On her show Tuesday night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow disputed the idea that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) was fiscally conservative.
Maddow noted that Ryan — Mitt Romney’s new running mate — had “voted for all of the things in the George W. Bush era that cost a lot of money and were not paid for at all.”
“Whether you are delighted or terrified by the prospect that Paul Ryan is the new face of the Republican Party, it is important to get straight that he is not a fiscal conservative,” she continued. “What Paul Ryan is, is a follower of this person, Ayn Rand.”
Ryan has said he became involved in public service because of Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged, which he reportedly makes all his interns read. But he has insisted his admiration for Rand was just an “urban legend” and that he doesn’t embrace her philosophy.
“Dude, it’s not an urban legend if that’s you on tape saying it for years, repeatedly and with feeling,” Maddow joked.
“In Ayn Rand’s novel, she leads her readers to see the wealthiest people as heroes, heroes that must be protected,” she explained, claiming Ryan’s controversial budget plan was consistent with Rand’s philosophy. “The rich are heroes and everybody else is a taker. The more the rich have, the better. The better for everyone. That is not fiscal conservatism either. It is something else.”
Watch video, courtesy of MSNBC, below:
Rep. Rashida Tlaib defies Trump in NAACP speech: ‘I’m not going nowhere, not until I impeach this president’
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) defiantly insisted on Monday that she would be in Congress until President Donald Trump is impeached.
At the 2019 annual NAACP convention, the announcer noted that Tlaib is a member of the four congresswomen known as The Squad who have recently been told by Trump to "go back" home.
Tlaib began her remarks by alluding to the president's attack.
"I’m not going nowhere, not until I impeach this president," she shouted.
Watch the video below from the NAACP.
Kellyanne Conway erupts after Fox hosts question Trump’s attacks on The Squad
Trump White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Monday went off on an angry rant after Fox News hosts questioned the wisdom of President Donald Trump's latest attacks on four Democratic lawmakers known as "The Squad."
In particular, Conway was asked about Trump's tweet in which he said Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) were incapable of loving the United States.
Conway responded by attacking the women for voting against funding for the humanitarian crisis at the southern border, which the lawmakers argued would just be giving the president money to further his campaign of abusing immigrants.
C-SPAN caller poisoned by Trump says congresswomen in The Squad own ’27 million black African slaves’
A Republican caller told C-SPAN on Monday that four non-white congresswomen own "27 million black African slaves."
On C-SPAN's Washington Journal program, a woman in Washington called in on the Republican line to rant against members of the so-called Squad: Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar (MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Ayanna Pressley (MA) and Rashida Tlaib (MI).
Lara began her call by chastising the media.
"There's a lot of facts that are being walked around," she complained. "For example, regarding the Russia-Mueller thing, it's a proven fact that there was false evidence bought by Obama, Clinton and all the rest... those are facts. That's not an opinion."