Republicans try to ‘both sides’ Trump’s peaceful-transfer-of-power comments (Wash.Post subscription) The president says some crazy stuff, Sen. Ben Sasse, R, Neb.
In a series of tweets Thursday morning, Republicans from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) to the third-ranking House Republican, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) promised a peaceful transfer of power and emphasized its importance in our constitutional republic. But in each of their statements, Trump was basically Voldemort. There was no suggestion that they were responding directly to Trump or that he actually said something wrong.
Some Republicans were firmer and more direct, with Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) saying, “Yes” to a question about whether the GOP would act if Trump refused to leave office, and Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) saying,
“The president says crazy stuff.
We’ve always had a peaceful transition of power. It’s not going to change.”
As the day wore on though, other Republicans weren’t content with generalized comments. Rather than invoke Trump, they began to invoke Democrats.
“This year, both candidates must commit to abiding by the results, no matter the outcome,” Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) tweeted.
“Well I think the president will accept the result,” Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) said, before asking: “How many people have you asked on the Democratic side if they’ll support the outcome of the election?”
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PAUL: “You’ve been a big fan of Cuomo and the shutdown in New York, you’ve lauded New York for their policy. New York had the highest death rate in the world. How can we possibly be jumping up and down and saying, ‘Oh, Gov. Cuomo did a great job’? He had the worst death rate in the world.”
Bob Woodward says he hadn’t planned on releasing audio tapes of his interviews with President Donald Trump for his book “Rage” until CNN reporter Jamie Gangel and the author’s wife convinced him.
That turned out to make a huge difference in the book’s reception and impact, the veteran author and chronicler of presidential administrations said at an online conference hosted by CNN on Tuesday.
“It’s not the same as it is on the page,” Woodward said. “The microphone really is a microscope.”
Gangel worked in tandem with Elsa Walsh, herself an accomplished reporter who helps edit her husband’s books, to encourage release of the tapes. They were first given to CNN and The Washington Post.
For a CNN reporter to help push a news source toward a decision that amplifies the impact of a book that is highly critical of Trump may open Gangel to some criticism. CNN is already one of the biggest targets of the president and his supporters.
But it’s an important role for journalists to advocate for public release of as much information as possible, said Kathleen Culver, director of the Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin.
“I have no problem with a reporter telling an author that it’s in the public interest to see that the tapes are released,” Culver said.
CNN chief Jeff Zucker, who was interviewing Woodward at the conference, also said that “we’re all better” for Gangel pressing the point
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More from a Trump rally: “They’d grab one guy — I’m a reporter. I’m a reporter,’” Trump said, imitating the scene. “They threw him aside like he was a little bag of popcorn. Honestly, when you watch the crap that we’ve all had to take so long, when you see that — you don’t want to do that — but when you see it, it’s actually a beautiful sight.”
“It’s a beautiful sight,” he repeated.
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Authorities say she used a now-deleted Twitter account to also post tweets that were critical of the president, including one with the hashtag #KillTrump.
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Sept. 21, 2020
Excerpt: It has become clear to anyone paying attention that President Donald Trump has serious problems with people of color. But his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, revealed that it goes much deeper.
“Trump is a racist white supremacist” is a story that may as well be “water is wet,” but Cohen explained Sunday in an interview with MSNBC’s Al Sharpton that Trump has a particular issue with women of color.
“The fact is, as much as he has a disdain for Black people, he truly despises Black women because he doesn’t know how to handle them,” Cohen said. “He doesn’t know what to do.”
At a rally on Friday in Minnesota, Sharpton noted the “mostly white” crowd was one that Trump heralded for having “good genes,” meaning white genes.
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Excerpt: If Donald Trump wins reelection in November the U.S. faces the very real threat of a racist, misogynist and deadly dystopia.
That’s the rather dire warning from Dr. Judith L. Herman, professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a renowned expert on the traumas of interpersonal violence. Herman is one of the authors of “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 37 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President.”
Those experts considered a number of possible explanations for Trump’s behavior and performance as president:
“Is he a malignant narcissist? A sociopath? Is he psychotic? Cognitively impaired? Is he “crazy like a fox” or just plain crazy, i.e., when he lies constantly, does he know he’s lying, or does he believe his own lies? When he makes wild accusations and promotes conspiracy theories of the far right, is he truly paranoid, or is he consciously manipulating the media?”
Herman’s conclusion is that the answer might be “yes” to all of the above. She adds that while it may not be possible to diagnose Trump’s true state of mind, it is possible to make a professional assessment of his dangerousness.
Actually, coincidental to the disclosures about using sedition laws, came news that federal officials had been stockpiling ammunition and devices that could emit deafening sounds or singe anyone within range feel like their skin is on fire to clear Lafayette Square in Washington for that Donald Trump Bible photo op. The disclosures came in The Washington Post from D.C. National Guard Maj. Adam D. DeMarco, who led the brigade there, and filed them as a whistleblower.
Are we nuts all of a sudden as a nation or can we see this as the excess of a bad political campaign? Does Barr think we are idiots? He actually compared his own prosecutors to pre-schoolers and asserted that he and Trump are in charge, not those career prosecutors who make daily decisions in individual cases.
Barr was wrong in citing “a dozen cases” each year in which Black citizens are mistreated; there are 250 deaths at the hands of police this last year. He and Trump are wrong to deny that there are systemic elements to racism in this country and to our policing practices.
The federal sedition law is rarely invoked, and something that does not seem to fit the circumstances of the unrest in places like Portland in response to police killings of Black men. So, too, would be ordering the arrest of the Seattle mayor for allowing a protest to cool itself in that city.
Promoting sedition laws to stop protests is an extremist Justice Department policy. Barr has no business being attorney general.
Trump distorts CDC info and spreads vaccine lies because he thinks faking it is always better than doing any work
It's hardly new or revelatory to say this, but it's critical to remember the role that "The Apprentice" played in turning Donald Trump, a notoriously bad businessman with a string of bankruptcies, into an American icon of capitalist success. Everything from careful editing to set designers giving the dreary Trump Organization offices a glow-up came together to create the illusion of success where only failure and mediocrity had been before.
It was an experience so profound for Trump that he did something highly unusual: He learned something. He absorbed the idea that a well-constructed illusion of competence gets you all the benefits of being accomplished, without having to do the hard work of actually achieving anything.
Unfortunately, it was a lesson we are all paying the price for now.