Here’s cream for your covfefe this morning:
Probably the big story today is the perfidy of President Bannon, who either is playing eleventy-dimensional chess or drunkenly Scaramucci’ed hisself real good.
“Contrary to Trump’s threat of fire and fury, Bannon said: ‘There’s no military solution [to North Korea’s nuclear threats], forget it. Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that ten million people in Seoul don’t die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don’t know what you’re talking about, there’s no military solution here, they got us.’ …
Best take-away quote (for me, anyway):
“I asked Bannon about the connection between his program of economic nationalism and the ugly white nationalism epitomized by the racist violence in Charlottesville and Trump’s reluctance to condemn it. … He dismissed the far right as irrelevant and sidestepped his own role in cultivating it: ‘Ethno-nationalism—it’s losers. It’s a fringe element. I think the media plays it up too much, and we gotta help crush it, you know, uh, help crush it more.’ ‘These guys are a collection of clowns,’ he added.”
The counter-claim is that Bannon didn’t know he was giving an interview. Let’s see how long that story remains operational.
The WaPo has a story up WITH 17 SOURCES: Chief of John Kelly is “deeply frustrated and dismayed just over two weeks into his job.”
Mike ‘Payola’ Allen writing the Axios morning email thingie:
Trump started with a pretty clean slate but has methodically alienated:
- The public: Gallup has his approval at 34%, down from 46% just after the inauguration.
- Republican congressional leaders — Senate Majority Mitch McConnell in particular.
- Every Democrat who could help him do a deal.
- The media.
- World leaders.
- African Americans.
- Military leaders.
- The intelligence community.
- His own staff.
And who’s happy?
- Steve Bannon.
- Saudi Arabia.
- David Duke.
“The events in Charlottesville have created the first real crisis for the pro-Trump media, which is caught between its mainstream aspirations and its addiction to the traffic and energy of the white nationalist movement.”
Greater and Lesser Wingnuttia are playing Keep-Away from the mango-hued shitgibbon:
- Shep Smith: “Let’s be honest. Republicans don’t mind coming on Fox News Channel.” But “we couldn’t get anyone to come and defend him here.”
- Chuck Todd (“MTP Daily”): “We invited every single Republican senator on this program tonight, all 52.” Plus a dozen House GOPers. “None of them agreed to discuss this issue with us today.”
- Wolf Blitzer : “We did reach out to Republican leaders throughout the day. They all, at least for now, refused to join us…”
As we noted all during the 2016 Goat Rodeo, the Media gave Comrade Preznint Stupid billions of dollars of free airtime and lavish tongue baths. So what are they saying now that their golden shitgibbon is flinging poo?
- Chris Matthews: “If you can’t stand up for core American beliefs, if you can’t walk away from Nazism, WHY DO YOU HAVE FEET?“
- Tom Brokaw:” Trump is “going to have to find a way to stitch the country back together again,” and “I don’t know if he is capable of doing that in his own mind.”
- The WaPo says Trump’s “false claim that counter-demonstrators lacked a permit” earned four Pinocchios…
And you want truly not normal?
In a note to Apple’s employees, obtained Wednesday night by Recode, Cook also announced the company would donate $1 million each to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League.
Apple plans to match its employees donations to human rights groups — on a 2-for-1 basis — until Sept 30. It is also setting up a new system in iTunes, its music software, to “offer users an easy way to join us in directly supporting the work of the SPLC,” Cook said.
And we’ll conclude with something that maybe a sign from the gods: Pro-Trump rally to commence on same day as “Juggalo” march in DC (Hat tip: Scissorhead GRS)