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Naomi Biden Burns Marco Rubio Down For Whining About The Senate Gun Reform Bill

President Joe Biden’s granddaughter, Naomi, shut down Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Twitter after he whined that he hadn’t been given enough time to read a Senate bill on gun reform that passed the upper chamber on Tuesday.

According to Newsweek:

In a tweet, the Florida senator complained about the time given to read the gun bill ahead of a vote on whether to begin debate on the bill after it had been finalized and released.

“We are being asked to vote tonight to begin debate on a gun proposal whose legislative text was only made available less than an hour ago,” he tweeted.

That was all it took for Naomi to go off on Rubio and put him in his place for the absurd posting.

“Ok—suspend reality and believe you would actually read a bill. The bill is 80 pages & ~13,000 words. The average 5th grader reads ~180 words per min. This means a 5th grader could read this bill in just over an hour. You had that for this vote & 30 hours until the actual vote.”

Others then joined the debate and shredded Rubio, including Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012.

Maybe if Rubio wasn’t so damn busy trying to decide what Bible verse he’ll tweet out each day in order to give the false impression he’s a Christian, he’d have enough time to read legislation.

 

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McConnell Slams Rand Paul For Holding Up Aid To Ukraine After Meeting With Zelensky

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is not happy with the junior GOP senator from his state, Rand Paul, and remarks he made after returning from Ukraine and meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky made that crystal clear.

Burgess Everett of Politico notes that McConnell is trying to make sure Republicans such as Paul don’t stray too far away from the GOP fold:

“It’s Mitch McConnell vs. MAGA when it comes to Ukraine. At least a half-dozen Republican senators are expected to oppose the aid bill, according to one Republican senator. And in private meetings, an increasing number of GOP senators have questioned various aspects of the request.”

Earlier this week, Paul single-handedly held up a $40 billion aid package to Ukraine right as they seem to be turning the tide against Russia and Vladimir Putin, who is reportedly about to undergo surgery for what has been described as “blood cancer.”

McConnell had this to say about aid to Ukraine:

“It’s in America’s interest to do this. This is not a charity we’re involved in here. It’s in our interests to help Ukrainians just like it’s in the interest of NATO countries. So this is not some handout.”

Asked about Paul’s opposition to the aid package, McConnell quickly asserted his primacy over Senate Republicans, adding what certainly sounded like a jab at his colleague:

“Well, it’s no secret. Rand and I have a different world view of the importance of Americans’ role around the world. So that was not surprising. And it won’t create a problem. We’ll get the job done by Wednesday.”

Did you hear that, Rand? It’s a done deal, and you’d best start doing as you’re told by the head of your Senate caucus. If not, don’t expect any favors in the future.

Don’t be surprised if the aid package passes first thing Monday morning with Rand Paul’s full support.

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Resurfaced Video Shows John McCain Accusing Rand Paul Of ‘Working For Vladimir Putin’

On Thursday, a $39.8 billion package of aid for Ukraine was blocked in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).

Why did Paul block the bill? Well, here’s what he offered as his explanation:

The senator faced backlash over his opposition but said he stands by his decision. “My oath of office is to the U.S. Constitution, not to any foreign nation,” Paul tweeted Thursday evening, repeating his remarks on the Senate floor. While he said he sympathizes with the Ukrainian people, Paul added that the United States “cannot continue to spend money we don’t have” because doing so is “threatening our own national security.”

The fact that Paul is the only U.S. senator to take such a ridiculous stance at a time when Ukraine is beating back Russian troops led to a deep dive into the video vault and the resurfacing of a clip of the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) accusing Paul of “working for Vladimir Putin” in 2017, according to Newsweek:

“So I repeat again – the senator from Kentucky is now working for Vladimir Putin,” the late senator said in the short video.

In the clip, McCain was discussing NATO membership for the Balkan nation of Montenegro. Paul had blocked a vote to ratify a treaty that would have allowed Montenegro to join the U.S.-led military alliance by refusing to agree to unanimous consent.

That led Paul to fire back at McCain a day later:

 “You know, I think he makes a really, really strong case for term limits. I think maybe he’s past his prime; I think maybe he’s gotten a little bit unhinged.”

Five years later, Rand Paul is still Putin’s favorite senator, and his grandstanding could well result in the deaths of more people in the besieged nation of Ukraine. The Kentucky Republican needs to get his head out of his ass and support our Ukrainian allies.

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Sen. Mazie Hirono Puts Ted Cruz On Blast For Getting Upset About All The Wrong Things

During a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was apoplectic about the leaking of a draft Supreme Court opinion that would overturn 1973’s Roe v. Wade ruling which gave American women the right to make their own reproductive choices, including the right to a safe, legal abortion.

According to Cruz, if one “criminal law clerk” can leak draft SCOTUS decisions, “it does possibly permanent damage to the Supreme Court.”

That led Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) to light into Cruz and remind him that he and other Republicans have tried to downplay the seriousness of what took place on January 6, 2021, and yet they now want to raise holy hell about a leaked court opinion, noting that she was “frankly shocked” that Republicans are still “shocked by the leak rather than the fact that we have radical right-wing justices on our Supreme Court who are poised to take away a constitutional right — not just any right, but a constitutional right that women in our country have relied on for almost 50 years.”

Hirono then added:

“And to listen to my colleagues going on about comments that are made by organizations and individuals, that is called free speech the last time I looked, and I know for a fact that the Republicans are constantly talking about free speech rights — in fact, even describing the January 6 riot as legitimate political discourse.”

Sen. Hirono is absolutely right. Republicans have repeatedly poo-pooed the fact that Trump supporters attacked the seat of government in order to try and carry out a coup that would overturn the results of a free and fair election. They were aided in their efforts by senators such as Cruz and Josh Hawley (R-MO), both of whom wanted to delay the certification of the electoral votes on Jan. 6 in order to give Trump and his allies more time to carry out their nefarious plans.

A leaked document is a bigger threat than a violent attack on the Capitol? Ted Cruz needs to shut his trap and hang his head in shame.

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WATCH: Union Organizer Destroys Lindsey Graham For Whining About Businesses Being Demonized

During a Senate hearing on labor rights Thursday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) got his clock cleaned by a union organizer who is working to unionize Amazon employees.

Graham accused Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) of “demonizing” successful U.S. businesses by calling them before the United States Senate Committee on the Budget and making them explain why they’re so opposed to their employees unionizing:

“This is a heavy-handed approach! The most radical agenda in my lifetime!”

Amazon union organizer Christian Smalls spoke next, and he gave Graham a lesson, telling him:

“It sounds like you’ve been talking about more of the companies and businesses in your speech but you forgot that the people are the ones who make these companies operate. And we’re not protected and the process for when we hold these companies accountable is not working for us. And… that’s the reason we’re here today. That’s the reason I’m here to represent the workers who make these companies go.”

Smalls also urged Graham to put aside his partisanship and look at the issue non-politically:

“I think that it’s in your best interest to realize that is not a left or right thing, it’s not a Democrat or Republican thing. It’s a workers thing… that’s the reason why I think I was invited today to speak on their behalf, and you should listen because we do represent your constituents as well.”

Despite what conservatives like Lindsey Graham say, unions are a very good thing. They’re the reason we have a five-day workweek, overtime pay, vacation time, and other rights. Unions have been essential to making sure workers are treated fairly and appropriately compensated for the work they do.

Graham and others in the GOP would do well to remember that without American workers, they wouldn’t have food on their tables, light in their homes, or the clothes they wear on their backs. If we can pay members of Congress hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to represent us, we should damn well make sure the people who keep this country running are properly compensated and treated with the respect they deserve.