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Charles Krauthammer claimed during the Thursday airing of Special Report With Bret Baier that he felt White House chief strategist Steve Bannon Scaramucci-ed himself after giving a wide-ranging interview to American Prospect.

Bannon in the interview undermined President Donald Trumps North Korean rhetoric, and claimed that theres no military solution to the conflict with the country. He also excoriated white nationalists, which he called clowns, losers, and fringe elements.

After his abrupt interview went viral, it was reported, however, that Bannon did not think his comments were being recorded, or had been on the record at all.

Krauthammer, a Fox News contributor, addressed Bannons interview and compared it to former White House communications director Anthony Scaramuccis explosive and exposing interview with the New Yorkers Ryan Lizza, which was said to have a part in his ouster.

Krauthammer on Thursday claimed that he believed Bannons actions, however, were not part of a greater plan to distract the country from the presidents bad week, and instead, could be extremely damning to his reportedly tenuous relationship with Trump.

I think Bannon just got Scaramucci-ed, Krauthammer told his fellow panelists. Actually, he was self-Scaramuccied. Its kind of like a Japanese version of it where you actually impale yourself.

This was completely unnecessary. I suspect he thought he was speaking with somebody that would not publish this. But part of the reason that it is so inexplicable, and it cant be a part of a larger strategy, is that on North Korea he totally contradicted the president. He ridiculed his position, Krauthammer said.

Krauthammer noted that Bannons apparent correlation of Trump and North Korea dictator Kim Jong un as amateurs blundering about perhaps the most damning part in terms of his standing with the president.

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Charles Krauthammer Slams Trump’s Take On Charlottesville As ‘A Moral Disgrace’ – HuffPost

The syndicated columnist appeared aghast on Fox News Special Report when fellow panelist Laura Ingraham suggested that Trump had become sidetracked and caught in a pundit trap when he became defensive about his response to the weekends events in Virginia, instead of talking about the planned press conference topic of infrastructure.

To critique what he did today on the grounds that it distracts from the agenda or was a tactical mistake I believe is a cop-out,Krauthammer told Ingraham.What Trump did today was a moral disgrace.

What he did is he reverted back to where he was on Saturday, and made it very clear that what he read on …Monday, two days later, was a hostage tape, clearly reading off a prompter, saying these denunciations by name of the KKK, et cetera, he continued.

That wasnt Trump speaking. That was the aides speaking.

At Trump Tower earlier Tuesday, Trump defended his initial statement on the Charlottesville riots and once again placed the blame on both sides of the conflict.

Krauthammer argued that Trumps off-script press conference revealed the presidents true feelings, though Ingraham argued that Trump had already responded to the hate groups on Monday.

Ill tell you why he didnt [denounce white supremacy]on Saturday, because its not whats in his heart, he said, adding that his Monday statement condemning Nazis and the KKK was read off a prompter.

He was not asked to do the press conference.The reason he did it [is because] he has a point to make, Krauthammer added. And he made it very plain to the country that what he believes [is]what he said on Saturday and not what he read two days later.

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‘Wow’: Stunned TV Hosts Reacted in Real Time to Trump – New York Times

They were chanting things like, Jews will not replace us, Mr. Benson said. Theres nothing good about that.

His co-host, Ms. Timpf, a libertarian pundit who contributes to National Review Online, exhaled deeply. It was one of the biggest messes that Ive ever seen, she said. I cant believe it happened.

Disbelief also dominated the early reaction on MSNBC and CNN, where Mr. Tapper ended his afternoon show by directly addressing viewers.

To anybody out there watching today who is confused and thinks, I thought that the Klan and neo-Nazis and white supremacists, I thought there was no debate about this thing among civilized people there isnt a debate about it, he said.

Like many of Mr. Trumps dramatic moments, Tuesdays impromptu question-and-answer session unspooled on cable television. But as the presidents exchanges grew testier, ABC and CBS cut into regular programming to carry the news conference, adding millions of households to the audience.

Later, the network evening newscasts ran long, unexpurgated clips of Mr. Trumps appearance, rather than the usual short clips. CBS devoted its entire half-hour Evening News to the presidents comments and the aftermath of the weekends rioting.

Other Americans learned of the events through online sites more sympathetic to Mr. Trump including Breitbart News, which heralded the news conference as a triumph. Potus Comes Roaring Back With Press Smackdown at Trump Tower, ran the bright-red headline on the right-wing site.

The presidents use of the term alt-left on Tuesday to describe liberal protesters echoed recent coverage on Fox News and some right-wing sites, where the term had gained currency in the last several days.

President Donald Trump blasted establishment and left-wing media on Tuesday afternoon for failing to report the facts on violent left-wing protesters in Charlottesville, read the lead story on Breitbart.

Mr. Trump has caused a rift in the conservative media, a tension on vivid display during a Fox News exchange between the commentators Charles Krauthammer and Laura Ingraham.

Ms. Ingraham, a Trump supporter who has been courted by the White House, allowed that the presidents remarks might have hurt his agenda. But she also offered a partial defense, saying of Mr. Trump, He made some points that were factually right.

Mr. Krauthammer retorted, What Trump did today was a moral disgrace, and said that the president had broken from his predecessors who recognized the history of civil rights.

Im not going to pass moral judgment on whether Donald Trump is morally on the same plane as you are, Charles, Ms. Ingraham replied.

She added, We have to be honest about the evil of racism and the evil of a far left that is trying to tear down both history and intimidate free speech in the country.

By prime time, TVs usual divides had returned. Anderson Cooper on CNN opened his show by bluntly saying, A few hours ago, the president of the United States revealed so clearly who and what he really is.

Has any president in modern history lied so frequently and so fast as this one? Mr. Cooper asked.

Fox News had a different take. Tucker Carlson said Mr. Trump fired back at the media and then went on to discuss famous historical figures, including Thomas Jefferson and Plato, who owned slaves.

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Charles Krauthammer and Laura Ingraham exchanged opposing views over President Trump’s Q&A about the violence in Charlottesville, Va.

Ingraham said Trump would have been better served Tuesday to continue talking about infrastructure and not allow the press to “trap” him into talking about the unrest.

“To critique what he did today on the grounds that it distracts from the agenda… is a cop out,” Krauthammer said of Ingraham’s position.

“What Trump did today was a moral disgrace,” Krauthammer said. “He reverted back to Saturday.”

“Monday was a hostage tape,” he said of Trump’s second Charlottesville statement, “[it] was his aide speaking.”

Ingraham said Trump was upset with left-wing attempts to “tear down history” by desecrating monuments to Confederate figures and others.

“[Trump’s remarks] will never be enough for the people who despise him and his agenda,” she said.

Krauthammer responded that Trump did not take time to specify hate groups like the KKK and white supremacists because it was “not in his heart” to see the rioting as a one-sided affair.

“I would prefer to leave them up but if they become symbols… of neo-Nazim and KKK” I would take them down, Krauthammer said the “alt-right” co-opting Confederate monuments.

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Krauthammer’s Take: ‘What Trump Did Today Was A Moral Disgrace’ – National Review

On Fox News, Laura Ingraham offered only a mild critique of President Trumps comments on the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. Charles Krauthammer would have none of it. He explained:

To critique what [President Trump] did today on the grounds that it distracts from the agenda or was a tactical mistake, I believe, is a cop-out. What Trump did today was a moral disgrace. What he did is he reverted back to where he was on Saturday, and made it very clear that what he read on Monday, two days later, was a hostage tape. Clearly reading off a prompter, saying these denunciations by name of the KKK et cetera that wasnt Trump speaking, that was the aids speaking.

What Trump is missing here is the uniqueness of white supremacy, KKK, and Nazism. Yes, there were bad guys on both sides. Thats not the point. This was instigated, instituted the riot began over a Nazi riot, a Nazi rally. And the only killing here occurred by one of the pro-Nazi, pro-KKK people.

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Charles Krauthammer said he was “shocked” that President Trump failed to explicitly name the racist groups who rioted in Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday.

“This is not a media story, it is a presidential story,” he said of the protests over the planned removal of a Robert E. Lee statue in what was once called Lee Park.

He called it “shocking” that Trump “did not have the instinctive, reflexive, automatic response we’d expect from an American leader.”

“The president did not do what was natural,” he said, adding that most Americans were “utterly revolted by right-wing white supremacist neo-Nazi groups.”

Krauthammer said Trump was too late in denouncing the violence in Thomas Jefferson’s hometown by the time he named the groups on Monday.

“He had to read from a prompter the names of these groups,” Krauthammer said.

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Krauthammer: Trump’s West Virginia rally shows he has a – Fox News – Fox News

Conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer labeled President Donald Trumps rally in West Virginia on Thursday night a very important demonstration by the president to reaffirm that his base still had his back.

Heres a guy whose numbers are down in the 30s, Krauthammer said onTucker Carlson Tonight.Hes got this grand jury, reports of a grand jury being convened, hes got the walls kind of closing in on him in Washington. And here hes going out into the country and saying These are my people. These are real people. Forget about the numbers. Forget about the chatter in Washington. Forget about the stories about Russia which he spent a lot of time on – but I represent a huge constituency of tremendous support and enthusiasm.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller impaneled a grand jury in Washington as part of an investigation into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

Supporters cheer for President Donald Trump as he speaks during a rally, Aug. 3, in Huntington, W.Va. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Krauthammer said that Trump wasnt very specific on policy but was able to appeal to those in attendance at his rally anyway. He said, Im bringing you guys back. Im the only one who listened. You were abandoned, Krauthammer said. Thats his appeal. Thats how he won the election and hes reminding the elites that that appeal is still there.

That attraction, the commentator said, could prove to be consequential if Democrats continue to aim to bring the president down.

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I think were really headed into very choppy and dangerous constitutional waters, Krauthammer said. We know what the Democrats want to do. They want to get control of the House and on day one theyre going to start impeachment. Now I happen to think, as you know, I opposed the Trump candidacy. I dont think hes very well fit for the presidency. But fitness is not a reason for impeachment and removal. High crimes are. Here, we have a prosecutor looking for high crimes. With Watergate you started with a crime and then you try to find out how it happened. Here, theyre looking for a crime. Perhaps theyll find one, I dont know. As of yet I havent heard of one. Collusion is unseemly but it ain’t a crime.

So, youve got a political establishment, mostly Democratic but there are some Republicans, who would like to see him taken out of office, Krauthammer continued. I think that would be a catastrophic mistake. It would cause a rupture in the country where people would say When we people, the ones whove been abandoned, elect somebody we like, our guy gets taken out? I thought we had a stable democracy.

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Again, I think hes unfit but thats not the grounds for removal, Krauthammer stated. What it means is, if you think a man is unfit, you vote against him. But you dont remove him from office and thats where Im afraid we are headed given the forces that are surrounding the president. I just hope that cooler heads prevail. There will be another election there always are people can make their choices.

I think this appearance that he did in West Virginia tonight is a way of saying my numbers may be down but I command a formidable army.

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Krauthammer: Dispute Between POTUS, Mueller, and Congress Could be A ‘Threat’ to ‘Constitutional Stability’ – Breitbart News

On Thursdays broadcast of the Fox News Channels Special Report, columnist Charles Krauthammer stated that there could end up being a crisis if the president, Congress, and the judiciary end up at an impasse over Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Krauthammer stated that two Senate bills designed to protect Mueller are why Tonights news is not just a threat to Trump and his entourage, but it is to, I think, constitutional stability. The president has said that hes got a red line. If they want to go on a fishing expedition that is unrelated, essentially, to the Russia probe, thats where he draws the line. Now, he didnt say what he would do, but you know what he would have in mind. When you get members of his own party in the Senate trying to pass laws, probably unconstitutional, to restrict his ability to fire Mueller, you know that we are possibly headed to a cliff.

He added, Look, the problem with special prosecutors is, you assemble ofthe best of the best in search of a crime. Normally, you have a crime, and then the prosecutors go out and try to prove it. With a special prosecutor, you start with whitewater,you end up with a blue dress. Thats a long journey. Here, the Russia thing obviously is thepretext, and its going to be a subject of the investigation. But it appears to be going into the territory that Trump has wanted to protect, namely his business. And at some point, we could come to a crisis. And I worry for the country because this is not goodthat the presidency, the judiciary, and it would be the Congress would be at loggerheads, when you really dont have anybody that ultimately would adjudicate. It would be the Supreme Court, but we know that can cause real reverberations for decades.

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Charles Krauthammer: Once again, the guardrails hold | Columnists … – Winston-Salem Journal

WASHINGTON A future trivia question and historical footnote, the spectacular 10-day flameout of Anthony Scaramucci qualifies as the most entertaining episode yet of the ongoing reality show that is the Trump presidency. (Working title: The Pompadours of 1600 Pennsylvania.) But even as the cocksure sycophants gobsmacking spectacle stole the show, something of real importance took place a bit lower on the radar.

At five separate junctures, the sinews of our democracy held against the careening recklessness of this presidency. Consequently, Donald Trumps worst week proved a particularly fine hour for American democracy:

(1) The military says no to Trump on the transgender ban.

Well, not directly thats insubordination but with rather elegant circumspection. The president tweeted out a total ban on transgender people serving in the military. It came practically out of nowhere. The military brass, not consulted, was not amused. Defense Secretary James Mattis, in the middle of a six-month review of the issue, was reportedly appalled.

What was done? Nothing. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs simply declared that a tweet is not an order. Until he receives a formal command and develops new guidelines, the tweet will be ignored.

In other words, the military told the commander in chief to go jump in a lake. Generally speaking, this is not a healthy state of affairs in a nation of civilian control. It does carry a whiff of insubordination. But under a president so uniquely impulsive and chronically irrational, a certain vigilance, even prickliness, on the part of the military is to be welcomed.

The brass framed their inaction as a matter of procedure. But the refusal carried with it a reminder of institutional prerogatives. In this case, the military offered resistance to mere whimsy. Next time, it could be resistance to unlawfulness.

(2) The Senate saves Sessions.

Trumps relentless public humiliation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions was clearly intended to get him to resign. He didnt, in part because of increasing support from Congress. Sessions former colleagues came out strongly in his defense and some openly criticized the presidents shabby treatment of his first and most fervent senatorial supporter.

Indeed, Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, warned Trump not to fire Sessions because he wouldnt get another attorney general the committees entire 2017 schedule was set and there would be no hearings to approve a new AG. That was a finger to the eye of the president. Every once in a while, the Senate seems to remember that it is a coequal branch.

(3) Senate Republicans reject the Obamacare repeal.

The causes here are multiple, most having nothing to do with Trump. Republicans are deeply divided on the proper role of government in health care. This division is compounded by the sea change in public opinion as, over seven years, Obamacare has become part of the fabric of American medicine, and health care has come to be seen as a right rather than a commodity.

Nonetheless, the stunning Senate rejection of repeal was also a pointed rejection of Trumps health care hectoring. And a show of senatorial disdain for Trump craving a personal legislative win on an issue about whose policy choices he knew nothing and cared less.

(4) The Boy Scouts protest.

In a rebuke not as earthshaking but still telling, the chief executive of the Boy Scouts found it necessary to apologize for the presidents speech last week to their quadrennial jamboree. It was a wildly inappropriate confection, at once whining, self-referential, partisan and political.

How do you blow a speech to Boy Scouts? No merit badge for the big guy.

(5) The police chiefs chide.

In an address to law enforcement officials, Trump gave a wink and a nod to cops roughing up suspects. Several police chiefs subsequently reprimanded Trump for encouraging police brutality a mild form, perhaps, but brutality still.

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said it was all a joke. Nonsense. It was an ugly sentiment, expressed coyly enough to be waved away as humor but with the thuggish undertone of a man who, heckled at a campaign rally, once said approvingly that in the old days guys like that would be carried out on a stretcher.

Whatever your substantive position on the various issues involved above, we should all be grateful that from the generals to the Scouts, from the senators to the cops, the institutions of both political and civil society are holding up well.

Trump is a systemic stress test. The results are good, thus far.

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Charles Krauthammer claimed during the Thursday airing of Special Report With Bret Baier that he felt White House chief strategist Steve Bannon Scaramucci-ed himself after giving a wide-ranging interview to American Prospect. Bannon in the interview undermined President Donald Trumps North Korean rhetoric, and claimed that theres no military solution to the conflict with the country. He also excoriated white nationalists, which he called clowns, losers, and fringe elements. After his abrupt interview went viral, it was reported, however, that Bannon did not think his comments were being recorded, or had been on the record at all. Krauthammer, a Fox News contributor, addressed Bannons interview and compared it to former White House communications director Anthony Scaramuccis explosive and exposing interview with the New Yorkers Ryan Lizza, which was said to have a part in his ouster. Krauthammer on Thursday claimed that he believed Bannons actions, however, were not part of a greater plan to distract the country from the presidents bad week, and instead, could be extremely damning to his reportedly tenuous relationship with Trump. I think Bannon just got Scaramucci-ed, Krauthammer told his fellow panelists. Actually, he was self-Scaramuccied. Its kind of like a Japanese version of it where you actually impale yourself. This was completely unnecessary. I suspect he thought he was speaking with somebody that would not publish this. But part of the reason that it is so inexplicable, and it cant be a part of a larger strategy, is that on North Korea he totally contradicted the president. He ridiculed his position, Krauthammer said. Krauthammer noted that Bannons apparent correlation of Trump and North Korea dictator Kim Jong un as amateurs blundering about perhaps the most damning part in terms of his standing with the president. See the rest of Krauthammers comments in the video below.

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Charles Krauthammer Slams Trump’s Take On Charlottesville As ‘A Moral Disgrace’ – HuffPost

The syndicated columnist appeared aghast on Fox News Special Report when fellow panelist Laura Ingraham suggested that Trump had become sidetracked and caught in a pundit trap when he became defensive about his response to the weekends events in Virginia, instead of talking about the planned press conference topic of infrastructure. To critique what he did today on the grounds that it distracts from the agenda or was a tactical mistake I believe is a cop-out,Krauthammer told Ingraham.What Trump did today was a moral disgrace. What he did is he reverted back to where he was on Saturday, and made it very clear that what he read on …Monday, two days later, was a hostage tape, clearly reading off a prompter, saying these denunciations by name of the KKK, et cetera, he continued. That wasnt Trump speaking. That was the aides speaking. At Trump Tower earlier Tuesday, Trump defended his initial statement on the Charlottesville riots and once again placed the blame on both sides of the conflict. Krauthammer argued that Trumps off-script press conference revealed the presidents true feelings, though Ingraham argued that Trump had already responded to the hate groups on Monday. Ill tell you why he didnt [denounce white supremacy]on Saturday, because its not whats in his heart, he said, adding that his Monday statement condemning Nazis and the KKK was read off a prompter. He was not asked to do the press conference.The reason he did it [is because] he has a point to make, Krauthammer added. And he made it very plain to the country that what he believes [is]what he said on Saturday and not what he read two days later. Watch Krauthammer and Ingrahams full discussion in the video below. The Morning Email Wake up to the day’s most important news.

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They were chanting things like, Jews will not replace us, Mr. Benson said. Theres nothing good about that. His co-host, Ms. Timpf, a libertarian pundit who contributes to National Review Online, exhaled deeply. It was one of the biggest messes that Ive ever seen, she said. I cant believe it happened. Disbelief also dominated the early reaction on MSNBC and CNN, where Mr. Tapper ended his afternoon show by directly addressing viewers. To anybody out there watching today who is confused and thinks, I thought that the Klan and neo-Nazis and white supremacists, I thought there was no debate about this thing among civilized people there isnt a debate about it, he said. Like many of Mr. Trumps dramatic moments, Tuesdays impromptu question-and-answer session unspooled on cable television. But as the presidents exchanges grew testier, ABC and CBS cut into regular programming to carry the news conference, adding millions of households to the audience. Later, the network evening newscasts ran long, unexpurgated clips of Mr. Trumps appearance, rather than the usual short clips. CBS devoted its entire half-hour Evening News to the presidents comments and the aftermath of the weekends rioting. Other Americans learned of the events through online sites more sympathetic to Mr. Trump including Breitbart News, which heralded the news conference as a triumph. Potus Comes Roaring Back With Press Smackdown at Trump Tower, ran the bright-red headline on the right-wing site. The presidents use of the term alt-left on Tuesday to describe liberal protesters echoed recent coverage on Fox News and some right-wing sites, where the term had gained currency in the last several days. President Donald Trump blasted establishment and left-wing media on Tuesday afternoon for failing to report the facts on violent left-wing protesters in Charlottesville, read the lead story on Breitbart. Mr. Trump has caused a rift in the conservative media, a tension on vivid display during a Fox News exchange between the commentators Charles Krauthammer and Laura Ingraham. Ms. Ingraham, a Trump supporter who has been courted by the White House, allowed that the presidents remarks might have hurt his agenda. But she also offered a partial defense, saying of Mr. Trump, He made some points that were factually right. Mr. Krauthammer retorted, What Trump did today was a moral disgrace, and said that the president had broken from his predecessors who recognized the history of civil rights. Im not going to pass moral judgment on whether Donald Trump is morally on the same plane as you are, Charles, Ms. Ingraham replied. She added, We have to be honest about the evil of racism and the evil of a far left that is trying to tear down both history and intimidate free speech in the country. By prime time, TVs usual divides had returned. Anderson Cooper on CNN opened his show by bluntly saying, A few hours ago, the president of the United States revealed so clearly who and what he really is. Has any president in modern history lied so frequently and so fast as this one? Mr. Cooper asked. Fox News had a different take. Tucker Carlson said Mr. Trump fired back at the media and then went on to discuss famous historical figures, including Thomas Jefferson and Plato, who owned slaves. A version of this article appears in print on August 16, 2017, on Page B2 of the New York edition with the headline: Wow: Stunned Cable News Hosts Reacted in Real Time to Trump.

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‘Is It George Washington Next Week?’: Trump Blasts Monument Removals as ‘Changing History’ ‘F*** Law’: Lincoln Memorial Vandalized in Wake of Charlottesville Unrest Charles Krauthammer and Laura Ingraham exchanged opposing views over President Trump’s Q&A about the violence in Charlottesville, Va. Ingraham said Trump would have been better served Tuesday to continue talking about infrastructure and not allow the press to “trap” him into talking about the unrest. “To critique what he did today on the grounds that it distracts from the agenda… is a cop out,” Krauthammer said of Ingraham’s position. “What Trump did today was a moral disgrace,” Krauthammer said. “He reverted back to Saturday.” “Monday was a hostage tape,” he said of Trump’s second Charlottesville statement, “[it] was his aide speaking.” Ingraham said Trump was upset with left-wing attempts to “tear down history” by desecrating monuments to Confederate figures and others. “[Trump’s remarks] will never be enough for the people who despise him and his agenda,” she said. Krauthammer responded that Trump did not take time to specify hate groups like the KKK and white supremacists because it was “not in his heart” to see the rioting as a one-sided affair. “I would prefer to leave them up but if they become symbols… of neo-Nazim and KKK” I would take them down, Krauthammer said the “alt-right” co-opting Confederate monuments. Watch more above. Eboni Williams to Trump: ‘David Duke Certainly Knows Who You Are’ ‘Unlike You, I Like to Know the Facts First’: Trump Scuffles With Reporters Over Charlottesville

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Krauthammer’s Take: ‘What Trump Did Today Was A Moral Disgrace’ – National Review

On Fox News, Laura Ingraham offered only a mild critique of President Trumps comments on the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. Charles Krauthammer would have none of it. He explained: To critique what [President Trump] did today on the grounds that it distracts from the agenda or was a tactical mistake, I believe, is a cop-out. What Trump did today was a moral disgrace. What he did is he reverted back to where he was on Saturday, and made it very clear that what he read on Monday, two days later, was a hostage tape. Clearly reading off a prompter, saying these denunciations by name of the KKK et cetera that wasnt Trump speaking, that was the aids speaking. … What Trump is missing here is the uniqueness of white supremacy, KKK, and Nazism. Yes, there were bad guys on both sides. Thats not the point. This was instigated, instituted the riot began over a Nazi riot, a Nazi rally. And the only killing here occurred by one of the pro-Nazi, pro-KKK people.

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Krauthammer: ‘Shocking’ Trump Didn’t ‘Reflexively’ Call Out Neo … – Fox News Insider

Protesters Assemble in Front of Trump Tower Awaiting the President Melania and Ivanka Trump Criticized for Wearing High Heels Charles Krauthammer said he was “shocked” that President Trump failed to explicitly name the racist groups who rioted in Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday. “This is not a media story, it is a presidential story,” he said of the protests over the planned removal of a Robert E. Lee statue in what was once called Lee Park. He called it “shocking” that Trump “did not have the instinctive, reflexive, automatic response we’d expect from an American leader.” “The president did not do what was natural,” he said, adding that most Americans were “utterly revolted by right-wing white supremacist neo-Nazi groups.” Krauthammer said Trump was too late in denouncing the violence in Thomas Jefferson’s hometown by the time he named the groups on Monday. “He had to read from a prompter the names of these groups,” Krauthammer said. Watch more above. Trump Condemns White Supremacists, KKK, Neo-Nazis by Name ‘You Spread a Lot of Fake News’: Trump, CNN’s Acosta Battle Over Charlottesville

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August 16, 2017   Posted in: Charles Krauthammer  Comments Closed

Krauthammer: Trump’s West Virginia rally shows he has a – Fox News – Fox News

Conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer labeled President Donald Trumps rally in West Virginia on Thursday night a very important demonstration by the president to reaffirm that his base still had his back. Heres a guy whose numbers are down in the 30s, Krauthammer said onTucker Carlson Tonight.Hes got this grand jury, reports of a grand jury being convened, hes got the walls kind of closing in on him in Washington. And here hes going out into the country and saying These are my people. These are real people. Forget about the numbers. Forget about the chatter in Washington. Forget about the stories about Russia which he spent a lot of time on – but I represent a huge constituency of tremendous support and enthusiasm. Special Counsel Robert Mueller impaneled a grand jury in Washington as part of an investigation into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. Supporters cheer for President Donald Trump as he speaks during a rally, Aug. 3, in Huntington, W.Va. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) Krauthammer said that Trump wasnt very specific on policy but was able to appeal to those in attendance at his rally anyway. He said, Im bringing you guys back. Im the only one who listened. You were abandoned, Krauthammer said. Thats his appeal. Thats how he won the election and hes reminding the elites that that appeal is still there. That attraction, the commentator said, could prove to be consequential if Democrats continue to aim to bring the president down. KRAUTHAMMER: AMERICAN KIDS TAUGHT ABNORMAL, ANTI-AMERICAN LESSONS I think were really headed into very choppy and dangerous constitutional waters, Krauthammer said. We know what the Democrats want to do. They want to get control of the House and on day one theyre going to start impeachment. Now I happen to think, as you know, I opposed the Trump candidacy. I dont think hes very well fit for the presidency. But fitness is not a reason for impeachment and removal. High crimes are. Here, we have a prosecutor looking for high crimes. With Watergate you started with a crime and then you try to find out how it happened. Here, theyre looking for a crime. Perhaps theyll find one, I dont know. As of yet I havent heard of one. Collusion is unseemly but it ain’t a crime. So, youve got a political establishment, mostly Democratic but there are some Republicans, who would like to see him taken out of office, Krauthammer continued. I think that would be a catastrophic mistake. It would cause a rupture in the country where people would say When we people, the ones whove been abandoned, elect somebody we like, our guy gets taken out? I thought we had a stable democracy. MUELLER REPORTEDLY IMPANELS GRAND JURY IN RUSSIA INVESTIGATION Again, I think hes unfit but thats not the grounds for removal, Krauthammer stated. What it means is, if you think a man is unfit, you vote against him. But you dont remove him from office and thats where Im afraid we are headed given the forces that are surrounding the president. I just hope that cooler heads prevail. There will be another election there always are people can make their choices. I think this appearance that he did in West Virginia tonight is a way of saying my numbers may be down but I command a formidable army.

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August 10, 2017   Posted in: Charles Krauthammer  Comments Closed

Krauthammer: Dispute Between POTUS, Mueller, and Congress Could be A ‘Threat’ to ‘Constitutional Stability’ – Breitbart News

On Thursdays broadcast of the Fox News Channels Special Report, columnist Charles Krauthammer stated that there could end up being a crisis if the president, Congress, and the judiciary end up at an impasse over Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Krauthammer stated that two Senate bills designed to protect Mueller are why Tonights news is not just a threat to Trump and his entourage, but it is to, I think, constitutional stability. The president has said that hes got a red line. If they want to go on a fishing expedition that is unrelated, essentially, to the Russia probe, thats where he draws the line. Now, he didnt say what he would do, but you know what he would have in mind. When you get members of his own party in the Senate trying to pass laws, probably unconstitutional, to restrict his ability to fire Mueller, you know that we are possibly headed to a cliff. He added, Look, the problem with special prosecutors is, you assemble ofthe best of the best in search of a crime. Normally, you have a crime, and then the prosecutors go out and try to prove it. With a special prosecutor, you start with whitewater,you end up with a blue dress. Thats a long journey. Here, the Russia thing obviously is thepretext, and its going to be a subject of the investigation. But it appears to be going into the territory that Trump has wanted to protect, namely his business. And at some point, we could come to a crisis. And I worry for the country because this is not goodthat the presidency, the judiciary, and it would be the Congress would be at loggerheads, when you really dont have anybody that ultimately would adjudicate. It would be the Supreme Court, but we know that can cause real reverberations for decades. Follow IanHanchett on Twitter@IanHanchett P.S. DO YOU WANT MORE ARTICLES LIKE THIS ONE DELIVERED RIGHT TO YOUR INBOX?SIGN UP FOR THE DAILY BREITBART NEWSLETTER.

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August 8, 2017   Posted in: Charles Krauthammer  Comments Closed

Charles Krauthammer: Once again, the guardrails hold | Columnists … – Winston-Salem Journal

WASHINGTON A future trivia question and historical footnote, the spectacular 10-day flameout of Anthony Scaramucci qualifies as the most entertaining episode yet of the ongoing reality show that is the Trump presidency. (Working title: The Pompadours of 1600 Pennsylvania.) But even as the cocksure sycophants gobsmacking spectacle stole the show, something of real importance took place a bit lower on the radar. At five separate junctures, the sinews of our democracy held against the careening recklessness of this presidency. Consequently, Donald Trumps worst week proved a particularly fine hour for American democracy: (1) The military says no to Trump on the transgender ban. Well, not directly thats insubordination but with rather elegant circumspection. The president tweeted out a total ban on transgender people serving in the military. It came practically out of nowhere. The military brass, not consulted, was not amused. Defense Secretary James Mattis, in the middle of a six-month review of the issue, was reportedly appalled. What was done? Nothing. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs simply declared that a tweet is not an order. Until he receives a formal command and develops new guidelines, the tweet will be ignored. In other words, the military told the commander in chief to go jump in a lake. Generally speaking, this is not a healthy state of affairs in a nation of civilian control. It does carry a whiff of insubordination. But under a president so uniquely impulsive and chronically irrational, a certain vigilance, even prickliness, on the part of the military is to be welcomed. The brass framed their inaction as a matter of procedure. But the refusal carried with it a reminder of institutional prerogatives. In this case, the military offered resistance to mere whimsy. Next time, it could be resistance to unlawfulness. (2) The Senate saves Sessions. Trumps relentless public humiliation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions was clearly intended to get him to resign. He didnt, in part because of increasing support from Congress. Sessions former colleagues came out strongly in his defense and some openly criticized the presidents shabby treatment of his first and most fervent senatorial supporter. Indeed, Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, warned Trump not to fire Sessions because he wouldnt get another attorney general the committees entire 2017 schedule was set and there would be no hearings to approve a new AG. That was a finger to the eye of the president. Every once in a while, the Senate seems to remember that it is a coequal branch. (3) Senate Republicans reject the Obamacare repeal. The causes here are multiple, most having nothing to do with Trump. Republicans are deeply divided on the proper role of government in health care. This division is compounded by the sea change in public opinion as, over seven years, Obamacare has become part of the fabric of American medicine, and health care has come to be seen as a right rather than a commodity. Nonetheless, the stunning Senate rejection of repeal was also a pointed rejection of Trumps health care hectoring. And a show of senatorial disdain for Trump craving a personal legislative win on an issue about whose policy choices he knew nothing and cared less. (4) The Boy Scouts protest. In a rebuke not as earthshaking but still telling, the chief executive of the Boy Scouts found it necessary to apologize for the presidents speech last week to their quadrennial jamboree. It was a wildly inappropriate confection, at once whining, self-referential, partisan and political. How do you blow a speech to Boy Scouts? No merit badge for the big guy. (5) The police chiefs chide. In an address to law enforcement officials, Trump gave a wink and a nod to cops roughing up suspects. Several police chiefs subsequently reprimanded Trump for encouraging police brutality a mild form, perhaps, but brutality still. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said it was all a joke. Nonsense. It was an ugly sentiment, expressed coyly enough to be waved away as humor but with the thuggish undertone of a man who, heckled at a campaign rally, once said approvingly that in the old days guys like that would be carried out on a stretcher. Whatever your substantive position on the various issues involved above, we should all be grateful that from the generals to the Scouts, from the senators to the cops, the institutions of both political and civil society are holding up well. Trump is a systemic stress test. The results are good, thus far.

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