Reminder: CPAC Is a Fraud and Is Largely Responsible for Trump Hijacking the Movement

Screen Shot 2017-02-20 at 2.58.53 PM Second behind whether Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow on Groundhog Day, controversy over CPAC is now the news media’s most reliable annual rite of late winter. This year, the week of the “conservative” conference is beginning with outrage over Milo Yiannopolous, the gay/British version of Ann Coulter, being named as a keynote speaker and then disinvited when video emerged implying that he supports sexual relationships between teenage boys and older men. While the Milo distraction is interesting (he seems to get more of what he wants every time he is prevented from speaking, though I fail to understand what possible justification there was for the invitation in the first place), the far more significant story regarding CPAC is what a blatant fraud the whole thing is and how they are largely responsible for Donald Trump hijacking the entire conservative movement. I have been trying to warn Continue reading "Reminder: CPAC Is a Fraud and Is Largely Responsible for Trump Hijacking the Movement"

Bill Maher: I’m Now at the Point Where I’m ‘Begging Mitt Romney to Be President’

In another preview of his sit-down with CNN’s Van Jones for The Messy Truth tonight, Bill Maher jokes about converting to Mormonism if it means Mitt Romney takes control of the country away from Donald Trump. In 2012, Maher famously donated a million dollars to Barack Obama‘s re-election efforts to stop Romney. Now, he told Jones, “I would happily give that million dollars right now to Mitt Romney if he would take over the country.” He said he’s practically “begging” for a Romney presidency now and jokes, “I’ll become a Mormon, how about that? I will become a Mormon and give you a million dollars, Mitt Romney, if you will please take over the country.” Watch above, via CNN. UPDATE –– 6:05 pm ET: Due to the pending circuit court ruling tonight, CNN will now be airing the special tomorrow, Friday the 10th, at 9 pm. [image Continue reading "Bill Maher: I’m Now at the Point Where I’m ‘Begging Mitt Romney to Be President’"

Mitt Romney: No Regrets About Criticizing Trump, But Seeing ‘Encouraging Signs’

Mitt Romney was in Salt Lake City yesterday to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Winter Olympics there, and––of course––he was asked about politics. Romney, you’ll remember, was talked about as a possible Secretary of State for President Trump before Rex Tillerson was chosen. When asked if he had any regrets about his criticism of Trump, Romney said no. Per The Deseret News:
“I expressed honestly what my belief was with regards to temperament and character. Now the time has come for us to recognize we have a new president and we have hopes he will be successful leading our country.”

The former 2012 presidential nominee admitted there are “encouraging signs on a number of fronts” with the new administration. Watch above, via NBC. [image via screengrab] — — Follow Josh Feldman on Twitter: @feldmaniac

Back in 2014, Trump Said Russia’s ‘Our Biggest Problem’ and Called For Economic Sanctions

Recently, there has been a lot of attention paid not only to President-elect Donald Trump’s reluctance to accept the assessments of the intelligence community when it comes to Russian interference in the election, but also Trump’s indications that he’ll engage in a friendly relationship with the country. At last week’s press conference, while stating that he thinks Russia was responsible for hacking during the election, he also said it he “would consider it an asset” if Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted him as president. And in an interview that was published over the weekend, Trump noted that NATO was “obsolete,” that he would reconsider sanctions against Russia and would start off treating Putin and Germany’s Angela Merkel on equal ground. Well, back in 2014, shortly after Russia invaded Crimea, Trump was singing a different tune about Russia. In a series of interviews in March Continue reading "Back in 2014, Trump Said Russia’s ‘Our Biggest Problem’ and Called For Economic Sanctions"

Here’s Your Reaction Roundup Now That We Know Rex Tillerson Was Tapped For Secretary of State

Now that NBC News has reported that Exxon Mobil’s CEO Rex Tillerson has been chosen as Donald Trump‘s preferred Secretary of State, reactions are rolling in. Many of them have to do with his ties to Russia and friendship with Vladimir Putin. He was given the Order of Friendship decoration by the Kremlin in 2012.

Giuliani on Whether Romney Should Be in Cabinet: You Want Team of Rivals, Not ‘Enemies’

giulianiAfter calling into Fox News earlier today, Rudy Giuliani appeared on The O’Reilly Factor tonight to tell Eric Bolling why he withdrew his name from consideration for Secretary of State. But Giuliani continued to criticize Mitt Romney and went so far as to say that there’s a difference between a team of rivals and a “team of enemies.” Yes, Giuliani very explicitly classified Romney as an “enemy” because of what he said about Trump on the campaign trail.
He told Bolling that if Romney wants the position, he needs to take back a lot of what he said. (He added that if Trump picks Romney he’ll get behind him.) Watch above, via Fox News. [image via screengrab] — — Follow Josh Feldman on Twitter: @feldmaniac

Wolf Blitzer: Did Trump Team Come Up With a ‘Face-Saving Way’ For Giuliani to ‘Go Away’?

cnn-giuliani-soseditedAfter it was rumored earlier today that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was no longer under consideration for Secretary of State, the one-time presidential candidate released a statement in which he withdrew his name from the running. However, based on reporting from CNN, it appears that Giuliani’s statement claiming he withdrew his name back on November 29th was largely a facade for Giuliani to save face. Reporter Sara Murray spoke with Wolf Blitzer this afternoon and stated that he was actually told by President-elect Donald Trump’s team that he wasn’t going to be Secretary of State and they were trying to get him to accept a different position in the administration. “Sources say he was informed he would not be getting the Secretary of State position,” Murray stated. “And behind the scenes they had been trying to urge him to accept maybe one of these other slots in Continue reading "Wolf Blitzer: Did Trump Team Come Up With a ‘Face-Saving Way’ For Giuliani to ‘Go Away’?"