Morning Briefing: Donald Trump and the Baby, Another Joe Biden Gaffe, and Sarah Silverman
Hey, remember a couple of days ago when Donald Trump went to El Paso to “console” victims of a mass shooting his rhetoric helped to create? Remember how the eight wounded victims in the hospital didn’t want to see him? And how two people who had been discharged did agree to return to the hospital to see him? Yeah, well, one of those who “agreed” to return to see Trump was a baby.
From the First Lady’s twitter account, this appears to be the baby both of whose parents died shielding him from the El Paso shooter. The baby in question was discharged the day before and brought back for Trumps visit. Child is not id’d on @flotus account. But appears to… pic.twitter.com/17L6XQROMS— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) August 9, 2019
A hospital official tells CNN Trump showed “an absence of empathy” during his visit to El Paso. Also, Trump and FLOTUS both met baby who was shielded by parents who died in the shooting. The baby was brought back to the hospital to see the president. More on @CNNSitRoom tonight.— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) August 8, 2019
And that is how Donald Trump chose to pose with a baby who had lost both of its parents to a mass shooter. Just when you thought it couldn’t get more pathetic, huh?
AIDE: The baby’s parents were murdered in the El Paso shooting.— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) August 9, 2019
TRUMP: Got it.
AIDE: This has to be a solemn photo.
TRUMP: Of course.
AIDE: No smiling and NO THUM—
TRUMP: Would you relax? I get it.
Here’s a photo of the president smiling and giving a thumbs up next to a baby whose parents were just murdered because of the president. https://t.co/zpxnFbDx7S— Stephanie Wittels Wachs (@wittelstephanie) August 9, 2019
because he is a fucking idiot whose sole concern is how he looks and where to snort his adderall before his brain eats itself https://t.co/dePrDzbwpY— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) August 9, 2019
— Meanwhile, in the 2020 camp for the Democrats, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders Kirsten Gillibrand, Beto O’Rourke, Andrew Yang, and Pete Buttigieg have all come out and specifically called Trump a white supremacist. Kamala Harris said that Trump “coddled and emboldens white supremacy.”
Alas, Joe Biden — who is still leading in the polls — remains a human gaffe machine.
Joe Biden slip-up in Iowa tonight.— Andrew Clark (@AndrewHClark) August 9, 2019
"Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids."
Yikes…have fun mitigating that one. pic.twitter.com/m2VxZbnFHF
Joe Biden also continues to support the Senate filibuster, which almost every other Presidential candidate (including Trump) has come out against. It essentially means for any Presidency that nothing will ever get done again.
— In other news, longtime Fox News advertiser, Long John Silvers, dropped Fox News after Tucker Carlson said that white supremacy is a hoax. Nestlé and HelloFresh have also apparently quit Tucker Carlson’s show. Carlson took a “preplanned” vacation on Wednesday (ahem). I’d like to think that Fox News will drop him during his vacation — as they did with Bill O’Reilly — but lately, these “vacations” have been designed to allow controversies to die down and the advertiser bleeding to stop before folks like Jesse Watters and Laura Ingraham return to air.
— Under fire for continuing to sell guns in the wake of a mass shooting at one of its own stores, WalMart has finally done the responsible thing and *checks notes* will “remove signs, displays, and even video game demos that showcase violence.”
— The liberal boycott against SoulCycle and Equinox has actually “freaked out” Stephen Ross. He apparently “expressed qualms” about continuing to hold the fundraiser, but Trump’s people convinced him to hold it, saying that “it’s not going to be that bad. Not that many people are going to boycott the gym.” If you weren’t boycotting before, that should be reason enough to do so now: Trump’s people are calling the liberals’ bluff, so don’t bluff.
— Finally, there’s this:
If I get murdered, start here: https://t.co/nScRRPIAJI— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) August 8, 2019
At the source of that tweet, a Baptist pastor says of Silverman: “Listen, she is a witch. She is a jezebel. She is a God-hating whore of Zionism. I hope that God breaks her teeth out and she dies. She is a wicked person and she is, like, the perfect representation of religious Judaism… I pray that God would give her an untimely death, and it would be evident that it’s at the hand of God … “
I saw someone in her mentions say they notified the FBI.
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