Opinion Opinions | Trump’s Fifth Avenue theory is showing some cracks
Police release sketch of man accused of attacking woman at Orlando apartment
A woman was attacked while returning to her apartment after walking her dog in Orlando, police said. According to authorities, the woman was coming home from a dog walk Wednesday on the 400 block of Cathcart Avenue when a man came up behind her. Officials said the victim thought the man was going into another apartment but instead he pushed her door open. The victim told authorities the man covered her mouth to stop her from screaming, then tried to push her into her apartment.Officials said the victim was able to make enough noise that her neighbor came outside, causing the attacker to flee.The attacker is described as a black man who is 6 feet tall with a beard.
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The Fifth Avenue Murder Theory now faces its toughest test.
Thiswas put forward in 2016 by Professor Donald Trump, who claimed that he could “stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody” and not “lose any voters.”
His proposition is by no means implausible. He won his electoral college majority despite his louche and obscene admissions to sexual assault in the “” recording. He has survived revelations of hush-money payments to alleged paramours, and persuasive evidence that he obstructed justice in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia probe.
Opinions | It’s clear. Trump doesn’t want to be president anymore.
If so, impeachment might be the perfect exit.Nancy Gibbs, a former managing editor of Time, is the director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
The vast majority of Republican politicians have stuck with President Trump through one abuse of power after another. They included the shocking mistreatment of migrant children, which the morally attentive Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) — to his everlasting credit — continued calling to public attention up to his death.
Trump, of course, was no mere academic bystander as his theorem was put under heavy stress. He rallied his loyaliststo purge Republicans who dared speak against him. Most in the GOP don’t want to suffer the fate of former South Carolina representative Mark Sanford, whose 2018 was an object lesson to other would-be dissenters. Trump has always understood Voltaire’s sardonic observation that it’s wise to mete out severe punishment to those who fail you “to encourage the others.”
Man in custody after transgender woman shot in Kansas City
The Kansas City Police Department has identified the victim in a homicide in the 4300 block of Hardesty Avenue. Police said the victim is 30-year-old Bryan E. Hill, of Kansas City. Police said she went by as Brianna “BB” Hill. She is the fourth known transgender homicide victim this year in Kansas City. Police Capt. Tim Hernandez said the suspect in the shooting remained at the scene and police are not looking for more suspects. InvestigatorsPolice said the victim is 30-year-old Bryan E. Hill, of Kansas City. Police said she went by as Brianna “BB” Hill. She is the fourth known transgender homicide victim this year in Kansas City.
But those others — meaning members of the Republican Party, who will be the arbiters of Trump’s fate in the coming weeks — are not feeling quite as encouraged in their loyalty to the president as they once were.
No, Trump has not murdered anyone on Fifth Avenue yet. But many in his multiplying legion of critics believe the president has blood on his hands because of his weak andto Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The result was Turkey’s assault on the United States’ Kurdish allies in Syria. For once, the president brought our deeply divided parties together. In the House, 129 Republicans joined every Democrat in . Only 60 Republicans stuck with him.
Then came the admission from Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, that the White House withheld nearly $400 million in military aid from Ukraine to further Trump’s political objectives. Mulvaney tried to unscramble the unsavory omelet he had placed on Trump’s desk — as The Post’s editorialists, it seemed to dawn on Mulvaney that “confession might not be the most astute defense strategy” — but his walk-back was entirely unconvincing.
Sen. Mitt Romney raises a troubling theory about Trump and Turkey
Romney suggested that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan might have given Trump an ultimatum — and that Trump caved on withdrawing from Syria.But while that line will get a lot of play, there’s something else Romney said that shouldn’t escape notice. He also floated a theory about how Trump arrived at the decision: that he got bullied into it by Turkey and that he backed down.
And Trump, the researcher, briefly tried to make the test of his loyalists as difficult as possible. As if his other breaches were not enough, the White House announced that the Group of Seven meeting of leading powers would be held at the ailing Trump National Doral resort near Miami. Realizing, for once, that he had gone too far, heon Saturday.
But Mulvaney continued to perfect the art of the preemptive confession, a novel approach to damage control. Long after Trump claimed to have severed all operational ties to his enterprises, Mulvaneyon “Fox News Sunday” that the president “considers himself to be in the hospitality business. ... He’s in the hotel business.” Perhaps realizing what he had just acknowledged, the acting chief of staff quickly added: “At least he was.”
So how can the Fifth Avenue theory survive? Trump has one reliable gambit, the stick-it-to-the-libs strategy. Everything Trump does — his performative racism, his attacks on “political correctness,” his claims to be shielding conservative Christians from liberal persecution, his standing up to the dark hordes at our borders — is designed to turn all criticism of himself into a socialist-liberal-radical conspiracy against the good people who support him. As long as Trump is at the helm, they have nothing to fear.
Man Dead After Drive-By Shooting On Ashland Avenue In Lakeview
A man is dead after a drive-by shooting in broad daylight Thursday on busy Ashland Avenue in Lakeview, police said. © Provided by CBS Broadcasting Inc. The shooting happened at 4:14 p.m. in the 3700 block of North Ashland Avenue, near Waveland Avenue, police said. The 53-year-old man was in a vehicle himself when somebody pulled up in a white sport-utility vehicle and fired shots, police said. The victim was struck once in the neck and was rushed to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in critical condition, police said. He was later pronounced dead. The man was identified as Daniel C.
It was convenient for Attorney General and chief Trump propagandist William P. Barr torecently at the University of Notre Dame against “militant secularists” and “so-called progressives” for plotting the “organized destruction” of the role of religion in American public life.
“Secularists and their allies among the progressives,” Barr, “have marshaled all the forces of mass communication, popular culture, the entertainment industry and academia in an unremitting assault on religion and traditional values.”
Standing with Trump means standing against those (particularly in mass communication and academia) whose jobs happen to entail presenting facts to counter the fictions of the president and his guardians.
Oh, yes, and for more conventional conservatives, there are those wonderful judges and Trump’s economic policies. Conservatives don’t want to give aid and comfort to the likes of Elizabeth Warren and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, do they?
“My enemies are your enemies” is standard stuff among beleaguered politicians. But it can be a dangerous doctrine for those being asked to pledge loyalty. Trump is telling conservatives to forget pretty much everything they claim to stand for in the interest of grinding their boots into liberal faces. It’s a lot to ask. But, hey, it’s worked so far.
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