Elizabeth Warren Calls for the End of the Electoral College: ‘Every Vote Counts’


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During a CNN Town Hall on Monday in Jackson, Mississippi, Sen. Elizabeth Warren said that she would abolish the electoral college so every vote counted. Warren was responding to a question about expanding voter’s rights. “Can I go you one bigger? And that is, I believe we need a Constitutional amendment that protects the right to vote for every American citizen and to make sure that vote gets counted,” Warren said. “We need to put some federal muscle behind that and we need to repeal every one of the voter suppression laws that is out there right now. And I’ll tell you one more. We need to make sure that every vote counts. ” Then, turning to the Electoral College, she said this: “And you know, I want to push that right here in Mississippi. Because I think this is an important point. You know, come a general election, presidential Continue reading "Elizabeth Warren Calls for the End of the Electoral College: ‘Every Vote Counts’"

Devin Nunes to Sean Hannity: Twitter Lawsuit Is Just the ‘First of Many’


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Congressman Devin Nunes spoke with Sean Hannity tonight about suing Twitter and several users, telling the Fox News host it is the “first of many” to come. “We’re actually going after Twitter first because they are the main proliferator and they spread this fake news and the slanderous news,” he said. Nunes is accusing Twitter of shadow-banning conservatives in the lawsuit that also names the Twitter accounts “Devin Nunes’ Mom” and “Devin Nunes’ Cow.” “There were several fake news accounts, whether it was with regard to the Russia investigation or to me,” he told Hannity, “and we have to hold all of these people accountable, because if we don’t, our First Amendment rights are at stake here.” You can watch above, via Fox News. [image via screengrab]

Tucker Carlson Likens Russian Collusion Theories to Obama Birtherism


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Fox News’ Tucker Carlson opened his show Monday talking about expectations that Robert Mueller‘s report is expected soon, before likening Russian collusion theories to birtherism. “Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton and her surrogates in the media attacked Donald Trump for his role in pushing the birther story,” Carlson said. “They didn’t just argue that it was dumb to think Barack Obama was born in Kenya, they said it hurt America. They said it delegitimized Obama as a leader by casting him as an illegitimate president.” He said those are fair points and “if you don’t like a president’s policies, argue against them, offer a better alternative, don’t claim that he isn’t really the president, that doesn’t help the country.” Carlson then added that Democrats “have pushed their own, far more harmful conspiracy––the theory of Russian collusion.” Carlson walked through the creation of the infamous Continue reading "Tucker Carlson Likens Russian Collusion Theories to Obama Birtherism"

CNN Panel Gets Heated Over Trump’s Comments About Muslims: ‘I Know You’re Paid to Apologize for This Man’


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Things got heated on CNN on Monday night. It all started after National Press Secretary for President Donald Trump‘s 2020 campaign Kayleigh McEnany downplayed the president’s past comment that “I think Islam hates us.” “At the same time he said those comments, he talked about how he had many Muslim friends,” McEnany insisted. “They are great men and women. He made those comments that we could have played. He did condemn what happened in New Zealand immediately. Likewise, when you play these comments this was at a time, many of those comments a few days after 14 lives were lost in San Bernardino and someone got in this country on a K-1 Visa and conducted those murders… That person does hate us.” Host Erin Burnett then pointed out Trump was talking about an “an entire religion” not just a bad person. McEnany then said Trump was talking Continue reading "CNN Panel Gets Heated Over Trump’s Comments About Muslims: ‘I Know You’re Paid to Apologize for This Man’"

Toobin: 50 People Died in New Zealand and Trump’s Worked Up About ‘The Tragedy That Befell Jeanine Pirro’


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CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin mocked President Donald Trump for his weekend tweetstorm that included several tweets defending Fox News’ Judge Jeanine Pirro over her reported suspension. After Pirro’s show didn’t air this past Sunday––following the comments she made about Congresswoman Ilhan Omar that Fox News condemned––the president tweeted at Fox News to stand by her:

Fox News’ The Five Defends Chelsea Clinton Over Viral Confrontation: Will Any Democrat Stand Up and Say ‘Enough’?


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The hosts of Fox News’ The Five defended Chelsea Clinton today over the video of her being confronted by student activists at a vigil for the victims of the New Zealand mosque terror attack. Video of the confrontation shows one student telling Clinton she has helped stoke Islamophobia, that “this right here is the result of a massacre stoked by people like you and the words you put out into the world,” and that “49 people died because of the rhetoric you put out there.” The activists––who wrote a column for BuzzFeed over the weekend––were bothered by Clinton’s comments about Congresswoman Ilhan Omar: Emily Compagno said on The Five that it’s strange to go after “the most Continue reading "Fox News’ The Five Defends Chelsea Clinton Over Viral Confrontation: Will Any Democrat Stand Up and Say ‘Enough’?"

MSNBC Panel Goes Off on POTUS Twitter ‘Meltdown’: ‘We’ve Become So Dulled to Trump’s Madness’


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MSNBC’s John Heilemann opened today’s Deadline: White House by discussing President Donald Trump‘s Twitter “meltdown” over the weekend, with POTUS weighing in on topics from SNL to programming decisions at Fox News. Mike Murphy told Heilemann his reaction to the tweets was “crazy times demand a crazy president”:
“There are these spasms he has where he starts tweeting all this crazy stuff. I’m not sure what the cause is, but we have become so dulled to Trump’s madness, I don’t know what it will take––does he have to go run around with an aluminum foil hat? He’s clearly under psychological duress here, and I think it’s a crisis-level event.”
Associated Press reporter Jonathan Lemire offered some context to this latest tweetstorm before bringing up the Fox News tweets from POTUS, specifically the idea that between Jeanine Pirro reportedly being suspended and seeing anchors who aren’t necessarily in his Continue reading "MSNBC Panel Goes Off on POTUS Twitter ‘Meltdown’: ‘We’ve Become So Dulled to Trump’s Madness’"

Dan Abrams: Did Matt Whitaker Tip Trump Off About Mueller’s Report?


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ABC News chief legal analyst and Mediaite founder Dan Abrams speculated that former acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker may have “tipped off” Donald Trump as to the contents of Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s report. On Monday’s edition of Sirius XM’s The Dan Abrams Show, Abrams delved into some of the ways in which Trump has railed against the Mueller investigation, including saying, just last week, that there “should be no Mueller report.” But over the weekend, Abrams noted, Trump tweeted that he “told leadership to let all Republicans vote for transparency” on the non-binding House resolution to demand the release of the Mueller report, which passed the House 420-0, but was blocked in the Senate by Lindsey Graham. “Why would the president suddenly be supporting transparency for something that he doesn’t think should exist?” Abrams wondered, adding “It’s got to make you wonder whether Matt Whitaker Continue reading "Dan Abrams: Did Matt Whitaker Tip Trump Off About Mueller’s Report?"

Anti-Defamation League CEO Rebukes Trump for Saying White Nationalism Not a Rising Threat: ‘Wrong on the Facts’


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The head of the Anti-Defamation League called out President Donald Trump today for his recent comments saying he doesn’t see white nationalism as a rising threat following the horrific New Zealand terror attack. Jonathan Greenblatt told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin that “white supremacy is a global terror threat,” noting there is a connection between white supremacists in the U.S., those in Europe, and the tragedy in New Zealand. On Trump’s comments specifically, Greenblatt brought up stats from the last year to say “he’s wrong on the facts.” He said Trump and others should be calling out global white supremacy. Baldwin countered that for many people it may ring hollow. Greenblatt disagreed: “Our president is not just the Commander-in-Chief, he’s also the header-in-chief. He represents the values of our country. And we nee this president to really represent our values. Diversion, inclusion, respect. There’s a role and a set Continue reading "Anti-Defamation League CEO Rebukes Trump for Saying White Nationalism Not a Rising Threat: ‘Wrong on the Facts’"

Fox’s Gerard Baker: ‘No Question’ White Supremacists See Trump as ‘On Their Side’


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Fox Business host and Wall Street Journal editor-at-large Gerard Baker said Monday there’s “no question” white supremacists see President Donald Trump as “on their side,” during a segment on the mass shootings in New Zealand. Baker joined Fox News’ Dana Perino on Monday to discuss the killing of more than 50 people at two Christchurch mosques by a white nationalist. He argued that whether it’s Islamist terrorism or right wing terrorism, both sides need to blame the ideology behind such attacks instead of social media. Perino noted that critics of the president have tied him to the shooting, mostly on the grounds that the president was cited as a “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose” in the suspected perpetrator’s manifesto. Baker argued that there’s “no direct linkage” between the shooter and Trump — even when he ran on banning Muslims from the U.S. — and Perino Continue reading "Fox’s Gerard Baker: ‘No Question’ White Supremacists See Trump as ‘On Their Side’"

Bill Kristol Warns Trump is ‘Unstable’: He Lacks ‘The Psychological State to Be Trusted as President’


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Bill Kristol said on MSNBC this afternoon that there are more people growing concerned about President Donald Trump‘s psychological state as the 2020 election draws closer. The issue of the president’s mental fitness was raised this weekend by George Conway, husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, following Trump’s tweetstorm Sunday: Continue reading "Bill Kristol Warns Trump is ‘Unstable’: He Lacks ‘The Psychological State to Be Trusted as President’"

NY Times’ Wajahat Ali Blasts Trump’s Promotion of ‘White Supremacist Conspiracy Theories’: ‘Trump is Racist’


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New York Times columnist Wajahat Ali appeared on MSNBC Live with Stephanie Ruhle Monday morning and lit into President Donald Trump, called him a racist and noted that Trump’s promotion of white supremacy conspiracies is a “feature, not a bug” that defines this administration. Host Stephanie Ruhle opened the interview segment by mentioning Trump’s weekend tweetstorm in which the commander in chief “mentioned nothing about New Zealand but he went on to defend television hosts who have pushed anti-Muslim rhetoric.” Ali, the author of Off-Broadway play The Domestic Crusaders, wondered “wouldn’t it be lovely for the rest of us if (Trump) had as much gusto and passion in attacking the White Supremacists —  the number one terrorists in the U.S.  — like he does against John McCain, the press, black people, immigrants, Obama, Mueller?” He then added, “If he did that maybe we’d be a Continue reading "NY Times’ Wajahat Ali Blasts Trump’s Promotion of ‘White Supremacist Conspiracy Theories’: ‘Trump is Racist’"

Fox Anchor Counters Allegations Trump is Islamophobic: ‘Thousands’ of Muslims Would Be Dead If Not For Him


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Fox News’s David Asman defended President Donald Trump from critics on Monday by saying thousands of Muslims would be dead by now were it not for the commander-in-chief. Asman delivered that take while serving as the #OneLuckyGuy on Fox’s Outnumbered Monday — which focused on how critics have tied Trump to the New Zealand mosque shootings because the alleged perpetrator called the president “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose” in his manifesto. As part of a discussion on the political implications of anti-Muslim violence, Harris Faulkner remarked on the amount of violence Muslims end up committing against each other in the Middle East. “When you talk about Muslim attacks, look around that part of the world and in the Middle East where they are blowing up hotels,” Faulkner said “They are killing Muslim women and men and children at the same time. Those attacks – they may Continue reading "Fox Anchor Counters Allegations Trump is Islamophobic: ‘Thousands’ of Muslims Would Be Dead If Not For Him"

Kellyanne Conway Blasted for Telling People to Read NZ Shooter’s Manifesto: ‘Monstrously Bad Idea’


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Political observers are not impressed with Kellyanne Conway for defending President Donald Trump by recommending people read the Christchurch shooter’s manifesto. Conway appeared on Fox & Friends today in order to push back on critics who’ve connected Trump to the shooting where scores of Muslims were killed by an Islamophobic white supremacist. As reporters have noted, the alleged shooter named Trump in his manifesto by calling the president “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.” As Conway responded with a bogus talking point about the 2017 Congressional Baseball Shooting, she rejected the “outrageous” notion that the New Zealand massacre has any connection to Trump at all. She also recommended that people should read the shooter’s manifesto for themselves to get the context of Trump’s mention.
“This man put out a 70-page manifesto. Everybody scoured it for Donald Trump’s name and there it was one time… [The shooter]
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Joy Behar Rips Lindsey Graham’s Tepid Defense of John McCain: ‘He Needs to Find His Testicularity’


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Like many other opinion-centric infotainment programs, The View opened Monday’s show by lighting into President Donald Trump’s voluminous  Twitter output in which the commander-in-chief complained about an SNL re-run, directed Fox News programming decisions, spouted conspiracy theories and, notably for viewers of The View, blasted Senator John McCain. Each co-host took turns lamenting Trump’s Twitter behavior before Meghan McCain was given the turn to gracefully respond to what she deemed as evidence of just how “pathetic” Trump is for attacking her father. But it was Joy Behar’s dinging of Senator Lindsey Graham for what she deemed as his very tepid response to the memory of his Senatorial best buddy that earned this Mediaite headline. After Trump twice blasted the recently departed American war hero  — and former GOP presidential candidate — Graham tweeted out what many saw as a soft defense of his former congressional colleague. Graham tweeted:

Meghan McCain Responds: Attacks on My Father Tell You Everything About Trump’s ‘Pathetic Life’


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Meghan McCain tore into President Donald Trump on Monday with her first televised reaction to his blistering attacks on her father, the late Senator John McCain. The View opened with McCain’s colleagues offering emotional support and defenses after Trump spent the weekend excoriating her father. McCain has returned fire on Trump attacks already, but when the panel asked for her thoughts, she went into a monologue about her dad while proclaiming that Trump “will never be a great man.”
“My father was his kryptonite in life and he was kryptonite in death. On a personal note I agree with you, all of us have love and families and when my father was alive until adulthood we would spend our time fishing, cooking, celebrating life and I think it’s because he almost died. And I just thought ‘your life is spent on weekends not with your family, not with your Continue reading "Meghan McCain Responds: Attacks on My Father Tell You Everything About Trump’s ‘Pathetic Life’"

John Oliver Destroys Jay Leno with Clips of His Disgusting Monica Lewinsky Jokes


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John Oliver skinned alive Jay Leno‘s recent call for “civility” in late-night comedy by playing a string of revolting Monica Lewinsky jokes, for which Oliver says Leno has never apologized. On Sunday night’s edition of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, Oliver tackled the issue of online shaming, and presented Lewinsky as patient zero in the phenomenon of people being pulled out of their private lives, and into a life-ruining public maelstrom. Along the way, Oliver copped to his own participation in the decades-long pile on, but singled out former Tonight Show host Jay Leno as someone who trampled on Lewinsky and never apologized for it. “Look, my hands are not cleaning here either,” Oliver said of the pile-on. “I wasn’t in the U.S. at the time, but 10 years after the fact I was in a Daily Show piece marking the 10th anniversary of the scandal above a Continue reading "John Oliver Destroys Jay Leno with Clips of His Disgusting Monica Lewinsky Jokes"

Trump Hits Joe Biden for 2020 Gaffe: ‘Another Low I.Q. Individual!’


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President Donald Trump is back on Twitter and attacking Joe Biden‘s intelligence after the former vice president once again signaled that he’ll enter the 2020 race. “Joe Biden got tongue tied over the weekend when he was unable to properly deliver a very simple line about his decision to run for President,” Trump wrote. “Get used to it, another low I.Q.” There’s been a lot of commotion lately about whether Biden will go for it, and it seems that Trump is referring to a flub Biden had during a speech he gave over the weekend. As he spoke at the Delaware Democratic Dinner in Continue reading "Trump Hits Joe Biden for 2020 Gaffe: ‘Another Low I.Q. Individual!’"

Kellyanne Conway Falsely Boasts She Didn’t Blame Media After Steve Scalise Shooting


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As her husband continues to question Donald Trump‘s mental well-being, Kellyanne Conway defended the president on Monday with a self-contradicting argument about the Christchurch shooting. Conway was on Fox & Friends when she was asked about critics who’ve connected Trump to the massacre since the alleged shooter described him as “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.” Conway sneered at the “predictable and outrageous” criticisms, and she asked for people to read the shooter’s manifesto in its entirety after insisting that Trump roundly condemns bigotry. From there, Conway drew a connection between Christchurch and the 2017 congressional baseball shooting.
“Reflecting on the first year of the time of our time in the White House here at end of 2017 was asked what was worst day there…The worst day, bar none, was the day Steve Scalise almost lost his life on the ballfield in Arlington, Virginia. Thank Continue reading "Kellyanne Conway Falsely Boasts She Didn’t Blame Media After Steve Scalise Shooting"

CNN’s Toobin Slams Trump’s ‘Personal Grievance’ Tweetstorm: ‘Precisely Consistent’ With White Nationalism


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CNN Chief Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin ripped into President Donald Trump on Monday for his inability to act as a global leader after the recent Muslim massacre in New Zealand. Toobin was part of a New Day panel that discussed how Trump launched Twitter attacks against all of his enemies throughout the weekend, yet failed to say anything condemning the white supremacy and Islamophobia at the root of the Christchurch shooting. Toobin began by saying Trump’s tweets were a far cry from former president George W. Bush, who advocated religious tolerance for Islam after 9/11. “That is completely foreign to Donald Trump,” Toobin said. “It’s personal grievance that’s precisely consistent with the white nationalist agenda. It’s not white nationalism, but everything he says about immigrants, about immigration, about the wall, about the fact that there is no white nationalist problem is consistent with that view.” To this point, Continue reading "CNN’s Toobin Slams Trump’s ‘Personal Grievance’ Tweetstorm: ‘Precisely Consistent’ With White Nationalism"