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Sunday Talk: Trumping the Shark

 

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DAILY KOS

This week, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton (such a nasty woman) faced off in their third and final debate, moderated by Fox NewsChris Wallace.

With his poll numbers in decline amid mounting accusations of sexual assault, Trump desperately needed to change the narrative—and, to a certain extent, he succeeded.

When all was said and done, the conversation had shifted from Trump’s sordid historywith women (and young girls) to his horrifying refusal to accept the election’s results.

By the next morning, the only assault that anybody was talking about was the one thatTrump had launched on democracy itself.

Later that day, Trump and Clinton both spoke at a Catholic charity dinner, whereTrump showed that, in addition to lacking a sense of decency, he also lacks a sense of humor.

Though, in all honesty, the joke he told at his wife’s expense was pretty funny.

 

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Morning lineup:

Meet the Press: Democratic Vice Presidential Nominee Tim Kaine; Trump Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway; Roundtable: Tom Friedman (New York Times), Republican Strategist Stuart Stevens,Eliana Johnson (National Review) & Yamiche Alcindor (New York Times).

Face The Nation: RNC Chair Reince Priebus; Democratic StrategistDavid Axelrod; Republican “Messaging Guru” Frank Luntz;Roundtable: Peggy Noonan (Wall Street Journal), Jamelle Bouie(Slate), Jeffrey Goldberg (The Atlantic) & Ed O’Keefe (Washington Post).

This Week: Douchebag Eric Trump; Clinton Campaign Strategist Joel Benenson; Independent Presidential Candidate Evan McMullin; Defense Secretary Ash Carter; Roundtable: “Independent” StrategistMatthew Dowd, Republican Strategist Sara Fagen, Jonah Goldberg(National Review), Democratic Strategist Jamal Simmons & Katrina vanden Heuvel (The Nation).

Fox News Sunday: Clinton Campaign Manager Robby Mook; Trump Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway; Former House Spaker Newt Gingrich (R); Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA); Roundtable: Republican Strategist Karl Rove, Bob Woodward (Washington Post, Kimberly Strassel (Wall Street Journal) & Juan Williams (Fox News).

State of the Union: Clinton Campaign Manager Robby Mook; Trump Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway; Roundtable: Former South Carolina State Rep. Bakari Sellers (D), Former Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-NE); Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) & Radio Talk Show Host Dana Loesch.

Evening lineup:

60 Minutes will feature: a report on battleground state Ohio (preview); an interview with financial adviser Jeff Rubin, who lost his NFL player clients tens of millions of dollars (preview); and, an interview with Kim Kardashian (preview); etc.

Late night shows:

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Monday: Actor Tom Hanks; Comedian Adam Conover.

Tuesday: Actor Will Forte; Actor Dermot Mulroney; Comedian Wyatt Cenac; Indie Rock Performer Mitski.

Wednesday: Actor Joel McHale; Actress Abbi Jacobson; Actor Jon Glaser.

Thursday: Actress Mary-Louise Parker; Hip-Hop Artist Pusha T; Rock Band The Record Company.

Friday: Actor Drew Carey; Actress Claire Foy; Actor Matt Smith; Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco.

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Monday: Rerun;  Tuesday: Dana Bash (CNN);  Wednesday: John Della Volpe (Harvard Institute of Politics), Singer-Songwriter Phil CollinsThursday: Rapper Jeezy.

Elsewhere…

A top Kansas state lawmaker heiled the words of Adolf Hitler.

“Great quote from Hitler in the video,” Speaker Pro Tem Peggy Mast, R-Emporia, the No. 3 Republican in the Kansas House, posted to her Facebook page Thursday morning. “Please listen to it closely. His words are profound! Let’s start using discernment.”

She said in another Facebook post that her intent was to compare Planned Parenthood, the country’s largest reproductive health provider, to the Nazi leader and that she “was not in any way agreeing with Hitler’s words.”

“The receptivity of the masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous. In consequence of these facts, all effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand by your slogan,” Hitler said in the quotation.

In one of her social media posts, Mast wrote: “To clarify the intent of my previous post: Planned Parenthood has learned well the same tactics and deception used by Hitler regarding innocent lives. … I was making a connection between the ideology he used and the arguments made by Planned Parenthood.”

You know who else was impressed with Hitler?

Donald Trump.

During his 2000 consideration of a presidential run, Donald Trump once took a reportedly pretty surreal visit to the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles.

Dana Milbank, then a reporter for the New Republic, followed Trump as he was exploring entering the 2000 presidential race on the Reform Party ticket. As part of a trip to California, Trump toured the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international Holocaust remembrance museum named after the famed Nazi hunter.

As Trump visited exhibits dedicated to Bosnia, Rwanda, and the Holocaust, he “seemed detached, focusing his attention on the presentation rather than the content,” Milbank wrote.

At the end of the stop, Trump compared the “racist” views of his Reform Party rival Pat Buchanan to Hitler. “But even here Trump sounded like a developer,” Milbank commented. “He marveled that Hitler came to power ‘so brilliantly.'”

Meanwhile…

Stephen Baldwin—the Malik Obama of the famous acting family—is not so impressed with his brother Alec’s Trump impersonation.

Stephen Baldwin would like to build a wall around television sets when his brother is portraying Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live.”

The evangelical Christian actor attended Wednesday night’s debate in Las Vegas as a guest of the Republican presidential candidate — and Trump Ice water is apparently thicker than blood.

“Well he’s got the voice down very well,” Stephen told CBS News of his brother’s impression. “(But) I think it’s getting a little nasty right now.”

“What do I think of Alec Baldwin’s portrayal of Donald Trump on SNL and everything they’re doing, I don’t want to be a party pooper here, but I don’t think it’s very funny.”

Live from Daily Kos, it’s Sunday Talk!

– Trix

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