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WATCH: GOP senator grumbles about ‘offensive’ Jim Crow hearing – then accuses liberals of ‘terrorism’ in angry rant
During a Senate Judiciary hearing on voting rights this Tuesday, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) launched into a rant saying that the hearing is an "attack on one of our states for enacting election integrity laws."
"National Democrats and big business have colluded to bully Georgia in retaliation for its new voting law," Grassley said, referring to the state's passage of a law that includes restrictions some activists say restrict the voting rights of minorities. "But we'd be naive to think that they'll stop with the Peach State."
Grassley went on to say that he objects to the title of the hearing, "Jim Crow 2021: The Latest Assault on the Right to Vote."
"Like others on this committee, I'm a fan of history -- I try to learn from it. I don't use it to insult my opponents," he continued. "As I said, the title of this hearing is offensive, and as a student of history, this title diminishes the very real challenges and unfairness that minorities endured in the Jim Crown south at the hands of southern Democrats."
Grassley pointed out how the "liberal Washington Post" gave President Biden "four Pinocchios" over his claim that Georgia's new law ended voting hours early -- a claim that Biden repeated after the Post's fact check. He said that liberals' alleged false claims about Georgia's voting law have resulted in big business punishing the people of Georgia "for their political choices."
"When partisans and companies collude to ruin the livelihoods of their opponents, there's a term for that: it's economic terrorism."
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Attendees at a conference populated with QAnon conspiracists had to be ordered to stay away from areas where children were picked up by parents or used the restroom alone.
Coronavirus skeptics and QAnon adherents, who believe in baseless conspiracies that Democratic and Hollywood elites are sexually and physically abusing children, gathered this week for the "Health and Freedom" conference in Oklahoma, where organizers had to issue stern reminders to guests, according to comments flagged by Resist Programming.
"The upstairs bathroom in the south hallway right there, there's big stop signs that said these are for kids only, and we had some gentlemen that, we had kids in the bathroom and some gentlemen said they're not going to obey the rule," said Pastor Craig Hagin, co-pastor of Rhema Bible Church, which hosted the event.
Hagin's microphone was cut off at that point, but he awkwardly repeated his admonition after the brief pause.
"There's big stop signs that says please, kids only, you know," he said, "and it wouldn't be as bad if there wasn't the kids in there, you know, by themselves. We're trying to protect the kids."
Moments earlier, Hagin had also asked the QAnon conference attendees not to interfere with parents trying to pick up their children from day care offered at the Broken Arrow church.
"There's some of you that parked against the curb, and there's parents fixing to come pick their kids up from day care and they park against the curb, and so we don't want to have to tow anybody's car," Hagin said. "But if you did park on the curb and not in the parking place -- the regular parking place, no big deal, but if you parked near the curb then you need to move it."
The three-day event organized by Tulsa-area businessman Clay Clark features speeches from Donald Trump allies Michael Flynn, Lin Wood and Mike Lindell, as well as appearances by several prominent proponents of the QAnon conspiracy theory.
'Never had anything to do with it!' GOP hardliners flee Marjorie Taylor Greene's failed 'Anglo-Saxon' caucus
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's (R-GA) ill-fated effort to create an "America First" caucus dedicated to promoting "Anglo-Saxon" values has completely crashed and burned, and now even some GOP hardliners are shoveling dirt on the project's ashes.
Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), who earlier this year was a featured speaker at a white nationalism conference, tells CNN's Manu Raju that he was never part of the "America First" caucus, even though initial reports listed him as a founder of the group along with Greene.
"I never had anything to do it," Gosar told Raju. "There's no America First Caucus. There's no America First Caucus."
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), who was also reportedly invited to join the caucus, similarly told Raju that the caucus proposal seemed like "a setup" even though he told reporters just days ago he was considering joining it.
News broke late last week that some Greene staffers planned on creating the caucus to promote a "common respect for uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions" and "the progeny of European architecture."
The caucus proposal was widely panned, however, and even some members of the House Freedom Caucus tried to distance themselves from it. Shortly afterward, plans for forming the caucus were officially scrapped.
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