A far right wing U.S. Congressman hijacked the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Afghanistan on live TV Monday, accusing the President of the United States of treason then trying to block the Secretary of State from responding to his attacks.
After accusing President Joe Biden of manipulating intelligence coming out of Afghanistan, U.S. Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) declared, “in my opinion that’s absolutely aid and comfort to the enemy,” which is the definition of treason.
“I absolutely wonder if you were complicit in this as well. I find it hard to believe that President Biden would do that without you being aware of this and these are things that we deserve to know, better answers, have better hearings on this, I do not believe a word that you’re saying on this. Simply put, I do not wish to hear from you,” Congressman Mast told U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
As Blinken tried to respond, Mast took over the hearing, talking over Blinken and repeatedly telling him he did not want to hear him, calling him a liar, and announcing he would not listen to him.
“I do not believe a word that you’re saying on this,” he interjected. “I do not wish to hear from you. I’m not yielding you a moment of time. I don’t wish to hear your lies.”
Mast’s time had already expired, and Committee Chairman Gregory Meeks (D-NY) tried to get it back under control.
“What the Congressman said is simply wrong,” Blinken replied. “Period.”
“I think every member of this committee has been apprised of or had access to the intelligence assessments throughout the year – and you know what they were, and you know what they are,” Blinken charged.
The Florida congressman did manage to introduce lies into the record, including the common GOP-told falsehood that the U.S. forfeited tens of billions of dollars of military equipment to the Taliban.
Chaos ensues at Afghanistan hearing after Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) accuses the Biden administration of falsifying data and refuses to let Secretary of State Antony Blinken respond. pic.twitter.com/1anPUAiC4K
— The Recount (@therecount) September 13, 2021
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Trump’s MAGA Supporters Chant Profanities Within ‘Clear’ Earshot of Young Kids Biden Was Talking to Outdoors
Trump’s MAGA supporters were out in full force Friday afternoon, chanting “F**k Biden,” waving flags with the same slogan, along with ones that falsely claim “Trump won,” as President Joe Biden spoke with young children outside a Connecticut child development center.
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@KJP46) October 15, 2021
Getting a little rowdy as more protesters show up with Trump flags and “F*uck Biden” flags. pic.twitter.com/k7qFJp4Iw0
— Eric Bedner (@BednerEric) October 15, 2021
“Around 50 more Trump supporters,” according to the White House press pool, “gathered a street away from the center. They chanted ‘F*** Joe Biden. He’s not our president.’ They also shouted ‘traitors’ as a coda while we walked inside.”
Minutes later the press pool reported President Biden “entered the playground at 1:25, greeted by some gregarious children. One gave him a hug, as he kneeled to talk. Another, wearing an American flag t-shirt, pointed out parts of the playground.”
Biden greets kids in the playground at the Capitol Child Development Center in Hartford, Connecticut. pic.twitter.com/YfGCndt3NV
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) October 15, 2021
But then, confirmation that the Trump supporters’ profanity could be heard by the young children and the President.
“From the playground the pool could still hear protesters chanting from the curb outside. More expletives. More yelling,” the pool reports.
NBC News White House Correspondent Mike Memoli also confirms:
Per radio pool, while @POTUS spent time meeting toddlers at an outdoor playground, Trump supporters gathered across street could be clearly heard shouting a now-familiar expletive phrase involving his name
— Mike Memoli (@mikememoli) October 15, 2021
President Biden later made televised remarks promoting his “Build Back Better” agenda, and talking about how improvements to infrastructure will help young children.
LISTEN: Texas Schools Official Tells Teachers They Must Offer ‘Other Perspectives’ When Teaching the Holocaust
A Southlake, Texas school official is under fire after telling teachers if they have a book in the classroom about the Holocaust they must also teach “other perspectives.”
“Just try to remember the concepts of [House Bill] 3979,” Gina Peddy, the executive director of curriculum and instruction for the Carroll Independent School District, said in a training session Friday, as the recording (below) from NBC News shows.
“And make sure that if you have a book on the Holocaust, that you have one that has an opposing, that has other perspectives,” she told teachers in a training session on the new law.
“How do you oppose the Holocaust?” one teacher asked.
“Believe me,” Peddy said. “That’s come up.”
At issue is a new Texas state ordinance drafted and rushed into law after parents complained about books teaching about racism.
“The training came four days after the Carroll school board, responding to a parent’s complaint, voted to reprimand a fourth grade teacher who had kept an anti-racism book in her classroom,” NBC News reports.
Update from Southlake. Last night the school board voted 3-2 to reprimand a 4th grade teacher for having a copy of "This Book Is Anti-Racist" by Tiffany Jewell in her class. After a student brought it home, her parents complained that it violated their "morals and faith."
— Mike Hixenbaugh (@Mike_Hixenbaugh) October 5, 2021
“Teachers are literally afraid that we’re going to be punished for having books in our classes,” one elementary school teacher told NBC News. “There are no children’s books that show the ‘opposing perspective’ of the Holocaust or the ‘opposing perspective’ of slavery. Are we supposed to get rid of all of the books on those subjects?”
Conservatives across the nation have been attacking and threatening school boards over the nearly non-existent teaching of Critical Race Theory, and are demanding all teaching about racism end.
The debate in Southlake over which books should be allowed in schools is part of a broader national movement led by parents opposed to lessons on racism, history and LGBTQ issues that some conservatives have falsely branded as critical race theory. A group of Southlake parents has been fighting for more than a year to block new diversity and inclusion programs at Carroll, one of the top-ranked school districts in Texas.
That new law, which eliminates the requirement of teaching “the history of Native Americans,” also eliminates the requirement to teach about the writing of the founding “mothers and other founding persons” except founding fathers. It also eliminates from the curriculum Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” and the “I Have a Dream” speech, along with pages of other important historical documents.
NEW: A school administrator in Southlake, Texas, advised teachers last week that if they have a book about the Holocaust in their classroom, they should also have a book with an “opposing” perspective.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 14, 2021
‘Well Informed Scholar’ Madison Cawthorn Mocked After Calling for Parents to Pull Kids Out of Public Schools
U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn is calling for parents to “start pulling their children out of public schools.” The North Carolina far right Republican who has aligned himself with pro-QAnon and “Sedition Caucus” lawmakers did not specify why, but he himself was homeschooled. Cawthorn nearly flunked out of his first semester of college, exiting the school with a “D” average.
His remarks may be an attempt to tap into the manufactured anger conservatives are expressing– anger ginned up by false reports from right wing media about Attorney General Merrick Garland’s memo which actually calls for “discussions” with state, local, and Tribal leaders on how to respond to the massive spike in threats, racist threats, and death threats against school board officials and educators.
He posted this disinformation tweet several days ago:
Parents who protest CRT and COVID restrictions in school board meetings are NOT domestic terrorists, they’re patriots.
— Madison Cawthorn (@CawthornforNC) October 9, 2021
Cawthorn, who serves on the House Committee on Education and Labor, has been accused in writing of “sexually predatory behavior” by a group of ten of his college classmates. That letter was ultimately signed by 150 students or former students.
Many are expressing anger and mocking the GOP lawmaker:
— Rob Jackson (@muh_thoughts) October 14, 2021
I know I’ve already said this many times, but they are finally saying it outside their online chat groups. It was never really about CRT or masks. It was always about wanting to make sure kids get home schooled with a good, christian, patriotic education. Just like Madison. pic.twitter.com/UvmN6u4tmg
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) October 14, 2021
Aaaand the agenda is laid bare. The end goal is for government to fund private religious schools.
— Valley Kid (@valley_kid1) October 14, 2021
How will that work for two full time working parents? Or single parents? Sounds like you have no clue how most American families live.
— Lass (@Lass30382516) October 14, 2021
Their plan all along.
The start was for-profit charter schools.
— Just Me 🙂 (@HiDadMissYou) October 14, 2021
That’s what they want.
— Max (@PlayDontObserve) October 14, 2021
I’m actually a parent with a child in the public schools. She’s doing fine, thank you.
— Jim Kessler (@ThirdWayKessler) October 14, 2021
Yes, because you are obviously a well informed scholar of educational systems and theories
— Rebecca (@RebeccaNotMsLay) October 14, 2021
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