Glenn Simpson, whose firm compiled an infamous and salacious dossier about President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia, told Senate investigators Tuesday that he “stands by” its findings. The private investigator and former reporter spent more than 10 hours being questioned by the Senate Judiciary Committee after Chairman Chuck Grassley withdrew a subpoena when Simpson agreed to… Continue Reading →
Former Pennsylvania senator and Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum revealed this week that he has been working on a plan to effectively repeal Obamacare by stripping money from four Democratic states. In an interview with Breitbart, Santorum said that he had been collaborating with Republican lawmakers to craft legislation that would block grant health care funds… Continue Reading →
James Clapper minced no words after Trump’s rant in Phoenix. He told Don Lemon that he questioned Trump’s fitness for office, and more. On Don Lemon’s show, Clapper observed that it was “interesting to contrast last night’s teleprompter Trump performance versus tonight which is, of course, the real Trump, just as it was in the unglued… Continue Reading →
The numbers speak for themselves: 12% of Bernie supporters did vote for Trump.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) August 23, 2017
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.”)
ABC News was filming the president and Melania during the solar eclipse of the sun when a weird thing happened. Trump pointed up to the sky and looked at the eclipse a couple of times with his naked eyes. In this tweet from ABC, you can hear someone yell “don’t look!” Someone shouts “don’t look” when… Continue Reading →
They’ve run out of money to pay the Secret Service agents who protect Trump.
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.