With today’s passing of a Senate health-care overhaul bill dampening right-wing morale, Republican activists are keeping up their spirits in hard times by focusing on the problems within their own party. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was ready to give a rallying speech to supporters in Greenville, South Carolina yesterday; instead, the senator faced heckling from a contingent of far-right protesters who believe he is too moderate for his own good.
Graham is known for having voted to confirm Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination back in July, against the recommendation of his own party. More recently, Graham has been ‘testing out lines’ in the GOP concerning global warming, presenting a willingness to compromise on clean energy legislation, according to Darren Samuelsohn of the New York Times. Decisions to cooperate and compromise across party lines have made Sen. Lindsey Graham into a target of the far-right ‘Teabaggers.’
A truck outside Monday’s rally had a toilet meant for ‘RINOs'(Republican in Name Only). During the rally, protesters shouted things like “Ron Paul,” “Sotomayor,” and “You are a country-club Republican.” When Graham listed off a few battleground states, activists responded with, “Move there!”
Graham wasn’t completely without support; cheering and clapping came from some in the audience. Others questioned his loyalty to the party and even his Christianity. One detractor told him that he had “signed a pact with the devil” by working with the Democrats.
“We’re not going to be the party of angry white guys,” Graham responded, according to The State. “If you don’t like it, you can leave.” At this, protesters began to leave the auditorium.
This video is from Lindsey Graham’s ‘town hall’ meeting in Greenville, South Carolina, on October 12th.
Conservative columnist nails the infectious diseases the Trump White House is suffering from
On Wednesday, conservative columnist Max Boot revealed the "diseases" at the heart of President Donald Trump's administration that are weakening their capacity to respond to the very real disease threat from coronavirus.
Simply put: Fevered nationalism, hatred of the civil service, and a pathological desire to erase the legacy of President Barack Obama.
"Covid-19 has already infected more than 80,000 people in 37 countries, causing more than 2,600 deaths, and experts doubt it will slow in the spring," wrote Boot. "That a virus that started in China could have a bad impact on the United States should be no surprise: Diseases don’t respect borders any more than terrorists or trade flows do. Transnational threats require transnational solutions. To cite but one example, many of the medicines and medical supplies that Americans need, including N95 face masks, come from China."
Trump’s health secretary learned Pence was taking over coronavirus outbreak moments before press conference
President Donald Trump apparently left Secretary Alex Azar out of the loop on Vice President Mike Pence taking over the coronavirus response.
According to the Washington Post, Azar was "blindsided" by the decision, according to five people familiar with the incident. Azar learned about it moments before the press conference this afternoon.
Pence said that he would run a task force at the Department of Health and Human Services, which Azar is in charge of.
US has first case of community-spread coronavirus transmission — as Trump says spread is under control
President Donald Trump did a Wednesday press conference where he said that the coronavirus was under control and only a little over one dozen people had it and it would be down to five people soon. In fact, the U.S. hit its 60th person. One dramatic shift happened in the virus, however.
According to KCRA, the first community-spread infection has occurred in California.
A Solano County patient “had no known exposure to the virus through travel or close contact with a known infected individual,” said the California Department of Public Health.