French President Emmanuel Macron right now is delivering a rare address to a joint session of Congress. And after spending two days with President Donald Trump, including being the honored guest at Trump’s first official State Dinner, Macron just denounced Trumpism.
“I am convinced that if we decide to open our eyes wider, we will be stronger. We will overcome the dangers; we will not let the work of extreme nationalism shake a world full of hope for greater prosperity,” President Macron said Wednesday morning.
"I am convinced that if we decide to open our eyes wider, we will be stronger. We will overcome the dangers; we will not let the work of extreme nationalism shake a world full of hope for greater prosperity," French President Macron says https://t.co/qYf1rGxn0t pic.twitter.com/kjc20eK484
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 25, 2018
Donald Trump has built his entire political campaign, “platform,” and base on “extreme nationalism.”
“Make America Great Again.”
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” Trump said in the speech in which he launched his presidential campaign. “They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
“You had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent,” Trump said after Charlottesville, stressing: “there’s blame on both sides.”
Macron Wednesday repeatedly denounced “extreme nationalism.”
And he also attacked Trumpism later in his speech, saying, “If you ask me, I do not share the fascination for new strong powers, the abandonment of freedom, and the illusion of nationalism.”
"I do not share the fascination for new strong powers, the abandonment of freedom & the illusion of nationalism," French Pres. Macron says. "Therefore, distinguished members of the Congress, let us put them aside, write our own history & a future we want." https://t.co/qYf1rGxn0t pic.twitter.com/6oQI7ab8QP
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 25, 2018
And Macron did not stop there.
“It is together that we can resist the rise of aggressive nationalism.”
“We can choose isolationism, withdrawal and nationalism,” he said, adding, “it can be tempting to us as a temporary remedy to our fears. But closing the door to the world will not stop the evolution of the world.”
French President Emmanuel Macron to Congress: "We can choose isolationism, withdrawal and nationalism…it can be tempting to us as a temporary remedy to our fears. But closing the door to the world will not stop the evolution of the world." pic.twitter.com/YPnyMThMkY
— Axios (@axios) April 25, 2018
Some responses via Twitter:
Macron is GOING THERE. He just gave a huge rebuke to the entire Trumpian world view of America First and the rise of nationalism, and warned of the fall of international organizations.
ENTIRE CONGRESS GAVE A STANDING OVATION.
— Kevin Baron (@DefenseBaron) April 25, 2018
Hard not to listen to Macron speech against 'isolationism, withdrawal and nationalism' as anything other than a lecture to his hand-holding friend President Trump…
— Susan Glasser (@sbg1) April 25, 2018
This part of the speech where Macron denounces Trumpian numbnut nationalism is amazing.
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) April 25, 2018
— Jon Sopel (@BBCJonSopel) April 25, 2018
“It is together that we can resist the rise of aggressive nationalism.” Macron, with a rather significant line in his speech given the setting & his host.
— David M. Drucker (@DavidMDrucker) April 24, 2018
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Another Santos Financial Concern: GOP Lawmaker Claims Campaign Paid WinRed Triple the Fees It Should Have
WinRed, the right-wing fundraising processor platform created to compete with Democrats’ ActBlue, has asked the Santos campaign to correct a financial report that claims the New York GOP lawmaker paid them more than triple what it should have – suggesting the entry on his Federal Election Commission (FEC) report is erroneous.
“Santos reported paying WinRed more than $206,000 to process donations to his 2022 campaign, records show. But that amount doesn’t match up with how much money Santos actually raised,” NBC News reports.
“WinRed charges candidates a 3.94% fee for contributions made online by credit card. At that rate, Santos would have had to have raised more than $5.2 million through WinRed to warrant a $206,000 payment to the firm,” NBC explains. “Through November, however, his campaign reported total contributions of $1.7 million, including donations that didn’t come through WinRed.”
WinRed would not tell NBC News how much the Santos campaign actually paid them, with the news network offering that it could be “sloppy accounting.”
But one campaign finance expert, attorney Brett Kappel, warns, “nothing that appears on Rep. Santos’s FEC reports can be taken at face value.”
This follows reports that the Santos campaign amended two filings to indicate that a $500,000 personal loan and a $125,000 personal loan, claimed to have been from the candidate’s own personal funds, was not from his personal funds. There is no information indicating what entity loaned the Santos campaign the money, or if it actually even existed.
That bombshell was followed up this week with yet another one: the FEC reports were allegedly signed by a “treasurer” who does not and never has worked for the Santos campaign. One expert called that a “big no-no,” and “completely illegal.”
Questions Raised About Another Freshman Republican’s Finances After He Refuses to Comply With Federal Law
Rep. George Santos (R-NY) isn’t the only freshman Republican facing questions about his personal finances.
An investigation conducted by News Channel 5 in Nashville has found that freshman Rep. Andy Ogles (R-TN) never complied with federal laws requiring that he make disclosures about his personal finances.
In fact, notes News Channel 5, “not only did Andy Ogles ignore that law during the campaign, he continues to ignore it today.”
The law in question requires that Ogles and all candidates for elected office to disclose their assets and unearned income, their liabilities, and sources of income paid by one source that exceed $5,000.
Ogles’ office hasn’t responded to News Channel 5’s questions even though the Tennessee lawmaker’s refusal to comply with the law could result in up to a year in prison.
Ogles’ defeated Democratic opponent, Heidi Campbell, told News Channel that it was “frustrating” to see Ogles flout the law, which she complied with last year by releasing her personal finance information all the way back in April of 2022.
“We, as Tennesseans, deserve to have representatives who are following the rules,” she said.
Ogles was also regularly late in filing campaign finance reports, which also contained so many discrepancies that Ogles has received four different letters from the Federal Election Commission demanding that they be explained.
‘Sociopath Party’: Morning Joe Panel Horrified by Chance of Trump-Greene ‘Crackpot’ Ticket
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is reportedly angling to become Donald Trump’s running mate — or possibly even president herself — and panelists on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” are worried.
The second-term Georgia Republican has tried to rebrand herself as a liaison between the Republican Party’s establishment and its right-wing fringes, but the show’s co-host Mika Brzezinski said Greene couldn’t escape her controversial reputation so quickly.
“Marjorie Taylor Greene, I will just put my marker down right here and say this is a potential reality unless people get their heads on straight,” Brzezinski said.
Guest George Conway agreed the firebrand lawmaker would only make Trump worse as his running mate.
“I mean, in a way she’s perfect — Trump-Greene ’24, a crack in every pot,” Conway said. “This will be the sociopath party ticket. She absolutely would play to his worst instincts and play to the worst elements of the Republican base. I think it would turn off the center of the electorate, but at the same time, I don’t think it’s going to be serious that she would get this because Trump cannot take someone as a vice president who’s going to potentially upstage him. That’s why Mike Pence was so perfect for him.”
“Pence was, you know, so much of a cipher,” Conway added. “He drank water when President Trump drank water at a meeting. He would basically nod and agree with what Trump said up until that day on Jan. 6, which could have been prevented if we had a vice president with a spine who had conceded the election as it should have been conceded long before then. So I don’t think it’s a realistic possibility, but the fact that we’re even talking about it is horrific.”
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