* After Trump’s advisor Kellyanne Conway lied about a Bowling Green massacre last week, she tweeted that she had simply misspoken and said “massacre” instead of “terrorists.” It turns out that was yet another lie. She had previously said the same thing in a interview with Cosmopolitan.
But in an interview with Cosmopolitan.com conducted by phone days earlier, on Sunday, Jan. 29, Conway used the same phrasing, claiming that President Barack Obama called for a temporary “ban on Iraqi refugees” after the “Bowling Green massacre.”…
“He did, it’s a fact,” she said of Obama. “Why did he do that? He did that for exactly the same reasons. He did that because two Iraqi nationals came to this country, joined ISIS, traveled back to the Middle East to get trained and refine their terrorism skills, and come back here, and were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre of taking innocent soldiers’ lives away.”
* In case you have any hesitancy about believing the folks at Cosmopolitan, she told the same lie to TMZ – and they got it on tape.
* Since Conway told this lie twice before her interview with Chris Matthews, it’s clear she didn’t simply “misspeak.” Perhaps other news organizations should consider doing what CNN did on Sunday unless/until she demonstrates that she has the ability to tell the truth.
Per a CNN spokeswoman: In lieu of Pence, the W.H. offered Kellyanne Conway for an interview, but CNN declined https://t.co/qVDgi5jWOa
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) February 4, 2017
* Speaking of lies, the president told another doozy today.
Trump says “the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report” on terrorism: “They have their reasons, and you understand that.” pic.twitter.com/BQoTadwrpy
— David Mack (@davidmackau) February 6, 2017
This is sick, twisted and dangerous! We should never grow numb to the fact that this president lies about almost everything.
* Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman report on the latest leaks from inside the Trump White House and it’s not a pretty picture. A lot of people have zeroed in on important tidbits about things like Trump not reading the executive order giving Bannon a seat on the NSC before he signed it, or the ongoing power wars between Priebus, Bannon and Kushner. But here’s another part that stood out to me.
With his wife, Melania, and young son, Barron, staying in New York, he is almost always by himself, sometimes in the protective presence of his imposing longtime aide and former security chief, Keith Schiller…
Cloistered in the White House, he now has little access to his fans and supporters — an important source of feedback and validation — and feels increasingly pinched by the pressures of the job and the constant presence of protests, one of the reasons he was forced to scrap a planned trip to Milwaukee last week.
We all know that Trump wanted to win the presidency, not BE president. His ego requires constant attention and adulation. Being “cloistered in the White House” is not something he’ll take to kindly.
* Here is something else that won’t sit well with our thin-skinned president:
— Variety (@Variety) February 6, 2017
* This is something we need to keep a close eye on.
When President Trump ordered a vast overhaul of immigration law enforcement during his first week in office, he stripped away most restrictions on who should be deported, opening the door for roundups and detentions on a scale not seen in nearly a decade.
Up to 8 million people in the country illegally could be considered priorities for deportation, according to calculations by the Los Angeles Times. They were based on interviews with experts who studied the order and two internal documents that signal immigration officials are taking an expansive view of Trump’s directive.
Given that there are approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants currently in this country – deporting 8 million would come pretty close to Trump’s “deport ’em all” from the campaign.
* When I saw this ad from VoteVets today, my only reaction was, “Wow!”
* The resistance grows.
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) February 6, 2017
* Finally, on so many levels – you gotta love this.