President Donald Trump’s son, Don Jr., appeared on “The View” Thursday to promote his recent book attacking progressives as “snowflakes” while simultaneously complaining about being under constant scrutiny for his false claims or twisted data. In a discussion about Don Jr.’s role in outing the whistleblower of the Ukraine scandal, Whoopi Goldberg flattened the president’s son, trying to claim he has no responsibility as a “private citizen.”
“What you seem to have done, and it feels very disingenuous because you can’t say, I’m a private citizen, and yet you’re in the middle of all of this,” she said. “You were brought to the FBI folks. Everybody talked to you, you know, you’re part of this. So when you release a name like that, even if it was out for ten days or 20 days, you have to know that people — if you were talking about the white powder that your family got, this guy’s family is getting the same thing, and why is it okay for one and not both? People shouldn’t be doing it.”
Don Jr. refuted the idea that the whistleblower was being threatened or harmed. It prompted Goldberg to note that no one knows if Don Jr. was telling the truth about his family being attacked.
Progressive co-host Joy Behar had to tell Trump to stop yelling, holding her ears.
Former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, who joined the panel discussion, was asked as a lawyer and former prosecutor whether she advised her boyfriend that outing a whistleblower was a federal crime.
“I didn’t advise him,” Guilfoyle said. She went on to claim that because the name was “already out there,” Trump Jr. didn’t release the name. The name discussed was from conspiracy theory sites until RealClearPolitics used the conspiracy theories to create a story about the person. Guilfoyle claimed that gets Trump Jr. off the hook.
Trump Jr. said that he shouldn’t have to “forego his First Amendment rights” when the name was already in an article on the Drudge Report and on conspiracy sites and message boards. Trump Jr. doesn’t seem to be aware that even First Amendment rights have restrictions on them if those rights infringe on the rights or safety of others.
“Listen, man. I don’t know how many people here read the Drudge Report. I don’t know, but I’m saying a lot more people know your name than know the Drudge Report,” Goldberg said.
Behar flattened them on the claim, saying that if Trump was so transparent, he would be releasing his taxes.
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There’s no respite from Trump’s vindictiveness and foolishness
As we know, even in the midst of a national emergency, Donald Trump could find time and bandwidth to continue his retribution campaign.
He dismissed Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence agencies, for doing “a terrible job,” satisfying his own thirst for vengeance for anyone who actually adhered to law and practice over blind loyalty to Trump himself. Indeed, asked about it the next day, Trump underscored his action by saying, Atkinson “was no Trump supporter, that I can tell you.”
It was an act that we once would have labeled corruption, by Democrats and Republicans – that is using the office for personal purposes – if Congress and too many Americans had not since become inured by so many like instances.
This is how Taiwan and South Korea bucked the global lockdown trend
As the coronavirus pandemic sparks global lockdowns, life has continued comparatively unhindered in places like Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong after their governments and citizens took decisive early action against the unfolding crisis.
At first glance Taiwan looks like an ideal candidate for the coronavirus. The island of 23 million lies just 180 kilometres (110 miles) off mainland China.
Yet nearly 100 days in, Taiwan has just 376 confirmed cases and five fatalities while restaurants, bars, schools, universities and offices remain open.
The government of President Tsai Ing-wen, whose deputy is an epidemiologist, made tough decisions while the crisis was nascent to stave off the kind of pain now convulsing much of the rest of the world.
Republican ex-lawmaker with coronavirus scolds Wisconsin GOP for forcing voters to risk their health
On CNN Tuesday, former Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA), who is himself dealing with a bout of COVID-19, chastised the Wisconsin GOP for doing everything in their power to block the state elections from being moved — and forcing many voters to stand in line and risk exposure to the virus to cast their ballot.
"I have to tell you, here in Pennsylvania we have a Democratic governor and Republican legislature," Dent told host Don Lemon. "They postponed the election here from April 28 until June 2. Without any controversy. Everybody agreed it was the right thing to do and they moved on. I'm surprised Wisconsin took this risk, knowing they don't have to."