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Afternoon Mirror: Trump Mostly Wows The Skeptical Media

Betsy Rothstein Gossip blogger
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Quote of the Day:

“He became President of the United States in that moment.”

— CNN’s Van Jones, referring to when President Trump honored the widow of a Navy Seal who was killed in the Yemen raid.



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Okay, back to Trump’s speech…Coulter loved it! 

“The best speech I’ve have ever witnessed from Washington.” — Conservative bomb thrower Ann Coulter.

And Joy Behar didn’t hate it…

“This one was de-Bannonized.” — ABC “The View’s” Behar on Wednesday’s program.

But she isn’t totally sold

“I didn’t buy it.” — Behar. …”He doesn’t are about anything in my opinion.”

Same for Whoopi

“I like a good story, but I don’t like to get B.S.ed.” — ABC’s “The View’s” Whoopi Goldberg.

CNN liberal analyst begrudgingly compliments Trump 

“I think he will get a bump from this. It may be a limited bump.” — David Axelrod, CNN contributor and former adviser to ex-President Obama on CNN Tuesday night late-night.

Journo compliments Trump on his improved teleprompter skills 

“This is the best job Trump has ever done reading from a teleprompter.” — Olivia Nuzzi, New York Mag.

Joe Scarborough, who hosts a show Trump allegedly no longer watches, finds a hero in Trump 

Although two male reporters can’t agree on how the Morning Joe co-host landed a spot in the House Chamber for the speech. On his morning program, he said he sat next to his “friend” Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.). He did not bring Mika Brzezinski along. 

“For those wondering, Joe Scarborough was at tonight’s #JointSession as a guest of Elijah Cummings (D-Md.)” — CNN media reporter Dylan Byers.

“I can report that @JoeNBC is wandering the House floor shaking hands. Staff tell me as a former member he has lifetime privileges.” — IJR Creative Director Benny Johnson.

David Corn digs in his heels against Trump 

“I feel sorry for fact-checkers tonight. Do they get overtime?” — Mother Jones Washington Bureau Chief David Corn.

McKay Coppins still can’t believe Trump ran for president 

“This is fascinating. MSNBC has live footage of Trump sitting in the back of his limo practicing reading his speech.” — The Atlantic’s McKay Coppins.

Politico reporter finds a way to both praise and rip Trump’s speech

“Overall I thought that was far better than the dismal ‘American Carnage’ inaugural address. But he gets lost in unwarranted fear-mongering.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

NBC correspondent finds a way to both praise and rip Trump’s speech 

“What the President did w Owen’s widow was capital P Presidential. It was the single most extraordinary moment I’ve seen from Trump – by far. BUT* remember that moment came after Trump seemed to blame his generals/Obama for Owen’s death this morning. And NBC News exclusive reporting: senior intelligence sources dispute WH characterization of raid as success. No significant intel *yet.* … Which would mean that Trump isn’t being honest with a grieving wife. And that is anything BUT presidential.” — NBC News political correspondent Katy Tur.

Obama speechwriter cracks on Trump’s speech 

“‘We just need the courage to share the dreams that fill our hearts’ is like bad politician speech Mad Libs.” — Jon Favreau, former speechwriter to ex-President Obama.

The Observer

“The Democrats should have had the mother of a sick child deliver the response while cradling her ill baby.” — Mother JonesBen Dreyfuss.

As Montel Williams praises Trump’s speech, Montel’s top political aide brings up the KKK 

“KKK loved #TrumpAddress” — Jonathan Franks, referring to former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan David Duke, who remarked, “Great Speech! Once again the Media Liars didn’t gaslight President Trump into supporting legalization of illegal immigrants. Thank God!”

One hour later, Montel praised Trump: “I agree with @VanJones68 – the moment with #RyanOwen’s widow was both Presidential and unifying. #TrumpAddress.”

To be sure, Montel retweeted his idiotic “political director.”

Washington Free Beacon reporter has something else on his mind…














Note to readers: No quotes from The Nation‘s national affairs reporter Joan Walsh because apparently she’s “on vacation.” She said Tuesday that she was boycotting President Trump’s speech. When I called her out for being a “national affairs” reporter who would skip a big presidential speech, she suggested I go on vacation, too.