LaVar Ball has done it again.Only this time, it wasn’t sports media outlets or basketball fans taking his bait and advancing his Big Baller Brand cause. It was the President of the United States.Never mind the threat of North Korea, the GOP tax reform plan or the accusations of collusion with Russia, the leader of the free world took a moment on Sunday to focus on a man who is nothing short of a marketing genius.“Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal,” Trump tweeted to his 42-million-plus followers about the incident in which three UCLA basketball players were caught shoplifting and later allowed to return home. “I should have left them in jail!"Then about six hours later, Trump tweeted again: "Shoplifting is a very big deal in China, as it should be (5-10 years in jail), but not to father … [Read more...] about Donald Trump takes the bait, and LaVar Ball’s Big Baller Brand wins again
President Donald Trump posted two tweets directed at LaVar Ball on Sunday, suggesting he should have left Ball's son, LiAngelo, in jail and later calling Ball "very ungrateful."Trump first mentioned Ball early Sunday morning, less than 24 hours after Ball downplayed the President's role in helping LiAngelo Ball and two other UCLA basketball players return to the United States safely after they were arrested in China for shoplifting."Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal," Trump wrote. "I should have left them in jail!"Then, nearly six hours later, Trump returned to Twitter once again."Shoplifting is a very big deal in China, as it should be (5-10 years in jail), but not to father LaVar," Trump wrote. "Should have gotten his son out during my next trip to China instead. China told them why they were released. … [Read more...] about Donald Trump fires back at LaVar Ball: ‘I should have left them in jail!’
The Republican nomination for Ohio governor might come down to who loves President Donald Trump more. And who's least like current Republican governor John Kasich. At least that's what it looked like when the four Republican gubernatorial candidates spoke in Clermont County right after sunrise Saturday morning. "This is Trump country," Clermont County GOP Chairman David Uible told the crowd of 300 Republicans at the Oasis Golf Club outside Loveland.All four candidates - Attorney General Mike DeWine, Secretary of State Jon Husted, U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor - praised Trump at the event hosted by the Clermont Republican Party. That went over well with the crowd. Trump won Ohio last year, trouncing Hillary Clinton by eight percentage points.Among Republicans nationally, 82 percent approved of Trump's job performance, according to a Nov. 12 Gallup poll. Among the general public, 38 percent approved of … [Read more...] about Ohio’s Republican governor candidates: I’m most like Donald Trump. No, I am.
Is Rep. Martha McSally, the Republican Party’s best hope for holding onto a Senate seat in Arizona, making a fatal error by chasing President Donald Trump’s endorsement?Though she is Trump’s most reliable vote in the Arizona’s congressional delegation, she didn’t endorse him and has never given any indication that she much likes the guy."That’s just not how leaders carry themselves," she once said of Trump's comments about Latinos, women, veterans and others.In February, she called the start of his presidency “tremendously bumpy.”"Some of their decisions and the way they have implemented them have certainly not been well coordinated, not well implemented," she said, during a Town Hall meeting. "I'm concerned about distractions. I'm concerned about not shifting from campaigning to governing." MCSALLY: Why I voted for the House's tax reform bill In secretly taped comments to the Arizona Bankers Association in May, she … [Read more...] about Roberts: Is Martha McSally chasing Donald Trump’s endorsement? (Should she?)
Is Rep. Martha McSally, the Republican Party’s best hope for holding onto a Senate seat in Arizona, making a fatal error by chasing President Donald Trump’s endorsement?Though she is Trump’s most reliable vote in the Arizona’s congressional delegation, she didn’t endorse him and has never given any indication that she much likes the guy.“That’s just not how leaders carry themselves, she once said of Trump's comments about Latinos, women, veterans and others..In February, she called the start of his presidency “tremendously bumpy.”"Some of their decisions and the way they have implemented them have certainly not been well coordinated, not well implemented," she said, during a Town Hall meeting. "I'm concerned about distractions. I'm concerned about not shifting from campaigning to governing."In secretly taped comments to the Arizona Bankers Association in May, she predicted the House, including her seat, would likely swing to … [Read more...] about Roberts: Is Martha McSally chasing Donald Trump’s endorsement?
You just knew that Donald Trump couldn’t resist. He’s stayed out of the Roy Moore controversy for days and days, unwilling to speak ill of a Republican.But he jumped right in to attack Sen. Al Franken, accused of inappropriate behavior with a woman on a USO tour in 2006.The news had only been out a few hours when Franken issued an apology to the victim, TV host Leeann Tweeden. He then called for an ethics investigation of himself. Tweeden accepted his apology.There should be an ethics investigation.Franken should suffer consequences for his past bad behavior.So, too, should Trump.But it hasn’t happened. Even worse, Trump has the audacity to condemn Franken.It’s a classic case of the pot calling the kettle black.Only this presidential pot is way deeper and darker than the senatorial kettle.What Trump did by attacking Franken is alert everyone that the accusations against him are way, WAY worse.And to remind everyone of Trump’s own dark … [Read more...] about Montini: Donald Trump is more monster than ‘Al Frankenstein’
Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth joined a handful of Democratic colleagues who introduced articles of impeachment this week against President Donald Trump, but the representative says the measure is largely symbolic.The resolution, introduced by six House Democrats, says Trump has committed five separate impeachable offenses.It says Trump obstructed justice when he fired FBI Director James Comey; violated the Constitution by accepting profits for his businesses from the U.S. and foreign governments; undermined the federal judiciary's independence; and threatened the freedom of the press. Related: Democrats' Russia strategy: Organize protests and avoid impeachment talk Yarmuth said he signed onto the effort after the group made an addition about Trump's threats last month to challenge licenses for broadcast news networks.Specifically, he cited the president slamming NBC News over a report that U.S. Secretary of State Rex … [Read more...] about John Yarmuth joins Democrats seeking to impeach Donald Trump
Early Thursday morning, President Donald Trump directed a pair of tweets at three UCLA basketball players who had been arrested in China for shoplifting and had thanked Trump for helping them return to the U.S. this week.Trump instructed the players — freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley — to thank Chinese president Xi Jinping and "HAVE A GREAT LIFE!" The three players publicly apologized Wednesday and are indefinitely suspended from the team."To the three UCLA basketball players I say: You're welcome, go out and give a big Thank You to President Xi Jinping of China who made your release possible and, HAVE A GREAT LIFE!" Trump wrote in a two-part statement on Twitter. "Be careful, there are many pitfalls on the long and winding road of life!"Trump told reporters on Tuesday in Manila that he had spoken with Xi regarding the situation and personally intervened on the players' behalf. UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero … [Read more...] about Donald Trump tweets at UCLA basketball players: ‘You’re welcome’
The three UCLA basketball players who were arrested in China for shoplifting last week each individually thanked President Donald Trump for helping bring them home.In a press conference Wednesday, LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley issued individual apologies after returning to the United States on Tuesday night, a week after being arrested in Hangzhou, China. And as part of their apologies, each player mentioned Trump, who wondered on Twitter earlier Wednesday whether he would receive their thanks."To President Trump and the United States government, thank you for taking the time to intervene on our behalf," freshman Riley said. "We really appreciate you helping us out."Hill mentioned the Chinese police in his statement. MORE: Three UCLA players indefinitely suspended after shoplifting incident in China MORE: President Trump tweets arrested UCLA players 'were headed for 10 years in jail' "I would like to thank everyone involved in this whole … [Read more...] about UCLA players arrested in China thank Donald Trump for his assistance
Donald Trump Jr. shared several messages Monday that he exchanged during the 2016 campaign with WikiLeaks, the organization that promotes transparency by publishing leaked and secret material.Trump Jr. shared the messages via his Twitter feed hours after The Atlantic published a story revealing the existence of the correspondence. "How ironic!" that "one of the congressional committees" chose to "selectively leak" the messages between himself and WikiLeaks, Trump Jr. wrote.The Atlantic said WikiLeaks communicated with Trump Jr. in a series of direct messages from the organization's Twitter account and that Trump Jr.'s lawyers turned the messages over to congressional investigators looking into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. WikiLeaks continued to message Trump Jr. until July 2017, but there is no evidence Trump Jr. responded to any of them after October 2016. American intelligence analysts believe the Russians used WikiLeaks to publish hacked … [Read more...] about Donald Trump Jr. corresponded with WikiLeaks during campaign