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On Wednesday's edition of MSNBC's "The Beat," former Democratic Party chair Howard Dean outlined the existential threat Republicans pose to American democracy — and suggested that as long as the GOP is on this path, they cannot call themselves American at all.
"I think this is a more serious problem than what's going on in the Republican Party," said Dean. "This is a contest to see if our democracy and our country survives. And most Republicans have chosen their power and chosen not to have a democratic country. The lies that have been told, there was a Georgia congressman out there saying there was no insurrection and it was all peaceful and all this stuff. It is not just the lies that Trump won the election. It is the Republican Party that has embraced this lie."
"I think Liz Cheney deserves a lot of credit," continued Dean. "I'm sure there will be people that are horrified that I should say that. But what we need is not that we all agree on our vision of America. What we need is honesty and to stand up for core democratic principles. The Republicans have abandoned principles. McConnell has abandoned them. All the backbenchers are carrying on and people from all over the country. The vast majority do not have a spine. you could find six spines in the Republican Party, I would say you are exaggerating."
"We need people to stand up like Liz Cheney did today," Dean added. "I could have every disagreement you would imagine on policy with Liz Cheney. But what we agree on is loyalty to the country should trump disagreements on policy. Liz Cheney exhibited that today. She's a true American, and I have to say that most politicians in the Republican Party are no longer Americans because they no longer believe in democracy."
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During a Wednesday discussion about the new details from Republican tax collector Joel Greenberg, civil rights attorney Nancy Erika Smith explained that Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has already proven to be "a lawyer's worst nightmare."
Speaking to MSNBC's Ari Melber, Smith explained that Greenberg must officially file his plea agreement, if there is one, by Saturday, May 15 or the trial moves forward. If there is a plea deal, she anticipates that things will get worse for Gaetz.
"We have sex trafficking of a minor that's — actually we have an eye witness," she explained. "It's funny that he talks about fake IDs because he's charged with aggravated ID theft for giving fake IDs. In fact, Vanity Fair is reporting that he made fake ids to facilitate commercial sex, that that's one of the aspects of the investigation. So, you know this very predatory behavior from men in their late 30s towards very young women, college-aged, right out of high school using power and wealth."
She explained that the Daily Beast report quotes some of the women as saying they were pressured into sex with the men and in group sex. "I mean, this is Epstein-level predatory sexual behavior," she said.
"The next piece they're looking at Gaetz's former girlfriend as possibly a cooperating witness," Smith continued. "She became his girlfriend while she was an intern, also a college-age girl, in Congress. She was on the famous Bahamas trip where the 17-year-old was there along with many young girls and the guy who wants to be the medical marijuana czar of Florida which raises an unbelievable number of ethical and legal questions about Gaetz."
She noted that in an earlier segment Melber was talking about Rudy Giuliani, but "Gaetz is like a lawyer's worst nightmare. He's out there being a loudmouth saying things on Tucker Carlson, 'Well, you met the girl. You met the woman.' Tucker Carlson of course says no."
Smith closed by reminding the audience that the investigation into Gatez began under Attorney General Bill Barr and that Gaetz is clearly seeing it as something serious because he hired a former Justice Department lawyer. Still, however, "he's like a lawyer's nightmare in a lot of trouble," she said.
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'They're not even standing by what they're doing!' CNN's Jake Tapper slams GOP for ousting Cheney anonymously
On Wednesday, behind closed doors and by voice vote, House Republicans voted to expel Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) from GOP leadership for her continued, outspoken criticism of former President Donald Trump's conspiracy theories about the 2020 election results.
On the day's edition of CNN's "The Lead," anchor Jake Tapper tore into the GOP's decision as a cowardly move in conversation with congressional correspondent Manu Raju.
"This isn't about Liz Cheney per se, it's about the big embrace of the big lie and not telling the truth about the big insurrection, and Leader McCarthy, he allowed this to be done behind closed doors, meaning no actual counting of the ayes or the nays," said Tapper. "So they're not even standing by what they're doing, and it lets everybody off of the hook, they don't have to say how they voted!"
"Yes, they wanted to rip the Band-Aid off of this because it was an ugly dispute for the party, and McCarthy recognizing this as well," said Raju. "I asked him about Liz Cheney, and he said that he had a conversation with her about this, and downplayed it and he said it is because she was not staying on message and not talking about the fact that this message that she is saying that she wants Republicans like McCarthy to push back against Donald Trump, but viewing it as something not favorable for the party. And even if there were a vote, Jake, it would be secret ballot, and she would have lost that vote overwhelmingly."
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