• Kanye West Renounces Trump Support, Declares Own Political Party the ‘Birthday Party’
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    Kanye West Renounces Trump Support, Declares Own Political Party the ‘Birthday Party’

    Kanye West, fresh off a Fourth of July presidential run announcement, gave a wide-ranging interview to Forbes where he renounced his support for President Donald Trump and said he is running on the “Birthday Party” ticket.“I am taking the red hat off, with this interview,” said the rapper, who has famously supported Trump and met with him at Trump Tower and in the Oval Office.The interview dropped in the early hours of Wednesday, and by daylight, other elements of West’s chat with the magazine were trending on Twitter, particularly “Birthday Party.”Also Read: Kanye West's Presidential Bid Hurts Joe Biden's Odds to Win, According to Betting SiteThe reason why he calls his political party — for which he is receiving guidance from Elon Musk — the Birthday Party is simple: “Because when we win, it’s everybody’s birthday.”West’s presidential bid has slightly dinged Democratic presumptive Joe Biden’s odds to win the 2020 election, according to one of the largest online sportsbooks, so maybe it isn’t Biden’s birthday after all.According to Bet Online, political betting markets opened Sunday with West added at +10000 (100/1) odds to win the 2020 election. Those are the same odds 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has, though she is not in the race and has thrown her support behind Biden.From Saturday to Sunday, Biden — the outright favorite — moved from -180 (5/9) to -160 (5/8) odds, according to Bet Online. Republican and incumbent Trump’s odds to win improved with West’s weekend announcement, moving from +150 (3/2) to +130 (13/10).Read original story Kanye West Renounces Trump Support, Declares Own Political Party the ‘Birthday Party’ At TheWrap

  • 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 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

  • ‘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

  • Zuckerberg: Trump’s ‘Shooting’ Comment ‘Has No History of Being Read as a Dog Whistle’
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    Zuckerberg: Trump’s ‘Shooting’ Comment ‘Has No History of Being Read as a Dog Whistle’

    Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg, during a virtual questions-and-answers meeting with employees, explained why the company didn’t take action against President Donald Trump’s recent comments on protestors and rioters in the same way other tech giants have. The decision split Facebook’s workforce, with many staging a virtual walkout earlier this week.The meeting, which was held on Tuesday, was transcribed in a 10,000-word story by  Vox on Wednesday. Zuckerberg weighed in on the company’s decision to not restrict the president’s post from last Friday, in which, commenting on rioters and looters, Trump said that “any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”He was later criticized for using the phrase because it had been used by Miami’s police chief to scare protestors during the civil rights era. Miami Police Chief Walter Headley said it in a 1967 speech, in which he claimed his officers “don’t mind being accused of police brutality” against teens and young adults he called “young hoodlums.”Zuckerberg said it was clearly a “troubling historical statement and reference, whether or not it’s inciting supporters to go to violence.” But Facebook decided against moderating the post, because “we basically concluded after the research and after everything I’ve read and all the different folks that I’ve talked to, that the reference is clearly aggressive policing — maybe excessive policing — but has no history of being read as a dog whistle for vigilante supporters to take justice into their own hands.”Facebook’s decision to leave Trump’s post alone set it apart from Twitter, which attached a notification to the same comment on Trump’s Twitter account for breaking its rule against “glorifying violence.”Also Read: Trump Pulls Republican National Convention From North CarolinaOverall, compared to other tech leaders, Zuckerberg has been more inclined to let politicians say what they want without having Facebook add qualifiers or notifications to their posts.“I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online,” Zuckerberg told Fox News last week. “Private companies probably shouldn’t be, especially these platform companies, shouldn’t be in the position of doing that.”Zuckerberg had made similar comments multiple times last year, like when Facebook was skewered by many on the left, including Elizabeth Warren, for not fact-checking its political ads.Later, during the same Tuesday meeting, Zuckerberg was pressed by one employee who questioned who had made the call to leave Trump’s post alone. Zuckerberg listed a handful of people, including COO Sheryl Sandberg, VP Nick Clegg, and Chief Diversity Officer Maxine Williams.That led to an awkward followup from the same employee, asking, “Correct me if I’m wrong. Besides Maxine, everyone you’ve listed is white, correct?”“That’s correct,” Zuckerberg responded.To read the full transcript, click here.Read original story Zuckerberg: Trump’s ‘Shooting’ Comment ‘Has No History of Being Read as a Dog Whistle’ At TheWrap

  • Snapchat Stops Promoting Trump: ‘We Will Not Amplify Voices Who Incite Racial Violence and Injustice’
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    Snapchat Stops Promoting Trump: ‘We Will Not Amplify Voices Who Incite Racial Violence and Injustice’

    Snapchat will no longer promote President Donald Trump’s account, Snap Inc. told TheWrap on Wednesday, after determining the president’s recent comments promote violence and racial tension.Trump’s Snapchat account will remain on the platform but will no longer be featured on Discover, Snap’s page for curated news and stories. Snap made its decision this past weekend, according to a company rep, after the president tweeted “vicious dogs” and “the most ominous weapons” were being used against protestors who got “too frisky” in Washington D.C.“We are not currently promoting the President’s content on Snapchat’s Discover platform. We will not amplify voices who incite racial violence and injustice by giving them free promotion on Discover,” a Snap spokesperson told TheWrap. “Racial violence and injustice have no place in our society and we stand together with all who seek peace, love, equality, and justice in America.”Snapchat will continue to promote presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s account on Discover, a Snap rep told TheWrap. The Snapchat stories featured on Discover, according to Snap’s website, are “put together and moderated by Team Snapchat, and some are created by third-party publishers.”President Trump’s digital team had been looking to use Snapchat more to sway young voters ahead of the 2020 election, according to a recent Bloomberg report. The president has about 1.5 million followers on the platform.Snap’s decision comes after CEO Evan Spiegel said Snapchat would look to stop promoting, but not ban, accounts he believes tear at America’s social fabric.“We will make it clear with our actions that there is no gray area when it comes to racism, violence and injustice,”Spiegel said in a memo posted to Snap’s blog on Monday “We simply cannot promote accounts in America that are linked to people who incite racial violence, whether they do so on or off our platform.”The decision also comes a week after the president sparred with Twitter, after the platform added a fact check to two of his tweets. Later in the week, Twitter also added a notification to one of the president’s tweets, saying it broke the company’s rules on “glorifying violence.” In retaliation, Trump signed an executive order asking for Section 230, a law that protects tech giants from being sued for what its users post, to be reviewed by the FCC. (One legal expert told TheWrap the executive order lacks “real teeth.”)Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg, on the other hand, said his company is taking a more hands-off approach to moderating the president’s posts.“I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online,” Zuckerberg told Fox News last week. “Private companies probably shouldn’t be, especially these platform companies, shouldn’t be in the position of doing that.”Read original story Snapchat Stops Promoting Trump: ‘We Will Not Amplify Voices Who Incite Racial Violence and Injustice’ 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Says Coronavirus Should Be Called the ‘Chinese Virus': ‘We Should Blame China’ (Video)
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    Bill Maher Says Coronavirus Should Be Called the ‘Chinese Virus': ‘We Should Blame China’ (Video)

    During the “New Rules” segment of Friday’s episode of “Real Time,” Bill Maher waded into some contentious waters when he argued that it should be perfectly OK to refer to coronavirus as the “Chinese virus.”Of course, the Trump administration has been trying since March to popularize the term “Chinese virus,” which critics say is racist and may have inspired racist attacks on Asian-Americans. But in Maher’s view, the term is useful for understanding where the infection originated and not only that, he argued that China bears some responsibility for its spread.“Scientists, who are generally pretty liberal, have been naming diseases after the places they came from for a very long time,” Maher said in the segment, delivered like the rest of the episode from his house. “Zika is from the Zika Forest. Ebola from the Ebola River. Hantavirus, the Hantan River.There’s the West Nile Virus and Guinea worm and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and of course the Spanish flu.”(Sidenote: The 1918-1920 influenza pandemic didn’t actually originate in Spain. But Britain, Germany, France, the U.S. and other nations had imposed severe media censorship during World War I and suppressed information about the illness. Meanwhile in Spain, which didn’t participate in the war, media was free to report on the devastating plague, hence the association. Researchers believe the most likely points of origin are either battlefields in Europe during the war, or Kansas in the United States. Researchers have also suggested possible origins in China.)Also Read: Bill Maher Worries That the Coronavirus Quarantine Has Turned Him Into a Millennial“MERS stands for Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome,” Maher continued. “It’s plastered all over airports and no one blogs about it. So, why should China get a pass? Congressman Ted Lieu tweeted, ‘The virus is not constrained by country or race. Be just as stupid to call it the Milan Virus.'”“No, that would be way stupider because it didn’t come from Milan,” said Maher. “And if it did, I guarantee we’d be calling it the Milan Virus. Jesus f—ing Christ. Can’t we even have a pandemic without getting offended? When they named Lyme disease after a town in Connecticut the locals didn’t get all ticked off.”Maher added that it “scares” him “that there are people out there who would rather die from the virus than call it by the wrong name” and insisted he wasn’t trying to vilify China specifically. “This is about facts. It’s about life and death. We’re barely four months into this pandemic and the wet markets in China — the ones where exotic animals are sold and consumed — are already starting to reopen.”Maher continued by  complaining about other things that bug him, such as liberals defending the wearing of hijabs and burkas, before continuing with “It’s not racist to point out that eating bats is batshit crazy.”“In 2007, researchers at the University of Hong Kong wrote: ‘The presence of a large reservoir of SARS-CoV-like viruses in horseshoe bats, together with the culture of eating exotic mammals in southern China, is a time bomb.’ Dr. Fauci says we should force a global closure of the wet markets because the current crisis is a quote ‘direct result’ of them. On Monday, the UN’s acting head of biodiversity said the same thing,” Maher said.Also Read: Bill Maher Says Trump Has Handled Coronavirus About as Well as Bush Handled 9/11 (It's Not a Compliment)“So,” he continued, “when someone says, ‘What if people hear Chinese virus and blame China?’ the answer is we should blame China. Not Chinese Americans, but we can’t stop telling the truth because racists get the wrong idea. There are always going to be idiots out there who want to indulge their prejudices.”Maher then reiterated his point that “this has nothing to do with Asian Americans, and it has everything to do with China. We can’t afford the luxury anymore of non-judginess towards a country with habits that kill millions of people everywhere. Because this isn’t the first time. SARS came from China, and the bird flu, and the Hong Kong flu, the Asian flu.”“If they were selling nuclear suitcases at these wet markets would we be so non-judgmental? And isn’t this pretty close to what they are selling? And the next one could be even worse,” Maher said. “If the Chinese military had purposefully infected this country with corona as a bioweapon, we’d be at war with them. We’re always griping about how China manipulates their currency. Well, I’m no monetary expert but I think you would agree this one hurt our economy a little more than the currency manipulation. And China can do this. China once built a 57-story skyscraper in 19 days.”Also Read: Bill Maher Returns With Backyard Monologue, Vintage Laugh Track in 1st Coronavirus Quarantine Episode“They’re not like us. They can actually get shit done. This is a dictatorship that for decades enforced a one child per family policy under penalty of forced sterilization,” he added. “But you can’t close down the farmer’s market from hell? They need to use that iron fist and pound it down like the whole world depends on it, because it kind of does.”“And I hope that if someone told Americans that eating hot pockets could cause a worldwide pandemic that we would have the good sense to stop doing it,” Maher concluded. “Although I wouldn’t bet on it.”Watch the segment above.Read original story Bill Maher Says Coronavirus Should Be Called the ‘Chinese Virus': ‘We Should Blame China’ (Video) At TheWrap

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Brad Pitt Gets Political in Oscar Speech, Faults Senate for No-Witness Impeachment Trial (Video)
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    Brad Pitt Gets Political in Oscar Speech, Faults Senate for No-Witness Impeachment Trial (Video)

    While accepting his Oscar for Best Supporting Actor at the 92nd Academy Awards on Sunday, Brad Pitt called out the United States Senate for its decision to allow a no-witness impeachment trial for President Donald Trump.“Wow. Thank you, this is incredible, really incredible. Thank you to the Academy for this honor of honors. They told me I only have 45 seconds up here, which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week,” Pitt said, after receiving his statuette for his performance as Cliff Booth in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood.” “I’m thinking maybe Quentin [Tarantino] does a movie about it. In the end, the adults do the right thing.”Last month, the Senate decided in a 51-49 vote not to call witnesses — including former national security adviser John Bolton, among others — for Trump’s impeachment trial. Sens. Mitt Romney of Utah and Susan Collins of Maine were the only two Republican senators who voted with the Democrats to allow witnesses.Also Read: Oscars 2020: Steve Martin and Chris Rock's Best Jokes From the Show OpenPitt soon steered his speech back to the personal side, giving a shoutout to his director, Tarantino, who he called an “original” and “one of a kind.”“The film industry would be a much drier place without you and I love the ethos you gave Cliff Booth,” he continued. “Look for the best in people, expect the worst but look for the best.”He then turned his speech into a tribute to his co-star Leonardo DiCaprio, who is nominated for Best Actor at this year’s Oscars, saying “I’ll ride on your coattails any day, man. The view’s fantastic.”Also Read: Oscars 2020 Winners and Nominees: The Complete List (Updating Live)Pitt closed by saying, “This is for my kids, who color everything I do. I adore you.”The 92nd Academy Awards are airing now on ABC.Read original story Brad Pitt Gets Political in Oscar Speech, Faults Senate for No-Witness Impeachment Trial (Video) At TheWrap

  • Internal Fox News Document Warns That Pro-Trump Guests Are Amplifying ‘Disinformation’ (Report)
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    Internal Fox News Document Warns That Pro-Trump Guests Are Amplifying ‘Disinformation’ (Report)

    A lengthy Fox News research document warns its employees to be wary of “disinformation” spread by several Pro-Trump guests, including the president’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani and network contributor John Solomon, according to a Thursday report from The Daily Beast.The document, dubbed “Ukraine, Disinformation, & the Trump Administration,” is 162 pages long. It’s “especially critical of Solomon,” The Daily Beast reports, after he made several unsubstantiated claims the Ukrainian government interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Solomon is a former opinion columnist at “The Hill,” where his work “fueled” Giuliani to “dig up dirt in Ukraine,” according to the report.“John Solomon played an indispensable role in the collection and domestic publication of elements of this disinformation campaign,” the briefing notes.Also Read: Fox News Stars Rail Against Romney for Trump Impeachment Vote: 'Going to Be Associated With Judas'Solomon’s “questionable reporting,” as the report put it,  has also been referenced multiple times by President Trump on Twitter. He and Giuliani did not respond to TDB’s request for comment.A rep for Fox News did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.The research document, put together by Fox News’ senior political affairs specialist Bryan S. Murphy, also claims Giuliani is especially gullible when it comes to Ukrainian fake news; this stems from his desire to find out more about Hunter Biden’s ties to Ukraine, according to the report.Giuliani shows a “high susceptibility to disinformation” shared by Ukrainians Ukrainian prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko and his associates, according to Murphy’s writing.Also Read: Fox News' State of the Union Coverage Got Twice as Many Viewers as CNN, MSNBC CombinedMurphy’s report also calls out Fox News guests Victoria Toensing and Joe DiGenova for “spreading disinformation.” The married couple worked alongside Giuliani to find out more about Hunter and Joe Biden, according to The Daily Beast, and were employed by indicted Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash. Both Toensing and DiGenova did not respond to TDB’s request for comment.You can read the full report here.Read original story Internal Fox News Document Warns That Pro-Trump Guests Are Amplifying ‘Disinformation’ (Report) At TheWrap

  • Fox News Stars Rail Against Romney for Trump Impeachment Vote: ‘Going to Be Associated With Judas’
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    Fox News Stars Rail Against Romney for Trump Impeachment Vote: ‘Going to Be Associated With Judas’

    In reacting to Sen. Mitt Romney’s lone vote Wednesday to convict President Trump in his impeachment trial, Fox Business Network’s Lou Dobbs compared the senator to history’s greatest traitors, while other Fox News hosts disparaged him for “preening.”“Romney is going to be associated with Judas, Brutus, Benedict Arnold forever,” Dobbs said. On Twitter, the host, who recently celebrated some major ratings wins, called Romney a RINO, or “Republican in Name Only.”Also Read: Fox Business Network's Lou Dobbs Marks His 100th Straight Weekly Win Over CNBCOther Fox News hosts, too, voiced displeasure with the Utah politician, who became the first senator in history to vote for conviction of an impeached president in his own party.In Fox News’ primetime Wednesday night, both Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham used the word “preening” to describe Romney’s action, which was preceded by a speech announcing his intention to vote for conviction. Sean Hannity, another Fox News figure with big ratings news this week, called Romney a “diminished figure.”Also Read: Sean Hannity's Pre-Super Bowl Trump Interview Scores Record 10.3 Million Viewers“The difference between him and Donald Trump is Donald Trump fought every single day, was tough and tough enough to win,” said the host.Romney gave his only televised interview about the vote to Fox News’ Chris Wallace Wednesday, just a few hours before the primetime analysis rolled in, telling the “Fox News Sunday” anchor that when it came time to make the decision, he had to follow his “conscience.”“I understand there’s going to be enormous consequence and I don’t have a choice in that regard. That’s why — that’s why I haven’t been anxious to be in the position I’m in,” he said at the time.The Senate voted to acquit Trump on both articles of impeachment against him Wednesday, ending the months-long saga that began when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the impeachment inquiry last fall.Thirty-four “not guilty” votes were needed for each article to acquit Trump. Senators voted 52-48 in favor of acquitting the president of the first article of impeachment — abuse of power. They voted 53-47 in favor of acquitting him on the second article — obstruction of Congress. In December, the House impeached Trump on both charges. The House voted on the two articles of impeachment, drafted by the House Judiciary Committee.Removing RINO Romney: @EdRollins says Mitt Romney is gutless for splitting his votes to acquit @POTUS and should return to Utah. AmericaFirst MAGA Dobbs pic.twitter.com/sYEhEGsq7n– Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) February 6, 2020Read original story Fox News Stars Rail Against Romney for Trump Impeachment Vote: ‘Going to Be Associated With Judas’ At TheWrap

  • Donald Trump’s 3rd State of the Union Address Tumbles in Broadcast TV Ratings
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    Donald Trump’s 3rd State of the Union Address Tumbles in Broadcast TV Ratings

    Donald Trump’s State of the Union address was all anybody could talk about on Tuesday, but “Ellen’s Game of Games” showed up for NBC too.This third SOTU from the 45th president of the United States of America is currently down 26% in Big-4 broadcast viewers from his second. According to early Nielsen returns, CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox drew a combined 16 million viewers for the 2020 address. That tally is preliminary, however, and should be considered subject to (upward) adjustment.The comparable initial tally last year was 21.6 million across those four networks.Also Read: Mike Pence Says Pelosi Hit a 'New Low' When She Tore Up Trump's State of the Union SpeechNBC and Fox tied for first in ratings, both with a 0.9 rating/4 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. NBC was second in total viewers with an average of 4.4 million, according to preliminary numbers, Fox was fourth with 3.2 million.For NBC, “Ellen’s Game of Games” at 8 p.m. posted a 1.0/5 and 5 million viewers. From 9 to 10, the Trump address pulled in a 0.9/4 and and 4.4 million viewers. The conclusion of his speech mixed with the channel’s analysis and the democrat response in the 10 p.m. hour averaged a 1.0/5 and 3.8 million viewers.For Fox, “Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back” at 8 got a 0.8/4 and 3.1 million viewers. At 9, the State of the Union received a 0.9/4 and 3.2 million viewers.Also Read: Ratings: Heavy Super Bowl LIV Promotion Powers '9-1-1: Lone Star,' 'Prodigal Son' to 30% GrowthCBS and ABC tied for third in ratings, both with a 0.5/3. CBS was first in total viewers with 4.8 million, ABC was third with 3.5 million.For CBS, following a rerun, the SOTU at 9 put up a 0.5/3 and 4.6 million viewers. The conclusion of Trump’s speech, the CBS analysis, and the democrat response in the 10 p.m. hour averaged a 0.5/3 and 3.9 million viewers.For ABC, following repeats, the Trump address had a 0.5/2 and 3.5 million viewers. The SOTU stuff from 10-11 received a 0.6/3 and 3.4 million viewers.Also Read: Fran Drescher Says Trump Demanded a Line Be Changed About His Net Worth When He Guest-Starred on 'The Nanny' (Video)Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1.2 million. The CW and Telemundo tied for sixth in ratings, both with a 0.3/2. The CW was sixth in total viewers with 1.04 million, Telemundo was seventh with 1.02 million.For The CW, “The Flash” at 8 had a 0.4/2 and 1.3 million viewers. At 9, “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” got a 0.2/1 and 788,000 viewers.Read original story Donald Trump’s 3rd State of the Union Address Tumbles in Broadcast TV Ratings At TheWrap

  • Mike Pence Says Pelosi Hit a ‘New Low’ When She Tore Up Trump’s State of the Union Speech
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    Mike Pence Says Pelosi Hit a ‘New Low’ When She Tore Up Trump’s State of the Union Speech

    Mike Pence attacked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Wednesday morning, saying on Fox News she hit a “new low” when she tore up President Trump’s State of the Union speech.Discussing the instantly-viral moment from Tuesday night, the vice president said: “I didn’t see her do it. I found out just a few moments later and I think it was a new low.”Also Read: Nancy Pelosi Tears Up Trump's Speech at the End of the State of the Union Address (Video)“It’s clear the contrast here was a president who spent an hour and a half making a speech about America, right? And Nancy Pelosi, in the final moments, tried to make it about her and I think the American people see through it,” he continued. “I think they see through the pettiness, they see through the politics of all of it.”Pence called the speech “a great, great blessing to people all across America,” then said he had “a strong feeling that she’s going to be the last Speaker of the House to sit in that chair for a long time.”Pelosi’s tearing of the paper came after Trump did not shake her outstretched hand at the beginning of the address. After receiving that copy of the speech at the beginning of the night’s proceedings, Pelosi extended her hand.Trump did not shake it, but he was already turning to face Congress and may have not seen her gesture. It’s worth noting Trump did not shake Pence’s hand either.Read original story Mike Pence Says Pelosi Hit a ‘New Low’ When She Tore Up Trump’s State of the Union Speech At TheWrap