Senator Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine, has just announced Trump Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh told her Tuesday he agrees Roe v. Wade is settled law. Kavanaugh was chosen by The Heritage Foundation as one of about two dozen judges who will overturn the ruling that found women have a right to choose to have an abortion.
PBS NewsHour correspondent Lisa Desjardins breaks the news:
NEW BREAKING: Sen. Collins just said Kavanaugh told her he agrees w Roberts’ take on Roe V Wade – that it is settled law. pic.twitter.com/YGk8P5n8db
— Lisa Desjardins (@LisaDNews) August 21, 2018
Collins, who says she is pro-choice, has a record of being both an occasional swing vote for Democrats and a very gullible conservative. With this statement she has just signaled Judge Kavanaugh may get her vote.
Sen. Collins earned extreme anger from Democrats last year after she voted for Trump’s tax cuts for the rich bill, saying Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave her “ironclad” assurances he would pass legislation to stabilize ObamaCare premiums and forgo a $25 billion cut to Medicare. That legislation never even came to the floor.
Kavanaugh has a long history that Republicans are closely guarding, one that Democrats believe would not only expose his extremist leanings, but one that could expose him as having committed perjury during his 2006 confirmation hearings.
On social media some are attacking Collins:
BREAKING: Charlie Brown receives assurances from Lucy that she will not pull the football away. This time for serious. https://t.co/NLfBJFDcQi
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) August 21, 2018
is this as “ironclad” as that commitment she got from McConnell over on health care? https://t.co/diYEDLqPlT
— Joe Sudbay (@JoeSudbay) August 21, 2018
It’s curious that they just don’t say: “I vow that I will not overturn it.”
This is actually more substantive than I expected. I expected Kavanaugh to just tell her that Roe v. Wade is settled law, which by itself is meaningless. Tying himself to Roberts is very clarifying, given the Roberts voting record of consistently voting against abortion rights. https://t.co/acztjWQMXJ
— Sasha Samberg-Champion (@ssamcham) August 21, 2018
Why not demand that and not settle for “settled law” vagaries? https://t.co/0jsJ2kE0h4
— Michelangelo Signorile (@MSignorile) August 21, 2018
Ha. My guess?
He meant it’s “settled law” until challenged by a case brought to SCOTUS that *unsettles* it.
Someone constructed very carefully parsed and totally disingenuous talking points for him.
— Leah McElrath (@leahmcelrath) August 21, 2018
Settled law for lower courts, sure. But that’s not how he views his role on the Supreme Court.
— Tom Jawetz (@TomJawetz) August 21, 2018
So @SenatorCollins is laying the groundwork to betray all her claims of being a #prochoice, pro-#LGBTQ “moderate,” via this convenient and meaningless fig leaf. Folks who live in Maine need to raise holy hell. #StopKavanaugh https://t.co/y3UPNoTjET
— Bruce Mirken (@BruceMirken) August 21, 2018
Area Senator gets played again… https://t.co/qf3flZj9GG
— Brian Cove (@bcove) August 21, 2018
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Rubio Ridiculed for Blasting Warren’s Same-Sex Marriage Remarks While Appearing to Encourage ‘Fighting Back’
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) over the weekend blasted Senator Elizabeth Warren‘s (D-MA) viral remarks about those who oppose same-sex marriage. He also appeared to encourage “fighting back, even in a crude or vulgar way” by “Americans with traditional values.”
The Democratic Senator from Massachusetts who is enjoying months-long momentum that has currently placed her close to tied with frontrunner Joe Biden slammed Americans who oppose same-sex marriage during an HRC/CNN town hall last week.
Asked what she would say to someone who tells her, “Senator, I’m old-fashioned, and my faith teaches me that marriage is between one man and one woman,” Warren served up a one-two punch.
“I’m going to assume it’s a guy who said that,” Warren replied. “And I’m going to say, ‘Then just marry one woman.”
That was followed by her quip suggesting it would be challenging for that person to find someone who would want to marry him.
Senator Rubio concocted a tweet that framed the right of same-sex couples to marry as something only “elites” support, which is false. Studies find six out of 10 Americans support same-sex marriage, while just three out of 10 oppose it.
The Senator from Florida in 2016 literally used the massacre of 49 LGBTQ people and their allies, many of whom were also people of color, at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub as a reason to revoke his promise to not run for re-election.
Rubio reposted a clip of Warren’s remarks that frames them as “the best thing you’ll see today,” but offered a very different response.
“Vividly captures the condescension of elites & their incessant ridicule of Americans with traditional values. It elicits glee among celebrities & blue check brigade,” he claimed, speaking of those on Twitter whose accounts have been “verified.”
“But for the millions sick of being disrespected it elicits support for fighting back,” Sen. Rubio continued, “even in a crude or vulgar way.”
Rubio’s remarks were quickly panned.
Hate is not a traditional value. Neither is selling out western democracy to the highest bidder, which in Marco Rubio’s case is *checks notes* Vlad Putin and the m’fkn gun lobby. https://t.co/ue7mm2qWh0 #LoveWins #LetUsLive #MarchForOurLives #WeThePeopleMarch #MarcoRubio #NRA pic.twitter.com/0yVwd7cSKn
— 🏝 Kim (@kim) October 13, 2019
Heaven help us if the small minority of Americans like Rubio who hate same-sex marriage but love the rapist president starts fighting back in a crude and vulgar way! https://t.co/Z5m86HaQAW
— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) October 12, 2019
What traditional values would you say you are successfully promoting?
— CrimeBusterHat (@Popehat) October 13, 2019
Since I don’t have a blue check, Marco wants me to respond:
It’s hilarious hypocrisy that someone who mocked a presidential candidate on live TV for his micro-penis is now scolding other people about how unseemly it is to ridicule others.
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) October 13, 2019
Even when Republicans are the oppressors — and discriminating against the LGBTQ community is definitely oppressive — they still believe they are the victims. Their martyr complex is out of control. https://t.co/pkDYcWDiT6
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) October 12, 2019
Moron, she’s saying YOU can decide who YOU marry, but get the fuck out of other people’s bedrooms. Got it, you homophobic piece of shit?!! https://t.co/u4Vuh9QUkL
— Morgan J. Freeman (@mjfree) October 13, 2019
Sorry, Senator, if your “traditional values” are racist, misogynist, or homophobic, what you’re experiencing is not condescension, it’s repulsion.
And since when is sticking up for the oppressed an “elitist” act?
Finally: you yourself are a blue checked elite, by the way. https://t.co/LrCRh6Cpc7
— Ed Solomon (@ed_solomon) October 12, 2019
Just what “traditional values” are those, Marco? Those of the serial sex-abuser, rapist, racist, lying, traitorous, corrupt, criminal president? Or those that enable him, hypocritically spewing scripture while violating every commandment of every religion known to man?
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) October 12, 2019
Yeah, it really sucks when no one respects your bigotry. Cry me a river, Senator. https://t.co/eBVNRpMN1q
— Jennifer Mendelsohn 🇺🇸 (@CleverTitleTK) October 12, 2019
You traditionalists support a crude & vulgar cheat who bags porn stars while his wife is pregnant, has 43 sexual assault charges against him, pals around with pedophiles, disparages disabled ppl & tortures children. It isn’t elitist to disrespect you hypocrites, it’s necessary. https://t.co/OhsmZxRAgu
— Nancy Lee Grahn (@NancyLeeGrahn) October 12, 2019
Also, you’ve got a lot of nerve clutching your pearls at Warren’s joke here when your entire party spends its time crapping on anyone who lives in a city or has a bachelor’s degree as overprivileged snobs who can’t even feed themselves.
— Matthew Chapman (@fawfulfan) October 12, 2019
Ridiculous ideas deserve ridicule, banning adults from loving other adults qualifies. You don’t have to be elite to understand that. https://t.co/PRckr5bN1M
— feminist next door (@emrazz) October 12, 2019
You still haven’t figured out that you and your party have permanently forfeited the right to smug piety, have you?
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) October 12, 2019
Fighting back against what?? My civil rights?? So you think you’re somehow better than me and that I shouldn’t be an equal citizen? My husband and I have been together for 20 years… your President cheated on all three of his wives. You can shove your “values” asshole. https://t.co/Yf2YxJn1ug
— Ari Solomon (@VeganAri) October 13, 2019
‘Chutzpah’: Liz Cheney Dragged for False Claim House Democrats ‘Enable Anti-Semitism’
U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), the powerful Chair of the House Republican Conference, is under fire once again, and once again it’s for her actions surrounding anti-Semitism.
Cheney is just the latest Republican to take Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib’s recent remarks out of context.
Tlaib’s remarks were, perhaps, not well expressed, but they were not anti-Semitic, as Jonathan Chait at New York Magazine expressed, in, “Republicans Call Tlaib Anti-Semitic for Saying Something Nice About Israel.”
Take a look for yourself – and read carefully:
There’s always kind of a calming feeling I tell folks when I think of the Holocaust, and the tragedy of the Holocaust, and the fact that it was my ancestors — Palestinians — who lost their land and some lost their lives, their livelihood, their human dignity, their existence in many ways, have been wiped out, and some people’s passports. And just all of it was in the name of trying to create a safe haven for Jews, post-the Holocaust, post-the tragedy and the horrific persecution of Jews across the world at that time. And I love the fact that it was my ancestors that provided that, right, in many ways. But they did it in a way that took their human dignity away and it was forced on them.
Republicans, like Cheney, are taking this out of context. Cheney, repeatedly:
Surely now @SpeakerPelosi & @LeaderHoyer will finally take action against vile anti-Semitism in their ranks. This must cross the line, even for them. Rashida Tlaib says thinking of the Holocaust provides her a “calming feeling” https://t.co/opUUNEol2d
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) May 12, 2019
Here’s @RepRashida direct quote, “There’s a calming feeling I always tell folks when I think of the Holocaust.” And her “history” of what happened after is a fantasy based on lies spread to delegitimize the state of Israel. https://t.co/5akpUSApIE
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) May 13, 2019
I am deeply sorry for our nation that the House Democratic leadership continues to enable the anti-Semitism in their ranks. https://t.co/MrcU5ekd2U
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) May 13, 2019
But Cheney is getting dragged for her hypocritical remarks, as Americans remind her how upset they were when she, herself, voted against a House resolution condemning anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and hate speech against minorities. And that her father is, they say, a war criminal.
Remember when you voted no on the resolution that would have condemned white supremacy and antisemitism? Because I do
— Brad Murdock (@keplerexpress) May 13, 2019
You owe @RashidaTlaib an apology. Shame on you and your shameless family.
— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) May 13, 2019
Hey, you’re the Cheney who’s Dad is a war criminal right? The same Liz Cheney who cast aside her gay sister to run for office because you believe in “traditional” marriage”? Yeah I absolutely want to hear your spin on this. https://t.co/zR85FZxvE3
— Drew Beach (@beach_man_do) May 13, 2019
Candace Owens: Hitler would have been ok if he kept it in Germany.
Rashida Tlaib: there’s a calming feeling when I think of the tragedy of the Holocaust and the sacrifices made by Palestinians to create a safe place for the Jews.
Liz Cheney: ANTI-SEMITISMMMMMMMM https://t.co/Ylp3O8ca2x
— Caity Didn’t (@PurlSweatshurt) May 13, 2019
variants: or less commonly chutzpa or hutzpah or hutzpa \ ˈhu̇t-spə , ˈḵu̇t- , -(ˌ)spä \https://t.co/pIQluiBmP5
— Robert Stribley (@stribs) May 13, 2019
What @Liz_Cheney is doing in trying to portray @RepRashida as supporting the Holocaust is vile beyond measure. Liz, you’re a rancid lying goon, a blood-soaked banshee who will be remembered by history as the worst kind of evil. Just a foul, noxious obscenity of a human being. https://t.co/xMF0Zzpar4
— Respectable Lawyer (@RespectableLaw) May 13, 2019
I am deeply sorry your entire family has no moral code or ethics.
— supah mumsie (@supahmumsie) May 13, 2019
Coming from the party that had Steve King in power for 20 years plus … and never called him out on it till this year 🙂
— Chriss (@currcl) May 13, 2019
1) She is not anti-Semitic
2) You voted “no” on resolution condemning white supremacy
3) Trump administration cut funding to prevent white-nationalist terrorism
4) GOP welcomes white-nationalist @SteveKingIA
5) GOP: “Jew’s will not replace us” = very fine people
— Jenn Gray (@votejenngray) May 13, 2019
“very fine people on both sides”
— Ima Private Person (@ImaPrivate) May 13, 2019
The lady who threw her lesbian sister under the bus for a handful of votes is very concerned about moral leadership.
— “Food” Thoyd (@_space_plans) May 13, 2019
Your president called neo-nazis and white supremists very fine people. Please answer for that.
— Gritty had a Town Hall before Pat Toomey (@Toomey_TownHall) May 13, 2019
Fixed it for you pic.twitter.com/5EAiJUxF8w
— Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) May 13, 2019
Viktor Orban is currently in the White House. https://t.co/nKruRo1QkZ
— tired law student (@takeanapdotcom) May 13, 2019
Donald Trump just praised Viktor Orban a few hours ago in the White House.
Orban once said George Soros aimed to “provide the final blow to Christian culture” by turning “Hungary into an immigrant country.” https://t.co/foBk3WP4CF
— Waleed Shahid (@_waleedshahid) May 13, 2019
I’m the grandson of a holocaust survivor; you’re a congressional member from the US state with one of the smallest Jewish populations in the USA. So, since you’re not serving your constituency, and you’re not serving me, maybe stfu. https://t.co/BbYwXTpVIR
— Seth Bernard (@bernard_prof) May 13, 2019
Newly Uncovered Videos Reveal the Mortifying Hypocrisy of Top Republicans on Impeachment
Republicans have a problem: They want to claim that impeaching President Donald Trump is completely ridiculous, but just a few short decades ago, they were driving the push for impeaching President Bill Clinton.
And in that process, they said a lot of things that will likely come back to haunt them.
Take Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), for instance, who said Monday that it’s time to “move on” from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation — even though we only got the exhaustive 448-page report last week. He seems to think the extensive case for obstruction of justice laid out in Volume II of the report should just be ignored.
But MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” showed that, in 1998 when it was Clinton under investigation, McConnell was, by contrast, deeply concerned about the integrity of the presidency.
In a speech at the impeachment hearings, McConnell said he wanted to draw attention to a “serious and deeply troubling crisis” in the country. “This is a crisis of confidence, of credibility, and of integrity. Our nation is indeed at a crossroads: Will we pursue the search for truth, or will we dodge, weave and evade the truth.”
The Mueller report laid out the lengths that President Trump went to impair the investigation. The President’s congressional colleagues say it’s time to move on, but during the Clinton impeachment hearings they expressed a very different point of view. #Hardball pic.twitter.com/6GhopkUCCN
— Hardball (@hardball) April 22, 2019
At the time, Clinton was under fire for lying to investigators about his sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky, which was, undoubtedly, wildly inappropriate. But now that Trump stands accused of obstructing a national security investigation, McConnell appears unable to muster up any indignation or outrage.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who has become one of Trump’s closest congressional allies, similarly seems to have lost his passion for restoring the dignity of the White House.
“You don’t even have to be convicted of a crime to lose your job in this constitutional republic if this body determinates that your conduct as a public official is clearly out of bounds in your role,” said Graham in 1998. “Because impeachment is not about punishment. Impeachment is about cleansing the office.”
In another clip from the time period, Graham made clear that what he was concerned with was Clinton’s obstruction of justice — precisely the charge Trump faces:
“I’m telling you momentum is shifting toward impeachment, because people are looking at facts and coming to realise the President committed serious crimes and it is not just about sex. The idea that this is an accusatory function here. We are not the trial, the trial is in the Senate. Our job is to find credible evidence if there is warning impeachment from that evidence; grand jury perjury, obstruction of justice by the President, I think are high crimes and misdemeanours. The only thing to change my mind would be direct, honest candour on his part. The President has to earn censure.
Of course, it’s not just Republicans who will be embarrassed. Democrats such as Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) who in 1998 attacked the impeachment push against Clinton may now find themselves contradicting their prior claims. But they, more credibly, can point to an important difference. While Clinton was impeached over his obstructive lies about a consensual, though wrongful, sexual relationship, Trump’s conduct relates much more directly to an issue of national importance: Russia’s attack on American elections and the investigation into that matter.
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