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
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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.”
Watch the video below from Fox News.
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