President Donald Trump kicked off Thursday morning with racist and misogynistic attacks against powerful Democratic women. His targets: presumptive Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski, and U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
In an early morning interview with Fox News Business’s Maria Bartiromo the president called U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) “condescending” and a “Mad Woman.”
“Now you have sort of a Mad Woman,” Trump said, “I call her, because she was so angry and such hatred with Justice Kavanaugh. I mean, I’ve never seen anything like it. She was the angriest of the group and they were all angry. They’re all radical left angry people.”
Shortly before going on-air Trump launched a tweet attacking MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski as a “ditzy airhead wife.” The president also referred to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, the third most-powerful elected official in the U.S. government, as “stone-cold crazy.”
Very poor morning TV ratings for MSDNC’s Morning Joe, headed by a complete Psycho named Joe Scarborough and his ditzy airhead wife, Mika, and also @CNN, headed by complete unknowns. Congratulations to @foxandfriends on dominating the mornings (thank you President Trump!).
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2020
He also called U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) “not even smart,” as CNN’s Daniel Dale reported.
President Donald Trump since at least June has been courting what he calls “suburban housewives,” by which experts say he means white women – a demographic he is trailing Joe Biden in by double digits. Trump’s racist and misogynistic appeals include framing Black people as poor occupants of “low income” housing who want to destroy rich white neighborhoods.
Here’s a recent tweet displaying his misogynistic and racist world-view which harkens back to the 1950’s:
The “suburban housewife” will be voting for me. They want safety & are thrilled that I ended the long running program where low income housing would invade their neighborhood. Biden would reinstall it, in a bigger form, with Corey Booker in charge! @foxandfriends @MariaBartiromo
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2020
Outrage over Trump ‘shoutout’ to far-right militia
US President Donald Trump drew outrage on Wednesday after he dodged an opportunity to condemn white supremacists, and instead dropped the name of a far-right militia group during the first presidential debate.
When asked if he was willing to reject racist and militia groups Trump deflected and said: "Proud Boys -- stand back and stand by."
"But I'll tell you what, I'll tell you what, somebody's got to do something about Antifa," he continued, referring to the far-left movement.
The Proud Boys, a far-right paramilitary group, then appeared to adopt the phrase, with one known social media account posting a logo that read "Stand Back, Stand By."
‘Nobody won’: Conservatives in Biden hometown left cold by Trump debate
A "Policemen for Trump" hat on his head, Tom Kenney leaves the small room where a dozen or so supporters of the US president are watching the candidates' debate in the swing state of Pennsylvania.
"I got sick of listening to Biden," he says.
Inside the building, Fox News' coverage of the widely-anticipated first debate between Donald Trump and his presidential challenger Joe Biden plays loudly to locals of Old Forge -- a borough of working class Scranton, where Biden grew up.
Their colors are stuck to the mast -- a life-sized cardboard cutout of Trump with two thumbs up welcomes those gathering to watch and Trump posters and anti-abortion slogans are stuck up liberally on the walls.
That was no debate — it was a brawl
Do we really have to pick a debate winner in a brawl? Do the rules matter?
Didn’t we know ahead of time that Donald Trump would slash viciously and personally and pretend that he is an outsider to Washington and that Joe Biden would try to look presidential, mostly stick to his message while wryly noting that Trump was lying once again? If there was a substantive question or response that was a surprise, it slipped by me.
It may have been important to election prospects, but as a debate, it was a pretty sad commentary on our times. And yes, the fact-checking industry was hard at work (yes, Mr. President, there are 100 million Americans with health pre-conditions.)