Kamala Harris Lies 4 Times About Trump and Racism on ’60 Minutes’

CLAIM: President Donald Trump is a racist, as shown by Birtherism; Charlottesville; “Mexicans”; and the “Muslim ban.”

VERDICT: FALSE. None of these examples is valid. All of them involve outright lies or significant omissions of context.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), the Democratic Party nominee for vice president, told 60 Minutes on Sunday evening that she believed that President Trump is a racist, and cited the four reasons above.

From the CBS News transcript of the interview:

Norah O’Donnell: On the campaign trail, President Trump has attacked you frequently. He’s called you a monster. He’s said you’re nasty and it would be an insult to our country if you became the first female president. Do you see this as just the rough and tumble of politics, or do you view those attacks against you as racist?

Senator Kamala Harris: Well, this is not the first time in my life I’ve been called names and it– you know, it was predictable, sadly.

Norah O’Donnell: Do you think the president is racist?

Senator Kamala Harris: Yes, I do. (LAUGH) Yeah. I do. You can look at a pattern that goes back to him questioning the identity of the first Black president of the United States. You can look at Charlottesville, when there were peaceful protesters, And on the other side, Neo-Nazis  and he talks about fine people on either side.  Calling Mexicans rapists and criminals. His first order of business was to institute a Muslim ban. It all speaks for itself.

All of these examples are invalid, as Breitbart News has shown countless times — most recently in a fact check of Harris’s speech last week in Atlanta:

(1) [Birtherism] Trump questioned Obama’s eligibility to be president. He did the same with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who was born in Canada (and later produced evidence of his mother’s U.S. birth). Trump applies the same standard to everyone. (Proof.)

(2) [Charlottesville] Trump never said the neo-Nazis were “fine people.” In fact, he said they should be “condemned totally.” Harris knows that she is lying, because Vice President Mike Pence told her the truth to her face at their debate earlier this month. (Proof.)

(3) [“Mexicans”] Trump did not refer to Mexicans as rapists and criminals. He was referring to people who entered the U.S. illegally, making clear that he was not even talking about all illegal immigrants: “And some, I assume, are good people.” (Proof.)

(4) [“Muslim ban”] Trump never imposed a “Muslim ban.” He restricted travel from terror-prone countries identified under Obama. Most Muslim states were unaffected, and the ban was upheld at the Supreme Court. Non-Muslim countries are on the list. (Proof.)

During the Democratic presidential primary, Harris attacked former Vice President Joe Biden for his past racial insensitivity. 60 Minutes did not ask her about Biden’s statements on race.

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Donald Trump leaks 60 Minutes interview as he makes claims of bias against the program

United States President Donald Trump has posted a complete and uncut version of an interview he did with CBS News’s 60 Minutes program to Facebook ahead of the show’s scheduled Sunday broadcast.

Mr Trump released the footage on the same day that he is set to take on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in their final presidential debate.

The footage shows Mr Trump growing increasingly prickly as CBS anchor Lesley Stahl presses him on a host of topics, including his response to the coronavirus pandemic, his slipping support among suburban women, the lack of masks at his rallies, and the Obamacare replacement plan he has long promised but failed to unveil.

“Look at the bias, hatred and rudeness on behalf of 60 Minutes and CBS,” Mr Trump wrote Thursday as he tweeted the Facebook link.


He also once again pre-emptively criticised the moderator of Thursday night’s final presidential debate.

Throughout the interview, Mr Trump returns to attacks on Joe Biden’s son, based on an unconfirmed New York Post report, and accuses the media of being too soft on his Democratic rival.

As Stahl comments at one point that Mr Trump is offering attack after attack, Mr Trump responds: “It’s not attack, it’s defence. It’s defence against attacks.”

“I’m defending myself and I’m defending the institute of the presidency,” he said.


As Mr Trump continued to throw unsubstantiated allegations at Mr Biden and former President Barack Obama, Stahl tried to explain: “This is ’60 Minutes’ and we can’t put on things we can’t verify.”

But Mr Trump continued to criticise the mainstream media.

“Lesley, you’re discrediting yourself,” he said.

‘That’s enough. Let’s go’

The interview began on a tense footing as Stahl asked the President as the camera started rolling, “Are you ready for some tough questions?” and only grew more testy.

At the end of the nearly 40 minutes, Mr Trump complained: “Are you ready for tough questions. That’s no way to talk. That’s no way to talk.”

Mr Trump eventually cut the interview short and declined to appear with Vice-President Mike Pence.

“That’s enough, let’s go,” he said.

CBS News called the White House’s decision to release the interview “unprecedented,” but said the interview would still air on Sunday (local time) as planned.

“The White House’s unprecedented decision to disregard their agreement with CBS News and release their footage will not deter 60 Minutes from providing its full, fair and contextual reporting which presidents have participated in for decades,” the network said in a statement.

“60 Minutes,” it continued, “is widely respected for bringing its hallmark fairness, deep reporting and informative context to viewers each week.

“Few journalists have the presidential interview experience Lesley Stahl has delivered over her decades as one of the premier correspondents in America and we look forward to audiences seeing her third interview with President Trump and subsequent interview with Vice-President Pence this weekend.”


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Donald Trump breaks agreement by releasing his own video of ’60 Minutes’ interview

In posting the interview, Trump and the White House violated an agreement with CBS News that the White House was taping the interview “for archival purposes only,” said a network source with knowledge of the interview.

CBS, for its part, posted a 90-second-long preview of the Trump interview on social media on Thursday morning, with “More Sunday on @CBS.” The show will also include an interview with Joe Biden.

The network decried the President’s decision to post the interview.

“The White House’s unprecedented decision to disregard their agreement with CBS News and release their footage will not deter 60 Minutes from providing its full, fair and contextual reporting which presidents have participated in for decades,” the network said.

60 Minutes, the most-watched news program on television, is widely respected for bringing its hallmark fairness, deep reporting and informative context to viewers each week. Few journalists have the presidential interview experience Lesley Stahl has delivered over her decades as one of the premier correspondents in America and we look forward to audiences seeing her third interview with President Trump and subsequent interview with Vice-President Pence this weekend.”

US President Donald Trump abruptly ended the 60 Minutes interview after 45 minutes.Credit:AP

In the clip posted by CBS, Stahl challenges Trump when he says that his administration “created the greatest economy in the history of our country”.

Stahl retorts: “You know that’s not true. No.”

In the clip posted by Trump, Stahl begins the interview by asking the President: “Are you ready for some tough questions?” Trump replies, “Just be fair. .. I’m looking for fairness.” Stahl says that Trump “is going to get fairness”.

Trump was combative with Stahl throughout the interview, saying at one point: “You’re so negative. You’re so negative.”

When asked about his comments urging suburban women to vote for him, Trump called it a “misleading question”.

When Stahl was sceptical about Trump’s claims about his administration’s accomplishments, he responds: “You’re really quite impossible to convince.”


One particularly prickly exchange began when Stahl first asked Trump about calling Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and other health officials “idiots” before asking whether he thinks masks work.

“Where did I call him an idiot?” Trump asked, then shrugged and added, “Well, he’s been wrong. I like him, but he’s been wrong a lot.”

Stahl made clear at the beginning of the interview that she did not plan to fact-check the President’s words. “I’m not going to do that,” she said.

But when Trump said that his campaign was “spied on,” Stahl replied: “There’s no real evidence of that. … This is 60 Minutes. And we can’t put on things we can’t verify.”

Still, Stahl got Trump to admit that new coronavirus cases are up around the country, although he argued that “cases are up because we’re doing so much testing”.

Stahl tried to press Trump about mask-wearing at his rallies.

“A lot of people are wearing masks,” Trump said.

“And a lot of people aren’t,” she added. “I am watching all these people jammed together, and I’m seeing most of them without masks and I’m wondering about the message you’re sending with these pictures.”

Trump accused Stahl of “protecting” Biden by giving him soft coverage, saying that she wouldn’t interview the former vice-president as combatively.

Stahl said that Trump is trying to “discredit” the media. “You discredit yourself,” he replied. “I don’t have to discredit you.”

Trump said that a lot of Stahl’s questions were about topics that were “inappropriately brought up”.

“You’re President,” she replied. “Don’t you think you should be accountable to the American people?”


At the end of the video clip, Trump spends several minutes complaining to Stahl about her questions and then tells her: “That’s no way to talk.”

A man’s voice can then be heard cutting in. “Leslie, one second, we’re – this is the first warning,” the man says. “I think we have five minutes until we have the Vice-President step in. Is that about right?”

Trump then responds: “Well, I think we have enough. Really, we have enough of an interview.”

The President suggests that he and the man “go meet for two seconds,” then turns to Stahl and abruptly gets up to leave, telling her: “I’ll see you later. Thanks.”

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Donald Trump breaks agreement by releasing his own video of ’60 Minutes’ interview

President Donald Trump has followed through on his threat, or promise, to release video of his interview before it is set to air on 60 Minutes on Sunday night.

Trump was interviewed by CBS News journalist Leslie Stahl at the White House on Tuesday, but abruptly ended the interview after 45 minutes, declining to participate in a scheduled walk-and-talk that would have included Vice-President Mike Pence as well.

US President Donald Trump abruptly ended the 60 Minutes interview after 45 minutes.Credit:AP

Later that day, he said on Twitter said that he was “considering” posting the White House’s copy of the video interview, “so that everybody can get a glimpse of what a FAKE and BIASED interview is all about”.

Then, on Thursday morning (Friday AEDT), after he again teased a release of the video (“the vicious attempted ‘takeout” interview of me”), a 37-minute-clip of the interview appeared on the president’s Facebook page.

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Why Donald Trump ‘cut off’ interview with 60 Minutes

I have no idea where to begin with this post. Be warned, it is probably going to be the most bizarre and cringeworthy thing you read today.

Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and adviser, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, has found himself in an extremely embarrassing position due to a scene in the new Borat film, which comes out this week.

The reviews have started to drop, and pretty much all of them describe the scene in question. It features Mr Giuliani, 76, and the Bulgarian actress Maria Bakalova, 24, who is playing Borat’s daughter and posing as a conservative TV journalist.

I’m just going to quote from a couple of reviews here, because goodness knows I don’t want to summarise it myself.

“She meets the former mayor of New York and current adviser to the President in a hotel room, where he holds her hands, compliments her appearance, and follows her to the bedroom,” writes Vanity Fair.

“She spends some time elaborately taking off their microphones; briefly, he lies down on the bed. His hand is in his pants. Watching it, your brain turns into an exclamation point.

“They are strategically interrupted before more transpires, but you cannot help wondering exactly what Giuliani may have done next.”

“Following an obsequious interview for a fake conservative news program, the pair retreat at her suggestion for a drink to the bedroom of a hotel suite, which is rigged with concealed cameras,” says The Guardian.

“After she removes his microphone, Giuliani can be seen lying back on the bed, fiddling with his untucked shirt and reaching into his trousers.

“They are then interrupted by Borat who runs in and says: ‘She’s 15. She’s too old for you.'”

To be crystal clear, once again, Bakalova is not 15. She is in her twenties.

This is actually not the first we’ve heard of the incident.

In July, Mr Giuliani described it to The New York Post, saying he initially did not recognise actor Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat), and so reported his sudden intrusion to the police.

“This guy comes running in, wearing a crazy, what I would say was a pink transgender outfit,” Mr Giuliani said.

“It was a pink bikini, with lace, underneath a translucent mesh top, it looked absurd. He had the beard, bare legs, and wasn’t what I would call distractingly attractive.

“This person comes in yelling and screaming, and I thought this must be a scam or a shakedown, so I reported it to the police. He then ran away.

“I only later realized it must have been Sacha Baron Cohen. I thought about all the people he previously fooled and I felt good about myself because he didn’t get me.”

Mr Giuliani’s account excluded some of the more unsettling details. In his telling, it sounded as though Cohen had interrupted during the interview, rather than … what followed.

I’m not going to throw too much reaction at you here as I must say, I am quite keen to move on with my life. Suffice to say, people are equal parts amused and horrified.

Be warned, there is a still photo from the scene. It’s not explicit, but it is blergh.





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Tickets to AFL grand final snapped up in under 20 minutes

Tickets to this year’s historic AFL grand final at the Gabba have sold out in less than 20 minutes.

The general public was given the opportunity to attend the 2020 big dance for the first time in more than 20 years.

Usually tickets are snapped up by club members and corporates.

Queensland fans were quick to take advantage of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, joining the online queue for tickets from 9am AEST.

The Ticketmaster website withstood the barrage but with just under 10,000 tickets available, were gone by 9.19am.

Reigning premiers Richmond will take on Geelong when it is held under lights and away from the MCG for the first time this Saturday night.

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Stimulus deal deadline? Dr. Anthony Fauci on ’60 Minutes’

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US stimulus and RBA minutes to keep local investors interested

US politics

Speculation about US politics, as well as negotiations within US Congress regarding a US fiscal stimulus bill, will be the major drivers in the global financial markets. Polling continues to
suggest a Joe Biden victory in the US general election, with the balance of probabilities seemingly indicating a so-called ‘blue wave’, which would see Democrats seize control of both houses of congress, with the markets also positioning for a subsequently bigger spending government after the election. The markets also appears to be less concerned about the possibility of a contested election result. Although it remains inverted, the US VIX Futures curve has flattened considerably in recent weeks.

Australian markets
SPI Futures are suggesting that the ASX200 ought to kick-off the week with a 0.63 per cent
rally, following a neutral lead from Wall Street on Friday. It backs up what was a positive
week for Australian equities, with the ASX200 briefly challenging post-virus-crisis highs
during the week and closing trade 1.22 per cent higher. The highlight for the local trading
week this may prove to be the RBA’s minutes from its last meeting. The minutes will be read for how close the RBA came to cutting rates last month, as market participants price-in a
likely easing of monetary in November, along with the increased likelihood of a more
conventional quantitative easing program from the central bank in the near future.

Virus and lockdowns
Second and third waves of the coronavirus in several major economies is weighing on
market sentiment. A spike in infections in the UK and parts of Europe cast doubt over the
global economies recovery last week, the UK and France two notable countries to reimpose
fresh lockdown measures. The need for a vaccine has become more pronounced for the
markets, as it becomes clearer that the global economy faces a slow journey to normalcy
without one. Hopes were bolstered at the end of last week that a vaccine may come sooner
than expected, after US pharmaceutical company Pfizer flagged it could release its vaccine
by as soon as November.

US earnings season
The reporting period for US corporates has so far been a positive one. According to financial
data company FactSet, of the 49 companies that have reported profits, 83 per cent have
exceeded expectations, with the market now tipping a contraction in earnings this quarter
of -18.5 per cent. Better than expected results from financial sector firms were largely
responsible for the outperformance, with some of America’s biggest banks surprising
investors by reporting lower provisions, and continued strong revenues in trading divisions.
Attention will turn to US tech in the week ahead, with Netflix and Tesla reporting
their Q3 results.

Economic data
A raft of economic data will deliver a health check on the global economy’s recovery this
week. China will publish its GDP data for the quarter, with economists tipping the figure will
reaffirm the view that the Chinese economic rebound is on strong footing. GDP is projected
to have expanded by 5.5 per cent on a quarter-over-year basis, up from 3.2 per cent last
quarter. Global PMI surveys will also be closely watched to get a live pulse on global
business activity. Estimates are suggesting a plateauing of both manufacturing and services
activity across the world economy, with special concern directed to the services surveys this
week, as fresh lockdowns roll-out across several major economies.

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NRL 2020: Brisbane Broncos, Anthony Seibold, social media rumours, 60 Minutes, NSW Rugby League, Dave Trodden

The NSW Rugby League employee accused of spreading rumours about axed Broncos coach Anthony Seibold is an ex-part-time referee in NSW bush footy.

According to a Sydney Morning Heraldreport, the person at the centre of Seibold’s cyber security probe is a former part-time referee and not a person of great prominence at the NRL or one of its clubs.

Seibold appeared on 60 Minutes on Sunday in which it was claimed the person implicated was a full-time NSWRL employee.

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The NRL’s integrity unit is said to be aware of the individual named, who previously held an officiating role on a part-time basis in regional NSW.

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NSWRL hope to hear from Anthony Seibold over 60 Minutes trolling claims

“It’s someone who makes a living from our game,” Seibold said on 60 Minutes.

“There’s someone who is part of this conversation who has added to the rumours, who has then forwarded on the messages through social media platforms.”

Steinfort named the NSWRL before Seibold said: “It’s a very high-profile franchise within our game.

“That’s what so ironic about all of this, I can’t sit here and tell you these names because essentially 60 Minutes could be charged … it’s crazy,” he added.

Trodden, however, told the Herald on Monday morning: “I was surprised and disappointed to hear the allegations.

“We haven’t heard anything from the police, we haven’t heard anything from the NRL integrity unit, we haven’t heard anything from Anthony Seibold and we haven’t heard anything from 60 Minutes.

NSWRL boss Dave Trodden.Credit:John Veage

“We only became aware of the allegations on Sunday night.

“What they are talking about is really appalling stuff and should be addressed.

“We’ve gone to the NRL this morning to ask if any allegations have been made to them and if they relate to any NSWRL employee.

“We’d also welcome Anthony Seibold contacting us and telling us what [he knows].”

NSWRL had no idea about Anthony Seibold's claims prior to the 60 Minutes.

NSWRL had no idea about Anthony Seibold’s claims prior to the 60 Minutes.Credit:NRL Photos

The NSWRL employs 93 staff and is preparing for the State of Origin series.

Seibold has handed all information to the NRL and since moved back to Sydney to be with his family.


“The amount of hate and the amount of defamatory comments being spread, and what people were happy to spread, was crazy. That’s not the Australia I grew up in,” Seibold said.

“My situation went viral on social media with defamatory comments – my reputation was ruined in a lot of respects.

“The very last message upset me the most because it spoke about my daughter. For my mum and dad, it was hard for them too to see those messages.

“There was no truth to [the rumours]. I don’t know what the motivation was for those messages. I don ‘t understand it. They wanted to hurt myself and the others named in some way shape or form.”

Erin Molan, a popular sports presenter for Nine, publishers of the Herald, also spoke about online harassment, and revealed how one troll hoped she had a ”stillborn”.

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