U.S. Politics

Sunday Talk: Peace of Cake

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SUNDAY KOS

Just like Martin Luther King before him, President @realDonaldTrump has a dream.

Despite all of Trump’s (purported) wealth and power, there is one thing (other than his father’s love) that had long eluded him—the respect/approval of the so-calledelites” that he claims to disdain.

But that all changed last week, when Trump ordered a (completely ineffectual) missile strike on Syria over dessert at his parasite-infested private club; suddenly, the haters and losers in the VERY FAKE NEWS media found him “presidential.”

Clearly, Trump took this lesson to heart.

This week, he (may or may not have) authorizedhis military” to drop the biglyest non-nuclear bomb in its arsenal on Afghanistan—and, once again, the media swooned.

Trump seems unbothered by the fact that many of his most ardent supporters oppose this type of foreign interventionafter all, it was never really their approval that he was after.

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Morning lineup:

Meet the Press: Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly; Sen. John McCain (R-AZ); Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI); Roundtable: Pastor T.D. Jakes (Potter’s House Church of the Living God), Rabbi David Saperstein (Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism) & Pastor JoAnn Hummel (Cent Tree Bible Fellowship).

Face The Nation: Former Obama Chief of Staff Denis McDonough; Former Reagan Chief of Staff Ken Duberstein; Historian David McCullough; Author Chris Whipple. Faith in America Panel: Rod Dreher (American Conservative), Russell Moore (Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission), Author Abigail Pogrebin & Consultor to the Vatican’s Secretariat of Communication Father James Martin; Roundtable: David Ignatius (Washington Post), David Nakamura, Jamelle Bouie (Slate) & Robin Wright (The New Yorker).

This Week: National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster; Former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Christopher Hill; Roundtable: Jonathan Cheng (Wall Street Journal), Jennifer Jacobs (Bloomberg Politics) & Rick Klein (ABC News).

Fox News Sunday: Deputy National Security Advisor K.T. McFarland; Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX); Roundtable: Michael Needham (Heritage Action for America), Jennifer Griffin (Fox News), Former National Security Council Member Gillian Turner & Bob Woodward (Washington Post).

State of the Union: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT); Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA); Roundtable: Former South Carolina State Rep. Bakari Sellers (D), Rep. Mia Love (R-UT), Bill Kristol (Weekly Standard) & Former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander (D).

Evening lineup:

60 Minutes will feature: a report on legacy foundations founded by the families of Newtown victims (preview); a report on claims by New Orleans public defenders that innocent people have gone to jail because they’ve lacked the resources and time to defend them properly (preview); and a report from Burma (Myanmar) where two eye surgeons are bringing their program that has already reversed blindness in over 4 million people and could help to eliminate cataract and other reversible blindness in the developing world (preview).

Late night shows:

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Monday: Singer Jennifer Hudson; Chris Hayes (MSNBC); Actor Christian Borle.

Tuesday: Actor Alec Baldwin; Radio Personality Charlamagne Tha God; Comedian Moshe Kasher.

Wednesday: Actress Rose Byrne; Comedian Lewis Black; Musician PJ Harvey.

Thursday: Actress Elisabeth Moss; Actor Anthony Atamanuik; Singer-Songwriter Sheryl Crow.

Friday: Actress Rosario Dawson; Actress Renee Elise Goldsberry; Comedian Keith Alberstadt.

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Monday-Thursday: TBA.

Elsewhere…

Following his Hitler “gaffe,” the Anti-Defamation League has offered to give Sean Spicer a remedial lesson on the Holocaust.

“While you have apologized,” it said, “this week’s incident as well as others (notably, the International Holocaust Remembrance Day statement omitting Jews and your vociferous defense of it), have exposed a serious gap in your knowledge of the Holocaust, its impact, and the lessons we can learn from it.”

Holocaust education is one of the core activities of the ADL, which also works with law enforcement and companies like Facebook and Google to crack down on modern-day hate groups. The organization has taught classes on Hitler’s murderous campaign — which exterminated 6 million Jews and millions more LGBT people, Poles, socialists and others — to more than 130,000 law enforcement professionals and 35,000 teachers, it said.

It’s prepared to teach the same class to Spicer.

“ADL would be happy to conduct one of these trainings at your convenience for you, your staff, and anyone at the White House who may need to learn more about the Holocaust,” the letter said. “We know you are very busy, but we believe a few hours learning this history will help you understand where you went wrong and prevent you from making these mistakes in the future.”

Meanwhile…

A North Carolina state lawmaker compared Abraham Lincoln to Adolf Hitler.

The Republican General Assembly member from Cabarrus County this week called the 16th president “the same sort (of) tyrant” as Adolf Hitler, according to the Charlotte Observer.

Pittman made the comparison on Facebook while responding to a commenter who was critical of legislation the lawmaker has introduced that seeks to bring an end to same-sex marriage in North Carolina, the Observer reported.

Pittman’s bill maintains that the “U.S. Supreme Court overstepped with its 2015 ruling that effectively voided an amendment to North Carolina’s constitution forbidding same-sex marriage,” according to the Associated Press.

Pittman appeared to be arguing that the definition of marriage should be left to the states, the Observer reported, when he wrote that North Carolina should ignore same-sex marriage “in spite of the opinion of a federal court.”

“And if Hitler had won, should the world just get over it?” he added. “Lincoln was the same sort if (sic) tyrant, and personally responsible for the deaths of over 800,000 Americans in a war that was unnecessary and unconstitutional.”

Oy vey.

– Trix

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