Foxnews Off Scripts: Anti-Corporate General Motors


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so yesterday we talked about GM cutting
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15,000 jobs in the wake of a seven-year
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stock buyback frenzy this job cutting is
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supposedly going to save them 6 billion
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dollars a year
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supposedly they over the past 7 years
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have bought back of 14 billion dollars
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worth of stock they have just been on
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the receiving end of hundreds of
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millions of dollars of tax breaks
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annually and they of course also
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continue to have incredibly massive CEO
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salaries all this just seven eight years
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shortly after the US government bailed
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them out saved all of the executive jobs
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as well as other jobs and Fox News is
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starting to get a little bit worried
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here’s Brian Kilmeade with Peter Morey
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ichi am i saying his name right and he
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is he is starting to worry for
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capitalism because it’s it’s showing a
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little too much flesh i think it’s
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probably the way to put this got a huge
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corporate tax cut didn’t they and wasn’t
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the thought was that the american
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industry would start bringing industry
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home because our corporate tax rate was
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now competitive absolutely there’s no
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reason why we shouldn’t be selling cars
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in China that are made here now the
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president has to open up the Chinese
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market and you know I guess that’s the
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next stage but abandoning the American
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worker
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she says that Americans aren’t buying
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sedans do you see Toyota getting out of
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the sedan business they make money on
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sedans they know how to make sedans well
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the problem of MS Berra is she has a
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company that doesn’t make competitive
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sedan wait where’s the part doesn’t he
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go on to say
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um oh here it is okay sorry I got
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confused and so there is Fox News saying
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you know maligning the company but
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here’s the real issue this is on Charles
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Payne and shannon bream here he is
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Fox News is getting a little bit
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concerned here let’s we have this is
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clip number four he’s broke when you
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were sitting here yesterday and all we
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really had was the headline I think as
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the day went on the news sunk in and
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this news is it’s not good for these
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it’s not good last quarter the company
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did thirty five billion dollars in three
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months 77% came from North American
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customers eighty seven percent of
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operating income came from North
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American business so yeah you can build
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out factories all over the world but the
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Americans are keeping you in business
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and you kick them to the curb at the
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first sign it’s really the president’s
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not happy he’s shooting back at Mary but
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but the president told us that the tax
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cuts were gonna make this all magically
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be no problem the GM wasn’t going to
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outsource their thing because of the the
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the taxes are coming home it’s gonna be
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magically no problem I guess it’s just
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going we could do in the opposite I
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meant the opposite
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Mary Barra who by the way happened to be
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at the White House is straight for a
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pre-scheduled meeting with Larry Kudlow
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we don’t really know it was discussed
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there but the president’s fired back
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saying that they should make a better
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car that that he was very tough on GM’s
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borrow over these plant closure
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happening no he shouldn’t be happy of
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course I don’t think any American
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president would be happy about this and
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again it’s not like they’re in dire
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straits now they’re trying to get ahead
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of things they want a big fat cash flow
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but this is why I think capitalism in of
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itself is in a lot of trouble in this
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country because you know these companies
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keep posting record earnings and to keep
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firing people they keep posting record
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earnings and they keep buying back
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billions of dollars of their own stock
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the American public is going to get hip
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to this and my fear is that they’re
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going to end up electing not a
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democratic socialist just a straight-up
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socialist because of the
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kind of shenanigans that’s coming a long
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time number two from your mouth to God’s
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ears money you know how would have
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talked about waterways right exactly
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right on her segments chuckles did wrong
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walk away I would love to see Dave Rubin
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Dave Rubin a react to this clip oh well
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I mean well I enjoy competitions a big
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deal sometimes the government there’s
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competition and competition would start
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kicking in competition I think what he’s
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really saying is that when government
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interferes that paves road to socialism
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no I think like when when Dave Rubin is
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like struck with something like that
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first of all he would be lately over not
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do that analysis no but he would say
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like look everybody has they can do what
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they want this is what a free country is
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about and then he would just ask the
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moving onto topic to I will say this I
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think you know based upon the other day
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I was listening last night I think it
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was maybe I don’t know I was listening
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to Mark Levin who is now taken to
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calling Bernie Sanders a communist
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because and I think that that’s true
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that that notion there like we’re not
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gonna vote for a Democratic Socialist
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we’re gonna vote for a socialist
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socialist I think and and good for that
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dude for just having the wherewithal to
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realize like hey there’s a problem here
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and I think like you’d have to be really
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really oblivious not to notice it that
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they’re gonna have to start they’re
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gonna have to come up with another word
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to demonize the and I don’t think
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communist is gonna work either frankly
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because they’ve been trying like sjw’s
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but they need something specifically
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economic but that that doesn’t hide that
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by the way like communist what are you
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talking about fashion it’s retro retro
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school it’s it’s all like it’s it’s it’s
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the equivalent of like saying that
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Chicago politics but also a pretty big
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stigma around the word communist but
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less and less I would say
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definitely a stigma around the word
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communist but the the vast majority of
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people who react to it as if it’s like
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saying a boogeyman are already going to
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vote for the the right-wing in Canada
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dis is with two quick point I mean this
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was exactly what happened with de Blasio
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who by the way is an insult to the
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Sandinistas but they remember when he
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was first running for mayor they were
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like bill de blasio hung out with the
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Sandinistas for a week in the 80s and it
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was like over 90% of New Yorkers were
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like the Sun the one you mean like he
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was in on a clash recording that’s cool
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not even that like right a handful of
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people who read the New York Post like
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he’s a communist because they’re already
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like brain-dead Upper East Side lunatics
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and we’re gonna vote for me and then
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people like me were like it’s nothing
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that’s what Obama did for me when
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Reverend Wright came out I was like hey
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it’s like the sector of conservative
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publishing that’s trying to really
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really hard to make the anti-semite
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Ilhan Omar stick right based on just BDS
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support and that’s very dynamic
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and I also think like I would love to
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see an actual president would
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immediately nationalize the GM plants
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and let’s get it into the court system
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and see how that works out because
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that’s how you would save those jobs you
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don’t want to do this government’s
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taking it over these are public
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cooperatives now jobs stay we make
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energy efficient cars we support the
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economy screw GM and not either fake
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totalitarian hectoring like Trump or
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like training people for the jobs of the
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future whatever the Third Way scam no it
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seemed that the right is a whole lot
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more optimistic about the chances of
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communism in our lifetime than the left
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so maybe we should cheer up a little bit
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well the very least you know that would
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be a good clip to show you know people
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in Schumer and Pelosi is calm staff like
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you’re so neurotic about a systemic
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critique of capitalism when you get
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asked the question from a young person
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on CNN meanwhile Charles Payne is saying
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this on Fox

Trump Signals Consequences for Michael Cohen Over Secret Recording

President Trump lashed out at his longtime lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, on Saturday, suggesting that there could be legal consequences for Mr. Cohen’s decision to record a discussion

.. “Inconceivable that the government would break into a lawyer’s office (early in the morning) — almost unheard of,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter. “Even more inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client — totally unheard of & perhaps illegal. The good news is that your favorite President did nothing wrong!”

.. advisers say has become more unwilling than ever to listen to advice

.. Mr. Trump signaled open warfare on Mr. Cohen, a longtime fixer he had until now tried to keep by his side.

.. While the president suggested on Saturday that Mr. Cohen’s recording may have been illegal, New York law allows one party to a conversation to tape it without the other knowing.

.. Mr. Trump himself also has a history of recording phone calls and conversations.

.. A person familiar with the discussions said that once The Times approached Mr. Giuliani, the president’s legal team chose not to assert attorney-client privilege over the recording.

.. John R. Bolton, the national security adviser, mostly stayed away from Mr. Trump.

Mr. Bolton wrote down four bullet points aboard Air Force One that he believed were relevant, including that Mr. Trump should acknowledge that he believed the intelligence agencies’ findings on the Russian meddling. He relayed them to the press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders

.. Trump has surveyed almost everyone he has talked to about his performance in Finland, but few told him just how poorly it had gone. Aides suggested different options for “changing the narrative,” without seeming to realize that a simple story would not suffice.

.. Mr. Trump ultimately came up with his own solution: He would say he had left out a word in the news conference with Mr. Putin

.. Ivanka looked for ways to push the narrative away from Russia.

.. She said her worker retraining announcement with her father later in the afternoon at the White House could provide a pivot toward a new story.

.. Kellyanne Conway, pointed out that Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, and two other administration intelligence officials would appear at a national security conference in Aspen

.. Privately, Mr. Trump’s advisers have suggested that Mr. Cohen had done things that Mr. Trump was unaware of. The recording makes that harder to accept.

On his way to the New Jersey golf club, the president ignored several questions from reporters about why his campaign would have denied knowledge of the payments if he was on tape discussing them with Mr. Cohen.

It Just Got Harder to Fire Mueller

It’s just become trickier for President Trump to fire Robert Muelleranytime soon. Doing so during the Supreme Court confirmation process for Brett Kavanaugh — which is likely to last for at least two months — would create a set of problems for Trump that didn’t exist before.

One, Trump clearly loves making Supreme Court nominations. They allow him to look presidential and to be bathed in praise by other Republicans. If he were to fire Mueller — the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the election — anytime in the coming weeks, the confirmation process would immediately lose its normalcy. It would be dominated by discussion of Mueller’s Russia investigation, which Trump loathes and makes him look like the opposite of a normal president.

Two, firing Mueller could damage the Republicans’ chances of holding Congress in this year’s midterms.

.. the Supreme Court nomination has some real political advantages for Republicans. It unifies their base voters and reminds them of reasons to turn out. And it turns the discussion away from Trump, who remains unpopular.

.. Finally, firing Mueller could damage Kavanaugh’s chances of confirmation. As I’ve written before, I would be very surprised if any Senate Republicans defected. But their margin for error is virtually zero. Losing a single senator could defeat the nomination. And the circus that would accompany the firing of Mueller could certainly imperil one vote.

Donald Trump Explains Wiretapping and Twitter to Tucker Carlson

CARLSON:  So, 51,000 people retweeted that.  So a lot of people thought that was plausible, they believe you, you’re the President — you’re in charge of the agencies.  Every intelligence agency reports to you.  Why not immediately go to them and gather evidence to support that?

TRUMP:  Because I don’t want to do anything that’s going to violate any strength of an agency.  We have enough problems.

And by the way, with the CIA, I just want people to know, the CIA was hacked, and a lot of things taken — that was during the Obama years.  That was not during us.  That was during the Obama situation.  Mike Pompeo is there now doing a fantastic job.

.. I don’t honestly understand how or why pushing for that investigation would “violate any strength of an agency.”

It doesn’t. The one and only think Trump does well is turn a conversation into spaghetti so that by the time you get to the end of an answer, you’re not even sure what the question was.

.. if you watched the Bret Baier and what he was saying and what he was talking about and how he mentioned the word wiretap, you would feel very confident that you could mention the name.

.. So: Bret Baier mentioned the word “wiretap.” That gave Trump the confidence that he could tweet that he was wire-tapped by the former president.

.. You had great press all week, bipartisan, and then you let off this tweet, and immediately, people say —

TRUMP:  No, it wasn’t that tweet.  They had other things —

CARLSON:  You can’t back up what you say.

TRUMP:  Excuse me.  I had a very successful night.  Joint session, it was very successful.  I got reviews even from people that I would never think I was going to get good reviews.  I got great reviews.

.. I have my own form of media.

.. I mean, let’s see whether or not I prove it.  I just don’t choose to do it right now.  I choose to do it before the committee, and maybe I’ll do it before the committee.  Maybe I’ll do it before I see the result of the committee.  But I think we have some very good stuff.

.. if they’re not going to do me the honor and the public the honor of spreading my word accurately as it was meant

.. No matter what you do, no matter how good — no matter how great it is, they don’t report it in a positive fashion.

,, I probably wouldn’t be here — I’m not talking about Twitter, because it’s really Twitter, Facebook, and lots of other things, OK.  But I might not be here talking to you right now as President if I didn’t have an honest way of getting the word out. 

Donald the Menace

But it also reflected a cold view of the incentives the new administration would face: as working-class voters began to realize that candidate Trump’s promises about jobs and health care were insincere, foreign distractions would look increasingly attractive.

.. But the war with China will, it seems, have to wait. First comes Australia. And Mexico. And Iran. And the European Union. (But never Russia.)

.. There was also a curious contrast between the response to Iran and the response to another, more serious provocation: Russia’s escalation of its proxy war in Ukraine. Senator John McCain called on the president to help Ukraine. Strangely, however, the White House said nothing at all about Russia’s actions until Nikki Haley, the United Nations ambassador, issued a condemnation late Thursday night to the Security Council. This is getting a bit obvious, isn’t it?

.. Peter Navarro, head of Mr. Trump’s new National Trade Council, accused Germany of exploiting the United States with an undervalued currency. There’s an interesting economics discussion to be had here, but government officials aren’t supposed to make that sort of accusation unless they’re prepared to fight a trade war. Are they?

.. No, what we’re hearing sounds like a man who is out of his depth and out of control, who can’t even pretend to master his feelings of personal insecurity. His first two weeks in office have been utter chaos, and things just keep getting worse — perhaps because he responds to each debacle with a desperate attempt to change the subject that only leads to a fresh debacle.

Trump Administration’s Strained Relationship With Media Continues

President Donald Trump and members of his new administration including press secretary Sean Spicer tangled with the news media in the first days following the inauguration, which may foreshadow an extension of a combative relationship. WSJ’s Shelby Holliday reports. Photo: Associated Press

(Sean Spicer didn’t walk back his comments, but changed his argument to talk about total viewership.)