Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) is tired of all the "batsh**tery" Republican lawmakers are supporting and he is calling for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to push back against it.
On Friday, June 18, Kinzinger, who does not mince words when it comes to offering his take on former President Donald Trump and his allies, posted a series of tweets firing back at his Republican colleagues as he expressed disdain for their actions over the course of this week.
Kinzinger recalled the many controversial decisions pro-Trump Republican lawmakers have made this week. From conspiracy theories about the FBI being responsible for the insurrection on the U.S. Capitol to their opposition toward the acknowledgment of Juneteenth, Republicans have made it clear where they stand on hard-line issues.
Also this week, newly-elected Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) appeared on Newsmax where he offered a bizarre defense of gun rights by "citing communist Vietcong fighters' efforts against U.S. Marines in the Vietnam War." According to Kinzinger, it all equates to craziness.
"Some GOP are: 1) pushing FBI conspiracies on Jan 6, 2) comparing the 2nd amendment to Vietnam and the VC, 3) scared of shaking the hands of police defending them, 4) opposing Juneteenth, 5) so much more batsh**tery. Would be a great time for @GOPLeader to assert some influence," Kinzinger tweeted on Friday.
Some GOP are: 1) pushing FBI conspiracies on Jan 6, 2) comparing the 2nd amendment to Vietnam and the VC, 3) scared… https://t.co/kPumJmVoCJ— Adam Kinzinger (@Adam Kinzinger) 1624025276.0
Highlighting the fact that a total of 14 Republican lawmakers voted against Juneteenth becoming a federal holiday, Kinzinger offered his assessment of the message their actions suggest.
"Watching some on the right oppose this is mind-numbingly ignorant. It's a celebration of freedom," Kinzinger tweeted this week following some Republican lawmakers' opposition to Juneteenth becoming a federal holiday.
His tweets come just one day after he sounded off about the 21 Republican lawmakers who refused to properly identify the insurrection for what it was.
"It's amazing to me, when you are a coward taking cowardice votes — voting against a gold medal for the cops," Kinzinger said, according to MSNBC. That was a cowardice vote for these 21 Republicans because they didn't want to have to face their base and admit it was an insurrection."
Former Colorado Republican Party chairman Ryan Call allegedly stole nearly $280,000 from a pro-Trump super PAC over the course of three years while he was the committee's treasurer, according to a newly filed complaint.
This article first appeared in Salon.
"The allegations against Ryan Call, who served two terms as state chair of the Colorado GOP between 2011 and 2015, were disclosed in a complaint filed against him this month by the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel, a division of the Colorado Supreme Court that handles attorney disciplinary matters," Colorado Newsline first reported on Wednesday. The complaint, filed on June 2 by the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel, details that the former treasurer took cash from the Rebuilding America Now PAC through the course of 37 self-dealing transactions from 2016 to 2019.
"Respondent knowingly misappropriated $278,169.45 from (Rebuilding America Now)," the filing further stated. "Specifically, he transferred $278,169.45 of RAN funds to himself, knowing that the funds belonged to RAN, and knowing that he was not entitled to the funds and that RAN had not authorized him to take the funds for his own purposes."
The filed complaint alleged that Call "knowingly misappropriated" funds intended to go to the pro-Trump PAC founded by former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who was also hit over failing to report a hefty contribution of $1 million during his tenure. That million-dollar contribution would later be reported by Call to the FEC in November of 2018. Over the course of June 2016 and November 2016, the pro-Trump super PAC raised north of $23 million, according to FEC records reviewed by Newsline.
The now public complaint against Call was filed by the Denver-based law firm Hale Westfall, according to Colorado Newsline, after Call "entered into a contract with Rebuilding America Now 'in his personal capacity,' and 'signed for both parties.' The contract awarded him a fee of $5,000 per month for "political strategy and fundraising support and assistance.'"
It will be up to Presiding Disciplinary Judge William Lucero to decide on Call's fate. An email associated with Call's name out of Colorado didn't return a Salon request for comment.
According to a report from the New York Times, Republicans in Georgia are making a concerted effort to purge election officials they don't believe are on their side as they put up more barriers to casting a vote in the 2022 election.
Of note is a concentration on the elimination of officials who are Democrats and, particularly, those who are Black.
Case in point, Lonnie Hollis who sat on the Troup County election board since 2013.
According to the report, "A Democrat and one of two Black women on the board, she has advocated Sunday voting, helped voters on Election Days and pushed for a new precinct location at a Black church in a nearby town. But this year, Ms. Hollis will be removed from the board, the result of a local election law signed by Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican. Previously, election board members were selected by both political parties, county commissioners and the three biggest municipalities in Troup County. Now, the G.O.P.-controlled county commission has the sole authority to restructure the board and appoint all the new members."
In an interview, Hollis explained, "I speak out and I know the laws. The bottom line is they don't like people that have some type of intelligence and know what they're doing, because they know they can't influence them."
The Times reports that Hollis is not the only one being singled out.
"Across Georgia, members of at least 10 county election boards have been removed, had their position eliminated or are likely to be kicked off through local ordinances or new laws passed by the state legislature. At least five are people of color and most are Democrats — though some are Republicans — and they will most likely all be replaced by Republicans," the report states before adding, "Officials like Ms. Hollis are responsible for decisions like selecting drop box and precinct locations, sending out voter notices, establishing early voting hours and certifying elections. But the new laws are targeting high-level state officials as well, in particular secretaries of state — both Republican and Democratic — who stood up to Mr. Trump and his allies last year."
In an interview, Jena Griswold, the chairwoman of the Democratic Association of Secretaries of State explained, "It's a thinly veiled attempt to wrest control from officials who oversaw one of the most secure elections in our history and put it in the hands of bad actors. The risk is the destruction of democracy."
As for Hollis, who is still at her job for the moment, she is doing what she can before she leaves.
"Ms. Hollis is trying to do as much as she can in the time she has left on the board. The extra precinct in nearby Hogansville, where the population is roughly 50 percent Black, is a top priority. While its population is only about 3,000, the town is bifurcated by a rail line, and Ms. Hollis said that sometimes it can take an exceedingly long time for a line of freight cars to clear, which is problematic on Election Days," the report states.
"I'm not going to sit there and wait for you to tell me what it is that I that I should do for the voters there. I'm going to do the right thing," she declared.
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