The soothsayer qualities of 'The Simpsons' were in action again at the inauguration of Joe Biden.
Outgoing president Donald Trump ended his predecessor Barack Obama’s 12-year run as the most admired man in Gallup’s annual poll Tuesday.For the first time since 2008, Obama slid to second place, securing 15% of the vote compared to Trump’s 18%.Former first lady Michelle Obama was the most admired woman for the third year in a row with a 10% response rate while Vice President-elect Kamala Harris came in second place with 6%. Current first lady Melania Trump was behind her with 4%.Also Read: Trump Falsely Suggests He's Won the Nobel Peace Prize - With the Wrong MedalGallup explained Trump’s rise in its poll like this: “When the sitting president is not the top choice, it is usually because he is unpopular politically … Even though Trump is similarly unpopular now — 39% approve of his performance — his dominant performance among Republicans, contrasted with Democrats splitting their choices among multiple public figures, pushes him to the top of the 2020 most admired man list.”President-elect Joe Biden was named by 6% of respondents. Notably, Dr. Anthony Fauci beat out the Pope by one percentage point in his debut on the list, earning 3% to the pontiff’s 2%.The results came from telephone interviews conducted from Dec. 1 to Dec. 17. Just over 1,000 American adults from all 50 states and Washington, D.C. weighed in on the open-ended questions of which man and woman they admire most.Read original story Trump Ends Obama’s 12-Year Streak as America’s Most Admired Man At TheWrap
CNN’s chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta fired off a final question as White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany left her briefing Tuesday, asking her about the “disinformation” he accused her of spreading “every day.”McEnany was attacking the media just before halting her briefing, accusing reporters of not paying enough attention to stories involving Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell and President-elect Joe Biden’s son Hunter.“Good for those who covered what was a story all along, and not Russia disinformation,” she said, walking from the podium.Also Read: CNN's Jim Acosta on Trump Supporters Jeering Him and the Media: 'This Isn't Normal'“Kayleigh,” Acosta called out as she departed the briefing room, “Isn’t it hypocritical of you to accuse others of disinformation when you spread it every day?”Though she didn’t respond, Acosta expanded on Twitter later about what the “disinformation” he identified this time entailed.During her briefing, McEnany said President Donald Trump “has taken all statutory requirements necessary to either ensure a smooth transition or a continuation of power.”The Electoral College certified Monday what Trump has long been denying: Joe Biden won the 2020 election and is, as a result, president-elect. Acosta wrote on Twitter of McEnany’s statement, “Fact check: There won’t be a ‘continuation of power.’ That’s disinformation.”Acosta — and his network — have been plenty critical of McEnany before. After she tested positive for COVID-19 in October, he was one of the first to point out that when McEnany spoke to journalists just days prior, she wasn’t wearing a mask.In September, CNN cut away from a White House press briefing entirely and anchor Brianna Keilar told her viewers McEnany was “lying” about President Donald Trump’s coronavirus response.During that briefing, McEnany was asked to respond to new reporting from Bob Woodward that Trump knew about the coronavirus threat in early February, but downplayed it significantly.“The president never downplayed the virus,” McEnany said. “The president expressed calm.”“Kayleigh, isn’t it hypocritical for you to accuse others of disinformation when you spread it every day?” — @Acosta pic.twitter.com/k36X5SmYyR– Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 15, 2020Read original story CNN’s Jim Acosta Grills Kayleigh McEnany on Her ‘Disinformation’ At TheWrap
Kayleigh McEnany was dragged Sunday night and Monday morning for a tweet that said “President @realDonaldTrump already has an ALL FEMALE Senior White House Press Team.”By way of responding to news that President-elect Joe Biden had named an all-female communications team for his White House, she also claimed that the vice president, first lady and second lady also have all-female senior staff. She wrote that by reporting on Biden’s selection, the Washington Post “once again reveals their blinding propagandist Fake News proclivities.”The problem with her statements was quickly identified by journalists who, well, work with the men on the various communications teams within the outgoing administration. Other political observers, too, pointed out that her claim didn’t track with publicly-available job titles for men on those teams.Also Read: Trump White House's Kayleigh McEnany Still Won't Commit to Peaceful Transfer of Power to Joe Biden“This is just such a weird and pointless thing to lie about,” wrote George Conway, a prominent Republican who has spoken out repeatedly against the Trump agenda and administration, in which his wife Kellyanne Conway played a prominent role for years.Conway included screenshots of the Twitter bios for Judd Deere, Brian Morgenstern and Devin O’Malley. Deere and Morgenstern serve as deputy press secretaries while O’Malley is Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary. Their bios say as much. While McEnany’s tweet does specifically refer to “senior” press team officials being female, it is unclear how O’Malley, for instance, would not be considered a senior official.“Wonder how Judd Deere, who answers most calls to that office, and Morgenstern feel upon learning this,” mused the New York Times’ Maggie Haberman. A representative for the White House did not immediately return a request for clarification.Read original story Kayleigh McEnany Called Out for ‘Weird and Pointless Lie’ About White House Communications Team At TheWrap
File under Tweets With a Bad Shelf-Life: Kellyanne Conway’s 2016 tweet hyping President Donald Trump’s 306-vote electoral college victory as a “landslide” has come back to haunt her now that CNN has projected president-elect Joe Biden has defeated Trump with, yes, 306 electoral votes.“306. Landslide. Blowout. Historic,” wrote Conway, who was Trump’s campaign adviser when he won. She was quoting a tweet from CNN Politics, which announced the final electoral college tally at the end of November 2016.CNN announced Friday that the final tally of electoral votes for the 2020 election is Biden: 306, Trump, 232, with Biden flipping five states that Trump won in 2016 (Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia and Arizona.) President Trump and his allies touted the 306 figure heavily after his 2016 win.Also Read: 'Morning Joe' Taunts Trump for 'Sad, Pathetic Finale' to His 'Shock Opera' (Video)Ohio Democratic chair David Pepper added onto Conway’s old tweet, “Now imagine winning the popular vote by millions too…”Pepper’s remark tosses salt on the GOP wound, in that Trump not only lost the electoral college to Biden, he also lost the popular vote by more than 5 million. In 2016, Clinton had 2.5 million more popular votes than Trump. Author Cliff Schecter used that fact as a chance to bring up one of Conway’s old gaffes, calling the Biden win “Bowling-Green-Massacre-level historic.”Former ambassador to Russia Dr. Michael McFaul wrote, “History repeats! Looking forward @KellyannePolls to your gracious statement in support of our President-elect.”Trump frequently referenced his electoral college victory through his four-year presidency, which ends on January 20 when the president-elect is sworn in. In 2018, Trump tweeted, “The Dems have tried every trick in the playbook-call me everything under the sun. But if I’m all of those terrible things, how come I beat them so badly, 306-223? Maybe they’re just not very good! The fact is they are going CRAZY only because they know they can’t beat me in 2020!”Here are a few other reactions to Conway’s “historic” tweet:And just like that, the woman known for alternativefacts goes silent !@WhiteHouse @FoxNews @GOP @realDonaldTrump— chatterbox (@chatter16979696) November 13, 2020Aren't those the exact words @KellyannePolls used in 2016? "Huge! Landslide!" *rolls eyes*— Donna M. Schmid (@DonnaMSchmid) November 13, 2020The one and only time I will gleefully retweet @KellyannePolls, and a symbolic closing of the "A Tweet for Everything" circle. https://t.co/ZpUZieApiD— Richard Jeter (@MilesToGo13) November 13, 2020Awfully quiet over there @KellyannePolls— Bendigo Shafter (@Bendigo_Shafter) November 13, 2020Read original story Kellyanne Conway Electoral Vote Tweet From 2016 Comes Back to Haunt Her At TheWrap
The 80-year-old Midnight Cowboy star – and father of Angelina Jolie – is a vocal Trump supporter.
Harry first met the new president-elect and his wife in 2013, when he was on royal tour in the USA.
Eva Longoria apologized Sunday for comments she made earlier in the day about Black female voters.“I’m so sorry and sad to hear that my comments on MSNBC could be perceived as taking credit from Black women. When I said that Latinas were heroines in this election, I simply meant that they turned out in greater numbers and voted more progressively than LATINO MEN,” she wrote in a post on Twitter.The actress went on, saying her wording was “not clear” and she didn’t want to contribute to the “history in our community of anti-Blackness” in the Latino community.Also Read: 'Morning Joe' Challenges Top Republicans to Back Biden Victory: 'Where Is Mike Pence?'“Black women have long been the backbone of the Democratic Party, something we have seen played out in this election as well as previous ones,” Longoria wrote. “Finally, Black women don’t have to do it alone any longer. Latinas (many who identify as Afro-Latina), indigenous women, AAPI women and other women of color are standing with them so we can grow our collective voice and power. Together, we are unstoppable! Nothing but love and support for Black women everywhere! You deserve a standing ovation!!!!”She retweeted a message of support from Black actress Kerry Washington, who said, “I know Eva like a sister. We have been in many trenches together. She is a fighter for all women. Read below. This is what she meant. This is how she truly feels.”Earlier in the day, Longoria appeared on MSNBC, where she told Ari Melber that “women of color showed up in big ways. Of course, you saw in Georgia what Black women have done, but Latina women were the real heroines here, beating men in turnout in every state and voting for Biden-Harris at an average rate of three to one.”On Saturday, the major outlets and networks called the election in Joe Biden’s favor, making him president-elect.Read original story Eva Longoria ‘So Sorry’ for Diss of Black Women Voters At TheWrap
Now that Donald Trump has lost his bid for a second term as President of the United States, it means that Alec Baldwin is – or will soon be – out of a job.
Conservative pollster Frank Luntz believes the 2020 election results — which again diverged from forecasts of how voters would behave — could signal the end for people like him. “The political polling profession is done,” Luntz told Axios. “It is devastating for my industry.”By Wednesday morning, votes were not yet fully counted in a handful of key battleground states and there was no indication whether incumbent Republican President Donald Trump would win re-election or if Democratic nominee Joe Biden would prevail.The polls leading up to Tuesday’s election did not predict that. Most predicted a Democratic blowout. Biden was ahead by double digits in some swing state polls that are now showing a much tighter race between the two candidates. On Monday, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough cautioned Democrats against believing in that polling.Also Read: NBC News' Savannah Guthrie Cuts Off Trump Speech Declaring Victory: 'Frankly Not True' (Video)By Tuesday night, it was evident that pre-election polling — which Trump routinely attacked — had failed to predict the outcome of the election, just as it did in 2016, when the real estate mogul and reality TV star pulled off an upset over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.In an early-morning tweet that inaccurately claimed “surprise ballot counts” were causing his lead to “miraculously disappear,” the president on Wednesday also pointed out that “the ‘pollsters’ got it completely & historically wrong!”Axios noted that because so few votes were counted by Tuesday night, it remains unclear just how inaccurate the polling was, but going forward, little attention should be paid to pre-election poll results. “It was a terrible night for polling,” the site’s political reporters Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen wrote. “They were wrong, almost all of them, almost everywhere. Save yourself time and stop watching them so closely in elections.”Read original story Pollster Frank Luntz Says 2020 Election Results Are ‘Devastating’ for His Profession At TheWrap
“Morning Joe” threw cold water on projections that Joe Biden could win some swing states by double digits Monday, urging Democrats against “drinking the Kool-Aid.”“I’m sorry. I look at these polls that say double digits in Wisconsin and Michigan and I don’t mean to be Dr. Doom but these aren’t going to be double-digit races,” said host Joe Scarborough, a former GOP representative from Florida.He did concede that the Democratic presidential nominee could beat Republican incumbent President Donald Trump by five or so points.“You look at some of these polls and it’s almost like they’re paid for by the Republican National Committee,” he said. “It’s 2016 all over again. I know the pollsters are independent; I’m just saying any Democrat that believes Joe Biden is up by 11 or 12 points, man, you’re drinking the Kool-Aid. These races are still close.”The show’s co-hosts reviewed the latest polling that shows Biden doing well in swing states even as he and Trump both head to do final campaign stops within them in the final hours of the race.Willie Geist said of the polling, “The president will be in Michigan. He’s still fighting for these states but you look at some of these spreads in Michigan and Wisconsin and they’re beginning to look like reaches for him.”“They are reaches for him,” agreed Scarborough, who maintained that they’re not double-digit reaches.Watch above via MSNBC.Read original story ‘Morning Joe’ Warns Democrats Against ‘Drinking the Kool-Aid’ When Reading Positive Biden Polls At TheWrap
Donald Trump said he was the “least racist person in this room” when asked about racism in America at Thursday’s final debate with Joe Biden, and viewers on social media were quick to pull out the receipts — and the bleak jokes.“Trump: ‘I’m the least racist person in this room.’ The room,” “Saturday Night Live” writer Steven Castillo tweeted alongside a photo of a KKK cross-burning.“A full page ad, from the least racist person in that room,” actor and comedian Patton Oswalt tweeted alongside a photo of the ad Trump spent $85,000 on in 1989, calling for the death penalty in response to the Central Park Five case, when a group of young Black and Latino men were wrongly convicted of raping a woman and only exonerated years later.“Can we take a second to acknowledge that Trump said to Kristen Welker… A BLACK WOMAN … that he’s the least racist person in the room,” actress Yara Shahidi tweeted.Also Read: That Time Joe Biden Sarcastically Called Donald Trump 'Abraham Lincoln' And Trump Didn't Get ItAt the debate, moderator Kristen Welker asked Trump to respond to sentiments that his actions and language about race have contributed to a “climate of hate and racial strife” in America.“You’ve described the Black Lives Matter movement as a symbol of hate. You’ve shared a video of a white man chanting ‘white power’ to millions of your supporters. You’ve said that Black professional athletes exercising their First Amendment rights should be fired. What do you say to Americans who say that kind of language from a president is contributing to a climate of hate and racial strife?” Welker said.“As far as my relationships with all people, I think I have great relationships with all people. I am the least racist person in this room,” Trump responded.Also Read: Trump Deletes Retweet of Video of Florida Supporter Shouting 'White Power!'“Well, what do you say to Americans who are concerned by that rhetoric and by the videos?” Welker asked again.“I don’t know what to say. I got criminal-justice reform done and prison reform and opportunity zones,” Trump said. “I don’t know what to say. they can say anything. I mean, they can say anything. It makes me sad because I am the least racist person, I can’t even see the audience because it’s so dark, but I don’t care who’s in the audience, I’m the least racist person in this room.”Earlier in the night, Trump also claimed that nobody had done more for the Black community than Trump since Abraham Lincoln.Take a look at more of the responses below:Trump: “I’m the least racist person in this room.” The room: pic.twitter.com/ohtCNgtCcU— Steven Castillo (@STEEEZUSCHRIST) October 23, 2020this is the room trump is least racist in.. Debates2020 pic.twitter.com/fZEdO8wT8l— Aubrey O'Day (@AubreyODay) October 23, 2020Hey Donald, you’re only the least racist person in the room if it’s 1942 Germany and you’re at a cocktail party hosted by the Third Reich and even then I’m not entirely convinced Debates2020— Patti Murin (@PattiMurin) October 23, 2020A full page ad, from the least racist person in that room Debates2020pic.twitter.com/VwTAlJcTKd— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) October 23, 2020Ok, I’ll start: People who did more for black America than Donald Trump.Coach Pat Riley— jelani cobb (@jelani9) October 23, 2020Looking 'round the room I can tell that you Are the least racist in the room (In the whole wide room) And when you're on the street Depending on the street I bet you are definitely in the bottom three racists on the street, yeah Depending on the street, oohDebates2020— Zack Guzman (@zGuz) October 23, 2020When President Trump says he's the least racist person in the room 😂 pic.twitter.com/ZYhVAVBbno— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) October 23, 2020“I am the least racist person in this room!” pic.twitter.com/oDKP9H6rj1— The Least Racist Person In The Room (@yosoymichael) October 23, 2020“I am the least racist person in the room” – Donald Trump Where were you on 10/22/20 when irony officially died?— Josh Gad (@joshgad) October 23, 2020Trump: I am the least racist person here! Out of everyone! I can’t even see the audience because they’re so dark too many Black people— Sarah Cooper (@sarahcpr) October 23, 2020"I am the least racist person in this room"–Donald Trump Clearly still on meds.— Michael Steele (@MichaelSteele) October 23, 2020Also, can we take a second to acknowledge that Trump said to Kristen Welker… A BLACK WOMAN … that he's the least racist person in the room Debates2020— Yara shahidi (@YaraShahidi) October 23, 2020Person. Woman. Least racist man in the room. Camera. TV.— Robert Reich (@RBReich) October 23, 2020Read original story People Had Thoughts About Trump Saying He’s the ‘Least Racist Person in This Room’ at Final Debate At TheWrap
President Donald Trump is thinking about the possibility he’ll lose the presidency to Joe Biden and what his future will hold if he does. “Maybe I’ll have to leave the country, I don’t know,” Trump told the crowd Friday night at a Georgia rally.Trump hit the campaign trail Friday, traveling to neighboring states Florida and Georgia for one last attempt to energize undecided voters. The POTUS went all-in on attacking his Democratic opponent, saying, “Lock up the Bidens, lock up Hillary [Clinton]” to his cheering Macon, Georgia, fans. But it was his comments he said in jest that captured the attention of everyone at the rally and, therefore, everyone on social media.“Running against the worst candidate in the history of presidential politics puts pressure on me,” he said. “Could you imagine if I lose? My whole life. What am I gonna do? I’m gonna say, I lost to the worst candidate in the history of politics. I’m not gonna feel so good. Maybe I’ll have to leave the country. I don’t know.”Also Read: Biden Beats Trump in Final Town Hall Ratings - And It Wasn't That CloseCheck out the clip below.Trump, speaking in Macon, has made amplifying a Russian disinformation campaign against the Bidens a centerpiece of his reelection rallies pic.twitter.com/XO3E9Y56BN— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 16, 2020With less than three weeks to Election Day, Trump’s poll numbers continue to shrink, with Biden leading by 11 percentage points nationally, 53% to 42%.The video of Trump saying that at his rally went up on Twitter, and the reactions to him leaving the U.S. — mostly in glee, we might add — started to pour in.“The future of the Trumps after they flee into exile in a country with no extradition treaty,” Mark Gray wrote, accompanied by a Photoshopped image of the president, first lady and his three eldest children with a “Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey” portraits logo.Also Read: Trump to Hold Sinclair Town Hall, Fox News Alum Eric Bolling to Moderate“Many people are saying Guantanamo is nice at that time of year…,” David Reiss, M.D. commented.Jonathan Gaffney tweeted, “Oh God. As soon as Joe Biden voices the words, ‘So Help Me God,’ Trump’s passport is going to be pulled and his cell phones tapped. He is as big a Security Risk as exists in the United States today.”And Hermione Rufflebum pointed out what many were thinking: “Candidates who lose don’t have to leave the country. Candidates who know they are criminals who will no longer be protected by the presidence [sic]… probably, yeah.”Read original story Trump Says ‘Maybe I’ll Have to Leave the Country’ If I Lose At TheWrap
Ever thought you’d hear President Trump admit he failed at managing the COVID-19 pandemic? Us neither, but that didn’t stop the Biden campaign from taking some cues from the Trump campaign in crafting its latest attack ad.Coming in response to the Trump campaign’s ad released last week, which featured comments from Dr. Anthony Fauci that he says were taken out of context and used in without his permission, the Biden campaign edited together clearly different, out-of-context snippets of Trump’s public speeches to make it sound like Trump is saying, “I am failing at managing the coronavirus outbreak, so I used Dr. Fauci in an ad to say I’m doing a good job. But it’s fake. He never said that.”“He meant it for the task force, not me. Sorry to Dr. Fauci, and sorry to everyone else,” the pieced together clips of Trump also say.Also Read: Fauci Says Trump Campaign Should Take Down 'Completely Out of Context' AdLast week, the Trump campaign released a new ad that included a clip of Fauci that appeared as if the nation’s top infectious diseases expert was praising the president for his handling of the pandemic.“President Trump is recovering from the coronavirus, and so is America,” a narrator for the ad says. “Together we rose to meet the challenge, protecting our seniors, getting them life-saving drugs in record time, sparing no expense.”Fauci then appears in the ad to say, “I can’t imagine that anybody could be doing more.”But in a statement on Sunday, Fauci said the comments were attributed without his permission and taken out of context. And, indeed, the clip itself is taken from a March interview Fauci did on Fox News, in which he was speaking more broadly about the efforts that federal public health officials and the White House’s coronavirus task force have been undertaking to respond to the pandemic.Also Read: Fauci Says Quote in New Trump Ad Was Taken Out of Context, Without His PermissionOn Monday, Fauci also said on CNN that the Trump campaign should take down the ad, which he called “disappointing” and “completely out of context.”But the Trump campaign has defended the ad by saying they used Fauci’s “own words.” “The video is from a nationally broadcast television interview in which Dr. Fauci was praising the work of the Trump Administration. The words spoken are accurate, and directly from Dr. Fauci’s mouth,” Tim Murtaugh, the campaign’s communications director, said in a statement.Take a look at the Biden campaign ad below:Donald Trump is running TV ads taking Dr. Fauci out of context and without his permission.So, here’s a message from the President in his own words. pic.twitter.com/WCYbIfrQLR— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 12, 2020Read original story Trump Admits He Failed in Biden Campaign’s Deliciously Petty Ad At TheWrap
Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt shut down Sen. Ted Cruz’s attack on colleague Chris Wallace Thursday morning during “Fox & Friends.”“Look, I think the president’s right on this,” said Cruz of President Donald Trump’s announcement he wouldn’t participate in a virtual debate. “And unfortunately, I think this is a pattern we’ve seen play out throughout the debates, where the moderators and the debate commission have behaved like arms of the Joe Biden campaign. I think at the first debate, I think Chris Wallace did a terrible job moderating. Last night, I think Susan Page did a better job moderating. She didn’t interrupt as much.”He went on with his discussion of how, in his mind, a virtual debate “benefits” Democratic nominee Joe Biden.Also Read: Chris Wallace: Trump 'Bears the Primary Responsibility for What Happened' at Debate (Video)When she got to respond, Earhardt addressed the comments on Wallace: “Well, just to defend Chris Wallace, he’s part of our family and it’s not easy to debate — to moderate a debate — and I’ve watched other moderators say sometimes when you’re up there on stage — all the time when you’re up there on stage — and you’re in charge of asking the questions, you see something different than what the audience is seeing at home and it’s a difficult situation. I thought Chris did a fine job and he’s one of our friends and he’s part of our family, Ted Cruz.”The Republican senator said he understood and Earhardt went on, “All right. I just wanted to clarify that because we love him.”After last week’s debate, Wallace said he’d “never been through anything” like it and reflected on the “desperation” he felt from the moderator’s seat to gain control over the evening.“I’m a pro. I’ve never been through anything like this,” Wallace told the New York Times last Wednesday. “I never dreamt that it would go off the tracks the way it did.”Watch Earhardt and Cruz above, via Fox News.Read original story Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt Shuts Down Ted Cruz’s Attack on Chris Wallace: ‘He’s Part of Our Family’ At TheWrap
Alec Baldwin says that if President Donald Trump were in “serious trouble,” “Saturday Night Live” would not have opened its 46th season with a joke about his positive COVID-19 diagnosis.The cold open for the NBC sketch show’s season kickoff Saturday was a parody of Donald Trump and Joe Biden’s first presidential debate, featuring Baldwin reprising his role as POTUS and Jim Carrey debuting his impression of Obama’s former VP. The sketch, which aired a day after Trump revealed he’d tested positive for the coronavirus, largely avoided the topic of the president’s health, despite one line where Baldwin said the “China virus is a hoax,” and quickly added, “that will probably come back to haunt me later this week.”Baldwin said in a video posted to Instagram on Sunday that he saw “considerable criticism” on social media from viewers who thought the joke was in poor taste following Trump’s Friday hospitalization at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, which the White House said was “out of an abundance of caution.”Also Read: 'SNL' With Host Chris Rock Scores Biggest Season Premiere Audience in 4 Years“The stuff that gets turned down, you wouldn’t believe some of the stuff that people propose, it’s outrageous. And this is a group of people that’s pretty savvy. They know they’re in network television,” Baldwin said, praising longtime “SNL” showrunner Lorne Michaels. “He is one of the smartest people in the business… And they know they don’t want to sink the ship. So if there was ever the suggestion that Trump was truly, gravely ill, if people said, ‘Oh, Trump is really in trouble,’ then I bet you everything I have that we wouldn’t even get near that in terms of the content of the show. They would have done something else.”Baldwin said he’s seen that “happen before.”“I’ve seen instances where there were wars going on and they said, ‘Don’t do sketches where you sound like you’re disseminating information,’ as far-fetched as that sounds,” he said.Also Read: 'SNL': Michael Che Says 'There's a Lot Funny About' Trump Getting COVID-19 (Video)The “30 Rock” alum added: “We only have the words of the White House itself and the people who work there themselves to go on. And all of them have been saying that he is not in any danger. We only have their word to go by. And if their word had been that he was in serious trouble, then we probably wouldn’t have done it. But that’s not the case. If they had said he was in serious trouble, I can assure you we wouldn’t have done it, but that’s not the case. They said he’s got this disease and he’s got some manifestations of it and some symptoms of it, but he’s going to be fine and he’s not in any immediate danger.”Watch Baldwin’s video below.View this post on Instagram A post shared by Alec Baldwin (@alecbaldwininsta) on Oct 4, 2020 at 11:16am PDTRead original story Alec Baldwin Says ‘SNL’ Wouldn’t Mock Trump’s COVID Diagnosis If He Were in ‘Serious Trouble’ (Video) At TheWrap
“Late Week Tonight With John Oliver” returned for a new episode on HBO this week, and to absolutely no one’s surprise, Oliver opened the episode with a discussion about Donald Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis and the resulting fallout.“It was news that felt both shocking and utterly inevitable. Especially given that just three days earlier he’d stood on a debate stage and when asked about whether he’d downplayed the efficacy of masks, said this,” Oliver said, before the show played the clip of Trump heckling Joe Biden for wearing a mask in public.Oliver continued: “Biden wears a mask in situations where it’s dangerous not to. I can only imagine what Trump would be like standing next to a beekeeper. ‘I don’t wear a beekeeper suit like him. Every time you see him he’s wearing a beekeeper suit. Not me, because I’m smart and strong. This whole bee thing is a hoax anyway.'”With the show taping a day before it airs — and inevitably behind the times on Trump’s specific circumstances — Oliver shifted away from Trump specifically and spent most of the segment talking about how the Trump’s staff at the White House has totally blown it with how they’ve handled the situation this weekend.Also Read: 'SNL': Michael Che Says 'There's a Lot Funny About' Trump Getting COVID-19 (Video)“So far, the White House has handled this situation terribly. First, the news only came out after reporters discovered that one of Trump’s closest aides, Hope Hicks, who traveled with him to the debate, had tested positive, prompting the obvious question of when the president learned he’d been exposed and what he’d done about it. And the answers there weren’t great,” Oliver said.“So many of the decisions that Trump and those around him made this week look absolutely appalling in hindsight. From his family refusing to wear masks at Tuesday’s debate, to failing his notify anyone on the Biden team that they may have been exposed, to the fact that the fundraiser he attended just before testing positive was a f—ing buffet. But maybe the event that looks the worst took place last weekend.”The event to which Oliver was referring was the event on Sept. 26 at the White House announcing Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Few attendees wore masks, and a number of them tested positive for COVID-19 in the following week — including Trump, Hicks, KellyAnne Conway and more.Also Read: Kimmel: 'The White House Is Like a Summer Camp with Lice' With All These COVID Cases (Video)“Much like the slew of utterly horrifying Supreme Court rulings over the next few decades, it seems we may look back on last Saturday’s White House event and say all of this began there,” Oliver said. “And there is something utterly infuriating about watching them hugging each other when many in this country haven’t seen their families for months, or have died alone in a hospital.”But more than just that, Oliver is mad on behalf of everyone these Republicans are going to give the virus to.“The thing about a highly contagious virus is, your recklessness could end up killing someone you never meet. And they’re still doing it. Bill Barr, who was at that event and may have been exposed, is choosing not to quarantine himself,” Oliver went on. “Meanwhile four Republicans who traveled with Trump this week, not only didn’t quarantine they showed up to the House to vote in person, then three of them took a Delta flight home. The frustrating thing is Republicans seem to be handling this outbreak the way they’ve handled the whole pandemic: With a mixture of denialism, hubris and treating it more as a PR crisis than one of public health.”Also Read: Colbert: 'The One Who Put Our President in Danger Is Donald Trump' (Video)Throughout the weekend, there has been a small group of Trump supporters hanging out near the entrance to Walter Reed Medical Center, and Oliver found one of them, a young man wearing a suit but no mask, to be particularly fascinating. “Last Week Tonight” played a clip from an interview with the kid, who claimed he’s not at risk from the virus and doesn’t care if he might spread it because he doesn’t “buy into fearmongering.”Oliver, as he so often is, was incredulous.“You’re only there because the president the United States is in the building behind you with a pretty bad case of fear-mongering,” Oliver said.“And as much as you want to shout at that guy, you have to remember that this administration has been downplaying the virus so much and for so long that for Trump’s die-hard supporters, any sort of concern isn’t seen as a sensible concern. It’s seen as fearmongering. But fear is not a bad thing. It’s what stops you from chopping your hand off with a meat cleaver or petting an angry dog or crossing a busy street without looking.”Read original story John Oliver: Republicans Are Acting Like White House COVID Outbreak Is Just a ‘PR Crisis’ At TheWrap
Fox News’ Chris Wallace said Friday morning that while moderating Tuesday night’s debate between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden, he didn’t see the Trump family wearing masks. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump both tested positive for the coronavirus late Thursday.“Everybody that was in that hall had tested negative. The interesting thing, however, was that the Cleveland Clinic, which set up the safety rules, said that everybody in the hall — with the exception of the president, the vice president and myself — had to wear a mask,” he explained Friday on “Fox & Friends.”When former vice president Biden’s wife, Dr. Jill Biden, came into the hall, Wallace said, she was wearing a mask, as were the members of her party. The masks stayed on through the debate.Also Read: LA Times Editorial Board Blames 'Reckless' Trump for His Own Coronavirus DiagnosisConversely, he said, the first lady entered the hall in a mask but removed it once she sat down. “I didn’t see when they came in, but all the other members of the first family that I saw there — including Ivanka, Tiffany — when they sat down, they weren’t wearing masks,” Wallace said.Further, he said he was told by other reporters that the first family was approached by a Cleveland Clinic employee offering masks but that members of the Trump family “waved them away.”“It is worth noting the way different people treated the safety rules inside the hall differently,” he said.During the debate itself, Trump attacked Biden for his frequent mask wearing, saying, “I don’t wear masks like him. Every time you see him, he’s got a mask. He could be speaking 200 feet away, he shows up with the biggest mask I’ve ever seen.”Watch Wallace above, via Fox News.Read original story Fox News’ Chris Wallace: First Family Declined Masks During Debate (Video) At TheWrap
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White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Monday the Trump administration is “efforting outreach” to the family of Jacob Blake, the Black man who was shot seven time in the back by police in Kenosha, Wis.Her statement on “Fox & Friends” came three days after Jacob Blake Sr. told CNN Friday he has spoken with Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the wake of his son’s shooting, but he hasn’t heard anything from President Donald Trump.“We are efforting outreach, have not been able to connect yet so tomorrow the plan is so far to go and to meet with law enforcement, to look at some of the damage from the riots,” McEnany said of Trump’s scheduled Tuesday trip to Wisconsin.The Blake family lawyer, Benjamin Crump, did not immediately return a request to confirm whether the administration has reached out.Also Read: Jacob Blake Sr. Says He's Heard From 'President Biden,' Not President Trump (Video)She went on, “But we are holding his family close to our hearts, and this president, as I said, we’ve efforted outreach and once I have an update, we’ll be sure to get back to you.”Blake Sr. said Friday he had no feelings about Trump not mentioning his son during Thursday’s Republican National Convention speech, noting, “Well, if I have to tell you I want you to do something and you don’t want to do it, there’s no need for me to mention it because then it’s not coming from your heart.”In his comments to CNN, the elder Blake called Biden “President Biden” when disclosing that they’d chatted about the shooting, which left the younger Blake paralyzed and has resulted in days of protests.WH Press Sec Kayleigh McEnany on whether Trump has spoken to Jacob Blake's family: "We are efforting outreach, have not been able to connect yet." pic.twitter.com/Z9gIFl7ZcY— The Recount (@therecount) August 31, 2020Read original story Kayleigh McEnany Counters Jacob Blake Family Statement That Trump Admin Hasn’t Reached Out At TheWrap
On the latest episode of “Real Time” on HBO, host Bill Maher had nothing but nice things to say about Kamala Harris in his first monologue since she became Joe Biden’s running mate. But he did have something negative to say about Donald Trump’s response to Harris joining the Democratic ticket.“The Democratic ticket got set this week. Kamala Harris is going to be Joe Biden’s vice president. I think that’s very exciting, very historic. A Black Asian-American woman whose mother is from Indian and whose father is from Jamaica. Trump is so confused, he didn’t know where to tell her to go back to,” Maher quipped just moments into the episode.“But I’m excited. I think she’s gonna be great. I think she’s great. I think she is ready to wake Joe Biden from a nap on day one.Also Read: Lawrence Wilkerson Walks Bill Maher Through Worst Case Scenarios if Trump Loses This Fall“But of course, you know, no sooner had they announced that name, you know — they didn’t get to the ‘Harris’ and the Republicans pounced. Trump was attacking. ‘She’s nasty, disrespectful phony.’ Geez, can she get in the door? Could you let mommy put her purse down?”And Maher being Maher, he had to find someway to slip a weed joke in there.“But it’s exciting and it’s historic. A daughter of immigrants from India and Jamaica. Or what we stoners call Indica,” he said, before wrapping up the thread with a zinger directed at the subject of leftist inclusivity.Also Read: Thomas Chatterton Williams Compares Cancel Culture Fight to Civil Rights Struggle on Maher“Ticks a lot of a lot of boxes for the left wing of the party. A woman who’s half black and half Asian. Not a lesbian, but she says she’s willing to learn.”He of course threw out jokes about other things during his monologue — it wasn’t all Kamala Harris chatter. He had plenty of coronavirus and Trump jokes to make as well.“I tell ya, America, we are just a loser country. I mean, we got more cases than anybody. We’re just giving up on trying to control it. Now for America it’s just like something you want to kind of live with, like school shootings or homelessness or drugstores that have the condoms locked behind the glass case,” he quipped.Also Read: Seth Meyers: Republicans Are 'Whiniest Little Babies in the World' About Kamala Harris (Video)“Well the president this week was commenting on the Spanish Flu. he’s quite a history buff, the president. And he said that in 1917, there was a great pandemic which was probably which probably ended the Second World War. OK, I don’t even know where to start with that. It wasn’t the Second World War, it’s the First World War. It didn’t end it, but OK, fine. This weekend actually is an anniversary of World War II. It’s the 75th anniversary of VJ-Day, which Trump got interested in in for about a half a second because he thought somebody said VaJJ.”And naturally, Maher had to call attention to when Trump tweeted angrily at him this week over Maher’s fake eulogy for Trump that he delivered at the end of last week’s “Real Time.”“Well, last week I gave him a eulogy, in good fun. I was not mean — too much. But I think everybody benefits from hearing a eulogy in their own lifetime. That was my point. He did not see it that way,” Maher said.“He wrote on Twitter, he said, ‘I watched Bill Maher this week for the first time in a long time.’ It’s always either accidentally watching me or watching me for the first time in a long time and then oh boy, did he level at it. He said, ‘Bill Maher, totally shot, looks terrible, exhausted, gaunt and weak.’ Perhaps, but in my own defense, earlier that day I had to walk down a ramp. Anyone would look bad.”And, finally, he got to those executive orders Trump signed that may or may not actually be all that helpful to struggling Americans.“The president had a big week in the Oval Office. He made a big show of signing some executive orders to halt evictions, which we’re gonna have to do, and to boost unemployment pay. Of course, these executive orders will have exactly as much effect in the real world as that time he redirected a hurricane with Sharpie,” Maher said.“So, don’t worry. If you’re out of work or about to lose your apartment, imaginary help is on the way, folks.”Read original story Maher: Trump, Confused by Kamala Harris, ‘Didn’t Know What Country to Tell Her To Go Back To’ At TheWrap
The first presidential debate will move from Indiana to Ohio following the withdrawal of the University of Notre Dame as host, the Commission on Presidential Debates said on Monday.The debate will still take place as previously scheduled on Sept. 29, but it will now be co-hosted by Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic at the Health Education Campus in Cleveland, Ohio.University of Notre Dame President and Reverend John Jenkins said that after consultation with a county health officer and the board of trustees, the university came to the conclusion that “the necessary health precautions would have greatly diminished the educational value of hosting the debate on our campus.”Also Read: Trump Cancels Republican Convention in Jacksonville Due to COVID-19 Spread (Video)“I am grateful to the many members of the University community who have devoted countless hours planning this event, and to the Commission on Presidential Debates leadership for their professionalism and understanding. But in the end, the constraints the coronavirus pandemic put on the event — as understandable and necessary as they are — have led us to withdraw,” Jenkins said in a statement.The September debate in Cleveland will feature the presumed matchup between Joe Biden and Donald Trump, who are expected to receive their party nominations next month during the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, respectively. The debate will take place from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. ET without commercial breaks and will be followed a week later by the first vice presidential debate at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.Read original story First Presidential Debate Moves to Cleveland After University of Notre Dame Withdraws as Host At TheWrap