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CLASS ACT: ‘I’m not supposed to be here.’

It was obvious that Trump was still processing what had happened. Who wouldn’t be? It is something that will stay with him for the rest of his life. At the moment, he is grappling with the feeling that something very big has changed in his life and in the presidential race. When I asked him, “Does this change your campaign?” he immediately answered, “Yes.”

Trump explained that before Saturday night, he had finished the speech he planned to give later this week at the Republican convention. “I basically had a speech that was an unbelievable rip-roarer,” he said. “It was brutal — really good, really tough. [Last night] I threw it out. I think it would be very bad if I got up and started going wild about how horrible everybody is and how corrupt and crooked, even if it’s true. Had this not happened, we had a speech that was pretty well set that was extremely tough. Now, we have a speech that is more unifying.”

The originally written red meat would have been tasty but things have indeed changed since Saturday.

Trump could very well take the nation from what could have been one of the worst moments in our history to one of the great speeches in campaign history over the course of just five days.

NEW CIVILITY WATCH:

BRIAN WANG: Tesla FSD Profits Will Explode. “This is hugely significant because each full purchase of FSD is the profit of a car. You buy a Model Y for $40,000 and Tesla gets $8000 of profit. Tesla sells FSD for about $8000 and that is the profit of a car.”

JIM TREACHER GOES OUT ON A LIMB: Maybe the Secret Service Isn’t a Vehicle for Female Empowerment.

This push for diversity is fine when the manager at your local Starbucks is hiring. I’m not so sure it’s such a great idea for, say, the United States Secret Service.

Here’s a slick promotional video the agency released last year:

Yaaaaaaaas kween! Girlbosses are getting it done! Struttin’ down a hallway in slo-mo. Liftin’ weights in slo-mo. Everything’s cooler in slo-mo.

“Being a part of history is probably the best part of this job.” Well, you’re definitely part of history now. How does it feel?

So that promo was great for public relations. The press loved it. Big win for the agency.

Fast-forward to July 13. Butler, Pennsylvania. What does this push for diversity look like in practice?

It looks like this:

I guess she’s protecting him from… ants? The Lollipop Guild? I don’t know.

The Secret Service inspired a bit more confidence when they were still beefy guys in khakis, blazers, argyle socks and Sperry Top-Siders:

Related: It Just Gets Worse —> Secret Service Detail Diverted From PA Trump Rally … to Jill Biden and WTAF.

REPUBLICANS POUNCE: Our Awful News Media Is Worse Than You Can Imagine. “Now that the shock of Saturday’s attempted assassination of Donald Trump has worn off, the media wasted no time shifting the narrative to ‘Republicans Pounce!’ and, lucky you, I’ve collected a few of the most outrageous examples.”

Related (From Ed): NBC Frets GOP Is ‘Seizing on’ Trump Assassination Attempt, Demands New ‘Tone.’

Similarly, Newsweek and Politico were also quick to blame the victims:

And more “seizing” at the London Mirror yesterday: Trump supporters seize on Biden’s ‘Bullseye’ call as ‘coded message to shooter.’

THIS IS “THE BIG LIE” THAT BIDEN’S ENTIRE PRESIDENCY WAS PREDICATED ON:

Mike Allen knows it’s a lie. His readers know it’s a lie. He knows his readers know it’s a lie and his readers know he knows they know it’s a lie.

But it’s a comforting lie, so they repeat it.

WHAT ON EARTH IS GOING ON OVER AT MORNING JOE?

Folks, it is off the air today, for the first time in its history, and this is neither an accident nor a minor event in the media world. The flagship broadcast of America’s political establishment, Joe Biden’s “favorite show” — the one he possibly watches more religiously than he attends Mass — is missing in action on this most important Monday in recent living political times. (I imagine Joe Biden now lost, without his magnetic lodestone to center him, lacking any idea of what to say even to his chef today, and for the first time I genuinely fear for the nation.)

* * * * * * * *

And apparently, we must now all Beware of the Blob, for it cannot be trusted to be let loose on this Monday morning to explain how America ought to properly regard the attempted assassination of the former president of the United States. Could that possibly be because the attempt came after years of Morning Joe’s various guests spending their waking hours depicting that same man as an incubatory proto-Hitler? Here’s the funny thing: Honestly, I doubt it.

Read that again carefully: I do not think that was the reason at all. Because I don’t think shame motivated MSNBC at all. I instead wonder whether it was well-placed fear. Surely there are private communications — texts, emails, perhaps deeply unfortunate drunken half-punctuated rants CC’d to far more people than a sober person would send — that made today impossible. Why else would MSNBC do the utterly unprecedented, and simply axe its flagship brand-name show on one of the most consequential news days of the last decade? And if it was impossible for Mika and Joe to be up to the challenge of discussing events without the sort of rhetoric that would shame an entire nation, to say nothing of a network, then how on earth would it be any less so tomorrow? To quote one of RedState’s sharpest observers: “Pulling Morning Joe off the air is an admission.” “An admission of what?” remains the only question.

Related: Just NBC the utter lack of empathy when a Republican is shot:

Flashback: Bernie Bro James T. Hodgkinson, Attempted Assassin Of Steve Scalise, Already Being Erased From History. And additional examples of leftist violence and eliminationist rhetoric at the link.

“THIS IS WHY WE DRILL”: Embarrassing Secret Service Response to Attempted Trump Assassination. “I spent a couple of years in my career with Broaddus Defense, a private company that helps clients prevent and prepare to respond to violent attacks. The Secret Service fumbled the response to the attempted assassination of President Trump yesterday, and every member of the assigned team and their superiors should be taken in front of a Senate committee and grilled during a session that is carried live by every single media platform. This event and the Secret Service’s response is why we drill.”

Related (From Ed): The country’s in the very best of hands:

MICHAEL WALSH: Trump, Biden, and the Shame of the Corporate Media.


We chose the cover image, based on a well-known 1932 Hitler campaign poster, for a precise reason: that anyone transported back to 1932 Germany could very, very easily have explained away Herr Hitler’s excesses and been persuaded that his critics were going overboard. After all, he spent 1932 campaigning, negotiating, doing interviews—being a mostly normal politician. But he and his people vowed all along that they would use the tools of democracy to destroy it, and it was only after he was given power that Germany saw his movement’s full face.

Today, we at The New Republic think we can spend this election year in one of two ways. We can spend it debating whether Trump meets the nine or 17 points that define fascism. Or we can spend it saying, “He’s damn close enough, and we’d better fight.” We unreservedly choose the latter course.

Unreservedly, TNR, and now you have to live with it. Remember when Sarah Palin ran an ad “targeting” vulnerable congressional seats and the Left lost its collective mind? But it’s okay when they do it — after all, their hearts and minds are in the right place. They live in a feminized fantasy world of violence and revenge, but one in which the consequences of their words and deeds never blow back on them. Let BLM burn down parts of major cities and their fascist goon squad, Antifa, assault real Americans with impunity — their intentions are pure! And if you disagree, they’ll kill you.

Read the whole thing. As Richard Fernandez once wrote: “It is impossible to understand the politics of the Left without grasping that it is all about deniable intimidation.”

UPDATE: TNR quickly attempts to memory hole its new cover:

ANALYSIS: TRUE.

The shame of it is — if that’s the right word — is that Biden could have brought some dignity to his campaign if he’d promised that “lowering the temperature” would start with him.

But dignity has never been his strong suit.

QUESTION ASKED AND ANSWERED: Can Doug Mills’ photo of a bullet and President Trump be real? Yes. Here’s how…

The world was stunned by a picture by Doug Mills, a New York Times photographer, which appears to show a blurred trail of a bullet having passed President Trump or clipped his ear at a rally on Saturday.

Many will be asking themselves “Is it possible to take a picture of a bullet in flight?” The short answer is “Yes”, so there is no reason to assume Mills image is a fake.

Taking a photograph of a bullet has been done before, but typically it’s done in controlled circumstances – Sweedish photographer captured a picture of biathlete Hanna Öberg, using a Nikon Z 9 which shows the bullet leaving the muzzle of a rifle.

At 1/32,000sec, however, the ‘frozen bullet’ – despite some motion blur – is more or less visible for its shape….

And while we’re on the subject of incredible photos: A Natural: Photographer Who Snapped Now Iconic Trump Rally Shot a Pulitzer Winner.

COMMON SENSE:

UPDATE: A friend sends: “Haha, when they do that, our crazy orange former president official becomes shadow chief executive. Making the common sense calls the Biden admin can’t quite manage.”

AN ICONIC IMAGE:

I don’t need to explain what has just happened to you. We will be talking about it for a long time to come. The assassination attempt on Trump is of such enormity — a man is dead, and others are injured — that we will be dealing with its ramifications for months if not years. It is frankly a miracle that Trump survived — a bullet grazed him, taking a piece of his right ear with it — and questions will immediately turn to how on earth the Secret Service could have allowed this to happen. . . .

But for now I want to offer a prayer for the dead and wounded, a sigh of relief that we have narrowly avoided a catastrophe that would have carried us full-scale into a grotesque replay of the worst of 1968, and . . . a genuinely heartfelt tip of the cap to Donald Trump, a man who actually rose to a truly terrible moment. Eight to ten shots ring out; Trump feels the upper lobe of his right ear get torn away by a bullet, the Secret Service rushes him as he gets down. There is chaos. There is terror. The immediate need is to get the former president — already wounded and bleeding — off the stage.

And then Donald Trump says “Wait, wait, wait.” And Trump reaches up over their protective shield to throw a set of fierce, proud fist-pumps in the air. Blood is streaking down the side of his head and on his arms. But he wants you to know he’s unbowed. Unintimidated. You come at the Don, you best not miss. The images are already iconic, from multiple angles. Trump, with his bloody fist raised in proud defiance of the Reaper and anyone else crazy enough to try and take him down, is going to become one of the most famous photographs in modern American political history — if you’re uncomfortable with that you best start adjusting to it.

Or maybe, like the “Falling Man” photo from 9/11, the media will disappear it.

JIM TREACHER: Maybe the Secret Service Isn’t a Vehicle for Female Empowerment.

“Well, you wouldn’t do any better under fire, Mr. Blogger!” You’re exactly right. Which is why I shouldn’t be in the Secret Service any more than they should.

Kimberly Cheatle, head of the Secret Service, got the publicity she wanted for hiring a bunch of women. Now she’s got a bunch of questions to answer.

How did this happen?

How did a guy with a rifle access a rooftop that close to his target?

Why didn’t agents listen to the attendees who spotted him first?

Why was one female agent heard screaming, “What are we doing? Where are we going?”

Why haven’t you cleaned out your desk yet?

That last question is the most important one. I sure wouldn’t want to trade places with Cheatle right now. Republicans hate her for letting this happen to Trump, and Democrats hate her for handing him the election.

The Secret Service has no plans to beef up security at the RNC in Milwaukee, saying: “We are confident in the plans we have.”

They shouldn’t be confident in anything right now. They’re not filming a promotional video with women in Kevlar vests walking in slow motion while contemporary R&B plays. They’re supposed to be protecting a presidential candidate, and they just failed utterly.

Yep.

META JOE: The Joe Biden Experience. “This video is almost genius in its simplicity: Joe Biden as Joe Rogan, interviewing Joe Biden, all populated exclusively with actual Biden audio.”