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Oh, Jim Inhofe, you’ll never change, will you?

“My wife and I have been married 47 years. We have 20 kids and grandkids. I’m really proud to say that in the recorded history of our family, we’ve never had a divorce or any kind of homosexual relationship.”

That was Republican U.S. Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma, back in 2006, on the floor of the U.S. Senate, advocating to write a ban on same-sex marriage into the Constitution.

Of course, Inhofe was wrong in 2006, and lost that debate.

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Senator Inhofe reportedly refuses to hire openly-gay people, too. In 2004, the Seattle Times wrote that Inhofe said “that he does not hire openly gay staffers ‘due to the possibility of a conflict of agenda.'”

Inhofe’s insular extremism carries over to many other areas of course, too.

Last fall, shortly after announcing he would “be voting this week to defund ObamaCare with my friend Senator Ted Cruz,” Inhofe was forced to undergo emergency open-heart surgery.

“I went in for a routine colonoscopy that everyone gets and was sent to the hospital instead for open-heart surgery. The doctors said, ‘Your colon is perfect, but your heart is what we are worried about.’”

Yes, the man who voted to deprive 30 million Americans of access to affordable health care bragged to reporters that he felt “great” after undergoing open-heart surgery — after getting a test “that everyone gets.” Everyone who has health insurance — or can afford to pay cash, that is.

Here’s what we reported in that same article:

Inhofe, by the way, is a huge climate change “truther,” denying that global warming is man-made — or even that it exists. During an historic 2010 blizzard in Washington, D.C., Inhofe’s family made an igloo and called it “Al Gore’s Home,” mocking the former Vice President’s work on climate change.

A look at Senator Jim Inhofe’s voting record finds he has voted against Obamacare, against the Violence Against Women’s Act, against gun control — including background checks, against immigration reform, against repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, against the Hate Crimes Bill, against the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, against relief for Hurricane Sandy victims, against funding alternative fuels, against tax cuts for the middle class, and against the UN treaty for Rights of Persons with Disabilities, to name a few.

And today, as Think Progress reports, “Inhofe pointed to freezing temperatures across the country to explain climate change science is both “laughable” and rigged.

Usually the first to seize on snowy weather to argue against climate action, Inhofe described how the United Nations invented the “global warming thing” as a power grab. In his words, U.N. climate change conferences to negotiate global action are nothing more than a “Global Warming Party” with “all you can eat” and “all you can drink.” He talked about how scientists were recently stuck in Antarctic ice, which to him was more proof climate change is not happening.

Inhofe’s home state of Oklahoma, meanwhile, has suffered through severe droughts and the hottest summer ever recorded in the U.S.

Why exactly is Inhofe still serving in the U.S. Senate?

Image via Senator Inhofe’s Facebook page

Previously:

Inhofe: Gays Are “A Third Group,” Soldiers Are Unpatriotic

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COMMENTARY

‘We’re in Trouble’: Steve Schmidt Issues Dire Warning About Changed GOP After January 6th Insurrection

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Appearing on MSNBC’s the 11th Hour with host Brian Williams, former GOP campaign consultant Steve Schmidt warned that Democrats need to accept that the Republican Party has changed drastically after four years of Donald Trump and the Jan 6th riot — and failure to recognize that simple fact puts the entire country at risk.

Using one of Schmidt’s tweets where he called Trump’s “truth” a “hideous deception” as a jumping-off point, the former Republican warned, “We’re in trouble.”

“Objectively, since the insurrection on Jan 6th, the Republican Party is far more radical,” Schmidt began. “Far more committed to the lie that Trump has told, fully committed to the authoritarian movement.”

“Should the events repeat themselves, the Republican Party is in a much different place than it was this past election with regard to being prepared to subvert the legal and lawful results,” he continued.

“The Democrats have done nothing since coming into office,” he added. “They have done nothing to prevent any of the abuses we have seen, done nothing to harden any of the infrastructures”

He later added, “This is a serious moment.”

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‘Something That’s Under Way’: Trump Aims to Use Russian Tactic to Be ‘Installed Without Winning’ in 2024 Says Yale Historian

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Former president Donald Trump and his GOP supporters are hoping to rely on a tactic that’s common in Russia to return him to the White House in 2024, according to one prominent expert on authoritarianism.

“As someone who follows contemporary Russia, there is a Russian phrase that comes to mind, which is the ‘administrative resource,'” author and Yale University history professor Timothy Snyder told MSNBC on Friday. “What the administrative resource means in Russian is that sure, you have an election, but the people who are running the election are going to determine how the election turns out. What the Republicans are going for is precisely that thing, the administrative resource.”

Snyder then explained how this mechanism works and how Trump and Republicans might apply it during the next election.

“Historically speaking, what we know about a ‘big lie’ is that because of its very scale, it’s not about truth or not truth; it’s about living in a kind of alternative reality,” Snyder added. “What we’re looking at is people who believe in or pretend to believe in this Big Lie, actually carrying out our elections. And the problem with this, or one of them, is that since these people have already claimed that the other side cheated, that basically legitimizes their cheating. In other words, if you talk about the Big Lie now, you’re basically promising to cheat the next time around, and that’s very concerning.”

He concluded by saying that this is a clear and present danger, not merely a theoretical one.

“The scenario for 2024 for most influential people around Donald Trump, which unfortunately means one of the political parties, is precisely to be installed without winning the election,” Snyder said. “I don’t think it’s something that could happen. I think it’s something that’s under way, and the question is, can we accept this reality in time to take the measures we need to take to prevent it?”

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RIGHT WING EXTREMISM

‘Ghoulish’ Lauren Bobert Branded a ‘Sociopath’ for Attacking Alec Baldwin: ‘Grieving Family Just Lost Their Loved One’

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U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, the QAnon Republican lawmaker and gun rights activist who owns a bar named Shooters in Rifle, Colorado, is being criticized after posting a tweet mocking and attacking Alec Baldwin. The well-known actor who spent several years playing Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” shot and killed award-winning cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, apparently by accident, with a prop gun on set less than 24 hours ago.

Boebert dug up a seven-year old tweet Baldwin had sent in support of Michael Brown, the 18-year old Black man fatally shot by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer.

She then added a snide and ugly remark and posted it to Twitter, only too happy to use the pain of Hutchins’ grieving family, friends, and industry as a tool to attack Baldwin:

The outrage was palpable, even from a few on the right, like former Trump White House Director of Strategic Communications:

A Democratic U.S. Congressman weighed in:

This MSNBC correspondent made a keen observation:

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