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August 24: A Tale of Two Trumps

by Countable | 8.24.17

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 24, 2017

What to Watch

What Everyone Is Watching
  • A Tale Of Two Trumps. In contrast to his animated Phoenix rally, the President seemed a stoic statesperson during a speech yesterday at the American Legion’s national convention in Nevada. "It is time to heal the wounds that have divided us, and to seek a new unity based on the common values that unite us," Trump told the 5,000-plus members of the largest veterans group. "We are one people, with one home, and one flag. We are not defined by the color of our skin, the figure on our paycheck or the party of our politics."
What’s Worth Watching
  • Twitter? Press room? Memo? The Wall Street Journal reported late Wednesday that a White House memo will direct the Pentagon on the implementation of the President’s proposal to ban transgender people from serving in the military. The Defense Department has been unsure about how to enforce the ban since Trump’s initial tweet: "Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail." According to the Journal, the new guidelines are expected to direct the “Pentagon to stop admitting transgender people” and will give Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the “power to remove those serving.”

The President: D.C.

  • At 11:00 AM EDT, the President meets with his National Security Advisor, H.R. McMaster.

  • 11:45 AM EDT sees Trump meeting with the Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney and the Office of Legislative Affairs.

The House of Representatives: OUT OF SESSION

The Senate: OUT OF SESSION

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  • BeStrong
    08/24/2017
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    Why is it acceptable to any American that Mr Trumps only skill is TV show host, one who faithlessly panders to the crowd for ratings. As if told by a personage from Macbeth......It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.

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  • Andy1
    08/24/2017
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    Unhinged, unqualified, unfit, un-American. He needs to be removed by any means necessary.

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  • Diane711
    08/24/2017
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    He is embarrassment to our country and truly unstable. I support nothing he wants.

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  • Sue
    08/24/2017
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    He is bat shit crazy!

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  • Kodiwodi
    08/24/2017
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    Well if that load of malarkey doesn't prove he's a liar, then nothing will. My respects to the veterans.

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  • verymary
    08/24/2017
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    There is only one Trump. Regardless of teleprompters and Fox News and truth-challenged spokespersons and a firewall of generals, he's no more willing to change his spots than a leopard is. In fact, a leopard would be much more likely to change. Donald Trump is who he was thirty years ago: self-involved, narcissistic, profane, brutal, dishonest, bigoted, morally bankrupt, and disinterested in any other member of the human race. Oh, and unpresidential.

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  • Shari
    08/24/2017
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    The presidents inciteful rhetoric needs to be stopped. People are being hurt and killed because of support for hate groups. He will continue to speak like this when he can get a reaction from the crowd. His speech later saying we are a divided country.... is due to the audience he was speaking to. He appears to have no sense of right or wrong, truth or lie, fantasy or reality and only says what he feels the crowd wants to hear. This is a very dangerous man saying very dangerous things, he must be stopped.

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  • Christine
    08/24/2017
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    djt is a pathological liar that only panders to his own self interest. WAKE UP AMERICA.

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  • Austin
    08/24/2017
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    As expected, Trump is unable to hide his true colors on racism. The man is disgracing our country, and he should be called out for his bigotry.

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  • Deirdre
    08/24/2017
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    The man is crazy. He says one thing to one group and then another to the next. All he is doing is appeasing who he is talking to. I truly believe though that he does feel the same as the white supremacist and all that. Can't trust a word that he says. It's all for the publicity and not for the good of the country. I have no respect for him or the government. You all failed the American people big time.

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  • verymary
    08/24/2017
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    There is only one Trump. Regardless of teleprompters and Fox News and truth-challenged spokespersons and a firewall of generals, he's no more willing to change his spots than a leopard is. In fact, a leopard would be much more likely to change. Donald Trump is who he was thirty years ago: self-involved, narcissistic, profane, brutal, dishonest, bigoted, morally bankrupt, and disinterested in any other member of the human race. Oh, and unpresidential.

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  • Abby
    08/24/2017
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    We don't need to wait for Mueller to find that Trump colluded with Russia. There is enough to impeach him now. He is completely unhinged. He's a white supremacist who has endangered our lives by okaying what the KKK did in Charlottesville. Republicans are backing away from him in droves. Impeach him NOW!!!

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  • Ticktock
    08/24/2017
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    There is only one Trump. He's a prefabricator, cheat, racist, womanizer and fascist. Nothing he has ever done or said leads to any other conclusion. Trump is about his own glory, his own needs and only his own feels. He's a narcissistic. We should stop expecting more.

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  • VSB
    08/25/2017
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    Actions speak louder than words and 45's actions support a divided nation and one that discriminates against race, gender identity choice, against the poor, middle class, elderly and disabled. The health care bill that was endorsed by this administration would harm everyone except the extremely wealthy and would have a huge negative impact on minorities. Statements supporting hate groups demonstrates a racist message and encourages racism. Once in a while, when poll ratings slump, 45 presents a desire to unify our country. Most of us do not trust that message! Congressmen- this cannot continue. Please share this message with your peers and stand up and speak out against this!

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  • Mindful
    08/24/2017
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    There's only one Trump. He READS the TelePrompTer-Insincere-FAKE expression. When he speaks extemporaneously this is his genuine feelings and thinking. Don't you see how he 'gets off' in front of HIS crowd. His narcissism demands this adulation. He has no genuine sense of 'self worth'. It comes to him externally from all of this clapping, shouting, guffawing while he stands clapping for himself in front of the crowd. He has no internal self-respect. Obvious, he never shows a natural smile. Only perennial scowl/frown, have you noticed? How long can all this last for the good of our Country?

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  • HockeyGuy
    08/25/2017
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    Stupid, stubborn, and sick is a valid description of the lunatic in the White House!

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  • Terry
    08/24/2017
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    He was voted in because he is not a politician and wants to change the status quo. However the liberal socialists are not the only obstructionist. The GOP establishment same ole politics greedy and power hungry are too.

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  • Stacy
    08/25/2017
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    There is only one Trump. He is - in no particular order - racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, misogynistic, anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, narcissistic, pathological liar, dishonest, crooked, dangerous, delusional, paranoid, orange, and I'm probably leaving a few things out. You can tell when he's been scripted and when is showing who he truly is - the Trump you saw campaigning and the Trump you see STILL campaigning at rallies - that is the real Trump. If he says something hateful or displays his ignorance (which occurs daily and sometimes hourly), that is the real Trumo. There is no "two Trumps." There can only be one...nightmare!

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  • Momlyfe
    08/24/2017
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    Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. -Buddha I hope for the sake of our country the truth comes out soon. He is welcome to lie to himself, but his lies to the American people are abhorrent and disastrous to our country. His lies are so easily disproved, I truly expect more of my 4 year old. For every good reason there is to lie, there is a better reason to tell the truth. -Bo Bennett.

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  • Vanessa
    08/24/2017
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    A tale of two LUMPS is more like it....

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