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Tomi Lahren says Trump should get "credit" for eating fast food even though he's rich

Tomi Lahren says Trump should get "credit" for eating fast food even though he's rich

TOMI LAHREN (FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR): Well, listen, the Trump-deranged crowd will really attack this president over anything, even Big Macs and pizza, because they are that petty and they are that pathetic. But, it’s important to note, if President Obama did this, he would be considered hip, and accessible, and let’s also note that Donald Trump eats this kind of food himself, so, for those always criticizing him for his wealth and his privilege, you would think that they’d give him credit for eating inexpensive meals like much of the rest of the country. 

STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): Sure. 

LAHREN: But, they can’t give this president credit for anything. 

AINSLEY EARHARDT (CO-HOST): Yeah, it’s all-American foods. Foods that everyone loves. When there’s a government shutdown, it was very generous of him to reach in his own pocket and pay for them and celebrate their championship.

Previously:

Tomi Lahren: “If we need a government shutdown” to build a border wall, “then a shutdown is exactly what we need”

On Fox & Friends, Tomi Lahren complains that teachers are teaching “liberal indoctrination” instead of things like math

Tomi Lahren complains about media attention around Nancy Pelosi: “Republican women, they don’t need the hype. They’re cool on their own.”

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Tomi Lahren says Trump should get "credit" for eating fast food even though he's rich

<em>Fox & Friends</em> guest says it will be "very helpful" to have attorney general nominee Barr overseeing the Mueller investigation 

<em>Fox & Friends</em> guest says it will be "very helpful" to have attorney general nominee Barr overseeing the Mueller investigation 

STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): Of course, as attorney general, he would lead the Department of Justice and for a lot of Democrats, the DOJ, they’re very concerned about the Robert Mueller investigation. So it’s really critical that Mr. Barr say, “Hands off,” he’s going to do what he’s going to do. 

CARRIE SEVERINO (JUDICIAL CRISIS NETWORK): Yeah well, I think he’s got the perfect approach. He does say he thinks it should continue. He says that’s for the good of the country, for the good of the president, for the good of the position — but he also thinks there needs to be transparency. And he’s someone who can do the oversight that [former Attorney General Jeff] Sessions wasn’t in a position to be able to do directly himself. So I think that’s going to be very helpful. And it’s someone who is going to be a steadying force on the department, because he’s been there before, he knows it inside out, and I think that’ll really help with this. 

Previously

Fox is going to love Trump attorney general pick William Barr

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Hannity hopes William Barr will use the attorney general’s office to prosecute Trump’s political opponents

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<em>Fox & Friends</em> guest says it will be "very helpful" to have attorney general nominee Barr overseeing the Mueller investigation 

'Barely Treading Water': Why The Shutdown Disproportionately Affects Black Americans

'Barely Treading Water': Why The Shutdown Disproportionately Affects Black Americans

The US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 14, 2019, is seen following a snowstorm.As the government shutdown enters its fourth week, federal workers are struggling to make ends meet. But according to Jamiles Lartey, the shutdown is having a disproportionate effect on black workers.

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'Barely Treading Water': Why The Shutdown Disproportionately Affects Black Americans

Some Democrats went to Puerto Rico to spotlight the island's recovery, and Fox News is furious

Some Democrats went to Puerto Rico to spotlight the island's recovery, and Fox News is furious

On the morning of January 14, Fox News focused heavily on a group of over 30 Democrats, most of them members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, who spent the weekend in Puerto Rico as part of an annual retreat. Fox spun this trip as the Democrats partying “on the beaches” instead of working to end the government shutdown.

Democrats were actually in Puerto Rico for a retreat organized by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ Bold PAC. According to The Hill, Bold PAC chair Tony Cárdenas said “he chose Puerto Rico for this year’s convention to showcase the island’s needs as it slowly recovers from 2017’s Hurricane Maria.” NBC News reported that members of Congress sought to aid the island’s recovery from Hurricane Maria by bringing medical supplies and discussing the neglected recovery with Puerto Rican political leaders, including Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, and several top legislators. 

Democrats also attended a performance of Hamilton, part of a special limited-time run in which creator and original star Lin-Manuel Miranda reprised his role to help raise funds for hurricane recovery. According to The Hill, Miranda said, “We brought Hamilton here to bring a spotlight to Puerto Rico” and its recovery. All Democrats who attended bought their tickets with their own money. 

NBC News also reported that “The Bold PAC conference was scheduled for Puerto Rico months before the shutdown” and that the group would be monitoring the shutdown and its developments. The report also noted that the congressional members would “be able to get a bird’s-eye view of how the shutdown is affecting the island that is trying to pull itself out of a financial crisis while recovering with the devastation of Category 4 Hurricane Maria.”

While Fox News did mention that it was “a work-play trip,” most of its 19 mentions or segments about the story between 6 a.m. and noon on January 14 were intended to create an image of Democrats ducking their responsibility to help end the government shutdown (which Fox News helped start) and instead vacationing in paradise while real Americans suffer. 

Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earhardt said that “the optics are not good” for the Democrats when “there are 800,000 [federal] workers that aren’t getting paid,” but members of Congress who are “supposed to be doing something in Washington” are instead “on the beaches with their families.” Fellow co-host Brian Kilmeade also falsely claimed that CBS and NBC didn’t cover the story, when both networks covered the story online before Monday.

Fox & Friends opened its 8 a.m. hour with the line “President Trump says it’s time for Democrats to get off the beach and come back to work while the shutdown enters day 24.” 

Kilmeade said that the Democrats were “even enjoying a Broadway show” in Puerto Rico. Fox & Friends First co-host Rob Schmitt, who is covering the story in Puerto Rico, reported, “There have been some meetings and there has been some work done. But there’s also been plenty of leisure time.” He also complimented Sen. Bob Menendez’s (D-NJ) “great Instagram photo,” saying he’s “got the nice tan going.” 

Kilmeade also asked counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway about the White House’s reaction to “the Democrats partying in Puerto Rico rather than staying” in Washington, D.C.

Fox correspondent Doug McKelway compared the Democrats’ Puerto Rico trip to Trump’s normally frequent golfing excursions, commenting that Trump “has been picking his travels very, very carefully” with the government shutdown, and during these times “playing golf, not such a good thing, visits to Puerto Rico, not such a good thing.” 

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer criticized the “30 Democratic members” for going “down on some PAC event where they’re soliciting money from lobbyists in Puerto Rico and hanging out on the beach.”

Fox re-aired Trump’s highly misleading comment that “the Democrats were in Puerto Rico celebrating” the government shutdown.

Miranda addressed the controversy at the summit in Puerto Rico as he thanked the Democrats and other officials assembled for being “here to work, despite what anyone might claim.” 

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Some Democrats went to Puerto Rico to spotlight the island's recovery, and Fox News is furious

MSNBC's Ali Velshi lays out the financial difficulties faced by federal employees as a result of Trump's "entirely unnecessary" shutdown

MSNBC's Ali Velshi lays out the financial difficulties faced by federal employees as a result of Trump's "entirely unnecessary" shutdown

ALI VELSHI (CO-HOST): It’s worth noting that federal workers, like many Americans, live paycheck to paycheck. So, we want to take a look at what these federal employees, again, like many working Americans, are facing financially. According to employment website Career Builder, 78 percent of Americans live paycheck to paycheck in 1970 — sorry, in 2017, last year. That’s up from 2016. In fact, the Federal Reserve found that almost half of adults could not cover an unexpected $400 expense. Things as small as a car repair, a burst pipe, or an illness have the potential to put many Americans into serious financial peril in a country where nearly three quarters of adults say they’re already in debt, painting a dire picture of average American finances even before this government shutdown began. 

I’ve spent the weekend fielding tweets from many of our viewers who have been telling me about the great things that so many of their service providers, their cell phone company, and their banks are doing to accommodate federal workers and contractors, people who aren’t being paid during this entirely unnecessary partial government shutdown. For many large companies, this is good will. The type of thing that their customers will reward them for with continued loyalty over the long run. But some of the businesses are small businesses. They’re struggling themselves. And making these concessions will also hurt them. They have chosen to share the pain of their fellow Americans. 

And then there is a small group of companies in financial services that are doing nothing, or doing the least they can do to help. I’ve reached out to some of them privately on viewers’ behalf. I don’t think we can expect banks to forego interest payments, but we can ask them to delay payments without imposing late fees and other penalties. Missing even a single mortgage payment can cost 100 points on a credit rating, the kind of thing that can take more than a year to recover from and end up costing the borrower even more in the long run. Banks and phone companies and landlords have no obligation to help out, but I will remind you that ten years ago when many banks were hit hard by the financial crisis, American taxpayers stepped up to bail them out. If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll see I’ve been giving credit where credit is due to companies that are helping their fellow Americans through this tough time, and I will continue to do so. But, Stephanie, this is a moment in which, if a company, or landlord, or somebody can afford to help, what a great thing to be able to do so.

Previously

MSNBC highlights the impact of the government shutdown on federal employees

Rush Limbaugh on federal workers not being paid: It’s the first time “people who live in Washington” have experienced economic hardship

Fox host on federal employees missing paychecks: “At least some people get to go to the beach”

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MSNBC's Ali Velshi lays out the financial difficulties faced by federal employees as a result of Trump's "entirely unnecessary" shutdown

<em>Fox & Friends</em> botches concept of marginal rates, claims Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants to take 70 percent of people’s paychecks

<em>Fox & Friends</em> botches concept of marginal rates, claims Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants to take 70 percent of people’s paychecks

During the January 14 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends, co-host Ainsley Earhardt incorrectly said in an interview with conservative writer Michael Goodwin that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) “will tax 70 percent of your paycheck if [she] gets her way.” In reality, Ocasio-Cortez floated the idea of a 70 percent marginal tax rate on incomes over $10 million — the key word being marginal.

As Ocasio-Cortez  explained to Anderson Cooper on 60 Minutes, a marginal tax “doesn’t mean all $10 million are taxed at an extremely high rate,” but rather that some of top-earners’ income would be taxed at a higher rate after it passed a certain threshold. As Vox pointed out, “The United States used to have many more tax brackets, and the top marginal tax rates were extremely high.” Ocasio-Cortez’s suggested rate is actually lower than the 91 percent marginal rate top earners paid under President Dwight Eisenhower and right on par with the 70 percent marginal rate in effect under Presidents John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson.

Fox & Friends’ distortion of Ocasio-Cortez’s words isn’t surprising given Fox’s obsession with the freshman congresswoman and the network’s abject bias toward tax plans that benefit the rich.

From the January 14 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends:

AINSLEY EARHARDT (CO-HOST): Why are the Democrats — what’s the appeal to race even farther to the left?

MICHAEL GOODWIN (NY POST): Look, I mean, we’re seeing it in the states like Gavin Newsom as we just saw in California —

EARHARDT: Taxing water.

GOODWIN: Yeah, Bill de Blasio here in New York City wants free Medicaid, paid vacations for every private employee. You see it certainly, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, on the border — “There’s no problem, no big issue there, let’s move along.” And of course Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who wants the New Green Deal and Medicaid for all. I mean, Medicare for All.

EARHARDT: 70 percent tax.

GOODWIN: Yeah, this is now what I call sort of the race to crazy land. Everybody on the left is acting as if there’s no history here. That we can, government can take all private property and redistribute it. It’s the great redistribution race that they’re in and we’re seeing it up and down the Democratic Party. And I think what it says is, it’s two things. Why? First is that, I think, Bernie Sanders was pretty successful in 2016 with this kind of socialist approach to free college tuition, Medicare for All. I think a lot of people saw that as the new wave of the party. And then secondly, I think, it is this rage against Donald Trump.

EARHARDT: And some Democrats saying they’re even open to illegals getting a chance to vote, to go to the polls and vote.

GOODWIN: Oh sure. Look this is happening —

EARHARDT: How do they have so much support though? Because when you hear they are going to tax 70 percent of your paycheck if Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gets her way, how do they have so much support? That’s a lot money for people to give back to the government.

GOODWIN: I think a lot of it is ignorance. I frankly think American young people today are not being educated properly in schools. They don’t know the history of our country. They don’t know the history of other countries. They don’t understand economics. Ocasio-Cortez, she is charming and delightful in many ways. She got an economics degree from Boston University and she clearly doesn’t understand how the unemployment rate works. She said that it’s low because so many people have two jobs. Now, how do you get an economics degree from a major college and not understand that that’s not how the unemployment rate works? How is that possible? I think that is what we’re seeing. Civics isn’t being taught. So people don’t understand government, they don’t understand the economy.

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<em>Fox & Friends</em> botches concept of marginal rates, claims Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants to take 70 percent of people’s paychecks