MSNBC host Joy Reid said on Saturday that her producers reached out to all 217 Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives who voted for the American Healthcare Act (ACHA) — dubbed by some as “Trumpcare” — and invited them to appear on the show to defend their vote.
All 217 congress members declined.
As the names of the House members scrolled by on the screen, Reid said, “My tireless producers reached out to each and every one of them to ask them to join us today. I offered each of them the lead spot on this show this morning to go one-on-one with me to explain why they voted for the bill — and not a single one agreed.”
The AHCA — which has not been rated by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and which most GOP caucus members only voted for knowing it would be substantially altered or killed altogether in the U.S. Senate — will strip health coverage from a projected 24 million Americans.
“No takers,” she said. “Not a one. Such bravery.”
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 6, 2017
Trump lashes out at Lindsey Graham after he accuses the president of showing ‘weakness’
President Donald Trump and Sen. Lindsey Graham, once bitter enemies, have become close allies since the 2016 election as the South Carolina Republican realized it was in his personal interest to cozy up to the White House. But on Tuesday, fractures emerged between the two in public over a key issue for Graham: Iran.
Graham is on the severely hawkish wing of the Republican Party, and he clearly wants a war with Iran. He began a series of tweets Tuesday by praising Vice President Mike Pence’s briefing that day about the recent attack on Saudi oil infrastructure, saying he believes that “such a sophisticated attack could not have occurred without Iran’s blessing and direct involvement.” He called it an “an act of war” and lauded the Trump administration’s “efforts to create a regional coalition, thoroughly brief the Congress on the actions taken, and come up with a plan of action to restore deterrence against an evil regime in Iran.”
Rick Santorum rips into Corey Lewandowski’s ‘flippant’ admission that he’s happy to lie to the media
During his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, President Donald Trump's former campaign adviser Corey Lewandowski — who was hoping to leverage his appearance trashing Democrats and the Russia investigation for a Senate run in New Hampshire — was forced to admit that he constantly lies on air.
On CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," even former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), a staunch defender of the president, was aghast at this.
"Senator, isn't it kind of a weird way to run for Senate by admitting that you're happy to lie to the American people?" asked Cooper. "I know he was phrasing it as lying to the media, lying to reporters, but, you know, it's not as if — the end result is you're lying to the American people. You are giving people false information. And you're fine with that? You have no moral problem with that?"
Right-wingers have a full-blown freakout over Kavanaugh revelations — and it could blow up in their faces
Do Republicans think “men are the real victims of sexism” is a winning argument going into the 2020 election? That sounds preposterous, but there are strong indications that Donald Trump and other leading Republicans believe they can win by feeding a “victim mentality” in men, a mentality they otherwise tend to decry when detected in actual victims.
On Sunday, the New York Times published an article by the authors of a new book about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, introducing more corroborating evidence for claims that Kavanaugh had a history throughout high school and college of getting trashed and then sexually abusing his female classmates. That story, almost a year after Kavanaugh’s momentous confirmation hearings, was interesting further evidence that Kavanaugh likely perjured himself before the Senate. Ultimately, it doesn’t really change anything, since there’s little reason to believe that anyone actually believed Kavanaugh was telling the truth at the time.