TOPSHOT – US President Donald Trump arrives for a press conference in New York, September 25, 2019, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

Another day, another truly baffling series of words coming from President Donald Trump’s mouth.

Speaking at a White House meeting on Friday about small business and regulation, Trump went on one of his trademark riffs, touching on a number of subjects with the clarity of a muddy puddle. He seemed to be referring to a series of complaints that have been raised over the years about various consumer product regulations (a favorite topic of Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky) but without making a coherent point about any of them.

Read the whole stream of consciousness rant to get a sense of what it was like:


The light bulb — they got rid of the light bulb that people got used to. The new bulb is many times more expensive and — I hate to say it — it doesn’t make you look as good. Of course, being a vain person, that’s very important to me. It’s like — it gives you an orange look. I don’t want an orange look. Has anyone noticed that? So we’ll have to change those bulbs in at least a couple rooms where I am in the White House. … We have a situation where we’re looking very strongly at sinks and showers. And other elements of bathrooms — where you turn the faucet on, in areas where there’s tremendous amounts of water, where the water rushes out to sea because you could never handle it — and you don’t get any water. You turn on the faucet and you don’t get any water. They take a shower and water comes dripping out, just dripping out, very quietly, dripping out. People are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times, as opposed to once. They end up using more water. So EPA is looking at that very strongly, at my suggestion. You go into a new building, or a new house or a new home, and they have standards where you don’t get water. You can’t wash your hands practically, so little water comes out of the faucet. And the end result is you leave the faucet on and it takes you much longer to wash your hands. .. For the most part. you have many states where they have so much water, it comes down — it’s called rain. They don’t know what to do with it. … A lot of things we do are based on common sense. If I didn’t get elected you wouldn’t have a steel industry. … We weren’t going to have a steel industry.

‘Don’t mess with me:’ Pelosi’s viral moments summon the soul of America

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi quite literally outdid herself this week. Shortly after stepping up to the microphone Thursday to direct the drafting of articles of impeachment against Donald Trump, Pelosi ultimately overshadowed her own historic moment at a press conference following the announcement as she attempted to exit stage left. That’s when a reporter from the right-leaning Sinclair Broadcast Group hurled the type of Hail Mary question the Speaker almost always takes a pass on: “Do you hate the president, Madam Speaker?” 

We all know what happened from there—Pelosi wasn’t going to put up with that kind of crap for a second. She turned to the reporter abruptly, wagged her finger at him, and clarified, “I don’t hate anybody.” Then, in a highly unusual move, Pelosi marched straight back to the podium so everyone would have access to the audio of what she was about to give. This historical moment isn’t about politics, she explained. “This is about the Constitution of the United States and the facts that lead to the president’s violation of his oath of office,” she said, “and as a Catholic, I resent you using the word ‘hate’ in a sentence that addresses me.”–Don-t-mess-with-me-Pelosi-s-viral-moments-summon-the-soul-of-America

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