While many in the Democratic Party were fine defending anti-Semitic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN), on Wednesday we learned there were some that reject her and her money. According to reports and campaign finance filings, at least two congressional Democrats had either rejected contributions from Omar or refunded her the money. This bucking of the party’s normalization of anti-Semitism sadly went unreported during the evening news programs of ABC, CBS, and NBC.
On Monday morning, the broadcast network morning newscasts of ABC, CBS, and NBC refused to cover the latest flashes of anti-Semitism emanating from Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (MN) in which Omar suggested Sunday night on Twitter that politicians are being controlled by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) to do Israel’s bidding. To make matters worse, Omar retweeted a tweet in which the person (who’s Jewish) referred to his fellow Jews as “hook-nosed.”
If Democrats manage to obtain a majority in the House of Representatives, lefty California billionaire and mega-donor Tom Steyer doesn’t want them working with the Republicans to get things done.
Steyer told Slate staff writer Jim Newell on Nov. 5, that would be a waste of time, and instead, the Democrats should investigate the Trump administration, “punish people” and disgrace the GOP. Since 2017, Steyer has been calling for Trump’s impeachment. He committed $120 million to midterm efforts including his “Need to Impeach” organization. His creation of a huge political machine has led many to anticipate a Steyer run for president in 2020.
Billions of dollars are being spent on both sides to influence the outcome of the 2018 midterm elections — much of it from major media figures.
The day before the election, the Los Angeles Times (LAT) profiled the 12 biggest spenders trying to “determine control of Congress” based on trackable political donations to candidates, committees and outside groups. Giving to nonprofits or 501(c)4s were not included in the analysis.
Billionaires, especially liberal ones, aren’t just funding candidates and impeachment campaigns in 2018. Many are also funding ballot initiatives around the country, mostly in states they don’t live in.
The Center for Public Integrity (CPI) found that 34 billionaires including liberals George Soros, Tom Steyer, Michael Bloomberg and Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg spent a combined $78 million on statewide ballot measures this year. The story was co-published by the left-wing magazine The Atlantic.
Comedian Bill Maher donated $1 million to Senate Democrats to try to help them retake a majority as a result of the midterm elections this November.
On All In Tuesday night, the conversation turned to recent reports that the right-leaning Koch brothers were considering supporting candidates outside the Republican party. Commentary soon drifted, however, into outright criticism of the prominent libertarian donors. Apparently, Charles and David Koch don’t want to pay taxes.
Just think, this was on Thursday night, so the week from hell for MSNBC’s Hardball and host Chris Matthews was far from over with. Thursday’s installment featured he and various guests demanding that “we cannot allow” “a potential criminal” in President Trump to appoint another conservative Supreme Court justice because he’ll keep Trump from prison and do his bidding “for three decades.”
It’s been an awful, infamous, and nightmare-inducing week for MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews. Wednesday was infinity worse as swing Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement. All day, Matthews has been off his rocker, screaming about the need for a vicious fight by Democrats to stop a new ninth justice from being seated. He even angrily shouted at Steve Kornacki for doing, well, absolutely nothing. That being said, it set the table for Hardball.
This is what having an awful, no good, very bad day looks like. MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews unleashed two separate tirades on Tuesday against the U.S. Supreme Court and decisions of theirs he doesn’t like in light of their decision to give President Trump “[t]he Good Housekeeping seal on his campaign to divide the country and approving his travel ban crudely aimed at Muslims.”
Tom Steyer, the billionaire liberal donor spending millions to try to impeach President Donald Trump, blasted his Democratic critics in a Politico podcast on May 29.
Steyer said many things in the Off Message political podcast hosted by Isaac Dovere — including comparing Democratic pushback against his impeachment efforts to opposition to the civil rights movement, said Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and others are “normalizing” Trump’s presidency and attempted to downplay his own huge political spending.
Mayor Joy Cooper of Hallandale Beach, Florida, was forced to resign by Sunshine State Governor Rick Scott on Friday after her Thursday arrest on three felony charges: campaign finance violations, official misconduct and money laundering. At least four Florida news outlets have run reports failing to tag Cooper, who is accused of accepted illegal campaign finance checks from Russians, as a Democrat.