The Wednesday Read: Gianforte & Jacobs, Text Messages, & Trump in Missouri

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Today I provide independent commentary about the following items for this edition of The Wednesday Read:

  • Gianforte & Jacobs
  • Government Text Messages
  • Trump & Missouri
  • Kathy Griffin

Gianforte & Jacobs:

According to The Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs, Congressman Greg Gianforte has not yet scheduled an interview with him as promised. (USA Today)

As you may remember, Jacobs was body-slammed by Gianforte the night before the Montana special election. Gianforte pleaded guilty to assaulting Jacobs.

C’mon Gianforte – make good on your promise. The approval rating for members of Congress is in the teens. Part of the problem is politicians saying one thing and doing something else.

Maybe Gianforte can give Jacobs a copy of his mug shot during the interview…

Government Text Messages:

I was surprised to read that the state of Montana did not have a policy for retaining text messages used for official business. (AP)

Lee Newspapers requested copies of some text messages and I guess that was the first time a request of that nature had been made.

It’s kind of hard to believe that government officials did not believe that text messages needed to be preserved.

Just imagine all the “good stuff” we missed out on because those sending and receiving text messages thought they were private!

Trump & Missouri:

President Donald Trump heads to Springfield, Missouri, today to talk about tax reform. Springfield is the county seat for Greene County – and it’s the third largest city in Missouri. Trump received 60% of the vote in that county in 2016.

Reports say that Trump will use his speech to go after Democratic senator, Claire McCaskill, who is up for reelection next year. (Reuters)

Many have tried and failed to beat McCaskill.

Kathy Griffin:

And finally today, you may remember that Griffin held up a bloody severed head of Donald Trump. There was outrage and she apologized. She cried.

Not so fast…

Now it’s being reported that Griffin is no longer sorry.(ABC) She recently told an Australian morning TV show:

“I am no longer sorry, the whole outrage was B.S. The whole thing got so blown out of proportion, and I lost everybody.”

We’ll see how long she sticks with this version…