How do you spell W-I-N-N-E-R?
Here, Thursday morning Pulse starting with the National Spelling Bee. Nearly 300 competitors took their turns in the preliminary rounds. And the field is now down to 40. Six-years-old Edith Fuller stepped to the microphone as the youngest ever participant. Her first word-nyctinasty, nyctinasty. Can you spell it? Ah…N-I-X…
-Nyctinasty, N-Y-C-T-I-N-A-S-T-Y, nyctinasty.
So, not quite Kendis. Edith spelled that and her second word correctly, but her scores on preliminary written tests weren’t high enough to keep her in her competition.
But just to show that she really is a six-year-old kindergartner, after she found that she didn’t make it to the next round, she ran to her father and burst into tears.
Trump under fire for Virginia comments
Donald Trump is once again under fire for blaming both sides for last weekend’s violence in Virginia. One day after condemning white supremacists, Trump made an about-face, lashing out at a news conference.
-You had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent, and nobody wants to say that. But I’ll say it right now. You had a group, you had a group on the other side that came charging in without a permit, and they were very, very violent.
White supremacists and far-right groups clashed with counter-protestors in Charlottesville on Saturday, leaving one woman dead and more than 30 people injured. Trump’s initial response blamed violence on “many sides” while failing to denounce the white supremacy movement. Two days later, he singled out the Ku Klux Klan and other extremists.
–Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists.
-You had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent, and nobody wants to say that. But I’ll say it right now.
-This is magnified when the economy is down. When times are tough, people tend to want to blame some others. The alt-right*, although it doesn’t represent all of America, is growing in its role in absorbing social discontent.