Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Wednesday insisted it was important that the Senate rejected the extension of Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy, even though the legislation had no chance of passing the GOP-led House.
“I think what today is about is educating the American people,” he explained on Viewpoint. “And the American people are going to sit home and say, ‘Really, at a time when the wealthy are doing phenomenally well, do we really need to give them huge tax breaks?’ So I just think this helps educate the American people to understand what is going on in Congress. I think the vast majority of the people support our position.”
Sanders said the Republican Party’s only “function in life” was to protect the wealthy. He added that the United States could cut the federal deficit without cutting safety-net programs, but “the wealthiest people and large corporations are going to have to start paying their fair share.”
Sanders also said there was progress being made on efforts to override the Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United ruling, which gave rise to Super PACs. He noted that six states and more than 200 cities had called on Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn the ruling.
“We have one individual who can spend $400 million — the Koch brothers — on a campaign,” he noted. “This is not what American democracy is supposed to be about.”
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Colbert names Trump’s siege on DC the ‘Tinyman Square’ incident
It wasn't quite Tiananmen Square, where a still-unknown number of Chinese protesters were murdered by the government in 1989, but it was the closest thing President Donald Trump managed to score this week.
After watching the footage of the military tear gas, beat and shoot at protesters so Trump could march from the presidential bunker to St. John's Church for the cameras.
"It was like Tiananmen Square," Colbert deemed. "Except, in Trump's case, Tinyman Square."
Trump claimed on "The Fox & Friends" that no one was tear-gassed, so it's unclear what was stinging people's eyes and making them cough, choke and tear up. The Park Police released a statement saying it wasn't tear gas. While the moment was captured on video from dozens of different camera angles, one protester actually grabbed a canister of Oleoresins Capiscum, or "OC," the gas that was used.
Rachel Maddow shows increase in cases of COVID-19 in states where the GOP wants to move its convention
The Republican Party is determined to have a massive GOP convention where they can have hundreds of its members, delegates and elected officials celebrate President Donald Trump. The only problem is that the coronavirus is still going strong. North Carolina's governor finally had to make a decision and tell the GOP that it was too dangerous to have that many people fly into their state while they're still trying to get the virus under control.
So, mere months before their convention, the Republican Party was forced to look for another location. As MSNBC host Rachel Maddow explained, however, their options aren't great. While New York has managed to flatten their curve and significantly reduce their cases of COVID-19, other states haven't been able to do the same.
Buses roll into Washington DC filled with military troops
It is clear that the military has been dispatched, despite reports that Defense Secretary Mark Esper reversed the plan to send active-duty troops into the city.
The moment was captured by Joyce Karam, who tweeted that as she was posting,there was a helicopter roaming around the city along with police sirens.