Fox News host Tucker Carlson took a torch to a pair of the Republican party’s top donors on Wednesday night: Charles and David Koch.
Carlson’s evolution from Koch defender to critic has been documented on this site, in a thorough piece by Caleb Ecarma. Carlson took his opposition to the billionaire brothers a step further Wednesday night with a lengthy monologue that first laid out the vast breadth of their wealth and political influence.
The Fox News host did argue that the Kochs and their family (“who by the way are very nice people”), “have been grotesquely and repeatedly maligned by the media,” which has “convinced many conservatives that the Kochs much be on their side.”
“In the case of the Kochs, conservatives might want to pause and rethink the relationship,” Carlson continued, before laying out the billionaires’ instances of conservative heresy.
“They are… totally opposed to most conservative Continue reading "Tucker Carlson Torches the Koch Brothers: Conservatives Should Rethink If They’re Really ‘On Their Side’"
Symone Sanders, a former CNN contributor turned senior adviser to Joe Biden, defended the presidential candidate against the growing furor over his comments about working with segregationist lawmakers.
Biden noted at a fundraiser this week that he worked with Senators James Eastland of Mississippi and Herman Talmadge of Georgia, both segregationists.
“Well guess what?” Biden reportedly said of working with the senators. “At least there was some civility. We got things done. We didn’t agree on much of anything. We got things done. We got it finished. But today you look at the other side and you’re the enemy. Not the opposition, the enemy. We don’t talk to each other anymore.”
After Biden was called out by his fellow 2020 Democrats, including Cory Booker and Bill de Blasio, Symone Sanders defended the former vice president in a lengthy Twitter thread.
“@JoeBiden did not praise a segregationist,” Continue reading "Biden Adviser Symone Sanders Defends Candidate: He ‘Did Not Praise a Segregationist’"
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, who held the post for just under six months, is withdrawing from consideration for nomination, President Donald Trump announced on Twitter.
“Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, who has done a wonderful job, has decided not to go forward with his confirmation process so that he can devote more time to his family,” Trump wrote Tuesday. “I thank Pat for his outstanding service.”
Trump added he “will be naming Secretary of the Army, Mark Esper, to be the new Acting Secretary of Defense. I know Mark, and have no doubt he will do a fantastic job!”
….I thank Pat for his outstanding service and will be naming Secretary of the Army, Mark Esper, to be the new Acting Secretary of Defense. I know Mark, and have no doubt he will do a fantastic job!
President Donald Trump offered a scattershot defense of his comments on accepting help from Russia in 2020 while appearing on Fox & Friends, claiming he would turn to the FBI after considering what was offered.
“First of all I don’t think anybody would present me with anything bad because they know how much I love this country,” Trump told Fox & Friends. “Of course, you have to look at it, because if you don’t look at it you’re not going to know if it’s bad — how are you going to know if it’s bad? But of course, you give it to the FBI or report to the attorney general or somebody like that.”
“How do you know it’s bad if you don’t listen to it,” Fox & Friends host Ainsley Earhardt agreed.
“I thought it was made clear,” Trump said of his initial comments, made in an Continue reading "Trump Clarifies Foreign Intel Comments on Fox: ‘You Have to Look at It’ to ‘Know if it’s Bad’"
President Donald Trump made a stunning announcement on Twitter Thursday: his longtime press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is set to leave the White House next month.
“After 3 1/2 years, our wonderful Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be leaving the White House at the end of the month and going home to the Great State of Arkansas,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
He praised her job as press sec and even suggested she run for governor of Arkansas.
“She is a very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job! I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas – she would be fantastic. Sarah, thank you for a job well done!”
After 3 1/2 years, our wonderful Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be leaving the White House at the end of the month and going home to the Great State of Arkansas….
Alan Dershowitz, the Harvard Law professor emeritus renowned, as of late, for his legal defenses of President Donald Trump throughout the special counsel investigation, said Thursday that he would support Joe Biden in 2020 in a matchup with the current president.
Dershowitz, appearing on the SiriusXM radio show of Mediaite founder Dan Abrams, spoke at length about the investigation into Trump and his campaign’s ties to Russia, and said he will vote in 2020 based on the entirety of Trump’s record.
“You’re not going to vote for Donald Trump, are you?” Abrams asked in response.
“It depends who runs against him,” Dershowitz said. “If Bernie Sanders is nominated, that would present a real dilemma for me. I don’t think under any circumstances I could vote for a man who went to England and campaigned for a bigot and anti-Semite like Jeremy Corbin. I don’t think I could Continue reading "Alan Dershowitz Declares He Would Support Biden Over Trump in 2020"
The Office of Special Counsel on Thursday recommended the firing of White House official Kellyanne Conway over repeated violations of the Hatch Act, a law that prohibits partisan political activity by federal employees.
The federal watchdog agency sent a report to President Donald Trump on Thursday urging the removal of Conway from public office.
“The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) today sent report to President Donald J. Trump finding that Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway violated the Hatch Act on numerous occasions by disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity during television interviews and on social media,” a statement from the OSC reads.
“Today’s report follows a March 2018 OSC report finding that Ms. Conway violated the Hatch Act during two separate television interviews in which she advocated for and against candidates in the 2017 Alabama special election for U.S. Senate,” the statement
Following reports that Fox Nation star Britt McHenry had accused former co-host Tyrus of sexual harassment, she claimed to have “proof” in a cryptic tweet that was quickly deleted.
“You act like I don’t have proof. Smh. Carry on,” McHenry wrote on Twitter Wednesday night.
Mediaite reported Wednesday that Tyrus was booted off the show he hosted with McHenry — UN-PC, on Fox News streaming service Fox Nation — after she accused him of sexual harassment. The Daily Beast first reported that McHenry filed a formal complaint with Fox News, and alleged Tyrus had, “on multiple occasions, sent her unwanted and unsolicited text messages with lewd, sexual comments.”
Fox News declined to fire or suspend Tyrus following the allegations. Instead, he was removed from UN-PC and given his own program – a celebrity interview show called NUFFSAID — which debuted this week.
“While we are not at liberty Continue reading "Fox Nation’s Britt McHenry Suggests She Has ‘Proof’ Following Tyrus Harassment Allegations"
MSNBC quietly implemented a sweeping shakeup in programming this week, Mediaite has learned, appointing SVP of programming and development Jonathan Wald and MSNBC executive editor Dan Arnall to lead dayside. The former head of dayside, NBC News SVP Janelle Rodriguez, will take control of NBC News Now, the network’s streaming service.
A source told Mediaite that the new organization returns MSNBC to its former structure: dayside will be managed in two blocks, with Wald taking over 9 a.m. to noon and Arnall taking noon to 4 p.m. Wald will also continue to oversee the network’s primetime shows, alongside MSNBC president Phil Griffin.
Rodriguez will continue to lead newsgathering and editorial for MSNBC dayside, NBC Nightly News, in addition to her job for the network’s streaming service. Show producers, however, will report to Wald and Arnall.
One source familiar told Mediaite the changes came amidst mounting complaints Continue reading "EXCLUSIVE: MSNBC Shakeup Leaves New Dayside Programming Leadership"
Tyrus, a longtime Fox News personality and one of the top hosts of the network’s new streaming service Fox Nation, was kicked off his own show after his co-host Britt McHenry accused him of sexual harassment, sources told Mediate.
McHenry, who hosted the show UN-PC with Tyrus on Fox Nation, accused the former WWE star of sexual harassment, leading to a bitter rift between the two co-stars. The Daily Beast first reported Tuesday night that McHenry filed a sexual harassment complaint with Fox News management, alleging Tyrus had, “on multiple occasions, sent her unwanted and unsolicited text messages with lewd, sexual comments.”
Tyrus — who made his name at the network as a regular on Greg Gutfeld’s popular late-night show and a weekly segment on Dana Perino’s weekday news program – was kicked off UN-PC following the allegations.
“We don’t comment on internal matters,” Fox News told Mediaite Continue reading "Fox Nation’s Tyrus Kicked Off Show After Britt McHenry Accused Him of Sexual Harassment"
Fox News anchor Shepard Smith urged his viewers to read Robert Mueller’s report in its entirety on Tuesday, emphasizing that the special counsel did not exonerate President Donald Trump.
While covering the battle between House Democrats and the Justice Department over the Mueller report, Smith noted that the Russia investigation found multiple instances of potential obstruction on behalf of Trump, but that the special counsel followed DOJ guidelines in declining to prosecute the sitting president.
“Remember, in his 400-plus page report — that everyone in America should read, everyone — Robert Mueller laid out ten instances of apparent obstruction of justice, criminal obstruction of justice, potentially, by President Trump,” the Fox News anchor said. “The special counsel did not exonerate the president. They said if they could’ve they would’ve but they couldn’t so they didn’t.”
“Mueller explained that if he and his team had confidence that the president did Continue reading "Shepard Smith Tells Fox News Viewers to Read the Mueller Report: It ‘Did Not Exonerate’ Trump"
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), a vociferous and consistent critic of the Mueller investigation, assailed former Nixon White House counsel John Dean during his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on Monday, accusing him of seeking to profit from his criticism of President Donald Trump.
Gaetz opened his aggressive questioning by pointing out that Dean has compared both Trump and former President George W. Bush to Nixon. After asking how much money he made from his book on the subject, the congressman asked Dean, a CNN contributor, point blank: “How much do you make from CNN?”
“I don’t really know exactly,” Dean replied. “Mr. Gaetz, I appreciate you were not born at the time that this all happened,” he added, prompting murmurs from the room.
“Do you believe if we turned the lights off here and maybe lit some candles, got out a ouija board, we could potentially raise the Continue reading "Gaetz Exchanges Fire With ‘Ghost of Christmas Past’ John Dean in Wild Showdown: ‘You’re Here as a Prop’"
George Conway, the husband of White House aide Kellyanne Conway, went of on President Donald Trump in a series of stunning tweets Sunday morning deeming the president “mentally unwell” and calling on him to resign from office.
Conway, a frequent and harsh Trump critic, responded to a tweet in which the president defended his attacks on the media.
“You’re not ‘presidential’ at all, period. You’re mentally unwell,” Conway wrote. “You engage in bizarre, irrational, self-defeating behavior, which prompts criticism of you, which triggers more bizarre, irrational, self-defeating behavior. You would have been fired from any other job by now.”
You’re not “presidential” at all, period. You’re mentally unwell. You engage in bizarre, irrational, self-defeating behavior, which prompts criticism of you, which triggers more bizarre, irrational, self-defeating behavior. You would have been fired from any other job by now. https://t.co/jZ1n21qptp
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) decried the practice of holding inmates in solitary confinement in response to reports that Paul Manafort, who is serving a federal prison sentence on a bevy of fraud and conspiracy charges, is being sent to Rikers Island.
“Paul Manafort is being sent to solitary confinement in my district – Rikers Island,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Wednesday, in response to a New York Times report that the former Trump campaign chief was being sent to the notorious New York prison. “A prison sentence is not a license for gov torture and human rights violations. That‘s what solitary confinement is.”
“Manafort should be released, along with all people being held in solitary,” she added, clarifying in a subsequent tweet that she believed Manafort should be released from solitary, not prison.
Ocasio-Cortez acknowledged that the report said Manafort was going to be held in protective custody at Rikers, Continue reading "Ocasio-Cortez Decries Solitary Confinement After Report Manafort Headed to Rikers: He ‘Should Be Released’"
President Donald Trump grew defensive when asked about his feud with John McCain in an interview Wednesday, and cast doubt on reports that the White House sought to hide a battleship bearing the late senator’s name out of fears it would upset him.
In an interview on Good Morning Britain, Trump was asked by host Piers Morgan about his feud with McCain. “It seems a little beneath you, if you don’t mind me saying, that now he’s dead, you’re carrying on attacking him. Is it not time to let it go?” Morgan asked.
“No I don’t attack him,” Trump said. “People ask me, like you’re asking me. I didn’t bring his name up you did. You brought his name up, John McCain. So, I’m not attacking him at all. I don’t think about him.”
“I was not a fan, I didn’t like what he did to health Continue reading "Trump Goes Into Denial About USS John McCain: ‘I’m Not Even Sure it Happened’"
President Donald Trump enjoyed dinner with Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, on Tuesday, the last night of his three-day jaunt to the United Kingdom. At 1 a.m. local time, his mind apparently turned to a foe from back home: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who Trump called a “creep” in a furious tweet.
“Can you imagine Cryin’ Chuck Schumer saying out loud, for all to hear, that I am bluffing with respect to putting Tariffs on Mexico,” Trump wrote. “What a Creep. He would rather have our Country fail with drugs & Immigration than give Republicans a win. But he gave Mexico bad advice, no bluff!”
MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace tore into Jared Kushner on Tuesday, mocking the White House official’s appearance, voice and demeanor as “weak.”
Tim O’Brien, the executive editor of Bloomberg Opinion, criticized President Donald Trump’s daughter and senior adviser Ivanka Trump as “wildly out of her depth” on the administration trip to the United Kingdom.
“The president has allowed Jared Kushner and Ivanka to hitch hike along with this White House and get into situations and give them powers they don’t have the experience or intellect to carry off,” O’Brien said. “I think that’s another thing to remember when we’re watching all of the pageantry around this that there’s actually very serious issues at stake.”
MSNBC host Donny Deutsch called the “entitlement” of Ivanka and husband Kushner “gross” and “repulsive,” mocking their lack of experience.
Wallace argued that “the president’s allies on Capitol Hill” — who she described as Continue reading "MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace Torches Jared Kushner: Why Does Trump ‘Tolerate’ His ‘Weak’ Appearance?"
British Prime Minister Theresa May faced a tough question — one she ignored — on Tuesday morning when asked if she agreed with President Donald Trump’s sentiment that the London mayor is a “stone cold loser.”
Sky News reporter Beth Rigby had the first question at the joint presser between May and Trump, asking both about the U.S. president’s comments about Sadiq Khan, who responded to a critical op-ed from the London mayor by calling him a “stone cold loser” in a tweet.
Trump took the bait, attacking Khan, saying, “He hurts the people of this great country.”
May ignored the question, instead waxing poetic about “this most important relationship between the U.S. and the U.K.”:
The Five covered the Los Angeles crisis of homelessness on Monday, and host Jesse Watters proposed a solution: bulldoze the affected areas and institutionalize the homeless there.
The Fox News show covered the California city’s homelessness problem amid reports that Skid Row, a 50-block area in Los Angeles reportedly containing thousands of homeless people, has become plagued with rats and garbage. One LAPD officer reportedly developed typhoid after visiting the area.
Watters claimed he once visited Skid Row with a camera crew and “we wouldn’t leave the car, because it was so dangerous.”
“We saw drugged-out zombies chasing barefooted babies through piles of garbage with hypodermic needles and fire everywhere,” Watters said. “It was one of the most depraved and disgusting thing I have ever seen in my life.”
“You only have one solution: You bulldoze the 50-block radius and you institutionalize everybody and detoxify them and then Continue reading "Jesse Watters Proposes Solution on LA Homelessness: ‘You Bulldoze’ the Radius and ‘Institutionalize Everybody’"
Special Counsel Robert Mueller spoke out on the Russia investigation at a surprise press conference Wednesday morning, and while he did little more than summarize the 400-page report released last month, he’s facing attacks from media defenders of President Donald Trump.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson joined in on that criticism Wednesday night, questioning the point of Mueller’s press conference and deriding the decorated law enforcement officer as “sleazy and dishonest.”
Carlson questioned whether Mueller believes it’s “good for America” for Trump to be impeached, at first describing the special counsel charitably: “he seems like a patriotic character, served his country in Vietnam as a marine officer, by all accounts a decent man.”
By the end of the interview, he had turned on Mueller.
“You know the saddest thing about this moment?” Carlson said to his guest Ian Prior, a former Justice Department spokesman. “Is all Continue reading "‘Sleazy and Dishonest’: Fox News Host Tucker Carlson Attacks Mueller"