Mere days after he denounced a story in his former chief of staff’s book as “fake news,” former President Donald Trump is back to promoting Mark Meadows’ memoir from his time in the White House.

“Mark Meadows’ new book, The Chief’s Chief, rightfully spends much time talking about the large-scale Election Fraud that took place in the 2020 Presidential Election,” Trump said in a statement on Saturday posted by spokesperson Liz Harrington.

But Trump was singing a completely different tune on Wednesday when The Guardian published an excerpt of the book, which comes out Dec. 7. According to the paper, Meadows wrote that Trump tested positive for coronavirus three days before a presidential debate with Joe Biden but proceeded with the debate anyway. According to Meadows, Trump tested negative after the positive test, but that was with a rapid antigen test, which is not as reliable as the more accurate PCR test that the CDC recommends after a positive result. In the book, Meadows even described Trump as symptomatic ahead of the debate, with “dark circles under his eyes” and “moving more slowly than usual… like he was carrying a little extra weight on his back.” Earlier, Meadows said, Trump had sounded like he had “gravel in his voice.” A week after the first positive result, Trump was hospitalized with severe Covid symptoms following another positive test.



John Kennedy Went Full Joe McCarthy

Whatever charm the Louisiana senator has does not mask that he is a smart and vicious Republican of the new school.


John Kennedy

John Kennedy of Louisiana is one of the Senate’s great phonies, an Oxford-educated tower of ambulatory artificial cornpone who’s as bone-deep a reactionary as Tom Cotton or Ted Cruz, but who is occasionally mistaken for being charming by people who never got over their pre-adolescent crush on Jethro Bodine. On Thursday, he was questioning Dr. Saule Omarova, the administration’s choice to be the comptroller of the currency.