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Trump Jr. says dad’s ‘next move’ is to ‘break up’ the FBI: ‘He has to get rid of these things’

Donald Trump Jr. on Sunday called on his father to "break up" the FBI if he wins a second term.

During an interview on Fox News, host Maria Bartiromo asked the president's son what his father would do if the FBI does not do his bidding by smearing the son of Democratic nominee Joe Biden and by preventing Democrats from increasing the use of mail-in ballots.

"We have to keep fighting," Trump replied. "We're fighting with one leg and two arms tied behind our back. You know, we don't have the mainstream media that's willing to at this point, not even just boost the other side, but literally run cover for what would arguably be the biggest corruption scheme in American political history. This is the stuff that makes Watergate look like kindergarten."

According to the younger Trump, the FBI tried to "knowingly peddle" information about his father's connections to Russia.

"They refuse to acknowledge their own corruption," he explained. "And the reality is, I think, when Donald Trump wins, he has to break up the highest level of the FBI. He has to get rid of these things. And more importantly, maybe break up the swamp in general."

"You know, why is the Department of the Interior headed out of Washington?" Trump asked. "Why don't we spread all of those things up throughout America?"

"That's Donald Trump's next move," he predicted, "if I'm him and if he wins, which I think he will. Because what's going on is disgusting. This is the stuff of communist China!"

Watch the video below from Fox News.


Donald Trump Jr.: Dad's 'next move' is to 'break up' FBI youtu.be

‘You have no standing’: CNN's Tapper corners Lara Trump after she links stuttering to ‘cognitive decline’

CNN host Jake Tapper on Sunday ended an interview with Trump campaign spokesperson Lara Trump after she suggested stuttering is a sign of cognitive decline.

"Joe Biden as we all know has worked to overcome a stutter," Tapper said before explaining that Biden had been an inspiration for children who stutter.

"How do you think it makes little kids with stutters feel when they see you [mocking Joe Biden]?" the CNN host asked.

"First and foremost, I had no idea that Joe Biden ever suffered from a stutter," Trump replied. "I think what we see on stage with Joe Biden, Jake, is very clearly a cognitive decline."

"First and foremost, I had no idea that Joe Biden ever suffered from a stutter," Trump replied. "I think what we see on stage with Joe Biden, Jake, is very clearly a cognitive decline."

"OK," Tapper replied. "You have no — it's so amazing to me that — a cognitive decline. I think you were mocking his stutter."

"And I think you have absolutely no standing to diagnose someone's cognitive decline," he added. "I would think that somebody in the Trump family would be more sensitive to people who do not have medical licenses diagnosing politicians from afar. Plenty people have diagnosed your [father-in-law] from afar. And I'm sure it offends you."

"I'm not diagnosing him," Trump insisted.

"You just talked about cognitive decline," Tapper said and then pivoted to his final question. "I have one last question for you, Lara."

But Trump continued to talk about Biden's mental state.

"It's very concerning to a lot of people," she said, "that this could be the leader of the free world. That is all I'm saying. I genuinely feel sorry for Joe Biden."

With that, Tapper ended the interview early.

"Thank you, Lara, I appreciate it," Tapper said. "I'm sure it was from a place of concern. We all believe that."

Watch the video below from CNN.


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Lindsey Graham admits to Amy Klobuchar: ‘Y’all have a good chance of winning the White House’

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Thursday asserted that Democrats "have a good chance" of defeating President Donald Trump in November.

During a hearing for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) objected to the push to seat the Supreme Court nominee on the bench before the election.

"I just don't think you can separate this from the election that we are in," Klobuchar said. "I don't come out of this with cries of defeat? You know why? Because it's motivating more people to vote. You chose to do it in the middle of an election so let's all go out there and vote. That's what happening because this should not be Donald Trump's judge."

Graham argued that he voted for two of President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominees, but the senator did not acknowledge that Judge Merrick Garland was never given a hearing.

"She's somebody that a Republican would pick," Graham said of Barrett. "Y'all have a good chance of winning the White House."

"Thank you for acknowledging that," Klobuchar chimed in.

"Yeah, I think it's true," Graham remarked.

Watch the video below from CBS.


Lindsey Graham to Amy Klobuchar: 'Y'all have a good chance of winning the White House' youtu.be

Employees livid at NBC after network ‘rewards’ Trump with solo town hall after debate withdrawal: report

Staffers at NBC, CNBC and MSNBC were said to be angry this week after learning that President Donald Trump was offered the opportunity to hold a solo town hall event.

NBC announced on Wednesday that the network will host a 90-minute town hall event for Trump opposite a similar event for Democratic candidate Joe Biden, which will air on ABC.

The event was only scheduled after a debate with Biden was cancelled because the president, who tested positive for COVID-19, refused to participate virtually.

Reporter Yashar Ali said that he had been contacted by "over a dozen" staffers at NBC and its sister networks.

"I've heard from over a dozen NBC, MSNBC, and CNBC sources (talent and staff) and the frustration with and anger toward their employer for scheduling a town hall against Biden is palpable," Ali revealed.

Others on Twitter also lashed out at NBC for "rewarding" Trump with a 90-minute event.

Read some of the responses below.

















Trump declares he’s ‘immune’ and can’t get COVID ‘for maybe a long time, maybe a short time’

President Donald Trump announced on Sunday that he is "immune" from COVID-19 and that it could last for "a lifetime."

"It seems like I'm immune so I can go way out of a basement," Trump told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo. "Because you have to run a country, you have to get out of a basement. It looks like I'm immune for, I don't know, maybe a long time, maybe a short time. It could be a lifetime. Nobody really knows. But I'm immune."

"So the president is in very good shape to fight the battle," he said.

Watch the video below from Fox News.


Trump announces he's 'immune' from COVID-19 youtu.be

Chris Wallace fires back at Lara Trump for lies about wearing masks at debate: ‘I’m not making this up’

Fox News host Chris Wallace questioned Trump campaign surrogate Lara Trump on Sunday about the first family's decision not to wear masks at the first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

Wallace began his interview with the president's daughter-in-law by asking whether a White House Rose Garden gathering for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett was a "super-spreader event."

"People were packed in, almost no masks and Dr. Fauci has said that event was a super spreader," Wallace explained. "Why did it take the president getting COVID for the White House to take the CDC safety guidelines more seriously, although even yesterday they were still violating some?"

Trump argued that "most if not all" of the attendees at the Rose Garden event had been previously tested.

"And you never hear, Chris, on the other side of the coin the fact that we have had in this country since really the height of the COVID days these demonstrations across America," Trump opined. "But you never hear any concern after these things about those being super-spreader events. I have yet to hear one doctor say anything about them."

"It doesn't seem like coronavirus would have a political agenda but oftentimes is feels like it does," she added. "The White House has always followed guidelines."

"I take your point about the protests," Wallace pressed. "But that doesn't make what happened at the White House — which Tony Fauci says was a super spreader — at least eight people at that event later came down with the virus, including the president and the first lady."

The Fox News host went on to ask the campaign surrogate why the Trump family declined to wear masks at the first presidential debate.

"You all took them off," Wallace recalled. "Did you think, Lara, that the rules that applied to everybody else in that hall didn't apply to you?"

"Well, of course we didn't think that!" Trump insisted. "I want to be very clear. Never one time did anyone from Cleveland Clinic come up and ask any member of our family to put a mask on. So that is totally false."

"Everybody in that hall had tested negative," Wallace said. "And the fact is, the rules were everybody except for the president, the vice president and I were supposed to wear masks and it was the pool report — I'm not just making this up — the pool report says a member of the Cleveland Clinic — in fact, there's video that exists — coming up to someone in the presidential party and saying would you like masks, and they were waved away."

Watch the video below from Fox News.


Chris Wallace grills Lara Trump for refusing to wear mask at debate youtu.be

‘Socialist propaganda’: Texas voters lash out after GOP chairman gets COVID and party calls for masks

Republicans in Texas expressed outrage at the Dallas County Republican Party after it called for people to wear face masks.

The plea for facial coverings came this week after Dallas County Republican Party Chairman Rodney Anderson tested positive for COVID-19. The announcement was made on Facebook.

"The Chairman was exposed at a personal event over the weekend and immediately started the process of self-quarantining," a statement from the party said. "He and his family will continue to quarantine for the next two weeks – no Dallas County Republican Party staff or volunteers have been exposed. The Chairman is expected to make a full and quick recovery, and wants to remind everyone to continue to wear their masks and make safe social decisions."

The post was accompanied by a graphic that said, "Y'all wear masks."

Many followers of the Dallas County Republican Party lashed out at the call for personal safety measures."So bc he tested positive you are now demanding we all wear a mask," Tami Cooke wrote. "This is not the Republican Party I want to be associated with. Stop with your agenda."

"Stop promoting the ridiculousness of masks," Michael Wilcox chimed in. "A mask does nothing outside of a controlled environment. It's simply a psychological comfort to those whom live in fear."

"So, Dallas County Republicans are pushing the socialist propaganda…. very interesting!" Shane Pratt complained.

"Time to reform the party in certain counties! Let's start with Dallas!!" Christy Bee agreed.

Other commenters lamented the negative reaction to the public safety announcement.

"I wish you and our nation a speedy recovery from the effects of COVID," Rudy Oeftering wrote. "I'm very sad to see the comments here. To those mocking mask-wearing; if we Republicans lose in November it will be largely due to your obstinance and defiance of simple public health requests. Why do you think R's are so upside down in attracting voters over 65?"

Read Dallas County GOP's post below.


Chris Wallace triggers Trump aide meltdown over first family not wearing masks

Fox News host Chris Wallace grilled Trump campaign adviser Steve Cortes on Sunday about the refusal to wear masks by some people close to President Donald Trump.

During an interview on Fox News Sunday, Wallace noted that seven people who attended the White House event with Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett were not wearing masks and have now tested positive for COVID-19.

"People packed together, the vast majority not wearing masks," Wallace said. "How does that make sense?"

For his part, Cortes insisted that the White House took "tremendous precautions" to protect the president, including testing people in close contact with him.

"The fact that he still got infected shows us that unfortunately this virus has that kind of power," Cortes said. "The president, though, and he's made this clear, he was unwilling to completely sequester himself, to take no risk, because leaders take risks. And he is the servant of the people as well as the commander-in-chief and so he said he must be around the people he serves. He took reasonable risks."

"Let's talk about reasonable risks," Wallace pushed back. "Because there was the debate on Tuesday night that I moderated. The rules from the Cleveland Clinic could not have been more clear. Everyone in the audience was to wear a mask."

"After the first family came in, they all took off their masks," the Fox News host pointed out. "So did the White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. Do they think that the health and safety rules for everybody else do no apply to them?"

"No, that's not the reality," Cortes stuttered. "Everybody was tested before that event as you well know. Those of us who went first were tested by Cleveland Clinic directly."

"Steve, it doesn't matter," Wallace interrupted. "Everybody in that room was tested and the Cleveland Clinic's regulation was, it didn't matter, everybody except for the three of us on the stage was to wear a mask and people from the Cleveland Clinic came over and offered the first family masks, thinking maybe they didn't have them. They were waved away and the Commission on Presidential Debates has issued a statement saying, from now on if you don't wear a mask, you're going to be escorted from the hall."

"So forget this question of being tested beforehand," he added. "Everybody was tested beforehand. No! I'm going to finish my question. Everybody was told to wear a mask. Why did the first family and the chief of staff feel that the rules for everybody else didn't apply to them?"

Cortes replied by calling masks "very useful."

"We also believe in some element of individual choice," he continued. "People were distanced and they had been tested."

"No!" Wallace interrupted. "Steve, they weren't distanced and there were rules and there was no freedom of choice. They broke the rules!"

"I was there like you were and they were distanced!" Cortes exclaimed.

"No, they broke the rules!" Wallace insisted. "Why did they break the rules?"

"Chris, the way you're starting to harangue me now actually reminds me of what you did to the president during that debate on Tuesday night," Cortes shot back. "You were not a neutral moderator then. I don't mind tough questions. I welcome reasonably tough questions. What I don't think is OK is for you to become the effective opposition to the president."

"The president interrupted me and the vice president 145 times," Wallace observed. "So I object to you saying I harangued the president. I know it's the talking point."

Watch the video below from Fox News.


Chris Wallace hammers Trump aide Steve Cortes over first family not wearing masks www.youtube.com

‘Women didn’t like that’: Fox News host grills GOP chairwoman after Trump interrupts ‘145 times’ at debate

Fox News host Sandra Smith pressed Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Thursday over the idea that President Donald Trump could be punished with a "mute button" after he repeatedly interrupted Democratic candidate Joe Biden at Tuesday's presidential debate.

During an interview on Fox News, Smith noted that the Commission on Presidential Debates is considering changing the rules due to the constant interruptions at the first debate between Biden and Trump.

"At any point when you were watching the debate, did you wish that perhaps President Trump didn't jump in there as much as he did?" Smith wondered.

"I actually wanted him to keep asking him about stacking the Supreme Court," McDaniel replied.

"But to that point about the interruptions," Smith interrupted. "Did you ever think, that's too much?"

"Joe Biden was interrupting the president just as much," McDaniel claimed falsely. "It was the back and forth."

"But I'm asking you a question that you're not answering," Smith countered. "Did at any point, did you think it would be better for your party, better for the Trump campaign to not have jumped in as much as he did?"

"Many women didn't like that," the Fox News host continued. "They didn't like the aggressiveness that they saw on the stage."

"At any point, I'm asking you, Ronna, did you wish the president didn't jump in as much?" she asked.

"I'm speaking as a female voter," McDaniel said. "I wanted to see the president to force Joe Biden to answer these questions. I really wanted Chris Wallace to do it and I was glad to see the president do it."

Smith went on to point to a recent Monmouth University national poll that found Biden leads Trump 57% to 38% among women voters.

"Doesn't that concern you?" Smith pressed.

For her part, McDaniel asserted that "a lot" of Trump's debate performance appealed to women.

Smith reminded McDaniel that Trump had more than twice as many interruptions as Biden.

"When you look at the interruptions, our Brain Room dug into exactly how many interruptions there were on the part of both candidates," Smith remarked. "In total, Biden, 67 times. President Trump, 145 times. You can tally it up and you can see there were more interruptions."

"Would you support a mute button?" Smith wanted to know.

"These are grown men," McDaniel insisted. "They can handle each other."

Watch the video below from Fox News.


Fox News host grills GOP chairwoman: 'Would you support a mute button' on Trump? youtu.be

Brad Parscale facing investigation for ‘stealing’ $40 million from Trump campaign: report

Embattled former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale has been accused of "stealing" up to $40 million from President Donald Trump's campaign and $10 million from the Republican National Committee.

The Daily Mail first reported that Parscale is suspected of pocketing the money.

According to the Daily Mail:

A Trump insider explained to DailyMail.com that Parscale went into a tailspin after he was demoted in July and replaced by his former number two, Bill Stepien, as he's worried about the 'gravy train' ending and keeping up with his lavish lifestyle.

Trump demoted Parscale as campaign manager earlier this year after his Florida lifestyle attracted media attention. Daily Mail sources said Trump ordered a review of RNC finances just days after Parscale's demotion.

RNC Rapid Response Director Steve Guest denied that Parscale is being investigated.

"This report is categorically false," Guest said in a statement. "There is no audit or investigation of Brad at the RNC."

Reports on Sunday revealed that Parscale was hospitalized after a tense standoff with police and allegedly threatening to commit suicide.

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