After he won the Republican Party’s nomination for president, Donald Trump finally explained why he attacks the press. CBS News veteran journalist Leslie Stahl revealed what then-GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump told her, when she spoke in New York City at the Deadline Club’s Awards Dinner Monday evening.
Trump has a long and ugly history of attacking the press. For example, here he is one week before the 2016 election, calling out the “dishonest” press and even one NBC News journalist. It wasn’t the first time Trump had singled Katy Tur out by name. Months earlier he did and it was so bad she had to be escorted to safety by the Secret Service after his attack.
So what Trump told Stahl should come as no surprise.
He said, according to the CBS News veteran journalist, that he attacks the press to “discredit” them – so at some point Americans will no longer believe the media.
Stahl, a reporter since the 1970’s, was the first to interview Trump after he won the election. On Monday evening she told the assembled group of journalists that before she won that prestigious interview she had met with him in Trump Tower.
“He really is the same off camera that he is on camera,” she said, explaining the only ones present at that meeting were Trump, her editor, and herself.
“At one point he started to attack the press,” Stahl told reporters.
“There were no cameras, and I said, ‘You know, that is getting tired. Why are you doing this? You’re doing it over and over and it’s boring an it’s time to end that. You won the nomination – why do you keep hammering at this?'” she says she asked.
“‘You know why I do it?'” Stahl says Trump admitted. “‘I do it to discredit you all, to demean you all so when you write negative stories about me no one will believe you.'”
The Intercept’s Vanessa Gezari was the first to break the news, which she did via Twitter.
Stahl’s co-host at the event, PBS veteran journalist Judy Woodruff looked at her, and shook her head.
The Deadline Club posted video of Stahl and Woodruff. The entire exchange is interesting. It’s cued up to the relevant portion:
Many on social media expressed surprise. Not at what he said – it’s been obvious for years – but that he actually admitted it.
Here’s a former federal prosecutor weighing in:
If this doesn't alarm you, it should. https://t.co/7kDZZAKDaz
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) May 22, 2018
This is like when a movie villain tells everyone their diabolical plan out loud, except in Trump's case 40% of the population still allow themselves to fall for it… https://t.co/ybhqgHdkfw
— TrumpsTaxes (@TrumpsTaxes) May 22, 2018
I think that’s the first honest thing to come out of his mouth. https://t.co/9dc93Vmt4F
— Julie York (@julieannyork) May 22, 2018
— Kat 4 Obama (@Kat4Obama) May 22, 2018
The US President purposefully uses disinformation tactics to discredit the voices who would otherwise hold him accountable. This is a common tactic of disinformation, functioning to solidly authoritarian power by silencing dissent. https://t.co/NbFIeN2T6k
— Kate Starbird (@katestarbird) May 22, 2018
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Cuomo: There Aren’t Enough Bodyguards to Protect Trump from New Yorkers
New Yorkers President Donald J. Trump and Governor Andrew Cuomo both hail originally from Queens, but there’s no brotherly love where these two are concerned.
Cuomo held an emergency press briefing Wednesday night following Trump’s threat to pull federally allocated funds from “lawless” cities like New York, Seattle, Portland, and Washington, D.C., among others. His briefing occurred within 30-minutes of Trump’s threat.
“He better have an army if he thinks he’s gonna walk down the street in New York,” Cuomo said. “New Yorkers don’t want to have anything to do with him. He can’t have enough bodyguards to walk through New York City, people don’t want to have anything to do with him.”
Cuomo added, “It is more of the same from him. It’s political, it is gratuitous. And it’s illegal. But it is another attempt to kill New York City. President Ford said drop dead. President Trump has been actively trying to kill New York City since he’s been elected.”
He later commented, “He [Trump] was dismissed as a clown in New York City; those who know him best, like him least.”
Cuomo later walked back one of his more aggressive remarks.
“My comment about the president and bodyguards in New York City, all I’m saying is that he is persona non grata in New York City,” he stated. “And I think he knows that. And he’ll never come back to New York, because New Yorkers will never forget how gratuitously mean he has been to New Yorkers and how many times he’s tried to kill the city that gave him his start and birthed him. That’s what I meant about the bodyguards.”
One thing he didn’t take back was this comment: “You want to do something about public safety, try doing your job. One thousand people under your federal leadership are dying currently per day from Covid. You have the worst record on the globe in terms of leadership.”
Cumo also shared these tweets.
Today and always: pic.twitter.com/3R2ibvAhck
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) August 31, 2020
President Trump has actively sought to punish NYC since day one.
He let COVID ambush New York.
He refuses to provide funds that states and cities MUST receive to recover.
He is not a king. He cannot "defund" NYC.
It's an illegal stunt.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) September 2, 2020
Trump can't bully New Yorkers. Ever notice those who know him best like him the least? Ask his sister, a former federal judge, who said he's a liar and "you can't trust him." He says he wins NYS. Really? Want to bet?
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) September 3, 2020
Trump as Commander in Chief lost the Covid war. Now more Americans are dying daily from Covid than in Europe, China and Canada COMBINED.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) September 4, 2020
Mr. Rogers’ Widow Says If Trump is Re-Elected: ‘I Will Probably Go Into Mourning’
On Thursday, The Daily Beast reported that Joanne Rogers, the widow of Presbyterian minister and children’s television personality Mr. Rogers, unloaded furiously on President Donald Trump as he paid a visit to their hometown of Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
“I think he’s just a horrible person,” said Rogers. She added that if the president is re-elected in November, “I will probably go into mourning. I can’t even imagine. I would feel so badly.”
“I think maybe the fact that Mr Trump seldom tells the truth,” she added. “If he does, it’s just a fluke, I think. But the fact [is] that I can’t believe anything he says, not even the simplest thing … This man is pathologically ill. Mentally ill.”
In Latrobe on Thursday, Trump aired out a number of his grievances, including denying that his visit to Walter Reed hospital was for a “mini-stroke” and repeating his advice to his supporters to illegally vote twice.
Image via screengrab.
Trump’s Pardon of Susan B. Anthony Met with Laughter on 100th Anniversary of 19th Amendment
Susan B. Anthony was arrested in 1872 when she voted – a move that violated the men-only law in place at the time. Now, President Donald Trump says he is going to clear her name because “she was never pardoned.”
The most controversial and morally corrupt president in American history is pardoning a woman he might otherwise have referred to as “nasty,” but it’s because “she got a pardon for a lot of other women and she didn’t put her name on the list.”
Trump signed the proclamation on the morning of August 18, 2020 with his wife, First Lady Melania Trump, by his side.
“It was a monumental victory for equality for justice, and a monumental victory for America,” he said.
Further trying to secure some part of the 2020 vote, Trump announced last week a bill that would create a monument in Washington to honor suffragists like Anthony – and pay tribute to the 19th amendment.
Trump paraded his pardon before embarking on a Tuesday tour of Yuma, Arizona and Cedar Rapids, Iowa to combat this week’s inspiring Democratic National Convention.
And now for some real talk.
They're missing Hillary Clinton right in the center of the picture, but otherwise…yes.
— Susan votes 🌊🇺🇲 (@ElastigirlVotes) August 18, 2020
100 years ago today the #19thAmendment was ratified, finally giving women their right to vote.
— Iche_me! (@iche_me) August 18, 2020
When you accept a pardon you have to admit guilt.
I'm doubtful Susan B. Anthony would have accepted the pardon on those terms.
— Cape Cod Joanna (@GypsyHeartPoet) August 18, 2020
Trump's announcement that he's pardoning Susan B. Anthony is met with laughter pic.twitter.com/ycIFtFtQOQ
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 18, 2020
— DD214 (@DD214Veteran) August 18, 2020
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