Opinion: 25 GOPÂ governors now illegally refusing refugees, and all based on a fake Syrian passport.Â
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?Â
Bush didn’t look for facts, and when confronted with them, he dismissed them. You’re seeing today by RepublicansÂ that same level of intellectual malpractice, a lack ofÂ curiosityÂ 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 mandatingÂ â€“ and boastingÂ â€“ 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 refugeesÂ here legally, though an extremely rigorousÂ federal process.
And, of course, these “pro-life” “conservative Christian”Â 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 Fridayâ€™s massacre in Paris so far have been identified as European Union nationals, according to a top EU official.”
That storyÂ 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.
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:
Ben CarsonÂ â€“ no religious test, but an “ideological”Â one
Jeb BushÂ â€“ only Christian refugees
Chris ChristieÂ â€“ no Syrian refugees,Â “not even 5-year-old orphans“
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‘Snooze Fest’: Internet Mocks Trump’s ‘Extremely Boring’ and ‘Low Energy’ CPAC Speech
White Nationalist One-Term Twice-Impeached Former US President Speaks to Right Wing Group From Nazi-Inspired Stage
For the first time since he incited an insurrection last month the disgraced former American president, Donald Trump, on Sunday delivered what many are calling a “low-energy” and “extremely boring” speech to attendees of CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, in Orlando, Florida late Sunday afternoon.
The ex-president, who started his speech 100 minutes late, looked and sounded far older than he did on January 6, attacking President Joe Biden and insisting that his five weeks performance should be enough for “Democrats to lose the White House” in 2024.
“Actually, as you know, they just lost the White House,” Trump told supporters, adding: “I may even decide to beat them for a third time, who knows?”
The crowd, a mostly over-50 group of white Americans, roared, even though Trump has won only one election, and never the popular vote.
Trump’s speech was very similar to his past stump speeches, filled with racism, white nationalism, and lies about his opponents and the 2020 election that he lost – which he continues to refuse to admit. The “fake news” media, transgender people, and NIH Director Dr. Anthony Fauci were also the target of his attacks.
we’ve reached the transphobia portion of Trump’s CPAC speech pic.twitter.com/MJMzIqTgwg
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 28, 2021
He also tried to re-instill the perceived victimization of conservatives that fueled his presidency, claiming for example that Americans will no longer be able to hire attorneys because undocumented immigrants are taking them all away from U.S. citizens, which is a lie.
The former president is lying a lot.
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) February 28, 2021
Other lies included that wind energy is bad for the environment,
Listening to lackluster, hackneyed, lie-ridden, hate-driven, not-very-bright, Trump doing a pretty limp impression of himself back in the good old days when he was a higher-energy con man, crook and traitor should fill every Dem in America fill with optimism.
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) February 28, 2021
Honestly? I’ve watched hundreds of Trump rallies. Given how long it’s been since he spoke, it seemed fair to think he might have a lot of energy pent up and a lot to say (on and off script). But his energy seems kind of low about 30 mins in.
— Ali Vitali (@alivitali) February 28, 2021
House Republican Adam Kinzinger on Trump at CPAC: “Trump lost the election FYI. Side note this speech is boring. We can’t win with this boring, low energy, stream of conscience, weak, has been, choke artist.”
— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) February 28, 2021
Does anyone else think Trump sounds like his heart really isn’t in this? The energy is … low.
— Karen Tumulty (@ktumulty) February 28, 2021
This is a snooze fest. Trump is boring with his same old crap.
— SammyBoca🇺🇸 (@SammBoca) February 28, 2021
This is…sadder and lower energy than I expected it to be.
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) February 28, 2021
Get the hook, Trump is even boring the CPAC crowd.
— michael labriola (@17mikes) February 28, 2021
Looks like Trump used up all of his energy.
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) February 28, 2021
Low Energy One Term Twice Impeached Never Won the Popular Vote Former Junior Employee Donald Trump is a catchy nickname. https://t.co/lwntOxJvwf
— Rachel Vindman (@natsechobbyist) February 28, 2021
Trump is delivering no new material at this CPAC speech, which was the case with his speeches over the past four years. Same old lies. Same old fear-mongering. Same old depravity, but with less energy.
— Ahmed Baba (@AhmedBaba_) February 28, 2021
Trump is low energy boring looser
— Nadeem the dream (@nadeema) February 28, 2021
Trump is low energy, prompter-focused so far, tbh, with pretty low energy ad libs.
— Jon Ralston (@RalstonReports) February 28, 2021
Trump could at least do us the courtesy of coming up with fresh, exciting lies. Instead, it’s all re-runs.
It’s one thing to be deceptive—but a reality star like Trump should know that being boring is when you start to lose even the diehard fans.
— NotATweeter16 (@NotATweeter16) February 28, 2021
Wow, Trump’s speech is really boring. It’s the same nonsense.
— Wake Up America (@PreserveTruthUS) February 28, 2021
— McKinnon Mitchell (@AnotherMcKinnon) February 28, 2021
Trump is at CPAC summarizing his entire presidency in detail and it is exactly as boring as you might imagine (and full of lies).
— Tara (@TaraPoshusta) February 28, 2021
I watched just one very long Trump speech from beginning to end. After that nothing reported or excerpted on social media was something I hadn’t already heard. He is undoubtedly the worst, most boring speaker, ever.
— Marjorie Daw (@MarjorieDaw) February 28, 2021
This Trump speech is full of fear, lies, it’s extremely boring. pic.twitter.com/siU7c2L8BJ
— Les Nessman (@LesNesman2) February 28, 2021
Trump Has Left Behind a Republican Party Almost as ‘Toxic’ as He Is: GOP Adviser
According to a report from Politico, Donald Trump may no longer be president but the Republican Party he left behind has been damaged to the point where it has almost become as “toxic” as he is to voters, according to one former top aide to a Republican senator.
As the report notes, high-profile members of the Republican party are still pushing Trump’s “Big lie” that the 2020 election was stolen from him and have made that their focus going forward in lieu of proposing new policies that would allow them to win back the White House and both chambers on Congress.
Writing for Politico, David Siders explained, “Nearly four months after the election and one month into Joe Biden’s presidency, the politics of grievance has become the near-singular organizing principle of the post-Trump GOP. And whether at CPAC or in statehouses across the country, policy prescriptions for restoring so-called voter integrity have emerged as the primary focus of the party’s energy.”
That focus on stopping people from voting could blow up in their faces, but worse still, it means they have no other message for voters other than the fact that they are lingering on Trump’s loss.
Benjamin Ginsberg, a conservative election lawyer asked, “Tell me what the innovative Republican policies have been of late?” before adding it is “probably a sign that the Republican Party is mired in a bit of a policy wasteland and doesn’t know which way to turn to get out.”
According to former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who served in President George W. Bush’s administration, there is no evidence of widespread election fraud and Republicans harping on it is, “a big distraction. And I worry that it will continue to be a big distraction as long as a certain individual makes statements that it was stolen.”
Former Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) adviser Kevin Madden was a bit more blunt in his assessment.
“It is a party that has been fashioned in the mold of Trump — Trump’s message, Trump’s tactics — and it is perfectly comfortable being a party that is defined by what it’s against,” he explained before adding, “… you become almost toxic as a party brand to larger, growing parts of the electorate. … The limitation of a message and a platform that’s just about disagreeing with the opposition is that it doesn’t speak to the broader concerns or anxieties of a big part of the electorate.”
You can read more here.
Matt Schlapp Lashes Out at Critics of CPAC’s Nazi Symbol Stage Design
The head of the Conservative Political Action Committee on Saturday attacked critics noting CPAC’s stage looks like a Nazi symbol.
Matt Schlapp made his denial after “Nazi” trended nationwide on Twitter as users discussed the stage looking like an Odal rune symbol.
And by “resembles,” I mean “is identical to.”
— Ilyse Hogue (@ilyseh) February 27, 2021
Would be easy for Matt Schlapp to address this today, apologize and make some small changes to the stage.
Would make it clear it was a mistake and that CPAC doesn't want any one to believe they are giving any more aid and comfort to American extremists than they already are.
— Simon Rosenberg (@SimonWDC) February 27, 2021
Schlapp, however, did not apologize. Instead he said, “stage design conspiracies are outrageous and slanderous.”
Stage design conspiracies are outrageous and slanderous. We have a long standing commitment to the Jewish community. Cancel culture extremists must address antisemitism within their own ranks. CPAC proudly stands with our Jewish allies, including those speaking from this stage.
— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) February 27, 2021
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