I was so tired in the past week that I basically took a few days off from the news so I don’t cover a lot this week. I’ve left out the stuff about the new DNC chairman and the latest on healthcare reform but hey, there’s always next week.
This terrible tragedy happened.
Srinivas Kuchibhotla died shortly after Wednesday’s attack at a bar in Olathe, Kansas. His friend Alok Madasani, also from India, and an American were hurt.
Adam Purinton has been charged with premeditated first-degree murder. The killing dominated news bulletins in India and social media, where some blamed Donald Trump’s presidency.
Sean Spicer’s response:
White House spokesman Sean Spicer said that any loss of life was tragic but that it would be absurd to link events to Mr Trump’s rhetoric.
Actually, it would be absurd not to! You cannot provoke people and instigate divisive rhetoric and expect certain people to do nothing. It’s basic biology. Basic psychology. Fight or flight. You create fear within people and either option is possible. One is worse than the other.
And all it’s done is cause a needless death.
British MPs finally called out Trump in Parliament.
British MPs lined up on Monday to pour scorn on a “racist and sexist” Donald Trump, who they said should not be allowed to come to Britain for a state visit because of the risk it would embarrass the Queen.
The US president was compared to a “petulant child” and had his intelligence questioned by MPs during a three-hour debate triggered after more than 1.8 million people signed a petition urging Theresa May to cancel her invitation.
The full article had me cracking up. Most of them did not hold back. If only they could do the same about the current government who seem to making it their mission to make the British public as miserable as possible.
Don Lemon Was The Voice Of Reason
The filmmaker of the documentary that Trump incorrectly cited appeared on CNN with his bullshit stats and ending arguing with Don Lemon over it.
“I don’t want to be rude, but are your ears and your eyes working?” Lemon asked Horowitz. “Because the numbers … don’t show what you’re saying. You’re taking the numbers and manipulating them.”
More On The Russian Saga
President Trump’s personal lawyer and a former business associate met privately in New York City last month with a member of the Ukrainian parliament to discuss a peace plan for that country that could give Russia long-term control over territory it seized in 2014 and lead to the lifting of sanctions against Moscow.
The meeting with Andrii V. Artemenko, the Ukrainian politician, involved Michael Cohen, a Trump Organisation lawyer since 2007, and Felix Sater, a former business partner who worked on real estate projects with Trump’s company.
The Times reported that Cohen said he left the proposal in a sealed envelope in the office of then-national security adviser Michael T. Flynn while visiting Trump in the White House.
Cohen, speaking with The Post on Sunday, acknowledged that the meeting took place and that he had left with the peace proposal in hand.
But Cohen said he did not take the envelope to the White House and did not discuss it with anyone. He called suggestions to the contrary “fake news.”
[via the independent]
According to Business Insider, Cohen has told at least four different versions of his story.
I love how whenever any of these idiots are caught out it’s not a lie, or a gross exaggeration of the truth, it’s just ‘fake news’.
We’re over that now. Come up with something new please!
Trump Struggled To Fully Grasp Black History Month
During a tour of the museum for Black History Month on Tuesday, Trump spoke to MSNBC’s Craig Melvin about divisions in the country.
“We want to see it get much better,” the president said. “You’ll see it, oftentimes it will get much better and then it blows up.”
“And part of the beauty of what you’re doing here with the museum and the success of the museum — success is very important because it’s doing tremendous numbers, tremendous numbers of people are coming in,” he added. “I think that really helps to get that divide and bring it much closer together, if not perfect.”
Trump went on to connect “love” at the museum to the need to restrict travel from Muslim countries.
“You have to have people come in that love the country,” he insisted. “And this is about love, this building is about love. And we have to have people come in that are going to love the country, not people that are going to harm the country.”
….Trump is aware that black people didn’t just come into the country for shits and giggles. They were purchased and dragged into the country by force. This is basic Black History.
MSNBC were as confused as the rest of us with Louise Mensch going onto say:
I think it shows the president needs a mental health check-up. I genuinely believe that sounded so bizarre and so ridiculous and one thought just flowed into another with no logical sense at all. It’s a matter of national security that the president is not in his right mind.”
Fuck You For That
We – and Milo Yiannopoulous – learnt that racism, sexism, homophobia and all around discrimination was okay with the Republicans but paedophilia was where they drew the line.
Milo resigned from Breitbart and also had this to say:
And that is part of, you know, part of the failing of the media in this country. They have gleefully reported things about me they know aren’t true over the last 48 hours. With the result, you know, that you now all know. And you guys are responsible for that, and f—you for that. Because you, you know, you did a bad thing. I take responsibility for the words I used. I take responsibility for the things that I said. but I don’t believe that any journalist writing a story or any editor pressing the publish button believes that I sincerely advocate for or support pedophilia. It’s an absurd and ridiculous allegation but they gleefully printed it anyway. America knows better, and knows different.
Yeah, okay, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.
The Diary of Kellyanne Conwoman
I have nothing to report. She seems to have disappeared!
“Trump was using her as an effective surrogate, then she started becoming ineffective,” one of the sources said. “So they’re letting the heat cool off.”
Oh, they put her on a time-out? Well, damn.
Fake News, Fake Advisors
Following Trump’s comments, Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly convened an on-air discussion on Thursday over Swedish immigration and crime between a Swedish newspaper reporter and a man identified on screen and verbally as a “Swedish defence and national security advisor”, Nils Bildt.
But the Swedish defense ministry and foreign office told the newspaper Dagens Nyheter they knew nothing of Bildt.
Lol, oh dear. Read more here.
Mixed Message of the Week
Donald Trump railed against journalists’ use of anonymous sources at a conservative conference today—an hour after White House staff held a briefing at which they ordered reporters not to use their names.
Even More Mixed Messages!
On Thursday 23 February, President Donald Trump told CEOs who he was meeting with at the White House that his administration’s deportation push is a “military operation.”
The White House seemed to see things differently.
However, “the President was using that as an adjective,” said Spicer during the daily White House press briefing. “It’s happening with precision, and in a manner in which it’s being done very, very clearly,” he insisted.
….so….kind of like a military operation? ‘Cause that’s basically what he described. Although, one suspects that most military operations by this administration will deviate from the norm. But okay, fine! We’ll just wait for you to all get your stories straight.
Spice(r) Up Your Life
Sean Spicer strikes me as one of those people who would get offended by the smallest thing. He would be that person to demand to see a manager over a dented can of beans instead of accepting that shit happens.
The New York times published a story on him but were unable to confirm his birthplace and Spicer took offense to that.
Jake Tapper, who is apparently the voice of reason in all of this, had the perfect response.
In other news, Spicer confiscated his aides phones and devices in order to check that they weren’t behind the leaks. What leaks? I thought everything was fake news?
In an effort to stem a daily flow of leaks about turmoil inside the Trump White House, Press Secretary Sean Spicer called in a dozen of his closest aides and ordered them to turn over their phones to be searched by White House lawyers.
According to Politico, Spicer called a surprise meeting last week where the staffers were told to put their phones on a table for a “phone check,” by the attorneys who were standing by.
Spicer also banned several media outlets from the briefing, despite the fact that he said this last December:
We have a respect for the press when it comes to the government, that that is something you can’t ban an entity from.” He added: “I think that is what makes a democracy a democracy versus a dictatorship.”
I think he just loves the attention.
- British tourism to the US is down. I don’t think this is solely down to Trump – there is inflation and Brexit making a lot of prices go up. But whatever, Trump Slump it is!
“With UK travellers contributing nearly $5 billion a year to the US economy, tourism chiefs in the country should take note of what could be a substantial reduction in support for a major industry there.”
- Trump won’t be attending the White House Correspondents Dinner. Boo!!
President Donald Trump, who has been criticizing the news media and is famously thin-skinned, says he won’t be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner — sparing himself the dubious honor of being an in-the-house target of jokes.
Muslim Ban™ Update
The Department of Homeland Security has concluded that citizenship is an “unlikely indicator” of whether an individual poses a terror threat to the US, according to a draft report obtained by the Associated Press.
US president Donald Trump had ordered an intelligence report to justify his embattled travel ban on seven Muslim majority nations. But the three-page draft “challenges Trump’s core claims” about the reasoning behind the executive order, the AP writes. The report also found hardly any terror-related activities in the US linked to people from the seven countries listed in the travel ban.
Naturally, Trump has rejected the report. I reject his hair but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t real. Wait. Bad example. Anyway.
I’m going to go and listen to Chasing Cars on repeat and remember a time when Grey’s Anatomy ruining songs was a genuine issue for us.