By Brad Brooks LUBBOCK, Texas (Reuters) - Texans awoke on Wednesday with a statewide mask mandate and occupancy restrictions in businesses lifted, a move some heralded as freedom and others as foolishness. On paper, Texas' rollback of coronavirus mitigation efforts is the most sweeping seen in the United States, along with a similar measure in Mississippi. In practice, vast swaths of Texas have rarely enforced mask or occupancy mandates in the past year, anyway. Several major retailers, grocery and restaurant chains in Texas said they would still require that masks be worn in their stores, whi...
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Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) suggested that "racial politics" and government forms could be to blame for white supremacy in the United States.
CBS host Margaret Brennan told Scott during a Sunday interview that a recent poll shows that only 23% of Republicans think it's "very important" to condemn white nationalism.
"Well, clearly, we all ought to condemn any hatred," the senator replied. "And we ought to condemn any white supremacy. We -- I mean, we've got to figure out how to come together."
Scott said that the solution was to "stop all this racial politics."
"In the plan I put out at rescueamerica.com, I said we ought to stop asking people on government forms for their skin color," he opined. "We ought to judge people by their character, not their skin color. So we've got to figure out how to bring people together."
Brennan asked Scott if he would encourage other Republicans to condemn white nationalism.
"I tell people what I believe," Scott replied. "I'm clear. If they ask me, I would say, be clear. Be clear. I mean, we do not believe, none of us -- I don't think Americans should believe in white supremacy or hatred of any kind. I mean, it's wrong."
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Republican Party adviser Scott Jennings was on the receiving end of some major pushback on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday morning when he attempted to make the case that President Joe Biden was responsible for the baby formula shortage that is afflicting American families.
With Jennings lumping the formula shortage in with gas pricing and inflation for reasons for Biden's approval rating problems, he did mention a formula airlift coming from Germany arranged by the Biden administration which opened the door for co-panelist Bakari Sellers and former Biden speechwriter Jeff Nussbaum to fire back.
In a flurry of crosstalk, Jenning claimed, "When you're out driving from store to store paying $5 a gallon, it doesn't feel very good," to which Sellers replied, "Your point falls on deaf ears when you have 132 Republicans, I believe it was, who voted against [a baby formula bill--]," at which point conservative Alyssa Farah Griffin jumped in with, "This bill was a bailout for the FDA for the same people who failed to actually deal with the Abbott recall."
"At least we do understand it's a market failure, it's not a Joe Biden failure," Sellers parried.
"You want this to be about Donald Trump," Jenning exclaimed. "You want this to be the house is on fire and Joe Biden's out here with a tiny fire extinguisher. At the end of the day, you know midterms are about a referendum on the current state on the party in power. None of the people at this table can say the Democratic Party is doing anything about the problems of the American people when it comes to inflation, gas prices, baby formula and the idea that America is no longer the light of the --"
"Joe Biden is not in the back mixing baby formula," Sellers interrupted.
"Who shut down the factory?" Jenning insisted.
"It had to be shut down!" Seller shot back.
"What company had zero redundancy in their supply chain? They were buying back stocks" Nussbaum offered before continuing, "These are structural problems, right?. The president doesn't have a silver bullet but he is firing a ton of silver buck shots."
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Republican Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS) suggested over the weekend that President Joe Biden is to blame because "Kansas is no longer a border state."
During an interview on Fox News, Marshall complained that migrants are "stacked up" waiting to enter the United States as soon as pandemic-era Title 42 measures are lifted.
"Joe Biden has to stop sending this signal to everybody," the senator said. "He needs to stop making this a magnet. So this -- when he said, when he announced he was ending Title 42, that was the magnet for the rest of the world."
Marshall asserted that illegal immigration had doubled in the last year.
"And I just want to circle back on one point," he continued. "The ranchers I visited with yesterday on their ranches when President Trump was president, they would see one or two dead bodies per year. They have already found a hundred bodies on one ranch year to date right now."
"This is why this is important to Kansas," Marshall added. "This is why Kansas is no longer a border state."
Kansas has not been a border state in Marshall's lifetime. The senator did not explain his remarks.
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