He wasn’t “ribbing” Gianforte, he was praising him. He said Gianforte’s body-slam made Gianforte “my kind of - he’s my guy.” He then acknowledged, “I shouldn’t say this.” Then he told Gianforte, “There’s nothing to be embarrassed about.”
We’ve had three years of this: Trump makes bigoted/authoritarian/otherwise offensive remark, people react to what he said, Trump’s aides and supporters insist against all evidence that he was joking. The cycle often ends with Trump making extra-clear that he wasn’t joking.
Annnd, as usual, we have arrived at the part of the cycle where Trump makes clear he wasn’t joking. “He’s a tough cookie. And I’ll stay with that,” he said just now of Gianforte.
Here’s Trump’s public schedule for today. (Public schedules don’t include all of a president’s activities.)
You’ll often see Trump do a brief official event on a rally day, like today’s tour and roundtable at a military base, because that allows his campaign to allocate some of the day’s travel costs to taxpayers.
No, lots of presidents have done this, including Obama.
Asked about his role in fostering national unity, Trump tells Fox Biz: “It’s got a big setback with Justice Kavanaugh. Number one at Yale, number one at Yale Law School...you had to become somewhat aggressive...Hillary’s a very dishonest person.”
(Kavanaugh was not number one at Yale and Yale Law School.)
Asked about his bad poll numbers with women - Regan tells him “they’re not liking you” - Trump says the 2016 polls were very bad with women and then he won, so. He adds: “The men stay with me, I don’t know why.”
Trying to combat the “Pocahontas” mockery from Trump, who says she has no Native ancestry, Elizabeth Warren is today releasing a DNA test that suggests she had a Native ancestor “6-10” generations ago, making her 1/32nd to 1/512th Native. bostonglobe.com/news/politics/…
Trump had fantasized about going on a debate stage and forcibly administering a DNA test on Warren on the spot. In summary, She’s Running.
Warren’s team is doing a whole PR rollout of her ancestry test. Just got this email from her not-yet-campaign (there’s a bunch more in addition to this screenshot):
Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes presses Trump about his climate change views. He says: "I think something’s happening. Something’s changing - and it’ll change back again. I don't think it's a hoax, I think there's probably a difference. But I don't know that it's man-made."
Trump on Khashoggi and the Saudis: "As of this moment, they deny it. And deny it vehemently. Could it be them? Yes." Unlike with Russia, though, he doesn't suggest he believes them completely; he adds, "Could it be them? Yes," and he promises "severe punishment."
Trump repeats his lie that Obama was "going to war" with North Korea. Stahl asks, "We were going to war?" Trump says, "I think it was going to end up in war." He then complains that the media didn't inform people of his fake information: "You don't hear that."
"Under Republican leadership, America is being respected again," Trump says, then discusses how big the crowd is.
Trump hails the release of Andrew Brunson. "I think he's going to be in great shape," Trump says. "He went through a lot. But he's on his way back. We've done that with a lot. We've had a lot of success. North Korea. Egypt. Remember Aya. We bring a lot of people back."
Trump is doing a campaign rally around 7:30 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Tweets in this thread, mute thread if you hate thread.
Right Side Broadcasting, my go-to rally livestreamer, is interviewing a man attending his fifth Trump rally. Tonight, he says, "We're hoping that he'll announce the immediate arrest of Hillary Clinton and Hussein Obama for riggin' the general election."
"This is truly a historic week for America," Trump begins. "And you know what I'm talking about." There is a roar for the swearing-in of Brett Kavanaugh.
In Florida speech to international police chiefs association, Trump jokes that the media wants to know what he talked about with Rod Rosenstein today. He doesn't say. "That became a very big story, actually. We had a good talk."
Trump says, "Reducing crime begins with respecting law enforcement." He criticizes politicians he says have made "political attacks on our courageous police officers," claiming their "dangerous anti-police sentiment" makes "life easier for criminals."
Trump says he has directed the attorney general's office "to immediately go to the great city of Chicago to help straighten out the terrible shooting wave...there's no reason for what's going on there."
How Trump's rally lies are treated by almost all media: just ignored. Blumenthal didn't say many of the things Trump claimed he said; Feinstein didn't say the things Trump claimed she said; Trump still got the attacks into the New York Times unquestioned. nytimes.com/2018/10/06/us/…
In other words: not only do mainstream stories on Trump's speeches habitually decline to point out the fact that Trump made somewhere between 15 and 30 false claims, they often include the false attacks or boasts without even a mild correction.
Precisely: Trump tells the same lies over and over, and almost all have been fact checked by WaPo, me, AP, PolitiFact, Factcheck.org. You can go into a speech with a list of corrections in a second Word doc, ready to be pasted into the story.
Collins begins to speak. Protesters are shouting "VOTE NO."
Collins: This process has been "so dysfunctional," like a "caricature of a gutter-level political campaign." "Within moments" of Kavanaugh's nomination, she says, "special interests raced to be the first to oppose him."
Collins: "We have seen special interest groups whip their followers into a frenzy" by "spreading falsehoods" about Kavanaugh's record.
Survivors of sexual assault are delivering tearful speeches in Susan Collins’s Capitol office. One woman says this month is the first time she’s ever come close to talking about being assaulted.
Retired professor Elaine Johnson, 68, says her speech a few minutes ago in Collins’s office was the first time she’s spoken in a public setting about what happened to her as a child and teenager. Says she was inspired by Blasey Ford, says a Collins yes vote would be “crushing.”
Annabelle Rutledge of conservative Concerned Women for America walks in and says she’s also a sex assault survivor but “it’s terrifying to me” that her brothers or nephews could face unfounded allegations 36 years later. People are arguing with her. Quite a scene in an office.
Jeff Flake and Joe Manchin voted in favour of proceeding to the final vote on Kavanaugh.
If Democrat Manchin votes yes in the final vote, Murkowski (a no on this procedural vote) and Collins could both vote no and Kavanaugh would still be confirmed.
Manchin has sounded positively disposed toward Kavanaugh throughout the process. He said yesterday, "I am looking at the gentleman as an adult from 22 to 53, 31 years of professional service. I am looking at him as a father." aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/k…
Trump is doing a campaign rally in Rochester, Minnesota, his fourth rally since Saturday. Tweets in this thread.
Raucous applause and U-S-A chants as Trump takes the stage. He begins: "So this is supposed to be a Democrat state. I don't think so. I don't think so. I don't think so. They have a big very surprise coming."
Trump says he has presided over "the biggest comeback" in U.S. history. He cites the good jobs numbers and other data. He says, "The radical Democrats want to take it all away." He says electing Democrats will mean people's 401Ks are "cut in half" and there will be much crime.
Trump did get dairy concessions, securing more US access to Canada's market. (While giving Canada more access to the US.) But the deal leaves in place Canada's prohibitive above-quota tariffs on milk, cream, butter, cheese; both countries will dump their whey, margarine tariffs.
Trump's team made a real effort on dairy, and made some legit gains, but Trump's focus on Canadian tariffs in particular was much more of a you're-the-puppet piece of rhetoric than a reflection of the actual negotiations.
Sarah Sanders, talking about Kavanaugh, says Senate Democrats have shown "no regard for the process, decency, or standards."
Sarah Sanders attacks Schumer for saying there is "no presumption of innocence or guilt." Schumer was saying that that's because this is a nominee in front of the Senate, not a criminal defendant in a trial.
Asked why Trump attacked Blasey Ford, Sanders says, "The president was stating the facts." In fact, Trump lied that Blasey Ford said she didn't know whether the alleged assault happened upstairs or downstairs and that she remembered nothing about the night but her one beer.
WaPo: At a fundraiser on Thursday, Trump said of Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland: “She hates America." He said EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini also "hates America," and that it's a shame because female leaders are often good. washingtonpost.com/news/josh-rogi…
Also: Trump claimed to donors Trump that the Saudi king called him to ask for help with an "unspecified but large military operation" costing "$4 billion." He said he responded that Saudi would have to pay for U.S. help, and that the operation is probably "highly classified."
Almost none of the stories Trump tells about begging/praising people calling him to say dramatic things are true, so I would be skeptical of this story.