Tuesday night on “The Daily Show,” host Jon Stewart took on the overwhelmingly negative reaction on the part of Republicans to President Barack Obama’s Friday immigration reform announcement.
Republicans like Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), omnipresent Sunday talk show guest Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), and former Governor Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) chided the president for not having moved on this issue sooner, claiming that Obama had majorities in both houses of Congress and should have been able to pass the DREAM Act without having to result to this kind of unilateral decision-making. Stewart rolled news footage of December 2010 when the DREAM Act stalled out in Congress due to a Republican filibuster, underlining the hypocrisy in the Republicans’ complaints about the president’s failure to pass legislation that they killed.
Another Republican talking point about Friday’s decision by the president has been that he is acting unilaterally in an area that requires some form of Congressional oversight and that, with his move on immigration, Obama acted more like a king than a president. This was just as easily dispensed with when Stewart pointed out that President George W. Bush (R) took similar action when he issued an executive order granting amnesty to 3,500 Liberians fleeing the unrest in that country in September of 2007.
“All hail King George the Bush!” quipped Stewart, adding that similar policy decisions have been made by President Ronald Reagan (R), President George H. W. Bush and President Bill Clinton.
Watch the clip, embedded via Comedy Central, below:
Trump lawyer Purpura busted by MSNBC for lying on the Senate floor during impeachment trial
Moments after the end of the Saturday's Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump concluded, MSNBC host Brian Williams pointed out that one of Donald Trump's attorney's lied on the Senate floor about the president's Ukraine scandal-- and he had a clip handy to prove it.
Sharing footage of attorney Mike Purpura stating the higher-ups in Ukraine were unaware that Donald Trump was withholding aid until after the government helped him by announcing an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, the MSNBC host called the attorney out.
To make his point that Pupura was being untruthful, Williams then showed a clip of Defense Department official Laura Cooper, who testified that Ukrainians were asking about the delay on the day of the Trump phone call that was the starting point of the impeachment trial.
‘That dog doesn’t hunt’: Ex-senator burns down fake GOP outrage over Schiff’s ‘heads on pikes’ comment
Speaking to MSNBC's Brian Williams on Saturday, former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) had no patience for the GOP senators, including the so-called "moderates" Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), complaining about the closing comments by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) quoting an anonymous source to CBS News saying President Donald Trump and threatened senators would have their "head on a pike" if they voted to convict.
"Several Republican senators took umbrage," said Williams. "Collins is said to have reacted verbally in the chamber. Murkowski was hurt afterwards. Can they really pin a vote on injured feelings?"
White House lawyers’ Trump defense ‘deteriorated’ as they tried to make the case for the president: CNN’s Toobin
As President Donald Trump's legal team put forward their defense of the president's Ukraine scheme at the impeachment trial on Saturday, CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin weighed in on the effectiveness of what they had presented.
"There was information put forth today that would allow Republicans to vote against witnesses and to vote for an acquittal," acknowledged Toobin, offering as an example that the team did a good job at creating doubt over when the Ukrainians knew the foreign aid was cut off. However, "after that I thought it deteriorated."
"I was surprised that Jay Sekulow, who I think is a very fine lawyer, seen him argue in the Supreme Court several times, wandered in the wasteland of the Mueller report, that didn't seem relevant," said Toobin. "Mr. Philbin, who is not a spellbinding performer, went on about how it was legitimate in their view not to respond to subpoenas, not to provide any witnesses by the Trump administration. I thought that was a particularly weak performance. But, you know, if you are inclined to the defense point of view, there were facts and arguments to justify your position this morning."