Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said on CNN’s New Day that he wouldn’t be apologizing for blaming George W. Bush for the 9/11 attacks, saying he had “advanced notice” that it was coming. “Look, his brother gets hit on, he’s a loyal person, he’s loyal to his brother,” Trump said of fellow GOP contender Jeb Bush. “But his brother made some mistakes.” “His brother could have made a mistake with the actual hit,” he continued. “They did know it was coming. George Tenet, the head of the CIA, told them it was coming. So they did have advanced notice.” Trump went out of his way to say he wasn’t “blaming” Bush. “They said that our country was safe under Bush. Well, what about the World Trade Center coming down in the worst attack in history? Continue reading "Trump Defends 9/11 Comments: Bush ‘Did Know It Was Coming’"
In an interview with CNN’s New Day, Donald Trump denounced the Hispanic groups trying to boycott his businesses and cancel his media appearances, calling them a bunch of “scam groups.” Trump dismissed concerns about the organizations trying to get his Saturday Night Live appearance canceled. “I think they’ll only drive up the ratings higher. Many of these groups are scam groups.” “What do you mean they’re scams?” asked host Alisyn Camerota. “…What group is a scam?” “These are people that go around, they look for money from people. I had a group come up to me, the very supposedly prominent group. The first thing out of their mouths is, ‘Would you like to join our coalition? It will cost from $25 thousand to $2 million to join.’” “Give me a break,” Continue reading "Donald Trump: Hispanic Groups Opposing Me Are Just ‘Scammers’"
Trevor Noah tonight struggled to admit that for once, Donald Trump is right about something. Trump and Jeb Bush have been fighting all weekend over 9/11 and whether George W. Bush was at all at fault. And Noah said, “I’m sorry to say this, but strictly, within the factual confines of that sentence, Donald Trump is r… r… he’s not wrong.” He did find it a little silly that an infamous and horrible attack on American soil is being fought over in “a Twitter war between two men in their 60s,” but still admitted this is “the one thing Donald Trump has been verifiably correct about.” Watch above, via Comedy Central. [image via screengrab] — — Follow Josh Feldman on Twitter: @feldmaniac
Republican Congressman Peter King was a little baffled tonight by how the Republican frontrunner for the presidency sounds like Michael Moore when he talks about 9/11. In the past, King has praised Trump for speaking candidly and not like a typical politician, but he told Megyn Kelly tonight that Trump’s assertion Bush didn’t keep America safe in the lead-up to 9/11 is “totally misleading and untrue.” In fact, he even said Trump is now “sounding like a left-wing Michael Moore wacko.” Kelly brought up Trump’s infamous “haters and losers” 9/11 tweet, and King said no matter how much Trump might say so, it’s kind of a leap to assert his immigration policy would have stopped the terrorist attack. And since this was someone taking a shot at Trump on Megyn Kelly’s show, let’s go Continue reading "Peter King Hammers Trump for Sounding Like ‘Left-Wing Michael Moore Wacko’ on 9/11"
Chris Matthews opened tonight’s Hardball by practically applauding Donald Trump for going after George W. Bush over 9/11, something he said Democrats “never had the stones” to do. Matthews said Trump finally argued what everyone has been yearning to say for years: Bush “didn’t keep us safe” and 9/11 is a pretty huge reason why. He claimed for years the Bushes and their allies said it just wasn’t proper to question whether the administration didn’t do its due diligence in keeping the nation safe leading up to 9/11. Matthews thanked Trump and said that while he is “not a big fan of DOnald Trump on many occasions,” he did a service by ripping the bandaid off on this issue. He continued, “The Democrats never had the stones to go out and challenge George W… because they probably Continue reading "Matthews Praises Trump for Going After Bush on 9/11: Dems ‘Never Had the Stones’"
Fox News’ Dana Perino, who served as one of George W. Bush‘s press secretaries, had some pretty harsh words for Donald Trump today over his attacks on the former president over 9/11. She said it’s clearly a “dismal weekend when you have liberal conspiracy theories being introduced by the Republican frontrunner,” even going so far as to deem it “soft trutherism.” Perino suggested maybe Trump should stop trying to attack people who Republicans actually like and maybe focus on broadening his appeal. “Even the left,” she claimed, “doesn’t do what Donald Trump does. Only the farthest right lunatics were truther. And this is now the Republican party?” Watch above, via Fox News. [image via screengrab] — — Follow Josh Feldman on Twitter: @feldmaniac
Donald Trump is campaigning in South Carolina tonight at the Anderson Civic Center and will, presumably, be talking about himself, the media, and how much he doesn’t like the people he’s running against. Watch above, via MSNBC.