BREAKING: House Votes to Condemn Trump Tweets


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The House of Representatives has voted 240-187 tonight to condemn President Donald Trump‘s tweets going after four minority congresswomen. The resolution voted on tonight explicitly condemns “Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color.” The Democrats were joined by independent Justin Amash and four number of Republicans: Will Hurd, Fred Upton, Brian Fitzpatrick, and Susan Brooks. Trump’s tweets going after Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley were widely condemned by Democrats. A few Republicans criticized the tweets as well, with a smattering agreeing they’re flat-out racist. The vote tonight comes after a chaotic scene in the House after Speaker Nancy Pelosi called out Trump’s tweets as racist and Congressman Doug Collins objected. Pelosi’s comments were ruled out of order but the House ultimately voted against a motion striking them from the record.

BREAKING: Chaos in the House as Vote to Strike Pelosi’s Trump Remarks From the Record Fails


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The House of Representatives has voted along party lines––232-190––against striking Speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s remarks from the record after an objection raised by a Republican member that led to a very chaotic scene in the chamber. Justin Amash, who recently left the Republican party to become an independent, voted with the Democrats against the motion. To review: Republican Congressman Doug Collins objected to Speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s remarks calling President Donald Trump‘s tweets racist, regarding the resolution the House will be voting on later to condemn his remarks. “These comments from the White House are disgraceful and disgusting, and those comments are racist,” she said, before Collins objected. After some debate, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver literally just abandoned the chair and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer subsequently ruled from the chair that Pelosi’s words were out of order before they took up the vote. Pelosi said in remarks to Continue reading "BREAKING: Chaos in the House as Vote to Strike Pelosi’s Trump Remarks From the Record Fails"

Nicolle Wallace: ‘I Would Have Been Fired on the Spot’ If I Asked ‘What’s Your Ethnicity?’ Like Conway Did


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MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace blasted White House counselor Kellyanne Conway today for asking a reporter his ethnicity in a strange exchange. Wallace opened by saying the nation is “waiting to see if Republicans, or even a single Republican, will come out against racism today.” The House is taking up a resolution to condemn President Donald Trump. Earlier this afternoon Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Trump’s tweets racist, and Republican Rep. Doug Collins objected and said her remarks should be stricken from the record. Wallace brought up how some Republicans, during the 2016 campaign were plenty comfortable condemning Trump, with Lindsey Graham once calling him “a race-baiting, xenophobic religious bigot.” As for Conway, Wallace was appalled by the White House counselor asking a reporter “what’s your ethnicity?”:
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Ocasio-Cortez: McConnell ‘Complicit in Advancing Racism’ If He Lacks Backbone to Denounce Trump


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Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez knocked Republicans today for not doing more to speak out against the “classic line of white supremacy” thrown out by President Donald Trump. Ocasio-Cortez told ABC’s Serena Marshall that the attack on herself and her fellow minority congresswomen clearly has “everything to do with race.” “They have targeted four congresswomen of color who are American citizens with a classic line of white supremacy,” she added. “They’re trying to pivot and they’re trying to excuse it.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell faced questions earlier about the tweets, and Ocasio-Cortez said following his remarks, Continue reading "Ocasio-Cortez: McConnell ‘Complicit in Advancing Racism’ If He Lacks Backbone to Denounce Trump"

CNN Reporter to McConnell: Would You Consider It Racist If Someone Told Your Wife to ‘Go Back’?


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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he doesn’t consider President Donald Trump’s tweets racist, while making a point of saying, “It’s about time we lowered the temperature all across the board.” At one point, CNN’s Manu Raju brought up his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, and asked, “You’re married to an immigrant… If someone were to say to her she should ‘go back to her country’ because of her criticism of federal policies, wouldn’t you consider that a racist attack?” McConnell said in response, “The Secretary of Transportation came here at age 8, legally, not speaking a word of English, and has realized the American dream.” Raju again asked if Trump’s comments were racist. McConnell instead talked about legal immigration and the “fulfilling of the American dream.” You can watch above, via CNN.

Colbert Goes Off on Trump: ‘Oh, Shut Up… If Someone Is Leaving This Country, It Should Be You!’


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Stephen Colbert went on a tear against the president tonight and “Trump’s obvious racism” in his attacks on the progressive “squad.” “Of course Trump does not like the Squad,” Colbert said. “He is the leader of the rival gang, the Klan.” He reviewed the president’s tweets before saying “it is insulting to these women to even have to defend them from these ridiculous racist accusations.” But it was Trump’s defense of his tweets today––especially when he said “if you’re not happy you can leave”––that really set Colbert off. “Oh, shut up,” he said, before adding that “nobody complains about America more than you do”:
“Everything in your life has been handed to you on a silver platter, and yet, you––every other word out of your mouth is a tantrum that would get a toddler dragged out of a ball pit! You complain about everything! You don’t like Continue reading "Colbert Goes Off on Trump: ‘Oh, Shut Up… If Someone Is Leaving This Country, It Should Be You!’"

Trevor Noah Mocks Trump Defense of Tweets: Imagine If Hitler Used the ‘People Agree’ Argument


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The Daily Show returned from break tonight and Trevor Noah took on the mantle of “racism detective” to solve the mystery of whether President Donald Trump is racist. “I don’t know what’s worse,” Noah said, “the fact that the president thought it’s acceptable to say go back to where you came from, or the fact he said it to people who are already where they came from… It’s almost like in Trump’s head you can’t be a person of color and an American.” Trump was asked today if it concerns him that people saw his tweets as racist and that white nationalists are finding common cause with him. “It doesn’t concern me,” the president said, “because many people agree with me.” “Just because many people agree with you doesn’t mean you aren’t being racist, okay?” Noah responded. “Imagine if Hitler was, like, ‘I know everybody says I’m Continue reading "Trevor Noah Mocks Trump Defense of Tweets: Imagine If Hitler Used the ‘People Agree’ Argument"

Laura Ingraham: Trump’s Tweets Were ‘Unforced Error’ But Not Racist


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Fox News’ Laura Ingraham offered some very mild criticism of President Donald Trump‘s tweets going after “AOC + 3” this weekend, while still defending them from the widespread denunciation of his message as racist. As Ingraham went off on the progressive “squad” Trump attacked, she had this to say about his tweets:
“Yes, the president made an unforced error, I would say that, and that tweet telling the women to go back to places from which they came––three of the four were born in America. But the idea that he’s hitting them because they’re people or women of color is absurd. Who doesn’t Trump hit? He was hitting Paul Ryan last week. He’s hitting them because their views in his mind and the mind of millions of Americans are insanely radical.”
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New Book: Trump Railed Against ‘So-Called Christians’ Who Knocked Him Over ‘Two Corinthians’


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Politico’s Tim Alberta has a book coming out about President Donald Trump and the GOP––American Carnage––making all sorts of headlines, and tonight a newly published excerpt reveals then-candidate Trump’s behind-the-scenes reaction to being mocked over “Two Corinthians.” Trump was derided over the infamous campaign moment, including from some evangelical leaders. The New York Times reports tonight that, per Alberta’s book, Trump was pissed off behind the scenes:
Donald J. Trump lashed out at “so-called Christians” and used an epithet in describing them to a party official… According to a new book, “American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump,” by Tim Alberta, Mr. Trump was incensed by Mr. [Bob] Vander Plaats and others “hanging around with Ted,” and referred to them in the most vulgar of terms.
During the campaign, Trump publicly trashed Vander Plaats and called Continue reading "New Book: Trump Railed Against ‘So-Called Christians’ Who Knocked Him Over ‘Two Corinthians’"

George Conway in Op-Ed: Trump’s Tweets ‘Left No Doubt’ That We Have a Racist President


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George Conway Unleashes on Trump in Twitter Thread George Conway has penned another Washington Post op-ed blasting President Donald Trump and saying, after years of giving Trump “the benefit of the doubt about being a racist,” he can’t any more. “Sunday left no doubt. Naivete, resentment and outright racism, roiled in a toxic mix, have given us a racist president,” he writes. “Trump could have used vile slurs, including the vilest of them all, and the intent and effect would have been no less clear.” In the op-ed, Conway––husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway––shares an ugly moment from his youth and someone lobbed the racist “go back to your country” trope against his mother. In the past few years, he says he felt that while Trump was “boorish, dim-witted, inarticulate, incoherent, narcissistic and insensitive,” he was at least an “equal-opportunity bully” and not a bigot. The tweets from Trump over the weekend going after four Continue reading "George Conway in Op-Ed: Trump’s Tweets ‘Left No Doubt’ That We Have a Racist President"

Jon Meacham: Trump’s ‘Joined Andrew Johnson as the Most Racist President’ in U.S. History


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Author and historian Jon Meacham said President Donald Trump has reached the heights of presidential racism. Meacham told Chris Matthews that what Trump did with those tweets shows the same as his Charlottesville response and his birther attacks on President Barack Obama:
“He has joined Andrew Johnson as the most racist president in American history. Johnson in a state message said that African-Americans were incapable of self-government and relapsed into barbarism if they won’t closely supervised.”

Matthews asked about other politicians who have used race as a wedge issue (i.e. Willie Horton). Meacham said, “American politics has been defined since the Brown decision and even before, really, but particularly since May 1954, by an attempt by politicians to put poor African-Americans and brown Americans and poor white Americans pointing at each other instead of pointing up.” You can watch above, via MSNBC.

Geraldo Rivera Blasts Trump for ‘Invoking the Language of Racism’: I Hope It’s Not ‘A Glimpse at His Soul’


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Geraldo Rivera said tonight he’s “saddened” by President Donald Trump engaging in racist and xenophobic language to go after the four female progressive congresswomen who held a press conference today to respond. He emphasized that he considers Trump a friend and said it “pains me for him to take the low road”:
“I was really saddened by what he said, invoking the language of racism and xenophobia in describing these four women. I thought it was very unnecessary. He picked a fight he didn’t have to. The Democrats were doing a great job at destroying themselves and being divided and he united them gratuitously. I don’t know why he did it. I don’t know what he was thinking. It is unfortunate. He says that he didn’t mean for them to go back to some foreign land, but I read the words he spoke, and you either believe the president or Continue reading "Geraldo Rivera Blasts Trump for ‘Invoking the Language of Racism’: I Hope It’s Not ‘A Glimpse at His Soul’"

Norah O’Donnell Makes Debut as CBS Evening News Anchor, Calls Trump’s Tweets Racist


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Norah O’Donnell made her debut as anchor of the CBS Evening News tonight. The newscast kicked off with O’Donnell covering President Donald Trump‘s tweets going after Congresswomen Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley. Somewhat notably, amid criticism of how news outlets are categorizing the president’s tweets, both O’Donnell and CBS News White House correspondent Weijia Jiang both made reference to Trump’s “racist tweets” without qualifiers. O’Donnell closed out her debut broadcast by quoting Edward R. Murrow saying, “This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and even it can inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it’s nothing but wires and lights in a box. There is a great and perhaps decisive battle to be fought against ignorance, intolerance and indifference. This weapon of television could be useful.”

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Fox Hosts Defend Trump: Trump Tweets Weren’t Racist, ‘When Did Love It Or Leave It Become Racist?’


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Prior to the press conference by the four freshmen progressive congresswomen responding to President Donald Trump, hosts on The Five defended POTUS and said his tweets telling them to go back to their countries weren’t racist. Greg Gutfeld said in his opening monologue, “The tweets are being called racist because Trump told critics of the U.S. to go back to their country. Now those critics are holding a presser any minute to respond. It all sounds bad if you leave out the rest of it. He actually said go back to your countries, fix the problems there, and then come back and show us how you did it? So how many racists say leave, then please come back and help us? I’d say probably zero.” The issue Gutfeld did take was that Trump “could work harder on the details, like only one of the ‘squad’ is from Continue reading "Fox Hosts Defend Trump: Trump Tweets Weren’t Racist, ‘When Did Love It Or Leave It Become Racist?’"

Ilhan Omar Quotes Trump’s Profane Remarks, Calls for Impeachment: ‘Agenda of White Nationalists’ Has Reached WH


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Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley spoke this afternoon in response to President Donald Trump. Over the weekend, Trump tweeted that these congresswomen “originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe” (three of them were born in the United States) and said they should “go back” to where they came from:

Kellyanne Conway Ignores Congressional Subpoena; Committee Chair Threatens to Hold Her in Contempt


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Kellyanne Conway has defied a subpoena to appear before the House Oversight Committee at a hearing on the Hatch Act. The White House said weeks ago Conway would not appear before the committee, which called for her to testify after a finding by the Office of Special Counsel that Conway should be fired for repeated violations of the Hatch Act. The committee subsequently voted to subpoena her. Today Conway defied the subpoena and did not show up at the Oversight Committee hearing. Per Politico:
White House Counsel Pat Cipollone asserted the Trump administration’s long-standing view that current and former White House officials are “absolutely immune” from congressional testimony, writing: “Ms. Conway cannot be compelled to testify before Congress with respect to matters related to her service as a senior adviser to the president.” “Because of this constitutional immunity, and in order to protect the prerogatives of the Office Continue reading "Kellyanne Conway Ignores Congressional Subpoena; Committee Chair Threatens to Hold Her in Contempt"

Fox News’ Shepard Smith Goes In on Trump’s ‘Misleading and Xenophobic Eruption’ on Freshmen Dems


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Fox News’ Shepard Smith opened Monday afternoon with coverage of the presidential tweets he called a “misleading and xenophobic eruption of distraction and division.” Smith recapped the “go back where ya came from” sentiment behind President Donald Trump‘s attack on notable House progressives like Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. And as Smith noted, three of the four women in that progressive “squad” were born in the United States. Fox News’ John Roberts told Smith that “white nationalist groups have praised what he said,” an issue he raised with the president earlier today. Roberts asked Trump if it concerns him 1) that people saw his tweet as racist, and 2) that white nationalist groups are finding “common cause” with him on this. “It doesn’t concern me,” the president said, “because many people agree with me.” You can watch above, via Fox News.

Growing Chorus of Republicans Condemns Trump: From ‘Unnecessary and Wrong’ to ‘Racist and Xenophobic’


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Some Republican lawmakers have spoken out today with criticism of President Donald Trump‘s tweets telling the group of progressive minority congresswomen in Congress they should “go back” to the countries they came from (three of the four members of that group were born in the U.S.), with two Republican congressmen explicitly denouncing his comments as racist. Congressman Mike Turner tweeted this afternoon that Trump’s tweets “were racist and he should apologize”: And Congressman Will Hurd told CNN earlier today that the president’s tweets are “racist and xenophobic”:

Biden on Iraq War Vote: ‘Mistake I Made Was Trusting President Bush’


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Former Vice President Joe Biden has gotten criticism on the campaign trail for his 2002 vote in favor of the Iraq War. Whether or not it ends up as an issue for voters––a recent poll indicated it may be for some––Biden addressed the issue. Biden has previously expressed regret for his vote. When asked today in New Hampshire about it, he had this to say:
“The mistake I made was trusting President Bush, who gave me his word he was using it for the purpose of getting inspectors in to see what was going on, whether they were producing nuclear weapons.”

Biden gave a speech recently on ending “forever wars” that, as CNN politics reporter Vanessa Yurkevich noted today, did not mention the Iraq War. You can watch above, via CNN.

Biden on Iraq War Vote: ‘Mistake I Made Was Trusting President Bush’


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Former Vice President Joe Biden has gotten criticism on the campaign trail for his 2002 vote in favor of the Iraq War. Whether or not it ends up as an issue for voters––a recent poll indicated it may be for some––Biden addressed the issue. Biden has previously expressed regret for his vote. When asked today in New Hampshire about it, he had this to say:
“The mistake I made was trusting President Bush, who gave me his word he was using it for the purpose of getting inspectors in to see what was going on, whether they were producing nuclear weapons.”

Biden gave a speech recently on ending “forever wars” that, as CNN politics reporter Vanessa Yurkevich noted today, did not mention the Iraq War. You can watch above, via CNN.