New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio is planting his far-left flag. On CNN’s “State of the Union” with Jake Tapper, DeBlasio defended his plan to give “free” healthcare to all New Yorkers, including illegal immigrants. What he didn’t talk about was how he’d pay for it. Instead, he just offered that all the “wrong people” have all the money and he plans to fix that. DeBlasio was hardly full of solutions—when Tapper asked him what happens when people flock to New York for the free healthcare, he just said he doesn’t see that happening. No doubt the empty promise will make a great bumper sticker, though.
Contrary to some headlines, the father of a 7 year old migrant girl who died in the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol says she was in no way mistreated. Claims have circulated that the girl, Jakelin, hadn’t had food or water in the days prior to being taken into federal custody in New Mexico. That’s not true, says her father, 29 year old Nery Gilberto Caal Cuz via lawyers. It’s also not true that U.S. officials mistreated her, according to the father, who said “agents did everything they possibly could to help the girl.” CNN’s Jake Tapper went to Twitter to dispel some fake news out there that U.S. officials were somehow at fault for the girl’s sudden seizures and high fever that caused her death.
—QUOTABLE: “Guatemalan Consul Tekandi Paniagua tells CNN’s @edlavaCNN he met extensively with the father of 7-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin Friday night in El Paso. Paniagua says the father of Jakelin has ‘no complaints about how Border Patrol agents treated him and his daughter’.” -Tapper
Amal Clooney has banned husband George Clooney from riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle after his accident earlier this year. But George is putting the orders from his wife to good use — he’s donating the bike to Homes for Troops, a charity benefitting veterans setup by CNN star Jake Tapper, who’s a friend of George’s. You can bid on the bike on eBay — opening bid is $25,000.
GQ writer Julia Ioffe think President Trump has radicalized more people than ISIS. Ioffe on Jake Tapper’s CNN show on Monday said Trump has created legions of extremists in the U.S. with “winks and nods to these groups,” presumably referring to white nationalists. A fellow panelist called her comments “unconscionable,” but Ioffe persisted, saying that while ISIS has some 10,000 members, Trump has far more supporters who like him because of his hateful ideology. Ioffe later walked back the comments, sort of.
—QUOTABLE: “The way that he talks, the way that he allows these — the way he winks and nods to these groups. The way he says, I know I’m not supposed to say it, but I’m a nationalist. The way that he hems and haws when he has to condemn these people, gritting his teeth says, says fine, OK, I condemn this.” -Ioffe
—QUOTABLE: “ISIS had like 10,000 members. I think the president has far more supporters who espouse an equally hateful ideology.” -Ioffe (cont.)