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Trump Defends Putin’s Violent History
Every once in awhile, we are treated to a Trump quote so outlandish even his own party can’t bother to defend him. On the O’Reilly Factor, Trump was asked about Putin, and specifically his history with killing people. Trump’s response, “There are a lot of killers. We’ve got a lot of killers. What, do you think our country is so innocent?” Immediately, Mitch McConnell took to CNN to denounce Putin (though, of course, he had no trouble voting for Putin’s bud Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State), and Senators Ben Sasse (R-NE) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) sent tweets saying that American politicians never order the death of journalists. Indeed, the only Republican unwilling to denounce Trump over this was Vice President Pence, who, as with many times before, refused to admit Trump said something he said.
Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court is in, and it’s Neil Gorsuch, from Colorado, often described as a “Scalia clone.” Gorsuch is young, well-qualified, and very conservative. He’s earned praise from Republicans for his opinions and Democrats for his devotion to the job. He describes himself as an “originalist,” believing the Constitution is an unchanging document with stable meaning. He shouldn’t have a problem getting the 52 Republican votes he needs to be confirmed, but Democrats will probably fight his nomination as long as they can.
Immigration EO Overturned
Trump’s controversial executive order, which stopped immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations, has been temporarily blocked. The state of Washington went to court against the order, and district judge James Robart, a Bush appointee, decided to block major parts of it. The DHS stopped enforcing it yesterday, and suspended visas have been reactivated by the State Department. The government has appealed Robart’s decision, and will fight for the executive order.
Trump Supporters Protest Factually Accurate Advertisement
The Budweiser Super Bowl advertisement championed the life of Anheuser-Busch founder Adolphus Busch, a German immigrant. Trump supporters have decided that the ad was “political” and want to boycott Budweiser products. Yes, Budweiser, who last summer rebranded their beer America, are apparently too political for Trump supporters like Fmr. Rep. Joe Walsh, who tweeted “Budweiser has a right to get political & support illegals, and we have a right to boycott Budweiser. That's America.” Also, some Trump supporters turned off the TV to protest the Lady Gaga halftime show.
This Week in World Elections
Liechtenstein: The Progressive Citizens’ Party held on to their plurality over the Patriotic Union. This doesn’t matter.
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