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Conway Sidesteps and Pivots but Repeatedly Refuses to Say if Trump Will Apologize for His Cyberbullying at SOTU



“Are you denying that he uses the internet to bully people?”

Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway on Tuesday repeatedly refused to say if President Trump will apologize for his cyberbullying during Tuesday night’s State of the Union address.

First Lady Melania Trump, as part of her “Be Best” and anti-bullying efforts, and President Donald Trump invited 11-year-old Joshua Trump as their guest to sit in the First Lady’s box Tuesday night. Joshua, who is in the sixth grade, has been bullied at school because he shares the last name of the President.

“Is the president going to mention Joshua in his address, and in doing so will he apologize for his own role in cyberbullying people with whom he disagrees?” NPR’s Rachel Martin asked Conway.

Conway pivoted, sidestepped, and danced around the question, mentioning that she too has school-age children.

Martin was not letting up.

“Will the president apologize for how he has used the internet to bully people?”

“The president uses his considerable media platforms to cut through the middlemen who don’t always tell the truth about his record,” Conway offered.

“Are you denying that he uses the internet to bully people?” Martin continued.

“The president is also a counter-puncher if you’re talking abut calling out a Senator from Connecticut who lied about being in Vietnam but never was,” Conway accused. (Conway’s statement is inaccurate at best.)

“If you’re talking about the people who like to criticize him, or the racist, abortionist governor of Virginia who’s a Democrat,” Conway charged.

Martin was prepared and did not hold back.

“He’s also called out his intelligence chiefs, calling them ‘naive,’ saying they ‘should go back to school,’ calling Maxine Waters ‘low-IQ,’ – there is some hypocrisy as people have pointed out, inviting a young man who’s been bullied, not to dismiss his claims but to ignore the president’s own role,” Martin said.

Conway again refused to answer any of Martin’s questions, them attacked House Financial Services Chair Maxine Waters again.

Listen: (relevant segment starts at the 4:55 mark.)


Hat tip: The Hill

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‘Dumber and Smarmier’: Critics Slam Collins Over Announcement She Will Vote Against Tanden for ‘Temperament’



“Tone policing”

U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) Monday morning announced she will vote against President Joe Biden’s pick to head the powerful and important Office of Management and Budget (OMB), claiming she is uncomfortable with Neera Tanden‘s “temperament.”

Collins also claimed Tanden did not have sufficient experience for the job, as CNN reports.

Tanden has been president of the Center for American Progress for nearly a decade, and served within the Obama administration as senior adviser to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. She also served as associate director for domestic policy in the Clinton White House.

The Atlantic in 2016 also reported “Tanden was a key architect of the Affordable Care Act after serving as a top policy adviser for Clinton’s 2008 bid.” But it was her work drafting a public option for ObamaCare, later tossed, that may be the most threatening aspect of Tanden, not her “mean tweets.”

Indeed, Collins and Democratic Senator Joe Manchin both cited Tanden’s active and adversarial Twitter account as one of the main reason they will vote against her.

“Neera Tanden has neither the experience nor the temperament to lead this critical agency,” Collins said in a statement Monday. “Her past actions have demonstrated exactly the kind of animosity that President Biden has pledged to transcend.”

In a show of good will and a strong signal that she is very willing to work with Republicans, Tanden apologized many times for her tweets during her Senate Budget Committee confirmation hearing. She also deleted over a thousand of them.

Collins used that act of contrition as a weapon against Tanden, saying it “raises concerns about her commitment to transparency.”

Some of the tweets Tanden deleted?

These, about Senator Collins:

But Tanden did not delete all her tweets about Collins. This is still up:

Many are furious about what they see as Collins’ hypocrisy.

Image: Susan Collins with Brett Kavanaugh, who she voted to confirm to a lifetime appoint,kent on the U.S. Supreme Court

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Trump Slammed for Endorsing ‘Pro-Family’ Lawmaker Who Pressured Patient He Was Having an Affair With Into Having an Abortion



On Wednesday, shortly before being suspended from Twitter, President Donald Trump tweeted out his endorsement of Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) — a congressman infamous for a scandal in which he impregnated female patients in his medical practice and pressured them into having abortions.

Trump was promptly buried in scorn for his choice of endorsement.



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McConnell’s Impeachment Rules Package Fails by His ‘Own Standard’: CNN Legal Analyst



On Monday’s edition of CNN’s “The Situation Room,” national security and legal analyst Susan Hennessey excoriated the rules proposal for the Senate impeachment trial put forward by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

“Look, Mitch McConnell has gone all in on the notion that this is going to be the same as the Clinton impeachment, that that was sort of the standard of fairness here,” said Hennessey.

This fails pretty plainly by McConnell’s own standard, forcing the presentation of the House managers’ case in 12 marathon hours that are going to stretch well into the middle of the night.”

“The American people are going to understand exactly what is going on here, which is that Mitch McConnell is hoping to exhaust the House managers, to exhaust the Senate, such that whenever it actually gets to the point that they have the choice to maybe call witnesses, there are going to be incentives against that,” continued Hennessey. “He’s also racing against other witnesses and other information that might come out.”

Watch below:



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