In Arizona, Donald Trump levels an unscripted tirade at the media

President Donald Trump encourages chants during a rally at the Phoenix Convention Center on Tuesday. Ralph Freso/Getty Images

Things got plenty strange in Arizona last night. From the Associated Press:

President Donald Trump opened his political rally in Phoenix with calls for unity and an assertion that “our movement is about love.” Then he erupted in anger.

He blamed the media for the widespread condemnation of his response to violence at a Charlottesville, Virginia, protest organized by white supremacists. And he shouted that he had “openly called for healing, unity and love” in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy and had simply been misrepresented in news coverage.

He read from his three responses to the racially charged violence — getting more animated with each one. He withdrew from his suit pocket the written statement he’d read the day a woman was killed by a man who’d plowed a car through counter-protesters, but he skipped over the trouble-causing part that he’d freelanced at the time — his observation that “many sides” were to blame.

Vice President Mike Pence was there for the 75-minute speech, as was Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King Jr., and evangelist Franklin Graham. But neither of Arizona’s two U.S. senators, nor its governor, were in the audience. Again, from the Associated Press:

[Trump] went on to skewer both of Arizona’s Republican senators, insisting that his coy refusal to mention their names showed a “very presidential” restraint. He said his aides had begged him, “Please, please Mr. President, don’t mention any names. So I won’t.” Yet he’d clearly described Sen. John McCain as the reason Congress didn’t repeal and replace the much-maligned Affordable Care Act, and he labeled Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake as “weak” on borders and crime.

A demonstrator picks up a canister to throw it back toward police after a rally by President Donald Trump at the Phoenix Convention Center on Tuesday. David McNew/Getty Images

***

Want to know what U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake made of President Donald Trump’s appearance last night? He’ll be on GPB’s “Political Rewind” (88.5FM in Atlanta) at 2 p.m. this afternoon with host Bill Nigut and myself, to discuss his new book. Of course, there’s this, too:

***

But Jeff Flake isn’t the only incumbent Republican senator with a target on his back. Freshly ousted from the White House, Steve Bannon apparently sees a twofer in Luther Strange of Alabama, who has been endorsed by President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Bannon’s Breitbart.com appears to be siding with former Alabama supreme court chief justice Roy Moore in a Republican runoff next month:

[A] poll from JMC Analytics provided to Breitbart News ahead of its public release shows Moore with 51 percent, a majority, supporting him, while Strange trails nearly 20 points behind with just 32 percent—and 17 percent are undecided.

Moore’s commanding lead comes after he outperformed polls to finish around 39 percent in a multi-way primary this past Tuesday. Strange finished the first round of voting with just under 33 percent, and this poll seems to indicate that Moore is the only candidate gaining more votes while Strange is stuck with a ceiling of what he got on primary day before the runoff.

***

Hillary Clinton considered Donald Trump to be something like a stalker as he hovered over her in their second debate last year, according to her new book on the campaign. Excerpts were read this morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”:

***

The debate over Confederate nomenclature can have policy implications, as evidenced by the brief essay published Tuesday by former Gov. Roy Barnes, who noted the awkwardness of having Georgia State Patrol headquarters on a street named Confederate Avenue.

But then there’s ESPN, who has pulled broadcaster Robert Lee from University of Virginia’s football season opener in Charlottesville, because of his name. The broadcaster is Asian-American.

***

Qualifying for mayoral races in Atlanta and other Georgia cities continues today, opening up races in other venues as well. At midnight last night, John Eaves resigned as chairman of the Fulton County Commission in order to qualify for the Atlanta mayoral race today. Democrat Robb Pitts and Republican Gabe Sterling are said to be the leading candidates to replace him.

***

The next legislative session will be a doozey. Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s campaign said he’s not planning on stepping down next year to focus on his run for governor. Neither will Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and, as far as we can tell, neither will state Sens. Hunter Hill of Atlanta and Michael Williams of Cumming.

That means the four leading Republican candidates will all be under one Gold Dome next year – and three of them will share the cozy confines of the state Senate. The two Democrats in the race – state Reps. Stacey Abrams and Stacey Evans – have also yet to abandon their seats, though both have resigned leadership posts.

***

Georgia U.S. Sen. David Perdue will make an appearance in Buckhead on Friday, speaking at a lunch about U.S. foreign aid.

The Republican is scheduled to address the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, a group of businesses and nonprofits that advocate for bolstering development and diplomacy abroad, about “the positive impact of global affairs programs in Georgia.” The nonprofit CARE, which is run by his onetime Senate opponent Michelle Nunn, is notably listed as an event co-sponsor.

Perdue until recently led the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee, which has oversight of the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development, a perch he used to frequently discuss the need for more private-public partnerships in the field. We’re told the event will be open only to conference attendees.

***

The millennials are coming: A group of Donald Trump protesters plan a march through Atlanta on Saturday at 4 p.m. The symbolic starting place? The Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel.

 

Reader Comments 0

114 comments
yiwowote
yiwowote

my friend's step-aunt gets 77 per hour on the laptop. she's been unemployed for 3 months but the previous month her payoff was 17318 just working at home 4 hours a day... look at this page

www.dreamcash4.com

Paul Caubo
Paul Caubo

The Most Childish, Crybaby , Whining Man-baby to ever be elected to any public office. He is a total embarrassment to every citizen with an IQ over 40.

xiponekofo
xiponekofo

my neighbor's aunt makes 91 each hour on the internet.. she has been out of a job for five months, the previous month her paycheck was 16212 just working at home for 3 hours a day... see this link

http://tinyurl.com/yb8g8ckk

fidolevu
fidolevu

Do you have a pay-pal account ? because if you have you can include an extra 700 every week to your pay only working on the internet 5 hours every day. check this site●▬▬▬▬www.dreamcash4.com▬▬▬▬●


Kevin Tuttle
Kevin Tuttle

Because it's the last thing (trying to) keep him honest-ish. Congress has rolled over; he's going to start abusing his pardoning power to circumvent the judiciary; an informed populace is the last thing between him and an authoritarian state.

xarusogib
xarusogib

Do you have a pay pal... because if you do you can get an additional 450 a week to your profit only working on the internet for three hours a day.. check out●▬▬▬▬www.dreamcash4.com▬▬▬▬●


Sandra Dale Sikes
Sandra Dale Sikes

The MEDIA is biased, is a liar, is anti-American, and totally untrustworthy......

Amiel Summers
Amiel Summers

... Because you have been being told this...maybe?

Thomas Adams
Thomas Adams

The AJC is certainly no better than CNN! Birds of a feather!!

Mara Aed
Mara Aed

Good job! We are tires of liars, fear-prone, fantasy-prone media. We want IMPARTIAL NEWS that is real. Too much to ask? CNN, Ny times, Forbes, huffington post are beyond crazy

Amiel Summers
Amiel Summers

You are a fiercely loyal Foxnoose member. You'll notice that all #45 loyalists are. With that idea in mind; I would ask you to think about it.

Ben L Rainey
Ben L Rainey

Its not strange to criticize the fish wrapper, happens every day with good reason as AJC has love only for the rats who screw up everything they touch.

Jason Rains
Jason Rains

Question those who are in agreement with Trump about "fake news": are there any honest media outlets that have run negative stories about Donald Trump?

Loren Sasha Swift
Loren Sasha Swift

Take a good look at the people at the rally ...says a lot about his supporters doesn't it ???

Robert Randolph
Robert Randolph

Strange? You consider it "strange" to call out the extremely deceitful media and wanting to make this country great again? Then it probably does sound strange to you but he was exactly right and Americans are loving it. The deceptive media is completely out of control and now people are clearly seeing it. Go Trump Go! #maga

JKeith Arnett
JKeith Arnett

I love all the fake news butt hurt MSM. They can't stand that we have a President FOR the people instead of globalists pigs trying to ruin this great nation!

Mark Cotner
Mark Cotner

I was surprised he didn't call out the AJC for race baiting and fake news . . . oh wait, you're not important enough for that.

Dean Walton
Dean Walton

Really? You were surprised he didn't call out a Georgia-based newspaper while giving a speech in Arizona?

Taryn O McCoy
Taryn O McCoy

Hitler also discouraged the media and scientists. Step 3 -- make sure all media / news comes from the government. Didn't he say something about making his own news network?

James Graham
James Graham

Why not play a video,and let US decide for ourselves what was said,instead of trying to force your belief on others. Show your Credibility. \U0001f6ae\U0001f6ae

James Graham
James Graham

Why not play a video,and let US decide for ourselves what was said,instead of trying to force your belief on others. Show your Credibility.

Freddie Brown
Freddie Brown

A well deserved, accurate tirade...............

John Nemeth
John Nemeth

As much of a pig he is, he sure knows how to play his base like a fiddle.

Penny Will
Penny Will

And the idiots gobble up his garbage. It's just too bad he's not more like David Koresh. If Cheeto told these inbreds to kill themselves, they would ask no questions and simply drink the poison.

John Dunn
John Dunn

You only have to look at a lot of the comments here to see his base has been played.

Stephen Tzarphati Bailey
Stephen Tzarphati Bailey

I'm glad you've accepted your disability of not having cognitive thought abilities and have accepted the challenge to show the world thru social media that handicap.

Stephen Tzarphati Bailey
Stephen Tzarphati Bailey

Stupid enough to compare Trump to Hitler....yet unable to see the truth at what Trump is saying about the Lying & Misguiding of the Lame Stream Media.....heck you can't even see the Leftist bias of GPNN or the AJC.

Stephen Tzarphati Bailey
Stephen Tzarphati Bailey

wOw...such a "tolerant" statement....if you can't type a retort without profanity, maybe you shouldn't respond at all. You are merely proving what I stated above.

Jason Rains
Jason Rains

What is a recent news story that turned out to be fake?

Kathy Robinson
Kathy Robinson

Penny Will I guess if you believe the dems bs, you'll believe anything.\U0001f644

Jason Rains
Jason Rains

Sure. What's a story that was widely reported in the news recently, but wasn't true?

Penny Will
Penny Will

Kathy Robinson: And you believe a proven pathological liar. I don't think that makes me the gullible one, do you?

Penny Will
Penny Will

Kathy Robinson: What's so funny about recent? Do you have comprehension issues? Name one recent (do you need the definition?) news story that turned out to be fake. One.

Ricky Sangster
Ricky Sangster

Robert Lewis Paine.... I would ditch the hat... Just sayin

Loren Sasha Swift
Loren Sasha Swift

What is wrong with you?!! The only "fake" news is coming from the white trash racist idiots that show up at this narcissistic bully con man's staged rallies !!! The shame of America . The new popularity of ignorance and white supremacy. I weep for this Country

Stephen Tzarphati Bailey
Stephen Tzarphati Bailey

Weep for yourself for believing you are a victim. You are just a Plantation Democrat...your slavery involves your mindless voting for any Democrat.