On Wednesday, conservative columnist George Will told MSNBC’s Ari Melber that he no longer feels that the GOP believes in the separation of powers — and fingered Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) as one of the most egregious examples.
“In your view, in the way you’re stating it, is there any concern left for federalism in the congressional Republican Party as it exists?” Melber asked him.
“No. Precious little,” said Will, but despite this, he notes, the general public is more skeptical of federal power than ever before. “In 1964, 70 percent of Americans said they trusted the federal government to do the right thing all the time or almost all the right thing. Today that number is below 20 percent.”
“Which spawns cynicism,” said Melber. “You’ve been around a lot of politics. I wonder if you’ve ever seen anything quite like this, which is the public shift from Sen. Graham on the president.” He played a clip of Graham calling Trump a “race-baiting, xenophobic bigot” and “a kook … unfit for office” prior to Trump’s election, and then saying that the president is doing a “fabulous job” and is “absolutely not” a racist in 2018.
“Is this politics as usual, people move around, or is this something different?” asked Melber.
“This is different in degree to the point that it’s different in kind, yes,” said Will. “Remember, he was, Lindsey Graham was the Lindsey Graham people thought was funny and interesting as long as John McCain was around to keep him on the right leash. McCain is gone and the leash is gone, and this, I’m afraid, is the real Lindsey Graham.”
Pope Francis struck with unknown illness one day after expressing solidarity with coronavirus sufferers
Just one day after expressing solidarity and support for coronavirus sufferers, Pope Francis has come down with a virus himself, forcing him to cancel a planned mass in Rome, the New York Post reports.
The unknown illness struck the Pope while the coronavirus spreads across Italy. According to CNN, Italian authorities have cordoned off areas where more than 50,000 people live in an attempt to prevent further outbreaks. Around 400 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Italy, and 12 have died.
‘Rich people have profited enough’: New poll shows two-thirds of Americans support wealth tax to combat inequality
Support for a wealth tax to combat persistent inequality in the U.S. is growing, according to a new poll released Wednesday by TheHill/HarrisX which found that just over two-thirds of Americans favor a tax on the wealthiest households.
Sixty-seven percent of respondents—including majorities of Democrats and Independents—said there should be a wealth tax on billionaires, as Democratic presidential candidates Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) have proposed.
Could coronavirus really trigger a recession?
Fears are growing that the new coronavirus will infect the U.S. economy.
A major U.S. stock market index posted its biggest two-day drop on record, erasing all the gains from the previous two months; companies including Apple and Walmart have been warning of potential sales losses from COVID-19 and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told Americans to prepare for the outbreak to spread to the United States, with unknown but potentially “bad” consequences.