Kyrsten Sinema cares more about being seen as ‘a quirky maverick’ than her actual policy positions: NYT writer
On Tuesday's edition of MSNBC's "All In," New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg zeroed in on what she believes to be the real motivation of Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), following her new Washington Post op-ed defending the filibuster rule.
"I think the starting place for analysis for understanding this is to understand that Kyrsten Sinema believes these things and isn't making a third-order calculation," said anchor Chris Hayes. "I mean, Mark Kelly's not doing this and he's got the same electorate to face. Tammy Baldwin is not doing this. This is just how she thinks things should be."
"I think that Kyrsten Sinema believes in herself as a quirky maverick more than she believes, necessarily, what she's saying about the filibuster," said Goldberg. "She was an opponent of the filibuster as a Green Party activist. And so much of what she writes in this latest Washington Post op-ed is just transparently not true. She says that without the filibuster, when Republicans are in power, they would be able to defund agencies that Democrats care about. They would be able to privatize Medicare. But Republicans can do that on the rules we have right now. They can do that under reconciliation. And a quick fact-check would have said that this is just incorrect. Similar to what she said when she defended the filibuster in the past, it's something that the Senate created to encourage comity."
"So, I don't know if it's just that she believes facts that are wrong about the filibuster as much as she believes in maybe being the fulcrum of power in the Senate and sort of not being just another loyal Democrat," added Goldberg.
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Maddow mocks Arizona audit movie done by the guy who also filmed 'aliens did 9/11' and killed JFK documentaries
MSNBC Rachel Maddow is sounding the alarm about the new movie discussing the Arizona audit will be done by the same filmmaker who did a documentary about the aliens being behind the attacks on Sept. 11. He also apparently filmed a documentary about the aliens killing former President John F. Kennedy and another film about Nazis having a moon base as early as the 1940s.
"His new movie, which comes out this week, is about the Arizona audit, the so-called audit of the Arizona presidential election result arranged by Republicans in the state legislature," explained Maddow. "That is the subject of his next movie. He appears to be sort of the authorized dock documentarian of the audit. The movie does feature all the big players. The opening scene in the trailer for the film is Ken Bennet, the Arizona Republican official who has served all this time as the spokesman for the audit. There he is talking to the Nazis on the moon, aliens did 9/11 filmmaker. Look at the background. He's at the site of the Arizona recount audit thing at that arena in Phoenix talking to the 'aliens did 9/11' filmmaker about the Arizona recount."
She said that the footage includes the man who also writes about treasure hunting who claims to have proprietary software that can prove Trump wins all elections.
"But if you think you are ready to learn the truth about the 2020 Arizona election results and you specifically want to learn that truth from the guy who finally figured out that it must have been aliens who did 9/11 and wow JFK too and watch out they might steal you and take you to the moon for 20 years — if that's the guy you want to learn the truth from about the Arizona presidential election in 2020, he had some big news for you this week," she continued. "You will not be shocked to learn that he announced this news on a telegram channel that's for followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory. But that's where he made the announcement. You guys, you guys, his new movie is ready. He did the aliens movie in 2018. Did the different aliens movie in 2019. But his 2020 movie is ready. It's apparently shot on-site at the election audit in Phoenix."
She called it "kind of hilarious except for the part where this is the basis for Republicans in huge numbers now saying that the last election was distorted and corrupted by massive fraud."
The good news, if there can be any, is that the Republicans who are pushing the conspiracy theory about Arizona being stolen are now linked to the "aliens did 9/11" and "aliens killed JFK" people.
See the opener below:
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On Tuesday, CBS 46 reported that an IKEA furniture store in Atlanta, Georgia triggered outrage with a plan to sell special menu items on Juneteenth: fried chicken and watermelon.
"A Juneteenth menu is serving up controversy at the Atlanta-based IKEA store, after employees said fried chicken and watermelon, were just a some items selected to honor Juneteenth," reported Tori Cooper. "CBS46 Tori Cooper spoke to IKEA employees and customers about the menu Monday. The employees we spoke to did not want to go on camera over fear of repercussions, but they said that management needs to do more to educate themselves on black culture moving forward."
Management reportedly said the menu was meant to "honor and persevere Black Americans," but employees felt differently, with one saying, "You cannot say serving watermelon on Juneteenth is a soul food menu when you don't even know the history, they used to feed slaves watermelon during the slave time."
According to the report, the store changed the menu following blowback, and it will now serve "collard greens, cornbread, mashed potatoes and meatloaf."
Juneteenth, which was officially proclaimed a national holiday this year for the first time by an act of Congress, commemorates the day that the final enslaved persons in Texas were notified by federal authorities that slavery had ended.
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