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.
Lincoln Project whacks the president: ‘We end COVID when we end Trump’s presidency’
President Donald Trump on Thursday held a campaign rally in Wisconsin with supporters "packed in like sardines."
At the rally, Trump ridiculed former Vice President Joe Biden for social distancing at campaign appearances with America's death toll over 200,000. Also on Thursday, Biden held a town hall meeting on CNN where he spoke in-depth about the challenges of a coronavirus vaccine.
The Lincoln Project, the group of former top GOP strategists working to defeat Trump, said that "only one candidate will protect your family from coronavirus" in a new video.
Trump mocked for 95-minute ‘slurring’ campaign speech — before crowd ‘packed in like sardines’ in Wisconsin
President Donald Trump gave a fear-filled and factually inaccurate campaign rally in Mosinee, Wisconsin on Thursday.
The rally, held in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, featured a large crowd closely packed together.
Here's some of what people were saying about Trump's speech, which lasted approximately 95 minutes:
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Trump: A Biden presidency would mean ‘no guns, no religion, no energy, no oil’
At President Donald Trump's rally on Thursday night in Mosinee, Wisconsin, he offered his supporters a dire — and baseless — warning about what a Joe Biden presidency would mean for America, and for their lives.
"Remember this in politics — it's always the thing that they say first. That's what they're going to do," said Trump. "No guns, no religion, no energy, no oil. Remember that, remember."
Contrary to Trump's claim, Biden has not called for eliminating any of those four things in his campaign, or indeed at any point of his career in politics.