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Heartless Senate Republicans Are Refusing To Support An Asian-American Hate Crimes Bill

For months now — due in large part to former President Donald Trump repeatedly referring to COVID-19 as the “China virus” — attacks on Asian-Americans have been on the rise.

Despite that, Senate Republicans are refusing to support a piece of legislation proposed by Democrats that might help curb the increase in violence against Asian-Americans, CNN reports:

“The bill, introduced by Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono and New York Rep. Grace Meng, would assign a Justice Department official to expedite reviews of potential Covid-19-related hate crimes, establish an online database of such incidents and require new guidance to ‘mitigate racially discriminatory language in describing’ the pandemic, according to a summary of the proposal.”

Sen. Hirono says she doesn’t understand how anyone can be opposed to such a bill:

“We just want to get more information about who’s reaching out — data collection — working with the state and county law enforcement on hate crimes. You would think that all the Republicans would condemn the hate crimes that are being targeted against AAPIs but not enough of them have spoken up.”

Texas GOP Sen. John Cornyn tried to suggest that the legislation is a waste of time, but his explanation makes about as much sense as the babbling of an infant:

“Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn told reporters on Monday that the bill is ‘just a messaging vote,’ and wasn’t considered in the typical committee process. Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley added that he thinks the Senate should hold off on passing legislation until Attorney General Merrick Garland completes his study on hate crimes. Both Republican senators said they still need to look at Hirono’s bill in more detail.”

Just a messaging vote? What in the hell does that even mean? Passing a bill to protect people who are being attacked due solely to the fact that they are Asian heritage is indeed messaging, and it’s intended to send a powerful message: This will not be tolerated!

But, as usual, Republicans would rather cover their eyes and pretend there’s not a problem. Every last one of them needs to be voted out of office.

 

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Two-Thirds Of Republicans Say They Still Trust Donald Trump For ‘Medical Advice’

Just in case anyone has forgotten, a year ago, in April of 2020, former President Donald Trump suggested during a White House daily briefing on the coronavirus that an “injection” of disinfectant into the human body could help stop the deadly disease, remarking:

“I see the disinfectant that knocks it out in a minute, one minute. And is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning? As you see, it gets in the lungs, it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it would be interesting to check that.”

Yet despite this, a new poll shows that fully two-thirds of Republicans who still support the failed, one-term loser former POTUS would gladly take medical advice from Dr. Donald, even though the medical condition he likely has the most personal experience with is some form of a sexually transmitted disease.

According to Mediaite:

“After nearly three months out of office, former President Donald Trump still holds significant influence over Republican voters’ medical decisions — the same voters who are most likely to say they will not be vaccinated against the coronavirus.

“Trump was by far the least trusted among all respondents, at just 29 percent, including 6 percent of Democrats and 29 percent of Independents. But among Republicans, a whopping 66 percent said they trust Trump ‘a lot’ or ‘somewhat’ for medical advice.”

That same poll also shows that many Republicans don’t plan to ever receive a vaccine for COVID-19, which would seem to suggest there will soon be many fewer GOP voters. No wonder states like Georgia and Texas are busy trying to keep likely Democratic voters from casting a ballot. They know they’re outnumbered and can only win by cheating.

So where does this new poll leave us? Pretty much right back where we began when Trump first ran for the White House. Millions of Americans are willfully ignoring facts and the truth and choosing to take the advice of a man who lies more often than he breathes.

Thankfully, Donald Trump is no longer president. But his moronic influence on those who are easily deluded remains strong. That’s why we have to remain vigilant. And it’s also the perfect reason everyone that opposes Trump should get a COVID vaccine.

 

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Mitch McConnell Gets Taken To The Woodshed For Trying To Paper Over The GOP’s Racist History

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) thought he’d try and rewrite the history of his party on Tuesday, but he immediately got smacked down by the facts about the GOP which are written in bigotry and hatred.

During a debate on whether or not to eliminate the filibuster in the U.S. Senate, McConnell said the procedure — through which one senator can bring all business in the upper chamber to a screeching halt — had not been used in the past (by Republicans) to delay passage of civil rights legislation in the 1950s:

“It has no racial history at all. None. There’s no dispute among historians about that.”

That’s a lie, and McConnell said it knowing damn well it was a lie.

History shows that the longest filibuster ever held in the Senate was made by the blatantly racist GOP Sen. Strom Thurmond in opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1957, speaking continuously for 24 hours and 15 minutes to prevent black Americans from having the same rights as whites.

Steven S. Smith, a political scientist at Washington University in St. Louis, explained the use of the filibuster by Republicans during the bad old days:

“The histories of the filibuster, civil and voting rights, and race in America are intertwined.”

How racist is the history of the Senate filibuster? It was once used to block anti-lynching bills. That is the shameful past of the procedure McConnell tried to paper over.

Fortunately, however, former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance of Alabama was quick to counter McConnell, noting:

When he started getting criticism, McConnell’s office tried to walk back what he’d said:

For those who aren’t familiar with the full history of the Republican Party, it was once the Party of Lincoln. But then Richard Nixon was elected, followed by Ronald Reagan (who railed against “welfare queens” in a blatant attack on African-American women), and later was the party of choice for Donald Trump, who called Mexican immigrants “rapists” and suggested that anyone who dared to protest was a hoodlum or an “animal.” The GOP has become the party of bigotry and racial hatred. And the filibuster is part of that legacy, despite what McConnell or any other revisionist historian tries to assert.

How can you tell when someone is a racist? When they deny their own past, their support of bigots, and their cozy relationship with neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and white separatists.

Nice try, Mitch, but you’re just as full of shit as ever. And you’re also a terrible liar.

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Rep. Louie Gohmert Facing Disbarment For His Cockamamie Lawsuit To Overturn The Election

It’s no exaggeration to call Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) the dumbest, most thickheaded member of Congress, but a moronic lawsuit he recently filed seeking to overturn the results of the 2020 election could lead to his disbarment, meaning he’d never be allowed to practice law or file any other specious lawsuits for the rest of his life.

According to the Dallas Morning News, Gohmert is facing severe sanctions for violating ethics rules that apply to members of the Texas bar:

“A national lawyers group on Monday called for professional licensing bodies to investigate East Texas congressman Louie Gohmert and his attorneys for what it called a ‘self-evident breach’ of ethics rules for lawyers when they sued unsuccessfully last week to try to force Vice President Mike Pence to overturn the results of the Nov. 3 presidential election.

“Lawyers Defending American Democracy, a nonpartisan group that says it has the support of 5,000 lawyers across the country, said in a statement that Gohmert, Dallas lawyer William L. ‘Lewis’ Sessions and unnamed other lawyers should be sanctioned for egregious conduct.”

Gohmert’s lawsuit cited the 12th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as grounds for overturning the will of the voters. The 12th Amendment reads:

“The President of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the certificates and the votes shall then be counted.”

Gohmert’s lawsuit claimed that Vice President Mike Pence, as President of the Senate, could choose what electoral votes to count and disallow those he decided were invalid.

Lawyers Defending American Democracy noted in their filing to the licensing board:

“Not a single word in that amendment, or in any other, gives the vice president any role whatsoever in choosing which votes to count let alone the extraordinary, unilateral power to select who the next president should be, regardless of the outcome of votes in the various states.”

If indeed Gohmert is found to have acted improperly, his cherished law degree from Baylor University would be nothing more than a piece of paper since the congressman no longer have the right to serve as an attorney in any capacity in the Lone Star State.

 

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Trump’s Election Fraud Extortion Tape Could Be What Finally Destroys The GOP

After the Washington Post released tapes of President Donald Trump attempting to extort the Georgia Secretary of State to commit election fraud on his behalf, there was almost universal silence from Congressional Republicans, including the ones who have been accusing Democrats of “stealing” the 2020 election while resolutely refusing to provide any proof of their accusations.

Listening to the tape, it soon becomes clear that Trump has committed a crime — perhaps several of them — by telling Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger:

“The people of Georgia are angry, the people in the country are angry. And there’s nothing wrong with saying, you know, um, that you’ve recalculated.

“So look. All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state.”

As veteran Watergate report Carl Bernstein noted on CNN shortly after the Post story broke, the GOP can either call for Trump to resign or they can kiss their viability as a political party goodbye:

“That’s really what we ought to be hearing. ‘Mr. President, resign, leave the White House, this is unconscionable, it is wrong, and we of your party will not permit it.’ We won’t hear it. We might from a few Republicans, but that’s what’s really called for from here. The heroes of the Watergate were Republicans who would not tolerate Richard Nixon’s conduct.”

If Republicans refuse to condemn Trump and push him from office immediately, Bernstein continued, they too will be part of Trump’s crime:

“Also in the long run, I don’t have a crystal ball, but I would think that the Republican Party, this presidency, particularly in its end and supporting what this president is doing in the final days of his presidency — may be the end of the Republican Party as a constructive, decent source.”

Bernstein is absolutely right. If the GOP wants to be complicit to what is nothing short of a coup, then they too have to be destroyed and cast into the outer darkness of American politics.

The GOP has become the party of sedition and treason. They are a threat to this republic until they prove otherwise.