Fox News host Chris Wallace admitted in conversation with fellow talking head Shep Smith that President Donald Trump needs more than just his base to win re-election in 2020.
“If you believe the polls,” Wallace said Friday afternoon, “the majority of people are against the building of the wall and think that there are other ways to do it to secure the border.”
Smith asked if those indicators may be a sign that Trump is “now in a position where he’s going to stay with the base, placate the base and forget everybody else and figure out a way come 2020?”
“You can’t do it,” Wallace responded. “There’s just not enough votes in the base.”
He added that although some polling shows that 35-40 percent of eligible voters are “solid” Trump supporters — and that’s “not enough to win an election.”
“He has to expand his base,” Wallace continued. “One of the things that a lot of political experts have been wondering about is — the president has a lot of leeway with the base. As you pointed out, one of the promises is ‘Mexico will build the wall.’ That seems to have been largely dispensed with now and doesn’t seems to have bothered his base as long as he keeps faith on building the wall.”
Nevertheless, Wallace concluded, “even with that base, it’s not enough.”
US Supreme Court agrees to decide if taxpayer funded religious adoption agencies can discriminate against LGBTQ people
The U.S. Supreme Court has announced it will hear a case that could determine if taxpayer-funded religious organizations, including adoption and foster care agencies, can legally discriminate against LGBTQ people. Monday morning the conservative-majority court agreed to hear Fulton v. Philadelphia, which is being litigated by the far right wing Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.
Catholic Social Services is claiming it has a First Amendment right to discriminate against same-sex couples and LGBTQ people, – including refusing to allow them to adopt or foster children – while still accepting taxpayer funds.
Julian Assange lawyer tells court: After pardon fell through, Trump administration resorted to ‘extortion’
An attorney for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange accused the Trump administration of extortion in a London court on Monday.
The WikiLeaks attorney appeared at Woolwich Crown Court along with U.S. prosecutors, who argued that Assange should be extradited the United States, where he faces 18 charges and up to 175 years in jail.
Attorneys for Assange previously told the court that former Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) tried to broker a pardon deal between the White House and Assange if he would agree to say that Russia was not the source of hacked Democratic Party emails.
Black teens shocked after basketball announcer calls their names ‘disgusting’
A longtime announcer at high-school basketball games in Oklahoma sparked outrage last week when he said that black players on the Crooked Oak High School lady's basketball team had "disgusting" names.
Local news station KFOR reports that the announcer made the remarks during a game between Crooked Oak and rival Newkirk High School on Friday.
In a video taken at the game, the announcer can be heard saying, "The Crooked Oak Lady Ruff Necks, now their names are pretty disgusting."