Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin (NY) gave a profoundly uncomfortable interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Friday morning, refusing to issue much in the way of a condemnation of President Donald Trump’s comments the suggested Islamic terrorists should be lined up and shot with bullets dipped in pig’s blood.
The Republican lawmaker, who Cuomo repeatedly noted is Jewish, seemed pained to have to answer questions about Trump’s “pig blood” tweet and defense of white nationalists, ended up being on the receiving end of Cuomo’s snarky comment that he was “burning a lot of calories” with his evasions.
Noting that Trump’s tweet about the apocryphal pig blood bullet story has been widely debunked, Cuomo put Zeldin on the spot, challenging him to defend the president.
“What I want to ask you, as someone who knows well what works and doesn’t work in the war against terror, what do you make of the idea of the president of the United States asking people to study the idea of dipping bullets in blood and killing people in bunches to send a message to other terrorists?” Cuomo asked.
“Well, I don’t know for America’s own best interest it’s important to be studying that particular example,” the Republican deflected, refusing to use Trump’s name, before giving a rambling answer about terrorism in the world.
The CNN host didn’t let Zeldin off the hook.
“I get this puts you in a difficult position, being in the president’s party,” Cuomo offered. “The idea that what he’s suggesting is you study a method whereby you would essentially disrespect the Islamic threat. Pig’s blood would be offensive, the pig is a filthy animal, offensive to their faith, kill a big bunch of them and maybe that’s what we should do in the war against terror. Don’t you think that’s something you should call out directly and tell the president of the United States not to suggest in no uncertain terms?”
“That particular tack take is not one the United States uses,” Zeldin parried before launching into another disquisition on terrorism.
The bemused Cuomo finally observed that Zeldin refused to criticize the president during his long time-consuming answers, quipping, “You’re burning a lot of calories here.”
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‘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."
‘Our police are protecting Nazis’: Detroit cops criticized for ‘marching’ with Nazis at Pride event
Members of the Detroit Police Department are being criticized for accompanying a group of self-described Nazis over the weekend at the city's Pride parade.
Activists reacted in alarm on Saturday after being informed that the Nazi group had been given a permit to protest at the Pride event. According to The Detroit News, police were assigned "to keep the protesters and attendees apart as they marched through the festival."
"Our police, when they should be protecting us, are protecting Nazis," one protester could be heard complaining in a video on Twitter.
Video catches white couple getting butt kicking on freeway after calling Latino family ‘beaners’
A fight broke out on highway 118 in California after a white couple allegedly called a Latino family "beaners."
According to a Twitter user with the handle @PattyMonstercx, her parents were cut off in traffic by the white couple.
An included video shows the white couple getting out of their SUV to confront Patty's family. A fight soon breaks out, which the white couple appears to lose.
Members of the Latino family can be heard calling 911 emergency services before the video ends.
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Here’s a video of my parents fucking up an ugly ass racist couple who were trying to cut my parents off, and referred to my parents as “beaners” on the off ramp of the 118 today pic.twitter.com/W7wgRpgbXy