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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‘Rather than leading — he lies’: MSNBC panel says Trump is a ‘danger to the country’ because he can’t be trusted
MSNBC commentators, former assistant US Attorney Maya Wiley and Rick Wilson, explained that President Donald Trump's most significant barrier is making it past his own lies to save America from the coronavirus.
"There's a case tonight being tested in Walton County, Florida. The heart of Trump country," said Wilson, referring to the panhandle county east of Pensacola. "That's not going to be something you can just walk away from if it turns out to be a real case. We're seeing these things popping up all over. The safe bet was always to say, 'This could be bad. We'll do everything we can to stop it.' But he can't stop himself from self-aggrandizing and lying about things. And it's actually -- setting aside my normal criticism of Trump -- this is a danger to the country that he is not a trustworthy person for the American people. Even people who like him now he BS's them all the time. Now, if he says it's not a problem and people are being hospitalized, it is a problem."
Trump ‘just wants this problem to go away’: President desperate to get coronavirus ‘off his plate’
President Donald Trump is desperate for the coronavirus problem to go away, and he doesn't exactly care how it happens.
According to New York Times reporter Annie Karni, sources are telling her that the biggest concern Trump has is more about the markets than the deaths of Americans from the virus.
"First, let's establish, this is a president who tried to change science with a Sharpie when it came to hurricane path prediction," said MSNBC host Brian Williams. "That picture lasts forever."
"Even his allies on Fox and his allies outside the White House were kind of channeling to that proverbial audience of one that this was a great opportunity to look presidential and to tell the facts," said Karni. The Donald Trump we saw out there in the briefing room was very casual, kind of left the facts to the other people that accompanied him out there. But he clearly publicly and privately just wants this problem to go away. He wants to downplay it. He thinks -- he has called people who are talking about fears about it alarmist. He doesn't want to be alarmist, and he's kind of holding on to any comment that makes it sound like this will naturally be a problem that is removed from his plate. That's what we saw publicly, and that's what he's been saying privately as well."
Seth Meyers: You know Trump isn’t the chief law enforcement officer because he couldn’t pass the physical
"Late Night" host Seth Meyers warned that the United States is sliding into authoritarianism under President Donald Trump.
Sounding the alarm Wednesday evening, Meyers cited reports that Trump was making lists of disloyal people, purging them from their jobs, hiring unqualified cronies in top posts, and claiming he has the right to interfere in criminal cases.
While speaking to the press last week, Trump even announced that he's allowed to be involved in all criminal cases because he's the chief law enforcement officer of the United States. It's actually a title used for the attorney general.