MSNBC's Joe Scarborough ridiculed Donald Trump as a potential Republican challenger emerged, and he seemed to relish the fact the former president was powerless to respond.
The "Morning Joe" host opened the segment by archly hyping the news that Gov. Ron DeSantis had narrowly beaten Trump in a recent conservative straw poll, seemingly intended to infuriate the ex-president, if he was watching.
"I don't know, it seems like it's Ron DeSantis' party -- any other news?" Scarborough said, giggling. "I mean, he owns this place. Why don't we just put 'mission accomplished' up at the RNC. It's over, it is over."
Scarborough and the other panelists seemed to relish the fact that Trump was largely silenced, unlike the days when they could set off a round of furious tweets by mocking or criticizing him on air.
"How does Trump try and take it back?" said panelist Katty Kay. "He's silenced. He's sort of impotent at this point -- he can't tweet, can't go out on Facebook."
"No, he does these emails but I don't know who reads them," said co-host Mika Brzezinski, as Scarborough cackled and wiped tears from his eyes.
"He propped up DeSantis, talked about Desantis being his running made in 2024," said former RNC chair Michael Steele, "and DeSantis may be calling him, 'Will you be my cabinet secretary?'"
"Help me, man," Scarborough said. "He gave DeSantis his start, DeSantis wouldn't be here but for him, and now all these people are saying it's DeSantis' party. Unfortunately for [Trump] it looks like DeSantis' party."
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‘Living refutation of manly virtue’: Ted Cruz mocked for claiming ‘nobody is banning’ critical race theory
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is being mocked and chastised after claiming on Monday that "nobody is banning" critical race theory, the now-highly contentious school of study used to examine societal issues and institutions that propagate and perpetuate systemic racism. Conservatives like Cruz have decided that any anti-racism instruction should be called "critical race theory," with Fox News using the term 1300 times in under four months.
"Trump Derangement Syndrome is astonishing," Cruz tweeted, inexplicably bringing the disgraced former president in to the conversation to attack anti-Trump conservative Charlie Sykes, "who used to be conservative, Cruz claimed, and "is now defending critical race theory."
"He proffers a series of straw men, eg, don't 'ban' it. Nobody is banning it; but we don't have to allow schools to teach our kids to hate each other based on race."
In fact, as NBC News reported, as of last week 21 states across the country are in the process of (16 states) or already have (5 states) banned the teaching of critical race theory in classrooms.
Critical race theory does not "teach kids to hate each other based on race," or based on anything else.
Lincoln Project co-founder Steve Schmidt unleashed his anger onto the Republican Senator from Texas.
"This is what racial demagoguery looks like in 2021," Schmidt, a student of history, declared. Senator Cruz "is coloring in his part of the toxic mosaic, speaking in a code that when assembled completely says, militant black people who hate you and want to take your pocessions [sic] away are trying to brain wash your kids into hating you."
Ted Cruz "is doing what he has always done," Schmidt continued. "He is lying and trying to scare dim witted and vulnerable people into maintaining his political power by conning them into believing they need protection from something that in fact doesn't exist in primary and secondary educational curriculum. It's not real."
educational curriculum. It's not real. @tedcruz is a vandal. He has been from the moment he arrived in Washington. From the nonsensical government shutdowns and brazen displays of cowardice, around even defending his wife and dad, Cruz is a living refutation of manly virtue. 3
— Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) June 21, 2021
Schmidt was far from the only one to go after Cruz.
Florida just banned it
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) June 21, 2021
The problem here, Rafael, is that "kids" aren't being taught this. CRT is taught in some college courses and you know this very well but you coninue to lie about.
*Checks notes Oh, yeah. Lyin' Ted. I forgot for a second. Carry on then, Rafa. — Scapper 💙 (@realscapper) June 21, 2021
Not allowing something in schools is literally banning that thing from schools
— Jason (@Jason_MF_Miller) June 21, 2021
Literally banned in Florida. https://t.co/TIEe6YNYuI
— M.D. Lafrance (@MD_Lafrance) June 21, 2021
By the way, Sykes replied. Twice.
Shorter Cruz: Let's ban it. And say we didn't. https://t.co/KuK1laLB3g
— Charlie Sykes (@SykesCharlie) June 21, 2021
Cruz: "Nobody is banning it." Florida: Hold our beer -- > https://t.co/4KkKCrvB5d Bonus --> https://t.co/KwPNey3Y4L https://t.co/KuK1laLB3g — Charlie Sykes (@SykesCharlie) June 21, 2021
A US federal judge on Monday dismissed most of the claims filed in a case suing former president Donald Trump after security officers forcefully cleared peaceful demonstrators outside the White House last summer.
The American Civil Liberties Union and other US civil rights groups accused the then-president and top officials in June 2020 of violating the constitutional rights of Black Lives Matters campaigners and individual protesters.
US District Judge Dabney L. Friedrich of Washington dismissed the majority of the claims filed against Trump, explaining in a 51-page opinion that accusations that the ex-president and several of his top officials had conspired to clear a path for a photo opportunity were too speculative.
"These allegations, taken as true, do not show sufficient 'events, conversations, or documents indicating an agreement or meeting of the minds' amongst the defendants to violate (plaintiffs') rights based on (their) membership in a protected class," she wrote.
"Merely alleging that the defendant officials communicated, without alleging any details of those communications that suggest an unlawful agreement, cannot justify inferring the requisite agreement for a... conspiracy."
She also dismissed the plaintiffs' push for a court order that would require the government to change its use-of-force practices against protesters.
Friedrich, a 2017 Trump appointee, did allow litigation to go forward challenging federal restrictions on protests at Lafayette Square, directly across from the White House, as well as against local police agencies that supported the operation.
On June 1, protesters angered by the murder of George Floyd, a Black man, by a white Minnesota police officer gathered in Lafayette Square, which faces the White House and became the focus of anti-racism protests in Washington.
St John's Episcopal church, which is across the street from Lafayette Park, had been defaced with graffiti and damaged in a fire during demonstrations the night before.
Law enforcement officers forced protestors back with pepper balls and smoke bombs before Trump walked to the church for a photo op.
He posed with a Bible outside the building, just minutes after vowing to dispatch thousands of heavily armed soldiers to stop demonstrations.
Then-attorney general Bill Barr later denied clearing the protesters was linked to Trump walking to the church.
ACLU of the District of Columbia legal director Scott Michelman slammed the judge's decision.
"Today's ruling essentially gives the federal government a green light to use violence, including lethal force against demonstrators, as long as federal officials claim to be protecting national security," he said in a statement.
"Not only is this decision a stunning rejection of our constitutional values and protestors' First Amendment rights, but it effectively places federal officials above the law."
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