There is a very positive and very hopeful story in the news today.
President Trump has met with Condoleezza Rice – who, for the record, is the Republican I would have been happiest to vote for last year if she were the nominee.
A month before the election, Ms. Rice was extremely insulting to Mr. Trump, going on record as saying she wished he dropped out of the race. But once it was over, and he won, she accepted the result and showed respect to the new President.
And, in meeting with Ms. Rice, Mr. Trump is showing that he can overcome his thin skin and personal ego for the greater good – a capability I hope he shows very, very often in the future.
Now, here are a few choice excerpts from CNN contributor Jeremy Diamond’s article about the meeting – in rust, with my comments in blue:
The meeting comes less than six months after Rice called on Trump to drop out of the presidential race in the wake of the leaked “Access Hollywood” tape showing Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women. Uh, didn’t you already mention she had called on him to drop out? Oh, I see: you’re now tying it to your claim that Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women. Would you please play us the part where Trump said he sexually assaulted any woman at all? You can’t, of course. Because that is YOUR characterization of what he said, not his. So by saying he bragged about committing sexual assault you are lying.
“Enough! Donald Trump should not be President. He should withdraw,” Rice wrote on Facebook on October 8. “As a Republican, I hope to support someone who has the dignity and stature to run for the highest office in the greatest democracy on earth.” That’s the third time you have mentioned this. Do you think your readers are idiots? Is that what you think of them?
Rice and Trump already appear to have put those words behind them.
Following Trump’s surprise victory, Rice and other former Bush administration officials recommended then-ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson in conversations with Pence to serve as secretary of state, a source familiar with the discussions told CNN in December. Wow, two paragraphs of straight news coverage. Can you possibly continue this streak? Let’s go a little further down and see:
Rice, who at the time of the invasion was Bush’s national security adviser, was a chief architect and proponent of the Iraq War, arguing publicly — and ultimately erroneously — that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Rice argued this? To read your words you would think she was alone in that assessment. Uh…you left out the CIA, Israeli intelligence, French Intelligence and Russian intelligence. You also left out the fact that, while President Bush went through 6 months of going by the book and getting approval from the UN, saddam had that much time to hide, export or destroy his WMDs. Still want to tell us about her false statement, Jeremy?
Trump, during his campaign for president, repeatedly falsely claimed that he opposed the Iraq War from the outset, though he offered tepid support for the invasion before it was launched and initially praised the war effort before becoming a critic months later. Uh…his “tepid support” – a “yeah I guess so” to Howard Stern on a radio show is all you’ve got here. How about when he said to Neil Cavuto that “Perhaps he (Bush) shouldn’t be doing (going to war) yet. And perhaps we should be waiting for the United Nations. The Iraqi situation is a problem, and I think the economy is a much bigger problem”? Does that count, Jeremy? And OF COURSE he praised the effort AFTER it started. Who do you think he is, jane fonda?
That, folks, qualifies – to CNN – as a straight news article about Donald Trump.
Anyone still wondering why he calls CNN a fake news outlet?