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Kevin McCarthy mocked for saying he 'embraces free thought' as Liz Cheney is punished for speaking out

Senator Mitt Romney is the latest Republican to come to the aid of House Republican Caucus Chair Liz Cheney, targeted for expulsion for declaring a simple fact: Donald Trump lost re-election in November.

Romney's warning Monday afternoon comes just after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy scheduled a vote for Wednesday to oust Cheney in a letter to "Friends." McCarthy was mercilessly mocked for claiming he embraces "free thought and debate," as The Washington Post's Dave Weigel notes:

House Republicans at that time are expected to elect Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York to replace Cheney.

ABC News' Ben Siegel notes the far right-wing Club for Growth rates Cheney much more conservative than Stefanik and about on par with Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who is hated by Republicans. But as one House Republican said Sunday, the only thing that matters to the GOP is taking back the House.

Outrage erupts as South Carolina celebrates ‘Confederate Memorial Day’

South Carolina state government offices are closed on Monday to celebrate "Confederate Memorial Day," honoring the 258,000 (or more) Confederate soldiers who died fighting the United States of America during the Civil War.

Many across the nation are stunned the Palmetto State still celebrates treason and white supremacy.

But South Carolina is not alone.

Ten states across the country from January to June observe, honor, and celebrate the holiday or similar ones, like Confederate Heroes Day and Confederate Decoration Day. They are: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Tennessee.

This 2018 video from South Carolina newspaper The State shows how some feel about the "holiday."

MAGA students’ attacks on LGBTQ unity week met with civil rights complaint filed with Dept. of Education

A group of high school Democrats in South Dakota have filed an official complaint with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Dept. of Education claiming their annual Unity Week events are under a "coordinated" attack by pro-Trump MAGA supporting students, and the school administration has refused to do anything to stop the bullying and targeted harassment.

South Dakota High School Democrats, representing students at Aberdeen Central High School, charge there is a "coordinated effort by certain students to target, harass, and bully those students celebrating the week." In their complaint they also say "racist and homophobic slurs are openly spouted" at students, and there are images of these being spread on social media.

"They actively seek to target and harass the students while bringing their 'religious' and hateful beliefs to the forefront of student life," the letter reads.

"The administration reportedly does 'nothing' in response to these actions," they say, charging that the Aberdeen School District has allowed the "targeted harassment" to "go unrestrained."

According to one student, the complaint reads, "this coordinated harassment campaign happens every year."

NCRM has not verified any of these images below but KELO News reports Friday evening: "Social media posts from Central High School in Aberdeen are getting a lot of attention. The posts include pictures of students who appear to be against a 'Unity Week' the school was hosting."

The social media posts include screenshots from Snapchat with messages against the week. One of the screenshots encourages students to carry a Bible with them around school and to not talk to anyone participating in the dress up days. It goes on to say 'God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve or Eve and Bri and Adam and tractor.'

Another screenshot appears to feature students holding Trump flags with expletive text over the picture that is anti-LGBTQ.

Here is one tweet that appears to represent some of what the complaint alleges:

On TikTok a video describes what LGBTQ and minority students are facing this week. The young woman, who says she is a student at Aberdeen Central High School, says some of the students participating in the unity week's events were told to go kill themselves. Some students were pushed down stairs, and the anti-LGBTQ students "blocked the entrance to the school," while yelling expletives.

"The school board has done nothing about this," she says. "This is absolutely repulsive."


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Aberdeen News adds that the schools superintendent sent parents a letter saying appropriate disciplinary action has been taken, but refusing to say what that is, who the students are. The letter appears to suggest parents should counsel their children but the situation is over.

Based on the students' letter and social media posts it's clear they do not believe it is.

Mississippi secretary of state calls for more Christians to be elected because 'the end times' are here

Mississippi Secretary of State Michael Watson is calling for more Christians to be elected to office "today more than ever before," because "the end times" are here.

Watson made his remarks at a National Day of Prayer event at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson on Thursday, as the Mississippi Free Press reports.

"I believe we need Christian men and women in office today more than ever before. And if you're a believer, if you're a member of the church, you understand the signs of the times right now," Watson said. "In the last few years, no more than ever before in the history of the church, we see the end times."

On Friday Watson appeared to try to clean up his remarks – but only to a degree.

"So enjoyed our National Day of Prayer service at the Coliseum," he wrote on Facebook. "It was a wonderful time of prayer and worship shared by a group reflective of all walks of life here in Mississippi. I was honored to pray for our elected leaders, and trust the Lord will provide more men and women full of Christian character to step up and serve. This world definitely needs more salt and light!"

"Salt and light" is a reference to Jesus' Sermon on the Mount.

Mississippi Free Press senior reporter Ashton Pittman notes that as Secretary of State Watson is the state's top elections official. That should call into question he support for the separation of church and state as well as how he would treat candidates who are not Christian.

The event was attended by other state political leaders, including Republican Governor Tate Reeves. None appeared to voice any concerns over the top elections official clearly favoring Christians over other potential office hopefuls.

Watch: A fake Trump supporter tricks Ted Cruz into bragging about his role in pushing the big lie

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) was caught on camera bragging that he "led the objections" on January 6 to try to overturn a free and fair election. Cruz has been highlighted, along with U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO), as the top leaders who "amplified claims of election fraud" that "resulted in threats of violence against state and local officials around the country," according to an ethics complaint filed by seven Democratic Senators.

Lauren Windsor, who describes herself as an undercover reporter for The Undercurrent and runs a site dedicated to helping victims of Project Veritas, pretended to be a far right wing voter and asked Senator Cruz why he "didn't do more to fight for President Trump on January 6."

Cruz on camera brags that he "led the objections but the Senate voted it down."

"But you could have done more," she tells the Texas Republican. "I mean, we all know that Joe Biden didn't win this election. I know in my heart of hearts that Joe Biden did not win."

Cruz repeats himself, saying "I led the fight," but does not at any time say that President Joe Biden won the election or that he is legitimately the President. Instead he blames the other Senators for him not having "the votes."

Windsor moves on, asking Cruz what he's "going to do to stop Big Tech from silencing conservatives," a fake claim by the right that is proven false daily here. "Big Tech" sites like Facebook ignore their own rules and terms of service and give preferential treatment that "favors low-quality, far-right content" while strangling liberal news sites.

Cruz gets saved by his handler, who tries to move her along. He insists he's "gotta take pictures" but she's not ready to let him go.

"Are you going to stop Facebook and Twitter from canceling conservatives?" she asks.

"I'm leading the fight every day, OK?" Cruz, hand on his heart, replies.


A right-wing reporter gets stumped when Jen Psaki pushes back on her ridiculous and trivial question

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Friday once again elegantly dismantled a reporter's ill-informed, unimportant, and sexist question, urging her to identify who is spreading rumors and for her to share her "data."

Far right wing outlet Newsmax's Emerald Robinson claimed that "given the number of former Obama administration officials that are now in this Biden administration and the President's relatively light schedule, there's a growing perception that this is really just the third term of President Obama."

"What do you say to people who say that?" Robinson asked.

"Who were saying that, who's saying that?" Psaki asked.

Perhaps not expecting to have to support her claim, Robinson seemed unprepared.

"You've heard that a lot of the media, in the media, different people, like, while there was lots of questions about when you had Japanese Prime Minister Suga here, on the one and only so far in-person bilateral head of state meeting, it was Vice President Kamala Harris who greeted the Prime Minister, and many people found that odd," Robinson claimed. "She's already taken independent one-on-one calls with key allies like Prime Minister [Scott] Morrison and [Canadian Prime Minister] Justin Trudeau, so I just want to get your reaction to people who question that."

"Well, it's hard to react when I don't know what people are talking about, I will say that the President met with the Prime Minister, as you know and had a full meeting, a full press conference afterwards, and they even shared a meal," Psaki informed her. "So the President has had dozens of conversations and calls with world leaders and should be no surprise that the Vice President is also playing an important role in engaging with and having discussions with foreign leaders."

"It's more so than other vice presidents have," Robinson, who may not have ever heard of Dick Cheney, claimed.

"How so? I'd love to see the data if you want to send that to me," Psaki urged Robinson, forcing her to support her rumor-mongering and sexist claims.


Shadowy right-wing group one step closer to overturning new LGBTQ civil rights protections in one Arizona city

A group hiding behind a two-page website that lists no actual persons or physical address has submitted enough signatures to get a repeal of Mesa, Arizona's new LGBTQ civil rights protections law onto the ballot for the November 2022 election.

According to news reports no one seems to know who founded United for Mesa, a Political Action Committee created days after the Mesa City Council passed the non-discrimination ordinance. The website lists an email address, phone number, and P.O. Box.

"Give the People a Voice," the website urges, meaning they believe citizens should vote on civil rights, something studies show overwhelmingly ends with the majority voting to deprive the minority of equal rights. It also claims the "Mesa City Council just passed an ordinance WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF MESA RESIDENTS," which is false. In a representative democracy, citizens elect leaders to make these very decisions for them.

Calling the group "below-the-radar, with no official leaders or posted public meetings," the East Valley Tribune reported last month that "Unofficial leaders like Barbara R. Parker rallied like-minded troops via Facebook and other outlets."

"Thank you to every petition signer and gatherer who helped save Mesa!" Parker posted Thursday night.

"Thank the Lord! I have never seen so many people working so hard to get signatures," wrote Paula Smith in a comment to Parker's post. "It's been amazing! I'm so thankful everyone's hard work paid off!"

"Thank you everyone for going the extra distance, so we may all have a voice in such an important decision," added Charmon Puhlmann, a bus driver for Mesa Public Schools.

Political consultant George Khalaf's firm, The Arizona Republic reports, "is leading the referendum effort against the ordinance," but it does not mention what, if any, relationship he has with United for Mesa.

Last year the Arizona Capitol Times reported Khalaf was a political consultant to Republican state Representative Nancy Barto, in an article discussing an anti-transgender bill.

An email to United for Mesa did not receive a response by press time.

Christian outlet reporter gets outraged because Biden didn't include the word 'God' in statement

David Brody, a political analyst for Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), is getting criticized for attacking President Joe Biden's National Day of Prayer Proclamation. Brody, a Trump acolyte, slammed the proclamation because it doesn't include the word "God."

President Biden's proclamation clearly was written to be as inclusive as possible, something he has strived to achieve with nearly everything he does.

"Throughout our history, Americans of many religions and belief systems have turned to prayer for strength, hope, and guidance," Biden a devout Catholic, says in the document. "Prayer has nourished countless souls and powered moral movements — including essential fights against racial injustice, child labor, and infringement on the rights of disabled Americans. Prayer is also a daily practice for many, whether it is to ask for help or strength, or to give thanks over blessings bestowed."

He goes on to talk about the First Amendment protecting "the rights of free speech and religious liberty, including the right of all Americans to pray."

But that wasn't good enough for Brody, a far right-wing Christian, who appeared to believe that the proclamation should honor only Christians.

Former Trump personal attorney Jenna Ellis chimed in, replying to Brody with this slur:

On social media Brody was blasted.

George Conway wonders if Giuliani was dropped 'on his head' and warns he's 'going to go through some things'

Conservative attorney George Conway is warning former Trump personal attorney Rudy Giuliani he may be "going to go through some things."

"The quoted words," he explains in a just-published Washington Post op-ed, "come from the former president's supposedly 'perfect' phone call with Ukraine's president, and described what could happen to the American ambassador there, Marie L. Yovanovitch."

Those "things" Giuliani may go through include "possibly being charged with a crime."

Giuliani's home and office were raided by the feds last week, and Conway says "the investigation marks yet another step in Giuliani's unimaginable fall from grace. The once-respected former federal prosecutor, New York mayor ('America's mayor'!), presidential candidate and possible Cabinet pick, stands reduced to a laughingstock: shirt-tucking star of the 'Borat' sequel, headliner for a news conference at Four Seasons Total Landscaping, and now defendant in a $1.3 billion defamation suit for having claimed that the long-dead Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chávez founded a voting software company that helped steal the presidency from Trump."

He also calls Giuliani a peddler of "nutso election-fraud claims," and says he "had firmly established himself as one of the world's worst lawyers. He's the bumbler who blurted out on national TV that his client, Individual-1, had reimbursed a $130,000 payment made to a porn star, a transaction that triggered a sprawling and ongoing New York grand jury investigation into Trump's overall business affairs."

"All this boggles the mind of anyone who has followed Giuliani's lengthy career. It's as though someone dropped him on his head."

Conway offers some free advice to Giuliani and Trump:

"If Giuliani has anything to offer prosecutors to save himself, it would have to be Trump, the only bigger fish left. And it was arguably criminal for the then-president to have used his official powers to try to coerce foreign officials into aiding his reelection campaign. In fact, Giuliani's admission that he wasn't conducting foreign policy, but merely helping Trump personally, is exactly what would make the scheme prosecutable. The former guy just might want to rethink stiffing Giuliani on those bills."

Read the entire op-ed here.

'Tyranny': Liz Cheney's likely replacement says Twitter suspensions are 'unconstitutional'

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) is the most-likely the next Chair of the House Republican Conference after embattled Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY), who has served in that role for the past two years, is getting pushed out fast.

House Republicans want Cheney out of leadership because she publicly refuted "The Big Lie" and repeatedly stated a simple fact: Donald Trump lost the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden.

It's no secret that Cheney is a hard core conservative, and has been her entire life (remember her very public spats with her sister, a lesbian, over same-sex marriage?) Stefanik, meanwhile, has been tidying-up her far right bona fides. In February she voted against the LGBTQ Equality Act, after having voted for it in 2019.

But speaking that one fact – that Biden won fair and square – is sufficient for the Republican Party to boot a member of Congress (and daughter of a former GOP vice president,) who voted with Trump 92.9% of the time – far more than Stefanik.

Yet Stefanik fits the bill. Despite having a bachelor's from Harvard and despite getting elected in 2014 at the age of 30 – making her the youngest woman ever elected to Congress (Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, also of New York, took that title away from Stefanik by getting elected at age 29) – she is playing the role of ignorant and out-of-control MAGA acolyte, and Republicans are thrilled.

CNN's Daniel Dale has written about Stefanik's election lies, and posted some of them to Twitter.

Stefanik is still playing to the rubes, as she did Thursday morning when she lied that Twitter temporarily suspending her communications director (apparently by mistake, and rectified within hours) is "unconstitutional" and "tyranny."

She was quickly mocked.


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