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.
Tulsa man shot for making ‘racial derogatory remark’ to random passerby — after being stabbed for the same thing
According to Tulsa police, a man has been hospitalized after being shot in the back after using a "racial derogatory remark" to another man he encountered while walking home, a local ABC affiliate reports.
No one has been arrested for the crime. Speaking to police, the victim's girlfriend said this was the second time he's been attacked for using racist remarks, the first time being when he was stabbed by someone he racially insulted.
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DOJ argues Congress can’t stop Trump Org from taking foreign payments — despite Constitution’s emoluments clause
The so-called emoluments clause has been the center of a case that many legal scholars have been making that President Donald Trump is regularly violating the Constitution by continuing to accept payments from foreign governments via his businesses.
The Washington Post reports that an attorney from the Trump Department of Justice argued on Monday that the emoluments clause doesn't actually prevent Trump from accepting payments from foreign governments, even though the clause specifically states that "no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State."
Trump unleashes yet another maddening scandal as he opens the door to Saudi Arabian interference
I don’t often talk about how mad I am. I don’t often talk about how mad I am, because talking often about how mad I am prevents me from speaking clearly and rationally. I want to speak clearly and rationally. There is so much need for speaking clearly and rationally amid the endless streams of waste and filth polluting our public discourse.
But I can’t speak clearly and rationally at the expense of morality. Morality often begins with a feeling. The Gospels tell us of Jesus looking on the poor—he could hear and smell their misery—and he was “moved with pity.” But another way of putting it, another way of translating ?????????????, is that the rabbi felt compassion “in his guts.