Trump evades on white supremacists, lies about holding a press conference, and shouts ‘fake news’

Donald Trump promised on Friday that “we’re going to have a pretty big press conference on Monday.” Monday rolled around and Trump first issued a statement trying to look presidential by condemning white supremacist violence in tepid terms, then made a big production of signing a memorandum on China and intellectual property … but did not hold a press conference. As Trump posed for pictures after signing the document, a reporter shouted out a question, and that’s where things got really weird.

“Mr. President, can you explain why you did not condemn those hate groups by name over the weekend?”

“They’ve been condemned. They have been condemned.”

“And why are you not having a press conference today? You said on Friday that you’d have a press conference.”

“We had a press conference. We just had a press conference.”

“Can we ask you some more questions?”

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Fox News praises Trump for not ‘picking a side’ between white supremacist marchers and non-racists

Because the current president of the United States is an unstable and tantrum-prone child, it is important to consider what messages he is getting from the only television outlets he considers acceptable measures of his self-worth.

He needn’t worry. His only still-valued program, Fox & Friends, spent Sunday morning praising the president for not “picking a side” between white supremacists marching in Charlottesville and those opposing them.

PETE HEGSETH (CO-HOST): I think the president nailed it. He condemned in the strongest possible terms hatred and bigotry on all sides as opposed to immediately picking a side out the gate.

Hegseth also singled out for praise Trump’s conspicuous invocation of America First, a Trump motto cribbed from the notorious anti-Semitic movement that opposed American intervention against Nazi Germany.

And then, this line to me is so important. He said, “We are all Americans first.” And you hear the

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Pro-Trump CNN pundit and fabricator Jeffrey Lord fired after tweeting Nazi salute to liberal critic

CNN has finally cut ties with execrable pro-Trump commentator Jeffrey Lord, too late to do anybody any damn good. The final straw was a Jeffrey Lord tweet to Media Matters for America president Angelo Carusone in which Lord simply replied “Sieg Heil!”

“Nazi salutes are indefensible,” a CNN spokesperson said in a statement. “Jeffrey Lord is no longer with the network.”

Lord was an omnipresent fixture on the network during the campaign during a period when few other conservative pundits were willing to support Trump. Lord not only did so with gusto, but with flagrant misinformation, race-baiting, and a grotesque contempt for the truth—none of this was enough to curb his network appearances. He declared the KKK to be “a function of the left”, he defended the Trump campaign’s meetings with Russian go-betweens by noting that Democrats had met with DREAMers, he declared Trump to be the

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Donald Trump says he’s working, not golfing, but the press still isn’t allowed to see him

Donald Trump may be staying at his own Bedminster golf club for the next few weeks, but he is absolutely adamant that it is not a “vacation.” It is merely work-doing from another venue, in this case a golf course, in different work clothes, in this case golfing attire, and tooling around the place on Golf Force One, also known as a golf cart.

So golly, the White House press corps asks: If he’s working and not golfing, that means we can see him, right?

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Ha, that’s a good one.

Alas, Trump’s team continues to be unresponsive to such requests, meaning national coverage of what Donald Trump will be doing for the next two weeks will likely consist

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Game of Thrones 7.4: ‘Spoils of War’

Pacing. It’s a thing. If a story drags on endlessly, people lose interest. If it races forward relentlessly, not only is it exhausting it often leaves little time to react emotionally to events.

Game of Thrones has never been aces at this. There have been episodes that definitely fell on the slow side — particularly those that featured high degrees of sex-position, in which naked calisthenics were used to provide a distraction while characters attempted to spackle over plot gaps with conversations that would seem insanely stilted even without the acres of bare skin. There have also been episodes where time has rushed along much too quickly, leading to the impression that the Medieval kingdoms of Westeros must be scattered with handy transporters to explain the insane speed with which some characters are able to transit the map.

With the terrible squeeze of a shortened season (the most shocking thing about this

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Game of Thrones 7.4: ‘Spoils of War’

Pacing. It’s a thing. If a story drags on endlessly, people lose interest. If it races forward relentlessly, not only is it exhausting it often leaves little time to react emotionally to events.

Game of Thrones has never been aces at this. There have been episodes that definitely fell on the slow side — particularly those that featured high degrees of sex-position, in which naked calisthenics were used to provide a distraction while characters attempted to spackle over plot gaps with conversations that would seem insanely stilted even without the acres of bare skin. There have also been episodes where time has rushed along much too quickly, leading to the impression that the Medieval kingdoms of Westeros must be scattered with handy transporters to explain the insane speed with which some characters are able to transit the map.

With the terrible squeeze of a shortened season (the most shocking thing about this

Continue reading “Game of Thrones 7.4: ‘Spoils of War’”