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Of Roseanne Barr and Jeff Sessions

by Merl Moore (MerlMoore@mail.com)

A couple of things of interest happened this past week. One, Roseanne Barr committed professional suicide (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VX40Ew1daZ8 ) – a long time in coming in my opinion – and two, a new report from the New York Times reveals that President Donald Trump pressured Attorney General Jeff Sessions to un-recuse himself from the Russia investigation in order to retake control of it, thus re-enforcing the reason(s) behind Robert Mueller’s investigation into obstruction of justice  (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/29/us/politics/trump-sessions-obstruction.html ).

The reason I say the Roseanne situation was a long time in coming (almost 30 years) is because of some of the stupid, bat-sh-t-crazy things Barr did, said and tweeted in the past. Remember her disturbing take on the National Anthem in 1990 (and to think the right-wing has the gall to be all pissed-off at Colin Kaepernick for respectfully taking a knee! http://progressive-liberal.com/taking-a-knee )?

While Barr’s rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, her "Joke," was poorly conceived, horribly executed and clearly in bad taste (what idiot at Jack Murphy thought this was going to end well?), and not even a little funny, yet I still wasn’t personally offended back then because I don’t think my beloved country is a song or a piece-of-cloth (wake-up NFL), but regardless of taste or predisposition, and again, it just wasn’t in anyway funny; and for a comedian, for comedy, that’s unforgivable. If you’re a comedian and are going to say or do something cruel, crude, classless, in bad taste or even racist, it better be f-cking funny (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crTYp7QiPyc, I know, I’m a sick man; deal with it).

The problem wasn’t that Roseanne Barr insulted a woman, or even a black woman, it was that she used an obviously racist epithet and afterward called it all a joke. Nobody was buying. Get it? It’s not the insulting that’s the problem, dumb-dumb, it’s the goose-stepping all the way to your insult (https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/celebrity/tom-arnold-says-ex-wife-roseanne-barr-is-‘obviously’-a-racist/ar-AAycWay?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=mailsignout ).

Of course, our POTUS, the Orange el Duce, took the whole Roseanne Barr thing personally (what else is new); but he didn’t criticize ABC for cancelling “Roseanne” specifically; he did criticize ABC for not apologizing for insulting him. What an idiot! As if showing you’re a racist by tweeting racist comments is the same as or equal to questioning “our dear leader.”

Of course Trump-supporters immediately went into panic-mode! How, they wondered, could they get out from under an obviously racist comment – African-Americans have been called “sub-human” for centuries to justify all the horrible sh-t white people have done to them; from slavery to Jim Crow to Donald Trump – how to not be painted with the same brush as a racist remark delivered by their most beloved celebrity, Roseanne Barr?

In a pitiful effort to muddy-the-water as much as possible, the right-wing media (FOX News) and Trump supporting pundits immediately followed “the idiot”’s lead and demanded Samantha Bee’s firing for calling Ivanka Trump a “feckless c-nt” on her great show “Full Frontal (TBS)” (Bee apologized) and Bill Maher (“Real Time with Bill Maher” HBO) for saying Donald Trump’s father was an orangutang (Maher didn’t apologize). Both, of course, still have their shows.  

And worse yet, this is hardly Roseanne Barr’s first ugly, racist tweet (i.e.: calling former National Security Advisor and UN Ambassador Susan Rice, a black woman, an “ape” a while back (05-29-13)) – that ambien must be a real mother-f-cker. (Full-disclosure: I take ambien myself on occasion and have never yet broke out in racism all over.)

Author Charlamagne Tha God (“Black Privilege” 2017) perhaps put it best: “I don’t think calling a black woman a monkey is a good idea when your boss is a black woman.”  I couldn’t agree more. But let’s move on – after all, ABC did. 

The other thing that happened this past week: A new Times (NYT) report says Trump tried to get Sessions to un-recuse himself and take control on the Russian investigation (http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-pressed-sessions-to-walk-back-recusal-from-russia-probe-4-times-2018-5 ). There’s a couple of reasons why that isn't going to work. 

In the first place, Sessions can’t take control of an investigation of himself . You see, Sessions met with Russian Ambassador Kislyak twice during the campaign but under questioning from then-Senator Al Fraken lied about it during his confirmation hearing in the Senate thus making himself a subject – and if not a subject, at least one of the investigated. 

This from Business Insider: "The attorney general recused himself on March 2 after reports emerged that Sessions had twice met with the Russian ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak, during the course of the election, contradicting statements he made during his Senate confirmation hearing, in which he said under oath that he did not have contacts with Russians during the campaign.

Following the bombshell report, Democrats swiftly demanded Sessions' resignation, while a growing group of Republicans called on the attorney general to recuse himself from campaign-related investigations. (http://www.businessinsider.com/jeff-sessions-on-recusing-himself-trump-investigation-russia-2017-6 )"

Which brings us to Part Two of this mess: Trump keeps saying that had Sessions told him he was going recuse himself from the Russia Investigation he, Trump, would never have put Sessions up for the Attorney General job in the first place. Fair enough, but that completely ignores the actual time line.

Sessions did not recuse himself until after the news of his meetings with Kislyak came to light (March 2, 2017), after it was known that he lied to Franken and the Senate Intelligence Committee during his confirmation hearing, at which point (again, 03-02-17) he was already the Attorney General. How could Sessions have predicted he’d lie in his confirmation hearing and that ultimately he’d get caught in that lie and then have to recuse himself. 

What if in the confirmation hearing Franken had never asked Sessions about meeting with Russians during the campaign and how could Sessions have known beforehand what any of the Senators were going ask him? How could he have known he was going lie? What if his meetings with Kislyac had never become public knowledge? That’s a lot of “what ifs” to know before the events and Sessions would have had to, I suppose, guess all of that before taking the job, before the confirmation hearing, in order to know he’d be recusing himself from the Russia Investigation and so inform Trump beforehand. Pretty good guessing there, Jeff.

On top of that, Sessions pretty much can’t resign now, not while the Mueller Investigation is going on. Clearly, Sessions is guilty of and has confessed to a felony: namely perjury. He lied to congress – under oath, no less! though it’s a felony to lie to congress under oath or not – and his excuse, “I met with Kislyac as a Senator not as a representative of the Trump Campaign.” probably wouldn’t get him very far in a court room. 

That said, as the Attorney General he’s far less likely to be charged for this offense. And that’s a positive for Trump; Sessions has to keep his job for his own safety but he’s also not in a position to get flipped against Trump by Meuller as long as he’s not charged.

Everything taken into consideration, the bottom-line is that the Donald and all his surrogates and supporters should probably just shut-the-f-ck about how the Keebler Elf betrayed the Orange el Duce (https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2018/05/30/digenova_the_recusal_of_jeff_sessions_was_an_unforced_betrayal_of_the_president_of_the_united_states.html ). He did not. Oh, sure, the Gollum from Alabama is a liar, a perjurer, and a criminal, but who in the Trump administration isn't?

And that’s just some of what’s happened in the last week.