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Kevin McCarthy mocked for claim GOP is not party of 'nativist dog whistles' after Greene's new 'Anglo-Saxon' caucus

"The nativist call is coming from inside your own caucus, Kevin"

After four years of a Republican President who worked almost daily to spread or lend support to racism, white nationalism, or white supremacism – including having top advisors inside the White House who embraced those ideologies – House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy is having a hard time tamping down the Pandora's Box of hate Donald Trump unleashed.

McCarthy has refused to take a strong stand against the most dangerous members of his caucus, trying to allow the extremist Congressmen and Congresswomen to actively lie, disrupt House business, and spread hate on a daily basis. Because they are raising millions.

In response to Republican white supremacist members of Congress Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Paul Gosar of Arizona announcing they are forming the "America First Caucus," McCarthy tried to stand up to those radicals, as Forbes notes, via tweet.

It did not go well.

The America First Caucus's "platform" says "a certain intellectual boldness is needed amongst members of the AFC to follow in President Trump's footsteps, and potentially step on some toes and sacrifice sacred cows for the good of the American nation."

It's focus? All the current GOP buzzwords, like "Election Fraud," "Sovereignty," "Big Tech," "Immigration," "America First Education," and "The Chinese Communist Party," among others.

One portion that is raising a lot of eyebrows talks not about America's "Judeo-Christian" heritage, which the far right often uses to single out some immigrants, but another term that narrows that opening even further: "America is a nation with a border, and a culture, strengthened by a common respect for uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions."

Late Friday afternoon McCarthy tried to push back.

"America is built on the idea that we are all created equal and success is earned through honest, hard work. It isn't built on identity, race, or religion," he tweeted. "The Republican Party is the party of Lincoln & the party of more opportunity for all Americans—not nativist dog whistles."

The Republican Party, even decades before Donald Trump, has been the party of nativist dog whistles, as many reminded him.

Here's what some are saying.

Jen Psaki had the perfect response to a Newsmax reporter trying to get Biden's UN ambassador fired

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki responded to a reporter from the right wing website Newsmax who asked if President Joe Biden will fire the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield joined the U.S. Foreign Service four decades ago, in 1982. Her extensive resume includes serving as United States Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Director General of the United States Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources, United States Ambassador to Liberia, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, among others.

She was confirmed for her current post by a highly partisan U.S. Senate in a strongly bipartisan 78–20 vote.

Newsmax White House Correspondent Emerald Robinson suggested President Joe Biden should bow down to any criticism or attacks from China, telling Psaki that Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield "essentially said that white supremacy is woven into our founding documents and principles."

"This statement," Robinson claimed, "is getting widely criticized as essentially parroting Chinese Communist Party talking points. So is the President going to remove her from her position as the representative before that body to promote United States values?"

Psaki, calmly, told her no.

"Is the President going to remove an African American woman with decades of experience in the Foreign Service who is widely respected around the world from her position as Ambassador to the UN? He is not," Psaki replied. "He is proud to have her in that position. She is not only qualified, he believes she is exactly the right person in that role at this moment in time. I have not seen her comments, I will say that there's no question that there has been a history of institutional racism in this country, and that doesn't require the UN ambassador to confirm that."

Robinson, apparently trying to shape U.S. foreign policy from the press briefing room, complained thast Ambassador Robinson's remarks are "essentially the same lecture though that the Chinese delegation gave Secretary Blinken in Alaska last month. So does the President think our founding documents are racist?"

Undeterred, Psaki again responded, saying: "I would say that, I will, I will leave my comments to speak for themselves, and certainly I think most people recognize the history of systemic racism in our country, and she was speaking to that."

As most Americans known, the founding documents are inherently racist, including but hardly limited to allowing slavery and counting slaves as only three-fifths of a person.

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Protesters destroy memorial for Daunte Wright: 'we could have done worse'

At least four people destroyed a Los Angeles makeshift memorial for Daunte Wright, the 20-year old Black man fatally shot by a white police officer, Kim Potter, in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.

This appears to be the memorial, part of a vigil, before it was destroyed.

In a series of videos posted online the perpetrators, at least one masked, can be seen removing signs, grabbing flowers, and blowing out candles.

A woman off camera confronts them, and is told, "We could have done worse."

By the time the incident is over, there is broken glass all over the sidewalk and the area is in shambles.

The identities of the people who destroyed the memorial, or any affiliation they may have, have not been confirmed.

Watch: Eyewitness describes 'hooded figure' with 'an AR' at Indianapolis FedEx mass shooting

A FedEx worker who is an eyewitness to <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/04/16/us/indianapolis-fedex-shooting" target="_blank" rel="noopener">the overnight mass shooting in Indianapolis</a> says he saw a "hooded figure" who had an "AR" style rifle, shouting. Levi Miller says he heard two shots, then three, then six "rapidly," then ten. The gunman shot and killed eight people, and injured at least five others who were hospitalized. He later killed himself, according to multiple reports.
"It was 11:00 at night when this incident happened," Miller told NBC's "Today" show. "It was very dark. I was eating some food with my friends and another friend of ours and this is when we heard two gunshots from inside the building."
The shooter was firing "in random directions," Miller said.
He also said another man went to his vehicle and "pulled out a gun from his trunk to try and engage the shooter, and he died because of it."
"One of my co-workers told me this is a well-known worker at this facility," Miller says of the shooter. "It was someone who definitely worked at this building before."
Asked if he had any indication of the shooter's motive, Miller said, "From what I can see as rumors, I don't know if it's true, but the man was specifically targeting our head manager, and our manager was not here that day at all."
According to the <a href="https://www.gunviolencearchive.org" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Gun Violence Archive</a>, there have been 147 mass shootings this year, including this one, in the first 105 days of the year. 12, 401 people have died by guns this year. Another 9744 have been injured. 87 children 11 years old or younger have been killed and 312 teens aged 12 to 17 have also been killed by guns.
There were four mass shooting on Thursday alone.<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">"I saw a man, a hooded figured … the man did have an AR in his hand, and he starting shouting and then he started firing."
Levi Miller, who works at the FedEx building where a gunman killed at least eight people before taking his own life, tells us about what he experienced. <a href="https://t.co/67uLyasWAJ">pic.twitter.com/67uLyasWAJ</a></p>— TODAY (@TODAYshow) <a href="https://twitter.com/TODAYshow/status/1383016435874725889?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 16, 2021</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">BREAKING: Another mass shooting—this time at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis. Eight people are dead & several others injured. Police say the shooter took his own life. FedEx has released a statement.
Stay with <a href="https://twitter.com/7News?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@7News</a> with developments <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/7news?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#7news</a> <a href="https://t.co/q0qKrvIdfx">pic.twitter.com/q0qKrvIdfx</a></p>— Amaka Ubaka (@AmakaUbakaTV) <a href="https://twitter.com/AmakaUbakaTV/status/1383002108807540736?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 16, 2021</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
 

​Florida pushes ban on trans girls in sports — including a disturbing 'reproductive anatomy' exam provision​

Florida House Republicans have passed legislation that bans transgender girls from participating in girl's sports, and allows anyone to dispute a student's gender, which would legally result in an examination of "student's reproductive anatomy."

HB 1475, the "Fairness in Women's Sports Act," passed along party lines in a 70-44 vote, Law & Crime reports.

"Athletic teams or sports designated for females, women, or girls may not be open to students of the male sex," the legislation reads. The intent is to ban transgender girls or women on the "basis of students' biological sex."

The bill also says that if there is any "dispute" about a student athletes' "biological sex," it "shall be resolved by the student's school or institution by requesting that the student provide a health examination and consent form or other statement signed by the student's personal health care provider which must verify the student's biological sex."

"The health care provider may verify the student's biological sex as part of a routine sports physical examination by relying only on one or more of the following: The student's reproductive anatomy; The student's genetic makeup; or The student's normal endogenously produced testosterone levels."

The legislation does not define "dispute," who gets to file a dispute, or by what method a dispute should be filed or with what entity, or who has to pay for the exam. It leaves all that up to the State Board of Education.

In theory, a student who didn't make the team and were to blame anyone who did could file a dispute and force that student athlete to have a genital examination.

House Republicans killed 18 proposed amendments, including one that would have removed the section providing for examination of a student's reproductive anatomy.

The legislation, sponsored by Republican Rep. Kaylee Tuck must now go to the Senate, which also has a 24-16 GOP majority. If it passes, 2024 Republican presidential hopeful, Governor Ron DeSantis, would have to sign it into law.

Twitter suspends right-wing activist James O’Keefe

James O'Keefe, the activist best known for producing and promoting selectively edited, deceptive videos used to advance a far right wing agenda, appears to have been suspended from Twitter, and that suspension appears to be permanent.

On his verified Instagram account O'Keefe posted a screenshot of the suspension:

The Daily Beast's Justin Baragona suggests Twitter suspended him for operating fake accounts. He reports Twitter says the suspension is permanent.

O'Keefe is also suing CNN.

"Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe announced on Tuesday's 'Hannity' that he plans to sue CNN for defamation," Fox News reports.

O'Keefe's new website, exposecnn.com, requires an email address to access and currently claims: "Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube are all suppressing the distribution of our new undercover recordings."

In September of 2020 The New York Times reported that a "deceptive video released on Sunday by the conservative activist James O'Keefe, which claimed through unidentified sources and with no verifiable evidence that Representative Ilhan Omar's campaign had collected ballots illegally, was probably part of a coordinated disinformation effort, according to researchers at Stanford University and the University of Washington."

'Stop this onslaught': Pat Robertson comes out with a surprising rebuke of police killings and abuse

Conservative televangelist Pat Robertson is speaking out against the "onslaught" of police officers killing unarmed Black men, including Sunday's fatal shooting of 20-year old Daunte Wright by officer Kim Potter and last year's killing of George Floyd by Derek Chauvin.

"She shot that poor guy to death," said Robertson, who is considered a far right wing conservative who toes the partisan line, in a surprising segment Thursday on his "700 Club" show. He was speaking of former Brooklyn Center, Minnesota police officer Kim Potter, who allegedly thought she had pulled out her taser, but instead was holding her handgun when she pulled the trigger shooting a single bullet into Daunte Wright's chest. He died minutes later.

"You can feel the difference. There's just no comparison," Robertson said as he weighed both a handgun and a taser in his hands. "If you can't tell the difference in the field it's crazy."

"She deserves – " Robertson said, apparently about to criticize Potter, before stopping himself.

"You know, I am pro-police folks, I think we need the police, we need their service, and they do a good job," Robertson declared. "But if they don't stop this onslaught, they cannot do this."

"You know, the police in Virginia picked up a, a lieutenant in the Army, and began to give him trouble and our state police are highly trained, but why they didn't stop this," he said, referring to police who conducted a reportedly illegal traffic stop and then pepper-sprayed Second Lt. Caron Nazario, an Army medic.

"And this thing is going on in Minnesota," Robertson continued, referring to former police officer Derek Chauvin, currently on trial fo killing George Floyd by putting his knee on Floyd's neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds.

"They ought to put him under the jail," Robertson said of Derek Chauvin, who he mentioned by name. "It's caused so much trouble, by kneeling on – the death of George Floyd – on his neck. It's just terrible, what's happening, and the police, why don't they open their eyes to what the public relations are, they've got to stop this."

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'Fascist traitor' Josh Hawley blasted for posing with troops protecting Capitol: 'You are the Reason they have to be there'

U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO), one of the leaders of the violent January 6 insurrection, is under fire after posing with members of his home state's National Guard protecting the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

The infamous photo of Sen. Hawley standing in front of the U.S. Capitol, his arm raised in defiance of the U.S. Constitution, summoning insurrectionists attempting a coup while he and his fellow traitors were conspiring to overturn a free and fair election, has become emblematic of the attack not only on the Capitol, but on democracy itself.

Vanity Fair on Monday reported "not every lawmaker is haunted by the insurrection. Some are faring quite nicely, in fact. Take Josh Hawley: the Missouri Republican, who with Ted Cruz helped lead Donald Trump's effort to overturn his election loss in the Senate, has been on a fundraising tear since the 6th, parlaying his role as an instigator into a cash haul from the MAGA faithful. According to Politico, Hawley took in over $3 million in the first quarter of the year on nearly 60,000 donations—a huge spike compared to this time last cycle, when the freshman senator received just $43,000."

On Wednesday Hawley stood for his hypocritical photo op.


Several social media users noted he's wearing the exact same outfit as the day he led the insurrectionists.


His attempt to whitewash his role was not well-received.















'Tucker Carlson is right' RNC declares in fundraising email after Fox host promotes white supremacy

Fox News host Tucker Carlson has been actively promoting white nationalism and white supremacy on his show seen by 3 to 4 million Americans nightly. Carlson has been telling viewers they are being replaced, by immigrants, and that this is by design – by the Democrats, to get more voters.

It's called the "great replacement" or "replacement theory," and Carlson has been under fire for not only promoting it, but doubling down and insisting it's a core tenet of the Democratic Party, which is false.

"The Democratic Party is trying to replace the current electorate, the voters now casting ballots, with new people—more obedient voters from the third world," Carlson says.

As Media Matters points out, that false claim is now regular programing on Fox News.


And now the RNC is also promoting that white nationalist, white supremacist, and fascistic claim – and fundraising off it.

Right Wing Watch's Peter Montgomery, a senior fellow at People For the American Way, posted screenshots of a recent RNC email that asks: "Do you watch Tucker Carlson? He's absolutely right."


"The radical left's desire to try and cancel anything they don't like is DANGEROUS," the email begins. "Nothing will stop them from trying to force their twisted ideas on the American People."

"If we lose this battle, America is lost."

The email never specifies what the left is supposedly trying to "cancel," what those "twisted ideas" are, or what "battle" they claim the RNC is fighting, but they definitely want your money.


Dartmouth political science professor and New York Times contributor Brendan Nyhan weighs in:


Willamette University history professor Seth Cotlar provides more screenshots and says, "Just in case you thought there might be daylight between Tucker's white nationalist hour of power and the GOP's fundraising messaging."


Powerful anti-LGBTQ GOP congressman calling it quits after a quarter century

U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, a member of Congress since 1997, will be retiring at the end of his term next year. The 66-year old powerful Texas Republican will have served a quarter-century in the House, after serving in his state legislature for six years.

Brady, whose active Twitter feed is daily filled with partisan falsehoods echoing the latest GOP talking points, chaired the Ways and Means Committee for four years until 2019. He is now its Ranking Member.

Brady, a hard-core conservative, has voted against LGBTQ people at every turn.

"I am for equal rights, not special rights," he said in 2019 about the LGBTQ Equality Act, claiming it would "create greater inequality, undermine the fundamental rights and religious liberty of Texans, and penalize individuals for their personal views."

Responding to the Supreme Court's landmark 2015 marriage ruling Congressman Brady said his "strong, sincerely-held belief is that marriage is a union between one man and one woman. The Supreme Court should have upheld the 10th Amendment of the Constitution, and left this principled issue to the voters and their elected representatives in each state."

Brady has voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, against prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation, and voted to constitutionally define marriage as only between one man and one woman.

Last year Brady said he was "honored" to accept an award fron the anti-LGBTQ hate group Family Research Council:

The Texas Tribune in announcing Brady's retirement calls his district a "potent Republican stronghold," and says it would be "difficult…to see any scenario in which this seat becomes competitive territory for Democrats."

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