Brenley Goertzen

Republican intern quits in protest after his congressman boss's inflammatory Holocaust comments

Kentucky Republican Rep. Thomas Massie was criticized for tweeting a meme showing an image of a person's wrist tattooed with a concentration camp identification number as a way to oppose coronavirus vaccine mandates.

The tweet was later removed by Twitter or deleted by Massie himself, but screenshots were widely shared by users on Twitter.

An intern in Massie's office later quit, stating on Twitter that the offensive tweet was a red line.

The tweet seems to follow comments made by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a conspiracy theorist and fierce QAnon supporter, who has previously equated COVID-19 safety measures, like mask mandates, to the treatment of Jews during the Holocaust.

Although Greene later apologized, her remarks led to condemnation across the political spectrum, which included members of her own party. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy openly rejected the Georgia Republican's "appalling" rhetoric in May.

Many further condemned Massie on Twitter:

Rachel Maddow sounds the alarm on Mississippi

On her Wednesday night MSNBC program Rachel Maddow said that "it's not just bad news, it's national news" that health officials in Mississippi are reporting the state hospital system is on the brink of failure.

With hospitals running out of room, pushing the University of Mississippi Medical Center to expand its bed capacity by repurposing its parking garage, officials, including Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs Dr. Alan Jones, held a "pull the fire alarm" news conference Wednesday.

"If we continue the trajectory we're on, within the next five to seven to ten days, I think we're going to see failure of the hospital system in Mississippi," said Jones said at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, the flagship hospital in the state.

"Hospitals are full from Memphis to Gulfport, Natchez to Meridian. Everything is full," he continued.

Jones went on to express his fear of turning away not just Covid-19 patients, but also patients requiring time-sensitive medical attention, such as heart attacks and strokes. "That is our nightmare," he finished.

Mississippi's Gov. Tate Reeves, a Republican, has publicly downplayed the coronavirus crisis in his state.

"This is not what they are warning might happen. This is today," said Maddow. "This is what's happening right now."

"The state of Mississippi is in trouble," she finished.

Historians hold Trump in the lowest regard of any president since Reconstruction: survey

Former President Donald Trump was ranked near the bottom of a new list by historians surveyed on who they believe the best U.S. presidents are, and received the lowest leadership grades of any commander-in-chief over the past 150 years.

It was Trump's first appearance on C-SPAN's Historians Survey of Presidential Leadership, with the one-term president ranked 41st out of America's 45 former executives.

Rated by a group of over 140 historians, the survey ranks former U.S. presidents on 10 different leadership qualities, such as "public persuasion," "international relations" and "crisis leadership." Since 2000, C-SPAN has taken the survey after every change in White House administration.

On Wednesday, C-SPAN tweeted that the 2021 survey saw a 50 percent increase in the number of historians participating, and a big jump in the diversity of respondents — as defined by demographic information such as race, gender, age and philosophy.

The results of this year's survey indicate the divergence between Trump's standing among academics and how his followers have viewed his presidency — historians hold him in the lowest regard of any president since Reconstruction, yet he continues to hold an iron grip on leadership of the GOP and remains a frontrunner for the 2024 Republican Party presidential nomination.

He is also the only president ever to be impeached twice by the House of Representatives.

The historians rated Trump as the worst president in history on two of 10 leadership qualities: "moral authority" and "administrative skills." His strongest grade is for "public persuasion," in which he was ranked No. 32.

Barack Obama, meanwhile, rose into the top 10, climbing from No. 12 in C-Span's 2017 survey.

In individual leadership categories, Obama was ranked in the top 10 overall for "moral authority" and "economic management," and ranked third in history for "pursued equal justice for all," behind only Lincoln and Johnson.

Other modern presidents with notable standings include Ronald Reagan, who ranked No. 9; Bill Clinton at No. 19; George H.W. Bush at No. 21 and George W. Bush at No. 29.

The only president forced to resign, Richard Nixon, is rated No. 31— ten spots above Trump.


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