Editorial Roundup: Still the Worst Edition

Newspapers across the country slammed President Trump and his Administration’s continued incompetence this week, in editorials condemning Trump’s dishonest voter commission, his faux “tax reform” push that increasingly appears to be a giveaway for the rich at everyone else’s expense, his bungled response to natural disasters, and more.

Here’s a recap of what Americans read about Trump in their local newspapers this week:

9/8

Home News Tribune: Don’t Forget About Trump’s Tax Returns

Trump, of course, defied 40 years of presidential tradition by refusing to release his tax returns while campaigning. He concocted an explanation that he couldn’t be transparent because he was being audited, but it was apparent then and even more obvious now that the president never had any intention of offering that information to the public. He wants everyone to move on.

That means one thing: He’s hiding something. Not something illegal, necessarily, or even particularly unethical. But […]

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Sanders Questions: Back To Bedminster Edition

With this weekend’s taxpayer funded vacation to his golf resort in Bedminster, President Trump surpasses his 75th day of vacation while in office. #MAGA

American Bridge Rapid Response Director Emily Aden calls on White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to answer the following questions:

1. Will President Trump fire his billionaire Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin for trying to use taxpayer funds for his personal benefit?

2. How exactly does President Trump plan to make his unconstitutional Muslim travel ban both “larger” and “more specific?”

3. Will President Trump apologize for repeating his “both sides” comments about the anti-Semitic white supremacists in Charlottesville in his call with Jewish leaders today?

4. Will you apologize to all the veterans on Tricare and senior citizens on Medicare you offended yesterday by claiming you can’t imagine anything worse than receiving government health care?

5. Has the President or anyone in the White House talked to Paul Manafort about his […]

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Sanders Questions: Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Trump Edition 

Republican Senators Graham, Cassidy, and Heller introduced their health care bill today that would reverse the gains made under the Affordable Care Act by taking health care from millions of people all to start a new system with lower quality care and higher costs. That’s a no-brainer for President Trump, right?

American Bridge Rapid Response Director Emily Aden calls on White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to answer the following questions:

1. Is the White House still pursuing a plan started by Michael Flynn to build dozens nuclear reactors across the Middle East backed by of his secret lobbying clients?

2. Does President Trump support a bipartisan deal reached by the Senate Finance Committee to extend CHIP for five years?

3. Actual election experts agree voter fraud is a nearly non-existent problem and President Trump’s voter commission head Kris Kobach said yesterday there is a “high possibility” the group won’t even make any […]

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Sanders Questions: Yes, Trump Is A Republican Edition 

American Bridge Rapid Response Director Emily Aden calls on White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to answer the following questions: 

1. Will President Trump apologize for his patently false remarks that “thousands” of people in New Jersey were celebrating after the attacks on September 11th? 

2. Why did the Trump Organization hire a construction company owned by the Chinese government for work on a Dubai property when President Trump promised his company would not engage in foreign deals while he’s in office? Since we know he hasn’t fully divested from his businesses, did President Trump orchestrate this deal? 

3. Why did the White House hide the fact that President Trump met with the new Russian ambassador on Friday and then also quietly issue a memorandum delegating authority over the Magnitsky Act, an issue of key importance to Vladimir Putin, to Treasury and the State Department? Was this a request from the new […]

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Trump Is Making Millions Off Of His Pay-To-Play Golf Vacations

“This is just the latest proof that Trump is abusing the power of the presidency to make millions off of his time in office. Every time Trump goes golfing at one of his properties, he’s engaging in a corrupt pay-to-play scheme that allows CEOs and lobbyists to funnel millions of dollars into his pocket in exchange for access,” said American Bridge spokesperson Brad Bainum. “It’s all a scam, and the American people are getting screwed while the Trump family makes millions.”

USA Today: Trump gets millions from golf members. CEOs and lobbyists get access to president

By Brad Heath, Fredreka Schouten, Steve Reilly, Nick Penzenstadler, and Aamer Madhani, 9/6/17

Dozens of lobbyists, contractors and others who make their living influencing the government pay President Trump’s companies for membership in his private golf clubs, a status that can put them in close contact with the president, a USA TODAY investigation found.

Members of the clubs […]

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Sanders Questions: 178,752 American Workers Edition

Should we expect some late night pardons this Friday evening or was that just a hurricane special? 

American Bridge Rapid Response Director Emily Aden calls on White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to answer the following questions:

1. So far under President Trump, 178,751 American workers have been notified of layoffs. What is the President going to do to help them and their families? 

2. What is the President’s reaction to the Georgia police officer who said “we only kill black people?” Does he believe the police officer should be fired? 

3. How is kicking Dreamers out of their country once their current work visas run out treating them with “great heart” as the President promised? 

4. Given the President’s history of lying about his charitable donations will he make receipt for his $1 million pledge to Hurricane Harvey relief public?

5. Is President Trump going to actually meet with Hurricane Harvey victims on his trip tomorrow? 

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Editorials Round Up: Relief for Texas Edition

Editorial boards from all over the country criticized President Trump this week for his unpresidential behavior amidst one of the worst natural disasters the United States has ever seen. As Houston braced for the Hurricane Harvey, the President pardoned the reprehensible Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and as thousands remained stranded in their homes waiting to be rescued, the President announced a “tax plan” only the ultra wealthy and billionaire CEOs could love.

 

Throw in a threat to shutdown the government over his border wall that Mexico will never pay for and a broken promise to Dreamers and you have another disastrous week for the Trump presidency. Here’s what Americans saw this week in their local newspapers:

 

8/25

Arizona Republic: Donald Trump Just Resurrected Joe Arpaio From Irrelevance

His pardon of Joe Arpaio elevated the disgraced former Maricopa County sheriff to monument status among the immigration hardliners and nationalists […]

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Sanders Questions: Back To School Edition

The devastation of Hurricane Harvey continues, but the President seems more focused on pushing a plan to cut taxes for the rich while leaving his press shop to clean up the fact that he failed to even meet with storm victims on his brief trip to Texas. It’s the last day of August and everyone agrees- President Trump is going to have to actually do something in September.

American Bridge Rapid Response Director Emily Aden says “good luck” and calls on White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to answer the following questions:

1. Why is the President cruelly tormenting Dreamers with his uncertainty surrounding DACA?

2.  Experts agree President Trump’s tax plan announced yesterday would benefit corporations and billionaire CEOs — not regular people. Why did the President abandon his populist campaign rhetoric?

3. Does the White House deny Michael Cohen’s claim that he spoke to President Trump about the Trump Tower Moscow […]

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WATCH: Trump Bemoans Deadly Hurricane for Stomping on “Ratings” for Sheriff Joe Pardon

Just when you think Donald Trump can’t be any more of a disgusting human-being, he finds a way to sink even lower. This afternoon, Trump admitted he saw coverage of a deadly hurricane that is still, as we speak, wrecking havoc on Texas and Louisiana as an opportunity for higher ratings of a pardon for racist Joe Arpaio. The pardon, meanwhile, was decried by both Republicans and Democrats as it represented an unprecedented abuse of power and break from Justice Department protocol.

Watch Trump’s offensive comments here:  

Trump: “Well a lot of people think it was the right thing to do, John, and actually in the middle of the hurricane even though it was a Friday evening, I assumed the ratings would be far higher than they would be normally you know the hurricane was just starting and I put out it that I had […]

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Editorials Roundup: Quadrupled-Down Week

This week, President Trump quadrupled-down on his divisive, disgusting, and woefully inadequate comments about the white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville and the death of Heather Heyer.  

Can Trump think about anything other than himself and his own ego? Editorial boards across the country answered this week in a resounding “no.” From flirting to a pardon for Sheriff Joe Arpaio, to new petty feuds with Senators in his own party, to threatening a government shutdown if Congress won’t give him the money to pay for his border wall, this was a banner week for the Trump White House. What a time to be alive.

8/19

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: America must openly consider Trump’s fitness for office

Big egos come with the job. But it requires the ability to set ego aside in service of the nation’s good. Trump shows few indications that he’s capable of […]

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