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MEDIA COVERAGE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP IN FOCUS AMID CONTROVERSIAL QUESTIONS BY TV HOST, REPORTERS
Amy Holmes: When you thought they couldn't sink lower they get out the shovel and start digging. This is outrageous, to be suggesting that President Trump would be imprisoning, torturing journalists and it diminishes the acts of torture and persecution happening around the world in Cuba, in Iran, in Saudi Arabia, in many places where Donald Trump is trying to have a moratorium for individuals from those countries coming to the United States. Is this a real question? Yes, it's outrageous to be making those accusations.
Richard Fowler: I don't think we're watching the same tape. Clearly, what Katie Tur is saying here is that president Trump is supporting Putin who has engaged with the persecution of journalists. What she said in that interview, if you listen carefully, she said that Donald Trump has also chose to attack the media. She never said that he was going to put the media in jail or kill them. The second point I want to make and the most important point is the point that Amy brought up. They're persecuted journalists in Saudi Arabia and they're missing from Donald Trump's Muslim ban
Lisa Boothe: I think that Richard is watching a different tape than the rest of us. What she said is insane. There's a reason why the trust in the media is at an all-time low. You remember the media outlets running the whole fake news bit are the perpetrators of it. There's a Washington Post story literally making up a meeting between Steve Bannon and Homeland Security Secretary Kelly, which never happened. And they never even consulted or reached out to the White House for comment about that meeting and Secretary Kelly said that that was pure fantasy, so I think there's a big problem when the media covers President Trump this way.
Rachel Campos-Duffy: I mean, comparing the poisoning of journalists by Putin, to mean tweets, to Chris Cuomo or whatever it is they're upset about, that he did to journalists is just outrageous. Donald Trump says about the media all the things that we think about the media and they're angry because he has the biggest bully pulpit in the world to do it. Look, what the media needs to do, if they want to be treated more fairly and nicer by Donald Trump they ought to try it themselves. What we're seeing here is anger.
SENATORS IN BOTH PARTIES WARNING ABOUT DYSFUNCTION AND POTENTIAL CHAOS OF SENATE
Rachel Campos-Duffy: I hope that Mitch McConnell does everything he can to restore order, dignity and civility to that body because we need it now more than ever. Last year, if you recall, there was a debate over gun control and the house Democrats staged a sit-in, which was also against the rules and there was also, recently, just with Jeff Sessions’ nomination, there was a Democrat who voted against Jeff Sessions but they were friends, so he went afterwards and gave him a hug, and the liberals went ballistic over this. They say they want to primary him.
Richard Fowler: I believe that Marco Rubio is right, the senate needs civility and it's really on the head and shoulders of Mitch McConnell to get it done, and let me remind you this, voters who voted for Trump rejected the establishment and rejected establishment Republicans just like Mitch McConnell, who has been in the senate probably since I’ve been born which shows that America wants real leadership and not people who have been there for almost two or three decades.
Amy Holmes: I have some experience with this; I was a speech writer for the senate floor for the former Senate majority leader, Bill Frist. I can tell you that these rules are not archaic they are senate rules and Mitch McConnell was enforcing them. We've seen senators, particularly Democratic senators going down this road for a very long time. I was there when Senator Dick Durbin, he compared our troops to Nazis and he had to go back to the senate floor and apologize, tearfully I might add. We also saw the former majority leader Harry Reid campaigning from the Senate floor when he was attacking Mitt Romney in 2012 and again, of course, Donald Trump with the tax release. That's against Senate rule. It's been out of control for a long time and I’m happy to see the majority leader enforce it.
Lisa Boothe: Let's be clear about one thing. Senator Elizabeth Warren was setting herself up for a presidential run and that's it. That's the reason why she did what she did. That was in herself interest and that was all. Regarding the Senate, it's the greatest deliberative body and it should stay that way and I think it was really problematic when Harry Reid changed the senate rules in 2013 by invoking the nuclear option. I would also warn Republicans, I don't think that they should invoke the nuclear option regarding President Trump's Supreme Court nominee. I think they should look to pull in those Democrat votes.
PROTEST ERUPTS OUTSIDE ICE OFFICE AFTER ARREST OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT
Lisa Boothe: Shame on them for making the police officer's jobs more difficult than it is. I would offer too that the left and the media have made it much more difficult for police officers to do their jobs over the years by presenting mistruths and propagating falsehoods.
Richard Fowler: I actually agree with Lisa on this. It’s not the police they are protesting; they’re protesting really bad lawmakers and really bad laws. The police aren't to blame here. It's over and over we've seen this. This is a historical pattern where police officers are blamed for enforcing laws that were created by misguided lawmakers.
Amy Holmes: It just exposes the agenda of the left, which is open borders. That they don't want there to be any distinction between legal and illegal immigration and look, I have a personal connection to this, my father is a former customs inspector, now, retired. I would hate for this to be happening to him when he is enforcing the law. The laws dually passed by our congress. And if you remember Richard, our former president Obama deported people too.
Rachel Campos-Duffy: Our country is in a state of perpetual protests, it’s exhausting. I'm expecting my kids to protest breakfast tomorrow. Here is the deal; I thought he was going to deport bad guys. This woman, though she broke the law no doubt, she was brought here when she was 14, and has two American children. Let’s start with the drug dealers and the gang bangers. I think he would get a lot more buy-in for his policies if he would actually prioritize these deportations in a way to get the dangerous guys out first.