The President Is 'Opposed' to Domestic Violence and 'Everyone Knows That'

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:

  • It has taken the president eight excruciating days to publicly express that he is “opposed” to domestic violence, accusations of which have recently prompted multiple White House staffers to resign. Trump, who just this past weekend was musing on Twitter about the plight of the “falsely accused,” said: “I am totally opposed to domestic violence of any kind everyone knows that and it almost wouldn’t even have to be said.” Incredible! [The Guardian]
  • In this week’s episode of “Members of Trump’s Cabinet Spend Your Money Instead of Theirs,” a top aide to Veterans Affairs Secretary David J. Shulkin altered records to support the taxpayer funding of a 10-day European trip for Shulkin’s wife. [Washington Post]
  • Here’s an insane quote from Scott Pruitt, responding to critiques of his now-infamous first class plane ticket from D.C. to New York: “We live in a very toxic environment politically, particularly around issues of the environment.” Pruitt, who has been working very hard to make the actual environment more toxic, essentially argued that he has to do unpopular and wasteful things to physically protect himself from the consequences of his unpopular and wasteful decisions. Someone please wade through this for me, I just cannot. [NBC]
  • Speaking of wasteful decisions, that military parade’s gonna cost $30 million. [New York Times]
  • Trump’s de facto science advisor is a former Peter Thiel staffer with a degree in political science. Close enough, am I right? [Scientific American]
  • “We believe it would be much better for GOP to win,” Wikileaks head Julian Assange said in a 2015 Twitter DM. [The Intercept]

Here are some tweets the President was allowed to publish:

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Ellie is a freelance writer and former senior writer at Jezebel. She is pursuing a master's degree in science journalism at Columbia University in the fall.


Mortal Dictata

UK Update:

· Boris Johnson went ahead and made his little speech today, saying people should just unite around Brexit and trying to paint it once again as a fight against an evil superpower, referring back to the idea of “ever closer union” in the EU as the forerunner to a superstate (which the EU deny). In some ways his speech appears to be an admittance that Soft Brexit is now government policy, with clear references to avoiding Farage, and wanting to settle on a centre ground but still clearly expects Remainers to just “come round” to his way of thinking. BoJo also refused to rule out resigning from the Cabinet in the near future, raising fears this is the start of another run at PMship (

· The long-running talks to get the Northern Irish power-sharing government back up and running after more than a year of being broken have failed once again despite attempts by both the UK and Irish PMs to get it working again (the UK and Irish Republic share responsibility in the Peace Process). The believed sticking point in the negotiations is the status of the Irish language in the North, with Sinn Fein wanting its place enshrined in law while the DUP see this as an attempt to dilute links with the rest of the UK. Meanwhile the Tories refuse to implement direct rule because of the bad PR and their reliance on the DUP for Westminster so instead just endlessly elongate the talks hoping for a sudden breakthrough (

· The Oxfam story has spread further today with the National Crime Agency now getting involved to look at allegations of sexual abuse across the charity sector as the government is threatening to cut funding to a number of charities. Oxfam, long a hallmark of charitable foundations in the UK, is now a pariah as ambassadors for the charity are leaving their roles while major brands and companies are also looking to potentially cut ties when it was revealed serious sexual abuse was deliberately covered up by the charity in Haiti. Oxfam still denies there was a coverup and insists this is merely a few bad apples (

(Also thank you to Madeleine Davies for helping with the unblock and a big thank you to everyone who sent me kind messages here or on discord)

(And for the last time, Yes I am British. For the love of god, stop trying to make it some conspiracy theory)