Review Category : Poltics

Martin O’Malley Compares Donald Trump’s Language to Fascism

Darren McCollester/Getty Images(MANCHESTER, N.H.) — Democratic presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley said Sunday night that Republican frontrunner Donald Trump is making “the sort of appeal that historically has often preceded fascism.”

“Trump says we should be monitoring everyone of the Muslim faith, keeping some kind of registry, maybe even issuing special ID cards,” the former Maryland governor said during his remarks at the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner. He continued with an unmistakeable Nazi comparison.

“Let me ask you this. Who is next? Catholics? Trade unionists? Artists? We’ve seen this road before, and it does not lead to a good place,” he said.

“Panic and political opportunism are a toxic mix — a mix that can often precede fascism or the plunging of our republic into a security state,” O’Malley added. The audience jeered and booed at his references to Trump.

After the speech, reporters pressed O’Malley on whether he thought Trump himself was a fascist. O’Malley would not say so explicitly, but said the language Trump uses is similar.

“When he pushes things like registries and ID cards based on things like religion, I do believe that is the sort of appeal that historically has often preceded fascism,” he said. “We should not think that we are so superior as a nation that we cannot ourselves fall victim to those sorts of appeals.”

He added that “we all” should call Trump out on his remarks.

New Hampshire Democratic Party chairman Raymond Buckley said he did not think O’Malley exaggerated the severity of Trump’s comments.

“We have seen that elections can go either way,” Buckley told ABC News. “The 1 percent chance that Donald Trump is the nominee isn’t frightening to us as Democrats, it is frightening to us as Americans.”

Trump’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on O’Malley’s remarks.

Several Republicans have spoken out against the GOP’s top contender, too, including Ohio governor and presidential candidate John Kasich, who recently called Trump “very divisive,” and refused to say whether he would support Trump if he won the nomination.

O’Malley has previously made similar comments. Last week, at a press conference in New Hampshire, he called Trump “shameful,” and added that he believed the business mogul’s appeals were based “wholly in fear” and could plunge the United States “into a security state.”

Polling at 5 percent nationwide according to a recent New York Times/CBS poll, O’Malley used his time onstage in the early voting state to distinguish himself from his Democratic candidates too. He started off his remarks saying he was “not a socialist,” making clear reference to the progressive independent Bernie Sanders, and he vowed not to take orders or be influenced by Wall Street, implying a close connection between Hillary Clinton and big banks.

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Clinton Calls for Gun Control in Wake of Planned Parenthood Shooting

Darren McCollester/Getty Images(MANCHESTER, N.H.) — In her first on-camera remarks about the shooting at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs on Friday, Hillary Clinton doubled down on her support for the organization and accused the GOP of treating women’s health like “political footballs.”

“We should be supporting Planned Parenthood, not attacking it. And it is way past time for us to protect women’s health and respect women’s rights not use them as political footballs,” Clinton said during her remarks at the Jefferson-Jackson dinner in Manchester. “Here in New Hampshire, Republicans on your executive council cut off funding to Planned Parenthood. And in Congress and on the campaign trail, Republicans who claim they just hate big government are only too happy to have government step in when it comes to women’s bodies and health. It’s wrong and we’re not going to stand for it.”

Clinton described Planned Parenthood as a place where women can get the health care they need, such as “breast exams and STD testing, contraception and yes safe and legal abortions.” She also offered her condolences for the victims of the shooting, and called for gun control measures.

“How many more Americans need to die before we take action?” Clinton said to a room filled with her own supporters as well as supporters for other Democratic presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley, “Common sense steps like comprehensive background checks, closing the loop holes that let guns fall into the wrong hands.”

She slammed the GOP for not putting out a bill that would prohibit individuals on the No-Fly list from buying a gun in the U.S.

“If you are too dangerous to fly in America, you are too dangerous to buy a gun in America,” she said.

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Hillary Clinton Unveils $275 Billion Infrastructure Plan

Astrid Riecken/Getty Images(BOSTON) — Hillary Clinton unveiled a five-year, $275 billion plan on Sunday to rebuild and modernize the nation’s infrastructure, which she says will be a “down payment on our future.”

“To build a strong economy for our future we must start by building strong infrastructure today, and putting you and your members to work,” Clinton said. “I have a five-year, $275 billion plan to invest on our infrastructure, create good paying jobs and build the future America deserves. This would be on top of what the Congress should finally get around to authorizing. This is a down payment on our future.”

Clinton’s plan, which she unveiled at the launch of “Hard Hats for Hillary” at Faneuil Hall in downtown Boston, would include the creation of an infrastructure bank and would be paid for by a “business tax reform,” according to her campaign. The release of her plan marks the beginning of her campaign’s month-long focus on jobs.

As part of her infrastructure plan, Clinton also called for Congress to pass the long-time highway bill by the end of the year, and said that she wants Internet in 100 percent of households by 2020.

The Republican National Committee released a statement criticizing the plan.

“With Hillary Clinton’s spending binge already at a trillion dollars and counting, it’s clear she wants to treat Americans’ tax dollars like every day is Black Friday with no plan to pay the bill,” said RNC spokesman Michael Short. “The real reason Hillary Clinton isn’t saying how she’ll pay for her trillion-dollar spending increase is because she knows it means raising taxes on the middle class.”

During her remarks, Clinton took a subtle swipe at her Democratic challenger Bernie Sanders as she pledged, once again, that she would not raise taxes on the middle class.

“I am the only Democratic candidate in this race who will pledge to raise your incomes, not your taxes,” she said.

And she seemed to embrace her experience, as she talked about the challenges the next president will face.

“I know this isn’t going to be easy,” she said. “This is not my first rodeo.”

Clinton made these remarks with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh standing by her side. Walsh endorsed Clinton on Sunday.

“Get your sledgehammers ready,” Walsh told the group of cheering union workers as he introduced Clinton. “Because we have a glass ceiling to demolish.”

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After Attack, Planned Parenthood Blames GOP Rhetoric for ‘Toxic Environment’

David McNew/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — While many Republican presidential candidates have condemned the shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic, Planned Parenthood on Sunday accused some of those same GOP candidates of contributing to the creation of a “toxic environment” that provoked the attack.

“It is offensive and outrageous that some politicians are now claiming this tragedy has nothing to do with the toxic environment they helped create,” Planned Parenthood Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens said in a statement released on Sunday.

Laguens singles out Donald Trump and Carly Fiorina by name, accusing them of “using this tragedy to repeat false claims about Planned Parenthood,” and says it’s not enough to denounce the tragedy without also stopping their rhetoric against the organization.

“One of the lessons of this awful tragedy is that words matter, and hateful rhetoric fuels violence,” Laguens said. “It’s not enough to denounce the tragedy without also denouncing the poisonous rhetoric that fueled it. Instead, some politicians are continuing to stoke it, which is unconscionable.”

Three people, including a police officer, were killed and nine others wounded in the shooting and standoff Friday at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs. Robert Dear, 57, eventually surrendered to police and was taken into custody.

Law enforcement sources told ABC News that Dear made rambling comments during the incident, some of which suggested animosity toward the health care provider, but police have not said what they believe the motive was for the attack.

Vicki Cowart, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains, said Sunday on ABC News’ This Week that she believed a “negative environment” around Planned Parenthood contributed to recent attacks on the health care provider.

“We’ve seen that across the country from all sorts of speakers in the last few months,” Cowart said. “I can’t believe that this isn’t contributing to some folks, mentally unwell or not, thinking that it’s OK to — to target Planned Parenthood or to target abortion providers.”

Fiorina, who has been one of the most outspoken GOP candidates in her opposition to Planned Parenthood and continues to allege that the organization has “harvested” fetal body parts for sale, called the shooting a “tragedy” that cannot be justified. She described attempts to blame the attack on rhetoric she has campaigned on as “typical left-wing tactics.”

“This is so typical of the left to immediately begin demonizing a messenger because they don’t agree with the message,” Fiorina told FOX News Sunday. “What I would say to anyone who tries to link this terrible tragedy to anyone who opposes abortion or opposes the sale of body parts, this is typical left-wing tactics.”

Trump, speaking on NBC on Sunday, called the attack “terrible” and the shooter a “maniac.” When asked whether he thought the rhetoric against Planned Parenthood has grown too extreme, Trump replied, “No.”

Though Trump, who has in the past referred to Planned Parenthood as “an abortion factory,” said he did not understand the killer’s motives, he said he understands that many people have strong feelings of dislike for the women’s health organization.

“There’s tremendous dislike, I can say that,” Trump said. “But I see a lot of anxiety and I see a lot of dislike for Planned Parenthood. There’s no question about that.”

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who has in the past referred to Planned Parenthood as “butchers” engaged in “barbaric” and “evil” trading of fetal body parts, called Friday’s attack an act of “domestic terrorism.”

“What he did is domestic terrorism, and what he did is absolutely abominable, especially to those of us in the pro-life movement,” Huckabee said Sunday on CNN. “We ought to value life. Every life truly does have worth and value.”

On the suggestion that the strong anti-Planned Parenthood rhetoric that he and other candidates have used has created a tinderbox environment for such an attack, Huckabee strongly condemned that suggestion as well.

“I don’t know any pro-life leader, any — if you can tell me one, please correct me — I don’t know of anybody that suggested violence toward Planned Parenthood personnel or some act of violence toward their clinics. I’ve not heard that,” he said. “I’ve heard universal condemnations.”

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Ted Cruz Does ‘Princess Bride’ Impression

Ted Cruz/ABC News(DES MOINES, Iowa) — He’s quoted “Jerry Maguire,” “The Usual Suspects” and “Scarface” on the campaign trail, but it’s clear, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz loves “The Princess Bride” the most.

At a church service today in Des Moines, Iowa, the presidential hopeful was prodded by the pastor of Christian Life Assembly of God to offer an impression from his favorite movie. It didn’t take much prodding.

“I will confess to knowing an awful lot of that movie,” Cruz said. Cruz has previously said it’s his favorite movie.

He admitted to the congregation that while he loved the movie, he’s “never shared on a Sunday morning” his “Princess Bride” impressions in a church setting.

The congregation laughed and Cruz launched into a two-minute reenactment of a scene that had him acting the parts of four characters made famous by Billy Crystal, Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin and Carol Kane. Cruz tackled the scene when a nearly dead Westley is brought to Miracle Max. Cruz explains the story and launches into his impression.

Cruz’s use of classic lines from Hollywood is part of his regular stump speech on the campaign trail. He often uses the quotes to bring humor to the discussion of policy. At a stop Saturday in Lenox, Iowa, a voter lamented about Obamacare and Cruz quoted “Jerry Maguire,” saying “You had me at hello.”

At a stop in Charleston, South Carolina, earlier this month, college students asked Cruz to give an impression of “The Simpsons.” He offered up Homer talking to Lisa about her vegetarianism.

On the trail, the senator will embody the characters of more than just Hollywood classics. There’s a West Texan farmer who says “wanna bet,” whom Cruz invokes when discussing federal regulators. He’s also launched into impressions of former President Ronald Reagan and reporter Sam Donaldson during a press conference from the 1980s.

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John Kasich Refuses to Say if He Would Support Donald Trump as Republican Nominee

J.D. Pooley/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich Sunday would not commit to supporting frontrunner Donald Trump as the party’s nominee, saying that he did not expect the real estate mogul to win.

“I think he’s very divisive and I do not believe he will last,” Kasich said when asked if he would support Trump if he wins the Republican primary.

Kasich pointed to Trump’s recent back and forth with The New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski as a reason he won’t win the nomination. Trump has drawn criticism this week for appearing to mimic Kovaelski’s mannerisms, caused by a muscular disorder, which Kasich said Trump “absolutely mocked.”

“Somebody who divides this country, here in the 21st century, who’s calling names of women and Muslims and Hispanics and mocking reporters, and says, ‘I didn’t do it,’ but he did do it, it’s just not going to happen,” said Kasich.

Kasich added thatTrump’s popularity has been over blown. The two have sparred at recent debates, and Kasich released a video this week featuring a veteran comparing Trump’s rhetoric to that of the Nazis.

“Everybody needs to get over it and take a deep breath,” Kasich said.

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Ben Carson Urges Peaceful Dialogue on Planned Parenthood in Wake of Colorado Springs Shooting

Scott Olson/Getty Images(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) — Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson called on pro-choice and pro-life advocates to express their differences in a peaceful manner in the wake of a shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs that left three dead Friday.

“What we really have to start asking ourselves is what can we do as a nation to rectify the situation,” Carson said today on ABC’s “This Week.” “I think we should talk about the actual facts. If we can get rid of the rhetoric from either side and actually talk about the facts, I think that’s when we begin to make progress.”

Carson condemned the shooting at the clinic, calling it a hate crime. Police have arrested 57-year-old Robert Dear in connection with the shooting but haven’t released a motive.

“Unfortunately, there is a lot of extremism coming from all areas,” Carson said. “It’s one of the biggest problems that I think is threatening to tear our country apart. We get into our separate corners and we hate each other and we want to destroy those with whom we disagree. That comes from both sides, so there’s no saint here in this equation.”

Dear, 57, is expected to make his first court appearance Monday.

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New Hampshire Union Leader Endorses Chris Christie

ABC/Randy Sager(WASHINGTON) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s struggling presidential bid got a welcome boost this weekend in an endorsement from the New Hampshire Union Leader.

“In just 10 weeks, New Hampshire will make a choice that will profoundly affect our country and the world. We better get it right,” the newspaper’s publisher Joseph McQuaid wrote in the endorsement. “Our choice is Gov. Chris Christie.”

One of the Granite State’s leading newspapers, the Union Leader’s endorsement is a significant development for the Christie’s campaign, which has so far failed to gain traction in the crowded Republican primary.

“Gov. Christie is right for these dangerous times,” the editorial continued. “He has prosecuted terrorists and dealt admirably with major disasters. But the one reason he may be best-suited to lead during these times is because he tells it like it is and isn’t shy about it.”

Following the terrorist attacks in Paris, Christie has capitalized on his national security portfolio, which includes his past experience as a federal prosecutor in the wake of the September 11 attacks.

As the paper’s endorsement serves to build up Christie’s credentials as a proven leader, it also shoots down several of the other GOP contenders without naming names — specifically calling out senators and those without any political experience.

“We don’t need another fast-talking, well-meaning freshman U.S. senator trying to run the government. We are still seeing the disastrous effects of the last such choice,” McQuaid wrote.

“Other candidates have gained public and media attention by speaking bluntly, but it’s important when you are telling it like it is to actually know what you are talking about,” he added. “Gov. Christie knows what he is saying because he has experienced it.”

In addition to his credentials seemingly gaining the attention of the newspaper’s editorial board, the New Jersey governor is also likely seeing the dividends of his campaign’s heavy strategic investment in the first-in-the-nation primary, with Christie himself having already spent 48 days campaigning in New Hampshire.

Since launching his campaign this summer, Christie has been polling in the single digits both nationally and in statewide polls.

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Trump Says He Was Mocking Reporter’s ‘Groveling,’ Not Disability

iStock/Thinkstock(SARASOTA, Fla.) — GOP frontrunner Donald Trump says he wasn’t mocking a New York Times reporter’s muscular disorder when he made jerking motions seeming to imitate the man’s condition during a speech last week, saying Saturday at a rally in Sarasota, Florida, that he was just showing a reporter who was “groveling.”

“I was very expressive in saying it, and they said that I was mocking him,” Trump said. “I would never mock a person that has difficulty. I would never do that. I’m telling you, I would never do it.”

Trump has insisted that he does not know the reporter, Serge Kovaleski, and was unaware of his condition. Kovaleski has disputed Trump’s claim and said he was on a first-name basis with the real estate mogul when he covered him for the New York Daily News in the 1980s.

“I didn’t know him, it’s possible, probable that I met him somewhere along the line, but I deal with reporters every day,” Trump told the crowd. “Now he’s going, ‘Well he knew me and we were on a first name basis.’ Give me a break.”

Trump went on say that he doesn’t take his imitation back, since he says he was not imitating a disability but a groveling reporter.

“I don’t take that back because the person was groveling in terms of creating statements,” Trump said, referring to a story that Kovaleski wrote for the Washington Post a week after the September 11 terror attacks that referred to allegations of “tailgate-style parties on rooftops” in New Jersey after the World Trade Center towers fell.

Trump has pointed to Kovaleski’s story as evidence that his claim that “thousands” of Muslims in New Jersey celebrated the World Trade Center’s collapse. But Kovaleski has since said he never heard about “thousands or even hundreds” of people celebrating and that he doesn’t recall the allegations of isolated celebrations ever being confirmed.

Trump accused Kovaleski of trying to retract his story and continued to defend his original claim that thousands of Muslims in New Jersey celebrated.

“I didn’t like the fact that he wrote a story and he took it back, because he talked about tailgate parties and other things you all saw, and many people knew what took place and everybody knows it took place worldwide, so why wouldn’t it take place in very strong Muslim communities, where they have a lot of Muslim communities?” Trump said.

Trump went on to bemoan standards of political correctness when talking about handicaps, saying that “it’s complicated out there,” and that he doesn’t have time to be politically correct.

“Never say a disable person or the disabled, say a person with disabilities. In other words you say the other, you’re in trouble,” Trump said. “OK, Never use the term handicapped parking, use only accessible parking, even though people have handicapped permits. So it’s so complicated out there, it’s tough. And we want to be politically correct, but a lot of us don’t have time to be politically correct.”

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Carson Calls on U.S. to Help Refugees Settle in Middle East

Scott Olson/Getty Images(AMMAN, Jordan) — Ben Carson said Saturday the United States must do more to help solve the Syrian crisis, but that bringing 25,000 refugees from the conflict to the U.S. will “do nothing.”

The Republican presidential candidate was in Jordan Saturday, where he visited a refugee camp and met with medical professionals, humanitarian workers and government officials. Campaign officials told ABC News that Carson was traveling to Jordan on a “fact finding and information gathering mission.”

“These brave people want nothing more than an end the war in Syria. They want to go back to their lives. We must find a political end to this conflict. Millions of refugees have now been waiting for years for the end of the war to come in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey,” Carson said in a statement released Saturday to ABC News. “Some are giving up hope that they will ever be able to return to the country. We must keep their hope alive.”

He continued: “Until it is safe for them to return home, Jordan is a safe place for them to wait. The kingdom has welcomed them with open arms. But Jordan is a small country. They need the worlds help to feed, educate, and care for these refugees until the war ends.”

The visit marks the first time one of the 2016 candidates has visited such a camp since the refugee crisis began this year.

The campaign official told ABC News that the goal of the trip for Carson — who has made controversial comments about refugees — is to listen and meet with people in the region to get a better understanding of the refugee crisis and foreign policy dynamics in the region.

Carson called on the United States to do more to help Syrian refugees resettle in Middle Eastern countries, and said that the Obama administration is not doing enough to solve the crisis, and that bringing the 25,000 refugees into our country is not the answer.

“The United States must do more. Bringing 25,000 refugees to the United States does nothing to solve this crisis. Jordan already houses 1.4 million refugees. Jordan needs and deserves our help,” the statement read. “In the coming days I will offer what I believe are real solutions to the problems created in part by the Obama Clinton administration’s failed policies.”

The trip comes after a recent spate of criticisms for Carson’s alleged lack of foreign policy experience, with his own advisers saying he still has a lot to learn.

“He is not perfect,” Carson adviser Armstrong Williams told Bloomberg News recently. “We’ll never be perfect. But he continues to surround himself with people and engage people that can enhance his foreign policy.”

In The New York Times, Duane R. Clarridge, who has advised Carson, also offered a candid critique.
“Nobody has been able to sit down with him and have him get one iota of intelligent information about the Middle East,” Clarridge told the Times, adding that Carson needs weekly conference calls on foreign policy so “we can make him smart.”

He also came under fire after comparing the need to screen refugees to protecting a child from a rabid dog.

“For instance if there’s a rabid dog running around the neighborhood, probably not going to assume something good about that dog and you’re going to want to put your children away,” Carson said in response to an ABC News question regarding whether Christian organizations should be helping refugees.

But Williams insisted that Carson is learning, telling ABC News “he is learning, gaining confidence and making tremendous progress.”

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