No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free no one ever will. – Thomas Jefferson
Today I provide independent commentary about the following items for this edition of The Wednesday Read:
- Trump’s Arizona Rally
- ESPN & Robert Lee
Trump’s Arizona Rally:
It was must-see television. I knew early on that it was going to be a train wreck or dumpster fire, so I just had to watch. It was vintage Trump. He was angry.
These political-type rallies seem to be the best avenue for Trump to release his stress and anger from the day-to-day job of being President.
About an hour into President Trump’s Arizona rally last night, probably the best tweet of the event appeared:
“is it too late to stare directly at the eclipse”
You can read more Tweets during the rally HERE.
The President began his speech talking about his response to the events earlier this month in Charlottesville, Virginia, but left out the part where he said “many sides” were to blame for the violence.
Then Trump went off on the press for about 20 minutes. He did say nice things about Fox News and Sean Hannity and Fox & Friends. He was not so kind to CNN, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. He told the audience that he is smarter, richer and lives in a better apartment than the media who cover him. He added that he now lives in the White House. He said the media was “trying to take away our history and our heritage.”
He also attacked Arizona’s Senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake (both Republicans), but did not use their names. He also basically pardoned former Maricopa County Arizona Sheriff, Joe Arpaio.
One person tweeted “Pretty sure Trump has been nicer to Kim Jong Un than John McCain tonight.”
Trump also said he would shut down the government if the spending bill being considered by Congress does not contain money to build the border wall.
There’s growing concern about Trump’s fitness to be President. I’m not sure about that, but I am concerned about our country. Very concerned.
ESPN & Robert Lee:
The Associated Press (AP) reported ESPN broadcaster Robert Lee will not work Virginia’s season opener because of recent violence in Charlottesville sparked by the decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
The AP also reported that the network says the decision was made “as the tragic events in Charlottesville were unfolding, simply because of the coincidence of his name.”
When I first heard about this I thought it was a joke or an internet hoax. I guess not. I am speechless.
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