I will be the first to admit that I was pleasantly — to say nothing of exceedingly — surprised to see people behaving themselves on the Internet after it was announced that Prince Rogers Nelson tragically died on Thursday at the age of 57.
In year that has has already seen David Bowie, Maurice White and Merle Haggard — innovators each and every one of them — all die, the stunning news that Prince passed away was a real kick in the gut.
The reason for that is: Prince was awesome and he was too damn young to die.
Everybody loved Prince, and for one day it seemed like each and every person set aside their petty differences to join together and acknowledge his genius, his talent and his absolute originality that influenced — and will continue to influence — generations of artists and music fans.
I mean, holy shit, look at this from Minneapolis Thursday night:
— Aaron Lavinsky (@ADLavinsky) April 22, 2016
And look at this from around the world
For a brief moment in time, it was goddam refreshing to see folks reacting like human beings with a heart and a soul and everyone acting decently for once.
Condolences to Prince family. He allegedly was treated for a drug overdose days ago. I celebrated 20 yrs of drug rehab in my jails today. — Joe Arpaio (@RealSheriffJoe) April 22, 2016
Drugs are killing our nation!
— Joe Arpaio (@RealSheriffJoe) April 22, 2016
I don’t need to tell you that Sheriff Joe — who calls himself “America’s Toughest Sheriff” — is a monstrous racist and sadist who, if there was any justice in the world, would be living in one of his own tents in 150 degree heat when he’s not working on one of his chain gangs in the Arizona sun.
What makes his extreme dickishness so goddam awful is that it is highly unlikely he gives a damn about Prince — with Sheriff Joe’s Twitter account primarily used to promote himself and his goon squad.
So why did he do it? Simple, like I said: he’s an asshole. He’s always been an asshole and he’ll always be an asshole. Combine that with his bigotry and you can see why he’s a racist rock star in his own right for conservatives all across the country.
Needless to say, the good folks on Twitter let him know what they thought — although many comments were lost after he deleted the original tweet.
@RealSheriffJoe I hope Mexico conquers Phoenix
— kept_simple (@kept_simple) April 22, 2016
@RealSheriffJoe way to insert yourself in something that has nothing to do with you, you grandstanding sociopath.
— C. N. B. (@cnbintucson) April 22, 2016
A true representation of egotistical racist fuckery, you are.
— E.tty.M (@EttyM) April 22, 2016
Let me just add to this:
Dude, next time just … don’t. Stay out of it. It’s none of your business. Don’t be a prick. Don’t be a self-promoting dead-souled sociopathic racist dickbag with a God complex.
In other words, for a moment: don’t be you. Asshole.
Arizona Republican likens Trump’s loss to Japan getting nuked while losing WW II — but as a good thing
President Donald Trump on Monday allowed President-elect Joe Biden's transition to proceed -- while vowing he would never concede.
Despite Trump losing the election, some Trump supporters are refusing to accept the outcome.
One Arizona Republican in Congress, Paul Gosar, drew upon the historical knowledge him learned on his way to becoming a dentist in a bizarre analogy he posted on Twitter.
Gosar suggested the Trump movement would be like an Imperial Japanese soldier in World War II who refused to surrender until 1974.
Neal Katyal predicts law schools will teach a ‘Worst Mistakes in Court’ class on Trump’s ‘pathetic’ 20-day fiasco
Prominent lawyer Neal Katyal is best known for having tried over 40 cases before the United States Supreme Court and serving as acting Solicitor General during the Obama administration.
But he also has spent more than two decades as a law professor at Georgetown.
He drew upon all of that experience for a Monday evening appearance on MSNBC's "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell.
"Someday a law school class is going to be called 'The Worst Mistakes in Court' -- and it will be just about these 20 days," Katyal predicted. "Because this legal strategy is so pathetic it makes Trump's coronavirus strategy look competent by contrast."
Trump vows he ‘will never concede’ — in 11 pm conspiracy-filled rant
Donald Trump lost the 2020 presidential to President-elect Joe Biden, but is still refusing to concede.
White House aides reportedly convinced him to allow Biden to begin his transition by telling him he did not need to use the word "concede."
But that word appeared to be on his mind late Monday night.
"What does GSA being allowed to preliminarily work with the Dems have to do with continuing to pursue our various cases on what will go down as the most corrupt election in American political history?" Trump asked while continuing to lie about the election being corrupt.