Archive for Ian Hanchett

WaPo’s Rucker: Democrats ‘Can’t Run Just as the Resistance Party’ – ‘They Need an Agenda, Some Ideas’

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On Friday’s broadcast of PBS’ “Washington Week,” Washington Post White House Bureau Chief Philip Rucker said Democrats lack a strong leader at the national level and can’t just be the resistance party if they want to win. Rucker commented on former President Obama’s statement against the Senate GOP’s healthcare bill by saying Obama is “trying to help galvanize Democrats, who don’t really have a strong national party leader right now.” He later stated, “[T]he bigger problem for the Democratic Party right now, is they need fresh faces, and they need a fresh message. They can’t run just as the resistance party. That’s what we learned in Georgia. That’s what we learned in all these other special elections. They need a vision for the future. They need a message. They need an agenda, some ideas, some policy ideas. Go out in the country. Try to figure out what a movement could look like. And they’re not there yet. They might get there by 2018, but they’ve got a lot of work to do as a party.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Brooks: Georgia Loss ‘A Big Loss’ for Democrats, Pelosi Has ‘Become a Central Liability’

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On Friday’s “PBS NewsHour,” New York Times columnist David Brooks stated that the loss in the Georgia special election was a major loss for the Democrats and that House Minority Leader Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has become a drag on people across the country. Brooks stated, “I think the Georgia loss is a big loss. I don’t think it’s, oh, this is always a Republican district, it’s not such a big deal. If the Democrats are going to pick up seats, it’s going to be in upscale, highly educated suburban seats. And this was tailor-made for that, a seat that Trump barely won. And so, if after all that’s happened in the last four or five months, they can’t pick up the seat, that, to me, is an indictment.” Brooks added, “It’s first, a sign that there’s limits to being anti-Trump. Second, that the Trump phenomenon was not just a fluke, that it’s based on some deep structural things in the economy that are driving people to support the Republicans, some deep structural things in the country, that people are extremely distrustful of government and extremely distrustful of Washington.” He continued, “There’s also a sign that the Republicans, despite all that’s happened,

Maajid Nawaz: I’m Suing the SPLC for Defamation for Putting Me on Anti-Muslim Extremist List

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On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” author, columnist, and former Islamic extremist Maajid Nawaz announced a defamation lawsuit against the Southern Poverty Lawsuit Center for listing him as an anti-Muslim extremist. Nawaz said he is “sick to death” of “well-meaning white men” liberals “who decide that I am saying the — what they don’t agree with, don’t allow for me to say about my own community, my own religious heritage. And as a result, listed me as an anti-Muslim extremist. So, I’m going to take them to court for defamation.” Host Bill Maher told Nawaz he’d like to be part of the crowdfund of Nawaz’s lawsuit. Nawaz added, “I’ve memorized half of the Koran. I’m a Muslim. I’m born and raised Muslim to a Muslim. I’ve learned classical Arabic and spent time in prison as a political prisoner for what I then thought was my religion. I’ve changed my views as to the interpretation of my religion, and along come these people…and decide that I don’t have the right to speak about my own heritage and critique it from within.” He further criticized the “hypocrisy” of the SPLC for speaking out against Christian fundamentalism in “their own Bible Belt,”

Maher: Trump ‘The Worst Person Ever’ – Healthcare Bill ‘More Like a Manifesto from the Zodiac Killer’

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On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher stated President Trump is the worst person of all-time and compared the Senate healthcare bill to a manifesto by the Zodiac Killer. Maher began by saying Trump is “the worst person ever.” He added, “Democrats have to stop losing elections, because — sorry Republican viewers, I love you, but the wrong people are in power. And they are not afraid to use that power. And let me tell you, they are full of good ideas. This week, a Republican Congressman introduced a bill to make it legal for senators and representatives to carry firearms at work, there at the Capitol. Which sounds like a good plan, until [Senator] John McCain’s (R-AZ) cell phone rings and he answers his gun.” Maher later said that the Senate healthcare bill is “More like a manifesto from the Zodiac Killer. They should’ve published this by cutting out letters from the newspaper.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Maher: The Best Thing You Can do for the Environment Is ‘Not Produce Another Resource-Sucking’ Human

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On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher pitched a holiday for people who don’t have children and argued that not having children is the best thing you can do for the environment. Maher said, “Now that we’ve had Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, let’s set aside this Sunday to celebrate people who are neither, with a new holiday called, ‘I Didn’t Reproduce Day.'” Maher clarified that there isn’t anything wrong with “having a small number of children.” He later stated, “[N]obody ever celebrates us, and they really should. Because you know what Mother Nature loves even more than electric cars? Condoms. There’s literally nothing you can do that’s better for the environment than to not produce another resource-sucking, waste-making human being, probably with a bad attitude.” He later added that having or not having children doesn’t have a “moral dimension” to it, and is merely a matter of preference. Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

‘We’ll Never Make You Sick of Winning’: Maher Reads Satirical Democratic Party Slogans

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On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher mocked the Democratic Party’s lack of electoral success since President Trump’s election by reading satirical slogans for the party. Maher stated, “[T]he Democrats have lost these four states: Kansas, Montana, South Carolina, Georgia since Trump has been elected. And we got some of the posters that they were using in these races. I think it’ll show you that they’re less than inspiring.” Maher then read off satirical Democratic slogans, including, “Democrats: Consistently one of America’s top two parties,” “The Democrats: We’ll never make you sick of winning,” “Democrats: Preferred 2-1 by non-citizens,” “The Democrats: Let us win one or we’ll run Chelsea,” and “The Democratic Party: Wait, we thought everyone got a trophy.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Krauthammer: Witness Intimidation Charges Against Trump ‘Pure Rubbish’ – Dems Are Getting ‘Desperate’

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On Friday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” columnist Charles Krauthammer dismissed Democratic claims that President Trump’s tapes tweet about former FBI Director James Comey constitute obstruction of justice and accused the Democrats of grasping at straws. Krauthammer said, “The idea that this is intimidation of a witness is pure rubbish. If you say to somebody, ‘Watch — I mean, you’ve got a great family, hate to see anything happen to your kids, watch what you say.’ That’s intimidation of a witness. If you say, ‘There may be a way to actually — to figure out exactly what was said, there could be a mechanism, thus you ought to watch what you say.’ That’s not intimidation at all. That’s just — I mean as you say, we’re now at sort of the tertiary level of accusation. You can’t get anywhere on collusion, we have yet in almost a year to have any evidence of collusion. So they’re on to obstruction. obstruction is really kind of shaky. There isn’t really that much there. So now you want to go to intimidation of a witness. They’re getting a bit desperate. This is going to happen. This will go on for

Roland Martin: Black People Are Tired of Being Democrats’ ‘Side Piece’ and ‘Political Sharecroppers’

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On Friday’s “MSNBC Live,” TV One host Roland Martin argued that Democrats should stop chasing white Trump voters and that black people don’t want to be the Democratic Party’s “side piece” or “political sharecroppers.” Martin began by saying Democrats have the problem of not focusing enough on local races. He further stated that Democrats have to understand that they won’t have “all these perfect progressives, these perfect liberals. If you’re running in Texas and Mississippi and Alabama they’re going to look different than somebody than running in Ohio, somebody running in New York.” Martin then told Democrats, “they have got to stop chasing this epic, mythical white voter.” He continued by arguing that capturing white Trump voters wasn’t how Democrats won, and declaring, “You better go after people of color. Hillary Clinton, had she put the resources targeting people of color, she could have won Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. That’s where they failed. … Black people are tired of being the side piece for the Democratic Party. They’re tired of being political sharecroppers. If Democrats want to win, they have to drive turnout. We saw for the first time in 2016, Ali, black voter participation dropped. Not because black folks didn’t vote, but because of

Rand: Senate Healthcare Bill ‘May Be Obamacare-Plus’ on Subsidies, ‘Subsidizes the Death Spiral’

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On Thursday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) argued that the Senate’s healthcare bill may provide more subsidies than Obamacare does. Rand said, “[W]hen we look at the bill, we actually find that with the Obamacare subsidies, not only are we keeping them, we may actually be providing more subsidies than Obamacare has. Our early estimates on the bill are that the bill may spend more in the next year or two than Obamacare does. And so, it’s hard for us to get our mind around that this is a repeal bill if we’re spending more, keeping all the subsidies, and then we’re going to start a brand new federal entitlement program where we give insurance companies money.” He added, “I keep reading it and…it sounds like Obamacare to me. It doesn’t even sound like Obamacare-lite. In some areas, it may be Obamacare-plus, on the subsidy side.” Rand later stated that the Republican bill “subsidizes the death spiral of Obamacare. It dumps a bunch of federal money, taxpayer money, or borrowed money into the insurance industry and says, ‘Hey, please lower the prices if we give you money.'” Follow Ian Hanchett on

Dem Rep Dingell: ‘Very Concerned’ Identity Politics Has Hijacked the Democratic Party

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On Wednesday’s “MSNBC Live,” Representative Debbie Dingell (D-MI) expressed her concern that the Democratic Party has been hijacked by identity politics. said, “[W]e’ve become this identity politics. We’re the women’s caucus, the black caucus, the Hispanic caucus. We’ve lost sense of we, that our strength comes in community, and that community of all of us. And sometimes I don’t feel like I belong in any of the little different caucuses, but I am a proud Democrat who was sent here to represent the working men and women of my district, and that’s what I’m supposed to be a voice for.” Later in the interview, anchor Craig Melvin told Dingell, “It sounds like you think that identity politics have sort of hijacked the party. That’s what I’m hearing.” Dingell responded, “I am very concerned that that is what’s happening, and that we are forgetting that our strength comes in being we, all of us coming together. And if we don’t figure out how we become we again, we’re going to keep losing. So, I think it’s important that we need to understand each of these groups has issues. Look, I’m a woman. I’ve been discriminated against. I could tell you story after story, like

Dem Rep Bustos: ‘It’s Not Going to Work for Us Just to Have an Anti-Trump Message’

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On Tuesday's "CNN Tonight," Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL) argued that Democrats wouldn't win the 2018 midterms if they just had an anti-Trump message.

CNN’s Lemon: A Republican Winning in Georgia ‘Shouldn’t Be Breaking News’

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On Tuesday’s broadcast of “CNN Tonight,” host Don Lemon reacted to the results in Georgia’s special election by saying a Republican winning in Georgia shouldn’t be breaking news. Lemon said, “What’s interesting is that, breaking news, a Republican wins in Georgia, it shouldn’t be breaking news. This is the way it should happen. But the fact, David, that it was so close, at least it appeared in the polling and in the results, as well. The results are actually really close.” He then asked, “What does this say about the state of affairs, especially the Trump — is there a mandate for Donald Trump? Will he keep his support? Will it stay the same? Are Democrats looking at this as necessarily a loss, or they got close and maybe there’s hope for them in the midterms?” (h/t Grabien) Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

GOP Sen Lee: I’m ‘Frustrated’ by ‘Lack of Transparency’ In GOP Healthcare Bill, ‘Small Handful’ of Leadership Staffers Writing It

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In a Facebook video Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) said that even though he’s a part of the Senate’s healthcare working group, he hasn’t seen the healthcare bill the Senate is working on, and it has become clear that the bill isn’t being written by the group, but rather it’s being written by staffers of the Senate’s GOP leadership. Lee said he hasn’t seen the bill, “even though I’ve been a member of this working group among Senate Republicans assigned to help narrow the focus of some of this. I haven’t seen the bill. And it has become increasingly apparent in the last few days that, even though we thought we were going to be in charge of writing a bill within this working group, it’s not being written by us. It’s apparently being written by a small handful of staffers for members of the Republican leadership in the Senate.” He added, “So, if you’re frustrated by the lack of transparency in this process, I share your frustration. I share it wholeheartedly. The American people need and deserve to be able to see legislation as it moves through the Senate.” (h/t Mediaite) Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

FNC’s Stirewalt: Shakespeare Caesar Stage-Rushing Like College Students Shutting Down Speakers They Don’t Like

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On Monday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Outnumbered” Fox News Channel Politics Editor Chris Stirewalt reacted to reacted to people storming the stage of the Shakespeare in the Park production depicting President Trump as assassinated Julius Caesar by stating that life doesn’t have a mute button, and people don’t have a right to not be offended. Stirewalt began by saying that the protesters are acting like snowflakes. He continued, “We are doing a very poor job as a civilization right now. We — it — this is almost as disheartening to me, what’s happening there, and what’s happening when people can’t give a lecture on a college campus, what’s happening in all of these spaces. There is no mute function on life. … And the reality is, you are going to hear things that you find offensive, and that is the cost. That is what comes. That is the price. Our Supreme Court has just taken one of the strongest stands ever on the First Amendment. This is the strongest First Amendment court. We are hearing today, hate speech is protected. The Washington Redskins can call themselves the Redskins, and you can’t stop them. All of these things are rolling out

Brzezinski: ‘Literally No Real Men’ in the WH, ‘Maybe Bring in a Woman’ Who Can Get Trump to Stop Tweeting

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On Monday’s broadcast of “Morning Joe” on MSNBC, co-host Mika Brzezinski stated that there aren’t any “real men” in the White House and suggested that because no one can get the president to stop tweeting, they should possibly bring in a woman. Brzezinski said, “Think about it, there are no men in the White House, literally no real men, I’ve said it before. Nobody can get him to stop tweeting. Maybe bring in a woman. Maybe just one, who can get this guy to stop tweeting and shooting himself in the foot.” (h/t Mediaite) Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Brooks: Trump ‘Lashing Out’ in ‘Extremely Disturbing’ Ways, Not ‘Projecting Mental Stability’

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On Friday’s “PBS NewsHour,” New York Times columnist David Brooks argued that there is no “serious” evidence of collusion between the Trump camp and Russia, but the president is reacting in a disturbing manner. Brooks stated, “[I]t may be a witchhunt, but he’s acting like a witch. You know, to me, we’ve had this — the idea that there’s been collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign has been investigated for a long time. And so far, we’ve had no really serious evidence that they did collude, and everything else seems to be leaking out. So, I begin to be a little suspicious–and maybe I’m wrong–we’ll see over the long term whether there was any actual act of collusion. There were certainly conversations maybe about some building and some investment, but so far, no evidence of an underlying crime.” He continued, “But this, to me, is not a criminal story. It’s a psychological story. And it’s a story about a president who seems to feel under more pressure, under more threat, lashing out in ways that are painfully self-destructive, but also extremely disturbing to anybody around him. And so, whether it’s the North Korean Cabinet hearing that he held recently, where

Trump Touts Apprenticeship Initiative: ‘There Is Dignity in Every Honest Job, And There Is Nobility in Every Honest Worker’

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During Friday’s Weekly Address, President Trump touted the Apprenticeship Initiative executive order and said, “Today, this is the message I want every young American to hear: there is dignity in every honest job, and there is nobility in every honest worker.” Transcript as Follows: “My fellow Americans, This week, our nation was shocked and horrified when a gunman opened fire on a Member of Congress.  Five people were wounded in the assault, including a member of House Leadership – my good friend, Steve Scalise. Steve is beloved across Washington, he embodies everything public service is about – he’s dedicated to his constituents, devoted to his values, and deeply committed to his country.  I visited Steve, his wife, and his family in the hospital as he continues to fight for his recovery.  435 Members of Congress, and 300 million Americans, are pulling for him, praying for him, and pledging to him our full and total support. We continue to hold all of those wounded and fighting for recovery in our hearts and prayers, including Matt Mika, who was also badly wounded. In that terrible crime, we also witnessed the incredible heroism of Capitol Police.  Special Agent Crystal Griner – who I

Maher: ‘We Would Never Really Think’ Baseball Shooting Would Happen on the Left, ‘We Think of the Right’ Picking Up Guns

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On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher commented on the Congressional baseball shooting by stating that you wouldn’t think something like that would happen on the left. Maher said, “[T]he shooting this week, it was a liberal. It was a Bernie Sanders supporter. I mean, it’s odd, we live in a strange country. We would never really think this would happen on the left. We think of the right as the people who pick up guns and do crazy things like this. is it significant that this was a liberal, someone who watched MSNBC all day? Not that they’re to blame either, because they certainly are not.” Later in the discussion, Maher stated that neither the majority of liberals nor the majority of conservatives look to violence as a solution. Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Maher to Marlow: I Want Dems to Have ‘What You Guys Are Drinking, Because You Have Balls, and You Fight Better’

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On Friday’s broadcast of “Real Time with Bill Maher” on HBO, host and comedian Bill Maher told Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow “I want the Democrats to have a little bit of what you guys are drinking, because you have balls, and you fight better.” Maher said, “Thanks for having me, because you are the head of Breitbart News. … I want the Democrats to have a little bit of what you guys are drinking, because you have balls, and you fight better.” He added, “You’re here in my show. I can’t get Democrats to come here.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

CNN’s Acosta: Trump ‘Ushering In’ ‘A Return to the Cold War Between Washington and Havana’

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On Friday’s broadcast of “CNN Newsroom,” CNN Senior White House Correspondent Jim Acosta stated President Trump is “ushering in…a return to the cold war between Washington and Havana.” Acosta said Trump is “ushering in a cold war — a return to the cold war between Washington and Havana. He made that very clear in this speech, going after the Castro government time and again, accusing the government in Havana of jailing political prisoners, of rounding up innocent people, putting them behind bars purely for political reasons. He talked about firing squads at one point, the sounds of gunshots in the air and the ocean breeze in Havana. That is the kind of cold war rhetoric that we have heard for decades between the United States and Cuba.” (h/t Mediaite) Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Angus King: Russian Hacking ‘The Most Serious Attack on the US Since September 11th’

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On Thursday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Senator Angus King (I-ME) argued that Russian interference in the 2016 election is “the most serious attack on the United States since September 11th,” and that Attorney General Jeff Sessions “doesn’t seem very interested in it.” King said, “The other thing that was troubling though, that didn’t get as much publicity, I asked him [Sessions], did you ever get a briefing on the — what the Russians did? Did you seek a briefing? Did you ask about it? And he said, no, I only know what I read in the papers. This is the most serious attack on the United States since September 11th, and the chief law enforcement officer doesn’t seem very interested in it.” (h/t Daily Caller) Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Hannity: ‘Bernie Sanders Is Not Responsible’ for Shooting, ‘I’m Not Going to do What the Left Does’


On Wednesday’s “Sean Hannity Show,” host Sean Hannity stated that Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is “not responsible” for the shooting at a Congressional baseball practice, and most of Sanders’ aren’t violent. Hannity said, “I’m not going to do what the left does here. Bernie Sanders is not responsible for what one of his stupid supporters has to say. Because most Bernie Sanders supporters are not violent and not out there trying to kill Republicans, and Bernie said he was sickened by the entire anti-GOP massacre here, alright? And I believe him. But, if it’s, you know, the Oklahoma City bombing, didn’t stop Bill Clinton from blaming talk radio.” (h/t Daily Rushbo) Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Krauthammer: People Should Be ‘Much More Responsible With Trump Derangement Syndrome’

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On Wednesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” columnist Charles Krauthammer contrasted the reactions to the shooting at a Congressional baseball practice and the Tucson shooting in 2011 and argued, “people ought to be very much more responsible with Trump Derangement Syndrome.” Krauthammer contrasted Wednesday’s shooting with the shooting of then-Representative Gabby Giffords (D-AZ), where “Within minutes, within hours, there was a meme that showed in the major newspapers and elsewhere that this was a result of the climate of hate, of violence perpetrated by Sarah Palin and other extreme Republicans. … The guy who did this…was clearly psychotic from the first moment.” Krauthammer further argued that the shooter of the Congressional baseball practice was “likely…a combination of somebody who is unhinged, falling apart, but clearly driven by a political purpose, and one that I would say, to echo the words that were used in the Gifford[s] case, a climate of anti-Trump almost hysteria that has become the norm. I think this will help to pull people back and to realize that the kind of language, the — to celebrate, for example, the Julius Caesar in central park in which the Julius Caesar is clearly Donald Trump as some

Charlie Rose: There Has Been ‘A Season’ of ‘Coarse Political Rhetoric’ Like ‘Lock Her Up’

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During CBS’ coverage of the shooting at a Congressional baseball practice, anchor Charlie Rose stated, “people talk about things like ‘lock her up,’ and we saw some of the most crude political language that we’d heard. … This has been a season of sort of coarse political rhetoric.” Rose said, “[W]e saw during the time that members went back home, because of some of the debates in Congress, they were particularly raucous town meetings, not about threats to their lives, but clearly, the level in combativeness was more apparent than ever.” He later added, after Congressional Correspondent Nancy Cordes said that it can be difficult for members of Congress to tell who is merely exercising their free speech rights and someone who has the intent of committing violence, “Clearly, we saw that during the campaign, which people talk about things like ‘lock her up,’ and we saw some of the most crude political language that we’d heard, even though there’s a long history of political attacks in American politics since the Founding Fathers. We did see expressions that we had not heard before. This has been a season of sort of coarse political rhetoric.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Rand: ‘Nobody Would Have Survived’ Baseball Shooting Without Capitol Police, ‘It Would Have Been a Massacre Without Them’


On Wednesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “New Day,” Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) credited Capitol Police officers on the scene for preventing the shooting at a Congressional baseball practice from turning into a “massacre.” Rand said, “I can tell you, that I think with absolute certainty, nobody would have survived without the Capitol Hill Police. They saved everybody’s life. Incredibly brave and deserve everyone’s praise, because, with this guy, who knows what his — how heavily armed he was, but nobody else had a weapon. So, he was just killing everyone — he would have. … They deserve our gratitude for saving — it would have been a massacre without them.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Rand: ‘Nobody Would Have Survived’ Baseball Shooting Without Capitol Police, ‘It Would Have Been a Massacre Without Them’


On Wednesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “New Day,” Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) credited Capitol Police officers on the scene for preventing the shooting at a Congressional baseball practice from turning into a “massacre.” Rand said, “I can tell you, that I think with absolute certainty, nobody would have survived without the Capitol Hill Police. They saved everybody’s life. Incredibly brave and deserve everyone’s praise, because, with this guy, who knows what his — how heavily armed he was, but nobody else had a weapon. So, he was just killing everyone — he would have. … They deserve our gratitude for saving — it would have been a massacre without them.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Mo Brooks: There ‘Must Have Been 50-100 Shots Fired’ Between Security and Shooter at Baseball Practice

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On Wednesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “New Day,” Representative Mo Brooks (R-AL) described the scene at the Congressional baseball practice where House Majority Whip Representative Steve Scalise (R-LA) was shot. Brooks stated that the shooter was using a rifle, while members of the Congressional security details were firing handguns back at the shooter, and that there “must have been 50-100 shots fired.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Cotton: Accusation Sessions Colluded With Russian Ambassador at Mayflower A ‘Ridiculous’ Plot Line


During Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) asked whether any spy fiction had “a plot line so ridiculous that a sitting United States senator and an ambassador of a foreign government colluded at an open setting with hundreds of other people to pull off the greatest caper in the history of espionage?” Cotton said, “[A] very simple question that should be asked is, did Donald Trump or any of his associates in the campaign collude with Russia in hacking those emails and releasing them to the public? That’s where we started six months ago. We have now heard from six of the eight Democrats on this committee, and, to my knowledge, I don’t think a single one of them asked that question. They’ve gone down lots of other rabbit trails, but not that question. Maybe that is because Jim oCmey said last week, as he said to Donald Trump, that on three times he assured him he was not under investigation. Maybe it’s because multiple Democrats on this committee have stated they have seen no evidence thusfar, after six months of our investigation and ten — 11 months of an FBI investigation of any

Sessions: ‘I Did Not Recuse Myself From Defending My Honor Against Scurrilous and False Allegations’

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During his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated his recusal from the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, “does not, and cannot interfere with my ability to oversee the Department of Justice, including the FBI,” and that “I did not recuse myself from defending my honor against scurrilous and false allegations.” Sessions said, “[T]he scope of my recusal, however, does not, and cannot interfere with my ability to oversee the Department of Justice, including the FBI, which has an $8 billion budget and 35,000 employees. I presented to the president my concerns and those of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about the ongoing leadership issues at the FBI, as stated in my letter recommending the removal of Mr. Comey, along with the deputy attorney general’s memorandum on that issue, which have been released publicly by the White House. Those represent a clear statement of my views. I adopted the Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein’s points that he made in his memorandum and made my recommendation. It is absurd, frankly, to suggest that a recusal from a single specific investigation would render the attorney general unable to manage the leadership of the various Department of

Dem Rep Jeffries: ‘Every Racist in America Voted for Donald Trump’

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During a speech on the House floor on Monday, Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) argued that while not all Trump voters are racists, “every racist in America voted for Donald Trump.” Jeffries said, “Since January 20th, we’ve seen a disturbing increase here in America in anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, anti-black, anti-LGBT and anti-Semitic acts. And the question is, is this just a coincidence, or could it possibly have something to do with the election of the 45th president of the United States of America? Now, in part, what we’re seeing is connected to a historic backlash that has often occurred throughout this journey that we’ve been on here in America, that whenever we make significant progress, there’s always a backlash amongst some in America who’ve got a problem with the fact that we’ve done things designed to be more consistent with our values of liberty and justice for all, equal protection under the law.” After listing historical examples of this, Jeffries stated, ” And then, of course, we’ve got Barack Obama, who was elected in what many of us viewed as an incredible step in the right direction, African-Americans having gone from the outhouse to the White House. Eight years of tremendous progress in

Andrea Mitchell: Clinton Is ‘Drawing a Conspiracy Theory’ By Accusing Americans of Coordinating With Russian Hackers

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On Wednesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show,” Andrea Mitchell, NBC’s Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent and the host of MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” stated that former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s accusation that Americans directed and colluded with Russia to “weaponize information” against her is “basically pointing to the Trump campaign,” a charge where Clinton “doesn’t have the evidence,” and is “drawing a conspiracy theory.” Mitchell said, “Well, she, first of all, really drilled down on the fake news, the role of Infowars, and said that it was very clear to her that there were Americans directing and colluding, conspiring really with the Russian hackers, with Guccifer, with the others who were involved in the hacking, in the dropping of WikiLeaks only an hour after the ‘Access Hollywood’ tape was disclosed, and saying that they were doing so with such political sophistication. She’s basically pointing to the Trump campaign, saying that the dots are now being connected in the investigation.” Mitchell continued, “She mentioned Jared Kushner. She mentioned Bannon and Kellyanne Conway, in the context of the fact that the Mercers, the big fundraisers who contribute to the campaign and had — and owned Cambridge Analytics had said to Trump, bring

‘Morning Joe’: ‘We’re Not Talking About’ Griffin Story, We Will Talk About ‘Covfefe’ Tweet

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Wednesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” declined to discuss comedian Kathy Griffin taking and apologizing for a photo depicting her holding up President Trump’s severed head on the grounds that it is “too gross. It’s just not worth doing.” The show then teased discussion of President Trump’s “covfefe” tweet. During a discussion on Americans going out to lunch less often, the Griffin news came up. Co-host Brzezinski remarked, “We’re not talking about it.” She added, “I’m sorry, it’s too gross. It’s just not worth doing.” Brzezinski then teased the show’s next hour by previewing discussion of Trump’s “covfefe” tweet. (h/t Mediaite) Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Franken: I’ll Still Appear With Griffin, Picture Was ‘Horrible Mistake’ – Apology Was ‘The Right Thing’

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On Wednesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “New Day,” Senator Al Franken (D-MN) stated that he would still appear with comedian Kathy Griffin, and denounced the picture depicting her holding up President Trump’s severed head as something that “had no business” being in the public discourse and a “horrible mistake.” Franken said that Griffin deserved to be denounced for the picture, and that he thought she went too far. He added, “Kathy is a friend, and she’s a terrific comedian, but what — this had no business being in our public discourse. And I talked to her. She apologized, a real fulsome apology. She’s actually begged for forgiveness, and I believe in forgiveness.” Franken further stated, “I think she did the right thing. I think asking for forgiveness and acknowledging that this — this was a horrible mistake.” Interviewer Alisyn Camerota then asked Franken, “And you’re still going to appear with her?” He responded, “Yes.” (h/t GOP War Room) Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Dem Rep Speier: ‘Unholy Alliance’ Between Trump and Russia

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On Tuesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA) stated that there is an “unholy alliance” between Trump and the Russians and “a suggestion that this relationship that the president and those around him have with Russia, has created an absolutely unacceptable environment, in which we as a country are doing business with all the other countries around the world.” Host Chris Matthews asked Speier, “What the hell is Kushner up to? What’s Flynn up to? what’s trump up to with the Russians? What were they doing?” She answered, “There is an unholy alliance, in my mind. The fact that Jared Kushner wanted a secret means by which to communicate with Russia. He is meeting with Gorkov, who is a banker that’s had sanctions on him since 2014. He’s got real estate dealings in New York, where he’s got a piece of property that’s underwater. I mean, all of this is really, I think, a suggestion that this relationship that the president and those around him have with Russia, has created an absolutely unacceptable environment, in which we as a country are doing business with all the other countries around the world.” (h/t Grabien) Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Krauthammer: Griffin’s Trump Photo ‘A D-List Comedian Trying to Get Attention’

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On Tuesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Special Report with Bret Baier,” columnist and Fox News Contributor Charles Krauthammer characterized comedian Kathy Griffin’s photo depicting her holding the severed head of President Trump as “political pornography from a D-list comedian trying to get attention, and she has succeeded.” Krauthammer added that he would leave the decision to let Griffin stay as one of the hosts of CNN’s New Year’s coverage up to “the mavens at CNN.” He also stated that he could assure that he wouldn’t watch CNN on New Year’s either way. Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

CNN’s Mudd: We Don’t Know If Kushner Said Anything Inappropriate to Russia, Stop Mentioning Treason and Espionage

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On Monday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Situation Room,” CNN Counterterrorism Analyst and former CIA counterterrorism official Philip Mudd argued that while there is a question of judgment in the Jared Kushner Russia backchannel story, “We don’t know what he said and whether anything he said was either inappropriate or illegal,” and the “conversation about treason and espionage has to stop.” Mudd said, “There are two words we need to drop out of this heated conversation. One is espionage, and the second is treason. There’s a question of judgment here. In the midst of a federal investigation, after the president — at that time, the president-elect of the United States is starting to receive intelligence briefings that presumably include conversations about Russia, there’s a judgment by Jared Kushner and the president’s team that says, I trust the Russians more than I trust the Americans. I’m going to go talk to the Russian embassy, because I don’t trust American channels. We don’t know what he said and whether anything he said was either inappropriate or illegal, and I’m going to presume he did this at the behest of the president-elect of the United States. There’s a question of judgment here, but all this

Joan Walsh: Angela Merkel Is Leader of the Free World – Trump ‘Has Abdicated’


On Monday’s “MSNBC Live,” MSNBC political analyst and National Affairs Correspondent for the Nation Joan Walsh argued that while President Trump “defeated the first woman president,” “he’s now made a woman a leader of the free world. Because, it’s Angela Merkel, right now. He has abdicated.” Walsh said, “I’m having a hard time just giving him the benefit of the doubt that he didn’t mean to be saying these things that he was saying. I think he meant a lot of them. I don’t know that he knows what the ramifications are going to be. I have to end by saying, he defeated the first woman president, but he’s now made a woman a leader of the free world. Because, it’s Angela Merkel, right now. He has abdicated.” (h/t Grabien) Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

AP’s Werner: Lawmakers, Including Dems Say They ‘Don’t Hear About Russia’ at Town Halls

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On Friday’s edition of PBS’ “Washington Week,” Associated Press Congressional Correspondent Erica Werner said that “several lawmakers of both parties” told her that “they do not hear about this issue in town halls, from their voters when they go home. They don’t hear about Russia.” Werner stated, “I’ve heard from several lawmakers of both parties…that they do not hear about this issue in town halls, from their voters, when they go home. They don’t hear about Russia. They hear about healthcare. They hear about jobs. So, they aren’t getting pressure from constituents, even Democrats, on this issue.” After the discussion turned to obstruction of justice charges that are being leveled against the Trump administration, Werner said Republicans are “privately concerned about what’s going on, clearly. I mean, you know, on many levels. You know, we have a president that’s at 40 percent approval ratings, sometimes less in some polls. Where does that come from?  It’s partly because of the Russia stuff.  It plays — you know, it manifests in various different ways.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Trump: Budget ‘Provides a Firm New Foundation’ for Safety, Jobs, and Prosperity

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During Friday’s Weekly Address, President Trump said, “the first budget we are releasing provides a firm new foundation for the safety, and also for jobs and prosperity for all Americans in the years to come.” Transcript as Follows: “My fellow Americans, Each month families across the country work very, very hard to balance their budgets and to make the tough choices necessary to take care of their loved ones and to give their children opportunities they never had before. This is who we are as Americans – we take pride in leaving each new generation a better country than the one we inherited. Yet for decades, Washington has refused to make the tough choices. As a result, the American Dream has slipped from the grasp of more and more of our people. This has to change. We need a government that spends on the right things – the safety, security, and well-being of our people – and stops the waste and abuse of taxpayer funds, whether in America or in global projects overseas – of which, perhaps, there are too many. My administration is laying a new foundation to build a future of economic prosperity and achieve American Greatness. The

Gianforte: ‘I’m Sorry, Mr. Ben Jacobs’ – ‘I Should Not Have Responded in the Way That I Did’

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During his speech after winning Thursday’s special election for the US House in Montana, Greg Gianforte (R) addressed the incident where he body-slammed Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs by saying, “I should not have responded in the way that I did, and for that I’m sorry. I should not have treated that reporter that way, and for that, I’m sorry, Mr. Ben Jacobs.” Gianforte said, “Last night, I learned a lesson. … And when you make a mistake, you have to own up it. That’s the Montana way. Last night I made a mistake, and I took an action that I can’t take back, and I’m not proud of what happened. I should not have responded in the way that I did, and for that I’m sorry. I should not have treated that reporter that way, and for that, I’m sorry, Mr. Ben Jacobs. I also want to apologize to the Fox News team that was there. And I’m sorry to each one of you that we had to go through this. That’s not the person that I am, and it’s not the way I’ll lead in this state. Rest assured, our work is just beginning, but it does begin with me taking responsibility for my
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