Former First Lady’s Death Today Throws Social Media Into a Battle Over Her Legacy
Nancy Reagan died today. She was 94. The former First Lady, married to the late President Ronald Reagan, leaves behind a legacy of elegance, a career in film, a great love affair, the “war on drugs,”Â an extremely out-of-touch relationship with the American populace, and, some say, partial responsibility for the deaths of millions of people with AIDS by ignoring it and not doing anything to stop it.
Nancy Reagan, 1950 pic.twitter.com/HXVE6cYpat
â€” Betsy Klein (@betsy_klein) March 6, 2016
That time Nancy Reagan went on Diff’rent Strokes in 1983 to tell kids to “just say no.” pic.twitter.com/3yeIucc6lP
â€” Jim Acosta (@Acosta) March 6, 2016
When the news broke of her passing, TwitterÂ erupted with comments honoring her life and memory, and with comments lambasting her for ignoring the outbreak of HIV/AIDS when it was first discovered. A Buzzfeed article detailing how the former First Lady ignored the pleas of her friend, the actor Rock Hudson, weeks before his death of complications from AIDS are flooding the social media platform right now.
In 2015, I wrote about the role Nancy Reagan played (didn’t play, to be more accurate) in Rock Hudson’s last days: https://t.co/q5rjQJs7RI
â€” Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) March 6, 2016
Many saw fit to attack Mrs. Reagan, while others are attacking those who are â€“Â calling any condemnation of her immediately after her death inappropriate.
Here, a collection of responses to Nancy Reagan’s passing, from people well known in the media, and others.
What do you think?Â
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama:
â€” The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 6, 2016
â€” The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 6, 2016
Bernie Sanders’ statement:
Bernie Sanders: “Nancy Reagan was an exemplary first lady.” pic.twitter.com/Ukh9SuO1Af
â€” Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) March 6, 2016
Bill and Hillary Clinton’s statement:
Statement from President Clinton and Secretary Clinton on the Passing of Nancy Reagan pic.twitter.com/PTFCOI01Xd
â€” Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) March 6, 2016
GOP Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois:
Nancy Reagan will always be remembered for confronting drug abuse. I join the nation in mourning her death. May she rest in peace.
â€” Mark Kirk (@SenatorKirk) March 6, 2016
Journalist John Nichols of The Nation:
Nancy Reagan has died at age 94. In has last years she was an advocate for science, championing potential of embryonic stem cell research.
â€” John Nichols (@NicholsUprising) March 6, 2016
Author Alexander Chee:
How I’ll remember Nancy Reagan: as the object lesson for any of you who are gay BFFs with a conservative: https://t.co/rfBwDGUlQl
â€” Alexander Chee (@alexanderchee) March 6, 2016
NBC reporter Ronan Farrow:
“We’re all here for a certain space of time and then it’s going to be over and you better make this count.â€ Nancy Reagan made it count. RIP.
â€” Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) March 6, 2016
Goldie Taylor, Editor-At-Large at The Daily Beast:
So we’re going to write this eulogy without including the War on Drugs and its devastating impact on Black families and communities…
â€” Auntie Goldie (@goldietaylor) March 6, 2016
Journalist Mark Joseph Stern of Slate:
I get it. Nancy Reagan did some terrible things, as did Scalia. But I refuse to say something nasty about a person who just died.
â€” Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) March 6, 2016
Journalist and Author Joy Reid of MSNBC:
Deepest condolences to the Reagan family, including @RonReaganShow on the passing of Nancy Reagan.
â€” Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) March 6, 2016
The Reagan Administration ignored the deaths of gay men but also gave my parents green cards, so our relationship remains complicated.
â€” Â¡Gabe! OrtÃz (@TUSK81) March 6, 2016
CNN: 1986: Nancy Reagan’s ‘Just say no’ campaign. The start of the disastrous ‘War On Drugs’. https://t.co/tmKloxYoxy
â€” Paul Wallbank (@paulwallbank) March 6, 2016
Nancy Reagan oversaw a period of America governing in which thousands of AIDS victims were ignored. No sympathy for her “legacy” today.
â€” Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) March 6, 2016
sorry if I can’t be compassionate about the death of Nancy Reagan but I still haven’t forgiven her for being partially responsible for Rent
â€” Matt Oswalt (@MattOswaltVA) March 6, 2016
More than anyone else, Nancy Reagan prodded her husband to finally address the AIDS crisis. RIP.
â€” Luke Brinker (@LukeBrinker) March 6, 2016
The same people who mock “political correctness” will have tantrums today if anything is written even mildly critical about Nancy Reagan.
â€” Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) March 6, 2016
I wonder, when Nancy Reagan gets to Glory, will Rock Hudson return the favor and pretend he doesn’t know who she is if she needs anything?
â€” Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) March 6, 2016
God I hope heaven is a west village gay bar circa 1984 and Nancy just walked in like pic.twitter.com/TWAuC2Es7w
â€” Jason Powell (@jasonpowell98) March 6, 2016
â€” Mx Viv (@mxjustinVbond) March 6, 2016
The truth about the Reagans is that they responded to fellow human beings dying of AIDS with indifference & contempt https://t.co/lXt2QnnNTb
â€” Michael Cavadias (@michaelcavadias) March 6, 2016
â€” Susan Page (@SusanPage) March 6, 2016
Another thing Nancy Reagan just said “NO” to, was helping people dying of AIDS. Anyway, here she is with ALF. pic.twitter.com/lThPlOGccV
â€” Jake Fogelnest (@jakefogelnest) March 6, 2016
Nancy Reagan lived to 94, unlike the plague victims her and her husband built their careers on.
â€” Ryan Houlihan (@RyanHoulihan) March 6, 2016
Nancy Reagan. She loved her gay friends with all her heart, but not enough to help save their lives. I’m sure they can’t wait to see her.
â€” Marc Moose Moder (@moosesicman) March 6, 2016
If you were gay or had AIDS and dying, Nancy Reagan wasn’t your friend. #fact
â€” Nik Roybal (@nikroybal) March 6, 2016
I’ve decided to be as quiet about Nancy Reagan’s death as she and her husband were about all the deaths from aids during his administration.
â€” Frank Conniff (@FrankConniff) March 6, 2016
I consider Nancy Reagan a huge participant in/architect of a system that led to the eventual death of my father to an AIDS-related illness.
â€” Mathew Rodriguez (@mathewrodriguez) March 6, 2016
In honor of Nancy Reagan’s passing, here’s a link to AIDS/HIV orgs for potential donations. https://t.co/ab5371Tl7d
â€” Jennifer Lynn Jones (@indianajonesie) March 6, 2016
Image via Wikimedia
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‘This Is Insane’: Experts Blast McCarthy After He Approves George Santos Attending Classified Briefing on China
U.S. Rep. George Santos (R-NY), under multiple state and federal investigations, and even a criminal fraud investigation in Brazil, recently stepped down from his committee assignments pending House ethics investigations, but on Thursday he will be allowed to attend a classified briefing by the Pentagon on threats from China.
Santos is facing numerous investigations, including ongoing, pending, or possible investigations from the U.S. Dept. of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Nassau District Attorney, the Queens District Attorney, the New York State Attorney General, along with the House Ethics Committee.
CNN’s Manu Raju Wednesday afternoon reports: “Asked Speaker McCarthy if he’s OK with George Santos attending tomorrow’s classified briefing on China. ‘Yes,’ he told me.”
Experts are expressing outrage, and are calling allowing Santos to gain access to classified information a “threat to our national security.”
“George Santos should not be getting access to classified information,” the government watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) immediately responded.
Last month CREW published a report that states: “George Santos should not get intelligence information.”
“Santos’s misrepresentations of large swaths of his background have proven his tendency to lie for power and personal gain. It is clear that he has not demonstrated the trustworthiness necessary to guard our country’s most closely guarded secrets,” it reads.
“Santos’s serial misrepresentations of the truth about a vast array of subjects have demonstrated an astonishing level of untrustworthiness,” CREW President Noah Bookbinder says in the report. “It would be a threat to our national security to allow him to serve on any committee where he would gain access to national intelligence.”
Retired U.S. Naval War College professor Tom Nichols, an academic specialist on international affairs including Russia, nuclear weapons, and national security affairs, tweeted: “This is insane.”
Just last month Speaker McCarthy banned two top House Democrats, Eric Swalwell and Adam Schiff, from returning to the Intelligence Committee. While he claimed it was for national security reasons, some believe it was retribution for their roles in prosecuting Donald Trump’s impeachments.
“I cannot put partisan loyalty ahead of national security, and I cannot simply recognize years of service as the sole criteria for membership on this essential committee. Integrity matters more,” McCarthy wrote in a letter.
Marjorie Taylor Greene During House Hearing: It’s ‘Against the Law’ to Ban My Twitter Account
Members of Congress have access to vast resources to conduct the people’s business, including on-staff attorneys and the ability to contract experts, yet on Wednesday U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) appeared to shun those assets while appearing before the TV cameras while misrepresenting federal law. She falsely declared that Twitter banning her personal account was “against the law,” and a violation of her First Amendment rights as she made clear she will use her newly-restored committee assignments to spread falsehoods, misinformation, and disinformation.
Greene now sits on the House Oversight and Accountability Committee. During its third hearing of the year, “Protecting Speech from Government Interference and Social Media Bias: Twitter’s Role in Suppressing the Biden Laptop Story,” Greene appeared determined to extract vengeance for her personal Twitter account being permanently “suspended” – banned –before Elon Musk purchased the company and restored accounts of countless extremists.
At the beginning of her remarks Greene mentioned the witnesses, including former Twitter executives, and said: “You can consider your speech canceled during my time because you permanently canceled mine.”
“You see, you permanently banned my personal Twitter account, and it was my campaign account also, so let’s talk about election interference, shall we?”
“Let’s explain 52 United States law 10101: ‘No person shall intimidate, threaten or coerce or attempt to stop any other person for the purpose of interfering with their rights to vote or to vote as you may choose,'” Greene said, reading inaccurately from 52 U.S.C. 10101.
For reasons unknown, Congresswoman Greene decided that federal voting rights law applies to Twitter. It does not.
“You didn’t shadow ban or permanently ban my Democrat opponent,” Greene charged. “No, you did that to me. And that was wrong and it was against the law.”
It is not against the law for Twitter to shadow ban or permanently ban anyone, even a Member of Congress and their personal Twitter account.
“You see, not only that, was it was it me, that you violated my First Amendment rights, you violated countless conservative Americans,” she said, which again is false. The First Amendment reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Greene pushed forward.
“These were doctors that were trying to tell the truth about COVID,” she said, of people spreading false or misleading information and disinformation. “Doctors that were having success treating people with ivermectin that you all would not allow to be talked about.”
The FDA has made clear ivermectin is not a treatment for COVID-19: “The FDA has not authorized or approved ivermectin for use in preventing or treating COVID-19 in humans or animals. Ivermectin is approved for human use to treat infections caused by some parasitic worms and head lice and skin conditions like rosacea.”
“These were parents complaining about their school boards, teaching gender lies in their schools, biological males entering their daughter’s bathrooms and sports,” she complained. “These were also people questioning the 2020 election. And guess what? That’s Americans’ First Amendment right. These were people talking about voting machines. You know what? Democrats did that in 2019 before the 2020 election,” she claimed.
Watch below or at this link.
Marjorie Taylor Greene thinks (wrongly) that Twitter broke the law by suspending her account for violating the terms of service pic.twitter.com/xKugHRHZ1F
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 8, 2023
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Arkansas Republican Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders delivered the Republican Party’s official response to President Joe Biden’s State of the Union Address and was panned from all sides.
Many on the left were angered and outraged as she attacked LGBTQ and Black Americans in a lengthy speech that was tall on culture war rhetoric and extremism and short on policy or vision.
But even those on the right seems exasperated with her remarks.
Lou Dobbs, the far-right-wing culture warrior and former Fox Business anchor, told former Trump White House chief strategist Steve Bannon that Huckabee Sanders’ speech was “unacceptable,” and, “an insult to President Trump” for “not mentioning his name,” as Media Matters reports.
“Sarah Huckabee went to Iraq with the President,” Dobbs recalled, which the former White House press secretary spent an unusually large portion of her remarks discussing, “and the First Lady in the dark of night, for Christmas, with our troops.”
“To not mention is name, to talk about ‘new leadership’ – it looked like the Governor’s Association had written much of that speech, and aligned themselves with Ron DeSantis,” Dobbs lamented, calling it a “lack of respect to POTUS.”
Bannon, convicted on two federal criminal contempt charges, agreed that her remarks were “an insult to Trump.”
“She does not exist, politically, if it’s not for President Trump,” Bannon continued. “I thought the speech was terrible.”
“If you’re going to give a counter speech, you’ve got to talk about important issues. Don’t get me wrong, the wokeism is very important. But it’s not quite the heart of the matter right now, right? It’s not the heart of the matter. She is not — the reason is she’s just not — she’s not intellectually capable of going to the heart of the matter, right? Let’s be blunt.”
“This was like written by Ron DeSantis and the entire RGA,” Bannon said, referring to the Republican Governors’ Association.
Watch below or at this link.
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