Biden says ‘poor kids’ are just as bright as ‘white kids’
August 9, 2019
Former Vice President Joe Biden while speaking before the Asian & Latino Coalition in Iowa on Thursday accidentally said that “poor kids” are just as bright as “white kids.”
Biden at this Des Moines event was discussing advanced placement programs in schools when he told the crowd, “We have this notion that somehow if you’re poor, you cannot do it. Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids,” Bloomberg reports.
The former vice president, it appears, quickly realized his mistake, as he immediately added, “…wealthy kids, black kids, Asian kids. No, I really mean it.”
This came hours after another gaffe from Biden in Iowa, as he had earlier in the day also told a crowd, seemingly on accident, that “we choose truth over facts.” Then there was a moment in which Biden started to refer to former British Prime Minister Theresa May as Margaret Thatcher, which CNN’s Daniel Dale points out is his second time doing so in the past few months.
Biden, of course, has a long history of gaffes, and he previously came under fire for saying that then-Senator Barack Obama was the “first mainstream African American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” as The Washington Post reports. Biden quickly apologized, saying he “deeply” regrets the “offense” the remark caused.
Watch Biden’s most unfortunate gaffe of his Thursday Iowa visit below. Brendan Morrow
Joe Biden is a gaffe machine.
Tonight: “Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.”
He tried to save it right after, but that’s going to get a lot of use. pic.twitter.com/QpDs2iZ9Hb
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) August 9, 2019
Here’s the movie Trump is suddenly attacking on Twitter — and why he might actually like it
August 9, 2019
President Trump on Friday continued to rail against Hollywood as “racist,” this time with a tweet making clearer the specific subject of his ire.
After earlier in the day jabbing Hollywood as “racist” and “dangerous” without providing any context, the president on Friday tweeted angrily about “the movie coming out,” which he declared was “made in order to inflame and cause chaos.”
Although Trump didn’t name the movie, he’s almost certainly speaking of Universal’s The Hunt, which has recently received Fox News coverage after advertising for it was pulled due to the recent mass shootings in Texas and Ohio. In the film, a group of characters from red states referred to as “deplorables” are hunted by liberal elites for sport, per The Hollywood Reporter.
But Trump is missing a key piece of information he might have gleaned from watching the film’s trailer: the “deplorables” are seemingly the film’s heroes, with the audience being meant to root for them as they fight to survive against the villainous elites. Still, this didn’t stop The Hunt from drawing lots of outrage on Fox News this week, with a guest on Laura Ingraham’s show declaring without having seen the movie that its takeaway message is that “you should kill your political adversaries.” Trump did not explain in his tweets how The Hunt might be considered racist.
This isn’t the first time Trump has weighed in on a controversy surrounding a movie he hasn’t seen, last year railing against another Universal film, First Man, for not showing Neil Armstrong planting the American flag on the moon, even though the flag is prominently shown having been planted on the moon in the movie and this action simply takes place off screen.
Universal reportedly fully intends to release The Hunt on Sept. 27 as scheduled, with an executive telling the Reporter earlier this week it’s “meant to show what a stupid, crazy world we live in.” Brendan Morrow
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El Paso suspect told officers ‘I’m the shooter’ and said he targeted Mexicans, police say
August 9, 2019
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The suspect in the El Paso mass shooting confessed and told authorities he targeted Mexicans in the attack, police say.
In an arrest warrant affidavit reported on by The Associated Press on Friday, El Paso Detective Adrian Garcia said that 21-year-old Patrick Crusius told police officers that “I’m the shooter” after being stopped following the attack, which left 22 people dead and another 24 injured. Garcia also said in the affidavit that Crusius told detectives that he targeted Mexicans.
Authorities had previously believed Crusius to have written a racist manifesto prior to the shooting, in which he wrote about a “Hispanic invasion of Texas.” The shooting is currently being treated as a domestic terrorism case. Brendan Morrow
Twitter restores Mitch McConnell’s campaign account after Republican outcry
August 9, 2019
The campaign of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is being let out of Twitter jail.
McConnell’s Team Mitch Twitter account earlier this week was locked after sharing a video of protesters calling for the Republican leader’s death outside of his home, where he was recovering from a fall. Twitter at the time said that McConnell’s account violated its violent threat policies by posting this video, a decision McConnell’s team was highly critical of. The Republican National Committee and President Trump’s campaign both said in response that they would suspend advertising with Twitter until this situation was resolved, The Wall Street Journal reports.
On Friday, though, Twitter restored McConnell’s account, saying it had done so after reviewing the case “more closely” and “confirming” the campaign’s “intent to highlight the threats for public discussion.”
After multiple appeals from affected users and Leader McConnell’s team confirming their intent to highlight the threats for public discussion, we have reviewed this case more closely.
— Twitter Comms (@TwitterComms) August 9, 2019
Twitter also said that the original video showing the threats would be restored “with a sensitive media interstitial and only in cases where the Tweet content does not otherwise violate the Twitter Rules.” The tweet that got McConnell’s account locked, which Twitter had originally said the campaign would need to delete before the account would be unlocked, is now back online.
Last night, an angry left-wing mob of Amy McGrath supporters stormed Senator McConnell’s Louisville home screaming obscenities and hoping someone would ‘just stab the motherfucker in the heart.’ pic.twitter.com/Ygo1mbQSk5
— Team Mitch (@Team_Mitch) August 6, 2019
The McConnell campaign on Friday afternoon celebrated Twitter’s reversal, writing, “Victory!!!” Brendan Morrow
SoulCycle to offer classes supporting ‘social justice causes’ after ‘difficult’ week
August 9, 2019
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SoulCycle is offering free classes that will benefit “social justice causes” after coming under fire for its owner’s support of President Trump, The Daily Beast reports.
The fitness company’s CEO, Melanie Whelan, in an email on Friday said it had been a “difficult” week following days of controversy over reports that its billionaire owner Stephen Ross would hold a Trump fundraiser. Whelan goes on to write that instructors are now being invited to teach a free class supporting a cause that is “true in their heart.”
“We’ve spent 13 years building a community based on diversity, inclusion, acceptance and love,” Whelan writes. “We know who we are, we know what we believe, and we deliver on those values every day. This is about our values. So today, we are responding in the best way we know how — with diversity, inclusion, acceptance, and love.”
Whelan adds that this will be a way that “our community can start to heal.”
Reports that the owner of SoulCycle, as well as the fitness company Equinox, planned to fundraise for Trump drew outrage and calls for boycotts this week, with Ross releasing a statement saying that he is an “outspoken champion of racial equality, inclusion, diversity, public education and environmental sustainability.”
Ross, Axios reported on Friday, has been “freaked out” by the backlash to his fundraiser and considered calling it off. But Trump insists he has nothing to worry about, saying on Friday that “the controversy makes Steve Ross hotter. He’ll figure that out in about a week.” Brendan Morrow
Trump is now mad at movies: ‘Hollywood is racist’
August 9, 2019
President Trump on Friday decided to randomly attack Hollywood as “racist” and movies as “dangerous for our country” in response to an unrelated question.
Trump while speaking to reporters on the South Lawn was asked a question about conservatives being banned on Twitter, which, for whatever reason, inspired the president to try his hand at film criticism.
“Hollywood is racist,” Trump decided. “What they’re doing with the kind of movies they’re putting out, it’s actually very dangerous to our country. What Hollywood is doing is a tremendous disservice to our country.”
Trump, who previously went after violent video games in the wake of the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, provided no further explanation for these comments and immediately began talking about social media again when he referenced having representatives for these companies at the White House.
It’s possible Trump’s sudden hatred for movies was sparked by reports, including from Fox News, about Universal’s upcoming film The Hunt, a horror-satire in which liberal elites hunt “deplorables” for sport, ads for which were pulled in the wake of the recent mass shootings. But Trump didn’t clarify that, making it equally possible he’s actually upset about Bruce Lee’s depiction in Once Upon a Time in … Hollywood or is a massive Roma fan just now catching up on the Oscars six months late. Brendan Morrow
TRUMP asked about Twitter:
“Hollywood is racist.” pic.twitter.com/t60Y50oA6V
— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) August 9, 2019
Julián Castro unveils gun control plan to ‘disarm hate’ and address domestic terrorism
August 9, 2019
Julián Castro has a new plan to “defeat this rising tide of white nationalism.”
The former Housing and Urban Development secretary spoke to Iowans at the state fair’s “Soapbox” stage on Friday, where he and most other Democratic presidential candidates are campaigning before the nation’s first primary voters.
In his speech, Castro talked about getting a call from former President Barack Obama with a job offer, called affordable housing a “human right,” and advocated for policies like universal pre-k, among other topics. But when it came to addressing this weekend’s mass shootings, Castro said what residents such as those in El Paso really need is “action, they need Congress, they need Mitch McConnell to get the Senate back in session and to pass common sense gun safety legislation. That’s what we can do for the people of El Paso and the people of Dayton.” His words were met with hearty applause.
First up at the Soapbox is today @JulianCastro he tells Iowans that in his administration there will be no second class citizens. pic.twitter.com/iDqXraiEAE
— Musadiq Bidar (@Bidar411) August 9, 2019
Castro mentioned his newly released plan to “disarm hate,” which Dallas News reports is focused on white nationalism and domestic terrorism. “Our nation’s weak gun laws enable violent extremism,” Castro said of the plan. The proposal calls for required federal gun licenses, universal background checks, and stricter licensing requirements for gun sellers. The plan also loops in requirements for reporting of hate crimes by local and state law enforcement.
Watch Castro’s full remarks below, via the Des Moines Register. Summer Meza
Trump is allegedly ‘feeling smug’
August 9, 2019
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President Trump’s trip to El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio may have been a “catastrophe,” but he’s still heading to his New Jersey golf club feeling “smug,” according to former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci.
Scaramucci spoke to The Associated Press ahead of Trump’s upcoming 10-day trip and said that the president, believe it or not, “doesn’t think he is facing any challenges” at the moment.
“His attitude is, ‘The economy is doing great, I am putting the hammer down on China, the rest is just noise,’” Scaramucci said. “The media is against him, his supporters are for him and the Democrats don’t seem like a threat. He’s going on vacation feeling smug.”
That’s not to say Scaramucci thinks this feeling is entirely justified. During an appearance on MSNBC’s Hardball on Thursday evening, Scaramucci said that Trump’s recent visits to El Paso and Dayton, during which he bragged in an El Paso hospital about the size of a crowd at his rally, went quite poorly.
“Look, the president didn’t do well on the trip,” Scaramucci said, Mediaite reports. “…If the trip is being made about him and not the demonstration of compassion and love and caring and empathy for those people then it becomes a catastrophe for him and the administration, and it’s also a bad reflection on the country.” Brendan Morrow