President Donald Trump’s biographer-turned-foe blasted the lack of morality the president seems to have during an appearance on MSNBC Friday.
David Cay Johnston explained that Trump’s press conference in which he “spoke from the heart” was probably true, “to the extend he has one.”
“It came from the heart, to the extent he has one,” Johnston said. “The earlier statement he read was like a hostage video. You saw the real Donald Trump come out and he says ‘I’m the least racist person you’ve ever met.’ Well, Steve, I’m the youngest person you’ve ever had on this show. Donald, his entire life, has been involved with discrimination. He and his father were sued 44 years ago for discrimination in housing. It was found by Casino regulators that he discriminated against blacks, women and Asians. And he’s made all sorts of awful racist statements including the stuff he said this week which was full of vile racism.”
Johnston brought up Trump’s father, who was arrested in 1927 in a battle between about 1,000 KKK members and police. His father was arrested but never charged.
Looking back at 2000 when Trump denounced the Reform Party for having David Duke join the party. Host Steve Kornacki wondered how he could say this in 2000 but say something totally different in 2017.
“Donald has no principles,” Johnston explained. “There’s no moral core to this man. He will say and do whatever gets his interests at the moment. Donld at heart a con artist. He has conned banks into giving him money and said ‘I knew I wouldn’t to have pay they will back.’ He’s conned many, many small businesses to do work and then didn’t pay them. If I turned out tomorrow it would be good for Donald’s career to go to a Mosque, you would see him do that. He does whatever in the moment he thinks will advance his interests. He’s not a strategic thinker, Steve, this is important. He doesn’t think ahead two, three, five steps. When he embraces the faction of the Muslim religion in his trip to Saudi Arabia, he doesn’t think through what that means to others in the Muslim world and particularly Qatar where we have our most important military base in the Middle East. And all of that is because he doesn’t know anything. He just instincts from which he operates.”
Trump asked right-wing conspiracy theorist congressman to help him pick his next Director of National Intelligence
On Monday, Politico reported that President Donald Trump is consulting with Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) about who he should consider to replace Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.
Nunes has led the Republican side of the House Intelligence Committee since 2015 and chaired the committee for four years, despite having no professional qualifications of any kind for that role. Since 2017, he has been known for his stunts and conspiracy theories intended to discredit the Russia investigation and throw suspicion on anyone who looks into Trump's conduct.
Conservative newspaper hilariously trolls Trump about his failure to build any new border wall
The conservative Washington Examiner trolled President Donald Trump for his failure to construct any new border barricade during his 30 months in office.
On Monday, Trump lashed out at the media on Twitter for not giving him positive coverage for his wall, which he erroneously claimed would be paid for by Mexico.
The Examiner replied to Trump on Twitter, posting an article headlined, "Trump has not built a single mile of new border fence after 30 months in office."
Here’s how a new study implies the Supreme Court has killed 16,000 people since 2012
A new paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research looked into the effects of the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion to people below 138 percent of the poverty line, which has seen nearly 15 million people enrolled in participating states. The results were encouraging: the mortality rate for near-elderly adults has dropped over 9 percent in the four years for which data is available.
But while this is cause for celebration, The Atlantic staff writer Annie Lowrey offered a darker take on the implications of these numbers: