The week she has been long.
Sunday President Trump sent three racist tweets.
Jeffrey Epstein, financier, “friend” of former President Bill Clinton and current President Donald Trump appeared in court to face charges that he sexually abused minors. U.S. District Judge Richard Berman, did not rule on bail, on Monday, instead he said he would hold another hearing on Thursday.
The President’s three tweets fallout, wherein he told sitting Congresswomen of color to “go back” to where they came from, and after they fix the “crime infested,” places they could then “come back” and tell America how it’s done continued, as President Trump again took to Twitter to attack the four Congresswomen.
White House Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway ignored a Congressional Subpoena to testify before the House Oversight Committee regarding her repeated violations of the Hatch Act at the request of the President.
In defense of the President tweets, Fox News contributor Brit Hume, explained that while the President tweets were “nativist, xenophobic, counterfactul and politically stupid,” but he says they do not meet the “definition of racist.” Hume double-downs, because of course.
Roger Stone, friend and President Trump supporter appeared in a DC courtroom to learn whether or not he was going to jail after having violated the gag-order that U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson placed in February. Judge Jackson fell short of sending Stone to prison instead as BuzzFeeds News’ Zoe Tillman explains, Judge Jackson barred Stone from posting anything on Social Media, either directly or indirectly.
House Democrats planned to hold a vote on a non-bidding Resolution that would hold President Trump’s feet to the fire, over the tweets he issued on Sunday. The New York Times reports that the Resolution passed the House 240 to 187, with four Republicans joining the Democrats to condemn the President along with newly independent Rep. Justin Amas (MI) also supporting the measure.
President Trump recommended that the FBI and CIA investigate Google for treason at the request of billionaire Peter Thiel, who told an audience on Saturday, and Tucker Carlson on Monday, that Google has been infiltrated by the Chinese Military, while they decline to work for the U.S. Defense Department. Google has denied that the work for the Chinese Military.
Ahead of the House voting to hold President Trump responsible for his racist Sunday tweets, White House Counselor to the President, Kellyanne Conway steps in it, while trying to defend the President, by asking a Jewish Journalist, “What’s your ethnicity?”
A Oil Tanker went missing in the Strait of Hormuz, Iran is said to be responsible for the disappearance.
The House planned to vote on holding Attorney General William Barr, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress over a dispute regarding the Trump’s Administrations efforts to add the now dead Citizenship question on the 2020 Census. The New York Times reports that the vote to hold them in contempt passed the House 230-198.
Ahead of his bail hearing, Jeffrey Epstein’s lawyers defended the foreign passport, issued with Epstein’s photo, but showing a different name. According to the attorney, the passport was for protection in cased Epstein was kidnapped while traveling in the Middle East.
A U.S. District Judge ordered the government to unredact portions of the one-time lawyer to President Donald Trump, Michael Cohen’s search warrant application. The Judge gave the government until 11 a.m. eastern time on Thursday to make public the information regarding campaign finance violations surrounding the hush money payments to two women, who claim they had affairs with President Trump, then-businessman Trump.
Wednesday night President Trump held his typical MAGA campaign rally, save for the changing of “lock her up,” to “send her back.” As is standard with a rally, the campaign lied, once again, about “crowd size.”
U.S. District Judge Richard Berman, ruled against bail for Jeffrey Epstein, ordering him to remain in jail as he awaits his trail on the new charges that allege he between 2002-2005 that sexually abused children.
Courthouse News explained that the now public Michael Cohen search warrant application, the portion that relates to the campaign finance charges against Cohen, implicate President Trump, former White House employee Hope Hicks, and National Enquirer publisher David Pecker, National Enquirer editor Dylan Howard, and former attorney of Stormy Daniels, Keith Davidson, having knowledge of the “Illegal Campaign Contribution Scheme.”
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told CNBC News, that Congressional leaders and the Trump Administration have reached a deal on “top-line,” spending in order to raise the debt ceiling prior to Congress adjourning for the Summer recess next week. He says that they are still working on spending caps.
President Trump announced that the U.S. shot down an Iranian drone over the Strait of Hormuz.
Amid the chaos that is the fallout from President Trump’s “go back” to where you came from tweets and his supporters chanting “send her back,” Madeleine Albright offered some words of wisdom, in the attempt to offer a reminder of exactly it means to be the leader of the free world.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, has proposed that his son, Eduadro, be ambassador to the U.S., while it’s being reported that if Eduadro is confirmed, that Eric Trump, President Donald Trump’s son, will be installed as the new Ambassador to Brazil.
So far for Friday, and aren’t we glad it is Friday, the President has tweeted, 15 times, deleted 3, to re-issue them, giving him a total of 12 tweets, and has re-tweeted himself, 5 times.
Great new book, “Justice On Trial, The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court.” Fantastic job by Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2019
According to Amazon.com the book has been available since July 9th, 2019.
It is amazing how the Fake News Media became “crazed” over the chant “send her back” by a packed Arena (a record) crowd in the Great State of North Carolina, but is totally calm & accepting of the most vile and disgusting statements made by the three Radical Left Congresswomen…— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2019
….Mainstream Media, which has lost all credibility, has either officially or unofficially become a part of the Radical Left Democrat Party. It is a sick partnership, so pathetic to watch! They even covered a tiny staged crowd as they greeted Foul Mouthed Omar in Minnesota, a…— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2019
….State which I will win in #2020 because they can’t stand her and her hatred of our Country, and they appreciate all that I have done for them (opening up mining and MUCH more) which has led to the best employment & economic year in Minnesota’s long and beautiful history!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2019
Trump on Wednesday: "Bullshit … if you don't support me you're going to be so goddamn poor."— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 19, 2019
Trump on Friday: fOuL mOutHeD oMaR pic.twitter.com/RhjJEA1xPN
For the state of Minnesota the Morning Consult has President Trump’s current approval rating @ 41 percent approve while 57 percent disapprove.
The New York Times reports that in 2016 Hillary Clinton won Minnesota with 46.4 percent of the vote, while President Trump garnered 44.9 percent of the vote.
USA Today fact checked some of President Trump’s statements regarding Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), according to them the “low polling numbers,” came from Axios, who reported on July 14th, that only 9 percent of the 1,003 white people with less than two-years of college approved of Omar’s job performance.
Omar won district 5 according to the State of Minnesota with 77.97 percent of the vote, her total votes were 267,703, her republican challenger, Jennifer Zielinski, had 21.68 percent of the vote, her total votes were 74,440.
Thomas “the Chin” Friedman, a weak and pathetic sort of guy, writes columns for The New York Times in between rounds of his favorite game, golf. Two weeks ago, while speaking to a friend on his cell phone, I unfortunately ended up speaking to Friedman. We spoke for a while and…— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2019
….he could not have been nicer or more respectful to your favorite President, me. Then I saw the column he wrote, “Trump Will Be Re-elected, Won’t He?” He called me a Racist, which I am not, and said Rhode Island went from economically bad to great in 5 years because the…..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2019
….Governor of the State did a good job. That may be true but she could not have done it without the tremendous economic success of our Country & the turnaround that my Administration has caused. Really Nasty to me in his average I.Q. Columns, kissed my a.. on the call. Phony!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2019
Thomas Friedman has responded to President Trump.
My column: ‘Trump’s Going to Get Re-elected, Isn’t He?’ https://t.co/g080P310xe— Thomas L. Friedman (@tomfriedman) July 17, 2019
Mr. President, You are right, unlike you, I am always respectful — especially when I talk to the President of the United States at the request of a U.S. Senator in your party. I try to be respectful even with people I disagree with.— Thomas L. Friedman (@tomfriedman) July 19, 2019
I do this because I hope it will increase the chances that they listen to me.— Thomas L. Friedman (@tomfriedman) July 19, 2019
You should try it.
But I also always adhere to the facts: I was asked to speak to you by your Senator friend, who said you were upset at the criticism you were getting from the Wall Street Journal and some other conservatives for not bombing Iran in retaliation for Iran’s downing of a U.S. drone.— Thomas L. Friedman (@tomfriedman) July 19, 2019
And here is exactly how I began our conversation, precisely because I did not trust what you would do with it: “Mr. President, you know that I disagree with you on many things but you were right not to bomb Iran.’’— Thomas L. Friedman (@tomfriedman) July 19, 2019
You then basically talked for four minutes. I interjected a few things on China policy, said thank you, and we went our respective ways.— Thomas L. Friedman (@tomfriedman) July 19, 2019
Since you are clearly a reader of my column, you know that from the day you announced your candidacy, I have not hesitated to criticize you when I have seen you dividing our country, alienating America’s closest allies and giving succor to racists and bigots everywhere.— Thomas L. Friedman (@tomfriedman) July 19, 2019
And you also know that on issues where I thought you were serving the American interest – like confronting China’s most abusive trade practices or not going to war with Iran – I have not hesitated to support your polices, very publicly. I will continue to do both.— Thomas L. Friedman (@tomfriedman) July 19, 2019
For me it is always about what is best for America – the country that I love and that you are now tearing apart.— Thomas L. Friedman (@tomfriedman) July 19, 2019
Respectfully yours, Tom Friedman
Excerpts from Friedman’s Opinion piece that appeared in the New York Times on July 16th.
So, I wasn’t surprised to hear so many people expressing fear that the racist, divisive, climate-change-denying, woman-abusing jerk who is our president was going to get re-elected, and was even seeing his poll numbers rise.
Four years of Trump feeling validated in all the crazy stuff he’s done and said. Four years of Trump unburdened by the need to run for re-election and able to amplify his racism, make Ivanka secretary of state, appoint even more crackpots to his cabinet and likely get to name two right-wing Supreme Court justices under the age of 40.
If the fear of that doesn’t motivate the Democratic Party’s base, then shame on those people. Not all elections are equal. Some elections are a vote for great changes — like the Great Society. Others are a vote to save the country. This election is the latter.
That doesn’t mean a Democratic candidate should stand for nothing, just keep it simple: Focus on building national unity and good jobs.
Because of the faulty thought process we have going for us at the Federal Reserve, we pay much higher interest rates than countries that are no match for us economically. In other words, our interest costs are much higher than other countries, when they should be lower. Correct!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2019
I like New York Fed President John Williams first statement much better than his second. His first statement is 100% correct in that the Fed “raised” far too fast & too early. Also must stop with the crazy quantitative tightening. We are in a World competition, & winning big,…— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2019
….but it is no thanks to the Federal Reserve. Had they not acted so fast and “so much,” we would be doing even better than we are doing right now. This is our chance to build unparalleled wealth and success for the U.S., GROWTH, which would greatly reduce % debt. Don’t blow it!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2019
….Fed: There is almost no inflation!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2019
The Federal Reserve next meets on July 30th, and July 31st.
Politico reports that New York Fed President John Williams in a speech on Thursday seemed to suggest that the Fed was planning on lowering interest at their July meeting. Later a spokesperson for Williams, clarified that “Williams’ view is based on “research” and is “not about potential policy actions at the upcoming FOMC [Federal Open Market Committee] meeting.”
The Washington Post notes that the President has attacked or pressured the Fed for “months-long,” even though “many economists dispute his views, warning that low interest rates at this point in the business cycle could create dangerous bubbles that damage the economy with little notice.”
The Fed continues to flood the market with US dollars. Wrong move.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2011
The Fed's reckless policies of low interest and flooding the market with dollars needs to be stopped or we will face record inflation.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 29, 2011
The Fed's actions these past 3 years could bring record high inflation in the near future. That would be (cont) http://t.co/lqmm7BYh— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 27, 2012
The Fed should not do another 'stimulus.' We can't keep spending our children's future away on waste.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2012
For a look back at President Trump’s tweets @ Trump Twitter Archive.
For July 19th, Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll, shows President Trump’s job approval is at 50 percent approval while 48 percent disapprove.
Real Clear Politics has President Trump’s average approval @ 44.7 percent approve, while 51.7 percent disapprove.
This post will be updated within reason.