David Taintor

David Taintor is a news editor at Talking Points Memo. Previously, he worked at NBC News and Adweek. He's a native of Minnesota. Reach him at taintor@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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Author Tim O’Brien, who wrote “TrumpNation,” on Monday weighed in President Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric, which includes calling himself a “nationalist” and accusing the media of being the “enemy of the people.”

“Dog whistles are silent. This is a fire alarm,” O’Brien said on MSNBC. “There’s nothing quiet. It’s not new. Trump has been engaging in this kind of activity for decades.”


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Speaking shortly after a deadly shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, President Trump on Saturday said that if the house of worship had armed guards, “the results would have been far better.”

Asked whether gun laws should be tightened in the wake of the shooting, Trump said: “If they had protection inside the results would have been far better. This is a dispute that will always exist I suspect. But if they had some kind of a protection inside the temple maybe it could have been a very much different situation. They didn’t, and he was able to do things that unfortunately he shouldn’t have been able to do.”

At least eight people were killed in the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, according to reports. Three officers were shot and a suspect is in custody.

Trump said he would speak about the shooting further at an event later Saturday.


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President Donald Trump on Friday criticized the media for being “unbelievably unfair to Republicans,” saying that he could “tone it up” because of that treatment.

“Well I think I’ve been toned down, if you want to know the truth. I could really tone it up because, as you know, the media’s been extremely unfair to me and the Republican Party,” Trump said hours after the FBI arrested a suspect in connection to the mailed pipe bombs sent to prominent Democrats and CNN this week.

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The Miami Herald reported DNA evidence helped lead investigators to apprehend mail bombing suspect Cesar Sayoc:

A trail of DNA evidence on the packages or the devices helped investigators narrow a nationwide manhunt to Cesar Sayoc, a 56-year-old man from Aventura, law enforcement sources told the Miami Herald. Sayoc was being questioned by FBI agents with the Joint Terrorism Task Force following his arrest.