Host Chuck Todd ran about a minute-long clip of Conway before the panel discussion. An NBC source tells CNN’s Brian Stelter that the transition team agreed to the interview knowing it would just be used as a soundbite.
President Barack Obama responded for the first time on ABC News’ This Week to the criticism that the Democratic Party has seen historic electoral losses in his eight years in office.
“The Democratic party got hollowed out on your watch,” noted George Stephanopoulos. “About 1,000 seats lost in the Congress, Senate, governors, state houses. Is that on you?”
“I take some responsibility for that,” Obama admitted.
Still, he said, “some of it is circumstances.” Obama argued in particular that the Tea Party surge of 2010 was in reaction to economic factors largely outside of his control.
“I think that what is also true is that– partly because my docket was really full here– I couldn’t be both chief organizer of the Democratic Party and function as commander in chief and president of the United States,” he said. “We did not begin what I Continue reading "Obama: ‘I Take Some Responsibility’ For Democratic Party Getting ‘Hollowed Out’ on My Watch"
President Barack Obama admitted in an interview with ABC News’ This Week that he didn’t see Donald Trump‘s victory coming because he was living in “the bubble” of the presidency.
“I believe in term limits for presidents,” Obama said. He cited two reasons why they were a good idea, the first being that the job tended to be incredibly taxing on all involved.
“The second thing is the bubble is the bubble,” he continued. “I think we’ve done a pretty good job staying in touch with the American people. But at a certain point, you can’t help but lose some feel for what’s on the ground because you’re not on the ground.”
“You didn’t think Donald Trump could win,” pointed out George Stephanopoulos.
“Case in point,” Obama admitted. “So I think there’s a utility in the democracy refreshing itself on an ongoing basis.”
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Here is something you’ll need to get used to if you aren’t already: This is a story about tweets. Specifically, it’s about tweets from President-elect Donald Trump, but it also features some guest appearances from tweets by Mark Hamill and Matt Oswalt.
It started with this tweet…
BILLION DOLLAR IDEA: an App that you can feed every Trump tweet into that plays it back in @HamillHimself Joker voice. You’re welcome.
During a chat with Jake Tapper on CNN this morning, top Donald Trump aide Kellyanne Conway cheerfully mentioned the pending status of her top secret security clearance and condemned leakers who give the media information before the President or President-elect is briefed.
They were talking about the Russian interference in the election when she said that it had no effect on how the election turned out and Tapper stopped her to explain that it’s impossible to know that.
She pivoted to criticizing leakers, saying, “We cannot have people in positions of keeping us all safe and knowing classified information or intelligence information — we can’t have them leaking to the media. There, I don’t fault the media; you’re just trying to get information and do your jobs to report, you know, report and break news — hashtag breaking news, of course.”
Conway went on Continue reading "While Talking Russian Interference, Conway Says What Should ‘Infuriate’ Americans Is Media Leaks"
Things got intense on MSNBC Live after Stephanie Ruhle scolded a Donald Trump adviser for broadly accusing the media of saying Russia hacked the 2016 election.
Trump adviser Steve Cortes faced off with David Corn in a heated debate about how Trump kept discarding the possibility that the Kremlin meddled with American political networks to the mogul’s benefit. Ruhle reined in her panel when things got out of hand, after which, Corn brought up how Trump kepthinting that he would take the word of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over America’s intelligence community when it comes to who hacked the Democratic National Committee.
Cortes responded that “it’s what the mainstream media has been saying for weeks, which is that the election was hacked, and that’s simply not true.” Ruhle took issue with that, and she immediately brought the discussion to a halt and chastised Continue reading "MSNBC Anchor Explodes at Trump Adviser for Making ‘Generalization’ About the Media"