Hannity Goes Off on ‘Lazy Overpaid People in the Hate-Trump Media’ for Coverage of His Relationship With Trump


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Sean Hannity tonight went off on “lazy overpaid people in the hate-Trump media” for coverage of and speculation about his relationship with President Donald Trump. Earlier this week, the New York Times reported that the White House called both Hannity and Lou Dobbs with a message on the compromise border bill that “Mr. Trump deserved support because he still forced concessions that he would never have gotten without a five-week partial government shutdown.” Hannity denied it ever happened and called the report fake news. Hannity addressed the issue on his radio show this afternoon, but on Fox tonight he said the media is “obsessed” with the idea that Trump is influenced by him and other prominent conservative commentators. He again denied receiving a call by the White House before going back to referring to himself as “the whole newspaper.” “What you have in the media right now is Continue reading "Hannity Goes Off on ‘Lazy Overpaid People in the Hate-Trump Media’ for Coverage of His Relationship With Trump"

Jim Acosta on His Clash With Trump: The President Had a ‘Truth Emergency’ Trying to Make Case for Wall


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On Friday, President Donald Trump held a press conference at the Rose Garden where he announced his plans to sign a government funding bill and declare a national emergency in order to build his wall. During the presser, the president clashed with CNN’s Jim Acosta, who at one point presented Trump with statistics that don’t support his case for a border wall and added, “I believe in facts and statistics.” Trump blew up. “You’re CNN. You’re fake news. You have an agenda. The numbers you gave are wrong,” Trump scolded. “Take a look at our federal prison population. See how many of them percentage wise are illegal aliens. Just see. Go ahead and see. It’s a fake question.” Speaking on CNN Friday night, Acosta talked about what happened in the Rose Garden earlier and how Trump was trying to get away with “alternative facts.” Host Anderson Cooper Continue reading "Jim Acosta on His Clash With Trump: The President Had a ‘Truth Emergency’ Trying to Make Case for Wall"

R.E.M. Hits Back at Trump for Sharing Mock-SOTU Video Featuring ‘Everybody Hurts’


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President Donald Trump today shared a video made by a Twitter user mocking the looks on Democrats’ faces during his State of the Union address. The video––which, as of this posting, is the president’s pinned tweet––features R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts,” and the band responded with a brief statement: R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills weighed in separately, even tagging Twitter’s Jack Dorsey:

Hannity: ‘Conspiracy Theory’ That I Tell Trump What to Do is ‘So Stupid and Inaccurate and Untrue’


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Fox News host Sean Hannity slammed the mainstream media on his radio show Friday afternoon, calling out the “conspiracy theory” that he directs President Donald Trump on what to do in the Oval Office. “It is so stupid and inaccurate and untrue and made up,” said a frustrated Hannity. “One quick point– nobody ever calls me, ever, to ask me before they either write or say this garbage.” The Fox News host said that if members of the media simply listened to the things Trump says “on a daily basis” and paid attention to his actions, without bias, they’d also be able to predict what Trump is about to do next. If the media took Trump seriously enough, Hannity says, they wouldn’t be acting surprised that he is declaring a national emergency for border security, since he had previously said he would. “He literally telegraphed every single thing that Continue reading "Hannity: ‘Conspiracy Theory’ That I Tell Trump What to Do is ‘So Stupid and Inaccurate and Untrue’"

House Judiciary Committee to Investigate Trump’s Declaration of a National Emergency


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The House Judiciary Committee has announced an investigation into President Donald Trump‘s declaration of a national emergency on the border. In a letter, the committee led by Jerrold Nadler announces an “immediate investigation” and says it “raises both serious constitutional and statutory issues.” They request that the White House make all those involved in the crafting of the decision available for a forthcoming hearing. “We believe your declaration of an emergency shows a reckless disregard for the separation of powers and your own responsibilities under our constitutional system,” the letter continues. It also takes note of the president’s rather blatant admission that “I didn’t need to do this” in today’s press conference. You can read the full letter here. [image via screengrab]

Chris Wallace on Trump Declaring Emergency: Maybe He Thinks He Can Tell Base ‘I Did Everything I Could’


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Fox News’ Chris Wallace spoke with Shepard Smith this afternoon following President Donald Trump‘s announcement declaring a national emergency at the border. Wallace noted the previous national emergencies declared by past presidents and said, “It’s a very different thing when you’ve had a debate for years, as we have, over funding a wall and Congress has decided not to give that funding to the president, for him then to say I’m going to declare a national emergency and take that funding anyway. I don’t think there’s ever been a declaration of a national emergency like that, where Congress refused to give the president money and the president took money on his own.” One political outcome here, he told Smith, is that Trump can still tell his base he’s fought for them as much as he can:
“You could say, as a cynic, perhaps, that he figures, ‘Well, even Continue reading "Chris Wallace on Trump Declaring Emergency: Maybe He Thinks He Can Tell Base ‘I Did Everything I Could’"

BREAKING: Sarah Sanders Has Been Interviewed by Robert Mueller’s Office


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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders sat down with special counsel Robert Mueller‘s office for an interview. CNN broke the news this afternoon, and Sanders confirmed in a statement, “The President urged me, like he has everyone in the administration, to fully cooperate with the special counsel. I was happy to voluntarily sit down with them.” The report from CNN notes that it’s “unclear” what was raised in the interview, but that it’s likely her public statements on the Russia investigation came up, especially her comments concerning the president’s role in crafting the statement from Don Jr. on the infamous Trump Tower meeting. Per CNN:
As Mueller wraps up his Russia probe, one focus of investigators has been conflicting public statements by President Donald Trump and his team that could be seen as an effort to obstruct justice, according to people familiar with the investigation.
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Sarah Sanders: ‘I Don’t Think Ann Coulter Has Any Influence Over This White House’ or Much of Anything


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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders dismissed the idea today that Ann Coulter has any level of influence in the White House. By now, you’ve probably heard that Coulter is incensed at President Donald Trump for signing the compromise border security bill and declaring a national emergency: Fox News’ Dana Perino spoke with Sanders today and asked about the level of conservative Continue reading "Sarah Sanders: ‘I Don’t Think Ann Coulter Has Any Influence Over This White House’ or Much of Anything"

Troller-in-Chief: Trump Mocks Democrats SOTU Reaction With ‘Everybody Hurts’ Video


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President Donald Trump, a.k.a. the commander-in-chief, a.k.a. the leader of the free world, used his vast and powerful sphere of influence to share a video designed solely to mock his Democratic Congressional foes. Early Friday afternoon after, and shortly after a Rose Garden speech in which he declared a National Emergency at the southern US Border to release border wall funding (and oddly admitting that it was something that he didn’t need to do,) President Trump shared the following video produced by Twitter user @Carpedonktum. The video (which you can watch above) depicts dour reactions of Democratic Congressional members (and Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT)!) during his State of the Union speech and is set to the tune of Everybody Hurts, the R.E.M. single from Automatic for the People which was released Continue reading "Troller-in-Chief: Trump Mocks Democrats SOTU Reaction With ‘Everybody Hurts’ Video"

Ann Coulter Responds to Trump’s Slam: ‘The Only National Emergency is That Our President is an Idiot’


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Minutes after President Donald Trump‘s White House Rose Garden speech in which Ann Coulter was deemed to be “off the reservation” by the president, the conservative commentator fired back. Appearing on KABC radio in Los Angeles, Coulter — who recently surrendered support for Trump over his slowness to fulfill his border wall promise, said signing the congressional bill is a mistake that would ensure no wall would be built: “not a wall, not a prototype, but some bollard fencing with the approval of local officials.” The right-wing pundit added the President had the authority to build a wall all along and didn’t need Congress to do it. “Forget the fact that he’s digging his own grave,” Coulter said. “The only national emergency is that our president is an idiot.” But not to dunk on Trump’s entire base, Coulter did acknowledge Trump did follow through on some of Continue reading "Ann Coulter Responds to Trump’s Slam: ‘The Only National Emergency is That Our President is an Idiot’"

Pelosi, Others Seize on Trump Saying ‘I Didn’t Need to’ Declare Emergency: ‘He Admits it’s a #FakeTrumpEmergency’


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President Donald Trump is catching flak from politcal Twitter again, this time for how he might’ve undercut his own legal standing while declaring a national emergency relating to what he’s deemed a crisis on the southern border. Trump declared an emergency on Friday, confirming he will draw federal funding from various areas of the government to compensate for getting only a fraction of the money he sought for the border wall from Congress. The president took a series of question on his decision, and one of the most interesting moments happened when he told NBC’s Peter Alexander “I didn’t need to do this, but I’d rather do it much faster.”

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Repulsive That a ‘Chicken Hawk’ Like Trump Is Stealing Money from Our Military


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After President Donald Trump’s fiery press conference announcing a national emergency along the U.S.-Mexico border, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) told CNN it was disgusting for him to take money away from the military to build a wall. “It’s repulsive that a chickenhawk like President Trump would steal money from the military troops, damage military readiness and damage national security. All in the name of going around Congress because he didn’t get his way in the compromise deal to build a border wall that is unnecessary, that is an ancient form of barrier for border security,” Wasserman Schultz said. “Not to get into the weeds, but you are the chairwoman of the subcommittee that handles funding on military construction, which is the pot of money that Donald Trump is now talking about, $3.6 billion is what the White House says that they’ll be redirecting taking and Continue reading "Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Repulsive That a ‘Chicken Hawk’ Like Trump Is Stealing Money from Our Military"

Chuck Todd: Trump’s ‘Miserable Mood’ Hurt His Defense of National Emergency, He Looked ‘Defeated’


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In his first reaction to Donald Trump‘s statements from the White House, NBC’s Chuck Todd observed that the president does not seem to be in a great mood, and he might’ve just damaged his own legal position once his national emergency declaration goes to court. Todd joined Hallie Jackson on Friday to assess Trump’s confirmation that he’s declaring a national emergency in order to requisition money from various areas of the government to build his southern border wall. Todd began by noting how Trump usually puts his emotions on full display in his various political engagements, and he thought the president seemed “miserable” and it hurt his delivery.
“He’s in a miserable mood about it, that’s why he’s having such a hard time championing it. He’s been told this will likely not work. This will slow things down. He has been told all of these things, which is why Continue reading "Chuck Todd: Trump’s ‘Miserable Mood’ Hurt His Defense of National Emergency, He Looked ‘Defeated’"

Trump Blows Up Following Confrontations With CNN’s Acosta, Brian Karem: ‘SIT DOWN!’


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After erupting on CNN’s Jim Acosta during the White House’s national emergency press conference today, Donald Trump shouted down  Playboy‘s White House correspondent Brian Karem after he asked the president to back up claims about border violence with statistics. Karem began his question by noting “numbers from your own border patrol, numbers from this government show that the number of illegal immigrants are down,” but was interrupted by Trump after saying “there is not violence on the border.” “Oh really, you had 26 people killed two weeks ago in a gunfight a mile away from where I went,” the president shot back, referencing his recent visit to El Paso, Texas. “I’m asking you to clarify where you get your numbers because most of the DEA crime reporting stats show that drugs are coming across at the ports of entry, that illegal immigration is down and the violence is Continue reading "Trump Blows Up Following Confrontations With CNN’s Acosta, Brian Karem: ‘SIT DOWN!’"

Trump Dismisses Jim Acosta’s ‘Manufactured Crisis’ Question: ‘You’re CNN, You’re Fake News’


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President Donald Trump and Jim Acosta, chief White House correspondent for CNN, got into another verbal clash during the press conference in the Rose Garden on Friday. Trump announced he will sign the government funding bill and declare a national emergency along the southern border. “I wonder if you could comment on this disconnect that we seem to have in this country where you are presenting information about what is happening at the border, calling it an invasion and yet there is a lot of reporting and crime data out, there is a lot of Department of Homeland Security data that shows border crossings at a near record low and shows undocumented immigrants committing crime at lower levels than native-born Americans,” Acosta explained. “You don’t really believe that. Do you really believe that?” Trump asked. “I believe in facts and statistics,” Acosta replied. “What do you say to Continue reading "Trump Dismisses Jim Acosta’s ‘Manufactured Crisis’ Question: ‘You’re CNN, You’re Fake News’"

Trump Fires Back at Ann Coulter Taunts: I Like Her But ‘She’s Off the Reservation’


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President Donald Trump has taken heavy criticism from Ann Coulter in recent weeks. On Friday, he responded by saying that he likes her, but considers her to be “off the reservation.” Responding to a question from NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell about the influence wielded by various conservative media figures, the president invoked Coulter’s name after citing Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh. “Ann Coulter, I don’t know here. I hardly know her. I haven’t spoken to her in way over a year,” Trump said. “But the press loves saying, ‘Ann Coulter.’ Probably if I did speak to her, she’d be very nice. I just don’t have the time to speak to her. I would speak to her. I have nothing against her. In fact, I like her for one reason. When they asked her right at the beginning, ‘Who’s going to win the election?’ She said, ‘Donald Trump.’ Continue reading "Trump Fires Back at Ann Coulter Taunts: I Like Her But ‘She’s Off the Reservation’"

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Plans Bill to Block Trump’s National Emergency Declaration


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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and her colleague Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) will introduce a bill to block President Donald Trump‘s national emergency declaration, she announced on Twitter Friday morning. “.@JoaquinCastrotx and I aren’t going to let the President declare a fake national emergency without a fight,” she tweeted, confirming a report that she was planning a bill to block the Trump’s emergency declaration. Castro earlier indicated he would be joining the fight, announcing in a statement Thursday that he would counter Trump’s measure, using the National Emergencies Act. “If President Trump declares a national emergency to fund his border wall, I’m prepared to introduce a resolution to terminate the President’s emergency declaration under 50 U.S.C. 1622. (National Emergencies Act),” he said.

Trump Admits: ‘I Didn’t Need’ to Declare National Emergency ‘But I’d Rather Do it Much Faster’


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President Donald Trump bristled in the White House Rose Garden on Friday when he faced questions about his declaration of a national emergency to get the federal funding he needs to start constructing his southern border wall. When NBC’s Peter Alexander got the mic, he noted that Trump told Fox & Friends in 2014 that former president Barack Obama could be impeached for supposedly abusing his constitutional authority by using executive orders to enact his immigration agenda. Alexander also noted that by signing Congress’ latest bipartisan border security deal, he’d be getting less money than he would’ve gotten if he accepted the deal that was presented to him before the government’s recent shutdown. At that point, Trump interjected before Alexander got to his actual question, insisting “I went through Congress, I made a deal.” “I got almost $1.4 billion when I wasn’t supposed to get one dollar,” Trump Continue reading "Trump Admits: ‘I Didn’t Need’ to Declare National Emergency ‘But I’d Rather Do it Much Faster’"

Trump Features Angel Moms and Dads While Announcing National Emergency Plan


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President Donald Trump tried to bolster his case for declaring a national emergency to secure funding for a southern border wall by spotlighting the parents of children who were killed by illegal immigrants, or allegedly killed by illegal immigrants. “We have some of the greatest people we know, they’ve been with me from the beginning of my campaign, almost from the first week, the angel moms,” Trump said Friday in the White House Rose Garden — pointing to the group of parents. “Unfortunately, we have new angel moms. One incredible woman who showed me her daughter who…was killed in the year of ’18. I said I haven’t seen you before. She said, I’m new. I said that’s too bad. It’s too bad. It’s so sad.” The president took a swipe at the media for, in his view, not providing sufficient coverage to these parents. “The press doesn’t cover them,” Continue reading "Trump Features Angel Moms and Dads While Announcing National Emergency Plan"

Trump Declares National Emergency Over Border Security: Past Presidents Did It ‘Nobody Cares’


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President Donald Trump has confirmed that he’s declaring a national emergency to draw funding from various areas of the government and construct his border wall. In his speech from the White house Rose Garden on Friday, Trump railed against illegal immigration and the supposed “invasion” taking place at the southern border without a wall to stop criminal aliens from pouring into America. As Trump told horror stories about illegal immigrant crime and said “it’s all a big lie” when critics say a wall won’t fix the problem, Trump confirmed “I’m gonna be signing a national emergency.”
“It’s been signed many times before. It’s been signed by other presidents from 1977 or so, it gave the presidents the power. There has rarely been a problem. They sign it, nobody cares. I guess they weren’t very exciting. But nobody cares. They sign it for far less important things in some cases. Continue reading "Trump Declares National Emergency Over Border Security: Past Presidents Did It ‘Nobody Cares’"