McCarthy will be a 'weak' speaker if Republicans win the House — because Trump will hold the power for him: CNN analyst
On CNN Friday, during a discussion of comments from Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) suggesting Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is a suicide bomber, analyst Jackie Kucinich said the incident highlights how House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) would be virtually powerless as speaker.
"This type of comment would be punished in pretty much any workplace across America," said anchor Jessica Dean. "House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has shown zero appetite for holding anybody accountable for these types of actions. At what cost is McCarthy looking the other way? And is there any chance this backfires? Does this bolster him to be the House Speaker if Republicans take back the House in 2022?"
"Well, let's start with this isn't the first time Congresswoman Boebert has something like this," said Kucinich. "She said on the House floor, on the floor, she referred to the 'Jihad Squad' as she calls it. This is something — it's not that Kevin McCarthy missed the tweet or can look past the video. This is something that happens from day to day on Capitol Hill at this point. The thing to remember about Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene, they're avatars for former President Trump. So McCarthy feels beholden to them and knows if he punishes one of them he'll get backlash from somebody he needs to become speaker."
"He's in a bind," added Kucinich. "If he becomes speaker, he will be a weak one because he'll always be beholden to this person who is not inside the Congress."
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Donald Trump on Friday questioned whether Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Bob Woodward was "allowed" publish books about him.
Woodward was not granted his interview requests for his 2018 book Fear: Inside the White House. Trump then agreed to 18 interviews for his 2020 book, Rage. The final book in his trilogy, Peril, was published on Sept. 21 and co-written with Robert Costa.
"Does anybody really believe that longtime Con Man Bob Woodward, and his lightweight lapdog assistant Robert Costa, are implying in their book of fiction that I was planning to go to war with China, but that one of the dumber generals in the military called the Chinese to tell them that he will inform them if this action proceeds further. Milley may have called, but if so, he should be tried for treason. I never had even a thought of going to war with China, other than the war I was winning, which was on TRADE," Trump argued in a statement.
"To make up stories like this and to sell it to the public is disgraceful. I watched that craggy smug face of Woodward as he 'bullsh*ts' the public and said to myself, 'I wonder if history will really believe this stuff?' How do you get your reputation back?" Trump wondered. "I was the only President in decades to not get us into a war—I got us out of wars!"
"Our Country has been taken over by Scammers and Hoaxsters, and we have to take it back. Just like the Russia, Russia, Russia Scam has now been totally debunked and discredited as a FAKE Democrat/Crooked Hillary Plot, the 'go to war with China' story is even more ridiculous. It's incredible that someone is even allowed to write this stuff," Trump said ominously. "We no longer talk about greatness for our Country, everything is about political investigations, hoaxes, and scams."
Cell phone video from Georgia documented a fracas at a Locust Grove McDonald's after a customer grew irate over the lack of a zero calorie coffee sweetener, WSB-TB reports.
The incident reportedly occurred around 9 p.m. on Tuesday night when the store was being staffed by multiple 16-year-old workers.
WSB's Matt Johnson spoke to one worker
"I was scared, because like, you never know how crazy people are like," one employee said. "He could have had a gun and shoot us all."
"They want to keep arguing with us about Splenda and then, next thing you know, they're throwing coffee at me and my co-workers," the teen explained.
The teenagers responded in-kind by throwing a drink in "self-defense." Multiple teenage employees reportedly resorted to hiding in a refrigerator.
The workers reported calling police "like, four times" but the couple had left before officers arrived.
The family of the worker interviewed for the story says she has since quit her job.
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