Friday, March 18, 2016

Quote of the day: Litigation for the hell of it

The same fellow who proudly gave this quote --
As he's admitted recently, Trump enjoys suing people just to make their lives pure hell.

"I spent a couple of bucks on legal fees, and they spent a whole lot more," he told the Washington Post. "I did it to make his life miserable, which I'm happy about."
– is the one who also piously said this:
We have to give great respect, far greater than we are right now, to our really fantastic police.

Well, they do [see police brutality]. And, you know, they sue. Everybody sues, right? They see excessive — I mean, they go out, they sue. We have so much litigation — I see the courts, I see what they’re doing. They sue, and you know what? We don’t want excessive force. But at what point — you know, either you’re going to have a police force that can do its job…
Putting aside the obvious taste for thin-skinned bullying this displays, there's another point to be drawn here.

I probably wouldn't compare the average Trump voter to Fitzgerald's ideal of "a first-rate intelligence," but there's no question that many – most? – of the short-fingered vulgarian's supporters long ago cleared the "ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function" hurdle with ease.

In fact, to use an expression that modern times have worn thin, it's a feature, not a bug. Yeah, he's talking out of both sides of his mouth – what are you gonna do about it?

Worrying about self-contradiction is for wimps and losers.

(h/t to Digby for both quotes, although she was headed somewhere different in each case.

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