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    CNN’s Don Lemon burst into laughter after learning a Trump White House official compared the former president to a TV-obsessed kid from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. On Don lemon Tonight, the host welcomed Peter Baker and Susan Glasser of the New York Times and the New Yorker, respectively. The duo’s new book The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017-2021 is number one on the Amazon bestseller list, and it contains several claims and revelations. Among them is a bit about former President Donald Trump’s TV-watching habits. The book dropped Tuesday and Lemon discussed its early success with its authors. The CNN host told them he already has a favorite part: Listen, I’ve got to say that my favorite part of the book starts on page 12 and goes into page 13, and it says, “Trump tuned in, not just the conservative media that slathered him with praise, but hate-watched shows he knew would excoriate him, even as he denied monitoring them, he regularly demonstrated granular knowledge of what Don Lemon was saying late at night on CNN.” “He referred to...
    In 2015, Rory McIlroy had tickets for the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight in Las Vegas. One problem: he also had 18 holes to play against Paul Casey in the WGC Cadillac Match Play tournament, at TPC Harding Park. No problem. McIlroy was a 24-year-old high roller back then. He had a private plane on standby to fly him from San Francisco to the Nevada desert, and back in time for Sunday’s final if necessary. Problem. The Casey duel overran.  Not only could McIlroy not make it to Vegas in time – Lee Westwood got his tickets – he was also in danger of missing the bell, if he dashed back to his hotel. So McIlroy pulled up a chair in the media tent, pulled out his wallet for pizza and beers for the assembled company, and watched the fight from there. He’s a big boxing fan. Yet he doesn’t have an opinion about the sport selling out to Saudi Arabia. He’s also a football man. In 2014, he paraded the Claret Jug for his Open win at Old Trafford, home...
    Almost three-quarters of college Democratic voters say they do not believe that President Joe Biden should run for re-election in 2024. An NBC/Generation Lab poll of incoming second-year students offered more bad news for the president, who has seen his fortunes improve slightly in recent weeks amid legislative wins and lower gas prices. But questions remain about whether the 79-year-old is the best person to run in two years time. The poll of 1077 students found that 73 percent of Democrats believed he should not run again, while only 27 percent thought he should be on the ticket again. He fares less well than former President Donald Trump. Some 57 percent of second-year college Republican voters say he should run, while only 43 percent say he should stay out of the race.  Almost three-quarters of college Democratic voters say they do not believe that President Joe Biden should run for re-election in 2024, according to a new poll The should-he/shouldn't-he debate began almost as soon as Biden won the 2020 election.  If he runs again and wins he would...
    Author and podcast host Sam Harris sparked furor from the MAGA base on Wednesday when he argued that any potential scandal related to Hunter Biden pales in comparison to what we already know about former President Donald Trump. “Hunter Biden literally could have had the corpses of children in his basement. I would not have cared,” Harris declares in a now-viral clip from the Triggernometry podcast, which is sponsored by the controversial Epoch Times. “First of all, it’s Hunter Biden. It’s not Joe Biden. But even if Joe, even whatever scope of Joe Biden’s corruption is, if you, if we could just go down that rabbit hole endlessly and understand that he’s getting kickbacks from Hunter Biden’s deals in Ukraine or wherever else, or China,” continued Harris, laying out some of the allegations surrounding Hunter Biden, none of which have been proven. “It is infinitesimal compared to the corruption we know Trump is involved in. It’s like, it’s like a firefly to the sun. Right? I mean, like there’s just it doesn’t even stack up against Trump University, right? Trump...
    The jury is out for deliberations in the misdemeanor contempt of Congress charge against former Trump aide Steve Bannon after prosecutors and defense wrapped up their closing arguments Friday.  If convicted, the former Trump advisor would face a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 days incarceration and up to one year behind bars. He could also face a fine of up to 1,000.  Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutors told the jury that ignoring a congressional subpoena is like ignoring a parking ticket. DOJ prosecutor Molly Gaston said that with a parking ticket, there are two options: show up to court and try to fight it or pay it.  'What he doesn't get to do is ignore the order to pay it,' Gaston said, noting that if you don't pay a ticket or show up for a subpoena, there are consequences.  She argued that Bannon's excuse that he thought he was barred from testifying due to former President Trump asserting executive privilege did not carry weight. Gaston said that Bannon made an 'intentional' choice not to cooperate and cited quotes Bannon made...
    (CNN)There's perhaps no more consistent thread in Donald Trump's thinking (and self-image) than the crowds he draws.The day after his inauguration, he pushed then-White House press secretary Sean Spicer to tell the press corps that the crowd on hand was historic."This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration -- period -- both in person and around the globe," Spicer said. "These attempts to lessen the enthusiasm of the inauguration are shameful and wrong." (He has since said he regrets making that ridiculous claim.)Throughout his presidency, Trump would talk about his ability to draw big crowds -- often at deeply inappropriate times. While visiting a hospital that was treating victims of a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, in 2019, Trump said this: "I was here three months ago. That place was packed. ... That was some crowd. And we had twice the number outside. And then you had this crazy Beto [O'Rourke]. Beto had like 400 people in a parking lot, they said his crowd was wonderful."Read MoreAll of which brings me to this past weekend and Trump's...
    Morning Joe found it amusing that the January 6 Committee’s first televised hearing had an audience far beyond what former President Donald Trump had back while he was hosting The Apprentice. As Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski discussed the committee’s follow-up hearing for today, they turned back to last week’s hearings in order to discuss the committee’s ratings from their prime-time proceeding. The two snarked at those who wrote off the hearing as “really boring,” but even as they called Fox News out again for not airing the hearing, they noted the preliminary Nielsen data indicates that the hearing drew about 20 million viewers nationwide. “I want you to compare those 20 million viewers with the biggest ratings Donald Trump garnered for his reality show,” Scarborough said. He proceeded to inform viewers that while “Liz Cheney got 20 million” viewers, Trump only drew an audience of 4.6 million for the season finale of his last season of The Apprentice, and 7.6 million for Celebrity Apprentice. “You could add up his final season average for Celebrity Apprentice and the final season...
    President Joe Biden has repeatedly complained to aides that he is less popular to Donald Trump and expressed frustration that he was not briefed properly on the baby formula crisis, according to officials and allies. In a White House filled with complaints that it is failing to get its message to voters, a new report reveals that biggest source of concern is the president himself. The result is plunging morale amid fears that a string of crises is painting him as the worst Democratic president since Jimmy Carter's calamitous time in office. Sources told Politico that Biden recently erupted about the way he was not kept up to speed about the enormity of the baby formula shortage that gripped much of the country.  He made his feelings clear in phone calls to allies after seeing cable news coverage of young mothers in tears as they described how they worried they could not feed their children.  The result of the crises - from high gas prices and soaring inflation to shortages on shelves - has been plunging poll ratings. President Joe...
    Border Patrol Union Chief Brandon Judd wants Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott to declare illegal immigration an "invasion" under the U.S. Constitution. Republicans eager to concoct reasons to attack the Biden administration have spent the past month beating their well-worn drum about a nonexistent “invasion” at the U.S.-Mexico border by Latino immigrants. But this time around, the effect has been jarring. That’s because, since late February, the world has been seeing in real time what an actual invasion looks like, thanks to the attack on Ukraine by Vladimir Putin and the Russian Army. We’ve witnessed cities bombed into rubble, tanks rumbling through the countryside, suburbs turned into death camps, women and children murdered while waiting at railway stations. So when Texas Congressman Michael McCaul goes on Fox News Sunday, as he did this week, and makes the comparison explicit—“Putin invaded Ukraine,” he told host Sandra Smith. “We have an invasion in my home state right on the border, every day”—the contrast between the two situations becomes stark. And the tawdry, wildly inappropriate nature of the analogy couldn’t be clearer. Markos and Kerry...
    Former President Donald Trump told a lawmaker that football great Tom Brady had 'changed' since he married supermodel Gisele Bundchen, in the latest in a long string of comments about his famous friend. Brady and Trump have been friends for two decades, and Brady helped give a boost to Trump when a red MAGA hat was spotted in his New England Patriots locker during the 2016 campaign. Trump got considerable mileage out of their friendship during his presidency, and appeared to have used it as an icebreaker during a meeting with New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy at his Bedminster golf course, according to the forthcoming book This Will Not Pass, by New York Times authors Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns. That meeting, which included Murphy and his wife, Tracy, happened during an 'incendiary' period for Trump after police used gas to clear protesters from Lafayette Square across from the White House so that Trump could walk to a church and pose with a bible.  Trump was also doling out coronavirus relief in ways the authors describe as having red-blue overtones. Trump...
    The U.S. has increased its volume of crude oil imports from Russia by 40.6 percent when comparing the two-year average across the first 24 months of the Biden administration against the four-year average of the Trump administration, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s latest data. The annual average total of crude oil imports between 2016 and 2019 was 157,523,000 barrels, which rose 40.6 percent to 221,457,000 barrels per year, on average, across 2020 and 2021. Breitbart News reported that purchases of Russian oil exports by American companies have grown rapidly during the tenure of the Biden administration following U.S. sanctions on Venezuela blocking imports of the South American state’s oil. Russia’s oil and gas industry amounted to about 15 percent of the country’s GDP in 2020, according to Oilprice.com. Statista valued oil and gas revenues at 4.9 percent of Russian GDP for the same year. The World Bank estimated “oil rents” — a term it defines as “the difference between the value of crude oil production at regional prices and total costs of production” — as amounting to over nine...
    More than half of likely voters surveyed said they believed President Joe Biden would go down as one of the worst American presidents in history.  A survey released Wednesday by Rasmussen Reports and The National Pulse found that 54 per cent of likely voters believed Biden would be ranked one of the worst presidents in history, while 15 per cent said he'd be among the best.   Both former Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama performed better in the poll. More than half of likely voters surveyed said they believed President Joe Biden would go down as one of the worst American presidents in history Both former Presidents Donald Trump (left) and Barack Obama (right) performed better in the survey compared to President Joe Biden  For Trump, 41 per cent said he'd be rated one of the best presidents in U.S. history, while 43 per cent said he'd be considered one of the worst.  People didn't feel as fervent about Obama, with 34 per cent saying Obama would be considered one of the best and 33 per cent saying he'd be...
    Even with his own low approval numbers, President Joe Biden is leading both former President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in a pair of direct match-ups long ahead of the 2024 election. Biden leads Trump by 10 percentage points – 43 to 33 – in a new Marquette Law School poll released Thursday.  That poll has 16 percent backing 'someone else.'  It comes even as Trump has been hammering Biden throughout his presidency, and stepping up his own activity with a rally last week in Arizona and another planned for Texas this coming Saturday. Biden's lead over DeSantis, who has been in the news as he challenges the administration on vaccine mandates and school policy, is slightly narrower. Biden leads DeSantis 41 percent to 33 percent. In that matchup, 18 percent back 'someone else.'  President Joe Biden leads former President Donald Trump 43 to 33 in a Marquette Law School poll His lead, even in a poll taking even before he makes it through the mid-term elections, underscores that despite his own severe struggles to maintain a...
    David Lee Judd and Garrett Miller, two of the defendants facing charges for their roles in the January 6, 2021 assault on the U.S. Capitol Building, have been claiming that they are being unfairly treated because of their right-wing Trumpian politics — insisting they are being punished more harshly than left-wing activists who rioted in Portland, Oregon in 2020. But such claims, CNN reports, have been rejected by two federal judges who were appointed by former President Donald Trump: Judge Trevor McFadden and Judge Carl Nichols. Two Trump-appointed judges reject comparisons between January 6 and Portland political unresthttps://cnn.it/3EBdM3h — CNN Politics (@CNN Politics) 1640808123 McFadden, on Tuesday, December 28, rejected Judd’s claims of a double standard when he wrote, “Although both Portland and January 6 rioters attacked federal buildings, the Portland defendants primarily attacked at night, meaning that they raged against a largely vacant courthouse. In contrast, the January 6 rioters attacked the Capitol in broad daylight. And many entered it…. Their actions endangered hundreds of federal officials in the Capitol complex. Members of Congress cowered under chairs while staffers...
              by Market Research Foundation   Pennsylvania was by far one of the most contentious battleground states in the 2020 election, but new analysis shows even in Philadelphia Democrats are only treading water. In 2020, both Democrat and anti-Trump groups dumped millions into Philadelphia and surrounding suburbs, with roving food vans that would extract votes out of people in exchange for a meal, or the use of “street money” to incentivize election-day door knockers to push people to the polls. Despite these borderline-bribery efforts to drag people out to vote against Trump in 2020, Democrats gained less than 20,000 votes in Philly compared to 2016 numbers. As shown below, Clinton won 584,025 votes in Philly in 2016, and Biden and the Democrats’ slate of tactics netted them just 19,765 extra votes. Trump, meanwhile, was able to increase his raw number of votes in Philly compared to 2016 by almost 24,000 without the powerful Democratic apparatus employing every trick in the book to stop him. The lengths to which Democrats had to go to maintain power in Philly reveal a party...
    Patrick Semansky/AP Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.Mark Meadows, call your publisher. It seems that Donald Trump’s final White House chief of staff left out some critical information in The Chief’s Chief, his new book chronicling his 10 months as Trump’s number-one factotum. On Monday evening, as the House committee investigating the January 6 attack was deliberating on whether to cite Meadows for criminal contempt for refusing to testify before it, Rep. Liz Cheney, one of the two Republicans on the panel, read a series of text messages that Meadows received during those horrific hours when Trump supporters were violently assaulting the US Capitol and trying to shut down the certification of Joe Biden’s victory. The texts portray a harrowing stretch and indicate that Trump, as Cheney noted, had been derelict in his duty as commander in chief by not taking actions to stop his rioting loyalists.  This is not how Meadows depicts January 6 in his own account, which devotes only a few pages to that...
    President Joe Biden is setting records for his sparse outreach to the press, notching a fraction of the face time with journalists that his recent predecessors scored. Reporters scored 18 media interviews with Biden by the start of the month, a small sliver of the 89 conducted by former President Donald Trump and the 141 by former President Barack Obama at the same point in their presidencies, according to data compiled by presidential historian Martha Joynt Kumar. KAMALA HARRIS BRACES FOR LOSS OF ANOTHER TOP AIDE Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton held more, with 44 and 53, respectively, while George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan held 46. The Biden administration is wrestling with inflation, a new coronavirus variant, rising crime, and supply chain delays — all issues of significant public interest. Biden’s slimmed-down interview portfolio remains one area where the White House could quickly boost supply. Still, the White House has extended few interviews with the president to reporters, telling journalists earlier this year that doing so was not a priority. “I don’t know that the...
    Pollster Nate Silver on Monday savaged the analytics behind a recent Washington Post column claiming President Biden was being treated just as badly, or worse, by the media than former President Trump. In the piece published last week, liberal columnist Dana Milbank complained about Biden's media coverage being overly tough and implored journalists to do "soul-searching" and "think about what it is we're delivering to people." In a series of tweets, Silver argued the piece's "sentiment analysis" measuring the positivity and negativity of particular articles written about Trump and Biden was "complete crap," and gave examples to show how the data could be skewed more positively or negatively than it should have been.  President Joe Biden (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) and former President Donald Trump. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images) (Brandon Bell/Getty Images; Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) NATE SILVER'S FIVE THIRTY EIGHT SOUNDS ALARM ON BIDEN'S POLLING: IT ‘ISN’T BOUNCING BACK' AS WE EXPECTED "To this good thread explaining why the ‘sentiment analysis’ cited in the [Dana Milbank] WaPo article this weekend is complete crap—the analysis was used to...
    The pro-China business group which counts two key Biden administration picks as strategic advisers likened the Justice Department’s crackdown on Chinese economic espionage to “McCarthyism” in a shocking panel discussion last month. Reta Jo Lewis, Biden’s nominee to run the Export-Import Bank, and Mitch Landrieu, the new infrastructure czar , are both listed as "strategic advisers" for the U.S. Heartland China Association, which regularly works with Chinese organizations tied to the CCP’s United Front — which Xi Jinping has described as a “magic weapon.” Last month, the USHCA released a video of a panel discussion titled “Return of McCarthyism” on YouTube. The video blasted the Department of Justice's China Initiative, which is aimed at stopping China from stealing intellectual property and economic secrets from U.S. academic institutions, describing it as reminiscent of onetime Republican Sen. Joe McCarthy, who crusaded against communist influence in the United States. “History never repeats itself, but it rhymes. At this time of political divide in America and tension between the U.S. and China, many symbols of the Cold War era are coming...
    TWITTER users branded Jill Biden’s White House Christmas tree “ugly” as some said they "missed" ex-First Lady Melania Trump's "dramatic" displays. The First Lady unveiled the official White House Christmas tree glowing in the Blue Room as she shared a snap with the millions of Twitter followers Monday. 5Jill Biden welcomed the arrival of the White House Christmas tree last weekCredit: Getty 5The fir is located in the Blue Room and is covered in white doves bearing the names of US states in alphabetical orderCredit: Twitter The fir is covered in white doves bearing the names of US states in alphabetical order. Some Twitter users asked “where are the colors?” while others branded the centerpiece “boring”. One person said: “Where’s the color? Looks like a giant tree with night lights over it.” Another commented: “That tree is ugly.” Meanwhile, other Twitter users were more sympathetic as they branded the design “refreshing”, while some said it marked the return to a “normal Christmas”. One said: “Refreshing to see a tree in that house that isn’t gaudy or macabre. Thank you!” Most...
    President Joe Biden’s decision to impose additional air travel restrictions on South Africa and seven other countries in response to a new COVID-19 strain is being contrasted with his response to similar policies under former President Donald Trump. Biden issued a proclamation Friday night saying Washington would “suspend and restrict the entry into the United States, as immigrants and nonimmigrants, of noncitizens” from the eight African nations effective Monday, though he mentioned the decision in a previous statement hours earlier in the day after Thanksgiving. “As a precautionary measure until we have more information, I am ordering additional air travel restrictions from South Africa and seven other countries,” Biden said in the statement sent by the White House. “These new restrictions will take effect on November 29. As we move forward, we will continue to be guided by what the science and my medical team advises.” WHY BIDEN CAN’T GET RID OF HARRIS Biden was among the Democratic leaders who responded with criticism to Trump’s restrictions on travel from China, where the virus originated. "We are in the midst...
    Republican Glenn Youngkin won white women and suburbs in Tuesday night's gubenatorial election - a worrysome sign for Democrats headed into next year midterm election. Meanwhile, Democrat Terry McAuliffe was unable to muster enthusiasm among voters. He saw his support drop in blue parts of the state compared to how President Joe Biden did in the same areas the year before. And a comment on education during a debate turned out to be a major misstep for McAuliffe's bid.  Exit polls showed white women went for Youngkin after Biden carried them in the 2020 presidential election. Black turnout was down even as overall voter turnout was up.   Republican Glenn Youngkin won white women and suburbs; Democrat Terry McAuliffe saw his support drop in blue parts of the state that Biden did well in Republicans haven't won statewide in Virginia since 2009. That year Bob McDonnell was able to capitalize on a backlash against Barack Obama's presidential win to take the state. His victory preceeded a GOP wave that gave Republicans control of the House in the 2010 midterms. Virginia, however,...
    California Democratic Congressman Ro Khanna ripped into Senator Kyrsten Sinema on Sunday morning, asking why his fellow Democrat in Congress keeps blocking the party’s major infrastructure bill—and slithering away from answering questions. “Why doesn’t she explain herself? I’ve never seen a politician—other than frankly [former President] Trump—who just totally ducks answering the questions from the media and constituents. She’s not clear about what she believes,” Khanna told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace. The senator from Arizona has been largely criticized for being one of only two Democrats in the United States Senate—the other being Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia—holding back President Joe Biden’s sweeping, multi-trillion dollar “Build Back Better” infrastructure bill. But Sinema is also taking blows for dodging reporters and constituents who ask her about her resistance. “Senator Manchin has been a straight shooter, you know where he stands… but Sinema, why are the rules different for her? Why doesn’t she go on shows like yours?” Khanna said on the television program. “I’m a little frustrated,” Wallace volunteered during the interview. “She won’t even meet with us...
    President Joe Biden has only given 10 one-on-one interviews since taking office in January, a stark difference to former Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump, who had done 113 and 50, respectively.  Biden's last intimate interview was on August 18 with ABC's George Stephanopoulos as he discussed then on-going chaos of evacuating US troops from Afghanistan.   Top Democratic strategist said one-on-one interviews could be dangerous for the president, who is suffering from low approval ratings amid a series of issues crisis facing the nation - from a poor September jobs report to vaccine mandates to the latest slowdown of the US supply chain.  'Joe Biden can sometimes get off message so putting him in unscripted environments might not be the best way of Joe Biden communicating,' Democratic strategist Jamal Simmons told The Hill.  While he often speaks with reporters on the White House lawn, President Joe Biden has conducted less one-on-one interviews than Barack Obama and Donald Trump   Biden last one-on-one interview was with ABC's George Stephanopoulos in August Former President Barack Obama, pictured in June, conducted 113 intimate interviews during...
    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called U.S. President Joe Biden “a breath of fresh air” while the two leaders are in New York for the United Nations General Assembly. Johnson, who is expected to meet with Biden at the White House in the coming days, made the comment in an interview with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, in which he took on a myriad of topics ranging from Afghanistan to the storming of the U.S. Capitol. While he declined to blame Donald Trump personally for the insurrection, Johnson expressed his “admiration” for the resilience of American democracy, and he insisted he wasn’t worried about the former president’s mental state towards the end of his administration. “It is the job of any prime minister of the U.K. to have a good relationship with the president of the United States,” said Johnson. “That applies to Donald Trump. It applies to Joe Biden. But what I will say about Joe Biden, dealing with the new American president, yes. It is a breath of fresh air in the sense that there are some things on which...
    TIME Magazine used starkly different tones to describe Chinese President Xi Jinping and former President Donald Trump in their annual "100 Most Influential People" list.  Xi was featured on the list with a piece written by Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, a Mongolian politician. Although Elbegdorj wrote about China's human rights abuses and that he "totally disagrees" with some of Xi's policies like the assimilation policy which targets the Uighur minority, he also paid noticeable respect to the Chinese president. "First, President Xi loves his country and his people dearly. When he invited me to China for a state visit, I asked him where I should go while there. He replied, ‘Come visit my ancestral home in Shaanxi province. Wonderful place.’ I added that I wanted to visit Inner Mongolia and meet a local family. He again replied very kindly. Second, President Xi has no arrogance. He treats people or counterparts from other countries as equals, although there is no doubt that he is the most influential politician in the world today," Elbegdorj wrote. While Trump was also featured on the list, his...
    Rep. Val Demings, a Florida Democrat seeking her party's nomination to unseat Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, campaigned Sunday with a progressive activist who has repeatedly compared the Republican Party to the Taliban. Amy Siskind, author of "The List: A Week-by-Week Reckoning of Trump’s First Year," hosted Demings for a campaign event at her home in Mamaroneck, New York, on Sunday. She also hosted a virtual discussion about domestic terrorism with Demings, a former police chief, back in March. RUBIO ARGUES LIKELY 2022 DEMOCRATIC CHALLENGER DEMINGS 'HAS VOTED FOR SOCIALIST THINGS' On Sept. 1, two days after the last of the U.S. troops left Afghanistan following the country’s rapid collapse to the Taliban, Siskind tweeted: "LIBERTY! (except for women controlling their own bodies). GOP, America's Taliban. #YallQaeda" The timing of the tweet suggests Siskind was likely criticizing the Texas Heartbeat Act, which banned abortions after six weeks of pregnancy effective Sept. 1. It’s not the first time Siskind has equated Republicans with the Taliban. She repeatedly made the comparison against former President Trump and the GOP on issues ranging from abortion rights to...
    Former President Donald Trump slammed President Joe Biden’s disastrous withdrawal in Afghanistan during his rally Saturday in Cullman, Alabama. “Biden failed totally on the pandemic and he’s now overseeing the greatest foreign policy humiliation in the history of the United States of America. This is the greatest humiliation I’ve ever seen,” he told the audience. Trump added that Biden’s “botched exit in Afghanistan is the most astonishing display of gross incompetence by a nation’s leader perhaps at any time that anybody’s ever seen. Name another situation like this.” He continued: Vietnam looks like a master class in strategy compared to Joe Biden’s catastrophe. And it didn’t have to happen. All he had to do is leave the soldiers there until everything is out, our citizens, our weapons. Then you bomb the hell out of the bases, we have five bases, and you say ‘bye bye.’ You say, ‘bye bye.’ The scene of those big giant planes taking off with people hanging on the sides and falling off… there’ll never be anything like that. That’s worse than the helicopters. You remember...
    Chuck Todd assessed that Afghanistan’s fall to the Taliban will damage President Joe Biden’s effort to portray himself as more politically competent than his predecessor, Donald Trump. Todd joined MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson on Tuesday to break down the various repercussions from the situation in Kabul. The Meet the Press host focused on Biden’s latest remarks where he appeared to deflect blame from himself, even though Todd said the president took care to avoid throwing the Pentagon or the U.S. intelligence community “under the bus.” “You’ve got to ask: the orderly part of this, what went wrong?” Todd asked. He then predicted that the greatest political fallout from this event will be the impact it has on Biden’s image of competency. Joe Biden’s greatest strength against Donald Trump in the campaign was the idea that he has been around the block, he knows what he’s doing, we’re facing this crisis with Covid, we need some basic competency back in government, no more chaos. He’s lost the competency high-marks he was getting at one time, and that’s tough to get back. Watch...
    CNN political commentator David Axelrod was expressed his outrage Wednesday on CNN’s “Situation Room” over reports that former President Donald Trump allegedly attempted to push the Justice Department to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election to the point that acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen prepared to resign. Anchor Wolf Blitzer said, “We can now see for ourselves in black and white just how serious this attempt was to overturn the results of a free and fair democratic election here in the United States. How dangerous was this effort?” Axelrod said, “I mean, we’ve never seen anything like it in our lifetimes…I’m old enough to remember a thing called the Saturday Night Massacre during Watergate when one after another Justice Department officials resigned rather than allow — rather than follow the orders of Richard Nixon to fire a special prosecutor who was looking into the Watergate break-in and was pursuing subpoenas against the White House. And that ultimately led to the unraveling of Richard Nixon.” He continued, “Richard Nixon was a choir boy compared to this. This was an attempt...
    CNN commentator David Axelrod shredded Donald Trump for his efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election toward the end of his presidency. On Wednesday, CNN reported that in January, Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen’s chief-of-staff, Patrick Hovakimian, prepared a resignation letter because he expected Rosen to be fired after he rebuffed Trump’s attempts to enlist the assistance of the Department of Justice to that end. That revelation comes on the heels of the disclosure that another department official, Richard Donoghue, had taken notes during an exchange between Trump and Rosen in December. According to those notes, Rosen said the DOJ “can’t [and] won’t snap its fingers [and] change the outcome of the election.” According to Donoghue’s notes, Trump replied that he was aware of this, and said “just say the election was corrupt [and] leave the rest to me and the R. Congressmen.” Axelrod drew a parallel to the Saturday Night Massacre, when Richard Nixon’s attorney general and deputy attorney general resigned rather than carry out his order to fire the special prosecutor who was investigating the Watergate break-in. But...
    After President Joe Biden nominated Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt as his administration’s new special envoy tasked with monitoring and combating antisemitism, Zionist Organization of America head Morton Klein blasted the decision, calling for her disqualification due to her past “abuse of false Nazi and antisemitism charges against those with whom she disagrees politically.” Lipstadt, a professor of modern Jewish history and Holocaust studies at Emory University, made headlines last year after defending comparing then-President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler and those questioning election results to Holocaust deniers. In response to the appointment, the nation’s oldest pro-Israel organization released the following statement Friday: “The ZOA opposes [the nomination of] Emory University lecturer Deborah Lipstadt to be the U.S. Combating Antisemitism Envoy, because of her statements displaying partisan left wing bias,” the statement begins.  It then notes Lipstadt’s previous history of attacking former President Trump by means of false accusations. “Lipstadt obscenely and falsely likened President Trump to Nazi murderers and propagandists; helped promote a video that wrongly did the same; promoted the Charlottesville Hoax (despite President Trump’s clear condemnation of neo-Nazis...
    Tucker Carlson called on President Joe Biden to fire Joint Chiefs Chairman General Mark Milley after the country’s most senior military officer reportedly described how he vowed to stop then-President Donald Trump from carrying out a coup. On his Fox News show on Thursday, Carlson called Milley a ‘legitimate extremist’ after he was quoted as comparing Trump to Adolf Hitler and his supporters as ‘brownshirts.’  Milley, Carlson said, 'compared half our country to Adolf Hitler.'  'Think about that,' Carlson said on Fox News. 'Your grandfather joined the US military to risk his life fighting the Nazis. 'Now the head of the US military calls you a Nazi for having your grandfather's political views. 'What do you think of that?'  Tucker Carlson (left) called on President Joe Biden to fire Joint Chiefs Chairman General Mark Milley (right) after the country’s most senior military officer reportedly described how he vowed to stop then-President Donald Trump from carrying out a coup According to excerpts from a soon-to-be-released book, Milley was so concerned that then-President Donald Trump (seen above in Dallas...
    Trump flanked by Defense Sec. Mak Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley Previously released excerpts from a new book by Washington Post reporters indicated tension between members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Trump White House. However, additional material released on Wednesday night by CNN takes this to a new and terrifying level. According to Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker, senior military officers were so concerned that Donald Trump might drag the military into a coup, that they developed a plan to resign, one by one, rather than accept an order to take part in such a plot. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Mark Milley appears to have been particularly concerned about the idea he might simply refuse to leave office, and that in his final days in power, Trump would use the military to carry out his schemes. Milley, who took part in Trump’s Bible-waving stroll across Lafayette Square, was disturbed at how Trump inserted sycophants into key roles at the Pentagon following the election and saw this as a sign of an upcoming...
    The United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) confirmed it has reinstated its chief of diversity and inclusion, Richard Torres-Estrada, following an investigation into politically charged social media posts he made, including one that compared former President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler. SOCOM said in an email statement to Breitbart News on Friday: Mr. Torres-Estrada has resumed the duties of the Chief of Diversity & Inclusion for United States Special Operations Command after a USSOCOM commander-directed investigation into the circumstances surrounding his hiring concluded and found no violations of law or DoD regulation. SOCOM reassigned Torres-Estrada in late March after some of his social media posts drew attention for their anti-Trump and anti-Republican leanings. For example, on June 2, 2020, he tweeted a meme that criticized Trump by comparing a photo of him to a doctored photo of Hitler. He added the caption: “Here I leave this and slowly retire (to continue working from home)…” The meme showed Trump holding up a bible in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church after Black Lives Matter protesters set fire to it, next to a...
                      by Ailan Evans  The US Special Operations Command reinstated its head of diversity on Thursday after an investigation concluded he did not violate any Defense Department policies in a series of controversial Facebook posts. Richard Torres-Estrada was named Chief of Diversity & Inclusion for the Defense Department’s US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) in March, but was reassigned pending an investigation into his social media activity, which included a post comparing then-president Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler. The investigation found that Torres-Estrada’s posts violated no Defense Department (DoD) policies and he could return to his job, Military Times reported Thursday. “Mr. Torres-Estrada has resumed the duties of the Chief of Diversity & Inclusion for United States Special Operations Command after a USSOCOM commander-directed investigation into the circumstances surrounding his hiring concluded and found no violations of law or DoD regulation,” USSOCOM spokesman Kenneth McGraw told Military Times. “USSOCOM is confident in the hiring process and Mr. Torres-Estrada’s potential to fill this important position,” McGraw said. Screenshot of June 2, 2020, Facebook post from Richard Torres-EstradaTorres-Estrada...
    The US Special Operations Command reinstated its head of diversity on Thursday after an investigation concluded he did not violate any Defense Department policies in a series of controversial Facebook posts. Richard Torres-Estrada was named Chief of Diversity & Inclusion for the Defense Department’s US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) in March, but was reassigned pending an investigation into his social media activity, which included a post comparing then-president Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler. The investigation found that Torres-Estrada’s posts violated no Defense Department (DoD) policies and he could return to his job, Military Times reported Thursday. “Mr. Torres-Estrada has resumed the duties of the Chief of Diversity & Inclusion for United States Special Operations Command after a USSOCOM commander-directed investigation into the circumstances surrounding his hiring concluded and found no violations of law or DoD regulation,” USSOCOM spokesman Kenneth McGraw told Military Times. “USSOCOM is confident in the hiring process and Mr. Torres-Estrada’s potential to fill this important position,” McGraw said. (RELATED: US Army Releases Cartoon Recruitment Ad That Features LGBTQ March And Lesbian Wedding) Screenshot of June 2, 2020, Facebook...
    BARACK Obama previously joked that Donald Trump's presidency was like OJ Simpson's acquittal over his wife's killing but for white people, according to his former speechwriter. Ben Rhodes, who worked for Obama from 2009 to 2017, recalls in his latest book After the Fall the former president's dark humor, especially when speaking about his rivals. 5Obama allegedly jokingly compared Trump to OJ SimpsonCredit: AFP “Trump is for a lot of white people what OJ’s acquittal was to a lot of black folks — you know it’s wrong, but it feels good," Obama allegedly said in an undated quote published by the New York Times. Simpson was tried for the double murder of his wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman in 1995 but was sensationally acquitted in a case dubbed the "trial of the century." Both Nicole and Ron's family saw the verdict as a serious miscarriage of justice. Yet the acquittal of the NFL star was met with jubilant reactions from the black community. 5OJ Simpson was aquitted in a criminal trial in 1995Credit:...
    THE Biden administration has released more than 62,000 immigrants into the US in its first four months compared to 65 released by the Trump White House in his final four.  Tens of thousands of people who illegally crossed the US border have been discharged, with some not given a date on which they are to appear in court.  5The Biden administration has released more than 62,000 immigrants into the US in its first four monthsCredit: Getty 5It compares to 65 released by the Trump White House in his final four monthsCredit: AFP It is the first time that an administration has allowed for migrants to be released without a court date, the Washington Examiner reports.  According to figures released by Customs and Border Protection, only 18 migrants were issued with a humanitarian release in December 2020, Trump’s last full month in office.  Numbers had remained low during the coronavirus pandemic with the highest number released in September.  This still only totaled to 19 migrants released, compared to the tens of thousands now being let go.  5Border crossings have surged in...
    DONALD Trump has mocked Joe Biden, comparing him to Jimmy Carter and saying the current president “created the gas and border crises”. Huge swathes of the US, mainly along the Atlantic seaboard, had been plunged into chaos after Russian-based cyber hackers crippled the Colonial Pipeline. Read our Gas shortage live blog for the very latest news and updates... 6Donald Trump blamed Joe Biden for the current gas shortageCredit: AP 6Trump claimed Biden 'has had the worst start of any president in US history'Credit: The Mega Agency 6Democrat President Jimmy Carter was in power during the 1979 oil crisis which caused shortages in the USCredit: The Mega Agency The private company operates the largest fuel transmission lines from the Gulf Coast to the Northeast, has been offline since Friday after it fell victim to a ransomware attack from the criminal group called Darkside. Taking to his blog page former President Trump, 74, claimed Biden “has had the worst start of any president in United States history, and someday, they will compare future disasters to the Biden Administration.” 6Trump took to his...
    Bethenny Frankel discussed a potential career in politics after her reality show drew comparisons to Donald Trump’s "The Apprentice."  Frankel is the host of "The Big Shot with Bethenny" on HBO Max. The show sees the Skinnygirl founder test a group of people who are vying for a chance to be second-in-command on the business tycoon’s executive team.  During an appearance on Australia’s "The Morning Show," the host drew the obvious comparison between Frankel’s show and Trump’s "The Apprentice," which followed a similar format, to ask if perhaps she’ll follow in the former president's footsteps and throw her hat in the political arena.  "I really don’t think that I would be good at politics," she said. "I’m very rogue, I don’t love playing by rules. Often when we’re having to deal with governments and bureaucracy, we can’t get anything done in the relief world. Maybe that is not the way it is in politics, I don’t actually know, but I don’t like the blame game and it seems like politics is a lot of the blame game." BETHENNY FRANKEL LEAVING 'REAL...
    Critics are lashing out at CNN as a "propaganda" network after studying a side-by-side screengrab of two CNN tweets about COVID vaccine distribution that seemingly exposed a double standard from the outlet as to how they have covered the Trump vs. the Biden administrations.  In the first CNN headline, tweeted in October 2020, on Trump's effort to speed vaccine trials, CNN framed it as such, "Even before his diagnosis, Trump had taken to calling drug companies to check on their vaccine trials, asking how much longer they'll take and ginning up pressure around his desire for a vaccine before Election Day." Fast forward to the Biden administration, and CNN was much more complimentary about the White House's actions, writing, "The urgent, wartime effort by President Biden and his advisers to get millions of vaccines has allowed to US to go from having one of the worst Covid responses in the world to being a leader on vaccines." It wasn't lost on social media users that CNN appeared to making Trump out to be a bully, and casting Biden as a hero. Critics called out CNN...
    US domestic travelers must wear masks on airplanes and other forms of public transportation through at least Sept. 13 — regardless of their vaccination status, the TSA said Friday. “The federal mask requirement throughout the transportation system seeks to minimize the spread of COVID-19 on public transportation,” TSA chief Darby LaJoye said in a statement. “Right now, about half of all adults have at least one vaccination shot and masks remain an important tool in defeating this pandemic.” President Biden on Jan. 21 ordered TSA and other government agencies to take action to require masks in airports and on commercial aircraft, trains and public maritime vessels, including ferries, intercity bus services and all public transportation. TSA’s mask rule and accompanying civil penalties have been in effect since Feb. 1. Travelers who violate the mask requirement are subject to fines. John Minchillo/AP Children under two years old are exempt as are people with certain disabilities. Everyone else is subject to fines starting at $250 and rising to $1,500 for repeat offenders. Most airlines also ban customers who violate mask...
    Getty President Joe Biden speaks about updated CDC mask guidance on the North Lawn. How long was President Joe Biden’s speech to a joint session of Congress compared to former President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speeches? While Trump was known for giving long speeches, it’s not surprising that Biden’s was shorter.Biden’s Speech Was Just a Little Over an Hour LongVideoVideo related to how long was biden’s speech compared to trump’s sotu speeches?2021-04-28T22:45:12-04:00 Biden’s speech was about an hour and five minutes long. You can watch the full speech in the video above. His speech started at about 34:20 in the video above and ended at about 1:39:24. This means his speech was roughly a little over an hour long, roughly 1 hour and 5 minutes in length. Things were a little different tonight than during normal speeches to a joint session of Congress. Because of the pandemic, only 200 members of Congress are even attending the event tonight, Vox reported. In total there are 535 members of Congress (100 in the Senate and 435 in the...
    A MUSLIM comedian has compared Donald Trump to terrorist Osama Bin Laden as he slammed media coverage of the former president. Dean Obeidallah, 51, claimed in a fiery Twitter thread on Sunday that both Trump and Bin Laden had "incited terrorist attacks on our nation." 9A comedian has compared Donald Trump to Osama Bin LadenCredit: AFP 9Dean Obeidallah claims Trump and Bin Laden 'incited terrorist attacks on our nation'Credit: Getty - Contributor He accused Trump of inciting violence at the US Capitol on January 6 when a mob stormed the building following his rally resulting in the death of five, including police officer Brian Sicknick. Trump faced an impeachment trial earlier this year after Democrats accused him of encouraging his loyalists to rush the Capitol but he was cleared on a vote along party lines. However, Obeidallah argued that despite Trump not being impeached on the charges, he should still be condemned for the violence. The CNN and MSNBC contributor called on the media to stop covering Trump's statements as he accused them of "normalizing terrorism." 9Dean...
    The Pentagon's pick for chief of diversity and inclusion, Richard Torres-Estrada, has been 'reassigned' after sharing posts on social media comparing former President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler.  The Defense Department is investigating whether it's appropriate Torres-Estrada stay in the role.    On June 2, Torres-Estrada had posted a side-by-side of a doctored photo of Hitler holding up a Bible and Trump holding up a Bible in front of St. John's church, after his infamous walk across Lafayette Square - when Black Lives Matter protesters were cleared out with teargas and rubber bullets just moments before.  The Pentagon's pick for chief of diversity and inclusion, Richard Torres-Estrada, is being probed for problematic social media posts like this one where he compared Adolf Hitler to former President Donald Trump Richard Torres-Estrada, who was supposed to be the chief of diversity and inclusion, has been 'reassigned' until an investigation concludes  Fox News Channel reported on Torres-Estrada's reassignment, with a spokesman telling the network he would be 'assigned to other duties pending the results of the investigation.'  'The Commander has directed an investigation to look into...
    The official hired this month to oversee U.S. Special Operations Command’s office of diversity and inclusion compared President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler in a photo posted to Facebook last year. U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), which directs counterterrorism and unconventional warfare operations for the military, announced Thursday that Richard Torres-Estrada took over on March 1 as chief of the Diversity & Inclusion unit. The Pentagon recently formed the unit as part of its push for more diversity in its ranks and chain of command. USSOCOM welcomes our new Chief of Diversity & Inclusion, Mr. Richard Torres-Estrada. We look forward to his contribution in enhancing the capabilities and effectiveness of #SOF through diversity of talent, helping us recruit the best of the best. #QuietProfessionals pic.twitter.com/Z6aJnz91mx — USSOCOM (@USSOCOM) March 25, 2021 Torres-Estrada’s politically-charged social media posts began circulating online soon after SOCOM announced his hiring. On June 2, 2020, Torres-Estrada posted a side-by-side photo on Facebook of Trump and Hitler, both holding Bibles. The photo of Trump was taken a day earlier outside of St. John’s Church in Washington,...
    Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told the "Fox News Rundown" podcast that President Joe Biden is not being held to the same standard by the White House press corps. McEnany said, with a few exceptions, the questions asked to Biden represented a lower bar than what President Trump faced in his combative sessions with reporters.  ARI FLEISCHER RIPS BIDEN OVER BORDER ACCESS COMMENTS: LIKE A 'CO-CONSPIRATOR HIDING EVIDENCE' KAYLEIGH MCENANY: There was a very low bar for President Biden. There's no doubt about that. And I think, the media is essentially saying that he passed that very low bar when, in fact, if you analyze what he said, he did not pass that bar. You know, for instance, on the issue of immigration he said that the vast majority of those coming to the border are being turned away. We have an Axios report saying, in fact, 87 percent of families are being let in and having their cases adjudicated in the country. So issues like that, which would not be so gratuitous in a Trump administration, it would...
    Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) complained Thursday about a “different standard” she believes is affecting public reaction to the sexual harassment allegations engulfing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D). “Is there a different standard for different sides of the aisle? We just had a president who lasted all four years with numerous allegations against him, so far as rape,” Whitmer told Politico, apparently referring to former President Donald Trump. “No one on his own side of the aisle was making observations about whether or not he should stay in office. So is there a different standard? I guess one could conclude that,” Whitmer said. In 2016, several Republicans called on Trump to drop out of the presidential race after a tape of him making lewd comments surfaced, including then-Republican National Committee (RNC) Chair Reince Priebus. “Donald Trump should withdraw and Mike Pence should be our nominee effective immediately,” U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-SD) said at the time. U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL) issued similar condemnations. Cuomo, who has partnered with Whitmer amid allegations both...
    CNN's tone on school reopening appears to have taken a different tone with President Biden leading the call for it, instead of former President Trump. CNN published a story Feb. 28 on the difficulties Biden is facing from localities and teachers' unions in his effort to reopen the nation's schools by the spring. Drew Holden, a conservative commentator, noted Biden was quoted in September by the CNN Politics account demanding Trump negotiate a deal for emergency school funding. Unlike many of its tweets that veer into the editorial, this one did not include a snarky aside about the difficulties involved. GIROIR SAYS STATES CAUSING 'IRREPARABLE HARM' TO KIDS WITH ONGOING SCHOOL CLOSURES CNN also published a series of scathing stories and headlines about Trump's push to reopen schools in the summer of 2020, where his calls were portrayed as nakedly political. "Donald Trump's mind-bending logic on school reopenings," read one July 2020 headline by Maeve Reston, who published a fawning profile of then-Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., in 2017 and provided positive coverage for several 2020 Democratic contenders. "Trump inaccurately said during a briefing...
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