Trump saying the media is an ‘enemy of the people” makes no sense, but he’ll continue to do it especially as he’s now witness tampering without the benefit of media like Twitter. #KeepHopeHicksAlive.
His stand-up schtick should be even more crazed this evening in Ohio since he chose last night before bedtime to attack a son of Akron to draw attention away from #TrumpRussia while also attacking the media.
Interesting– Hope Hicks just boarded Air Force One — @CNNPolitics
— AnneClaire Stapleton (@AnneClaireCNN) August 4, 2018
*Date:* August 4, 2018 at 4:45:42 PM EDT
*Subject:**Travel pool #1*
Good afternoon from Central New Jersey, where a soggy morning has given way to a pleasant, sunny day. The pool joined up with President Trump at Morristown Municipal, where Marine One landed at 439 pm, completing the first leg of presidents journey to suburban Columbus, Ohio, for this evenings rally. White House (and also the president himself, via a tweet) reports Trump was wheels up from Bedminster at 428 pm.
Trump emerged from the helo at 444 pm in a dark suit and red tie. Thumbs up to the pool. Took no questions. He boarded (mini) Air Force One a few seconds later.
Hope Hicks was spotted by other members of the pool inside the airport about an hour before our departure (your pooler was in the van at this point) and was later seen boarding AF1. Pool also saw Sarah Sanders boarding ahead of the presidents arrival.
Ask Mark Corallo.Mr. Corallo planned to tell investigators that Ms. Hicks said during the call that emails written by Donald Trump Jr. before the Trump Tower meeting — “will never get out.” slate.com/…
*WITNESS TAMPERING IN 5 STEPS*
1. Trump knows Hicks is a witness in a federal case.
2. He's been told he mustn't speak to her.
3. His chief topic in public and private is the Russia probe.
4. Hicks is on a plane with Trump right now.
5. Trump is tampering with a federal witness.
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) August 4, 2018
That Hope Hicks did her job properly and prepped the President extensively before the @LesterHoltNBC interview isn’t surprising.
That the President went off script isn’t surprising either. https://t.co/9UaFULW4yj
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) August 2, 2018
Trump’s dissonant rhetoric spews now at a higher rate because his criminality is becoming less deniable. Hence the insistence on demonizing a free press as producing “fake news”.
The muzzling of journalists and independent news media is at its worst point in 13 years https://t.co/NEs1uzSYaW
— The Economist (@TheEconomist) August 4, 2018
The case for a free press rests not only on classical liberal principles but also on hard data. Cross-country studies show strong and consistent associations between unfettered media, vibrant democracies and limited corruption. China, which has a tightly controlled media and perhaps the world’s most sophisticated censorship scheme, thinks it has proven that prosperity can be achieved without a free press. In less extreme fashion, Singapore shares similar authoritarian attitudes. Politicians everywhere do not much like to be criticised. To a worrying number of them, this Singapore model—or Beijing model, depending on preference—can prove more attractive than the Western approach of putting up with a pesky press. In normal times, America would denounce the jailing of journalists and muzzling of newspapers. But given Mr Trump’s predilections, the position of global free-press champion is vacant.
1. Trump continues to call the press "the enemy of the people," which is both disgusting and dangerous. To understand why, let's look at the history of that sinister phrase, who has used it in the past, why, and how it fosters a higher likelihood of violence against journalists.
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) August 3, 2018
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