Rep. Markwayne Mullins (R-OK) spent his time during the hearing to interview whistleblower Dr. Rick Bright about his high blood pressure. While many members of Congress were asking questions about the investigations into hydroxychloroquine, the national stockpile, the administration’s lack of response to early warnings about the coronavirus and how to protect Americans.
The conservative plumber demanded details from Dr. Bright on why he was on medical leave from his new position at the National Institute of Health, where he transitioned after being ousted at the Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Bright explained that being ousted, thrust into the spotlight and attacked by conservative media has been more stress than he’s accustomed to experiencing as a doctor.
Mullin then asked why Dr. Bright could appear before Congress but not go to work at the NIH. Mullin didn’t give Dr. Bright time to respond to the question but witnesses are generally subpoenaed to appear before Congress. Bright explained he was taking his vacation time to deal with the Congressional hearing.
The internet swiftly responded to Mullin, calling him out for what they called embarrassing, cruel and an unnecessary line of questioning that didn’t get to the bottom of why over 83,000 Americans have died from COVID-19.
Moments later Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar attacked Dr. Bright, saying he isn’t showing up to work when he’s needed the most. It’s an ironic claim given Azar and Trump removed Bright from his position. If he was so necessary, it’s unclear why Dr. Bright was removed.
You can see their responses below:
how unusual…a gop rep attacking the witness instead of asking substantial questions
— Beth Becker 👠👠 (@spedwybabs) May 14, 2020
“You’re well enough to come here today, but not go to work.”
The man just says his blood pressure was high. 🤦🏾♀️🤦🏾♀️🤦🏾♀️
— Chantay Berry (@iamchanteezy) May 14, 2020
.@RepMullin, a former plumber and talk radio host from Oklahoma, is getting right to the issues affecting frightened Americans in a global viral pandemic: a congressional whistleblower's blood pressure and salary. #DrBright
— John Charpentier (@snpsandsnRNPs) May 14, 2020
@RepMullin you are a vial POS how dare you make fun of someone with high blood pressure. You are a asshole. How do you sleep at night.
— Denise Lynn (@lynnmarie4109) May 14, 2020
Why is Mullin allowed to harangue Dr. Bright about his taking medical leave and smear him regarding his high blood pressure? That was disgusting.
— (((antiantisemite))) (@Tristanshouts) May 14, 2020
The Republicans are making the worst showing I’ve ever seen. Some guy is trying to hammer Dr Bright about his high blood pressure. And now trying to seize Dr Bright’s attorney’s documents!
— Shelley Webb ³³°¹ (@shelleyaw123) May 14, 2020
Ur scum. Doubting dr bright. Questioning his blood pressure and functioning. The issue is the admin terrible response to the virus. U republicans r killing us with ur disrespect for science. Shame on u.
— Susan Martin (@selfcurledgirl) May 14, 2020
So is .@RepMullin there to try to make Dr Bright look bad? What is the purpose of his questions? What does Dr Bright's high blood pressure have to do with trumps incomptency. Mullin must be up for re-election #VoteHimOut
— Surviving Trump Times (@Trump_Rhymes) May 14, 2020
Just typed that.
What a prick. Im on blood pressure meds too- im 8 months preg, have survived heart failure, am living through a pandemic, and my husband is deployed. But i can spay a cat because that was my job.
— Amanda Maners (@maners_amanda) May 14, 2020
Mr Mullin is an as*hat. He is intentionally trying to raise Dr Brights blood pressure. He has no right to that line of questions, saying Dr Bright is "deceiving the American public".
— Sheila W (@Divscotty) May 14, 2020
Watch @RepMullin make an ASS of himself attacking a man for high blood pressure after he was removed from his job for no reason
Let’s see Millington removed from Oklahoma https://t.co/fdlqpn8ZkI
— tubsjmh (@tubsjmh) May 14, 2020
I’m with you there… let’s constantly interrupt a man who’s got high blood pressure and infer he’s faking his high BP situation!
— BOB! (@whitegryphen) May 14, 2020
Is he the one asking Dr Bright why he can’t manage his blood pressure? And inferring that he shouldn’t be getting paid if he can’t handle his stress? What a complete and total jerk.
— Helen (@prsgrlks) May 14, 2020
When a man risks his own safety and career to stand up and try to save lives, what you should really do is interrogate him about his blood pressure and vacation days
— Jaynie's Got a Bun (@FreeGirlNowNYC) May 14, 2020
@RepMullin line of questioning is raising this nurse's blood pressure, the disrespect is STUNNING to me.
— helenanurse (@christianainmt) May 14, 2020
Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) says he has "a hard time understanding" how Dr. Bright could have high blood pressure while at the same time handle a pandemic and congressional testimony.
Pretty gross line of questioning.
— Brian Tashman (@briantashman) May 14, 2020
Omg Mullin’s questioning is even making my blood pressure rise that was ridiculous
— Chase Laudenslager (@News2Chase) May 14, 2020
@RepMullin what an ass. Hope all your kids see how nasty you are to a man with high blood pressure illegally removed from his job. Shame on your personal attack.
— Paula Doubleday (@MsDayTwo) May 14, 2020
— Beachgal10 (@melissa_yoby) May 14, 2020
FYI, to the gentleman from OKLAHOMA, Coming forward and telling the truth helps lower that blood pressure.#DrBright
— Tammi (@TLaTela) May 14, 2020
— Pierre Infecto (@InfectoPierre) May 14, 2020
I bet 75% of those old fkrs are on blood pressure meds so … that’s irrelevant af.
— ❄️ GoͦtͭJaͣniͥeͤ? ® 🌊📚🐢💨 (@GotJanie) May 14, 2020
Mr. Mullet doesn't know ANYTHING about high blood pressure.
— Honorable Mention (@headlines_see) May 14, 2020
@RepMullin why are you focusing on Dr. Bright blood pressure rather than the dire warning he is sharing about danger to the health of the American public?
— Anne Frank Zappa (@FlyerFrightened) May 14, 2020
— Lucie`°•.♥.•♪♫ ღ¸♪• (@hidingout2) May 14, 2020
I would like to hear what Dr. Bright has to say about the preparedness of the US, but the GOP line of questioning is going like this:
GOP: Did you have eggs for breakfast? I heard you have high blood pressure, DID YOU HAVE EGGS FOR BREAKFAST?
— Bored Accountant (@don_accountant) May 14, 2020
Did you miss Mr. Mullin a few minutes ago??
— Robin Anne (@Robinanne59) May 14, 2020
The line of questioning from the majority of Republicans on the committee has been awful. But Mullin's was particularly enraging and disgusting.
— Kimberly Tyda (@Kimberly_Tyda) May 14, 2020
Rather than inquire abt the COVID-19 response, OK Rep. Markwayne Mullin viciously attacked & berated Dr Bright about his health
I guess that’s what you get when you elect someone w/ an Associates degree in applied sciences in construction technology
He’s their best & brightest?
— Mel 🆘 the Enforcer (@Fah_Lo_Me) May 14, 2020
With that line of questioning isn’t Mullin stepping all over the HIPPA laws? It’s stunning just how disgusting that man is.
— moi (@moiaussi1980) May 14, 2020
@RepMullin so, Mr. Trump says to Mr. Mullin “who’s a good boy, huh? You’re a good boy! Such a good boy!”
— neoGeezr (@rrrobert12) May 14, 2020
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Watch: Fox News Attacks Biden for Not ‘Condemning’ Will Smith
Unemployment has dropped so low there are now five million more job openings than unemployed Americans. The stock market continues to rebound from the drops it suffered when Russian President Vladimir Putin started his illegal war against Ukraine. COVID hospitalizations and deaths continue to drop. President Biden has regained America’s place as the leader of the free world, and Russia is in such desperate straits some believe Putin’s reign is coming to an end.
Donald Trump’s fate and the fate of some of his top aides and allies look increasingly dire as bombshell after bombshell drop, sometimes more than one a day, and to some it may appear Trump and Putin will be removed from the public stage at some point in the near future.
And while the price of gas is still a topic of conversation and inflation is the latest boogeyman, the Fox News-GOP partnership is running out of crises to wave in front of their base, so they’ve now returned to manufacturing them.
On Wednesday an unknown reporter asked Biden’s Director of Communications Kate Bedingfield if the White House “condones” the “level of violence” Will Smith “unleashed” on Chris Rock at the Oscars.
“This White House is creating confusion,” said Fox News’ Pete Hegseth Wednesday, out of nowhere.
“And this is what I said yesterday,” Harris Faulkner replied, “with all the things that we have going on, even there – but our inflation, here are our crime here with everything we have going on, please stop making all of us focus on what he’s focused on, which is not being clear,” she said, falsely claiming Biden cannot communicate.
Faulkner is demanding the President of the United States not set the agenda for the country, a remarkable demand after four-plus years of his predecessor’s every thought receiving microscopic attention.
“Alright, I want to get to this because it is now beyond the Oscars. This this is a bigger situation now with Will Smith and Chris Rock, it’s opened a door on, you know, what do we want our kids to see? Who do we want our society to look like?” she added strangely. “It is a bigger thing.”
“The White House now has refused to comment or condemn Will Smith for smacking Chris Rock across the face at the Oscars,” Faulkner announced, because this White House has a policy, set by President Biden, of staying focused and not getting swept up in every minute scandal or social media sensation.
Even the video clip Faulkner showed includes Bedingfield saying President Biden didn’t watch the Oscars so they have no comment. The White House did not “refuse to condemn” anything, they just didn’t have a comment.
“The President was not able to watch the Oscars,” Bedingfield told the errant reporter. “Didn’t see it. So I don’t have anything. I don’t have any official comment from him or from the White House on this.”
Pete Hegseth, who it should be noted has (or at least, had) a policy of not washing his hands because he cannot see germs, weighed in:
“The White House has had no problem condemning issues of less consequence inside our culture. Clearly, they are copping out on this one.”
Fox News is now outraged that *checks notes* the White House is not weighing in on Will Smith slapping Chris Rock.
Pete Hegseth: “The White House has had no problem condemning issues of less consequence inside our culture. Clearly, they are copping out on this one.” pic.twitter.com/IubdiT4xVe
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) March 30, 2022
Former Trump Official Claims Biden Choosing First Black Woman Justice Bars ‘Hispanics, Asians and Gays’
A highly-controversial former Trump official is claiming President Joe Biden’s promise to seat the first Black woman on the U.S. Supreme Court is discriminatory.
Richard Grenell, who served as Trump’s Acting Director of National Intelligence, and as Trump’s Ambassador to Germany, was seen by at least one lawmaker in Berlin as a “biased propaganda machine.” On Thursday Grenell attacked President Biden by attacking another Democrat, former White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart.
Lockhart served as President Bill Clinton’s White House Press Secretary. On Thursday he tweeted, “Ahead of the midterms, I look forward to watching every Republican Senator oppose the first black woman to the Supreme Court.”
Earlier in the day Grenell posted a similar tweet:
Asians, gays and Hispanics had no shot for a Supreme Court seat from Joe Biden.
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) January 27, 2022
Conservatives, including on the far right which Grenell has been accused of having ties to, have been falsely claiming it’s “racist” to choose a Supreme Court Justice who is Black and a woman.
Those same conservatives are apparently ignorant of the fact that smart presidents, like smart managers, create a Supreme Court team. There’s no such things as “the most qualified,” nor is there any way, any right way, to measure. Presidents, smart presidents, want justices who are young so they can have a decades-long impact on the nation and its future. They want great minds who are able to work behind the scenes to win over their colleagues. And, unlike Republicans, they want justices who have the lived experiences of more and more Americans –because the law is not stagnant, despite what the originalists and textualists falsely claim.
Here’s Grenell, attacking President Biden through Lockhart:
Joe Lockhart celebrates barring Hispanics, Asians and gays for a Supreme Court seat. https://t.co/gSQC8bprKU
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) January 27, 2022
Some responses to Grenell’s tweet:
Being a woman and black doesn’t necessarily make one straight ….
— Alex 🏳️🌈 (@Sanvers_TV) January 27, 2022
So there are no gay black women? Idiocy, the GQP way.
— Snyder (@madgamecc69) January 27, 2022
God, you’re exhausting. Would a gay Hispanic-Asian-African-American liberal suffice for you then?
— Dominic Antonio Crossey (He/Him) (@DominicACrossey) January 27, 2022
How many of those types of people were on the Heritage Foundation list that your old boss picked from? How many of those were on his short list? Maybe I missed the multicultural open call for the last three.
— just Todd (@ToddBergman) January 27, 2022
‘Never Forget’: Critics Blast ‘Senator Sedition Fist’ Josh Hawley on Anniversary of His Fox News Insurrection Threat
U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO), whose fist-in-the-sky photo taken in front of the Capitol January 6 became emblematic of Donald Trump’s insurrection, is being raked over the coals as Americans remember the threat he delivered in a Fox News interview just one year ago today.
When you look up traitor in the dictionary you should find this picture of Josh Hawley taken January 6th. pic.twitter.com/x2C1QMmEMn
— Chris Hahn (@ChristopherHahn) January 4, 2022
Here he is, talking on January 4 last year with Fox News’ Bret Baier, who bluntly told him “Congress doesn’t have the right to overturn” the election.
Hawley then countered with a misreading of the Constitution, but his claim that Trump could remain president depending “on what happens on Wednesday,” January 6, is to many chilling:
That video, first posted one year ago today, has gone viral:
BRET BAIER: I want to pin you down on what you’re trying to do. Are you trying to say that Trump will be president after January 20?
JOSH HAWLEY: Well, that depends on what happens on Wednesday
BAIER: No it doesn’t
(Trump in fact lost an election!) pic.twitter.com/vsO2JyRJuk
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 5, 2021
“Never forget exactly 1 year ago today, Josh Hawley was on Fox spreading the big lie for Trump,” wrote on social media user. “He’s as guilty as anyone when it comes to the insurrection & if we lose the house in ’22, people like this Hitler wannabee will be first in line to overthrow democracy.”
“Hard to believe Senator Sedition Fist, aka Josh Hawley, is still a sitting Senator after this,” said another.
Other responses include:
“Josh Hawley is a dangerous fascist and he needs to answer for his crimes from January 6th.”
“Raise your hand if Josh Hawley is a seditious traitor who should be expelled from Congress ASAP!”
“We don’t talk about it enough, but Josh Hawley attempted to stop the certification of a presidential election and incited the attack on the U.S. Capitol.”
“A year isn’t enough time to forget that Josh Hawley (along with Grassley, Cruz, and others) spread misinformation about the election and even made statements implying that they expected it to be overturned. All of them traitors!”
A few more:
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.)
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.)
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)
Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.)
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio)
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO)
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
Defeated President, Donald Trump@FBI Here ya go! https://t.co/GBLTUp2jtU
— Pridegoesbeforethefall (@moderateresist) January 4, 2022
Josh Hawley was the 1st Senator to say he would NOT certify #Biden as President! Hawley wanted to get ahead of every Repub, including #TedCruz, to get attention! 3 Senators have been expelled & it was over the Civil War! #JoshHawley & Cruz should be EXPELLED for this coup plot!!
— Dan Pereira (@ddanpereira) January 4, 2022
Never forget Josh Hawley’s role in all of this. https://t.co/uJj02Jfepp
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) January 4, 2022
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