President Donald Trump tweeted out a lighthearted suggestion for “rebranding” the Boeing 737 MAX following two fatal crashes, and other social media users were horrified.
The president spent much of the previous day tweeting about Tiger Woods winning the Masters golf tournament, and he started Monday with a self-deprecating suggestion for the troubled aircraft manufacturer.
What do I know about branding, maybe nothing (but I did become President!), but if I were Boeing, I would FIX the Boeing 737 MAX, add some additional great features, & REBRAND the plane with a new name.
No product has suffered like this one. But again, what the hell do I know?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2019
The aircraft was grounded worldwide last month after a fatal crash on Ethiopian Airlines that killed all 157 aboard, five months after a crash on Lion Air that killed all 189 passengers and crew.
“No product has suffered like this one.” A whole lot of people died when these planes crashed, but sure let’s talk about how Boeing’s MAX has suffered.# p #7_47 # ad skipped = true #
Next time let’s elect a president with some shreds of empathy and humanity, shall we? https://t.co/673BEGkbpa# p #8_47 # ad skipped = true #
— Teri Carter (@teri_atthepaper) April 15, 2019# p #9_47 # ad skipped = true #
Yah it’s the PRODUCT that suffered…# p #11_47 # ad skipped = true #
— Merrick Garland’s Witch (@MorninGovnaa) April 15, 2019# p #12_47 # ad skipped = true #
Curious what ‘new name’ your family members will pick for themselves when this whole charade is over# p #14_47 # ad skipped = true #
— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) April 15, 2019# p #15_47 # ad skipped = true #
“why don’t they build the whole plane out of the black box” – the president https://t.co/1pQPkRUDTZ# p #17_47 # ad skipped = true #
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) April 15, 2019# p #18_47 # ad skipped = true #
This is a perfectly natural thing for a US President to be furious about at 6:30 in the morning# p #20_47 # ad skipped = true #
— Dreamweasel (@Dreamweasel) April 15, 2019# p #21_47 # ad skipped = true #
In other words,
Cover it up?# p #23_47 # ad skipped = true #
— Grandma Roxy (@RStasch) April 15, 2019# p #24_47 # ad skipped = true #
You bankrupted a steak company, casino, and a fucking university dedicated to you.# p #26_47 # ad skipped = true #
I would slow down on the advice.# p #27_47 # ad skipped = true #
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) April 15, 2019# p #28_47 # ad skipped = true #
I can’t believe Boeing never thought of fixing their crashing planes before https://t.co/PekOYmYVA9# p #30_47 # ad skipped = true #
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 15, 2019# p #31_47 # ad skipped = true #
Maybe Boeing should just turn its engines into a money laundering vehicle for corrupt Russians. I hear that’s a good fix. https://t.co/SRppE9NMSO# p #33_47 # ad skipped = true #
— emptywheel (@emptywheel) April 15, 2019# p #34_47 # ad skipped = true #
Note: Branding is not something that fixes mechanical problems.# p #36_47 # ad skipped = true #
— Matthew Gellert (@MatthewGellert) April 15, 2019# p #37_47 # ad skipped = true #
great idea, they could rebrand it as Trump Air … oh wait, there already was a Trump Air and you flew it right into yet another bankruptcy. oh well, cool business advice there, Guy Who Failed At Every Job Except Game Show Host, tell us another# p #39_47 # ad skipped = true #
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) April 15, 2019# p #40_47 # ad skipped = true #
Had to check was this the parody account. No. It’s not.# p #42_47 # ad skipped = true #
— Britney Britwell (@BritneyBritwell) April 15, 2019# p #43_47 # ad skipped = true #
Focus. Ruin one job at a time please# p #45_47 # ad skipped = true #
— Dave (@realdavehvs) April 15, 2019# p #46_47 # ad skipped = true #
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Trump Called Insurrectionists at Willard Hotel Hours Before Jan 6 Riot: Report
New information is being reported on Donald Trump’s role in the hours leading up to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
“Sources have told the Guardian that just hours before the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol this year, Donald Trump made several calls from the White House to top lieutenants at the Willard Hotel in Washington to discuss ways to stop or delay the certification of Joe Biden’s election win from taking place on 6 January,” The Guardian reported Tuesday.
Even though Republicans lost the 2020 election, Trump said on Jan. 6 that it was important for the GOP to hold the White House despite losing.
“THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND, MORE IMPORTANTLY, OUR COUNTRY, NEEDS THE PRESIDENCY MORE THAN EVER BEFORE – THE POWER OF THE VETO. STAY STRONG!” Trump tweeted in all capital letters on the morning of Jan. 6.
The Guardian explained why their new reporting is significant.
“Trump’s remarks reveal a direct line from the White House and the command center at the Willard,” the newspaper reported. “The conversations also show Trump’s thoughts appear to be in line with the motivations of the pro-Trump mob that carried out the Capitol attack. He phoned his lieutenants at the Willard sometime between the late evening on 5 January and the early hours of 6 January after becoming furious at Pence for refusing to do him a final favor.”
Read the full report.
‘Jan. 6 Wasn’t a Fantasy’: Top Missouri Paper Says It’s ‘Long Past Time’ for Senate to Investigate Josh Hawley
On Sunday, the editorial board of the St Louis Post-Dispatch called on the U.S. Senate Ethics Panel to investigate Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) over any possible involvement he may have had in the Jan 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
Hawley, whose political future will be haunted by a photo of him giving a raised fist to insurrectionists as they stormed the halls of Congress has been excoriated by the paper’s editors multiple times, but Sunday’s call for an investigation ramps up their attacks on the home state senator.
According to the board, “Ten months after a group of Senate Democrats lodged ethics complaints into the conduct of Republican Sens. Josh Hawley of Missouri and Ted Cruz of Texas regarding their roles in sparking the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, the Senate Ethics Committee has shown no sign of movement.,” with the editors saying it is “long past time” to take a hard look at both Republican senators.
“Jan. 6 wasn’t a fantasy; it was real, and the culpability of these two senators must be determined,” they wrote. “Hawley and Cruz were the only two senators to object to certification of Joe Biden’s clear victory in the 2020 election results, citing (with zero evidence) supposed concerns about the election’s integrity. That was the same baseless, toxic nonsense then-President Donald Trump had been spewing since before the election. Such talk whipped up the mob of Trump loyalists to attack the Capitol on Jan. 6.”
Adding, “Even after the violence, he persisted in voting with just five other senators to continue promoting Trump’s big lie that Biden’s win was illegitimate,” the editors wrote, “If he had an ounce of honor, he’d have heeded our Jan. 7 call for his resignation (we certainly weren’t alone on that). But at this point, why even talk about honor?”
Writing that, “Just because there’s a mechanism in place allowing senators to object to election results doesn’t mean it’s OK for Hawley to abuse that process for crass political gain,” the editorial concluded, “Hawley and Cruz have the right to defend themselves from the allegations — but so far, they haven’t even had to. The Ethics Committee should stop sitting on this.”
You can read the whole piece here.
Marjorie Taylor Greene Is Demonstrating ‘The Depth of Power She Has Over Kevin McCarthy’: Politico Reporter
Appearing on CNN on Saturday morning, Politico’s Rachael Bade explained that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s overwhelming desire to become the leader of a Republican Party-dominated House has put him at the mercy of the demands and whims of extremist Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA).
As the plans for the 2022 midterm elections ramp up, and political prognosticators are saying a GOP House takeover is highly likely, McCarthy’s path to staying leader is not certain with the far-right wing of the party balking at just handing the California Republican the gavel.
As Bade explained to CNN’s Christi Paul, Taylor Green is just now starting to feel her power over McCarthy grow.
“What is the takeaway for Kevin McCarthy?” Paul asked. “Particularly, I have to point out that after last night, Marjorie Taylor Greene said she tweeted that she got off a good call with him. spent time talking about problems not only for the country. ‘I like what he has planned ahead.’ Two different — two different points of view from her and in a 24 to 48-hour period. What do you make of that?”
“Look, I think Kevin McCarthy has a really long year ahead of him,” Bade suggested. “You’re right, the midterms are far away. That vote for him to become speaker is a long way off, but Marjorie Taylor Greene is just starting to realize the depth of power she actually has over Kevin McCarthy.”
“This is a man who has wanted to be Speaker for a decade,” she continued. “He needs her vote, he needs her support in order to get the gavel. I think what you’ll be seeing for the next few months, for a year, anytime Kevin McCarthy does anything to infuriate Marjorie Taylor Greene or infuriates [Donald] Trump — they’re going to be lording it over his head.”
“He’s got this real bind right now, he’s going to be in this pickle for a very long time,” she later added.
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