Pot meet kettle
December 12, 2019

During the House Judiciary Committee's impeachment hearing on Thursday, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) tried to shift the focus away from President Trump to former Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden.

Gaetz introduced an amendment to the articles of impeachment that would refer to the "corrupt" hiring of Hunter Biden by the Ukrainian energy company Burisma. Hunter Biden has a history of alcohol and drug abuse, which Gaetz gleefully mentioned. "It's a little hard to believe that Burisma hired Hunter Biden to resolve their international disputes when he could not resolve his own dispute with Hertz rental car over leaving cocaine and a crack pipe in the car," he said.

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) was next to speak, and without uttering any names, he reminded the entire room that Gaetz himself was arrested for driving under the influence (the case was later dropped). "I would say the pot calling the kettle black is not something that we should do," Johnson said. "I don't know what members, if any, have had any problems with substance abuse, been busted in a DUI, I don't know, but if I did, I wouldn't raise it against anyone on this committee. I don't think it's proper." As Johnson spoke, CSPAN's cameras zoomed in on Gaetz, who looked pained. Watch the video below. Catherine Garcia

February 7, 2017

For as much flak as President Trump has given former President Barack Obama for his golf habit, Trump certainly didn't waste any time getting to the golf course himself after he was sworn into office. Politico noted Tuesday that while Obama waited a full four months into his presidency before hitting the green, Trump waited just two weeks.

During his trip to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, over the weekend, Trump reportedly spent "about eight hours at the Trump International Golf Club," Politico wrote. And this week, he is planning to play a round of golf with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Of course, there's nothing inherently wrong with a president who enjoys a round of golf now and again; in fact, Politico noted, "trips to the golf course have long been a presidential tradition." It's just that Trump has spent so much time slamming Obama for spending time on the golf course when there were more important matters to attend to:

Trump even made a point to call out Obama's golfing on the campaign trail. At a rally in December 2015, Trump claimed Obama "played more golf last year than Tiger Woods." "We don't have time for this," Trump said. "We have to work." Becca Stanek

December 12, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump doesn't seem to think it's a big deal if he skips intelligence briefings, but he certainly found it an objectionable habit when President Obama was rumored to be missing them. Between September 2012 and October 2014, Trump, who said Sunday he doesn't "have to be told the same thing in the same words every day" in daily intelligence briefings, tweeted about Obama's attendance on at least three separate occasions:

While Trump admitted that he's opting out of intelligence briefings, critics' claims that Obama had missed half of his briefings turned out to be false. In 2012, The Washington Post determined Obama wasn't opting out of receiving the information, but simply receiving it "in a different manner than his predecessor," opting to read the briefing ahead of time instead of sitting down for oral briefings.

Trump, meanwhile, is reportedly sitting down for a briefing just once a week, far fewer than is typical for the president-elect. As Trump would say, "Too busy I guess!" Becca Stanek

October 12, 2016

Donald Trump, a self-declared billionaire, attempts to paint Hillary Clinton's wealth as a character flaw in his latest campaign ad, released Wednesday. The 30-second spot, entitled "Corruption," suggests Clinton got "filthy rich" off of "pay to play politics," including donations to the Clinton Foundation from "criminals, dictators, and countries that hate America."

Based off all the self-interested deals Clinton has allegedly cut, the ad concludes that she obviously "only cares about power, money, and herself." Watch the ad, below. Becca Stanek

February 17, 2016

Sen. Ted Cruz tore into fellow Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Sen. Marco Rubio at a South Carolina press conference Wednesday while simultaneously patting his own campaign on the back for taking "the high road."

"Falsehoods have no place in American politics," the Texas senator said, calling out both Rubio and Trump for being "liars" after Trump called him a "liar" the day before.

To emphasize his point about the presidential race's lack of ethics, Cruz then brandished the cease-and-desist note that Trump's lawyers allegedly sent his campaign after it used politically damning archival footage of Trump in an attack ad. "I have to say, Mr. Trump, you have been threatening frivolous lawsuits for your entire adult life," Cruz said. "If you want to file a lawsuit... file a lawsuit." Cruz contends that there is no way that "repeating someone's own words" could be defined as defamation.

Even though Rubio isn't the one sending Cruz threats of a lawsuit, Cruz had some words for him, too: "Marco Rubio," Cruz said, "is behaving like Donald Trump with a smile." Becca Stanek

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