Stephen Colbert went on a tear against the president tonight and “Trump’s obvious racism” in his attacks on the progressive “squad.”
“Of course Trump does not like the Squad,” Colbert said. “He is the leader of the rival gang, the Klan.”
He reviewed the president’s tweets before saying “it is insulting to these women to even have to defend them from these ridiculous racist accusations.”
But it was Trump’s defense of his tweets today––especially when he said “if you’re not happy you can leave”––that really set Colbert off.
“Oh, shut up,” he said, before adding that “nobody complains about America more than you do”:
“Everything in your life has been handed to you on a silver platter, and yet, you––every other word out of your mouth is a tantrum that would get a toddler dragged out of a ball pit! You complain about everything! You don’t like Bette Midler! Who doesn’t like Bette Midler?!… If someone is leaving this country, it should be you! And if you’re looking for a new home, might I suggest that you go to hell!”
The Daily Show returned from break tonight and Trevor Noah took on the mantle of “racism detective” to solve the mystery of whether President Donald Trump is racist.
“I don’t know what’s worse,” Noah said, “the fact that the president thought it’s acceptable to say go back to where you came from, or the fact he said it to people who are already where they came from… It’s almost like in Trump’s head you can’t be a person of color and an American.”
Trump was asked today if it concerns him that people saw his tweets as racist and that white nationalists are finding common cause with him. “It doesn’t concern me,” the president said, “because many people agree with me.”
“Just because many people agree with you doesn’t mean you aren’t being racist, okay?” Noah responded. “Imagine if Hitler was, like, ‘I know everybody says I’m bad, but have you seen how many people are waving from me in the streets? If I was racist, they would say something, ya?’”
He finally wrapped up by becoming “Trevor Noah, racism detective” to determine whether Trump is a racist or not.
Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Monday night that she is not worried about defying a subpoena and refusing to show up to testify in front of the House Oversight and Reform Committee concerning Hatch Act violations.
Committee chair Rep. Elijah Cummings has threatened to hold her in contempt if she does not appear before July 25.
“I don’t think you look too worried. I’ve known you for many years, you’ve been on the show many areas, you don’t look particularly concerned,” Hannity said at the top of the interview.
Conway said she was not.
“I’m concerned that there is such a politicization and weaponization of this thing called the Hatch Act. If you go back and look at some of the things that are in the original report, they are just ripped from the headlines, they’re not my opinions” she stressed.
Hannity then suggested the real problem was that she was pro-Trump.
“I’ve got to tell you what you’re guilty of. You like the president,” Hannity opined. “You like the president, this is the treatment anybody gets.”
Conway then added that being effective made her a threat.
“I’m also effective in explaining his policies to Americans,” she told Hannity. “Everybody knows that….they are just mad — they know that I helped the president who got elected all by himself but I’m still here talking about his policies.”
Conway further added that she “would like to testify.”
“I have nothing to hide,” she pressed. “I’ve done nothing wrong.”
She then hinted that there was pressure to “do something” about Kellyanne, according to White House counsel Pat Cipollone‘s letter.
“They are not going to take away my First Amendment rights,” she insisted. “I’m immune from testifying.”
Fox News’ Laura Ingraham offered some very mild criticism of President Donald Trump‘s tweets going after “AOC + 3” this weekend, while still defending them from the widespread denunciation of his message as racist.
As Ingraham went off on the progressive “squad” Trump attacked, she had this to say about his tweets:
“Yes, the president made an unforced error, I would say that, and that tweet telling the women to go back to places from which they came––three of the four were born in America. But the idea that he’s hitting them because they’re people or women of color is absurd. Who doesn’t Trump hit? He was hitting Paul Ryan last week. He’s hitting them because their views in his mind and the mind of millions of Americans are insanely radical.”
She said if “anyone sounded racist” this past weekend, it was Ayanna Pressley for saying, “If you’re not prepared to come to that table and to represent that voice, don’t come. Because we don’t need any brown faces that don’t want to be a brown voice. We don’t need black faces that don’t want to be a black voice. We don’t need Muslims that don’t want to be a Muslim voice. We don’t need queers that don’t want to be a queer voice.”
Later on in the opening segment, as Ingraham got into things with her panel, she again said Trump’s sentiment was absolutely not racist:
“I think the president would probably say that to anyone coming from anywhere. It doesn’t matter where you come from… as I said, three out of the four women were born here, okay? So that’s the error. But I don’t take from that error ‘Trump’s a racist,’ ’cause he would say that whether you came from Sweden and trashed the country, whether you came from France… he was just taking Paul Ryan to the woodshed last week.”
The fireworks raged on at CNN Monday night when conservative commentators Ana Navarro and Mike Shields faced off to debate whether President Donald Trump’s slams on four progressive Democratic congresswomen are the final proof of his racism.
As the two joined Chris Cuomo, Shields started things off saying Trump’s remarks were “inartful” but refer to a broader point that “conservatives love America” while some people on the left “think as a sum, America’s bad.” This led to a tete-a-tete where Cuomo asked Shields “what do you need to say saying racist things is wrong?”
Navarro got into to reflect on the state of the Republican Party, and to state that “not being racist is not a passive act. Being silent while other people are racist and divide this country and build up these hostilities and fan the flames of division – of them versus us – that is not a passive act.”
“If you want to say that you are not racist, then you’ve got to go further and not enabling, not legalizing, not empowering a racist,” Navarro continued. “You’ve got to be able to call a spade a spade. You’ve got to believe to call a racist a racist, even if it is the President of the United States, even if he is of your own party.”
As the conversation continued, Navarro tried to repeatedly ask Shields “do you think what he said was racist?”
“Yeah, I do, I don’t think it’s the right thing to say,” Shields responded, but Navarro continued to push him and ask “do you think it’s a racist tweet that needs to be condemned for racism?”
Shields tried to shift the discussion toward the “massive double standard” for Democrats accused of bigotry, but Navarro stayed on topic as she railed against the “fear” and “cowardice” of Republicans who won’t condemn Trump for fear of his ire. When Shields retreated by saying “the president is not a racist,” Navarro cycled through a multitude of Trump’s racial controversies for a heated closer.
“People who say racist things are racist,” she concluded. “People who do racist things are racist!”
Freshman Rep.Ilhan Omar spoke with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Monday about President Donald Trump‘s incendiary comments about her and three fellow members of Congress in the past few days.
On Monday, the president said this about the sitting Congresswoman linking her to a terrorist organization: “I look at Omar. I don’t know, I never met her. I hear the way she talks about al Qaeda. Al Qaeda has killed many Americans. She said you can hold your chest out, you can, ‘when I think of al Qaeda I can hold my chest out.”
As ABC pointed out, Trump’s comments — which were a follow-up to his controversial tweets over the weekend claiming Omar and three other Democratic Congresswomen including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley should “go back” to their countries — were a misrepresentation of comments Omar made as a community activist in 2013.
Trump also used his remarks on Monday to say this about Omar and 9/11: “When she talked about the World Trade Center being knocked down, ‘some people,’ you remember the famous ‘some people.’”
He also said this about the Congresswomen he targeted over the weekend: “These are people who in my opinion hate our country.”
Then, speaking with Maddow Monday evening, she doubled down on her criticism of the president, asking if Trump “knows” he is the president of the United States.
Omar began by pointing out to Maddow that Trump’s taunt to “go back to where you came from” is an “old racist trope” that “brown and black [people] in this country have been subjected to.”
The Congresswoman then said that in the past two days “we had to figure out how to respond” to such a taunt coming from the president of the United States.
“We were reminded, something that my 7-year-old says, does he know he is the president of the United States?” Omar stressed.
The congresswoman continued on: “We had to make sure to let him know that here in this country, we see everyone, we welcome everyone, and we remind people that they are valued. We are not going to allow him to continue his throwing of the pile of garbage that comes out of his mouth that allows for the media to be distracted truly from delivering the kind of inside investigation into the lawlessness that is of his administration.”
Fox News prime time host Tucker Carlson called out what he clearly sees as CNN’s irresponsible coverage, and defense, of Antifa, saying of the able news competitor “they are literally promoting violence.”
Carlson opened the segment by declaring that, in his esteem, “Antifa is a domestic terror group, they commit violence for political ends.” He then introduced two CNN clips of host Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo ostensibly defending Antifa, saying “but to CNN they’re heroes.”
Coming out of the segment Carlson dried Cuomo’s claim that Antifa’s goal is to “fight against hate” by saying “imaging saying something like that” before labeling Cuomo’s assertion as idiotic propaganda.
The focus then turned to the host of CNN’s United Shades of AmericaW. Kamau Bell who Carlson referred to as “professional hater” who two months ago promoted the Puget Sound John Brown Gun Club on an episode of CNN’s Sunday night show, which just so happens to be, Carlson’s eyes, the violent Antifa group.
Carlson showed a clip of Bell handling weaponry, and first noted that there was a cable news rivalry between Fox News and CNN, but said in this instance, CNN is “literally promoting violence.” He then pointed out how Bell promoted donations of the Gun Club group on Twitter, which Carlson deemed as remarkably irresponsible.
CNN went wild on Monday night when former Trump adviser Steve Cortes and New York Times columnist Wajahat Ali collided over President Donald Trump’s racist attacks on Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley.
Cortes started things off by saying Trump’s tweets – the ones telling the four Democratic women to “go back” where they came from – were “illogical” and “divisive” and he hopes the president retracts or clarifies them. Anderson Cooper pressed Cortes on this front by barraging him with questions on whether Trump’s conduct falls under the literal definition of a demagogue.
“How can you say this is not playing on people’s prejudices about people of color, about going back to your homeland…” Cooper asked.
“Because he didn’t mention color,” Cortes answered.
“So it’s just, you’re saying it’s random he picked four people of color?” Cooper continued.
The two continued to lock horns as Cooper asked for a “straight answer” on Trump’s actions, while Cortes railed against “the demagoguery and prejudice of the Left,” particularly Ali’s “insane” argument that supporting Trump makes one a racist by default.
“To call me, to call tens of millions of Trump supporters racist, to dismiss us, to dehumanize us, and marginalize us, that’s bigotry!
When Ali finally entered the fray, he dissected Trump’s “stupid” slams against “the squad” while presenting his argument that the president is a white nationalist who regularly engages in racial fear-mongering.
“If you’re unwilling to acknowledge and call out racism because calling out racism for being racism makes you racist in this new, warped mindset of Republicans, that makes you complicit,” Ali said. “You might not be a racist, but if you’re fine with endorsing and supporting a racist president, you have to look yourself in the mirror right now in 2019 and ask yourself is it worth it?
From there, the conversation careened off the rails as Cortes blasted “prejudice” and “demagoguery” from the left, while Ali stuck to his argument against Trump’s white nationalism.
“They’ll never love you,” Ali said to Cortes. “The white nationalists will never love you, no matter how hard you try to be the Latin face of Trump, they’ll never love you.”
Politico’s Tim Alberta has a book coming out about President Donald Trump and the GOP––American Carnage––making all sorts of headlines, and tonight a newly published excerpt reveals then-candidate Trump’s behind-the-scenes reaction to being mocked over “Two Corinthians.”
The New York Timesreports tonight that, per Alberta’s book, Trump was pissed off behind the scenes:
Donald J. Trump lashed out at “so-called Christians” and used an epithet in describing them to a party official…
According to a new book, “American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump,” by Tim Alberta, Mr. Trump was incensed by Mr. [Bob] Vander Plaats and others “hanging around with Ted,” and referred to them in the most vulgar of terms.
During the campaign, Trump publicly trashed Vander Plaats and called him a “con man”:
.@bobvanderplaats is a total phony and dishonest guy. Asked me for expensive hotel rooms, free (and more). I said pay and he endorsed Cruz!
Additionally, Ted Cruz is quoted in Alberta’s book as saying, “If you’re a faithful person, if you believe that Jesus Christ died for your sins, emerged from the grave three days later and gives eternal life, and you’re supporting Donald Trump, I think there’s something fundamentally wrong with you.”
Author and historian Jon Meacham said President Donald Trump has reached the heights of presidential racism.
Meacham told Chris Matthews that what Trump did with those tweets shows the same as his Charlottesville response and his birther attacks on President Barack Obama:
“He has joined Andrew Johnson as the most racist president in American history. Johnson in a state message said that African-Americans were incapable of self-government and relapsed into barbarism if they won’t closely supervised.”
Matthews asked about other politicians who have used race as a wedge issue (i.e. Willie Horton). Meacham said, “American politics has been defined since the Brown decision and even before, really, but particularly since May 1954, by an attempt by politicians to put poor African-Americans and brown Americans and poor white Americans pointing at each other instead of pointing up.”