Conservative New York Times columnist Bret Stephens told MSNBC on Thursday President Trump’s failure to lead would doom Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans in 2020, saying the president would eventually have to surrender as the British did at the end of the American Revolution.
“McConnell wants to save his caucus, he wants to save his majority,” Stephens said, adding that it would be a difficult fight.
“Quite frankly, Donald Trump looks like Cornwallis at Yorktown. He’s put himself on the peninsula, he has to stand his ground, and it’s not ground he’s going to be able to defend easily,” he continued, noting that only 35% of Americans support Trump’s wall.
“That 35% happens to be a base that sees Trump as their kind of defender, their guy, the guy who isn’t going to cave,” Stephens pointed out. “Trump is not in a good position to compromise either semantically or substantively without losing his grip on his own political base.” As a result, he argued, Trump didn’t have enough support “to win this argument” or the 2020 election.
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Iran leader backs petrol price hike that sparked deadly unrest
Iran's supreme leader on Sunday threw his support behind a decision to hike petrol prices, a move that sparked nationwide unrest in which he said "some lost their lives".
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blamed "hooligans" for damaging property and said "all the centres of the world's wickedness against us have cheered" the street protests.
Several people were wounded and dozens arrested in two days of demonstrations that saw motorists block highways and others attack public property in cities across the Islamic republic.
In a speech aired on state television, Khamenei said "some lost their lives and some centres were damaged" in the unrest.
News Hong Kong police officer hit by arrow as protesters dig in at campus
A police officer was struck by an arrow fired by a Hong Kong protester on Sunday, as fierce clashes raged around a campus which has turned into a base for a pro-democracy movement whose unrelenting protests have plunged the city into turmoil.
Protests have tremored through the global financial hub since June with many in the city of 7.5 million people venting fury at eroding freedoms under Chinese rule.
China has repeatedly warned that it will not tolerate the dissent, and there have been concerns that Beijing could send in troops to put an end to the unrest.
HONG KONG POLICE FORCE/AFP / STRINGER A police officer was shot in the leg
SNL mocks boring impeachment hearings with overly dramatic version featuring Jon Hamm as a feisty Bill Taylor
Saturday Night Live kicked off the latest episode with an overly dramatic impeachment hearing to placate media critics who whined the proceedings have been too boring.
To jazz things up, former Mad Men star Jon Hamm turned in a cameo as Ambassador Bill Taylor.
Modeled after both soap operas and telenovelas, the segment was full of flash close-ups, stunning revelations, confessions of amnesia, and over-the-top mugging for the camera as SNL regular Pete Davidson showed up as Michael Avenatti,