Fascinating to see news of Trump saying something treated as a big deal when it's recorded on audiotape, privately, to one person...

...but when it's publicly to millions we have to both-sides it.

It's the implied intent to keep it secret that renders it "interesting".
When Trump says something publicly, his good intent is assumed:

"He's playing down COVID-19 to reassure people."

He says the same thing privately and the assumption is:

"He played down COVID-19 for political reasons."

Media assumptions are bad in both cases.
Then, of course, there's the question of why Trump wanted to calm people about a coronavirus that CALLED FOR public action in response...

...but showed no interest in calming people about bogus caravans of immigrants that called for NO public action.
Trump's admission is also an admission that he doesn't know how to keep the public calm.

Lots of presidents have addressed the American public with worse news...without inciting panic.

Trump doesn't know how to reassure except by lying about outcomes.
And any GOP #NeverTrumpers who want to say this is uniquely Trumpian...

...please link to where you called out Bush for claiming he stayed seated for MINUTES on 9/11 after hearing of the attacks because leaving would somehow panic the kids in the classroom where he was. Image

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May 11
NEW: Wall Street is helping to drive inflation... like all-time-high gas prices... w/ swaps trading of commodities.

This is the story of how Trump let them do it.

And what Democrats can do about it.
I know Wall Street can drive high gas prices, because they did it before. I even reported on it the last time gas went above $4/gallon.

The Obama White House and congressional Democrats got it, and they took action. Prices came down.
But when the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) moved to regulate Wall Street trading in "swaps," essentially bets on commodity prices, Wall Street wanted to create a loophole for themselves, as Reuters reported in 2015.
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Feb 24
The anti-LGBTQ right-wing love affair with Russia didn't just happen.

TYT hasn't been alone on this, but I wanted to recap some of our reporting.

2018: @kenklippenstein and I reveal The Family and anti-LGBTQ allies trying to weaken Ukraine's EU ties.
Later we revealed The Family's role in Rep. Bob Aderholt's travel to Ukraine... where he met w/ lobbyists for oligarchs for the then-president, whose party was seen as a Russian ally.

2019: We revealed a Christian charity w/ strong ties to The Family spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in Russia... a Family leader told me last year it was NOT to bring Russians to the prayer breakfast... but wouldn't say what it WAS for.
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Jan 26
NEW: In 2016, VP Joe Biden had hope for Guatemala.

Then their president killed the UN’s anti-corruption task force. Now corruption is rampant and LGBTQ rights are under assault.

This is how The Family secretly helped make it happen.
Not too long ago, there was hope for Guatemala.

A UN task force, CICIG, was taking down corruption, including even the president.

CICIG had bipartisan support in Congress.

The Washington Office on Latin America called CICIG's results "transcendental."
Jimmy Morales had more racism, sexism, and homophobia in his resume than govt. experience.

But he ran for president supporting CICIG and pledging to fight corruption.

It was enough to get Biden there for his inauguration.
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Nov 24, 2021
NEW: The Washington DC host for Maria Butina and Alexander Torshin was a Chick-fil-A executive who’d been a National Prayer Breakfast insider for decades.

While everyone was looking at the NRA connection, no one investigated the anti-LGBTQ connection.

The NY Times, for instance, tracked Torshin's NRA connections back to as early as 2011.

But God came before guns.

Little noticed, but World magazine found Russian news agency accounts that said Torshin had attended the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington as early as 2006, years before he connected with the NRA.

But wait, there's more.

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Nov 17, 2021
NEW: The National Prayer Breakfast has been accused of being used to build right-wing, anti-LGBTQ networks.

We just found out one of the top people making up the guest list for the breakfast is a longtime executive at Chick-fil-A.
In a statement, Chick-fil-A confirmed that exec Tim Burchfield has been involved with the National Prayer Breakfast for more than 20 years.

But many of their claims, including about who he invites, are contradicted by what internal breakfast documents say about his guests. Image
Chick-fil-A says it's not involved in the National Prayer Breakfast...

...but other Chick-fil-A execs attended in the years for which we obtained documents.

And one of them, a source close to The Family says, was involved in the breakfast's Georgia team. Image
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Oct 21, 2021
NEW: Charged with lying to the FBI, Rep. @JeffFortenberry made multiple misleading statements in his responses this week...

...that concealed the role played by The Family and a Christian charity deeply involved in illegal Fortenberry campaign donations.

In his video, Fortenberry speaks as though the people involved in the campaign funding scheme were strangers.

But that's not true.
And in his statement, Fortenberry described the fundraiser where the illegal scheme played out as being held by "a Lebanese community in Los Angeles."

That's not...quite true.
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