Donald Trump Isnt Julius Caesar. Hes Republic-Killer Tiberius Gracchus.

As Americans try to find familiarity in strange times, people have grasped at a sea of comparisons to try and fully capture Trumps innate Trumpiness. Our most analogized president has been compared to Jesus, a Julius Caesar. The Daily Beasts Clive Irving likened Trump to an Charles II of England. But weve seen this before, over 2,000 years ago, when another insurgent faux-populist movement whipped disaffected citizens into an anti-establishment frenzy. The echoes of his worldview can be heard nearly a century before Caesars rise, when Tiberius Gracchus convinced Roman citizens to hollow out their governing institutions. By the time Romes senators realized the full extent of their self-immolation, the Gracchiand the Republicwere dead. Tiberius Gracchus was born around 169 …

Ukrainian Official: Trump Looking for Dirt To Discredit Biden

KYIVUkraine is ready to investigate the connections Joe Bidens son Hunter had with the Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma Holdings, according to Anton Geraschenko, a senior adviser to the countrys interior minister who would oversee such an inquiry. Geraschenko told The Daily Beast in an exclusive interview that as soon as there is an official request" Ukraine will look into the case, but currently there is no open investigation. Clearly, said Geraschenko, Trump is now looking for kompromat to discredit his opponent Biden, to take revenge for his friend Paul Manafort, who is serving seven years in prison. Among the counts on which Manafort was convicted: tax evasion. We do not investigate Biden in Ukraine, since we have not received …

Team Trump: Saudis See This Attack as Their 9/11

A top State Department official told Congress Monday evening that the Saudis view the massive attack on their oil infrastructure as their 9/11, according to two congressional sources. After a national security meeting this morning, President Donald Trump told reporters that it was looking like the attack over the weekend emanated from Iran but that the U.S. would wait for Saudi Arabia to conduct an investigation into the strikes. Brian Hook, the Trump administrations special representative for Iran, made the 9/11 comparison during a telephone briefing on Capitol Hill about the administrations latest thinking on the attack. Hook communicated the reaction from Riyadh and said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would be headed to the country soon. Several individuals on …

John Oliver Brutally Mocks Trump Over Sharpie Stunt

After a month-long break, Last Week Tonight and immediately confronted the most absurd news of the week: Sharpiegate, wherein President Donald Trump spent seemingly the entire week desperately trying to prove he was in the right when he claimed last Sunday Alabama was one of the states most likely to be hit by Hurricane Dorianan effort that included 10 tweets and this incredible moment. Yes, Trump presented a map of the storm path to the press that had clearly been altered with a black Sharpie to convey that Alabama was in its path. And, when Trump was pressed on the alteration during a presser, he not-so-convincingly responded, I dont know I dont know I dont know Really? You dont know? …

Trump to Congress: Its None of Your Business if I Break the Law

Donald Trump thinks Congress has as much clout as a potted plant. William Consovoy, According to Cosovoys Kafkaesque syllogism, Congress is barred from investigating the president because that is a proper function of law enforcement, not Congress, and in turn, law enforcement may not investigate President Trump because he is immune from prosecution. Confused? Thats the point. Its a theory After the court hearing, our constitutional democracy stands at the precipice of being transformed into an updated version of ancient Rome, helmed by a leader who demands unaccountability for himself and tribute from the rest of us. As for Congress in this script, think part rubber stamp, part tax collector, and part tourist attraction. Who cares if the Constitution gives …

Venezuela: When a Coup Is Not a Coup, What the Hell Do You Do?

John Bolton is right. Whatever it was that self-declared Venezuelan President Juan Guaid announced on Tuesday morning in Caracas, it was not a coup. But it there werent enough. To keep up the pressure on Maduro and his military and security forces, From now on every day we are going to have protests, he declared, until we reach our objective. He called for nationwide strikes. Meanwhile a woman was killed and some 40 people were injured in clashes. Such competing marches, sooner or later, lead to carnage, as Venezuelans know after years protesting massively and clashing violently with Maduros brutal security forces. Video Tuesday of reported in the past. And President Trump keeps saying thats still a possibility. But declarations …