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  • CNN’s Van Jones: No Regrets About Calling Trump ‘Presidential’

    03/08/2017 2:51:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | March 8, 2017 | Matt Wilstein
    “I’m not just trying to debunk Trump, I’m trying to decode Trump.” That’s how Van Jones sums up his unique and controversial approach to covering the 45th president of the United States. The CNN commentator and host of The Messy Truth found himself under fire from his fellow progressives last week after he declared that Trump “became president” in the moment that he led Congress in a standing ovation for the widow of a Navy SEAL who was killed in a counterterrorism raid under his watch. “That was one of the most extraordinary moments you have ever seen in American...
  • Joint Address Exit Survey

    03/05/2017 3:50:24 PM PST · by amorphous · 3 replies
    The White House ^ | 5 Mar 2017 | Staff
    Tens of thousands of Americans gave us input before the President addressed the Nation. We listened because we want to hear directly from Americans like you. Please take just a few seconds and let us know your opinions on President Trump’s speech and vision for the future.
  • The Media’s Rapid Retreat (A blast from Bizarro World)

    03/03/2017 6:10:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Bill Moyers and Company ^ | March 3, 2017 | Neal Gabler
    Tuesday provided a vivid demonstration that we are in this all by ourselves. The media won’t come to America’s rescue. Oh, how optimistic, naďve and ultimately foolish we were! When Donald Trump bulldozed his way through his first five weeks of his presidency, leaving wreckage in his wake, we knew the mainstream media couldn’t pretend this was business as usual. And they didn’t. And when Trump performed at his first presser as if he were, to put it charitably, deranged, we knew the media couldn’t pretend otherwise. And they didn’t. And when Trump decided to lash out at the mainstream...
  • When Trump Is Presidential, His Critics Are Left Out in the Rain

    03/02/2017 7:56:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 2, 2017 | Michael Brown
    It was an altogether fitting, albeit pathetic, picture. Shortly before Donald Trump delivered the greatest speech of his life, a speech some pundits called historic in its own right, Rosie O'Donnell “addressed a rain-soaked crowd outside the White House . . . during the ‘Resistance Address,’ an event countering President Trump's speech to a joint session of Congress later that evening. She criticized Trump on his foreign policy, stance towards race, and women's rights, while urging the 100 or so gathered to resist Trump (and the weather) through the night” (my emphasis).And so, as Trump spoke to tens of...
  • President Trump’s Speech Last Night

    03/01/2017 11:42:36 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 23 replies
    Scott Adams' Blog ^ | Scott Adams
    I didn’t see President Trump’s entire speech last night. I’m catching up this morning. Looks to me as if it was a base-clearing home run. Even Democrats are having trouble criticizing it. Surveys are positive. Stock market is up. CNN’s most credible anti-Trumper, Van Jones, said Trump was presidential, in a good way. Don Lemon got triggered into cognitive dissonance, hypothesizing that Trump’s presidential words don’t match his off-stage personality. In other words, it was a speech. Trump pulled a Khan maneuver. You remember when Clinton invited the Khan family to talk about their fallen hero son while criticizing Trump....
  • (La Raza Jefa) Trump’s speech was nothing to applaud

    03/02/2017 3:09:01 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 1, 2017 | Janet Murguía, President and CEO of the National Council of La Raza
    Last night, President Trump had very little to say to the Latino community, and what he did say wasn’t good. Clearly he has taken some of the criticism he has heard to heart. He did not shout during his speech or talk about “American carnage,” but spoke in a calm and gentle way. He made nods to the Democrats and talked about working in a bipartisan manner. Yet his moderated tone and soft overtures do not make the policies he champions any less harsh. They are still the same policies he has been touting since the beginning of his campaign,...
  • In Spanish-Language Response, Activist Says Trump Is Inspiring Discrimination ("Racial profiling")

    03/02/2017 1:28:03 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    WCQS-FM Public Radio ^ | March 1, 2017 | Adrian Florido
    President Trump took a hard-line stance on illegal immigration during his first address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday, restating his promise to build a wall along the Southern border and speaking of the government's ongoing deportation efforts, saying that "as we speak, we are removing gang members, drug dealers, and criminals who threaten our communities." Notably absent from the president's remarks was any indication that he would support a path to legalization for the millions of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, despite reports that he had signaled an openness to a legalization plan during a meeting with...
  • Dem says party made 'mistake' with pick for Trump rebuttal

    03/02/2017 1:16:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 1, 2017 | Nikita Vladimirov
    Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) is criticizing the Democratic rebuttal speech to President Trump's first address to a joint session of Congress, calling it "a mistake" to have chosen former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear. "You're asking about thinking, and that didn't happen," Cleaver said Wednesday when questioned on MSNBC about the diner-set rebuttal speech. "Look, the governor did a fabulous job in terms of healthcare when he was in Kentucky ... but I would love to have had [Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián] Castro as giving the response or somebody like [Rep.] Cedric Richmond from New Orleans," Cleaver said....
  • With a single speech, Trump rattles 2018 landscape

    03/01/2017 8:26:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Politico ^ | March 1, 2017 | Gabriel Debenedetti and Kyle Cheney
    The idea that Democrats have to start taking the president more seriously as a political operator suddenly has more currency. The call to Steve Stivers, the chairman of House Republicans’ campaign wing, came on Tuesday evening, roughly an hour after President Donald Trump ended his speech to a joint session of Congress. On the other end of the line was a former candidate wanting back in on the action. “He said, 'The president did a great job. I’m thinking about this and I might want to run again; I want to be a part of something,’” said Stivers (R-Ohio). “He...
  • 7-in-10 speech-watchers say Trump boosted optimism

    03/01/2017 8:00:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | March 1, 2017 | Jennifer Agiesta, polling director
    President Donald Trump's first address to Congress received largely positive reviews from viewers, with 57% who tuned in saying they had a very positive reaction to the speech, according to a new CNN/ORC poll of speech-watchers. Nearly 7-in-10 who watched said the President's proposed policies would move the country in the right direction and almost two-thirds said the president has the right priorities for the country. Overall, about 7-in-10 said the speech made them feel more optimistic about the direction of the country. The survey, conducted among a group of Americans who said in interviews conducted before the speech that...
  • Was this the Trump that could win in 2020?

    03/01/2017 7:32:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Politico ^ | March 1, 2017 | Edward-Isaac Dovere, Seung Min Kim, Elana Schor and Heather Caygle
    President Donald Trump cleared a low bar: He read proficiently off a teleprompter, he looked human as he spurred long applause for the widow of the Navy SEAL killed in the raid he ordered, he didn’t get into a shouting match with any Democrats or slip off into a rant about reporters as the enemy of the people. Or, in the words of House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who was excited Trump threw him a bone on some details of health care reform: “That was a home run.” The only Trump who’s proven he can win is the Trump who...
  • Video: Maher, Moore attack Trump for recognizing Ryan Owens’s wife during speech

    03/01/2017 6:33:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 1, 2017 | Allahpundit
    Via Newsbusters and RCP, go figure that the most affecting moment of the night, more memorable than anything in eight years of Obama SOTUs, would irritate the left more than any other. The claim here is that Carryn Owens was treated like a “prop.” Question: Was Khizr Khan a prop? Hillary Clinton benefited politically far more directly from his cameo at the convention than Trump will from this four years from now. Follow-up question: Should Owens not have been invited to the speech? Once she accepted the invitation, should Trump have refrained from thanking her? According to Sean Spicer, he...
  • Media left and right give Trump's speech thumbs up

    03/01/2017 6:13:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 28, 2017 | Joe Concha
    President Trump's address to a joint session of Congress exceeded expectations among the pundit class on Tuesday night. CBS's Gayle King felt Trump's speech was authentic. (TWEET-AT-LINK) Fox News's Chris Wallace echoed King's sentiment. "I thought it was by far the best speech I've ever heard Donald Trump give," he said. "It was one of the best speeches in that setting I've ever heard any president give." Democratic strategist and CNN contributor Kirsten Powers echoed Wallace's sentiments, calling it Trump’s “best speech” ever....
  • The View Slams Trump: ‘He Exploited That Widow!’

    03/01/2017 3:04:30 PM PST · by Kaslin · 61 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | March 1, 2017 | Kristine Marsh
    Wednesday on ABC’s The View the panel blasted Trump for honoring the widow of a fallen Navy SEAL at last night’s address before Congress. Host Sunny Hostin had the harshest take, calling the move “exploitative,” even blaming Trump for the veteran’s death. The segment began with host Whoopi Goldberg playing the clip of the nearly 2-minute long standing ovation last night for Navy SEAL Ryan Owens and his widow, Carryn, who was invited as a guest by President Trump. While many in the media applauded this move, the View hosts took the action as the president using Owens as a...
  • Bill Maher Snarls: War Widow Let Herself Be Trump's ‘Prop’

    03/01/2017 12:21:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | March 1, 2017 | Scott Whitlock
    Far-left comedian Bill Maher on Tuesday derided war widow Carryn Owens for allowing herself to be Donald Trump’s “prop” in his speech to Congress. Three separate MSNBC guests called her that within an hour. Regarding the wife of the Navy SEAL, Maher sneered, “First of all, I wish she hadn't allowed herself to be used as his prop like that. And I don't see any great courage here. Where is the courage?” Appearing on a special 12am edition of Hardball, he whined, “Who wouldn't stand and applaud for a war widow?” Getting warmed up, the comic snarled, “It's all fun...
  • Trump stuns media detractors with 'extraordinary' speech but Washington Post, others still go to war

    03/01/2017 3:09:21 AM PST · by GonzoII · 43 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 01, 2017
    President Donald Trump continues to shock the media -- this time in incredibly positive ways. Tuesday night his speech to a joint session of Congress caused many in the media to sing his praises describing it as “extraordinary” and “presidential.” The most amazing moment of the night came when Trump honored Carryn Owens, the widow of slain Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens. Her reaction will be the lasting image of the speech as she put her hands together and looked to heaven, crying. It’s a picture that should be on every newspaper front page Wednesday. The bipartisan applause went on...
  • Ben Stein:Trump’s Blast Off

    03/01/2017 3:28:44 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 30 replies
    Let’s not kid ourselves. That was a super speech. Not flowery, except that in parts it was eloquent without being flowery. Not poetry, except that it was poetry. It was a blast from the heart of the heart of America. It was as if Mr. Trump did not even have to use words. His sincerity and power in touching what Americans want to hear was beyond prose. *snip* I have been a speechwriter since I was 18. First for Senator Joe Tydings (D-Md.) and then for Mr. Nixon and Mr. Ford and for decades for myself. I listen to all...
  • The New York Times Rewrites History To Tarnish Trump Speech

    03/01/2017 3:36:57 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 9 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 2/28/2017 | John Merline
    In a curtain raiser for President Trump's address to Congress this week, the New York Times tried to compare Trump's bumpy start to President Obama's supposedly "impressive" one. But in doing so, the Times wildly distorts what actually happened in Obama's first month in office. "Despite his lament that he was handed 'a mess' by President Barack Obama," the article, written by three Times' reporters, says, "Trump inherited a low unemployment rate, a lack of international crises requiring immediate attention and majorities in both houses of Congress." "By contrast," the story goes on, "when Mr. Obama took office, the country...
  • With One Terrific Speech, Donald Trump Becomes President Trump

    03/01/2017 3:39:39 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 54 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 3/1/2017 | Staff
    State Of The Union: President Trump's address to Congress and the American people did more than just deliver the usual banal presidential laundry list — it turned a man that many thought lacked the temperament and vision to be president into a real president. Yes, he repeated his campaign vows to repeal and replace ObamaCare, to lower taxes and make them fairer, to deregulate, to rebuild America's infrastructure, to give parents and their kids school choice, to enforce America's immigration laws, and to strengthen our defenses. Those are all welcome ideas that will strengthen America for all of its citizens,...
  • Record 3 million tweets sent on Trump's speech to Congress

    03/01/2017 4:53:49 AM PST · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    AP/KSL ^ | March 1, 2017
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Twitter says some 3 million tweets were sent about President Donald Trump's speech to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night. The numbers make it the most tweeted speech by a president to Congress in the relatively short history of the platform. The previous mark was 2.6 million tweets.