Circus Trumpsimus
November 25, 2018

The Washington Post has obtained an advance copy of Trump's Enemies: How the Deep State Is Undermining the Presidency, a forthcoming book from Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, President Trump's former campaign manager and deputy campaign manager, respectively. It's set to release Tuesday and, per the Post's report, "reads in part like Trump’s Twitter grievances in book form."

Lewandowski and Bossie purport to expose "embedded enemies of President Trump," "swamp creatures" in the White House, Justice Department, and elsewhere "in the deep reaches of the federal government" who aim to undermine the Trump presidency from within. These people "attack the administration with a thousand cuts," Trump's Enemies alleges. "They do this in complete disregard to the millions of Americans who voted for Donald Trump," and "they get away with it when no one is looking."

The book also includes an edited interview with Trump himself, who suggests challenges to his presidency — like the investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller — have only helped him. "I think it makes my base stronger," the book quotes Trump saying. "I would have never said this to you. But I think the level of love now is far greater than when we won."

The president also reiterates a familiar take on the media, asserting the "greatest enemy of this country is Fake News" and that "explain[ing] that a lot of the news is indeed fake" is "one of the most important things" he's done.

Read the full Post report here. Bonnie Kristian

October 27, 2018

President Trump at a rally in North Carolina Friday night condemned political violence; said "everyone will benefit if we can end the politics of personal destruction;" and praised law enforcement efforts in capturing the man thought to be responsible for mailing package bombs to high-profile Democratic and media figures this week. But the president quickly pivoted to attacking the press.

"We have seen an effort by the media in recent hours to use the sinister actions of one individual to score political points against me and the Republican Party," Trump said. "The media has tried to attack the incredible Americans who support our movement to give power back to the people."

Trump's crowd responded with a chant of "CNN sucks" and "media sucks." CNN was one of the bomb package recipients; the bomb mailing suspect is thought to own a van covered in pro-Trump bumper stickers.

Watch a clip of Trump's comment in context below. Bonnie Kristian

October 20, 2018

President Trump targeted his ire at migrants who want to come to the United States and the Democratic Party at a campaign rally in Arizona Friday night.

Referring to the caravan of an estimated 4,000 people traveling on foot from Honduras to the U.S. border, Trump alleged "many of those people — a fairly big percentage of those people — are criminals."

"You think they're all wonderful people. You've got some bad people in those groups," Trump said. "You've got some tough people in those groups. And I'll tell you what, this country doesn't want them. Okay?" The caravan includes young children and pregnant women seeking to escape dire economic circumstances and even violence in their home countries.

The president claimed "cuckoo" Democrats want to give illegal immigrants the right to vote, along with "free welfare, free health care, and free education" and a luxury car, like a "Rolls-Royce, made not in America, so I hope that's not what we do." Polling shows a majority of Americans in both major parties oppose allowing non-citizens to vote. Bonnie Kristian

September 22, 2018

President Trump seemed to respond Friday night at a rally in Missouri to the day's report that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein considered invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from the Oval Office.

"Just look at what is now being exposed in our Department of Justice and the FBI. Look at what's going on," Trump said, never mentioning Rosenstein by name. "And I want to tell you, we have great people in the Department of Justice. We have great people. These are people, I really believe, you take a poll, I gotta be at 95 percent. But you got some real bad ones. You've seen what's happened at the FBI. They're all gone. They're all gone. They're all gone. But there's a lingering stench, and we're going to get rid of that too."

Trump also again weighed in on the sexual assault allegation against his Supreme Court nominee. Brett Kavanaugh is a "fantastic man" who was "born for the U.S. Supreme Court," the president said, promising his audience the confirmation would go through. "We have to fight for him, not worry about the other side," Trump said. "And by the way, women are for that more than anybody would understand."

A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll published Thursday found a plurality of Americans now oppose Kavanaugh's nomination, and his rising unpopularity is significantly due to shifting attitudes among women since the allegation came to light. Bonnie Kristian

August 5, 2018

President Trump gave a typically freewheeling performance at his rally for Republican congressional candidate Troy Balderson in Ohio Saturday night.

Significantly, the president seemed to concede the existence of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and U.S. life more broadly. "We have to stop it. We have to stop meddling and stop everybody from attacking us," he said. "But there are a lot. Russia is there; China is there. We are doing well with North Korea, but they're probably there."

Trump also touched on "the elite" — "I have better everything than they have," he told a cheering crowd — and Republicans who oppose him — "I only destroy their career because they said bad things about me." And he hit on familiar themes like his contempt for the media, declaring MSNBC "so corrupt ... so disgusting" and basking in chants of "CNN sucks!"

In an attempted swipe at Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), who lost his 2018 primary race after criticizing Trump, the president said Sanford "likes flamingo [sic] dancers from Argentina," referring to Sanford's infidelity scandal in 2009. The word for which Trump was seeking is "flamenco."

Watch the full speech below. Bonnie Kristian

July 28, 2018

President Trump has asked aides to ban reporters he considers "disrespectful" or "impertinent" from covering White House events, The Washington Post reported Friday evening.

"These people shouting questions are the worst," the president has said, according to the Post's administration source. "Why do we have them in here?"

Before this week, when CNN journalist Kaitlan Collins was told she could not cover a Rose Garden event, White House staff have resisted Trump's requests.

The president has also "privately discussed with aides retaliating against individual journalists," the Post reports, including revoking press credentials. However, his comments were often interpreted as a way to express frustration rather than a direct order.

As a candidate in 2015, Trump said he would not revoke press credentials for reporters he does not like. "It doesn't mean I'd be nice to them," he added. "I tend to do what I do. If people aren't treating me right, I don't treat them right." Bonnie Kristian

June 23, 2018

Implementation of President Trump's hastily crafted executive order reversing his administration's policy of separating families at the border reportedly has the executive branch in chaos. "It was policy based on a PR-messaging impulse," light on detail and heavy on speed, a source familiar with administration discussions told Politico.

Trump originally wanted to make comprehensive immigration law by fiat, a Friday night Washington Post story says, but was told by government attorneys that was not possible (or, as one unnamed official put it, "a pretty insane idea"). He then demanded the order on family separation be crafted in less than one day to quell public uproar, a quick solution Politico reports has left the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice, and Defense unsure of how to proceed.

Especially uncertain, says ABC News, is how to reunite families already separated. All migrant children in the care of Customs and Border Protection have been returned to their families, but up to 3,000 are still held by the Department of Health and Human Services, and some have been shipped clear across the country.

"It's devastating because I already know when I meet [clients] for the first time, and they start telling me that they are [a] parent, that I'm not gonna have the answers that they want in any time that they should have," Texas immigration lawyer Erik A. Henshaw told ABC. "I don't know if I'll find them during their case. I don't know if it'll happen when you get to immigration proceedings. I don't know if you're going to be deported or removed and have never actually found and/or had contact with your child." Bonnie Kristian

April 29, 2018

President Trump on Saturday threatened to shut down the federal government in September if Congress does not appropriate funds for his much-promised wall construction along the southern border.

"We have to have borders, and we have to have them fast. And we need security. We need the wall. We're going to have it all," he said at a campaign-style rally in Michigan. "We come up again on September 28, and if we don't get border security we will have no choice: We will close down the country because we need border security."

On the campaign trail, Trump said Mexico would pay for the wall. Watch his comments in context below. Bonnie Kristian

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