“Democrats need new leadership”
U.S. Congressman Peter King, a Republican of Long Island, NY, announced bright and early Monday morning he will not seek a 15th term, and will retire at the end of 28 years in Congress. King, a strong Trump supporter, has an impressive record of holding on to a district that has voted largely Democratic, including voting for Barack Obama twice, and even Al Gore and John Kerry over George W. Bush.
Rep. King, a powerful Republican who twice served as Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, also has a record of ugly racism, anti-Islam attacks, pandering to the lowest forms of bigotry, and serving the powerful by demeaning minorities and the poor.
King last year defended ICE in the wake of the deaths of two migrant children. He also likened NFL athletes quietly protesting police violence and killing of Black people to giving a Nazi salute. And he declared there are “too many mosques” in America.
The Congressman from Long Island defended NYPD officers in the killing of Eric Garner, saying if the man who was placed in a chokehold (which violates police policy) had not been “obese,” he would not have died – while at the same time saying “police had no reason to know that he was in serious condition.”
King hunkered down to protect the moneyed interests, attacking the grassroots viral phenomenon known as Occupy Wall Street, calling it a “ragtag mob” of “anarchists.” He warned if the movement were given any “legitimacy” it could go on to have an impact on shaping policy. “We can’t allow that to happen,” he said, despite it having significant support across the country.
That’s just a brief and recent history of Congressman King’s remarks – his policy stances are an entirely different, albeit disturbing matter. He’s voted against the right of marriage and adoption for same-sex couples, and voted against banning anti-LGBTQ discrimination.
And there’s a lot more too, over his 28 years in Congress.
Democrats are now hoping to flip the district, which just moved slightly left to “lean Republican” after King’s announcement.
And yet, here’s Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, whitewashing – or at least, ignoring or excusing – King’s abysmal record (and by tweeting from a right wing news source.) Senator Schumer’s “kind” words come just days before Trump’s public impeachment inquiry hearings – an impeachment King said in his retirement announcement he will vote against.
Peter King stood head & shoulders above everyone else
He’s been principled & never let others push him away from his principles
He’s fiercely loved America, Long Island, and his Irish heritage and left a lasting mark on all 3
I will miss him in Congress & value his friendship https://t.co/GSXizZ2c5D
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) November 11, 2019
Here’s how some are responding:
If you EVER wonder why I criticize Democratic “leaders”for enabling Republicans, look no further than this tweet.#PeteKing has praised Trump’s immigration policy, and here is @SenSchumer fawning over his “principles.”
We need a new Democratic Party. https://t.co/ARQpd76TSq
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) November 11, 2019
Pete King is a racist and opportunist.
— Michael Ditto (@janus303) November 11, 2019
What in the name of God’s green earth is this fuckery.
That racist piece of shit has been a smoldering dumpster fire for decades.
What. The. Fuck.
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) November 11, 2019
Schumer’s whitewash of Peter King speaks volumes about how Trump’s Senate “trial” will go. The Dem Party beginning with ’15 frontrunner Clinton chose not to tar Republicans with Trump. They fear the collapse of the party of their peers more than losing the respect of their voters
— Clowntime is over. (@JRutstein) November 11, 2019
No, Chuck, just … no. I’m a voter and your constituent. I would gladly swap you for another Dem, and this makes that feeling more intense.
— Boy Culture Blog (@mattrett) November 11, 2019
The most Schumer thing possible is heaping praise on a Republican who wanted to bring American Muslims before Congress for loyalty trials https://t.co/wMV270cLHF
— Luke Darby (@dukelarby) November 11, 2019
Peter King compared NFL players kneeling to Nazi salutes, said protests against police brutality were based on lies, and blamed Eric Garner for his own death.
— Rebecca J. Kavanagh (@DrRJKavanagh) November 11, 2019
The only good thing about him is that he’s soon to be gone.https://t.co/lRc6DvioGk
— Stonewall Democrats (@SDNYC) November 11, 2019
He was an overt racist from the other party and literally nothing obligates you to say this. New York deserves a better senator than you. https://t.co/iNPs6CwPis
— David Klion🔥 (@DavidKlion) November 11, 2019
This is ridiculous, @SenSchumer. Many of us lived through Peter King's histrionics, lies and bad faith throughout the Obama era. He continued much of that behavior in enabling Trump. This praise borders on gaslighting. https://t.co/kdr4ePhYk8
— 🇺🇸🇭🇹 Only4RM 🇭🇹🇺🇸 (@Only4RM) November 11, 2019
Does Schumer even care about Muslim voters, 75% who vote for the Democratic Party? Peter King held multiple hearings on what he deemed was the “unique” radicalization of Muslims. Those hearings were deemed ineffective, counterproductive & dangerous by national security experts. https://t.co/JzUEel8HaP
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) November 11, 2019
Democrats need new leadership. This tweet…is stunning. Replace all the hateful conspiracy theories and fearmongering Peter King did of Muslims with any religious group, say Jews or Catholics, would Schumer tweet this? If so, why? Why would Democrats tolerate it? https://t.co/JzUEel8HaP
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) November 11, 2019
Not a wartime consigliere. https://t.co/CAkMh9i6K5
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) November 11, 2019
Peter King is one of the most aggressively, vilely racist members of Congress—but because his hateful bigotry targets Muslims, the Democratic Party’s leader in the Senate says this: https://t.co/DCinaHb8v0
— 🍁🦃 Eoin Thankins 🦃🍁 (@EoinHiggins_) November 11, 2019
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Anti-LGBTQ Former Gov. Pat McCrory Launches US Senate Run in Trumpish ‘America First’ Video Targeting Kamala Harris
Former North Carolina Republican governor Pat McCrory has just launched a run for the U.S. Senate. As the first Republican to have partisan control of North Carolina’s House and Senate since 1870, McCrory spent much of his four years as governor attacking the LGBTQ and minority communities, and signing conservative legislation so divisive the national news often focused on the Tar Heel State.
Now, after losing re-election in 2016, making him a one-term governor, McCrory has posted a video announcing his campaign that’s filled with falsehoods, has echoes of Trumpism, and targets Vice President Kamala Harris.
“50-50,” McCrory says in his first senatorial campaign ad. “The United States Senate is split right down the middle. 50 Republicans, 50 Democrats, and that puts Vice President Kamala Harris in charge, giving the left everything they want to radically change America for generations to come,” McCrory fear-mongers, despite the fact that President Joe Biden has a staggeringly high approval rating and the legislation he has signed into law, and is currently advocating for, like the infrastructure and jobs bill, is supported by seven out of 10 Americans.
“Harris and Biden are opening our borders before they even open up our schools,” he says, which is a lie on both counts, especially since opening or closing schools is a state and local decision.
“They’re raising your taxes, and even the price of gas,” again, false, unless you make $400,000 a year.
“I took on the tough fights, and the Liberals attack me for it,”: McCrory brags. Except it wasn’t only liberals who attacked him.
Dozens of corporations attacked his policies. The U.S. Dept. of Justice sued him. And there were national boycotts of North Carolina over McCrory’s anti-LGBTQ HB2 law that targeting transgender people through the use of restrooms and voided every local nondiscrimination ordinances, even for veterans.
Because of McCrory North Carolina lost millions in revenue.
“It’s time we joined together and take back the Senate from Kamala Harris,” McCrory says.
“So I’m in,” he declares. “Let’s put America first and bring conservative, North Carolina, common sense to Washington.”
Notice the “America first” dog whistle to pro-Trump voters.
After McCrory lost his race for re-election he became a radio show host and railed against “the African American vote,” and the number of Black people entering public office in his home town.
“We’ve become a very segregated political system in Charlotte-Mecklenburg (county),” McCrory lamented, complaining about the “tremendous change in dynamics” of the political system, and warning that “Democrats” control the city, “unlike the diversity that we had in the political system ten years ago.”
“The Black Political Caucus has total control over the Democratic Party,” in Charlotte, McCrory claimed. “Because in the primaries the demographics is that the African American vote dominates the Democratic primary. So therefore if all elections in Charlotte-Mecklenburg are determined by the Democratic primary, all primaries are then determined by the Black Political Caucus.”
Watch McCrory’s new ad for his U.S. Senate campaign:
For the last few years, I’ve sat on the sidelines and watched people like Chuck Schumer & the far-left drag this country toward radical liberal policies.
I can’t sit on the sidelines anymore.
So I’m in! pic.twitter.com/s2MwtBlalv
— Pat McCrory (@PatMcCroryNC) April 14, 2021
Watch: Michele Bachmann Tells Prayer Network Pals 2020 Election Was a ‘Coup’
Former congresswoman Michele Bachmann participated in a World Prayer Network prayer call Sunday night during which she declared that Joe Biden’s win in the 2020 presidential election was “coup” and warned that passage of the For The People Act election reform legislation (H. R. 1) will “forever cement that illegal takeover into place.”
On election night, Bachmann boldly asserted that God had “sealed this election” in Heaven on behalf of Donald Trump and she has steadfastly refused to accept that her declaration had been premature and ultimately wrong.
“I want everyone to realize what we’re living through and what we’re witnessing is a coup,” Bachmann said. “This is called a coup, and a coup is a political term, and what it means is an unlawful, unauthorized takeover of a legitimate government. America had a legitimate government, but this is an unauthorized, illegal takeover through voter fraud in last November’s election, and now H.R. 1 [will] forever cement that illegal takeover into place.”
“Make no mistake about it—what we’re watching is a coup,” she continued. “You see this in third-world countries. It’s happening in the greatest country in the world, the United States, but it is a coup.”
This article was originally published by Right Wing Watch and is republished here by permission.
‘This Is Illegal’: Former WH Official Slams Trump Advisor Caught Carrying Away Art ‘Belonging to the American People’
It’s moving day for some Trump administration White House staffers, as President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration day quickly approaches. There are multiple reports of White House aides appearing to take for the personal use items that belong to the federal government, including in one case a bust of President Abraham Lincoln that was on loan from a museum.
Top Trump advisor Peter Navarro, who earlier Thursday was chastised for spreading election lies and continuing to incite insurrection, this time on Fox News, is now being accused of “illegal” activity.
“People need to know that the items inside the White House are not giveaways, they’re not souvenirs you can take home. This is not an estate sale or Antiques Roadshow,” CNN’s Jim Acosta said on-air.
A Yahoo Finance editor posted a photo of Navarro –who is vehemently anti-China – outside the White House, carrying artwork, a large framed photo of President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and other dignitaries.
Former associate director of the White House Office of Management and Budget under President Barack Obama, Kenneth Baer, says removing the framed image for personal use is “illegal.”
“These photos belong to the American people, and go to the National Archives,” says Baer, who clearly would know.
This is illegal. These photos belong to the American people, and go to the National Archives.
— Kenneth Baer (@KennethBaer) January 14, 2021
The original photo of Navarro was taken by Eric Scott for Reuters and posted to Twitter by a Reuters editor:
Yesterday: White House advisor Peter Navarro leaves the West Wing of the White House with a photograph of U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, in Washington. Photo by @erinscottphoto pic.twitter.com/MoS00tnH07
— corinne_perkins (@corinne_perkins) January 14, 2021
It is possible Navarro paid the government for the photo and frame, which Baer noted.
CNN’s John Harwood weighed in:
what’s the word for taking something illegally? https://t.co/43yBaUq8La
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) January 14, 2021
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