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‘What Two People Keeping a Story Straight Might Look Like’: Why Are Trump’s ‘I Want Nothing!’ Mad Pad Remarks Going Viral?

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President Donald Trump’s remarks to reporters Wednesday are going viral, and one might wonder what level of co-ordination it takes to make that happen.

The President appeared on the White House lawn Wednesday with notes scratched on a pad in big black marker during the damning, bombshell testimony of his Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland.

Trump’s words were clear and direct, and he read from his notes to reporters – an extremely rare event given this president who generally talks off the top of his head with the press several days a week.

“I WANT NOTHING, I WANT NOTHING, I WANT NO QUID PRO QUO,” his notes read, and the president said those words in front of reporters.

Trump was speaking about Ukraine, and his bribery scheme for which he currently is speeding toward being impeached.

It’s important to note, as CNN’s Marshall Cohen did, that this new “script” is totally in conflict with Trump’s comments that the White House released from the July 25 call summary:

Attorney, commentator, and writer for Yahoo News and Just Security, Luppe Luppen, posted a copy of the photo a reporter took of the president’s notes.

Luppen offers this insight, apparently suggesting Sondland and Trump might be trying to keep their stories straight.

Those words also made their way into a Trump tweet:

And in comments during the impeachment hearings – courtesy of top Trump defender Rep. Jim Jordan and another Republican.

And then in a Fox News segment – which Trump just happened to see and tweet out almost immediately:

The White House press secretary also tweeted out the same script:

But many are clear: Trump wanted something.

 

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‘We’re in Trouble’: Steve Schmidt Issues Dire Warning About Changed GOP After January 6th Insurrection

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Appearing on MSNBC’s the 11th Hour with host Brian Williams, former GOP campaign consultant Steve Schmidt warned that Democrats need to accept that the Republican Party has changed drastically after four years of Donald Trump and the Jan 6th riot — and failure to recognize that simple fact puts the entire country at risk.

Using one of Schmidt’s tweets where he called Trump’s “truth” a “hideous deception” as a jumping-off point, the former Republican warned, “We’re in trouble.”

“Objectively, since the insurrection on Jan 6th, the Republican Party is far more radical,” Schmidt began. “Far more committed to the lie that Trump has told, fully committed to the authoritarian movement.”

“Should the events repeat themselves, the Republican Party is in a much different place than it was this past election with regard to being prepared to subvert the legal and lawful results,” he continued.

“The Democrats have done nothing since coming into office,” he added. “They have done nothing to prevent any of the abuses we have seen, done nothing to harden any of the infrastructures”

He later added, “This is a serious moment.”

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Republicans Just Filibustered a Critical Voting Rights Bill. Here’s Why Everyone Is Blaming Joe Manchin.

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Minutes ago Senate Republicans filibustered critical voting rights legislation – actually, filibustered debate on voting rights legislation. They refused to even allow debate on protecting the most important, most critical element of a democracy: the right and the ability to vote.

“If there is anything worthy of the Senate’s attention, if there’s any issue that merits debate on this floor, it is protecting our democracy from the forces that are trying to unravel it from the inside out,” Senate Democratic Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said after Republicans blocked debate on the bill.

While Republicans absolutely should be and are being held accountable, many on social media are blaming Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) for the failure to pass the Freedom to Vote Act.

Why?

Back in May Sen. Manchin insisted he could get Republicans to come to the table, to act in good faith, to do the right thing when it counted.

He insisted the filibuster had to be protected at all costs, and he’s steadfastly refused to budge on eliminating it. Even as Republicans in state after state after state enact anti-democratic legislation designed to make it harder and harder for people, especially minorities, to vote.

In short, he failed.

Not a single Republican crossed the aisle – much less ten to get the necessary 60 votes – not even to allow debate on protecting voting rights.

And now many are blaming Manchin.

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‘Pig’ Donald Trump Slammed After Attacking Colin Powell for Being Treated ‘So Beautifully’ in Death

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Donald Trump Tuesday morning attacked former U.S. Secretary of State and Joint Chiefs Chairman Colin Powell, 24 hours after his death from COVID complications, and complained in typical Trump sarcasm how it was “wonderful” to see Powell being “treated in death so beautifully by the Fake News Media.”

The former president added that he hopes “that happens to me someday.”

He’s now being highly criticized for his remarks.

In a statement the former president called General Powell a “classic RINO,” who was always the “first to attack other Republicans.” Powell endorsed former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over Trump in the 2016 presidential race, and former Vice President Joe Biden in 2020.

Trump also accused Powell, who served under Presidents Reagan, Bush 41, Clinton, and Bush 43, of making “big mistakes on Iraq,” including his infamous statement before the United Nations about weapons of mass destruction, which Powell later acknowledged  was wrong.

After attacking Powell, Trump concluded, “He made plenty of mistakes, but anyway, may he rest in peace!”

Many are expressing outrage:

 

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