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It was horrifying to watch Turkish President Recep Erdogan’s personal bodyguards attack Americans Tuesday afternoon, on American soil, sending nine people to the hospital. We told you about it here, in the context of Lyin’ Mike Pence deleting a stupid tweet about his nice Dinner With Erdogan once news of the savage beatings broke.

But we got one small but important detail very wrong in that story. The Turkish bodyguards weren’t attacking protesters right at the moment Trump, Pence and Erdogan were dining together. We know that now because Erdogan was in fact in the back of his Mercedes, ordering his bodyguards to do violence.

Philip Bump at the Washington Post has the Zapruder, with various bodyguards leaning down to the car to receive instructions from Erdogan — who later emerged from the back seat — and then rushing off to start choking women until blood vessels in their eyeballs burst and kicking old men until their teeth fell out.

The Turkish state news agency Anadolu explained that the bodyguards did in fact assault women and old men, because while Kurdish protesters chanted mean slogans,

“[Washington DC] Police did not heed Turkish demands to intervene,” Anadolu said, as The Post has reported, so the guards moved in to “disperse them.”

They sure did.

Here, for the opposite of your enjoyment, is Turkish President Recep Erdogan giving orders from the back of his Mercedes (via Voice Of America News).

Last year, President Erdogan’s bodyguards beat journalists and fought with the Secret Service in DC; in 2011, they fought with guards at the United Nations. Sometime or other, they fought at a funeral.

Busy dudes.

The State Department summoned the Turkish Ambassador to let him know “in the strongest possible terms” that it is considered uncouth to kick the shit out of protesters in America, except when it is not; there has been no statement from President Donald Trump, who warmly congratulated Erdogan for his recent electoral “win” and whose disgraced former national security adviser, Mike Flynn, was fired after news was leaked that he had taken $600,000 from Turkey while receiving national security briefings; who plotted to kidnap a Turkish cleric from his American home on behalf of Erdogan; and who nixed a plan for a military raid on ISIS that would have gone against Turkey’s policy wishes.

President Trump leaves for the Middle East today.

[WaPo]

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  • MynameisBlarney

    Fuck you Erdogan.

    • TJ Barke

      To say the least.

  • Elvis Causticfellow

    President Erdogan saved my life once! That’s right! These goons in suits had me in a bad stranglehold when suddenly he rolled down the window of his limo and said “That’s enough.”

    • schmannity

      Shecky Greene larceny!

  • tehbaddr

    They seem nice.

  • schmannity

    Stand your ground, Erdogan protesters

  • msanthropesmr

    Doesn’t​ Erdogan know that beating the shit out of protestors is reserved for non-brown people?

    • Mehmeisterjr

      Not since the Trump/Pence/Flynn Regime.

      They are just running a beating-the-shit service for him.

  • proudgrampa

    How long do we have to put up with this shit?

    • TJ Barke

      The only answer is too long.

    • onedollarjuana

      Until the “majority” quits voting Republican.

  • Proud Liberal
    • cmd resistor

      That sucks. Sessions has a lot of evil in that short elf body.

    • OddMan

      It is time to take to the streets. This is as bad as anything I have ever seen, and I am an old.
      FFS

      • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

        I’ll march with you, maybe not very far, but with vigorous wheezing and hard-candy because I too am an old.

        • OddMan

          Oh hell yes, I don’t march, I roll. Anything farther than half a block and I am using my Titanium Wheelchair, lightweight and easy to roll. I have a long plastic pole that I attach to the chair with appropriate signage. Time to grease up the wheels I think.

        • SpideySenser

          Werther’s Original LIBELZ11!!!1!1

          • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

            Werther’s…bah. Butterscotch or GTFOH.

  • SayItWithWookies

    What – our own fascist thug isn’t man enough to beat the shit out of Americans, so he has to bring foreigners in to do it? Weak.

    • Anna Rompage

      Actually, we were constrained to do what we do best, and arrested the people who were beat up by the Turkish body guards after they were done kicking the shit out of them..

      Did I mention we have the highest incarceration rates per capita in the entire world?

      • SayItWithWookies

        Oh fuck – this shit needs to stop.

      • cmd resistor

        I read somewhere they later arrested some of the bodyguards but let them go because they said they had diplomatic immunity. Same article cited some legal experts that didn’t agree but seems that the thugs were able to convince the cops otherwise.

    • georgiaburning

      Outsourcing. Stealing jobs from American thugs

      • SeeTrain65

        “We still have the best thugs.”

  • TJ Barke

    Law and order, forever the enemy of liberty and justice.

  • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

    “The strongest possible terms” would be to expel the involved thugs bodyguards.

    • elviouslyqueer

      “The strongest possible terms” = “Bad bodyguard! No beating protesters for you! *smacks wrists pertly*”

      FIFY.

    • AnnieGetYerFun

      It would be kind of awesome, also, if we stopped sucking up to wannabe dictators with poor human rights records.

      • Celtic_Gnome

        Republicans will never do that. They identify with them too much.

    • Celtic_Gnome

      The strongest possible terms would have been to arrest every bodyguard involved in the beatings and throw them into a for profit prison and throw away the key.

  • TJ Barke

    Needs more Mussolini hanging from a gas station.

    • yyyaz

      Not enough gas stations for all of them.

  • MynameisBlarney
    • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

      Great read! Y’know, when I was in High school, I used to sell. . . Greens. I never got pulled over, not once. Years later, I was riding with a friend of mine who was, himself, a cop. We got pulled over by UAB police who made it clear he thought we were cruising for drugs. The lesson to me was that while I had dealt. . .greens years before, I never got pulled over but this guy who was more straightedge than Carlton Banks AND was a cop got pulled over all the damned time.

  • schmannity

    How did Sheriff Clark miss out on this beat down?

    • SayItWithWookies

      Because he’s all talk?

    • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

      Because someone shook their head disapprovingly at him and he was terrified of being pelted by glitter again?

    • elviouslyqueer

      Fun fact: a good friend of mine has a friend whose husband is a Milwaukee cop. Said cop husband is BEYOND thrilled that Clarke is going the entire fuck away from Milwaukee.

      • schmannity

        As much time as Clark spends on Fox or polishing Trump’s knob, he probably won’t notice.

    • mrFawkes

      He was at a military surplus store buying medals, awards and fruit cocktail for his uniform.

    • georgiaburning

      Those old women scare him too much?

  • mrFawkes

    Trump will make Erdogen pay for his actions by pardonning Turkey on Thanksgiving…that is, if he is still POTUS.

    • Celtic_Gnome

      If he’s around, it’ll be interesting to see if Trump actually does that. I bet he’s scared of live turkeys. Hell, he’s afraid of everything else, why should they be any different?

  • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

    This thing here. I am kinda eager to see how this is spun. I mean, the spin is so damned bad these days anyway, but how will they make this somehow Obama/Hillary’s fault?

    • cmd resistor

      If they can’t figure a way, they’ll just continue to ignore it.

  • MynameisBlarney

    Ryan: More audio leaks “cause for concern”…

    http://thehill.com/homenews/house/334209-ryan-more-audio-leaks-cause-for-concern

    Yeah, all you GOP fucking traitors are concerned you’ll be exposed as the treasonous fucks you really are.

    • TJ Barke

      Why won’t they stop snitching on our crimes!?! It’s not fair!!

    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      I think, Mr. Speaker, the problem lies somewhere in the direction of DISCUSSING ILLEGAL AND UNETHICAL THINGS. Not complaining that someone recorded you DISCUSSING ILLEGAL AND UNETHICAL THINGS.

      • Good_Gawd_Yall

        Much the same way they’re more concerned about who’s leaking rather than what the leaks are about.

  • VirginiaLady

    Do those guys have second jobs at a yogurt factory? Pass de tin foil.

  • onedollarjuana

    I’m never eating Turkish Taffy again!

    • Thiazin Red

      Turkish delight is bullshit, no kid is selling their soul for chewy flavorless gelatin with nuts in it.

      • onedollarjuana

        or listening to “Blue Rondo a la Turk”!

        • onedollarjuana

          Or tying a Turk’s Head knot!

          • onedollarjuana

            And I’m having ham at Thanksgiving!

          • Oblios_Cap

            Or watching Turk 182! ever again.

        • DrBigHead

          I’m sorry, but I am not going that far (listening to Paul Desmond at this very moment).

      • C4TWOMAN

        You have to remember Edmond was in WWII England and there was rationing. Look it up–it was pretty grim: 4 oz of red meat for an adult–per WEEK(that detail is from the War Time Farm series).

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rationing_in_the_United_Kingdom

        God knows were candy was on the priority list.

        And wasn’t he like 8? 9? Supposedly many kids that age don’t do extrapolating consequences well. YMMV.

    • Randy Riddle

      I’m never eating turkey again.

      • Lascauxcaveman

        In Istanbul, turkey eats you!

    • Celtic_Gnome

      Also, never watching Scrubs again. They have that black surgeon, you know.

  • Mr. Blobfish

    Obama was a tyrant.

    • TJ Barke

      You do remember that the Mr. Blobfish account wasn’t originally a dickhead account, right?

      • Mr. Blobfish

        We should re-open the investigation into Hillary’s emails.

        • TJ Barke

          Sure. Whatever you say.

        • MynameisBlarney

          Gotta be snark.

          • Shanzgood

            I’m going with snark.

          • C4TWOMAN

            Me three. Too dead pan.

          • Lascauxcaveman

            Not enough misspelled words, also too.

        • SisterArtemis

          Dude, go all the way back. McCarthy hearings! TeaPot Dome! Somebody something guns, duels, Aaron Burr chopped a cherry tree down!

    • MynameisBlarney

      That is some pretty weak trolling.
      You feeling ok?

      • C4TWOMAN

        I assumed it was snark.

    • Crank Tango

      He tooken ma gerns, also.

  • Randy Riddle

    The protestors were just trying to detract from her emails.

  • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

    This would not happen if Obama were still President.

    Wanted to say something like that so long.

    • WomanInThePersistence

      I’ve been saying that every day since Jan. 20th.

  • Chadwells

    OT: Good kids. Fight the power.

    “Students to stage walkout of Pence speech”

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/334247-students-to-stage-walkout-of-pence-speech

  • anwisok
    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      Babby tiny pony squeeeeee!!

  • WomanInThePersistence
  • Chadwells

    OT: That these fucking idiots would even ASK the OGE is just….I mean, WTFF?!?! Where did these dumb fucks get their law licenses?!?!

    “Trump lawyer asked to submit financial disclosure without his signature”

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/334246-trump-lawyer-asked-to-submit-financial-disclosure-without-his

    • jesterpunk

      He swore under oath his net worth is based on his feelings not any of those liberal facts.

      • Chadwells

        The OGE response was pretty good. “That’d be like sworn testimony without the swearing in”

        • Indivisible Snark Tank

          …to which the lawyers said, “Exactly!”

          • Bobathonic

            “NOW we’re on the same page!”

      • Chadwells

        paraphrasing of course!

        • jesterpunk

          Actually I only added in the liberal facts part the rest is what he actually said.

          http://www.newsweek.com/how-much-trump-worth-depends-how-he-feels-384720

          “Now, Mr. Trump, have you always been completely truthful in your
          public statements about your net worth of properties?” my lawyer asked
          during the deposition.

          “I try,” said Donald.

          “Have you ever not been truthful?”

          “My
          net worth fluctuates, and it goes up and down with markets and with
          attitudes and with feelings, even my own feelings, but I try.”

          “Let
          me just understand that a little bit,” my lawyer said. “Let’s talk
          about net worth for a second. You said that the net worth goes up and
          down based upon your own feelings?”

          “Yes, even my own feelings, as
          to where the world is, where the world is going, and that can change
          rapidly from day to day. Then you have a September 11th, and you don’t
          feel so good about yourself and you don’t feel so good about the world
          and you don’t feel so good about New York City. Then you have a year
          later, and the city is as hot as a pistol. Even months after that it was
          a different feeling. So yeah, even my own feelings affect my value to
          myself.”

          “When you publicly state what you’re worth, what do you base that number on?”

          “I would say it’s my general attitude at the time that the question may be asked,” Donald responded. “And as I say, it varies.”

      • Oblios_Cap

        Apparently, for some stupid reason, Presidents aren’t required to file these but tend to do so voluntarily. I expect this will be the last one Trump submits.

    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      To use a common wingnut talking point against him – “If there’s nothing to hide, then why not sign it?”

      • Chadwells

        but….LAWYERS! How could a lawyer even suggest it!? Morons should be disbarred for stupidity!

        • HogeyeGrex

          It’s not stupidity. It’s fraud.

          • Chadwells

            Whatever gets ’em gone…give it a name!!

    • Certified Green Bastard

      Next, he’ll agree to sign it, but only if he can keep his fingers crossed behind his back while he does.

  • andyshelt

    Come on, be fair.

    How was Trump possibly to know that inviting in a vicious right-wing autocrat with a string of human rights abuses and who has just managed to persuade his electorate to give him dictatorial powers could in any way go wrong or lead to violence?

    • Oblios_Cap

      Trump probably had an aide write Erdogan’s name on his hand so he could remember who he was talking to.

    • Sophia

      Could have paid attention to what happened at the Brooking Institute in Washington in April last year. That might have given them a clue.Although that may have been journalists getting beat up so it’s considered a bonus.

  • You know, if this trump thing doesn’t work out, Keith Schiller would fit right in with these losers.

  • AnnieGetYerFun

    I am actually amazed at how completely unprepared the DC police were to handle this. I mean, I suppose it’s uncommon for security details from other countries to suddenly start beating the shit out of Americans who are peacefully protesting, but they were floundering around so much. I would have thought that there would have been plain clothes guys mixed in and ready to stop any shenanigans.

  • capnkrunch

    Why is this not a major international incident? I get that they have diplomatic immunity so there can’t be legal remedies but there should be serious diplomatic repercussions. Frankly, I don’t think even something like sanctions would be overboard. There’s needs to be a clear warning that “hey fuckers, you can’t do that to our citizens. Act like adults or go sit at the kids table with North Korea.”

    Can you imagine if, for example, Justin Trudeau’s bodyguards beat up some pro-second amendment protesters? (shut up, that’s the best I could do off the cuff) Republicans would lose their shit. I would be worried about war.

    • Proud Liberal

      John McCain said the diplomat should be thrown out of the country. But he didn’t mean it.

    • NastyBossetti

      Yeah I don’t really understand how this is not a bigger deal than it is. And if this guy’s bodyguards keep coming here and kicking the shit out of people, why do we keep letting any of them come back?

    • C4TWOMAN

      IMHO they shouldn’t have diplomatic immunity when it comes to hurting people/animals/children. Logically that would mean he’d have immunity if he assassinated someone and that can’t be right…

      Obviously I don’t know the subtleties here. Could be one of those “Well, no SANE person would do X so we never thought we had to account for it” rules.

    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      Diplomatic immunity only applies to the diplomatic and administrative staff. Service staff are not protected, and can be arrested/detained. And the provisions themselves do not apply in extenuating circumstances (such as, I don’t know, embassy staff assaulting people). And even if immunity applies, a person may still be declared persona non grata and expelled.

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      I think “diplomatic immunity” should be severely limited. They should still have to follow our laws. It’s just wrong to say they’re free to beat up Americans, drive drunk, and commit other crimes; I get that we have to offer some level of protection but it really should stop when they get to committing violence.

      • Celtic_Gnome

        The argument is that restricting diplomat immunity here opens the door for repressive regimes like Saudi Arabia to go medieval on female American citizens in their country who don’t fully comply with Sharia Law while they’re working over there.

        Kind of like we don’t torture prisoners of war so the other side doesn’t have an excuse to do it to our people.

    • Noxious Resistance

      IOKIYAR!

      • SeeTrain65

        IOKIYATD.

        (It’s O.K. if you’re a Turkish dictator.)

  • Jive Turkey.

  • Chadwells

    OT: Yeah, you ignorant albino pedophile…because you’ll still be arrested if you set foot outside that embassy. Don’t front like this is your decision, jackwagon.

    “Julian Assange signals he will stay in Ecuadorian embassy”

    http://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/may/19/julian-assange-signals-he-will-stay-in-ecuadorian-embassy

    • Anna Rompage

      Of course he will… He’s already broken his promise of turning himself in if Chelsea Manning was released from prison…

      Refusing to leave the Ecuadorian Embassy is the only way to keep the spotlight on himself, as he can continue to claim to be the victim, and channel the anger of his supporters where he wishes..

      • snark-lurker

        just this a.m. i saw a very recent pic of Chelsea and she is beautiful, by any measure.

      • Ricky Gay

        Well even a broken condom is right once a day. Wait, that’s not right.

      • Swampgas_Man

        He still has supporters? Wait, wait- don’t tell me– it’s the same 30% who still support Trump?

    • Ghenghis McCann

      His children grew up without him? That’s probably the best news I’ve heard today.

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      Also, too, his “friend” Jeff Sessions would like a word with him. And given how Trump throws people under the bus, he can’t expect any help there.

    • MynameisBlarney

      Free rent and internet.
      Plus, he’d have to get a real job if he left.
      Or, a lawyer.

  • OT “I Am Not your Negro” The trailer is beautiful and terrifying
    https://twitter.com/ezlusztig/status/865613866914299909

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    OT but David Corn of Mother Jones has an excellent ‘splainer about why republicans are still backing Cheeto Benito; it comes down, basically, to this – the ‘president’ is a giany whiny jerk-baby who is the most vindictive man in politics, and they’re all terrified of what he’ll do to them if they oppose him. And no, I don’t have a linky, because I don’t internetz good.

    • Anna Rompage

      the ‘president’ is a giany whiny jerk-baby who is the most vindictive man in politics,

      So in other words, he just like any other republican?

      • Ricky Gay

        Uber Asshole

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      At a meeting with our Congressdude, he essentially said the same thing. He said that if Trumps approval ratings stay around 35% for several months, some Republicans will grow a spine. It seems like a few of them are growing a proto-spine.

      • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

        Nope. Not a spine, proto-spine or anything courage related. If they ever oppose the Whiny King, in keeping with all republican policies it will be a reaction to fear, fear of losing their cushy jobs.

    • MynameisBlarney
      • Good_Gawd_Yall

        Thank you! {kisses}

        • MynameisBlarney

          You’re welcome :D

    • Meccalopolis

      Who do you root for?

    • SpideySenser
    • SeeTrain65

      Because he’ll sign any of their horrible bills into law with his Richter Scale handwriting?

  • MynameisBlarney
  • Roni Raven

    O/T JESUS FUCKING CHRIST FROM OBAMA TO THIS.

    “After four months of interactions between Mr. Trump and his counterparts, foreign officials and their Washington consultants say certain rules have emerged: Keep it short — no 30-minute monologue for a 30-second attention span. Do not assume he knows the history of the country or its major points of contention. Compliment him on his Electoral College victory. Contrast him favorably with President Barack Obama. Do not get hung up on whatever was said during the campaign. Stay in regular touch. Do not go in with a shopping list but bring some sort of deal he can call a victory..

    Third, this is a guy with a limited attention span. He absolutely won’t want to listen to visitors droning on for a half-hour — or longer if they need an interpreter.”

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/18/world/middleeast/trump-saudi-arabia-foreign-trip.html?_r=0

    • TJ Barke

      President toddler.

      • jesterpunk

        Toddler libelz, they are better behaved and dont need their ego stroked as much as he does and they dont whine as much as he does.

        • Ricky Gay

          Also smaller poops

        • cmd resistor

          And by the time they are not toddlers any more (4? 5?), they are more mature than he is.

    • NastyBossetti

      How the hell could anyone contrast him favorably with President Obama?

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      Seconds without being a National Embarrassment: ZERO

    • cmd resistor

      This is pathetic.

    • Certified Green Bastard

      “Don’t fight w grandpa. Just make nice n kiss his ass so we can hurry up & be done w our visit for this year.”

    • therblig

      it’s a shame that world leaders who have earned the title have to deal with narcissism, nepotism, and a fucking infant.

    • Claire

      Jesus, what a fucking humiliation. This is the guy who was elected by a bunch of meth-heads and holy rollers because they were sick of people thinking they were stupid; and Trump was the super smart businessman who was going to get into office and MAGA and show us all that his supporters are more smarter than we are.

      Well, congratulations, morons. Your guy is even stupider than we thought possible, and so are you.

      • SpideySenser

        “As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”
        H.L. Mencken

      • crisptickle

        can you even call a real estate speculator a businessman?

    • Persistent Demme

      I apologized for him as much as I could to the good people of Australia.
      They have had some doozies in their time, but nothing like this.
      I explained about the voter turnout, popular vote, and electoral college, and this seemed to provide some reassurance.
      They are terrified about North Korea and asked me about impeachment.
      (I personally think he will resign before he is impeached, but I know that this is up for debate.)
      I told them that some of us are doing everything we can to get rid of him.
      It’s all I could say.

    • Persistent Tennessee Rain

      Wipe any drool from his chin – you can use his tie.

  • jesuswasablack

    Were these the “paid protesters” we’ve been hearing so much about? I can’t imagine were the turks would get the impression that its OK to beat up a protester?
    https://img.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2017/02/Screen-Shot-2017-02-03-at-11.48.24-AM.png
    http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/Trump%20rally%20punch.jpg

    • TJ Barke

      The only way to be a professional anarchist is to be Noam Chomsky.

    • SpideySenser

      Abbie Hoffman deja vu.

  • snark-lurker

    beating up leftist protesters is just another form of Freedom speach

    • jesuswasablack

      Right, not being free to beat the shit out of a libtard is just more political correct tyranny!

  • Penny Dreadful Says Resist

    This really boils my blood. And I’ve dealt with a lot of shit this week with grace and style. But this make me ragey.

  • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

    Erdogan needs to be Erdogone.

  • jesuswasablack

    My advice is don’t fuck with Turkey!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jk47zUGAbNs

    • TJ Barke

      Take that, Ivan!

    • MynameisBlarney
    • Nockular cavity

      Best Crimean War reenactment ever!

    • Persistent Demme

      What an asshole!
      A great demonstration of how an animal tries to avoid conflict until it’s pushed too far.
      (I’m sure they got their ultimate revenge, but this hero turkey has perpetual life on the internet!)

    • SeeTrain65

      Nice job, masculine man.

  • Ghenghis McCann

    The Turkish state news agency Anadolu explained that the bodyguards did in fact assault women and old men, because while Kurdish protesters chanted mean slogans,

    Now, tell me, who also gets enraged when protestors chant mean slogans?

    • SpideySenser

      Well, if North Korea allowed protests, would it be Kim Jong-un?

  • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

    Yet we can’t punch literal Nazis. Go figure.

    • snark-lurker

      punching a nazi would be worth 30 days to me—cuz i would make it count

      • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

        Me too, and I haven’t thrown a punch in nearly thirty years.

    • MynameisBlarney

      Sez who?

      • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

        Idunno. People? The ephemeral “they”?

      • Wee Mousie

        Erdogan and his goons have diplomatic immunity, not recognizing there immunity who send a chill through all diplomatic meetings for many months , even years, to come, They just aren’t worth it.

        However, a decent administration would have them placed upon the first available plane out of here, and have there immunity revoked as soon as their wheels left contact with the tarmac,

  • OddMan

    Damn, that is clear as shit proof the the President of Turkey order his goons to beat the hell out of human beings, and sat and watched. And how many goons in suits does he have, looks like dozens and dozens? This is not supposed to happen in Turkey, and it sure as hell ain’t supposed to happen here in our Capital.
    Goddammit.

    • snark-lurker

      aye-yup, and yet here we are

  • II Gosala
  • lowenufc

    So…. how many American citizens will be arrested for placing themselves in front of Turkish fists?

  • Swampgas_Man

    Why did the State dept send a message of “disapproval” when Trump has already said how much he admires the tyrant?

    • cmd resistor

      Probably some leftover deep state Obama libtard. Trump will be studying the video and asking where he can get some of those thugs.

      • alpacapunchbowl

        Do we know where Donnie’s private goons hail from?

  • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

    If there had been a functioning State Department with adults around, and little Donnie were able to listen to advice, someone would have told him that inviting that thug to dinner was a bad idea to begin with.

    • Dudleydidwrong

      Agree, except: 1) Trump likes thugs; 2) Trump doesn’t take advice.

  • jesuswasablack

    I despise Ted Nugent but I really like some of his old stuff!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0c3d7QgZr7g

    • yyyaz

      Sorry, I declared my personal space as a pants-shitting-rwnj-dickhead-free zone 20 years ago.

      • MizzMazz

        And he’s really just not that good.

        • jesuswasablack

          Well there is no accounting for taste? I liked this song long before I knew ted was a fuck-stick.

          • SpideySenser

            Regrettably, I like it, too, also. It’s the only song by that shithead that I will listen to.

          • jesuswasablack

            Its a good tune, I wore this thing out when I was a kid, good song to learn how to play guitar with, pretty simple!

          • SpideySenser

            I heard a story that the guitar work is not Nugent’s. He got the credit but someone else is doing the playing.

          • mfp

            no, it’s him…very simple-minded shit he’s playing there (and everywhere else), actually…the solo is 3minutes of riffing in one key (A, dorian mode)

            he was an OK guitar player in his day, but many better since…mostly mastered the art of riff-rockin…i refused to play this song forever, (cause ted–and lyrics), but the gig i took a couple years ago was already doing it, so now…but i have my own little inside joke i play for my own amusement–instead of ted’s simple minded shit, i play neal schon’s lead solo from ‘who’s cryin now’, (my ‘neal-nuge mashup’) and then bust my own stuff…it works

          • SpideySenser

            Interesting, thanks for the background. Your “mashup” sounds interesting, I’ll hafta go find me “Who’s’ Crying Now” and imagine what you’re doing with it. But hey, whatever gets you through the set.

          • therblig

            glad i’m not the only one.

          • ahughes798

            I like this song a lot, but “Great White Buffalo” also, too.

          • MizzMazz

            And that’s okay. I really can’t talk cuz I suck as a musician, but have heard plenty better in garages and halls in those days. He’s just not really that good.

    • Persistent Demme

      Sadly, my two brothers have tinnitus now, because of their 70’s and 80’s “thing” for going to his concerts, working their way up to the stage, and plastering themselves against his speakers.
      Foreign substances may have been involved.
      *sigh*
      (I wish they had just pooped their pants.)

      • ahughes798

        We used to do that at Ramone’s shows, when we were taking a break from slam dancing. Yes, I too have tinnitus, but it was pretty much worth it.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson
    • Swampgas_Man

      It’s the sort of thing that’s happened before, but it was always done by Americans, dammit. See: Pinkertons, strike-breaking.

  • SadDemInTex

    Jeezusfuckingchristonacracker, can you say Kent State?

    • At least those were AMERICAN troops.

      • SadDemInTex

        Would we be in trouble if we shanked a Turkish goon?

      • Cat Cafe for the Investigation

        Yes, exactly. This is more like if Hitler’s SS goons had somehow come to America in the 1930s and, on Hitler’s orders, beat up a group of American Jews, and NO ONE DID ANYTHING.

        • Dudleydidwrong

          In the 1930s some of the US mob–Mafia–organizations that were run by Jews attacked and broke up meetings of the pro-Hitler German-American Bund, especially in the NY area. One of those attackers was a guy named Jacob Rubenstein who changed his name to Jack Ruby and later became infamous for another reason. But this was US citizen-on US citizen demonstration violence.

          I don’t know of any incident where German bodyguards, etc. attacked US citizens who were protesting the rise of Hitler. The German thugs were busy in their own country, I guess. So the Turks hold the record until the Filipino big man arrives.

          • Cat Cafe for the Investigation

            The fact that Jews attacked Nazis in America is a good thing, pretty much the opposite of what this is. Even the vaguest suggestion that this might be equivalent is really misleading. If America had been more concerned with Nazi aggression sooner (and the French, and Chamberlain, too,) millions upon millions of lives would have been saved. The fact that one of the Jews standing up for righteousness was Jack Ruby, who, by the way, arguably WAS standing up for righteousness in his more famous incident, doesn’t change this.

          • Dudleydidwrong

            No suggestion of equivalence but of contrast.

          • Cat Cafe for the Investigation

            Oh, okay, I see.

  • Wee Mousie

    So where were the trigger-happy cops, the rubber bullets, the truncheons, the pepper spray. What’s the point of having a militarized thug police presence if they only attack the innocent and the non violent?

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      Watch the video. The cops actually did attempt to pull the bodyguards off the protestors, but were both completely taken by surprise and somewhat overwhelmed. What I don’t get is why they didn’t arrest any of the bodyguards on the spot because those guys just clearly charged across a fucking street to beat up people who were doing nothing more than holding signs and shouting slogans.

      • Iron Monkey

        Could have gotten them for resisting arrest and assault on a police officer.

      • I’m willing to bet the officers had some supervisor guy yelling in their earadios, drivel re: ‘ but they’re diplomats’

  • Ralph Gauer

    Well, they seem nice.

    • zagnutz2

      For douchebags…

  • Treehopper1104

    So I am A Idiot who doesn’t know anything about international law. What is the actual appropriate response to this? If they were American, it seems like the response would be to charge them with some variety of assault, but how does this work if they are committing crimes on behalf of a foreign head of state? At what point is it considered an act of aggression against the country?

    • Swampgas_Man

      I think expulsion at least. Of course, that requires a State dept not run by a Trumpanzee.

      • Iron Monkey

        As members of a presidential bodyguard they must travel with him and will be on the plane back to Ankara before they could be served with an order of expulsion.

    • Stulexington

      The proper response would have been the police stepping in to intervene, if the bodyguards didn’t back off to arrest them and have them cool their heals in jail long enough for an ambassador to slap “diplomatic immunity” where the sun don’t shine.

      After the fact there’s really not much that can be done beyond a stern public scolding.

      • somebody somewhere (this is what happens in a banana republic! too many things to keep track of!!) said they may not have diplomatic immunity for some reason (bodyguards as opposed to something else?)

        i’d like to see their asses sued.

        • Stulexington

          Maybe not, but they have embassy access, if there’s a serious push to see them charged or sued they’ll probably be back in Turkey before the night is out. Also too walking up to a foreign dignitary to arrest his bodyguards or even present them with a subpoena would be a fairly major diplomatic incident no matter how much of a terrible monster he is (also keep in mind 45 likes the douchebag).

          I want to see justice too but I’m a realist, if they aren’t arrested on the spot there’s not much that’s going to be done.

  • cmd resistor

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DADWo_nXYAAM2s6.jpg
    I’m sure Sessions and Tillerson will get right on this:

    • SpideySenser

      Diplomatic immunity, most likely.

      • cmd resistor

        I keep reading differering opinions on that, but I don’t know the answer.

        • Is that what gives James Bond the right to shoot all the people?

        • SpideySenser

          Beats me. This whole Trump thing has certainly opened up a hornet’s nest of legalities you wouldn’t normally even think of.

      • Unmutual Tetsu Kaba

        Could still throw offenders out of the country — if the executive branch cared.

    • “They wuz some damn hippies, I heard tell. They we’re some dirty damn hippies, right? Prob’ly smokin’ mary-wanna cigarettes!”

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/701f7aba93295c7f507f8ef12cd21344ea4ec63c03cbd5d24bc19b47ec953657.jpg

    • miss_grundy

      Eject these asshats. Or, wait for some of them to leave the compound and take them to the woodshed for a “talk”.

  • btwbfdimho

    That happens when your bodyguard looks like Paul Simon?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULjCSK0oOlI

  • alpacapunchbowl

    So what’s the money trail on this one?

    • mancityRed6

      this is more of a “we do this at home so why can’t we do this here?” kind of thing.

      • alpacapunchbowl

        Agreed, but I’m wondering what the administration’s motivation is for not doing anything or even issuing a statement…
        Actually never mind, I somehow temporarily managed to forget that nothing works the way it’s supposed to anymore.

        • Internet Hitler

          Maybe Flynn shared.

  • Robbertjan Brandenburg

    And that’s why we responded like this:

    https://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/6bsp0d/how_the_netherlands_responded_to_erdogans_thugs/

    When a Turkish minister tries to go to a rally after we had forbidden it Who would have thought the Dutch would ever use more force than the US. .

    • JustDon’tSaySurety

      Well, you practically ruled the world a few hundred years ago. Maybe it’s your turn again? Of course, you may to recruit a Habsburg or two to prop it all up…

      • Robbertjan Brandenburg

        Yeah we may have to talk to our German friends if they might want to finally win a world war and join our cause. Three times’ the charm right?

        • JustDon’tSaySurety

          You’re scaring me, man.

          • Robbertjan Brandenburg

            Meh we’ll ask them to leave out the whole race hate this time.

  • An Outhouse for the Resistance

    When they said they would make America great again they meant we would be all the dicatator’s whore.

  • Hanaka

    I’m getting more and more sure each day the new axis of evil is being built: Trump, Erdogan, Duterte, and don’t forget Putin, the shirtless.

    • Internet Hitler

      Ooh! Ooh! And don’t forget Kim!

      • diane surette

        He’s one smart cookie

        • Internet Hitler

          And not Kim Kurdishian.

    • miss_grundy

      Actually, Putin posed in a sleeveless t-shirt. I guess he believes he’s attractive.

  • kindness

    So note to future protesters of this thug: Take 1″ steel pipe and paint it white. Use that to attach your protest signs to. Police will think its pvc and not take it away from you. When the Turkish mafia comes to kick your ass show them who’se boss.

    • Me not sure

      Pro Tip : Don’t forget to tape your wrists and put rosin on the grip.

    • miss_grundy

      And carry mace or pepper spray. And a Taser. Give these thugs a taste of their own medicine.

  • Me not sure

    He just wanted to show Donnie how the pros do it.

    • Mehmeisterjr

      Lesson learned.

    • phoenix00

      Midterm test: when Duterte sensei shows up!

  • Duchess Gummybuns

    The worst part of it is watching the Trumpkins defend the Turks against the “illegal protesters”.

    You know…the same assholes that call themselves patriots?

    • Internet Hitler

      Hypocrisy inaction. Shows true colors. Any harm done to protesters for peace or human rights is justified, but if a nazi gets punched it’s repression of 1st amendment rights.

    • They really do not do Patriotism very well

      • phoenix00

        They really do not do anything very well……

    • Ellen D.

      I actually saw this, a Trumpkin arguing in all seriousness that Erdogan’s body guards had every right to beat up protesters for saying mean words about the Dear Leader. Speechless.

  • Paperless Tiger

    He probably didn’t feel like meeting the Kurdish ambassador in the street right then.

  • William

    Wow. I am becoming increasingly anxious that John McCain is becoming to voice of reason. https://www.facebook.com/ABCNews/videos/10155781160883812/

    • diane surette

      Thank You for posting that

    • miss_grundy

      It won’t last. Pretty soon he will find a reason for Erdogan’s thugs to beat up peaceful American demonstrators.

    • 3FingerPete

      During the 2000 presidential campaign McCain appeared the voice of reason. It doesn’t last.

      • phoenix00

        And then he hired Palin…….

    • mailman27

      Fuck him. He folds like origami. Beneath contempt.

      • William

        Folds faster than superman oh laundry day?

  • canes_pugnaces

    We are spiraling head first towards autocracy, and a one party state. Can you imagine any president not condemning this before the current Orange-ish inhabitant?

  • Noxious Resistance

    Visiting Muslims assault US citizens for exercising their constitutional rights.
    White House (un)strangely silent.
    MAGA?

    • handyhippie65

      visiting ISLAMISTS. because that is who is running turkey at the present.

  • miss_grundy

    The next time this asshat comes to America I hope the protesters jump his thug bodyguards and beat the shit out of them because that is what they deserve. Use mace, pepper spray, Tasers and batons on these goons. In America, we can still protest dictators.

    • ahughes798

      See how the Black Bloc is never around when they should be?

  • aureolaborealis

    “I deny all allegations of unwholesome ties to [Russia, Turkey]! Now, excuse me while I go give [Putin, Erdogan] and long, loving, slobbery PR blowjob!”

  • Poly_Ester

    Could THIS be considered an act of state terrorism on American soil?

    • Ferroequinologist Ron

      Moot point, since no-one in the administration seems particularly interested in objecting to it.

      • 3FingerPete

        The thing is Turkey is vital in staging our military hoedown in the Middle East. Don’t expect anything more harsh than a mild tongue clucking.

    • phoenix00

      Feature, not bug.

      Why Trump can’t wait for Duterte to “pop by for a visit”

  • 3FingerPete

    This incident demands a swift and bold response, so expect President Trump in the next few days to defund Voice of America News.

  • notanncoulter

    “they were being very very unfair to him. pointing out things he said. things he did. very very unfair.”

  • Bitter Scribe

    Why weren’t those “bodyguards” arrested? Do they have diplomatic immunity or something?

    • handyhippie65

      of course the do.

      • Mehmeisterjr

        They could be expelled, of course, but the Trumpocracy wants them to stick around and train their domestic storm troopers.

  • handyhippie65

    if birdogian ever sets foot on american soil again,i say we cuff and stuff his ass into an oubliette quick fast, and in a hurry. they are not the secular country that once was our ally. they are currently run by islamist thugs the same as afghanistan. we should treat them the same as we do isis.

  • Zyxomma

    It’s now a year and two weeks since I last had any marijuana. I’m living in a special kind of hell called job hunting, and why they tox screen proofreaders and copy editors is beyond my ken.

  • Lefty Wright

    Is there any way to revoke Trump’s passport while he is gone?

    • John Resistant Tovarich Smith

      You know, I’m not even sure the president needs a passport. It’s not like he goes through customs and immigration. What about dignitaries coming into this country? Any lawyers out there know?

    • Mehmeisterjr

      His American passport or his secret Russian passport? Because I think the latter would be a harder loss to bear.

    • Smibo

      Well, he is planning to enter the U.S. from a majority-Muslim country, right? Can we quick, get the courts to issue an “Okay Just This Once” order on Trump’s immigration ban?

    • Bigdaddyvike

      Or revoke Trump. Perhaps Oral Roberts’ Sky Guy will call him home?

    • Dudleydidwrong

      I’m hoping that we can get everybody–everybody–to turn out all the lights in the US when his plane is returning him from his trip. Maybe he’d think that nobody was home and he’d go somewhere else.

  • John Resistant Tovarich Smith

    Is it just me, or was anyone else hoping for a bird strike at the airport? Not against the plane, but on top of Trump’s head.

    • Smibo

      Heehee… Seems like just the kind of thing birds would go for during nesting season.

      • John Resistant Tovarich Smith

        I was thinking more of the fecal strike, but I like yours better.

    • phoenix00

      Why Not Both? (With Votes!)

  • Celtic_Gnome

    I’m not a big advocate of violence, but it would have been nice if the D.C. police had taken down some of those bodyguards when they surrounded people on the ground and started kicking the shit out of them. I mean, what is the definition of protect and serve?

    • Andrew Rheinheimer

      As nice as it would have been, could you imagine that maybe that’s what Erdogan wants?

    • Sakonyachen

      I’m wondering what the right wing response would have been if this happened back in 2016? Something about Obama being simultaneously weak and a Muslim dictator?

    • LeighBowery’sLuxuryComedy

      If you judge by how too many US police departments behave, the definition is, protect and serve the interests of white male landowners.

  • Ellen D.

    Then there was the time they beat up those Ecuadorian women.

    As the female protesters were being dragged out of the auditorium, Erdogan said, “As we see now, there are sometimes disrespectful characters as well. Appropriate responses will always be taken to handle these disrespectful people.”

    http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/tr/originals/2016/02/turkey-ecuador-protesters-beaten-by-president-bodyguards.html#ixzz4hQzyd3vI

  • Scooby

    All those guys have diplomatic immunity. They know that.

  • UpstateNYObserver

    Even with diplomatic immunity, LEO’s are under no obligation to allow them to attack citizens and peaceful protestors. They might not be able to arrest and charge them but there’s nothing that says that can’t, with all necessary force, pound the shit out of those assholes. Someone should forcefully remind Erdogan that the Ottoman Empire no longer exists; Turkey inexorable descended into being a 3rd world country after 1918 and Erdogan and the religious parties are simply greasing the slide to accelerate that process. Oh, and while someone was teaching the knuckle draggers that Erdogan hires manners, it wouldn’t have hurt to shove a can of pepper spray up his Erdogan’s nose and empty it…just to emphasize the don’t do the shit again part.

  • junior

    From the link ““There’s a line between protesting and terrorism” so its ok to run people over. Pres Goat fucker (as dubbed by our own BoJo) http://tinyurl.com/hph23md) just ahead of the curve a bit here.

  • phoenix00

    Oh Trump and his weasel Sessions (AND new sub-weasel David Clarke) are cheering this! How could they not?

  • ANNG14

    Seems like protesters need to be hiring their own bodyguards first there was Berkley and now this.

    • Dudleydidwrong

      I hope, ANNG14, that what you wrote was with tongue firmly in cheek and your snark phaser set at “high stun.” I’m having trouble discerning snark from suggestion at times. Tell me this is the former and not the latter. I’d hate for Eric Prince’s old company, Academi/Xe/Blackwater, to see another business opportunity here.

      • ANNG14

        I wouldn’t recommend Blackwater anything. Carrying a stun gun or pepper spray to self protect is a possibility too.

  • ANNG14

    I notice that the thugs went for female protesters. Real tough guys.

  • DaveM

    Should have shot the whole lot of them.

    • Peggy

      Where were the gun nuts, that said they needed guns to protect themselves and others!

  • Heyzeus Ahchay

    I’m hoping Team Trump gets the fuck beat out of them while traveling overseas.

    • Peggy

      AMEN!

  • Incoming Ham

    Trump and Pence sat there taking notes.

  • Peggy

    Can’t tell………maybe Trump hinted to Erdogan about beating the protesters. Everyone of those Turkish bastard should have been escorted to their plane and their visas taken from them, and make it very clear that they were not welcome in this country again.

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