(AP) – Michigan Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib’s grandmother has strong words for President Trump after he reportedly urged Israeli officials to ban Tlaib and Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar from visiting Israel and Palestine.
In an interview released by Reuters today, Muftia Tlaib said “May God ruin him.”
Trump tweeted that Tlaib’s grandmother was the only winner because now she doesn’t have to see her granddaughter.
Israel later reversed its stance, but Tlaib rejected that offer, saying the country is treating her like a criminal and trying to silence her for her criticisms of the Israeli government.
(Burlington, IA-AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden is going after President Trump’s rhetoric. Speaking in Iowa today, Biden said Trump has a “toxic tongue.” He argued that Trump’s words are divisive and have unleashed the deepest, darkest forces in the nation. Biden said the President encourages and emboldens white supremacists.
The Democratic presidential frontrunner accused Trump of embracing hate, racism and division. Biden noted that a president’s words greatly matter and said Trump has offered no moral leadership.
Biden condemned the deadly mass shootings in Texas and Ohio and called for a new national effort to root out domestic terrorism.
He again argued that the 2020 election is a “battle for the soul of America.” Biden warned that re-electing Trump will forever change the character of the nation. He said American voters must “choose truth over lies.”
(Washington, DC) — The House has passed a resolution condemning President Trump’s attacks on four minority Democrats. The Democratic resolution calls Trump’s comments racist. Yesterday’s vote was mostly along party lines, though four Republicans did join Democrats in voting for the resolution.
A controversy grew after a weekend tweet from Trump saying the lawmakers should go back to their countries. The Democratic women are all American citizens, with only one having been born outside the U.S.
Four Republicans voted with Democrats to condemn President Trump. Congresswoman Susan Brooks of Indiana is retiring after this session. The other three who voted with Democrats in calling the tweet “racist” are Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Will Hurd of Texas and Fred Upton of Michigan. All three represent moderate districts and face competitive elections.
(Washington, DC-AP) — The Trump Administration is proposing a new restriction to crack down on migrants from Central America seeking asylum in the U.S.
The restriction would deny anyone who crosses the southern border from seeking asylum in the U.S. if they came through another country and did not seek asylum in that country. Meaning that a migrant from Honduras who did not seek asylum in Guatemala or Mexico would not be eligible for asylum in the United States.
Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan said the rule will help reduce a major “pull factor” and lead to fewer individuals “transiting through Mexico on a dangerous journey.” Attorney General William Barr called the rule a “lawful exercise of authority provided by Congress to restrict eligibility for asylum.”
(AP) – Senator Bernie Sanders is responding to the launch of President Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign. In a livestream video following Trump’s rally in Orlando, the Vermont Independent blasted Trump for being a liar, racist, religious bigot, xenophobe, homophobe and sexist.
Sanders said he wants to highlight the issues that Trump didn’t talk about in his speech. He said Trump didn’t talk about issues like climate change, income inequality, health insurance issues, the gun crisis, crumbling infrastructure and education affordability.
The Democratic presidential candidate stressed that Trump is totally out of touch with reality and must be defeated in the 2020 presidential election so the country can become united again. Sanders is a Democratic presidential contender who has been a top performer in several primary polls, but he’s still behind former Vice President Joe Biden.
(SL) – Donald Trump’s latest target on Twitter is LeBron James. After the basketball superstar’s recent interview with CNN anchor Don Lemon,Trump tweeted late Friday night that James was interviewed ”by the dumbest man on television,” but that he ”made Lebron look smart,which isn’t easy to do.” The president also tweeted “I like Mike!” – suggesting that he sides with Michael Jordan in the argument over whether he or James is the greatest NBA player ever.
Among the athletes who have jumped to defend James is Jordan himself, telling The Associated Press ”I support LeBron James.He’s doing an amazing job for his community.” LeBron also received support from an unlikely defender…Trump’s wife Melania. She praised LeBron for what he’s doing and even offered to visit his new ‘I Promise’ school. Some of Trump’s supporters even lashed out at 45 saying this was a new low. Trump stayed away from the subject while he was campaigning in Ohio.
(Louisville, KY) – The founder of Papa John’s is resigning as Chairman after admitting to using racial slurs during a conference call. Forbes reported that John Schnatter made the offensive comments when asked on the call how he’d distance himself from racist groups online.
Schnatter released a statement today admitting the reports are true and apologized, saying “racism has no place in our society.” Schnatter earlier faced backlash for blaming the NFL player protests during the National Anthem for a downturn in sales.
(Los Angeles, CA) – The hit-comedy “Roseanne” is being canceled after it premiered to huge ratings just three months ago. ABC pulled the plug on “Roseanne” after star Roseanne Barr attacked former President Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, tweeting, “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby = vj.”
Barr soon deleted the tweet and apologized, admitting her so-called “joke” was in “bad taste.” ABC said:
“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.” Disney CEO Bob Iger added on Twitter that “There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing.”
Jarrett said the show’s cancellation should be a teaching moment. Roseanne blamed her remarks on the effects of Ambien.
The maker of the prescription drug Ambien is now responding to Roseanne Barr’s claim the drug caused her to go on a racist Twitter rant. Sanofi, the maker of the sleep medication, tweeted a response to Barr this morning saying:
“While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.”
Roseanne has since been dropped by her management and watched several comedy shows get canceled. At least three different networks have even canceled reruns of the show costing the actress millions.
(SL) – Groupon is apologizing for a racial slur that appeared on its website. A listing for women’s boots on Wednesday used the N-word to describe the color of the boots, and screenshots of the listing were quickly posted on social media.
Shortly afterward, a Groupon VP issued an apology, saying they are appalled that the slur was used on their site and called it completely unacceptable. Some outraged customers are calling for a Groupon boycott.
Groupon spokesperson Tiffany Haddish has not commented on the controversy.
(SL) – The Weeknd is ending his relationship with clothing chain H&M. The “Starboy” singer took to Twitter yesterday to announce his decision after a photo went viral of a black child modeling a green hoodie that reads “Coolest Monkey In The Jungle.”
The Weeknd wrote, “Woke up this morning shocked and embarrassed by this photo.” He went on to say he was “deeply offended” and would no longer be working with H&M, with whom he’s collaborated with on two collections.
The term ‘monkey’ has a long history as a racial slur. Bloomberg reports, the company has pulled the garment in question from its stores and apologized. H&M also said it agreed with those who were upset by the image, which appeared in its online store.
“We are deeply sorry that the picture was taken and we also regret the actual print,” H&M said. “Therefore, we have not only removed the image from our channels, but also the garment from our product offering globally.”
The controversy comes at a sensitive time for H&M. Its shares slumped more than 30 percent last year amid a disappointing sales development in its physical stores, and analysts slashed their ratings in response. Some 51 percent of analysts now advise clients to sell the shares, the biggest proportion of negative ratings since at least early 2003, according to Bloomberg data.