On Friday’s “Morning Joe,” host Joe Scarborough offered some on-air advice to conservative radio scion Rush Limbaugh, who’s been vocal about his doubts regarding the seriousness of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic: Bag groceries if you want to restart the economy.On multiple occasions, Limbaugh has cast doubt on the number of coronavirus deaths, saying on Tuesday “there may be some politics involved” in what he thought were overinflated numbers. Public health experts, of course, believe the opposite: There are more deaths than are being reported, but a lack of access to testing means some coronavirus-related deaths that should be counted are not. On Thursday, Limbaugh suggested that public health experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci, who sits on the White House’s coronavirus task force, are “Hillary Clinton sympathizers” who want to “get rid” of President Donald Trump.In late February, Limbaugh called the coronavirus “the common cold” that was “being weaponized as yet another element to bring down Donald Trump.”Also Read: White House to Conduct Coronavirus Tests on All Journalists Covering Daily Briefing“All of these Trump talking heads that are saying we should reopen the economy now, that Fauci — that it’s all a hoax? Hey, Rush Limbaugh? Why don’t you go to your local Publix and bag groceries?” Scarborough responded.The MSNBC host went on, with encouragement from co-host Mika Brzezinski, “If you think it’s such a great idea that we open the economy, you can lead by example by going to a grocery store and bagging groceries. You can do it today.”Limbaugh was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in February by Trump, just one day after revealing his diagnosis of advanced lung cancer. Scarborough did face some criticism from conservative media for suggesting the sick host expose himself.Read original story Joe Scarborough to Rush Limbaugh: Go ‘Bag Groceries’ if You Want to Restart the Economy At TheWrap
On Wednesday afternoon’s episode of “The View,” host Whoopi Goldberg pressed presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders on why he remains in the race against former vice president Joe Biden.“I’m told that you intend to stay in this race because you believe there is a path to victory. I want to know what that path is because this feels a little bit like it did when you didn’t come out when Hillary Clinton was clearly the person folks were going for. So, can you explain why you’re still in the race and what this path is that you see?” the ABC host asked while broadcasting live from her own home, which she began doing in mid-March as the coronavirus spread through the country.Also Read: Sanders Wants to Delay April 7 Wisconsin Primary, Calls Situation 'Dangerous' (Video)Sanders, also calling into the show from his home, told Goldberg that when Clinton became the Democratic nominee in 2016, he “worked as hard as (he) could” to get her elected and Goldberg demurred, saying that while that was true, she felt it took him a “very long time to hop in.”When Sanders said he didn’t “accept that characterization,” she interrupted to ask, again, why he is staying in the race.“People have a right, last I heard, people in a democracy have a right to vote and they have a right to vote for the agenda that they think can work for America, especially in this very very difficult moment,” he countered. “We are assessing our campaign, as a matter of fact, where we want to go forward, but people in a democracy do have a right to vote and right now, in this unprecedented moment in American history, I think we need to have a very serious discussion about how they go forward.”In another interview conducted from his home Wednesday, the senator expanded on his position that Wisconsin’s April 7 primary should be delayed and voting should be done by mail-in ballots to MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell.Read original story Whoopi Goldberg to Bernie Sanders: ‘Can You Explain Why You’re Still in the Race?’ At TheWrap
“Women don't need to find a voice. They have a voice. They need to feel empowered to use it, and people need to be encouraged to listen.”
Though she side-stepped endorsing any particular candidate, Hillary Clinton pleaded for Democratic voters to be practical with their primary vote in the coming election this year. That’s because, she argued, nothing could be worse than a second term for President Donald Trump.“I want people to take their vote really, really seriously because lord knows what will happen if we don’t retire the current incumbent and his henchmen, as Nancy Pelosi so well described it,” Clinton said on Friday during the Television Critics Association. Clinton was on hand Friday to talk about her documentary “Hillary” on Hulu. You can watch the trailer for that here.“For the democratic voters, try to vote for the person you think is most likely to win. At the end of the day that is what will matter,” she continued. “And not just the popular vote, but the electoral college.” Clinton lost the 2016 election to Trump in the Electoral College despite receiving around 3 million more votes.Also Read: Hillary Clinton on How She 'Became a Kind of Rorschach Test for Women'“I don’t mean to be overly simplistic, but please vote,” she said. “It is almost a truism to say we can look at what’s happening politically in our country right now and be so frustrated and disgusted that it just turns you off. It wasn’t so long ago that we didn’t wake up to a president who made us worry in the morning.”By the time “Hillary” debuts on March 6, it will be right in the thick of the Democratic primary race, coming just three days after Super Tuesday. “Maybe by that time, the field will have clarified,” she said.Read original story Hillary Clinton Fears 4 More Years of Trump: ‘Lord Knows What Will Happen’ At TheWrap
Documentarian Michael Moore believes President Donald Trump will be re-elected for a second term — especially if the election were held today instead of 2020.In conversation with Amy Goodman of news program “Democracy Now!” the filmmaker said the Democratic nominee is likely to win the popular vote, just as Hillary Clinton did in 2016.“I think if the election were held today… Hillary won by 3 million popular votes. I believe whoever the Democrat is next year is going to win by 4 to 5 million popular votes. There’s no question in my mind that people who stayed home, who sat on the bench, they’re going to pour out,” Moore started.“The problem is, if the vote were today, I believe he would win the electoral states he would need because, living out there I will tell you his level of support has not gone down one inch,” he explained. “In fact, I’d say it’s even more rabid than it was before, because they’re afraid now. They’re afraid he could lose, because they watched his behavior.”Also Read: Michael Moore and Trump Agree Democrats Blew It With Mueller Testimony (but Still Hate Each Other)He said the Democrats’ responsibility is “to make sure [they] don’t give them another Hillary Clinton to vote for.”Moore, a Bernie Sanders supporter, says Democrats need a candidate that “excites” the base: women, people of color and young people.“They’re going to come out and vote for the fighter,” Moore explained. “For the person who shares their values, and the values of the majority of this country are the progressive values.”You can watch Michael Moore’s full “Democracy Now!” interview — where he also weighs in on the upcoming Senate impeachment trial — above.Read original story Michael Moore Predicts Trump Will Win Reelection in 2020: His Base Is ‘Even More Rabid’ At TheWrap
MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” started the week by picking up where NBC’s “Meet the Press” left off on Sunday: Hammering GOP Sen. John Kennedy — and by extension, some of his Republican colleagues — for “repeating Putin talking points,” specifically by reiterating claims of Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election.On Sunday, Kennedy accused former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko of “actively” working for Hillary Clinton during her 2016 campaign against President Trump.Also Read: 'Morning Joe': GOP Support of Ukraine Conspiracy Theory Is Like 'Living in an Alternate Universe'Moderator Chuck Todd pushed back then, saying, “You realize the only other person selling this argument outside of the United States is this man, Vladimir Putin. This is what he said on November 20: ‘Thank God nobody is accusing us anymore of interfering in U.S. elections. Now they’re accusing Ukraine. Well, let them sort this out among themselves.’ You just accused a former president of Ukraine. You’ve done exactly what the Russian operation is trying to get American politicians to do. Are you at all concerned that you’ve been duped?”Throughout Monday’s “Morning Joe,” the cable panelists made the same points, criticizing Republicans who fall in line to defend Trump. (That has been a months-long theme of the show, which is hosted by former GOP Rep. Joe Scarborough.)Also Read: 'Morning Joe' Accuses Pro-Trump Republicans of 'Shamelessness' After Impeachment Inquiry Vote“What about these Republicans, these so-called ‘conservatives?'” asked Scarborough, referencing his time in office. “People who stood by me as we fought against Russian influence and the spread of communism and fought for conservative values?”He slammed them for “going on national television, repeating Putin talking points. The United States Senate even gotta a warning from the intel agencies — Donald Trump’s intel agencies — that this is propaganda that Vladimir Putin has been trying to push for the past several years.”Watch the video above.Read original story ‘Morning Joe’ Rails Against Republicans ‘Repeating Putin Talking Points’ At TheWrap
“I’m inspired by women who redefine the idea of who she can be and say no when they’re faced with bulls***.” The Lenny Letter co-founder cites her mother, artist Laurie Simmons, and sister, Grace Dunham, a radical queer woman, as individuals who have inspired her to take chances. Lena Dunham on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar’s November issue.