Twitter Rips Trump’s False Claim About Obama Not Calling Parents of Fallen Soldiers: ‘A F*cking Lie’

During his press conference today, President Donald Trump took a shot at his predecessor by claiming that Barack Obama and other past presidents didn’t make calls to families of fallen soldiers. Trump was subsequently called out on this and hedged, saying, “I don’t know if he did. I was told that he didn’t often, and a lot of presidents don’t. They write letters.” People who served in the Obama White House were particularly appalled:

Trump Falsely Claims Obama ‘Didn’t Make Calls’ to Parents of Fallen Soldiers

During Monday’s impromptu Rose Garden press conference with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), President Donald Trump was asked why he hadn’t spoken more about the four U.S. soldiers killed during an ambush in Niger. Trump defended his actions, saying he’d written the families personal letters. And then he proceeded to make this claim about former President Barack Obama: “The traditional way, if you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls,” Trump said. “A lot of them didn’t make calls. I like to call when it’s appropriate, when I think I’m able to do it. They have made the ultimate sacrifice so generally I would say that I like to call.”
NBC’s Peter Alexander promptly fact-checked Trump, asking him how he could make the claim that Obama never called the families of fallen soldiers. Trump revised his comments in a very Continue reading "Trump Falsely Claims Obama ‘Didn’t Make Calls’ to Parents of Fallen Soldiers"

Why the Over-The-Top PC Reaction to Al Michaels’ Harvey Weinstein Joke Matters

  So, apparently, we now live is a world where Lorne Michaels can be criticized for NOT making jokes at night about Harvey Weinstein on NBC, and where Al Michaels can be forced to apologize for making a joke at night about Harvey Weinstein on NBC?! I already knew that in the era of Trump as president of the United States we had left the gravitational pull of the rational earth, but even by these new crazy standards, this is just plain nuts. Now, of course, I realize that Saturday Night Live and Sunday Night Football, despite both being live entertainment shows on weekend nights on NBC, are two very different programs. SNL often focuses on how liberals are protesting against Trump, while SNF… well, they do a lot of that as well lately. I acknowledge that the role of a TV play-by-play announcer (a job I once Continue reading "Why the Over-The-Top PC Reaction to Al Michaels’ Harvey Weinstein Joke Matters"

#MeToo: Harvey Weinstein Scandal Produces Disinfecting Sunlight On Systemic Problems

There is nothing good or virtuous about any part of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Weinstein, by a staggering number of stomach-turning accounts, used his position of power and influence to objectify many aspiring actresses. And given a wildly viral #MeToo grass-roots social media campaign which has taken off amid the scandal, Weinstein was obviously not alone acting this way. Actress Alyssa Milano may not have started this campaign, but she is largely credited for acting as catalyst with this tweet: What is #MeToo? If you aren’t on Facebook or Twitter it’s the simple manner in which users of social media platforms can announce that they have been a victim of sexual harassment. As one can probably imagine, the vast majority of those speaking out Continue reading "#MeToo: Harvey Weinstein Scandal Produces Disinfecting Sunlight On Systemic Problems"

Trump on Stalled Legislative Agenda: ‘I Am Not Going to Blame Myself’

Prior to a closed-door meeting with his cabinet on Monday, President Donald Trump spoke briefly with the White House press pool. Among the topics he touched on was the failure of Congress to pass any major legislation — namely as it relates to health care. You’re never going to believe this, but the President says it’s not his fault. “[W]e are not getting the job done,” Trump said. He quickly added, “I’m not going to blame myself, I’ll be honest. They are not getting the job done.” Trump went on to point the finger at a few members of his own party for dropping the ball on health care. “There are Republicans, frankly, that should be ashamed of themselves,” Trump said. “But most of them, I’ll tell you what, I know the Republican senators, most of them are really, really great people that want to work hard and want Continue reading "Trump on Stalled Legislative Agenda: ‘I Am Not Going to Blame Myself’"

Skip Bayless: Colin Kaepernick Filing a Grievance Against NFL is ‘A Last Desperate Act’

On Sunday, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick announced — through attorney Mark Geragos — that he’s filing a grievance against the NFL. Kaepernick, who remains a free agent, is alleging that teams have colluded to keep him out of the league. Monday on Undisputed, Skip Bayless said he believes that the former San Francisco signal caller’s legal maneuver amounts to little more than a Hail Mary of sorts to try to get back in the NFL. Calling it “a last, desperate act,” Bayless thinks the grievance might dash any hope Kaepernick has of getting signed. “Whatever bridge was left, I think you just burned it to the ground,” Bayless said. Undisputed co-host Shannon Sharpe agreed. “Not only did you burn the bridge, you destroyed the earth so no one else can build a bridge to help you back across,” Sharpe said. Bayless has spoken out in support Continue reading "Skip Bayless: Colin Kaepernick Filing a Grievance Against NFL is ‘A Last Desperate Act’"