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February 19, 2019

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) got candid during an interview Tuesday with CBS News, saying President Trump is "pretty weak" going into the 2020 election, and other Republicans who will be on a ballot should take notice.

While Hogan thinks Trump will likely stave off any Republican primary challengers, because of his low poll numbers, the odds of Trump "losing a general election are pretty good. I'm not saying he couldn't win, but he's pretty weak in the general election." If he "weakens further," Hogan added, Republican elected officials will have to ask themselves if he is "going to take the rest of us down with him."

Hogan is the governor of a blue state, and was re-elected in November. Some anti-Trump Republicans have been trying to get him to take on Trump in 2020, but he thinks that would be "very difficult. Nobody has successfully challenged a sitting president in the same party in a primary since 1884." Catherine Garcia

February 15, 2019

Ann Coulter is taking her criticism of President Trump to the next level following his national emergency declaration, with the conservative commentator declaring Friday, "the country is over."

Coulter hammered Trump in a Friday interview with KABC after he announced he would sign Congress' funding deal and declare a national emergency. "The only national emergency is that our president is an idiot," she said, per Mediaite. She also fumed that Trump is just "fooling the rubes" with this national emergency declaration.

The root of Coulter's criticism isn't that Trump is bypassing Congress, as she argued that Trump never needed Congress to build the wall at all. Instead, she suggested the president is actually "hoping" the national emergency declaration will just be blocked by the courts "because for some reason, he really doesn't want to build the wall."

On Twitter, Coulter said that responsibility for the border wall deal, which the president has said he is unhappy with, is "100% his," and she responded to Trump saying in his press conference that he barely knows Coulter by writing, "THANK YOU, Mr. President for admitting that your total capitulation on campaign promises has nothing to do with me."

Don't expect this criticism from Coulter to slow down anytime soon, considering she told KABC that she is "going to spend the rest of my columns denouncing the president, for the rest of my life." Brendan Morrow

January 2, 2019

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid isn't holding back.

Reid, who retired from the Senate in 2017 after three decades, told The New York Times in an interview published Wednesday that he thinks President Trump is "without question the worst president we've ever had," adding that while the U.S. has "had some bad ones," there is "not even a close second to him." Reid called Trump "amoral," claimed he has "no conscience," and called him someone who you "can't reason with" who will "lie" and "cheat."

The former senator from Nevada additionally expressed bewilderment that former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who he worked with in the Senate, put up with Trump for so long. "Why in the hell didn't Sessions leave?” Reid asked. “Same with [former White House Chief of Staff John] Kelly. I'd say, 'Go screw yourself.' I could not look my children in the eye."

Reid was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year. "As soon as you discover you have something on your pancreas, you're dead," Reid said of the diagnosis. Despite his deteriorating health, there seems to be a part of Reid that wishes he was still fighting in Washington. Reid's former chief of staff noted, "I think he misses it, definitely." Read more at The New York Times. Brendan Morrow

July 14, 2018

Being surrounded by people chanting "no Trump" and "racist USA" is probably not how President Trump envisioned his relaxing day of golf.

Trump arrived in Scotland on Saturday, on the last leg of his trip to the U.K. before he heads to Helsinki for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The president was met with thousands of demonstrators who protested as he played golf at the Trump Turnberry resort.

An estimated 9,000 people showed up for the third straight day of protests against Trump's U.K. visit, reports BBC. The controversial golf course was ringed with protesters who made their message loud and clear — the Trump baby balloon made an appearance, and police said they were still looking for a paraglider who entered a no-fly zone over the resort, flying a banner that read "Trump Well Below Par."

The president additionally came under fire for describing his golf course as "magical" and "incredible," which some watchdogs called an unethical "infomercial" for his own business, The New York Times reports. First lady Melania Trump and Eric Trump are also with the president at Turnberry. Trump said that he would depart tomorrow for Helsinki. Summer Meza

April 13, 2018

President Trump is not known for holding back on Twitter — and a Friday tweet showed just how willing he is to express his emotions via smartphone.

Trump took to his favorite social media platform to respond to a report from the Justice Department regarding former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe. The report accused McCabe, who was fired in March, of misleading investigators and providing information to the press without authorization, The New York Times reports.

"McCabe was totally controlled by Comey - McCabe is Comey!!" tweeted the president, referring to former FBI Director James Comey, whom he fired last year. McCabe had "LIED! LIED! LIED!" Trump's tweet howled, and he squeezed in an assertion that there was "no collusion" between his presidential campaign and Russia, for good measure:

When McCabe was dismissed just days before he was set to retire and receive a pension, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that it was in part due to his "lack of candor" under oath. McCabe disputes the accusations and says he was fired in order to undermine his credibility as a witness. The former FBI official was interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller about Trump's potential obstruction of justice in firing Comey. Summer Meza

July 27, 2017

Newly minted White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci directed some very interesting communications at The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza during a phone conversation Wednesday night. On Thursday afternoon, Lizza published details of his conversation with Scaramucci, after Scaramucci had called into CNN earlier in the day to interrupt an interview Lizza was giving.

Lizza said Scaramucci initiated their Wednesday night phone call and never requested it take place off the record, and said the bombastic new White House employee called to ask Lizza to reveal a source. Lizza had tweeted that Scaramucci was dining with President Trump, first lady Melania Trump, Fox News host Sean Hannity, and former Fox News co-president Bill Shine, and Scaramucci was apparently convinced White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus had given Lizza the information.

The details Lizza published of their conversation are ... colorful:

"I fired one guy the other day. I have three to four people I'll fire tomorrow. I'll get to the person who leaked that to you. Reince Priebus — if you want to leak something — he'll be asked to resign very shortly." The issue, he said, was that he believed Priebus had been worried about the dinner because he hadn't been invited. "Reince is a f--king paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac," Scaramucci said. He channelled Priebus as he spoke: "'Oh, Bill Shine is coming in. Let me leak the f--king thing and see if I can c--k-block these people the way I c--k-blocked Scaramucci for six months.'"

[...] Scaramucci also told me that, unlike other senior officials, he had no interest in media attention. "I'm not Steve Bannon, I'm not trying to suck my own c--k," he said, speaking of Trump's chief strategist.

[...] "Okay, the Mooch showed up a week ago," he said. "This is going to get cleaned up very shortly, okay?" [The New Yorker]

Scaramucci also told Lizza that he had to end their call so he could "start tweeting some sh-t to make this guy crazy," referring to Priebus, Lizza said. Minutes later, Scaramucci sent the tweet about leaks in which he cryptically tagged Priebus.

Read Lizza's entire recounting at The New Yorker. Kimberly Alters

November 11, 2016

Nevada Sen. Harry Reid (D) is retiring from the Senate come January, his seat safely ensconced in the Democratic hands of Catherine Cortez Masto, who won election Tuesday and will become the nation's first Latina senator. And with the burden of literal political correctness lifted off him, it seems Reid is ready to say what he really feels about Donald Trump, America's president-elect.

In a brutal statement released Friday, Reid eviscerated Trump, calling for him to "roll back the tide of hate he unleashed." He also mentioned the anecdotal fear the coming Trump presidency has evoked in minorities, saying, "I have heard more stories in the past 48 hours of Americans living in fear of their own government and their fellow Americans than I can remember hearing in five decades in politics."

"We as a nation must find a way to move forward without consigning those who Trump has threatened to the shadows. Their fear is rational," Reid continues. And as for Trump himself? He's a "sexual predator who lost the popular vote and fueled his campaign with bigotry and hate," Reid bellows. "He has a tremendous amount of work to do and he must begin immediately."

Read Reid's full statement below. Kimberly Alters

October 13, 2016

Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek got brutally — yet hilariously — honest with a contestant in Wednesday night's episode. It all started when Susan Cole, a legislative librarian, told Trebek she was a fan of "nerdcore hip-hop."

Trebek responded by asking what exactly that was, though he was already pretty sure he didn't like the sound of it. "It's people who identify as nerdy, rapping about the things they love: video games, science fiction, having a hard time meeting romantic partners, you know," Cole said, insisting it's "very fun."

"Losers, in other words?" Trebek said.

Watch the moment below — and try not to feel too bad when you giggle. Becca Stanek

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