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Joy Behar worried Thursday that if President Donald Trump were to win reelection, it would mark the end of democracy.

During a segment of ABC daytime talk show “The View,” Behar urged voters not to “get complacent” just because it looked as though Biden would win.

Cohost Whoopi Goldberg began the segment with a note about the fact that both Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden would be holding competing town halls Thursday evening. Biden is set to appear on ABC while Trump is scheduled to appear on NBC.

“It’s so insane out there,” Behar responded, saying that Trump would probably win in the ratings but that might not translate into him winning more votes come Election Day. “The ratings will probably go to the ‘stable genius’ because people prefer to watch a train wreck rather than watch, you know, say a course in civics.”

Behar went on to suggest that NBC — the network that aired Trump’s successful show “The Apprentice” — was effectively shilling for the president. She also suggested that there were more tapes like the “Access Hollywood” tape that was leaked just before the second presidential debate in 2016, arguing that NBC had failed to release those.

“If they really want to do the show, they should put in a laugh track because that is what watching Trump has become,” Behar continued. “It’s become a comedy show, and unfortunately people are dying.”

Behar then pivoted to say that she was getting worried about the election. “It looks like Biden’s going to pull it off, but people should not get complacent,” she said. “I worry about the possible four years of this, and it’s the end of democracy. It’s the end of this country, four more years of this. I believe that.”

“Especially when they own the Supreme Court and God forbid they take the Senate again, we’re doomed,” Behar concluded. “We’re doomed. People better go out there and vote. That’s all I have to say.”

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: ‘We’re Doomed’: Joy Behar Worries A Trump Win Would Be ‘The End Of Democracy’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused President Donald Trump of “trying to have the Constitution of the United States swallow Clorox.”

Pelosi, addressing Trump’s plan to “wait and see” rather than simply accept the election results, pivoted to reference his suggestion that doctors find an injectable process to “disinfect” the blood and eradicate coronavirus.

Pelosi began by saying that Trump represented a “unique threat” to American democracy, asking how Republicans would explain to their children what he was doing. “We have a president of the United States who wants to discredit people’s vote,” she said in reference to Trump’s refusal to “commit” to a peaceful transfer of power following the election.

“We’re gonna have to see what happens,” he said.

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“I don’t know why the press doesn’t make more of this, to be very honest with you,” Pelosi continued. “If he says to people, ‘Swallow Clorox,’ we hear about it for the rest of our lives, but he’s trying to have the Constitution of the United States swallow Clorox — I appreciate these questions that all of you have this morning I guess provoked by the arrogance and the disregard for the Constitution of the president’s statement last night.”

President Trump’s actual statement regarding the possibility of using a disinfectant to treat coronavirus came from an April 24 Coronavirus Task Force briefing.

“I see the disinfectant that knocks it out in a minute, one minute. And is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning?” Trump asked at the time. “As you see, it gets in the lungs, it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it would be interesting to check that.”

Trump also asked whether there might be a way to treat the virus by passing ultraviolet light “through the skin,” ostensibly in the same way that phototherapy can be used to treat premature babies with jaundice.

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: Pelosi Accuses Trump Of ‘Trying To Have The Constitution Of The United States Swallow Clorox’

An aerial banner attacking Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo flew over several of the state’s most popular beaches Labor Day weekend.

The banner, towed behind a small plane like a typical shoreline advertisement, read “THE GOV KILLED NANA.”

The banner was spotted over several local hotspots Saturday and appeared to be a reference to Cuomo’s March order forcing nursing homes to accept COVID-positive or suspected patients — an order that many believe was at least partially responsible for the high number of coronavirus-related deaths in New York nursing homes.

One person who was at Rockaway Beach when the plane passed overhead reportedly told the New York Post that beachgoers had applauded the sign, adding, “The people were going crazy. [Cuomo] is nothing but a liar, condescending and miserable person. His carelessness caused the death of a lot of people unnecessarily.”

Cuomo’s spokesman Rich Azzopardi released a statement in response to the sign, attributing it to “conspiracy nuts.”

“Everyone knows this governor has worked day in and day out to protect all New Yorkers and that’s why these sad politically motivated lies always land with a thud and I have no comment on how conspiracy nuts want to waste their money,” he said.

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: ‘The Gov Killed Nana’: Aerial Banner Slamming Andrew Cuomo Flies Over New York Beaches

The Washington Post’s obituary for Robert Trump failed to match the positive tone struck by their obituary for former ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

President Donald Trump’s younger brother, 71, died Saturday in New York City — and the Washington Post led only with his recent lawsuit against his niece, Mary Trump, and the tell-all book she published attacking the president.

Many quickly noticed that the outlet had gone a different direction with the obituary for former ISIS leader Al-Baghdadi, calling him an “austere religious scholar” before backlash prompted an edit.

The response to Robert Trump’s obituary also resulted in a headline change from the Washington Post.

The new headline reads simply, “Robert Trump, younger brother of President Trump, dies at 71.”

The Washington Post was not alone in editorializing Robert Trump’s obituary. The Associated Press opened by suggesting that the younger Trump’s “even keel” was somehow out of place in the Trump family.

Robert Trump had been very ill in recent weeks and had even spent a week in Mount Sinai Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit in June, returning to the hospital just before he passed away on Saturday.

The president was able to see his brother, to whom he referred as his “best friend,” in the hours before his passing. Trump’s children shared their own thoughts about their uncle as well.

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: The Washington Post Gave A Nicer Obituary To ISIS Leader Al-Baghdadi Than To Robert Trump

Democratic California Rep. Adam Schiff said Thursday that President Donald Trump’s decision to declassify information related to the origins of the Russia probe was “un-American.” Just more than two years ago, however, Schiff called on then-President Barack Obama to declassify some of the very same information.

On the heels of Trump’s decision to give Barr wide latitude with regard to declassifying the pertinent information, Schiff tweeted, “While Trump stonewalls the public from learning the truth about his obstruction of justice, Trump and Barr conspire to weaponize law enforcement and classified information against their political enemies.

The coverup has entered a new and dangerous phase. This is un-American.”

But in December 2016, just a month prior to Trump’s inauguration, Schiff called on Obama to declassify as much information as possible, arguing that Trump would not allow it once he was in office.

“President Obama can and must declassify as much as possible about Russia hacking our elections. Rest assured, Trump won’t,” Schiff’s 2016 tweet reads.

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: Schiff Wanted Obama To Declassify Russia Docs — If Trump Does It, He’s ‘Un-American’

Republican Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy called the House Democrats’ latest attempt at coronavirus relief “dead as fried chicken.”

Kennedy explained his reasoning during a conversation with Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures.”

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Bartiromo asked Kennedy directly why he would say that the bill, which proposes another $3 trillion in relief spending, was “dead as fried chicken.”

“That’s $3 trillion,” Kennedy began, listing the zeros one by one for impact. “It’s not going to pass the Senate nor should it. My fellow Republicans in the Senate have tried to see things from the Speaker’s point of view, but we can’t get our heads that far up our rear ends, and I think any fair-minded American would agree, once they read the bill.”

Bartiromo asked about the fact that a number of the provisions in the bill appeared to have no relation to coronavirus at all, and Kennedy was quick to respond to that as well.

“Well it’s not a coronavirus bill as much as it is an effort by the Speaker and her colleagues to rewrite the rules for American society. This bill, her bill would rewrite our immigration laws, her bill would federalize elections, our elections have always been run by states and local governments. Her bill would begin the process of federalizing the elections,” Kennedy explained.

“It mentions dope more than it talks about jobs. I think it references cannabis like 68 times. It would expand Obamacare and let me end as I began,” Kennedy concluded. “It would cost $3 trillion. That’s 3,000 billion. We just spent $3 trillion, we need to see how that works first.”

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: Sen. Kennedy: Republicans Tried To See Coronavirus Relief Pelosi’s Way, ‘But We Can’t Get Our Heads That Far Up Our Rear Ends’

Actress Alyssa Milano defended former Vice President Joe Biden amid accusations of sexual misconduct, saying that he deserves due process.

Milano supported independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in 2016 and has since endorsed Biden in the 2020 Democratic primary. She shared a video Monday — from her recent interview on “Andy Cohen Live” — explaining why, despite the accusations and her activism in the #metoo movement, she still supports Biden and will not be withdrawing her endorsement.

Milano explained that her goal in supporting the #metoo movement had been to shift society toward believing women rather than dismissing them — but that was never meant to rob men of the due process to which they were entitled.

Fellow “Charmed” alum Rose McGowan was not impressed with Milano’s explanation, suggesting that she was willing to accept allegations when they were leveled against people that she didn’t like, but concerned about due process for those she did.

“You are a fraud. This is about holding the media accountable. You go after Trump & Kavanaugh saying Believe Victims, you are a lie. You have always been a lie. The corrupt DNC is in on the smear job of Tara Reade, so are you. SHAME,” McGowan tweeted.

And Milano did appear to have a very different approach to “due process” when it came to the nomination — and eventual confirmation — of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Her attacks on Kavanaugh began within hours of his nomination on July 9, 2018.

From that day until the day of his eventual confirmation, Milano continued to attack.

When Dr. Christine Blasey Ford went public with accusations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh, Milano was quick to join the fight despite the fact that Ford’s claims lacked substantiation from any source.

Milano made no move to question the authenticity of Ford’s claims, instead boosting her credibility by referring to her as a “victim” rather than an “alleged victim” and promoting her story with no caveats. She even attended Kavanaugh’s hearings in support of Ford.

Milano gave the same consideration to accusations against President Donald Trump, repeating the accusations without noting that it as possible that some — or all — were untrue.

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: Alyssa Milano Says Joe Biden Deserves ‘Due Process’ In Sexual Assault Allegation

Politico appeared to suggest Thursday that President Donald Trump’s new travel restrictions, which included a 30-day moratorium on flights from most European nations, intentionally spared his own resorts.

The ban exempts nations outside the Schengen Area, which is a group of 26 countries that allow visa-free international travel within its borders. It also exempts American citizens traveling in Europe, although once they are allowed to return home they may be expected to self-quarantine.

“Trump’s new coronavirus, European travel restrictions have a convenient side effect: They exempt nations where three Trump-owned golf resorts are located,” the outlet tweeted along with an article that explained that the United Kingdom, which was exempted from the travel restrictions, was home to several Trump properties.

Trump’s travel ban sidesteps his own European resorts,” the headline read on Politico’s website, and the story went on to suggest that financial struggles could have figured into the decision.

“The United Kingdom, which is home to Trump Turnberry and Trump International Golf Links, and Ireland, which is home to another Trump-branded hotel and golf course at Doonbeg, do not participate in the Schengen Area. Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania are also not part of the Schengen Area. All three of the resorts are struggling financially.”

Tim Murtaugh, communications director for President Trump’s reelection campaign, told the Daily Caller that Politico’s attack was unfounded and that the president had only the safety and health of American citizens in mind.

“This is just more media recklessness designed to undermine President Trump while he’s managing the response to the coronavirus outbreak. Every single decision the President has made has been designed to protect the American people. Every one,” Murtaugh said.

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: Without Evidence, Politico Suggests Trump Intentionally Exempted His Resorts From Travel Restrictions

California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris officially endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden in a statement Sunday.

Harris released a video endorsement via Twitter.

Harris, who had often targeted her former rival in the early debates with pointed questions about minority busing programs, said that Biden would be “a president who reflects the decency and dignity of the American people; a president who speaks the truth; and a president who fights for those whose voices are too often overlooked or ignored.”

“When I started my run for president, I said America needs a president who reflects the decency and dignity of the American people; a president who speaks the truth; and a president who fights for those whose voices are too often overlooked or ignored. I still believe that to this day. That is why I am proud to announce I am endorsing my friend, Vice President Joe Biden, for President of the United States.”

Biden, who campaigned Saturday in St. Louis appeared to let the cat out of the bag early when he thanked the supporters of his major endorsers — including former primary rivals such as Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke. He also listed Harris by name in spite of the fact that she had not yet made an official endorsement at the time.

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: Kamala Harris Confirms Biden Flub, Gives Official Endorsement

House Impeachment Manager and Democratic California Rep. Adam Schiff dodged a question Thursday about his staff’s connection to the alleged whistleblower.

After initially refusing to read a question from Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, saying that it could potentially reveal the name of the whistleblower, Chief Justice John Roberts took a revised question that focused instead on the House Intelligence Committee staffer who reportedly coordinated with the whistleblower.

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Roberts introduced the question, based on recent reporting that indicated the House Intelligence Committee, which Schiff chairs, hired a National Security Council holdover from the Obama Administration who had been part of a conversation in which someone said that “we need to do everything we can to take out the president.”

“The report further describes relationships between Lieutenant Colonel Vindman and the whistleblower,” Roberts continued. “Why did your committee hire him the day after the phone call and what role has he played throughout your committee’s investigation?”

Schiff immediately defended his staff and the committee, but he made no move to answer the question. “First of all, there have been a lot of attacks on my staff,” he said. “And as I said when this issue came up earlier, I’m appalled at some of the smearing of those that work for the Intelligence Committee. Now this refers to allegations and newspaper articles which are circulating smears on my staff and asked me to respond to those smears. I will not dignify those smears on my staff by giving them credence whatsoever or share information I believe could or could not lead to the identification of the whistleblower.”

Schiff then turned on the Republicans who had asked the question, suggesting that asking a question about his staffing decisions was tantamount to “attacking his staff.”

“Members of this body used to care about the protection of whistleblower identities,” Schiff continued, in spite of the fact that the question neither revealed that identity nor asked for it. “They didn’t use to attack members of staff. Now they do. Now they do. Now they will take an unsubstantiated repressed article and use it to smear my staff. I think it’s disgraceful.”

Schiff went on to describe the process by which intelligence community whistleblowers come forward with information, but still made no move to answer the question about his decision to hire an Obama holdover. Once again he accused the Republicans of attempting to out the whistleblower.

“The president would like nothing better than that I’m sure the president is applauding this question because he wants his pound of flesh,” Schiff continued, turning his attack on President Donald Trump. “He wants to punish anyone that has the courage to stand up to him. Well, I can’t tell you who the whistleblower is because I don’t know, but I can tell you who it should be. It should be every one of us. We should be willing to blow the whistle on the president’s misconduct.”

Schiff concluded by suggesting that in the future people might be too afraid to come forward, saying, “Why stick my neck out? Is my name going to be dragged through the mud? Will people join our staff if their names are going to be dragged through the mud?”

At no point did he answer the question.

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: Adam Schiff Dodges Question About Connection To Whistleblower, Says He Won’t Let His Staff Be Dragged Through The Mud

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