On Saturday, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reporter Frank Lockwood broke the news that the Republican National Committee intends to re-nominate President Donald Trump behind closed doors.
— Sarah D. Wire (@sarahdwire) August 1, 2020
Zeke Miller, the Associated Press reporter who is president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, urged Republicans to reconsider.
“The nomination of a major party presidential candidate is very much the business of the American people,” Miller explained.
— WHCA (@whca) August 1, 2020
Here’s what other reporters were saying about the decision:
“Barring a last-minute change, this will be the first Republican presidential nominating convention in history where reporters are not admitted.” The president is both angry at coronavirus-related closures and using the cover they provide to bar press. https://t.co/oegS8Vxgm9
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) August 1, 2020
I'm sure there's a better way to handle the official business of the Republican Convention than closing it to the press, even amid a pandemic.
— Niels Lesniewski (@nielslesniewski) August 1, 2020
political conventions are about bringing together activists from around the country & putting on a show for reporters. As of now—after months of Trump insisting he could have a normal convention before abruptly pulling back—GOP convention will be neither.https://t.co/htpSTXN8ff
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) August 1, 2020
— Matt Laslo (@MattLaslo) August 1, 2020
Networks should boycott ANY coverage of Trumpfest 2020 unless they get access. Pure and simple https://t.co/K1oGrXlZJb
— Borzou Daragahi 🖊🗒 (@borzou) August 1, 2020
"We're now three weeks from the Republican convention and we really don't have a clue right now in terms of the schedule," said Steve Scully, C-SPAN's political editor >> https://t.co/TgnxohjcMl via @LockwoodFrank
— Laura Figueroa Hernandez (@Laura_Figueroa) August 1, 2020
Mental health expert: Trump is waging ‘psychic terrorism against Black Americans
Dr. Kevin Washington, the former president of the Association of Black Psychologists and the head of the sociology and psychology department at Grambling State University, studies the cultural and historical trauma of people impacted by the legacy of slavery in America. In a recent interviw, he told Salon that the president's rhetoric has effectively given "permission" to act out on "white supremacist" ideology, but was not the primary cause of rising racial tensions across the country.
There were several glaring omissions in the FBI’s bizarre announcement about election interference
Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe and FBI Director Christopher Wray announced on Wednesday in a last-minute press briefing that both Iran and Russia have obtained voter registration information and have "taken specific actions to influence public opinion."
In particular, Ratcliffe said that Iran has been found to have sent "spoofed emails designed to intimidate voters, incite social unrest, and damage President Trump." He seemed to be referring to an incident described in a Washington Post story published right before the conference, which said the U.S. has concluded that Iran had sent emails pretending to be from the right-wing group the Proud Boys to Democratic voters.
Expert: Trump’s ‘forward-leaning posture’ and ‘body tics’ are cause for serious concern
A professor of Neurology at George Washington University says he believes there may be legitimate concerns over President Donald J. Trump's "forward-listing posture" that goes beyond the comical memes and gif responses normally shared on social media.
"I know something about political figures and observable signs of illness from afar," Richard E. Cytowic M.D. wrote in Psychology Today. "... The American public deserves an accurate account of our president’s health."