From Hollywood to Washington, D.C., there is a toxic culture of male entitlement and systemic sexism, Seth Meyers said on Thursday's Late Night, and it's "not a partisan issue" — there are sexual predators of all political persuasions, and men on both sides of the aisle need to speak up "and address their complicity in the system that allows these things to happen."
Meyers took a closer look at the accusations of sexual harassment against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and President Trump, and their bullying of women who came forward with the allegations. Last October, Trump called the women who accused him of sexual harassment "liars" and threatened to sue them after the election. "As we know, Donald Trump keeps all his promises," Meyers deadpanned, "so those women were sued and found guilty at a trial held right next to the finished Mexican border wall on the same day ObamaCare was repealed."
As for Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual harassment by dozens of women and rape by at least three, he's been described by a lawyer as "an old dinosaur learning new ways," but there's no way that's accurate, Meyers said. "Dinosaurs don't learn new ways, they go extinct. ... If you're a dinosaur then this is your ice age, buddy, and unlike real dinosaurs, no one is ever going to try to bring back Harvey Weinstein." Such powerful, predatory men need to stop using their status to silence and bully their victims, and "women should not be held accountable" for the bad behavior of men, Meyers said. Watch the video below. Catherine Garcia
The celebrate the eagerly anticipated new Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi, Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show took snippets from the previous eight Star Wars films to recreate Hanson's last No. 1 single, "MMMBop." You might have to watch the video a few times to catch all the characters contributing to the mashup, or to marvel at all the times a Star Wars character said "bop" (or something close enough), but Yoda — who was not the last Jedi — properly gets the last word. Watch below. Peter Weber
A man who served in Vietnam with Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore thought it would be a good idea on Monday night to share what he obviously thought was an affirming story about the time the two went to a brothel that had girls who were "certainly pretty" but "young, some were probably very young."
Moore has been accused by several women of groping them when they were teenagers and he was in his early 30s, but that didn't stop Bill Sailing from recounting his memory during a Moore rally ahead of Tuesday's special Senate election. He told the crowd he and Moore had been invited to go to a "private club" by a fellow soldier, and they went because it was the soldier's last night and there were "legitimate private clubs." When they arrived, "it turned out to be a brothel," he continued. "We walked inside. I could tell you what I saw, but I don't want to."
The crowd laughed, and Sailing kept going. "Roy turned to me in less time than it took for someone to come up to us, and there were certainly pretty girls. And they were girls, they were young, some were probably very young." He said Moore told him, "We shouldn't be here, I'm leaving," and they went back to the base camp, leaving their other friend behind. The Moore he knew, Sailing finished, was "honorable, disciplined, morally straight, and highly principled." Watch the video below. Catherine Garcia
At Roy Moore rally, Bannon mocks Alabama grad Joe Scarborough for not making 'the cut' at Bannon's elite 'Yankee' alma maters
Stephen Bannon, Breitbart News chairman and former strategist to President Trump, was a main speaker at Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore's closing rally in Midland City on Monday night, and he pitched Moore as a Trump-like economic nationalist who will help bring an end to Trump's troubles in Washington. He had some barbs for the Republicans who have criticized Moore or stayed on the sidelines, including an implicit rebuke of Ivanka Trump, who'd said "there is a special place in hell for people who prey on children," as Moore is accused of having done. "There's a special place in hell for Republicans who should know better," Bannon said.
Bannon also had plenty to criticize about the news media, or "opposition party," accusing news organizations of trying to personally destroy Moore, presumably by reporting the collaborated accusations from several women about Moore fondling or dating them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. Bannon made an ill-advised dig at Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough, too.
"By the way, Morning Joe, you called me a Yankee the other day, just because I'm from Richmond, Virginia, the capital of the Confederacy," Bannon said. "That's right, Joe, I got into some Yankee schools, Georgetown and Harvard, that I don't think you made the cut on, brother. Just because a Southerner went to a Yankee school, Joe, doesn't make you a Yankee." Scarborough, a native of Georgia, is a graduate of the University of Alabama — as is Moore, who got his law degree there in 1977. Scarborough saw the easy pitch and swung.
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) December 12, 2017
Other speakers at the rally included former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, Moore's former Vietnam War friend Bill Sailing, and his wife, Kayla Moore. Moore faces Democrat Doug Jones in Tuesday's special election. Peter Weber
It doesn't matter that President Trump said in June he is withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris climate change accord, actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said Monday, because the rest of the world is still on board.
"The private sector didn't drop out, the public sector didn't drop out, the universities didn't drop out, the scientists didn't drop out, the engineers didn't drop out," he told reporters in Paris. "No one else dropped out. Donald Trump pulled Donald Trump out of the Paris agreement, so don't worry about that." Schwarzenegger was in town to meet with Mayor Anne Hidalgo, and even rode up to Paris City Hall on a green bike. He was there as founder of the nonprofit R20, which works with governments to develop clean energy sources as a way to combat carbon emissions.
Schwarzenegger said that those at the "sub-national level are going to pick up the slack and continue on," fighting for their children and grandchildren because "that is our responsibility and no one will stop us." He also recommended that when people talk about climate change, they focus on how it affects someone's health rather than focusing on glaciers melting and sea levels rising. "This is what people can relate to," he said. "People want to survive. That is the way the human brain is wired." Catherine Garcia
Well, that settles it then: While introducing her husband at a rally Monday night in Midland City, Kayla Moore, wife of Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, said that "fake news will tell you that we don't care for Jews," but that just can't be true because "one of our attorneys is a Jew!"
Kayla Moore, wife of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, accuses media of painting couple as anti-Semitic. pic.twitter.com/Vcczj6pNPv
— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 12, 2017
"We have very close friends that are Jewish and rabbis and we also fellowship with them," she added. Last week, The Washington Examiner notes, Roy Moore told an Alabama radio host that George Soros, the Jewish liberal fundraiser, "is going to the same place that people who don't recognize God and morality and accept his salvation are going. And that's not a good place."
After defending the candidate against accusations of anti-Semitism, Kayla Moore moved on to defending him against accusations of racism. "Fake news would also have you think that my husband doesn't support the black community," she said. "Yet my husband appointed the very first black marshal to the Alabama Supreme Court. We have many friends that are black and we also fellowship with them in church and in our home." Moore stopped herself before crowing about how great her husband is with kids. Catherine Garcia
Standing outside of a Roy Moore rally in Midland City on the eve of Alabama's special Senate election, peanut farmer Nathan Mathis held a photo of his daughter, Patti Sue Mathis, and a sign with a strong message.
Father, who says he's a local peanut farmer in Wicksburg, outside Roy Moore rally talks about losing his gay daughter at age of 23 to suicide. "I was anti-gay myself. I said bad things to my daughter, which I regret." pic.twitter.com/J0oOU0EJI2
— Vaughn Hillyard (@VaughnHillyard) December 11, 2017
"Judge Roy Moore called my daughter Patti Sue Mathis a pervert because she was gay," the sign read. "A 32-year-old Roy Moore dated teenage girls ages 14 to 17. So that makes him a pervert of the worst kind. Please don't vote for Roy Moore!" Speaking to reporters, Mathis said he lost Patti Sue to suicide in 1995, and didn't know what he would accomplish standing there with his sign. "If it's all to no avail, so be it, it won't be the first time I've done something to no avail," he said. "My sign speaks for itself and it speaks the truth."
Moore, the Republican candidate for Senate, has called gay people "perverts, abominations, that's not true," Mathis continued. "We don't need a person like that representing us in Washington." When asked if he was a man of faith, Mathis said yes, and that he used to be anti-gay. "I said bad things to my daughter myself, which I regret, but I can't take back what happened to my daughter," he said. "Stuff like saying my daughter is a pervert, I'm sure that bothered her."
Mathis wrote a letter to the Dothan Eagle in 2012, sharing details about Patti Sue's life and death. She wanted to try conversion therapy, but was told by doctors "you can't help the way you are," he wrote, and she "took her own life because she didn't want to be gay anymore. She was tired of being ridiculed and made fun of. She was tired of seeing how a lot of people treat gay people." Read his entire letter at the Dothan Eagle. Catherine Garcia
After a delay, the U.S. Treasury Department finally released on Monday a one-page document it called an "analysis of growth and revenue estimates" of the Republican tax plan, agreeing with the Trump administration that there will be an annual economic growth of 2.9 percent, more than enough for the plan to pay for itself over 10 years.
Most economists do not expect growth to be that robust, and congressional tax analysts estimate the plan would add $1 trillion to the federal deficit over a decade. The Treasury's brief report said growth would come from tax cuts and "a combination of regulatory reform, infrastructure development, and welfare reform as proposed in the administration's Fiscal Year 2018 budget."
The conservative Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget said the document "makes a mockery of dynamic scoring and analysis," while Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called it "nothing more than one page of fake math." The Senate has approved one tax bill and the House another, with both delievering the bulk of tax cuts to businesses and the wealthy. A Reuters/Ipsos poll shows that almost half of all Americans are opposed to the plans, which Senate and House Republicans are trying to reconcile. Catherine Garcia