Trump Says ‘Many Hispanics’ Will Join GOP Over DACA–Which Trump Himself Pushed Against


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Donald Trump continued to make his case on the shutdown showdown Sunday morning by insisting that “many Hispanics” will come to “the Republican side” over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, which Trump himself has indicated would not be part of the negotiations. On Sunday morning, Trump tweeted that “Democrats are saying that DACA is not worth it and don’t want to include in talks. Many Hispanics will be coming over to the Republican side, watch!” But for several weeks, it has been Trump who has stated that he would rather wait until the Supreme Court rules on his executive order rescinding DACA before he would consider negotiating over the policy. As Continue reading "Trump Says ‘Many Hispanics’ Will Join GOP Over DACA–Which Trump Himself Pushed Against"

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Apologizes to Don Jr. For Threatening Him With Subpoena Power


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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) issued something of an apology to Donald Trump Jr. in her interview with 60 Minutes that aired Sunday night, over the spat they had on on social media in December. In a tweet last month, Ocasio-Cortez told Trump Jr. to keep posting memes about her because “it’s definitely a ‘very, very large brain’ idea to troll a member of a body that will have subpoena power in a month.” After a backlash, she followed up with another tweet: “For the GOP crying that this is Continue reading "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Apologizes to Don Jr. For Threatening Him With Subpoena Power"

Hot Trump. Cool @aoc.


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I’ve been rereading a lot of Marshall McLuhan lately and I’m as confounded as ever by his conception of hot vs. cool media. And so I decided to try to test my thinking by comparing the phenomena of Donald Trump and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at this millennial media wendepunkt, as text and television give way to the net and whatever it becomes. I’ll also try to address the question: Why is @aoc driving the GOP mad?

McLuhan said that text and radio were hot media in that they were high-definition; they monopolized a sense (text the eye, radio the ear); they filled in all the blanks for the reader/listener and required or brooked no real interaction; they created — as we see with newspapers and journalism — a separation of creator from consumer. Television, he said, was a cool medium for it was low-definition across multiple senses, requiring the viewer to interact by filling

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CNN Stands by TSA Report After ‘#FakeNews’ Tweets from Trump and DHS Spox


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CNN is standing by its reporting on TSA employees calling out sick during the shutdown in large numbers. The network reported that “hundreds” of TSA officers have called out at several major airports as the shutdown continues, and the president of the national TSA employee union is quoted as saying “This will definitely affect the flying public who we (are) sworn to protect.” In response, DHS spokesperson Tyler Houlton tweeted that their reporting is “#FakeNews,” saying, “Security operations at airports have not been impacted by a non-existent sick out. CNN has the cell numbers of multiple @TSA public affairs professionals, but rather than validate statistics, they grossly misrepresented them.”

Trump Reminds Everyone He’s Implicated in Federal Campaign Finance Violations


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Just as the bombshell news that President Donald Trump was implicated in the felony campaign finance violations committed by his lawyer subsided from the news cycle, the president decided to blast out the following tweet early Saturday morning: “Many people currently a part of my opposition, including President Obama & the Dems, have had campaign violations, in some cases for very large sums of money,” Trump wrote. “These are civil cases. They paid a fine & settled. While no big deal, I did not commit a campaign violation!” Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen Continue reading "Trump Reminds Everyone He’s Implicated in Federal Campaign Finance Violations"

Rick Wilson Responds to ‘Tucker-Viewer’ Hate Mail: ‘So Many Tough, Manly, Robust Trump Supporters’


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On Friday night, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson ripped Republican strategist Rick Wilson for saying that President Donald Trump‘s wall has been a “con” of his “credulous rube 10-toothed base.” “Wilson seems to spend most of his life opining in one of those 6-guest shout-fests in boxes that the other channels specialize in. He’s often shouting the loudest. What makes Wilson notable like so many on the left he’s moved on from hating Trump to hate people who voted for Trump,” Carlson said, in part.  In response, Wilson saw his email box flooded. So, he shared some of them — along with his response — on Twitter. Here they are [email addresses omitted]: One person wished his entire family “irreversable” cancer. Another said this: Then there was Dave: And these guys: Then after sharing one more, Wilson wrote this: “You know, I’m sensing a pattern with
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Trump Stuns With Foreign Policy Comments at Cabinet Meeting: Historians are ‘Weeping’


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President Donald Trump stunned many this afternoon with foreign policy comments during his lengthy Cabinet meeting, specifically concerning the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. “Russia used to be the Soviet Union. Afghanistan made it Russia because they went bankrupt fighting in Afghanistan. Russia,” Trump said. “So you take a look at other countries––Pakistan is there. They should be fighting. But Russia should be fighting. The reason Russia was in Afghanistan was because terrorists were going into Russia. They were right to be there. The problem is it was a tough fight.” The President was immediately blasted for those baffling remarks:

Trump Boasts of ‘Historical Results’ List Published in the Washington Examiner…That His Own Team Wrote


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On Tuesday, President Donald Trump lauded the Washington Examiner for publishing a list of the Trump administration’s 205 historic results. “Washington Examiner – ‘MAGA list: 205 ‘historic results’ help Trump make case for 2020 re-election.’ True!” Trump wrote, quoting the headline. Yet, as the Toronto Star’s Daniel Dale notably noticed, that list of accomplishments actually came directly from Trump’s own team, who provided the Examiner an “exclusive.” And, in fact, had Trump
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Trump Praises Kim Jong Un: He Realizes ‘So Well That North Korea Possesses Great Economic Potential’


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President Donald Trump has been tweeting a lot this New Year’s Day including one message that included a bit of flattery aimed at the North Korean dictator. “Kim Jong Un says North Korea will not make or test nuclear weapons, or give them to others – & he is ready to meet President Trump anytime.” Trump wrote quoting PBS News Hour. He added: “I also look forward to meeting with Chairman Kim who realizes so well that North Korea possesses great economic potential!” Trump did not specify what Continue reading "Trump Praises Kim Jong Un: He Realizes ‘So Well That North Korea Possesses Great Economic Potential’"

Trump Attacks Gen. McChrystal as a ‘Hillary Lover’ with a ‘Big, Dumb Mouth’


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Lifelong civilian President Donald Trump on Twitter attacked former Commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan Gen. Stanley McChrystal on New Year’s Day, over the retired soldier’s comments on ABC’s This Week on Sunday. The president’s tweet was prompted by something he got from a Fox News personality, unsurprisingly. Fox’s Laura Ingraham tweeted a story from her Lifezette website about the General, and Trump was retweeting her when he made his comments. On Sunday, McChrystal called Trump “immoral” and said that he doesn’t tell the truth to people. Trump’s “like a dog” reference was to the Obama-era firing of McChrystal for expressing his displeasure with President Obama‘s Afghanistan policy and decision-making. At the time, the press generally disfavored Continue reading "Trump Attacks Gen. McChrystal as a ‘Hillary Lover’ with a ‘Big, Dumb Mouth’"

Actress Jane Curtin’s Resolution to ‘Make Sure the Republican Party Dies’ Riles Twitter: ‘Jane, You Ignorant…’


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During CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage, comedian, actress, and SNL-alum Jane Curtin was one of many celebrities offering their resolutions for 2019. Most were silly or funny, some were tellingly self-involved (Megan Fox), but Curtin’s got the Twitter treatment after she resolved the destruction of the GOP. “My New Year’s Resolution is to make sure that the Republican party dies,” said Curtin in her brief appearance. Proving that at least some people were watching CNN’s coverage, Twitter took notice. A lot of positive reactions with blue checkmarks.

MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt Quotes Yoda in Morning Joe Segment About Anger (and Twitter)


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Who knew that NBC News Capitol Hill correspondent Kasie Hunt could quote Star Wars at the drop of a hat? But she apparently can, and did in a pre-recorded segment for Morning Joe to kick off the new year. Hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski were introducing a segment on anger in America, and it was Scarborough who first referenced Yoda. After two clips, one of former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley in her famous denunciation of anger politics, and one of then-candidate Donald Trump extolling the virtues of anger, Brzezinksi said that “anger has always been part of American politics.” Joe asked if that was what Yoda said to Luke, and Kasie Hunt was on it in less than 12 parsecs. “Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate,” she said, to the amused but impressed reactions of her colleagues. And even though the quote (“Fear is the Continue reading "MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt Quotes Yoda in Morning Joe Segment About Anger (and Twitter)"

Donald Trump’s Very First Tweet of 2019 is Here, and Oh Boy…


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Happy New Year! It’s January 1st, and President Donald Trump has issued his first tweets of 2019, and at first, may not seem like what you expected. The president’s twitter is a media outlet unto itself, a source of news stories, memes, haters, mockers, fans, devotion, controversy, policy and more. From time to time people pretend at ignoring it or at deeming it beneath America’s attention to obsess over, but like celebrity break-up stories and buddy cop films, the President’s tweets aren’t leaving the American spotlight anytime soon. So his first tweet of the new year is, of course, of interest, be that interest morbid, prurient, or genuine. Well this year’s first tweet is here, and, given all the above, you may find it rather underwhelming. It’s a book pitch for a Fox newser.

Trump Slammed for Tweet Blaming Democrats for Deaths of Children at Border: ‘New Low’


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President Donald Trump blaming Democrats and “their pathetic immigration policies” for the deaths of two children at the border immediately spurred condemnation and remarks that this represents a “new low”:

Trump Makes Shutdown Plea: ‘Most of the People Not Getting Paid are Democrats’


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President Donald Trump claimed that “most” of the federal workers not receiving pay because of the shutdown are Democrats, in a Twitter plea issued Thursday. “Have the Democrats finally realized that we desperately need Border Security and a Wall on the Southern Border,” Trump wrote. “Need to stop Drugs, Human Trafficking,Gang Members & Criminals from coming into our Country.” “Do the Dems realize that most of the people not getting paid are Democrats?” he asked. Wednesday marked the first full business day of the partial government shutdown, which started on midnight Friday, before the Continue reading "Trump Makes Shutdown Plea: ‘Most of the People Not Getting Paid are Democrats’"

Twitter Has a Field Day Over Trump’s Call With 7-Year-Old About Santa: ‘You Just Can’t Make This Up’


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In honor of the Christmas season, President Donald Trump took calls from kids about Santa Claus, and as you’ve no doubt heard by now, he asked a 7-year-old if they still believe in Santa “because at 7 it’s marginal.” It was a strange moment, and on Christmas eve Twitter had a field day with the President “telling it like it is” about Santa Claus:

Trump Tweets Out Picture in Oval Office on Christmas Eve: ‘Looking Forward to My Next Summit with Chairman Kim’


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  President Donald Trump is not going to be in Mar-a-Lago this Christmas and he really wants everyone to know it. On  Monday, the president tweeted out an image of himself working in the Oval Office on Christmas Eve, along with the caption: “Christmas Eve briefing with my team working on North Korea – Progress being made. Looking forward to my next summit with Chairman Kim!” A second North Korea summit — slated for sometime in 2019 — has been in the works since the fall although it is unclear why Trump chose Christmas Eve to highlight those plans. What is clear, though, is that Trump is all alone (for now) in the White House Continue reading "Trump Tweets Out Picture in Oval Office on Christmas Eve: ‘Looking Forward to My Next Summit with Chairman Kim’"

Trump’s Christmas Eve Tweets Are Getting Weird: ‘I Am All Alone (Poor Me) in the White House’


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President Donald Trump has blasted out nine tweets so far on Christmas eve, and his latest is the weirdest yet (maybe). “I am all alone (poor me) in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come back and make a deal on desperately needed Border Security,” Trump wrote. “At some point the Democrats not wanting to make a deal will cost our Country more money than the Border Wall we are all talking about. Crazy!” Trump cancelled a planned trip to his Mar-a-Lago resort for Christmas after Continue reading "Trump’s Christmas Eve Tweets Are Getting Weird: ‘I Am All Alone (Poor Me) in the White House’"

Trump Baffles Reporters With Cryptic Tweet About ‘Shutdown Money’ For Wall: ‘What is He Talking About?’


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President Donald Trump‘s tweets are often oddly phrased or even (deliberately?) misspelled, but today’s tweet about “shutdown money” seems to have gone a step further than usual on the wtf scale, and reporters and politicos are having trouble sorting it out.

“The Wall is different than the 25 Billion Dollars in Border Security,” Trump wrote. “The complete Wall will be built with the Shutdown money plus funds already in hand. The reporting has been inaccurate on the point. The problem is, without the Wall, much of the rest of Dollars are wasted!”