President Donald Trump was largely absent from public view during a weekend that saw nearly 30 people shot to death in two horrific gun massacres fueled at least in part by his own white supremacist and anti-immigrant views.
On Sunday he briefly spoke to reporters and promise he would speak to the American public Monday morning at 10 AM.
In what appears to be a preview of those upcoming remarks the President posted two early dawn tweets.
The missives suggest he will use the two Massacres, in El Paso and Dayton, to propose already tremendously popular gun control reforms — but tie them his anti-immigrant white nationalist beliefs and policies.
“Republicans and Democrats must come together and get strong background checks, perhaps marrying this legislation with desperately needed immigration reform,” Trump tweeted.
His tweets were met with scorn and outrage.
Opinion journalist Dean Obeidallah summed up what some are saying:
UNREAL!! Trump proposes to give the El Paso Terrorist the immigration policies he was fighting for. (We know “immigration reform” to Trump is curtailing immigration) This is far worse than Trump’s “both sides” defense after #Charlottesville!
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) August 5, 2019
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Jim Comey’s April Fool’s Joke Really Just Pissed a Lot of People Off: ‘Worst. April. Fool’s. Day. Prank. Ever.’
Former FBI Director, former Republican, and current Donald Trump critic Jim Comey Monday afternoon took to Twitter to post an April Fool’s Day joke, and it did not go over well. In fact, it really pissed a lot of people off.
“I’m in,” Comey tweeted, posting a photo of him standing in the middle of a road, seeming to announce a presidential run. “We need someone in the middle.”
He added the hashtag “#2020.”
I’m in. We need someone in the middle. #2020 pic.twitter.com/IGt69bEQz1
— James Comey (@Comey) April 1, 2019
— James Comey (@Comey) April 1, 2019
Clearly his April Fool’s joke landed like a lead balloon, with some remembering how he changed the course of the 2016 election with his October 28 announcement he was re-opening the Clinton email investigation – days before voters went to the polls.
It’s funny because he ruined the world. https://t.co/Z3hmvgYwna
— Dan Lavoie (@djlavoie) April 1, 2019
This is almost as bad as your Hillary Clinton press conference gag. https://t.co/8aVvLGFRdL
— Ivan the K™ (@IvanTheK) April 1, 2019
Are you personally willing to pull a Daniel Ellsberg? Thought so, gurrrl.
Stop being a self indulgent, ineffective civilian and shut it. Amateur photo shoots with your stupid messages? Really? You’ve actually dumbed down Twitter. Congratulations.
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) April 1, 2019
Comey was *not* someone in the middle. Not then. Not now.
I remember October 2016.
Then-FBI Director Comey raised possibility of re-opening FBI investigation on one Presidential candidate’s emails.
Comey put an official thumb on the election scale then. Our nation still suffers. https://t.co/Em3buPA6bj
— Margaret Nielsen (@msunielsen) April 1, 2019
Can it, you sanctimonious tree
— andi zeisler (@andizeisler) April 1, 2019
It’s funny because you fucked the entire country. https://t.co/I9jzkgF5Mz
— William K. Wolfrum (@Wolfrum) April 1, 2019
I am aware. It’s a shitty joke.
— andi zeisler (@andizeisler) April 1, 2019
— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) April 1, 2019
His best prank since October 2016 https://t.co/24e1H0M4PJ
— The Give Smart Guy (@BobbyBigWheel) April 1, 2019
“I’ll take ‘things no one asked for’ for $1000, Alex” https://t.co/ITopSz0u2y
— Alex Leo (@AlexMLeo) April 1, 2019
Worst. April. Fool’s. Day. Prank. Ever. https://t.co/2p4NPMLJle
— scary lawyerguy (@scarylawyerguy) April 1, 2019
‘Why Upstage Stacey Abrams?’: Internet Explodes in Anger as Bernie Sanders Says He’ll Deliver a SOTU Response
Democrat Stacey Abrams, the former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives and the first Black woman major-party gubernatorial nominee in U.S. history will be delivering the official Democratic response. Abrams will also make history as the first Black woman to do so.
Many on social media expressed anger and outrage when Sen. Sanders made his announcement, which he did by retweeting news of Abrams’ SOTU response.
Stacey Abrams is a great choice to deliver the Democratic response. I’m very much looking forward to her speech.
For the third year in a row, following the Democratic rebuttal I’ll be on Facebook Live, Twitter and YouTube to respond to Trump. https://t.co/4xOCjkNwtF
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) February 4, 2019
Veteran journalist and CNN political analyst Joan Walsh, who is the author of the book, “What’s the Matter with White People?” blasted Sanders for “upstaging” Abrams:
— Joan Walsh (@joanwalsh) February 4, 2019
Political analyst and activist Leah McElrath:
Bernie Sanders either doesn’t realize or doesn’t care about the symbolism of his redirecting attention from Stacey Abrams.
This is yet another example of his grandiosity and failure to care about the impact his actions have on women and people of color.
I am sooo done with him.
— Leah McElrath 🏳️🌈 (@leahmcelrath) February 4, 2019
HRC’s Charlotte Clymer:
— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) February 4, 2019
Esquire political opinion writer:
Read the fcking room, man. https://t.co/n30b6MRROd
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) February 4, 2019
Bernie Sanders is doing his State Of the Union response to speak to all the white people who are uncomfortable watching Stacey Abrams’ SoTU response. 😏
— Ragnarok Lobster (@eclecticbrotha) February 4, 2019
Big mistake by Bernie Sanders in doing his own state of union response and in process stepping on official response by Stacey Abrams.
— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) February 4, 2019
hopping mad that Bernie Sanders is doing a YouTube livestream after the dem state of the union response and not respecting the mandatory media blackout that traditionally occurs immediately after
— Matt Binder (@MattBinder) February 4, 2019
Bernie Sanders, go fucking knit people.
Now you’re trying to out shine STACEY ABRAMS who will be delivering the official State of the Union response to Bigot Trump.
This man is drenched in his privilege of being a white man thinking hes really the great white hope. https://t.co/FsKhm8QZ92
— Mr. Weeks 🤴🏾 (@MrDane1982) February 4, 2019
one time, just one time, can you pic.twitter.com/Fohx5BOIhL
— Rebecca Curry (@RebeccaCurry_) February 4, 2019
please go away and let Stacey Abrams have the spotlight, you stubborn old man.
— Centrism Fan Acct 🔹 (@Wilson__Valdez) February 4, 2019
Even though Stacey Abrams, a strong, progressive, black woman is already delivery the Democratic response, Bernie Sanders just stated he is releasing his own response to Trump’s State of the Union address.
— TOᑭ ᖇOᑭE TᖇAViS (@TopRopeTravis) February 4, 2019
I know Bernie fans are going to fill up my mentions with their love and best wishes for this take, but Sanders insisting on his own personal SOTU response speech makes him look arrogant and small.
— Steve Singiser (@stevesingiser) February 4, 2019
This is why I have no respect for Bernie Sanders and wish he would retire already. His ego is almost as big as Trump’s.
It’s not Bernie’s message that I have a problem with – it’s the messenger. https://t.co/kNylRqAB5l
— Picard🏳️🌈🇨🇦 (@Picard_Resists) February 4, 2019
So now Bernie will try to upstage @staceyabrams?
Ha! Good luck @BernieSanders
Twice as many people (including me) watched Stormy Daniels folding her laundry than watched Bernie Sanders give his response after the Trump shutdown speechpic.twitter.com/VEol6gYRAa
— ☇RiotWomenn☇ (@riotwomennn) February 4, 2019
Mexico Couldn’t Pay for the Wall, Says Incoming Chief of Staff
Incoming Chief of Staff for the Trump Administration, Mick Mulvaney, told “ABC This Week” that there isn’t a method for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to force Mexico to pay for a southern border wall even if that was an option.
“Technically, you and I both know that it cannot work exactly like that,’ said Mulvaney. “Department of Homeland Security can’t actually spend money from Mexico. We have to get it from Treasury.”
President Trump had claimed several times during his election bid that Mexico would “pay for” his border wall. During his term, however, that has changed, with demands that congress, using U.S. taxpayer money, would foot the bill for the fence.
In recent weeks, President Trump has claimed that the money would come from cost savings thanks to the renegotiated version of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), now called the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA).
This same sentiment was echoed by the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee-Saunders, last Tuesday.
“We’re not asking American taxpayers,” said Saunders, even though congressional spending would obviously use taxpayer dollars. “the president has been clear that the USMCA deal would provide additional revenue through the deal that would show that Mexico has paid for the wall.”
Mulvaney hedged on this point as well.
“USMCA, which is so much better for us than the (NAFTA) deal that American workers are going to do better, the government is going to do better and you could make the argument that Mexico is paying for it in that fashion,” said Mulvaney.”
The federal government is currently shut down during the holidays over disputes surrounding a 5-billion-dollar request for the border wall from President Trump.
View the exchange below:
Mick Mulvaney: We’re in a “good place” on getting wall built and having Mexico “participate” in border security.@jonkarl: “But none of that is Mexico paying for the wall”
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) December 23, 2018
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