining traction on the Right. (“Attempted quid pro quo?? Now what is that? Do they give out a Nobel Prize for attempted Chemistry?”)

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Trump will next say that he was required to do it.

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that’s the “It’s not my fault” stage right?

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Had the 45 single as 5th grader, and wore it out.

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That pretty much sums up trump rallies. His base’s memory is too short or likely just doesn’t care.
I don’t know if robovac AIs are any smarter now, but I imagine they bump around blindly like trump until there is an effect.
I think this is a good representation of the US right now:

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Quid pro quo sine qua non. Ad nauseum.

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