5 Things Donald Trump Said At His Rally That Were Wrong Or Questionable At Best

Back in his natural element, President Donald Trump on Wednesday evening gave a freewheeling, 70-minute speech at a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, that had all the signatures of his presidential campaign.
Appealing to his core supporters, Trump exaggerated his accomplishments, railed against journalists (the “fake news”) and Democratic lawmakers (the “obstructionists”), and derided as a “witch hunt” the ongoing investigations into whether his campaign colluded with Russian officials and whether he obstructed justice by trying to stem the probes. 
But most of all, it was a classic Trump speech because it contained a cornucopia of muddled and unsupported claims — some flat-out false, many questionable at best.
Trump even noted as much, saying: “I have to be a little careful, because they’ll say, ‘He lied!’” 
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Steve Bannon On White House Cutting Down On Press Briefings: ‘Sean Got Fatter’

Amid the White House gradually shutting out journalists and reports that Sean Spicer is looking for a way out of his role, Steve Bannon had a bizarre explanation for the press secretary’s disappearing press briefings.
“Sean got fatter,” the White House chief strategist told The Atlantic’s Rosie Gray.
Bannon did not respond to a follow-up question, Gray wrote.
In recent weeks, the White House has embarked on a concerning pattern of restricting press access, opting to hold fewer press briefings and taking fewer questions from reporters.
The White House press secretary traditionally holds daily, on-camera briefings, but under Spicer, the White House has briefed reporters in increasingly more restricted settings, such as off-camera “gaggles” in which reporters cannot broadcast video or audio of the press secretary’s answers.
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Mother Of Aurora Shooting Victim Asks Alex Jones If Congressional Shooting Is ‘A False Flag’

A gun control advocate and mother of a mass shooting victim used Wednesday’s shooting at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, to criticize NBC News’ Megyn Kelly for giving a platform to far-right radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who believes the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 and other shootings were “manufactured.”
Sandy Phillips, whose daughter, Jessica Ghawi, was killed during a mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, asked Jones on Twitter whether Wednesday’s shooting is “a false flag shooting, too.” Phillips was referring to Jones’ comments that other mass shootings were “a false flag” and orchestrated by gun control advocates.

Fox News Host Disavows Internment Camps, After Panelists Suggest Rounding Up Muslims

A Fox News host on Sunday clarified his own position on internment camps, denouncing them as “reprehensible,” after two panelists on the network suggested rounding up British Muslims in response to Saturday night’s terror attack in London.
Clayton Morris, a host of “Fox and Friends Weekend,” made the statement on behalf of the network.
“Earlier on the show, we had a couple of guests mention the word ‘internment,’ the idea of internment camps, as a possible solution to this,” he said. “I think I made it well known my feeling on that, which I find reprehensible, but on behalf of the network, I think all of us here find that reprehensible here at Fox News Channel, just to be clear.”

Paul Ryan: Greg Gianforte ‘Should Apologize’ For ‘Body-Slamming’ Reporter

WASHINGTON ― House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Thursday called on Montana Republican House candidate Greg Gianforte to apologize after “body-slamming” a reporter for asking him a question.
“There is no time where a physical altercation should occur, with the press or between human beings,” Ryan said at his weekly press briefing. “So that is wrong, and it should not have happened.”
Police charged Gianforte for assaulting Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs Wednesday night, when Jacobs was trying to ask him a question about the GOP’s Obamacare repeal bill.
Fox News reporters present during the altercation backed up Jacobs’ account. But Gianforte’s campaign released a statement disputing the account and accusing Jacobs instead.
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Greg Gianforte Blasted In Last-Minute Campaign Ads After ‘Body Slamming’ Reporter

After police charged him for assaulting a reporter late Wednesday, Montana Republican House candidate Greg Gianforte is being targeted with last-minute campaign ads that highlight the incident as evidence he is “unfit to serve” and has “no business being in Congress.”
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and liberal group MoveOn.org each created ads against Gianforte soon after news of the altercation broke Wednesday evening. The ads, running as voters head to the polls in Thursday’s special election to fill Montana’s lone House seat, feature the direct audio recording of Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs’ violent interaction with Gianforte.

After Jacobs tried to ask him a question about the GOP’s Obamacare repeal bill, Gianforte reportedly “body slammed” Jacobs and broke his glasses. Fox News reporters who witnessed the altercation Continue reading "Greg Gianforte Blasted In Last-Minute Campaign Ads After ‘Body Slamming’ Reporter"

Republicans Go Into Hiding As Donald Trump’s Scandals Deepen

WASHINGTON ― In a sign that mounting scandals involving Donald Trump and his administration have perhaps become untenable for Republicans, GOP officials are refusing to appear on major television networks to defend or comment on the president.
Following reports that Trump asked then-FBI director James Comey to shut down his investigation of former national security adviser Mike Flynn’s ties to Russia, “CBS This Morning” reported Wednesday that it invited 20 Republican lawmakers, as well as White House staff, to appear on the program. 
“All declined our invitation,” host Charlie Rose said.

MSNBC host Chris Hayes responded that the same was true of his program.
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