Trump Confident San Bernardino Shooters Were Terrorists: ‘Look at the Names’

Donald_Trump_by_Gage_Skidmore_2Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Friday that the San Bernardino massacre was terrorist related, telling reporters to “look at the names.” “It looks like another case. We’ve got a lot of bad things going on. Radical Islamic terrorism,” Trump said, according to ABC News. “Take a look. I mean, you look at the names, you look at what’s happened. You tell me,” Trump said, adding he thinks “it was terrorism.” President Barack Obama and the FBI appear hesitant to label Wednesday’s massacre “terrorism” as the investigation is still ongoing. Thursday, Obama told reporters, “at this stage, we do not yet know why this terrible event occurred. We do know that the two individuals who were killed were equipped with weapons and appeared to have access to additional weaponry at their homes.” Evidence is mounting that the San Bernardino shooters Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik were radicalized; CNN reported Continue reading "Trump Confident San Bernardino Shooters Were Terrorists: ‘Look at the Names’"

Rubio Bashes Gun Control Narrative: ‘I Don’t Hear Anyone Talking About Bomb Control’

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio slammed those who were pushing for gun control in the wake of the San Bernardino attack, pointing out that the law didn’t keep the suspects from making bombs, either. “When this first came out– without knowing anything about the case — the first thing [the left] started talking about was gun control,” Rubio said. “I don’t hear anybody talking about bomb control. They put bombs and left bombs behind on the scene of attack, intending to kill even more people than they did with guns.” “I think it’s symptomatic of the broader issue,” he continued, “and that is an almost hope that none of this is terror related because [Barack Obama] wants this argument Continue reading "Rubio Bashes Gun Control Narrative: ‘I Don’t Hear Anyone Talking About Bomb Control’"

Mika Brzezinski Mocks ‘Pathetic Pandering’ of GOP Candidates to Jewish Coalition

Screen Shot 2015-12-04 at 7.39.30 AMOn Thursday several of the GOP candidates running for President took the stage to address the Republican Jewish Coalition and really let loose with some, err, interesting talking points. While Lindsey Graham‘s speech earned some positive praise from people on Twitter and reportedly in the room at the Washington D.C. forum, some candidates left people scratching their heads. Morning Joe cohost Mika Brzezinski on Friday called some of the speeches — notably the one from Ohio Governor John Kasich — as “pathetic pandering” to the Jewish assembly. While Ben Carson chose to speak very carefully by reading his address word-for-word, Jim Gilmore opted for the casual Schindler’s List reference as one does looking to court Jewish votes. Kasich recounted a story from his childhood when his mother allegedly told him to surround himself with Jewish friends. “‘If you want to look for a really good friend’,” the Governor told Continue reading "Mika Brzezinski Mocks ‘Pathetic Pandering’ of GOP Candidates to Jewish Coalition"

O’Reilly Confronts Trump: You Keep Saying Things ‘You Don’t Know to Be True’

bill trumpBill O’Reilly confronted Donald Trump tonight over his 9/11 “cheering” claim after he fact-checked it and found insufficient evidence to back him up. There was one local news report about individuals in New Jersey cheering that was flagged by authorities, but O’Reilly told Trump there’s nothing to bolster “thousands.” He told Trump that was “wrong,” but said of course celebrations did occur. Trump repeatedly defended himself by citing a Breitbart article declaring Trump to be “100% vindicated.” That article says based on one line in a news report about an apartment building “swarming with suspects,” combined with a few other reports, you can easily get to the “thousands” Trump claimed (the writer of that piece apologized for initially doubting Trump). O’Reilly again told Trump it was only “some people, not thousands.” Trump said “you don’t know that,” and O’Reilly shot back, “I’m pretty confident.”

Trump Admits He Had No Leverage to Demand Anything from CNN Over Debate

trumpBefore the first CNN debate, Donald Trump demanded the network give all the profits from that debate to veterans groups. This week, he told CNN that he might not show up for the next debate unless they give $5 million to veterans’ groups. But as Trump admitted today, he didn’t exactly have the leverage to do that. First, CNN President Jeff Zucker pretty adamantly said no, explaining that “we do not pay candidate to appear at debates.” And second, Trump gave an interview to The Washington Post today in which he candidly said, “When you’re leading in the polls, I think it’s too big of a risk to not do the debate. I don’t think I have the kind of leverage I’d like to have in a deal and I don’t want to take the chance of hurting my campaign. So I’ll do the debate.” So basically, it Continue reading "Trump Admits He Had No Leverage to Demand Anything from CNN Over Debate"

Woman to Hillary: You Say Rape Accusers Should Be Believed, What About Your Husband’s?

hillaryDuring a campaign event in New Hampshire today, Hillary Clinton was asked about the women who accused her husband of rape and sexual assault. The woman pointed out how Clinton recently said all rape victims should be believed, and then asked, “Would you say that about Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey, and/or Paula Jones?” For those unfamiliar, Jones sued Clinton for sexual harassment, Willey accused him of sexual assault while he was president, and Broaddrick accused him of raping her.
Clinton responded by saying, “I would say that everybody should be believed at first until they are disbelieved based on evidence.” [image via Chatham House] — — Follow Josh Feldman on Twitter: @feldmaniac

Ted Cruz Campaign Posted Hours of Raw, Awkward Ad Footage on YouTube

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz‘s campaign posted hours of raw, unedited and highly awkward footage onto its YouTube page this summer. Why? Because it’s the only legal way the campaign could make the footage available to any Super PACs that might want to use it for their pro-Cruz ads. BuzzFeed initially reported on the YouTube videos in July, but couldn’t determine why the Cruz campaign had posted them online. According to CNN‘s Chris Moody, however, “campaigns often post videos like these as a way to navigate around campaign finance laws that restrict collusion between campaigns and outside groups because they are available in a public place.” “But while other campaigns have posted highly-produced clips of B-Roll,” notes Moody, “Cruz’s version is raw and largely uncut.” That’s because the footage doesn’t resemble the B-roll footage that most campaigns usually published for public consumption and use. Instead, it’s filled with Continue reading "Ted Cruz Campaign Posted Hours of Raw, Awkward Ad Footage on YouTube"