Oh the irony
October 31, 2019

Rudy Giuliani has apparently never known how to use his iPhone.

After President Trump's personal lawyer butt dialed an NBC News reporter last week, a handful of reporters shared their stories of the accidental interviews they'd gotten from Giuliani over the years. And it turns out Giuliani's technological incompetence is nothing new, seeing as two Apple store employees remember him coming in with a hopelessly locked iPhone he'd forgotten the passcode to, NBC News reports.

Giuliani's woes begin in February 2017, just after Trump named the former New York City mayor one of his cybersecurity advisers. Giuliani came into an Apple Store in San Francisco after entering the wrong passcode at least 10 times, two people familiar with the matter tell NBC News. A photo taken that day of an internal memo of Giuliani's visit showed employees restored his phone and then set it up again from an iCloud backup.

One former employee working that day called Giuliani's move "very sloppy," saying "Trump had just named him as an informal adviser on cybersecurity and here, he couldn’t even master the fundamentals of securing your own device." Cybersecurity experts agreed. "There's no way he should be going to a commercial location to ask for that assistance," former cybercrime FBI agent E.J. Hilbert told NBC News. And while Giuliani may argue that he was just looking for help with his personal phone, "I've never had a case where an individual says 'this is my personal device' and we didn't find work stuff on it," Hilbert said.

Kathryn Krawczyk

September 20, 2019

Disastrous weather is a problem, but disastrous climate change that contributes to it apparently isn't.

That seemed to be the take of Fox & Friends hosts Friday morning as they covered massive climate change protests happening around the world. Except perhaps a better description is "took a few cheap shots before ironically changing their focus to devastating effects of a tropical storm hitting the coast of Texas."

The hosts opened their segment by factually declaring that New York City students may be skipping class today because it's "global climate strike day." "Right, because the best thing you can do for climate problems is not go to work or school and scream on the grass and make a sign" host Brian Kilmeade said. They then showed aerial shots of the absolutely massive strikes across the world and played snippets of 2020 Democrats' appearances at MSNBC's Thursday evening climate forum, after which Kilmeade decried Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for "yelling at you."

Next up? Coverage of Tropical Storm Imelda, which caused flooding in Houston and throughout southeast Texas, and is just one of many storms growing in frequency and intensity as human-caused climate change worsens. Watch the irony unfold below. Kathryn Krawczyk

September 12, 2019

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) might have a hard time making his dreams come true.

McCarthy is already making plans for a possibly flipped House next year, telling Bloomberg's Erik Wasson on Thursday that his top priority as House Speaker would be to "make sure our debt is taken care of." But he seems to be forgetting that the 2017 tax bill he got passed with then-Speaker Paul Ryan will likely stop that from happening.

After the GOP-led House released its Tax Cuts and Jobs package in late 2017, an analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office showed it would add an additional $1.4 trillion to the deficit over the next decade. Yet the GOP passed the bill and President Trump signed it into law anyway. And in an attempt to cement some of the law's policies further, the GOP passed another round of policies that were predicted to up that deficit increase to $3.2 trillion by 2038.

Then again, there's a good chance McCarthy won't have to worry about his 2021 goal at all. Democrats pulled off a massive 41-seat gain last year, and the House hasn't flipped in two consecutive election cycles since 1954, The Cook Political Report notes. It hasn't changed hands during a presidential election year since 1952 either, making McCarthy's ironic dreams look close to dead. Kathryn Krawczyk

July 18, 2019

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has provided the most confusing explanation yet for President Trump's racist tweets.

Trump on Sunday sent tweets telling four Democratic congresswomen to "go back" to the countries they came from, inspiring his backers at a Wednesday rally to chant "send her back" after Trump attacked Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.). This sparked dozens of allegations that Trump is racist, which, as Graham oddly claimed in a Thursday tweet, apparently happens to every Republican president.

Graham's statement not only doesn't defend past GOP nominees and presidents against labels of racism; it's downright coated in irony. As Omar quickly reminded the senator, he was the one calling Trump a "bigot" just a few years ago. Kathryn Krawczyk

April 3, 2019

Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) has spent the three months of his first congressional term flip-flopping on one very unimportant issue.

On Tuesday, Roy and six other Republicans voted down a bill to name a post office near Rochester, New York after the late Democratic Rep. Louise Slaughter. They all gave some very apolitical excuses for the snub, but Roy's was the most blatantly hypocritical, Roll Call reports.

Slaughter died in March 2018 during her 16th congressional term, capping off a career of fighting for women's rights. Her husband Bob Slaughter died in 2014, and her congressional successor Rep. Joe Morelle's (D-N.Y.) first congressional bill aimed to name a post office after the Slaughters. The resolution easily passed on Tuesday, though not with a vote from Roy, who issued a statement saying "I don't think politicians should be spending valuable time naming post offices after other politicians." Roy neglected to mention that in his less than three months in Congress, he's co-sponsored two bills to rename post offices. One was for a late Army National Guard officer, and the other, ironically, was for retired Texas Democratic Rep. Charles Stenholm.

Other opposers explained that they found naming post offices after anyone but veterans to be a waste of time, per Roll Call. They didn't seem to realize that authoring a whole statement to explain their protest vote was likely more time-consuming than just saying "yea."

Opposition surprisingly didn't come from Slaughter's vehement rival Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), despite The Buffalo News suggesting Slaughter actually spurred Collins' arrest on fraud charges last summer. Collins, along with two other Republicans, simply sat this vote out. Kathryn Krawczyk

November 5, 2018

Stephen Miller has become his own worst enemy.

President Trump's chief policy adviser is one of his longest-standing confidantes, serving as Trump's "warm-up act" at rallies and pushing for anti-immigrant and swamp-draining policies on the 2016 campaign trail, The New York Times writes. But in an attempt to slam Washington's elite as "glass-windowed condominium" dwellers at a campaign rally right before the presidential election, Miller seemed to predict his own future.

Miller may have claimed Trump would rid the White House of career politicians, but he failed to note that he is a Washington mainstay himself. Miller has exclusively held political jobs since graduating from college, working on the communications team for Attorney General Jeff Sessions when Sessions was a senator.

In the Trump White House, Miller has crafted official policies and is reportedly one of the few people the president trusts. And as Miller's anti-immigration focus continues to further endear him to Trump in his tumultuous West Wing, it looks like he may have to renew his lease on that D.C. condo. Read more about Miller's deepening ties with Trump at The New York Times. Kathryn Krawczyk

August 13, 2018

California's raging Mendocino Complex fire isn't the only blaze overtaking the west right now.

Montana's Glacier National Park defied its name over the weekend, hitting a near-record-high 100 degrees, per the Missoula Current. And when lightning struck the dry earth Friday, it sparked another incredible wildfire.

The Howe Ridge fire, as it's been named, has forced the evacuation of a handful of roads and campgrounds inside Glacier National Park. The National Park Service hasn't shut down the entire park yet, allowing photographers to capture dramatic shots and video footage of the scene.

Take a look at some surprisingly beautiful night-sky pictures of the fire below. Kathryn Krawczyk

January 4, 2017

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has apparently moved on from blocking Supreme Court nominees now that Republicans are in charge. At a press conference Wednesday, McConnell scoffed at Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's (D-N.Y.) suggestion that Democrats would oppose the GOP's nominee "tooth and nail" if they "don't appoint someone who's really good." "I think that's something the American people simply will not tolerate," McConnell said, noting that while it's okay to block a nominee for the entirety of a president's last year in office — effectively forcing his nominee out of the running — it's a step too far to not confirm a nominee "at all."

Watch McConnell keep a straight face through the irony below. Becca Stanek

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