Steerpike 22 September 2018 9:44 PM 22 September 2018 9:44 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp In recent weeks, Westminster has given Washington a run for its money when it comes to unpredictability in politics. However, there are some areas in which the US still leads the way in suprises – namely attack ads. A political advert to support the campaign of Democrat David Brill running for Congress in Arizona has gone viral thanks to a plot twist at the end. In it, six speakers explain why they are unhappy with the sitting congressman, the Republican Paul Gosar: ‘If he actually cared about people in rural Arizona, I bet he’d be fighting for social security, for better access to healthcare,’ says ‘Jennifer, medical interpreter’. The twist? It turns out these individuals are all Gosar’s siblings. All’s fair in love and war… See also US politics Most Popular ReadRecentRead … [Read more...] about Watch: Siblings turn on congressman in brutal attack ad
Douglas Murray 18 September 2018 7:34 PM 18 September 2018 7:34 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp I wrote a couple of weeks ago about the interesting question of whether or not the former chief strategist to the President of the United States is too fringe a figure to be allowed to speak in public. A lot of very prominent people seem to think that Steve Bannon shouldn’t be given a platform. And among two venues to have recently invited him, the New Yorker promptly disinvited him from their festival under fire from political heavyweights including former ‘funny man’ Jim Carrey. By contrast, the Economist managed to hold firm, surviving the withdrawal of a British blogger and going ahead as planned with their live interview. The video of the resulting event is well worth watching: Not because Steve Bannon says anything new, or anything he hasn’t said many times before. And certainly not because the Economist has its … [Read more...] about What happens when Steve Bannon is given a platform?
Jacob Heilbrunn 25 June 2018 2:55 PM 25 June 2018 2:55 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Donald Trump is becoming a restaurant critic. This morning he weighed in on the Red Hen restaurant, which is located in Virginia and denied service over the weekend to his press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. According to Trump: The Red Hen Restaurant should focus more on cleaning its filthy canopies, doors and windows (badly needs a paint job) rather than refusing to serve a fine person like Sarah Huckabee Sanders. I always had a rule, if a restaurant is dirty on the outside, it is dirty on the inside! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 25, 2018 It’s understandable if the Trump administration is feeling somewhat henpecked. A newly aroused left is engaging in an increasingly aggressive campaign of public shaming against Trump administration officials, much of which appears to centre on denying them meals at fine dining … [Read more...] about Donald Trump’s inability to care what his critics think is paying off
President Donald Trump has met with celebrity Kim Kardashian at the White House to discuss prison reform, alongside other White House officials including senior adviser Jared Kushner. Following the meeting, Mr Trump tweeted a photo of himself with a stoic Kardashian in the Oval Office. “Great meeting with [Kim Kardashian] today, talked about prison reform and sentencing,” Mr Trump tweeted. Read more Meek Mill pulls out of Trump panel on prison reform Kardashian left the White House in an SUV that was parked inside the White House grounds, which CNN notes is an unusual level of access and courtesy provided since most VIP guests have to walk through a gate before they are able to get to their vehicles. "I would like to thank President Trump for his time this afternoon. It is our hope that the President will grant clemency to Ms Alice Marie Johnson who is serving a life sentence for a first-time, non-violent drug offence," Kardashian wrote on Twitter after the visit. … [Read more...] about Trump meets Kim Kardashian to discuss prison reforms
A child’s question about gun violence in schools produced a rare emotional moment from White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. During her regular briefing with reporters, the normally stoic Ms Sanders fielded a question from a young man in the audience, identified by other journalists as a 13-year-old California student named Benje Choucroun who was reporting for Time for Kids. “At my school, we recently had a lockdown drill”, the boy said, adding that he and his fellow students “worry about the fact that we or our friends could get shot at school”. Read more How the NRA went from backing gun control to powerful firearms lobby Houston police chief urges Texans to vote for gun control Activists say gun control momentum is building post-Parkland “Specifically, can you tell me what the administration has done and will do to prevent these senseless tragedies”? Her voice audibly quavering with emotion as she fought back tears, Ms … [Read more...] about Sarah Huckabee Sanders fights tears after child’s question on school shootings