‘Folks Out There Want to Know How They Can Pray for You?’Â
At 12:30 Wednesday afternoon it was 91 degrees and sunny in Washington D.C. and an understandably very sweaty Sean Spicer was standing outside the White House giving an interview, streamed on Facebook Live, to Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network. 337 people were watching. (Video embedded above.)
It was the day one launch of CBN’s “new, LIVE social media-driven political talk show,” “Faith Nation,” broadcast live from a store-frontÂ with a McDonald’s visible across the street.
â€” Ben Kennedy (@BenKennedyTV) July 19, 2017
After PresidentÂ Donald Trump gave Pat Robertson an interviewÂ last week, one day after holding a prayer meeting in the Oval Office with several dozen of America’s professional anti-gay religious right activists, it seems the White House is continuing to stoke its base: the 81 percent of conservative Christians who support this president, for better or worse.
â€” David Brody (@TheBrodyFile) July 19, 2017
“No cameras at the press briefing, no problem!” CBN’s Facebook page reads. “#FaithNationÂ hosts White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. Do you feel faith should play more or less of a role in politics? Have you heard about the upcomingÂ #BloodMoonÂ â€“ do you think it has Biblical significance? Send us your thoughts and questions in the comments below!”
The White House has not held an on-camera daily press briefing since June 29, and no longer can be counted on to even hold off-camera briefings daily. When it does, they are almost always audio-only, and news outlets are now banned from sharing the audio live, or even delayed; they must wait until the briefingÂ is concluded completely before airing excerpts.
At the same time Spicer was talking with CBN’s Chief Political Correspondent, David Brody, the President was on national television. Spicer was telling CBN the White House is hoping Senators will repeal ObamaCare and “give us time” to replace it later. The President was demanding (and threatening) Senators to stay in town and pass an ObamaCare repeal and replace bill.
And yes, for 30 minutes or so, Spicer was given an open platform to talk about almost anything he wanted.Â Tax reform, the opioid crisis, gang violence all were mentioned.Â
Among the questions for Spicer?
“Folks out there want to know how they can pray for you?”
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Right-wing Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) is asking for donations so that he can pay for the fines for Congressional members and their staff who refuse to wear a mask in the Capitol. But when clicking the link to donate, it takes you to his campaign page.
Typical members of Congress are paid $174,000 annually, so it’s unclear why they would need donations to cover their own rule-breaking. Staffers certainly make much less, however, Washington, D.C. has mandated face masks in public places again. So, they would be in violation of the Capitol rules as well as D.C. rules. It’s unclear if their Republican members would be willing to pay their fees themselves if the staffer follows their boss’s lead.
While the Capitol has instituted fines, the Capitol Police released a statement that seemed like a veiled threat to those anti-maskers refusing to follow the rules.
“Regarding the House mask rule, there is no reason it should ever come to someone being arrested. Anyone who does not follow the rule will be asked to wear a mask or leave the premises. The Department’s requirement for officers to wear masks is for their health and safety,” said the statement.
See Cawthorn’s fundraising tweet below:
Cawthorn’s fundraising to bail out Republicans congressional staffers who won’t wear masks in the Capitol.
Background: Speaker Pelosi reinstated masks mandates earlier this week and now the mayor of DC has also. https://t.co/TLbLPPOUZx
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U.S. Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) staged a press conference immediately after being denied entry to a corrections facility allegedly holding defendants facing charges related to the January 6 insurrection.
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Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) after this ridiculous, see-through, political theater stunt to get into the corrections facility holding January 6th prisoners:
“We’re in totalitarian, Marxist territory here. This is the way third-world people get treated.” pic.twitter.com/gRvIg47wd1
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TRESPASSING: GOP Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Louie Gohmert, and Matt Gaetz are denied entry to a corrections facility holding January 6th prisoners. pic.twitter.com/DCxUkvamzC
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