With the deadline for a new spending bill looming, President Donald Trump invited Congressional Democratic leaders to the White House and held on-camera negotiations where he pledged to shoulder the blame for any government shutdown that occurred because of his insistence on funding for a border wall.
On Saturday, MSNBC’s Al Sharpton had a panel discussion about the shutdown that featured conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt and liberal talk show host Joe Madison. Madison shamed Hewitt into silence.
“Just between us, when you think about it, this president got adamant about it after his fellow conservatives Rush Limbaugh and others started beating up on him. Isn’t this the president trying to hold his base because there was an erosion from the likes of Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh that he panicked and went in overdrive trying to prove to the 33% base that listens to these people that he is tough and going to do what he said?” asked Sharpton.
“I don’t think it was panic,” said Hewitt. “One ought to always take into account, if you’re conservative, what Rush has to say—he has the largest single audience in America with 20 million people tuning in every week to listen… There have been 17 previous shutdowns… and they always end with a compromise. And this time the compromise is denied by the Democrats.”
Sharpton shot his argument down, pointing out that a compromise bill everyone agreed to was on the table before Trump announced that he would refuse to sign it.
“You’re still in the first quarter!” said Hewitt. “Chuck Schumer got the football with the $2.5 billion offer.”
The other three speakers groaned before Madison unloaded.
“Oh, come on,” said Madison. “We’re not playing games here. Let’s quit this football analogy. I have family members, too, that are saying we don’t know what we’re doing do. Nobody it playing games. Let me tell you, the mortgage companies aren’t playing games. So let’s quit the talk about football, first quarter, that type of thing. The reality is that the President of the United States said, and he said it emphatically, ‘I will take responsibility for the shutdown.'”
As Hewitt sat silently, Sharpton decided to stop the panel.
“Let the panel take a breath,” said Sharpton.
John Oliver cites Donald Trump’s final offer for Greenland: ‘$200 and I’ll throw in Don Jr.’
"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver's favorite highlight of the week was, of course, President Donald Trump's decision that he wanted to buy Greenland.
In his opener Sunday, the HBO host said that he wasn't all that surprised given Trump's track record.
"Of course, he f*cking did. Of course, he did. Greenland is icy, distant and autonomous is exactly Trump's type," Oliver said, showing a photo of Trump with the first lady.
Florida teacher removed after bizarre rant about students not standing for the pledge
Students were faced with a white-board rant in a classroom attacking anyone not standing up for the Pledge of Allegiance.
The moment went viral locally on Thursday after students posted Daniel Goodman‘s “inappropriate” message to students at First Coast High School in Duval County, Florida, The Atlanta Black Star reported.
“THINK: We had about a half million Americans die in our Civil War, which was largely to get rid of slavery. There are no longer separate water fountains and bathrooms in Jacksonville for ‘white’ and ‘colored,’ as Mr. Goodman remembers from the 1960?s. We had an amendment to the U.S. Constitution allowing women the right to vote. We have had a Black president. The superintendent of Duval Schools is a Black woman. Mr. Fluent, our principal, replaced a Black man. Mr. Simmons, who now is a DC PS admninistrator.”
Angry Minnesota farmer bashes ‘insulting’ Trump comments that ‘we’re great patriots’ during his trade war
President Donald Trump has insulted at least one Minnesota farmer by his claim that farmers are "great patriots" who want him to continue his trade fight against China.
"This wound is self-inflicted, by our president," said Gary Wertish, who is the Minnesota Farm Bureau president. "We definitely agreed with it in the beginning. But it doesn’t appear that there’s a plan B. Some of the callous comments come, especially from the president, you know, that farmers are 'winning,' we’re 'great patriots,' that’s very insulting. That’s coming from someone who never has faced the challenges of a family farmer. I go into the bank and tell the lender I can’t make the payment because we lost our market? The banker is going to tell me you don’t have to make your payment because you’re a patriot."