Don’t sacrifice your peace trying to point out someone’s true colors. Lack of character always reveals itself in the end. – Mandy Hale
Welcome to the big column to end the week, “Caught My Eye” (CME)!
If you are a first-time visitor, welcome! CME is the once a week column that is posted 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. There may be some sarcasm and pointed independent commentary so be warned!
Here are the topics that “Caught My Eye” this week:
- Montana & Abortions
- Daines, Perdue, & China
- Fake Sharpie Map
- One More Thing
MONTANA & ABORTIONS:
Montana Attorney General Tim Fox and 18 other states are defending the right of states to prohibit abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, a crucial argument to protect the lives of unborn children and safeguard similar laws across the nation. The other states are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Utah, and West Virginia joined the brief. (DOJMT.gov Press Release)
Attorney General Tim Fox (R) is running for governor and one of his opponents in the primary, Greg Gianforte, was endorsed by a pro-life group. That endorsement had to leave a mark. I’m sure Fox is trolling for pro-life votes with this brief. Recently, a Gravis Marketing Poll shows Fox losing to Gianforte 56%-29%. Fox needs help.
I think the best quote about the actions of Attorney General Fox came from Montana Governor Steve Bullock. The Great Falls Tribune reported what Bullock said in an email:
“Montana’s elected officials have no business substituting their personal beliefs for the sound medical judgment of health care professionals or a woman’s ability to make deeply personal medical decisions in consultation with her medical provider, and her family members and spiritual leaders, if she so chooses.”
Amen to that.
DAINES, PERDUE, & CHINA:
President Donald Trump gave his blessing to Republican U.S. Senators Steve Daines of Montana and David Perdue of Georgia for their trip to China where they held high-level meetings.
Trump was asked by the press if he approved of the meetings and if the meetings were helpful. Here is his response according to the White House transcript:
I approved it, and my people approved it. China asked for the meeting. They have a lot of respect for Senator Daines and for Senator Perdue; so do I. They’re friends of mine, and they’re great senators doing a fantastic job. I knew about the meeting. I approved of the meeting. And all they did is say that we really have bipartisan support.
If you look at it — and the support is very serious. So we’re not playing games. And that was the message that was given by Senator Perdue and Senator Daines, and it was given very strongly. They absolutely had my permission, and they also spoke to Ambassador Lighthizer and Secretary Mnuchin about the trip, before they went there.
This China trip and being mentioned by the President gives Daines and Perdue some much-needed exposure. Both are running for reelection in 2020. Both are freshman senators.
That, boys and girls, is just one way the Administration can help with your reelection.
FAKE SHARPIE MAP:
Since it’s so hard for President Trump to ever admit he is wrong, a thing like erroneously mentioning Alabama was going to get hit by Hurricane Dorian and then using a sharpie to draw it on a map has garnered a lot of attention.
Check Twitter out for #SharpieGate and you’ll see what I mean – plus you will get one hell of a laugh.
The National Weather Service in Birmingham, Alabama, quickly corrected the President’s mistake via Twitter:
Alabama will NOT see any impacts from #Dorian. We repeat, no impacts from Hurricane #Dorian will be felt across Alabama. The system will remain too far east. #alwx
Trump saying it is “fake news” is getting old. He even had a Coast Guard Rear Admiral write a statement to help save him from his mistake. By the way, Rear Admirals want to become Vice Admirals and then become full Admirals, so writing a little statement to cover your commander-in-chief’s ass is not that far-fetched.
Fox News’ Shepard Smith talked about it on his show this week:
PolitiFact rated Trump’s comments about Alabama and Dorian “Pants on Fire” wrong.
ONE MORE THING:
There are 424 days left until Election Day 2020. Prepare yourself.
Have a great weekend! Go Chiefs!