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Thursday News: Even Trump’s Con is a Con; VA Supreme Court Takes Up Ex-Felons Voting Rights Case


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, June 2. Also check out President Obama explaining why he doesn’t say Donald Trump’s name.

  • Dan Rather: “Trump’s brand of vituperation is particularly personal and vicious. It carries with it the drumbeats of threatening violence. It cannot be left unanswered.”

    I felt a shudder down my spine yesterday watching Donald Trump’s fusilade against the press. This is not a moment to be trifled with. It wasn’t his first tirade and it won’t be his last.

    I was reminded of my college journalism professor, the late Hugh Cunningham, who would exhort his young charges in a thundering voice to “never let them scare you.” It was his most important lesson. One of Edward R. Murrow’s favorite words was “steady.” That also bears repeating today.

    This is a dirty, nasty election. And it is only going to get worse. The reporters in the trenches need no lecture from me. They are walking through daily minefields, bracing themselves against winds of discontent whose effects no one can predict.

    I know what it is like to sit in those seats and feel the scorn and even wrath of politicians of all political persuasions. Attacking the press for unfair coverage has long been a bipartisan pursuit. Sometimes it works. I am happy to say that more often it doesn’t. But Trump’s brand of vituperation is particularly personal and vicious. It carries with it the drumbeats of threatening violence. It cannot be left unanswered.

    This is not about politics or policy. It’s about protecting our most cherished principles. The relationship between the press and the powerful they cover is by its very definition confrontational. That is how the Founding Fathers envisioned it, with noble clauses of protection enshrined in our Constitution.

    Good journalism–the kind that matters–requires reporters who won’t back up, back down, back away or turn around when faced with efforts to intimidate them. It also requires owners and other bosses with guts, who stand by and for their reporters when the heat is on.

    I still believe the pen is mightier than the sword. And in these conflicted and troubled times, we should reward the bravery of the men and women not afraid to ask the hard questions of everyone in power. Our nation’s future depends on it.

    • Jim Butler

      Don’t see much bravery among the press today. Most seem to be bought.

  • Audio: 2017 Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie doubles down on his support for bigot, con artist Donald Trump (Gillespie: “It’s very important that we help Donald Trump carry the Commonwealth against Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders. We play a critically important role in the Electoral College.”)

    SOURCE: Bearing Drift podcast


  • Tim Kaine: Trump Would Pose ‘Unprecedented Danger’ as Commander In Chief

    Richmond, VA – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, who serves on the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, today said presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump would pose an “unprecedented danger” to America and the world should he become Commander in Chief. His comments come as Hillary Clinton delivers a speech in California contrasting her experience protecting national security and helping lead America’s foreign policy agenda with Trump’s alarming positions and rhetoric.

    “Donald Trump lacks the experience, values and temperament to lead America on the world stage and keep our country safe,” Kaine said. “Trump has called the U.S. military a ‘disaster’ — no major party nominee seeking the Commander in Chief role has ever spoken about our troops with such disrespect.‎ His proposal to ban Muslims from entering the country flies in the face of America’s tradition of religious freedom, and experts agree that it plays right into terrorists’ hands. While Hillary Clinton’s experience in protecting American prosperity and security at home and abroad proves she is well-prepared to lead this nation, Donald Trump poses an unprecedented danger to our country and the entire world.”

  • Video: What The RNC’s Newest Hispanic Outreach Director Used To Tell Hispanic Media About Trump. “He’s quarrelsome kind of like a street dog.” “Donald Trump hurts the country.” Trump “is beyond combative” Trump has been “so vulgar with Hispanic and female voters” Trump “uncomfortable with a strong, independent woman” “For me, Donald Trump does not represent the Republican Party”


  • Video: Hillary Clinton Foreign Policy Speech in San Diego, California


  • Video: Former State Senator, .Arlington County School Board, County Board member Mary Margaret Whipple explains why she supports Erik Gutshall for County Board — “an opportunity to nominate somebody…who will truly represent the values that we have held…for so many years…someone who has a very thoughtful approach to issues, can articulate his approach to those issues …somebody who understands transparency…someone who can actually make clear what it is they’re going to do…and honor the work of citizens’ committees…I was really shocked at that proposal recently for the Blue Ribbon Panel, what is this?…We have a community that spends hours, days, weeks, years…trying to shape this community and being thoughtful about it, and Erik respects that process and understands that that’s something to be…adhered to so the community feels that their voice has been heard. And I am confident that that is the kind of County Board member that he is going to be….We can be very very proud of what Erik will do.”


  • Video: Former Arlington County Board Chair Mary Hynes explains why she supports Erik Gutshall for County Board. Hynes stressed the importance of getting Democrats to the polls on June 14; “We need to choose OUR nominee.” Erik “got the endorsements of the unions today.” On Libby Garvey, “someone who’s been in office for 20 years who’s done education, who’s worked with union members, who’s supposedly sort of good on the environment is NOT getting the endorsements of those people, and she’s certainly not getting the endorsements of the smart growth folks — they know that she doesn’t get it.”