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'The broke Bonnie and Clyde of the GOP': MSNBC panel nails Clarence and Ginni Thomas for Jan. 6 claims
Daily Beast columnist Wajahat Ali and comedian Dean Obeidallah were sounding the alarm about Justice Clarence Thomas and his activist wife Ginni, both of whom have been attacked over the past year for their involvement in the attempt to overthrow the 2020 election.
MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan started off his Sunday show asking, "Why aren't Democrats making more of this Ginni Thomas issue? Why haven't they made more of this issue? Why do they always bring a butter knife to a gunfight with the GOP?"
Ali called it outright "weakness."
"They have chosen civility over law and order and accountability. It's good to be an extremist wife of a right-wing conservative Supreme Court Justice," he said. "She works at the right-wing money and the activist scene. He works the courts. They're the broke Bonnie and Clyde of the GOP. And if the shoe was on the other foot, we know what would happen. There would've been subpoenas and hearings and nonstop 24/7 clamoring. As soon as we found out those texts that she sent to Mark Meadows, the QAnon texts -- she believes in that. She also sent texts and emails to lawmakers in Arizona and also in Wisconsin, begging them to overturn the election. And we also know that she hosted John Eastman, the right-wing attorney, who is promoting the coup of illegal -- this is a couple that is going to get away with it. She is all smiles because she realizes nothing will happen to her. They are running out of time. Now it is up to the DOJ to show the American people that no one is above the law, even Ginni and Clarence Thomas. But I fear nothing will happen."
Hasan repeated reports from the House Select Committee, who spoke to Thomas on Thursday, that she still believes that President Joe Biden is an illegitimate president.
It was also revealed that Mrs. Thomas refused to testify to Congress under oath. Doing so would be a crime. But Hasan wondered if the reason was because the co-chair (Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY)) is close to the Thomas couple.
"Look, you can't lie to Congress whether you're under oath or not," said Obeidallah. "That is a felony. So, she still faces peril if she lied. Second, the idea that she sticks to a lie. She is a lawyer. She understands that the right you go. What if she said, Mehdi, 'Now know the election wasn't stolen. The next question is, when did you know that? How did you know that? And was she sending text messages during the time she knew it was a lie? So, she is acting corruptly. Which is the definition of intent to obstruct Congress."
He went on to say that Thomas was working to do his part to undermine elections by gutting the Voting Rights Act and she was doing her part by trying to overthrow the election by putting pressure on officials.
See the full conversation about Thomas below:
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Michigan GOP pushed early voting only to have Trump trash it as a fraud at his rally less than 12 hours later
Donald Trump repeated his lies at a Michigan rally Saturday about the 2020 election having been stolen from him by voter fraud. And MAGA voters were urged by Pillow Man Mike Lindell and other speakers to wait until November 8 to vote.
But the Michigan Republican Party apparently hadn’t received the memo. Just hours before Trump put on his QAnon-scored spectacle, here’s what the state party had tweeted:
"Absentee ballots will start going out and we need YOU to do your part to stop the dangerous agenda Democrats are pushing: higher taxes, higher cost of living and higher crime in our state. Make a plan to vote!" It directed voters to a website to help facilitate early voting, which kicked off last Thursday.
That wasn’t what the MAGA crowd heard later in the day. Here’s how the Michigan Advance reported it:
'Speakers including "MyPillow" CEO Mike Lindell encouraged Michiganders to vote — but "same day, Nov. 8. Don’t vote early," Lindell said, claiming same-day voting makes it "harder" for Democrats to "cheat."
Michigan candidates apparently weren’t sure to urge voters to use the early voting that their party considers essential. Here’s more the Advance:
“When asked by reporters at the Macomb County rally whether she supports absentee voting, GOP gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon hedged, saying: “I really haven’t gotten that question. I haven’t really talked about absentee ballots yet.”
If this sounds familiar, it’s because it’s what Republicans were doing in 2020 as they were imploring their followers to use mail-in voting as the moment Trump was attacking it as corrupt.
“Republicans quietly push mail-in voting despite Trump claims,” Politico reported. “Even Trump’s own campaign is encouraging absentee voting, which the president claims is different.”
As that reporting noted, “President Donald Trump may rail against mail-in ballots in public, but state and local Republicans are quietly telling Americans that’s exactly how they should vote.”
San Antonio sheriff identifies mysterious DeSantis woman who targeted Venezuelan migrants to send to Martha's Vinyard
A private plane took off in Texas with a group of migrants who signed bogus waivers handed to them by a woman only known as "Perla." Now the woman has been found, the New York Times reported Sunday.
According to the report, the woman is Perla Huerta, "a former combat medic and counterintelligence agent, was discharged last month after two decades in the U.S. Army that included several deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, according to military records.”
Huerta had a Venezuelan migrant who was working with her and who identified her to the police. Waivers signed by the migrants revealed that the English version of the waiver said something entirely different from the Spanish version.
"Several of the migrants on Martha’s Vineyard photographed her during the recruitment process in San Antonio, according to Rachel Self, a lawyer representing the migrants," said the report.
Huerta is located in Tampa, Florida, the reports explain.
"The man who said he worked with her to help sign up other migrants agreed to speak on the condition that his name not be used because the events are under investigation. He said he first met Ms. Huerta on Sept. 10 outside the Migrant Resource Center in San Antonio," the Times revealed.
Huerta was accused of seeking to target Venezuelan migrants, but he felt "betrayed" because she never said she was working on behalf of the Florida government.
“I was also lied to,” he told the Times. “If I had known, I would not have gotten involved.” All she said was that “she wanted to help people head up north.”
Venezuelans have been coming to the United States fleeing socialism, something Republicans claim they're against.
"The effort to fly migrants to Martha’s Vineyard appeared to have been far less organized than the more sweeping program created by Mr. Abbott in Texas that already had bused more than 11,000 migrants from the state to three northern, Democratic-run cities — Washington, New York and Chicago," said the report.
According to DeSantis, the migrants coming into Florida are only doing so by "onesies-twosies," not in large numbers. So, he had to go into Texas to take migrants there and deport them. No one told the Texas governor it was happening and the Republican Massachusetts governor wasn't informed they were coming either.
Public records show that Vertol Systems was the charter airline company that was paid $615,000 on Sept. 8 and $950,000 less than two weeks later for what was identified as "project 1," and "projects two and three." The funds came from $12 million in funding for the Department of Transportation “to facilitate the transport of unauthorized aliens from this state.” None of the people flown to Martha's Vinyard were "unauthorized aliens from this state."