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Pelosi: Trump hosting the G7 at his own resort is “completely out of the question”

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I take it this is her way of threatening to block appropriations for the G7, although I’m not sure how that would work. Normally Congress would just hand the executive branch a bunch of money for the event and the president would handle the arrangements, including the choice of locale, right? Is Pelosi suggesting that some sort of condition will be attached to the appropriation barring it from being used at a Trump property?

If so, that’ll set us up for a fun news cycle next year when Trump decides to ignore that condition and hands the money to Trump National Doral anyway.

Silver lining, I guess: If Pelosi succeeds in roadblocking funding for the G7, Dems can’t impeach Trump on emolument grounds for awarding himself the event.

She hit Trump for his G7 choice last night on Twitter too, citing Andrew Napolitano’s segment on Fox Business to support her case. At long last — Fox/Pelosi synergy. Fox isn’t the only Rupert Murdoch property that’s criticizing Trump today for awarding himself a no-bid contract, either. The New York Post has an editorial out titled, “Move the summit, Mr. President.” (“[V]oters expect and deserve clear signs that their president is working for them — not promoting himself.”) I think he will end up moving it. The grief he’s getting and will continue to get for it over the next eight months just isn’t worth it to him.

But it’s worth something. WaPo looked at Trump National Doral’s business fortunes over the last few years and realized why Trump is keen to drum up some interest in the property.

The summit will also come to Doral at a particularly good time — June, when Miami is steamy and its business usually drops off sharply. In 2017, the hotel reported that June was its second-slowest month, with just 38.3 percent of its rooms occupied. Only August, at 31.1 percent, was slower…

“They are severely underperforming” other resorts in the area, tax consultant Jessica Vachiratevanurak, who had been hired by Trump, told a county official last year in a bid to lower the property’s tax bill. Vachiratevanurak said the club’s net operating income — a key figure, representing the amount left over after expenses are paid — had fallen by 69 percent as of 2017

In recent years, Doral has turned to Trump’s political allies to replace some of its lost revenue. This past weekend, for instance, it hosted a pro-Trump group called American Priority. Shown at that event was a violent video depicting Trump shooting, stabbing and beheading members of the media and some Democratic opponents, according to the New York Times.

Times are tough for the business, probably due to some patrons disassociating themselves from Trump for political reasons, so logically the resort has tried to leverage Trump’s political allies to offset the losses. Hosting the G7 is just a grander international version of that strategy. Ideally for Trump, the prestige associated with the event will wear off some of the resort’s stigma among anti-Trump Americans and the Doral’s bookings will increase afterward. Unless Pelosi blocks it, of course.

But maybe Trump isn’t fully committed to the idea. The mayor of Doral told WaPo that he hadn’t a word about this until Mick Mulvaney mentioned it on television, never mind that accommodating thousands of guests and security details for many world leaders will be a logistical challenge for the city. Possibly Trump sent Mulvaney out there to announce it as a trial balloon, to see what sort of pushback he’d get. If people rolled their eyes but otherwise ignored it on grounds that it’s just another case of the president being grubby, full speed ahead. Time to call the mayor. If instead there was an outcry, which there has been, he’ll scrap it. I think he’ll scrap it.

Of course, it’s also possible that Trump has (or had) every intention of hosting it at Doral and just didn’t think to let city officials know. Why not surprise ’em later?

He’s gonna scrap it. If a Trump buddy like Geraldo is willing to go on the president’s very favorite news show on his very favorite network to criticize him over his decision, Trump will recalculate.

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Napolitano: Trump hosting the G7 at his own resort is a gross violation of the Emoluments Clause

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This is interesting on the merits but also interesting in that two of the most powerful platforms in right-wing media are promoting it.

I suppose one could argue that Trump handing the G7 to his own business isn’t a textbook emolument since it doesn’t really function as a bribe, which is what the constitutional ban is all about. We don’t want the president receiving fat envelopes from foreign dignitaries for fear that that’ll influence his views on foreign policy. Imagine if, say, the president of Ukraine could curry favor with POTUS by telling him that he recently paid for the privilege of staying in one of his luxurious properties in the United States. That would look like petty bribery! Hosting a summit of world leaders like the G7 where attendance by the member nations is compulsory doesn’t work the same way. The president is still enriched, but no one’s purchasing any special favor from him by being there.

It’s not even clear that Trump will profit from the event if in fact he ends up hosting the event at cost, as Mick Mulvaney claimed earlier today.

But of course Napolitano’s read is defensible too. By handing the G7 to Trump National Doral, Trump is brazenly using the leverage he has over foreign policy by dint of his office to line his own pockets with foreign government money. Profit might not be necessary; revenue might be enough. Even if there’s no profit, the PR generated for the resort by its role in the G7 is doubtless worth millions. The corruption is so flagrant, the optics are so poor, that Pelosi and Nadler must be tempted to add it to the eventual articles of impeachment as a gross violation of the Emoluments Clause. That would complicate their messaging on impeachment since it’s supposed to be all about Ukraine and quid pro quos, but the public is likely to view his G7 move as so blatantly improper that there’s really no downside to Dems in tossing it in there. At the very least, it’ll force Senate Republicans to offer some uncomfortable explanations after they acquit Trump as to why self-dealing on this scale somehow doesn’t warrant removal from office.

I mean, look at what this poor defeated chump has been reduced to in order to cover for the president:

There are no other properties in the state of Florida that might have sufficed for the G7 and which wouldn’t have involved fattening up the president’s bank account, Marco? Between this and how he spun Trump’s comments a few weeks ago about China investigating Hunter Biden, it’s clear that Rubio has essentially checked out of politics. He’ll defend Trump dutifully as needed but his defenses will be conspicuously phoned-in.

Like I say, the clip is also interesting for how it’s being promoted. With Shep Smith’s departure, one might have expected the Fox networks to begin steering towards even more ardent Trump-worship. And it would have been fair to assume that Andrew Napolitano, whose comments about Trump ignited the Shep/Tucker spat that led to Smith leaving, might either lie low or tone it down. Nope: Here’s Napolitano swinging away on Fox Business with full encouragement from Neil Cavuto, who, if anything, may be turning more aggressive in challenging Trump spin now that Shep is gone. So Fox is willing to let its personnel punish Trump for the G7 thing. And Matt Drudge is willing to help: As I write this at 6:45 p.m. ET, this very clip is highlighted in red font at the top of the Drudge Report, the latest example of surprisingly harsh coverage of Trump on a webpage that normally leans right. Is Drudge pro-impeachment? Or is Drudge reacting in this particular instance to the fact that Trump awarding the G7 to his own property is egregiously, cartoonishly improper, maybe anticipating that his readers will be outraged too?

By the way, speaking of Fox, Megyn Kelly’s return to the network last night on Tucker Carlson’s show drew bombshell ratings, crushing even Hannity and Rachel Maddow with more than four million viewers. Conveniently, Fox is now looking for a news anchor to host Shep’s 3 p.m. slot. Hmmm!

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CNN won’t air Trump campaign ad, Team Biden demands same of FOX

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Television networks are usually on the hunt for advertising dollars. But, now we are in the midst of a presidential campaign election cycle and the last thing CNN wants to do is run a campaign ad that knocks its own reporters and on-air talent.

CNN has refused to run two campaign ads submitted by the Trump re-election campaign but will air an ad that was submitted Thursday. The first one denied was “Biden Corruption” and it was released last week. The 30-second ad accuses Democrats of trying to steal the upcoming presidential election with the help of their “lapdogs” at CNN – Don Lemon, Chris Cuomo, Jim Acosta, and it also includes MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.

CNN claims the ads aren’t factual and that the mention of its employees is enough to justify denying the airing of the ads.

Another ad submitted to CNN and its corporate cousin Turner Sports on Thursday was rejected. CNN said the ad contains assertions about the whistleblower complaint against Trump that have been disputed by the intelligence inspector general, and uses the word “coup” to describe the impeachment process set forth in the constitution.

A third ad was accepted. While the ad says “the swamp” hates Trump, flashing video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, it outlines actions taken in the president’s first term and asserts that it takes a “tough guy” to change Washington.

Here is the “coup” ad:

Just as CNN objects to the Trump campaign claim of corruption in Biden and his son’s dealings in Ukraine, the cable news network also objects to the impeachment hearings as the Democrats attempt of a coup, as the campaign claims.

CNN said in a statement that “in addition to disparaging CNN and its journalists, the ad makes assertions that have been proven demonstrably false by various news outlets, including CNN.”

CNN cited similar concerns about false statements in declining the newer commercial, saying the spot makes claims about the whistleblower complaint against the president that the intelligence community inspector general has debunked.

“In addition, it is inaccurate to use the word ‘coup’ to describe a constitutionally prescribed legal process,” the company stated, echoing critics who slammed Trump’s comparison of impeachment to an opposition group’s violent, illegal overthrow of a government.

The third campaign ad is called “Changing Times” and has been approved for airing on CNN. The message is that “Mister Nice Guy” won’t cut it anymore.

As you can see, it’s a fairly standard kind of campaign ad.

A Trump campaign spokesman points to CNN using its platform to protect Joe Biden.

His campaign spokesman, Tim Murtaugh, said “CNN spends all day protecting Joe Biden in their programming, so it’s not surprising that they’re shielding him from truthful advertising too.”

It is not unprecedented that a network deny airing a campaign ad. FOX did that, too, by the way, in 2017. FOX objected to a Trump ad that portrayed illegal immigrants as violent. The unusual part, as even the New York Times points out, is how early the denials are happening. It points to a very contentious campaign season.

It is unusual but not unprecedented for television networks to reject a political advertisement from a presidential candidate. On the eve of last year’s midterm elections, major channels, including Fox News, removed a commercial from Mr. Trump’s political team that portrayed immigrants as a violent threat.

But political ads tend to be contentious in the latter stages of a campaign — not 13 months before Election Day. And CNN’s decision could foreshadow a longer conflict between Mr. Trump’s political aides and network executives who are tasked with reviewing the accuracy of the information that reaches viewers.

CNN’s bias is obvious to even the most casual viewer. FOX does have a bias toward Trump but the difference is that FOX also has on-air talent that isn’t pro-Trump. A good example is Shep Smith, who is a classic anti-Trumper. There is no on-air talent on CNN or MSNBC that anyone would label as pro-Trump. There is no attempt to bring a little balance. Even most of the conservatives brought on as guests are Never-Trump conservatives.

Team Biden is trying to strong-arm FOX into not airing Trump’s campaign ad that focuses on Ukraine.

In a letter to Fox News and Fox Business general counsel Lily Claffee, Biden campaign manager Greg Schultz wrote that the ad “falsely states” that “Biden offered Ukraine $1 billion to fire the prosecutor investigating a company affiliated with his son.”

“Though the Trump campaign is prepared to fabricate outright lies, your station’s airwaves should not be used to disseminate them,” Schultz wrote. “We are putting you on notice about the absolute falsity of the advertisement’s claims, and we expect that you will reject it. Please consider this letter a standing request that you reject any advertisement containing similar claims, regardless whether the Trump campaign or a third-party group seeks to place it.”

We are putting you on notice. To which FOX responded, “We are not in the business of censoring ads from candidates on either side of the aisle.” “Vice President Joe Biden has a standing invitation to appear on any of our platforms.”

Good old Joe doesn’t appear on FNC, though, and was recently caught pointing his finger in campaign reporter Peter Doocy’s face while demanding he “Ask the right question.”

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The Simpsons Create Cringe-Worthy Anti-Trump Segment Where He Runs from “The Squad”

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The Simpsons, once a bastion of wit and humor, may have gone full cringe as its latest episode features Donald Trump in a musical number running in fear from “The Squad” then having a dance-off with the 2020 Democratic candidates.

The video is a take on “West Side Stories” hit song “America,” where Trump decides to use “The Squad” as a distraction from all his problems, namely with China. Trump picks up a photo of “The Squad” which features cartoon renditions of Reps. Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley and begins to sing about how they shouldn’t be in America.

The foursome then pop out of the picture and begin singing about how they’re more American than First Lady Melania Trump, to which Trump responds she’s not a big part of his life and that they’ll never see Tel Aviv, Israel. The ladies then sing insults in unison at Trump.

“You’re Boris Johnson without the class.
Can’t wait to see you behind prison glass.
Your nose is right up Putin’s ass.
We say it’s time to impeach you fast.”

Trump is then seen running away into the White House lawn where the 2020 Democrat candidates begin can-can dancing. He joins them, saying he can’t be the first one to fall. He quickly does to the amusement of the candidates.

As of this writing, YouTube commenters are tearing it apart and it currently has 1.3k dislikes to 753 likes. This is for good reason.

The gag is just bad, and I’m not saying that because I really don’t like “The Squad.”

There’s nothing actually funny about it. No jokes that really have the wit you’d expect from The Simpsons. They take as many lazy blows as they can, including poking fun at Trump’s hair actually being an animal and the disproven claim that Trump belongs to Russia. The swipe at Melania was also pretty bad, especially considering the fact that if they had said that about a Democratic First Lady, there’d be riots outside the studios where The Simpsons is made.

I get that its satire and it’s not supposed to be taken seriously, it’s just that satire is usually supposed to be funny, and this is just more cringy than anything else.

One thing I do find funny is that the Babylon Bee is excoriated by the left for actually being funny where they feel it shouldn’t be, whereas the left is demolished by the right for not being funny at all when they try to be.

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Good News America, “Last Man Standing” Is Getting an Eighth Season

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Proving that right-leaning comedy does indeed have a place on mainstream television, Tim Allen’s “Last Man Standing” is once again coming back as it has been approved for an eighth season.

According to The Wrap, the show that was once canceled by ABC despite its success was picked up by Fox and debuted to massive viewership. The show has maintained that viewership since.

According to Fox Entertainment President Michael Thorn, renewing the show was something of a no-brainer as he called it “one of television’s most popular comedies”:

“‘Last Man Standing’ roared out of the gate on Fox, and has maintained its ratings dominance ever since,” said Michael Thorn, president, Entertainment for Fox Entertainment. “Much of that credit goes to the incredibly funny and talented Tim Allen, not to mention Nancy, Hector and the rest of the show’s great cast. We’d like to thank Kevin, Matt and the entire crew, along with our partners at 20th Century Fox Television, for overseeing one of television’s most popular comedies. We’d also like to congratulate them all on reaching 150 episodes – a milestone that’s well-deserved.”

The sitcom’s September premiere marked the network’s most-watched comedy in almost seven years, excluding NFL nights, and was the show’s highest-rated episode since the Season 2 premiere on ABC.

Comparatively, The Connors is not doing so well, with actors and crew already being forced to take a pay cut due to the shows flagging audience. The decline began when they fired Roseanne Barr from the show, whom many thought provided the actual laughs, as well as the politically middle of the road stances.

While some networks eliminate right-leaning viewpoints from their networks, Fox embraced the idea and is continuously rewarded for it.

The show that Allen built will now head toward it’s 150th episode, which the show’s Twitter account celebrated with a short clip.

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