Company That Creates ‘Real News’ Videos Gets Millions from Trump Re-Election Campaign
Donald Trump is keeping it all in the familyÂ â€“ as best he can.
Last week the president treated supporters to a new version of Trump TV. A “news report” starring Lara TrumpÂ (photo, left), a former “Inside Edition” producer who happens to be the wife of the President’s son, Eric, was posted to Trump’s social media accounts.
On Sunday, a similar “news report,” which is just administration propaganda, was posted again, this time starring former CNN commentatorÂ and Trump apologist,Â Kayleigh McEnanyÂ (photo right).Â
But as The Daily Beast reveals, this is no two-bit operation, even if the videos look and sound that way.
Noting that the videos “are being filmed and produced out of a newly built studio in the campaignâ€™s Trump Tower headquarters in New York City,” The Daily Beast reports “viewers werenâ€™t just seeing a novel political strategy in the form of ‘Trump TV.’ They were watching a new power center in the presidentâ€™s orbit and the political apparatus pursuing his reelection.”
“Lara Trump,Â wifeÂ ofÂ Eric,Â is now ‘running the show’ on the Trump campaignâ€™s newest advertising product, as one Republican source close to the campaign told The Daily Beast,” according to the news site’sÂ Lachlan Markay and Asawin Suebsaeng.
“Lara has played a larger role in campaign activities of late, speaking at the presidentâ€™s campaign rallies and starring in the inaugural edition of the Trump-boosting ‘Real News,’ an emerging series of digital ads designed to look like news broadcasts.”
â€” Fox News (@FoxNews) July 25, 2017
Coincidentally, the Trump re-election campaign is paying millions to a consulting firm Lara Trump works for. She is “deeply involved in the mechanics of the presidentâ€™s reelection effort through her role for its top vendor, consulting firm Giles-Parscale.”
The firm is doing some editing and graphics work on the â€œReal Newsâ€ videos, according to a source with direct knowledge of that work.Â
Co-owned by former Trump campaign digital directorÂ Brad Parscale, Giles-Parscale was by far the largest recipient of Trump campaign money last cycle, bringing in more than $90 million in consulting fees, primarily for digital advertising and fundraising work. Last week, the firmÂ sold offÂ its commercial design and online services arms for an estimated $9 million, further honing its focus on political work.
But of course, there’s more.
“Parscale is focusing most of his efforts on his newer consulting firm, Parscale Strategies, and its work for America First Policies, a dark-money nonprofit group that supports the Trump policy agenda.”
Several Trump White House officials landed at AmericaÂ First. There’s more, including this stunningly stupid moveÂ by the Trump White House, from June.
But there’s more on anther front.
Kayleigh McEnany is now the Republican National Committee’sÂ new spokesperson.
â€” GOP (@GOP) August 7, 2017
Because, of course she is.
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Top Pentagon Policy Official Forced to Resign After Emails Show He Questioned Trump Withholding Ukraine Military Aid
The Pentagon’s top policy official is being forced to resign in what appears to be a continuation of President Donald Trump’s vendetta against those who opposed, exposed, or publicly discussed his extortion of Ukraine.
Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John Rood, who began working for the U.S. government under President George W. Bush, sent an email to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper questioning President Donald Trump’s decision to withhold hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid from Ukraine.
Immediately after Trump’s now infamous call with President Zelensky, during which he asked for dirt on the Bidens, Rood warned Esper that “placing a hold on security assistance at this time would jeopardize this unique window of opportunity and undermine our defense priorities with a key partner in the strategic competition with Russia,” as CNN reports.
Rood has now reportedly lost the support of senior national security leadership.
Not only did Rood raise concerns about Trump’s withholding of Ukraine military aid, he “was involved in certifying to Congress that Ukraine had embarked on significant reforms to justify its receipt of $250 million in security assistance. That certification undermined one of the justifications — concerns about corruption in Kiev — that some members of the Trump administration made to defend blocking aid to Ukraine.”
Trump has fired several officials who have questioned his extortion of Ukraine, including Alexander Vindman and Yevgeny Vindman, and Gordon Sondland.
A former CIA analyst, Rood has held several top level positions including Acting Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.
Image via Wikimedia
‘She’s Your Damn Senator’: Emerson College Blasted for Leaving Elizabeth Warren Out of 2020 Poll
Emerson College was blasted for leaving their own senator out of head-to-head matchups in their latest nationwide poll.
The poll showed four candidates with double-digit support. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) measured at 29%, former Vice President Joe Biden was at 22%, former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg was at 14% and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) came in at 12%.
But the poll did not even test Warren in head-to-head matchups with Trump.
Warren scored 50% higher in the primary poll than former Pete Buttigieg, who was included in the matchups. And Warren had twice the support as Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), who made the cut.
Charles Pierce, who covers politics for Esquire, was shocked by the omission.
Jesus Christ, Emerson, she’s your damn senator. https://t.co/6xSSxCjFUw
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) February 19, 2020
Bernie Sanders Reverses – Announces He Will Not Release His Full Medical Records Even After Heart Attack
‘I Don’t Think We Will’
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, independent of Vermont, has announced he will not be releasing his full medical records after suffering a heart attack late last year. Sanders, 78, is currently seen as the frontrunner in the race for the Democratic nomination for president.
“We have released, I think, quite as much as any other candidate has,” Sen. Sanders said, defending his decision to reverse his promise of releasing a full set of medical records just after his October heart attack.
But in October, after the heart attack, Sanders said releasing his medical records was “the right thing to do.” He also had promised to release them “before the first votes are cast,” a deadline he’s missed.
“People do have a right to know about the health of a senator and someone running for president,” Sanders told CNN’s Sanjay Gupta on October 10. “At the appropriate time we’ll make all the medical records public for you or anyone else who wants to see them.”
Here’s Sanders just after his heart attack promising to release his full medical records:
Question: “Plan to release your medical records sooner than originally planned now?”
Sen. Bernie Sanders: “We’ll release them, we always planned to release them. And we have more medical records obviously now, and we will release them at the appropriate time.” pic.twitter.com/X8b0bWvnPc
— The Hill (@thehill) October 8, 2019
Tuesday night he gave a very different response.
“We released two rather detailed letters from cardiologists and we released a letter that came from the head of the U.S. Congress medical group, the physicians there. So I think we have released a detailed report, and I’m comfortable with what we have done,” Sanders told Anderson Cooper Tuesday night at a CNN town hall.
“If you think I’m not in good health come on out with me on the campaign trail and I’ll let you introduce me to the three or four rallies a day that we do,” Sanders joked.
Cooper pressed the three-term Senator if he would be releasing his full medical records in the future.
“I don’t think we will, no,” Sanders responded.
President Donald Trump was largely decried and mocked for his refusal to release his full medical records when he was running in 2016. He has never released a full set, and his White House physician’s reports have been largely received as fictive.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, who had a heart attack last year, tells @andersoncooper that he doesn’t think he will release any more medical records than he already has. #cnntownhall https://t.co/DcVxz2JQLM pic.twitter.com/mObVIbJHFO
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) February 19, 2020
MSNBC analyst and DailyBeast columnist Jonathan Alter called Sanders’ move “Trumpish.”
Talking Points Memo founder and publisher Josh Marshall weighed in:
It’s much worse than Trumpish. Other than his weight we had no reason to think Trump was ill during the 2016 campaign. Sanders is almost 80 and just had a heart attack. It’s INSANE for the public not to get some concrete information about his health.
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) February 19, 2020
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