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Watch: Reporter Uses GOP Talking Points to Ask if Biden Is a ‘Benevolent Dictator’ for Signing Executive Orders

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A reporter for a right wing outlet pushed GOP talking points Thursday when he asked if President Joe Biden sees himself as a “benevolent dictator” for signing a number of executive orders and actions. There;’s no question that President Biden has signed a significant number of executive orders in his eight days as president, but the vast majority, if not almost all, are simply reversing the damaging orders Trump had signed over a four-year period.

Saying President Biden has signed 26 executive orders, a reporter for the Washington Examiner went back in time to pull an out-of-context quote from then-candidate Joe Biden, saying there are some things that cannot be achieved via executive actions, “unless you’re a dictator.”

In October candidate Biden, talking about raising taxes on the wealthy at an ABC town hall, said: “I have this strange notion. We are a democracy. Some of my Republican friends and some of my Democratic friends even occasionally say, ‘Well, if you can’t get the votes by executive order, you’re going to do something.’ Things you can’t do by executive order unless you’re a dictator. We’re a democracy. We need consensus.”

Republicans are now insisting that Biden signing executive orders – again, almost all of which merely reverse the damaging executive orders Trump implemented – makes him a “dictator.”

Far right wing Trumpist Charlie Kirk, for example, flat out lied on Tuesday, claiming: “Joe Biden admits he is governing like a ‘dictator.'”

CNN fact checker Daniel Dale agrees the right is making false arguments:

Here’s that Washington Examiner reporter:

 

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Caitlyn Jenner’s Campaign Announcement ‘Landed With a Thud’: MSNBC

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As Republicans push ahead with their long-shot bid to unseat Gov. Gavin Newsom in a recall election, former Olympian and transgender celebrity Caitlyn Jenner filed the paperwork to challenge him as a Republican — but on MSNBC, reporter Scott Cohn noted that her controversial candidacy is already flailing in the water.

“What are folks saying about her candidacy?” asked anchor Alex Witt.

“Well, Alex, we know who’s not saying anything so far. Caitlyn Jenner’s daughters, Kylie and Kendall, have not had any comment. Neither has ex-wife Kris Jenner or any of the Kardashians,” said Cohn. “But there are other indications that the idea of a Gov. Caitlyn Jenner is not taking off. She is presenting herself as a ‘compassionate disrupter,’ in her words, and one of the things she thinks she can disrupt is some of the traditional political calculus here in California, running as a socially liberal, fiscal conservative. Well, that, at least in the early going, appears to have landed with a bit of a thud.”

“Equality California is the state’s largest LGBTQ advocacy group,” said Cohn. “They tweeted right away yesterday, ‘Make no mistake, we can’t wait to elect a trans governor of California, but Caitlyn Jenner spent years telling the LGBTQ+ community to trust Donald Trump.’ They say they will take a hard pass. And that may be the least of Caitlyn Jenner’s worries. She broke with President Trump back in 2018, but there’s also just the issue of the demographics in this state. It is deeper and deeper blue every year, and experts point to the recall campaign and the signatures that have come disproportionately from Republican pockets in the state, think Fresno, San Diego, Orange County. They say that as a Republican, Caitlyn Jenner does not have the math on her side.”

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‘Unhinged’: Texas Republican Dan Crenshaw Mocked for Calling Companies Opposing Voter Suppression ‘Fascism’

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Republican U.S. Congressman Dan Crenshaw of Texas is getting roundly criticized and mocked after attacking the growing number of major corporations publicly opposing voter suppression laws, like Georgia’s, and calling their statements and actions “fascism.”

Republicans increasingly are tossing around terms like “socialism,” “communism,” “cancel culture,” and “fascism” without using them properly or even, as some on social media charged Crenshaw with, not even knowing what they actually mean.

Dictionary.com defines fascism as “a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.”

Elements of that sound far more like former President Donald Trump than companies speaking out against anti-democracy laws.

On Fox News Wednesday night Crenshaw claimed these companies are “venturing into territory that they don’t understand, that they that they don’t know that they know nothing about.”

These companies, from Major League Baseball to Delta to Coca Cola, and more, are denouncing voter suppression, and they have very large legal teams to help them understand these laws.

“In an attempt to what – this is what I call the phenomenon that that’s going on, it’s it’s progressive fascism, because what is fascism?” Crenshaw asks. “Well, it’s the it’s the it’s the regimentation of the economy, of society, and it’s the forced suppression of of your opposition. That’s what’s happening right now. The Democrats have successfully captivated the institutions, you know, pop culture, Hollywood, our education institutions and now our corporations into their own woke agenda,” Crenshaw charges.

“This is fascism, right, and they use cancel culture as a tool to impose their fascism on us, and so they’re always using this in these anti this ‘Anti Fascist’ labeling against the right, but they’re the ones who actually engage in the tactics and it’s time we expose that. That’s really what’s happening here and we should see it for what it is.”

Many disagree with Crenshaw’s claims, and mocked his lack of understanding and ignorance about society and the right – and the duty – these companies have to criticize unjust laws.

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NBC White House Correspondent Says Gun Safety and Voting Rights Are ‘Far-Left Issues’

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NBC White House correspondent Shannon Pettypiece this week asserted that gun safety reform and voting rights are “far-left issues.”

Pettypiece made the remark during a discussion on MSNBC about Democrats’ efforts to move voting rights legislation forward.

According to the reporter, White House officials are “spending a fair amount of time on outreach to Joe Manchin.”

“What’s an issue that a moderate Democrat like Joe Manchin would like? Infrastructure,” she observed. “So, you know, the White House is not moving hard into these far-left issues.”

“Certainly, they say they support the Voting Rights Act,” Pettypiece continued. “Certainly they say they would like to see gun reform legislation but are they heavily engaging to get those items next on Congress’s agenda? Not necessarily at this point.”

“It seems from what I’m told that President Biden’s instincts might be closer to to Joe Manchin’s than they are other members in the Democratic Party at this point,” she added.

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