In his speech at Cornell University today, Joe Biden made some points for the graduates. It’s worth examining one of the sentiments a little closer. He shared his thoughts on the election we all weathered last year. Specifically, he said, “This past election season churned up some of the ugliest realities that still remain in our country. Civilized discourse and real debate gave way to the coarsest rhetoric stroking our darkest emotions.” Certainly, we can see examples of that. Just last night, two men were stabbed to death after allegedly intervening when a white supremacist berated two Muslim women on a public train. Take heart, though. As we told you this morning, he also assured listeners it was a temporary state of affairs. Watch above, via CNN. [image: screengrab] Lindsey: Twitter. Facebook.
According to the Washington Post, Eric Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and Eric’s wife Laura Trump met privately with GOP leaders to “share their concerns and outlook” and Republican National Committee headquarters on Thursday. This is apparently all part of a strategy to engage with the party on a national level. At least “two prominent Republicans” expressed annoyance to WaPo about the Trump sons, who run the president’s businesses, being able to meet with high-ranking political organizers for two hours. Still others argued that as one-time volunteers for the Donald Trump campaign, they were allowed to be there without flouting any ethics rules. The purpose of the meeting, in fact, seemed to be to strategize about the 2020 election with RNC officials and other Trump allies:
Two people familiar with the meeting insisted that the Trump family did not pressure the RNC to follow their suggestions or to let Continue reading "Amid Scandals, Don Jr. and Eric Trump Reportedly Met With GOP Leaders to Strategize"
White House senior advisor Jared Kushner reportedly met with a Russian banker known as a “Putin crony” to U.S. intelligence officials. Following reports that President Donald Trump’s son-in-law attempted to set up a secret backchannel with the Kremlin, an NBC News story reports that the Russian banker Kushner met with in December is known to U.S. officials as “a graduate of a ‘finishing school’ for spies who was often tasked with sensitive financial operations by Putin.” According to NBC:
Sergey Gorkov, 48, graduated from the FSB Academy, which was chartered in 1994 to educate Russian Intelligence personnel. He has long served Russian President Vladimir Putin in critical economic roles. Most recently, Putin chose him to head of the state-owned VneshEconomBank (VEB). As the Russian state national development bank, VEB has played a critical role in blunting the impact of U.S. sanctions against Russia by finding Continue reading "Russian Banker: Jared Kushner Met With Known to U.S. Officials as ‘Putin Crony’"
After learning that Megyn Kelly‘s NBC News debut would be coming in June, we now get to see a promo for her Sunday show. This promo really plays it safe, which makes sense. Kelly had a very tumultuous time at Fox News between the never-ending attacks from then-candidate and now-president Donald Trump and the alleged sexual harassment she endured from Roger Ailes. Still, it’s very safe. The Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly teaser promises “sharp, strong journalism” and shows some pre-taped footage of her conducting interviews, but leaves it at that. There will definitely be more to unpack when the show premieres on June 4, so check Mediaite then for analysis! [image: screengrab] Lindsey: Twitter. Facebook.
Earlier today, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered the commencement address at Wellesley College, her alma mater. In her speech to the school’s graduates, last year’s Democratic presidential nominee lit into the current occupant of the White House, comparing him to Richard Nixon while alluding to him ending his presidency with impeachment. She also said that President Donald Trump could be the end of the republic. Considering the political nature of the speech, and the fact that Clinton tore into her 2016 election opponent, it isn’t too surprising to see the Republican National Committee respond. In a statement released today, the RNC slammed the ex-First Lady, telling her to engage in some self-reflection:
“Today’s speech was a stark reminder why Hillary Clinton lost in 2016,” said Chairwoman [Ronna] McDaniel. “Instead of lashing out with the same partisan talking points, Hillary Clinton would be wise to look inward, talk Continue reading "RNC Rips Hillary Clinton’s Commencement Address, Says It’s a ‘Stark Reminder’ Why She Lost"
In addition to her commencement address at Wellesley today, there is a new profile of Hillary Clinton out today in which she gets candid about the 2016 election and her state of mind since her loss to Donald Trump. Clinton spoke to New York Magazine‘s Rebecca Traister on everything from James Comey––”I am less surprised than I am worried. Not that he shouldn’t have been disciplined.”––to interactions she’s had with women since the election:
“It’s been unlike anything I’ve ever seen,” she says. “I mean, it doesn’t end. Every time I’m in public — I was having lunch with Shonda Rhimes last week and a woman stopped at the table — well-dressed, probably in her 40s or 50s, and she said, ‘I just can’t leave this restaurant without telling you I’m just so devastated,’ and she just started to cry. I was on the other side Continue reading "Hillary Clinton Takes Shot at ‘Advocacy Press on the Right’ in Profile Reflecting on the Election"
Today, Hillary Clinton returned to her Alma Mater, Wellesley College, to give the commencement address. As Clinton fans and detractors alike know, one of her first big moments in the national spotlight was when she gave the address there during her own graduation at a time when students didn’t give commencement speeches. She used that speech almost five decades ago to target a senator, launching her into the political spotlight. Today, she targeted someone else. She went after former presidential campaign foe (and current president) Donald Trump. While ostensibly talking about how the country overcame the shame of Richard Nixon and the distrust in the government that he sowed, she mentioned “a man whose presidency would eventually end in disgrace with his impeachment for obstruction of justice — ” The assembled graduates cheered as she continued, “– after firing the person running the investigation into him at the Department of Continue reading "Hillary Clinton Says Donald Trump Presidency Will ‘End in Disgrace With His Impeachment’"