Afternoon Briefing: Donald Trump Double-Dog Dares Rep. Wilson to Repeat Her Statement
You know when there’s also an afternoon briefing that it’s been a bug-sh*t day in politics. And it has. The latest? Look at this asshole deny he said what he said:
Trump, asked about his "proof" Rep. Wilson was inaccurate in her description of the call, responds: "Let her make her statement again." pic.twitter.com/lTOwJ7iCFl— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 18, 2017
I mean, the body language alone shows how much the man is lying. Crossed arms, defensive posture. Also, “that Congresswoman” is Frederica Wilson, and “that woman,” “the wife” he spoke to is Myeshia Johnson, but of course he doesn’t know that because he couldn’t be bothered to learn the name of the soldier who died before calling Myeshia Johnson. His name is La David T. Johnson — he had the name of his wife and children tattooed on his chest.
And guess what? La David’s mom, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, was also present during the call, and she confirms Representative Wilson’s account. “President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband.”
Anyway, Trump dared Congresswoman Wilson to repeat her statement, and then he’d come out with proof that she is lying. She repeated the statement.
I still stand by my account of the call b/t @realDonaldTrump and Myeshia Johnson. That is her name, Mr. Trump. Not "the woman" or "the wife"— Rep Frederica Wilson (@RepWilson) October 18, 2017
We await the proof, Donny. Or are you going to go with your fellow sexual assaulter, Bill O’Reilly:
I don't know what was said, and neither does any other member of the press. But this whole thing has the look of a setup, does it not?— Bill O'Reilly (@billoreilly) October 18, 2017
— Meanwhile, how is that bi-partisan agreement the Senate came up with and Donald Trump seemed to support to fund the CSRs for Obamacare going? Oh, Trump is backpedaling?
I am supportive of Lamar as a person & also of the process, but I can never support bailing out ins co's who have made a fortune w/ O'Care.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2017
Color us shocked. But hey! If the Senate and the House pass it, I’m sure he’ll sign it, right? I mean, Trump claimed credit as the architect of the damn bill just yesterday, so …
What’s that, Paul Ryan? “The speaker does not see anything that changes his view that the Senate should keep its focus on repeal and replace of Obamacare.” Oh, good. So, the Speaker of the House is against the bill, which is almost but not quite a death blow. Cool, cool. I look forward to a 20 percent hike in all of our premiums in 2018.
— Maybe we can offset those premium hikes with the tax cuts we’re getting, right?
In meeting with senators, Trump pledges "the largest tax cut in the history of our country"— MJ Lee (@mj_lee) October 18, 2017
Must be really good if the middle class is going to be the recipient of the biggest tax break in the history of the country. Oh what’s that again, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin?
“So when you’re cutting taxes across the board, it’s very hard not to give tax cuts to the wealthy with tax cuts to the middle class,” he concluded. “The math, given how much you are collecting, is just hard to do.”
Really? Because here’s a thought, and I’m just spitballing here: Maybe instead of “across the board” tax cuts, you just narrowly tailor it to 90 PERCENT OF AMERICA and leave, say, the richest 10 percent out of it. Maybe apply that money to, say, healthcare! Or roads! Or job training for all those out-of-work coal miners.
I know. It’s too crazy to work!
— In case you’ve forgotten, since the thing that’s most likely to end Trump’s presidency has fallen down on the list of priorities, but the investigation into Trump campaign’s collusion with the Russians is still ongoing. Sessions met with the Senate Intelligence Committee today, and he seems pleasant.
"We're moving the goal post every time." The full heated exchange between Franken and Sessions (via ABC). pic.twitter.com/PijoXBvpQ3— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 18, 2017
I don’t think Senator Franken and Attorney General care for each other, you guys.
— Finally, here’s a voice mail “someone” left with Forbes Magazine, and by “someone,” I mean, “John Barron,” and by “John Barron,” I mean “Donald Trump.”
Someone left this voicemail at Forbes' front desk last night. For the record, there is no conspiracy. We just count the numbers. pic.twitter.com/EGY1fi8rJL— Dan Alexander (@DanAlexander21) October 18, 2017