Pennsylvania Democrats Jessica Benham (South Side) and candidate Heather Kass (Carrick) are set to face off for the seat in state House District 36 after it was left open for grabs by longtime Democratic state Rep. Harry Readshaw, who announced that he would not be seeking reelection. Both politicians are seeking the coveted endorsement of the Allegheny County Democratic Committee, but thanks to the resurfacing of some past social media posts, Kass’s chances of receiving that endorsement just became less likely.
According to a report from the Pittsburgh City Paper, past posts from Kass show that she formerly supported Donald Trump. In 2015, Kass wrote on her personal Facebook page in all caps, “THESE LAZY NO GOOD IDIOTS SUCKING THE SYSTEM DRY AND I STILL HAVE TO PAY FOR THEM,” adding, “GO TRUMP!!!!!!!!!!!!” The post was intended as a criticism of Obamacare.
In another post from 2014, Kass shared a link from the right-wing group Freedom Works, asking people share the post if they agree that Hillary Clinton should never be president. A post from just last August on Kass’s Facebook page pushed a popular conservative pro-gun meme.
Speaking to the Pittsburgh City Paper, Pittsburgh City Councilor Bruce Kraus (D-South Side) said that Kass’s posts were “troubling,” especially the one that slammed Obamacare.
“To read the post about speaking out against Obamacare troubled me,” Kraus said. “Her writing about how it is this entitlement … is a really alarming position for someone who wants to be a state representative. Someone who needs health care is exactly the kind of people you would be representing.”
“I assume that she was clearly a Trump supporter in the 2016 election,” Kraus added. “The conclusion I must draw is that she is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.”
Read the full report over at The Pittsburgh City Paper.
Blistering video from George Conway’s conservative group rips laughable claim impeachment ‘distracted’ Trump from coronavirus
President Donald Trump’s army of knee-jerk defenders in the right-wing media have been jumping through hoops to explain why, back in January and February, he failed to take the coronavirus threat seriously. One Trumpian talking point is that no one could have seen the pandemic coming — which is nonsense, as everyone from intel officials to Peter Navarro (one of Trump’s main economic advisers) to former Vice President Joe Biden was sounding the alarm. And another bogus argument is that Trump, thanks to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other partisan Democrats, was distracted by impeachment. But the Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump conservative group that includes attorney George Conway, tears that argument to shreds in a blistering new video.
Trump tells 10,000 religious leaders they ‘have to’ help him get re-elected: ‘We have to have victory’
President Donald Trump in a private conference call on Wednesday with 10,000 leaders from his most-devoted base, the religious right, in the middle of a global pandemic, urged them to help him win re-election.
“We have a very, very powerful year coming up because you know what lies ahead,” Trump told the faith leaders, as NBC News reported. “And we have to do it. People of faith have to do it. We have to have victory.”
Rev. Johnnie Moore, a member of Trump’s religious right inner circle, says both the President and Vice President were on the call, which presumably was made from the Oval Office.
Republicans admit they lose when elections are fair and free
ANNOUNCER: Welcome to Moyers on Democracy.
Bill’s guest in this episode is the journalist David Daley, whose reporting and advocacy have fired up a generation of activists fighting for free and fair elections.
His best-selling first book, RATF*CKED-WHY YOUR VOTE DOESN’T COUNT showed how Republicans used gerrymandering to lock up control of many state and local government for years, possibly decades – and remains their strategy. In his most recent book – UNRIGGED –HOW AMERICANS ARE BATTLING BACK TO SAVE DEMOCRACY he travels America to report on the grassroots activists devoted to voting rights for all citizens.