July 19, 2019

This week on To The Contrary with Bonnie Erbe, our panelists discuss Trump’s racist tweets about the ‘squad’ and the hazards of e-cigarettes. 

On the panel this week joining host Bonnie Erbe is: Former Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD); Ann Stone, Co-Founder, Women For Trump; Patricia Sosa, Progressive Commentator & Director, Latin American Programs, Campaign For Tobacco-Free Kids; Liz Matory, Republican Commentator. 

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Trump vs. “The Squad” 

A crowd at a Trump rally chanted ‘send her back,’ in reference to Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn), inspired by the president’s own tweets which have been denounced by Congress.

Bonnie Erbe: “I'm not a Democrat or Republican. I hate both parties equally for different reasons. But the fact is there no true patriots think that he is a patriot.”

Donna Edwards: “What’s really clear is that the President has decided that he’s going to run his 2016 playbook in 2020 and that’s why he’s attacking these women.”

Ann Stone: “It has nothing to do with race, ethnicity, or gender. It has to do with their hearts.”

Patricia Sosa: “He needs to mobilize that coalition in order to win the presidency because he's refused to have a political strategy that is inclusive.”

Liz Matory: “It's because they're communists. I mean, Justice Democrats have promised, promised to implode the Democratic Party from within. And those four women are members of the Justice Democrats, who are socialist.”


The Rise and Risks of E-Cigarettes

Marketing tactics have led people to believe that vaping devices, like JUUL, are a safe alternative to cigarettes. Scientific studies have said the contrary.   

Bonnie Erbe: “The FDA had complete power because of the regulation of ads that it had one long ago for regulating tobacco that it could, it could have regulated these ads.”

Donna Edwards: “The industry figured out that they had a whole new marketplace and consumer base to go at and they did and that they could do it without anyone providing any kind of checks.” 

Ann Stone: “I think this is something you could actually get support on. [Trump] doesn't drink, doesn't smoke, doesn't believe in putting foreign substances like that in his body. You probably could work a bridge to get more regulation.”

Patricia Sosa: “Kids consuming e-cigarettes went up 78%. 3.6 million kids are smoking consuming these products, and the most popular is JUUL, which is like a USB.”

Liz Matory: “I think it's just another example of mind alteration. I mean, children, kids, adults, or what have you, unfortunately, we're addicted society and that unfortunately, if you aren't abstaining, and you're not watching what you consume, this is just the last tool.”