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Mitch McConnell strategist smacked down on CNN for trying to blame port crisis on Pete Buttigieg's family leave
On CNN Friday, longtime Mitch McConnell strategist Scott Jennings tried to blame Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg's paid family leave for the supply chain crisis rocking U.S. ports — and Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen promptly shut him down.
Buttigieg's family leave has already been the subject of homophobic attacks on Fox News.
"We are in the middle of one of the biggest transportation crises in recent American history. All this chaos at the ports and supply chain issues," said Jennings. "And he's not been at work. And I am a pro-family leave guy. I believe in it ... but when you accept an assignment from the president of the United States, and you are confirmed by the U.S. Senate, you're accepting a higher level of responsibility. A higher level of public service. And frankly, you ought to know that goes with some personal sacrifice. So the fact that they have let this chaos go on at the ports while Secretary Buttigieg has been off doing this and now they want to present it like it's an anti-family stance to question that. I don't think that's right."
"I think that that family is entitled to a level of privacy, just like other families are," said Rosen. "But having said that, I think the country is not for the poor because Secretary Buttigieg has taken parental leave. The crisis at the ports has more to do with the supply chain issues coming from the Far East. The administration, including the Department of Transportation, including Secretary Buttigieg, they are doing everything they can. Working with shippers. Working with suppliers. Keeping that thing flowing as much as possible. Scott talking about this being a crisis at the ports is just not true."
"We do have a supply-chain crisis," cut in Jennings. "Ship after ship after ship lined up in the ocean, out off of both coasts. If this is not a transportation crisis, boats in the water, then what is?"
"The crisis is at the point of distribution, where the supply chains are, and getting them into the United States," said Rosen. "Look, there is not much you can do other than keep the ports open 24 hours a day, which is what they are doing. They are facilitating as much transportation as possible. I think that — look — it's in the Republicans' interest to try and turn this into a crisis and relate it to a — a family decision which all men should pay attention to, but it just — they are just not related."
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More information is coming to light about Shannon O'Connor, 47, who was charged on 39 counts.
"The California mom accused of encouraging sex abuse at booze-fueled parties she arranged for young teens has long been known as a 'liar' who leaves a trail of destruction in her wake wherever she goes, a source close to the family told The Daily Beast. Shannon O'Connor, 47, is accused of a breathtaking array of crimes in Los Gatos, a wealthy Silicon Valley suburb where prosecutors say she lured young teens to 'secret' parties, plied them with booze, and encouraged them to engage in 'sometimes nonconsensual' sex acts," The Beast reported Friday.
The complaint lists five "John Doe" male victims and nine "Jane Doe" female victims.
The Beast's source knows O'Connor and her second husband, Robert Amaral.
""As far as when people say they're surprised—I'm not surprised," the source said. "She's like a bomb. Wherever she goes, she blows things up."
"Why does she do this? It's for power, it's for control," the source said. "She is controlling these kids because she can't control the adults. This is a way to have everyone loving her, everyone liking her, these kids looked up to her. And the children made her feel wanted, made her feel powerful."
Read the full report.
On Friday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," congressional correspondent Ryan Nobles said that President Joe Biden's remarks to reporters that the House should move ahead with a criminal contempt referral for former Trump strategist Steve Bannon could put further pressure on him to cooperate with the January 6 investigation.
"I do think, you know, we should make clear it's not as if the president said that... he is going to instruct the Justice Department to do this, I should say," said Nobles. "He just thinks that they should. Obviously, he is the president and whatever he says weighs pretty heavily."
Nobles then explained how this statement could pile more pressure on Bannon to testify.
"But I do think ... that in the grand scheme of all of this, it also plays back to the Select Committee's long-term strategy here," added Nobles. "Their ultimate goal is not to put Steve Bannon in handcuffs and put him in jail, it's to get the information they are looking for. This is another layer of pressure on Bannon to do just that."
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