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President Trump at White House briefing

Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

President Donald Trump late Monday morning announced he would hold a press conference, but after a late start and minutes in it became clear it was yet another campaign-style stream-of-consciousness rally devoid of facts and filled with lies.

Both MSNBC and CNN were not airing the "press conference" minutes after it began.


After Trump's 20 minutes or so of angry grumbling, and disgruntled attacks on Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris, his Democratic opponents, Trump ended his remarks before taking reporters questions by saying, "Happy Labor Day, everybody."

MSNBC The Last Word producer Kyle Griffin announced, "MSNBC aired about five minutes of Trump's speech before cutting it off and fact checking his lies on U.S. economic progress."

CNN's Jim Acosta noted that the address was a campaign event:

Trump decided to hold the event at the North Portico, a more formal outdoor space in the White House usually reserved for major announcements, welcoming international leaders, and for White House family events.

During the event, Trump attacked administration officials who had told reporters he called military service members "losers" and suckers."

"Only an animal."

Trump attempted to f orce Reuters' Jeff Mason to remove his face mask.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

Kathy Barnette

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Kathy Barnette, a Trumpist conspiracy-peddling Republican candidate in the Pennsylvania Senate race who has been rising through the ranks, speeding even past big-spending rivals, is facing waves of criticism and public backlash for her past anti-Muslim tweets.

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