Ex-GOP lawmaker links jump in COVID infections on the 'tremendous rise of ignorance in the House GOP'
Appearing on MSNBC with host Alex Witt, former Rep. Dave Jolly (R-FL) said the spread of the new variant of COVID-19, and the accompanying deaths, can be laid at the feet of the Republican Party which has not taken the pandemic seriously.
With his home state of Florida being ravaged by the new strain that has ICU's being flooded with critically ill and younger patients who were never vaccinated, Jolly was quick to blame his former party.
After sharing a clip of Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) ranting about having to wear a mask on the House floor, host Witt added, " Let's take note there, David, the other congresspeople behind him there, they all had masks except one, Marjorie Taylor Greene. That said, we've seen this recent switch in narrative from Senate Republicans; they've been strongly urging vaccinations. Are the House GOP actions like this -- does this just cancel out that whole initiative?"
"Sure, it does," Jolly replied. "This is not an order of [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi, there's an office of the attending physician, a doctor responsible for the environment of the Congress, the environment of the House of Representatives, that physician has determined given current conditions and the density requirements of the chamber and the House that it is in the public health interests of the Congress to reinstate a mask wearing requirement."
"So what you are seeing by Republicans is a war on public health behavior that they don't like," he continued. "I think you are seeing a tremendous rise of ignorance among House GOP and, frankly, that's being translated through their public policy positions as well."
"I think we are experiencing one of the great failures in American history," he later added.
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According to a report from Washington Post, properties owned by Donald Trump are continuing to rake in money from political action committees affiliated with the one-term president as well as the federal government.
With Politico reporting that Trump's PACs 'brought in $82 million during the first half of 2021 and have $102 million in the bank," the Post adds that the money that should be going to either promote Trump's next political run or to back fellow GOP candidates also seeking office, is ending up in Trump's pocket.
According to the Post, "Save America, the leadership PAC where former president Donald Trump is asking loyalists to direct their political contributions, paid for lodging about two dozen times in the first six months of 2021. Nine of those times, the payments went to properties owned by the former president, according to a filing made public on Saturday. All told, the PAC sent at least $68,000 to the Trump Hotel Collection, showing how the real estate mogul — long after ending his presidential campaign and leaving office — continues to use donor money at his own properties."
Additionally, "Make America Great Again PAC, a repurposed campaign account, spent about $200,000 on office and restaurant space in Trump Tower," the Post's David Fahrenholt and Isaac Stanley-Becker are reporting.
Trump has long been accused of enriching himself, such as by overcharging the government for housing Secret Service agents at his golf resorts, and as the Post reports, little has changed.
"Since Trump entered the presidential race in June 2015, he has used his political campaigns and associated committees to pump more than $19 million into his own businesses, according to a Washington Post analysis of federal campaign-finance records," the report states. "The practice began during his 2016 run, when Trump's campaign paid his businesses about $12.5 million — transforming donors' political contributions into private revenue for his businesses. Trump billed his own campaign to fly himself on his Boeing 757 jet, to rent office space in Trump Tower and to hold events at Trump golf clubs. His name-branded 'Trump Ice' water even showed up on the campaign's tab."
After noting that the government paid out over $2.5 million to Trump during his four years in office and that he is still not done enriching himself at taxpayer expense.
"Trump has continued to bill the U.S. government even during his post-presidency, by charging the Secret Service for rooms they've used while protecting him at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., and at his golf club in Bedminster. The government has paid Trump at least $72,000 this way since he left office, according to receipts obtained by The Post." the report states before adding teh caveat, "There is no rule against Trump charging the government for these rooms, allowing him to continue the practice indefinitely."
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A Fox News guest said on Sunday that he prefers "old-fashioned racism" over critical race theory, a study of racial justice in America.
Robert Woodson, a conservative civil rights activist, made the remarks during an appearance on Fox & Friends.
"It is really destructive," Woodson said of critical race theory. "I prefer the old-fashioned racism. This new racism is more insidious and more self-destructive than the old racism. The old racism was external. This is really internal."
He suggested that systemic racism is a myth because Black men make up a majority of NFL and NBA players.
"So when there's positive disparities, is this because white people permit Blacks to perform?" he asked. "And yet when we come to the English classes and math classes, we're behind. Does this mean that white people have to give us permission?"
Woodson argued that "self-determination" means that racism has little impact on Black Americans.
"Under segregation, we achieved more education than we're doing now in this progressive era," he claimed.
Watch the video below from Fox News.
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