The White House has finally put out a “statement” of sorts in response to a vile video depicting a fake “Donald Trump” violently slaughtering the media and other top Trump targets, several top Democrats including Rep. Maxine Waters, Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Republicans including the late Sen. John McCain, and Sen. Mitt Romney, and Black Lives Matter.
The clip was played at an event for Trump supporters held at Trump’s Miami golf resort. Donald Trump Jr. and former Trump press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders reportedly were present at the event.
At 8:26 AM ET Trump press secretary Stephanie Grisham posted a short tweet, almost as an offhand memo.
Trump, who repeatedly has called the press “enemy of the people,” had been tweeting up a storm overnight when the news broke, and again this morning.
Many were quick to respond to Grisham’s milquetoast remarks while some questioned the White House claim he had not seen it, asking if not, why not.
His son spoke at the event at which it was played, but yeah, I’m sure it never came up. https://t.co/stWtH53rwH
— Geraldine (@everywhereist) October 14, 2019
What has he ever done that would in any way indicate that this video, made by his supporters, would not please him?
— Joe Berkowitz (@JoeBerkowitz) October 14, 2019
I’ll give 3/1 he tweets it out within the next 4 hours https://t.co/xQ6DI0C7H1
— Luke Bailey (@imbadatlife) October 14, 2019
Why tell us now that he’s not seen it but will see it shortly (it’s a very short clip)? Why not wait until he’s seen it?
Unless he’s actually seen it, perhaps many times, loved it showing @ conference, as did Jr, who spoke there, but you want us to think he hasn’t ever seen it.
— Michelangelo Signorile (@MSignorile) October 14, 2019
— Bad Fox Graphics (@BadFoxGraphics) October 14, 2019
And when you say “strongly condemns”, what you mean is “thinks it’s hilarious”. https://t.co/sW4I3KeGDy
— Tomb Hauntingofhillhouseton (@TVHilton) October 14, 2019
I don’t believe a word you say.
— Lisa Riegel (@MaxBuick) October 14, 2019
Be honest for once in your career. This is exactly the kind of shit he loves. Like the CNN “wrestling” bit on steroid. Bet he laughed his ass off over this one. https://t.co/I7UL2mHnp3
— Nicole Sandler (@nicolesandler) October 14, 2019
Prediction: Trump’s “condemnation” of the video will be half-hearted and undercut by “both-sidesism” https://t.co/LSFfEl90oB
— Jay Bookman (@jaysbookman) October 14, 2019
I assume sarah sandwich saw it? She spoke at the conference?
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) October 14, 2019
We’re going to need Trump to condemn it himself. Not his Press Sec – who collects a taxpayer funded paycheck and has never held a single daily briefing – via Twitter. Your words and tweets mean nothing when you don’t have the respect to face the public and press directly.
— 🇺🇸 Danielle Ames 🇺🇸 (@DanielleAmes10) October 14, 2019
Oh cut the shit. There’s at least a 50/50 chance he will pin it by the end of the day.
— Fruman, Parnas & Michael, Esqs. (@Merv515) October 14, 2019
He has posted videos before of CNN being violently attacked. Nice try Stephanie.
— Survivingnsweatpants (@Mominsweats) October 14, 2019
20 minutes from now he’s gonna retweet it or at the very least make a positive reference to it. Just wait.
NOBODY believes that he wouldn’t be gleeful over this video when he’s shared cartoons of the “Trump train” hitting CNN and the like plenty of times. I mean, come on. https://t.co/Yp76qNeyAC
— 🎃Valloween🎃 (@trickycrayon) October 14, 2019
condemn? he INSPIRED it
— Sandi Bachom (@sandibachom) October 14, 2019
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Roger Stone Sought Direct Line to Jared Kushner to Coordinate Wikileaks Dumps
According to testimony from former Trump deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates, Roger Stone told him that Wikileaks had plans to release damaging information on Hillary Clinton during the height of the 2016 presidential campaign. As POLITICO points out, Gates’ testimony at Stone’s trial reveals that the Trump campaign was offered help from Wikileaks earlier than previously thought.
Gates says Stone passed him the info two months before Donald Trump was given the GOP nomination.
“Mr. Stone indicated that WikiLeaks would be submitting or dropping information but no information on dates or anything of that nature,” Gates said. Stone is currently on trial for lying to Congress and obstructing the Russia probe.
Stone also reportedly sought out the contact information of Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner, presumably to inform him about the impending info dump from Wikileaks.
“It was in a way a gift,” Gates testified, later adding the campaign was “kind of in disbelief.”
“We believed that if information were to come out, there were a number of us that felt that it would give our campaign a leg up,” Gates said.
Gates pleaded guilty in February of last year on charges of conspiracy against the U.S. and making false statements to the FBI.
Steve Bannon Testifies Dirty Trickster Roger Stone Was Trump Campaign’s ‘Access Point’ to Wikileaks
Former Trump campaign chairman Steve Bannon testified in court Friday that then-candidate Donald Trump’s advisor and long-time friend Roger Stone was the “access point” to Wikileaks, according to The Hill.
“I think it was generally believed that the access point or potential access point to WikiLeaks was Roger Stone,” Bannon told federal prosecutors in the Washington, D.C. courtroom as Stone faces criminal charges. “I was led to believe he had a relationship with WikiLeaks and Julian Assange.”
Bannon reportedly also testified that Stone was the only access point and had “detailed information” on Wikileaks. He also reportedly testified that he had heard Stone was involved in the release of the emails, according to Vox Senior politics correspondent Andrew Prokop.
NBC News legal analyst weighs in:
Bannon’s testimony is hurting not only Stone but the entire Trump campaign, IMO.
— Glenn Kirschner (@glennkirschner2) November 8, 2019
Former White House National Security Staffer: Ukraine ‘Quid Pro Quo’ Extortion Coordinated by Chief of Staff Mulvaney
Former Special Assistant to the President Fiona Hill, a National Security Council staffer responsible for Russia and Ukraine, testified before Congress that President Donald Trump’s extortion of Ukraine was coordinated by White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.
“Ambassador Sondland, in front of the Ukrainians, as I came in, was talking about how he had an agreement with Chief of Staff Mulvaney for a meeting with the Ukrainians if they were going to go forward with investigations,” into Joe Biden and Hunter Biden, Hill said, CNN reports, according to the House-released transcript.
Mulvaney, despite a congressional subpoena, refused to testify today.
Hill has worked for the most-recent three presidents.
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