When the last loud and proud #NeverTrump Republican in the U.S. Senate, John McCain, passed away, his longtime friend Se. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) gave a speech in which he discussed the fact that he’d never taken on a big fight without his close friend.
Since McCain’s passing—and despite the disrespect he was shown by Donald Trump—Graham has become increasingly close to the president.
At Thursdays confirmation hearings for Trump Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Graham delivered an impassioned plea to his fellow Republicans to confirm the accused rapist, despite the lack of a full investigation into his alleged crimes.
McCain’s former campaign manager, Steve Schmidt, did not hold back when asked about Graham’s turn to Trump on MSNBC.
“Since the death of John McCain I think you can draw a line to the dizzyingly fast degree to which he has become an unquestioning Trump supporter,” host Brian Williams said to Schmidt. “What do you think is the motivation here?”
“He’s corrupted by ambition, corrupted by politics,” Schmidt said. “This country could use a statesman right now and Lindsey Graham, for a long time, was on a path, that he could be that person… and to see him corrupted by the Trump era, to see him become sycophantic, to see him become dishonest and angry and sneering—it’s just tragic. Certainly not the person I once knew.”
In politics, people disappoint you, Schmidt said. But this was worse than normal.
“He is a profound disappointment,” Schmidt said.
Paris show of King Tutankhamun artifacts set new record with 1.42 million visitors
A blockbuster Tutankhamun show set a new all-time French record Sunday, with 1.42 million visitors flocking to see the exhibition in Paris, the organisers said.
The turnout beat the previous record set by another Tutankhamun show billed as the "exhibition of the century" in 1967, when 1.24 million queued to see "Tutankhamun and His Times" at the Petit Palais.
"Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh" -- which has been described as a "once in a generation" show -- will open in London in November.
The last time a show of comparable size about the boy king opened there in 1972 it sparked "Tutmania", with 1.6 million people thronging the British Museum.
‘Thrones’ seeks final Emmys glory — but ‘Fleabag’ springs surprise
"Fleabag" star Phoebe Waller-Bridge sprang a major surprise at the Emmys Sunday, besting eight-time acting winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus in a major upset, on a night when "Game of Thrones" takes its final tilt at television glory.
The dark British comedy -- which has grown into a phenomenon on both sides of the Atlantic after being acquired by Amazon -- also scooped the awards for best comedy writing and directing at television's answer to the Oscars.
"It's just really wonderful to know and reassuring that a dirty, pervy, angry, messed-up woman can make it to the Emmys," said Waller-Bridge, referring to her character.
‘There is no defense for the president to sacrifice national security’: Ex-White House counsel on Ukraine-gate
President Barack Obama's White House counsel, Bob Bauer, explained during a Sunday MSNBC appearance that one of the worst things President Donald Trump has done in Ukraine-gate is to put American national security in jeopardy.
"Some would like to argue the law didn’t discuss bribery. Let me go beyond that," Bauer began. "There’s not a commentator on the facts that, for example, Carol laid out, and there are more facts to be found out. I think that's the responsibility of the Congress. There's not a scholar or commentator in the know that would believe for a minute it’s not an impeach offense for the president of the United States to sacrifice national security interest of the American people to his political personal gain. I mean, there's not a question about that."