Quantcast
Connect with us

One of Trump’s favorite journalists busted for passing off quotes from GOP officials as independent swing voters

Published

on

Salena Zito has made a name for herself as a journalist whose job is to “explain” support in the American Heartland for President Donald Trump to coastal liberals.

In fact, Zito has become so prominent as a “Trump voter whisperer” that the president himself even plugged her book on Twitter this past spring.

As part of her routine, she regularly talks with people whom she characterizes as independent swing voters who have supported Democrats in the past, but who swung hard toward Trump in 2016.

ADVERTISEMENT

However, it seems that many of the supposedly “independent” people whom she quotes in her stories are actually Republican Party officials.

As the Huffington Post’s Ashley Feinberg documents, Zito has a habit of interviewing people whom she claims are voters that Democrats should be able to persuade but who turn out to be hardcore Republicans.

One particularly prominent example is Pennsylvania voter David Rubbico, whom Zito describes as someone “who could either turn hard against the congressional GOP during the 2018 elections or swing back to voting Democratic once Trump is done.”

But as Feinberg documents, Rubbico is a committee member of his local chapter of the Republican Party. What’s more, he wrote a letter to his local newspaper shortly after Trump’s election in which he attacked people who say “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas,” while also declaring that former President Barack Obama had “decimated” the United States.

Another case is Pennsylvania voter Patty Bloomstine, whom Zito describes as “exactly the kind of voter who was at the top of Hillary Clinton’s persuasion-target list during the 2016 campaign.”

ADVERTISEMENT

However, it turns out that Bloomstine is a member of her local Republican committee — and Feinberg found that she donated money to former Republican Sen. Rick Santorum in 2006 and also shared articles on Facebook claiming that Obama was a Muslim.

Read Feinberg’s full analysis of Zito’s work at this link.

ADVERTISEMENT

Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

2020 Election

$1,750+ ticket prices for South Carolina debate spark outrage

Published

on

"I think it speaks to the fundamental, endemic corruption of the Democratic Party establishment that you had to pay... multiple thousands of dollars to get into that room."

Unusually loud booing and jeering directed disproportionately at Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren during Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate—particularly when the senators criticized billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg—sparked probing questions about the class composition of the audience packed inside the Gaillard Center in Charleston, South Carolina.

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Ex-GOP senator hammers lawmakers quaking in their boots out of fear of Trump: ‘Why are you there?’

Published

on

Appearing on CNN on Wednesday morning, retired Sen. William Cohen (R-ME) hammered members of his own party still sitting in the Senate who refuse to take on Donald Trump, saying they are failing the country and themselves by standing by in fear.

Speaking with CNN hosts Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto, Cohen said kowtowing to the president is nothing new, but has grown worse over the past ten years.

"Some of it has to do with external pressures, that of social media, talk radio, specific channels that have a particular view and then hammer that view home to the constituents who then pressure the members of Congress," he explained. "But you have to ask yourself: Why are you a senator? Why are you there? Are you acting out of sheer fear that if you speak up and take a position that's controversial you'll be punished?"

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

Trump still has no set plan to combat coronavirus just hours before hastily called press conference set to begin: report

Published

on

President Donald Trump still has no set plan to combat the spread of coronavirus, just hours before he is set to hold a hastily-called 6 PM Wednesday press conference. According to Politico, Trump haas yet to decide whether or not to install a coronavirus czar to coordinate efforts, similar to how the Obama administration successfully staved off the spread of Ebola in 2014.

"Officials are still debating whether such a role is necessary, but the global spread has increased the urgency to elevate its response, and the Trump White House is eager to appear like it’s in control of containing the virus within the United States," Politico adds.

Continue Reading
 
 
close-image