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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Seven Florida Republicans File Slew of Anti-LGBTQ Bills
Seven Florida Republican lawmakers have filed four bills attacking the LGBTQ community.
NBC News reports “the bills would ban gender-affirming health care for transgender children, repeal municipal and county ordinances protecting LGBTQ workers, and legalize so-called gay conversion therapy in places that had banned the medically debunked practice.”
Conversion therapy has been compared to torture by those who have been victims of it, and states have been banning the practice given its ties to suicide and attempted suicide.
The lawmakers are Rep. Anthony Sabatini, Sen. Dennis Baxley, Rep. Bob Rommel, Sen. Joe Gruters, Rep. Michael Grant, Sen. Keith Perry, and Rep. Byron Donalds (images above, in order of NBC’s reporting.) (NCRM has added links to their Twitter accounts.)
Orlando Weekly’s Solomon Gustavo reports on House Bill 136, filed by Sabatini and Baxley, “which would make it a second-degree felony for health care practitioners to administer treatment for transitioning or changing a child’s sex.”
Elizabeth Warren Calls for Investigation Into Legality of Trump Tipping Off Mar-a-Lago Guests to Soleimani’s Killing
Elizabeth Warren is calling for financial regulatory agencies to investigate whether President Trump broke the law when he told guests at his Mar-a-Lago resort to expect something “big” in response to Iran’s killing of an American contractor in Iraq, The Daily Beast reports.
“Individuals who were guests at President Trump’s resort may have obtained confidential market-moving information,” a letter Warren sent to agencies read. “These private individuals … would have had the opportunity to obtain significant profits simply by being guests or members at President Trump’s private resort.”
Read the full report over at The Daily Beast.
Rupert Murdoch’s Son Rips Fox News for Pushing Falsehoods About Australian Wildfires
Rupert Murdoch’s younger son and his wife launched an attack on News Corporation for promoting conspiracy theories about Australia’s devastating wildfires.
Columnists and broadcasters from News Corp Australia — which dominates the country’s media — have questioned climate change’s role in the fires and downplayed the devastation, and James Murdoch and his wife Kathryn condemned the family business, reported The Daily Beast.
“Kathryn and James’ views on climate are well established and their frustration with some of the News Corp and Fox coverage of the topic is also well known,” said a spokesperson for the couple. “They are particularly disappointed with the ongoing denial among the news outlets in Australia given obvious evidence to the contrary.”
James Murdoch is CEO of the investment firm Lupa Systems but sits on the board of News Corp, which publishes more than 140 newspapers in Australia, and his brother Lachlan runs the Fox News Channel in the U.S.
“They are pissing inside the tent and that’s unusual,” said a longtime News Corp executive. “It’s evidence of how high tensions are within the family over climate change. The majority of people who work here agree with James. We are hoping this may be the tipping point.”
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