On Wednesday’s edition of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” television personality and ex-Republican Montel Williams scorched President Donald Trump for trying to make campaign money off the “Fredo” slur he hurled at CNN’s Chris Cuomo.
“Come on, the president of the United States is selling t-shirts to make fun of Chris Cuomo,” said Williams. “But using a derogatory phrase, and that is what a lot of people in this country don’t understand right now, we look at what we perceive as racist comments coming from the president, we think that they’re only going to be directed at brown people. But let’s remember, Chris, go back in time. Remember, this country for a period of time, we fought riots in the streets because we didn’t like Polish people. We fought riots in the streets because we didn’t like Italians. We fought riots in the streets because we didn’t like Croatians. We don’t like anybody that we claim is different from us.”
“Now we’ve got the president of the United States selling t-shirts, really disparaging Italian-Americans by using a term ‘Fredo,'” said Williams.
“You know your history,” said Matthews. “No street-level windows because they didn’t want the Protestants throwing the rocks through the windows. That was how bad it was back then.”
“How about some more history, Chris,” said Williams. “Look, a week ago, the president was disparaging my hometown, which is Baltimore, Maryland. But let’s also remember that there was at one point in time Baltimore was the capital of the United States. And Baltimore also was one of probably the most instrumental states — or cities in this country, that helped build our infrastructure the way it did when we had Bethlehem Steel, we had McCormick … He was disparaging the city that was probably one of the greatest cities this country ever had.”
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The historic announcement from Buckingham Palace on Saturday follows more than a week of intense private talks aimed at managing the fallout of the globetrotting couple's shock resignation from front-line royal duties.
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Murkowski explained she would likely vote with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on an initial vote on whether to allow witnesses. However, she left the door open to voting for witnesses after House impeachment managers make their opening case.
"I don't know what more we need until I have been given the base case," she said. "We will have that opportunity to say 'yes' or 'no' ... and if we say 'yes,' the floor is open."
Overall, Murkowski said it was important for the trial to been viewed as fair.
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Darcy noted that Trump had repeatedly questioned the veracity of unnamed sources, making it problematic for Gidley to demand to be quoted as such.
Grisham responded to the criticism and asked Darcy to "stop with the righteous indignation.