We must recognize the authoritarian threat directly and clearly, and highlight the continuities between Putin’s anti-LGBTQ politics and those in Republican America.
Slowly but surely, the fight against COVID-19 is coming to an end. A fair amount of people in the country are now fully vaccinated and businesses are fully opening.
And now that Donald Trump is now out of office, Republicans are focused on gaslighting the public on his leadership during the pandemic. One of the ways they choose to do so is by attacking Dr. Anthony Fauci. Fauci appeared on Meet the Press Daily on Tuesday and ripped into some of his critics.
Host Chuck Todd asked the doctor about a recent video posted by Marsha Blackburn. The Tennessee senator claimed, “Dr. Fauci was emailing with Mark Zuckerberg from Facebook, trying to create that narrative. Cherrypicking information so that you would only know what they wanted you to know, and there would be a narrative that would fit with this cherrypicked information.”
Fauci responded, “I don’t have a clue of what she’s talking about. … And I’m sorry, I don’t want to be pejorative against a united States senator but I have no idea what she’s talking about. And you know Chuck, if you go through each and every one of the points which are so ridiculous, just painfully ridiculous, if you go through each and every one of them, you can explain and debunk it immediately.”
Dr. Fauci slams Marsha Blackburn and other critics, "If you're attacking me, you're also attacking science." pic.twitter.com/5M0LbtPQOG
— PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) June 9, 2021
Marsha Blackburn has always been one of the more bombastic lawmakers on the hill. Her opinions can draw strong reactions from people Taylor Swift credited Blackburn’s election to the senate in 2018 as the spark that inspired her to get more involved in Democratic politics.
The Tennessee senator has an active Twitter page where she protects Donald Trump and pushes conspiracy theories. Today, that itchy Twitter trigger finger certainly drew a strong reaction from Chen Weihua, the
the chief Washington correspondent of
Today was Constitution Day in the United States. Donald Trump celebrated the event by giving an incredibly sleepy speech at the National Archives Museum.
Trump told attendees, “We embrace the vision of Martin Luther King where children are not judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. The left is attempting to destroy that beautiful vision and divide Americans by race in the service of political power.”
Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn decided that she would celebrate Constitution Day with some insane and inaccurate words. She took to Twitter, writing, “We will never rewrite the Constitution of the United States.”
Obviously, Blackburn missed out on the fact that the Constitution has been amended a number of times.
Congressman Ted Lieu of California wrote, “I simply note that Senator Marsha Blackburn became a senator through the process established by the 17th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. And her right to vote came from the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.”
I simply note that Senator @MarshaBlackburn became a senator through the process established by the 17th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
And her right to vote came from the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. https://t.co/gvGJZH9InZ
Could Taylor Swift be responsible for giving Democrats control of the U.S. Senate?
After The New York Times released a poll concerning the U.S. Senate race in Tennessee, many people wrote off the Democratic candidate Phil Bredesen because it showed Republican candidate Marsha Blackburn with a massive fourteen point lead.
But things seemed to have changed since the
Pop music superstar Taylor Swift broke her long-held public political silence in an Instagram post Sunday night, encouraging her followers to vote in the November midterm elections. She also said she would be voting for Democrats and slammed Republican senate candidate, U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn.
“In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now,” Swift wrote in her post.
“I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country,” she added. “I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent.”
“I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love,” the superstar continued. She then lambasted senate candidate Blackburn, saying she cannot vote for her due to her political record. She listed some of the policies Blackburn supports, including the idea that businesses have a right to turn away gay patrons. She concluded by writing, “These are not MY Tennessee values.”
“I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives.”
Cooper currently represents the fifth congressional district based in Nashville. Bredesen is a former Tennessee governor and mayor of Nashville who is locked in a tight senate battle with Blackburn.
Swift included in her post a plea to her followers to get engaged with the political process, writing:
“Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway.”
Two new polls show Democratic US Senate candidates leading Republican in the contests for the open Senate seats in Tennessee and Arizona.
Popular Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen is leading Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn by 2-4 points in a new poll of the US Senate race in Tennessee.
Trump cheerleader and frontrunner for the nomination, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, could lose the seat for Republicans and possibly hand the Senate majority back to the Democrats.
Those being burned at the stake are our scientists who hold lifesaving medical breakthroughs in their hands.
After the deaths at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic, Democrats in Congress are demanding that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan shut down the House investigation into the healthcare provider.
U.S. GOP Rep Marsha Blackburn (TN-7) will head a select investigative panel on "big abortion providers".
Instead of introducing legislation to create jobs, or help Americans struggling in an economy created for the benefit of the rich, on the first day of the 114th Congress Republicans introduced five separate bills restricting women's reproductive rights; something they did not pledge would be at the top of their legislative agenda.
Republicans were busted on the Meet The Press and Face The Nation for hyping Ebola fears while refusing to confirm President Obama's nominee to be Surgeon General.
Marsha Blackburn says, "Words matter, actions matter . . . You can't just go say [we've] changed all the rules," even as she invents facts
The Meet The Press climate change debate wasn't much of a debate at all as The Science Guy Bill Nye called out Republican congresswoman Marsha Blackburn's talking points, and pummeled her with science and facts.
John Boehner's reaction in not wanting to hold a vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act legislation is still wrong.
Who, precisely, we must ask ourselves, are Cruz and Paul and others fighting for if it is not the American people?
Republicans complain about government interference in our lives, all the while trying to turn America into one of the most repressive countries on earth.
The House GOP's watered down version of the VAWA is more about preserving their bigotry than anything about protecting women from violence.