By Robert A. Vella
There were two key takeaways from yesterday’s primary elections in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Connecticut, and Vermont. First, voter turnout in the battleground Midwestern states – where the 2016 election outcome was determined – heavily favored Democratic Party candidates over Republican Party candidates. While this doesn’t necessarily correlate to what will happen in November, it is indicative and consistent with greater energy and enthusiasm for Dems so far this year. Second, Donald Trump’s dominance over the GOP continued unabated. At this point in the campaign, the pivotal midterm elections look increasingly like a national referendum on the President. Whichever way it goes will have a major impact on the future of America. See:
Many people around the world have compared the Trump White House with fascism and Nazism, and two new incidents will only add fuel to the fire. The first involves a blatant lie about economic conditions caught by the news media which was subsequently explained away as a “mistake.” The second involves an embarrassing Freudian slip made in support of the administration’s new Space Force proposal.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders issued a rare correction Tuesday night after falsely declaring that President Donald Trump has created three times as many jobs for African-American workers as former President Barack Obama did during his two terms in office.
“Correction from today’s briefing: Jobs numbers for Pres Trump and Pres Obama were correct, but the time frame for Pres Obama wasn’t. I’m sorry for the mistake, but no apologies for the 700,000 jobs for African Americans created under President Trump,” Sanders wrote in a tweet.
During the briefing, as she sought to defend the President’s record on race, Sanders said Trump has already tripled Obama’s record over eight years for creating jobs for black workers.
Hours after the briefing, after Bloomberg News pointed out the inaccuracy, the White House Council of Economic Advisers apologized for the figure. It posted a tweet citing a “miscommunication” to Sanders.
While it’s true that the US economy has added about 700,000 jobs held by African American workers since Trump took office, it added about 3 million black jobs while Obama was in office, according federal labor statistics.
When Obama took office in 2009, 15.5 million African Americans had jobs in an economy filleted by one of the country’s worst recessions. When he left office, the economy had 18.4 million black workers.
Sanders made the claim as she was answering questions about whether she could guarantee Trump had never been recorded using the N-word while producing “The Apprentice.”
Roger Stone, a confidant of President Donald Trump and a longtime Republican operative, posted an image that depicted himself and other Trump allies wearing space suits with swastika patches on Monday, before deleting the picture after outcry on social media.
The image appears to have been originally deployed as an anti-Trump meme on social media sites and websites such as 4chan and Reddit that surfaced after Pence touted the proposal for a sixth branch of the military at a news conference last week. It shows Stone, Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, Vice President Mike Pence, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Fox News host Sean Hannity and President Trump in space suits with the Nazi symbol appropriated into an insignia for the space force on the front of their outfits. A magnified image of the swastika patch also appears in the photo’s upper right hand corner.
“In space no one can hear you lie,” the caption says.
Stone posted the picture on Monday.