This morning, while taking questions from reporters, Donald Trump continued to behave like a racist crank who had just had his ass handed to him by the Democrats. In addition to tweeting repeatedly — and without evidence — of election fraud in Florida, Trump berated another Black female reporter:
And Trump today attacked another black reporter, Abby Phillip: “What a stupid question that is,” he says to her.pic.twitter.com/tqcw3NgFtt— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) November 9, 2018
He also said that he didn’t know when or if Jim Acosta would get his White House credentials back, and he suggested he might take other press passes away from reporters who “didn’t respect the Presidency.” In other words, it’s perfectly OK for Trump to be contentious with reporters, but if they push back, they could be banned. It’s all very “we’re living in China” now.
Amid a week of combative exchanges with reporters Jim Acosta, April Ryan and others, Pres. Trump says, "You have to treat the White House with respect. You have to treat the presidency with respect." https://t.co/yhJ3QFg9C3 pic.twitter.com/DWXlFpbgMz— ABC News (@ABC) November 9, 2018
There are probably a few reasons why Trump is being even more GrumpyPants Fascist than usual this week. In addition to the Blue Wave that crashed into the Republican party this week, there’s also speculation that Don Jr. could soon be indicted, that Mueller is preparing his final report. Now it seems that federal prosecutors have amassed evidence, based on testimony from Michael Cohen and scores of documents, that Trump violated campaign-finance laws. And yes, of course, this has everything to do with Stormy Daniels, but also Karen McDougal.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Trump discussed the Clifford and Daniels settlements “every step of the way,” and every effort was made to make the deals without leaving Trump’s fingerprints on them.
Federal prosecutors have evidence of Trump's participation in hush-money payments to women, contradicting two years of denials by Trump, his legal team and his advisers—and raising the possibility that the president violated federal campaign-finance laws. https://t.co/IqNkLHYHW5— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) November 9, 2018
WSJ found Trump was involved in or briefed on nearly every step of the agreements. He directed deals in calls and meetings with Michael Cohen and others. The U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan has evidence of Trump's participation in the transactions. https://t.co/9b6xq8ZDgL— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 9, 2018
Trump met with David Pecker in 2015, Pecker offered to buy the silence of women. That meeting is among several previously unreported instances in which Trump intervened directly to suppress stories about alleged sexual encounters with women, WSJ reports. https://t.co/9b6xq8ZDgL— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 9, 2018
Trump is currently en route to Paris. It’s probably for the best, because the first reporter that asks him about this will probably get the boot.