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Republican senator mocks Trump as a 'RINO' after advocating for the 'termination' of the Constitution
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) borrowed one of Donald Trump's favorite insults to needle him on Monday after his rant declaring the Constitution of the United States be terminated so he could be president after losing in 2020.
“Well, the Republican Party is the Constitution party,” Romney told Capitol Hill reporters, the Huffington Post reported Monday. “So when he calls to suspend the Constitution, he goes from being MAGA to being RINO.”
Trump has long used the term "RINO" — meaning "Republican In Name Only" — to attack anyone who doesn't like him or opposes his actions, but who is a member of his own party.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) spent three days dodging questions about Trump's dinner with Nazis, but this time around he posted on social media that the comments about terminating the Constitution were “not a responsible thing to say.”
“I don’t know why anybody would say something like that; certainly not an ex-president. I just think it’s irresponsible,” Cornyn tweeted.
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) thinks the whole rant was “a Hail Mary to maintain some hope when everybody knows it’s not the case. We’re the party of the Constitution; it’s not going to happen.”
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) was happier to go much further, now that he's leaving public office. Giving a message to his GOP colleagues, Sasse said they “are going to have to choose if they’re for the circus clown or if they’re for the Constitution.”
Others like those who claim to be "constitutional conservatives" offered polite refusal, but fell short of being brave enough to stand up to Donald Trump.
Kanye West had a huge falling out with far-right advocate Milo Yiannopoulos, who had joined with other fringe leaders in pushing the rapper further into politics after losing much of his business to advocating a Nazi ideology.
In a video interviewing West, Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes revealed that after the breakup, West had hired Jan. 6 organizer Ali Alexander to lead the political operation.
Kanye West had teased the idea that he would run for president in 2020, with urging by Republicans, only to be humiliated on the national stage with little support. It's unclear if West considers himself a Republican or if he's registered as a Republican, but after falling out with Donald Trump, it's possible he could split the extremist vote in the GOP primaries.
Almost ten years ago, in 2013, at least two people in California lifted a heavy manhole cover to climb down into an underground vault on the side of the road. They cut fiber-optic cables that severed 911 emergency call lines, landlines and cell phone towers. Not long after, someone opened fire on a power substation hitting key pieces of the infrastructure that caused not only power transformers to go down, but others to overheat and melt down.
Even after ten years, no one knows who did it and the police have no suspects. What they discovered, according to MSNBC's Rachel Maddow who detailed the report on Monday, is that someone had placed a rock at the area where someone should shoot to administer the maximum amount of damage.
Earlier this year, Maddow continued, a group of three Ohio men was thwarted as they plotted to take down power station. Among the ghost guns, ammunition, bomb-making manuals and pro-Nazi ideology, police found the article about the attack on California.
Now it has happened again, where someone opened fire on a substation in North Carolina, sending a whole county into the shivering darkness. Based on the briefings and the reports thus far, Maddow explained that it seems the first attack happened on a substation and then a second one did, indicating it could have been one person or a small team of people. The fence had been damaged going into the substations.
Police aren't saying much, rather they're repeating over and over that it was someone who knew what they were doing. It's unclear whether they think that's an inside job or if was a planned attack from someone who researched exactly how to inflict the most damage. Law enforcement hasn't made any arrests nor have they indicated there are any suspects. They did speak to a woman online who bragged she knew who it was and implied that a drag show was the target of the attack.
"But honestly, bottom line we really do not know," Maddow explained. "At the first press conference yesterday where the sheriff and local officials took the first questions about what had happened, they were immediately asked and then asked repeatedly whether this attack on the electrical infrastructure in North Carolina might be related to threats and intimidation that have been directed at local LGBTQ groups in Moore County recently, and in particular, at a drag show at a downtown venue in the town of Southern Pines, a show that started just minutes before the power stations were shot up and the lights went out."
She noted that there were a lot of right-wing protesters trying to shut down the event Saturday night, just hours before the power stations were shot up. It follows another protest by masked right-wing paramilitary groups at an LGBTQ group last month in the nearby town of Sanford, North Carolina. In fact, there were about 4 different anti-LGBTQ hate attacks by far-right, milita groups over the weekend. One in Columbus, Ohio, and another in Lakeland, Florida.
Groups that monitor militias and hate groups have noticed a significant increase in mobilization and attacks over the past several years against LGBTQ people, people of color, Jewish Americans, Asian Americans and more. Last year, hate crimes rose 44 percent. In 2022, hate crime reports were already increasing again at the halfway point of the year.
See Maddow's opener below:
part 1 www.youtube.com
Part 2 www.youtube.com