Fox News host Chris Wallace sat down with his colleague Shep Smith on Friday afternoon and delivered a brutal smackdown of Donald Trump’s demand that the author of an anonymous New York Times op-ed, which described staff working to thwart an unhinged and ignorant president, be prosecuted.
“There have been two e-mails this week, tweets this week — e-mails is so old fashioned — that shocked a lot of people,” Wallace told Smith. “Even more disturbing was the tweet on Monday by the president, seems like 2 1/2 weeks ago, in which the president basically called out Jeff Sessions for the prosecution of two Democratic — rather Republican congressmen on charges of corruption.”
Wallace noted that while Trump spends a lot of time calling for the arrest and imprisonment of his political enemies — Hillary Clinton, James Comey, and now the author of the unsigned editorial — nothing these figures have done rises to the level of criminality.
“I’d like someone to point out what the violation of federal law is here,” Wallace said. “Clearly it’s embarrassing to the president, disturbing to the president, you can argue it’s anti-democratic, but I’m not sure that writing that essay was illegal.”
“”My guess is they ignore him on the prosecution of the two Republicans and not prosecuting or investigating the anonymous columnist,” Wallace added, before criticizing the anonymous author. “If you really think he’s doing a service, he or she, this anonymous insider, why wouldn’t you shut up and keep doing it? All you’ve done is inflame the president.”
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There’s no respite from Trump’s vindictiveness and foolishness
As we know, even in the midst of a national emergency, Donald Trump could find time and bandwidth to continue his retribution campaign.
He dismissed Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence agencies, for doing “a terrible job,” satisfying his own thirst for vengeance for anyone who actually adhered to law and practice over blind loyalty to Trump himself. Indeed, asked about it the next day, Trump underscored his action by saying, Atkinson “was no Trump supporter, that I can tell you.”
It was an act that we once would have labeled corruption, by Democrats and Republicans – that is using the office for personal purposes – if Congress and too many Americans had not since become inured by so many like instances.
This is how Taiwan and South Korea bucked the global lockdown trend
As the coronavirus pandemic sparks global lockdowns, life has continued comparatively unhindered in places like Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong after their governments and citizens took decisive early action against the unfolding crisis.
At first glance Taiwan looks like an ideal candidate for the coronavirus. The island of 23 million lies just 180 kilometres (110 miles) off mainland China.
Yet nearly 100 days in, Taiwan has just 376 confirmed cases and five fatalities while restaurants, bars, schools, universities and offices remain open.
The government of President Tsai Ing-wen, whose deputy is an epidemiologist, made tough decisions while the crisis was nascent to stave off the kind of pain now convulsing much of the rest of the world.
Republican ex-lawmaker with coronavirus scolds Wisconsin GOP for forcing voters to risk their health
On CNN Tuesday, former Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA), who is himself dealing with a bout of COVID-19, chastised the Wisconsin GOP for doing everything in their power to block the state elections from being moved — and forcing many voters to stand in line and risk exposure to the virus to cast their ballot.
"I have to tell you, here in Pennsylvania we have a Democratic governor and Republican legislature," Dent told host Don Lemon. "They postponed the election here from April 28 until June 2. Without any controversy. Everybody agreed it was the right thing to do and they moved on. I'm surprised Wisconsin took this risk, knowing they don't have to."