Trump: ‘We need Republican Roy Moore to win’

They aren’t even trying to soften how terrible they are now. It’s all about beating Democrats. No crime is too harsh as long as you vote to give more money to the rich and take away a woman’s right to choose what she wants to do with her body. This has been the case for a while now but they used to try not to say that out loud:

President Donald Trump threw his support behind controversial Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore on Monday morning, tweeting that “we need Republican Roy Moore to win” in order to help push through the president’s agenda.

Trump has previously weighed in on the Alabama Senate race by strongly criticizing Moore’s Democratic opponent. He also told reporters in late November that Moore “says it didn’t happen” and “you have to listen to him also,” in reference to allegations that Moore molested a 14-year-old girl while he was in his 30s.

“Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama,” Trump tweeted Monday morning. “We need his vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V.A., Judges 2nd Amendment and more. No to Jones, a Pelosi/Schumer Puppet!”

The president followed that tweet shortly after with another one Monday morning: “Putting Pelosi/Schumer Liberal Puppet Jones into office in Alabama would hurt our great Republican Agenda of low on taxes, tough on crime, strong on military and borders…& so much more. Look at your 401-k’s since Election. Highest Stock Market EVER! Jobs are roaring back!”

Multiple women have accused Moore of making passes at them while they were teenagers and he was much older and several have alleged he acted sexually inappropriately with them. A slew of Republicans have called on Moore to drop out of the race. Moore has denied the accusations.

Billy Bush: Yes, Donald Trump, You Said That

Billy Bush’s Op-Ed in the NY Times is a must read:

He said it. “Grab ’em by the pussy.”

Of course he said it. And we laughed along, without a single doubt that this was hypothetical hot air from America’s highest-rated bloviator. Along with Donald Trump and me, there were seven other guys present on the bus at the time, and every single one of us assumed we were listening to a crass standup act. He was performing. Surely, we thought, none of this was real.

We now know better.

Recently I sat down and read an article dating from October of 2016; it was published days after my departure from NBC, a time when I wasn’t processing anything productively. In it, the author reviewed the various firsthand accounts about Mr. Trump that, at that point, had come from 20 women.

Some of what Natasha Stoynoff, Rachel Crooks, Jessica Leeds and Jill Harth alleged involved forceful kissing. Ms. Harth said he pushed her up against a wall, with his hands all over her, trying to kiss her.

“He was relentless,” she said. “I didn’t know how to handle it.” Her story makes the whole “better use some Tic Tacs” and “just start kissing them” routine real. I believe her.

Different GOP Senator Says the Quiet Part Loud

It’s almost as if the GOP really hates poor people:

As Republicans continue to sell the details of their tax bill, some are reaching for more colorful language to liven up complex policies that tend to put the average voter to sleep.

Case in point: Over the weekend Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) hashed over the plan with his home state’s Des Moines Register. Turning to the party’s idea to do away with the estate tax, Grassley framed the current law as a hindrance to responsible saving.

“I think not having the estate tax recognizes the people that are investing,” Grassley told the Register. “As opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies.”

The estate tax, often described by Republicans as the “death tax,” is levied only on the very rich, individuals who pass on assets of more than $5.5 million, $11 million for married couples. The current tax on estates is 40 percent of an individual’s wealth at death.