MSNBC Analyst: Defending Trump ‘Like Hugging a Suicide Bomber’


Thursday on MSNBC, while discussing Trump’s tweet saying he does not have recordings of his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey, political analyst Elise Jordan said Republicans supporting Trump is akin to hugging a suicide bomber. Host Craig Melvin said, “Earlier in the broadcast I said bluff. I said the president was bluffing. I may have been perhaps too fair. It would seem as if the president may have been lying all along about the existence of these tapes.” Jordan said, “He wasted the country’s collective time speculating over whether these tapes existed or not. It’s a sad day when you cannot depend on the president’s word. My advice would just be to Republicans who do cozy up to him—it’s just like hugging a suicide bomber, he blows you up in the process with him.” Melvin interrupted, “That’s a little strong, Elise,” Jordan explained, “If you’re a Republican who went out on a limb and defended Donald Trump over saying, ‘Well, he’s got tapes that will back up his point of view,’ you just got blown up, too.” (h/t The Hill) Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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CBC Chair Dem Rep Richmond Accuses GOP Rep Steve King of ‘White Privilege’ in Heated Exchange


This week at a House Judiciary Committee hearing, Congressional Black Caucus chairman Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) accused his colleague Rep. Steve King (R-IA) of “white privilege” during a heated exchange. When King compared the violent death rate in El Salvador to the homicide rate in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Richmond expressed his displeasure. Richmond said, “We’re going to lose all civility in this committee if he thinks it’s appropriate to compare New Orleans to Guatemala.” Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) tried to calm the situation by saying, “The gentleman from Iowa has the right to make a statistical comparison between two locations.” Richmond continued, “You are comparing the people in the location—that would be like me comparing him to somebody in the Klan. I don’t have the basis to do that.” Richmond then raised his voice as he said, “I am not going to sit here and let him do that to the people I love, and the people I respect and—I live in New Orleans. If the gentleman persists on it, then let’s go in the back and have the conversation about New Orleans. But I am not going to sit here and do this. If it
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DNC Chair Perez: Post-Trump Special Election Losses Mean ‘We’re Going to Take 50 Seats’


Thursday on ABC’s “The View,” Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez said the close votes in recent special election losses for the Democratic Party meant if they were to continue taking their margins of losing down by 20 points, they were “going to take 50 seats.” Perez said, “I was disappointed Tuesday, but this was Newt Gingrich’s old seat. Democrats haven’t won there in 37 years.” He continued, “All of the seats that have been in play, the congressional seats are beat red districts. You appoint cabinet secretaries from beat red districts, so you don’t lose ground in the House. We lost the Price seat in Atlanta by 24 points in November, and we cut that margin by 20 points. The Kansas seat a few months back, we were supposed to lose that by 30 and lost by single digits. There are 71 congressional districts right now that are more competitive than the Georgia 6th race.” “We need to take 24 seats to take the House. If you look at our history, the last three times we have had single party control sometimes it was Democrats and sometimes Republicans,” Perez added. “The following midterm election the party out of power won
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Pelosi: I Am a ‘Target’ Because I Am a ‘Master Legislator,’ ‘Politically Astute Leader’

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 15: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during her weekly news conference on Capitol Hill on June 15, 2017 in Washington, DC. Pelosi fielded questions about the congressional baseball shooting and healthcare. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
Thursday when asked about criticisms that her leadership contributed to the recent special election losses for the Democratic Party, House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said she was a “target” because she is “a master legislator.” Pelosi said, “We believe there’s a real opportunity. Now, it’s not a slam dunk. History is on our side, but it takes strategic, unified and disciplined — to have harmony. It doesn’t mean we have anonymity, but we have unity when it comes to that fight. Should I sing my praises? Well, I am a master legislator. I am a strategic politically astute leader. My leadership is recognized by many around the country, and that is why I am able to attract the support that I do which is essential to our election, sad to say. “I am very pleased that the cooperation that we’re doing working with all the social media and small donor community to change how we communicate but also how we attract resources, intellectual and financial to the party,” she continued. “I have experience in winning the Congress. When people said to us in 2005, you don’t have a chance, be prepared for a Republican permanent majority, I said
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Gowdy: Maybe DNC Did Not Cooperate With DHS Because There Was Something Else On That Server


Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s “The Story,” Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) said it was concerning that while testifying before the House Intelligence Committee earlier in the day at a hearing on the alleged Russian hacking of the 2016 presidential election, former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said his department’s offer to help the Democratic National Committee was denied. Partial transcript as follows: MACCALLUM: What struck you most about your conversation with Jeh Johnson today? GOWDY: He is in a unique position to answer those questions. He is looking at what Russia was doing. What was the government’s response in 2016? He was the secretary of DHS at all relevant times. I was interested in what the Obama administration knew and when and what efforts they took to thwart the Russians, or to notify potential victims. You just played a clip where we had a victim, the DNC. Not only did they not cooperate with Jeh Johnson, they didn’t turn the server over to the FBI, I think it is a little ironic to now criticize, some Democrats are, Jeh Johnson and Jim Comey and others for not giving enough in 2016, when you had a really good piece of evidence
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RNC Chair: ‘President Trump Energizes Our Base’


Wednesday on MSNBC’s “MTP Daily,” Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said Rep.-elect Karen Handel’s victory in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District’s special election means her party’s strategy going forward is to fully embrace President Donald Trump’s agenda. Romney McDaniel said, “President Trump energizes our base. He gets Republicans out. They are 100 percent with him. And they are following his agenda. They want to see Congress help the president accomplish his agenda with the repeal and replace Obamacare—with tax reform. We saw that message in November. Now we see that message in these four special elections, and bringing the president into these races has only energized our base more. So I think that’s a good strategy.” She added, “I think you should bring the President in. I do. He’s energized our base in all of these specials and our base notices if you walk away. So we want to support the leader of our party and people want to see things get done.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson: DNC Declined Our Offer to Help Fight Russian Hacking

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Wednesday while testifying before the House Intelligence Committee at a hearing on Russian hacking of the 2016 presidential election, former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said his department offered to help the Democratic National Committee, then chaired by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), whose email communications were hacked and released to the public by Wikileaks. Johnson said, “The response I got was — FBI had spoken to them, they don’t want our help, they have Crowd Strike cyber security firm.” Partial transcript as follows: KING: Can you elaborate more on what the DHS’s connection with the DNC was, or consultation with the DNC after it became aware of the hacking, as to what was offered them, what they accepted? Was there any level of cooperation at all? JOHNSON: To my disappointment, not to my knowledge, sir. And this is a question I asked repeatedly when I first learned of it—”What are we doing? Are we in there? Are we helping them discover the vulnerabilities?” Because this is fresh off the experience and there was a point at which DHS cybersecurity experts did get into OPM and help them discover the bad actors and patch some of the infiltrations, or at
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Trump Trade Chief Doubts NAFTA Deal This Year — ‘There Is No Deadline’


Wednesday at a hearing before the Senate Finance Committee, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said there was “no deadline” on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Mexico and Canada. Lighthizer said, “My hope, to be honest, is that we end up with a model agreement that has a substantial number of Democrats as well as Republicans. That really is my hope. I’ve talked to a lot of Democratic senators who give me hope that that’s a possibility if we do the right kind of agreement.” He continued, “There are people that have said we ought to try to get it done by the end of the year, that’s a very, very quick time frame, We’re certainly not going to have a bad agreement to save time, we don’t have any arbitrary deadline.” He added, ““We’re going to have a very short timeframe and we’re going to compact it as much as we possibly can. There is no deadline. My hope is that we get it done by the end of the year but there are a lot of people who think that’s completely unrealistic.” (h/t The Hill) Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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Schumer: ‘This Is Full-Scale Warfare,’ Dems Have ‘Damn Good Chance’ of Blocking Obamacare Repeal


This week on the podcast, “Pod Save America,” Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) said Democrats have a “damn good chance” to stop the GOP’s health care bill. Schumer said, “The only way you can get on a bill is called the motion to proceed. Now usually you need 60 votes. You would need eight Democrats’ votes, but in this case, they need 52 because they are doing this process reconciliation. Our whole focus, if McConnell will bring this up right before July 4, is to get three votes against the motion to proceed, and we think we have a damn good chance.” “This is full-scale warfare,” Schumer added, if the motion to process tactic fails, “We’re not going to be complacent or going along or business as usual.” (h/t The Hill) Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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Rahm Emanuel: Democrats Are 1,000 Seats Behind Republicans

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This week at The National Press Club when asked if Democrats can retake the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2018 midterms, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) said that the Democratic Party was “1,000 seats” behind the Republican Party at this point. As a former DCCC chairman, Emanuel is credited for playing a key role in the Democratic Party regaining the majority in the House of Representatives in the 2006 election. Emanuel said, “Sure it can happen anybody that tells you it will happen this far out doesn’t hasn’t been in campaigns, it’s too far to predict, a lot of things happen. I’d rather be a Democrat today going into 2018 than a Republican.  And you didn’t pay me to say that, OK? Every time the House of Representatives has filled, it’s been a midterm election That is a fact. No party has gone into a midterm with a president this unpopular at this point. Without a severe consequence to that party’s position in the House.” He continued, “As somebody who has spent my life building the party, we are 1,000 seats shorter today than we were in 2009 or 2008. This is not about one election. It’s about building a
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