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Rachel Maddow explains why Trump’s NBC town hall backfired

MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Thursday recapped President Donald Trump's NBC News town hall meeting with host Savannah Guthrie.

Maddow noted the event, "was a strange replacement for what was otherwise supposed to be the second presidential debate of this general election season. Again, the reason we got here is because President Trump dropped out of the second debate."

The host noted the health revelations inadvertently made by Trump, his refusal to say if he had been test for COVID-19 as he promised to do before the first debate, Trump's views on herd immunity and his admission that he probably owes overseas sources money.

"I know why the president didn't want to do a second debate with Joe Biden. I don't now necessarily know why he wanted to do this," Maddow noted.

"The news that I just gave you, in terms of the admissions the president made there, all those things alone are not directions in which the president wants to be steering the national political discussion, you know, two-and-a-half weeks from the election," Maddow explained. "But that's what he did."

"It did just feel like he got run down, run over by most of this. But not enough to stop him from telling a very long string of very potent lies, particularly on the issue of covid," she noted.


Trump refuses to answer key question about suspicious finances after Savannah Guthrie grilling

NBC News anchor Savannah Guthrie challenged Donald Trump on his finances during a town hall meeting that was held after the president refused to participate in the second debate.

"The New York Times has obtained, it says, years of your tax returns among other things. It says you've had debts of approximately $421 million that you have personally guaranteed and that will come due in the next four years," Guthrie noted. "The question is on behalf of voters, who do you owe $421 million to?"

"What they did is illegal, number one. Also, the numbers are all wrong with the numbers that were released," Trump replied, with his statements contradicting each other.

"I'm very under -- when i decided to run, i'm very under levered," Trump said as he repeatedly forgot the word "leveraged."

Guthrie noted Trump could clear things up by releasing his tax returns, but Trump falsely claimed he could not do so while being audited.


McConnell blasted for ‘laughing like Confederate Voldemort’ about coronavirus during Kentucky debate

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was blasted following Monday's night's U.S. Senate debate in Kentucky.

McConnell began laughing when the Senate's failure to pass additional COVID-19 stimulus was criticized by Democrat Amy McGrath.

"The House passed a bill in May and the Senate went on vacation," McGrath noted.

"You just don't do that," she continued, as McConnell began laughing.

Throughout the debate, McConnell reportedly laughed off coronavirus questions repeatedly.

Here's some of what people were saying about McConnell's laughter:

Mental health professionals: ‘Donald Trump suffers from a dangerous incurable narcissistic disorder’

President Donald Trump's mental fitness to hold office was the focus of a new op-ed published in the The Sydney Morning Herald by two mental health professionals.

The column was written by Ian Hughes, a senior research fellow at the MaREI Centre at University College Cork in Ireland and Alan D. Blotcky, a clinical psychologist in private practice in Birmingham, Alabama.

"For almost four years, there has hardly been a day that Donald Trump has not made front-page news," they wrote. "Of all the thousands of headlines, there is one headline that has not been printed but that makes the most sense of all: 'Donald Trump suffers from a dangerous incurable narcissistic disorder which makes him incapable of empathy or reason. He is a grave danger to the US and the world.'"

"The failure of the media to [emphasize] this obvious fact is a lost opportunity to inform and educate the public so that Trump's pathology is fully appreciated and understood. As mental health professionals know, Trump's mental disorder manifests itself in a wide variety of [behaviors] and not in isolated or disconnected events. In these dangerous times, the challenge for the media, difficult though it is, should be to explain Trump's pathology in all its complexities and ramifications for the public," they explained.

"Donald Trump's narcissistic pathology did not allow him to engage in reasonable and rational debate with Joe Biden. He is incapable of rational, orderly, and thoughtful discourse, and is compelled and guided instead by his internal needs, wants, and desires. In addition, Trump is increasingly desperate because he knows his poll numbers are dropping. As a narcissist, his reflexive response when his grandiose self-image is threatened is to attack and to bully. Over the past few months, Trump's pathological response to the threat of failure has been in plain view: wild accusations, lies, scapegoating, conspiracy theories, and gaslighting. His unpresidential debate performance was an extension of this pathological [behavior]," they wrote.

The writers explained Trump in a historical context.

"Donald Trump is part of a much larger picture. Individuals with dangerous personalities have risen to the highest ranks of power throughout modern history – from Nixon to Mao, Stalin to Pol Pot. Some have played a crucial role in steering our world towards disaster. A widespread understanding of this basic fact has now become essential for the protection of democracy," they explained.

Read the full op-ed.

Is Kayleigh McEnany sending secret messages to QAnon? Here's what one GOP senator noticed

Is White House Kayleigh McEnany secretly communicating with pro-Trump conspiracy theorists through her Fox News appearances?

That question was raised on Saturday after a tweet sent by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA).

Grassley, writing in a style familiar to his Twitter followers, suggested McEnany put a new battery in the clock behind her, as it was stopped at 10:10.

Followers of the QAnon conspiracy theorists have been focused on that exact time, and the corresponding date of October 10th, after the account behind the mass delusion tweeted a Mickey Mouse clock stopped at that time, as NBC news reporter Ben Collins has been covering.

This was apparently not the first time McEnany had appeared with the clock set to 10:10.It was noted on Twitter on Tuesday.

CNN’s Chris Cuomo rips Bill Barr after shocking video surfaces: ‘He’s damned by his own words’

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo on Thursday blasted Attorney General Bill Barr.

Cuomo played a video of Rep. Pramila Jayapal questioning the attorney general, which has new importance after the plot to kidnap or murder Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI).

In the clip, Rep. Jayapal grilled Barr about widely reported press accounts of the armed takeover of the Michigan state capitol.

At least two of the men arrested appeared at the rally.

"He's damned by his own words," Cuomo declared.

"These people were investigating it at the same time. A sitting governor, over a dozen bad guys, months of planning, murderous intent, derivative of the main domestic terror threat we face," he explained. "And he's clueless? How? How is that okay?"


Conservative asks why Trump’s Twitter was ‘extra-deranged’ Tuesday — and the replies are illuminating

President Donald Trump spent his Tuesday evening in a Twitter meltdown, writing or retweeted more than 40 messages after the sun set.

Conservative writer Charlie Sykes wondered what was going on.

"Trump's Twitter feed is extra-deranged tonight," Sykes tweeted. "Theories?"

Sykes received a number of submissions. Here's some of the suggestions he received:

Katie Couric calls out TV networks for getting ‘played’ by Trump’s White House: ‘I find it infuriating’

President Donald Trump on Monday made sure the press was ready for his triumphant discharge from Walter Reed Medical Center, where he's been hospitalized for the last three nights.

Trump gave the press almost four hours of warning that he would be headed back to the White House.

Trump wanted his leaving the hospital to be "dramatic."

Veteran journalist Katie Couric noted it was covered by the big networks.

"All three networks just handed their entire broadcasts to an extended photo op for [Trump]. Thoughts?" she asked.

"Honestly I find it infuriating," she continued.

"Why didn't anyone have the balls to say we are not doing this?" she wondered. "Please network executives. You were just played."

Matt Gaetz argues Trump catching COVID after ignoring CDC guidance means coronavirus rules don’t work

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) argued on Fox News that President Donald Trump catching coronavirus means that the guidelines put forth by the Centers for Disease Control don't work.

Gaetz made his argument to Tucker Carlson after Trump was airlifted to Walter Reed Hospital.

"What I can tell you is if this virus can get into the Oval, into the body of the president, there is no place where it could not possibly infect one of our fellow Americans," Gaetz argued, ignoring the fact that Trump had constantly engaged in risky behavior like holding packed campaign rallies across the country while refusing to wear a mask.

"And that's why it's so important to continue executing on President Trump's strategy to allow our country to open up, but then to ensure we protect the vulnerable because there is no lockdown that can be a panacea to save everyone from everything -- and this is proof-positive that's the case," he argued, doubling down on the approach that resulted in Trump's hospitalization.
Carlson agreed.

"It's such a smart point. I mean, if the president can get this virus, then it tells you a lot about our ability to protect ourselves from it," Carlson said, ignoring the fact that Trump defiantly ignored all the protections to protect oneself from COVID-19.

Trump is having trouble breathing: Jim Acosta reports White House advisor is admitting 'this is serious'

President Donald Trump was airlifted from the White House to Walter Reed Hospital on Friday after testing positive for COVID-19.

The White House has downplayed Trump's condition, with White House Dr. Sean Conley saying, "the president remains fatigued but in good spirits."

But that is not what CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta is hearing.

Acosta reported that White House officials, "have serious concerns about Trump's condition tonight and his symptoms are worse than those of the First Lady at this point, according to our sources."

One of Acosta's sources, a Trump advisor, was directly quoted.

"This is serious," the source said.

The source described Trump as being "very tired, very fatigued, and having some trouble breathing."