Kellyanne Conway: Bikini Pics are ‘Alternative Facts’

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Conway: ‘Not me’

Kellyanne Conway, one of the most visible defenders of Donald Trump’s presidency, says photos of her in a bikini are “alternative facts” that are being spread on the Internet without regard to the truth.

“I have clearly been photoshopped into images of other women to hurt Donald Trump by demeaning me as a person,” said Conway, 50. “This isn’t about me. This is about the whole notion of shared truth. By posting pictures that are so obviously not me, we are undermining our own sense of truth and our own shared community as Americans. We should not stand by while the notion of truth is debased by such blatant lies. Someone needs to stand up to falsehoods when we see them. We must fight back.”

The pictures, which first surfaced in conservative news tabloid National Midnight Star, depict Conway in a variety of bathing suits, including a glittery blue bikini in front of what looks to be the main gate at Mar-a-Lago, the Florida resort owned by Donald Trump. Another image shows Conway in a green bikini on a small island off Mar-a-Lago. Another shows Conway in a red bikini, although only her backside is visible.

Conway: ‘Not mine’

Conway said the pictures are the work of a “bad (or sick) person” and are an attempt to take the focus off the things the Trump administration is doing, like accusing President Barack Obama of wire tapping Trump Towers, using the presidency to spread accusations about Muslim attacks in Sweden, and saying immigration curbs are needed because of a massacre in Bowling Green, Ky.

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“What these images do is corrode the very notion of truth by pretending these are legitimate pictures of me when they are so clearly false,” she said. “Can you imagine if our president put up a picture of, say, a rival candidate’s wife and implied she was ugly when compared to, say, his wife? Of course we can’t imagine that because it’s so beneath the dignity of someone running for our nation’s highest office. Or can you imagine if a candidate for the presidency tried to connect the father of a rival candidate to the assassination of John F. Kennedy? Again, you can’t imagine that because it’s so beneath the dignity of a presidential candidate. Or if a candidate were to accuse a president of not being born in the United States until the candidate decides it’s okay for him to be born in the United States?”

Conway also asked if you could image a president making sweeping denunciations of all media as “fake news,” an assertion that can only serve to undermine the foundations of a democracy, which depends on citizens agreeing to a set or norms, values, and basic facts.

“If you try to discredit all media, you create a population in which people retreat into their own information bubbles, no longer trusting anything the other side says,” she said. “This is a personal attack on my character but it’s also an attack on our democracy, our shared trust in our institutions, and our credibility as a nation.”

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First 3 Days in Office Most Presidential Ever, Trump Says

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President Donald Trump says his first three days in office have been the “most presidential of any president at any time in the history of the United States” and the incredible presidential quality of his presidency will only get “more presidential” from here. Trump says his first action on his first day was to suspend, “very presidentially,” a rule that President Obama implemented right before he left office to lower the insurance premium for federally backed FHA home loans. The lower premiums were expected to make homeownership more affordable for millions of middle class households, which Trump called a very “unpresidential move” because it wasn’t done with the kind of presidential quality he would have done it with. More.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Unable to Compete with Trump, is Closing Down

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After 146 years, the iconic traveling show company, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, says it’s closing its doors because of low attendance. “Ticket sales have been declining for years, but they really took a nose dive starting about 18 months ago,” says Kenneth Feld, CEO of Feld Entertainment, the producer of Ringling. Feld attributed the dramatic drop in attendance to the company’s decision to stop using elephants, the growing unease people feel around clowns, and the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump. More.

Consortium of Russian Oligarchs Say They’ll Fund Mexican Border Wall

wallLawmakers in the U.S. Senate this week are tweaking 2017 budget legislation to allocate money for construction of the Mexican border wall, a priority of incoming president Donald Trump, but the budgetary maneuver faces a high hurdle to get past Democrats—and might not even be necessary. A consortium of Russian businessmen, including one who is a close friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has come forward with a proposal to create a private fund that would pay for the wall, enabling Trump to meet his highest-profile campaign promise without taking money away from other U.S. priorities or adding to the federal deficit. More.

Author Q&A: When Your President is a Psychopath

am1It’s been a busy six months for Arthur Mann, whose book, When Your President is a Psychopath (Knolle, 2016), unexpectedly rocketed to the top of the New York Times bestseller list. We caught up with Mann, a professor of psychology at MIT, while he was between flights at LaGuardia Airport in New York City. To recap our conversation, Mann said there’s an easy way to cope with Donald Trump’s presidency, but it’s probably not what you think. More.

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