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Why Does Trump Keep Going Full Racist On Black Women Reporters? Oh Well Guess We'll Never Know

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When the White House revoked CNN reporter Jim Acosta's hard pass, Sarah Huckabee Sanders's "lie-splanation" was that Acosta had "mistreated" a woman intern when he resisted her attempts to mug him, and if there's anything Donald Trump's administration won't tolerate, it's mistreatment of women. Unless they're reporters or, worse, black women reporters. Then it's game on!


During Trump's unhinged "meet and insult" this morning with the press, CNN's Abby Phillip, who's black, asked him a question that he didn't like -- probably because it was interrogative. She wondered if Trump had named Matt Whitaker his pretend "acting attorney general" because he'd seen Whitaker on TV slamming Robert Mueller and his investigation. Was the intent for Whitaker to "rein in" Mueller? Trump is lazy so it's not surprising he'd make his hires based on his DVR listing. For second interviews, applicants have to watch "Hannity" with the president. It's worse than the process at Amazon.

Trump carefully considered what Phillip asked and responded, "What a stupid question that is. You ask a lot of stupid questions." He barely stopped short of shoving a grapefruit in her face like some 1930s gangster. Yes, I recall Sanders stating earlier this week that the president "welcomed tough questions," but this was different because it was a "stupid" tough question. As soon as someone asks him a non-stupid tough question, he'll give them a nice answer and some floor wax as a parting gift.

On a roll, Trump decided to insult another black journalist, April Ryan, whom Trump loathes because of her insistence on combining blackness with journalism. He accused her of just chasing "publicity" so she can get a "pay raise" at CNN. (How dare black women get raises when Trump's shoes remain un-shined!) He then said she's "very nasty," which is what he grossly called Hillary Clinton on live TV.

Trump brought up Ryan originally in the context of pulling more hard passes willy nilly from the press unless they learn to "respect his authority." He couldn't even stand by Sanders's phony story about Acosta Andy Capping the lady intern: "I don't hold him for that because it wasn't overly, you know, horrible."

The other day, Trump accused PBS Correspondent Yamiche Alcindor of asking a "racist" question because she confronted Trump on his recent embrace of the term "nationalist." Wasn't that emboldening white nationalism in the country? Heck, David Duke tweeted his thanks after Trump said this. This is a guy you objectively don't want to make happy. If he tweets positively about the pardoning of a Thanksgiving turkey, you damn well better reconsider the menu.

The "I'm not racist, you're the racist" song is practically a white standard these days. But Trump got mad and wagged his finger at Alcindor, and that's the consistent theme. It's an abuser mentality that women -- black women in particular -- set off within him. And like a battered spouse, the object of Trump's abuse is supposed to remain calm, collected, or risk further enraging him.

It's been a tough week for Trump. He lost the House on Tuesday and although firing his Jefferson Davis cosplayer attorney general perked him up briefly, he's now ending the week with the possibility that Senate seats in Florida and Arizona might slip from his grasp.

I'm not about to shed a tear for him, but I would advise him to watch how he treats women of all races, because we just sent 100 of them to Congress and they're coming for his sorry ass.

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Good morning, America! Attorney General Bill Barr is doing a presser at 9:30 AM EDT about the Mueller report, which nobody will be able to see until around noon or after, once Congress gets the redacted report on CDs. Seeing as that is bullshit, there's no reason to watch this thing, as journalists won't be able to ask him questions about a document they haven't seen. So ... go back to bed, everyone!

Ugh, fine, we guess we will do this, and that is because we care, even though we are quite certain HGTV is doing some kind of very important "Property Brothers" marathon that adds much more of value to the national discourse, and also covers it up with shiplap accent walls. Does Bill Barr do cover-ups with shiplap? No, because he doesn't have the good taste for that.

Reportedly, we are going to hear from Barr why certain things were redacted, including why he thinks certain facts are subject to executive privilege, which is funny because he is not the president and therefore cannot invoke executive privilege. But oh whatever! Details! Robert Mueller won't be there and none of his team will be there, which tells you something about how they feel about this whole process. If they felt like this was on the up-and-up, you'd imagine they might show up to present a united front. As that is not happening, assume the entire thing is a bullshit act meant to help Donald Trump set the narrative for what will otherwise be a very bad day for him.

The New York Times reported last night that the White House has already been briefed on significant portions of the report, because Bill Barr is a rightwing scam artist piece of shit who gives the Trump White House reacharounds. The briefings have reportedly been very helpful for the White House in coming up with how to rebut today's report, which is funny because we thought Trump said this report was a full exoneration, NO COLLUSION, NO OBSTRUCTION. (Actually nope on both counts, since Mueller didn't decide the obstruction question, and even according to Barr's mash notes, he took a very limited view of the conspiracy question, focusing on the Russian government's hack and dump WikiLeaks operation.)

Anyway, assuming Trump is right about full exoneration, we guess Rudy Giuliani's rebuttal will state that Trump is guilty, full stop. Because that's what "rebuttal" means, correct?

Committee chairs in the House including Jerry Nadler, Adam Schiff and Maxine Waters have called upon Bill Barr to cancel today's briefing, as it is useless horseshit. Because Barr literally gives zero fucks about his reputation and apparently is OK with going down in history as a fecal stain on our institutions and the rule of law, the show will go on.

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Bill Barr's book report, the NRA is doomed, and Johnny Cash will watch over the Capitol. Your morning news brief!

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