On Saturday, in the wake of nearly a week of coverage of President Donald Trump lying about the path of Hurricane Dorian and commandeering federal agencies to try to make his lie true, former Republican strategist Rick Wilson told MSNBC’s Joy Reid that his erstwhile party is no more — and that what’s left of the GOP will be destroyed along with the president.
“It’s funny, Joy, I have a new piece this morning in The Daily Beast and basically my argument is, Trump is entering the ‘eccentric dictator‘ phase of his presidency,” said Wilson. “And that always requires a group of sycophants, a group of people who absolutely know better but for their own political power, own position, their own wealth, own ability to influence the discussion, they’re going to lie, they’re going to say, ‘Of course the sky is bright purple today, Mr. President. Of course the hurricane was steaming toward Birmingham. You’re so right, sir.'”
“They wink and nod and tell reporters behind the scenes, they go off the record and tell reporters he’s out of his mind, but on the public-facing side, they violate their oath to the Constitution and to the office, that they’re going to uphold this country and protect this country and they support Donald Trump,” continued Wilson. “There is a culture and a cult around Donald Trump that loves the lie. Even if they know it’s a lie, they love it, and they push it, and it’s become an amusement for them.”
“The question, then, is the base of the party that’s being fed this and believes it and part of the cult of personality, with the religious cult, it’s difficult to bring people out of it if they don’t want to come out of it themselves,” Reid pressed him. “Is there a way to break reality into the reality of the base of the Republican Party at this point, or are they just gone?”
“It’s over, Joy,” said Wilson. “There is no Republican Party. It’s the Trump party now, and they are awaiting the day the great leader tells them to drink the Kool-Aid so they can rise up to the comet. It’s over. The party’s dead. It’s Trump’s party. It will go down and die with him.”
Saudi Arabia races to restore oil supply — drone strike blamed on Iran
Saudi Arabia raced on Sunday to restart operations at oil plants hit by drone attacks which slashed its production by half, as Iran dismissed US claims it was behind the assault.
The Tehran-backed Huthi rebels in neighbouring Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is bogged down in a five-year war, claimed Saturday's strikes on two plants owned by state energy giant Aramco.
But US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pointed the finger squarely at Tehran, saying there was no evidence the "unprecedented attack on the world's energy supply" was launched from Yemen.
"The United States will work with our partners and allies to ensure that energy markets remain well supplied and Iran is held accountable for its aggression," the top US diplomat added.
Trump flip-flops on meeting with Iran with ‘no preconditions’– then blames it on the media
President Donald Trump went off on the "fake news media" yet again, after his own appointees announced he was willing to meet with Iran.
"The Fake News is saying that I am willing to meet with Iran, 'No Conditions.' That is an incorrect statement (as usual!)," Trump tweeted.
In an odd twist, Trump announced just three months ago he'd be willing to meet with no preconditions.
“Not as far as I’m concerned – no preconditions,” the president said in a Meet the Press interview. At another point in the interview, he also said: “I think they want to make a deal. And my deal is nuclear.”
Internet fears Trump’s ‘locked and loaded’ tweet about oil field bomb means he’s gearing up for war with Iran
the largest U.S. oil producer can be brought to its knees with a drone carrying a bomb. President Donald Trump responded to intelligence that the drone didn't originate in Yemen, but rather from Iraq or Iran, by saying he was "locked and loaded."
"Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked. There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!" Trump tweeted Sunday.