Another week of fact-checked and unmissable politics in videos, in case you missed it.

First published in July 2019.

15 July 2019 — BBC Politics Live.

When education minister Nadhim Zahawi, a supporter of Boris Johnson, repeatedly told Jo Coburn on the Politics Live programme that he thought President Trump’s openly racist tweets – in which he said Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib “originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe” and should “go back” – were only “inappropriate” but would not describe them as racist, before arguing that British politicians should not to get involved in US domestic politics anyway.

🗣 Nadhim Zahawi: It’s not language that I would use. I don’t think it’s language that any British politician would necessarily use. But this is a US domestic issue in terms of immigration, he’s clearly frustrated that his opponents are trying to define this whole issue around the US controlling its borders as somehow a moral judgement on him, so clearly he has fired out this tweet.”
🎙️ Jo Coburn: “Is that all you are going to say? A lot of people would just say it’s racist. It’s about race.”
🗣 N.Z: It’s inappropriate language. I would’nt use it.
🎙️ J.C: “Inappropriate? Inappropriate, maybe, but is that as far as you are going to go? Will you condemn it?”
🗣 N.Z: “I just told you, it’s not language that I would use...”
🎙️ J.C: “Is it racist?”
🗣 N.Z: It’s inappropriate and I wouldn’t use this language.

Nadhim Zahawi MP grilled by Jo Coburn, 15 July 2019. / BBC - Politics Live

16 July 2019 — LBC.

When Nigel Farage told a LBC listener that it was impossible for Britain to opt-out of an EU army...

🗣 Listener: “You tell me seriously that we would not be able to veto a EU army?”
🎙️ Nigel Farage: “Chris, 100% we cannot veto a EU army. Thank you very much for your call.”

Nigel Farage, 16 July 2019. / LBC

Except that in 2017, the UK, Ireland, Denmark, Portugal and Malta decided to opt-out of the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), which Brexiters like the Express argue is the closest thing to the creation of an EU army. So, Britain does have a veto on its participation to a EU army. (note: Portugal and Ireland have since opted-in).

15 Nov 2017, Daily Express

16 July 2019 — LBC.

When Nigel Farage was asked by Luke, a LBC listener, to apologise for calling the EU anti-democratic.

🗣 Luke: “Would be able to apologise live on air for the lies you’ve told about the EU being anti-democratic, when today you just had a vote on the EU Commission president?”
🎙️ Nigel Farage: “We had the choice of only one candidate, Luke. You call that democracy? Only one candidate. You’re having a laugh, Luke. Aren’t you?”
🗣 Luke: “Can I ask you who voted you as the Brexit Party leader? How many votes were cast for you to be the leader of the Brexit Party?”
🎙️ N.G: “Well, I founded it. It had one member, Luke. One member when it started. Me.
🗣 Luke: “Sounds undemocratic to me and almost like a dictatorship.”
🎙️ N.G: “Luke, you came on the phone... Shut up for a second. You came on the phone and said, and I was pretty upset with you, when you told me that...”
🗣 Luke: “I’d like you to apologise.”
🎙️ N.G: “... Well end it here, Luke, before I really get upset...”

Nigel Farage, 16 July 2019. / LBC

Actually, contrary to his claim, Nigel Farage did not found the Brexit Party at all. Its founder was Catherine Blaiklock, the former UKIP’s economics spokeswoman, who resigned from her role as leader of the Brexit Party after having controversially posted a series of anti-Islam Twitter messages and retweeting messages from Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, before founding the new far-right party in British politics.

16 July 2019 — CNN, Prime Time.

When Chris Cuomo challenged Republican Secretary of State of Kansas Kris Kobach, the politician struggled to explain what President Trump “really said” about the four congresswomen he attacked on Twitter last week. Cuomo then read some Trump quotes asking his guest whether he thought they were racist or not.

🎙️ Chris Cuomo: “Help me understand. How is it okay for people in your party to say: I’m not condemning these words. they’re not racist?”
🗣 Kris Kobach: “Okay. Well, first of all, if you look at the words themselves, when the president said, I think people are focusing on, that these Members of Congress should go back to the crime-infested places from which they came. Where are these places? In AOC’s case, it’s the Bronx, in Tlaib’s case it’s Detroit, and in Omar’s case it is originally Somalia. Those are all crime-infested places. So, it’s a fact, he’s just – to simply state that fact is not racist. I think that’s why many Republicans said, look...”
🎙️ C.C: “That’s not why, Kris. I let you get the argument. I let you get the argument out. I’m just saying it fails on its face. He wasn’t talking about the Bronx. He was telling them to go back to the countries that you come from and he kept saying it. He doubled and tripled down. Only on Omar did it even make sense factually, because she’s a naturalised citizen... If you’re going to excuse what he said, then don’t twist what he said. Own the reality. He told four brown people, go back to the places where you brown people come from, you don’t belong here.”
🗣 K.K: “Now you’re editorializing it... The problem with Twitter, it’s 140 characters and since it’s so vague...”
🎙️ C.C: “He said the words.”
🗣 K.K: “He didn’t say it the way you said that.”
🎙️ C.C: “He said the words.”
🗣 K.K: “He didn’t say it the way you said that.”
🎙️ C.C: “Yes, he did... Why doesn’t he say that to white people?... Just own it and say you know what, I’m okay with what he said!”
🗣 K.K: “That’s the problem — there’s nothing racist about saying, ‘love it or leave it, love this country, stop saying false things about this country.’”
🎙️ C.C: “That’s not what he said. And I just don’t get it... I call him a demagogue because i don’t want to get into the business of what he thinks he is. If he says I’m not a racist, then it gives guys like you cover to defend him... What would you do if the president said, I am a racist, that’s why I said it. What would you do?”
🗣 K.K: “Then I would not defend him. Because there’s no excuse for racism in America.”
🎙️ C.C: Would you still support him as president?

(long pause)

🎙️ C.C: “You have to think about whether or not you would support a racist? Really?”
🗣 K.K: “I’d have to know who was running against him.”
🎙️ C.C: “A racist?”
🗣 K.K: “Look…”
🎙️ C.C: “An admitted racist... You would have to know more? Kris, come on, man. It can’t be that partisan.”
🗣 K.K: “These are ridiculous hypotheticals.”
🎙️ C.C: It’s ridiculous that it took you that long to answer it. You’re running for Senate and you’ve got to take a pause whether or not, if he said he was a racist, you’d still support him? Come on, brother... I hope it’s a satellite delay.”

Kris Kobach challenged by Chris Cuomo, 16 July 2019. / CNN

16 July 2019 — European Parliament.

When Richard Corbett MEP made a speech in the European Parliament, ahead of the vote on the candidate for President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, he made sure everyone in Europe understand that the British public is changing its mind on Brexit:

🗣 Richard Corbett: “Let me say that the comments about democracy made from the now empty benches at the back over there lead me to point out that you, Ms von der Leyen, will only take office if approved by a majority in this Parliament, whereas next week, in Britain, a new Prime Minister will take office without the need for any affirmative votes in parliament. It’s a shocking contrast. But will you get a majority? You are asking this Parliament, after all, to back down from one of its principles – the spitzenkandidat – to which it was strongly attached, so you have had to make serious concessions, movements to what we in this Parliament demand, and you have made a number. What you said on policy is significant. What you said on a right of legislative initiative is important. And, may I add, that what you said on Brexit is important – that you would accept the need for a deadline extension for good reasons. Well, let me tell you, there is a good reason, and that reason is that the British public is changing its mind on Brexit. A majority of people elected to this Parliament recently are against Brexit. Opinion polls are moving. Every opposition party in the House of Commons now, every single one of them, wants a new referendum. Keep that door open.

Richard Corbett MEP, 16 July 2019. / EbS

18 July 2019 — White House.

When President Donald Trump claimed that he quickly spoke after his supporters chanted “Send her back”.

🗣 Donald Trump: “I didn’t like that they did it and I started speaking very quickly... I could have stood back... If you would have heard, there was a tremendous amount of noise and action and everything else. I started very quickly. And I think you know that.”

Donald Trump, 18 July 2019. / White House

The truth is that Donald Trump took a long pause (at least 12 seconds) when his supporters started chanting and stood there in silence looking at the crowd, without any sign of disapproval for what they were chanting.

19 July 2019 — BBC News, Brexitcast.

When the BBC Brexitcast team and Laura Kuenssberg challenged Boris Johnson supporter Steve Barclay on Johnson’s kipper lie, the Brexit Secretary called it “an illustration” the sort of which civil servants will anyway prevent from happening once Boris Johnson is Prime Minister.

🗣 Steve Barclay: He was drawing an illustration of a more bespoke approach. I think the clue to it was in the laughter in the room, the point was he was signaling to the room about the fact that we can do stuff differently... Actually what it’s about is engaging with the room and what you saw there is a bit of the ‘joie de vivre’, the optimism, the communication skills that Boris has...”
🎙️ Laura Kuenssberg: Doesn’t it matter if someone who wants to be the Prime Minister is telling a total porky pie? Doesn’t that matter?”
🗣 Steve Barclay: “Just think of all the civil servants that are going to be around to brief the Prime Minister of the precision of what the fishing situation is between the Isle of Man and the UK.”
🎙️ Adam Fleming: “So, you hope he’ll have a good team around him that prevent things like that from happening again in the future?”

Steve Barclay MP grilled by the Brexitcast team, 19 July 2019. / BBC News, Brexitcast

20 July 2019 — March For Change.

When the March For Change campaigners launched a Boris Johnson toddler blimp in Parliament Square, a 9ft representation of Brexit Party leader, Nigel Farage was also featuring in the march to the chants of:

🗣 Crowd: “Boris and Hunt are Farage’s puppets...” and “Don’t let Farage pull the strings...”

Pro-EU supporters at the March For Change, 20 July 2019. / Best For Britain

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[This is an original piece, first published by the author in on 20 July 2019. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]

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