On Tuesday, while Fox News hosts on “The Five” discussed the latest polling on the president and his Democratic challengers, the mostly-conservative panel asked each other why voters seem to hold more favorable views of socialism than they used to.
Democratic commentator Juan Williams offered a suggestion: it might be because the GOP’s strategy of demonizing Democrats as socialists has backfired. In other words, rather than tearing down Democrats, the strategy built up socialism.
“Let me just tell you something,” said Williams. “The problem here is … Trump and the Republicans are responsible for the popularity of socialism. You know why?”
“Why?” asked Jesse Watters.
“Because they keep saying every good idea and policy that the Democrats come up with, oh, socialism,” said Williams.
“Name one,” said Dana Perino.
“Just dismiss it, folks, it’s socialism,” said Williams. “Let’s fix health care for America. Let’s do something about student debt. Huh, socialism. And then you know that graph you showed, Greg, about the ages? Huh. How interesting that seniors who get Social Security and Medicare say oh, terrible thing, socialism — that’s a socialist policy.”
“Isn’t that their money?” pushed back Greg Gutfeld. “I put a lot of money to Social Security. It’s not coming back. I’ll never see it again.”
“No, it’s not,” said Williams. “Yes you have, but it does not cover the cost … It’s the young people who are putting in, who are paying for those policies — I think they’re less likely to see Social Security than the seniors.”
“I agree with you,” admitted Gutfeld.
“You look at the GI bill, you look at so many things,” continued Williams. “They are intended to mediate the excesses of capitalism, which has embraced everything from child labor, to slavery, to monopolies — that’s capitalism!”
‘No locks’: GOPer says kids at migrant camps are ‘free to leave anytime’ but they don’t because they like it
Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) argued on Monday that children at border detention facilities are "free to leave" if they do not like the conditions.
In an interview with MSNBC's Chris Hayes, Burgess said that he has not personally seen the appalling conditions that media often describe for the children at the centers.
"So you think this is fictional?" Hayes asked.
"I don't know if it's hyperbole," Burgess replied. "Hatred for this president is so intense that people are liable to say anything."
"I've been to the [detention center] at Casa Padre," the congressman added. "Yes, it's a restored K-Mart. But you know what? There's not a lock on the door. Any child is free to leave at anytime but they don't. You know why? Because they are well taken care of."
Kushner’s ‘Time Square Dream’ real estate project is failing: report
In 2018, Jared Kushner's real estate empire was in serious trouble — 666 Fifth Avenue, which Kushner had purchased at the top of the market just before the financial crisis, was hemorrhaging money and unable to rent out all its space. The company averted disaster with a bailout from Brookfield Asset Management, a Canadian company with ties to the state investment fund of Qatar.
Now, according to Bloomberg News, Kushner's company is in trouble again as yet another New York property is bleeding red ink.
Moderate Dem lawmaker tells CNN why Trump’s ‘appalling behavior’ changed his mind on impeachment
Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT), a moderate Democrat and a member of the centrist New Democrat Coalition, went on CNN on Tuesday to explain why he has changed his mind and now supports starting an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
In an interview with CNN's John Berman, Himes said that Trump has regularly shown that he doesn't care about obeying the law, as evidenced by his decision to completely shrug off his own Office of Special Counsel's finding that adviser Kellyanne Conway has repeatedly violated the Hatch Act.
"Kellyanne Conway had clearly broken the law and she should be removed from office," Himes said. "And the president said, 'Ah heck, that doesn't matter.'"