CNN’s Brooke Baldwin and Gloria Borger Left Utterly Perplexed By Trump’s North Korea Tweet: ‘New Level of Dysfunction’


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Donald Trump‘s announcement that he will be lifting sanctions on North Korea that may or may not even exist continues to perplex, which CNN analyst Gloria Borger characterized as a “new level of dysfunction” for the Trump White House. On Friday afternoon’s edition of CNN Newsroom With Brooke Baldwin, both Borger and host Brooke Baldwin struggled to sort out Trump’s strange announcement. After CNN National Security Correspondent Kylie Atwood tried to explain Trump’s announcement, Baldwin asked Borger for her thoughts. “My colleagues and I have been rushing around and trying to figure out who knew what when about this,” Borger said, “and it seems that this takes everything to kind of a new level of dysfunction that if the president can tweet something about his own policy on sanctions, and nobody quite understands what it means, how do you run foreign policy?” “Aside from Sarah Sanders saying Continue reading "CNN’s Brooke Baldwin and Gloria Borger Left Utterly Perplexed By Trump’s North Korea Tweet: ‘New Level of Dysfunction’"

Trump REVERSES North Korea Sanctions Just Hours After His Own Government Announced Them


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Just hours after President Donald Trump‘s own Treasury Department announced additional sanctions on a pair of Chinese companies that it says are helping North Korea evade sanctions, Trump announced via Twitter that he is lifting “large-scale sanctions” against North Korea. On Thursday, the Treasury Department issued a press release announcing the sanctioning of “two shipping companies that have helped North Korea evade sanctions,” and that “As a result of today’s action, any property or interests in property of the designated persons in the possession or control of U.S. persons or within or transiting the United States is blocked, and U.S. persons generally are prohibited from dealing with the designated persons.” On Friday, Trump tweeted that “It was announced today by the U.S. Treasury that additional large scale Sanctions would be added to those already existing Sanctions on North Korea,” and added “I have today ordered Continue reading "Trump REVERSES North Korea Sanctions Just Hours After His Own Government Announced Them"

Birth of Trump Nation: Trump Launched Racist Birther Crusade 9 Years Ago on The View


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This weekend marks a significant anniversary: it was nine years ago that Donald Trump launched the racist “birther” crusade that would propel him to the top of that cycle’s GOP primary field, and arguably put him on the political map that led him to the White House. Trump strongly hinted at birtherism during a March 17, 2011 Good Morning America interview, but stopped short of demanding to see then-President Obama‘s birth certificate:

On the March 23, 2011 edition of ABC’s The View, co-host Joy Behar dragged Trump’s innuendos about Obama into the light by quoting those insinuations, and then directly asking him “Are you a birther?” Trump first complained that “birthers” are derided as idiots, then asked “Why doesn’t he show his birth certificate?” “Why should he have to?” co-host Whoopi Goldberg asked. After a lot of crosstalk, Trump flatly declared “I want him to Continue reading "Birth of Trump Nation: Trump Launched Racist Birther Crusade 9 Years Ago on The View"

Trump Battles With Maria Bartiromo Over McCain: ‘Mr. President, He’s Dead. He Can’t Punch Back’


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President Donald Trump‘s most recent attack on the late Sen. John McCain was so egregious that even Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo called him out during a new interview, pointing out that McCain “can’t punch back. He’s dead.” On Thursday afternoon, Fox Business Network played a preview clip of Bartiromo’s interview with Trump during which she asked him about his attacks on McCain, and Trump stood by the attacks, while managing to tell several falsehoods as well. “You spend a good portion of your time in Ohio the other day trashing John McCain,” Bartiromo said. “Senator John McCain is dead. Why are you doing this?” she asked. “It’s not a good portion of my time, it’s a very small portion,” Trump said, before repeating several of his favorite attacks about McCain, which themselves contain numerous falsehoods. In fact, Trump spent a solid four-and-a-half minutes ranting about McCain Continue reading "Trump Battles With Maria Bartiromo Over McCain: ‘Mr. President, He’s Dead. He Can’t Punch Back’"

John McCain Torpedoed Trump’s Attempt to Get Federal Aid For Luxury Housing in 1996


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The animus that fuels Donald Trump‘s still-escalating attacks on the late Senator John McCain may have originated not with political differences, but with McCain’s interference in Trump’s pursuit of millions in federal assistance for a project that McCain said would “predominantly benefit upper income Americans.” Trump’s attacks this week (so far) culminated in a five-minute rant during which he falsely claimed that he had “approved” McCain’s funeral, complained that he hadn’t been thanked for the gesture, and even took credit for a piece of legislation that was literally named after McCain. But Trump’s hostility toward McCain goes back long before he infamously attacked the former prisoner of war’s military service during the 2016 presidential campaign by saying McCain was “a war hero cause he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.” He made a similar attack in 1999, telling Dan Rather McCain “was captured. Does Continue reading "John McCain Torpedoed Trump’s Attempt to Get Federal Aid For Luxury Housing in 1996"

Meghan McCain Once Asked Trump For Campaign Job and Trump Said ‘I Love it!’


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Donald Trump‘s relentless and disgraceful attacks on late Senator John McCain have once again forced Meghan McCain to come to her father’s defense. But there was a time when she and Trump were on good enough terms for McCain to ask him for a job if he ever ran for president. Trump’s decades-long attacks on the revered late senator descended to new depths Wednesday when Trump noted that he “didn’t get a thank you” for McCain’s funeral, falsely claiming that it required his approval. But things were quite different between Trump and the McCains in 2011, when he sat for an interview with Meghan McCain for The Daily Beast. Trump stated off the interview by telling her “I like you and I like your father, I’ll tell you. And I like your mother. I like your whole family.” Ms. McCain responded by telling Trump that her mother, Cindy Continue reading "Meghan McCain Once Asked Trump For Campaign Job and Trump Said ‘I Love it!’"

CNN Gets Savaged for Kellyanne Conway ‘Puff Piece’: Like Celebrating Goebbels as ‘Badass of Berlin’


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CNN reporter Dana Bash and her network are being absolutely wrecked on Twitter for tweeting a fluffy interview of White House counselor and Alternative Factotum Kellyanne Conway with the hashtag “BadAssWomenDC.” On Wednesday night, CNN tweeted out the 8-minute video package with the message “Kellyanne Conway’s humble New Jersey roots laid the foundation for a long career in a male-dominated world of politics. Now, she’s the one consistent figure in the otherwise revolving door of the Trump White House. #BadassWomenDC” The interview and slick video package paint Conway — who once jokingly threatened to perform an abortion on a feminist “with a gun” — as a pioneer for women, and while Conway’s relationship to “alternative facts” is briefly mentioned in the fluffy background, Bash doesn’t challenge Conway during the interview. As of this writing, that tweet has achieved a deadly ratio of almost ten-to-one replies to “likes,” and the
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Watch: Devin Nunes Justifies Protesters Using N-Word on Rep. John Lewis During 2010 Obamacare Fight


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Newly-resurfaced video shows that Republican MOO-ver and shaker Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) defended protesters who used the n-word against civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) in 2010, saying they had “every right to say what they want,” adding only that the epithets were “not appropriate.” During protests against the House passage of the Affordable Care Act in March of 2010, several members — including Lewis, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), and Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) — reported that demonstrators hurled abuse that included the n-word. On the March 21, 2010 edition of C-Span’s Washington Journal, host Steve Scully asked Nunes about the incident, and Nunes appeared to argue that while the language was “not appropriate,” the protesters had “every right” to use it, and that they were provoked by the legislative process. “Can you give us a sense of the flavor of the debate on the floor, Continue reading "Watch: Devin Nunes Justifies Protesters Using N-Word on Rep. John Lewis During 2010 Obamacare Fight"

Laura Ingraham and Guest Mock Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez For Using ‘Latina’ Pronunciation of Her Name


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Fox News host Laura Ingraham and Trump supporter Joe diGenova mocked Congresswoman and Democratic rising star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for using a “Latina” inflection when pronouncing her own name, and diGenova even imitated AOC’s accent. On Tuesday night’s edition of Fox News’ The Ingraham Angle, Ingraham and diGenova took a few seconds from complaining about the media to slam Ocasio-Cortez for correctly pronouncing her own name. “You’ve noticed that AOC, the star of the moment, the It Girl, and I mean girl in a very mature way, she’s the star, and she’s the juice of the whole party, where the excitement is, but you notice when she introduces herself, does she take on that Obama, Obama put on accents…” Ingraham said. Mr. diGenova  — who was once in the running to be Donald Trump’s lawyer — said “She does the Latina thing where she does her, you know, ‘Anastasio [sic] Continue reading "Laura Ingraham and Guest Mock Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez For Using ‘Latina’ Pronunciation of Her Name"

Stephen Colbert Responds to Devin Nunes Lawsuit By Creating Another Nunes Parody Account


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Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) is suing Twitter and several users for $250 million over a pair of parody accounts, but that doesn’t scare late night host Stephen Colbert, who responded to the news by… creating a Devin Nunes parody account. On Tuesday night’s edition of CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the host spent several minutes mocking “Republican congressman and proud graduate of ‘Smiling for beginners’ Devin Nunes” over the suit, which names defendants such as “Devin Nunes’ Mom” and “Devin Nunes’ Cow.” Amid the jokes, Colbert noted that the “Devin Nunes’ Cow” account has increased its followers over a thousandfold. “So this lawsuit isn’t going quite as planned,” Colbert said. “Which is why Nunes went on hannity last night and said he’s baffled at how Twitter got away with this.” In the Hannity clip, Nunes wonders how he “can be attacked relentlessly hundreds Continue reading "Stephen Colbert Responds to Devin Nunes Lawsuit By Creating Another Nunes Parody Account"

Tucker Carlson Claims America Isn’t Racist Because ‘We’ve Had a Ton of Intermarriages’


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Embattled Fox News host Tucker Carlson tackled the issue of slavery reparations, and it went exactly how you think it went, with Carlson observing that America can’t be a “racist country” because “we’ve had a ton of intermarriages.” On Tuesday night’s edition of Tucker Carlson Tonight, the extended “My Pillow” ads were broken up by segments like the one in which Carlson puzzled over the issue of reparations for American descendants of slavery, delicately introducing the subject as people being “rewarded or punished based on their skin color.” Carlson, who is under fire over bigoted and sexist remarks he’s made over the years, then played some clips of Democratic presidential candidates discussing reparations, and introduced his guest, Professor Jason Nichols. “I actually agree slavery is America’s original sin, and has had consequences that have rippled through the centuries,” Carlson allowed, and asked “but what do you do Continue reading "Tucker Carlson Claims America Isn’t Racist Because ‘We’ve Had a Ton of Intermarriages’"

Anderson Cooper to Trump Defender’s ‘Punching Back’ Excuse for McCain Attacks: ‘He’s Punching a Person Who’s Dead’


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CNN host Anderson Cooper shut down a pro-Trump guest’s excuse for Donald Trump‘s continued attacks on the late Sen. John McCain by noting that Trump is attacking a man who “can’t fight back because he’s dead.” On Tuesday night’s edition of Anderson Cooper 360, Cooper hosted a lengthy debate segment between anti-Trump Republican strategist Ana Navarro and pro-Trump strategist Adolfo Franco — each of whom knew McCain personally — to discuss Trump’s attacks against the widely-revered late senator. Navarro began by suggesting that McCain would derive “satisfaction” from the fact that “even after death, he is still haunting Donald Trump,” and drew a contrast between McCain’s service and sacrifice for his country, and Trump’s not that. Franco, on the other hand, spent most of his screen time chalking Trump’s attacks up to “style,” as when he told Cooper and Navarro that “The president’s style is when he Continue reading "Anderson Cooper to Trump Defender’s ‘Punching Back’ Excuse for McCain Attacks: ‘He’s Punching a Person Who’s Dead’"

CNN’s Toobin: ‘Absurd’ to Equate Rep. Omar’s ‘Silly Statement’ to Trump’s ‘Racist and Bigoted Tirades’


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CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin called out a Trump supporter by noting that comparing Rep. Ilhan Omar‘s (D-MI) “silly statement” with Donald Trump‘s “racist and bigoted tirades” is an “absurd false equivalence.” On Tuesday night’s edition of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, host Anderson Cooper conducted a debate segment between Toobin and former Trump White House attorney Jim Schultz, and the conversation turned to Trump’s continued attacks on the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). Toobin observed that Trump’s entire political career is based on vitriol, much of it racist and bigoted. “The only reason Donald Trump is a politician at all is because he made up a racist lie about Barack Obama not being born in the United States,” Toobin said, adding “That’s why Donald Trump became a political figure. Because he made up this racist lie and used it to become a political figure, and Continue reading "CNN’s Toobin: ‘Absurd’ to Equate Rep. Omar’s ‘Silly Statement’ to Trump’s ‘Racist and Bigoted Tirades’"

Trump Shares Clip of Fox Host Saying POTUS Has Every Right to Call ‘Fake News’ the ‘Enemy of the American People’


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Donald Trump tweeted a clip of Fox News host Jesse Watters complaining about news outlets covering the White House unfavorably, and declaring that Trump “has every right to say that fake news is the enemy of the American people. Trump continues to serve as Fox News Social Media Intern-in-Chief by posting clips from the network whose own Twitter feed has gone dark for months. On Tuesday evening, he promoted a clip from The Five, which featured Jesse Watters going on a rant about how the press covers Trump. Watters began by accusing media companies of having a “profit motive” for “crusading” against Trump by, for example, having “reporters up Trump’s you-know-what 24/7.” News outlets have dedicated multiple reporters to White House coverage for many decades, forming a press “corps,” if you will. He went on to say that the presidents of CNN and MSNBC “hate this president, and Continue reading "Trump Shares Clip of Fox Host Saying POTUS Has Every Right to Call ‘Fake News’ the ‘Enemy of the American People’"

Dan Abrams: Did Matt Whitaker Tip Trump Off About Mueller’s Report?


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ABC News chief legal analyst and Mediaite founder Dan Abrams speculated that former acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker may have “tipped off” Donald Trump as to the contents of Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s report. On Monday’s edition of Sirius XM’s The Dan Abrams Show, Abrams delved into some of the ways in which Trump has railed against the Mueller investigation, including saying, just last week, that there “should be no Mueller report.” But over the weekend, Abrams noted, Trump tweeted that he “told leadership to let all Republicans vote for transparency” on the non-binding House resolution to demand the release of the Mueller report, which passed the House 420-0, but was blocked in the Senate by Lindsey Graham. “Why would the president suddenly be supporting transparency for something that he doesn’t think should exist?” Abrams wondered, adding “It’s got to make you wonder whether Matt Whitaker Continue reading "Dan Abrams: Did Matt Whitaker Tip Trump Off About Mueller’s Report?"

Fox Host Kennedy Goes Full Trump With Terrible Beto Nickname ‘Beta O’Dork’: ‘He’s a Beta Male!’


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Former Texas Congressman and freshly-announced Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke already has a nickname (it’s “Beto”), but Fox News host Kennedy is trying her hand at Donald Trump‘s name game by dubbing O’Rourke “Beta O’Dork.” Trump’s infamous habit of giving his opponents “clever” nicknames like “Li’l Marco” Rubio and “Little Adam Schitt” has rubbed off on the Outnumbered co-host, “cleverness” and all. On Monday’s edition of the cable news gabfest, talk of the Democratic field turned to O’Rourke. Co-host Dagen McDowell told the rest of the crew that “Watching Beto O’Rourke in Iowa over the weekend, he is on fire,” and went on to explain that “Beto has all of this energy, he’s doing the arm wave and the talking with his hands.” “But Biden and Bernie are going to have some issues with this energy level,” she said. Fox Business host David Asman noted that a Continue reading "Fox Host Kennedy Goes Full Trump With Terrible Beto Nickname ‘Beta O’Dork’: ‘He’s a Beta Male!’"

Fox & Friends Asks Why People Link Trump’s Language with Mosque Shooter. Here’s Why.


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The hosts of Fox & Friends are just the latest pro-Trump figures to wonder aloud why anyone would link Donald Trump‘s language with the words and actions of the terrorist mass murderer who killed 50 people at two mosques in New Zealand. As a public service, here are some possibilities. On Monday’s episode of Trump’s favorite morning show, host Brian Kilmeade commented on Trump Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney‘s appearance on Fox News Sunday, during which Mulvaney decried any link between Trump’s language and the shooter’s. “They are saying why is he using the same language as that 28-year-old killer in New Zealand,” Kilmeade said, referencing Trump’s use of the word “invasion,” adding “He is not using the same language. That’s the way Trump talks to illustrate what he sees as a problem at the border. Nothing to do with gun control in New Zealand.” Co-host Continue reading "Fox & Friends Asks Why People Link Trump’s Language with Mosque Shooter. Here’s Why."

John Oliver Destroys Jay Leno with Clips of His Disgusting Monica Lewinsky Jokes


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John Oliver skinned alive Jay Leno‘s recent call for “civility” in late-night comedy by playing a string of revolting Monica Lewinsky jokes, for which Oliver says Leno has never apologized. On Sunday night’s edition of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, Oliver tackled the issue of online shaming, and presented Lewinsky as patient zero in the phenomenon of people being pulled out of their private lives, and into a life-ruining public maelstrom. Along the way, Oliver copped to his own participation in the decades-long pile on, but singled out former Tonight Show host Jay Leno as someone who trampled on Lewinsky and never apologized for it. “Look, my hands are not cleaning here either,” Oliver said of the pile-on. “I wasn’t in the U.S. at the time, but 10 years after the fact I was in a Daily Show piece marking the 10th anniversary of the scandal above a Continue reading "John Oliver Destroys Jay Leno with Clips of His Disgusting Monica Lewinsky Jokes"

Amy Klobuchar on Reparations: Doesn’t Have to be ‘Direct Pay’ but Invest in Communities ‘Hurt by Racism’


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Minnesota Senator and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar became the latest in her field to weigh in on the issue of reparations for slavery, saying that she supports investing “in those communities that have been so hurt by racism,” and that a reparations plan “doesn’t have to be a direct pay for each person.” On Sunday morning’s edition of NBC’s Meet the Press, an apparently skeptical Chuck Todd noted “there apparently is going to be another conversation in the Democratic party about reparations for descendants of slaves,” and asked Klobuchar “Where do you come down on that?” “I believe we have to invest in those communities that have been so hurt by racism,” Klobuchar replied, but added “It doesn’t have to be a direct pay for each person.” “But what we can do is, invest in those communities, acknowledge what’s happened,” she continued. “And that means Continue reading "Amy Klobuchar on Reparations: Doesn’t Have to be ‘Direct Pay’ but Invest in Communities ‘Hurt by Racism’"

Beto Cops to White Privilege, But Adds He’s ‘The Only Candidate From the US/Mexico Border’


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Former Texas Congressman and newly-announced Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke admitted he benefits from white privilege, but also claimed that among the diverse field of Democrats, he’s the “only candidate from the United States/Mexico border.” On Sunday morning’s edition of NBC’s Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd told the towering O’Rourke “You have admitted that, hey, you’re in a party right now that isn’t necessarily interested in a white male candidate, and that you’re sort of at a disadvantage in that. And yet the coverage of your campaign some people have criticized going, ‘Oh, it’s not fair. He’s getting coverage that some of the other candidates didn’t get.’ You’ve actually tried to answer some of that criticism. What do you say to that?” O’Rourke began by telling Todd “I would never begin by saying I’m at any disadvantage at all. As a white man who has Continue reading "Beto Cops to White Privilege, But Adds He’s ‘The Only Candidate From the US/Mexico Border’"