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DONALD TRUMP'S PLAN ON MUSLIMS, SUBSEQUENT MEDIA COVERAGE FUELING FIERCE DEBATE
Michelle Fields: I think they’re kind of going a little overboard with this. He [Trump] hasn’t actually done anything; he hasn’t implemented any policy. When Hillary Clinton had her e-mail scandal, which I think is far more atrocious than this, and she actually did something; she went and deleted emails that Americans can’t see and she had a private server. I didn’t see the media calling her ridiculous names the way they have with Donald Trump. So I think there’s been a little hypocrisy.
Jonathan Hoenig: Political speech is provocative. I think back to Barry Goldwater—they said he was going to nuke a little girl. A lot of people called George Bush Hitler. But this is a big boy game. You can’t be a crybaby. I think the media, unfortunately, represents the people-- for good and bad. Trump savages the media, I don’t know why it’s wrong for them to respond.
Jessica Tarlov: [The media] is telling people exactly what’s going on. Donald Trump this week said that he didn’t mind being compared to Hitler. We actually heard that come out of his mouth. He’s the first person I’ve heard in any sort of leadership position say he didn’t know if Japanese internment camps were that bad of an idea. This is the kind of dangerous language that’s coming out of the Republican frontrunner.
US DOUBLING CLIMATE CHANGE AID TO $860M FOR DEVELOPING NATIONS
Jonathan Hoenig: It’s shocking. This is like taking $800 million of taxpayer money and just throwing it down the drain. Even John Kerry has admitted that even if we all rode bicycles and had solar panels, we could do nothing to change the weather. But that’s not the environmentalists’ point; they want to hurt mankind. They want to sacrifice man’s life for the environment. That’s why they spend all this money in tax subsidies that-- even to Kerry’s own admission-- would mean nothing to the climate.
Jessica Tarlov: I’m shocked it’s that little [money] with how much this administration cares about climate change. There are 195 countries that got together for this. We always act like it’s just America that cares—it isn’t. It’s the entire world that believes in it; it’s just not you guys. The developed nations have promised to give $100 billion. The U.S. is actually doing a very small part in this. Out of our federal budget only 1 percent goes to foreign aid-- $35 billion for the year 2016.
Michelle Fields: You act like this isn’t a big deal. This is hard-earned taxpayer dollars. This is a lot of money. We have veterans that are homeless that we are not taking care of…we’re just going to throw money at some country? This is ridiculous.
PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HOLLYWOOD STARS PUSH FOR GUN CONTROL AFTER CALIFORNIA TERROR ATTACK
Michelle Fields: The San Bernardino attacks happened in California, which has the strictest gun laws. We see in Chicago there’s tons of violence. So this idea that you take guns away, or make it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to protect themselves, is ridiculous. If you want to fight terrorism, don’t take guns away from people. How about we go after ISIS and not worry about global warming? How about we don’t have open borders? That’s the way to do it.
Jonathan Hoenig: It’s totally false, this whole narrative that gun violence is raging in America. It is not true. Since 1993 it’s down like 49 percent. Private firearm ownership happens to be up about 50 percent during that period. So just don’t buy into this concept that gun violence is raging on the streets of America. Statistically it is not.
Jessica Tarlov: It’s not about disarming people. No law-abiding citizen should have a problem with universal background checks. 2 of 5 guns in this country are exchanged without a background check because of the gun show loophole. Why can’t we close it? Why does the average person need a semi-automatic weapon?