On Friday, CNN’s New Day delved into the thicket of confusion, outright lies and “alternative facts” around the Trump administration’s Muslim ban and spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway’s “Bowling Green massacre” gaffe and found themselves astonished at the outright disconnection from reality.
“Kellyanne Conway talks about the ‘Bowling Green massacre,'” said host Chris Cuomo. “It never happened. The Trump base picks it up and runs with it, ‘The media ignored this and blah blah blah.’ It’s fake.”
“I think it’s an open question about whether she really did think there was a terror attack in Bowling Green, Kentucky or not,” said Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter. “But there’s a broader issue here.”
“And that the media would suppress it for political purposes,” said host Kate Bouldan. “This is the insanity of it. Of course she misspoke, but she suggested that we wouldn’t cover a terrorist massacre because of politics? Stop the madness.”
Watch the video, embedded below:
Betsy DeVos, Ben Carson send anti-trans signals to Trump’s evangelical base
While Trump grabs headlines, his Cabinet members quietly use transphobia to shore up white evangelical support
The white evangelical vote is almost certainly a lock for Donald Trump in 2020, but it appears the president is taking no chances of losing this critical voting block. One major part of that strategy appears to be quietly deploying his Cabinet members, especially those associated with the Christian right, to generate stories highlighting the Trump administration's overt bigotry toward trans people, and its eagerness to deprive trans Americans of basic rights.
Just this week, both Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson snagged coverage by making community visits that were ostensibly for noble purposes, but were clearly meant to signal to Christian right voters their hostility to trans rights.
Intelligence official directly contradicts Trump administration’s excuses for suppressing whistleblower
A top official in the intelligence community has disputed the factual basis for the Trump administration’s suppression of a whistleblower complaint believed to regard the potential misconduct of the president himself, a new letter released Thursday revealed.
The letter was made public by House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA). He is locked into a fierce and potentially explosive dispute with an array of forces within the administration to obtain the complaint, which was made through proper channels by an intelligence official last month to the community’s inspector general. Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson determined that the complaint was “credible” and “urgent,” and subsequent reporting from the Washington Post found that it concerns a “promise” made by Trump in communication with a foreign leader.
Longtime GOP strategist explains why his party is getting crushed in the war of ideas
Republican strategist Stuart Stevens on Wednesday warned the GOP that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) might not be a pushover candidate against President Donald Trump in 2020.
Writing on Twitter, Stevens admitted that he had "no idea" if Warren would beat Trump next year, but he did say that "Trump and supporters are destroying [the] credibility of any center-right argument" thanks to Trump's "corrupt and unstable" governance.
When one of Stevens' followers said that Warren would not be able to fulfill her promises just by taxing the wealthy, he countered that this idea is still more popular than anything Republicans are championing.