In a less-than enthusiastic speech, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham just announced he’s officially running for president. What are people saying?
Two weeks ago, saying “the world is falling apart,” Republican Senator Lindsey Graham announced he is running for president, but as is the fashion these days, he waiting until today to make the official announcement.
In a lengthy and some might say less than impassioned speech, the 59-year old South Carolina native and dedicated neocon war hawk spoke of “security through strength” several times, pointing to GOP hero Ronald Reagan.
Nate Silver charted just how pro-war the top 15 candidates are:
â€” Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) June 1, 2015
Graham tried to gin up the crowd through scare tactics, and his usual warnings about just how unsafe America is, from radical Islam. Of course, he attacked President Barack Obama, and even aid he was a more experienced leader than Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Albeit a war-mongering neocon hawk, Graham does offer a taste of conservatism from decades past.Â
Unlike the 2012 election’s meme about whether or not successful people “built that,” Graham admitted he is “not a self-made man,” offering thanks to those who supported him though good times and bad, including friends, family, and also his faith.
He also warned seniors and seniors-to-be that Social Security and Medicare are in trouble and may not be there in the future.
“I intend to be president not of a single party, but of a nation,” he told the small-ish crowd.Â “I want to do more than make big government smaller. I want to help make a great nation greater.”
Graham won’t be able to claim Washington outside status. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 – 2003, and Â has served in the U.S. Senate ever since. He also has served in the U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard, and Reserves going back as far as 1988.
Like almost every Republican in D.C., Graham is virulently anti-gay.
Some reactions, via Twitter:
Good News for Lindsey Graham: John McCain signed his permission slip so his candidacy is now official. pic.twitter.com/FcvkgehdN0
â€” MATTY ICE (@MattyIceAZ) June 1, 2015
Say what you will about Lindsey Graham, he’s the only 2016 GOPer to currently support a path to citizenship: http://t.co/pYh0YZezUr
â€” Gabe OrtÃz (@TUSK81) June 1, 2015
Lindsey Graham opens by saying we can afford more war wherever and closes by saying we can’t afford for you to retire.
â€” LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) June 1, 2015
â€” Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) June 1, 2015
Lindsay Graham would be 1st bachelor prez since Grover Cleveland, but Cleveland married in office. Buchanan is the only 1 who never married.
â€” Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) June 1, 2015
Today Lindsey Graham announces his candidacy for the presidency. Of the Confederacy, I assume.
â€” Harold Itzkowitz (@HaroldItz) June 1, 2015
Image: Screenshot via NBC News
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Watch: ‘Alleged Quack’ and New Jersey Resident Dr. Oz Announces ‘America First’ Run for US Senate for Pennsylvania
Dr. Mehmet Oz, the hydroxychloroquine-pushing TV doctor widely known for promoting pseudoscience and fake treatments has decided to use his expertise to run for the U.S. Senate as a Republican, and if not fully-embrace Donald Trump, certainly align himself with the disgraced former president.
In an op-ed exclusive to the right wing national website the Washington Examiner and in just-released video (below), Oz announces his run, citing the nation’s response to COVID and its ramifications as a primary factor for entering politics. It’s unclear why he did not announce via a Pennsylvania publication.
“We are angry at our government and at each other,” his op-ed begins. “We have not managed our crises as effectively as past generations. During the pandemic, I learned that when you mix politics and medicine, you get politics instead of solutions. That’s why I am running for the U.S. Senate: to help fix the problems and to help us heal.”
Like more and more Republicans entering the political landscape, Oz has precisely zero experience in government, but that once-presumed prerequisite is no longer in vogue.
“Oz — a longtime New Jersey resident — would enter a Republican field that is resetting with an influx of candidates and a new opportunity to appeal to voters loyal to former President Donald Trump, now that the candidate endorsed by Trump has just exited the race,” The Associated Press reports. “Oz may have to explain why he isn’t running for office in New Jersey, where he has lived for the past two decades before he began voting in Pennsylvania’s elections this year by absentee ballot, registered to his in-laws’ address in suburban Philadelphia.”
The “celebrity heart surgeon,” the AP adds, “has been dogged by accusations that he is a charlatan selling “quack treatments and cures in the interest of personal financial gain,” a group of doctors wrote in 2015 in a letter calling for his firing from Columbia University’s medical school. He wasn’t fired.”
The Daily Beast at the start of the coronavirus pandemic last year labeled Oz and “alleged quack” and asked why he was chosen as the face of NBC’s “Coronavirus Crisis Team.”
That’s far from the only attack on Oz’s credibility as a medical professional.
“Oz began making regular appearances on Fox News after the start of the pandemic, and in the spring of 2020 came under fire for comments suggesting that reopening schools might be worth the extra deaths, because it ‘may only cost us 2% to 3% in terms of total mortality,'” the AP notes. “Researchers from the University of Alberta found in 2014 that, of 80 randomly selected recommendations from Oz’s shows, often dietary advice, roughly half was unsupported by evidence, or contradicted by it.”
Watch Oz’s statement released minutes ago, which includes Trump rhetoric like “America first.”
I’m running for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania because America needs a Conservative Republican to cure what’s wrong with Washington. I’m a world-class surgeon, fighter, and health care advocate stepping forward to cure our country’s ills. Watch my announcement video now! pic.twitter.com/yLhKsZm9sl
— Dr. Mehmet Oz (@DrOz) November 30, 2021
Third Video Exposes Lauren Boebert Again Falsely Suggesting Ilhan Omar Is a Terrorist
U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert in yet another video has been captured falsely suggesting Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is a terrorist. It is the third video to date – including one she released Monday – in which the Republican pro-gun activist from Colorado disparages Omar as a terrorist or terrorist sympathizer.
“Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado suggested to a crowd in September that Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, whom she called ‘black-hearted’ and ‘evil,’ was a terrorist,” CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski reports. “It’s another instance in which Boebert suggested Omar, who is Muslim and wears a hijab, was a terrorist.”
This newly-found video, CNN explains, was “made in New York at a September Staten Island Conservative Party dinner,” and “posted on Facebook that month by an attendee running for borough president.”
NEW: Another video shows Lauren Boebert suggesting Ilhan Omar was a terrorist at an event in September.
— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) November 30, 2021
Like the first video, Boebert delivers her attack on her Democratic colleague as if she were in a nightclub doing standup, mocking Omar for her religion.
“One of my staffers, on his first day with me, got into an elevator, in the Capitol. And in that elevator, we were joined by Ilhan Omar,” Boebert tells a seated crowd, at least one of whom can be heard saying, “Oh God” as she mentioned the Democratic Congresswoman’s name. Other attendees laugh. Behind her a woman can be seen laughing, as if she has heard the story before.
“It was just us three in there and I looked over and I said, ‘well, lookey there, it’s the Jihad Squad.'”
“She doesn’t have a backpack, she wasn’t dropping it and running so we’re good.”
In a different version Boebert changed the details, claiming a Capitol Police officer rushed to the elevator out of concern for Boebert being on an elevator with Omar, presumably because of her attire and religion.
And yet, in video she released Monday, Boebert, calling herself a “strong Christian woman,” says she would “never want anything I say to offend someone’s religion.”
During Monday’s video Boebert told supporters, “Make no mistake, I will continue to fearlessly put America first, never sympathizing with terrorists. Unfortunately, Ilhan can’t say the same thing.”
‘Textbook MAGA Projection’: McEnany Mocked for False Claim ‘No One Has Politicized’ Coronavirus More Than Biden
Former Trump White House and campaign spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany is being mocked after ignoring how her former boss politicized the coronavirus pandemic from the very start, and falsely claiming President Joe Biden has been politicizing COVID — even more than his predecessor.
“At the end of the day, no one has politicized this virus more than President Joe Biden,” McEnany, now a Fox News contributor, falsely claimed. “You have the mask wearing incident there. You have Kamala saying on the campaign trail, ‘If Donald Trump tells me to take the vaccine, I won’t take it.’ You had Biden mimicking that rhetoric, then they get into office. ‘Yay, take the vaccine.’ That should have been the message back on the campaign trail, as well on travel restrictions. ‘You know, Trump’s xenophobic for this,’ and now all of a sudden travel restrictions work. Are you sensing a pattern here? Because you should, it is politicization of this virus on the campaign trail. They dismissed the policies, they issued the policies they are now putting in place, they were always effective. And where’s the consistency rather than outright politicization?”
Kayleigh McEnany says “no one has politicized this virus more than President Joe Biden.” pic.twitter.com/c3IOknoGCw
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) November 30, 2021
She was roundly mocked, even by noted political scientist Norm Orenstein:
Every word out of her mouth, including a and the, is a lie.
— Norman Ornstein (@NormOrnstein) November 30, 2021
And many others:
President Biden has spent most of his presidency attempting to undo the damage caused to the U.S. because of the denial, disregard, and utter incompetence of the Trump Administration — including the LIES McEnany spewed from the podium. TRUMP “politicized” Covid more than anyone!
— Chicago Tim (@iTebowCHI) November 29, 2021
Kayleigh McEnany said “no one has politicized this virus more than Biden.” Trump called the virus a hoax, then it killed 750k. Trump said hospitals were falsifying covid data, then he checked into a hospital when he got Covid. The blonde nazi is doing what she does best. Lying.
— Uncovering The Truth (@UncvrngTheTruth) November 29, 2021
I don’t know… Trump rejecting the warnings of medical experts and downplaying the coronavirus threat to minimize its impact on his re-election, resulting in a mass casualty event, seems pretty politicized to me.
— pwithm11 (@pwtham11) November 30, 2021
Couldn’t be more textbook MAGA projection.
— D. Z. (@dwziegler) November 30, 2021
Translation: No one has worked daily to combat the impact of COVID more than Joe Biden.
— Tough Crowd (@ToughRoom) November 30, 2021
And she wears a cross while saying it . . . if there is a God, how does she do this without bursting into flames? 🔥
— Garbageman (@garbageman01) November 30, 2021
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