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GOP Congressman Says He’s Convinced Lauren Boebert Knew About The Jan. 6 Attack In Advance

A member of the House Republican caucus is speaking out and letting it be known that the GOP in its current form has utterly capitulated to the lies and lunacy of former President Donald Trump, and that he cannot sit still and watch as his party is destroyed without sounding an alarm.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) has long been a critic of Trump, but remarks he made to The New York Times Magazine are some of the harshest yet, with the Illinois congressman noting:

“I made the decision early in my career that I would be willing to take a potentially career-ending vote. But I thought that vote would be for something like a Social Security reform bill. I never thought it would be for defending democracy.”

The vote Kinzinger took to defend democracy was when he voted to authorize the creation of a bipartisan commission to examine what happened on January 6 and who is responsible for the Capitol insurrection which left five people dead.

Kinzinger was especially critical of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA):

“Kevin gave a great speech the week after that, and then he went to Mar-a-Lago and charged the paddles and brought Trump back to life. That’s the moment when I realized, Oh, man, this is a problem. You come to understand that when the party and party leaders talk about unity, and in the same breath, say that Donald Trump is the leader of the Republican Party, what they’re talking about isn’t unity. They’re talking about capitulation. When under the guise of unity, you act like Jan. 6 was just whatever you want to make of it, that is capitulating to a false narrative and to a dangerous attack on democracy. I will certainly talk to Kevin if he wants to. But I don’t see how we’re ever going to come eye-to-eye on this until there is a recognition that we can’t be the party of insurrection.”

And yet the GOP has indeed become the party of insurrection, with almost no Republicans being willing to say what needs to be said: That what transpired on Jan. 6 was a direct attack on the United States and an abomination that must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.

Of special concern to Kinzinger is the fact that he suspects there are current Republicans in Congress who knew what was going to take place on the fateful January day, yet didn’t say a word or warn their colleagues or the authorities:

“I will say, if you just looked at Twitter — the whole reason I brought my gun and kept my staff home and told my wife to stay in the apartment was looking at Twitter. I saw the threats. When Lauren Boebert — I will call her out by name — tweeted ‘Today is 1776,’ I don’t know what that meant other than this is the time for revolution. Maybe it was a dumb tweet that she didn’t mean. Fine. I’ll give her that credit for now. But if you have members of Congress who were involved in nurturing an insurrection, heck yeah, we need to know.”

Fortunately, a select committee is now investigating what happened on Jan. 6. And if it finds that some members of Congress did indeed have advance knowledge of the attack, they need to be booted from their seats and handed over to the Justice Department for prosecution.

 

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Trump Begs North Carolina Voters To Give Madison Cawthorn ‘A Second Chance’

The North Carolina GOP primary election is Tuesday, and failed, one-term former President Donald Trump is begging voters in the Tar Heel State to give controversial Rep. Madison Cawthorn “a second chance,” even though all the congressman has done since arriving in Washington is repeatedly humiliate himself with one controversy after another.

For example, Newsweek laid out a few of Cawthorn’s most recent disasters:

Over the past several months, Cawthorn has been cited for the second time for bringing a loaded gun to an airport, and was caught allegedly driving with a revoked license. There have been claims the congressman is involved in an illegal insider trader scheme related to a “Let’s Go Brandon” cryptocoin—a cryptocurrency named after the Republican catchphrase used to attack President Joe Biden.

The 26-year-old has also caused outrage within his own party for claiming colleagues in Washington, D.C. have invited him to orgies and took cocaine in front of him, as well as calling Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky a “thug” soon after the Russian invasion.

Despite that, Trump posted a full-throated endorsement of the North Carolina Republican on his Truth Social site:

“At 18 years of age, Madison Cawthorn, the now 26 year old Congressman from the Great State of North Carolina, went through a life changing event the likes of which, fortunately, few people will ever have to endure.

“In just seconds, he lost the use of the lower half of his body, a traumatic experience to say the least. When Madison was first elected to Congress, he did a great job. Recently, he made some foolish mistakes, which I don’t believe he’ll make again…let’s give Madison a second chance!”

A second chance? Hell, Cawthorn passed that threshold a long time ago. Wouldn’t this be something like his 50th chance?

Reportedly, Cawthorn is even on the outs with members of his own party, who are hoping voters will dump him so they don’t have to be humiliated by his antics for another two years.

Will the North Carolina Republican make it to November? That depends on just how sick voters in this district are of his bullshit.

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New Poll Shows Overturning Roe v. Wade Is Likely To Trigger A Democratic Wave In November

If the U.S. Supreme Court does indeed overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision which made abortion legal in the United States, a new poll suggests it will benefit Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections.

The latest poll from Ipsos shows that two-thirds of those surveyed said they’re more likely to cast a ballot for a candidate who supports a woman’s right to choose over one who doesn’t.

An Ipsos poll exclusive for Reuters, fielded May 3, 2022 after the leak of a Supreme Court draft decision challenging Roe v. Wade, finds that in the upcoming November elections, two-thirds of Americans (63%) would be more likely to vote for a candidate who supports passing a law legalizing abortion, replacing Roe if it is struck down.

This is driven by the 78% of Democrats who are more likely to vote for this candidate, while just under half of Republicans state the same (49%). Independents stand in the middle of Democrats and Republicans, with 59% more likely to vote for a candidate who supports passing a law legalizing abortion. Over half of Americans are more likely to support a candidate who thinks abortion should be legal (59%), motivated by three-quarters of Democrats (74%).

Republicans have been hoping to retake control of both houses of Congress, but the issue of abortion seems to be cutting against them and threatens to increase Democratic majorities in both the House and Senate.

The irony of Republicans finally getting a court-imposed ban on abortion that will boomerang back on them at the voting booth cannot possibly be overstated. While they do indeed have a 6-3 majority on the Supreme Court, that same court is about to make them a permanent minority party.

As the old saying goes, Be careful what you wish for; you just might get it.

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‘Dementia Don’ Endorses Wrong Senate Candidate During Sunday Rally In Nebraska

Failed, one-term former President Donald Trump loves to mock others when they make a mistake, and yet he proved again on Sunday that if anyone is in need of retiring from the public spotlight to avoid further humiliation, it’s clearly him.

Speaking at a rally in Greenwood, Nebraska, the twice-impeached ex-president went over a partial list of candidates he’s endorsed:

“You know, in Texas, on endorsements, I was 33 and 0, and if I lost one race they’d say, ‘Trump was humiliated.’ That’s what they’re waiting for one race. You know we’ve endorsed Dr. Oz. We’ve endorsed JP? JD Mandel.”

As HuffPost notes, Trump messed that one up big time:

The name he was searching for was J.D. Vance, venture capitalist and “Hillbilly Elegy” author who has no experience in politics. (And it’s Josh Mandel; he’s running against Vance in the GOP primary on May 3.)

And in a case of perfect irony, Trump managed to screw up Vance’s name just minutes after he had bragged about how incredibly intelligent and mentally sharp he is, again referencing the 10-minute mental acuity test administered to him by Dr. Ronny Jackson.

Twitter had a field day with Trump’s blunder:

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GOP Primary Opponent Destroys Marjorie Taylor Greene In Contentious Debate

One of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-GA) GOP primary opponents took her to task for not having accomplished anything during her two years in office, noting that about all she’s good for is running her mouth and causing controversy.

Candidate Seth Synstelien told Greene:

“We’re all here because we have concerns about the seat. See, you bought contractor stock before railing against profitable wars. Your words and actions are consistently inconsistent. No bill you’ve authored has passed and you have no committee power to advocate for this district.”

Synstelien then challenged Greene to answer a question:

“Without resorting to rhetoric about Democrat boogeymen, Biden and the woke left, answer this: Can you tell us one or two specific objectives that affect our wallets that you can actually pass and explain how you plan to get it done without being guaranteed a committee assignment?”

Greene replied:

“Now, here’s what we have to do. You have to understand and remember. Democrats are in control in Washington right now. Republicans aren’t getting anything done — even the Republicans on committees aren’t getting anything done. And if they were, you wouldn’t see the radical destruction of America going on right now, our wide-open borders. We are having inflation out of control and we are no longer energy independent as Americans.”

The congresswoman also claimed that if Republicans retake the House, she’ll be much more influential and able to help the district:

“So what I look forward to doing is when we take back the House, I’ll have great committee assignments. Kevin McCarthy and leadership have already promised them to me. And we look forward to holding Democrats accountable for all the corruption and horrible things they’ve done in our country.”

That’s when Synstelien burned Greene down with this counterpoint:

“That’s too big an if. Voting for Ms. Greene is a gamble as she’s not guaranteed committee power. She’s not even accountable for her own tweets or her staff’s. We’re still not clear on who is acting on the district’s behalf. So, how can anyone expect her to bring accountability to Washington?

“Her only leadership trait right now is rallying people against an enemy. And little to none of what she just said encourages business in our district or fights out-of-control inflation.”

There’s no guarantee that Greene will win the GOP nomination. She’s very unpopular and, as her opponent noted, has done little more during her two year in office than run her mouth and alienate both Democrats and Republicans alike.