Dec 25, 2019

New Trump site for supporters to "win arguments with snowflakes"

President Trump speaks during a Dec. 18 rally in Battle Creek, Michigan. Photo: Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump’s re-election campaign launched a website Tuesday it proclaims will help his supporters "win arguments with liberal friends, relatives, and snowflakes they encounter during the holidays."

Why it matters: The launch of the Trump campaign's snowflakevictory.com website comes as the U.S. is polarized by politics, in a year marked by the release of the Mueller report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and Trump's impeachment — and the site follows Trump's rhetoric on those and other issues.

Zoom in: The new campaign site features videos of talking points using Trumpian terms such as "Russian hoax" and claims that there "was no quid pro quo, Democrats always obsessed with impeachment."

  • The Washington Post notes the site makes claims "that fact-checkers have characterized as false or misleading," including the debunked claim that former Vice President Joe Biden pushed Ukrainian officials to fire the country's top prosecutor because he was investigating Burisma, on whose board his son Hunter Biden served.
"Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler has repeatedly described the allegation as incorrect, writing in September that “by continuing to claim that Biden ‘did’ something for his son, Trump persists in spreading a false narrative about a diplomatic maneuver hailed at the time as a step toward reducing corruption in Ukraine."
— Washington Post

What they're saying: Former Democratic National Committee spokesman Mo Elleithee responded in a tweet to Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale Twitter post announcing the new site:

The big picture: "53% of Americans say talking about politics with people they disagree with is generally stressful and frustrating," a 2018 Pew Research Center study found. That's up from 46% in 2016.

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The business of tear gas

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U.S. forces yesterday used tear gas on peaceful protesters outside the White House gates, prior to a declared curfew, clearing a path for President Trump to visit a riot-damaged church for a photo opportunity.

The state of play: Two of the largest U.S. producers of tear gas are owned by private equity firms, but those firms have no interest in discussing their ownership.

Cerebus sells control of Steward Health Care back to company

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Cerberus Capital Management has agreed to sell control of community hospital group Steward Health Care back to the company, as first reported by the New York Times and confirmed by Axios.

Why it matters: This would make Steward one of the country's largest physician-owned and operated companies. It also marks the end of a 10-year ownership period for Cerberus, which was most recently marked by threats to shutter a Pennsylvania hospital in March, despite the pandemic, if the facility didn't receive state bailout funds.

Exclusive: Washington Post makes major move into local news

People entering the Washington Post building in D.C. in 2019. Photo: Eric Baradat/AFP via Getty Images

The Washington Post has signed all 30 of McClatchy's local news outlets to its Zeus Performance product, a software that gives sites better speed, ad view-ability and performance, executives tell Axios.

Why it matters: By adding more local news outlets, The Post can start to build a local news ecosystem within its tech stack.