Opinion: Aren’t you proud, America? Aren’t you proud?

With a major health-care bill lingering in legislative coma, with volatile military situations on the Korean Peninsula, in the Middle East and elsewhere, with preparations underway for a conflict-ridden, high-stakes G-20 summit next week, the president of the United States has chosen to embroil himself in a bitter and highly personal Twitter feud with two cable-TV news personalities.

I’m not going to get into the smutty specifics of the case, because you already know what they are. Suffice it to say that once again, the president of the United States has shown all the self-control and discipline of a spoiled four-year-old throwing a temper tantrum at the grocery store, with all the world looking on in embarrassment.

However, I do want to focus on a new allegation, laid out by MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski Friday morning in the segment posted above. They claim that earlier this year, reporters from the National Enquirer began contacting their friends, neighbors and relatives, including Brzezinski’s teenage daughters, trying to dig up dirt on the couple. According to Scarborough, he simultaneously received repeated, almost desperate phone calls from top officials at the Trump White House, warning him that the president was angry at him and that a negative hit piece about the couple was about to be published by the Enquirer.

However, Scarborough was given an option. He was told that if he agreed to call Trump, if he personally apologized to the president of the United States for saying critical things about him and promised not to do so in the future, if he kissed the ring and bent the knee, then the reporters from the National Enquirer would be called off the scent. The president would make a phone call to his good friend David Pecker, the publisher of the National Enquirer, and the negative story would be spiked.

In short, blackmail. In short, personal threats to American citizens issued directly from the White House, demanding that they cease their criticism or pay a heavy price.

Is the story true?

Not according to The Donald:

That version of events makes no logical sense. Scarborough’s version, on the other hand, is consistent with Trump’s behavior and character, and with the behavior of the National Enquirer as well. During the GOP primary season, for example, it ran repeated hit pieces on Trump’s rivals.

In March of 2016, Slate published a collection of Enquirer headlines:

(UPDATE: As someone on Twitter pointed out, last year the Enquirer paid a former Playmate of the Year $150,000 for exclusive rights to the story of her affair with Trump, which occurred while he was married to Melania. The Enquirer then refused to publish the story.)

Not so long ago, conservatives were complaining that Barack Obama was disrespecting the presidency and undercutting its dignity. How? By not always wearing a suit and tie in the Oval Office. (Here and here and here, for example.) Even now, white evangelicals and culture warriors have warmly embraced Trump as their Joan of Arc, leading them into battle against the forces of immorality that would degrade our nation’s standards and principles. And White House officials are defending Trump’s Twitter outbursts as another expression of the strength of character that got him elected president.

The Fourth of July, our nation’s birthday, is right around the corner. My fellow Americans, aren’t you proud that what began with George Washington has now culminated with Donald J. Trump?

Aren’t you proud, America? Aren’t you just brimming with pride?

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Kamchak
Kamchak

Reporter Jared Yates Sexton who revealed the neo-NAZI behind the Trump/CNN vid is getting death threats.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Kamchak

Because "fake news" and every real American thinks physically assaulting reporters is good clean fun. Right Philo?

Right td?

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

Ruh roh... Why, WHY Figgy? Why did you bring up THAT subject? Let's talk about something else! How about Hillary or Bill or Obama or ANYTHING BUT THAT SUBJECT!!!

Ixnay onthe thomasjeffersonay!

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@FIGMO2


Now, those facts regarding Sally Hemings' bedroom being next to Jefferson's make perfect sense to me.  It is how one interpret facts that shows the caliber of one's mind.  I had known that her duties were to care for his chambers and his personal affects, including his clothing.  I often wondered where she spent her nights.  I also knew that Jefferson built the design of Monticello so that no one could see from the outside into his chamber.


Of course, Sally Hemings was Jefferson's mistress slave.  How much fuller one understands that relationship speaks to the decadence or the reasonableness in one's own mind.


Documented:  Sally Hemings saved for their children Jefferson's pen and inkwell, his glasses, and his shoe buckle.  Jefferson directed his remaining legitimate child, Martha Jefferson Randolph, to "take care of Sally."  Martha released Sally to her freed sons' care within weeks of Jefferson's death.

skydog12
skydog12

ME, I posted this below in regards to group thought here at Jay`s.


Most of the people on this blog have never met or contacted each other by e-mail, phone, or any other media. I have never seen any post on here that says, OK here is OUR plan and what to think.


We read a post and respond.


Because a high percentage here happen to agree on any given post, how is that group thought? 


FloydLiberal
FloydLiberal

@skydog12 When people agree on disagreeing with something you support, it is dismissed as group thought. Reflexive mechanism to dismiss the quality of the intelligence of your opposition. However, when everyone who disagrees with you uses almost identical words and focuses on one small aspect of a problem, that probably is group thought at work.

FloydLiberal
FloydLiberal

Trump is succeeding in his goals. First is to have a cheering, adoring audience. His base and alt right news sites and Fox News provide that. The second is to be the center of attention. He is the headline in every news cycle, with his face plastered on front pages and blogs all across the world. The third is gaining more wealth. He is enriching himself, his family and his loyal friends without even trying to hide what he is doing. So those who say he is failing his campaign promises are looking in the wrong places for his successes. By his goals this presidency is indeed a great, best ever success.

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

The Economist is a rag? Hmmm not surprising that this is said by someone who thinks "See Jane Run" is an example of literary genius

FloydLiberal
FloydLiberal

@Philo_Farnsworth I suspect if any other Republican had been nominated, the conservative Economist would have endorsed that person. When faced with batsh!t crazy and someone you frequently disagree with, most sane, responsible people would not vote or support crazy.

FloydLiberal
FloydLiberal

@Philo_Farnsworth I guess they approved of Obama's plans to rescue the economy. Plans that did in fact rescue the economy. Nice to know they rewarded competence and success and didn't just support Republicans regardless of efficacy or cost.

Here's_to_Blue
Here's_to_Blue

Looks like Jay hasn't actually finished writing the new post.  He inadvertently posted the draft online while he revises it.

carterjoseph1950
carterjoseph1950

I love my country, but right now I cannot be proud of it. Trump is a disgrace to us, and a threat to world peace. What a small, tiny little man. He is beneath contempt. We will resist.

Kamchak
Kamchak

My take on the new topic:

If you inaugurate a buffoon for prezzy, don't be surprised when he acts buffoonish.

elgrunir
elgrunir

Who knew that Republican complaints about Obama not being "presidential enough" meant he wasn't acting enough like a clown?

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

KARMA - Sometimes you actually live long enough to see it.

elgrunir
elgrunir

Interesting....

Sheetz without the ability to comment yet...

elgrunir
elgrunir

True.

Should've fixed it by now, I suppose.

Menace
Menace

@td1234  Doubt that NY Times meant this as a compliment. 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Kamchak @Menace

A reactionary horror for decades. I can remember picking up a copy back in the 80s and seeing some screed about AIDS where the "editorialist" was complaining about having to care for "b-ggerers."

Kamchak
Kamchak

@td1234

I know more about Jefferson than you will ever know. 

Classic schoolyard retorts from our boy td?

LOL!

td1234
td1234

Why didn't this make it on the LSM? 

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

Because it betrays their uniform "Trump sux!" narrative.

td1234
td1234

@PaulinNH @td1234 Yep reading the spin, propaganda and fake news of the LSM instead of the actual poll results (that the LSM did not actually publish). 


The gruber runs deep in you young padawan. 

BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

Even among Republicans, only 26% support the Senate bill; 17% oppose it. A 52% majority say they need more information before they can express a view

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@td1234 @PaulinNH  LOLOLOL - You post a Tweet that contains misleading information.  I post the source document that shows that you lied - and your answer is that it is fake news - followed up by a stupid comment.

LOLOLOLOL  You aren't smart enough to have anything run deep in you. 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@PaulinNH @td1234

He's having a real hard time coping with how Americans don't want to lose the PPACA, even after the Republicans spent the last seven years throwing money at destroying it.