I get it, Hillary wasn’t my first choice either. But if you’re a former Bernie supporter who’s planning to vote for Trump just to “get back at the system” or whatever, I think it’s pretty safe to say that you are extremely privileged, and that you don’t have the rest of us in mind. A Trump win won’t just put him in office, it’ll embolden bigots of every kind. And you won’t suffer the way women will suffer if he wins. You won’t suffer the way queer people will suffer. You won’t suffer the way anyone who isn’t white will suffer.

So if you want to vote for Trump, go for it. But know that you’re fucking the rest of us over for your party games, and if I ever see any of you DARE to claim to be an “ally” of any kind of marginalized group ever again, we’re gonna have some fuckin problems.


Do Not Take A Picture of Your Ballot

It is illegal. Your vote will be thrown out and not counted.

DO NOT post it on Facebook, or Twitter, or Snapchat or Instagram or Tumblr or ANYTHING. Don’t share it with your friends. The likes and notes are not worth it. Just keep your phones in your damn pockets the entire time you’re voting.Take a cute selfie with the “I Voted” sticker afterwards instead.

Please don’t let me read headlines going something like “Millennials fucked up the election by posting pictures of their ballots” because it will be fucking insufferable. And also Trump will probably win and we’ll all be fucked.


The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics

Every week political cartoonists throughout the country and across the political spectrum apply their ink-stained skills to capture the foibles, memes, hypocrisies and other head-slapping events in the world of politics. The fruits of these labors are hundreds of cartoons that entertain and enrage readers of all political stripes. Here’s an offering of the best of this week’s crop, picked fresh off the Toonosphere. Edited by Matt Wuerker. More cartoons here

My grandpa has the TV on Fox News and they’re talking about tomorrow’s Presidential Debate, and Megyn Kelly is asking this guy what Hillary has to do to be successful and this guy says that she really needs to go out there and go after Donald Trump for 90 straight minutes… that she needs to be in attack mode. Megyn says, “Yes, but what about people who will then throw out sexist comments like ‘she’s a shrew’ and all that.”

I’m not particularly fond of Megyn, but she knows what it’s like to be a strong woman and have sexist remarks thrown at her. Trump himself said she “had blood coming out of her whatever” after she asked him some tough questions in an earlier debate.

If it was a male candidate going out there and attacking for 90 minutes, they wouldn’t be criticized for it. It would be a solid strategy.

That being said, they’ve also said on the flipside that Trump needs to refrain from throwing lowbrow insults at Hillary and that instead of attacking, he needs to focus on appearing knowledgeable and presidential.

Hmph. We’ll see. I hope he gets destroyed.
Jill Stein plans protests outside Trump-Clinton debate

Jill Stein didn’t get invited to the first presidential debate, but the Green Party candidate is still hoping to cause a stir.

In the hours before Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton take the stage, Stein and her supporters plan to hold a “Let Jill Debate” protest and subsequent “People’s Debate.”

Both events are to be held outside Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, the site of Monday’s debate. When the debate starts at 9 p.m., Stein’s campaign says she will “participate live in the debate on social media.”

Stein didn’t pass the 15 percent national polling threshold to qualify for the debate, and neither did Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson. Johnson’s campaign said he, along with running mate Bill Weld, will be New York City on debate day. The pair plan to watch the debate live and live-tweet from their Twitter accounts.
Hating Donald Trump isn’t enough – we need to talk about why Hillary Clinton rules | Lindy West
If we care about our future as a non-blown-up planet, it’s time to stop treating the Democratic candidate as if she’s barely better than a literal white supremacist
By Lindy West

“So let’s try again: you’re voting for a president soon. Do you want a graduate of Yale law school who served eight years as a US senator and four as secretary of state? Or a racist landlord who moonlights as a tie salesman?”

I don’t love Hillary the way the author does, but I respect her qualifications for the job and hope her greatest mistakes will not be repeated. I believe she has the ability to think, reflect, and adapt to world events, and her platform – the most progressive ever from a Democratic candidate – aligns in most ways with my own concerns for gender, racial and religious rights and protections, gun control, making college affordable if not free for most, climate protections and protecting and advancing affordable health care. She is known throughout the world, and while there are serious, long-standing problems that America must correct in its foreign policy (ones which she did not create on her own while SoS and which have existed for decades), she will be a strong yet thoughtful leader in the world. She will appoint up to three new Supreme Court justices, all of whom will be liberal, thus protecting rights already hard-won and most likely expanding others.

Lastly, many of us want change in this election. I personally would be happy with four more years of Obama – again save for some foreign policy problems he has continued (or even worsened) – but she represents a major change I can get behind: she’s a she. We’ve never had a “Madame President,” and I think that’s a pretty radical concept. Penis-bearing leaders of the world have gotten us where we are today. Let’s see what a uterus-bearing leader could do. I wouldn’t vote for Hillary just because she’s a “she,” but it’s another plus in her favor.

“I’m officially done with the “she’s so flawed but she is the lesser of two evils” rhetoric. Cause, you know, I’m flawed. And you are flawed. And Bernie Sanders is flawed and Barack Obama is flawed and even Michelle Obama is flawed. But the difference between all of them and me–and probably you, is that they have all given their flawed lives to public service. And now, they are all working together in their inevitably flawed ways, to save all of us, and the whole world from a sociopathic narcissist. And every day, Hillary puts a hopefully unflawed bullet proof vest on her flawed and aging and sometimes unsmiling self and stands up in front of people who have been incited by her opponent to shoot her, and she says calm and rational and intelligent (and sometimes flawed) things about how to make a difference. In my book that makes her a fucking rock star. And in the words of another flawed and resilient rock star. There is a crack in everything. That’s where the light gets in. #imwithher” - Pam Houston (x)

Sept. 26 presidential debate start time, channel, moderator and more
Here's what to know.
By Mic

The first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is expected to bring in a record number of viewers. Here’s everything to know about Monday’s first debate between Trump and Clinton, including start time, where to watch, who’s moderating and more.

Debate start time

The highly anticipated debate is on Sept. 26 from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Eastern. It will be the first time the two candidates will appear together in this campaign.

Trump drew large audiences in his GOP primary debates. Some experts think this matchup will attract a record number of viewers, tuning in to see Trump and Clinton go head-to-head.

New York-based Republican strategist Susan Del Percio told the New York Postthat she predicts the debate “could be bigger than the Super Bowl.” This year’s Super Bowl drew 112 million viewers.

Debates can often be game-changing moments for candidates. Just one soundbite of gaffe can sway voters.


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Debate channel and where to watch

The major news networks will carry the debate live. All four national broadcast networks (ABC, NBC, Fox, & CBS) & Hofstra University will share a link to a livestream on its website here. And CNN is expected to stream the debate online as it has in the past. There are other sites that will offer live streams of the first debate between the two candidates, including Live News Chat and YouTube’s Live channel.

C-SPAN will also carry the debate live on its website. And several news outlets will likely share a feed of the debate as it happens on Facebook Live.

Debate moderator

The debate is at Hofstra University in New York and will be moderated by NBC News’ Lester Holt.

A second debate between Trump and Clinton is scheduled for Oct. 9 at Washington University in St. Louis, and will be moderated by CNN’s Anderson Cooper and ABC’s Martha Raddatz.

The third and final debate will take place on Oct. 19 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and will be moderated by Fox’s Chris Wallace.

“The lesser of the two evils is still evil!!!!!11111″ 

Okay? BUT. If you’re saying this about the 2016 election, yes, Hillary Clinton is flawed, but I don’t think she is actually ~~EVIL~~ whereas, without being hyperbolic, you can make a damn good case for Trump being actually, truly evil.

Your conscience should be telling you to keep him away from power, because people will die. If you sit it out, vote 3rd party*, write someone in or whatever, you’re letting the actual, like, literally evil side get into power. And dude, I will hold you way more responsible than I do Trump voters, because at least they aren’t pretending to care.

*honest to god if any numbnuts vote for Jill “anti-vax/WiFi causes cancer” Stein…

Election 2016

Even though I am a polisci major, I have stayed off the topic of elections on my blog partially because I didn’t want to get dragged into a debate on the internet, and because I am still registered as a republican (I am not voting for Trump), and this website is incredibly not. Now before you get out the pitchforks, lets talk about some things. 

  1. Make sure you vote. This is imperative. I have a rule, if you don’t vote (but are able to) you do not get to complain for the next four years. You had an opportunity to change the election but you didn’t. 
  2. Do not vote for third party candidates. See 2000 and 1912, Teddy Roosevelt who was a successful president could not win as a 3rd party nominee, it doesn’t work. The barriers of entry are too high. 
  3. This isn’t the apocalypse. Life isn’t going to end if Hilary or Trump wins. 
  4. In the end the popular vote doesn’t matter, what matters is the electoral college. For that go to 270 to win. It is one of the models used to filter public polling. Also it is interactive and fun. 
  5. MOST IMPORTANTLY (insert political party here) isn’t the devil. Most republicans do not support things like conversion therapy for queer kids. You wanna know why the country is more divided than ever? Not because we are so horribly polarized, but because of we have been taught to hate the other party. Hate of the other party is stronger than ever. Candidates know that so that is what they run/win on. This why nothing gets done in Congress.  

If you want to learn more here are some good tips. 

  1. Read the Monkey Cage 
  2. Get free updates from both the WSJ and NYT
  3. 270towin

***Let me know if you want me to write more about the election from scientific point of view. 

Originally posted by disneypixar

dedicated to @abrasivepersonalitytendersoul who I have been talking politics with for a while.
Hillary Clinton for President
In any normal election year, we’d compare the two presidential candidates side by side on the issues. But this is not a normal election year. A comparison like that would be an empty exercise in a race where one candidate — our choice, Hillary Clinton — has a record of service and a raft of pragmatic ideas, and the other, Donald Trump, discloses nothing concrete about himself or his plans while promising the moon and offering the stars on layaway.

As for the only candidate in the presidential race who matters… read this.
Here’s Hillary’s Debate Knockout Punch—Will She Use It?
When the topic is cultural politics, Trump bites back. But when it’s class politics, his answers are lame—or he’s just silent. Therein lies the key.

How can Hillary deliver the knockout punch Monday night?

She needs to follow the lead of a 76-year-old former amateur boxer, and hit Trump where it hurts: his pocketbook.

A little over a week ago, that ex-pugilist, Senator Harry Reid, leveled a blistering attack on Donald Trump as a “scam artist” who “rips off working people” and is hiding his tax returns, playing footsy with Vladimir Putin, and running a fake charity all to enrich himself.

Trump’s response? Silence.

It’s amazing to think that there’s anything that will quiet Trump, but after examining the political campaign to date, it’s clear that Donald Trump is well aware of what attacks hurt him, and which ones don’t. Trump’s tell is simple: he ignores the attacks he can’t parry, the ones that could open a conversation that would hurt him with the voters who (currently) support him most strongly.

Since the general election began in June, Trump has consistently ignored attacks on his business record and economic policies. He even has made outlandish statements to affirmatively shift the debate – and 24-hour-a-day cable TV coverage – away from these attacks precisely because they are his Achilles’ heel with the constituencies at the heart of his coalition: the white working class.

Look at the most sustained critique of Trump to date, the Democratic convention held in July, and how Trump reacted.

Senator Cory Booker exposed how Trump’s Atlantic City bankruptcies allowed him to walk away with an “incredible” amount of money, but devastated workers and small businesses.  Trump’s tweeted response: “If Cory Booker is the future of the Democratic Party, they have no future!”

Senator Elizabeth Warren defied anyone to find an example of a time that Donald Trump helped working people. Trump’s response, “Pocahontas bombed last night.”

Vice President Joe Biden ripped into Trump for being blind to the needs of the middle class.  Trump responded by calling Biden “not very bright.”

When Queens Congressman Joe Crowley, who lost a cousin in the 9/11 attacks, pointed out that Trump found a way to take a tax credit intended to help small businesses affected by the attacks (Trump isn’t, and wasn’t) get back on their feet, Trump was silent.

The same was true for attacks on Trump’s outsourcing, his belief that the federal minimum wage is too high, his eponymous “university” ripping off veterans, or his debt-ballooning tax cuts that largely benefit the extremely wealthy.

But when the Muslim-American father of an Army officer killed on the battlefield in Iraq questioned his patriotism and knowledge of the Constitution, Trump pounced. At the time, commentators saw this as a massive mistake as the furor dominated the coverage coming out of the Democratic gathering and resulted in Trump being denounced even by some Republicans.

Yet, as strange (and odious) as it may seem, it was vintage Trump. It was his opening to move the conversation away from his business record and his economic policies, and onto cultural identity issues that resonate with his base.

Recent polling shows why this makes sense for Trump. According to the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, only 27 percent of those surveyed said that Trump’s “language and comments about women, immigrants, and Muslims” is a major concern. Moreover, 82 percent of voters who would consider voting for Trump – according to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation/CNN poll – say Muslims immigrants to the United States increase the risk of terrorist attacks, and 62 percent of Trump supporters said that Latino immigrants take jobs away from Americans.

Trump supporters are also profoundly alienated from the political establishment.  A whopping 93 percent of them say that they feel poorly represented in Washington.  They see Trump as an honest outsider who is on their side and whose success in business will transfer to the management of the economy (whose current state they also see as negative and for which they overwhelmingly blame the federal government).

Therein lies the power in the Reid punch. If one can paint Trump as dishonest, an insider who plays the system to benefit himself and also will do nothing for the white working class just as they perceive the rest of the political establishment, then the bottom will fall out of the Trump candidacy.

Despite the tightened horse-race numbers, there are signs that this is happening. In the NBC/WSJ poll conducted in June, Trump held a 10-percentage-point lead over Clinton on who people preferred on the economy; in the latest poll; that lead is now down to 5 points. Similarly, Trump’s 16-point lead on being seen as “honest and straightforward” is now down to 10 points (41 to 31 percent) in the latest NBC/WSJ poll.

Some of this may be attributed to the paid media the Clinton campaign is running virtually unanswered that does jab Trump on the economy.  This includes an ad running in seven swing states featuring a U.S.-based shirt manufacturer blasting Trump for making his branded clothes overseas as well as one that features her economic plan.

As the candidates head into Monday, though, Clinton needs to follow Reid’s lead, and lean into the argument that Trump is a fraud and not on the side of the working class. As we have seen so far, that is the left hook that will lay Trump out on the on mat.