At rallies and in interviews, on Twitter and in formal speeches, he relishes the bad-boy language of a shock jock, just one more way of provoking the political establishment.
Philip Rucker“His is the profanity presidency, full of four-letter denunciations of his enemies and earthy dismissals of allegations lodged against him...He relishes the bad-boy language of a shock jock,“ @peterbakernyt writes
The President has blown up the old way of American foreign-policymaking, which makes the risk of a miscalculation higher than ever.
Philip Rucker“Amazingly enough, we are now at a moment in the Trump Presidency when the capricious President himself is being touted as the possible constraint on his hawkish advisers like Bolton” — @sbg1 on Iran
White House indicates US president may visit Scotland after questions raised over Doonbeg use
Philip RuckerTrump reportedly may cancel a planned trip to Ireland because he wants to meet the Taoiseach at his own private golf course but the Irish want to hold the meeting -- surprise! -- at a more venue in keeping with diplomatic protocols
Unlike previous administrations, where officials feared blows to their credibility in public, President Trump’s press aides are generally performing for an audience of one — the president.
Philip RuckerQuite the Hogan Gidley line to @anniekarni & @maggieNYT re: Sarah Sanders' FBI agents fabrication: “The White House staff will never be lectured on truth-telling from the media that pushed a flat-out lie about Donald Trump for two years."
While his predecessors sought to broaden their public support, President Trump appears to be heading into his re-election campaign sticking with his own tribe.
Philip Rucker"The old-fashioned idea that a president, once reaching office, should at least pretend to be the leader of all the people these days seems so, well, old-fashioned. Mr. Trump does not bother with the pretense." -- @peterbakernyt on Trump's base obsession
For the first time since taking office, Mr. Trump has a chief of staff who has made it his job to encourage rather than restrain the president’s conservative instincts.
Philip Rucker“For the first time since taking office, Mr. Trump has a chief of staff who has made it his job to encourage rather than restrain the president’s conservative instincts — to let Trump be Trump, in effect.” — smart @peterbakernyt@maggieNYT read on Mulvaney
'You think he should just take that sitting down?' she says about Trump after George Conway questioned his mental fitness.
Philip RuckerKellyanne Conway defends Trump: "You think he shouldn’t respond when somebody, a non-medical professional accuses him of having a mental disorder? You think he should just take that sitting down?”
In Hanoi or Singapore, Helsinki or Jerusalem, Fox News personalities are always on hand to make the president look good.
Philip Rucker"On 'Hannity,' Trump’s summits are a smashing success" -- good @elianayjohnson read about the Fox personalities who help the White House produce the big show, whether in Hanoi or Singapore or Helsinki
Blackface, with its roots in demeaning minstrel-show traditions, has persisted in fraternity houses and private clubs, occasionally exploding into public view.
Philip Rucker"This last week has reinforced that blackface, with its roots in demeaning minstrel-show traditions that date to the 1830s, has never gone away. In fact, it surfaces on a regular basis across the country" -- NYT
President Trump’s divisive behavior on race has pushed Democrats to try to set an example by confronting misconduct in their ranks and elevating the importance of identity and equality in politics.
Philip RuckerTrump's "divisive behavior, and the Republican silence that often meets it, has pushed Democrats to try to set an example by aggressively confronting current and past misconduct in their own ranks, as they did with Mr. Northam," @jmartNYT writes
A paid speech by Joe Biden in October helped Fred Upton, a vulnerable Republican, win re-election in Michigan. Biden earned $200,000 for the address.
Philip RuckerJoe Biden gave a paid speech in Michigan three weeks before the 2018 midterms in which he praised GOP Rep. Upton and local Dem leaders were stunned and considered it a betrayal, @alexburnsNYT reports