Senior advisor to the president and guy who looks like he’s wearing a suit his mom bought him, Jared Kushner, opened his mouth earlier this week and something awful fell out. When asked about the administration’s response to the pandemic, the world-renowned failure claimed victory over the virus that has left more than 60,000 Americans dead and counting. Anybody else feel successful?Jared is just about as detached from reality as you would expect someone who was born rich and spent their life failing upwards to be. Jared and his father in law are a lot alike (insert Ivanka joke here). They bot...
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Maxine Waters: Republicans like Marjorie Taylor Greene are sending 'a message' to white supremacists
U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) is denouncing Republicans like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and others who she says are falsely framing her words and trying to have her expelled. Waters, the Chair of the House Financial Services Committee who has been in Congress since 1991, says she is not "intimidated" or "afraid," and she will "do what needs to be done."
Waters says the GOP is using her to raise money for Republicans and to "send a message" to white supremacists, the KKK, and groups like the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys.
Greene says she is seeking to "expel" Waters. Others in the House GOP, from Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-GA), along with some in the right wing media, have attacked Congresswoman Waters after she traveled to Minnesota to speak at a Black Lives Matter protest about the police killing of 20-year old Daunte Wright.
“I am nonviolent," Chairwoman Waters told The Grio. “Republicans will jump on any word, any line and try to make it fit their message and their cause for denouncing us and denying us, basically calling us violent … any time they see an opportunity to seize on a word, so they do it and they send a message to all of the white supremacists, the KKK, the Oath Keepers, the [Proud] Boys and all of that, how this is a time for [Republicans] to raise money on [Democrats] backs."
“This is a time for [Republicans] to keep telling our constituents that [Democrats] are the enemy and they do that time and time again," Waters said, describing the GOP's strategy. “But that does not deter me from speaking truth to power. I am not intimidated. I am not afraid, and I do what needs to be done."
Waters on Saturday told BLM protesters, “We've got to stay on the street and we've got to get more active, we've got to get more confrontational. We've got to make sure that they know that we mean business."
Congresswoman Waters explained what she meant: “I talk about confronting the justice system, confronting the policing that's going on, I'm talking about speaking up. I'm talking about legislation. I'm talking about elected officials doing what needs to be done to control their budgets and to pass legislation."
“I am not worried that they're going to continue to distort what I say," she added. "This is who they are and this is how they act. And I'm not going to be bullied by them."
Greene is not the only right-winger taking advantage of an opportunity.
"Other Republicans," Forbes reports, "called for punishment but stopped short of advocating expulsion: Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) called for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to 'take immediate action,' Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-Texas) said to 'sanction' Waters, and Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.) called to 'hold her accountable.'"
“If Speaker Pelosi doesn't act against this dangerous rhetoric," Leader McCarthy threatened, "I will bring action this week."
'That is so outrageous': Geraldo Rivera scolds Tomi Lahren after she says George Floyd caused his own death
Fox News contributor Geraldo Rivera disagreed with fellow contributor Tomi Lahren on Monday about whether George Floyd was responsible for his own death.
During a Fox News segment that was focused on criticizing Rep. Maxine Waters (R-CA), Lahren veered off topic to give her opinion on the Derek Chauvin trial.
"I also believe we should go back to an issue at the core of what's happening in our country right now," Lahren said. "And that is the issue of compliance and non-compliance. Now the left wants to make everything with regards to officer involved shootings about race. It's not about race, it's about compliance."
"At the end of the day, these are tragic situations and no one wants to see them happening, including those that are members of law enforcement," she continued. "But we have to go back to the root of this issue. If these suspects, if these victims had complied with the police officers, they would be alive to go home to their families at night and so would those officers."
Fox News host Martha MacCallum prompted Rivera to return to her intended subject but he insisted on addressing Lahren first.
"If I can start answering Tomi's point about compliance," Rivera began, "I agree people should listen to cops when cops give them an order. But at what point does that compliance take a backseat to a man putting his knee on a handcuffed man's prostrate body for nine and a half minutes?"
"That is so outrageous that it would spill the passion of anyone!" he exclaimed before pivoting to criticize Waters.
Watch the video below from Fox News.
The Republican Party has tried every possible angle to attack President Joe Biden. Yet, every time, their efforts have failed. Washington Post reporter Aaron Blake thinks it's about the GOP's inability to "define" him and they're making it clear that they have no idea what to do next.
Writing Monday, Blake cited quotes from GOP officials in a recent Hill report struggling to figure out what to do next.
Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) confessed Republicans were doing "poorly" in their efforts. Sen. John Thune (R-SD), said, "We need to get better at it." But "it's probably harder to attack somebody who is relatable and likable," he added. Even Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) admitted that "it's always harder to fight against a nice person."
Some of it can be attributed to the fact that the GOP struggling to figure out its identity in the post-Donald Trump era. It's what the former president would call a "disaster." While fighting against Democrats, they're also caught trying to defend themselves from Democrats and internally as Trump lashes out at fellow Republicans.
CNN reported Monday that the GOP is furious that Trump has recruited a right-wing opponent to Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), who is up for reelection in 2022. While Murkowski survived her 2010 election as nothing more than a write-in candidate up against the GOP candidate who beat her in the primary election, there's one major difference this time: Donald Trump. Not only are his former staffers jumping on board the campaign, Trump has a bone to pick with Murkowski and is likely to campaign in the state for her opponent.
"Biden also undoubtedly benefits from the contrast he has set up with the chaotic presidency of Donald Trump, simply by conducting himself in a relatively normal fashion. But that also could have a shelf life," wrote Blake. "All of that said, it's worth evaluating just how much Republicans have failed in their efforts to knock Biden down a peg and where he stands at this point in his presidency relative to others."
While many Americans were disgusted by Trump, Biden was traveling the country telling the story about why he didn't run in 2016, the heartbreak his family experienced, and the work he did as vice president. His story, his compassion and his willingness to listen to the progressive wing of the party made it difficult to attack him from the left or the right.
Blake explained that the reason Republicans are struggling to beat Biden is clear by drilling down on the issues. Every policy issue has high marks from Americans.
"His average approval rating on the coronavirus is 62 percent," Blake cited. "The $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package often polled even better, with some surveys putting support for it as high as the 70s. And early polling on his nascent infrastructure and jobs bill last week showed support at 64 percent in one poll and 56 percent in another. A third poll showed that all of the key elements of it have majority support, with several at 60 percent or more."
The other problem for the GOP is that they are pushing further right to appease the extremist wing of their party. Democrats, who certainly have a far-left flank of the party, but they are largely pushing mainstream policies that most Americans support. It means that Biden is succeeding with things like a COVID bailout for the middle class instead of corporations, buying more than enough vaccines to ensure people are inoculated faster, fighting back against Russian aggressors and bringing home American troops after 20 years in Afghanistan.
"The result has also been that much of what Biden is doing is actually more popular than he is personally, which is unusual at this juncture of a presidency this century, even if presidential popularity isn't," Blake closed. "And as those perceptions of his signature legislation and his handling of the biggest issue cement themselves in people's minds, it becomes more difficult to knock him down personally. Which might be, even though it's still early, why we're seeing the kind of fretting evident among certain Republicans right now."
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