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Monday, June 11, 2018

3 nominees for the Trump Schadenfreude List

I had fun this weekend exchanging emails and Twitter IMs with readers concerning the Trump Schadenfreude List. We agree that Anthony Bourdain's death by his own hand is too morbid for what is generally lighthearted. He had demons, let him rest in peace.

On the other hand, let us revel in the suffering of Justin Trudeau, George Soros, and a creepy cartoonist in Pittsburgh who claims "censorship" because his editor doesn't want to lose any more subscriptions from Trump supporters.

First, let me dust off Canada's Justin Not Named Bieber. He hosted the heads of state of six other nations -- the G7 as they call it. The United States economy is bigger than the other six nations combined, but still they want him to boss him around as if he were a boy or Barack Obama.

Trump used the summit basically as a stop to refuel Air Force One on his way to Singapore. He refused to sign their silly communique about carbon dioxide and gender equality. Trudeau was aghast.

He held a press conference.

"Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared to be losing an eyebrow when speaking with reporters on Thursday at the G7 Summit," the Daily Caller reported.

"French President Emmanuel Macron and Trudeau addressed reporters at the summit, and Trudeau trashed the United States for implementing new metal tariffs on U.S. allies. However, Twitter users pointed out that during his screed it looked like he may have been losing a fake eyebrow."

Fake eyebrows.

I think we have a Caitlyn in waiting.

Next up is Rob Rogers, and editorial page cartoonist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, one of the few newspapers left with its own editorial page cartoonist. His new boss, Editorial Page Director Keith Burris, has told him to ease up on Trump.

Rogers hasn't.

Thick as a brick.

19 times so far this year, he has had cartoons rejected.

That is 19 failures by Rogers.

In any other business, if you fail 19 times like this, you lose your job. But it is the newspaper business and unless you are a conservative, you get an endless number of second chances.

There was a rally for Rogers this week. The Incline headlined it, "Dozens rally against ‘censoring’ of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette cartoonist Rob Rogers."

Dozens.

Post-Gazette columnist Brian O’Neill spoke at the rally.

They are calling the refusal by Rogers to support the newspaper's editorial page philosophy "censorship."

Publisher John Robinson Block -- whom Rogers said until recently had supported him for 25 years -- issued a statement on the matter: "This is an internal, personnel matter we are working hard to resolve. It has little to do with politics, ideology or Donald Trump. It has mostly to do with working together and the editing process."

Yes, submitting cartoons knowing they will be rejected isn't working. It's childish.

Finally, there is George Soros. On a weekend in which his horse won the Triple Crown, Soros was a big loser. The Hillary backer gave an interview to the Washington Post -- much to the delight of Trump supporters.

"George Soros recently lamented the rise of President Trump and anti-establishment parties across the globe, saying 'everything that could go wrong, has gone wrong,'" the Daily Caller reported.

"Soros made the comment in an interview with The Washington Post published Saturday. He also said that he did not expect Trump’s election, saying, 'Apparently, I was living in my own bubble.'"

Ah, have a cuppa Schadenfreude this morning. It's on Soros.

My ruling is simple: Trudeau will need something more than his eyebrow falling off to make the Trump Effect Hall of Fame. And Rogers the Cartoonist is just a victim of newspaper economics in which old men are sent to pasture in favor of cheaper (and often better) contributions.

But Soros has learned first hand to never feud with Donald Trump. Too many people wind up worse for the affair. Now Soros has joined the Trump Effect Hall of Fame.

The list:

1. Casey Affleck.

February 2017: "Casey Affleck Slams Trump Administration’s ‘Abhorrent’ Policies in Spirit Awards Speech."

November 2017: "Thousands Sign Petition To Keep Casey Affleck From Presenting At Oscars."

2. Michael Avenatti.

March 2018: "'The President May Be Able to Fire Mueller, but He Can’t Fire Me': Stormy Daniels’s Attorney Relishes His Role as Trump Nemesis Du Jour.

May 2018: "Avenatti Exposed: Stormy's Lawyer May Face Disbarment, Legal Action As Past Catches Up."

3. H. Brandt Ayers

2017: "Trump breaches moral line."

2018: "Anniston Star's ex-publisher spanked female employees in the 1970s, reports say."

4. Alec Baldwin.

2016: "Alec Baldwin totally nailed Trump on the 'SNL' premiere."

2017: "Alec Baldwin Admits He's 'Bullied Women,' Calls for a Change in Hollywood."

5. LaVar Ball.

November 2017: "LaVar Ball Is Feuding with Donald Trump Over His Son's Release From China."

December 2017: "LaVar Ball sends his sons to play in LITHUANIA after pulling them both out of school in the United States after UCLA-Trump row."

6. Mario Batali.

2017: "Mario Batali Predicts a 'Violent Revolution' Could Happen in America Over Food."

2018: "Famed chef Mario Batali’s Vegas Strip restaurants will close."

7. Michael Bennett.

2017: "Michael Bennett: Trump stooped so low with his NFL attacks."

2018: "Michael Bennett indicted for allegedly injuring elderly paraplegic at Super Bowl LI."

8. Maddie Bowman.

2017: "Olympic gold medal skier Maddie Bowman would turn down visit to the White House."

2018: "Team USA's Maddie Bowman Finishes 11th in Crushing Blow for Former Gold Medal Skier."

9. Tom Brokaw.

2015: "Legendary newsman Tom Brokaw says he would 'call in sick' if he had to cover Donald Trump every night."

2018: "Tom Brokaw Accused of Sexual Harassment By Former NBC Anchor."

10. Jim Carrey.

March 2018: "Jim Carrey has been trolling Trump and the GOP with paintings."

May 2018: "What has happened to Jim Carrey? Once a revered comedian with a big fan base, Carrey hasn’t made a good movie in 10 years, and the ones he’s in have been box-office bombs."

11. Hillary Clinton.

2016: "Clinton has 90 percent chance of winning."

2017: "Hillary, I love you. But please go away."

12. George Clooney.

2016: "Clooney's Vow: Trump Will Not Be President; See Trump's Response."

2017: "Clooney's 'Suburbicon' tanks, 'Saw' sequel No. 1 with $16.3M."

13. John Conyers.

2016: "Rep. John Conyers: Donald Trump Is the Next Richard Nixon."

2017: "Rep. John Conyers Jr. resigns over sexual harassment allegations."

14. David Corn.

2016: "MSNBC’s David Corn destroys Ann Coulter for defending Trump’s decision not to release tax returns."

2017: "David Corn investigated for inappropriate workplace behavior."

15. Bill Cosby.

2011: "Bill Cosby Rips Donald Trump On Today Show."

2018: "Bill Cosby convicted of drugging and molesting a woman."

16. Robert De Niro.

2016: "De Niro: I’d Like to Punch Trump In the Face."

2017: De Niro film scores 24% on Rotten Tomatoes. Cost $15 million to make. Had a box office of $1.7 million.

17. Lena Dunham.

2016: "Lena Dunham: I'll move to Canada if Trump is president."

2017: "Lena Dunham Apologizes for Defending Girls Writer Accused of Rape."

18. Eminem.

October 2017: "Eminem unleashes on Trump: The 11 fiercest lines."

November 2017: "Eminem is SKEWERED on social media after his bizarre performance on SNL."

Bonus: "Rapper Eminem ‘extremely angry’ that Trump didn’t respond to castigating freestyle rap."

19. Al Franken.

2016: "Al Franken Hilariously Mocks Donald Trump."

2017: "Al Franken to Resign From Senate Amid Harassment Allegations."

20. Morgan Freeman.

February 2018: "'Shame on you, Mr. President': Morgan Freeman blames Donald Trump for Florida school shooting."

May 2018: "Women accuse Morgan Freeman of inappropriate behavior, harassment."

21. GQ.

2016: "If You Vote For Trump, Then Screw You."

2017: "Layoffs Hit GQ as Condé Nast Cuts Continue."

22. Kathy Griffin.

2016: "Kathy Griffin Thinks Comedy Should Go All Out on ‘President Piece of Shit’ Donald Trump."

2017: "CNN fires Kathy Griffin."

23. Alcee Hastings.

2016: "Democratic congressman calls Donald Trump 'pile of excrement.'"

2017: "Taxpayers paid $220K to settle sexual harassment case involving Hastings."

24. Stephen Henderson.

2016: "Henderson: Vote for Trump was a consent, purposeful or not, to bigotry."

2017: "Free Press’ Stephen Henderson terminated for misconduct."

25. David Hogg.

March 4: "Florida shooting survivor David Hogg says he hung up on the White House during a call inviting him to Trump's listening session."

March 27: "PARKLAND LEADER DAVID HOGG" I'm Changing the World BUT UC SCHOOLS STILL REJECTED ME."

26. Megyn Kelly.

2016: "GOP Debate: Donald Trump's 'Spat' With Megyn Kelly Is Sexism."

2017: "Megyn Kelly drags down 'Today' ratings."

27. Garrison Keillor.

2016: “So, he won. The nation takes a deep breath. Raw ego and proud illiteracy have won out and a severely learning-disabled man with a real character problem will be president. We are so exhausted from thinking about this election, millions of people will take up leaf-raking and garage cleaning with intense pleasure. We liberal elitists are wrecks. The Trumpers had a whale of a good time, waving their signs, jeering at the media, beating up protesters, chanting ‘Lock her up’ — we elitists just stood and clapped. Nobody chanted ‘Stronger Together.’ It just doesn't chant.”

2017: "Minnesota Public Radio Fires Garrison Keillor Over Allegations of Improper Conduct."

28. Shia LaBeouf.

January 2017: "Shia LaBeouf arrested at his anti-Trump art installation."

April 2017: "Shia LaBeouf Thriller ‘Man Down’ Sells Just One Ticket at U.K. Box Office."

29. Lady Gamecocks.

2017: "South Carolina women's basketball team declines Trump's invite to White House."

2018: "UConn routs South Carolina 94-65, heads back to Final Four."

30. Jennifer Lawrence.

2017: "Jennifer Lawrence Would Like to Throw a Martini at President Donald Trump's Face."

2018: "Box Office Poison: Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘Red Sparrow’ Bottoms Out at $17 Million."

31. Ryan Lizza.

2016: "Trump Gets Ready to Be a Bad Loser."

2017: "New Yorker Fires Star Reporter Ryan Lizza Over 'Improper Sexual Conduct'."

32. Louis C.K.

2016: "Louis C.K. Compares Donald Trump to Hitler: ‘He’s an Insane Bigot.’"

2017: "FX fires Louis C.K. after comic confirms sexual misconduct claims."

33. Macy's.

2015: "Macy's Drops Donald Trump's Fashion Line Over Immigrant Remarks."

2017: "Macy's Announces Store Closings for 2017."

34. Rose McGowan.

2016: "Rose McGowan Blasts Donald Trump, Murdochs, Networks in Open Letter: 'You Are Causing a Worldwide Sickness.'"

2017: "Rose McGowan arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance."

35. Alyssa Milano.

March 2017: "Alyssa Milano on Trump: 'Removing him will be up to' women."

June 2017: "Anti-Trumper Alyssa Milano is broke as a joke, didn’t pay taxes and stiffed her employees."

36. Evan McMullin.

2016: "Why Evan McMullin Says Donald Trump Is More Dangerous Than ISIS."

2018: "Evan McMullin Potentially In Violation Of Campaign Finance Laws, Records Show."

37. Mac Miller.

2017: "Mac Miller: Donald Trump wants to 'make America white again.'"

2018: "Mac Miller Arrested for Dui, Hit and Run."

38. Mayor Ed Murray.

2016: Democratic "Seattle mayor decries Trump, says immigrants welcome."

2017: "Seattle Mayor Resigns After Multiple Sexual Abuse Allegations."

39. Rupert Myers.

January 2017: "British GQ writer: Could Obama ‘murder Trump and Pence’ then pardon himself?"

October 2017: "Male feminist writer fired by GQ Magazine after woman accuses him of sexual assault."

40. NFL.

September 2017: "After Trump Blasts N.F.L., Players Kneel and Lock Arms in Solidarity."

November 2017: "NFL TV Partners Set To Lose Up To $500 Million On Ratings Decline."

41. Barack Obama.

During the campaign, Trump tweeted, "President Obama will go down as perhaps the worst president in the history of the United States!"

Obama went on Jimmy Kimmel's show, read the tweet, and replied, "At least I'll go down as a president."

Fifteen days later, we elected Trump as Obama's successor.

42. Rosie O'Donnell.

1996: "Queen of Nice Can Rosie O'Donnell Clean Up Trash TV?"

2017: "Rosie O’Donnell Admits: ‘I Spend 90% Of My Hours Tweeting Hatred’ At Trump."

43. Playboy.

2016: "Hugh Hefner's son feels 'personal embarrassment' that Trump was on Playboy's cover."

2017: "Playboy considers closing down magazine to concentrate on nightclubs and casinos just months after death of founder Hugh Hefner."

44. Tony Podesta.

2010: "Tony Podesta, Superlobbyist."

2017: "Tony Podesta stepping down from lobbying giant amid Mueller probe."

45. Gregg Popovich.

2017: "Gregg Popovich Issues Blistering Takedown of ‘Soulless Coward’ Donald Trump."

2018: "Spurs season ends with hard-fought, last minute loss to Warriors in Game 5."

46. Jorge Ramos.

2015: "In taking on Jorge Ramos, Donald Trump may have tussled with the wrong media star."

2018: "Jorge Ramos Eyeing Return to Mexico."

47. Brett Ratner.

June 2017: "Brett Ratner Regrets Not Naming 'Tower Heist' After Trump."

November 2017: "Six women accuse filmmaker Brett Ratner of sexual harassment or misconduct."

48. Eric Schmidt.

January 2017: "Google's Eric Schmidt: Trump Administration Will Do Evil Things."

December 2017: "Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt is stepping down as Alphabet’s executive chairman."

49. Eric Schneiderman.

February 2018: "Will This Man Take Down Donald Trump?"

May 2018: "Four Women Accuse New York’s Attorney General of Physical Abuse."

May 2018: "NY Attorney General Schneiderman Resigns After Abuse Accusations."

50. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

2016: "Arnold Schwarzenegger: ‘I Will Not Vote for the Republican Candidate for President.’"

2017: "He won't be back: Schwarzenegger's Terminator franchise terminated."

2017: "Arnold Schwarzenegger's Legend of Conan Isn't Happening."

2017: "Donald Trump Says Arnold Schwarzenegger Fired From ‘Celebrity Apprentice.’"

51. Andy Signore.

June 2017: "I am so damn sick of bully @realDonaldTrump taking words out of context to act out his agenda of fear, corruption & bigotry. #NotMyPresident."

October 2017: "‘Honest Trailers’ Creator Andy Signore Fired for ‘Egregious and Intolerable’ Sexual Behavior."

52. John Skipper.

October 2017: "Report: ESPN’s John Skipper Attacks President Trump, Fox News, and Clay Travis, in Private Employee Meeting."

December 2017: "John Skipper's resignation caps a tumultuous year at ESPN."

53. Tavis Smiley.

2016: "Tavis Smiley: BFOTs (Black Friends of Trump) Are Normalizing Racism."

2017: "PBS Suspends Tavis Smiley For Allegedly Forcing Women and Men to Have Sex With Him to Keep Their Jobs."

54. George Soros.

2016: "George Soros Says Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are ISIS' Biggest Weapon."

2018: "George Soros Complains: ‘Everything That Could Go Wrong, Has Gone Wrong.’"

55. Kevin Spacey.

2016: "Kevin Spacey mocks Donald Trump and calls him a 'disease' at Cannes."

2017: "Actor Anthony Rapp: Kevin Spacey Made A Sexual Advance Toward Me When I Was 14."

56. Starbucks.

2017: "Starbucks' Howard Schultz told workers Trump created 'chaos' that is hurting economy."

2018: "Calls grow to boycott Starbucks after two black men arrested for not making order."

57. Alwaleed Bin Talal.

2016: "Billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Trolls Trump: ‘I Bailed You Out Twice.'"

2017: "Billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal arrested in corruption crackdown."

58. George Takei.

2016: "George Takei: Trump's Muslim registry is 'prelude to internment'."

2017: "George Takei’s Facebook empire strains under sexual harassment allegations."

59. Teen Vogue.

2016: "Donald Trump Is Gaslighting America."

2017: "Teen Vogue is going to cease printing."

60. Lindsey Vonn.

2017: "Lindsey Vonn says she doesn't want to represent Donald Trump at Olympics."

2018: "Lindsey Vonn Loses Super-G Medal in Last-Second Mistake."

61. Harvey Weinstein.

2016: "Harvey Weinstein says Trump 'appeals to the worst in us'."

2017: "Harvey Weinstein Is Fired After Sexual Harassment Reports."

62. The White House Correspondents' Association.

2017: "The WHCA board is protesting strongly against how today's gaggle is being handled by the White House."

2018: "Comedian Kathy Griffin is the Only Recognizable 'Name' at the White House Correspondents Dinner."

63. Brian Williams.

2012: "Donald Trump has driven well past the last exit to relevance and veered into something closer to irresponsible."

2015: "Brian Williams Demoted to MSNBC Breaking News Anchor."

64. Kevin D. Williamson.

2015: "Witless Ape Rides Escalator."

2018: "Atlantic Fires Kevin Williamson After Suddenly Realizing He Believes The Things He Says."

14 comments:

  1. A very worthy addition, Big D. Soros is also on another list, one I keep, called People Who Really Oughta Be Dead By Now. Bill and Hilary Clintoine, Warren Buffett, George H.W. Bush, John McCain...

    And I ask again: When are federal securities regulators gonna look into his market manipulation, especially his short positions? Guess it really is true that enough money will put you above the law.

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    1. I don’t with anyone dead, but he makes my “those that will reside in hell” list. Welcome to the club, Mr. Nazi Collaborator.

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  2. We must stop Canada from flooding the American market with their shoddy fake eyebrows!

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    1. Canada should stick to maple syrup and cdn bacon...things they know instead of playing 'spin-the-bottle' as the means of electing their leaders.

      My Vancouver son and his wife think trudeau and his merry band of sjw adolescents are just great...unfortunately those of us in the hinterlands think an adult in power could have prevented all of this.

      Maria Bartiromo on her Fox Network's Sunday Futures show had ex PM Stephen Harper on for an interview yesterday.

      It was a pleasant change to listen to an adult opinion.

      SC

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    2. "Nice eyebrows you got there. It'd be a pity if anything happened to 'em."

      Buy USA-made eyebrow glue to prevent accidents from happening!

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    3. Trudeau is an embarrassment even by lefty standards:

      http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2018/02/23/trudeau-mocked-cultural-appropiation-indian-outfits/

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  3. Poor De Niro. He said those mean things about Trump last night. So glad the attendees were offended and didn't give him a standing ovation. That would be so hurtful to our Dear Orange Leader as he travels to North Korea for photo ops.

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    1. Interesting, the inversion in this comment. An awards show where entertainers go around backslapping each other - the very definition of a photo op - is considered something extremely important and substantive; while the first real movement towards ending a war two-thirds of a century old is dismissed as a photo op.

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  4. Bobby De Niro stole headlines from the winners of the Tony's with his vulgar comments. Yes, many of these artists are leftist, but to steal headlines and cause winning shows like The Band's Visit to lose the valuable publicity briefly available to shows that sweep the Tony's is vain and unconscionable. The Band's Visit, 11 nominations and 10 wins including Best Musical! And a show with a message worth hearing in today's world. Please add Bobby De Niro to your list.

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    1. De Niro's comments weren't important, but the audiences rejection of sentiments speak volumes. Clearly they were offended by the comments in light tremendous job Trump is doing. Wait--What? He got a standing ovation? They must not watch real news like Fox & Friends.

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  5. While Trump is busy helping US dairy farmers over Canadian tariffs, he should threaten to slap a 500% tariff on Canadian maple syrup to help New England maple syrup farmers. I love maple syrup and buy a lot of it from COSTCO, but it's all Canadian imports. A tariff on Canadian syrup would hurt me, but I'm offering to take one for the country. I'm with ==>HIM!

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  6. Still waiting for former Piston coach/vp Stan Van Gundy’s enshrinement.

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