Donald Trump roasted Democrats Thursday night while their attention was focused on a high-stakes primary debate featuring 10 people who want his job. Speaking to an audience of Republican lawmakers in Baltimore, the president mocked three Democratic rivals, guffawed at liberal environmental policies on straws and light bulbs – joking that environmentally friendly light bulbs make him look orange – and joked that debating his eventual opponent next year could be a two-minute affair. 'As they hit me left and right, I will say, "African-American unemployment is the lowest it has ever been" – and just leave the stage,' Trump chuckled. '[I'll] say, "Thank you very much. Good luck".' The president's prepared remarks were heavy on policy and emphasized party unity, but many of his off-script moments were culture-war jabs and personal swipes. South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Trump said, is 'doing a rotten job running his own city.' He shook his head in disbelief at a … [Read more...] about Trump mocks Democrats during their debate in speech to GOP lawmakers that mocks Pete Buttigieg’s height and calls the Green New Deal a ‘line of c**p’ as he ridicules straw bans and complains that energy-efficient light bulbs make him look ORANGE
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A little over a year after coming to power, Emmanuel Macron is turning out to be just another run-of-the-mill disappointing French president. Like his predecessors, he has seen his popularity nosedive among his political base. This “Jupiter”, who embodied newness, youth and modernity, is now bogged down in forced reshuffles and goings-on that look very much like old-fashioned political manoeuvrings. Worse, despite claiming he would lead France to become the “start-up nation”, economic performance is poor. Growth is stagnant, unemployment isn’t falling and poverty is taking a firm hold. The disappointment is all the more acute because of the expectations Macron raised among those who rejected populism in favour of a candidate who both stood for good sense and could run the economy. This turn of events isn’t just worrying for Macron, it’s worrying for those in Europe’s pro-globalisation camp who placed their faith in him to halt the wave of … [Read more...] about Trump’s poll ratings are better than Macron’s, after a year. Why?
President Donald Trump is reportedly considering expanding his impeachment legal team by hiring famed and controversial attorney Alan Dershowitz. Trump and his advisors are considering bringing on Dershowitz to defend the president at a trial in the Senate, which would follow a House vote passing articles of impeachment, multiple sources told ABC News. Dershowitz's prior clients have included Jeffrey Epstein and OJ Simpson. On Wednesday, Trump added fuel to the rumors when he invited Dershowitz, who is Jewish, to a White House event celebrating an executive order targeting anti-Semitism on college campuses. Dershowitz stood prominently next to Trump at the signing ceremony, and the president even invited him to speak. Professor Alan Dershowitz listens to U.S. President Donald Trump speak during a White House event on Wednesday. Trump is reportedly considering hiring Dershowitz to represent him Dershowitz speaks at a Hanukkah reception in the East Room of the White House on … [Read more...] about President Trump is ‘considering adding Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-lawyer Alan Dershowitz to his impeachment legal team’
I remember the first time I started to understand Donald Trump’s appeal to white, working-class Americans. It was in 2016, a few days before the Iowa caucuses, and he was being introduced by Jerry Falwell Jr, the eponymous son of the famous preacher, in Council Bluffs. Falwell told the crowd that Trump had picked him up in his private plane and offered him dinner. He had been expecting something lavish. “But you know what we had?” he asked the crowd. “Wendy’s.” The audience cheered and laughed along with him. In that moment it occurred to me that many in that gymnasium, in a town where one in seven lived in poverty and the median household income was $47,097 (£36,813), saw something of themselves in this New York billionaire. His life might have been nothing like theirs, but his tastes appeared familiar. If they ever got rich – and a significant proportion of white working-class Americans sincerely believe that one day they might – … [Read more...] about From Trump to Boris Johnson: how the wealthy tell us what ‘real folk’ want
In November next year the United States will hold its midterm elections. Every seat in the House of Representatives, and a third of the seats in the Senate, will be up for grabs. For the Democratic party the elections represent a desperately anticipated opportunity to break the Republicans’ complete control of the federal government. If historical midterm trends and the voting patterns of recent special elections hold up, Democrats have a fighting chance of winning back the House, and an outside shot at the Senate. The Republicans will be more desperate than ever to retain their power. If the Democrats win just one chamber, the political landscape will be transformed. In addition to blocking the GOP’s legislative agenda, Democrats will forcefully scrutinise Russia’s interference with the 2016 elections and investigate President Trump’s remarkable commercialisation of his office. Impeachment of the Republican president will become a real … [Read more...] about Be wary: Trump and Putin could yet bring democracy to a halt