African American Republican strategist Shermichael Singleton had harsh words on Wednesday for the “hypocrites” in his own party, telling MSNBC the GOP had “no moral authority” to call for the resignation of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar after she made comments critical of AIPAC.
Host Hallie Jackson noted that Omar’s response to President Donald Trump’s call for her resignation highlighted the president’s own long history of racial and religious bigotry, and asked if the Republicans were guilty of double standards. Singleton didn’t hold back.
“Of course it’s a double standard,” he said, saying the party was indulging in “a fallacy we call a tu quoque, it’s an appeal to hypocrisy.”
“The Republicans are saying ‘you shouldn’t do this, therefore this person should resign,'” he said, saying the party was quite content to tolerate the likes of Steve King (R-IA) and Cindy Hyde Smith, both of who have been cited for racism, including making jokes about lynchings. “It’s difficult for Republicans to say ‘Democrats, you need to clean up your house’ when our house is a complete disaster.”
“The reality is the Vice President and many of these Republicans in the House and in the Senate who are calling for her to resign, I should say, they lack the moral authority to do so,” he said. “Let’s be honest here. The president of the United States is someone who has at least most certainly played around with racism, and Republicans by and large have remained quiet out of fear of retribution from the base. They have no grounds to speak on this.”
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There’s no respite from Trump’s vindictiveness and foolishness
As we know, even in the midst of a national emergency, Donald Trump could find time and bandwidth to continue his retribution campaign.
He dismissed Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence agencies, for doing “a terrible job,” satisfying his own thirst for vengeance for anyone who actually adhered to law and practice over blind loyalty to Trump himself. Indeed, asked about it the next day, Trump underscored his action by saying, Atkinson “was no Trump supporter, that I can tell you.”
It was an act that we once would have labeled corruption, by Democrats and Republicans – that is using the office for personal purposes – if Congress and too many Americans had not since become inured by so many like instances.
This is how Taiwan and South Korea bucked the global lockdown trend
As the coronavirus pandemic sparks global lockdowns, life has continued comparatively unhindered in places like Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong after their governments and citizens took decisive early action against the unfolding crisis.
At first glance Taiwan looks like an ideal candidate for the coronavirus. The island of 23 million lies just 180 kilometres (110 miles) off mainland China.
Yet nearly 100 days in, Taiwan has just 376 confirmed cases and five fatalities while restaurants, bars, schools, universities and offices remain open.
The government of President Tsai Ing-wen, whose deputy is an epidemiologist, made tough decisions while the crisis was nascent to stave off the kind of pain now convulsing much of the rest of the world.
Republican ex-lawmaker with coronavirus scolds Wisconsin GOP for forcing voters to risk their health
On CNN Tuesday, former Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA), who is himself dealing with a bout of COVID-19, chastised the Wisconsin GOP for doing everything in their power to block the state elections from being moved — and forcing many voters to stand in line and risk exposure to the virus to cast their ballot.
"I have to tell you, here in Pennsylvania we have a Democratic governor and Republican legislature," Dent told host Don Lemon. "They postponed the election here from April 28 until June 2. Without any controversy. Everybody agreed it was the right thing to do and they moved on. I'm surprised Wisconsin took this risk, knowing they don't have to."