MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Monday cracked herself up as she was reporting on the Sean Hannity-Michael Cohen bombshell.
“There’s been a lot of time and energy and ink spilled over the last 15 months or so over what the term ‘collusion’ actually means,” Maddow said. “But the allegations about Michael Cohen that are contained in the Christopher Steele dossier, the allegations that Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen met with Russian officials in Prague during the presidential campaign to facilitate payments to Kremlin-controlled hackers who were interfering in the election to help Trump—I don’t care how good you are at linguistic gymnastics, I think we could all agree that that would absolutely be collusion.”
Maddow explained the that the Steele dossier allegations are “just” allegations, but noted when Cohen wanted to refute the charges, he luckily “knew a guy.” She then rolled a clip of Hannity offering Cohen a platform to say he’d never been to Prague.
During that clip, Hannity attacked the media and declared journalism “dead.”
“I don’t mean to laugh, but it’s just, these people—I did an opening monologue just in the last segment how journalism is dead,” Hannity said “It’s buried.”
“Dead,” Maddow repeated. “It’s buried. Do you think that was a billable hour for Michael Cohen?”
“I mean, he has a meeting with Sean Hannity, right?” Maddow continued. “Sean Hannity meeting with his lawyer on national television without disclosing that the guy he was interviewing was actually his own lawyer. Did somebody bill for that? Journalism is dead.”
Princeton historian delivers the definitive smackdown of Trump’s ‘insulting’ lynching tweet
Princeton University History Professor Kevin Kruse on Tuesday delivered a thorough takedown of President Donald Trump's claim that House Democrats' impeachment inquiry represents a "lynching."
In calling the tweet "twelve different kinds of bullsh*t," Kruse began by discussing the constitutional mechanics of the impeachment process in the House that only require a bare majority of lawmakers to favor in order to advance. Concerns about due process in impeachment only come into play in the Senate, where the president is ensured a fair trial and where two-thirds of lawmakers are needed to convict the president and remove him from office.
CNN panel busts Trump for ‘grotesque’ lynching comment in effort to create chaos before key impeachment hearing
Moments after Donald Trump fired off a tweet calling his impending impeachment a "lynching" a CNN panel hammered the president for making the horrific comparison -- but also pointed out that the president's use of the word was timed for a very specific reason.
Admitting a reluctance to read Trump's tweets on the air, "New Day" host Alisyn Camerota nonetheless, recited the president's tweet, reading, "So some day, if a Democrat becomes President and the Republicans win the House, even by a tiny margin, they can impeach the President, without due process or fairness or any legal rights,” Trump tweeted. “All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here – a lynching. But we will WIN!” with obvious disgust.
‘We’ve got a queer running for president!’ Tennessee official bursts into a racist, anti-gay rant at council meeting
On Monday in Sevier County, Tennessee, during a county commission meeting to discuss a pending vote to become a gun sanctuary city, Commissioner Warren Hurst exploded in a racist, homophobic tirade that stunned onlookers.
"It's time we wake up people, it's time, it's past time," said Hurst, in footage originally captured by WVLT News. "We got a queer running for president, if that ain't about as ugly as you can get. Look what we got running for president in the Democratic party. We can go over here to [Sevier County Sheriff] Hoss' jail and get better people out of there than those running for Democratic [sic] to be president of the United States."