Archive for Trent Baker

Rodman: Kim Jong-Un Doesn’t Want War — ‘He’s Changed So Much for the People’

Kim Jong Un and Dennis Rodman discuss the issues of the day. (KCNA/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
Wednesday on “The Late Show,” NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman opened up about his visits with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, saying the dictator has “changed” and does not want war. “He said, ‘I don’t want war,'” Rodman recalled from one of his recent visits with Kim Jong-un. “He sounds like he’s more of a kid than anything,” he added. “I think he really wants to change his culture, but I think he’s forced to be in this position because every time I go over there he’s changed so much for the people. And people don’t see that.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Stephen A Smith: Black Person With ‘Potential’ Treated Differently Than a White Person


Thursday on ESPN’s “First Take,” Stephen A. Smith responded to outspoken basketball father LaVar Ball saying he would be treated differently if he were white. While Smith disagreed with that premise in Ball’s case, Smith did say that people, in general, try to control black people with potential, while white people with potential tend to have their abilities maximized. “When you are a black person with incredible potential, folks are more interested in controlling you than exploiting your talents and your gifts,” Smith explained. “If you’re white, they’re more interested in exploiting it and maximizing it to the nth degree. It is something that any successful black person will co-sign. America and its history, in corporate America and beyond, has absolutely, positively proven that point. So, when LaVar Ball says that from a generic perspective, he’s absolutely correct. But if you’re talking about LaVar ball specifically, [it] doesn’t apply here.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Barkley: ‘This Is a Great Night for Alabama’ — ‘We Really Needed This’


NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley called on Alabama voters Monday to vote Doug Jones to “stop looking like idiots to the nation.” Tuesday, “The Round Mound of Rebound” reacted to Jones taking down Roy Moore in the Alabama U.S. Senate special election, saying it is a “great night for Alabama.” “This is a great night for Alabama,” Barkley said on CNN. “You know, we’ve been stuck in a time warp for a long time. This is just a great night for Alabama and for Doug Jones. I just want to thank everybody who worked on Doug’s campaign. Everybody who came out to vote today, but it’s just really a referendum on Alabama. We really needed this.” He added, “I’m just so proud of my state. They rose up today.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Charles Barkley: ‘Roy Moore Does Not Need to Represent the State of Alabama’


NBA Hall of Fame’s Charles Barkley appeared on “CNN Tonight” with Don Lemon Monday to discuss Alabama’s special U.S. Senate election. Barkley said he “feels bad” for the residents of Alabama, adding whether conservative or liberal, “Roy Moore does not need to represent the state of Alabama” because he has been an embarrassment. “This has nothing to do with politics,” Barkley told Lemon. “I tell people, they throw these words around, these talk shows have gotten so out of hand, they’re right-wing, or they lean to the left, I hate both of those terminologies.  Whether you’re a Democrat, a Republican, a liberal, or a conservative, listen, Roy Moore does not need to represent the state of Alabama. He does not need to represent our state.” He continued, “Doug Jones has never embarrassed us the way Roy Moore has.  And think about it, other than talking about religion and Ten Commandments and things like that, Judge Moore hasn’t done anything for Alabama.  He became well known just because of the Ten Commandments thing. He’s never accomplished anything other than that, and being controversial catering to his base.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Goodell: ‘I Don’t Agree’ Kaepernick Has Been Blackballed Over National Anthem Protests


Monday on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell shot down the notion that free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick is the victim of a blackballing by owners around the NFL due to his polarizing National Anthem protests. Goodell said that Kaepernick “is always welcome” to be a part of player’s coalition meetings “We’ve always invited Colin to come over,” stated Goodell. “He’s welcome to come over and meet at any point and time. We had an open door on that. There were some meeting set up with the player’s coalition, and they were invited by the player’s coalition.” Goodell explained he believes there are a number of factors on why teams have yet to sign Kaepernick, but he does not agree with people like LeBron James that he has been blackballed. “Each and every club’s got to make those decisions,” he said. “They make those decisions based on a lot of factors that are best for their football team. And when they do that, that’s what’s in the best interest.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Goodell: ‘I Don’t Agree’ Kaepernick Has Been Blackballed Over National Anthem Protests


Monday on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell shot down the notion that free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick is the victim of a blackballing by owners around the NFL due to his polarizing National Anthem protests. Goodell said that Kaepernick “is always welcome” to be a part of player’s coalition meetings “We’ve always invited Colin to come over,” stated Goodell. “He’s welcome to come over and meet at any point and time. We had an open door on that. There were some meeting set up with the player’s coalition, and they were invited by the player’s coalition.” Goodell explained he believes there are a number of factors on why teams have yet to sign Kaepernick, but he does not agree with people like LeBron James that he has been blackballed. “Each and every club’s got to make those decisions,” he said. “They make those decisions based on a lot of factors that are best for their football team. And when they do that, that’s what’s in the best interest.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Carl Bernstein Accuses Fox News Hosts of ‘Abetting a Cover-Up’ With ‘Anti-Mueller Rhetoric’


Sunday, CNN political analyst Carl Bernstein said the anti-FBI special counsel Robert Mueller rhetoric coming from Fox News hosts like Sean Hannity and Jeanine Pirro, as well as other conservatives, was “abetting a cover-up” with the White House. “[I]t abets a cover-up because there is a cover-up going on in the White House and among Trump’s aides and former aides relating to these investigations,” Bernstein told host Brian Stelter. “We do not know specifically what the cover-up is about, whether it constitutes an obstruction of justice or a criminal conspiracy at this point, though.” “But yes, because the commentators that you are hearing and showing there are not open in any way to the best obtainable version of the truth, to facts, to context, who seem to be oblivious to the serial lying of the president of the United States and members of his family and those on his staff and those in the Trump organization, yes, they are abetting a cover-up,” he added. Bernstein said there was “an attempt” by Republicans in Washington DC to defend Trump “at any cost, including the cost of the truth.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

GOP Sen Barrasso: Nancy Pelosi Is ‘Almost Unhinged’ on Tax Reform

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In a Sunday appearance on New York AM 970 radio’s “The Cats Roundtable,” Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) responded to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) describing the GOP tax bill as “Armageddon” this week. Barrasso dismissed Pelosi’s comments, calling her “almost unhinged.” “Nancy Pelosi has said [the tax bill] is the end of the world and this is Armageddon. The statements are almost unhinged,” Barrasso told host John Catsimatidis. “People like Nancy Pelosi run for office so they can basically try to grow the government. And people like me run for office to put policies in place to grow the economy. For her it may sound like Armageddon, but for me it sounds like freedom.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Fmr Clinton Campaign Aide: Trump Campaigning for Roy Moore in FL, Visiting MS Is ‘Pandering’ to Racists


Saturday, former Clinton campaign aide Zerlina Maxwell said that President Donald Trump’s rally in Pensacola, FL, which some say was to campaign for Roy Moore, and a visit to Jackson, MS for a civil rights museum opening, was a message the country was headed back to a pre-equal rights era. “Make no mistake, [Trump] is in Pensacola, Florida, right on the border of Alabama campaigning for a child molester. He’s going to Mississippi. And all of that is essentially a message to his base that we’re going to go back to a time when people like me … did not have equal rights in this country,” Maxwell, Hillary Clinton’s former director of progressive media, argued in an appearance on MSNBC. She continued, “I think that we have to stop beating around the bush when we talk about the president and insisting that he is not pandering to the racists in his base. Now, every single person that voted for him is not a racist, but they are certainly embracing extreme rhetoric that he is promulgating as the commander in chief. It is completely unacceptable. And I’m completely disgusted at the fact that there is anyone in the Republican Party who would be embracing

Watch: MSNBC Guest Calls Former Sheriff David Clarke an ‘Uncle Tom’


In a Saturday appearance on MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” SiriusXM satellite radio’s Mark Thompson reacted to former Milwaukee County, WI Sheriff David Clarke saying “John who?” in response to being asked about Representative John Lewis (D-GA) and calling him “irrelevant.” Thompson dismissed Clarke’s comments, calling him “crazy” and “an Uncle Tom.” “We’ve all known [Clarke] to be crazy and he’s an Uncle Tom — we’ve all known that as well,” Thompson told host Joy Reid. “If it weren’t for John Lewis and the Civil Rights moment, he would never have been a sheriff and probably wouldn’t be on Fox News.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Daily Beast’s Alter: ‘Highly Doubt’ Dems Would’ve Called for Franken’s Resignation If Minnesota Governor Were Republican


Daily Beast columnist Jonathan Alter argued Saturday on MSNBC that if Minnesota had a Republican governor who would appoint a Republican senator, Democrats would likely not have called for Sen. Al Franken’s (D-MN) resignation and instead given Franken a chance before the Ethics Committee “[T]he way you know it’s political is that if the governor of Minnesota were a Republican, and was going to appoint a Republican to Franken’s seat, I highly doubt that all these Democratic senators would have rushed to judgment here without giving him a chance before the ethics committee,” Alter stated. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Tom Hanks: ‘It Concerns Me’ How Much Trump Attacks the Press


In an interview with David Axelrod for CNN’s “The Axe Files,” actor Tom Hanks said it “concerns” him how much President Donald Trump takes on the press. According to Hanks, the Trump administration’s “insidious” behavior to “denigrate” outlets like CNN and The Washington Post helps out “agenda-filled” institutions. “As an American, it concerns me, because it’s monkeying around with our Constitution,” Hanks told Axelrod in the interview that aired Saturday. “It’s relatively obvious, I think, as what is trying to go forward. When you tear down these institutions to a level to [where] you can’t believe anything that is in any of them, that raises the stock of those agenda-filled other institutions, whatnot, so that if you can’t believe them, well that means you get to believe some of the other stuff that is in these and so, what is happening is that dilution of the great — they’re throwing dirt and oil into a bucket of water.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

David Clarke to Congress: ‘Build the Damn Wall’

In this July 18, 2016, file photo, Milwaukee County, Wis. Sheriff David Clarke speaks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. The Department of Homeland Security says Milwaukee Clarke is no longer a candidate for a position in the agency. In May 2017 Clarke said he was taking a job as an assistant secretary in DHS. But a political adviser to Clarke says the sheriff notified DHS Secretary John Kelly late Friday, June 16, 2017, that he "had rescinded his acceptance of the agency's offer" to join DHS. Clarke says he believes he could help promote President Donald Trump's agenda "in a more aggressive role." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
In the wake of a San Francisco jury finding illegal immigrant Jose Ines Garcia Zarate not guilty for the death of Kate Steinle, former Milwaukee County, WI Sheriff David Clarke urged Congress to “build the damn wall” to keep similar incidents from happening in the future. “Until Congress fixes this broken immigration system — and it has to start with sealing the border — build the damn wall. Our border is not sealed. If you don’t build the wall as President Trump wants, these guys are just going to keep coming back,” Clarke warned. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Kudlow: Trump Has Ended the War on Business


Sunday, economist Larry Kudlow weighed in on the new tax reform bill, which he said will result in a “3 to 4 percent economic growth as far as the eye can see.” With the new bill, Kudlow said on New York AM 970 radio’s “The Cats Roundtable that President Donald Trump “has ended the war against business.” “[T]his tax cut bill is really proof positive,” he told host John Catsimatidis. “Trump believes in rewarding success, not punishing it. And Trump believes also that we should not punish investment. Kudlow continued, “Foreign investment is going to start flowing back to the United States the way it did in the 1980s and the 1990s because our environment is going to be so hospitable. American companies offshore are going to come back [and] they’re going to bring their cash home.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Watch: Alec Baldwin Gets Visited by Ghosts of Trump’s Past in SNL ‘Cold Open’


This week’s “Saturday Night Live” opened with a skit showing Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump being visited by ghosts of his life, as seen in “A Christmas Carol.” The first to visit “Trump” was the “Ghost of Witness Flipped,” Michael Flynn played by Mikey Day, dressed in chains. “Flynn” warned Baldwin he would be visited by ghosts of his past. “It’s time to come clean for the good of the country,” Day’s character told Baldwin. The fake president was visited by Alex Moffat’s Billy Bush as the Ghost of Christmas past. He was followed by Ghost of Christmas Present, Vladimir Putin (Beck Bennett). Finally, the Ghost of Christmas Future appeared in the form of the Grim Reaper, who is sometimes portrayed as Steve Bannon. “Trump” mistook the Grim Reaper as Bannon, but the character revealed itself as Hillary Clinton, who proceeds to point at Baldwin and chant, “Lock him up.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Mike Huckabee: Kate Steinle Would Not Have Died if We Avoided Sanctuary Cities


Saturday, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee reacted to a San Francisco jury finding Jose Ines Garcia Zarate not guilty for the death of Kate Steinle, attributing Steinle’s “unnecessary” death to the city’s sanctuary city policy. “Kate Steinle would not have died had we simply avoided these sanctuary cities, enforced our existing law,” Huckabee explained. “What a tragedy and an unnecessary one. It’s just impossible not to be heartbroken over her death and this absolutely absurd judgment that came down from San Francisco this week.” Huckabee then said the jury’s “absurd” decision is the result of the judge disallowing Zarate’s past deportations as evidence. “Those are the things the jury should have known,” he argued. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Maxine Waters: We’re Going to ‘Find’ that Trump ‘Needs to Be Impeached’


In a Saturday appearance on MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) continued her crusade against President Donald Trump in the wake of former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s guilty plea, saying it will be found the president “needs to be impeached.” “I think it’s going to be hard for the Republicans to continue to be silent and standing with this president as it unfolds,” Waters said to host Joy Reid. “This is the tip of the iceberg. There’s lots more to come. And I think it’s going to lead right to not only collusion, obstruction of justice, money laundering. It goes on and on and on.” Waters added, “We are at a point in time in the United States of America with a president who is involved in all kinds of things that would shock people, I do believe. So, I know that I’ve been calling for impeachment. I know I’ve been criticized, but I know everything that I have learned about him and his allies, their interest in lifting the sanctions, their connection to Putin, their connection to the Kremlin — I know that we are going to find that this president needs to be impeached.” Follow Trent Baker

MSNBC’s Cevallos: Flynn Has ‘Massive’ Incentive to Lie to Implicate Others


MSNBC legal analyst Danny Cevallos argued that former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has a “massive” incentive to lie to the FBI — to implicate others. Cevallos was asked Saturday in an appearance on MSNBC what the “incentive” was for Flynn to lie. “In a word, massive,” Cevallos replied. “I have seen this. I dealt with this personally. Mike Flynn is not only somebody who has been threatened by the government with up to five years in prison for one false statement or several false statements, there’s also been intimations that his son could be charged, too.” He continued, “You think about your own family members. Think about if your own child or your sibling or your parents were threatened with prosecution, what incentive you would have to come up with some kind of story? Now, the government already knows that they’re getting hand in hand with a convicted criminal to testify against other potential persons. They do that all the time. They’re used to it. The reality is that these cooperating witness agreements, heavily incentivized, exaggerating the story to impress the government and ultimately implicate others.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Bruce Bartlett: Tax Bill ‘Akin to Rape’ on the Poor


Saturday on MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” author and former President Ronald Reagan adviser Bruce Bartlett likened the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to “rape” on the poor. “It really defies comprehension,” Bartlett told host Joy Reid. “Maybe they think that the poor have it so easy that they need to have to pay more taxes to force them to go out and work more. The amazing thing is that people seem to be accepting this so meekly and mildly. It’s really akin to rape. It really is.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

ESPN’s Qerim: NFL Players Coalition $89 Million Deal to Fund Activism Feels ‘a Little Dirty’


Friday, ESPN “First Take” moderator Molly Qerim ripped into the “audacity” of members of the NFL Players Coalition like Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and former wide receiver Anquan Boldin to accept a deal with the NFL to provide financial support to players’ community-activism while other members like San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid and Miami Dolphins safety Michael Thomas did not approve. Qerim argued that since Kaepernick “sacrificed his career” for his protests and was ultimately left out of the agreement between the group of players and the league, the deal feels “a little dirty.” Partial transcript from Qerim’s “Final Take” segment as follows: What I really find unfortunate is how this has all ended. We kept asking what’s the end game for these protests. I’ll tell you what it is. The protests were potentially sold for $89 million. So let me get this straight, Kaepernick sacrificed his career, dreams and reputation fighting for social justice because he was shown he couldn’t do both — be an activist and be in the league. But in the end, the players coalition allegedly agrees to a deal with a price tag and Colin’s left out of it. Tell me that doesn’t feel a little dirty. Everything in life cannot be bought. And instead, Malcolm Jenkins and Anquan Boldin did

Stephen A Smith: ‘The Black Athlete Has It Pretty Rough’


During his final take segment on ESPN’s “First Take,” Stephen A. Smith responded to Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant “waking up” to see how “rough it is for the average black man.” Smith agreed with Durant, saying the black athlete also “has it pretty rough” because of their money and the expectations to do right with it. “If we’re being honest, the black athlete has it pretty rough — not just in spite of the money, but actually because of it,” said Smith. “With money comes expectations to do right, to be right, regardless of the scrutiny or adversity one faces, which is why Kevin Durant was absolutely correct and righteous when alluding to his privileged relationship with the viewing public while making sure to lament the fact that it wouldn’t exist for him or anyone black were it not for riches and fame.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

FS1’s Sharpe Applauds Kevin Durant for Comment on Racial Issues — ‘We’re Not Going to Just Stick to Sports’


Tuesday, Fox Sports 1 “Undisputed” co-host Shannon Sharpe praised Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant for saying he has woken up to “seeing how rough it is for an average black man.” Sharpe said Durant and other athletes are finally waking up to the fact they are more than just athletes. “He had this epiphany, this awakening, this realization that I am so much more than just a guy that can shoot the three or dunk a basketball,” Sharpe stated. “He says, ‘You know what, America, for the longest time I’ve been silent. You’ve allowed me to sell you sneakers. You’ve allowed me to sell you sports drinks. But if you want to know Kevin Durant, you’re going to have to take all of Kevin Durant, not just what you see on the basketball court. And you see now, Skip, guys, professional athletes, are not only being socially conscious, they’re being morally conscious and they’re saying you’re going to get an opportunity to see the whole package, and no, we’re not going to just stick to sports.” “For Kevin Durant to take this approach, I am so proud that I see Kevin Durant in a different light — because a lot of times, Skip, when you just

Army Veteran: National Anthem Protesters Aren’t Protesting the ‘Real Issues in the Black Community’


Monday on “Fox & Friends,” Army veteran Kathy Barnette said NFL players protesting police brutality during the National Anthem need to focus on some of the “real issues” the black community faces. “There are some real issues in the black community, some very real, systemic, devastating issues,” Barnette said. “But the one that we are seeing almost every day, about police brutality, that probably isn’t even in the top five.” Instead, Barnette wants NFL players to use their platforms to shine a spotlight on issues like family instability, lack of education, high unemployment rate and low home ownership — which she said are “much larger” issues than police brutality. “One black person, white person, Asian person, any person shot by police unarmed for no reason is one too many. But it most definitely is not the big ‘boogey bear’ that they’re pushing it to be,” she added. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Army Veteran: National Anthem Protesters Aren’t Protesting the ‘Real Issues in the Black Community’


Monday on “Fox & Friends,” Army veteran Kathy Barnette said NFL players protesting police brutality during the National Anthem need to focus on some of the “real issues” the black community faces. “There are some real issues in the black community, some very real, systemic, devastating issues,” Barnette said. “But the one that we are seeing almost every day, about police brutality, that probably isn’t even in the top five.” Instead, Barnette wants NFL players to use their platforms to shine a spotlight on issues like family instability, lack of education, high unemployment rate and low home ownership — which she said are “much larger” issues than police brutality. “One black person, white person, Asian person, any person shot by police unarmed for no reason is one too many. But it most definitely is not the big ‘boogey bear’ that they’re pushing it to be,” she added. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

GOP Rep Brady: ‘I Predict We Will Have a New Tax Code for the New Year’


In an appearance on Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” House Ways and Means chairman Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) predicted there would be a new tax code for the upcoming new year. “I predict we will have a new tax code for the new year and for a new era of American prosperity,” Brady told host Maria Bartiromo. “We deserve it. Americans deserve a new tax code and I’ll tell you whether you’re a New Yorker or California, Illinois — we’re continuing to see our jobs and our plants and our research march overseas. It’s time to end that and I think any senator, any member of Congress who defends the status quo — look I think Americans are hungry for a new code.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Warriors’ Steve Kerr: Trump Is Failing to Unify the Country with ‘Divisive’ Comments


In a Saturday interview on CNN’s “The Axe Files,” outspoken Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr hammered President Trump for creating a “storm” with his “divisive” comments like when he bashed the National Anthem protests and called protesters “sons of b******” at a rally in Alabama. “We see what President Trump does with his words, with his actions, and it’s difficult to reconcile that and just say we’ll put all that aside,” Kerr told John Axelrod. “He can make fun of handicap people. He can say a lot of nasty things, ugly things, whether it’s about women, whomever. There can be a lot of things that happen that are just really difficult to just say, ‘All right, we’ll put that aside and go visit and shake his hand.’ It doesn’t feel right.” According to Kerr, Trump’s comments at the Alabama rally “really stung.” “He used the words ‘sons of b******’ to talk about NFL players who have made it clear they’re protesting racial inequality and police brutality,” Kerr said. “Those are sons of b******? Really? You’re the president of the United States and you’re going to call them sons of b******? And you’re going to call [Colin] Kaepernick out for

FNC’s Pirro Criticizes Ryan, McConnell, Schumer, Pelosi for Congressional Sexual Harassment Findings


In her Saturday opening statement on Fox News Channel’s “Justice,” Jeanine Pirro went after the “sleazy, sexual perverts” in Washington like Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) and Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), calling on GOP and Democratic leaders Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer to either “demand the release and unmasking of those against whom sexual harassment findings have been made” or “get out.” “Franken says that Roy Moore has to go while big Al Franken has not even denied the sexual harassment allegations against him that occurred while he was a sitting United States Senator. Where are our leaders? Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, for all your talk and moral piety, each of you must immediately demand the release and unmasking of those against whom sexual harassment findings have been made, otherwise you get out, too — enough of this mess,” Pirro stated. She continued, “And these guys have the gall to trash the president when they’re the ones with actual findings against them, both Senator Franken and Congressman Conyers and payouts to victim who is have had to go through hell to even file a complaint. This isn’t about politics anymore and I don’t care if you’re

Tebow on Football Career: People ‘Were Telling Me Where to Shove My Bible’


Tim Tebow said he had some of the “most horrific things” directed his way during his football career. Friday while discussing Oklahoma Sooners quarterback and current Heisman favorite Baker Mayfield’s crotch grab last weekend while playing the Kansas Jayhawks, the 2007 Heisman winner said on ESPN’s “First Take” that people used his religion as part of the smack talk. Despite that, Tebow warned players like Mayfield that you “can’t dip down to their level.” Partial transcript as follows: In my time of playing high school, college and pro I had people say the most horrific things to me: say exactly what they are going to do to my sisters and mom, they’re telling me where to shove my Bible, they’re spitting in my face, they’re giving cheap shots, all these different things to me, and so I know what it’s like to have people take cheap shots and say things to you, but you also got to know at that moment that you’re winning, that you’re under their skin, so you can’t dip down to their level because you are already dominating them. They’re saying that because they’re already intimidated, they’re disappointed, they’re upset because they want something that you have. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

ESPN’s Kellerman: NFL Owners Should ‘Ignore’ Trump


Friday on ESPN’s “First Take,” co-host Max Kellerman reacted to President Donald Trump’s tweet that says NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had “lost control” of the NFL because of the National Anthem protests, saying NFL owners should just “ignore” the president when he tries to push for them to cut protesters. Kellerman suggested Trump tweets about the NFL’s dwindling National Anthem protests to distract from “the real world.” “For the press, it’s actually good for the sports media even to be talking about this because it’s content that he’s giving us to talk about, but it’s bad for the NFL owners’ business for this to be going on,” Kellerman explained. “And they have the option of ignoring him. The press has less of that option. So, I would suggest the owners ignore him.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Watch: Vikings Celebrate Thanksgiving in Touchdown Dance


The Minnesota Vikings celebrated Thanksgiving Thursday accordingly after quarterback Case Keenum scored on the Detroit Lions with a 9-yard run in the first quarter. After Keenum scored, the offense all sat down in the end zone for a Thanksgiving meal with the quarterback serving his teammates. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Watch: Vikings Celebrate Thanksgiving in Touchdown Dance


The Minnesota Vikings celebrated Thanksgiving Thursday accordingly after quarterback Case Keenum scored on the Detroit Lions with a 9-yard run in the first quarter. After Keenum scored, the offense all sat down in the end zone for a Thanksgiving meal with the quarterback serving his teammates. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

FS1’s Sharpe Sides with Trump, Slams LaVar Ball for Being Ungrateful


Monday on Fox Sports 1’s “Undisputed,” host Shannon Sharpe sided with President Donald Trump after the president lamented working with Chinese government to get three UCLA basketball players released after they were detained on shoplifting charges because LaVar Ball, the father of one of the players, acted like Trump played no role in his son’s release. “Who?” Ball responded when he was asked by ESPN about Trump’s involvement in his son’s release. Sharpe said even people who dislike Trump would agree with him in his feud with Ball. “I can assure you even the people that dislike President Trump the most would agree that LaVar Ball is wrong in this situation. I guarantee you that,” Sharpe told co-host Skip Bayless. “Now, you might dislike what he’s done, what he’s said and who he is, but he had some effect on these kids coming home.” Sharpe then said that if Ball’s “kleptomaniac son” would not have been taking stuff in China, this conversation would not be happening. “If your son would have kept his sticky ass fingers in his pockets and not take people’s stuff in China, we wouldn’t even be having this conversation. So, you talk about ‘who?’ — your kleptomaniac son is who!” he exclaimed. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

FS1’s Sharpe Sides with Trump, Slams LaVar Ball for Being Ungrateful


Monday on Fox Sports 1’s “Undisputed,” host Shannon Sharpe sided with President Donald Trump after the president lamented working with Chinese government to get three UCLA basketball players released after they were detained on shoplifting charges because LaVar Ball, the father of one of the players, acted like Trump played no role in his son’s release. “Who?” Ball responded when he was asked by ESPN about Trump’s involvement in his son’s release. Sharpe said even people who dislike Trump would agree with him in his feud with Ball. “I can assure you even the people that dislike President Trump the most would agree that LaVar Ball is wrong in this situation. I guarantee you that,” Sharpe told co-host Skip Bayless. “Now, you might dislike what he’s done, what he’s said and who he is, but he had some effect on these kids coming home.” Sharpe then said that if Ball’s “kleptomaniac son” would not have been taking stuff in China, this conversation would not be happening. “If your son would have kept his sticky ass fingers in his pockets and not take people’s stuff in China, we wouldn’t even be having this conversation. So, you talk about ‘who?’ — your kleptomaniac son is who!” he exclaimed. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

CNN’s Stelter: Trump’s Tweet About Lavar Ball ‘Immature at Best,’ ‘Race-Baiting at Worst’


Sunday on “CNN Newsroom,” Brian Stelter reacted to President Donald Trump calling out LaVar Ball, outspoken father of UCLA Basketball’s LiAngelo Ball, for not crediting the president for getting his son released by the Chinese after a shoplifting charge. Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal. I should have left them in jail! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2017 Stelter recalled how Trump claimed he would be more restrained on Twitter once elected president, then accused him of either “race-baiting” or being “immature.” “If this is restrained, I can’t imagine what it would look like if he were to be unrestrained,” Stelter told host Fredricka Whitfield. “I mean, think about this. He’s just recently let the NFL kneeling controversy start to subside, start to fade away, and now here he is calling out these players and the families again. I think it’s immature at best, Fred, but it’s really race-baiting at worst. That’s going to be debated, that’s going be argued about, but I want to put that on the

SNL Music Video Asks Obama to Return to White House: ‘Come Back, Barack’


“Saturday Night Live” had a message for former President Barack Obama in the form of a song called, “Come Back, Barack.” In the form of an R&B music video, this week’s SNL host Chance the Rapper, Kenan Thompson and Chris Redd said they were thankful for Obama and asked him to come back. The music video showed clips and pictures of Obama enjoying himself now that he is out of office. “Why would you leave us?” Thompson asked while talking over the song. “Oh, cause you had to because of the Constitution. But you can come back, right? Oh, you can’t because that would undermine the very institutions that we’re barely holding on to as it is? I see. I guess we stuck with this dude for a while then. Maybe you can come back and make a speech? How much would that cost? For real? Oh, no, we definitely can’t afford that.” The trio then said they would vote for Michelle Obama, Joe Biden or even George Clooney. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Pirro: ‘I’m Tired of the Powerful and the Clintons Being Above the Law’


Saturday in her Fox News Channel “Justice” opening statement, Jeanine Pirro called for “truth and justice” in regards to Hillary Clinton’s shady dealings, as well those in power who aided her. Pirro began by noting how the Clinton Foundation received $145 million for the Uranium One deal and that Bill Clinton was paid $500,000 for a Moscow speech paid for by a Kremlin-backed bank while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, saying it is obvious the deep state exists. “I say law and order and truth and justice are the very foundations of this republic,” said Pirro. “I’m tired of the powerful and the Clintons being above the law — law each and every one of us must follow.” She later added, “Hillary is from the school of lie, deny and delay. She and the Obama Administration have thwarted Congress at every turn. Investigations are drawn out for so long that America’s collective memory fades to the point where no one really cares anymore, which is just what the plan was in the first place. Look, I was a judge. it’s simple. If someone is subpoenaed, and there is no response, you hold that person in contempt. You take a look at the facts, you prosecute, and if justified, you put

MSNBC Guest: The U.S. Was Founded on the Backbone of Racism


Saturday on MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” “DecodeDC” podcast host Jimmy Williams touched on Alabama Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones’ prosecution of two of the men behind the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham as a U.S. attorney. Williams claimed the United States was “founded on the backbone of racism.” “Let me be clear: Racism is not just in the South, it is in every state in this country. This country was founded on the backbone of racism and will continue to, sadly, for a long time to come,” said Williams. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Frank Schaeffer: Evangelicals Are Treating Women Like South Africa Treated Black People in Apartheid


During a Saturday panel discussion on MSNBC’s “AM Joy” about Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Roy Moore sexual assault allegations, author Frank Schaeffer accused evangelicals of treating women the same South Africans treated black people during the apartheid era. “The evangelicals are experts at discounting women’s points of views,” Schaffer, the son of an evangelical preacher, stated. He added that evangelicals take the writings of Paul as “women should sit down and shut up in church and not be heard from — and not just church, any situation, and be in obedience to your husband,” which he likened to the apartheid era where blacks were not seen equally as whites. “[Y]ou could have 20 black witnesses talking about a cop taking someone out and beating them to death [and] none of it counted because they weren’t full human beings,” Schaeffer said. “Evangelicals treat women that way, discount what they say and now are preaching moral relativism. I just want that to sink in to the audience, moral relativism being preached from evangelicals.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

ESPN’s Van Pelt Rips Boycotters, Cord-Cutters: ‘You’re So Dumb That I Can’t Even Pray For You’


In an interview with Sports Illustrated‘s Jimmy Traina, ESPN late-night “SportsCenter” anchor Scott Van Pelt addressed the narrative that the network is a “sinking ship.” Van Pelt said on “Off the Board” that he is “tired” of the claims ESPN is dying. “I push back against it,” Van Pelt told Traina. “I get it every day. Largely, people are kind, and largely you get compliments. But you do get the sinking-ship narrative. I would try to educate people, but it’s pointless to educate people who don’t care to be educated. I guess people believe that we’re hemorrhaging money when that’s not the case. There are other challenges for us, absolutely. Is the business challenged? Absolutely. Look at our peers. There’s no one in this space that is just hiring on gobs more people and aren’t trying to figure out what to do. What’s the old cliche? The wind blows hardest at the top of the mountain? That’s where we are. That’s what you’re going to get.” The longtime ESPN employee later added that anybody who has canceled ESPN or boycotted the NFL over politics is “so dumb” that they are “beyond hope.” “If you truly want to boycott the NFL and you

Pastor Mark Burns Vehemently Defends Roy Moore: Accusations Look Like a ‘Character Assassination’


As Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Roy Moore is facing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, Pastor Mark Burns took to the defense of the former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice Thursday on MSNBC’s “Velshi & Ruhle.” Burns prefaced his comments by saying anybody found guilty of allegations should be removed from office or disqualified, but said the decades-old allegations are “dangerous” and look to him to be a “character assassination” on a “strong Christian conservative.” “[I] think it’s a dangerous, slippery slope that when we just allow things that can be considered suspicious for 40-year-old allegations to come up after Roy Moore has become the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate,” Burns said. “I think we really have to be very careful. First of all, those allegations are extremely serious. If anyone who is found to be guilty of sexual misconduct should be removed from office or disqualified from running for office. But I think we have to really begin to ask ourselves, ‘Is this simply just a political assassination of Roy Moore — who is very clearly a strong Christian conservative who for the last 40 years has been fighting the Christian conservative fight in the great state of Alabama?'” He added, “I understand how
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