Archive for Ian Hanchett

Scarborough: Trump Is ‘Using Stalinist Terms’ in Reference to the Media


On Wednesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” co-host Joe Scarborough stated President Trump is using Stalinist terminology in reference to the media and that Trump used to kiss up to the press in New York constantly. Scarborough said, “[H]e is so obsessed with the media. He is so — you know, he’s more obsessed with the media than the media’s obsessed with himself. And it’s — this is a guy who’s using Stalinist terms, calling the media ‘enemy of the people.’ Last night, saying the media didn’t love their country. This is a guy that sucked up to the New York press corps, to tabloids, New York Times reporters for over four decades. … He was obsessed with it, and he played them nonstop and wallowed and would lick their feet if that’s what was required to get a good headline. And now, suddenly, he doesn’t like the media. It’s his only prism.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Clinton Book Excerpt: I Wonder If I Should Have Called Trump a ‘Creep’ During Debate

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Wednesday’s edition of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” broadcast exclusive excerpts of former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s forthcoming book, “What Happened.” In the excerpts, Clinton states that she wonders whether she should have called President Trump a “creep” for standing behind her during one of the debates. She also says that she “couldn’t get the job done” in the election. In one excerpt, Clinton writes of Trump standing behind her during the October 9, 2016 debate, “‘This is not okay,’ I thought. It was the second presidential debate, and Donald Trump was looming behind me. Two days before, the world heard him brag about groping women. Now we were on a small stage, and no matter where I walked, he followed me closely, staring at me, making faces. It was incredibly uncomfortable. He was literally breathing down my neck. My skin crawled. It was one of those moments where you wish you could hit pause and ask everyone watching, ‘Well, what would you do?’ Do you stay calm, keep smiling, and carry on as if he weren’t repeatedly invading your space? Or do you turn, look him in the eye, and say loudly and clearly, ‘Back up you creep. Get away from me. I

CNN’s Lemon: Trump ‘Is Clearly Trying to Ignite a Civil War in This Country’

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On Tuesday’s broadcast of “CNN Tonight,” anchor Don Lemon argued that President Trump is trying to incite a civil war in the US. Lemon said that while he has argued in the past that removing the president from office before he finishes his first term is absurd, Trump “has given oxygen to racists. He hasn’t really said anything that denounced the alt-right. He talked about the KKK and whatever. He hasn’t really done that. He is clearly trying to ignite a civil war in this country. He has not tamped down race. And I’m just going to say, if he was on my team, in this newsroom, and said those things, he would be escorted out of the building by security.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Lindsey Graham: ‘I Am Very Pleased’ With Afghanistan Plan – If Congress Votes It Down, They’ll Own the Next 9/11

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 27: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) gets off the Senate subway on his way to an amendment vote on the GOP heath care legislation on Capitol Hill, July 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. Senate Republicans are working to pass a stripped-down, or 'Skinny Repeal,' version of Obamacare reform that might include repealing individual and employer mandates and tax on medical devices. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Graham predicted that Trump's proposal will receive a lot of bipartisan support in Congress. "I'm proud," he said. "I'm relieved. I'm proud of the fact that President Trump made a national security decision, not a political decision."

Ryan: Trump ‘Messed Up’ In Tuesday Charlottesville Statement, Last Monday and Tonight Were Excellent Statements

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During a town hall on CNN on Monday, House Speaker Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) argued that President Trump “messed up” in his statement on Charlottesville last Tuesday, but praised Trump’s comments last Monday and earlier that night. Ryan stated that Trump’s statement last Monday was “pitch-perfect.” He added that during his press conference on Tuesday, Trump “made comments that were much more morally ambiguous, much more confusing, and I do think he could have done better. I think he needed to do better. I actually think what he did two days ago in commending the peaceful protests against the hate in Boston was a good start. And I think, just what I heard…25 minutes ago, was exactly what a president needs to say, what we needed to hear. So, I do believe that he messed up in his comments on Tuesday, when it sounded like a moral equivocation, or at the very least moral ambiguity, when we need extreme moral clarity.” Ryan added that the discussion about Charlottesville shouldn’t be about the president or politics, but rather goes to American and human values, and urged everyone to stand up against bigotry. He further stated that he had “a hard time believing” that

Ryan: ‘I’m Pleased’ With Trump’s Afghanistan Decision – ‘I Think I Heard a New Trump Strategy’

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During a town hall on CNN on Monday, House Speaker Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) expressed support for President Trump’s Afghanistan strategy. Ryan said, “I’m pleased with the decision. I’m actually pleased with the way he went about making this decision.” He continued, “I think it’s high time we have a more comprehensive strategy.” Ryan praised the shift from a timetable strategy to a strategy based on conditions. Ryan further stated, “[W]hat I heard tonight for the first time…I think I heard a new Trump strategy, or a doctrine so to speak. ‘Principled realism’ I think is how he described it.” He concluded the discussion on Afghanistan by stating that the ultimate goal is to get Afghanistan’s government to reconcile with the Taliban, but the Taliban won’t do that if they don’t think the US is “committed to seeing this through, if they think that they don’t have a chance. That is what I think was important in the decision the president just made tonight.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

CNN’s Rye: Statues of Washington, Jefferson, and Robert E. Lee ‘All Need to Come Down’

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On Thursday’s broadcast of CNN’s “At This Hour,” CNN Political Commentator Angela Rye argued that statues of slave owners, whether they’re of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, or Robert E. Lee should come down. CNN Political Analyst and Daily Beast Editor-in-Chief John Avlon who had referred to comparisons between Washington and Robert E. Lee as “idiotic” and stated that Confederates tried to claim Washington. Avlon also argued that there is no comparison between the Confederacy and Washington because Washington tried to unite the country and the Confederacy tore it apart. Later on, Rye said, “I think that we have to get to the heart of the problem here, and the heart of the problem is the way in which many of us were taught American history. American history is not all glorious. And even though I love John to death, I couldn’t disagree more about George Washington. George Washington was a slave owner. And we need to call slave owners out for what they are, whether we think they were protecting American freedom or not. He wasn’t protecting my freedom. I wasn’t someone who, my ancestors weren’t deemed human beings to him. And so, to me, I don’t care if it’s

Blitzer: There Will Be Questions About Whether Barcelona Attack Is ‘A Copycat Version’ of Charlottesville Attack

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On Thursday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Wolf,” anchor Wolf Blitzer stated that there will be questions about whether the Barcelona terror attack was a copycat of the Charlottesville, Virginia car attack. CNN Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Scuitto said, “[I]n light of the uproar over the last several days, five days apart, you have white supremacists in Charlottesville use a vehicle to kill, and here you have — attackers at least following the modus operandi of terrorists using vehicles, apparently to kill as well. And it’s that — those shared tactics that should be alarming.” Blitzer added, “Yeah, and there will be questions about copycats. There will be questions if what happened in Barcelona, was at all, at all, a copycat version of what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia. Even though they may be different characters, different political ambitions, they used the same killing device, a vehicle going at high speed into a group, a large group of pedestrians.” (h/t Jay Caruso) Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Mark Bray on Antifa: Nazism Had to be ‘Stopped by Force,’ and ‘Self-Defense Is Necessitated’ Today

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On Wednesday’s “MTP Daily,” author and Dartmouth University lecturer Mark Bray expressed support for Antifa’s confrontation tactics by arguing that Nazism had to be stopped by force and self-defense is necessary in today’s context. Bray said that the modern Antifa movement comes out of movements against Nazism and fascism in the 30s and movements in the 70s and 80s in Germany and the UK where immigrants, leftists, and punk rockers had to physically defend themselves against neo-Nazis. He added that their main perspective “is essentially that, rather than simply waiting for the threat to materialize, you stop it from the beginning. You say, ‘No platform for fascism.’ And that’s what we’re seeing with the attempts in Charlottesville and elsewhere.” When asked if he supported this kind of confrontation, he answered, “Yes, I am.” Bray further argued that far-right movements grow “by becoming normalized, by not being confronted, by being able to present themselves as family-friendly and respectable. So, part of the reason why the alt-right called themselves ‘alt-right’ is to present that mainstream image. And the opposition that people showed in Charlottesville really marred and tainted that. So, I think that by showing up and confronting it, it prevents the ability

Scarborough: Trump Has Become President of the White Nationalist Movement

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On Wednesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” co-host Joe Scarborough argued that President Trump has also become the president of the white nationalist movement. Scarborough said, “The United States is — we’ve — sometimes it’s been painful, but we’ve been in a constant, long march towards equality. And yesterday, it’s almost as if the president held up a stop sign and stopped history in its tracks.” He added, “[N]ot so strange is the fact that you had David Duke and other white nationalists actually praising the president of the United States yesterday for his words. And why not, he has now officially become the president of the white national — not only of America but also of the white nationalist movement. David Duke saying, thank you, Mr. President, for your ‘courage to tell the truth about Charlottesville[.]’ Well, David Duke, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, Klan members, they stand on one side, and apparently, the rest of America and the world stands on the other, Willie. The president has chosen sides, and it is very clear, not only morally — especially morally, but also politically, he has chosen the wrong side.” Scarborough concluded that lots of Trump’s voters didn’t want “a Duke

CNN’s Acosta: Trump Espoused ‘Almost White Nationalist-Lite’ Views, ‘Needs to Go Back to History 101’

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On Tuesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Situation Room,” CNN Senior White House Correspondent Jim Acosta stated that during his press conference earlier in the day, President Trump took views on Confederate monuments that were “almost white nationalist-lite,” and will be taken as a sign that the president “needs to go back to History 101.” Acosta said, “The president has an issue…when he is challenged on something that he feels deeply personal about. He doesn’t seem to have the ability to reign things in. … And president trump demonstrated here in the lobby of his own building. He couldn’t feel more at home than he could feel here at Trump Tower. He has talked about it time and time again, that this is his home. And yet, he felt very comfortable espousing some views that are — very, I mean, I would say they’re almost white nationalist-lite, in that, he was complaining, bemoaning the removal of Confederate statues across the country and asking whether or not George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are next.” He continued, “You could go to just about any history professor at any college in America, you could go to any history teacher at any high school in America, and

Chuck Todd: Trump Defended ‘The Cause of White Nationalists’ and Painted Them ‘As Victims’

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On Tuesday’s edition of MSNBC’s “MTP Daily,” host Chuck Todd argued that President Trump painted white nationalists as victims and defended their cause. Todd said, “Folks, what I just saw gave me the wrong kind of chills. Honestly, I’m a bit shaken from what I’ve just heard, and suspect it’s not just me. Moments ago, at Trump Tower, the president of the United States painted white nationalists and members of the alt-right as victims of what he described as club-wielding members of the alt-left. It was a chilling mix of whataboutism, false equivalence, and a total muddying of the waters, after one person was killed and at least 19 people were injured when members of the KKK, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists protested the removal of a Confederate statue in Charlottesville. Where to begin? You might as well start with the president painting these white nationalist protesters as the real victims of a violent left-wing movement.” He added, after playing a clip of Trump’s presser, “Sure, when violence breaks out like what we saw this weekend, there’s usually more than enough blame to go around. But when was the last time you saw a president of the United States defend the

Black Lives Matter Co-Founder: Hate Speech ‘Is Not Protected Under the First Amendment’

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On Monday’s broadcast of “MSNBCLive,” Black Lives Matter co-founder and Executive Director and Founder of Dignity Now Patrisse Cullors argued that hate speech isn’t protected by the First Amendment and white supremacists are “directly related” to President Trump’s policies. Cullors said, “David Duke and the white supremacists who showed up to Charlottesville, that is Trump’s base. And that base is not isolated. It’s not — it’s directly related to Trump’s policies and the policies that have continued to harm and kill black people and our allies. I think we’re seeing a movement of white nationalists rising up because they’ve been emboldened by trump and his government. And I really want to invite people to be on the right side of history right now.” She added, “I think what’s important in this moment is white nationalists are actually fighting to take away people’s rights. Black Lives Matter and groups like Black Lives Matter are fighting for equality. And hate speech, which is what we’re seeing coming out of white nationalist groups, is not protected under the First Amendment rights.” (h/t WFB) Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Black Lives Matter Co-Founder: Hate Speech ‘Is Not Protected Under the First Amendment’

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On Monday’s broadcast of “MSNBCLive,” Black Lives Matter co-founder and Executive Director and Founder of Dignity Now Patrisse Cullors argued that hate speech isn’t protected by the First Amendment and white supremacists are “directly related” to President Trump’s policies. Cullors said, “David Duke and the white supremacists who showed up to Charlottesville, that is Trump’s base. And that base is not isolated. It’s not — it’s directly related to Trump’s policies and the policies that have continued to harm and kill black people and our allies. I think we’re seeing a movement of white nationalists rising up because they’ve been emboldened by trump and his government. And I really want to invite people to be on the right side of history right now.” She added, “I think what’s important in this moment is white nationalists are actually fighting to take away people’s rights. Black Lives Matter and groups like Black Lives Matter are fighting for equality. And hate speech, which is what we’re seeing coming out of white nationalist groups, is not protected under the First Amendment rights.” (h/t WFB) Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Eugene Robinson: Trump ‘Invited’ and ‘Welcomed’ the Support of White Supremacists


On Monday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson argued President Trump not only received support from white supremacists, but “invited” and “welcomed” such support. Robinson said, “Donald Trump did not just receive the support of white supremacists. He invited it. He welcomed it. He led the birther movement, which had very, very clear, not just racial overtones, but racial content. He tweeted in 2014 that President Obama was doing such a bad job that we wouldn’t have another black president for decades, which says a lot about how he saw race and how he saw blackness and whiteness. It’s — so, this is not a new Donald Trump. This is who Donald Trump is.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Eugene Robinson: Trump ‘Invited’ and ‘Welcomed’ the Support of White Supremacists


On Monday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson argued President Trump not only received support from white supremacists, but “invited” and “welcomed” such support. Robinson said, “Donald Trump did not just receive the support of white supremacists. He invited it. He welcomed it. He led the birther movement, which had very, very clear, not just racial overtones, but racial content. He tweeted in 2014 that President Obama was doing such a bad job that we wouldn’t have another black president for decades, which says a lot about how he saw race and how he saw blackness and whiteness. It’s — so, this is not a new Donald Trump. This is who Donald Trump is.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Charlottesville Mayor: Trump ‘Had His Opportunity and He Whiffed’

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On Monday’s broadcast of CNN’s “New Day,” Charlottesville, VA Mayor Michael Signer stated that President Trump missed the mark by not specifically condemning white supremacists. Signer said, “I’ve already spent enough time talking about Donald Trump. He is our president, with respect. But, I think it speaks for itself. He had his moment. I mean, these are times for leadership. He already seems — thinking about working families and solutions, which I have to do all the time as a mayor of a city like this, is just kind of put action on the table and get things done. He kind of had his opportunity and he whiffed, and I think that speaks for itself.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Brooks: Using Madman Theory With North Korea ‘Very Dangerous’ Because ‘Both People Could Actually Be Crazy’

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On Friday’s “PBS NewsHour,” New York Times columnist David Brooks commented on President Trump’s statements about North Korea by saying it’s possible the president believes in the madman theory, but that such a theory is dangerous in a situation both leaders could be crazy. Brooks said, “Listen, there’s been a consensus about how to deal with this extremely knotty problem. And that is, at least on the rhetorical level, the North Korean regime is extremely fiery, extremely insecure, sometimes hysterical. And when you’re around somebody who’s screaming and unstable, the last thing you want to do is add to the instability with your own unstable, hysterical rhetoric. And so, most administrations, Republican and Democrats, when the North Koreans say they’re going to Seoul into a lake of fire, whatever their rhetoric is, have just ignored it, and relied on some underlying sense that the North Koreans don’t want to commit national suicide. Donald Trump has gone the other way. Now, I think that’s still — that sense that neither party wants to go into a war is still there. But the psychological probabilities that you’re going to enter into some August 1914 miscalculation certainly go up when both people are screaming at the

Maher on Immigration: ‘If You’re Going to Come to the Melting Pot, Melt a Little’

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On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher argued that he doesn’t want questions about Muslim immigration to be seen as inherently racist and that people who come to the US have to assimilate. Maher said, “[I]f we ask questions about Muslim immigration — we would like it to be people like Dr. Dawkins and myself, not to just be looked upon as, well it has to be a racist reason for that. It’s not a — first of all, it’s not a race. It’s a religion. But we’re talking about those shared values.” He added, “[I]f you’re going to come to the melting pot, melt a little. You gotta melt a little. … You can’t take your driver’s license photo in a burqa, we have to see your face.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Maher: ‘My Bigger Fear’ Is That the US Is ‘Becoming North Korea’

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On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher stated that he’s more worried about the US becoming North Korea under President Trump than North Korea attacking the US. Maher said, “I must tell you, my bigger fear, I am afraid of North Korea attacking us. … My bigger fear is we’re becoming North Korea.” Trump cited Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ press conference on leaks, stating, “When state government is functioning that way, when you’re doing a press conference to be seen by just the Dear Leader.” He continued by citing reports that President Trump gets a folder of flattering media coverage, polling showing half of Republicans would support postponing the 2020 election to guarantee only eligible citizens can vote, news on the quickness with which voting machines can be hacked, Trump thanking Vladimir Putin for expelling US diplomats, and a piece by Fox News’ Chris Stirewalt about Trump entitled, “Would You Even Care if He Was Guilty?” … This is what I worry about, what I have called the slow-moving coup.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Dawkins: Muslims Aren’t Being Oppressed By Critics, ‘Muslims Are Oppressed by Islam’


On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” author Richard Dawkins argued that Muslims aren’t being oppressed by critics of Islam like himself, but that they are oppressed by Islam. Host Bill Maher and Dawkins talked about their mutual dis-invitation from speeches at UC-Berkeley and a radio station canceling an interview with Dawkins. Dawkins said that there is “an epidemic that’s going on of people running scared from open speech,” and terrified of things that might be offensive. He added, “I think that this radio station and these universities, they are on our side. We’re on their side. Now, I was de-platformed specifically because of what I was alleged to have said about Islam. I think that the reason they did it was probably a laudable motive, they are on the side of oppressed minorities. They think that Muslims are an oppressed minority, oppressed by people like us. Actually, of course, Muslims are oppressed by Islam.” He later argued that Muslims who don’t oppress women or gay people are being persecuted by those who do and “That’s where the persecution comes from.” Maher added that “criticism of a religion is not the same thing as bigotry.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Ellison: Kim Jong-Un Is ‘Acting More Responsibly’ Than Trump

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During a discussion at the Netroots Nation Annual Conference on Friday, DNC Deputy Chair Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) stated President Trump is threatening Kim Jong-un and that North Korea’s leader is acting in a more responsible manner than the president is. In response to a question on how to prevent President Trump from using a “predictable emergency” to send the country to war, Ellison said, “North Korea is a serious thing. You have this guy making bellicose threats against somebody else who has very little to lose over there. Kim Jong-un, the world always thought he was not a responsible leader. Well, he’s acting more responsibly than this guy is. And — but I’m telling you is that, once these — once you start seeing missile launches, you’re going to see — the time for cranking up the anti-war machine is right now. So, if you don’t want to get caught deer in the headlights, start calling for diplomacy in North Korea immediately.” (h/t WFB) Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Ellison: Kim Jong-Un Is ‘Acting More Responsibly’ Than Trump

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During a discussion at the Netroots Nation Annual Conference on Friday, DNC Deputy Chair Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) stated President Trump is threatening Kim Jong-un and that North Korea’s leader is acting in a more responsible manner than the president is. In response to a question on how to prevent President Trump from using a “predictable emergency” to send the country to war, Ellison said, “North Korea is a serious thing. You have this guy making bellicose threats against somebody else who has very little to lose over there. Kim Jong-un, the world always thought he was not a responsible leader. Well, he’s acting more responsibly than this guy is. And — but I’m telling you is that, once these — once you start seeing missile launches, you’re going to see — the time for cranking up the anti-war machine is right now. So, if you don’t want to get caught deer in the headlights, start calling for diplomacy in North Korea immediately.” (h/t WFB) Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Dem Rep Gutierrez: I Think Trump Will Rescind DACA Before September 5th

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On Thursday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “The Beat with Ari Melber,” Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) predicted President Trump will rescind DACA before September 5th and stated that the deportation apparatus is working with more vigor than it was at the end of the Obama administration. Gutierrez began by saying, “Look, my experience is that the deportation apparatus is working more vigorously and just in a meaner place today than it was at the end of the Barack Obama administration.” He explained that “a huge percentage” of President Obama’s deportations “were people caught at the border, which are called expedited removal. Clearly, there are fewer people attempting to cross that border, and therefore, you have fewer deportations of that nature.” He also cited cases of people who have had deportation orders for years, but now are having their orders executed. Gutierrez added of DACA, “I think he [President Trump] is going to rescind it before September 5th.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Dem Rep Castro: Some of North Korea’s Threats ‘Have Been Made Because the President Has Also Made His Own Threats’

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On Thursday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Wolf,” Representative Joaquin Castro (D-TX) argued that some of North Korea’s threats are being made because President Trump made threats of his own to North Korea. Castro reacted to threats from North Korea to launch ballistic missiles towards Guam by stating, “I think some of these threats have been made because the president has also made his own threats. And so, that’s why I’m saying that we need to allow diplomacy a chance to work, instead of going tit for tat with a 32-year-old dictator in North Korea.” (h/t NTK Network) Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

MSNBC’s O’Donnell: Both North Korea and the US Have ‘An Unpredictable Liar’ in Charge

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On Tuesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “The Last Word,” host Lawrence O’Donnell said that both North Korea and the United States have unpredictable liars running their nation. In response to one of Trump’s tweets about his administration’s accomplishments, O’Donnell stated, “Donald Trump is, of course, the first president in memory to fail to pass the first major piece of legislation that he tried to pass. In his case, a repeal of the Affordable Care Act. None of the rest of the Trump legislative agenda has even made it to a vote in a committee, in either the House or the Senate, and his response to that uniquely bad news, for his uniquely incompetent and ineffective administration, is to simply lie, and to say that his administration has achieved more than most. A North Korean regime-style lie, that’s Donald Trump’s choice to — in terms of describing the accomplishments of his administration.” He added, “[T]he Trump administration enters its first deadly serious, dangerous international crisis, this time with an unpredictable liar in North Korea, and for the first time in American history, the United States has an unpredictable liar who is in control of the nuclear codes that could instantly create fire

MSNBC’s Farkas: Trump’s ‘Fire and Fury’ Statement ‘Sounds Like a North Korean Leader’

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On Tuesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House,” MSNBC National Security Analyst and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama Evelyn Farkas argued President Trump sounded more like a North Korean leader than an American one when he stated that any more threats against the United States by North Korea “will be met with fire and fury, like the world has never seen.” Farkas said, “[T]he president sounds like a North Korean leader. You know, Kim Jong-il, Kim Jong-un…they all talked about — literally, ‘sea of fire.’ That was the threat that they used more often than not. I used to have a huge file folder of all the crazy, colorful things that the North Koreans would say, and the names that they would call our American presidents. So, President Trump sounds more like a North Korean leader, unfortunately, than an American leader.” She continued that she didn’t think there was any reason to panic at the moment, adding that Kim Jong-un “understands what the world is like” in a way his father didn’t. Farkas further argued for a “multi-pronged” strategy based on deterrence, pressure via sanctions, diplomacy, and China possibly helping with the “carrot” of economic reform. (h/t Mediaite)

Waters on Trump Impeachment: ‘I Give It to About December’

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During an interview on New York’s Power 105.1 FM’s “Breakfast Club,” Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) stated that President Trump’s behavior during the campaign is part of the reason she started calling for his impeachment and said that she believes Trump will be impeached by December. Waters said that she saw Trump was a “deplorable human being” early in the campaign and didn’t have any “good” values. She continued that right after Trump got elected, she started talking about impeaching him because “not only the way that he conducted himself during the campaign, but we learned a lot about his allies and his associates who had ties to Russia and to the Ukraine and to oil. And so, I knew that this was someone who had been involved with collusion with the Russians in undermining our democracy.” She added, “I believe it is possible to impeach him. How long is it going to take? I don’t know, but I give it to about December. … Our new Special Counsel, Mr. Mueller, has empaneled a grand jury, as you know, as of yesterday. And they will be involved with investigations and they can do indictments also. So, little by little, drip by drip,

Trump: Immigration Proposal ‘Ends the Abuse of Our Welfare System’ and ‘Protects Our Workers and Our Economy’

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During Friday’s Weekly Address, President Trump argued the immigration reform proposal he put forward with Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA) “ends the abuse of our welfare system, stops chain migration, and protects our workers and our economy.” Transcript as Follows: “My fellow Americans, As we celebrate American Dream Week at the White House, we continue to see incredible results. This week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average reached an all-time high; never ever has it been so high. In May, the unemployment rate hit a 16-year low. And last quarter, real GDP growth increased to 2.6 percent. Prosperity is coming back to our shores because we’re putting America — workers and families first. The American Dream has always been about doing what we love and doing it for the people we love. Whether serving in the armed forces, manufacturing goods or starting a small business, our citizens pursue their aspirations and improve their lives — of millions in countless, countless ways. Yet, for too long, the dreams of many Americans have been put out of reach by Washington. Washington funded one global project after another, while allowing other countries to drain our jobs and drain the wealth of

Maher: Trump ‘Does Not Seem Christlike’

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During an interview with Faith and Freedom Coalition Chairman Ralph Reed on Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher argued that President Trump doesn’t seem to be like Jesus Christ. Maher said, “I don’t throw the term Antichrist around lightly. But, when I think of Christ, and then Trump, yeah, Antichrist. … [L]et’s take the lying thing. You guys call Satan — you believe in Satan, right?” After Reed responded that he does, Maher stated, “I could make fun. I’m not. Because I like you. Okay, but don’t you call Satan the father of lies?” Maher added, “Trump, giant liar, Satan, father of lies. Okay. What about the thing that Jesus was sorta — he was not really fond of egomaniacs, or rich people? Isn’t Donald Trump a rich egomaniac, who — you know, everything is about money and doing well and winners and losers? It just does not seem Christlike, Ralph.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Watch: Maher Jabs Gore About Losing FL, Gore Replies ‘I Think I Carried Florida’

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On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” host and comedian Bill Maher teased former Vice President Al Gore about losing Florida in the 2000 election, to which Gore replied that he thinks he carried Florida. Maher said, “[W]hen the sea levels rise, obviously, we could lose Venice. We could lose Florida. And who would know better about losing Florida.” Gore smiled and laughed before saying, “Actually, I think I carried Florida.” Gore then smiled. After Maher applauded and smiled in response to Gore’s remark, Gore laughed. Gore smiled before adding that whether or not he won Florida was another issue that he wouldn’t delve into. Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Dem Sen Blumenthal: ‘Any Kind of Crime Is Fair for the Special Prosecutor to Pursue’

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On Friday’s broadcast of CNN’s “OutFront,” Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) argued that it would be fair for Special Counsel Bob Mueller to pursue any kind of crime. Anchor Erin Burnett asked Blumenthal, “What about if they’re looking at financials and they find a financial crime, but it is not related to the election or to Russia? … Is that fair game, as it was for President Clinton?” Blumenthal answered, “For the special counsel to be pursuing financial crimes or dealings that may lead him to charge others, like Michael Flynn, with financial crimes, and then for Michael Flynn to provide evidence that’s relevant to collusion and conspiracy between that Trump campaign and the Russians, also is well within the mandate of the special counsel.” Burnett followed up to ask if Blumenthal was saying that it isn’t fair game if the special counsel finds a crime that isn’t related to the election or Russia. He responded, “Any kind of crime is fair for the special prosecutor to pursue. If the special prosecutor finds a violation of law, he can pursue it himself, or he can turn it over to another prosecutor.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Waters: ‘When We Finish With Trump, We Have to Go and Get’ Pence

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 15: Vice President Mike Pence speaks during the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America at the Florida International University on June 15, 2017 in Miami, Florida. The conferance brought together government and business leaders from the United States, Mexico, Central America, and other countries to address the economic, security, and governance challenges and opportunities in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
On Friday's broadcast of ABC's "The View," Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) stated that after President Donald Trump is impeached, Vice President Mike Pence won't be a better president than Trump and should be impeached as well.

Krauthammer: Dispute Between POTUS, Mueller, and Congress Could be A ‘Threat’ to ‘Constitutional Stability’

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On Thursday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” columnist Charles Krauthammer stated that there could end up being a crisis if the president, Congress, and the judiciary end up at an impasse over Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Krauthammer stated that two Senate bills designed to protect Mueller are why “Tonight’s news is not just a threat to Trump and his entourage, but it is to, I think, constitutional stability. The president has said that he’s got a red line. If they want to go on a fishing expedition that is unrelated, essentially, to the Russia probe, that’s where he draws the line. Now, he didn’t say what he would do, but you know what he would have in mind. When you get members of his own party in the Senate trying to pass laws, probably unconstitutional, to restrict his ability to fire Mueller, you know that we are possibly headed to a cliff. ” He added, “Look, the problem with special prosecutors is, you assemble of…the best of the best in search of a crime. Normally, you have a crime, and then the prosecutors go out and try to prove it. With a special prosecutor, you start with

West Virginia Governor: I’m Switching Parties Because ‘I Can’t Help You Anymore’ as a Democrat

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During a speech at President Trump’s rally in West Virginia on Thursday, the state’s Governor, Jim Justice announced he is changing his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican. Justice said, “[I]n the last session, I would tell you that there was some greatness passed, with our roads and so on, but there was way too much pain. Now listen to me and listen really good, we hurt a lot of people. We hurt our vets and our teachers and our disabled and our weak and we walked away from the old. Now I can promise you just this, I came to only get something done. Let me just say this to you as bluntly as I can say it, West Virginia, at the altar, when we had it done, like it or not like it, but the Democrats walked away from me. Now, today I will tell you, with lots of prayers and lots of thinking, today I’ll tell you as West Virginians, I can’t help you anymore being a Democrat governor. So tomorrow, I will be changing my registration to Republican.” He added, “Now let me go one step further and say just this, what in the world is wrong us as

Sekulow: ‘No Reason to Believe That the President’s Under Investigation’ – POTUS Not Thinking About Firing Mueller

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On Thursday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” Jay Sekulow, a member of President Trump’s legal team, reacted to the reported empaneling of a grand jury by Special Counsel Bob Mueller by stating that there is no reason to believe the president is under investigation and that the president isn’t thinking of firing Mueller. Sekulow said that while there was no advance notice, which he stated isn’t unusual, the empaneling of the grand jury isn’t a surprise and is “very much standard operating procedure” in a case like this. He added, “But with respect to the empaneling of the grand jury, we have no reason to believe that the president’s under investigation here.” He later said that there are no revelations that suggest the president is under investigation. Sekulow stated that he doesn’t know anything about the report that subpoenas have been issued with regards to Donald Trump Jr.’s 2016 Russia meeting. He added that while a grand jury empaneling is standard, grand jury proceedings are supposed to be secret. He also said that a grand jury “goes a long way in moving the process forward.” Sekulow also said that speculation about the president firing

CNN’s Acosta: Trump WH ‘Has an Unhealthy Fixation’ on ‘the Three Ms, the Mexicans, the Muslims, and the Media’

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On Wednesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Situation Room,” CNN Senior White House Correspondent Jim Acosta argued that the White House has an obsession with Mexicans, Muslims, and the media and tends to base policy around bashing one of those groups. Acosta responded to a question on why immigrants to the US knowing English before they got to the US is such an important part of the new policy by saying, “I think at times, this White House has an unhealthy fixation on what I call the three Ms, the Mexicans, the Muslims, and the media. Their policies tend to be crafted around bashing one of those three groups, and we just see it time and time again. And today, on immigration, what the White House is essentially saying, in a wink and a dog whistle, to some these battleground states that they won, is that, immigrants coming in from Latin America are taking your jobs. Wolf, immigration is not the reason why the factory closed in Pittsburgh or the coal mine was shut down in West Virginia. The people who are struggling in those states, they need policies that will help get them out of this mess that they’ve been for a generation, where

CNN’s Acosta: America ‘Was Already Great, Because of Immigrants’ – I Wanted to Remind Miller of Statue of Liberty

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On Wednesday’s “CNN Newsroom,” CNN Senior White House Correspondent Jim Acosta said that during his exchange with White House adviser Stephen Miller at the White House Press Briefing earlier in the day, he wanted to remind Miller of what the Statue of Liberty says, bringing in people from all walks of life is what makes America great, and America “was already great, because of immigrants in this country.” He also stated that the White House isn’t advancing a very strong argument for its new immigration proposal and is dog-whistling that it would look at the racial and ethnic flow of immigrants. Acosta began by remarking, “Well, you can be Cuban and cosmopolitan, Brooke. I don’t know what to tell you.” He continued, “I think when the White House has to resort to insulting reporters in that fashion, and we’ve seen this time and again, throughout the course of this administration, they’re just really not advancing a terribly powerful argument.” Acosta also said he was simply trying to ask Miller as to whether the policy goes against a tradition of the US bringing in all different kinds of people. He added, “I think this goes back to a problem that this White House

McCaskill: There Are ‘Lots of Problems With Obamacare’ – Single-Party Health Legislation ‘Becomes a Gotcha Exercise’

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On Wednesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) stated that when healthcare reform is done with one party, it turns into a “gotcha” game, which is what happened with Obamacare and the Republican healthcare bills. She also said Obamacare has many problems. McCaskill said, “The most important thing we can do is to do something in a bipartisan way. Because what we’ve learned is, when you do it with just one party, it becomes political. It becomes a gotcha exercise. That’s what happened with the Affordable Care Act. That’s what happened when the Republicans tried to do it just with Republican votes. So what we’ve got to do is come together, and meet in the middle. There are things we can do to make health care better. And we all — I mean, there’s lots of problems with Obamacare. But they’re fixable, they really are fixable. And some of it means maybe we go and acknowledge that some of the things we did were not the right way to look at this. I’m there. In fact, just last night and last week, I’m involved in a lot of bipartisan meetings to try to get that done.” She

McCaskill: There Are ‘Lots of Problems With Obamacare’ – Single-Party Health Legislation ‘Becomes a Gotcha Exercise’

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On Wednesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) stated that when healthcare reform is done with one party, it turns into a “gotcha” game, which is what happened with Obamacare and the Republican healthcare bills. She also said Obamacare has many problems. McCaskill said, “The most important thing we can do is to do something in a bipartisan way. Because what we’ve learned is, when you do it with just one party, it becomes political. It becomes a gotcha exercise. That’s what happened with the Affordable Care Act. That’s what happened when the Republicans tried to do it just with Republican votes. So what we’ve got to do is come together, and meet in the middle. There are things we can do to make health care better. And we all — I mean, there’s lots of problems with Obamacare. But they’re fixable, they really are fixable. And some of it means maybe we go and acknowledge that some of the things we did were not the right way to look at this. I’m there. In fact, just last night and last week, I’m involved in a lot of bipartisan meetings to try to get that done.” She
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