Though he was once the most powerful member of the House of Representatives, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) probably won’t ever be invited to teach a class on American history.
A tweet McCarthy posted Sunday has come under criticism for being utterly ignorant of warfare and the ulterior motives of U.S. foreign policy.
The posting, which included a video, claims, “In every single war that America has fought, we have never asked for land afterward — except for enough to bury the Americans who gave the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.”
Of course, as almost anyone who has taken the most rudimentary course in history knows, McCarthy’s claim is complete bullshit.
As a matter of fact, McCarthy’s own California congressional district wouldn’t exist if Mexico hadn’t turned over that land to the United States at the end of the Mexican-American War in 1848.
That set off a wave of mockery and history lessons aimed directly at the California Republican.
Back when he was still president, Donald Trump met several times with then-German chancellor Angela Merkel, and on one occasion she told him the only person who drew crowds as big as the Donald was former German dictator Adolf Hitler.
The comment wasn’t meant as a compliment, according to a new book from Jonathan Karl, but Trump took it that way nonetheless.
Karl’s book, Tired of Winning, will be released later this evening, and he was also a guest on MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House” today, telling host Nicolle Wallace:
“One prominent member of Congress — a Trump ally — told me that the president, on two separate occasions, claimed [German Chancellor Angela] Merkel had complimented him on the large crowds he attracted when he spoke. ‘She told me that she was amazed at the size of the crowds that came to see me speak,’ Trump told the Republican Congressman.
“She said she could never get crowds like that. In fact, she told me that there was only one other political leader who ever got crowds as big as mine.”
“Only one! In history! The Republican congressman couldn’t believe the insinuation was lost on Trump. ‘And I’m thinking,’ he told me while recounting his interaction with Trump, ‘you know who she’s talking about, right?'”
Citing a speech Trump made over the weekend in which he referred to his enemies as “vermin” (the very same word used by Hitler on more than one occasion to describe Jews), Karl noted:
Trump thinks any “big, strong” leader is impressive, Karl explained, because that’s how he envisions himself.
“This is why he actually was praising Hezbollah recently for being smart, but he talks about his praise for Kim Jong-Un, for Putin. He wants to emulate these people. I’m not saying that Donald Trump is a Nazi. But there is this infatuation that he has, and he affects his language.”
“That’s when you were talking about rooting out the vermin. Even the phrase ‘the enemy of the people,’ which he used to describe the press, is something that is drawn from Nazi Germany. It’s also drawn from Stalin. This is a dictator’s phrase. It’s one that he eagerly embraced. Does he know the history of it? I don’t know, but the parallel is clear.”
While he loves to claim that millions of Americans wanted him to win a second term in office, it appears that history will not be kind to failed, one-term former President Donald Trump, who has debuted on C-SPAN’s 2021 Survey of Presidential Leadership in 41st place, which places him among the five worst presidents in U.S. history.
Politico reports that the survey is conducted annually among a collection of historians, and those historians do not think much of Trump:
“This survey marks Trump’s first appearance on the list, on which the one-term president placed higher than only three other presidents: Franklin Pierce, Andrew Johnson and the perpetually last-ranked James Buchanan.”
The ratings are based on 10 qualities of presidential leadership;
Relations with Congress
Vision/Setting an Agenda
Pursued Equal Justice for All
Performance Within the Context of the Times
When it comes to administrative skills, Trump ranked dead last among his predecessors in American history. He also ranks last when it comes to moral authority.
The reasons for Trump’s low rating are almost too numerous to mention, but presidential historian Douglas Brinkley suggested it had a lot to do with the 2021 impeachment, which made Trump the only president in history to be impeached twice:
In what will no doubt be especially galling to Trump, Barack Obama moved into the top 10.
The top 5 presidents, according to historians, are Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Lincoln has been ranked first since the survey began in 2000.
In time, as it becomes clearer just how incompetent and fundamentally evil Trump was during his term in office, it’s safe to predict he will be seen s the worst president in the long history of the United States. If he’s indicted, that spot is virtually guaranteed.
It’s not an exaggeration to say that Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) is the dumbest member of Congress. After all, she had to take the GED high school equivalency exam multiple times before she finally managed to pass it.
On Tuesday, Boebert once again proved her stupidity during a discussion with right-wing agitator Charlie Kirk on his podcast.
The topic was guns and the Second Amendment, which led Kirk to comment, “So Lauren, we’re seeing the gun grabbers going into full gear. Let’s just play a couple pieces of tape here. Um, let’s go to, I haven’t even heard this one yet, Joe Scarborough.”
MSNBC host Joe Scarborough:
That led Kirk to ask the Colorado Republican, “Lauren, did we just invent this out of thin air because of a quote, ‘paranoid frenzy?’ Your response.”
The right to personal property? That’s nowhere in the Declaration of Independence, which it seems Boebert was attempting (and failing) to quote.
Here are the “inalienable rights” cited in the preamble to the Declaration:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Twitter users gave Boebert an “F” for her version of the preamble.
Without even having to mention his name, President Joe Biden excoriated Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis during a speech he gave Sunday during a visit to Selma, Alabama to commemorate “Bloody Sunday.”
Speaking to black leaders, the president brought up that some in the GOP want to ban the teaching of civil rights and black history, including learning about Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Some, like DeSantis, even want to censor books from appearing in libraries because they might make some white children feel uncomfortable.
The president then reflected on “Bloody Sunday,” which took place in 1965.
“Six hundred believers put faith in action to march across that bridge named after the grand dragon of the KKK. They were on their way to the state capital of Montgomery to claim their fundamental right to vote lain in the bedrock of our Constitution, but stolen by hate and harbored in too many hearts.”
Biden concluded his remarks with a powerful reminder of his thoughts on the brave men and women who marched at Selma and what they had to endure:
It should be interesting to see if Gov. DeSantis responds to the president’s remarks. If he does, and doubles down on his state’s bans, he can kiss the vote of almost every black person in this country goodbye.