On MSNBC’s “Up with David Gura,” Bloomberg News executive editor and MSNBC commentator Tim O’Brien laid into President Donald Trump’s racist attacks on Democratic women of color.
As O’Brien pointed out, the proof that the president is a racist lies not just in what he said, but how he responded to public anger over it.
“There’s a hesitance to call it what it is, and there shouldn’t be any hesitation,” said O’Brien, who authored TrumpNation: The Art of Being the Donald. “The president is a racist. The president is a bigot. By any standard we use to decide whether or not someone is acting is a racist. He ticks off every single one of those boxes … It’s in the fact pattern. There’s a long history of this from him that predated his arrival in the White House.”
“If you even wanted to put it aside, think about how he’s handled the events of this last week,” said O’Brien. “Someone who isn’t a racist would not handle this the way he’s handled this. If my friends Maya or Alexi said, ‘Tim, what you just said offends me, what you just said is racist, I feel vulnerable, I feel insulted,’ I would be horrified, I would try make amends as quickly as I possibly could. And yet the president targeted four women of color in Congress and has shown no remorse for doing so. He’s got the nation telling him it’s offensive. He’s got leaders of foreign countries saying it’s unacceptable, and he keeps doubling down. Why does he double down? Because he’s a racist.”
Humanitarian volunteer says he won’t be deterred after facing charges in Arizona for helping migrants
We broadcast live from Tucson, Arizona, where the government recently put humanitarian activist Scott Warren on trial amid the ongoing policing of the U.S.-Mexico border, separation of families, and cruel and inhumane conditions at immigrant jails across the country. Warren, a longtime volunteer with the humanitarian aid group No More Deaths, was charged with three felony counts for his alleged crime of providing food, water and shelter to migrants in Ajo, Arizona. The immigrants had arrived at the doorstep of a humanitarian shelter after a perilous journey across the Sonoran Desert. At the same time, he and other volunteers also faced separate misdemeanor charges for leaving water jugs and food for migrants on a national wildlife refuge in the remote desert. The trial took eight days, and after hours of deliberation, the jury returned without a verdict. Eight found Scott Warren not guilty; the remaining four said he was. The government will now retry Warren in November. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison. As he awaits his next trial, Scott Warren met us in the remote town of Ajo, Arizona, this weekend for his first trip in a year to leave water and food for migrants in the desert.
Trump’s economic adviser doesn’t see a recession coming — but he said the same thing in 2008
President Donald Trump's chief economic adviser insists there are no signs of a recession on the horizon -- but he's been staggeringly wrong before.
Larry Kudlow went on NBC's "Meet the Press" over the weekend to assure viewers that no economic downturn was coming, but the Washington Post's Aaron Blake pointed out that his track record for predictions was pitiful.
“Well, I’ll tell you what: I sure don’t see a recession,” Kudlow told host Chuck Todd. “So I think actually the second half, the economy’s going to be very good in 2019.”
Controversial study links fluoride in water to lower IQ
A study published Monday links exposure to fluoridated tap water during pregnancy to lower IQ scores in infants, but several outside experts expressed concern over its methodology and questioned its findings.
Fluoride has been added to community water supplies in industrial countries to prevent tooth decay since the 1950s.
Very high levels of the mineral have been found to be toxic to the brain, though the concentrations seen in fluoridated tap water are generally deemed safe.
"We realized that there were major questions about the safety of fluoride, especially for pregnant women and young children," Christine Till at Canada's York University, senior author of the paper published in JAMA Pediatrics, told AFP.