SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS July 4, 2020

Tucker Carlson said it: – Trump “sprays a mask on his face every day for vanity. But an actual mask that would protect other people — that, that, he just can’t do.”

SPOTTED: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) riding the bus Thursday at DCA without a mask. Paul recovered from Covid and skips a mask in the Capitol, too. Pic

As Sen, Marco Rubio says, “Just wear the damn mask!”

From CNN: Trump on Wednesday falsely alleged that Joe Biden was “given the questions” by reporters ahead of time at Tuesday’s press conference. Trump even claimed that Biden was reading the answers “from a teleprompter.” Of course, none of this is true. Four reporters told The Daily Beast’s Maxwell Tani that they did not have their questions pre-screened. And the press conference ended with a Fox News reporter actually asking the former VP about his mental acuity. A Biden advisor told The Daily Beast that Trump’s assertion was “laughable.”

From NBC: Chuck Todd: “The president is facing a crisis he has been unable to tweet, bluster or bluff his way out of. COVID-19, and the death toll and economic dislocation that come with it, is there for all of us to see…” (NBC)

And Tom Friedman suggests in the NYT that BIDEN’S bumper-sticker slogan be: “Respect science, respect nature, respect each other.” I like that,

AND HALLELUJAH! Comedy Central “is reviving Beavis and Butt-Head, with series creator Mike Judge returning to re-launch and re-imagine the franchise as part of a sizable deal that includes a two-season order and plans for additional spinoffs and specials,” THR’s Lesley Goldberg reports… B’out time!

From POLITICO: TRUMP”S RAMBLE: from Tuesday: PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP in the briefing room: “The stock market is doing extremely well, which means to me jobs, what it means jobs, is the largest monthly jobs gained in the history of our country. … The crisis is being handled. … We are likewise getting under control. Some areas that were very hard hit are now doing very well. Some were doing very well and we thought they may be gone and they flare up and we’re putting out the fires, but other places were long before us. … [The stock market bump and economic picture] is not just luck, what’s happening. This is a lot of talent.”

ALSO from POLITICO: OK, LET’S TRY THIS AGAIN … CAN TRUMP DESCRIBE A SECOND-TERM AGENDA? NOPE! … SINCLAIR’S ERIC BOLLING: “Sean Hannity asked you about your second term, and the left was upset with it. They said he wasn’t sure what his second term’s all about. Let’s do it. Let’s do a retake on that. What is Donald Trump’s second term — what’s the main focus for that?” TRUMP: “Well, I didn’t hear anybody was upset with it, but I will tell you it’s very simple: We’re going to make America great again. We are doing things that nobody could have done. We’ve rebuilt the military, we have a ways to go. We’ve done things for the vets like nobody’s ever seen. We can do even more — we did choice, as you know, we did accountability. What we’ve done nobody’s been able to do. But we have more to do. “Economic development, jobs, trade deals — the trade deals I’ve made are incredible. We made the great deal with China. Of course, as I said, the ink wasn’t dried before we got hit with the China plague. But we made the deal. In fact, today is really the first day, the first official day, the USMCA — that’s Mexico and Canada. This was NAFTA, one of the worst deals ever made, one of the worst trade deals. We suffered with that deal for many, many years, and nobody could terminate it. I terminated it — gave you a new deal. I made a new deal with South Korea. We have many great trade deals. Our country will be so strong. “At the end of our first term, it’s going to be great, it would have been phenomenal. We got hit with the plague. At the end of the second term, it’s going to be at a level that nobody will have ever seen a country. We’re doing it, whether it’s trade, whether it’s military — all made in the USA, so important. Made in the USA. … We’ve got to bring back our manufacturing and I brought it back very big, but we have to make our own pharmaceutical products, our own drugs, prescription drugs. “We have to make our own things — we’re doing it now with steel, we’re doing it now with a lot of different products. I’ve done that. But we can do it with a lot more. We want to build our own ships. We don’t want to send out to other countries to build ships. So we have a lot of things we can do. We’ve done a lot but we have a lot of things we can do.”
BOLLING: “Always good to remind the American public what you’ve done in the first three and a half years.”
 

ENJOY YOUR FOURTH!

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