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Gingrich: Trump Must Become “Substantially More Disciplined”


Newt Gingrich said Thursday on FOX & Friends that President Trump must become more disciplined and that his initial response to Charlottesville was inadequate. "The president was inadequate initially, particularly when he began to say there some good people in the crowd of neo-Nazis and alt-right," the former House Speaker said. "If you're a good person and you see someone chanting anti-Semitic chants and you see somebody wearing a Nazi flag, you leave, you don't stay." "He's much more isolated than he thinks he is," Gingrich said of Trump

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Al Sharpton: Defund The Jefferson Memorial, Asking Me To “Subsidize The Insult Of My Family”


In an interview with Charlie Rose earlier this week, Rev. Al Sharpton called for the government to strip public funding of the Jefferson Memorial. Charlie Rose: Does it matter — he mentioned Thomas Jefferson. He wrote a biography of Thomas Jefferson. Thomas Jefferson had slaves. Al Sharpton: He had slaves and children with the slaves. Charlie Rose: Exactly. Al Sharpton: And it does matter. Charlie Rose: Should they take down the Jefferson memorial? Al Sharpton: I think that people need to understand when people that were enslaved and robbed of even the right to marry, and had forced sex with their slave masters, that this is personal to us. My great grandfather was a slave in South Carolina owned by the family that ended up, Strom Thurmond was one of them, a newspaper discovered it. So, this is personal. This is not some kind of removed discussion from us. Our families were victims of this, certainly it ought to — Charlie Rose: Therefore, everybody associated with slavery in terms of any public monument to them — Al Sharpton: When you look at the fact that public monuments are supported by public funds, you are asking me to subsidize the insult of my family. Charlie Rose: Then I repeat Thomas Jefferson had slaves. Al Sharpton: And I would repeat that the public should not be paying to uphold somebody who had that kind of background. You have private museums. You have other things that you may want to do, but that's not even the issue here, Charlie. We're talking about here, an open display of bigotry announced and over and over again. Watch the full interview:

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Hannity: The Left Should Feel Same Way About Democrats Who Honor Racist Democrats


FOX News' Sean Hannity highlights what he said is the Democratic party's hypocrisy on historical racism. Hannity noted former President Bill Clinton's mentor segregationist J. William Fulbright and Hillary Clinton's praise of noble Robert Byrd. From his Wednesday's night monologue: HANNITY: This happens, we can predict, every two to four years, disgusting, offensive. But it compels — it pales in comparison to what the Democrats have tolerated in their own party. Here something the media won't tell you. Republicans have been the party of Lincoln, the Emancipation Proclamation. Democrats? What have they been? The party of segregation, the Southern Manifesto. Remember back in 1956, it was Democrats who introduced what was known as that Southern Manifesto. That's a document to resist the Supreme Court decision, Brown vs. the Board of Education and the ruling in segregation in schools. Let's see. People like Bill Clinton's mentor, who he praised many times, J. William Fulbright, well, who's been praised throughout his entire career, signed it. It was overwhelmingly signed by Democratic members of Congress in 1956. According to Politico, only two Republicans supported that. Then we go back to the 1960s, passage of the Civil Rights Act in '64, the Voting Rights Act in '65. Same Southern Democrats that tried to stop these historic pieces of legislation from being passed, including filibustering the Civil Rights Act for months! And then there's the actual vote tallies. Let's take a look at the no votes for the Civil Rights Act of '64. 112 Democrats in Congress voted against it. 41 Republicans. And then for the 1965 Voting Rights Act, 78 Democrats in Congress voted against it, 25 Republicans voted no. So I don't understand. The Democrats, the media, that's their history. And some people in the Democratic Party today praised those people that were involved in that history. Here's another fact the media is ignoring. George Wallace, one of the most racist pro-segregationists in history, Democrat for most of his political career. Then there's Democratic senator, remember the former Klansman? Wasn't in charge that — really that long ago, Robert Byrd. He filibustered the Civil Rights Act for over 14 hours before voting against it. And other well-known Democrats, you know, to vote no, well, let's see, that's Bill Clinton's mentor, J. William Fulbright, and even Al Gore's father, Al Gore, Senior. Once again, you would think Democrats would denounce and force those type of people out of their party. But instead, Democrats did the complete opposite, especially when it comes to Robert Byrd, former Klansman. Hillary Clinton — we've got the tape — praising him as her mentor after he died! Take a look. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) HILLARY CLINTON FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE: Senator Byrd was a man of surpassing eloquence and nobility. From my first day in the Senate, I sought out his guidance, and he was always generous with his time and his wisdom. I admired his tireless advocacy for his West Virginia constituents. As secretary of state, I continue to rely on his advice and counsel. (END VIDEO CLIP) HANNITY: Her mentor? Was she giving Robert Byrd a pass? He was in the Klan. Now, take a look at what Robert Byrd said to Tony Snow. This was back on Fox News Sunday in just 2001, 16 years ago. Take a look. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) SEN. ROBERT BYRD, D-WEST VIRGINIA: White (EXPLETIVE DELETED) I've seen a lot of white (EXPLETIVE DELETED) in my time, want to use that word. But we've all — we all — we just need to work together to make our country a better country. (END VIDEO CLIP) HANNITY: Pretty shocking, former Klansman — would you call someone who says that your mentor like Hillary? This just highlights the Democrats' massive double standard when it comes to race in America, the divide that they are contributing to. They have made race a political wedge issue in this country for decades, and they have used it, sadly, to rip this country apart. Last night, we showed you how President Obama — remember? He rushed to judgment, raced to conclusions before any evidence, any facts came out, any the testimony came out in four particular high-profile race cases, rush to judgment. President Obama made it a point to associate himself with groups like Black Lives Matter that chant things like, What do we want? Dead cops. When do we want them? Now. Pigs in a blanket, fry 'em like bacon. President Obama even invited Black Lives Matter to his White House and praised a Black Lives Matter leader, DeRay Mckesson, while completely excusing his anti-police remarks. Just take a look at a couple of McKesson's tweets. Quote, 'This feared for my life language is perhaps the new execution motto of America's largest gang, the police.' Should someone who spews that hatred really have been invited to Obama's White House? Where was the media's outrage then, let alone he was praised by the president at the time, President Obama. Then there's the issue of leftists destroying public property and tearing down monuments like what we saw happen in Durham, North Carolina, this week. The left — they're up in arms over President Trump asking where America should draw a line when it comes to removing these monuments. Well, now, look, people can agree with what they think these statues represent. They have honest disagreement. They don't have a right to destroy property. They don't have a right to be violent because they disagree with what they stand for. We have a political process for that. And as the president said, let local municipalities decide. If the left is so upset over Confederate monuments, then maybe they should feel the same way about displays that honor racist Democrats, the ones we just told you about. Take a look at this statue, Robert Byrd, the former Klansman in the West Virginia state capitol. The Democrats now think it needs to be taken down? According to a local West Virginia website, there are at least 56 buildings, bridges, highways, centers and other places that are named after Robert Byrd. Do they need to be renamed? Do they need to be taken out? There are also highways, statues, other things that are dedicated to people like Al Gore, Senior, J. William Fulbright, George Wallace! If the left, members of the media — they're going to lose their collective minds over the latest attack against President Trump, I think it's important to remember this in many ways is selective moral outrage. And more importantly, at the end of the day, a huge distraction. This last election was about the forgotten men and women of this country, people on poverty, people on food stamps and people that cannot find a job! As all these fights go on and all the undermining of the president continues, none of those people are being helped. That is a huge, huge shame for the American people.

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Former CIA Director Brennan: Trump “Putting Our National Security And Our Collective Futures At Grave Risk”


CNN's Wolf Blitzer shares a memo he received from former CIA director John Brennan, who served under President Obama, that warned about the future of the U.S. under Trump. BLITZER: I want to share with you and our viewers a note I received last night from the former CIA director, John Brennan, right after our show. And let me put the words up on the screen. "Wolf, just watched your interview with Senator Blumenthal when you mentioned that you lost all four of your grandparents to the unspeakable evil of Nazism. I just want to extend my sympathies, not only for their deaths but also to you and your family and countless others for the pain inflicted today by the despicable words of Donald Trump. Mr. Trump's words and the beliefs they reflect are a national disgrace, and all Americans of conscience need to repudiate his ugly and dangerous comments. If allowed to continue along this senseless path, Mr. Trump will do lasting harm to American society and to our standing in the world. By his words and his actions, Mr. Trump is putting our national security and our collective futures at grave risk." Signed John Brennan.

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Vice News: Charlottesville White Nationalist Marchers Knew What They Were Doing


Elle Reeve of Vice News talks to CNN's Anderson Cooper about her experience on the ground in Charlottesville, Virginia, during a white nationalist rally that has sparked national outrage. ANDERSON COOPER, CNN: "Vice News" correspondent Elle Reeve was in the middle of that. She joins us now. Elle, thanks for being with us. You were at this Tiki torch march. Explain for us what you saw and the chants you heard. ELLE REEVE, CORRESPONDENT, VICE NEWS TONIGHT: Well, the most striking thing is how well-organized it was. There's people doing crowd control. There are people dropping off specific locations. There was security. There are people handing out extra Tiki torches. Everyone who was there knew exactly what they were signing up for. COOPER: When you say there was security, you mean security by the neo-Nazis, by the white supremacists, by the protesters? REEVE: That's right. They have a circle of mostly Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans who now do security for Richard Spencer and other white nationalist groups. COOPER: And when the president says that there were good people at this march, that they were quietly there to protest the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue, that not all of them were neo-Nazis or white supremacists, what do you think — is that true? REEVE: No. Everyone who was there knew what they were doing. They were shouting, Jews will not replace us. It was very well- coordinated. They had an order to the chants. Like there was no mistaking. There are no innocent people wandering up and accidentally getting involved in this. COOPER: So, there wasn't a contingent of just, you know, Confederate statue-loving, civil war history buffs who — REEVE: History buffs? No. COOPER: — who came later and joined — happened to stumble in upon this neo-Nazi march. Everybody who was there was part of this and knew exactly what they were doing? REEVE: That's right. They had a set time. They lined up. Everyone got in line. They got their torches. We saw them snake all the way through the field. It was very clear that they had planned this.

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CNN’s John King: When Did Trump Decide He Needs The Facts Before Speaking?


CNN: President Trump said he wanted to wait for all the facts before making a statement about the Charlottesville white nationalist rally, but CNN's John King says there's very little in the president's past that shows he waits for the facts before speaking. KING: Welcome back. If you're watching us today, you know, the president says the harsh criticism and his initial reaction to Charlottesville and would she blame the violence on many sides. He did not single out neo-Nazis, the KKK, the white nationalist. Well, the president says that was unfair. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) TRUMP: It's a statement I made on Saturday. The first statement was a fine statement. But you don't make statements that direct unless you know the fact. This event just happened. In fact a lot of the event didn't even happen yet as we were speaking. This event just happened, before I make as statement, I need the facts. (END VIDEO CLIP) KING: Here's one question. What additional facts that he need? It was clear Friday night that the hate groups were stoking controversy, and yes, drawing large count of demonstrations. The Charlottesville mayor confirmed the death of Heather Heyer before the president spoke Saturday. And the Virginia governor says he had been in touch with the White House about key detail through out the episode. Then there's this separate question. When did this president decide he needs the facts before speaking? (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) TRUMP: You are not allowed to be a president if you're not born in this country. He may not have been born in this country. We had the biggest audience in the history of inaugural speeches. When you take a look at the registration, you have illegal's, you have dead people, you have this — it's a really bad situation. It's really bad. You look at what's happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this, Sweden? They took in large numbers, they're having problems like they never thought possible. (END VIDEO CLIP) KING: I have covered the White House for nearly 10 years. I'm all for presidents who are careful about what they say. Does this president have any credibility when he stands there and says I need to be careful about what I'm saying?

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Maddow: Russia Still Helping Trump, Using Stolen Clinton Emails About Collusion With Ukraine


MSNBC: Rachel Maddow looks at the timeline of a Trump-promoted, hacked e-mail-driven conspiracy theory about Hillary Clinton collusion with Ukraine as it made its way through the White House, a Russian web site, and Fox News on its way to Trump supporters.

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There’s No ‘Nazi’ Exception to the First Amendment


Charles Cooke, National ReviewPiers Morgan is at it again: I understand the purpose very well. I don’t think it should be used to protect Nazis. https://t.co/smPEGEdUNg — Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 16, 2017 What these Nazis did in Charlottesville is not free speech. If America doesn’t wake up to this fact fast, it is in deep trouble. https://t.co/S7vkgOw0mh — Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 16, 2017 Morgan is echoing an idea…

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