Virginia Kruta


Members of President-elect Joe Biden’s team are reportedly worried that his inauguration could end up looking like a massive MAGA rally.

Members of Biden’s team have already begun preparation for his Jan. 20 inauguration — despite ongoing legal challenges from President Donald Trump — following media projections that he would win the 2020 presidential election.

At least one person involved with the planning has voiced concerns about how the event could look, particularly if coronavirus restrictions are still in place, according to The Daily Beast.

The source reportedly told The Daily Beast that Biden supporters, despite wanting to get out and celebrate their win, might abide by any restrictions put on the event in order to maintain public safety — but that would leave room for Trump supporters to come out in force.

“What do you do if our people don’t show up and his do? They probably will and the last thing you want is a MAGA rally on the Mall when Joe Biden is sworn in as president,” one person involved in the planning reportedly told The Daily Beast. “I think [Trump] would want to make it as much of a shitshow as possible.”

Conservatives appeared to be amused by the thought, responding to the possibility on Twitter.

Rooms in the Washington, D.C., area are booking quickly for the days around the inauguration, indicating that many Americans are planning to travel to the event, according to CNN.

And if The Daily Beast’s report is accurate, the Trump Hotel has already been booked solid with his supporters.

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: REPORT: Team Biden Worries Inauguration May Resemble MAGA Rally

CNN anchor Jake Tapper challenged Biden communications director Kate Bedingfield to give a firm answer as to the Democratic presidential nominee’s position on court packing.

Bedingfield, who serves as Joe Biden’s deputy campaign manager and communications director, referred to the question as a “distraction” and argued that Biden had already answered the question “15 times over the course of the last week.”

Tapper began by pointing out that Biden, who had previously said that adding justices to the Supreme Court was “a bonehead idea,” was suddenly unwilling to answer the question.

“Biden opposes adding more justices to the Supreme Court, he has for decades, so why he is refusing to weigh in on it now?” Tapper asked.

“Because Donald Trump and the Republicans don’t get to set the terms of this debate,” Bedingfield replied, arguing that the question was a play to distract voters while they rushed the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.

“It’s not the Trump people who invented this question, right?” Tapper asked. “The idea of adding justices to the Supreme Court came from the progressive side of the Democratic Party. It’s a simple question. He has long been against adding justices to the the court. Has he changed his mind or does he have the same position he’s had since 1983?”

Bedingfield pivoted again, saying again that it was an attempt by Republicans to distract from a nominee who would likely change the balance of the court. That Vice President Mike Pence had pushed the issue of court packing at last week’s debate was further proof of that, she concluded.

“This is a simple — it’s a simple question and it’s one frankly that Trump did not invent,” Tapper pushed back, saying again that the notion of court packing had originally come from progressives in the Democratic Party. “I thought odd when Vice President Biden said the other day in response to a reporter’s question that voters do not deserve an answer on this. Of course, voters deserve an answer on his position — on every issue.”

“But we are not going to play their game,” Bedingfield insisted. “He has given an answer. He has answered the question. He has probably answered this question 15 times over the course of the last week. The answer is I am not going to play Donald Trump’s game. I am not going to allow the terms of this debate to shift to a hypothetical that assumes, by the way, that we, the Democrats, are going to lose here. That is really — that is what at the core of this argument they are making. It assumes we are going to lose. Vice President Biden does not accept that. He does not accept that.”

“I think a serious policy question is not a game and I don’t think it’s Trump’s game, but Kate Bedingfield, we always appreciate you coming on the show and answering the questions or deftly side-stepping them,” Tapper gave up, ending the segment. “Thank you. Appreciate it.”

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: ‘This Is A Simple Question’: Jake Tapper Pushes Biden Campaign For An Answer On Court Packing

“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace fired back at Trump campaign adviser Steve Cortes as a conversation about last Tuesday’s debate got heated.

“Oh yeah, I harangued him,” Wallace said in a sarcastic tone when Cortes accused him of forcing President Donald Trump to debate both him and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

Wallace recalled the fact that, despite rules at the Cleveland Clinic where Tuesday’s debate was held, members of the Trump family and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows chose to remove their masks during the event.

“Do they think that the health and safety rules for everybody else do not apply to them?” Wallace asked.

Cortes explained that everyone had been tested prior to the event, but Wallace pushed back, saying that the rules had not been dependent on testing.

“So forget this question of being tested before —” Wallace continued as Cortes tried to cut in. “No, I’m going to finish my question. Everybody was told to wear a mask. Why did the First Family and the chief of staff feel that the rules for everybody else didn’t apply to them?”

Cortes pushed back, saying that the president supported the use of masks but also valued the freedom of choice, arguing again that the people present at the debate had all been tested and had kept distance between the seats.

“They broke the rules,” Wallace said again.

“I was there like you were —” Cortes began.

“Why did they break the rules?” Wallace asked again. “It doesn’t matter, Steve, the rules from the Cleveland Clinic — the rules from the Cleveland Clinic were everybody wears a mask, why didn’t they?”

“The way you are starting to harangue me now actually reminds me of what you did to the president during the debate on Tuesday night —” Cortes replied.

“Oh, yeah, I harangued him,” Wallace said.

“He had to debate not just Joe Biden, but you as well. You were not a neutral moderator,” Cortes argued, adding, “I don’t mind tough questions. But what I don’t think is okay as for you to become the effective opposition to the president. Okay? And everyone there was tested in the crowd, they were distanced from each other. People can make —”

“Steve, let me just say the president interrupted me and the vice president 145 times, so I object to you saying I harangued the president. I know it’s the talking point,” Wallace concluded, noting that the debate commission had said that anyone refusing to wear a mask at future events would be escorted from the hall.

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: ‘Oh Yeah, I Harangued [Trump]’: Chris Wallace Sarcastically Fires Back At Steve Cortes In Testy Exchange

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to rule out the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr in order to derail a Supreme Court nomination.

Pelosi spoke Sunday with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on “This Week,” saying that Democrats would not be setting aside any of the “arrows in our quiver” going into the last days before the November 3 election.

Stephanopoulos asked Pelosi about the possibility that the Senate could attempt to push a nominee through in a lame duck session in the event that former Vice President Joe Biden won and the balance shifted in the Senate.

“So what can you do then? Some have mentioned the possibility, if they try to push through a nominee in a lame duck session that you and the House can move to impeach President Trump or Attorney General Barr as a way of stalling and preventing the Senate from acting on this nomination,” Stephanopoulos said.

“Well, we have our options. We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now,” Pelosi replied, accusing Trump and “his henchmen” of saying that they would not accept the results of the election and adding that she believed that late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would want them to prioritize protecting the integrity of the election.

“But to be clear, you’re not taking any arrows out of your quiver, you’re not ruling anything out,” Stephanopoulos pressed Pelosi again.

“Good morning. Sunday morning,” Pelosi laughed. “We have a responsibility. We take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. We have a responsibility to meet the needs of the American people. That is — when we weigh the equities of protecting our democracy requires us to use every arrow in our quiver.”

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: Pelosi Refuses To Rule Out Trump, Barr Impeachment To Disrupt Supreme Court Nomination

Former FBI agent Peter Strzok said Wednesday that he believed history would ultimately view him as a patriot.

Strzok, who was part of both the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian collusion, spoke with MSNBC’s Katy Tur about how he believed history would view him 25 years down the road.

Tur began by asking Strzok whether he was concerned about the investigation into the origins of the Russia probe — particularly whether he thought he might be a potential target in that investigation.

“You have said that you have not been interviewed in the Durham investigation, presumably, we’re pretty far along into it, if not coming to a close,” Tur said, asking, “Are you concerned now that you haven’t been interviewed and that you might be a target?”

Strzok said that he was not really worried about being a target, adding, “I didn’t do anything wrong, let alone illegal, nor did I see anybody else that I worked with doing anything that was inappropriate, so I’m not worried about that.”

Strzok went on to say that he was concerned that some senior people had not been approached and that Durham’s deputy had quit.

“It’s particularly concerning when I see last week his deputy, somebody he worked with for decades over a variety of complex investigations, quitting because, if you believe the reporting, the concerns that the investigation had become politically tainted, that it was being rushed for inappropriate political motives,” Strzok added, tying in the prosecutors who had quit in the Roger Stone case and the Michael Flynn case and suggesting that they presented a pattern.

“That gives me a lot of worry about what’s going on behind the scenes at the Department of Justice and with Durham’s work,” he explained.

Tur wrapped up the interview with one last question, asking, “25 years from now, how does history see you?”

“I think it sees all of us as patriots who were working as hard as we could to defend America against a Russian threat, against a Russian attack on our elections that helped elect the 45th president of the United States,” Strzok replied.

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: Peter Strzok Says History Will See Him As A Patriot, Doubles Down On Russian Collusion

Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Sunday that she would support a plan to put stimulus money in the hands of all Americans, regardless of wealth.

Ocasio-Cortez joined CNN’s Jake Tapper to discuss the continued spread of coronavirus and the Trump administration’s response to the economic impact.


While some have suggested that a means test ought to be applied, Ocasio-Cortez was of the opinion that the immediate need for financial relief was more pressing and that payments made to those who did not need the money could be recovered later through taxation.

“From the moment that the business closures started happening, I’ve been very scared for a lot of these workers. All I can think about is what I would have done just two or three years ago,” Ocasio-Cortez began, saying that she’s also strongly in favor of expanding unemployment as well as offering contingencies for hourly, contract and gig-workers who may not be covered under unemployment.

“Really that’s why getting checks into people’s hands is important,” Ocasio-Cortez continued. “I do think it should be universal. I hear the argument of people saying, ‘Why are you going to give a check to Bill Gates?’ One of the things that we’re saying is, tax it back a year from now so you don’t have to worry about a big complicated bureaucratic means-test up front, mail them out to everybody and let’s get it back from the folks that don’t need it next year.”

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Says Give Stimulus Cash To Everyone, Just ‘Tax It Back’ From Rich People Later

Several media personalities pushed a distorted quote Monday, trying to make it appear that President Donald Trump intended to leave state governors twisting in the wind with regard to coronavirus.

The president, who spoke with a group of governors about the virus’ continued spread and repsonses to it, reportedly suggested that they may fare better if they sought out direct sales of needed equipment such as respirators and masks.

“Respirators, ventilators, all of the equipment — try getting it yourselves,” Trump told the governors over the phone, according to The New York Times. “We will be backing you, but try getting it yourselves. Points of sales, much better, much more direct if you can get it yourself.”

But a number of media personalities left out the crucial second half of the president’s statement – the part where he said that the federal government would be “backing” the states and suggested that direct purchases could ultimately be less costly and less complicated.

Instead, many focused only on the first half of Trump’s comment — “Respirators, ventilators, all of the equipment — try getting it yourselves” — and then used that to suggest that the Trump administration intended to simply sit back and watch the states fend for themselves.

Business Insider’s headline took things a little further, alleging that the president actually foisted onto governors the responsibility for obtaining needed supplies: ‘Try getting it yourselves’: Trump told governors they’re responsible for getting their own medical equipment to treat coronavirus patients.

Others went the same route:

It wasn’t long before people began to call out the discrepancy.

And according to another source familiar with the call, Trump’s suggestion to the governors was meant to be in addition to federal assistance rather than in place of it.

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: Media Outlets Exclude Crucial Context In Quote To Paint Trump As Coronavirus Villain

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton plans to launch a podcast just as the 2020 election takes over the public’s attention.

According to Politico’s Ryan Lizza, Clinton was inspired to embrace the format after several recent long-form interviews with hosts such as Howard Stern and Conan O’Brien.

Clinton was struck by how different the hourlong conversation with O’Brien was compared with short promotional segments on TV and radio. She had already begun discussions with iHeartMedia, which also distributes O’Brien’s show, and she started to think about how the format might allow her to record deeper conversations with newsmakers that listeners could enjoy well after they aired.

Clinton’s interview with Stern lasted over two hours and was the longest interview the infamous shock jock ever recorded with anyone who was not a musician.

The former first lady’s show has not yet been named, but it will reportedly be produced by iHeartMedia — the audio giant that also produces Will Ferrell’s “The Ron Burgundy Podcast” and “The Joe Rogan Experience.”

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: Hillary Clinton Plans Podcast Launch Just As 2020 Election Heats Up: Report

Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz hit the table swinging Thursday as he joined ABC’s “The View,” calling Wednesday night’s debate the “death of the political left.”

Joy Behar introduced Gaetz as one of the biggest supporters of President Donald Trump, saying, “Please welcome a man who has obviously never watched ‘The View,’ Congressman Matt Gaetz. Hello.”


“Thank you for having me. I do watch. You guys make news every week,” Gaetz protested — and immediately brought the fight directly to Behar. “I was just wondering if you were wearing black as a consequence of the death of the political left in the debate last night. It was quite something to observe.”

“Don’t count the dead yet, the bodies,” Behar fired back. “Let’s give it a little time.”

“Joe Biden at least. I was hoping that maybe Whoopi’s bell could wake up the Biden campaign,” Gaetz pressed again.

Behar was quick to defend Biden, saying, “I thought actually he didn’t do any harm to himself last night.”

“What state is he going to win?” Gaetz laughed. “This is a man — the fundamental premise of the Biden campaign is that he’s electable but he can’t seem to win elections. You have socialist Bernie Sanders against billionaire Michael Bloomberg.”

Gaetz went on to point out that Bloomberg used to be a Republican, at which point Behar pointed out that President Donald Trump used to be a Democrat.

“The Democratic Party is likely not going to nominate a Democrat,” Gaetz concluded. “They’re going to nominate a socialist or someone who some time ago was a Republican.”

“Which one do you think can beat the president?” Sunny Hostin cut in.

Gaetz was matter-of-fact in his reply: “None of them.”

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: Matt Gaetz Comes Out Swinging On ‘The View,’ Declares The ‘Death Of The Political Left’

CNN’s Dana Bash and several others noted the “unusual” and “jarring” appearance of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi smiling as she handed out souvenir impeachment signing pens.

Bash, who appeared alongside political reporter Nia-Malika Henderson and Wolf Blitzer during Wednesday’s coverage of the ongoing impeachment proceedings, did not appear to believe the moment fit the occasion.

“We are used to seeing signing ceremonies,” Bash began, noting that pens were often handed out when a momentous piece of legislation was passed. “At moments of celebration, when a president is signing legislation, when even sometimes, on a rare occasion, but it has happened when the House sends over a landmark piece of legislation. It was unusual to see that kind of ceremony and handing out the pens and smiling for a picture in this kind of situation where the House Speaker has bent over backwards to say publicly and privately that this is somber and no time for celebration.”

“Understandably it is history and people want to mark the moment,” Bash added, “But I did not expect to see it.”

Henderson agreed, calling the moment “jarring and certainly off message” specifically for Pelosi, who has done her best from the beginning to set a serious tone for impeachment proceedings.

Bash and Henderson were not alone in their assessment.

Even the White House mocked Pelosi’s souvenir pens. Press secretary Stephanie Grisham tweeted, “Nancy Pelosi’s souvenir pens served up on silver platters to sign the sham articles of impeachment…She was so somber as she gave them away to people like prizes.”

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: ‘Unusual’ And ‘Jarring’: CNN Panel Questions Pelosi’s Souvenir Impeachment Pens

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