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With all of the things going on in the world today, trump (our "stable genius") decides to publicly announce the following (taken from within the link to the article):
 
"We have a situation where we're looking very strongly at sinks and showers and other elements of bathrooms where you turn the faucet on, in areas where there's tremendous amounts of water, where the water rushes out to sea because you could never handle it. And you don't get any water. You turn on the faucet; you don't get any water. They take a shower and water comes dripping out. It's dripping out — very quietly dripping out. People are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times, as opposed to once. They end up using more water. So, EPA is looking at that very strongly, at my suggestion."
 
I truly am ROFLMAO !!!!

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Our crazy politics year: From buying Greenland to Giuliani butt-dials to live-streaming dental work
As 2019 comes to a close, it's time to look back at the lighter side of campaigns, candidates and elected officials, including the president.
Image: President Donald Trump speaks with reporters about Hurricane Dorian in the Oval Office on Sept. 4, 2019.
President Donald Trump speaks with reporters about Hurricane Dorian in the Oval Office on Sept. 4, 2019.Evan Vucci / AP
 
Dec. 25, 2019, 7:00 AM CST / Updated Dec. 25, 2019, 9:44 AM CST
By Carrie Dann

 

WASHINGTON — It’s difficult to describe politics in 2019 as anything but painful.

The nation is split exactly in half over President Donald Trump’s impeachment. Partisanship pervades the most fundamental questions about American values. And the Democratic debates are starting to make us all feel like Natasha Lyonne’s character in "Russian Doll," living the same events over and over even as characters start to disappear inexplicably with each reboot. (Steve Bullock, we barely knew ya.)

 

But 2019 also had plenty of political stories that qualified as, well, laughable. Absurd. Preposterous. Darkly comedic, patently nutty or even just plain silly.

Each year, the NBC News Political Unit does its best to gather the year’s silliest, goofiest, most bizarre human behavior from America’s elected officials. Because as the decade draws to a close, we all could always use a laugh or two. Here are some of our favorites, in chronological order starting from last January:

 
Beto O’Rourke goes to the dentist

In early 2019, Beto O’Rourke’s viral social media presence, and his antagonizing of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in the 2018 Senate race, had given his Democratic fans plenty of reasons to smile. After all, there had been a certain joyousness to his Insta-antics, such as skateboarding around a Whataburger parking lot or chowing down on guacamole.

But his public sharing of a trip to the dental hygienist was widely seen as less je ne sais quoi and more “TMI, dude.”

It wasn’t the last time that unvarnished access to O’Rourke’s every brain wave failed to age well. Eight months after the presidential hopeful declared, “Man, I’m just born to be in it” … he was right back out of it.

 
Ted Cruz ate that guy’s son

You can’t blame Cruz for trying to have a sense of humor about, well, Ted Cruz. After all, not every United States senator faces conspiracies claiming that he’s the Zodiac Killer or that his dad killed JFK. (The latter rumor was, of course, fueled by the very president to whom Cruz has irrevocably tied his political fortunes. Irony!)

But Cruz’s particular clapback to a particularly absurd online meme, featuring his photo and the text “this man ate my son," may have been, uh, alarming to those who weren’t in on the joke.

“He was delicious!” Cruz responded.

Inevitably, all traces of fun were immediately lost after Cruz’s foes and fans devolved into a Twitter argument about the joke and who precisely “owned” whom. But, hey, points for trying?

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He was delicious! https://twitter.com/rampartwrath/status/1136255571735261184 

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if ted cruz runs for office again can we bring this back

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John Delaney has no time for your fun and games

John Delaney is having a Very Serious Year. He’s been spending his time and considerable personal wealth running for the Democratic nomination, with very little to show for it. The strength of his feelings about the direction of the Democratic Party is matched only by his urgency to deadlift 350 pounds right now.

So perhaps we should not be surprised that his turn on the Iowa State Fair’s giant slide did not exactly yield the childlike glee that might grip a less serious person.

 
Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., rides down the giant slide during a visit to the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 10, 2018, in Des Moines, Iowa.Charlie Neibergall / AP file That whole Greenland thing

When wide-eyed future generations ask about the Trump Era in American politics, wizened old political sages will tell the tale of the time the president of the United States suggested purchasing the ice-covered semi-autonomous Danish territory of Greenland and compared the transaction to a “large real estate deal,” which prompted a transatlantic spat that in turn resulted in the abrupt cancellation of his state visit to Denmark.

Remember that? That happened.

 
The pen ain’t mightier

Those wizened old political sages will also tell the tale of the time the president of the United States displayed a doctored map of a deadly looming storm — clumsily altered with a Sharpie, reportedly by his own hand — because he was in a dispute with an Alabama outpost of the National Weather Service over conflicting Twitter messages.

Remember that? That also happened.

 
President Donald Trump holds an early projection map of Hurricane Dorian in the Oval Office on Sept. 4, 2019.Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

 


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