On Wednesday's Kelly File, Megyn Kelly laid out the alleged sexual harassment case against Donald Trump like the lawyer she used to be. First, she played the 2005 video of Trump saying he likes to kiss and grope women without consent, then the part of Sunday's debate where Trump denies actually groping or kissing women without their consent, and finally video of a woman saying Trump groped her on an airplane, one of three female accusers who came forward Wednesday with stories of allegedly being kissed or fondled by Trump. Later, she showed footage of an interview Wednesday in which a former Miss Teen USA contestant discussed Trump watching her and other teenage girls change clothes in the dressing room, plus Trump telling Howard Stern that he actually does stuff like that.
Fox News political analyst Chris Stierwalt told Kelly that the Trump camp knew these accusations were coming, and that this explains Trump's "bellicose attitude" at the debate, but fellow guest Dana Perino wasn't so sure. The Trump campaign is "expecting now for everybody that will be seeing these interviews with these women to not believe them," she said, "and one of the things they say in their statement is, How dare you reach back decades and look at possible sexual assaults from way before, like, how could it matter? But the problem is, that's exactly what they are asking people to do when they look at Bill Clinton."
Trump's "angry denial" suggests he wasn't prepared for this, Perino added. "I don't want to go psychological on you," Kelly agreed, "but they say anger is closely related to fear." Kelly noted that in these situations, it's hard to know who to believe, and the new allegations against Trump also put Hillary Clinton's camp "in a pickle," because Team Clinton is arguing that Bill Clinton's decades-old accusers never proved their allegations in court. "The truth is that victims of sexual assault, victims of rape, victims of unwanted groping, they often don't come forward," Kelly said. "They're humiliated. Especially back in the day, they were told, 'Move along, it happens to all women, you gotta take it.' It's a complicated situation." "Because it would hurt your career," Perino said. "That's right," Kelly said. Watch below. Peter Weber
On Wednesday, President Trump signed a temporary stopgap measure to keep migrant families detained together — indefinitely, if the courts or Congress do as he requests — but the Health and Human Services Department says it has no plans to reunite the 2,300 children already being detained apart from their parents. The New York Daily News had a message for Trump on Thursday's front page:
.@realdonaldtrump must reunite devastated families. Now. https://t.co/viIqoV6gyo
PLUS: @ICEgov detentions of unaccompanied minors up 500% https://t.co/BHczXHYwts #ICEinTheNews
An early look at Thursday's front... pic.twitter.com/D1viEacAGg
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) June 21, 2018
Religious leaders want Trump hotel's liquor license revoked because he's 'not a person of good character'
Under District of Columbia law, only people of "good character" can hold a liquor license, and a group of religious leaders and former judges argue that the license issued to the Trump International Hotel should be revoked because President Trump "is not a person of good character."
The District of Columbia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board received a complaint about the hotel from several rabbis, pastors, and retired judges who live in D.C. "The board owes it to the public to investigate the owner's lack of good character now," the complaint said, noting that "good character investigations typically occur at the time of license application or renewal," but Trump has engaged in "egregious conduct."
The complaint asks the alcohol licensing board to focus on Trump's "long history of lies," as well as "his involvement in relevant fraudulent and other activity demonstrating his lack of integrity, and his refusal to abide by the law or to stop associating with known criminals." He's been accused of sexual assault by several women, and fleeced people out of money through Trump University, the complaint continues, and the hotel should be ordered to "show cause why its license should not be revoked." Read the entire complaint here. Catherine Garcia
President Trump held yet another campaign rally Wednesday night, this time in Duluth, Minnesota, and most cable news executives apparently found it not newsworthy enough to broadcast live more than two years before Trump can seek re-election. Fox News broadcast the rally, however, and don't you forget it.
This chyron is amazing. pic.twitter.com/UEHZ4Nt5us
— Karen Tumulty (@ktumulty) June 21, 2018
In his speech, Trump focused a lot on immigration, only briefly mentioning that he reversed course on separating families at the border, but also attacked the media and FBI, accused Hillary Clinton of committing "numerous" "crimes," and reminisced fondly about the "great meeting" he had with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, saying they "had great chemistry" and predicting Kim "will turn that country into a great successful country."
Trump also touched on the 2020 race. "You know, I hate to bring this up, but we came this close to winning the state of Minnesota," he said. "And in 2 1/2 years, it's going to be really easy, I think." And he pooh-poohed the political and media "elites," kind of. "The elite! Why are they elite?" Trump mused. "I have a much better apartment than they do. I'm smarter than they are. I'm richer than they are. I became president and they didn't." Which, the last part at least, is indisputably true. Peter Weber
While he's in Europe next month, President Trump will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, two people with knowledge of the plan told Bloomberg on Wednesday.
The meeting could take place before the NATO summit in Brussels on July 11 or after Trump visits Britain on July 13, one person said. The pair met twice during last summer's G20 summit. Earlier this month at the G7 summit in Canada, Trump appealed to the other members to let Russia back in the group; the country was expelled after Russia annexed Crimea in 2014. Catherine Garcia
With about 45 minutes left until landing, passengers on a Southwest flight from Las Vegas to Baltimore on Sunday suddenly found themselves at a wedding.
Before the plane began its descent, a passenger named Renee, decked out in a white dress, got up and began walking down the plane aisle to meet her groom, Michael, at the front of the cabin. As the other passengers started to realize what was happening, they pulled out their phones and started recording. The wedding was officiated by the pilot, who used an intercom so everyone could hear what was going on.
The pilot announced that the pair met online four years ago, and had Michael promise to take Renee as his "travel companion when I become a Rapid Reward member," which got laughs from the crowd. Here's to a life of smooth sailing and no turbulence for the happy couple. Catherine Garcia
It's a quiet ending for a show that created shockwaves throughout its 27 years.
The Jerry Springer Show — which within the past few months aired programs with such titles as "Catfished by a Little Person," "Stop Pimpin My Twin Sister," and "Cold-Hearted Convicts" — has stopped filming new episodes, it was unceremoniously announced this week. Since its debut in September 1991, The Jerry Springer Show has produced 4,000 episodes. The talk show is syndicated, and NBC Universal that the CW and other networks will continue to air reruns.
Producers are dangling a carrot to fans, saying that "there is a possibility" that original episodes could be ordered in the future. While the show is known for its outrageous guests, gratuitous violence, and overall crassness, it's not making as big of an impact in a world dominated by reality TV shows. Springer "was lapped not only by other programs, but by real life," television historian David Bianculli told The Associated Press. Catherine Garcia
On Thursday morning, the White House is expected to announce its proposal to merge the Departments of Labor and Education, a person with knowledge of the matter told The Wall Street Journal Wednesday.
Over the last month, the White House has gone through a review of the different cabinet agencies, looking for ways to make the federal government smaller. The merger would likely need to be approved by Congress, and isn't the only change being eyed by the White House; there's also been discussion of renaming the Department of Health and Human Services to something closer to its previous moniker, the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, The Journal reports.
The Education Department is already one of the smaller government agencies, with 3,900 employees, while the Labor Department has 15,000 employees. Catherine Garcia