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Trump Weekly Address: Does Congress Want To Protect Americans Or Criminal Aliens?

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 06:23
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: 'Help me, Dad.' Those were the last words spoken by Kate Steinle as she lay dying on a San Francisco pier – a precious young American woman killed in the prime of her life. Kate's death is a tragedy that was entirely preventable. She was shot by an illegal alien and a 7-time convicted felon who had been deported five times – but he was free to harm an innocent American because our leaders refused to protect our border, and because San Francisco is a Sanctuary City. In Sanctuary States and Cities, innocent Americans are at the mercy of criminal aliens because state and local officials defy federal authorities and obstruct the enforcement of our immigration laws. Last week, in a final injustice, Kate's killer was acquitted on all of the most serious charges – yet one more reason Americans are so upset by Sanctuary Cities and open border politicians who shield criminal aliens from federal law enforcement and all of the problems involved with the whole concept of a sanctuary city. They're no good. We mourn for all of the American Families, of all backgrounds, who will have any empty seat at Christmas this year because our immigration laws were not enforced. No American should be separated from their loved ones because of preventable crime committed by those illegally in our country. Our cities should be Sanctuaries for Americans – not for criminal aliens. Unfortunately, Democrats in Congress not only oppose our efforts to stop illegal immigration and crack down on Sanctuary Cities – now they are demanding amnesty as a condition for funding the government, holding troop funding hostage and putting our national security at risk. We cannot allow it. Every Senator and Congressman will have to make a choice: do they want to protect American citizens or do they want to protect criminal aliens? Reasonable people can disagree on many things, but there can be no disagreement that the first duty of government is to serve, protect, and defend American Citizens. People can have different views on the technical details of budget policy or transportation, but no one who serves in elected office should disagree that our highest priority must be the safety and well-being of our nation's citizens. Thank you.

David Brooks: GOP Made "Deal With The Devil" With Trump; He Will Take Everything, Including Your Soul

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 18:01
PBS NEWSHOUR: Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff the discuss the week's news, including the last days of the Alabama Senate race, the resignation of Sen. Al Franken over sexual misconduct allegations and the politics behind President Trump's decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. Brooks said if Roy Moore wins in Alabama it will be a short-term gain and long-term generational setback for the Republican party and the pro-life movement. Brooks also said the Democratic party treatment of Senator Al Franken was "unfair" and influenced by political expediency. "It felt like a lot of the pressure against Franken was not about Franken," Brooks said. "It was just for political expedience, so we could have the contrast with Roy Moore. And whatever Al Franken did and didn't do — and I bear, I carry no water for him — it seemed a little unfair that his case had to be so much influenced by political expediency and Roy Moore." The NYT columnist said Republicans made a "deal with the devil" when they supported him as the party's nominee for president and he has slowly made them tolerate more and more of what he supports. "And at every step along the way, the Republicans just say we're not standing up to you, you own a little more of our soul," Brooks said. "And, finally, he owns all of the soul," Brooks warned. "And that's the case whether you're working around Harvey Weinstein or you're working around Donald Trump. You make a deal with the devil, he takes over everything. And that's what's happening in the Republican Party. They don't know where to draw the line." Transcript, via PBS NewsHour: Judy Woodruff: And now that leads us to the analysis of Shields and Brooks. That's syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks. Welcome, gentlemen. So, we just heard from Robert Costa, David, about the Alabama race. It is on everybody's lips, as he said, not only in Alabama, but in much of Washington. But how — what do we make of it right now? There is so much attention on these women's accusations, but, as Robert said, it's gotten much bigger than that down there. David Brooks: Yes, but what I hear is a lot of Republicans looking at the Roy Moore case and it seems to have just flipped a switch, a lot of Republicans disgusted by Trump, not liking Trump, conservatives, and then, suddenly, Roy Moore, you enter a whole new realm of depravity, to be honest. How are people not nauseated with a guy hitting on 14-year-old girls, and then, suddenly, that guy becomes a U.S. senator, and people are not minding this? And so how many Republicans have I talked to who have said, I guess I'm not a Republican anymore? And these are lifelong Republicans. Evangelicals saying, hey, I'm a Christian, but I'm not an evangelical. If that is what being an evangelical is, that I don't have to care about character, that's not what I believe. And so, to me, the big test of this is that, sure, if he wins, the Republicans will have one more vote for a couple of years, but they will have a generation who find the Republican Party something they can't relate to. And they will find the pro-life movement as something that's a movement of epic hypocrisy. So they may get a short-term gain if he wins, but I think there will be a long-term generational setback for the Republican Party, for evangelical Christianity, for the pro-life movement, for all of the things that Donald Trump and Roy Moore purport to be for. Judy Woodruff: Serious consequences if he wins? Mark Shields: Serious consequences, Judy, either way. If you're an Alabaman who loves your state, who cares about your state, wants your children to grow up there and come back, and your grandchildren not to move away, you're thinking about the fact that you have already had your overtly religious governor, Republican, resign with an adulterous relationship with a woman staff member. You have had the speaker of the House indicted, convicted on 12 counts of corruption and felony convictions. And you know that your state's been a punching bag. It's been a one-line joke. If it weren't for Mississippi, Alabama would be 50th in everything. And so you want pride in your state. You want a sense of self-respect. And Roy Moore is not going to help in any way. It's going to reinforce that negative stereotype. I think Robert Costa is second to none as a reporter, but I think one of the problems with the polling, which has, quite frankly, shown the race very, very close is this- If you're a churchgoing Alabaman who is a Republican, you face economic and maybe social pressure if you admit you're voting for Doug Jones, the Democrat. But, at the same time, if you're a churchgoing, serious Alabaman and you're going to vote for Roy Moore, you face moral criticism. So, I don't — the candor level in polling is pretty difficult. Right now, from everything I have been able to find out, I would say that Roy Moore will lose on Tuesday. Judy Woodruff: Really? Mark Shields: I really do. Now, it's 96 hours to go. The president is going down tonight, but I think that Roy — Doug Jones will spring an upset. And I think it will be a political earthquake. Judy Woodruff: But, meantime, in Washington, and, David, which you were just talking about, you have got the Republicans torn asunder, if you will, by what's happened to Roy Moore. But Democrats came together this week, and basically drummed Al Franken out of the Senate, a bunch of — led by Republican — I mean, by Democratic women senators. David Brooks: Yes. Judy Woodruff: So, do we now have some sort of moral separation between the two parties? How do you read this? David Brooks: Well, it's indisputable that the Democrats have kicked Al Franken, pushed him out of the Senate for things which are much less egregious than anything Roy Moore is accused of or anything Donald Trump is accused of. So, there's that fact. I would associate myself a little bit with a column Ruth Marcus, our friend Ruth Marcus, wrote today, which said, it feels — for the Al Franken case, it should be judged on the basis of Al Franken and what Al Franken did or didn't do. And it feels like we don't totally know. And it feels like he was pushed out of the Senate not just because of what Al Franken did, but because for the political opportunism of the Democratic Party to say, hey, we're not the Republicans. And so it felt like a lot of the pressure against Franken was not about Franken. It was just for political expedience, so we could have the contrast with Roy Moore. And whatever Al Franken did and didn't do — and I bear, I carry no water for him — it seemed a little unfair that his case had to be so much influenced by political expediency and Roy Moore. Judy Woodruff: Unfair, Mark? Mark Shields: Well, we're in uncharted waters here. Yes, I think capital punishment is not the answer for everything from winking at an office Christmas party or to what Harvey Weinstein did. And, by the way, Judy, I just have to digress for a second and say, if you want to see newspapering at its best, this past Thursday's New York Times, with Megan Twohey, and Jodi Kantor, and Susan Dominus, and Jim Rutenberg, and four pages, and this is what — this is really the crime involved. This is a consortium of applying economic, social, personal, emotional and physical pressure and threats to anybody, a witness, a woman who wanted to confess, or anything of the sort. And so… Judy Woodruff: This was around supporting Harvey Weinstein. David Brooks: Yes, Harvey… Mark Shields: It was about Harvey Weinstein. That's right, exactly. And everybody — it was like Donald Trump. Everybody who got near him is stained, sullied and diminished by it. But this was a terror — really, a terror organization. This is not Al Franken. This is what Al Franken did. But there's no question that the serial nature of it, the picture, the photographic evidence, was damning. Judy Woodruff: Putting his hands on a woman's chest, yes. Mark Shields: The hands, and the fact, Judy, quite honestly, that women led the march. I mean, it wasn't just Kirsten Gillibrand, but the other women in the Senate. That was it. When John Conyers fell, one of the founders of the Congressional Black Caucus, there was a question of double standard. There is no question that Democrats are trying to make this — draw a line between themselves. If, in fact, Roy Moore wins or loses on Tuesday, if he wins, then he becomes the face, along with Donald Trump, of the Republican Party going into 2018, which is not good for the Republicans. If he loses, then there's only one person who hasn't paid some price for this charge, and that's Donald Trump. So, either way, Republicans are facing a very bleak Wednesday. David Brooks: Yes. And, you know, the Republicans, all the honorable Republicans, thought, oh, this guy Trump will win. We will give him a little. We will sort of tolerate him, but I can still go ahead and have my honorable career. But the point I tried to make in the column today is, he — Trump always asks something more. First, he asks you to tolerate his tweets, then his sexual harassment. Now you have to tolerate Roy Moore. The next question is going to be, oh, I'm going to fire Bob Mueller. You got to tolerate that. And at every step along the way, the Republicans just say we're not standing up to you, you own a little more of our soul. And, finally, he owns all of the soul. And that's the case whether you're working around Harvey Weinstein or you're working around Donald Trump. You make a deal with the devil, he takes over everything. And that's what's happening in the Republican Party. They don't know where to draw the line. Judy Woodruff: Well, another move President Trump made this week, Mark, that has drawn reaction all around the world is to say that Jerusalem, the U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Not only that. The U.S. is going to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. How did you read this move? Some people are saying it's just politics. Others are saying, no, this is what American presidents have promised they were going to do for years, and he's finally done simply what Americans said they were going to do. Mark Shields: Presidential candidates have promised for years. (CROSSTALK) Mark Shields: Barack Obama didn't. He won twice without promising it. Bill Clinton did promise it, didn't do it. George W. Bush promised it, didn't do it. It was — it's a very popular campaign statement. And it's been particularly popular with evangelical Christians, the idea of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and recognizing that. It is no accident that it happened the week before the Alabama primary, where Donald Trump, according to the Pew national poll, has fallen from 78 percent support among evangelical Christians down to 61 percent. And this is seen — it's not a foreign policy move. It's an isolating move for the United States. Not a single ally of ours in either Europe or the Middle East has backed us on this. Netanyahu — Bibi Netanyahu's government is pleased. And I'm sure several others are. But it's not a strategic move. It's a political move. Judy Woodruff: How do you read it? David Brooks: Well, I think the first thing to say, it is a fact that the Israeli Knesset is in West Jerusalem, the prime minister's office in West Jerusalem. West Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Now, if we put our embassy in West Jerusalem and we recognize West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, that's not a statement of something new. That's just the facts. To me, it doesn't rule out any two-state solution. In any two-state solution, where the U.S. capital — where the Israeli capital is, that's always going to stay Israel. What part of East Jerusalem becomes Palestine, that's what the negotiation would be about. So, to me, it doesn't necessarily destroy or create anything new. It just revives a fact that is already on the ground. Now, if I were counseling the president, I would say, it's perfectly fine to move the embassy to West Jerusalem, but you got to get something from the Israelis for it. You have got to make it part of a deal. And the deal would be, you are going to got to stop settlements. If you stop settlements, we will give you this gift. And that strikes me as a reasonable thing that other administrations have broached. To just give them this, without striking any deal, without getting any concessions that will help simmer the region down, that strikes me as just a stupidity. Judy Woodruff: What about that, Mark, that this could just — this could be a way to ease the — a way into a peace process, if you can get the Israelis to give something back? Mark Shields: If, in fact, it were, Judy. But wouldn't one want to announce that? Wouldn't one indicate it? This is not a man known for his subtlety, for his unwillingness to mention major achievements of his. I mean, this looks like a straight political act on his part. This is the man who wrote "The Art of the Deal” — or somebody wrote "The Art of the Deal” under his name. And if this is the deal, there's no quo for the quid. Judy Woodruff: And the consequences — just quickly about the consequences. I mean, there have been protests. Mark Shields: Yes. Judy Woodruff: We reported earlier they're not as bad as — David, as they had been expected, but you could see conflict and worse in the… (CROSSTALK) David Brooks: Yes. I mean, some of that's legitimate from the Palestinian side. They have sort of messed up the peace process. There's no question about that. Some of that is not legitimate. Hamas doesn't recognize the existence of the state of Israel period, so, them — the distinction between East and West Jerusalem is not a distinction they make. They think they should have the whole region. So, some of the opposition is just based on the idea that there will be no Israel state. Nonetheless,, among sophisticated people on both sides, it's no doubt true that if you thought there was a peace process going on, which I'm not sure there is, this no doubt makes it much, much harder. Mark Shields: Much more difficult. Now, I know the last 11 U.S. ambassadors to Israel and the presidents of both parties have criticized and faulted this decision by President Trump. Judy Woodruff: Just a minute or so left, but I do want to ask you about the tax legislation. Mark, the Senate has now passed it. They're trying to work it out between the House and the Senate. Tell us, what does your crystal ball say? What is the final result going to look like? Mark Shields: This is — it's going to look like redistribution in the country, I mean that — in the worst sense, economically. But, Judy, it's become the Republicans' last gasp. We have got to do it. I mean, there's almost a desperation, an urgency about it. Somehow, if we do this, things will get better, that they will — I think that — already, you have seen Jeff Flake, senator from Arizona, and Susan Collins, senator from Maine, have the House Republicans sabotage, submarine the concessions that were made to get their votes. But I still think that desire for unity, for something to show and to reward their donors is deep. Judy Woodruff: Twenty seconds. David Brooks: Yes, it's likely to pass. There's some hope — I have some hope that Susan Collins will walk away, just because it's polling terribly. The people in the Senate are not happy with it as a piece of legislation. They're only passing it because they want unity. But I have some 10 or 20 percent hope that Susan Collins, maybe Flake, some of the others will say, oh, we can't — we couldn't come to a good deal in conference, and we're going to walk away from this thing. Judy Woodruff: And then it goes up in flames? David Brooks: Right. That wouldn't be likely. But… Mark Shields: How about if Jones wins on Tuesday? David Brooks: Well, then it becomes much more likely that it goes down. Judy Woodruff: All right, you heard it here first. David Brooks, Mark Shields, thank you both. Mark Shields: Thank you, Judy.

Nunes: FBI/DOJ Officials Have Become So "Dirty," "Who Is Watching The Watchmen? Who Is Investigating These People?"

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 17:28
House Intelligence Committee Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) speaks to FOX News after being cleared by a House ethics panel over an accusation that he revealed classified information. From Friday's broadcast of Special Report: CATHERINE HERRIDGE, FOX NEWS: After an 8-month review the House ethics panel cleared the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes of revealing classified information while overseeing the Russian investigation. NUNES: I think it gives people in the United States a scene into how dirty this place can be. HERRIDGE: Speaking exclusively to FOX News, Nunes said the complaint filed by liberal groups was designed to shut down his investigation that revealed the unmasking, or identification, of Trump campaign associates by President Obama's appointees in foreign intelligence reports. HERRIDGE: Was the ethics complaint legitimate? REP. DEVIN NUNES (R-CA): No, I think this was just a clear design by the left working in conjunction with parts of our government to keep information away from me and the House Intelligence Committee. HERRIDGE: Nunes publicly confirmed for the first time a month-long probe that goes well beyond the Russia case into the surveillance of Americans through the FISA, or the national security courts. NUNES: I believe we have evidence that there is definitely abuses have occurred. HERRIDGE: And Nunes pointed to the leaked conversation of the General Mike Flynn with the Russian ambassador and the Congressman said he is unaware of any leak investigation by the FBI or Justice Department. NUNES: I hate to use the word corrupt, but they've become at least so dirty that who is watching the watchmen? Who is investigating these people? There is no one. Nunes also said there is still no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. "I think for the most part people thought it had to do with Russia collusion but we have no evidence of Russian collusion between the Trump campaign," Nunes told Herridge.

WaPo: Donald Trump Asked GOP Chairwoman To Drop "Romney" From Name, And She Has

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 08:52
MSNBC: Trump tapped Mitt Romney's niece, Ronna Romney McDaniel, to head the RNC -- but requested that she stop using her middle name publicly, likely in order to snub Mitt. A report in The Washington Post cites two sources who confirmed the report.

'The View' Debates Brzezinski Questioning Franken Victim: She Diminished Women

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 08:40
On Friday, The View took on Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski's controversial comments questioning Leeann Tweeden, the woman who first accused Senator Al Franken of sexual misconduct, and bringing up her Republican background, photoshoot for Playboy, and the fact that she has appeared on the conservative Hannity program as reasons to doubt her. Meghan McCain, who has appeared in Playboy for an interview, said the fact that Tweeden posed nude for the magazine has nothing to do with her claim against Franken. "I've been on Hannity... I have appeared in Playboy [for an interview]... I am a Republican and I vote Republican. So I fit into these categories as well. So if I'm sexually assaulted by a Democrat, is my experience now negated?" McCain asked. "And I don't know what Leeann posing in Playboy literally has to do with anything at all." Co-host Sara Haines said what Brzezinski is equivalent to "slut-shaming" and is the reason why women are afraid to come out about sexual assault. "The reason women didn't come out 20 years ago, 10 years ago, 15 years ago, is they felt they would be slut-shamed," Haines said. "Or it's people that were going to ask you what you were wearing or what did you do to do this? That's actually feeding what was the problem originally so I don't think people should ever be bringing up other incidences that went on. Because we had her here and I always listen to each case. I found her very credible." "She accused him of forcibly kissing her and also we've all seen the picture, she's asleep, right, in a military uniform and he's sort of simulating grabbing her," co-host Sunny Hostin said of the claim against Franken. "What she really is referring to is the Hannity part... or voting for Trump," co-host Joy Behar said in an attempt to translate for Brzezinski. The crew also discussed Tom Arnold's accusation that Roger Stone "coached up" Leeann Tweeden as "a larger smear campaign" against Franken. After Hostin read the New York Post report, co-host Paula Faris asked, "But what do you say about the other 7 accusers because there are 8?" "I don't care if you are a hard-core porn star, if you're sexually assaulted, you're sexually assaulted," McCain said to Behar who still was backing Brzezinski. "I just want to say that I have the utmost respect for Mika Brzezinski but the problem with that argument -- yes, she was in Playboy, you're going to diminish what she had to say and because she voted for Trump -- if you're going to use that same argument then what are you going to say to the eight Roy Moore accusers, the majority who voted for Trump?" "I think she was making a political argument," Hostin said. "But it contradicts. If she's not going to believe Leeann Tweeden because she voted for Trump, maybe she shouldn't believe the Roy Moore accusers because they voted for Trump," Farris said. "Isn't she allowed to say, Well, do I have to believe every single woman who makes an accusation?" Behar ended the segment.

David Ignatius: Franken "Just Got Caught Up In Something"

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 08:20
On Friday's Morning Joe, Washington Post scribe David Ignatius expressed his disappointed in Franken's resignation and said, given what is going on, "he just got caught up in something" "It was poignant to watch Al Franken, who in many ways has been a hardworking, decent legislator, who was a classmate of mine in college, this is a person I've known for many years, uh, see his political career shatter that way," the columnist said. "But, when you look at the fundamentals of what's going on, you'd, you'd have to say: He's, he just got caught up in something," he said. "We're all struggling to figure out what the new balance is, what the right standards are," the journalist said. "A good starting point, obviously, as, as, as people keep saying is, conduct that makes women uncomfortable is inappropriate and we need to think more about that as, as, as men, and in the workplace and in general. This is, as Time magazine told us, the year of the silence breakers." "I thought that was the right cover choice. Something big is happening in our culture. And, as with any big thing that happens, there's some kind of overreaction. We're not trying to feel our way," he said. SCARBOROUGH: Mika, so, the joke has been, I have, at times, put my arm down low and I said I'm going to put, you know, put what I called the "butt bar” to stop people from their hands wandering down. But guess what? BRZEZINSKI: That's not funny. But, yeah. SCARBOROUGH: No, no, but I'm just saying it happens and there's so many people. And sometimes people do it accidentally. I've had women, um,- BRZEZINSKI: I just-. SCARBOROUGH: -middle-aged women from Middle America do it to me through time. You know what you do? You're like – ugh, ugh. And it moves on. And you know what? You assume maybe it was a mistake, maybe it's this, maybe it's that. But, David Ignatius, for a guy to be going: Well gee, let's see, I've had 10,000 people do this, and this woman says back in 2008 my hand wandered to her waist and maybe a little bit lower. If that is the new standard for destroying people's career, that is a dangerous, arbitrary standard. Not just -- I find that -- I, listen, I find that behavior gross and vile and when, and when people in photo lines do it to Mika, I just stop and stare, like, what the hell's going on? I'm not justifying that gross behavior. I'm saying, to say to a senator who does this 10,000 times over a decade -- hey, back in 2009, you may not remember, but you grabbed me in the waist in a way that made me feel uncomfortable or went down to my, my butt. DAVID IGNATIUS: No, we're all struggling to figure out what the new balance is, what the right standards are. A good starting point, obviously, as, as, as people keep saying is, conduct that makes women uncomfortable- BRZEZINSKI: Right. IGNATIUS: -is inappropriate and we need to think more about that as, as, as men, and in the workplace and in general. This is, as Time magazine told us, the year of the silence breakers. BRZEZINSKI: Yeah. IGNATIUS: I thought that was the right cover choice. Something big is happening in our culture. And, as with any big thing that happens, there's some kind of overreaction. We're not trying to feel our way, but the funda-. SCARBOROUGH: [interrupting] Like, like, like for instance, the French Revolution. IGNATIUS: Well, I don't think this is the French revolution. SCARBOROUGH: [talking over Ignatius] No, no, I'm just saying. Some, some-. IGNATIUS: [inaudible] People are not being taken to the guillotine. But, but I think you'll find, you'll find [inaudible]. BRZEZINSKI: [interrupting] Um, wait a minute. SCARBOROUGH: [interrupting] How, how, how, how, how about – wait a second. But what about, what about -- and, and again, this is something, I think, that Masha talked about, or maybe it was Bari Weiss talked about it – this is going to keep going and it's going to keep steamrolling. And women have said this, not me, but it ultimately leads to a Duke lacrosse case, it ultimately leads to, ultimately leads to a Rolling Stone Virginia article, two stories which, by the way, while I've been at this network, we covered as the truth, I covered as the truth for a month. IGNATIUS: Pe-, people get wronged in these investigations, and the two examples you cited are, are, are, are perfect ones. I'm just saying that, that, again, the Time magazine cover was right. BRZEZINSKI: Yeah. IGNATIUS: This is the year of the silence breaker. BRZEZINSKI: I'm the first to-. IGNATIUS: And, you know, I -- it was poignant to watch Al Franken, who in many ways has been a hardworking, decent legislator, who was a classmate of mine in college, this is a person I've known for many years, uh, see his political career shatter that way. BRZEZINSKI: [agreeing] M-hm. IGNATIUS: But, when you look at the fundamentals of what's going on, you'd, you'd have to say: He's, he just got caught up in something- BRZEZINSKI: Yep. IGNATIUS: -whose fundamental rightness, I -- it's, it's, it's just -- when I go home, talk to my wife and daughters, I don't hear a lot of s-, you know,- BRZEZINSKI: Right. IGNATIUS: -people saying: Stop this right now, it's just gone too far. I'm not hearing that at all. BRZEZINSKI: No, I, I don't disagree, and I'm very torn apart by it. But I, I feel that to just be on one side of all of these stories sometimes is very dangerous. Watch the full segment:

Brzezinski: Franken Accuser a "Playboy Model Who Goes On Hannity, Who Voted For Trump"

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 07:56
On Friday's Morning Joe, co-host Mika Brzezinski, fiance of host Joe Scarborough, expressed how "worried" she is about women sexually harassed in the workplace but said some should not be believed in an extended rant on the resignation of Sen. Al Franken. (Read the full transcript below.) "I have an incredibly uneasy feeling about this entire story," Brzezinski began her long rant. "I'm worried for women, I'm concerned about women who are legitimately sexually harassed in the workplace across America and where this is taking us," she said. Brzezinski also noted that Franken should be recognized for "the work that he's done for women," citing legislation he sponsored for domestic violence. "I feel like we are, we're just -- we've got a machine gun out, and we're just, you know, going around the room with every man that perhaps we don't like politically," she said. However, Brzezinski lamented that in the '#MeToo environment' "you must always just believe the women." "I'm just wondering if all women need to be believed. And I'm concerned that we are being the judge, the jury, and the cops here and so did Senate Democrats getting ahead of their skis," Brzezinski said. "And, trust me, Kirsten Gillibrand, I want you to run for president, but you gotta keep it real," the MSNBC host advised. Brzezinski questioned the honesty of Franken's accusers, going as far as to use the language "if it happened." A scared Brzezinski agreed with a panelist, Bari Weiss, who said even asking "if it happened" is "dangerous." "That's if it happened. Am I allowed to say that?" she asked. "He's denying that it happened," the Morning Joe panelist responded. "Right. So am I allowed to say "if it happened,” or should we just assume it did?" Mika said. Brzezinski expressed some doubt on "performer" Leeann Tweeden, the woman whose breasts were grabbed in the infamous picture of Franken, and if she should be taken seriously because "Playboy model who goes on Hannity, who voted for Trump." Brzezinski said, "So I'm surprised that you think a comedian's picture of a performer, Playboy model who goes on Hannity, who voted for Trump -- um, you know, I see some politics there, but I haven't brought that up every step of the way because, of course, in this "me too” environment, you must always just believe the women. And I think that there's a lot of reasons why we need to look at the women seriously and believe them, and in many cases -- like, for example, I spoke to accusers in Mark Halperin, which, to which he admits a lot of what he's accused of doing. I spoke to them. I believe them. I'm just wondering if all women need to be believed. And I'm concerned that we are being the judge, the jury, and the cops here and so did Senate Democrats getting ahead of their skis. And, trust me, Kirsten Gillibrand, I want you to run for president, but you gotta keep it real." Washington Post scribe David Ignatius expressed his disappointed in Franken's resignation and said, given what is going on, "he just got caught up in something" "It was poignant to watch Al Franken, who in many ways has been a hardworking, decent legislator, who was a classmate of mine in college, this is a person I've known for many years, uh, see his political career shatter that way," the columnist said. "But, when you look at the fundamentals of what's going on, you'd, you'd have to say: He's, he just got caught up in something," he said. "I don't hear a lot of people saying: Stop this right now, it's just gone too far. I'm not hearing that at all," he added. "No, I, I don't disagree, and I'm very torn apart by it," Brzezinski said. "But I, I feel that to just be on one side of all of these stories sometimes is very dangerous." Transcript, via Newsbusters: BRZEZINSKI: I'm worried for women, I'm concerned about women who are legitimately sexually harassed in the workplace across America and where this is taking us. Ruth Marcus says it one way. She tackles the issue in her P-, Washington Post column and she says: "Was Al Franken's punishment fair?” And she writes, in part, this: "There's no doubt, in the case of Al Franken, that Democrats are better off with the Minnesota senator gone. There's more doubt about whether justice was done. The political calculus is simple: Franken had to go. With the grotesque picture of him groping, or pretending to grope, the breasts of a fellow USO performer, he would have been a nonstop distraction, muddling Democrats' case against” the "alleged groper President Trump and alleged child molester Roy Moore. Franken paid not only for their sins but also for the alleged behavior of Bill Clinton two decades ago. Democrats underreacted then and consequently were impelled to overreact now.” And, um, the woman -- I mean, all this time along, and I'm gonna read another one, we've never really talked about the woman who first came out against Al Franken who's in the picture that you say, Susan, is just the death knell. I would think a dress owned by Monica Lewinsky would bring down a president, but it didn't. So I'm surprised that you think a comedian's picture of a performer, Playboy model who goes on Hannity, who voted for Trump -- um, you know, I see some politics there, but I haven't brought that up every step of the way because, of course, in this "me too” environment, you must always just believe the women. And I think that there's a lot of reasons why we need to look at the women seriously and believe them, and in many cases -- like, for example, I spoke to accusers in Mark Halperin, which, to which he admits a lot of what he's accused of doing. I spoke to them. I believe them. I'm just wondering if all women need to be believed. And I'm concerned that we are being the judge, the jury, and the cops here and so did Senate Democrats getting ahead of their skis. And, trust me, Kirsten Gillibrand, I want you to run for president, but you gotta keep it real. ### BRZEZINSKI: That's, okay, so I would appreciate if senators, um, Democratic senators would say the photo is too, uh, too dangerous. We recognize the work that he's done for women. I have a list of, of, of legislation that he sponsored for victims of domestic violence and rape survivors. We appreciate his work at this time. Right now, that picture is too politically damaging and we prefer if he step aside. That would have been a more honest way of asking him to step down. In my opinion, just my opinion, I feel like we are, we're just -- we've got a machine gun out, and we're just, you know, going around the room with every man that perhaps we don't like politically. I don't know. Here's Masha Gessen. She says it a lot better than me. This is what concerns me. Sh-, uh, she writes in The New Yorker in a column entitled "Al Franken's Resignation and the Selective Force of #MeToo." And it reads in part this: "The case of Franken makes it all that much more clear that this conversation is, in fact, about sex, not about power, violence, or illegal acts. The accusations against him, which involve groping and forcible kissing, arguably fall into the emergent, undefined, and most likely undefinable category of "sexual misconduct.” Put more simply, Franken stands accused of acting repeatedly like a jerk, and he denies that he acted this way. The entire sequence of events, from the initial accusations to Franken's resignation, is based on the premise that Americans, as a society, or at least half of a society, should be policing non-criminal behavior related to sex. If only Franken's heartbreakingly articulate expression of his loss were capable of focussing [sic] our attention on this root, and on the dangers of the drive to police sex.” The sex panic that is happening. Having said that, Kasie, there's a lot of work to be done on Capitol Hill. ### SCARBOROUGH: Mika, so, the joke has been, I have, at times, put my arm down low and I said I'm going to put, you know, put what I called the "butt bar” to stop people from their hands wandering down. [smiles and mild chuckling from panel, including Mika] But guess what? BRZEZINSKI: That's not funny. But, yeah. SCARBOROUGH: No, no, but I'm just saying it happens and there's so many people. And sometimes people do it accidentally. I've had women, um,- BRZEZINSKI: I just-. SCARBOROUGH: -middle-aged women from Middle America do it to me through time. You know what you do? You're like – ugh, ugh. And it moves on. And you know what? You assume maybe it was a mistake, maybe it's this, maybe it's that. But, David Ignatius, for a guy to be going: Well gee, let's see, I've had 10,000 people do this, and this woman says back in 2008 my hand wandered to her waist and maybe a little bit lower. If that is the new standard for destroying people's career, that is a dangerous, arbitrary standard. Not just -- I find that -- I, listen, I find that behavior gross and vile and when, and when people in photo lines do it to Mika, I just stop and stare, like, what the hell's going on? I'm not justifying that gross behavior. I'm saying, to say to a senator who does this 10,000 times over a decade -- hey, back in 2009, you may not remember, but you grabbed me in the waist in a way that made me feel uncomfortable or went down to my, my butt. DAVID IGNATIUS: No, we're all struggling to figure out what the new balance is, what the right standards are. A good starting point, obviously, as, as, as people keep saying is, conduct that makes women uncomfortable- BRZEZINSKI: Right. IGNATIUS: -is inappropriate and we need to think more about that as, as, as men, and in the workplace and in general. This is, as Time magazine told us, the year of the silence breakers. BRZEZINSKI: Yeah. IGNATIUS: I thought that was the right cover choice. Something big is happening in our culture. And, as with any big thing that happens, there's some kind of overreaction. We're not trying to feel our way, but the funda-. SCARBOROUGH: [interrupting] Like, like, like for instance, the French Revolution. IGNATIUS: Well, I don't think this is the French revolution. SCARBOROUGH: [talking over Ignatius] No, no, I'm just saying. Some, some-. IGNATIUS: [inaudible] People are not being taken to the guillotine. But, but I think you'll find, you'll find [inaudible]. BRZEZINSKI: [interrupting] Um, wait a minute. SCARBOROUGH: [interrupting] How, how, how, how, how about – wait a second. But what about, what about -- and, and again, this is something, I think, that Masha talked about, or maybe it was Bari Weiss talked about it – this is going to keep going and it's going to keep steamrolling. And women have said this, not me, but it ultimately leads to a Duke lacrosse case, it ultimately leads to, ultimately leads to a Rolling Stone Virginia article, two stories which, by the way, while I've been at this network, we covered as the truth, I covered as the truth for a month. IGNATIUS: Pe-, people get wronged in these investigations, and the two examples you cited are, are, are, are perfect ones. I'm just saying that, that, again, the Time magazine cover was right. BRZEZINSKI: Yeah. IGNATIUS: This is the year of the silence breaker. BRZEZINSKI: I'm the first to-. IGNATIUS: And, you know, I -- it was poignant to watch Al Franken, who in many ways has been a hardworking, decent legislator, who was a classmate of mine in college, this is a person I've known for many years, uh, see his political career shatter that way. BRZEZINSKI: [agreeing] M-hm. IGNATIUS: But, when you look at the fundamentals of what's going on, you'd, you'd have to say: He's, he just got caught up in something- BRZEZINSKI: Yep. IGNATIUS: -whose fundamental rightness, I -- it's, it's, it's just -- when I go home, talk to my wife and daughters, I don't hear a lot of s-, you know,- BRZEZINSKI: Right. IGNATIUS: -people saying: Stop this right now, it's just gone too far. I'm not hearing that at all. BRZEZINSKI: No, I, I don't disagree, and I'm very torn apart by it. But I, I feel that to just be on one side of all of these stories sometimes is very dangerous.

Trump: ABC Should Have Fired Brian Ross For False Flynn Story, I Should Sue

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 06:55
At a campaign-style rally in Pensacola Friday night, President Trump called out ABC News for running a false report that then-campaign adviser Ret. Gen. Michael Flynn reached out to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the campaign. Flynn actually spoke to the Russian diplomat after the election, during the transition. ABC News suspended investigative reporter Brian Ross after his report turned out to be untrue. "By the way, did you see all the corrections the media has been making?" Trump said the crowd. "They're saying sorry – they've been doing that all year. They never apologize. Maybe that comes with being the president; I don't know. They've been apologizing left and right. They took this fraudster from ABC – they suspended him for a month. They should have fired him for what he wrote." "He drove the stock market down 350 points in minutes which by the way told you they really like me; right? When you think of it. And you know what he cost people? And I said to everybody, get yourself a lawyer and sue ABC news. Sue them," Trump said about a lawsuit. Trump also noted CNN "apologized" after the news organization ran an erroneous story that Donald Trump Jr. got WikiLeaks information before it was leaked on the internet. The campaign actually used the information after it was put on the web for all to see. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: So, tonight we're going to speak straight to the American people and cut right through the fake news media right here. Right through them. We're going to speak the plain truth and really the truth that you just want to hear – you have to hear. They don't want to hear. And by the way, did you see all the corrections the media has been making. They're saying sorry – they've been doing that all year. They never apologize. Maybe that comes with being the president; I don't know. They've been apologizing left and right. They took this fraudster from ABC – they suspended him for a month. They should have fired him for what he wrote. He drove the stock market down 350 points in minutes which by the way told you they really like me; right? When you think of it. And you know what he cost people? And I said to everybody, get yourself a lawyer and sue ABC news. Sue them. And then CNN apologized just a little while ago. They apologized – oh, thank you, CNN. Thank you so much. You should've been apologizing for the last two years. True. True.

Trump: We Are Americans, The Future Belongs To Us

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 06:45
President Trump delivered an inspirational message at the conclusion of his campaign-style speech in Pensacola on Friday night. "This is your land. This is your home. And it's your voice that matters the most. So speak up, be heard, and fight, fight, fight for the change you have been waiting for your entire life, for the change that you already see happening. Our revolution didn't end on November 8th. That was just the beginning. The greatest adventure still lies ahead. Never give in, never give up, never back down, and never ever stop dreaming," Trump said. "Because we are Americans and the future belongs to us," he said. "The future belongs to all of you. So with American pride swelling in our hearts and American courage stirring in our souls, I say these words tonight, together we will, indeed, make America strong again." As Trump exited the stage, a stream of fake snow began to fall in the Christmas-themed arena. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: The Democrats in Washington want to grow our welfare rolls that you're going to pay for. They want to grow all sorts of things that you don't want to even think about. I want to grow our employment rolls with great jobs, well-paying jobs, jobs of dignity, jobs where people love waking up in the morning and going to work. And that's happening. So we're going to lift our people from welfare to work, from dependence to independence, and from poverty to prosperity. We will restore hope to our struggling rural communities and to our inner cities where we are making progress. We are making progress. We will build new roads and bridges and tunnels and highways all throughout our land. Factories will come roaring back to life. New works of iron and steel will be forged from fire and from spark and from our country. And they will be made with American muscle, American hands, and most importantly, American heart. (APPLAUSE) TRUMP: And these creations will be branded with a very simple but very beautiful phrase, made in the USA. (APPLAUSE) TRUMP: We have it in our power to build this future together, a future of patriotism, prosperity and pride. We all share one home and one glorious destiny. And whether we are young or old -- I feel very young, do you feel young? (APPLAUSE) TRUMP: Whether we are from the city or the country, and whether we are black or brown or white, you've heard it before, we all bleed the same red blood. (APPLAUSE) TRUMP: We all salute the same great American flag. (APPLAUSE) TRUMP: And we are all made by the same almighty God. (APPLAUSE) TRUMP: We are the nation that dug out the Panama Canal, won two world wars, put a man on the moon, and brought communism to its knees. (APPLAUSE) TRUMP: As long as we have the courage of our convictions, and the strength to see them through, then there is no goal beyond our reach. As long as we are true to our values, loyal to our citizens, and faithful to our God, then we will not fail. (APPLAUSE) TRUMP: This is your land. This is your home. And it's your voice that matters the most. So speak up, be heard, and fight, fight, fight for the change you have been waiting for your entire life, for the change that you already see happening. Our revolution didn't end on November 8th. That was just the beginning. (APPLAUSE) TRUMP: The greatest adventure still lies ahead. Never give in, never give up, never back down, and never ever stop dreaming. (APPLAUSE) TRUMP: Because we are Americans and the future belongs to us. The future belongs to all of you. So with American pride swelling in our hearts and American courage stirring in our souls, I say these words tonight, together we will, indeed, make America strong again. (APPLAUSE) TRUMP: We will make America proud again. (APPLAUSE) TRUMP: We will make America wealthy again. (APPLAUSE) TRUMP: We will make America safe again. (APPLAUSE) TRUMP: And put it all together and what do we have? We will make America great again.

Trump on Gloria Allred With Moore Accuser: Anytime You See Her, You Know Something's Wrong

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 06:30
At a campaign-style rally Friday night in Pensacola, President Trump commented on Gloria Allred's representation of one of Roy Moore's accusers who said he signed her yearbook. The accuser, Beverly Young Nelson, has now said she added 'notes' to the yearbook comments. Trump said of Allred, "anytime you see her you know something's going wrong." Trump also gave a full-fledged endorsement of the embattled Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Alabama. PRESIDENT TRUMP: We want people coming into our country who love our people, support our economy, and embrace our values. It's time to get our priorities straight. This guy is screaming, we want Roy Moore. He is right. (APPLAUSE) TRUMP: Democrats in Congress want open borders, higher taxes, and government-run health care that doesn't work. Costs a fortune, doesn't work. They are soft on crime. And they want to suffocate our economy with socialist-style regulation. Raise your taxes through the sky, they don't want to vote for our tax cuts because they want the -- they want tax increases. That's why we need a Republican in the House. We need a Republican in the Senate. We need more of them. (APPLAUSE) TRUMP: And by the way, just so I can satisfy this gentleman out there. How many people here are from the great state of Alabama? (APPLAUSE) TRUMP: Whoa. Well, I have to say this, look, I have to. We have to be fair. So did you see what happened today? You know the yearbook? Did you see that? There was a little mistake made. She started writing things in the yearbook. Oh, what are we going to do? Gloria Allred, anytime you see her you know something's going wrong. We cannot afford -- this country, the future of this country, cannot afford to lose a seat in the very, very close United States Senate. We can't afford it, folks. We can't. (APPLAUSE) TRUMP: We can't afford to have a liberal Democrat who is completely controlled by Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. We can't do it. Can't do it. (BOOING) TRUMP: His name is Jones and he is their total puppet. And everybody knows it. He will never ever vote for us. We need somebody in that Senate seat who will vote for our make America great again agenda, which involves tough on crime, strong on borders, strong on immigration. We want great people coming into our country. Building the wall. Strengthening our military. Continuing our great fight for our veterans. I love our veterans. (APPLAUSE) TRUMP: We -- right? We love our veterans. We want conservative judges like Judge Gorsuch on the Supreme Court. Doing a great job, too. We want people that are going to protect your gun rights, great trade deals instead of the horrible deals. (APPLAUSE) TRUMP: And we want jobs, jobs, jobs. So get out and vote for Roy Moore.

Trump: We Don't Sing A Global Anthem, Soldiers Don't Wear A Foreign Uniform, Won't Surrender Our Rights

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 06:06
President Trump speaks about American sovereignty and globalism at a campaign-style rally in Pensacola on Friday. "I recently withdrew the United States from the United Nations plan for Global Governance of Immigration and Refugee Policy – no borders," Trump said. "I told them, not only do we want no borders – we want the strongest borders you've ever seen," Trump told the crowd. "We're going to have such borders. We'll have borders on top of borders. America is a sovereign country. We set our immigration rules. We don't listen to foreign bureaucrats. We don't listen to other countries telling us how we should be running our immigration; thank you very much." PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: America is being respected again abroad and we are taking care of our citizens at home. And we're going to have safety and we've got a lot more now. We're getting rid of the MS-13 animals. (APPLAUSE) We're going to have safety again. Because America is more than just a place on a map. America is a nation. America is a family. America is ours to love and to cherish and to protect and to take care of and that's what we are doing. We're going to take care of this country for our children and our grandchildren and our great-grandchildren and we're not going to let people come into our country who are going to destroy our country. (APPLAUSE) And that may or may not be politically correct but honestly, I don't care. We have to do the right thing. We have to do the right thing. (APPLAUSE) Our agenda is pro-family, pro-police, pro-worker and 100% pro-American. That's why I recently withdrew the United States from the United Nations plan for Global Governance of Immigration and Refugee Policy – no borders. (APPLAUSE) It's a no-borders plan. They have a plan – no-borders – I heard about it recently. I said, what are you talking about; no borders? No borders. No borders. No borders – everybody can come in. If you don't mind, I rejected that plan. Is that okay? (APPLAUSE) I told them, not only do we want no borders – we want the strongest borders you've ever seen. We're going to have such borders. (APPLAUSE) We'll have borders on top of borders. America is a sovereign country. We set our immigration rules. We don't listen to foreign bureaucrats. We don't listen to other countries telling us how we should be running our immigration; thank you very much.

Trump: America Is A Sovereign Country; We Set Our Own Immigration Rules, Not Foreign Bureaucrats

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 05:57
In a speech delivered a campaign-style rally Friday night in Pensacola, President Trump made clear the sovereignty of America when it comes to immigration ideas from foreign nations and global entities like the United Nations. Trump also promised "borders on top of borders." PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: America is being respected again abroad and we are taking care of our citizens at home. And we're going to have safety and we've got a lot more now. We're getting rid of the MS-13 animals. (APPLAUSE) We're going to have safety again. Because America is more than just a place on a map. America is a nation. America is a family. America is ours to love and to cherish and to protect and to take care of and that's what we are doing. We're going to take care of this country for our children and our grandchildren and our great-grandchildren and we're not going to let people come into our country who are going to destroy our country. (APPLAUSE) And that may or may not be politically correct but honestly, I don't care. We have to do the right thing. We have to do the right thing. (APPLAUSE) Our agenda is pro-family, pro-police, pro-worker and 100% pro-American. That's why I recently withdrew the United States from the United Nations plan for Global Governance of Immigration and Refugee Policy – no borders. (APPLAUSE) It's a no-borders plan. They have a plan – no-borders – I heard about it recently. I said, what are you talking about; no borders? No borders. No borders. No borders – everybody can come in. If you don't mind, I rejected that plan. Is that okay? (APPLAUSE) I told them, not only do we want no borders – we want the strongest borders you've ever seen. We're going to have such borders. (APPLAUSE) We'll have borders on top of borders. America is a sovereign country. We set our immigration rules. We don't listen to foreign bureaucrats. We don't listen to other countries telling us how we should be running our immigration; thank you very much.

Trump To 'The Resistance': Hillary Resisted And You Know What Happened? She Lost

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 05:43
President Trump responded to people who call themselves 'The Resistance,' or those who identify as the opposition to his presidency. The president said some of these people are those who have "made a fortune" off the system -- "Washington lobbyists, bureaucrats, politicians." Trump also joked that Hillary Clinton resisted, and she lost. "They are resisting progress. They're resisting change because the only thing they really care about is protecting what they've been able to do which is really control the country and not to your benefit," Trump said. "You know what they are really resisting? They are resisting the will of the American people. That's what they are resisting," Trump said. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: There is a lot of Washington lobbyists, bureaucrats, politicians who don't want to see things changed. They have made a fortune. Areas around Washington, D.C., are the richest areas in this country. You saw it the other night. A list came out. We have five areas that are among the richest areas in the country. (APPLAUSE) TRUMP: That's because everybody is making a fortune and people outside of that area are paying for the money they are making. We're not going to have it. They like things the way they used to be. They don't like it so much now, although I must tell you, they are doing well also. They're doing well also. Their stocks are going up. I don't know if there is anything I can do to prevent it for those people. But they call themselves the resistance. Do you ever see these signs, resist, resist? (APPLAUSE) TRUMP: I love these guys. Look at these guys, "blacks for Trump." I love you. (APPLAUSE) TRUMP: I love you. I love you. By the way, now that you bring it up, black home ownership just hit the highest level it has ever been in the history of our country. Congratulations. (APPLAUSE) TRUMP: Oh, these resisters resist. Hillary resisted and you know what happened? She lost the election in a landslide. (APPLAUSE) TRUMP: But you know what they are really resisting? They are resisting the will of the American people. That's what they are resisting. (APPLAUSE) TRUMP: Look, it's being proven we have a rigged system. It doesn't happen so easy. But this system, going to be a lot of changes. This is a rigged -- this is a rigged system. This is a sick system. From the inside. And you know there's no country like our country, but we have a lot of sickness in some of our institutions and we're working very hard. We've got a lot of them straightened out, but we do have – we really do – we have a rigged system in this country and we have to change it. Terrible. Terrible. (APPLAUSE) They are resisting progress. They're resisting change because the only thing they really care about is protecting what they've been able to do which is really control the country and not to your benefit.

Trump: Same People Who Won't Accept Election Are Same People Who Undermined Credibility Of Institutions

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 05:30
President Trump said there are powerful forces in Washington who want to "sabotage our movement" in a campaign-style speech to supporters in Pensacola on Friday. Trump said those who have made their careers off of the "corrupt and broken system" will do anything to stop him. He said these same corrupt and failed voices are the same people who have undermined the credibility of the U.S. "The same failed voices in Washington who opposed our movement right from the beginning are the same people who have undermined the credibility of our government institutions," he said. "They are the same ones who gave us one terrible trade deal after another, and one foreign policy blunder and disaster after another, with no accountability and no apology." "Remember this, the same failed voices in Washington who opposed our movement right from the beginning are the same people who have undermined the credibility of our government institutions. They are the same ones who gave us one terrible trade deal after another, and one foreign policy blunder and disaster after another, with no accountability and no apology," Trump said. "There is a lot of Washington lobbyists, bureaucrats, politicians who don't want to see things changed. They have made a fortune. Areas around Washington, D.C., are the richest areas in this country. You saw it the other night. A list came out. We have five areas that are among the richest areas in the country," the president had said earlier in his speech. "That's because everybody is making a fortune and people outside of that area are paying for the money they are making. We're not going to have it. They like things the way they used to be. They don't like it so much now, although I must tell you, they are doing well also. They're doing well also. Their stocks are going up. I don't know if there is anything I can do to prevent it for those people," he also said. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I've said it so often – that my job is not to be president of the world, my job is to be president of the United States of America. Yet there are powerful forces in Washington trying to sabotage our movement. These are bad people. These are very, very, bad and evil people. They know who they are. These are the people who made their money, their names, their careers, their power off the corrupt and broken system and they liked it the other way so, they will do anything at any time and they'll never stop. But you know what, we're stopping them. You're seeing that right now. You're seeing that right now we're stopping them. It's corrupt. It's rigged and we're stopping them. They will lie and leak and smear because they don't want to accept the results of an election where we won by a landslide. Do you remember, there is no way for Donald Trump to get 270 – we heard that for week after week. What they're doing is the fake news – it's called suppression. Just like they give the fake polls – like fake news, fake polls. A poll came out today on CNN. Such a fake. A poll came out. They will have to apologize for that one. Another one came out that was through the roof but it wasn't on CNN. But I will tell you, look, look, we need honesty. We need some love in the country. I would love to bring both sides together if that's possible. There is a lot of hatred out there. But I would love to be able to bring both sides together. (APPLAUSE) TRUMP: But remember this, the same failed voices in Washington who opposed our movement right from the beginning are the same people who have undermined the credibility of our government institutions. They are the same ones who gave us one terrible trade deal after another, and one foreign policy blunder and disaster after another, with no accountability and no apology. The Washington insiders who oppose our movement are the same people who sacrificed our sovereignty, our wealth, our borders, look at our country, we owe $20 trillion, think of it. We have spent, as of two months ago, almost $7 trillion in the Middle East. And do you know what we have? We have nothing. It's worse than it was 17 years ago when they started. These are the people that fight us. And if I want to fix up the roads in this country, they say, oh, well, we don't want to spend money for that, it's a tiny fraction. We could have, with that 7 trillion, not billion, $7 trillion, we could have rebuilt our country three times over. They've had their chance at running this country and they failed.

Full Video: Trump Holds 'Make America Great Again' Rally In Pensacola

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 05:11
President Trump addressed supporters at the Pensacola Bay Center (capacity 12,000) Friday night. After the 75 minute-plus speech, Trump flew to Palm Beach to spend the night at his Mar-A-Lago resort. Trump will visit a civil rights museum in Mississippi on Saturday and give another campaign-rally speech later in the afternoon. Trump was greeted by an estimated 35 supporters outside the airport at 11:30pm, photos via Matt Morgan of The Palm Beach Post. Roughly 35 people here now waiting for the president to pass #TrumpInPalmBeach pic.twitter.com/wzKJp5cnDX— Matt Morgan (@MetroMattMorgan) December 9, 2017 According to the reporter from the Post: One protestor and his dog have shown up on the other side of the street. He has a sign that says "impeach." One protestor and his dog have shown up on the other side of the street. He has a sign that says "impeach" #TrumpInPalmBeach pic.twitter.com/gnIE5NXrEf— Matt Morgan (@MetroMattMorgan) December 9, 2017 Trump tweeted photos of the packed venue where Christmas was the theme. This is your land, this is your home, and it's your voice that matters the most. So speak up, be heard, and fight, fight, fight for the change you've been waiting for your entire life!MERRY CHRISTMAS and THANK YOU Pensacola, Florida! pic.twitter.com/geWGzpzRp6— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 9, 2017

Obama Warning Compares Untended Democracy To Nazi Germany

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 19:50
Former President Obama warns what happens when democracies become "complacent" in a speech to the Economic Club of Chicago on Tuesday. Obama made a comparison to the rise of Nazi Germany if you do not "tend to [the] garden of democracy. "I do think because we've been so wealthy and so successful that we get complacent and assume that thing continues the way they have been, just automatically. And they don't. You have to tend to this garden of democracy, otherwise things can fall apart fairly quickly. And we've seen societies where that happens," the former president said in Q&A remarks that were captured on video and posted on Facebook. He then warned that led to the deaths of 60 million people. "Now, presumably, there was a ballroom here in Vienna in the late 1920s or '30s that looked and seemed as if it, filled with the music and art and literature that was emerging, would continue into perpetuity. And then 60 million people died. An entire world was plunged into chaos. So you got to pay attention and vote," Obama said.

Roy Moore Accuser Beverly Young Nelson: I Added 'Notes' To Yearbook Message

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 18:39
Roy Moore accuser Beverly Young Nelson told Good Morning America today that she did add "notes" to a message she said he signed in her yearbook in 1977. "Nelson admits she did make notes to the inscription. But the message was all Roy Moore," ABC News reporter Tom Llamas said. "Beverly, he signed your yearbook," Llamas said to her. "He did sign it," Nelson replied. "And you made some notes underneath," Llamas said. "Yes," she acknowledged. Nelson acknowledged she added a date and place under the message she said Moore wrote. 12-22-77 Olde Hickory House "He was trying to pull me toward, in between his legs," Nelson said about her encounter with Moore. "It was terrible. I was bound and determined that I was not going to be raped by him. I was terrified." She said her story is being "swept under the rug, literally." "Is the party more important than what happened?" Nelson asked.

President Trump Taunts Past Presidents For Failing To Recognize Jerusalem As Israeli Capital

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 13:15
Late Thursday night, President Trump tweeted a video taunting past presidents for failing to keep promises to officially recognize Israel's preferred capital city, Jerusalem. The president's montage shows former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama making campaign promises to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The president captioned the video: "I fulfilled my campaign promise - others didn't!" Clinton is seen in 1992 saying, "Jerusalem is still the capital of Israel and must remain an undivided city accessible to all." Bush is seen in 2000. "As soon as I take office, I will move the United States ambassador to the city Israel has chosen as its capital," he says. Obama is seen in 2008 saying, "I continue to say that Jerusalem will be the capital of Israel. I have said that before and I will say it again." At the end, the video features a clip from President Trump's speech making the Jerusalem announcement, where he said the move "is a long overdue step to advance the peace process and to work towards a lasting agreement. " I fulfilled my campaign promise - others didn't! pic.twitter.com/bYdaOHmPVJ— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 8, 2017

Cenk Uygur: The Only Way Democrats Can Lose In 2020 Is To Run Another Hillary Clinton

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 12:59
In this video posted on Twitter by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, 'The Young Turks' host Cenk Uygur warns Democrats that the "establishment" that got so much attention in 2016 hasn't gone anywhere. "The only way that Donald Trump can be a two-term president is if they run another Hillary Clinton, including Hillary Clinton. You think she's gone? She's not gone." "But the Democratic establishment hasn't gone anywhere. They're the same guys, the same donors, the same guys on TV who support them wall to wall. Bernie Sanders is the most popular politician in the country, and you would be hard-pressed to name two Bernie Sanders supporters on all of television," said the TYT host. He concluded: "So those guys will try to regain control, they're trying to do it right now. They've got a thousand dirty tricks. The only way that Donald Trump can get reelected is if the Democratic establishment wins, and they have another status quo, no change, pro-establishment, pro-elite candidate." .@CenkUygur is right. The Democrats show every sign of pandering to a small networks of elites, not talking about the issues, and losing again. pic.twitter.com/QPdlnWQQ9s— Julian Assange 🔹 (@JulianAssange) December 7, 2017

Rep. Castro: Disturbing Things Will Come Out About Trump-Russia Connection

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 11:30
Rep. Joaquin Castro told CNN's Wolf Blitzer Thursday evening that he believes some of the things that will come out in regard to the Russia investigation will be surprising and disturbing to the American people. "I said in April that there would be people who ended up in jail," Castro said. "As I stand here now, I think there will be some things that come out which will be very surprising and disturbing to the American people."

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