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Morning Briefing: Indictments Are Coming, Plus Don Jr. Self Owns

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | November 13, 2018 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | November 13, 2018 |


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— Donald Trump is looking to remove Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in the coming weeks, according to several sources. He apparently doesn’t appreciate that Nielsen isn’t able to work around existing immigration laws, and I suspect he wants to try and find someone who will ignore federal law. I suspect that Trump will deny this news at some point today, and then fire Nielsen within two weeks.

— This was an amazing self-own by Donald Trump Jr. He retweeted an article without actually reading anything beyond the headline because this is at the very top of this 2012 piece:

The initial list of 180,000 names was whittled to 2,625, according to the Florida Department of State. The state then checked a federal database and stated it found 207 noncitizens on the rolls (not necessarily voting but on the rolls). That list was sent to county election supervisors to check and it also turned out to contain errors. An Aug. 1, 2012, state elections document showed only 85 noncitizens were ultimately removed from the rolls out of a total of about 12 million voters at that time.

In other words, Don Jr. just tweeted proof to all of his followers that voter fraud is not an issue in Florida (and there is no evidence that any of the 85 noncitizens — among 12 million voters — actually voted).

— Remember when Donald Trump started attacking Canada’s Justin Trudeau? His approval ratings jumped 5 points in Canada in a single month as Canada rallied around their Prime Minister. It looks like Trump is now trying to boost the dismal approval ratings of France’s Emmanuel Macron:

Mark my words: Macron’s approval ratings will jump over the next few days. France may dislike him, but I’m betting they hate Trump even more. Also, Trump is clearly offended by the fact that France (and broader Europe) might build their own army and tell Trump and America to go screw. He doesn’t want Europe to be independent. He wants Europe to depend on us so that he can leverage their reliance.

— Oh?

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Did the Secret Service also stop Trump from visiting Arlington Cemetary yesterday, too? Trump is basically the first President in modern history to sit in his bed and tweet during Veteran’s Day without appearing in a single event to celebrate the Veterans.

— Indictments are coming.

— Finally, I know it’s way too early to talk about 2020 — we haven’t even finished tallying the 2018 results. But it does not look good for Republicans, as the last two years under Trump — and the GOP’s insistence upon limiting its electorate to white men — is coming home to roost. Axios outlines the Doomsday scenario for the GOP, and it is not pretty. Basically, the bad news for the GOP from the midterms will only get worse as the House investigations kick off and as the economy inevitably slows. Add to that the fact that the Asian and Hispanic populations are growing in places like Arizona, Florida, Georgia and Texas (plus, 40 percent of Black men in Florida were just given the right to vote), and the fact that more women vote than men and the path to the Presidency looks “tenuous” at best.

As always, however, it will depend on who the Democrats put forth.

(Publisher’s Note: I can’t believe we haven’t replaced Don Jr. in header photos yet. We thought long and hard about this one and after rejecting SNL’s Target Lady and Heidi Montag, we’ve landed on Ian Ziering. You’re welcome.)



Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here or follow him on Twitter.



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