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April 14, 2019

Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) did not mince words when CNN's Jake Tapper asked him about embattled Venezuelan Preisident Nicolás Maduro and the ongoing crisis in his country during an appearance on Sunday's edition of State of the Union.

Scott accused Maduro of intentionally starving his people, who are indeed facing food and medicine shortages and have experienced frequent power outages throughout the country.

"This is genocide, and Maduro's doing it," Scott said.

For his part, Maduro blames the crisis on a covert scheme operated by the United States.

Many people in Venezuela have blamed Maduro for Venezuela's crisis and have subsequently joined up with opposition leader and internationally recognized interim president Juan Guaidó to protest the rule of Maduro and his United Socialist Party. Scott praised the Trump administration for leading the way in that regard. Watch Scott discuss the situation in Venezuela with Tapper below. Tim O'Donnell

April 14, 2019

It appears that the growing feud between President Trump and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) isn't going anywhere.

On Friday, Trump, relying on implicit context, tweeted a video of graphic footage from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, apparently as a response to previous comments made by Omar about the attacks. Omar was specifically criticized for what some believed were comments that downplayed the tragedy of Sept. 11.

Omar responded to Trump's video in turn on Saturday. The congresswoman did not mention Trump by name, but there was little doubt that she was referring to the president when she tweeted that "no one person" can "threaten" her "unwavering love for America."

On Sunday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended the president while appearing on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos. She dismissed the notion that Trump was inciting violence, as Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke argued. She added that it "it's a good thing" that Trump is calling out Omar's "absolutely disgraceful comments."

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) also appeared on This Week, calling Trump's attacks on Omar "simplisitic" and saying he found nothing wrong with her comments.

On CNN's State of the Union with Jake Tapper, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) went a step further than Thompson and argued that Trump has no right to take the moral high ground when it comes to Sept. 11. Nadler said that in the aftermath of the attacks Trump "stole" grant money that could have helped a small business rehabilitate, but instead used the federal money for his own business means. Tim O'Donnell

April 7, 2019

2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg is surging right now. But while he has received quite a bit of positive press, NBC's Chuck Todd wanted to know where he lines up in terms of political ideology.

During an interview on Sunday's Meet the Press, Todd asked Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, where he would put himself on the political "spectrum." Buttigieg, though, dismissed the notion that he needed to — and he pointed to the American voter as proof. Buttigieg's argument was that ideology is so "scrambled" in the United States that it simply becomes folly to try to "align everybody as dots on spectrum."

Buttigieg said that there are voters in South Bend who voted for both former President Barack Obama and President Trump in subsequent elections, as well as those who both voted for him as a Democratic mayor and for Vice President Mike Pence when he was the Republican governor of Indiana. He also pointed out how Trump doesn't have an ideology — just a style — and that the Democratic Party only has an ideology in that it sets itself up as the antithesis of the GOP. Watch the clip below. Tim O'Donnell

April 7, 2019

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) thinks the Democratic Party might be its own worst enemy.

Appearing on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday, Romney told host Chuck Todd that the Democrats' attempt to force President Trump to reveal his tax returns is "moronic." Romney, however, wasn't exactly defending the president, with whom he has clashed on multiple occasions — in fact, Romney said he would very much like for Trump to follow through on releasing his returns.

Instead, the former Republican presidential nominee was arguing that the Democrats often play right into Trump's hands and help him secure numerous victories. Romney cited the Green New Deal and health-care overhaul as other instances in which the Democratic Party veers too far toward the extreme, thus giving Trump an advantage. Watch the clip below. Tim O'Donnell

March 24, 2019

Nearly everyone wants Attorney General William Barr to release the entire report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether the Trump presidential campaign colluded with Russian election interference. It's fair to count Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) among those ranks. Sort of.

He did, after all, contribute to a nearly-unanimous House vote in favor of releasing the full report. And when the congressman called into Sunday's edition of Fox & Friends, he admitted to Fox's Katie Pavlich, per Mediaite, that President Trump should, indeed, declassify everything in the report.

Nunes just doesn't really care what it says.

He said that he wants to do away with what he considers a "partisan" investigation altogether. In fact, he wants to burn it. Watch the clip below. Tim O'Donnell

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March 24, 2019

Everyone on both sides of the aisle, it seems, agrees that they want Attorney General William Barr to release Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether the Trump presidential campaign colluded with Russian election interference in 2016 in full. But reasons may differ, if ever so slightly.

For example, House Judiciary Chair Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) said during a Sunday appearance on CNN's State of the Union with Dana Bash that it is crucial the report is released. Nadler told Bash that one of the key questions his committee wants to answer is why Mueller did not recommend any further indictments. "We know there was some collusion," he said.

Nadler confirmed that House Democrats are prepared to take their demand to access the entirety of the report to the Supreme Court. He also believes there have been obstructions of justice throughout the process — though he did say he is unsure if those obstructions are criminal.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fl.), meanwhile, told Chuck Todd on NBC's Meet the Press that he, too, wanted to view the full report. But he was more interested in the probe's "underlying criminal predicate" — particularly how the investigation was conducted in its nascent stages under the Obama Administration, as opposed to the lack of indictments.

The senator also wanted to understand the reasons behind the investigation's FISA applications, which he considers an "extraordinary use of government surveillance power."

Barr is expected to brief Congress on the Mueller investigation's principal conclusions in the coming days, possibly as soon as Sunday. Tim O'Donnell

March 17, 2019

Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday that people trying to link President Trump's rhetoric to terrorist attacks like the New Zealand mosque shootings "speaks to a politicization of everything that I think is undermining sort of the institutions that we have in the country today."

White nationalism and anti-Muslim bigotry are two issues facing the United States, Wallace said, and he asked Mulvaney why Trump doesn't deliver a speech condemning such hatred. "We've seen the president stand up for religious liberties," Mulvaney responded. "The president is not a white supremacist. I'm not sure how many times we have to say that."

The attack in New Zealand was "a terrible, evil, tragic act," Mulvaney said, and people need to "figure out why those things are becoming more prevalent in the world. Is it Donald Trump? Absolutely not. Is there something else happening in our culture where people think, 'I know, I think today I'm going to go on TV and livestream me murdering other people.' That is what we should be talking about." Watch the video below. Catherine Garcia

March 17, 2019

Lawmakers took to the airwaves on Sunday to discuss the role that President Trump's rhetoric has played in sparking white supremacy around the globe, following the mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, carried out by Brenton Tarrant, a racist, anti-immigrant Australian man. Tarrant cited Trump as a source of inspiration in a manifesto he wrote before he killed 50 people on Friday.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, told CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday's edition of State of the Union that Trump's rhetoric is, at the very least, dividing people. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) similarly argued on CBS's Face the Nation that while Trump is not "creating" white nationalists, his language is "emboldening" them.

Klobuchar, Kaine, and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), who also appeared on State of the Union with Tapper, all said Trump needs to do more to condemn white supremacy and the acts of violence it inspires, which all three Democrats agreed are on the rise in the United States.

Trump on Friday said that while what happened in Christchurch was a "horrible thing," he did not feel that white nationalism was on the rise, and that it is only a small group of people orchestrating such crimes. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said on Friday that Tarrant was wrong to consider Trump a symbol of "white identity." Tim O'Donnell

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