Archive for Trent Baker

FS1’s Cowherd: The Country Is ‘Not Built to Have a Media That None of Us Trusts’

As a teaser for his next segment, Fox Sports 1 “The Herd” host Colin Cowherd said while the country can handle not liking its president, the United States is not built to have a media that it cannot trust. “Our republic is not built for a media that has incredible bias and agendas,” Cowherd said Monday. “And we’re seeing it again. We’re built to have presidents you and I don’t like. We’re not built to have a media that none of us trusts.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Lindsey Vonn: Men and Women Will ‘Eventually’ Compete Against Each Other in Pro Sports

United States' Lindsey Vonn wipes her face while speaking at a press conference after winning the bronze medal in the women's downhill at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Jeongseon, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn told TMZ Sports she is trying to compete against the men, and “eventually” men and women will compete against each other in sports like skiing — but not in the Olympics. “Not the Olympics, for sure not,” Vonn said of the idea of the two sexes competing. Vonn went on to say it is yet to happen because “no one likes change,” but she added it would “eventually” and it is just a matter of time. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Chuck Schumer ‘Closer’ to Trump on Trade with China Than Obama

enate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., explains to reporters how his negotiations with President Donald Trump broke down yesterday as quarreling politicians in Washington eventually failed to keep their government in business, at the Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Sunday on New York AM 970 radio’s “The Cats Roundtable,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said President Donald Trump was “on the right path” regarding trade with China, adding that he is closer to Trump with trade than with former President Barack Obama. “[C]hina is not helpful to the United States,” Schumer told host John Catsimatidis. “They are happy to see us in trouble. And the way to get at them is what is the mother load for China – their trade with us. They take advantage of American workers, of American wealth, of American companies regularly. I call them rapacious. And if we were to squeeze China on trade, we might get somewhere on North Korea. Now, I give President Trump credit in this regard: I’m closer to his view on trade, even though I don’t agree with how he did certain things. I don’t think the tariffs were well put together, but I’m closer to him on trade than I was to either Obama, a Democrat, or Bush, a Republican.” He continued, “We’ve got to get tougher with China. … Trump is on the right path, particularly on intellectual property.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

EPA’s Pruitt Declares End to Obama’s ‘War on Coal’ – EPA Shouldn’t Pick Winners and Losers in Energy Industry

Scott Pruitt
Sunday, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  Administrator Scott Pruitt stated there was an end to the “war on coal” in America. Pruitt told New York AM 970 “The Cats Roundtable” host that the EPA is not in the business of picking of winners and losers in the energy industry, chastising former President Barack Obama’s administration for declaring war on coal. “We’re in the process of making sure that we’re not picking winners and losers,” he said. “It’s not the job of this agency, or any job in the federal government, to use regulatory power to favor of one sector of the economy over another. And what you saw with the past administration is just that — an attitude that says fossil fuel … is something that should be diminished in favor of, what, renewables. That doesn’t mean renewables shouldn’t be a part of our electricity-generation mix. It should be. But to use regulatory power to favor renewables at the expense natural gas, oil and coal is just something that’s not within the regulatory powers of this agency. And so we’re fixing that.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

WH Spox Gidley: Americans Should Be ‘Outraged’ over Comey’s Actions

Hogan Gidley
Saturday on Fox News Channel’s “Justice,” White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley reacted to former FBI Director James Comey’s memos, saying Americans should be “outraged” for Comey’s “dangerous” behavior of using politics and personal bias to do his job. “The head of the FBI using politics, poll numbers and personal bias to do his job — the American people should be outraged, and it’s dangerous for us as American citizens when someone behaves this way,” said Gidley. “He’s all over every network because they want him to say bad things about Donald Trump,” he added. “The problem is it’s falling flat. There are no revelations in here except for one, and that is the higher loyalty James Comey talks about is to no one but himself. … It’s incredible what’s going on.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Andrea Mitchell: ‘It May Be Something of a Relief’ Trump Isn’t Attending Barbara Bush’s Funeral

Saturday, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell suggested it may be a bit of a relief to others that President Donald Trump will not be in attendance for former first lady Barbara Bush’s funeral. “One can’t [help but] remember the 2016 campaign when Donald Trump went after Jeb Bush and even Barbara Bush campaigning for her son, calling him a mama’s boy, talking about ‘low energy Jeb’ — so, there’s that tension. So, I think for everyone concerned it may be something of a relief that Donald Trump is not here today.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Daily Beast’s Alter: Trump an Example of a ‘Lack of Respect’ for the United States

Daily Beast columnist Jonathan Alter argued Saturday on MSNBC that President Donald Trump was an example of a “lack of respect” for the country following his victory lap over former FBI Director James Comey’s memo release showing “NO COLLUSION.” James Comey Memos just out and show clearly that there was NO COLLUSION and NO OBSTRUCTION. Also, he leaked classified information. WOW! Will the Witch Hunt continue? — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 20, 2018 “[E]very day, Donald Trump is an example of lack of humility and lack of respect for our nation,” Alter stated. “It’s all about him, and we’re just seeing more of this.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Massachusetts High School Baseball Team Beats Opponent 82-0, Winning Coach Felt ‘Sick’

A Mattapoisett, MA, high school baseball coach feels "sick" after watching his team travel 88 miles to Notre Dame Cristo Rey to win 82-0, setting a new state record for margin of victory.

Trent Dilfer on Kaepernick: NFL Teams Don’t Want an Activist with ‘Disastrous’ Play

Colin Kaepernick
Former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer discussed free agent Colin Kaepernick Wednesday on Fox Sports 1’s “Speak for Yourself,” explaining the activist quarterback has two knocks against him that are likely keeping him from being in the NFL at the age of 30 — his activism and most recent film from 2016 that shows “disastrous” play. “An NFL organization doesn’t want an activist — they want a quarterback,” Dilfer, who played 13 years in the NFL, pointed out. “[Kaepernick] is viewed by the country more now as an activist than a quarterback. Right or wrong, that’s how he’s viewed.” The NFL analyst continued, “His tape is bad. The last year of tape is bad. He had the yips. I’ve had the yips. I’ve had them throwing and I’ve had them putting. He couldn’t throw it from here to the camera towards the end accurately. He was so locked up as a quarterback. … The tape doesn’t lie. And to get through the activist part to the football part, you then have to battle that last year of tape — which isn’t very good either.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

One-handed NFL Draft Prospect: ‘I Just Use Doubt as Fuel’

Former UCF star defender Shaquem Griffin has one hand, but he does not let that stop him from succeeding on the football field. Griffin, whose twin brother Shaquille was taken by the Seattle Seahawks last year in the third round, shined at the NFL Combine, posting the fastest forty time (4.38) for a linebacker at the combine since 2006 and doing 20 reps on the 225-pound bench press. “I just use doubt as fuel,” Griffin said Thursday on ESPN’s “Get Up.” “Throughout my entire life, you know, I had people doubt,” he added. “I had coaches doubt, I had kids doubt. It’s so much people that doubt me … I’m tired of hearing what you can’t do or you can’t do this or you can’t play football because you only have one hand, and it’s just not right. What is right? My whole thing is, let me take it upon myself to show you.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

James Comey Says He Modeled His Leadership After LeBron James: ‘I Used to Talk About Him All Over the FBI’

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During a Tuesday interview with “Good Morning America,” former FBI Director praised Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, saying he learned a lot about leadership from the future Hall of Fame. “I admire LeBron James, and he’s probably about to find out I used to talk about him all over the FBI and say he illustrates what the endless pursuit of excellence looks like,” Comey told host George Stephanopoulos. He continued, “Every offseason, I’ve read, he tries to find a part of his game to make better — which is crazy, because he’s already better than everybody else. It’s because he measures himself up not against the others, but against himself.” Comey went on to say that he used that example with the FBI to make the “great organization” even better. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Stephen A Smith Compares Colin Kaepernick to Donald Trump

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Monday on ESPN’s “First Take,” host Stephen A. Smith argued that activist quarterback Colin Kaepernick is more comparable to President Donald Trump than Jackie Robinson. Kaepernick tweeted a graphic Sunday with a quote by Robinson about how he cannot stand or sing the National Anthem. — Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) April 16, 2018 Smith said to anybody mentioning Kaepernick in the same sentence as Robinson, “Pump them damn brakes.” “He is not comparable to the great Jackie Robinson,” he argued. “Jackie Robinson was the man that was responsible for integrating the sport of Major League Baseball. Jackie Robinson was coming up in a time when we were devoid of civil rights, where we couldn’t use the same restaurants or the same bathrooms or we couldn’t patronize the same businesses or the water fountains or anything like that. Jackie Robinson grew up at a time with such alarming hostility that it sparked the Civil Rights movement, for crying out loud, in certain respects, and there is no question about that.” Instead, Smith likened the activist quarterback to the president, who tried to become an owner in the league, but failed because he sued the league many years before and was ultimately

Comey Wife: ‘I Wanted a Woman President Really Badly, and I Supported Hillary Clinton’

During an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, former FBI Director James Comey’s wife, Patrice, confessed that she supported Hillary Clinton and was “devastated” when Donald Trump won. “I wanted a woman president really badly, and I supported Hillary Clinton,” Patrice Failor Comey told Stephanopoulos. “A lot of my friends worked for her. And I was devastated when she lost.” James Comey admitted that his wife and girls all took part in the Women’s March in response to Donald Trump’s election. “My wife and girls marched in the Women’s March, the day after President Trump’s inauguration,” he said. “At least my four daughters — probably all five of my kids, wanted Hillary Clinton to be the first woman president. I know my amazing spouse did.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Comey on Trump’s Win: ‘Was Thinking, Oh My God — Did We Have Some Role in This?’

In his interview that aired on a Sunday broadcast of ABC’s “20/20” with George Stephanopoulos, former FBI Director James Comey said that when Donald Trump won the election over Hillary Clinton, he questioned if the FBI had a role. “[Trump] is now going to be the 45th president of the United States,” Stephanopoulos said to Comey. “The most stunning upset in American political history. And what part of you is thinking, I helped elect Donald Trump?” Comey replied, “A whole lot of me was thinking, ‘Oh, my God. Did we have some role in this? Did we have some impact on the election?'” “I don’t know the answer,” he added. “And in a way, I care about the answer. And in a way, it doesn’t matter at all. I really wasn’t making decisions based on political fortunes.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

James Comey: Safe to Say That America Is ‘Dangerous’ Under Trump

In an interview that aired Sunday night, former FBI Director James Comey sat down with ABC's George Stephanopoulos and offered an ominous assessment of the country under President Donald Trump's leadership.

Judge Jeanine Rips ‘Pompous’ Jim Comey — ‘Your Book Is About a Higher Loyalty to None Other Than You’

Saturday, Fox News Channel’s Jeanine Pirro blasted former FBI Director James Comey’s over his forthcoming book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership.” “Truth, lies and leadership? Really? Talk about an oxymoron, Jim. You are the ultimate liar. You lied on multiple occasions to multiple people, including Congress, under oath. And that’s a crime,” Pirro directed at Comey during her opening statement on Fox News Channel’s “Justice.” She added, “You are a pompous, egotistical, patronizing, condescending, holier-than-thou political operative trying to redeem your reputation and cash in on lies, which is the opposite of truth and leadership.Your book is about a higher loyalty to none other than you yourself.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Joy Reid: We in Media Have ‘Obligation’ to Ask if Syria Strikes Were Partly Motivated by Trump Wanting to Distract

Saturday’s “AM Joy” on MSNBC opened with host Joy Reid discussing the week’s events, including Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein reportedly preparing to be fired, the upcoming release of former FBI Director Jim Comey’s book, special counsel Bob Mueller’s Michael Cohen raid and the military strikes on Syria. According to Reid, media have the “obligation” to ask if President Trump was partly motivated to strike Syria Friday to distract from the other news. “[T]he Syrian attacks, which for many Americans raised real questions about the legal authority for the strikes and also about whether even a part of the president’s motivation was all that other news that just kept on coming yesterday,” Reid stated. “These are serious questions that we in the media have an obligation to ask however uncomfortable because they will be asked by our friends and our foes around the world.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

MSNBC Guest: ‘Notable’ That Syria Strikes Are on Same Day as Comey’s Book Tour

Saturday on MSNBC, Sarah Badawi, senior lobbyist for Progressive Change Campaign Committee said it was “notable” that the strikes on Syria took place the same day former FBI Director James Comey launched his book tour, which she argued made it “convenient” for President Donald Trump to talk about that instead. “I think it’s very notable that these strikes were announced on the same day that everyone was expecting the president to fire Bob Mueller and the same day that James Comey launched his book tour and in the same week that Paul Ryan announced his retirement,” said Badawi. “It’s awfully convenient that the president now has a way to say he is victorious on these missile strikes, that he didn’t seek approval from Congress to launch and, arguably, shouldn’t have done in the first place.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Jason Whitlock: Kaepernick ‘Being Exploited’ by Left-Wing Media for Clicks

Fox Sports 1 “Speak for Yourself” co-host Jason Whitlock reacted Thursday to the report that the Seattle Seahawks nixed a workout with activist free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick after he refused to commit to ending his National Anthem protest. “I think that [Kaepernick] is filled with so much bad advice and so many people who have the appearance of being objective or have the appearance of being on his side, who really aren’t on his side, are giving him so much bad advice that he has chosen the path of ‘I’m going to be a martyr and a victim and be celebrated over Twitter rather than continue on as a professional athlete and try to rehabilitate my career,'” Whitlock stated. He later added, “[W]e think a 30-year-old kid can’t get swayed and be moved by all of this social media pressure? that’s telling him everything he’s doing is the right thing, and oh, my god, you’re making this dramatic impact on America. He’s falling for the okey-doke. … Colin Kaepernick is being exploited by the Mike Florios of the world, the left-wing media that is using him for clicks and attention and giving him bad advice.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Michael Irvin on Eagles Players Skipping White House: ‘I Hate That We’re at That Place’

NFL Hall of Famer and analyst Michael Irvin said he hated that professional athletes were skipping the White House after winning the championship in their sport and hopes that they will put their politics aside and get back to the tradition. “I hate that we’re at that place,” Irvin told TMZ Sports. He continued, “I love the tradition of going to see, what was then at least, the most powerful man in the world because you were the most powerful team in your sport, you know what I’m saying? Hopefully, we can get back to that, if not this president’s term, maybe the next.” The legendary wide receiver added that it is an “honor” to be able to visit the White House, but said politics allows people to express their opinions so players have the right to not go. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Watch: MLB Network’s Harold Reynolds Hits Pedro Martinez in the Face with a Ball in a Demonstration

Monday on MLB Network’s “MLB Tonight,” Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez squared off with analyst and two-time All-Star Harold Reynolds using a ball of tape that Martinez said resembled the type of balls used in the Dominican Republic. Reynolds, a career .258 hitter at second base, smacked the ball right back where it came from, hitting Martinez in the face. “Harold, what are you doing?” Martinez said to Reynolds. He added, “I need some ice!” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Scott Walker: ‘The Left Is Angry — Their Rhetoric Is Filled with Hate’

During Sunday’s broadcast of “The Cats Roundtable” on New York AM 970 radio, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker weighed in on a liberal judge defeating a conservative in a Wisconsin Supreme Court election. He said that conservatives needed to “wake up” because the left was “angry and their rhetoric is filled with hate.” “We had a bit of a wake-up call on Tuesday. On Tuesday in our state, Wisconsin, had the elections for Supreme Court justices. And for the first time in about 20 years in an open seat for the Supreme Court, a liberal judge defeated a conservative judge,” Walker said to host John Catsimatidis. He continued, “The big overall concern … is we’ve got to wake up as conservatives, as people who are center-right across America that the left is angry and their rhetoric is filled with hate for me, for the President, for Republicans. We’ve got a counter it, not with hatred, but we’ve got an optimistic story to tell with real results. We’ve got to get organized and get that message out.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Dershowitz: Robert Mueller ‘a Partisan and a Zealot’

Alan Dershowitz
Sunday on New York AM 970 radio’s “The Cats Roundtable,” Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz ripped special counsel Robert Mueller, calling him “a partisan and zealot.” “I think Mueller is a zealot,” Dershowitz told host John Catsimatidis. “I don’t think he cares whether he hurts Democrats or Republicans, but he’s a partisan and a zealot. Look, he’s the guy who kept four innocent people in prison for many years in order to protect the cover of Whitey Bulger as an FBI informer. … Those of us in Boston don’t have such a high regard for Mueller because we remember this story. The government had to pay out tens of millions of dollars because Whitey Bulger, a notorious mass murderer, became a government informer against the mafia.” “[T]hese four people – two of them died in jail, and two of them spent long, long periods of time in jail. And that’s regarded in Boston as one of the great scandals of modern judicial history. And Mueller was right at the center of it,“ he recalled. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Judge Jeanine: ‘It’s Time for Republicans to Stop Fighting with Each Other and Start Supporting the President’

During her Saturday opening statement for Fox News Channel’s “Justice,” Jeanine Pirro called on Republicans to unite in support of President Donald Trump. “They decide to trash, belittle and shame the president and his family, including the first lady, making fun of their accent, their intellectual capability, their hair, you name it, and they decide to ignore a congressional subpoena for Department of Justice documents on the FISA abuse scandal and the Hillary Clinton investigation,” Pirro began. “So, who are they? And who do we blame for the repeated trashing of the first lady? Why is open season on the first family? Who do we blame for the refusal to honor congressional subpoenas? There is only one group to blame, and that group is the Republican Party.” She later declared, “It’s time for Republicans to stop fighting with each other and start supporting the president.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

GOP Rep Meadows: If Rosenstein Doesn’t Turn Over Docs, We Will Move to Impeach

Rep. Mark Meadows, (R-NC 11th District) and chair of the Freedom Caucus, speaks at President Trump's press conference with members of the GOP, on the passage of legislation to roll back the Affordable Care Act, in the Rose Garden of the White House, On Thursday, May 4, 2017. (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Saturday, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) said that if Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein does not turn over the unredacted documents requested by Congress related to FISA, FBI and more then impeachment could be in order. “Rod Rosenstein can call Michael Horowitz, who has the documents, and say just give them to Congress. If he doesn’t do that … there is a growing consensus of holding them in contempt of Congress, but it’s not enough to stop there. We have to have someone willing to do the job. If the deputy attorney general is not willing to do it and not willing to allow us to have our Constitutional Oversight Authority supported, then we’ll find someone who can,” said Meadows on Fox News Channel’s “Justice.” He added, “I think that if he does not turn over the documents, that there are a growing number of us on Capitol Hill who believe that someone else needs to do the job. And what happens there is, Constitutionally, we have some things that we can do.” Meadows went on to explain that the documents already show that there was coordination with the Barack Obama White House and with the state department, adding that the Department of Justice and the FBI have been hiding such information from Congress for months. “What I’m here to tell you is

Maxine Waters: Trump’s Taking it Out on CA Because He Didn’t Win CA, Doesn’t Like CA, and is ‘Vindictive’

During Saturday’s “AM Joy” on MSNBC, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) said she thought President Donald Trump was being “vindictive” and “taking it out” on California with his policy because he did not win there. Host Joy Reid said that it feels like the Trump administration is “at war” with California “[W]e think that he’s taking it out on us because he did not win California, he does not like California, and he’s vindictive,” Waters stated. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Scarborough: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson as Qualified as a ‘Lawn Boy’ to Run for President

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 12: MSNBC 'Morning Joe' host Joe Scarborough speaks during an interview with his co-host Mika Brzezinski and philanthropist and financier David Rubenstein during a Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics event in the McGowan Theater at the National Archives July 12, 2017 in Washington, DC. Scarborough and Brzezinski, who are engaged to be married, were recently attacked by President Donald Trump on Twitter, where he called the hosts 'Psycho Joe' and 'low I.Q. Crazy Mika,' among other personal insults. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Thursday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” co-host Joe Scarborough dismissed the idea of actor and former wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as a president, arguing he, like President Donald Trump, is as qualified as a “lawn boy.” “That’s like saying you let the lawn boy do brain surgery on your mother. And he was kind of a nasty lawn boy, didn’t know how to do brain surgery and he killed your mother. But there’s another lawn boy across the street who is nice and has a better way about him when he’s mowing your lawn and collecting payment for mowing your lawn,” Scarborough said of Johnson running for president. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Whitlock: Steve Kerr a ‘Hypocrite,’ ‘Limousine Liberal’ for ‘Flippant’ Response to Question About Skipping Stephon Clark Protest

Monday, Fox Sports 1 “Speak for Yourself” co-host Jason Whitlock called Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr a “hypocrite” and “limousine liberal” for being “flippant” when asked about skipping the protest for Stephon Clark, who recently died at the hands of police. Kerr defended his decision over the weekend to skip the rally, saying, “You can be accusatory if you like. I’m comfortable with what our team does and with what I do.” Whitlock argued that Kerr comes off as a “limousine liberal” and “hypocrite” because he was so defensive. “He looked like a hypocrite,” Whitlock stated. “He looked flippant. If you saw his comments even before that, he blew off the question — ‘What do you mean? We’ve got a basketball game. We’ve got to prepare for a basketball game.’ It was almost like, ‘Are you crazy? We’re here to play a basketball game and you want me to participate in some protest?’ And again, it’s easy to talk about it and to applaud from the sidelines and tell everyone, ‘Yeah, that’s right. Go and protest. Go do this, go do that.’ It’s all a bunch of virtue signaling not backed up by actions. And so I’m glad he was

Whitlock: Steve Kerr a ‘Hypocrite,’ ‘Limousine Liberal’ for ‘Flippant’ Response to Question About Skipping Stephon Clark Protest

Monday, Fox Sports 1 “Speak for Yourself” co-host Jason Whitlock called Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr a “hypocrite” and “limousine liberal” for being “flippant” when asked about skipping the protest for Stephon Clark, who recently died at the hands of police. Kerr defended his decision over the weekend to skip the rally, saying, “You can be accusatory if you like. I’m comfortable with what our team does and with what I do.” Whitlock argued that Kerr comes off as a “limousine liberal” and “hypocrite” because he was so defensive. “He looked like a hypocrite,” Whitlock stated. “He looked flippant. If you saw his comments even before that, he blew off the question — ‘What do you mean? We’ve got a basketball game. We’ve got to prepare for a basketball game.’ It was almost like, ‘Are you crazy? We’re here to play a basketball game and you want me to participate in some protest?’ And again, it’s easy to talk about it and to applaud from the sidelines and tell everyone, ‘Yeah, that’s right. Go and protest. Go do this, go do that.’ It’s all a bunch of virtue signaling not backed up by actions. And so I’m glad he was

CBS Sports’ Clark Kellogg: Obama ‘Took Advantage’ of Me in a Basketball Game

In a recent interview on the “Unnecessary Roughness Podcast,” CBS Sports college basketball analyst Clark Kellogg recalled the time he played a game of HORSE in 2010 with then President Barack Obama and how the former president “took advantage” of him. “I let up,” Kellogg told Fred Ennette. “I didn’t take it easy, but I started fast, pumped my brakes, and then he got the momentum and took advantage of it.” “It was one of the highlights of my life, quite honestly,” the former college and NBA star said of getting to play basketball with Obama, whose love of basketball was chronicled during his presidency. “To, one, have the opportunity to visit with a sitting president and to do so with the first African American president of this country who also happens to be a contemporary of mine being that we’re the same age and have had a similar love affair with basketball.” (h/t Basketball Society Online) Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

CNN’s Stelter on Laura Ingraham-David Hogg Dust-Up: Increase in Ad Boycotts ‘Dangerous’

During Sunday’s “Reliable Sources” on CNN, host Brian Stelter weighed in on the advertiser boycott initiated by Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg on Fox News Channel’s Laura Ingraham, calling the uptick in the boycotts ” dangerous.” “Are ad boycotts the right answer here?” Stelter asked. “I’m personally pretty wary of this. I think it’s dangerous to see these ad boycott attempts happening more and more often in this country. My view is let’s not shut down anyone’s right to speak. Let’s meet their comments with more speech. Let’s try to respond that way.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Stephen A Smith Defends Michael Bennett in Injuring Elderly Paraplegic Indictment, Invokes Race

Monday on ESPN’s “First Take,” co-host Stephen A. Smith reacted to Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett’s indictment on a felony count of injury to the elderly. He defended the former Seattle Seahawk because of how a black man of his size would look in the court of public opinion for shoving a 66-year-old paraplegic. Smith started off his comments by saying if Bennett is guilty then he should be dealt with accordingly and pay the price, but since there is no video evidence and since Bennett has been nominated and given awards for his philanthropy, the ESPN host called for more evidence. Partial transcript as follows: Listen, this is the same Michael Bennett that was a nominee for the Walter Payton man of the year award, this is the same Michael Bennett, who along with his brother, was honored at the B.E.T. Awards for their philanthropy and sympathies for what ails our community. This is the same Michael Bennett, put this camera on me, please. It is very important I say this. He is 6’4″, 274 pounds. That’s what he is listed as; a defensive lineman in the National Football League and do we have a depiction of him getting

Kudlow: China’s Counterfeiting, Stealing ‘Has Got to Stop’; Economic Growth Goes to 3-4%

Larry Kudlow, a long-time fixture on the CNBC business news network who previously served in the Reagan administration, is interviewed on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, March 14, 2018. President Donald Trump has chosen Kudlow to be his top economic aide. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
During Sunday’s “The Cats Roundtable” on New York AM 970 radio, newly appointed director of the National Economic Council Larry Kudlow defended President Donald Trump’s position on China tariffs, calling for the country’s counterfeiting and stealing to stop. “[C]ontrary to recent American presidents, China technology transfers, China’s stealing of American intellectual property rights, the Chinese counterfeiting American goods, the Chinese themselves have tariffs and barriers — it has got to stop,” Kudlow told host John Catsimatidis. “I mean, the president, believe it or not … regards himself as a free trader. But he believes the path to free trade must be to correct unfair trading practices, of which China, frankly John, is guilty.” Kudlow went on to say later in the interview that the United States will not see any inflation and that the economic growth will be “big” at about 3 to 4 percent. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Bolton: China Tariffs ‘Could Be a Little Shock Therapy’

Sunday on New York AM 970 radio’s “The Cats Roundtable,” President Donald Trump’s newly appointed national security adviser John Bolton discussed the proposed tariffs to be levied on Chinese imports. “[T]he president was trying to communicate to signal to China is for far too long China has taken advantage of its place in the world; trade organizations and trade arrangements,” Bolton explained to host John Catsimatidis. He continued, “The Chinese have stolen intellectual property, patent information copyrights and trademarks, business secrets. They take the information and they don’t honor the patent rights as it might be or the copyright rights — they just copy it and build their own. It’s theft. There’s no other description for it, so when you steal somebody else’s property and make money off of it yourself, it really magnifies the consequences for American industry in a very negative way.” Bolton added that America lives by the agreements and asks that China does the same. “I think this could be a little shock therapy,” he said of the tariffs. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Judge Jeanine: Omnibus Bill a ‘Total Betrayal’ of Trump and His Voters

During her Saturday opening statement for Fox News Channel’s “Justice,” Jeanine Pirro reacted to Congress’ $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill, calling it a “total betrayal” of President Donald Trump and the people who elected him. “The omnibus bill the Republicans gave President Trump yesterday is a total betrayal of him and those who elected him,” Pirro began her opening statement. Pirro went on to blame “inept, incompetent” GOP leaders like Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for the bill. She then asked voters in Kentucky and Wisconsin to vote the two out next election so Trump could carry out his agenda. “This is not on President Trump,” she said. “This is on the leadership of the Republican Party — the very people this president should be able to count on. In truth, the president is surrounded by inept, incompetent warriors. And this bill is just that — total betrayal by the Senate and House leadership.” Pirro continued, “The president and the people who voted for him have been betrayed by Speaker Paul Ryan and leader Mitch McConnell. And the people in Kentucky and Wisconsin need to make sure that these guys are defeated in the next election so this president

Columbus, GA Mayor: ‘We’ve Had This Abusive Relationship with the NRA’

Saturday at the March for Our Lives rally in Washington D.C., Columbus, GA Mayor Teresa Tomlinson discussed guns and claimed that there has been an “abusive relationship” with the National Rifle Association. “We’ve had this abusive relationship with the NRA for so long,” Tomlinson said on MSNBC’s “AM Joy.” “They have been passing laws that are just crazy.” Tomlinson stated that the NRA passes “crazy” gun laws opposed by law enforcement “just to show us that they control everything.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Stephen A Smith: Kaepernick ‘Loves the Fact that He’s Been Martyred’

During Friday’s “First Take” on ESPN, co-host Stephen A. Smith weighed in on a potential Colin Kaepernick return to the NFL. Smith argued that the former San Francisco 49er’s focus has changed from kneeling during the National Anthem to protest police brutality to being “hell-bent” on not letting the NFL keep protesters out of the league, adding that Kaepernick is more preoccupied with that than being a quarterback. “In the case of Colin Kaepernick, you have made over $40 million in your career in the National Football League,” Smith said. “The original target of your protest had nothing to do with the NFL. You were talking about our society and you used the NFL as a platform because you were on the field in uniform when you elected to take a knee during the National Anthem. His message was hijacked by the president of the United States — we all know that, we get that, and that part was definitely wrong. The owners are dealing with the residual impact of the president successfully hijacking that message.” He continued, “Colin Kaepernick seems hell-bent on not letting them do it which means his target has changed from addressing society to now addressing the National

Fmr Clinton Pollster Mark Penn: Conor Lamb Came Out Against Nancy Pelosi and Won

FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2017, file photo, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. listens during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The AP reported on July 14, 2017, that a series of stories circulating online regarding a drug bust involving Pelosi's daughters is a hoax. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
"But if there’s any message, we should never forget this is a centrist country. And whoever owns the center wins."

GOP Rep Goodlatte: Sessions ‘Did the Right Thing’ In Firing Andrew McCabe

House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) praised Attorney General Jeff Sessions for firing Andrew McCabe from his position as deputy director of the FBI, saying Sessions “did the right thing.” “I think the attorney general did the right thing,” Goodlatte stated on Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures.” “It was the appropriate decision given the reports of [McCabe’s] having leaked internal information to the media and then giving false information about that misleading information to those investigating the matter. These are very serious concerns.” “Both Republicans and Democrats should be concerned about the actions taking place in the Federal Bureau of Investigation 2016 and in 2017,” he added. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Dem Sen Van Hollen: ‘The President Is Acting Very Guilty’

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Sunday on MSNBC’s “Kasie DC,” Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) chair Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) accused President Donald Trump of being “paranoid” and “acting very guilty” by going after FBI special counsel Robert Mueller on Twitter. The Mueller probe should never have been started in that there was no collusion and there was no crime. It was based on fraudulent activities and a Fake Dossier paid for by Crooked Hillary and the DNC, and improperly used in FISA COURT for surveillance of my campaign. WITCH HUNT! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2018 Why does the Mueller team have 13 hardened Democrats, some big Crooked Hillary supporters, and Zero Republicans? Another Dem recently added…does anyone think this is fair? And yet, there is NO COLLUSION! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2018 “It sounds like the White House and Trump is getting very, very paranoid about what’s going,” Van Hollen stated. “As many have said today, if you’re not really worried, if you’ve got nothing to hide, why are you getting so upset about this? If you’ve got nothing to fear, you should have nothing to complain about. But, yet, the president is acting very guilty.” Follow Trent
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