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Santorum Refuses To Tell Crazed Obama Hater The President Did Not Try To Nuke South Carolina

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It’s one thing to oppose the President and his policies, but it’s un-American to allow crazed lies and rabid hate to stand without denouncing it.

Rick Santorum is no statesman.

During the heated 2008 race for the White House, Republican U.S. Senator John McCain was presented with a challenging Obama opponent audience member in an open forum. The older woman insisted then-Senator Barack Obama was not an American. “I can’t trust Obama. I have read about him, and he’s not, he’s not. He’s an Arab,” the woman cried. 

McCain, on camera, with less than one month to go before the election, after the September financial crash that ultimately would ensure Obama the presidency, shook his head, took the microphone from his Tea Party lies embracing supporter, and responded.

“No ma’am,” McCain said repeatedly.

“He’s a decent, family man, citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues, and that’s what this campaign is all about.”

That’s what a statesman does.

Love or hate McCain and his policies, he deserves praise for that important moment.

Politico reports audience members later booed McCain, and “yelled ‘liar,’ and ‘terrorist,’ referring to Obama.

Fast forward about seven and a half years, McCain is the one who stayed in the Senate, Obama won the White House, twice, as he amusingly reminded congress during his State of the Union address this January, and another (likely) presidential candidate encounters another older anti-Obama audience member, one even more crazed with Tea Party lies and hate.

Former Republican U.S. Senator Rick Santorum was presented with an opportunity to be a statesman this past weekend at the South Carolina National Security Action Summit. He failed.

“Why is the Congress rolling over and letting this Communist dictator destroy my country?,” the older woman, a retired schoolteacher, demanded to know. “Y’all know what he is, and I know what he is. I want him out of the White House. He’s not a citizen. He could have been removed a long time ago.”

“Larry Klayman’s got the judge to say that the executive amnesty is illegal. Everything he does is illegal. He’s trying to destroy the United States. The Congress knows this. What kind of games is the Congress of the United States playing with the citizens of the United States?”

“Y’all need to work for us, not the lobbyists that pay your salaries. Get on board, let’s stop all of this, let’s save America. What’s going to stop — Senator Santorum, where do we go from here? Ted [Cruz, perhaps?] told me I’ve got to wait until the next election. I don’t the country will be around for the next election. Obama tried to blow up a nuke in Charleston a few months ago, and the three admirals and generals — he’s totally destroyed our military, he’s fired all the generals and all the admirals who said they wouldn’t fire on the American people.”

Of course, not one single word of that Obama hatred is factual.

Santorum easily could have done what John McCain did and respectfully explain to the woman she is mistaken.

He could have told her and the audience that President Obama did not try to nuke South Carolina, and did not fire all the generals and all the admirals who said they wouldn’t fire on the American people.

Oh, and that Pres. Obama is in fact a citizen.

How does former Senator Santorum respond?

He corrects her faulty perception that he is still a U.S. Senator, then says, “as you mentioned, the word tyrant comes to mind.”

Complete and utter statesmanship failure.

This is what cowardice looks like. This is not how a leader acts.

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Image by Gage Skidmore via Flickr and a CC license
Hat tip: Gawker
Transcript: Bloomberg

 

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LIES AND THE LYING LIARS THAT TELL THEM

Marjorie Taylor Greene Lies Pending LGBTQ Equality Bill Has ‘Completely Canceled Women’ and ‘Destroyed Women’s Rights’

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U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) on Monday used her time to address the House of Representatives by lying to her colleagues and attacking the LGBTQ Equality Act.

The legislation, which passed the House but has not been debated in the Senate or even voted on, much less signed into law, “has completely destroyed women’s rights,” and “has completely canceled women,” the QAnon Congresswoman lied.

The Equality Act, she continued, “has taken away women’s rights in sports,” which is also false.

“It has completely canceled women and I think it’s a terrible thing that’s happened to the women in America who have come so far, our grandmothers and mothers worked so hard to achieve our rights. And now with the passage of the Equality Act they have put men in our little girls bathrooms, sports, locker rooms, playing fields, and seem to care less about women’s rights whatsoever.”

Again the Equality Act has only passed the House, not the Senate, nor has it been signed into law, so it has not been enacted.

“They’ve also completely destroyed religious freedoms and and violated our freedoms and rights in every single way,” she insisted, not naming who “they” are.

“The Equality Act is atrocious and evil,” she said, repeating the false claim she has made several times. “It completely erases gender, that God created us ‘male and female in his image.’ He created us. Women deserve their rights, we deserve our sports, we deserve our privacy, and should not have the invasion of biological men in any of these areas.”

Green has been trying to remake herself from a conspiracy theorist and QAnon promoter to a far right religious extremist anti-choice activist. Her diatribe on International Women’s Day did little to advance that goal, or any other cause.

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RIGHT WING HYPOCRISY

‘Dishonest Weasel’ Tom Cotton Slammed Over Rant Attacking Biden COVID Relief Bill That Sends Check to ‘Boston Bomber’

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A noted fact-checker is among those criticizing U.S. Senator Tom Cotton after the Arkansas Republican was caught lambasting President Joe Biden’s COVID relief bill that will send a check to the “Boston Bomber.”

Cotton, in a multi-day rant, attacked Democrats and President Biden’s American Rescue Plan that no Republican in the Senate voted for at all – Republicans in the midst of a year-long pandemic voted to not give any help to the American people. The bill, like the two Trump-era bills before it, does not exclude people in prison. As many on social media noted people in prison also have families and are also affected by the pandemic.

The Senator from Arkansas, who has 2024 presidential ambitions, posted tweets like these pointing out, in the most extreme manner possible, that prisoners will be getting checks.

Cotton, as CNN’s Daniel Dale and others have noted, did not vote for Biden’s relief bill but he did vote, twice, for President Donald Trump’s COVID relief bills, which also sent checks to those who are incarcerated.

He then tried to blame a “liberal” federal judge for prisoners receiving checks.

“They’re saying, ‘CARES—which passed unanimously—also sent checks to prisoners.’ But they’re leaving out that this is only because a liberal federal judge mandated it over the government’s objections, *months after the bill passed.*”

Dale was not letting that go by unchallenged.

“Nope,” the CNN fact checker tweeted. “Prisoners got checks from the Trump-signed, Cotton-backed CARES Act *because nothing in the law said prisoners shouldn’t get checks.* Post-signing, the IRS declared No Prisoners Allowed. The judge overturned the IRS because the law didn’t say that.”

Cotton then again went ballistic with another “Boston Bomber” tweet attacking Democrats.

And other “murderers.”

“Cotton’s attack on Democrats was echoed by North Carolina Rep. Madison Cawthorn on Twitter on Sunday,” Dale writes at CNN. “Fox News, meanwhile, turned Cotton’s tweets into an ominous headline on the front page of its website: ‘FUNDING CONVICTED KILLERS. Democratic COVID bill gives mass murderers taxpayer money right out of your pocket.'”

It did not go well for him.

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RELIGIOUS EXTREMISM

Mike Pence Chooses Right Wing Religious Org Tied to Anti-LGBTQ Hate Group to Host His First Post-VP Speech

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Former vice president Mike Pence has chosen a Christian organization dedicated to “persuasively present biblical principles” and preserve religious freedom to host his first speech since leaving the White House. Palmetto Family, a group with ties to anti-LGBTQ organizations, including a hate group, is based in South Carolina, the state that led to President Joe Biden winning the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.

The group opposes same-sex marriage and a woman’s right to choose. It also opposes sex education, pornography, and lists among its “accomplishments” that “11-year-olds will not be required to be vaccinated for sexual diseases.”

“Pence, who since leaving the administration has been doing work with the Heritage Foundation and Young America’s Foundation, has not indicated if he plans a future run for office, but his choice of making his post-administration debut in South Carolina helps set down a marker for a potential 2024 presidential bid,” The Associated Press reports. “The state holds the first presidential primaries in the South, and candidates of both major parties typically spend more than a year in the state ahead of those votes, introducing themselves and trying to secure support.”

Palmetto Family, formerly Palmetto Family Council, says it is tied to both the anti-LGBTQ organization Focus on the Family and the anti-LGBTQ hate group Family Research Council.

Between 450 and 600 people are expected to attend Pence’s speech and dinner.

Palmetto Family also lists among its accomplishments that the “Ten Commandments may be displayed in public buildings,” “Schools must follow state abstinence laws in sex education or lose funding,” “Students may receive graduation credit for off-campus Bible study,” “The Bible may be taught as history and literature in public schools,” and “Biology standards must allow critique of evolution.”

Pence, Palmetto Family president Dave Wilson told the AP, “is very reflective of the ideas, policies and direction that we at Palmetto Family want to see in South Carolina: bringing faith to the forefront and growing the next generation of conservative leaders for our state.”

 

 

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