Trevor Noah neatly ties together Tucker Carlson’s ‘surprise vacation’ and Chris Cuomo’s ‘Fredo’ fight

Even President Trump has acknowledged the rising threat of white supremacy, but “there is one person who still isn’t convinced: Fox New anchor and concerned face drawn on a balloon Tucker Carlson,” Trevor Noah said on Tuesday’s Daily Show. He didn’t find Carlson’s “hoax” argument persuasive: “White supremacists aren’t a threat because they can only fill a college football stadium? My man, those stadiums hold 100,000 people.”

“Tucker Carlson only gives white terrorists this pass,” Noah noted. “After 9/11, he wasn’t like: ‘Al Qaeda? Please! What was it, like 19 people? … Call me when they can sell out a Knicks game.'” He showed some other “threats” Carlson has touted on his show, like feminist scientists and the metric system. But “soft-pedaling white supremacy” apparently cost Carlson three big advertisers, Noah said, “and something tells me his bosses at Fox News didn’t like what he said, because the very next day,” he announced a surprise fishing vacation.

Maybe the timing was just a coincidence, “but it does seem to happen a lot over at Fox,” Noah said. “Almost everyone on Fox has had to go a surprise vacation after saying something controversial, but there’s one vacation on Fox that is the greatest of all time.” He assumed a mafioso voice to discuss Bill O’Reilly’s never-ending holiday: “Yeah, let’s just say O’Reilly’s gonna be goin’ on a permanent vacation. I’m Chris Cuomo, thanks for watching CNN.”

CNN hasn’t sent Cuomo on vacation after he threatened a guy who called him “Fredo,” Noah said, showing video of the incident. “Cuomo was clearly pissed off because he feels like when this guy called him ‘Fredo,’ it’s a negative Italian stereotype. What’s funny to me, though, was that his reaction that he chose also seemed like a negative …read more

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U.S. immigration chief Ken Cuccinelli claims Statue of Liberty poem is about ‘people coming from Europe’

On NPR Tuesday morning, Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, proposed some editorial changes to the Emma Lazarus poem inscribed in bronze at the base of the Statue of Liberty, seeking to make the text of “The New Colossus” fit President Trump’s new policy discouraging legal citizens from accessing public assistance like food stamps. On CNN Tuesday night, Cuccinelli offered some literary criticism, specifically arguing that Lazarus used “wretched” as a technical term in her 1883 poem.

“That poem was referring back to people coming from Europe, where they had class-based societies where people were considered wretched if they weren’t in the right class,” Cuccinelli told CNN’s Erin Burnett when she asked him what he thinks “America stands for.”

Cuccinelli: That statue of liberty poem was about “people coming from Europe.” pic.twitter.com/nrDcUGJsU3

— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) August 13, 2019

The poem envisions the Statue of Liberty as the “Mother of Exiles” with a beacon glowing “world-wide welcome.”

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
[The New Colossus, Emma Lazarus]

“Our values are etched in stone on the Statue of Liberty,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) tweeted in response to Cuccinelli’s comments. “They will not be replaced. And I will fight …read more

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Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert are a little creeped out by Trump’s correspondence with world leaders

“The United States and Canada have one of, if not the, closest relationships of any two countries in the word,” Jimmy Kimmel said on Tuesday’s Kimmel Live. “But we also have Donald Trump, which complicates things.” He explained that starting in 2017, Trump has sent a handful of handwritten notes to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, one of which was so odd Trudeau thought he was being pranked.

“Just to recap, Trump tore the cover off a magazine, wrote on it in Sharpie, and mailed it to the prime minister of Canada — like the Zodiac Killer or something,” Kimmel said. “Justin Trudeau, by the way, isn’t the president’s only pen pal. Trump was bragging this weekend about a love letter he received from his man in North Korea.” He did not believe that, as Trump insisted on Twitter, Kim apologized for testing short-range missiles, and he was a little perplexed at Trump’s cheerful and friendly response to said missile launches. “I don’t know what his plan is with this, but the president has shown Kim Jong Un so much affection,” Kimmel said, “I mean, watch this and try to imagine him saying any of this stuff about Melania.”

Trump was clearly “jazzed” about Kim’s letter, and also about it being “hand delivered,” Stephen Colbert said at The Late Show. “For a guy who’s the leader of the free world, he’s awfully impressed by the concept of mail.” Trump’s tweets about the letter adopted Kim’s language about U.S.-South Korean military exercises, he added. “That is your president calling our military’s training to defend South Korea from a murderous, nuclear-armed madman ‘ridiculous.’ What an inspiring commander in chief.”

“But Trump really believes he and Kim are best buds,” Colbert said. “In fact, at the fundraiser, he claimed, …read more

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Stephen Colbert tries to follow Trump’s Epstein conspiracy theory, ends up at a different conclusion

“Over the weekend, sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his New York jail cell,” Stephen Colbert said on Monday’s Late Show. “Now apparently, he — they say, and I guess they would know, though they can’t say how — committed suicide. Which is surprising, because three weeks ago, he was found unconscious with marks on his neck — how the marks got there, authorities did not share with the public — and yet Epstein was left alone and not closely monitored. Now, maybe he was just in one of those prisons that really value inmate privacy. Then again, Epstein knew a lot of powerful and important people. … A who’s who of ‘Who’s Jeffrey Epstein? I’ve never met Jeffrey Epstein!'”

Given his alleged crimes and powerful friends — including President Trump and former President Bill Clinton — Epstein’s death “has set off a wild wave of conspiracy theories online, the sort of stuff that only unstable tinfoil-hat loons could possibly believe — so Donald Trump,” Colbert said. He did not subscribe to the conspiracy theory Trump boosted. “Really? Really? That’s your theory? I’m not saying that the Clintons don’t have any power — they could definitely get a reservation at any restaurant in New York City; party of four, 7 o’clock on a Saturday, maybe not — but masterminding a scheme to assassinate a high-profile prisoner in maximum-security federal custody? They couldn’t even mastermind a visit to Wisconsin.”

Still, Trump clearly thinks this “dangerous and completely unfounded murder conspiracy theory about his predecessor” is “the only logical answer,” Colbert sighed, following Trump down his “rabbit hole” to — well, a different, only slightly more logical answer. He ended with Trump’s very Trump-centric visit to El Paso and Dayton last …read more

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