Republicans and Fox News have worked to undermine any person who comes out against President Donald Trump, whether the person is respectable, honorable, truthful or not. An angry Nicolle Wallace called Fox News “chickens*it.”
Republicans have accused Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman of disloyalty, saying he has dual citizenship, which when used against Jewish people is generally seen as an anti-Semitic trope. Instead, Vindman came to the United States as a Jewish refugee at the age of three. He and his brother both serve in the military and have dedicated their lives to serving America.
“He was awarded a Purple Heart,” Wallace said after describing Vindman’s tours in Iraq and injury due to an IED. “Vindman has a master’s degree from Harvard. He’s worked in several embassies and joined the National Security Council last year after passing an extensive background check. Unlike some other West Wing advisers we know.”
His background, service and biography make the attacks against him “remarkable,” Wallace said, though she didn’t mean it in a good way.
“At a time when once sacred institutions and their leaders have stopped being noteworthy of newsworthy. Trump went from not knowing him to calling him a ‘Never Trumper’ in the course of an hour and a half this morning,” Wallace reported.
That, however, doesn’t hold a candle to what Fox News has tried to do to the soldier.
She played clips of the videos from “Fox & Friends” disparaging the man and his family. Former Republican Rep. Sean Duffy too went after Vindman for standing up for the law. Laura Ingraham and her guests alleged the decorated war veteran was guilty of treason for reporting Trump’s illegal activity.
“Except those people aren’t chickensh*t like the three of you,” Wallace said of the Fox News panel. “They know he passed a background check that the president’s daughter and son-in-law didn’t.”
“Did you just say what I think you said?” a guest asked off-screen.
“I don’t know,” she said.
Applause could be heard in the background.
Watch the moment in the video below:
Giuliani’s potential witness tampering in Ukraine is impossible to separate from Trump: Judiciary Democrat
On Thursday's edition of MSNBC's "The Beat," Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) broke down how Rudy Giuliani's misconduct in Ukraine is "inseparable" from President Donald Trump's.
"To everyone who asks whether we are moving too quickly, I say the president's lawyer is moving quickly to continue to ask a foreign government to cheat our elections, and doing nothing is completely off the table," said Swalwell, who sits on the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, the two most crucial committees in the impeachment inquiry. "We have to secure our elections. We have powerful, uncontradicted evidence now. And now is the time to hold the president accountable and determine just which impeachment articles we should proceed with."
Financial groups gave $745 billion for 258 new coal power plants: Report
Financial institutions have chaneled $745 billion over the past three years to new coal power projects worldwide despite effort to reduce fossil fuel use to fight climate change, a report released Thursday said.
The amount was calculated using data covering both lending and underwriting between January 2017 and September 2019 for all 258 coal plant developers identified in the Global Coal Exit List, drawn up by the Urgewald and BankTrack groups.
Altogether, the report cites more than 1,000 new coal power stations or units in the pipeline.
"Most of the top banks providing loans or investment banking services to these companies acknowledge the risks of climate change, but their actions are a slap in the face to the Paris Climate Agreement," said Greig Aitken, climate campaigner at BankTrack.
‘Why not cooperate?’ CNN’s Wolf Blitzer hammers Pence’s chief of staff over impeachment stonewalling
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," anchor Wolf Blitzer challenged Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff Marc Short to justify the administration's stonewalling of the impeachment inquiry.
"Wolf, the reality is that the last three years, they've been trying to overturn the will of the American people. They're trying to take away the votes of the American people," said Short. "This whole impeachment has been a sham. What they've tried to prove there is no proof of ... I think it sets a dangerous precedent."
"Here's what I don't understand," said Blitzer. "If the president has nothing to hide, it was a perfect phone call with the president of Ukraine, why not cooperate, provide the documents, why not let individuals go before the committees and testify?"