President Donald Trump once again lashed out against the press in a series of tweets on Tuesday morning, stressing a common theme of his presidency that the news media criticizes him in an unfair and unprecedented manner.
“Paul Krugman, of the Fake News New York Times, has lost all credibility, as has the Times itself, with his false and highly inaccurate writings on me,” Trump wrote in his first tweet of the day. “He is obsessed with hatred, just as others are obsessed with how stupid he is. He said Market would crash, Only Record Highs!”
He followed that up with another tweet in which he wrote, “I wonder if the New York Times will apologize to me a second time, as they did after the 2016 Election. But this one will have to be a far bigger & better apology. On this one they will have to get down on their knees & beg for forgiveness-they are truly the Enemy of the People!”
As Politico pointed out, Trump frequently claims that the Times apologized to him for its coverage following his election victory, but the paper repeatedly denies that, instead emphasizing that it wrote a letter to readers pledging the paper would rededicate itself to investigating the driving forces of the election and wondered whether Trump’s “sheer unconventionality lead us and other news outlets to underestimate his support among American voters.”
In continued barbs at the press, the president wrote in yet another tweet that “The Radical Left Democrats, together with their leaders in the Fake News Media, have gone totally insane! I guess that means that the Republican agenda is working.”
He also claimed in a further tweet that “in the ‘old days’ if you were President and you had a good economy, you were basically immune from criticism.”
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The Republican National Committee blasted Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. for being open to Sen. Bernie Sanders I-Vt., suggestion that everyone should have the right to vote – even the Boston Marathon bomber.
At a CNN Town Hall, Sanders, who is running for president, argued democracy demands that right for every American.
Asked if he believed that should include sex offenders, the Boston Marathon bomber, terrorists and murderers, Sanders replied, “Yes, even for terrible people…”
A short time later, Harris, who also is making a White House run, was asked at her CNN town hall session, if she agreed with Sanders.
“I think we should have that conversation,” she said. CNN posted a video of her remarks on its Twitter account.
But in an email blast, the RNC took issue with the Democrats.
“2020 Democrats continue to show that there is no radical policy supported by Bernie Sanders that they will not endorse,” said Steve Guest of the RNC. “Minutes after Bernie said that he would let terrorists vote from jail, Kamala Harris said “we should have that conversation” about allowing the Boston Marathon bomber to vote from prison. Instead of endorsing Bernie’s extreme policies, Democrats should be condemning them.”
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Rep. Eric Swalwell, who is campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination, rejected the idea that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has dismissed the idea of impeaching President Donald Trump, and predicted he’ll be removed from office before being elected to serve a second term.
“She’s saying, do it right,” the California lawmaker told CNN’s “New Day.” “Let’s not take it off the table. If you contrast with reaching a conclusion without evidence, I can see how you’d say, why aren’t they moving that fast? We don’t move like that. We still believe in a rule of law and an order of things. We’re going to get this right.”
Further, Swalwell said he’s “confident” that Trump will be removed from office, whether it’s by Congress or by voters in November 2020.
“We’re near the end of Donald Trump,” Swalwell said, adding that he thinks “we’re on that road” toward his impeachment.
Meanwhile, there are still many steps that remain before proceedings could start, he acknowledged, but he does think Trump must be “held accountable,” because if he isn’t, the standard for future presidents will be lowered.
“The first is to get the full [Robert] Mueller report,” said Swalwell. “About an eighth is redacted. Second is having Mueller testify…of course, there is Don McGahn and other witnesses who will need to supplement [his testimony.]
Swalwell also spoke out about points presented by several candidates participating in Monday night’s series of town halls on CNN, especially on Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who argued in favor of allowing prisoners the vote.
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The Democrats’ strategy for presidential primary debates is flawed, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer says.
Spicer made his remarks in a column published Tuesday in The Wall Street Journal.
“Recognizing the growing role of debates in shaping the race, the Republican National Committee in the 2016 election cycle asserted more control over their structure,” Spicer said.
“Now Democrats are trying to do the same, but they’re likely to fail where the GOP succeeded.
“The Democratic National Committee has proposed 12 debates, each taking place over two nights. The top 20 candidates can make the stage on one of the two nights by achieving at least 1% in three different approved polls or by receiving contributions from at least 65,000 individuals, including a minimum of 200 contributors in at least 20 states.”
But Spicer noted “the proliferation of candidates is the DNC’s first problem.” He pointed out the party is likely to have more than “20 candidates meet at least one of its criteria.”
However, he said the “biggest threat” to the Democrats’ plan will likely come from the fact that the party excluded Fox News from hosting a debate. Spicer said Fox recently broadcasted a highly rated town hall meeting with Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who is running for the Democratic nomination.
And he said Fox News could host its own debates without adhering to the DNC rules.
“With 2.4 million prime-time viewers, it would be near impossible for many candidates to say no, especially those near the bottom looking to break out,” he said.
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President Donald Trump on Tuesday appeared to reverse course on Harley Davidson Inc., saying European tariffs facing the motorcycle manufacturer were “unfair” and vowing to reciprocate, after urging a boycott of the company last year amid a steel spat.
The Wisconsin-based company last year announced plans to move production of its motorcycles destined for the European Union to its overseas facilities from the United States to avoid EU tariffs imposed in response to Trump’s duties on steel and aluminum imports.
Trump retaliated by calling for higher taxes, threatening to lure foreign motorcycles to the United States, and backing a boycott of the iconic American motorcycle maker.
On Tuesday, Trump appeared more sympathetic, calling the EU tariffs “unfair” but giving no other details about any planned U.S. action in a tweet citing comments by a Fox Business Network host.
“So unfair to U.S. We will Reciprocate!” Trump wrote.
On Saturday, Trump is scheduled to travel to Wisconsin to hold a campaign rally as he seeks reelection in the 2020 presidential election.
Representatives for the White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on any planned actions, as both the EU and the United States prepared to launch larger trade talks.
Representatives for Harley Davidson could not be immediately reached for comment on Trump’s tweet.
The company on Tuesday reported quarterly profit that surged past expectations and stuck to its full-year shipment forecasts amid concerns over falling U.S. sales and European import tariffs, sending its shares up 3 percent.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said Monday he thinks everyone should have the right to vote — even the Boston Marathon bomber.
At a CNN Town Hall, Sanders argued democracy demands that right for every American.
“This is a democracy and we have got to expand that democracy, and I believe every single person does have the right to vote,” he said.
Asked if that included sex offenders, the Boston Marathon bomber, terrorists, and murderers, Sanders replied:
“Yes, even for terrible people, because once you start chipping away and you say, ‘Well, that guy committed a terrible crime, not going to let him vote. Well, that person did that. Not going to let that person vote,’ you’re running down a slippery slope.
“So, I believe people commit crimes, and they paid the price, and they have the right to vote. I believe even if they’re in jail they’re paying their price to society, but that should not take away their inherent American right to participate in our democracy.”
Earlier this month, Sanders called for more states to join Vermont and Maine in allowing felons behind bars to vote, the Des Moines Register reported.
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A House chairman on Monday subpoenaed former White House Counsel Don McGahn as Democratic leaders moved to deepen their investigation of President Donald Trump while bottling up talk among their rank-and-file of impeaching him.
Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler was one of six powerful committee leaders making their case on a conference call with other House Democrats late in the day that they are effectively investigating Trump-related matters ranging from potential obstruction to his personal and business taxes.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged divided Democrats to focus on fact-finding rather than the prospect of any impeachment proceedings after the damning details of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
Nadler and the other chairmen made clear they believe Trump did obstruct justice, according to people on the call who weren’t authorized to discuss it by name. McGahn would be a star witness for any such case because he refused Trump’s demand to set Mueller’s firing in motion, according to the report.
“The Special Counsel’s report, even in redacted form, outlines substantial evidence that President Trump engaged in obstruction and other abuses,” Nadler said in a statement released as the conference call got underway. “It now falls to Congress to determine for itself the full scope of the misconduct and to decide what steps to take in the exercise of our duties of oversight, legislation and constitutional accountability.”
The subpoena angered Republicans even as it functioned as a reassurance to impatient Democrats.
Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, the top Republican on the Judiciary panel, pointed out that McGahn sat for 30 hours of interviews with Mueller and said Nadler was asking for some items that he knows cannot be produced.
Trump himself insisted he wasn’t worried.
“Not even a little bit,” he said when asked Monday whether he was concerned about impeachment. However, his many tweets seeking to undermine the report’s credibility indicate he is hardly shrugging it aside.
“Only high crimes and misdemeanors can lead to impeachment,” he said Monday on Twitter. “There were no crimes by me (No Collusion, No Obstruction), so you can’t impeach. It was the Democrats that committed the crimes, not your Republican President!”
On the other end of the scale, Pelosi’s approach disappointed some Democrats who are agitating for impeachment proceedings. According to her spokesman, Rep. Val Demings of Florida said she believed the House has enough evidence to begin the process.
McGahn was a vital witness for Mueller, recounting the president’s outrage over the investigation and his efforts to curtail it.
The former White House counsel described, for instance, being called at home by the president on the night of June 17, 2017, and directed to call the Justice Department and say that Mueller had conflicts of interest and should be removed. McGahn declined the command, “deciding that he would resign rather than trigger what he regarded as a potential Saturday Night Massacre,” the Mueller report said.
Once that episode became public in the news media, the president demanded that McGahn dispute the reports and asked him why he had told Mueller about it and why he had taken notes of their conversations. McGahn refused to back down, the report said.
Nadler’s announcement was one of several leadership moves aimed at calming a struggle among Democrats to speak with one voice about what to do in light of Mueller’s startling account of Trump’s repeated efforts to fire him, shut down his probe and get allies to lie.
After Mueller’s report was released last week, the most prominent of the Democratic freshmen, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, signed on to Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s resolution calling for an investigation into Trump’s conduct and the question of whether it merits a formal impeachment charge in the House.
“Mueller’s report is clear in pointing to Congress’ responsibility in investigating obstruction of justice by the President,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
On Monday, Pelosi’s letter made clear there was no Democratic disagreement that Trump “at a minimum, engaged in highly unethical and unscrupulous behavior which does not bring honor to the office he holds.” But she acknowledged the party’s officeholders have a range of views on how to proceed.
She counseled them repeatedly to go after facts, not resort to “passion or prejudice” in the intense run-up to the 2020 presidential and congressional elections. She is the de facto leader of her party until Democrats nominate a candidate to challenge Trump, so her words echoed on the presidential campaign trail.
“We all firmly agree that we should proceed down a path of finding the truth,” Pelosi wrote. “It is also important to know that the facts regarding holding the president accountable can be gained outside of impeachment hearings.”
As the conference call got underway, Nadler’s subpoena announcement was made public, an indication that the facts-first approach was moving ahead. Pelosi, calling from New York City, spoke briefly. Then she put a show of leadership force on the line — six committee chairmen, some of the most powerful people in Congress — to give more details, according to people on the call.
Nadler went first. Others who followed were Oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah Cummings, intelligence committee Chairman Adam Schiff, Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel, Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Water and Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal. The call lasted about 90 minutes and included about 170 Democrats.
During a series of town hall events on CNN Monday night, several 2020 Democratic presidential candidates weighed in. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren repeated her call for an impeachment vote, saying that if lawmakers believe the president’s actions were appropriate, “they should have to take that vote and live with it.”
California Sen. Kamala Harris said she believes “Congress should take the steps toward impeachment.”
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Trump should be held accountable, but she stopped short of calling for impeachment.
There’s more coming to keep Trump’s reported misdeeds in public. Congressional panels are demanding the unredacted version of the Mueller report and its underlying material gathered from the investigation. Attorney General William Barr is expected to testify in the House and Senate next week. Nadler has summoned Mueller to testify next month, though no date has been set.
In the face of the intense run-up to the 2020 election, Pelosi implicitly suggested Democrats resist creating episodes like the one in January in which Tlaib was recorded declaring the House would impeach Trump.
“We must show the American people we are proceeding free from passion or prejudice, strictly on the presentation of fact,” Pelosi wrote.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., leads President Donald Trump in hypothetical matchups in three states that proved critical for Trump’s 2016 victory, NBC News reported.
The internal polling conducted by the Sanders team showed 52% of likely voters in Michigan inclined to back Sanders in the 2020 general election, compared with 41% for Trump, the news outlet reported.
In Wisconsin, 52% of voters said they would back Sanders, while 42% said they would vote for Trump. In Pennsylvania, 51% of likely voters said they would support Sanders, while 43% would vote for Trump.
All three swing states solidified Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.
“I don’t think it’s any generic Democrat fits the mold here,” Sanders pollster Ben Tulchin told NBC News. “Trump is vulnerable here, but it has to be for the right kind of Democrat who has real strengths and can win these three states.”
“I don’t think any other candidate is as well positioned as Bernie is in these three states,” Tulchin said.
The poll’s margin of error is plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.
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Former President Barack Obama marked Earth Day on Monday with praise for young activists “stepping up to save the one planet we’ve got.”
“Young people all over the world are leading the way in the fight to protect our planet because they know their future depends on it. This Earth Day, I want to celebrate the courageous, committed young leaders who are stepping up to save the one planet we’ve got.”
In particular, Obama lauded Greta Thunberg, a Swedish teen who helped fuel an interest in young people to fight climate change.
“They’re people like 16-year-old @GretaThunberg, whose protests at Swedish parliament sparked a movement,” Obama wrote in a separate tweet.
“Inspired by Greta’s action, Fridays for Future brought together more than a million strikers on every continent last month to demand action on climate.”
The former commander-in-chief’s message was in contrast with that of President Donald Trump, whose Earth Day tweet stressed “historic economic and job growth,” but made no mention of climate change.
“Environmental protection and economic prosperity go hand in hand,” Trump said in a statement issued Monday. “A strong market economy is essential to protecting our critical natural resources and fostering a legacy of conservation.”
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Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota urged a town hall audience in New Hampshire to cheer after one of her answers was met with silence.
The 2020 Democratic presidential contender’s seemingly lighthearted appeal came after she responded to a question on how she planned to appeal to middle-class voters from the Midwest who picked Donald Trump in the last election.
“I guess you look at what I’ve done, and that is that I am someone that runs in a purple state,” Klobuchar said of Minnesota. “Every single time I have run, I have won every single congressional district in my state, including Michele Bachmann’s.”
Her answer was greeted with silence.
“That’s when you guys are supposed to cheer, OK?” she said.
The CNN town hall was one of five in New Hampshire featuring presidential hopefuls – Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg were set to follow Klobuchar and field questions directly from students and young New Hampshire Democrats.
Klobuchar’s “clap” moment was reminiscent of former Republican Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s “Please Clap!” moment in 2016 during the GOP primary contest for the presidential campaign.
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