A month after an independent federal agency called on the President to fire White House counselor Kellyanne Conway for violating a federal law -- the Hatch Act of 1939 -- prohibiting federal employees from using their office to in campaign politics, the President this morning used his @realDonaldTrump account on Twitter to distribute a campaign ad created by Republican political consulting firm BrabenderCox.
Purple's goal is to put politics aside and put democracy front and center. And if you haven't already gotten the reason for its name, "purple" is the color you get when you mix red and blue.
In the 887 days since he took office, the President has demonstrated a remarkable tenacity to lie about even seemingly obvious facts, despite an omnipresent and ever vigilant Fourth Estate. And despite incessant fact-checking by diligent news organizations ranging from The Washington Post to Politifact, the President appears to be winning, ironically, with a little help from the news media. And by that, I don't just mean Fox News, but all of the major cable news networks.
While the findings reflect obligatory partisan skews, it's noteworthy that even high percentages of self-declared Republicans feel the President is making them feel "concerned," "confused," "embarrassed," "exhausted," "angry," "insulted," and "frightened."
"There were thousands of people cheering," the President of the United States said during a press conference on Tuesday when he was asked by a reporter about the crowds of protesters who took to the streets in London during his trip to the U.K.. "I don't see any protests. I did see a small protest today, very small. So, a lot of it is fake news, I hate to say."
We may never know the extent to which Twitter helped him get elected and/or maintain his base, but the President's Twitter engagement appears to have, well, hit the wall. Analyses released this morning show the President's Twitter interactions -- the percentage of his followers that either retweet or "like" his tweets -- has plummeted since he was elected.
America has attained peak gaslight. It happened when the President of the United States tweeted a report by 'Breitbart' that a poll found "the media failed to gaslight public about Trump campaign spying."
While the big focus this week is on the funds raised by the 2020 Democratic presidential primary contenders, the real story is in the war chest accumulated by the incumbent, and what his campaign is doing with it. Following Q1 Federal Elections Commission filings by the Democrats, the party's story is the dominance of funds raised by Bernie Sanders, and secondarily by Kamala Harris. But it is two relative newcomers -- Beto O'Rourke and Pete Buttigieg -- that analysts are trumpeting as the story within that story.
The perceived credibility of major U.S. news organizations has been trending downward since the 2016 election, but most of it has been driven by sentiment from Republican voters. According to the latest tracking from Morning Consult, the share of Americans rating nine leading news outlets as credible has dropped an average of five percentage points over the past three years. Among Republicans, it feel an average of 12 percentage points.
When does a hard-to-pronounce brand name change from a liability to an asset? When pundits and the news media give an assist by providing mnemonic devices on the proper way to say it. That's what's happened to Pete Buttigieg in the weeks since he emerged as a serious Democratic presidential contender.