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 spoke with Giuliani on unsecured phones that were vulnerable to Russian surveillance: report
On Thursday, the Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump has communicated with his lawyer Rudy Giuliani via unsecured and unencrypted phone lines that are potentially vulnerable to interception and monitoring by Russian intelligence officials and other hostile foreign powers.
"Trump is not identified by name in the House phone records, but investigators said they suspect he may be a person with a blocked number listed as '-1' in the files," stated the report. "And administration officials said separately that Trump has communicated regularly with Giuliani on unsecured lines."
Internet debates ‘the dumbest thing Brian Kilmeade has ever said’
Fox News personality Brian Kilmeade has received a great deal of attention -- and criticism -- during the Trump era.
Kilmeade co-hosts one of the President's favorite shows, "Fox and Friends," with Steve Doocy and Ainsley Earhardt on weekday mornings. He also a show on the Fox News Radio network and frequently appears on "The Five."
The former Ultimate Fighting Championship play-by-play sportscaster has also been harshly criticized for the type of comments that make the show a favorite for the president.
Journalist Molly Jong-Fast, who was widely praised her interview of Lisa Page, decided to explore Kilmeade's comments.
Trump was ‘in denial’ he would be impeached — until he watched TV yesterday: CNN reporter
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," White House correspondent Boris Sanchez said that President Donald Trump believed for weeks that Democrats were not really going to go through with impeachment — but after watching the House Judiciary Committee testimony on Wednesday, he finally realized they were serious.
"Is it clear how the president is handling this behind closed doors?" asked Cooper.
"Well, for weeks we've been hearing that the president has sort of been in denial about all of this, that he did not actually believe that Democrats in the house would vote to impeach him," said Sanchez. "We're actually told that he's come to terms with that reality in part because he was watching testimony yesterday as he was returning from a NATO leaders meeting in London."