‘Yeah, That’s Right’
The Secretary of Homeland Security was caught on a hot mic telling President Donald Trump he could use a ceremonial saber “on the press.” General John Kelly’s remarks were caught by news cameras at a Coast Guard graduation ceremony Wednesday afternoon, during which the President delivered the commencement address.
The graduating class had presented their Commander-in-Chief with the saber as aÂ “token of our appreciation,” CNN reported.
Upon receiving the saber, Trump handed it off and sat down next to General Kelly, who turned and said to him, jokingly, “You can use that on the press, sir.”
Trump chuckled and responded, “Yeah, that’s right.”
Gen. Kelly tells Pres. Trump “you can use that on the press” after he’s presented with ceremonial saber at Coast Guard Academy commencement. pic.twitter.com/xj73oHxUdZ
â€” ABC News (@ABC) May 17, 2017
The job of theÂ U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security is literally to ensure the protection and safety of all its people.
It’s yet another example of Trump’s war on the media.Â
One of the under-reported aspects of former FBI Director Jim Comey’s memo noting that Trump had asked him in February to drop the investigation of Mike Flynn was another request of Comey the President made.
“Alone in the Oval Office,” The New York Times reported, “Mr. Trump began the discussion by condemning leaks to the news media, saying that Mr. Comey should consider putting reporters in prison for publishing classified information, according to one of Mr. Comeyâ€™s associates.”
Trump has a long and ugly history of attacking the press, calling the media “Fake News,” and even calling out reporters by name at rallies. NBC News’ Katy Tur was a favorite target of then-candidate Trump. She required protection from the Secret Service on at least one occasionÂ after he had incited his crowd of supporters against her at a campaign rally.
Also during today’s Coast Guard graduation ceremony, President Trump gave the commencement address, complaining to cadets that no politician in history has been treated as unfairly as he has.
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‘Ugly Even for Him’: Scathing Wall Street Journal Editorial Rails Against Trump for ‘Debasing His Office’
The Editorial Board of The Wall Street Journal Tuesday night issued a stern warning to President Donald Trump, accusing the Oval Office occupant of “debasing his office” and “hurting the country.”
The Journal is owned by Trump’s good friend Rupert Murdoch, who also owns Fox News and a plethora of right wing media outlets worldwide.
That did not stop the editors for attacking Trump for going after MSNBC host Joe Scarborough. Trump in recent days has renewed his conspiracy theory, strongly suggesting – if not outright accusing – the “Morning Joe” host of murdering an intern when he was a Florida congressman two decades ago.
“Donald Trump sometimes traffics in conspiracy theories—recall his innuendo in 2016 about Ted Cruz’s father and the JFK assassination—but his latest accusation against MSNBC host Joe Scarborough is ugly even for him,” the editorial begins.
“Nasty stuff,” they call his tweets accusing Scarborough of murder (no need to reproduce them here) and declare, “suggesting that the talk-show host is implicated in the woman’s death isn’t political hardball. It’s a smear. Mr. Trump rightly denounces the lies spread about him in the Steele dossier, yet here he is trafficking in the same sort of trash.”
“Mr. Trump is debasing his office, and he’s hurting the country in doing so,” they conclude.
Sadly, the Journal’s editors don’t bother to inform their readers that the intern, who died of natural causes, left behind a husband. Trump’s tweets have heightened his grieving all these years later, and he has asked Twitter’s CEO to delete the tweets. That seems an important detail the Journal should have included.
‘I, as President, Will Not Allow It to Happen!’: Trump Lashes Out at Twitter for Fact-Checking His Voter Suppression Lies
That didn’t take long.
Around 5:30 PM Twitter slapped a label on two of President Donald Trump’s tweets, inviting social media users to “get the facts about mail-in ballots.” It’s the first time Twitter has placed what some are calling a “warning label” on any individual tweet.
And while others say it’s not sufficient – Trump’s lies remain and the label isn’t especially strong – Trump went ballistic just two hours later.
“They are saying my statement on Mail-In Ballots, which will lead to massive corruption and fraud, is incorrect, based on fact-checking by Fake News CNN and the Amazon Washington Post.”
Actually, his tweets are filled with lies and falsehoods, no fact-checking required.
But Trump did not stop there.
In yet another example of his belief that he is all powerful, Trump decreed, “Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!”
The President, who has never read the U.S. Constitution and little to no understanding of it, does not comprehend that he is using a private platform operated by a private company, and the only “free speech” guarantee is when the government “stifles” it.
Twitter can do what they want. And they have.
Twitter Adds a ‘Get the Facts’ Label to Trump’s Fraudulent Tweets About Voting by Mail – Is It Enough?
For the first time Twitter has inserted a label directly onto two tweets. President Donald Trump was the first recipient of what some are calling a “warning label,” but what appear to be a gentle offer to “get the facts.” Trump, some believe, was engaging in voter suppression.
In response to the two false, fear-mongering tweets Trump posted Tuesday morning, the social media giant appended a link that reads: “Get the facts about mail-in ballots”:
The link goes to a Twitter page offering articles on Trump’s false and fact-less tweets, along with three new fact checks.
Some are calling the move by Twitter “huge.” The company is under the gun from the Trump administration, along with other tech giants. Trump has promised a committee to investigate so-called anti-conservative “bias” among tech firms.
But others are saying it’s not enough.
Perhaps a good first step, but this reminds me of putting warning labels on cigarettes. They still kill. https://t.co/yiRAXREPQp
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) May 26, 2020
Twitter spokesperson Katie Rosborough told The Washington Post Trump’s tweets “contain potentially misleading information about voting processes and have been labeled to provide additional context around mail-in ballots.”
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