Sitting members of Congress are blaming Israel for being too good at self-defense, Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is trying to redefine “sexual harassment” and Seth Rogen is feuding with Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (again).
The 24-hour news cycle — coupled with thousands of media outlets and a gradual return from pandemic boredom to a somewhat normal life — makes it all but impossible for anyone to truly stay abreast of all the news.
So here it is, the week that was:
- Democratic California Rep. Eric Swalwell got into a verbal altercation with Nick Dyer, an aide to Republican Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. After Dyer informed Swalwell that he could remove his face mask, Swalwell replied, “You don’t tell me what to f**king do!” Swalwell’s only regret, he said, was that he was not more explicit.
- Actor Seth Rogen, who appears to have developed a habit of referring to Cruz as a “fascist,” told late night host Stephen Colbert that “left vs. right” in America was like a baseball game where one team (Democrats) was trying to score runs while the other team (Republicans) was trying to bludgeon the first team to death.
- Fox News host — and attorney — Emily Compagno said Andrew Cuomo was just “digging his grave wider and deeper” when he tried to redefine “sexual harassment” at a press conference. “I apologize to you if I said something that you think is offensive. Harassment is not making someone feel uncomfortable. That is not harassment,” Cuomo claimed.
- Britain’s quasi expat Prince Harry sat down with “Armchair Expert” podcast host Dax Shepard, where he revealed his belief that the free speech protections Americans enjoy under the First Amendment was “bonkers.” Cruz was quick to warn that he might not like the Second Amendment much either.
- CNN anchor Don Lemon announced his final show on “CNN Tonight,” only to come back the next week in the same time slot with his new show, “Don Lemon Tonight.”
- After an Israeli airstrike leveled a building that housed both The Associated Press’ Gaza offices and Hamas terrorists, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to AP reporters who claimed they had been “lucky” to get out alive. “No, you weren’t lucky to get out. It wasn’t luck. It’s because we took special pains to call people in those buildings, to make sure that the premises were vacated,” he said.
- Former Vice President Mike Pence made a rare appearance on the political scene to criticize President Joe Biden’s response to the Israeli-Hamas conflict. “Instead of seeking peace through strength, he has invited violence through weakness,” Pence wrote in an op-ed.
- Meghan McCain sparred with co-host Joy Behar on ABC’s “The View,” sparking a heated exchange when she told Behar, “your influence in the Republican Party is almost zero, and again, as I’ve said on this show, it is for us to figure out amongst ourselves,” McCain shot back. “What Republican is, like, ‘Oh, Joy Behar doesn’t like my party? Oh, God. I better stop voting for them now.’ The same way I have no influence on the left.”
- Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume criticized White House senior medical advier Dr. Anthony Fauci after he conceded on television that post-vaccine masking had been about projecting the right imagery rather than science. “But he swore it wasn’t theater,” Hume tweeted.
- “Squad” members like Democratic Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley, Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar called on Congress to stop selling weapons to Israel — weapons that are primarily used to intercept and destroy the Hamas rockets that fly into Israeli airspace by the thousands.
- Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib even confronted Biden on the tarmac in Detroit, voicing her displeasure with the United States’ response to the conflict. She found an unlikely ally in Fox News contributor Geraldo Rivera — and Katie Pavlich immediately called Rivera out for “repeating Hamas propaganda.”
- And if that wasn’t crazy enough, basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal announced that he believes in UFOs. He even claimed to have seen one in 1997.