‘The Stock Market Just Hit a Record High. Unemployment Is the Lowest Itâ€™s Been in 17 Years. So Youâ€™re Fighting for Something Real, Youâ€™re Fighting for Something Good.’
On his first Thanksgiving as Commander-in-Chief Donald Trump teleconferenced with several different branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, including the elite 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army, an airborne infantry fighting team so accomplished they are considered among them most highly-trained in the world. The president spoke to the different groups of soldiers from his Mar-a-Lago golf resort in Florida for a total of seven minutes combined, according to the traveling press pool, before he kicked the media out of the room. Golf Club members could be seen sitting outside the room as the president spoke.
“Youâ€™re very, very special people to me, and to everyone in this country, that I can tell you,” Trump said, according to pool reports. “Surrounding me is a lot of press, better me than you, believe me fellas, better me than you…Itâ€™s an honor to speak with you all, to give God thanks for the blessing of freedom, heroes, tremendous courage, Very, very special people. It doesnâ€™t get more special.”
Trump told members of theÂ 82nd Airborne,Â “I have to say just directly to the folks in Afghanistan: everybodyâ€™s talking about the progress youâ€™ve made in the last few months since I opened it up. We opened it up, we said go ahead, weâ€™re going to fight to win. Weâ€™re not fighting anymore to just walk around, weâ€™re fighting to win, and you people are really, youâ€™ve turned it around over the last three to four months like nobodyâ€™s seen, and they are talking about it, so thank you very much. Brave, incredible fighters.”
He also addressed theÂ Direct Support Team Gulf of the Marine Corps Special Operations, 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, Navy sailors aboard the USS Monterey, and members of theÂ 74th Expeditionary Fighters Squadron.
When he got to members of the Coast Guard near Kuwait, Trump reverted to his default talking points, echoing one of his tweets from Thanksgiving morning:
HAPPY THANKSGIVING, your Country is starting to do really well. Jobs coming back, highest Stock Market EVER, Military getting really strong, we will build the WALL, V.A. taking care of our Vets, great Supreme Court Justice, RECORD CUT IN REGS, lowest unemployment in 17 years….!
â€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 23, 2017
“For each of you,” Trump told the Coast Guard, “I know itâ€™s hard to be away from home at this time of the year. Weâ€™re doing well at home. The economy is doing really great,” he said.
The Commander-in-Chief then drove with the First Lady to U.S. Coast Guard Lake Worth Inlet StationÂ in Riviera Beach, Florida. They arrived at 10:08 AM. At 10:18 the president began speaking toÂ 50 to 60 Coast Guard members.Â
WATCH: Pres. Trump meets with the U.S. Coast in Florida on Thanksgiving, praises them for their rescue efforts after hurricanes. pic.twitter.com/DXq7K15Srk
â€” MSNBC (@MSNBC) November 23, 2017
â€œThe countryâ€™s doing really well,â€ Trump said.Â
â€œIncredible people, youâ€™ve done an incredible job,â€ Trump told them, praising and thanking them for their work saving lives during Hurricane Harvey, as the First Lady wished them aÂ â€œHappy Thanksgiving!â€
And then, he told them what he thinks they’re really fighting for. Not freedom. Not democracy. Not equality. And not peace. But “something real” and “something good”: a “record high stock market” and low unemployment.
“We’re not fighting anymore to just walk around.”
President Trump speaks to troops from his resort in Mar-a-Lago on Thanksgiving. pic.twitter.com/qJs1NsBqn8
â€” NBC News (@NBCNews) November 23, 2017
“When you come back, you are going to see with the jobs and companies coming back into our country and the stock market just hit a record high. Unemployment is the lowest itâ€™s been in 17 years. So youâ€™re fighting for something real, youâ€™re fighting for something good. A lot of things have happened with our country over the last very short period of time, and theyâ€™re really good, theyâ€™re really good. I especially like saying that companies are starting to come back. Now weâ€™re working on tax cuts â€” big, fat, beautiful tax cuts. And hopefully weâ€™ll get that and then youâ€™re really going to see things happen.â€
Trump also said the high stock market is good for their 401k’s. The Coast Guard does not offer a 401(k) plan, although it does offer something similar.
At 10:25, just 7 minutes later, he finished speaking, and handed out sandwiches.
â€” Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) November 23, 2017
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‘I Will Find Out’: Jimmy Kimmel Questions Why Texas TV Station Cut Away From His Monologue on School Shooting
A Dallas/Fort Worth television station cut away from Jimmy Kimmel’semotional monologue about the Robb Elementary school massacre that left 19 children and two adults dead.
ABC affiliate WFAA-TV interrupted the six-minute, comedy-free monologue with a string of commercials, starting with an in-house news spot, before airing the end of Kimmel’s opener, which he used for a three-minute ad for the gun violence prevention organization Everytown.org, reported the Star-Telegram.
“To my friends in Dallas who are asking: I do not know whether our @ABCNetwork affiliate @wfaa cut away from my monologue tonight intentionally or inadvertently but I will find out,” Kimmel tweeted. “In the meantime, here’s what you didn’t get to see.”
You can watch the clip below or at this link.
To my friends in Dallas who are asking: I do not know whether our @ABCNetwork affiliate @wfaa cut away from my monologue tonight intentionally or inadvertently but I will find out. In the meantime, here’s what you didn’t get to see https://t.co/tqfHoBHMwN
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) May 26, 2022
A source at the TV station said the commercials were aired and part of the monologue was cut because the 10 p.m. newscast ran long, and an interview with “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane was also chopped up into segments that aired between commercial breaks.
Kimmel called out elected officials, including Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and John Cornyn (R-TX), and urged them to take action to prevent another mass shooting.
“Once again we grieve for the little boys and girls,” Kimmel said, fighting back tears. “Whose lives have been ended and whose families have been destroyed. While our leaders on the right, the Americans in Congress and at Fox News and these other outlets warn us not to politicize this. They immediately criticize our president for even speaking about doing something to stop it, because they don’t want to speak about it because they know what they’ve done and they know what they haven’t done, and they know it’s indefensible, so they’d rather sweep this under the rug.”
“The reason they call them common-sense gun laws is because that’s what they are,” he added. “Eighty-nine percent of Americans want background checks before a gun can be purchased, which is the very least we can do.”
Watch: Texas Republican Opposes Any New Gun Legislation Because We’re Going to ‘Convict’ and ‘Punish’ the Shooters
A Texas Republican state lawmaker said just one day after 19 elementary school students were shot and killed he opposes any new gun legislation for two reasons: the U.S. Constitution, and under existing laws prosecutors should just “convict” the shooters.
“What we want to know is what your solution is,” CNN host Alisyn Camerota told Rep. James White, who happens to be a former school teacher.
“We’ve all seen how quickly and creatively Texas—your local legislature—can act when it wants to, say, protect the unborn embryo,” Camerota added, referring to Texas’ vigilante abortion ban, as The Daily Beast reported. “Why not act with that alacrity to protect living, breathing 10-year-olds in this school behind me?”
“We have this thing called the Constitution,” White replied, even though the Texas abortion ban, under current law, violates at least the spirit of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision.
Like Texas Governor Greg Abbott and many other Republicans, and like the NRA, White then defended his desire to pass no legislation to help reduce gun violence by declaring the problem is actually one of mental health.
He said, “these young men, for some reason, they have some very disturbed emotional state.”
There is no evidence, according to Gov. Abbott, that this shooter had any documented mental health issues.
White then decided to propose utilizing existing law to reduce gun violence.
“At the end of the day,” he said, “we’re going to look at the people who do these acts, we’re going to convict them, and we’re going to punish them.”
Appearing flabbergasted, Camerota replied, “You can’t convict him, sir.”
“Sir you can’t convict him. He was killed. He was killed, along with 19 children in the school behind me.”
“We’re going to look at the people who do these acts. We’re going to convict them and we’re going to punish them”
“Sir, you can’t convict him. He was killed along with 19 children in the school behind me” pic.twitter.com/Y5f6HZ0ZWU
— Acyn (@Acyn) May 25, 2022
Duggar Gets 12 Years in Jail After Prosecutor Tells Judge He Has a ‘Violent Sexual Interest in Children’
Josh Duggar, the former “19 Kids and Counting” reality TV star who was found guilty on horrific child pornography charges in December was sentenced by a federal judge Wednesday to serve 151 months – more than 12 years – in prison.
U.S. District Judge judge Timothy L. Brooks, appointed to the federal bench by President Barack Obama, called Duggar’s crimes “the sickest of the sick,” US magazine noted.
Editor’s note: Caution – graphic descriptions follow.
“Authorities described Duggar, 34, as a ‘very savvy computer user’ who tried to cover his tracks as he downloaded ‘sadistic and masochistic abuse’ material in 2019,” Buzzfeed adds.
Among the more than 600 images and videos that prosecutors said he downloaded was footage of prepubescent girls being raped, whipped, threatened with knives, and held naked in a dog cage.
Another video showed the rape and torture of a toddler — footage so terrible that a Homeland Security Investigations agent said it was among the most horrific things he had been forced to watch in his career.
The 34-year old Arkansas-born Duggar, who was forced to resign as executive director of FRC Action, the political activist arm of the anti-LGBTQ hate group Family Research Council, spent nearly two years promoting his conservative and religious values as he was fawned over as a role model by the far-right, including FRC President Tony Perkins, and former Arkansas GOP governor Mike Huckabee.
“The former TLC personality has previously been involved in multiple scandals over the years,” US adds. “In May 2015, resurfaced court documents revealed that he molested five girls — four of which were related to him — between 2002 and 2003. He was 14 and 15 years old at the time. Sisters Jill Dillard (née Duggar) and Jessa Seewald (née Duggar)came forward one month later, revealing themselves to be two of their brother’s victims.”
Duggar has seven children with his wife Anna.
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