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GOP Congressman Blames Democrats’ Anti-Trump Rhetoric for Shooting of Republican Whip Steve Scalise (Audio)

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‘I Can Only Hope the Democrats Tone Down the Rhetoric’

Republican U.S. Congressman Chris Collins of New York is blaming rhetoric from Democrats against President Donald Trump for Wednesday morning’s shooting of GOP Majority Whip Steve Scalise, the third most-powerful House Republican. 

Falsely calling himself “the most-visible Trump supporter in Washington” – Collins was the first congressional Republican to announce support for Trump, and likes to appear on cable news shows to defend the President, regardless of the veracity of his remarks – the Western New York Rep. went on the attack Democrats.

“I can only hope the Democrats tone down the rhetoric,” Collins told radio station WBEN. “The rhetoric has been outrageous, of the finger-pointing, just the tone, and the angsts, and the anger directed at Donald Trump, his supporters,” Collins insisted.

He said that rhetoric “fuels the fires,” adding, “I can only hope maybe there’s something here that would say, ‘tone down the rhetoric.'”

In addition to being the first GOP Congressman to support trump, Collins is also a big proponent of Trump’s health care bill, likely because he is also the “biggest health stockholder in Congress,” according to a report in one of his local newspapers.

But there’s more.

“Collins is the largest shareholder in Innate Immunotherapeutics, a small Australian biotech company, and a member of the company’s board. And he’s been happily talking up the stock to his congressional colleagues,” HuffPost reports.

As far as toning down the rhetoric, Collins should consider heeding his own advice.

In January Collins accused Democrats of “wallowing in their sorrow” over Hillary Clinton’s loss, saying they “can’t get over the fact that Donald Trump won.”

He accused civil rights icon, Democratic Rep. John Lewis, of “pouting.”

“He lost, it’s like a spoiled child, and we’ve seen it with the others, they can’t get over the fact that they lost, and what do spoiled little kids do? They run around and throw a tantrum,” Collins said.

“That’s what we’re seeing there, they are pouting, and frankly, it’s somewhat enjoyable, to watch, because it shows you again how upset they are, and when they were so smug when they left Congress, knowing that Hillary Clinton was going to win.”

When President Trump was considering Mitt Romney as Secretary of State, Collins weighed in, calling the former GOP presidential nominee “a ‘self-serving egomaniac,’ a ‘loser,’ and a ‘lone wolf’ who might not be able to follow instructions,” the Washington Times reported.

Last summer he falsely claimed Hillary Clinton “has already said she’s going to wipe out the Second Amendment. She doesn’t believe in the First Amendment. And, she also believes in big government, which flies in the face of the 10th Amendment”

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The Buffalo News reports in 2009, Collins “saw his dreams of winning the 2010 GOP gubernatorial nomination disappear after he compared Sheldon Silver, then the Democratic speaker of the New York State Assembly, to Hitler and said Silver may be the anti-Christ. Collins later apologized for the comparison.”

Remember, Collins says Democrats should “tone down the rhetoric.”

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First Lady Unveils White House Christmas ‘Gifts from the Heart’ Decorations – as Some Remember ‘Creepy’ Trump Holidays

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First Lady Dr. Jill Biden on Monday unveiled the White House’s 2021 Christmas decorations.

“Inspired by the acts of kindness and experiences that lifted our spirits this year, decorated rooms in the White House reflect the Gifts from the Heart that unite us all: faith, family, friendship, the arts, learning, nature, gratitude, service, community, peace, and unity,” Dr. Biden said in a social media post, which included photos.

The Hill’s Alex Gangitano posted some images from today’s tour:

In a monumental gesture of inclusiveness and spirit of bipartisanship the Bidens even included a nod to Donald Trump and Melania Trump, the former President and First Lady.

But some were quick to remember the disturbing Christmas decorating efforts of the former White House occupants:

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After ‘Give Me a Break’ Complaint Melania Mocked for ‘Pretending to Like Christmas’ as White House Tree Is Delivered

 

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DeSantis Courts Anti-Vaxx Voters by Changing Unemployment Rules to Give Them Benefits if They Get Fired: Report

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Florida’s DeSantis administration is expanding the Republican governor’s anti-vaxx policies by altering state unemployment insurance rules to allow those fired for refusing the coronavirus vaccine to be eligible for benefits.

“Extending unemployment benefits to the unvaccinated is just the latest in a series of proposals aligning the GOP with people who won’t get a COVID shot,” Axios reports, noting that Iowa, Kansas, and Tennessee have also changed their rules to favor anti-vaxxers.

“Republicans see a prime opportunity to rally their base ahead of the midterms. No matter how successful their individual efforts, the campaign is a powerful messaging weapon,” Axios adds.

Up until now being fired for cause – for refusing an employer’s requirements, including being vaccinated – has made terminated employees ineligible for unemployment benefits.

“The general proposition is that it is lawful for an employer to mandate the vaccine and so if an employee doesn’t get it, it’s a choice,” labor attorney Domenique Camacho Moran told CBS News in October.

“It’s like if your employer said, ‘Come in at 9 o’clock and you said, ‘Thanks for sharing, I’ll come in at 11.’ If you engage in deliberate misconduct like that, you won’t be entitled to unemployment benefits which are designed to be provided to those who are separated through no fault of their own,” he added.

But DeSantis and his administration have been downplaying COVID and the coronavirus vaccine, promoting expensive COVID treatments over vaccines – treatments that financially benefit one of his top political donors.

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Revealed: Ron DeSantis Has Been Taking COVID Advice From a California Psychiatrist Pushing Ivermectin

DeSantis Says ‘Deal With’ It as Coronavirus ‘Waves’ Rage Through Florida

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Trump Supporters Have New ‘Ambitious Plan’ to Have Loyalists Oversee Elections Across America: Report

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Donald Trump and his supporters are enacting an “ambitious plan” to place loyalists in key positions overseeing elections after his unsuccessful efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, which was won by Joe Biden.

“In Michigan, local GOP leaders have sought to reshape election canvassing boards by appointing members who expressed sympathy for former president Donald Trump’s false claims that the 2020 vote was rigged. In two Pennsylvania communities, candidates who embraced election fraud allegations won races this month to become local voting judges and inspectors,” The Washington Post reported Monday. “And in Colorado, 2020 doubters are urging their followers on conservative social media platforms to apply for jobs in election offices.”

The report comes as Trump continues to push his “Big Lie” of election fraud, releasing a Sunday statement falsely claiming the “2020 Election was rigged and stolen.”

“Citing the need to make elections more secure, Trump allies are also seeking to replace officials across the nation, including volunteer poll watchers, paid precinct judges, elected county clerks and state attorneys general, according to state and local officials, as well as rally speeches, social media posts and campaign appearances by those seeking the positions,” the newspaper reported. “If they succeed, Trump and his allies could pull down some of the guardrails that prevented him from overturning Biden’s win by creating openings to challenge the results next time, election officials and watchdog groups say.”

READ: Trump has a plan to make it easier to ‘subvert the will of the voters’ in 2024: CNN

There are QAnon-linked candidates running for secretary of state to oversee elections, including Rachel Hamm in California, Jim Marchant in Nevada, Kristina Karamo in Michigan, Mark Finchem in Arizona, and Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) in Georgia.

Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold (D) warned how the focus has shifted from overturning the last election to overturning future elections.

“The attacks right now are no longer about 2020,” Griswold explained. “They’re about 2022 and 2024. It’s about chipping away at confidence and chipping away at the reality of safe and secure elections. And the next time there’s a close election, it will be easier to achieve their goals. That’s what this is all about.”

Read the full report.

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