Taking a few quick questions before boarding Air Force One moments ago, President Donald Trump told reporters that there would be consequences for Saudi Arabia if investigations underway show their guilt in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Asked first by a reporter if in fact he believes Khashoggi to be dead, as opposed to considering him missing, the President replied “It certainly looks that way to me. It’s very sad. It certainly looks that way.” He was also asked whether secretary Mike Pompeo‘s meeting today with Saudi officials produced any new information. “No, just that we’re waiting for some investigations and waiting for the results, and we’ll have them very soon, and I think we’ll be making a statement, a very strong statement,” he said. “But we’re waiting for the results of about three different investigations and we should be able to get to the bottom very Continue reading "Trump Says Consequences for Saudis May Be ‘Very Severe’ if Involved, Adds ‘But We’ll See What Happens’"
In a lengthy segment on CNN Thursday on the topic of Jamal Khashoggi, CNN’s S.E. Cupp and Van Jones covered a lot of ground, and at one point discussed with host Ana Cabrera remarks by televangelist Pat Robertson weighing a journalist’s life against strategic interests. Van Jones wrapped up his immediate prior point about the absurd explanations offered by Saudi Arabia today in the disappearance and presumed murder of Washington Post contributor Khashoggi, and that led in to Cabrera playing a clip of Pat Robertson in which he said that “you don’t blow up an international alliance over one person.” Cabrera turned to Cupp for comment, saying it sounded like Robertson was saying money is more important than a man’s life. “Oh he’s not hiding it,” said Cupp. “And President Trump has made the same kind of statement, grotesquely calculating the cost of human life. In this Continue reading "S.E. Cupp: Trump’s Handling of the Saudis Amid Uproar Over Khashoggi is a ‘Grotesque Calculation’ of Human Life"
Senate nominee Rep. Kyrsten Sinema‘s (D-AZ) controversy-riddled campaign took a new turn this morning during an interview with local radio station KTAR, when she somewhat disavowed her own party. The hosts, Mac and Gaydos, bantered with Sinema before asking to start, “are you a democrat?” “I am,” she replied. “Proud Democrat?” “Gosh, it’s hard to say ‘proud’. I don’t know that– I’m not sure that people are even proud of parties anymore because I feel like the parties are, ick, not doing a good job,” said Sinema, who is currently serving at third term in the House as a Democrat. “So I would say that I’m a proud Arizonan. That’s something I’m very proud of. And I’m proud of the work that I’ve done in Washington, DC, and the work I’ve done in the state Senate and the statehouse before going to Congress. But I’m not Continue reading "Senate Candidate Rep. Krysten Sinema Says It’s ‘Hard to Say’ She’s ‘Proud’ to be a Democrat"
On Wednesday night on MSNBC, a Democrat Congressman on the Intelligence Committee, Rep. Eric Swalwell, alleged to host Rachel Maddow on her show that the President of the United States is actively colluding with the Saudi government to cover up the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Rep. Swalwell tried to avoid putting it bluntly, but that is exactly what he communicated during his appearance on the show, as can be seen in the above clip. Rachel Maddow also saw exactly what was being alleged, and addressed it directly during her interview. Swalwell first established that the murder happened, that we know it happened, and that we know who did it. Maddow displayed this tweet of his on screen.
If someone was killed in your home, while you were in it, and 15 days later you’re still trying to come up with an explanation…forget it. We already know. #Khashoggi— Continue reading "Rep. Eric Swalwell on Rachel Maddow: Trump and Saudia Arabia Colluding on Murder Cover-up"
On MSNBC on Wednesday, news anchor Stephanie Ruhle discussed Donald Trump‘s AP interview with her guests, former Democrat senator Robert Torricelli and New York Times columnist and MSNBC contributor Bret Stephens, and on the topic of his son, Donald Trump Jr., the right-leaning Stephens unleashed. Ruhle read from the AP’s extensive interview, in the portion regarding the Trump Tower meeting with Russians about Hillary Clinton. From the AP transcript, the President said:
“My son’s a good young guy. He did what every other person in Congress would do if somebody came up to them, said, ‘Hey, I have information on your opponent.’ I don’t know of any politician. And I think I can speak for the people in this room that would have said, ‘Oh, gee, information on my opponent and it’s bad information?’ Name me a politician that would have turned that down. There Continue reading "MSNBC’s Bret Stephens Rips ‘King Donald’ and Sons Over Russia, Saudi Arabia: Don Jr. ‘Happens to be an Idiot’"
On Outnumbered Overtime on Wednesday, host Harris Faulkner interviewed Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) on the topic of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and appeared somewhat taken aback as he questioned pointing fingers at Saudi Arabia and even the very nature of the situation. “The big question today regarding Khashoggi has to be with Saudi Arabia,” said Faulkner. “How do you investigate this? And also maybe even with Turkey, who can we trust?” “Well, listen, I think we have to try to get them both to partner together to try to do this investigation but an investigation is key,” said Duffy. “I mean as a former prosecutor I want to see the facts and I want to know who is responsible, I want to know who ordered the killing, if there was a killing, and it appears that there was, so once we have those facts before, so Continue reading "Fox’s Harris Faulkner Caught Off-Guard as Rep Sean Duffy Warns of ‘Rush to Judgment’ on Saudis: ‘If There Was a Killing…’"
Last week on CNN, news anchor Brooke Baldwin called a stop on guests Mary Katharine Ham and Matt Lewis for using the word “mob” – which Baldwin called “the m-word” – when describing the mob of liberal protesters outside the Supreme Court on the day of Justice Brett Kavanaugh‘s swearing-in ceremony. Last night on The Late Show, Stephen Colbert asked her about it. Derisively claiming that Baldwin faced criticism from “the Twitter people” for her comment, Colbert said that “one of your guests called Democratic protesters ‘mob’, a ‘mob’, and you said we’re not going to use the “m” word around here.” “I did, I did,” said Baldwin. “You got a lot of flak for that,” Colbert continued. “What happened?” “At the time the mob word had been this talking point for Republicans, from all up and down Capitol Hill in the wake of what had happened Continue reading "CNN’s Brooke Baldwin to Colbert: I Don’t Want to Be ‘Word Police’ But Can’t Allow Liberal Protesters to be Called a ‘Mob’"