Tennessee U.S. Republican Senator Lamar Alexander is retiring after his term ends and will not seek re-election in 2020. Alexander, who is 78, has been in state and national politics for decades.
— Sen. Lamar Alexander (@SenAlexander) December 17, 2018
Alexander is virulently anti-LGBT. Just weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled same-sex couples have the right to marry, Sen. Alexander led a coalition of Republicans to block passage of a bill by then-Senator Al Franken, to protect children from anti-LGBTQ bullying in school.
Two years earlier Alexander voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would have protected LGBTQ people from discrimination in the workplace. He has also voted for a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
Alexander is opposed to abortion, but he’s also opposed to efforts to reduce teen pregnancy. Sen. Alexander voted against a bill that would have reduced teen pregnancy through education and contraceptives.
While some consider Alexander to be among the more bipartisan members of the Senate, he has voted against ObamaCare and against other related bills. He has voted against gun control, even voting to repeal the assault weapons ban. He has also voted to allow criminals to own guns.
Alexander also opposes renewable energy like wind power.
Trump campaign mocked after unveiling new red hats: ‘Do you have arm bands as well?’
President Donald Trump's 2016 "Make America Great Again" hats have been replaced with new "Keep America Great" hats.
Trump re-election campaign manager Brad Parscale modeled one of the hats on Twitter.
Here is some of what people were saying:
Here I made an arm band design for you pic.twitter.com/inTyqVi2wo
— Christopher Goodwin (@LazarusLeBaron) August 25, 2019
‘This will not end well’: Far-right extremism expert warns of Trump’s intensifying authoritarianism
An expert on the far-right in America warned of President Donald Trump's "genuinely dangerous levels" of authoritarianism on Saturday.
Author David Neiwert posted a long Twitter thread on the commander-in-chief's "Social Dominance Orientation" -- and warned it will not end well.
Neiwert is the author of the 2017 book Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump.
Here is the thread he posted:
‘The Mooch’ attended Biden fundraiser in the Hamptons — because Trump ‘has lost his mind’
Former White House press secretary Anthony Scaramucci attended a fundraiser for former Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday.
CBS News reporter Ben Mitchell posted a photo of Scaramucci at the event, and subsequently interviewed "The Mooch."
Scaramucci said he was still a registered Republican, but added that Trump "has lost his mind."