On Monday, congressional reporter Haley Byrd reported that Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) has stepped down from the far-right House Freedom Caucus, the powerful conservative/libertarian faction of the Republican Party that holds sway over much of the party’s financial policymaking:
Rep. Justin Amash tells me he stepped down from the House Freedom Caucus and the HFC board tonight.
“I have the highest regard for them, and they’re my close friends,” Amash said. “I didn’t want to be a further distraction for the group.”
— Haley Byrd (@byrdinator) June 11, 2019
Amash, known for his staunch libertarian ideology, was one of the original cohorts of the Tea Party wave of 2010, and one of the founders of the Freedom Caucus. In recent months, however, a rift has grown between him and the rest of the party as he has increasingly condemned President Donald Trump — and more recently, came out in favor of impeachment for the conduct described in former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
Recently, the Freedom Caucus moved to condemn Amash over his anti-Trump rhetoric, further raising tension between him and his colleagues.
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."