In an interview with CBS correspondent Major Garrett for "The Takeout" podcast, presidential historian Jon Meacham lamented the accelerated decline of the Republican Party following the one-term presidency of Donald Trump and wondered if the party will ever return to its principles.
With the GOP undergoing an internal civil war centering on allegiance to Trump that looks to be leading to the ouster of Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) from a leadership position, Meacham said the loudest voices in the Republican Party have become untethered from reality.
Noting that the Republican Party "has descended into fantasy, conspiracy and falsehoods," Meacham claimed the GOP was poised to lose touch by focusing on hot-button cultural issues and that Trump showed them the way.
"There was a lot of gasoline on the garage floor of the Republican Party, and Trump was a match," Meacham explained. "And that gasoline, I believe, is partly spilled partly because of almost 90 years of a kind of growing disenchantment with the way Republican presidents actually delivered for their conservative base."
The historian focused on the Jan 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and marveled at Republican officeholders who have dismissed it as old news when not questioning how bad it really was.
"We came as close to losing the country as we know it on January 6 as we have since the Civil War. And I say that with no hyperbole," he elaborated while noting one capitol rioter was able to flaunt the Confederate flag inside the U.S. Capitol and pointing out, "The Confederates didn't even get into the Capitol during the Civil War, but they did three months ago."
The historian also warned that race relations in the country appear to be getting worse, telling the CBS host, "We have not seen the last of the White reaction and backlash to a changing demographic and country."
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Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) has refused to be served in a lawsuit over his role in inciting the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, according to an attorney for Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA).
The California Democrat has sued President Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Rudy Giuliani for their own roles in the Capitol insurrection, and the complaint also alleges that Brooks incited the riot with his speech ahead of the violent assault on the democratic process, reported Axios.
"We have been attempting to serve our complaint on Mo Brooks for more than a month," Swalwell attorney Philip Andonian told Punchbowl News.
Brooks is running to replace retiring Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) and has been endorsed by the twice-impeached one-term president, who has voluntarily waived service and entered the lawsuit.
"I talked to staffers in [Brooks'] D.C. office who promised a response from someone, which never came," Andonian said. "I sent the complaint and a waiver of service form in a detailed email to his chief of staff and counsel, which to date remains unanswered."
"The other defendants in the case — including Donald Trump — have all agreed to waive service in the interest of getting to the merits of the case," the attorney added. "It seems clear that Brooks is choosing to make a political stunt out of a part of the process that essentially is a formality, which is unfortunate -- although not surprising."
A North Dakota elementary school teacher has been placed on administrative leave after having fifth-grade students conduct a reenactment of George Floyd's murder.
Valley News Live reports that a Wahpeton School District investigation has concluded that the teacher's in-class reenactment of Floyd's death was "inappropriate and insensitive," although it noted that students did not make physical contact with one another during the lesson and that no student was ever in danger of having their breathing obstructed.
The district also said that no student was singled out to play roles in the reenactment based on their race.
Nonetheless, the district faulted the teacher for making students "uncomfortable in the learning environment" and said it is still investigating details of what happened.
The district first became aware of the reenactment after seeing a social media post from a parent complaining about it.
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