Why AOC is the Taylor Swift of the Democratic Party


 We should have seen this coming: After less than a year in office, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez already has become the most tediously predictable person in politics  Ocasio-Cortez, the would-be Taylor Swift of the Democratic Party, habitually dismisses her critics and those of her “Squad” — as the four new champagne radicals in the House call themselves — as racists and sexists Nancy Pelosi, the leader of her party in the House, is only the latest target of this strategy Pelosi, she says, habitually singles out “newly elected women of color” such as herself for criticism It is, AOC says, part of a pattern.  Which is, ironically, part of a pattern.  That pattern goes like this: Ocasio-Cortez or one of her likeminded allies says something regrettable — and is made to regret it In the latest case, it was a tweet from Saikat Chakrabarta, Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff, that today’s centrist Democrats (centrist by comparison with AOC) are the moral equivalents of the segregationist Democrats of the 1940s Pelosi et al. complained, the tweet was deleted, and the Squad went into predictable Squad mode Ocasio-Cortez does not have the courage to come out and call Pelosi a racist, and so she only makes suggestive complaints about race and says she is “pointing out a pattern ” Chakrabarta says he wasn’t calling anybody a racist when he wrote that congressional Democrats “seem hell bent to do to black and brown people today what the old Southern Democrats did in the 40s ”  All these dolts are missing is a “just sayin’.”  This is all familiar by this point Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar are Muslims, socialists, and what we have been taught to call “women of color” — the Detroit-born daughter of a Palestinian family and a Somalia-born immigrant, respectively — and criticism of them predictably is recast as criticism of Muslims, women of color, categorically It is cynical and opportunistic, but it works on a certain kind of gullible constituency  But in fact the criticism of Omar is not that she was born in Africa, that she follows a certain religious practice, or that she is a woman — the criticism of Omar is that she says and believes awful things and associates with Jew-hating weirdos such as Louis Farrakhan The criticism of AOC is not that she is young, that she is a woman, that she is brown-skinned, or that she has a Spanish surname — her critics do her the courtesy of taking the ignorant and wrongheaded things she says seriously Because we live in a civilized country, most Americans are perfectly capable of understanding that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez can be shallow and meretricious without taking the entire female or Latino population along with her Her deficiency is sui generis.  This is, as even Pelosi understands, a species of social-media posturing The speaker of the house is admirably contemptuous of Twitter. “All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” she said after a dustup with the Squad, “but they didn’t have any following They’re four people, and that’s how many votes they got.”  But it’s a social-media world out there, and so the Squad strategy often is filled out with outrageous cullings, the usual hateful idiocy and threats incubated by the anonymity of Twitter, which are used to smear critics as a group Hence Ocasio-Cortez’s complaint that the New York Post’s criticism of Omar’s callous remarks about 9/11 were “incitement of violence against progressive women of color ” How so? Because somebody said something on Twitter.  It is tempting to tell the Squad to grow the hell up, but the unfortunate truth is that doing so probably would cost them votes  Kevin D. Williamson’s new book, The Smallest Minority: Independent Thinking in an Age of Mob Politics, will be published on July 23

Tlaib tells Detroit police to only hire black facial recognition analysts


♪ ♪>>NEED TO BE AFRICAN-AMERICAN, NOT PEOPLE THAT ARE NOT. LET ME TELL YOU, NO, IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME. IT’S TRUE. NONAFRICAN-AMERICANS THINK AFRICAN-AMERICANS ALL LOOK THE SAME.>>Laura: DID SHE JUST SAY WHAT I THINK SHE SAID? SHE IS INSISTING THAT DETROIT POLICE ONLY HIRE AFRICAN-AMERICANS FOR DOING WHAT IS CALLED FACIAL RECOGNITION ANALYSIS, BECAUSE WHITE PEOPLE ARE SO RACIST THEY CAN’T TELL ANYONE APART. THAT DIDN’T SIT WELL WITH DETROIT’S POLICE CHIEF WHO SAID THIS.>>WE WERE APPALLED WHEN SHE MADE THAT STATEMENT. THERE IS A DOUBLE STANDARD. IF I HAD MADE THE EXACT SAME COMMENT, THEY WOULD’VE BEEN CALLING FOR MY RESIGNATION AND SHE WOULD’VE BEEN LEADING THAT CHARGE. THAT’S A FACT.>>Laura: JOINING ME NOW IS CANDACE OWENS, AUTHOR OF “BLACK OUT.” DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST AND ATTORNEY. ALL RIGHT, DEFENDANT WHAT SHE SAID THERE.>>THERE ARE STATS OF THE DEFENDANT THE BASIS FOR INFORMATION, SO THERE’S INFORMATION THAT SHOWS WHERE FACIAL RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY IS CONCERNED THAT PEOPLE WHO ARE OF THE SAME RACIAL DEMOGRAPHIC AS THOSE THAT THEY ARE BEING ABLE TO IDENTIFY SUPPOSED TO BE HIRED TO IDENTIFY HAVE AN EASIER TIME DISTINGUISHING BETWEEN PERSON AND PERSON. THAT MEANS THAT WHAT SHE’S SAYING AND WHAT SHE SAID ACTUALLY LATER WAS NO, I’M NOT SAYING THAT NO WHITE PEOPLE SHOULD BE INVOLVED IN DOING THIS JOB IN THIS CRIME LAB. I’M CONCERNED THAT THIS IS A CITY WHERE THERE IS 80% PEOPLE WHO ARE AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND HERE THERE IS A 95% PEOPLE WHO ARE CAUCASIAN DOING THE RECOGNITION. IT’S JUST A MATTER OF DATA –>>Laura: THE DISPROPORTIONALITY.>>IT’S AN ISSUE OF THE DATA. IF THE DATA SAYS THAT ONE PERSON CAN DO SOMETHING WITH MORE ACCURACY THAN ANOTHER, ESPECIALLY WHERE IDENTIFICATION IS CONCERNED, FOR CRIME –>>Laura: IF IT WAS AT THE OTHER WAY. DON’T TALK OVER ME. IF IT WAS SAID THE OTHER WAY AROUND, WIPERS AND SAYING SOMETHING EVEN REMOTELY AKIN TO THOSE EVEN IF THERE WERE STATS ABOUT CERTAIN TYPE OF BEHAVIOR OR GOOD BEHAVIOR, BAD BEHAVIOR, YOU WOULD BE DECRIED AS RACIALLY STEREOTYPING AND USING RACE AS A BASIS FOR DECISION-MAKING, WHICH IS WHAT I THOUGHT WE WERE TRYING TO GET AWAY FROM AS A COUNTRY. THAT IS, TO MAKE ABOUT THE DOUBLE STANDARD THAT IS APPALLING HERE. IT’S BECAUSE THERE’S NO QUESTION ABOUT WHAT SHE SAID IT WAS RACIST. I’M GOING TO TAKE AN OPTIMISTIC TAKE TO SAY THAT POLICE OFFICER OR SPEAK OUT AND CALL IT RACIST IS LARGELY DUE TO THE FACT THAT THERE IS AN AWAKENING HAPPENING IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY AND WE ARE REALIZING THAT THE REAL RACIST ARE DEMOCRATS. I THINK THAT IS A POSITIVE SPIN ON THAT. YOU’RE ACTUALLY RIGHT, IF ANY PERSON SAID SOMETHING BASED ON STATISTICS. IF SOMEBODY SAID WE SHOULD ONLY POLICE IN BLACK NEIGHBORHOODS BECAUSE THEY COMMIT THE MAJORITY OF CRIMES, WHICH BY STATISTICS WOULD BE ACCURATE. BLACK AMERICANS COMMIT OVER 15% OF ALL THE HOMICIDES IN THE NATION. THAT FACT WILL BE CALLED RACIST. WE SHOULD ONLY HAVE BLACK POLICE OFFICERS BECAUSE WE DON’T WANT WHITE POLICE OFFICERS AND KILLED WHEN THEY ARE COMMITTING MORE OF THE HOMICIDES. THAT FACT WOULD BE CONSIDERED RACIST. HER PROBLEM IS RACIST AND INEXCUSABLE AND I’M REALLY HAPPY THAT BLACK AMERICANS ARE SPEAKING OUT AND SAYING I DON’T CARE THAT SHE WAS ON THE OTHER FOOT. RACISM IS RACISM.>>Laura: THE BLACK POLICE OFFICER HIMSELF THAT HE WOULD BE FIRED IF HE SAID SOMETHING AKIN TO THAT. I THOUGHT THAT WAS, WOW.>>WHAT HE SAID WAS IF I HAD SAID THAT, THEN I WOULD BE IN TROUBLE MEANING HE CAN’T SPEAK THE TRUTH WITHOUT GETTING IN TROUBLE. THIS CONGRESSWOMAN COULD. WHEN WE HAVE DATA –>>Laura: ARE WE SAYING WE SHOULD DETERMINE RACIAL COMPOSITION BY SAYING, WHEN IT IS THE “MONIQUE” SHOW YOU CAN INTERRUPT. I’M ASKING A SERIOUS QUESTION, IF STATS ALONE DETERMINE RACIAL CLASSIFICATIONS, I THINK WE WOULD BE GOING INTO NOT A GREAT PLACE FOR A LOT OF DIFFERENT PEOPLE, STATS ALONE DETERMINING RACIAL CLASSIFICATIONS.>>IT’S NOT STATS ALONE BUT THAT IS WHY I LAID OUT THE ONE-TWO THREE EVENT. STATS AND DATA SAY SOMETHING. WE HAVE PEOPLE IN THE CRIME LAB THAT MAKE UP A DISPROPORTIONATE –>>Laura: WE MADE THIS POINT. THIS IS NOT ONLY TRAGIC, IS AN EXAMPLE OF HOW THE LEFT’S NARRATIVE IS POISONING THE MINDS OF OUR KIDS. WHAT HAPPENED IS A 12-YEAR-OLD BLACK GIRL CLAIMED THAT THREE WHITE BOYS PINNED HER TO THE GROUND AND CUT HER DREADLOCKS WITH SCISSORS. OF THE FAMILY ADMITTED IT WASN’T TRUE AND THEY ISSUED A HEARTFELT APOLOGY. TO BE CLEAR I DO NOT BLAME THE CHILDREN. THIS IS A CHILD. I DO TAKE ISSUE WITH ADULTS WHO TRIED TO USE THIS HOAX TO PUSH THEIR AGENDA RIGHT OFF THE BAT WITH NO INVESTIGATION LIKE THE NAACP TRIED TO DO. FIRST THEY TRIED TO COVER UP THE HOAX CLAIMING THE FAMILY REACHED A PRIVATE RESOLUTION WITH THE SCHOOL. NEXT THEY SAID IN A STATEMENT THAT REGRETTABLY THE ASSAULT TURNED OUT TO BE FALSE. REGRETTABLY QUESTION REQUIRES THAT REGRETTABLE? WE SHOULD BE HAPPY SHE WASN’T ASSAULTED. CANDACE, WHY WITH WITH THEN CANDACE, WHY WITH WITH THEA CANDACE, WHY WITH WITH THEP CANDACE, WHY WITH WITH THET CANDACE, WHY WITH WITH THEY TO COVER THIS UP?>>THE NAACP FUNDS OFF OF RATE H>>THE NAACP FUNDS OFF OF RATE T>>THE NAACP FUNDS OFF OF RATE E AND RACE AND IT’S EMBARRASSING BECAUSE IT IS REVEALING AN UGLY TRUTH WHICH IS THAT VICTIMHOOD HAS BEEN BECOME A VIRTUE IN THE COMMUNITY. MY HEART GOES OUT TO THIS GIRL, SHE IS BELIEVING A NARRATIVE THAT IS BEING SPUN THAT BLACK AMERICANS, WHAT THEY SHOULD ASPIRE TO HIS VICTIMHOOD AND THAT IS WHAT NEEDS TO BE TALKED ABOUT AND THAT IS NOT A NARRATIVE THAT THE NAACP EVER WANTS TO BE TALKED ABOUT BECAUSE THERE WOULD BE NO NEED FOR THEM TO EXIST. EXIST. TO BE ONE VICTIM APOLOGY IS SOMETHING WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT A LOT ON THE SHOW, AND WHETHER IT’S A WHITE PERSON CLAIMING THAT HE IS A VICTIM ORA CLAIMING THAT HE IS A VICTIM ORB CLAIMING THAT HE IS A VICTIM ORA CLAIMING THAT HE IS A VICTIM ORK CLAIMING THAT HE IS A VICTIM ORP CLAIMING THAT HE IS A VICTIM ORR CLAIMING THAT HE IS A VICTIM OR- CLAIMING THAT HE IS A VICTIM ORI CLAIMING THAT HE IS A VICTIM ORN CLAIMING THAT HE IS A VICTIM ORT CLAIMING THAT HE IS A VICTIM ORI CLAIMING THAT HE IS A VICTIM ORS CASE THERE DOES SEEM TO BE THIS NARRATIVE THAT IS FORWARDED A LOT ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES AND EVEN YOUNGER NOW. KIDS WHO ARE YOUNGER. MOST KIDS AREN’T EVEN PAYING ATTENTION TO SKIN COLOR. THEY ARE BEYOND THAT. MY KIDS ARE PEER THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT THAT. WHAT ABOUT THIS, MONIQUE? [LAUGHTER] WHAT DOES THIS TELL ABOUT US, THE REACTION THAT PEOPLE WANT TO BE IT’S TRUE ON THE LEFT AND THEY ARE DISAPPOINTED WHEN IT IS NOT TRUE.>>WHAT MS. OWENS JUST SAID IS THE MOST ABSURD AND SAD THING I THINK I HAVE HEARD SINCE I’VE BEEN APPEARING ON THE SHOW WITH HER. AFTER ALL THE TIMES THAT YOUNG BLACK GIRLS HAVE GONE MISSING, HAVE BEEN PROSTITUTED, HAVE BEEN ENTERED INTO TRAFFICKING AND NO ONE CARED. NOT WHEN THEY WERE IN AFRICA, NOT WHEN THEY WERE IN THE UNITED STATES. THIS ONE TIME WHEN THIS YOUNG GIRL SAID SOMETHING HAPPENED TO HER AND EVERYBODY JUMPED TO HER DEFENSE AND BELIEVE HER I’M GLAD THEY JUMPED TO HER DEFENSE, AND I’M GLAD THEY BELIEVE HER. I’M SORRY WHATEVER SHE WENT THROUGH THAT LETTER TO THE POINT THAT SHE SAID SOMETHING THAT WAS NOT TRUE. I AM SORRY THAT SHE SAID SOMETHING THAT WAS NOT TRUE.>>Laura: WHAT ABOUT THOSE THREE BOYS?>>LIKE I JUST THAT, I’M SHE SAID SOMETHING THAT WASN’T TRUE. I’M SORRY THOSE THREE BOYS WERE ACCUSED AND THEY WERE ACCUSED AND HOW DID NOTHING WRONG. WHEN I’M NOT SORRY ABOUT IS THAT SHE WAS BELIEVED. ARE WE REALLY NOW GOING TO BE IN THIS PLACE, DON’T BELIEVE THE VICTIMS IF THEY ARE BLACK GIRLS?>>THAT’S NOT WHAT I SAID. THIS IS TRULY BAD ACTING.>>I’VE NEVER DONE THAT BEFORE.>>OBVIOUSLY NOT. WHAT I SAID AS I GENERALLY FEEL BAD FOR THIS GIRL BECAUSE SHE IS A PART OF A CULTURE OF LITERALLY WHAT YOU JUST TO COME UP AND HAD TO BE A VICTIM LIKE SUMMING HAPPENED ON THE SHOW THAT YOU WERE SO OUTRAGED ABOUT.

Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez expose Democrats’ big divide


JUDY WOODRUFF: With two dozen Democratic candidates
vying for the party’s presidential nomination, the debate over what the party should stand
for is front and center. As Lisa Desjardins reports, that battle is
also playing out inside the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives. LISA DESJARDINS: For the House speaker, a
difficult issue. REP. NANCY PELOSI (D-CA): I said what I’m going
to say on the subject. LISA DESJARDINS: That was yesterday, when
Nancy Pelosi was asked about the public airing of what had been mostly private frustrations
in her caucus. Those began months ago, as a group of new
members, including New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, pushed openly for the party to move more to
the left. At one point, she protested in Pelosi’s office
for her sweeping progressive Green New Deal. Pelosi reached out, offering Ocasio-Cortez
a spot on a new Climate Change Committee. But she turned it down, pointing out that
temporary committee had fewer powers than others. Soon, Ocasio-Cortez and three other freshman
women of color emerged as a tight, vocal group of activist members. But they didn’t openly break with Pelosi,
until this month. WOMAN: This is bigger than a funding debate. WOMAN: That’s right! LISA DESJARDINS: As Congress heard more news
of child deaths and poor treatment of migrants at the border, Democrats initially passed
legislation to force better conditions. But that bill hit a wall in the Senate, SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY): We already have our
compromise. LISA DESJARDINS: So, Pelosi compromised, agreeing
to a more generic border funding bill that didn’t require better treatment. The only Democrats voting no? Those same four freshmen, sometimes called
the squad. And Ocasio-Cortez’s office went further. Her chief of staff raised race in a tweet
that attacked moderate Democrats, writing: “They certainly seem hell-bent to do to black
and brown people today what the old Southern Democrats did the ’40s.” He deleted those words, but a few days later,
Pelosi told The New York Times the group made themselves irrelevant, saying: “They’re four
people, and that’s how many votes they got.” Then, on Wednesday, Pelosi went behind closed
doors with her caucus, making an extraordinary plea for unity, at one point saying that members
should come to her with complaints, not tweet about one another. But the squad of four felt they were being
wrongly scolded. And Ocasio-Cortez told The Washington Post:
“It was just outright disrespectful, the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color.” That comment resonated with another prominent
Democrat, progressive caucus leader Pramila Jayapal, who also said: “I don’t think the
speaker is used to having a group of members who have bigger Twitter followings than her,”
which brings us back to Pelosi’s response. REP. NANCY PELOSI: At the request of my members,
an offensive tweet that came out of one of the member’s offices that referenced our Blue
Dogs and our New Dems essentially as segregationists. Our members took offense at that. I addressed that. We respect the value of every member of our
caucus. The diversity of it all is a wonderful thing. Diversity is our strength. Unity is our power. And we have a big fight, and we’re in the
arena, and that’s all I’m going to say on the subject. LISA DESJARDINS: This all goes deeper than
large personalities at odds. Pelosi’s Democrats have real policy divides
between moderates, many of whom are in vulnerable districts, and progressives, who are not. It is a fight about not just who Democrats
are, but what they want to do. For the “PBS NewsHour,” I’m Lisa Desjardins.

‘The Squad,’ Democrats lead new charge for DC to become the 51st state


SEEKING CLIMATE JUSTICE.>>THANKS, ANITA.>>Shannon: THIS IS A FOX NEWS ALERT. WASHINGTON D.C. POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR SUSPECTS AFTER SEPARATE SHOOTINGS LEFT TWO PEOPLE DEAD AND SERVE INJURED. THE DISTRICT DEALS WITH AN UPTICK IN CRIME AND CORRUPTION, DEMOCRATS ARE LEADING A NEW CHARGE FOR STATEHOOD. CHAD PERGRAM TAKES A LOOK AT THE FIRST HEARING ON THIS ISSUE IN 2 FIVE YEARS. HI, CAD.>>EVERY STATE GETS TWO STATUTES. WASHINGTON D.C. ISN’T A STATE, SO IT ONLY GETS ONE. THIS IS FREDERIC DOUGLAS. HE WAS A NOTED ABOLITIONIST AND LIVED IN WASHINGTON D.C. IF WASHINGTON D.C. BECOMES A STATE, IT WILL BE KNOWN AS WASHINGTON DOUGLAS COMMON WEALTH. LIBERALS SUPPORT STATE HOOD NOR DC. RASHEEDA TALIB SAYS SHE WILL FLY A FLAG WITH 51 STARS OUTSIDE HER OFFICE.>>REPUBLICANS OPPOSE MAKING D.C. A STATE AT THE FIRST HEARING ON D.C. STATEHOOD IN MORE THAN 25 YEARS.>>CONGRESS CANNOT ADMIT D.C. AS A STATE. IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE IT, THERE’S A REMEDY AND IT REQUIRES AMENDING THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES.>>THE GEOGRAPHIC CONDITIONS ARE SPELLED OUT IN SECTION 8 OF THE CONTUSION. IT OUTLINES A FEDERAL DISTRICT NOT EXCEEDING TEN MILES SQUARE TO SERVE AS THE SEAT OF GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES. HERE’S THE PROBLEM FOR D.C. IT HAS IN VOTE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR AND NO SENATORS. IT’S NOT A STATE. SO IT CAN’T. THE CITY HAS NO VOTE IN CONGRESS YET ITS RESIDENTS PAY FEDERAL TAXES.>>TAXATION ROUTE REPRESENTATION IS A CATCHY HASHTAG.>>SOME QUESTION THE WISDOM OF FURTHER EMPOWERING D.C. OFFICIALS. CHARLES ALLEN WANTED TO FREE FELONS FROM JAIL. ANOTHER UNPLEASANT FACT FOR REPUBLICANS, IT’S A FOREGONE CONCLUSION THAT D.C.’S LONE HOUSE MEMBER AND TWO SENATORS UNDER STATE HOOD WOULD BE DEMOCRATS.>>IT’S IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND WHY CONGRESS ADMITTED CONGRESS AND ALASKA IN 1959.ONE STATE WOULD BE DEMOCRATIC, THE OTHER REPUBLICAN. OVER TIME THINGS CHANGED. ALASKA EMERGED AS THE REPUBLICAN STATE AND HAWAII AS THE

Does Trump Win by Making “The Squad” the Face of Dem Party?


Second question today. Hey David, does Trump win by making the squad
the face or faces of the Democratic Party? I actually disagree with the premise of the
question. I don’t believe that Donald Trump is making
those four ethnic minority congresswoman that he attacked, which such xenophobic phobic
ideas as they should go back to their original countries. They still have relatively low name recognition
nationally outside of their districts and it’s really, I know it’s hard for people who
do politics every week like we do or people who follow politics. Like many of you in the audience to understand
this, these four congress women are not very well known to the American public. My guess is AOC is more well known than the
others. Certainly. Uh, but outside of political circles, these
are still individuals who have relatively low a name recognition or face recognition. They’re also, you know, we’ve talked about
the popularity thing. They’re not hugely popular. They’re not unpopular, particularly the way
Donald Trump tried to make them seem on the basis of polling of non college educated whites,
big shock or non college educated whites don’t love Alexandra Casteo, Cortez, Ilana, Omar,
I, Anna Presley, and the fourth one I’m Rashida to leave. But they’re not particularly unpopular or
particularly popular is the truth. And what you also have to understand is that
Donald Trump’s approval is, is highest. It does best when he’s altogether silent. And these four members of Congress are keeping
Donald Trump fired up. They are keeping him going nuts. They’re continuing to push him to put just
ridiculous things on Twitter that yes, his own base is probably unaffected by, but independence
and people who are sort of influential, uh, influenceable reachable, uh, don’t particularly
like it when Donald Trump goes on these tirades specifically attacking people. So what Trump wins, uh, is not, let me step
back. This doesn’t mean that focusing on these four
democratic congressmen, women isn’t good for trumping other ways. Okay. I just disagree that he’s making them the
face of the Democratic Party. The wind for Trump in calling these four women
out in talking about them and focusing on them is that he helps to divide the left and
when you play up those divisions, when you make those divisions appear bigger than they
are. Uh, that is why we need to be careful about
this because that is not good for the Democratic Party. Trump appearing to take a side in the squad
versus Nancy Pelosi to the extent that that’s even really a thing. It’s good for Trump. It’s bad for Democrats. Any political capital, time and media time
that between now and November of 2020 is spent on internal fighting within the left is good
for Trump. And this is why I said at the beginning of
the week on the topic of impeachment, Democrats need to just agree, we’re not going to do
an impeachment inquiry and we’re not going to talk about it anymore. Or we’re going to do one in like six months,
because that’s when it will be most damaging to Donald Trump. Or we’re going to do one right now and they
need to actually say out loud. If we keep doing this publicly where I say,
I want an inquiry, and you say you don’t, and you say you do, and the media cycle continues,
this is not good for our chances to remove Donald Trump in November of 2020. That is how Trump wins. By playing up the squad controversy, he’s
not really making them the face of the Democratic Party. And these are still relative unknowns to nonpolitical,
average Joe and Jane Doe, Joe and Jane Schmoe in the dough, it implies, I think that they’re
dead. Uh, Joe Schmoe, not doe, uh, in the United
States. If you disagree with me, change my mind.

Political Battle Royale: the Democratic Party


STUART: IT IS A BATTLE ROYALE. THIS IS NOT A VIDEOGAME. IT IS A FIGHT FOR THE CONTROL OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY? HOW WILL THEY HANDLE TRUMP? HOW WILL THEY HANDLE SOCIALISM? HOW FAR LEFT WILL THEIR PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE GO? THEY CAN’T CONTAIN THE FIGHT BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. THEY CAN’T KEEP IT QUIET. THEY TRIED THAT BUT THE HOSTILITIES WERE IMMEDIATELY LEAKED. NOW IT SPILLED OUT ON TO TWITTER AND ON THE FRONT PAGE OF THE WASH UPON TOAST. THE IMMEDIATE ISSUE IS IMPEACHMENT. SHE TOLD THE POST PRESIDENT TRUMP ISN’T WORTH IT. THE SPEAKER PREFERS TO UNDERMINE THE PRESIDENT WITH ENDLESS INVESTIGATIONS. WELL THAT DOESN’T SIT WELL WITH THE NEW RADICALS. AOC SAYS, SHE DOESN’T AGREE WITH THAT TAKE. AND CONGRESSWOMAN RASHIDA TLAIB PLANS TO FILE IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS THIS MONTH. THE FAULT LINES ARE BEING DRAWN AROUND SOCIALISM. DEMOCRATS ARE A WEAR THAT THEIR YOUNG SUPPORTERS APPROVE OF SOCIALISTIC POLICIES. THOSE YOUNGER PEOPLE WILL BE THE LARGEST VOTING BLOC IN 2020. THEY WILL BE 37% OF THE ELECTORATE. IT’S A VOTING BLOC THE DEMOCRATS HAVE TO ACCOMMODATE. THAT IS PUSHING PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES FURTHER AND FURTHER TOWARDS THE BERNIE SANDERS SOCIALIST LEFT. BUT WHERE DOES THAT LEAVE OLDER PARTY STALWARTS, MODERATES LIKE JOE BIDEN? THERE ARE REAL DOUBTS THAT HE COULD BEAT THE LEFT IN THE PRIMARIES, EVEN IF HE DECIDES TO RUN. THE DEMOCRATS HAVE A HISTORY OF KEEPING DIVISIONS CONCEALED BEHIND A FACADE OF UNITY. THEY NO LONGER CAN DO THAT THEY OPENLY FIGHT OVER STRATEGY, IMPEACH OR NOT. AGE, YOUNG NEWCOMERS VERSUS THE OLD GUARD. IDEOLOGY, SOCIALISTS VERSUS EVERYBODY ELSE. FOUR YEARS AGO THE REPUBLICANS HAD 17 CANDIDATES FOR PRESIDENT INCLUDING THE HIGHLY DISRUPTIVE DONALD TRUMP. NOW IT IS THE DEMOCRATS, ONLY

Tlaib blasts Israel for ‘oppressive conditions’


THAT’S WHAT HE’S GOING FOR.>>THAT’S WHAT HE SAYS.>>LELAND, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AS HE TANGLES WITH THE FOES, TWEETING THIS, REPRESENTATIVE TALIB WROTE A LETTER WANTING TO VISIT HER GRANDMOTHER. PERMISSION WAS GRANTED WHEREUPON SHE OBNOXIOUSLY TURNED THE APPROVAL DOWN, A COMPLETE SETUP. THE ONLY REAL WINNER HERE IS TALI BRICK’S GRANDMOTHER, HE ADDS, SHE DOESN’T HAVE TO SEE HER NOW. THE DIPLOMAT IN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE UNDER PRESIDENT 43. GENTLEMEN, WELCOME TO YOU BOTH.>>GOOD TO BE WITH YOU.>>THANK YOU.>>TALK ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED. THIS IS PART OF THE LETTER THAT SHE WROTE, CONGRESSWOMAN TALIB TO THE INTERIOR MINISTER. I WOULD LIKE TO REQUEST ADMI ADMITTANCE TO ISRAEL TO VISIT MY RELATIVES, INCLUDING MY GRANDMOTHER IN HER 90s. THIS COULD BE THE LAST OPPORTUNITY TO SEE HER. SHE TURNED ME DOWN. SILENCING ME AND TWEET TREATING ME LIKE A CRIMINAL IS NOT WHAT SHE WANTS FROM ME. IT WOULD KILL A PIECE OF ME. VISITING MY GRANDMOTHER UNDER THESE OPPRESSIVE CAN BES STANDS AGAINST EVERYTHING I BELIEVE IN. SHE’S MAKING A STATEMENT BY SAYING, “NO THANKS.”>>YEAH, SHE IS. LISTEN, I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT, SHANNON, THAT WE RECOGNIZE THAT ANTI-SEMITISM IS GROWING THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. AND THE CONGRESSWOMAN HAS BEEN VERY ANTI-SEMITIC IN HER RHETORIC AS WELL AS HER SOCIAL MEDIA. I THINK THE ISRAELIS HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO DENY HER ENTRY. AND EVEN WHEN THEY RELENTED AND MET HER REQUIREMENTS TO ALLOW HER TO COME IN AND SEE HER GRANDMOTHER, I THINK SHE SHOWED HER TRUE COLORS THERE IN MAKING A PUBLICITY STUNT OUT OF THAT TOO.>>HAS THIS WHOLE THING GOTTEN TOO POLITICAL?>>I WILL SAY THE FIRST CASUALTY OF THIS CRISIS IS CLEARLY CREDIBILITY. CREDIBILITY, I AGREE WITH THE GENERAL FOR CONGRESSWOMAN TALIB SOMEONE WHO ON THE ONE HAND MAKES A PERSONAL PLEA TO THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT, ASKS FOR A HUMANITARIAN EXCEPTION, AND THEN RECEIVES IT. BUT THEN TURNS AROUND AND DOES A POLITICAL GRANDSTANDING MOVE. AND I THINK THAT REALLY DEFY AND I THINK THAT REALLY DEFIES CREDIT YULETY. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE ISRAELI REPUTATION, THE CREDIBILITY FOR BEING STRONG ON DEMOCRACY HAS SUFFERED AS A RESULT OF THIS DECISION AS WELL. BOTH SIDES ARE LOSING.>>TURNING TO AFGHANISTAN. WE KNOW THE MEETING TODAY, SECRETARY POMPEO AND OTHER TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS, AS THIS THING IS COMING TOGETHER, RELEASING IT FROM THE STATE DEPARTMENT SAYING THEY CONTINUE IN CLOSE COOPERATION WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF AFGHANISTAN TO WORK TOWARDS THESE GOALS OF FINDING PEACE THERE. BUT THERE ARE PLENTY OF SKEPTICS TONIGHT. AMONG THEM, SENATOR LINDSAY GRAHAM OF THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND A CLOSE FRIEND OF THE PRESIDENT, BUT NOT AFRAID TO BE IN CONFLICT WITH THEM ON ISSUES LIKE THIS, HE SAYS, TO TRUST THE TALIBAN TO CONTROL AL QAEDA, ISIS, AND OTHER RADICAL ISLAMIST GROUPS PRESENTS PRESIDENT OF AFGHANISTAN AS A COUNTERTERRORISM FORCE WOULD BE A BIGGER MISTAKE THAN OBAMA’S IRANIAN NUCLEAR DEAL. YOU HAVE TO KNOW THAT’S GOING TO GET THE PRESIDENT’S ATTENTION.>>YEAH, AND LOOK. A SEASONED PROFESSIONAL. HE IS A LONG-TIME DIPLOMAT. HE WAS AN AMERICAN AMBASSADOR. AND AFGHANISTAN AND IF ANYBODY CAN MAKE ANY SENSE OF ALL OF THIS AND PULL A DEAL TOGETHER, IT’S PROBABLY HIM. HE’S VERY GOOD AT WHAT HE DOES. THAT SAID, I THINK IT’S ALSO IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT NOBODY REALLY SPEAKS FOR THE TALIBAN. WHO ARE YOU MAKING A DEAL WITH? IT’S SORT OF LIKE WHEN FATTAH NEGOTIATES WITH BENJAMIN NETANYAHU ON BEHALF OF HAMAS IN THE WEST BANK — I MEAN IN THE GAZA STRIP. NOBODY SPEAKS FOR THE TALIBAN AS ONE VOICE. SO, I DON’T KNOW THAT YOU CAN ACTUALLY EXPECT ANY KIND OF REAL NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT ON THIS. BUT IF ANYBODY CAN DO IT, IT WILL BE THE — THE EMISSARY THAT IS THERE NOW.>>DAN IN THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER UNDER THE HEADLINE, WE DON’T NEED TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN TO KEEP US SAFE FROM TERRORISM WRITES THIS, AFGHANISTAN’S INTERNAL STABILITY AND POLITICS ARE BEYOND WASHINGTON CONTROL. THE UNITED STATES HAS NO INTEREST IN GETTING STUCK IN THE WEEDS OF AFGHAN POLITICS. THE POLITICS OF AFGHANISTAN ARE FOR AFGHANS TO FIGURE OUT. BRET, WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF WHAT WE’VE HEARD OF THE DISCUSSIONS AND HOW IT SEEMS AIMED TO MAKE SURE THAT U.S. FORCES DO NOT STAY? IS THERE AN ARGUMENT FOR SOME CONTINGENCY TO BE THERE IN ANY PERFORMANCE MODE.>>HOW SOON WE FORGET. WE ARE IN AFGHANISTAN BECAUSE WE WERE ATTACKED FROM AFGHANISTAN. AND THERE WAS A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER STILL IN AFGHANISTAN TO THE UNITED STATES TO OUR ALLIES. WE NEED TO STAY. AND IF WE LEAVE, WE NEED TO GET A GOOD DEAL. UNFORTUNATELY, IT SEEMS LIKE PRESIDENT TRUMP IS IN A RUSH TO GET A GOOD TALKING POINT FOR HIS 2020 CAMPAIGN. I THINK THAT’S WHAT WE’RE SEEING PLAY OUT RIGHT NOW IN KABUL. UNFORTUNATELY, HE’S ALSO UNDERMINED KHALIL ASSAD WHEN IT COMES TO THE NEGOTIATING POSITION. BECAUSE HE’S BEEN TOO ANXIOUS PUBLICLY AS WELL AS PRIVATELY IN

Trump Defends His Racist Tweets | The Daily Show


The House Democrats
might be happy to label the, uh, president’s
words officially as racist, but the commander-in-tweet
has come out, and he’s here to explain why
these people are totally wrong. WOMAN: President Trump says
he has no regrets about his racist attacks
on Democratic lawmakers, who are all women of color. Trump claims
he’s not being racist. -Do you think the tweets
were racist? -Not at all. The new tweet
from President Trump out just within the last couple
of seconds here. And the president vociferously
denying, as he says, “I do not have a racist bone
in my body.” -(laughter)
-Not a racist bone in his body. Well, to be fair,
I’ve seen his body, and I don’t think
he has any bones. (laughter, applause) Duh. He’s sort of like that… sort of like
that Stranger Things creature. He can just, like,
melt down and slide under doors. I bet Trump would be the first
person to fail an X-ray exam. -That’s what he looks like.
-(laughter) And by the way, by the way,
everyone always says, “I don’t have a racist bone
in my body.” But how do we know
racism is in the bones, huh? Maybe it’s in your spleen. We don’t know.
It could be anywhere. Yeah, the only body part
I know for a fact doesn’t contain racism
is the appendix. Yeah, because
I had my appendix removed, and I still think all
Italian people are in the mafia. -It didn’t change anything.
-(laughter) But Trump has insisted
his bones are 100% racism-free. And then, he went on to say that not only was
this whole thing not racism. It was patriotism. WOMAN: And just this morning
he wrote… As far as I’m concerned,
if you hate our country, if you’re not happy here,
you can leave. And that’s what I say
all the time. That’s what I said in a tweet, which I guess some people think
is controversial. Wow. If you’re
not happy in America, “you can leave.” You know
what’s interesting, right, is that Trump says that now, but when he was running
for president, his entire message was, (like Trump):
America’s failing. This country’s
not what it used to be. China’s beating us. Instead of complaining,
why didn’t he just leave? -Like, it doesn’t make sense.
-(cheering, whooping, applause) No, but, like, logically… That’s what he did. “Make America Great Again”
is basically saying America’s shit,
we need to fix it. But no one told him to leave. Like, just because you complain
about your country doesn’t mean you don’t love it. It’s like sports– fans want
their team to be better; that’s why they complain, right? If the Knicks
kicked out every fan who yelled at them
to play better, Madison Square Garden
would be emptier than Mike Pence’s spice cabinet. -That’s what it would be.
-(laughter) And just by the way,
just by the way, if Trump’s comments– here’s
the thing that gets me, right?– if Trump’s really had
nothing to do with race, nothing to do with race,
how come he’s never said anything like this
to Bernie Sanders? Think about it. Bernie
always talks about America, and he always lists countries that are doing much better
than America. But Trump has never,
not even once, told Bernie to go back
to where he comes from. Never. And, I mean, I guess that’s
partly because ancient Greece doesn’t exist anymore,
but that’s not the point. (laughter) Now… a surprising number
of Republican officials have actually come out and said that they think
Trump’s tweet was racist. But what’s been
really fun to watch is Republicans like Mitt Romney trying to condemn Trump
for being racist without actually saying
the word “racist.” Um, you know, a lot of people
have been using the word, and my own view is that,
uh, what was said and what was tweeted
was destructive, uh, was demeaning, uh, was dis-unifying, and, in fact, it was very wrong. Uh, uh, d…
another word with a “D,” uh, uh, uh… It’s almost like he
was playing the game Taboo. Yeah. And the forbidden word
was “racist.” “Um, it’s demeaning.
Uh, no, no. “It’s… No, specific people,
specific people. “Um, no, disparaging. Um, um…”
“Time’s up.” “Aw! It was very wrong, guys.
‘Racism.'” So, look, Romney clearly doesn’t
have the balls to say “racism.” But at least he acknowledges
that Trump made a boo-boo. Most other Republicans, they’ve
come up with a talking point to try and justify
what Trump said. The top Republican in the House,
Kevin McCarthy, is defending the president.
He says “Mr. Trump isn’t racist. “He’s just frustrated about
these four congresswomen and their political views. I think what you heard
was a frustration that was not based on…
on any religious preference, on any skin color
or anything else. It’s a frustration that we have,
a Congress that needs to act, and they haven’t acted. Come on, of course
the president’s not racist. But he’s frustrated,
like so many Americans are. Ah, yes, my friends. The president
wasn’t being racist. He was just frustrated. It happens all the time. Huh? You get frustrated,
and then just become racist. (laughter) Like, I’m not gonna lie.
I suffer from this. Like, every time
I try and solve a Rubik’s Cube, it happens to me. Like, I’ll-I’ll show you guys. Like, I can’t even control it. Like, I try and figure it out,
’cause I know you’re supposed to move, like, one side,
and then, you see, like, the thing,
and it just doesn’t… -Niggers!
-(laughter) Sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry. No, no, sorry. No, no. I’m not… I’m not racist.
I swear. I swear. I’m not racist.
Yeah, I’m not racist. I don’t even see color. Which is probably why
I struggle with these things. I, like, I can’t… that’s
why I can’t figure it out. (cheering, whooping, applause) Look, man… frustration
doesn’t make you racist. All right? If anything, it
just lets your racism slip out. Same thing with being angry,
drunk, hungry. None of that makes you
say racist things. Because if it did,
those candy bar commercials would be a lot different. -♪ ♪
-(phone ringing) I’ll let him know. Jose wants to see you
in his office. I don’t trust this Mexican boss. You know, the only reason
they hit piñatas is so they can practice
beating up white people? Look, no offense, but black people have to learn
how to parallel park. Asians. They don’t even know
how to tag people on Instagram. Dude. Eat a Snaks bar. -Why? -‘Cause you’re a little
racist when you’re hungry. Better? Better. (German accent):
Oof. Ven’s lunch? Am I right?

Bill Maher mocks Rep. Tlaib’s call to boycott his show


>>IT IS [BLEEP] PURITY TEST BY PEOPLE WHO WANT TO APPEAR WORK BUT ACTUALLY SLEPT THROUGH HISTORY CLASS. IT’S VERY SHALLOW THINKING ABOUT THE JEWS IN ISRAEL ARE MOSTLY WHITE, AND THE ARABS ARE BROWN.>>Jon: THAT’S>>Jon: THAT BILL MAHER FIRING BACK AT RASHIDA TLAIB AND ILHAN OMAR. RASHIDA TLAIB HAS CALLED FOR A BOYCOTT OF HIS SHOW. THAT BRINGS US TO OUR A-TEAM’S THIS MORNING JESSICA TARLOV, FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR, GUY BENSON IS A POLITICAL EDITOR FOR TownHall.com. HOST OF “THE GUY BENSON SHOW.” I FIND IT SO IRONIC, GUYS, THAT RASHIDA TLAIB IS DENOUNCING ISRAEL, FOR TRYING TO SILENCE HER VOICE, BUT NOW SHE WANTS YOU BOYCOTT BELMAR BECAUSE HE DISAGREES WITH HER.>>SHE LIKES BOYCOTTING. ISRAEL, NOW BILL MAHER. THIS INFIGHTING IS INTERESTING. I DON’T ALWAYS AGREE WITH BILL MAHER, BUT LATER IN THIS CLIP, HE TALKED ABOUT THE ANTI-SEMITIC SOUNDINGS OF BDS. AND THAT IS NOT JUST BILL MAHER. AT CHUCK SCHUMER HAS CALLED BDS ANTI-SEMITIC. NANCY PELOSI CALLED IT “DANGEROUS, BIGOTED.” YET, YOU HAVE THESE TWO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, FLAG-WAVING SUPPORTERS OF BDS. IT’S AN EXTRAORDINARY THING TO SEE, AND I THINK ISRAEL IS DEFINITELY HAVING THE STRONGER SIDE OF THIS DEBATE. SPEAK TO DAVID.>>WHAT’S REALLY INTERESTING TO ME IS TO SEE CHARGES OF ANTI-SEMITISM AGAINST A PRESIDENT WHOSE DAUGHTER JUST BECAME JEWISH, WAS CONVERTED TO JUDAISM. THE BEST FRIEND, ACCORDING TO MANY — I JUST WANT TO STEP BACK FOR A SECOND. LOOK AT WHERE AMERICA IS RIGHT NOW. I DON’T THINK AMERICA IS WHERE EITHER RASHIDA TLAIB OR BILL MAHER — IT IS NOT AS RACIAL AND AS CONSUMED BY THE QUESTIONS OF ANTI-SEMITISM AS EVERYBODY ELSE’S. WE HAVE TO TALK ABOUT IT BECAUSE IT’S INTERESTING. MY SON-IN-LAW IS JEWISH. MY DAUGHTER-IN-LAW IS AFRICAN-AMERICAN. MY WIFE IS NICARAGUAN. I AM PROBABLY MORE OF A RAINBOW COALITION THAT MOST AMERICANS, BUT MOST ARE BEYOND THIS DISCUSSION, THIS OBSESSION WITH THE RACE. WE SAW “THE NEW YORK TIMES” EDITORIAL BOARD TALKING TO EACH OTHER ABOUT HOW EVERYTHING IS RACISM. RACISM HAS TO BE DISCOVERED, WHETHER IN SCIENCE OR CULTURE. I THINK AMERICA IS SO FAR BEYOND THIS DEBATE, AND POLITICIANS JUST GET RACKED UP INTO HER TOO MUCH.>>Jon: LET ME PERHAPS BRING IT BACK A LITTLE BIT IN THIS TWEET FROM BILL MAHER. “SOME PEOPLE HAVE ONLY ONE. BUT HERE’S THE THING, THE HOUSE VOTED 318-17 TO CONDEMN THE BDS MOVEMENT, INCLUDING 93% OF DEMOCRATS. DOES RASHIDA TLAIB WANT TO BOYCOTT 98% OF HER OWN PARTY? HOW DO YOU ANSWER THAT?>>YES, I THINK SHE DOES WANT TO BOYCOTT THEM. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT SHE FEELS INCREDIBLY STRONGLY ABOUT. THERE HAVE BEEN INCONSISTENCIES WHERE THEY WERE CAMPAIGNING. THEY WERE LESS FORTHRIGHT ABOUT THEIR VIEWS ON THIS AND THEN KIND OF TURNED AROUND, BUT UNITED IS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT, BUT I DO AGREE WITH HIM MORE OFTEN THEN GUIDE US. THIS IS A MOMENT FOR ME AS WELL AS A DEMOCRAT AND AS A JEWISH-AMERICAN. HE IS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT ABOUT WHAT BDS IS AND THE DANGER THAT IT POSES. I WAS HAPPY THAT HE HIGHLIGHTED HOW MANY JEWS THERE ARE IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. BUT TO YOUR POINT ABOUT OVER AMPLIFYING RACIAL TENSIONS, WE HAVE THE PRESIDENT WHO PLAYS IN VERY DIRTY RACIAL WAY BY TELLING WOMEN OF COLOR TO GO BACK TO WHERE THEY CAME FROM. WE CAN TALK ABOUT BILL MAHER, BUT LET’S NOT IGNORE WHAT THE PRESIDENT, TALKING ABOUT DUAL LOYALTY, WHICH IS A CLASSIC ANTI-SEMITIC TRUCK, SOMETHING THAT HE NEVER SHOULD HAVE SPOKEN ABOUT. CALLING HIMSELF THE KING OF ISRAEL.>>Jon: LET US NOT IGNORE EITHER THE FACT THAT WE JUST HAVE THE HEAD OF THE DNC COMMUNICATIONS HERE, BRING AN ELEMENT OF RACISM INTO THE DISCUSSION OF IMMIGRATION THAT DID NOT BELONG THERE, WHEN SHE SAID IS THAT THE COLOR OF THE SKIN? IS THAT THE REASON WHY THESE PEOPLE ARE BEING LOCKED UP IN CAGES?>>SO WHEN YOU LOOK AT –>>IS IT A QUESTION OF THE COLOR OF SKIN THAT LED JEH JOHNSON TO FEED IMMIGRANTS IN CAGES?>>NO, NO, NO. YOU DO –>>YOU DON’T.>>IF THERE ARE POLICIES THAT ARE SPECIFICALLY TARGETING CERTAIN GROUPS, WE DON’T HAVE A POLICY –>>IS NOT TARGETING PEOPLE OF COLOR. THAT’S NOT THE PURPOSE.>>REALLY? WHAT COLOR ARE THE PEOPLE IN THOSE CAGES? THIS IS A PROBLEM. NOT THE PEOPLE CROSSING AT THE SOUTHERN BORDER. STATISTICALLY, IT IS NOT.>>Sandra: YOU GUYS, COME BACK.>>I WILL TAKE IMMIGRATION FOR A SECOND BECAUSE I THOUGHT THE INTERVIEW WITH THE DNC SPOKESPERSON WAS QUITE INTERESTING ON A NUMBER OF LEVELS. SHE’S SORT OF SHOOK HER FINGER AT THE REPUBLICANS ON HYPOCRISY. YOU WORRY ABOUT THE CHILDREN OF ABORTION, BUT NOT ON THIS. WHATEVER YOU THINK ABOUT THIS BORDER POLICY, THEY ARE NOT CALLING FOR THE KILLING OF CHILDREN OF THE BORDER, WHICH IS WHAT THE DEMOCRATS, IN TERMS OF ABORTION. UNFETTERED TAX PAYMENT –>>THAT’S ABSOLUTELY UNTRUE. I JUST WANT TO — IT IS NOT ABOUT THE CHILDREN, KILLING OF CHILDREN. ABORTION AFTER A CHILD HAS BEEN BORN?>>I SAID THROUGH ALL NINE MONTHS OF PREGNANCY, WHICH IS WHAT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY SUPPORTS. AS RADICAL, IT’S EXTREME. THERE ARE PEOPLE BEING KILLED.>>PEOPLE BEING KILLED?>>DO YOU THINK A DOCTOR WOULD GO IN AND –>>IT IS THE ENDING OF A HUMAN LIFE. THAT IS NOT WHAT IS HAPPENING AT THE BORDER.>>THERE ARE A LOT OF KIDS THAT ARE DYING AND BORDER FACILITIES. CAN THEY GET THEIR FLU SHOTS?>>NOT BECAUSE WE ARE ACTIVELY KILLING THEM. NOT CARING ABOUT CHILDREN IN THIS CONTEXT, THEN BRINGING ABORTION INTO IT I THINK IS LIKE A REALLY BAD ARGUMENT.>>Jon:>>Son:>>SHE:>>SHE MADE A POINT THAT SHE PROBABLY DIDN’T INTEND TO MAKE. WE SHOULD BE VACCINATING THESE CHILDREN FOR THE FLU. AS ON THAT ONE OF THE ISSUES WITH UNFETTERED IMMIGRATION ACROSS THE BORDER? YOU HAVE CHILDREN AND ADULTS COMING INTO THIS COUNTRY, WE HAVE NO RECORD OF THEIR IMMUNIZATIONS, NO IDEA WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN WHEN THEY GET OUT INTO THE BROADER PUBLIC. THEY HAVE NOT BEEN VACCINATED BY AND LARGE IN THOSE COUNTRIES, AND WE DON’T KNOW THAT.>>YEAH, I THINK THAT EVERY PERSON IN ONE OF OUR FACILITIES SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO SEE A DOCTOR, TO GET THEIR IMMUNIZATIONS. THEY SHOULD HAVE SOAP, CHEESE BRUSHES. YOU TALK ABOUT WHAT THEY ARE BRINGING IN, THE INFESTATION TALKS, THAT IS DANGEROUS. THAT IS WHAT THE EL PASO SHOOTER WAS TALKING ABOUT.>>I THINK DEMOCRATS ARE IN A REAL POLITICAL BIND WHEN IT COMES TO THIS. THEY WERE THE ONE SAYING THERE WAS NO CRISIS AT THE BORDER WHEN CLEARLY THERE WAS A CRISIS OF THE BORDER. THEY WERE THE ONES SAYING YOU CAN’T SEPARATE FAMILIES. NOW THAT THE FAMILIES ARE BEING KEPT TOGETHER, THEY ARE OPPOSED TO THAT. THEY HAVE A REAL CRISIS OF IDENTITY. ARE THEY FOR CATCH AND RELEASE, OR ARE THEY AGAINST CATCH AND RELEASE?>>THAT IS THE FUNDAMENTAL PROBLEM WITH ALL OF THIS OUTRAG OUTRAGE. IF THE EXISTING LAW WERE TO STAY IN PLACE, AND I’M NOT SURE THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS THE POWER TO DO WHAT HE IS TRYING TO DO, AND YOU HAVE KIDS LEAVING AFTER 20 DAYS, THEY HAVE — NOW THIS IS THE CRUELEST THING TOGETHER. TALKING ABOUT IT LIKE IT IS GUANTANAMO BAY. THESE FAMILIES CAN ALSO LEAVE HERE THEY CAN GO BACK HOME. THEY ARE NOT BEING IMPRISONED THERE AGAINST THEIR WILL. I JUST THINK THAT THERE IS A LOT OF — THE SITUATION IS BROKEN AND COMPLICATED. THERE IS A LOT OF RECKLESS RHETORIC COMING I THINK FROM BOTH SIDES.>>Sandra: IT’S A HUGE ISSUE AND ONE THAT IS NOT GOING TO BE SOLVED EASILY. THANKS TO OUR A-TEAM THIS MORNING. WE WILL TALK ABOUT “DANCING WITH THE STARS” ANOTHER

Republicans Pretend They Haven’t Seen Trump’s Racist Tweets: A Closer Look


-The president and GOP leaders
are insisting that Trump’s latest
racist comments are not, in fact, racist,
despite the fact that they are definitely
super racist. [ Light laughter ] For more on this, it’s time for
“A Closer Look.” [ Cheers and applause ] Trump has spent the week reeling
off a series of unhinged tweets and tirades
defending his racist attack on four Democratic
congresswomen of color, in which he told them to go back
and help fix the “totally broken
and crime-infested places” from which they came. Of course,
they’re Americans. Three of them
were born here, and the fourth is a refugee
and naturalized citizen. So, if their country
is broken and crime-infested, that’s on you. Trump accidentally… [ Cheers and applause ] Trump accidentally
burned himself. It’s like if someone said,
“Man, your parents must have really
screwed you up,” and that someone
was your mom. [ Laughter ] So, given the fact that
they’re American citizens, reporters this afternoon
followed up on Trump’s comments, and he once again
defended them. -If people want to leave
our country, they can. If they don’t want to
love our country, if they don’t want to
fight for our country, they can. I’ll never change on that. They are not espousing
the views of our country, the four congresswomen. I think that
they’ve said horrible things that the press
doesn’t cover. I think you should try
covering it. When you look at some of
the things they said, they’re unthinkable. If somebody else, or —
me, or anybody else — said things like that,
it would be historic. So, you ought to look at some of
their horrible statements, ’cause there’s never been
statements like that. -Trump’s brain disease
won’t let him backtrack, no matter how far over the line
he goes. If he said,
“I’m gonna eat this apple,” and you said,
“Dude, that’s an onion,” he would stand there
and eat the whole thing with tears
streaming down his face. [ As Trump ]
“This is a really– this is a
really good apple. [ Laughter ] “Is this a
golden delicious?” [Cheers and applause ] [ Normal voice ]
Also, those congresswomen
do love our country, as evidenced by the fact
that they’ve chosen to spend their time and energy
serving in Congress despite having to deal with
your bull[bleep] every day. I mean, if I… [ Cheers and applause ] If I had to do their jobs
for one day, I’d be like, “[Bleep] it.
I’m moving to Maine.” [ Laughter ] “I’m gonna open up one of
those trendy furniture stores that sells tree stump
coffee tables.” I mean, all I do
is make fun of you, and I’m exhausted. This is what I looked like when the Trump
administration started. [ Laughter ] I mean, who needs — Who needs FaceApp when you have
Trump for a president? [ Laughter ] Also, you’re accusing them
of saying horrible things about our country? You spent the eight years
of the Obama administration and the 2016 campaign
constantly lying and trash-talking
the country. -The U.S. has become
a dumping ground for everybody
else’s problems. We’re like a dumping ground
for the world. We’re a dumping ground. The United States
is becoming a dumping ground. We used to be at the top. Now, we’re like
a third-world country. We’re like
a third-world country. We’re becoming
a third-world country because of our
infrastructure — our airports, our roads,
everything. The whole world is looking at
us, and laughing at us. The world is
laughing at us. They’re laughing at the
stupidity of our president. [ Laughter ] Well… Well, I’m glad that’s over. [ Cheers and applause ] So, Trump called America
a “dumping ground,” a “third-world country,”
and a “laughingstock.” I’d tell him to go back to
where he came from, but I’m pretty sure
he just appeared after a bunch of teens
played with a ouija board they found in the woods. Of course,
since it summoned Trump, the word “ouija”
was probably misspelled. [ Laughter ] So, Trump mounted
a racist attack on four Democratic
congresswomen of color, and then defended that attack
with lies about the congresswomen
he was attacking — which, of course,
gave Republicans a chance to courageously stand up
to the president by pulling
their favorite move — pretending they haven’t
heard about it, and desperately waiting for
the elevator doors to close. Here’s one senator trying out an especially
unconvincing response. -You saw the president’s tweets
this weekend. -Actually,
I was out of town. -Oh! Well, actually — Actually, twitter has
a new feature where you can even read
the tweets out of town. [Laughter] The way it works is
the [bleep] same. [ Light laughter ] Anyway, go on. -Well, he said that
these progressive congresswomen should go back
to their countries. I’m wondering what your reaction
is to that. -I’m working hard as I can
on reducing healthcare costs. I’m not giving
a daily commentary of the president’s tweets. -But these are, you know,
racist tweets. Do you have any concerns
about it? -The president said that
these minority congresswomen should go back to
their countries. Do you have a response? -I haven’t read that,
but I’ll go check it out. -Okay. -Man, what would Republicans
in Congress do if the Capitol
didn’t have elevators? [ Laughter ] They’d have to
carry around houseplants just so they could
hide behind them. “What do you think of
the president’s tweets?” “I’m sorry,
I haven’t seen them. Now, if you’ll
excuse me, I…” [ Laughter, cheers,
and applause ] “Is he gone?” [ Laughter ] Also, I’m sorry,
but can we please retire this “I haven’t seen
the tweet” excuse? No one believes you. In fact, this excuse
is getting so absurd that Trump’s acting director
of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services,
Ken Cuccinelli, tried it on CNN
literally right after an anchor read the tweet on air. -The president sent this out
yesterday at 8:00 a.m. “So interesting to see
progressive Democratic congresswomen who originally
came from countries whose governments are a complete
and total catastrophe — the worst, most corrupt, and
inept anywhere in the world — if they even have a functioning
government at all — now loudly and viciously telling
the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful
nation on Earth, how our government
is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help
fix the totally broken and crime-infested places
from which they came?” What did you think
of that tweet? -Well, I didn’t see
that tweet, actually. I can hear what
you’re reading. -Yeah, you ca–
You just heard it. She just read it to you. Republicans are like
your friends who haven’t seen a TV show
trying to avoid spoilers while they’re watching
the show. “No, no, no.
Don’t give it away!” Seriously, the only way you can
support Trump without lying, at this point, is if you have
the part of your brain that’s responsible
for memory replaced with the brain
of a goldfish. “I hadn’t seen the tweet.” “I just showed you
the tweet.” “What tweet?”
“The president’s tweet.” “Sorry, one sec.
I got eat these food flakes.” [ Laughter and applause ] By the way,
just to give you an idea of how fully and completely Republicans have debased
themselves in service of Trump, that same guy,
Ken Cuccinelli, staged a floor fight at the 2016
Republican National Convention to change the convention rules,
and even made a big show of dramatically throwing
his credentials on the floor. And after that happened,
Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., slammed Cuccinelli,
and called him an “idiot.” -I have the same group of
four people running around. They wait for a camera
to show up, and then, they take
their credentials, and tried to dramatically
throw them on the floor. They look like idiots. -You’re talking about
Ken Cuccinelli. Are you calling him
an idiot? I’m saying these people
look like idiots when they’re doing that.
-Imagine — Imagine how pathetic
you have to be to take a job in
the Trump administration after Donald Trump Jr.
called you an idiot. Donald Trump Jr. This is a guy who doesn’t even
know how to stand like a normal
human being. I mean, look at him. He always looks like
he’s waiting for someone to pin a medal
on his chest. “My father said I was getting
an award for most oily.” [ Laughter ] What all this is exposing,
once again, is the rot of intellectual
bad faith within the GOP. For years,
they claimed that, when they criticized
President Obama, they were just
upholding the Constitution, and they complained they were being unfairly
maligned as racists. And to prove that
they would be consistent, they said they would also stand
up to a Republican president. For example, according to
a new book out this week, then-Republican Congressman
Mick Mulvaney, who is now Trump’s
acting chief of staff, said back in 2016,
“We’re not going to let Trump dismantle the
Bill of Rights. For five and a half years,
every time we got to the floor, and tried to push back against
an over-reaching president, we get accused of being partisan
at best, and racist at worst. When we do it against
a Republican president, maybe people will see
it was a principled objection in the first place.” Well, they didn’t,
because it wasn’t. Republicans are literally
hiding in elevators to avoid
criticizing Trump. If you get in an elevator
with a Republican Senator, be careful, because they might
hit every button. [ Laughter ] “Sorry, just need
a couple minutes. Hey, can you show me
how to open Twitter? No, no,
not the regular one. Travel Twitter. Oh. Oh, God, man,
it has been a day. It has been —
Oh, it has been…” [ Cheers and applause ] The last few days have exposed
once again that the eight years Republicans spent
criticizing Obama weren’t actually about
principled objections. The same guys who said
they’d stand up to Trump are now working for him,
or hiding in elevators to avoid criticizing
the racism and corruption and… -Stupidity of our president. -This has been
“A Closer Look.” [ Cheers and applause ]