— John Lundin (@johnlundin) December 9, 2017
Trump departs White House for a weekend in Florida without comment to the press.
Stephen Miller, Johnny McEntee, Dan Scavino take off in M1 with Trump, who will be at Mar-a-Lago with jaunts to Pensacola, FL and Jackson, MS.
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) December 8, 2017
(McEntee, according to Politico, is Trump’s “body man”.)
Big crowd expected today in Pensacola, Florida, for a Make America Great Again speech. We have done so much in so short a period of time…and yet are planning to do so much more! See you there!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 8, 2017
He wasn’t gonna campaign for Roy Moore, because Moore could still lose. (Luther Strange? Who he?) He couldn’t not make some kind of show of support, because Moore just might win, and if that happens Trump plans to take 110% of the credit. So, Pensacola’s not that much of a detour from Mar-a-Largofvckyourself and its well-groomed golf greens…
Donald Trump told voters in FL tonight to "vote for Roy Moore." Either he doesn't know what state he's in or he just endorsed voter fraud. Oh, and a warm-up speaker basically said Trump's Jerusalem policy will bring back Jesus. Crowd went wild. These people are cult members.
— Tim Wise (@timjacobwise) December 9, 2017
Pensacola is in the Mobile media market. He went there instead of Alabama so he could claim he never went to Alabama to help Moore.
— Robby??????Dobby?? (@DobbsRobby) December 9, 2017
The Washington Post reports — “In Fla. campaign-style speech, Trump banks on economy outweighing his many woes“:
What has become President Trump’s calculation — and great hope — amid the spiraling Russia investigation, his historically low poll numbers, troubles abroad, uneven legislative progress and the seemingly never-ending chaos emanating from his White House can be summed up in one sentence, he said here Friday night.
“With us it goes up, and with them it goes down, and that’s the end of the election,” the New York real estate developer-turned-president said of the stock market, predicting his reelection three years in advance.
Trump showed up in vintage form for 76 minutes Friday night, mocking Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “Apprentice” ratings, joking that Hillary Clinton must have listened to “the Russians” when she didn’t visit Michigan or Wisconsin in the 2016 election, and torching protesters from the “resistance” while twirling and holding his arm up, as if to carry a sign.
He perpetuated ideas that fuel his supporters’ view of the world, such as saying Chicago may be more dangerous than Afghanistan and attributing it to “others.”…
And he returned to the usual selling points: Washington is stacked against him even though he is president, the media is terrible, the polls are fake, a southern border wall needs to be built, ISIS needs to be killed, immigrants need to be stopped. “We’re going to have borders on top of borders,” he said, without explaining how they could be stacked…
Yet more than anything else, he talked about the economy — and tried to equate his 11 months in office with numbers that are arguably beyond his control, believing it is his surest way to keep and gain support.
Trump has faced a difficult year, and the mood inside his White House has at times been bleak and unsettled as aides go in for special counsel interviews and allies find themselves in court — either to be indicted or to plead guilty.
But in conversations with friends and allies in the past month, Trump has consistently come back to one thing: He says the economy is booming, will continue to improve, and voters will care about that above all — tuning out much of the rest. He believes his voters put him in office because he was successful in New York and on his NBC reality series, “The Apprentice.” …
Trump just blurted out: “We have thousands of people under surveillance.”
— jeremy scahill (@jeremyscahill) December 9, 2017
Who, exactly, is “we”? https://t.co/XdFFXTaXTo
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) December 9, 2017
The biggest, most beautiful, tremendous police state https://t.co/oQ4aajFkeN
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) December 9, 2017
There have always been non-sequiturs in Trump's speeches, but they've always had a thread you could find. Tonight this was an all-out ramble, not even a semblance of organization.
— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) December 9, 2017
I'll bet Trump never ends his meetings with billionaires with "You Can't Always Get What You Want." With them it's "Let's Spend the Night Together."
— Schooley (@Rschooley) December 9, 2017
Thoughts and Prayers to @realDonaldTrump: That you couldn't draw a crowd at the Tree Lighting in DC is one thing, but if you can't draw a crowd in #Pensacola, the heart of the Redneck Riveria, means it's time for you to pack your bathrobe and dentures. hun. You are over. Bye! pic.twitter.com/L1D0Wihyi8
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) December 9, 2017
I'm not saying the Lizard People are taking over.
I'm just saying that if they WERE taking over, this is exactly the sort of year-long series of news cycles they'd use to distract us.
— Popehat Needs A Babymamma (@Popehat) December 8, 2017