Louis C.K. Took a Long, Rambling Swing at Donald Trump in His Newsletter

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Louis C.K. sent out a newsletter to fans about his latest episode of Horace and Pete on Saturday, and it came with one hell of a post script.


Watching the results from Super Tuesday roll in, and the subsequent GOP debate where Donald Trump made millions think about his penis, freaked everyone the fuck out. Look, even Miley Cyrus is deep in it:


Louis C.K. obviously felt it was time to step slightly to the side of his brand, and come out as a guy with strong opinions about things. Don’t worry, he still rambles and tries to play his rant as a semi-neutral, humorous life observation. After advertising his show, he adds:

P.S. Please stop it with voting for Trump. It was funny for a little while. But the guy is Hitler. And by that I mean that we are being Germany in the 30s. Do you think they saw the shit coming? Hitler was just some hilarious and refreshing dude with a weird comb over who would say anything at all.

Louis claims he isn’t gunning for either Democratic candidate. In fact, he wants a conservative candidate in there, because fair is fair and everybody used to play fair in the good ole days:

And I’m not advocating for Hillary or Bernie. I like them both but frankly I wish the next president was a conservative only because we had Obama for eight years and we need balance. And not because I particularly enjoy the conservative agenda. I just think the government should reflect the people. And we are about 40 percent conservative and 40 percent liberal. When I was growing up and when I was a younger man, liberals and conservatives were friends with differences. They weren’t enemies. And it always made sense that everyone gets a president they like for a while and then hates the president for a while. But it only works if the conservatives put up a good candidate. A good smart conservative to face the liberal candidate so they can have a good argument and the country can decide which way to go this time.

Trump is not that. He’s an insane bigot. He is dangerous.

He expands for a long while on all the well-documented lies and aggressive attacks that have come from Trump, for example calling JohnMcCain a coward for being captured and held in a POW camp. Absurdities upon absurdities upon more absurdities that Trump supporters do not give a shit about. But Louis C. K. relates to the impulse to listen to Donald Trump, and talk about Donald Trump, as he himself is compulsively doing:

I get that all these people sound like bullshit soft criminal opportunists. The whole game feels rigged and it’s not going anywhere but down anymore. I feel that way sometimes.

And that voting for Trump is a way of saying “fuck it. Fuck them all”. I really get it. It’s a version of national Suicide. Or it’s like a big hit off of a crack pipe. Somehow we can’t help it. Or we know that if we vote for Trump our phones will be a reliable source of dopamine for the next four years. I mean I can’t wait to read about Trump every day. It’s a rush. But you have to know this is not healthy.


Then he self-deprecatingly undermines everything he just said in classic C.K. style, ending on the very stark truth that Donald Trump is a sad, sad man.

That’s just my view. At least right now. I know I’m not qualified or particularly educated and I’m not right instead of you. I’m an idiot and I’m sure a bunch of you are very annoyed by this. Fucking celebrity with an opinion. I swear this isn’t really a political opinion. You don’t want to know my political opinions. (And I know that I’m only bringing myself trouble with this shit.) Trump has nothing to do with politics or ideology. He has to do with himself. And really I don’t mean to insult anyone. Except Trump. I mean to insult him very much. And really I’m not saying he’s evil or a monster. In fact I don’t think Hitler was. The problem with saying that guys like that are monsters is that we don’t see them coming when they turn out to be human, which they all are. Everyone is. Trump is a messed up guy with a hole in his heart that he tries to fill with money and attention. He can never ever have enough of either and he’ll never stop trying. He’s sick. Which makes him really really interesting. And he pulls you towards him which somehow feels good or fascinatingly bad. He’s not a monster. He’s a sad man.


A sad man who wants to watch the world burn. Check out Horace and Pete at louisck.net.

Contact the author at aimee.lutkin@jezebel.com.


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I mean, this is mostly fine.

Lol, though, at the “40% of the country is conservative so they should get the president they like, too,” thing. Sometimes, people are just wrong, and the term “conservative candidate” no longer means anything reasonable, like balancing the budget or small, non-corrupt government, and voting for these candidates is the wrong choice even if you identify as a “reasonable” conservative voter yourself. Today’s “conservative candidate” is just code for a platform of bigotry and selfishness and a government that is small in all ways (even helping poor people with poisoned water or hurricane-ravaged cities) except when it comes to what women and gay people do with their genitals. It means cutting taxes for the rich, slashing benefits for everyone else, ballooning the defense budget outrageously while providing shitty resources for our veterans, limiting women’s rights in the name of one religion while persecuting others who believe differently. People who believe in small government and a reasonable balanced budget who vote for today’s “conservative” candidates at all levels of government are incorrect if they’re trying to vote according to their conservative values because they’re either grossly misinformed or too secretly (or not-so-secretly) bigoted and stupid to care that their alleged values are not being represented by their elected officials. Balance of liberal vs. conservative means nothing when conservatism is just code for a bunch of rich-white-christian-man-serving bullshit. So, no, I don’t care if those people get a president they “like,” because sometimes there is a wrong and right side to shit, and they are on the WRONG side. Drumpf, Cruz, Rubio, the guy from Ohio, McCain, Romney—all of them are WRONG. They are on the wrong side of history and positive progress, and care nothing for old-school “conservative” values of reasonable spending and small government.

Lol sorry my foot is broken I am on pain meds and fuck these clowns.