Texas Democratic Congressman Al Green grilled Trump Justice Department officials about Trump’s “very fine people” remarks in dramatic fashion, asking them to raise their hands if they thought the comments were inappropriate.
On Wednesday, FBI Assistant Director Michael McGarrity, DHS Undersecretary Brian Murphy, and Deputy Assistant Attorney General Brad Wiegmann gave testimony at a House Homeland Security hearing entitled “Confronting the Rise of Domestic Terrorism in the Homeland.”
Toward the end of the hearing, Rep. Green used his time to ask the three Trump administration witnesses a series of questions using a show of hands, first having the witnesses establish that while “Islamic terrorism” is a common term, they had never heard of a cross-burning klansman being referred to as a “Christian terrorist.”
Then, Green moved on to Trump’s Charlottesville remarks, asking “if I said there were some very fine people among the bigots, the racist, Continue reading "Democrat Al Green Challenges Trump Officials Over Charlottesville Remarks in Dramatic Exchange"
2020 candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden responded today to President Donald Trump defending his “perfect” reaction to Charlottesville.
Joe Biden on Pres. Trump's Charlottesville comments:
"He now has come down and doubled down on concocting a phony story about how these violent thugs only wanted to protect a statue of Robert E. Lee. Give me a break. Enough’s enough … Hatred was on the march, and he knew it." pic.twitter.com/CfNsGlMrHC
— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 30, 2019
Jake Tapper and his CNN panel knocked President Donald Trump this afternoon for continuing to defend his infamous Charlottesville response.
CNN White House reporter Jeremy Diamond said people in the White House have been trying to warn POTUS about not “taking the bait” like Trump did in this case responding to Joe Biden.
Tapper reflected on the timeline of Trump’s statements leading up to the “very fine people” moment and showed a clip from his interview yesterday grilling Kellyanne Conway on the topic.
NPR White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe said by the time he made that third infamous statement, Trump clearly understood what the issues where but this ended up being a “low point for his administration.”
Tapper turned to David Urban––a mber of the Trump 2020 advisory board––and asked if he thinks Trump should be talking about the economy instead of “relitigating perhaps the worst moment of Continue reading "CNN Panel Rips Trump Over Charlottesville Defense: He’s Relitigating ‘Perhaps the Worst Moment of His Presidency’"
Fox News anchor Jon Scott dumped a guest in mid-sentence just seconds after asking him “Why the rise in anti-Semitism?” and just as the guest, a member of the Tree of Life Synagogue that was the site of a terrorist mass murder in October, was going in on Trump’s recent defense of his remarks on Charlottesville.
On Fox Report with Jon Scott this weekend, Scott was interviewing Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Joel Rubin, about the then-unfolding shooting at a synagogue in California. Less than seventy seconds into their interview, Rubin was abruptly dumped for a Salonpas commercial.
Scott began by asking Rubin about the “terrible memories” that this latest shooting must evoke, and Rubin told Scott that “it’s very troubling that, six months after the Tree of Life shooting in my hometown of Pittsburgh… that the lessons have not yet been learned, and that the political Continue reading "WATCH: Fox Dumps Tree of Life Synagogue Member in Mid-Sentence as He Blames Trump for Rise in Anti-Semitism"
CNN’s Michael Smerconish pressed White House counselor Kellyanne Conway this morning on President Donald Trump claiming his infamous Charlottesville response was “answered perfectly.”
Trump defended his response after its invocation by Joe Biden in his campaign kickoff this week.
Smerconish told Conway, “I get that he did not explicitly refer to white supremacists as fine people. I get that he condemned white nationalists and Neo-Nazis. But who exactly are the fine people?”
Conway said that POTUS is being “smeared” on this and brought up the part of the president’s comments in which he said, “I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists — because they should be condemned totally.”
“Anybody who just gives the slur and the statement ‘fine people’ and says that he meant the neo-Nazis are lying about what he actually said at the time,” she added.
Smerconish responded, “But no ‘fine person’ Continue reading "CNN’s Smerconish Presses Kellyanne Conway on Trump’s Charlottesville Defense: No, It Wasn’t the ‘Perfect Answer’"
A CNN panel got heated on AC360 tonight when one panelist defended President Donald Trump‘s infamous comments about Charlottesville.
Cooper was mystified at Trump claiming he answered the question the first time “perfectly,” an answer Cooper said seemed like it was from an “alternative universe.”
“I don’t think the president understands how painful this is and how dangerous this is,” Van Jones said. “This is, you know, the worst people in the country. The hatemongers, the violent fringe love when he does this. It’s not an academic discussion in a classroom someplace, this has political consequences in real time in our country. He is giving aid and comfort to a terrorist element in America. He’s got to stop doing it.”
Cooper asked Republican strategist Adolfo Franco how people chanting things like “Jews will not replace us” could be very fine people.
Franco argued Trump actually agrees with Continue reading "CNN Panel Goes Off After Panelist Defends Trump’s Charlottesville Response: ‘Don’t Minimize This!’"
The man who was mayor when white supremacists descended on Charlottesville in August 2017 spoke to CNN’s Anderson Cooper about President Donald Trump‘s most recent remarks about Charlottesville.
And he made it clear, he doesn’t think Trump knows “what the hell” he is talking about.
“As the mayor of Charlottesville during the rally, first of all, just what went through your mind when you heard President Trump essentially doubling down on his very fine people on both sides [remarks]?” Cooper asked Mike Signer on Friday.
Signer replied by calling Trump’s view of what happened in Charlottesville as “delusional” and “dangerous.”
“He doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about. It’s not just delusional, it’s very dangerous to choose to see this event through that lens that he is offering again,” Signer began.
The former mayor continued on: “There were Make America Great hats, the red baseball caps Continue reading "Former Charlottesville Mayor Destroys Trump’s ‘Very Fine People’ Defense: ‘Not Just Delusional, It’s Very Dangerous’"
President Donald Trump doubled down on comments he made after the deadly riots in Charlottesville, Virginia from August 2017 in which he blamed both sides and ostensibly labeled protestors carrying tiki torches and chanting “Jews will not replace us!” as “very fine people.
The issue has come up again as it was a central theme of the announcement video released Thursday to announce Joe Biden’s candidacy for president.
Trump was asked if he still felt that there were “very fine people on both sides of Charlottesville,” to which he replied:
Tucker Carlson returned to Fox News on Monday night after a week-long break, and teamed up with Mark Steyn to slam Antifa and dismiss the notion that white supremacy still has a serious presence in America.
Since the Unite the Right 2 rally-goers in Charlottesville and Washington D.C. were vastly outnumbered by counter-protesters over the weekend, Carlson sarcastically bashed the media and political figures who continue to say that white supremacy is a national crisis.
“So much for the Klan rally,” Carlson snarked. “White supremacy is not ubiquitous in America, it’s not a crisis. It’s not even a meaningful category. It is incredibly rare…People who tell you otherwise are either delusional or trying to control with you fear, likely both.”
Like his Fox Business colleague Lou Dobbs, Carlson focused on the bad behavior from Antifa and other counter-protesters during their demonstrations against white nationalists. He also tore Continue reading "Mark Steyn Compares Antifa to Charlie Hebdo Shooters: ‘Someone is Gonna Get Killed’ Because of Them"
Lou Dobbs took a markedly-harsher approach to Antifa than he did with white supremacists on Monday night as he covered the events this weekend in Charlottesville, VA and Washington, D.C.
White nationalists led by Jason Kessler were largely outnumbered by counter-protesters over the last few days when they tried to hold a sequel to last year’s infamous Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville, VA. Some of these counter-protesters were affiliated with Antifa, and there were several who harassed reporters and clashed with law enforcement.
The counter-protests gave Dobbs enough fodder to work with, so he kicked off his show tonight by lambasting the “Antifa thugs” for their behavior. Dobbs acknowledged Kessler and his fellow demonstrators as “white nationalists” at first, but soon he softened up by referring to them as “so-called white supremacists” — while putting the focus back on “thuggery” of the counter-protesters who wished harm upon President Continue reading "WATCH: Lou Dobbs Refers to Unite the Right 2 Rallygoers as ‘So-Called White Supremacists’ While Blasting Antifa"
As Unite the Right protesters descended upon Washington, D.C. to commemorate the one-year anniversary of their 2016 Charlottesville, VA rally that turned deadly, it turned out that only a couple dozen showed up.
Reporters on the ground immediately took note of the diluted support on Sunday, tweeting out photos and videos in which police appeared to far outnumber white supremacist demonstrators.
Counter-protesters came out in greater numbers, marching through the capital under the watch of heavy police presence, which monitored the crowd to keep any flare ups in check.
Jason Kessler, who was in D.C. leading the Unite the Right rally, even admitted his efforts fell flat, according to Mediaite’s Caleb Ecarma.
Check out the first-hand accounts and reactions below:
Just a year after deadly violence erupted at a Charlottesville, VA white nationalist rally, reignited tensions in the same city led to an attack on an NBC News reporter, who was heckled by a protester as his camera was shoved away.
The incident happened Saturday night while correspondent Cal Perry, who was alongside the cameraman involved, covered a demonstration there. However, it appears the aggressor may have been a member of the anti-fascist group.
“Fuck you, snitch ass news bitch. Fuck you,” he shouted in a video of the incident tweeted by Perry. The curses can be heard just before the camera is smacked away.
A bill making lynching a federal hate crime might seem like a no-brainer to some lawmakers, but Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) is the only Republican signing on.
Scott faced a tough line of questioning Sunday from Face the Nation‘s Margaret Brennan, as he was pushed to explain why he hasn’t yet been joined by his GOP colleagues in his support for the proposal, which Congress has been attempting to pass for more than 100 years, failing nearly 200 times.
“Sometimes it’s good to be first,” Scott said of his co-sponsorship of the bill backed by more than two dozen Democrats. “So I look forward to looking for ways to bring more folks on board. I think we will.”
While the senator is hopeful that his fellow party members will get on board, he noted the bill’s passage is long overdue.
“The fact of the matter is Continue reading "GOP Senator Grilled on Lone Support for Anti-Lynching Bill: Why Are You the Only Republican Signing This?"
As Washington, D.C. braced for a white nationalists to descend upon the capital Sunday, Former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe gave a grim recollection of violence perpetrated by the same group in Charlottesville just one year ago.
“To see these neo-Nazis and white supremacists, about a thousand walking down the streets screaming most vile things about members of the African American community about members of the Jewish faith–I never seen anything like it,” he told CNN’s Jake Tapper in a State of the Union interview that morning. “People used to wear hoods in this country because they this country because they wanted to disguise themselves. They don’t feel the need to do that anymore.”
McAuliffe said he was stunned by President Donald Trump‘s claim that everyone was at fault for the chaos of the 2016 protest in his state where a white supremacist rammed a car into a crowd Continue reading "Former VA Gov. Rips Unite the Right Protesters: People Don’t Feel the Need to Hide Under Hoods Anymore"
After last year’s rally turned violent and Heather Heyer was killed, the President rather infamously said there was blame on both sides but also “very fine people on both sides.” Even many Republicans were appalled by Trump drawing some kind of moral equivalence.
And with yet another “Unite the Right” rally set for this weekend, people have been calling on Trump to make condemnatory statements.
Trump also tweeted this morning about the FBI and the African-American and Hispanic unemployment rates:
On Friday, CNN’s Chris Cuomo closed the 9 pm hour of his show by slamming President Donald Trump for blasting NFL players for their protests while remaining silent on Charlottesville.
“Why is Trump doing this? So many protesting players, white and black have said this isn’t about disrespecting the flag. He knows that,” Cuomo said. “He doesn’t seem to care. Why? This works with the part of his base. How do we know? He said it.”
Then, noting that while the President is speaking out on NFL protesters while saying nothing about the anniversary of Charlottesville, he continued on:
Director Spike Lee recently revealed how he broke the news to Barack Obama about Charlottesville while the 44th president was playing golf.
The story was part of a new interview with Time discussing his upcoming film, BlacKkKlansman, a movie Lee says is aimed at changing the way America looks at racism.
According to Lee, as violent protests in Charlottesville unfolded, he was glued to his television at his home on Martha’s Vineyard. At one point though, he stepped outside to his backyard, which just so happens to right next to the golf course that Obama frequents.
That is when he spotted the Secret Service and made his way to Obama to break the news.
“I said, Mr. President, did you hear what happened in Charlottesville? He hadn’t.” Lee told Time about his presidential encounter.
He added that Obama appeared shocked.
“I could see on his face—that shock,” he said. Continue reading "Spike Lee Broke the News to Obama About Charlottesville: ‘I Could See On His Face, That Shock’"
Laura Ingraham blasted the media for their “whining” over the heckling at the Trump rally earlier this week mocking CNN reporter Jim Acosta.
Ingraham began by accusing Acosta of basting in the “afterglow” with “contrived dismay,” specifically referring to when he said it didn’t feel like “we’re in America anymore” and that Americans “should not be treating fellow Americans” the way he was treated.
“Okay, I have a question. Do these guys ever think about how they treat America?” Ingraham asked. “Hearing reporters complain about the angry reception they get in Red State America is kind of like having an arsonist lecture us about campfire safety.”
The Fox News host doesn’t condone the swearing and the bird-flipping done by rally goers, but she “certainly can understand the frustration” of Trump voters, claiming the media have been “underestimating or ridiculing” them and the president.
She cited statistics that Continue reading "Ingraham Scolds Chuck Todd For Linking Anger Towards Press to Charlottesville Attack: ‘Beyond Reprehensible’"
White supremacist organizer Jason Kessler skirted PayPal’s anti-hate policies to help fund his upcoming “Unite the Right 2” rally, per Facebook chat messages obtained by Mediaite.
In a group chat used to plan “Unite the Right 2,” Kessler, who organized last year’s deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, VA, advised fellow white supremacist organizers to funnel the event’s expenses through a fund set up to pay Kessler’s legal fees.
Zyniker Law Firm, which is representing Kessler in his legal cases following last year’s deadly rally, has a fund dedicated to raising money for the his legal fees, which used PayPal.
“We can’t use normie fundraising apps,” alt-right activist Sam Salazar said in the chat on May 20, 2018 — referring to conventional funding avenues. “That would get taken down to (sic) quick.”
“Has somebody set up a gofundme or something?” Al Stankard, another racist activist, asked.
NBC’s Andrea Mitchell was dumbstruck today when she saw Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen distract from President Donald Trump‘s latest controversy on Russia by…defending his remarks on Charlottesville.
The Homeland Security secretary spoke to Peter Alexander at the Aspen Security Forum on Thursday. Alexander asked what the DHS is doing to clamp down on white nationalists in the year since their march through Virginia. The deadly rally has been a recurring subject in the last few days — with media observers noting that the aftermath was one of Trump’s worst moments before the recent controversy over his meetings with Vladimir Putin.
As she fielded questions about Trump’s infamous “both sides” comments, Nielsen said at one point that “it’s not that one side is right, one side is wrong. Anybody that is advocating violence we need to work to mitigate.”
Those remarks have taken a few people aback Continue reading "WATCH: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell Flabbergasted By DHS Sec. Nielsen’s Charlottesville Remarks"