Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) argument that a cigarette tax led to Eric Garner’s death didn’t hold up for Daily Show host Jon Stewart on Thursday night.
“What the f*ck are you talking about?” Stewart asked after playing footage of Paul’s remarks. “I guess now we know what it takes for a senator from Kentucky to admit cigarettes can kill. I don’t know what to say. I appreciate the purity of your anti-tax dogma, but the cigarette tax is truly the least salient aspect of this case.”
Earlier in the day, Paul blamed the $5.85 state tax on cigarette packs for causing the fatal encounter between Garner and New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo this past July, saying, “Some politician put a tax of $5.85 on a pack of cigarettes, so they’ve driven cigarettes underground so as to not make them so expensive.”
But Stewart compared Paul’s reasoning to saying that government parking regulations caused the Hindenburg disaster in 1937.
“Honestly, Eric Garner could have been out there with mixtapes or squeegees or a snocone, and the same kind of sh*t could have happened” Stewart argued. “For the second time in 10 days, a grand jury — which at least in federal cases has a 99 percent indictment rate — failed to indict an officer who caused the death of an unarmed citizen.”
Stewart also issued a “correction” on his commentary from Wednesday night.
Instead of saying no one connected to Garner’s death was indicted, he explained, he should have pointed out that 22-year-old Ramsey Orta, who videotaped the encounter, was in fact indicted by a grand jury shortly afterwards.
“Let that be a lesson to you kids out there: photographing crime does not pay,” Stewart said.
Watch Stewart’s commentary, as posted online on Thursday, below.
‘Weakness doesn’t win elections’: Indivisible co-founder explains why members are holding #ImpeachTrump rallies
The growing support to commence impeachment proceedings by House Democrats is driven by their need to fire up grassroots support to hold control of the chamber, an Indivisible co-founder explained on MSNBC.
"The call for impeachment continues. this as protesters are hitting the street in more than 140 rallies planned across the country. Organizers say the "Impeach Trump" event is a day of action urging House Democrats to start impeachment proceedings," MSNBC's Richard Lui reported Saturday.
"A new survey from the indivisible project finds 80 percent of their respondents say the House should start impeachment proceedings," he noted. "Right now in the House, 63 Democrats and one Republican support impeachment."
Mississippi fast food cashier ‘terminated immediately’ for ugly racist slur on customer’s receipt
The owner of a fast food restaurant in Mississippi "terminated immediately" an employee after a racist and misogynistic slur of patrons.
When Lex Washington visited Who Dat's Drive-Thru in Oxford with her roommate, the cashier listed them on the receipt as "black b*tches in a silver car."
A manager reportedly refused to apologize at the time, and instead "laughed in her face."
A photo of the receipt then spread on social media.
Dem lawmaker serves notice to Hope Hicks that Trump won’t be able to save her when he grills her during Wednesday’s hearing
On Saturday, Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) gave MSNBC's Alex Witt a brief rundown of what he wants to learn from former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks at her closed-door testimony next week — and warned that if Hicks tries to use executive privilege as a shield, Democrats will not stand for it.
"Let's talk about Hope Hicks," said Witt. "What do you expect to hear from her that she has not already offered in testimony?"
"Here's what's important about Hope Hicks," said Deutch. "She was a key part of the Trump campaign, which is a large part of the report is focused on. She was a key part of the Trump Administration in the early days, and that's the reason that she's a prominent figure in the Mueller report."