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Ex-RNC Chair Warns That Trump Moving to Totally Ax ObamaCare Is a Terrible Issue for the GOP in 2020

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With Democrats now controlling the U.S. House of Representatives, the chances of Republicans repealing the Affordable Care Act of 2010, a.k.a. Obamacare, via Congress in 2019 or 2020 are slim and none. But President Donald Trump is attacking the ACA through the federal courts instead, championing the GOP’s anti-ACA lawsuit Texas v. Azarand calling for Obamacare to be struck down as unconstitutional. And when former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Wednesday morning, he stressed that politically, Trump is giving Democrats a major weapon for the 2020 election.

“The Republican Party,” Trump told reporters on Tuesday, “will soon be known as the party of health care. You watch.” But Steele stressed to “Morning Joe” co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski the following morning that Trump is making it easier for Democrats to paint the GOP as the party that wants to deprive Americans of health care.

“The Republicans I’ve talked to, they’re scratching their heads,” Steele noted, adding that those Republicans would prefer to avoid discussing health care because “they know their history on this subject is replete with failure. There is no plan to replace (the ACA). So if the courts take the president up on his charge to completely eliminate Obamacare, then what? We revert back to the old system.”

And that pre-Obamacare “old system,” Steele explained, is a loser for Republicans in multiple ways. Coverage for preexisting health conditions, in a post-Obamacare scenario, “goes away, meaning that people who have those preexisting conditions no longer will have coverage,” Steele warned.

Further, the 60-year-old Steele asserted, “Those who currently have plans will see increased premiums because insurance companies, who are at the center of this health care debacle in the first place, will still run amok and set the market against consumers. So, Republicans don’t want to have this fight.”

Republicans, the former RNC leader added, “saw the costs paid in 2018” over health care—meaning that Democrats achieved a majority in the House of Representatives. And “the costs” for Republicans “will be exponential in 2020” because “Democrats will have the upper hand on this issue until the Republicans come to the table with a plan—and we saw how that went since, what, forever?”

Scarborough piled on, joining fellow conservative Trump critic Steele in stressing that health care is a terrible issue for Republicans. Health care, Scarborough warned, is an issue that Trump should “stay away from” because “it is the one issue that, more than any other issue, has proven the intellectual bankruptcy of the Republican Party—how they are void of ideas. They started running against Obamacare in 2009; a decade later, they still have no plan.”

Former House Speaker Paul Ryan, Scarborough added, “never put together an effective plan to replace Obamacare. Here we are, a decade later, they still have no plan they can submit to Americans…. It does seem like a political disaster waiting to happen.”

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‘This Is a Business’: New Footage of Trump Family Emerges From Jan. 6 Investigation

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Newly revealed video footage shows how close British filmmaker Alex Holder got to the Trump family in the lead-up to the January 6th insurrection.

The family allowed Holder to gain exclusive access to them and the former president’s inner circle in the period between the 2020 election and the attack on the U.S. Capitol, and Politico obtained a new trailer for the upcoming documentary “Unprecedented,” which will stream on the Discovery+ network.

“Ivanka frets about a line on her dress, and jokes about covering it with a pet roaming about. ‘Can I borrow your dog?’ she asks her makeup artist,” Politico reported. “Jared nervously repositions his tie and asks, ‘Is that okay?’ Don Jr., seen at a rally, screams, ‘We will make liberals cry again!’ Eric is caught on a phone call, mysteriously saying, ‘For the sake of this country, we’re going to get these guys.'”

Those mundane moments build up to Jan. 6, and the film shows Donald Trump encouraging his supporters to march down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol, and Holder’s photographer joins the throng.

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“We’ve got to get the roaches out, all of them,” a Trump supporter yells to the photographer.

The documentary crew also recorded scenes from the ensuing attack, and Holder has turned over the raw footage to the House select committee investigating the riot.

“Gaining power is easy,” the narrator says in the trailer. “Surrendering it is not.”

Watch the video below or at this link.

 

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Trump Celebrates Fourth of July by Attacking His Enemies as Biden Hails the American ‘Idea’ of ‘Hope’

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President Joe Biden is celebrating Independence Day by promoting the American “idea” of “hope” while his predecessor, Donald Trump, is spending the Fourth of July by attacking his enemies and airing his grievances. Later today the President and First Lady will “host a Fourth of July BBQ with military families and deliver remarks to celebrate Independence Day,” according to the president’s official schedule.

Trump is celebrating the most patriotic day on the calendar by attacking his enemies, revisiting his impeachments, the Mueller Report, the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack, falsely characterizing global challenges, and declaring, “it’s not looking good for our Country right now.”

President Biden on Monday declared on Twitter, “America is an idea.”

“An idea that is stronger than any army, bigger than any ocean, more powerful than any dictator or tyrant,” Biden said. “It gives hope to the most desperate people on Earth, it guarantees that everyone is treated with dignity and gives hate no safe harbor. It instills in every person in this country the belief that no matter where you start in life, there’s nothing you can’t achieve if you work at it.”

Banned from Twitter and Facebook, Trump posts on the social media platform he owns to his 3.4 million followers, a small fraction of the 88.9 million followers he amassed on Twitter.

“I know it’s not looking good for our Country right now,” Trump says on his Truth Social platform, adding a series of claims like there’s “a major War raging out of control in Europe, the Highest Inflation in memory, the worst 6 month Stock Market start in History, the highest Energy Prices EVER, and that is the Good News. Happy Fourth of July!!! ((Don’t worry, We will MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, and remember, none of these terrible events would have happened if I were President!!!))”

He also criticizes the U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack as a group of “political thugs,” spreads false information about his impeachments and the Mueller Report, while painting himself as a victim.

Trump targets Committee Vice-Chair Liz Cheney, declaring that she “keeps saying, over and over again, that HER Fake Unselect Committee may recommend CRIMINAL CHARGES against a President of the United States,” which she did this weekend.

 

Image: The Bidens watch the fireworks from the White House on July 4, 2021. Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz.

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‘Impeach Justice Clarence Thomas’: More Than One Million Signatures as Petition Goes Viral

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, like most federal judges, has an appointment for life, but the U.S. Congress has the right and ability to remove him through the impeachment process, and more than one million signatories to a petition that’s going viral are asking lawmakers to do just that.

“The right-wing rigged Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last week, effectively taking away the right to privacy and bodily autonomy that’s been considered legal precedent for the past 50 years,” reads the Move On petition, which alleges the  most right-wing jurist on the nation’s top court “has shown he cannot be an impartial justice.”

“Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas—who sided with the majority on overturning Roe—made it clear what’s next: to overturn high court rulings that establish gay rights and contraception rights,” it adds.

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The petition, which has been gaining 100,000 signatures daily, notes that Justice Thomas voted “against a Supreme Court decision to compel the release of Donald Trump’s records regarding the January 6 insurrection and attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.” It also points to “his wife—longtime conservative activist Ginni Thomas—was actively urging the White House to overturn election results both leading up to January 6 and after the deadly insurrection.”

Justice Thomas, the petition demands, “must resign—or Congress must immediately investigate and impeach.”

Some of those who have signed the petition offered their thoughts:

RELATED: ‘One of the Worst Breaches of Trust’: Clarence Thomas Is a ‘Corrupt Jurist’ Who Should Resign Says US Congressman

“The Supreme Court must be beyond reproach. Instead, they’re political pawns of a fascist right wing agenda.”

“He and his wife have an agenda, and the country will pay the price.”

“The overturning of women’s health, same sex and contraception rights is a huge impact on millions of women including myself. Why is a Judge like Clarence Thomas granted privilege to dictate women’s rights?”

“His inability to keep politics out of important Constitutional decisions has worsened, culminating with the repeal of Roe as case law, instantly turning US women into 2nd-class citizens who have no say over their own bodies.”

 

 

 

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