December 1, 2017 at 6:17 pm EST | by Peter Rosenstein
NBC’s Chuck Todd confirms he’s a real jerk
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Chuck Todd (Photo by Gage Skidmore; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Last Sunday on “Meet the Press,” Chuck Todd confirmed not only that he’s a real jerk, but that he is a lousy journalist. He had on former Speaker and current Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and spent most of the time trying to get her to say something negative about Bill Clinton and what he did two decades ago. He followed that up by trying to get her say how she is handling Rep. Conyers and his role on the Judiciary Committee. She wouldn’t tell him.

When she wouldn’t go along and he got nothing that would make the headline he was looking for, Todd told her there was no time left for her to talk about the tax bill the Republicans are trying to ram through Congress. What the hell? Todd would rather talk about accusations and innuendo than deal with the screwing the majority of middle-class taxpayers are about to get from Republicans.  

Republicans are close to pulling off a $1.5 trillion giveaway to the rich and to corporations. That is what will be added to the nation’s deficit according to their own projections. The nation’s leading economists agree with that. The hypocrites in the Republican Party who got elected by promising their constituents they would lower the deficit are now about to increase it dramatically; the people who voted for them be damned.

As reported in the Washington Post, “Nine percent of middle-class tax filers (those earning between $48,600 and $86,100) would pay more in taxes next year, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center released Wednesday. By 2027, 31 percent of middle-class filers would see tax hikes, the center said.” The Post went on to report “that TPC’s findings are very similar to what the Joint Committee on Taxation, Congress’ official nonpartisan estimators, reported earlier this week. According to JCT, 8 percent of filers would face a tax increase of $100 or more in 2019 and 16.5 percent would pay over $100 more in taxes in 2027. A sizable number of Americans earning $20,000 to $100,000 would be hit with higher tax bills.”

The majority of the tax cuts are going to the top 1 percent of earners and to corporations. The bill cuts the tax rate on corporations from 35% to 20% but in reality according to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy the 35% rate has always been a myth. Hundreds of companies actually pay zero and practically no big company has ever paid the top rate. So we are giving additional major tax breaks to companies that don’t need them.

As to how people like Trump would benefit, in his case we haven’t seen his taxes. But from what we have seen according to an analysis if the plan eliminates the AMT (alternative minimum tax), “In 2005, the only tax year in the past couple of decades for which we’ve seen any of Trump’s filings—someone leaked two pages of his return to the financial journalist David Cay Johnston—he paid $38.4 million in federal taxes, and $31.3 million of that was to cover his A.M.T. liability.”

So it’s clear the American public needs to understand what is going on behind closed doors in Congress with regard to what they are calling ‘tax reform.’ Yes it is reform, but it won’t benefit most of us. Yet Chuck Todd has on one of the people who can best speak to the issue and clear away some of the BS Republicans are trying to sell and won’t let her talk about it.

I understand the salaciousness of the various accusations, past and present, are clearly of more interest to him. Yes they are important to all of us and as Pelosi said in a nicer way, men are pigs. But the discussion over sexual harassment is really only beginning and we as a society will have to deal with it as we move forward not only in Congress and the political world but in every other area of American life.

But within the next two weeks, unless the veil is lifted, Republicans will manage to screw the American people for decades to come with their so-called ‘tax reform’ bill. Chuck Todd must understand that and one can only assume by not letting Pelosi talk about it he supports what Republicans are trying to do.


Peter Rosenstein is a longtime LGBT rights and Democratic Party activist. He writes
regularly for the Blade.

  • The GOP and the Fake POTUS will rip off the middle class and the poor to give welfare to the rich and corporations! They are so desperate for a legislative win that they don’t care if it’s a pyrrhic victory! They are being blackmailed by their base to push it through and haven’t even release the details to the public to avoid the outcry!

    Eventually we’ll have a Democratic Congressional majority and Democratic President to undue any damage!

  • There is an error in your story, one many journalists keep repeating because they relied on a Trump White House statement instead of looking st the 2005 tax return.

    Please go to, use the search button to find my article on Trump’s tax return and click on the image. He paid federal income tax including AMT of less than the false $38 million you cite. You are including payroll taxes — and that is an error you should correct.

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    • Trump was an error that we need to correct!

      • No you an error that needs to be erased.

        If only your parents had had a rubber.

        • Your parents should have thought abortion or thrown you into the slop for the swine! You pathetic wannabe! No wonder no one wanted you as Mayor of DC!

          • Only can be stupid if:

            1) i’m You
            2) i’m A trump supporter
            3) i’m Conservative

            You’re all three so you are super stupid and three strikes you’re out!

            So sad to be you!

          • Here we have another specimen in our zoo of the lower primate that has been taught to ape one and only type of rhetorical move, the fallacy known as the ad hominem argument. Search the creature’s Disqus comments students, and you will never find a point made or an argument constructed, only embarrassing off base assumptions and ad hominem arguments.

            Some veterinarians think this is caused by life long use of low quality amyl nitrate.

          • What a load of BS you are! Students? Talk about the blind leading the blind! So stupidity is now a class? You’re very qualified to teach it!

            The only creatures are the Fake POTUS, the creature from the black lagoon, and his followers who are part of the swamp he continues to fill!

            For someone who claims that I never make a point you sure spend a great deal of your time responding to my comments and reading them! You simply like to whine and are a bitter frustrated failure who desperately wants to be somebody but never hits the mark! Your are pathetic and sad!

          • As I said, all you do is name call and mouth fart vacuous nullities. Like your masters and programmers. This is what faggotry had been reduced to. No more Plato, Oscar Wilde, George Sand, Noel Coward. A bunch of anencephalic chihuahuas who ho for Soros, and defend Clinton/Kennedy/Franken/Conyers and all the other thieves and rapists.

          • You mean like you mouth fart when it comes to the Clintons and all liberals? Thieves? Like the GOP rip off with tax cuts for the rich? Rapists like Roy Moore?

            You apparently ho for the Koch brothers, Robert Mercer, Russian trolls and wikileaks! Yes, wikileaks, which the Fake POTUS loves for helping him but also supported traitors like Edward Snowden!

          • Discussing anything with a liberal is much like explaining a train schedule to a dog. It may sit there, wagging its tail, lolling its tongue, and appearing to be paying attention. But at the end of the day, the capacity for cogent thought just doesn’t exist. It’s not its fault. It’s just the way its brain is wired. Then it will go off into a corner and lick its own rear end.

            Dogs behave exactly the same.

  • Funny how two days later Pelosi had flipped flopped on her defense and enabling of the many Democratic Party rapists and molesters like John Conyers and Bill Clinton.

    Do you run these completely retarded Peter Rosenstein columns as a very subtle kind of parody of gay Democratic Party idiots?

    The Blade is at the point where we need to coin a new term, “gaytard,” to describe gay political flaks and prostitutes who will say anything stupid for money or a party invitation.

    • This entire article may be over my head but something tells me coining a new gay slur is actually NOT the solution, lol.

      • I think we need some slurs not for gays but for the Goebellsian level flaks among gays in the political class in DC.

        • Get a load of you. Trump is the new Goebbells and disgraceful parasites like yourself that enjoy the fruits of GLBT activists despite all your support of those that would detail or deny them! You can’t make truth out of your lies anymore than we can make a silk purse from your sows ear!

    • We can coin you and Mark Hatchett chronic whining CONstipaters! You’re full of it! The Fake POTUS defends Roy Moore a child molester who should be registered offender like Trump who also have admitted he likes to molest women and believes that because he’s a “star” he can get away with anything! If you don’t like the status quo of the gay political movement, no one needs either of you! You’re in the way so get lost losers!

      Obviously you’re just bitter and jealous because the BLADE will print Peter Rosentein but rightfully won’t run any of your lunatic dribble! Try writing for a kindergarten magazine. That’s your mental maturity level at best. What’s the matter, can’t you even get published at Breibart anymore? No one sounds more stupid than yourself! You need a mental evaluation, as your screws aren’t too tight!

      • I’ve never submitted anything to the Blade. I tend to write for a variety of sites with a much larger audience. I actually doubt many Blade readers read the Blade – they look at the ads, maybe the calendar, maybe the personals, and the front page. They don’t read the columns.

        Peter Rosenstein’s column – it’s basically the same column every week – is an embarrassing piece of crap.

        People ridicule him at many events around town regularly.

        • Then stop whining about who does write for the Blade! If you don’t like its political slant then no one compels you to read it! Go ask Steve Bannon for a job. Since Miss Milo was fired there might be a vacancy for a token queen!

          Evidently you’re obsessed with the Blade and YOU read it since you’re always posting to it with your whiny little rants!

          As for Rosenstein’s column, one can argue the same about Mark Lee! They should dump her swishy behind! People ridicule her around town regularly!

  • Meet the Press–Host Chuck Todd is part of the Democratic Machine that does not respect women, doesn’t talk about Senators Frankin and Conyers who have abused women, doesn’t talk about Bill Clinton and his abuses of woman, doesn’t talk about Hilary’s destruction of evidence!! Really HONEST reporting and interviewing!!!!

    • I swear this new political climate is not healthy for gay men.

      Are you an LGBT activist or a feminist because all of your arguments are gender related. Women’s empowerment and LGBT activism are actually NOT the same thing. Let them fight their own battles Michael.

      No offense but you thinking that you need to be the one to speak for women or come to their aid as a gay man fighting their battles for them is tantamount to conversion therapy. No thank you. Sorry.

    • As if Trump or Roy Moore respect women? It’s convenient and politically expedient to pretend they’ve not been accused of or done any crimes themselves!

      • Apparently whatever Trump or Roy Moore did or said – unproven allegations – they both did back when they were registered Democrats.

        • Apparently your is endless denial and can’t cope with the fact that both Trump and more are predators of women!

          It’s shameful that you can support Moore in particular given that he would not hesitate to condemn you for being queer! What a pathetic idiot you are!

  • Welcome to the world of propaganda journalism with an agenda…
    I sure hope CNN and MSNBC will have to eat their hats another time in 3 years!
    BTW, Nancy Pelosi hardly needs being defended. That lady will eat anyone alive, bones, hair and nails, without as much as a hiccup.

  • Discussing anything with a liberal is much like explaining a train schedule to a dog. It may sit there, wagging its tail, lolling its tongue, and appearing to be paying attention. But at the end of the day, the capacity for cogent thought just doesn’t exist. It’s not its fault. It’s just the way its brain is wired. Then it will go off into a corner and lick its own rear end.

    Dogs behave the same.

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