On Tuesday's edition of MSNBC's "The ReidOut," Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer, a Republican who has called out election conspiracy theories surrounding the Arizona results, acknowledged that when it comes to election issues, his party has a near-monopoly on "insanity."
"Are you worried this becomes the standard way that your party behaves when they lose elections?" asked anchor Joy Reid.
"Yes, absolutely," said Richer. "You know, it opens the door to both parties. I don't think this is now specific to just one party."
"Democrats don't believe in this," Reid countered. "Have you ever had any record of Democrats doing this? The pain in the loss of the 2000 election was real. Al Gore himself presided over handing over the election to George W. Bush. Hillary Clinton losing to that reality show guy everyone knew was unqualified to be president ... Democrats believe in democracy when they lose. Your party doesn't seem to, sir."
"I appreciate it," Richer acknowledged. "I don't think insanity is specific to just one side of the aisle or other. This instance, yes. We're discussing Republicans right now. Absolutely."
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Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) said that Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is never going to be the Speaker, former Republican Rep. David Jolly (FL) explained on MSNBC Tuesday.
According to Jolly, the reason that McCarthy and other Republicans want to block any Jan. 6 Commission is that it might out their involvement or coordination.
"Now Kevin does not want it to go forward it's because we know the focus will be on the culpability of Republican behavior, not just Donald Trump's behavior but Republican behavior going into Jan. 6th," Jolly explained. "The luscious irony in all of this is just as Kevin's handling of the Benghazi commission, some would argue derailed his ascension to the speakership. When he went on Fox News and said this was all about taking down Hillary Clinton, it wasn't about Benghazi. Just as that derailed his speakership, a Jan. 6th Commission could derail it at the speakership as well. It could focus on what he knows about the events. When Liz Cheney says he should testify, it's not just because she wants to get to the truth. She's said that McCarthy won't be Speaker. Which tells me that Liz Cheney knows that Kevin McCarthy knows something that is so damming it would undo his ascension to the speakership should he go under oath before a Jan. 6th Commission."
Republicans are desperately trying to make the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol the same as burning the Wendy's a year earlier during protests after another shooting of an unarmed person of color.
"This is what makes this so insane, I don't know why the democrats are even bothering the try and make a bipartisan commission at this point," Dr. Jason Johnson explained. "The Republicans know that many of them are potentially complicit in not standing up when this was happening or obfuscating people who might have been involved."
He cited Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ), who indicated that she witnessed Republican officials giving tours to people she later saw at the insurrection.
"The Republican Party doesn't want a real investigation," he explained. "This is like the Empire saying, 'OK, you got the Death Star, we don't have to do the whole investigation into Darth Vader. We don't have to talk about that' You can't go forward. The country can't go forward unless we have an investigation. Because I promise you, whoever was responsible for this and the people in Congress who were responsible for this, will try again at some point. I think the Democrats just need to go it alone and forget about getting Republicans involved."
See the full discussion below:
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On Tuesday, Florida Politics reported that Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) doubled down on his pleas for former President Donald Trump to stop jumping into Senate races and coronating candidates in the primary, saying that the process should play out with voters.
"Scott made the comments Tuesday on Fox News Radio's 'Brian Kilmeade Show,'" wrote A.G. Gankarski. 'What I've suggested to him is to let the citizens of that state pick their primary winner,' Scott said. 'And then help those that win that he believes in.'" Scott added, "And so, but, you know, he believes in things that I believe in," like a "secure border."
Scott, who took over as head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee after the 2020 election, is tasked with helping Republicans win back a majority in the Senate in 2022, when both parties will be defending multiple competitive seats.
In recent months, Trump has made several Senate endorsements, and while most of them are of GOP incumbents, he has expressed interest in weighing in on key races, even inviting four Ohio Senate candidates to Mar-a-Lago for an "Apprentice" style reality-show vetting behind closed doors.
Despite his warnings to Trump to stay out of his affairs, Scott has gone out of his way to champion his reverence for the former president, even inventing a new "Champion of Freedom Award" just so he could give it to Trump.
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