President Donald Trump has just announced that his “friend,” Herman Cain, has asked to not be nominated to the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors.
Trump had stated he would be making the nomination, even in the face of Republicans hostile to the choice of the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO who was forced to pull out of the 2012 GOP presidential race after being credibly accused by five women of sexual misconduct.
My friend Herman Cain, a truly wonderful man, has asked me not to nominate him for a seat on the Federal Reserve Board. I will respect his wishes. Herman is a great American who truly loves our Country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 22, 2019
Cain was roundly mocked during the presidential race for his “9-9-9” tax “plan,” which was essentially just a marketing gimmick.
The sexual misconduct allegations coupled with the facts he is not an economist nor has demonstrated any particular economic expertise that would make him an appropriate choice for the Fed clearly became too much, even for Trump to weather.
Still in the mix is Stephen Moore, who also is not an economist and reportedly owes about $75,000 in taxes. Moore, too, is considered toxic, but Trump is standing by him.
Trump has rolled out a ‘new scam’ amid internal turmoil over Fauci: op-ed
Writing in the Washington Post this Thursday, Greg Sargent takes a look at the Trump's administration's recent walkback of its attempts to undermine its top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, after they discovered that it wasn't being received by the public so well.
According to Sargent, President Trump's "new scam" is to present the image that his administration actually respects Fauci's advice while continuing to undermine him behind the scenes.
"What’s really going on here is a kind of two-step, a double game," Sargent writes. "Trump and his advisers want him to reap the political benefits of appearing to harbor general respect for Fauci’s expertise, while simultaneously continuing to undermine Fauci’s actual claims about the threat the novel coronavirus will continue to pose — because those claims badly undermine Trump’s reelection message."
GOP strategist who wrote party’s 2012 autopsy says she hopes the party loses this year
Former Republican strategist Sally Bradshaw, who wrote the GOP's so-called "autopsy" after its 2012 election losses, is hoping the party comes crashing down in defeat this fall.
In an email to NPR, Bradshaw conceded that the 2012 election postmortem was "obviously a failure," given that President Donald Trump had taken over the party in 2016 by explicitly ignoring its recommendations about taking a more inclusive approach to immigration reform.
However, she also seemed to think that the GOP's bill for not becoming a more inclusive party had finally come due given its failures to govern through a deadly pandemic that so far has claimed the lives of 137,000 Americans with no end in sight.
Brutal video targeting moms hits Trump for trying to hurt their children by returning to school in pandemic
President Donald Trump and Education Sec. Betsy DeVos announced this month that schools must reopen regardless of the dangers of the COVID-19 pandemic. Republican leaders have maintained that not being in school is so detrimental to the development of children that parents must risk their lives and the lives of their families, teachers, principals, and other school administration members.
Author Don Winslow posted a video directed at mothers recalling all of the great moments in a child's development from their first words to their first steps and their first days of school.
"Now Donald Trump wants you to abandon your most primal and powerful motherly instinct to protect your child," the video says. "Trump and Betsy DeVos have said children don't get Coronavirus. Tell that to the families of these children who all died from Coronavirus."