During a Senate appropriations Feb. 25 subcommittee hearing, Chad Wolf, the acting secretary of Homeland Security, said the U.S. flu mortality rate was about the same as the current estimated global mortality rate of the coronavirus outbreak.He made this statement during an exchange with Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R-La.) regarding what the acting secretary knew about the coronavirus, which causes a disease known as COVID-19. This C-SPAN videoshows the full discussion between the two.Kennedy first asked what the worldwide mortality rate for coronavirus is, to which Wolf responded that it was “und...
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'Fascism and mob rule': MSNBC panelists fear Marjorie Taylor Greene is 'going to get someone killed'
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) delivered a speech at former President Donald Trump's rally over the weekend saying that Democrats are murdering Republicans as part of a long, fact-free rant.
At the same time, Trump attacked Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) over the weekend by saying the Republican Senate leader has a "death wish," while also launching a racist attack against McConnell's "China-loving wife" Elaine Chao.
On MSNBC Monday, host Juanita Tolliver warned that this violent rhetoric could lead to real-world political violence in the near future.
"We shouldn't be surprised, but in a post-Jan. 6th reality, where we know his supporters take him literally, argue in court that he summoned them there to commit violent acts on the Capitol, they could take this literally as well," she said. "Where we see Trump attacking McConnell, that's something that is only going to continue if he is showing people that they have permission to do that. And what's really, really frustrating I think — and that voters are paying attention to, is this juxtaposition of Trump and the Republican Party's making violent rhetoric and racism a part of their Republican Party while you have the juxtaposition with President Biden down in Puerto Rico, providing aid to people in need."
The Atlantic's Mark Leibovich noted how difficult Trump has made things for Republicans, and he in particular singled out Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) for refusing to address Trump's racist attacks on Chao.
"I don't quite know why he keeps going out there and what he -- I guess there are savvy ways to parry these kinds of questions," he said. "He hasn't solved it yet. You'd think he'd be better prepared. The larger point is Donald Trump is operating like a person who is in a consequence-free environment, which he is in the Republican Party. This is a pet issue of mine, but it's been true for six years now, and he knows he can throw out the most bizarre, counterproductive -- there's no reason for it. It's not going to help anyone win an election — it's not a strategy or work in the service of elevating his own brand. He just does it."
Leibovich explained that if Trump were working for a business he would have been removed by the board for such actions
"What we need to call out here basically is this is fascism. This is mob rule," said Leibovich. "When you connect the death threats we're talking about on one hand with the other fear that the Republican Party is operating under, that is sort of the net result of the whole thing. It's not a party of ideas, it's a party of fear, obedience, and it's a party of whatever this was Rick Scott was trying to say on Sunday shows yesterday, which I don't think was terribly effective."
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Trump-endorsed candidate Herschel Walker has staked out his position as a no-compromise anti-abortion candidate in his run against incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock.
However, The Daily Beast is now reporting that Walker once paid for an abortion for a former girlfriend, who literally kept the receipts for it and is now sharing them with reporters.
The woman, who asked not to be identified by the publication, told The Daily Beast that Walker urged her to get an abortion after she got pregnant in 2009, and that she got him to reimburse her for the procedure.
"She supported these claims with a $575 receipt from the abortion clinic, a 'get well' card from Walker, and a bank deposit receipt that included an image of a signed $700 personal check from Walker," the publication writes. "The woman said there was a $125 difference because she 'ball-parked' the cost of an abortion after Googling the procedure and added on expenses such as travel and recovery costs."
The Daily Beast also talked with a friend who helped take care of her in the wake of the procedure who corroborated her account.
Walker attorney Robert Ingram told The Daily Beast that the woman's story was "false" and accused them of trying to "target Black conservatives."
Former President Donald Trump filed a defamation lawsuit against CNN on Monday that accused the network of deploying "ever-more scandalous" labels to describe him, including "racist," "Russian lackey," and "insurrectionist."
The lawsuit also complained that a CNN guest compared Trump to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.
Comparing Trump to “arguably the most heinous figure in modern history” shows that CNN had “actual malice” toward him, the lawsuit claims.
Last month, Trump's case was thrown out of court as he tried to sue Hillary Clinton and dozens of others whom he said conspired against him with what he said were false Russia accusations.
MSNBC's Katie Phang noted that the lawyers who signed off on this lawsuit include "insurance defense attorney, Lindsay Halligan, and white-collar criminal defense attorney, Jim Trusty."
Trump seeks $475,000,000.00 in punitive damages in federal court.
Above the Law writer and national security lawyer, Brad Moss called it "garbage."'
Attorney George Conway, meanwhile, responded to the Trump lawsuit with open disdain.
"Local lying liar who lies claims reputation was damaged by news reports saying he lied," he wrote sarcastically.
CNN legal analyst Renato Mariotti said that lawsuit "isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on" and called it "a media stunt, not a serious lawsuit."
And Adam Steinbaugh, a First Amendment lawyer for pro-free speech organization The FIRE, noted that the "First Amendment protects the right to opine that Donald Trump is a racist, demagogic insurrectionist and compare him to any number of dictators."