MSNBC Analyst Tweets Then Deletes Comment Falsely Claiming Fox Won’t Air Mueller Hearing


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MSNBC contributor Joyce Vance tweeted then deleted what she says was a joke today, claiming Fox News was not going to air Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s hearing this week. The now-deleted tweet said “Fox isn’t showing Mueller’s testimony Wednesday. Trump is afraid of what will happen if his base gets to hear Mueller’s testimony for themselves.” In a follow-up tweet, Vance insisted the initial tweet was a joke and “it will be interesting to see Fox’s coverage in light of Trump’s statement he won’t be watching the hearing.” Vance later deleted the tweet entirely Continue reading "MSNBC Analyst Tweets Then Deletes Comment Falsely Claiming Fox Won’t Air Mueller Hearing"

Marianne Williamson Criticizes Trump’s Attacks on Democratic ‘Squad’: ‘This is What Fascist Dictators Say’


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2020 presidential candidate Marianne Williamson was on CNN, calling President Donald Trump’s attacks on progressive Democratic congresswomen “fascist.” “It’s not just his words that are problem. It is the entire tenor of his administration and his policies and they are very disturbing,” Williamson said. “They are very disturbing for the reason I said. This is what fascist dictators do. This is what fascist dictators say. You know, we are living through a time of identity crisis in the U.S.” CNN also played a clip of Trump aide Stephen Miller’s appearance on Fox News Sunday before Williamson’s interview with CNN’s Ana Cabrera. “It’s been great to hear Stephen Miller say we’re overusing the word racist when he himself is the architect of racist policies at the southern border,” Williamson said. Cabrera noted that Trump has defended his attacks on the congresswomen by saying he’s fighting anti-Semitism. “I’m a Continue reading "Marianne Williamson Criticizes Trump’s Attacks on Democratic ‘Squad’: ‘This is What Fascist Dictators Say’"

GOP Sen. Repeatedly Demurs on Criticizing Trump Over Attacks on Dem ‘Squad’ When Pressed by CNN’s Dana Bash


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CNN anchor Dana Bash repeatedly pressed Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) on his response to President Donald Trump’s attacks on progressive congresswomen. Bash was filing in for Jake Tapper on State of the Union Sunday, asking Johnson about Trump’s tweets continuing this morning to attack Democratic Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib. Johnson demured answering the president directly, saying “I find it unfortunate so many parts of our public debate are getting stuck inside a racial framework when what I would like to see is us moving toward that color-blind society.” “I was hoping when President Obama was elected, it would go a long way to healing the racial divide,” Johnson said. “How is the president doing practicing what you just preached?” Bash asked. Johnson again deflected, saying ” would like to see everybody tone down the rhetoric… I prefer we start to Continue reading "GOP Sen. Repeatedly Demurs on Criticizing Trump Over Attacks on Dem ‘Squad’ When Pressed by CNN’s Dana Bash"

Justin Bieber Credits Trump for Helping A$AP Rocky, Adds: But ‘Can You Also Let Those Kids Out of Cages?’


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In recent days, President Donald Trump has publicly said he’s working to get rapper A$AP Rocky freed from Swedish jail, after he was detained on an assault charge. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West reportedly lobbied Trump, and the president gave West a shoutout on Twitter: Among the many people calling for A$AP Rocky’s release is Justin Bieber, who tweeted a sort-of thanks to Trump. “I Continue reading "Justin Bieber Credits Trump for Helping A$AP Rocky, Adds: But ‘Can You Also Let Those Kids Out of Cages?’"

Anthony Scaramucci: Trump Will Get Primaried Over Racist Tweets ‘If He Keeps Going Down This Path’


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Anthony Scaramucci appeared on Fox News to warn against President Donald Trump’s continuing attacks against progressive congresswomen, arguing Trump could get primaried over it. “I will tell you something, people say no way this will happen but trust me, he keeps going down this path, a Republican will primary him,” Scaramucci told Fox’s Howard Kurtz on MediaBuzz Sunday. “It would be a quixotic quest to primary him right now, but also send a message to people that we have to re-engineer this party. You cannot divide the country as the president of the United States.” Kurtz asked if he’s gotten any blowback from Trump and his allies, which Scaramucci, Trump’s former White House communications director, brushed off. “It doesn’t matter to me,” he said. “I’m my own guy. These are racist comments, period full stop. The fact that we even have to debate this means that the president is Continue reading "Anthony Scaramucci: Trump Will Get Primaried Over Racist Tweets ‘If He Keeps Going Down This Path’"

Chris Wallace Presses Lisa Boothe on Whether Trump’s ‘Go Back’ Tweets Were ‘Wrong’: ‘You’re Not Answering My Question’


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Fox News’ Chris Wallace put Fox contributor Lisa Boothe under pressure on Sunday when the network contributor refused to answer his questions about President Donald Trump’s racist go-back-where-you-came-from tweets. After Wallace finished his grueling interview with White House adviser Stephen Miller, Boothe joined him for his Fox News Sunday panel to talk about the ongoing firestorm surrounding Trump’s feud with Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley. When Wallace turned to Boothe, he said the question of whether Trump’s tweets were politically smart “misses the real point,” so instead he asked “was this wrong? Was it over the line to say ‘go back where you came from?'” “I wouldn’t defend, necessarily, the tweet that he sent out,” Boothe said before she invoked John McCain’s famous rebuke to a supporter of his who called Barack Obama an “Arab” in 2008. Boothe said McCain was compared Continue reading "Chris Wallace Presses Lisa Boothe on Whether Trump’s ‘Go Back’ Tweets Were ‘Wrong’: ‘You’re Not Answering My Question’"

MSNBC Panelist: Bernie Sanders ‘Makes My Skin Crawl,’ I Don’t See Him as ‘Pro-Woman Candidate’


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Former assistant U.S. attorney Mimi Rocah said on MSNBC this morning that Bernie Sanders “makes my skin crawl” and suggested he’s not really a “pro-woman candidate.” The panel on Up with David Gura was previewing the upcoming Democratic debates and a likely face-off between Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. As they got into the differences between the two candidates, Zerlina Maxwell said their approaches clearly differ and in Warren’s case “I actually know in detail how she wants to get there,” while when it comes to Sanders, “there are certain policies like Medicare for All that he put out a lot more detail than some of his other ideas, I don’t have as much of the detail of how we’re going to transform the health care industry.” “Elizabeth Warren on the one hand will tell me exactly how,” she continued. “Sometimes Bernie Sanders does not. So I think
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Fox’s Chris Wallace Picks Apart Stephen Miller’s Defenses on Trump’s Criticisms of the U.S.


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Fox News’ Chris Wallace deconstructed President Donald Trump aide Stephen Miller’s defense of attacks on progressive Democrats, noting that Trump himself made similar lines of criticism against the U.S. “Why is what those congresswomen have said any worse than what you just are Donald Trump say, President Obama is ignorant, this country is killers, on and on?” Wallace asked. Miller tried to separate Trump’s criticism from Obama from his criticism of congresswomen like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez before Wallace interrupted. “Wait a minute. No, wait a minute. The fact of the matter is that people can have a legitimate difference of opinion about policies whether we want to go one way, we want to go another. Under the Constitution that you believe in, and I believe in, the first amendment allows everybody to say it,” Wallace said. “The president ran a campaign that can be summarized into words: America Continue reading "Fox’s Chris Wallace Picks Apart Stephen Miller’s Defenses on Trump’s Criticisms of the U.S."

Fox News’ John Roberts Defends Wife, ABC’s Kyra Phillips, from Criticism After Thanking Trump for Press Access


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John Roberts Fox News White House correspondent John Roberts defended his wife, Kyra Phillips, on Sunday after she took a lot of online heat for thanking President Donald Trump for the access he gives to the press pool. Phillips, a former CNN anchor and current ABC News correspondent, was criticized by Democrats and some journalists over the weekend after issuing this tweet about the current state of affairs between Trump and the media. Roberts has noticed those criticisms, and he’s defending his wife’s point about White House press access:

WH Spox: Trump Criticized But ‘Still Loved’ US, Dem Congresswomen Decry America and Have ‘Ungrateful Attitude’


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White House principal deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley defended President Donald Trump today when questioned on POTUS’ past criticisms of the United States under Barack Obama. On Fox News’ MediaBuzz, Gidley defended Trump’s “if you don’t like this country…” comments and said he’s made similar remarks about “Hollywood elites” too. Howard Kurtz asked about the “send her back” chants. Gidley said in response, “President is forced to denounce what someone says in an audience of thousands, but these four congresswomen don’t have to down announce what someone did an actual terrorist attack in Washington state.” At one point, Kurtz brought up Trump’s past criticisms of the U.S., saying, “When he was a businessman he called America a laughingstock… When they criticize him and the White House and the administration, why is that hating America, why isn’t it just dissent?” The difference, Gidley argued, is that Continue reading "WH Spox: Trump Criticized But ‘Still Loved’ US, Dem Congresswomen Decry America and Have ‘Ungrateful Attitude’"

Margaret Brennan, Liz Cheney Hold Bruising Showdown After GOP Rep. Claims Trump Attacks Aren’t About Race


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CBS’ Margaret Brennan held a very contentious interview with Liz Cheney (R-WY) when the congresswoman used the discussion to accuse the media of concocting a racial controversy from President Donald Trump’s repeated slams on progressive congressional Democrats. The Face the Nation interview started off with Brennan asking “why does the president as a matter of principal say unequivocally that non white Americans are just as American as anyone else?” This was in reference to Trump’s racist go-back-where-you-came-from tweets to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley, plus the chants of “send her back” at the president’s campaign rally last week. “You have heard him say the chant was inappropriate…” Cheney began, though Brennan interjected to note “he also said they were patriotic.” From there Cheney went all in and accused the media of constructing a racial controversy from everything over the last few days:
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Ted Cruz: ‘I Think Fox News Went All In for Trump’ During 2016 Primary Race


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The new book American Carnage has a lot of notable behind-the-scenes details about fractures in the Republican party and President Donald Trump‘s ascent, including some details about Fox News. Tim Alberta reports in his book on an attempt by John Boehner to speak to Roger Ailes directly about the booking of fringe Republicans, but a more substantive portion of the book concerns what Ted Cruz thought of Fox News’ Trump coverage during the primary. The book features an anecdote in which Cruz reacted to Trump-favorable analysis on Fox News with a “what the fuck?”, and it quotes Cruz as telling friends, “I think it was Roger’s [Ailes] dying with to elect Donald Trump president.”

Brian Stelter Lays Out Trump’s Decades-Long ‘Pattern’ of Racism: We Shouldn’t Lose Sight of the ‘Big Story’


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CNN’s Brian Stelter opened Reliable Sources on Sunday with a monologue to emphasize how the media must continue keeping track of President Donald Trump’s racist antics. As Stelter noted Trump’s continued attacks on Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley, he cycled through the president’s numerous race-based controversies. As he conceded that Trump’s track record is “very well known” at this point, Stelter noted how media organizations have been drawing connections lately between Trump’s slams on “the squad” and the numerous examples of his racism from the past. “The point is clear: there is a pattern going back decades, and with so many examples, it’s kind of easy to forget some of them,” Stelter said. “The pattern is the big story, and the challenge for the press is to show the pattern.” Stelter acknowledged how often Trump rebukes charges of racism, but continued to Continue reading "Brian Stelter Lays Out Trump’s Decades-Long ‘Pattern’ of Racism: We Shouldn’t Lose Sight of the ‘Big Story’"

Nadler: Mueller Report Shows Substantial Evidence Trump ‘Guilty of High Crimes and Misdemeanors’


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House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler said today the Mueller report clearly contains evidence President Donald Trump is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors. Nadler spoke with Fox News’ Chris Wallace ahead of this week’s highly-anticipated testimony from special counsel Robert Mueller and how big an impact it will have to hear Mueller speak directly on the report. Nadler said, “It’s important that we not have a lawless administration and a lawless president.” Wallace asked him directly if he thinks the president is “guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors, the marker for impeachment by the House.” Nadler responded, “I think there is very substantial––well, the report presents very substantial evidence that the president is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors, and we have to present––or Continue reading "Nadler: Mueller Report Shows Substantial Evidence Trump ‘Guilty of High Crimes and Misdemeanors’"

Major Garrett Presses Pence on ‘Send Her Back’: Trump Could Simply Tell Supporters ‘Don’t Do It Again’


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CBS News’ Major Garrett spoke with Vice President Mike Pence and questioned him on President Donald Trump‘s reaction to the “send her back” chants at last week’s rally. Pence defended Trump’s reaction and said, “The president was not pleased about it. Neither was I, and the president’s been very clear about that. We’re also not pleased about the fact that there are four members of Congress…” Garrett jumped in and said he surely knows how close Trump’s relationship is with his supporters, saying, “This could all go away with one simple word or a phrase or something. You have a chance to say it right now. ‘Don’t do it again,’ is that your message?” “Major, the president was very clear,” Pence replied. “Was he?” Garrett asked. “That he wasn’t happy about it,” Pence continued, “and that if it happens again he might––he’d make an effort to speak Continue reading "Major Garrett Presses Pence on ‘Send Her Back’: Trump Could Simply Tell Supporters ‘Don’t Do It Again’"