“The President’s been lying, non-stop, saying that China would pay for the tariffs – just like Mexico would pay for the wall.”
President Donald Trump followed up his weekend of nearly 100 tweets with an early Monday morning tweetstorm starting at 6:09 AM.
Most of the President’s tweets were in defense of his tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of goods imported from China into the U.S. – the vast majority of which increase costs to Americans because the tariffs are paid for by the companies that import the goods, who generally pass them on to consumers via higher prices.
And the president was widely mocked for these tweets, by an informed general public and many experts.
One set of Trump’s defensive tweets garnered a great deal of attention, for being wholly false.
….completely avoided if you by from a non-Tariffed Country, or you buy the product inside the USA (the best idea). That’s Zero Tariffs. Many Tariffed companies will be leaving China for Vietnam and other such countries in Asia. That’s why China wants to make a deal so badly!…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 13, 2019
“The President’s been lying, non-stop, saying that China would pay for the tariffs – just like Mexico would pay for the wall,” MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough noted.
— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) May 13, 2019
Politico’s Chief Economic Correspondent also weighed in:
— Ben White (@morningmoneyben) May 13, 2019
But it was this totally false Trump tweet that drew total mockery:
The unexpectedly good first quarter 3.2% GDP was greatly helped by Tariffs from China. Some people just don’t get it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 13, 2019
Here’s a noted American development economist:
Yeah. The people who “don’t get it” include your own economic advisors —> https://t.co/hQ0rC32oeS
Maybe if you just ban all trade, you’ll achieve “10% GDP”. Just say it, they’ll believe it. https://t.co/PyouvCkgBw
— Michael Clemens (@m_clem) May 13, 2019
A CNN Business economy reporter:
— Lydia DePillis (@lydiadepillis) May 13, 2019
Editor-in-chief, SAIS Observer. Freelance journalist:
This is literally how an economy doesn’t work. https://t.co/ChCOKM5ewz
— T.J. Sjostrom (@sjostromtj) May 13, 2019
London Bureau Chief for The Street:
“Tariffs from China.”
— Martin Baccardax (@mdbaccardax) May 13, 2019
Professor, Washington University in St. Louis:
— Timothy McBride (@mcbridetd) May 13, 2019
Senior Writer, Bloomberg Economics:
“Some people just don’t get it!” https://t.co/tCb860JBkR
— Shawn Donnan (@sdonnan) May 13, 2019
Wall Street financier, Morning Joe Economic Analyst:
Anyone who really looks at the GDP report would “get” that half of the 3.2% was due to transitory factors (inventories and trade) while consumer spending slowed to 1.2% and capex was essentially flat. https://t.co/ueVESlTPfi
— Steven Rattner (@SteveRattner) May 13, 2019
Bloomberg News economics editor:
GDP got a boost because imports fell after surging in the second half of 2018 to beat tariffs that were then put on hold (until now) https://t.co/RidyKHsw7J
— Scott Lanman (@scottlanman) May 13, 2019
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Far Right House Republicans Urge Barr to Appoint Special Counsel to Investigate Joe Biden and Son Hunter
Eleven of the most extreme House Republicans are urging Attorney General Bill Barr to investigate Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and the former Vice President’s son Hunter Biden.
Fox News reports the Republicans want Barr “to appoint a special counsel to investigate alleged revelations coming from a laptop purported to have belonged to Joe Biden’s son Hunter — specifically the elder Biden’s alleged participation in his son’s business dealings.”
The letter to the Attorney General is signed by just 11 of the 198 Republican Representatives, among them far right extremists like white supremacist Steve King of Iowa, white nationalist Louis Gohmert of Texas, religious extremist Jody Hice of Georgia, and science-denier Paul Gosar of Arizona.
Also among the 11 signatories, Congressman Andy Biggs, a “hydroxychloroquine kook” according to a local Arizona opinion writer, took to Twitter to attack Biden.
Today, I requested that the DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE immediately appoint an independent, unbiased SPECIAL COUNSEL to investigate the issues that have been raised about former Vice President JOE BIDEN’S involvement with his son’s business dealings. https://t.co/2phUI4tSY7
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) October 19, 2020
The allegations against the Bidens, fueled by a NY Post article being called Russian disinformation and based on content provided by President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, have been debunked from the start.
Trump is attacking Barr for not having already opened an investigation into the Bidens.
“Lock him up!” chants for Joe Biden are a new staple of Trump rallies.
“I know people that would’ve had him locked up five weeks ago,” Trump says, suggesting Bill Barr is having mercy on Biden. pic.twitter.com/kSQzx1j3Jt
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 19, 2020
Should Barr cave and open an investigation it would not be the first politically-motivated attack on Bidem from Republicans. Last month Senate Republicans ended an investigation that “found no evidence of improper influence or wrongdoing by the former vice president, closing out an inquiry its leaders had hoped would tarnish the Democratic presidential nominee.”
Trump Delivers Closing Pitch to ‘Suburban Housewives’ at Rally: ‘Women, I Like Women — I Like Women!’
President Donald J. Trump made his closing pitch to who he called “suburban housewives” at his Arizona rally Monday. He bellowed, “Women, I like women — I like women!” in a classic Trumpian move while his supporters cheered.
“Listen, here’s the story. They said ‘suburban women’ — I used to call them ‘suburban housewives,’ I got killed all the time. I said, ‘ugh, I better go politically correct.’ Is there one woman here who minds being called, if you’re married at least, a ‘suburban housewife’ ’cause…”
The crowd erupted with “No!”
“The only ones who mind are those characters… there’s a lot of people up there – the press, right? Those are the only ones. The rest of them don’t.”
Watch the video below.
"Women. I like women. I like women." — Trump pic.twitter.com/AF3VyWcSbX
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 19, 2020
Trump Aides Lament Guthrie Town Hall Was ‘Damaging’ to President as He ‘Runs Out of Time’: AP Reporter
Reporting on the fall-out from Donald Trump’s controversial town hall on MSNBC on Thursday night, Associated Press White House correspondent Jonathan Lemire claimed that aides to the president are already admitting that the president made some “damaging” comments that could hurt his re-election campaign.
Speaking with “Morning Joe” co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brezinski, Lemire said the range of topics exposed the president and his answers likely didn’t make anyone on the fence consider voting for him.
“Viewers would have experienced some whiplash watching the two — trying to watch both town halls,” Lemire explained while comparing the Trump town hall to Democratic challenger Joe Biden’s on ABC. “There was one moment that crystallized it: at the same moment that Trump was defending QAnon, Joe Biden was talking about the taxes. He showed empathy to the listeners, to those asking him questions.”
“In terms of the president, people I have talked to around him last night and a few texts early this morning suggested once again a real anger at the media,” he continued. “Blaming the scapegoat, in this case, Savannah Guthrie who I thought did a terrific job yesterday.”
“But I will say they do say there may have been some moments last night that may have been damaging,” he added. “Like not denouncing QAnon. The very testy one when he finally got around to denouncing white supremacy. There are certainly going to be questions about tax returns and whether or not he took a COVID test before the last debate. Several times he dodged, he evaded and raised real questions as to whether or not he exposed Joe Biden last time which is going to raise more concerns about next week when they’re supposed to set up for a final debate next Thursday.”
“The president, frankly, is running of out of time” he explained before concluding, “It’s hard to imagine, even his aides concede, that there was any moment last night that the president swung voters his way when he simply is running out of time and opportunities to change the trajectory of this race.”
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