Category: 2016 presidential election

July 15th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton had a warm and engaging speaking event Thursday in Dallas, Texas, at a program for the Presidential Leadership Scholars. Clinton’s answer to one question sounded suspiciously to commentators on Fox News like a critique of a recent presidential candidate.

Moderator David Rubenstein asked what the most important quality someone would need who is aspiring to be a president. After Bush’s very brief but insightful answer, Clinton responded.

“I also think you have to begin with the end in mind,” Clinton said. “You have to say, yeah, you gotta win the election. But why in the heck are you running?”

“That’s another thing I noticed about him,” Clinton said, pointing at Bush. “When he ran for governor against Ann Richards, he didn’t say ‘Ann Richards is a klutz.’ He said, ‘I wanna be governor because I wanna do one, two, three things.’ Couple of ’em I didn’t agree with. But he had an agenda.”

“If you want to be president,” he continued, “realize, it’s about the people, not about you.”

Howard Kurtz on Fox News said the former president gave himself enough space to deny the similarities to criticisms of the Hillary Clinton 2016 campaign, but explained why some thought it was a jab at her lack of political skill.

“It’s obvious to the rest of us what he’s talking about,” Kurtz said, “and look, Hillary Clinton had a campaign where she had a whole laundry list of liberal positions but no theme, no emotional connection to voters, and not much more beyond Donald Trump is awful, and that’s what the former president was artfully saying.”

Kurtz continued, explaining that Hillary Clinton failed “to campaign with certain kinds of voters where she didn’t go as well, Martha.”

“So Clinton, the former president, that is,” he added, “argued internally during the 2016 campaign, his wife needed to do more of that. He did some of it himself, he went to places like Lansing, Michigan, the final week of the campaign.”

The quote from the former president continued after the Fox News video, and many saw instead a pointed critique of President Donald Trump.

“And when it’s over,” Clinton said, “and that’s what a lot of these people who are real arrogant in office, they forget, and it passes more quickly than you know. You wanna be able to say people are better off when I quit, kids have a better future, things were coming together, you don’t wanna say, ‘God, look at all the people I beat!’”

Even during the 2016 presidential campaign many supporters of Hillary Clinton would compare her to her husband, saying that she just didn’t have the political skill he had to engage every individual voter. There were reports that her campaign was trying to keep the former president from upstaging her at events.

On Monday former President Bill Clinton sat down with 'CBS This Morning' co-host Charlie Rose to discuss his wife Hillary Clinton's recent struggles in the Presidential race. While Bill made it a point to say Hillary's physical health is on the rise after her public collapsing at a 9/11 memorial, he did emphasize the struggle she has to connect with voters.

Posted in 2016 presidential election, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton, Politics

June 27th, 2017 by Staff Writer

President Trump accused former President Barack Obama on Monday for failure to take action against Russia for its alleged interference in the 2016 election all because Obama purportedly expected then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to win the election.

Trump noted that Obama didn’t choke — he simply “colluded or obstructed.”

“The reason that President Obama did NOTHING about Russia after being notified by the CIA of meddling is that he expected Clinton would win…..and did not want to ‘rock the boat,’ ” Trump tweeted from his personal account early Monday morning. “He didn’t ‘choke,’ he colluded or obstructed, and it did the Dems and Crooked Hillary no good.”

He continued his tirade against Obama and added, “The real story is that President Obama did NOTHING after being informed in August about Russian meddling. With 4 months looking at Russia … under a magnifying glass, they have zero ‘tapes’ of T people colluding. There is no collusion & no obstruction.”

“I should be given apology!” he added.

The president’s condemnations of Obama cropped up once again after Democrats ramped up their accusations that then-candidate Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election. As a result, the Justice Department, Senate and House Intelligence Committees as well as the FBI are exploring possible links between Trump’s transition team and Russian officials.

During an interview last week on “Fox & Friends Weekend,” Trump blasted Obama over Russia’s alleged interference in the election, and said that the president knew it and “did nothing about it.”

“Well I just heard today for the first time that Obama knew about Russia a long time before the election, and he did nothing about it,” Trump said. “But nobody wants to talk about that.”

He added, “The CIA gave him information on Russia a long time before they even — before the election. And I hardly see it. It’s an amazing thing.”

May.30 -- Bloomberg Intelligence's Eric Balchunas and Bloomberg's Julie Hyman look at the appearance of ties to Russia for investors of Russia ETFs. They speak on

Posted in 2016 presidential election, collusion, Government, President Barack Obama, President Donald Trump, Russia investigation, Twitter

May 3rd, 2017 by Staff Writer

Comedian Bill Maher mocked Hillary Clinton’s lack of popularity and used the opportunity to scold Democrats on losing the election. He made the comments in an interview with Jake Tapper on CNN Tuesday.

Maher was saying what he thought went wrong in the election, saying, “go where the energy is in the party. Hillary is a lovely lady, but she couldn’t fill the function room at the Olive Garden, and there was a 74-year-old man who was getting crowds of 20,000 young people to come see him.”

“Rallies matter,” he said. “Trump proved that. It shows something about what people want.”

“Uh, she was not a great candidate.” he added. “I think she acknowledges that herself. Having said that, what I’m going to talk about at the end of my show on Friday night is the fact that those people who said, ‘well, she was the lesser of two evils’ and, ‘a pox on both their houses,’ now we have a hundred days of empirical evidence what a Trump presidency looks like.”

“They should be ashamed of themselves, and for the future, we should note this,” he concluded. “That you were wrong about Hillary just being the lesser of two evils. That’s the first step to winning another election for the Democrats.”

Clinton was recently interviewed about the failures in her campaign, and she took “absolute personal responsibility,” but then said that FBI Director Comey, WikiLeaks, misogyny and the media were also blame. This elicited some mockery, including that of Tapper at the beginning of his CNN show.

Bill Maher: Hillary Clinton is a “lovely lady, but she couldn’t fill the function room at the Olive Garden” https://t.co/01y0qoXfdo

— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) May 2, 2017

Tapper asked him if he agreed with Clinton about the causes of her electoral loss. “I don’t think she’s wrong. I don’t know why she needs to be coming back,” he explained. “She had her turn, and it didn’t work out.”

“Having said that, she’s right, about the letter,” he said, referring to the letter from FBI Director Comey about investigating Clinton. “I don’t understand why Director Comey didn’t release both. You know he seemed to be in a tough place, I get it. He had to say something, he thought, eleven days before the election. Why not say that, and also mention the stuff about Russia with Donald Trump. That seemed to be, to me, the fair way to handle it.”

Bill Maher: I don’t know why Hillary is coming back…she had her turn, it didn’t work out https://t.co/yRxGsJRwMo https://t.co/fzwv5AZyU9

— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) May 2, 2017

The Democrats have been in an ongoing battle in their own ranks between the far left progressives who criticize Hillary Clinton’s centrism, and the more establishment Democrats who are defending her candidacy by blaming outside causes.

Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) have been progressive critics, with Warren coming out Monday to say Democrats abandoned the common working man on economic matters.

Hillary Clinton said she is taking responsibility for her loss in the 2016 election, but also believed that Russian interference, the FBI and misogyny played a role in the outcome. (5/2/17)

Posted in 2016 presidential election, Bill Maher, Election 2016, Hillary Clinton, Politics

May 3rd, 2017 by Staff Writer

CNN’s Jake Tapper snarked at Hillary Clinton for an interview where she said that she took personal responsibility for the election loss, and then assigned blame to a multitude of causes outside her control. He opened his show, The Lead, with the joke Tuesday.

“Hillary Clinton today taking full responsibility for the election loss, except for the part when she blamed Comey, Wikileaks, misogyny and the media,” Tapper remarked.

Tapper has used the opening of his to occasionally nail President Trump, but his joke highlighted  the in-fighting of the Democrat party over the devastating election and where to place blame.

Hillary said Tuesday she took “absolute personal responsibility” for the loss in an interview with Christiane Amanpour at the Women for Women International conference. “I was the candidate,” she added. “I was the person who was on the ballot.”

She then went on to say that she believed she was on her way to winning until the letter from FBI Director Comey damaged her campaign, and then she placed the blame on WikiLeaks releasing personal emails hacked from her campaign associates.

“If the election had been on Oct. 27,” Clinton claimed, “I would be your president.”

.@jaketapper: Hillary Clinton takes full responsibility for her election loss… except for Comey, Putin, WikiLeaks, misogyny, and the media pic.twitter.com/PVKzGzIZTn

— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) May 2, 2017

Clinton affirmed that misogyny in society and uneven treatment from the media also aided in her defeat.

The leading progressive voices on the left have helped drive the disunity in the party by blaming Clinton personally, and claiming that a more left-wing candidate would have beaten Trump. Both Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) criticized the party for abandoning the working class and letting monied interests determine the policies of the Democrats.

Independent Senator Bernie Sanders has become a crucial player in the Democratic Party rebuilding. Nathan Rousseau Smith (@fantasticmrnate) explains.

Posted in 2016 presidential election, Bernie Sanders, Election 2016, Hillary Clinton, Jake Tapper, Politics

December 27th, 2016 by Staff Writer

In an effort to garner enthusiasm for his inauguration next month, President-elect Donald Trump expressed his desire to set the all-time record for an inauguration, encouraging his most dedicated supporters to travel to D.C. and watch him get sworn in.

Trump tweeted last week:

Well, we all did it, together! I hope the “MOVEMENT” fans will go to D.C. on Jan 20th for the swearing in. Let’s set the all time record!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 16, 2016

But as he feuds with Hollywood A-listers on social media and stirs up negative publicity for performers offered a spot at his inauguration, planners of the event say Trump’s inauguration attendance is severely lacking.

About 800,000 people are estimated to attend, which is less than half the attendance of President Barack Obama’s 1.8 million supporters at his 2009 inauguration.

Presidential inauguration history expert Jim Bendat told McClatchyDC, “It’s not even close to a record.”

Luke Wiscombe, marketing director for an Arizona company who plans trips for bands and has experience with organizing inauguration performers said, ““Excitement and enthusiasm levels are down this year.”

“With President Obama’s inauguration, there was a lot of interest,” he told reporters.

But D.C. area restaurants and hotels are hopeful for a solid turnout, with a recent study by George Mason University predicting a $1.4 billion boost to the D.C. economy because of the tourists visiting for the inauguration. The new Trump International Hotel in D.C. is already sold out.
Stephen Fuller, the economist responsible for the study, said, “The enthusiasm for Trump is far less, just because this was such a nasty political season, but this is a shot in the arm.”
He added, “And it’s particularly important in January, which has the lowest occupancy rates for hotels. People aren’t going out to eat as much, and the weather’s miserable.”

Construction on the 10,000 square foot 2017 Inaugural Platform began on Sept. 21, 2016 and will hold more than 1,600 people on January 20.

 

Posted in 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump, Obama, Politics

December 27th, 2016 by Staff Writer

During President Barack Obama’s “exit interview” podcast with his former advisor David Axelrod, Obama mentioned that he felt the Democrats lost the election in part because the media just wasn’t effectively communicating all the ways rural America has prospered under Obama’s presidency.

“We — we devoted more attention, more focus, put more resources into rural America than has — has been the case probably for the last two, three decades,” Obama said on “The Axe Files” podcast.

“And — and it paid great dividends, but you just wouldn’t know that, that’s not something that you would see on the nightly news,” he told Axelrod.

Obama also purported that the Democratic party had not done a good enough job using emotional appeal as opposed to relying on the facts to make their case.

“And so we’ve got to figure out how do we show people and communicate in a way that is visceral and — and makes an emotional connection as opposed to just the facts,” he continued, making a reference to the issue of fake news, “because the facts are all in dispute these days.”

Obama also claimed that although Trump won rural American three-to-one, that his own policies actually helped them, they just didn’t realize it.

“Look, the Affordable Care Act benefits a huge number of Trump voters,” Obama told Axelrod, referring to an article posted on Vox claiming that a large number of Kentuckians who voted for Trump were utilizing Obamacare.

Obama failed to mention the ever-rising insurance premiums and the increasing number of Americans forced to purchase insurance from  government insurance exchanges since the introduction of the Affordable Care Act .

“There are a lot of folks in places like West Virginia or Kentucky who didn’t vote for Hillary, didn’t vote for me, but are being helped by this,” Obama said.

He told Axelrod that another problem the Democrats had connecting with rural Americans was that they weren’t “on the ground communicating” that they are “bleeding for these communities.”

 

Obama again reinforced his idea that what his party lacked was an emotional connection to rural America, and focusing on that connection instead of depending on media to communicate their message effectively.

“And there’s an emotional connection, and part of what we have to do to rebuild is to be there and — and that means organizing, that means caring about state parties, it means caring about local races, state boards or school boards and city councils and state legislative races and not thinking that somehow, just a great set of progressive policies that we present to the New York Times editorial board will win the day,” he said in closing.

Posted in 2016 presidential election, Business, David Axelrod, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Obama

December 20th, 2016 by Staff Writer

As predicted, Monday’s Electoral College results solidified President-elect Donald Trump’s transition into the White House next month.

He has so far garnered 304 of the Electoral College votes cast Monday, compared to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s 166 votes. The day, however, was not without drama. Texas Electoral College members engaged in a standoff of sorts, with some electors refusing to attend. Those electors were replaced and after settling in, Texas committed 36 of its 38 electoral votes to Trump, which put him over the 270 votes needed to officially win the presidency.

As of 4:30 PM CST, results were not in from California or Nevada yet, but there have so far been six “faithless electors” who voted for a candidate who did not win their state. There was a growing movement to convince electors to abandon their votes for Trump, but most of the faithless electors came from the Democratic delegation.

Four of the Democratic electors came from Washington state, and did not vote for Clinton even though she won the state. One elector from Minnesota attempted to switch his vote from Clinton to Democratic presidential primary hopeful Bernie Sanders, but was replaced by an alternate. Another elector from Maine attempted to cast his vote for Sanders, but was harshly criticized and decided to switch his vote back to Clinton.

The Republican National Committee released a statement after the Electoral College results solidified Trump’s win, saying:

“This historic election is now officially over and I look forward to President-elect Trump taking the oath of office in January. Our unified Republican government will hit the ground running next year so we can deliver real change and make America great again. For the good of the country, Democrats must stop their cynical attempts to undermine the legitimacy of this election, which Donald Trump won decisively in the Electoral College with more votes than any Republican since 1988.”

Posted in 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump, Electoral College, Government, Hillary Clinton

December 16th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Conservative radio host Sean Hannity spoke with Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, about the hacked emails released by WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential election.

Assange told Hannity explicitly on Thursday afternoon, “Our source is not the Russian government.”

Hannity asked him to clarify his remarks, which he did,  and then asked Assange to confirm whether he has any hacked information from the Republican National Committee.  “We received about three pages of information to do with the RNC and Trump, but it was already public somewhere else,” Assange told him.

When asked if the hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta came from the United States, Assange cryptically told Hannity, “It has not come from a state party.” He did mention later in the interview that other leaks could have come from other places such as Russia.

Hannity asked Assange if he thinks that President Obama knows that the Russian government was not the source of the intel and is still purposefully spreading a false narrative in order to undermine President-elect Donald Trump’s victory.  Assange confirmed that he did believe that.

There has still been no official report from any national intelligence agency confirming that the Russian government was behind the hacked emails.

The full interview can be found here:

 

 

Posted in 2016 presidential election, Government, Julian Assange, Russian Hackers, Sean Hannity

December 15th, 2016 by Staff Writer

NBC News reported on Wednesday that U.S. intelligence officials have enough evidence to conclude that Russian President Vladimir Putin can be directly tied to the Russian involvement in the United States presidential election.

Two senior intelligence officials told NBC anonymously that the intel comes from credible diplomatic sources, including undercover spies working with American allies. They said Putin had a personal vendetta against Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and that he wanted to carry out that vendetta while also exposing the widespread corruption plaguing American politics today.

One of the high-level officials said that Putin’s specific role was “directing the use of the [hacked] material,” and he also wanted to “split off key American allies by creating the image that [other countries] couldn’t depend on the U.S. to be a credible global leader anymore.”

Michael McFaul, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia, said that Putin aimed to threaten the United States government system at its core. “He wants to discredit American democracy, and make us weaker in terms of leading the liberal Democratic order, and most certainly he likes President-elect Trump’s views on Russia. Now it sounds like we have evidence to support those hypotheses.”

Watch a clip here:

Exclusive: US intel officials believe Pres. Putin personally involved in US election disruption – @CynthiaMcFadden https://t.co/yr6leXV8kv

— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) December 14, 2016

Posted in 2016 presidential election, Business, Donald Trump, Russia, Vladimir Putin

December 14th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Reports from Detroit indicate there were discrepancies in nearly 60 percent of the counties, where two-thirds of the city’s precincts had too many votes.

Optical scanners in Wayne County show that 248 of the city’s 662 precincts counted over one third more ballots than the number of voters reported by poll workers. That totals 37 percent more voters than originally counted, and because of the statewide discrepancies, Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson sanctioned a state audit of the votes.

The Detroit News reported that many Detroit precincts could not be counted during the Michigan statewide recount that ended Friday.

Statewide, records indicate that 10.6 percent of precincts in the 22 counties that were subject to the recount could not be counted because state law prohibits including any precincts that are unbalanced or any ballot boxes with broken seals. In Detroit alone, officials were not able to recount 392 precincts.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton handily won Detroit and Wayne County in the presidential election, even though President-elect Donald Trump took the state of Michigan by less than one percent.

Chairwoman of Wayne County Board of Canvassers Krista Haroutunian told The Detroit News, “There’s always going to be small problems to some degree, but we didn’t expect the degree of problem we saw in Detroit. This isn’t normal.”

City officials reported that ballots in Wayne County were never removed from a locked bin below a voting machine tabulator on Election Day. Secretary of State spokesman Fred Woodhams commented on the matter, “That’s what we’ve been told, and we’ll be wanting to verify it. At any rate, this should not have happened.”

It is not yet classified as an investigation, but Woodhams implied that an investigation wasn’t out of the question.

“Based on what we find, it could lead to more,” he said.

Posted in 2016 presidential election, Detroit, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Michigan, Michigan recount, Politics

December 10th, 2016 by Staff Writer

As part of his “Thank You Tour 2016,” President-elect Donald Trump made a stop in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in front of a raucous crowd.

At one point during the night while Trump was speaking, the audience started chanting, “lock her up,” referencing Trump’s promise to put former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton behind bars.

But Trump had quite a surprising response to the chant, as Alexandra Jaffe from NBC News reported:

Whoa—chant of “lock her up!” from the crowd, Trump replies: “That plays great before the election – now we don’t care”

— Alexandra Jaffe (@ajjaffe) December 10, 2016

Trump made headlines during his campaign when he stated he would assign a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton’s FBI case and said he would put her in jail for her handling of classified emails.

“Lock her up” became an ongoing tagline of his campaign, and was regularly chanted by his supporters.

Trump told Clinton face-to-face in the second 2016 presidential debate, “I didn’t think I’d say this, but I’m going to say it, and I hate to say it, but if I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation.”

Clinton shot back at him, “It’s just awfully good that somebody with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country.”

Trump quickly replied, “Because you’d be in jail.”

Posted in 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Politics

December 6th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Recently named Billboard magazine’s 2016 “Woman of the Year,” Madonna gave an interview to the magazine and didn’t hold back when it came to her views on politics and the 2016 presidential election.

“It felt like someone died,” she said about the outcome of the election.

She continued, “It felt like a ­combination of the heartbreak and betrayal you feel when someone you love more than anything leaves you, and also a death. I feel that way every morning; I wake up and say, ‘Oh, wait, Donald Trump is still the president,’ and it wasn’t a bad dream that I had. It feels like women betrayed us. The percentage of women who voted for Trump was insanely high.”

She did not elaborate on how, specifically, she felt like women betrayed other women, but she did explain why she thought women across the nation voted for President-elect Donald Trump.

“Women hate women. That’s what I think it is. Women’s nature is not to support other women. It’s really sad,” Madonna explained in her own words. “Men protect each other, and women protect their men and children. Women turn inward and men are more external.”

She continued, “A lot of it has do with jealousy and some sort of tribal inability to accept that one of their kind could lead a nation. Other people just didn’t bother to vote because they didn’t like either candidate, or they didn’t think Trump had a chance in the world. They took their hands off the wheel and then the car crashed.”

She went on to say she was “devastated, surprised,” and “in shock,” at Trump’s presidential election win.

“I haven’t had a good nights sleep since he has been elected. We’re f—ed.”

Posted in 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump, Entertainment, Hillary Clinton, Madonna

December 3rd, 2016 by Staff Writer

President-elect Donald Trump is apparently losing his luster, according to conservative political commentator Ann Coulter.

Coulter, one of Trump’s biggest supporters, made headlines throughout the campaign season for her controversial remarks on immigration policy, with some criticizing her for being racist and xenophobic.

Coulter, who has made it clear her staunch support of Trump was mostly contingent on his hard stance against illegal immigration, expressed that she wasn’t so hopeful her candidate of choice would follow through on his promises. She sent out a tweet on Friday expressing her discontentment with Trump, who doesn’t take office until January.

On the other hand, Coulter has been a regular critic of both Vice President-elect Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan, both of whom are considered untrustworthy on immigration issues. When rumors first ciculated that Pence would be Trump’s VP pick, Coulter tweeted:

Pence is the combo-platter of disaster. For details, see what I just posted on my Facebook page.

— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) July 14, 2016

Today, referencing an interview between Mike Pence and CBS anchor Scott Pelley — in which Pence indicated that he was ready to work with Paul Ryan on an immigration bill — Coulter commented, “it sounds like the big sell-out is coming.”

She added, “If Trump sells out, it’s not our fault.”

See the tweet below:

Sounds like the big sell-out is coming. Oh well. The voters did what we could. If Trump sells out, it’s not our fault. https://t.co/tdMpAuDaRI

— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) December 2, 2016

Coulter made headlines throughout the campaign season for her racially charged remarks, including her comment that Trump would win in a 50-state landslide “if only people with at least 4 grandparents born in America were voting.”

She also said in August 2015, “There’s a cultural acceptance of child rape in Latino culture that doesn’t exist in even the most dysfunctional American ghettos. When it comes to child rape, the whole family gets involved.”

When Trump was rumored to be considering South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley for Secretary of State, Coulter tweeted:

If Trump wants an Indian Sec of State, how about Tonto?

— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) November 17, 2016

But she has defended her remarks in the past, saying, “There’s nothing racist about anything I say. To be pro-American is racist?”

Posted in 2016 presidential election, Ann Coulter, Donald Trump, Illegal Immigration, Politics

December 3rd, 2016 by Staff Writer

President-elect Donald Trump is apparently losing his luster, according to conservative political commentator Ann Coulter.

Coulter, one of Trump’s biggest supporters, made headlines throughout the campaign season for her controversial remarks on immigration policy, with some criticizing her for being racist and xenophobic.

Coulter, who has made it clear her staunch support of Trump was mostly contingent on his hard stance against illegal immigration, expressed that she wasn’t so hopeful her candidate of choice would follow through on his promises. She sent out a tweet on Friday expressing her discontentment with Trump, who doesn’t take office until January.

On the other hand, Coulter has been a regular critic of both Vice President-elect Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan, both of whom are considered untrustworthy on immigration issues. When rumors first ciculated that Pence would be Trump’s VP pick, Coulter tweeted:

Pence is the combo-platter of disaster. For details, see what I just posted on my Facebook page.

— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) July 14, 2016

Today, referencing an interview between Mike Pence and CBS anchor Scott Pelley — in which Pence indicated that he was ready to work with Paul Ryan on an immigration bill — Coulter commented, “it sounds like the big sell-out is coming.”

She added, “If Trump sells out, it’s not our fault.”

See the tweet below:

Sounds like the big sell-out is coming. Oh well. The voters did what we could. If Trump sells out, it’s not our fault. https://t.co/tdMpAuDaRI

— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) December 2, 2016

Coulter made headlines throughout the campaign season for her racially charged remarks, including her comment that Trump would win in a 50-state landslide “if only people with at least 4 grandparents born in America were voting.”

She also said in August 2015, “There’s a cultural acceptance of child rape in Latino culture that doesn’t exist in even the most dysfunctional American ghettos. When it comes to child rape, the whole family gets involved.”

When Trump was rumored to be considering South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley for Secretary of State, Coulter tweeted:

If Trump wants an Indian Sec of State, how about Tonto?

— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) November 17, 2016

But she has defended her remarks in the past, saying, “There’s nothing racist about anything I say. To be pro-American is racist?”

Posted in 2016 presidential election, Ann Coulter, Donald Trump, Illegal Immigration, Politics

November 12th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Texas Congressman and Trump supporter Louie Gohmert appeared on Fox and Friends Friday morning to discuss whether President-elect Donald Trump can deliver on his promise of building a wall on the United States border with Mexico to keep out illegal immigrants.

Fox and Friends host Steve Doocy asked Gohmert if he thought Trump might have trouble convincing Congress to work with him on buildng the wall along the Mexican border.

“It will be awesome to have a president and a cabinet that will follow the law.  There’s money out there,”  Gohmert responded.

He continued, “And another big bunch of money would be for all of the illegals we’ve been in-processing, we’ll be able to spend that more on the wall than we are on in-processing.  But there’s billions of dollars.  We couldn’t find out where they are.  He can get started when he has a good homeland security secretary.”

Doocy replied excitedly that Trump could potentially get started on the wall on day one if he hired an accountant who could find this missing money, to which Gohmert responded, “And actually we had appropriated money during the Bush administration that didn’t get spent for the wall, so yeah it’s gonna be great to have somebody that’s actually following the law.”

It is unclear if these appropriated funds were already used for other projects.

Watch below:

Trump ran his 2016 presidential campaign on the promise that he would build a wall across the Mexican border, and that Mexico would pay for all of it.

Posted in 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump, Fox and Friends, Government, Illegal Immigration, Louie Gohmert, Mexico, Steve Doocy

November 12th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Media outlets across the nation are suggesting that President-elect Donald Trump is planning to take away all access to birth control, despite the fact that he has never claimed the task was on his agenda.

A CNN article published Friday morning titled, “What happens to birth control under President Trump” purports that Trump is going to take away access to women’s birth control, and the article cites women on social media who are spreading the unfounded worries and fears over the internet and urging women to “go get IUDs.” One woman who was cited even suggested that women “stock up on Plan B” because it has a long shelf life.

Although the CNN article does not correct the misrepresentation, the truth is that Plan B, the emergency oral contraceptive also known as the “morning-after pill” is currently covered by some insurance plans only with a prescription. But it is available to purchase as an over-the-counter drug with unrestricted access. Therefore access to Plan B would not disappear under Trump.

Another article published by Cosmopolitan goes a step further, not only claiming Trump could take away women’s access to birth control, but insinuating Trump would actually outlaw birth control methods.

The article titled, “Women Are Urging Each Other to Get IUDs Now — Before It’s Too Late” opens with a paragraph that reads:

The day after the election, women across the country are urging one another to get IUDs over the next 71 days until the president-elect takes office, pointing to the likelihood that Donald Trump will dramatically roll back access to birth control. (One of the first texts I received from a friend as his victory became apparent: “I’m gonna have to get an IUD asap before they are outlawed.”)

The claim that Trump has shown any interest in outlawing contraceptives is, of course, completely erroneous.

Make no mistake, Trump campaigned on the platform of repealing the Affordable Care Act, which currently provides planholders with birth control and women’s preventive visits at no cost other than the cost to taxpayers and other planholders in the form of higher premiums.

Although Trump made headlines on Friday when he announced he would consider keeping key provisions of the Affordable Care Act instead of a full repeal, he gave no indication of future plans around the current coverage for oral contraceptives.

But purporting the idea that Trump plans to go on a rampage to take away women’s access to birth control and using social media opinion void of facts as a source is misleading at best, absolutely irresponsible at worst.

If the President-elect was successful in repealing or modifying Obamacare, as it stands now, access to birth control would not change. It simply might not be free.

 

Posted in 2016 presidential election, Affordable Care Act, Birth Control, CNN, Cosmopolitan, Donald Trump, IUD, Media, Obamacare

November 8th, 2016 by Staff Writer

NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough made sure his voice was heard this presidential election, even all the way from outer space.

Kimbrough is currently orbiting through space in the International Space Station, where he arrived mid-October.  Mission Control forwarded the ballot to him through secure email, which Kimbrough completed and sent back to the county clerk in Houston, Texas where he resides when he is back on Earth.

He is currently the only American at the International Space Station, which he shares with two Russian astronauts. Next week, the space station will add three more crew members, including one more American astronaut.  Kimbrough returns to Earth in February, and spoke to the Associated Press last month about returning home to a new president.

According to Kimbrough, astronauts are “pretty much apolitical.”  He told reporters last month, “I’ll be glad to welcome the new president, whoever that is.”

Texas passed a law in 1997 that allows American astronauts to vote from space, permitting NASA to carry out their motto: “Vote while you float.”

It is good to know that NASA and the state of Texas have made sure that all United States citizens can vote, even if they are hurtling through space at 17,500 miles an hour, while orbiting 200 miles above the Earth’s surface.

Posted in 2016 presidential election, astronaut, NASA, Politics, Shane Kimbrough, Texas

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