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Lauren Boebert slammed as a 'hateful bigot' by colleague after mocking first trans four-star admiral
Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., called Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., a "hateful bigot" on Tuesday after the conservative lawmaker decried the swearing in of Dr. Rachel Levine, now the first transgender four-star officer in the nation's history.
"Welcome to woke medicine, America," Boebert tweeted, posting a picture of Levine during her ceremony.
Just an hour later, Beyer responded: "Dr. Levine is an accomplished pediatrician, a graduate of Harvard and Tulane, a former fellow at one of America's top teaching hospitals, a professor who created medical programs at Penn State to help young people, and PA's former Physician General."
"You are just a hateful bigot," he added.
On Tuesday, Levine, who was appointed by President Biden as the U.S. assistant secretary for health and confirmed by the senate in March, was officially made the four-star admiral of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (PHSCC), an agency of 6,000 federal health workers tasked with managing future health crises, including the nation's ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The PHSCC is one of eight federal uniformed services.
HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a statement that Levine's newfound title is not only historic but well-deserved.
"She is a highly accomplished pediatrician who helps drive our agency's agenda to boost health access and equity and to strengthen behavioral health," Becerra said. "She is a cherished and critical partner in our work to build a healthier America.
Political appointees are routinely granted admiral status, The Washington Post noted. During the Trump administration, Brett Giroir, Levine's predecessor, was similarly made four-star admiral following his Senate confirmation in 2018.
But that hasn't stopped top brass conservatives from railing against her ceremony as an appeal to "wokeness."
Tom Fitton, president of the conservative legal group Judicial Watch, wrote on Facebook that Biden was "playing quota politics with public health service," suggesting that Levine does not deserve her new rank.
Others outright challenged her identity as a transgender women.
"The Biden Administration called "Rachel" Levine a female," tweeted conservative commentator Matt Walsh. "Not woman. Female. Notice how the whole "sex and gender are different things" shtick has been entirely abandoned by the Left. They now demand that we accept males as biological females.
"The Biden administration announces that Rachel Levine, a biological man, is now the 'first-ever female four-star admiral" in the public health corp."
"Upon being sworn in, Admiral Rachel Levine said, 'I will follow the science.' Maybe Rachel should start by recognizing that there are only 2 genders," Rep. Boebert echoed in a separate tweet.
Levine, the former Pennsylvania Physician General and later the state's health secretary, is the PHSCC's sixth four-star general.
'Steve Bannon seemed to know something': GOP's Adam Kinzinger hints at bigger trouble ahead for Trump ally
Steve Bannon is either "clairvoyant" or he "knew" that former president Donald Trump's supporters planned to storm the Capitol on Jan. 6, according to Illinois Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger.
Kinzinger, a member of the House Select Committee investigating the insurrection, appeared on CNN on Wednesday night to discuss the House's impending vote on whether to refer a criminal contempt report for Bannon to the Department of Justice.
Host Wolf Blitzer asked Kinzinger whether he agrees with Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), who suggested Tuesday night that Bannon was "personally involved" in planning the insurrection shortly before the committee voted unanimously to forward the contempt report to the full House.
"I don't want to get into the evidence that we have or don't have," Kinzinger responded. "I'll keep that under wraps. Obviously, we're going to continue to find out what we need to find out, but look, you played the sound bite of Steven Bannon saying, 'Look, tomorrow's going to be wild, it's not going to go down how you expect.'"
"Either he was clairvoyant or he knew something," Kinzinger added. "A lot of us predicted violence. I predicted violence on Jan. 6 a week or two prior, but I never expected it would be to this level, that they would sack the Captiol. Steve Bannon seemed to know something, and we want to know what he knew."
Adam Kinzinger on the Situation Room www.youtube.com
End-times radio host says COVID vaccines implant 'an egg that hatches into a synthetic parasite' in your body
On Wednesday, Right Wing Watch flagged a rant by End Times talk radio host Rick Wiles, in which he offered a new conspiracy theory about what's really in the COVID-19 vaccinations.
"This is a global coup d'etat by the most evil cabal of people on the planet in the history of mankind," said Wiles. "And if it is not stopped in the very near future, they will win. That's what's at stake. Control of the world. They're putting eggs in people's bodies. If you didn't see yesterday's TruNews, you need to watch it. It's an egg that hatches into a synthetic parasite and grows inside your body. This is like sci-fi nightmare, and it's happening in front of us."
Wiles, who has previously claimed that a "Jewish cabal" was plotting to overthrow former President Donald Trump and the vaccine was going to "wipe out a lot of stupid people," was hospitalized with COVID-19 in June.
Far-right Christian broadcasting programs have been a vector of disinformation about the pandemic. Televangelist Jim Bakker recently promoted a solution of liquid silver as a COVID-19 cure, which resulted in investigations and fines from multiple states.
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