Friday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow pointed out that in spite of whatever attempts the GOP is making at the national level at rebranding itself, the party is lost without its “bedroom intrusion agenda.”
Even as national Republicans like Olympia Snowe come out in favor of marriage equality, state Republicans are passing ever more stringent laws against abortion, contraception access and other reproductive freedoms.
North Carolina Republicans, even though they are dropping their bid to establish Christianity as the state’s official religion, are trying to make it more difficult for married couples to divorce.
“Even if the reason you want to get divorced is, say, domestic violence, your spouse abusing you,” Maddow said, “The republicans in the state legislature of North Carolina want the state government to intervene in your marriage to block you from getting divorced. For two years. During which time they will mandate you attend state government classes and workshops that are designed to make you not get divorced from your abusive spouse for two years. Because, you know, ‘small government.'”
State Republicans in Texas, Virginia, Alabama and North Dakota are shutting down clinics that perform abortions. Arkansas Republicans have introduced legislation saying that the state can discriminate on the basis of gender. Several states are banning comprehensive sex education.
“This is what the republican party is working on around the country right now,” Maddow said. The Beltway press does not cover Republican politics that way, but that is what they’re doing. It’s not what they’re talking about. It’s what they’re doing.”
“The Beltway line on the Republican Party right now is social conservatism is over for the Republican Party. And kicking all the old school conservative issues to the sideline,” she concluded. “But look at what they’re doing, not what they’re saying. Dozens of Republicans and Republican Senators have signed on to more investigations of Planned Parenthood. Virginia is looking for sodomy laws. They are cracking down on ‘the gay’ in every form of state government. The social conservatives have triumphed in the Republican Party. You could tell it not from what they say to the Beltway press. It’s how they use the power they have in governing all over the country. You cannot distill this stuff out of the Republican Party. This is the Republican Party. If you kicked them out of your bedroom, they would have no idea where else to go.”
Watch the video, which aired Friday, April 5, and is embedded via MSNBC, below:
Morning Joe panel brutally dismantles Lindsey Graham for doubling down and backing Trump’s extreme racism
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough was left speechless by Sen. Lindsey Graham's impassioned defense of President Donald Trump's racist attacks on four Democratic congresswomen.
The "Morning Joe" host sat in stunned silence after rolling video of the South Carolina Republican defending Trump's tweets, and doubling down by hurling his own slurs against the first-year lawmakers.
"You call Americans in Congress communists?" Scarborough said, after gathering his thoughts, "and you say they hate America? And then your punch line to that is aim higher?"
Scarborough, who served alongside Graham as a Republican congressman, said the episode was a shameful new low for the veteran lawmaker.
MSNBC’s Morning Joe explains the ‘stupid’ reason Trump is cranking up his extremist racist rants
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough believes President Donald Trump's racist attacks on Democratic lawmakers are both a political calculation and an essential element of character.
Sam Stein, senior politics editor for HuffPost, wondered whether Trump was telling the four lawmakers -- all women of color, all American citizens and all but one born in the U.S. -- to go back to their home countries because he was genuinely just racist, and not playing a cynical gambit for racist voters, but the "Morning Joe" host said both could be true.
"I think it can be both," Scarborough said. "I think it can be deeply embedded in his character and at the same time, I think he read Maureen Dowd's (New York Times) column on Sunday morning an said, 'Oh, wait a second, Democrats are fighting each other, let me drive a wedge between the two sides, and I'll attack the four people that Nancy Pelosi is attacking.'"
Trump is ‘one pointy white hat shy of a Klan rally’: GOP strategist Rick Wilson ripped Trump as a ‘flagrant racist’ on MSNBC
Republican strategy ripped President Donald Trump for being a "flagrant racist" during a Monday night appearance on MSNBC.
Lawrence O'Donnell interviewed Wilson about Trump's latest nativist attacks on young women of color in Congress.
"Rick Wilson, is this a campaign strategy? Is this Donald Trump and his campaign advisers thinking, well, our only hope is going for the voters we already have and energizing them and getting them to come and squeak out that electoral formula once again?" O'Donnell asked.
"Absolutely, Lawrence. As everyone else stated on the show, it’s been obvious for a long time from the long arc of his dad to redling to the Central Park Five to birtherism to this stuff today, this guy, he's racist adjacent in of the best day of his life," Wilson is explained.