Former White House advisor Matt Mowers went down in flames trying to claim Democrats call everyone a racist when they don’t agree with them. He had to go back 15 years to find an example, but still never fully explained what the example was.
In a panel discussion with MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt, Mowers employed the “what about” strategy, spinning the idea that Trump’s racist remarks were justified because Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) used an anti-Semitic trope. To be fair, Omar apologized and met with community leaders and officials to better understand anti-Semitism. Trump can’t even admit when he did something wrong, much less racist.
“I think there’s a bit of a double standard in the way we covered there and the way we cover Ilhan Omar,” complained Mowers.
“We covered that extensively,” Hunt cut in.
And the House of Representatives passing a toothless resolution that didn’t really call out much of anything,” Mowers complained again.
“A toothless resolution that every Republican voted for,” recalled Politico’s Jake Sherman.
The same “toothless” resolution was passed last week denouncing Trump’s comments, and very few Republicans were willing to stand up for it.
“And what about the fact not a single Democratic candidate didn’t speak out?” Mowers went on. In fact, not all Democratic candidates had announced they were running at the time, those that were asked about her comments denounced them.
“This is the strategy, though,” Hunt interrupted Mowers’ rant. “We ask you about X, you talk about Y, and they’re related why?” asked Hunt.
Mowers said that we have to hold everyone accountable equally.
“Right, but we can do it one at a time, and we’re skipping straight through the president,” Hunt countered. “I don’t think anybody is shirking from asking them questions. I do not have to hand exactly what it was that X candidate when Ilhan Omar had the Tweets, but I can guarantee we were asking about them in the hall of Congress.”
Vice News’ Shauna Thomas said that Democrats were open about calling out anti-Semitic tropes, including Trump’s “there were good people on both sides” of Charlottesville comment.
“If we’re going to talk about what those things together, what Congresswoman Omar said and what the president has tweeted — iff the Republicans are willing to say she used anti-Semitic tropes, and some Republicans very specifically willing to said that out loud, why are they not willing to say the tweets are racist?” Thomas asked.
“In public no less,” agreed Juanita Tolliver, of the Center for American Progress. “They could go to Vice President Pence and say, ‘Please ask him not to do this again.’ But they haven’t come together as strongly as they did for Congresswoman Omar to name this for what it is.”
Watch the full exchange:
Gay rights dispute is pulling apart the United Methodist Church, after decades of argument
The Methodist Church, the largest mainline Protestant denomination in the United States, is headed toward a divorce.
In early January, mediators from across the United Methodist Church proposed a separation plan to split the church into two separate denominations, with one that will allow same sex marriages and “practicing” LGBTQ clergy.
‘Zero doubt we’re getting witnesses’: Trump’s legal team bracing for GOP defections
If at least four Senate Republicans vote to subpoena additional witnesses and documents -- that could trigger a domino effect.
Sources close to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will likely try to reach an agreement with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer if it appears likely that 51 senators will vote for new testimony, with demands for GOP witnesses, rather than going to a vote, reported Axios.
The most likely GOP defectors remain Sens. Susan Collins (ME), Mitt Romney (UT), Lisa Murkowski (AK) and Lamar Alexander (TN), but that could put new pressure vulnerable senators up for re-election such as Cory Gardner (CO), Thom Tills (NC), Martha McSally (AZ), Rob Portman (OH), Joni Ernst (IA) and Pat Toomey (PA).
How Minneapolis made Prince
It’s been almost four years since Prince’s death, but fascination about the artist, the man and his mythology endures.
On Jan. 28, Alicia Keys, the Foo Fighters, Usher and several of Prince’s collaborators will be paying tribute to the late musician in a special concert, “Let’s Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince,” in Los Angeles.
Prince’s peers, critics and fans are often quick to cite his creativity, versatility and talent.
But as a longtime Prince fan who’s also a human geographer, I’ve found myself drawn to the way his hometown, Minneapolis, Minnesota, cultivated his talent.