From The Reporter's Notebook
Just outside the hall, two trans women attending CPAC held up signs protesting the president's decision and pleaded with their fellow conference-goers to speak to them and open their minds, TPM's Alice Ollstein reported. "As far as they’re concerned, we are the worst stereotype they can come up with," said Jordan Evans, a trans woman from Charlton, Massachusetts. "But that's the reason why I’m here, to show that we’re all the same. I’m a conservative. You’re a conservative.”
"The President was using that as an adjective. It's happening with precision and in a manner in which it's being done very, very clearly."
- White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Thursday that President Donald Trump was using the word "military" as an "adjective" to describe deportations carried out under his administration.
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From a TPM Prime member: "A simple central theme is essential. Having a raft of well thought out policy proposals (cf HRC) does not cut any ice. You have to have a rallying cry, a banner for people to coalesce around, which unifies all of your policies under one umbrella. Simply coming up with policies that benefit Trump America as a strategy to build bridges, create common ground, build support for Democrats is a fools errand. We have superb proof of that. The ACA. It was perfectly designed to help rural white Americans. I won't recount the sad story of how it was turned into a weapon of division - causing whites who depend upon it to hate it - we all know it. The Democratic Party has been complicit in the rise of the Plutocracy and the corruption of government. Democrats in Congress gave massive support to Gramm-Bliley-Leachman. Democratic politicians were all for for the creation of 'Leadership PAC' pay-off vehicles."
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