Stephen Colbert On SCOTUS Pick: “I Have Trump Nomination BINGO…All The Squares Say ‘White Guy’”

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It’s the night after Donald Trump’s picked federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee and Stephen Colbert had some thoughts about his pick, naturally.
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Fox News Tops SCOTUS Press Conference Ratings; ABC Leads Broadcasters

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Fox News’ Shannon Bream on ‘Volatile’ Scene at Supreme Court: Protesters Were ‘Getting Physical’

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Fox News anchor Shannon opened up on Tuesday about the “volatile” scene she encountered with anti-Fox protesters on the steps of the Supreme Court Monday night after President Trump announced Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy.

“People were jostling around, getting physical. People were standing behind me while I was trying to do live shots. It was pretty unnerving,” she told TheWrap. “I felt unsure at some point. There was one guy wearing a mask standing behind us. He wouldn’t move.”

As the protests continued, Bream said she began to grow more concerned — eventually scrapping a plan to shoot “Fox News @ Night” from outside the Supreme Court building and instead move to the network’s Washington, D.C., studio.

“There were people who were screaming and angry and pressing in on us,” she said. “People were very passionate and emotional.”

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Bream, who had been broadcasting from the court since 8:30 a.m., said she and her Fox News team were targeted by many protesters. “There were people who were screaming at us and were clearly not Fox fans,” she told TheWrap. “A small group of people who were yelling and getting in our faces, were saying things that were anti-Fox.”

Bream said barricades separating protesters from media — typical during most other high-profile moments at the high court — were not in place Monday night.

“I want to sing the praises of the U.S. Supreme Court police because they’re always fantastic. They always do a good job,” she said “But last night the barriers weren’t there.”

Reps for the Supreme Court police did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap about why the barriers were not present.

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On Monday, Bream had tweeted about how fears for her and her crew’s safety prompted her to change her broadcast plans.

“Very few times I’ve felt threatened while out in the field. The mood here tonight is very volatile. Law enforcement appears to be closing down 1st Street in front of SCOTUS,” she said. “Literally had to bail on our live show from #SCOTUS. Moving the show back to the safety of the studio.

Very few times I’ve felt threatened while out in the field. The mood here tonight is very volatile. Law enforcement appears to be closing down 1st Street in front of SCOTUS.

— Shannon Bream (@ShannonBream) July 10, 2018

Literally had to bail on our live show from #SCOTUS. Moving the show back to the safety of the studio. See y’all at 11p @FoxNews https://t.co/ChIOQdBBTU

— Shannon Bream (@ShannonBream) July 10, 2018

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‘Morning Joe’ Praises Brett Kavanaugh: ‘Not a Wild Judge Jeanine Pirro Pick’

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The set of “Morning Joe” offered a warm review of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s pick to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.

In the opening minutes of Tuesday’s show, the regulars on set took turns praising the Bush-era judge who has been a fixture in D.C. for more than a decade.

“The truth of the matter is that where there are places progressives will disagree on guns, abortion and presidential power. This is not a wild Judge Jeanine Pirro pick as some were fearing,” said Willie Geist. “This is an eminently qualified guy — and again you can disagree with his positions on certain issues — but this is a guy who is qualified for this job.”

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“Senate Democrats were going to put up a fight whoever this was. We know that that fight is coming. They already talked about that last night,” he added.

“He’s such a mainstream pick,” Joe Scarborough said. “It is hard to paint him as a wild-eyed ideologue.”

Mike Barnicle added that it would please Susan Collins and other wavering pro-life Republicans, former RNC chief Michael Steele said Kavanaugh’s history as a former altar boy gave them an instant connection.

The Kavanaugh announcement puts to rest a week of speculation about who President Trump would tap to replace Kennedy, who has served on the high court for 30 years.

Trump, a former reality television star, kept the tension going until the final moments, and refused to give anyone around him a straight answer on who the final pick was. News only leaked out minutes before the announcement after Kavanaugh’s parents were spotted in the audience at the White House.

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Fox News Host Cancels Live Coverage of Brett Kavanaugh Protest: ‘I Felt Threatened’

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Hundreds of people gathered on the steps of the United States Supreme Court on Monday night to protest President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, and the tension was so high that Fox News host Shannon Bream canceled a live show because she …

Trump SCOTUS Finalist Wanted to Ask Bill Clinton Specific Questions About Things He Ejaculated On, Book Says

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As President Trump gears up to name his replacement to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, a 2010 book shines light on the one of his frontrunners for the job, Brett Kavanaugh, and his rather salacious connection to the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky sex scandal in the 1990s.

Kavanaugh served as an attorney alongside Special Prosecutor Ken Starr during the investigation which eventually led to Clinton’s impeachment. According to “The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr” by Ken Gormley, Kavanaugh urged Starr to confront Clinton on the dirtiest details of the affair, even drafting a list of sample questions, which would have forced Clinton to answer specifics about when and where he had ejaculated.

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Among the questions the book says Kavanaugh had prepared were:

“If Monica Lewinsky says that you ejaculated into her mouth on two occasions in the Oval Office area, would she be lying?”

“If Monica Lewinsky says that on several occasions you had her give [you] oral sex, made her stop, and then ejaculated into the sink in the bathroom of the Oval Office, would she be lying?”

“If Monica Lewinsky says that you masturbated into a trashcan in your secretary’s office would she [be] lying?”

“The Death of American Virtue” has been archived by Google Books and the specific passage about Clinton’s ejaculatory habits can be found here.

The nugget was first highlighted prominently by Vox correspondent Dylan Matthews in a tweet, who also said the whole book was worth a read.

Brett Kavanaugh wanted to ask Bill Clinton, under oath, about the specific places he ejaculated onto pic.twitter.com/V87Cj9OKED

— Dylan Matthews (@dylanmatt) July 6, 2018

Reps for the judge did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.

Kavanaugh – a judge on the Circuit Court and a longtime fixture in the GOP legal establishment — is facing increasing scrutiny but is widely viewed as among the top three frontrunners for the job, along with Amy Coney Barrett and Raymond Kethledge. All three jurists are rock solid conservatives and come from a list of carefully vetted judges compiled by the Federalist Society before President Trump’s election.

With mid-terms looming, the Republican controlled Senate is eager to move fast on installing Kennedy’s replacement. Trump is expected to formally nominate someone for the job as early as Monday.

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Hollywood Stars Rip ‘Shameful’ Supreme Court Travel Ban Ruling: ‘This Is Devastating’

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Hollywood stars are enraged over the Supreme Court ruling Tuesday that upheld Donald Trump’s travel ban.

“Will and Grace” star Debra Messing called the ruling “devastating,” and urged her followers to vote in this year’s upcoming midterm elections. “Voting is our best defense,” she said.

Others were more concise with their feelings. “Silicon Valley” star Kumail Nanjiani said, “Muslim bans are now legal forever.”

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Several celebrities also suggested that the ruling might not have gone in Trump’s favor had the seat, vacated by Antonin Scalia, gone to Barack Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland, and not to Trump’s nominee Neil Gorsuch.

“That stolen SCOTUS seat, though,” former “Community” star Yvette Nicole Brown tweeted. “That’s for LIFE.”

See more star reactions here:

The Supreme Court upholds the travel ban. This is devastating. This is happening because @SenateMajLdr stole a Supreme Court Justice. REMEMBER THIS in November. Voting is our best defense. Please #VOTE #today

— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) June 26, 2018

That stolen SCOTUS seat, though.

That’s for LIFE. #SupremeCourt

— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) June 26, 2018

McConnell stole a SCOTUS seat, and now SCOTUS is gutting antitrust law, banning immigration based on religion, and upholding gerrymandered districts that help the GOP. But tell me more about how we should be civil.

— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) June 26, 2018

Shame on the Supreme Court ..shame on you ..

— Rosanna Arquette (@RoArquette) June 26, 2018

Shameful day for the Supreme Court. https://t.co/mpoMvG9dBt

— ???????? Lin-Manuel Miranda ????️‍???? (@Lin_Manuel) June 26, 2018

Today’s 5-4 decision to give the President of the United States broad powers to target and ban an entire nationality from entering this country, regardless of the actual risks posed, will do down as one of the most bigoted SCOTUS decisions in American history.

It’s that ugly. https://t.co/HfVpy31oFC

— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) June 26, 2018

Most amazing thing is even Trump is surprised (Wow!) that conservatives were able to steal Obama’s SCOTUS pick and start truly MAKING AMERICAN WHITE AGAIN! This is a very sad day for our beautiful country. Huge step back towards much darker days. https://t.co/U7dfWNvais

— Morgan J. Freeman (@mjfree) June 26, 2018

Travel ban is born of this president’s xenophobia. Today’s Supreme Court ruling could further encourage fear and hatred among his followers. It also makes clear that we need laws to govern a tyrannical president

— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) June 26, 2018

Muslim bans are now legal forever.

— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) June 26, 2018

The ruling was made in a 5-4 decision, according to CNN. This is the third iteration of the ban, and restricts travelers from Iran, North Korea, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Venezuela from entering the United States to different degrees.

In a statement issued by the White House, Trump called the ruling “a moment of profound vindication following months of hysterical commentary from the media and Democratic politicians who refuse to do what it takes to secure our border and our country,” The New York Times reported.

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On Twitter, however, the president was much more blunt: “SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS TRUMP TRAVEL BAN. Wow!”

SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS TRUMP TRAVEL BAN. Wow!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2018

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