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Years of lies…
The Trump years have been outlined by dishonesty. Fibs, falsehoods and outright lies. This was on show once more at Wednesday’s presser… As Jim Acosta mentioned afterward, Trump was “simply not in contact with actuality.” However now…
A second of reality?
Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh will each testify on Thursday beginning at 10 a.m. ET. The listening to is about each alleged misconduct and about mendacity. Is he mendacity about his highschool and faculty innocence? Is she mendacity about his habits? Will we ever know the reality of what occurred in 1982? Perhaps not, however Kavanaugh’s statements from the previous two weeks are additionally being examined. His latest assertions about his teenage years can be below extreme scrutiny on Thursday…
>> Associated: CNN.com has a listing of 21 Q’s he could also be requested…
“Yet one more case examine…”
I requested Michiko Kakutani, writer of “The Demise of Fact,” for her impressions. What does this second imply for the courtroom and the nation?
“Republican senators’ eagerness to hurry Kavanaugh’s SCOTUS nomination by and not using a actual investigation into the allegations of sexual assault in opposition to him is one more case examine within the poisonous disregard for reality that has taken maintain in Trump’s Washington,” she mentioned.
And “Kavanaugh’s personal statements — about his college years, about his function in a controversial Bush-era judicial nomination, and his sycophantic remarks about President Trump — recommend that he has an off-the-cuff, if not troubled relationship with the reality. All it is a distressing mirror of the tribal politics and disdain for reality that has turn out to be an indicator of the Trump period…”
Thursday’s almost certainly consequence?
Will individuals find yourself much more polarized, even additional aside on perceptions of the reality? That is my wager. Laura Ingraham was on Fox simply now complaining about Ford not handing over her remedy session notes: “There was no therapist! It is a large lie! Lie! Lie! Lie!” It is simply going to get increasingly heated.
As Nate Silver tweeted: “I maintain interested by these research the place, the extra proof you present a dedicated partisan in opposition to their case, the extra it entrenches their authentic viewpoint…”
40 days til the midterms
CNN’s Dana Bash, honored on the Second Journal luncheon on the Yale Membership on Wednesday, talked with the magazine’s editor Nadine Epstein concerning the “#MeToo missile that simply landed on the U.S. Senate,” amongst different subjects…
“It is laborious to think about among the feminine vote being extra energized than it’s proper now pre-Kavanaugh,” Bash mentioned. “However whether it is doable, [Kavanaugh being confirmed] will energize them extra. The flip facet of that — as a result of there’s a ying to each yang in politics — if Kavanaugh goes down, the Republican base, which isn’t very energized proper now, will then be energized. They perceive they have been ready a era to switch Anthony Kennedy…”
Each main participant can be carrying the hearings stay, together with all the published networks.
— On CNN, Wolf Blitzer and Jake Tapper will anchor beginning at eight:30… CNN’s cable protection can be stay streamed on CNN.com, no login wanted…
— On Fox Information, Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum will anchor beginning at 9…
— NBC’s particular protection will begin at 9:30, with Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie, Chuck Todd, Megyn Kelly and Andrea Mitchell…
— ABC’s particular will begin at 10… George Stephanopoulos in NYC, David Muir in DC…
— CBS’s morning and night reveals will each be stay from DC. Norah O’Donnell can be on Capitol Hill. At 10, O’Donnell, Gayle King, John Dickerson and Jeff Glor will co-anchor the particular…
Trump 81-minute presser
Politico’s Blake Hounshell summed it up in 4 phrases: “Trump can not help himself.”
Everybody has an opinion about Wednesday’s presser. My POV: Extra, please. The extra Q’s he takes, extra usually, from extra shops, the higher knowledgeable all of us are…
Ashley Parker’s WaPo recap: “For a president dealing with one of the consequential weeks of his presidency — and combating for his Supreme Courtroom nominee’s political life — Trump at instances appeared blissfully unaware of the stakes, deeply having fun with himself as he bantered together with his press corps…”
Michael Grynbaum’s NYT piece concerning the prez and the press: “Trump made clear that he’s by no means extra comfy, by no means extra engaged, than when he’s sparring with the information media that he likes to say he hates…”
4 sharp questions
ABC’s Jon Karl: “Are you able to perceive why a sufferer of sexual assault wouldn’t report it on the time? Do not you perceive?”
NBC’s Hallie Jackson: “Has there ever been an occasion once you’ve given the advantage of the doubt to a lady?”
CNBC’s Eamon Javers: “You made a big allegation in opposition to the Chinese language authorities, you urged that the Chinese language had meddled in, or are meddling within the 2018 midterm election. What proof do you’ve got of that, sir?”
CBS’s Steven Portnoy: “What messages do you’ve got for the younger males of America?”
Six key quotes
— Test with Sean: “I used to be accused by — I imagine it was 4 ladies.” (False.) “You may examine with Sean Hannity, you possibly can examine with Fox as a result of they lined it very strongly.”
— Trump was crediting Hannity with protecting the claims that “ladies had been paid to say dangerous issues about me.” However within the subsequent breath, he distanced himself from Hannity: “Consider it or not, I do not communicate to him very a lot, however I respect him.”
— CNN’s Jim Acosta was the fourth male reporter to be referred to as on, so he requested Trump to take a Q from a feminine colleague subsequent. Trump did, although The Day by day Beast’s Matt Wilstein noticed that he repeatedly interrupted and talked over feminine reporters. CBS’s Weijia Jiang persevered when Trump tried to chop her off, and requested how the accusations in opposition to him “affect your opinions on the allegations in opposition to Choose Kavanaugh…”
— Trump’s love for the NYT shone by. He referred to as it “failing” and mentioned it was “a paper I as soon as beloved,” however then a couple of minutes later, he admitted, “I nonetheless love the paper.”
— When the NYT’s Mark Landler instructed him “We’re form of thriving, not failing as of late,” Trump mentioned, “You are doing very nicely. Say thanks, Mr. Trump.” Landler, politely: “I feel I am going to cease wanting that.”
— When Hannah Thomas-Peter mentioned she was from Sky Information, Trump mentioned, “Congratulations on the acquisition…”
Some flagrant falsehoods
Trump retains saying that he received the ladies’s vote in 2016. He is been saying this for greater than six months. “52% of ladies,” he mentioned once more Wednesday. Effectively, he received 52% of white ladies voters, and 52% of males, however solely 41% of all ladies voters. The primary time he mentioned this, it would’ve been a mistake. However now? After he is repeated it time and again?!
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Earlier this yr George Mason professor James Pfiffner wrote “Trump’s lies corrode democracy” for Brookings… On Wednesday night, he instructed me, “Trump’s lies are sometimes an assertion of energy. He expects others to agree with, associate with or repeat his lies. This demonstrates their loyalty to him, particularly if it evident to most individuals that he and they’re mendacity…”
CNNMoney (New York) First printed September 26, 2018: 11:58 PM ET