CLOSINGS: View Closings

Trump fills final days of midterms with false promises and divisive rhetoric

In the wake of a series of mailed bombs to his most serious critics and to CNN last week, President Donald T...

Posted: Nov 1, 2018 9:59 AM
Updated: Nov 1, 2018 9:59 AM

In the wake of a series of mailed bombs to his most serious critics and to CNN last week, President Donald Trump was visibly perturbed -- about the midterms.

"Now this 'Bomb' stuff happens and the momentum greatly slows - news not talking politics. Very unfortunate, what is going on."

Donald Trump

Elections (by type)

Elections and campaigns

Government and public administration

Government bodies and offices

Midterm elections

Political Figures - US

Politics

US federal government

White House

Immigration

Immigration, citizenship and displacement

International relations and national security

Give the man credit: He tweets exactly what he's thinking. He said it again on the White House lawn. "But we have to start the momentum again."

What's he doing to restart it?

He's throwing false promises up against the wall and seeing what sticks pre-election. He's stoking fear with a web ad that portrays immigrants as heinous criminals only the Democrats would let into the country. He threatens to defy the Constitution and end birthright citizenship through executive order (he can't do it by fiat). This, of course, from the same man who tweeted in 2012 -- after President Barack Obama issued an executive order on "Dreamers" -- calling such actions "major power grabs of authority."

How time flies.

Here's more of his eleventh-hour-not-happening campaign hits: He'll force Republicans to support keeping pre-existing conditions for health plans. (Is there a sign-up sheet somewhere? How can you run on repealing Obamacare while pledging to keep its central tenet?) Oh, and there's going to be a new tax cut for the middle class. (Um, Congress is out of session.) As for that ballooning deficit? Whatever.

And in what he believes is his most potent issue -- immigration -- he's now sending 5,200 troops to the border to protect Americans from a group of migrants referred to as the "caravan" ("invaders," as he and his news acolytes like to call them). So is the administration closing the southern border? Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders would talk only about "options" on the table. But wait: These units are not allowed to use the military to enforce domestic law. And the migrants are weeks away from arriving at the border, when many plan to seek asylum.

But the election is just a week away.

The President probably thought things were going swimmingly, as he made great headway with his message about the migrant group, which he said included some "gang members and some very bad people," not to mention dangerous people from the Middle East. Add that to the Justice Brett Kavanaugh fallout, and he had blame enough to spread on the Democrats -- gin up his base, and maybe even deflate Democratic enthusiasm.

It really all came together when he blamed Democratic mobs for attacking Republicans. He even threw out the tried and true (actually false) claims of voter fraud, admonishing his supporters to watch out for it.

The table was set.

After the pipe bombs came the horrific shootings at a Pittsburgh synagogue, which claimed the lives of 11 people. The country was in shock. The President read appropriate remarks from a prompter, then went to a pre-planned rally where he announced he might tone it down -- right before entertaining chants of "lock her up" and calling members of the media "foolish and very stupid people."

Two days later, he proceeded again to call the media the enemy of the people and couldn't quite get why that was not an appropriate thing.

Trump needs his enemies. It's his oxygen. He had it all planned, attacking Democrats while putting out proposal after proposal to please his base that he knew would go nowhere.

But the world intervened -- and stopped his precious momentum, confusing the President. He wants to punch, but the ropes surround him everywhere.

Click to Submit Photo

 

 

Huntsville
Overcast
57° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 57°
Florence
Overcast
56° wxIcon
Hi: 63° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 56°
Fayetteville
Overcast
52° wxIcon
Hi: 63° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 52°
Decatur
Overcast
55° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 55°
Scottsboro
Overcast
68° wxIcon
Hi: 68° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 68°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 155915

Reported Deaths: 2674
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson22988375
Mobile16788315
Tuscaloosa10235140
Montgomery9978197
Madison922894
Shelby727463
Baldwin661569
Lee651765
Marshall437249
Calhoun422461
Etowah421450
Morgan407135
Houston371734
DeKalb336029
Elmore317353
St. Clair289142
Limestone279730
Walker275593
Talladega263635
Cullman239925
Lauderdale218042
Jackson212515
Franklin203231
Autauga203030
Colbert198731
Russell19283
Blount191125
Dallas186327
Chilton185832
Coffee173211
Escambia172230
Covington171429
Dale166551
Chambers134343
Clarke133617
Pike132713
Tallapoosa131387
Marion107129
Barbour10129
Butler100240
Marengo100222
Winston91913
Geneva8617
Lawrence83732
Pickens83618
Bibb82514
Randolph82016
Hale75830
Clay73612
Washington73412
Cherokee73114
Lowndes70428
Monroe64510
Henry6436
Bullock63917
Crenshaw60330
Perry5856
Fayette56913
Wilcox56412
Conecuh56013
Cleburne5518
Macon53020
Lamar4745
Sumter47221
Choctaw39012
Greene34216
Coosa2033
Out of AL00
Unassigned00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 241513

Reported Deaths: 3076
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Shelby35564562
Davidson30982333
Knox1239889
Rutherford11502113
Hamilton11497105
Williamson689756
Sumner5900109
Wilson457756
Putnam432955
Montgomery408052
Out of TN390636
Madison371180
Sullivan354046
Bradley351923
Washington332649
Sevier329921
Blount327334
Maury316437
Unassigned28378
Robertson257741
Hamblen242248
Tipton230922
Dyer216329
Gibson212342
Hardeman185433
Coffee183223
Trousdale17587
Obion173021
Greene165451
Bedford165020
Fayette165022
Anderson164614
Dickson163619
McMinn158934
Loudon158811
Cumberland158425
Wayne15847
Lawrence155618
Jefferson152920
Weakley151125
Carter149532
Monroe141928
Warren141510
Lauderdale140417
Henderson139825
Hardin137519
Macon130725
Franklin126317
Roane12577
Haywood125327
Overton118416
Hawkins117024
White115014
Johnson11277
Carroll112525
McNairy111127
Marshall11089
Rhea108317
Cheatham103111
Cocke101412
Bledsoe10104
Lake9803
Smith97613
Campbell9759
Giles93735
Fentress88910
Lincoln8523
Crockett82920
Henry77110
Hickman76715
Marion7419
Chester72114
DeKalb71117
Decatur64811
Grainger5664
Grundy54511
Union5233
Claiborne5146
Polk49213
Jackson4465
Humphreys4344
Morgan4317
Benton4119
Cannon4042
Houston40417
Unicoi3953
Clay39413
Lewis3752
Scott3625
Sequatchie3384
Stewart3179
Meigs3066
Perry2772
Pickett2627
Moore2592
Van Buren2011
Hancock1153

Community Events