On Thursday’s edition of MSNBC’s “All In,” former Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) laid into his erstwhile party for its embrace of President Donald Trump’s racial hatred and intolerance, as exemplified by the crowd of Trump rallygoers in Greenville, North Carolina chanting “Send Her Back!” of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).
“It was heartbreaking,” said Jolly, who renounced the Republican Party and became an independent last year. “In terms of what I felt, it was heartbreak, both last night and then to see the likes of Lindsey Graham [(R-SC)] today suggest that the only problem is Omar doesn’t wear a MAGA hat. If refugees would just wear MAGA hats, they could stay. The others deserve to go.”
“My concern, though, and you’re seeing the president move away from this. We can’t forget that he single-handedly injected this poison into the mainstream of American politics. It is his fault. But you’re going to see Republicans devolve to love it or leave it. And in many ways I think it’s just as dangerous or more so than the chant “Send Her Back.” Love it or leave it suggests that you must agree with political leadership. It is anathema to everything this nation is founded on. Suggesting that Representative Omar must agree with an administration policy of putting kids in cages, or agree with injecting greater insecurity on the world stage, or agree with the president criminally obstructing justice in the Mueller investigation, or criminally engaging in campaign finance violations. And if she fails to agree, then she must leave.”
“Her oath that she took was to the Constitution in the early 1990s, not to the president,” said Jolly. “And the Founders envisioned exactly her political dissent when they wrote into that Constitution protections of her freedom. And it was very much the president’s behavior this week that our Founders feared when they wrote Representative Omar’s protections into the Constitution.”
“Donald Trump, Lindsey Graham, Kevin McCarthy, in attacking her ideology, but moving it to her race and to her status, they have taken their foe and turned her into a hero tonight,” added McCarthy. “Omar and I come from different political journeys, but we walk the same road. And God bless Representative Omar tonight, because she is a hero in the American lexicon tonight as a result of what Donald Trump has tried to do to her.”
“There is always this hope among certain people the fever breaks,” said anchor Chris Hayes. “That’s a term Barack Obama used to use in interviews, David. And I think people think about the McCarthy moment — at long last, have you no decency? The air comes out of the balloon, he dies, sort of. Do you see that happening?
“I don’t, because what happened last night was an irresponsible leader met a xenophobic constituency,” said Jolly. That constituency will be there. And this president will always now empower that constituency. And the likes of Lindsey Graham will seek the embrace of Donald Trump for their own political protection. I wish I saw the fever breaking. If so, I may not have left.”
“My personal decision is in part informed by the fact that I will never trust these Republican leaders again, because we get to assess the judgment of our elected leaders, Chris,” added Jolly. “You often talk about your assessment of the Bush administration’s decisions around the Gulf War and decisions going into Iraq. We are faced with a political crisis in Donald Trump, and we have seen a failure in judgment by every single Republican leader that has fallen in line. I will never trust them again, nor should the American people. So it will never be a coalition in which I will find a trustful embrace going forward.”
New TV show ‘Meat the Family’ asks: Do you love meat enough to cook your pet?
It is one of the most shocking ultimatums ever delivered on television.
Go vegetarian or we kill your pet.
But a new taboo-smashing British reality TV show called "Meat the Family" goes even further.
Not only will a family of unrepentant carnivores have to let an animal they have adopted and grown to love go for slaughter if they refuse to stop eating meat -- they will be asked to cook and eat it.
With experts saying that we have to eat less meat to stave off climate change, Channel 4 has made the dilemma stomach-churningly stark.
Four heavy meat-eating families have to take home and look after the "animal which ends up most often on their plates".
Nepali climber set for final summit in record 14-peak bid
Nepali adventurer Nirmal Purja is on track to make history after Chinese authorities granted him a special permit Tuesday to climb the final mountain of a 14-peak quest despite closing the peak for the season.
Purja, 36, who served in the British special forces, embarked in April on his ambitious "Project Possible" to scale the 14 peaks above 8,000 metres (26,356 feet) on Earth in seven months, starting with with Nepal's Annapurna.
But his plans hit a roadblock after the Chinese government decided to close the 8,027 metre (26,335 feet) Mount Shishapangma for the season.
A permit was granted after intensive lobbying including from the Nepali government.
William Shatner beams in with hit TV show at 88
As Captain Kirk in the original "Star Trek" William Shatner went "where no man has gone before".
And now he is doing it again with a new hit US television series, "The UnXplained", at the age of 88.
Shatner beamed into Cannes in southern France on Tuesday to beat the drum for the series -- which tries to explain some of the mysteries of the world around us -- at MIPCOM, the world's biggest entertainment market.
"A friend of mine once received a call from someone who had passed away," he said. Finding answers to such strange phenomena "was what this show is all about", he told reporters.