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Huckabee Sanders: Don’t worry — my memoir will be Trump-friendly

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders made her debut as a Fox News contributor today, but it could hardly have been more seamless. “You went from press secretary to confidante,” Brian Kilmeade observed, and Huckabee Sanders made it clear that she intends to keep that status. “My experience was positive,” she replies, “and my book will be extremely positive,” a statement that certainly pleased her former boss:

During an interview on the network’s morning show “Fox & Friends,” President Donald Trump’s former spokeswoman signaled she will continue to serve as a vocal and loyal defender of her old boss from her new perch at his favorite network.

“They still see me as somebody who is a very pro-Trump supporter. I’m not going to change my position,” Sanders said when asked about criticism she has faced in public places from the president’s detractors.

“It would be very odd to go from doing what I was doing, to all of a sudden doing something different,” she added. “I loved my experience. I loved working for the president. I think he has been able to do some tremendous things for the country, and I look forward to watching him do it for six more years.”

Message sent … and message received:

In other words, don’t expect any lawsuits involving Huckabee Sanders’ non-disclosure agreement. (Madeleine Westerhout should take notes.)

There’s no doubt that Huckabee Sanders is sincere in her outlook. She’s not leaving out of disillusionment, nor push out like John Kelly or James Mattis. She has no reason to offer a “season of silence” because she’s still a true believer. Nothing wrong with that, of course, although it may be a novelty among former Trump administration officials. These days, publicly sticking with Trump support might even qualify as a Profile In Courage. (On other news networks, anyway.)

However, Kilmeade touches on another reason that Huckabee Sanders wants to maintain a sunny outlook on the Trump White House. Kilmeade awkwardly asks her about her gubernatorial ambitions in Arkansas before quickly retreating, realizing that a direct answer would make it her first and last appearance as a Fox News contributor. Trump himself floated the idea when Huckabee Sanders announced her departure, and she’s been reportedly discussing the idea seriously. Trump won Arkansas by 27 points in 2016, and Republicans swept the House races in 2018 in the middle of a moderate Democratic wave. Asa Hutchinson won his gubernatorial re-election bid that same year by almost 34 points.

It’ll be three more years before Huckabee Sanders will get a shot at the office, when Hutchinson runs into term limits and will have to leave the seat open. If she wants to run for that seat, she won’t improve her chances at it by becoming a Trump critic, especially one who betrays her “confidante” to benefit herself. Expect plenty more sessions on the Fox & Friends couch like this debut … which is apparently what Fox wants, too.

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Video: Tim Scott Blasts Beto and Other Dems for Trying to “Dupe” African-American Voters With Claims of Racism

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In this Nov. 5, 2015, photo, Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., speaks about the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

A deliberate and persistent theme among Democrats running for president is that Donald Trump is a “racist” president who African-American voters should not trust.

It’s not a new tactic, of course. Democrats have called every Republican president or presidential nominee a “racist” to varying degrees going back decades, but this time around they think it will stick. A big reason why is because the left’s mainstream media allies have dropped all pretense of neutrality on Trump and have openly decided to join in on the accusations themselves.

Nearly every 2020 Democratic candidate has made the claim a focal point of their campaign. But in the aftermath of the horrific El Paso mass shooting earlier this month that killed 22 and injured dozens more, the former El Paso Congressman has amplified the accusation tenfold and made it part of his central theme that America was “founded on racism.”

On a campaign stop he made over the weekend in the red state of Arkansas, here’s just some of what O’Rourke said:

“In this country, though we’d like to think otherwise, was founded on racism, has persisted through racism, and is racist today. And if you don’t want to accept that phrase, or that word, or that distinction, look at this: there’s 10 times the wealth in white America today than there is black America,” O’Rourke explained. “There’s 2.3 million people behind bars tonight while we enjoy our freedom, disproportionality comprised of people of color, the largest prison population on the planet bar none.”

Watch:

Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) appeared on Martha MacCallum’s “The Story” program on Fox News Monday night and was shown video clips of Democrats like O’Rourke repeatedly playing the race card and denigrating the country they want to represent. In response, Scott slammed them:

“No, not at all,” Scott told MacCallum, responding to a question about whether Democrats’ strategy for winning African-American voters will work. “This is an opportunity for the Democratic Party to try to figure out a way to dupe the African-American voters, not only in South Carolina but around the country because they really have nothing but empty promises to run on.”

[…]

“There is nothing left to try to reel in the African-American community,” said Scott, “because President Trump and the Republican Party has done a very good job of focusing on improving the economic outcome of people who have been struggling for the last decade under the previous administration, so we now have a chance to have a contrast between the parties of the right, the right side and the party and policies of the left going the wrong direction.”

Watch the full segment below as Scott explains in detail why Democrats can’t credibly focus on issues like the economy, unemployment, and reforming the criminal justice system – because Trump is already doing it. He also noted it was a mistake to assume what African-American voters wanted in a presidential candidate could only be offered by Democrats:

Scott said earlier this month that his run for reelection in 2022 would be his last.

Related –>> The NRA Wipes The Floor With Beto O’Rourke After His Weekend Visit To An Arkansas Gun Show

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The NRA Wipes the Floor With Beto O’Rourke After His Weekend Visit to an Arkansas Gun Show

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Democratic presidential candidate former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke speaks at a Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Wednesday, June 26, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Former El Paso Congressman Beto O’Rourke is now on his second (or is it the third?) attempt at rebooting his failing presidential campaign, and two of his biggest priorities in his latest reboot are taking on what he calls President Trump’s “racism” and “the gun lobby.”

In the immediate aftermath of the horrific El Paso mass shooting earlier this month which left 22 dead and dozens more injured, O’Rourke stated a mandatory gun buyback program “absolutely has to be part of the conversation.” He noted he would be open to one in the event he was elected President:

“It absolutely has to be part of the conversation. And at the end of the day, if it’s going to save lives, if it’s going to prevent the kinds of tragedies that we saw in El Paso or Gilroy or Dayton or this weekend in Chicago or all over this country on a daily basis, then let’s move forward and do it,” O’Rourke said on the podcast “Pod Save America” when asked if he’d be open to mandatory gun buyback programs or gun licenses, referencing shootings in other cities in recent days.

On Friday, the O’Rourke campaign posted the candidate’s gun control plan at his website which included, among other things, a call for a mandatory buyback program for “weapons of war.”

Over the weekend, O’Rourke made an unannounced visit to a gun show in the red state of Arkansas to talk to gun owners on their thoughts about his ever-evolving gun control plan. Several media outlets including CBS News and The Hill described O’Rourke as being back on the campaign trail after a “12-day hiatus” in response the El Paso mass shooting.

In reality, O’Rourke never really stopped campaigning.

Beto talked about his visit to Arkansas on Twitter over the weekend. Here’s what he said:

The NRA took notice – and responded:

O’Rourke clapped back:

Not to be outdone, the NRA posted back:

The NRA makes an important point here that can’t be overstated. In debates about gun control and gun rights, what often gets lost in the heated rhetoric is the use of the correct terminology. For example, to some a “weapon of war” could be something as simple as a pistol.

Gun control activists often deliberately distort the meaning of certain words, terms (and laws) to confuse voters on the issue in an effort to bring them over to their side. It’s vitally important in these debates that everyone be on the same page when it comes to the meaning behind the words/terminology used so there is no confusion.

Honest and informed discussions are the best kind of discussions.

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Beto: “Our country was founded on racism – and is still racist today”

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Presidential primary candidate Beto O’Rourke has an unusual message for Democrat voters. America was founded on racism and America is still a racist country today, 243 years later. How’s that for an inspiring message?

Beto’s re-launch of his presidential campaign is off to a rocky start, just like the previous re-launches. This time around he’s gone to a dark place and now insists that racism in America is his primary concern. He went off on a tangent Saturday night as the speaker at the third annual Arkansas Democratic Party Clinton Dinner in Little Rock.

In the clip of his speech, you can hear Beto go through a laundry list of grievances that white Americans have brought about, in his line of thinking. More white people are wealthy, more minorities are imprisoned, children of color suffer in school at the hands of racist teachers, and so on. He shifted from that opening statement to his version of American history and race relations.

O’Rourke describes slaves from West Africa building America and then claims America went on to “deny their ancestors the meaningful opportunity to enjoy in the wealth that they have created.” This is the worst kind of race-baiting hyperbole and it denies America’s true greatness. The greatness of America lies in the fact that though our founders were slave-owners, America is the only democratic republic in history to abolish slavery. The Civil War, where over 600,000 soldiers were killed, was fought over slavery and economic issues. The Republican Party was established as an anti-slavery party in the 1850s.

Is race-baiting and dividing Americans the only arrow in O’Rourke’s quiver? Perhaps it is. All you have to do is listen to an interview with him and you quickly find out that Beto is an empty suit. He offers no policy initiatives or ideas in a conversation. He simply pieces together standard talking points and buzzwords and it all comes out as word salad. Apparently, he has decided that delivering a message of liberal white guilt is the way to go. It is particularly rich coming from a man who is the beneficiary of a privileged life. He falls up in life.

After the phony Russian collusion narrative failed to take down President Trump, the Democrats settled on the charge that President Trump and Republicans, in general, are racist. This is nothing new for Democrats as they have employed this tactic for decades against Republicans but today’s Democrats have taken it to a new level of vitriol. We now hear Democrats running for president calling Trump a white supremacist. This also implies that his supporters are white supremacists. He said in the speech, “It was only until this administration and this president that that racism was invited out into the open.”

Democrats, including O’Rourke, have little to run on. The economy is doing well and that is why you now hear talk about a recession hovering just around the corner. Democrats know that as long as the economy hums along and record employment rates continue in literally every category imaginable, President Trump’s chance of re-election is good. Instead of uplifting people to garner their vote, O’Rourke has decided to divide along racial lines. He is really just that shallow.

Speaking of “denying” black people “the meaningful opportunity to enjoy in the wealth that they have created” (word salad), the irony of O’Rourke’s hateful rhetoric is that President Trump’s economic policies have provided minority populations in America with unprecedented opportunity. Unemployment is at all-time lows for black Americans, Hispanics, young people, women, and blue-collar workers.

Maybe Beto has forgotten that Americans elected President Obama. Twice. He should be reminded that Michelle Obama pointed out that she lived in the White House, built with the help of slaves, therefore acknowledging the opportunities she and her husband embraced to get there. She delivered the remarks at the Democrat National Convention in 2016 in Philadelphia.

That is the story of this country, the story that has brought me to this stage tonight, the story of generations of people who felt the lash of bondage, the shame of servitude, the sting of segregation, but who kept on striving and hoping and doing what needed to be done so that today I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves. And I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent, black young women playing with their dogs on the White House lawn.

As is typical for Beto, he said the “responsibility to respond” is on all of us yet offered no suggestions or ideas. He just wants to point his bony finger and name-call, especially against President Trump. He’s all emotion and no logic. As I write this, Beto is ranked at 2.8% in the Real Clear Politics average. Maybe he should go back to jumping up on counters and bust out the skateboard again.

I’ll end with this little nugget. At the beginning of the program, Beto took part in the Calling of the Hogs. Enjoy.

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Let’s Talk About Beto – He’s Sure Talking About You…Racists

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Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) speaks to the crowd during the “Turn Out for Texas” concert and rally at Auditorium Shores on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018 in Austin, Texas. O’Rourke is running against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for his senate seat. (Photo by Laura Roberts/Invision/AP Images)

 

 

Yo’ve seen it all before: Someone runs for President and starts to teach America about itself.

Beto O’Rourke wants all of you to know about all of you; and a lot of you, as it turns out, are racist.

At Saturday night’s Third Annual Clinton Dinner in Little Rock, Arkansas, Beto said…

Well, actually, let’s look at some other things he’s said up ’til now.

From “Beto O’Rourke Assigns Blame For The El Paso Shooting“:

From “Communist Revolutionary: Privileged Millionaire Beto Vows To Destroy America’s Wealth & Privilege“:

Beto — who inherited millions and married into half a billion — promised to get rid of…himself.

From “Beto Tweets Condemnation To A President Who Doesn’t Exist & Continues His Vapid Contribution To The Politics Of Nothingness“:

Recently, he let you know what’s good enough for ya:

“There have even been some who suggested that I stay in Texas and run for Senate. But that would not be good enough for this community. That would not be good enough for El Paso. That would not be good enough for this country.”

So only he is good enough for you.

And what’s good enough for you is for you to be told you’re racist.

So let me get this straight… Let’s assume for a moment that Beto’s referring to racism against non-whites by white people.

If true, that means here’s his plan to snag the Oval Office:

Tell the minority of people they’re being unjustly attacked by A-holes. Tell the majority they’re the A-holes.

Does that sound like a good approach to getting a winning number of votes?

Maybe it is.

I guess we’ll find out.

It seems to be working for him — so far, he might have at least 3%.

Good goin’.

-ALEX

 

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Video: Tom Cotton Calmly Exposes the “Radical Open Borders” Position of Democrats in Under 60 Seconds

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Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) speaks with Chris Wallace – 6/23/19. Screen grab via Fox News.

I’ve got to hand it to House and Senate Republicans – they are not sitting back and taking the left’s punches on the border crisis laying down.

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (TX) isn’t holding back. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA) isn’t backing down, and Rep. Liz Cheney (WY) has been unafraid to school funding denier Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) on the issue.

They are just a few of many examples.

The latest example comes from Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), who appeared on “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace yesterday to discuss the impasse between Democrats and Republicans on illegal immigration and the humanitarian issues that exist at the border.

CNS News reports on Wallace’s question to Cotton, and the Senator’s to-the-point response:

“President Trump has also delayed a roundup that was supposed to begin today of migrant families that have already been given their deportation orders. He said he’s giving Congress two weeks to work out and reform the asylum system, and otherwise, he’ll impose the roundup. I don’t have to tell you. You have a little bit of a look on your face. The likelihood – you talk about healthy skepticism — Congress isn’t going to reform the asylum system in two weeks sir,” host Chris Wallace said.

“So Chris, I was going to say healthy skepticism is warranted for dealing with Democrats when it comes to immigration,” Cotton responded. “Let’s just think about the Democrats position here, Chris. These are people who have claimed asylum in our country. They’ve had their day in court.

“They’ve had their claims rejected, and now they face a valid and final order of removal. If they can’t deport people like that, who can we deport? That’s why the Democrats’ position always comes back to, in essence, open borders,” he said.

Watch video of the segment below:

On Saturday, Cotton made the same point in addressing a tweet from Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who claimed Trump and Republicans were just playing to their base had no plan to deal with the issue:

Not only is Cotton spot-on about the left’s open borders position, he’s also correct in how ICE has specifically been tasked to find and deport the illegal immigrants who have received their final order of removal:

ICE Acting Director Mark Morgan made clear in a call with reporters Wednesday that the ICE raids would target illegal aliens who have ignored court orders to leave the country.

“These individuals that are here, and they’ve received a final order of removal, I hope they’ll do what we tried to get them to do previously: Contact their local ICE office — bring their family together, contact their local ICE office and work with us to send them back to their home country,” Morgan said during the call.

Like Wallace, I’m skeptical Democrats and Republicans are going to be able to come up with a bipartisan solution on this issue in the next two weeks. Time will tell.

Related: Tom Cotton Provides A Necessary “History Lesson” After MSNBC Mislabels Segregationist Democratic Senators “Republicans”

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Tom Cotton Provides a Necessary “History Lesson” After MSNBC Mislabels Segregationist Democratic Senators “Republicans”

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As Red State‘s Bonchie wrote yesterday, Joe Biden landed himself in hot water with fellow Democrats on Wednesday. The 2020 presidential contender spoke earlier this week on being able to work with segregationist Senators in the interest of “civility” long ago to get things done.

What Biden didn’t mention is the fact that the Senators in question were segregationists – and Democrats.

A brief recap, via CNN:

During a fundraising event in New York, the Democratic presidential candidate recounted being a member of the Senate in the 1970s with southern Democrats who opposed civil rights and desegregation. He specifically named Mississippi Sen. James Eastland and Georgia Sen. Herman Talmadge, who Biden called “one of the meanest guys I ever knew.”

“I was in a caucus with James O. Eastland. He never called me ‘boy,’ he always called me ‘son,’ ” Biden told donors.

“Well guess what? At least there was some civility. We got things done,” Biden said. “We didn’t agree on much of anything. We got things done. We got it finished.”

“But today, you look at the other side and you’re the enemy. Not the opposition, the enemy. We don’t talk to each other anymore,” he said.

The two Senators he mentioned were not exactly politicians you wanted to be bragging about getting along with, as Bonchie noted in his post. In response to Biden’s comments, a number of other presidential candidates, including Sens. Cory Booker (NJ), Kamala Harris (CA), and Elizabeth Warren (MA) blasted the Democratic front-runner.

During an MSNBC segment on the controversy, anchor Kasie Hunt mislabeled the two Senators as Republicans:

MSNBC Host Kasie Hunt called segregationist Democrats “Republicans” on Wednesday when referencing Joe Biden’s remarks about civility with segregationists in the Senate.

“Still to come, Joe Biden references his relationships with two former Republican colleagues at an event in New York City. The only problem? They were both segregationists,” Hunt said, referring to Herman Talmadge and James Eastland, who were both Democratic senators.

[…]

Hunt did not correct her comments when she returned from the break.

Watch the segment below:

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) got wind of the news of Hunt’s flub, and took to the Twitter machine to provide a quick but necessary history lesson:

Hunt later issued a correction, but it was long after the segment was over:

Sure. Like 24 hours after the damage has been done. But okay.

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders Leaving White House at the End of the Month

WASHINGTON — Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary who fiercely defended President Trump through one of the most tumultuous periods in American politics while presiding over the end of the iconic daily news briefing, will step down at the end of the month.

Mr. Trump announced her departure on Thursday on Twitter, the presidential tweet having supplanted the role that a White House press secretary played in previous administrations. He later praised her for her grit, her heart and her loyalty to him and his goals.

“We’ve been through a lot together. She’s tough and she’s good,” the president said as he brought Ms. Sanders onstage at an unrelated event in the East Room of the White House. “She’s a warrior,” he added, kissing her affectionately on the side of the head.

Ms. Sanders appeared emotional as she joined him unscheduled at the event, which was officially devoted to criminal justice policy, and she praised Mr. Trump and his team. “I’ve loved every minute, even the hard minutes,” she said. “I love the president. I love the team that I’ve had the opportunity to work for.”

Her resignation came on a typically head-spinning day in the Trump White House that would challenge any press secretary. The president was under fire for saying he would still accept derogatory information about a campaign opponent from Russia without necessarily calling the F.B.I. A government watchdog agency called on Mr. Trump to fire his counselor, Kellyanne Conway, for violating federal law on politics in the government workplace. And amid it all, Kim Kardashian West made an appearance with the president in the East Room.

While Ms. Sanders said she planned to spend more time with her three children, Mr. Trump urged her to run for governor of Arkansas, an ambition she has quietly nurtured for some time. Her father, Mike Huckabee, served as governor from 1996 to 2007. The current governor, Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, was just re-elected last year but cannot run again in 2022 because of term limits.

No successor was announced, but the next press secretary will take over just as Mr. Trump is heading into the thick of a re-election campaign that will determine the fate of his presidency. The job of communications director has been vacant since the departure of Bill Shine, who left in March.

Ms. Sanders’s confrontations with reporters escalated even beyond the norm. At one point, she suspended the White House pass of a CNN reporter, Jim Acosta, who angered the president, only to have a judge order it reinstated. The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, wrote in his report that Ms. Sanders had admitted it was untrue when she claimed the White House had heard from “countless” agents who complained about James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director fired by Mr. Trump.

But Mr. Trump admired her, concluding that she had the right disposition for the job, one senior administration official said on Thursday. The president liked that Ms. Sanders could be hard-hitting with reporters without in his view getting excessively personal.

“Sarah was successful because she knew her North Star was the president,” said Chris Ruddy, a longtime friend of Mr. Trump’s. “Her job was to defend and explain, and she did that almost flawlessly.”

Breaking with decades of tradition, Ms. Sanders effectively killed the daily briefing from the White House lectern that had been one of the most visible symbols of the American presidency. It has been 94 days since she held a formal briefing. Instead, she left the daily feeding of the media to Mr. Trump, who prefers to speak for himself and takes questions from reporters on a far more regular basis than most of his recent predecessors.

The move was widely criticized.

Katie Hill, a former assistant press secretary for President Barack Obama and now his post-presidential spokeswoman, said the daily briefing was not just for the benefit of the press. She said it served as an “organizing mechanism” for the administration, from the Treasury Department to the National Security Council, to understand and carry out the president’s priorities.

“It was one of the most powerful tools that the White House had to signal to the rest of the world what its message was and what its beliefs were,” Ms. Hill said.

Ms. Sanders, 36, rose from a campaign spokeswoman to one of Mr. Trump’s top lieutenants in three years, navigating an era of toxic media relations that shocked even the most seasoned Washington veterans. She ascended to the role of press secretary in mid-2017 at a time of staff turmoil and public spats between her predecessor, Sean Spicer, and Anthony Scaramucci, who briefly served as communications director.

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Since President Trump’s inauguration, White House staffers and cabinet officials have left in firings and resignations, one after the other.

She became one of the most recognizable faces of the administration, a popular figure on the right who was cheered at Mr. Trump’s rallies. But she was vilified by the left, once asked to leave a restaurant and skewered by a comic at last year’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner who mocked her “smokey eye” makeup and compared her to “an Uncle Tom” for “white women.”

Ms. Sanders never gave an inch, pushing back against her critics and the president’s while declining to repudiate Mr. Trump’s description of the news media as the “enemy of the people.” Viewing performances like these, Mr. Trump grew to trust Ms. Sanders, appreciating her public loyalty to him, even if legions of critics said it came at the cost of her credibility.

But in the past several months, as the press briefing atrophied and then disappeared, a Washington mystery emerged: What was the press secretary doing all day if she was not briefing the press?

The four hours or so that previous secretaries dedicated to preparing for and holding formal briefings each day was time that Ms. Sanders had available to stay constantly near Mr. Trump, even as reporters complained that they were not getting questions on the day’s news answered in a formal fashion.

But for Ms. Sanders, the answer also seemed to be living her best life. During the president’s recent overseas trips, Ms. Sanders and other White House aides posted behind-the-scenes updates to Instagram.

In Tokyo, she took a sushi-making class. In London, she posted a Buckingham Palace selfie with the actress and cabinet wife Louise Linton. (In an undocumented interaction, she asked the Prince of Wales to sign her dinner menu. He did.) In Ireland, Ms. Sanders and her husband, Bryan, took a photo with a group of Trump loyalists at the president’s private golf club and visited a local pub.

“The best days for a press secretary are the days you don’t brief,” Ari Fleischer, who had the job during President George W. Bush’s administration, said in an interview before Ms. Sanders’s resignation was announced. “Sarah’s having a lot more best days than I ever had.”

Others who have had the job say a return to the more traditional briefing under Mr. Trump seems unlikely. It could well be up to the first press secretary under the next president to decide how — or whether — to approach the news media in a formalized way, said Josh Earnest, who served as press secretary for Mr. Obama.

“That person is going to have to make some fundamental decisions about how and whether to rebuild some of the norms that I and my predecessors in both parties worked really hard to protect,” Mr. Earnest said. “How important is it to tell the truth? How important is it to get the facts right? Is it necessary to be in the loop at the White House and accurately reflect the president’s thinking?”

At the White House this week, Ms. Sanders seemed to return to her old routine: arranging for reporters to interview Mr. Trump, sitting in on Oval Office meetings, answering questions from reporters piecemeal in the White House driveway and not holding formal briefings.

On Thursday, as Mr. Trump hosted reporters for nearly an hour for a working lunch with American governors, the heavy wooden door to Ms. Sanders’s West Wing office stayed closed. A bundle of newspapers addressed to her sat unread and still tied together with plastic.

Ms. Sanders informed her team of her departure around 3 p.m. At that time, several staff members had gathered in her office, and loud laughter could be heard behind the door.

Mick Mulvaney, the acting chief of staff, emerged just long enough to say that he thought it was wrong for reporters to stand in the hallway outside the press secretary’s office and possibly overhear conversations. (Mr. Mulvaney was reminded that the door was thick and that his comments were on the record.)

But on Thursday evening, she invited reporters into the office and said she did not regret not holding more briefings. She said she thought it had been more important to facilitate opportunities for the president to speak.

“No one elected me to anything,” Ms. Sanders said. “They elected the president.”

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Paralysis on America’s Rivers: There’s Too Much Water

VAN BUREN, Ark. — Marty Shell just wanted the lights back on.

Nineteen barges bound for nowhere were tied up along the swollen riverbank. Dark warehouses full of flooded fertilizer reeked with a sulfuric stench that made it painful to inhale. The river system, which for decades provided Mr. Shell a livelihood, now spreads only gelatinous mud and pungent debris and uncomfortable questions about the future.

The devastating flooding that has submerged large parts of the Midwest and South this spring has also brought barge traffic on many of the regions’ rivers to a near standstill. The water is too high and too fast to navigate. Shipments of grains, fertilizers and construction supplies are stranded. And riverfront ports, including the ones Mr. Shell oversees in Van Buren and Fort Smith, Ark., have been overtaken by the floods and severely damaged.

As Mr. Shell surveyed the wreckage last week, anything approaching normalcy remained months, or even a year, away. To start, he would be happy just to get the power restored.

“Before this happened, my mind-set was, ‘What am I doing in the next month or two?’ — trying to stay ahead,” said Mr. Shell, the president of Five Rivers Distribution, which sends products up and down rivers on barges. “Nowadays, I wake up with, ‘What am I going to do for today?’”

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Across the country’s flood-battered midsection, the farms, towns and homes consumed by the bloated waters have drawn much of the attention. But flooding has had another, less intuitive effect — crippling the nation’s essential river commerce. Water, the very thing that makes barge shipping possible in normal times, has been present in such alarming overabundance this spring that it has rendered river transportation impossible in much of the United States.

The Arkansas River has been closed to commercial traffic. So has the Illinois River, a key connection to Chicago and the Great Lakes. And so has part of the Mississippi River near St. Louis, where it crested on Sunday at its second-highest point on record, cutting off the river’s northern section from shippers to the south.

As a result, farmers already grappling with flooded fields and worries about the trade war with China have struggled to obtain fertilizer for their crops. Customers have seen their deliveries of construction materials and road salt get stuck midway to their destinations. And shippers have made drastic cuts to their operations with work at a standstill.

“It’s like when you’re driving on an interstate and there’s an accident in front of you and there’s nowhere to go,” said Jeff Webb, president of Cargill Marine and Terminal, which operates more than 1,400 barges, hundreds of which are now stuck in the Gulf of Mexico or lower Mississippi River because of closures to the north.

Barges are slower and less conspicuous than trains, planes and trucks, but they can be a much more economical way to move bulk goods, as they have done around this country for generations. One barge can haul as much as 70 semi-trucks’ worth of dry cargo. They are especially useful for farmers, who use them to send harvested grain to export markets and to receive fertilizer for their next crop. A majority of the country’s exported grain is shipped on the Mississippi and its tributaries.

“We’re feeding the world, basically,” said Deidre Smith, director of the Arkansas Waterways Commission, a state agency. “It’s going to impact that a lot. The farmers right now are going to be hurting.”

The breakdown in river transportation is just one more burden for farmers, who are also facing low commodity prices. Some held on to last year’s crop, hoping that tariff-depressed prices would bounce back this year; now they cannot even get their produce to market.

Outside Conway, Ark., Chris Schaefers’s corn sprouted last month and grew past his knees. It is all gone now, dead beneath several feet of swift-moving, latte-colored river water. A few days ago, Mr. Schaefers drove a motorboat through one of his hay barns.

Chris Schaefers, left, and his neighbor and fellow farmer, Jill Edwards, passed an irrigation system nearly covered by flood water in a swamped Arkansas crop field.CreditJoseph Rushmore for The New York Times

Facing the possibility of thousands of swamped acres with nothing planted, Mr. Schaefers said he would like to sell what he has left from last year’s rice and soybean harvest, but it is stuck in grain bins. The same river that killed this year’s crop is so swollen that barges cannot take last year’s to market.

Even farmers whose fields have remained dry have faced troubles. The halts in river traffic have been a constant headache this planting season for Mike Christenson, agronomy division manager at Countryside Cooperative, a grain elevator and storage facility in Wisconsin. When the barges that haul imported fertilizer up the Mississippi could not get through, Mr. Christenson scrambled for alternatives.

“It’s been ugly all spring,” said Mr. Christenson, who said that for the first time in a decade, he was going to the extra expense of getting fertilizer shipments delivered by truck and rail.

“It’s just going to cost more to put in the crop than normal,” said Travis Justice, the Arkansas Farm Bureau’s chief economist.

An idled barge in Van Buren, Ark. It may be weeks before the flooded Arkansas River is back within its banks and running slowly and predictably enough for barges to navigate it safely.CreditJoseph Rushmore for The New York Times

Even if the rivers reopen to barges in the next few weeks — and that is uncertain, with water levels still near record heights in some places — the effects on the economy could linger. Never has so much of the river system been closed for so long at such an important time of year.

“We thought it was as bad as it was going to get” weeks ago, said Debra Calhoun, a senior vice president at the Waterways Council, an industry group. “The forecast just continues to be horrid.”

With supply chains disrupted, warehouses overflowing and shippers turning to more expensive ways to move goods, consumers could see higher prices and shortages of some products in the summer and fall.

“I think most people take the river for granted — they just assume that the grain is going to get to market, the steel coils are going to show up to make the pipe, and peanuts are going to get here,” said Bryan Day, the executive director of the Little Rock Port Authority in Arkansas, where dozens of barges have been waiting in the harbor for the water to subside and the river to reopen.

Bryan Day, executive director of the Little Rock Port Authority, worked with barge captains to store their loaded barges in the port’s slack-water harbor to await safer river conditions.CreditHouston Cofield for The New York Times

Barges need water to operate, but not this much of it. Shippers depend on predictable channels and a steady pace of river flow. The huge amounts of water that have rushed through the system in recent months have sent rivers bursting from their banks and made them hazardous for travel.

As the climate changes, scientists warn that the Midwest and South will experience more periods of intense rain, which can contribute to floods. May was the second-wettest month on record in the 48 contiguous states, federal officials said.

The risks of overwhelmed rivers have already been seen. Two barges broke loose in Oklahoma last month and careened down the flooded Arkansas River, raising fears that they would smash into a dam and cause it to fail, with devastating consequences downstream. The barges did eventually strike a dam, but it was only slightly damaged. A few days earlier in St. Louis, water levels were so high that a towboat struck a bridge.

In Arkansas, Mr. Shell has been spending his days waiting for the water to finish receding at the ports he runs. Instead of loading barges and trucks, his employees have been cleaning off the mud, surveying the damage and hoping for federal help to rebuild. It could still be weeks before barges are moving on the rivers, and his company’s losses have already reached into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

But on a recent morning, as Mr. Shell idled his pickup truck in a cavernous warehouse still caked with river mud, there was one sign of a fresh start: The overhead lights came back on.

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Bernie Sanders went to Walmart, shareholders were not impressed

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On May 23 I wrote about Bernie Sanders’ invitation by the workers of Walmart to attend the annual shareholder meeting in Bentonville, Arkansas. Bernie accepted the invitation and made good on his commitment. He attended the June 5 meeting and he was given an opportunity to speak.

The workers of Walmart (that sounds like a potential reality show on Bravo) wanted a seat on the board. They had some normal demands of higher wages and paid sick leave. There was also mention of this jibberish – the workers were demanding a “more fair, inclusive and equitable corporate ecosystem that bridges differences.” I have no idea what they are saying there.

Speaking as a proxy for Walmart employees, Bernie delivered a resolution from the floor to put company workers on its board of directors and pay them a minimum wage of $15.00 per hour. Then Sanders lowered the boom. He was allowed three minutes to speak.

“Despite the incredible wealth of its owner, Walmart pays many of its employees starvation wages, wages that are so low that many of these employees are forced to rely on government programs like food stamps, Medicaid and public housing in order to survive,” Sanders said. “Further, Walmart should give a voice to its workers by allowing them seats on the board of directors. The concerns of workers, not just stockholders should be a part of board decisions.

The resolution failed to pass. Walmart CEO Doug McMillon was present and said: “We’re not perfect, but together we’re listening, we’re learning, and we’re changing.”

Though the top brass publicly welcomed Bernie’s visit, Dan Bartlett, Walmart’s executive vice president of corporate affairs used Twitter to distribute a prebuttal in anticipation of the millionaire socialist’s criticisms. That brought on a response from Bernie’s campaign manager.

“We welcome @BernieSanders on his campaign stop to Northwest Arkansas. Here are a few facts I’m fairly certain he won’t acknowledge while describing his outdated view of Walmart,” Bartlett wrote. “No other company in the U.S. is making debt-free college education accessible to more than a million people for about $1 a day. No other company has opened 200 training academies, providing enhanced workforce skill-building for hundreds of thousands just this past year. No other company has hired more than 225k veterans in the last 5 years. No other company in America has pledged to avoid emissions in the supply chain by 1 BILLION metric tons by 2030! Oh, and we’re one of the largest federal income tax payers, recently contributing nearly 2% of all corporate taxes!”

Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir fired back with his own tweet, writing: “No, Dan, it’s not Mission Accomplished for Walmart” and linking to a news story in which Bartlett, who worked as an adviser to President George W. Bush, took the blame for the decision to hang the infamous banner during a speech Bush gave on an aircraft carrier in May 2003, shortly after the US invasion of Iraq.

During Neal Cavuto’s afternoon show on Fox News Channel Wednesday, he pointed out some Walmart statistics of his own. He mentioned $793 million in bonuses to hourly workers; 215,000 associates promoted; 57% of promotions went to women, and 45% of those promotions went to people of color.

Though Walmart executives hoped that Bernie’s visit wouldn’t result in a campaign-style rally, the 2020 Democrat candidate did participate in an impromptu rally outside where he repeated his demand that Walmart workers be paid $15.00 per hour. Currently, the minimum wage at Walmart is $11.00 per hour, though it works out to be $17.50 for full-time employees when benefits are included.

Walmart has upgraded its pay structure twice since 2016. The corporation has defended its wages, saying it pays a total of $17.50 an hour to full-time employees when its various benefits are taken into account.

Sanders is adding names to his email list with the help of an online campaign to pressure Walmart to increase their workers’ pay. It’s all about his presidential campaign.

Walmart’s CEO urged Congress to raise the federal minimum wage during his remarks Wednesday morning. Sanders is holding out for $15.00 per hour.

Tuesday Walmart announced additional enticements for high school age workers with higher education goals. Walmart is offering free prep for the SAT and ACT tests and debt-free college benefits.

The nation’s largest private employer said Tuesday that its workers in high school may also take two to three free general education college classes through an educational startup. Walmart estimates about 25,000 people under the age of 18 work at its stores, a fraction of its 1.3 million person U.S. workforce.

The enticements are part of an expansion of a program Walmart launched last year offering affordable access to a college degree for full-time and part-time workers who have been with the company at least 90 days. Still, reaching out to high schoolers represents a challenge, given that fewer teens are entering the workforce than in previous decades due to academic pressures and an increase in summer school enrollment.

Bernie’s visit was a political stunt and not everyone was happy to see him.

In line for the meeting, Pat Copp, a shareholder for three decades and retired business administrator from Indiana, defended Walmart’s businesses practices and talked up the company’s recent moves to raise its minimum hourly wage. She called Sanders’ visit a political stunt and said she didn’t like “his philosophies or thoughts, whatever you want to call them. I disagree with him totally.”

Ms. Copp is, however, inclined to agree that worker representation on the board is a good idea.

“I don’t know how large the board is, but to have input from the workers in some way — I think that would be good,” she said. “A lot of time top management is so removed from the ground level, they really don’t know what’s going on.”

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