From bad economic news to the ongoing government shutdown to bombshell reports that he directed his lawyer to lie to Congress, it has been a week to forget for the president.
The president keeps revising his explanation of hush-money payments made to two women who claimed to have had extramarital affairs with him.
Since before he was elected president, Donald Trump has operated in the belief that he can control his narrative through sheer force of will — and words. But this week, Trump’s relentless stream of messages seems to have come back to haunt him.
“The problem is that the bail system makes poverty a barrier to release.”
“Thousands of hardened criminals and dangerous suspects are walking free or will be soon.”
“Many people accused of crimes are innocent, and their odds of winning their case are substantially greater if they’re free before trial.”
“Without some security — cash deposits, bail, or jail — many defendants will never show up for their day in court.”
“People held in jail while awaiting trial start to lose ground even after just a few days of incarceration.”