President Donald Trump opened Thursday morning with a four-part tweetstorm initially based on the White House Social Media Summit to be held later in the day, but quickly turned to predictable jags of Fake News lamentations, criticism of Democratic candidates, and resolved on an oddly boastful note.
The White House is hosting a summit of pro-Trump social media influencers, and according to Trump, a “big subject” will be the “tremendous dishonesty, bias and suppression” by certain social media platforms. Representatives from Facebook and Google have notably not been invited to participate, however.
The president then went on to joke about how he will stay in office for more than the two terms allowed by law, saying “When I ultimately leave office in six………years, or maybe 10 or 14 (just kidding)” before claiming how “Fake News” will go out of business for “lack of credibility, or approval, from the public.” Continue reading "Trump Launches New Attacks on Dem Candidates, Dubs Himself ‘So Great Looking and Smart, A True Stable Genius!’"
Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano offered a rather grim prediction for Labor Secretary Alex Acosta’s future in the Trump administration.
Acosta is at the center of a legal controversy surrounding alleged sex-trafficker and admitted sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein as the former US Attorney who is under criticism for what many see as a sweetheart plea deal, who critics claim was designed more to protect powerful friends of Epstein than pursue justice of the many underaged victims.
Acosta held a nearly hour-long press conference on Wednesday, where he defended the manner in which he prosecuted Epstein in 2008, but also appeared obstinate in the manner he refused to apologize to the victims.
Napolitano revealed that in reading the transcript of Acosta’s press event, he found him to be “lawyerly and elegant,” but watching it live he found it “not persuasive.” After explaining how he saw Acosta’s short-comings in prosecuting Continue reading "Andrew Napolitano: Labor Sec. Alex Acosta Will Be Out of Trump Administration By Week’s End"
Lawyers for President Donald Trumpreleased video of what appears to be a very innocent kiss between Trump and campaign staffer Alva Johnson who is suing the president for an alleged nonconsensual kiss that took place during her work on his 2016 campaign.
In a February lawsuit filed in Florida, 43-year-old Johnson said Trump had grabbed her hand and kissed her on the lips while he was getting out of an RV during a campaign rally trip on August 24, 2016, in Tampa, Florida. Johnson told the Washington Post he had leaned in for a kiss when she accidentally turned her head, and the kiss landed on the side of her mouth, which was “super-creepy and inappropriate.”
“I immediately felt violated because I wasn’t expecting it or wanting it,” she told the Post. “I can still see his lips coming straight for my face.”
In a court filing, lawyer Charles Continue reading "Trump Lawyers Release Video of Kiss Behind Lawsuit Filed by Former Campaign Staffer Alva Johnson"
Labor Secretary Alex Acosta fielded questions from the assembled press for a media event in which he defended his role in Jeffrey Epstein’s 2008 plea deal. Epstein was recently indicted by the Southern District of New York for sex trafficking charges, bringing his past criminal conduct, and prosecution by the former Miami-based US Attorney Acosta back into the spotlight.
After a roughly 10 minute statement in which Acosta defended his role, and ostensibly took credit for not allowing Epstein to walk free, he took questions from the press who pointedly asked about any contrition he might have.
ABC News’ Tom Llamas asked “A lot of people are watching this news conference, including 7 young women who say they were teenagers when Jeffrey Epstein sexually assaulted them. They say they went to you, looking for help, and they didn’t hear back from you until it was too late. Do you owe Continue reading "Reporters Confront Labor Secretary Acosta Over Epstein Plea Deal: Do You Owe Victims an Apology?"
White House National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow does not believe that $22.5 trillion of U.S. presents a huge problem right now in a Tuesday interview with CNBC’s Kelly Evans. Kudlow sat down with Evans at CNBC’s Capital Exchange summit to discuss sustaining growth and avoiding recession.
After audience member Peter Weber asked Kudlow, a former CNBC anchor, about the deficit, in particular how Kudlow plans on dealing with what he described as “unsustainable.”
Following is CNBC’s transcript of Kudlow’s response (emphasis added):
Former Senator Claire McCaskill believes that Tuesday’s announcement by former Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath to unseat Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his reelection team “really worried” despite her claim that “they may act like they’re not.”
McGrath announced her campaign during an appearance on Morning Joe Tuesday morning which coincided with a campaign video which quickly went viral. McGrath was quickly trending on Twitter, signifying a remarkably successful announcement.
Senator McConnell’s office played it cool, pushed back with their own mocking video released online, and even President Donald Trump reacted, by Tweeting support for the Senate Speaker.
Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough noted that “It does not seem, though, like Mitch’s team is too concerned right now,” adding that “Team Mitch” responded to the claims that “this was going to be a blockbuster race by saying, yes, Mcgrath is Blockbuster, Mitch is Netflix.”
McCaskill responded Continue reading "Claire McCaskill: Mitch McConnell is ‘Really Worried’ About Challenger Amy McGrath"
CNN’s New Day is not the sort of cable news program that spends a lot of energy criticizing its competitors, but on Wednesday morning an exception was made so the panel assembled could react to Fox News’ Tucker Carlson and his claim that Rep. Ilhan Omar is proof that current immigration policy has “become dangerous for the U.S.”
Anchor John Berman introduced the segment from Tuesday night’s Fox News program as “something remarkable” that happened, before noting that Carlson “flat out said that a sitting member of the U.S. Congress should never have been allowed in the United States.”
Carlson called out Omar, who came immigrated to the United States as a child seeking refuge from war-torn Somalia with her family. She was elected to Congress last fall and has made a series of provocative political statements that have led to significant criticism from conservatives, many Continue reading "CNN New Day Blasts Tucker Carlson’s ‘Flat Out Racist Comment’ on Ilhan Omar: ‘Garbage’"
President Donald Trump held a press gaggle in the Oval Office with the Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and after amiable diplomatic comments were exchanged, the two received questions from the press, including one that focused on recent allegations of Trump’s old friend Jeffrey Epstein and his Labor Secretary Alex Acosta.
The Southern District of New York recently indicted the convicted sex offender Epstein on charges of sex trafficking and apparently raided Epstein’s Upper East Side mansion. Trump had previously lauded his relationship with Epstein, calling him a “terrific guy.”
“I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side” Trump said in 2002.
But now that new allegations have been revealed, Trump is drawing a big Continue reading "Trump Distances Himself From Jeffrey Epstein: We Had ‘Falling Out’ 15 Years Ago, I’m ‘Not A Fan’"
Fox News was the most-watched cable news outlet on the evening of President Donald Trump’s much-ballyhooed Fourth of July military parade and speech, according to Nielsen ratings recently released.
While the patriotic festivities may have been dampened somewhat by rain showers, that did not keep millions of viewers from tuning in to watch from the comfort of their own dens and living rooms.
In many ways, it is not a surprise that a network whose top-rated primetime opinion programs are so closely aligned with the Trump White House would garner the most viewers, but the sheer numbers of individuals that tuned in are rather remarkable.
According to Nielsen Media Research, Fox News’ coverage of the Trump’s speech delivered over 4.6 million total viewers, though a surprisingly small percentage of that huge number were in the target demo. 793,000 viewers, or 17%, were in the 25-54 age bracket. Nonetheless, the total Continue reading "Fox News Gets Huge Ratings For Trump’s July 4th Military Parade"
President Donald Trump continued to lash out at both outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May, and the British Ambassador Kim Darroch in a Tuesday morning tweetstorm that echoed earlier statements, though his insults were ratcheted up a notch or two.
Secret diplomatic cables were leaked over the July 4th weekend that revealed Ambassador Darroch held President Trump in very low esteem.
“We don’t really believe this Administration is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept,” Darroch reportedly wrote. The ambassador also wrote that Trump may “crash and burn,” and that the “worst cannot be ruled out” regarding Russia.
These leaked comments reportedly — and quite understandably — angered Trump, which he addressed during a White House lawn press gaggle saying that the UK ambassador had not served his government well. On Tuesday morning he doubled down on the Continue reading "Trump Calls U.K. Ambassador a ‘Stupid,’ ‘Pompous Fool’ and PM Theresa May ‘Foolish’"
Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough put recent news about Jeffrey Epstein’s past sex-trafficking charges in bipartisan relief Tuesday morning when he pointed out how powerful men from “both sides”
After Morning Joe regular Steve Rattner explained how Epstein suddenly entered the New York social scene of the super wealthy without any clear explanation of how he gained such wealth, Scarborough put the Epstein allegations in the context of the potential political scandal that seems almost imminent to erupt.
“What’s so fascinating is I remember hearing people all around the set in 2015 talk about people’s connections on both sides with Jeffrey Epstein,” Scarborough opened, adding “this was not even a hidden secret. I said it several times on the air, in 2016, that both Donald Trump and Bill Clinton knew Jeffrey Epstein very well. And a lot of powerful people in New York knew him very well and they Continue reading "Joe Scarborough: ‘Both Donald Trump and Bill Clinton Knew Jeffrey Epstein Very Well’"
President Donald Trump made the mistaken claim that Revolutionary military forces “took over airports” during his controversial Fourth of July speech Thursday night at the Lincoln Memorial.
Lauding the efforts of military forces of 1775, Trump said:
In June of 1775, the Continental Congress created a unified army out of the revolutionary forces encamped around Boston and New York and named after the great George Washington, commander in chief. The Continental Army suffered a bitter winter of Valley Forge, found glory across the waters of the Delaware and seized victory from Cornwallis of Yorktown. Our army manned the [unclear], it [unclear] the ramparts, it took over the airports, it did everything it had to do. And at Fort McHenry, under “the rockets red glare,” it had nothing but victory. And when dawn came, their star-spangled banner waved defiant.
Former Vice President Joe Biden sat with CNN’s Chris Cuomo Thursday evening for an interview that aired Friday morning on CNN’s New Day and the Democratic presidential frontrunner revealed that he wasn’t prepared for the attack he received by Senator Kamala Harris during last week’s first Democratic primary debate.
Harris was widely considered the biggest winner of Thursday night’s debate, in part due to her aggressively going after Biden’s past position against busing children to desegregate schools and his past statements of how he worked well with segregationist members of Congress.
Biden told Cuomo “I was prepared for them to come after me, but I wasn’t prepared for the person coming at me the way she came at me.” He also spoke at length about how his busing position was “taken out of context” and touted his past record on civil rights of which he takes great pride.
The lengthy Continue reading "Joe Biden Tells Chris Cuomo He ‘Wasn’t Prepared’ for Debate Attack from Kamala Harris"
With the 2020 general election season just ramping up, a number of issues and policies come to the fore. Cable news editorial decision-makers, however, can have a significant influence on the national political dialogue in their selection of which issues merit coverage.
Given the different perspectives among the cablers, we often see competing narratives, and there is no better example of that difference that the way that cable news outlets are covering “socialism” in 2020.
“Socialism” is being covered by networks now more than anytime before cable news networks existed, and for good reasons. A younger generation of lawmakers (like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) seems to be “reclaiming the word” from the Soviet-era synonym with evil government, and instead are trying to redefine it as a means for a responsible government that looks out for more than the wealthy.
On the other hand, more conservative lawmakers (and the media outlets Continue reading "CNN and MSNBC Are Much Less Interested in Reporting On the Scourge of ‘Socialism’ Than Fox News"
Rep. Justin Amash announced on the Fourth of July that he is leaving the Republican party in aWashington Post Op-Ed published Thursday morning. Amash has been a vocal critic of President Donald Trump and has been the sole Republican voice who has publicly called for an impeachment inquiry after twice reading the Mueller Report.
In some ways, Amash’s announcement comes as little surprise, but the open departure as a member from one party is always a big deal, especially in these hyperpartisan times. Amash noted that the partisan “death spiral” as a chief concern that led him to this decision.
Amash wrote about his Republican DNA, the “principles that had made the American dream” and his ultimate disenchantment:
A series of Facebook ads depicting people endorsing President Donald Trump are not actual American citizens pledging support, but rather paid spokesmodels, according to the Associated Press. Stock footage used for these campaign endorsements was first reported by Judd Legum for his Popular Information newsletter.
A series of Facebook video ads for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign shows what appears to be a young woman strolling on a beach in Florida, a Hispanic man on a city street in Texas and a bearded hipster in a coffee shop in Washington, D.C., all making glowing, voice-over endorsements of the president.
CNN’s New Day reported Wednesday morning that the Trump administration plans to underwrite part of the cost of a controversial July 4th celebration at the Lincoln Memorial by diverting budget funds from that National Parks Service. Anchor John Berman put it in his signature wry manner, saying “They’re stealing from Smokey the Bear.” The following panel discussion, however, offered less humor and more criticism of President Donald Trump.
John Avlon first noted that the amount of money diverted from the Parks line item was a “bandaid” in comparison to the overall budget, but he then mocked Trump’s desired plans to feature military strength via military flyovers and parading of U.S. tanks on the Washington D.C. mall. He cited columnist Erma Bombeck who said: “isn’t it great where we celebrate our Independence not with a military strength of tanks but family picnics.”
Conservative contributor Sarah Isgur then Continue reading "CNN Panel Rips Trump’s July 4th Plans: Only Countries ‘Insecure of Their Power Need to Demonstrate Their Strength’"
President Donald Trump revealed to Fox News’ host Tucker Carlson that the problem of filth in U.S. cities like New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles “started two years ago.” This means that, in the president’s opinion, major U.S. cities did not have a problem with homelessness until he was six months into his presidency.
Carlson interviewed the Commander in Chief during a trip to Asia for the G20 conference, and a surprise trip to the DMZ between South and North Korea which featured a handshake with Kim Jong-un and a historic presidential step into North Korea.
The first portion of the interview aired Monday evening, the second of which airs Tuesday night, but a transcript has been released by Fox News that reveals a very interesting conversation about the state of American cities in comparison to the pristine living conditions in major metropolitan cities of Continue reading "Trump Curiously Takes Credit for U.S. Cities’ Homeless ‘Phenomenon That Started Two Years Ago’"
President Donald Trump wants his Twitter followers to know two things on July 2nd, 2019: 1) He won ‘EVERY debate’ in the run-up to the general election against Democratic candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; and 2) the television production team for the first debate “modulated the sound” on him, and “got caught.”
Yeah, I’m don’t know what the hell he’s talking about either, but here we are.
Over two and a half years after the first debate, held on September 29th, 2016, Trump is calling out the production team for trying to benefit his opponent. Trump tweeted:
As most people are aware, according to the Polls, I won EVERY debate, including the three with Crooked Hillary Clinton, despite the fact that in the first debate, they modulated the sound on me, and got caught. This crew looks somewhat easier than Crooked, but you never know?
During a press conference during his diplomatic G20 visit, President Donald Trump appeared to confuse a question about “Western liberalism” with California politics.
Morning Joe aired the clip of the question asked by New York Times’ Peter Baker, after which the panel assembled could not contain their mocking laughter. Baker asked Trump if he agreed that “western-style liberalism — as it’s been defined — is now obsolete and no longer relevant to today’s world?”
Trump replied by noting specific situations in Los Angeles and San Francisco, saying “if you look at what’s happening in Los Angeles where it’s so sad to look and what’s happening in San Francisco and a couple of other cities, which are run by an extraordinary group of liberal people. I don’t know what they’re thinking but he does see that are happening in the United States that would probably preclude him from saying Continue reading "Morning Joe Openly Laughs at Trump’s Confusing ‘Western-Style Liberalism’ With California Politics"