Ben Dreyfuss

Ben Dreyfuss

Engagement Editor

Ben Dreyfuss is the engagement editor at Mother Jones. He's done some other stuff, too. You can email him at But you don't have to. But you can. But you really don't have to. 

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The Trump campaign apparently just sent out the following email:

Seems fine right? Only, uh, Trump hasn't given his speech yet. Oops?

"Friends, delegates and fellow Americans: I humbly and gratefully accept."

Donald Trump is set to give his much-hyped speech accepting the Republican nomination for president tonight at the RNC in Cleveland. But—oops!—it looks like Politico got their hands on a draft of the speech a bit early

Per Politico

I have a message for all of you: the crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon come to an end. Beginning on January 20th 2017, safety will be restored.

The most basic duty of government is to defend the lives of its own citizens. Any government that fails to do so is a government unworthy to lead.

It is finally time for a straightforward assessment of the state of our nation.

I will present the facts plainly and honestly. We cannot afford to be so politically correct anymore.

Go read the whole thing.

Let me start out by saying that I have never been to CrossFit. I know it is all the rage with a certain segment of fitness loons who probably live in Murray Hill and have a connection for a great "GHB" but that isn't really relevant here.

Apparently CrossFit is running some very tone-deaf promotion where if you win one of their dumb made-up medals you get a Glock pistol. A real pistol. The type that shoots bullets into people who then may die.

I used to think that CrossFit was a harmless thing that people with severe "things to prove" to their "absent fathers" went to. The gun award thing makes me question that. Maybe CrossFit is also for people who have…small penises.

Steroids will make your penis shrink. Steroids are something I think a bunch of CrossFitters probably take. One famous way for men to feel better about having a small penis is to get a gun.

I go to SoulCycle like a harmless lunatic. At the end of SoulCycle, you know what you receive? A thumbs up from the instructor. If a SoulCycle instructor after class was like, "Ben, come up here" and then whispered, "I need you to take this pistol and hold it for me for a couple of days. Don't worry about it. No one is going to ask you any questions. And hey, you know? Next week's classes? On me." If that happened I would call SoulCycle Corporate and be like, "Yo something is going on with this instructor. You need to call ATF."

And then they would be so thankful to me that they would give a lifetime membership to SoulCycle. And I'd say, "You don't have to do that!" And they'd say, "Yes we do. You're a hero."

Then I'd get up at the dais, look out at my adoring fans and say, "These guys"—pointing at the SoulCycle instructors—"they're the real heroes."

Then I'd be on a jet to LA to sell the rights to this story and once the money was in escrow I would EAT EAT EAT and get so fat because who cares! "I'm a Hollywood producer and American hero."

What were we talking about?

Oh yeah, CrossFit is dumb.

Oh, Britain!

With their accents,

Harry Potters,

and balls (both "foot" and "net").


Oh, Britain!

With their insane political choices,

badger culls,

and questionable condiments.


Oh, Britain!

Is from where

this funny thing comes.

Have a nice day.

Donald Trump, whose name rhymes with Ronald Crump, went to meet Senate Republicans today to allay their fears that he is going to lose so badly that the GOP will lose the Senate as well.

Things did not go well!

Quoth the Washington Post:

When [Senator Jeff] Flake stood up and introduced himself, Trump told him, "You've been very critical of me."

"Yes, I'm the other senator from Arizona—the one who didn't get captured—and I want to talk to you about statements like that," Flake responded, according to two Republican officials.

Trump said at the meeting that he has yet to attack Flake hard but threatened to begin doing so. Flake stood up to Trump by urging him to stop attacking Mexicans. Trump predicted that Flake would lose his reelection, at which point Flake informed Trump that he was not on the ballot this year, the sources said.

Go read the whole post. There's a lot more.

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