The drugmaker Pfizer recently announced that vaccinated people are likely to need a booster shot to be effectively protected against new variants of covid-19 and that the company would apply for Food and Drug Administration emergency use authorization for the shot. Top government health officials immediately and emphatically announced that the booster isn’t needed right now — and held firm to that position even after Pfizer’s top scientist made his case and shared preliminary data with them last week. This has led to confusion. Should the nearly 60% of adult Americans who have been fully vacci...
Congressman angry at Americans not following ‘God’s laws and his definition of marriage’ lied to high school students
Virginia GOP U.S. Rep. Bob Good is attacking Americans who do not follow "God's laws," and blaming them for all of society's ills.
Good, a 56-year old freshman, won the seat held by moderate Republican Denver Riggleman, one of the few in the GOP who have denounced QAnon. Riggleman also warned Republicans about the "weaponization" of "tribalism."
Congressman Good on Tuesday stood on the House floor and falsely declared, as has been widely reported, "nearly everything that plagues our society can be attributed to a failure to follow god's laws for morality and his rules for and definition of marriage and family."
While opposing a domestic violence prevention bill, a Republican claims nearly everything that “plagues our society" is a result of failing to follow “god's rules for and definition of marriage" pic.twitter.com/z4ktzEpx8m
— Acyn (@Acyn) October 26, 2021
His refusal to observe the wall between church and state, especially while speaking on the House floor is disturbing, but so is lying to children.
Earlier this month Congressman Good spoke to a group of 20 or so Rappahannock County, Virginia high school students as part of a public school program, and urged them all to defy the school's mask mandate.
“If nobody in Rappahannock [High School] complies, they can't stop everyone," he told the students. “If I was ya'll, I'd say none of ya'll wear a mask. What are they gonna do? They're still going to have school."
Rep. Good also "spread anti-vaxx lies and other Covid-19 information while speaking to a high school government class," according to Rolling Stone.
After refusing to wear a mask himself, his speech and Q&A with the students had to be held outdoors, as the Rappahannock News reported:
Good's speech to the students included misinformation about masks and vaccines, saying that President Joe Biden and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, both Democrats, are “lying to us about the effectiveness of masks." Good said there is no scientific evidence that proves the efficacy of masks, and that COVID-19 vaccines pose more of a health risk to teenagers than the virus itself.
The GOP congressman, who holds an MBA from the right-wing Christian Liberty University, also pushed his anti-abortion and anti-choice views, claiming “science says life begins at conception." He told the students, according to Rappahannock News, that colleges and universities, with the exception of faith-based Christian schools, are “going to try and change what you believe" because they are “dominated by the left."
He added that he thinks there should be video cameras in classrooms so parents can see what their kids are learning, and that he is against history curriculum that includes Critical Race Theory, which is not taught in Rappahannock schools.
Congressman Good, a self-described "biblical and constitutional conservative," just weeks ago bragged about following the far right anti-LGBTQ hate group Family Research Council "for years."
‘Narcissism’: Sinema blasted after video of her ignoring constituent and apologizing to GOP senator goes viral
U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), accused of blocking President Joe Biden's agenda on climate change, infrastructure, and the social safety net, is being accused of being more comfortable talking to her Republican colleagues than to her own constituents.
In a video that's gone viral on social media, garnering over 1.5 million views in under 24 hours, the former Green Party candidate turned conservative lawmaker can be seen walking with hard core conservative U.S. Senator Tim Scott, Republican of South Carolina, through an airport.
While Senator Scott is rumored to have White House ambitions, Senator Sinema may want to be concerned about holding on to her current job.
Earlier this month The Guardian describes her, along with fellow Biden agenda blocker Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), as "DINOs," Democrats in Name Only. It also reports that in Arizona, "Democrats have become weary of Sinema. The state's Democratic party passed a motion pledging a no-confidence vote if she votes against the bill, while some members are plotting a primary challenge."
Closer to home, Elvia Díaz in an opinion piece at the Arizona Republic writes, "Arizona Democrats have a few good choices to primary Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, who keeps drawing the ire of her constituents."
Sen. Sinema did just that on Monday, ignoring a self-identified constituent as she walked with Senator Scott.
The unidentified woman in a video posted by People's Watch questions Sinema about "the package," the Biden Build Back Better bills. At one point Sinema accuses the woman of touching her: "Don't touch me," to which the woman replies she did not.
"How many times have you met with constituents in negotiations?" the woman asks. "Why won't you meet with my family, your constituents?"
Sinema ignores the questions but tells Sen. Scott, "I'm sorry about this."
Many are expressing upset over Sinema ignoring her constituent:
Trump and his supporters can't prove election fraud — so they're trying to redefine it: legal expert
Unable to prove former president Donald Trump's false claims of widespread election fraud, Republicans are now attempting to move the goalposts.
Marc Elias, a prominent Democratic elections-law and voting-rights attorney, explained Tuesday how GOP lawmakers in numerous states are effectively trying to change the definition of "fraud."
"What Republicans are doing now is they are redefining ordinary and even exemplary behavior, and redefining it to be fraudulent," Elias told MSNBC. "So that when people engage in this behavior, like handing a bottle of water to someone who's thirsty, the Republicans can now say, 'You see, that was all fraud.' And it's a really pernicious way that I think Republicans are preparing to challenge the results of the election in the future."
Elias, who oversaw the state-by-state response to Trump's election-fraud lawsuits, examined the threat in more detail in a recent article on his website, Democracy Docket.
"Consider Georgia's new voter suppression law," he wrote. "Handing a bottle of water to someone waiting in a long line to vote used to be an act of a good Samaritan. Now it is a crime. In previous elections, many Georgians relied on nonprofit organizations to send them an absentee ballot application and help return the application in time to receive a mail-in ballot. That too is now illegal."
"By manufacturing fraud from ordinary activity, Republicans create the foundation to challenge election results in 2022 and 2024," he wrote. "By manufacturing fake fraud, these new laws provide defeated candidates in 2022 and 2024 with the propaganda necessary to support their own Big Lies in the future."
Watch Elias' MSNBC interview below.
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