"Just remember, what you are seeing and what you are reading is not what's happening" Trump says at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention. pic.twitter.com/NWFsB8QV2g
— Vera Bergengruen (@VeraMBergen) July 24, 2018
Our media is just plain terrible:
New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman on Sunday said President Trump “often tells the truth,” and cautioned against reading too far into the president’s motives.
Speaking to Brian Stelter on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” Haberman said it is often a waste of time for people to “constantly [be] surprised” or look “for some deeper motive behind everything” Trump says or does.
“Trump lies frequently, or tells falsehoods frequently, or stretches the truth frequently, but he also often tells the truth,” Haberman said.
As an example, Haberman listed Trump’s recent interview with The Sun, a British tabloid, where he slammed Prime Minister Theresa May’s negotiating tactics. Though Trump made waves by criticizing the close U.S. ally, Haberman said he did the interview as a favor to Rupert Murdoch, the New York media mogul who owns the publication.
“He gave this interview to The Sun, a British tabloid … during his U.K. swing last week,” Haberman said. “It was a favor to Rupert Murdoch. That’s what he told people. That’s why he did it. It was not because he had some pre-planned strategy about shaking things up, or disrupting the global order.”
“He was surprised at how his remarks were received,” Haberman added. “He didn’t realize he would be making the news that it did.”
Infowars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones ramped up threats against special counsel Robert Mueller on Monday, calling him a “monster” and described shooting the former FBI Director.
Jones’ nearly 3-hour July 23 InfoWars broadcast ranged from rants about Hollywood pedophilia to social media “shadow bans” to outlandish allegations Mueller was personally involved in a child sex ring composed of left-leaning political figures.
Jones took on a particularly insidious tone during his Monday show, accusing Mueller of violent child sex acts before dramatizing a hypothetical “wild west” shootout with Mueller, a Republican appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to lead the Russia investigation in May 2017.
While playing spaghetti western music riffing off The Good, the Bad and the Ugly theme song, Jones detailed how the only thing about Mueller that scares him is Jones “not manning up.”
“I’m constantly in fear that I’m not being a real man, and I’m not doing what it takes, and I’m not telling the truth. And so, call it whatever you want, I look at that guy, and he’s a sack of crap,” Jones said.
“It’s going to happen, we’re going to walk out in the square, politically, at high noon, and he’s going to find out whether he makes a move, man make the move first, and then it’s going to happen,” Jones said as he pantomimed shooting at Mueller.