As you can see, the Republicans are bereft of any real justification, except they seem to do better in same-day voting thing.
All of the polling that showed Republicans gaining over the last few weeks appears to have missed a late Democratic midterm surge.
President Biden used the new report showing that GDP grew in the third quarter and hammered Republicans for planning to increase inflation.
Voter interest is surging two weeks before the midterm as Democrats have taken back the lead on the generic congressional ballot.
The CBS Battleground Tracker has revised the expected Republican House gains down to within the margin of error, which means that control of the House is up for grabs.
Susan Collins said the same-sex marriage bill may be doomed now because of how Democrats (Leader Schumer working with Manchin) worked behind the scenes to find common ground with the Inflation Reduction Act.
What we have here is a party based on spittle-inducing ad hominem attacks. The party of backseat driving babies, pointing their fingers and offering no ideas to actually help people.
The White House wants to know why Republicans are trying to defund federal efforts to fight gun crimes.
Jon Stewart had some pointed observations for Republicans and why they defend Vladimir Putin.
The 13 House Republicans who voted for infrastructure were subjected to what was described as vicious and violent threats after Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene published their phone numbers.
Fully 30% of Republicans, or - more specifically, Trump's MAGA right, agree with the statement, "Because things have gotten so far off track, true American patriots may have to resort to violence in order to save our country."
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
Soon after taking office, Joe Biden presented an aggressive COVID relief plan. Seeing how the pandemic has affected both Democrats and Republicans in the same way, the legislation was very popular with voters all along the political spectrum.
Still, not one Republican senator was willing to vote for the bill, That, however, didn’t stop GOP lawmakers from taking credit for the extra money when it started to hit their voter’s pockets. During a Thursday appearance, Joe Biden called out these callous politicians.
Biden told reporters, “Hundreds of thousands of retirees and workers across Ohio and millions more across the country. Can trust that their pensions they worked so damn hard for and sacrificed to secure will be there for them. Unlike my dad, who busted his neck his whole life and when the company went under, he lost his pension completely.:”
The president continued:
“Even my Republican friends in Congress, not a single one of them voted for the rescue plan. I’m not going to embarrass any one of them, but I have here a list. Of how back in their districts, they’re bragging about the rescue plan. They touted the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. They touted the fact that we’re in a situation where they’re dealing with–touted grants to community healthcare centers… I mean, some people have no shame. But I’m happy. I’m happy they know that it’s benefitted their constituents. That’s ok with me. But if you’re going to try to take credit for what you’ve done, don’t get in the way of what we still need to do.”
When Donald Trump ran for the Republican nomination in 2016, all of his opponents knew there was something wrong with him. Marco Rubio and Chris Christie got into fierce exchanges with him. Ted Cruz refused to support him at the RNC. Lindsey Graham said that he would destroy the party.
Still, once Trump won the nomination, all of those politicians fell behind him and became supporters. And the GOP has been forever changed. It is now the party of Trump and anyone who doesn’t pay fealty to him has to go.
Robert Gates served as the defense secretary under George W. Bush. But when Democrat Barack Obama was elected, he kept Gates around. During a recent interview with Face the Nation, the former defense secretary said that none of the Republicans he worked with would recognize the current iteration of the party.
Host John Dickerson asked, “If you were analyzing the political structure of the United States as a CIA analyst, and the minority party believed that [and] the majority of the voters in that party believe that the president was illegitimate, how would you assess the stability of the political organization of that country?”
Gates responded, “I would have serious concerns about the future. I worked for eight presidents, five of them were Republicans. I don’t think any of them would recognize the Republican party today. In terms of the values and the principles that the Republican Party stood for under those five presidents are hard to find these days.”
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The GOP enabled Donald Trump for 4 years. But following the end of his term, 7 Republican senators crossed party lines to convict Trump of impeachment.
The senate will soon vote on holding a 1/6 commission to investigate the lead-up to the Capitol insurrection. And in order for the commission to happen, 10 GOP senators would have to support the message. The odds of that happening took a hit today when Richard Burr said he would vote against the measure.
Burr had voted to convict Trump of impeachment in February. He said at the time, “As I said on January 6th
, the President bears responsibility for these tragic events. The evidence is compelling that President Trump is guilty of inciting an insurrection.”
There is a fierce debate within GOP ranks about what to do with Donald Trump. The majority of Republican lawmakers seem to be on team Trump, though there is a divide between the house and the senate.
But the decision of whether Trump remains the standard bearer of the party or not will come down to Republican voters. While he received plenty of support in certain regions, he did just lose an election by 7,052,770 votes. He also turns off educated voters and suburban women at alarming rates.
According to a new poll conducted by Politico/The Morning Consult, less than half of the respondents wanted Trump to be the party’s candidate in 2020. The poll asked, “If the 2024 Republican primary were being held today, for whom would you vote?”
Trump, who consistently claimed that he had an approval rating of 95% with Republicans (it wasn’t remotely true), finished at 48%. That is a staggering number considering Trump was essentially able to shut down any primary competition in the 2020 election season.
Mike Pence, who served as the vice president, finished second with 13%. The president’s son, Don Jr., came in at 7%. Bringing up the rear were figures like Nikki Haley, Mitt Romney and Tim Scott.
There are a number of reasons why Donald Trump won’t be able to run in 2024. His health would have to hold up. He would somehow have to avoid being tarnished or punished in Georgia and New York. Not being popular enough to win the nomination, though, now seems like another possibility.
Donald Trump has barely been out of office, but he is desperate to maintain his control of the Republican party. The GOP members of the House of Representatives seem eager to give it to him. They recently stripped Liz Cheney of her leadership position for coming out against Trump.
Republican members of the senate, though, don’t seem so sure about Trump. While Lindsey Graham has stayed on the Trump train, Mitch McConnell has tried to leave the former president behind. And now Florida’s Rick Scott is again asking Trump to stop meddling in primary elections.
Scott made the comments during an appearance on Brian Kilmeade’s radio show. He told the Fox host, “
What I’ve suggested to him is to let the citizens of that state
Chuck Schumer has had to deal with Mitch McConnell for a very long time. Starting n 2014, McConnell and the Republicans held the senate. The idea of negotiating with the Kentucky senator was essentially a joke. McConnell used his power to shut down a supreme court nomination and push through a tax cut for the wealthy.
The shoe is on the other foot now as Schumer is in control of the senate. In addition, Democrats hold the White House and congress. But according to the New York senator, that hasn’t made dealing with Republicans any easier.
On Tuesday, Schumer was asked about Kevin McCarthy turning his back on colleague John Katko, who was negotiating a 1/6 insurrection commission on the GOP’s behalf.
It shows how difficult it is to negotiate with Republicans if the Republican leaders are just going to throw their lead negotiators under the bus,” said the senate majority leader. “Why do they even participate in negotiations at all?”
If the last 5 years showed us anything, it is that Republicans are willing to defend basically any action. How else could you have Donald Trump as your party’s standard bearer.
The investigation into Matt Gaetz, though, has been a good test for the GOP. The lunatics in the party, like Marjorie Taylor Greene and Jim Jordan defended him. Most others, however, have stayed silent on the matter.
The View’s Joy Behar and Meghan McCain got into a tiff on Tuesday when Behar called out the party for refusing to condemn the Florida lawmaker. Behar began:
“This all adds up to bad news for Gaetz, but he’s out there, having fun, enjoying himself, making jokes about it because he feels like he has cover in the Republican Party, because as I said, they don’t care what you do there as long as you say that Trump won the election.”
An angered McCain countered, “The Republican Party and people on Capitol Hill are embarrassed by this. I think I have a lot better sourcing on that than you do, Joy. No offense.”
The Conservative talking head continued, “It’s super disgusting. He should go to jail. It’s super embarrassing. I have nothing else to add. It’s gross. He’s a deeply unserious person. He should be removed from his committees…Matt Gaetz is a pervert who should go to jail. The end.”
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Lindsey Graham has rarely shown any kind of backbone since Donald Trump took over the Republican party. He was fiercely opposed to Trump during the 2016 primary but is now one of his biggest enablers.
And the former president is still obsessed with the claim that he was cheated out of the 2020 election. And his message certainly resonates with those who support the GOP. According to a recent poll, 67% of Republican voters don’t believe that Biden was the winner of the most recent election.
But this week, Graham said that he is willing to move on. He told reporters on Monday, “
I accept the results of the election. … 2020 is over to me, I’m ready to march on and hopefully take back the House and the Senate
As soon as Donald Trump realized that Joe Biden would be taking his job, he started planning on running again in 2024. And while the Republican party certainly seems to be behind him, there are also some significant hurdles.
Trump is facing severe legal jeopardy in New York and Georgia. He will also have to fend off up and coming Republicans like Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley. But more than anything else, the former president would have to stay in good health if he plans on making another run for the White House.
Franklin Graham, an important Evangelical leader, was one of the key figures in Trump’s rise. With Graham’s help, the former president was able to lure enough Christian voters to carry him over the finish line in 2016.
But the key Evangelical figure isn’t sure Trump’s health is going to hold up. He told Axios, “I think for him, everything will depend on his health at that time. If he still has energy and strength like he does. I don’t. You know the guy does not eat well, you know, and it’s amazing the energy that he has.”
Graham continued, “
He’s lost weight, fifteen pounds, Maybe. So he might be in good health and in good shape. I don’t know.”
Donald Trump remains very popular with Republican voters. The man was able to capture 75 million votes in 2020. Of course, he failed to hold the White House, Senate or House during his four years in office.
While Trump was able to capture the lion’s share of non-educated white male voters, he had trouble nearly everywhere else. Suburban woman revolted against the GOP as did a number of prominent former Republican lawmakers.
Miles Taylor, who worked in the Trump White House, was one of those Republicans. And Taylor recently announced that he would be starting a coalition of anti-Trump Republicans.
Trump, of course, could not let this threat go unanswered. He released a statement that read in part, “
A guy named Miles Taylor, who I have no idea who he is, don’t remember ever meeting him or having a conversation with, gets more publicity pretending he was in the inner circle of our Administration when he was definitely not. Some people refer to him as ‘absolutely nothing.'”
This weeks drama in the House of Representatives showed the differences in leadership style between Kevin McCarthy and Mitch McConnell. McCarthy has been completely compromised by Donald Trump.
When the former president first incited the January 6th insurrection, McCarthy called him out. But after the House Minority Leader was called down to Mar-a-Lago, he came back to Washington fully on board with team Trump.
McConnell has largely ignored Trump and acted as if senate Republicans are completely prepared to move on without him. And when the Senate Minority Leader was asked about Liz Cheney, recently punished by McCarthy for bashing Trump, he paid her a nice compliment.
Fox News asked the Kentucky lawmaker if he still felt Cheney was an “important leader in our party and our nation?”
Well, there is no change,” he responded.
The Republican party is nowadays, the party of Donald Trump and white grievance. And if anyone speaks out against Trump’s ideals, they need to be punished immediately.
The latest member on the firing squad is Liz Cheney. While Cheney can’t lose her job as a congresswoman, GOP Reps. will soon remove her from her leadership position. And Trump’s pick for the new Chair of the House Republican Conference is Elise Stefanik.
According to those in the know, Stefanik has the votes to become the next chair. That does not mean, however, that all House Republicans are behind her. On Tuesday, Chip Roy (R-TX) wrote a memo slamming the New York congresswoman.
The Texas lawmaker sent a message to colleagues that read, “
We must avoid putting in charge Republicans who campaign as Republicans but then vote for and advance the Democrats
Kevin McCarthy and Mitch McConnell have very different leadership styles. Since Trump left office in January, McConnell and Republican senators have barely mentioned him (outside of lap-dog Lindsey Graham). Kevin McCarthy and GOP congresspeople, however, mention Trump every chance they get.
And there is also a big difference in how GOP senators and congresspeople are treating the issue of Liz Cheney. Most Reps. have been more than willing to throw Cheney under the bus, happy to see her punished for his disloyalty to Trump. But on Monday, one of the most prominent Republicans in the senate came to the Wyoming congresswoman’s defense.
Joni Ernst told reporters, “I think it’s important that we not all be typecast as, you know, this opinion is OK to express, but this is not. I think we all have our own things that we want to talk about and express. I think that’s Ok, but at the end of the day we’ve got to come together as Republicans.”
GOP Sen Joni Ernst stands up for Liz Cheney:
“I feel it's okay to go ahead and express what you feel is right to express and, you know, cancel culture is cancel culture, no matter how you look at it.”
Will Hurd should have been a rising star in the GOP. He was one of the few minority Republicans in the House of Representatives and had an impressive background as a former CIA agent.
But unlike many of his fellow Republicans, Hurd was willing to stand up to Donald Trump. He voted against Trump’s government shutdown in 2019 and also voted to condemn the former president for comments he made about “the Squad.”
Hurd chose not to run for reelection in 2020, but that doesn’t mean he’s done with politics. In fact, he recently hinted that he could primary Ted Cruz in 2024.
The former lawmaker made the comments during an interview with The Atlantic. He was first asked about rising Republican star Elise Stefanik.
Hurd responded, “[Successful government] requires two strong parties. And despite what you see on cable news and on social media, people want us to be able to disagree without being disagreeable. We’re going to be more successful in putting our country in a position to continue to uplift humanity for the next 250 years if we focus on those things that unite us.”
The former congressman was then asked if he would consider running against Cruz in 2024. “If an opportunity to serve my country presents itself, I’ll evaluate that,” he said
. “But right now I’m focused on the various aspects of my life. I’m involved with technology and national security
Ted Cruz was one of the first members of the resistance against Donald Trump. The
Meghan McCain‘s father John McCain was one of the most revered Republicans of his day. He was often referred to as a Maverick due to his willingness to buck the party line.
Liz Cheney attempted to be a post-Trump maverick back in January of this year. And for voting her conscience, she has been pilloried by the Republican party.
During Wednesday’s episode of The View, McCain’s daughter Meghan warned of consequences for the GOP if they remove Cheney from power within their party.
The host vowed that women voters will notice how Cheney was treated. “The message that’s being sent by the highest member of Republicans in Congress is that women like me and Liz Cheney, who refuse to bend the knee to President Trump but still remain loyal Republicans — we don’t have a place in this party.”
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Now that Donald Trump is out of office, many members of the GOP are focused on making sure the worst aspects of his presidency are forgotten about. They want to keep in the good graces of his voters, of course, but they also want to move the party forward.
A select few Republicans, though, have been willing to call out both Trump and his allies. Adam Kinzinger comes to mind. People like Lisa Murkowski and Mitt Romney have had moments of courage. But the Republican who has spoken out against Trump despite having the most to lose is Liz Cheney.
The Wyoming congresswoman has had a target on her back since her vote to impeach Trump. The former president has promised to back a primary candidate against her in 2022.
Cheney, though, does not seem afraid of the threats. She was recently asked about potential GOP presidential candidates in 2024. She told the New York Post:
“I think we have a huge number of interesting candidates, but I think that we’re going to be in a good position to be able to take the White House. I do think that some of our candidates who led the charge, particularly the senators who led the unconstitutional charge, not to certify the election, you know, in my view, that’s disqualifying.”
Donald Trump really, really wants to stay in control of the Republican party. And he’s doing everything he can to do so. If a GOP lawmaker speaks out against him, he finds a primary opponent for them. And he has powerful backers in his corner like Kevin McCarthy, Lindsey Graham and the entire Fox News network.
But what these cowering Republicans don’t seem to realize is that Trump isn’t all that popular with voters. In fact, a new poll released by the former President’s DNI John Bolton showed that Trump’s popularity is dwindling.
Nicolle Wallace referenced that poll during her Wednesday show. “
But what I wanted to know was, what is lumped into personality,” she asked. Right? Is it the big lie? Inciting an insurrection? It is all about it Independents do not like Trump anymore? And may have taken a few years but I think the harder question for Republicans to answer is then this is who you are, right? I think that’s probably the conclusion you’ve reached.”
Senate Republicans expressed their opposition to President Joe Biden‘s $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan in an internal memo, referring to it as a “partisan slush fund” and characterizing it as unnecessary and wasteful, a sign that things are back to normal as Republicans pretend to care about government spending despite the exorbitant price tag during the Trump era when at least one chamber of Congress was always under GOP control.
“Biden’s Partisan, Job-Crushing Slush Fund spends just 5% of the total $2.7 trillion on roads and bridges,” the lawmakers said in their memo.
So far, American citizens have been getting vaccinated at an amazing rate. Joe Biden has completely smashed his initial inoculation goals. And this week it was announced that one quarter of Americans are now fully vaccinated.
There are still, however, millions of people who are hesitant to get the shot. And a large percentage of those people resistant to getting inoculated identify as both Evangelical Christians and Trump supporters.
Trump did get the vaccine, but he did so in private without pushing his followers to get one. Ron DeSantis, Florida’s influential governor, did the same thing this week.
A few Evangelical leaders have been willing to tell their followers to get inoculated. Franklin Graham recently wrote on Facebook:
“I have even been asked if Jesus were physically walking on earth now, would He be an advocate for vaccines. My answer was that based on the parable of the Good Samaritan in the Bible, I would have to say—yes, I think Jesus Christ would advocate for people using vaccines and medicines to treat suffering and save lives.”
For the last year, Donald Trump has minimized the risk of contracting COVID-19. The former president even fell ill with the virus in October of 2020. Trump had a bad case of the illness, much worse than his Doctors revealed to the public.
Still the former president has refused to suggest wearing masks or even encourage his supporters to take the vaccine that he wants credit for.
Some of those in Trump’s orbit, though, have caught the virus and then spoke out about mask use and vaccines. Chris Christie was one of those people. And now Sarah Palin is another one.
The former Alaska Governor told People Magazine, “
As confident as I’d like to be about my own health, and despite my joking that I’m blessed to constantly breathe in the most sterile air, my case is perhaps one of those that proves anyone can catch this.”
Senators recently voted on Joe Biden‘s relief plan. The bill was enormously popular with support from 70% of Americans and more than half of the country’s Republicans.
Still, 0% of GOP senators decided to support the bill. But according to Nancy Pelosi, they’ll be more than happy to take credit for the package when it works.
Speaker Pelosi lauded the bill, saying, “It’s a remarkable, historic, transformative piece of legislation, which goes a very long way to crushing the virus and solving our economic crisis. I’m so excited, I just can’t hide it.”
The Speaker continued, “In any event, all of it excellent. All of it fair. All of it an opportunity for us to grow the economy by investing in the people for the people. And I might say for our Republican colleagues who — they say no to the vote, and they show up at the ribbon-cuttings or the presentations.” She later added, “As I said, they’ll take some credit for it in their districts.”
Join me LIVE at the United States Capitol as my colleagues and I speak with reporters about the American Rescue Plan. https://t.co/07p6f77Vf6
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) March 9, 2021
Donald Trump often talks about how much winning he does and will continue to do. And while he won the election in 2016, he did not win the popular vote. Hillary Clinton did and she did so by nearly 3 million votes.
After 4 years of Trump in the White House, the Republican party looks much different. It is not much more the party of Trump than anything else. Clinton was asked about this change during a Monday interview with Washington Post Live.
She said of the GOP, “They’ve done a calculation. They’ve concluded Trump is the puppet master who pulls the strings of the hardcore base of the Republican Party.”
Clinton continued, “I just wish that more Republicans had had either the courage or the understanding to do what they needed to do. That they too had stood up and spoken out.”
Hillary Clinton: "It is really troubling to see the Republican Party turn themselves into a cult and basically pledge allegiance, not to the United States of America, but to Donald Trump." pic.twitter.com/NtHLmminsH
Mitch McConnell doesn’t want Donald Trump to have anything to do with his party anymore. Trump was useful for a while. Wealthy people got a huge tax break and there are 3 new Conservative Supreme Court Justices.
But in the Senate Minority Leaders’ mind, Trump just cost Republicans the Georgia runoffs. And McConnell is reportedly ready to just ignore Trump for the next few years.
The 45th president, though, isn’t the kind of man to let any kind of slight go. And according to a new report, Trump is ready to start fundraising in an effort to defeat McConnell and his candidates.
S.V. Dáte from the Huff Post writes:
“After lying low for nearly a month after leaving office, Donald Trump is ramping up a return to relevancy that will involve renewed fundraising and continuing attacks on a new nemesis: the highest-ranking Republican in Washington, Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell. Trump has not been collecting money for his Save America leadership committee since Jan. 6, the day a mob he incited attacked the U.S. Capitol, but a website that will permit him to tap into his lucrative small-donor list will be up and running within days, said a Republican familiar with his plans.”
Today began a battle between Republicans and Democrats over the impeachment of Donald Trump. The impeachment managers on the left started the proceedings with a powerful video and an emotional speech from Jamie Raskin.
The Republican response was such a disaster that it reportedly left Donald Trump fuming in Florida.
During her afternoon show, Nicolle Wallace broke down three reasons why the left is winning thus far. First, the MSNBC host claimed that Democrats have laid out a strong argument that the trial is constitutional.
Wallace continued, “I thought the next layer was that video, that that was the heart of their case, the horror. It’s like watching a documentary about Benghazi or Mumbai or any deadly attack premeditated and plotted and incited in full view, and carried out without remorse, without shame, and with clearly evil intent.”
The MSNBC host closed:
“And then I thought the top layer was the gut punch — was Congressman Raskin’s story of where he was and why. He was in Steny Hoyer’s office because he had just lost his son and he brought his family there because they were grieving together. And I thought one of the most powerful things he said was that he was being lifted up by Democrats and Republicans and he planned to give a speech that day, the day of the insurrection, about unity. And we all know what happened next.”
Donald Trump wields an enormous amount of power over the Republican party. The power doesn’t stem from his ability as a politician or his oration abilities. The GOP cedes power to Donald Trump because his supporters are incredibly fervent.
The actions of many Republican lawmakers following the November election showed just how scared they were of encountering Trump’s wrath. The ice began to thaw, though, when the 45th president lost his ability to use Twitter.
And following the January insurrection, support for Trump among Republicans is plummeting. A recent survey conducted by Echelon Insights showed that Trump’s popularity from GOP voters has dropped by 20% since December.
In the survey, 45% of Republicans said they would like to see Trump be the candidate for their party in 2024. Just two months ago, this number stood at 65%.
While 21% of voters wanted Trump to be convicted and impeached, 30% of Republicans want to see him banned from ever holding office again.
And while Trump would certainly like to run for president again in 2024, his path to the Republican nomination might not be so easy.
If the 2024 GOP presidential primaries were being held today, Republicans would choose Trump to be the nominee by 7 points. Among college-educated🎓 Republicans, however, the preference is to have another Republican candidate by 15 points. pic.twitter.com/NnPfiQZvuI
For the last 4 years, Republicans had control of the Senate and the White House. They ruthlessly used that power pushing though a big tax cut and 3 Supreme Court justices.
Now that the shoe is on the other foot, though, Republicans are pleading for unity. Joe Biden‘s first major goal is pushing through a COVID-19 stimulus package.
Republicans, though, don’t seem to have much interest in Biden’s proposal. So while the President talks about the importance of working together, Democrats may have to proceed without the GOP. And that’s upsetting to Susan Collins.
The Maine senator often sat on the fence during Trump’s 4 years. She often said she was concerned, but then went along with the ex-President’s plan.
Collins used similar language when asked about the possibility that Democrats push a bill though via budget reconciliation. She said Biden slowing down talk about budget reconciliation, “
would be very helpful. And I think it’s what he believes. he president is sincere in his commitment to bipartisanship. That’s the way he always operated when he was a senator. And from my conversations with him since the election
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.”
Many Republicans would like to see themselves as fiscally conservative people who stand for limited government. But that hasn’t been the image of the GOP in the Trump era.
When people think about the party of Trump they picture groups like the Proud Boys. Or militia groups bringing machine guns to the Michigan Capitol. If the GOP wants to remain a political power, Karl Rove recently argued, they must disavow the Proud Boys, QAnon and militia groups.
The former Bush strategist opined on the matter in a recent piece for the Wall St. Journal. He wrote, “The Grand Old Party lost the White House while picking up U.S. House seats, holding half the Senate, and adding to its numbers in state legislative chambers. These conflicting outcomes leave Republicans facing the difficult task of cementing blue-collar Trump voters into their ranks while regaining strength in the suburbs and making inroads with an increasingly diverse electorate.”
Rove continued, “To rebuild, Republicans must decide what their party stands for. The way forward begins with clarifying what the GOP’s answers should be to the nation’s challenges, with an eye to the 2022 elections.”
—@KarlRove: "The GOP must also disavow QAnon, the Proud Boys and militia elements that have infiltrated its ranks. … Nothing good will come from tolerating such kooks and fanatics…" https://t.co/Z8e5otPvt7
Early last year, an impeachment vote was held in the House. While the measure passed, no Republicans voted to impeach Donald Trump.
Today was a different story. All Democratic members of Congress voted to impeach Trump and they were joined by 10 GOP lawmakers.
The most interesting name among the Republican Reps was Liz Cheney from Wyoming. Cheney is the number 3 Republican in the House. She announced that she would be voting to impeach Trump on Tuesday night.
The decision drew immediate anger from some House Republicans. Among them was Trump sycophant and regular screaming embarrassment Jim Jordan. The Ohio Congressman told reporters, “We ought to have a second vote (for Conference Chair). The conference ought to vote on that.”
Matt Rosendale (R-MT) also blasted the Wyoming Rep. saying, “When Representative Cheney came out for impeachment today, she failed to consult with the Conference, failed to abide by the spirit of the rules of the Republican Conference, and ignored the preferences of Republican voters. She is weakening our conference at a key moment for personal political gain and is unfit to lead. She must step down as Conference Chair.”
EXCLUSIVE: Freshman Montana Rep. Matt Rosendale joins calls for Conference Chair Liz Cheney to resign from leadership after her call to impeach President Trump. The daughter of VP Dick Cheney, she is the highest ranking Republican to join Speaker Pelosi's impeachment effort.
There are more Democrats than there are Republicans. This is not only borne out in the number of registered voters. Democrats have consistently won presidential elections by wide margins.
The thing that has allowed Republicans to take office despite losing popular votes is the electoral college. There have been frequent calls for Democrats to abolish the practice. The GOP, unsurprisingly, is against this.
Thomas Massie, a Republican congressman from Kentucky, is leading a small group of GOP lawmakers asking asking their colleagues to end their attempts at overturning the election. If they don’t, the group said in a statement, it could destroy the Electoral College.
The congresspeople advised, “To take action otherwise – that is, to unconstitutionally insert Congress into the center of the presidential election process – would amount to stealing power from the people and the states. It would, in effect, replace the electoral college with Congress, and in so doing strengthen the efforts of those on the left who are determined to eliminate it or render it irrelevant.”
The statement continued:
“From a purely partisan perspective, Republican presidential candidates have won the national popular vote only once in the last 32 years. They have therefore depended on the electoral college for nearly all presidential victories in the last generation. If we perpetuate the notion that Congress may disregard certified electoral votes — based solely on its own assessment that one or more states mishandled the presidential election — we will be delegitimizing the very system that led Donald Trump to victory in 2016, and that could provide the only path to victory in 2024.”
George Conway had been a Republican his entire life when Donald Trump came around. His wife Kellyanne, of course, became a key member of Team Trump.
Trump, however, was too much for Conway to stomach and he’s done everything he can to get him out of office. This includes becoming a founding member of the Lincoln Project.
But at this point, Conway says, he doesn’t have to work too hard to take down his former party. Thanks to their devotion to Trump, they are dismantling the party themselves.
Conway made the comments during an appearance with CNN’s Jake Tapper. to discuss Josh Hawley’s announcement about contesting the Electoral College results. The host asked, “Couldn’t this move by Josh Hawley force John Thune to vote against President Trump and thus open an opportunity for somebody to primary John Thune, in a Republican primary for when he runs for reelection, because there is now this anti-fact, ant-truth groundswell of support among Trump supporters?”
“If that’s true, then the I guess the path success in the Republican party is to continue to degrade it,” Conway responded. “What we’re seeing here is a never-ending downward spiral into delusion and unreality and into just lies about the integrity of our democracy. And that is profoundly dangerous. These individuals are seeking to advance their own political careers and do so at the expense of trust in our democracy.”
Watch a clip of the segment below, courtesy of CNN:
"It would be comical if it weren't about such a serious matter," says conservative lawyer George Conway on GOP senator Josh Hawley delaying in affirming Biden's victory by forcing votes on Electoral College results.
"This is just the height of absurdity. This election is over." pic.twitter.com/7FMljr5mu4
Control of the United States senate will come down to a Georgia special election in early January. Republicans have traditionally fair well in Georgia’s special elections and David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler are incumbents.
That doesn’t mean there aren’t positive signs for the Democrats as well. Joe Biden, of course, carried the state just a few weeks ago. And in their corner, Democrats have Stacey Abrams, who has worked tirelessly to turn out the vote.
Abrams wouldn’t be working so tirelessly if it wasn’t for a her governor’s race in 2018. She lost a tight race to Brian Kemp after Kemp used his powers as Secretary of State to remove black voters from the rolls.
Abrams talked about the upcoming special election with CNN on Monday morning. She remarked, “When we create access to the right to vote for eligible citizens, more people participate, and Republicans do not know how to win without voter suppression as one of their tools.”
Fair Fight's @staceyabrams ahead of the Jan. 5th runoffs: "When we create access to the right to vote for eligible citizens, more people participate, and Republicans do not know how to win without voter suppression as one of their tools." pic.twitter.com/c7hULvtvAF
When the first round of stimulus checks came out, Donald Trump wanted to make Americans think that they actually came from him. His gigantic signature was emblazoned on each payment sent.
The second stimulus check will go out while Trump is still in office. This payment will be half the amount that the first was, only coming in at $600. The lesser amount is due to a furious fight put up by Republicans lawmakers.
In an effort to make himself look in control, though, Trump is reacting negatively to the amount. The president tweeted on Tuesday night that he is not yet ready to sign the stimulus bill.
Trump said in a video posted to his feed, “[A] few months ago, Congress started negotiations on a new package to get urgently needed help to the American people. It’s taken forever. However, the bill they are now planning to send back to my desk is much different than anticipated. It really is a disgrace.”
The soon to be ex-president continued, “
Despite all of this wasteful spending and much more, the $900 billion package provides hardworking taxpayers with only $600 each in relief payments, and not enough money is given to small businesses, and in particular restaurants, whose owners have suffered so grievously.”
The GOP really stood behind Donald Trump for a long time considering how absurd his election fraud claims were. While a few lawmakers were willing to refer to Joe Biden as the president-elect, most gave Trump time to stew and and grieve.
But after Joe Biden was awarded 306 Electoral College votes this week, Mitch McConnell congratulated Biden and Kamala Harris on their win. And this move opened the floodgates for other Republicans to acknowledge that Trump had, in fact, lost the 2020 election.
There are still plenty of true believers in the Conservative media world willing to push Trump’s lies. One of these believers is Eric Bolling, from the Sinclair Media network. During a recent broadcast, Bolling claimed that, because of the GOP’s willingness to stop fighting, there will never be another Republican president.
“Donald Trump will be the last Republican president in my lifetime,” the host began. “He may be the last GOP president ever again.”
Bolling continued, “T
he Republican Party is in disarray. They are split between the pro-Trump wing of the party and the establishment, old-school wing. Meanwhile, the left is united, laughing all the way to the White House.”
Donald Trump lost the 2020 election in convincing fashion. And like he has done throughout his entire business career, the president has responded to failure by suing everyone and everything.
But the Trump administration has had a very tough time in the court room. Legal firms like Jones Day quickly decided against representing Donald Trump after seeing how poorly their efforts were going over in the court of public opinion.
And last night, the “Elite Strike Force” lost a member in Sidney Powell. Despite the fact that the conspiracy-loving Powell obviously a member of the legal team, the White House is now claiming she was not.
The team has now lost 35 of 36 cases in court. So the next strategy was to convince Republican electors in states to not vote for Biden. On Monday, that attempt failed in Michigan as the state’s Board of Canvassers certified Biden’s win in the state.
The Chair of the Board, Aaron Van Langevelde, said in a statement, “This board must do its part to uphold the rule of law and comply with our legal duty to certify this election. I will be supporting the motion.”
THERE IT IS. Vice Chair Van Langevelde before the board votes to certify says complaints of election fraud must be investigated adding, "This board must do its part to uphold the rule of law and comply with our legal duty to certify this election. I will be supporting the motion"
The election this year isn’t only about Donald Trump. Republicans are hoping that, even if Trump loses, they can still retain control of the senate. And with so many incumbent Republicans trailing in the polls, they need all the help that they could get.
Donald Trump, though, doesn’t really care about what happens to the Republican party. He really only cares about himself. So when he had the chance to help embattled Arizona senator Martha McSally, he only gave her one minute to speak.
McSally might be the most threatened senator on the Republican ledger. 538.com is giving her opponent, Mark Kelly, an 80% chance of winning the election. He currently leads by an average margin of 6%.
Trump is in Arizona tonight. He called out the McSally, saying, “Martha, come up, just fast, quickly. Fast, fast, c’mon quick. You’ve got one minute, one minute, say. They don’t want to hear this Martha, c’mon. Quick, quick, quick. C’mon, let’s go.”
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) October 28, 2020
Restaurants have been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Indoor eateries have been highlighted as places where the illness could spread more quickly than others.
And the Republican party has been oddly focused on the food services industry. Recently, when he was asked what people don’t like wearing masks, Donald Trump replied by saying waiters.
And Rand Paul also seems fixated on waiters and how they should operate. The Kentucky senator referenced restaurants during a recent for Republican House candidate Nick Freitas.
“If I owned a restaurant,” Paul said, “I’d have a whole wing for senior citizens or for anybody who is worried about getting sick, and I would say, all my servers have already had it. If I had a cruise ship… everybody would have had the infection that works on the boat.”
Rand Paul says 97% of viruses can go through cloth masks and calls for restaurants to set up senior only zones to be served by waiters who have survived their battles with COVID. https://t.co/nXddZndM3c
Earlier today, it was revealed that Donald Trump wanted to wait on passing a coronavirus relief bill until after the election occurs. The president would like to concentrate on his Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett for right now.
The decision will likely seriously imperil Trump’s re-election bid. But he’s not in it alone. The stimulus punt is also likely to hurt a number of Republican congresspeople and senators who share the ballot with him.
Susan Collins may be the most affected of all the incumbent lawmakers. She is one of two GOP senators who have said that she won’t vote to confirm Coney Barrett in an election year.
The long-serving senator said in a statment, “
Waiting until after the election to reach an agreement on the next Covid-19 relief package is a huge mistake. I have already been in touch with the Secretary of the Treasury, one of the chief negotiators, and with several of my Senate colleagues.”
The United States has had over 6 million COVID-19 cases. The death count from those cases is nearing 200,000 and the country is regularly seeing over 1,000 deaths a day.
Americans have also been waiting on a decision about expanded unemployment benefits since the end of July. Since Republicans in the House seemingly have nothing better, though, they’ve decided to ask William Barr to prosecute Netflix.
The GOP lawmakers are concerned with what they see as the hyper-sexualization of young girls in the film, Cuties. The film-makers say they movie is meant be a criticism of this sexualization.
33 Republican Congresspeople wrote in a letter to Barr, “
We’re writing to recommend you bring charges against Netflix, Inc. for the distribution of the film ‘Cuties,’ which contains child pornography.”
A former Republican congressman turned TV host has criticized those supporting Donald Trump because of their conservative beliefs by dragging the President’s own credentials.
Joe Scarborough was a Florida congressman from 1995 to 2001, entering the House as part of Newt Gingrich’s majority during the presidency of Bill Clinton. He now co-hosts a morning show on MSNBC and has become a harsh critic of Trump.
Scarborough took to Twitter on Friday to address the phenomenon of conservatives writing op-eds with the spurious claim that the left is making them choose Trump.
“Some of the most entertaining reading this fall comes from formerly conservative friends justifying Trump,” he wrote.
Some of the most entertaining reading this fall comes from formerly conservative friends justifying Trump. Their “You’re-Making-Me-Vote-For-Trump” essays form a hilarious genre of work justifying the re-election of the greatest threat to American conservatism and the church.
Due to family drama, the Lincoln Project recently lost a founding member in George Conway. While the lawyer says he is taking a break from social media, he promised that he is still completely behind the groups message.
It didn’t take long for the Trump-trolling collective to find a new prominent Republican to join their cause. On Monday, the Lincoln Project sent out an announcement welcoming former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele to the team.
Steele said in a statement releaed by the group, “
The chair behind the Resolute Desk has always been bigger than any political party.
Two prominent Republicans called on Donald Trump to denounce the QAnon conspiracy theory after he appeared to offer praise for people who believe it and support him.
“I’ve heard these are people that love our country. So I don’t know really anything about it other than they do supposedly like me,” Trump said of QAnon believers.
Trump is asked to shed light on his thoughts about about the lunatic QAnon conspiracy theory. Instead of denouncing it, he says, "I understand they like me very much, which I appreciate."
"I've heard these are people who love our country," he adds, coming close to an endorsement pic.twitter.com/gcvHvuqzIa
Donald Trump won the 2016 election by the thinnest of margins. The places that put him over the top, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Florida were closely contested states where his campaign spent an awful lot of money to put himself over the top.
Ad money will again be important during the 2020 election. And how the Biden and Trump campaigns spend their fundraising dollars can make a big difference. So it’s curious that the Trump campaign is spending funds in areas where he has little to no chance of winning.
According to Medium Buying, Team Trump is again buying television spots in the Washington DC area. This is the 3rd time in the last 3 months that the campaign has devoted resources to the heavily Democratic area.
Donald Trump only garnered 4.1% of the Washington DC vote in 2016 compared to 90.9% for Clinton. Clinton won Maryland by a margin of 60-33 and and she won Virginia by nearly 6 points. Virginia has become increasingly blue over the last 10 years.
Priorities USA Communications Director Josh Schwerin said of the strange ad buy, “One thing that survived the Trump campaign ad strategy reset is the need to light money on fire by advertising to Trump on Fox and Friends.”
One thing that survived the Trump campaign ad strategy reset is the need to light money on fire by advertising to Trump on Fox and Friends https://t.co/UHnX1CpqIv
— Josh Schwerin (@JoshSchwerin) August 3, 2020
Donald Trump has threatened to sue the state of Nevada to prevent the extension of mail-in voting in the state. In an early morning tweet, the President accused the governor of a coup.
Nevada approved legislation on Sunday that will automatically send mail-in ballots to all voters in the state – something several other states already do. Governor Stephen Sisolak will sign the new measure. He is a Democrat.
“In an illegal late night coup, Nevada’s clubhouse Governor made it impossible for Republicans to win the state,” Trump wrote on Monday.
In an illegal late night coup, Nevada’s clubhouse Governor made it impossible for Republicans to win the state. Post Office could never handle the Traffic of Mail-In Votes without preparation. Using Covid to steal the state. See you in Court! https://t.co/cNSPINgCY7
The Chair of the Republican National Committee has dismissed polls showing Donald Trump losing by claiming that Republican voters don’t answer them anyway.
Ronna McDaniel told Fox News on Monday that members of her party don’t respond to polls any more, implying that no polls can be trusted because of the lack of Trump supporters answering them.
“And the other thing that I think is critical to point out about these polls is that Republicans are no longer responding to these polls,” McDaniel said.
Her decision to make this claim is odd. A moment before undermining polls, she accepted poll findings showing former Vice President Joe Biden has an enthusiasm gap.
Watch the video:
Fox & Friends asks the RNC chair about some of the only polling favorable for Trump, showing an enthusiasm gap for Trump in some battleground states — while others are neck-and-neck. Ronna McDaniel downplays it all by claiming that Republicans don't reply to polls anymore. pic.twitter.com/iHcSE84dRr
Susan Collins has refused to formally endorse Donald Trump for president in 2020. She’s withheld her endorsement citing her own difficult reelection bid this November.
Collins endorsed Trump in 2016 but now says she’s focused on her own election.
“I was not up for reelection,” Collins said of 2016.
“I didn’t have my own race to worry about at that point.”
However, Collins did endorse the late Senator John McCain in 2008 when she was up for reelection. Her explanation for this discrepancy is unlikely to please the President.
“As I said, I have a difficult race,” she said. “And I am concentrating my efforts on that race.”
“In addition, I have known John McCain since the 1970s, when I worked for [former senator] Bill Cohen,” Collins said.
“We were very close friends,” she said of McCain.
The conservative Lincoln Project is more than happy to accept Donald Trump’s attacks because it helps them to raise money, its co-founder says. The project’s ads have hit Trump hard.
Founded by a group of former Republicans, the Lincoln Project has run a series of powerful political ads aimed at the President and his Republican supporters.
Trump has responded by attacking his conservative critics on Twitter – a move that co-founder John Weaver says only helps them.
“By attacking us, he’s become our biggest financial bundler,” Weaver said.
“If we were an administration, we’d probably make him ambassador to Slovenia or something, because he’s raising so much money for us.”
He won’t wear a mask, but he has no problem with a white hood.
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) July 6, 2020
Indeed, the group has raised some $2.6 million through the month of March. They’re also
spending millions on ad buys in crucial swing states
Marco Rubio has bluntly suggested that people should be wearing masks to help stop the spread of Covid-19. The Republican’s suggestion comes as his home state is recording more cases.
The Florida senator spoke to reporters after a lunch featuring Vice President Mike Pence. Many of the journalists were wearing masks. Rubio mentioned assisted living facilities (ALFS).
“The area where I think we have to definitely really surge on is nursing homes, ALFs, congregate living facilities that have a high number of people or obviously populations of people that are high risk,” he said.
“Those are the places where you’re really going to cut down the death rate if you can prevent outbreaks .
“And that’s where I hope we focus both our testing and our prevention effort.”
“And then everyone should just wear a damn mask, like you guys are, like I am right now.”
“I would just encourage everyone — that’s what I said in there — to sort of become informed of the nuances of how your state is reporting,” Rubio said.
“In Florida, the state tells us 20 percent of the COVID cases that register as hospitalizations are people that are in the hospital for something else, like a knee replacement, but they’re tested so they tested positive.”
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Senator Lindsey Graham inadvertently gave his critics a soundbite on Thursday while trying to shame Democrats. The South Carolina Republican was defending himself from Democratic criticism.
Former deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein was testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee about Robert Mueller’s investigation. Graham chairs the committee and he was pursuing the GOP position that the probe was improper.
Democrats blasted their Republican colleagues as “political errand boys” who are “bolstering conspiracy theories” about a plot against the 2016 Trump campaign.
Watch the video:
Sen. Lindsey Graham: "You think I am in Trump's pocket." pic.twitter.com/J9lpf1stdB
— The Hill (@thehill) June 4, 2020
Graham referred specifically to a document that was used as part of the investigation into that campaign. Republicans allege that FISA was abused and aimed at Trump.
“It matters to me whether or not the No. 2 guy at the FBI, Comey, knew that the document was no longer reliable and kept using it,” Graham said.
“You all could care less. That really says a lot,” Graham told Democrats.
“I know you don’t agree with what I’m doing. You think I’m in Trump’s pocket. I get all that. It’s not lost on me of what you think and I’m sad because I like you all.”
“But if you expect me to punt, forget it. We’re not going to punt. We’re not going to have a rule of law for Republicans and a rule of law for Democrats.”
Critics have accused Graham of pursuing unfounded allegations of a plot or coup against the Trump campaign.
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On Friday, Joe Biden went on Morning Joe to answer questions posed by co-host Mika Brzezinski. I didn’t watch the interview because the very fact there was one demonstrated that nothing has changed since 2016.
Before we go any further, I’m not about to pronounce guilt or innocence of Trump, Biden or anyone else. This is about how we politicize the way we treat survivors.
If you have the misfortune of surviving a sex crime committed by a Republican, his spouse will defend him and his party will attack you. After the Access Hollywood video came out in 2016 and the original public scolding by some prominent Republican politicians, Melania Trump explained the complicated concept of boy talk to Anderson Cooper. Voila, Donald Trump survived what would have, at one time, been a campaign-ending scandal. The rest, we know, is the nightmare we continue to live.
We saw it again as Brett Kavanagh went through the confirmation process. Christine Blasey Ford braved the thug mentality that is a feature of Trump defenders to tell her story to the Senate Judiciary Committee. She was so credible that even in his smarmy way, Trump had to make that concession before sending Kavanaugh to do his best Trump imitation before that committee. Lindsey Graham displayed temper unlike anything we’ve seen from him before – in defense of Kavanaugh.
There was no meaningful investigation into the stories of several women who alleged that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted them during his drunken frat boy days. Donald Trump’s DOJ made sure of that.
On the other hand, if the alleged perpetrator is a Democrat, presidential candidates face a different process. You don’t even have to be the person who allegedly committed the crime. Even without investigation, let alone charges and a guilty verdict, If you were married to the accused, that means you enabled him. Or if you are the person accused, then suddenly Republicans care about believing the women.
In America, everyone who is accused of a crime has the right to be presumed innocent. It’s also true that accusations of criminal behavior are investigated. That should be done with every case of sexual harassment, sexual abuse, sexual assault, or rape. Every single one. It starts with believing the survivor, but does not end there. To suggest that believing them means convicting the accused overlooks legal protections beginning with the presumption of innocence and going on to the right to confront your accuser and evidence offered and so on.
Me Too became a thing because mostly privileged men pretty much had immunity from prosecution for rape and other sex crimes. Then we saw some high profile convictions, such as those of Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein. Jeffrey Epstein was awaiting trial he died in prison. The survivors in all these cases had to fight decades just to get their day in court.
And yet, as Christine Pelosi pointed out in a thread on Twitter, the process for investigating alleged sexual misconduct by members of the Senate or the House is broken.
I still wish there was a confidential independent investigation for charges like these, with counseling due process and transparent results – in that absence, I look forward to seeing the National Archives response and hope we can stop weaponizing trauma and promote healing.
The fact that Donald Trump ordered Soleimani’s killing seven months ago takes us into criminal territory that also ought to be impeachable.
There’s nothing new about Trump breaking the law, or committing crimes when we consider every time he obstructed justice and tried to intimidate witnesses.
This, however, is the first time we’re aware of Trump ordering the death of a senior government official in another country. This is one of those moments when it really isn’t about how bad Soleimani was. It is, to paraphrase Speaker Pelosi, all about how good we are.
I’m reminded of when Republicans obsessed over Hillary Clinton’s emails. The shifting standards for Republicans and Democrats couldn’t have been more striking than Trump condemning Hillary as a “threat” to national security while bragging that he wouldn’t lose a single vote if he killed someone on Fifth Avenue.
“Lock her up” became the favorite chant of Trump supporters – including Mike Flynn, now awaiting sentencing for actual crimes. Now Trump is in the business of ordering hits on senior officials of hostile foreign governments.
Again, this is not about who they are. This is about who we are. More specifically, this is about what the Trumps are trying to turn us into.
When the news of Soleimani’s killing broke, Trump and his surrogates claimed the kill had to be done because Soleimani was an imminent threat before Trump said he could still order Soleimani’s death even if he wasn’t an imminent threat.
“The Fake News Media and their Democrat Partners are working hard to determine whether or not the future attack by terrorist Soleimani was ‘eminent’ or not, & was my team in agreement,” Trump tweeted Monday morning, incorrectly spelling imminent.
“The answer to both is a strong YES., but it doesn’t really matter because of his horrible past!”
Initially, the imminent threat standard was used to justify the fact that while Trump told Lindsey Graham and a few of his guests at Mar-a-Lago, he didn’t bother to inform Congress. The imminent threat standard, if applicable, would have exempt any president, which includes Trump, from informing Congress before the fact.
Of course, it didn’t take long before the truth came out. Trump really didn’t inform Congress because he doesn’t like the Democratic Party, which he tries to debase by calling it the “Democrat Party.” He also doesn’t like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi because she’s a strong woman who held him accountable for other misbehaviors and is receptive to doing it again if or when warranted. He also reached into his bag of misogynistic tricks claiming that he withheld the info from Congress because members who have been privy to the nation’s biggest secrets for decades don’t know how to keep a secret.
In short, Trump tried to justify his violation of constitutional law of the world’s only remaining superpower on arguments you would expect to hear in junior high school.
While his argument and behavior is juvenile, Trump is rapidly climbing the mountain of criminal behavior. He graduated from crimes against humanity. Among his “skills” are family separation, kiddy cages and family concentration camps. Despite failing the course on deporting children receiving medical treatment that their lives depend on, Trump excelled at deporting people who won their cases in immigration court.
Now he has moved on to ordering hits on political opponents – without accountability. We just learned that Trump ordered Soleimani’s hit seven months ago, completely destroying what was left of his already debunked story regarding the Soleiman killing.
Now Trump is saying, he doesn’t need to bother with the same standard every other president followed and the implication is that he can order the death of any person on the planet just because he feels like it.
And this is where I ask, what does this say about the Republicans who are defending him? It says that he could kill on Fifth Avenue or anywhere else in the world and they would still defend him. It says that they’ve sold out every value Republicans used to say they were about for membership in the cult of Trump.
They’ve abandoned the Republican governed by representative democracy in favor of a blood thirsty and power hungry cult of personality.
The GOP no longer believes in anything resembling co-equal branches of government. Now they bow to their “dear leader” and after suffering the humiliation of his wrath simply say “Please sir, I want more.”
On the plus side, they’ve made voting in the general election easier than it ever was. Voters need only ask if they want a blood thirsty king or a president for the people.
If only this was just about partisanship. It’s not. It’s about America’s soul and it’s about the souls of every American. Who you vote for in 2020 not only says something about America, it also says something about you.
House Democrats are watching a group of retiring House Republicans who may break with Trump and support the impeachment resolution.
Republicans admitted that they are running against socialism in 2020 because they have no plan to lower the cost of healthcare.
President Donald Trump and the National Rifle Association have argued an armed teacher could provide the best defense against a shooter bent on mass murder.
Activists on both sides of the issue say such laws, which are commonly blocked by court injunctions, are aimed at getting a case sent to the U.S. Supreme Court, where conservatives hold a 5-4 majority, to challenge Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that established a constitutional right to abortion.
Things are getting nasty in Washington, DC.
The fights going on now are not legal, but political. Through the “spinning” of the facts and through a major PR effort both sides hope to win the hearts and minds of the American voting public.
Donald Trump’s allies last night were all over social media and conservative media outlets, claiming victory for the president.
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus and staunch Trump ally, took to Twitter immediately to argue the lack of additional indictments would reveal the investigation was a waste of time and taxpayers’ money.
“It would mean we just completed 2 years of investigating ‘Russian collusion’ without ONE collusion related indictment. Not even one. Why? Because there was no collusion,” he tweeted.
The Mueller report delivery suggests no more indictments are coming from the Special Counsel. If that's true, it would mean we just completed 2 years of investigating 'Russian collusion' without ONE collusion related indictment. Not even one.
Why? Because there was no collusion
Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough slammed House Republicans for “shamelessly” covering for President Donald Trump as his former attorney Michael Cohen set forth a nicely detailed road map of his alleged crimes.
Scarborough other panelists today agreed that GOP lawmakers exhibited absolutely no curiosity about Trump’s misbehavior and malfeasance during Cohen’s testimony in front of the House Oversight Committee yesterday.
Cohen about his past work for the president, whom he implicated in multiple criminal conspiracies.
A visibly upset Scarborough said:
“It was another sorry, self-defeating step to political oblivion, crassly covering up for a commander in chief who is unworthy of their loyalty, and they did it shamelessly in plain sight for all the world to see.”
But the real reason they were there was basic: Donald Trump. They don't like the president, and they were not about to vote for anyone, like Brat, who supports him.
“More than the policy, it’s the animosity he is fostering within the country,” Sneed said of Trump.
The U.S. government had a $214 billion budget deficit in August, almost double the amount for the same period last year as outlays swelled, according to Treasury Department data released on Thursday.
That compared to a budget deficit of $108 billion in the same month last year, the department’s monthly budget statement showed.
Trump has made immigration and trade the two centerpiece issues of his midterm election strategy, but a new poll shows that he is losing on both as Democrats have surged to a double-digit lead on enthusiasm.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) told House Republicans to wake up and do their jobs of oversight on Trump because America needs them.
"Lawmakers got to change the way they do things. The same old same old just ain't working. ... We need less guns in America, not more guns in America."
"Since Columbine in 1999, there have been 25 fatal, active school shooting incidents at elementary and high schools in America," the Fox Host told his viewers.
Fast food company Burger King is taking on the Trump administration's decision to reverse the landmark 2015 net neutrality rules and making fun of the top U.S. telecommunications regulator in doing so.
Negotiating with Trump is a waste of time. Not only does he lack a firm grasp of the issues, but he often just agrees with the last person he spoke to.
Senate Republicans aren't likely to win over enough Democrats to pass their cynical spending bill.
Democrats lead the GOP by a whopping 18 points among registered voters – the largest lead they've held in two decade's worth of midterm election cycles.
Sanders took a machete to the Republican tax scam on Monday, saying that it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out why it’s so unpopular.