On the heels of new White House emails on Benghazi being released, former National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor appeared on Fox News' Special Report, and thought it appropriate to address host Baier as... "dude."
As the conservative Free Beacon reports:
Baier pressed Vietor on his role in changing the talking points by adding a line about the administration warning the day before the attacks of "social media reports calling for demonstrations," in order to bolster the false idea that the attack was the spontaneous result of a riot against the video. Vietor affirmed this, but when Baier asked him if he'd changed "attacks" to "demonstrations," he got amnesia. [Free Beacon]
Amnesia would have been preferred. Instead, what Vietor chose to say was this:
Not to be semantic, but it wasn't quite two years ago. What is more, it's not like this all of a sudden became a big deal, and Vietor suddenly had to jog his memory. Almost from the beginning, there was skepticism surrounding the Benghazi talking points. And, while bureaucrats surely create lots of talking points, this tragedy was hardly routine.
But putting veracity and substance aside, it's easy to see why so many conservatives see Vietor's insouciance as truly insulting. People died here, so a "Dude, where's your consulate" type of attitude is hardly appropriate. Matt K. Lewis
Intense, sometimes violent protests erupted in Washington, D.C., on Friday, the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration. Protesters lined the streets before, during, and after the ceremony at the U.S. Capitol, sometimes clashing with police officers, who at times used tear gas and non-explosive pressure grenades to disperse the crowds:
The flash grenades have gotten more frequent as police move west down K street pic.twitter.com/OubZMM2KIn
— Nick Corasaniti (@NYTnickc) January 20, 2017
Police use tear gas and pressure grenades to thwart people from throwing rocks as they protest President Donald Trump in D.C. pic.twitter.com/vqtXUQ7Gv2
— Fox News (@FoxNews) January 20, 2017
Protesters were also seen destroying property and smashing windows of local businesses:
— CNN (@CNN) January 20, 2017
Particularly fervent demonstrations broke out outside the offices of The Washington Post, where protesters lit trash and newspaper boxes on fire and clashed with police:
Happening in front of The Washington Post. pic.twitter.com/cyH6m7YwWD
— Steven Ginsberg (@stevenjay) January 20, 2017
View of protesters standoff with police from 7th floor of WaPo newsroom. Plume of smoke visible. pic.twitter.com/XbhxxKd7Yf
— David Nakamura (@DavidNakamura) January 20, 2017
Fire on K Street growing pic.twitter.com/6rmruyjhVz
— Matea Gold (@mateagold) January 20, 2017
A heavy police presence remains on the city streets, where President Trump is scheduled to make his way alongside Vice President Mike Pence from the Capitol to the White House later Friday. Kimberly Alters
While President Donald Trump was being sworn in as leader of the free world on Friday morning, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was gazing at artwork at the opening of the Barberini Museum in Potsdam, Germany. Merkel, it seems, opted for the soothing colors of Claude Monet's paintings over Trump's inaugural address, which discussed "American carnage" and "radical Islamic terrorism."
Rather than watching Trump's inauguration, Angela Merkel has spent the afternoon at an art museum in Potsdam. https://t.co/7moOmy4SXt
— Jeremy Cliffe (@JeremyCliffe) January 20, 2017
Whoever wrote President Trump's official bio for the White House website certainly didn't shy away from piling on the accolades. The first sentence introduces the 45th president as "the very definition of the American success story." "Throughout his life he has continually set the standards of business and entrepreneurial excellence, especially with his interests in real estate, sports, and entertainment," the page at WhiteHouse.gov reads. "Likewise, his entry into politics and public service resulted in the presidential victory in, miraculously, his first-ever run for office."
After a brief paragraph on his business background and success as an "accomplished author," his bio goes on to detail the ins and outs of his presidential campaign. It's noted that Trump won the presidential election "in the largest Electoral College landslide for a Republican in 30 years," and the bio also claims he won the "highest all-time" number of popular votes for a Republican nominee. "It is clear that President Trump's win is one that brought Americans of all backgrounds together," the bio reads, "and he is ready to deliver results for the nation on day one and every day of his tenure."
President Donald Trump took over the nation's highest office from Barack Obama only two hours ago, but his administration is already working to undo some of his predecessor's actions. The first agenda item to grace Trump's new White House website Friday was an outline of his climate agenda, which promises to eliminate "harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan":
— Angela Fritz (@angelafritz) January 20, 2017
Established by Obama in 2013, the Climate Action Plan "proposed cuts to U.S. carbon dioxide emissions, in part by preserving forests and encouraging increased use of cleaner renewable fuels," Reuters reports. Trump's agenda also promises to eliminate the Waters of the U.S. rule, announced by the Obama administration in 2015, which protects American bodies of water.
Also Friday, the Trump administration canceled a program by the Department of Housing and Urban Development designed to make home-buying more accessible to first-time buyers and low-income borrowers. HUD announced in a statement that it would cancel a planned cut to the Federal Housing Administration's annual fee for most borrowers by 0.25 percentage points, Bloomberg reports; the reduction was set to take effect Jan. 27 after being ordered by Obama last week. Canceling the mortgage-fee reduction will make loans more expensive and difficult to obtain for some buyers, though Republicans have argued in the past that such fee cuts "put taxpayers at risk by lowering the funds the FHA has to deal with mortgage defaults," Bloomberg notes. Kimberly Alters
Trump becomes the first president to say 'carnage,' 'bleed,' and 'tombstones' in an inauguration speech
Donald Trump may be the first president to have been married three times or appeared on WrestleMania, but he also has some other claims to history, not the least of which is being the first president to use "sad" in an inaugural address:
Words Donald Trump said for the first time in any U.S. inaugural address pic.twitter.com/35FAQMgktj
— Post Graphics (@PostGraphics) January 20, 2017
President Trump has long been a fan of the word "sad," having used it in 210 of his tweets and retweets (typically accompanied by an exclamation point). Trump notably used a lot of unusually violent words for the first time in his speech, too, including "bleed," "carnage," "depletion," "ripped," "tombstones," and "unstoppable." Jeva Lange
President Donald Trump apparently took a moment to thank Hillary Clinton for coming to his inauguration Friday, just before the inaugural luncheon:
There it is: President Donald Trump & Hillary Clinton shake hands before the inaugural luncheon. Looks like he mouthed "thank you" to her. pic.twitter.com/LBb3k5RJY8
— Monica Alba (@albamonica) January 20, 2017
Trump, shaking Hillary's hand, whispered: "thank you for being here."
— Paul Kane (@pkcapitol) January 20, 2017
Trump had seemingly ignored Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, just before he took the oath of office. "Has there even been acknowledgment by Trump toward the Clintons?" The New York Times' Carl Hulse wondered after the inauguration speech.
Watch the greeting, and test your lip-reading skills, below. Jeva Lange
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) January 20, 2017
Before jetting off to Palm Springs, California, former President Barack Obama said a quick goodbye to his staff and supporters at Joint Base Andrews. "Michelle and I have really been milking this goodbye thing," Obama joked, before offering some parting thoughts on the progress he saw during his presidency and what the future may hold.
"Our democracy is not the buildings, it's not the monuments. It's you, being willing to work," Obama said, recalling how his supporters "came together, from small towns and big cities" and "decided to believe." He urged his supporters to keep doing this, and promised he'd be right there with them. "This is just a little pit stop," Obama said, just an hour after President Donald Trump was sworn into office. "This is not a period, this is a comma in the continuing story of building America."
Catch a snippet of Obama's final goodbye below. Becca Stanek
Former President Obama: "This is just a little pit stop, this is not a period, this is a comma in the continuing story of building America." pic.twitter.com/dF11YB7DcF
— ABC News (@ABC) January 20, 2017