Conservative political commentator Charlie Sykes unloaded on “birther” congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) for his racist and bombastic performance during Michael Cohen’s hearing — and noted that he’s a symptom of a “cancer” within the GOP.
After Meadows brought a black HUD official to the House floor for a non-speaking role in his attempt to prove Donald Trump is not a racist, the North Carolina Republican got emotional when progressive freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) suggested he was using her as a token in a “racist act.”
Meadows went on to claim he was not a racist because he has “people of color” in his family — and Twitter sleuths pointed out soon after that he was recorded multiple times in 2012 saying he wanted to send former President Barack Obama back to “Kenya or wherever.”
“This whole hearing was a morality play in Washington how people were setting themselves on fire to serve Trumpism,” Sykes said. “If you want to show you’re not a racist, ‘I have black friends’ is like the lamest, most awkward thing you could possibly do. Simply to have someone stand behind you and not talk — I mean, which aide, which overpaid congressional aide came up with that?”
“There’s no question about it: Mark Meadows is, in fact, a birther,” Sykes told a panel on MSNBC’s AM Joy, “and this has been the sort of cancer in the Republican Party that they failed to address early on.”
The editor-in-chief of the never-Trump conservative Bulwark website noted that the president launched his campaign “by embracing birtherism.”
“This is almost the original sin,” Sykes said. “And when you bring that back for Mark Meadows to say, ‘yes, I was implying that first African-American president of the United States was born in Kenya, but I don’t have a racial bone in my body’ — look, he showed us who he was and he reiterates it and his defenses dig a deeper hole.”
Right-wingers have a full-blown freakout over Kavanaugh revelations — and it could blow up in their faces
Do Republicans think “men are the real victims of sexism” is a winning argument going into the 2020 election? That sounds preposterous, but there are strong indications that Donald Trump and other leading Republicans believe they can win by feeding a “victim mentality” in men, a mentality they otherwise tend to decry when detected in actual victims.
On Sunday, the New York Times published an article by the authors of a new book about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, introducing more corroborating evidence for claims that Kavanaugh had a history throughout high school and college of getting trashed and then sexually abusing his female classmates. That story, almost a year after Kavanaugh’s momentous confirmation hearings, was interesting further evidence that Kavanaugh likely perjured himself before the Senate. Ultimately, it doesn’t really change anything, since there’s little reason to believe that anyone actually believed Kavanaugh was telling the truth at the time.
Air Force admits it ‘would’t be surprised’ if they were ‘Trump Turnberry’s largest customer’
The Air Force has not only been staying at Trump's resorts for three years, but they were also likely the largest customer of Trump's Scottish golf club.
Washington Post reporters David Fahrenthold and Jonathan O'Connell outed President Donald Trump for working his official relationship with the Saudi royal family so they'd stay at his hotels. Politico reporter Natasha Bertrand uncovered the fact that the U.S. Air Force was being used to funnel cash to the president's companies.
Trump's Turnberry resort was losing money until he was able to reroute Air Force plans to land in Scotland to refuel instead of a military base. While that might cost American taxpayers significantly more money, it was good business for the president. Now the resort is doing extremely well.
CNN commentators laugh at GOP strategist’s pathetic rationale for why Trump’s Hispanic comments aren’t racist
On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," Mitch McConnell adviser and GOP strategist Scott Jennings offered a feeble defense of President Donald Trump's demand of his Hispanic adviser Steve Cortes at a rally in New Mexico that he say whether he prefers "the country or the Hispanics"
"Of course it masks racism, and he doesn't do a good job of masking it," said Democratic strategist Maria Cardona. "These comments were racist, ignorant and downright stupid. We shouldn't be surprised from what we've seen this president spew, from the moment he came down the escalator when he announced his campaign when he called Mexicans rapists and murderers and what else can we expect from this man? ... In the latest Univision/Latino Decisions poll, you have 71 percent of Latinos who said they will vote for the democratic candidate. 15 percent maybe will vote for Trump. He's in dire straits for Latinos."