When the public hears news of a travel ban proposed by Donald Trump being struck down in whole or in part by the courts, it should recognize the interaction between the executive and judicial branches of government and remember that freedom of religion is protected by the First Amendment. When the public reads about Trump’s campaign… Continue Reading →
Alysin Camerota sat down with a group of Trump voters from Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Alabama and Georgia to see how they react to Trump’s policies — including his decision to increase troops in Afghanistan. She asked who supported the move. Everyone raised their hands. “I think it’s a serious problem that we’ve kind of not taken… Continue Reading →
Oh dear. Looks like Trump was trying to enlist Mitch McConnell to “protect” him in the Russia investigation:
During the call, which Mr. Trump initiated on Aug. 9 from his New Jersey golf club, the president accused Mr. McConnell of bungling the health care issue. He was even more animated about what he intimated was the Senate leader’s refusal to protect him from investigations of Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to Republicans briefed on the conversation.
Mr. McConnell has fumed over Mr. Trump’s regular threats against fellow Republicans and criticism of Senate rules, and questioned Mr. Trump’s understanding of the presidency in a public speech. Mr. McConnell has made sharper comments in private, describing Mr. Trump as entirely unwilling to learn the basics of governing.
In offhand remarks, Mr. McConnell has expressed a sense of bewilderment about where Mr. Trump’s presidency may be headed, and has mused about whether Mr. Trump will be in a position to lead the Republican Party into next year’s elections and beyond, according to people who have spoken to him directly.
While maintaining a pose of public reserve, Mr. McConnell expressed horror to advisers last week after Mr. Trump’s comments equating white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va., with protesters who rallied against them. Mr. Trump’s most explosive remarks came at a news conference in Manhattan, where he stood beside Ms. Chao. (Ms. Chao, deflecting a question about the tensions between her husband and the president she serves, told reporters, “I stand by my man — both of them.”)
They approve of his “economic priorities”? What, pray tell, are those — other than padding his own pockets?
In another Midwestern state, a group of golfers watched Trump’s Tuesday news conference from the clubhouse of their country club — and vocally expressed their support for him and agreed with his characterization that both sides bore responsibility for the violence that took place in Charlottesville.
A GOP strategist working campaigns in red and purple states said that while support for Trump generally declined slightly since Charlottesville, support rose among his base, after a decline last month because of the failure on health care and revelations about the Russia investigation. This strategist said many Trump supporters applaud the president’s continuing desire to shake up Washington, favor his economic priorities and admire his willingness to speak his mind.
But he said Trump has nonetheless created a longer-term risk. “What he’s doing that’s harmful is he’s removing people from the persuadable audience, and that’s dangerous,” he said. “He’s taken an event where he could have added 5 percent of people to the persuadable universe and [instead] he’s dumped out 10 percent of them.”
It is a very hard time for America. I wish I was more optimistic.
In what may be his most delusional statement yet-and that is really saying something-Vice President Mike Pence spoke in glowing terms about his boss today, calling Donald Trump a “builder of boundless optimism” and praising his “can-do spirit” and comparing him to former president Theodore Roosevelt. Said Pence: In President Donald Trump, I think the United… Continue Reading →
As is always the case with Donald, you really need to read the transcripts to get a sense of how stupid he is. https://t.co/phQj1dB2ni
— Craig Harrington (@Craigipedia) August 1, 2017
White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci is definitely communicating. He called up the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza to vent. In the process, he told Lizza that “Reince is a fucking paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac,” going on to say that he would be “fired very shortly.” Going off the rails completely, he continued: “The swamp will not… Continue Reading →
I don’t know how much longer our national nightmare will last:
The Department of Defense referred all questions to President Trump’s administration. “We will continue to work closely with the White House to address the new guidance provided by the Commander-in-Chief on transgender individuals serving the military. We will provide revised guidance to the Department in the near future,” said Naval Capt. Jeff Davis, the director of defense press operations.
At the Pentagon, the first of the three tweets raised fears that the president was getting ready to announce strikes on North Korea or some other military action. Many said they were left in suspense for nine minutes, the time between the first and second tweet. Only after the second tweet did military officials receive the news the president was announcing a personnel change on Twitter.
Donald Trump has spent about a week raging about Attorney General Jeff Sessions while also targeting others in his Twitter timeline. The former reality show star has been cyberbullying his own AG because he recused himself from the probe into whether the Trump administration colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign. Sessions did that after… Continue Reading →