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June 17, 2020

President Trump's anti-journalist rhetoric is reportedly far worse behind the scenes.

Former National Security Adviser John Bolton's forthcoming book, The Room Where It Happened, is in the hands of a few journalists, and it's chock full of quotes and recollections from Bolton's time in the Trump White House. And while Bolton's affirmation of Trump's push for a Ukraine affirmation is noteworthy as it relates to Trump's impeachment, some of his seemingly throwaway statements, like the time Trump called for journalists to be "executed," are among the most disturbing of Bolton's claims.

In The Room Where it Happened, Bolton recalls a 2019 closed-door meeting with Trump in New Jersey, The Washington Post reports via an advance copy. There, Trump said journalists should be put in jail so they have to reveal anonymous sources, Bolton claims. "These people should be executed. They are scumbags," Trump said, per Bolton's recollection.

"Enemy of the people" almost seems like a compliment now. Kathryn Krawczyk

June 2, 2020

President Trump has issued a very contradictory assessment of how protests in Washington, D.C., went down Monday night.

Protests against police brutality continued peacefully on Monday until the evening, when law enforcement began clearing the streets outside the White House so Trump could walk to St. John's Church across the street for a photo. Law enforcement fired tear gas and rubber bullets at the protesters, creating a surreal side-by-side as Trump spoke in the Rose Garden, but the president still maintained that there were "no problems in D.C. last night."

Trump's evaluation of Monday night's protest came in a Tuesday morning tweet, though he immediately reversed that "no problems" sentiment by bluntly stating there were "many arrests" in D.C. due to "overwhelming force" and "domination." Trump then thanked himself for what happened.

After a week of protests, Trump declared Monday evening that he was Americans' "president of law and order" and announced he would "deploy the United States military" to end violent protests in any city. Trump also announced he was "dispatching thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel, and law enforcement officers" to halt protests in D.C. Kathryn Krawczyk

April 7, 2020

Stevie Nicks famously sang about the "white-winged dove" in her 1981 hit "Edge of Seventeen," but she'd apparently never actually heard one sing … until now:

"In 1980, I was flying home from Phoenix, Arizona, and I was handed a menu that said, 'The white wing dove sings a song that sounds like she’s singing ooh, ooh, ooh. She makes her home here in the great Saguaro cactus that provides shelter and protection for her…'" Nicks tweeted. She incorporated the info into her lyrics, but "over the last 40 years I can honestly say, I have never heard a dove sing" until "several days ago" when a friend pointed one out:

Of course, the real news here is: the lyrics to "Edge of Seventeen" were plagiarized from a wildlife pamphlet?! Jeva Lange

August 28, 2017

Just days after being pardoned by President Trump, former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio floated the possibility of running against one of Trump's favorite targets and biggest critics in Congress, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.). Arpaio, who was convicted in July of criminal contempt for defying an order to stop imprisoning suspected undocumented immigrants, told The Washington Examiner he's been "getting a lot of people around the state" asking him to challenge Flake. "All I'm saying is the door is open and we'll see what happens. I've got support. I know what support I have," Arpaio said, also suggesting he could run for mayor or legislator.

When Arpaio lost re-election in 2016, ending his 24-year tenure as sheriff, he swore off running for office again. But now, he says, he feels Republicans are "insufficiently supportive of the president," whom he thinks is "a great man," the Examiner reported. Arpaio is also fed up with the suggestions that, at 85 years old, he's too old to run. "[T]here is discrimination against senior citizens, big time," said Arpaio, who was convicted of racial profiling.

Already, Flake is facing a primary challenge from former state senator Kelli Ward, who seemingly earned Trump's endorsement after the president sent a tweet that bashed Flake as "WEAK on borders, crime, and a non-factor in [the] Senate." Becca Stanek

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