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Anti-Vaxx Governor Brags He Sent All 9 of His Kids to Chickenpox Party Because ‘This Is America’

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Far right wing Republican Governor Matt Bevin of Kentucky was best-known for his support of anti-gay Rowan County clerk Kim Davis, and despite his long history of other comments that have caused outrage and uproar his latest remarks may take the cake.

It turns out Gov. Bevin is an anti-vaxxer.

“Every single one of my kids had the chickenpox,” Bevin bragged to local Kentucky radio station WKCT, as the Courier Journal reported. “They got the chickenpox on purpose because we found a neighbor that had it and I went and made sure every one of my kids was exposed to it, and they got it. They had it as children. They were miserable for a few days, and they all turned out fine.”

The Courier Journal cited three experts and reports Bevin’s move “is medically unsound — and can be dangerous.”

Bevin asked listeners, “why are we forcing kids” to get vaccinated.

“If you are worried about your child getting chickenpox or whatever else, vaccinate your child,” he added. “But for some people, and for some parents, for some reason they choose otherwise.”

“This is America,” Bevin stressed. “The federal government should not be forcing this upon people. They just shouldn’t.”

The paper notes Governor Bevin’s remarks come on the cusp of an outbreak of chickenpox “at a Northern Kentucky Catholic school, where at least one student reported not being vaccinated for religious reasons.”

As usual, Gov. Bevin is ill-informed, on many fronts.

First, the federal government does not “force” any private citizen to get vaccinated. As a governor, he should know vaccination requirements are state – not federally – regulated.

Also, as the Courier Journal reported, forcing children to become infected with the potentially deadly chickenpox virus can cause problems now, and in the future. For once, those who have had chickenpox instead of the vaccine are more likely to become ill with shingles later in life. Shingles can cause strokes, heart attacks, and in rare cases can be deadly.

As a state official and as a parent Governor Bevin should know that.

He should also know that a National Institutes of Health study found seven out of nine courts “considered vaccine refusal to constitute neglect.”

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Democratic Louisiana Governor Wins Re-Election in Massive Defeat for Trump

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Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards won re-election in a highly contested high dollar race against a candidate who spent at least $12 million of his own money and had President Donald Trump at his beck and call. Edwards beat Republican Eddie Rispone, who Trump had personally campaigned for three times in the state in the past five weeks, and had promoted repeatedly on Twitter.

Calling it a “hard loss” and “a stinging rebuke” for Trump, The New York Times notes the president’s multiple visits to campaign for Rispone were “an effort to lift the Republicans and demonstrate his own clout.”

Bel Edwards campaigned on his record, which included expanding badly-needed Medicare, raising taxes to help fix the state’s budget, and giving teachers a pay increase.

Governor Edwards’ predecessor, Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, “repeatedly used short-term patches to eliminate financial shortfalls,” The Shreveport Times reported in January. “They raided savings accounts, drained trust funds, sold off state property and delayed bill payments to keep the budget in balance amid tax breaks that siphoned away more and more money from the treasury.”

Earlier this week in Louisiana President Trump campaigned for Rispone, but appeared to be more interested in framing the election as a vote of confidence for himself.

Trump had recently backed Kentucky Republican governor Matt Devin for re-election. He too went down in defeat.

In Virginia Republicans, despite Trump’s support, lost massively. Democrats took control of both the House and Senate, giving them control of the State Legislature and the Governor’s office for the first time since 1973.

Pollster Matt McDermott summed it up Saturday night:

 

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State Dept. Official Testified Sondland Spoke Graphically to Trump Telling Him Zelensky Would Do ‘Anything You Ask’

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Congress will hear first-hand testimony of President Donald Trump’s involvement in the Ukraine scandal.

“David Holmes, the state department aide who overheard President Donald Trump’s conversation with the US ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, said that Sondland told Trump that the Ukranian President would do ‘anything you ask him to,’ and that he confirmed the Ukrainians were going to ‘do the investigation,’” CNN reported Friday.

“”Sondland told Trump that (Ukrainian President Volodymyr) Zelensky ‘loves your ass,’” Holmes testified. “I then heard President Trump ask, ‘So, he’s gonna do the investigation?’ Ambassador Sondland replied that ‘he’s gonna do it,’ adding that President Zelensky will do ‘anything you ask him to.’”

“While Ambassador Sondland’s phone was not on speakerphone, I could hear the President’s voice through the earpiece of the phone. The President’s voice was very loud and recognizable, and Ambassador Sondland held the phone away from his ear for a period of time, presumably because of the loud volume,” Holmes testified.

CNN also reported, “Holmes also confirmed Taylor’s testimony about the President’s thoughts on Ukraine, saying he asked Sondland ‘if it was true that the President did not ‘give a sh*t about Ukraine.’”

Holmes opening was also obtained by The New York Times.

“The official, David Holmes, testified privately that he was at a restaurant in Ukraine’s capital when he heard Mr. Trump during a cellphone call loudly asking Gordon D. Sondland, the American ambassador to the European Union, if Ukraine’s president had agreed to conduct investigations into his political rivals. Mr. Sondland, who was in Kiev for meetings with top Ukrainian officials at the time, replied in the affirmative,” The Times reported.

“Mr. Sondland did not mention the episode to investigators last month when he answered their questions in private. He will almost certainly be asked about it next week when he appears for public testimony before the House Intelligence Committee. He has already revised his initial testimony once, admitting to the panel last week that he told a top Ukrainian official that the country would probably not receive a package of nearly $400 million in security assistance unless it committed publicly to the investigations Mr. Trump sought,” the newspaper noted.

The details of the exchange are vivid.

“Mr. Holmes described sitting at a table in the restaurant with Mr. Sondland when the president called. The president was speaking so loudly, he said, that Mr. Sondland held the phone away from his ear and Mr. Holmes and others could hear Mr. Trump’s voice,” The Times reported.

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READ: White House Finally Releases Highly-Edited Summary of Trump’s First Call in April With Ukraine President

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The White House, days after President Donald Trump promised, has finally released what appears to be a highly-edited call summary of Trump’s first call with Ukraine President Zelensky. The document clearly states it is “not a verbatim transcript,” and indeed, took the White House three days longer than originally planned to release the document.

The call, according to the document, lasted 16 minutes, yet spans just three short pages.

It appears to have been released in conjunction with the start of the House’s second open impeachment testimony hearing.

Read it below.

WH releases transcript of T… by Fox News on Scribd

 

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