Ex-deputy director of the CIA’s Counterterrorist Center, Phil Mudd, said that President Donald Trump is repeating history and hiding behind the law during an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Monday.
Blitzer played audio that captured children crying at the U.S. border. Mudd said that the Trump administration is making up excuses and called it “heartbreaking.”
“The fact that we’re hiding behind the law stinks. This is the history of the American Republic. They told us things like an American woman can’t vote. That was the law,”
Mudd continued. “It told us the Japanese can go into an internment camp. That’s the law. It told us that at the beginning of this Constitution that a black man was less than a white man. We hide behind the law. The president can issue an executive order saying this is wrong, instead we say it’s the law. The law holds us back. It held us back before and we paid. Kirstjen Nielsen and the president will pay.”
Iowa Republican backtracks after hinting Kellyanne Conway is leaving the White House
Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) hinted that Kellyanne Conway may be on her way out of the White House for violating federal law.
The Iowa Republican was asked to comment on findings by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel that Conway had repeatedly violated the Hatch Act by promoting political campaigns during public TV appearances as a senior adviser to President Donald Trump.
"Obviously there has been a commission that has decided that's not appropriate, so she is being removed from that position," Ernst told WHO-TV. "We certainly want to be working towards the good of all Americans. Obviously, she wants to support the president's initiatives. She is an adviser -- or was an adviser -- but she used her position differently."
We have to prepare for this Trump nightmare scenario as Republican power-grabbers grow bolder
Polls currently show that all the major Democratic presidential candidates are pulling way ahead of Donald Trump, and while Democrats should take nothing for granted — Trump will run a campaign so nasty it will likely put 2016 to shame — there is at least some reason hope that Americans will turn out in large numbers and that Trump will be soundly defeated in 2020. That victory would be both exciting and an enormous relief, a moment when we all collectively begin to believe that the national nightmare is ending.
Jon Stewart’s journey from satirist to political advocate is no laughing matter
When Jon Stewart quit the Daily Show, the satirical news and comedy show he hosted for 16 years until August 2015, he explained to his replacement, Trevor Noah, that he was tired – and angry at the state of politics and political discourse in the US. As Noah reported:
He said ‘I’m leaving because I’m tired.’ And he said, ‘I’m tired of being angry.’ And he said, ’I’m angry all the time. I don’t find any of this funny. I do not know how to make it funny right now, and I don’t think the host of the show, I don’t think the show deserves a host who does not feel that it is funny.‘