Cory Booker Responds to Biden’s ‘Insulting’ Comments: He ‘Shouldn’t Need This Lesson’


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Cory Booker called on Joe Biden to apologize for the comments he made about segregationist senators he worked with years ago. Biden dismissively asked tonight what he needs to apologize for and even said Booker should apologize. The New Jersey senator and fellow 2020 Democratic candidate joined Don Lemon on CNN tonight to respond. Biden said today “there’s not a racist bone in my body” and that he clearly disagreed with the segregationist views of the senators he talked about, before suggesting Booker should be the one to apologize, adding, “he knows better.” Booker brought up Biden’s use of the word “boy” in his anecdote and the “harmful and hurtful” way it’s been used against black men in America:
“I was raised to speak truth to power. And I will never apologize for doing that. And Vice President Biden shouldn’t need this lesson. And at a time when we Continue reading "Cory Booker Responds to Biden’s ‘Insulting’ Comments: He ‘Shouldn’t Need This Lesson’"

Trump Rails Against Mueller in Lengthy Hannity Interview: I Could’ve Fired Him, ‘I Could’ve Fired Anybody’


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President Donald Trump went on a lengthy tear about the “Russia hoax” on Sean Hannity‘s show tonight and repeatedly blasted Robert Mueller and his investigation and investigators. Hannity told the president he was “a little shocked” that McGahn spoke to Mueller’s office for so many hours, saying, “Why would you allow that?” “I let everybody testify,” Trump said. “I wanted to be totally open because I knew there was nothing there. There was nothing there, nothing at all.” He went on to rail against alleged Mueller conflicts over a “business dispute,” blasting both James Comey and Andrew McCabe. “Bob Mueller was great friends with Comey, right there there’s a conflict,” the president said, before continuing, “I had nothing to do with Russia, I love our country. By doing this, I’ve sacrificed a lot. I had a simple life, a great company, everything was great. I’ve made a Continue reading "Trump Rails Against Mueller in Lengthy Hannity Interview: I Could’ve Fired Him, ‘I Could’ve Fired Anybody’"

Biden Stands by Comments on Civility With Segregationists After Booker Calls for Apology: ‘Apologize for What?’


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Former vice president Joe Biden tonight dismissed calls from Democratic rivals for an apology after comments he made about civility and getting along in the past with two Democratic senators who were segregationists. Biden has been criticized and condemned in varying degrees by candidates like Bill de Blasio, Kamala Harris, and Bernie Sanders. Senator Cory Booker put out a statement saying Biden should apologize. Biden was asked about his comments by reporters tonight, and he said he ran for the Senate because he disagreed with segregationists, touting accomplishments on the Voting Rights Act during his tenure and saying, “We don’t have to agree. You don’t have to like the people in terms of their Continue reading "Biden Stands by Comments on Civility With Segregationists After Booker Calls for Apology: ‘Apologize for What?’"

NY Times Publisher Fires Back at Trump: Accusing Paper of Treason ‘Crosses a Dangerous Line’


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The publisher of the New York Times, A.G. Sulzberger, is publicly calling out President Donald Trump for crossing a “dangerous line” in his rhetoric attacking the press. Following a Times report about the U.S. targeting Russia’s power grid (of which Sulzberger says “his own aides had assured our reporters raised no national-security concerns”), Trump accused the paper of a “virtual act of Treason”:

Lindsey Graham Defends Biden: He Said He Worked With People He ‘Didn’t Agree With for the Good of the Country’


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Senator Lindsey Graham defended Joe Biden on Fox News tonight amid Democratic criticisms of the former veep for his comments about civility in a Congress with two segregationist senators. Biden named two former Democratic senators who held strong segregationist views, and candidates from Cory Booker to Kamala Harris have come out to criticize him. Graham told Bret Baier, “If you want to give me a list of why I can’t deal with you because I disagree with you, I could make a long list for everybody running for president on the Democratic side. If that becomes the norm, that we can’t work with somebody because of whatever position they take we don’t like, then it’s over.” He said Biden “did nothing wrong” by working with “people that I didn’t agree with for the good of the country,” bringing up how Biden spoke at Strom Thurmond‘s funeral and saying Continue reading "Lindsey Graham Defends Biden: He Said He Worked With People He ‘Didn’t Agree With for the Good of the Country’"

De Blasio Criticizes Ocasio-Cortez for Concentration Camp Remarks: ‘Of Course She Was Wrong’


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Mayor Bill de Blasio, one of the many Democratic candidates running for president, said today Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez‘s remarks about concentration camps were wrong. De Blasio was critical today of Joe Biden for his comments about civility between himself and segregationist Democrats in the Senate. On Meet the Press Daily this afternoon, Todd asked him about Ocasio-Cortez’s comments and if they bothered him. In decrying the Trump administration’s immigration policy, the New York congresswoman said that the U.S. “is running concentration camps on our southern border and that is exactly what they are.” Her remarks received a lot of condemnation, and today de Blasio echoed that criticism. “They are entirely different realities,” the mayor said. “And so she was wrong,” Todd asked, “and you would be critical of her. You would tell her not to use that language?” “I respect her greatly and I feel Continue reading "De Blasio Criticizes Ocasio-Cortez for Concentration Camp Remarks: ‘Of Course She Was Wrong’"

A Furious Joe Scarborough Erupts on ‘High and Mighty’ Mueller: ‘Not Everybody, BOB, Is Going to Read’ Your Report!


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This morning on MSNBC, Congressman Jim Himes assured that Robert Mueller would be subpoenaed, and he did so in the face of a mad-as-hell Joe Scarborough blowing up at the “high and mighty” Mueller. Mueller indicated in his recent public remarks any testimony he gives would just focus on the substance of what he laid out in his report. Democrats have been calling for him to testify anyway. As Himes was talking about the issue of getting Mueller to testify, Scarborough asked, “How much money did the investigation cost? I don’t mean to sound like a Trump supporter. How much did taxpayers pay him?” He asked incredulously if Mueller thinks everyone’s going to read the report, saying, “Some people are not going to read that government document! I want to know why Robert Mueller thinks he’s above coming to Capitol Hill and testifying for Americans! It’s outrageous!” Continue reading "A Furious Joe Scarborough Erupts on ‘High and Mighty’ Mueller: ‘Not Everybody, BOB, Is Going to Read’ Your Report!"

Biden Camp Surrogate Defends Remarks on Segregationists: Booker, Warren Have Touted Work With GOP Senators


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Biden campaign surrogate and former Obama administration official Anita Dunn defended the former veep on MSNBC this afternoon following criticism from fellow candidate for touting civility in a Senate with two fellow Democratic senators who held openly segregationist views. Dunn told Kasie Hunt that clearly Biden didn’t agree with either man’s views, nor did he “praise their positions” or endorse them. She said Biden was just trying to say you have to work with people even if they hold opinions “repugnant” to Democrats. Dunn also likened those remarks to other candidates touting their bipartisan work in Congress:
“Cory Booker, who has worked with Jeff Sessions on many things. Elizabeth Warren talks about how she’s worked with Chuck Grassley, who led the fight for Brett Kavanaugh and who wouldn’t even meet with Merrick Garland. And Elizabeth Warren tells a story about how she worked with Chuck Grassley for over-the-counter hearing aids Continue reading "Biden Camp Surrogate Defends Remarks on Segregationists: Booker, Warren Have Touted Work With GOP Senators"

CNN’s John King Laces Into Biden for ‘Stupid’ Remark Touting Civility With Segregationist Senators: ‘Um… Why?’


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CNN’s John King hit former Vice President Joe Biden today for comments he made about working with two segregationist senators. As Biden talked about civility at an event last night, he invoked his past work with senators James Eastland and Herman Talmadge––both of whom were segregationists. The panel was talking about reparations and Mitch McConnell‘s dismissive comments before King brought up what Biden said:
“Joe Biden said something at a fundraiser last night that was––I’m gonna call it insensitive. It’s much worse than that. I don’t know what to call it except stupid.”
“Those were two racist members of the United States Senate,” King said. “Um, why?” Jeff Zeleny reported that Biden has been “cautioned and warned” against using them as examples because it just doesn’t help him. AP writer Jesse Holland said Biden “has to be really careful about his memories” because “it can cost Continue reading "CNN’s John King Laces Into Biden for ‘Stupid’ Remark Touting Civility With Segregationist Senators: ‘Um… Why?’"

Hillary Clinton Swipes at Trump After Campaign Relaunch: I Wasn’t ‘Up Late Last Night Watching InfoWars’


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Hillary Clinton‘s Twitter account took a swipe at President Donald Trump today after his big campaign relaunch last night. Trump railed against Clinton a few times last night, going off on her email scandal at one point, and the crowd chanted “Lock her up!” Andrew Gillum tweeted last night that Clinton “must be EXHAUSTED” because she’s been running through Trump’s “small mind for a LONG time.” This afternoon, Clinton responded with a tweet saying, “I can handle it. Blessed with stamina. And thankfully I didn’t stay up late last night watching InfoWars…”

Rubio Hits Back at Reporter Saying It’s ‘Very Strange’ to See Him at Trump Rally After 2016 Campaign


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Senator Marco Rubio was one of several lawmakers in attendance at President Donald Trump‘s big Orlando rally tonight. New York Times reporter Michael Barbaro pointed out on Twitter tonight that it’s “very strange” to see Rubio there after the 2016 campaign went: And indeed things got particularly heated between Rubio and Trump during that campaign. Rubio’s attacks on Trump during the campaign are what led to the infamous moment when the man who is now president bragged about the size of his dick during a GOP debate. Fast-forward to 2019, and Rubio tonight responded to Barbaro by snarking and remarking, “In an unprecedented move a Republican Senator attended a rally in his home state in support of the re-election of a Republican Continue reading "Rubio Hits Back at Reporter Saying It’s ‘Very Strange’ to See Him at Trump Rally After 2016 Campaign"

Rubio Hits Back at Reporter Saying It’s ‘Very Strange’ to See Him at Trump Rally After 2016 Campaign


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Senator Marco Rubio was one of several lawmakers in attendance at President Donald Trump‘s big Orlando rally tonight. New York Times reporter Michael Barbaro pointed out on Twitter tonight that it’s “very strange” to see Rubio there after the 2016 campaign went: And indeed things got particularly heated between Rubio and Trump during that campaign. Rubio’s attacks on Trump during the campaign are what led to the infamous moment when the man who is now president bragged about the size of his dick during a GOP debate. Fast-forward to 2019, and Rubio tonight responded to Barbaro by snarking and remarking, “In an unprecedented move a Republican Senator attended a rally in his home state in support of the re-election of a Republican Continue reading "Rubio Hits Back at Reporter Saying It’s ‘Very Strange’ to See Him at Trump Rally After 2016 Campaign"

CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Trump Rally: Democrats Right Now Aren’t Able to Pack a Stadium Like He Can


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CNN’s Chris Cuomo opened tonight with Senator Amy Klobuchar, but his first question was related to President Donald Trump‘s big rally. “One simple question,” he asked, “why don’t the Democrats pack stadiums the way this president does?” “Oh, but we do,” Klobuchar responded. “We have a lot of stadiums we’re packing at the same time with so many people running. I think you’ve seen our candidates throughout the years generate that energy and you certainly saw it in 2018… I am not one bit worried about the excitement on our side.” Right after the interview with Klobuchar, Cuomo said he would “actually differ with the senator, I don’t think Democrats are packing any place the way he is.”

“Size does matter,” Cuomo added. “But we have to look at what matters about the size.” In the next segment, Cuomo said clearly the size of Continue reading "CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Trump Rally: Democrats Right Now Aren’t Able to Pack a Stadium Like He Can"

CNN Cuts Away from Trump Rally After Trump Bashes ‘Fake News’ and Crowd Chants ‘CNN Sucks!’


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It did not take very long for President Donald Trump to take shots at the press during his big Orlando rally tonight. A few minutes into his speech, he called his 2016 victory a big defining moment in American history. Gesturing to the press, he said, “Ask them right there.” A massive chant of “CNN sucks!” broke out at the rally, and the president immediately riffed briefly on the “fake news” in the room. Trump went on to say it’s like the Academy Awards “went political and their ratings went down the tubes.” As he continued CNN cut away. Anchor John Berman remarked, “He was talking about a bright rosy future, but then quickly reverted to the same themes he’s been talking about since he began running four years ago today.” He noted that Trump briefly talked about the economy but it “lasted for about 30 Continue reading "CNN Cuts Away from Trump Rally After Trump Bashes ‘Fake News’ and Crowd Chants ‘CNN Sucks!’"

Don Jr. Mocks Biden at Orlando Rally: He Talks About Government Failing ‘Usually as He’s Groping Someone’


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Donald Trump Jr. was one of the speakers firing up the crowd in Orlando ahead of President Donald Trump‘s big campaign rally tonight, and the president’s son took a few shots at Joe Biden. As Trump Jr. talked about his father’s successes, he brought up Biden and laughed as he said, “I hear brilliant guys like Joe Biden… he gets up on the stump––it’s so stupid… to his group of about four people in the audience. ‘Government has failed you.’ Usually as he’s groping someone.” “It ain’t pretty,” he added. “But there’s something off with that guy.” Trump Jr. was of course referencing the women who came forward weeks ago with allegations of inappropriate touching against Biden. The president, of course, has been accused of worse. The president’s son went to say that Biden telling people they’ve been failed by the government overlooks that he was Continue reading "Don Jr. Mocks Biden at Orlando Rally: He Talks About Government Failing ‘Usually as He’s Groping Someone’"

Orlando Sentinel Editor on ‘Not Trump’ Endorsement: We May Not Endorse Anyone Depending on Who Dem Candidate Is


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Orlando Sentinel editor Mike Lafferty spoke on CNN today about the paper’s blistering editorial against President Donald Trump, but also noted that it’s not the same as automatically endorsing whoever runs against him. The Sentinel editorial board announced their endorsement of “Not Donald Trump” today ahead of his big rally tonight, saying, “There’s no point pretending we would ever recommend that readers vote for Trump. After 2½ years we’ve seen enough. Enough of the chaos, the division, the schoolyard insults, the self-aggrandizement, the corruption, and especially the lies.” Jake Tapper asked Lafferty why they would write this non-endorsement this early in the 2020 cycle. Lafferty said given the president’s campaign relaunch in Orlando, “we thought this was as good a time as in to just go ahead and say what had been on our mind for a while, which is that we would not be able to endorse Continue reading "Orlando Sentinel Editor on ‘Not Trump’ Endorsement: We May Not Endorse Anyone Depending on Who Dem Candidate Is"

Trump Defends ‘Very Good Vetting Process’ in Wake of Shanahan Withdrawing Nomination


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President Donald Trump today briefly took questions from reporters before leaving for his big campaign rally, mostly about Acting DefSec Patrick Shanahan withdrawing from consideration to be the permanent secretary. Trump praised Mark Esper, his pick for Acting Defense Secretary, as an “outstanding guy,” and said Shanahan is “wonderful.” He said he did not ask Shanahan to withdraw––stepping down was the nominee’s decision––and, when asked about the domestic violence incidents in Shanahan’s family, said, “I had heard about it yesterday for the first time. I didn’t know about it. I heard about it yesterday. It’s very unfortunate. Very unfortunate.” The president said, however, that they have a “very good vetting process” and this “came up a little bit over the last short period of time.” You can watch above, via Fox News.

CNN’s Phil Mudd Hits Dem Sen. for Comments on Shanahan: Congress Should Wait to ‘Get a Fact or Two’


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CNN’s Phil Mudd knocked a Democratic senator today for comments he made about the withdrawn nomination of Patrick Shanahan for Defense Secretary after revelations about domestic violence in his family and Shanahan’s response to one disturbing incident involving his ex-wife and son. Jake Tapper showed video of Senator Richard Blumenthal saying he thinks there was a “deliberate concealment” with regard to Shanahan’s background and saying there should be an investigation. He said this should have been disclosed to the Senate Armed Services Committee. “Time out,” Mudd said, before teeing off on Blumenthal:
“We have somebody’s personal life at stake here about an incident that happened years ago with few facts. Before we impugn somebody’s reputation, it would be nice if people on the Hill could say we’ll get a fact or two. Unsurprisingly, we have a Democrat taking a shot at a Republican nominee. I would argue this is nonpartisan. Continue reading "CNN’s Phil Mudd Hits Dem Sen. for Comments on Shanahan: Congress Should Wait to ‘Get a Fact or Two’"

McConnell Questioned By Reporters on Jon Stewart’s Criticism: We’ve ‘Never’ Left 9/11 Victims Behind


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For years, Jon Stewart has publicly advocated for 9/11 first responders, and since at least 2015 he’s been critical of Mitch McConnell in particular for being an obstacle. Stewart’s criticism of McConnell continued into this week, following his emotional testimony with first responders pushing for Congress to extend the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund. McConnell responded by saying they would take care of it and that he doesn’t get why Stewart “is all bent out of shape.” The Senate Majority Leader was asked again today about Stewart’s criticism, and he said, “We’ve never left the 9/11 victims behind and we won’t again.” After getting a question on reparations, McConnell was asked again about the attention he’s getting over this particular legislation and whether Stewart’s public pressure has an influence on how he’ll proceed. “I don’t know how many times I can say we’ve never left the 9/11 victims behind, Continue reading "McConnell Questioned By Reporters on Jon Stewart’s Criticism: We’ve ‘Never’ Left 9/11 Victims Behind"

Fox News’ Bret Baier on Trump’s Sec Def Nominee: How Come Shanahan Family Background Wasn’t a ‘Red Flag?’


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Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan’s nomination for Defense Secretary has been withdrawn, a move coming amid the release of a disturbing report on domestic violence within his family. The Washington Post report out today details an incident when his son attacked his ex-wife and the actions Shanahan––who spoke to the Post––took in the aftermath. In a statement this afternoon, Shanahan said, “I would welcome the opportunity to be Secretary of Defense, but not at the expense of being a good father.” On Fox News this afternoon, Bret Baier––who recently interviewed Shanahan––told Dana Perino it was clear he really wanted the job, and said this whole story is just very “painful.” Perino said she’s confused, telling Baier, “He’s been serving at the Pentagon. He obviously has a clearance. Did the FBI not bring this up before? Is it because he was going to be the secretary they Continue reading "Fox News’ Bret Baier on Trump’s Sec Def Nominee: How Come Shanahan Family Background Wasn’t a ‘Red Flag?’"