OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump's campaign rally in Tulsa that drew thousands of people in late June, along with large protests that accompanied it, “likely contributed" to a dramatic...
Philip Rucker“In the past few days, we’ve seen almost 500 new cases, and we had several large events just over two weeks ago, so I guess we just connect the dots,” Tulsa health director said.
Trump's rally was just over two weeks ago.
Another blockbuster Trump book is set to hit shelves next month and contain “explosive” revelations about first lady Melania Trump.
Philip Rucker"People with knowledge of the project say the content of the book is largely negative and that the manuscript heavily trashes the first lady."
Another Trump tell-all, this one from former Melania confidante Stephanie Winston Wolkoff
A significant majority of people who voted for him in 2016 are planning to do so again. What is different about those who’ve had a change of heart?
Philip Rucker“I think if he weren’t such an appalling human being, he would make a great president, because I think what this country needs is somebody who isn’t a politician,” said Judith Goines, 53, in Fayetteville, N.C. “I’m ashamed to say that I’ve voted for him.”
In his new book, former White House national security adviser John Bolton echoes allegations at the center of President Trump’s impeachment trial and says Mr. Trump asked China’s Xi Jinping to help him win re-election.
Philip RuckerYesterday, Trump claimed John Bolton wrote about classified material.
Today, Trump claimed Bolton lied.
“He is a liar,” Trump told WSJ’s @MichaelCBender & @rebeccaballhaus, adding that “everybody in the White House hated John Bolton.”
Advisers and allies say the president’s repeated acts of self-destruction have significantly damaged his re-election prospects, and yet he appears mostly unable, or unwilling, to curtail them.
Philip Rucker"Rather than focus on plans and goals for another four years in office, Mr. Trump has been wallowing in self-pity about news coverage of him" -- @maggieNYT & @anniekarni's portrait of the self-sabotaging president
With much of the country acknowledging that protesters’ frustrations are justified, the president increasingly sounds detached from many voters in the political middle and even some of his allies.
Philip Rucker“Trump increasingly sounds like a cultural relic, detached from not just the left-leaning protesters in the streets but also the country’s political middle and even some Republican allies and his own military leaders” — @jmartNYT@maggieNYT & @katierogers
The White House Correspondents’ Association is pleased to announce the winners of our 2020 journalism awards. “This year’s winners represent the best of the kind of journalism America needs now more than ever — fact-based reporting that holds those...
Philip RuckerCongratulations to @Yamiche, a fearless and perceptive journalist, not to mention a kind soul, on this well deserved honor from the White House Correspondents' Association. And congrats as well to the deserving recipients of other awards
Former President George W. Bush and Senator Mitt Romney won’t support Mr. Trump’s re-election, and other G.O.P. officials are mulling a vote for Joe Biden.
Philip RuckerLots of news gold in this @jmartNYT piece on the Republican bigwigs either not supporting Trump or declining to say who they’ll vote for. It’s not just a few names, but a veritable fraternity, including several who served in Trump’s Cabinet.
We may be witnessing the beginning of the end of American democracy, but there is still a way to stop the descent.
Philip RuckerMarine Corps General John Allen, who led the global coalition against ISIS: “The slide of the United States into illiberalism may well have begun on June 1, 2020. Remember the date. It may well signal the beginning of the end of the American experiment.”
When the history of the Trump presidency is written, the clash with protesters that preceded President Trump’s walk across Lafayette Square may be remembered as one of its defining moments.
Philip RuckerWhite House officials say the church photo opp was Ivanka Trump’s idea, and that Hope Hicks orchestrated the visuals, per big NYT piece reconstructing the smoke-and-flash-grenades Lafayette Square clash
Philip Rucker“Even some White House officials privately expressed dismay that the president’s entourage had not thought to include a single person of color.”
Our fellow citizens are not the enemy, and must never become so.
Philip RuckerJust published from Admiral Mike Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff:
“I Cannot Remain Silent:
Our fellow citizens are not the enemy, and must never become so”
Philip Rucker“It reminded me of what I reported on for years in the third world. Saddam. Bashar. Qaddafi. They all did this.”
Chilling reflections on Trump’s display of authority yesterday from CIA analysts via @gregpmiller
The President is impotent against the fallout of a Minneapolis murder and a pandemic he cannot stop.
Philip Rucker“The spectacle of a florid disco tribute to the President at such a time could not have been more discordant, or the message clearer: it’s all about Trump. It always is.”
@sbg1 on the president and his “Macho Man” soundtrack
Mr. Trump has presented himself as someone who seeks conflict, not conciliation, a fighter, not a peacemaker. And he has lived up to his self-image at a perilous time.
Philip Rucker“With a nation on edge, ravaged by disease, hammered by economic collapse, divided over lockdowns and even face masks and now convulsed once again by race, President Trump’s first instinct has been to look for someone to fight,” @peterbakernyt writes
On Trump, his Twitter lies, and why it’s getting worse.
Philip Rucker“These are not standard-issue political lies being foisted on the public but nuclear-weapons-grade falsehoods that speak directly to the President’s character. They are of a scale and volume that simply defy precedent,” @sbg1 writes
In a question-and-answer session, Martin Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post and this year’s graduation speaker, talks about his life and times.
Philip Rucker"The public has come to take the work of journalism for granted. They’ve come to think that a democracy can exist without a vigorous, free, and independent press. And the reality is that it cannot." -- @PostBaron, Harvard commencement speaker
“Imagine — if you can — not having a conscience, none at all, no feelings of guilt or remorse no matter what you do, no limiting sense of…
Philip RuckerTrump ghostwriter @tonyschwartz writes that his belief about what drives Trump has evolved from "an insatiable narcissistic hunger to be loved, accepted, admired and praised" to a drive "to win at any cost and the end always justifies the means."