If you thought they weren't capable of being any nastier and more partisan than they are already, you'd be wrong. Here's what callers were treated to when they called the White House comments line this weekend:
It seems President Donald Trump's administration is going all out in pinning the blame for the government shutdown on Democrats. Even the White House comments line is getting in on the public relations strategy, explaining to anyone who calls 202-456-1111 why there is no one there to take their call:
"You know that ad was created by an outside group... it's not done from people working inside the White House," @Marcshort45 says on an ad attacking Democrats which was paid for by Donald J. Trump for President. #MTP pic.twitter.com/tZgLc3NuTG
-- Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) January 21, 2018
White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short tried to distance the White House from an advertisement being run by the Trump campaign alleging that Democrats are "complicit" in murders committed by undocumented immigrants.
During an interview on Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd asked Short how running an ad blaming Democrats for murders is "helping a negotiation today" to reopen the government. Since the ad was created by the Trump campaign, it ends with President Trump saying that he "supports this message" as is required by law.
"You're calling Democrats accomplices to potential murders," Todd said.
"You know that ad was produced by an outside group," Short replied.
Since Trump destroyed a bipartisan deal on funding the government last week which has caused a shutdown, he's begging Republicans to trigger the "nuclear option" to keep the Democratic minority from filibustering.
I know, I know, my first inclination when I heard the word "nuclear' was to believe he was talking about North Korea.
Trump tweeted this today.
In the Senate, 60 votes are needed to pass any legislation, but if one party in control were to push the detonation button and go nuclear, that would change the requirements to a simple majority of 51 votes. And destroy any type of bipartisanship in Congress forever.
Fox News host Chris Wallace suggested on Sunday that the White House was guilty of hypocrisy because officials who had supported a 2013 shutdown of President Barack Obama's government now opposed a shutdown of Donald Trump's government.
During an interview with White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, Wallace noted that Trump had said that President Barack Obama deserved blame for the 2013 shutdown even though Republicans initiated it to protest Obamacare funding.
"If President Obama was responsible then... isn't President Trump responsible now?" Wallace asked.
Mulvaney insisted that the "two presidents have acted" very differently during the shutdown.
"I will look you in the eye and tell you President Obama wanted that shutdown and he wanted to weaponize it," Mulvaney insisted. "This president has worked really hard to prevent the shutdown."
"He didn't have a bipartisan meeting with congressional leaders yesterday," Wallace pointed out. "Does he have one on the schedule today?"
Mulvaney accused Wallace of trying to "split hairs."
"I don't think anybody can say that this president wants this shutdown," Mulvaney said. "You could not say the same thing about President Obama."
"You blame Democrats," Wallace observed. "But back in 2013, you supported holding the government hostage on this question of Obamacare."
"Why was that legitimate then -- the right reason to have a fight -- but it's not legitimate now," the Fox News host wondered.
The Trump administration has been in full race baiting mode ever since the government shutdown on Friday night, and using their base's fear of black and brown people to whip them into a frenzy in an attempt to paint Democrats as the party that wants to allow "illegals" to swarm into the country to rape and pillage from all those hard working "real" 'Murkins that they pretend to represent.
As we already discussed here, they changed the White House comments line voicemail to a recording blaming Democrats for the government shutdown and accusing them of holding our troops and national security hostage over immigration policy.
The Trump campaign got in on the act with a new ad which calls Democrats "complicit" in murders by undocumented immigrants:
The Trump campaign on Saturday released a new campaign ad calling congressional Democrats "complicit" in all murders committed by undocumented immigrants. The spot seems unlikely to ease tensions on Capitol Hill as the Senate tries to negotiate a compromise on the fate of the 700,000 immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally as children in order to reopen the shuttered federal government.
When Democrats were in charge this sort of blatant politicization didn't occur, and accommodations were made to ensure military pay. Not so with the feckless Republicans.
This video has been viewed more than a million times on Twitter, but is unlikely to ever be shown on Fox News. Of course.
Source: Oliver Willis
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) would not allow military pay to be left unmolested by the Republican Party's decision to shut down the federal government. Once again, Donald Trump and congressional Republicans have made the military suffer as a result of their political gamesmanship.
The move, occurring at night as the Senate debated the shutdown, is a change from 2013, when the Obama administration ensured that military pay would not be disrupted by a shutdown.
Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) introduced a resolution that would have secured pay for service members, noting that Trump has been trying to divide the country by invoking the military and putting the blame on Democrats if they were to go unpaid in the event of a shutdown.
McConnell quickly objected to McCaskill's resolution — and instead left military pay up in the air along with the other casualties of his party's decision to grind the federal government to a halt.
Jeanine Pirro opened her speech at Mar-a-Lago this week with a joke suggesting that Trump supporters are better than the black immigrants Donald Trump smeared in his infamous "shithole countries" comments.
As The Washington Post reported, Pirro was the keynote speaker at an event this week celebrating Trump's presidency at his resort:
"Welcome to Mar-a-Lago!" Fox News host Jeanine Pirro said as she took the stage. "A magnificent place . . . "
She was smiling. That was a setup. Here was the joke: "It sure ain't no shithole!" Pirro said.
The Donald J. Trump Grand Ballroom erupted.
Despite the hideous insinuations and the fact that membership requires a $200,000 initiation fee (which Trump doubled from $100,000 after he won the 2016 election) plus annual dues of $14,000, Pirro laughably made Trump out as a regular guy.
CBS' John Dickerson called out Mick Mulvaney, Trump's OMB director for now defending their 'merit-based' immigration policy when previously he told Bloomberg News that that system moves the country towards "xenophobia."
Trump and his hardliners on immigration have now tried to implement a "merit-based" system of immigration to deflect away from their attacks on people hoping to come here from what Trump describes as "shithole" countries.
The Face The Nation host forced the OMB director to try and defend his flip-flop on that issue since becoming part of the Trump administration.
Dickerson said, "The attorney general said this this week. 'What good does it do to bring in somebody who is illiterate in their own country, has no skills, and is going to struggle in our new country and not be successful?' In 2015, Dave Weigel, who was then with Bloomberg, interviewed you."
He continued, "And you said, 'I've heard a lot of arguments about unskilled labor. But if that were the case, my family would not have gotten in here from Ireland. They were unskilled workers, and they helped build this country. It's not quite xenophobia,' you said, 'but it's moving that way.' Are we moving toward xenophobia in the way this is being talked about?"
White House Deputy Press Secretary Rah Shah on Sunday echoed President Donald Trump's call for ending the Senate filibuster and accused Democrats of filibustering more Trump nominees than "the rest of history and recorded time."
In a tweet on Sunday, Trump suggested that Senate Republicans should end the current government shutdown by deploying the so-called "nuclear option," which would allow Republicans to re-open the government with only 51 senators instead of the 60 that are needed now.
Great to see how hard Republicans are fighting for our Military and Safety at the Border. The Dems just want illegal immigrants to pour into our nation unchecked. If stalemate continues, Republicans should go to 51% (Nuclear Option) and vote on real, long term budget, no C.R.'s!
-- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 21, 2018
"When the boss speaks, I certainly don't say anything else," Shah told the hosts of Fox & Friends on Sunday. "It's definitely been our position that the Senate has been dysfunctional. It blocks nominees, it blocks all kinds of meaningful legislation, hundreds of great pieces of legislation that the House has passed."
Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff told Real Time host Bill Maher that he believes that Trump is having an affair in the White House right now, but he didn't include it in his book because he doesn't have any proof:
During an appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher Friday, Wolff said that he's "absolutely sure" Donald Trump is currently having an extramarital affair with someone inside the White House.
When Maher asked Wolff to tell him "something that the other people have not noticed in this book," Wolff said, "There is something in the book that I was absolutely sure of, but it was so incendiary that I just didn't have the ultimate proof." He then elaborated: "Well, I didn't have the blue dress."
Maher asked if Wolff was talking about somebody Trump is "f---ing now," and Wolff nodded. "It is," he said. "You just have to read between the lines. It's toward the end of the book. . .You'll know it. Now that I've told you, when you hit that paragraph, you're gonna say, 'Bingo.'"