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Kellyanne Conway: Trump Attacked Mika Brzezinski to Change the ‘One-Way Conversation of Toxicity’ (Video)



Conway Stunningly Claims Trump Tweeting Is ‘The Democratization of Information’

Kellyanne Conway took to Fox News Friday morning to defend President Donald Trump, but her defense didn’t actually help. The Counselor to the President admitted that Trump’s horrific Thursday morning attack on MSNBC co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, especially on Brzezinski, was designed to “change the conversation” of “one-way toxicity,” presumably to two-way, given his remarks.

“I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore),” Trump had said on Twitter. “Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came … to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!”

“it’s incredible to watch people play armchair psychologist, outwardly ridiculing the president’s physicalities, his mental state, calling names that you wouldn’t want your children to call on the playground,” Conway told the co-hosts at Fox & Friends, “and then all of a sudden feigning shock when he wants to fight back and defend himself,” she said.

“And hopefully, change the conversation, because the conversation right now is a one-way conversation of toxicity. A lot of these people on television right now do not criticize his policies, they do not criticize his actions and his beliefs, they criticize him,” she said, falsely.

The only TV pundits who are not regularly criticizing Trump’s policies, actions, or beliefs are Fox News hosts like Sean Hannity.

Conway was also asked if the White House holds meetings before Trump tweets to determine a strategy. She responded by saying he “controls his social media platform,” which reaches “100 million people as I understand it.” She curiously added, “he tells me, as if insulating herself from charges of lying. Trump does not have 100 million followers, although he may have a “reach” of 100 million, which is a technical term whose meaning is determined by social media companies.

She also said Trump’s tweeting “is his way of cutting out the middle man,” presumably the media. “The middle man doesn’t like it,” she claimed. (Actually, journalists have said they love when Trump tweets as it’s raw material for news-making.)

“I call it the democratization of information,” Conway said. She falsely claimed he uses social media “often” to “tell the veterans they are seen as one patient across the DOD and the VA.” That’s demonstrably false.

ThinkProgress’ Zack Ford writes, “In other words, it doesn’t matter what he says because it’s so great that he has a venue in which to say it.” Trump has made clear facts don’t matter – but his attacks also make clear either does policy, agenda, or messaging.

“He’s telling Americans that after seven and a half years of ObamaCare, lying to people about keeping their plans,” she said, rattling off claims of insurers pulling out, Conway said Trump “uses that social media platform to do that.”

Conway went on to defend Trump by saying, “As a woman who knows him and works for him, I’m very pleased at how he treats women in this workplace, the White House.” 

She noted she is a mother of four children.

“His two daughters and his wife are three of the strongest, most intelligent, most courageous women I’ve ever met, and they’re all willing to be public servants at this point,” Conway said, adding he has been “elevating women” in his business and in the White House, including in the cabinet. Trump has just two women in his cabinet. At this point in his administration President Barack Obama had four women in his cabinet, with a total of eight during his tenure.

Conway also said “millions of women rejected a woman for President.” But millions more women voted for Clinton than for Trump, 54% to 42%.

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Trump Appears to Think Jeb Bush Was President: ‘He Got Us Into the Middle East’



During a rally in South Carolina on Monday, Donald Trump appeared to confuse former Florida GOP Governor Jeb Bush with his brother, former President George W. Bush, while bragging to supporters how he beat him.

Jeb Bush, who was largely considered to be the default Republican Party nominee for the 2016 presidential election when he launched his campaign, dropped out in February of 2016 after the South Carolina primary.

“When I come here, everyone thought Bush was going to win,” Trump said, before claiming he was “up by about 50 points” over Bush. “They thought Bush because Bush was supposedly a military person.”

“You know what he was…He got us into the Middle East,” Trump claimed, wrongly. “How did that work out?”

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“But they also thought that Bush might win. Jeb. Remember Jeb? He used the word ‘Jeb,’ he didn’t use the word ‘Bush,’ I said, ‘You mean he’s ashamed of the last name?’ and then they immediately started using the name Bush,” Trump claimed.

The ex-president went on to continue denigrating Jeb Bush, accusing him of bringing his mother to campaign with him.

“Remember,” Trump said, “he brought his mother, his wonderful mother who’s 94 years old and it was pouring and they’re wheeling her around and it’s raining and horrible. I said, ‘Who would do that your mother, 94 years old. How desperate are you to win?”

Media Matters’ Craig Harrington, commenting on Trump’s latest gaffe, observed: “In the past two weeks, Donald Trump has:

– Warned that Joe Biden might start ‘World War 2’
– Confused his 2016 election opponent (Hillary Clinton) with former President Barack Obama
– Confused his 2016 primary opponent (Jeb Bush) with former President George W. Bush.”

Watch the video below or at this link.

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Fulton County Judge in Trump Case Orders Jurors’ Identities and Images Must Be Protected



The Fulton County Superior Court judge presiding over Georgia’s RICO, conspiracy, and election interference case against Donald Trump on Monday afternoon ordered the identities and images of all jurors and prospective jurors to remain secret, ordering they may only be referred to by a number.

“No person shall videotape, photograph, draw in a realistic or otherwise identifiable manner, or otherwise record images, statements, or conversations of jurors/prospective jurors in any manner” that would violate a Superior Court rule, Judge Scott McAfee ordered, “except that the jury foreperson’s announcement of the verdict or questions to the judge may be audio recorded.”

“Jurors or prospective jurors shall be identified by number only in court filings or in open court,” he added.

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Judge McAfee also ordered no juror’s or prospective juror’s identity, “including names, addresses, telephone numbers, or identifying employment information” may be revealed.

MSNBC’s Katie Phang posted the order, and added: “Another important part of the Order: no responses from juror questionnaires or notes about jury selection shall be disclosed, unless permitted by the Court.”

Judge McAfee’s order comes after Donald Trump’s weekend of attacks on his former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley. Trump strongly suggested he should be executed for treason. Trump also strongly suggested he would target Comcast, NBC News, and MSNBC if he wins the 2024 presidential election.

Responding to the news, MSNBC’s Medhi Hasan observed, “We have just normalized the fact that the former president, and GOP presidential frontrunner, is basically a mob boss.”


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‘Isn’t Glock a Good Gun?’ Trump Asks Before Saying He Is Buying One – Campaign Forced to Deny He Did



During a photo shoot at a South Carolina gun shop, Donald Trump posed with and then said he wanted to buy a Glock, asking if it is “a good gun.”

Some say it might be illegal to sell a gun to anyone under criminal indictment, and if he took the gun with him that too might be illegal. It was not clear if, despite saying he would, he actually bought the firearm. The Trump campaign initially said he had, although later backtracked on its claim, and deleted the social media post saying he had.

In the photo op (video below,) Trump posed with several people, including the Republican Attorney General of South Carolina, Alan Wilson, who has held that elected position since 2011.

“Trump’s spokesman announced that Trump bought a Glock today in South Carolina. He even posted video,” wrote former Chicago Tribune editor Mark Jacob. “If Trump took the gun with him, that’s a federal crime since he’s under indictment. There’s also a law against selling a gun to someone under federal indictment like Trump.”

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Reuters’ crime and justice reporter Brad Heath posted the federal laws that might apply, as well as Trump’s campaign spokesperson’s clip of the ex-president’s remarks, and his spokesperson saying, “President Trump purchases a @GLOCKInc in South Carolina!”

CNN analyst Stephen Gutowski, who writes about gun policy, added, “It would be a crime for him to actually buy this gun because he’s under felony indictment. Did he actually go through with this purchase?”

“People under felony indictments can’t ‘receive’ new firearms. That also means you can’t buy them,” he also wrote.

MSNBC anchor and legal contributor Katie Phang wrote, “I don’t know if he actually bought the gun. At least it didn’t happen in this video. Also, the Attorney General of South Carolina is in this video. Is he watching Trump commit a crime?”

But some pointed to a federal judge in Texas’ ruling from last year. Reuters reported, a “federal law prohibiting people under felony indictment from buying firearms is unconstitutional.”

Watch the video below or at this link.



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