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FBI ‘Reputation Is in Tatters – Worst in History!’ Trump Cries

“Psychiatrists Warn About Trump’s Mental State” – The New York Times

“Trump’s Mental Health Questioned by White House Staff, ‘Art of the Deal’ Writer Says” – Newsweek

“Psychiatrists Warn Trump Becoming More Mentally Unstable, Putting US, World at ‘Extreme Risk'” – CNBC

“Trump Must Be Evaluated for Removal From Office” – St. Louis Post Dispatch

The above titles are articles and opinion pieces published by top news outlets over the past few days. They represent just a fraction of similar stories you can easily find via Google. 

So it comes as no surprise that President Trump was able to keep silent about Mike Flynn pleading guilty to lying to the FBI for just 24 hours before going off on Saturday morning. 

His attacks escalated Saturday night and now Sunday morning, with embarrassingly blatant attempts to discredit the FBI, Jim Comey, and ABC News for an incorrect story the network ran, then later corrected and ultimately suspended without pay the reporter responsible. 

Here’s a sampling of Trump’s weekend madness:

First, he actually defends “General Flynn,” who doesn’t deserve being addressed as “General” after being fired twice by two different presidents. Then he compares Flynn’s lying to the FBI (while ignoring a plethora of other illegal acts that Flynn may have committed) to Hillary Clinton’s testimony over the July 4 holiday weekend, which lasted several hours. Trump claims she lied “many times,’ but offers zero proof to back up that claim.

Then he attacks his own Justice Dept.

He attacks his own FBI:

He again attacks a San Francisco jury in the Kate Steinle case, which he used as a tool to get elected, only to be found wrong on the facts. The undocumented immigrant was found not guilty in the killing of Steinle. So Trump continues his sad song insisting there is no justice in America – a very dangerous position, especially for a president, to take.

Trump claims, despite evidence to the contrary, and testimony from other Republicans he used similar language on them, that he never asked Jim Comey to stop the Flynn investigation. And he attacks Comey as a liar. In a court of law Trump would easily be found guilty.

After retweeting praise from his press secretary and Chris Christie, Trump retweets insanely partisan attacks based on recent news that special counsel Robert Mueller removed a top investigator who may have sent anti-Trump texts. Mueller’s actions clearly were an attempt to avoid any perception of bias, not the result of the investigator’s work. 

In the texts, The New York Times reported, “Mr. Strzok and a colleague reacted to news events, like presidential debates, in ways that could appear critical of Mr. Trump.” 

 F.B.I. regulations allow agents to express opinions “as an individual privately and publicly on political subjects and candidates.”

Naturally, the right is using the news to bolster Trump and so is Trump. Here are his retweets:


Trump doubles down:

More long-debunked conspiracy theories:

Trump also attacks ABC News, spins dubious claim people lost money in the stock market. The DOW dropped 350 points on the Flynn guilty plea news, and it’s likely the ABC News’ story, originally saying that Flynn would testify against Trump and his family members, played a part. The markets regained their losses in a few hours. Meanwhile, Trump himself has caused several market drops by making irresponsible claims. 

Meanwhile, back to reports questioning if Trump is mentally fit to hold office… 


Donald Trump Just Admitted He Knew Mike Flynn Lied to the FBI While He Was Still His National Security Advisor

Leaked Emails Show Top Trump Transition Official Admitting Russia ‘Has Just Thrown the USA Election’ to Trump

WATCH: Trump Breaks Silence Over Flynn Guilty Plea

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Peter Doocy Admits No ‘Concrete Evidence Joe Biden Personally Profited’ From Hunter’s Business



In a report focused on House Republicans’ plan to vote on a resolution to open an official impeachment inquiry of President Joe Biden, Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy told viewers there is no evidence of impeachable offenses.

“The House Oversight Committee has been at this for years, and they have so far not been able to provide any concrete evidence that Joe Biden personally profited from his son Hunter’s overseas business but they are going to try again with this impeachment inquiry set to start next week,” Doocy, who often criticizes President Biden in White House press briefings, said Friday on Fox News Business.

Other news outlets this week have also stressed Republicans have come up empty-handed.

The right-leaning news outlet The Hill, reporting on the resolution Thursday, noted Republicans’ current investigation “has struggled to connect President Biden to the activities of his son, and they’ve failed to prove their most salacious allegation — and the one that would be most key for impeachment: that the president accepted a bribe.”

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One of the main pillars of Republicans’ allegations against President Biden, the “narrative that President Biden pushed Ukraine to fire its prosecutor to help his son, who served on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burimsa, has largely been refuted,” The Hill also reported.

“Republicans have engaged in wide-ranging inquiry into Mr. Biden for months,” The New York Times reported Tuesday, “hunting for evidence to back up their allegations that he corruptly profited from his family members’ overseas business dealings and accepted bribes. To date, they have failed to deliver compelling evidence to back up their boldest claims.”

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Jobs Report Forces Fox News to Admit Biden Economy ‘A Lot Stronger Than Anybody Understands’



The monthly jobs report released Friday morning is being heralded as “robust,” “upbeat,” and “stronger than expected,” as unemployment again dropped to a near-50-year low (3.7%) while the economy added another 199,000 jobs.

“It’s the little engine that could, and this little locomotive keeps a chugging along…” declared professor of economics and public policy scholar Justin Wolfers.

“So the last three months have seen jobs growth at a very healthy average rate of +204k per month,” he added. “For context: Average monthly job growth from Jan 2000 to Dec 2019 was +87k.”

“If I had asked you a year ago to sketch what you thought a soft landing might look like,” he said, praising America’s post-COVID pandemic economy, “it’s likely you would have pretty much drawn the current economic data.”

On Thursday, Wolfers had discussed the incongruence between what economic data consistently shows about the strength of the U.S. economy, and what Americans are telling pollsters.

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“There’s no question people are telling pollsters they’re miserable about the economy. But riddle me this,” he asked, “Why can’t we find evidence of this pessimism in anything other that public opinion polls? Every non-poll based indicator of confidence suggests folks are optimistic.”

Heather Long, The Washington Post economic columnist, offered this view in response to Friday’s jobs report.

“Step back for a minute and look at this US job market,” she wrote.
“4.7 million more jobs than pre-pandemic
Below 4% unemployment for two years
Wages growing faster than inflation
Women (ages 25 to 54) at an all-time high for labor force participation”

Even Fox News was forced to deliver positive comments while reporting on Friday’s monthly numbers.

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“Overall you’ve got to look at this report as a big positive,” admitted pro-Trump Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo. “We’ve got more jobs created than expected.”

Speaking to the former chief economist of The White House National Economic Council under President Trump, Bartiromo said, “Joe LaVorgna, you’ve been saying this, the economy is a lot stronger than anybody understands.”

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Right Wing Evangelicals Are ‘Marinating’ in ‘Information Aimed at Making Them Fearful, Hostile’: Journalist



Evangelical support for former President Donald Trump, despite his own lack of devout faith, is no accident, author Tim Alberta told former CNN anchor Brian Stelter in an interview for Vanity Fair.

Rather, he argued, it is part of a deliberate campaign to radicalize and terrify them into loyalty — and part of what’s driving that is a “disproportionality crisis” of the information they are receiving.

““If you go to church on Sunday morning, you are going to be in the word with your pastor for, you know, 30 minutes, maybe 40, 45 minutes, and you sing some songs, and you say the prayers, and then you are out in the world for the rest of the week,” said Alberta. “And for most of these folks, as they’re out in the world, they are marinating in talk radio, in cable news, in social media—all of this information that is aimed at making them angry, fearful, hostile.”

Whereas they may hear Jesus’ message of tolerance, love, and forgiveness “on Sunday morning for 45 minutes, but then for 4, 5, 6, 10 hours during the week, you’re hearing the exact opposite. And it’s that ratio being so far out of whack that I think is really at the heart of the crisis here.”

And that’s assuming they’re at a church that will even give them messages of love and forgiveness in the first place — many pro-Trump pastors, like Greg Locke of Tennessee, have messages that are far angrier.

“[Trump] may not share their views, he may not sit in the pews with them, he may not read the good book like they do, but in some way, that’s his superpower,” Alberta explained. “He is free to fight in ways that are, you know, unrestrained, unmoored from biblical virtue. And that relationship with Trump has obviously evolved over the last eight years. What started as this very uneasy alliance for a lot of evangelicals with Trump has now morphed into this situation where, look, desperate times call for desperate measures. The barbarians are at the gates and we need a barbarian to keep them at bay.” This means that Trump’s increasingly dictatorial rhetoric is a natural outlet for the rage and frustration these evangelical voters are being fed.

None of this is to say that Trump has completely unified the evangelical world. Cracks have appeared in recent months, with prominent evangelical leaders like Bob Vander Plaats of Iowa endorsing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis out of concern about Trump’s electoral viability.


Editor’s note: Tim Alberta is an award-winning g journalist, a staff writer for The Atlantic, and author of “The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory: American Evangelicals in an Age of Extremism,” and “American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump.”


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