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Bill Shine fled ‘meat-grinder’ White House due to ‘incompetence and back-stabbing’: Trump biographer

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Bloomberg news writer and Trump biographer Timothy L. O’Brien torched the president Friday in an opinion piece regarding staff turnover in the White House that held little back.

“The White House is essentially an outsized meat grinder, beset by chaos, backstabbing and incompetence and managed by someone who has little interest, and thus a woeful lack of managerial experience, in building strong teams,” O’Brien wrote. “The practical implications of this,” he continued, “are a dearth of expertise, loyalty, productivity and accomplishments — bad for any organization of any stripe.”

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The writer, who wrote “TrumpNation: The Art of Being the Donald,” was set off by Friday’s news that former Fox News heavyweight Bill Shine is out as White House Communications director, after serving for just eight months on the job.

“Packaging and promoting Trump at the expense of truth, justice and the American way was familiar territory for him,” O’Brien wrote of Shine, while noting that Shine still couldn’t spin the press hard enough to make his boss happy.

“At Fox, Shine had an audience of millions, but at the White House, he had an audience of one sitting in the Oval Office, who, at his core, is a performance artist,” he said of Trump. “Fox can edit, dodge, ignore, gloss and play-act when they put their shows together; the White House has to deal in real time with the material it gets….it can’t really spin Cohen’s testimony or a failed summit,” OBrien added.

He finished the column with a final thought: “The clock is ticking for anyone in charge of White House propagandizing.”

Read the full opinion piece here.

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Never Trump conservative strategist punches back at Laura Ingraham for saying he’s ‘hoping for calamity’

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On Tuesday, Fox News host Laura Ingraham lashed out at former GOP strategist and Never Trump conservative Steve Schmidt for criticizing President Donald Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic, accusing him of "hoping for calamity."

Another irrelevant NeverTrump former Republican “strategist” who sounds like he’s hoping for calamity. https://t.co/JrII3n4EkH

— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) March 31, 2020

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Kellyanne Conway is preparing to spread the ‘Big Lie’ designed to absolve Trump of screwing up coronavirus response: op-ed

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Writing in the Washington Post this Tuesday, Greg Sargent warns that President Trump's campaign is gearing up to disseminate a new "Big Lie" in a bid to ensure he's re-elected in the wake of his mishandling of the response to the coronavirus pandemic -- and Kellyanne Conway is leading the initial push.

According to the Big Lie, as relayed by Conway, the coronavirus was "unanticipated" and Trump will lead the country back to its former glory.

Sargent writes that in reality, "Trump vastly minimized the crisis in real time for weeks and weeks, at a time when his own health-care officials, as well as members of Congress and outside experts, were frantically doing the opposite, badly hampering the federal response."

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This researcher literally wrote the book on presidential failure — she’s never see anything like Trump’s

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“When presidents fail, they do so on a grand scale.”

That quote comes from “Why President Fail and How They Can Succeed Again,” a book by Elaine Kamarck, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government who worked in the White House under President Bill Clinton. The book was published in 2016, and in the shock of Donald Trump’s election to the presidency, I gave it a read. As it documented the way much more prepared presidents had floundered when they needed to shine, the book terrified me about the prospects for a President Trump.

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