President Trump is kicking back. After former attorney general Eric Holder said at a campaign rally that “when they go low, we kick them,” the president said Holder’s off the cuff remark is a “disgusting statement.” “He better be careful what he’s wishing for,” Trump said of the top aide to failed former president Barack Obama. Holder is a rumored 2020 Dem presidential condender, and the president sent some shots across the bow. “Holder was held in contempt of Congress. Holder went after Christians,” he said. It looks like the midterms aren’t even over, and the next election is already on.
—QUOTABLE: ”He better be careful what he’s wishing for, that I can tell you. That’s a disgusting statement for him to make. For him to make a statement like that is a very dangerous statement…They better be careful with the rhetoric because it’s very dangerous what Holder said. Holder was held in contempt of Congress. Holder went after Christians. He went after our great evangelicals. He went after our tea party people, you know that, the IRS just settled that case.” -Trump
A dramatization of the demise of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign is headed to Broadway. It’s set in New Hampshire as Barak Obama is beating her out for the nomination. John Lithgow and Laurie Metcalf are slated to star. It opens next year.
A lawsuit is seeking to stop those “presidential alerts” you may have gotten on your phone yesterday. The new lawsuit, brought by three New Yorkers, argues the system violates their First Amendment rights and is an unconstitutional seizure of electronic devices. Unlike some other alerts, cell phone users can’t opt out of receiving these new alerts—they’re essentially mandatory. The presidential alert has been in the works for six years, and in 2016 failed former president Barack Obama signed a law restricting its use to natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other man-made disasters or threats to public safety. That’s not enough, the plaintiffs contend. It could be used by President Trump or future presidents to force propaganda on hundreds of millions of people, they argue.
—QUOTABLE: “Without more specific definitions…officials — including President Trump — are free to define ‘act of terrorism’ and ‘threat to public safety’ as they see fit, potentially broadcasting arbitrary, biased, irrational and/or content-based messages to hundreds of millions of people.” -Official complaint
Barack Obama all but made it official: he’s a socialist. Well at least he endorsed one. The failed former president on Monday endorsed avowed Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in her bid for a deep blue New York congressional district. Ocasio-Cortez came to fame when she shocked politics by knocking off deeply entrenched Democrat Joe Crowley, then went on to make a series of blunders that turned her into a punchline. Obama’s endorsement is hardly bold—the district she’s running for is hardcore Dem and her ideas, including abolishing ICE and having government take over all of health care, are gaining traction on the left.