Cartoon

The National Emergency

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Nick Anderson)

In other news, Trump's lifelong henchman Roger Stone could be headed to prison sooner rather than later after vaguely threatening the judge in his case with a crosshairs picture. A hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

Meanwhile, health inspectors apparently found evidence of mice inside the kitchen (among other things) at Trump's most expensive restaurants in New York City including the Trump Tower Grille.

Mice in the kitchen, filthy food prep areas and broken sewage systems are on the list of recent stomach-turning health code violations at a number of Trump-branded restaurants in the city, the Daily News has learned. [...]

City Department of Health inspectors visited the tower’s cafe and grill on July 11, 2018 and found “evidence of mice or live mice” in and around the kitchen, according to records that haven’t previously been reported. The inspectors categorized the violation as “critical.”

Finally, public records obtained by the Portal Press Herald reveal that former Maine Governor Paul LePage spent tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars on private trips to Trump's hotel in DC.

Documents recently obtained by the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram show that the LePage administration paid anywhere from $362 to more than $1,100 a night for rooms at the luxury hotel during trips to meet with President Trump or his inner circle, attend White House events or talk to members of Congress. Receipts from those dozen trips also show the Republican governor or his administration spending hundreds of dollars on filet mignon or other expensive menu items at the restaurant in the Trump hotel.

The spending levels at the Trump hotel were so high that they were flagged by a worker in the state controller’s office, who sought guidance on state regulations for reimbursing such expenditures.

“The reason I am asking is because the Governor and some of his staff are staying in Washington, D.C. pretty frequently at the Trump International Hotel and the room cost is WAY more than the allowed amount,” the worker wrote to Deputy Controller Shirley Browne in June 2017, following a particularly costly month. “He is not attending a conference of any type but is meeting with the President, testifying, meeting with lawmakers and others, etc. so the normal exemptions (to state spending limits) do not apply.”

LePage called for cutting food stamps and health care at a time when he was spending hundreds of taxpayer dollars on shitty, burnt steaks and expensive drinks at Trump's hotel.

  • Badgerite

    The last time I saw a crowd react with utter silence to something that the political speaker thought would get applause and approbation was a the last speech given by the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu before he was overthrown and killed.
    That’s how ‘popular’ trump is in the world.

  • mnpollio

    I would like to think that the blond woman plastered to the airplane window in the cartoon is Ann Coulter.

    • gescove

      Or Kellyanne Conway.

  • katanahamon

    Sure. Why not. That smug little cretin who goes to Covington is suing WaPo for millions. Everything is just bullshit now. Rump is now punishing CA by trying to take money back. He’s interfered further..more lies..this is all just utterly ridiculous…

  • David Greenberg

    A typical republican pig. Only noteworthy because of the realization that these disclosures no longer shock as they are so common.

  • Christopher Foxx

    LePage called for cutting food stamps and health care at a time when he was spending hundreds of taxpayer dollars on shitty, burnt steaks and expensive drinks at Trump’s hotel.

    This is news? News would be if a Republican ever didn’t act with this level of hypocrisy.