HBO host John Oliver explained that the last people who should have anything to do with the Federal Reserve are President Donald Trump’s latest nominees.
The president announced in the last few weeks that Stephen Moore and Herman Cain would be his latest appointees to the Federal Reserve and the “Last Week Tonight” host had a litany of reasons are far too dumb to have anything to do with the economic stability of the United States.
Oliver began by citing a CNBC analyst who said that it’s one thing to appoint his friends, donors or cronies to posts in his cabinet but selecting them to the Fed was too far.
“Now that is a pretty bold statement,” Oliver said. “She’s basically saying, go ahead and put Mr. Oops (Rick Perry) in charge of the Department of Energy, or a mint-condition CPR dummy (Jared Kushner) in charge of opioids and Middle East peace. By all means, hand the Commerce Department over to a man that looks like Jackson Pollock if he lived or Moby if he died. But the Fed, ya don’t f*ck around with the Fed.”
He noted that the balance of economic power in the United States is primarily due to the security and stability of the Fed. It’s seen as a non-partisan, non-political, prudent economic body. But with Cain and Moore, that could all disappear.
According to Oliver, Cain has argued to return to the gold standard, which is virtually unheard of among respected economists. Moore is a tireless advocate of the policy he designed that “blew a hole in Kansas’ budget.” Worse, Moore once asked if the country really even needed the Federal Reserve.
But worse, the two men are merely an embarrassment to not only the Republican Party but the entire history of politics in the United States.
In an extensive interview with Cain for “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” Oliver recalled that after Cain dropped out of the race, he was willing to do literally anything asked to do on television. The host showed a clip of the exchange in which Cain looked into the camera and said whatever Oliver asked him to say.
“If any part of you is thinking, ‘How did I get him to do that stuff,’ I just asked him!” Oliver exclaimed. “Once! He took orders from some birdy-twit with a pixie cut!”
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Trump goes off script at UN religious freedom event to praise evangelical bigot Franklin Graham
President Donald Trump on Monday praised evangelical preacher Franklin Graham, who is known for his views against Muslims and LGBT people, at a UN event for religious freedom.
While speaking at the international gathering, the U.S. president went off script with his acknowledgement of Graham.
"I also want to thank Franklin Graham because he has been so instrumental in everything we are doing, such an incredible job in so many ways," Trump said. "Floods and hurricanes and every time I go I see him and he’s always there before me."
"I’m going to beat him one day but he is always at these places of really disaster areas. He is right there, incredible large staff of volunteers that are just amazing," he added. "Thank you very much."
Trump says ‘not at all’ worried about impeachment
President Donald Trump on Monday dismissed the threat of impeachment over allegations that he tried to pressure Ukraine's leader into investigating his 2020 election rival Joe Biden.
Asked if he was taking the threat from some Democrats seriously, Trump answered: "Not at all seriously."
US media reports revealed that an intelligence community whistleblower had filed a report after becoming alarmed at Trump's alleged attempt to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a phone call.
Trump has confirmed that he discussed what he says was corruption by Biden's family during the call but denies applying pressure on Zelensky.
House Dems are nearing a ‘tipping point’ on impeachment because they’re sick of looking ‘weak’: CNN reporter
House Democrats may have finally reached their breaking point when it comes to impeaching President Donald Trump, CNN's Manu Raju reported on Monday.
After days of digesting news that Trump repeatedly pressured the Ukrainian government to launch an investigation into potential Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, Raju reports, many once-cautious Democrats now believe that impeachment is the only option they have left to thwart the president's lawlessness.
"House Democrats are telling me this morning that they believe that the caucus is nearing a tipping point on impeachment because of this growing controversy, and because they believe that this will be a triggering event and that the public will get behind," he explained.