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"I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and wouldn't lose any voters, ok? It's, like, incredible." —Donald Trump, who is currently the frontrunner for the Republican nomination for president, insulting the intelligence of his own supporters.
Last night, Sen. Ted Cruz said some stupid things about "New York values" being a synonym for like money-grubbing, fame-hungry monsters. Donald Trump used the moment to go full "9/11" on Cruz and, at least to my aged eyes, thePrinceton educated, Goldman Sachs spouse left the exchange the worse for it.
Anyway, the New York Daily News did its thing and went hard after Cruz with today's cover.
"Well, I can imagine it in a Saturday Night [Live] skit."
Obama also dismissed Trump's chances of winning the presidency.
"I'm pretty confident that the overwhelming majority of Americans are looking for the kind of politics that does feed our hopes and not our fears, that does work together and doesn't try to divide, that isn't looking for simplistic solutions and scapegoating but looks for us buckling down and figuring out, 'How do we make things work for the next generation?'"
The president went on to offer a preview of what will be his final State of the Union tonight: "Part of what I want to do in this last address is to remind people: You know what, we've got a lot of good things going for us, and if we can get our politics right, it turns out that we're not as divided on the ideological spectrum as people make us out to be."
In the days between Christmas and the New Year, much of the media world is in a silly state of pretend. A lot of people are nominally on the clock but have, in truth, sort of checked out. Anyway, because of that you get very silly posts like the one you are reading now, which is a write-up of aBusiness Insider write-up of a Reddit thread.