U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made it more than clear what she thinks of President Trump as she literally tore up the commander in chief’s State of the Union address on national TV at the conclusion of his remarks Tuesday night.
When asked afterward why she shredded her copy of the speech, Pelosi responded, “Because it was the courteous thing to do, considering the alternatives.”
“What we saw today was the manifestation of hatred,” said Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. “That hatred consumes any other sentiment they may have.”
Analysts on the Fox News Channel weighed in on Pelosi’s ripping up the speech in the aftermath of the event.
Sean Hannity called it “one of the most classless things ever to be done in the history of the State of the Union. … I want to buy that [torn-up speech]. If anyone has it, I’ll pay for it.”
“She plain doesn’t like him,” Chris Wallace said.
“Is she genuinely perpetually frustrated?” asked Brit Hume.
Dana Perino noted, “There were names of American citizens who have died in there.”
Sara Carter explained: “What the Democrats did was stunning and disgraceful, and they’re going to pay for it in 2020.”
At the commencement of the evening, Pelosi offered to shake Trump’s hand as he gave her the speech, but the president did not return his hand. It was unclear if he did not see her offer of a handshake.
Regardless of the backlash Pelosi’s received from the right-wing clan, we can’t ignore the online celebration Twitter’s holding in her honor, and she’s been a trending topic ever since.
Mark Cuban’s Solution to NBA Suspension over Coronavirus
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is making arrangements to financially support the team, employees and arena workers who won’t be able to work due to the NBA’s suspended season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cuban has not provided the specifics or his emergency plan, but he revealed during a press conference on Wednesday that he has “already started the process of having a program in place” to pay workers whose household income is dependent upon NBA game days.
“It’s stunning, but we are where we are,” Cuban said, according to ESPN. “We have to be smart in how we respond. This is people’s lives at stakes. This isn’t about basketball; this isn’t about the Mavericks. This isn’t about when do we start, do we start? Or how do we start? This is a pandemic, a global pandemic where people’s lives are at stake. I’m a lot more worried about my kids and my mom, who is 82 years old — in talking to her and telling her to stay in the house — than when we play in our next game.”
Cuban added that the Mavericks’ program might require employees to do “volunteer work.”
“I reached out … to find out what it would cost to financially support people who aren’t going to be able to come to work.”
Amid the Mavericks 113-97 win over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, league officials learned that Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz had tested positive for COVID-19. The Jazz’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder was subsequently postponed, and shortly after the NBA was suspending play until further notice.
During the Mavericks’ game on Wednesday, sideline cameras captured Cuban’s stunned reaction to the news that the NBA would not play games until further notice.
CNN on-boards Andrew Yang as Political Commentator
Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang is joining CNN as a political commentator, the network announced Wednesday.
“I’m excited to join @CNN to help shed light on the election and the candidates’ experiences,” Yang posted via Twitter.
“Learned a lot these past months and am glad to contribute to the public discussion.” He’ll appear on the network in his new capacity later Wednesday, he added.
The tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang suspended his campaign last Tuesday, Feb. 11 in his bid for the White House.
“We’ve accomplished so much together,” Yang said during a speech to supporters in Durham, N.H.
Yang rose from obscurity to become a highly-visible candidate, rallying a coalition of liberal Democrats, libertarians and some disaffected Republicans to form a devoted group of followers known as the Yang Gang.
New York Rapper Pop Smoke Shot and Killed at 20
The budding Brooklyn rap star Pop Smoke (Bashar Barakah Jackson) has reportedly been murdered.
According to TMZ, Pop Smoke was shot and killed early Wednesday morning in what appears to be a home-invasion robbery.
LAPD confirmed the rapper’s death, claiming that two men wearing hoodies and masks broke into Pop Smoke’s Hollywood Hills house around 4:30AM, shooting Pop Smoke multiple times and fleeing the scene on foot.
He was pronounced dead upon arriving at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood.
No suspects have been apprehended or identified at this time, and there is no word on whether the rapper had any connection to the them.
The young emcee rose to fame with his first single, “Welcome to the Party,” which also featured rap heavyweight Nicki Minaj on the remix.
The rapper’s death came just days after he released his anticipated new mixtape, Meet the Woo 2. Pop Smoke was age 20 when he passed.
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