We are at a dangerous moment in America. Republicans have effectively sanctioned violent vigilante justice.
For Republicans, freedom means they also get to impose their belief systems, their version of “law and order” on everybody else.
Republicans just can’t keep themselves from talking about Nazi Germany while talking about COVID-19 restrictions. Marjorie Taylor Greene, of course, did it on multiple occasions.
But Taylor-Greene got away with her actions. Kevin McCarthy chided her, she visited a Holocaust museum, but in the end, she faced no repercussions for her actions.
So Thomas Massie, a Rep. from Kentucky decided that it would be no issue if he decided to do the same thing. At least one person took issue, though, as one of the congressman’s interns resigned from his position.
In as since deleted post, Massie wrote, If you have to carry a card on you to gain access to a restaurant, venue or an event in your own country … that’s no longer a free country.”
Andrew Zirkle, Massie’s intern, tweeted, “I quit. I wanted to let everyone who knows me personally to know that as soon as I got in to work this morning, I resigned my position in the Office of Congressman Thomas Massie because of his tweet comparing the horrors of the Holocaust to vaccine passports.”
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Last summer, congressional candidate Kim Klacik released a campaign video that featured her walking along the streets of Baltimore. The ad, entitled, Black Lives Don’t Matter to Democrats, quickly went viral in conservative circles.
Republicans quickly promoted the candidate with Donald Trump sharing her ad on Twitter and saying he was excited to work with her. Klacik rapidly raised over $8 million to fund her campaign. But she never really had any real chance at winning. In fact, she lost her election against Kweisi Mfume by 72% points.
In an effort to stay politically relevant, Klacik ignited a feud with conservative pundit Candace Owens. Owens came out guns blazing, claiming that Klacik was a former stripper and that her charity organization was fraudulent. Now, the failed candidate is suing Owens for $20 million.
Jacob Frenkel, the lawyer for Klacik, said in a statement, “
Baseless character assassination has no place in political dialogue. The defendant chose to use her huge social media platform to attack a respected Baltimore political figure; we are using the proper forum — the power of the courts — to respond. The detail in Ms. Klacik’s lawsuit speaks for itself.”
As of right now, despite all of his troubles, Donald Trump is still he figurehead of the Republican party. In order to stay there, however, he is not only going to need to avoid trouble, he is going to have prove he can get Republicans elected.
The chance remains that the party will eventually be forced to cut ties with Trump. According to Mark Sanford, it will be clear that they plan on doing so if Lindsey Graham turns on his close pal.
Sanford served almost two terms as South Carolina’s Governor and later in the House of Representatives. He told The Guardian’s David Smith of Graham, “
We started in Congress together and he’s very much of a different school on these kinds of things and adapts where he needs to adapt to hold power. But I would use him as a canary in the coalmine and the degree to which he has doubled, tripled and quadrupled down on Trump says everything. Whether you like him or not, he has a good political nose for his base. He knows South Carolina well and his reading the tea leaves is not to be dismissed.”
California has suffered through the Coronavirus over the last year and a half. And due to a quirk in the recall system, Republicans have a shot at taking over the governor’s office.
The chief candidate for the GOP is Larry Elder, a businessman and radio host. Elder has made countless offensive comments in the past that don’t seem to represent the will of most Californians.
And in a damning new report from Politico, Elder’s ex-fiance says that he once held a gun to her head while he was high on drugs.
Alexandra Datig recalls a fight where:
“He was in the bedroom, and I was standing by the door. We talked to each other.” He then stopped talking and slowly walked over to the nightstand, opened the door, took out the gun. And he checked if it was loaded — while I was talking. He wanted to make sure I saw that he had it.”
At this moment, the delta variant of COVID-19 is devastating areas in the South East portion of the United States. Not surprisingly, many of these states are led by Republicans.
But while those Republican voters want Donald Trump to get credit for the vaccine, they aren’t interested in taking it. Steve Scalise, the number 2 Republican in congress, waited 7 months to get vaccinated. Now the Louisiana Republican is saying people should be shamed into getting vaxxed.
Scalise told reporters this weekend, “
I have high confidence in this vaccination. It’s safe and effective. And I think we ought to be encouraging more people to do it. But again, not shaming people who haven’t. We gotta be getting them information, encouraging people to go talk to their doctors because there is real hesitancy out there.”
When the January insurrection happened, everyone realized how disgraceful it was. But as time has gone by, Republican lawmakers and pundits have begun to try to gaslight Americans on the seriousness of the event.
And the more extreme the lawmaker, the more extreme the excuses. Marjorie Taylor-Greene may be the most extreme congressperson in the country. So it was no surprise that the Georgia Republican has an extreme take on the matter.
Taylor-Greene talked about the insurrection during a recent GOP event in Georgia. She told attendees, “
Talk about political weapons and warfare, the FBI and the Department of Justice is (sic) completely out of line. The way they are charging people who were at the Capitol on January 6th is terrifying. Especially because of the fact that they have ignored Antifa and BLM’s violent terrorists.”
Today, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo resigned from his post. The popular governor was partially taken down by his own party. Democratic Attorney General Letitia James led a probe that found Cuomo has sexually harassed people within his employ.
It was impossible for Democrats to look at this situation and not think of Donald Trump. Despite dozens of accusations of sexual impropriety, the GOP has never shown any interest in looking into Trump.
During a ridiculous segment on Fox News, Tuesday, Lawrence Jones and Tomi Lahren discussed the similarities between the two cases.
Jones asked, “
Of course there’s a lot of differences between Cuomo and the former President Trump, but this is what they said about President Trump, that after allegation after allegation, that you should count the man out, that his political future is over, yet you see that the former president is making a run for his own comeback. So, are you sure that this is over?”
With COVID cases raging in red states and GOP governors doing nothing to help, Fox News personalities are looking for scape goats. Despite the fact that Fox viewers are less likely to get vaccinated, Fox claims that they are not the problem.
Some anchors have tried to pin the COVID surge on migrants with no evidence whatsoever. And during a Monday appearance, Kayleigh McEnany claimed Joe Biden and his team were to blame for Republicans refusal to get inoculated.
“Yeah, the biggest contributor to vaccine hesitancy is the Joe Biden administration,” the former Trump press secretary said. “This talk of mandates, Dr. Fauci being all over the map on masks — first it’s one, then it’s two, then it’s zero if you’re vaccinated, and now we’re back to one. This contributes to people having distrust of the federal government, of the CDC, where you had [CDC Director Dr. Rochelle] Walensky come out to Bret Baier and say yes, we are considering a vaccine mandate, only to walk that back mere moments later.”
Democratic elections expert David Shor has a stark warning: if Democrats think they're sitting pretty, they're deluding themselves.
Republicans largely said the right thing following the events of the January 6th insurrection. They called fr the people who participated in the riots to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Those same GOP lawmakers, though, have kind of softened their stance since the event, especially when it comes to supporting Capitol police officers. A number of Republicans refused to meet with cops who wanted to talk about what happened that day. And they’ve said nothing as Conservative media has attacked these brave officers.
Nicolle Wallace discussed the GOP response during her Tuesday show. The host began, “I
’m grappling to find family-friendly words, since it’s 4 p.m. in the east, 1 p.m. in the west, but these men, mostly in the Republican party, you know, have whored themselves out to a delusion.
Despite the best efforts of Republicans, there was a hearing on the 1/6 insurrection on the Capitol today. The GOP lawmakers, of course, were trying to prevent the hearing because it made them look incredibly bad.
Following the proceedings, Bret Baier talked about how compelling the testimony of 4 Capitol police officers who were attacked that day. And the Fox News anchor said this should spell the end of Republicans who are trying to downplay the seriousness of that day.
If you were watching you saw compelling, at times damning, emotional testimony from these four officers who fought the line to try to protect the Capitol and the lawmakers inside,” Baier began. “For anybody watching who looked at that and looked at the videos and their testimony about that day and thought it was not violent I think that was an eye-opener.”
Shortly after the COVID vaccines came out, some lawmakers rushed out to get them. And by mid-May, 219 Democratic congresspeople asked, 100% of them, said they had gotten their shot.
The numbers looked much different for Republicans. Only 45% of GOP house members polled, 95 of 211, said they’d been vaccinated.
That poll was conducted back in May, so while many probably refused, some Republicans might have been vaccinated. Today, Steve Scalise, the number 2 Republican in the house decided to get his any urged others to do the same.
When asked why he finally chose to get inoculated, he said, “
Especially with the delta variant becoming a lot more aggressive and seeing another spike, it was a good time to do it. When you talk to people who run hospitals, in New Orleans or other states, 90% of people in hospital with delta variant have not been vaccinated. That’s another signal the vaccine works.”
When Joe Biden was running for office, he said that he would work to benefit all Americans whether they voted for him or not. He has already passed a stimulus package that helped millions of Republican families.
And the help for families will soon continue with Biden’s child tax credit plan. Rather than waiting to get the money back on their tax returns, tax payers can now receive their tax credit in installments.
The potential popularity of the plan is certainly worrying to the personalities. During a Tuesday Fox Business segment, Stuart Varney said, “
Question — which politician is going to say no to money for children? The parents of 70 million youngsters will be getting this money — that is a very large group of voters
Democrats hold the majority in the House of Representatives.
They hold a narrow majority in the Senate.
They have the White House.
And up until last week, they actually believed they could make common cause with republicans for the good of the republic.
But Senate Minority Leader Mitch “The Grim Reaper” McConnell said the quiet part out loud during the two-week July 4 congressional recess when he returned to Kentucky and admitted to NBC News “the era of bipartisanship on this stuff is over.”
The “this stuff” he refers to is the “American Jobs Plan,” which seeks to cut greenhouse gas emissions, address racial and economic disparities that lead to higher pollution in communities of color, distribute electric car charging stations across the country, and create tens of thousands of well-paying union jobs transitioning the country away from fossil fuels.
McConnell had tapped West Va. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito to be the republican point person to negotiate with the Biden administration.
The original spending proposal for the package was $2.3 trillion.
Despite not voting for it, McConnell boasted to his constituents about the amount their state is going receive:
“So you’re going to get a lot more money. I didn’t vote for it, but you’re going to get a lot more money. Cities and counties in Kentucky will get close to $700-800 million. If you add up the total amount that’ll come into our state: $4 billion…. So my advice to members of the legislature and other local officials: Spend it wisely because hopefully this windfall doesn’t come along again…. We’ve floated entirely too much money.”
McConnell, in Kentucky, talks Biden's $1.9T Covid relief law: "It passed on a straight party line vote… So you're going to get a lot more money. I didn't vote for it, but you're going to get a lot more money. Cities and counties in Kentucky will get close to $700-800 million."
Karlyn Bowman - an expert on tracking and analyzing American public opinion at the American Enterprise Institute - says there's reason to look on the bright side.
The country is now 6 months past the insurrection on the Capitol inspired by the previous administration. And while Donald Trump is still telling anyone who’ll listen to him that he won the election, most other GOP lawmakers have moved on.
The Republicans, though, are moving on by trying to pretend the insurrection wasn’t all that bad and doesn’t need to be investigated. Joe Biden called for unity today, but also urged Americans to stand up to the elements that led to the insurrection.
The President said in a statement, “This was not dissent. It was disorder. It posed an existential crisis and a test of whether our democracy could survive—a sad reminder that there is nothing guaranteed about our democracy.”
“But while it shocked and saddened the nation and the world, six months later, we can say unequivocally that democracy did prevail—and that we must all continue the work to protect and preserve it.”
“That requires people of goodwill and courage to stand up to the hate, the lies, and the extremism that led to this vicious attack, including determining what happened so that we can remember it and not bury it hoping we forget,” Biden continued. “It requires all of us working together — Democrats, Republicans, and independents — on behalf of the common good to restore decency, honor, and respect for the rule of law.”
Joe Biden has spent the vast majority of his adult life in the United States senate. He was first elected to office in 1973 when he was just 31 years old. And the only years since then that he didn’t spend working with other senators were the 4 years Donald Trump was president.
And during that time, Biden was known for his relationships with Republican lawmakers. He had a famous friendship with John McCain. And Biden was apparently even able to develop a very strong relationship with Mitch McConnell.
During a Tuesday event at the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, McConnell paid the current president high praise. The senate minority leader was asked, “You’re stranded on a desert island and you can only have one companion. Your choices are Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton or
It is very common for Vice Presidents to run for higher office later on down the road. And that is most likely the path that Mike Pence will take in 2024. But the presence of Donald Trump will make things quite tricky.
Trump very much wants to run for office in 2024. Of course, there are a number of obstacles that may prevent him from doing so. If he is able to run again, though, he is going to turn against anyone willing to go against him.
In polls tracking the 2024 election, Pence has regularly been a top candidate for the Republican nomination. It will be a tough road for him, however. Republican insiders say that Trump supporters will never forgive Pence for refusing to overturn the election.
Republican strategist Doug Heye told The Hill, “He is, unfortunately, for having done the right thing by following the constitutional duties of his office, committed an unforgivable sin to Trump, and therefore to his most loyal supporters.”
Heye continued, “
You have other people who are looking to run too … none of whom crossed Trump on the most fundamental loyalty test to Donald Trump, which was ultimately Jan. 6. Pence having done that means that it’s an easy thing for the real Trump acolytes to go after. And those just happen to be the most demonstrative and loudest part of the party