President Donald Trump was not “some virus from outer space,” according to “Real Time” host Bill Maher. “He came from the Republican Party.”
During the Friday panel discussion with Rick Wilson, comedian Martin Short and The Washington Post‘s Catherine Rampell, Maher explained that Democrats now all of the sudden have these new friends who are part of the Never Trump crowd.
“He’s the logical end of the Reagan Revolution,” Maher explained. “He’s not an anomaly. He’s not an aberration. All the things that were in Trumpism were there. The racial dog whistles, the anti-intellectualism, the anti-science — he’s just the end of the road for that. And so, when I hear the anti-Trumpers I applaud but at the same time I go, ‘But there’s something in there we’re not really saying.'”
Rampell said that Trump is the most Republican of any Republican who was never actually a Republican to begin with.
Short claimed that Trump is more a product of reality television than anything else and described Trump as a “self-obsessed” man. Rampell disagreed with Short’s claim that Trump was more a performer than a Republican claiming he wants to cut poverty programs and deport immigrants, but Short said for Trump it’s all about the “win.”
“He needs to win. He is not a well man,” Short said as Wilson agreed.
Wilson agreed with Maher’s assessment that the GOP was once a party of fiscal conservatism but it has fallen to more of a “buy now and pay later” party.
“For a long time there has been a kind of fantasy bubble that we’ve existed in as a party that we’re going to have all of these externalities that suddenly pay for everything,” Wilson said. “And it’s never really been a point of great responsibility for the Republican Party to say, ‘We’re going to pay for Medicare Part D because it will do these magical things and help people and all of these external economic effects will emerge.'”
He explained that the GOP has done a lot of talking about cutting taxes and spending but they do a terrible job at it. The consistently spend more. He went on to say his party has become irresponsible and Trump is a perfect example of it.
“You want rhetoric mismatched with performance — he’s your man,” Wilson blasted.
Short claimed that the real reason Trump exists is because the United States had an African-American president for eight years and ran a woman against him.
‘This was the smoking gun!’ MSNBC’s Morning Joe explains why Mulvaney ‘confession’ could end Trump presidency
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney had offered "smoking gun" evidence in a stunning confession to the crime at the heart of the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.
The "Morning Joe" host said Mulvaney had made a stunning "confession," but he said the president had on the same day endorsed the ethnic cleansing of the Kurdish allies he had betrayed to Turkey.
"There's so much to talk about, we joke for a few minutes at the top of the show, Mika likes do that, me, I like to get straight into the news," said Scarborough, who frequently annoys his wife and co-host by bantering about sports at the start of the show. "But there's so much going on that if somebody just woke up this morning they might not think that yesterday was not one of the most significant news days in, during the Trump presidency, and I may even argue one of the most significant news days over perhaps the last decade, just in terms of volume."
Vote-splitting fears raised in final days of Canada election
In the dying days of what Justin Trudeau described as one of the "nastiest" election campaigns in Canadian history -- with plenty of mudslinging, attack ads and misinformation -- he played up fears on Thursday of vote-splitting handing victory to his rival Andrew Scheer and the Conservatives.
Policy announcements gave way to calls to vote strategically to keep Trudeau's Liberals in power and prevent a rollback of his progressive policies by the Tories.
Pollsters predict a minority government -- either Liberal or Conservative -- resulting from the October 21 ballot.
Attack ads accused Liberals of seeking to legalize hard drugs and the Tories of allowing assault rifles on Canadian streets -- claims that are flat out wrong or exaggerated, respectively.
Japan emperor to proclaim enthronement in ritual-bound ceremony
Japan's new Emperor Naruhito will formally proclaim his ascension to the throne next week in a ritual-bound ceremony, but the after-effects of deadly typhoon will cast a shadow over proceedings.
Naruhito officially assumed his duties as emperor on May 1, a day after his father became the first Japanese monarch to abdicate in 200 years.
But the transition will not be complete until his new role is officially proclaimed on Tuesday, in a series of events expected to be attended by foreign dignitaries from nearly 200 countries.
The event will come just over a week after Typhoon Hagibis slammed into Japan, killing nearly 80 people and leaving a trail of destruction.