Oh, Politico! Always well researched, well-reported work, often as good as CNN. Let's have a look.Tero wrote:The mastermind of shithole politics has no idea who to focus on as an opponent:
Handicapping potential 2020 challengers — however premature the exercise is — has become a favorite pastime for the competitive president, who still regularly rehashes his shock win in the 2016 race.
“He’s always asking people, ‘Who do you think is going to run against me?’” said the Republican who heard the president’s assessment in December.
Despite a bumpy first year and historically low approval ratings, this Trump ally said: “I don’t think he sees anyone, right now, being a serious competitor.”
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/01/ ... ion-340623
"Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — who had recently bested Trump in a poll that tested the two septuagenarians in a head-to-head matchup — wasn’t a serious threat and would be easy to beat, Trump told a Republican with close ties to the White House who was in the room." O.k., so we have another anonymous source. This one says "Trump told a Republican with close ties to the white house who was in the room." Who was in the room? The White House? That's not a "who" so, it must be that Trump told a Republican and one of them was in the room. What room? When? Was this someone who overheard Trump tell a Republican, or was this a Republican who told the reporter? Why say "who was in the room"? Shit writing.
So, we move on -
Use of language - "it wasn't the lefty politics of the self-described socialist..." -- right, cuz that's what we'd expect. We'd expect Trump -- the right wing nutter - to focus on "lefty" politics. He's a "lefty." But, here comes the person in the room. What room, we still don't know. But, "a person in the room" said that Trump was "hung up on Sanders age." So, did Trump tell the room, or tell the Republican referred to in the previous paragraph. What was the context of this? Where? When? What event? Who is the "person in the room?" Does the reporter know the person was in the room? The reporter apparently was not in the room, so she's getting a story by a person who SAYS they were in the room. And, we don't know what room it was, or why Trump was talking about this at the time. Nothing.It wasn’t the lefty politics of the self-described socialist that Trump thought were a losing proposition. Instead, according to the person in the room, Trump was hung up on Sanders’ age, arguing that Sanders, now 76, wouldn’t have the energy to run another national campaign.
Now there is someone else in the room. We know Trump was talking to a Republican, but now it's a group conversation. A person in the room reported the two previous Trump comments. With this comment, "someone in the room" (that would appear to be someone other than the "person in the room" mentioned before. Otherwise, why change the reference. So, "someone" (in the room) (what room? don't know), brought up Kamala Harris, but the President didn't seem to have the black woman on his radar yet. Natch. Racist.Sanders wasn’t the only potential presidential candidate who Trump, 71, brushed off as a non-threat. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the woman he has nicknamed “Pocahontas,” would be “easy to beat,” he said. New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker probably wouldn’t end up running, Trump mused. When someone in the room brought up California Sen. Kamala Harris, the president seemed not to have her on his radar yet.
No source at all for this "favorite passtime" for the "competitive" president. Yes, odd for a politician to be competitive, but Trump is extra special competitive. He has pastimes, and his favorite is to sit around "handicapping" potential challengers. Like a bookie or a Vegas gambler. That's Trump alright. No source, but that's his favorite.Handicapping potential 2020 challengers — however premature the exercise is — has become a favorite pastime for the competitive president, who still regularly rehashes his shock win in the 2016 race.
Oh, so now the Republican is talking here. But, above, it was a "person in the room" reporting what was said. No clarification here if the Republican told the reporter directly. How much you wanna bet this is second hand hearsay?“He’s always asking people, ‘Who do you think is going to run against me?’” said the Republican who heard the president’s assessment in December.
The article goes on and on. All anonymous. All hearsay. And, phrased as if she's talking about a group of guys in a basement arguing over their fantasy football teams. LOL. Thanks Politico, for your incisive, hard-hitting reporting. We now know that some people somewhere, some of whom were in a room, and claim to have heard the President talking about competitors said the President loves to sit around handicapping his potential competitors, and the arrogant son of a bitch doesn't think he has any serious challengers anywhere - they're all either too old, "easy to beat" or "not on his radar." L