Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg declared that Americans need to “get behind” President Donald Trump because “the public has spoken” on ABC’s “The View” in 2017.
Bloomberg added during the segment that “you have to make it work” and urged viewers to give Trump a chance to run the country. He noted that people could protest policies they didn’t like, but said “in the end, the public has spoken, whether you like the results or not.”
“That’s my country. That’s my kids and grandkids,” Bloomberg said. “You have to make it work. We have an election — whoever wins, you got to get behind.”
“He’s our president, and we need this country to be run well. I didn’t vote for him. Let’s just all hope that Donald Trump is a good president of the United States.”
The 2020 Democratic presidential candidate’s 2017 comments stand in stark contrast to his Tuesday attack on Trump. Bloomberg said Trump has “divided us with racist appeals and hateful rhetoric.”
“The challenge of the moment is clear: we must confront this President and do everything we can to defeat him,” Bloomberg said in a statement Tuesday. “The President’s attack on me clearly reflects his fear over the growing strength of my campaign.”
The media worked hard to spread misinformation and fear leading up to Virginia’s gun rights rally Monday.
Multiple outlets and reporters made false claims about the event being either totally “white nationalist” or that “thousands” of white nationalists would be in attendance. Neither was true.
Several reporters on the ground, including at least one from CNN, found the prevailing narrative about the rally to be deeply inaccurate.
For this year’s Virginia gun rights rally, media outlets and reporters worked to spread misinformation, constructing the narrative that the rally was populated with “extremists” and “white nationalists” and was likely to turn violent. None of that was true.
While he didn’t start the misinformation, Ben Collins, NBC’s “disinformation and extremism” reporter, became one of its more noticeable faces when he urged reporters on Sunday to “verify” facts as they covered “the white supremacist rally.” Collins deleted the tweet amid a fierce backlash, but not before attempting to justify the error by drawing on a handful of anecdotes.
Following a commonality for many erroneous reports The Daily Caller reviewed, Collins cited a story about law enforcement officials busting a few suspected neo-Nazis who were allegedly planning some kind of violence in Richmond. The men reportedly had weapons and were talking about attending the rally. One illegally crossed the border from Canada.
This has led to two different FBI arrests of 7 total people. The governor declared a state of emergency, citing “credible intelligence” of hate groups attending.
Users on white nationalist forums planned meet-ups for months, a contrast to previous years.https://t.co/CRb0tzOPYa
Axios followed suit, publishing an article early Monday titled “As Richmond braces for hate, Americans say race relations are getting worse.” The article suggested that a “worst-case scenario” could result in the gun rights rally being “another ‘Charlottesville,’” a white supremacist and neo-Nazi rally that turned deadly in 2017.
Monday’s event, however, was not organized by white supremacists. The gun rally was the product of the non-profit, pro-Second Amendment group Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL).
Axios also cited three suspected neo-Nazis arrested by the FBI before the event, which Collins had noted. Approximately 22,000 people ended up attending Monday’s peaceful rally.
“On a day that is meant to celebrate what would have been the 91st birthday of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., the nation is grappling with emboldened white nationalist groups and racial tension,” Axios wrote, linking the rally with extremist hate groups. “Surveys show a majority of Americans believe race relations are getting worse under President Trump.”
The media’s misinformation only continued as the rally began Monday.
MSNBC anchor Craig Melvin began his show “MSNBC Live with Craig Melvin” by pushing the line that white nationalists and militia members were all put “in one place” for the rally.
“This is the scene in Richmond,” Melvin said, showing an aerial view of the rally. “They put white nationalists, militia groups and supporters of background checks for gun purchases all in one place. A lot of folks, justifiably so, are worrying about a repeat of Charlottesville in 2017.”
Meanwhile, from start to finish, there was never indication that white nationalists attended the event in any serious numbers, according to dozens of reports on the ground. And the only prominent instances the Caller could find of people “worrying” about a “repeat of Charlottesville” were among journalists themselves.
Melvin did not provide evidence backing up this claim. He later pushed the same inaccuracies, saying “thousands” of “white nationalists” had descended onto Virginia’s capitol Monday.
Townhall senior reporter Julio Rosas, who was on the ground in Richmond, documented various instances debunking the media’s white nationalist claims.
The Caller also spoke to Maj Toure, political activist and founder of the Black Guns Matter movement, regarding the prevalence of misinformation among major media outlets. He contended that journalists with political agendas have an “interest in chaos” regarding gun coverage. He also contested the narrative that race and violence played a role in Monday’s rally.
Still, MSNBC’s Cal Perry continued to stoke the fires on Melvin’s show, reporting on the “heavily, heavily armed” people in attendance. These “heavily armed” people were not violent, as CNN’s own reporter eventually acknowledged.
Zero people were arrested for violence during Monday’s rally. One person was arrested nearby for violating an anti-mask law, Virginia Mercury reported. Around 7,000 of the approximately 22,000 attendees remained in the gun-free zone at the capitol and around 15,000 people were in the streets where guns were allowed.
Curtis Houck, the managing editor at Newsbusters, put together a montage encapsulating the massive effort to misinform Americans about the nature of Monday’s rally.
“We know that the media smear marches they hate,” Washington Examiner commentary editor Timothy Carney summed up after the event. “Guns, like abortion and all-boys Catholic schools, are a culture war issue. We know what side 90% of the media industry is on. Everyone should admit it.”
To exemplify Carney’s point, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes capped the outlet’s coverage of the rally by calling it an “explicit” threat of violence.
“But, the implicit and explicit message of a bunch of heavily armed people marching on the state’s capitol is this: don’t you dare enact your policies, if you do we will use these guns against you,” Hayes claimed Monday evening.
Three women accused U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland of sexual misconduct, according to a Wednesday report from ProPublica and Portland Monthly.
The accusations vary from unwanted kissing and touching to assault, according to the three women, who all met Sondland under different professional circumstances.
Sondland has denied all of the accusations against him.
Three women reportedly accused Gordon Sondland of sexual misconduct before he was the U.S. ambassador to the European Union.
Sondland has been central to the ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. He testified Nov. 20 that Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani requested Ukraine look into the Bidens in exchange for a White House meeting.
Author Nicole Vogel, Jana Solis and Natalie Sept accused Sondland of sexual misconduct, ProPublica and Portland Monthly reported Wednesday. Sondland has denied all of their accusations.
“There has never been mention of them in any form during the period of the allegations, although such a complaint could easily have been aired through multiple channels,” Sondland wrote in a statement. “These false incidents are at odds with my character.”
Vogel said that Sondland attempted to kiss her in a hotel room, and she deflected and quickly left. Later on, Sondland reportedly emailed asking her for a financial analysis for her business plan, adding: “Sorry I was such a dud.” This allegedly occurred in 2003 when Vogel was looking for investors to start a magazine.
The two met a second time to hash out details of the potential investment, she said. On this occasion, Sondland put his hand on Vogel’s mid-thigh for around 10 minutes, and she put her hand over his to prevent him from going further up, she said.
Afterward, Sondland pulled out of the investment deal. His lawyer said this was not because she rejected his alleged advances.
“As you are doubtless aware, one of the three complainants, Nicole Vogel, is the owner and publisher of the Portland Monthly,” a letter from Sondland’s lawyer reads, according to ProPublica and Portland Monthly. “She and her publication stand to benefit directly from publishing these allegations, and Ms. Vogel’s delay in bringing these forward — even as Ambassador Sondland was undergoing public scrutiny by Congress as part of his confirmation in 2018 — casts grave doubt on her credibility. Indeed, we understand that Portland Monthly is under significant financial pressure and Ms. Vogel’s efforts seem designed to salvage it.”
Solis said she met Sondland in 2008 when a colleague asked her to meet with him because of his hotel experience. Sondland was allegedly flirting throughout the meeting and then hired Solis on the spot as his “new hotel chick.” On their way out, Solis said Sondland slapped her “on the ass.”
“Ambassador Sondland denies slapping Ms. Solis on the rear end,” Sondland’s lawyer wrote, according to the outlets.
Solis said she met Sondland again, this time at his request. He offered her a tour of his art collection at his home, and the tour eventually moved to the pool house. Here, Solis said that she asked to use the restroom.
“I get out to the pool house, and he is now naked from the waist down,” Solis said. “He said something about, ‘I thought we could chat.’ And I said something, trying to keep his ego intact — not that he needed that, not that it wouldn’t have been anyway — I said something like, ‘I can’t have that conversation.’”
Sondland put his pants back on after Solis says she apologized for potentially giving him the wrong impression. The two met on a third occasion a few months later when she was inspecting and having staff training sessions at his hotel properties. He invited her to see the penthouse, which she was unaware was one of his homes, Solis said.
“The next thing I know, he’s all over me,” Solis said. “He’s on top of me. He’s kissing me, shoving his tongue down my throat. And I’m trying to wiggle out from under him, and the next thing you know, I’m sort of rising up to get away from him, and I fall over the back of the couch.”
Solis’s former husband backed up her account and said that she was upset upon arriving home, ProPublica and Portland Monthly reported. Sondland’s lawyer denied these claims, too. Sondland ended up leaving the account with the company Solis worked for.
“We have been able to review Provenance’s records interacting with Ms. Solis’s company, and at no time did she or her employer convey any concern about Ambassador Sondland, his comportment, or the nature of any business dealings he had with them or their personnel,” the lawyer wrote.
Sept said she had a 2010 breakfast with Sondland, which sparked multiple other outings. She said how comfortable she felt with Sondland as the two had many personal connections. During one dinner, Sept said she came back from the bathroom and Sondland insisted that she sit beside him in a booth.
She allegedly cut the evening short and Sondland tried to kiss her outside of her car. Sept said she sent a follow-up email after the dinner to schedule a meeting an attempt to “maintain professionalism.” Sondland did not reply, according to her account.
“Ambassador Sondland did discuss Ms. Sept’s job prospects with her, but he denies any unwanted touching. He specifically denies attempting to kiss her, along with her claim that she pushed him away,” his lawyer wrote.
“The fact that [Sondland] uses his power to terrorize people who he perceives as having less power is really disgusting,” Sept said. “I want other women to feel comfortable to share their stories, and be believed.”
“I am heartened by the fact that people routinely express outrage over Bill Clinton and particularly those more serious allegations about him,” Farrow said.
Following the Farrow’s comments, the Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to multiple advisors and former administration officials in the Clinton administration who have expressed support for the #MeToo movement to ask their thoughts on Farrow’s comments.
George Stephanopoulos, Clinton’s former White House Communications Director, declined to comment about Farrow’s remarks, despite voicing support for the #MeToo movement in the past.
The Los Angeles Times asked him about the #MeToo movement in relation to Clinton in a 2018 interview, and Stephanopoulos, an ABC anchor, suggested that he supports the movement and those who have been victims of sexual assault.
The first question broached about the topic focused on Stephanopoulos’ “counterparts” being fired after sexual assault allegations. Both NBC host Matt Lauer and CBS host Charlie Rose were both fired in 2017 over such accusations.
“At the same time, what happened was serious, and you’re seeing people you know go through something challenging, and in these cases it certainly seemed deserved,” Stephanopoulos said. “It makes you conscious of how these positions are both precarious and sinecures at the same time. Once you’re known to the morning audience.”
Stephanopoulos was then asked about the #MeToo movement and how it relates retroactivity to the numerous allegations made against Clinton.
“In the right-wing media now any time I say something about #MeToo, it’s, ‘Well, but what about Bill Clinton?’ And they forget, or choose to ignore the fact, that I was one of the most prominent people who came out and said, ‘This is not OK.’ In writing,” Stephanopoulos replied.
Clinton administration’s former White House Chief of Staff
John Podesta, Clinton’s White House chief of staff, did not respond to multiple requests for comment asking his take on Farrow’s commentary. Podesta also worked as Hillary Clinton’s chairman during her 2016 presidential campaign.
Podesta founded The Center for American Progress in 2oo3, a nonprofit that pushes “bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action.” The nonprofit has voiced support for the #MeToo movement in the past, detailing ways to advance the movement in 2018.
Hillary and Chelsea Clinton
Two of the biggest supporters of the #MeToo movement are Bill Clinton’s wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and their daughter, Chelsea Clinton. Neither responded to a request for comment from the DCNF.
Hillary Clinton has repeatedly praised the #MeToo movement, but faced backlash in 2018 when she appeared to downplay her husband’s affair with then-White House intern Monica Lewinsky, noting that Lewinsky “was an adult.”
During a 2018 interview with CBS’s “Sunday Morning,” Hillary Clinton added that her husband had no reason to resign following the scandal, The Washington Post reported.
Chelsea Clinton has also advocated for the #MeToo movement, saying on Good Morning America in 2018 that she hopes the women speaking out against sexual misconduct will help the future generation of girls have their voices “valued and listened to.”
Clinton supporter Alan Dershowitz
Lawyer Alan Dershowitz also did not respond to repeated requests for comment. Dershowitz, who helped secure a “non-prosecution agreement” for the now-deceased alleged child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein in 2005, protested against the investigation into Bill Clinton in his 1998 book “Sexual McCarthyism.”
Despite actively advocating for Bill Clinton in the past, Dershowitz has remained silent on this new appeal to revisit rape allegations against the former president. He had his own scandal when Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre alleged that Dershowitz had sex with her while she was underage at Epstein’s urging.
“The ‘Me Too’ movement relies on credible reports of sexual misconduct and when a woman and her lawyer make false allegations and falsely accuse people, it hurts not only the falsely accused person, me, but it hurts everybody who is a true victim of sexual abuse,” Dershowitz said in September 2019 when he denied the claims, NBC News reported.