Two-thirds of Americans say Trump’s comments on “the squad” were offensive in a new poll from USA Today/Ipsos.
From USA Today:
A clear majority of Americans say President Trump’s tweets targeting four minority congresswomen were “un-American,” according to a new USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll. But most Republicans say they agreed with his comments, an illustration of the nation’s sharp partisan divide on issues of patriotism and race.
More than two-thirds of those aware of the controversy, 68%, called Trump’s tweets offensive. Among Republicans alone, however, 57% said they agreed with tweets that told the congresswomen to go back to their “original” countries, and a third “strongly” agreed with them.
New York governor Andrew Cuomo says his state, along with New Jersey and Connecticut is suing the Trump Administration over the so-called Salt (State and Local Tax deduction) policy in a 2017 tax overhaul, calling the law an “economic civil war”.
The changes lowered the deductions taxpayers could claim for taxes paid to state and local governments, and functioned to raise taxes on many in higher-tax, Democratic-leaning places like New York.
Four progressive democrats known as “The Squad” have revealed the source of their militaristic moniker – they gave it to themselves at a photo shoot.
“Someone said, `Oh you should do a hashtag or something #squadgoals and then it morphed into whole other thing,” Congressmember Ayanna Pressley told Gayle King Wednesday on CBS This Morning.
“It’s not just about dismantling – we’re also intentional about building and fostering,” the Massachusetts congresswoman explained. “The reality is anyone who is interested in building a more equitable and just world is a part of The Squad.”
Airplane giant Boeing is the focus of a House hearing on aviation safety
today that will include testimony from family members of victims of the deadly Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX crash.
All of the manufacturer’s 737 MAX jets have remained grounded since March when a fatal flaw in the plane’s software was implicated in two separate crashes.
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is looking on the bright side of Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric this morning.
The Washington Post report Ocasio-Cortez shared notes that in multiple federal cases, Trump’s own words on Twitter have been used by judges to discredit the administration’s racially or ethnically neutral rationale for a policy.
In 2017, for example, “Judge Derrick K. Watson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii viewed Trump’s comments as evidence of the real reason for travel restrictions — religious animus rather than national security.”
It happened again during the administration’s failed quest to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
Vote on articles of impeachment against Trump scheduled for Wednesday
Texas representative Al Green will force a vote in the House on articles of impeachment for Donald Trump later this afternoon.
Green’s move does not enjoy the support of party leadership or very many members-even those who support impeachment– and will necessarily fail.
Green is bringing the vote using a procedural mechanism Tuesday known as a privileged resolution which allows any member of the House to try and force an impeachment vote.
Green has attempted this twice before, unsuccessfully. Republicans controlled the House both times and tabled the measures.
It just seemed to me that we should bring these articles before the House of Representatives, so that we could not only condemn him, but impeach him, so that he will understand that there are some boundaries because, as we speak now, there don’t appear to be boundaries, or at least it appears that the president doesn’t perceive any boundaries,” -Rep Al Green
MSNBC’s Morning Joe revealed old footage Wednesday morning of Donald Trump partying with accused human trafficker Jeffrey Epstein that’s sure to dial up the cringe factor on your day.
While their discussion is mostly inaudible, at one point Trump is seen pointing toward the women and appears to say in Epstein’s ear: “Look at her, back there. She’s hot.” Epstein appears to agree, then Trump says something else that makes Epstein double up with laughter.
The video is from the same year in which Trump hosted a party with a guest list of himself, Epstein, and “28 girls,” according to reporting from The New York Times.
Trump said of his relationship with Epstein last week: “I knew him like everybody in Palm Beach knew him .. I was not a fan.”
Federal prosecutors indicted Epstein this month, charging him with sex trafficking and accusing him of using his fortune to “create a vast network of underage victims for him to sexually exploit.”
Presidential candidate and California senator Kamala Harris swiped back at Trump for his remarks about the Democratic congresswomen late on CNN Tuesday, saying that the president “needs to go back where he came from and leave that office.”
Harris said also called the comments “un-American” and “unbecoming of the President of the United States.”
”I think it defiles the office of the United States,” Harris said. “It is irresponsible. It is hateful. It is hurtful. And he has taken the presidency to a new low.” -Kamala Harris
Harris is one of the few 2020 challengers to break through at all, according to an analysis from Axios which found that online interest in the candidate field plunged over the past week as attention turned to Jeffrey Epstein, women’s soccer and Trump’s racist tweets.
According to Axios: “In the week ending Sunday, when Trump began his tweet rant, articles about the Democratic candidates generated just 6.5 million combined social media interactions (shares, likes, comments) — the fewest since mid-January.”
Good Morning and welcome to the politics live blog for 17 July. We’ll kick off this morning with the ongoing skirmish between Donald Trump and four progressive Democratic congresswomen, which has consumed the political news cycle for the better part of the week now, with no signs of dying down soon.
“The Squad” – as congresswomen Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts – have come to be known, was on CBS This Morning for an interview with Gayle King early Wednesday.
In the interview, Tlaib called Trump the “the biggest bully [she’s] ever had to deal with”. Ocasio-Cortez joined her colleague in condemning Republicans for not standing up to the president over his social media posts.
America has always been about the triumph of people who fight for everyone versus those who want to preserve rights for just a select few… There is no bottom to the barrel of vitriol that will be used and weaponized to stifle those who want to advance rights for all people in the United States.” – Ocasio-Cortez
The interview comes a day after the US House voted to condemn Trump for the remarks that sparked the conflict, in which the president suggested the four non-white US citizens “go back” to where they “came from”. Just four Republicans joined Democrats in approving the resolution.
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