Some conservatives are horrified that a Republican president is about to establish a new entitlement. In the very speech in which he declared we’d have no socialism, President Trump said he was intent on creating some more of it.
President Trump’s call during his State of the Union address for nationwide family leave led to applause from lawmakers and even a holler from one Republican, but conservative groups are sitting on their hands, fearing the president is about to create a new entitlement program that could quickly expand.
“The biggest concern is the potential explosion of the program over time, and then having a federal program be the one source that everyone has to go to would not serve workers well,” Heritage Foundation research fellow Rachel Greszler told the Washington Examiner. “They would be far better off having a more tailored policy through their employer.”
When Trump addressed a joint session of Congress on Tuesday for his State of the Union address, he touted the paid leave proposal outlined in his 2019 budget blueprint. “I am also proud to be the first president to include a plan for nationwide paid family leave so that every parent has the chance to bond with their newborn child,” Trump last week.
The president’s budget proposalcalled for six weeks of paid family leave to new mothers and fathers. Though the blueprint didn’t go into specifics, the White House said the unemployment insurance system would be used as a “base” and give states the authority to establish paid leave programs that fit their workforce and economies.
But they, or at least far too many of them, certainly are enemies of President Trump and of conservatives. Their coverage is utterly biased, masquerading as objectivity.
If you think conservatism is beneficial to this country, then the media are the enemy of efforts to change the nation for the better. But “enemy of the people” implies something treasonous. And while they are full of themselves, harm the country by not doing their duty as unbiased conveyors of facts, and oppose an agenda that can help people, they are not treasonous and most of them care about the country and its people.
Ivanka Trump distanced herself from her father on two high-profile issues Thursday, saying that she did not agree with his characterization of the media as “the enemy of the people” and that she was “vehemently against” separating migrant children from their parents at the border — calling the latter a low point of her tenure in the White House.
Her comments at a public event underscored the difficult balance Trump has sought as she provides private counsel to a president and father with whom she does not always see eye to eye, while enduring criticism for not being more outspoken about their differences.
Toward the end of a forum hosted by the news site Axios that focused largely on workforce issues, an area of focus for Trump in her capacity as a White House adviser, she was asked whether she considered journalists in the room to be “the enemy of the people.”
“No, I do not,” Trump replied, prompting nervous laughter in the room.
Asked to elaborate, Trump offered what she said was “my own personal perspective.”
“I’ve certainly received my fair share of reporting on me personally that I know not to be fully accurate, so I have some sensitivity around why people have concerns and gripes, especially when they sort of feel targeted, but no, I do not consider the media the enemy of the people.”
After previously apologizing unequivocally in a written statement for using the “C” word to describe Ivanka Trump, comedian Samantha Bee on her show Wednesday issued a new apology that contains all kinds of caveats, including criticism of the press and of those who seek more civility in public discourse.
She said she has been trying to “reclaim” the word she used and also suggested Ivanka Trump wasn’t nice.
“I’m really sorry that I said that word, but you know what? Civility is just nice words. Maybe we should all worry a little bit more about the niceness of our actions,” she said, referring to the policy of separating illegal immigrants’ children from parents who are incarcerated, which is what provoked her attack on Ivanka Trump.
Okay, here’s a moment of serious journalistic integrity.
John King of CNN, which like TBS – which runs Samantha Bee’s show – is owned by Turner Broadcasting, called on the company to apologize to Ivanka Trump for Bee’s use of the “C” word to describe her.
“Apologize. Apologize.” King said to Bee after describing Bee’s comment as “vile” and “reprehensible.” Then King added: “And the company, forgive me, I work here, but the company should say something too.”
Maybe they were watching, because after half a day of nothing, both Turner Broadcasting and Bee soon apologized.
John King is an excellent journalist who, as far as I can tell, continues to adhere to the old rule that you should at least strive to be objective. Unfortunately, he is surrounded by others who appear on TV and write for major newspapers who have no idea what that’s all about.
They are what used to be known as “hacks” and are now known as “journalists.”
King’s call, out of principle, for his own company to apologize is an act of courage you don’t often see in a town far more notable for weasely climbers and sycophants.
The comment comes at the very end of the segment below, at the 4:30 mark.
“I would like to sincerely apologize to Ivanka Trump and to my viewers for using an expletive on my show to describe her last night. It was inappropriate and inexcusable. I crossed a line, and I deeply regret it,” Bee subsequently said in a statement.
“Samantha Bee has taken the right action in apologizing for the vile and inappropriate language she used about Ivanka Trump last night,” Turner Broadcasting wrote. “Those words should not have been aired. It was our mistake too, and we regret it.”
Those are pretty good apologies. Not the typical, “If anyone was offended . . . ” pseudo-regrets. Of course, the show should be canceled for such vileness, but society apparently has “evolved” to the point where these things are permitted.
Here’s what Bee had said:
“Ivanka Trump, who works at the White House, chose to post the second most oblivious tweet we’ve seen this week,” Bee said, saying Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett was the first.
“You know, Ivanka, that’s a beautiful photo of you and your child, but let me just say, one mother to another, do something about your dad’s immigration practices, you feckless c***!”
She added that President Trump listens to Ivanka and that she should, “Put on something tight and low-cut and tell your father to f***ing stop it. Tell him it was an Obama thing and see how it goes, OK?”
A helicopter carrying Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner had to return to an airport in Washington on Thursday after one of its engines failed, two law enforcement sources told CNN.
President Trump’s daughter and son-in-law were flying from Washington to New York on Thursday afternoon in a two-engine helicopter when one engine failed, causing the chopper to return to Washington.
The helicopter safely made it back to Ronald Reagan National Airport and the couple scrambled to get on a commercial flight instead.
Chelsea Clinton said Tuesday that, given that Ivanka Trump works in the White House, it’s fair to ask her about her father’s alleged sexual affairs.
First of all, she sounds like her mother, which is annoying. Secondly, I’d note that Chelsea has been extremely insulated by the press from all of her father’s nonsense, all her life. And her mother’s corruption as well. It’s a little rich to hear this from her.
Finally, there’s a personal issue here. Chelsea and Ivanka used to be friends, but reportedly have not spoken in a long time. The Clintons, I’m sure, are very bitter people.
All that said, I have come to agree with those who say Ivanka is fair game on this issue. The reason is not because she works in the White House, but because she presents herself as an advocate for women.
She’s damned right. How abusive. Yes, she’s a public person, but she’s also a daughter. Would NBC have asked Chelsea Clinton if she thinks her dad raped Juanita Broderick? I think not.
This issue is raised at about 1:35 in the video below. Ivanka handled the question with grace and class, giving a direct reply, but not letting herself betray the anger I’m sure she felt.
I think it’s a pretty inappropriate question to ask a daughter if she believes the accusers of her father when he’s affirmatively stated that there’s no truth to it. I don’t think that’s a question you would ask many other daughters I believe my father. I know my father. So, I think I have that right, as a daughter, to believe my father.
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