“This man is a liar”
A video that shows a Texas Republican elector and State Republican Executive Committee official spinning a blatantly false tale is going viral on social media, with outraged conservatives insisting it is proof the U.S. Supreme Court, and especially Chief Justice John Roberts, are compromised. Some are even calling for the Chief Justice to be arrested.
GOP presidential elector Matt Patrick of Dallas, who cast his vote for President Donald Trump on Monday at the Texas State House, also took to the floor and delivered an easily-debunked fake news story about why, he says, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously rejected Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s frivolous lawsuit – joined by 17 other state attorneys general and 126 Republican members of Congress.
Had it been successful that lawsuit would have voided the votes of voters in four battleground states that Joe Biden won.
Remember, all nine justices said they would have voted against the case had they taken it, but they refused to hear in for lack of standing.
Before you listen to Matt Patrick’s speech, know that conservative attorney Ed Whelan – who clerked for Justice Antonin Scalia, is the President of the right wing Ethics and Public Policy Center think tank, was deputy assistant attorney general under President George W. Bush, and is a National Review contributor – totally debunked Patrick’s claims as “an absurd fantasy.”
Patrick’s entire story focuses on a supposed meeting the nine justices had in a “closed room” with no computers or phones at the Supreme Court to debate whether or not to take the Texas case.
As several experts have noted, the Supreme Court justices have not met in person in months, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Patrick refers to a report he claims to have read “online,” describing it as something that “was written by someone who was a current staffer for one of the current Supreme Court justices,” he says in the C-SPAN video also posted to Twitter by producer Howard Mortman:
TEXAS ELECTORAL COLLEGE:
“The Justices went into a closed room…When Texas case was brought up he said he heard screaming through the walls as Justice Roberts and the other liberal Justices were insisting…afraid of what would happen if they did right thing…Moral cowardice” pic.twitter.com/JhnPN59wkP
— Howard Mortman (@HowardMortman) December 14, 2020
“I’ll just describe for you the report that I read, and you can make of it what you will,” Patrick tells the Texas group of electors. “He said that the justices, as they always do, went into a closed room to discuss cases they’re taking or do debate. There’s no phones, no computers, no nothing. No one else is in the room except for the nine justices. It’s typically very civil. They usually don’t hear any sound, they just debate what they are doing. But when the Texas case was brought up, he said he heard screaming through the walls, as Justice Roberts and the other liberal justices were insisting that this case not be taken up.”
“And the reason – the words that were heard through the wall when Justice Thomas and Justice Alito were citing Bush vs. Gore, from John Roberts were, ‘I don’t give a ____ about that case, I don’t want to hear about it. At that time, we didn’t have riots.'”
“So what he was saying was that he was afraid of what would happen if they did the right thing. And I’m sorry, but that is moral cowardice. And we in the SREC [State Republican Executive Committee], I am an SREC member, we put those words in there very specifically because the charge of the Supreme Court is to ultimately be our final arbitrator, our final line of defense for right and wrong, and they did not do their duty. So I think we should leave these words in because I want to send a strong message to them.
(It’s unclear what “words” he’s referring to, but immaterial to his false story.)
Here’s Whelan weighing in:
This is an absurd fantasy. For starters, the Justices haven’t been having in-person conferences. https://t.co/G7Pl6ORkNf
— Ed Whelan (@EdWhelanEPPC) December 17, 2020
And here’s Andrew Feinberg, Managing Editor of Breakfast Media:
I’m not quite sure what is happening here but this man is a liar. The nine SCOTUS justices haven’t met in-person in months. pic.twitter.com/FCLiMNwfBZ
— Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) December 17, 2020
Well-known political scientist Norman Ornstein:
Of course they did not meet in person. This is not just delusional. It is flat out lies.
— Norman Ornstein (@NormOrnstein) December 17, 2020
Here’s a conservative going ballistic, rather than checking Patrick’s absurd story. This is Dan Gainor, who works for a right wing media “watchdog” yet can’t fact check this speech:
— Dan Gainor, BA, MA, MBA (@dangainor) December 17, 2020
Of course the story is now showing up in right wing media, again, because they can’t bother to fact-check:
— ⭐ Choice News Network ⭐ (@Choice_News_Net) December 17, 2020
Right wing conservative commentator:
It’s now being reported that Chief Justice John Roberts didn’t want to take the Texas Supreme Court case because he was scared there would be mass riots.
We all know that means they would rule in @realDonaldTrump‘s favor!
— Evan Kilgore 🇺🇸 (@EvanAKilgore) December 17, 2020
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Ex-Top Trump Aide Larry Kudlow: Texas Power Outages Are ‘The Consequences’ of Electing Joe Biden
Former White House adviser Larry Kudlow suggested over the weekend that massive power outages in Texas are “the consequences” of electing President Joe Biden, who has only been in office a month.
During an interview on Sunday, Kudlow spoke to Fox News host Howard Kurtz about his new Fox Business program.
“I think they’ve moved very rapidly toward the progressive left position on a lot of these issues,” Kudlow said of the Biden administration. “He tried to temper it with talk about unity. There was some talk about moving to the center, that there would be more balance, there wouldn’t be a far-left progressive agenda.”
“Unfortunately in the early weeks — what, we’ve got a month here — it has been a left, progressive agenda,” he continued. “He’s gone after the energy sector. You saw some of the consequences in Texas. That’s just the tip of the iceberg.”
Kudlow did not immediately explain what Biden had done to cause the power outages.
Watch the video below from Fox News.
Jordan and Nunes Blame Pelosi for Jan. 6 Riots Despite Evidence as She Announces Commission to Investigate Insurrection
Four Republican members of Congress, including Ohio’s Jim Jordan and California’s Devin Nunes, on Presidents’ Day sent Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi a three-page letter effectively blaming her for the deadly January 6 insurrection, urging her to end “this political charade.”
The sum of their letter, that the Speaker – and not then-President Donald Trump – is responsible for the events of January 6 flies in the face of a mountain of facts, including those presented during last week’s impeachment trial. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell publicly agreed with at least seven other Republicans, 48 Democrats, and 2 independents, that Trump was responsible for the deadly riot.
Jordan and Nunes have been among Trump’s most ardent supporters. Trump awarded both Congressmen the the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Pelosi on Monday announced she is forming a 9/11 style congressional commission to “investigate and report on the facts and causes” of the January 6 insurrection.
JUST IN: Pelosi calls for a 9/11 commission-style probe of the Jan. 6 insurrection. pic.twitter.com/aEYSRVhZOg
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) February 15, 2021
The “political charade” remark was co-opted from a speech Pelosi gave after the November election, urging Republicans to admit defeat and end their “political charade.”
Pelosi’s spokesperson Drew Hammill issued a response to the Jordan-Nunes letter:
“Clearly, these Members are trying to deflect responsibility for the Capitol attack from Donald Trump,” Hammill told Forbes. “We look forward to these Ranking Members asking these same questions of former Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.”
Here’s the Jordan-Nunes letter, followed by a few reactions from political experts:
Jim Jordan and his impotent crew are now using the GOP playbook to blame Speaker Pelosi for the Capitol riot. It’s Hillary Clinton and Benghazi all over again.
Since there is no real internal uprising willing to reclaim the party, Republicanism is now just a tyrannical clique. pic.twitter.com/OM5SYnP3cp
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) February 15, 2021
To be clear, some of the rioters were trying to murder Nancy Pelosi and Jordan and Nunes have decided that she’s to blame
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) February 15, 2021
They’re trying to blame Pelosi for the MAGA mob rampaging at the Capitol https://t.co/fFsp0Clf9n
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 15, 2021
The attempt to blame Pelosi started last week:
This is a coordinated campaign to shift blame to PELOSI for the January 6 attack.
Ron Johnson was on the same program saying impeachment was an effort to distract from Pelosi's culpability.
It's completely unhinged but that's where they are. https://t.co/HbdfXZSv9j
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) February 7, 2021
Trump Impeachment Attorneys Furious Over Vote to Call Witnesses – Also, Trump Team Has List of 301 Witnesses to Call
Trump impeachment attorney Michael van der Veen was so angered by Democrats’ move to vote to call witnesses in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump Saturday morning, he threatened to call 100 witnesses. Van der Veen, a personal injury attorney, once again made clear he is ignorant of how the Senate works.
Continuing that threat, top Trump advisor Jason Miller flashed a list he says contains a list of 301 witnesses the Trump defense team plans to call.
NBC News producer Frank Thorpe V posted a photo of the list, which includes the words “so far” next to the 301 count.
Here is the list (so far) or potential witnesses the defense would call. Jason Miller said “just getting started” -> pic.twitter.com/Le1qaVkysv
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) February 13, 2021
The list includes Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Vice President Kamala Harris, a New York Times photographer, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, at least several Democratic members of the House.
At issue with the call for witnesses is an expletive-laden phone call between House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy begging President Trump on January 6 to call off the insurrectionists. Trump refused, saying, “Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are.”
The Trump team has been repeatedly claiming their client has been denied due process, which is not relevant in a Senate impeachment trial. But their client, the disgraced former president, refused to testify. And now they are trying to both block witnesses testimony and trying to block the legitimacy of the trial by threatening to call hundreds of witnesses.
The Senate votes of who the witnesses are, and it’s unlikely more than a handful of witnesses will be allowed.
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