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Being a journalist in the Age of Trump poses unique challenges.
Most of the time, Trump’s second Secretary of State, former Wichita Tea Party Congressman Mike Pompeo, manages to keep a lid on.
Pompeo is planning to run to succeed Trump, but only after Trump completes his third term in the White House.
On Thursday, NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly was granted a ten minute interview with Pompeo, and the subject was Iran, but Ukraine had been included in the agenda (can such weighty subjects really be dealt with in a mere ten minutes?)
Kelly politely asked Pompeo if he thinks he owes former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch an apology, because she was summarily fired just because Rudy Giuliani didn’t like her. Pompeo is well known for not supporting his diplomats.
Know what? He wouldn’t answer her question.
He got mad.
And that’s putting it mildly.
Read all about it at https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/24/politics/mike-pompeo-interview-ukraine/index.html (note that this link did not come from NPR, but from the one media outlelt —CNN — that Trump hates
the most — and why is that?
The answer’s simple: because CNN tells the truth.
Turning to other matters, all our associate solitary reporters have told us that they don’t want to cover today’s Impeachment Trial proceedings, but we may be able to persuade them that their nation needs them now more than ever.
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George Conway, a SuperLawyer who’s never been in the SuperBowl, is married to Donald Trump’s Sychophant-in-Chief, Kellyanne Conway.
Before he married Kellyanne, he dated Laura Ingraham (why would he want do that?)
Yesterday, Kellyanne was asked how Trump celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
She said that he was preparing for his trip to Davos.
She also said that MLK would not have approved of the impeachment of Trump.
Yet another totally outrageous statement from Trump’s Counselor.
Though her husband, George, is a Republican and a conservative, we here at AP have often applauded him for his candor in calling out Trump & Co.
Which is what he did today, when he said that Trump is “virtually incapable of telling the truth" (https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2020/01/22/george-conway-intv-trump-lies-impeachment-tapper-sot-vpx.cnn).
Associate solitary reporter Johanna Jones was with Trump and associate solitary reporter Eddie Cook, Trump’s advance man for the Davos trip (see yesterday’s post, https://www.apocryphalpress.com/2020/01/21/trump-is-denied-entrance-to-switzerland-to-attend-the-world-economic-forum-in-davos/).
There, we reported that Prince Albert II of Monaco had offered political asylum to Trump as long as Trump would spend millions losing money in the Prince’s casinos.
When Bush Two nominated Judge Roberts to be our Chief Justice, at his confirmation, the good Judge said he views the role of Judge as being an Umpire.
Which is what he got to do yesterday as he presided at Trump’s Impeachment trial.
He chided counsel for Trump and for the House, reminded the Senators that the Senate is supposed to maintain its Tradition of being “the world’s most deliberative body,” but that to maintain its reputation, Senators must be civil to each other (https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/22/politics/john-roberts-scolds-legal-teams-senate-trial-chief-justice/index.html).
He advised counsel to avoid being Pettifoggers. But Moscow Mitch had to look up what that is, and, it took him a long time, but eventually McConnell realized that the Chief Justice was chiding him as well as counsel.
But Moscow Mitch McConnell is never civil to Democrats.
He’s grossly betrayed his oath to do impartial justice in Trump’s impeachment trial, where the Senators are sequestered and where the media have very limited access to the Senators (all because of Moscow Mitch).
But Congressman Adam Schiff (D-Cal.), the Chair of the House Intel Committee, is a really good lawyer.
Which is why our Chief Congressional Correspondent, associate solitary reporter Melissa Smith, asked Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) whom she plans to appoint as her Attorney General after she is inaugurated as our President on January 21, 2021.
“Melissa,” Klobuchar said, “that’s easy. Of course it’ll be Schiff!”
While in Davos, Trump blustered, hollered, and, once again, whined against people such as courageous climate change activist Greta Thunberg. He called them “alarmists” (https://www.politico.com/news/2020/01/21/donald-trump-davos-climate-change-101327).
Which makes us here at AP all the more alarmed.
We always thought that Donald Trump loves nothing better than to lash out at anyone who disagrees with him.
And that he goes to extraordinary lengths to have multiple opportunities to do so.
Which is why we can’t understand why he’s not in our Nation’s Capital today, anywhere near Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s bunker in the Capitol, preparing to defend himself against well-justified Articles of Impeachment.
Instead, he’s about to arrive in Davos, in eastern Switzerland, to attend the World Economic Forum.
After all, brave climate activist Greta Thunberg is there, where she challenged the 3,000 world leaders in atendance to do something significant about our very serious climate crisis (https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/21/business/greta-thunberg-davos/index.html)
But associate solitary reporter and Denver GOP Chairman Eddie Cook knows why Trump is not on his way to Switzerland.
Cook was part of the advance team preparing luxury accomodations for Trump.
“As soon as I arrived at the airport in Geneva,” Cook texted us, “I was met by Ueli Maurer, the President of the Federal Council of Switzerland.”
“I have to say, Herr Maurer was polite, but he very firmly told me that Mr. Trump is not allowed to enter his country.”
“So, being equally polite, I asked him why.”
“Then,” Cook continued, "President Maurer said that he had carefully read Nancy Pelosi’s charge to her Impeachment Mangers; then he listened to Ms. Thunberg, who moved him to tears; and then he convened an emergency meeting of the Swiss Federal Council, which unanimously voted to deny My Hero entrance.”
“But then he graciously, and most diplomatically, told me that he had made special arrangements, with Prince Albert II of Monaco, for Mr. Trump to stay there for several days, until he is removed from office, before he can retire in comfort to Mar-a-Lago.”
“Oh, one more thing,” Cook said. “He said that Prince Albert is doing this for Mr. Trump because he, the Prince, is a distant cousin of Prince Albert Kenwood, a prominent citizen of Lakewood, Colorado, who is a past recipient of a MacArthur Genius Award for his expertise in computer science."
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So much to report on.
CNN is obsessed with the Sussexes, a/k/a Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle. They got tired of being Royals (https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/19/uk/harry-meghan-royal-explainer-gbr-scli-intl/index.html).
Meghan, who is (who woulda thought it? an American) and (who woulda thought it? biracial), has a gorgeous smile.
In the UK, racism seems rampant. Something about the British press it seems.
Peter Morgan is the brilliant creator of Netflik's The Crown, about Queen Elizabeth II and her Family. The Fourth Season is in production.
Our London-based associate solitary reporter, Danielle Packwood, spoke with Morgan today.
"Danielle,” Morgan said, “With all this To Do about Harry and Meghan, I think we’re heading into a Tenth Season, eventually.”
As a ten-year old boy, your solitary reporter leafletted for John F. Kennedy when he successfully ran for the United States Senate in 1952 to represent the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
He’s only voted for a Republican once, when he voted for Republican Mary Estill Buchanan for Colorado Secretary of State, in 1974.
But the Centennial State now has a superb Secretary of State, Democrat Jena Griswold, 35, a Rising Star in the Democratic Party.
In his desperation to please Donald Trump, former Indiana conservative radio talk show host Mike Pence has gone after the fabled President Kennedy.
In JFK’s award-winning 1957 book, Profiles in Courage, he mentioned a Senator who may have tipped the scales in President Andrew Johnson’s impeachment acquittal in 1868.
Based on that, Pence incorrectly says that Senate Democrats should vote to acquit the most corrupt man ever to sit in the Oval Office.
Enter Jack Schlossberg, grandson of JFK, who rightly shreds Pence’s spurious argument (https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/18/politics/jfk-grandson-pence-profiles-in-courage/index.html).
Associate soiltary reporter Johanna Jones asked Pence why he did that, and Pence responded to her in the same rude way that Arizona’s Republican junior senator, Martha McSally, spoke to CNN’s Manu Raju when he politely asked her why she doesn’t think witnesses should be called in Trump’s impeachment trial: McSally called Raju a “liberal hack" (https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2020/01/16/martha-mcsally-manu-raju-liberal-hack-tsr-vpx.cnn/video/playlists/this-week-in-politics/).
Pence called ASR Jones a liberal hack and slammed the door in her face.