As of now, I am in control here, in the White House

Video || Pence Tells Democrats Not to Politicize Coronavirus

Well, they will. They will attach all kinds of conditions to funding for fighting the virus and use it to attack Trump and derail his reelection campaign.

He will probably give them what they want, because he has to, both as a political matter and for public safety.

Not that Trump isn’t capable of politicizing the issue too . . .

Vice President Pence is a good choice to lead this effort against the virus.

He is a well-organized, disciplined individual with management experience as the former governor of Indiana.

And as vice president, he has the authority to do what needs to be done, and people will respond to him in the way they would not a normal “czar.” What’s more, he is more likely than any other individual, given his position, to tell the president the truth.

“I Was Horrified”: Chris Wallace Slams Jim Acosta Over Trump Altercation

CNN’s Jim Acosta may or may not think he is an intrepid reporter questioning power. But he is actually an advocate who is helping destroy journalism by injecting himself fully into his fights with President Trump.

The White House should not have ended the daily press briefing. But people like Acosta sure gave them a reason to do so, and to attack the press as “fake news.”

According to the Washington Examiner:

Fox News host Chris Wallace slammed CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta over a verbal altercation between Acosta and President Trump during a press conference.

Wallace, the host of Fox News Sunday, bashed Acosta for his behavior at Trump’s Tuesday press conference in India during an event later that evening with New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman put on by Common Ground Committee, a group dedicated to bringing prominent leaders with opposing views together in public forums, at Columbia Journalism School.

“I was horrified by [Acosta],” Wallace explained. “It’s not our job to get in fights with presidents. It’s not our job to one-up presidents. It’s our job to report on presidents. … But to the degree we have responded to his attacks on us with attacks or advocacy in kind, there’s a huge mistake, and I think adds to people questioning the credibility of the media.”

Wallace was referring to an exchange during Trump’s trip to India this week in which Acosta accused the president of being a liar.

Trump Campaign to Open Offices in Cities as Part of Effort to Gain Black Votes

This is a good idea on so many levels.

Politically, it makes sense. Even small gains among black voters could be decisive in the upper Midwest, Florida, North Carolina, and several other states.

And it’s time to show that Republicans care about the votes and the lives of African Americans. Conservative social and economic policies can ameliorate the problems in black communities and help create a more equal society, and the case has to be made directly to black voters. The Trump campaign is the first Republican presidential campaign to take this seriously, and to seem to care about it too.

They’ll get no credit from the media. But White House efforts like prison reform are sincere. I don’t think President Trump is a racist. And I think he would be personally gratified to receive a larger share of the black vote.

According to the Washington Examiner:

President Trump is opening 15 urban campaign field offices in an aggressive bid to improve his performance with black voters, who for decades have been an overwhelmingly Democratic constituency.

Sleek and situated in retail shopping districts to generate foot traffic, this unique collection of regional “community centers” is a critical component of the Trump campaign’s multimillion-dollar strategy to double in 2020 the 8% support the president received from black voters nearly four years ago. Senior Trump campaign officials unveiled office design mock-ups and fresh “Black Voices for Trump” merchandise during a Wednesday briefing for reporters.

“You’re never going to get the votes you don’t ask for,” said Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser. “Last time, it was, ‘What the hell do you have to lose?’ Now, we’re going to show them what they’ve gained from President Trump and what more they can gain if they get four more years.”

Five offices are slated for Florida: Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, and Miami. In North Carolina, branches are opening in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Greensboro. Others will be located in Atlanta, Detroit, Columbus, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Milwaukee. The hubs, among 330 field offices across the country, mark a departure from the typical ramshackle, strip-mall field office outpost.

Trump Campaign Sues the New York Times

According to the Washington Examiner:

President Trump’s reelection campaign Wednesday filed suit against the New York Times, accusing the paper of libel for an article it published related to Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The suit, filed in the New York State Supreme Court, marks a new escalation in Trump’s various fights with the media. The purpose of the litigation, the campaign said in a statement, was to “hold the news organization accountable for intentionally publishing false statements against President Trump’s campaign.”

The lawsuit claims the newspaper “knowingly published false and defamatory statements” in a story about the Trump campaign published March 27, 2019, alleging “an overarching deal” with “Vladimir Putin’s oligarchy” against rival Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election — an arrangement that would deliver “a new pro-Russian foreign policy, starting with relief from the Obama administration’s burdensome economic sanctions.”

A spokesperson for the New York Times shared the following statement:

“The Trump Campaign has turned to the courts to try to punish an opinion writer for having an opinion they find unacceptable. Fortunately, the law protects the rights of Americans to express their judgments and conclusions, especially about events of public importance. We look forward to vindicating that right in this case.”

ABC News Reporter Who Admitted Being a Socialist and Panned Trump Suspended

Senior ABC Correspondent David Wright was caught on Hidden Camera by Project Veritas saying that he was a socialist and that his network neither holds President Trump to account nor gives him credit for what they do.

Wright, who reports for ABC’s news programs like “World News Tonight,” “Good Morning America” and “Nightline,” has been suspended and will not report on politics when he returns.

Some of his quotes, with a video below.

“Bosses Don’t See an Upside” for reporting news; “The Truth Suffers.”

“We Also Don’t Give Him [Trump] Credit for What Things He Does do…I Feel Terrible About it, I Feel That the Truth Suffers, the Voters Are Poorly Informed…Our Bosses Don’t See an Upside in Doing the Job We’re Supposed to do.”

“In Television, We Have Lost Any Sense of Context.”

“We Don’t Hold Him [Trump] to Account. We Also Don’t Give Him Credit for What Things He Does Do.”

Are You a Democrat Socialist? Wright: “Oh yeah. More than that I would consider myself a socialist; like I think there should be national health insurance. I’m totally fine with reigning in corporations, I think they’re too many billionaires, and I think there’s a wealth gap–that’s a problem.”

“You Can’t Watch ‘Good Morning America’ Without a Disney Princess or a Marvel Avenger Appearing.”

“We’re in This Awkward Moment…We Have This F**king President, and We Can’t Figure Out How to Challenge Him.”

To Andy Fies, ABC News Producer: “People in New York Are Constantly, I Think, Fascinated by, ‘How Can People Like Donald Trump?’…You Know, Well F**k! Cross the Hudson Now and Then, and Come Out and Spend Some Time, and You’ll Hear Why!”

Nunes to Recommend Criminal Charges Against Mueller Prosecutors

According to the Washington Examiner: A leading Republican said he will make a criminal referral to the Justice Department concerning special counsel Robert Mueller’s case against Trump adviser George Papadopoulos in connection to Russia “dirt” tipster Joseph Mifsud.  Rep. Devin Nunes, the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, signaled his intentions on Fox News on Monday, claiming… Continue Reading