The God-King called the New York Times to declare he’s not angry. Uh huh. (More)

“I’m actually not angry at anybody”

So declared the God-King in a call to the New York Times:

I’m actually not angry at anybody. I’m not under investigation, as you know. … Even if you look at [the Manafort indictment], there’s not even a mention of Trump in there. It has nothing to do with us. … I just got fantastic poll numbers. I’m really enjoying it.

The call ended abruptly as, Outhouse sources say, sulfurous flames flaring from the God-King’s nostrils melted his phone. The smoke spewing from his ears set off the Oval Office sprinkler system as he stomped his feet and demanded a new phone so he could get on Twitter.

The call apparently came in response to a Washington Post article that portrayed him as “fuming,” with Outhouse aides saying “The walls are closing in. Everyone is freaking out.

Or perhaps the call was prompted by a Vanity Fair article that describes his mindset as: “Trump wants to be critical of Mueller. He thinks it’s unfair criticism. Clinton hasn’t gotten anything like this. And what about Tony Podesta? Trump is like, When is that going to end?”

Or maybe it was a response to this week’s NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll showing his approval rating at an all-time-low 38%, with 58% disapproval.

The God-King was reportedly citing a Republican National Committee private poll of GOP voters in selected states. And sure, if you poll only the people who like you, then everyone likes you.

Regardless, he’s not angry.

An Outhouse laundry spokesperson would neither confirm nor deny that nappies were soiled.

“This sort of thing is insane, and it divides the country beyond any reconciliation”

And from the Whiny White Men department, I offer Ben Shapiro at the National Review:

Despicable attacks on Republican Ed Gillespie are likely just the beginning.

On Monday, just days ahead of Virginia’s hotly contested gubernatorial election, the Latino Victory Fund released an ad opposing Republican Ed Gillespie. The ad is uniquely horrifying. It features four minority children – Latino, Asian, Muslim, African-American – running for their lives from a white man driving a pick-up truck. The truck is festooned with a giant Confederate Flag, a “Don’t Tread on Me” license plate, and a prominent “Gillespie for Governor” bumper sticker. It runs the children into a dead end, its lights washing out their terrified faces. The children wake up in their beds. We then flash to video of the Charlottesville white-supremacist march, as a voice asks, “Is this what Donald Trump and Ed Gillespie mean by the American dream?”

This sort of thing is insane, and it divides the country beyond any reconciliation. Alexander Hamilton recognized the danger of impugning the motives of political opponents in Federalist No. 1: “In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution. … And yet … a torrent of angry and malignant passions will be let loose.”

The founding generation was able to stifle those passions long enough to unify over the creation of the Constitution. We have no such moderate tendencies. Reactionary politics is driven by the knowledge that, as Hamilton also recognized, demagoguery provides an easier ascent to power than reason.

Oh yes, it was pure, sweet reason that prompted Gillespie to run a false ad saying Democratic candidate Ralph Northam cast the “deciding vote” to protect Virginia’s “sanctuary cities” – complete with scary images and a narrator depicting Hispanic immigrants as MS-13 gang members, complete with text blaring “Kill. Rape. Control” and a photo of a prison gang in El Salvador.

It was pure, sweet reason that had Gillespie campaign on preserving statues praising white supremacy, with the God-King declaring that Gillespie “might even save our great statues/heritage!”

There’s no question who the “our” in that sentence meant (hint: not Latino, Asian, Muslim, or African American) or whose fears the “Kill. Rape. Control.” ad was meant to stoke (same hint applies). Like the God-King’s 2016 campaign, Gillespie is running on a platform of white supremacy and white paranoia. And yes, that is a racist campaign, no matter that some polls show majorities of Virginians agreeing with Gillespie’s white supremacy and white paranoia. Popularity does not equal truth, or virtue.

And no, Gillespie’s ads were not merely attacks on Northam. The entire premise of those ads is that people of color are threats to “our … culture,” and electing Northam would further empower those threats.

The Latino Victory Fund’s ad makes precisely the counterpoint: that the white supremacy and white paranoia of Gillespie’s campaign is a threat to people of color, and electing Gillespie would further empower those threats.

But the making a precise counterpoint of Gillespie’s fearmongering is “way over the line.” It’s an “attack on Virginia voters.”

It’s the same double standard that cares not a whit when rural whites declare themselves “Real Americans” and sneer at “coastal elites” … yet howls in agony about “smug liberals.”

It’s the same double standard that spawns endless warnings from “Democratic strategists” that the party must abandon “identity politics” and start reaching out to “working class white men.” As if ignoring the overwhelming majority of Democratic voters to focus on “working class white men” isn’t “identity politics.”

The problem with the Democrats’ “coalition of the ascendant” in 2016 was turnout. Simply, Republicans and the God-King scared white voters into action with tales like “The Flight 93 Election,” a last, desperate chance to rescue the nation from falling into Those People’s hands. But Democrats must preserve pure, sweet reason and never try to scare women or voters of color into action.

Because white privilege is a myth….

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Image Credits — Trump Photo: Brian Snyder (Reuters); Smoke, Fire: Crissie Brown (BPICampus.com)

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Good day and good nuts