It’s a huge deal—people standing up a declaring they want a voice at the table in their workplace, to participate in making decisions about their lives.
Ted Cruz was one of the first members of the resistance against Donald Trump. The
Tucker Carlson has not had an easy time since Donald Trump has been out of office. And with OAN and Newsmax breathing down Fox’s neck, Carlson is willing to say anything for ratings.
But he went a step farther than usual during an anti-mask rant on Monday. The Fox host encouraged his viewers to harass people wearing masks outdoors. He even said that people should call Child Protective Services on parents who mask their children.
Chris Hayes lit into the competition on Tuesday and wondered if the Fox host is experiencing a “genuine breakdown.”
The MSNBC host began, “Masks got turned into this insane culture war cudgel. We saw anti-mask protests, people claiming masks were a sign of tyranny. And conspiracy theories went wild.”
“Last night the highest rated personality on Rupert Murdoch’s cable network told his viewers to call the police if they see a child in a mask outdoors. You know, it’s either trolling, or it’s someone in the midst of a genuine breakdown, or it’s evil. Or some combination of all three. We all recognize that’s psychotic, right? That’s how psychotic it’s gotten. We are the people who believe in liberty. You on the left believe in tyranny, but we’re gonna call cops if you put a mask on your kid and have them take away your kids. Cool.”
Not all Democratic lawmakers are on equal footing. Those in blue states could be reelected in perpetuity regardless of what decisions they make. But those who serve in red states have to be much more careful about their choices.
This is certainly true of Joe Manchin. Manchin has continued to be elected in West Virginia despite the fact that the state went for Donald Trump by nearly 40 points.
The current stimulus package, though, is wildly popular with both Republicans and Democrats. Still Manchin pushed to limit the people who would be eligible for a $1,400 check. And that drew a strong rebuke from MSNBC’s Chris Hayes.
The host began, “The public understands this bill will help a lot of people who really need it. all of this said, why on Earth would you take steps to make it less effective and less popular? And yet today that is exactly what Senate Democrats were insisting on.”
“Around 12 million fewer adults and 5 million fewer kids would get the stimulus payments under the new Biden Senate compromise, according to preliminary estimates. A lot of those adults are voters who will now get less in direct cash assistance from President Biden than they did from Donald Trump. Why would Democratic Senators, like Joe Manchin, and Jean Shaheen push for this to happen? Cut Joe Manchin a ton of slack. The guy got re-elected in West Virginia, trumpiest state in the union. But explain this one to me?”
In June of last year, Facebook videos emerged of Marjorie Taylor Greene making racist comments. A spokesperson for Kevin McCarthy said, “these comments are appalling, and Leader McCarthy has no tolerance for them.” Minority Whip Steve Scalise took it a step further, throwing his support behind Greene’s primary opponent.
Greene was able to win that primary, though, and she easily won election into the House of Representatives. On Wednesday, more viral videos of the Georgia congresswoman came to light.
But instead of punishing Greene, she was placed on the House Education and Labor Committee. This refusal to condemn Greene, says Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, shows that the QAnon wing is now controlling the Republican caucus.
The New York congresswoman told MSNBC‘s Chris Hayes:
“It increasingly seems, unfortunately, that in the House Republican caucus, Kevin McCarthy answers to these QAnon members of congress, not the other way around. And that is something that frankly needs to be said — he said he was going to pull representative Marjorie Taylor Greene aside after, you know, her comments to Parkland activists and comments saying that Muslim Americans should not fully and freely serve in the House, that they must be forced to swear on a Bible, et cetera.”
On Friday, News Corp Chairman Rupert Murdoch was vaccinated against COIVD-19. The media mogul received the inoculation in England, where due to his age, he qualified to get the vaccine early on.
The 89 year-old man receiving the treatment would not be a big deal if Murdoch didn’t own Fox News. He is, however, is in charge of a network that has done everything in its power to spread misinformation about the coronavirus.
During his Friday night broadcast, Chris Hayes ripped into Murdoch and Fox for the hypocrisy. The MSNBC host began, “For the past nine months or so, Rupert Murdoch-owned media entities have by and large waged a war against public health and the scientific consensus on containing the coronavirus.”
Hayes continued, “And what makes it all the more infuriating is that, as we have noted, while Fox hosts have been dismissing the experts and suggesting that lockdowns don’t work and ridiculing people that avoid the office, and follow public health guidelines, many Fox News employees have been working remotely, literally at the same time.”
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Recently Republican Congressman Sean Duffy from Wisconsin, in an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, framed the looming prospect of Donald Trump’s impeachment as ridiculous.
His reason? The economy is supposedly booming. He told Hayes, “They have higher wages, lower unemployment. We’re killing it in Wisconsin. You want to impeach that guy?”
Hayes, of course, challenged Duffy by pointing out that the performance of the economy and whether or not Trump committed impeachable offenses are independent matters, that a booming economy does not excuse the commission of high crimes and misdemeanors.
As independent as these issues might be, however, Democrats need to be careful not to buy into the myth that Trump has created a high-functioning economy. It simply isn’t true. The economy is, in fact, hurting rather than helping most Americans, despite indicators that measure economic performance, as I’ve argued elsewhere in the pages of PoliticusUsa, in ways that really bear no relation to how the majority of Americans are actually faring in the Trump economy.
Democrats tend to pivot to issues of morality and criminality, just as Republicans divert attention to Trump’s putative economic successes. Democrats exercise this pivot at their own risk and ignore a key opportunity for political analysis and education of the American public by letting this erroneous narrative of Trump’s economy go unchecked.
Take Duffy’s claim that “We’re killing it in Wisconsin.”
What the Republicans and Trump are killing in Wisconsin is the American farmer.
Trump’s tariffs are devastating American farmers. The trade wars Trump has instigated has not only led to the lowest incomes American farmers have experienced in years but also caused a record number of bankruptcies for Midwest dairy farms. Over the past two years 1,200 dairy farms have stopped producing milk and another 212 have simply disappeared. These effects have been especially felt in Wisconsin.
Democrats would benefit from highlighting—and understanding themselves—how out of touch Trump and the Republicans are when it comes to the economy and how ordinary Americans are suffering extraordinarily.
And how about the fact that Trump just took $16 billion of taxpayers’ money to bailout farmers from the crisis he created. I’m confident many Americans could think of a better way to spend that $16 billion, if Trump’s mismanagement of the economy had not destroyed the global market relations for farmers.
And yet, a great deal of common wisdom being forwarded on all sides is that the supposedly strong economic numbers bode well for Trump’s re-election; and that if he were to focus in a more disciplined way on the successful economy and not distract Americans with his petulant and petty tweets, his chances for re-election would be heightened.
After Trump’s recent rally in Florida in which he played to his base by recycling the hate speech of his 2016 campaign, railing against illegal immigrants, calling for the imprisonment of Hillary Clinton, and so on, Ronald Brownstein observed in The Atlantic, “Trump attempted to pump up his base by acting in exactly the manner that pushes away so many voters who are content with the economy but disenchanted with his behavior.”
Brownstein himself recycled the hackneyed story of “It’s the economy, stupid,” writing, “Given the low unemployment, strong stock market, and steady growth in total economic output the country is experiencing, some election-forecasting models, specifically those that emphasize the economy’s performance, predict an easy reelection in 2020 for Trump.”
And yet an astounding percentage of those working in the wealthiest nation on earth live on the edge. One third of all workers make less than $12 per hour and 42% make less than $15 per hour. A third of the population has no savings, and another third has less than a $1,000 in savings, leaving little to no wiggle room for any unexpected expense, such as medical expense or routine car repair. Fourteen percent of Americans live in poverty, as reported by Forbes, a publication far from being a liberal rag.
We must not see Trump’s lack of moral compass as distinct from his economic policies.
He has been waging an immoral assault on America’s middle and working classes.
It isn't just the Mueller investigation. There are at least four different lines of criminal and civil investigation into Donald Trump.
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes was stunned as he listened to EPA whistleblower, Kevin Chmielewski, detail how EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is robbing the taxpayers blind.
Video of the moment that stunned Chris Hayes:
Hayes asked, “There were low level, and other reports today, low-level staffers, being asked to charge trips on their credit card and not being reimbursed. Did you ever, is that something you witnessed first hand?”
Chmielewski answered, “Absolutely. I actually saw where the chief of staff Ryan Jackson had to give one of the younger staffers, literally pulled six, $100 bills out of his wallet and gave it to this young lady.”
Hayes, “Wait. What? Because she had charged something and not been reimbursed.”
Chmielewski added, “It was hotel rooms the — hotel rooms from the inauguration that his family stayed in that’s what it was.”
Chris Hayes looks totally stunned.
The whistleblower is a Trump supporter who worked on the Trump campaign
Kevin Chmielewski isn’t some Democrat with a chip on his shoulder. He is a Trump supporter who couldn’t tolerate the level of theft of taxpayer money and corruption that he saw from Pruitt. Trump isn’t going to fire Pruitt. Republicans in Congress aren’t going to hold hearings or pressure Trump to fire Pruitt. Everyone in Republican leadership is turning a blind eye while Scott Pruitt robs the taxpayers.
Electing a Democratic Congress is the only way to stop Scott Pruitt’s stealing. Pruitt is so criminal that even solid Trump supporters are walking away.
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The Presidential Personnel Office is responsible for the vetting and hiring of nearly 4000 government employees with 1200 requiring Senate approval. It is this office which ensures the government functions smoothly and properly under any administration.
However, recent reporting by the Washington Post suggests the office is operating with approximately one-third of the normal staff, describes those staffing the office as inexperienced, and says the office is filled with “chaos.”
Further, according to the Post:
“At the same time, two office leaders have spotty records themselves: a college dropout with arrests for drunken driving and bad checks and a Marine Corps reservist with arrests for assault, disorderly conduct, fleeing an officer and underage drinking.”
But wait. During the campaign, didn’t Mr. Trump promise he would surround himself with “only the best and brightest people?” Yes, he surely did. So, where are those people?
Watch Chris Hayes review the kind of people Mr. Trump promised he would hire:
Max Steir, Chief of The Partnership of Public Service, partnered with the Post, stating:
“No administration has done it as poorly as the current one.”
Of course, Mr. Trump, through his Deputy Press Secretary, Raj Shah blames Democrats for the low levels of staffing throughout the administration. Shah states:
“Despite historic obstruction from Democrats in Congress, the Presidential Personnel Office is filling the administration with the best and brightest appointees who share the president’s vision for the country,” said White House principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah.”
Mr. Shah then alleges that “Staff work tirelessly and have experience consistent with the practice of previous administrations.”
Really? When is the last time the reader heard of any Administration, using that particular office as a hang-out, with as the Post reports, vaping and Happy Hour taking place?
Here is a more potent question: What does the reader think would have happened had these allegations surfaced during the Obama presidency? Let me answer: Investigations would have been launched, appearances on Fox News by republican leaders telling the conservative audience how this was evidence the former President doesn’t respect the Office, and hints at impeachment, right?
So, how in the world did we get to slow-walking presidential appointees?
And, what about Mr. Shah’s other claim; his claim that Democrats are holding up Mr. Trump’s nominees?
In November, 2013 Senate Democrats changed the Chamber’s rules allowing only a simple majority to advance an agency or lower court nomination to a vote, rendering the filibuster moot on then President Obama’s nominations, due to Republicans near historical obstruction.
This is what makes Mr. Shah’s allegation of Democrats “historical obstruction” all the more egregious. He is grossly inaccurate in his characterization and that is putting things politely.
If the reader will recall, prior to the former President even being sworn into power, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell met with his caucus informing them “to vote in lockstep,” in order to prevent “Obama’s agenda from being passed.”
To make clear: McConnell had one goal and that was to slow down the former President’s clear agenda he had from the American people. In other words, Republicans “had it in for Obama from Day One.” Who can forget McConnell’s words: “My number one goal is to make Obama a one-term president?”
Furthermore, the reader will recall how fourteen republican lawmakers met down at The Caucus Steak House, located no more than one mile away from the Inaugural Ball, as the former President and First Lady were preparing to dance their first dance.
In that meeting, republicans devised a plan of obstruction to simply block any and all legislative initiatives by Mr. Obama, this despite his running his campaign on merely “Hope and Change.”
Question: What were Republicans so against at that time since they did not know in advance specifically what Mr. Obama was going to advance while in office? While I will allow the reader to decide the answer, suffice it to say that it was this meeting which set in motion near historical obstruction in the Senate for appointments and initiatives through the republican filibuster.
Yes, Democratic Senators did away with the filibuster regarding Mr. Obama’s nominees for courts, however both parties allowed other measures in place and moreover, Republicans have done little to change those measures. Furthermore, they refuse to give the nuclear option which Trump persists in demanding of them through his Tweets.
Left in tact however, and effective to this day, is the ability of the minority party to refuse unanimous consent on nominations, while allowing Democrats to extend the nomination process by submitting questions, extending debate, while moving to cloture, allowing additional debate on the nominee.
Needless to say, the delay in Mr. Trump’s nominees for positions within the government, has caused him great consternation. As a result, he has blamed Senate Democrats – despite their holding the minority and republicans neglecting to change the rules – for the delays while not sharing the full story.
Furthermore, several of Mr. Trump’s nominees have struggled with background checks, questionable reputations accompanied by failures to pass the security clearances needed for their respective role.
In other words, it is Mr. Trump and his inability to obtain “the best people” coupled with no change in the rules of the Senate which have caused his Administration to be woefully inadequate.
Perhaps this is what makes Steve Schmidt’s slam of Mr. Trump and his administration so priceless when he appeared on Nicole Wallace’s show; Deadline last Friday.
Addressing Wallace’s question about the Presidential Personnel Office, Schmidt provides an epic slam of not only the office staff responsible for staffing Mr. Trump’s administration but Mr. Trump himself.
'Crooks, weirdos, wife-beaters'@SteveSchmidtSES weighs in on the new @washingtonpost report detailing the dysfunction & chaos within the White House Presidential Personnel Office
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"At the end of the day, they walked out with a package that they could sign off on and their big donors could sign off on. And I don't care how many sympathetic faces they make, that's what the process was all about."
There is no longer any excuse for members of Congress – especially the Democrats – to curb their opposition to this president and his dangerous agenda.
GOP Rep. Mark Walker twisted himself into a pretzel on Wednesday when he tried to defend the Republican tax plan.
Page appeared to have incriminated himself by casually admitting that, yeah, he was on email chains about Russia with George Papadopoulos.
Once again, Trump is perpetuating an offensive lie and stirring up minority resentment to please his base, and GOP members of Congress are too spineless to reject it.
The Trump administration was so desperate to fire the FBI director that they used Clinton campaign material to justify it.
Tapper called it a “bizarre and unfounded conspiracy theory” and that to say Foster’s death was anything but the suicide it was ruled to be by at least six investigations (including one by CNN) is “ridiculous and, frankly, shameful.”
At the MSNBC town hall with Chris Hayes, Bernie Sanders promised to do everything in his power to stop make sure that no Republican gets into the White House.
A major shakeup is coming to MSNBC. It is being reported that every show on the network with the exceptions of Rachel Maddow and Morning Joe is at risk of being canceled or moved.
Multiple outlets have reported over the last few weeks that Chris Hayes is going to be canceled, but the story has taken a new turn with sources inside MSNBC saying that Rachel Maddow will be moving to 8 PM and a new host will be taking over her current 9 PM timeslot.