Allow me to answer this one for you CNN: No. No, no, no, no, no. The Ku Klux Klan cannot 'rebrand' itself because it is not only a criminal hate organization, but rather the most infamous criminal hate organization in America.
The overwhelming prima facie case against CNN's inquisitive headline should have been enough for the network to put the kibosh on the article right there, before it got to the appalling lead, "Pointy hats, white robes, crosses burning, bodies hanging from trees." And even CNN, after digging a bit to probe whether the KKK could reinvent itself as a peaceful group opposed to racial harmony, quickly reached the same verdict.
The idea [of rebranding] may sound absurd, but is it conceivable?
No, say top marketing experts, brand gurus and historians — and for many reasons.
The Klan could change its name, get a smooth-talking spokesperson, replace the robes with suits and take off those ridiculous hats, but underneath, people would recognize its message is the same. [CNN]
To recap what happened here: CNN wrote a rage-inducing headline about the KKK that posed a loaded question CNN itself brushed aside almost immediately within the story, thus rendering the whole infuriating mess moot. Journalism students in Clickbait 101, take note. Jon Terbush
President Trump ended his weekend lamenting in the third person the lack of support he has from his fellow members of the GOP.
It's very sad that Republicans, even some that were carried over the line on my back, do very little to protect their President.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2017
In between messages about "the disastrous ObamaCare" and "the phony Russian Witch Hunt," Trump tweeted about his disappointment, saying, "It's very sad that Republicans, even some that were carried over the line on my back, do very little to protect their President." In the replies, many people helpfully pointed out that elected Republicans are there to serve the voters in their states, not Trump.
He didn't call out any of the ungrateful Republicans by name, but the president must be really hurting, as there was nary an exclamation point in sight. Catherine Garcia
Donald Trump Jr.'s legal team is growing, with the hiring of Karina Lynch, a Washington, D.C., attorney who concentrates on legislative, regulatory, and oversight issues, ABC News reports.
Lynch, from the law firm Williams and Jensen, confirmed that she is now part of the team, but did not say what she will be working on. Lynch once served as investigative counsel for Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and counsel to the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Committee on Government Affairs. The Senate Judiciary Committee wants to interview Trump Jr. as part of the investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials during the 2016 presidential election. Catherine Garcia
A shooting at the Israeli embassy in Amman Sunday killed two Jordanians and wounded an Israeli, police said.
The Jordanians, employees of a furniture company sent to a residential building at the heavily-guarded embassy to do repairs, arrived before the shooting started, authorities said. It is not clear what started the shooting. Thousands of Jordanians protested in Amman on Friday, following the installation of metal detectors by Israel at the Temple Mount, a sacred place for both Muslims and Jews in East Jerusalem. The metal detectors were put in following the shooting of two Israeli policemen earlier this month, and sparked protests in Israel that left at least six people dead. Catherine Garcia
Kellyanne Conway says CNN 'made a business decision' to be 'incredibly unfair and systematically against' Trump
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway made a combative appearance on CNN's Reliable Sources Sunday, leveling charges that the network "has been incredibly unfair and systematically against" President Trump because the outlet "made a business decision to do so."
"You said the company made a business decision to be unfair to the president," replied host Brian Stelter, "when in fact what we are trying to do is cover an unusual president and try to figure what the heck is going on in a White House that seems awfully dysfunctional."
Conway responded by again cheerily alleging the media is "unfair" and "incredibly disrespectful" to a "tough but humble" administration, "using words that are meant to deride and deny the president his due." "It's not our job to do your PR," Stelter shot back. "It's your job."
Watch two excerpts of the exchange below, including Conway's comments on the Friday resignation of outgoing White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. Bonnie Kristian
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) July 23, 2017
— CNN (@CNN) July 23, 2017
Americans don't know what Democrats represent, said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) in an appearance on ABC's This Week Sunday, because of his party's failure of policy vision and messaging in 2016.
"When you lose an election with someone who has, say, 40 percent popularity, you look in the mirror and say, 'What did we do wrong?' And the number one thing that we did wrong is we didn't tell people what we stood for," Schumer told host George Stephanopoulos.
"We were too cautious. We were too namby-pamby," he continued, touting Democrats' forthcoming economic plan as "sharp, bold, and [appealing] to both the old Obama coalition, let's say the young lady who's just getting out of college, and the Democratic voters who deserted us for Trump, the blue-collar worker. Economics is our strength, and we are going to get at it."
The plan in question is called "A Better Deal," and it will be announced Monday at an event in Virginia. Schumer described the plan's three components as "higher wages, less costs [of living], tools for the 21st century." Watch a clip of his comments below, or read them in full via CBS. Bonnie Kristian
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) July 23, 2017
New White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci got punny Sunday explaining his plan for drastic changes to stem the deluge of leaks from the Trump White House.
Leakers are "gonna get fired," Scaramucci said on CBS' Face the Nation. "Tomorrow I'm going to have a staff meeting, and it's going to be a very binary thing," he continued. "If the leaks continue, we are as strong as our weakest link — and I'll say it a little differently, in a pun, we're as strong as our weakest leak." Scaramucci pledged not to "make any pre-judgments" about White House communications staff, but reiterated his willingness to fire people.
He offered a similar message on Fox News Sunday, promising "dramatic action to stop those leaks" in conversation with host Chris Wallace. "I think it's not fair to the president, it's actually not fair to America or the people in the government," Scaramucci said. "Something is going on in the White House that the president does not like and we're going to fix it."
Watch a clip of the CBS interview below. Bonnie Kristian
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) July 23, 2017
President Trump supports the punitive congressional sanctions on Russia, said incoming White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who has been tapped to move up from a deputy role to replace Sean Spicer, in an ABC News interview Sunday.
"The administration is supportive of being tough on Russia, particularly in putting the sanctions in place," she said. "The original piece of legislation was poorly written, but we were able to work with the House and Senate, and the administration is happy with the ability to do that and make those changes that were necessary, and we support where the legislation is now."
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) July 23, 2017