HBO’s Bill Maher opened his last show before the midterm elections by urging his audience to vote.
“Can we stop pretending that polls are a good indicator of what people are going to do and how they’re going to vote?” Maher said. “Our elections aren’t even a good indicator of people’s votes.”
Maher said the defection of Kanye West from Trumpland was “a good omen,” but that he remains worried.
“Every day it gets worse,” Maher said. “Trump is like a racist Paul Revere—the migrants are coming! The migrants are coming!”
Maher then mocked Republican fear over the so-called migrant caravan of asylum seekers fleeing dangerous Latin American countries and his insistence that American troops guarding the border will shoot any migrants who throw rocks at them.
“Saying anyone who throws a rock will be treated as though they have a rifle,” Maher said. “Let me tell you something, if there was a teenager from central America who could throw a rock that fast and that hard, he’d be in the Dodgers farm system already.”
White House spokesperson ridiculed for ‘pathetic’ spin on Trump’s trade war admission: ‘Does she think we believe that?’
Hours after Donald Trump blithely admitted that he had "second thoughts" about his trade war with China that has damaged the U.S. economy and helped set the stage for a possible recession, White House spokesperson Stephanie Grisham was forced to issue a clarification about the president's comments.
Addressing Trump's G7 response about his tariffs, widely interpreted by the press as expressing some regret, Grisham issued a statement saying the president meant that he wished he had increased his market-destroying tariffs even more.
"The President was asked if he had ‘any second thought on escalating the trade war with China,'" White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham relayed. "His answer has been greatly misinterpreted. President Trump responded in the affirmative - because he regrets not raising the tariffs higher."
Here is why Trump is obsessed with Greenland
They say that history repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce. Remember that President Harry Truman tried to purchase Greenland in 1946; now, in 2019, President Donald Trump is trying to do the same thing.
This article first appeared in Salon.
To be clear, Trump’s farcical, “absurd” idea — to borrow the adjective used by Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen — is not happening, and was never going to happen. As Frederiksen pointed out, Greenland is “not for sale." Trump, for his part, has not backed down from the idea.
Iowa’s Steve King facing ouster because his campaign is broke and his allies have fled: report
Iowa Republican Steve King is facing losing his seat representing his district in the U.S. House of Representatives as his campaign finds itself broke and the Republican Party has turned its back on him after his latest round of controversial comments.
According to a report from the Daily Beast, his campaign is struggling to bring donors -- who once wholeheartedly supported him --back into the fold.
Even worse, his colleagues in Congress have also abandoned him.