The White House is still leaking. Anonymous “aides” have rushed, right on cue, to disavow President Donald Trump’s fiery speech in Phoenix, Arizona Monday night and tell establishment reporters that they had nothing to do with the red meat the president served up to his Deplorable supporters.
President Donald Trump spent much of last week hearing from friends, donors and aides that he needed to dial back some of his rhetoric in the wake of Charlottesville.
He gave his response on Tuesday night in Phoenix, with an angry, meandering and frequently disingenuous 75-minute rally address designed to soothe his ego, rev up his base, and remind the naysayers in Washington and New York that he can still command love from his crowd.
Aides said he had a carefully vetted message on a TelePrompTer, but his eyes quickly wandered away for a discursive, meandering torching of the news media —who he said didn’t care about the country.
We know the White House has been plagued with leaks in the past, it looks like they had subsided for a while. We also know Comey was a self-admitted leaker himself.
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One friend who spoke to Trump on the phone said he was in “denial” about his poll numbers and “had no desire” to even make an adjustment.
“All of the comments about how great he is on the cuff and how smart he is to listen, that’s going to drive him more off the cuff,” said one adviser who speaks to him frequently.
“At some point, he’ll get tired of Kelly and being managed,” this person added. “And he will go back to the way that he was.”
So Tuesday night, Trump returned to the greatest hits — and to an adoring crowd. He derided The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN — the crowd chanted “CNN sucks!” — and “little George Stephanopoulos” of ABC.
The crowd roared along with each attack, as Trump was repeatedly interrupted by protesters, one of whom he berated for not having a “powerful voice.”
“There aren’t too many people outside protesting, that I can tell you,” Trump quickly added, before going on to marvel at the size of the crowd inside, and noting that some people were still in line waiting to get in.
Back in his natural element, revving up a convention center of supporters, Trump dispensed with any veneer of contrition and vigorously defended his response to Charlottesville just one day after his scripted, sober address about an increased American military presence in Afghanistan.
Trump seemed to be reveling in the crowd’s love from the moment he entered, clapping his hands as he made his way slowly to the podium, and before long he was enticing the crowd to rain boos on reporters.
“Wow, what a crowd, what a crowd,” were Trump’s first words at the microphone. He then repeatedly said, falsely, that television channels were switching away from his address and not showing the crowds.
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One again we as always say take these with a grain of salt, some of the leaks have turned into facts by the White House and some, well most I should say have been unsubstantiated.