President Tweets He’s ‘The Second Coming of God’
President Donald Trump appeared even more unhinged on Wednesday, kicking his day off by posting tweets calling him “the second coming of God,” and the “King of Israel.” Just hours later Trump trashed the Prime Minister of Denmark, calling Mette Frederiksen’s negative response to him wanting to buy Greenland from them “nasty” – a word he generally reserves for women he does not like.
Trump says that Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s comment that his idea of buying Greenland is ‘absurd’ was “nasty” and a “very not nice way of saying something.”
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— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 21, 2019
Shortly thereafter, Trump flip-flopped on his claim just 24 hours earlier that he was thinking about pushing through a payroll tax cut to help get the economy going, amid global fears of a recession. On Wednesday he told reporters he had no intention of implementing any tax cuts.
Trump also scalded veteran NBC News reporter Peter Alexander for simply asking this question: “You said Russia was kicked out of the G8 because they outsmarted Obama; in fact it was because they annexed Crimea… They’re still there, why let them back in?”
Trump shits on @PeterAlexander. “This guy is the most biased reporter — NBC. You know, I made a lot of money for NBC with ‘The Apprentice,’ & I used to like ’em, but they are the most biased. Peter is such a biased — you should be able to ask the same question in a better way.” pic.twitter.com/jneWHgOAiZ
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 21, 2019
And he insisted that he would have to mollify the NRA over any changes in gun policy, while backtracking from his promise to advocate for a law ensuring complete background checks – something the NRA opposes.
But it was during that press gaggle Wednesday afternoon Trump let loose, exploding social media.
He called himself – as he looked up at the sky – “the chosen one” .
To be clear, it was in reference to his trade war with China, but the religious, messianic inference was palpable.
All this amid the President’s anti-Semitic remarks earlier in the week, when he called the vast majority of American Jews “disloyal” for not voting Republican.
“I think Jewish people that vote for a Democrat—I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty,”
About 80% of Jewish Americans vote Democrat.
Oh, then Trump declared he is looking “very seriously” at signing an executive order to end the constitutionally-mandated promise of bestowing citizenship at birth to anyone born on U.S. soil.
That’s just a sample of all the insanity Trump has created in under 24 hours.
So perhaps it’s not surprise that #25thAmendmentNow is the top trending topic on Twitter right now, and has been for hours.
The 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides the pathway for the Vice President to declare the President of the United States unfit to continue serving.
Fox & Friends begs viewers not to watch ‘boring’ impeachment trial: ‘Turn to us to summarize it’
Fox News hosts assured viewers who hadn't tuned in to the first day of the impeachment trial that they hadn't missed anything.
The hosts of "Fox & Friends" told their viewers that Day One of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial was long, opaque and ran well into the morning hours -- which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell insisted upon.
"There were snippets, and we're showing you the good stuff," said co-host Steve Doocy. "It was unbelievably boring. I don't know how people can follow it."
Co-host Ainsley Earhardt summed up the first day by saying Republicans had approved the rules, but Democrats insisted "over and over and over" that they wanted additional witnesses, and co-host Pete Hegseth assured viewers they didn't need to watch themselves.
Rudy Giuliani urged Justice Dept to go easy on wealthy Venezuelan client: report
Rudy Giuliani told U.S. prosecutors that his wealthy Venezuelan client deserved leniency in a criminal investigation, according to his indicted associate Lev Parnas and others.
Alejandro Betancourt, who's reportedly an unindicted co-conspirator in a money laundering case, introduced President Donald Trump's lawyer to the father of Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido, reported Reuters.
Betancourt told Guiliani at a meeting in Spain that he secretly bankrolled Guaido’s efforts to take over leadership of Venezuela, according to four people familiar with the situation.
Trump threatens 25 percent tariffs on European cars if he can’t ink a new EU trade deal
US President Donald Trump relaunched a major trade offensive against Europe on Wednesday, threatening to hit the EU with damaging auto tariffs if Europeans failed to agree a long-delayed trade deal.
"The European Union is tougher to deal with than anybody. They've taken advantage of our country for many years." Trump told Fox Business News on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos.
"Ultimately, it will be very easy because if we can't make a deal, we'll have to put 25 percent tariffs on their cars," he added.
Trump added that his attention would now to turn to Europe, after he sealed a trade truce with China after several years of a trade war that destabilised the world economy.