Marco Rubio: It’s Worth Blowing Up Relationship With Saudi Arabia Over Human Rights

Sen. Marco Rubio spoke out against Saudi Arabia’s alleged killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi on CNN Tuesday and held that human rights are more important than U.S. relations with the Gulf nation. Trump has framed his reluctance to strongly condemn Saudi Arabia around his fears of jeopardizing arms deals with the country, totaling at least $9 billion since 2013. CNN’s Alisyn Camerota noted Trump’s concerns about the arms deals and added that Rubio himself sees Saudi Arabia as a valuable hedge against Iran’s influence in the Middle East. “Is one journalist’s gruesome murder enough to blow all of that up?” she asked. “Well, I can tell you that human rights is worth blowing that up,” Rubio replied. “And luring someone into a consulate where they’re murdered, dismembered and disposed of is a big deal. By the way, this happens to be a green card holder of Continue reading "Marco Rubio: It’s Worth Blowing Up Relationship With Saudi Arabia Over Human Rights"

Trump Bashes ‘Complete and Total Fraud’ Elizabeth Warren After Cherokee Nation Rejects DNA Claim

It was inevitable. President Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday to rip Senator Elizabeth Warren over her claims to Native American heritage. In a move that generated speculation yesterday about a presidential run, Warren released the results of a DNA test she took in order to prove her claims of Native American ancestry. Shortly afterwards, Cherokee Nation rejected her test and accused her of “undermining tribal interests.” Now, Trump’s calling her a “phony” and bringing back his “Pocahontas” slur.

Richard Linklater’s New Political Ad Mocks Ted Cruz’s Preference of White Castle Over What-A-Burger

Richard Linklater is back with another political ad, this one mocking Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) over his fast food preferences. The film director and his frequent collaborator, Sonny Carl Davis, have been working with the Fire Ted Cruz Pac to mock the senator’s “Tough as Texas” mantra ahead of the midterm elections. Yesterday, the two released a new video that takes aim at Cruz for his love of White Castle. “A triple-meat What-A-Burger liberal? What does that even mean, Ted? Everybody I know in Texas likes What-A-Burger,” Davis says. “There’s not a White Castle within 900 miles of Texas, Ted. Maybe up in Canada, huh? But not in Texas.” The “Canada” remark harkens back to the 2016 election, when Cruz was attacked for being born outside of America and, therefore, possibly ineligible for the presidency as naturalized citizen. President Trump was among those who attacked Cruz on this Continue reading "Richard Linklater’s New Political Ad Mocks Ted Cruz’s Preference of White Castle Over What-A-Burger"

Ben Sasse: Trump Puppet Masters News Media Into a Frenzy ‘Which Isn’t Good for Us’

Senator Ben Sasse sat with Morning Joe today in a long-ranging discussion about many topics that comprise the current news cycle but finished with insightful commentary on the very nature of today’s current news cycle itself. Sasse’s media visibility has spiked of late, in part due to his role in the Senate confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, but that the once “Never Trumper” appears to have cooled on his criticism of President Donald Trump. Oh, and he’s also doing a pretty extensive media tour in promotion of his book that has him on nearly every cable news program. Morning Joe contributor Mike Barnicle got the last question when he asked the Senator about the news business, saying “do you buy into the proposition that Donald Trump wakes up every day and plays us to the hilt and laughs at us?” Sasse provided something relatively rare for cable news programming: ostensibly Continue reading "Ben Sasse: Trump Puppet Masters News Media Into a Frenzy ‘Which Isn’t Good for Us’"

Ivanka Trump Posts Inspirational Quote From ‘Socrates’ That is Very Fake

Ivanka Trump tweeted out an inspirational quote on Tuesday morning, which she attributed to Greek philosopher Socrates. “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new,” the senior White House official wrote, attributing the Goopian piece of inspo to everyone’s favorite father of western philosophy. The tweet was quickly deleted, but screenshots remain: Moments later, however, Ivanka reposted the tweet with a slight edit: “Socrates (note: a fictional character not the philosopher),” she noted. After some digging, it seems Ivanka Trump’s character is sourced from a fictionalized memoir by gymnast Continue reading "Ivanka Trump Posts Inspirational Quote From ‘Socrates’ That is Very Fake"

Scarborough on Saudis: ‘This Isn’t About Human Rights; This Is About Trump Organization Money’

The story of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi took another strange turn when President Donald Trump seemed to confirm the Washington Post’s journalists death during an improvised press gaggle on the White House lawn. It was the first we’d heard any official discussed his killing when the Commander in Chief floated a “rogue killers” theory that seemed to cue the Saudia Arabian Royal Family to prepare a similar explanation of an “interrogation gone wrong.” The Morning Joe panel opened today’s show with this subject, led by host Joe Scarborough who expressed great cynicism at how the Trump administration appears to be playing “PR man for the Saudis” in this story, “But right now, the Saudis and Donald Trump find themselves in a position where they’re desperate to keep investment going into Saudi Arabia,” Scarborough noted, before likening this to Trump’s arrangement with Vladimir Putin and Russia. “Just like the Russians poured Continue reading "Scarborough on Saudis: ‘This Isn’t About Human Rights; This Is About Trump Organization Money’"