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January 26, 2019

Trump Eats Craw After A Woman Tells Him He's Not King Like Putin and Live Earth Views From Space St.

First, before you see these live images: Trump eats craw twice! All had to happen was someone of courage which the speaker of the hosue of representatives is and did and a woman, grandmother stuck it to Trump. You will notice he is got no names for her like he gives all women working in government. No 'Pocahontas" here but a Californian woman who is been there for LGBT, AIDS crisis and every other crisis, speaker Nancy pelosi. She let him know he was not going to come to Congresss and he then found out a President is not a king like putin. Then his world fell apart. Governemnt is opneing up with less than they offered him before.


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January 20, 2019

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Wow, so much Trump impeachment talk. People, how would you feel about a President Mike Pence?

Never thought much about Mike, did you? But if Trump gets tossed out of office, he’s next in line. We’d have a chief executive who reportedly calls his wife “Mother.” Who has a rule that he won’t drink in a room where there’s a mixed company unless his wife is present, or eat a meal alone with any woman he’s not married to?

The least alarming interpretation of the vice president’s rules of sexual separation is that this guy is such a wild man, he can’t control himself unless there’s somebody else there to guard a female in his near proximity.

O.K., no.

Then we’ll have to presume that Pence is living in a world of the old order when women weren’t seen as normal employees, employers, and colleagues, but as a different species entirely, defined by their gender, deserving of special treatment and special discrimination.

On a practical basis, if he became president, would that mean no private lunch with Nancy Pelosi unless Chuck Schumer came, too? If Theresa May wanted to sit down with him and confer about Brexit, would he be able to offer her a snack? 

Wow, this is not beginning well.

The big Pence news this week was that Mother — er, Karen Pence — has taken a job teaching at a school that bans gay students and requires employees to declare that God does not believe in same-sex marriage.

It was a reminder that Pence spent most of his political career running against gay rights. It’s part of a larger opposition to all sex outside of traditional wedlock. In Indiana, Pence tried to drive Planned Parenthood clinics out of business. In one county, that left no free services providing testing for H.I.V. and it helped trigger an epidemic.

But hey, the Second Couple feel strongly about this, as a matter of faith. I’m sure they share their convictions with all their colleagues, neighbors and their good friend the thrice-married president. Maybe, while they’re sharing, Donald entertains them with stories about how he used to encourage New York City tabloids to run headlines about his adulterous relationships, and his fantastic ability to grab women by their private parts.

Just saying.

Religion aside, Pence is a pretty run-of-the-mill conservative Republican. He’s a great pal of the Koch brothers. He’s not any more likely than his current boss to want to do anything about climate change. When he was governor, his sympathy for immigrants was demonstrated by an attempt to prevent Syrian refugee families from settling in Indiana.

On the plus side, the Pences have a snake, a dog, a cat, and a rabbit. As president, Mike would presumably put an end to the pet-free White House. 

He’s been vice president for two years, and contrary to general impressions, his duties have not been limited to following the president around and bobbing his head. Although he does have a tendency to hyperventilate when his boss’s name comes up. You will remember that cabinet meeting at the end of 2017 when he gave a speech praising Trump that included 14 swoony plaudits, or — as Aaron Blake of The Washington Post calculated — one every 12.5 seconds. They ranged from “You’ve restored American credibility on the world stage” to “I’m deeply humbled, as your vice president, to be able to be here.”

Among Pence’s major achievements as veep was flying back to Indianapolis at taxpayer expense so he could go to an N.F.L. game and walk out when some players took a knee during the national anthem.

Also, organizing a Bible study group for cabinet officials led by a pastor who has described Catholicism as a “false” religion and who believes it’s a sin for women with children to work outside the home.

So what do you think? If Trump gets impeached, would we be in worse shape than ever? Some people think the succession would be fine. Like, um, Ann Coulter. (“If we’re not getting a wall, I’d prefer President Pence.”)

If you did an in-depth scientific study of all the American dinner-table arguments in favor of impeachment, I’ll bet when Pence’s name came up, two-thirds would include the words “Well, at least he wouldn’t bomb anybody.”

Good point! Still, we’ve had Donald Trump in charge for a while now and he hasn’t actually been all that bellicose. In fact, he seems to be wandering in the other direction, pulling troops out of Syria and bragging, albeit somewhat irrationally, that he’s ended the nuclear threat from North Korea.

Meanwhile, this week Pence announced to the world that “the caliphate has crumbled and ISIS has been defeated.” We are used to that sort of loopy bragging in this administration. However, it seemed super peculiar coming only an hour after the world learned that U.S. service members had been killed in an ISIS attack in Syria.

So impeachment isn’t necessarily the door to a happy ending. But it would at least mean taking a stand against the idea that a president can obstruct justice and just keep sitting in the White House. And if Pence takes over, maybe nothing much would happen. Remember, this is a guy who spent 12 years in Congress without passing a single piece of legislation.

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(A version of this article appears in print on Jan. 19, 2019, on Page A19)


December 27, 2018

Trump for the First Time Found A Conspiracy Theory He Did Not Buy But Leave it to Him to Choose The Wrong One



Believe it or not, Trump for the First Time Found A Conspiracy Theory He Did Not Like But Like Spurs on The wrong foot It was the wrong one to knock down!

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So President Trump finally found a conspiracy theory he doesn’t believe.

“Are you still a believer in Santa?” Trump asked an unsuspecting 7-year-old, Collman Lloyd, when she called in to the military’s Santa Claus tracker line on Christmas Eve.

“Yes sir,” she replied.

“Because at 7, that’s marginal, right?”

“Yes, sir,” replied the child, though she didn’t know what “marginal” meant.

I can imagine the confusion of the young South Carolinian, who had put out sugar cookies and chocolate milk for Santa. ( Mom! Dad! President Trump says I’m margarine!)

President Trump speaks on the phone on Christmas Eve, sharing updates on Santa Claus's movements. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)
But I can’t imagine what was going through the president’s head. He has entertained notions that Sen. Ted Cruz’s father was involved in the JFK assassination, President Barack Obama’s birth certificate was fake, and that Vince Foster and Antonin Scalia may have been murdered — but he doesn’t believe an elderly man with a long beard lives at the North Pole with his wife and hundreds of elves? Trump has said he believes vaccines cause autism, climate change is a hoax, the “Access Hollywood” recording was doctored, Obama tapped his phone, millions voted illegally for Hillary Clinton, Democrats faked the Puerto Rico hurricane death toll and Muslims celebrated the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 on New Jersey rooftops — but he can’t accept that a herd of flying reindeer, one with an electric red nose, delivers billions of gifts down the chimneys of all households on Earth on a single night?

The day after disabusing little Collman of her trust in Christmas magic, Trump made a most unusual holiday address. In an unprompted, televised rant about James B. Comey and his other persecutors, Trump delivered ill will to all with the vigor of the Grinch shouting down at Whoville: “It’s a disgrace, what’s happening in our country. But other than that, I wish everybody a very merry Christmas.”

Might this be the beginning of a series of such holiday greetings?

It’s a disgrace, what women are doing to this country. But other than that, I wish everybody a very happy Mother’s Day.

American workers are a disgrace. But other than that, I wish everybody a very happy Labor Day.

It’s a disgrace, what’s happening with our military. But other than that, I wish everybody a happy Veterans Day.

You don’t need Rudolph guiding your sleigh, Mr. President, to find a better course than this. You need to embrace the Santa Claus conspiracy with the passion of Alex Jones discovering false-flag operations.


In 1897, a letter to the New York Sun from 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon inquiring about the existence of Santa Claus inspired the famous editorial:

“Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist. . . . There is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived could tear apart. Only faith, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. . . . [Santa Claus] lives and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.”

Thus began the era of fake news.

Could not the president, whose power comes from convincing his followers to believe in things that do not exist, likewise embrace the Santa conspiracy theory? I suggest an updated version of the story Trump could offer to his loyal supporters:

“Yes, West Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He worked with an army of little people deep below Comet Ping Pong, a pizza restaurant in Washington. Between 3 million and 5 million of them voted fraudulently in 2016 election.


“But after I threatened to rain fire and fury on Santa’s workshop the likes of which the world has never seen, he gave us a much better deal. He will now export beautiful, clean coal from West Virginia to stockings across the world. Santa, by giving a nod and laying a finger aside of his nose, will replace Obamacare with something cheaper and better. With a wink of his eye and a twist of his head, he will cut the debt in half and make the tax cut pay for itself. He will give a whistle, and Mexico will pay for the wall. Steel jobs will return, Russia will be our friend, North Korea will surrender its nuclear weapons, Germany will pay for NATO, ISIS will disband, everybody will be home for Christmas, and all your Christmases will be white. Yes, West Virginia, and Ohio, and Michigan, there is a Santa Claus.” 

December 20, 2018

He Regrets Voting For Trump Because His Butterfly Sanctuary Will be Destroyed




By Samantha Grasso

As the country nears a government shutdown because several large adult men who get off on depriving migrants of their basic human rights can’t get what they want, one brave soul came forward to the Washington Post to admit that he now regrets his decision to vote for one of those men. No, this turncoat doesn’t so much care about the depriving migrants part so much as he’s worried about the impending destruction of his butterfly sanctuary, which will be basically destroyed by President Donald Trump’s border wall.
In an “as told to” opinion piece the Washington Post ran on Monday, Luciano Guerra, an outreach coordinator and educator for the National Butterfly Center in Mission, TX, lamented his decision to vote for Trump in 2016 because the president’s planned border wall would run straight through his butterfly sanctuary near the U.S.-Mexico border:
The first section, funded by Congress in 2018 for construction starting early next year, will cut right through our 100-acre refuge, sealing off 70 acres bordering the banks of the Rio Grande...On the south side of the barrier, flooding will worsen. On the north side, animals (including threatened species like the Texas tortoise and the Texas horned lizard) will be cut off from ranging beyond the wall for feeding and breeding. Flood lighting will disrupt the usual patterns of nocturnal species. We dread the destruction that will come when the bulldozers arrive, which could be as early as February. That loud, heavy machinery will cause irreparable damage to the habitat we’ve worked so hard to restore. Holy shit! That sounds awful! I can’t imagine working so diligently to create this center for wildlife and education only to have it mercilessly torn apart like an immigrant family at the border! But lest you start feeling too much sympathy swell, Guerra described himself as a lifelong Republican who voted for Trump, knowing full well that a border wall was on his list of Ways To Hurt Immigrants and Americans Alike. Alas! If he even had an inkling of an idea that the wildlife sanctuary, 240 species of butterflies and all, would be at jeopardy should Trump be elected president, why would he vote for him?
Ahh, yes, what a familiar tune (with a particularly mind-bending analogy):
People have asked me, “Didn’t you listen to Trump when he said that he would build a wall?” I didn’t take the idea seriously during the campaign. I knew he couldn’t get Mexico to pay it — that’d be like asking Hurricane Harvey to foot the bill for rebuilding Houston — and thought it was just talk: another candidate making big promises he couldn’t keep. I never thought it would actually happen.
Let Guerra be the absolute last person allowed to rationalize voting for Trump because they didn’t think he was going to do the bad things! Sorry, I don’t make the rules!
Guerra, for all his remorse, also doesn’t seem all that worried about the people most affected by Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric, writing, “I want our immigration laws to be enforced, and I don’t want open borders,” and not much else on the very real human costs of such a wall. But while Guerra is doing the same old song and dance many a regretful Republican have done before him, I’m still genuinely astonished at the amount of slack Guerra cuts Trump in voting for him, particularly because he acknowledges Trump’s smears are based on lies. He said in the Post:
...Mission is not a dangerous place. I’ve lived here all my life. Here at the National Butterfly Center, 6,000 schoolchildren visit each year. Girl Scouts come here when they camp overnight just a mile or so from the Rio Grande. When the president says there’s a crisis at the border that requires an action as drastic as building a massive concrete wall, he either knows that it’s not true or he’s living in an alternate reality.
According to the San Antonio Express-News, the National Butterfly Center sued the federal government “after contract workers appeared unannounced” on the property in 2017. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court refused to hear the case, allowing a U.S. District Court judge’s ruling in favor of the government to stand. As a result, the Trump administration gets to bypass more than two dozen federal laws, most of the environmental protections, and bulldozing could start as early as February.
The thing is, I feel very little remorse for Guerra because I deeply feel for the communities that Trump’s border wall will hurt the most. Guerra really doesn’t express concern over the fact that children are dying in federal custody because of Trump’s politics. Close the borders, sure thing, but destroy a butterfly habitat? You’ve gone too far, President Trump!
It’s highly unlikely that Guerra’s impassioned plea to keep the sanctuary intact will move the president, but he says he at least wants to be someone who Tried:
Still, I want to be able to tell my grandchildren and great-grandchildren that I fought against the wall. I worry that, if it goes up, their only experience of the Rio Grande Valley’s natural beauty will be through the photographs that I take today.
If Donald Trump runs for a second term, he will not get my vote.
Fool me once!

Staff Writer, Splinter


September 21, 2018

After Trump's Statement to Investigate How Blacks Have Acquired Land on South Africa: “Thank you!”David Duke



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President Trump embraced a longtime white-nationalist talking point when he tweeted about alleged “large scale killing” of white farmers in South Africa, drawing praise Thursday from white nationalists and protests from anti-racism groups in the U.S.
“I have asked Secretary of State @SecPompeo to closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures and expropriations and the large scale killing of farmers,” Trump tweeted Wednesday night. Appearing to quote a Tucker Carlson segment on Fox News, Trump wrote the “South African Government is now seizing land from white farmers.” South Africa’s government immediately protested Trump’s remark, writing on Twitter that “South Africa totally rejects this narrow perception which only seeks to divide our nation and reminds us of our colonial past.”
Trump’s tweet drew applause from white nationalists in the U.S., who have strongly supported his presidency due to his tough stances on immigration and his past reluctance to denounce far-right figures.


“Thank you!” tweeted David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan leader, later adding an image that said, “Stop White Genocide,” with the hashtag #SouthAfrica. Duke has strongly praised Trump in the past, including after last year’s violent rally in Charlottesville, Va., when Trump struggled to criticize white nationalists who clashed with anti-racism protesters.
Land reform is a complicated issue in South Africa, and violence is also a serious problem. But experts say white nationalists and other far-right figures in the U.S. and abroad have conflated the issues to push a message of “white genocide” happening in South Africa.
The claim had long percolated on the far-right before appearing on Fox News and in the White House, which is what made its sudden appearance on Trump’s Twitter feed striking to anti-racism groups.
“This is a white supremacist talking point,” the Anti-Defamation League said in a statement on Twitter. “For years they’ve campaigned to stop ‘white genocide’ in South Africa & made false claims about race-based killings of white South African farmers.” 

For decades, South Africa has struggled to correct the legacy of apartheid, in which a white ruling minority — the descendants of European colonialists — had denied black South Africans various rights and access to farmland.
Today, black South Africans make up 80% of the population but own just 4% of the country's land. The government, dominated by the African National Congress since 1994, has pursued policies seeking to transfer white-owned farmland to black owners, often meeting failure.
South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa has suggested amending the constitution to allow uncompensated seizures by the government.
South Africa has a high overall homicide rate compared to other countries, and farmers have sometimes been victims of violence. But a recent report by a consortium of agricultural associations said that the number of farmers killed from 2017 to 2018 — 47 — was actually at a 20-year low.
The issue has been closely followed in the U.S. by white nationalists and far-right figures, who have hyped stories of black-on-white violence in South Africa, as they often do in the U.S., to help push their political messages about the need for white power.
“Opening up space to talk about White South Africans — giving his base the permission to seriously discuss White dispossession — is a monumental achievement,” tweeted Richard Spencer, a prominent white nationalist.
Spencer added a caveat: “I'll remain critical of all this because Trump is effectively live-tweeting Fox News, and he has simply not been effective at implementing policies that reflect his defining ideas.”
South African experts and political figures largely denounced Trump’s “large scale killing” tweet.
"People are not being targeted because of their race, but because they are vulnerable and isolated on the farms," Gareth Newham, head of the crime and justice program at the Institute for Security Studies in the capital, Pretoria, told the Associated Press.
"He is part of the right-wing lynch mob using the fear factor in order for us to maintain the status quo," Zizi Kodwa, a member of the ruling party's national executive committee, told the Associated Press. "Donald Trump is a weapon of mass destruction."
A former U.S. ambassador to South Africa under the Obama administration, Patrick Gaspard, accused Trump of using a “disproven racial myth” to distract the public from the recent guilty plea and criminal conviction of close political associates Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort.
But AfriForum, a group that represents some white South African interests, welcomed Trump’s tweet.
"Everyone in South Africa should hope that the pressure from the USA will lead to the [ruling party] reconsidering the disastrous route that they want to take South Africa on," AfriForum CEO Kallie Kriel said in a statement, according to the AP.

July 28, 2018

Nothing Can Keep These Guys Apart! Putin Wants Trump to Come to Him in Russia

 

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited President Trump to Moscow, Reuters reports, adding that while he and Trump are ready to pick up where they left off in Helsinki, the conditions must be right for a meeting to take place. 

The backdrop: Trump initially invited Putin to the White House for a summit in the fall, but the potential meeting was delayed by national security adviser John Bolton. He said in a statement on Wednesday that Trump "believes that the next bilateral meeting with President Putin should take place after the Russia witch hunt is over, so we've agreed that it will be after the first of the year.

Why it matters: The relationship between the two leaders has stunned many in Washington, and their Helsinki summit has drawn criticism from people across the political spectrum — even those typically supportive of the president. But Trump continues to insist that positive relations with Russia is a good thing, and additional talks between them is his way of proving it.
Axios

July 23, 2018

Mamma Mia! and Pre.Macron Aide Faking Being Cop to Beat Up Protesters, Beyond Phycho!



TRUMP INVITES PUTIN TO WASHINGTON AFTER INTERVIEW FURORE

US President Donald Trump rejected Russian President Vladimir Putin’s proposal that Russian authorities be allowed to question American citizens, the White House said on Thursday, after the offer drew fierce criticism in the United States.
The Republican president then directed his national security adviser, John Bolton, to invite Putin to Washington in the autumn, the White House said, four days after Trump held a summit with the Russian leader in Helsinki.
“President Trump asked @Ambjohnbolton to invite President Putin to Washington in the fall and those discussions are already underway,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a Twitter post. 
Following their summit on Monday, Putin described the proposal when he was asked about the possible extradition of 12 Russian intelligence officers indicted in the United States on charges of meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

FRANCE'S MACRON UNDER FIRE AFTER AIDE CAUGHT BEATING MAY DAY PROTESTER

No Joke! The man in police shield is President Macron’s advisor (Alexandre Benalla) who beats protestors on May 1.
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French President Emmanuel Macron came under fire on Thursday after his office briefly suspended one of his aides for beating a May Day protester and posing as a police officer, but did not inform law enforcement authorities.
Critics of Macron said the incident reinforced perceptions of a lofty, out-of-touch president, following controversies over government spending on official crockery, a swimming pool built at a presidential retreat, and cutting remarks by the president about the costs of welfare.
A video from a May Day rally this year, released by Le Monde newspaper on Wednesday, showed a man wearing a police helmet and identification tag dragging a woman away and then beating a demonstrator. He was later recognized as a member of the French presidency staff.

BURBERRY BURNS S$51 MILLION IN UNSOLD LUXURY PRODUCTS TO PROTECT BRAND






Luxury British fashion house Burberry destroyed tens of millions of dollars worth of its fashion and cosmetic products over the past year to protect its brand.
The company burned unsold clothes, accessories, and perfume worth £28.6 million (S$51 million), according to its annual report, in a practice now common across the industry to guard against counterfeiting.
Retailers describe it as a measure to protect intellectual property and prevent products from being stolen or sold at discounted prices.
FOOTBALL: LIVERPOOL SIGN BRAZILIAN GOALKEEPER ALISSON FOR WORLD RECORD FEE






Liverpool signed Brazil's Alisson from AS Roma on Thursday for a world-record fee for a goalkeeper.
The Serie A side said Liverpool had agreed on a deal worth up to €72.5 million (S$115 million) for the 25-year-old, eclipsing the previous record of €53 million paid by Juventus for Gianluigi Buffon in 2001.
Alisson made 37 league appearances for Roma last season and helped the club reach the Champions League semi-finals, where they were knocked out by Liverpool.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE ABBA SONG? MAMMA MIA! CAST SHARE THEIR PICKS 

 

From the upbeat Waterloo to the lesser known When I Kissed The Teacher, the Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again cast belt out an array of Abba songs in the highly anticipated film, which comes out this week.

But which tune is their favorite?
At the movie's world premiere, Reuters asked the cast and crew of the new film, the sequel to 2008's Mamma Mia!, to name their top Abba tracks by the legendary Swedish band.
Straits Times

July 21, 2018

The Media and Homophobes Belief "The Highest Form of Insult is Calling Out or Being Gay"


"Sometimes we think we have come so far yet a single published comment brings us back to the hay days and all of a sudden we see Oscar Wilde in jail for coming out gay, even though people knew he was most of his life, prior to that" 🦊Adam

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In politics and pop culture, it seems, villains aren’t just villains because they want to maliciously hurt others.
According to some recent cartoons and opinion pieces—and even our most-prized Disney films—those who do evil do so because they are closeted gay men, ostensibly working out angst about their sexuality in dastardly deeds.
This week, the New York Daily News reported a cover cartoon of President Donald Trump shooting Uncle Sam—a nod to Trump’s 2016 campaign boast that he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and not lose popularity—while strolling hand-in-hand with a bare-chested Russian President Vladimir Putin. It follows a June 25 New York Times opinion piece, “Trump and Putin: A Love Story,” which comments on Trump’s seemingly deferential relationship with Putin. It includes video cartoons with homoerotic imagery; in one, the men kiss passionately as Trump tweaks Putin’s nipples.
These illustrations—and others like them (Leading picture ↑↑)—imply that suggesting a man is gay is the highest form of insult and that the endless list of both men’s shameful activities pales in comparison to the hypothetical “sin” of being gay.  
The implication isn’t coded at all. It’s offered as an answer to the question: Why is Trump, typically a braggadocious figure, being so conciliatory to Vladimir Putin? The “Trump and Putin are gay for each other” memes often (as is the case in the cartoon featured in the New York Times) portray Trump as the more “submissive” or receptive partner. He just can’t quit Putin. In this logic, the ultimate way to humiliate a straight-presenting man is to “feminize” him.
This juvenile and nakedly homophobic method of “insulting” Donald Trump may seem arbitrary and isolated, but it’s not. It speaks to the tendency of many people across the political spectrum to ascribe bad behavior and outright villainy in men to latent or unacknowledged queerness. In other words, the closet is the breeding ground for pain and suffering that straight-presenting men then inflict on those around them. This trope has a long history in real life and in art—and in seeking to demonize these men, it actually serves to other queerness and cloaks it in inherent malevolence. It’s a deeply problematic narrative that we’re socialized with in childhood.
We need only look as far as media aimed at children to get the unvarnished espousals of societal ideals. Which brings us to Disney. Despite the absence of explicit, textual queerness in Disney films, coded dialogue and mannerisms have certainly positioned some characters in this fashion.
Beauty and the Beast (both the 1991 animated film and the 2017 live-action adaptation) features a problematic man whose bad behavior flows from his unacknowledged queerness. The sexuality of the character LeFou, who serves as second banana to the film’s main villain Gaston, has been called into question. In a 2017 interview, Bradley Pierce (who voiced the dancing teacup Chip in the 1991 original film) stated that he always believed LeFou to be gay. LeFou worships Gaston, even singing an ode to Gaston’s virtues as a well-muscled, attractively hairy specimen of masculinity who need not worry about his ability to win the heart of heroine Belle. Speculation about the character became controversy when the 2017 filmmakers characterized LeFou (played by actor Josh Gad) as the first openly gay character in a Disney film, though the critical scene in the film hardly settles the issue of LeFou’s sexuality.
Despite the tepid and toothless way LeFou’s queerness is addressed in the 2017 film, it still invites a larger question: Why is the weak and insidious LeFou’s cultlike worshipping of a clearly violent, misogynistic, and tyrannical Gaston (not unlike Trump praising Putin’s “strongman” dictatorial tendencies) being attributed to latent queerness?
Disney suggested that awful men who support and uplift other more outwardly powerful and oppressive men are doing so because they are romantically and sexually infatuated with them. It not-so-subtly imparts the message that a man who loves another man is somehow blinded and brainwashed—a slave to villainous influence. It also erases the very real fact that awful men have historically made excuses for other equally awful men in the name of protecting and upholding toxic masculinity.
The latently queer antagonist of children’s stories also appears in television. Frank Underwood on Netflix’s House of Cards (Kevin Spacey) is a sneaky, corrupt politician who eventually rises to the U.S. presidency. Underwood commits murder at the end of the first season, in a moment of political and personal expediency. He is a reprehensible person, very much the dynamic male anti-hero that television and film viewers love to hate.
Frank Underwood is also sexually fluid, engaging in extramarital affairs with both men and women. The show treats this aspect of Underwood’s personal life as being just as salacious as his criminal activity. It’s framed as a symptom of Underwood’s negotiable moral code—his ability to cheat on his wife with men (perish the thought!) and also negotiates that as a given in his marriage, covering it up while he commits various misdeeds to further his political career.
In a very complicated way, Underwood’s sexual dealings are art imitating life. It’s no secret that Kevin Spacey was fired from his gig at House of Cards due to sexual misconduct allegations involving him and underage boys. One of the accusers was the now-adult Anthony Rapp, who says he was only 14 years old when a 26-year-old Spacey sexually and forcefully propositioned him. After the flood of allegations, Spacey publicly came out as a gay man. Despite the fact that the story should have been about Spacey’s targeting underage boys for sex, much of the press focused on Spacey’s admission of his sexuality. Spacey’s choice of this particular moment to come out was roundly denounced by those in the queer community.
But, in an unspoken and disturbing fashion, the focus on Spacey’s sexual orientation sent that all-too-familiar message: His alleged criminal behavior—targeting juveniles for sexual activity—was caused by queerness. That conclusion feeds into the notion that gay men are inherently predatory, especially gay men who are concealing their sexuality.
This ascribing of homophobic male villainy boils down to one message: Men like Trump and Putin or everyday men who aren’t heads of state inflict homophobic violence onto queer people because they are latently gay. This recklessly strips responsibility for homophobia from straight people, who have historically been the arbiters of it and pass it along to queer people. If we follow the ridiculous reasoning inherent in these cartoons and other pop culture, when LGBTQ people are oppressed, we must believe that oppression emanates from the LGBTQ community. How cowardly.
I am not here to defend Donald Trump or Vladimir Putin against accusations of queerness or the fictional LeFou for his being a willing accomplice to Gaston. That’s neither my responsibility nor something I feel inclined to do since being queer is not an insult.
My objection lies in the troubling and homophobic suggestion that the strategic and mutually beneficial Trump-Putin relationship, their oppression of LGBTQ people within their respective borders and their detrimental effect on global affairs comes from unexpressed or secret homosexuality. Similarly, my objection lies in the assumption that LeFou’s same-sex attraction to another man blinded him to that man’s excesses.
The misdeeds of bigoted men shouldn’t be laid at the doorsteps of queer people. Terror starts at home. And when it comes to the issue of homophobia and how it infects our society, straight men need to finally live up to the policy of “you break it, you bought it.”

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