Update at bottom: Perino says she meant ‘Bush’s second term’
President Bush’s last press secretary, Dana Perino, is almost as forgetful as Vice President Dick Cheney, who repeatedly told investigators he’d forgotten details about the outing of CIA officer Valerie Plame.
Perhaps more so.
In an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity Tuesday night, the onetime Bush spokesperson attacked President Barack Obama’s administration for not labeling the recent killings at Ft. Hood a terrorist attack.
She then took one step further — and claimed there had been no terrorist attacks under President George W. Bush.
“We did not have a terrorist attack on our country during president Bush’s term,” Perino quipped. “I hope they’re not looking at this politically. I do think that we owe it to the American people to call it what it is.”
Either Perino was deliberately lying — or she forgot about the deadliest terrorist attack in the history of the United States: Sept. 11, 2001.
In addition, a July 4, 2002 shooting at Los Angeles International Airport was determined by federal investigators, the Department of Justice and the FBI to fit the “definition of terrorism.”
CNN reported in April of 2003:
Hesham Mohamed Hadayet, a 41-year-old Egyptian national, opened fire at the airport, killing two Israelis and wounding four others before being shot dead by a security guard for the Israeli airline.
The earlier report concluded that Hadayet hoped to influence U.S. government policy in favor of the Palestinians.
During the extensive worldwide investigation, sources said, investigators found no evidence linking Hadayet to any terrorist group. They characterized the shooting as an act of terrorism because Hadayet espoused anti-Israeli views and was opposed to U.S. policy in the Middle East, the sources said.
Despite being tapped by President Obama last week, for a key post on a board overseeing government-sponsored international broadcasting, former Bush spokesperson Perino (and current Fox News contributor) hasn’t stopped attacking the Obama administration on Fox.
Earlier this week she blasted the current administration for creating a “mockery” out of the justice system and suggested that the president should know better than to be captured on video playing golf during wartime.
Perino is now disputing that she meant to say that no terrorist attacks occurred during President George W. Bush’s tenure. In a Twitter posting on Wednesday afternoon, Perino wrote: “Last night on Hannity, I obviously meant no terror attack on U.S. post 9/11 during Bush 2nd term.”
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Melania Trump brags her husband ‘sees potential’ in the gays
In a bizarre moment, the first lady announced that President Donald Trump is all for gay people.
Speaking to a crowd in Atglen, Pennsylvania, Melania Trump described the president as someone “who sees potential in everyone he meets, no matter their gender, race, religion or sexual orientation.”
She didn't use the typical term LGBTQ or even mention transgender people. But mentioning LGBTQ voters likely isn't a good idea in the Trump administration because of the laundry list of things they've done to hurt the community.
“Donald loves helping people and he loves seeing those around him and his country succeed,” Mrs. Trump added, claiming he has a “very big heart and a great sense of humor.”
Veteran Republican operative drops a scathing op-ed as he leaves the GOP: ‘Real Americans don’t pledge fealty to a strongman’
Mike Gillis has served in numerous Republican administrations over the decades. In an op-ed published in the New Yorker this Thursday, Mike Gillis announced that he's leaving the Republican Party.
"...I cannot stand idly by and watch as these crooks take over the party I love. I cannot abide this coarsening of discourse, and so on and so forth, etc., etc. Here are the reasons that I am leaving the Republican Party," Gillis writes.
According to Gillis, Trump is "ruthlessly" dividing the country.
"Brother pitted against brother, cat against dog, exterminator against cockroach, sentient robot against mad inventor. Americans must accept that, no matter our particular beliefs, we are all citizens of the United States—whether we be Republican or Democrat, Canadian or Bulgarian, Mesopotamian or Sumerian."
‘Reckless incompetence and intentional cruelty’: House issues scathing report on Trump migrant family separation policy
The Trump administration knew it would not be able to reunite refugee and other migrant families as it ripped children—including infants—from the arms of their parents but did so anyway, according to a congressional report released Thursday on the U.S. government's family separation policy.
"The Trump administration's family separation policy lasted far longer than is commonly known and was marked by reckless incompetence and intentional cruelty."—House Judiciary Committee reportThe House Judiciary Committee spent 21 months investigating the planning and execution of the administration's policy, which resulted in the seizure of more than 2,500 migrant children—including some with physical and mental disabilities—from their parents. Its report (pdf) is the "first complete narrative of the inhumane family separation policy in the administration's own words."