Archive for Pam Key

Harvard Professor Pinker: Where Was God When Florida Massacre Happened?

Steven Pinker
Saturday on MSNBC’s “Hugh Hewitt,” Harvard professor Steven Pinker asked where was God during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL that left 17 dead. Discussing his book, Pinker said, “It is not against religion. It is certainly against the belief that God interferes with the laws of the universe and that by praying to him we can make the world better. I think that is a dangerous belief because it’s not true. If we want to make the world better, we have to figure out how to do it ourselves. If we want to cure disease, we have to come up with antibiotics and vaccines and not prayer. If we want to stave off global warming, we can’t assume God won’t let bad things happen.” He continued on tragedies like the Florida shooting, “Cast doubt on the idea that there is a benevolent shepherd who looks out for human welfare. What was the benevolent shepherd doing while the teenager was massacring his classmates?” He added, “If you’re counting on God to make the world a better place you are probably going to make the world a worse place because he is not listening and we saw

MSNBC’s Joy Reid: ‘Fox News Has Decided the Grist for the Ratings Mill Is Black People’

Joy Reid
Sunday on MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” host Joy Reid discussed the back and forth between LeBron James and Fox News host Laura Ingraham. Reid declared Fox News had decided “grist for the ratings mill is black people.” Reid said, “There is this extent to which Fox News has decided that the grist for the ratings mill is black people, black NFL players, black NBA players. You had Eminem make a music video attacking Donald Trump — that’s not interesting to them. The grist is always black and brown people because they know that it sells.” She continued, “All they do all day and all night is find black people to put on TV and say, point and point and point and look at them.” She added, “It’s literally throw off your inhibitions, if you have these feelings about black and brown people or Jewish people, let your freak flag fly.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Rush Limbaugh: I’ll Support ‘Amnesty’ for Illegal Immigrants If They ‘Can’t Vote for 15 to 25 Years’

Rush Limbaugh
On this weekend’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” nationally syndicated conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said Democrats want to increase their voters by granting citizenship to illegal immigrants. He proposed “permanent citizenship to whatever number of illegal immigrants there are in the country” if you will make as part of a deal “they can’t vote for 15 to 25 years.” Partial transcript as follows: WALLACE: All right, let’s move on to immigration. The Senate voted down four proposals this week, everything from the president’s basic plan to a  bipartisan plan. On your radio show, you recently said that you would be willing to grant citizenship to all of the dreamers in return for full funding for the border wall. And at a certain point, after a lot of pressure, the Democrats seemed to agree to that of the president demanded  more. So what’s — what’s going on here? LIMBAUGH: Well, this is actually take a lot to unpack. I don’t — it’s a political issue that the Democrats do not want solved.  Well — all this is, is an effort by the Democrat Party to provide for themselves a current underclass. They need a permanent underclass that is  dependent on the government for their survival. That’s why they

Dem Rep Lieu: Trump’s ‘Unhinged’ Tweets Show a ‘Consciousness of Guilt’

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Sunday on MSNBC’s “Live With Alex Witt,” Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) said President Donald Trump’s tweets about special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe show “consciousness of guilt.” Lieu said, “My takeaway is that the Kremlin interfered in our elections, that this is serious, and the best way to respond is to, first of all, impose a bipartisan Congressional sanctions that Congress passed last year. President Trump has yet to do that.” He added, “Instead, he’s launched a series of unhinged tweets this morning. To me, that’s not only wildly inappropriate, it shows consciousness of guilt, which is what would a person who’s guilty do. To me, that’s what a person would do, mislead, lie, and not take action against the Kremlin.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

CNN’s Stelter: Questions About Trump’s Fitness for Office Are ‘Urgent,’ He Sounds ‘Unhinged’

CNN’s Brian Stelter
Sunday on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” host Brian Stelter said President Donald Trump’s tweet saying the FBI missed the warning on Florida shooter because they are working on the Russia investigation was more evidence that “questions” about his fitness for office are so urgent.” Stelter said Trump sounded “deeply trouble” and “unhinged.” Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable. They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign – there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2018 Stelter said “This has been a talking point from pro-Trump media ever since Friday that there is a link between the FBI’s failure and the ongoing Russia probes. This is nonsensical.” He added, “Here are just some of the tweets from the president. You look at what he is doing here. He is undercutting his own national security adviser, he is ranting and raving about the fake media, he has got tweets riddled with misspellings and profanity. Maybe in person, President Trump is cool, calm, and collected. But on Twitter, he sounds

CNN’s Gergen: Trump Chaos the ‘Beginning of an Authoritarian Rule’

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Sunday on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,”  political commentator David Gergen said the “chaos” President Donald Trump was causing through his attacks on special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe and the media could be “the beginning of an authoritarian rule.” Gergen said, “I think it’s a way to discredits other institutions that may become critical to him. Starting with Bob Mueller, discrediting Mueller, discrediting what may come out throughout Justice Department through Mueller and the press on what we’re reporting on what Mueller does, so a third of the country will believe it’s all overblown, or it has been made up or whatever it may be. There is a clear pattern right from the beginning that has actually in some ways worked because it has kept that base together, but it’s eroding the trust in the presidency — the trust in this president around the rest of the country. It has been extremely damaging I think for our sense of being a single people that we have some sense of unity about our country.” He continued, “We have an election around the corner this year. What if the Democrats take the House back? Will that be blamed on fake what if they fall short? Are

Bernie Sanders: GOP Has to Say ‘It’s More Important to Protect Children’ Than to ‘Antagonize the NRA’

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Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press‏,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I_VT) discussed the recent mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL and said the GOP had to “say that it’s more important to protect the children of this country” than to antagonize the National Rifle Association (NRA). Sanders said, “For 30 years, I believed that we should not be selling assault weapons in this country. These weapons are not for hunting. They are for killing human beings. These are military weapons. I do not know why we have 5 million of them running around the United States of America. So, of course, we have to do that. Of course, we have to make it harder for people to be able to purchase weapons. We have people now who are on terrorist watch lists who can purchase a weapon. Does this make any sense to anybody?” He added, “Bottom line here, Republicans are going to have to say that it’s more important to protect the children of this country than to antagonize the NRA. Are they prepared to do that? I surely hope they are.”   Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Limbaugh: Trump Should Not ‘Validate’ Mueller Probe By Claiming Vindication

Rush Limbaugh
On this weekend’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh argued President Donald Trump should not say he was vindicated after the Department of Justice handed down indictments against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian groups for meddling in the 2016 presidential election because it could “validate this whole investigation.” Limbaugh said, “I would be very careful if I were President Trump, here.” He continued, “The danger for the president is – it would be very, I think, seductive for him to embrace this totally embrace this – ‘see see I’ve been vindicated,’ The worst thing he can do in his world is to validate this whole investigation by claiming victory here because what if down the road, there is another indictment or a series of indictments that do name Trump or do name the Russians and Trump campaign colluding.” He added, “That’s what this is about. This is about getting Trump. This whole thing is about setting Trump up for impeachment if the Democrats when back in 2018. Donald Trump remains in the crosshairs. He is the target, and there is no let up in that. No matter what the indictment does or doesn’t say.” Follow Pam

Kasich: Trump Tweeting FBI Missed FL Shooter Warning Because of Russia an ‘Absurd Statement’

John Kasich
Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) said President Donald Trump’s tweet saying the FBI missed the warning on Florida shooter because they are working on the Russia investigation is an “absurd statement.” Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable. They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign – there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2018 Partial transcript as follows: BASH: You’re talking a lot about Congress. They’re obviously is a man sitting at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the president, and historically presidents do take on leadership roles on issues like this. President Trump tweeted overnight that it’s very sad that the FBI missed signals about the florida shooter because they were spending too much time trying to prove collusion with Russia. what’s your reaction to that? KASICH: I don’t agree with that. I think it’s an absurd statement. OK? Absurd. the fact of the matter is, the FBI apparently made a terrible mistake and people should be held accountable but we

Dem Rep Schiff: Trump ‘Claims Vindication Anytime Someone Sneezes’

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Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said the 13 indictments of Russian nationals and three Russian organizations for interfering in the 2016 election does not clear President Trump campaign of collusion with Russia. Partial transcript as follows:  BASH:  I’m sure you saw the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein make clear on Friday that the indictment does not allege, quote, any American was knowing — a knowing participant in this illegal activity. President Trump tweeted that his campaign, quote, did nothing wrong, no collusion. Congressman, you’ve seen the intelligence, do you think that this indictment suggests that it’s a case closed, no collusion? SCHIFF: No, of course not, but this is a president who claims vindication anytime someone sneezes. What this indictment sets out is information about only one element of the Russia active measures campaign that involving their use of social media to influence attitudes, to motivate people to protest, to essentially infiltrate our political system through the cybersphere. It doesn’t contain any of the allegations that are really most known to the public, and that is, the Russian hacking into the Democratic institutions, the Russian publishing of stolen information. Now on that, the Trump campaign and

Rush Limbaugh on a Solution for Mass Shootings: ‘We Need Concealed Carry in These Schools’

Rush Limbaugh
On this week’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” reacting to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that left 17 dead, conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh called for “concealed carry” in schools to stop mass shootings. Limbaugh said, “The solution is we need concealed carry in these schools. If we are really serious about protecting the kids, we need a mechanism to be defensive when this kind of thing – if we’re not going to take action, we better have mechanisms in these schools to stop it when it breaks out.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

FL Shooting Survivor: We Want to Create a ‘Badge of Shame’ for Any Politicians Accepting Money from the NRA

Cameron Kasky
Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” students who survived the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL that left 17 dead discussed their plans to have a nationwide protest march to hold politicians who accept money from the National Rifle Association (NRA) accountable. Cameron Kasky, said,”The reason we are starting March for our Lives and doing this on March 24 is we’ve been hearing a lot that this is not the time to talk about gun control and we can respect that. We’ve lost people. It’s important to mourn. Here’s the time to talk about gun March 24. My message for the people in office is, you’re either with us or against us. We are losing our lives while the adults are playing around. And we have received endless support from your generation, and we thank everybody for that immensely because we really appreciate it. We don’t need you. On March 24, you are going to be seeing students in every single major city marching, and we have our lives on the line here and at the end of the day that is going to be what’s bringing us to victory and to making some sort of right out

Dem Rep Nadler: Russian Election Attack ‘Equivalent’ to Pearl Harbor

Jerry Nadler
Friday on MSNBC’s “All In,” Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) said Russian interference with U.S. elections and political processes that resulted in 13 indictments against Russian nationals was “equivalent” to the attack on Pearl Harbor by Japanese in 1941. Partial transcript as follows:  NADLER: My reaction to the news is this is absolute proof of what we knew all along and what the president has denied, namely that we were attacked. This is a very serious attack against the United States by a hostile foreign power, an attack against our election process, our entire governing process. We know that the attack is continuing. And that our intelligence agencies tell us that it’s going to certainly continue through the next election. And the president and the Republicans in the House for that matter refuse, refuse to do anything about protecting us from an attack. Imagine if FDR had denied that the Japanese attacked us at Pearl Harbor and didn’t react. That’s the equivalent. HAYES: It’s a bit of a different thing. NADLER: No it’s not. HAYES: They didn’t kill anyone. NADLER: They didn’t kill anyone but they’re destroying our democratic process. HAYES:  Do you really think it’s on par? NADLER: Not in the amount of violence,

FNC’s Chris Wallace: Mueller Indictments Do Not Point to Trump-Russia Collusion

FNC's Chris Wallace
Friday while discussing the 13 indictments against Russian nationals and three Russian entities for interference with “U.S. elections and political processes,” “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace said there was “no evidence at this point” to indicate collusion between the Trump campaign and Russians. Wallace said, “Well, I think we have to be very careful about what this indictment says and what it doesn’t say and what its political significance we’re prepared to say at this point. In terms of what it says, it clearly indicates that there was a sophisticated Russian campaign to use our social media, to use our political system, to try to interfere in that political system. On the other hand, Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general was asked several times, and he said there’s no allegation in this indictment that any American wittingly helped the Russians. Now, he’s not saying that they didn’t help them, but there’s no allegation that they did help them.” He continued, “So you know, people can jump to conclusions all they want, but there’s no evidence at this point that has been presented that there was any collusion between the Trump campaign, Trump associates and this Russian effort to disrespect the

FNC’s Shep Smith: After Indictments Mueller Probe ‘Opposite of a Hoax’

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Friday, Fox News host Shepard Smith said in light of 13 indictments against Russian nationals and three Russian entities for interference with “U.S. elections and political processes,” special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation was the “opposite of a hoax.” Smith said, “If there was any question, even a single question, there is no more. Russia attacked the United States of America. A coordinated government-sponsored campaign to undermine America’s democracy, eventually in support of Donald Trump and against Hillary Clinton.” He continued, “The Russians infiltrated our system, manipulated us on behalf of Vladimir Putin, and they did it online and in person, on our soil.” He added, “The Russian investigation is the opposite of a hoax. And now indictments against Russian organizations and persons have been handed up. This afternoon, the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the indictment of 13 Russian nationals.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Deputy AG Rosenstein: ‘No Allegation in This Indictment That Any American Had Any Knowledge’

Rod Rosenstein
Friday at a press conference to announce 13 indictments against Russian nationals and three Russian entities for interference with “U.S. elections and political processes,” Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said there was “no allegation in this indictment that any American had any knowledge.” Rosenstein said, “There is no allegation in this indictment that any American had any knowledge. The nature of the scheme was the defendants took extraordinary steps to make it appear they were ordinary American political activists even going so far to base their activities on a private network here in the United States. If anyone traced it back, they appeared to be Americans.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Dem Sen Kamala Harris: We Cannot Have Pride as a Country ‘When Our Babies Are Being Slaughtered’

Kamala Harris (Jose Luis Magana / Associated Press)
Thursday Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) spoke to MSNBC about the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, FL that resulted in 17 deaths and multiple injuries. Harris said “This might sound a bit harsh. As a prosecutor for years in appreciating homicide and being able to talk to a judge about it and a jury about it, I had to look at autopsy photographs. When you see the effect of this extreme violence on a human body, and especially the body of a child, maybe it will shock some people into understanding this cannot be a political issue.” She added, “We have to be practical. I support the Second Amendment, but we have to have smart gun safety laws. We cannot tolerate a society and live in a country with any level of pride when our babies are being slaughtered.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Dem Sen Kamala Harris: We Cannot Have Pride as a Country ‘When Our Babies Are Being Slaughtered’

Kamala Harris (Jose Luis Magana / Associated Press)
Thursday Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) spoke to MSNBC about the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, FL that resulted in 17 deaths and multiple injuries. Harris said “This might sound a bit harsh. As a prosecutor for years in appreciating homicide and being able to talk to a judge about it and a jury about it, I had to look at autopsy photographs. When you see the effect of this extreme violence on a human body, and especially the body of a child, maybe it will shock some people into understanding this cannot be a political issue.” She added, “We have to be practical. I support the Second Amendment, but we have to have smart gun safety laws. We cannot tolerate a society and live in a country with any level of pride when our babies are being slaughtered.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Megyn Kelly: Shooting Victims Deserve More Than ‘Absurd Lip Service’ from Politicians

Megyn Kelly
Friday on NBC’s “Today,” host Megyn Kelly called on politicians to stop their “absurd lip service” and take on “mental health reform, gun reform, school security.” Kelly said, “It’s too easy to move on. Those lost deserve to have something done. Not just the absurd lip service usually paid by politicians in the wake of these tragedies. Not this time! Mental health reform, gun reform, school security, all of it, everything must be on the table if we’re actually sorry about what happened in Parkland.” She added, “Can we change? Can we? How many dead Americans, how many dead children must there be before we try? We owe it to these kids.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Joe Scarborough: Trump is Like Pontius Pilate — ‘Letting Christians Get Slaughtered’


Friday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” host Joe Scarborough discussed recent mass-shootings at a high school in Parkland, FL, a church in Sutherland Springs, TX and a concert in Las Vegas NV. Scarborough compared President Donald Trump to Pontius Pilate, because as Scarborough claimed Trump was letting Christians “that go to church get slaughtered.” “The president has no problem immediately striking out whenever there’s any other attack that doesn’t involve guns, immediately casting blame before we know who committed the atrocities, immediately coming up with solutions,” he said. “He comes up with solutions that we don’t even need for illegal immigration, talking about walls that every expert says we don’t need. He comes up with solutions for terrorism that’s extreme we’re going to ban 1.5 million Muslims from coming into the United States of America when that will never happen.” He continued, “And yet, when our children are slaughtered in schools, and we have one school shooting after another after another school shooting, when Christians in the heart of Texas go to church one Sunday morning, and they get gunned down by the same type of weapon, Donald Trump says he can’t do anything. When a crazed man in Las Vegas guns down country music

Watch: ‘No More Guns’ Chant Breaks Out at Florida School Shooting Vigil

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Thursday at a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, FL, that resulted in 17 deaths, a chant of “no more guns” broke out in the crowd of mourners. Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace on Florida Shooting: When Will the GOP ‘Wake Up and Realize It Has Blood on Its Hands?’

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Thursday on MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House,” host Nicolle Wallace discussed gun control legislation on the heels of the shooting in Parkland, FL that resulted in 17 deaths, and asked when the Republican Party would “wake up and realize it has blood on its hands.” Addressing political strategist Steve Schmidt Wallace said, “You and I are the two non-practicing Republicans in this conversation, and we carry the most culpability of a party being held hostage by the NRA. The NRA is a gun lobby that is out of step with the vast majority of its members that support more common sense gun measures. Most gun owners are for things like gun locks and gun safes. Most gun owners are for background checks.” She continued, “I want to ask you something. Democrats who are for gun control are fine doing more for the mentally ill, but Republicans who are for doing more for the mentally ill never ever, ever, ever want to have a conversation about gun control. When is the Republican Party going to wake up and realize it has blood on its hands?” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Dem Sen Nelson: ‘Let’s Get These Assault Weapons off Our Streets’


Thursday on the Senate floor. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) spoke about the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, FL that resulted in 17 deaths and multiple injuries. After a moment of silence, Nelson said, “At some point, we’ve got to say enough is enough. At some point we, as a society, have to come together and put a stop to this.” He continued, “To those who say now that it’s not the time to talk about gun violence because it’s too soon, we don’t want to politicize right after a tragedy. That’s what is said over and over. Then I would ask, when is the time?” Nelson asked, “How many more times do we have to do this? How many more folks have to die? When is enough going to be enough? So let’s don’t hide from it. Let’s have the conversation about this right now – not just about mental illness, and that’s part of it, not just about protection at our schools, and that’s part of it – let’s get to the root cause, let’s come together and help end this violence. Let’s talk about that 19 year old carrying an AR-15. Let’s do what needs to

Pelosi: We Cannot Let the National Rifle Association Decide ‘the Character of America’

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Thursday at her weekly press briefing, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) addressed the Parkland, FL, school shooting. Pelosi said, “It is an assault on our whole country, and they are paying the price for our inaction. As I have said on the floor many times, whose political survival in this body is more important than the survival of our children? For example most recently yesterday, Sandy Hook for example, or on the streets of our cities. Who of us in here is more important, whose political survival is more important than that? Nobody’s.” She added, “We have to be bold. We have to go forward. We cannot let the National Rifle Association —however, they get their money and that’s another subject —to decide what the character of America is.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Megyn Kelly on FL Shooting: ‘NRA Is Too Powerful,’ Politicians ‘Too Weak’

Megyn Kelly
Thursday on NBC’s “Today,” host Megyn Kelly offered her thoughts in a monologue about gun control and mental illness on the heels of the Parkland, FL school shooting. Partial transcript as follows: There have been at least 12 — at least 12 — school shootings in America so far in 2018. It’s February 15. We’re averaging one just about every three or four days. How we doing, America? Everyone okay with that? Apparently the answer is in fact yes because we haven’t done virtually anything to stop it. We haven’t done virtually anything. We all know what is about to happen right now, don’t we? We’re going to say how sorry and shocked and sad we are, and then we’re going to move on without doing anything. And then we’ll express how sorry and shocked and sad we are at the next one, and the one after that. Does anyone really think that we are going to do anything about these mass murders? I don’t. I don’t believe that. I don’t believe in a single one of these politicians. I don’t believe any of them have the courage it takes to push through reform. Why? Because history. And let’s face it,

Mika: Trump Presidency Is ‘Teetering on the Brink’

Mika Brzezinski
Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” while discussing potential Russians meddling in the 2018 midterm elections, co-host Mika Brzezinski claimed the presidency of Donald Trump was “teetering on the brink every day.” Brzezinski said, “I don’t know how long this tension between our democratic institutions can hold when you have a presidency that seems to be teetering on the brink every day with one lie here and one misstep there and people who seemed completely ill-equipped for the job.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Joy Behar Mocks Mike Pence’s Faith: ‘Can He Talk to Mary Magdalene Without His Wife?’

Joy Behar
Tuesday on ABC’s “The View,” while discussing Omarosa Manigault criticizing Vice President Mike Pence, co-host Joy Behar mocked Pence’s faith. However, Behar ended the segment agreeing with all the hosts if given a choice between Donald Trump and Mike Pence, they would rather have Pence as President. Co-host Sunny Hostin said, “I went to law school in Indiana. He is a hated figure there, actually. He’s not very popular at all. And I think when you have Mike Pence, who now puts this religious veneer and calls people ‘values voters,’ I think we’re in a dangerous situation. Look, I’m Catholic, I’m a faithful person, but I don’t know that I want my vice president talking in tongues.” Joy Behar said, “It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you. That’s called mental illness, if I’m not correct, hearing voices.” Sherri Shepherd said, “You know Joy, as a Christian, that’s just par for the course. You talk to Jesus. Jesus talks back. What concerns me is how long is the conversation with Jesus.” Referring to Pence’s previous comments that he won’t be alone with a woman without his wife present, Behar said, “My question is, can he

CNN’s Acosta to WH Press Secretary Sanders: Was Trump Defending Rob Porter Because of His Own Allegations?

Jim Acosta of CNN listens during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Monday at the press briefing the CNN correspondent Jim Acosta asked White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders if President Donald Trump was “seemingly defending” former White House staff secretary Rob Porter from domestic abuse allegations “because he has faced his own allegations.” Partial transcript as follows: ACOSTA: What about the president’s tweet over the weekended and people’s lives are being altered and destroyed by an allegation. It seems like the president was believing Mr. Porter, as opposed to his alleged victims. Why did the president tweet that over the weekend? Why is he seemingly defending Mr. Porter publicly? Is it because he has faced his own allegations? Is there some sensitivity there? HUCKABEE SANDERS: As I just said, and I will repeat it agin, the president and the entire administration take domestic violence seriously and believe all allegations need to be investigated thoroughly. He certainly supports the victims of domestic violence above all else and believes everyone should be treated fairly and with due process. The president is simply saying there should be a due process that should be followed and look at. ACOSTA: Is there a tone deafness there  — just a being on the wrong side of things? HUCKABEE-SANDERS: I

CNN Panelist: ‘GOP Women Are Trapped with Their Abuser, Which Is Trump’

Anushay Hossain
Monday on CNN’s “Newsroom,” network contributor Anushay Hossain said Republican women are with an abuser, which she said was President Donald Trump. Hossain said, “We are at a point now this goes beyond partisan politics. Violence against women is a human rights issue, and I want to reiterate my call to GOP and Republican women that it is time to get out. I feel like GOP women are trapped with their abuser, which is Trump. You guys have stood by him through pedophilia, through sexual assault.” She added, “I want to say enough is enough. We are at a pivotal moment in this country right now. The culture is shifting. This is a turning point for women’s rights and for violence against women. And you know what, the president just made clear to us, not that we needed him to stipulate this, is that he doesn’t back this movement, that a man’s denial – a white man’s denial – is worth more than a woman’s word, than a woman’s experience. I don’t want to pull this card, but I think in this situation I have to. As a mother, what is the message that we are sending to little girls? What is the

Dem Sen Gillibrand: Trump ‘Should Resign’ or Congress ‘Should Hold Him Accountable’

Sen Gillibrand
Sunday on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) said President Donald Trump should resign over the sexual misconduct allegations against him or Congress “should hold him accountable.” Gillibrand said, “Once President Trump was elected I think something changed and I think it changed for women.” She added, “I think he should resign, and if he’s unwilling to do that, which is what I assume, then Congress should hold him accountable. We are obligated to have hearings.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

GOP Rep Jordan: ‘Big Concerns’ With Paul Ryan Over Spending Increase

Jim Jordan
On this week’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” House Freedom Caucus co-founder Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) said he had “big concerns” with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) over the two-year budget deal reached last week to avoid a government shutdown. Partial transcript as follows: WALLACE:  Do you still have full confidence in House Speaker Paul Ryan or is it time for him to leave? JORDAN: Here’s what I know. Spending bills start in the House of Representatives. The most responsible for the spending bill is the speaker of the House. He could have stood firm in the position we passed earlier in the week. I wish he would have done that. Do I think the speaker has problems? Yes I do, particularly now as we head into this big immigration debate. Just a few years ago he was viewed as the fiscal — the leader of fiscal responsibility in our party and now he presides over a bill that increases spending $300 billion dollars, a trillion dollar deficit. When we were so poised to win this fight. Of course he’s got problems, but the key is let’s see what happens next– WALLACE: You say he’s got problems Congressman,

MSNBC’s Giridharadas: ‘Trump Has Become the Commander-in-Chief of American Rape Culture’

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Sunday on MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” while discussing the allegations aimed at White House staffer Rob Porter, network political analyst Anand Giridharadas said President Donald Trump had ”become the commander-in-chief of American rape culture.” Giridharadas said, “This week was a turning point because I think we’re starting to realize that Trumpism doesn’t merely tolerate sexual abuse, sexual abuse is a very apt metaphor for everything Trumpism is.” He added, “This is a rape culture presidency and Donald Trump has become the commander in chief of American rape culture.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Erick Erickson: Evangelicalism Could Be ‘Set Back’ by Supporting ‘Badly Behaved’ Trump

Erick Erickson
Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” conservative commentator Erick Erickson said evangelicalism could be “set back” by their support for President Donald Trump. Erickson said, “I think when he does good things, he should be praised, when he does bad things, he should be criticized.” He continued, “He has done good things, his administration has done good things. But I do think ultimately you risk getting conservatism and evangelicalism in this country set back by a party standard bearer who these people rally too who is ill mannered, badly behaved and not a role model. At some point you want your kids to be proud of the president regardless of party. And it’s really hard to be other than he’s the guy that fights. I don’t want my kids to fight that way. I kinda believe they are going to be held accountable on the last day and they don’t need to fight that way.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Erick Erickson: Evangelicalism Could Be ‘Set Back’ by Supporting ‘Badly Behaved’ Trump

Erick Erickson
Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” conservative commentator Erick Erickson said evangelicalism could be “set back” by their support for President Donald Trump. Erickson said, “I think when he does good things, he should be praised, when he does bad things, he should be criticized.” He continued, “He has done good things, his administration has done good things. But I do think ultimately you risk getting conservatism and evangelicalism in this country set back by a party standard bearer who these people rally too who is ill mannered, badly behaved and not a role model. At some point you want your kids to be proud of the president regardless of party. And it’s really hard to be other than he’s the guy that fights. I don’t want my kids to fight that way. I kinda believe they are going to be held accountable on the last day and they don’t need to fight that way.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Meadows on Budget Deal: GOP ‘Leadership Caved, The Swamp Won’


Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” House Freedom Caucus chairman Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) said the Republican leadership “caved” on the two-year budget deal reached last week to avoid a government shutdown. Meadows said, “I can tell you the real problem with this particular one is that our leadership caved, the swamp won and the American taxpayer lost.” He added, “Our regional play was to make sure that we funded the military, we kept other spending flat, that’s what we passed yet what we got put on House floor just a few hours later was this unbelievable budget deal that spent American taxpayer dollars.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Schiff: Trump ‘Puts His Own Personal Interests Above the National Security of the Country’


Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said President Donald Trump did not release the Democratic memo challenging the House Intelligence Committee memo spearheaded by his counterpart chairman Rep. Devin  Nunes (R-CA) because this was a “president who puts his own personal interests above the national security of the country.” Schiff said, “The hypocrisy of this just kind of reaches out and grabs you by the throat.” He continued, “This is a president who puts his own personal interests above the national security interest of the country.” He added, “The president doesn’t want you to see these facts from the FISA application because it completely undermines his claim of vindication.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Rand Paul: Generals Who Surround Trump ‘Don’t Want to Admit’ There Isn’t a Military Solution for Afghanistan

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Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said while President Donald Trump was “probably the least interventionist minded president we’ve had in a long time,” the generals who surrounded him with didn’t ‘want to admit that there isn’t a military solution” in Afghanistan. Partial transcript as follows: MAJOR GARRETT: From your point of view, Senator, on the defense side of the equation is the spending and the mission, are they reckless? PAUL: I think the mission is- is beyond what we need to be we’re actively in war in about seven countries. And yet the Congress hasn’t voted on declaring or authorizing the use of military force in over 15 years now. So I’ve been one that’s been bugging the Senate and Congress to say how can we be at war without ever voting on it don’t the American people through their representatives get a chance to say when we go to war. I think the Afghan war is long past its mission. I think we killed and captured and disrupted the people who attacked us on 9/11 long ago. And I think now it’s a nation building exercise. We’re spending 50 billion dollars a year. And if

Jen Psaki: ‘Infuriating’ Trump Has ‘Validated Misconceptions About Domestic Abuse’

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Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” former Obama White House communications director Jen Psaki said President Donald Trump’s reaction to the Rob Porter scandal had “validated misconceptions about domestic abuse.” Psaki said, “The most infuriating thing I think to women is not necessarily just the charges against Porter— I mean no one knew who Porter was— it has been their handling since then. As you touched on Trump, but even as they have spokespeople and senior members of the administration come out, they have validated misconceptions about domestic abuse over and over and over again.” She continued, “Women are paying attention to that. It is a very small percentage of women who come out and falsely accuse people of domestic abuse. It is not true that domestic abusers look a certain way. They continue to validate that, that this was somebody who was good at his job so how could this have been possible? This continues to be their explanation, that is as troubling to women if not more so than Rob Porter’s indiscretions.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Rick Santorum: Trump’s Reaction to Porter Disappointing, Politically ‘Devastating’

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Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) discussed Rob Porter’s alleged abuse scandal and said he was disappointed with President Donald Trump’s reaction. Santorum said, “I have no doubt that is part of the real energy out there. There is an incredible amount of energy. Stories like this feed that. I’m disappointed that the president reacted this way.” He continued, “But from a political point of view, it was a — it was devastating. He can’t continue to make these kinds of statements without at least putting it in context. I don’t disagree with his point that people are entitled to due process, and we should automatically not listen to any charge out there. But there is  a lot of evidence to support this charge, but even if there wasn’t, you have to put it into context, so you let people know that I am concerned about this, and he is not doing that.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Kellyanne Conway: Trump Has ‘Full Faith’ in John Kelly, Not Looking For Replacements

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Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” when asked about reports President Donald Trump was unhappy with White House chief of staff John Kelly’s handling of the Rob Porter scandal, White House spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway said Trump had “full faith” in Kelly. Conway said, “I spoke to the president, and he said, ‘Please tell Jake that I have full faith in chief of staff John Kelly and I’m not looking for replacements.'” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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