MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough mocked President Donald Trump for insisting furloughed federal employees supported shutting down the government to force congressional Democrats to fund a border wall.
The president claimed some of those workers assured him they were willing to give up their paychecks in exchange for the wall, but the “Morning Joe” host claimed Trump was simply fabricating those conversations.
“That’s kind of like his friend Jim, who he always said went to Paris and kept saying, ‘Well, Jim is saying Paris doesn’t even look like Paris anymore,'” Scarborough said. “It seemed like he was making it up, right? That was President Trump claiming that federal employees were telling him keep the government shutdown.”
Trump on Thursday tweeted out a threat, claiming most of the furloughed workers were Democrats, and Scarborough said the president’s position was perilously weak.
“He’s confused, what a surprise,” Scarborough said. “Just 17 days ago, President Trump, remember this, he said that he would take the mantle of a government shutdown, that he would take the blame of a government shutdown, and there were a lot of Republicans on Capitol Hill who were upset because they knew how the president’s reckless words, they knew that the president being baited and looking foolish in front of Chuck Schumer would end up hurting them in the end.”
Polling showed that Trump did, in fact, own the shutdown.
“Voters are blaming him for the shutdown,” Scarborough said.
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President Donald Trump's administration is contemplating using active-duty U.S. troops in an attempt to quell the protests in Minneapolis, the Associated Press reported early Saturday morning.
As unrest spread across dozens of American cities on Friday, the Pentagon took the rare step of ordering the Army to put several active-duty U.S. military police units on the ready to deploy to Minneapolis, where the police killing of George Floyd sparked the widespread protests," the AP reported.
"Soldiers from Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Drum in New York have been ordered to be ready to deploy within four hours if called, according to three people with direct knowledge of the orders. Soldiers in Fort Carson, in Colorado, and Fort Riley in Kansas have been told to be ready within 24 hours. The people did not want their names used because they were not authorized to discuss the preparations," the AP explained.
John Roberts joins liberals as Supreme Court rejects challenge to Newsom’s COVID-19 limits on California church attendance
In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court on Friday rejected an emergency appeal from the South Bay United Pentecostal Church in Chula Vista, California. The San Diego area church tried to challenge the state's limits on attendance at worship services:
The church argued that limits on how many people can attend their services violate constitutional guarantees of religious freedom and had been seeking an order in time for services on Sunday. The church said it has crowds of 200 to 300 people for its services.