Almost immediately after President Donald Trump condemned what he saw as the “many sides” to blame for today’s violent unrest in Charlottesville, political reporters expressed curiosity on what exactly he meant. The ugly events occurred in reaction to a group of White Nationalists protesting and counter-protesters showing up to express their disgust.
The fact that the President refused to express specific condemnation for the hate group at the center of these events, and instead blaming both sides was seen by critics as a “dog whistle” appealing to a racist base of support or an “awful false equivalency.
MSNBC’s White House Correspondent Hallie Jackson sought specific clarification from a White House official, which she then reported on Twitter:Continue reading "White House Official Doubles Down on Trump’s Blaming of ‘Many Sides’ for Violence"
Mr. Pence has made no overt efforts to separate himself from the beleaguered president. He has kept up his relentless public praise and even in private is careful to bow to the president. Mr. Pence’s aides, however, have been less restrained in private, according to two people briefed on the conversations. In a June meeting with Al Hubbard, an Indiana Republican who was a top economic official in Mr. Bush’s White House, an aide to the vice president, Marty Obst, said that they Continue reading "MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson Confronts Pence Press Sec. Over NYT Report: ‘What Is So Offensive About It?’"
“So pre-existing conditions are a tough deal. Because you are basically saying from the moment the insurance, you’re 21 years old, you start working and you’re paying $12 a year for insurance, and by the time you’re 70, you get a nice plan.”Jackson pointed out the confusing nature of his statement, so she asked Cassidy, “Does he get the intricacies of what you guys are discussing in the senate?” Cassidy, who spent the earlier portion of the interview explaining the details of the health care Continue reading "GOP Sen: ‘I Don’t Think It’s Important’ For Trump to Understand Health Care Intricacies"
Poles cut @HallieJackson off from asking follow up on Trump’s Russia question.— Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) July Continue reading "Did MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson Get Her Mic Cut After Questioning Trump on Russia in Poland?"