Four of the Republican Party’s most extreme House lawmakers have submitted signed letters claiming they must vote by proxy due to the ongoing health crisis, the coronavirus pandemic. But as CNN’s Manu Raju reports, all four are in sunny Florida attending or even speaking at CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference.
“Several Republicans in the House have skipped Friday’s votes and enlisted their colleagues to vote on their behalf, signing letters saying they couldn’t attend ‘due to the ongoing public health emergency.’ But those members are scheduled to be at CPAC,” Raju reports.
“The members include Rep. Matt Gaetz,” Raju adds, “as well as some of Trump’s staunchest defenders who are listed as speakers, like Reps. Paul Gosar of Arizona, Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina and Ted Budd of North Carolina.”
The letters say: “I am unable to physically attend proceedings in the House Chamber due to the ongoing public health emergency.”
The House has had several votes on Friday and is scheduled to take up the $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill in the evening
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) February 26, 2021
Here’s Rep. Matt Gaetz on Thursday at CPAC, apparently unconcerned about the coronavirus as he walks maskless in the halls laughing with supporters:
Rep. Matt Gaetz taking pictures with fans pic.twitter.com/jBQ0DSYOQe
— William Turton (@WilliamTurton) February 26, 2021
Republicans were initially vehemently opposed to voting by proxy when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi approved it. But now they are abusing the procedure, and apparently lying to invoke it.
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Busted: Ted Cruz Caught Lying in Leaked Call About Critical Upcoming Senate Bill – Report
On Saturday, Business Insider reported that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was caught spreading falsehoods about the voting rights legislation advancing in the Senate.
“On an invitation-only call with GOP state lawmakers last week, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz falsely claimed Democrats are working to give ‘illegal aliens’ and ‘child molesters’ the right to vote, according to a recording of the call obtained by the Associated Press,” reported Kelsey Vlamis. “The call, which occurred amid an ongoing battle over voting rights, was organized by the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative group that recommends legislation to lawmakers.”
“H.R. 1′s only objective is to ensure that Democrats can never again lose another election, that they will win and maintain control of the House of Representatives and the Senate and of the state legislatures for the next century,” said Cruz on the call.
H.R. 1, the For the People Act, has a number of provisions designed to end partisan gerrymandering of congressional districts, set a minimum standard of voter access in states that limits the number of restrictions individual states can pass, and broadly overhaul the country’s campaign finance system. It was recently passed by the House. A similar bill, S. 1, has been introduced in the Senate.
Neither bill is likely to overcome Republican opposition under current Senate rules, which has triggered intense debate on the future of the legislative filibuster rule.
MSNBC’s Morning Joe Shreds Bill Barr After New ‘Perjury’ Exposed: ‘He Lied Through His Teeth’
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough bashed former attorney general William Barr for “lying through his teeth” about foreign election interference last year, and said he should have been charged with perjuring himself during congressional testimony.
A newly declassified intelligence report found Russia tried to undermine President Joe Biden’s campaign ahead of the 2020 election, Iran tried to “undercut” Donald Trump’s re-election bid and China did not engage in efforts to interfere — but that’s not what the previous administration told Americans.
“The lying and politicization of intel was just breathtakingly dangerous,” Scarborough said. “You have Bill Barr, [national security adviser Robert] O’Brien and [director of national intelligence John] Ratcliffe who all lied and said — this is Ratcliffe pre-election, quote, ‘China is using a massive and sophisticated influence campaign.’ He knew that was a lie, O’Brien knew that was a lie. Barr said, ‘Oh, I looked at the intelligence,’ and he lied through his teeth.”
“The attorney general of the United States, going out of his way to lie through his teeth about intel, all for political purposes, all for political purposes,” Scarborough added, “and now we find out this week that not only were they being liars at the time, but you had people in the intel community who were nervous about the fact that they were going to use their work, go out, twist it out of its proper context, and start spreading lies for Donald Trump’s re-election campaign — and that’s what the attorney general and the head of the intel community and trump’s national security adviser, all three, did. Deeply shameful, deeply dangerous.”
Scarborough still doesn’t understand why Barr never paid a price for lying to Congress and the public about a number of matters.
“He took the Mueller report, in the words of William Rehnquist, he wrenched their words from their proper context, he lied in front of the House and the Senate, committed perjury,” Scarborough said. “I never really figured out why they didn’t try to charge him for that.”
Scarborough said all of that made Barr the worst attorney general to ever serve.
“He claims to have seen intelligence and lied about it, spread lies about what the intel community had been found along with Ratcliffe and O’Brien, saying that China was basically trying to do the same thing that Russia was doing,” Scarborough said. “We found out that Iran was doing it. Why did they feel like they had to lie about China? Here’s Bill Barr, again, Bill Barr again showing why he’s the worst attorney general ever. John Mitchell looks like Atticus Finch compared to Bill Barr.”
Trump Lies He Had ‘Many Meetings’ About Helping Dogs After Taking $1.8 Million From Animal Rescue Charity
President Donald Trump, Lara Trump, and the Trump family were lambasted this weekend amid reports he and daughter-in law Lara have taken about $2 million from an animal rescue charity, donations that were made presumably to help the group rescue dogs, not to help the former president’s finances.
At an event for the charity this weekend, hosted at Mar-a-Lago, Trump told donors to the Big Dog Ranch Rescue he’s a big supporter of helping dogs.
“What you’re doing is so important. It’s so great and so important. And I’m with you 100 percent,” Trump, at Mar-a-Lago, says in the video below.
“And we had many meetings in the White House, in the Oval Office having to do with saving and helping dogs. And that’s what we wanted to do.”
That’s a lie.
“And tremendous progress has been made,” he continued. “We’ve had many meetings actually on it and things that I never even would think is possible in terms of some of the cruelty and the horrible things that happen. And we’ve turned them around and made them great things.”
— T.A. Walker (@timallanwalker) March 12, 2021
NCRM searched the archives of the Trump White House and found many references to dogs, few positive, and none involving meetings about helping save dogs.
The Washington Post agrees.
“A review of Trump’s calendar as president reveals no other events or meetings focused on dogs or pets,” the Post’s Philip Bump reports. “It is certainly the case that Trump’s days were often filled with informal conversations in person and on the phone, some of which may have included discussion of the subject.”
HuffPost reported this weekend, that a “dog rescue charity with links to Lara Trump has spent as much as $1.9 million at former President Donald Trump‘s properties over the last seven years and will drop an additional quarter-million at his Mar-a-Lago country club this weekend.”
Here are a few of the items about dogs we found in the archives of the Trump White House.
January 10, 2018: “The drugs, for a lot of reasons, are far more dangerous than they’ve ever been. Even the dogs can’t track them down. If they track them, they die. The dogs die just from the scent. Nobody’s ever seen anything like it. So you imagine what it does to people,” Trump said at a bill signing.
August 13, 2020: “And then you look at what happened in Virginia, where they have 500,000 applications sent out at random to people that have no idea what happened. And they admitted they made a mistake. And many were sent to dead people and many were sent to — a number was sent — I guess, two — that at least two, three, four were sent to dogs. One was sent to a cat,” Trump said in a briefing published that day.
August 18, 2020: “You have to get voting — voting right. You can’t have millions and millions of ballots sent all over the place — sent to people that are dead; sent to dogs, cats; sent to everyone. I mean, this is a serious situation. This isn’t games,” Trump said at the signing of a Proclamation on the 100th Anniversary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment.
The Post adds, “People who failed or whom Trump wanted to depict as impotent had ‘choked like dogs’ or were ‘fired like dogs’ or couldn’t be elected dogcatcher. The dogs he liked were ones that caught drug dealers (far better than drug detection technologies, Trump would often say, crediting anonymous law enforcement officials) or the military dog that was credited with trapping the leader of the Islamic State before he killed himself.”
“In fact, I love dogs,” Trump said at event celebrating Conan, the dog credited with taking out an Islamic State leader, “but they gave the dog full credit.”
“They didn’t give me any credit,” he added, “but that’s okay.”
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