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Conservative rabbi Shmuley Boteach, who in the past has criticized Democrats for not condemning Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) for espusing anti-Semitic tropes, now has some harsh words for Republicans and their silence on Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and what he describes as her "Jew hatred."
Writing in the Jerusalem Post, Boteach argued that Greene's frequent anti-Semitic provocations deserved condemnation from Republicans, particularly when she spoke at a white nationalist conference organized by Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes.
"Earlier this year, Greene attended the America First Political Action Conference organized by a man the ADL called a 'prominent white supremacist pundit' and is a Holocaust denier who said Jews burning in gas chambers was like baking cookies," he writes. "After being criticized for speaking at the conference where Vladimir Putin and Adolf Hitler were praised, Greene doubled down and blamed the bad publicity she got on Democrats and 'Pharisees in the Republican Party.' McCarthy again was silent."
Boteach goes on to recall how Greene also once spouted an absurd claim about the Rothschild family supposedly funding a space laser that it was using to set wildfires in California as a classic anti-Semitic conspiracy theory.
"The Republican Party cannot say it condemns antisemitism and then accept a rabid antisemite in its midst," he concludes. "Republicans may think it is good politics to change the subject by talking about the Democrats, but they only succeed in looking like hypocrites. Although it is late, it is not too late for the GOP to condemn Greene outright before the plague of antisemitism spreads. Marjorie Taylor Greene must be ostracized by the Republican Party."
The View unloads on evangelicals for offering 'forgiveness' to Herschel Walker but not for women who got abortions
The co-hosts of "The View" unleashed on the hypocrisy of Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker, who is denying the check and get-well-soon card he sent to an ex-girlfriend was for an abortion.
Republican Ana Navarro compared it to the Shaggy song, "It wasn't me," where the wife catches him with another woman in various places around their home and he keeps claiming "it wasn't me."
An interview Thursday morning with Hugh Hewitt left the co-hosts even more confused with silence and blank stares.
"If that had happened, I would've said there's nothing to be ashamed of -- that, you know, people have done that," Walker told Hewitt. "But I know nothing about it. And if I knew about it, I would be honest and talk about it."
Walker has called abortion murder and called for a complete ban on it, so it left some confused why he said "there's nothing to be ashamed of." He also said that he doesn't care about the accusations that he has several abandoned children or that he paid for abortions because it is in the past.
"That’s what the left don’t want to talk about, but I’m talking about that, because as I said, they can continue to try to hurt me by bringing up my past. It’s like robbing my old house. I don’t live there anymore," he said.
"Except they have a baby," Ana Navarro said as the co-hosts tried to walk through the Walker comment.
"She's, like, but I'm the mother of one of your other children. He's, like, oh, that one?" said Hostin.
"He doesn't know who that is?" asked Whoopi Goldberg.
"The kid's mom," Sara Haines said.
"He's confusing me," Goldberg said.
"Yeah, and the thing is, like, it's just such a divided message because people are still standing by him," said Hostin. "He's in a statistical dead heat with Sen. Raphael Warnock who is a pastor. They're standing by him, and what the evangelicals are saying is God forgives all. So, I'm wondering --"
"Apparently not," Goldberg cut in.
"That's what they're saying. So, I'm wondering why if that's the case, why isn't he coming forward and saying, 'Yes, this is my -- I did this, and I'm sorry. God has forgiven me," Hostin wondered.
"That's my issue. I think there's room for redemption with anyone, but you have to admit fault," said Republican Alyssa Farah Griffin. "And he's still lying about the child, the abortion.
"You can do that these days!" Sara Haines cut in. "There are literally people that think the election was stolen. You can tell them anything you want. Ten more kids could come out and he'd be, like, nope. Nah."
"My message to the party would be, I understand wanting to take back control of the Senate, but there are a number of lanes you don't have to do through. Georgia. You don't have to put this man in the Senate for the Republicans to take back the majority," Griffin begged.
Goldberg cut in again to ask about the "forgiveness" aspect of the Evangelical Christians who are coming out in support of Walker.
"If that is true, why don't you give the same grace to women who find themselves in the position of having to have an abortion?" she asked. "If God forgives all, if that's where we're going with this, you know, one of the first commandments in the Catholic idiom is, you know, you will have no gods before me, and yet people are acting like God, saying -- they're willing to forgive Herschel it seems to me you would extend the same grace to the women who find themselves in that position. I'm just saying."
Ana Navarro explained that the caveat that has been created for Evangelical Christians is that they are against abortion except in cases where it might decide who leads the U.S. Senate.
"We think everybody is forgiven except if you committed murder which is what we call abortion, but you're forgiven if you are Herschel Walker and you are running for the Senate, or if you're Donald Trump and running for president after sexual harassment. The evangelicals and the Republican leaders in 2016 at least pretended they were bothered," she said. "For a few days, they canceled events with Trump. They distanced themselves and went to a corner and prayed about it. This time, they haven't even batted an eyelash. They're not even pretending to be bothered about it. That's how low the bar has come."
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At least 66 clinics in 15 US states have stopped performing abortions since the June Supreme Court ruling that overturned the constitutional right to the procedure, according to a report published on Thursday.
The Guttmacher Institute, a group which supports abortion rights, said there had previously been 79 clinics offering abortions in the 15 states which have implemented strict abortion bans.
That number has since fallen to 13 clinics, all of them in Georgia, which has banned abortion after six weeks of gestation, before many people even know they are pregnant, it said.
The institute said 26 clinics in the 15 states have closed their doors entirely, while 40 remain open providing reproductive health services other than abortion.
The Guttmacher Institute said the 15 states are home to nearly 22 million girls and women of reproductive age -- between the ages of 15 and 49 -- nearly one-third of the total US population of women of reproductive age.
The institute said more than 125,000 abortions were performed in 2020 in the 14 states where abortion is no longer available at all and another 41,000 in Georgia.
"Individuals who can no longer obtain an abortion from a clinic in these states are now forced to travel to another state for abortion care," Guttmacher said.
This extra step to access the procedure can impose travel and child care costs along with those associated with having to take time off work, it said, while some women are instead forced to continue their pregnancy.
Meanwhile, states where abortion remains legal "are being inundated with people from states with abortion bans seeking care," the report said.
"These dramatic increases in caseloads mean clinic capacity and staff are stretched to their limits, resulting in longer wait times for appointments even for residents of states where abortion remains legal," it said.
The institute predicted that the "already precarious abortion access landscape is likely to continue to deteriorate" with a total of 26 states certain or likely to impose near-total abortion bans within a year.
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