The Missouri Senate approved a congressional map on Thursday, ending weeks of Republican infighting over how far to go in drawing GOP-leaning districts for partisan advantage. The map — approved in a 22-10 vote — was the result of a compromise among Republicans, including between GOP leaders and some members of the Conservative Caucus, a hard-right group of seven senators who had filibustered previous proposals. The district lines are expected to preserve the state’s current mix of six Republican and two Democratic members of Congress, falling short of the Conservative Caucus’ goal of seven Re...
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Pro-Trump operative Roger Stone is set to take center stage at this week's House Select Committee hearing on the January 6 Capitol riots -- and he is not happy about newly released documentary footage showing him calling for violence the day before the 2020 election.
As The Daily Beast reports, Stone is lashing out at CNN for airing footage that shows him telling allies, "F*ck the voting, let’s get right to the violence" on November 2nd, 2020.
"CNN airs fraudulent deep fake videos and expects anyone to believe them based on their long history of lies," Stone raged on his Telegram channel, according to The Daily Beast. "Let CNN or anyone else produce any proof that I knew in advance about, participated in or condoned any illegal act on January 6 or any other day."
Stone has not been charged with any crime related to the January 6 riots, although he was in direct and frequent contact with members of both the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers militia who have been hit with seditious conspiracy charges.
Stone received a pardon from Trump at the end of his only term in office after he was convicted of engaging in witness tampering and obstruction of justice in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
The co-hosts of "The View" all agreed that bipartisanship is a positive thing in government, but it isn't the kind that Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) were talking about at the McConnell Center on Monday.
"You know, she's not popular in her own state, 55 percent of women find her unfavorable," said Joy Behar said citing the lack of popularity of Sinema in her own state. Behar is correct about the polling in Arizona, which shows voters have come together — they're just against Sinema. "Men don't like her. Hispanic voters don't like her. Voters 50 and over don't like her. The only person who seems to like her is Mitch McConnell and Mitch McConnell likes her because she works with him to obstruct the Democrats. That's how I see it. She's not going to be popular with the Republicans either. She doesn't have a religion as far as I could tell and she says that she's bisexual, they don't like that. So, I think she's a problem, she doesn't help the Democrats. We need a strong Democrat in Arizona like Mark Kelly."
The audience responded with applause, which Behar said she doesn't usually get.
Republican commentator Alyssa Farah Griffin said that the country is too divided and that she respects Sinema's bipartisanship, the problem, however, is that Sinema actually votes 94.4 percent of the time with Biden. The only bipartisanship shown is from Sinema is obstructing the Democratic agenda.
"I think we talked about this table about how we're frustrated that is the Supreme Court, some of you are frustrated that it's too partisan, too Republican, she's the biggest voice on the left saying, life long judicial appointments need to be agreed to at 60-vote threshold," Griffin also said.
Behar asked if it was naïve to think Republicans won't kill the filibuster when they next take over the Senate. Griffin said that Trump pushed McConnell to get rid of the filibuster and McConnell refused to do it.
But Sunny Hostin cut in to say that McConnell did it for Merrick Garland's Supreme Court seat in the final year of Barack Obama's administration. When Republicans took the White House, McConnell made sure that Neil Gorsuch was swiftly shoved through.
"That was the turning point there, Mitch McConnell had no problem getting rid of the 60-vote threshold for the Supreme Court nominees when the Senate considered President Trump's nominee of Neil Gorsuch," Hostin continued. "He had no problem preventing Merrick Garland from sitting on the Supreme Court, blocking voters' rights legislation, climate change, and abortion. Yet all of a sudden he's saying it's a really good thing that Kirsten Sinema, my buddy, she agrees with me on that 60-vote threshold."
Sara Haines noted that it was because of Kyrsten Sinema that gun legislation happened, but it actually wasn't Sinema. In fact, it was Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), who had been working on the legislation since the Sandy Hook shooting. Only after he'd done all the work did Sinema poke her head in and tell him she wanted to be a part of the negotiations. After getting a text message from her, Murphy was actually forced to check with her office to verify it because he didn't believe the text was really from her.
But it was Whoopi Goldberg who closed the segment calling Sinema an outright fraud.
"I think that when people are full of it, they're full of it and what those two were talking about — because if this were true, we would be working together, but we're not," said Goldberg about the state of the Senate. "And so both -- that's all well and good, but we all know they're full of it until something comes up they don't want to do. There's no discussion here. There's no real connection between Democrats and Republicans. And it doesn't make any sense to me because it's about us [Americans] and nobody seems to give a rat's behind about the fact that it's about us."
The moment comes after an epic takedown of Sinema on Monday evening by MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell, who cited her "relentless ignorance" and shamed her attempts at "constitutional vandalism."
The growing rivalry between Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis is causing a split in the Republican Party, causing some to wonder if Trump still has the star power to go up against DeSantis' growing popularity.
“I’ve heard people say that Trump was John the Baptist paving the way for Jesus,” a senior official at a prominent conservative organization told CNN's Gabby Orr. “I’ve also heard concerns that DeSantis is a really smart operator who read the tea leaves and slid into this position at the right time, so he can’t necessarily be trusted.”
Orr points out that Trump has gripes to aides that he's the one who made DeSantis a star when he endorsed his gubernatorial campaign in 2018. One adviser to Trump said he is “clearly feeling threatened.”
Speaking to CNN, some conservatives say they are troubled by DeSantis being presented as the alternative to Trump.
“It is precisely because we think the institutional Republican party and mainstream conservative movement has failed the U.S. and working-class people that we want someone to continue to rankle them,” said Sohrab Ahmari of the online magazine Compact, claiming that conservatives “still don’t know a lot about [DeSantis] since he’s been a governor, not a national politician.”
A former Trump campaign aide who requested anonymity also expressed concern about DeSantis.
“Is it acceptable to start weighing our options if Trump doesn’t run? Totally. Maybe he runs but he’s been indicted and no longer seems electable. That’s another fair question to consider. But I think it’s a mistake to view Ron DeSantis as heir apparent just because he’s having a moment right now,” said the former aide, speaking hypothetically about the legal woes around Trump, who has not been charged with a crime."
Read the full report over at CNN.