The Biden administration used Sen. Ron Johnson’s (R-WI) own words to slam dunk the senator and Fox News with a brutal fact-check on the issue of Social Security.
According to HuffPost, Fox started the back and forth with a posting on Twitter.
The conservative network in a post and linked story accused the White House of tripling down on what it described as President Joe Biden’s “false claims” in his State of the Union speech about “some Republicans” wanting to cut Social Security.
That led the White House to respond:
“Republican Senator Ron Johnson, in radio interviews today, said that Social Security was a ‘legal Ponzi scheme’ and that Social Security should have been privatized.”
In the video, Johnson clearly states that he considers Social Security to be a Ponzi scheme.
Later in the day, Johnson dug the hole he was in even deeper, remarking:
For decades, Republicans have wanted to cut both Social Security and Medicare so that older Americans will have to work in perpetuity and be unable to retire or afford the basic necessities of life. It’s part of their larger plan to please their corporate masters who want us working from cradle to grave for slave wages.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is outraged that the Biden administration is once again calling for a ban on semiautomatic/assault weapons, but her argument against such legislation was vigorously swatted down by the White House.
On Twitter, Greene wrote:
The AR-15 is my favorite gun for hunting & home defense. Banning “assault weapons” will not stop a transgender from shooting up his own LGBTQ community or any other murderer already breaking laws to kill people. More gun control laws just create more defenseless victims.
Joe has been a career politician in office longer than I’ve been alive and he knows NOTHING about guns. Joe is an elite politician who enjoys the protection of AR-15’s but wants to take your guns away and leave you defenseless at the mercy of criminals who don’t care about laws.
I will always protect American’s GREAT Second Amendment! No Assault Weapons Ban!!
What the administration had to say in response is on point and perfectly rebuts Greene’s knuckle-dragging reaction to the issue of gun violence in the United States, which has the most lenient gun laws in the world along with more deaths from guns than any other nation on the planet.
White House Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates issued this statement:
These sentiments, from a politician who has called for violence against those with whom she disagrees, are not only inherently discredited – but they prove President Biden’s point. An assault weapons ban is one of the most effective actions we can take to support law enforcement in the fight against gun crime. Police chiefs have attested to that and the American people support doing so. Choosing the gun industry lobby over keeping our streets safe and protecting our children’s lives is flatly unacceptable, which is why President continues to advocate for an assault weapons ban.
Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy got his head handed to him Monday by National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby (who just so happens to be a retired Navy admiral), when the Fox reporter tried to suggest that President Joe Biden would rather allow oil companies to drill in Venezuela than the United States.
At the daily press briefing, Doocy asked Kirby:
Doocy insisted, “Earlier this month, he said no more drilling!”
Once again, Kirby set Doocy straight using facts:
“The president has issued 9,000 permits for drilling on U.S. federal lands. 9,000 being unused. There are plenty of opportunities for oil and gas companies to drill here in the United States.
“Our expectation is that there won’t be a whole lot of oil coming out of there and it will have to be shipped to the United States.”
Still not satisfied, Doocy inquired:
And that’s when Kirby laid a verbal smackdown on Doocy, telling him:
“It has nothing to do with a benefit to the climate. Again, there are 9,000 unused permits here in the United States on federal land that oil and gas companies can and should take advantage of. 9,000! And we’re talking about one there in Venezuela.”
For two years now, Fox has been trying to suggest that Biden won’t allow Big Oil to drill in the United States. But that’s a enormous lie. So now they’re trying to reframe their BS and pretend that the administration would rather see drilling in Venezuela. However, that’s a massive lie, too, and Admiral Kirby let Doocy know he was spouting nonsense.
It’s so much fun watching someone use facts to counter crap.
For years, Fox News and others on the right have suggested that liberals and progressives are antagonistic to anything religious or sacred, even going so far as to declare that there’s a “War on Christmas.”
Now, however, it seems Fox has decided that the Biden White House is “too pro-Christmas” and is overlooking Thanksgiving, according to Alex Henderson of AlterNet.
At 6 PM on Monday, November 21, Fox News announced its “all-American Christmas tree lighting.” But only four later, on far-right host Laura Ingraham’s Fox News show, “The Ingraham Angle,” the following words appeared on the screen: “Biden White House Jumps the Gun on Christmas.”
Twitter quickly reminded Fox of their enormous hypocrisy.
The issue of race and racism has been in the news quite a lot over the past few days, thanks to two major news stories that have garnered lots of attention and commentary from all sides of the political spectrum.
The first story involves Kanye West (who now prefers to be called Ye) but will be referred to by his given name to avoid confusion.
Kanye decided it would be a great idea to make a incredibly insensitive antisemitic comment in which he basically declared war on Jewish people.
Specifically, West posted this on social media, and got his Twitter account suspended as a result:
Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) is also in hot water for saying the following at a Trump rally over the weekend:
“I have never seen like the crime in this country. We all grew up respecting the police. Our moral values. Doing what we could do to help law enforcement in this country. The Democratic party, they have a majority, they could stop this crime today. Some people say, well, they’re soft on crime. No, they’re not soft on crime, they’re pro crime. They want crime. They want crime because they want to take over what you got. They want to control what you have. They want reparations because they think the people that do the crime are owed that. Bulls***. They are not owed that.”
And now we have Nury Martinez, Los Angeles City Council President and and a Democrat, who made horrific comments that are also blatantly racist, The Los Angeles Timesreports:
Behind closed doors, Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez made openly racist remarks, derided some of her council colleagues and spoke in unusually crass terms about how the city should be carved up politically.
The conversation remained private for nearly a year, until a leaked recording reverberated explosively Sunday and turned the focus of a sprawling metropolis toward Los Angeles City Hall.
Martinez is being pressured to resign her post, but Tuberville is under no such call from his GOP colleagues, which led a reporter to ask White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre at the Tuesday press briefing for her thoughts and those of President Joe Biden on the matter of Nury Martinez, to which she responded: