Filling in for Rachel Maddow, MSNBC host Joy Reid took a hard look at North Carolina Republican lawmakers who called a special session to diminish incoming Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper authority after his stunning defeat of Republican Pat McCrory.
Reid was joined by North Carolina pastor William Barber who called the GOP’s antics, “Extremism run amuck.”
As Reid explained, the Republican GOP majority convened a special session to deal with disaster recovery, only to turn around and propose bills that would cut incoming Gov. Cooper’s staffing from 1,500 to 300 while making his cabinet appointments subject to approval by the GOP-controlled state Senate.
“You have Governor Pat McCrory refusing to concede the election, fought it in every way he could,” Reid said to Barber. “But you now have the Republican legislature, the house and the senate attempting to essentially make the governorship not worth having and take all the powers of the governor because a Democrat will have it. What on Earth and what are you guys doing to combat that?”
“Well, you know, this is extremism gone amuck,” Barber said. “These folks are not even Republicans. They’re on some other world. I mean, my great-grandfather was a Republican. They are just power hungry. I just got a report that they have now entered 15 bills — mind you they came in saying they were concerned about people who were in the floods — but all that was a cover. They introduced 15 bills, one of them actually changes the makeup of the state boards of election and the county boards of election because currently whoever gets elected, the governor, whatever party he’s in, that’s how the makeup of the local boards look like.”
“We’re pushing back hard,” he continued. “This is also why, Joy, we need the Voting Rights Act because some of the stuff they wouldn’t be able to do in a pre-clearance state. We’re even considering civil disobedience. I’m on the phone tonight about that because this is just wrong. I call on all national media to get down in this state because the most regressive extremist stuff is happening in our state and this is extremism gone amuck. It’s ugly, it’s mean spirited, it’s unconstitutional and undemocratic.”
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‘America is running away like rats’: Watch angry Kurds blame US troops for dead babies as they withdraw
The Associated Press obtained video of Kurds pelting American military vehicles with fruit as they withdrew from Syria.
The video was first captured by a Kurdish news agency, the AP said in a report on Monday.
“Like rats, America is running away,” one man shouted in Arabic. Another shouted obscenities and talked of babies in Kurdish-held Syria who had died in the Turkish offensive.
The scene encapsulated the Kurds’ feelings of betrayal and added a new indignity to a US withdrawal that has been rushed and involved several close brushes with Turkish-backed forces.
WATCH: White House protesters chant ‘impeach Trump’ loud enough for aides to hear
Protesters gathered in front of the White House on Sunday to call on President Donald Trump to be removed from office.
Videos circulated online showed protesters chanting "impeach Trump" close enough to the White House for staff to hear the demonstration.
In other videos, protesters were blowing loud whistles.
Meanwhile, demonstrators also greeted Trump as he visited his New Jersey golf course. Pro-impeachment protesters were also reportedly out on the streets in Boston and New York City.
Watch some of the video clips below.
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White House urged diplomats to stay quiet about withheld aid to Ukraine: ‘Nothing to see here’
As Democrats proceed with impeachment, there are explosive new revelations almost daily related to President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine.
On Wednesday, the New York Times reported that top diplomats were instructed to keep quiet about the temporary freeze on the $141 million package of aid to Ukraine.
“Keep moving, people, nothing to see here,” Brad Freden, the State Department’s acting deputy assistant secretary of Europe and Eurasia, said in an email.