On Monday, MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace compared Trump’s ongoing threats against Mexico to that of an immature child whose mother is fed up with his nonsense.
“It’s an appropriate bookend to what was a classic Trump tale: threaten, back down, then declare victory and ignore every last one of the facts, and attack the media every step of the way,” said Wallace.
“It started with the threat of tariffs if Mexico did nothing to stem the flow of migrants traveling north to the U.S.,” Wallace recapped. “Then on Friday, the dramatic announcement, no tariffs, thanks, to a brand-new deal that would mobilize 6,000 Mexican national guard troops among other measures” — followed by fiercely attacking The New York Times for pointing out none of what he announced is new.
She turned to her panel for discussion.
“First of all, it’s a playbook we’ve seen from the president before, where he sort of creates a crisis, has some sort of confrontation, declares a victory, and we found out afterwards that really nothing had changed,” said analyst Jonathan Lemire, noting that he was traveling with the president as part of the press pool and he did not announce this “deal” until he arrived back in the U.S. and saw all the negative press coverage.
“I always thought that was fake,” said Wallace.
“A lot of it seems to be not some deal with Mexico, but rather pressure from the American business community, which really leaned on the White House to say we strongly oppose this, and in fact we oppose this so much we may have to start mobilizing against you. Now we have seen , over the past couple of days, the Mexican officials have said there is no secret deal, every time the president has put forth, like, ‘Oh we’ve agreed to this, this, or this,’ Mexico’s been like, ‘no, no, no.'”
“But to me this seems like in parenting, when the child cries wolf so many times, and then in the end, Mexico’s the mom and they’re like, ‘Yeah, no, we’re done with this phase of our diplomatic relationship with you, man-child,'” said Wallace.
A whopping 14 percent of new US COVID-19 cases are coming from Texas
With the daily number of new coronavirus infections in Texas now exceeding that of most other states, experts say Texas has become a hot spot of the global pandemic and that more aggressive measures are needed to slow the virus’ spread.
Texas’ new confirmed cases of the coronavirus now make up around 14% of the U.S. total — measured by a seven-day average — a significantly higher proportion than its 9% share of the nation’s population. Since July 1, the U.S. has reported 358,027 new infections. Of those, 50,599 were in Texas.
On Tuesday, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported more than 10,000 new cases — representing nearly 20% of the nation’s new cases for the day. It could be a “catch-up” from the July 4 holiday, DSHS spokesman Chris Van Deusen said, noting that numbers reported Sunday and Monday were lower.
Devastating new ad uses Ronald Reagan’s words against Trump to stunning effect
The Lincoln Project is not the only right-wing group that has been creating attack ads slamming President Donald Trump. Another is Republican Voters Against Trump, which uses the words of President Ronald Reagan in its latest video to illustrate Trump’s failures as president.
In the ad — which lasts one minute and 40 seconds — RVAT contrast Reagan’s words with images of the U.S. during the Trump era. The message is not subtle: Under Trump, the United States is a long way from Reagan’s vision for the country.
The ad isn’t aimed at liberals and progressives, many of whom would argue that Reagan’s economic policies were bad for the American working class during the 1980s. It asks Republicans: “Has your party left you?”
The sheep-like loyalty of Trump supporters is starting to backfire
Donald Trump thinks his voters are morons. This universal truth was once again demonstrated this week by a Facebook ad working Trump’s new statue-oriented campaign strategy. The ad declared, “WE WILL PROTECT THIS” and featured a photo of … no, not some racist-loser Confederate general astride a horse but “Cristo Redentor,” the famous statue of Jesus Christ that sits atop Mount Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro, which, for those keeping track, is not in the United States but in Brazil, a sovereign nation in a different continent.