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Yet Another Sexist Tweet from President Cyber Bully

The president cannot stop his sexist Twitter habit, describing television host Mika Brzezinski as "low I.Q. Crazy Mika" and "bleeding badly from a face-lift."

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President Donald Trump has proven once again that he cannot resist making sexist, bullying comments on his favorite platform: Twitter.


This time, Trump's target of choice was television host Mika Brzezinski.

Incidentally, Trump's tweets came as a response to Brzezinski and her fiancé, Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," criticizing the president's unprofessional Twitter habit.

Deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Trump had to respond to the "outrageous attacks" against him because he refused to be "bullied."

But Trump has proven before he doesn't need to be provoked to attack women. He has previously called Brzezinski "crazy," "very insecure" and "very dumb."

And his comments echoed previous remarks he made about Megyn Kelly, another female television personality, when he said, "You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever." His comment was widely interpreted as a reference to menstruation.

MSNBC released a statement in response to the president's childish behavior: "It's a sad day for America when the president spends his time bullying, lying and spewing petty personal attacks instead of doing his job."

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine appeared on MSNBC later Thursday and blasted Trump's posts:

"We're not going to get along, but we have to treat each other with respect and civility," she said. "The president's tweet was completely inappropriate. I think he needs to better appreciate the roles played by the three branches of government and by the media. We're not going to agree. We're not always going to get along. But there's no need for such uncivil language."

Meanwhile, other lawmakers and television personalities were also not impressed by the president's latest Twitter rampage, which has become part of a sexist pattern.

"Mr. President, your tweet was beneath the office and represents what is wrong with American politics, not the greatness of America," tweeted Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.).

"Please just stop. This isn't normal and it's beneath the dignity of your office," posted Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska.

"I do not think making fun of a woman's looks is acceptable. I get it every day of my life. I think that tweet is cruel - and unpresidential," tweeted Meghan McCain, daughter of Republican Sen. John McCain and co-host of Fox's "Outnumbered."

"What does Ivanka think of this?" she added.

Trump's daughter Ivanka has frequently come under fire for not doing enough to speak out against her father's irrational behavior and hateful policies. However, it is perhaps First Lady Melania Trump's response that would be more highly anticipated, as the first lady has previously said she would like to make cyber bullying a focus of hers during her time in the White House.

GOP Rep. Tom Reed (N.Y.) suggested on CNN that the whole thing was simply a way to divert from the health care debacle Senate Republicans are currently scrambling to fix.

"Maybe the intent is to distract from the health care debate," he said, also saying that he is "obviously concerned about that type of language."

Perhaps unsurprisingly, House Speaker Paul Ryan did not take a strong stance against the tweets, saying at a press conference that it was not "an appropriate comment."

"What we're trying to do around here is improve the tone, the civility of the debate. And this obviously doesn't help do that," he said.

In addition to Trump's vicious attack on Brzezinski, his claim about "Morning Joe"'s ratings is incorrect. As reported by AdWeek, "MSNBC finished May as the No. 1 cable news network in the advertiser-friendly A25-54 demo for weekday prime (Mon-Fri, 8 – 11 p.m.), per Nielsen" (Nielsen is No. 32 on the DiversityInc Top 50).

Further, "Morning Joe also had a notable month, eclipsing 1 million total viewers for the first time in the history of the program. The 1.1 million viewer average for May 2017 represents +89 percent improvement from the program's total viewer average in May 2016 (583,000)."

For her part, Brzezinski managed to find some humor in the situation, tweeting a photo of a Cheerios box with the slogan "Made For Little Hands." The photo was uncaptioned but is likely a reference to Trump.

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Update: Student Wearing MAGA Hat Standing Face-to-Face With Native American Veteran Releases Statement

"I was not intentionally making faces at the [protester]," said Nick Sandmann.

Screen shot of Instagram video by Kaya Taitano

UPDATE: Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 at 7 a.m.

Nick Sandmann, the Covington Catholic High School Junior who stands in front of Nathan Phillips, an elder with the Omaha tribe and a veteran, in a viral video that has sparked outrage, made a statement through a lawyer and spokesman on Sunday night.

Sandmann said the students decided to raise their voices to drown out the comments against them by four protesters who identify themselves as Black Hebrew Israelites. A video has been released of the incident.

"A student in our group asked one of our teacher chaperones for permission to begin our school spirit chants to counter the hateful things that were being shouted at our group," Sandmann said in his statement. "The chants are commonly used at sporting events. They are all positive in nature and sound like what you would hear at any high school," he said.

Phillips walked up to the students and said he started drumming and singing a song to encourage unity trying to quell the argument.

"There was that moment when I realized I've put myself between beast and prey,'' Phillips told the Detroit Free Press. "These young men were beastly and these old Black individuals was their prey, and I stood in between them and so they needed their pounds of flesh and they were looking at me for that.''

But said at one point, he claims the teenagers started saying "Go back to the reservation'' and broke into chants of "Build that wall.'' He also questioned why chaperones did not get involved.

"I was scared," Phillips told CNN. "I don't like the word 'hate.' I don't like even saying it, but it was hate unbridled. It was like a storm."

Sandmann claims he was "not intentionally making faces at the [protester]. I did smile at one point because I wanted him to know that I was not going to become angry, intimidated or be provoked into a larger confrontation."

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington in Kentucky is currently investigating the incident.

ORIGINAL STORY Published Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019

Students wearing "Make America Great Again" hats, who attend Covington Catholic High School in Park Hills, K.Y., were in Washington, D.C. on Friday for the anti-abortion March for Life rally. In a video, it appears that Nathan Phillips, an elder with the Omaha tribe and a veteran, was being mocked by the students at the Lincoln Memorial.

The incident occurred as the Indigenous Peoples March was ending. Videos showing their behavior went viral on social media on Saturday.

One of the students, standing less than a foot away, appears to be trying to intimidate Phillips by staring him down with a mocking smirk on his face. Phillips was in the midst of drumming and singing a song of unity:

Kaya Taitano, who shot the video, told CNN that MAGA hat-wearing-students and four Black teens, who'd been preaching about the Bible nearby, started yelling and calling each other names. That's why Phillips started drumming and singing a song to encourage unity trying to quell the argument.

President Trump, whom the students apparently idolize, posted a tweet last week to mock Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who plans to run for president in the 2020 election.

Trump made fun of the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre in response to a video Warren posted on Instagram.

Phillips, a Vietnam Era veteran who said he served between 1972 and 1976, is in tears as he explains in a video how the incident on Friday made him feel:

"I heard them saying, 'Build that wall, build that wall.' This in indigenous land. You know, we're not supposed to have walls here. We never did …"

He continued, "Before anybody else came here, we never had walls. We never had a prison. We always took care of our elders. We took care of our children. We always provided for them. We taught them right from wrong."

He said he wishes the young men who taunted him would use "that energy to make this country really great."

Robert "Bob" Rowe is the principal of Covington Catholic High School (email: browe@covcath.org).

An investigation is now taking place, and the MAGA teens could be expelled. The Diocese of Covington and the high school issued the following statement on Saturday:

"We condemn the actions of the Covington Catholic High School students towards Nathan Phillips specifically, and Native Americans in general, Jan. 18, after the March for Life, in Washington, D.C. We extend our deepest apologies to Mr. Phillips. This behavior is opposed to the Church's teachings on the dignity and respect of the human person.

"The matter is being investigated and we will take appropriate action, up to and including expulsion.

"We know this incident also has tainted the entire witness of the March for Life and express our most sincere apologies to all those who attended the March and all those who support the pro-life movement."

More than 10,000 people have signed a petition on Change.org demanding changes at the high school.

Many are saying on social media that the actions of the Covington Catholic High School students mimics how whites tried to intimidate Blacks during the civil rights movement:

Ignorance is Driving Trump Support

Most Americans don't know that the overwhelming majority of U.S. immigrants are legal. A Pew report explains immigration.

As the partial shutdown of the federal government continues, it has now become the longest funding lapse in U.S. history. President Trump is demanding that Congress approve $5.7 billion in funds to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Meanwhile, on Friday, at least 800,000 federal workers did not receive paychecks.

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Rep. Steve King's White Supremacy Remark Just Shows His True Colors

King's remarks are "abhorrent and racist and should have no place in our national discourse," tweeted Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney.

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) wants to know why white nationalists and white supremacists are getting a bad rep.

"White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?" King asked in an interview with The New York Times published on Thursday. "Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?"

The far-right lawmaker is at the forefront of supporting the Trump administration's anti-immigration policies and the push to end birthright citizenship. As a matter of fact, King credits himself with getting Trump onboard.

"Donald Trump came to Iowa as a real non-ideological candidate," King said, in the Times interview. He said he told Trump, "I market-tested your immigration policy for 14 years, and that ought to be worth something."

King has previously, on the House floor, shown a model of a 12-foot border wall he had designed.

Thursday afternoon he released a statement on Twitter "clarify" his comments on white supremacy and white nationalism.

"I want to make one thing abundantly clear; I reject those labels and the evil ideology" represented by those terms. "I am simply a Nationalist," he wrote.

"I condemn anyone that supports this evil and bigoted ideology which saw in its ultimate expression the systematic murder of 6 million innocent Jewish lives." Like the Founding Fathers, he wrote, "I am an advocate for Western Civilization's values."

But let's look at King's track record.

In the wake of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, consumers and employees pushed back against companies donating to King's campaign in November. He is known for his association with white nationalists, even retweeting a Nazi sympathizer.

(But residents of Iowa still re-elected him for another term.)

King endorsed, Faith Goldy, an openly white supremacist candidate for mayor of Toronto. He often praises far-right politicians and groups in other countries.

In September, during a European trip financed by From the Depths — a Holocaust memorial group — King actually met with members of a far-right Austrian party with historical ties to Nazis for an interview on their anti-Semitic propaganda website. The meeting was just a day after ending a five-day trip to Jewish and Holocaust historical sites in Poland, including the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.

"In an interview with a website associated with the party, King declared that 'Western civilization is on the decline,' spoke of the replacement of white Europeans by immigrants and criticized Hungarian American financier George Soros, who has backed liberal groups around the world," according to The Washington Post.

In December 2017, King shared a story on Twitter written by the Voice of Europe and quoted Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who said, "Mixing cultures will not lead to a higher quality of life but a lower one."

King added to the tweet: "Diversity is not our strength."

Members of Congress are condemning his recent comments.

"Everything about white supremacy and white nationalism goes against who we are as a nation," House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, (R-Calif.), said, in a statement. "Steve's language is reckless, wrong, and has no place in our society. The Declaration of Independence states that 'all men are created equal.' That is a fact. It is self-evident."

Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney tweeted that King's remarks are "abhorrent and racist and should have no place in our national discourse."

"Dear Steve King (@SteveKingIA): FYI this is one reason you get bad search results when people type your name in Google," Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), tweeted.

Ask the CEO: Crisis at the Border

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A photo of Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin who died while in the custody of the United States Border Patrol in December 2018. / REUTERS

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Trump is a Racist

In a "60 Minutes" interview, the new Democratic congresswoman said the president's words are "historic dog whistles of white supremacy."

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Muslim Youth Groups Clean Up National Parks Amid Government Shutdown

"Service to our nation and cleanliness are important parts of Islam," said Dr. Madeel Abdullah, president of The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association.

Twitter @MKA_DC/ Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association

A group of teen boys and young Muslim men in multiple cities are cleaning up the nation's parks and memorials because Trump's government shutdown over his border wall has debilitated the National Park Service.

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