Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) called out “The View” co-host Meghan McCain for slurring his Democratic rival Beto O’Rourke as “crazy.”
The New Jersey Democrat appeared Wednesday morning on the ABC talk show, where the conservative McCain challenged him to defend his backing of gun buybacks.
“One of the things that I liked that you have said is that ‘Medicare for all’ is unrealistic right now, given that it will never pass,” McCain said, “but you do support mandatory gun buybacks. When I heard you and Beto saying that, to me, that’s like a left-wing fever dream.”
She then issued a vaguely violent challenge to his policy proposal.
“I want to know how you think you and Beto are going to go to red states and go to my brother’s house is can get his AR-15s, because let me tell you — he’s not giving it back,” McCain said.
Booker said he didn’t necessarily agree with O’Rourke on mandatory buybacks, and McCain fired back.
“Good,” she said. “Because he’s crazy.”
Booker gently chided McCain for slurring his rival, who accused the TV host of endorsing violence by warning that a gun buyback would prompt violent resistance.
“We should watch the way we talk about each other,” he said. “Seriously, we can’t tear the character of people down.”
“He has no problem doing it to me,” McCain replied. “He was very nasty to me about this.”
Booker reminded McCain that two wrongs don’t make a right.
“You both know that just because somebody does something to us,” he said, “doesn’t mean you –”
“I’m not running for president,” McCain interrupted. “With all due respect, and the way he talks about me inciting violence on this, I take very seriously and I speak for a lot of red state Americans, whether he or you like it or not, there is a lot of Republicans you have to win over.”
Booker tried to smooth things over by saying he respected and admired McCain’s voice, and told an anecdote about promoting civility with a supporter who wanted to punch President Donald Trump in the face — but McCain again suggested her brother would violently defend his right to own military-style weapons.
“Just tell me semantically, how you’re going to get my brother’s gun back,” she said.
Booker said assault weapons bans had worked in the past, but McCain wasn’t convinced.
“So you’re going to go to my brother’s house?” she said. “My brother won’t do it.”
Booker said the bans and voluntary buybacks had worked in the past, and he again scolded McCain.
“Why are we playing into fearmongers that want to give this vision that people are going to show up at your house taking your guns away?” Booker said.
BUSTED: Devin Nunes is hiding how he’s paying for all his frivolous lawsuits — which could land him in more trouble
On Saturday, the Fresno Bee dived into a lingering question: How does Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) pay for all the lawsuits he is filing against journalists, satirists, and political critics?
"Nunes, R-Tulare, has filed lawsuits against Twitter, anonymous social media users known as Devin Nunes' Cow and Devin Nunes' Mom, a Republican political strategist, media companies, journalists, progressive watchdog groups, a political research firm that worked for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and a retired farmer in Nunes’ own district," noted the Bee.
These lawsuits were mainly filed in Virginia — a state with very loose laws against so-called "SLAPP suits," or meritless lawsuits intended to drown people in legal expenses in retaliation for expressing political opinions. Nunes was assisted in these suits by Steven Biss, a Virginia attorney, and yet except for the suit against the retired farmer, there is no clear record in Nunes' FEC reports of how he paid for the suits.
Trump brings up Brett Kavanaugh in rage tweet at Democrats about coming impeachment trial
On Saturday, President Donald Trump brought up Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in a bizarre rant against the "Radical Left, Do Nothing Dems" and his anger over the direction of the impeachment process:
After watching the disgraceful way that a wonderful man, @BrettKavanaugh, was treated by the Democrats, and now seeing first hand how these same Radical Left, Do Nothing Dems are treating the whole Impeachment Hoax, I understand why so many Dems are voting Republican!
McConnell’s impeachment collusion admission handed the Democrats a powerful new weapon to damage the president
Mitch McConnell's admission on Fox News that he is working behind the scenes with the White House to stack the Senate impeachment trial gives Democrats a potent weapon against the GOP, wrote Greg Sargent and Paul Waldman in the Washington Post.
"If Democrats play their procedural cards right, they can pressure Republicans to allow for a much fairer and more open trial that could actually produce new revelations — and if they refuse, extract a political price for it," they wrote.