This is an unusually fair assessment of Trump’s rally last night in New Hampshire from Maggie Haberman at The NYTimes:
His speech was at times a greatest hits album of favorite lines, replaying the 2016 campaign against Hillary Clinton and bashing the news media, Democrats and America’s allies in Europe. Typically rambling, veering on and off script seemingly at random over an hour and a half, he repeated points he had already made earlier in the evening as if he did not remember already making them.
His talk was also marked by repeated inconsistencies. The same president who last year said trade wars were “easy to win” told his supporters that “I never said China was going to be easy.” The same president who compared America’s intelligence agencies to “Nazi Germany” when he took office complained that Democrats “use the term Nazi” to attack their opponents.
She even accurately referred to the term that Donald Trump uses for Elizabeth Warren as a “racial slur.” I wonder if demotion of Jonathan Weisman, the deputy Washington editor for the Times, has also resulted in reporting that is less both sides-y? In either respect, that’s the way a Trump rally should be reported.
Trump: get this fat guy out of here— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) August 16, 2019
Also Trump, 8 seconds later: Our movement is a movement of lovepic.twitter.com/jvQxC1aHl0
Trump thought he was fat-shaming a protestor, but he was actually fat-shaming one of his own supporters, who is sticking by the President, naturally.
It seems that @realDonaldTrump called Frank Dawson, the fan who he mistakenly identified as an overweight protester. @foxandfriends will have Dawson on tomorrow. He told Fox last night: "Everything’s good! I love the guy! He’s the best thing that ever happened to this country."— David Martosko (@dmartosko) August 16, 2019
I don’t know what Anthony Scaramucci said about the President after that rally — the context seems pretty clear — but apparently, he called Trump fat, and Twitter suspended him for that.
. @Scaramucci says Twitter has temporarily suspended his account. “I think it is related to ‘fat shaming’ President Trump,” the president’s former communications director says. “I should have said he is the largest proportioned President since William Howard Taft. My bad.” pic.twitter.com/0nnH9rtjxg— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) August 16, 2019
Greenland government to Trump: “Greenland is not for sale”.— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) August 16, 2019
“Assuring that children eat enough edible food, drink clean water, are housed in hygienic facilities with sanitary bathrooms, have soap and toothpaste, and are not sleep-deprived are without a doubt essential to the children’s safety.
trump, YOU ARE NOT A VICTIM IN MY DAUGHTERS MURDER!! You've had the same FBI briefing as me. They screwed up and I am suing them because of it. However, as you know, it had nothing to do with Russia. Do not use my daughters murder this way. She was a victim, you are not.— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) August 16, 2019
It’s obviously the least problematic thing about Trump’s tweet, but do you reckon he also just made it easier for Pollock’s father to succeed in his lawsuit against the FBI?
The NRA spent tens of thousands of dollars bringing hair and makeup artists around the country for the wife of its CEO, two sources told The Daily Beast. The expenses-which included plane flights and luxury hotel stays for the stylists-are bound to fuel an already-raging debate over what some see as a spendthrift culture in the NRA’s upper echelons.
She flew them in to style her hair and then she put those stylists up in luxury hotels. On the NRA’s dime. Did you know that the NRA is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization? I’m not great with taxes, but does that mean neither the NRA nor Susan LaPierre had to pay taxes on the tens of thousands of dollars she spent on hair care?
Statement from @RashidaTlaib: “My family and I have cried together throughout this ordeal…It is with their strength and heart that I reiterate I am a duly elected United States Congresswoman and I will not allow the Israeli government to humiliate me and my family.” pic.twitter.com/EBlxbiU03h— Waleed Shahid (@_waleedshahid) August 16, 2019
When Joe Lieberman disagrees with this decision, you know you f**ked up.
Tlaib’s grandmother, at least, has a sense of humor about it (although, poor lady!): “She’s in a big position and she cannot visit her grandmother,” she laughed, seated in her living room on Friday morning. “So what good is the position?” Seriously.
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