Donald Trump has responded angrily on Twitter after the four Democratic congresswomen he attacked in a series of racist tweets – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib – staged a press conference on Monday night strongly condemning his behaviour and calling for his impeachment.
“The Democrat Congresswomen have been spewing some of the most vile, hateful, and disgusting things ever said by a politician in the House or Senate, & yet they get a free pass and a big embrace from the Democrat Party,” the president wrote on Twitter. “Horrible anti-Israel, anti-USA, pro-terrorist & public shouting of the F… word, among many other terrible things, and the petrified Dems run for the hills.”
With Republicans still desperate to avoid being drawn on the matter, Representative Omar attacked President Trump’s “white nationalist agenda” and said: “It is time for us to stop allowing this president to make a mockery of our constitution. It’s time for us to impeach this president.”
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is responding to the president’s latest tweets, saying he has a “racist mind” and “racist heart” –
A meeting that was initially closed to the press in the Oval Office has just invited the pool reporters covering the White House. We’ll keep you updated with the latest developments that arises from the event.
Kellyanne Conway has claimed to reporters that she never her the president say anything “untoward” about race throughout her tenure working for him –
Trump’s at it again, this time quoting House minority leader Kevin McCarthy (hardly an impartial source) in his defence ahead of the lower chamber’s vote to condemn.
I thought Kellyanne Conway was lying low after ducking out on her appointment with the Judiciary Committee yesterday but here she is, banging the drum for racism on Fox News.
Somebody tell Elijah Cummings to turn on his TV.
Some timely fact-checking on Trump’s latest tweets.
Well, this happened.
Joe Biden says he will challenge Donald Trump to a push-up competition if he questions his health again.
This will, of course, never happen. But, if it did, I’m backing Diamond Joe over the Don’s skinny arms and ruddy Big Mac paunch every time.
House Oversight Committee chairman Elijah Cummings says he is expanding an investigation into the use of personal email by Trump’s education secretary Betsy DeVos.
“New information has now come to light indicating that you and other department officials violated the department’s prohibition on using personal email accounts to conduct official business, violated the requirement in the Federal Records Act to forward these emails to your official account within 20 days and violated the requirement in the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to produce relevant records in response to public requests,” Cummings wrote in a letter responding to “disturbing new revelations” released by the education department’s inspector general.
Cummings told DeVos the new information suggests she “withheld from the committee information it has been seeking on a bipartisan basis over the past two years”.
While her spokesman Liz Hill has dismissed the matter as “nothing more than political grandstanding”, according to Politico, the news is expected to inspire some severe gloating/howls of exasperation among Democrats after years of GOP droning about Hillary Clinton‘s emails.
“Those Tweets were NOT Racist. I don’t have a Racist bone in my body!”
Doesn’t that sound like exactly the sort of thing a racist might say?
Here’s Google’s response to Trump regarding Peter Thiel’s claim it is involved a treasonous conspiracy with China.
Spoiler: it’s a pretty flat denial.
AOC has responded to the president twice this morning but is otherwise getting on with business.
Veep Mike Pence is unveiling Neil Armstrong’s old space suit today and apparently thinks the First and Second World Wars, the Kennedy assassination, the collapse of the Soviet Union and Wimbledon’s 1988 FA Cup Final win won’t live long in the memory.
With the president STILL not backing down on his racist trolling in the last hour…
…here’s a not very impressive list of all the Republicans who have spoken out against him so far.
Here’s Joe Biden speaking as plainly as it gets.
Are you… are you OK, congressman?
New York Republican Lee Zeldin here baffling a nation on Fox and Friends on the subject of The Squad.
Here’s the latest on Jeffrey Epstein, the billionaire paedophile with social ties to President Trump.
This is interesting/disturbing on acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney‘s hack-and-slash deregulatory machinations behind the scenes.
Trump is now turning adversity into opportunity: quoting ex-congressman Jason Chaffetz and promoting his new book as a thank you.
A number of American celebrities have taken to social media to express their disgust at the president’s racist tweets including Janelle Monae, Chris Evans, Arnold Schwarzenegger and directors Ava DuVernay and Rob Reiner.
Jacob Stolworthy has this round up.
Trump appears to be teasing a treason investigation into tech investor Peter Thiel‘s claim Google is in league with China after seeing a report about his claims on Fox and Friends.
Here’s Andrew Griffin’s report.