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Don Jr. Suggests Requiring A Vaccine Card To Vote And Then Quickly Walks The Idea Back

Donald Trump Jr. thought he’d found the absolute best way to “own the libs,” which is something he constantly tries (and fails) to accomplish since he’s basically just counting the days until an indictment with his name on it is handed down.

Junior saw a tweet online in which someone equated COVID-19 vaccine cards with having to show photo ID to vote, even though the two couldn’t possibly be more different:

The simple fact is that you do need an ID card to vote in many states, including the state of Georgia, which just passed some of the most restrictive voter suppressions laws in the country. If voter ID works so great, why did legislators in the Peach State make it even tougher to vote? Simple: They don’t want everyone to vote, especially people of color.

Don Jr. ran across the vaccine card/voter ID tweet and immediately added his one cent worth. (One cent instead of two because Junior repeatedly proves he’s not exactly operating with a full cranium.)

Here’s the problem with Don Jr’s deeply flawed right-wing “logic” as it were: A recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll shows that a mere 35% of Republicans in counties Trump won in 2020 have been vaccinated for COVID-19. And a poll from the Associated Press reports that half of Republicans say they will never ever get a coronavirus vaccine.

So, if needing a vaccine card is suddenly necessary to cast a ballot (as Junior suggested), then 50 to 65% of the GOP won’t be allowed to vote.

To quote Homer Simpson: D’oh!

When that fact was pointed out to Don Jr., he quickly began walking back his suggestion, saying it had just be a big joke:

Uh-huh. Sure thing, Traitor Tot. No one believes your bullshit. And they couldn’t wait to congratulate you on your spectacular self-own:

As one person pointed out in a response to Don Jr.: Carrying a vaccine card “solves a problem” while voter ID doesn’t solve anything other than suppressing the vote.

Free advice to Donald Trump Jr.: Enjoy Twitter while you can because you won’t be able to from prison.

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Bartiromo Claims Delta Variant Is A Plot For Democrats To Steal The 2022 Election

Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo is quickly becoming just as deeply unhinged and absurd than her associates (Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham) over at Fox News, spouting off with ridiculous conspiracy theories that have no basis in fact and only serve to destroy what tiny shred of credibility she might have once had.

On Sunday, during her Fox show “Sunday Morning Futures,” Bartiromo was discussing the rise in coronavirus cases across the country with Sen. John Barasso (R-WY) and suggested the Delta variant of COVID that is putting thousands of Americans in the hospital is actually a plot to steal the 2022 midterm election:

“It’s all quite convenient with a year to go before the midterm elections. It doesn’t appear the Democrats can win on policy so what are we going to do? Have a lockdown in the summer of 2022 so that we ensure mail-in ballots are flowing from empty parking lots and dead people?”

Seriously undercutting that bogus assertion, however, is the fact that the agency tasked with assuring safe and fair elections said while Donald Trump was still president that the 2020 election — which was largely conducted via mail-in ballot — was the most secure in history, as CBS News reported last November:

“Federal election infrastructure officials said in a joint statement on Thursday that the 2020 election was the “most secure in American history.” Meanwhile, President-elect Biden picked up 11 more Electoral College votes as CBS News projected he had won Arizona, giving him a 73 vote margin over President Trump and putting him well over the 270 electoral vote threshold with a total of 290 projected votes.”

As you’d expect, Barasso was eager to agree with Bartiromo, remarking:

“You’re right on line on that, Maria, which is why I see what the Democrats are trying to do now. They have a two-pronged approach. The one is the very liberal policies that are coming forward on amnesty and on the civilian climate core. The things that are expensive, that we can’t afford, that are bad for the country, bad policy.

“And then there’s this second track, which is to undermine election and integrity of elections in this country, making it easier for Democrats to cheat. That’s their number one priority.”

Did Barasso offer any proof to support what he said? Of course not! Republicans don’t believe in facts. Instead, they spread bullshit like the QAnon fakery because they know they don’t have any policy positions of their own.

Sounds like Republicans are already worried they’re going to lose in 2022,  but it has nothing to do with cheating by Democrats. Instead, they can feel the country turning against them and what they stand for. 

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Texas Republican Pitches Hissy Fit Over New House Mask Mandate: ‘Shut This Place Down!’

Republicans, conservatives, and right-wingers simply cannot make up their feeble minds. They don’t want to wear protective face masks, but they also don’t want to get vaccinated for COVID-19. In other words, they want to pretend there’s no pandemic and hundreds of thousands of Americans haven’t already died. It’s almost as if they believe that if we ignore the virus, it’ll get its feelings hurt and go away.

Today, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced that the House of Representatives will once again impose a mask mandate on all members of Congress and staffers. It’s an attempt to help control spread of COVID-19, especially since the dangerous Delta variant of the disease it wreaking havoc on the nation.

News of the mandate infuriated many House Republicans, including Rep. Chip Roy of Texas, who took to the floor of the House and pitched a childish hissy fit, declaring:

“We have a crisis at our border and we’re playing footsie with mask mandates in the people’s house. It’s absolutely absurd what this body is doing. It’s an embarrassment, a mockery, and the American people are fed up, they want to go back to life, they want to go back to business, they want to go back to school without their children being forced to wear masks (and) put in the corner (because they) have mental health issues, and we’re running around here, and the speaker comes down here at 10 o’clock in the morning saying we’ve got to wear masks, in the people’s House. When we’ve got thousands of people coming across our border, and Democrats don’t do a darn thing about it, heavily infected with COVID.”

As if that wasn’t unhinged enough, Roy was just getting warmed up, and he continued his rant, acting like a spoiled child who had just been told he had to go to bed instead of being allowed to stay up late:

“We are absolutely sick and tired of this, and so are the American people. This sham of an institution is doing nothing for the American people, nothing for the betterment of the people that sent their representatives here. Which is it, vaccines or masks? Do the vaccines work or they don’t work? Do the masks work or they don’t work? I’d like to know which it is. I’d like Dr. Fauci to come down and answer a single question about natural immunity. You’ve been infected with the virus, you have immunity. …Or are they just going to go around poking people, saying you must take a vaccine? Oh but sorry the vaccine doesn’t work, you must wear a mask. This institution is a sham, and we should adjourn and shut this place down.”

Bo freaking hoo! Chip Roy isn’t getting his way, so he wants to shut down Congress so he can go back to Texas, sit at home, and get paid with taxpayer money. What a sweet deal that would be! Hell, most of us would love getting a salary of $174,000 a year with full benefits and a guaranteed pension plan to sit around and do nothing other than make speeches the way Roy and his GOP colleagues do.

The solution is simple: Either we all get vaccinated for the good of the country, or we get used to wearing masks. That the choice we face. Chip Roy needs to either man up or resign his seat in Congress.

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Republicans Brand DeSantis A ‘Sellout’ After He Urges Floridians To Get Vaccinated

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) thought his plan for dealing with COVID-19 in the Sunshine State had been a perfect balancing of public health and opposition to vaccines.

And then the Delta variant arrived, and suddenly DeSantis realized the tightrope he’d been walking was swaying dangerously, making him and his state one of the main hotspots for a resurgence of the disease, as the Wall Street Journal recently reported:

“The state accounts for one in five new infections in the U.S. and logged 73,181 cases over the past week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Florida had 341 cases per 100,000 people over the past week, second only to Louisiana. The weekly total of new cases reported by Florida jumped more than fourfold between July 1 and July 22, reaching its highest point since mid-January.”

DeSantis realized he had no choice but to address the numbers coming from his state, so he spoke in favor of vaccines, admitting “vaccines are saving lives.”

And that’s when the blowback started, with many of DeSantis’ once loyal supporters accusing him of being a sellout, Politico notes, and possibly destroying the governor’s chances of being a legitimate presidential contender in 2024:

“’Don’t let political correctness get in the way of health choices,’ former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn said recently of DeSantis’ comments, speaking on ‘The Right Side with Doug Billings,’ a conservative radio host and podcaster.

Another conservative radio host, Stew Peters, last week called DeSantis a ‘sellout’ and suggested the governor was taking bribes, though didn’t specify from whom.”

Of course, none of this should surprise anyone because the Republican Party has become a cult of death and conspiracy theories, refusing to accept facts, science, or medical advice. Their refusal to do the right thing and get vaccinated is causing many GOP-controlled states to see a surge in hospitalizations and deaths.

What happens next for DeSantis? Will he back away and let COVID have its way, or is he finally ready to be a responsible leader? According to CNN’s Chris Cillizza, the answer to that question will decide if the Florida governor has a political future, especially since he’s facing a shaky bid for reelection as governor next year:

“Depending on what you think of DeSantis, he has either been good or lucky to date in the pandemic. But the rising number of cases in Florida – coupled with the increased transmissibility of the Delta variant – poses a challenge that he hasn’t had to deal with yet.

“DeSantis seems likely to be faced with a clear challenge sometime soon: Do what’s right for the state of Florida or continue to play to his 2024 ambitions by refusing to acknowledge that mitigation practices – masks, social distancing, etc. – are necessary.”

Based on DeSantis’ past statements and actions, don’t be surprised if COVID gets significantly worse in Florida and DeSantis winds up losing badly in 2022. And once that happens, he’ll be nothing but a failed has-been, just like his hero, Donald Trump.

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Sarah Sanders Gets Cold Busted For Lying About The COVID-19 Vaccine

Believe it or not, former White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders is actually encouraging people to get vaccinated for COVID-19, writing an op-ed that was published Sunday in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in which she repeatedly gives her former boss, failed, one-term former President Donald Trump, all the credit for the vaccine.

For example, Sanders writes:

“A few months ago, I decided to take advantage of President Trump’s Operation Warp Speed and get vaccinated.

“When the Trump administration initiated Operation Warp Speed in May 2020, the president stated that a vaccine would become available by December of that year at the very latest. From the moment he made his announcement, the ‘expert’ class tried to undermine those statements with baseless fear-mongering.”

Why were so many of us skeptical about what Trump said regarding the vaccine? Probably because he spent four years lying about everything and even suggested that as soon as warmer weather arrived in the summer of 2020, COVID would completely disappear. It didn’t, and hundreds of thousands of Americans died as a result of his misinformation and attempts to minimize the seriousness of the pandemic.

Just like her former boss, Sanders also resorts to lying to make her case, suggesting that President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris tried to discourage people from getting vaccinated:

“The New York Times ran an opinion piece claiming that whatever the Trump administration released would likely be a dangerous political stunt. CNN did the same. But no one did more to undercut public confidence in the vaccine than Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Biden doubted that the vaccine would be ‘real,’ while Harris said in a nationally-televised debate that she would not take any vaccine the Trump administration had a hand in creating.”

But as CNN White House correspondent John Harwood noted on Twitter, Sanders is also lying with her accusation:

Here’s the video of exactly what Harris said during the VP debate:

Of course, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Sarah Sanders is praising Trump and lying about the candidates who defeated him and Mike Pence by nearly 8 million votes. After all, Sanders is running to be governor of Arkansas. She’ll say whatever it takes to divert attention from the truckload of bullshit she uttered from the podium as press secretary.

Does Trump deserve some of the credit for the coronavirus vaccine? Yes he does. But that has to be balanced against the endless lies he told about the disease as thousands of Americans perished under his so-called “leadership.”

COVID is one of the main reasons Trump lost the 2020 election. And it’s also the reason a majority of Americans will never trust him again.