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
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Hours after President Donald Trump announced Monday night he would be temporarily suspending all immigration, “Fox & Friends” co-host Ainsley Earhardt questioned on-air what that meant for her and others like her, given her au pair is foreign-born.Earhardt, recently divorced and a now operating as a single mom, reflected on how the immigration ban could affect farmers in America on work visas, then said, “Many families here — including mine — we have au pairs and we rely on them. I go to work at 3 o’clock in the morning so I need her there and I need her in my house so that she can help me with my daughter.”The mother of four-year-old Hayden continued her critique of the president’s vague plan, saying, “Many families rely on child care from other countries. These au pairs come here on work visas. They have to go back to their country to get the visas renewed and we’ve been talking in my house about how that’s gonna happen. So these are all things — these are questions that we have that hopefully the president will roll out a plan and we’ll all be in informed on all of this is going to affect all of our lives.”Also Read: Trump Says He Will 'Temporarily' Ban All Immigration, Cites Both Coronavirus and 'Jobs'In an interview with People last fall, Earhardt elaborated on what life looks like for her now that she’s a single mother whose job starts before the sun is up. She picks her daughter up from school herself, given the unique hours of her gig. Still, she admitted at the time, “It does have its challenges because it’s just me.”Using the current coronavirus pandemic as only partial justification, Trump announced Monday that he intends to sign an executive order halting all immigration to the United States on a temporary basis.“In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States,” Trump tweeted on Monday night.It is unclear what prompted the decision on Monday, or why protecting “jobs” was included as a justification. While it’s true that the U.S. is currently mired in a severe economic contraction, the situation is a side effect of shutdown measures taken across the country in an attempt to facilitate social distancing and slow the spread of coronavirus, which has killed more than 40,000 people domestically since Feb. 29. There is no evidence that any of the jobs lost since the shutdowns began were actually just given to immigrants instead.Ainsley Earhardt is concerned about Trump's temporary immigration ban because her au pair is an immigrant: "Many families rely on child care from other countries … hopefully the president will roll out a plan and we'll all be informed" pic.twitter.com/7OkUrBfdKX— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) April 21, 2020Read original story Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt Questions Trump’s Immigration Ban: What About My Au Pair? At TheWrap
President Donald Trump actually tuned into MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Tuesday — but soon discovered that host (and former Trump backer) Joe Scarborough has been continuing weeks-long criticism of the president’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.“Watched the first 5 minutes of poorly rated Morning Psycho on MSDNC just to see if he is as ‘nuts’ as people are saying. He’s worse. Such hatred and contempt!” the president tweeted, with no evidence to back up his claim about the show’s viewership. “I used to do his show all the time before the 2016 election, then cut him off. Wasn’t worth the effort, his mind is shot!”He went on, taking aim at the media more broadly: “It is amazing that I became President of the United States with such a totally corrupt and dishonest Lamestream Media going after me all day, and all night. Either I’m really good, far better than the Fake News wants to admit, or they don’t have nearly the power as once thought!”Also Read: Joe Scarborough's Tells Trump to Stop Holding Press Conferences: 'Every Night He Goes Out and Damages Himself' (Video)Finally, Trump once again touted the viewership of his coronavirus briefings, comparing them to the “Bachelor” finale and “Monday Night Football”before insisting he doesn’t “care” about ratings as much as he cares about the health oft he American people.For weeks, Scarborough has been criticizing those briefings in particular. On Monday, he advised Trump to stop doing them altogether arguing that they were not helpful to the goal of promoting public health — and also gave Democrats material to use against Trump in his bid for re-election.On Tuesday’s show, the “Morning Joe” hosts reacted to Trump’s tweet in real time. Scarborough observed, “Here you have a guy who is in the middle of a pandemic, and he can’t get out of the mud.”Read original story Trump Watches ‘Morning Joe’ Again, Immediately Regrets It and Calls Joe Scarborough ‘Nuts’ At TheWrap
Gabriel Fernandez was only 8 years old when he was brutally murdered by his mother Pearl and her boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre.And as detailed in Netflix’s documentary “The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez,” he was consistently let down by the system when he most needed help.Based on in-depth reporting by L.A. Times journalist Garrett Therolf, “The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez” chronicles how over 8 months Gabriel was subjected to horrific torture, which included regular beatings, being shot in the face with a BB gun, forced to eat cat litter, locked in a cupboard for hours, and pepper sprayed. The cruel nightmare ultimately ended when his mother and her boyfriend beat him to death.But even worse, the Department of Child and Family Services and law enforcement were called to the scene multiple times before Gabriel’s death — and no action was taken. At one point social workers even ordered Gabriel to stop lying, allowing his abusers to continue the torture until the horrific end.Also Read: Finished 'The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez'? Here Are 14 Other True-Crime Docs You Should Watch (Photos)Brian Knappenberger directs the docu-series, which launched Wednesday on Netflix.See the 9 most shocking details about the case below.1\. Incompetent Law EnforcementAs depicted during the series, sheriffs were called to the house by other family members days before the murder — but took no action. In fact, law enforcement often (there were multiple house calls) took Pearl Fernandez’s word that everything was fine, and never even asked to see Gabriel. And when they did, according to family members, they threatened Gabriel, and told him that if he kept lying about his bruises, that he’d be the one to go to jail. They consistently believed the parent over the child with the burn marks and black eye.2\. The Abusers’ Homophobic MotivesAccording to family members, Pearl and her boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre, would call Gabriel “gay.” In fact, the first thing he told law enforcement when they responded to the 911 call was that Gabriel Fernandez was gay, which confused officers.Investigators found all of Gabriel’s clothing disposed of, except for two dresses that he was made to wear.Because of this, there were talks about charging the couple with a hate crime. However, prosecutors decided that it was more of a motive, and could get a bigger sentence charging the couple with child abuse.Also Read: Journalist Behind Netflix's 'The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez' on 'Trauma' of Reporting on Child's Murder3\. The Horrifying EvidenceAt the crime scene, the investigator came in with red stickers to mark blood spatter around the apartment. However, there was so much blood, that she soon ran out of the color and had to switch to yellow stickers. Inexplicably, there was blood in the sink.The abuse was substantial — they fed him cat litter, put a bandanna and sock in his mouth, knocked out his teeth with a bat, shot him in the face with a BB gun, and pepper sprayed him for fun while he laid in the bath tub. He would show up to school with bruises all over his face, as well as fresh cigarette burns and shaved hair. Gabriel’s brother testified that Aguirre would hold him up by the neck, while his sister said Aguirre knocked the air out of Fernandez on several occasions.During the trial, jurors were told the autopsy took an unusual two days because the injuries were so substantive. The thymus gland was barely there — a normal boy’s gland weighs about 100 grams, while Fernandez’s was about 10 grams. The coroner said this was due to stress atrophy, due to all the abuse inflicted on the boy.4\. Gabriel’s Suicide Note and Pleas for Mother’s LoveGabriel Fernandez often wrote notes to his mother, saying he would kill himself and that he just wants to be a good boy. Days before he was murdered, he wrote a card to his mom telling her all the things he loved about her.Also Read: 'Trials of Gabriel Fernandez' Director Says Production Had Therapist on Call5\. Gabriel’s Murderers Punished, but Social Workers Let OffUnsurprisingly, prosecutors sought the death penalty for Gabriel’s mother and her boyfriend. But they also brought charges against four social workers, something that had never happened before. Accused of minimizing “the significance of the physical, mental and emotional injuries that Gabriel suffered,” and of allowing “a vulnerable boy to remain at home and continue to be abused,” they were each charged with one felony count of child abuse and one felony count of falsifying public records.But in the end, while Aguirre was sentenced to death, and Fernandez received life in prison without the possibility of parole, the social workers escaped punishment. Just last month, by a 2-1 decision California’s second appeals court threw out the case on the grounds that prosecutors did not prove the social workers “had the requisite duty to control the abusers,” and further concluded they “did not have care or custody of Gabriel.”Prosecutors have asked the court for a re-hearing of the case against the social workers,6\. Gabriel’s Mother Likely Instigated the AbuseAguirre delivered the physical blows, but prosecutors believe it was under the instruction of Pearl Fernandez. The documentary explained that she never wanted Gabriel, and actually left the child at the hospital, when family members took him in.Family members were privy to the abuse — Pearl Fernandez’s sister often slept over to shield Gabriel and the two other kids from the abuse.According to family members, she was uneducated, started using drugs at an early age which stopped brain development, was diagnosed with depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, suffered from eating disorders, and had abnormalities on her scans. She was also a victim of gang rape and rape by an uncle at an early age.7\. The Jury Wasn’t UnanimousDuring Aguirre’s trial, the jury wasn’t unanimous. 11 found him guilty, while one man didn’t believe he should be convicted of first-degree murder. His reasoning? If he had wanted to kill Gabriel, he would’ve done it a long time ago.When the jury was seeking the death penalty for Aguirre, it was the same juror who voted against it, because he felt they needed to “hear Aguirre out.”8\. Judge Angrily Denounces Gabriel’s Mother During SentencingAt the sentencing hearing, Pearl Fernandez apologized, saying she wishes Gabriel was still alive and that she hopes her kids can forgive her one day.The judge, who had been on the bench for 20 years, said he never personally commented on a case he presided over, but had to for this one. He said that the pain Gabriel Fernandez suffered was unimaginable to the point where he would call it animalistic, but even “animals know how to take care of their young.” He wished that both perpetrators would suffer mental torture in prison about what they had done.9\. DCFS Also Failed in Other Similar CasesUnfortunately, five years later, another boy died under the same circumstances. 10-year-old Anthony Avalos was denied access to food and a bathroom, and was abused in the same way as Gabriel was. Calls were made by teachers and relatives, but DCFS never helped the boy who had come out as gay just weeks prior to his death. A spokesperson for DCFS said that they did indeed provide services to the family from May 2014 to December 2014 and their last referral was in 2016. However, they did not receive enough information but provided the family with further resources. And, this all happened in Antelope Valley — where Gabriel Fernandez had died as well.When prosecutors went to medical hub in Lancaster, Calif. (part of the Antelope Valley), they found it had been closed due to insufficient funding, the docu-series says. Investigators believe that there have been more than 150 cases where children have been abused even after it was brought to DCFS attention.Most recently, a four year old boy was being abused. A court order was placed to have him removed from his home. DCFS never followed through, and the boy died under “suspicious circumstances.”DCFS declined to take part in the series in its entirety.Read original story ‘Trials of Gabriel Fernandez': 9 Most Shocking Details About the Murder at Heart of Netflix Documentary At TheWrap
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
Much of Monday’s “Morning Joe” was dedicated to the coronavirus and President Donald Trump’s handling of it, as Trump himself continued to send tweets on the subject the show’s host called “sick.”“It’s sick, actually, very sick. People are dying and it’s sick, sick that he is doing this,” said MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough as he read his audience Trump’s new tweets, which blamed the media for concerns over the speed of the virus.“The Fake News Media and their partner, the Democrat Party, is doing everything within its semi-considerable power (it used to be greater!) to inflame the CoronaVirus situation, far beyond what the facts would warrant. Surgeon General, ‘The risk is low to the average American,'” the president tweeted Monday morning.“So much FAKE NEWS,” Trump posted in a follow-up.Also Read: 2020 Presidential Contenders: Who's Still Challenging Donald Trump and Who's Dropped Out (Photos)In panels throughout the morning, Scarborough hit Trump and his administration officials for their response to the outbreak domestically, where the number of affected individuals grows every day. Some members of Congress — including Ted Cruz — have even self-quarantined as of Monday morning after shaking hands with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 at a conservative event in late February. Trump was also at the event.Scarborough noted the surgeon general has said the United States is past the point of containment. He then criticized presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway for mocking a CBS News reporter Friday when she asked, “are you a doctor or lawyer?”“Actually, the reporter was right,” said Scarborough. “Kellyanne Conway — arrogant, boastful and lying all at the same time. That’s a nice trifecta but what we saw this weekend, the numbers have exploded.”After reviewing how many universities have canceled classes and how many unknowns remain, Scarborough concluded, “The way the Trump administration has handled this has been disastrous.”Read original story MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough Calls Trump ‘Sick’ for Blaming Media for Coronavirus At TheWrap
President Donald Trump lashed out at the media for its coverage of the coronavirus Wednesday, days after the Center for Disease Control said the potential public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high in the United States. The virus has already killed several thousand people abroad and affected thousands of others.He tweeted an attack on MSNBC and CNN that misspelled “coronavirus” Wednesday morning: “Low Ratings Fake News MSDNC (Comcast) & @CNN are doing everything possible to make the Caronavirus look as bad as possible, including panicking markets, if possible. Likewise their incompetent Do Nothing Democrat comrades are all talk, no action. USA in great shape! @CDCgov…..”Also Read: No, President Trump - Fox News' Neil Cavuto Has Seen Viewership Surge, Not a 'Ratings Drought'He added he plans to host a news conference on the coronavirus at 6 p.m. ET along with representatives of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.CNN and MSNBC did not immediately respond to requests for comment about being blamed for “panicking markets.” On Wednesday, U.S. stocks turned even lower as investors continued to assess the impact of the epidemic.Globally, more than 80,000 coronavirus cases have been confirmed, according to The New York Times, and nearly 3,000 people have died because of it. Outbreaks in Italy, Iran and South Korea this week have exacerbated fears the virus is continuing to spread. Those fears have also contributed to a stock market decline in the last few days.Facebook’s stock, for instance, has dropped from about $215 to $199 per share in the last five days, and that company has committed to removing any ads claiming to offer a cure for coronavirus.Read original story Trump Blames CNN and MSNBC for Trying to Make Coronavirus Look ‘As Bad As Possible’ At TheWrap
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi tore up the advance copy of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address after the president finished speaking Tuesday night. The move came after Trump did not shake her outstretched hand at the beginning of the address.Pelosi and Vice President Pence (who also serves as the president of the Senate) stood behind Trump while he made his address. After he finished, Pence clapped as Trump nodded and conversed with nearby audience members, but Pelosi made quick work of shredding the copy of the speech before her.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.Also Read: Here's What Democratic Legislators Chanted During the State of the Union AddressDuring the address, Pelosi seemed to visibly react to Trump’s comments about her home state of California, and at times appeared to mouth messages to Democrats to maintain order.The speech-ripping moment lit up Twitter almost immediately. On the left, some praised her, like Charlotte Clymer of the Human Rights Campaign, who called her a “hero” and a “legend.” On the right, Pelosi was vilified. Radio host Michael Savage declared she had melted down in front of the world.When asked why she ripped up the speech, Pelosi told Fox News, “Because it was the courteous thing to do considering the alternatives.”The White House issued a statement after the address, stating, “For such a really big night, she sure behaved pretty small.”The media seemed surprised by Pelosi’s actions as well.NBC News’ Lester Holt called it a “stunning moment” while colleague Chuck Todd mused instead on the contents of the ripped paper: “It’s so far removed from a traditional state of the Union at this point … It’ s just timing that we’re calling it a State of the Union. This was a conservative campaign checklist of making sure you hit every special interest group.”Over on Fox News, Martha MacCallum reacted simply by saying, “That is something.” Brit Hume noted he thought there was “an element of rage” in Pelosi’s action.This isn’t Pelosi’s first time creating a GIF-able, viral moment during the State of the Union. Last year, she infamously clapped in Trump’s face, wearing an expression that launched a thousand memes.She didn’t do everything the same as previous years, though. The Speaker of the House typically starts the evening saying, “I have the high privilege and distinct honor of presenting to you the President of the United States.”Instead, this year, Pelosi gave an abridged introduction: “Members of Congress, the President of the United States.”Watch Pelosi’s shredding above.Read original story Nancy Pelosi Tears Up Trump’s Speech at the End of the State of the Union Address (Video) At TheWrap
Geraldo Rivera said in an appearance on “Fox & Friends” on Friday morning that it’s tough to see former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani “deteriorate” in live television interviews.“I’ve known him since he was a newly-appointed U.S. attorney in the Southern District here in New York. Then he became ‘America’s Mayor,’ and we all lived through that trauma with him when he was the most magnificent elected official on earth. To see him kind of deteriorate right before your very eyes — and I love the guy — but I think that this is…,” Rivera said.Co-host Steve Doocy asked what his Fox News colleague meant. Rivera responded by speaking about Giuliani’s dealings in Ukraine and questioned why he wasn’t appointed as an envoy if he was going overseas to represent President Donald Trump.Also Read: Hillary Clinton Thinks 'Aliens Have Seized' Rudy Giuliani's Brain (Video)“He went to Ukraine to do what as what?” Rivera asked“We have a lot of people in the audience who are not agreeing with you, Geraldo,” said co-host Ainsley Earhardt.“I don’t come here for people to agree with me. I come to tell you how I feel from the bottom of my heart and from the bottom of my heart, I feel like Rudy Giuliani has been diminished by this entire saga. I think the more he talks the worse it is for the President of the United States.”Also Read: 'Fox & Friends' Brawl: Geraldo Rivera Calls Out Brian Kilmeade's 'Arrogance' in Defending Attack on Iran (Video)This isn’t the first time Rivera has been questioned on the network in recent weeks. Earlier in January, he and co-host Brian Kilmeade criticized each other while debating the United States’ deadly strike against Iranian’s General Qassem Soleimani with Rivera saying that the strike was an act of unnecessary aggression on the part of the U.S.Watch the clip of Rivera speaking about Giuliani above via Fox News.Read original story Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera Laments Watching Rudy Giuliani ‘Deteriorate’ At TheWrap
MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” started the week by picking up where NBC’s “Meet the Press” left off on Sunday: Hammering GOP Sen. John Kennedy — and by extension, some of his Republican colleagues — for “repeating Putin talking points,” specifically by reiterating claims of Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election.On Sunday, Kennedy accused former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko of “actively” working for Hillary Clinton during her 2016 campaign against President Trump.Also Read: 'Morning Joe': GOP Support of Ukraine Conspiracy Theory Is Like 'Living in an Alternate Universe'Moderator Chuck Todd pushed back then, saying, “You realize the only other person selling this argument outside of the United States is this man, Vladimir Putin. This is what he said on November 20: ‘Thank God nobody is accusing us anymore of interfering in U.S. elections. Now they’re accusing Ukraine. Well, let them sort this out among themselves.’ You just accused a former president of Ukraine. You’ve done exactly what the Russian operation is trying to get American politicians to do. Are you at all concerned that you’ve been duped?”Throughout Monday’s “Morning Joe,” the cable panelists made the same points, criticizing Republicans who fall in line to defend Trump. (That has been a months-long theme of the show, which is hosted by former GOP Rep. Joe Scarborough.)Also Read: 'Morning Joe' Accuses Pro-Trump Republicans of 'Shamelessness' After Impeachment Inquiry Vote“What about these Republicans, these so-called ‘conservatives?'” asked Scarborough, referencing his time in office. “People who stood by me as we fought against Russian influence and the spread of communism and fought for conservative values?”He slammed them for “going on national television, repeating Putin talking points. The United States Senate even gotta a warning from the intel agencies — Donald Trump’s intel agencies — that this is propaganda that Vladimir Putin has been trying to push for the past several years.”Watch the video above.Read original story ‘Morning Joe’ Rails Against Republicans ‘Repeating Putin Talking Points’ At TheWrap
In a new op-ed for NBC News published Tuesday, Robert Redford called President Donald Trump’s administration a “monarchy in disguise.”The actor/director used words like “crisis” and descriptors like “dictator-like” to describe Trump’s “attack” on “everything this country stands for” in the piece for NBC’s “Think.”Redford wrote, “it’s time for Trump to go — along with those in Congress who have chosen party loyalty over their oath to ‘solemnly affirm’ their support for the Constitution of the United States.”Also Read: 'Morning Joe': GOP Support of Ukraine Conspiracy Theory Is Like 'Living in an Alternate Universe'His criticism of Trump-aligned Republicans is a sentiment often shared on NBC’s sister network MSNBC, where morning hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski regularly examine — and castigate — GOP officials who defend or otherwise fall in line with Trump.Redford’s assertion “it’s time for Trump to go” is also in line with findings from Fox News, whose polling department found earlier this month that 49% of Americans support the impeachment and removal of Trump. (That, of course, has earned Fox News considerable ire from the president.)Also Read: Fox News Continues to Stand by Polling Unit as Trump Again Takes Aim at 'Lousy' Poll Showing More Americans Favor ImpeachmentRedford added that when Trump was elected, he “honestly thought it only fair to give the guy a chance,” but soon the president began to “disappoint” and “alarm” him. Notably, he uses the op-ed to call for Trump to be ousted the same way he was brought in: Through defeat in the next election, not necessarily through impeachment.Democrats were not overlooked in the op-ed. “Instead of the United States of America, we are now defined as the Divided States of America,” Redford wrote. Leaders on both sides lack the fundamental courage to cross political aisles on behalf of what is good for the American people.”Redford ended the piece with a call to action: “Let’s rededicate ourselves to voting for truth, character and integrity in our representatives (no matter which side we’re on). Let’s go back to being the leader the world so desperately needs. Let’s return, quickly, to being simply … Americans.”A representative for the White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Read original story Robert Redford Calls Trump Presidency ‘Monarchy in Disguise’ At TheWrap
Joe Scarborough recapped the events of the previous night on Wednesday’s “Morning Joe” with a touch of fatigue: “It gets old saying, ‘This was the worst day of the Trump presidency.'”“I don’t know that this was the worst day of the Trump presidency,” the MSNBC co-host admitted, but cited “three huge strikes” that made Tuesday a rough one for President Trump.These were made up of the “absolutely devastating” testimony of U.S. ambassador to the E.U., Gordon Sondland, before the House committees leading the impeachment probe; “losing the reddest of red states” in Tuesday’s state elections; and “watching all of the red bleed out of Virginia” as Democrats took control of the legislature for the first time in decades, “so now it is a completely blue state.”Also Read: 'Morning Joe' Overwhelmed After 'One of the Most Significant News Days' in Trump PresidencyScarborough and co-host Willie Geist pointed out for “Morning Joe” viewers that Trump made a voting plea on behalf of Virginia Republicans and backed GOP Kentucky governor Matt Bevin, who as of Wednesday morning, appeared to have lost to Democratic challenger Andy Beshear.Bevin, Geist said, was “a very unpopular governor,” but “the entire impetus of his campaign was he was like Donald Trump. He attached himself at the hip to Donald Trump.”Also Read: Colbert Gloats a Tiny Bit Over Trump Official Who Reversed His Impeachment Inquiry Testimony (Video)He continued, “Donald Trump can’t run away from this. Republicans cannot run away from the fact that a Donald Trump-backed candidate probably lost — he has not conceded yet but probably lost — the governorship in a state that President Trump won, again, by 30 points.”“Bevin was ahead by five percentage points in the polls before Donald Trump came to the state!” exclaimed Scarborough. “Donald Trump cost him five-and-a-half, six percentage points by they one rally!”Then, Scarborough leaned toward the camera and addressed the president directly: “Donald. Come here. Get a little closer. Donald. Bevin was ahead, son!”Read original story Joe Scarborough: Declaring the New ‘Worst Day’ in Trump’s Presidency Is Getting Old At TheWrap
As Donald Trump continues to dominate the headlines, the First Lady seems to have disappeared from the spotlight.
Lady Gaga is back.Over the weekend, the 32-year-old wore 12 different outfits in total, each giving off an eccentricity we haven’t seen on the singer for a number of years.Sure, she may not have donned a dress made from meat nor burning cigarette sunglasses, but it was refreshing to see Gaga absolutely rock the kind of looks that we learned to love her for in the first place.It hasn’t been an easy year for her; last autumn, she revealed that she’s been battling with fibromyalgia, a chronic illness that causes sufferers to feel pain all over their body.As a result, she had to cancel the final 10 shows of her Joanne world tour, which she announced in a Facebook post at the time.In February, the singer said she was “devastated” about the cancellations, but insisted that the situation was beyond her control and a necessary step for the sake of her well being.Now that she’s back in action, here are the 12 truly Gaga-esque outfits she worked during her weekend in the US.Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for non-stop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day. For Twitter updates, follow @YahooStyleUK. Read more from Yahoo Style UK:Kim Kardashian goes shopping with Kendall in a sheer tank topLady Gaga’s Revealing Grammys Outfit Is an Awesome Retort to Body ShamersLady Gaga’s Grammys eye makeup had a surprising inspiration — here’s how to get it