The panel of political commentators with CNN on the ground in Phoenix, Arizona couldn’t help but notice that Vice President Joe Biden’s profound eulogy honoring the life of his friend Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) included subtle digs at President Donald Trump.
“I also thought Joe Biden’s eulogy was extraordinary because it seemed to me, it was on three levels,” said CNN special correspondent Jamie Gangel. “It was a eulogy to comfort his family and his friends, a eulogy to celebrate the man and his legacy, but I also think it had a third audience, that was Donald Trump. So many of the things that he talked about, about John McCain, respect, dignity, civility, bipartisanship, they are just that much more potent in this day and age.”
David Gergen noted most of the conversation will likely surround Biden’s speech because those in politics are wondering if he’ll run for president against Trump.
“In the beginning, he was — I have not appreciated how much he continues to suffer,” Gergen noted of the loss Biden has experienced. “He is engulfed in grief. He’s had so many losses in his life.”
Gergen said that Biden approached the beginning of his speech as somewhat of a father figure, but then the tone shifted.
“Then in the middle, he came alive. There was a place he was speaking from deep conviction,” he continued. “You said, that’s the old Joe Biden, the energy, but the anger and almost the disgust. He didn’t want to express in those words, but you could tell about his feelings, what’s happening to the country. I thought that gave great power to his eulogy.”
Biden spoke of “an ancient, antiquated code where honor, courage, integrity, duty, were alive.”
It’s an era some could say is slowly wasting away at the Twitter fingers of today’s president.
He spoke of McCain’s values underlying his politics, which enabled such bipartisanship throughout his legislative career.
“He’d part company with you, if you lacked the basic values of decency, respect, knowing this project is bigger than yourself,” Biden said. “John’s story is an American story. It’s not hyperbole. It’s the American story. Grounded in respect and decency. Basic fairness.”
Biden spoke profoundly about McCain’s dedication to fighting abuses of power, which is perhaps why he and Trump didn’t get along.
“The intolerance through the abuse of power,” Biden continued. “Many of you travel the world, look how the rest of the world looks at us. They look at us a little naive, so fair, so decent. We are the naive Americans. That’s who we are. That’s who John was. He could not stand the abuse of power. Wherever he saw it, in whatever form, in whatever country. He always loved basic values, fairness, honesty, dignity, respect, giving hate no safe harbor, leaving no one behind and understanding Americans were part of something much bigger than ourselves.”
Watch the commentary and Biden’s speech below:
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Robert Mueller Will Testify Before Two House Committees
The Democrats may be inching closer toward impeachment of Donald Trump if this latest move has anything to show for itself. Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller was subpoenaed to testify before two House committees – and has accepted.
Mueller had previously said he would not testify post-investigation findings because his 448-page written report “should speak for itself.” However, he’s since changed his tune.
“Americans have demanded to hear directly from the Special Counsel so they can understand what he and his team examined, uncovered, and determined about Russia’s attack on our democracy, the Trump campaign’s acceptance and use of that help, and President Trump and his associates’ obstruction of the investigation into that attack,” House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler and House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff said in a joint statement.
“He was and is deeply reluctant to come testify, but nonetheless he has agreed to respect the subpoena,” Schiff told CNN on Tuesday evening.
“This will be an opportunity to amplify the message of the report, and then, you know, we’ll let the chips fall where they may,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Maryland Democrat on the Judiciary Committee who has pushed for opening an impeachment inquiry.
Mueller will appear to potentially discuss his investigation’s findings before Congress on July 17 in back-to-back hearings with the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees. Mueller is expected to provide additional knowledge about the Trump-Russia election interference and 10 counts of possible obstruction of justice by the sitting president of the United States.
Trump’s response? A tweet.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2019
Liberals Are All in Defending New Congresswoman Who Declared Democrats Are ‘Going to Impeach the Motherf*cker’
Newly-sworn-in U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) is one of the first two Muslim women Members of Congress. And after a day of celebrating, voting, and more celebrating, she told supporters Thursday night that House Democrats are going to impeach President Trump.
Except that’s not exactly what she said.
Congresswoman Tlaib at a MoveOn event shared a conversation she had with her son.
“And when your son looks at you and says, ‘Mama look, you won. Bullies don’t win,’ and I said, ‘Baby, they don’t,’ because we’re gonna go in there and we’re going to impeach the motherf****r.”
Here’s the video:
Congresswoman @RashidaTlaib tells cheering crowd that Trump impeachment coming
“We’re going to go in and impeach the motherfucker” pic.twitter.com/oQJYqR78IA
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) January 4, 2019
On the right, conservatives and Republicans are furious.
Here’s Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, aghast, expressing his faux outrage on Fox News:
“Look what she said to her son in a rally she thought was private last night.”
Ends by saying he wants to be called “Republican leader,” not “minority leader.” pic.twitter.com/Bcr38wSZlW
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 4, 2019
On the left, liberals and Democrats on social media (not all, but mostly) are thrilled – and only too happy to push back against the right, reminding them of the record of the man in the White House and the reason they say they like him so much.
This tweet pretty much sums it all up:
Wingnuts on “Grab them by the pussy”: I like Trump, because there’s no filter
On “Impeach the motherfucker”: I’M SO TRIIIIIGGGGEEERRRED! https://t.co/N4OMOxRMon
— Deep State Wisco 🏴☠️ (@Wisco) January 4, 2019
Here are some on the left (presumably – we haven’t checked their political leanings) reminding America what’s really important:
If you are more upset by the word “motherfucker” than you are by Trump tossing children in cages, then fuck you. You are a garbage person.
— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) January 4, 2019
I agree. She should have said “pathological lying motherfucker”
— Jack Evans (@Jack4Evanss) January 4, 2019
I guarantee you that people from ‘shit hole’ countries and women striving not to be grabbed by their ‘pussy’ are hoping ‘motherfucker’ Trump is impeached tomorrow.
— Jeremy Newberger (@jeremynewberger) January 4, 2019
Rashida Tlaib should say she’ll apologize for calling the president “motherfucker” as soon as there are no longer any kids languishing and dying in American detention camps.
No civility in words without civility in deeds.
— laura olin (@lauraolin) January 4, 2019
Trump put babies in cages and an attempted rapist on the Supreme Court.
Motherfucker is a polite term for what he is, tbh.
— Kaili Joy Gray (@KailiJoy) January 4, 2019
The government is still shut down because the president isn’t getting the wall he said Mexico will pay for and a lot of y’all are more concerned about a woman calling him a motherfucker.
— “Celia” (@_celia_bedelia_) January 4, 2019
Brother, when I saw the video, my fist went into the air a la Freddie Mercury, I immediately developed a girl crush, & I’m now searching for a t-shirt w/her face & those words on it. I certainly hopes she gets that motherfucker! #GoMama
— nmgreen”heretic”chile (@nmgreenchile) January 4, 2019
Watch: Massive Protest Against Trump in Pittsburgh as Politicians Refuse to Be Seen With President
‘President Trump You Are Not Welcome in Pittsburgh’
The mayor of Pittsburgh and others affected by Saturday’s massacre of 11 people observing the Sabbath in The Tree of Life synagogue asked President Donald Trump to not come visit them today, but the President refused to listen. And now he is paying the price.
No local, state, or national politicians greeted Air Force One Tuesday afternoon. No politicians will join the president as he makes his way into town to “pay his respects,” as the White House said.
Community leaders stressed that today they are holding funerals for the mass shooting victims, who were gunned down in an anti-Semitic hate crime terror attack. Law enforcement is stretched to the limit already. Having to protect the President on top of protecting funeral-goers and protestors would require too many police officers.
But the President wanted a photo op, one week before the midterms.
“Trump, accompanied by the First Lady and prominent Jewish members of his administration — including daughter Ivanka, son-in-law Jared Kushner and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin — arrived in the stricken city just before 4 p.m. ET,” CNN reports. “He was expected to visit with wounded law enforcement officers and pay respects to the dead amid ongoing funeral observances for the mostly elderly victims. He was due back in Washington in a matter of hours.”
Saturday’s mass shooting, the deadliest attack on Jewish people in the history of the United States, was carried out by a man reportedly screaming “All Jews must die!”
Right now a very respectful and well-organized protest against President Trump is taking place, as CBS affiliate WRGB is showing live on Facebook.
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