CNN commentators Van Jones and Angela Rye sparred on Wednesday over President Donald Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress.
“I don’t think it’s presidential,” Rye said. “It could be I don’t understand the standard that we’re using. If by presidential you’re talking about a leader on a world stage, one that Americans can be, everywhere, hopeful about, then I think the answer is a resounding no.”
She added that Trump “took 61 minutes to tell 51 lies.”
“He talked about creating jobs that he did not create,” she noted. “I’m not willing to give him a pass just because the bar is low.”
After Trump addressed Congress Tuesday night, Jones declared that “he became President of the United States” during his tribute to the widow of a slain NAVY Seal.
Jones on Wednesday insisted that Trump had actually improved his tone since his inaugural speech. “Everybody got mad at me for saying this, but watch the bounce he gets out of that speech and watch how he starts to use a different playbook. Liberals are going to have to reset. He is not always going to just hand us opportunities to go after him.”
Jones added that liberals were failing to address certain realities about Trump. “He is actually holding strong with Republicans … and independents are moving his way, even before this speech… we are going to have to take him more seriously.”
But Rye argued the emphasis on Trump’s changing tone was misplaced.
“It does not matter what the tone is,” Rye said. “I’ve not been a tone person. I’ve been all about what he says and the impact of what he says. So him and his Muslim ban that he says is not a Muslim ban and he’s going to see them in courts, it’s still just as treacherous. We still have to acknowledge the dangerous nature of the word he speaks.”
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Trump teases he may not have a peaceful transfer of power if he loses
President Donald Trump was aghast when he was asked in the presidential debates if he would agree to a peaceful transfer of power.
The moment in the debate came when he dodged the question for weeks, refusing to agree to the long-standing tradition of presidents handing over the reins to the next leader.
"Well, we'll have to see what happens," Trump told reporters during a White House news conference. "You know that."
After weeks of bad press about it, Trump said he would agree to it.
"They spied heavily on my campaign and they tried to take down a duly elected sitting president, and then they talk about 'will you accept a peaceful transfer?' And the answer is, yes, I will, but I want it to be an honest election and so does everybody else," Trump said, adding, "When I see thousands of ballots dumped in a garbage can and they happen to have my name on it, I'm not happy about it."
‘Jarring’: PA Trump fans attack polls making so much noise poll workers couldn’t read instructions to voters
One Pennsylvania polling place fell under a full out attack on those standing in line to vote and trying to cast a ballot on Saturday.
In a Twitter thread, Behavioral Economist Alex Imas explained that while he was casting his ballot on the outskirts of Philadelphia County, PA Saturday, a parade of semis and other cars surrounded the polling place, laying on their horns.
"I arrived just as polling place opened. Short line. Thought I'd be in and out in 20 minutes tops. Even w/ this short line, it took 2+ hours," he explained.
"Then the next Semi followed, then the 3rd," he continued. "A motorcade of semis, jeeps, and a few sedans drove down the road. All honking. All flying Trump 2020 flags. With people yelling out the window. This motorcade snaked around the polling place the entire time I was there (2 hrs)."
Trump gives 9/11 first responders back the $3.3 million he took from health fund: GOP Congressman
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told Rep. Peter King (R-NY) announced that the 9/11 first responders would get the $3.3 million back that President Donald Trump stole from the program that helped them with medical treatments.
Those at the Twin Towers site in the days following the terrorist attacks breathed in a series of toxic gasses and asbestosis, leading them to have a slew of health problems years later. A fund was set up to ensure that those heroes were always taken care of for the rest of their lives as they suffered through their final years.
“It’s a great victory for really deserving people,” King told the New York Daily News Saturday. "I mean this just never should have happened, but we fought hard, we got it done."