Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) did something today that more Democrats need to do when they catch a Republican telling a blatant lie: Call them out and let the world know.
During debate on legislation to protect Supreme Court justices and their staff, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) began hollering loudly, suggesting that Democrats said “not to worry” when some justices were protested at their homes shortly after a draft abortion opinion leaked out and seemed to indicate that the high court’s six conservative justices are ready to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade opinion that legalized a woman’s right to make her own reproductive choices:
When it was time for Democrats to speak, Lieu destroyed Jordan by using facts to counter what the Ohio Republican had just said:
“I’m going to respond to that because what he just said was a lie. The fact that he’s saying that Democrats think there’s nothing wrong, there’s no danger to Supreme Court justices is a lie. Why? Because we’re the majority party and, look, we just put this bill up and we’re about to vote on it.”
But Lieu was just getting warmed up, and he added:
“We clearly care about Supreme Court justices, but we also care about the families and employees of the Supreme Court and that is what we’re talking about today. Republicans are misleading you. Supreme Court justices, right now, have law enforcement protection details. They are protected by law enforcement.”
Before he finished, Lieu also managed to get in a reminder that Republicans are the ones who seem to be in favor of terrorizing people:
Even if she does manage to win reelection in November, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) may wind up spending more of her second term in a courtroom than the nation’s capital because she’s about to be put under the microscope by Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser.
The New York Timesreports that Boebert is being investigated because she allegedly ““inflated the mileage she logged on the campaign trail in 2020 and then used more than $20,000 in reimbursements from donors to pay off years of tax liens on her restaurant.”
If it can be proven that Boebert did indeed use campaign funds to pay off tax liens, she could be forced to repay the money and also be sent to prison.
The complaint against Boebert was filed by the same group that recently helped take down Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) in his primary, American Muckrakers PAC, and one of its leaders, David B. Wheeler, is making it clear he wants to see the same fate for Boebert, remarking:
The claims Boebert made about how many miles she allegedly traveled are nothing short of absurd:
The allegations have bounced around liberal circles since The Denver Post first reported in February 2021 that Ms. Boebert had cashed two checks from her campaign totaling $22,259 for mileage reimbursement, a figure that equated to 38,712 miles — well more than 24,901-mile circumference of the planet.
The Denver Postalso explained just how ridiculous Boebert’s reimbursement claim is:
“Boebert would have had to drive 36,870 miles in just over seven months between April 1 and Nov. 11 to justify the second payment. Boebert’s reimbursements to herself in one year eclipse her predecessor’s reimbursements over 10 years.”
Boebert’s predecessor, Rep.Scott Tipton (R-CO), reimbursed himself “$9,797 from campaign coffers for all travel expenses — including airfare — during a decade representing the same district.
Could it be any clearer that Boebert has used her campaign (and potentially her time in office) to grift off taxpayers, the very same thing her political idol, failed one-term former President Donald Trump, did during his four years in office?
Additionally, Mediaite notes that Boebert’s actions would leave her open to criminal charges on two fronts:
The investigation takes on an additional level of potential criminality as Boebert is accused of using the reimbursed funds to pay off tax liens filed against her restaurant. The Times notes that the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment filed liens totaling $20,000 against Boebert “from August 2016 to February 2020 for failure to pay unemployment premiums on her business, Shooters Grill.”
“As you are both fully aware, utilizing an illegal source of funds or ill-gotten funds to pay off a tax lien is illegal in Colorado and under federal law. That is the very definition of ill-gotten funds,” reads the Muckrakers complaint to Colorado’s attorney general.
Maybe, when all is said and done, Boebert will also lose her restaurant, Shooters Grill. That would be the ultimate in karmic justice.
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.