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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Franklin Graham Serves Up Massively Hypocritical Claims on Vaccines, Trump and the Press in Axios Interview
Pro-Trump conservative Evangelical leader Franklin Graham sat down with Axios co-founder Mike Allen and served up several hypocritical takes on topics ranging from former President Donald Trump to vaccines to the media.
Perhaps the greatest falsehood was a short exchange on the coronavirus vaccine.
Numerous reports for months make clear conservative Evangelicals are the largest group of Americans refusing to get the vaccine, and given that one in four Americans are evangelical, that alone will make it hard for the U.S. to reach herd immunity.
“Evangelical resistance to the COVID-19 vaccine presents a public health challenge,” NPR reported April 5.
A New York Times headline that same day made the problem ever clearer: “Millions of white evangelicals do not intend to get vaccinated.”
One month earlier an AP/NORC poll found “40% of white evangelical Protestants said they likely won’t get vaccinated.”
According the Graham (who has been encouraging evangelicals to get the shot) evangelicals aren’t the problem.
“Over the last four years as you supported President Trump you saw everything being more politicized, polarized, like do you feel like some of this is on your doorstep?” Axios’s Mike Allen posited in the interview (below.)
“No,” Graham replied. “I appreciate what the President did for our country.”
“Because a lot of his followers,” Allen continued, “a lot of Christians, a lot of evangelical Christians do not believe science, the truth, the press.”
“Many accept vaccines,” Graham said, “Many don’t. And it’s not an evangelical thing,” he claimed, which is false.
Allen also asked Graham about how Trump treated the press.
“Rally after rally, President Trump would say, ‘don’t believe them,’ pointing to the cameras, like, ‘don’t believe the press, don’t believe anyone but me.'”
“And I would have never had said that,” Graham claimed. “And I’ll think this, this is hurting. I think you’ve built a wall. I think it created animosity when it shouldn’t have. Just because somebody disagrees with you, doesn’t mean they’re your enemy.”
“You think it was a mistake for President Trump to demonize the press?” Allen asked point blank.
“No question about it,” Graham replied (video below.)
Here’s Graham doing the exact same thing Trump did, and to help advance Trump’s agenda (all quotes from Graham’s Twitter account):
“I’ve never seen hatred like we’re seeing in our nation today. The mainstream media is so biased & will do whatever they can to attack @POTUS Trump. He has done more for our country in 4 yrs than any president in my lifetime, but that doesn’t matter to agenda-driven media.” Oct. 16, 2020
“Much of the media has lost it. There’s no respect, no honor. What happened to professionalism & to journalists reporting the facts w/no personal agenda?” Dec. 7, 2018
“Never before has there been such a level of hatred as we have seen for Donald Trump from the Democrats & liberal media. Why? It may be because he hasn’t bowed down to them.” Jan. 13, 2020
“The news media are so vicious & relentless in their fault finding & their attacks on the President. It’s just sickening.” Dec. 26, 2018
“I lay much of the blame at the feet of the media for feeding the divisions & pushing their own agendas rather than accurately researching & reporting the news.” Jan. 23, 2019
“For once, I agree with House @SpeakerPelosi—our country is in a constitutional crisis. However, I strongly disagree with her on the cause. I put the blame at her feet & those in the Democratic Party who follow her, along with many in the media. May 10, 2019
“The Mueller report is in—no evidence of collusion. The sad thing is, the US lost 2 years & millions of dollars on investigations as @POTUS @realDonaldTrump’s enemies spouted lies. The liberal media was also culpable in this nightmare.” Mar. 24, 2019
.@mikeallen: "Do you tell [Trump] hard truths?"
Rev. @Franklin_Graham: “Yes, I do.”
Allen: "How does he take it?"
— Axios (@axios) May 17, 2021
Boebert, Cawthorn, Greene on List of 101 ‘Pro-Life’ and ‘Pro-Family’ GOPers Who Just Voted Against Pregnant Workers
The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, a bill to protect the rights of pregnant workers, but 101 Republican members of Congress who claim to be both “pro-life” and “pro-family” voted against the legislation.
The bill, sponsored by New York Democrat Jerry Nadler, was first introduced 9 years ago. It passed Friday in a 315-101 vote. All the no votes were from Republicans. No Democrat voted no.
The bill was supported by the right wing U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which called it “a balanced approach that clarifies an employer’s obligation to accommodate the known limitations of employees and job applicants that accompany pregnancy.”
The website Motherly put it even more simply: “No one should have to choose between their paycheck and a healthy pregnancy.”
Democratic Rep. Val Demings of Florida:
Pregnant workers have been fired or discriminated against simply for being pregnant. Today we passed legislation to protect pregnant Americans. This is just basic fairness. Proud to cosponsor this legislation.
— Rep. Val Demings (@RepValDemings) May 14, 2021
Apparently, 101 Republican lawmakers disagree.
Among the more notable Republicans voting “no” were Lauren Boebert (CO), Kevin Brady (TX), Mo Brooks (AL), Ken Buck (CO), Madison Cawthorn (NC), Liz Cheney (WY), Scott DesJarlais (TN), Virginia Foxx (NC), Louie Gohmert (TX), Paul Gosar (AZ), Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA), Jody Hice (GA), Thomas Massie (KY), and Chip Roy (TX).
Here’s the list of all the lawmakers who voted against pregnant workers:
Armstrong (North Dakota)
Barr (Kentucky) NAY
Bishop (North Carolina)
Budd (North Carolina)
Cawthorn (North Carolina)
Duncan (South Carolina)
Foxx (North Carolina)
Franklin, C. Scott (Florida)
Herrell (New Mexico)
Mace (South Carolina)
McHenry (North Carolina)
Miller (West Virginia)
Norman (South Carolina)
Rice (South Carolina)
Rouzer (North Carolina)
Scott, Austin (Georgia)
Timmons (South Carolina)
Van Duyne (Texas)
McEnany Lectures Biden: ‘It’s the Role of the President of the United States to Stay Back, to Not Inflame’
Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Tuesday blasted President Joe Biden for speaking out about the Derek Chauvin trial even though her former boss, Donald Trump, often expressed his opinion on similar events.
After the sequestered jury began its deliberations in the Chauvin trial, Biden told reporters that he was praying for the “right verdict.”
McEnany, in her role as Fox News host, criticized the current president.
“I’m glad that he at least waited until the jury was sequestered,” McEnany ranted. “But I think that the country is such a tinderbox right now, especially Minneapolis. There’s so much hurt, so much pain.”
And I think it’s the role of the president of the United States to stay back, to not inflame the tensions,” she added. “I think he should have just reserved comment and said he’s praying for the family as we all are.”
As president, Trump often weighed in on legal matters and controversial events.
After Kyle Rittenhouse was charged with homicide for shootings that left two protesters in Wisconsin dead last August, Trump offered a defense of the suspect.
“He was trying to get away from them, I guess, it looks like,” Trump opined at the time. “I guess he was in very big trouble. He probably would have been killed.”
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