Jamal Khashoggi tape transcript is as horrifying as you imagined

All the trigger warnings, folks, this is recorded and transcribed torture and murder we’re talking about, not to mention dismemberment. There are no real surprises here, but still, it’s horrific:

And if you thought that transcript (the small snippet the Turks read) was awful, get a load of who is Mohammed Bone Saw’s bestie, and what bons mots he had for him:

After the killing, Kushner “became the prince’s most important defender inside the White House,” the Times reported.

The White House acknowledged one call after the slaying. On Oct. 10, Kushner and national security adviser John Bolton spoke with the prince and encouraged the Saudis to be “transparent in the investigation process,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

But the Times reported that Kushner’s informal talks with Mohammed continued. Citing an unnamed Saudi source, the paper said, “Kushner has offered the crown prince advice about how to weather the storm, urging him to resolve his conflicts around the region and avoid further embarrassments.”

In October, CNN reported that Kushner’s private chats with the prince were causing concern among national security officials who “worried off-the-books conversations with the young prince could lead to misunderstandings or worse.”

CNN also reported that Kushner and Mohammed often sent each other texts via WhatsApp.

“Misunderstandings or worse”?

No, there’s no “misunderstanding” here. And really, what could be worse than a cozy relationship between an unelected preppie slumlord and a tyrant-in-training? Unless it’s a cozy relationship where the unelected preppie slumlord gives the tyrant-in-training advice on how to coat his reputation in metaphorical teflon.

A pity for the tyrant that no one — not even the notoriously sycophantic major media — is falling for it anymore.

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