President Donald Trump is already trying to shutdown the government all day — everyday, according to “Real Time” host Bill Maher.
During a panel discussion, Maher noted that the Trump administration hasn’t been able to fill over 600 “vital jobs” in the executive branch since taking office. The State Department has been cut by 8 percent and career diplomats are being demoted to the level of interns to humiliate them and get them to quit. Four top jobs in the Veterans Administration are still unfilled.
“The government shutdown is actually underway anyway — all the time, since Trump took office,” Maher said.
When it comes to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, designed to help speak out for Americans so they don’t get scammed or taken advantage of by big banks, the administration asked for zero dollars.
“And an echo-terrorist is head of the EPA,” Maher said about Scott Pruitt. “This is a government shutdown in motion.”
Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) noted that it isn’t the Republicans or the Democrats who are opposing the vote on the DREAMers and shutting down the government, it’s Speaker Paul Ryan.
Watch the full discussion below:
‘Not appropriate at all’: GOP senator admits it was wrong to gas protesters for Trump’s photo-op
The decision to gas protesters so President Donald Trump could hold a photo-op holding a Bible were criticized by a Republican senator on Friday as cracks start to emerge in Republicans' support for the president.
"As you know, outside the White House when protesters were peacefully exercising their rights, there were rubber bullets and tear gas, they were disbursed so he could go for the pictures, the photo-op at the church," CNN's Erin Burnett reported.
She noted criticism by former General Mattis and asked Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) if he agreed.
"I would say no question the scene that I understand occurred there with the tear gas and rubber bullets was unnecessary, not appropriate at all," he replied.
GOP Senate candidate complains schools are teaching too much ‘multiculturalism’
On Friday, the Huffington Post reported that Corky Messner, a GOP businessman running for Senate in New Hampshire, complained that schools are teaching kids too much "multiculturalism" at a virtual town hall.
“We are essentially up against multiculturalism and the values that we know that are being taught in our public schools and universities that are not part of the values and beliefs that made this country great,” said Messner at the event, which took place on Wednesday and was flagged by Democratic super PAC American Bridge. “So we have a battle on our hands.”
‘A coward and a commander’: New Lincoln Project ad contrasts Trump with James Mattis
On Friday, the conservative anti-Trump group The Lincoln Project released a new attack ad against President Donald Trump — this time using the criticism of his former Defense Secretary James Mattis, and comparing and contrasting their leadership ability.
"This is the story of a coward and a commander," said the ad's narrator. "The coward Trump dodged the draft. Jim Mattis led American troops for forty years. While a frightened Trump hides from protesters in a deep bunker firing off tweets, Jim Mattis does what he's always done: Leads. While Donald Trump angrily attacks, General Mattis' words deserve to be heard by every American."