• Fox News’ Doocy Pushes RNC Chair on Trump Not Wearing Mask: ‘I Don’t See Any Downside’ (Video)
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    Fox News’ Doocy Pushes RNC Chair on Trump Not Wearing Mask: ‘I Don’t See Any Downside’ (Video)

    Fox News’ Steve Doocy pushed Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel on President Donald Trump’s refusal to publicly wear a face mask Tuesday, saying he couldn’t see “a downside” to the president being “a good example.”“It would make him look as if he’s taking it serious and is listening to the CDC because they’ve made it very clear — and I know he’s tested all the time — but the masks work,” Doocy said of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on how to slow the spread of the coronavirus.McDaniel, appearing on Tuesday’s “Fox & Friends,” insisted that Trump has, in fact, worn a mask and is responsible for “fast action” that slowed the spread.Also Read: MSNBC's Al Sharpton: Trump Retweeting Video of Supporter Saying 'White Power' Was 'Intentional' (Video)Trump, however, has refused to be seen in a mask on multiple occasions. In May, the president visited a factory in Michigan amid speculation over whether he would decline to publicly wear a mask, which he has done in the past in spite of recommendations from his own administration.He ultimately appeared at the plant with no mask, claiming he wore one “in the back area” but removed it because he “didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it.”The president declined to wear a mask at his Tulsa rally earlier in June. Many of the attendees also did not wear masks. He also appears at White House press conferences without wearing a mask.Doocy pushed back on McDaniel, “More states every day are mandating people, their citizens, to wear masks and I think that if the president wore one it would just set a good example. He’d be a role model. I don’t see any downside to the president wearing a mask in public.”McDaniel insisted “he has done that.”Watch below.Steve Doocy presses the RNC chair on Donald Trump's refusal to wear a mask in public: "If the president wore one, it would just set a good example. He'd be a good role model. I don't see any downside to the president wearing a mask in public." pic.twitter.com/HUlYDOimuq— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) June 30, 2020Read original story Fox News’ Doocy Pushes RNC Chair on Trump Not Wearing Mask: ‘I Don’t See Any Downside’ (Video) At TheWrap

  • Twitch Suspends Donald Trump’s Account for ‘Hateful Conduct’
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    Twitch Suspends Donald Trump’s Account for ‘Hateful Conduct’

    President Donald Trump’s Twitch account is temporarily suspended from posting because of “hateful conduct,” Twitch said Monday.Trump’s Twitch account is another social platform for his campaign to distribute videos, including rebroadcasts of older events and rallies. One of the offending videos was a recording of the now-infamous rally where Trump said Mexico was “sending rapists” to the United States.Gaming reporter Rod Breslau first reported the news.Also Read: Reddit Bans Popular Trump Community After Updating Hate Speech RulesTwitch told TheWrap, “Hateful conduct is not allowed on Twitch. In line with our policies, President Trump’s channel has been issued a temporary suspension from Twitch for comments made on stream, and the offending content has been removed.”Twitch also provided TheWrap a copy of the offending statements. In addition to his statements regarding Mexicans entering the United States, Trump also broke Twitch’s content guidelines with comments at a recent Tulsa rally.During the Tulsa gathering, Trump made the following remarks regarding people calling the police: “Hey, it’s 1:00 o’clock in the morning and a very tough, I’ve used the word on occasion, hombre, a very tough hombre is breaking into the window of a young woman whose husband is away as a traveling salesman or whatever he may do. And you call 911 and they say, ‘I’m sorry, this number’s no longer working.’ By the way, you have many cases like that, many, many, many. Whether it’s a young woman, an old woman, a young man or an old man and you’re sleeping.”Twitch said it also told President Trump’s team that it violated its guidelines in a statement that mirrors the one provided to TheWrap.Also Read: MSNBC's Al Sharpton: Trump Retweeting Video of Supporter Saying 'White Power' Was 'Intentional' (Video)Trump’s Twitch page is now unavailable, but the campaign launched the page in October 2019 in an effort to court younger, tech-savvy potential voters. Prior to its suspension, the Twitch page regularly made use of the site’s built-in ecommerce features and sold Trump campaign and unofficial White House merchandise. One of Trump’s first videos on Twitch attracted over 50,000 viewers.The Trump campaign’s director of communications Tim Murtagh encouraged the President’s Twitch fans to migrate to the campaign’s mobile app instead. “To hear directly from the President, people should download the Trump app and text ‘Trump’ to 88022,” Murtagh told TheWrap.Read original story Twitch Suspends Donald Trump’s Account for ‘Hateful Conduct’ At TheWrap

  • Trump’s Family Seeks Temporary Restraining Order to Block Niece’s Upcoming Tell-All Book
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    Trump’s Family Seeks Temporary Restraining Order to Block Niece’s Upcoming Tell-All Book

    Trump’s family is seeking a temporary restraining order against Mary Trump, the niece of Donald Trump, and her publisher Simon & Schuster over her upcoming tell-all book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man.”The request, according to the New York Times, argues that Mary Trump is violating a nondisclosure agreement she signed when she settled with the Trump estate.The book has a July 28 publishing date; in a promotional summary, Simon & Schuster says Trump’s book “recounts in unsparing detail everything from her uncle Donald’s place in the family spotlight and Ivana’s penchant for regifting to her grandmother’s frequent injuries and illnesses and the appalling way Donald, Fred Trump’s favorite son, dismissed and derided him when he began to succumb to Alzheimer’s.”Also Read: John Bolton's 'The Room Where It Happened' Can Be Published, Judge RulesMary Trump’s attorney, Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., said that Trump and his siblings were “seeking to suppress a book that will discuss matters of utmost public importance.”Courtesy of Simon & Schuster“They are pursuing this unlawful prior restraint because they do not want the public to know the truth. The courts will not tolerate this brazen violation of the First Amendment,” he added.Over the weekend, the Trump administration failed to block the publication of former national security adviser John Bolton’s memoir, “The Room Where It Happened,” which was released on Tuesday. Adam Rothberg, a spokesperson for Simon & Schuster, told TheWrap that the Trumps’ attempt to block Mary Trump’s book will “meet the same fate as those that have gone before.” (Simon & Schuster is also the publisher of Bolton’s book.)Also Read: Trump Tweet Flagged With 'Public Interest Notice' for Threatening 'Serious Force' in Washington DCThis isn’t the first time that the president and his siblings have gotten into a legal battle with their niece. According to the Daily Mail, Mary and Fred Trump III — the children of the late Fred Jr., Donald Trump’s brother — filed a lawsuit against Donald and his siblings Robert and Maryanne, arguing that they wrongfully terminated medical benefits and coverage for Fred Trump III’s son in retaliation to Mary and Fred for challenging Fred Trump Sr.’s will. The suit was eventually settled for an undisclosed amount, the Daily Mail reported.Read original story Trump’s Family Seeks Temporary Restraining Order to Block Niece’s Upcoming Tell-All Book At TheWrap

  • Trump Calls Fox ‘Terrible’ as Latest Poll Shows Him Losing Ground to Biden
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    Trump Calls Fox ‘Terrible’ as Latest Poll Shows Him Losing Ground to Biden

    President Donald Trump once again lashed out at Fox News for a new poll showing former Vice President Joe Biden’s lead over him widening as the November election looms closer.“@FoxNews is out with another of their phony polls, done by the same group of haters that got it even more wrong in 2016. Watch what happens in November. Fox is terrible!” the president wrote Friday, disparaging the network.In May, Fox News’ polling found Biden had 48% support, which rose to 50% in the June poll. As Biden’s increased two percentage points, Trump’s decreased by the same amount, falling from 40% in May to 38% in June.Trump has been lashing out as polls show him losing to the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee in recent weeks, going so far as to hire his own pollster and demand CNN apologize for one of its polls.Also Read: Trump Hires New Pollster to Counter Latest 'Fake' Polls That Show He's Falling Further Behind Joe BidenCNN responded last week to the demand from Trump’s re-election campaign. CNN’s general counsel called the letter “factually and legally baseless.”The general counsel, David Vigilante, said he was unaware of another time in the company’s 40-year history it was “threatened with legal action because an American politician or campaign did not like CNN’s polling results.”“To the extent we have received legal threats from political leaders in the past, they have typically come from countries like Venezuela or other regimes where there is little or no respect for a free and independent media,” he went on.Notably absent from the letter Trump’s self-retained polling unit wrote in response to the CNN poll was Fox News, though Trump attacked Fox on Twitter on May 22 after a poll from that network showed him trailing behind Biden and his approval down, too.After tweeting that Fox News “should fire their Fake Pollster,” he wrote at the time, “Why doesn’t @FoxNews put up the CNBC POLL or the (believe it or not!) @CNN Poll? Hope Roger A is looking down and watching what has happened to this once beautiful creation!”Read original story Trump Calls Fox ‘Terrible’ as Latest Poll Shows Him Losing Ground to Biden At TheWrap

  • First look at Brendan Gleeson as Donald Trump in new James Comey mini-series
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    US network Showtime has unveiled its first look at Irish actor Brendan Gleeson as Donald Trump in forthcoming mini-series The Comey Rule.

  • ‘Insecure’ Creator Issa Rae Asks ‘What the F– Is This’ After Trump Likes Tweet About Her Show
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    ‘Insecure’ Creator Issa Rae Asks ‘What the F– Is This’ After Trump Likes Tweet About Her Show

    Donald Trump has tweeted over 52,700 times, but there is just a single tweet viewable under the president’s “likes” tab on his official Twitter page. It is, inexplicably, a fan tweet about HBO’s “Insecure,” a comedic drama series about the everyday experiences of modern-day Black women in Los Angeles.The tweet itself, liked by the President on Sunday, references that night’s episode and more specifically the relationship between leads Molly and Issa, played by Yvonne Orji and creator Issa Rae.“This is how I wanted tonight’s episode of insecure to end…Damn Molly” tweeted a fan along with a gif of a scene from “The Color Purple.”Also Read: Steven Seagal to Pay $314,000 to SEC for 'Unlawfully Touting' Cryptocurrency InvestmentMany questions have been asked by confused Twitter users in the hours following this unexplained move by the President, who just days ago referred to looters in close proximity to the protests spurred by the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers as “thugs,” delivering the militarized threat, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”Rae herself seems baffled by the move, replying to a tweet that said, “Holy s—. Donald Trump watches Insecure?!?!?!” with the comment, “what the f— is this.”She also responded to a tweet from actor Kumail Nanjiani joking that the “one thing” he has in common with Trump is that “we’re both big fans of @IssaeRae.”“Kumail,” she replied, along with a gif of Vanessa Estelle Williams in the upcoming film “Candyman” saying “Shh-shh! Don’t say that.”Also Read: Issa Rae Is Launching Season 4 of 'Insecure' With Virtual Block PartyCould Donald J. Trump genuinely be a fan of “Insecure?” So much so that he was not only browsing fan reactions to the latest episode, but that he was so invested in the state of Issa and Molly’s friendship that he felt compelled to hit the “like” button?Or was the like simply a slip-up by a White House intern?Either way, neither the President nor the White House has addressed the meaning behind the liked tweet, nor has it been removed at the time of this posting. So far, it’s been up for 18 hours.Reps for HBO and “Insecure” did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.what the fuck is this— Issa Rae (@IssaRae) June 8, 2020Kumail. pic.twitter.com/AffVxhhjKk— Issa Rae (@IssaRae) June 8, 2020Read original story ‘Insecure’ Creator Issa Rae Asks ‘What the F– Is This’ After Trump Likes Tweet About Her Show At TheWrap

  • Bill Maher: America Gets the ‘Abusive Part of Policing but Without the Law-and-Order Part’
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    Bill Maher: America Gets the ‘Abusive Part of Policing but Without the Law-and-Order Part’

    Bill Maher returned with a new episode of “Real Time” on HBO Friday night, and he largely dealt with the same topic that just about everyone in the country has focused on all week: the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, and the resulting nationwide protests against police violence.In the “New Rules” segment that ends the show, the comedian focused on how police forces around the country really need to police themselves. “I mean, forever we’ve been talking about bad cops, you know, bad apples. And then the vast majority of cops — good cops. But the real new rule is you can’t anymore get away with, ‘This is a bad cop, and any cops who aren’t actually committing the crime are good.’ The ones who watch and do crowd control for atrocities, they’re not good either,” Maher said. “That has to be the new standard. And it goes for all out-of-line behavior. If your partner is doing something horrendous, you can’t just watch and do nothing like the husband in a cuck video.Also Read: Seth Meyers: Republicans 'Want to Be Ruled by a Dictator so Badly' (Video)“There’s a meme that says, ‘Nobody hates bad cops worse than good cops.’ OK, if you hate them so much, turn them in. Because let’s be real. If there wasn’t video of that murder, how do you think those other cops would have described that encounter? It would be, ‘We found Mr. Floyd unresponsive so we administered CPR…’ blah blah blah lie lie lie. ‘If you see something, say something’ has to apply to police too. You can’t get away with crimes on account of being the people who are supposed to stop crimes. “Maher also found it interesting that cops allowed so much looting during the protests, considering how ever-present and confrontational they were with protesters.“And speaking of stopping crimes, we were a little slow to get to that in L.A. this week. I mean, sometimes I feel like we’re getting the worst of both worlds: the abusive part of policing but without the law-and-order part,” he quipped. “I’ve said many times in discussing the police, civilization is a mile wide and an inch deep. So when people say, ‘Cops are all that stands between civilization and chaos,’ absolutely, I agree. Cops are the badasses who deal with the dregs in an ugly business. But if cops want us to give them a little extra room to be tough because they’ve got a bad, dangerous job, then they got to do the bad, dangerous job. Which they have also done plenty of this week, to be fair. This is tough stuff now.”Then he noted the irony of regular people having to defend businesses because the cops didn’t help.Also Read: Seth Meyers Says Our 'Worst-Case Scenario' With Trump is Here: 'This Is a Horrifying Moment' (Video)“But it was frustrating watching it on TV last Sunday. Car 54, where were you? It looked like Black Friday, but without cash registers. I did see a guy in Santa Monica turning away looters but it wasn’t a cop. Just a guy invoking a citizen doorman,” Maher said, as a couple videos played showing regular folks having to defend business without a cop in sight — including one particular young woman.“One thing America does not lack for is police forces. Local cops, state, county, highway, sheriff’s department, federal marshalls, ATF, DEA, FBI, TSA, we got cops. But this lady had to step up,” he went on. “I try to understand as much as I can without being a cop. But it’s not like the jobs most people have, and it’s not. When a voice on the radio says, ‘Man with machete on 15th and Main,’ you have to go to 15th and Main. And I’m guessing cops rarely get called out to a redneck’s front porch because the guy wants to tell you how well the marriage is going.Also Read: Bill Maher Says Jeff Bezos and Amazon Are 'Anti-Capitalist': 'What Is Wrong With This Man?' (Video)After making the allowance that, sure, police officers have a tough job, he said the issue here is just as much that they’re letting all the wrong people become cops.“It’s a dangerous job, yeah, but I think we lose our battle with police misconduct when before a bad cop hits the streets because there’s not enough vetting about who becomes a cop in the first place. I swear to God, I think the root of the problem with bad cops isn’t always racism — it’s high school,” Maher said, echoing a common refrain seen on social media.“‘How much of high school did you spend inside a locker?’ should be question number one on the psych evaluation. I’ve known quite a few cops in my day, and others I’ve met for briefer encounters on the side of the road. And they are mostly not that guy. But that guy is who we have to weed out. Instead of LAPD making the psych eval the last step in joining the force, make it the first. So meatheads with a chip on their shoulder aren’t given the license to perform urban executions.“Tough guys have to do tough things. Right now it’s easy to spot the toughest police officers — they’re the ones telling their fellow cops, ‘You gotta stop this s—.’ A crack has been made in the blue wall of silence. Please, let it break down even further, altogether, or else we’re going to be in the streets again and again all the time. And in LA, that doesn’t work because, you know, we’re not really a walking town.”Read original story Bill Maher: America Gets the ‘Abusive Part of Policing but Without the Law-and-Order Part’ (Video) At TheWrap

  • Trump Says Joe Scarborough ‘Got Away With Murder,’ Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade Does Not Follow Up
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    Trump Says Joe Scarborough ‘Got Away With Murder,’ Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade Does Not Follow Up

    President Donald Trump once again baselessly accused MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough of murder Wednesday, this time doing it on Brian Kilmeade’s daily radio program with no pushback from the host.Kilmeade, a Fox News host, asked Trump why he targets attacks individual cable news hosts when there are “so many other huge problems out there.” America is still contending with the deadly coronavirus pandemic and has seen days of unrest and protest in various cities since the Memorial Day police killing of unarmed black man George Floyd.The president’s response to questions about his attacks on television personalities, saying “I just do it. People hit me, I hit back. I fight. I’ve always felt that about Scarborough. A lot of people in Florida felt he got away with murder, I think. I’ve always felt that. That’s not an uncommon story, if you look at it, so we don’t have to waste time on it but I always felt that he got away with murder. That was my feeling, very strong feeling, and I do feel it.”Also Read: Joe Scarborough Memorializes Lori Klausutis: Trump Is 'Sullying This Good Woman's Name' (Video)Trump has resurrected this conspiracy theory about Scarborough — which centers on the death of a former congressional aide named Lori Klausutis 19 years ago — in recent weeks, tweeting about it to the point that Scarborough addressed it on his show last week and the aide’s widower appealed to Twitter to get the messages removed from the platform.“I didn’t know Lori well. She worked in an annex office in Okaloosa. I met her a couple of times at a couple of events but after she passed away, [her husband] T.J. told me that she was working in a bank — and I hope I have all these details right because it’s been several years since we talked about this — but she was working in a bank and she decided that she wanted — she was a lifelong Republican, faithful Catholic — she decided she wanted to work in something like you said, something bigger than herself,” he said last week of Klausutis, who had an undiagnosed heart condition. She died after hitting her head on her office desk.Scarborough continually noted that Klausutis “wanted to give back to the country that she loved.” He then lambasted 19 years’ worth of political opponents for seizing on her story before adding it’s led to “the President of the United States sullying this good woman’s name.”Also Read: CNN Disputes Trump's Chris Cuomo Jab: 'Surely You Have More Important Issues Than TV Ratings'Though other Fox News personalities like Brit Hume and Guy Benson have publicly condemned Trump’s commentary on Klausutis’ death, Kilmeade Wednesday offered no pushback, leaving room for Trump to continue attacking another cable news personality: Chris Cuomo. As he did Tuesday, Trump insulted Cuomo’s ratings. Tuesday, that led to a tweet from CNN’s public relations department asking if he should be focusing on other things happening in the country.Trump re-upped his Cuomo attack on the radio show, calling his ratings “terrible” and praising “Fox & Friends” for its ratings. “Cuomo Prime Time” was CNN’s top-rated program in May among total viewers, bringing in 1,948,00 on average, as well as in the advertiser-coveted demographic of adults from 25-54, bringing in 513,000. The program had its highest ratings in history for the past two months among total viewers and out-performed MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” in that key demo for the second straight month.Kilmeade did offer some pushback on the ratings comparison between his early-morning program and CNN’s primetime offering, telling Trump there is “always room for improvement.”Read original story Trump Says Joe Scarborough ‘Got Away With Murder,’ Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade Does Not Follow Up At TheWrap

  • Trump Pulls Republican National Convention From North Carolina
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    Trump Pulls Republican National Convention From North Carolina

    President Trump said Tuesday night that he was pulling the Republican National Convention from the state of North Carolina and was now looking for a new state to hold the convention.“Had long planned to have the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, a place I love. Now, @NC_Governor Roy Cooper and his representatives refuse to guarantee that we can have use of the Spectrum Arena,” Trump tweeted. “Spend millions of dollars, have everybody arrive, and then tell them they will not be able to gain entry. Governor Cooper is still in Shelter-In-Place Mode, and not allowing us to occupy the arena as originally anticipated and promised.”He added, “Would have showcased beautiful North Carolina to the World, and brought in hundreds of millions of dollars, and jobs, for the State. Because of @NC_Governor, we are now forced to seek another State to host the 2020 Republican National Convention.”Also Read: Pat Robertson Blasts Trump for Lack of 'Love' in Response to ProtestsEarlier Tuesday, Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, sent a letter to the Republican National Committee saying that a full convention, currently scheduled to take place in August, was not likely given the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the likely need for social distancing and other steps to limit crowd sizes in indoor venues.“The people of North Carolina do not know what the status of COVID-19 will be in August, so planning for a scaled-down convention with fewer people, social distancing and face coverings is a necessity,” Cooper said in the letter. “We are happy to continue talking with you about what a scaled-down convention would look like and we still await your proposed plan to that. We also await answers to the safety questions posed by our Health and Human Services Secretary, specifically regarding social distancing and face coverings.”Read original story Trump Pulls Republican National Convention From North Carolina At TheWrap

  • Pat Robertson Blasts Trump for Lack of ‘Love’ in Response to Protests
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    Pat Robertson Blasts Trump for Lack of ‘Love’ in Response to Protests

    Televangelist Pat Robertson publicly scolded President Donald Trump during “The 700 Club” Tuesday, saying that his response to the unrest after George Floyd’s death “isn’t cool.”Robertson — who has defended Trump vigorously in the past and even suggested the deadliest mass shooting in American history was partly caused by the “disrespect” for the reality TV host-turned-president — had this to say after reading reports of how Trump spoke on a call with the country’s governors:There’s a purpose of everything under Heaven, we read in the Bible, and there is a time and it seems like now is the time to say, “I understand your pain. I want to comfort you. I think it’s time we love each other.” But the president took a different course: He said, “I am the president of law and order.” And he issued a heads-up. He said, “I am ready to send in military troops if the nation’s governors don’t act to quell the violence that has rocked American cities.” As a matter of fact, he spoke of them as being “jerks.”Also Read: CNN Disputes Trump's Chris Cuomo Jab: 'Surely You Have More Important Issues Than TV Ratings'The preacher concluded fiercely, “You just don’t do that, Mr. President! It isn’t cool!”In a Monday call with the country’s governors about the ongoing protests against police brutality and the death of George Floyd, Trump advocated for “retribution” against protesters, calling them “terrorists,” “anarchists” and “radicals.”“These are terrorists. They’re looking to do bad things to our country,” Trump said of the protesters, according to a recording of the call obtained by the New York Times. “You have to dominate. If you don’t dominate, you’re wasting your time. They’re going to run over you. You’re going to look like a bunch of jerks.”The president also urged governors to not be “too careful” and arrest protesters and put them in jail for “10 years.”Pat Robertson tells Trump that his response to the George Floyd protests "isn't cool." pic.twitter.com/vDBYxxUp10— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) June 2, 2020Read original story Pat Robertson Blasts Trump for Lack of ‘Love’ in Response to Protests At TheWrap

  • CNN Disputes Trump’s Chris Cuomo Jab: ‘Surely You Have More Important Issues Than TV Ratings’
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    CNN Disputes Trump’s Chris Cuomo Jab: ‘Surely You Have More Important Issues Than TV Ratings’

    CNN’s public relations department responded to a tweet from President Donald Trump Tuesday and suggested he had “more important issues” to contend with than taking jabs at the success of the network’s primetime hosts.“Yesterday was a bad day for the Cuomo Brothers. New York was lost to the looters, thugs, Radical Left, and all others forms of Lowlife & Scum. The Governor refuses to accept my offer of a dominating National Guard. NYC was ripped to pieces. Likewise, Fredo’s ratings are down 50%!” the president declared on Twitter, referring to CNN primetime anchor Chris Cuomo as “Fredo.”“Surely you have more important issues than TV ratings to address. But since you’ve made it a priority, we’ll correct the record,” came the reply from CNN’s PR shop. “@ChrisCuomo has had his highest ratings in history for the past two months.”Also Read: Fox News Wins Total Viewers for Weekend Protest Coverage, CNN Tops Key DemoMonthly Nielsen research ratings were released Tuesday, though the president’s statistic more closely matched one from a Daily Mail piece released over the weekend. Rather than monthly ratings, the Mail compared Cuomo’s peak with the previous week, reporting “Cuomo Prime Time” ratings plummeted 49% since he announced his coronavirus diagnosis in March.According to Tuesday’s new monthly ratings report from CNN, the network had its most-watched May ever in total-day and primetime viewership. “Cuomo Prime Time” was CNN’s top-rated program for the month among total viewers, bringing in an average of 1,948,000. In the advertiser-coveted age demographic of viewers 25-to-54, it saw an average of 513,000.Meanwhile, Trump-favored network Fox News hit some milestones, too, logging its 47th consecutive month in the top spot across all of cable in total-day viewership and 221st consecutive month as the top-rated cable news network in total viewers across both total-day and primetime.Read original story CNN Disputes Trump’s Chris Cuomo Jab: ‘Surely You Have More Important Issues Than TV Ratings’ At TheWrap

  • Trump Cuts US Ties to World Health Organization, Ends Briefing Without Taking Questions
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    Trump Cuts US Ties to World Health Organization, Ends Briefing Without Taking Questions

    President Donald Trump announced on Friday he was severing the United States’ relationship with the World Health Organization, claiming China had “total control” over the organization and pressured the body to “mislead the world” about the COVID-19 pandemic. He then left the scheduled press conference without answering any questions.Trump also said the U.S. would be revoking Hong Kong’s special trade and customs treatment and would be suspending the entry of Chinese citizens who were identified as “potential security risks.” The president did not detail what those “potential security risks” were or how they would be determined, and reporters did not have the opportunity to ask for clarification given that Trump left the podium abruptly after his statement.Trump’s announcement — and subsequent departure from the White House’s Rose Garden — comes two days after the U.S. surpassed 100,000 COVID-19 deaths and a day after he tweeted about “shooting” protesters in Minneapolis, writing, “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.” (The tweet received a content warning from Twitter for “glorifying violence.”)Also Read: Twitter Hits Trump With Content Warning for Tweet 'Glorifying Violence'The president did not comment at all on the protests in Minneapolis or the murder charge filed against the former police officer who choked George Floyd with his knee for several minutes, causing his death.Read original story Trump Cuts US Ties to World Health Organization, Ends Briefing Without Taking Questions At TheWrap

  • Chris Wallace Condemns Kayleigh McEnany for Questioning White House Reporters’ Faith
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    Chris Wallace Condemns Kayleigh McEnany for Questioning White House Reporters’ Faith

    Chris Wallace was back to challenging the Trump administration on “Fox News Sunday” this week, criticizing Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany for impugning the faith of reporters who questioned the president’s push to reopen places of worship.On Friday, Trump threatened to “override” the authority of governors if they did not reopen religious buildings that have been closed in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19. When reporters told McEnany that the president had no legal authority to do so, she responded by saying she found it “interesting to be in a room that desperately wants to seem to see these churches and houses of worship stay closed.”McEnany then told the White House press corps what questions they should be asking, specifically, about Mike Flynn.Watch the video clip above.Also Read: Fox News' Jedediah Bila Defends Chris Wallace Against Trump Attack: 'Just Stop'“I spent six years in the White House briefing room covering Ronald Reagan,” Wallace began on his Sunday broadcast. “I have to say, I never — and in the years since too — I never saw a White House press secretary act like that. I have to say that if Kayleigh McEnany had told Sam Donaldson and me what questions we should ask, that would not have gone well.”He went on: “Kayleigh McEnany isn’t acting like she’s working for the public. She acts like she is what she used to be, which is a spokesperson for the Trump campaign.”Wallace also questioned Dr. Deborah Birx, one of the lead members of Trump’s coronavirus task force, about the White House’s push to reopen the economy. All 50 U.S. states have reopened to various degrees as of this weekend, leading some COVID-19 models to predict the U.S. death toll to rise from around 100,000 today to 150,000 by the end of August.Also Read: Fox News' Chris Wallace Challenges Surgeon General for Downplaying Coronavirus Compared to Smoking, Opioid Deaths“A month ago, you are saying we were going to come down below the low end of the model, which is 100- to 240,000, to 60,000,” Wallace said. “So, I guess my question is, in this last month, did you underestimate the strength of the virus? Did we reopen too soon? Did we reopen without sufficient restrictions?”Birx responded by saying that the White House task force has used different models to understand how the virus is impacting both the U.S. and other countries.“We understand that our mortality rates are less than those three countries, and that’s really due to the incredible work of our front-line hospital workers,” she said. “But we understand that these number of infections has led to this level of mortality, and our job now going forward is to do everything we can to prevent additional hospitalizations and additional mortality.”Wallace has become a regular critic of Trump throughout his term, accusing him last year of “direct sustained assault on the freedom of the press.” Trump has struck back at Wallace via Twitter, calling him a “Mike Wallace wannabe” last month and saying he was “worse” than MSNBC anchor Chuck Todd.Read original story Chris Wallace Condemns Kayleigh McEnany for Questioning White House Reporters’ Faith At TheWrap

  • Bill Maher Says Jeff Bezos and Amazon Are ‘Anti-Capitalist': ‘What Is Wrong With This Man?’
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    Bill Maher Says Jeff Bezos and Amazon Are ‘Anti-Capitalist': ‘What Is Wrong With This Man?’

    “Real Time With Bill Maher” was off last week, and Maher returned on Friday by taking a big swing at Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. This rant, which came as part of the New Rules segment at the end of the show, was prompted by the news that Bezos is on pace to become the first-ever member of the trillionaire class.“New rule: you can’t have so much money that my computer’s spellcheck doesn’t know what to call you. Jeff Bezos is poised to be the world’s first trillionaire, the headline says. Even my phone was like, ‘That can’t be right,'” Maher quipped. (Sidenote: the spellcheck in my web browser also doesn’t think “trillionaire” is a word.)“We now live in an age not of innovation but of domination,” he continued. “Startups are in a 13-year slump and financing is down 22% from eight years ago because, in the online marketplace, Amazon has become the only game in town. And that was before an event happened that made everyone stay home and order everything online. Yeah, I mean, predictably, once the virus hit and America locked itself upstairs like a babysitter hiding from a slasher, sure, of course, the rest of the economy cratered. But Amazon’s stock price is up 25%. That’s what I call asymptomatic.”Also Read: Bill Maher Can't Believe Trump Takes Hydroxychloroquine but Never Tried WeedThen Maher got serious: “If we don’t do something, we’re gonna come out of our holes and discover that there’s only one store and it knows where you live.”Now there’s the question, what can be done about it? Maher’s got some ideas.“You might be surprised to learn that Elizabeth Warren had a plan to break up Amazon. And I say let’s go for it,” Maher said. “Like Sen. Warren, I’m a capitalist to my core, but when a company gets so big it smothers all competitors in the crib, that’s anti-capitalist. Like when Amazon destroyed the startup Diapers.com by cutting Amazon’s own diaper costs below cost. By one estimate, Bezos lost $100 million in his quest to corner the online diaper market. But he owns it now. Which raises the question: What is wrong with this man?Also Read: Bill Maher Mocks George Bush Nostalgia During the Pandemic: 'Bush Would Have F--ed This Up Too' (Video)“OK, you had one brilliant idea that when people get drunk at home they’ll go online and buy s— they don’t need. Great, congratulations, you won; you’re the best at making money. But one of the rules of the game of capitalism is you can win big, but not so big there’s no game.”Maher discussed a precedent: when the Supreme Court ruled that John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil violated the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1980 and the company was broken up into dozens of small, regional companies. But he also stressed that Amazon is worse because it sells so many different things.“When one supplier brings you everything, you’re not a customer. You’re a dependent,” he said. “And look, I use Amazon. Of course, everyone does. I’m not saying Amazon is pure unadulterated evil. That’s Wells Fargo. But Amazon does prey upon the Achilles heel of the American character: we will sell our soul for convenience.”Also Read: Bill Maher Jokes That Joe Biden Was 'Asked to Social Distance Even Before the Virus' (Video)He noted that many consumers don’t even consider Amazon’s environmental impact.“Liberals are supposed to be environmentalists. They must notice how wrong it is for us to do so much of our shopping in such a wasteful piggish manner,” Maher said. “Does anyone really need a grill cover to get to you overnight and in a separate box from something you ordered the day before from the same warehouse? When I was a kid getting a package was a rare event. Now kids think the UPS man is their dad. Why do socks need protective air cushion? I’m gonna shove my foot in it and stomp on it all day. They ship a disposable razor in a box the size of a coffin and enough plastic to choke a whale. Which it eventually does.“And I haven’t even mentioned that Amazon often pays no taxes, and bathroom breaks for their workers are so infrequent they have to pee into bottles… which are then resold as Kombucha.”Maher ended his rant with advice for viewers: “Maybe this is just the hunter-gatherer in me speaking, but someday I hope to leave the cave again and I’m gonna want to shop somewhere in person. So this weekend, be a hero and go out to an actual store and patronize some other business besides Amazon. And let’s see if we can’t get America back on its feet again. Because we’re looking pretty raggedy, and you know the old saying: if the shoe fits, you probably didn’t get it online.”Watch the full segment above.Read original story Bill Maher Says Jeff Bezos and Amazon Are ‘Anti-Capitalist': ‘What Is Wrong With This Man?’ (Video) At TheWrap

  • CNN’s Kaitlan Collins Fires Back at Trump’s ‘Faker’ Taunt: ‘Nearly 90,000 Americans Have Been Killed’
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    CNN’s Kaitlan Collins Fires Back at Trump’s ‘Faker’ Taunt: ‘Nearly 90,000 Americans Have Been Killed’

    CNN’s Kaitlan Collins redirected attention to the coronavirus crisis and its casualties Sunday night after President Donald Trump insulted her over a video that showed her removing her protective face mask.“Nearly 90,000 Americans have been killed by coronavirus, and the president is tweeting about me pulling my mask down for six seconds on Friday,” the reporter tweeted Sunday night.Her tweet was in response to one from Trump declaring her a “CNN faker.” The president took aim at Collins after his son, Eric Trump, posted a video of her removing the mask at the conclusion of a press briefing.Also Read: The Lancet Medical Journal Faults Trump's Coronavirus Response, Politicizing of Public Health“Just a reminder that @CNN is a total joke: ‘Mask-police CNN reporter @kaitlancollins caught removing hers at presser, as soon as she thought cameras were off,'” wrote the younger Trump.Trump spent Sunday attacking numerous news media figures by name. He attacked Collins’ CNN colleague Jake Tapper in a tweet that called CNN the “lamestream media” and suggested the network “illegally” smeared him and “got caught.”He also went after CBS News anchor Norah O’Donnell, saying she and “60 Minutes” have been “doing everything in their power to demean our Country, much to the benefit of the Radical Left Democrats.”“I also hope that Shari Redstone will take a look at her poorly performing gang,” he wrote, referencing the ViacomCBS chairwoman. ViacomCBS is the parent company of CBS. “She knows how to make things right!”Read original story CNN’s Kaitlan Collins Fires Back at Trump’s ‘Faker’ Taunt: ‘Nearly 90,000 Americans Have Been Killed’ At TheWrap

  • Guns N’ Roses Mock Trump With ‘Live N Let Die With COVID 45’ Shirts
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    Guns N’ Roses Mock Trump With ‘Live N Let Die With COVID 45’ Shirts

    Notoriously outspoken Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose is back to trolling President Trump, this time with a T-shirt that says “Live N’ Let Die With COVID 45.”The shirt references Trump’s repeated refusals to wear personal protective masks, even as he toured a Honeywell factory last week that was manufacturing the N-95 safety equipment. Workers in the factory began blaring “Live N’ Let Die” over the loudspeakers in an attempt to drown out Trump’s speech, which promptly caught the attention of Rose and his band. They designed a shirt mocking the President and announced yesterday on Twitter that the merch would be sold on their website.“Live N’ Let Die” earned a Grammy nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1993. “45,” of course, references Trump — the 45th president of the United States.All proceeds from the shirt, which costs $25, will be donated to the Recording Academy’s MusiCares COVID-19 relief fund.Also Read: CNN's Anderson Cooper: Trump Administration's 'War on the Truth' Is Now 'Life or Death' (Video)The shirt is the latest in a long-running string of anti-Trump activism by Rose and the band, dating back to the 2016 election. Earlier this month, Rose caught Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin in his crosshairs after he tweeted, “whatever anyone may have previously thought of Steve Mnuchin he’s officially an asshole.” Mnuchin fired back, asking Rose, “what have you done for the country lately?,” but originally included an emoji of the Liberian flag instead of the United States’, much to Rose’s delight.Check out the t-shirt design below:Live N' Let Die…https://t.co/RvvMnTyJxt pic.twitter.com/wdgzra3S5h— Guns N' Roses (@gunsnroses) May 13, 2020Read original story Guns N’ Roses Mock Trump With ‘Live N Let Die With COVID 45’ Shirts At TheWrap

  • Trump Abruptly Ends Coronavirus Briefing After Tense Exchange With CBS, CNN Reporters
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    Trump Abruptly Ends Coronavirus Briefing After Tense Exchange With CBS, CNN Reporters

    President Donald Trump abruptly walked out of his own coronavirus briefing on Monday, refusing to answer any more questions, after a tense exchange with CBS’ Weijia Jiang and CNN’s Kaitlan Collins.During the Q&A portion of the press conference, Jiang asked Trump why testing in the U.S. was akin to a “global competition” for the president.“You’ve said many times that the U.S. is doing far better than any other country when it comes to testing. Why does that matter? Why is this a global competition to you if every day Americans are still losing their lives and we’re still seeing more cases every day?” Jiang asked.“Well, they’re losing their lives everywhere in the world. And maybe that’s a question you should ask China. Don’t ask me, ask China that question. When you ask them that question, you might get a very unusual question,” Trump said before pointing to a reporter behind Jiang.Also Read: White House Requires Staff to Wear Masks in West WingBefore another question was asked, Jiang — who is Asian American — asked Trump why he “specifically” told her to “ask China.”“I’m not saying it specifically to anybody. I’m saying it to anybody that would ask a nasty question,” the president said.“That’s not a nasty question. Why does it matter?” Jiang responded.Also Read: Trump Asks NBC News to Fire Chuck Todd After 'Meet the Press' Admits Airing 'Inaccurately' Edited ClipThe president refused to answer Jiang’s follow-up and pointed to a reporter “in the back” to ask their question next.“I have two questions,” CNN’s Kaitlan Collins began.“Nah, it’s okay,” Trump replied.“But you pointed to me. I have two questions, Mr. President,” Collins continued. The president refused to let the CNN reporter ask her questions and claimed that he was moving on because she “didn’t respond” when he first called on her.“I just wanted to let my colleague finish,” Collins said, referring to Jiang. Trump then refused to take any more questions from the White House reporters and abruptly left the stage.Watch the exchange below:Trump ends news conference amid clashes with journalists, after suggesting an Asian American reporter should "ask China" pic.twitter.com/4cmksFhfYu— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 11, 2020Read original story Trump Abruptly Ends Coronavirus Briefing After Tense Exchange With CBS, CNN Reporters At TheWrap

  • Trump Asks NBC News to Fire Chuck Todd After ‘Meet the Press’ Admits Airing ‘Inaccurately’ Edited Clip
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    Trump Asks NBC News to Fire Chuck Todd After ‘Meet the Press’ Admits Airing ‘Inaccurately’ Edited Clip

    President Donald Trump made repeated calls for “Meet the Press” anchor Chuck Todd to be fired after the show admitted that Sunday’s interview with Attorney General William Barr was “inadvertently and inaccurately cut short.”“Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd should be FIRED by ‘Concast’ (NBC) for this fraud. He knew exactly what he was doing. Public Airwaves = Fake News!” tweeted the president Sunday night, tagging the Twitter accounts for the Federal Communications Commission and its chairman Ajit Pai.On Monday morning, he tweeted the FCC again: “THIS IS A DISGRACE, EVEN WORSE THAN @NBC USUALLY IS, WHICH IS REALLY BAD. SLEEPY EYES MUST BE FIRED!” “Sleepy Eyes” is Trump’s nickname for Todd.Also Read: NBC's 'Meet the Press' Is Top Sunday Show Season-to-Date With 3.8 Million Average ViewersOn Sunday, “Meet the Press” played an excerpt from Barr’s CBS News interview in which he discussed Michael Flynn and said “history is written by the winner” — but didn’t play the rest of his comments: “But I think a fair history would say that it was a good decision because it upheld the rule of law. It helped, it upheld the standards of the Department of Justice, and it undid what was an injustice.”Sunday’s “Meet the Press” cut of the CBS News interview mirrored the one shown on Thursday’s CBS Evening News, which ended after Barr said “history is written by the winner, so it largely depends on who’s writing the history.” Friday’s CBS This Morning aired the clip in full, expanding it to include Barr’s statement about upholding the rule of law.Sunday, after playing the shorter clip, Todd remarked on Barr’s “cynicism,” then said, “It’s a correct answer, but he’s the attorney general. He didn’t make the case that he was upholding the rule of law. He was almost admitting that, yeah, this is a political job.”After Department of Justice spokesperson Kerri Kupec posted side-by-side transcripts of Barr’s full comments and those that were aired on the NBC News program, the “Meet the Press” Twitter account issued a reply.“You’re correct. Earlier today, we inadvertently and inaccurately cut short a video clip of an interview with AG Barr before offering commentary and analysis. The remaining clip included important remarks from the attorney general that we missed, and we regret the error,” it said.It was after Federalist senior editor Mollie Hemingway replied that “a tweet in no way covers the error” that Trump jumped into the Twitter thread with his initial call for Todd’s firing.Trump then spend part of Monday morning retweeting everyday user accounts criticizing Todd and NBC News.Read original story Trump Asks NBC News to Fire Chuck Todd After ‘Meet the Press’ Admits Airing ‘Inaccurately’ Edited Clip At TheWrap

  • Bill Maher Mocks George Bush Nostalgia During the Pandemic: ‘Bush Would Have F—ed This Up Too’ (Video)
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    Bill Maher Mocks George Bush Nostalgia During the Pandemic: ‘Bush Would Have F—ed This Up Too’ (Video)

    Over the last three years, people have frequently compared Donald Trump unfavorably to the last Republican president to preside over a series of wholly preventable disasters — George W. Bush. Specifically, it’s common for people to say very nice things about the 43rd president and suggest he would have handled these disasters well., especially given how the response to the COVID-19 pandemic is going.But on “Real Time” Friday, Bill Maher wasn’t having it, and during the mid-show bit, he made it plain when he said he thinks the 43rd president would have been almost as bad as he thinks Trump is.The joke came at the end of a frequent Bill Maher routine, “I don’t know it for a fact, I just know it’s true,” something he hasn’t done in a while. Rather than belabor the point, we’ll just list them all for you below (or watch them in the clip above):Also Read: Bill Maher Rips Democrats for Caring About Tara Reade Accusations: 'Exactly What Republicans Want'“I don’t know it for a fact that quarantine self-haircuts are better than what you’d get at Fantastic Sams. I just know it’s true.I don’t know it for a fact that people are going to f–k their first Tinder match after quarantine, I just know it’s true.I don’t know it for a fact that employees at Sears have no idea there’s been a lockdown, I just know it’s true.I don’t know it for a fact that the Kardashians are deciding which sister to sacrifice to the virus to stay relevant [laughs] that’s very mean, I’m just kidding.I don’t know it for a fact that Dr. Birx cries in her car. I just know it’s true.I don’t know for a fact that Melania tells Trump, ‘Not tonight, I might be asymptiomatic (sic). Asymptiomatic? Something like that.I don’t know it for a fact that Lou Dobbs drinks his hot dog water. Not really related to the crisis, but sort of.I don’t know it for a fact that you’ve been through so many categories on Pornhub you’re thinking of clicking on the one where the chicks are giants! [laughs] I haven’t heard about that one.I don’t know it for a fact that somewhere a Jewish mother is complaining to her son, ‘You never call. You never Zoom.’ I just know that one’s true.I don’t know it for a fact that your wife thinks about Gavin Newsom during sex. It’s true.And I don’t know for a fact that Bush would have f—ed this up too. Not as bad. But he would’ve.”Also Read: Bill Maher Jokes That Joe Biden Was 'Asked to Social Distance Even Before the Virus' (Video)Earlier in the show, during the monologue, per usual Maher ran through a grab bag of topics drawn from the week’s news. For instance, Cinco de Mayo, “or as we call it here in Hollywood: Cultural Appropriation Day,” about which he said “Trump supporters, they love Cinco de Mayo. They celebrated this year by putting salt on the rim of their disinfectant.” A reference, of course, to the time Trump literally suggested people could fight coronavirus by injecting disinfectant into their lungs. (You can’t. Don’t do that.)“Of course if you really want to get high you gotta eat the worm at the bottom of the Windex bottle, that’s how you really. Look, I love that holiday, always have. Lived out here for a long time. I partied by myself. I did. I was in the kitchen. I made tacos and guacamole and margaritas,” Maher continued. “I wrecked the whole place. I was like, ‘You know what? I’m gonna leave this for the cleaning lady.’ Then I remembered: I’m the cleaning lady.”Maher also talked about the disturbing news about the possibility that Asian giant hornets have been established in North America. “Did you see this? — we’re getting an invasion of Asian murder hornets. That’s what they’re calling it in the press because they never try to scare people. Asian murder hornets. Trump said ‘Impossible, I banned their flights in January.'”Read original story Bill Maher Mocks George Bush Nostalgia During the Pandemic: ‘Bush Would Have F—ed This Up Too’ (Video) At TheWrap

  • Robert De Niro wants to play New York governor Andrew Cuomo in a coronavirus movie
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    Robert De Niro wants to play New York governor Andrew Cuomo in a coronavirus movie

    Robert De Niro has heaped praise on Andrew Cuomo's response to the coronavirus pandemic, while also taking the chance to attack Trump, too.

  • Bill Maher Says Mike Pence Didn’t Wear a Mask at the Mayo Clinic Because He Wanted to Tell ‘Barefaced Lies’ (Video)
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    Bill Maher Says Mike Pence Didn’t Wear a Mask at the Mayo Clinic Because He Wanted to Tell ‘Barefaced Lies’ (Video)

    In the latest monologue of the at-home edition of “Real Time,” Bill Maher talked about the recent disturbing or just weird current events amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and one thing he took particular issue with the way Mike Pence handled a trip to the Mayo Clinic this week.On Tuesday, Pence toured the Mayo Clinic to get a look at how it is dealing with coronavirus patients, but the vice president inexplicably did not wear a face mask, despite being surrounded by sick people. Face masks are of course mandatory at the clinic, but Pence claims no one told him of this fact. There are some problems with that account, however.First, the Mayo Clinic has since said that Pence was definitely told about the policy in advance. And second, at least one journalist who accompanied Pence has said they were all told about the policy and instructed to comply with it. Pence was apparently so unhappy with that disclosure, that the reporter was banned from Air Force Two for two weeks in retaliation, according to the Washington Post.Also Read: Voice of America Reporter Says He Was Banned From Air Force Two Over Report on Mike Pence's Maskless Mayo Clinic Visit“You know who else is not popular this week? Mike Pence. Not popular,” Maher said about that. “Went to the Mayo Clinic. Everyone was wearing a mask, of course, it was the Mayo Clinic, or everywhere. And he did not have a mask. Mike Pence said, ‘No it’s okay. I’ve been tested. And besides, they’re called barefaced lies.'” Zing!Maher also brought up how Trump has responded to the possibility that the supply of meat in the U.S. might be affected by coronavirus outbreaks at meat processing facilities. Trump issued an executive order requiring those facilities to remain open (even though the order doesn’t require worker safety to be taken into account).“Yeah, don’t don’t f— with lunch,” Maher said. “The War Powers Act, which is at his disposal — he could use it for you know masks, ventilators. He used it this week to make sure that the meatpacking plants were kept open. Because meat, now it’s personal. You step on Donald Trump’s meat hose and s— just got real.”Also Read: Mike Pence Wears Mask to General Motors After Public Shaming Over Mayo Clinic VisitMaher also talked about the thing everyone has been talking about for a week now — how Donald Trump literally suggested it might be possible for people to fight coronavirus by injecting disinfectant into the body. (As always, absolutely do not do this.)“Yes. This incomparably stupid man actually suggested — and he’s the president of the United States, I don’t know if you know that — actually suggested this week that people ingest cleaning disinfectants,” Maher complained. “And his voters started calling poison control centers to see if that was okay. Deplorable? They’re the unbleachables.”After briefly touching on Hillary Clinton’s endorsement of Joe Biden, Maher concluded by poking fun at the order to begin reopening Georgia, which began this week and will continue next week. “States are starting to open up for business again. Georgia leading the way. They have opened up the tattoo parlors and the beauty salons. In the south, what they call the ‘high-tech sector,'” Maher joked.“And it’s good to see that in Georgia things are becoming normal again. When I say ‘becoming normal,’ I mean being able to get a tattoo of Jesus wrestling a snake,” he continued. “Oh and bowling alleys in Georgia. If you’re in Georgia, bowling alleys are open, barbershops and tattoo parlors. Because what could be safer businesses than ones involving razors, needles and sticking your fingers in other people’s balls.”You can watch the whole monologue above.Read original story Bill Maher Says Mike Pence Didn’t Wear a Mask at the Mayo Clinic Because He Wanted to Tell ‘Barefaced Lies’ (Video) At TheWrap

  • Jim Carrey Gives Shout-Out to Trump’s ‘Next Medical Breakthrough’ in New Cartoon
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    Jim Carrey Gives Shout-Out to Trump’s ‘Next Medical Breakthrough’ in New Cartoon

    If you’ve been busy quarancleaning this past month, you’ll recognize the household cleaner that a thirsty Donald Trump is busy chugging in Jim Carrey’s latest political cartoon.“Trump’s next medical breakthrough: ‘Want COVID out? SHOUT IT OUT!'” Carrey captioned his drawing, referencing the slogan of the stain-removing cleaner Shout.The satirical illustration takes a jab at Trump’s suggestion last week at a White House coronavirus press briefing that disinfectants and UV light could be used to kill the coronavirus through an injection. He made the comments after hearing a presentation from a Department of Homeland Security official who spoke about the effects sunlight and household disinfectants like bleach and isopropyl alcohol have on the virus in saliva found on surfaces and in the air.Also Read: Trump Wonders If Injecting Disinfectant - or Light - Into Human Bodies Could Kill Coronavirus (Video)“I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute, one minute, and is there a way we can do something like that? Like injection inside or almost a cleaning because, you see, it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number in the lungs, so it’d be interesting to check that,” Trump said.Top medical officials on the White House Coronavirus Task Force disputed that disinfectants and light can be used as a treatment for the coronavirus. But later, after being thoroughly reamed for the dangerous suggestion, Trump attempted to backpedal by saying he was being sarcastic.Still, in Carrey’s cartoon world, an illustrated Trump can be seen pouring the cleaner right down his throat as unseen onlookers shout “Chug! Chug! Chug!”Trump’s next medical breakthrough: “Want COVID out? SHOUT IT OUT!” pic.twitter.com/GQPpl5qpmS— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) April 29, 2020Read original story Jim Carrey Gives Shout-Out to Trump’s ‘Next Medical Breakthrough’ in New Cartoon At TheWrap

  • President Trump pays tribute to 'our great first lady' as Melania turns 50
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    President Trump pays tribute to 'our great first lady' as Melania turns 50

    The first lady will be celebrating her birthday at home in the White House.

  • Fox News’ Bret Baier Rejects Trump’s Claim Disinfectant Comment Was Sarcasm: ‘That’s Not How It Looked’
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    Fox News’ Bret Baier Rejects Trump’s Claim Disinfectant Comment Was Sarcasm: ‘That’s Not How It Looked’

    Fox News’ Bret Baier isn’t convinced by President Donald Trump’s Friday claim that he was being sarcastic when he suggested ingesting or injecting disinfectants to treat COVID-19.“Well, that’s not how it looked in the briefing and not how it came across in the briefing,” Baier said of Trump’s Thursday night statements, which he made to Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, during a press conference.“What’s problematic for this president is that sometimes he goes on these riffs and when you’re dealing with medical things, statements — when you are riffing from a podium — sometimes that works great on other topics when politics comes into play,” Baier continued. “But when riffing about possible cures or treatments, it didn’t seem like it was coming off as sarcastic when he was talking and turning to Dr. Birx on the side.”Also Read: White House Press Secretary Blames Media for 'Negative Headlines' About Trump Suggesting Disinfectant InjectionsThe network’s chief political anchor noted Trump’s comments “spurred all kinds of coverage,” which is true: Trending topics on Twitter Thursday night into Friday afternoon included the words “Clorox,” “Lysol” and “bleach.” Lysol released a statement urging consumers not to ingest their products. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany blamed all that on the media Friday.“President Trump has repeatedly said that Americans should consult with medical doctors regarding coronavirus treatment, a point that he emphasized again during yesterday’s briefing,” McEnany said in a statement. “Leave it to the media to irresponsibly take President Trump out of context and run with negative headlines.”“Obviously, this is his answer to that criticism,” said Baier of Trump’s walk-back, noting the president “does get himself into these issues.”Fox Business Network’s Neil Cavuto, too, hit Trump on his own show Friday, saying, “From a lot of medical people with whom I chat, that was a dangerous, crossing-the-line kind of signal that worried them because people could die as a result. Now, he might have said he was sarcastic and flippant and making the comment; I quoted directly from his full remarks. Nothing was taken out of context. I am not part of some fake news media or what-have-you. I want to be very very clear on that. Whether it cuts to the left or the right, I am not here to carry any party’s political water. I am here to help you folks out with what is real and what progress is being made, what is a legitimate issue and what is not. That’s to take nothing away from the president’s health care task force and doing yeoman’s work in trying to get this thing under control, but saying remarks like that really don’t help the matter any.”Read original story Fox News’ Bret Baier Rejects Trump’s Claim Disinfectant Comment Was Sarcasm: ‘That’s Not How It Looked’ At TheWrap

  • New York Times Deletes Tweet Saying ‘Some Experts’ Warn Against Ingesting Disinfectant
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    New York Times Deletes Tweet Saying ‘Some Experts’ Warn Against Ingesting Disinfectant

    The New York Times deleted a tweet linking to an article about President Donald Trump’s Thursday suggestion that ingesting disinfectant could be a possible coronavirus cure.“We’ve deleted an earlier tweet and updated a sentence in our article that implied that only ‘some experts’ view the ingestion of household disinfectants as dangerous. To be clear, there is no debate on the danger,” said a tweet from the account Friday.That tweet followed a new one linking to the original article. The updated copy read, “President Trump has promoted unproven and potentially dangerous treatments for the coronavirus. On Thursday, he speculated about treatments involving the use of household disinfectants that would be dangerous if put inside the body.”Also Read: White House Press Secretary Blames Media for 'Negative Headlines' About Trump Suggesting Disinfectant InjectionsThe now-deleted tweet read, “At a White House briefing, President Trump theorized — dangerously, in the view of some experts — about the powers of sunlight, ultraviolet light and household disinfectants to kill the coronavirus.”While the paper of record scrambled to clarify its original tweet Friday, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany blamed the media for the negative attention Trump’s comments about injecting disinfectant have received.“President Trump has repeatedly said that Americans should consult with medical doctors regarding coronavirus treatment, a point that he emphasized again during yesterday’s briefing,” McEnany said in a statement. “Leave it to the media to irresponsibly take President Trump out of context and run with negative headlines.”Trump’s suggestion has been widely shot down, by everyone from White House coronavirus task force coordinator Deborah Birx to Lysol, which released a statement against ingesting its products.Read original story New York Times Deletes Tweet Saying ‘Some Experts’ Warn Against Ingesting Disinfectant At TheWrap