Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) takes great pride in being the self-proclaimed “Grim Reaper” of legislation — including legislation that has historically commanded strong bipartisan support, such as election security. Even in the wake of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report detailing the sheer scope of the Russians’ operations to undermine the 2016 presidential election, McConnell has killed multiple bills to safeguard the integrity of elections.
On MSNBC’s “All In,” Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) resoundingly condemned the Republican leader’s disinterest in protecting democracy.
“[Former Secretary of State] Rex Tillerson was with your House counterparts yesterday,” said host Chris Hayes. “Some of the reporting indicates he was telling them about the president’s reluctance to take any measures to punish Russia for its interference and sabotage in the last election. And there are election security bills in the Senate that Mitch McConnell will not call for a vote. What’s going on?”
“There’s the opportunity to come together here,” said Murphy. “And we’ve done it in the past — we passed a $300 million election security measure a few years ago. It actually did help make our elections more secure in 2018. But Republicans, for whatever reason, are not willing to do a seconds round of that funding.”
“And given what we know has happened in Florida, given what we know the Russians are trying to do other places, we badly need this money in order to make sure that they don’t play games again in 2020,” said Murphy. “I can’t explain why Republicans were for election security before they were against it. I don’t want to believe the worst. But our job at securing elections is not done yet.”
Trump stokes division in Republican Party as he rages at Sen. Lisa Murkowski
As the Republican Party is struggling to defend him in a moment of nationwide strife, President Donald Trump decided Thursday night to fuel divisions within GOP rather than make nice.
He had already lashed out on Wednesday at his former Defense Secretary James Mattis, who sharply criticized Trump’s response to the ongoing George Floyd protests. But on Thursday night, Trump took at aim at sitting Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
‘Outrageous and criminal behavior’: Internet blows up at graphic video of Buffalo Police pushing over an elderly man
On Thursday, footage emerged of police in Buffalo, New York pushing an elderly man to the ground, and refusing to help him as he lay bleeding profusely from a head injury.
The footage triggered immediate outrage on social media.
Horrible. I pray he’s ok. https://t.co/wL2gcNeAIT
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 5, 2020
WATCH: Protester bled from his ear after being shoved by police — cops say he ‘tripped’
SHocking video from Buffalo, New York was posted online on Thursday after a large group of police confronted a lone protester -- and then violently shoved him.
"Shortly after Buffalo’s curfew started, city police and State Police swept through the area of Niagara Square directly in front of City Hall to clear the area where a protest was finishing. An unidentified, older man was hit shoved by two officers in the line. The man lost his balance and fell to the pavement, audibly hitting his head with blood running out from under his head," WBFO-TV reports.