Sean Penn Blows Off Vivek Ramaswamy As Uninteresting ‘High School Student’ Over Ukraine Stance

Actor and film director Sean Penn roasted Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy over his policy stance on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, comparing him to a “high school student.”

Penn sat down with CNN anchor Jim Acosta to promote his new documentary film Superpower, which shows the actor embedded within Ukrainians during the invasion, and interviewing military and civilian leaders including President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Ramaswamy has adopted a stance on the war similar to former President Donald Trump by calling for the U.S. make Ukraine to sign a peace agreement that would give Russia the Donbas region and Crimea.

When Acosta brought up Ramaswamy and Trump’s policy stance, Penn was quick to dismiss their ideas.

“If Donald Trump gets back into the White House, if a Republican presidential candidate gets into the White House, there are others who did it. Ramaswamy There’s talked about this pulling back on U.S. support for Ukraine. Your response to that,” Acosta asked Penn.

He responded, “I don’t find him [Ramaswamy] very interesting because he’s just like a high school student who’s impressive because he got an ‘A’ in something he’ll never apply in life.”

Penn then appeared to criticize how the war in Ukraine was being presented to the American people in a misleading way.

“I think that in the blood of these parties, in the actual belief when paying attention to it, either party now can have a very big political moment because I think there’s a lot of like mindedness within the focus in the context of what this war means in the United States. It’s not been presented very well in terms of the context,” he concluded.

Watch the full clip above via CNN .

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Brianna Keilar Can’t Believe Poll Respondents Who Want to Write In Trump When He’s Not on Ballot: They ‘Ordered Off-Menu’

CNN’s Brianna Keilar was taken aback at the number of poll respondents who insisted on writing in Donald Trump – even when faced with one-on-one matchups that did not involve the former president.

The network released a comprehensive survey on Wednesday that showed Trump continuing to dominate the Republican primary field in the early primary state of New Hampshire. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who was once viewed by the donor class as a genuine threat to Trump, placed fifth .

“So, the latest CNN/University of New Hampshire poll is pretty interesting because it shows this stubbornness that we’re seeing among Republican voters,” Keilar said. “There are hypothetical matchups between Biden and other non-Trump Republican candidates. And what it showed was a substantial number of voters essentially ordered off-menu. They wrote in Trumpstill – as their pick. For instance, in this poll of Christie vs. Biden, 16% told us they would still choose Trump. Ok, he’s not on the menu. But they are still choosing him.”

GOP strategist Alice Stewart predicted the polls in New Hampshire will “tighten up.”

“Trump is the best of the GOP candidates in New Hampshire,” she said. “And people in New Hampshire are set in their ways. But as we get closer to the first-in-the-nation primary, they’re still window shopping. They’re still looking. They’re still going to make up their mind. And more people are going to go out into New Hampshire, do that retail politics, and change minds. And I expect those numbers in terms of these candidates against Donald Trump, it’s going to tighten up between now and then.”

Watch above via CNN.

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Swalwell Dodges CNN’s Jim Acosta on Whether Menendez Should Resign After Massive Bribery Indictment

Rep. Eric Swalwell refused to say if he believes indicted fellow Democrat Sen. Bob Menendez should resign from office following the announcement of multiple charges against him for bribery and corruption.

Earlier this week, federal prosecutors from the Southern District of New York brought forward charges of bribery against the lawmaker along with his wife Nadine Menendez in connection with three associates in a scheme to benefit the government of Egypt.

Prominent Democrats in Congress, including Sen. John Fetterman and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy have both called on Menendez to step down and focus on his legal troubles.

However, Swalwell during an interview with CNN anchor Jim Acosta on Saturday had a hard time giving a straight answer on this issue when asked, “do you think he needs to step down at this point?”

“Well, it doesn’t look good, Jim,” Swalwell responded. “I’m waiting to see what my New Jersey colleagues do. You know, some in the delegation have spoken up. So, you know, this is their delegation and the other chamber. It doesn’t look good.”

The California Democrat then switched topics to bashing Republicans for criticizing Attorney General Merrick Garland regarding the prosecution of Hunter Biden.

“What the American people should see from this is that the independent attorney general, who was accused this week of favoring Democrats, just indicted a Democratic chairman on the Foreign Relations Committee,” he added.

“So that should put to bed any idea that Merrick Garland is doing anybody any favors. He’s not showing, as you said, any favor nor any fear of being independent,” Swalwell concluded.

During the FBI raid on Menendez’s home, three gold bars estimated to be worth $100,000 as well as $480,000 in cash stuffed into various clothing and a safe were found by law enforcement.

Watch the full clip above via CNN .

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‘I Could Have You Locked Up!’ Infamous Briefing Room Disruptor Simon Ateba Chases Down Woman Who ‘Attacked’ Him Over Trump

Today News Africa’s Simon Ateba on Saturday shared a video on social media in which he confronted a woman who he says “attacked” him on a Washington, D.C. bus “because of” Donald Trump.

Ateba, who has become an internet sensation over his many clashes with White House press secretaries, posted the video and his account to X (formerly Twitter) Saturday, saying that he was attacked as the result of a video call he was on with a friend in Florida.

According to Ateba, his friend was wearing a Trump hat on the call, and “a lady who joined me at the bus stop went into a rage.”

“he called my friend a white b..tch wearing the m..fckr devil. Are you supporting him? Are you? She asked me. She said it was the worst thing she has seen today,” he wrote.

“It was so shocking that after we got off the bus I asked her to repeat what she said, she went into a rage, threatened to even ‘lock me up’ for recording her. Haha!” he said. “This is for you to understand how deep has propaganda has spread here and how tough the battle ahead will be.”

In the video, Ateba follows the woman off the bus and away from the bus stop. When he catches up he asks, “What were you saying to me?”

“I wasn’t saying anything to you. I said I don’t like people who wear Donald Trump hats. That’s what I said. I’d didn’t say shit to you,” the woman replied.

After saying a bit more on the subject, she added that she could have Ateba “locked up” for recording her without her consent.

In a follow-up post on X, Ateba added:

Remember, I was not the one wearing the cap. She saw it very briefly on my phone and went into a rage. I don’t know what would have happened if I were the one wearing it. It’s a bit unbelievable that Trump could get a fair trial here as the judges may also face consequences if ruling does not go as widely ‘expected’ here…..My friend who was on the phone with me is also a journalist connected with me here on X. Just so you understand, people are being attacked for simply wearing a hat or cap, for their political views, not for saying or doing anything to anyone, just minding their business! Tough election ahead, folks! Just support independent journalists and others as much as you can. Propaganda is deep!!!!

Watch the video above via Simon Ateba on X .

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‘I Screwed Up’: David Brooks Addresses Airport Tweet That Got Him Roasted Into Oblivion

New York Times columnist David Brooks finally addressed the now-infamous tweet that made him the main character on Twitter/X for a couple of days this week.

On Wednesday night, Brooks tweeted a photo of his meal at Newark Liberty International Airport. It showed a burger, fries, and a glass of what appeared to be brown liquor.

“This meal just cost me $78 at Newark Airport,” he wrote . “This is why Americans think the economy is terrible.”

Brooks, a right-of-center millionaire caught flak online immediately. The backlash was so bad, the tweet was inundated with “Community Notes.” He even took incoming from the restaurant in question.

“Looks like someone was knocking back some serious drinks — bar tab was almost 80% and he’s complaining about the cost of his meal. Keep drinking, buddy — we get paid off everything,” the establishment posted online.

Brooks was a panelist on Friday’s PBS Newshour, where guest host William Brangham asked the columnist about his misfire.

“David, before we go, I want to ask you about this tweet you put out this week where – and we can put this up on screen – you posted this tweet that showed a dinner you are having at an airport and that it cost $78,” said the host, who read Brooks’ tweet back to him. “You got roughed up a little bit online about this, but I’m just curious more about what you were trying to convey with that.”

Here was Brooks’ response:

BROOKS: Well, first it started out hatched in my mind as a joke ’cause if you looked at what I was eating, it was bourbon and a very fattening hamburger and fries. So, I can’t afford to make bad lifestyle choices.

But the problem with the tweet, which I wrote so stupidly, was it made it seem like I was oblivious to something that is blindingly obvious – that an upper-middle-class journalist having a bourbon at an airport is a lot different from a family living paycheck-to-paycheck.

And when I’m getting sticker shock, it’s like an inconvenience. When they’re getting sticker shock, it’s a disaster. And so, I was insensitive. I screwed up. I should not have written that tweet. I probably should not write any tweets. But–

BRANGHAM: That’s advice we should all be taking.

BROOKS: I made a mistake. It was stupid. But the one point that is– maybe can be drawn – if anything can be drawn – was you can experience inflation as a chart with a downward slope, inflation’s coming down. But the way we experience it day-to-day is as that moment of sticker shock. You’re in the grocery store, you’re at the gas station, and suddenly something costs way more than you anticipated.

And for people who are less fortunate than I am, that is a disaster. And so, we have to understand why– we’ve seen inflation is coming down. For people living and seeing those sticker shock moments, it doesn’t feel that way.

Watch above via PBS.

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Biden Claims ‘I’ve Been to Every Mass Shooting’ in Speech on Gun Violence

President Joe Biden claimed on Friday that he has “been to every mass shooting,” during a speech announcing the creation of the White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention.

“I’m proud to announce the creation of the first-ever White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention,” said Biden, to applause and a standing ovation, during his speech:

Created by executive order, I determined to send a clear message about how important this issue is to me and to the country. It matters, and here is why. After every mass shooting, we hear a simple message, the same message heard all over the country, and I’ve been to every mass shooting.

“Do something. Please do something. Do something to prevent the tragedies that leave behind survivors who will always carry the physical and emotional scars, families that will never quite be the same, communities overwhelmed by grief and trauma. Do something. Do something.” My administration has been working relentlessly to do something.

Biden’s claim that he had “been to every mass shooting ” quickly went viral on social media, and was picked up by the Republican National Committee (RNC) and other conservatives.

“Every mass shooting??” questioned Newsmax host Chris Plante, while former U.S. diplomat Alberto Fernandez reacted , “Suspicious, if true.”

“Every weekend should be therefore spent in Chicago instead of Delaware…” weighed in Fox News contributor Joe Concha.

Watch above via CNN.

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Cassidy Hutchinson Claims Trump Stopped Wearing A Mask Because It Smudged His Bronzer Makeup

Cassidy Hutchinson, former aide to Donald Trump, claims the GOP leader refused to wear a mask during the pandemic because it smudged his bronzer makeup.

Trump’s dislike of masks originated in May 2020 during a Honeywell mask factory visit, to Hutchinson. The former Trump staffer details the story of the former president asking for mask opinions that day in her new memoir “Enough.”

“I slowly shook my head,” Hutchinson tells readers. “The president pulled the mask off and asked why I thought he should not wear it.”

Trump then looked down at the straps of his white mask and noticed “they were covered in bronzer.” The former president fumed after seeing his mask was ruined by his makeup, Hutchinson says.

“Why did no one else tell me that?” Trump demanded. “I’m not wearing this thing.” During this time, according to the NY Post , Trump claimed he received the OK not to wear a mask from the “head of Honeywell.”

“The press would criticize him for not wearing a mask, not knowing that the depths of his vanity had caused him to reject masks — and then millions of his fans followed suit,” Hutchinson noted.

Moreover, Trump’s safety precautions during the pandemic involved ignoring positive Covid tests for potential guests and inviting them to the White House.

Hutchinson claims the night before Thanksgiving 2020, Trump wanted to invite lawmakers to the White House, but after some had tested positive for the virus.

Trump reportedly became enraged when she only began inviting those who tested negative. “I said everyone! Bring them all! Bring them all now,” Trump ordered.

After Hutchinson tried pushing back against Trump’s request, she was instructed not to defy “the president’s orders.” Trump’s physician, Sean Conley, eventually agreed to allow all the lawmakers to the White House if those who tested positive wore a mask.

However, when everyone was gathered in the Oval Office, Trump told the lawmakers to remove their so he could see “their beautiful faces” and that “he was not worried about contracting the virus.”

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Peter Navarro Calls Women Who Worked in Trump White House ‘Pimp Ladies’ in Deranged Tweet

Peter Navarro

Peter Navarro, former trade adviser to former President Donald Trump, called former White House female colleagues “pimp ladies” in bizarre tweet defending Rudy Giuliani from sexual assault claims.

Cassidy Hutchinson, the former chief of staff to Mark Meadows, claimed earlier this week in her new book that Giuliani sexually assaulted her on January 6th.

Another former Trump White House aide Alyssa Farah Griffin backed up Hutchinson’s claims, triggering an angry, typo-riddled response from Navarro on Twitter.

“Watched Hutchinson in West Wing suck candy daily outside Meadows office doing NOTHING. Pimping new ‘book’ with White House loser Alyssa Farah. Hutchinson sold soul to J6 witch hunt. This her next 15 minutes of fame. Rudy Giuliani hero, Cassidy trash,” Navarro wrote.

On Friday, Navarro responded to his own post by attacking some of the most notable female aides to serve in the Trump administration by calling them “pimp ladies.”

“Why would White House men – prez, vp, senior aide – EVER hire a woman after watching book pimps Cassiday(sic) Hutchinson, Alyssa Farah, Stephanie Grisham, Kayleigh McEnany, Olivia Troye throw mud at Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani et. al. Pimp ladies be giving real MAGA WOMEN bad name,” he concluded.

Navarro, an ardent Trump loyalist, recently became the second former Trump official convicted for contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena from the January 6th Committee.

It is unclear why Navarro chose to target McEnany in his rant because the former press secretary turned Fox News pundit has not been vocally anti-Trump since leaving the administration.

Meanwhile, Giuliani faces multiple lawsuits as well as criminal charges stemming from his alleged attempts to overturn the election results in Georgia in favor of Trump during the 2020 election.

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Mary Trump Goes OFF On Meet the Press Trump ‘Train-Wreck’ — Suggests There Were Ground Rules Like Calling Him ‘Mr. President’

Mary Trump Goes OFF On Meet the Press Trump 'Train-Wreck' — Suggests There Were Ground Rules Like Calling Him 'Mr. President'

Ex-presidential niece Mary Trump went off on Kristen Welker’s interview with ex-President Donald Trump on Meet the Press — and even suggested there were ground rules that included referring to him as “Mr. President.”

As soon as the announcement was made that Welker would be interviewing Trump, criticism grew  about the decision and the format of the interview — so much so that NYT reporter Peter Baker addressed it  on-air during the show.

Then on Sunday, the interview aired on Welker’s first turn as permanent moderator of Meet the Press, and turned out to be the blizzard of falsehoods , misleading statements, and evidence-free attacks that many predicted it would be.

Mary Trump — host of The Mary Trump Show  podcast and a strident Trump critic — reacted to the interview with a lengthy and blistering critique for her substack audience that carried the heavy suggestion that both NBC News and CNN before them had made significant concessions in order to gain access to Trump:

Much like CNN’s disastrous “town hall” in May of this year, the Meet the Press “interview” moderated by Kristin Welker, never should have happened. Both were train wrecks that most of us could see coming from several light-years away.

It appears both CNN and NBC approached Donald with the idea, which suggests the networks were in the weaker negotiating position from the beginning giving Donald most of the leverage. From CNN he got the moderator, the format, and the audience he wanted. Based on Sunday’s travesty, NBC followed gave him much of what he wanted as well.

To kick the interview off, Welker refers to Donald as “Mr. President” twice (we don’t yet know if this obsequiousness was voluntary or one of the concessions NBC made to him). She then asks him why he’s running for president again.

Addressing former presidents as “Mr. President” or “President (Last Name) is correct. When former President Barack Obama was interviewed by NPR in 2020, he was addressed as “Mr. President” once, while on 60 Minutes, he was called “Mr. President” five times. In his 60 Minutes interview, current President Joe Biden was called “Mr. President” nine times.

According to the transcript of the full 78-minute Meet the Press interview, Welker called Trump “Mr. President” 82 times.

Read Mary Trump’s full critique here .

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‘This is History!’ CNN Anchors Omar Jiminez and Victor Blackwell Celebrate Happy Accident on Saturday Morning Show

CNN anchors Omar Jiminez and Victor Blackwell bonded over a happy accident Saturday morning. with Jimenez exclaiming “This is history!”

On Saturday morning’s edition  of CNN This Morning Weekend , Jiminez filled in for Amara Walker, creating a rare, if not completely unprecedented, circumstance that Blackwell jokingly commented on as a moment of cable news history as the two men kicked off the show:

VICTOR BLACKWELL: Good Saturday morning to you. Welcome to CNN this morning. It is Saturday, September 23rd. I’m Victor Blackwell.

OMAR JIMINEZ: Victor is going to be with you. I’m Omar Jiminez, in for Amara Walker, thanks for spending part of your morning with us.

VICTOR BLACKWELL: So I don’t know if I’ve seen 1: Two men anchor a network broadcast cable network, even at least the last 35 years.

OMAR JIMINEZ: That’s huge!

VICTOR BLACKWELL: And then, two brothers anchoring the show! It is good to have you thisi morning!

OMAR JIMINEZ: Come on! Come on! This is history right now! For you all watchig. It’s history!

VICTOR BLACKWELL: All right. Good to have you, Omar! Let’s have a good show!

It was definitely the first time Blackwell and Jiminez anchored together, but it won’t be the last — the duo is scheduled to host the show Sunday morning as well.

CNN also featured the first Black anchorman in cable news, the late Bernard Shaw — who was the network’s first chief anchor and became a household name during coverage of the first Gulf War and was a prominent face of the network for over twenty years.

The network currently boasts a roster of Black on-air talent as hosts, anchors, analysts, and correspondents that includes CNN Primetime host Abby Phillip, CNN Tonight host Laura Coates, podcast host and correspondent Audie Cornish, political analyst Van Jones, CNN National Correspondent Athena Jones, and many more.

Watch above via CNN This Morning Weekend .

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