A fool tells you what he will do; a boaster what he has done. The wise man does it and says nothing. – Unknown
Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!
If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right here every Friday morning. This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.
Topics that I am providing commentary about today include Trump’s MAGA Rally in Billings, Anonymous Sources, Brett Kavanaugh, the Griz/Cat Poll results, and One More Thing!
Trump in Billings:
President Donald Trump brought his Make America Great Again (MAGA) rally to Billings, Montana, Thursday evening to help defeat U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D).
I watched part of the speech during commercials of the season opener of NFL football (Falcons/Eagles). I followed it on Twitter. Later, I watched it on CSPAN.
Here are some observations.
The President entered the arena to Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” and started talking about how much he won the state by in 2016. After some introductions about 10 minutes into his speech, Trump brought Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale up to speak. Rosendale spoke for 5-10 minutes.
Rosendale announced that he had been endorsed by the National Rifle Association (NRA). He listed off the things he would do if elected like build the wall; keep the economy growing, etc.
Rosendale also announced that if he was elected he “promised” he would serve no more than two terms.
Trump went after Jon Tester, saying Tester sided with Maxine Waters, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer. Trump said Tester voted for “super liberal judges 99% of the time.” Trump also went on and on about the Admiral Ronny Jackson issue.
Trump bragged about there being 25,000 people in attendance, but the MetraPark arena in Billings only holds about 10,000.
One young girl behind Trump who was holding an American Flag appears to wipe her nose on the flag during his speech.
The speech started at about 7:10 p.m. and ended about 8:26 p.m.
Trump slurred his speech several times. He had problems pronouncing, “anonymous” when talking about the New York Times Op/Ed which had one person tweeting, “Oh my God, Trump is slurring more than Otis the Drunk on Andy Griffith Show…”
Trump also pronounced Montana awkwardly several times and one person on Twitter tweeted that she overheard a child ask, “Mom, where is he from, he can’t even say MONTANA?”
Trump said U.S. Representative Greg Gianforte (MTAL) “has fought in more ways than one for your state” that received some applause and laughter from the audience. In case you forgot, Gianforte slammed a reporter to the ground during his last campaign, which probably excites Trump.
CNN’s Jim Acosta had this to say about the speech:
Trump turning the midterms into a season of fear, sounding increasingly paranoid at this rally in Montana. A lot of talk about impeachment, the “deep state,” and haters out to take down his presidency. More blatant falsehoods like Dems out to end Medicare and confiscating guns.
After about an hour, many people looked tired. There were reports that people were leaving. I think he may have talked them to death.
As for the Tester campaign, his campaign manager, Christie Roberts, released the following statement on President Trump’s visit to Montana:
Thank you to President Trump for once again praising the work Jon Tester has done reducing regulations, fighting for veterans, and working to hold the VA accountable. We urge the President to sign Jon’s 19th bill that currently sits on his desk. While Jon keeps fighting for Montana, Matt Rosendale continues to look out for himself rather than stand up for Montana. Rosendale’s record is clear — he’s voted against our veterans, against protecting public access to our land, and as insurance commissioner he rubberstamped health care rate increases of up to 23 percent on Montanans.
My bet is that President Trump will be back in Montana before the November 6 election. I still think Tester is the favorite to win this race.
In case you missed it, The New York Times published an op-ed this week by an anonymous senior Trump administration official that was pretty tough on President Trump. The headline was “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration.”
The writer says, “I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.”
The New York Times editorial board had the following statement before the op-ed:
The Times is taking the rare step of publishing an anonymous Op-Ed essay. We have done so at the request of the author, a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure. We believe publishing this essay anonymously is the only way to deliver an important perspective to our readers.
You can read the essay HERE.
The key paragraph that probably bothers Trump most is this one:
The root of the problem is the president’s amorality. Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making.
I am not in favor of reporters or newspapers using anonymous sources very often. In these days of social media, I think many reporters are relying on anonymous sources too much and editors and publishers are letting them slide. I think it leads to mistrust of the media.
It has been funny watching Trump Administration officials line up to say they were not the anonymous source.
With over 200 protesters arrested during the three-day nomination hearing and with the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee asking him some tough and unique questions, it appears that President Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, sailed through unscathed.
I think Kavanaugh will be confirmed by the Senate probably by a vote like Neil Gorsuch received 54-45. It may be even closer, but the Republicans have the majority in the Senate and it appears they won’t need any Democrats to confirm him.
On Wednesday I asked readers, “Which team (Bobcats or Grizzlies) will win more football games this season?” Here are the results:
- Montana State University Bobcats: 46%
- University of Montana Grizzlies: 39%
- Don’t Care: 15%
Thanks to all the readers who participated.
One More Thing:
Don’t forget to stretch!