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Morning Briefing: Mooch Suspended from Twitter for Fat Shaming Trump Who Fat Shamed a Supporter

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | August 16, 2019 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | August 16, 2019 |


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.

  • Meanwhile, at that same rally, Trump called one of his own supporters “fat.”

    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.

    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.

  • Meanwhile, yesterday after Trump expressed an interest in … buying Greenland for the United States, Denmark has officially put the kibosh on that.

  • Remember when the Trump Administration was sued for failing to provide soap and toothpaste to migrant families at the border, and remember how the Trump Administration literally sent in lawyers to defend a policy, suggesting that hygiene was not necessary to one’s safety? The Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals shut that down.

    “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.

  • Meadow Pollock, FYI, is one of the Parkland high-school students killed in a mass shooting.

    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?

  • Among many other reasons for the NRA’s financial failures of late, is this one, from The Daily Beast:

    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?

  • Finally, after Donald Trump basically pressured Israel to bar Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from entering their country, it relented and decided to allow Tlaib in for humanitarian reasons to visit her 90-year-old grandmother if Tlaib promised not to boycott Israel. Tlaib refused under those conditions.

    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.

    Thank you all for reading.

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