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The Interstate Milk Freedom Act is expected to receive a new push once Republicans regain control of Congress in January.
Sponsored by Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), the bill "prohibits federal regulation of the interstate traffic of unpasteurized milk or milk products packaged for direct human consumption under specified circumstances."
Massie has been pushing the issue on Twitter.
"I’ve been drinking raw milk almost every day for the past year. I can say it’s been great for my health!" Massie tweeted on Wednesday.
"When I introduced the bipartisan Interstate Milk Freedom Act a decade ago, I was motivated to protect freedom, and didn’t have an opinion on whether raw milk was beneficial," he explained. "Before trying raw milk, I had given up on trying to drink any pasteurized store bought milk that wasn’t “lactose free.” Not only does my body tolerate raw milk, it has been great for my gut health, allowing me to eat other foods that my body would otherwise reject."
On Friday, he linked raw milk to the anti-vaxx movement.
"The FDA that banned the transport of raw milk, a wholesome food that’s been consumed by human beings for thousands of years, is the same FDA that authorized myocarditis-inducing mRNA injections with no long-term data and zero liability for the manufacturers," he wrote. "Follow the money."
In response to his post, @CaringGuy1957 wrote, "Wow someone cashed the milk lobby's check."
"Yes, someone did," Massie replied. "Big milk opposes legal raw milk."
To which @CaringGuy1957 replied, "Oh you misunderstood, the raw milk lobby's check. You know, you."
It was also on Twitter, in 2020, when Massie explained his motivation for the legislation.
"Fun fact: Ron Paul and I served together in Congress for 6 weeks... long enough to pass the torch on bills such as Audit the Fed, Hemp, repealing social security tax on seniors, and Raw Milk freedom," he wrote.
In 2018, Massie used the hashtag "big milk" when describing the "lactose lobby" as intolerant.
"The lactose lobby is so intolerant!" he also wrote in 2014.
On Wednesday, Massie said methamphetamine can be "easier to get" than raw milk, but he managed to get his hands on some raw milk yogurt for breakfast on Friday.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, "raw milk — and products made from it—can make you and your loved ones sick. Raw milk has not undergone a process called pasteurization that kills disease-causing germs. Pasteurized milk is a safe and healthy food. When milk pasteurization began in the early 1900s, deaths and diarrheal illnesses in young children declined dramatically."
The FDA says, "raw milk can carry dangerous bacteria such as Salmonella, E. coli, Listeria, Campylobacter, and others that cause foodborne illness, often called “food poisoning.”
These bacteria can seriously injure the health of anyone who drinks raw milk or eats products made from raw milk. However, the bacteria in raw milk can be especially dangerous to people with weakened immune systems (such as transplant patients and individuals with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and diabetes), children, older adults, and pregnant women."
On Saturday evening, Donald Trump issued a fourth statement on his meeting with white nationalist Nick Fuentes and once again refused to denounce his racism and anti-Semitism.
Trump posted to his Truth Social account, "so I help a seriously troubled man, who just happens to be black, Ye (Kanye West), who has been decimated in his business and virtually everything else, and who has always been good to me, by allowing his request for a meeting at Mar-a-Lago, alone, so that I can give him very much needed 'advice.'”
"He shows up with 3 people, two of which I didn’t know, the other a political person who I haven’t seen in years. I told him don’t run for office, a total waste of time, can’t win. Fake News went crazy," Trump wrote.
Trump's dinner has already become an issue in the 2024 presidential campaign and could play a role in determining the next Speaker of the House of Representatives. Trump's ambassador to Israel condemned him dining with "human scum."
Trump has received harsh headlines.
"Trump criticized for dining with far-right activist Nick Fuentes and rapper Ye," headlined The Washington Post.
"Trump’s Latest Dinner Guest: Nick Fuentes, White Supremacist," was The New York Times headline.
"Trump world reels after white nationalist dinner," headlined Politico playbook.
"Trump's former US ambassador to Israel blasts meeting with Ye, Nick Fuentes: 'You are better than this,'" Fox News headlined.
NBC News headlined, "‘F---ing nightmare’: Trump team does damage control after he dines with Ye and white supremacist Nick Fuentes"
Firearms are frequently becoming part of political life as Republicans loosen restrictions on carrying guns in public.
"Across the country, openly carrying a gun in public is no longer just an exercise in self-defense — increasingly it is a soapbox for elevating one’s voice and, just as often, quieting someone else’s," The New York Times reported Saturday. "But the effects of more guns in public spaces have not been evenly felt. A partisan divide — with Democrats largely eschewing firearms and Republicans embracing them — has warped civic discourse. Deploying the Second Amendment in service of the First has become a way to buttress a policy argument, a sort of silent, if intimidating, bullhorn."
The newspaper noted armed election deniers in Arizona, homophobic protesters in Idaho, and racist protesters in Tennessee.
"A New York Times analysis of more than 700 armed demonstrations found that, at about 77 percent of them, people openly carrying guns represented right-wing views, such as opposition to LGBTQ rights and abortion access, hostility to racial justice rallies and support for former President Donald J. Trump’s lie of winning the 2020 election," the newspaper reported. "Anti-government militias and right-wing culture warriors like the Proud Boys attended a majority of the protests, the data showed. Violence broke out at more than 100 events and often involved fisticuffs with opposing groups, including left-wing activists such as antifa."
The analysis found the political use of guns skewing heavily towards the Republican Party.
"Republican officials or candidates appeared at 32 protests where they were on the same side as those with guns. Democratic politicians were identified at only two protests taking the same view as those armed," The Times reported. "Sometimes, the Republican officials carried weapons: Robert Sutherland, a Washington state representative, wore a pistol on his hip while protesting Covid-19 restrictions in Olympia in 2020."
Permissive open-carry laws are also welcoming for militia groups.
"Across the country, there is evidence of increasing Republican involvement in militias. A membership list for the Oath Keepers, made public last year, includes 81 elected officials or candidates, according to a report by the Anti-Defamation League. Most of them appear to be Republicans," the newspaper reported. "Another nationwide militia, the American Patriots Three Percent, recently told prospective members that it worked to support 'individuals seeking election to local G.O.P. boards,' according to an archived version of its website."
Read the full report.