Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) suggested that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) wants to get rid of the filibuster.
A fleeting comment from Tester in an interview with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, who found his latest statement about the debt ceiling being the dumbest thing he's even heard of.
"We always do this f*cking dance. I don't know if people are going to put their sane minds on and do what needs to be done, or shut it down," Tester told reporters last week.
"Well, you know, I've seeded when it's been too wet or harvested when it's been too wet, often — that happens every year, but the truth is there's nothing that compares to a self-inflicted wound like increasing the interest on your debt for every family in America, which is what would happen if we don't pay our debts," said Tester. "Look, if I sell a guy a load of wheat, okay, which happens when I have wheat to sell, and he doesn't pay me, do you think I'm going to trust that guy ever again? This is a total loss of credibility for the United States. It removes us as being the economic leader in the world and gives the keys to China. It just doesn't make any sense whatsoever to me."
"Keep in mind, it's Mitch McConnell saying we're not going to give any votes," Tester later said, referring to McConnell's claim that no Republican would vote for the debt ceiling increase. "So, that indicates to me maybe Mitch McConnell wants to do away with the filibuster. The thought had crossed my mind. Rachel, that, you know, the CARES Act, for example, which was a large expenditure of money, trillions of dollars, I read the press releases that were sent out by everybody in the United States Senate because the economy was in a tough shape when the pandemic hit. Look, we saved the economy, that's part of it. The other part is you pay your bill, and if you don't pay your bill after bragging about saving the economy, you have done nothing."
He went on to call Republicans irresponsible for putting the country and the economy "on edge." He hopes that "somebody" will "regain some sanity here and do what's right for the country."
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The failed Arizona audit would have 'deflated the enthusiasm' of any sane politician -- except Trump: election law expert
CNN.com reported that former President Donald Trump seems obsessed with proving over and over again how badly he lost the 2020 presidential election.
The ex-president was humiliated at the ballot box but then proceeded to be humiliated in court over 60 times. Trump then held a partisan audit funded by his donors and run by his supporters, and he still ended up losing over 360 votes from his original total.
Despite this, he appears to want to do it again.
"The lesson they're taking from Arizona's Maricopa County ballot review is not that they failed and should stop, but rather that they should try to avoid the negative scrutiny that hounded the Cyber Ninjas' review and 'do it better' in states like Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, even if there's no evidence of fraud," the report said, citing conservative Sarah Longwell, who runs the group Defending Democracy Together.
"It has nothing to do with auditing votes," Longwell explained to CNN.com. "It has to do with creating a cloud of suspicion around the elections and keeping their fraud narrative front and center."
Elections law expert Richard Hasen noted that the polling proves Republicans believe Trump over any possible proof or logic and that there's little chance of ever being able to pull them away.
"One would think in a real world, that even this fake audit, that was stacked in favor of helping Trump, that a finding in favor of Biden would have deflated the enthusiasm. And maybe it has among some," he added. "But facts don't matter when you're incessantly lying about election integrity."
He also explained that trying to destroy elections is Trump's point.
"No. 1, it will further undermine people's confidence in the process," Hasen said. "And No. 2, someone who believes or purports to believe that the last election was stolen is more likely to act in a way to not conduct a fair election as a kind of payback for the supposed rigging the last time."
Wife of Brazil's Trump-loving leader gets vaxxed in NYC -- and leaves Brazilians fuming about 'disrespect': report
On Monday, The New York Times reported that the wife of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro stirred outrage in her home country following reports that she got vaccinated in New York City during the United Nations conference.
"Mrs. Bolsonaro's vaccination, disclosed by Mr. Bolsonaro on Thursday after their return home, generated more adverse publicity, apparently revealing the couple's lack of solidarity on that subject and — to some Brazilians — a disrespect by the Brazilian first lady for her country's own health system," reported Rick Gladstone.
This comes as four members of the Brazilian U.N. delegation tested positive for COVID-19.
He has also boosted unproven treatments for the virus including the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine and the livestock deworming medication ivermectin, both of which have become popular among Trump supporters in the U.S. where they are often prescribed through a right-wing telemedicine scheme.
Brazil has been hit particularly hard by COVID-19, as the pandemic has cost the lives of nearly 600,000 Brazilians over the last two years.
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