Patterico's Pontifications


Weekend Open Thread

Filed under: General — Dana @ 8:51 am

[guest post by Dana]

Feel free to talk about anything you think is newsworthy or might interest readers.

I’ll start.

First news item: Hillary Clinton claims that Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is a tool being prepped by Russia as a third-party spoiler to help President Trump win reelection in 2020:

“They are also going to do third party again,” Clinton, 71, said. “I’m not making any predictions, but I think they’ve got their eye on somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate,” Clinton said, referring to Gabbard, without mentioning the Hawaii representative by name.

“She is a favorite of the Russians. They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far. That’s assuming Jill Stein will give it up, which she might not because she is also a Russian asset.

“They know they can’t win without a third-party candidate, and so I do not know who it’s going to be, but I can guarantee you they will have a vigorous third-party challenge in the key states that they most need it.”

Gabbard punched back:

Great! Thank you @HillaryClinton. You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain. From the day I announced my candidacy, there has been a concerted campaign to destroy my reputation. We wondered who was behind it and why. Now we know — it was always you, through your proxies and powerful allies in the corporate media and war machine, afraid of the threat I pose.

It’s now clear that this primary is between you and me. Don’t cowardly hide behind your proxies. Join the race directly.

Second news item: President Trump is threatening to sue CNN for perceived unfair media coverage:

Lawyers for U.S. President Donald Trump and his re-election campaign have threatened in a letter to sue CNN for what they said was the network falsely advertising itself as a news organization, calling on executives to first discuss an “appropriate resolution” to the matter that would include a “substantial” payment to cover damages.

The network’s response to the threat:

This is nothing more than a desperate PR stunt and doesn’t merit a response.

Third news item: ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd, not just trying to shut down a woman , but lumping her in with an accused rapist and subject of numerous allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior toward women in the workplace:

He later deleted the tweet with a load of babbling bullshit:

I deleted the original tweet. No matter how right I feel, it is not the loving way I want to be in this world. We have enough meanness and coarseness in the world today, I strive to do better each day. I do wish you well and hope we can heal instead of hurt.

Make sure you read the full exchange at Megyn Kelly’s Twitter feed. With grace and finesse, she neatly puts Dowd in his place at every turn.

Have a great weekend.

(Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.)


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