Elected Republicans were harshly criticized on Saturday for refusing to condemn President Donald Trump’s racist attacks on young women of color serving in Congress.
Trump told the four first-term members of Congress known collectively as “The Squad” to “go back” to the countries from which they came — despite three of the four having been born in America.
“Tonight’s lead, the president is a racist. That’s it. No doubt in my mind,” the Rev. Al Sharpton said at the beginning of MSNBC’s “Politics Nation” on Saturday.
For analysis, Rev. Al interviewed Alexander Heffner, the host of “The Open Mind” on PBS.
“This is really, Rev, rebirth of a nation, what we’re seeing with this president and this complicit Republican Senate, the refusal to acknowledge that the present trajectory is an immoral one,” Heffner explained. “You know, this president is someone who has exploited a paranoid politics.”
“Let’s be blatant like you said about this. This paranoia is peddling bigotry,” he declared. “It is predatory racism.”
During the 2016 campaign, whenever Trump made racist or xenophobic comments there was a small but reliable chorus of Republican office holders who spoke out. Today, there’s silence, nine hours later.
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) July 14, 2019
“That’s his M.O. — predatory racism and bigotry that are enabling these attacks. And I’m pleased that you didn’t repeat those heinous Tweets because those Tweets are, in effect, the textbook definition of racism,” he continued.
“And there used to be in this country an acknowledgment to what Dr. King said about judging people on the content of their character and those tweets did the exact opposite, they judged on the basis of skin color, on the basis of ethnicity and, of course, the faulty premise that these women are not American,” Heffner explained. “These women are American patriots.”
“This is birtherism with steroids,” Sharpton added.
Trump supporter arrested for child abuse after striking 12-year-old girl with a flagpole: report
A Florida man was arrested this week after he was caught on video assaulting a 12-year-old girl with a flag pole, the Florida Times-Union reports.
Norbert Eugene Logsdon Jr. was charged Wednesday with abuse of a child without great bodily harm. He was subsequently released in bail.
The incident was captured on video by the child's mother and was posted to Facebook. She and her daughter were driving past a sidewalk pro-Trump demonstration when the mother yelled something antagonistic to the Trump supporters. That's when Logsdon shoved the flagpole through the open right-front passenger window.
Medical expert doubts Trump’s claim every American will have a COVID vaccine by April: ‘I don’t see how that’s possible’
Speaking on CNN this Friday, professor of tropical medicine, Dr. Peter Hotez, pushed back on President Trump's claim that every American will have access to a coronavirus vaccine by April.
According to Hotez, there's "just too many unknowns right now" for Trump or any other administration official "to make such a statement.
Even if the vaccines currently in development work, "we don't have the details on the distribution," he added.
"There's going to be a lot of unknown questions," he continued. "We have to really take it in stages."
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‘That is not true’: MSNBC cuts away from Trump’s press briefing after he claims Biden is anti-vaccine
During a press briefing at the White House this Friday, President Trump touted the coronavirus vaccine currently in development, preemptively calling it “successful” and saying that it will save “millions of lives.”
While making his comments, Trump took a dig at Joe Biden, claiming he espouses "anti-vaccine theories" and he's "putting a lot of lives at risk" for "political reasons."
Trump's words prompted MSNBC's Ayman Mohyeldin to cut away from the briefing and issue a fact check.
"Obviously there's no evidence of that -- that is not true," Mohyeldin said.
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