Another week of fact-checked and unmissable politics in videos, in case you missed it. Featuring Lawrence O’Donnell, Nadhim Zahawi, Jay Sekulow, Boris Johnson, Caroline Flint, Donald Trump and Victor Blackwell...

First published in July 2019.

23 July 2019 — MSNBC, The Last Word.

When Lawrence O’Donnell tells it as it is... No one voted for Boris Johnson to be the new prime minister.

🎙️ Lawrence O’Donnell: “Boris Johnson just became the new British prime minister without even having an election ... Just over one tenth of one percent of the British population actually voted in the Conservative Party choice of a new prime minister ... The voters were obviously dominated by people who, like Boris Johnson, do not distinguish between fact and fiction. ”

Lawrence O’Donnell, 23 July 2019. / MSNBC

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24 July 2019 — BBC Radio 5 Live.

When Emma Barnett challenged Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi (currently Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) over Boris Johnson’s EU plan and the backstop.

🎙️ Emma Barnett: “As a journalist, I can tell you. You just moved a paragraph from one deal to another deal. You’re kicking the problem down the line. You’re going to put lipstick on this deal. You haven’t got the detail.”
🗣 Nadhim Zahawi: “If the EU believes the British government is prepared to walk away, the EU will behave very differently.”

Nadhim Zahawi grilled by Emma Barnett, 24 July 2019. / BBC Radio 5 Live

25 July 2019 — CNN, Cuomo Prime Time.

When Chris Cuomo challenged Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Jay Sekulow on his client refusing to release his tax returns.

🎙️ Chris Cuomo: “If you have nothing to hide, you would have never hidden the taxes ... Why is he not releasing his taxes?”
🗣 Jay Sekulow: “He’s not obligated. He’s in the middle of an audit. It’s not a requirement in the Constitution.”
🎙️ C.C: “Nixon was under an audit. He put his taxes out.”
🗣 J.S: “So what?”

Jay Sekulow grilled by Chris Cuomo, 25 July 2019. / CNN, Cuomo Prime Time

26 July 2019 — House of Commons.

When on his very first day in office, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was asked in the House of Commons about a secret meeting with Cambridge Analytica, by SNP MP Deidre Brock.

🎙️ Deidre Brock: “What did the Prime Minister meet Cambridge Analytica about in December 2016, when he was Foreign Secretary?”
🗣 Boris Johnson: “I have no idea.”

Boris Johnson challenged by SNP MP Deidre Brock, 26 July 2019. / Parliament TV

26 July 2019 — BBC, Brexitcast.

When Labour MP Caroline Flint told the Brexitcast team that, after having voted twice with Theresa May this year, she is ready to vote for whatever deal Boris Johnson could bring to the table. And if there is no deal? Not her fault...

🗣 Caroline Flint: “If there is a scenario, Laura, where a deal comes back and it may not even be, to be honest, as good as what Theresa May left on the table, I will be voting for it.”
🎙️ Laura Kuenssberg: “And if there’s not a deal?”
🗣 C.F: “If there’s not a deal, I will not be voting to revoke Article 50 ... If we crash out with no deal, that is not my fault.”

Caroline Flint, 26 July 2019. / BBC, Brexicast

27 July 2019 — White House.

When Donald Trump told reporters at the White House that

🗣 Donald Trump: “We’re working already on a trade agreement. And I think it’ll be a very substantial trade agreement. You know we can do with the UK, we can do three to four times, we were actually impeded by their relationship with the European Union. We were very much impeded on trade. And I think we can do three to four or five times what we’re doing.”

Donald Trump, 27 July 2019. / Channel 4 News

Except that trade talks cannot commence until the UK has officially left the European Union... oops!

27 July 2019 — Sky News.

When Boris Johnson made a speech in Manchester before an audience which he seemed to think lacked enthusiasm for his words, he had to ask them to applaud him.

🗣 Boris Johnson: “... Feel free to applaud if you...”

Boris Johnson, 27 July 2019. / Sky News

27 July 2019 — CNN.

When Victor Blackwell gave a very emotional on-air response to Donald Trump’s Twitter attack on the CNN anchor’s “rodent-infested” hometown and on U.S. Representative for Maryland Elijah Cummings.

🎙️ Victor Blackwell: “This morning the president attacked another member of Congress on Twitter. This time it’s House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings. He wrote this, “Cummings district is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess. If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous and filthy place. No human being would want to live there. Infested.” That’s usually reserved for references to rodents and insects, but we’ve seen the president invoke infestation to criticize lawmakers before. You see a pattern here? Just two weeks ago President Trump attacked four minority congresswomen. “Why don’t they go back to the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came?” Reminder, three of them were born here, all of them are American. “Infested,” he says. A week before his inauguration, January, 2017, “Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district which is in horrible shape and falling apart, not to mention crime infested.” Donald Trump has tweeted more than 43,000 times. He’s insulted thousands of people, many different types of people. But when he tweets about infestation, it’s about black and brown people. September, 2014, at the height of an urgent health emergency, “Why are we sending thousands of ill-trained soldiers into Ebola infested areas of Africa? Bring the plague to the U.S.? Obama is so stupid.” “Infested,” he says. “There’s a revolution going on in California. So many sanctuary areas want out of this ridiculous crime infested and breeding concept.” “Infested,” he says. The president says about Congressman Cummings district that no human would want to live there. You know who did, Mr. President? I did. From the day I was brought home from the hospital to the day I left for college, a lot of people I care about still do. There are challenges, no doubt, but people are proud of their community. I don’t want to sound self-righteous, but people get up and go to work there. They care for their families there. They love their children who pledge allegiance to the flag just like people who live in districts of congressmen who support you, sir. They are Americans, too.”

Victor Blackwell, 27 July 2019. / CNN

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