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Pelosi admits retaliatory impeachment on table if Trump fills SCOTUS vacancy: ‘We have our options’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi revealed Sunday that impeaching President Donald Trump is one option of retaliation Democrats are considering if the president fills the Supreme Court vacancy left by Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death.

During an interview on ABC “This Week,” show host George Stephanopoulos — who served as a senior adviser to former President Bill Clinton in the mid-1990s — floated the possibility that Democrats respond to Trump filling the vacancy during an election year by once again pursuing his impeachment.

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

Pelosi responded by refusing to rule out impeachment as a retaliatory measure.

“Well, we have our options. We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now,” she told Stephanopoulos.

The ABC News host then followed up, “But to clear, you’re not taking any arrows out of your quiver, you’re not ruling anything out?”

Pelosi responded:

Good morning. Sunday morning. 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, uh, that, uh, is, uh, when the we weigh the equities of protecting our democracy requires us to use every arrow in our quiver.

House Democrats, who hold a majority in the lower chamber, voted to impeach Trump last December. However, the effort, widely seen as driven by partisan politics, ultimately failed once it reached the Senate.

The Senate officially acquitted Trump in February.

What else are Democrats threatening?

Aware that Trump has the possibility to nominate his third Supreme Court justice, altering the ideological composition of the Supreme Court for a generation, Democrats are furiously fighting back against a nomination prior to Election Day.

However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already said the Senate will vote on Trump’s nominee prior to the election, and the president has said that Republicans will act “without delay” to fulfill their constitutional duty by filling the vacancy.

In response, Democrats are threatening to expand the Supreme Court — and the federal judiciary — and pack the courts with liberal justices.

“If he holds a vote in 2020, we pack the court in 2021. It’s that simple,” Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.) said Saturday.

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ABC News’ Jon Karl says covering indoor Trump rally is like ‘taking your family with you to Fallujah’

ABC News White House correspondent Jon Karl says the risks associated with covering an indoor rally for President Donald Trump during the COVID-19 pandemic is like “taking your family with you to Fallujah.”

What are the details?

The National Journal interviewed Karl for a piece this week about how several reporters refused to enter the president’s indoor rally in Las Vegas over the weekend, citing the dangers of the event.

“Reporters willing to run toward danger in war zones, riots, and terrorist attacks drew the line on spending hours tightly packed in an indoor space with more than 5,000 cheering supporters, few of whom were wearing masks,” the Journal reported.

Karl, who was president of the White House Correspondents’ Association at the time of President Trump’s June indoor rally in Tulsa, recalled that some news outlets kept their reporters outdoors during that event but that the Las Vegas rally was “the first time that everybody stayed out except for the pool.”

The Journal reported that “Karl, who has worked in war zones, said the contagious nature of the pandemic makes it different from shooting wars.”

Karl told the outlet, “This is not like embedding with the Marines in Fallujah. It is like you are taking your family with you to Fallujah.”

Mediaite noted that “Trump faced bipartisan criticism due to his decision to hold an indoor rally in Nevada — consequently breaking the state’s coronavirus laws, which only allow a maximum of 50 people at an indoor gathering.”

But Karl comparing an indoor rally to Fallujah, Iraq — where numerous Americans and coalition troops were killed during the Iraq War — did not go over well on social media.

I know Marines who fought in Fallujah. Covering a political event is no way comparable,” one person tweeted in reaction to Karl’s remarks. “@jonkarl should resign in disgrace or @ABC should fire him unless there is an immediate on air apology that is tweeted far and wide by Mr. Karl’s coward a**.”

Another individual wrote, “Fallujah, really?? I guarantee that the riots in the streets that many in the media turned a blind eye to for months were/are far more dangerous than the Trump ‘peaceful protests.'”

Someone else addressed the journalist directly, writing, “@jonkarl Did you really just compare a trump rally to the worst battle our countries seen since hue city? I was in the battle of fallujah. Perhaps you were too far to see all my brother marines losing their lives. Think with your brain & not your agenda dude.”

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ABC claims ‘luxury car’ responsible for killing protester on highway, excludes fact that the driver was black

ABC News was harshly criticized Sunday for whitewashing the story of a Black Lives Matter protester, 24-year-old Summer Taylor,
who was killed while demonstrating on a Seattle highway over the weekend.

ABC News reported, “A young protester has died from injuries she suffered when a luxury car plowed into her and another woman during a Black Lives Matter protest Saturday on a Seattle freeway that has been shut down for days due to the civil unrest, police said.”

The story was reminiscent of when a white nationalist plowed into a crowd of demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017,
killing Heather Heyer.

Except that’s not what happened on Seattle’s I-5 highway late Saturday. The reported driver of the “luxury car” was Dawit Kelete, a black man.

ABC News was subsequently bashed on social media for excluding the key detail about the driver to instead claim his car was responsible for striking the demonstrators.

  • Greg Gutfeld said, “‘luxury car.’ you know they discussed how to adjust this narrative when it didn’t fit the game plan. Our media is irredeemably evil. and every time i see evidence of it, it’s like i’m discovering it for the first time.
  • “Saying that the driver was black doesn’t fit the narrative, so they went for luxury car. If he can’t be judged evil because of his race, they make it about class,” another person said.
  • “‘Luxury car’ lmao. Black driver doesn’t quite fit huh?” another person responded.
  • “If the roles were reversed, @ABC headline would read ‘Racist white man deliberately plows down 2 peaceful BLM protesters, who were just singing and dancing’. We know that, because that is exactly what they do,” another commenter noted.
  • “Why does ABC think it’s unthinkable that a black man would be driving a Jaguar?” another person responded.
  • “Apparently black people are only defended when it fits the narrative. Now they’re trying to pretend the guy is rich so he must be evil obviously,” another person said.

As TheBlaze reported, Kelete was apprehended a short time after striking Taylor and another demonstrator. He was booked in the King County Jail on two charges of vehicular assault.

He was, in fact, driving a Jaguar, which is widely seen as a luxury car.

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ABC News mocked over report warning national parks ‘face existential crisis over race’

As the U.S. reels from protests and debates over racial injustices, ABC News has thrown out a new concern: visitors to national parks “remain overwhelmingly white.”

The outlet cited government statistics to back up their reporting, but that did not protect them from being mocked on social media for the story.

What are the details?

The ABC News piece warned that “America’s national parks face (an) existential crisis over race,” sounding the alarm that the nation’s “premier outdoor spaces…remain overwhelmingly white.”

The article pointed to National Park Service numbers showing that according to the latest 10-year survey, 23% of people who visited the nation’s 419 national parks were people of color, and 77% were white. But “minorities make up 42% of the U.S. population.”

ABC also noted that one study showed “twice as many black and Hispanic Americans said they don’t know what to do in national parks than whites.”

Joel Pannell, associated director of the Sierra Club told ABC, “The outdoors and public lands suffer from the same systemic racism that the rest of our society does.”

But overwhelmingly, people reacting to the article on Twitter were not buying it.

One person noted that national parks are not segregated, another asked, “Are you arguing for affirmative action for national parks admittance or something?”

Others argued with the article’s premise, saying they had observed an array of diversity on their trips to national parks. Someone joked, “Those dang racist parks!’

Several people lambasted the article as not being serious journalism. Conservative radio host Dana Loesch tweeted, “Dad on my screen weeping for his son killed by Marxists and flipping ABC out here tweeting ‘iS tHE oUtSIdE rACisT?'”

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‘You’re a third rate reporter!’ — Trump berates Jon Karl in latest coronavirus briefing blowup

President Donald Trump berated a reporter at the Monday coronavirus task force update over what he saw as an unfair question.

Jon Karl of ABC News asked him to respond to a report about a survey of 300 hospitals saying there was a severe and widespread shortage of coronavirus tests. The president demanded to know when the author of the report, a Health and Human Services inspector general, was appointed.

“A follow up on the question of the HHS inspector general, and by the way her name was Christi Grimm, and it wasn’t so much her opinion but they interviewed 323 different hospitals,” Karl said.

“It still could have been her opinion. Uh, when was she appointed? When was she appointed?” demanded the president.

“I’m not sure when she was appointed,” replied Karl.

“Well would you do me a favor and let me know?” said Trump.

The president returned to Karl later in the briefing and berated him for the answer.

“How long has that person been in government?” asked the president.

“She did serve in the previous administration,” admitted Karl.

“Oh! You didn’t tell me that, I see! You didn’t tell me that, Jon!” Trump mocked. “You didn’t tell me that! Did serve in the previous administration, you mean the Obama administration, thank you for telling me that!”

“Well, you asked me when she was appointed,” replied Karl.

“See there’s a typical fake news deal! No, look, look! You’re a third rate reporter, and what you just said is a disgrace!” said Trump.

“OK? You asked me, you said, ‘sir, just got appointed!'” he mocked Karl.

“Take a look at what you said, now I said, when did they, when did this person, how long in government? Well it was appointed in the Obama administration!” Trump continued.

“Thank you very much Jon, thank you very much!” he added.

“You will never make it!” the president concluded before taking a different question.

Some used the heated response from the president to pressure news networks against carrying the president’s task force presentations live.

“Donald Trump’s treatment of Jonathan Karl is predictably disgraceful,” tweeted Joe Scarborough of MSNBC. “Why is anyone carrying this farce live?”

Also on Monday, an update to the coronavirus model used by the White House showed a lower expected death count and a quicker peak to the graph of the contagion in the United States.

Here’s the video of the heated interaction:

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News station’s good deed turns into a social media disaster when they omit one crucial detail

A local news station’s attempt at a good deed completely backfired on them in a social media disaster because they omitted one crucial fact of the story.

ABC 13 News in Lynchburg, Virginia, tweeted about the “AWESOME” gift that they granted to a woman who had experienced two emotional disasters in a row.

“This is AWESOME! @gflickinger surprised a Halifax County woman who lost her sister in an accident AND her home in a fire on the same night with a new ABC13 umbrella,” they tweeted, adding an umbrella emoji.

The station sent their chief meteorologist George Flickinger to present the umbrella to Mary and record the momentous gift.

“We have an umbrella,” said Flickinger, “and I’ve actually never signed one of these before!”

“You have your own ABC 13 umbrella, to you, bringing you sunshine on a rainy day,” he added.

“Ok!” said Mary.

Social media response was… not positive

The station and the meteorologist were pilloried on social media for what appeared to be a thoughtless gift out of proportion with the tragedy.

“Hey, sorry about the tragedies that killed your sister and burnt down your home. Here’s a cheap umbrella with our logo on it. Smile at the camera so we can post it on social media to take advantage of your pain,” read one sarcastic tweet. “You really should just stick to the weather.”

“This is so outstandingly tone deaf I has to check your account to see if it’s a satire account. Oh my g*d go stick that umbrella up your a**,” responded another.

“Hello @ABC13News I lost my family in a boating accident, can I have a new tape dispenser?” joked another account.

The news station account compounded their error by not responding well to the online mockery. They deleted the original tweet, and the story from their website.

Here’s what was left out of the story

The station responded by clarifying a crucial detail left out of their tweet, and the video posted: the woman had lost her ABC 13 umbrella in the fire and her daughter had specifically asked the station to bring her another umbrella.

“The family was okay with it. They had already been on TV previously about the fire,” explained Flickinger to one angry tweeted. “My visiting the family in South Boston was a welcomed surprise to Mary (who lost her home) and the family made a large gathering of it.”

They posted a copy of the email to prove it:

But it appears too late as they continue to face criticism from snarky commenters on social media.

“The original story headline should have been worded better,” admitted Flickinger.

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ABC News suspends ‘socialist’ correspondent for ripping network’s political coverage and unfair approach to Trump

An ABC News correspondent caught on an undercover Project Veritas video criticizing his network’s political coverage has been suspended, Fox News reported.

David Wright, a Washington correspondent, was heard in the video accusing his network of prioritizing profits over news judgment and of treating President Donald Trump unfairly. Because of the political nature of his comments, ABC News said Wright will be reassigned when he returns to work.

The video was recorded while Wright was in New Hampshire covering the Democratic primary.

“Any action that damages our reputation for fairness and impartiality or gives the appearance of compromising it harms ABC News and the individuals involved,” an ABC News representative told Fox News. “David Wright has been suspended, and to avoid any possible appearance of bias, he will be reassigned away from political coverage when he returns.”

Wright criticized ABC News for its coverage of Trump, saying both that the network doesn’t hold Trump accountable and at the same time it does not give him credit for accomplishments.

“We don’t hold [Trump] to account,” Wright said in the video. “We also don’t give him credit for what things he does do. … With Trump, we’re interested in three things. We’re interested in the outrage of the day, the investigation, and the palace intrigue of who’s backstabbing whom. Beyond that, we don’t really cover the guy.”

Wright said in the video that he considers himself a socialist due to his support for a nationalized health care system and his belief that corporations need to be reined in.

As a result of poor coverage from mainstream media, Wright said, voters are uninformed and have the ability to get only information they want to hear, rather than an accurate representation of what’s really going on.

In the same video, ABC News producer Andy Fies said that even though voters care and need to know about the “little s***” like health care, jobs, or child care, networks like to focus on “big s***” like impeachment because it’s more “TV-friendly.”