The Morning Briefing: Orange Man Says 'Bye' to Sessions, Acosta and Much, Much More
Good Thursday morning.
Here is what's on the president's agenda today:
- The president and first lady participate in a meet and greet with Supreme Court justices
- The president and first lady attend the investiture of the Honorable Brett Kavanaugh
- President Trump meets with the secretary of state
ALERT: Shooting in a California bar
Authorities are reporting the shooter is dead.
This is a breaking story and it is developing as of 4:00 a.m. EST.
Multiple people were injured late Wednesday when a gunman opened fire at a bar in Southern California, authorities told ABC News.
"About a half a dozen" patrons and a sheriff's deputy were among the injured, according to an officer with the Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Police said they responded to the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, about 40 miles west of Los Angeles, just before midnight local time after multiple shots were fired.
At the Borderline Bar and Grill, Thursday is "country night." Make of that what you will.
"The gunman was throwing smoke grenades all over the place," a different witness told KABC. "I saw him point to the back of the cash register ... and he just kept firing. I ran out the front door.
"There was probably three or four [shots]. I hit the ground. I look up -- the security guard is dead. Well, I don't want to say he was dead, but he was shot. He was down."
Smoke grenades?!?! Yikes. Developing...
President Trump did not waste one second post-midterm elections and asked Attorney General Sessions to GTFOoDOJ.
The Democrats are going wild. They barely had time to quack and strut about all the investigations they are queuing up into CheetoTrump now that they control the House before Trump cold-cocked them with a new (acting) head of the DOJ who isn't crippled and recused. It's like when someone hands you a warm, freshly-baked chocolate- hip cookie from the oven and, just as you reach for it, yanks it away, throws it on the floor and stomps all over it.
The new acting attorney general is Matthew Whitaker. "We are pleased to announce that Matthew G. Whitaker, Chief of Staff to Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Department of Justice, will become our new Acting Attorney General of the United States. He will serve our Country well...,"
“So I could see a scenario where Jeff Sessions is replaced with a recess appointment ... and that attorney general doesn’t fire Bob Mueller, but he just reduces his budget to so low that his investigation grinds to almost a halt," Whitaker said during an interview with CNN in July 2017 — just months before he became Sessions' chief of staff, according to The Washington Post. Fantastic, let's shut this sh!t show down.
Naturally the Dems are trying to find a way to make him recuse:
NOPITY NOPE NOPE.
Acosta belligerent at WH presser, has credentials yanked
Yesterday, little baby bitch Jim Acosta was a snarky little brat in the WH presser, refusing to give up the microphone after pooping out his vicious question for the camera and his audience of Twitter harpies. He made a scene because the media loves itself so, so much and loves to be the story and Jim is no exception. Everyone was tweeting about Jim's behavior, how Trump is a monster, how the media is so awesome -- the usual drill when one of these garbage people puts on a burlesque show during a press conference.
I thought that was the end of it. But no, it gets better. The WH suspended Acosta's credentials. Finally.
Jim Acosta is not entitled to WH media credentials. It's difficult to get a hard pass into the WH pressers and it's hard to get a temporary one. If you don't believe me, show up at the WH and try to attend a presser. Tell them you have a First Amendment right to be there and to interrogate Sarah Sanders.
It is a privilege and an honor to attend the WH press conferences and if you cannot conduct yourself like a lady or a gentleman, you should not be there. Of course these poor, victimized "journalists" will say it's because they are asking hard questions of the bad orange man, but that's nonsense. They are nasty, accusatory brats. Did you ever see them behave in a disrespectful manner when Obama was president?
I don't know why they didn't yank his creds earlier and also those of that awful April Ryan. There are plenty of other media outlets to cover the WH and the president. No need for Jim Acosta to be there and no danger to the First Amendment.
Historical picture of the day:
Why is this a news story? This guy took a public tour but The Hill wants to hype it up. White nationalist leader posts photos at White House
YES. Nancy, come back! Why Democrats may be stuck with Pelosi as House speaker again
SHAME ON FOX NEWS for calling the House while people were still voting Fox News attracts 7.8 million viewers for most-watched midterms in cable news history
And that's all I've got, now go beat back the angry mob!