A suspicious package and device similar to others sent by Republican terrorists to top Democrats and others this week was sent to a building that houses offices for Tribeca Films and Tribeca Grill that Robert De Niro owns, law enforcement and sources tell NBC News New York. And two bombs sent intending to assassinate former Vice President Joe Biden were discovered at a USPS facility in New Castle.
Meanwhile, the White House and all Republicans immediately chose the Abuser’s Defense: It’s your fault we had to kill you. At an Axios event, Newt Gingrich claimed the toxicity of the current political climate is “everyone’s fault,” pointing to social media and the “tribalization” of cable news — specifically CNN — as some of the main factors. It couldn’t be the violent intolerant authoritarian tendencies of the right wing in general and the fascism of Trumpsters in particular.
The Abuser’s Defense theme permeated the White House. Sanders says CNN calls Trump and his supporters “evil” “day-in, day-out,” thus they deserve to all be killed. Sanders attacks CNN for “chos[ing] to attack and divide” in aftermath of bombs, thus they should be killed again. Trump attacks the media, says “Mainstream Media must clean up its act FAST!” Or else my people will kill you.
Fascism at its finest. Hitler would be proud.
Trump has spent the last 18 months deliberately and concertedly stoking civil and racial conflict on as many fronts as possible.
Pious Democratic laments about "divisions" and calls for a nicer "tone" just aren't going to cut it anymore.
My new piece: https://t.co/4qb4yQbKrE
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) October 25, 2018
Mike Allen: “Pipe bombs sent to prominent Democrats were a wired manifestation of the toxic trajectory of the country’s politics, with President Trump and the media blaming each other for the worst terror-by-mail campaign of the post-9/11 era.”
With President Trump fanning fear ahead of the midterms a dozen days from now, the nation’s political discourse is on track to be even hotter and more volatile during the 2020 campaign than it was when he ran the first time. We are playing with fire — and there are piles of dry kindling stacked throughout America and American politics right now.”
The divisive nature of current politics isn’t a force of nature, it’s a strategy deliberately crafted by plutocrats https://t.co/Zj2FM9i1ld
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) October 25, 2018
Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor said that Jamal Khashoggi was killed in a planned operation, based on information it received from Turkish investigators in Istanbul, reversing earlier statement that the journalist had died in fistfight, the Washington Post reports.
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) October 25, 2018
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office “has obtained communications suggesting that a right-wing conspiracy theorist might have had advance knowledge that the emails of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman had been stolen and handed to WikiLeaks,” NBC News reports.
“Mueller’s team has spent months investigating whether the conspiracy theorist, Jerome Corsi, learned before the public did that WikiLeaks had obtained emails hacked by Russian intelligence officers — and whether he passed information about the stolen emails to Donald Trump associate Roger Stone.”
“Mueller’s investigators have reviewed messages to members of the Trump team in which Stone and Corsi seem to take credit for the release of Democratic emails.”
— Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) October 25, 2018
“As Donald Trump held midterm rallies this week in front of thousands, his one-time chief strategist Steve Bannon made his own, rather more low-key return to the campaign trail,” the Guardian reports.
“Bannon appeared in front of 200 people at a firehouse outside Buffalo, New York, ostensibly to campaign for Republicans based in the area. But in a visceral demonstration of just how far Bannon’s stock has fallen since leaving the White House 14 months ago, none of those Republicans running for office turned up.”
Democrats this year are fielding their most diverse roster of candidates ever, precisely as more Rs openly echo Trump's appeals to racial resentment & anxiety. That's a highly volatile combination which could shape US politics for years. My take. https://t.co/n9CHNFYY0U
— Ronald Brownstein (@RonBrownstein) October 25, 2018
President Trump denied a “long and boring” report that he often calls friends to gripe or solicit advice on his unsecure iPhones, allowing Chinese spies to listen in and gain valuable insights into how to deal with the U.S. administration, the Washington Post reports.
Said Trump: “The so-called experts on Trump over at the New York Times wrote a long and boring article on my cellphone usage that is so incorrect I do not have time here to correct it. I only use Government Phones, and have only one seldom used government cell phone. Story is soooo wrong!”
He tweet that denial from an unsecured iPhone. I am not kidding.
— Talking Points Memo (@TPM) October 25, 2018
Jonathan Swan: “President Trump will hold at least 10 midterms rallies between Oct. 31 and Election Day, with the possibility of bumping it up to two rallies each day in two different states, per three sources familiar with the planning. The White House and Secret Service are still working out the logistics.”
“This is a heavy load of campaigning for a sitting president, but it’s clear that Trump wants to overcome the historical pattern of presidents losing congressional seats in their first midterm election. And he’s viewed as the GOP’s best motivator to energize their base ahead of a tough election.”
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) told Roll Call the Senate is “highly unlikely” to pass a 10 percent tax cut for the middle class even after the midterm elections. Said Hatch: “I’ve seen miracles happen before.”
But he added that it would take “a real monumental effort” to get anything like Trump has proposed to rally Republicans to the polls for the Nov. 6 midterms through the Senate.
.@AndrewGillum: "In Trump's America so many of us have forgotten that we're all in this thing together. On November 6th we have an opportunity to send a loud, unapologetic message that common sense and decency still prevail." pic.twitter.com/mt7WVqAVjh
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) October 25, 2018
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) vowed that she will not mount a challenge against President Trump in the next general election if she wins her midterm race next month, the New York Daily News reports.
Said Gillibrand: “I will serve my six-year term.”
— The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic) October 25, 2018
Michael Avenatti told CBS News that the 2020 Democratic Party nominee for president needs to be a white man. Said Avenatti: “I think it better be a white male. When you have a white male making the arguments, they carry more weight. Should they carry more weight? Absolutely not. But do they? Yes.”
I hate Michael Avenatti and he can go the fuck back to whatever hell hole he came from and fast.
Defense Secretary James Mattis is expected to sign deployment orders that could send 800 or more troops to the border with Mexico to help border patrol authorities stop a caravan of migrants from Central America moving through Mexico to enter the US, CNN reports.
The Dallas Morning News endorsed Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) for U.S. Senate:
We have been at divisive political moments before, and we know those often end when leaders emerge who find ways to get along personally even when they are engaged in grand, tectonic political debates. That is one of the underappreciated stories of the 1980s, when President Ronald Reagan and House Speaker Tip O’Neill worked together. Even when they fought it out on tough issues, they fostered an enduring friendship.
For this reason more than any other, we favor U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke for U.S. Senate. The pivotal issue before our country is public leadership, and here we believe O’Rourke’s tone aligns with what is required now. This inclusive and hopeful tone, along with O’Rourke’s approach of starting with shared principles and working toward solutions, offset any policy differences we have with him. Leadership is more than policy, and whether we are addressing the very real challenges before us now turns on our ability to find points of agreement.
Mother Jones: “In early January, Roger Stone, the longtime Republican operative and adviser to Donald Trump, sent a text message to an associate stating that he was actively seeking a presidential pardon for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange—and felt optimistic about his chances.“
“The recipient of the messages was Randy Credico, a New York-based comedian and left-leaning political activist who Stone has identified as his backchannel to WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign—a claim Credico strongly denies.”