Talk show host Montel Williams schooled a Trump advocate and Fox News guest who belittled NFL players protesting racism and police brutality by refusing to participate in the national anthem.
Gina Loudon appeared last week on Fox Business, where she asked host Lou Dobbs whether he or the players themselves recalled what they were protesting, which amplified a theme raised on Twitter by President Donald Trump.
“What were they protesting again, Lou?” Loudon said. “Can you even remember? Because I kind of feel like maybe they’re protesting protesting. Because I don’t think anybody is aware of exactly what it is they’re protesting.”
Williams challenged Loudon on Twitter, saying the players understood the stand they were taking by sitting out the “Star-Spangled Banner.”
“Can assure @RealDrGina she’s wrong – they know what they’re protesting,” Williams tweeted. “I can also assure her not a single one of these players cares one bit about what she says on @FoxBusiness.”
Loudon responded by suggesting Williams opposed the protests, and she insisted they had every right to protest — but only in ways she personally found acceptable.
“I believe you know this isn’t the proper venue to protest, @Montel_Williams,” Loudon tweeted. “I would fight for their right to protest. But they make a mockery of our military veterans, their sport & their fans when they use their profession. There are more effective ways to make their case.”
Williams chided Loudon, and asked the Trump surrogate and founding writer for Breitbart News to stop hiding behind the military service of other people.
“Gina I served 22 years,” he tweeted. “How many did you serve? You and the ridiculous cast of @foxnews know NOTHING about serving this nation or respect. Sit down.”
— Montel Williams (@Montel_Williams) August 13, 2018
Trump media advisory board member Gina Loudon discussing NFL players on Fox Business:
— Media Matters (@mmfa) August 11, 2018
Trump pardoned Edward Gallagher for war crimes — but the Navy is still ousting him from the SEALs: report
The acceptability of committing war crimes while in uniform is putting the U.S. Navy on a collision course with President Donald Trump's White House.
"The Navy SEAL at the center of a high-profile war crimes case has been ordered to appear before Navy leaders Wednesday morning, and is expected to be notified that the Navy intends to oust him from the elite commando force," The New York Times reported Tuesday, citing "two Navy officials."
"The move could put the SEAL commander, Rear Adm. Collin Green, in direct conflict with President Trump, who last week cleared the sailor, Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher, of any judicial punishment in the war crimes case. Military leaders opposed that action as well as Mr. Trump’s pardons of two soldiers involved in other murder cases," the newspaper reported.
Climate groups applaud Gavin Newsom’s temporary fracking ban in California, but say other ‘critical next steps’ still needed
"Relentless organizing" by climate action groups across California forced the governor to call for a moratorium on fracking, 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben said.
Anti-fracking advocates were cautiously optimistic Tuesday after California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a moratorium on fracking in the state and new steps to mitigate the disastrous public health effects that extractive industries have on communities.
Author and 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben credited "relentless organizing" with pressuring the Democratic governor to ban—at least temporarily—the high-pressure steam injection central to the fracking process and pledge to reverse the increase in drilling permits that's taken place under Newsom's administration.
Relax, Devin Nunes – theater is essential to politics
“A televised theatrical performance staged by the Democrats.” With these words, Republican Rep. Devin Nunes expressed his discontent with the beginning of presidential impeachment hearings. He indirectly invited listeners – both supporters and detractors – to consider the relationship between theater and politics.
As the hearings continue, it’s important to remember that theater is one of the most consequential elements in U.S. history, enabling the killing of a president, the election of at least two, and probably the impeachment of another.