“I think that Donald Trump has already done a number of things which legitimately raise the question of impeachment”.
FEBRUARY 23, 2017
Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, a top candidate to take over as chair of the Democratic National Committee, called Wednesday for an impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump.
“I think that Donald Trump has already done a number of things which legitimately raise the question of impeachment,” Ellison said during a debate on CNN on Wednesday with his fellow DNC chair hopefuls.
The left-wing Ellison, who is one of the top contenders for DNC chair, argued that Trump was in violation of the emoluments clause, a constitutional clause which prohibits presidents from receiving payment from foreign governments. Some Trump opponents have claimed that the Republican is in violation of the federal law because Trump hotels have received payment from foreign dignitaries.
Ellison joins a small group of Democratic lawmakers who have said impeaching Trump is on the table. California Rep. Maxine Waters, Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin and Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro have all said the Republican should be impeached. Nancy Pelosi, the House Minority Leader, has pushed back on the idea.
“I think that we need to begin investigations, to not go after Donald Trump, but to protect our Constitution and the presidency of the United States so that nobody can monetize the presidency and profit off of it for their own gain,” said Ellison.
Robert Gehl reports that it was officially billed as a “press conference,” but really, President Donald Trump wanted to talk to the American people.
So after a quick announcement of his replacement nominee for the Secretary of Labor, Trump went right over the heads of the assembled press.
“I’m here to update the American people on the incredible progress we’ve made in the last four weeks since inauguration,” he said. “Many or our nation’s reporters and folks will not tell you the truth and will not treat you with the respect you deserve. Unfortunately much of the media speaks not for the people, but for the special interests and those profiting off of a very, very broken system.”
Trump continued, telling the American people that the press are doing a disservice to the American people.
“The press has become so dishonest that if we don’t talk about it, we do a tremendous disservice to the american people,” he said. “The level of dishonesty is out of control.”
“So I’m here again to take my message straight to the American people.”
Trump discussed the campaign promises that he has already kept and the ones he plans to keep; on trade, the economy, jobs and America’s broken immigration system.
“I’m here following through on what I pledged to do,” he said. “That’s all I’m doing.”
Trump said the media doesn’t like and isn’t used to a president that does what he says he’s going to do.
“We are following through on pledges that we made and they’re not happy about it,” he said, “But the people are happy about it.”
While he didn’t mention it but briefly, President Donald Trump nominated Alexander Acosta, the dean of the Florida International University law school, as his new nominee to be secretary of Labor at a press conference Thursday afternoon.
Acosta is currently the chairman of U.S. Century Bank, which is the largest domestically owned Hispanic community bank in Florida, and is the dean of Florida International University Law School.
He has served as the a U.S. attorney for the southern district of Florida, and was an assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights division under President George W. Bush. He was the first Hispanic to hold a rank of assistant attorney general.
Thursday’s press conference was Trump’s third in one week. He took questions from reporters during joint conferences with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday and with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday.
MSNBC anchor Mika Brzezinski boldly declared that it’s the media’s job to “control exactly what people think” during an on-air discussion about President Donald Trump.
Brzezinski made the flippant remark while responding to a comment from her co-host Joe Scarborough during a panel discussion on ‘Morning Joe’ about Trump’s efforts to “undermine the media.”
The TV host who is the daughter of Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter and counselor to President Lyndon B. Johnson, voiced her concerns that the president was “trying to undermine the media and trying to make up his own facts.”
“And it could be that while unemployment and the economy worsens, he could have undermined the messaging so much that he can actually control exactly what people think. And that, that is our job,” she continued.
The remark sparked no reaction from the panel but received a blunt “yeah” from colleague Scarborough, who then went on to equate Trump with Mussolini and Lenin, as reported by Grabien News.
Former GOP Representative Scarborough said that Trump’s description of the media as the “enemy of the people” echoed Mussolini and Lenin and “makes him sound more like a dictator in training.”
The clip has sparked a growing reaction online with many trolling Brzezinski and rejoicing that the “truth” is finally out.
MSNBC have been consistently condemned by Trump alongside other mainstream news outlets and branded “fake news.”
By Ian Hanchett
On Saturday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” NPR and PBS host and Futuro Media Group President Maria Hinojosa argued that “there should be an attempt, when there’s a press conference called by the president, that no one shows up.”
Hinojosa said that the mainstream media keep sending “top talent, to be completely insulted and disrespected by the president of the United States. It begins to feel like we are in an abusive relationship, and that we’re putting ourselves out there to be attacked. So, I would say once again — and I know this is difficult, it’s a challenge, but can we just get the interns, with their note cards, to start asking the questions to a president who is acting so immature? And this is not in disrespect to the interns. But, maybe they will be around the same age. ”
She added, “I think we should choose when are they going to go for a briefing, but I don’t think that we should — I think that there should be an attempt, when there’s a press conference called by the president, that no one shows up.”