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Meet The Nine Republicans Still In Congress Who Voted Against Martin Luther King Day

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Martin Luther King, Jr.’s civil rights legacy was enshrined into law when Martin Luther King, Jr. Day became a federal holiday. Meet the nine current members of Congress who voted against it.

It’s no secret that today’s Republican Party has been home to some of the most-racist beliefs in modern times. A walk through the Facebook pages of many Tea Party Republicans, or the almost regular news reports highlighting the most offensive missives of Republican and conservative leaders serve to bring that sad fact into focus.

Then there’s newly-minted Republican U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who delivered a speech before a white supremacist group as a Louisiana State Representative.

Scalise voted in 1999, as a state representative, against honoring Dr. King’s legacy by making Martin Luther King, Jr. Day a state holiday. He did so again in 2004. As MSNBC today notes, Scalise’s speech before the white supremacist group was neatly sandwiched in between those two votes, in 2002.

Scalise is not the only member of Congress serving today who has voted against Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. 

That notorious list includes eight more Republicans. In the Senate, Richard Shelby (Alabama,) Chuck Grassley (Iowa,) John McCain (Arizona,) and Orrin Hatch (Utah). In the House, Jim Sensenbrenner (Wisconsin) and Hal Rogers (Kentucky). While serving in state legislatures, Rep. John Culberson (Texas) and Sen. Johnny Isakson (Georgia) also voted against the holiday.

A handful of other notable Republican opponents of the holiday during its multiple-year evolution from concept to reality include: President Ronald Reagan, although he did sign it when it arrived on his desk with a veto-proof majority; former Vice President Dick Cheney, who voted against the bill in 1978, but voted for it in 1983; and former Texas Congressman Ron Paul, who was another nay vote in 1983.

McCain, while running for president in 2008, told NBC News he regretted that vote. He was notably a prisoner of war in Vietnam when King was assassinated. Hatch called the vote “one of the worst decisions I have made as senator” in a 2007 book. And Isakson, who is on is way out of office, told The Hill he’d reverse his vote if he could. 

Meanwhile, Scalise has seen his voting record on race examined more closely. For instance, earlier this month New Orleans’ Times-Picayune reported that Scalise had voted against a Louisiana state resolution apologizing for slavery.

“Why are you asking me to apologize for something I didn’t do and had no part of?” Scalise said at the time, according to the paper. “I am not going to apologize for what somebody else did.”

Meanwhile, on this day we honor the memory of and thank Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for his work and incredible sacrifice.

 

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Hat tip: MSNBC and The Hill

 

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Marjorie Taylor Greene Goes on Angry Rant Demanding AOC ‘Debate Me’ One Day After Accosting Her

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U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who may face an ethics inquiry after accosting New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is now attacking her nemesis through the media, telling AOC through reporters, “you need to debate me” and “defend socialism to the American people.”

Congresswoman Greene told The Washington Post’s Jacqueline Alemany that Rep. Ocasio-Cortez “can’t call me a bully because I’m trying to talk with her about policy that will change our economy… What she is a coward and a fraud and a fake.”

“Ever since Jan. 6 they can’t even treat us with respect and we were victims, too,” added Greene, who was forced to deny having a role in the insurrection, added. “We didn’t cause it. All these lies they say on and on and on. They need to be civil. None of them are civil to me,” she said of Democrats.

Greene also attacked reporters, telling Alemany that the “behavior you’re exhibiting is exactly the same type of behavior…. Actually, this is far worse.”

Alemany says Greene was “equating her yelling at and chasing down” AOC “to engaging in dialogue with reporters on her walk to her car.”

Greene continued her attack on reporters when Forbes’ Andrew Solender posed a question to her.

“You’ve been asking Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to debate for quite a while. At what point does it become harassment to continue to ask her to do this thing that she keeps rejecting?” he asked.

“At what point does this become harassment?” was her response.

When Solender asked Greene if she is going to continue to ask Ocasio-Cortez to debate her, she replied, “Sure! She should debate me. She should defend socialism to the American people.”

According to CNN’s Manu Raju, Ocasio-Cortez compared Greene to “people that I threw out of bars all the time” when “I used to work as a bartender.”

“So she throws out paying customers? Is that how she feels…?” Greene said when confronted with the quote.

“She’s describing the behavior that you exhibited,” NBC News’ Sahil Kapur explained.

Greene went back to attacking the reporters.

“This behavior you’re exhibiting is exactly the same type of behavior,” she claimed.

Here’s more of Greene talking with reporters, telling AOC through them “you need to debate me,” and claiming she is “acting like a child.”

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Undercover Operatives Waged Sting Operation to Discredit ‘Deep State’ Officials on Trump’s Enemies List: NYT

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Undercover operatives from right wing Project Veritas worked with a former British spy trained by Betsy DeVos’ brother Erik Prince to wage a smear and sting operation to discredit “deep state” federal government officials on President Donald Trump’s enemies list while he was in office, including the National Security Advisor and FBI agents.

The New York Times broke the bombshell story, reporting that the “campaign included a planned sting operation against Mr. Trump’s national security adviser at the time, H.R. McMaster, and secret surveillance operations against F.B.I. employees, aimed at exposing anti-Trump sentiment in the bureau’s ranks.”

“The campaign,” the Times reports, “shows the obsession that some of Mr. Trump’s allies had about a shadowy ‘deep state’ trying to blunt his agenda — and the lengths that some were willing to go to try to purge the government of those believed to be disloyal to the president.”

“Central to the effort, according to interviews, was Richard Seddon, a former undercover British spy who was recruited in 2016 by the security contractor Erik Prince to train Project Veritas operatives to infiltrate trade unions, Democratic congressional campaigns and other targets. He ran field operations for Project Veritas until mid-2018.”

Last year, The New York Times reported that Mr. Seddon ran an expansive effort to gain access to the unions and campaigns and led a hiring effort that nearly tripled the number of the group’s operatives, according to interviews and deposition testimony. He trained operatives at the Prince family ranch in Wyoming.

The Times’ extensive reporting, which runs about 2700 words, does not reveal who initiated or who bankrolled the campaign.

The Times reports the operation was run out of a house that rented for $10,000 a month, and that it is not known if President Trump or his closest advisors, including family members, were aware of the operation or had anything to do with it.

“The operation against Mr. McMaster was hatched not long after an article appeared in BuzzFeed News about a private dinner in 2017. Exactly what happened during the dinner is in dispute, but the article said that Mr. McMaster had disparaged Mr. Trump by calling him an ‘idiot’ with the intelligence of a ‘kindergartner.'”

Those allegations were never proven, although they echo what some others inside the administration, like first Trump Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, had allegedly stated.

In the end, McMaster resigned amid far right-wing attacks, but no recordings of him calling Trump an “idiot.”

Read the entire New York Times investigation here.

Image: Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead via Flickr 
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Newsmax Host Off Air After Online Outrage Over Antisemitic Remarks

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Newsmax TV host Grant Stinchfield will be off the air for the remainder of the week after massive outrage over his antisemitic remarks Wednesday night. Stinchfield claimed that American Jews’ “home country” is actually Israel, not the U.S., in a rant attacking President Joe Biden.

Eric Bolling, the former Fox News host who has seen his own share of controversy, in a tweet announced he will be covering for Stinchfield, which The Wrap reported.

“If you are Jewish and you are a Democrat and you are living in America today, how do you support an administration that turns its back on your home country?” Stinchfield had said, as Media Matters reported.

Outrage, especially from Americans who also identify as Jewish, was massive, as NCRM documented.

In March Stinchfield came under attack after claiming there was a “strong case” that President Joe Biden is “not really a Catholic.”

 

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