Democratic Rep. Jasmine Crockett tells CNN’s Jake Tapper that Republicans “just let Marjorie do whatever she wants to do.”

Bill Maher Slams Marjorie Taylor Greene and Republican ‘Mental Midgets’ in Congress

Bill Maher joined Monday’s edition of AC360 on CNN where he slammed congressional Republicans for being more interested in “owning the libs” than in legislating.

Maher told Anderson Cooper that while he doesn’t agree with some Democrats in Congress, “they’re generally still a sane party.” But Republicans, he said, have lost the plot.

“Especially the congresspeople,” Maher went on. “They’re just there to do performative nonsense. They’re there to like, burnish their credentials to get a show on Fox News or something. And just also, people like Marjorie Taylor Greene, real mental midgets that– they are not interested in legislation. They don’t know how it works. They’re not really interested in improving the country.”

Maher went on to describe congressional Republicans as “natural-born cultists.”

“And now they’ve found a candidate who is a cult leader,” he continued. “So, that quality of falling in line – very dangerous now because it’s sort of in their nature.”

Cooper then noted that several prominent Republicans have attended former President Donald Trump’s trial in New York while donning Trumpian outfits .

“You have to dress identical now to Trump,” Cooper said. “That’s just the weirdest thing to me. It’s just the most clear– it’s the clearest representation of just the ridiculousness. They’re all wearing these red ties. I mean, there was a shot outside the courtroom, literally, they’re all wearing the same thing.”

“Always a good sign when the right-wing party starts wearing a uniform,” Maher cracked. “I have been using this phrase – slow-moving coup – since before Trump was elected the first time, before he even got elected, I said this is a slow-moving coup.”

Maher concluded the United States appears to be going down the path of the Roman Empire, which ceased to be a republic under Julius Caesar.

“And I see this American Caesar slowly taking us down this road,” he said. “That’s the first thing I thought when I saw the red tie and they’re wearing the Trump uniform, that this is another Rubicon we’re crossing.”

Watch above via CNN.

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Democratic Rep. Jasmine Crockett tells CNN’s Jake Tapper that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s comment about her eyelashes was “buying into a racist trope.”

CNN Rebuts Trump’s Claims the Network’s Legal Pundits Are on His Side: ‘A Lot Of Cherry-Picking There’

Donald Trump again invoked CNN analysts to claim the criminal case against him in New York should not have been brought. The former president name-checked the network’s Laura Coates and Elie Honig – both former federal prosecutors – after his trial adjourned for the day.

Trump has pleaded not guilty to 34 counts of falsifying business records to conceal hush money payments to cover up extramarital affairs he had before the 2016 election. He denies the affairs.

“CNN panel just came out,” Trump declared inside the courthouse on Monday. “‘This is significant. There is no direct link to Trump in this alleged conspiracy.’ That’s from CNN.”

He went on to cite Coates and Honig to suggest they believe there is no case against him. “This case should be dropped by the judge,” Trump continued.

After Trump finished speaking, CNN’s Tom Foreman fact-checked several of the ex-president’s claims – including his remarks about the network’s pundits.

“The bottom line is, not a lot of new things here, but he keeps trying to say – even when he cites our own experts, Elie Honig, Laura Coates, and so on – a lot of cherry-picking there,” Foreman said. “He picked the parts he likes, to say, they’re basically saying there’s no case against him. We haven’t had anybody say there’s no case against him.”

Monday was a trying day for the prosecution. During cross-examination by Trump’s attorneys, Michael Cohen admitted to stealing from the Trump Organization. The revelation prompted Honig to say Cohen’s admission is “more serious of a crime than falsifying business records.”

Watch above via CNN.

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‘Absolute Hysteria’: MSNBC Host Hammers Media — Including Morning Joe — For Fixation on College Protests ‘As Gaza’s Entire Education System Lies in Ruins’

MSNBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin decried the media’s “absolute hysteria” over protests on U.S. college campuses while ignoring Israel’s bombing of Palestinian universities.

On Sunday’s Ayman Mohyeldin Reports, he cited an NBC digital report, saying, “‘The war has halted the studies of at least 88,000 students, according to the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Higher Education.’ But, if you’ve turned on television here in America, apparently it’s American universities that are under attack. As Pro-Palestinian anti-war protests continue to spread to college campuses across the country, coverage of these demonstrations has dominated mainstream media. Here’s just a really small glimpse of how these protesters have been described.”

Mohyeldin cut to clips of everyone from Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld saying, “This might look like Jan. 6, but it’s a thousand times worse,” to CNN’s Dana Bash, who said the protests were “hearkening back to the 1930s, and I do not say that lightly.”

Mohyeldin then quoted MSNBC’s Donny Deutsch, who said on Morning Joe, “We are going to have fascism as a result of these protests.” He continued:

It’s absolute hysteria from the media. Outrage over protesters setting up tents, occupying buildings, or breaking windows, as Gaza’s entire education system lies in ruins. U.S. media have become obsessed with this manufactured idea of violence sweeping across American campuses, all while failing to cover the very real violence that has decimated an entire generation’s access to education.

But the media isn’t doing this alone. Here in New York City, Mayor Eric Adams has given them an assist, making himself, as The Nation’s Jeet Heer describes, “The public face of the nationwide campus crackdown on pro-Palestinian activism.”At a press conference this week, Adams attempted to rationalize the NYPD’s crackdown on Columbia University, claiming he’s preventing young people from being, quote, “radicalized by professionals.” New York City Deputy Police Commissioner Tarik Sheppard has gotten in on the baseless fear-mongering, as well, touting, bike chains — yeah, bike chains — literally, bike chains, sold at a discount by Columbia University, as some kind of sinister weapon that has been brought in by outsiders.

If you want to talk about sinister weapons inflicting mass destruction on campus, what about the 300-plus mines that the Israeli military used to blow up Isra University back in January? It’s as simple as this: you cannot claim to be worried about violence at universities, about disruptions to students’ education, about safety on college campuses, and ignore what is taking place in Gaza. You cannot be more concerned about the act of students protesting than you are with the very issues they’re protesting against, and what the U.N. Rapporteur on Human Rights described as a “genocide.”

Watch the clip above via MSNBC.

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Furious Judge Clears Courtroom Over Heated Exchange With Trump Witness: ‘Are You Staring Me Down Right Now!?’

Judge Juan Merchan, who is presiding over former President Donald Trump’s hush money trial , cleared the courtroom and shut down defense witness Robert Costello for being disrespectful.

The prosecution rested its case Monday after Trump “fixer” Michael Cohen left the stand.

CNN’s Jake Tapper said Costello was a lawyer that “at one point had advised Michael Cohen” and was called by the defense to impeach Cohen’s credibility.

“What’s going on is, Costello is really expressing disdain for Judge Merchan’s ruling,” Tapper said. “Costello shakes his head as if he were exasperated when Merchan sustained an objection from the prosecution about one of the questions. At another time, when the prosecution objected, Merchan told the lawyers to approach the bench and Costello could be heard saying on the microphone, ‘Ridiculous!’” Tapper added, “Then, at another time, there was another objection that was sustained, Costello lets out a, ‘Jesus!’”

Paula Reid interrupted Tapper to say, “Jake, the judge has just cleared the entire courtroom. It appears that now this has escalated to a security concern.”

She continued, “The fact that this has escalated to this extent, this is why there was disagreement within the Trump World about whether they should call Bob Costello. The only reason that he is being called is that the client insisted that he be called.”

Tapper continued to recount the scene that led to Judge Merchan taking such drastic measures:

[The judge] told Costello in a raised voice when he told the jury to leave, “Mr. Costello, you’re to remain seated.” The jury leaves, then Costello, after another sustained objection, Costello rolls his eyes, lets out an audible sigh, side-glances the judge. The judge says, “I want to discuss proper decorum in my courtroom.” The judge says, “You don’t give me a side eye, and you don’t roll your eyes. If you don’t like my ruling, you don’t say ‘geez,’ you don’t say, ‘strike it.’ “Costello holds a long stare at the judge. The judge asks, “Are you staring me down?!” Then the judge says, “Clear the courtroom!”

After several minutes, reporters and gallery members were allowed back in the courtroom.

“Have you ever seen anything like this?” Tapper asked Reid.

“No, this is unbelievable and I know Bob Costello quite well,” Reid said before suggesting that Costello was probably “posturing” in order to get Trump’s approval.

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Scottie Scheffler Arrested on Way to PGA

CNN (“Scottie Scheffler arrested outside PGA Championship and charged with assault on police officer“):

World No. 1 golfer and Masters champion Scottie Scheffler was arrested and charged with a felony and other counts Friday morning outside the PGA Championship in Louisville, Kentucky, dramatically upending one of golf’s major tournaments.

Scheffler was charged with second-degree assault on a police officer – a felony – along with lesser charges of third-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving and disregarding signals from officers directing traffic, according to Jefferson County court records. He’s been released from jail, according to the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections.

CNN has reached out to representatives for Scheffler, who returned to the course after his arrest. A spokesperson for the PGA of America, the organizer of the PGA Championship, told CNN, “As this is an ongoing situation, we will let you know of any updates as they come.”

The incident began when Scheffler drove to the Valhalla Golf Club for the second round of the tournament, according to ESPN’s Jeff Darlington, who witnessed and filmed the arrest.

Police presence around the entrance to the course was elevated due to the fatal accident involving a shuttle bus carrying people to the course. Louisville Metro Police Department spokesperson Dwight Mitchell said a pedestrian was killed after attempting to cross the main road leading to the course and being hit by the bus.

When Scheffler arrived, he attempted to drive around the crash scene on a median, according to ESPN, which first reported Scheffler’s detention.. “A police officer instructed Scheffler to stop, but Scheffler continued to drive about 10 to 20 yards toward the entrance,” ESPN said.

“Scheffler then stopped his vehicle at the entrance to Valhalla. The police officer then began to scream at Scheffler to get out of the car. When Scheffler exited the vehicle, the officer shoved Scheffler against the car and immediately placed him in handcuffs,” Darlington posted on X. Scheffler was in a marked player courtesy vehicle, Darlington said on ESPN.

ESPN (“Scottie Scheffler arrested before PGA Championship Round 2“) adds:

Scheffler faces charges of second-degree assault of a police officer, third-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving, and disregarding traffic signals from an officer directing traffic. The assault charge is a felony; the others are misdemeanors.

Major Jason Logsdon of the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections told ESPN that Scheffler was released at 8:40 a.m. ET Friday without bail. He arrived at Valhalla less than an hour before he was scheduled to tee off at 10:08 a.m. ET.

Scheffler’s attorney, Steven Romines, said it would be up to Scheffler whether he plays today in the second round.

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According to ESPN reporter Jeff Darlington, who witnessed the incident, Scheffler was trying to drive around the crash scene on a median. A police officer instructed Scheffler to stop, but Scheffler continued to drive about 10 to 20 yards toward the entrance.

At one point, an officer attached himself to the side of Scheffler’s car. Scheffler stopped his car as he turned into the entrance of Valhalla Golf Club.

After about 20 to 30 seconds, Scheffler rolled down his window to talk to the officer. The officer grabbed Scheffler’s arm to pull him out of the vehicle, according to Darlington. The officer reached inside the vehicle to open the door, and once Scheffler was pulled out, he was pushed against the car and placed in handcuffs.

Darlington was standing at the entrance when Scheffler was detained. Darlington said Scheffler turned to him and asked, “Can you help?”

According to Darlington, an officer instructed him to back away.

“You need to get out of the way,” the officer told Darlington. “Right now, he’s going to jail, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

Romines, told ESPN that the golfer attempted to enter Valhalla Golf Club as he had been instructed to earlier, unaware there had been a fatal wreck just up the road.

“He was going into Valhalla to work out,” Romines said. “He was getting ready for his tee time. They were directing traffic. He held his credential out and was going in like they’d been instructed to. Apparently, there had been a traffic accident, maybe even a fatality, down the road, and that had changed the traffic patterns, and he was unaware of that.”

Romines, speaking outside the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections, said the officer who attempted to stop Scheffler wasn’t part of the regular event traffic detail at Valhalla Golf Club, “so that’s where the miscommunication arose.”

“They are allowed to go through, that’s why they have the credential and the wave-through,” Romines said. “He was unaware there had been a wreck, and he proceeded like they’d been instructed to. He did exactly as he was instructed to enter the premises.”

Romines said Scheffler would cooperate fully with police, and “we’ll deal with it as it progresses.”

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