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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) cast dark suspicions on the "big push" to vaccinate American adults against the deadly coronavirus.
The Wisconsin Republican, who's one of the Senate's most notorious sources of disinformation, told radio host and vaccine skeptic Vicki McKenna that the inoculations aren't necessary, reported Forbes.
"[There's] no reason to be pushing vaccines on people," Johnson said, adding that doses should be "limited" only to those most vulnerable. "If you have a vaccine, quite honestly, what do you care if your neighbor has one or not?"
"I'm getting highly suspicious [of the] big push to make sure everybody gets the vaccine," he added.
Johnson, who tested positive for COVID-19 in October, falsely claimed the vaccine was not "fully approved" and argued that its 95-percent effectiveness against serious illness showed that only a small number of individuals needed to get the shots.
The comments put him at odds with long-standing scientific consensus regarding vaccinations of contagious disease, as well as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who spent much of the last congressional recess urging skeptical Republican men to get vaccinated.
Kevin McCarthy's 'win-at-all-costs style could backfire' as he tries to appease both Trump and his caucus: report
According to a report from Time's Lissandra Villa, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy could be looking at reclaiming the House leadership after the 2022 midterm elections -- or it could all come tumbling down as he tries to appease both Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers who want to put the ex-president in the past.
Traditionally the party not controlling the White House picks up House seats in the midterms and 2022 looks no different except for the fact that Trump from his Mar-a-Lago resort is attempting to play kingmaker and take out some Republican House members who displeased him which could complicate matters for McCarthy.
As Villa wrote, "To regain the majority next year, McCarthy has to hold together a splintered party reckoning with its future in the post-Trump era. One faction of the GOP wants to move past a divisive former President who espoused racist views and misinformation. But most of the party has embraced Trump and all that comes with him," adding that McCarthy has promised a "big tent" for all comers.
However, as the report states, "conversations with more than a dozen current and former House members, GOP strategists, Republican staffers and other party observers offer a portrait of a politician with a win-at-all-costs approach," with Villa reporting, "But in the long run, McCarthy's win-at-all-costs style could backfire—for the party and for the nation."
This has McCarthy critics "frustrated" because they believe he wants to keep Trump as an integral part of the party, which they do not believe is the path back to reclaiming power.
According to McCarthy's mentor, former California Rep. Bill Thomas (R), "My hope is … that the Kevin who spoke during the impeachment, notwithstanding the fact that he didn't vote for it, will be the Kevin leading the Republicans on the floor of the House, and not the [Kevin who had] been supporting, nurturing the lies of the President."
Former South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford (R) echoed those sentiments, explaining, "I think that there's tremendous brand erosion over the long term when you suck up to somebody that doesn't represent the ideals that allegedly your party stands for."
McCarthy's dilemma is how to straddle his Trump leanings with members -- such as Reps Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Liz Cheney (R-WY) -- who want a post-Trump party.
"For all McCarthy's attempts to maintain one, a big tent can be unwieldy. Over the past four months alone, McCarthy has had to face the challenge of disciplining [Rep. Marjorie Taylor] Greene, which he didn't; of defending a leadership challenge to Cheney, which he first approached tepidly, and then by not answering the question when he was recently asked whether Trump should cut out the attacks against her; and of responding to the scandal around Rep. Matt Gaetz, a fellow Trump supporter that the New York Times reported is being investigated over whether he engaged in sex trafficking," the report states. "Out west, some old allies are growing tired of McCarthy's strategy of walking the line."
According to Rob Stutzman, a California-based GOP strategist, McCarthy's task is likely doomed to failure.
"People in Sacramento who have seen him adopt such support for the former President, defending the politics of the former President, adopting some of the issues of the former President— it's a bit disorienting compared to his time here in the state House," he explained. "I think you can attribute all that to [McCarthy's] pragmatism—or at least what he sees as pragmatism—in trying to hold together what may be a Republican coalition that cannot be held together."
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Judges are being shown 'grisly' videos of MAGA mob dragging Capitol cops that have yet to be seen by public
One of the most serious cases of violence against Capitol Police officers during the January 6th MAGA riots has flown mostly under the radar -- and it reportedly involves "grisly" footage that has never been seen by the public or the media.
CNN reports that body camera videos from officers who were beaten and dragged by Trump supporters during the riots at the United States Capitol building are being used by prosecutors to argue that at least five accused rioters should not be released ahead of their trials.
"In several court hearings in recent weeks, prosecutors have rolled out as at least four video clips, with most taken from the police officers' body camera footage, to convince judges... of the severity of the danger," reports CNN. "As each of the defendants have been processed, some of the videos have been shown multiple times, to different judges, or to highlight the actions of each defendant."
Federal judge Emmet Sullivan, one of the judges who viewed the footage in court this week, remarked during a hearing that "every time I look at these videos, it just chokes me up."
The footage in the videos depicts two unidentified officers trying to help a Trump supporter at the Capitol who had fallen to the ground and was being trampled by other rioters.
The footage shows that one officer "lay on his stomach, surrounded, as... rioters beat him with an upside-down American flag on a flagpole and other objects," writes CNN.
A second officer, meanwhile, was dragged into the crowd "where rioters took his helmet, cell phone and gas mask and began beating him."
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