As it turns out, Chris Christie wasn’t just politically pandering when he offered support to the anti-vaxxersÂ â€“ his record makes clear he’sÂ anti-science.
After visiting a vaccine manufacturing plant in Cambridge, England this morning, Governor Chris Christie told reporters he thinks parents should have a “choice, Christie said,” and he called for “balance” in allowing parents to make decisions about vaccinations.
Media outlets, including NCRM, exploded, and rightly so. Thanks to a growing anti-science, anti-vaccine movement known as “anti-vaxxers,” over 100 children in 14 states now are afflicted with the measles, a disease believedÂ to have been eradicated from this nation decades ago.Â
So Gov. Christie tried to back pedal, his office issuing a clarification.
“To be clear,” the statement, also posted to Facebook, reads, “The Governor believes vaccines are an important public health protection and with a disease like measles there is no question kids should be vaccinated. At the same time different states require different degrees of vaccination which is why he was calling for balance in which ones governmentÂ should mandate.”
Note the “with a disease like measles” qualifier. Which diseases common to the U.S., that we have vaccines for, does Gov. Christie not believeÂ we should vaccinate for? Cancer-causing HPV, perhaps, like Michele Bachmann?
But his backtracking, albeit limited, cannot erase his anti-vaxx, anti-science record, including his ponying-up to the anti-vaccine mob in years past.
In 2009, during his run for governor, Christie actively courted the anti-vaccine vote.
After meeting with parents of children with autism who believe vaccines are to blame, the Republican gubernatorial candidate issued a closely-worded letter offering them support of their anti-science beliefsÂ â€“ beliefs which have been debunked thoroughly.
“I have met with families affected by autism from across the state and have been struck by their incredible grace and courage,â€ Christie’s letter said. “Many of these families have expressed their concern over New Jerseyâ€™s highest-in-the nation vaccine mandates. I stand with them now, and will stand with them as their governor in their fight for greater parental involvement in vaccination decisions that affect their children.”
MSNBC reports that anti-vaccination activistÂ Louise Kuo Habakus provided the letter to them today. “She shared a photo showing Christie meeting with her and what she said were other anti-vaccination activists with her organization, the NJ Vaccination Choice Coalition, as well as other autism groups at a meeting they organized with the then-candidate in August 2009.”
â€œI spent a lot of time with Governor Christie working on this,â€ Habakus told MSNBC. â€œHeâ€™s been absolutely constant on this issue since I first met with him in 2008.â€
That was 2009. Over five years later, he’s still peddling that anti-science, anti-vaccine support that gives lip service to conspiracy theorists.
The AtlanticÂ agrees, writing that this “isn’t really a new position for Christie,” and noting that also in “2009, before he was elected,Â he told Don ImusÂ he would give parents with concerns ‘a seat at the table.'”
Meanwhile, let’s remember Christie ordered the quarantine of a nurse just months ago who tested negative for Ebola and had no symptoms, directly against medical protocols.
Then there’s his increasinglyÂ anti-science position on climate change, his position on a woman’s right to choose (he’s against,) his position on medical marijuana (he’s fought against it,) his position on gun control (he’s againstÂ it to a degree), his position on ObamacareÂ (he’s wholly against it,) his position on increasing the minimum wageÂ (he’s against it,) his position on same-sex marriageÂ (he’s against it).
Science? Chris Christie just isn’t really into you.
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Marjorie Taylor Greene Goes on Angry Rant Demanding AOC ‘Debate Me’ One Day After Accosting Her
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.”
Undercover Operatives Waged Sting Operation to Discredit ‘Deep State’ Officials on Trump’s Enemies List: NYT
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.
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“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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