Can't have a major story without TeeVee cameras.
This is Sunday’s most important story: Pentagon report reveals Putin’s path to world ‘dominance’ requires taking down the United States https://t.co/tdOYxpeeVB— Mike Walker (@New_Narrative) June 30, 2019
Sunday, June 30, 2019
Isn't that what REALLY matters?
Moments after it happened, Trump called his made for TV moment “legendary.”— Eli Stokols (@EliStokols) June 30, 2019
But some foreign policy analysts were more concerned than impressed: “North Korea under Trump is a normalized, nuclear power.”https://t.co/LKQodA0x4q
After Trump gets done kissing up to Kim Jong Un, the camera pans to Jared Kushner, Ivanka, and ... [checks notes] Tucker Carlson, as Fox News's Jon Scott claims (falsely) that former North Korean dictator Kim Il-sung is the current president of South Korea. pic.twitter.com/TJARzKAQG2— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 30, 2019
Tucker Carlson justifies KJU's murderous regime: "You've got to be honest about what it means to lead a country, it means killing people. A lot of countries commit atrocities, including our allies."— Lis Power (@LisPower1) June 30, 2019
Carlson adds, 'it's silly and stupid to point out KJU is 'so mean'' pic.twitter.com/FpAKFQUB3c
Just headline alone is bad. But the story makes it worse.A Lukas-quality primer on busing politics > https://t.co/iAaFdjw5jy— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) June 30, 2019
This is not going away soon.Sen. Harris’ press secretary @IanSams responds to VP Biden’s press secretary @TDucklo pic.twitter.com/o3NdXyVLZG— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) June 30, 2019
...where he said Koreans were crying as he crossed the border.Trump on Kim Jong Un: "You hear the power of that voice. Nobody's heard that voice before ... I think the relationship that we've developed has been so much to so many people." pic.twitter.com/67oOj8pqwb— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 30, 2019
Strong men cry in Trump's presence. It's a meme with him. Nobody's ever seen it, except him.
Really shouldn't need saying, should it?
North Korea won’t denuclearize and here’s why:— Jon Cryer (@MrJonCryer) June 30, 2019
Because being a rogue nuclear power just got them invited to the White House. https://t.co/ESGo2aAVp8
You're that rare species of pigeon who after they've been conned brag about it. https://t.co/gSBn5IkIoF— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) June 30, 2019
“It is good to see you again,” a seemingly exuberant Mr. Kim told the president through an interpreter. “I never expected to meet you in this place.”— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) June 30, 2019
“Big moment, big moment,” Mr. Trump told him. https://t.co/JelD9mpnEa
TRUMP on entering NK: "I just want to say that this is my honor. I didn't really expect it. We were in Japan for the G20 & I said 'hey, I'm over here. I want to call Chairman Kim' ... stepping across that line was a great honor ... this has been in particular a great friendship." pic.twitter.com/MTUuW16luf— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 30, 2019
Trump on Kim Jong Un: "You hear the power of that voice. Nobody's heard that voice before ... I think the relationship that we've developed has been so much to so many people." pic.twitter.com/67oOj8pqwb— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 30, 2019
A US navy veteran writes an open letter to his Trump-supporting family - and oh boy, he does not hold back. If you've ever been disappointed that someone in your family voted for Trump, I urge you to read this. It's beautifully written & painfully honest.https://t.co/QCdaotKFpy— Greg Hogben (@MyDaughtersArmy) June 30, 2019
Adding: listening to Julian Castro on MTP talk about the U.S.-Mexico border and what he calls a new Marshall Plan to aid countries so people won't flee to America....
It occurs to me the DMZ in Korea is not just a military line if demarcation, but a Berlin Wall to keep people in North Korea. Something Trump might have mentioned to his "good friend."
Saturday, June 29, 2019
NEW: Establishment Dems are aghast so many of their candidates would risk their advantage w Trump on healthcare + imm by veering to left.— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) June 29, 2019
But the left thinks this moment demands boldness & moderation won’t motivate
Post-Miami w @alexburnsNYT >https://t.co/mzNww3aqqO
.@clairecmc to Dem field: don’t run for the nomination of Twitter >— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) June 29, 2019
“It’s imperative that our candidates are listening carefully to all of the voices in the party. Social media may promote the loudest voices, but they’re not the majority.”
The left, though, thinks anything less than a full-throated progressive agenda will lead to 2016-style apathy w would-be Dem voters— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) June 29, 2019
“Sometimes appealing too much to Joe in the diner means you’re not reaching Joanna in an apartment building in an urban core,” says @MsPackyetti
President Trump: "The census was shocking to me. I figured it would be not expensive to do a census. It's billions of dollars. You know that right? Billions. Billions... They're not allowed to ask whether or not somebody is a citizen of the United States." pic.twitter.com/L7MKCeoP3j— The Hill (@thehill) June 29, 2019
...and 14 months to the convention. Nobody said narrowing the field was gonna be pretty.In all the polling I've looked at, American wants nothing more than to re-litigate 1970s busing policy.— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) June 29, 2019
"Alexa, search real estate listings for bunkers in New Zealand." https://t.co/tznKJQoLpr
Besides, I remember what the GOP did to Jeb!, as well as public GOP discussions about "Little Mario" and Ted Cruz's connection to JFK's death, and hand size as a euphemism for male genitalia, so maybe you try to come to equity with clean hands next time, huh?
(Besides, my primary opposition is that Biden is too old, though he's only a few years older than me. Unlike Rick Wilson, I remember the busing controversy vividly. Biden was wrong then, and too old to say he's wrong now. (Trump is just fucking clueless.) Biden is also too conservative, something that doesn't bother Wilson, but IMHO Wilson hasn't gotten the memo (the times they are a'changin', thanks largely to Trump). And I'm just a die-hard progressive anyway.)
I understand in liberal cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco they let anybody in to the July 4th celebrations.Oh, and 95 degrees, with high humidity and thunder. Enjoy your fighter jet parade! Maybe the commoners who don’t get VIP tickets will be able to glimpse the top sliver of the fireworks over the trees and monuments. (There’s a reason why they have always located them elsewhere.)— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) June 29, 2019
Can you imagine?
This was his response to a @jonkarl question about whether he agreed with Biden or Harris on federally mandated busing.— Eli Stokols (@EliStokols) June 29, 2019
"I will tell you in about four weeks."
Asked again about busing, Trump says: "It has been something that they've done for a long period of time. There aren't that many ways of getting people to schools."— Eli Stokols (@EliStokols) June 29, 2019
Just to make the obvious well...obvious."Nobody so far has pointed a finger at the future king of Saudi Arabia," Trump says about the Jamal Khashoggi killing.— Josh Lederman (@JoshNBCNews) June 29, 2019
In fact, both the U.S. intelligence community and the United Nations have pointed the finger directly at Crown Prince MBS
Trump thinks “Western-style liberalism” refers to liberals on the West Coast, not the form of government of the country he is currently president of https://t.co/S0UhzVYqUH— Adam Serwer🍝 (@AdamSerwer) June 29, 2019
Trump thinks stealth planes are literally invisible— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 29, 2019
"It is stealth, you can't see it. It is real hard to beat something when you can't see it." pic.twitter.com/1QON7Do7fa
Honestly, res ipsa loquitor. Loudly and clearly:Trump was asked what he got in return. He said China agreed to purchase ‘tens of billions’ in US farm products, but he has said this before & farmers have complained that no orders ever materialized.— Andrew deGrandpre (@adegrandpre) June 29, 2019
Chinese officials confirmed nothing. https://t.co/7B2kuPHjnQ
perhaps nothing will better illustrate the media’s failure to repeatedly ask him basic questions about basic issues until it’s clear he has zero clue what they’re even asking than this https://t.co/9QTypyqpZs— kilgore trout’s mom (@KT_So_It_Goes) June 29, 2019
...the Administration had jumped to the Supreme Court on the representation that June 30 was an absolute deadline. And now word is that Halloween would not be too late. Which explains why the trial court wants a hearing Monday on this question of deadlines.“I don’t think this is a small win. I think this is an ASTOUNDING win.” - @neal_katyal discusses the Supreme Court census case: https://t.co/fTTmE2lXDl #AspenIdeas pic.twitter.com/sJRgIpiIfc— Aspen Ideas Festival (@aspenideas) June 28, 2019
And Roberts already said the government lied, and that's why they lost. So lie some more, and they win?
Like I said, some people don't seem to understand how the courts work.
Oh, man. @peterbakernyt asks Trump about Putin's comments bashing post-war democratic liberalism.— Eli Stokols (@EliStokols) June 29, 2019
Trump says he understands: "If you look at what's happening in Los angeles...San Francisco...[cities] run by a group of liberal people..."
Friday, June 28, 2019
A) Biden IS Obama's Grandpa.Wait...you meet Woke Twitter Conventional Wisdom was...wrong? https://t.co/7W8OGYckGN— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) June 28, 2019
B) It is racist to think this busing contretemps is important to blacks only.
C) It ain't over 'til it's over. And since Biden is still talking about "voluntary busing" today, it ain't over.
In Monday interview, Trump acknowledged likely visit to the DMZ and said he "might" want to meet KJU there. WH asked we delay publication, citing security concerns. We agreed. Then he just tweeted it out https://t.co/WHMqJ0ABHz— Jordan Fabian (@Jordanfabian) June 28, 2019
This continued footage on NBC of Joe Biden shaking hands, while a (presumed) aide stands between him and @GarrettHaake with a microphone trying to talk to him is something...— Tal Kopan (@TalKopan) June 28, 2019
Finally, Haake was able to ask a question on whether Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) misrepresented Biden’s position on segregation.
“Yes, she did,” Biden replied. “Yes, she did.”
“She mischaracterized it how?” Haake asked.
“I don’t think she intended to, she mischaracterized it because I supported busing to eliminate de jure segregation,” Biden claimed, as he tried to ignore the reporter.
ADDING: ABC already has video of Joe denouncing forced busing, back when a lot of white people were tired of it. He's making the argument he tried to defend last night: that busing is good for schools where there is an "intent" to segregate. That's not an argument he wants to be defending today.
NEW: @BernieSanders in statement calls on all the 2020 Dems to be clear on where they are on ending private health insurance and on ‘Medicare for All’— Laura Litvan (@LauraLitvan) June 28, 2019
‘If you support Medicare for All, you have to be willing to end the greed of the health insurance and pharmaceutical industries’
The 22 sexual misconduct allegations against Trump didn’t come up once during the Dem debates https://t.co/mGaaxAvlwJ— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 28, 2019
But the complete lack of discussion about Trump’s treatment of women — coming as it did hours after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi verbally shrugged when asked during a news conference about what she planned to do in response to Carroll’s allegation — also says something about how Trump’s misconduct has been normalized.Or maybe what's not been normalized is bitching and moaning and whinging and griping about something you CAN'T DO A GODDAMNED THING ABOUT! Because I'm pretty sure the electorate is looking to elect a President who will do something about the things a President can do, and not to be the National Scold about the current officeholder.
What's being "normalized" is the idea that any public figure we don't like must be called a dick, and worse, every time the red light on the camera is burning. Feh.
Everybody's a young punk on your lawn. And telling the truth can't cost you anything.Carter has been the only former living president to engage with Trump since he was sworn-in https://t.co/B8ol1AOv5S— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) June 28, 2019
Good to see Mr. Carter is not set in his ways, too.
Of course, prior to that, this happened:
So.....Trump has a smirk on his face as he "asks" Vladimir Putin not to meddle in the 2020 election in the weakest possible manner during their meeting at the G20 pic.twitter.com/LUa5kR3zE0— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 28, 2019
Funny, these are all people on stage Thursday night. There were 10 other people Wednesday night, right?This @JVLast piece is so good I can’t decide which line to pull from it. You’ll just have to read the whole thing. You’ll be glad you did.— Sarah Longwell (@SarahLongwell25) June 28, 2019
Democrats Have Their Big Four - The Bulwark https://t.co/ddQvN2Xwom
I understand there are 11 more of these scheduled. "A patch of ice doth not a winter make," and all that.
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Biden on guns: our enemy us gun manufacturers, not the NRA.
Biden smiled and responded: “I’m still hanging onto that torch.” https://t.co/XcwozcagUh— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) June 28, 2019
Somebody want to tell Joe the NRA is imploding as we speak?
All Democrats just raised their hands for giving millions of illegal aliens unlimited healthcare. How about taking care of American Citizens first!? That’s the end of that race!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2019
Trump tells Merkel he's "looking forward to spending time with you instead of watching" the debate. #DemDebate2 😂 pic.twitter.com/l8g3ozT3Bh— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 28, 2019
Merkel sitting stonefaced as Trump weighs in on the Democratic debates— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) June 28, 2019
The best part of the first debate was the discussion of immigration.REMINDER: Trump campaigned on this sort of race-baiting last fall and Republicans got smashed in the midterms. #DemDebate2 https://t.co/ufKFDPBUS3— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 28, 2019
Although Kamala Harris did a good job.
To say a bit more about Trump (the optics of Sanders shouting down Gillibrand and everyone being silenced by Harris (who IS talking about Trump) is...a lot of fun!)Poor Shinzo Abe.... https://t.co/6Mg138lYdO— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) June 27, 2019
The early line of the night from Kamala Harris: "Hey guys, you know what? America does not want to witness a food fight, they want to know how we're going to put food on their table." #DemDebate pic.twitter.com/uFs2RPyDXl— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 28, 2019
NEW... Pelosi announces the House will pass the senate bill. Game over. pic.twitter.com/Jy7WYLp7PF— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) June 27, 2019
"Why aren't we doing a better job to protect the dignity and worth of the children, the children, the children?"
Good question. This is not the answer:
Under no circumstances should the House vote for a McConnell-only bill w/ no negotiation with Democrats. Hell no.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 27, 2019
That’s an abdication of power we should refuse to accept. They will keep hurting kids if we do.
0 negotiation with the House. We offered crucial amendments to protect children and families - none are even being considered.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 27, 2019
A minority is different than a majority. And while the Senate has to deal with its lack of power there, a House majority should have a seat @ the table.
We have time. We can stay in town. We can at LEAST add some amendments to this Senate bill. But to pass it completely unamended with no House input? That seems a bridge too far.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 27, 2019
*And AOC is insisting on arguing the political win/loss. She never addresses the Speaker's point about the children. Which says something about her argument, and something about why she's arguing it. It's not a good look.
Instead we should refuse all aid for the children in order to stick it to the GOP (opposition).A "Battle Cry" isn't worth much https://t.co/yPwli0KNdu— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 27, 2019
Just like Trump's been doing....
(When I practiced family law, the ugliest cases involved children, who were inevitably the battleground for fights between the adults, each of whom had excellent reasons for using the children to punish the other adult.)
We're 495 days out from the election. Seven months from Iowa.— Michael M. Grynbaum (@grynbaum) June 27, 2019
And 15 million Americans *still* tuned in for arguably the less enticing half of the 1st Democratic primary debate.
That number doesn't include online & streaming viewers. There is intense interest in this election.
Blame here lies with Roberts, though. He refused to find the inclusion of the citizenship question was 'arbitrary and capricious' (see Breyer's dissent) and he left the door open to new arguments by ruling on the most narrow possible ground. https://t.co/TPhWpXWgyj— Max Kennerly (@MaxKennerly) June 27, 2019
The fate of a question about citizenship on the 2020 census remains up in the air today. Although the Trump administration had hoped that the Supreme Court would clear the way for it to include such a question, the justices instead sent the issue back to the Department of Commerce. Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s four liberal justices in ruling that the justification that the government offered at the time for including the citizenship question was just a pretext. The decision left open the possibility that the Trump administration could try again to add the citizenship question, but the clock is ticking: The government has repeatedly told the justices, in urging them to resolve the case quickly, that it needs to finalize the census questionnaire by the end of this month.
Several points, taken together, reveal a significant mismatch between the Secretary’s decision and the rationale he provided.
Things became even more interesting – and, for the justices, more complicated – earlier this week. On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit sent another challenge to the use of the citizenship question back to a federal district court in Maryland so that the lower court could consider, in light of the new evidence, whether Ross had added the question because he intended to discriminate against Hispanics. In a concurring opinion, Judge James Wynn suggested that U.S. District Judge George Hazel might want to consider whether to temporarily block the government from including the citizenship question on the census questionnaire. The 4th Circuit’s order led to another flurry of last-minute filings in the Supreme Court. In a letter to the justices on Tuesday afternoon, the federal government again implored the justices to go ahead and resolve the dispute over the citizenship question now, including the question whether Ross had intended to discriminate against Hispanics. The government had addressed this issue in its brief in the Supreme Court, Solicitor General Noel Francisco stressed. And in any event, because the census questionnaire needs to be finalized by the end of June, the 4th Circuit’s order makes it likely that the justices will inevitably have to tackle this question one way or another, so it would be better to do so now in this case, instead of having to do it on an emergency basis in the Maryland case.
It's all over but the crying; or the tweeting, which ever comes first.
*Although, as Dahlia Lithwick just said, the Commerce Department may suddenly discover they have to decide the wording by October. Who knows? Either way, responding to this case is not responsive to the case in the 4th Circuit, so time still doesn't seem to be in the Administration's favor.
.....United States Supreme Court is given additional information from which it can make a final and decisive decision on this very critical matter. Can anyone really believe that as a great Country, we are not able the ask whether or not someone is a Citizen. Only in America!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 27, 2019
Art. I, Sec. 2, U.S. Constitution:
The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct.Screw all that! The POTUS doesn't like the decision of the Supreme Court! Screw the law! Everything stops until Trump gets what he wants! He'll sue the Supreme Court! Where's his Roy Cohn?
Here’s Nancy Pelosi verbally shrugging in response to a question about what she thinks Congress should do about a credible rape accusation against the president. Not great. pic.twitter.com/NPoEUB3jgg— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 27, 2019
Anyway, how'd that work out?This is the split-screen the White House is trying to drive home: Democrats engaging in politics, Trump “off to save the Free World” at Japan summit https://t.co/YJG3hH057x— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) June 26, 2019
Don't think he was talking about the flight.BORING!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 27, 2019
And the best part of the debate was the segment on immigration. This issue is not sleeping.(He then re-boarded AF1 and tweeted about the debate) https://t.co/M7FFtNgspc— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) June 27, 2019
Trump can blame the Democrats, but he's the head of government. He can't run away from that responsibility forever.CLINT, Texas (AP) — Immigrant advocates are asking a federal judge to immediately require inspections and let doctors into border detention facilities where they say sleep-deprived, flu-stricken children are languishing in filthy conditions. https://t.co/NMJDVBWHL8— Lisa Mascaro (@LisaMascaro) June 27, 2019
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Yeah, well:“You can’t just make this all about Donald Trump. He’s an old show that people are getting tired of,” Elizabeth Warren says when Chris Matthews asks how she’d take him on as nominee. She argues that voters want to hear instead about her policy plans.— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) June 27, 2019
And if this was/is the standard:Big applause when Inslee says the biggest threat to the United States is Donald Trump. #DemDebate pic.twitter.com/deyAY9hwWb— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 27, 2019
Elizabeth Warren is already out. Rick Wilson's description of the night:What Will Democrats Look for in Debates? Someone They Can Imagine Onstage With Trump https://t.co/pYeZu9OTCK— Annie Karni (@anniekarni) June 26, 2019
That's the memory I carry away from tonight. Chaos erupting on the stage over and over (what did you expect?) and the Senator from Massachusetts disappearing from view and attention.Next plane.— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) June 27, 2019
When I land I expect this will devolve into DeBlasio running naked across the stage wearing Beto's head for a hat, Castro and Booker fighting with glaives, Tulsi singing the Internationale, and Mike Gravel running on stage wearing a toga while Warren just smiles.
Anybody expect her to do better against Trump on the same stage? She made a fine case for staying in the Senate. Castro and Booker, on the other hand, moved out of the shadows into the spotlight.
That's really what these debates are for.
Asked where this version of Castro had been, he responds he’s been the same person. “It’s the media who has not been covering me.”— Tarini Parti (@tparti) June 27, 2019
Next plane.— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) June 27, 2019
When I land I expect this will devolve into DeBlasio running naked across the stage wearing Beto's head for a hat, Castro and Booker fighting with glaives, Tulsi singing the Internationale, and Mike Gravel running on stage wearing a toga while Warren just smiles.
Asking for a friend....
The debate on immigration was, IMHO, the best part of the night. Not everyone agrees:Just as they asked about the dead parent and child in the water. And immigration. (Though he might be on delayed watch.) https://t.co/J08qiiKyyY— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) June 27, 2019
Meanwhile, on the way to Japan...Just as they asked about the dead parent and child in the water. And immigration. (Though he might be on delayed watch.) https://t.co/J08qiiKyyY— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) June 27, 2019
This is a remarkably ghoulish thing to tweet the day after Americans saw a photo of a father and his child lying dead on the banks of the Rio Grande https://t.co/tcLc8w0XHU— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 27, 2019
People will not be talking about Warren tomorrow morning. They'll be talking about the people you don't recognize, the ones throwing raw meat to the crowd and slamming Trump every time they speak.de Blasio is yelling as NBC goes to commercial pic.twitter.com/tC5VnErhip— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 27, 2019
They are stealing Warren's momentum, which was almost predictable. When you're #1, the only way to go is down.
He's going to resign?For tonight’s #DemDebate, be sure to follow @TeamTrump, @TrumpWarRoom, @Parscale, @KayleighMcEnany, @TimMurtaugh, and @Marc_Lotter for RAPID RESPONSE, FACT CHECKING, and the TRUTH! #MAGA #KAG Sorry, I’m on Air Force One, off to save the Free World!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2019
I'm not gonna "live-blog" it, but this "debate" is nothing but 10 people spouting talking points like automatons. It's individual interviews with a stage full of people.
I hate the way we pick Presidents. The smoke-filled room fills me with nostalgic longing. And it's not just because I remember smoke-filled rooms.
All these people you've never heard if/from are going so balls-out they make Sen. Warren and Sen. Sanders sound like ossified Republicans.
And that's kinda fun!
The day after a former Gambian beauty queen came forward with accusations of rape against ex-president Jammeh, the attorney general called her "brave" and called on other women with accusations to speak out https://t.co/AiVnLk6wDD— Dionne Searcey (@dionnesearcey) June 26, 2019
Or not:*MSNBC: If it's clear you aren't going to be the nominee, will you concede before the convention?— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 26, 2019
SANDERS: I intend to be the Dem nominee
M: But if you're not. You stayed in last time
S: Some people say that maybe if the system wasn't rigged against me, I would've beat Trump
There was a time, not so long ago, when we had a president who wept over the deaths of innocent children.— Connie Schultz (@ConnieSchultz) June 26, 2019
Now we've got this. https://t.co/W4U2JO03LQ
(*And some people say, if frogs had wings, they wouldn't bump their ass every time they jumped.)
CBP’s Randy Howe tells Sen. Rosen 3,000-4,000 migrants are waiting in Mexico for an opportunity to present at a US legal border crossing in *each* of the areas of the border, as best they know. He estimates about 300 migrants are processed daily. 5-6 weeks wait in San Diego.— Tal Kopan (@TalKopan) June 26, 2019
This requires some context - separations have been administration policy and didn’t have to be. The laws are widely seen as in need of being changed in some way but separations have been policy under this presidency. https://t.co/9K7fb4Dsnd— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) June 26, 2019
Also, they dramatically underestimate the faction of voters who are not on Twitter, who deeply resent the performative wokeness of certain factions of the left, and just want to stop the bleeding at any cost. See Bernie's sinking campaign for example.— Laura Bogart (@LDBogart) June 26, 2019
In a HuffPost/YouGov survey conducted Friday night and Saturday, just 11% of Americans said they’d heard a lot about Carroll’s allegations. About half those polled, 53%, hadn’t heard anything at all. (Because survey respondents tend to be more politically engaged, these numbers are, if anything, probably a little high.)
We can bewail such ignorance later. Let the data sink in: most people aren't paying attention to whatever outrages Twitter last. The internet is an outrage machine: we all run to it every morning to find out what that outrage du jour is; and then on to the outrages of the morning, the afternoon, the hour, etc.
Most of America doesn't live this way. Which is to say most of the Democratic primary voters probably aren't all that aware of "the performative wokeness of certain factions of the left," either. And may not be as obsessed with "electability" as the pundits and journalists are. But the simple fact is, the first debate among the Democratic wannabes is tonight. The first vote on those wannabes is on February 3, 2020. Until then, nobody really knows anything and the only thing that will shake out potentials is money. Maybe. Right now, Bernie's campaign is "sinking" because other campaigns are rising. Remember when Beto was the hot ticket? And Mayor Pete?
Everybody's gonna get their 15 minutes in the next 7 months, even Gabbard and Klobuchar and that guy from...wherever. Some of them will probably last until well into the next year. And frankly, the enthusiasm for running proves how terribly weak an opponent Donald Trump is. He's got the incumbency, he's got the "bully pulpit," he's got the executive branch at this fingertips: and yet nobody sees him as formidable. Not formidable enough not to add to the list of candidates now so long nobody can really remember them all. In the meantime, Digby said it so I don't have to: we don't need advice from Republicans on how to lose a Presidential election. The facts of 2016 are: Hillary was a spectacularly bad campaigner; and too many voters are aptly summed up by the description in this tweet:
"You're damn right I was too woke to vote for any of those other candidates. I said 'Screw those crypto-fascists, I'm for what feels good.' Now shut up so we can finish scavenging the glowing ruins of Chicago before dark, when the mutants will catch up with us."— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) June 26, 2019
It's not just for breakfast anymore.TRUMP: "Europe treats us worse than China. Europe is -- you know, look, I come from Europe ... European nations were set up to take advantage of the United States." pic.twitter.com/2FSQbGhkh5— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 26, 2019
The World is a mirror, and it all reflects Trump.Trump absolutely trashes Fed Chair Jerome Powell.— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 26, 2019
"Here's a guy -- nobody ever heard of him before. And now, I made him, and he wants to show how tough he is, okay. Let him show how tough he is. He's a-- he's a-- he's not doing a good job." pic.twitter.com/SGmFI8WxNb
Because sure, why not? Trump is running Camp Run-A-Muck, after all. At least the GOP seems content to see it that way.After spending roughly 30 minutes attacking China, Trump now says Vietnam is "almost the single worst abuser of everybody" and indicates he's considering tariffs on Vietnamese goods as well. pic.twitter.com/X5NsaVxd3E— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 26, 2019
It was only a matter of time until the Convergence.Trump is yelling into the phone about how Mueller "terminated the emails ... he terminated them. They're gone. And that's illegal. That's a crime."— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 26, 2019
Bartiromo pretends to know what he's talking about and tries to ask a question. Trump just keeps ranting over her. pic.twitter.com/yBK676eGmn
And besides, they aren't "our" kids. When he finally comes to it, he will deny any responsibility for his actions.Trump indicates he doesn't support legislation to provide funding for border facilities so children aren't living in squalor because "there's no money for protection." pic.twitter.com/fAf5DCMmJr— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 26, 2019
It's Obama's fault.Two things (re That Photo) you need to know:— Dara Lind (@DLind) June 26, 2019
a) trying to present legally for asylum at a port of entry, being told you can't or have to wait, and not knowing what comes next breeds desperation. It's also all but standard practice right now. https://t.co/iEsHRARvYm
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Four House Democrats voted with the minority on the funding bill for DHS and the Border Patrol. Three GOP House members voted with the majority to pass the bill, which still has to be reconciled with the Senate bill, and faces a veto threat. Which party is in "disarray"?After all the drama and haggling and hand-wringing by Democrats, only the liberal freshman squad that said all along they would oppose the border aid actually broke w the party & did so: AOC, Omar, Pressley & Tlaib, w @ESCochrane https://t.co/G8m3VwczPn— Julie Davis (@juliehdavis) June 26, 2019
of absolute, world-wide, universal, for all time and all places, King's X, no take backs, pinky swear, stick a pin in yourveyr/hope to die, totally conflicted, NO COLLUSION!, blood oath double super secret immunity.NEW: It’s not just Mueller. Democrats want to hear from his deputies too —like Andrew Weissman, Andrew Goldstein, Jeanie Rhee and Michael Dreeben. Expect some of them to join Mueller on the hill next month.— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) June 26, 2019
Story w/ @dsamuelsohn https://t.co/dqKAjhWvFn
The reports of the conditions for migrant children at the border should shock all of our consciences. Those created in the image of God should be treated with dignity and compassion, especially those seeking refuge from violence back home. We can do better than this. https://t.co/Cv3AmJgypn— Russell Moore (@drmoore) June 25, 2019
“Her arm was draped around his neck suggesting she clung to him in her final moments.”https://t.co/Lw70EIzMtO— Ashley Parker (@AshleyRParker) June 25, 2019
Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) speaks:.@kilmeade on children who have been split from their parents as a result of Trump administration policy: "Like it or not, these are not our kids. Show them compassion, but it's not like he's doing this to the people of Idaho or Texas. These are people from another country." pic.twitter.com/s24zwyDfNc— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 22, 2018
You know what? There’s not a lock on the door. Any child is free to leave at any time, but they don’t. You know why? Because they are well taken care of.
The problem is, every word he says is a lie, including "and" and "the":
For what it’s worth, Burgess was speaking specifically about a different child detention facility that he’d visited in Brownsville, Texas—but, also for what it’s worth, other reports have said that the facility he referred to (which houses boys as young as 10) does have locks, that when children have left similar compounds they’ve done so by climbing over fences, and that when they do so law enforcement authorities are alerted. Also, as far as respecting children’s wishes, the reason they’re in U.S. government custody in the first place is that they were involuntarily separated them from their parents or relatives. (You can see an explanation here of why some family separations are still happening.) They didn’t just wander into Texas and ask for a spot in the nearest lice-ridden nightmare cage.
There's a sign at the southern border now that reads: "Welcome to America. Go to hell." And then we provide the hell.
"For God's sake they're kids, man!"
Bug? Or feature?1/ People are buying diapers, wipes, soaps and toys to donate to children in overcrowded migrant detention centers.— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) June 24, 2019
But they're being turned away. https://t.co/Pwj3wq9rYt pic.twitter.com/wEXquQKWiy
2/ News reports have been circulating of facilities having drinking water that tastes like bleach and sick children without enough clothing. https://t.co/Pwj3wq9rYt— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) June 24, 2019
5/ On Sunday, Austin Savage and his friends spent $340 on diapers, wipes, soaps and toys for migrant children being held in a Border Patrol facility.— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) June 24, 2019
When the group arrived, they found that the lobby was closed.
The Border Patrol agents ignored them. https://t.co/Pwj3wq9rYt
9/ 4 toddlers were reportedly hospitalized after lawyers visited a facility & found them severely ill & not receiving medical attention, according to the Huffington Post.— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) June 24, 2019
They were under 3.
According to the lawyers, one was “completely unresponsive.” https://t.co/Gq5wVZIiwk
11/ Immigrants were living in overcrowded spaces and sometimes were forced to sleep outside a building where the water "tastes like bleach."— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) June 24, 2019
"It was so bad that the mothers would save any bottled water they could get and use that to mix the baby formula."https://t.co/1UVTG1O03L
NEW NEW: A @CBP official just told @KannoYoungs on a press call that more than 100 children have been moved BACK to the facility in Clint, Texas. The place where lawyers say that kids were living for weeks without access to showers, clean clothes, or sufficient food. https://t.co/gopl9fvC4D— Caitlin Dickerson (@itscaitlinhd) June 25, 2019
And this can't go unnoticed:
your new White House Press Secretary, everyone https://t.co/A7SZa3Wi9e— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 25, 2019
Monday, June 24, 2019
Besides that, they apparently apply to a dead man:The new sanctions mean Iran's supreme leader can't visit Disney World or get dollars with his ATM card, among other prohibitions. They aren't the sort of consequences that will alter his approach. And they are a joke in Tehran @farnazfassihi @ddknyt https://t.co/ORyCeSMB1F— rickgladstone (@rickgladstone) June 25, 2019
What's the reality TeeVee show where the protagonist is an ignorant clod?The White House is promoting a video in which Trump refers to Ayatollah Khomeini, who died in 1989, as though he's still alive today. https://t.co/3jXqfa41Gw— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 24, 2019
JUST IN: President Trump has recently mused to confidants about withdrawing from a postwar defense treaty with Japan, sources say https://t.co/Veq6bPu25L pic.twitter.com/ALbM1ihv1R— Bloomberg (@business) June 25, 2019
"But that was in another country/and besides, the wench is dead.".@kilmeade on children who have been split from their parents as a result of Trump administration policy: "Like it or not, these are not our kids. Show them compassion, but it's not like he's doing this to the people of Idaho or Texas. These are people from another country." pic.twitter.com/s24zwyDfNc— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 22, 2018
I love this kind of analysis, because it's simultaneously insightful and self-defeating. It posits a problem, and proposes a solution, but in positing the problem it takes that solution away.
Very early in his life, Trump learned that if you claimed to be a billionaire, and acted like a billionaire, that everyone, including the morons in the news media, would believe you and even treat you like one. At the very least, the vast majority of people are afraid to call bullshit, mostly out of fear of being wrong about such a serious charge, while also ending any hope that they might be able to get some money from you.The latest examples are the Stephanapolous interview and the Todd interview. And here is the cause to that effect:
Trump, a classic conman, has clearly mastered this form of manipulation, particularly now that he is president of the United States and the threshold for the “elite” news media calling him a blatant liar has been pushed even further to his benefit. Since he knows well just how pathetically tiny the attention spans of the media and the public are, he is safe knowing that he can easily finish a short race without ever being forced into a landmine that might actually cause him some real political damage.
The fundamental vulnerability in the way everyone tries to interview Trump is that they cave into two antiquated concepts. The first is that the president of the United States must be treated with extreme respect. The second is that, because it happens so rarely, their network’s interview must cover a large number of very diverse topics.
But the real problem, the one buried in that identification, is the way we do "news" in this country. Notice that "second" issue: "their network's interview must cover a large number of very diverse topics." Why?
Right there, if the interview is a 100-yard dash, Trump is already 50 yards ahead before the starting gun has been even fired. Trump knows that all he has to do is lie, deflect, obfuscate, and change the subject (maybe even by telling a new bald-faced lie) and the interviewer will soon move on to another question, fearful that they will be seen as badgering the president, while also not being able to provide enough varied content to feed their network’s news monster.Competition, in a word. Interviewers of the stature of Todd and Stephanopolous have no choice but to plow on with their questions, getting as many soundbites as they can ("Meet the Press" didn't run the whole Trump interview, and ABC said they spent 30 hours with the President. Anybody expecting a broadcast of all 30 of those hours? Besides, how many internet articles have you seen about the MTP interview, covering portions of it? You don't get that coverage if Todd sticks to one subject until Trump cries or leaves the room.). And what's the solution? First: collaborate, rather than compete; second: go after the President (see item one above: "Fearful they will be seen as badgering the president." Which they would be.)
If, instead of playing this game they cannot win, the news media was disciplined and patient enough (it would help a lot of they could work in tandem on this) to drill on just one subject with him until they finally struck pay-dirt, Trump would be in real trouble. The media needs to create new “Trump Rules,” where when the president tells a clear lie the interview does NOT move on until either he is forced to admit to that lie, or he walks out of the interview like the immature man-child that he is.There's a scene in "Good Night, and Good Luck" where Ed Paley, head of CBS, calls Ed Murrow into his office to berate him about trying to do a story on Sen. McCarthy, a story Paley considers too thinly sourced to justify airing. McCarthy is a U.S. Senator, after all; and Paley doesn't want to poke that bear without sound evidence, which he thinks Murrow doesn't have. Granted, the movie is fictionalized history, but who doubts that's the way corporations operate? They don't want to offend power, they want to assuage it. I think this is how BBC gets away with it: the Queen is the "real power," so PM's and MP's are fodder for criticism. You aren't disrespecting the monarchy by challenging the competence of the PM or an MP. But that's not the way it works in America, nor the way it's ever going to work.
So the solution is: there is no solution. This is "wish in one hand, spit in the other, see which fills up faster" analysis. Sure, if pigs had wings they could fly, and if journalists were truly interested in "the truth," they'd drill into Trump like a gang of wildcatters. But the market forces that incentivize wildcatters in oil fields (or used to, before market forces turned those fields into corporate fiefdoms) are the same forces that force interviewers to jump from topic to topic. It's not that they don't know Trump is violating all the rules; it's that they have no other rules under which to function. They literally don't know what else to do. Having been put in a round room and told to sit in the corner, they just keep running around and around the room, desperately trying to follow orders.
Murrow finally got Paley to let him follow his information, but Murrow didn't bring McCarthy down: public opinion did, guided more by public hearings than Murrow's journalism. A handful of people in the country read the Washington Post articles by Woodward and Bernstein; it was the public hearings that did Nixon in. Most of us still think of Woodstein as Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman, and we know their story from that movie. Journalists are never going to collapse Trump; especially not TV interviewers.
They have far too much interest in protecting the status quo.