SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS, April 5, 2020

LARRY DAVID ON TRUMP:  “When we speak about the president, Mr. David marveled, ‘You know, it’s an amazing thing. The man has not one redeeming quality. You could take some of the worst dictators in history and I’m sure that all of them, you could find one decent quality. Stalin could have had one decent quality, we don’t know!'” NYT

TRUMP AGAINST THE PRESS CONTINUED:

CBS News White House correspondent Weijia Jiang became the latest reporter at the daily briefings to become the subject of Trump’s ire. Jiang asked about Jared Kushner’s bizarre statement from the day before, when Trump’s son-in-law said, “The notion of the federal stockpile was it’s supposed to be our stockpile. It’s not supposed to be states’ stockpiles that they then use.”

“What did he mean by ‘our’?” Jiang asked Trump, who immediately resorted to calling it a “gotcha” question. Trump scolded Jiang, claiming she tried to make Kushner’s statement sound “so bad” and saying it was obvious Kushner meant “our” as referring to the entire country. The President continued lashing out, telling Jiang, “You ought to be ashamed of yourself. You know what? You ought to be ashamed.” When Jiang tried to press Trump further, the President claimed he had given her the “perfect answer” and scolded her once more for supposedly asking the question “in a very nasty tone.”   Have you noticed  he uses the term “nasty ” for women who ask tough questions?  From CN BUSINESS; When Yamiche Alcindor pointed out that other countries have conducted more test per capita, Trump told her she should not be asking that “snarky” question but instead saying “congratulations” to the job his admin has done. Meanwhile, Trump continued to give a boost to the small cable channel OAN. “OAN, please — OAN,” Trump said, calling on a fringe personality from the small cable channel who has peddled conspiracy theories in the past…

Wolf Blitzer confronted Mike Pence during an interview on Wednesday, noting all the specific times that Trump downplayed coronavirus. Pence responded, saying, “The President is an optimistic person…” (CNN)  I guess thats another way of saying,  he lies.

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