You are browsing the archive for Trump.

Ex-‘Simpsons’ Writer Bill Oakley Torches GOP For Stealing Trump Defense From Sideshow Bob

November 15, 2019 in Trump

Republicans speaking out in support of President Donald Trump during this week’s impeachment hearings are using a tactic straight out of “The Simpsons,” a former writer on the show said. 

The GOP argument is that Trump’s attempt to use foreign aid to pressure Ukraine into investigating his political rivals wasn’t a crime because it wasn’t successful. Fox News host Laura Ingraham even said on her show this week that bribery was specifically named as an impeachable offense in the Constitution, but “attempted bribery is not.” 

Bill Oakley, a writer and showrunner on “The Simpsons,” wrote in The Washington Post that this argument calls to mind the defense used by the malevolent cartoon character Sideshow Bob when he was jailed for attempted murder. He quoted the character: 

“Convicted of a crime I didn’t even commit. Hah! Attempted murder? Now honestly, what is that? Do they give a Nobel Prize for attempted chemistry? Do they?”

Oakley also wrote that the argument might sound good in Springfield, the hometown of the Simpsons, because “the citizens of Springfield are, as a whole, dummies.” But out here in the real world? 

“It’s hard to believe that the Sideshow Bob defense of Trump will be long-lived, as it fails to stand up to even the slightest scrutiny,” wrote Oakley. “It is literally a joke.”

Plus, the GOP is already moving on to a new argument: that Trump was simply trying to fight corruption. 

“‘Oh come on now, that’s too much. People won’t seriously fall for that,’ Sideshow Bob might reply,” Oakley wrote. “And then, with an evil gleam in his eye: ‘…Will they?’”

Source link

Colbert Rips GOP’s Favorite New Trump Talking Point With Some Pizazz

November 15, 2019 in Trump

“Late Show” host Stephen Colbert isn’t buying what’s turned into a major Republican talking point during the impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump.   

Numerous GOP figures have complained the proceedings are boring

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham used the word. So did Eric Trump, one of the president’s three sons. 

It’s hard for me to stay awake and listen to all of this,” griped Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), a staunch Trump supporter. 

And on Fox News, counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway complained that “you’re either sound asleep or you can’t follow.” 

As Colbert pointed out, even an NBC News analysis said the hearings lacked pizazz.

“Yeah, that’s what I’m looking for in deeply troubling congressional hearings. Pizazz!” Colbert mocked. “That’s why during Iran-Contra, Oliver North came dressed as Elton John.” 

Watch Colbert break out the pizazz below: 

Source link

RNC Reportedly Will Hold Winter Meeting At Trump’s Doral Resort

November 15, 2019 in Trump

The Republican National Committee will reportedly hold its winter meeting at President Donald Trump’s Doral golf resort in Florida, again mixing political events with the president’s private business.

The RNC sent an email to members Thursday urging them to start booking rooms at Trump’s National Doral Miami resort for the multi-day meeting in January, according to CNN and The Washington Post.

The RNC did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment, though it told both news organizations that the contract to hold the meeting at Doral was signed in March.

Trump attempted to host the 2020 Group of Seven summit of world leaders at the resort before bipartisan backlash led him to cancel the plan in October. Hosting the event at the Doral resort meant the president would have used one of the most important gatherings of world leaders to benefit his personal dealings. Trump has not chosen a new site yet for the G-7 summit.

Political events at Trump properties have repeatedly occurred during the Republican’s presidency. The president alleges that he does not personally profit from the resorts because he promised when taking office to separate himself from his family business, the Trump Organization. But he continues to own and profit from the company ― which operates the resorts and hotels ― through a trust he created after winning the 2016 election.

Personally profiting from political events at Trump properties would result in the president violating at least one of two of the Constitution’s emoluments clauses. One of the clauses prohibits any federal officer from receiving payments from a foreign entity, while the other prohibits the president from getting payment outside of his salary from either the federal government or a state government.

The RNC spent a total of $1.3 million at Trump properties during the president’s first two years in office. The Trump campaign spent an additional $1.6 million, and nearly 120 other Republican candidates and committees spent an additional $1.4 million, according to a HuffPost analysis of Federal Election Commission filings.

The first GOP meeting at Doral was in the spring of 2018, when attendees brought in about $630,000 in revenue for Trump’s company, according to the Post’s review of campaign-finance records. The RNC held a fundraiser this summer at Doral, where lunch had a six-figure ticket price that likely brought in several million dollars for the party and Trump’s campaign.

GOP spokesman Michael Ahrens defended the decision to hold events at Trump properties, telling the Post on Thursday that the media “is obsessed with our spending … and has covered it ad nauseum.”

“As we have stated multiple times, we continue to hold events at [Trump properties] because they have fantastic service and secure spaces that fit our needs,” Ahrens told the newspaper.

How much the president actually profits from the properties is unclear, as Trump refuses to make his tax returns public.

Source link

Amid setbacks, Trump doubles down on GOP candidate in Louisiana

November 15, 2019 in Trump

Edwards and Rispone face each other in a runoff election on Saturday. The tight race is drawing national attention as Republicans are concerned about sustaining a second gubernatorial loss in a largely conservative state.

Earlier Thursday, Bevin, the Kentucky governor, conceded to his Democratic opponent, state Attorney General Andy Beshear, who narrowly prevailed in the vote last week. Trump had also campaigned in Kentucky, as part of his dive into a handful of red states — including Kentucky and Louisiana — in an effort to get out from under impeachment’s shadow. During Thursday’s rally, Trump still claimed he’d “brought him up a lot” — referring to the close outcome while also washing his hands of Bevin’s loss.

“The headlines: Trump took a loss,” the president said of the Kentucky race. “So you’ve gotta give me a big win, please. OK?”

The Republican National Convention is also pouring an additional $1 million into the Louisiana race in a last-minute effort to save the election. Another loss in the state would be a major setback to team Trump’s counter-campaign to the impeachment drama playing in Washington.

Not that impeachment didn’t have a major role in the president’s campaign efforts. Trump brought up House Democrats’ inquiry repeatedly during the Thursday rally, using old lines attacking the party for what he characterized as an effort to nullify the 2016 election and disregard the will of his voters. At one point he even claimed that Edwards was a pawn for Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and the de facto leader of the impeachment investigation.

Trump also took a cynical turn during the rally and said Republicans in Congress wanted the impeachment proceedings to continue because it riled their constituents. But the president, who seemed more tired and less enthused than in past rallies, asked for it all to stop.

“My whole life is crazy. What a life I lead,” he said. “You think this is fun, don’t you? But it’s been very hard on my family.”

At just under an hour and 10 minutes, Thursday’s rally was one of his shortest in months, and he hardly ever raised his voice or introduced new insults.

Source link

White House budget official is prepared to testify on frozen Ukraine aid

November 15, 2019 in Trump

Several witnesses have testified that Ukrainians learned of the hold on military aid in the weeks following, but others said it was unclear if they had discovered it until POLITICO revealed the hold on Aug. 28. Soon after that, Gordon Sondland, Trump’s ambassador to the European Union and a close ally of the president, told top Ukrainian officials their aid likely wouldn’t be released unless they launched Trump’s politically motivated investigations.

Though top administration officials described high-level alarm at the lengthy hold on aid, one piece of the puzzle has remained: who did Trump and his chief of staff Mick Mulvaney communicate the order to inside the White House budget office, what justification did they provide and how was that order disseminated across the administration.

Sandy would become the first official at the White House’s Office of Management and Budget to talk to impeachment investigators, a breakthrough that could shed light on how Trump’s effort to freeze aid to Ukraine was handled at the highest echelons of the administration. Sandy, according to investigators, signed a document on July 25 formalizing Trump’s freeze on military aid — though the move had been revealed internally a week earlier.

Pentagon official Laura Cooper testified Sandy’s letter indicated the freeze was meant to kickstart an “interagency process” to review the aid, even though the Pentagon and other agencies had already certified it was ready to be provided. Sandy’s letter also indicated the aid would be released on Aug. 5, even though it would ultimately take an additional five weeks.

Mulvaney has refused Democrats’ subpoena for testimony and at least three other OMB officials — Russ Vought, Michael Duffey and Brian McCormack — have also refused to appear.

Source link

Mike Pence Vows To End School Shootings, But Twitter Users Seem Skeptical

November 15, 2019 in Trump

Pence tweeted out the vow on Wednesday in response to a school shooting in Santa Clarita, California, where a gunman killed two students and injured several others with a semiautomatic handgun.

However, since the National Rifle Association helped elect Donald Trump president in 2016, many Twitter users assumed that Pence’s promise was just empty words.

Some people expressed their frustration visually.

Others wondered if Wednesday’s shooting meant the artificial moratorium against talking about gun control out of respect to the victims was now back in effect.

Another person decided to help out the VP by slightly editing the tweet for accuracy.