'With a law-and-order party like this, who needs crooks?': GOP slammed by heartland paper for ignoring Bannon's criminality
The editorial board of the Kansas City Star dropped the hammer on House Republicans on Saturday after they sat on their hands and refused to vote with Democrats to ask the Department of Justice to charge Steve Bannon with congressional contempt.
The former Donald Trump adviser has refused to honor a subpoena to turn over documents and appear to testify about the Jan 6th insurrection being investigated by a bipartisan committee investigating the events of the day and what led up to it. After a vote by the committee, the matter was handed off to the House where the referral passed with only a handful of Republicans joining with the Democrats.
That led to the Star's editorial board wondering what it takes for Republicans to respect the rule of law.
"For anyone who still needs it, most Republican House members last week provided more evidence that the GOP — once the 'law-and-order' party — is now the party that coddles criminals," they wrote before adding, "... this shameful roster (including all six of Missouri's GOP House members) is once again running interference for a lawless ex-president who tried to overthrow a valid election."
As the editors noted, this is not the first time that Republicans have sided with Trump and his allies against the law, including two impeachment trials that ended up going nowhere because of GOP intransigence and saying nothing about his pardons that helped cover-up criminality.
"With a law-and-order party like this, who needs crooks?" they asked before writing, "The crime that Bannon committed to merit Thursday's House vote to hold him in contempt is, like so much of the lawbreaking the GOP tries to ignore these days, pretty clear-cut: When Congress issues a subpoena, the subject of that subpoena is legally required to provide the information being sought — in this case, testimony about Bannon's conversations with Trump before the Jan. 6 attack."
"This really isn't that complicated: A congressional probe to establish exactly who did what in advance of a mob attack on the seat of America's government is not only justified but required. Congress has the legal authority to subpoena relevant witnesses for that probe. Those who defy such subpoenas are breaking the law," they wrote before dryly concluding, "And the party that tries to shield those lawbreakers should stop pretending it cherishes law and order."
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Organizers pulled the plug on a tactical event scheduled for today in Southwest Missouri that promised to train Christians in "hand-to-hand combat."
The Kansas City Star broke the news about the presumed victory for Satan:
"'Because of low attendance numbers, we are having to cancel this event,' organizer Kevin VanStory posted on his Facebook page. No other details were available, and the online link for the event has been taken down.
"The Missouri Embattled Warriors Event had been scheduled to run from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday on wooded property in Newton County between Neosho and Joplin. The training was being held by the Salt and Light Brigade MAKO edition, a group that includes supporters from Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas and Oklahoma."
The cancellation came despite the bar for success apparently having been set rather low. In a Facebook post just four days ago, VanStory said the event would be limited to just 36 participants. Here's that post verbatim:
"We are scheduling a Embattled Warrior Tactical Event in Missouri on October 23rd, 2021. This is a one-day event. The cost for the event will be $135 single or $200 couples. This event will cover: Room clearing, hand to hand fighting and fighting from a vehicle. It will be a round robin with groups rotating (90 min-120 min depending on group size). Saturday evening, a dark/low light class will be given. This will be pertaining to the use of a flashlight (weapon mounted or hand held) in dark or low light conditions. A scenario of the three combined courses will be conducted. The schedule for the event is as follows (can be adjusted as needed). Thanks for your interest in this event. We are limiting the event to 36 persons."
The Star noted that the cancellation came despite considerable online attention:
"News of the event drew a barrage of reaction, most of it critical, on social media Thursday. 'Nothing says Jesus like a 9mm and a throat punch,' wrote one man on Facebook. 'What would Jesus be packin'?' said another. And on Twitter, one said, 'Grab your swords, boys! Tonight we're gonna kill some Romans!', said Jesus never.' And another: 'I think anyone who's read the gospels knows the importance Jesus placed on hand-to-hand combat. 'If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, offer him a knuckle sandwich and draw your sidearm.'"
According to a report from the Salt Lake Tribune, a two-day pro-Donald Trump event that commenced at the Salt Palace Convention Center was filled with more empty chairs than attendees on its first day.
The promoters behind the Western Conservative Action Network, or WeCANact event, that promised former White House official Michael Flynn as a headliner, had boasted that they expected 10,000 participants, but the Tribune reported that about 1000 showed up to hear about the fight against, "socialist, communist, and Marxist ideologies" in government and schools.
According to the Tribune's report, "The event did focus on that promise, but also offered up a large helping of misinformation about COVID-19, vaccines and the 2020 election. And, to top off the fringe political buffet, there were lots of references to the QAnon conspiracy theory."
To make the point about the small turnout, the Tribune included a photo from the hall showing row upon row upon row of empty seats.
As for what the few who showed up heard, the Tribune's Bryann Schott wrote: "The falsehoods and half-truths flew fast and furious Friday. A favorite target for speakers was the COVID-19 pandemic and any protective measures taken to stop the spread of the virus that has killed more than 720,000 Americans," he wrote before adding, "Other speakers spent time promoting unproven alternative cures for the virus."
Schott added, "More than a few speakers referred to anything they viewed as the enemy as communist or Marxist. Leigh Dundas, who cheered on the crowd who attacked Congress during the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, warned the crowd that a plot launched by former Soviet Premier Nikita Kruschev to replace the U.S. government with a communist dictatorship was coming to fruition."
"This is how a communist totalitarian takeover starts. They make divorce easy. They want to normalize deviant sexual practices. They want to get rid of obscenity laws and frame anyone who opposes that as against free speech. They want to get rid of prayer in schools," Dundas told the small crowd.
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