Comedian Bill Maher refused to believe that Vice President Mike Pence is as bad as Donald Trump. During a conversation about the Democratic Party, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) maintained that the Russia investigation might kick Trump out of the White House but we’d be left with Pence, who is just as bad or worse.
Newsom called Russia a “loser” of an issue, which Maher took issue with. He explained that there are pieces of Russia like the safety of our elections, cyber security and the general understanding that it’s critical to defend the homeland against foreign adversaries. However, Newsom wants to see Democrats walk and chew gum at the same time.
“Absolutely, unequivocally we need to get to the bottom of this,” Newsom explained. “What I was saying is an important point is if you game this thing out and you get rid of Trump you’re left with a problem and that’s Mike Pence … even if this thing goes nowhere–”
Maher cut him off to maintain that Pence is not as bad as Trump, but Newsom said that legislatively Pence is awful and could actually get things passed with Congress that are so far right it would take years for us to recover. However, there is a lot to connect Pence with the scandals and it is entirely possible Pence could go down with the ship — it’s just a tougher sell.
“But, Bill, here’s my bigger point,” he continued. “We have to have absolute accountability on Russia but the bigger point is that the Democratic Party right now — we’re in trouble. And with all due respect, being in opposition to Donald Trump and focusing on emoluments and focusing on Russia may be important but we also have to have positive alternative agenda. Before the Russian issue we lost close to 1,000 state legislative seats. We’re now at the lowest point since 2001. What is the positive Democratic agenda. What’s the bottom-up agenda? You have 196 people suing Trump on emoluments, that’s great, but you only have 116 supporting medicare for all. That’s not so good.”
This echoes some of what Steve Bannon said to the American Prospect this week, though his point was that focusing on statues while the GOP is dealing with economic issues would win in the GOP. Most Democrats, however, are focusing on Trump’s defense of Nazis and white supremacists, not statues. Similarly, as Trump’s accomplishments in the last eight months have proven, these detours have prevented his agenda from moving forward. No Republican in Congress will ever be willing to stand with a Nazi-sympathizer in an election year — tax cuts or not.
Watch Newsom’s commentary below:
REVEALED: FBI says pernicious Russian hacker Berserk Bear has infiltrated multiple US government websites
The federal government is warning of a cyber-attacks by Russia that ramped up in September.
"This joint cybersecurity advisory—written by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)—provides information on Russian state-sponsored advanced persistent threat (APT) actor activity targeting various U.S. state, local, territorial, and tribal (SLTT) government networks, as well as aviation networks," CISA revealed on Thursday.
"Since at least September 2020, a Russian state-sponsored APT actor—known variously as Berserk Bear, Energetic Bear, TeamSpy, Dragonfly, Havex, Crouching Yeti, and Koala in open-source reporting—has conducted a campaign against a wide variety of U.S. targets. The Russian state-sponsored APT actor has targeted dozens of SLTT government and aviation networks, attempted intrusions at several SLTT organizations, successfully compromised network infrastructure, and as of October 1, 2020, exfiltrated data from at least two victim servers," the agency reported.
Devin Nunes got Trump to declassify document disputing intel consensus that Russia helped Trump in 2016
The Trump administration is pushing to declassify a document disputing the 2017 intelligence report finding that Russia meddled in the 2016 election to the benefit of Trump. But source speaking to Reuters say the effort is facing strong objections inside the intelligence community.
"U.S. President Donald Trump and his intelligence chief have pushed for quick declassification of a document disputing the 2017 intelligence community finding that Russia acted to help Trump get elected in 2016," Reuters reported, citing "three U.S. government officials familiar with the matter."
White women who voted for Trump voice their regrets: ‘I didn’t know I was signing my own death warrant’
White women played a large part in Donald Trump's surge to the presidency in 2016. Some of those women spoke to Al Jazeera this Thursday and explained why Trump won't be getting their vote in 2020.
Nancy Shively has been voting for Republicans since 1976. She voted for Trump in 2016 even though she wasn't a "big fan."
“Really seeing in living colour … his personality on display, it was just so clear to me how relentlessly narcissistic he is and how he was trying to pawn off responsibility on the governors instead of doing it himself,” she said, adding that when she voted for Trump, "I didn’t know I was [potentially] signing my own death warrant."