Is the New York Times taunting President Donald Trump with this front page article today? It sure looks like it:
Waking up, scanning the front page of the NYT, wondering how the president will react to seeing this headline pic.twitter.com/ORls0je4Ay
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) August 6, 2017
Not only is the headline bad, one of the examples from the first freakin line of the piece is a lie:
WASHINGTON — Senators Tom Cotton and Ben Sasse have already been to Iowa this year, Gov. John Kasich is eyeing a return visit to New Hampshire, and Mike Pence’s schedule is so full of political events that Republicans joke that he is acting more like a second-term vice president hoping to clear the field than a No. 2 sworn in a little over six months ago.
Yes, Ben Sasse went to Iowa earlier this year. But he went to pay off a debt to IJR’s Benny Johnson over last year’s Nebraska-Iowa football game. Nebraska lost which meant Sasse had to go to Iowa and drive an Uber:
As for Sen. Tom Cotton, he was in Iowa for a fundraising dinner in May:
Tom Cotton headlined Pottawattamie Co (Iowa) GOP’s annual fundraiser on Friday – https://t.co/IsTu3qEGJH
— Reid Wilson (@PoliticsReid) May 22, 2017
But if Cotton wants to run against Trump in 2020, why would he partner with the president on immigration?
— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) August 2, 2017
As for Ohio Governor John Kasich, we’ll give the Times that one. Who knows what he’ll do?
Kasich & Hickenlooper doing another joint appearance this AM on Face The Nation. The 2020 Bull Moose ticket?
— Scott Detrow (@scottdetrow) August 6, 2017
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway called the NYT piece “pure fiction” in an appearance on George Stephanopoulos’ show Sunday morning:
— Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) August 6, 2017
Update. Here’s Mike Pence’s response:
— Vice President Pence (@VP) August 6, 2017