In an interview with the Daily Beast, a Florida Democratic lawmaker explained that her concerns over the invasion of the U.S. Capitol by right-wing extremists have led her to author a bill that will bar QAnon followers from receiving security clearances.
Following reports that multiple rioters have military or law enforcement backgrounds, Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) -- who previously served in the Pentagon -- stepped up out of fears that followers of the movement based on outrageous conspiracy theories could work within the government to undermine it.
In an interview with the Beast, she stated, "What we discovered was that there was a shocking number of people involved in that insurrection who seemingly live normal lives, working in government and law enforcement and the military. It's really dangerous for individuals who hold these types of views to receive a security clearance and access to classified information… if any Americans participated in the Capitol attack, or if they subscribe to these dangerous anti-government views of QAnon, then they have no business being entrusted with our nation's secrets."
According to the report, Murphy -- who has previously worked across the aisle with Republicans -- is hoping they will support the bill.
"The legislation, titled the Security Clearance Improvement Act of 2021, requires applicants looking to obtain or renew their federal security clearances to disclose if they participated in the Jan. 6 rally in Washington—or another 'Stop the Steal' event—or if they 'knowingly engaged in activities conducted by an organization or movement that spreads conspiracy theories and false information about the U.S. government,'" the reports states, adding that the question would be added to the current questionnaire known as Standard Form 86.
According to the report, Murphy is well-aware that her legislation could impact newly-elected Republican Rep. Marjorie Talor Greene of Georgia who has been quite vocal about spouting several QAnon conspiracy theories.
"It is not lost on her that she is proposing this legislation when at least one colleague, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), was elected while having professed support for QAnon. Other Republicans have reportedly been linked to the organizers of the Jan. 6 rally," the report states.
"It's a privilege that's afforded to us through our position," she explained "But I think this privilege should have its limits. And I certainly hope that this starts a conversation about holding accountable those members of Congress who share these extreme views and potentially, barring them from accessing classified information, especially if they have previously participated in efforts to overthrow the government, or have been motivated by their belief in these conspiracies to harm the United States or any of our elected officials."
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Speaker at DeSantis event says Biden 'grabbed' Americans' ivermectin supply to stop them from learning 'it works'
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, fresh off promoting a mask-bashing doctor as his surgeon general, held an event today in which a speaker accused the Biden White House of deliberately taking away Americans' supply of hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin.
As reported by Florida Politics, 40-year-old Apollo Beach handyman Charles Craig talked about the purported wonders of several unproven treatments for COVID-19, and he then said that the White House had worked to stop Americans from having access to them.
"To think that they're limiting the access of this is sickening -- it works!" Craig said. "In the beginning, hydroxychloroquine worked. They grabbed it. More recently, ivermectin worked. They grabbed it."
In fact, the Biden White House has not "grabbed" ivermectin, although some feed supply companies have restricted purchases of it because some customers were trying to treat COVID by using horse deworming medicine that happens to contain ivermectin.
Hydroxychloroquine, meanwhile, can still be obtained, although it's fallen out of favor and former President Donald Trump was not treated with the anti-malarial drug after he became hospitalized with COVID-19.
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Trump will run in 2024 and send America to 'its greatest constitutional crisis since the Civil War': columnist
Washington Post columnist Robert Kagan on Thursday delivered a stark warning about the future of the American republic, which he said was going to come under great strain thanks in large part to the actions of former President Donald Trump.
Kagan starts off by dispelling the notion that Trump will not run for president in 2024.
"Donald Trump will be the Republican candidate for president in 2024," he writes. "The hope and expectation that he would fade in visibility and influence have been delusional. He enjoys mammoth leads in the polls; he is building a massive campaign war chest; and at this moment the Democratic ticket looks vulnerable. Barring health problems, he is running."
Kagan goes on to warn that Trump and his allies are "preparing for victory by any means necessary," through "an organized nationwide campaign to ensure that Trump and his supporters will have the control over state and local election officials that they lacked in 2020."
Kagan then warns Americans that they should not be certain that the constitutional order will again hold if it comes under assault for a second time in three years.
"All that prevented it was a handful of state officials with notable courage and integrity, and the reluctance of two attorneys general and a vice president to obey orders they deemed inappropriate," he writes. "These were not the checks and balances the Framers had in mind when they designed the Constitution, of course, but Trump has exposed the inadequacy of those protections."
The Republican war on public health measures was on full display as Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) complained about vaccine mandates being "communism."
Greene, a first-term member who was stripped of all committee assignments after only a month in office, has been spending her time throwing red meat to the GOP base and pushing conspiracy theories.
"People should be able to decide if they want to take the vaccine and if they don't want to take the vaccine," Greene argued, even though unvaccinated Americans are breaking the hospital systems in multiple states.
"But the worst thing we're seeing is something I call corporate communism, where these policies are being pushed onto businesses and large corporations and then the government, what the government is saying, like take the vaccine, you have to take the vaccine — they're pushing it through the workplace," she complained.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is instituting a rule that requires employers with 100 or more employees to require weekly testing of unvaccinated workers in an effort to protect against unsafe workplaces.
"And this is something that we've always seen in communism, it's all about the worker, right, and the worker's rights, but yet they're forcing these strict policies, saying you have to take a vaccine in order to go to work, in order to go to the store, in order to go to the restaurant or for your kids to go to school, buy and sell, and this is where we are," she claimed, despite the fact that is not what is going on in America.
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