Tuesday Reads: The So-Called “President” Is Insane.Posted: September 1, 2020
Yesterday Trump defended Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old who traveled from his home in Illinois to Kenosha, Wisconsin with a military-style rifle, shot and killed two people, and injured a third. Rittenhouse’s victims have names.
Kenosha County prosecutors said in court records this week that the first person shot around 11:45 p.m. on Tuesday has been identified as Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, of Kenosha.
Prosecutors said Rosenbaum followed Rittenhouse into a used car lot, where he threw a plastic bag at the gunman and attempted to take the weapon from him.
The medical examiner found that Rosenbaum was shot in the groin, back and left hand. The wounds fractured his pelvis and perforated his right lung and liver. He also suffered a superficial wound to his left thigh and a graze wound to his forehead.
Friends have told local media that Rosenbaum was originally from Texas and previously lived in Arizona before moving to Wisconsin this year, where his young daughter lives. According to his Facebook page, he worked at a Wendy’s restaurant in Kenosha….
Anthony Huber, 26, of Silver Lake, was shot in the chest after apparently trying to wrest the gun away from Rittenhouse, the complaint said.
Hannah Gittings, Huber’s girlfriend, told WBBM-TV that he pushed her out of the way before chasing after the man others on the street had identified as the shooter.
Huber’s friends gathered at a Kenosha skate park this week to remember him and his passion for skateboarding. According to court records, Huber had a skateboard in his right hand and used it to “make contact” with Rittenhouse’s left shoulder as they struggled for control of the gun….
The third man to be shot was wounded in the left arm. Court records said Gaige Grosskreutz, 26, appeared to be holding a gun when he approached Rittenhouse after he shot at Huber.
Grosskreutz is an activist who volunteered as a medic during the Kenosha demonstrations, according to Milwaukee activist Bethany Crevensten.
Trump also defended supporters who drove trucks through Portland, Oregon, attacking protesters with pepper spray and paint balls.
Aaron Blake at The Washington Post: Trump’s illuminating defense of Kyle Rittenhouse.
At the start of and throughout his news conference Monday evening, President Trump attacked Joe Biden for condemning violence but not specifically left-wing perpetrators of it.
By the end of the news conference, Trump not only pointedly declined to condemn right-wing violence at the same demonstrations, he voluntarily defended it.
The president offered his first public comments about Kyle Rittenhouse, a supporter who was charged with murder in Kenosha, Wis., as well as other Trump supporters who converged on Portland, Ore., and apparently fired paintball guns and pepper spray at protesters.
Trump found little fault with any of them. He noted that at least the paintballs weren’t bullets and called it a “peaceful protest.”
“Well, I understand that had large numbers of people that were supporters, but that was a peaceful protest,” he said. “And paint is not — and paint as a defensive mechanism, paint is not bullets. … These people, they protested peacefully. They went in very peacefully.”
Trump’s defense of Rittenhouse:
when it was noted that one of his supporters, Rittenhouse, has been charged with killing with actual bullets in Kenosha. Trump indicated he thought Rittenhouse’s actions might have been warranted.
“That was an interesting situation,” he said. “You saw the same tape as I saw. And he was trying to get away from them. I guess it looks like he fell and then they very violently attacked him. And it was something that we’re looking at right now, and it’s under investigation. But I guess he was in very big trouble. He would have been — probably would have been killed, but it’s under investigation.”
Today Trump will travel to Kenosha despite pleas from local leaders asking him to stay away.
President Donald Trump is slated to visit Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, going against the wishes of officials requesting he stay away from the city, which is still coping from the recent shooting of an unarmed Black man by law enforcement and subsequent demonstrations that have turned deadly.
The President isn’t expected to meet with the family of Jacob Blake, the man was shot in the back seven times by a police officer. Trump claimed that he’s not meeting with Blake’s family during his Wisconsin visit because they wanted to involve lawyers.
According to Trump’s public schedule, the President is expected to begin his trip Tuesday afternoon with a visit to a “property affected by recent riots.” He’s then scheduled to visit a local high school and the city’s emergency operations center. Before departing Kenosha, he’ll participate in a roundtable focused on community safety.
KENOSHA, Wis. — Still in mourning from three shootings last week that left a Black man paralyzed at the hands of police and two white men dead from the bullets of a teenage murder suspect, Kenosha was bracing for more unrest Tuesday as President Trump lands in an embattled city that has become a symbol of the nation’s strife over race, policing and protest.
The Democratic mayor and state governor have called on the president, who will meet with law enforcement and view burned buildings downtown, to cancel his plans, fearing the visit could inflame already high tensions. Conservative leaders have pleaded with Trump to move forward, saying the region needs his touch in a “time of crisis.”
Residents in Kenosha County, which like many parts of this crucial swing state are politically divided, are troubled over the future of the country ahead of one of the most consequential American elections in generations. One can hear bitterness, worry and uncertainty from the charred buildings downtown to the vigilant suburbs north and west.
“I’m not sure why he’s [Trump] coming here,” said Pam Zell, a Democrat who lives two miles from Uptown Kenosha, where plumes of tear gas and smoke gave way to largely peaceful protests in support of Blake and a smaller pro-police rally this weekend.
“What’s he going to do? Laugh and say everything is the fault of the Democrats?” said Zell, 57, who was recently laid off from a college campus bagel shop. She described herself as “understanding that Black lives matter.”
Kevin Pinter, a Republican who lives in Pleasant Prairie, a western suburb right across city lines, said he was looking forward to Trump showing Kenosha “can be an example for the country.”
“Any time the president goes anywhere, the bad guys follow to cause trouble,” said Pinter, 36, who co-runs a Christian humanitarian nonprofit. “So I get that concern. But he can come here and show our country how our city is now under control, unlike others that are rioting.”
Protesting police brutality equals “rioting” apparently. I wonder if these Trump supporters will ever wake up to the fact that the “president” is completely insane. You want evidence? Check out Trump’s interview with Laura Ingraham yesterday.
Get this, Trump claims there was some kind of shadowy terror plot against the Republican convention.
More from Politico on the interview: Trump alleges Biden controlled by people in ‘dark shadows.’
President Donald Trump alleged unnamed people in “dark shadows” are controlling Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in an interview with Laura Ingraham that aired Monday night on Fox News.
In discussing what he characterized as anarchists and thugs terrorizing American cities, Trump said, “People that you’ve never heard of, people that are in the dark shadows” are pulling the strings of the former vice president.
Ingraham asked the president to elaborate, saying, “That sounds like a conspiracy theory.”
Trump specified: “There are people that are on the streets, there are people that are controlling the streets.”
The president then offered further description of what he characterized as secret plotters, without providing specifics that could allow for the verification of his story.
“We had somebody get on a plane from a certain city this weekend. And in the plane, it was almost completely loaded with thugs, wearing these dark uniforms, black uniforms, with gear and this and that,” Trump told the Fox News host on “The Ingraham Angle.”
He added: “A lot of the people were on the plane to do big damage.”
Ingraham asked him for further detail. Saying it was under investigation, Trump replied, “I’ll tell you sometime.”
Trump also offered theories about unrest in some American cities, alleging, for instance, that “Portland has been burning for many years, for decades it’s been burning” and repeatedly asserting that protesters there wanted to kill Mayor Ted Wheeler.
Honestly, I don’t know how much more of this insanity I can take. I know I keep saying that…
More stories to check out if you can bear to read any more:
Jonathan Chait At New York Magazine: How Trump Brought Nazis Into Republican Politics.
The Washington Post Editorial Board: The director of national intelligence is providing cover for Putin.
Axios: Exclusive: Dem group warns of apparent Trump Election Day landslide.
Ronald Brownstein at CNN: Biden’s GOP endorsements show the cracks in Trump’s coalition.
Politico: HHS bids $250 million contract meant to ‘defeat despair and inspire hope’ on coronavirus. [In other words, propaganda]
Hang in there, Sky Dancers! Be kind to yourself and others today. Check in if you can.