Appearing on MSNBC Saturday afternoon, former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell (R) attempted to deflect accusations of racism against President Donald Trump by bringing up a comment by former President Barack Obama.
Speaking with host Alex Witt, Blackwell described working in multiple administrations and stated that he doesn’t believe the president is a racist and that the media and the president’s detractors are making too much of his calling Haiti and African nations “sh*tholes.”
“Let’s go back to the fact that one, the language that was perhaps, allegedly inartful, that was unrefined, that was vulgar, but can we remember, I do remember when Barack Obama two years ago referred to Libya as a ‘ess-sheet,’ er, uh, ‘ess-show,'” Blackwell said.
“I would love to say we have time to go over Barack Obama,” Witt said, “but we don’t. I want to stay on Donald Trump right now because there’s a lot to talk about with this guy.”
“I know you want to isolate this, but I’ve watched, observed and served under several presidents,” said Blackwell, “and the reality is there are times when presidents use language in private settings that have different concepts and different impacts.”
“We actually executed this plan as well as I could have expected: We got a UN mandate, we built a coalition, it cost us $1 billion -– which, when it comes to military operations, is very cheap. We averted large-scale civilian casualties, we prevented what almost surely would have been a prolonged and bloody civil conflict. And despite all that, Libya is a mess,” said the former president.
But thanks to former U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron’s inattention to the matter, the Arab Republic has become a “sh*tshow,” Obama said.
This week, President Donald Trump reportedly called Haiti and the 54 countries of Africa “sh*thole” countries during an Oval Office discussion of immigration policy.
Watch the video below via MSNBC:
US military had to bomb our own base in Syria because of Trump’s mistakes — and one Republican is furious
President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw in Syria in less than 24 hours put American troops at risk as they were being fired on by Turkey. However, according to the Wall Street Journal , the military was also forced to bomb our own military base.
Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who has been critical of Trump's decisions in the past months, pointed out the factoid in a tweet Wednesday evening, asking, "Is this the America you grew up believing in?"
"On Wednesday, the U.S. military said two F-15E jet fighters carried out an airstrike to destroy an ammunition-storage facility, latrines, tents and other parts of the Syria headquarters of the American campaign to destroy Islamic State after pulling its forces from the base," reported The Journal.
Ex-counterintel official explains how lobbying laws could bring down Rudy Giuliani
On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," former Justice Department counterintelligence official David Laufman explained to Chris Cuomo how President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani could go down for violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).
"Why does this matter, this area of the law?" asked Cuomo.
"This was a statute enacted in the 1930s in response to pro-Nazi German elements of the United States, engaged in subversive propaganda activities so that the U.S. people or lawmakers when confronted with content, whether lobbying or an op-ed, can make an informed assessment based on who the real party is behind it," explained Laufman. "If it's a foreign party, the American people should be able to take that into account and assigning whatever weight they want."
Maddow outlines how Giuliani and his arrested pals seem to be leading back to a corrupt Ukrainian oligarch
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow detailed the way that President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and his two recently-arrested business associates are now linked to an oligarch in Ukraine.
In an NBC News report earlier Wednesday, it was revealed that Giuliani's associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, were doing work with oligarch Dmytro Firtash.
The report revealed that Firtash was involved in getting partners for an oil and gas company while also helping with the effort to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.