This unfortunate and hopefully soon-expiring moment in U.S. history, Donald Trump’s presidency, has been anything but subtle in summoning the worst energies, impulses, and dimensions embedded in the nation’s history and still animating contemporary culture and politics.
Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro went on MSNBC and told Ali Velshi that China deliberately created the coronavirus and intentionally spread it to the US.
Recent polling indicates that an overwhelming number of Americans, close to 75%, support the protests, inspired by George Floyd’s murder, against racism and police brutality. This approval, polls reveal, stretches across party lines and racial lines.
Fox News’ Brit Hume thinks Donald Trump should definitely be golfing rather than sending tweets. He highlighted the President’s recent unfounded allegations against an MSNBC personality.
President Trump has revived false claims about Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough and the death of an intern when he was a congressman. Hume was not pleased by Trump’s tweets.
“A blow to her head? Body found under his desk?” Trump tweeted on Sunday.
“Left Congress suddenly? Big topic of discussion in Florida…and, he’s a Nut Job (with bad ratings). Keep digging, use forensic geniuses!”
Hume complained of “30K retweets for this discredited tale, based on a three-year old post from some wing-ding website.”
30K retweets for this discredited tale, based on a three-year old post from some wing-ding website. This is why even his critics should want DJT to play a lot of golf, because when he does, he’s not tweeting crap like this. https://t.co/WrHNJnlBU6
Mika Brzezinski slammed Donald Trump on Wednesday for his repeated suggestions that her husband is a murderer. The MSNBC personality addressed the President on live TV.
Brzezinski is a co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe along with her husband, Joe Scarborough. Trump has recently revived the unfounded claim that Scarborough was involved in the death of an intern who worked for him when he was a congressman.
Trump brought the issue up again on Wednesday in a tweet calling Scarborough “Psycho Joe”.
“He’s tweeting again all sorts of crazy things,” Brzezinski said during the live broadcast.
“Once again tweeting conspiracy theories about Joe, falsely accusing him of murder, talking about a death of a young staffer in his congressional office years ago, and calling him dangerous to walk the streets.”
Watch the video:
Mika goes in on Trump after he again accuses Joe Scarborough of murder: "I'll just take a point of personal privilege here, that's sick. Donald you're a sick person. … You're really a cruel, sick, disgusting person." pic.twitter.com/iqyX9xXKHu
Donald Trump gets an “F” on Coronavirus, according to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. The California Democrat offered a brutal summary of the President’s failures on Wednesday.
Pelosi spoke to MSNBC about Trump’s lack of preparation and the damage it had caused to the American people.
“For our seniors in nursing homes and the rest, as you say, there’s a big toll being taken there. But if we can test and contact and isolate people, we’re on a very much better path,” she said.
“There’s a Boy Scout saying, ‘Proper preparation prevents poor performance.’ Well, that is exactly where the president gets an F.”
“He was not properly prepared, not with the truth, with the facts, or the admission of what was happening in our country — delay, whatever, delay, denial, death,” Pelosi said.
Watch the video:
Speaker Pelosi: "There's a Boy Scouts saying 'proper preparation prevents poor performance,' well that was exactly where the president gets an 'F'. He was not properly prepared, not with the truth, with the facts or the admission of what was happening in our country." pic.twitter.com/NTM821bEUf
Joe Biden took the President to task on Thursday for his handling of the Coronavirus. The former vice president was incredulous at Donald Trump’s recent behavior.
The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee
spoke to MSNBC’s Morning Joe program
MSNBC cut away from Trump's coronavirus briefing to do a live fact check of several lies told by Trump and Steve Mnuchin about the availability of COVID-19 stimulus.
Trump started the coronavirus briefing by not talking about coronavirus, so MSNBC cut away from the briefing because he wasn't discussing the pandemic.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi says
she hasn’t spoken to President Donald Trump since the State of the Union
As coverage of the coronavirus streams 24-7 on the airways, updating cases and casualties as well as policy shifts and other breaking developments, it is understandable Americans might find their attention riveted to day to day events linked to the pandemic, making it hard to even think about larger political contexts or issues raised by the pandemic.
We rarely even hear, for example, about the Democratic primary, much less about the approaching presidential election in November, on which many American interests hang in the balance.
Last March 23,
Republicans are faking anger at Adam Schiff and using it as an excuse for their predetermined votes not to convict Donald Trump.
Joseph Bondy, the lawyer for Lev Parnas, called on Congress to release the tape of Trump demanding the former ambassador to Ukraine be taken out.
What is the story of the U.S. economy?
Not unlike the proverbial elephant subject to scrutiny by a band of blind men, the nation’s economy is subject to multiple narrative descriptions depending on which component of the beast, whether our economy or an elephant, the blind man massages.
Some media pundits have argued that the historically low unemployment rates combined with record stock market performances attest to a strong economy that would propel Trump to victory in 2020 if only he were disciplined enough to stay on point about the economy, stupid.
Others claim focusing on these numbers is akin to grasping the trunk and the tail of the elephant, missing the bigger and much more accurate picture of an economy that has not just failed but actively assaulted the vast majority of Americans. MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle, for example, has been unrelenting in fleshing out this more comprehensive narrative, insisting, among other points, that the stock market and the overall economy are not the same thing.
It may very well be the more compelling storyteller, or the storyteller who gets access to the most air time, who tilts the 2020 election.
Robert Shiller’s recent splashy book Narrative Economics underscores this point in a general way, arguing that the popular and viral narratives purveyed about the economy don’t so much describe the economy but drive the economic events themselves, regardless of the truth value of the story itself.
As the Yale University professor and Nobel-prize winning economist told CNBC, “It may not be so logical. It may be more, as I said, of animal spirits. This is an emotion that you feel at a certain time that you sense you see in other people. So when you see other people feeling confident about the market, you feel more confident yourself.”
He attributes recent market strength, for example, to Trump’s storytelling prowess: “He’s a motivational speaker. We’ve never had a motivational speaker president before. He knows how to create animal spirits.”
What cannot be emphasized enough, however, is the importance of a crafting an economic narrative that aligns as closely as possible with our economic reality, generating the most effective understanding of the dynamics and performance of the economy–for good decision-making by voters and good policy-making by legislators.
How we tell this story is vital to lives of the American majority, which is why Shiller’s applause for Trump’s motivational stirring of animal spirits is absolutely misplaced and damaging to American lives.
As we get a hold of the entire elephant of the Trump economy, we find an economy on a sugar high, thriving on taxpayer debt, enriching even further the already wealthy, and heading for a crash.
As we limn this elephant, let’s start with the national debt and deficit. Trump inherited a strong economy, and it is typically during healthy economic times that the government pays down the national debt. But both the deficit and debt have grown under Trump’s administration, largely because of his tax cuts that served largely the wealthy.
Reports indicated that in October the federal government’s budget deficit ballooned 34% from a year earlier to $134.5 billion, projecting that the annual deficit will top $1 trillion for the first time in eight years.
The national debt, meanwhile, has surged beyond $22 trillion.
Hmmm. If the economy is booming, shouldn’t the federal government’s coffers be filling up and not depleting?
We can certainly understand how in a time of recession the government would need to provide economic stimulus and thus run a deficit, but when the economy is supposedly experiencing record performance?
When Trump slashed corporate tax rates from 35 to 21 percent, we were told, as usual, that these tax cuts would pay for themselves, create an economy that enriches us all.
Basically, Trump is using the credit of the American worker to enrich corporate America and the wealthiest of Americans. It’s as if, for most Americans, someone maxed out their credit cards and yet they got none of the benefit of the goods and services purchased.
These tax cuts benefited the wealthy and did not trickle down, despite Trump’s promises that companies would invest in workers and not cut jobs. Companies like AT&T, Wells Fargo, and General Motors lobbied for them, promising to re-invest their tax savings in their workers and companies to the benefit off the nation as a whole. And yet all of these companies have engaged in massive layoffs or plant closings. AT&T has eliminated over 23,000 jobs since the tax cuts went into effect, despite receiving a $21 billion windfall from the tax cuts with the prospect of cashing in an additional $3 billion annually in tax savings. In November 2018, GM announced it would be closing five plants, eliminating 14,000 jobs in communities across Ohio, Maryland, Michigan, and Ontario, Canada, while buying back $10 billion in stock and earning a net profit of $8 billion on which the company paid no federal tax. Other automakers have also slashed thousands of jobs, saving billions of dollars.Wells Fargo did raise the minimum wage of its employees, though the tax savings for the company were 47 times larger than the cost of that pay raise to the company; and the company announced its plans in September 2018 to eliminate 26,000 jobs, at the same time that it has raised health insurance costs for its employees.
homelessness in the U.S.
Trump awarded Conan the dog a medal as he the president is hitting a new low in his bid to distract America from his impeachment.
The latest tact of Republican apologists for President Donald Trump’s violating his oath of office by publicly urging China to interfere in the 2020 presidential election is to insist that Trump was just joking.
As Jason Easley reported for PoliticusUsa.com , Representative Jim Jordan, Ohio Republican, in an interview with George Stephanopolous Sunday morning on ABC, argued that, of course, Trump was just kidding. Senator Roy Blount, Republican from Missouri, echoed this talking point in an appearance on CBS, insisting Trump shouldn’t be taken seriously when he gives such public shout-outs to China. Such behavior, Blunt claimed, is just Trump’s way of playfully stirring up the press.
That the GOP has circled the Trump wagon and developed its weak script of talking points is clear.
Unfortunately, it looks like the media might take the bait and give these limp and laughable talking points life and gravity.
Last Saturday in the pages of PoliticusUsa.com, I opined that the media and the democrats had become complicit in their behavior in furthering Trump’s strategy of degrading fact and converting know truths into uncertainty and confusion.
This media behavior, unfortunately, continues. Sunday afternoon on Weekends with Alex Witt, NBC reporter Hans Nichols told Alex Witt that all that is necessary for challenging the statements of Blunt and Jordan is to ask Trump himself next time he appears on the White House lawn.
What? Why ask Trump? So he can lie again? Why would the press allow him this subterfuge when the whole world witnessed him deliver his request to China with a completely serious demeanor.
By asking Trump if he was kidding or not about asking China to investigate China, one would only be calling into question what we all witness with our own eyes.
Moreover, we have lots of other evidence available to us from, now, two whistleblowers, as well as statements f Kurt Volker, detailing the Trump administration efforts to blackmail the Ukraine government to open an investigation into Joe Biden.
We have plenty of facts to study to verify exactly what the Trump administration is up to and what’s on its mind.
There’s no kidding. There’s no joke.
There are just serious attempts to undermine our democracy and national security.
The media should know better than to treat Trump’s statements with seriousness rather than privileging and sticking to the facts.
As Trump was making false statements at a furious pace, MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace cut off Trump's press conference to fact check his lies.
Bernie Sanders gets nearly double the support from Fox News viewers (22%) than he gets from MSNBC viewers (13%) in a new poll.
Bernie Sanders is more popular with Fox News viewers than MSNBC viewers
According to a new Morning Consult poll that breaks down support for Democratic candidates based on what media they consume, “The Vermont senator has 22% of the share of Fox News viewers, but only 13% of support among MSNBC viewers.” Fox News is Sen. Sanders best-performing media category followed by Wall Street Journal readers (19%), New York Times and Washington Post readers (17% each). Sanders is getting beaten badly by Biden with both MSNBC viewers (44%-13%) and Fox News viewers (42%-22%). Among MSNBC viewers, Elizabeth Warren is closest to Sanders (10%) followed by Pete Buttigieg (9%), Kamala Harris (7%), and Beto O’Rourke (5%).
Fox News viewers like Sanders more because they think he will be easier for Trump to beat
Trump called for MSNBC and other outlets to be banned from social media after some of his biggest alt-right supporters were banned for hate speech.
MSNBC stopped their live coverage of the Barr hearing to fact check Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Lindsey Graham as he lied about no collusion.