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Crime Hate Crimes U.S. Senate

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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U.S. Senate

Mitch McConnell May Leave The Senate Before His Term In Office Expires: Report

Now that he no longer has any political relevance and is in the minority, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is preparing to exit the U.S. Senate long before his term expires in 2026, according to a report from The Intercept, which notes that McConnell is also trying to make sure he gets to choose his successor:

“Mitch McConnell has compiled a short list of successors in his home state of Kentucky, preparing for the possibility that he does not serve out his full term, Kentucky Republicans tell The Intercept.

“The list is topped by his protégé, state Attorney General Daniel Cameron, and also includes former United Nations Ambassador Kelly Craft, whose billionaire coal magnate husband is a major McConnell donor, as well as Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams, a former McConnell Scholar.”

However, there is one major obstacle to McConnell’s plan: The person who would name his replacement is Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, a Democrat. So Mitch is attempting to rig the system to his and the GOP’s advantage:

“New legislation McConnell is pushing in the Kentucky General Assembly would strip the governor of that power and put it into the hands of the state GOP.”

Why the sudden urge to leave on McConnell’s behalf? That depends on who you talk to. Some cite health concerns while others indicate that being minority leader has sapped his interest in being a member of the Senate. In other words, if he can’t be in control, he wants to take his toys and go home.

There’s also the matter of McConnell’s age. He’s 79 and would be 85 if he served out his current term in office.

Rumors that McConnell’s health is failing have been making the rounds on Capitol Hill:

“In 2003, McConnell underwent a triple bypass heart surgery. In late October 2020, McConnell dismissed concerns over his health after appearing with bruised and bandaged hands days before his reelection. The previous year, the Kentucky Republican spent weeks recuperating after a fall which forced him to have surgery for a shoulder injury.”

Could it be that McConnell will soon be back home in Kentucky, retired and living out the last years of his life a form of self-imposed exile? The progress of the legislation in the state assembly may decide what Mitch’s next move will be.

 

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Gun Nuts U.S. Senate WTF?!

‘Rambo’ Graham Humiliated For Claiming He Owns An AR-15 To Battle ‘Gangs’

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) tried to make himself sound like some sort of a tough guy during an appearance on Fox News, but all he accomplished was humiliating himself when social media began relentlessly mocking Senator “Rambo” for his bragging.

Speaking with Fox host Chris Wallace, Graham brazenly declared:

“I own an AR-15. If there’s a natural disaster in South Carolina where the cops can’t protect my neighborhood, my house will be the last one that the gang will come to, because I can defend myself.”

Actually, Lindsey, your house will the last one because you creep everyone out and no one wants to see you in your boxer shorts or whatever it is you wear around the house.

Graham was immediately pelted with hilarious mocking online:

Poor Lindsey! He wants us to think he’s a macho man, but we all know better. Then again, so does he.

 

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Gun Crime Gun Nuts U.S. Senate WTF?!

Ted Cruz’s Solution To The Mass Shooting Problem: Imprison The Mentally Ill

Now that the problem of mass shootings and gun violence are back on the front page as a result of what transpired in Boulder, Colorado, on Monday, the debate has begun once again on the issue of sensible gun control.

During a Senate hearing on Tuesday, there was a great deal of talk about possibly banning assault weapons such as the one used by the Boulder shooter, strengthening background checks for gun buyers, and other reforms that have sadly been discussed thousands of times before whenever innocent people are slain by a weapon of mass murder.

But something Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said during the hearing was especially chilling, not only because it suggested just how deeply in debt Cruz is to the gun lobby, but also because it called for putting people with mental illness into prison if they are caught with a gun.

Specifically, Cruz remarked:

“The senator from Connecticut knows that is false, and he knows that’s false, because Sen. [Chuck] Grassley and I together introduced legislation … targeted at violent criminals, targeted at felons, targeted at fugitives, targeted at those with serious mental disease to stop them from getting firearms and put them in prison when they try to illegally buy guns.”

So now mental illness will be a crime instead of a disease? On antidepressants? You can buy a gun, but you’ll be sent to prison if you do under Cruz’s deeply flawed logic.

Also, Cruz’s comments completely ignore the real problem that exists in this country: There’s too many damn guns! Does anyone actually believe that more guns is the answer to the problem of gun violence? That’s absurd! It makes no damn sense whatsoever. But it does allow Cruz and his GOP colleagues to continually suck on the teat of big gunmakers who are only too happy to buy U.S. senators if that’s what it takes for them to remain in business. Apparently, money trumps human life when it comes to Cruz and his ilk.

If Republicans cannot rationally discuss the gun problem in this country, maybe it’s time we make them the permanent minority party.

 

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Climate Change U.S. Senate WTF?!

Ron Johnson Proves His Complete Ignorance Of Geography In Disastrous NY Times Interview

Proving yet again that he’s an empty suit with an even emptier skull, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) is making national news as the result of a disastrous interview he gave to the New York Times, expounding on climate change (which he doesn’t understand) and even world geography (which he must have flunked in school).

Attempting to make a point about climate change, Johnson told the Times:

“You know, there’s a reason Greenland was called Greenland. It was actually green at one point in time. And it’s been, you know, since, it’s a whole lot whiter now so we’ve experienced climate change throughout geologic time.”

The Times quickly fact-checked the Wisconsin Republican, noting:

“In the interview on Thursday, Mr. Johnson was still misinformed about the etymology of Greenland, which got its name from the explorer Erik the Red’s attempt to lure settlers to the ice-covered island,” adding Johnson continued, ‘I could be wrong there, but that’s always been my assumption that, at some point in time, those early explorers saw green. I have no idea.'”

No idea? That’s an understatement. Even those who have worked with Johnson acknowledge that he’s a fool, with a former campaign worker pointing to what he called the senator’s “muscular ignorance” and a critic laughing about Johnson being a “gullible rube.”

Johnson is even being compared to an infamous Wisconsin senator who preceded him: Joe McCarthy:

“The drumbeat of distortions, false theories and lies reminds some Wisconsin Republicans of a figure from the state’s past who also rarely let facts get in the way of his agenda: Senator Joseph McCarthy, whose witch hunt for communists in and out of government in the 1950s ruined lives and bitterly divided the country.”

Hopefully Johnson will meet a similar fate as McCarthy and wind up a defeated, broken man.