Mel Martinez not only won't vote for Donald Trump, but made it clear that really, all you need in order to get his vote this election is a beating heart.
Martinez, a former Florida senator and Republican National Committee chairman, told The Wall Street Journal that he won't cast his ballot for Trump, adding: "If there is any, any, any other choice, a living, breathing person with a pulse, I would be there." Now that his first choice, Jeb Bush, is out of the race, he's supporting Marco Rubio, although he's pretty sure the Florida senator won't win his state's March 15 primary. "It's kind of cooked, Trump's path to the nomination," he said.
Martinez said he won't vote for Hillary Clinton if she's the Democratic nominee, but did tell WSJ he would have backed Vice President Joe Biden had he decided to run. Martinez wasn't the only former RNC chairman speaking out against Trump; Ken Mehlman tweeted out a message to the Republican frontrunner on Monday, WSJ reports. Mehlman called Trump out for not disavowing former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke during an appearance on CNN, tweeting: "Leaders don't need to do research to reject Klan support #NeverTrump." Catherine Garcia
As the Democrats kicked off their own chaotic national convention on Monday, Samantha Bee took a last, profanity-tinged look at last week's Republican National Convention. The theme of the GOP convention was that the world is scary and Hillary Clinton's Democrats are trying to divide the nation, a leitmotif Bee found both puzzling and ironic. "It takes a lot of balls to call your opponents divisive when your party is tearing itself in half because you nominated a sociopathic 70-year-old toddler," she said on Monday's Full Frontal.
If you watched last week's Republican convention, you might remember that Donald Trump was merely the last person on stage to portray a dark, broken, dystopian America — but it sounds much scarier when Rudy Giuliani, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, and other speakers are talking terror over the dramatic strains of "Dies Irae" from Mozart's Requiem. Forget "Morning in America," Bee said. "It's the middle of the night in America and someone's kicking in your door — oh, and also, Hillary took your guns away."
After playing some of Trump's speech, Bee said, "Oh, my god, is Donald Trump running for Batman?" But then she reconsidered, arguing that he's re-running Richard Nixon's 1968 campaign. "Now I'm pissed that people are picking on Melania — at least she plagiarized someone good," Bee said. "Like Trump, Nixon courted old, white middle Americans made anxious by civil unrest," a group Nixon called the "silent majority." But Trump won't be just like Nixon, she added. "Nixon got 15 percent of the black vote." There is some mildly NSFW language, but if that doesn't bother you, watch the rest of Bee's Trump-Nixon comparison below. Peter Weber
At the beginning of Monday's post-Democratic convention Late Show, Stephen Colbert took a bite of a Philly cheesecake he pretended to have found on the street of Philadelphia, and then things got strange. Colbert, dressed in hippy-faux tribal-rainbow pants attire, popped up behind what appeared to be the cast of a Hair revival to sing a raga-trance song called "Death, Taxes, and Hillary." A sample: "It's a cheesesteak jamboree, where your mind can be set free / And this power girl will change the world, if her donors all agree." The costumes mix late '60s and early 1970s counterculture and disco, the music is highly reminiscent of the Beatles' Maharishi period, and the animation is Yellow Submarine mixed with your most psychedelic screen saver. Watch below, and even if you're completely sober, you might feel a bit trippy by the end. Peter Weber
Stephen Colbert made his way onto the Republican National Convention stage last week, dressed in his Hunger Games-inspired Julius Flickerman attire and carrying his stuffed weasel, Caligula. On Monday's Late Show, he tried the same stunt in Philadelphia with the Democrats. "It might have been my fault" that the Democrats didn't fix their divisions over leaked hacked Democratic National Committee emails before the Democratic National Convention started, he said at his desk in his live post-convention special. "Truth be told, yesterday I went down to Philly to bask in the coming Democratic conflict. You know, I see it as something of a blood sport."
After walking around and making fun of various aspects of the Democratic convention arena — and Chuck Todd's goatee, with CNN's Jake Tapper — Colbert said "the one thing left to do was the one thing Democrats really didn't want me to do: Mount the podium where Hillary will be crowned." Unlike the Republicans, the Democrats would not let him on the stage, even when he enlisted the help of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. (Maybe they watch Colbert's Late Show.) But Colbert/Flickerman is nothing if not determined, and also just the slightest bit crafty. Watch his mighty, inexplicable struggle to get on stage below. Peter Weber
Almost a year ago, Matt Damon and Jimmy Kimmel sat down with a real relationship therapist to work out their fictional feud, in which Damon is always invited on Jimmy Kimmel Live and never actually brought on stage, leading a lonely existence in Kimmel's smallest green room. On Monday's show, Kimmel said that, with Damon's new Jason Bourne movie coming out on Friday, he and Damon gave couples therapy another go. "Apparently you have to go to therapy more than once for it to work," he deadpanned. The late-night host and Hollywood star's session with psychotherapist Paul Kundinger did not start out well. "There's a lot of anger coming across," Kundinger finally said, suggesting art therapy. Kimmel and Damon agreed, and surprisingly, the exercise did end the feud for at least a few seconds as Damon and Kimmel broke character — and made ABC's censors get creative. Watch below. Peter Weber
The Solar Impulse 2 plane made history on Tuesday when it landed in Abu Dhabi, the first flight to make it around the world without using any fuel.
The plane first took off from Abu Dhabi in March 2015, and over the past 16 months traveled 25,000 miles, stopping 16 times. The plane is covered with 17,248 solar cells that transfer energy to four electrical motors that power the propellers, and it runs on four lithium polymer batteries at night. "The future is clean," one of the pilots, Bertrand Piccard, said after landing. "The future is you. The future is now. Let's take it further."
The plane completed more than 500 flight hours, but was delayed a few times, including in Cairo when Piccard became sick and after some batteries were damaged on the journey from Japan to Hawaii. Read more about how the pilots were able to handle the cockpit's cramped conditions and temperature shifts at The Associated Press. Catherine Garcia
During Democratic convention, people kept searching for info on Bernie Sanders' age, Citizens United
As people watched the Democratic National Convention on Monday night, they were furiously Googling everything from "Bernie Sanders" to "Did slaves build the White House?'
Google released data on the top trends at the end of Night 1, and Sanders was far and away the most searched of the speakers and performers — Michelle Obama came in second, Elizabeth Warren third, Cory Booker fourth, and Paul Simon fifth. Throughout the day, the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) was trending, but after Sanders gave the night's closing speech, there was a 650 percent increase in searches for "Citizens United." The other trending questions had to do with Michelle Obama's speech ("Did slaves build the White House?" and "Who built the White House?") and Sanders' age ("How old is Bernie Sanders?"). Catherine Garcia
The Democrats' major goal at this week's Democratic National Convention is "to unify the party and present themselves as the safe and steady alternative to the forest fire in cufflinks that is Donald Trump," Seth Meyers said on Monday's Late Night. But before the first speaker even took the stage, "things got off to a terrible start." First, Hillary Clinton picked Tim Kaine as her running mate. "The only way Hillary could have been safer is if she picked a Volvo wearing a bike helmet," Meyers said, underwhelmed. "As attack dogs go, Tim Kaine seems like one of those who licks the burglar's hand while he's stealing your candlesticks." At least, he said, Kaine's Spanish language skills are "guaranteed to get under Trump's skin."
Then Meyers tackled the Democratic National Committee's hacked email leak, suggesting an anti-Sanders bias at the DNC and leading to the ouster of Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. "At this point, emails are to Hillary what snakes were to Indiana Jones — 'Emails, why did it have to be emails?'" Meyers said. "The entire purpose of this convention is to unify the party, and these emails only serve to further the rift between the Hillary and Bernie supporters." But Clinton just fanned the flames, naming Wasserman Schultz as honorary chairwoman in her campaign, after passing over more progressive, Sanders-like V.P. picks. "Basically, Hillary said, 'Have you been feeling the Bern? Why not try some Nova-Kaine?'" Meyers said. Democrats should be thankful that Sanders took the high road, he added, and you can watch his "closer look" below. Peter Weber