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WATCH: GOP Rep. Praises ‘Good Things That Came From’ Charleston Church Massacre by White Supremacist

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Says Acts of Terror by Islamic Extremists Are ‘Different’

Republican Rep. Sean Duffy says acts of terror committed by Islamic extremists are “different” than those committed by white, presumably Christian extremists, and praised “the good things” that came out of the hate crime mass shooting at a Charleston church by a white supremacist.

Speaking with CNN Tuesday morning, CNN’s Alisyn Camerota asked the Wisconsin Congressman why President Trump has not publicly spoken about last week’s attack on a mosque in Quebec that left six Muslim people dead and eight injured. A French-Canadian university student who supported Trump opened fire while about 50 Muslims were praying, yet the president has not said a word in public.

Duffy, a four-tern congressman and former reality TV show like the man he supported for president, responded, “I don’t know,” but insisted “there is a difference. Death and murder on both sides is wrong,” he said, adding there are no non-Muslim groups like ISIS or al Qaeda inspiring terror attacks.

“You don’t think there are white extremists?” Camerota pushed back. “You don’t remember Oklahoma City? You don’t think that this guy who was involved in the mosque shooting said that he was inspired by things he read online?”

Duffy could only respond, “You’ve given me two examples,” and said “there is radicals all over the world and here in America.” He went on to suggest that there were no other examples besides the Quebec mosque shooting and the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing of a federal office building by Timothy McVeigh.

“That’s different than this whole movement that’s taken place through ISIS,” Duffy again insisted.

When Camerota reminded him about the attack in a Charleston historically Black church that left nine members of a bible study group dead, and asked him if that “doesn’t matter,” stunningly, Duffy responded:

“That does matter. Look at the good things that came from it.”

He mentioned that “Nikki Haley took down the confederate flag – that was great!”

Duffy continued to try to make his argument.

“Look at Gabby Giffords,” he said, of the now-former Congresswoman who was shot in the head by an anti-government extremist. “The Marxist who took her life, a leftist guy, and now you see violence and terror in the streets all across America. Burning and beating people with Donald Trump hats.”

For the record, Jared Lee Loughner was neither a “leftist” or a right wing extremist. He was a conspiracy theorist, and an independent who had a long-term hatred of Giffords and believed women should not hold office. And Rep. Giffords fortunately did not have her life taken; she survived the massacre.

Camerota accused Duffy of saying that “when it’s a white terrorist, it’s an isolated incident.”

The Wisconsin congressman then asked if America could have vetted the Charleston church shooter, wouldn’t we have done it. And the answer is of course he should have been vetted better, which likely would have required more money being spent on gun background check purchases. The FBI admits the shooter should not have been allowed to purchase the gun he used to commit the atrocity, but they made a mistake in approving the check.

On Twitter, many were furious. A sampling:

UPDATE:
Slate’s Ben Mathis-Lilley compiled “a list of fatal white extremist attacks that have taken place in the United States since the Oklahoma City bombing. He lists 40 between 1995 and 2015.

 

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$15 Minimum Wage Dealt a Blow – Not Allowed in COVID Relief Bill, Senate Parliamentarian Rules

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The Democrats’ plan, engineered by Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-VT), to pass a nationwide $15 minimum wage cannot be achieved by including the legislation in the Biden administration’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, the Senate parliamentarian ruled Thursday evening, CNBC reports.

Democrats intend to pass the relief bill via reconciliation, a method that would require just a simple majority.

Politico reported late last week Sen. Sanders was “confident” the $15 minimum wage could be achieved through the reconciliation process, adding that “President Joe Biden has not been as optimistic as the Vermont independent about the prospects of minimum wage working via reconciliation, though he supports a $15 minimum wage.”

“President Biden has promised to support a standalone bill to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour, but it’s unlikely to get any Republican support,” Axios has also reported.

A $15 minimum wage would life 900,000 people out of poverty.

 

This is a breaking news and developing story. 

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Democrats Pass LGBTQ Equality Act With Support of Just Three Republicans

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House Democrats have passed the historic LGBTQ Equality Act, legislation that expands the protections of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to protect against sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination. The vote was 224-206. Just three Republicans voted in favor of the bill.

President Joe Biden has said he wants to sign the legislation into law during his first 100 days. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) will be in a position to make that possible, should all Democratic Senators support the bill. 60 votes will be needed under current filibuster rules.

The House also passed similar legislation in May of 2019, but then-Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to allow the bill to come to the floor for a vote.

Some news outlets are characterizing the bill as offering “sweeping” protections, but contrary to what most Americans believe, LGBTQ people have no federal law offering them specific protections. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 offers appropriate, not “sweeping” protections.

Recent court decisions, including the Supreme Court’s 2020 Bostock decision, have ruled the Civil Right Act applies to LGBTQ people, but the Equality Act will ensure these protections are realized.

In a sign of the further extremism of the Republican Party, the 2019 Equality Act passed with five more GOP votes than it did today.

Two Republicans who voted to pass the bill in 2019 voted against passing today’s bill.

This is a breaking news and developing story. 

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Right Wingers Outraged Biden Hasn’t Delivered SOTU – Claim It Was Required by Feb. 20 – Capitol Police Issue Warning

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Right wingers on social media are spreading misinformation, falsely claiming President Joe Biden was required to deliver the State of the Union Address, with some claiming a February 20 deadline. Their false claims and the fact-checking responses caused “SOTU” to trend on Twitter Thursday afternoon.

The outrage comes on the same day acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman told the House Appropriations Committee right wing extremists, which she called “militia” members, “have stated their desires that they want to blow up the Capitol and kill as many members” of the House and Senate “as possible.”

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has not yet set a date for what would be a joint session of Congress. The President does not deliver a State of the Union address during his first year in office.

The February 20 claim, which is false, apparently originated or was made popular by this Facebook post, which initiated a USA Today fact check stating it is “false information.”

Despite the ignorance of the MAGA crowd and right wingers, the U.S. Constitution is clear, offering little in the way of expectations for an address to Congress.

Article II, Section 3, Clause 1 states the President “shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.”

No date, mode, or even frequency is mandated. Earlier in U.S. history the President wrote Congress a letter.

Here’s a failed Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate from New Jersey suggesting the Constitution requires a State of the Union Address. She claims she is “Asking on behalf of the Constitution.”

This MAGAite suggests President Biden is a “fraud,” and “unelected, illegitimate & totally unfit” because he hasn’t delivered a State of the Union address.

A Washington Times columnist falsely claiming President Biden can’t stand up long enough to deliver an address:

Former NRA spokesperson and pro-gun extremist thinks it was supposed to have been delivered “yesterday.”

“Conservative Christian”:

 

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