Archive for Ian Hanchett

Dem Rep Schiff: ‘I Believe’ There’s Evidence of Trump Camp-Russia Collusion, ‘Premature’ to Say There Will Be No Proof

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On Thursday’s broadcast of CNN’s “New Day,” Rep.Adam Schiff (D-CA) responded to Rep. Peter King’s (R-NY) statement that he has seen no proof of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign by saying, “I have to disagree with my colleague in terms of whether there is any evidence of collusion. I believe that there is.” Schiff later added that it’s “certainly premature” to say that there will be no proof of collusion. Anchor Chris Cuomo asked Schiff, “No proof, Peter King says. I’ve seen no proof of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Carter Page says the allegations are laughable. What do you say?” Schiff answered, “Well, Carter Page is a person of interest to the committee, and I think, probably likely to come before the committee, so I don’t want to comment on anything he’s had to say in particular. But I do think that we need to get to the bottom of these allegations of collusion or coordination. I have to disagree with my colleague in terms of whether there is any evidence of collusion. I believe that there is. But nonetheless, this is something that we need to investigate. I think there was a reason why

Coulter on Berkeley Speech Cancellation and Trump Wall Funding: ‘Can Republicans Ever Win Now?’

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On Wednesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” author Ann Coulter weighed in on the cancellation of her speech at UC-Berkeley and President Trump’s dropping of his demand for border wall funding by stating, “I think the GOP should change their motto to ‘Next Time.’ We’ll fight this next time.” Coulter said, “I think the GOP should change their motto to ‘Next Time.’ We’ll fight this next time. We’ll show them how good we are this time. No, we want to win now. Whether it comes to judges, Ruth Bader Ginsburg gets — you may Google it — about 98 votes from the Republicans, and Clarence Thomas, 52. Gorsuch barely slips through. You have Donald Trump with, — he gives away DACA, and then he doesn’t get the wall. Well, that’ll show ’em how good he is. What a good humanitarian, by saying what a big heart he has for those DREAMers, the illegal aliens he promised to deport. Next time we’ll get them. And now we have YAF saying, well, we’re going to strike a blow for the next speaker at Berkeley. No, I want to win now. Can Republicans ever win now?” She later added, “[A]ll of the people who should

Ivanka Trump: Opening Border to Syrian Refugees ‘Has To Be Part of the Discussion,’ Won’t Be Enough By Itself


During a portion of an interview broadcast on Wednesday’s edition of NBC’s “Today,” Ivanka Trump said that opening the border to Syrian refugees “has to be part of the discussion, but that’s not going to be enough in and of itself.” Ivanka said, “I think there is a global humanitarian crisis that’s happening, and we have to come together, and we have to solve it, and –.” She was then asked, “Does that include opening the borders to Syrian refugees in –?” Ivanka responded, “That has to be part of the discussion, but that’s not going to be enough in and of itself.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Mulvaney: Trump’s Willing to Sign a Government Spending Bill That Doesn’t Include Border Wall Money

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On Tuesday’s broadcast of CNN’s primetime edition of “The Lead,” OMB Director Mick Mulvaney said that President Trump is willing to sign a government spending bill that doesn’t include money for a border wall, and “We just thought that it would be a good first step to get these things that everybody agrees on and take that idea of a government shutdown off the table.” Mulvaney was asked, “A source close to efforts to avoid a government shutdown tells CNN that the Republican proposal in the House will not include funding for President Trump’s border wall with Mexico. Is President Trump willing to sign a government spending bill that does not include that money?” He answered, “Yeah. Because I think the bill — at least the offer that we received from the Democrats — the last couple days — included a good bit of money for border security. The Democrats said they’d go to the mat and shut the government down over the border wall, the bricks and mortar. But there’s a lot of things we agree on, both parties do, in securing the border. And it allows the president to follow through on his promise to make that border more secure, stop people coming over, stop

Mulvaney: Trump’s Willing to Sign a Government Spending Bill That Doesn’t Include Border Wall Money

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On Tuesday’s broadcast of CNN’s primetime edition of “The Lead,” OMB Director Mick Mulvaney said that President Trump is willing to sign a government spending bill that doesn’t include money for a border wall, and “We just thought that it would be a good first step to get these things that everybody agrees on and take that idea of a government shutdown off the table.” Mulvaney was asked, “A source close to efforts to avoid a government shutdown tells CNN that the Republican proposal in the House will not include funding for President Trump’s border wall with Mexico. Is President Trump willing to sign a government spending bill that does not include that money?” He answered, “Yeah. Because I think the bill — at least the offer that we received from the Democrats — the last couple days — included a good bit of money for border security. The Democrats said they’d go to the mat and shut the government down over the border wall, the bricks and mortar. But there’s a lot of things we agree on, both parties do, in securing the border. And it allows the president to follow through on his promise to make that border more secure, stop people coming over, stop

Matthews: Kushner ‘A Little Bit Like Uday and Qusay’ But ‘Not That Bad’

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On Tuesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” host Chris Matthews argued that people in the White House would be frightened of disagreeing with Jared Kushner and made another comparison between Kushner and Saddam Hussein’s sons Uday and Qusay. Matthews said, “[W]ho wants to take on Jared Kushner in a meeting on the Middle East, have that conversation? Scared to death. everybody — oh my God, is like ‘Oh I–‘ they don’t want to say nothing. A little bit like Uday and Qusay. Not that bad. … I shouldn’t be that tough, but I am.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Earnest: ‘If Democrats Are Hoping for Success in 2018 and 2020, the Leader of Our Party Can’t be a Former President’

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On Tuesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” former White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest argued, “if Democrats are hoping for success in 2018 and 2020, the leader of our party can’t be a former president of the United States.” Earnest began by saying that President Obama won’t be the leader of the Democratic Party. He then explained why, stating, “if Democrats are hoping for success in 2018 and 2020, the leader of our party can’t be a former president of the United States. The leader of the party shouldn’t be a former anything. We need to have leaders, both in Washington, d.c, [and] around the country, that are ready to give voice [to Democratic Party values].” (h/t Grabien) Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Caitlyn Jenner: Harder to Come Out as Trans Than as Republican, Lot of Pressure to be a Single-Issue Voter

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On Monday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Caitlyn Jenner said, “I’m not a one-issue voter.” But that there is a lot of pressure to be a single-issue voter, and “A lot in our community are…were very upset that I, you know, I was a Republican, and I said at the Republican National Convention, I said it was harder to come out as trans than it was to come out a member of the Republican Party.” Jenner said, “They were fine in Malibu with it [Jenner’s support for Trump], but let’s put it this way, I never actually came out and outwardly supported Trump. The media did that for me. I am on the Republican, conservative side, and he wound up being our candidate. And so, certainly, I was going to vote for him. He looked like he would pretty good on all LGBT issues. Which is important, because my loyalties do not lie with Donald Trump. My loyalties do not lie with the Republican Party. My loyalties, and what I’m fighting for is my community, the LGBT community, and particularly the trans issues that are out there, because there are many of them. And so, that’s where my

Caitlyn Jenner: ‘Sessions Has Been Very, Kind of, Anti-LGBT’ – Trump’s Army Secy Pick Has ‘Most Anti-LGBT Statements Ever’

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On Monday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Caitlyn Jenner said, “I sometimes get very disappointed with Trump,” and cited Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Army Secretary nominee Tennessee State Senator Mark Green (R), and Trump’s changes to protections for transgender people under Title IX as examples. Jenner stated, “I never actually came out and outwardly supported Trump. The media did that for me. I am on the Republican, conservative side, and he wound up being our candidate. And so, certainly, I was going to vote for him. He looked like he would pretty good on all LGBT issues. Which is important, because my loyalties do not lie with Donald Trump. My loyalties do not lie with the Republican Party. … But he’s kind of disappointed me in the first 100 days on those issues.” Jenner later added, “I sometimes get very disappointed with Trump, especially when he went up against Title IX, and they repealed Obama’s equality on Title IX. And Jeff Sessions has been very, kind of, anti-LGBT. I know on March 10th, there was a letter sent to him to try to prosecute the murderers of these trans women as hate crimes, which has been

Caitlyn Jenner: ‘Sessions Has Been Very, Kind of, Anti-LGBT’ – Trump’s Army Secy Pick Has ‘Most Anti-LGBT Statements Ever’

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On Monday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Caitlyn Jenner said, “I sometimes get very disappointed with Trump,” and cited Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Army Secretary nominee Tennessee State Senator Mark Green (R), and Trump’s changes to protections for transgender people under Title IX as examples. Jenner stated, “I never actually came out and outwardly supported Trump. The media did that for me. I am on the Republican, conservative side, and he wound up being our candidate. And so, certainly, I was going to vote for him. He looked like he would pretty good on all LGBT issues. Which is important, because my loyalties do not lie with Donald Trump. My loyalties do not lie with the Republican Party. … But he’s kind of disappointed me in the first 100 days on those issues.” Jenner later added, “I sometimes get very disappointed with Trump, especially when he went up against Title IX, and they repealed Obama’s equality on Title IX. And Jeff Sessions has been very, kind of, anti-LGBT. I know on March 10th, there was a letter sent to him to try to prosecute the murderers of these trans women as hate crimes, which has been

NBC’s Allen: Dems ‘Somewhat Desperate,’ ‘Demoralized’ – ‘See a Hero in Obama’

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On Monday’s broadcast of “MSNBC Live,” NBC reporter Ron Allen stated, “Democrats are feeling somewhat desperate, you might even say. They’re demoralized by the results of the election, they see a hero in President Obama.” Allen said, “[H]is supporters, advocates, those who backed President Obama, they really want to hear from him. Democrats are feeling somewhat desperate, you might even say. They’re demoralized by the results of the election, they see a hero in President Obama. And the question is, whether he will play that big role, that big opposition leader role that so many of his supporters want.” (h/t NewsBusters) Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

CNN’s Zeleny: ‘The Democratic Bench Is Very, Very Thin’ – Still Trying to Figure Out Who Is the Party’s Heart

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On Friday’s broadcast of PBS’ “Washington Week,” CNN Senior White House Correspondent Jeff Zeleny stated Democrats are still trying to figure out who is the party’s beating heart, and that Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is the party’s “driving force” because he’s filling a vacuum left by the fact that “the Democratic bench is very, very thin.” Zeleny was asked, “Who is the beating heart of the Democratic Party right now?” He responded, “It is the central question in all of politics. And Democrats are trying to figure it out, because it’s not — the answer is not what some would like. I mean, Bernie Sanders is still the driving force at the head of the party.” He added, “Bernie Sanders is going to give the party a lot of trouble in the next couple years. He is still occupying a lot of oxygen that [Senator] Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) thought was hers, that some other Democrats thought was theirs. The reality is, the Democratic bench is very, very thin. Look at the governors, almost nonexistent, the ranks there. State senators, decimated in the Obama years. In the vacuum, Bernie Sanders, in all of his glory, is rising up and loving every minute

Trump: Workers’ ‘Interests Were Pushed Aside for Global Projects,’ ‘My Administration Has Offered a New Vision’

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During Friday’s Weekly Address, President Trump said, “American workers were forgotten by their government – and I mean totally forgotten. Their interests were pushed aside for global projects, and their wealth was taken from their communities and shipped across the world, all across the seas. My Administration has offered a new vision.” Transcript as Follows: “My Fellow Americans, A new optimism is sweeping our country as we return power from Washington and give it back to the American People, where it belongs. For too long, American workers were forgotten by their government – and I mean totally forgotten. Their interests were pushed aside for global projects, and their wealth was taken from their communities and shipped across the world, all across the seas. My Administration has offered a new vision. The well-being of the American citizen and worker will be placed second to none – and boy do I mean second to none. Since Day One I have been fighting for the hardworking people of this country – and this week we took historic action to continue delivering on that promise. We did so in one of the many proud industrial towns of our nation – Kenosha, Wisconsin – with

Matthews on Coulter-Berkeley Controversy: ‘Free Thinking, Argument, Debate’ Are ‘Why We Come to College’

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On Friday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” host Chris Matthews reacted to the controversy over author Ann Coulter speaking at UC-Berkeley by arguing that “free thinking, argument, debate” are why people go to college and asked those trying to cancel the speech, “why don’t you just don’t go?” Matthews said, “So, what’s going on with this violence anarchist thing — this anti-fascist thing on the left, followed by this right-wing thing, do you know what’s going on with these groups? Because they’re different. They don’t go to school all day, and go out and watch a speech at night. They’re schooled in this kind of action. They’re up for it.” He later wondered, “What about the people who are our age, or my age who run these colleges, who get paid because they’re considered to be grown-ups, and make judicious decisions based upon the principles the university’s founded on? Which is free thinking, argument, debate, left and right. That’s how we do things here. That’s why we come here, to hear radical ideas exposed to us because we’re not getting them at home. That’s why we come to college.” Matthews concluded, “But why don’t you just don’t go? And by the

Maher: Cancelling Speakers on Campus Is The Liberal ‘Version of Book Burning’

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On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher weighed in on the controversy over author Ann Coulter speaking at UC-Berkeley by declaring, “Berkeley used to be the cradle of free speech, and now it’s just the cradle for f*cking babies.” And “this is the liberals’ version of book burning, and it’s got to stop.” Maher stated, “Berkeley used to be the cradle of free speech, and now it’s just the cradle for f*cking babies, who don’t, — and I feel like –. You know, this goes on all over the country on campuses. They invite someone to speak who’s not exactly what liberals want to hear, and they want to shut — I feel like this is the liberals’ version of book burning, and it’s got to stop. Howard Dean tweeted today about this, ‘Hate speech is not protected by the [F]irst [A]mendment.’ Yes, it is! Threats are not protected by the First Amendment. This why the Supreme Court said the Nazis could march in Skokie. They’re a hateful bunch, but that’s what the First Amendment means. It doesn’t mean, ‘Just shut up and agree with me.'” He added that he “can’t believe” he has to remind liberals

Maher: We’re ‘Gassing’ Syrians Too ‘With CO2’ – ‘Syrian Problem Started With Climate Change’

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On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher stated that Syria’s dysfunction started due to climate change, and “we talk about Assad gassing people, we’re gassing them too. We’re just doing it slower with CO2.” Maher said, “[T]he Syrian problem started with climate change. It did. 75% of Syrian farms failed. A million and a half people migrated to the cities. That’s where it began. And by the way, these people who are starving, which is — whether you’re bombed or you’re sarin gassed, or you’re starving, death is death. But — I mean, we talk about Assad gassing people, we’re gassing them too. We’re just doing it slower with CO2.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

DHS Secy Kelly: Movement of Illegal Immigrants From Central America ‘Has Dropped Off 70%’


On Thursday’s edition of the Fox News Channel’s “The First 100 Days,” DHS Secretary John Kelly stated, “just in the last 60, 90 days, the movement of illegal immigrants up from Central America through Mexico has dropped off 70%. We’re at about a 15, 16 year low.” Kelly said, “Just to highlight something, just in the last 60, 90 days, the movement of illegal immigrants up from Central America through Mexico has dropped off 70%. We’re at about a 15, 16 year low. And frankly, we haven’t done all that much yet. there’s a fair amount of what I would call fencing here between the border. It’s very, very effective. The men and women that work the border, CBP and ICE and others, find it remarkably effective in keeping down the amount of illegal movement across the two borders.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Report: GOP Differences on Healthcare ‘Have Narrowed,’ Healthcare Reform ‘Very Much Alive’

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On Thursday’s broadcast of CNN’s “At This Hour,” CNN National Political Reporter MJ Lee reported that House members are working on a deal on a healthcare bill “that could potentially bring on board 18 to 20 new yes votes from the House Freedom Caucus.” And Representative Tom Cole (R-OK) told her “the differences have narrowed, and this thing is very much alive.” Lee said, “So, there are signs of a possible breakthrough on healthcare, emphasis on possible. What we know is that leaders of the Tuesday Group, as well as the House Freedom Caucus have been in talks over the easter recess to try to revive the first failed healthcare bill that was pulled from the House floor. Now, what the members are trying to work on right now is a deal that could potentially bring on board 18 to 20 new yes votes from the House Freedom Caucus. Now, I just spoke a little while ago with Republican Congressman Tom Cole, and he tells me that the differences have narrowed, and this thing is very much alive.” She added, “Now, there are some serious obstacles heading into next week. As you know, Kate, members have to deal with the

Warren: Part of Trump’s Election Was ‘Ugly Stew of Racism’ – Blaming Other Religions and Races ‘A Big Part’

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On Wednesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show,” Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) commented on President Trump’s election by stating, “Part of it is an ugly stew of racism. Part of it is, Donald Trump tapped into anger. … Donald Trump said, it’s their fault, those other people, those people who don’t worship like you, those people who don’t don’t look like you, those people who aren’t the same color as you. That was a big part.” Warren said of Trump’s election, “Part of it is an ugly stew of racism. Part of it is, Donald Trump tapped into anger. He got that people are deeply angry. They are angry that their kids can’t graduate from school without getting crushed by student loan debt, angry that there aren’t good jobs being creating right here, angry that after a lifetime of working hard, you can’t retire with a little dignity and security. And people are right to be angry. But Donald Trump said, it’s their fault, those other people, those people who don’t worship like you, those people who don’t don’t look like you, those people who aren’t the same color as you. That was a big part. He told a story. It’s

Maher: I Don’t See a Lot of Dems ‘Who Have Learned the Lesson’ of 2016


During ATTN: and HBO’s “The State of the Union Interview” released on Wednesday, “Real Time” host Bill Maher stated that he doesn’t see a lot of Democrats “who have learned the lesson” from 2016. Maher said the Democratic Party has “possibilities. Of course, when you’re nowhere, you can only go up.” He continued, “I don’t, unfortunately, see a lot of people who have learned the lesson so far.” He then drew a distinction between liberals and “kale eaters” who are “dragging this party down.” Maher then cited protesters who say “The Vagina Monologues” is insensitive to transgendered people as an example of kale eaters. Maher also stated he thinks California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom would be a good candidate for the Democrats, and the party needs someone who is “charismatic.” He continued that the 2016 election showed people don’t care to dive into issues, and “want to be led. They don’t know the issues. Just show you have a pair of balls. That’s what they can’t stand, is that namby-pamby sh*t.” He concluded that Democrats should stop taking the high road, and “When they go low, you go lower.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Sessions: DACA Policy Is ‘If People Are Here Unlawfully, They’re Subject to Being Deported’

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On Wednesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Happening Now,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated that while DACA enrollees aren’t being targeted, “the policy is that if people are here unlawfully, they’re subject to being deported. … [W]e can’t promise people who are here unlawfully that they’re not going to be deported.” Sessions said, “DACA enrollees are not being targeted. I don’t know why this individual [DREAMer Juan Manuel Montes] was picked up. Everybody in the country illegally is subject to being deported. So, people come here, and they stay here a few years, and somehow they think that they’re not subject to being deported. Well, they are.” Sessions was then asked what the administration’s policy towards DACA recipients is. He answered, “Well, the policy is that if people are here unlawfully, they’re subject to being deported. Our priority is clear. Our priority is to end the lawlessness at the border, stop the additional flow of illegals into the country, and then to prioritize those who’ve gotten in trouble with the law, recent arrivals, people who’ve been deported previously, drug dealers, and other criminal activities — activists. They need to be deported first. We’ve got so many of those right now,

Glenn Thrush: My Inbox Is ‘Flooded By Democrats’ Saying ‘Ossoff Was a Terrible Candidate’

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On Wednesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” New York Times White House Correspondent Glenn Thrush reported, “my inbox this morning’s been flooded by Democrats who are sort of saying Ossoff was a terrible candidate.” Thrush said, “[W]hat is interesting is my inbox this morning’s been flooded by Democrats who are sort of saying Ossoff was a terrible candidate.” Thrush added, “[H]e was not electric. He was more static electric. But I think, in general, that is an issue. Look, the other thing is, look how deep the bench was down there. There were a lot of people who wanted that seat. I think the larger issue that we’re dealing with here right now, is the fact that the Democrats just don’t have a lot of candidates, not just in Georgia, but around the country in general. There’s not a lot of people to kind of catch this Trump wave.” (h/t Grabien) Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

GOP Sen Graham: I’m ‘Happiest Dude In America’ With Trump’s Foreign Policy, ‘I Am All In’

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On Wednesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said that on foreign policy “I am like the happiest dude in America right now. We’ve got a president and a national security team that I have been dreaming of…he’s done more to correct the world — President Trump — than Obama did in 8 years. … I am all in. Keep it up, Donald.” Graham began by saying, “I think we dodged a bullet with healthcare. I’m not so sure the House bill would have done much better fixing Obamacare. It was probably Obamacare-lite, some people say. I would let it collapse because it will. It’s so poorly designed. I would tell the Democrats, you created this mess, let me help you fix it.” And “When it comes to taxes, we better cut your taxes, or we’ll pay a price in 2018. If you can’t get all Republicans on board for a tax idea, then we’re going to have to maybe marry it up with infrastructure.” When the discussion turned to foreign policy, Graham stated, “I am like the happiest dude in America right now. We’ve got a president and a national security team that I

‘Shattered’ Author: Clinton’s Campaign Believed If More In Midwest ‘Knew About the Election, It Would Hurt Her’

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On Tuesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “First 100 Days,” Jonathan Allen, a columnist at Roll Call and one of the authors of the book “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign,” stated that Clinton’s campaign believed that “if more people” in the Midwest knew about the election, “it would hurt her.” Allen said, “[S]ome of those Midwestern states, particularly in Michigan and a bit and Wisconsin, her campaign believed that if more people knew about the election, it would hurt her. So, one of the reasons that they said that they didn’t spend as much time there, didn’t send her as much, in fact, she never set foot in Wisconsin in this campaign, was the idea that she would actually create a backlash for herself if more people were aware of the election.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Sessions: March Had Lowest Entrance of Illegal Immigrants In 17 Years, ‘And That’s Donald Trump’s Leadership’

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On Tuesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated, “March was the lowest entrance of illegal immigrants in 17 years in this country, and that’s Donald Trump’s leadership.” And that while 40 states have MS-13 members in them, “if we stay at it, we can devastate this organization, and that’s going to be our goal.” Sessions said that previous immigration policies undoubtedly “had it an impact” on the rise of MS-13 “because so many” MS-13 members “are illegally here.” When asked how policies would change, Sessions answered, “Well, first, we’re going to secure the border. We’re going to build a wall. We’re going to add more agents on the border. The numbers have already dropped dramatically. We had — March was the lowest entrance of illegal immigrants in 17 years in this country, and that’s Donald Trump’s leadership.” Sessions concluded that rooting the group out would be “hard, but not impossible. … It’s 40 states have MS-13 members in them. Some of the — we’ve got 10,000 now in the country, but I believe if we stay at it, we can devastate this organization, and that’s going to be our goal.” Follow Ian Hanchett

DNC Chair Perez: Trump’s Buy American, Hire American EO ‘Probably Says Made In China’

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On Tuesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “All In,” DNC Chair Tom Perez argued that “if you turn over the sheet” on President Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” executive order, “it probably says ‘Made in China.'” Perez said, “What we have to do as Democrats, is to articulate very clearly that Donald Trump’s vision for America is a vision for the 1 — top 1% of the 1%. It’s a vision that’s divisive. It — when he talks about the make it in America executive order, if you turn over the sheet on that executive order, it probably says ‘Made in China.’ You’ve got 50 pallets or so of Ivanka’s stuff that’s come into the United States from China and Singapore since roughly the 1st of the year. So, part of what we have to do is expose the fraud of Donald Trump.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Trump: ‘I Didn’t Soften My Stance’ On China Trade and Currency Manipulation


During an interview broadcast on Tuesday’s “Fox & Friends” on the Fox News Channel, President Trump denied that he had softened his stance on China with regards to trade and China being a currency manipulator. Trump said, “I didn’t soften my stance. … Now, what am I going to do, start a trade war with China in the middle of him working on a bigger problem, frankly, with North Korea? So, I’m dealing with China with great respect. I have great respect for him. We’ll see what he can do. Now, maybe he won’t be able to help. That’s possible. I think he’s trying, but maybe he won’t be able to help.” He added, “What am I going to do, in the middle of him talking with North Korea, I’m going to hit them with currency manipulation? This is the fake media that just does a number. … I haven’t changed my stance. China’s trying to help us. I don’t know if they’re going to be able to or not. But, would I want to start heavy, heavy trade or currency statements against somebody that’s out there right now trying to stop what could be a very bad situation?” (h/t Grabien)

Matthews: ‘We Know There’s No Audit’ on Trump IRS Leaking That ‘Would Be a Good Leak’

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On Monday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” host Chris Matthews wondered if the IRS could state that President Trump isn’t really under audit, and stated that it “would be a good leak” if someone at the IRS leaked that Trump isn’t under audit, because “we know there’s no audit.” Matthews said, “[W]e know there’s no audit. Can’t the IRS — they claim the — can’t the IRS just make a statement, ‘He’s not under audit’? Just make the announcement. Can’t somebody — by the way, that would be a good leak. Somebody from the IRS just leak it.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Brooks: Trump ‘Making the Conclusion That the Populism and the Bannon-ism Is Not Working’

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On Friday’s “PBS NewsHour,” New York Times columnist David Brooks argued President Trump “is making the conclusion that the populism and the Bannon-ism is not working, and he’s going to go to something else.” Brooks said, “Donald Trump is different. He’s a marketing guy. He’s a business guy, whatever’s working for him at the moment. And it seems, from this many data points, he is making the conclusion that the populism and the Bannon-ism is not working, and he’s going to go to something else. Now, what exactly that else thing is, we don’t really know. It could be sort of a corporatism. It could be, let me trust my business guys. Let’s go to the CEOs, and let’s — those guys, I can trust. There seems to be some instinctual sense who — that he’s shifting teams of who he wants to be his key advisers. And with Trump, because he knows so little, it’s not him personally initiating policy. The crucial question is, who is he listening to? And there’s a clear shift, at least in one week, that there’s been a radical shift in his advisee team.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Trump: Terrorism ‘One of the Gravest Threats to Religious Freedom’

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During Friday's Weekly Address, President Trump stated that "one of the gravest threats to religious freedom remains the threat of terror."

House Freedom Caucus Member DeSantis: ‘We Can Pass Something, Relatively Soon’ on Obamacare

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On Friday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom,” House Freedom Caucus Member Representative Ron DeSantis (R-FL) stated that there’s “definitely a path” to an Obamacare bill, and that if they can deliver lower premiums and more choice, “I absolutely think we can pass something, relatively soon.” DeSantis said, “I think there’s definitely a path, Bill. I mean, if you remember this March 23rd date, where this kind of blew up, that was not any deadline. That was a self-imposed deadline. And what happened was, the bill really wasn’t ready for primetime. You hadn’t developed a consensus. You set a date to vote on it without having the consensus. And so, what’s happened since then, is members are talking to each other, and really the administration, I think has done a good job. Vice President Pence has been exercising a lot of leadership to try to figure out how do we actually fulfill the promises we made to the American people, and for me the core thing that we have to do is deliver lower premiums and more choice on private insurance, because that is the reason why people dislike Obamacare because their premiums have gone up and their deductibles have

Krauthammer: ‘I’m Not an America Firster’ – ‘I Welcome’ Shifts In Trump Foreign Policy Doctrine

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On Thursday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” columnist Charles Krauthammer stated that he welcomes President Trump’s recent foreign policy moves, particularly the Syria strike, because “I’m not an America Firster. I thought it was a mistake to enunciate a doctrine in the Inaugural Address which is, we’re coming home.” Krauthammer said, “[T]he strike on Syria was not something that is a tweak or a slight deviation from what he ran on. … And the reason it is a radical departure is because, in the Inaugural Address he defines national interests very narrowly, and here, what we are back to is the traditional American understanding of national interests as a broad definition, going all the way back to Harry Truman, in which we define our interest as worldwide, otherwise, what is Syria to us?” He added, “I welcome this. I’m not an America Firster. I thought it was a mistake to enunciate a doctrine in the Inaugural Address which is, we’re coming home. It scared the bee-jeebies out of our allies in NATO, when he talked about it being obsolete. It scared — in the Middle East, the Gulf Arabs were scared to death. I think this is

AZ Sheriff: ‘Illegal Immigration Goes Hand-In-Hand, Almost Always,’ With Drug and Human Trafficking

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During an interview broadcast Thursday’s “Special Report,” on the Fox News Channel, Pinal County, AZ Sheriff Mark Lamb (R) stated, “illegal immigration goes hand-in-hand, almost always, with drug trafficking and with human trafficking.” Lamb said, “People need to understand that illegal immigration goes hand-in-hand, almost always, with drug trafficking and with human trafficking.” He added that the 287(g) program “allows me to make sure that I’m not putting criminals back in our communities.” During the same segment, ICE’s LA Field Director David Marin said, “[T]hose sheriffs and law enforcement agencies realize that by turning over these criminal aliens to us, that, they’re not going to be able to go out and commit additional crimes.” Marin added that with sanctuary cities “Instead of taking these criminal aliens in a secure environment of a jail, our officers have to go out on the street. And that not only endangers our officers, but the community at large, as well.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Kirsten Powers on Hillary Election Remarks: ‘Never In This Equation Is Hillary Clinton to Blame’ for Losing the Election

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On Thursday’s broadcast of CNN’s “The Lead,” CNN Political Analyst and USA Today columnist Kirsten Powers reacted to former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s remarks where she pointed to FBI Director James Comey, WikiLeaks, Russia, misogyny, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and the media as some reasons why she lost the 2016 election by stating, “Never in this equation is Hillary Clinton to blame for anything, and she was, after all, the candidate.” Powers said, “Never in this equation is Hillary Clinton to blame for anything, and she was, after all, the candidate. There were outside forces that were affecting the campaign, no question, but there were a lot of things, I think related to her candidacy that were problematic. And I don’t think this helps Democrats, frankly, to be looking back at this. I think people want to move on and not seem like sour grapes. It makes the audience she was talking to happy. This was Women in the World, very liberal women, and I think it makes the base happy, but I don’t think it’s helpful overall.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

CNN’s Tapper: Hillary ‘Doesn’t Seem to Have Done Enough Introspection’ – Putin Didn’t Keep You Out of Wisconsin

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On Thursday’s broadcast of CNN’s “The Lead,” anchor Jake Tapper said that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s remarks where she placed some of the blame for her defeat on Vladimir Putin and FBI Director James Comey show “she doesn’t seem to have done enough introspection.” “[O]bviously, Putin, Comey, etc., there’s a whole list of reasons why she didn’t win, but she doesn’t seem to have done enough introspection. … There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of introspection when it comes to, no one — you know, Putin didn’t tell you, ‘Don’t go to Wisconsin.’ James Comey didn’t tell you, ‘Call one-quarter of the country deplorable.'” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Spicer: I Apologize For ‘Inappropriate and Insensitive’ Holocaust Reference, ‘It Was a Mistake’

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On Tuesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Situation Room,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer apologized for his earlier “inappropriate and insensitive” comments about the Holocaust and Syria. Spicer said, “I was obviously trying to make a point about the heinous acts that Assad had made against his own people last week, using chemical weapons and gas. And frankly, I mistakenly used an inappropriate and insensitive reference to the Holocaust, for which, frankly, there is no comparison. And, for that, I apologize. It was a mistake to do that.” Spicer further stated his apology was to “anybody who, not just suffered in the Holocaust, or is a descendant of anybody, but, frankly, you know, anyone offended by those comments.” He later added that he did know that the Nazis used chemical weapons to kill people, and “there’s no attempt to clarify. The point was to try to talk about the use of aircraft as a means by which Assad was using this to gas his people, but it was a mistake to do that.” Spicer also agreed with anchor Wolf Blitzer’s characterization of his comment as a “blunder.” Spicer concluded that he does not believe he has a credibility problem, and that his earlier comments

Krauthammer: ‘Hard to Believe’ That Obama Admin Didn’t Know Syria Couldn’t Be Trusted on Chemical Weapons Disposal

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On Monday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” columnist Charles Krauthammer argued that it was “hard to believe” that “any adult in the Obama administration” didn’t realize that Syria’s claims that they had gotten rid off all their chemical weapons wasn’t believable. Krauthammer said, “I find it hard to believe anybody — any adult in the Obama administration was not aware of the fact that the Syrians are not people you can rely on when they make a promise about weapons of mass destruction or anything else. They — or the Russians. The Russians are ruthless about this. The Russians lie every day and twice on Sunday. The Russians are denying any involvement in this. Of course the Russians knew about this. The idea that we have to have an investigation is ridiculous, but that’s who they are. And the fact that the Obama administration never understood that is a blot on their record.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Tina Brown: Hillary ‘Was Right’ With Comments About Role Misogyny Played In Election

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On Monday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Women in the World Summit founder Tina Brown said she agreed with former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s statement during her appearance at the summit on the role misogyny played in the 2016 election. Brown said that Clinton did admit her campaign did make mistakes, but “she also was being asked to itemize some of the things that she felt from the outside had really affected things. And I think that she was right about the misogyny piece. I mean, she did talk about how, when she left the State Department, she had a 64% approval rating, but as soon as she began to run for office she was turning into — she was turned into Typhoid Mary.” Brown added that Clinton made a mistake by not sitting down with as many TV shows, and that Clinton was “in a crouch position” during interviews “because she was constantly under attack for the emails, which was really, really, in the end, when you look back on it, insane.” (h/t Grabien) Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Brooks: ‘It Was Incumbent Upon the US’ to Act In Syria, ‘There Is Some Upside’ to an Unpredictable POTUS

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On Friday’s broadcast of “PBS NewsHour,” New York Times columnist David Brooks praised the Syria strike by saying “it was incumbent upon the US to do something when chemical weapons were used.” And “there is some upside to having somebody who’s a little unpredictable.” Brooks said, “The question what’s next strikes me as a secondary question. The primary question is, what are we going to do about chemical warfare? A hundred years ago, right now, World War I was going on, and there were people were being gassed in the trenches. And the fact that the world community has basically tried to eliminate chemical weapons since that time strikes me as a great achievement. And to go back on that would be a great step backward for civilization. And Barack Obama, unfortunately, didn’t do anything when chemical weapons were used. So, I think it was incumbent upon the US to do something when chemical weapons were used.” He continued, “Does this signal some grand change of strategy in the Middle East? I sort of doubt it. But at least we set this precedent on this particular issue. Now, the question –, I think it was probably totally impulsive of President Trump to do

Trump: We’ve Exceeded ‘Most Bullish Predictions’ for Progress on Border Security

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During Friday’s Weekly Address, President Trump stated that on border security, “we have so far exceeded even the most bullish predictions for the progress we could make in so short a period of time.” Transcript as Follows: “My Fellow Americans, We’re only 11 weeks in, but already my administration has achieved historic progress for the American people – in fact, 93% of our domestic manufacturers have expressed optimism in the future, a record. The confidence we are seeing in our Nation is about jobs and opportunity – but it’s also about safety and security. Security begins at the border – as a candidate, I pledged to take swift and decisive action to secure the border, and that is exactly what I have done. We inherited a full-fledged border crisis – it was a disaster. Yet, with quick and bold steps, we have so far exceeded even the most bullish predictions for the progress we could make in so short a period of time. Last month, we saw a 64% reduction in illegal immigration on our southern border. At the same time, we are conducting enforcement actions across the country to remove dangerous criminal aliens from our society – and they’ll
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