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WATCH: At CPAC Trump Claims He Didn’t Call the Media ‘The Enemy of the People,’ Calls Media ‘Dishonest’

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‘The Fake News Doesn’t Tell the Truth’

It took President Donald Trump less than 30 seconds to attack what he called the “dishonest media” as he began his speech at CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Convention Friday morning. The President told the cheering crowd of about 4000 conservative activists that he never called the news media the “enemy of the people,” but he called “fake news” the enemy of the people.

That’s false, as evidenced by his own tweet he posted last week:

Trump then called the news media dishonest, saying they lied about his claim that fake news, not them, being the enemy.

“In fact, in covering my comments, the dishonest media did not explain that I called the fake news ‘the enemy of the people,’ the fake news. They dropped off the word ‘fake,’” Trump said.

UPDATE: A lot has happened in the few hours since Trump’s speech –

Hours After Trump Attacks ‘Dishonest Media’ White House Blocks CNN, NY Times From Press Briefing

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“All of a sudden the story became the media is the enemy. They take the word ‘fake’ out. And now I’m saying, ‘Oh, no, this is no good.’ But that’s the way they are,” Trump claimed, despite having specifically called out The New York Times, NBC News, ABC News, CBS News, and CNN. And even though he did not mention Fox News, Fox News anchors have insisted they were included in his attack on the media. 

“So I’m not against the media, I’m not against the press. I don’t mind bad stories if I deserve them, and I tell you, I love good stories but we won’t talk – I don’t get too many of them.”

“A few days ago I called the fake news ‘the enemy of the people’ — and they are. They are the enemy of the people, because they have no sources, they just make them up, when there are none.” 

The President went on to say, “I’m not against the media, I’m not against the press.”

“I’m against the people that make up stories and make up sources. They shouldn’t be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody’s name,” Trump said. That’s a violation of the First Amendment. It would also end whistleblowing.

“I love the First Amendment. Nobody loves it better than me. Nobody. Who uses it more than I do?” he quipped.

“But the First Amendment gives all of us, it gives it to me, it gives it to you, it gives it to all Americans the right to speak our minds freely,” Trump said. “It gives you the right, and me the right, to criticize fake news.”

“The fake news doesn’t tell the truth,” Trump said, refuting his previous claim.

UPDATE:
Talking Points Memo makes this astute observation:

Trump failed to mention that his own White House has used unnamed sources to refute the media, including in their denial of a CNN story Thursday that said the White House asked the FBI to tamp down on stories about contact between the Trump campaign and Russian nationals. Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, on Sunday, referenced unnamed intelligence officials when he said the original New York Times story about the campaign’s contacts with Russians was “grossly overstated.” 

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“The Court may look the other way, but I cannot.”

Justice Sonia Sotomayor expressed outrage at her conservative Supreme Court colleagues Thursday afternoon, after the six right wing jurists went one step further in attacking the constitutional guarantee of abortion.

Voting 6-3 against a women’s health care provider the Court denied a request by Texas Women’s Health, which provides abortion services, to change jurisdictions, which according to Justice Sotomayor the Court should have done.

“The lawsuit is now stalled with the Texas Supreme Court,” Rewire News reports.

Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern, a Supreme Court expert calls Sotomayor’s dissent “stunning.”

“This case is a disaster for the rule of law and a grave disservice to women in Texas, who have a right to control their own bodies,” Sotomayor writes. “I will not stand by silently as a State continues to nullify this constitutional guarantee. I dissent.”

She begins her dissent by explaining the case:

“It has been over four months since Texas Senate Bill 8 (S. B. 8) took effect. The law immediately devastated access to abortion care in Texas through a complicated private-bounty-hunter scheme that violates nearly 50 years of this Court’s precedents.”

“Today, for the fourth time, this Court declines to protect pregnant Texans from egregious violations of their constitutional rights. One month after directing that the petitioners’ suit could proceed in part, the Court countenances yet another violation of its own commands. Instead of stopping a Fifth Circuit panel from indulging Texas’ newest delay tactics, the Court allows the State yet again to extend the deprivation of the federal constitutional rights of its citizens through procedural manipulation. The Court may look the other way, but I cannot.”

In response the Guttmacher Institute, an organization focused on sexual and reproductive health and rights, accused the Supreme Court of “once again putting ideology over the rule of law.”

 

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Ivanka Trump Responds to Committee’s Invite by Saying She Called for End to Violence – Leaves Out ‘Patriots’ Part

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Ivanka Trump is responding to her invitation from the January 6 Committee by issuing a statement that is being seen suggesting she has no intention of accepting. Earlier Thursday the Committee sent the former First Daughter and White House senior advisor a lengthy 11-page letter asking for her voluntary cooperation.

A statement from her spokesperson given to CNN White House Correspondent Kate Bennett references a tweet posted by Ivanka Trump the day of the attack on the Capitol – a tweet she was forced to delete after massive outrage.

“As the Committee already knows, Ivanka did not speak at the January 6 rally,” the statement reads. “As she publicly stated at 3:15pm, ‘any security breach or disrespect to our law enforcement is unacceptable. The violence must stop immediately.”

But in the actual Ivanka Trump called the insurrectionists “American Patriots,” as CNN reported that day:

 

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Georgia Prosecutor Asks to Convene Special Grand Jury to Investigate Donald Trump’s Alleged Election Interference

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A Georgia county district attorney has requested to convene a special grand jury to assist in her investigation of Donald Trump‘s alleged election interference.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis in a letter to the county’s Superior Court chief judge writes that her office “has received information indicating a reasonable probability that the State of Georgia’s administration of elections in 2020, including the State’s election of the President of the United States, was subject to possible criminal disruptions,” according to the Associated Press.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (photo) was forced to release audio of then-President Trump appearing to intimidate him into fixing the election in his favor.

Trump, in the audio, can be heard berating and threatening the Republican Secretary of State, demanding he “recalculate” the losing election results and “find 11,780 votes” for him, which would have enabled Trump to falsely be declared the winner. Raffensberger refused.

“So look. All I want to do is this,” Trump told Raffensberger. “I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state.”

“There’s no way I lost Georgia,” he added, falsely. “There’s no way. We won by hundreds of thousands of votes.”

Willis told the AP the scope of her investigation “includes — but is not limited to — a Jan. 2, 2021, phone call between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a November 2020 phone call between U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and Raffensperger, the abrupt resignation of the U.S. attorney in Atlanta on Jan. 4, 2021, and comments made during December 2020 Georgia legislative committee hearings on the election.”

 

 

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