“I guess I should say, at long last, Mr. President, here is your Emmy.”
— AlecBaldwin, quoting by CNN, while accepting his Emmy award for his portrayal of Donald Trump.
In recent conversations with friends, ousted White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci “has said he wants to some day run for office, which a friend speculated could include mayor of New York City or governor of New York. But the Mooch’s brief time in the White House has also given him presidential aspirations, according to one person familiar with the matter,” BuzzFeed News reports.
Said one friend: “He was 100% serious about it and asked us if we thought he would be a good president.”
Said Baldacci: “Stephen would win any office he decided to run for in Maine. I would be out there handing out fliers and putting on bumper stickers for him. He’s been a big asset for the state of Maine and for a lot of people who look for common sense in the wilderness.”
Said Linton: “I want to say I concede completely to the comments of my critics. My post itself and the following response were indefensible. Period. I don’t have any excuses, nor do I feel any self-pity for the backlash I experienced… It’s clear that I was the one who was truly out of touch and my response was reactionary and condescending. I wish I hadn’t spoken in such a patronizing tone. It was an out of character, knee-jerk reaction, and I felt so awful about it that I removed it.”
She added: “I one hundred percent embrace the comments of my critics and I concede wholeheartedly that the post was boastful and materialistic and my response was extremely thoughtless. I should have known better than to be so insensitive.”
The White House announce that President Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, would not participate in this year’s Kennedy Center Honors, “to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction,” the New York Times reports.
“The decision was another episode in an already fraught week for the White House. Mr. Trump has become increasingly isolated after a series of comments about the white supremacist marches in Charlottesville, Va.”
Olympic gold medalist and transgender activist Caitlyn Jenner told radio host John Catsimatidis she is mulling a run for U.S. Senate.
Said Jenner: “I have considered it. I like the political side of it.”
She added: “The political side of it has always been very intriguing to me. Over the next six months or so, I gotta find out where I can do a better job. Can I do a better job from the outside? Kind of working the perimeter of the political scene, being open to talking to anybody? Or are you better from the inside, and we are in the process of determining that.”
Kid Rock has announced his bid for the U.S. Senate in Michigan, Fox News reports.
From a statement on his website: “Like politicians write books during their campaigns, I’m planning on putting out music during mine and it all starts tonight at midnight.”
He then responded to a tweet from Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI): “Senator Stabenow and I do share a love of music, although probably not the same kind. I concede she is better at playing politics than I am so I’ll keep doing what I do best, which is being a voice for tax paying, hardworking Americans and letting politicians like her know that We the People are sick and tired of their bullshit!”
New Yorker: Kid Rock’s Senate run is a terrifying new normal.
Wall Street Journal: “Mark Zuckerberg is trying to understand America, so he’s embarked on a journey to meet people like hockey moms and steelworkers who don’t typically cross his path. But there are rules to abide by if you are an ordinary person about to meet an extraordinary entrepreneur. Rule One: You probably won’t know Mr. Zuckerberg is coming. Rule Two: If you do know he’s coming, keep it to yourself. Rule Three: Be careful what you reveal about the meeting.”
Zuckerberg made one request of one person he met: “If there are any news reporters that call you, just make sure you tell them I’m not running for president.”
“I’m going to take a deep breath, and I’m going to back it down, and if it gets fiery, if it gets hateful, I’m going away. I’m not going to engage in that kind of hateful rhetoric anymore.”
— Conservative rocker Ted Nugent, quoted by HuffPost.
“Alec Baldwin, the actor whose impersonations of President Trump has made Saturday Night Live must-see TV for liberals and political junkies, helped raise $5.1 million Thursday night for New Jersey Democrats,” the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
“That’s believed to be the most money ever raised by either party at a single event in state history.”
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) “won’t be back,” the Los Angeles Times reports.
“He said Sunday that he is not interested in running for the U.S. Senate, after rumors bubbled last week that he was considering a campaign for the seat currently held by Sen. Dianne Feinstein.”
Said Schwarzenegger: “I’m deeply flattered by all of the people who have approached me about running for Senate, but my mission right now is to bring sanity to Washington through redistricting reform like we passed here in California.”
“Former Vice President Joe Biden’s youngest son is in a romantic relationship with his sister-in-law and the widow of Beau Biden, the vice president’s older son who died in 2015 after a prolonged fight with brain cancer,” CNN reports.
“Hunter Biden confirmed the relationship with Hallie Biden in a statement to the New York Post.