Madison Gesiotto | Contributor
When the news dropped that Robert Mueller had submitted his report to Attorney General Bill Barr without any further indictments, liberal pundits had to process their dismay on live television, and the result was a combination of hysteria, disbelief, and denial.
Chris Matthews, for instance, famously felt a thrill go up his leg over Barack Obama in 2009, but he seemed to feel a chill going down his spine as he reported that Mueller would not be making any further indictments.
The MSNBC host was in rare form Friday night, angrily biting off each word as he demanded to know, “Why. Was there never. An interrogation. Of this president.”
Matthews refused to believe that the “experts” who have been assuring him and his liberal audience for nearly two years that Mueller’s investigation would result in criminal charges against President Trump could have been wrong the whole time.
Matthews long ago determined in his own mind that the president is guilty of obstruction of justice and collusion, and the “experts” he hosts on his show have reinforced that conclusion so firmly that Matthews seemed genuinely unable to understand why Mueller did not file any charges against Donald Trump, asking, “How can they let Trump off the hook?”
The host was particularly incensed that President Trump never had to “sit down with the Special Counsel Mueller and answer his damn questions,” wondering, “How can that happen?!”
Matthews was obviously experiencing the second stage of grief, which is anger. His MSNBC colleague, Rachel Maddow, on the other hand, expressed her anguish somewhat differently. Apparently, she was still stuck in the first stage, which is denial.
“Our job tonight as a country sort of — or at least what everybody in the country is going to be doing tonight, is trying to figure out what it means that the report of special counsel Robert Mueller has finally been submitted,” Maddow said near the beginning of her show, in between pained facial expressions.
“In terms of what that means and what Mueller found, we know only the smallest little bits,” she added. “This is the start of something, apparently, not the end of something.”
That assessment is a comical mix of wishful thinking and delusion. The fact that Mueller submitted his report means only one thing: that he’s finished with his investigation. Maddow is probably correct that “this is the start of something,” since Democrats in Congress have made it clear that they plan to subject President Trump to endless investigations in the hopes of uncovering something that Mueller couldn’t, but the Mueller probe is over, no matter how cartoonishly Maddow grimaces.
In between the Matthews and Maddow meltdowns, a stone-faced Jim Acosta went on CNN to discuss the “glee” that the President’s supporters are feeling now that Mueller has submitted his report and will not pursue any additional indictments.
Acosta very evidently didn’t share in that glee, sounding as though he was on the verge of gagging when he quoted a Trump campaign advisor as saying that “this is a great day for America.”
To wash the taste of MAGA out of his mouth, Acosta immediately pivoted to speculating that Mueller’s report might still contain damaging information about President Trump. Realizing that such a long-shot hypothetical circumstance probably offered cold comfort to CNN viewers, Acosta also interjected that “we still don’t know the conclusion of what’s happening in the Southern District of New York,” then reminded his audience that Democrats in Congress will accuse the administration of a cover-up if so much as a single word is redacted from the Mueller report when it is released to the public.
This is despite the fact that Acosta and congressional leaders are well aware that information derived from grand jury testimony and a host of other sources cannot be disclosed by the attorney general.
The mixture of sputtering outrage, wishful thinking, and excuse-making that pervaded the cable news networks Friday night reveals that even the most liberal partisans know that Mueller’s report will be the death knell of the Russia collusion hoax they’ve been perpetuating since before Mueller was even appointed.
They’ll sort through their grief eventually through the next stages, but that won’t end their public displays of humiliation, evidently.
Madison Gesiotto (@MadisonGesiotto) is an attorney and serves on the advisory board of the Donald Trump campaign. She was a 2016 inauguration spokesperson and former Miss Ohio.
The views and opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author and do not reflect the official position of The Daily Caller.
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Lauryn Overhultz | Columnist
“Empire” creator Lee Daniels opened about about the chaos following Jussie Smollett’s arrest in a video posted Wednesday to Instagram.
Daniels compared the past weeks following the Smollett’s alleged hate crime to a roller coaster. “We, me and my cast, have experienced pain, and anger, and sadness and frustration, and we really don’t know how to handle it,” Daniels said.
He told fans that everything that has happened on the “Empire” episodes so far was filmed before “the incident.”
“This is not what the show was made for. The show was made to bring America together. To talk about the atrocities that are happening right now on the streets,” Daniels said.
After originally saying Smollett would not be written off of the “Empire” series, producers changed their mind, saying they wanted to give Smollett the “time to really deal with what he’s been confronted with and allow him the time to focus and prepare his case,” according to executive producer Brett Mahoney. (RELATED: Jussie Smollett Pleads Not Guilty To 16-Count Indictment)
Smollett pleaded “not guilty” to 16 counts of disorderly conduct on March 14 after allegedly orchestrating a hate crime against himself.
Happening now Police explain why they say #JussieSmollett filed a false report: He did it to get higher pay after a racist and homophonic threatening letter didn’t work. Chicago police say his false report “was a slap in the face to the city of Chicago.” Mug shot below pic.twitter.com/9yrj6CYMeB
— Sara Sidner (@sarasidnerCNN) February 21, 2019
Smollett originally told Chicago Police that he was attacked by Trump supporters wearing MAGA hats on Jan. 29. Smollett’s story fell apart after the Osundairo brothers, the two men who attacked Smollett, were arrested and released without charges.
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Betsy Rothstein | Reporter
The White House soap opera continues.
And the plot twist is super juicy: Kellyanne Conway is choosing President Trump over her husband.
On Wednesday afternoon, Kellyanne fiercely defended her boss, who called her hubby—conservative lawyer George Conway—a “total loser.” Conway has been pushing a narrative that Trump is a narcissist who has lost his marbles.
In a new, brief phone interview with Politico‘s Daniel Lippman, Kellyanne sided with Trump, saying he could fire her for her husband being such a distraction and tell her to go home and be with her kids. Instead he isn’t. Instead, her boss is just calling her husband a “whack job” and a “husband from hell.” Trump told reporters Wednesday on the White House grounds, “I think he’s doing a tremendous disservice to a wonderful woman.”
“You think he should take that sitting down?” Kellyanne asked of Trump, sounding like she was rooting for her boss to successfully clobber her husband.
She said her husband — “respectfully” — is no psychiatrist. It’s the only time where she uses the word “respect” in association with her husband. The couple have four children and have been married for 18 years. (RELATED: Ann Coulter Has Advice For Trump On The Conways)
Kellyanne’s characterization that this is a “distraction” might be putting it mildly.
By backing Trump’s smack-down of her own husband, isn’t she basically agreeing with Trump that her husband is a loser?
In what could be the most talented acting performance of the year, Conway and Conway are acting like something out of War of the Roses. As Trump publicly shreds her husband, Conway continues pushing the narrative that the president has a mental disorder straight out of the DSM.
In her defense, George started it. Wouldn’t a supportive husband not try to blow up his wife’s job?
Kellyanne told CNN’s Dana Bash that her husband, whom Trump unaffectionately calls “Mr. Kellyanne Conway,” says her other half was initially “crying in his MAGA hat” with joy over Trump’s presidency.
“I believe if I were Kellyanne, I’d be upset with my husband,” political analyst Gloria Borger said Wednesday on CNN.
But she also said Trump has a “pot kettle” issue by calling George the “husband from hell.”
George replied to a question from WaPo‘s Ashley Parker about Trump calling him “Mr. Kellyanne Conway.” He didn’t seem bothered by it, calling it “extremely juvenile and boorish.”
Who knows where the plot goes from here. But one thing is for certain: We want MORE.
“Where do I buy the Conway book?” TV host Michael Smerconish asked, sitting on a panel this afternoon alongside Borger on Brooke Baldwin‘s show.
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The joke among people my age is that every dinner party starts with an organ recital: Who’s lost a gall bladder, got a new kidney, or maybe just replaced a knee? What’s the pain of the day and who sleeps through the night? Charles de Gaulle said old age is a shipwreck, so the question for America is whether it should consider the age of likely presidential candidates who, statistics and experience tell us, stand a pretty good chance of foundering on the rocks of old age. I’m talking Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.
Sanders and Biden are about the same age. Sanders is 77 and Biden 76, and since the next president will be inaugurated in 2021, I can say without fear of persnickety fact-checkers that both men will be almost two years older by then. It is not unlikely, therefore, that the next president of the United States will be well into his 80s before his first term is up. That’s a shocking figure.
Both men are now at about the age when the indomitable Winston Churchill started to hit the wall. He was a mere 77 when King George thought of approaching him to suggest he step down. Churchill did not — until a stroke forced him to. The argument here, of course, is that neither Biden nor Sanders lives a Churchillian life — no cigars, no whiskey for breakfast. On the other hand, they are not nearly as articulate.
Government statistics tell us that a man Biden’s age will live an average of 11 more years. He won’t, however, outlive Sanders, who is scheduled to kick five months later. These, though, are statistical averages and neither Sanders nor Biden is anything of the sort. They are both white, middle class by birth, not likely to overdose on drugs, drive drunk or get into a bar fight with someone wearing a MAGA hat, the dunce cap of our times. I am not sure if Sanders works out, but Biden sure does. I have been to the gym with him.
But while looking good may be the best revenge, it isn’t the whole story. The brain ages. It slows down. It forgets. I know men in their 90s — Henry Kissinger comes to mind — who seem as sharp as they’ve ever been, but they are not the rule. It is not necessary to have great mental energy to get elected — Donald Trump is an intellectual sloth — but it helps. Old age can turn the delight in doing certain tasks into a plodding burden.
The old seek their own comfort zones. I wouldn’t be surprised if Biden thinks Snapchat is a breakfast cereal. I wouldn’t be surprised if Sanders thinks Drake is the English pirate who defeated the Spanish Armada. (How’s that for being an influencer?) It’s fine not to know these things, but it suggests an unfamiliarity with a world that is ever-changing. The zeitgeist is forever on the move. When you’re over 70, it may well have passed you by.
Of course, a president need not be intimately familiar with youth culture. But he ought to feel at home in the world and feel that the culture is his, that he need not have to pause to translate a thought into politically acceptable language. I don’t know if either Biden or Sanders feels that way, but if they don’t occasionally hanker for a Beatles’ tune, they already lack all memory.
Most presidents were in their 50s when elected — mere youths, by today’s standards. Most lived many years after leaving office. (Jimmy Carter, at 94, has been out of office for almost 39 years, a record.) John F. Kennedy was the youngest ever elected at 43, and Trump the oldest to be elected to a first term at 70. The rule here is that there is no rule.
Still, “September Song” has to precede “Hail to the Chief.” It is the lament of an old man for a young woman. It is about the passage of time, about how “the days dwindle down to a precious few.” It is about lost opportunities, about summer turning to autumn and “one hasn’t got time for the waiting game.”
Biden and Sanders have waited too long. A pledge to serve only a single term will not reverse the clock. It will only hobble the president, making him a lame duck before his time. Of course, the ultimate decision is their own, but they have to know they will probably decline. If they don’t think so, they have gotten old without getting wise.
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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump talks to reporters as he departs to visit storm-hit areas of Alabama from the White House in Washington, U.S., March 8, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
March 19, 2019
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the big tech platforms, Facebook, YouTube owner Google and Twitter, were on the side of the left, along with the “corrupt media.”
“But fear not, we will win anyway, just like we did before! #MAGA,” he said in a tweet. MAGA refers to his 2016 campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.”
Facebook, Alphabet’s Google and Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
(Reporting by Diane Bartz and David Shepardson)
An elderly man was attacked in a supermarket while wearing a MAGA cap, in the latest act of violence and hate towards supporters of President Trump.
The attack occurred at a Shoprite in Somerset, N.J., according to local prosecutors.
The man, whose name has not been released, suffered “minor” injuries, according to NBC 4, a New York-based affiliate of NBC News.
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