Sacha Baron Cohen left with two awards for his work in satirical comedy 'Borat Subsequent Moviefilm'.
After Donald Trump decided to dump SAG-AFTRA first, the actors' and performers' union has now voted to ban the former president from ever rejoining.
Steve Bannon laughed out loud at radio show guest Rudy Giuliani Friday after former New York City mayor insisted that someone with ties to the Lincoln Project was partially responsible for the deadly Capitol riot on Jan. 6. “You’ve gotta be kidding me,” said Bannon as Giuliani tried to connect the group to the insurrection while refusing to name names during an appearance on Bannon’s “War Room.” To review, Giuliani is a lawyer for former president Donald Trump, who baselessly insisted that a Nov. 2020 re-election was somehow stolen from him. Trump enlisted Giuliani to help him make the claims, resulting in dozens of lawsuits from the Trump legal team being tossed out of courts at various levels. Bannon was formerly a chief strategist for Trump and the head of Breitbart. He was arrested last August and charged with defrauding hundreds of thousands of dollars from a right-wing fundraising scheme. The Lincoln Project is a group of prominent Republicans who fundraise and speak out against Trump and those in his orbit, like Giuliani and Bannon. During the “War Room” chat Friday, Giuliani repeated the unproven conspiracy theory that anti-fascists, known loosely as “antifa,” were somehow involved in the riot, too. The Department of Justice has said they were not, but Giuliani referenced “wolves in sheep’s clothing.” To be clear, Trump supporters rioted at the Capitol. At least five deaths have been tied to the event and two responding officers died by suicide in the following days. Pressed by Bannon, Giuliani said, “One of the people who organized this is well known for having worked with the Lincoln Project in the past — “ “O.K., but who is it? Rudy, we can’t say — yo. Yo!” Bannon tried to cut in. Giuliani kept going, ultimately saying he couldn’t reveal the identity of the supposed Lincoln Project agitator due to “anonymous sources.” On Twitter, the Republican group posted the video of the two men’s chat, then wrote, “If I was Rudy Giuliani I would simply stop.” Watch Bannon and Giuliani’s exchange below: January 6th: Let’s have trial by combat! January 29th: It was the Lincoln Project’s fault. pic.twitter.com/S2fWZ3P9vD — The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) January 29, 2021 Read original story Bannon Laughs Off Giuliani’s Attempt to Tie Capitol Riot to Lincoln Project (Video) At TheWrap
Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Friday that former president Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus crisis “very likely did” cause deaths. During an interview with CNN’s “New Day,” the nation’s top infectious disease expert said, “What we’ve had, John — there’s no secret — We’ve had a lot of divisiveness, we’ve had facts that were very, very clear that were questioned. People were not trusting what health officials were saying. There was great divisiveness. Masking became a political issue.” Fauci was praising President Joe Biden’s new coronavirus strategy, which prioritizes restoring trust with the American people. Also Read: Dr Fauci Thinks Theaters Can Reopen Next Fall if Vaccinations Done 'Correctly' “If you look at the numbers — over 400,000 people dead — that’s quite comparable to World War II. That’s the reason why we’ve really got to restore trust and restore a unified approach,” said Fauci. When CNN’s John Berman asked if the “lack of candor” from the past year cost lives, Fauci said “it very likely did.” “I think if you just look at that you can see that when you’re starting to go down paths that are not based on any science at all — and we’ve been there before; I don’t want to rehash it — that is not helpful at all,” said Fauci. On Thursday, President Biden outlined his pandemic response plan, including creating a COVID-19 Pandemic Testing Board, protecting healthcare and essential workers under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and more. The United States has also rejoined the World Health Organization. Watch below, via CNN. The lack of candor and facts “likely did” cost lives last year, Dr. Fauci says. “There’s no secret. We’ve had a lot of divisiveness, we’ve had facts that were very, very clear, that were questioned. People were not trusting what health officials were saying.” pic.twitter.com/naqYQhvgJK — New Day (@NewDay) January 22, 2021 Read original story Fauci: Trump Administration’s Handling of COVID-19 ‘Likely Did’ Cause Deaths At TheWrap
The soothsayer qualities of 'The Simpsons' were in action again at the inauguration of Joe Biden.
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Hallmark, based in Kansas City, Missouri, has asked Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley and Kansas Sen. Roger Marshall to return its political donations.“HALLPAC, Hallmark’s political action committee, supports elected leaders from a wide variety of viewpoints–including Democrats, Republicans and Independents,” said a statement from a Hallmark representative.The statement continued: “Hallmark believes the peaceful transition of power is part of the bedrock of our democratic system, and we abhor violence of any kind. The recent actions of Senators Josh Hawley and Roger Marshall do not reflect our company’s values. As a result, HALLPAC requested Sens. Hawley and Marshall to return all HALLPAC campaign contributions.”Also Read: Watch 'Fox & Friends' Fireworks After Geraldo Rivera Blames Trump, Cruz and Hawley for Capitol Riot (Video)In the last two years, according to the representative, HALLPAC donated $7,000 to Hawley and $5,000 Marshall.Hawley and Marshall both voted to sustain objections against the certification of Arizona and Pennsylvania’s Electoral College results during the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s win in the early hours of Thursday morning. That vote was conducted when the House and Senate reconvened after a deadly riot postponed it Wednesday afternoon.The riot was caused by supporters of President Donald Trump and his attempts to overturn the election results. A protest against Biden’s certification turned deadly after Trump urged demonstrators to turn their attention to the Capitol. It was then breached and four demonstrators died, as did a Capitol police officer who responded to the breach. Another officer on duty that day died of an apparent suicide over the weekend, bringing the total of associated deaths to six.Read original story Hallmark Asks Sens. Hawley and Marshall to Return Donations Over Post-Riot Election Challenges At TheWrap
The actor and former governor called President Trump a "failed leader" in his viral video message.
Borat emerged from retirement for the 2020 sequel but, in the wake of Donald Trump's election defeat, Sacha Baron Cohen is leaving the role behind.
A woman has died after being shot during a pro-Trump riot at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, a spokesperson for the D.C. police told the Washington Post.The identity of the woman was not revealed, but officials told NBC News she was shot by a police officer inside the Capitol.An eyewitness at the scene told D.C.-based TV station WUSA9 that the woman “rushed to the windows” and did not follow orders by police to “get back, get down, get out of the way.”Also Read: Chaos in Washington: Watch the Scene as Trump Supporters Storm the Capitol“She didn’t heed the call, and as we kind of raced up to grab people and pull them back, they shot her in the neck and she fell back on me,” the eyewitness, who identified himself as Thomas Morani, said. “She started kind of moving weird and blood was coming out of her neck and mouth and nose.”According to CNN, “multiple” law enforcement officers were also injured during the Trump supporters’ occupation of the U.S. Capitol, with at least one taken to the hospital.The pro-Trump riot at the Capitol began Wednesday amid the ceremonial counting of the electoral votes that would confirm the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. A handful of Republican members of Congress had attempted to challenge the normally pro-forma certification of Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory in the 2020 election.Also Read: Hollywood Condemns Capitol Chaos: 'If They Were Black They Would Be Shot Already'With the ongoing chaos, Capitol Hill was placed on lockdown, with Vice President Mike Pence rushed from the Senate chamber by security, and members of the House and Senate instructed to evacuate the building.Images and video from the scene showed Trump supporters roaming free throughout the House and Senate chambers, sometimes violently clashing with Capitol police.Lawmakers throughout the afternoon called on Trump to de-escalate the situation, and while the president did ask his supporters to remain “peaceful” on Twitter, he stopped short of instructing them to leave the building. “No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue,” he wrote.Pence, who drew the ire of Trump earlier in the day by objecting to the president’s attempt to overturn the election, went further in his own statement.“The violence and destruction taking place at the US Capitol Must Stop and it Must Stop Now. Anyone involved must respect Law Enforcement officers and immediately leave the building,” Pence wrote. “Peaceful protest is the right of every American but this attack on our Capitol will not be tolerated and those involved will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”Read original story Female Rioter Dies, Shot During Pro-Trump Siege of Capitol, Police Say At TheWrap
Ivanka Trump deleted a tweet on Wednesday in which she called MAGA rioters storming the U.S. Capitol “American patriots.”“American Patriots — any security breach or disrespect to our law enforcement is unacceptable,” the president’s eldest daughter wrote in her now-deleted tweet. “The violence must stop immediately. Please be peaceful.”Shortly after, the president’s senior adviser attempted to clarify her comments by tweeting, “Peaceful protest is patriotic. Violence is unacceptable and must be condemned in the strongest terms.”Also Read: Hollywood Condemns Capitol Chaos: 'If They Were Black They Would Be Shot Already'On Wednesday afternoon, hundreds of pro-Trump rioters broke into the U.S. Capitol as Congress was undertaking the usually pro-forma process of certifying the Electoral College vote proclaiming Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 presidential election.The building was placed under lockdown as rioters broke glass, violently clashed with police, breached the Senate chamber and broke into members’ offices. Rioters have also attempted to breach the House door, leading to an armed standoff with police.A woman is also in critical condition after being shot at the Capitol, according to CNN. The circumstances of the shooting are not immediately clear.Also Read: Pro-Trump Rioters Storm the Capitol, Congress in Lockdown“I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!” Donald Trump tweeted to his followers.In a taped video shared to his followers, Trump told the rioters to “go home” but continued to spread the false claim that the election was “stolen” from him.Read original story Ivanka Trump Deletes Tweet Calling MAGA Rioters ‘Patriots’ At TheWrap
Fox News cut away from a rally in support of outgoing president Donald Trump Wednesday after his son, Donald Trump Jr., said “s—” during the broadcast and began railing against transgender women.The younger Trump mockingly said “amen and a-women,” referencing a congressmember who recently ended a prayer that way.He then went on a tear about trans women participating in women’s sports, saying, “no s—” they might have a physical advantage over their cisgender teammates and opponents.Also Read: Mitch McConnell Rejects Trump's Election Challenge: 'Our Democracy Would Enter a Death Spiral'Fox News cut away shortly after that, interrupting Trump Jr. mid-bellow. The network tossed back to anchor Sandra Smith, who offered the late-morning audience information about the rally taking place ahead of the congressional certification of the 2020 election.Reached for comment by TheWrap, GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said, “Targeting transgender people is not only pathetic and cruel, it’s a losing political strategy.”She continued, “Ask Sen. Kelly Loeffler, who tried it and was voted out of office last night. GLAAD has tracked more than 180 attacks against LGBTQ people from the Trump administration and family over the last four years. There’s no evidence in the 18 states with policies that allow transgender students to participate that inclusion negatively impacts athletic programs. The American people have spoken — time for Donald Junior and others who use their platform to spread lies and hate to get off the stage.”Also Read: Democrat Raphael Warnock Claims Win as First Black Senator From Georgia in RunoffLoeffler, a Republican senator from Georgia, lost her bid for reelection Tuesday night, jeopardizing the GOP’s control of the Senate. In her brief stint in the Senate, Loeffler introduced a bill that would prevent transgender student athletes from competing on teams that match their gender identity and, per GLAAD’s landing page dedicated to Loeffler’s record, could require invasive genital screenings.Fox News finally pulls out of Don Jr's unhinged Stop the Steal speech as he starts profanely railing about trans women and gender-specific terms. pic.twitter.com/Z3CaAbXcXR— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) January 6, 2021Read original story Fox News Cuts Away From Donald Trump Jr’s Comments on Trans Women At TheWrap
Outgoing president Donald Trump ended his predecessor Barack Obama’s 12-year run as the most admired man in Gallup’s annual poll Tuesday.For the first time since 2008, Obama slid to second place, securing 15% of the vote compared to Trump’s 18%.Former first lady Michelle Obama was the most admired woman for the third year in a row with a 10% response rate while Vice President-elect Kamala Harris came in second place with 6%. Current first lady Melania Trump was behind her with 4%.Also Read: Trump Falsely Suggests He's Won the Nobel Peace Prize - With the Wrong MedalGallup explained Trump’s rise in its poll like this: “When the sitting president is not the top choice, it is usually because he is unpopular politically … Even though Trump is similarly unpopular now — 39% approve of his performance — his dominant performance among Republicans, contrasted with Democrats splitting their choices among multiple public figures, pushes him to the top of the 2020 most admired man list.”President-elect Joe Biden was named by 6% of respondents. Notably, Dr. Anthony Fauci beat out the Pope by one percentage point in his debut on the list, earning 3% to the pontiff’s 2%.The results came from telephone interviews conducted from Dec. 1 to Dec. 17. Just over 1,000 American adults from all 50 states and Washington, D.C. weighed in on the open-ended questions of which man and woman they admire most.Read original story Trump Ends Obama’s 12-Year Streak as America’s Most Admired Man At TheWrap
Outgoing president Donald Trump tweeted out a video Monday night that had a Nobel Prize superimposed over it, though he’s never won one.The video didn’t include the correct medal, either.The clip tweeted by the president — who has so far refused to concede that he lost the 2020 election to President-elect Joe Biden — lauds him for “[standing] for America,” among other things. The unexplained Nobel Prize appears toward the end of the minute-long video, after a title card that declared, “Trump stands for peace.”Also Read: Far-Right Norwegian Politician Nominates Trump for Nobel Peace PrizeJournalists were quick to point out that though the medal appears in the clip, it is not something Trump has actually won.Rare coin expert John Kraljevich took the criticism a step farther, noting that whoever edited the video used the wrong Nobel medal anyway.“Professional medal guy here,” he wrote. “I’ve actually catalogued/authenticated a Nobel Peace Prize before (it brought over a million bucks at auction). That’s not even a Nobel Peace Prize. The medal depicted is awarded for physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, and literature. Idiot.”Look at the differences between the medals below (the one on the left is the Nobel Peace Prize):Nobel Peace Prize medal; Nobel Prize medal in other categories (Photos: NobelPrize.org)For what it’s worth, far-right Norwegian lawmaker Christian Tybring-Gjedde nominated Trump for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize in September.He told the Associated Press Trump deserves the honor for working “for a peace agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel which opens up for possible peace in the Middle East.”The president has predicted he would win the prize “for a lot of things,” but said the process is unfair, so he won’t. In April of this year, he also ranted against the committee, demanding to know when it would revoke Nobel prizes awarded to journalists. He actually meant Pulitzer Prizes and he repeatedly misspelled Nobel as “Noble.”Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, won the prize in 2009.Look for the medal at the 43-second mark below.pic.twitter.com/g4NoRxSnQ5— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 28, 2020Read original story Trump Falsely Suggests He’s Won the Nobel Peace Prize – With the Wrong Medal At TheWrap
The Rupert Murdoch-owned New York Post called on outgoing president Donald Trump to concede Sunday night, surprising readers enough that the paper trended on Twitter.The cover of Monday’s metro edition read: “Mr. President…Stop the Insanity.” The editorial, titled “Give it up, Mr. President,” was posted online Sunday evening. It encouraged Trump, who has yet to accept the results of the 2020 election or concede that he lost to President-elect Joe Biden, to leave the White House peacefully and offered tips for how he could preserve his legacy and reputation.The Post’s editorial board outright accused the president of cheering “for an undemocratic coup.”Also Read: Jake Tapper Says He Won't Interview Trump People Who Lie 'the Way That Most People Breathe' (Video)It went on, citing specific examples of the “coup” and its failures by the Trump legal team, which has filed dozens of lawsuits in an effort to overturn the election. The editorial even singled out Trump lawyers and allies to criticize by name: “You had every right to investigate the election. But let’s be clear: Those efforts have found nothing. To take just two examples: Your campaign paid $3 million for a recount in two Wisconsin counties, and you lost by 87 more votes. Georgia did two recounts of the state, each time affirming Biden’s win. These ballots were counted by hand, which alone debunks the claims of a Venezuelan vote-manipulating Kraken conspiracy. Sidney Powell is a crazy person. Michael Flynn suggesting martial law is tantamount to treason. It is shameful.”The Post encouraged the President to abandon baseless reelection claims and told him to instead focus on the two Senate races in Georgia that could flip the Senate.The editorial ended: “Securing the Senate means securing your legacy. You should use your considerable charm and influence to support the Georgia candidates, mobilizing your voters for them. Focus on their success, not your own grievances, as we head into the final week. If you insist on spending your final days in office threatening to burn it all down, that will be how you are remembered. Not as a revolutionary, but as the anarchist holding the match.”On Twitter, observers noted the Post’s break with Trump, as the paper is typically much friendlier to him. One reader said the editorial “is gonna leave a mark” while MSNBC contributor Jill Wine-Banks pointed out that Trump “loves” the Post and will surely notice.Read original story Murdoch’s NY Post Calls Out Trump’s ‘Shameful’ Refusal to Concede: ‘Give It Up’ At TheWrap
Newsmax’s John Tabacco read a statement on air Monday clarifying that the conservative commentary network’s hosts “never reported as true certain claims” about Smartmatic and Dominion voting machines.The walk-back comes after Smartmatic sent a letter to Newsmax, One America News Network and Fox News threatening a lawsuit over on-air claims that the company is linked to the voter fraud that outgoing president Donald Trump has baselessly insisted took place during the 2020 election.Tabacco said in the statement that “various guests, elected officials and attorneys” have made the claims on air, but the network hasn’t actually reported them. A Newsmax spokesperson confirmed to TheWrap that the statement has run more than once and is expected to air on subsequent programs.Also Read: Newsmax Caves as Anchor John Bachman Refers to 'President-Elect' Joe BidenTabacco said there are “several facts” viewers should be aware of: “Newsmax has found no evidence either Dominion or Smartmatic owns the other, or has any business association with each other. We have no evidence Dominion uses Smartmatic’s software of vice versa. No evidence has been offered that Dominion or Smartmatic used software or reprogrammed software that manipulated votes in the 2020 election.”He further noted that “neither Dominion nor Smartmatic has any relationship with George Soros,” the billionaire philanthropist, or late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, both of whom have been at the center of many recent right-wing conspiracies.On Friday, Fox Business Network ran a fact-checking segment on “Lou Dobbs Tonight” that was rebroadcasted on Fox News Channel’s “Justice with Judge Jeanine” and “Sunday Morning Futures” through the weekend. Reached for comment, a Fox News spokesperson pointed TheWrap to the fact-check and did not elaborate beyond it.Also Read: Voting Machine Maker Smartmatic Demands Retractions From Fox News, Newsmax and OAN Over 'Disinformation Campaign'A representative for OANN did not immediately return a request for comment on what that network has planned, if anything.Smartmatic announced last Monday that it expects retractions from Fox News, Newsmax and OANN for their coverage of the voter fraud claims as it relates to the company.The company said Monday it was sending out legal notices and demand letters that “identify dozens of factually inaccurate statements made by each of the organizations as part of a ‘disinformation campaign’ to injure Smartmatic and discredit the 2020 U.S. election.”Also Read: Fox Nation Commentator Britt McHenry's Sexual Harassment Suit Against Tyrus Can Move ForwardA Newsmax spokesperson previously told TheWrap something similar to the statement Tabacco read, saying the network itself “never made a claim of impropriety about Smartmatic, its ownership or software.”The previous Newsmax statement went on, “As any major media outlet, we provide a forum for public concerns and discussion. In the past we have welcomed Smartmatic and its representatives to counter such claims they believe to be inaccurate and will continue to do so.”Trump and his allies have insisted since the election that there was widespread voter fraud. Trump has not yet conceded the race to President-elect Joe Biden, even after dozens of lawsuits brought by the president’s legal team were smacked down in federal and state courts. Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court even opted to not hear the state of Texas’s attempt to overturn Biden’s victories in key swing states, effectively shutting the door on Trump’s efforts to upend the vote before the the Electoral College met to finalize the election last week.Newsmax just aired this note to "clarify" its coverage of Smartmatic and Dominion. pic.twitter.com/I5XZ7CQpAk— John Whitehouse (@existentialfish) December 21, 2020Read original story NewsMax Admits No Evidence of Voting Machine Fraud After Smartmatic Threatens Lawsuit At TheWrap
MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace scoffed after Sen. Marco Rubio complained about inappropriate language from government officials, using past quotes from President Donald Trump to make her point.“Are we really talking about the f-word in any context other than the f–ing people who stood by Trump as he boasted about ‘grabbing women in the pu–y’, smeared ‘sh–hole countries’ called black NFL players ‘sons of bit–es’ and assaulted our democracy while ignoring Covid?” she tweeted Wednesday night. (Censoring courtesy of TheWrap; Wallace spelled it all out.)Earlier Wednesday, Rubio tweeted, “Biden talks about unity and healing, but you want to know what they really think? Read how the person he wants as the next WH deputy chief of staff called Republicans in Congress a bunch of f***ers.”Also Read: MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace Says GOP Is 'Sad' Now and She's No Longer a Republican (Video)Incoming deputy chief of staff Jen O’Malley Dillon did, in fact, use that word in a Wednesday interview with Glamour. She also called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “terrible.”Wallace also retweeted Kimberly Atkins, an MSNBC contributor who wrote, “The number of elected members of Congress that have dropped the f-bomb or use other not-fit-for-print language in conversations with me is in the double digits. Add their staff, that number likely triples. Unclutch your pearls.”NSFW language — especially when it comes to describing Republicans — isn’t new for Wallace, who served as White House communications director for former president George W. Bush. In a viral video from 2019, she used the word “chickensh–” to describe conservative Fox News and CNN pundits who suggested that Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, an official who was on the National Security Council, was disloyal and possibly a spy.Read original story MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace Uses NSFW Trump Quotes to Dismiss Sen Rubio’s Complaints About Cursing At TheWrap
CNN’s chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta fired off a final question as White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany left her briefing Tuesday, asking her about the “disinformation” he accused her of spreading “every day.”McEnany was attacking the media just before halting her briefing, accusing reporters of not paying enough attention to stories involving Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell and President-elect Joe Biden’s son Hunter.“Good for those who covered what was a story all along, and not Russia disinformation,” she said, walking from the podium.Also Read: CNN's Jim Acosta on Trump Supporters Jeering Him and the Media: 'This Isn't Normal'“Kayleigh,” Acosta called out as she departed the briefing room, “Isn’t it hypocritical of you to accuse others of disinformation when you spread it every day?”Though she didn’t respond, Acosta expanded on Twitter later about what the “disinformation” he identified this time entailed.During her briefing, McEnany said President Donald Trump “has taken all statutory requirements necessary to either ensure a smooth transition or a continuation of power.”The Electoral College certified Monday what Trump has long been denying: Joe Biden won the 2020 election and is, as a result, president-elect. Acosta wrote on Twitter of McEnany’s statement, “Fact check: There won’t be a ‘continuation of power.’ That’s disinformation.”Acosta — and his network — have been plenty critical of McEnany before. After she tested positive for COVID-19 in October, he was one of the first to point out that when McEnany spoke to journalists just days prior, she wasn’t wearing a mask.In September, CNN cut away from a White House press briefing entirely and anchor Brianna Keilar told her viewers McEnany was “lying” about President Donald Trump’s coronavirus response.During that briefing, McEnany was asked to respond to new reporting from Bob Woodward that Trump knew about the coronavirus threat in early February, but downplayed it significantly.“The president never downplayed the virus,” McEnany said. “The president expressed calm.”“Kayleigh, isn’t it hypocritical for you to accuse others of disinformation when you spread it every day?” — @Acosta pic.twitter.com/k36X5SmYyR– Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 15, 2020Read original story CNN’s Jim Acosta Grills Kayleigh McEnany on Her ‘Disinformation’ At TheWrap
“Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski went off on the White House’s coronavirus pandemic response Thursday morning, specifically singling out the administration’s ongoing, in-person Christmas parties and its defense of those celebrations. Brzezinski targeted White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, suggesting she’s acting like a middle-schooler in her defense of parties.“This White House, you know what they’re doing? They’re having Christmas parties. They’re having more superspreader events. You got Mike Pompeo out there having parties. You got the White House having parties. Really?” demanded Brzezinski.She went on, “And when the White House is asked about this, this Kayleigh individual — who calls herself a press secretary or whatever she is — says in response, ‘Oh, you can loot and you can protest — we can have Christmas parties.’ What is this, eighth grade? Are all of you in eighth grade? You’re making a mockery of the health of the American citizens, the people who voted for you and the people who didn’t vote for you.”Also Read: Melania Trump Shows Off White House Christmas Decorations - Including a Hospital and a Fox (Video)On Wednesday, McEnany did defend the White House’s indoor Christmas parties by bringing up the mostly outdoor protests that have happened nationwide amid the ongoing pandemic — though most of the protests over police brutality occurred during the summer, before coronavirus cases and deaths exploded throughout the country to the current record numbers.Brzezinski spent a chunk of time on Thursday lambasting the Trump administration for its coronavirus response well beyond Christmas parties, too.“For this president, for his task force, for Republicans in the Senate, for people who worked in the administration, it was all laid out for you. Literally, you had to work hard to do this badly,” she said, targeting Trump’s “weak, feckless, obsequious, self-serving staff and cabinet members who refused to step up and do what’s right for this country.”She added, “All of this happening because of the worst leadership I’ve seen in my lifetime. … We know he’s trying not to lead. We know he’s going to try to have his own little party during the inauguration because he’s a big baby. But he’s killing people.”All Of This Is Happening b/c Of The Worst Leadership Of Our Lifetime. Day By Day By Day His Leadership Is Leading To DEATH . 274,070 DEAD & You Know What The WhiteHouse Is Doing ?, Throwing Christmas Party's. .@morningmika MorningJoe ☕ COVID19 pic.twitter.com/fyQ7Tml01h— 🎅 🎄 🤶 (@HollywoodBlvd1) December 3, 2020Read original story ‘Morning Joe’ Rips Kayleigh McEnany’s White House Christmas Party Defense: ‘What Is This, 8th Grade?’ At TheWrap
Kayleigh McEnany was dragged Sunday night and Monday morning for a tweet that said “President @realDonaldTrump already has an ALL FEMALE Senior White House Press Team.”By way of responding to news that President-elect Joe Biden had named an all-female communications team for his White House, she also claimed that the vice president, first lady and second lady also have all-female senior staff. She wrote that by reporting on Biden’s selection, the Washington Post “once again reveals their blinding propagandist Fake News proclivities.”The problem with her statements was quickly identified by journalists who, well, work with the men on the various communications teams within the outgoing administration. Other political observers, too, pointed out that her claim didn’t track with publicly-available job titles for men on those teams.Also Read: Trump White House's Kayleigh McEnany Still Won't Commit to Peaceful Transfer of Power to Joe Biden“This is just such a weird and pointless thing to lie about,” wrote George Conway, a prominent Republican who has spoken out repeatedly against the Trump agenda and administration, in which his wife Kellyanne Conway played a prominent role for years.Conway included screenshots of the Twitter bios for Judd Deere, Brian Morgenstern and Devin O’Malley. Deere and Morgenstern serve as deputy press secretaries while O’Malley is Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary. Their bios say as much. While McEnany’s tweet does specifically refer to “senior” press team officials being female, it is unclear how O’Malley, for instance, would not be considered a senior official.“Wonder how Judd Deere, who answers most calls to that office, and Morgenstern feel upon learning this,” mused the New York Times’ Maggie Haberman. A representative for the White House did not immediately return a request for clarification.Read original story Kayleigh McEnany Called Out for ‘Weird and Pointless Lie’ About White House Communications Team At TheWrap
Donald Trump was again in the mood to trash his once-beloved Fox News, Saturday calling it “unwatchable, especially during weekends”… just a day before his scheduled interview on that very network’s “Sunday Morning Futures.”The outgoing president is usually a numbers man, focusing his efforts on getting the biggest audiences to listen to whatever he has to say at any given moment, whether at rallies or during TV appearances, so his Sunday tweet was a bit surprising.“@FoxNews daytime is virtually unwatchable, especially during the weekends. Watch @OANN, @newsmax, or almost anything else. You won’t have to suffer through endless interviews with Democrats, and even worse!” he tweeted, The tweet came just one day before he is set to talk to Maria Bartiromo on the channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures.” The other interviewee for her Sunday show will be Sen. Kelly Loeffler, a Republican running in a key runoff race in Georgia. There is only one Democratic lawmaker in Sunday’s lineup, in fact: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy will be interviewed by Bret Baier on “Fox News Sunday.”Also Read: Trump Plans to 'Wreck Fox' by Launching New Digital Media Channel (Report)Trump has been bad-mouthing Fox News for months for giving Democrats a platform and for their increasingly critical comments about his. Recent reports also indicate that he’s even interested in creating his own competing conservative outlet after his tenure as the 45th president ends at noon ET on Jan. 20, 2021 when Joe Biden is sworn in.While Newsmax has seen a viewership spike since the election and Trump has been urging his followers to tune in there or the equally Trump-friendly OANN, Fox News’ ratings still remain high. According to Nielsen Media Research data, Fox News has held the highest-rated primetime hours in all of television since Memorial Day. Fox News’ primetime hours have averaged 3.930 million total viewers since May 25. Broadcast channel NBC is close behind with 3.929 million, on average.When asked during a recent call with investors about new competitors popping up in the market after the election, Fox Corporation CEO Lachlan Murdoch said, “We love competition. We have always thrived with competition and we have strong competition now.”Read original story Trump Calls Fox News ‘Unwatchable, Especially During Weekends’ Day Before His Fox News Interview At TheWrap
The actor, who has Parkinson's, also called out the "senseless and cheap" treatment of disabled people.
On Friday the White House confirmed that Donald Trump Jr., son of President Donald Trump, has tested positive for coronavirus. He’s one of several prominent Republicans — including Florida Senator Rick Scott, and Andrew Giuliani, son of Rudy, who confirmed they have been exposed to COVID-19 just today alone.And of course he’s one of dozens of people in Donald Trump’s immediate orbit who have contracted the virus in the last several months, including Donald Trump himself, and Herman Cain, who died from it in July. This comes after months of efforts by the president and his associates to downplay the illness and turn efforts to prevent people dying of it into a political wedge issue.In what is probably not a shock, once the news was public, people on social media definitely chose not to remain politely silent about their feelings regarding Don Jr.’s condition. Instead, they came with lots and lots of jokes at his expense.Also Read: People Want to Know Why Don Jr. Looked Like That at the RNC“I guess his father finally hugged him,” Jimmy Kimmel joked.“He’s trying so hard to be like his dad,” Podcaster @ArmyStrang said.“He’s quarantining in the belly of a slaughtered rhino, wrapped in dead elephant skin,” writer Andrew Goldstein cracked.“It’s easy to joke, but this a serious situation and my thoughts and prayers are with the coronavirus right now,” comedian Mike Drucker said.Of course COVID-19 is a serious illness, so it’s good for Don Jr that, according to his spokesperson, he is “completely asymptomatic so far,” and is safely quarantining. The news of his infection comes just under two months after his own father was hospitalized with the illness, and just two days after the COVID death toll in United States passed 250,000 people.Also Read: Rachel Maddow Reveals Her Partner Was Gravely Ill From COVID-19: We Thought 'It Might Kill Her' (Video)Trump Jr. has, of course, been a steadfast supporter of his father’s COVID-19 policies. This includes: spreading blatant, and dangerous lies about mask usage; spreading baseless conspiracy theories about the timing of vaccine announcements; outright lying that the United States has the pandemic under control (infections rates are setting new records almost daily); and also lying about the death toll.See some of the reactions below.I guess his father finally hugged him…. https://t.co/Md5O333c2H— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) November 20, 2020It’s easy to joke, but this a serious situation and my thoughts and prayers are with the coronavirus right now https://t.co/Too38rXYih— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) November 20, 2020Donald Trump Jr. has Covid. Thoughts and prayers. Well, thoughts at least.— Randi Mayem Singer (@rmayemsinger) November 20, 2020He's trying so hard to be like his dad https://t.co/VyRuKjtHCM— American Propagandist (@ArmyStrang) November 20, 2020Guy at the park just now was a total DILF:Donaldtrumpjr Ihas Lcorona Fvirus— Naomi Rohatyn (@omibaloney) November 21, 2020looks like the virus… has become the viree https://t.co/ChAr0jl5ch— lvl 45 chaos potus LIMITED EDITION! (@thetomzone) November 20, 2020He’s quarantining in the belly of a slaughtered rhino, wrapped in dead elephant skin. https://t.co/SebxDCHoBk— Andrew Goldstein (@AngeGold) November 20, 2020Guess we know cocaine doesn’t help prevent the virus now https://t.co/n1e1B4XOI8— Kels 🧜🏼♀️ (@KellySlayAnn) November 20, 2020So *that’s* why Trump has made such a strong effort to distance himself from his son for the past… [checks calendar] four years https://t.co/9fddcWLyOS— Collin Bennett (@collinbennett9) November 20, 2020oh no, poor coronavirus https://t.co/du1bxVYcZF— Gavin Whenman (@GavinWhenman) November 20, 2020interested to discover how cocaine interacts with dexamethasone https://t.co/6i6EdXFyrb— ☕netw3rk (@netw3rk) November 20, 2020oh no. i am praying that donald trump jr [mumbles, does jack off motion] something something [blows kazoo] virus https://t.co/ChAr0jl5ch— lvl 45 chaos potus LIMITED EDITION! (@thetomzone) November 20, 2020Weird, Don Jr. doesn't seem like the kind of guy who would aggressively inhale airborne droplets in close proximity to other people while proclaiming himself invincible https://t.co/9XWVr8lKao— David Klion (@DavidKlion) November 20, 2020BREAKING—Donald Trump Jr tests positive for COVID19. Life father like son. Apple doesn’t fall far from the anti-mask pandemic denial tree.— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) November 20, 2020Don Jr: Hey dad it’s me, looks like I got “the rona” too haha, guess that’s just another thing we’ve got in common huh?Other end of the phone: [dial tone, there’s nobody there and there never was] — Sean Thomason (@TheThomason) November 20, 2020Breaking: After Don Jr. tests positive for COVID-19, cocaine has been removed from the list of possible vaccines for the virus— Brett Meiselas (@BMeiselas) November 20, 2020Read original story Folks Are VERY Amused After Don Jr Catches COVID-19: ‘Trying So Hard to Be Like His Dad’ At TheWrap