Category: Donald Trump
President Donald Trump called out Senate Republicans on Saturday, once again calling on them to repeal and replace the Obama-era Affordable Care Act.
In two social media posts made on Twitter, Trump said the Senate “must step up to the plate” and “Repeal and Replace” Obamacare.
“The Republican Senators must step up to the plate and, after 7 years, vote to Repeal and Replace. Next, Tax Reform and Infrastructure. WIN!” Trump wrote on Saturday.
The Republican Senators must step up to the plate and, after 7 years, vote to Repeal and Replace. Next, Tax Reform and Infrastructure. WIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 22, 2017
Trump also criticized Democrats, who he called “obstructionists” with “no ideas or votes.”
“ObamaCare is dead and the Democrats are obstructionists, no ideas or votes, only obstruction,” Trump wrote. “It is solely up to the 52 Republican Senators!”
ObamaCare is dead and the Democrats are obstructionists, no ideas or votes, only obstruction. It is solely up to the 52 Republican Senators!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 22, 2017
Trump’s comments come at the end of a week in which the Republicans’ latest version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act was effectively killed by Republican Sens. Jerry Moran (Kan.) and Mike Lee (Utah) and the Senate leadership’s back-up plan — a repeal of Obamacare without an immediate replacement plan — was shot down by several moderate Republicans.
On Wednesday, Republican senators met with Trump in a meeting in which Trump reportedly heavily criticized the senators for failing to come up with a plan. During the lunch meeting, which included 49 senators, Republicans were told they needed to swiftly develop a proposal that could pass both houses of Congress, reported Reuters on Thursday.
On Wednesday evening, the senators met to resolve their differences, but a resolution failed to materialize during the meeting, which Reuters reported did not include Senate staff.
The Washington Examiner reported on Saturday Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell still plans to hold a vote next week, regardless of what several senators have been saying about voting against the proposed legislation.
Posted in Donald Trump, Health Care, Mike Lee, Mitch McConnell, Obamacare, Politics, Senate Health Care Bill
The co-founder of the firm that paid for the creation of the infamous ‘Trump dossier’ said Friday that he would not be fulfilling a request to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee and would be asserting his fifth amendment right to avoid self-incrimination.
Glenn Simpson’s lawyer released a statement Friday saying that the co-founder of Fusion GPS is on vacation and won’t be able to attend the hearing being held next week.
Simpson also protested that “partisan agendas” had resulted in the expansion of the investigation, saying through his lawyer that they were “profoundly disturbed.”
According to Reuters, the letter asked that Simpson be excused from appearing before the committee since, according to Simpson, the charge that he failed to register as a foreign agent was false.
But Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa.) instead slapped him with a subpoena Friday. Simpson responded by saying he would invoke his fifth amendment right against self-incrimination.
“FUSION GPS head Glenn Simpson won’t testify before Senate Judiciary next week, his rep attacks ‘partisan’ hearing and vows to plead Fifth,” reported CNN’s Manu Raju.
FUSION GPS head Glenn Simpson won’t testify before Senate Judiciary next week, his rep attacks “partisan” hearing and vows to plead Fifth
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) July 21, 2017
“This hearing’s purported focus on FARA [the Foreign Agents Registration Act] is pretext for an exploration of Fusion GPS’ reported work, on behalf of other clients, to investigate the ties of Donald J. Trump, his campaign and their associates to Russia,” the letter from Simpson’s lawyer said.
The “Trump dossier” was central to claims made by U.S. intelligence agencies that the Russian government had damaging information on the president that could be used against him. Buzzfeed was later excoriated for their lack of journalistic standards when they published the dossier. U.S. intelligence agencies, however, said that while some aspects of the document were dubious, other claims had been corroborated through their investigation.
Former Trump campaign official Carter Page has referred to the document as the “dodgy dossier,” in apparent reference to it’s dubious source and questionable claims.
Posted in Chuck Grassley, Donald Trump, Fusion GPS, Politics, President Donald Trump, Russian interference, Russian investigation, Trump, Trump Dossier
According to a Washington Post report published Friday evening, U.S. officials are in possession of intercepts that included a Russian ambassador saying that he spoke with Jeff Sessions before the election about then-candidate Trump’s campaign policies.
The intercepts were reportedly gained by U.S. intelligence agencies who monitor Russian officials’ interactions communications in the United States and abroad.
One U.S. official said that Sessions — who testified that he has no recollection of an April encounter — has provided “misleading” statements that are “contradicted by other evidence.” A former official said that the intelligence indicates that Sessions and Kislyak had “substantive” discussions on matters including Trump’s positions on Russia-related issues and prospects for U.S.-Russia relations in a Trump administration.
Sessions’ meetings with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak were the cause of his infamous recusal from the investigations into Russian election meddling and alleged campaign collusion. Although he later said he never discussed any campaign policies in the meeting, he neglected to mention it to a confirmation committee.
The intercept of Kislyak’s alleged comments would contradict his statement and seriously damage the reputation of the attorney general at a time when his place in the administration is already being questioned.
On Wednesday President Trump publicly scolded Sessions for his past decision to recuse himself. He appeared to be upset that the recusal, in his mind, led to the naming of Special Counsel Robert Mueller over the Russian investigations.
Sarah Isgur Flores, a spokeswoman for the Department of Justice, said they would decline to comment on the story. “Obviously I cannot comment on the reliability of what anonymous sources describe in a wholly uncorroborated intelligence intercept that the Washington Post has not seen and that has not been provided to me,” she said, adding that Sessions did not discuss election interference in the meeting.
Some Trump critics questioned whether the story was planted by the administration itself in order to provide a reason and cover for forcing Jeff Sessions out. “Sessions story is suspicious,” tweeted former White House Ethics Lawyer Richard Painter. “Trump wants him fired for not recusing on Russia. Sonebody [sic] leaked intel to get him fired.”
“Irresistible question,” asked MSNBC host Joy Reid, “could Trump team have leaked the [K]islyak intercepts to push Sessions out after he failed to resign yesterday?” She referred to a report that White House officials were shocked that Sessions hadn’t resigned after being berated by Trump in public.
Posted in Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, Politics, Russian interference, Russian investigation, Trump
Tucker Carlson implored of President Trump that he stop attacking his own attorney general after an interview with the New York Times quoted the president absolutely berating Jeff Sessions for recusing himself. He made the comments on his show on Fox News Thursday.
“Well its been overshadowed by news of war heroes and retired tailbacks, but the president has been in the news today too, as he often is,” Carlson began.
“Last night he went after his own attorney general, Jeff Sessions, saying he was angry that Sessions had recused himself from the Russia investigation,” he added. “If he had to do it over again the president said, he would have hired somebody else to be the AG.”
“Stinging words, but this morning, Sessions seemed to brush them off,” he explained, and played clips of Sessions batting away the criticism from the president.
“We love this job, we love this department,” Sessions said, “and I plan to continue to do so, as long as that is appropriate.”
“I’m totally confident that we can continue to run this office in an effective way,” Sessions told the media.
“Now take a step back and you can kinda see how this all happened,” Carlson said. “The president is a 71-year-old political novice, and all of a sudden he’s the subject of a vague, open-ended investigation, whose goal may be to imprison him or his family.”
“Ask anyone who’s had an independent counsel on his case, and there are a lot of them here in Washington, what that’s like – it’s terrifying,” he added. “The pressure is soul-distorting. You can wind up lashing out at the people around you, even maybe especially, the ones trying to help you the most.”
“So that’s probably what’s going on,” he explained. “And yet attacking Jeff Sessions was still a useless, self-destructive act.”
“The first rule in politics, as in war, as in life, don’t shoot the friendlies,” Carlson advised.
“Sessions is the closest ally Trump has in this administration,” he added. “One of the very few who even understands why the president won in the first place.”
.@TuckerCarlson: “The first rule in politics – as in war, as in life – don’t shoot the friendlies. Sessions is the closest ally Trump has.” pic.twitter.com/ONM8ooKsgr
— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 21, 2017
“Unlike most political appointees,” Carlson continued, “Sessions made big sacrifices to work in this administration. A year ago he was one of the most popular people in the state of Alabama.”
“Many on his staff didn’t want him to endorse Donald Trump but he did anyway,” Carlson said, “purely because he felt it was important. Sessions was worried about an unsecured border and what mass immigration would do to America, even though the biggest effects from those wouldn’t be seen until decades after he was long gone from this Earth.”
“He’s likely the most effective member of the Trump cabinet,” Carlson continued. “In return, the president attacked him in the failing New York Times.”
“That’s not just criticism, it’s an insult,” he said. “It’s also a worrisome sign that the president may be forgetting who is on his side. Goldman Sachs did not elect Donald Trump – America’s middle class did.”
“For God’s sakes, lay off Jeff Sessions,” he implored of Trump, “he is your friend, one of the very few you have in Washington.”
Donald Trump criticized Sessions while speaking to the New York Times for recusing himself in the Russian investigations into collusion and meddling in the U.S. election. The president seemed to think that it was the recusal that lead to the naming of Special Counsel Mueller.
Posted in Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump, Politics, Robert Mueller, Russian interference, Russian investigation, Trump, Tucker Carlson
President Trump publicly bad-mouthed his Attorney General to the New York Times Wednesday, saying that had he known he was going to recuse himself that the president would have chosen a different person.
Trump appeared angry as he openly discussed the decision of Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from the investigations into Russian meddling in the U.S. election, and alleged collusion between the Russian government and the Trump campaign.
“Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else,” he told the New York Times.
“Jeff Sessions takes the job, gets into the job, recuses himself, which frankly I think is very unfair to the president,” he continued.
“How do you take a job and then recuse yourself? If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, ‘Thanks, Jeff, but I’m not going to take you.’ It’s extremely unfair,” he concluded,” and that’s a mild word — to the president.”
The outburst appeared to corroborate a report in June that the president was still angry over Sessions’ recusal.
Trump/Sessions rift is real. I’m told Sessions even offered to resign. Asked about that, his spokesperson declined to comment
— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) June 6, 2017
That report from ABC News’ Jon Karl added that Sessions only notified the president that he intended to recuse himself minutes before making the announcement. According to Karl, Trump was subsequently so angry that Sessions’ offered to resign over the matter, as the president was constantly bringing up his actions.
Later when Karl asked White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer if Trump had confidence in the attorney general, he had a vague response.
Wow — @PressSec cannot say whether the president has confidence in his Attorney General.
— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) June 6, 2017
“I said I have not had a discussion with him on the question. I don’t, if I haven’t had a discussion with him about a subject, I tend not to speak about it,” Spicer eventually answered when pressed.
Sessions recused himself in March from the investigations into Russian election interference and alleged collusion after it was discovered that he neglected to mention a meeting with a Russian ambassador during a confirmation hearing.
Sessions later said that he had not included the meeting because he attended under his office as a U.S. senator, and not as a member of the Trump transition team.
Posted in Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, Politics, President Donald Trump, Russian interference, Russian investigation, Trump, Vladimir Putin
CNN political commentator David Gergen said a report Tuesday detailing a second previously undisclosed meeting between President Trump and Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin just “arouses more suspicion” about the “obsession” the president has with Russians. He made the comments Tuesday on Anderson Cooper’s show.
“The White House is saying that it is not merely perfectly normal,” said Cooper, “it is part of a president’s duties to interact with world leaders, adding that it was ‘just a brief conversation at the end of a dinner.’ I mean if it was an hour long as it’s being reported, that doesn’t seem like a brief conversation. And there’s no official government record, and they wouldn’t even mention it.”
“It is the president’s duty to circulate and to meet foreign leaders in an informal way,” Gergen said. “But it’s highly inappropriate for a president to sit down in a way Donald Trump did with Putin.
“If the president had brought his own interpreter so that there were two people there,” he continued, “one an American, one a Russian interpreting, you had a record on the American, and if the White House had then disclosed it, I think we would be saluting the president for having yet another hour with Putin.”
“But the way in which he did it, leaving the Russian interpreter,” Gergen added, “I can’t remember a time when a new American president first meeting has allowed the interpreter from the other side, from the Russian side to be the only person in the room.”
“But it just does not happen,” he continued, “it is abnormal, and it is not appropriate for his duty, and then not to disclose it only arouses further suspicions about what the hell is Donald Trump’s obsession with Vladimir Putin and why won’t he be straight forward about it?”
“And David,” Cooper asked, “is it normal not to have a readout of it for the American people?”
“Yes, it’s abnormal,” Gergen responded. “It, well, Anderson, if they want to have a very private conversation with interpreters there with the appropriate people in the room, that’s regularly done, and you don’t have a readout of everything. You know sometimes diplomacy is best conducted behind doors.”
David Gergen: Trump-Putin’s undisclosed meeting “only arouses further suspicions” about Trump’s obsession with Putin https://t.co/UCufvwdYSU
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) July 19, 2017
“But you protect yourself as president by having other people with you who are from the American side and are looking after our interests and not letting the Russians take advantage of a new president.”
CNN said a White House official told them the meeting lasted “nearly an hour” during a dinner at the G20 economic summit, but later accounts said it was much more brief.
President Trump assailed the reporting from his social media account saying, “Fake News story of secret dinner with Putin is ‘sick.’ All G 20 leaders, and spouses, were invited by the Chancellor of Germany. Press knew!”
Fake News story of secret dinner with Putin is “sick.” All G 20 leaders, and spouses, were invited by the Chancellor of Germany. Press knew!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2017
David Gergen is a former presidential advisor who served under Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton.
Posted in Donald Trump, Politics, President Donald Trump, Putin, Trump, Trump Putin G20, Vladimir Putin
President Trump took to his Twitter account Tuesday to slam the account being reported by mainstream media that there was a previously undisclosed second meeting between the president and Russian Federation President Vladimir Trump.
“Fake News story of secret dinner with Putin is “sick.” All G 20 leaders, and spouses, were invited by the Chancellor of Germany,” the president tweeted. “Press knew!”
Fake News story of secret dinner with Putin is “sick.” All G 20 leaders, and spouses, were invited by the Chancellor of Germany. Press knew!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2017
He added in a second tweet, “The Fake News is becoming more and more dishonest! Even a dinner arranged for top 20 leaders in Germany is made to look sinister!”
CNN reported that a White House official confirmed the meeting, saying it was nearly an hour-long meeting and came after a dinner hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the G20 economic summit on July 7.
They also indicated that there was only a Russian translator present, a fact which raised eyebrows among critics of the president.
A statement from the White House defended the meeting, saying it was not outside of common practice. “It is not merely perfectly normal, it is part of a president’s duties, to interact with world leaders,” the statement read.
The Fake News is becoming more and more dishonest! Even a dinner arranged for top 20 leaders in Germany is made to look sinister!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2017
The president’s agenda has faced some stumbling blocks as Democrats and other Trump critics have accused his campaign officials of colluding with the Russian government before the election.
Prior to the New York Times reporting that Donald Trump Jr. and other officials met with Russians while seeking to obtain damaging information on Hillary Clinton, there was no real evidence of a willingness to collude with foreign governments.
Posted in Donald Trump, Politics, President Donald Trump, Russian interference, Russian investigation, Trump, Trump Putin G20, Vladimir Putin, Vladimir Putin Trump G20
Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to President Donald Trump, mocked the response from a former top aide in the Obama administration to his challenge to debate. He made the retort from his social media account Monday.
“PREDICTABLE,” Gorka tweeted, “I guess an MA in Fictional Writing ill equips [Ben Rhodes] to publicly explain what he was doing in the White House for 8 years.”
I guess an MA in Fictional Writing ill equips @brhodes to publicly explain what he was doing in the White House for 8 years. https://t.co/LtG8Z0hoh2
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) July 18, 2017
He was responding to CNN’s Jake Tapper, who passed on a reply from Ben Rhodes, the former Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications for the Obama administration.
According to Tapper, Rhodes said, “I have no idea what Sebastian Gorka’s actual job is and have even less interest in debating him on television.”
Gorka had mocked the foreign policy failures of the Obama administration Thursday on CNN while speaking with Jake Tapper. When Tapper protested Gorka’s comment that no former military members advised the Obama administration, Gorka retorted that Ben Rhodes had more influence despite only having a master’s degree in creative writing to his credit when he was hired.
“Not people as influential as Ben Rhodes who had a master’s degree in fictional writing,” Gorka responded. “That is disastrous.”
“Well, I’m sure he would put his graduate degree against yours any day of the week,” Tapper jabbed. “Sebastian Gorka, I appreciate your time.”
“Anytime, I’d be glad to debate him on your show,” he responded.
Some have cast doubt on the credibility of Gorka’s Ph.D in political science from Corvinus University of Budapest, saying that it was granted under dubious circumstances.
Gorka has been celebrated by supporters of the president for his attacks on the media while defending the administration on cable news shows. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper referred to Gorka as “the Hungarian Don Rickles” for all the insults he’s hurled against CNN.
Posted in Ben Rhodes, debate, Donald Trump, Jake Tapper, Politics, President Donald Trump, Sebastian Gorka, Trump
Athletic wear company Reebok used their Twitter account to scathingly mock President Donald Trump on Friday, taking a shot at the president for comments he made to France’s first lady on Friday.
Trump made headlines Friday during his visit to Paris, France, on Bastille Day. Trump and first lady Melania Trump were meeting with newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron and French first lady Brigitte Macron. The duo toured museums and participated in Bastille Day celebrations together.
After the Trumps and Macrons finished their visit of museums at Les Invalides, a Facebook video posted by the French government caught Trump telling Brigitte that she’s “in such good shape” and “beautiful,” according to the New York Times.
Trump was heavily criticized for the comment after it went viral, the Guardian reports.
That comment is what Reebok seized on.
On Friday afternoon, they posted an image to their Twitter account that appeared to be a flow chart of events detailing when it’s appropriate to use the phrase that Trump used when describing Brigitte.
In case you were wondering when it IS appropriate to say, “You’re in such good shape…beautiful,”… THIS: pic.twitter.com/Z1cnnRD8Ut
— Reebok (@Reebok) July 14, 2017
“When is it appropriate to say: You’re in such good shape…beautiful,” the poster asks. The poster then gives six scenarios — including the one Trump was in on Friday when he made the comments — and asks if the phrase is appropriate to use in those scenarios.
Not surprisingly, the poster instructs that it’s not appropriate to use the phrase when “you are a world leader greeting the spouse of a head of state.” The only scenario it does instruct is appropriate to use the phrase is when you just discover a “forgotten action figure from your youth” that is “unscathed after decades in your parents’ basement.”
The poster was widely shared and appreciated. As of Sunday evening, it has accumulated more than 40,000 retweets and nearly 70,000 “likes.”
But just as quickly as the tweet went viral, Reebok was being exposed for an apparent double standard.
Comedian Jim Norton replied to Reebok’s tweet with a Reebok ad image that features a scantily-clad woman. He wrote: “Thank you, @Reebok, for your virtuous message about when it’s appropriate to complement a woman’s shape.”
Thank you, @Reebok, for your virtuous message about when it’s appropriate to complement a woman’s shape. pic.twitter.com/vuj8oe86ZL
— Jim Norton (@JimNorton) July 15, 2017
Of course, the point of Norton’s tweet was that Reebok was being hypocritical with their criticism of Trump’s comments — which many critics said were sexist — while simultaneously promoting ads that feature partially nude women.
Indeed, many athletic brands like Reebox typically use photoshopped pictures of athletes wearing minimal amounts of clothing to advertise their products, all under the mantra that “sex sells.” But it’s a bit difficult to criticize someone for allegedly objectifying women when your ad department featured nearly nude women in ads.
Posted in Donald Trump, Jim Norton, Reebok, Sexism, Twitter, US
In an interview on Sunday with Jonathan Karl on ABC News’ “This Week,” Rep. Adam Schiff acknowledged it wouldn’t be “appropriate” for Democrats to receive any assistance from the Ukrainian government, but he suggested the alleged scandal involving Donald Trump Jr. and people claiming to have damaging information given by the Russian government is much worse.
In January, Politico published an investigative story connecting Ukrainian government officials to a Democrat operative. The operative allegedly used information passed from the Ukrainian government to help Democrats and the Hillary Clinton campaign in their fight against Donald Trump, who the Ukrainians believed to be too friendly with the Russian government.
According to Politico’s report, which Karl read from before asking Schiff a question about the event, “a Ukrainian-American operative who was consulting for the DNC met with top officials in the Ukrainian embassy in Washington in an effort to expose ties between Trump, top campaign aide Paul Manafort and Russia. The Ukrainian efforts had an impact in this race, helping force Manafort’s resignation and advancing the narrative that the Trump campaign was deeply connected to Ukraine’s foe to the east, Russia.”
“I understand Hillary Clinton lost,” Karl said to Schiff, “and I understand this effort was not as elaborate as the Russian effort, but was it acceptable, or would it have been acceptable for the Democrats to accept help from the Ukrainian government in this campaign?”
“No, it would be appropriate for the Democrats to get help from the Ukrainian government,” replied Schiff. “But I think if you look at the Politico article, and we’re talking about just a single article here, if you accept all the facts in the article, the scale of what the Russians did is not comparable to anything in that article.”
“If it were, the comparable analogy would be that the Ukrainian president directed the Ukrainian intelligence agencies to steal, to hack, Donald Trump’s campaign, steal e-mails, publish them, directed a social media army to influence the election, and sat down — its representatives sat down with Chelsea Clinton and John Podesta in which they indicated they wanted the dirt op Donald Trump,” Schiff said. “There’s no suggestion anything of that magnitude [inaudible].”
“The scale is different. … But the meeting is problematic? This Ukrainian meeting is problematic, in your eyes?” Karl asked.
“Well, it would be problematic to get any kind of support from a foreign government,” Schiff said. “But, again, I think to compare the two is like a bit like comparing bank robbery with writing a check with insufficient funds. Both appropriate money from the bank improperly, but a very different degree of seriousness and involvement in the case by a foreign government.”
As the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Schiff has been one of the Trump administration’s staunchest critics and most skeptical opponents, especially on the issue of possible Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election.
Schiff’s comments came just days after a new report revealed at least eight people were present at the June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer claiming to have Kremlin-linked damaging knowledge about Hillary Clinton, information Trump Jr. failed to disclose in previous statements about the controversial meeting. NBC News also reported on Friday one of the attendees at the meeting was a former Soviet counterintelligence officer.
President Donald Trump and Trump Jr. have both denied any wrongdoing and dismissed the importance of these reports. On Sunday, Trump wrote on Twitter, “HillaryClinton can illegally get the questions to the Debate & delete 33,000 emails but my son Don is being scorned by the Fake News Media?”
HillaryClinton can illegally get the questions to the Debate & delete 33,000 emails but my son Don is being scorned by the Fake News Media?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 16, 2017
Posted in ABC News, Adam Schiff, Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Politics, Russia, Russia Collusion
A “queer feminist legal analyst” has sued President Donald Trump after she was blocked by the president from viewing his personal Twitter account, @realDonaldTrump.
Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza alleged that her career has suffered irreparable damage in the weeks after she was personally barred via Twitter’s “block” function from replying to or interacting in any way with Trump’s personal tweets or Twitter account.
Writing in Fortune magazine, Buckwalter-Poza said:
Gone now is my ability to participate in the timeliest and most robust conversations around law, policy, and politics on Twitter—those around the president’s tweets. Taking part in these exchanges was an ideal way to stay current on not just facts, but new ideas. These threads make up the marketplace of ideas in which my peers and potential employers, colleagues, and audience are present and participating. I’ve been forced out and have no meaningful way to rejoin them.
I didn’t think being blocked on Twitter was a big deal at first. It’s just a button you can click, a way to mute an ex or tune out trolls’ attacks. But it turns out that when the person who blocks you is the president of the United States, it can matter quite a bit. Every day I’m blocked I lose opportunities to advance my views and engage others’—literally the reason a reader follows a writer’s work, the substance a publication pays a writer for—in these conversations. I can’t fire off a 140-word tweet, create a thread, or share pieces I write to drive discussion within these very conversations. That quick click I thought was so inconsequential is constraining my career in ways I have yet to fully appreciate.
When Buckwalter-Poza boasted about the suit on Twitter, she was widely mocked:
I am dumber for having read this. Be warned, you’ll feel your IQ evaporate off your brain like water on a hot skillet. https://t.co/pdQ1LOXUPq
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) July 14, 2017
Some people lose jobs because of robots, or because the plant was moved to Mexico; others because a celebrity blocked them on the twitterz
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) July 14, 2017
of all the arguments in favor of using the courts to micromanage how trump uses his twitter account this hed is by far the least persuasive https://t.co/lmBBwqLjdO
— Sonny Bunch (@SonnyBunch) July 14, 2017
Trump’s tweets are fully visible to anyone not logged into Twitter. Unless your purpose is to tweet him, this literally doesn’t affect you.
— neontaster (@neontaster) July 14, 2017
Snowflakes are so fragile. https://t.co/PjIJ4yQWX9
— David Starsky (@Dogtownz) July 14, 2017
— DEPLORABLE CHRIS (@DeplorableChri5) July 14, 2017
Being blocked by Trump isn’t hurting you at all. Log out and view.
Or perhaps, create another account like countless banned conservatives
— Aaron Lee Mathis (@aaronlmathis) July 14, 2017
Referring to yourself as a “public intellectual” is both hilarious and insufferably smug. How has the inability to tweet @ potus harmed you?
— Asher Ellsworth (@aeknipe) July 14, 2017
Hahahahahahahahahaha Hahahahahahahahahaha Hahahahahahahahahaha Hahahahahahahahahaha Hahahahahahahahahaha https://t.co/HGoo7azfdv
— Scarborough’s Hair™ (@EF517_V2) July 14, 2017
One person even offered a bit of advice:
Someone help this poor woman, who can’t figure out how to set up a side account and screenshot Trump’s tweets. https://t.co/goI5jSRfXr
— Brooke Rogers (@bkerogers) July 14, 2017
Trump is being sued by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, which advocates for free speech. White House press secretary Sean Spicer and Trump’s director of social media, Dan Scavino, are also named as defendants in the suit. The suit was filed in the Southern district of New York.
The plaintiffs allege that Trump’s personal Twitter account, which boasts nearly 34 million followers, is a public forum, and being blocked for their viewpoints is a violation of their First Amendment rights. Public forums are areas that typically receive the strongest First Amendment protects.
The plaintiffs seek to be unblocked from Trump’s personal Twitter account, in addition to Trump being barred from future banning over opposing viewpoints.
Posted in Donald Trump, Lawsuit, Politics, Twitter
Members of the mainstream media reacted with confusion and skepticism when a visitor to the White House posted a photograph of President Trump as faith leaders prayed over him, with a laying on of hands.
“Such an honor to pray within the Oval Office for [the president] & [the vice president],” the tweet read.
Such an honor to pray within the Oval Office for @POTUS & @VP . pic.twitter.com/JrDOSJyFeN
— Johnnie Moore ن (@JohnnieM) July 12, 2017
The post was composed by Johnnie Moore, a former senior vice president at Liberty University.
Anyone who is even remotely familiar with the history and traditions of Christianity recognizes the ritual of “laying on of hands” that is even recorded in the Bible.
Harris Faulkner discussed the reaction from the mainstream media on Fox News’ Outnumbered.
“Well there are actually some new questions on whether the mainstream media are out of touch with much of America, after this reaction to a photograph,” she explained. “Evangelical leaders lay their hands on President Trump as they prayed over him at the White House earlier this week.”
Erin Burnett of CNN was quoted in her reaction, which seemed to be out of ignorance of the existence of the ritual.
“Pretty stunning image, I mean, I’ll give you a quick peek at it,” Burnett said. “The president bowing his head in prayer in the Oval Office and all these people sort of touching him, it’s very strange, we’re gonna tell you what happened there.”
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com
Faulkner also cited the reporting from the progressive news site Huffington Post, where they question Trump’s faith while covering the story.
“Trump, who identifies as Presbyterian, has demonstrated a basic lack of understanding about the Christian faith,” the Huffpo writer said, “including what constitutes an evangelical. But his Christian supporters aren’t fazed.”
The author cited a report attributing confusion on the part of Trump about the distinction between Presbyterians and evangelicals. Another link went to a Huffpo article citing Biblical verses that were taken to be contradictory to policy items on Trump’s political agenda.
Conservative commentator Mark Steyn described the resistance of the left to “ostentatious” acts of faith on Outnumbered.
“There’s a secular elite that doesn’t like, it’s actually creeped out by ostentatious displays of faith. So a little kind of rump, residual, episcopalianism is like OK, but when you actually got laying on of hands, that’s, ‘Woah! That’s way too much, man!’” he exclaimed, throwing his hands up in mock pantomime.
Posted in Christian, Christianity, CNN, Donald Trump, Evangelicals, Evangelism, Mainstream Media, Politics, Religion, Trump
Former Vice President Al Gore said that the fight against global warming was just like the great moral causes in history, like abolishing slavery or the civil rights crusade of the 1960s. He made the comments in a speech at the EcoCity World Summit in Melbourne, Australia.
“The climate movement,” Gore said towards the end of his remarks, “is right now in the tradition of all the great moral causes that have improved the circumstances of humanity throughout our history. The abolition of slavery. Women’s suffrage and women’s rights.”
“The civil rights movement and the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa,” he continued. “The late Nelson Mandela said it was always impossible until it was done. The movement to stop the toxic phase of the nuclear arms race and more recently the gay rights movement.”
“Some of you may disagree with that. I don’t,” he said. “I did earlier in my life.”
“But all of these movements have one thing in common,” he explained. “They all have met with ferocious resistance and have generated occasional feelings of despair from those who knew the right direction and wondered whether we could ever get there.”
Gore also obliquely mentioned President Donald Trump during his speech. Trump has been a vehement critic of the global warming narrative, and at one point said it was a conspiracy created by China to undermine the United States.
“We are changing rapidly no matter what the person in the White House says,” Gore charged.
“This is a statement from Goldman Sachs,” he quoted, “The prices for batteries and solar panels will continue to drop. That will drive this transition regardless of who’s in the White House.”
“Can you imagine what I feel (about Trump?),” he added.
President Trump rescinded the United States’ commitment to the Paris Climate Treaty in June despite objections by Democrats and liberals like former Secretary of State John Kerry who called his action shameful.
Gore is promoting a sequel to his 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth about the theory of climate change and the threat it might pose to future generations.
Posted in Al Gore, Climate Change, Donald Trump, Environmentalist, Global Warming, Paris Climate Accord, Politics, Trump
A Democratic state congressman apologized Wednesday for an obscenity-laden rant against President Trump that appeared to physically threaten him as well. The Daily Caller obtained a screenshot of the lengthy tirade from Portland Rep. Scott Hamann.
“I just can’t deal with you ignorant people anymore,” the post on Facebook read. “Trump was installed by the Russians, because they wanted to undermine American democracy and embarrass our country. Mission accomplished. Trump is a joke, and anyone who doesn’t have their head up their a** understands that.”
“The way he talks about and to women,” he continued, “that alone disqualifies him from leading anything. He’s an admitted rapist. He inserts his fingers into women against their consent. Would you be okay with leaving him alone in a room with your wife?”
Hamaan went on to rant against Trump’s attacks against Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), and calling the president a racist and a liar. He said Obama ran, “quite possibly the classiest 2 term presidency in US history, no scandals, successful commander in chief, zero rape victims.”
“Well then **k you, snowflake. You’re a f**king p***y,” the post continued. “And you people are destroying America. Some of us are educated and actually follow current events. 100% of intelligent Americans agree that Trump is a complete loser. But go back to clinging to your guns because you’re afraid. P***y.”
“See, it’s not only Trump supporters who can talk like complete a**holes,” he concluded. “As long as that’s what’s coming out of that side, then I’ll match you dumb f***s word for word. Trump is a half term president, at most, especially if I ever get within 10 feet of that p***y.”
Hamann later said that he regretted the “aggressively sarcastic and inappropriate” post.
There was a call for a reduction in the heated rhetoric by politicians after the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and other Republicans by a Bernie Sanders supporter who posted vitriolic messages against Republicans on social media.
Recently Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin filed a lawsuit against the New York Times for falsely tying her to the 2011 shooting of Gabby Giffords by a mentally ill man obsessed with the former congresswoman.
Posted in Angry Liberals, Democrat, Donald Trump, Facebook, hate speech, Politics, President Donald Trump, Social Media, Trump
Fox News’ host Eric Bolling assailed the mainstream media for what he saw as a biased obsession with the Russian investigation. He made the comments Wednesday on his show The Specialists.
“Time to wake up, America,” Bolling began. “Last night we had a special 11pm live show the Fox News Specialists after dark, so to speak. Anyway during some very heated debate regarding Donald Trump Jr’s meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, I said collusion in and of itself is not illegal.
“Well the liberal media went apoplectic,” he explained. “But guess what, collusion isn’t illegal at all, and chatting about adoption policy certainly is not criminal. Politico magazine published a very nicely researched paper today highlighting several constitutional scholars and prosecutors who overwhelmingly agree with that thesis.”
“So, what’s all this hysteria about?” he asked. “I think I figured it out last night as well. This is a liberal media ‘witch hunt.’ A witch hunt not seen since Salem circa 1692.”
“Since the election the media have accused Trump of colluding with the Russians,” he continued, “they are totally invested in that narrative, completely invested in it. The problem is their investment is going belly up. For six months, the liberal media has delivered what they call ‘bombshell after bombshell.’”
“Well, guess what?” he said. “Bombshell after bombshell has fizzled out like a wet bottle rocket.”
“But the liberal media keeps on hunting for those witches,” he added. “They’ve become as pathetic as a Middle School boy with a crush on the cheerleader hoping for just once she agrees to date him.”
“Psst, liberal media?” he said mockingly, “she ain’t that into you.”
“So instead of beating that Russian dead horse,” he continued, “move on to something worth reporting – the economy are off the charts on fire, the borders are tightening, illegal immigration is way down, and ISIS is shaking in their sandals, waiting for another ‘mother of all bombs’ to be dropped on their you-know-whats.”
“Wake up liberal media, Trump is winning,” he concluded, “and I, for one, am totally not sick of winning yet.”
Bolling has been an outspoken defender of Trump on Fox News, first on The Five, and now on his show in the same time slot. Donald Trump Jr. gave the media more reason to obsess over the Russian collusion story when he released emails about his meeting where he hoped to obtain damaging information about Hillary Clinton from the Russian government.
Posted in Donald Trump, Eric Bolling, Mainstream Media, Media Bias, Politics, President Donald Trump, specialists, Trump
Sources told CNN Tuesday that Special Counsel Mueller will expand his investigation to included the meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer that was revealed by the New York Times.
The New York Times reported on the meeting on Saturday, after which Trump Jr. released a statement saying simply that they had talked about adoption services. When more details became available, Trump Jr. expanded his statement and admitted that he had gone to the meeting hoping to receive emails hacked from Hillary Clinton, but was misled to talk about adoption instead.
After Monday evening’s bombshell that the New York Times knew of an email proving Trump Jr. was told the meeting was behalf of the Russian government’s effort to defeat Hillary in favor of Trump. This forced Trump Jr. to release the emails publicly on his Twitter account Tuesday.
“The investigators working for Robert Mueller are now planning to investigate the meeting and exchanges,” CNN’s Manu Raju told Wolf Blitzer, “the email exchanges that Donald Trump Jr. today disclosed publicly.”
“The full details of the meeting and the interactions were not known to the FBI,” he explained. “The FBI has been looking at this, as you know, for about a year. But they didn’t know all of these interactions, at least, I’m told, until recently.”
“What’s happened more recently is that Jared Kushner the president’s son-in-law has amended his SF-86 form,” he added. “This is the form that he submitted to get a permanent security clearance from the FBI. As part of that process, Jared Kushner disclosed this meeting because he attended it, as you know, with Paul Manafort, the then-chairman of the campaign, as well as Don Junior.”
BREAKING: Robert Mueller’s investigators plan to examine the meeting and emails Donald Trump Jr. disclosed https://t.co/hllBAhlYoc pic.twitter.com/DhxKlxFsnj
— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) July 11, 2017
“It should be noted that the FBI has, in the past year, taken a look at Don Jr’s finances, his associations, as part of the broader look at whether or not there was any collusion or whether or not there’s any ties to Russia that crossed over into criminal territory,” Raju added.
Although Trump Jr. had vehemently denied any level of Russian collusion from the Trump campaign, an email he released from publicist Rob Goldstone said the meeting was about information from “Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.” However, defenders of the president’s son note that according to his account, no such information was actually exchanged.
Posted in Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Politics, President Donald Trump, Robert Mueller, Trump, Trump Jr Russia, Trump Jr. emails
Critics of President Trump and his administration spread an anonymously sourced New York Times report Monday that claimed Donald Trump Jr. was told the damaging information he was seeking on Hillary Clinton was from the Russian government.
MSNBC host Chris L. Hayes responded to the story, “This is smoking gun evidence of collusion, right?”
This is smoking gun evidence of collusion, right? https://t.co/KraYNekLyb
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) July 11, 2017
“Before arranging a meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer he believed would offer him compromising information about Hillary Clinton,” the New York Times report read, “Donald Trump Jr. was informed in an email that the material was part of a Russian government effort to aid his father’s candidacy, according to three people with knowledge of the email.”
The email was from publicist Rob Goldstone, according to the report, and made it clear that the information would be from an effort from the Russian government to aid Trump’s campaign to defeat Hillary Clinton.
However, the New York Times admits in their report that the email does not refer to the hacking of the DNC, which many believe was orchestrated by covert Russian government agents.
“There is no evidence to suggest that the promised damaging information was related to Russian government computer hacking that led to the release of thousands of Democratic National Committee emails,” it read.
In response to the first New York Times report published Saturday, Trump Jr. released a statement saying that they had spoken about adoption during the meeting. Then later, he admitted in a longer statement that he had gone to the meeting in hopes of receiving damaging information about Hillary Clinton.
“I was asked to have a meeting by an acquaintance I knew from the 2013 Miss Universe pageant with an individual who I was told might have information helpful to the campaign,” Trump Jr. said. “I was not told her name prior to the meeting. I asked Jared and Paul to attend, but told them nothing of the substance.”
‘We had a meeting in June 2016,” he continued. “After pleasantries were exchanged, the woman stated that she had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Ms. Clinton. Her statements were vague, ambiguous and made no sense. No details or supporting information was provided or even offered.”
“It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information,” he continued. “She then changed subjects and began discussing the adoption of Russian children and mentioned the Magnitsky Act. It became clear to me that this was the true agenda all along and that the claims of potentially helpful information were a pretext for the meeting.”
Trump Jr. said Monday that he would be willing to be questioned about the matter by the Senate Intelligence Committee after Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) called for the committee to interview him.
Happy to work with the committee to pass on what I know. https://t.co/tL47NOoteM
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 10, 2017
Posted in Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., New York Times, Politics, Russian collusion, Russian interference, The New York Times, Trump
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has come to the defense of Ivanka Trump after outcry over Ivanka briefly filling in for her father, President Donald Trump, at a G20 Summit event in Hamburg, Germany, last week.
When a picture showing Ivanka filling in for President Trump during a meeting at the G20 Summit surfaced Saturday, people lost their minds — and the move was even compared to something that happens in dictatorships.
Why the hell is Ivanka Trump sitting in for daddy at G20 meetings?! What are her qualifications? Who voted for her?
— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) July 8, 2017
This kind of thing happens all the time. In dictatorships. https://t.co/CKiLwhvjDz
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) July 8, 2017
The picture caused outrage because it showed Ivanka sitting with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Chinese President Xi Jinping. May and Jinping are world leaders, while Ivanka is only an adviser to her father.
To set the record straight, Ivanka didn’t sit in on an important economic or military panel. Instead, Ivanka only joined the world leaders when the president of the World Bank spoke about a women’s entrepreneurship fund that Ivanka spearheaded with the World Bank. Otherwise, Ivanka was sitting at the back of the room, according to a White House statement.
“Ivanka was sitting in the back and then briefly joined the main table when the president had to step out,” a White House official said.
But even if Ivanka had sat at the main table during other discussions, according to Merkel, who served as host of this year’s summit, it wouldn’t have made a difference.
“Ivanka Trump belonged to the American delegation, so that is in line with what other delegations do. And it is known that she works at the White House and carries responsibility for certain initiatives,” Merkel told reporters Saturday, according to the Associated Press.
Still, that didn’t stop some Democrats from criticizing Ivanka further. Ben Rhodes and Dan Pfeiffer, who both served in high-level roles in the Obama administration, admonished Ivanka on Twitter:
Sort of the whole point of America was that governmental authority was bestowed by the people not by birth https://t.co/2sE1a6Vlcr
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) July 8, 2017
If another G20 leader put their daughter or son in the chair we’d be talking about democratic backsliding.
— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) July 8, 2017
Posted in Angela Merkel, Donald Trump, G20 summit, Ivanka Trump, Politics
Australian Broadcasting Corporation reporter Chris Uhlmann delivered a long-winded assault on President Donald Trump while covering the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, this past week that’s now going viral and receiving rave reviews from liberals. But critics of Uhlmann, including many on the left, have said the tirade — and liberals’ support of it — is hypocritical, because Uhlmann is accused of having promoted some allegedly anti-Semitic views.
In Uhlmann’s rant, the award-winning political reporter described Trump as “an uneasy, lonely, awkward figure” who is obsessed with “burnishing his celebrity.”
“And we’ve also learned that [Trump] has no desire and no capacity to lead the world,” Uhlmann said in the report. “The G-20 became the G-19 as it ended. On the Paris climate accord, the U.S. was left isolated and friendless.”
“So where was the G-20 statement condemning North Korea, which would have put pressure on China and Russia?” Uhlmann added, criticizing Trump. “Other leaders expected it. They were prepared to back it, but it never came.”
“There’s a tendency among some hopeful souls to confuse the speeches written for Trump with the thoughts of the man himself,” Uhlmann continued. “He did make some interested scripted observations in Poland about defending the values of the West, and he’s in a unique position. He’s the one man who has the power to do something about it. But it’s the unscripted Trump that’s real; a man who barks out bile in 140 characters, who wastes his precious days as president at war with the West’s institutions like the judiciary, independent government agencies and the free press.”
Brad Jaffy, NBC News’ nightly news editor, called the rant “a searing assessment” of Trump.
Wow. A searing assessment of the President of the United States by political editor @CUhlmann of Australia’s ABC. pic.twitter.com/TnfUwAPkOP
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) July 9, 2017
Widely published left-wing writer Yashar Ali wrote, “Wow. This analysis of Trump from an Australian reporter is quite something. Watch the whole clip.”
Wow. This analysis of Trump from an Australian reporter is quite something. Watch the whole clip. pic.twitter.com/u0mroeWD3W
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) July 9, 2017
However, critics of Uhlmann were quick to note he has made some controversial comments in the past that some say are anti-Semitic.
In an op-ed published in February for The Australian, Uhlmann described the “intellectual virus” of Marxism, which he says was spread throughout America by Jewish academics:
As social projects go, this wasteland was a tough sell, but neo-Marxists are nothing if not dogged. They built critical theory as a vehicle for change and began the deconstruction of the West.
Frankfurt School academics fleeing Adolf Hitler’s Germany transmitted the intellectual virus to the US and set about systematically destroying the culture of the society that gave them sanctuary.
America’s freedom of speech was its achilles heel. Critical theorists were given university pulpits and a constitutionally ordained right to preach, grinding its foundation stones to dust. Since 1933 they have been hellbent on destroying the village to save it.
Uhlmann’s belief that Jewish academics are largely responsible for the spread of a specific strand of Marxism that attacked culture has been called anti-Semitic by some, leading a number of liberals to question whether the left should be “fawning” over Uhlmann.
“Here’s that Aussie TV guy everyones [sic] fawning over, saying Jewish intellectuals transmitted a virus destroying America,” BuzzFeed Editor Tom Gara wrote on Twitter.
Here’s that Aussie TV guy everyones fawning over, saying Jewish intellectuals transmitted a virus destroying America https://t.co/5MRe5UY55e pic.twitter.com/lJfFiZPW8x
— Tom Gara (@tomgara) July 9, 2017
“[R]eminder that ABC political editor Chris Uhlmann believes the Jews infected the US with communism,” Eleanor Robertson, a columnist for The Guardian (Australia), wrote. “[T]his is what he actually thinks.”
Robertson also accused Uhlmann of peddling “antisemitic cultural marxism conspiracy” theories.
reminder that ABC political editor Chris Uhlmann believes the Jews infected the US with communism. this is what he actually thinks pic.twitter.com/QXH7a4Sqqb
— Eleanor Robertson (@marrowing) July 9, 2017
Posted in 2017 G20, Donald Trump, G20 summit, Media
John Bolton said the Syrian ceasefire deal President Donald Trump made in his meeting with Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin sounded very much like deals made by former President Barack Obama’s administration. He explained his skepticism Friday on Fox News to guest host Laura Ingraham.
“I’m very nervous about this for two reasons,” he said of the ceasefire deal.
“One, on the broad level,” he explained, “I think it was a mistake for Barack Obama to acquiesce in greater Russian presence militarily in Syria. I understand the physical reality now. But this deal goes a long way towards politically acquiescing and legitimizing that Russian presence, and I think that’s a mistake, number one.”
“Number two, I’m not at all sure that this ceasefire,” he continued, “assuming it holds, and that’s a big assumption, doesn’t mostly benefit the Assad regime. In other words, it gives them some column on this particular front, to enable them to move forward on another front.”
“Well Tillerson’s not gonna be rolled over on this either,” Ingraham challenged, “you think Tillerson or [the] secretary of defense is gonna go along with something they think is completely unworkable? I mean they’re pretty involved in all of this. Not so much Mattis, but certainly Tillerson was, and what he said was looks like we can build on this conversation for future progress.”
“What bothers me about it more than anything else,” Bolton responded, “it sounds exactly like the Obama administration’s position.”
“The secretary of state then went on to say, we expect Assad to leave, we’ll have a transition period, we haven’t quite worked out the details, how that’s going to happen,” Bolton laughed.
“The Russians are never gonna acquiesce in Assad leaving, as they have not for the past six years,” he explained, “if it endangers their presence in Syria.”
Bolton began the segment saying that the fact Trump opened the negotiations with Russian meddling means that the collusion issue is completely over. Bolton also pointed out that Putin looked Trump in the eye and lied to him about their meddling in our election, saying that this should be a lesson for the Trump administration moving ahead.
“It’s very significant as a learning experience, both for the president and the former head of Exxon,” Bolton said, referring to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. “You can have good talks with people who lie to you, it happens all the time.”
Trump announced the Syrian ceasefire agreement after his meeting with Putin during the G-20 economic summit Friday. The administration indicated that Trump brought up the issue of election interference with the Russian president, but they differed on what was said. The Kremlin said the U.S. president accepted Putin’s denial of any meddling.
Posted in Donald Trump, John Bolton, Politics, President Donald Trump, Syria, Syrian Civil War, Trump, Vladimir Putin, Vladimir Putin Trump G20
A body language expert told the BBC what she thought of the interactions between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin during their highly anticipated meeting Friday.
Mary Civiello gave her assessment of three different signals that the world leaders gave during their highly anticipated meeting.
“You get the feeling that they’re both very self-confident, alpha males, but their body language [is] very very different,” Civiello said.
“Very interesting right from the get-go,” she added. “Look very carefully at that handshake, something that Trump has paid a lot of attention to.”
“They had an equal handshake,” she explained, “it wasn’t one on top or dominant than the other. But what was interesting is that Trump then got a leg up by putting an arm under Putin. That’s a dominant move.”
“If you’re meeting somebody that you’re a little cowed by,” she continued, “or you’re a little unsure of yourself with, you would never add an extra reach or touch under their arm. And then he doubled down on that move when they were side by side and Trump puts his arm on Putin’s back. Again, a dominant move.”
“The first thing I noticed when they were seated in those chairs was that Trump was far more comfortable than Putin,” Civiello said. “Putin of course is much shorter than Trump and he’s smaller in that chair. So it appeared that Putin was trying to compensate by putting his arms akimbo on the sides of the chair.”
“Trump, forget that!” she exclaimed. “He leans forward with his arms on his knees, very much kind of a macho move. And then if you’ll notice his hands were kind of in a steeple position.”
“Whereas if you go back with Putin,” she added, “at one point [he’s] kinda ringing one finger then ringing another finger. Again, this looks like an unsure or nervous body position.”
“When Trump talks or addresses the crowd, complete eye contact,” she explained, “when he looked over at Putin, eye contact with him.”
“Putin on the other hand, not great eye contact at all, looking down most of the time, and then glancing up at the end,” she concluded. “It gives us the feeling that he either doesn’t really want to be there, perhaps he is nervous or sees this as kinda useless, and he can’t wait to get in the back room.”
The meeting between the two global leaders came occurred during the G-20 economic summit on Friday. The White House indicated that Trump brought up the subject of Russian meddling in the U.S. election, while the Kremlin claimed that the president accepted Putin’s insistence that there was no interference, contradicting his account.
Posted in Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Politics, Trump, Vladimir Putin
A new poll from NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist shows that Americans trust President Trump much more than they trust the media. The poll was conducted from June 21 to June 25.
While 30 percent of adults said they trusted in the media, 37 percent said they trusted in the Trump administration. While this is historically low trustworthiness for a presidency, its also very low for the media.
Trump has made it a special focus of his to bash the mainstream media that he believes is unfairly biased against him while giving Democrats and leftists a free pass.
Recently the feud escalated when Trump tweeted an animated image some say incited violence against CNN. CNN responded by allegedly threatening to reveal the identity of the image creator, who was a Trump supporter.
The poll also found that the intelligence community got high marks from Americans, with a trustworthy rating of 60%, while Congress continues to get low ratings, with only 29% trusting the legislature.
Americans are very divided on the trustworthiness of opinion polls, this opinion poll said. While half of Democrats believe they are trustworthy (50 percent), only 28% of Republicans believe opinion polls are trustworthy.
Trump has targeted the intelligence community and news media opinion polls for his Twitter ire in the past.
Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to “leak” into the public. One last shot at me.Are we living in Nazi Germany?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
Any negative polls are fake news, just like the CNN, ABC, NBC polls in the election. Sorry, people want border security and extreme vetting.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 6, 2017
The polls shows many more Americans believe that there was a loss of civility in politics after Trump was elected, than there were that said the same after former President Obama’s election. While only 35 percent said civility had declined in a Gallup poll after Obama’s election, twice as many, 70 percent, said the same thing of Trump’s election.
An online poll recently found that more Americans trusted the CNN news network than they trusted Trump, by a measure of 50 percent to 43 percent.
Posted in Donald Trump, Mainstream Media, Media Bias, Politics, Poll, poll survey, Polling, President Donald Trump, Trump
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) took to his Twitter account to explain why CNN might have committed a crime when they threatened to expose the identity of a Reddit user to created an animated video the president later tweeted.
The public furor over the controversy has prompted some to wonder if CNN committed an act of extortion or coercion.
A user of the Reddit social media platform claimed that he was the creator of the animated video the president tweeted intended to mock CNN, but some called an incitement to violence.
#FraudNewsCNN #FNN pic.twitter.com/WYUnHjjUjg
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2017
CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski said that he figured out the man’s identity by using autobiographical details he had left in his social media footprint. He contacted the man on Monday, but before they communicated, he deleted his online posts and published a lengthy apology.
CNN’s article on the event implied that if the man continued in his online trolling that they would reconsider revealing his identity. Kaczynski has vigorously denied the charge that they bullied him into apologizing or that they had ever threatened him.
“Troubling,” Cruz tweeted about the story. “I assume CNN’s lawyers are examining GA § 16-8-16 Theft by extortion. If CNN constructively obtained the gif-maker’s IP… it’s a GA crime if they threatened to ‘Disseminate any information tending to subject any person to hatred, contempt, or ridicule….’”
Cruz later tweeted another law that CNN might have broken.
“Another relevant crim law: NY § 135.60: ‘A person is guilty of coercion in the second degree when he…induces a person… to abstain from engaging in conduct in which he…has a legal right to engage…by means of instilling…a fear…the actor will… Expose a secret or publicize an asserted fact, whether true or false, tending to subject some person to hatred, contempt or ridicule..”
The backlash to CNN’s actions came not only from the right, from also from some on the left who said that it was thoroughly unethical for a journalist to bully the subject of a story.
Posted in CNN, Donald Trump, GIF, Mainstream Media, Media Bias, Politics, President Donald Trump, Reddit, Trump, Trump tweets, Twitter
United States Ambassador the United Nations Nikki Haley warned that North Korea would be in danger of military retaliation if they continued their aggressive acts, but pointed to other options the Trump administration had before them. She made the comments in a fiery speech before the United Nations Wednesday.
“Make no mistake, North Korea’s launch of an ICBM is a clear and sharp military escalation,” she said.
“The North Korean regime openly states that its missiles are intended to deliver nuclear weapons to strike cities in the United States, South Korea and Japan,” she explained. “And now it has greater capacity to do so.”
“In truth,” she continued, “it is not only the United States and our allies that are threatened. North Korea’s destabilizing escalation is a threat to all nations in the region and beyond. Their actions are quickly closing off the possibility of a diplomatic solution. The United States is prepared to use the full range of our capabilities to defend ourselves and our allies.”
“One of our capabilities lies with our considerable military forces,” Haley said. “We will use them if we must, but we prefer not to have to go in that direction.”
“We have other methods of addressing those who threaten us,” she explained, “and of addressing those who supply the threats. We have great capabilities in the area of trade. President Trump has spoken repeatedly about this. I spoke with him at length about it this morning. There are countries that are allowing, even encouraging, trade with North Korea in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions.”
“Such countries would also like to continue their trade arrangements with the United States,” Haley continued.
“That’s not gonna happen,” she said declaratively.
“Our attitude on trade changes when do not take international security threats seriously,” she concluded.
President Trump appeared to confirm Haley’s warning when he tweeted this morning about the economic options before the United States in dealing with North Korea.
The United States made some of the worst Trade Deals in world history.Why should we continue these deals with countries that do not help us?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 5, 2017
Trade between China and North Korea grew almost 40% in the first quarter. So much for China working with us – but we had to give it a try!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 5, 2017
“Trade between China and North Korea grew almost 40% in the first quarter,” the president tweeted. “So much for China working with us – but we had to give it a try!”
In campaign speeches before the election, then-candidate Trump had suggested pressuring China to force North Korea to de-escalate the situation in the Korean peninsula. After touting initial success with diminished coal shipments from North Korea to China in exchange for improved trade, the president later concluded the deal was a failure.
North Korea test launched an intercontinental ballistic missile Tuesday, which they claimed could reach Alaska. U.S. officials confirmed many of their claims, but said they did not yet consider their missile capabilities a threat.
Posted in Donald Trump, Nikki Haley, North Korea, North Korea aggression, Politics, Trump, United Nations
The Sheriff of Orange County, California, said that the state’s new proposed “sanctuary state” bill is “very political,” “anti-Trump,” and would endanger residents. The sanctuary state bill would extend “sanctuary city” policies to apply to the entire state, and order all authorities to not cooperate with immigration officials seeking to capture illegal aliens.
“The public’s gonna be angry at the sheriff,” said Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens. “And they should be. If I had the ability to protect them and I did not.”
“It’s very political, it’s anti-Trump,” she said of the sanctuary state policies. “For me, you have to think about what’s best for Californians, instead of making a statement.”
In February, Hutchens met with officials of the Trump administration to press for greater cooperation on immigration enforcement. She was praised by President Trump publicly for her efforts.
“I believe that this sanctuary state thing is really just absurd,” said Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood. “To give people sanctuary who are criminals.” Youngblood has asked county officials to declare Kern County a “law and order” county, not a “sanctuary” county.
“What I can tell ya is that there’s a greater cooperation between local law enforcement and their federal partners than there ever was,” he told CNN’s Kyung Lah.
“How do you view that greater cooperation?” Lah asked.
“Well I think it’s a very positive thing for our communities,” Youngblood replied. “From my standpoint, it’s just absolutely crazy to look at some of the bills that come out of there.”
Sheriffs side with Trump’s stance on sanctuary cities@KyungLahCNN has the report. https://t.co/uU7K19g1U4
— OutFrontCNN (@OutFrontCNN) July 4, 2017
State officials who are pushing the sanctuary state policies disagree. Advocates of the policies say they help reduce crime by encouraging all residents, legal and otherwise, to report crime instead of hiding from police.
“I don’t think it’s crazy at all because what I want to do is make sure we don’t increase crime,” said California State Senator Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles), the author of the bill. “You will increase crime if local police officers are actually acting as cogs of the Trump deportation machine.”
Lah said the sanctuary state law would be a message to residents of California as well as a message to Washington D.C. from the Democrats who control the state government.
“No where in my lifetime have I ever felt this real insecurity with the current president of the United States, who I believe is a very clear and present danger,” DeLeon concluded.
Senate Bill 54 would institute the “sanctuary state” policies, and is still being debated in the California state legislature.
Posted in California, California politics, Donald Trump, Illegal Immigration, Politics, President Donald Trump, sanctuary cities, Sanctuary Policy, Trump
A CNN panel completely imploded Sunday afternoon when a discussion over President Donald Trump’s controversial tweets descended into a shouting match.
Trump ignited controversy Sunday when he tweeted a video of himself literally taking down “CNN.” The video was from a WrestleMania appearance Trump made back in 2007. But CNN’s logo was superimposed on one of the wrestler’s heads, and Trump took that wrestler to the ground and began beating him.
Many have accused Trump of inciting violence against the media with his tweet. CNN political commentator Ana Navarro said Trump’s tweets will cause someone to murder a member of the media, while others called for his impeachment. Trump was even compared to brutal dictators for his tweets.
But Trump’s supporters said Sunday that the tweet was a mere joke and shouldn’t cause alarm. CNN political commentator Kayleigh McEnany hammered home that point Sunday during a panel with CNN anchor Brian Stetler and liberal CNN political commentator Sally Kohn.
“I think it was intended as a tongue-in-cheek, satirical video. Nothing serious,” McEnany said, explaining, however, that she wouldn’t have advised the president to tweet the video.
McEnany explained that she believes Trump definitely has a right to criticize the media. After all, according to Trump and his supporters, the media is biased against Trump, so he has a right to defend himself.
Indeed, according to a Harvard study, more than 90 percent of CNN’s coverage of Trump during his first 100 days as president was negative. That’s in addition to the wild anti-Trump political rhetoric that has dominated the news since he was elected president last November.
But Kohn took serious issue with McEnany’s point.
“I actually can’t believe that this is happening. But, um, it was Donald Trump who said Barack Obama wasn’t a citizen of this country. It was Republicans who said he had a Kenyan-colonialist mindset that literally questioned his legitimacy to even be in the White House,” Kohn said.
When McEnany tried to respond, Kohn completely went off.
“I can’t believe you can defend this! I mean, really?” she questioned. “Is there, is there…so my question is there no line? Like, if that had been a picture not of a CNN logo…but it had been Jake Tapper’s head he was punching, would that cross a line for you? What if it was a picture of Donald Trump holding a bloodied CNN logo up?”
“When does it cross the line?!” Kohn screamed.
“Sally, you appear to have a listening problem, Sally,” McEnany responded. “Because I said it was not advisable for him to send that out.”
“And you defended it!” Kohn shot back. “And you defended it. You said it was just a joke.”
“I said it was not advisable,” McEnany reiterated. “Yes it was just a joke. And by the way, you should take an inward look because the Hollywood liberal elite are the ones calling for the assassination of the president.”
McEnany was referring to Hollywood superstar Johnny Depp, who recently came under fire after he appeared to call for the assassination of Trump. Depp later apologized.
“There is a difference—” Kohn tried to say several times as she and McEnany talked over one another as McEnany cited many instances where liberals appeared to support violence being used against Trump.
Watch the explosive exchange below:
Trump has ramped up his rhetoric against the media on Twitter in recent days to previously unseen levels. On Saturday, he labeled CNN “garbage journalism” and slammed MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough. He even labeled Brzezinski “dumb as a rock Mika.”
Also on Saturday, Trump said he would change his nickname of CNN from “fake news CNN” to “fraud news CNN.”
Posted in CNN, Donald Trump, Kayleigh McEnany, Media, Sally Kohn, watch
President Donald Trump is a fan of Twitter, and he loves to use his Twitter account to speak directly to his followers and America.
But since becoming president, Trump has come under fire for the way he uses his account. Prior to becoming president, it was normal for Trump to fire off tweets critical of the media or tweets that criticized people by name. Some believe Trump’s tweets are evidence he’s not fit for office, while others shrug them off because it’s normal for him.
However, after some controversial remarks directed at MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski this week, Trump found a way to take his Twitter criticisms to new heights on Saturday.
He began Saturday by wishing Canadians a happy Canada Day. Then he criticized NBC for firing Greta Van Susteren from her MSNBC show, remarking that Susteren was fired because she refused to “go along w/ ‘Trump hate!’”
Next, Trump hit the dozens of states refusing to turn over voter information to the Trump administration’s panel investigating voter fraud. “What are they trying to hide?” Trump asked.
Then Trump issued one of his most poignant criticisms of CNN to date.
“I am extremely pleased to see that @CNN has finally been exposed as #FakeNews and garbage journalism. It’s about time!” the president wrote.
I am extremely pleased to see that @CNN has finally been exposed as #FakeNews and garbage journalism. It’s about time!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2017
To round out his Saturday morning tweet storm, Trump took one final slash at Scarborough and Brzezinski.
“Crazy Joe Scarborough and dumb as a rock Mika are not bad people, but their low rated show is dominated by their NBC bosses. Too bad!” Trump wrote.
Crazy Joe Scarborough and dumb as a rock Mika are not bad people, but their low rated show is dominated by their NBC bosses. Too bad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2017
But Trump wasn’t done there. Just after 6 p.m. EST Saturday evening, Trump issued a three-tweet tirade against CNN, probably the news network that he criticizes the most for being “fake news” outside of “the failing” New York Times.
Trump was responding to people who criticized his direct use of social media to air out his grievances.
“The FAKE & FRAUDULENT NEWS MEDIA is working hard to convince Republicans and others I should not use social media – but remember, I won…the 2016 election with interviews, speeches and social media. I had to beat #FakeNews, and did. We will continue to WIN!” Trump wrote.
“I am thinking about changing the name #FakeNews CNN to #FraudNewsCNN!” he added.
The FAKE & FRAUDULENT NEWS MEDIA is working hard to convince Republicans and others I should not use social media – but remember, I won….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2017
….the 2016 election with interviews, speeches and social media. I had to beat #FakeNews, and did. We will continue to WIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2017
I am thinking about changing the name #FakeNews CNN to #FraudNewsCNN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2017
He then followed those tweets up with another that reiterated the fact that he will continue to use social media to communicate directly with Americans:
My use of social media is not Presidential – it’s MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL. Make America Great Again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2017
After lashing out at Brzezinski on Twitter this week, one member of Congress, Democrat Shelia Jackson Lee (Texas), called on Trump to resign.
Posted in CNN, Donald Trump, Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Politics, Twitter
President Trump shot back at MSNBC Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski with more tweet accusations Friday morning, but Scarborough says he has evidence to refute him.
The disagreement arose over a claim made in a scathing Washington Post article written by Scarborough and his fiancee Brzezinski questioning the mental fitness of the president. In the post, they say that White House aides repeatedly called them to warn them that a damaging story would be published in The Inquirer unless they apologized to Trump. They say they refused.
But Trump gave his version of the story on Twitter, saying,”FAKE NEWS. He called me to stop a National Enquirer article. I said no! Bad show[.]”
Watched low rated @Morning_Joe for first time in long time. FAKE NEWS. He called me to stop a National Enquirer article. I said no! Bad show
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 30, 2017
Scarborough shot back that the president was lying, and that he had proof.
“Yet another lie,” he tweeted. “I have texts from your top aides and phone records. Also, those records show I haven’t spoken with you in many months.”
Yet another lie. I have texts from your top aides and phone records. Also, those records show I haven’t spoken with you in many months. https://t.co/TZWiElo6Gs
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) June 30, 2017
The New York Magazine said sources told them a story that fit Trump’s version more closely. “In mid-April, Scarborough texted with Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner about the pending Enquirer story,” they reported. “Kushner told Scarborough that he would need to personally apologize to Trump in exchange for getting Enquirer owner David Pecker to stop the story. (A spokesperson for Kushner declined to comment).”
But whether Scarborough has personal evidence, MSNBC told a Politico reporter they would not be releasing whatever proof they have.
“Why do you keep lying about things that are so easily disproven?” Scarborough added. “What is wrong with you?”
Why do you keep lying about things that are so easily disproven? What is wrong with you? https://t.co/aAoUj5HYZS
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) June 30, 2017
Posted in Donald Trump, Joe and Mika, Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Morning Joe, Politics, President Donald Trump, Trump
Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke defended President Trump and went after those on the right who were criticizing his twitter attack on Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough in a tweet posted Thursday.
“People on the right criticizing
@realDonaldTrump for his tweet on Crazy Mika and Psycho Joe, stop yourselves,” he posted.
People on the right criticizing @realDonaldTrump for his tweet on Crazy Mika and Psycho Joe, stop yourselves. Those two are evil as is CNN. pic.twitter.com/dC6iXFUHrG
— David A. Clarke, Jr. (@SheriffClarke) June 29, 2017
“Those two are evil as is CNN,” he concluded of the Morning Joe hosts.
The news cycle was upturned against by two tweets posted by Trump this morning in response to intense criticism from Morning Joe’s Scarborough and Brzezinski.
“I heard poorly rated
@Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came..,” he posted in on tweet.
“…to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!” he continued in a second missive.
I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 29, 2017
…to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 29, 2017
The personal attack rankled many on left and right, and has been condemned by many politicians. Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) said, “The American people need us to be focused on health care and tax reform, not Twitter fights and cable news.”
Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.) said,” This is not okay. As a female in politics I am often criticized for my looks. We should be working to empower women.”
Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) tweeted, “This has to stop – we all have a job – 3 branches of gov’t and media. We don’t have to get along, but we must show respect and civility.”
Sheriff Clarke recently rescinded his acceptance of an offer from President Trump to join his administration on the Office of Homeland Security. He had been accused of plagiarism by CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski over the lack of citations in his master’s thesis at the Naval Postgraduate School, a charge which Clarke called “electronic terrorism.”
Posted in David Clarke, Donald Trump, Politics, real donald trump, Trump
A report from the Wall Street Journal claims that a Republican researcher attempted to obtain hacked emails from the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign during the election, and that he believed Mike Flynn was tied to the effort. Peter W. Smith, the operative, died 10 days after speaking to the Journal about his claim.
GOP operative sought Clinton emails from hackers, implied a connection to Flynn https://t.co/CBZLBFcjch
— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) June 29, 2017
The report says Smith implied to associates that Flynn was somehow associated with the attempt to obtain hacked emails. Flynn was a senior advisor to Trump at the time.
The Journal quoted Eric York, an Atlanta-area computer-security expert, who said Smith told him Flynn was interested in their efforts. “He said, ‘I’m talking to Michael Flynn about this—if you find anything, can you let me know?’” York told the Journal.
The White House denied to comment on the story, while a Trump campaign official denied Smith ever worked for the campaign in any capacity and that Flynn would have been operating as as a “private individual” if he had any contact with Smith.
Smith himself admitted he did not work for the Trump campaign.
In the interview with the Journal, Smith claimed he knew of five groups of hackers who said they had Clinton’s emails, and of those he believed two were Russian sources. Smith was focused on obtaining the 33,000 deleted emails that were absent from those turned over to the State Department because they were of a “personal nature.”
The Journal admits that Smith gave no evidence for his belief that the emails still existed and were in the possession of hackers. Smith was 81 years old when he died in May after speaking to the Journal.
Mike Flynn resigned as the national security advisor to President Trump when it was discovered that he misled Vice President Mike Pence about his meeting with a Russian ambassador. He has since been accused of also misleading U.S. officials about his various ties with foreign governments, including Russia and Turkey.
Posted in Clinton Emails, Donald Trump, General Michael Flynn, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Emails, Politics, President Donald Trump, Trump
President Donald Trump told reporters asking about the Republican health care bill that he had a big “surprise” in store for them. He made the short comments as he was hosting the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs at the Oval Office Wednesday.
“Does anybody want to see the Oval Office?” he asked the group of professional baseball players, who laughed and answered affirmatively. “We’ll leave them behind,” he said, referring to the press.
Trump: “Health care is working along very well … big surprise … I think you’re gonna have a great, great surprise. It’s gonna be great.” pic.twitter.com/JLXrEdv4FC
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) June 28, 2017
“And just to do a little official business,” Trump said, addressing the media, “health care is working along very well.”
“We’re gonna have a big surprise with a great health care package,” he told them, “now they’re happy.”
“We’re gonna have a great, great surprise,” he said, walking away as the reporters asked about his revelation.
Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that he had reached a break through idea with the president of splitting up the bill in order to help it pass Congress. A health care bill drafted by Republicans passed the House of Representatives narrowly, but the Senate decided to draw up their own from scratch.
The bills have been derided on both sides, from conservative Republicans who say it’s merely “Obamacare lite” and doesn’t do enough to repeal Obamacare, to liberal Democrats who say it will literally kill thousands of Americans.
Bette Midler went so far as to equate it to Syrian dictator Bashar Assad gassing his own citizens, while Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) said that the House version of the bill would bring “death, pain and suffering.”
Posted in American Health Care ACt, Donald Trump, Health Care, Obamacare, Obamacare repeal, Politics, President Donald Trump, Repeal and Replace, Trump
Right-wing firebrand Ann Coulter related her disappointment with President Donald Trump in a blog post that also mocked Sean Hannity for allegedly censoring her criticism on his show.
Coulter appeared on Sean Hannity’s show but said that her comments criticizing the presence of former Goldman Sachs’ executives were cut out of the show. Hannity responded on Twitter that they had merely ran out of time on the show and cut her comments for brevity’s sake.
I have done more to help promote you and your books which I like over the years. No CONSPIRACY. THERE ARE TIME CONSTRAINTS ON TV. https://t.co/zhem0bIGFd
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) June 24, 2017
Coulter did not appear to accept the explanation in her blog post published Wednesday.
“Sean Hannity, bless his heart,” she writes, “has the zeal of the late Trump convert. He would endorse communism if Trump decided to implement the policies of “The Communist Manifesto.” (Which the GOP’s health care bill actually does!)”
On his show last Thursday, he tried to get me to defend Trump’s “rich person” remarks about Cohn. I wish you could see the segment, but, unfortunately, Hannity decided no one would ever see it — NOT, I hasten to add, because he would ever censor criticism of Trump, but simply because he ran out of time.
In a pre-taped interview. It was a time problem. (It may not be evident to most viewers, but three minutes MUST be left at the end of every Hannity show for Nerf football throwing.)
Coulter also warned Trump that the influence of Wall Street was one of the few things that could erode the faith of his otherwise unshakeable supporters. She cited a recent focus group with voters from Macomb County in Michigan.
However, one fact, and one fact only, shook their faith: when they were told that his Cabinet was “full of campaign donors, Goldman Sachs bankers (bailed out by the taxpayers) and people who use undocumented workers in their homes.”
Hearing that, these devoted Trump voters called him “two-faced,” a “puppet” and sadly remarked, “It’s going to be a lot of the same old garbage.”
Trump knows this. His guilty conscience propelled him to stray from his standard rally speech in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, last week, and go into what seemed like an endless soliloquy on his chief economic adviser, Goldman Sachs’ Gary Cohn. (Not to be confused with his Treasury Secretary, Goldman Sachs’ Steve Mnuchin, or his deputy national security adviser, Goldman Sachs’ Dina Powell. These are the people the media call the “grown-ups” in Trump’s administration.)
The Cedar Rapids crowd was thrilled to see Trump. They would have cheered his tie. They would have cheered the humidity. But his lengthy disquisition on Cohn? Crickets.
President Trump has not weighed in on the feud or the controversy over what Coulter sees as oversized influence in his administration by Wall Street.
Posted in Ann Coulter, Donald Trump, Goldman Sachs, Politics, Sean Hannity, Trump, U.S. cabinet
The Department of Justice has conceded their case against the Redskins football team to rescind their trademark rights. The Obama administration had sought to revoke their rights because the team name was perceived as an insult to Native Americans.
A recent ruling from the Supreme Court spelled certain doom for the case against the Washington Redskins.
In the case of Matal v. Tam, an Asian-American music band was denied a trademark right because their band name included a racial epithet. But “The Slants” band leader Simon Tam sued the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and won a unanimous decision when the case went to the Supreme Court.
The patent office claimed the band name violated their rule against trademarks that “disparage … persons, living or dead, institutions, beliefs, or national symbols, or bring them into contempt, or disrepute.”
The Supreme Court ruled sided with Tam, who said the intension of the name was not to insult or offend anyone.
And the Department of Justice shut down their case against the Washington Redskins in light of the Supreme Court decision.
“The Supreme Court’s decision in Matal v. Tam controls the disposition of this case,” Justice Department Civil Division attorney Mark Freeman wrote. “Consistent with Tam, the Court should reverse the judgment of the district court and remand the case with instructions to enter judgment in favor of Pro-Football.”
Civil liberty advocates hailed the Supreme Court decision as a victory for free speech and the Constitution.
A recent poll of Native Americans by the Washington Post revealed a majority did not find the team name offensive.
Posted in Barack Obama, civil liberties, Donald Trump, Free Speech, patent, Redskin Nation, Redskins, Sports, trademark, Trump
Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore showed just how much he supports the controversial Shakespeare performance that featured a Trump-like figure being assassinated by posting a check on his social media account.
It was made in the amount of $10,000 to “the Public Theater.”
So here’s my donation & sponsorship to The Public’s Shakespeare in the Park in support of their right to free speech pic.twitter.com/obmzrpJAtD
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) June 27, 2017
“So here’s my donation & sponsorship to The Public’s Shakespeare in the Park in support of their right to free speech,” he explained in the tweet.
The controversial performance of “Julius Caesar” has been cited by many right-wing outlets as the exemplar of left-wing hate speech and hysterical rhetoric. Others have pointed out that there was a performance in 2012 of the same play with Julius Caesar as an Obama-like figure, and there was no similar outrage then.
Moore explained that he was donating the proceeds from his Broadway play because the outrage had caused corporate donors to pull out of their support for the Shakespeare performance.
I’m donating my total advance pay from my B’way show to Shakespeare in the Park after conservative media bullied Corp sponsors 2 pull out
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) June 27, 2017
Right-wing media attacked free showings of Julius Caesar cause they said tone was “anti-Trump.” So Bank of America & Delta dropped funding.
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) June 27, 2017
Moore encouraged others to donate to the performance in the name of free speech.
Please join me in supporting Shakespeare in the Park. Stand for free speech. Donate here: https://t.co/T2WYaxkcVu https://t.co/uoCPMosdlr
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) June 27, 2017
The stage play was disturbed by far-right protesters who screamed at the actors that they were acting like Nazis.
Other performances of Shakespeare in the Park in different cities have reported death threats from Trump supporters who mistook those plays for the one in New York City.
Critics of the outrage point out that part of the moral of the play was that chaos and disaster ensue when law and order is disturbed by the assassination of Julius Caesar, which would be the opposite of encouraging the killing of such political leaders.
Moore has been a vehement detractor of President Trump, at point even suggesting that a military widow shouldn’t have let him use her grief for his aggrandizement at his speech before a joint session of Congress.
Posted in Donald Trump, julius caesar, Michael Moore, Politics, President Donald Trump, Shakespeare, Shakespeare in the Park, Trump
With only one week remaining before the Supreme Court wraps up for the summer break, rumors about the possible retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy are running wild.
According to multiple reports, people close to Kennedy have said they believe the 80-year-old justice is considering stepping down soon. The Associated Press cited in a report on Saturday “several” former law clerks who said they think Kennedy might only have a year left.
Rumors of Kennedy’s possible departure have been floating around for more than a year, but they have grown much stronger in recent months after a reunion between Kennedy and his law clerks was rescheduled to occur this year. The reunion was originally scheduled for next year.
A former law clerk for Kennedy, George Washington University law professor Orin Kerr, confirmed on Friday that rumors have been circulating about Kennedy’s retirement, writing on Twitter, “Soon we’ll know if rumors of Kennedy’s retirement are accurate …”
Some have said the rumors are unfounded, pointing to the fact Kennedy has already hired his law clerks for the fall term, but those believing a retirement could soon be in the works have said that Kennedy’s announcement could come soon, while the retirement might not happen until 2018.
In May, when rumors first started picking up about a possible retirement, multiple outlets reached out to Kennedy, who refused to comment.
The Washington Times asked Trump in May what he thought of the rumors.
“I don’t know,” Trump said. “I have a lot of respect for Justice Kennedy, but I just don’t know. I don’t like talking about it. I’ve heard the same rumors that a lot of people have heard. And I have a lot of respect for that gentleman, a lot.”
The departure of Kennedy, who has served on the Supreme Court for three decades, could potentially lead to one of the most important ideological shifts for the court in 50 years. The Supreme Court is currently divided in arguably four groups, but broadly speaking, eight of the justices fall into one of two camps: those who believe the Constitution is a “living and breathing” document that can be reinterpreted as times change and those who don’t.
Kennedy has been the court’s most important swing vote on numerous issues. If Kennedy is replaced by Trump with a constitutional originalist similar to Trump’s latest pick, Neil Gorsuch, it would push the nation’s most powerful institution firmly into the hands of those who reject liberals’ “living and breathing” view. Such a change could be disastrous for those who support abortion and the federal government’s ability to limit the power of the states.
In the Washington Times interview, Trump was asked whether a future Supreme Court pick would also come from the same list of highly conservative justices released by Trump during the campaign. (Gorsuch was a member of that list.)
“Yes,” Trump said. “That list was a big thing.”
On Sunday, as reported by The Hill, White House aide Kellyanne Conway refused to confirm or deny the Kennedy rumors, telling ABC News’ “This Week,” “I will never reveal a conversation between a sitting justice and the president or the White House, but we’re paying very close attention to these last bit of decisions.”
“Just as the president did with Justice Neil Gorsuch, whenever there are vacancies — whenever that happens — [Trump] will look for somebody who has fidelity to the Constitution, who doesn’t make up the law as they go along and somebody who has the judicial temperament and a record that’s beyond reproach, as did Justice Gorsuch,” Conway added during the interview.
Posted in Donald Trump, Judge Kennedy, Neil Gorsuch, Politics, Supreme Court
On Wednesday, a large Facebook group composed of self-described “witches” cast spells to “bind” President Donald Trump “and all those who abet him.”
The group, which calls itself “Bind Trump,” has more than 2,000 members. Although it’s unclear exactly how many people participated in the event, on the night of the alleged binding ceremony, dozens posted pictures and videos of their anti-Trump rituals.
The witches’ event was scheduled to correspond with the waning crescent moon, and the group’s members used an organized liturgy to wish evil on Trump’s agenda.
Participants were instructed to gather a number of “components” to aid them in their efforts, including a tower tarot card, “an unflattering picture of Trump,” candles, a “Small bowl of water, representing elemental Water,” an ashtray “or a dish of sand” and a feather.
The witches are then instructed to call on “spirits” and “Demons of the infernal realms” to “bind” Trump so “that his malignant works may fail utterly” and to prevent him from harming humans, trees, animals and rocks, among other things.
The witches also condemn “those who enable [Trump’s] wickedness” and ask demons to “Strike down their towers of vanity.”
At the conclusion of this disturbing ceremony, which is quite extensive, the witches are instructed, “Afterward, ground yourself by having a good, hearty laugh, jumping up and down, clapping your hands, stomping your feet, and having a bite to eat. Grounding is very important—don’t neglect it. And remember—he hates people laughing at him.”
The group identifies itself with the anti-Trump “resistance,” a leftist movement backed by high-profile liberals like documentarian Michael Moore and Keith Olbermann. In addition to sharing their demonic (their words) requests, the group members also share the Twitter handles and phone numbers of U.S. senators, an “Anti-Social Guide to Resisting Trump” and the left-wing “Resistance Calendar.”
Future binding events are scheduled for July 21, August 19, September 18, October 17 and many other dates, ending in December 2020, one of the final months of Trump’s first term in office.
According to a report by CBN News, Daniel Asore, a rabbi in Israel, told Breaking Israel News people shouldn’t take these kinds of ceremonies lightly.
“Witchcraft, or its real name, Satanism, is explicitly a power struggle, which is why it is so readily dragged into politics. Satanism, in its essence, pits the adversary against God,” Asore said.
Posted in Donald Trump, Politics, The Resistance
On Thursday, Senate Republicans released their plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, titled the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017. Mostly crafted behind closed doors, there’s much in the massive bill that health care experts and members of Congress need to learn about the legislation, but even if it is assumed the majority of the bill will be an improvement on Obamacare, which has unquestionably failed to deliver quality health insurance at reasonable prices, a few key provisions in the Senate bill could prove disastrous for families, health insurance companies, and, eventually, even the Republican Party.
Since the Affordable Care Act was rammed through Congress in 2010, Republicans, including President Donald Trump, have been promising to replace the law with legislation that would halt or reverse skyrocketing health insurance premiums and deductibles. BCRA proponents claim it will accomplish this goal by cutting taxes, reducing regulations, and providing states with the ability to obtain waivers to opt out of costly mandates, among other provisions.
While it’s likely these reforms would on their own help to fix some of the defects of the current system, they don’t solve Obamacare’s fatal flaws: the preexisting conditions clause and community-rating requirements. In fact, one important change in the Senate’s bill would likely make those significant problems much worse.
Like in the House’s American Health Care Act, the Senate bill would not allow states to pass laws allowing health insurance companies to deny coverage to anyone who applies, including uninsured applicants with costly preexisting conditions. Unlike the House bill, the BCRA also forces states to mandate health insurance companies charge the same prices to people applying for coverage, regardless of health status, a concept called community rating. The House bill permitted states to apply for waivers that would have allowed insurance companies to charge more under certain conditions.
Requiring health insurance companies to accept all people, regardless of their health status, and mandating that they charge the same amount of money for identical coverage disincentivizes healthy consumers, especially young people, from buying health insurance, because under such a scheme, healthy people have very little reason to purchase insurance until they actually need it. These provisions, which were first ushered in under Obamacare, effectively turned “insurance” into nothing more than a health insurance giveaway for many irresponsible consumers, and insured families and individuals ended up footing the bill by paying increasingly higher premiums and deductibles.
In their attempt to limit the number of people who might abuse these policies, the Obama administration and congressional Democrats created the wildly unpopular individual mandate, which forced consumers to purchase qualified health insurance plans or else pay a government-imposed fine, which is now $695 per adult or 2.5 percent of income, whichever is higher.
In addition to avoiding huge cost increases caused by people waiting to get sick before buying insurance, the penalty was also thought to be an important part of encouraging young healthy people, who don’t use many benefits, to buy into the health insurance market, helping to offset the high costs associated with consumers buying insurance with preexisting conditions. However, the plan didn’t work nearly as well as the ACA’s proponents said it would. Premiums and deductibles were so high that many healthy people chose to pay the penalty to save money or invested in cheaper alternatives, such as health care sharing ministries.
The BCRA could prove to be disastrous because not only does it continue the preexisting conditions and community ratings requirements, it also eliminates the individual mandate, one of the few Obamacare provisions incentivizing healthy people to buy health insurance.
Absent additional legislative changes providing solutions to these problems, it’s likely the Better Care Reconciliation Act will make health insurance even more expensive than it is now, throwing gasoline on the Obamacare fire and providing an escape hatch to Democrats eager to flee Obamacare’s immense shadow.
Posted in AHCA, Commentary, Donald Trump, Health Care, Mitch McConnell, Politics
A new poll shows most voters are growing tired of the allegations of collusion with Russian officials made against the Trump administration.
According to the most recent Harvard-Harris Poll, 56 percent of voters said they want Congress and the media to move on from the Russian investigation. Sixty-two percent of respondents said they believe the investigations will lead to the end of the “Russia inquiry.” Thirty-eight percent said they believe Trump will eventually be impeached.
Additionally, 64 percent of the voters in the poll said they believe “the investigations into Russia and President Trump” are “hurting the country.”
The survey was conducted June 19-21 and included responses from 2,237 American adults who say they vote. When asked which political affiliation they “usually” identify with, 35 percent of respondents said Democrat, 30 percent said independent, 29 percent said Republican, and 6 percent said “other.”
Interestingly, the poll also shows 52 percent of respondents said they have a favorable view of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who scored the highest of all the political figures asked about. Mike Pence finished second, with 47 percent of voters saying they have a favorable view of the vice president. Trump finished third (45 percent) and his 2016 opponent Hillary Clinton finished fourth (39 percent).
The poll represents a remarkable shift from just one month ago, when Harvard-Harris found 75 percent of voters supported former FBI Director Robert Mueller’s investigation into the possibility Trump’s campaign team may have colluded with the Russian government to win the election.
After a rocky May, Trump’s approval ratings have steadily improved as Democrats have been unable to show any evidence of their claims about Trump and Russia. The Real Clear Politics average of polls — which includes polls that survey all Americans, not just voters — showed Trump’s approval rating throughout most of May and early June to be below 40 percent, bottoming out at 38.6 on June 13. Since then, Trump’s average approval rating has consistently risen. It’s currently sitting at 40.6 percent.
Posted in Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Politics, Poll, polls, Robert Mueller, Russia
North Korea’s state-run media claimed Friday that it had no idea why American college student Otto Warmbier died after 17 months in North Korean captivity.
Warmbier returned to the United States on June 13 in a coma and died less than a week after his return.
“The fact that Warmbier died suddenly in less than a week just after his return to the U.S. … is a mystery to us as well,” a North Korean foreign ministry spokesman said, according to a report by Reuters.
The spokesperson also claimed that Warmbier was provided “with medical treatment” while serving his sentence in North Korea and was returned to the United States “alive” after the 22-year-old college student’s heart had “nearly stopped.”
The unnamed North Korean spokesperson said that the Obama administration was to blame for not intervening on Warmbier’s behalf sooner, calling Warmbier a “victim of policy of ‘strategic patience.’”
This comment seemed to echo President Donald Trump’s sentiments on Warmbier’s death, which he issued in a statement from the White House on Tuesday.
About the death of the American student, Trump said, “Frankly, if he were brought home sooner, I think the results would have been a lot different.”
North Korean officials sentenced Warmbier to 15 years of hard labor after he attempted to steal a propaganda poster from his hotel.
Last week, the North Korean government allowed a State Department official to secure Warmbier’s homeward transfer on “humanitarian grounds in consideration of his bad health.”
When Warmbier returned to the U.S., he was in a coma.
Warmbier’s parents claimed that U.S. doctors said that Warmbier had a significant amount of brain damage, which could be chalked up to “awful torturous mistreatment” that he may have endured during his imprisonment in North Korea.
At the request of his family, an autopsy was not performed on Warmbier to determine an official cause of death.
Posted in Barack Obama, Business, Donald Trump, North Korea, Otto Warmbier
According to Politico, Democrats met to discuss the future of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi after the disastrous elections many hoped would demonstrate President Trump’s weaknesses, but did the opposite instead.
A dozen Democrats led by Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.), Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) and Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) discussed whether the hope to retake the House of Representatives from the Republicans would be dashed if Pelosi was still leading their caucus.
“There are many more people today, even from November, who are much more vocal, who have approached us and said, ‘I’m done. We need to move forward and we need to get a new leadership team in place,” Rice said.
Pelosi had abjured critics by touting her accomplishments Thursday, saying, “Well, I’m a master legislator. I am a strategic, politically astute leader. … My leadership is recognized by many around the country, and that is why I’m able to attract the support that I do, which is essential to our elections.”
“We don’t agonize, we organize,” she concluded.
Rep. Rice disagreed, saying, “There is a consensus, I think, that we can reach in the caucus that allows for a new leadership team to be put in place in a time that’s well before, hopefully, November of next year.”
The talk of ousting Pelosi has come on the heels of their latest defeat in the Georgia special election. Democrats have been hoping that Trump’s low favorability polling might manifest itself in some special election victories, but those hopes have been obliterated by a clean sweep in four elections.
The fingers of blame have pointing to Pelosi especially since Karen Handel, who prevailed in the Georgia special election, made it a focus of her campaign to tie Democrat candidate Jon Ossoff to the San Francisco politician. That election was especially painful for liberals as it was the most expensive House race in U.S. history with most of the spending on the Democrat side.
Trump himself mocked the division in the Democrat party with a tweet.
I certainly hope the Democrats do not force Nancy P out. That would be very bad for the Republican Party – and please let Cryin’ Chuck stay!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2017
One lawmaker said that the Democratic brand had become “toxic” in many areas of the country, and that it was worse than Trump’s brand.
Posted in democrat loses, Democratic party, Donald Trump, Georgia special election, Nancy Pelosi, Politics, Trump