The Main Event – January 19, 2017
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This Week in DACA
Last week, the President held meetings with key Democrats to arrive at a deal on preserving DACA (which is what Democrats say they want) while achieving his own immigration and border enforcement agenda. But this week, Democrats gave no indication they would reach a deal with the President by Friday, and we heard all week that the government might shut down because of it (as of Friday morning, it actually might).
On Friday morning, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney reminded us that the previous administration was “quite cruel” about its own government shutdown threats from 2008 to 2016, and no one batted an eye at them. Ed alert: “Obama gave 10 trillion dollars away. You want to be popular? Give 10 trillion dollars away.” On Monday, the President said that if a deal on DACA dies, it’s the Democrats’ fault because they don’t actually want to negotiate. “They don’t want security at the border, they don’t want to stop drugs,” Trump said.
“S-Hole Gate” Continues
What do they want? They want to keep the “s-hole gate” scandal alive, despite people who were in the closed-door meeting come forward to say they never heard the President say that word. Remember, it was Democrat Senator Dick Durbin who came out of the meeting claiming he heard Trump say it and then the media piled on – and Republicans like Senator Tom Cotton say Durbin is lying. But don’t tell that to Senator Cory Booker, who was clearly auditioning for a 2020 presidential run when he made a grandstanding demonstration of outrage about the whole thing this week at DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s expense. Ed alert: “Simmer down, Cory Booker. We know you’re auditioning to be the next Barack Obama, but maybe you should actually go to Haiti and let us know what you would call it.”
Also this week, the Emergency Management department in Hawaii accidentally pushed the nuclear missile warning button, leaving Hawaiians to believe they were going to die for 38 minutes. There’s news footage of people crying in the street, trying to put their children in storm drains for protection, and calling family members to say goodbye – and the media stopped reporting about it 24 hours later. They reported on “s-hole gate” for a full six days.
The President’s Physical: This Week’s Media Obsession
Last week, the media was obsessed with President Trump’s mental fitness; this week, they’re concerned with his physical fitness despite the White House doctor saying he’s in excellent health. White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson performed Trump’s first presidential exam on January 12 and announced the results on Tuesday during the daily press briefing: He weighs 239 pounds, he doesn’t exercise much but he’s in excellent health. Case closed, right? Wrong. Reporters
When the doctor was finished, the reporters in the press room inundated him with questions like this:
- “Did you address drug addiction?”
- “Will he be sedated for his next colonoscopy?”
- “Did you test him for Hep C?”
- “Does he wear dentures?”
- “Are you concerned about his use of Twitter?”
- “Is he limited to one scoop of ice cream now?”
Meanwhile, CNN’s Sanjay Gupta wants to diagnose the President (whom he has never examined) with heart disease.
Ed alert: “Little people, little brains.”
Vegas News (That isn’t Fake)
This week, newly unsealed search warrants reveal how involved Stephen Paddock’s girlfriend may have been in the Las Vegas massacre on October 1st. According to the documents, Marilou Danley told investigators they would likely find her fingerprints on some of Paddock’s bullets because she “sometimes helped him load his magazines.”
The New York Times reported that in the days after the massacre, the FBI examined her email and social media accounts. She has not been charged with a crime and denies knowing about Paddock’s plan, but investigators discovered that Danley deleted her Facebook account just hours after the attack. Just a little more than two hours after the attack, Danley made her Facebook account private. Two hours later, she permanently deleted her account. Paddock’s identity as the shooter wasn’t revealed until many, many hours later.
Ed alert: “Every time I talk about this, someone calls me saying ‘leave the conspiracy theories to Alex Jones.’ But I say something is wrong here. Something doesn’t add up.”
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