Former Gov. Chris Christie on Mondaytold CNN the country should reopendespite projections that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic could kill thousandsof Americans.Christie, a Republican and backer of President Trump, pointed to the "economic devastation" from widespread closures of businesses put in place to help slow the spread of the virus."Of course, everybody wants to save every life they can -- but the question is, towards what end, ultimately?" Christie said in an interview with CNN's Dana Bash for The Daily DC Podcast. "Are there ways that we can... thread the middle here to allow that th...
'Is this the end of the Republican Party?' Lawmakers openly admit Cheney purge is tearing the GOP apart
Appearing on CNN with co-hosts Jim Sciutto and Poppy Harlow, Politico Playbook investigative reporter Rachael Bade followed up on her report about a revolt brewing against House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) by reporting one GOP lawmaker openly expressed fear for the party's future.
In her Playbook reporting, Bade wrote, "Taking out Cheney (R-Wyo.) as conference chair was never going to be clean and easy for McCarthy. And this week, we're starting to pick up on a bit of backlash against the minority leader behind the scenes. Some House Republicans are privately griping about how the California Republican has fed a colleague to the MAGA wolves in his quest to become speaker."
Following up on that, Bade said she spoke to one GOP lawmaker who has been a supporter of McCarthy and who expressed dismay that the minority leader was going after Cheney when there were more obvious problems for the Republican Party, specifically Reps. Matt Gaetz (FL) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA).
"This person told me that if there was an election today to have the next speaker, if Republicans have the majority, he wouldn't vote for McCarthy right now," Bade told the CNN hosts. "It's clear where the conference is going to come down: Cheney is going to lose her job but there are people who are losing respect for him privately and does that hurt him, you know. When Republicans take back the majority and he's going to have a very narrow margin to become speaker."
Continuing in that vein, and speaking of the same GOP lawmaker who confided in her, she added: "One of the folks I spoke with last night even said to me, 'is this the end of the Republican Party?' It might be. And there are Republicans who are frustrated but they're not willing -- they're only willing to say this privately -- they're not willing to speak out."
"Unless you have Republican leaders who are willing to put their jobs on the line and say, you know, this is not the direction we should be going, and it's only one or two people, like Cheney, then the whole party goes after that and there's not much movement," she elaborated.
Saying it is still "Donald Trump's Party," Bade cautioned, "At some point, they are really bleeding in the suburbs. That obviously is why [President Joe] Biden is in the White House right now and that is going to come back to haunt them. It's just a matter of time. Is it two years, four years, ten years? That question is going to come to a head and they have to find a way to, again, open up and find a more welcoming party."
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A Florida man claimed permission from Gov. Ron DeSantis to go without a mask before punching a fast-food restaurant worker.
Neshad Potts refused the employee's request to wear a mask while inside a Dairy Queen on Sunday afternoon in Key West, and the worker said the 24-year-old customer claimed the Republican governor had ended mask mandates, reported FLKeysNews.
"He freaked out and said, 'DeSantis said we don't have to wear masks,'" said the worker, Eli Paez, who was working behind the takeout window. "I said, 'Sir, it's a privately owned business. If you want ice cream, just put a mask on.'"
The confrontation grew even more bizarre when, according to Paez, the customer passed gas on him before punching him in the face.
"He farted on me and I was, like, nobody's ever done that to me," Paez said. "That is the most disgusting and childish thing. He looked at me and smacked the hat off my head."
Paez told the belligerent customer he wasn't afraid, and he said Potts verbally abused him.
"I"m a transgender guy," Paez said. "He looked at me and said, 'You're a f*cking dyke.'"
Then Potts punched Paez in the mouth, according to the employee.
"I didn't even see it coming," Paez said. "I fell backwards. I have a huge lump on the back of my head."
Paez was treated for a head injury and says he still has short-term memory problems, and Potts was arrested on a felony battery charge.
The Monroe County Commission rescinded its mask ordinance May 5 after the governor issued an order invalidating local coronavirus mandates, but local businesses may still require customers and employees to wear them.
On CNN Tuesday, anchor Brianna Keilar took a deep dive into the anti-science grandstanding of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) — particularly his attacks on Dr. Anthony Fauci.
"And I quote, 'go F yourself,'" said Keilar. "Such a lovely sentiment that Senator Rand Paul's strategist tweeted about Dr. Anthony Fauci in response to Fauci giving his opinion this week on the future of masks. That they might be a, quote, 'seasonal thing.' Classy retort. Well, think of this as trickle-down semantics, because Senator Paul is also trolling Fauci ahead of another hearing appearance this morning on the pandemic, which has now claimed more than 600,000 American lives. In response to Fauci saying he's being politicized by extreme people, which is just a fact, Paul replied, 'Looking forward to tomorrow's hearing, Dr. Fauci,' passive-aggressive exclamation point there at the end."
"To be clear, Fauci is not immune from questions or scrutiny, but Senator Paul, who's an eye doctor, approaches these hearings as if they're a WWE match, only instead of titillating a witting crowd, he blows disinformation all over them," said Keilar, showing a clip of Paul's previous fight with Fauci in which he called masking "theater." "Nothing brings out Senator Paul's propensity to act like an ass like a congressional appearance by Fauci, and that's saying something. Not surprising, Paul was one of the only lawmakers who refused to wear a mask on the Senate floor at the height of the pandemic in the winter."
"He jettisoned his own beliefs about personal responsibility when he was exposed to the coronavirus early on," continued Keilar. "Knowing he was exposed to the virus, he still decided to hit up the Senate gym and do laps in the pool while he waited for his test results. That visit to the gym exposed his colleagues, many of whom are in the high-risk category, because he ended up testing positive, becoming the first senator that we're aware of to be infected."
"Like Elvis' Kentucky Rain, Rand Paul's COVID BS keeps pouring down, and it's enough to fill the swimming pool in the Senate gym," concluded Keilar.
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