Dem lawmaker says Tucker Carlson fans are bombarding his office with calls demanding he support Russia
Fox News host Tucker Carlson's regular pro-Kremlin rants are apparently having a big impact on his viewers' takes on American foreign policy.
Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) on Monday revealed that "my office is now getting calls from folks who say they watch Tucker Carlson and are upset that we're not siding with Russia in its threats to invade Ukraine."
What's more, says Malinowski, these callers "want me to support Russia's 'reasonable' positions" when it comes to potentially invading and annexing a sovereign nation.
Carlson for the last several weeks has accused the Washington foreign policy establishment of trying to gin up a war with Russia, despite the fact that President Joe Biden has repeatedly ruled out sending American troops to help defend Ukraine from a Russian invasion.
Last week, for example, Carlson said that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has served no legitimate purpose since the fall of the Soviet Union, and he also compared Ukraine's relationship with NATO with a hypothetical scenario in which the Chinese government took direct military control over Mexico.
As The Daily Beast's Julia Davis reports, Carlson's anti-NATO rants have even become staples on Russian state TV.
Mitch McConnell is seeking to conceal GOP's agenda — because it might cost them the midterms: columnist
Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is actively seeking to conceal Republicans' unpopular political agenda from voters, according to a new analysis in The Washington Post.
"If Republicans take back control of Congress after the midterms, what would be your agenda?" NBC New reporter Leigh Ann Caldwell asked McConnell.
“That is a very good question. And I'll let you know when we take it back," the GOP leader replied.
Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin asked readers to "consider the arrogance and disdain for voters inherent in that answer."
"Responsiveness to the voters? Solutions to the problems they complain about, such as inflation? Only suckers would care about such things, Republicans seem to believe," she wrote. "They prefer to spend their time concocting cultural wedge issues, spreading conspiracy theories and obstructing progress on issues for which there is broad, bipartisan consensus (e.g., a path to citizenship, reasonable gun laws). But it would be misleading to say Republicans are not for anything; they certainly do have an agenda. The problem is that it is so unpopular they dare not remind voters about their plans."
Tax policy is where area where voters clearly know where Republicans stand.
"Republicans have clear views on taxes. They want to protect the super-rich from paying more taxes, even though billionaires became 62 percent richer during the pandemic and many pay practically no federal income taxes. And Republicans really don’t want corporations to pay their fair share either," Rubin explained. "Republicans are also for underfunding the Internal Revenue Service so that the agency does not have adequate resources to enforce existing tax laws. And they would like to do away with the child tax credit that cut child poverty by 40 percent. It is not a stretch to say Republicans actively promote income and wealth inequality."
She also noted that Republicans are opposed to abortion rights even in cases of rape and incest, but backs "personal choice" when it comes to vaccines and masks.
"Republicans are all in when it comes to keeping in place monuments to the slave-owning traitors of the Confederacy; removing anything from school curriculum that might make White people feel uncomfortable, including Martin Luther King Jr. and the KKK; and stopping the FBI from investigating death threats against school board members and other public officials. No wonder white supremacists are so enamored with the GOP these days," she wrote. "You don’t have to be a mind reader to figure out why McConnell wants to conceal Republicans’ agenda for as long as possible."
Read the full column.
Whoopi Goldberg blasted HBO's Bill Maher after the increasingly right-moving comedian declared he doesn't want to live in pro-vaccine Americans' "masked paranoid world" anymore.
On Monday's "The View" Goldberg called Maher's remarks "not really funny to people who have lost their kids" or "family members or dear friends to this," she said, apparently meaning to COVID. (She obviously misspoke, saying the "vaccine.")
Maher on his HBO show on Friday had said, "I don't want to live in your paranoid world anymore, your masked paranoid world anymore, you know, you go out it's silly now. You know you have your mask, you have to have a card, you have the booster, they scan your head like you're a cashier and I'm a bunch of bananas. I'm not bananas you are."
Goldberg continued, saying, "listen, nobody on the planet really wants to go through this, this is not something we're doing because it's, you know, sexually gratifying. This is what we're doing to protect our families, and you don't have to do it, but stay away from everybody. Because if you're the one who's not paying attention, and your confidence needs, you don't want to then stay out of the public man. This is not, nobody wants this. I don't want it. And I think he's forgetting the people who are still at risk. who cannot get vaccinated. People who can't get – little kids under the age of five. Yeah, well people with health conditions How dare you be so flippant, man?
The View’s Whoopi Goldberg goes off on Bill Maher for mocking COVID mitigation measures: “That’s not really funny to people who’ve lost … family members or dear friends ... This is not something we’re doing because it’s sexually gratifying.” pic.twitter.com/gxA3SQwNEC
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