Kellyanne Conway to WH Press Corps: ‘Why is Everybody So Obsessed with the President?’

A gaggle of White House press reporters caught White House Senior Advisor Kellyanne Conway entering the West Wing this morning and predictably peppered her with many questions of the news of the day. How did Ms. Conway respond to questions a the press corps with a sole purpose to cover the President of the United States? “Why is everybody so obsessed with the President of the United States that they can’t even begin or finish a sentence without mentioning his name five times.” In case her odd incredulity of the questions was lost, she added  “It’s kind of weird.” A skeptic might find it kind of Continue reading "Kellyanne Conway to WH Press Corps: ‘Why is Everybody So Obsessed with the President?’"

Mike Allen: President Trump ‘Likes to Be Begged’ Over Pardon Power

One of the many downsides of living in a post-psychological world is that the cable news pundit class can throw off wanton psycho analyses without any question nor rebuke. This has become something of a favored play during the Trump administration because, by any objective measure, Donald Trump presents a unique psychological profile that begs for explanation. Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe today, Axios founder Mike Allen explained President Trump’s alleged delight in exercising his presidential powers, such as giving pardons, by saying that he “likes to be begged.” This may very well be true, but its hard to see this anything other than some journalistic license that Allen is showing off unless he has the experience of sitting in therapy with the commander-in-chief. Of course we would be remiss in neglecting to point out that Allen is considered by many to be the top and most respected reporter in Continue reading "Mike Allen: President Trump ‘Likes to Be Begged’ Over Pardon Power"

Morning Joe Contributor: No Question Trump Campaign Colluded With the Russians

Rick Tyler self-identifies on his Twitter bio as an American Conservative, a speaker, an actor, and a “Leadership Institute trainer.” He is also a “MSNBC Political Analyst” who landed the elusive Morning Joe panel seat on a mid-August Friday morning. On a day of substitute morning show hosts, Aretha Franklin tributes and rehashed John Brennan security clearance news, Tyler delivered a well-worn chestnut with the sort of verve and confidence that cable news producers and bookers love, and that was averring with little doubt that there was the Trump campaign had colluded with the Russians. The context of his comment came after  Senator Richard Burr  — chair of the Senate Intelligence committee — released a statement critical of former CIA Director John Brennan’s NY Times editorial that claimed that Trump colluded with Russia, which read:

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John Brennan Hits Back in Scathing Op-Ed: Trump’s Claims of No Collusion ‘Hogwash’

Former CIA Director John Brennan fired a shot back across the bow of the Trump administration in a scathing op-ed piece published in the NY Times today. This is a scathing retort less than 24 hours after the White House announced that President Donald Trump had ordered the revocation of Brennan’s security clearances, a move that many saw as a symbolic threat designed to silence critics of this administration. Yesterday, Brennan likened the revocation of his security clearances to the actions of “autocrats and despots,” but in today’s op-ed, he made the specific case against Trump regarding collusion. He opened by sharing his experiences working with his Russian intel counterpart during the Obama administration and making the claim that the Russians lied, before comparing their actions to that of Trump. The nut of his pushback is excerpted here:
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Ed Henry Clashes With Katrina Pierson On ‘N-Word’ Tape: ‘You Changed Your Story!’

Well, this was an interesting interview. Former Trump campaign spokesperson Katrina Pierson is in the middle of a brewing controversy that’s arisen from Omarosa Manigault’s promotional book tour, in particular, the allegation that the campaign was aware that a recording existed of Donald Trump using the “n-word,” ostensibly on the set of The Apprentice. On Monday evening, Pierson appeared on the very same Fox News program and when Ed Henry challenged Pierson on Omarosa’s account that she had admitted the tape existed, she said that this account “was absolutely not true.” Cut to Tuesday morning and Omarosa shared a recording of a conversation about the alleged “n-word” tape in which Pierson appears to confirm it’s existence, bolstering her claim and making Pierson appear duplicitous in her retelling. Last night Henry played the clip and challenged Pierson in a discussion that became particularly heated, especially for a Fox News program hosting a Continue reading "Ed Henry Clashes With Katrina Pierson On ‘N-Word’ Tape: ‘You Changed Your Story!’"

Donny Deutsch: Trump So Fragile that Secret Service Act as ‘Fluffers’ to ‘Pump Him Up’

Donny Deutsch isn’t just your standard Morning Joe contributor who joins in the daily chorus of criticism of President Donald Trump. Mr. Deutsch also happens to be a kindred spirit to Mr. Trump: they both grew up in Queens, benefited from their father’s family business, and both have become reality television fixtures (to varying successes.) They both have travelled in the same social circles, so when Deutsch reveals insights into how the president is being handled while enjoying a working vacation at his Bedminster Country Club, it’s probably more reliably sourced than other cable news pundits. During a segment discussing presidential approval ratings that seem glued to the low 40’s, Deutsch painted a picture of a President “so fragile” that before he enters a room, Secret Service agents encourage guests to “say positive things” and pump Trump up, ultimately likening them to “fluffers.” Deutsch said “somebody told me at his country club in Continue reading "Donny Deutsch: Trump So Fragile that Secret Service Act as ‘Fluffers’ to ‘Pump Him Up’"

Omarosa Defends Secret Taping: ‘Everyone in the Trump World Lies’

It’s been a big day for CBS Morning News so far, in large part to Omarosa Manigault and the promotional tour of her new controversial tell-all book Unhinged. Earlier we learned that there is a secretly recorded tape of Trump campaign officials discussing the candidate’s alleged use of the “n-word” and that Omarosa denies any romantic relationship with the commander-in-chief. But it was the addressing of her secretive tapings of many phone calls and discussions that are central to both her allegations and criticisms levelled towards the former reality show contestant turned Senior Presidential Adviser to the Trump administration. Host John Dickerson flatly asked Omarosa why she felt the need to secretly tape so many discussions, to which she plainly replied that she felt the need to cover her back. Why? “Because everyone in the Trump world lies,” she proclaimed. Watch the clip above, courtesy of CBS Morning News.