Welcome to Barf Bag, a daily politics roundup to help you sort through the chaotic Trumpian news cycle.
Goodbye to this terrible week.
Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:
- John Melendez, host of the podcast The Stuttering John, managed to speak to Donald Trump on the phone after posing as New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez. According to Melendez, he called the White House switchboard and made it through two call screens before Jared Kushner called him from Air Force One. Kushner transferred the podcast host to the president. Trump spoke to Melendez about a range of topics, including immigration, the North Dakota Senate race, and his Supreme Court nominee. [Axios]
- Mitch McConnell said he “loved” his wife’s, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, response to a small group of protesters. “I loved it,” McConnell said. “It went viral on the internet, and I’ve got one tough wife. I’m proud of her.” He added that “poor behavior” was not the best way to address his support of administration’s family separation policy. [Politico]
- A federal judge has struck down Kentucky’s Medicaid work requirement. The state received approval from the plan from the Trump administration in January and it was set to go into effect on July 1. [Talking Points Memo]
- The Iowa Supreme Court struck down a state law mandating a 72-hour waiting period for people seeking an abortion. [Associated Press]
- In an interview with Fox Business scheduled to air on Sunday, Donald Trump said that he will “probably not” ask his Supreme Court nominee about Roe v. Wade. “They’re all saying, ‘don’t do that, you shouldn’t do that,’ but I’m putting conservative people on and I’m very proud of Neil Gorsuch who has been outstanding,” Trump said. Make of that what you will. [The Hill]
- Trump is wooing “swing-vote” senators to clear the path for his Supreme Court nominee. Among the list are Democrats Joe Manchin, Joe Donnelly, and Heidi Heitkamp. [ABC News]
- Mike Huckabee sent a tweet. [Twitter]
- Abolish ICE. [New York Times]
Here are some tweets the president was allowed to publish:
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