GOP Senate Candidate Asks Twitter if Robert E. Lee is Hero or Villain, It Does Not Go Well For Him


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GOP Senate Candidate Chris McDaniel has had a rough 48 hours of attempted Civil War revisionism. The state senator, running to represent Mississippi in Congress, first took to social media to wheel out some wild claims about Confederate general Robert E. Lee: He was promptly fact checked, by everyone from CNN anchor Jake Tapper to historian Kevin Kruse: McDaniel wasn’t satisfied. In an apparent effort to combat “political correctness and
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GOP Senate Candidate Corey Stewart Tells Al Sharpton ‘You’re a Race Hustler’ That’s ‘Obsessed’ with Slavery in Tense Clash


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On MSNBC’s Politics Nation, host Al Sharpton interviewed Trump-endorsed GOP senate candidate in Virginia Corey Stewart on race in America, and the explosive interview got heated as Stewart called Sharpton a “race hustler.” Obviously, with the events of this weekend, and it being the one year anniversary of Charlottesville, this is where the topic began. Sharpton introduced Stewart — whose extensive ties to racists Mediaite has covered before — by calling him a “darling” of white supremacists. Sharpton went right for it in his first question. “Do you consider yourself a candidate — the candidate for white nationalists in the state of Virginia?” “No, of course not, Reverend, and here’s the thing,” Stewart began. “I know you brought me on your show because you want to talk about the one year anniversary of the horrible events in Charlottesville last year. But, you know, I meet with voters Continue reading "GOP Senate Candidate Corey Stewart Tells Al Sharpton ‘You’re a Race Hustler’ That’s ‘Obsessed’ with Slavery in Tense Clash"

Colbert Slams John Kelly: ‘You’re a General and You Don’t Know Why The Civil War Happened?!?’


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[jwvideo id= “ktrvj4el” Stephen Colbert took some shots at White House Chief of Staff John Kelly for his remarks about the Civil War. During an interview with Laura Ingraham while discussing the taking down of Confederate statues, Kelly said it’s a “mistake” to take what people see as acceptable today and apply it back then. “Nope, sorry. A lot of people thought slavery was bad back then,” Colbert reacted. “For example, I’m gonna go on a limb here- black people.” The Late Show host mocked Kelly for thinking that a “lack of compromise” led to the Civil War. “What do you mean there was a ‘lack of compromise?!?” Colbert exclaimed. “The Civil War happened because there was compromise; The Missouri Compromise, the Three-Fifths Compromise.  You’re a general and you don’t know why the Civil War happened?!? What do you think caused WWII, a zoning issue?!?” Colbert suggested Continue reading "Colbert Slams John Kelly: ‘You’re a General and You Don’t Know Why The Civil War Happened?!?’"

Roland Martin Completely RIPS John Kelly’s Civil War Comments: ‘Shame On You!’


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During his interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham that aired last night, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly called Gen. Robert E. Lee an “honorable” person while making the case that the Civil War was started because of an inability for the North and South to come to a compromise. The comment immediately drew outrage on Twitter. This morning, CNN’s Chris Cuomo scolded the retired general, stating his remarks were akin to “bigotry being ignored and rationalized.” But Cuomo’s condemnation of Kelly seemed tame compared to NewsOne’s Roland Martin. Appearing on MSNBC today, the journalist absolutely went in on Kelly essentially playing the “both sides” card with the Civil War. “I’m not going to allow four stars to allow stuck on stupid to simply go on,” Martin began, adding that Kelly was “utterly clueless.” Regarding the chief of staff’s claim that the Civil War was about compromise, Continue reading "Roland Martin Completely RIPS John Kelly’s Civil War Comments: ‘Shame On You!’"

Dan Rather Blasts Trump Over Civil War Comment: His Knowledge ‘Below That of Most Gradeschoolers’


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dan rather Former CBS anchor Dan Rather ripped into Donald Trump over the “sheer craziness” of the president’s remarks about why the Civil War happened and whether it could’ve been averted. Yesterday, Trump argued that Andrew Jackson might’ve been able to stop the war between the Northern Union and the Southern Confederacy if the former president was still alive when the conflict was imminent. Rather penned his reaction on Facebook, blasting Trump for his “carnival act” of pushing “half-baked conspiracies” and historical inaccuracies instead of governing the country:
“Nevermind that Mr. Trump’s knowledge of American history seems below that of most gradeschoolers. Nevermind that in many people’s view, Jackson is not exactly the kind of president, or man, you would want to hold up as an example. And nevermind that there is an implicit criticism of arguably our greatest president, Abraham Lincoln. (It reminds me of his slam against John McCain and Continue reading "Dan Rather Blasts Trump Over Civil War Comment: His Knowledge ‘Below That of Most Gradeschoolers’"

Trump Reportedly Once Bragged He Could Have ‘Done A Deal’ to Avoid Civil War


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Author Jon Meacham revealed on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Tuesday that he once had a conversation with then-candidate Donald Trump, where the billionaire claimed that he could have negotiated a compromise that would have avoided the Civil War. “[Trump] told me a year and a half ago or  — a year ago — that, you know, he thought he could have done a deal to have averted the [Civil] War,” Meacham said. Moments earlier, host Joe Scarborough emphasized that “a President of the United States who says, hey, nobody has ever asked the question, ‘why did we have a civil war’ is — again, I know of no adult in my 54 years of living that would ever come close to uttering that question.” Meacham replied by contending that “it’s a projection of the President’s fundamental and enveloping narcissism.” The guest, who wrote a Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Andrew Continue reading "Trump Reportedly Once Bragged He Could Have ‘Done A Deal’ to Avoid Civil War"

Trump Like My Mother With ‘Dementia for 10 Years’: Scarborough Returns With a Vengeance


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Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski returned Tuesday from a quick vacation, seemingly to celebrate Brzezinski’s 50th birthday. In the opening minutes of their show, the two appeared to let bygones be bygones after last week’s lovers quarrel and jumped into their favorite bonding activity: Astonishment over President Donald Trump’s latest outrage. Scarborough took particular exception to the President’s claim that nobody was asking about why “we even had a Civil War”

“My mother’s has had dementia for 10 years,” he said. “That sounds like the sort of thing my mother would say today.”

He continued.

“That’s something that a 5-year-old might ask, but that is not anything that any grown up that I have been around in my entire life would ever let pass from their lips,” he said. “That has been the central question of how did America begin as our original sin and how did we move Continue reading "Trump Like My Mother With ‘Dementia for 10 Years’: Scarborough Returns With a Vengeance"

‘What the President Said Was Stupid!’: CNN Panel Goes Off After Trump Tweets About Andrew Jackson


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An AC360 panel on CNN tonight got very heated after President Trump doubled down on his comments about the Civil War and Andrew Jackson. You’ve probably heard by now that the president said Jackson––who died before the Civil War began––could have prevented it from happening. He also said, “People don’t realize, you know, the Civil War, if you think about it, why? People don’t ask that question, but why was there a Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?” Tonight he tweeted this out: On CNN afterwards, Congressman Jack Kingston defended Trump and said he certainly has a point about what Jackson could have done. Tara Setmayer jumped in and said that Trump Continue reading "‘What the President Said Was Stupid!’: CNN Panel Goes Off After Trump Tweets About Andrew Jackson"

Ex-RNC Chair: President Trump Has a ‘Clear Lack of Understanding of the History This Country’


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In an interview with Salena Zito of the Washington Examiner aired on Monday, President Donald Trump wondered why there was a Civil War, and made some curious comments about his hero, “swashbuckler” Andrew Jackson. After comparing his campaign style to the populist rhetoric of the seventh president, Trump suggested that “had Andrew Jackson been a little bit later you wouldn’t have had the Civil War.” Trump has often expressed his affinity for Jackson, who died 16 years before the start of the Civil War, and has a portrait of the slave-owning president hanging in the Oval Office. After playing a clip of the interview on her show, Andrea Mitchell asked Michael Steele, former head of the Republican National Committee and MSNBC political commentator, about the comments. “I think he’s re-writing history,” Mitchell said. Steele — jokingly — suggested the reason for the war was “probably because of the resistance Continue reading "Ex-RNC Chair: President Trump Has a ‘Clear Lack of Understanding of the History This Country’"

Trump: Andrew Jackson Could Have ‘Worked Out’ Differences With South, Avoided Civil War


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trump-12-1 In an interview that aired on Monday, President Donald Trump wondered why the Civil War couldn’t have been avoided, and whether former president Andrew Jackson might’ve been able to solve things before the conflict began. In a discussion with Washington Examiner’s Salena Zito, Trump compared his election campaign and political rhetoric to the rough style of America’s 7th president. As Trump spoke about how the people of Tennessee love Jackson, he suggested that “had Andrew Jackson been a little bit later you wouldn’t have had the Civil War.” “He was really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War, he said ‘there’s no reason for this,'” Trump said. “People don’t realize, you know, the Civil War, if you think about it, why? People don’t ask that question, but why was there a Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out? Continue reading "Trump: Andrew Jackson Could Have ‘Worked Out’ Differences With South, Avoided Civil War"

Trump: Andrew Jackson Could Have ‘Worked Out’ Differences With South, Avoided Civil War


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trump-12-1 In an interview that aired on Monday, President Donald Trump wondered why the Civil War couldn’t have been avoided, and whether former president Andrew Jackson might’ve been able to solve things before the conflict began. In a discussion with Washington Examiner’s Salena Zito, Trump compared his election campaign and political rhetoric to the rough style of America’s 7th president. As Trump spoke about how the people of Tennessee love Jackson, he suggested that “had Andrew Jackson been a little bit later you wouldn’t have had the Civil War.” “He was really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War, he said ‘there’s no reason for this,'” Trump said. “People don’t realize, you know, the Civil War, if you think about it, why? People don’t ask that question, but why was there a Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out? Continue reading "Trump: Andrew Jackson Could Have ‘Worked Out’ Differences With South, Avoided Civil War"

‘Nothing is Worse’: Virginia GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Defends White Supremacist Monuments


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Screen Shot 2017-04-25 at 7.21.59 AM Virginia GOP gubernatorial aspirant, Corey Stewart, ignited a small firestorm on Monday after taking a controversial stand against the removal of monuments celebrating the south’s Civil War past. Stewart, the chairman of Virginia’s Prince William Board of County Supervisors, Tweeted the following: The Tweet appears to be in response to a stealth decision by the city of New Orleans to remove the Liberty Place monument. The 35-foot obelisk commemorates an 1874 white uprising against a Civil War era biracial municipal government. Stewart followed up with addition outrage to make sure everyone knew exactly where he stood on commemorating Southern Civil War heritage. The “Beauregard” he refers Continue reading "‘Nothing is Worse’: Virginia GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Defends White Supremacist Monuments"

Krauthammer Warns of Impending GOP ‘Civil War’ Tomorrow


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Fox News’ Charles Krauthammer said today that no matter what the results are tonight, there will be some kind of Republican civil war kicking off tomorrow. If Trump wins, he told Bill Hemmer, “he will irreversibly reshape the party” from a party of Reagan into a more populist and less conservative party. But if Trump loses, Krauthammer has little doubt Trump will stay on to continue the movement he’s built up over the course of the past year-plus. He concluded that “the civil war will begin on Wednesday.” Krauthammer also warned that Trump could, in that case, still be in a position to “try to engineer deposing Paul Ryan” if he keeps going. Watch above, via Fox News. [image via screengrab] — — Follow Josh Feldman on Twitter: @feldmaniac

Beck to O’Reilly: America Now In ‘Most Dangerous Period’ Since Civil War


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Glenn Beck joined Bill O’Reilly tonight to react to the midterms, and instead of expressing optimism, Beck told O’Reilly he worries that the U.S. is entering the “most dangerous period” since the Civil War and it will last for several bitter, partisan years. To Beck, the key takeaway from the midterm results was that Americans want politicians to “stop dividing ourselves” along race, class, and gender lines. O’Reilly said that’s only happening on the Democratic side, and said any Democrat calling for unity now has “some nerve” considering how much and how long they were demonizing the GOP for. Beck, however, is worried things could get worse. With Republicans in charge of Congress and a Democrat in the White House, things could get much uglier, partisanship could get worse, and, Beck concluded, “we have a very bad scenario headed our way.” He predicted that someone (Hillary Clinton, perhaps) might be able to utilize the middle ground between Obama and “evil Republicans” and cause even more trouble in this dangerous time Beck predicts will last all the way into 2017. Watch the video below, via Fox News:
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Krauthammer: Well, So Much for That GOP ‘Civil War’ Narrative


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Remember all the talk of a Republican civil war that would tear the party apart? Well, with the GOP poised to do very well in today’s midterm elections, Charles Krauthammer brought up this media meme and said all that chatter amounted to exactly nothing. Because for years, there has admittedly been a lot of intra-party fighting and squabbling over tactics and policy, and there’s definite tension between Republican establishment types and the more diehard conservative believers. But, Krauthammer said, after some pretty tough primaries, instead of crying foul and refusing to back more moderate candidates, Republican voters are actually “rallying with the establishment.” He explained, “Unless the Republicans have a bad night––in which case the civil war will start up tomorrow and it will be a bloody one––but if they have a reasonably good night, this bodes extremely well for 2016.” That comment about a potential civil war if there’s a bad night echoes what Fox’s Brit Hume said earlier today about the GOP potentially doing worse than expected. Watch the video below, via Fox News:
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Stewart and Judge Napolitano Battle over the Necessity of the Civil War to End Slavery


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In a boisterous interview Tuesday night, Daily Show host Jon Stewart debated Fox News anchor and judge Andrew Napolitano over the latter’s recent comments that President Abraham Lincoln gratuitously pursued the Civil War when slavery as an institution could have died a non-violent death.

Stewart argued that the lack of moral imperative to end slavery by any mean possible sat poorly with Napolitano’s love of the American Revolution, which used armed secession as a means to achieve liberty. Napolitano countered that Lincoln did not exhaust all non-violent options before pursuing war and, in fact, prosecuted the Civil War to gain dominance over southern whites and their economy.

“Why is the onus on Lincoln and not the southern states?” Stewart asked. “They seceded from the union—before he took office, as a matter of fact.”

“The leaders of the southern states perpetuated this immoral system, I have no praise for them whatsoever,” Napolitano replied. “Lincoln could have undone it without spending 6.6 billion and causing the death of 785,000 human beings.”

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Former Prisoner: ‘For-Profit’ Prisons Churning Out Waves Of Violent White Supremacists


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The nation’s “for-profit” prisons have been incubating thousands of Aryan Brotherhood gang members and, as their sentences expire, they are prepared to flood the nation. This wave of white supremacist gang members will emerge from the nation’s prisons and engage in a terrorist campaign of targeted revenge which will soon evolve into indiscriminant mayhem and racial violence. At least, this is the warning of an anonymous former prisoner writing for The Daily Beast.

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“Law enforcement may have a real problem on its hands,” writes a former prisoner who declined to share his name in a piece recently published in The Daily Beast. “They’re being tight-lipped about it, but it’s something they should have been aware of for decades. They had to see it coming.”

“Four people have been killed since the beginning of the year in a series of shootings that appear to be connected to the homegrown jihadists of the Aryan Brotherhood,” Anonymous asserts. He cites the murders of Kaufman County, Texas District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, his predecessor Mark Hass, and Colorado prison chief Tom Clements as examples of bloodshed committed by the Aryan Brotherhood. Reports have linked the assassination of McLelland to his targeting by Aryan Brotherhood members.

The writer goes on to detail the ideology that motivates the average Aryan Brotherhood member:

They were still mentally fighting the Civil War (like so many other whites) and traced their roots back to men like Confederate guerrilla William Clarke Quantrill, whose Quantrill’s Raiders sacked the pro-abolitionist town of Lawrence, Kansas, at the beginning of the Civil War.

The author of the post in The Daily Beast issues a stark warning to Americans: the Brotherhood is coming.

America’s harsh judicial system, coupled with a growing national affinity for utilizing complete isolation at super-max prisons as a corrections tactic of first choice, in many cases turns men into monsters. And, truth be told, there is no such thing as truly locking away the gang leaders so they can no longer call the shots on the prison yard … or even on the streets.

“Many of the first men locked up when our nation embarked on a policy of for-profit mass incarceration near the end of the last century are now returning into society,” the former prisoner writes. “And, as predicted by numerous professionals, they are sicker and more dangerous than when they went behind bars.”

The fear among law enforcement is (or at least should be) is that now we have dozens upon dozens — if not hundreds (who knows, maybe even thousands) — of murderous chickens finally coming home to roost.

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Chuck Todd: WH Aide Said ‘There Would Still Be Slavery’ If Lincoln Governed During Today’s Gridlock


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NBC News’ Chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd related an interesting bit of information from his recent discussion with an unnamed White House aide regarding the administration’s thinking at this stage in negotiations to avoid the upcoming fiscal cliff. Todd said that this aide finds Republicans so unwilling to negotiate that, if this sort of gridlock had been in Congress during the Civil War, “there would still be slavery.”

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TIME Magazine columnist Joe Klein said that earmarks were an essential way in which Abraham Lincoln brought members of Congress to the negotiating table during the Civil War.

Chuck Todd noted that he made a similar analogy about Lincoln’s presidency to a White House aide recently.

“He said, ‘You know, with this Republican – with the way politics are today — there would still be slavery,’” Todd said, relating the mood in the White House. “It was an interesting and depressing observation from this very smart White House aide.”

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Syrian Movement, Preparation Of Chemical Weapons Stockpiles Worries Experts


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Syrian officials are reportedly moving their stockpiles of chemical weapons to multiple locations across the nation. Officials are concerned that the embattled Syrian regime, more than one year into a bloody civil war, may be considering using weapons of mass destruction on civilian locations.

On Friday, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta revealed that intelligence reports suggest that Syria is moving portions of their chemical weapons stockpiles out of storage. Panetta could not confirm whether or not the Syrian army was in control of their entire arsenal or if rebels had taken control of some assets.

On September 18, the Jerusalem Post reported that Syrian military officials, in coordination with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, tested their chemical weapons firing systems.

This is the second time Syrian officials have moved their chemical weapons stockpiles. Multiple news agencies reported on July 13 that Syrian officials began to move their chemical weapons out of storage.

Syria has one of the world’s largest undeclared chemical weapon stockpiles which include sarin nerve gas, mustard gas and cyanide.

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Al Sharpton: GOP Rigidity On States’ Rights Resulting In ’21st Century Version Of The Civil War’


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Halfway through Senator Rand Paul‘s speech tonight, MSNBC cut away from Paul to the roundtable hosts roundly criticizing Paul for his libertarian views. In particular, Al Sharpton called out Paul for holding a states’ rights philosophy that Sharpton said is bringing about a “21st-century version of the Civil War,” while Chris Matthews brought up Paul’s previously stated opposition to the Civil Rights Act.

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Chris Hayes rebutted Paul’s talk of making accomplishments on one’s own merit by arguing that the start of Paul’s whole political career hinged on the fact that his father is a popular figure in national politics. Sharpton brought up Paul’s strong belief in states’ rights to attack the Republican party’s philosophy, suggesting that the GOP is revisiting the Civil War era.

“To act like there’s no gender gaps in this country, there’s no class gap, there’s no race gap, it’s based on who you are — but to start out, Rachel, by talking about — this is still a battle in this country over states’ rights as opposed to strong national government. Clearly, this is what this is about, because they want every state to now decide who can vote, what are the voting laws, they want every state now to decide who gets health care, so we are really having a 21st century version of the Civil War all over again.”

Steve Schmidt referred to one of the “big four” at the convention to watch this week, saying that Paul is part of a new era of young Republicans to reenergize the party. Ed Schultz mocked Paul for suggesting that the government is “punishing the oil companies.”

Matthews interjected to call out Rand Paul for branding Obamacare as unconstitutional while holding the belief that the Civil Rights Act is unconstitutional. Matthews wondered whether Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas would have voted against the legislation had they been on the bench at the time. Rachel Maddow recalled the contentious interview she had in 2010 with Paul over the issue of the Civil Rights Act.

Schmidt defended the Republican party by calling Paul’s opposition to the Civil Rights Act a “outlier position” in the party, as opposed to the vast majority of Republicans that accept the constitutionality of the law.

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