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GOP Intellectual Malpractice: Syrian Refugees And Paris Attacks Edition

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Opinion: 25 GOP governors now illegally refusing refugees, and all based on a fake Syrian passport. 

The level of Republican inhumanity and stupidity, and refusal to look for facts has reached new heights.

Remember George W. Bush and the lies he and his administration told in the run up to the Iraq War? 

Bush didn’t look for facts, and when confronted with them, he dismissed them. You’re seeing today by Republicans that same level of intellectual malpractice, a lack of curiosity about facts, a pandering to the base and an almost viral race to the bottom of the barrel of stupidity.

At least 25 of America’s 31 Republican governors today (and sadly, Democratic governor Maggie Hassan) have issued press releases, tweets, and executive orders mandating – and boasting – their state will not accept any Syrian refugees. Unfortunately, it appears none of them bothered to actually check if they have the authority to refuse refugees here legally, though an extremely rigorous federal process.

And, of course, these “pro-life” “conservative Christian” governors, it turns out, do not have the authority to refuse refugees.

But what they do have is the ability to grandstand and to turn the tide of public opinion against the very people running from terrorists, and have Americans see them as terrorists, so when they do get to America (insert obligatory “land of the free, home of the brave” quote here) many will likely become victimized by a pathetically ignorant, Fox News watching populace that equates “Muslim” with “terrorist.”

To be clear, even France has called the murder of 129 people in the Paris attacks, not to mention the hundreds who have suffered injuries, “an issue of internal domestic security.”

Or, to be even more clear, as ThinkProgress reports, “All of the attackers from Friday’s massacre in Paris so far have been identified as European Union nationals, according to a top EU official.”

That story about one of the terrorists having a Syrian passport is either fake, or his passport was.

Here’s the list of Republicans who have stated America should refuse Syrian refugees, or have stated they will not allow them in their state, all based on a false story about a Paris attacks terrorist with a fake Syrian passport.

Republican Governors:

Robert Bentley of Alabama
Doug Ducey of Arizona
Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas
Rick Scott of Florida
Nathan Deal of Georgia
Butch Otter of Idaho
Mike Pence of Indiana
Terry Branstad of Iowa
Bruce Rauner of Illinois
Sam Brownback of Kansas
Bobby Jindal of Louisiana
Paul LePage of Maine
Charlie Baker of Massachusetts
Rick Snyder of Michigan
Phil Bryant of Mississippi
Pete Ricketts of Nebraska
Chris Christie of New Jersey
Pat McCrory of North Carolina
John Kasich of Ohio
Mary Fallin of Oklahoma
Nikki Haley of South Carolina
Bill Haslam of Tennessee
Greg Abbott of Texas
Scott Walker of Wisconsin
Matt Bevin, governor-elect of Kentucky

GOP Presidential Candidates:

Donald Trump
Ben Carson – no religious test, but an “ideological” one
Marco Rubio
Ted Cruz
John Kasich
Rand Paul 
Jeb Bush – only Christian refugees
Carly Fiorina
Chris Christie – no Syrian refugees, “not even 5-year-old orphans
Lindsey Graham
Mike Huckabee
George Pataki
Rick Santorum

Image by Mike Licht via Flickr and a CC license

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“We are here today to throw our support behind Vie President Harris!” a rarely-excited Majority Leader Schumer declared, almost shouting, as he announced he was “clapping.”

Both Leaders vowed to hold the Senate and take back the House.

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The two top congressional Democrats were going to meet with the now-presumptive presidential nominee on Tuesday before endorsing, but that meeting has reportedly been postponed. On Monday, Leader Jeffries talked to reporters while appearing to try to not make any announcement:

But after the Democratic donation site ActBlue took in nearly $150 million in the time since President Biden ended his re-election campaign, and the Harris for President campaign announced it had received a record-breaking $81 million in donations in the first 24-hour period, and with every Democratic governor endorsing Harris, and nearly every House and Senate Democrat endorsing the VP, it appears Schumer and Jeffries decided time was of the essence.

As all these moves are being made, Donald Trump appears to be maintaining a slow campaign schedule. His campaign website continues to list only two upcoming scheduled rallies per week, Trump this week is holding a solo rally without his new vice presidential running mate, U.S. Senator JD Vance, on Wednesday, and the two candidates will hold a joint rally Saturday.

But on his social media website Truth Social, Trump is far more active, and ranted for an hour and a half Tuesday morning:

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11:25 AM: “Why did Fox News put up Tim Walz, Governor of Minnesota, where I am leading? They make me fight battles that I shouldn’t have to fight!” Trump angrily declared.

11:26 AM: A furious Trump lashes out, writing, “I can’t believe it! They’re turning Crooked Joe Biden, the Worst President in the History of the United States, into a ‘Hero’ – He was pushed out of power like a dog, and look what the Radical Left is able to do. MAGA2024!”

11:26 AM: In his second rapid-fired post, Trump announced, “I don’t know who said it, or where it came from, perhaps the Radical Left, but I never discussed, or thought of, Jamie Dimon or Larry Fink for Secretary of the Treasury.”

11:26 AM: His third rapid-fire post, Trump writes, “Lyin’ Kamala Harris destroys everything she touches!”

12:03 PM: Trump brands the Vice President and his presumptive opponent, “Lyin’ Kamala Harris,” and demands she answer if she thinks President Biden can serve for the next six months. Inexplicably, he adds, “Now it appears Joe is delegating his Presidential Authority to unelected Washington Bureaucrats! He doesn’t even trust his Vice President. WHO IS RUNNING THE COUNTRY?”

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Before he became a Donald Trump-endorsed Republican U.S. Senator and now Donald Trump’s vice presidential running mate, JD Vance indicated he believed Donald Trump had committed sexual assault, according to a new CNN report.

In 2016, JD Vance appeared countless times on television, as he did that September, less than two months before the election that would put Donald Trump in the White House. Vance at the time was promoting his new bestselling memoir, “Hillbilly Elegy,” when he sat down with PBS NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff who told the audience his book is, “a timely portrait of Americans who are often ignored and misunderstood.”

One month later, continuing to appear on news shows and in speaking engagements, Vance talked about the plight of “America’s forgotten working class,” the title of his October 2016 TED Talk where he lamented about how “affirmative action” impacts “the white working class.”

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Jessica Leeds, who in October of 2016 was 74, told The New York Times that during that plane ride decades earlier, Trump “was like an octopus,” and his “hands were everywhere.”

“It was an assault,” Leeds alleged.

“About 45 minutes after takeoff,” The Times reported, “she recalled, Mr. Trump lifted the armrest and began to touch her.”

“According to Ms. Leeds, Mr. Trump grabbed her breasts and tried to put his hand up her skirt.”

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“In deleted likes from his Twitter account, reviewed by CNN, Vance had also indicated he believed Trump’s accusers and those who criticized Trump as a ‘serial sexual assault[er].’ “

“ ‘Maybe the Central Park 5 could take out a full-page ad to condemn the coddling of thug real estate barons who commit serial sexual assault,’ read the post, again posted just after the ‘Access Hollywood’ tape surfaced.”

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“Another post liked in 2016 by Vance said, ‘I wish there was a 2nd Vice Presidential debate just to see @GovPenceIN deny that Trump said he grabbed p*ssy.’ “

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JD Vance’s take on that alleged Trump airplane sexual assault became very different.

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“ ‘I think fundamentally the lawsuit is about something that happened 25 years ago. It’s a ‘he said, she said’ situation. And I trust my friend and the guy that I’ve known and gotten to know,’ the Ohio Republican told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, about six months after winning his US Senate race with Trump’s endorsement.”

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The floodgates have opened after President Joe Biden’s selfless and historic decision to end his re-election campaign and endorse Vice President Kamala Harris for President on Sunday. Democrats across the country are opening their wallets and sending a mountain of money to Democratic groups, especially the Harris for President campaign. In total, nearly $250 million to Democrats in the first 24 hours, including a historic $81 million directly to Harris for President, the campaign has announced.

ActBlue, which acts as the fundraising platform for Harris for President, and many other Democrats, on Sunday alone took in almost $67 million, according to a third-party ActBlue tracking program. President Biden’s announcement was made around 2:00 PM ET that day.

On Monday, as of 3:30 PM ET, ActBlue has taken in another $35 million – for a 25-hour total of over $100 million.

By comparison, on Saturday, the platform took in just under seven million dollars. Sunday is listed as ActBlue’s highest single day ever.

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(The ActBlue tracker cautions: “ActBlue is a fundraising vehicle for Democratic candidates and campaigns, state-level committees and progressive nonprofit organizations who are also using this moment to ask for support,” and adds, “the picture will become clearer once ActBlue and the recipients file their own campaign finance reports.”)

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“Future Forward already had $122 million on hand as of the end of June, according to Federal Election Commission filings.”

That means approximately $250 million – about a quarter of a billion dollars – was just added to the coffers of Democratic campaigns, including Kamala Harris’s, and PACs.

The Harris for President Campaign announced Monday afternoon it had taken in $81 million in its first 24 hours.

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“Team Harris raised $81 million in its first 24 hours, adding to the existing near quarter-of-a-billion dollar war chest already amassed this election cycle,” the campaign said in a press release. “This haul reflects money raised across the campaign, Democratic National Committee, and joint fundraising committees. This surge of support is also accompanied by numerous endorsements from federal and state elected officials as well as major Democratic and advocacy groups united in the effort to defeat Donald Trump this November.”

Inside those numbers, the campaign notes, are more than “888,000 grassroots donors” who “made donations in the past 24 hours, 60% of whom made their first contribution of the 2024 cycle.”

“Team Harris’ 24-hour raise is the highest 24-hour raise of any candidate in history,” according to the campaign. “In the last 24 hours, Team Harris has added 43,000 new recurring donors, with over half of these recurring donors signing up for weekly donations.”

“A call on Sunday evening hosted by Win with Black Women raised approximately $1.6 million in grassroots contributions alone,” the campaign also noted.

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