ProgressVirginia reported Tuesday afternoon that the Virginia Senate’s Privileges and Elections Committee killed Sen. Charles “Bill” Carrico Sr.’s electoral college-rigging bill, despite an offer by Carrico to amend the bill to award electors in proportion to the state’s popular vote. The vote was 11-4 against the bill, although it will not be official until the close of the committee meeting.
What is the matter with our media? I simply do not understand why we are seeing all of these media commentators having the vapors over Hillary Clinton saying the Emperor is a bigot who uses race to consolidate and empower his base.
On CNN today, historian Douglas Brinkley spent some time with anchor Brianna Keilar to discuss why it's just terrible for Clinton to have highlighted race in this campaign. Reaching back to the 1960s, he pointed out that Lyndon Johnson and Barry Goldwater made a pact not to discuss race because it would be bad for the country.
"I think they need to take a big time-out and go back to the Goldwater-Johnson pledge of '64 and stop making their country suffer through all of this," he said.
As if we're not suffering through it either way? As if shouting about walls and how Black Lives Matter is a hate group and such is not making people suffer? As if having Trump shout about how everything in Black communities sucks because Democrats have made them all welfare queens isn't causing people to suffer?
When pressed, Brinkley said Trump is running a bigoted, xenophobic campaign, but still, it's bad for the little lady to point it out.
It took about an hour after the West Virginia Gazette published their story for the Attorney-General's office to fire her, releasing a statement saying that Bowe “is no longer a member of this office.”
Source: NY Daily News
A spokeswoman for West Virginia's attorney general has been fired after an overtly racist YouTube video shows her reciting well-known white supremacist slogans.
Carrie Bowe, who started working as an assistant communications director under Republican Attorney General Patrick Morrissey in 2015, was fired only hours after the West Virginia Gazette published an article about the outrageous video Thursday.
In the shocking video called "THE 'Stop White Genocide' Video," Bowe repeatedly states, "anti-racist is a code word for anti-white," a well-known phrase coined by notorious South Carolina white supremacist Bob Whitaker.
"Everybody says the final solution to this race problem is for every white country, and only white countries, to assimilate, i.e., intermarry with all those non-whites," Bowe says in the video before an unidentified woman chimes in, "How long would it take anyone to realize, I'm not talking (about) a race problem, I'm talking about the final solution to the black problem?"
Trump's new campaign CEO may imagine himself as a honeybadger who "don't give a sh*t" but he's got some problems when it comes to his integrity and dealings with women.
According to a new report in POLITICO, Bannon faced domestic violence charges in 1996 after he manhandled his wife and the mother of his 7-month old twins.
According to the report, they got into an argument over whether she should use a credit card or a check when she went shopping. It escalated from there into a full-blown physical altercation. She spit, he grabbed and hit.
Bannon had gone out to their car, followed by his then-wife, the report says. She then spat at him, and Bannon “reached up to her from the driver’s seat of his car and grabbed her left wrist. He pulled her down, as if he was trying to pull [her] into the car, over the door."
"[REDACTED] said Mr. Bannon grabbed at neck, also pulling her into the car. She said that she started to fight back striking at his face so he would let go of her. After a short period of time she was able to get away from him,” the report states.
Anyone who has ever witnessed abuse or been abused themselves knows what happens next. It escalates into a verbal and physical brawl, which this one did.
Donald Trump wasn’t sure just how YUUGE a flip flop he wants to do on immigration. Or he wasn't sure just how much he wanted to admit he's planning a YUUGE flip flop. So he polled Fox News’ Hannity show audience to help him figure it out. Seriously.
It started with host Sean Hannity asking whether maybe Donald Trump will reneg on his pledge to deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants.
But, of course, Hannity wouldn’t phrase it any way that might make his beloved Trump look bad. So Hannity said delicately, “I think this is gonna be a big issue and that is, OK, you’re not a criminal alien, you committed no crimes but you didn’t respect our laws and sovereignty. You also seem to be indicating there might be something other than they have to go back.”
“We have to follow the laws of our country,” Trump said, as the audience cheered.
“That means they go back,” Hannity prodded.
That’s when Trump at least acted as if he’d have the audience figure it out for him.
From the Media Matters transcript, with my emphases:
TRUMP: We have to follow the laws. Now, can we be, and I’ll ask the audience, you have somebody who’s terrific, who’s been here—
Ladies and gentlemen, we bring you another prime example of what magic can happen when a focused interviewer will not allow a liar to simply lie and get away with it.
MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle was not going to let RNC spokesman Sean Spicer wiggle out and away from Hillary Clinton's speech outlining and detailing how Donald Trump is mainstreaming and normalizing racism.
When Spicer called her speech and new ad a "desperate act," Ruhle cut in and asked him whether any of the things she laid out in her ad were incorrect.
He could not answer, whining instead that the video was "over the top" and claiming he could have found Democrats with crazy ideas in Philadelphia too.
Ruhle steered him back over and over again. As frustrating as his deflections were, it was refreshing to see her simply confront him with her question and bring him back around.
Spicer did finally admit that he wouldn't call her a bigot like Trump did, which is nice.
MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle noted that prominent Republicans haven't stood up and defended Trump from Clinton's attacks on him as having a history of racism. "Why do you think that is?" she asked the RNC official.
"I don't know, Congress is on recess, it's August, there's a lot of reasons," Spicer said.
He argued that Republicans were being held to another standard.
Hillary Clinton gave a terrific speech in Reno today:
Hillary Clinton on Thursday delivered a blistering denunciation of Donald J. Trump, saying he had embraced the “alt-right” political philosophy and presenting his choice as an especially ominous turn in a presidential election full of them.
In her most direct critique yet connecting the Trump campaign to white nationalists and the conservative fringe, Mrs. Clinton is framing Mr. Trump’s run as unprecedented in modern politics.
“He is taking hate groups mainstream and helping a radical fringe take over the Republican Party,” she said.
Asserting that a racially charged and “paranoid fringe” had always existed in politics, she said, “It’s never had the nominee of a major party stoking it, encouraging it and giving it a national megaphone. Until now.”
The unhinged Governor of Maine later said to reporters he wished he could settle the matter with a duel, Zell Miller style.
Not too crazy, no.
Source: Portland Press-Herald
Gov. Paul LePage left a state lawmaker from Westbrook an expletive-laden phone message Thursday in which he accused the legislator of calling him a racist, encouraged him to make the message public and said, “I’m after you.”
LePage sent the message Thursday morning after a television reporter appeared to suggest that Democratic Rep. Drew Gattine was among several people who had called the governor a racist, which Gattine later denied. The exchange followed remarks the governor made in North Berwick on Wednesday night about the racial makeup of suspects arrested on drug trafficking charges in Maine.
“Mr. Gattine, this is Gov. Paul Richard LePage,” a recording of the governor’s phone message says. “I would like to talk to you about your comments about my being a racist, you cocksucker. I want to talk to you. I want you to prove that I’m a racist. I’ve spent my life helping black people and you little son-of-a-bitch, socialist cocksucker. You … I need you to, just friggin. I want you to record this and make it public because I am after you. Thank you.”
This is unreal. Kellyanne Conway graced the set of The Rachel Maddow Show last night. Among other things, Rachel asked about the "pivot" away from a total ban on Muslims to an "extreme vetting" of those entering the United States.
As usual, Rachel had clearly done her homework. The "extreme vetting" that the Trump campaign correctly identifies as originating during the Cold War, was vetoed by Harry Truman, passed as an override by Congress anyway, and then found unconstitutional. By all modern legal measures, the similar Trump proposal would also be found unconstitutional.
Maddow: Let me ask one more specific, on that. There's this one, from the Ohio speech, the terrorism speech, which I thought was just a fascinating turn, and it was on this issue of extreme vetting. What he's describing as extreme vetting, for people who want to emigrate to the country. And what he said was, "In the Cold War, we had an ideological screening test. Time is overdue to develop a new screening test for the threats we face today." What is that about? What is the Cold War precident for that?
Conway: He's basically saying, this is not the first time the country has done this, or that it's been done. That we've done this before, but for some reason, we've become lax.
MADDOW: When did we do it before?
CONWAY: He's saying, there's a Cold War precedent.
MADDOW: But what is the Cold War precident?
Wow, talk about a poorly delivered and extremely biased training presentation. The Army had to backtrack hard after a slide was released that had been used in a training lesson on how to secure classified materials and improve safety.
NBC reports that one of the slides features a "who's who" of leakers and national threats, including General Petreaus, NSA leaker Edward Snowden, Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan and Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis.
Yes, they put Hillary Clinton on the same level as someone who leaked national secrets and two murderers.
An Army's Training and Doctrine Command spokesperson said the slide was created 18 months ago, before Hillary Clinton was cleared of all accusations of lying and intentional misuse of her home server.
The spokesperson said "as is common with Army training requirements, the local unit was given latitude to develop their own training products to accomplish the overall training objective. This particular presentation had not been reviewed or approved by the unit's leadership, and does not reflect the position of the Army. The training presentation has since been removed."
Uh huh. Doesn't reflect the Army and we didn't approve or review it.
It's time we grab the bull by the tail and face the situation: our media is failing us in every way. Yes, your morning round-up looks at The Death of the Media!
Sky Dancing argues that The Media doesn't want to see the glass ceiling shatter.
Like Sick Horses deconstructs Fox News’ latest insistence that the polls are not as important as Social Media.
The Hunting of the Snark vivisects Megan McArdle's heartless take on healthcare.
Bonus Track: I Agree To See. well, sees the biggest stock video fail of 2016 from NC Senator Richard Burr.
Round-up by Tengrain who blogs at Mock, Paper, Scissors. You can follow Tengrain on the Twitters, too. Send tips, requests, and suggestions to mbru AT crooksandliars DOT com (with "For MBRU" in the subject line).
Alt-right lighting REPUBLICAN fires. HRC sez hey GOP your party's on fire, REPUBLICANS & their enablers freak out that she mentioned FIRE.
— Frances Langum (@bluegal) August 26, 2016
Open Thread below....
Happy 62nd birthday to Declan Patrick MacManus aka Elvis Costello. With such a deep catalog of songs of his own I've decided to throw a curve ball with the cover of a Sam & Dave song from '67 that he and his band the Attractions released in 1980.
What are you listening to tonight?
Chris Matthews invited Joan Walsh, Andrew Weinstein, former press secretary to Newt Gingrich, and Michael Steele, former director of the RNC onto Hardball to discuss today's heated back-and-forth between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump over Trump's connections to white supremacists and fringe conspiracy theorists.
He began with Michael Steele, but to me, the moment he badgered Michael Weinstein about Grand Wizard of the KKK's endorsement was the truly shameful one, so I'll take these out of order.
Matthews started badgering Weinstein, a former Gingrich press aide and current Clinton endorser.
"Is it fair for Hillary Clinton to show images of the KKK in an ad about Donald Trump," he roared, talking over his guest and bullying him in his usual fashion.
Weinstein answered, "It is 100 percent fair to discuss the ties that the Trump campaign has allowed and the growth that it has encouraged within the alt-right hate movement, because there have been dog whistles from day one of this campaign to those groups on issues large and small. Retweeting hate sites, not disavowing David Duke, to explicitly not repudiating the haters is an issue that should be raised in the campaign? Absolutely,"
Matthews did not enjoy that answer at all. "The KKK has historically been associated with killing and lynching people who are black. Is that a fair comparison?"
After his rally of lies in New Hampshire today, Donald Trump made a beeline for Anderson Cooper to give an interview expanding on his "I know you are, but what am I" attacks on Hillary Clinton.
He doubled down on his claim that Hillary Clinton is a bigot, though we're not exactly sure what proof he is offering of this.
Cooper called Trump out on his claim Clinton is a bigot.
"She is, if you look at what is happening to the inner cities, African-Americans, Hispanics, she talks all of the time, she said the vets have been treated essentially just fine," he began.
"How is she a bigot?," Cooper pressed.
He replied, "She is selling them down the tubes, because she's not doing anything for those communities. She talks a good game."
Cooper once again tried to get an answer. "You're saying she has hatred or --"
"Her policies are bigoted because she knows they're not going to work," Trump replied, fishing for a response.
"You're saying she is bigoted," Cooper once again asked. How many times does he have to look for a direct answer? Apparently a few more times.
Trump answered, "Yes, because her policies and others that believe like she does also. She came out with policies over the years. over the years, a long time, totally bigoted." (Still no facts)
Cooper tries again. "But does she have hatred towards --"
Republican nominee Donald Trump made an incredible claim on Monday, when told Bill O'Reilly that he spoke with top police in Chicago and said, "I got to meet a couple of very top police. I said, ‘How do you stop this? How do you stop this? If you were put in charge,’ to a specific person, ‘Do you think you could stop it?’ He said, ‘Mr. Trump, I would be able to stop it in one week.’ And I believed him 100 percent.”
On Tuesday, the 23rd, the Chicago Police Department refuted Trump's claims vehemently.
CPD spokesperson Frank Giancamilli said, "We've discredited this claim months ago. No one in the senior command at CPD has ever met with Donald Trump or a member of his campaign."
He continued, "Beyond that, the best way to address crime is through a commitment to community policing and a commitment to stronger laws to keep illegal guns and repeat violent offenders off the street."
Trump has been campaigning on a "Law and Order" platform of late and he's painted a horrible picture of America, one that actually mimics some of the violence in Chicago. Even though crime rates are way down across the entire nation, Trump is claiming that he must be elected President so that "you won't get shot walking down the street."
Rush Limbaugh is apoplectic over the so-called "softening" of the Trump stance on deportation of 11 million undocumented immigrants.
To be clear here, I don't believe there's been any change. He's just putting his usual extreme ideas inside some faux-empathy wrapper and pretending he gives a damn. But it's not just Ann Coulter having a fit. It's Rush, too.
Transcript via Daily Rushbo:
RUSH: Could you imagine what it’s like to be Jeb Bush today? Who knew — (laughing) I’m sorry, folks. “She’s a bigot!” Who knew. First they tried Marco Rubio. They tried the Gang of Eight. They tried Jeb Bush. They tried any number of people to convince — they tried me! They sent emissaries to the EIB Network Southern Command. They tried everybody they could think of to try to convince the Republican base to support some form of amnesty for illegal immigrants, and — (laughing) — sorry — who knew — (laughing) — I know it frustrates you to hear me laughing. Sorry.
She's not hiding, Donald, she's on my tee vee! (Instead of you, which is a nice change.)
Open thread below....
Lawrence O'Donnell had Glenn Beck, yes, that Glenn Beck, on Last Word Wednesday night. Beck got a chance to promote his latest anti "Liberal" book, which might outsell Coulter's now that Trump has 'softened' on immigration.
Or has he? Isn't that the million dollar question? O'Donnell opens the segment with a caller to Glenn Beck's radio program, "Nate from Virginia," who clearly has some not-too-hidden second amendment remedies waiting for Trump if he doesn't build the wall:
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 24, 2016
“Thank you for one of the spookiest phone calls I think I’ve ever received,” replies Beck.
O'Donnell then does the book promo and allows Beck to re-brand himself. This is where everyone is going after Trump loses, folks. There won't be any Republicans anymore, and Tea Party is old, so you'll have "constitutionalists" and "pro-growth reasonables" and "alt-right" and "originalists." Anything to avoid being associated with the failure that is that whole entire group.
More on that in another post.
There are many wackos that call in to C-SPAN's Washington Journal, but every once in a while we get a real gem.
On August 18th, a caller who identified as Gary from North Carolina, called in to talk with Demos' Heather McGee and it was astonishing.
I was hoping your guest could help me change my mind about some things. I’m a white male, and I am prejudiced. And the reason it is is something I wasn’t taught but it’s kind of something that I learned. When I open up the papers, I get very discouraged at what young black males are doing to each other, and the crime rate. I understand that they live in an environment with a lot of drugs — you have to get money for drugs — and it is a deep issue that goes beyond that. But when, I have these different fears, and I don’t want my fears to come true. You know, so I try to avoid that, and I come off as being prejudiced, but I just have fears. I don’t like to be forced to like people. I like to be led to like people through example. What can I do to change? You know, to be a better American?
I was floored. He wasn't angry or unhinged, but appeared really looking for some real advice on a very difficult issue.
Heather calmly replied, “Thank you so much for being honest and for opening up this conversation because it is simply one of the most important ones we have to have in this country.”