Marco Rubio burned to the ground by CNN's Keilar after he 'punched himself in the face' with mask rant
Saying he took a swing and ended up hitting 'himself in the face," CNN "New Day" co-host Brianna Keilar piled on Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) over comments he made on Twitter about Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin for wearing a mask and face shield when arriving in the Philippines.
In a tweet, Rubio wrote, "Our @SecDef is vaccinated But he arrives in the Philippines wearing a mask AND a face shield Embarrassing COVID theatre."
It was quickly pointed out to the Florida Republican that face masks are mandatory in the Philippines, and Keilar joined in humiliating the GOP lawmaker for the tweet where he appeared to think he would score political points -- and it blew up in his face instead.
"Senator Marco Rubio took a swing at the defense secretary on Twitter yesterday and not only did he miss, he hit himself in the face," the smirking CNN host began as she showed the tweet. "The Florida senator mocked Secretary Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin for this, arriving in the Philippines wearing a mask and also that face-shield there as leaders were greeting him."
"All the way back in America, this appeared to somehow personally affect Rubio who called it 'embarrassing covid theater.' The problem is the Philippine government has mandated that everyone must wear both face shields and face masks while in public places," she explained before sarcastically adding, "Why? And I know this is scandalous, they're trying to stop the spread of the coronavirus which, let's not forget, has killed more than 610,000 of our fellow Americans."
"Rubio is a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, so you would think if he saw a cabinet member wearing a protective get-up he usually doesn't in a foreign country, it might occur to him that there could be different rules or norms there. And he could have saved himself scorn by doing a little research before the rip," she said. "And Rubio, mocking masks, that's really where we are still as we learn that vaccinated people while hugely protected from hospitalization or death compared to the unvaccinated can spread the delta variant perhaps as easily as chickenpox."
She went on to elaborate, adding, "Florida, Rubio's state, is currently the worst in the nation when it comes to the spread of delta. Florida is now averaging 10,000 new cases a day -- that is up 61 percent since last week. More than 8,000 people are in the hospital right now -- the most since January. Every county in Rubio's state except for one is experiencing high transmission."
After interviewing a doctor on the explosive growth of the new COVID variant, Keilar turned back to Rubio and his comments and told co-host John Berman, "It's just ridiculous, honestly."
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On Friday, Newsweek reported that new polling reveals a decline in pride to be American among younger generations — and explored some of the factors driving this phenomenon.
"Ipsos polling of 1,026 people between June 25 and 28 showed a similar pattern. Overall, 69 percent said they were proud to be American. This figure was boosted by Gen X and Baby Boomers, with 71 percent and 84 percent respectively saying they were," reported Jacob Jarvis. "Among Millennials, however, just 52 percent said the same. Of those in Gen Z, 58 percent were proud to be America. It is a majority in both younger brackets, but there is a clear generational divide."
According to the report, one reason is that the country is facing a "racial reckoning" — driven by recent police killings like the murder of George Floyd and educational revolutions like the 1619 Project that center the role of slavery in the founding of America — which has set off a right-wing panic over what is being taught to children.
But these are not the only reasons for the shift.
The report also notes that younger Americans are experiencing an unprecedented generational wealth divide: "According to a Bloomberg report last year, Millennials own just 4.2 percent of the nation's wealth. Boomers hold some 10 times that and controlled substantially more—21 percent—when they were the same age as Millennials are now," said the report. "Underlining this generational wealth divide is sharply rising living costs, with the average apartment rental price surpassing $1,200 for the first time after a 10 percent increase in the first half of 2021 alone."
On top of that, the report also suggested that this generation has had fewer events of national pride to rally around, and access to social media that gives them more insight into how other cultures live their lives.
"Ultimately, the notion of patriotism itself — of tying yourself emotionally to one place and making it a definitive characteristic of your personality — is something younger people are less beholden to than those born before them," concluded the report.
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Michigan Republicans remain obsessed with Donald Trump's election loss in the state, which many of them insist was fraudulent despite all evidence to the contrary, and that could cost them in next year's election.
The party is split between pro-Trump factions pushing for election audits to undo the former president's loss in 2020 and other Republicans who worry that those efforts will scare away voters and political professionals as the party looks to unseat Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2022, reported Politico.
"From a staff and leadership perspective, I don't know that top-notch professionals would want to go into this quagmire," said former Michigan GOP executive director Jeff Timmer, a Trump critic. "Unless you're going to talk crazy talk, they don't want you there."
Trump lost the state by more than 150,000 votes last year, but some party officials and conservative activists are pushing for an Arizona-style "forensic analysis" to uncover fraud that the state's Bureau of Elections did not find in its own audits, and the GOP-led Senate Oversight Committee could not find any evidence of that, either.
"The election wasn't stolen," said Jason Roe, who resigned this month as the state GOP's executive director. "[Trump] blew it."
Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel, who previously served as Michigan GOP chair, is confident in the state party's chances to win the gubernatorial election and other races, but many Republicans are nervous that infighting and finger-pointing over Trump's loss will take the focus off next year.
"We're not focused on 2022, and I don't see that changing," Jason Watts, a former Allegan County GOP official who was pushed out as Sixth District treasurer after admitting he didn't vote for Trump last year. "Until we get beyond that, we're going to suffer the consequences and lose in the next couple of cycles because we just can't get off this circular firing squad of remorse, and somehow feeling that the other side cheated, when the evidence doesn't show that at all."
"It's a near-toxic environment," Watts added, "and I don't think you see any signs of that dissipating."
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