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Fist Pumping through 9/11

Can You Believe?

Can you believe how Trump observed 9/11: attacking the F.B.I. and then pumping his fist at supporters as he arrived at the Pennsylvania memorial? Can you imagine what it would take for this man to show a shred of compassion or even decency?

Can you believe Trump claiming his administration did an “unappreciated great job in Puerto Rico”? If this is success, I’d hate to see what failure looks like. 

And on a lighter note, can you believe New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon ordering a cinnamon-raisin bagel with lox, cream cheese, onions, and capers? Note to candidates: Never eat in public! 

They Said It – Republicans Outside Congress Speak Out Against Trump

“We really are in Crazytown. But Trump is far from the craziest person in town…. The really crazy people are the Republicans who think we should continue to entrust a man manifestly unfit to be Queens Borough president with the presidency of the United States of America.” 

– Max Boot, conservative columnist

(Special note: I love Queens and especially my home borough of Brooklyn!)

Hits and Misses – the week’s best and worst moves

Hit of the Week: Jerry Brown’s climate summit, bringing together political leaders and scientists from around the world. The governor showed not only how miserably the Trump administration has failed but how states, localities, and private companies can help stem the disastrous tide of climate change until American voters throw climate deniers out of office.

Miss of the Week: Rep. Mimi Walters’ long, lame video falsely claiming to be a champion of people with preexisting conditions even though she repeatedly voted to take away their coverage. Watch our ad and then help PAC for a Change flip the 45th.

Hot Race of the Week

Texas! Beto O’Rourke is running strong, and the GOP is running scared. So scared that they’ll swallow their hatred of Ted Cruz and pour megamillions into this formerly deep-red state. OMB director Mick Mulvaney says Cruz might lose because he’s “not likeable enough” – that’s like saying the Gobi Desert is “not green enough.” 

Fighting Back

On this week’s podcast, Nicole and I discuss some exciting upcoming projects we have in the works, plus the state of health care in America. Then I continue the healthcare discussion with Representative Karen Bass, and Nicole talks with writers Greg and Amiira Behrendt about their unique blend of humor and medical advice.