Earlier this month, Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) who serves as chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, laid out an 11-part plan that would drastically cut social programs and raise taxes on the poorest Americans.
One of the programs that Scott’s plan would “sunset” is Social Security, which is often referred to as the third rail of American politics; touch it and you die.
During an appearance on Fox News Sunday, Scott was asked about his plan by host John Roberts:
Rather than respond, Scott tried to weasel his way out of actually discussing the specifics of his plan:
But Roberts was having none of Scott’s dissembling, noting:
“Also in the plan, it says we ought to every year to talk about exactly how we’re going to fix Medicare and Social Security. No one that I know wants to sunset Medicare or Social Security. But what we’re doing is we don’t even talk about it. Medicare goes bankrupt in four years. Social Security goes bankrupt in 12 years.”
Flailing badly and trying desperately trying to recover, Scott concluded with this bit of tripe:
“I want to change this country. The woke left controls everything! We’ve got to win.”
The woke left? That the best you got, Rick? If so, you might want to go ahead and concede the 2022 midterms right now.
Even though their continued devotion to failed, one-term, twice-impeached former President Donald Trump is dragging down Republicans in the polls, they simply cannot help themselves when they’re asked a question about the Donald. They always defend him, frequently looking like complete fools as they tie themselves in rhetorical knots.
That’s exactly what happened to Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), the House minority whip who was asked about Trump’s infamous 2019 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which the then-president attempted to extort Zelensky by suggesting he’d agree to release military aid to Ukraine in exchange for damaging information on Joe Biden or members of his family.
Rather than admit Trump had been wrong to do what he did, Scalise desperately tried to suggest that Zelensky had praised Trump for his “leadership.”
“You look at that conversation. President Zelensky had called President Trump to thank him for the leadership he provided. When Zelensky got elected, he said he modeled after President Trump’s, and ultimately, he got the relief money he wanted.
“President Trump stood with President Zelensky. In fact, the two of them had a really good relationship. In fact, when President Zelensky was asking for things like the Javelin missiles that the Biden and Obama administration said no to. President Trump said yes, and actually helped Ukraine get those tank-busting missiles that they needed and frankly have been using.”
Nope. That’s not what happened. Not even close. And we know that because we have the White House transcript of that conversation which was read into the record as part of Trump’s first impeachment:
“I would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it. I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say Crowdstrike… I guess you have one of your wealthy people… The server, they say Ukraine has it. There are a lot of things that went on, the whole situation. I think you’re surrounding yourself with some of the same people. I would like to have the Attorney General call you or your people and I would like you to get to the bottom of it. As you saw yesterday, that whole nonsense ended with a very poor performance by a man named Robert Mueller, an incompetent performance, but they say a lot of it started with Ukraine. Whatever you can do, it’s very important that you do it if that’s possible.”
In other words: Sure, we can send you the military aid you need to defend yourself from Russia, but first you’re gonna have to play ball and help me win reelection.
Scalise was hit with a brutal fact-checking on Twitter.
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.
At his post-summit press conference in Geneva after he had met with President Joe Biden on Wednesday, Russian leader Vladimir Putin stopped sounding like the president of his nation and more like many member of the Republican Party.
Asked by a reporter about his attempts to destroy dissenting opinions in his country, Putin immediately referenced the January 6 Capitol insurrection:
Close your eyes and you could almost hear congressional Republicans saying the very same thing by trying to minimize what took place earlier this year. It’s almost as if Putin and the GOP are using the same talking points.
And that’s exactly what it sounded like to former FBI Assistant Director Frank Figliuzzi, who told MSNBC host Ari Melber:
The words from Putin are also eerily reminiscent of what is being preached night and day on Fox News, Newsmax, and One America News: That the rioters were the good guys who had a legitimate reason to storm the seat of government on the very day Congress was convened to declare Joe Biden the 46th President of the United States.
For example, on Tuesday evening, Fox host Tucker Carlson suggested that the Capitol riots had been organized by the FBI as a way to quash the pro-Trump movement in the United States.
So what, you may ask, is the difference between the Kremlin and the GOP? Well, one is working to destroy the United States from afar while the other does it right here at home while falsely claiming they’re interested in democracy.
Hundreds of millions of people here in the United States and around the world watched in absolute horror on January 6, 2021 as a mob of pro-Trump protesters marched on the U.S. Capitol, rioted, and engaged in the sort of insurrection that wasn’t thought impossible in this, the strongest democracy in the world.
Thankfully, the insurrection was put down, Joe Biden was certified as the 46th President of the United States, and federal authorities began deciding how to find and prosecute those who took part in the riots.
But according to Texas GOP Congressman Louie Gohmert, those people who broke into the Capitol building are “political prisoners” who did absolutely nothing wrong.
Gohmert made his remarks Friday in the House of Representatives, the very same House where insurrectionists called for the blood of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and chanted that then-Vice President Mike Pence should be hanged. The Texan proudly stood and declared:
Actually, the Justice Department is prosecuting the people who committed federal crimes that have been on the books for decades. And if these rioters didn’t want to destroy their own lives and those of their families, they should have stayed home and not engaged in criminal acts. It’s just that simple.
However, Gohmert was only getting warmed up, and what he said next is a slap in the face of both reality and history:
Wrong again! Rioters and looters “on the left” are also charged when they break the law. They are prosecuted to the full extent of the law because that law is written to apply to everyone, not just those of one political stripe or the other. And that’s exactly how it should be.
Louie Gohmert, like so many on the right, is delusional and seeking to rewrite what happened on that fateful day in January. His attempt to pretend what we all saw didn’t happen is an insult to every reasonable American’s intelligence.
But that’s the Republican way in the Age of Trump: Lie and deny, use falsehoods and conspiracy theories to cover up your own nefarious actions. It’s the epitome of what Orwell warned us of in 1984.
Sedition, treason, and rioting are wrong, un-American, and illegal. And Louie Gohmert is a lying sack of dung for trying to whitewash such actions.