The president, in case you forgot, has been on a “working vacation” from the White House for seventeen days, spending most of them at his private golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. He’s spent much of the time golfing, taking an occasional meeting about national security policy.
On Sunday, he posted a message to Twitter on the occasion of his return to Washington, D.C., from New Jersey — and it’s as ridiculous as can be expected from the president.
The president’s latest tweet reads:
‘Heading back to Washington after working hard and watching some of the worst and most dishonest Fake News reporting I have ever seen!’
Heading back to Washington after working hard and watching some of the worst and most dishonest Fake News reporting I have ever s
His insults against the media just get more petty and pathetic as time goes on. He sounds like some kind of self absorbed schoolyard bully trying to use his bullying to mask his own deep personal problems.
He offers no example of what is so “dishonest” in what he’s been watching lately — because there are no examples. His attack on the media here has no substance whatsoever. It’s the same smoke and mirrors he literally always turns to.
As for how hard he’s supposedly been working, that’s also smoke and mirrors. He’s been at his golf course, not “working hard” or whatever.
First daughter Ivanka Trump used her Twitter account on Sunday to explain Monday’s solar eclipse to her nearly 4.4 million followers.
Trump, who also serves as an assistant to the president in the White House, tweeted a graphic originally found on NASA’s website. The graphic shows how the positioning of the sun and moon creates an eclipse effect.
“Wondering how it works? In a solar #eclipse, the moon passes between the sun & Earth & blocks all or part of the sun for up to about 3 hrs,” Trump wrote in the caption.
Wondering how it works? In a solar #eclipse, the moon passes between the sun & Earth & blocks all or part of the sun for up to about 3 hrs.
This was her first tweet since her remarks on Saturday in support of anti-racist protesters in Boston.
This will be the first solar eclipse visible along the contiguous United States since 1979, according to NASA’s website. The event will be partially visible across most of the country, while a small, 70-mile-wide band running through middle of the country will be able to view the total eclipse.
“It was beautiful to see thousands of people across the U.S.A come together today to peacefully denounce bigotry, racism & anti-Semitism. We must continue to come together, united as Americans!” Trump tweeted late Saturday.
She tweeted about the eclipse previously on Thursday, tweeting another graphic from NASA’s website that shows the path of the eclipse across a map of the United States.
“On Monday, the US will witness its first total solar #eclipse since 1979. It will be visible in every state. Where will you be? #eclipse,” Trump tweeted Friday.
Even before he took office in January, President Trump had enemies in the Senate. He hasn’t done a very good job of trying to improve these relationships, either. In fact, since he entered the White House, he’s only alienated more members of the Senate, especially after referringto them as “fools” and “total quitters” when they were unable to repeal the Affordable Care Act last month.
If Trump wants to remain in office, he might need to reconsider his approach. With all the enemies he’s accumulated after just over six months on the job, the Brookings Institute has predicted that, if Trump faces an impeachment trial in the near future, he will likely not get the support needed from the Senate to remain president.
In a report published earlier this month, the Brookings Institute’s Elaine Kamarck explained the way the Senate could contribute to Trump’s downfall:
‘Conviction requires two-thirds of the Senate and by my count there are already twelve senators who have shown a willingness to take on the president when they believe he is in the wrong. If you add that to the forty-eight Democrats in the Senate (who have shown no inclination to work with this President), Donald Trump could be six votes away from conviction in the Senate.’
Kamarck also noted that Article 1 of the Constitution gives the Senate “the last word on the presidency.”
Kamarck went on to list the 12 Republican senators who have already proven that they are willing to go against the president when his plans do not align with what they think is best for their constituents.
At the top of the list were Senators Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and John McCain of Arizona, who all voted against the plan to repeal that ACA last month.
Other senators who have criticized and voted against the president include Senators Dean Heller of Nevada, Rob Portman of Ohio, and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia. Portman and Capito have been particularly critical of Trump’s proposed budget, especially the cuts it would make to drug treatment programs.
In addition to those who oppose his budget and health care plans, there are also members of the Senate who are very concerned about the investigation into Trump’s Russia ties. Two Republican senators — North Carolina’s Thom Tillis and South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham — have recently co-sponsored bipartisan bills that would hinder the president’s ability to fire special counsel Robert Mueller.
Meanwhile, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has criticized Trump for his attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) has repeatedly been a “thorn in President Trump’s side,” particularly regarding his foreign policy appointments.
Senator Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) likely will not be coming to Trump’s aid anytime soon, either. Flake wrote an entire book, Conscience of a Conservative, that is dedicated to accusing Trump of abandoning Republican principles.
Kamarck suggested in her report that the 12 senators discussed above would almost definitely vote against Trump should he be impeached. She also tentatively added Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colorad0), who will be up for re-election in 2020, to the list after noting that his state voted for Hillary Clinton in last year’s election. With or without Gardner on the list, though, Kamarck’s primary argument still stands:
Republicans are growing tired of Donald Trump and they are starting to express it. This past week has been very hectic in the administration after Trump’s response to white supremacist violence in Charlottesville.
Republicans are calling it a “f*cking disaster” and worrying that Trump has done permanent damage to the party.
According a report by The Hill on Saturday, a “veteran Republican strategist” who asked for anonymity said, “I don’t know where we go from here” after Trump alienated millions of Americans by saying there were “many fine people on both sides” of the violence that killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer and left at least 19 others injured.
Trump doesn’t seem to have much, or any, remorse at all for the consequences of the march.
Although some conservatives believe the firing of White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon will help Trump fix the damage that has been done, many Republicans think otherwise.
“I don’t think it does,” said former RNC communications director Doug Heye. “Nobody makes their decision about who to support based on the staff in the White House.”
Heye went on to show his frustration towards the president and his actions, saying that he is causing permanent damage to the Republican party.
“It’s terribly frustrating,” said Heye. “In Charlottesville, we are talking about neo-Nazis chanting truly vile things. To see the president come out the way he did — it’s impossible for me to try to convince an African-American, or Hispanic, or Jewish voter why they should vote Republican.”
He concluded, “What they’re hearing is: We don’t like you.”
“There are a number of Republican senators who have been saying from the beginning that they have a lot of doubts about him but won’t go public with that because he still has 80-some percent of his base behind him, and that’s their base,” Franken said. “So politically, they’re unwilling to go public. And there some people who said ‘There’s nothing good about neo-Nazis, etc.’ but wouldn’t blame Trump.”
However, Franken pledged to work in bipartisan ways to fix health care and lower pharmaceutical prices.
The senator added, “This week was unbelievably horrible. It was a tragic week. But I don’t think [Trump] changes.”
“Is that going to make a difference? The problem with this administration is Trump, and it’s going to continue,” Franken said. “We’ve heard this. ‘When [Chief of Staff John] Kelly comes in, everything will be fine.’ And boom, he threatens nuclear war.”
Franken’s Real Time appearance marked his first time on Bill Maher’s HBO show since the host’s racial slur controversy in June. The senator was scheduled to appear on Maher’s first Real Time following the incident but canceled over the “inappropriate and offensive” slur. Franken added, however, that he considered Maher “a good friend.”
A new bill introduced in the House of Representatives would require President Donald Trump to undergo a physical and mental health exam to determine if he is stable enough to stay in office.
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) introduced the bill on Friday. Should the results of the said exam be unfavorable, the bill calls for Vice President Mike Pence and members of the Cabinet to remove Trump from office.
The move would invoke the 25th Amendment, a rarely-used constitutional provision that allows the vice president and a majority of Cabinet members to jointly remove the president from office and replace him with the vice president.
“Does the President suffer from early stage dementia,” Lofgren asked in a statement announcing the bill.
“Has emotional disorder so impaired the President that he is unable to discharge his duties,” she continued. “Is the President mentally and emotionally stable?”
Lofgren pointed out that Trump has not yet released a “serious” medical evaluation to the public.
She doesn’t expect the bill to pass, but she told the newspaper “it will stimulate conversation,” adding that Trump would get the evaluation if “he cares about the country.”
Lofgren has often criticized Trump’s remarks and policies throughout his presidency. The representative suggested on Tuesday that “something is seriously wrong with President Trump,” responding to his off-the-cuff remarks on the Charlottesville white supremacist riot made during an impromptu Q&A with reporters in New York.
“Why can’t he just condemn Nazis,” she asked on Twitter. “Unscripted words today show who he really is. Shameful!”
Articles and op-eds exploring the 25th Amendment in detail have also sprung up on Washington Post, Rolling Stones, New York Times and Time Magazine since Trump took office. Meanwhile, Trump has continued to draw ire from the country for everything from his policies on immigration, Muslim travel bans and dangerous health care bills, to remarks that suggest that there are “fine people” who attend a white supremacy rally.
“The hour-long session included top execs from network and cable news channels. Among the attendees were NBC’s Deborah Turness, Lester Holt and Chuck Todd, ABC’s James Goldston, George Stephanopoulos, David Muir and Martha Raddatz,
Also, CBS’ Norah O’Donnell John Dickerson, Charlie Rose, Christopher Isham and King, Fox News’ Bill Shine, Jack Abernethy, Jay Wallace, Suzanne Scott, MSNBC’s Phil Griffin and CNN’s Jeff Zucker and Erin Burnett.”
Before the meeting, everyone was speculating as to what was going on. Why is Trump colluding with the media? Is he trying to control the conversation and form some sort of state sponsored media?
Well, speculate no further. Trump called everyone to his tower to scold them like the Henry the 8th he is very much turning out to be.
According to one source who confided in the NY Post:
“It was like a f–ing firing squad…Trump started with [CNN chief] Jeff Zucker and said ‘I hate your network, everyone at CNN is a liar and you should be ashamed.”
“The meeting was a total disaster. The TV execs and anchors went in there thinking they would be discussing the access they would get to the Trump administration, but instead they got a Trump-style dressing down.”
It was basically Trump throwing a hissy fit and talking down to everyone in the media to tell them how very awful they are to him. Even though they were pretty soft on him throughout the course of his campaign, often given him an open forum and hours of free airtime to tout his craziness.
“The meeting took place in a big board room and there were about 30 or 40 people, including the big news anchors from all the networks.”
“Trump kept saying, ‘We’re in a room of liars, the deceitful dishonest media who got it all wrong.’ He addressed everyone in the room calling the media dishonest, deceitful liars. He called out Jeff Zucker by name and said everyone at CNN was a liar, and CNN was [a] network of liars…Trump didn’t say [NBC reporter] Katy Tur by name, but talked about an NBC female correspondent who got it wrong, then he referred to a horrible network correspondent who cried when Hillary lost who hosted a debate – which was Martha Raddatz who was also in the room.”
Some of the media did try to get a word in edgewise, but it was pretty much all for naught. Trump was there to scold and not get a lesson from the media in freedom of the press and speech.
“[CBS Good Morning co-host Gayle] King did not stand up, but asked some question, ‘How do you propose we the media work with you?’ Chuck Todd asked some pretty pointed questions. David Muir asked ‘How are you going to cope living in DC while your family is in NYC? It was a horrible meeting.”
According to Kellyanne Conway, however, it all went really well. Yet, it’s hard to believe a word that comes out of the Trump camp, because they will say only what they want people to hear, and most of the time there’s barely a sliver of the truth involved.
No word as to who the source is that spoke to the NY Post.
It’s pretty clear Trump wants to control the narrative of the press, why else would he have so many big news names over to his palace tower? He wanted to scold them and likely tell them how they should be operating, and we should all be very, very mortified that he even had them over in the first place.
After all, if you control the press, you control what the people hear. If you control what the people hear, you can tell them anything you want, even if it’s not in their best interests. It’s horrifying, to say the least, absolutely Hitler-esque, if we’re going to be honest.
The press need to be counted on to hold Trump accountable for everything that he says or does, and if they don’t someone needs to hold the press accountable as well. This is a scary time we’re entering into and hopefully the Constitution will not be shredded and honesty with accountability will prevail.
Ivanka Trump is facing a bit of backlash on Instagram and Twitter for the timing of some of her tweets and posts, and the messages contained therein. Ivanka posted on Instagram and Twitter on Friday, August 18, and urged people to “pray for Barcelona,” as reported by the Daily Mail. However, Ivanka’s silence on praying for the victims in Charlottesville — namely riot victim Heather Heyer, who lost her life in the melee — is being mentioned on social media. Whereas 35-year-old Ivanka used her large Twitter and Instagram following to spread a message that terrorism in any form threatens freedom everywhere, and included the #PrayForBarcelona hashtag in her post, Ivanka’s followers were quick to note that she didn’t pay tribute to those injured or killed in Charlottesville in the same manner.
As seen in the comments section of Ivanka’s Instagram post about Barcelona, many comments are calling Ivanka a hypocrite, and asking her why she didn’t post tributes to the terrorist act that happened when James Alex Fields, Jr. rammed his car into a crowd of people crossing a street, killing one person, as reported by the Inquisitr. One of the sample comments Ivanka is receiving can be read below.
“Terrorist here in America… that took place last week… why not post about that and the families who lost loved ones? Wait, it was a #whitenationalistAttack… so lets not talk too much…. because the fake news report will broadcast #alternativefacts yet we have an #AlternativeLeader…”
Ivanka followed up her tribute to Barcelona with a post about the solar eclipse, even as news was breaking about Steve Bannon leaving his position at the White House. According to the New York Times, Ivanka and Jared Kushner are vacationing in Vermont, and not taking a vacation in Croatia, as was previously reported by the publication.
As reported by Valley News, Ivanka and Jared flew on a Trump helicopter that refueled at the Lebanon Municipal Airport on Monday, next moving on to land in Barnard, near the Twin Farms five-star, all-inclusive luxury hideaway, a resort and spa whose rooms go for up to $2,950 per night.
People reports that with Bannon leaving the White House, Ivanka and Jared are being blamed for his ouster.
“Jared and Ivanka helped push him out. Bannon being removed changes everything.”
Social media users had also called on Ivanka and Jared to speak against the anti-Semitism that was displayed during the Charlottesville march, wherein the crowd chanted words of the Nazi slogan “blood and soil,” and screamed about Jews not replacing them. According to People, Ivanka and Jared have concerns about how they are being viewed by the Jewish community. According to the White House, Ivanka and Jared had no role in Bannon leaving.
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The art of deflection is a delicate one that takes much talent. Surprisingly, President Donald Trump is actually really good at it — although that’s simply because he refuses to face facts and will blatantly lie.
However, his daughter showed off her own deflecting skills on Twitter Friday when she tweeted about the looming solar eclipse that will be happening on August 21. Of course, Ivanka could have tweeted about many other things, considering the previous week had been filled with racism, bigotry, violence, and death. That’s not even taking into consideration that Steve Bannon was removed from his position in the Trump administration the same day she tweeted. She could have tweeted something about working with Bannon. Surely having her own special office in the White House would mean she worked with Bannon. Therefore, a tweet along the lines of wishing him the best and enjoying working with him would be more than appropriate. However, she chose to tweet about the solar eclipse, with a tweet that is factually incorrect.
‘On Monday, the US will witness its first total solar #eclipse since 1979. It will be visible in every state. Where will you be? #Eclipse2017’
First, Ivanka needs to pay attention to current events and science, because her tweet is wrong. The solar eclipse will NOT be seen in every state of America. Also, her deflecting skills may need some working, on considering Twitter users responded by refusing to allow Ivanka to veil the truth that her father’s administration is crumbling around him.
‘Are you trying to eclipse your father’s circus at the White House?’
‘Seriously? That’s your care right now?!’
‘Seriously? This so what you chose to tweet today?’
‘There is already a large dark shadow over us. It began 6 months ago. But this too shall pass.’
‘White house eclipse is looking much better than a natural solar eclipse..And it’s visible all over the world ma’am.’
‘Look at Ivanka pretending whole admin isn’t collapsing under weight of Daddy’s paranoia, bigotry, & mental instability. Adorable!’
‘Astrology predicts war will begin during eclipse… It happened in Germany in 1945..’
‘Are you going to play Total Eclipse of the Heart when your Daddy is impeached #Impeach45 #TheResistance’
‘That is like seven million in Scaramucci years–or one million Bannons.’
‘Slow news day?’
‘That is not priority at the moment.Your daddy is confusing and creating chaos in the country./world # readrevelation last book in the Bible.’
‘Celebrating bannon’s ouster! #BannonFired’
‘You are kidding me? You must be witnessing the total eclipse of the heart by refusing to speak up.’
‘She could have, at least, reminded people to wear special glasses to avoid eye damage; or does she want more Americans as blind as her?’
‘A lot of people don’t know this, but, your Dad invented the eclipse. Made it in China.’
‘One tin soldier rides away… Up next: Miller, Gorka, Kushner, @IvankaTrump, most #despised @POTUS ever bka @realDonaldTrump #RESIGN!’
‘Celebrating the firing of @SebGorka and Stephen Miller? We need all the racists out.’
‘Seriously Ivanka? With everything going on, U comment on eclipse. Oh and thanks because NO ONE would’ve known about it but for your tweet’
‘How irrelevant and tone deaf can you possibly be? Also, thought you were focused on your specific projects? Doing science now?’
‘An eclipse isn’t enough to draw attention away from the evil dangerous joke of a @POTUS that is your father #Charlotteville’
Steve Bannon has been removed from his position in Trump’s cabinet, as reported by the New York Times Friday morning. Rumors have swirled since Bannon was hired, but as Charlottesville tensions mounted, Trump obviously felt pressure to get rid of his alt-right pal.
“President Trump has told senior aides that he has decided to remove Stephen K. Bannon, the embattled White House chief strategist who helped Mr. Trump win the 2016 election, according to two administration officials briefed on the discussion. The president and senior White House officials were debating when and how to dismiss Mr. Bannon. The two administration officials cautioned that Mr. Trump is known to be averse to confrontation within his inner circle, and could decide to keep on Mr. Bannon for some time.”
A source close to Bannon insists it was Bannon’s idea to resign from the cabinet, that he had turned in his resignation on August 7th, but that it had been put on hold after the events in Charlottesville that claimed the life of 32-year old Heather Heyer. Bannon had apparently “clashed for months with other senior West Wing advisers and members of the president’s family.”
“The loss of Mr. Bannon, the right-wing nationalist who helped propel some of Mr. Trump’s campaign promises into policy reality, raises the potential for the president to face criticism from the conservative news media base that supported him over the past year.”