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Media Springs Traps For Trump at WILD Press Conference

The media’s attempts to goad the President were not nearly as subtle as they once were.

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The mainstream media attempted to brazenly have their cake and eat it too during the President’s tumultuous Wednesday afternoon press conference, 

During a question about President Trump’s feelings on the migrant caravan, CNN’s Jim Acosta attempted to agitate the President, hoping to goad him into some sort of gaffe.

After CNN’s Jim Acosta pressed him on why he characterized a caravan of a few thousand Central American asylum seekers hundreds of miles from the US border “an invasion,” the president erupted.

“Honestly I think you should let me run the country, you run CNN and if you did it well, your ratings would be much higher,” Trump said, adding “That’s enough. That’s enough. That’s enough. Excuse me, that’s enough,” as Acosta tried to follow up.

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But the CNN anchor persisted, asking the president about special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.

“That’s enough. Put down the mike. I’ll tell you what, CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN. You’re a very rude person. The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is horrible. You shouldn’t treat people that way,” he said, referring to his spokeswoman, who frequently spars with reporters during press briefings.

The press was then unleashed; unburdened by the decorum of journalistic integrity.  They smelled blood after the President’s altercation with Acosta, and you could see it in the way they began to play musical chairs with the microphone.

Seeing that the President was choosing from whom he would take questions, several called-on reporters would not-so-subtly pass the microphone to their un-recognized colleagues, in what for all intents and purposes was an attempt to annoy or anger the Commander in Chief.

As the conference wore on, the questions became more heated, and the President’s responses ran the gamut of guilt to grandstanding.

Sarah Sanders, for her part, was reported to have laughed at some of the President’s points.

 

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New Book Details How Biden Team Keeps POTUS from Unscripted Events

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The nation has known for a long time that Joe Biden’s public speaking isn’t his most endearing quality, and the pressures of the office of the President, (along with a predictable bit of aging), has certainly escalated this PR situation.

Biden is a gaffe machine, full of mismatched anecdotes and old-timey gibberish that often overshadows the gist of what he’s trying to say.  As such, his team has seemingly worked hard to keep the President out of situations in which he’s allowed to freestyle answers, and Biden himself has often left press conferences after telling reporters that he’d be “in trouble” if he stuck around for any more questions.

Now, a new book seems to indicate just what lengths his team is willing go in order to keep the narrative untainted by mishaps.

Top White House aides set up a “wall” to shield President Biden from unscripted events and long interviews amid fears of the president’s testiness and habit of mangling statements, according to a new book.

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“Peril” by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa cited a number of incidents from the gaffe-prone president in the early days of his administration, including a back-and-forth with a CNN reporter for which he later apologized.

“That side of Biden — his tendency to at times be testy or mangle statements — was still with him and now part of his presidency,” the book says.

The policy seemed to be fairly codified.

In turn, a number of Biden aides told the reporters that Chief of Staff Ronald Klain and then-White House advisor Anita Dunn worked to prevent such incidents by keeping him away from “unscripted events or long interviews.”

“They called the effect ‘the wall,’ a cocooning of the president,” they wrote.

This unwillingness to allow the President to speak directly has wreaked havoc on Biden’s image as a leader, and his waning approval numbers are evidence of this.

The nation has known for a long time that Joe Biden’s public speaking isn’t his most endearing quality, and the pressures of the office of the President, (along with a predictable bit of aging), has certainly escalated this PR situation. Biden is a gaffe machine, full of mismatched anecdotes and old-timey gibberish that often overshadows the gist of what he’s trying to say.  As such, his team has seemingly worked hard to keep the President out of situations in which he’s allowed to freestyle answers, and Biden himself has often left press conferences after telling reporters that he’d be “in trouble” if he stuck around for any more questions. Now, a new book seems to indicate just what lengths his team is willing go in order to keep the narrative untainted by mishaps. Top White House aides set up a “wall” to shield President Biden from unscripted events and long interviews amid fears of the president’s testiness and habit of mangling statements, according to a new book. “Peril” by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa cited a number of incidents from the gaffe-prone president in the early days of his administration, including a back-and-forth with a CNN reporter for which he later apologized. “That side of Biden — his tendency to at times be testy or mangle statements — was still with him and now part of his presidency,” the book says. The policy seemed to be fairly codified. In turn, a number of Biden aides told the reporters that Chief of Staff Ronald Klain and then-White House advisor Anita Dunn worked to prevent such incidents by keeping him away from “unscripted events or long interviews.” “They called the effect ‘the wall,’ a cocooning of the president,” they wrote. This unwillingness to allow the President to speak directly has wreaked havoc on…

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‘Tax The Rich’ Dress Maker is IRS Deadbeat in Multiple States

It truly doesn’t get any more on-brand than this, does it?

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For the past week, Americans have been using a number of anecdotes to describe New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Tax The Rich” dress, worn to the lavish, $35,000 per ticket Met Gala.

AOC had jumped the shark.  It was an example of the pot calling the kettle black, or, more accurately, the pot calling for more taxes on the kettle.  It was somehow both ironic and on-brand for the precocious progressive who once attempted to play up her modest NYC upbringing in a photoshoot in which she wore a $3,500 suit.

Now, to add yet another layer of pure insanity to this already-chock-full stunt, the maker of the dress is apparently a deadbeat in the eyes of the IRS.

Designer Aurora James called her “Tax the Rich” dress for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a “powerful message” — but it’s not one she has taken to heart.

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The 37-year-old fashionista who made waves at the Met Gala with Democratic-Socialist AOC last week is a notorious tax deadbeat with unpaid debts dogging her in multiple states, records show.

Most of luxe-living James’ arrears center on Cultural Brokerage Agency, an LLC she formed in 2011 to serve as the parent company of her fashion brand, which today is known as Brother Vellies. It’s a favorite of people like Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Meghan Markle.

The company racked up three open tax warrants in New York state for failing to withhold income taxes from employees’ paychecks totaling $14,798, the state Department of Taxation and Finance told The Post. The debts — which were incurred before the pandemic — stem from 2018 and 2019. The company has been hit with 15 warrants in total since 2015.

And that’s not all.

The company got into a deeper hole with the feds. Between April 2018 and April 2019, the Internal Revenue Service placed six federal liens on Cultural Brokerage Agency totaling $103,220. The liens specifically cite the company’s failure to remit employee payroll taxes.

And while hypocrisy is nothing new for the Democratic Party, this is the sort of fashion faux-pas that goes way beyond clashing patterns or wearing white after Labor Day.

For the past week, Americans have been using a number of anecdotes to describe New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Tax The Rich” dress, worn to the lavish, $35,000 per ticket Met Gala. AOC had jumped the shark.  It was an example of the pot calling the kettle black, or, more accurately, the pot calling for more taxes on the kettle.  It was somehow both ironic and on-brand for the precocious progressive who once attempted to play up her modest NYC upbringing in a photoshoot in which she wore a $3,500 suit. Now, to add yet another layer of pure insanity to this already-chock-full stunt, the maker of the dress is apparently a deadbeat in the eyes of the IRS. Designer Aurora James called her “Tax the Rich” dress for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a “powerful message” — but it’s not one she has taken to heart. The 37-year-old fashionista who made waves at the Met Gala with Democratic-Socialist AOC last week is a notorious tax deadbeat with unpaid debts dogging her in multiple states, records show. Most of luxe-living James’ arrears center on Cultural Brokerage Agency, an LLC she formed in 2011 to serve as the parent company of her fashion brand, which today is known as Brother Vellies. It’s a favorite of people like Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Meghan Markle. The company racked up three open tax warrants in New York state for failing to withhold income taxes from employees’ paychecks totaling $14,798, the state Department of Taxation and Finance told The Post. The debts — which were incurred before the pandemic — stem from 2018 and 2019. The company has been hit with 15 warrants in total since 2015. And that’s not all. The company got into a deeper hole with the feds. Between April 2018 and April 2019, the Internal Revenue Service placed six federal liens…

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