In an excerpt from his upcoming book, former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) came clean about the Republican Party he walked away from saying it went out of its mind when Barack Obama was elected and now is rapidly filling up with lawmakers who want to do nothing but "blow up Washington," raise money and get on Fox News.
Looking back on his days in Congress, Boehner said he tried to explain the nuances of getting legislation passed but found it was increasingly falling upon the deaf ears of newcomers who were only looking to raise their own profiles as back-bench bomb-throwers.
According to Boehner, "I was presiding over a large group of people who'd never sat in Congress, I felt I owed them a little tutorial on governing. I had to explain how to actually get things done. A lot of that went straight through the ears of most of them, especially the ones who didn't have brains that got in the way. Incrementalism? Compromise? That wasn't their thing. A lot of them wanted to blow up Washington. That's why they thought they were elected," adding, "Some of them, well, you could tell they weren't paying attention because they were just thinking of how to fundraise off of outrage or how they could get on Hannity that night."
The former senior Republican went on to explain that the change in newly-elected Republicans entering Congress can be tied to the rise of conservative Fox News and -- more directly to former head Roger Ailes -- who became the ringleader for paranoid attacks on Obama.
"At some point after the 2008 election, something changed with my friend Roger Ailes. I once met him in New York during the Obama years to plead with him to put a leash on some of the crazies he was putting on the air. It was making my job trying to accomplish anything conservative that much harder. I didn't expect this meeting to change anything, but I still thought it was bullshit, and I wanted Roger to know it," he wrote. "When I put it to him like that, he didn't have much to say. But he did go on and on about the terrorist attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, which he thought was part of a grand conspiracy that led back to Hillary Clinton. Then he outlined elaborate plots by which George Soros and the Clintons and Obama (and whoever else came to mind) were trying to destroy him."
Talking about Ailes paranoia, he added, "And it was clear that he believed all of this crazy stuff. I walked out of that meeting in a daze. I just didn't believe the entire federal government was so terrified of Roger Ailes that they'd break about a dozen laws to bring him down. I thought I could get him to control the crazies, and instead I found myself talking to the president of the club. One of us was crazy. Maybe it was me."
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On Saturday, FOX4KC reported that Olathe, Kansas school baseball coach Pete Flood has been suspended after allegedly using a racial slur on a Black team member.
"Tony Banks said his son was listening to rap music during pre-game batting practice when Flood approached him and told him to stop. That's when the racial slur was used," reported Makenzie Koch and Kaci Jones. "'My wife and I were very upset over it, and he wasn't upset. He was bothered and kind of shook by it,' Banks said. 'But we on the other hand said we need to get ahold of someone right now.' The Olathe North dad said his son is the only Black player on the team."
The report notes that the Flood used the N-word to describe the music Banks was listening to.
"We are appalled by the remarks made by the Olathe North head baseball coach and have thoroughly investigated the situation," said Olathe Public Schools in a statement. "The staff member has been placed on administrative leave and a recommendation for immediate termination has been submitted to the Board of Education. The comments made are absolutely unacceptable."
This news comes after another hate incident at the Olathe Northwest school, in which students jeered "Make America Straight Again" at LGBTQ students marching in the homecoming parade, pelted them with candy, and told them to kill themselves.
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Reacting to an interview Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) gave where he denied waving to the Jan 6th insurgents who stormed the U.S, Capitol on Jan 6th, the HuffPost did a fact check on the controversial senator who was contesting the 2020 presidential election results on that day.
On Tuesday, during an interview with the Washington Post, the Missouri Republican disputed accusations he raised a fist in support of the "Stop the Steal" rallygoers who swarmed the halls of Congress,
According to Hawley, "I don't know which of those protesters, if any of them, those demonstrators, participated in the criminal riot."
According to the HuffPost's Arthur Delaney and Ryan Reilly, Hawley's defense is "ridiculous."
"Photos and videos from that day show that many people on the east side of the Capitol were eager participants in the day's events. HuffPost, working with members of the Sedition Hunters community and the group Capitol Terrorists Exposers, endeavored to help Hawley resolve the question of whether he'd saluted rioters on Jan. 6. The conclusion? He did," they wrote.
"Most of the fighting and violence happened on the west side of the Capitol, but protesters on the east side, where Hawley raised his fist, also fought police. Roughly an hour after Hawley's appearance, at the same location, violent rioters pushed past the barricades and a massive crowd flooded toward the building's center steps, as seen in the video below. Few stayed behind," their report continued.
According to other the photos taken by the same photographer who caught Hawley's now-famous raised fist, he was like likely was saluting participants in the siege.
As the HuffPost notes, "The photo shows a man in a black hoodie yelling into a bullhorn and a woman in a red jacket resting her arms on the barricade. The picture was taken shortly before Hawley arrived on the plaza. All cool and legal. But here's the man in the hoodie in another photo, taken roughly an hour later, in roughly the same location, right after the crowd fought police to get past the barricades," before adding that a woman who also was in the crowd was later seen with "the mob on the steps."
The report goes on to note that Hawley earlier this week also said that people at the protest that turned into a riot were overwhelmingly peaceful by telling reporters, "All last summer we heard over and over it's important to distinguish between the peaceful protesters at the BLM protests and the rioters. I agreed with that then. I said that then. I think the same is true of those on January 6."
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On Saturday, the Associated Press reported on a crowd of 500 angry supporters of former President Donald Trump who showed up to a town selectman meeting in Windham, New Hampshire last week, demanding information on supposed voter fraud that happened in the district — even though they won the legislative races in this area.
"The crowd at the Monday meeting had been fired up by conservative media, which in recent weeks has seized on the town's election results for four seats in the state House as suspect," said the report. "The attention, fanned by a Donald Trump adviser who happens to be a Windham resident, has helped a routine recount spiral, ultimately engulfing the town in a false theory that the national election was stolen from Trump. It doesn't seem to matter that Republicans won all four state House seats in question."
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According to the report, the furor began after Democratic candidate Kristi St. Laurent requested a recount in a race decided by 24 votes — only for Republicans to receive 300 votes and Laurent to lose 99. "The discrepancy inspired the legislature to take up the matter. Lawmakers overwhelmingly passed a bill authorizing an audit of the town's ballot counting machines and hand tabulations. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu signed the bill and insisted that 'New Hampshire elections are safe, secure, and reliable.'" — but right-wing media raised an uproar over the previously uncounted GOP votes, suggesting with no basis they indicated widespread fraud across the state.
And this prompted Trump to weigh in, suggesting the fraud may have affected him — despite losing by 7 points. At a recent event, Trump claimed ballots were still being "found" in New Hampshire, and he released a statement praising the "great patriots of Windham" for rooting out "massive election fraud."
"Recounts are not unusual in New Hampshire, which elects 424 lawmakers every two years and allows candidates to request recounts if the difference in votes is less than 20% of the total ballots cast," noted the report. "There have been at least 15 recounts after each of the past four election cycles, with only a handful of outcomes changed."
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