Tuesday, June 19, 2018

He Can Do Whatever He Wants

Well, the Children in Concentration Camps issue cerainly seems to have taken off, even if not many people with a real voice dare express it as starkly as I do.  Anyway, everybody wants to talk about it, but as far as I am concerned, not a single comment I have heard is willing to get to the real point of Trump's inhumanity toward immigrant children.

Yes, of course, this is part of a systematic stirring up of race hatred and a lust for violence in his base, to hopefully get them out on election day and keep the Republican party in charge.  That in itself is one of the most miserable things that has ever happened in the history of our country, at least since the days of slavery and beating down the Indians.  But as malignant as it is, I believe it is only secondary to another purpose of this behavior, which up to this point, no one, from whatever end of the political spectrum, has been able to face.

For, I believe, the main purpose of this behavior is to make it clear that Trump has the power, and will use that power, to destroy the lives of anyone who stands up to him.  It is part of a campaign to inure the American people to the use of sadism and violence by the President to get what he wants. If he can put innocent children by the thousands in concentration camps, he can imprison, or even kill his opponents without fear of being stopped.  This is the right that he is now claiming.  And it is all too clear from his behavior that he will use it if he is allowed to have it.

We are at another Rubicon in our nation's descent into fascism.  With this program, our President is taking for himself the right to destroy anyone or any group that is a part of anything he dislikes or doesn't want to happen.  And please note that this is not the "sort of" Fascism that people maybe whispered about a year or so ago; this is the real thing, as blatant as anything Hitler or Mussolini ever did, short of taking those kids and gassing them.  But that didn't start in Germany until Hitler had been allowed to run hog wild for years; when Hitler had been in power as long as Trump has, he was still just locking his opponents up and maybe having them beaten, kind of like Trump today.

Well, welcome to today's America.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Blogger Screwed Me

I have discovered that out of nowhere, Blogger is refusing to send me e-mails notifying me of comments that people had made on my posts.  I don't really know how long this has been going on, but I am afraid it is for some time.  I noticed I was not getting any comments, but assumed that, because I haven't been posting much lately, people just stopped reading my blog.  But that doesn't seem to be true.  I'll try to get this straightened out, but in the meantime I think I will maybe stop content moderation until I do. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

How To Get A Federal Pardon

Make a movie!  Well, the right kind of movie, of course.  Dinesh D'Souza can show you the way:
And here is the copy that goes with this one sheet:

"CAN WE SAVE AMERICA A SECOND TIME?Not since 1860 have the Democrats so fanatically refused to accept the result of a free election. That year, their target was Lincoln. They smeared him. They went to war to defeat him. In the end, they assassinated him. 

Now the target of the Democrats is President Trump and his supporters. The Left calls them racists, white supremacists and fascists. These charges are used to justify driving Trump from office and discrediting the right “by any means necessary. 

But which is the party of the slave plantation? Which is the party that invented white supremacy? Which is the party that praised fascist dictators and shaped their genocidal policies and was in turn praised by them? 

Moreover, which is the party of racism today? Is fascism now institutionally embodied on the right or on the left? 

Through stunning historical recreations and a searching examination of fascism and white supremacy, Death of a Nation cuts through progressive big lies to expose hidden history and explosive truths. 

Lincoln united his party and saved America from the Democrats for the first time. Can Trump—and we—come together and save America for the second time?"CAN WE SAVE AMERICA A SECOND TIME?"

I can't wait to see the trailer.

Wingnut Wrapup- Summit Edition

Boy, I bet this photo comforts you about the state of the world.

Anyone with even a grain of sanity left knows that the Great Negotiator got his pants stolen by Kim Jong Un at the great Summit Of The Two Leaders.  So it's going to be tough for the winguts to find a way to spin this as a victory for Trump, but they are going to give it a hell of a try.  Here we go:

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Denuclearization: President Trump and Kim Jong Un End Historic Summit With Signing Ceremony"

Signing what?  Apparently Trump agreed to stab South Korea in the back by ending long standing joint military exercises, in return for nothing.  No sense mentioning that, however.

Streiff, Red State:  "The Trump-Kim Summit Was Not a Failure but It Did Disappoint"

Not a failure to Kim, perhaps, who got a major defense concession from Trump, and recognition on the world stage.  As for Trump, it is only a failure if the American press tells the truth about what happened.  Fat chance, huh?

"...now the real battle begins: that of competing narratives."

I.e. between the truth and the inevitable Republican propaganda line, portraying a humiliating collapse by Trump as a diplomatic masterstroke of nine dimensional chess.

"Having acknowledged that the U.S-DPRK summit — the first in history — was an epochal event of great significance in overcoming decades of tensions and hostilities between the two countries and for the opening up of a new future, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un commit to implement the stipulations in (their) joint statement fully and expeditiously."

Fat chance.  Kim got exactly what he wanted from this meeting, without giving up a thing.  Why would he capitulate now?  Do you think he gives a God damn what Trump thinks about him or says about him, after Trump administration officials have called for his death on numerous occasions, only to collapse right in front of his eyes? 

Bridget Johnson, PJ Media:  Trump Agrees to Stop U.S.-South Korea Military Exercises, Says He Trusts 'Very Talented' Kim"

Oy.  Talented like Trump, in being born into a rich family.  A very useful talent, as it turns out.

PJ Media Staff:  "Trump makes history."

He sure did.  So did this guy, who also was a right winger who thought you could trust a dictator:

Hey, you know what's funny?  Every time Obama did anything he got compared to Chamberlain by Republicans, but so far not a single one of them has compared Trump's performance at the summit to Chamberlain.  Funny, huh?

David P. Goldman, PJ Media:  "Trump Could Be One of America's Great Foreign Policy Presidents"

Ha ha.  He could give it all up tomorrow and register at Hogwarts too.  Just about as likely, since either one of these outcomes is a total fantasy.

Tyler O'Neal, PJ Media:  "Inside Germany’s Thriving Nudist Culture"

Oops, that didn't have anything to do with North Korea.  Sorry.  Sometimes Green Eagle has trouble staying on topic.

Bridget Johnson, PJ Media:  "Kudlow: Trump Lashed Out at Canada as Show of Strength to North Korea"

Finally, proof that telling a big enough lie can give you a heart attack.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "AMAZING! Trump Showed Kim Jong-Un Powerful Video Promising “A New World” 

I'm not going to make you watch this video, which is on virtually every right wing website this morning.  You can find it easily enough if you really want to see it.  It is one of the stupidest pieces of propaganda you will ever see.  Hopefully Kim got a good laugh out of it, because it sure didn't have any other effect on him.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "PRESIDENT TRUMP Shows Kim Jong Un an Inside View of “The Beast” After Historic Summit"

He showed him the inside of his car!  I bet that blew Kim away.  A massive diplomatic victory!  This is how pathetically far even a liar like Jim Hoft is having to go to find anything good to say about Trump's performance at this "summit."    Or how about this vital reporting:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Kim Jong-Un Arrives at Summit Meeting with President Trump – Carrying Briefcase (VIDEO)"

CARRYING BRIEFCASE!!1!111!!!!!    A major scoop missed by everyone else!

And oh, I guess we can afford to include a little something that isn't about the summit:

Pat Boone, World Net Daily:  "Warning: Divine judgment awaits Trump-haters"

Okay then.  Pat Boone.  Right. 

Pat quotes the Bible:

“Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.  Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God … and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.”

A Bible quotation that was appropriately suspended during the administration of a Black President, but then Republicans always know best about the will of God, right?

Thomas Lifson, American Thinker:  "Kim Jong-un flies home to sell the deal to the North Korean ruling elite...In order for this deal to move forward and realize its potential, Kim is going to have to convince the rest of the Pyongyang power elite to go along. I now find myself in the shocking position of rooting for the brutal dictator to succeed."

Rooting for a dictator for the first time.  That's only because you were too young to have rooted for Hitler.

David Prentice, American Thinker:  "None of us, no one I have read, no one I know, expected Donald Trump to be a giant in foreign policy.  No one expected him to reshape the world."

And hey, if turning your back on our democratic allies in favor of love affairs with dictators makes you a giant, that's just what he is doing.  Hooray!

Joel Pollack, Breitbart:  "Nancy Pelosi Trashes Trump over North Korea Summit…But Called Iran Deal ‘Diplomatic Masterpiece"

That's called telling the truth, Joel, something I know you don't have a lot of familiarity with over there at Breitbart.  Oh well, when they've got nothing, I guess Pelosi is a good bet to fall back on.

Breitbart:  "Oncologists Protest After Officials Release Latest Cancer Revelation: DID GERMANY BURY A TRUE CURE FOR CANCER?"

Off topic again, but I just wanted to point out to you that you never see things like this at Daily Kos or Crooks and Liars.  I think I can be pretty confident in telling you that any website that promotes Cancer quacks can't be trusted about a single thing.

Well, enough of this.  The same pathetic rationalizations are everywhere in wingnut world today, but you've had a fair sample.  Let's just go out on this:

Before It's News:  "The Kim/Trump Summit, the Rothschilds and the Financial War Are All Linked"

Because of course they are.


The mainstream press, of course.  Two headlines in the Washington Post today about Donald Trump humiliating himself in front of a miserable 32 year old dictator:

"The summit was a triumph of Trumpian stagecraft. The media fell for it."

And as if deliberately trying to prove the truth of that comment, here is the current lead story in the Washington Post:

"Trump-Kim summit yields hope for breakthrough but no guarantees"

What it actually leaded was an utter collapse by The World's Greatest Deal Maker, and a gigantic loss for the United States, but God forbid that the Washington Post or any other mainstream news source should say that in clear language.  The media fell for it, all right. 

Nobody is making the media "fall for it," of course.  They are falling for it because that is what they are paid to do, and if it destroys the country in the process, so what, as long as the checks don't bounce.

Friday, June 8, 2018

A Helpful Suggestion to Bring Back Coal

As everyone knows, there is nothing that means more to Green Eagle than helping our President come to the aid of the (white) working class that he cares so much about.  Of course, there is no white worker that Trump cares more about than coal miners, so Green Eagle wants to propose a sure fire plan to bring the coal industry roaring back to life in the United States:  coal powered cars!

Why didn't anyone ever think of that before?

Well, they did, so it's time for a little Green Eagle History Lesson.  In fact, here is the first car ever produced on a commercial basis, in the 19th century:
This was a steam car, which could be powered by wood or coal.  Of course, steam cars are not really very practical, so Green Eagle went looking for a car with a more traditional combustion engine which could be powered by ground coal.  It turns out that during the worst European fuel shortages during World War II, some cars were actually converted to run on ground coal injected into the cylinders.  Here's an example, from a certain European country famous for its involvement in the war:

And very visually appealing. Well, maybe that could work out today.  And of course, Trump might turn for inspiration to the following vehicle, also coal powered:
This truck is manufactured in that industrial powerhouse, Trump's new best friends, North Korea.

Well, here is my proposal for the executive actions that Trump might want to take:

First of all, declare a national emergency and remove all environmental restrictions on coal powered vehicles, which are of course massive sources of pollution.

Second, take a few billion dollars away from useless government programs like health care for children, who after all contribute nothing to the national economy, and devote it to a massive program to build plants to grind coal into fine dust, and work out whatever minor problems occur in modifying auto production to produce coal powered cars.

And third, ban any car company from the United States market that does not sell at least 20% coal powered vehicles.  This would make it impossible for virtually any foreign car company to sell cars in the U.S. since they depend on world-wide sales and no one on earth (except apparently in North Korea, not the world's most active car market) would want one of these things unless it was forced down their throats.  It would be a field day for American car companies and their inferior products.

And finally, designate the entire State of West Virginia as a site for mountaintop removal.  I mean, when you are on a roll, why not? 

This program would vastly increase the number of people needed in the coal industry, as well as screwing all those foreign car companies.  What's not to like?

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Celebrate America, Hooah!!!

So as you may have heard, the spoiled little infant Trump "disinvited" the NFL champion Philadelphia Eagles after it became clear that most of them were going to humiliate him by not showing up (hooray for them.)  Instead, he decided to hold a "Celebrate America" rally instead.  Oh boy!

Well, any long term readers of Green Eagle know how much I like to report on the actual size of right wing demonstrations, which is inevitably a huge embarrassment to them, or would be if the mainstream press didn't systematically ignore the truth.  So, here are a couple of pictures of today's event:

As usual,  I always try to base my comments on the evidence of the largest possible attendance at these events; let me note that I have spent a pretty fair time searching online, and these are the two photographs showing the largest views of the "crowd" at this pathetic sham rally.

Let me make a couple of observations about this.  First of all, the vast majority of all mainstream press accounts of this event carefully avoided showing a single view of the crowd, which from these pictures barely numbered a few hundred.  You know if the crowd were large, it would be all over the news, but I had a lot of trouble finding these two pictures.

Second, check out how many of the attendees are in suits, very unusual for a rally, but probably an indication that the majority of people in the crowd were Republican staffers; the number of voluntary attendees appears to be less than a hundred or two.  By way of reference, here's a crowd that spontaneously turned out to celebrate the Washington Capitals' victory in game three of the Stanley Cup:
And here is a photo of the crowd that attended the actual Philadelphia Eagles victory parade after this year's Super Bowl:

No comment necessary, I think.

So once again, the Republicans generate a synthetic media event, claim its pathetic turnout represents a majority of the American people, and the press dutifully reports the Republican party line as the truth.  In reality, there is no sign that the massively funded and Russian rigged "election" of Trump represents a damned thing except a collusion of rich sociopaths and a foreign dictator to seize control of our government, which seems to have worked, and will go on working as long as the press lets the lying continue.

Update:  Courtesy of Mock Paper Scissors, here is a photo of the "crowd" at Trump's event taken from the front:

At the risk of being repetitive:  I count 102 attendees in this photo, although I didn't try too hard to be super accurate, so I could be off by a few.  Yes, there are clearly some more people off to the sides, so let's be generous and say there were 200 in the audience, for an event that Trump publicized for a couple of days.  Furthermore, you can see that most of these people are clearly Republican staff members, not the sort of people that show up for rallies.  In brief, virtually nobody turned up at this jerk's pathetic, jingoistic event.  And yet that fact, which should be the clear message drawn from this humiliating occasion, has been totally ignored by the press.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Employment- Trump and the Press Collaborate Again

You have probably heard by now that Trump released the May job numbers AN HOUR EARLY!!! which has been widely reported everywhere, even though not one person in a thousand knew that this was not supposed to happen.  This gave the mainstream press a wonderful chance to hail the number of jobs gained in May as an absolutely unprecedented success, showing how great the economy is because Republicans are in charge again.

What is the reality behind these claims?  Well, let's look at a little evidence.  Here is a chart of monthly job gains since 2013:

Unprecedented success?  I have added the red line to illustrate the fact that there were 24 months in the last five years of the Obama administration with job gains greater than the number for last month, as well as two from the Trump administration.  So, what happened this last month was not so impressive after all.  In fact, it would be well to look at this chart to get a grasp on the truth:
Here is the truth in plain view:  A colossal explosion in unemployment was the result of the 2008 collapse of the economy, which was caused by Republican economic depredation.  Within short order, actions taken under the Obama administration, which would never have been considered under any Republican, set the unemployment rate on a steep downward path, which it has continued to follow, at least to this point in the Trump administration. 

The notion that Donald Trump, or any other Republican, deserves a shred of credit for this is patently ludicrous.  And yet the mainstream press has collaborated with the Republican party and the rich sociopaths that own it, to tell just that story, which the American people are, in large part, accepting as the gospel truth.  In fact, I saw a poll recently that suggests that once again the American public is turning to the idiotic and self-destructive notion that Republicans are better at running the economy than Democrats.

And that is how the Republican intend to win elections in November: through the ignorance of the American people, who are carefully fed a constant series of lies by the Republican owned mainstream press.  As I have stated so many times before, the number one rule of American politics is that the Democrats could crush the Republican party out of existence without effort; what they cannot do is crush the Republicans and the press working together.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Wingnut Wrapup- Great Negotiator Edition

I don't really do much in the way of wingnut wrapups any more, but I thought it would be fun, on the very day of the collapse in utter humiliation of the Great Negotiator's greatest negotiation, to see right wingers scrambling to explain away his failure.  I am sure they will come up with even more imaginative (and piggish) excuses in the coming days, but here are their initial attempts:

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "BREAKING: Trump Writes Kim Jong Un Epic Letter Cancelling Upcoming Summit"

Epic.  An epic whine.  The letter itself is a laughable piece of self-justifying belligerence from a guy who totally misplayed his negotiation and got taken by a 31 year old dufus.  But to right wingers, it's EPIC!

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Eyeroll: Nancy Pelosi Says Trump's Letter To N. Korea Probably Gave Kim Jong-un A 'Giggle Fit'

Hey, congrats to Matt, who managed to turn Trump's latest self-induced humiliation into an excuse to mention Nancy Pelosi, at which point every good Conservative puffed themselves up in outrage and totally ignored the substance of the story.  Good play there, Matt!  And this seems to be developing into a popular right wing line:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Crazy Nancy Pelosi: Kim Jong Un Had a “Giggle Fit” When Trump Called Off Summit"

Well, now the whole story is not about the colossal negotiating failure of the "greatest negotiator on earth," it's about Nancy Pelosi being crazy.

Jennifer Van Laar, Red State:  "Early Thursday, after the Rocket Man’s latest temper tantrum, the White House announced that the planned June summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un was off."

Rocket man's tantrum!  Standing by the position he has had all along, and objecting to being threatened with annihilation by deranged warmonger John Bolton and Christian lunatic Mike Pence- that's a tantrum.  Trump stomping out like a jilted boyfriend, well, that's Presidential.

Streiff, Red State:  "President Trump has pulled the plug on the planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that had been scheduled for June 12 in Singapore. This is how this came to be.  It was apparent to everyone watching that North Korea’s definition of denuclearization did not extend to an independently verifiable eradication of North Korea’s nuclear weapons stockpile and its ability to make future weapons."

The North's "definition of denuclearization;" i.e. Trump and Bolton's definition of denuclearization, which consisted in "you give up everything, we give up nothing," which anyone who has followed this story or has a shred of sense knew was never on the table at all.

"And during his meeting with South Korea’s President Moon, President Trump said he didn’t know if the summit would happen. Probably both sides were concerned that neither would have anything to bring home."

And here comes the rewriting of history to lie away the obvious truth that Trump got totally conned by Kim, who got the recognition as an equal from Trump that he wanted without having to give up a thing.

The points (Mike Pence) made were that North Korea had to give up nuclear weapons, that there would be no let up in sanctions before the US had seen concrete evidence of denuclearization... 

Something that North Korea has made clear from the beginning was never on the table.  But that is what Trump promised his base, so he had to tank the talks rather than fail to deliver.

"And...he warned North Korea to not try “to play” Trump and that the Muammar Qaddafi solution was always available if he didn’t denuclearize."

I.e. if Kim didn't give Trump what he wanted, Trump would have him killed.  Great international diplomacy there.  I wonder why Kim didn't go along with that.

Bridget Johnson, PJ Media:  "Trump Tells 'Mr. Chairman' in 'Truly Sad Moment' That North Korea Summit Is Off..."I felt like a wonderful dialogue was building up between you and me... some day, I look very much forward to meeting you," president writes."

A wonderful dialogue, including, as I mentioned above, Trump's threats to kill Kim if he didn't give Trump what he wanted.  "Negotiation," New York mob style.


Another classic bully strategy:  run and hide behind mommy and yell taunts at the guy who totally beat you down.  And let's just be clear about this:  Any conciliatory gesture is interpreted as weakness by Trump, who knows nothing but bullying and petty meanness, so he is going to tell his equally malign followers that he won a great victory when actually he was humiliated by the juvenile leader of an impoverished country less than a tenth the size of the United States.  And in the process he humiliated our whole country- something which will be totally missed by the kind of jerks that think it makes them tough to wander around the streets with an assault rifle on their backs.

And now the inevitable "black is white... who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes" approach to the subject:

Sandy Fitzgerald, Newsmax:  "Dershowitz: NKorea Decision Bolsters Trump's Deal-Making Bonafides...President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of a planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was one that plays into his "strong suite," Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz said Thursday.  "He knows how to make a deal."

He knows how to make a deal?  Not making a deal proves he knows how to make a deal? Running for cover shows strength? And yet, you know that his base will absolutely swallow the entire notion that this colossal failure was a success, and that somehow getting snookered by Kim Jong Un, of all people, proves he is a great negotiator.  God help us.

"In his letter to Kim, Trump said he was pulling from the summit "based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement."

That would be when Kim called Mike Pence a "political dummy."  No word from Trump about whether any anger and hostility was displayed by Mike Pence when he threatened to have Kim murdered if he didn't go along with what Trump wanted.

"I think once he heard what the leader of North Korea said about the United States, said about our vice president, he had no choice but to walk away"

How about the choice of acting like an adult and stopping his vice President from making mindless threats against foreign leaders?

"(Dershowitz) also pointed out that North Korea has not yet shown the world that it can send a missile to the shores of the United States."

Is Dershowitz suggesting that maybe it would be a good idea for North Korea to do that?  I mean, what exactly is he saying here? 

And of course, how could they miss this take on the whole thing:

David French, National Review Online:  "Good Riddance to the North Korea Summit"

That's the answer- just follow orders and forget that the whole gigantic disaster ever happened.

Newsmax:  "Pompeo: Next Move Up to NKorea"

And I am sure it is, just as soon as Kim Jong Un figures out a new way to humiliate Trump, something he seems to be rather good at.  Stay tuned.

Collector's Item

If you got one of these, hang on to it...there aren't going to be that many around, I suspect.
Tired of winning yet?

Update:  I guess they've got to unload their stock.  Thanks to The Week, this notice at the White House website:
They've cut the price!  This man has absolutely zero shame when it comes to making a dollar off of anything, even when it just advertises his own humiliation.  He doesn't even have the decency to stop selling a permanent record of his own incompetence.  Oh well, his base will find a way to turn this colossal failure into a masterstroke of strong leadership, so I guess it's okay.  Maybe they can mint a medal commemorating his walking away from the summit like some jilted lover pretending that they were the one who decided to break up.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Vegas Shooter a Gun Nut

On October 1 of last year, as most people will sadly remember, a man in Las Vegas barricaded himself in a hotel room and began shooting at a concert below his windows, killing 51 people and injuring over 800.  The man seemed to be a prosperous middle class man with no known connection to terror groups, and his motives for this monstrous act seemed doomed to remain forever a mystery.

Now, however, it seems that the mystery has been dispelled.   In an extremely important report from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, which will predictably be virtually ignored, we learn the following, as reported by Adam Peck, at Think Progress:

"Evidence suggests Las Vegas shooter was motivated by pro-gun conspiracy theoriesBefore killing 51 people, Stephen Paddock shared his pro-gun conspiracy theories with numerous witnesses...

Just days before the massacre, at least two people told police that a man they believed to be Paddock ranted to them about federal government efforts to impose gun control measures. Another witness recounted how a man thought to be Paddock shared his belief that a “camp” set up by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 was in fact “a dry run for law enforcement and military to start kickin’ down doors and … confiscating guns.”

There's more at the article, which I suggest you read.

51 dead at the hands of a right wing gun nut, led into his violent rage by the lies of the Republican party and the NRA.

I don't even have the energy any more to go into one more rant about what the right is doing to this country; I just want to add to the record of their hatred.  Not that it will do any good, since to the Republican base, this sort of violence is a good thing, not an abomination, and it's clear at this point that no one is going to convince them differently.

Addendum:  A few days later, and there is a post up at Daily Kos pointing this out:

"Police documents about the Las Vegas shooter show he's a right-wing terrorist but no one will say so"
No one but Green Eagle, I guess.

Six Democrats We Can Do Without

"WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate confirmed Gina Haspel on Thursday...
Among Democrats supporting Haspel are several who are up for re-election this fall in states where Trump is popular, including Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Sen. Bill Nelson in Florida. Other Democrats voting yes were Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire."

I don't give a God damn that some of these assholes are running for re-election in States that voted for Trump.  If supporting torture is okay with them, they have no place in my party, and the sooner it repudiates every one of them and finds a winnable replacement, the better off the country will be.