Fame Delayed is Fame Denied

It never occurred to us just how viral our ancient T-shirt went Sunday until we, lazily, ran an image search on it.

“Rope. Tree. Journalist” Shirts Pulled After Image Goes Viral at Trump Rally

Wait… what???

No, that shirt was pulled about 7 or 8 years ago when it stopped selling (because every self-respecting American already owned at least half a dozen). And we most certainly wouldn’t have pulled it now, of all times, if it had still been around. We may not be Donald Trump, but we do understand at least that much about business.

A shirt that implied lynching members of the media has been pulled by an online marketplace after the image of a man wearing one at a recent Donald Trump rally went viral.

The T-shirt, worn by a man at a rally in Minnesota over the weekend, states: “Rope. Tree. Journalist. Some Assembly Required.”

Tweets of the shirt from reporters covering the event went viral.

The shirts, sold on the website Zazzle, have been pulled, the company told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement.

Ahem… Zazzle? There’s a guy who calls himself an Intellectual Property lawyer on line 2 for you…

No, we’re kidding. It appears everybody and his brother has been selling our design long after we dropped it, there’s another place called Teespring (who also dropped it immediately) who is reported to have had it for sale, so due diligence alone would be a shitload of work for maybe, what, a buck fifty in missed royalties? Besides, we may have told the original vendor to just do as he pleased with the design back then. We’d have to check with him first.

So instead we’ll just say “thanks, guys, for spreading the word! It’s nice to see that our words still resonate loudly out there, even after we’d forgotten about them ourself.”

It’s funny, but not in a ha-ha way, how those simpering, whining, special media snowflakes got all of their panties simultaneously in a wad over a bit of hyperbole on a 15 year old T-shirt, considering they’re the same media who gleefully destroyed the lives and reputations of people like Ken Bone and Joe the Plumber for daring to pose inconvenient questions to DemoNazi candidates, the same media who camped out in Sarah Palin’s alley for months sifting through her household garbage, the same media who endangered the lives of tens of thousands of legal gun owners by publishing their home addresses, who… we’ll stop here. We don’t have all month. You get the drift.

Dear media: When you make it your goal in life to sic the howling Brownshirt SJW hyenas on everybody you don’t like, destroying lives because you don’t approve of their WrongThink, when you spend years calling anybody who disagrees with you Nazis (oh the irony. That’s not the pot calling the kettle black, it’s the pot calling the kettle pot), troglodytes, ignoramuses, inbred racists, hillbillies, wife-beaters, rapists etc. etc., you really shouldn’t be too surprised when you get called names in return. Even more so, you shouldn’t whine about it. But, then again, that’s all you know how to, isn’t it? Whine.

You should, instead, be grateful that the print on that T-shirt, then as now, is mere hyperbole. Because you deserve far, far worse at this point in history. And if you don’t back off, we predict that you may just one day get it.

Heck, even MeAgain Kelly is in on it, although she’s more making fun of the ProgNazis whining than taking offense (although she, of course, has to puff out a few virtue signals about how offensive the shirt is).

While the rhetoric is certainly over the top,

We’re glad that you recognize hyperbole. It’s something that is becoming more and more rare in this retarded nation of retarded retards.

the ominous message seen on a t-shirt of a Donald Trump supporter captured the sentiment — metaphorically speaking — many on the right have toward today’s biased media.

The man was photographed at a Trump rally in Minnesota on Sunday rocking a t-shirt that effectively called for the lynching of journalists.

“Rope. Tree. Journalist. Some assembly required,” the shirt said.

Nice, isn’t it? We worked on it for all of… we think… 15 minutes. Over a nice glass of whisky with friends. You should see what we can come up with when we put in an effort, Megyn. It’s a thing to behold. Of course, we were working with the easiest of easy targets, so…

Journalists weren’t too fond of the Trump supporter’s message, nor were those on the left who frequently benefit from the media’s biased reporting. Predictably, race was immediately brought into play, thanks to former CNN host Soledad O’Brien.


So it would have been OK if we’d worded it, say, “Rifle. Post. Journalist. Some Assembly Required”, Soledad? That wouldn’t have been “rayyyycisss?” You really are a daft cow, aren’t you? Thing is, Soli-poo, mind if we call you Soli-poo? OK, we’ll do so anyway. Yes, we know what your name means. We hope you enjoy yours. The large number of people not sharing it with you are certainly most grateful for the fact. Where were we? Oh yes… Thing is, Soli-poo, rifle bullets are expensive and, when used properly, single use only. Well, barring a lot of rather tedious extraction, melting and pouring into molds and such. Not to mention jacketing the bullet afterwards. Easier to just buy them wholesale in lots of a thousand. Like we do. Weekly. Ropes aren’t thus limited. They can be used over and over again.

Also, we’ll have you know that His Imperial Majesty comes from a part of the world where we have a remarkably long history of using ropes and trees (or scaffolds, when trees weren’t readily at hand or we just wanted to increase our efficiency), and throughout most of that history, we had a rather alarming shortage of black people to use them on, so it’s really not all that “raycisss” at all, unless we were rayciss against ourselves. Which would have been at least somewhat confusing.

Finally. Who said anything about “lynching?” We’d insist on a proper trial by jury first, of course. A jury of a dozen people who’d all seen their livelihoods, careers and reputations utterly destroyed by journalists, to be sure, but still.

There follows a series of Twaats from mentally stunted ProgNazis virtue signalling as hard as they can. We’ve picked out a few for ridicule (we’re sure they’re grateful):


Indeed! We used to hang serfs from the trees every first Sunday of the month! Before that, we’d do it less often, we called them “blots” back then. The festivities, we mean.


Oh. You mean peacefully protesting by burning and looting stores, overturning and destroying vehicles and throwing rocks and bricks at police?

It’s deplorable, we know. But, then again, we’re Les Deplorables. It’s our nature. What can we possibly do?


We have a rather nicely honed broadsword hanging right over our desk. Original design and all. Care to test that theory? Bring your best pen, by all means.

Oh for crying out loud! Come out from under your futon already! We wouldn’t actually split you down the middle with it, you tosser! Do you have any idea what blood does to good steel if you don’t clean and polish the blade immediately afterwards? Not to mention the nicks the edge might get from any bones we might, unexpectedly, encounter in your sack of meat.

Drama queen much?

Not to mention the unintentional, we hope, beclowning your Twaat just subjected your august self to. Notice how the man in the photo isn’t wearing a sword? He’s wearing a T-shirt. With print on it. Made of words. You know, the kind of thing that’s sometimes formed by, we don’t know, pens?

No, you didn’t. That would require an IQ above that of a bag of kale chips.

Finally, as a palate cleanser, this one from a guy with an actual sense of humour, for which we salute him:


Well played, sir! We appreciate your contribution and wish there were more like you.

Remember the 11th commandment: Thou Shalt Not Take Thine Self Too Seriously.


As a final thought: We actually think that we still, for obvious reasons, have one of the original, first run shirts lying about somewhere. Excellent quality, as opposed to the cheap pirated Zazzle and Teespring knockoffs, and never worn. We got a bunch and couldn’t possibly wear or give away all of them. If we can find it, should we put in on eBay? We bet it would fetch a nice price.

And as a final, final thought: If any of you LCs still have yours, wouldn’t it be just about the grandest trolls of all time to wear them when you go vote tomorrow? If we can find ours, we know that WE will. Even if it means that it will no longer be pristine. But we suppose stating “worn only once, by the Emperor himself” can’t possibly bring the price down.


P.S.: Oh, and hi Muse! Nice to see you again! Mind hanging around for spell this time?

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November 8, 2016 04:45

I didn’t know those shirts existed. I wish I did. As for the media? I think this youtube video says it all. It’s election day. We either elect a businessman who might be able to save the republic, with our help, or we elect the most corrupt individual ever to run for the office and end the republic. The choice… Read more »

November 8, 2016 09:10

I got in trouble at work, because my work email had as a signature line “Rope. Tree. Politician. Some assembly required.”

And here I thought I was being all original and stuff! Shows you what I know!

November 8, 2016 10:33

Welp, I have performed my civic duty and voted. My polling place in New Hampshire opened at 6am. I went there around 9am and it was packed. There were at least 50 people waiting to check in and pull their ballot. We use paper ballots where I vote so the Russians or George Soros can’t electronically interfere. There were at… Read more »

November 8, 2016 10:34

Oh, I forgot to add that in New Hampshire, we have to show ID in order to vote. I didn’t see any of the so called “Minorities” having any problem with that.

Jaybear, Colonel of Imperial Ancient Artillery
Jaybear, Colonel of Imperial Ancient Artillery
November 8, 2016 15:31

had an old neighbor and friend of mine…..very liberal…..who calls herself an “environmental journalist” post that photo to a FB thread I had running about being tired of all the political shit. She posted the photo and said it had her “riled”. I responded that she need not worry about it, because there aren’t any real journalists in this country… Read more »

November 8, 2016 20:55

And, boy are they about sixteen (or more) years behind the times on jumping on the Outrage Wagon. I was using that as a tagline at RFI back in late 2000 and it wasn’t original to me – I stole the line from someone over at alt dot whitewater dot politics dot gov, IIRC. *grin* Glad to see those shirts… Read more »

November 8, 2016 20:59

Not to mention the nicks the edge might get from any bones we might, unexpectedly, encounter in your sack of meat.

Aim for the spine, Emperor. You won’t hit anything solid there.

LC Xystus
LC Xystus
November 9, 2016 02:22

We’re glad that you recognize hyperbole. It’s something that is becoming more and more rare in this retarded nation of retarded retards.