Democratic presidential hopeful Tom Steyer said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that President Donald Trump was a “terrible economic president.”
Partial transcript as follows:
BRENNAN: You have said because you were a hedge fund manager, that it makes you uniquely qualified, your experience to have a positive economic impact as president. The Federal Reserve chair testified this week that labor force participation, basically, you know, the share of Americans who work is low, is happening because- and in a negative place, because of the opioid crisis and problems with the education system. Is that how you diagnose the problem?
STEYER: Well, let me say this, Mr. Trump is a terrible economic president. He had very short term fixes–
BRENNAN: This was his Federal Reserve chairman.
STEYER: I understand that. I’m going to address the Federal Reserve chairman’s statements. But this has to do with Mr. Trump. He’s running on the economy, but he’s really running on a Mar-a-Lago economy where he’s given big benefits to rich people and big corporations in the short run. What the Federal Reserve chairman is talking about in terms of opioids and education is how you actually develop long term prosperity and justice. And that is by investing in young people through education, specifically including universal pre-kindergarten, and by dealing with issues of health around the country, including the opioid crisis, including mental health. What Mr. Trump is doing is a very superficial short term juice to the economy through his pals at the Mar-a-Lago Country Club and other rich people. And he’s avoiding the actual long term prosperity of Americans that is done by investing in the American people, by making us productive over time. And that means education, health care for every American, a living wage.
He added, “We want to work with him on prescription drugs, background checks, and infrastructure, but we’re not going to let him just torch this democracy because he thinks that he’s been let off once and we’re not going to do something about it.”
During Monday’s broadcast of Sean Hannity’s nationally syndicated radio show, author Peter Schweizer explained how 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) funneled what he deemed to be “taxpayer money” and “school money” to members of his family.
While discussing his new book, Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America’s Progressive Elite, Schweizer said, “Bernie over the course of his 30-plus years in public office has funneled huge sums of money to his family. That includes hiring family members even when it was not justified in the Burlington city governments. But more specifically, the 2016 campaign, there was this mysterious media-buying company called Old Town Media that was set up.”
“They funneled $83 million through this media-buying company, which was located in a house on a cul-de-sac in suburban Virginia,” he continued. “Had no website, had no presence whatsoever. That company was run by two of Bernie Sanders’ wife’s friends. When she was asked about her connection or relationship to that firm, she hung up on a local Vermont reporter. So there are various ways taxpayer money, school money other things that have flowed to the family and have made the Sanders family very very wealthy.”
On Monday, during an interview with the Des Moines Register, 2020 presidential hopeful mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg said drug possession should not result in jail time.
Buttigieg said, “Incarceration should not even be a response to drug possession. What I have seen is while there continues to be all kinds of harms associated with drug possession and use, it is also the case that we have created in an effort to deal with a public health problem, we have created an even bigger problem — a justice problem, and it’s own form of a health problem when you think about the adverse aspects on a child. We have kids in South Bend who have grown up with the incarnation of a parent as one of their first experiences. That makes them dramatically more likely to wind up themselves having an encounter with the criminal legal system. So I’ve always been skeptical of mass incarceration, but now I believe more than ever we need to take really significant steps like ending incarceration as a response to simple possession.”
On this week’s broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) called the impeachment inquiry a “calculated coup,” and accused Adam Schiff of orchestrating it.
McCarthy said, “It is clear now more than ever this is a calculated coup, and it is being orchestrated by Adam Schiff.”
On Wednesday’s broadcast of ABC’s “The View” Chelsea Clinton described President Donald Trump as some whose “whole life has been a scam.”
Clinton said, “I do believe that he’s the greatest scam in American political history.”
She continued, “I think his whole life has been a scam and I think, unfortunately — you know, people are suffering every day because his scam has thus far kind of asphyxiated at the highest levels.”
Referencing her children, Clinton said, “I think about the country that they’re living in right now, and it’s not the country I want them to grow up in. You know, we learned last night that President Trump wanted to dig a ditch at the border and put an alligator in the ditch, shoot migrants in the leg.”
She added, “The depths of the cruelty and the inhumanity towards migrants, towards people of color, LGBT community, women is not the America that I want my kids or Abby’s kids or kind of any of our kids and grandkids to grow up in. I will do everything I can to ensure that is not the America that they grow up in.”
Saturday on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” Donna Brazile said the reason Hillary Clinton was not president was because “the country was attacked” by Russia.
Brazile claimed that “she was the main victim of that attack.”
When asked about Hillary Clintion being the keynote speaker of a cybersecurity summit, Brazile said, “Let me just say this, she understands the threat. I’m sure she will talk about the remedies and what we should do going forward. As a former secretary of state she understands part of our arsenal to defend our nation is not just having bombs and all this other stuff. We have to have a good cybersecurity strategy.”
She continued, “The reason she’s not in the White House today is the country was attacked and she was the main victim of that attack.”
Co-host Jedediah Bila said, “A lot of voters feel she’s not in the White House because she lied about sending emails over an insecure server. She missed whole states, she decided not to go to certain states.”
Brazile said, “I agree there are also reasons number 1, number 2, number 3, but I guarantee you one of those three is because the Russians attacked the United States of America.”
On this week’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) job is at risk.
Graham said, “Nancy Pelosi is riding a bucking, wild bronco called the Democratic Caucus. Seventy percent of the Democratic base wants President Trump impeached. She knows that impeachment would be political suicide because there’s no reason to impeach the president. So she’s trying to keep the party intact. If she goes down the impeachment road, Republicans take back the House, we keep the Senate, President Trump gets reelected. But her job is very much at risk. So what I think is going to happen here, I think that she’s going to to be driven towards if she goes down that road it will be suicide for the Democratic Party.”
He added, “From President Trump’s point of view, I disagree with the idea that you can’t work with them while they’re doing things like this. You have to work with him. If you can’t control, Mr. President, with the Democrats do, but you can control what you do, and you need to leave this country to better bridges and roads and lower prescription drug prices. They say no to you, that will help you. They say yes with you and work with you, that will help the country, so I don’t believe that the idea of working with the Democrats should be taken off the table because they’re going too far.”
Friday on Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom,” anchor Chris Wallace said Attorney General Bill Barr was “clearly is protecting” President Donald Trump.
Wallace said, “What really comes across to me most of all is that for two years, Donald Trump sat there and said I don’t have an attorney general. I don’t have somebody out there looking for and protecting my interests. He clearly has that now with Bill Barr.”
Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) said if he is president, he is “going to bring a fight to the NRA” to combat gun violence.
Booker said, “I so badly want to be president because if I’m president of the United States, I’m going to bring a fight to the NRA they have never seen before. I tell you what. The people in this community know this is not just horrific, mass shooting after mass shooting works have mass shootings in our country every day. Every day we lose, we lose dozens of lives by not solving this problem. There are common sense things that even NRA members think we should do and aren’t getting done.”