NEW YORK — City and state politicians announced plans Saturday for legislation that would permanently bar all police officers dismissed or forced to resign for disciplinary reasons from landing another law enforcement job anywhere in New York state. “These ‘wandering officers’ are twice as likely to commit physical and sexual misconduct,” said City Council Speaker Corey Johnson at the Harlem headquarters of the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network. “We simply cannot allow the hiring of bad apples and people convicted of crime,” he said. Johnson, joined by City Council member Francisco Mo...
GOP chooses to ‘coddle domestic terrorists’ because Trump ‘turned Republicans upside down’: analysis
Republicans were harshly criticized for their newfound hatred of law enforcement in a new column by Maureen Dowd published by The New York Times.
Dowd noted how supporters of Donald Trump downplayed the testimony of four police officers who testified on Tuesday about their efforts to defund the U.S. Capitol during the January 6th insurrection.
"When it came down to it, the question of whether Republican lawmakers in the House would side with Donald Trump or the police who risked their lives defending them, it wasn't even a close call for the law-and-order party," Dowd wrote. "The G.O.P. overwhelmingly stuck with Trump, perpetuating his sick mythology about a day we all saw with our own eyes. Twenty-one House Republicans even voted against awarding congressional gold medals to the police officers who responded on the day of infamy."
She noted that Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) referred to the jailed insurrectionists who sought to overturn the election, which was won by Joe Biden, as "political prisoners."
"Since when do Republicans care more about criminals in jail than the cops who put them there? Since when do they coddle domestic terrorists? Since Donald Trump," she wrote. "How rich that Cadet Bone Spurs, who spends his days watching himself on TV and puttering around in a golf cart, belittles cops who bravely took beatings from the mob he sicced on them. It's gobsmacking how easily Republicans swap their values for Trump's voters."
Read the full column.
Republican efforts to whitewash the January 6th insurrection will be unsuccessful, one GOP senator argued on Saturday.
The prediction was reported in a New York Times article titled, "Already Distorting Jan. 6, G.O.P. Now Concocts Entire Counternarrative."
"In the hours and days after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, rattled Republican lawmakers knew exactly who was to blame: Donald J. Trump. Loyal allies began turning on him. Top Republicans vowed to make a full break from his divisive tactics and dishonesties. Some even discussed removing him from office," Lisa Lerer and Nicholas Fandos reported.
"By spring, however, after nearly 200 congressional Republicans had voted to clear Mr. Trump during a second impeachment proceeding, the conservative fringes of the party had already begun to rewrite history, describing the Capitol riot as a peaceful protest and comparing the invading mob to a 'normal tourist visit,' as one congressman put it," the newspaper explained. "This past week, amid the emotional testimony of police officers at the first hearing of a House select committee, Republicans completed their journey through the looking-glass, spinning a new counternarrative of that deadly day. No longer content to absolve Mr. Trump, they concocted a version of events in which those accused of rioting were patriotic political prisoners and Speaker Nancy Pelosi was to blame for the violence."
But Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) doesn't believe the effort will be successful.
"I don't think anybody's going to be successful erasing what happened," said Cornyn. "Everybody saw it with their own eyes and the nation saw it on television."
Michigan Republican Mellisa Carone was ridiculed by "Saturday Night Live" in February for being gullible enough to believe Donald Trump's debunked conspiracy theories about election fraud.
Now Carone, who has formed a committee to run for the Michigan legislature, is pushing a conspiracy theory that vaccines are a sign of biblical apocalypse.
"This is an experimental vaccine that has aborted baby tissue in it," Carone falsely claimed.
"This right here, this is solid evidence we are definitely in the end times," she said. "It is the end of times, it's in the Bible. This, this has something to do with, I believe, the mark of the beast. I do."
"I mean, every sign is there," Carone argued.
MI congress candidate Mellisa Carone, who has endorsements from Lindell and Stone, gained notoriety as Rudy’s star… https://t.co/9fcaCvGCXr— Ron Filipkowski (@Ron Filipkowski) 1627731267.0
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