Former Vice President and current Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden took a thinly-veiled shot at rivals like Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) when he derided candidates whose approach is “let’s make everything free for everyone all of the time.”
This weekend, Biden gave his first cable news interview since entering the race when he sat down with MSNBC’s Rev. Al Sharpton.
Sharpton began by asking Biden about his speech before the South Carolina Democratic Convention, noting that “you got into detail about how to deal with the tax code, and how what it would do in terms of money, which means a lot particularly in a state like South Carolina, huge black population, huge population that needs jobs, infrastructure development,” and asked, “Why is this so critical to you, and will this be a main theme in your campaign?”
“It’s a gigantic theme,” Biden said, adding Continue reading "Joe Biden Takes Shot at Rivals Like Bernie and Warren: I’m Not Saying ‘Let’s Make Everything Free for Everyone’"
Former Vice President and current Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden compared the election and administration of President Donald Trump with the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy.
On Saturday, Biden sat for his first cable news interview since launching his campaign, speaking at length with Rev. Al Sharpton during MSNBC’s coverage of the South Carolina Democratic Convention.
During that interview, Biden was speaking about criminal justice reform when he expressed hope that public pressure could help to get things done.
“There’s so much we can do, and it’s within our capacity to do it,” Biden said. “That’s the interesting thing.”
“I think what’s happening now is, I think that Donald Trump may have reawakened sensibilities in this country to say ‘Whoa, maybe we can do this now, just like our generation was awakened when Dr King and Bobby Kennedy were assassinated,” Biden continued. “Our whole Continue reading "Biden Compares Trump’s Election to the Assassinations of MLK Jr. and Bobby Kennedy"
2020 presidential candidate Bill de Blasio continued to heavily criticize Joe Biden for his praise of the “civility” in working with segregationist Democratic senators like James Eastland.
“It’s an affront to every person of color in this country for him to say, I remember working with this guy and it was so ‘civil,'” de Blasio said of Biden. “How can you be civil with a guy who believes in violence against African-Americans?”
The New York City mayor was speaking with MSNBC’s Al Sharpton Saturday, who asked about de Blasio’s denouncement of Biden. He was the first 2020 presidential candidate to criticize Biden for his comments highlighting his work with segregationists Eastland and Herman Talmadge.
“At least there was some civility. We got things done. We didn’t agree on much of anything. We got things done,” Biden said last week.
“You read what James Eastland has called for …. he Continue reading "Bill de Blasio Says He’s Still Angry With Joe Biden: How Can You Be Civil With Someone Who’s Called For the Death of African Americans?"
A panel on MSNBC hosted by Nicolle Wallace talked extensively about the possibility of President Donald Trump not just being removed from office, but going to prison.
The Deadline: White House Friday panel spoke about a report that stated House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told House Democrats that she wants to see Trump in prison.
“The last thing [Trump] needs is for people to start picking up in the street, ‘hey he should be in jail not impeached’ because he knows how he worked that kind of craziness in 2016, Al Sharpton argued.
“Impeachment seemed to be something that Trump experienced as a challenge that he would enjoy, Wallace said, “Prison, prisons like this cold shower. He’s like ‘Wait, what? Prison? Prison? What did they catch me for?'”
Former FBI official Frank Figliuzzi agreed, saying “there’s a new I word and it’s not impeachment, it’s imprisonment. This truly pressed Continue reading "MSNBC Panel Speculates About Trump Getting Jailed: ‘There’s a New I Word, and It’s Imprisonment’"
Rev. Al Sharpton heads his organization, National Action Network, in addition to his duties as an MSNBC host and contributor. On top of those jobs, he’s also advising the Speaker of the House on policy, it seems.
Sharpton tweeted a photo on Wednesday that had some buzzing about conflicts, as it was a shot of his private meeting with the most powerful Democrat in the country, Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi.
The fact that one of his jobs, his most visible role, is that of an MSNBC host, is a big sticking point — Free Beacon’s Andrew Kugle noted on Twitter — and compared the relationship to that between Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity and President Donald Trump.
Former Trump aide Omarosa Manigault Newman pops back up in the news from time to time, most often on MSNBC, to comment on the Trump White House during her time there, or on Donald Trump himself, whom she’s known for year, since her appearance on The Apprentice. This weekend, it was MSNBC once again, and the new allegation is about missing evidence.
Democrats have continued to highlight that which is not known regarding the Mueller investigation, be it redactions in the report (they demand the un-redacted), opinions of the investigators (they demand to hear testimony), or evidence that is … not in evidence. It is the latter on which Omarosa has built her latest media moment.
In an interview with Al Sharpton on Saturday’s Politics Nation, Omarosa alleged that, of seven boxes of documents she left behind at the White House, only two survived.
“I think it’s important to Continue reading "Omarosa Tells Sharpton Trump White House May Have Destroyed ‘Five Boxes’ of Evidence Pertinent to Mueller Probe"
Laura Ingraham doesn’t think Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would think much of the Democrats of today, because they are in a “constant state of protest.”
Ingraham’s opening monologue on Thursday was on the topic of race broadly, but in particular Al Sharpton‘s National Action Network convention on Wednesday, which featured prominent 2020 Democrat candidates. She talked about reparations and said that the candidates are “marching down [Sharpton’s] cynical and crooked reparations road.”
“Their goal is to punish Americans who had nothing to do with slavery in order to appear as the most ‘woke’ in the field,” she said. She also hit Pete Buttigieg for saying he’ll no longer use the phrase “all lives matter” before she moved on to her point about MLK.
“What message do these folks offer America’s voters? I’ll tell you what they offer: resentment, anger, division, and alienation,” said Ingraham. “And these Continue reading "Laura Ingraham Questions Whether MLK Would Admire Today’s Democrats ‘Living in a Constant State of Protest’"
Former Texas Congressman and current Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke has changed his position on reparations, telling Rev. Al Sharpton‘s National Action Network (NAN) convention that he would “absolutely” sign a bill creating a commission on reparations were he elected president.
O’Rourke delivered remarks at the NAN convention on Wednesday, after which Sharpton said “Your fellow Texan, Sheila Jackson Lee, has proposed a commission to study reparations,” then asked “If that passes, and you are present of the United States, would you sign that bill?”
Rev. Sharpton is referring to HR 40, a bill which would create a commission on reparations that would include determining how “any form of compensation to the descendants of enslaved African is calculated,” and “What form of compensation should be awarded, through what instrumentalities and who should be eligible for such compensation.”
“Yes,” O’Rourke replied, adding “And I appreciate the woman Continue reading "After Opposing ‘Traditional Reparations,’ Beto O’Rourke Now Says He’d Sign Reparations Commission Bill"
Speaking to MSNBC’s Al Sharpton on Saturday, political editor at TheRoot.com Jason Johnson said that President Donald Trump‘s wall is a “monument to white nationalism.”
The comment came during a discussion about how Trump has said that he is reportedly willing to compromise with Democrats but that a lot of the concessions seem to come in the form of how the wall is actually being described aka concrete wall versus steel fence.
“You know, Rev, you can call it a slap, a tap or a beatdown, I’m still getting punched in the face, right?” Johnson said in response to Sharpton’s question if changing the name but not what the wall is being erected for amounted to a compromise.
“Like you can’t change the words and change the impact on something,” Johnson continued on. “This wall that the president wants is a monument to white nationalism. Anybody who Continue reading "MSNBC Guest to Al Sharpton: Trump’s Wall is a ‘Monument to White Nationalism’"
MSNBC is set to shuffle its weekend lineup, giving Rev. Al Sharpton a new hour on Saturday and debuting a new panel show hosted by anchor and correspondent David Gura.
Starting October 13, Gura will be hosting the two hour panel show between 8 and 10 a.m. ET on Saturday and Sunday, sources told Mediaite. His show remains nameless, though sources said MSNBC is considering reviving the name for Chris Hayes‘s old show: Up.
The anchor, who joined NBC News and MSNBC from Bloomberg last year, is also expected to host an hour show between 2 and 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, after having recently auditioned in the time-slot.
Gura’s new show will replace Sharpton’s show Politics Nation on Sunday mornings, which is currently airing from 8-9 a.m.
As part of the shuffle, Sharpton’s show will move to 5 p.m. for a live show Continue reading "MSNBC to Shuffle Weekend Lineup: Al Sharpton Getting New Hour, David Gura Debuting Panel Show"
Many high-profile public figures are in attendance at Aretha Franklin‘s funeral in Detroit today, and the Rev. Al Sharpton was among those who spoke.
Sharpton talked about Franklin’s legendary history of not just singing but supporting civil rights, even sharing an anecdote about the time she wrote a check to support the National Action Network.
“We don’t all agree on everything,” Sharpton said as he addressed the crowd. “But we agree on Aretha.”
At one point during his remarks, he referenced his on-air flub last week before swiping at Donald Trump:
“You know, the other Sunday on my show I misspelled respect. And a lot of y’all corrected me. Now I want y’all to help me correct President Trump to teach him what it means.”
MSNBC host Al Sharpton, who is known for struggling to pronounce words properly while on-air, botched the spelling of iconic soul singer Aretha Franklin’s hit song “Respect,” spelling it “R-E-S-P-I-C-T” during Sunday’s taping of his show PoliticsNation.
Sharpton made the error while addressing President Donald Trump calling former White House Omarosa Manigault-Newman a “dog” in a much talked about tweet.
“I think you might’ve learned the lesson this week, sometimes the dog bites back with a book deal,” Sharpton said of Trump’s beef with Omarosa.
“So in the words of my late friend Aretha Franklin, show some R-E-S-P-I-C-T, and the next time you get a black woman and a beagle confused, remember this: I got you,” Sharpton said — clearly misspelling the lyrics to Franklin’s song.
Despite the error, Sharpton had a close relationship with Franklin, who passed away last week.
“What most do not realize is that the Queen Continue reading "Watch MSNBC Host Al Sharpton Botch Spelling of Hit Aretha Franklin Song On-Air: ‘R-E-S-P-I-C-T’"
On Sunday, former top White House aide and reality star villain Omarosa Manigault ripped into President Donald Trump and accused him of wanting to start a race war.
It happened during a conversation with Rev. Al Sharpton on MSBNC.
“You know, when he called me that dog, I thought it was clear evidence, one, that he has absolutely no respect for the presidency,” Manigault said, referring to Trump’s tweet that came in the wake of Manigault’s new book UNHINGED.
When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn’t work out. Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!
Corey Stewart had an incredibly-tense chat with Al Sharpton last week about racial issues in America, but today, the GOP senate candidate for Virginia returned to MSNBC for Round 2. It didn’t go much better than it did the first time.
Stewart, who has been in the news a lot lately for reports on his extensive ties to white supremacists, argued that America has completely moved beyond racial issues. This drew a lot of pushback from Sharpton and Toure, particularly when Stewart said multiple times that “you guys are so obsessed” with race.
The three continued to spar about whether Stewart can effectively represent Virginia if he cannot acknowledge the sociopolitical issues minority groups have to contend with. Stewart stuck to his guns by saying “most Americans…don’t care that much about race,” which he characterized as a distraction from bigger matters.
Since Stewart insisted that he had plenty of Continue reading "Corey Stewart Boasts of Black Support, Hilariously Fails to Name a Single Black Leader Backing Him"
When it comes to respect, Rev. Al Sharpton suggested President Donald Trump take a cue from Aretha Franklin.
After the Queen of Soul’s passing Thursday, TMZ caught up with Sharpton in Manhattan, where he recalled his favorite song of hers.
“I love Natural Woman, but Respect goes across gender lines,” he said. “It’s in an era where some people are calling some women dogs. Respect is needed to be heard. We ought to play the president Aretha’s song, Respect.”
It was a direct swipe at Trump’s bashing of former aide Omarosa Manigault, on whom he unloaded a slew of insults this week, also calling her “wacky” and mocking her White House ouster.
Aside from praising Franklin’s famous lesson in manners, Sharpton reflected on her success as a black woman in the music industry, calling her “the soundtrack to the progress of America when it came to race” Continue reading "Rev. Al Sharpton Says Trump Needs to Hear Aretha Franklin’s ‘Respect’"
On MSNBC’s Politics Nation, host Al Sharpton interviewed Trump-endorsed GOP senate candidate in Virginia Corey Stewart on race in America, and the explosive interview got heated as Stewart called Sharpton a “race hustler.”
Obviously, with the events of this weekend, and it being the one year anniversary of Charlottesville, this is where the topic began. Sharpton introduced Stewart — whose extensive ties to racists Mediaite has covered before — by calling him a “darling” of white supremacists.
Sharpton went right for it in his first question. “Do you consider yourself a candidate — the candidate for white nationalists in the state of Virginia?”
“No, of course not, Reverend, and here’s the thing,” Stewart began. “I know you brought me on your show because you want to talk about the one year anniversary of the horrible events in Charlottesville last year. But, you know, I meet with voters Continue reading "GOP Senate Candidate Corey Stewart Tells Al Sharpton ‘You’re a Race Hustler’ That’s ‘Obsessed’ with Slavery in Tense Clash"
MSNBC’s Al Sharpton sat down Friday morning with former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen. Now, he’s saying it wasn’t just a meeting between two friends over breakfast. It was aimed at sending a signal to President Donald Trump.
This morning, Sharpton tweeted out that he has known Cohen for a long time and stressed his past as a Democrat: “I’ve known @MichaelCohen212 for maybe 20 years. He was a Democrat. He used to broker meetings between Trump and I when we were fighting.”
I’ve known @MichaelCohen212 for maybe 20 years. He was a Democrat. He used to broker meetings between Trump and I when we were fighting.
Reverend Al Sharpton says the big news today about Michael Cohen proves that the attorney won’t sacrifice himself on the alter to his old boss, President Trump.
On Friday morning, Sharpton ginned up a lot of intrigue after telling his Twitter followers that he chatted with Cohen over breakfast.
Just spent an hour w/ Michael Cohen, Trump’s former attorney. I bet you’re wondering what we could be talking about! Stay tuned
CNN law enforcement analyst James A. Gagliano did not bite his tongue when it came to news that tonight’s MSNBC town hall on racism is set to be hosted by Rev. Al Sharpton and Joy Ann Reid.
The highly anticipated town hall event, set to air tonight at 9 p.m. on MSNBC and feature Reid, Sharpton and Chris Hayes as hosts, has drawn attention for its special guest: Valerie Jarrett, former Obama adviser and subject of the racist tweet that effectively and dramatically ended Roseanne Barr‘s career today.
But while everyone was focused on Jarrett, Gagliano was focused on two thirds of the special’s hosting team, Sharpton and Reid.
“Wow. How utterly ironic,” Gagliano wrote in a tweet. “[Reid and Sharpton] lecturing on racism, and presumably, homophobia, as well. Let that sink in for a moment.”
MSNBC Host Rev. Al Shaprton voiced his support for ABC and their parent company the Walt Disney Company’s decision to cancel comedian and actress Roseanne Barr’s show today after yet another one of her racist tweetstorms.
Barr, who recently become a celebrity icon for supporters of Donald Trump after she voiced support for the president and represented so-called “real Americans” on her now-cancelled show, compared ex-Obama aide Valerie Jarrett to an ape this morning by tweeting, “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”
While phoning into MSNBC today, Sharpton stated that he is “pleasantly surprised
by Disney’s cancellation of Roseanne “because I think it’s important thing that we do not normalize this kind of blatant racism.”
“We’re at an age where we’re getting far too comfortable with racism and Islamophobia, both of which was in this tweet,” he added.
The reverend continued by suggesting Continue reading "Rev. Al Sharpton Lauds Roseanne Cancellation: ‘ABC Did the Right Thing’"