GOP strategist Rick Wilson explained why Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) becoming the first Republican to back impeachment is such a major political development for President Donald Trump.
MSNBC anchor Lawrence O’Donnell played a historic clip of Republican Maryland Rep. Larry Hogan, who was the only GOP member of Congress to vote for all three House articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon.
“I’m a Republican,” Hogan acknowledged. “Party loyalty and personal affection and precedence of the past must fall, I think, before the arbiter of men’s action, the law itself. No man — not even the president of the United States — is above the law.”
“Those words were echoed this weekend when Republican Congressman Justin Amash became the first Republican member of Congress to support impeaching President Trump,” O’Donnell noted.
Here are my principal conclusions:
1. Attorney General Barr has deliberately misrepresented Mueller’s report.
2. President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct.
3. Partisanship has eroded our system of checks and balances.
4. Few members of Congress have read the report.
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) May 18, 2019
For analysis, “The Last Word” host interviewed Wilson, who authored the 2018 bestselling book Everything Trump Touches Dies.
“You know, Lawrence, I sympathize with Justin here because I wrote my book about Trump as a critique from the right,” Wilson said.
“All the Trump guys are shocked by that, but there’s a critique by him from the right and I think Amash made it very eloquently,” he continued.
“And so I think there’s a little bit of shell shock right now from a lot, that Amash dared to open the gate here,” he concluded.
Confederate battle flag banned — Marine Corps declares it a ‘threat to our core values’
The United States Marine Corps banned the public display of the Confederate battle flag on Friday.
"Depictions of the Confederate battle flag are unauthorized in public and work spaces aboard an installation," the Marine Corps wrote in guidance to the troops.
The ban applies to bumper stickers, clothing and flags among other items.
"The Confederate battle flag has all too often been co-opted by violent extremist and racist groups whose divisive beliefs have no place in our Corps," the Marines explained.
"Our history as a nation, and events like the violence in Charlottesville in 2017, highlight the divisiveness the use of the Confederate battle flag has had on our society," the continued. "The presents a threat to our core values, unit cohesion, security, and good order and discipline."
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Trump is ‘a soulless man with a broken mind’: George Conway calls out his wife’s boss in scathing op-ed
George Conway, the prominent Republican attorney married to White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, blasted his wife's boss in a new Washington Post op-ed published online on Friday evening.
"Until three brief months ago, President Trump never faced a serious crisis, at least one not of his own making. But now he has faced two, and is failing two, in short order: the covid-19 pandemic, with its concomitant economic devastation; and now social unrest, and rioting, stemming from the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody," Conway wrote. "Lacking in humanity, Trump has had no idea how to handle either one."