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.
Republicans in Congress are angry about Trump’s latest racist comments — but not because they’re racist
There can be no denying that amid the firestorm from President Donald Trump tweeting that Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) should "go back where they came from," Republicans in Congress are upset.
However, as many of them make clear in conversation with reporters, the fact that these comments were racist is not the main reason they are angry at the president. Rather, they are frustrated that his comments are hogging the news cycle, which leaves them incapable of discussing their agenda — and of criticizing the agenda of the Democratic representatives he targeted.
Lara Trump says the president is the real victim: He ‘gave up his entire life’ to be president
Campaign advisor Lara Trump defended her father-in-law saying that he's the real victim in this exchange between four Congresswomen of color. Then she repeated that these women can "leave" the country.
Trump began the fight Sunday when he told four Congresswomen that if they didn't like what was happening in the United States Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came." The women are all citizens and all but one was born in the United States.
"The reality is everything he says, of course, was taken and misconstrued," she said, alleging Trump's statements were taken out of context. You can read them below:
George Conway declares ‘Trump is a racist president’ in brutal Washington Post column
Prominent Republican attorney George Conway blasted President Donald Trump in an op-ed published by The Washington Post on Monday evening.
Conway explained how he avoided thinking of Trump as a racist, despite the president's actions.
"No, I thought, President Trump was boorish, dim-witted, inarticulate, incoherent, narcissistic and insensitive. He’s a pathetic bully but an equal-opportunity bully — in his uniquely crass and crude manner, he’ll attack anyone he thinks is critical of him. No matter how much I found him ultimately unfit, I gave still him the benefit of the doubt about being a racist. No matter how much I came to dislike him, I didn’t want to think that the president of the United States is a racial bigot," he explained.