• Trump Attacks NY Times and Washington Post for Advertising Being ‘Way Down’ — When It’s Down Everywhere
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    Trump Attacks NY Times and Washington Post for Advertising Being ‘Way Down’ — When It’s Down Everywhere

    President Donald Trump attacked the New York Times and Washington Post for low advertising numbers amid the coronavirus crisis, suggesting the drop was caused by “fake news.”“Advertising in the Failing New York Times is WAY down. Washington Post is not much better. I can’t say whether this is because they are Fake News sources of information, to a level that few can understand, or the Virus is just plain beating them up,” Trump tweeted Monday morning. “Fake News is bad for America!”In reality, advertising is down across all media and has been since businesses started shutting down as the virus spread and Americans retreated — some voluntarily, some by government mandate — into their homes. This has nothing to do with individual outlets’ coverage. The Times recently covered the downturn in the advertising industry, not just in newspapers and digital outlets, but on billboards and more.Also Read: Can Local News Outlets Survive the Pandemic-Fueled Economic Downturn?Newspapers, especially local ones, are taking a beating as the novel coronavirus rips apart the American economy and ways of life — with some facing an existential crisis as the duration and severity of the pandemic and its aftermath remains unknown.Just in the past few weeks, numerous local papers have folded, laid off staff or cut back operations as advertising — the foundation of papers’ revenue — has disappeared with the closures of local restaurants, bars, shops and event venues.St. Louis’ Riverfront Times laid off nearly its entire staff last week because of dwindling advertising and a loss of revenue from now-canceled events. California’s Monterey County Weekly, meanwhile, laid off one-third of its staff. C&G Newspapers, a Michigan publishing group, suspended the publication of 19 of its print papers, while D.C.’s Metro Weekly and Las Vegas’ Gaming Today suspended their print editions. And Pennsylvania’s Trib Total Media laid off staffers and combined two Pittsburgh-area editions in what president Jennifer Bertetto called “a temporary adjustment in reaction to extraordinary circumstances.”American newspaper giant Gannett, which owns USA Today, announced pay cuts and furloughs for reporters making over $38,000 last week. Vice Media, a digital outlet, cut staff workweeks to four days to save costs.Representatives for the Times and the Post didn’t immediately return a request for comment on their advertising numbers or Trump’s specific call-outs. See his tweet below:Advertising in the Failing New York Times is WAY down. Washington Post is not much better. I can’t say whether this is because they are Fake News sources of information, to a level that few can understand, or the Virus is just plain beating them up. Fake News is bad for America!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 6, 2020Read original story Trump Attacks NY Times and Washington Post for Advertising Being ‘Way Down’ — When It’s Down Everywhere At TheWrap

  • Joe Scarborough Questions Why Trump Held ‘Nothing’ Coronavirus Press Conference: ‘The Idiots Have Been Exposed’
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    Joe Scarborough Questions Why Trump Held ‘Nothing’ Coronavirus Press Conference: ‘The Idiots Have Been Exposed’

    MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough didn’t hold back Monday morning when criticized not only President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic but the coverage he’s been getting from friendly media outlets, too. In fact, according to Scarborough, those outlets are “stupid.”“If you break down what the president said — a lot of people have been analyzing it over the night — nothing new, nothing noteworthy,” the “Morning Joe” host said of Trump’s Sunday evening press conference where he touted an unproven drug as a cure and refusing to let his medical expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, talk about it during a press conference. “This is the death of expertise; this is when the idiots have been exposed for who they are in the times of America’s greatest need,” Scarborough added.“What did America get out of cable news networks for running a two-hour, rambling press conference where [Trump] says the same thing?” he asked his co-host and wife Mika Brzezinski. The duo particularly took issue with Trump endorsing the drug hydroxychloroquine and wasting Fauci’s and Dr. Deborah Birx’s time, both of which may cost lives.Also Read: Millions of People Get Coronavirus Updates From Fox News - This Lawsuit Says the Network Gave Them False InformationLater in the show, Scarborough turned on media “hacks” who support Trump at every turn in his tone: “Now, a lot of the same hacks that were saying that this was overblown, a lot of those same hacks are now actually trying to turn it around and say it was the media’s fault for not underlining the concerns about it.”He wasn’t done there.“Here’s the deal,” he went on. “You’re stupid. I know you’re stupid. If you’re being a hack for Donald Trump on the coronavirus, I know you’re stupid, so maybe you think other people are stupid. They’re not as dumb as you because you can’t argue that the press was overblowing it for two months and then when you find out that the press wasn’t overblowing it — that more people are going to probably die from this than died in 9/11, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Vietnam War, the Korean War, possibly altogether, if you believe White House numbers — you can’t then say, after two months of saying that the media was overblowing it, you can’t then turn around and say, ‘Oh, the media, they were asleep at the switch.'”Watch the former GOP representative’s recap of the situation from the top of Monday’s show, above.Read original story Joe Scarborough Questions Why Trump Held ‘Nothing’ Coronavirus Press Conference: ‘The Idiots Have Been Exposed’ At TheWrap

  • Millions of People Get Coronavirus Updates From Fox News – This Lawsuit Says the Network Gave Them False Information
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    Millions of People Get Coronavirus Updates From Fox News – This Lawsuit Says the Network Gave Them False Information

    Fox News is facing intense scrutiny for its initial coverage of the coronavirus pandemic and a lawsuit filed in Washington is asking a state court to bar the network from sharing false information about the pandemic.The top-rated network was sued Thursday by the Washington League for Increased Transparency and Ethics. TheWrap has reviewed the ten-page document, in which Fox News Corp., owner Rupert Murdoch, AT&T TV and Comcast were named as defendants.The organization is seeking an injunction to prevent Fox News from “interfering with reasonable and necessary measures to contain the virus by publishing further false and deceptive content.” Fox News, the suit says, violates the Consumer Protection Act, which ” declares unlawful and prohibits deceptive acts or practices in the conduct of any trade or commerce.”Responding to Thursday’s lawsuit, general counsel for Fox News Media Lily Fu Claffee said, “Wrong on the facts, frivolous on the law. We will defend vigorously and seek sanctions as appropriate.”Also Read: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Fox News' Laura Ingraham: 'Why Are You on TV Again?'In the last month, Fox News’ on-air talent has been criticized for what they have shared about the virus, both on-air and through their social media accounts. (At the time of this article’s publication, FoxNewsLiedAsPeopleDied is a trending hashtag on Twitter.)Much of the criticism stems from the New York Times’ opinion section, which has published some scathing pieces recently that attack Fox News’ coverage and what the authors say are the effects of that coverage. Kara Swisher, the veteran tech journalist who co-founded the site ReCode, wrote in an op-ed this week that she blamed Fox News for her aging mother’s initial lack of concern about the coronavirus pandemic.Swisher wrote that her mother’s “primary source of news” is Fox News, and the older woman initially did not take the coronavirus threat seriously because of what she watched.Also Read: 74 Journalism Professors Sign Letter Calling Fox News' Coronavirus Coverage a 'Danger to Public Health'“But she was not concerned — and it was clear why. … In those days she was telling me that the COVID-19 threat was overblown by the mainstream news media (note, her daughter is in the media). She told me that it wasn’t going to be that big a deal. She told me that it was just like the flu,” Swisher wrote of her mother, who continued to go out to eat with friends for some time and went as far as to threaten to block Swisher’s number if she kept talking about the seriousness of the pandemic.That characterization earned Swisher a two-day fight with Fox News’ ratings behemoth and primetime host Sean Hannity.“You got one far-left media mob maniac over at ‘The New York Times’ using the virus to attack her least favorite network, oh, and yours truly,” Hannity said during his show Wednesday. “Yes, she’s accusing Fox News of putting her mother and the elderly people at risk.”Also Read: Sean Hannity Insists He 'Never Called the Virus a Hoax' One Week After Doing Just That (Video)“In order to help the media mob out, we put it all together for them [in a timeline] so they can’t plead ignorance when I think about suing them,” said Hannity, who had already unleashed a series of tweets about Fisher earlier in the day. He referenced his Jan. 27 interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci, a now-recognizable figure in the fight against the virus, and noted the conversation took place “six days after the first confirmed case of the United States.”In a different New York Times piece, writer-at-large Charlie Warzel pointed not necessarily to Fox News hosts’ on-air coverage but their online behavior. He described a Medium post by Aaron Ginn, a Silicon Valley product manager and “growth hacker,” that argued the true severity of the virus. Fox News’ Brit Hume tweeted a link to the post on March 21 to his over one million followers. By the next day, eight of his Fox colleagues had also shared the post, including Bret Baier, Laura Ingraham and Sebastian Gorka, who together have over five million followers. (Baier did tweet the Medium article, but also asked his followers to read a thread of information on the site that offered a “strong counter-argument to the medium article.”) Medium later removed Ginn’s post.“Within hours, the blog post was amplified across conservative media,” Warzel wrote.Some Fox News Media opinion hosts have been dismissive of the dangers of the coronavirus, especially in the virus’ earlier days in America. Former Fox Business host Trish Regan, for instance, described it as another effort to impeach President Donald Trump. She and her network parted ways at the end of March.Fox News — which Thursday gave $1 million to Feeding America in a joint donation with Facebook designed to ease the strain of the pandemic — began implementing work-from-home strategies for employees in mid-March, ramping up efforts to keep employees home as the virus spread. Hosts who still appeared in the studio started sitting six feet apart and the tone of coverage started to change as Fox News added two additional doctors to its roster of contributors.Fox News sent out an internal memo Friday stating that the earliest date staffers could expect to be back in their offices is May 4.Read original story Millions of People Get Coronavirus Updates From Fox News – This Lawsuit Says the Network Gave Them False Information At TheWrap

  • One America News Barred from White House Press Briefings for Breaking Social Distancing Rule
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    One America News Barred from White House Press Briefings for Breaking Social Distancing Rule

    The right-wing One America News Network was barred from White House press briefings Wednesday for violating social distancing rules put in place amid the growing coronavirus crisis.In a statement sent to members and posted to Twitter in the evening, the White House Correspondents Association noted new rules that had been implemented to restrict staying in the press briefing room.“Under this policy, we have asked reporters who don’t have a seat not to attend press briefings,” the statement said, thanking members who respected the policy and followed it “to ensure the safety of the White House press corps and White House staff during this difficult time.”Also Read: One America News Reporter Asks Trump If Saying 'Chinese Food' Is Racist“We are writing to inform you that the WHCA Board has voted this evening to remove a news outlet from the rotation for a seat in the briefing room. We did this because a reporter for this outlet twice attended press briefings in contravention of this policy. We do not take this action lightly. This is a matter of public safety,” the statement concluded.Though the statement didn’t name OANN, network talent and prominent supporters confirmed it was the outlet in question in their own tweets. According to the Los Angeles Times, OAN Nreporter Chanel Rion was asked by a member of the association to leave the briefing room Wednesday because it was not her employer’s turn in the rotation and she was not scheduled to cover the evening’s briefing. She replied, per the Times, that she was there as a “guest” of press secretary Stephanie Grisham.Rion and her right-wing network are known for being sympathetic to the president. During a mid-March press conference on the spread of the coronavirus — which President Donald Trump has been heavily criticized for calling the “Chinese virus” — Rion, who earlier this week cited a conspiracy theory that the coronavirus was possibly created in a North Carolina lab, said, “Do you consider the term ‘Chinese food’ racist because it’s food that originates in China or it has Chinese roots?”“On that note,” Rion went on, “major left-wing news media — even in this room — have teamed up with Chinese Communist Party narratives and they’re claiming you’re racist for making these claims about ‘Chinese virus.’ Is it alarming that major media players, just to oppose you, are consistently siding with foreign state propaganda, Islamic radicals and Latin gangs and cartels? And they work right here at the White House with direct access to you and your team?”Read original story One America News Barred from White House Press Briefings for Breaking Social Distancing Rule At TheWrap

  • Mitch Albom Calls on ‘Baby in a Suit’ Trump to Stop Name-Calling of Governors Amid Coronavirus Crisis
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    Mitch Albom Calls on ‘Baby in a Suit’ Trump to Stop Name-Calling of Governors Amid Coronavirus Crisis

    Donald Trump’s belittling rant against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer prompted an angry op-ed from “Tuesdays With Morrie” author Mitch Albom in the Detroit Free-Press, who told the president to “show some respect.”Albom, who lives in Detroit, was responding specifically to complaints made by the president against Whitmer in a Fox News interview on Thursday, accusing her of not doing enough to combat the coronavirus pandemic in her state without mentioning her name. His comments came after Whitmer requested more federal support for Michigan medical centers in the form of additional supplies.“The governor of Michigan, she’s not stepping up,” Trump said. “I don’t know if she knows what’s going on, but all she does is sit there and blame the federal government. She doesn’t get it done and we send her a lot.”Albom urged the president to “stop complaining about her ‘complaining.’ Gretchen Whitmer hasn’t done anything that every Michigander doesn’t want her to do — ask the federal government for masks, ventilators, test kits and other aid to fight the COVID-19 virus that is infecting and killing us. She’s not speaking for herself. She’s speaking for the people.”Also Read: What Gateway Pundit (and Trump) Got 'Wrong' About NY Gov Andrew Cuomo and VentilatorsAnd, on March 28, the president tweeted: “I love Michigan, one of the reasons we are doing such a GREAT job for them during this horrible Pandemic. Yet your Governor, Gretchen ‘Half’ Whitmer is way in over her ahead, she doesn’t have a clue. Likes blaming everyone for her own ineptitude! MAGA”“First of all, she has a name. Gretchen Whitmer. She is not ‘the woman’ or ‘all she does is sit there’ or ‘you know who I’m talking about’ — all phrases President Donald Trump has used besides saying the actual name of the person Michigan voters elected to govern us,” Albom wrote. “It’s ‘Gretchen Whitmer.’ Show some respect. At a time when Americans must adjust to a world without hugs, kisses or handshakes, the least a president of the United States can do is call our governor by her name.”“You can be Whitmer’s biggest critic, but you must admit she knows what’s going on,” Albom continued. “She jumped into action early on this virus, dialing down crowd sizes, closing the schools, going after gougers, then shutting the state down altogether, long before most states took similar steps.”Albom accused Trump of lashing out against Whitmer and other governors like Washington’s Jay Inslee out of a sense that they were not showing enough gratitude for his administration’s support and criticizing Trump’s early response to the growing pandemic, which he repeatedly downplayed before multiple U.S. states began closing businesses and ordering citizens to stay home to prevent further spread of the disease.Also Read: Trump, John Kerry Call GOP Rep Thomas Massie a 'Grandstander' and 'A-hole' for Blocking Stimulus Bill“Trump’s attacks on governors threaten to pull apart the country precisely when it needs to come together,” Albom wrote. “And you can trace them directly to his hurt feelings. If Trump perceives someone to be critical of him or even his policies, he uses a flamethrower in response.”“Let’s be honest. We have come to tolerate an infantile person in a grown man’s job, a baby in a suit. […] Now is not the time to be a child, Mr. President. Now is the time to put away childish things. To be a man. You can begin by respecting a woman. Her name is Gretchen Whitmer. She is our governor. And like her or not, she represents us to you. She counts. We count. Please, at least act like you understand that.”As of Sunday, the United States has reached over 125,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus. That is the most of any nation in the world, though the actual number of infected Americans is believed to be far greater due to the lack of testing resources. Over 2,000 Americans and over 30,000 people worldwide have died from the disease.Read original story Mitch Albom Calls on ‘Baby in a Suit’ Trump to Stop Name-Calling of Governors Amid Coronavirus Crisis At TheWrap

  • Jim Carrey’s Latest Cartoon Takes a ‘Jaws’-Size Bite Out of Trump’s Coronavirus Response
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    Jim Carrey’s Latest Cartoon Takes a ‘Jaws’-Size Bite Out of Trump’s Coronavirus Response

    In his version of “Jaws,” where the threat isn’t a shark but rather the coronavirus and the deadly illness it causes, Jim Carrey has already figured out who’d make the perfect Mayor Larry Vaughn.In Carrey’s latest political cartoon, shared on Thursday, President Donald Trump is depicted wearing the seersucker suit of the “Jaws” mayor and asking two beachgoers, “Why aren’t you going in the water?!” as a bloody limb can be seen on the sandy shore.“Trump is willing to risk countless lives to save his economic record,” Carrey wrote. “He has fully become the mayor from Jaws.”Trump is willing to risk countless lives to save his economic record. He has fully become the mayor from Jaws. pic.twitter.com/ZggJClEaXG— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) March 27, 2020In the film, Mayor Larry Vaughn of Amity Island (played by Murray Hamilton) refuses to comply with local officials, who request that he close the beaches after a young woman is killed by a shark. Instead, the mayor says he wants to keep the beaches open — especially on the Fourth of July — for the sake of the economy.Also Read: Jim Carrey Resumes Anti-Trump Cartoons, With POTUS Asleep During Coronavirus Pandemic“We will be open for business. It’s going to be one of the best summers we’ve had,” the mayor says in the film.Trump, meanwhile, has said that he wants to reopen America’s businesses by Easter despite cautioning from health care officials that social distancing and self-quarantining protocols should still be in place to help stop the spread of the virus.Read original story Jim Carrey’s Latest Cartoon Takes a ‘Jaws’-Size Bite Out of Trump’s Coronavirus Response At TheWrap

  • Joe Scarborough Slams GOP for Being ‘Ready to Euthanize’ the Elderly for the Economy
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    Joe Scarborough Slams GOP for Being ‘Ready to Euthanize’ the Elderly for the Economy

    Joe Scarborough lashed out at conservatives who want Americans to stop self-isolating and return to work amid the ongoing coronovirus pandemic, accusing them of being “ready to euthanize” the elderly.“Right now, these conservatives are making Democrats who are pro-choice actually look more pro-life because they’re only worried about the unborn,” he said on his MSNBC morning show Thursday. “It is the born — it is the weakest among us, it is senior citizens — who they’re ready to euthanize because they want Boeing’s corporate earnings to not dip too low.”Scarborough referred to an article in the New York Times that said a lawyer close to President Donald Trump advised him to get the country back to work in spite of the ongoing pandemic because, well, old people die anyway.Also Read: Fox News' Brit Hume: It's 'Entirely Reasonable' the Elderly Would Want to Die to Save EconomyIn a Tuesday town hall on Fox News, Trump pushed to reopen the country’s businesses and get people out of their homes. He said he hopes to see America “opened up and just raring to go by Easter,” which is April 12. That message has been echoed by some conservative politicians and media figures.On Thursday, Fox News host Brit Hume said it is “entirely reasonable” that elderly Americans could be fine with dying amid the coronavirus outbreak to save the U.S. economy.Hume was defending comments made by Texas lieutenant governor Dan Patrick on Tucker Carlson’s program the night before, where the 69-year-old official said, “No one reached out to me and said, ‘As a senior citizen, are you willing to take a chance on your survival in exchange for keeping the America that all America loves for your children and grandchildren?’ And if that’s the exchange, I’m all in.”Watch Scarborough share the latest stats and criticize Trump’s response above.Read original story Joe Scarborough Slams GOP for Being ‘Ready to Euthanize’ the Elderly for the Economy At TheWrap

  • White House Press Secretary Suggests Coronavirus Task Force Not Informed Before Trump Announced Easter Deadline
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    White House Press Secretary Suggests Coronavirus Task Force Not Informed Before Trump Announced Easter Deadline

    White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham reacted Wednesday to statements made by President Donald Trump Tuesday that he hopes to see America “opened up and just raring to go by Easter.” She said the experts appointed to the coronavirus task force might not have been “well-informed” when it came to the deadline.“I don’t know how well-informed they were,” Grisham said when Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade asked, “How real is this Easter date and how well-informed was the rest of the task force that the president was going to say that yesterday, that his goal was to open up by Easter?”She went on to say that Trump “is very hopeful” and wants to give Americans who are out of work or isolating at home a message of hope, too.Also Read: Trump Wants US 'Opened Up' by Easter -- Less Than 3 Weeks Away -- After Coronavirus Shutdown“It’s tough and I imagine a lot of people want to try to get out there and get back to work, as long as they are social distancing, so we’ll see what happens once the 15 days goes past and we’ve got new data sets,” she said.Tuesday, a few hours after the president made the Easter proclamation during a Fox News town hall, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, a public face of the task force, cautioned against being too rigid with the date. Instead, he said the timeline “is really very flexible.”“We just had a conversation with the president in the Oval Office talking about, you know, ‘You can look at a date but you’ve got to be very flexible.’ On a — literally — day-by-day and week-by-week basis, you need to evaluate the feasibility of what you’re trying to do,” he said.Read original story White House Press Secretary Suggests Coronavirus Task Force Not Informed Before Trump Announced Easter Deadline At TheWrap

  • Fox News’ Brit Hume: It’s ‘Entirely Reasonable’ the Elderly Would Want to Die to Save Economy
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    Fox News’ Brit Hume: It’s ‘Entirely Reasonable’ the Elderly Would Want to Die to Save Economy

    Fox News’ Brit Hume defended comments from Texas lieutenant governor Dan Patrick Tuesday night, saying it is “entirely reasonable” that elderly Americans could be fine with dying amid the coronavirus outbreak to save the U.S. economy.“The utter collapse of the country’s economy — which many think will happen if this goes on much longer — is an intolerable result,” the 76-year-old told primetime host Tucker Carlson. “[Patrick] is saying, for his own part, that he would be willing to take a risk of getting the disease if that’s what it took to allow the economy to move forward. He said that because he is late in life, that he would be perhaps more willing than he might have been at a younger age, which seems to me to be an entirely reasonable viewpoint.”Patrick sent shockwaves through viewers Monday night when the 63-year-old said on Carlson’s program, “No one reached out to me and said, ‘As a senior citizen, are you willing to take a chance on your survival in exchange for keeping the America that all America loves for your children and grandchildren?’ And if that’s the exchange, I’m all in.”Also Read: Fox News Tells Staffers to Take Temperature Before Work as Coronavirus Cases in NY Office Reach 6Patrick explained he wants the country to “get back to work” and spoke for older Americans: “We’ll take care of ourselves.”On Tuesday, Carlson asked Hume what about that idea “enrages” people. Hume said he couldn’t read minds, but had a theory the reaction had something to do with President Donald Trump and partisanship.“We are living in a country in which people’s reactions to nearly everything have something to do, when you drill down, with how they feel about Donald Trump and to the extent that what the lieutenant governor said on your air last night is similar to the overall message to what Donald Trump has been saying, I think some of the reaction to it may flow from that,” he suggested.Earlier Monday, Trump expressed his desire to have Americans back to work by Easter, which falls on April 12.Last night Dan Patrick said grandparents would be willing to die to save the economy. Tonight Brit Hume said its "an entirely reasonable viewpoint" pic.twitter.com/pArEpeXpsu— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) March 25, 2020Read original story Fox News’ Brit Hume: It’s ‘Entirely Reasonable’ the Elderly Would Want to Die to Save Economy At TheWrap

  • Trump Repeats Unproven Gateway Pundit Conspiracy Theory About NY Governor Andrew Cuomo
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    Trump Repeats Unproven Gateway Pundit Conspiracy Theory About NY Governor Andrew Cuomo

    President Donald Trump shared a shocking accusation on air against New York governor Andrew Cuomo Tuesday that turned out to be a headline pulled straight from rightwing conspiracy site Gateway Pundit.Trump, who has publicly been at odds with Cuomo about the responsibility of the federal government during the coronavirus outbreak, appeared on Fox News during a two-hour town hall on the pandemic. During the telecast, Trump grabbed a piece of paper and rattled off the headline: “NY Gov. Cuomo Rejected Buying Recommended 16,000 Ventilators in 2015 for Pandemic, Established Death Panels and Lottery Instead.”Also Read: Trump Wants US 'Opened Up' by Easter -- Less Than 3 Weeks Away -- After Coronavirus ShutdownThat Gateway Pundit piece, published Sunday, relied on a Friday column by former New York Lieutenant Governor Betsy McCaughey. McCaughey’s post stated that in 2015, Cuomo “asked his health commissioner, Howard Zucker to assemble a task force and draft rules for rationing the ventilators they already had” instead of buying 16,000 new ventilators.” She then criticized Cuomo for other ways he allocated money in 2015, including the purchase of solar panels.There was no link between any possible ventilator purchases and the solar panels.“So, he had a chance to buy in 2015, 16,000 ventilators at a very low price and he turned it down. I’m not blaming him or anything else, but he shouldn’t be talking about us,” Trump said during the town hall.Dani Lever, Cuomo’s communications director, told TheWrap via email, “He obviously didn’t read the document he’s citing – this was a 5 year old advisory task force report, which never recommended the State procure ventilators – it merely referenced that New York wouldn’t be equipped with enough ventilators for a 1918 flu pandemic. No one is, including Mr. Trump.”Watch the moment below, via Media Matters For America’s Matthew Gertz:President Trump just read a Gateway Pundit headline during a live Fox News town hall on coronavirus as a way of sticking it to Gov. Cuomo. https://t.co/1HW7ReuSUY pic.twitter.com/GaGT3cUjUS— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) March 24, 2020Read original story Trump Repeats Unproven Gateway Pundit Conspiracy Theory About NY Governor Andrew Cuomo At TheWrap

  • Trump Lashes Out at Fox News and Other Media for ‘Destroying Themselves’ During Reporting on Coronavirus
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    Trump Lashes Out at Fox News and Other Media for ‘Destroying Themselves’ During Reporting on Coronavirus

    President Donald Trump lashed out at the media late Sunday night, criticizing news outlets — including Fox News — for near-constant coronavirus coverage and what he sees as criticism of his handling of the pandemic.“I watch and listen to the Fake News, CNN, MSDNC, ABC, NBC, CBS, some of FOX (desperately & foolishly pleading to be politically correct), the @nytimes, & the @washingtonpost, and all I see is hatred of me at any cost. Don’t they understand that they are destroying themselves?” he wrote at around 11:30 p.m., after a day full of tweets and retweets.Trump has been particularly critical of the media during the coronavirus outbreak. During a press conference Thursday, he attacked the New York Times and Washington Post, saying, “I know the truth and people out there in the world, they really don’t know the truth. They don’t know what it is.”Also Read: Fox News Media Headquarters in NY Hit With 4 Cases of CoronavirusMeanwhile, the outlets themselves have been ramping up measures to protect employees and outlining the seriousness of the threat facing the country in programming and articles.NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Craig Melvin have been hosting “Today” from their homes. At Fox News, where a fourth employee was confirmed to have tested positive for the virus on Saturday, hosts have implemented social distancing on all shows, sitting at least six feet apart from one another.The president has criticized Fox News for what he sees as attempts by the network to be “politically correct” repeatedly in recent months.Read original story Trump Lashes Out at Fox News and Other Media for ‘Destroying Themselves’ During Reporting on Coronavirus At TheWrap

  • Did Ben Carson Fall Asleep During Trump’s Coronavirus Briefing? Twitter Users Sure Thought So
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    Did Ben Carson Fall Asleep During Trump’s Coronavirus Briefing? Twitter Users Sure Thought So

    “Trump is telling bedtime stories, Ben Carson is falling asleep.” That’s what one Twitter user wrote Saturday while watching President Donald Trump — surrounded by The White House Coronavirus Task Force — update the country about the coronavirus pandemic.During Saturday’s coronavirus briefing, Carson, who is the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, appeared with the president and seemed, at times, to close his eyes and sway. And because he was standing directly behind the POTUS, it was impossible to miss.“Is Ben Carson still awake,” TheBlaze’s Samantha Sullivan wondered. Another user called him “the sleepiest person in the history of sleepy people.”While a number of people straight-up tweeted pictures they took of their television screens to prove that the one-time presidential candidate was, in fact, closing his eyes, others just mocked him.Also Read: Stars Who Have Tested Positive for Coronavirus (Photos)@SecretaryCarson is literally falling asleep standing behind @realDonaldTrump during the Coronavirus press briefing. This response is a pathetic joke.— James Duke Mason (@JamesDukeMason) March 21, 2020Trump is telling bedtime stories, Ben Carson is falling asleep— John G (@johngar75) March 21, 2020Ben Carson is sleep or heavily medicated… this is insane. Eyes closed!— LesliBroadway (@leslibroadway) March 21, 2020Why is Ben Carson taking a nap during this press conference?— King (@spinnersmedia) March 21, 2020LMFAOOOOOOO Ben Carson is falling ASLEEP standing up there.— Shea Butter Hot Girl (@_Baetriot_) March 21, 2020I really wanna know what drugs Ben Carson is on. That’s one heavily sedated looking man & he should share with the rest of us— Turing Pest (@Krikalitika) March 21, 2020Someone wake up Ben Carson!— Stefanie Hammond (@stef3404) March 21, 2020Ben Carson is falling asleep behind Trump…hope he falls over and takes Trump down with him.— VitaBeez (@VitaBeez) March 21, 2020Carson did take the podium at the briefing, reiterating the administration’s plan to halt evictions during the crisis. “The president has authorized the immediate cessation of foreclosure and eviction proceedings for American citizens, single-family, forward mortgages as well as reverse mortgages.”Read original story Did Ben Carson Fall Asleep During Trump’s Coronavirus Briefing? Twitter Users Sure Thought So At TheWrap

  • One America News Reporter Asks Trump If Saying ‘Chinese Food’ Is Racist
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    One America News Reporter Asks Trump If Saying ‘Chinese Food’ Is Racist

    Chanel Rion of One America News Network asked President Donald Trump Thursday whether saying “Chinese food” is racist, and from there, the two moved on into trashing the media.During a press conference on the spread of coronavirus — which Trump has been heavily criticized for calling the “Chinese virus” — Rion, who earlier this week cited a conspiracy theory that coronavirus was possibly created in a North Carolina lab, said, “Do you consider the term ‘Chinese food’ racist because it’s food that originates in China or it has Chinese roots?”“I don’t think it’s racist at all,” said Trump.Also Read: China's State-Run Press Appears to Chastise Trump for Labeling Coronavirus 'Chinese Virus'“On that note,” Rion went on, “major left-wing news media — even in this room — have teamed up with Chinese Communist Party narratives and they’re claiming you’re racist for making these claims about ‘Chinese virus.’ Is it alarming that major media players, just to oppose you, are consistently siding with foreign state propaganda, Islamic radicals and Latin gangs and cartels? And they work right here at the White House with direct access to you and your team?”Trump went on to attack the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Washington Post saying, “I know the truth and people out there in the world, they really don’t know the truth. They don’t know what it is.”Before being hired by right-wing OANN, Rion was most known for her political cartoons, which promoted conspiracy theories about the death of DNC staffer Seth Rich. She sat down for a series of interviews with Rudy Giuliani last year as he publicly defended himself and Trump during the impeachment proceedings.The faces made in the room as @ChanelRion asks Trump: Is it alarming that major media players…are consistently siding with a foreign state propaganda, Islamic radicals, and Latin gangs and cartels and they work right here…with direct access to you and your team? pic.twitter.com/4eW8RHipY5— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) March 19, 2020Read original story One America News Reporter Asks Trump If Saying ‘Chinese Food’ Is Racist At TheWrap

  • Trump’s Trillion-Dollar Stimulus Includes $1,000 Checks for Americans — Here’s What That Really Means
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  • MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough Calls Trump ‘Sick’ for Blaming Media for Coronavirus
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    MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough Calls Trump ‘Sick’ for Blaming Media for Coronavirus

    Much of Monday’s “Morning Joe” was dedicated to the coronavirus and President Donald Trump’s handling of it, as Trump himself continued to send tweets on the subject the show’s host called “sick.”“It’s sick, actually, very sick. People are dying and it’s sick, sick that he is doing this,” said MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough as he read his audience Trump’s new tweets, which blamed the media for concerns over the speed of the virus.“The Fake News Media and their partner, the Democrat Party, is doing everything within its semi-considerable power (it used to be greater!) to inflame the CoronaVirus situation, far beyond what the facts would warrant. Surgeon General, ‘The risk is low to the average American,'” the president tweeted Monday morning.“So much FAKE NEWS,” Trump posted in a follow-up.Also Read: 2020 Presidential Contenders: Who's Still Challenging Donald Trump and Who's Dropped Out (Photos)In panels throughout the morning, Scarborough hit Trump and his administration officials for their response to the outbreak domestically, where the number of affected individuals grows every day. Some members of Congress — including Ted Cruz — have even self-quarantined as of Monday morning after shaking hands with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 at a conservative event in late February. Trump was also at the event.Scarborough noted the surgeon general has said the United States is past the point of containment. He then criticized presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway for mocking a CBS News reporter Friday when she asked, “are you a doctor or lawyer?”“Actually, the reporter was right,” said Scarborough. “Kellyanne Conway — arrogant, boastful and lying all at the same time. That’s a nice trifecta but what we saw this weekend, the numbers have exploded.”After reviewing how many universities have canceled classes and how many unknowns remain, Scarborough concluded, “The way the Trump administration has handled this has been disastrous.”Read original story MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough Calls Trump ‘Sick’ for Blaming Media for Coronavirus At TheWrap

  • Trump Campaign Files Defamation Suit Against CNN Over Opinion Piece
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    Trump Campaign Files Defamation Suit Against CNN Over Opinion Piece

    The Trump campaign has filed yet another defamation lawsuit against a media outlet for an opinion piece, with CNN the target of the campaign’s latest lawsuit on Friday.The op-ed in question, titled “Soliciting dirt on your opponents from a foreign government is a crime. Mueller should have charged Trump campaign officials with it,” was scrutinized for a statement that said the Trump campaign “assessed the potential risks and benefits of again seeking Russia’s help in 2020 and has decided to leave that option on the table.”“At the time of publication, CNN was well aware that these statements were not true, because there was an extensive record of statements from the Campaign and the administration expressly disavowing any intention to seek Russian assistance,” the lawsuit reads. “There have been no statements by the Campaign that either constitute or imply an intention by the Campaign to seek or consider seeking Russian assistance in the 2020 election, or to ‘leave that option on the table.'”The lawsuit is seeking “millions of dollars” in damages and a jury trial.A representative for CNN declined to comment.Also Read: Trump Campaign Sues Washington Post for Defamation Over Opinion PiecesThis is the third defamation suit that the Trump campaign has filed over statements made in opinion pieces. Prior to Friday’s suit against CNN, the campaign has also filed similar suits against The New York Times and The Washington Post.“The campaign filed this lawsuit against CNN and the preceding suits against The New York Times and The Washington Post to hold the publishers accountable for their reckless false reporting and also to establish the truth,” Jenna Ellis, the senior legal adviser to Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., told Fox News.First Amendment scholars who have spoken to TheWrap said that defamation suits like these are not likely to succeed.“It’s one of the functions of the press is to be allowed the latitude to say things without risking a libel lawsuit because we need room for opinion and the interchange and exchange of ideas,” Michael Overing, a digital media lawyer and First Amendment expert, told TheWrap last week.Read original story Trump Campaign Files Defamation Suit Against CNN Over Opinion Piece At TheWrap

  • Super Tuesday 2020: Sanders Leads in California but Biden Has a Big Night
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    Super Tuesday 2020: Sanders Leads in California but Biden Has a Big Night

    Former Vice President Joe Biden came roaring back into the hunt for the Democratic presidential nomination on Super Tuesday with big wins in at least nine states — including surprise upsets in Texas, Minnesota and Massachusetts (where Sen. Elizabeth Warren finished in a surprising third place).Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who was widely expected to cement his lead as the front-runner, managed to win in Utah, Colorado and his home state of Vermont.As of early Wednesday, Sanders also held a strong lead in delegate-rich California, while Biden had the edge in Maine, which had been widely expected to lean toward Sanders. Still, the strong showing for Biden, including in California, gave new life to his campaign since he could also emerge as the lead in delegates needed to secure the party’s nomination. (In addition to Texas, Massachusetts and Minnesota, Biden secured victories in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Virginia and North Carolina.)It was a disappointing showing for both Warren and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who only claimed a win in the U.S. territory of American Samoa despite spending $500 million-plus on ads and infrastructure in all the Super Tuesday states. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) picked up only a single delegate, from her birthplace in American Samoa.There were a total of 1,357 delegates up for grabs this Super Tuesday, with California — which hosted its primary on Super Tuesday for the first time since 2008 — representing 415 of them. Given that Californians have until March 3 to postmark their mail-in ballots, as well as the sheer size of the state, the final results for California’s primary will likely not come until several days — or weeks — after Super Tuesday.Vermont (16 delegates, 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET)Winner: SandersVirginia (99 delegates, 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET)Winner: BidenNorth Carolina (110 delegates, 4:30 p.m. PT/7:30 p.m. ET)Winner: BidenAmerican Samoa (6 delegates)Winner: BloombergAlabama (52 delegates, 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET)Winner: BidenMaine (24 delegates, 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET)Expected winner: BidenMassachusetts (91 delegates, 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET)Winner: BidenOklahoma (37 delegates, 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET)Winner: BidenTennessee (64 delegates, 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET)Winner: BidenArkansas (31 delegates, 5:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. ET)Winner: BidenColorado (67 delegates, 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET)Winner: SandersMinnesota (75 delegates, 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET)Winner: BidenTexas (228 delegates, 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET)Winner: BidenUtah (29 delegates, 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET)Winner: SandersCalifornia (415 delegates, 8 p.m. PT/11 p.m. ET)Winner: SandersRead original story Super Tuesday 2020: Sanders Leads in California but Biden Has a Big Night At TheWrap

  • Trump Campaign Sues Washington Post for Defamation Over Opinion Pieces
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    Trump Campaign Sues Washington Post for Defamation Over Opinion Pieces

    Donald Trump’s re-election campaign filed a defamation suit against The Washington Post on Tuesday over two opinion pieces published last year.The first op-ed listed in the lawsuit, “Trump just invited another Russian attack. Mitch McConnell is making one more likely.,” was singled out by the campaign for what the suit described as a “defamatory claim that Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded that the Campaign ‘tried to conspire with’ a ‘sweeping and systematic’ attack by Russia against the 2016 United States presidential election.”(Mueller’s report concluded, “The investigation established multiple links between Trump Campaign officials and individuals tied to the Russian government. Those links included Russian offers of assistance to the Campaign. In some instances, the Campaign was receptive to the offer, while in other instances the Campaign officials shied away. Ultimately, the investigation did not establish that the Campaign coordinated or conspired with the Russian government in its election-interference activities.”)Also Read: Trump Campaign Sues New York Times for Libel Over Russian Collusion Op-EdThe campaign also took issue with another Post op-ed, “Trump: I can win reelection with just my base,” for a line that asked, “Who knows what sort of aid Russia and North Korea will give to the Trump campaign, now that he has invited them to offer their assistance?”The lawsuit claimed, “There has never been any statement by anyone associated with the Campaign or the administration ‘inviting’ Russia or North Korea to assist the Campaign in 2019 or beyond. There also has never been any reporting that the Campaign has ever had any contact with North Korea relating to any United States election.”The campaign is seeking unspecified damages in “the millions of dollars,” as well as a trial by jury.In a statement sent to TheWrap, Kristine Coratti Kelly, the vice president of communications at The Washington Post, said, “It’s disappointing to see the President’s campaign committee resorting to these types of tactics and we will vigorously defend this case.”Also Read: Trump Campaign's Libel Suit Against the New York Times Likely to Get Dismissed, Scholars SayThe suit comes a week after the campaign filed a similar defamation suit against The New York Times over a 2019 opinion piece. First Amendment scholars who spoke with TheWrap at the time said the suit was not likely to succeed.“One of the functions of the press is to be allowed the latitude to say things without risking a libel lawsuit because we need room for opinion and the interchange and exchange of ideas,” Michael Overing, a digital media lawyer and First Amendment expert, said last week.Read original story Trump Campaign Sues Washington Post for Defamation Over Opinion Pieces At TheWrap

  • Trump Blames CNN and MSNBC for Trying to Make Coronavirus Look ‘As Bad As Possible’
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    Trump Blames CNN and MSNBC for Trying to Make Coronavirus Look ‘As Bad As Possible’

    President Donald Trump lashed out at the media for its coverage of the coronavirus Wednesday, days after the Center for Disease Control said the potential public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high in the United States. The virus has already killed several thousand people abroad and affected thousands of others.He tweeted an attack on MSNBC and CNN that misspelled “coronavirus” Wednesday morning: “Low Ratings Fake News MSDNC (Comcast) & @CNN are doing everything possible to make the Caronavirus look as bad as possible, including panicking markets, if possible. Likewise their incompetent Do Nothing Democrat comrades are all talk, no action. USA in great shape! @CDCgov…..”Also Read: No, President Trump - Fox News' Neil Cavuto Has Seen Viewership Surge, Not a 'Ratings Drought'He added he plans to host a news conference on the coronavirus at 6 p.m. ET along with representatives of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.CNN and MSNBC did not immediately respond to requests for comment about being blamed for “panicking markets.” On Wednesday, U.S. stocks turned even lower as investors continued to assess the impact of the epidemic.Globally, more than 80,000 coronavirus cases have been confirmed, according to The New York Times, and nearly 3,000 people have died because of it. Outbreaks in Italy, Iran and South Korea this week have exacerbated fears the virus is continuing to spread. Those fears have also contributed to a stock market decline in the last few days.Facebook’s stock, for instance, has dropped from about $215 to $199 per share in the last five days, and that company has committed to removing any ads claiming to offer a cure for coronavirus.Read original story Trump Blames CNN and MSNBC for Trying to Make Coronavirus Look ‘As Bad As Possible’ At TheWrap

  • MSNBC’s Scarborough Questions If Warren Should Drop Out to Help ‘Efforts Against Bernie Sanders’
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    MSNBC’s Scarborough Questions If Warren Should Drop Out to Help ‘Efforts Against Bernie Sanders’

    On Monday’s “Morning Joe,” MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough questioned a number of Democratic presidential candidates and whether they should continue to fight for the nomination on the grounds that their ambition could bolster the campaigns of President Donald Trump or Sen. Bernie Sanders.First, Scarborough took on Tom Steyer, the billionaire who continues to run ads in spite of not qualifying for debates. He questioned why Steyer, with all his money, hasn’t made the decision to fund other candidates’ races, before concluding, “It is a vanity project and been a vanity project for a very long time.”He added that Steyer’s campaign is “a vanity project that could help re-elect Donald Trump.”Also Read: Bernie Sanders Declared Winner of Nevada CaucusesLater on the show, he went after Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar. He said people are questioning whether it’s time for the women to “get out” of the race, especially given how they’ve been doing in early primary states compared to Sanders, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg. If they’re not going to “get out,” they need to “over-perform,” according to the former GOP congressman.“Amy Klobuchar — boy, she either has to really over-perform in South Carolina like she did in New Hampshire or she’s going to… It would make sense for her to get out of the race. Again, this isn’t my first rodeo,” he said.Sanders won the weekend’s Nevada caucus, making the Democratic Socialist the frontrunner in the race against Trump’s reelection.Read original story MSNBC’s Scarborough Questions If Warren Should Drop Out to Help ‘Efforts Against Bernie Sanders’ At TheWrap

  • CNN Journalists Respond to Sean Hannity’s Twitter Attacks: ‘Quite Rich of You to Make That Accusation’
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    CNN Journalists Respond to Sean Hannity’s Twitter Attacks: ‘Quite Rich of You to Make That Accusation’

    Various CNN talent and representatives have issued responses to Fox News’ Sean Hannity as he’s berated them on Twitter over the past few days, calling his accusations “rich” and suggesting the real source of his ire is a forthcoming book about Fox News from CNN’s Brian Stelter.On Saturday, one day after attorney Michael Avenatti was found guilty on all three charges related to his attempts to extort up to $25 million from Nike, Hannity lashed out at Stelter online, tweeting a link to a piece that reviewed a number of television news hosts speaking to Avenatti before he was charged. Stelter’s face is displayed prominently in the lead image.Stelter, CNN’s chief media correspondent, responded with a reminder he’s writing a book about the relationship between some at Hannity’s network and President Donald Trump.“For my forthcoming book about Fox and Trump, I sent fact-checking Q’s to some of Hannity’s lawyers and confidants today,” Stelter wrote. “A few hours later, Hannity lobbed a bunch of Twitter missiles at me. Complete coincidence!”Also Read: Michael Avenatti Found Guilty on All Three Counts in Nike Extortion TrialHannity began his attack again Sunday, after Stelter addressed his own dealings with Avenatti during a segment of his Sunday show. Hannity’s renewed attacks came with a pretty self-aware preface: “Alright, I haven’t done this in a while and I’m sure the write-ups will say ‘Hannity rages in a tweet storm against .@brianstelter and CNN.’ But here it goes…”From there, he used insulting nicknames to describe Stelter and CNN’s senior media reporter, Oliver Darcy. He castigated Stelter for “arrogance,” then brought up cable news ratings, where Fox News has continuously outpaced both CNN and MSNBC.Darcy responded after Hannity accused the CNN team of being “stenographers” for network head Jeff Zucker, writing, “Given the level of stenography you do for the man sitting in the White House, it is quite rich for you to make that accusation against anyone else.”Similarly, Emily Kuhn, the communications director for CNN Digital as well as Stelter’s “Reliable Sources,” referenced the forthcoming book again Sunday, musing, “Must be an interesting book if someone is reacting like that.”Hannity tweeted another round of insults a few hours after that, calling the others “creepy” and “hacks.”Read original story CNN Journalists Respond to Sean Hannity’s Twitter Attacks: ‘Quite Rich of You to Make That Accusation’ At TheWrap

  • Amy Klobuchar Tells Bill Maher How She’d Handle It if Trump Loses the Election but Refuses to Leave Office
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    Amy Klobuchar Tells Bill Maher How She’d Handle It if Trump Loses the Election but Refuses to Leave Office

    In recent months, Bill Maher has asked a lot of his guests on “Real Time,” including some politicians, what they’d do if Donald Trump loses the presidential election this November and refuses to step down. But on Friday’s episode he got the chance to ask an actual presidential hopeful, Minnesota Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who maintained that she’s confident things won’t come to that.“It’s very hard for me to imagine you winning the electoral vote fair and square, and him sending out a congratulatory telegram,” Maher told Klobuchar at the top of Friday’s episode of “Real Time.” “He’s not leaving. These people are not going to give up power. What is the plan if,” he continued, Trump said something like “‘I have to stay, it was rigged'”?“The first thing you do is now, you start now, and that is to win big, which I believe will help,” Klobuchar replied. “You win all these states in the country and it’s harder for him to stay.”Also Read: Trevor Noah Uses 'Game of Thrones' to Explain the Presidential Election and Bloomberg's Rise (Video)“Secondly, you make sure that we have backup paper ballots, you do everything to protect our election” said Klobuchar, who appeared on the show days after her surprisingly strong showing in the New Hampshire primary.Maher countered, “We’re living in the era of fake news. There’s no facts anymore, there’s just power.”“We have always had a peaceful transition of power,” Klobuchar said.“Always have had, correct. We are now in a different world,” Maher responded.But as far as Klobuchar is concerned, Maher’s nightmare scenario isn’t that likely “when you have the people on your side in a big way.” To that, Maher countered that Trump “has a lot of people on his side — the ones with the guns.”Also Read: Joe Biden Responds to Rush Limbaugh: Pete Buttigieg Has 'Courage' and Is 'Smart as Hell'Klobuchar said that she thinks the Democratic nominee will win the election handily, but said that “what we have to unite around as a country is that the rule of law cannot handle four more years of a guy that thinks he’s above it.”However, Klobuchar did have a witty explanation for why she’s optimistic things will work out — at least if she ends up as the Democratic nominee: “Every single Republican that I’ve run against, in my entire career, has left politics for good.” So now you know.Read original story Amy Klobuchar Tells Bill Maher How She’d Handle It if Trump Loses the Election but Refuses to Leave Office At TheWrap

  • Michael Avenatti Found Guilty on All Three Counts in Nike Extortion Trial
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    Michael Avenatti Found Guilty on All Three Counts in Nike Extortion Trial

    Lawyer Michael Avenatti was found guilty on all three charges related to his attempts to extort up to $25 million from Nike, according to multiple reports.A jury in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan found him guilty Friday.Prior to his arrest, he gained widespread fame for representing Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress who said she had an affair with Donald Trump before he was president and was subsequently paid off.Also Read: Michael Avenatti Arrested in California on Bail ViolationBefore he was taken into custody last March, Avenatti tweeted, “Tmrw at 11 am ET, we will be holding a press conference to disclose a major high school/college basketball scandal perpetrated by @Nike that we have uncovered. This criminal conduct reaches the highest levels of Nike and involves some of the biggest names in college basketball.”“The allegations related to Nike arose out of Mr. Avenatti’s representation of a client identified in the complaint as the coach of an amateur men’s basketball program in California, which prosecutors said had a sponsorship agreement with Nike,” the complaint at the time read. Also around that time, Daniels said in a statement that she cut ties with Avenatti more than a month prior, “after discovering that he had dealt with me extremely dishonestly.”After news of the verdict hit Twitter Friday, Donald Trump Jr. wrote, “I look forward to Michael’s witty twitter retorts to the jury that just found him guilty in all counts. Though I’m told he is still doing well amongst the Democrat primary contenders.”Read original story Michael Avenatti Found Guilty on All Three Counts in Nike Extortion Trial At TheWrap

  • Joe Biden Responds to Rush Limbaugh: Pete Buttigieg Has ‘Courage’ and Is ‘Smart as Hell’
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    Joe Biden Responds to Rush Limbaugh: Pete Buttigieg Has ‘Courage’ and Is ‘Smart as Hell’

    During his appearance on Thursday’s episode of “The View,” Joe Biden responded to comments made by conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh about Pete Buttigieg, saying that Buttigieg has “courage” and is “smart as hell.”On Wednesday, Limbaugh questioned Buttigieg’s electability on his radio show, describing the former Indiana mayor as “a 37-year-old gay guy kissing his husband on stage, next to Mr. Man, Donald Trump.”“What’s going to happen there?” Limbaugh postulated. He then prompted his audience to imagine Trump having “fun with that” during a general election battle against Buttigieg.Some, including “The View” host Joy Behar, felt Limbaugh’s “Mr. Man” comment was homophobic. During the Hot Topics section prior to Biden’s appearance, the panel reminded viewers that Buttigieg served in the military, while Limbaugh and Trump were disqualified from the draft due to medical reasons.“Pete and I are competitors, but this guy has honor, he has courage, he’s smart as hell,” Biden said of his rival. Both men are seeking the Democratic nomination for president.Also Read: Rush Limbaugh Diagnosed With Advanced Lung CancerLimbaugh’s comments came one week after he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Trump, the highest honor a civilian can be bestowed. Biden said the bestowment was “part of the depravity of this administration.”Returning to his defense of Buttigieg, Biden added: “We used to say in Claymont, Delaware, ‘He ain’t a…'” Biden trailed off. “I won’t get into it. I shouldn’t say it. I shouldn’t say it.”“We get it,” Whoopi Goldberg assured the candidate as the panelists pivoted to another topic.Watch the exchange below:.@JoeBiden reacts to Rush Limbaugh questioning Pete Buttigieg’s electability because of his sexuality: “Pete and I are competitors, but this guy has honor, he has courage, he’s smart as hell.” https://t.co/f8u2wbJuik pic.twitter.com/1ohsu7Wdpu\- The View (@TheView) February 13, 2020Read original story Joe Biden Responds to Rush Limbaugh: Pete Buttigieg Has ‘Courage’ and Is ‘Smart as Hell’ At TheWrap

  • Trump Deletes Tweet Calling Bloomberg a ‘Total Racist,’ Re-Election Campaign Keeps Its Tweet Up
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    Trump Deletes Tweet Calling Bloomberg a ‘Total Racist,’ Re-Election Campaign Keeps Its Tweet Up

    After audio of former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg discussing his city’s “stop and frisk” policing policy went viral, President Donald Trump joined the chorus of people calling Bloomberg a racist — but only momentarily.Tuesday morning, Trump tweeted, then deleted, “WOW, BLOOMBERG IS A TOTAL RACIST!” according to numerous reports.In a statement sent to TheWrap, Bloomberg said, “President Trump’s deleted tweet is the latest example of his endless efforts to divide Americans. I inherited the police practice of stop-and-frisk, and as part of our effort to stop gun violence it was overused. By the time I left office, I cut it back by 95%, but I should’ve done it faster and sooner. I regret that and I have apologized — and I have taken responsibility for taking too long to understand the impact it had on Black and Latino communities.”Also Read: Bloomberg Campaign Has Already Spent $110 Million on Trump Attack Ads (Report)Trump’s re-election campaign manager, Brad Parscale, also tweeted, but did not delete, “BloombergIsaRacist.”In the audio linked in Trump’s now-gone tweet, Bloomberg seemingly defended minority profiling, saying, “95% of your murders, murderers and murder victims, fit one M.O. You can just take the description, Xerox it and pass it out to all the cops: They are male, minorities 16 to 25. That’s true in New York. It’s true in virtually every city.”Parscale and the “Trump War Room” re-election account both seized on a 2013 interview in which Bloomberg defended the policy, saying “I think we disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little. It’s exactly the reverse of what they’re saying. I don’t know where they went to school but they certainly didn’t take a math course or a logic course.”Bloomberg also said in his statement, “President Trump inherited a country marching towards greater equality and divided us with racist appeals and hateful rhetoric. The challenge of the moment is clear: we must confront this President and do everything we can to defeat him. The President’s attack on me clearly reflects his fear over the growing strength of my campaign. Make no mistake Mr. President: I am not afraid of you and I will not let you bully me or anyone else in America. Between now and November, I will do everything I can to defeat you whether I am on the ballot or not.”Read original story Trump Deletes Tweet Calling Bloomberg a ‘Total Racist,’ Re-Election Campaign Keeps Its Tweet Up At TheWrap