White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tried to use white nationalist Congressman Steve King as a role model for how the Republican party supposedly will not allow bigotry, but instead got a lesson from a reporter.
At her first press conference in over 40 days, Huckabee Sanders noted that House Republicans stripped Iowa GOP Rep. Steve King of his valuable committee assignments after his racist and bigoted remarks made international headlines. King has been making those remarks for many years.
Noting that President Donald Trump‘s latest attacks on Democrats are that they “hate Jews,” and called them the “anti-Jewish party,” Jon Karl asked, “Does the president really believe Democrats hate Jews?”
“Look. The President’s been an unwavering and committed ally to Israel and the Jewish people,” Huckabee Sanders said, appearing to be reading from a script. “And, frankly, the remarks that have been made by a number of Democrats, and failed to be called out by Democrat leadership is frankly abhorrent and it’s sad. It’s something that should be called by name – it shouldn’t be put in a watered-down resolution,” she charged.
Huckabee Sanders did not, in fact, name any Democrats, much less any who have made offensive remarks that have not been rebuked by Democratic leaders.
“It should be done the way Republicans did it when Steve King made terrible comments. We called it out by name, we stripped him of his committee memberships, and we’d like to see Democrats follow suit,” Sanders said.
She did not mention that the President of the United States regularly makes misogynistic, racist, and anti-Muslim remarks, and is almost never called out by his party leaders, nor does he ever apologize.
“First of all you mentioned Steve King. The President – correct me if I’m wrong – has not condemned Steve King.”
.@jonkarl: Does the president really believe Democrats hate Jews?
REPORTER: But the president hasn’t even condemned Steve King
SANDERS: Ah, aiya… I speak on behalf of the president. pic.twitter.com/CjzYBctNcI
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 11, 2019
King finally lost his House committee seats after rhetorically asking when terms including white nationalist and white supremacist became offensive.
Sanders could only respond that she speaks for the president and she has condemned King’s remarks.
Asked again if the President truly believes Democrats hate Jews, a claim for which there is no evidence, Sanders would only reply, “I think that’s a question you ought to ask the Democrats.”
Reporter: Does [Trump] think Democrats hate Jewish people?
Sanders: Democrats have had a number of opportunities to condemn specific comments but have refused to do that. That’s a question, frankly, I think you should ask Democrats pic.twitter.com/K6U3QdCqur
— POLITICO (@politico) March 11, 2019
And while Huckabee Sanders says she thinks Democratic leaders should condemn those unnamed Democrats who are making anti-Semitic remarks (of which there has been only one, it has been addressed) she neglected to note that 24 Republicans, including Rep. Steve King, refused to vote for last week’s resolution condemning anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim rhetoric, along with racism and other forms of bigotry. All Democrats voted in favor of the resolution.
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Trump Says He Will Make SCOTUS Nomination Next Week – Appears He Will Use Seat to Strengthen Where He Is Weak in Polls
President Donald Trump says he will announce his nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “next week.”
He made clear his primary deciding factors will be to help him in the polls.
Trump told reporters Saturday afternoon “most likely” he will choose a woman.
CNN reports he is leaning towards choosing a woman mostly because he is doing poorly in the polls with women.
Trump spoke about two women judges. He talked about Barbara Lagoa, noting she is Hispanic and from Florida. He is struggling in the polls with Hispanics and in Florida.
Reporters also asked about Amy Coney Barrett, a far right wing anti-choice, anti-LGBTQ extremist. Trump spoke positively about her as well. Reports say she is the current frontrunner.
Trump: I can see most likely it would be a woman, yeah I think I can say that. pic.twitter.com/1csAZefqUF
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) September 19, 2020
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Trump: Republicans Must Fill Supreme Court Seat ‘Without Delay’
President Donald Trump Saturday morning, barely 12 hours after U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away, announced his intention to fill her seat “without delay.”
The president said the Republican Party has been handed the “position of power and importance” to make decisions for those who elected them.
“We have this obligation,” he insisted, ignoring his obligation to balance decision-making by remembering he is president of the entire country, not just the red states.
.@GOP We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices. We have this obligation, without delay!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2020
Trump Releases Statement on Passing of ‘Titan’ Ruth Bader Ginsburg
President Donald Trump has issued a formal statement on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
He called her a “titan of the law,” and praised her for her “brilliant mind” and for her “powerful dissents.” Trump also said her Supreme Court decisions “have inspired all Americans.”
Earlier, before boarding Air Force One, Trump claimed he had not known she had passed away, and said, “She just died? I didn’t know that.”
“She led an amazing life, what else can you say? Whether you agree or not … she led an amazing life.”
Here’s the President’s statement:
Statement from the President on the Passing of Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg pic.twitter.com/N2YkGVWLoF
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2020
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