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Watch: Merrick Garland breaks into laughter at a Republican senator's question

Attorney General Merrick Garland laughed at a Republican senator's question during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA), like every other GOP senator before him, used his allotted time to pepper Garland with questions about an Oct. 4 memo directing the Department of Justice to investigate threats against local school board members after a national organization asked President Joe Biden for federal intervention.

"The National School Board Association sent the letter to the White House and the White House promptly called you and said, 'Sic the FBI on parents at school board hearings, and that's what I mean," Kennedy said. "The White House is the prophet here and you're just the vessel, correct?"

Garland insisted he did not coordinate with the White House on the memo, which he said reflected his own views on protecting public officials from violence and threats while protecting parents' rights, but Kennedy pressed on.

Garland laughed out loud before continuing.

"I'm not -- I signed on this memorandum on my own," Garland said. "I said from the very beginning, I've taken this job to protect the Department of Justice and make independent determinations with respect to prosecution, and I will do that."

Merrick Garland bursts into laughter at GOP senator's question

'I want you gone. Dead': Fox News host who told audience to get COVID vaccine gets extreme hate mail

On Oct. 20, Fox News host Neil Cavuto released a statement saying that he had tested positive for COVID-19. Cavuto made it very clear in his statement that his was a breakthrough case, as he had been vaccinated against COVID-19. The fact that an on-air Fox News TV personality was vaccinated against COVID-19 was not news, as the company has some of the strictest COVID-19 vaccination policies in the private business sphere. What was news was that he went one step further and told his audience that the vaccine was a lifesaver because Cavuto himself has underlying health conditions, and credited the vaccine with saving his life.

Writing, "I hope anyone and everyone gets that message loud and clear. Get vaccinated, for yourself and everyone around you. Everyone wins," Cavuto went very hard against the prominent anti-vaxx mythology that because breakthrough COVID-19 cases exist, this means the vaccine is somehow not effective at all. Predictably, Fox News tried very hard to be the single media outlet NOT TO COVER its own host's statement, and when finally acknowledging Cavuto had tested positive, didn't report on his statement at all.

Well, Neil Cavuto has heard back from Fox News viewers and it turns out they heard about his statement—and would have preferred that he die rather than promote the vaccine.

On Monday, Cavuto appeared on a segment with one of the other dark-haired, more somber-looking, likely less popular Fox News host's shows. Once again he made a plea to viewers to set aside their partisan politics and do the right thing in the name of public health. Saying he understood that people had strong feelings about being mandated to do anything, Cavuto implored the Fox News audience to think of all the people like Neil Cavuto, who are immunocompromised (Cavuto has been very public about his decades-old multiple sclerosis diagnosis). He rightfully pointed out that while he is open about his medical conditions at his workplace, there are many people who you work around that have conditions that you are likely not aware of, and getting vaccinated can help protect them as well as you and your family.

Cavuto returned to his show on Tuesday, though he broadcasted remotely from his home, and before launching into attacking the infrastructure bill for being a "tax and spending" bill, he brought on someone to go over the reactions he's received via email for his statement on public health. Those reactions were … not shocking at all.

An important reminder here: The Fox News audience has been told in no uncertain terms that besides being "experimental" the vaccine might be poison, and might symbolize some New World Order communist plot to feed your grandchildren to Muslims that live in Jewish globalist cages inside of China and want to replace white people with atheists who believe in a Black Jesus.

One viewer who went by the name "TJ" wrote: "It's clear you've lost some weight with all this stuff. Good for you. But I'm not happy with less of you. I want 'none' of you. I want you gone. Dead. Caput. Fini. Get it? Now, take your two-bit advice, deep-six it, and you!"

A fellow named Vince Langman wrote: [sic]

Hey guys I bought a new car after being told it was the best
Then it blew up after I left the car lot
So now I'm begging everyone to please buy the same car
Sorry I'm just pretending to be Neil Cavuto

It's sort of reads like the world's worst attempt at a joke, an opinion, and a haiku, maybe? Then someone going by the moniker "Ignis, Aspiring to Aspire," wrote that:

Cavuto is the Tigger of talking heads: a head full of fluff, just not cool like Tigger.

Besides that not being the defining characteristic of Tigger, it is hard to honestly understand how this Fox News slam was supposed to work. Finally, SoylentGreenIsPeople writes that "When the asses gather, they call Cavuto boss..."

Ummm. Okaaaaaaaaaaay?

Well, in Cavuto's case, he and his colleagues have worked very hard to cultivate this warped angry reality-television viewership. So in one way, they've earned it.

Cavuto fans have an interesting way of showing support

Lawyer who sued Chevron is ordered to prison — even after Amnesty International sounded alarm

The environmental and human rights lawyer Steven Donziger joins us just before he is ordered to report to jail today, after a years-long legal battle with the oil company Chevron and 813 days of house arrest. In 2011, Donziger won an $18 billion settlement against Chevron on behalf of 30,000 Indigenous people in Ecuador for dumping 16 billion gallons of oil into their ancestral land in the Amazon. Since the landmark case, Donziger has faced a series of legal attacks from Chevron and a New York federal judge, who has employed a private law firm linked to the oil company to prosecute him. Earlier this month, he was sentenced to six months in prison for contempt of court, and his request for bail pending his appeal was denied. Amnesty International and United Nations human rights advocates, along with several U.S. lawmakers, are calling for Donziger's immediate release. "Chevron and these two judges, really allies of the fossil fuel industry, are trying to use me as a weapon to intimidate activists and lawyers who do this work," says Donziger. "I need to be prosecuted by a neutral prosecutor, not by Chevron."

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.

AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!,, The War and Peace Report. I'm Amy Goodman.

The environmental human rights lawyer Steven Donziger is reporting to jail today, after a federal appellate court rejected his request for bail pending his appeal. Earlier this month, Steve Donziger was sentenced to six months in prison for contempt of court — a misdemeanor. Donziger has already spent over two years under house arrest after being targeted by the oil giant Chevron.

The case stems from Steve's role in suing Chevron on behalf of 30,000 Amazonian Indigenous people for dumping 16 billion gallons of oil into their ancestral land in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Ten years ago, Ecuador's Supreme Court ordered Chevron to pay $18 billion. The landmark ruling was seen as a major victory for the environment and corporate accountability. But Chevron refused to pay or clean up the land. Instead, it launched a legal attack targeting Donziger.

In July, a federal judge found him guilty of six counts of criminal contempt of court, after he refused to turn over his computer and cellphone. In an unusual legal twist, the judge appointed a private law firm with ties to Chevron to prosecute Donziger after federal prosecutors declined to bring charges.

Amnesty International recently called for his immediate release, saying he was being arbitrarily detained. The U.N.'s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has also called for his release.

Well, as he prepares to report to prison later today, Steve Donziger is joining us from his home in New York where he's been under house arrest for 813 days. Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., there will be a major news conference held today outside the Capitol.

Steve Donziger, welcome back to Democracy Now! Where are you heading to prison today? We're talking about a misdemeanor. You've already been under house arrest for nearly a thousand days.

STEVEN DONZIGER: It's just extraordinary, Amy. Thank you for the introduction. I mean, it pretty much captured it. What I'll say is I have to report to prison by 4:48 p.m. today, which is in itself highly unusual. I don't believe I'm guilty. No lawyer has ever spent more than 90 days in home confinement — maximum sentence ever given to a lawyer convicted of my charge, which is misdemeanor contempt. I've already spent over eight times that at home. And on top of that, Judge Preska is trying to put me in prison for six months. And, you know, another unusual feature is she's making me report within 24 hours after this latest court ruling that came down yesterday, rather than allowing me time to report, you know, in a normal course to a prison. So, there's so much about this that doesn't —

AMY GOODMAN: And which prison are you going to be held at?

STEVEN DONZIGER: I don't know yet. You know, by forcing me in so quickly, Judge Preska, I believe, is trying to force me into a local federal jail, that I think is very unsafe. I mean, I have no security risk at all. I've never been convicted. It's the lowest-level offense. So, normally, I would go to federal prison camp. And, you know, we need time for the Bureau of Prisons to designate me to an appropriate facility. Instead, she's trying to force me very quickly, I think, into a local jail, which concerns me greatly, frankly. And I think that's one reason why Amnesty International put out an urgent action bulletin two days ago for people to write to the attorney general, Garland, to just stop this case.

I mean, the other crazy thing about this that is so disturbing, Amy, is that I was not prosecuted by the U.S. government. I was prosecuted by a private law firm, Seward & Kissel, appointed by a federal judge after the U.S. government declined to prosecute me. And the judge never disclosed that the law firm had Chevron as a client. So, essentially, I'm being prosecuted by a Chevron law firm, a partner in a Chevron law firm, a private law firm, who deprived me of my liberty. I'm the only person ever charged with this offense held pretrial, at home or in prison — never happened before for even a day. It's over 800 days. So, you know, this is the first corporate prosecution in U.S. history. I have never seen a case like this, nor have other legal experts that work with me. And, you know, we just think, you know, to restore the rule of law as regards Steve Donziger and the people of Ecuador, this case has to be stopped and taken over by the Department of Justice. I mean, they could do what they want with it. I mean, if they went to prosecute me, prosecute me, but I need to be prosecuted by a neutral prosecutor, not by Chevron.

AMY GOODMAN: So, I want to just talk about some of the people who are supposed to be at your news conference in Washington. We just interviewed a climate striker on a hunger strike in Washington, D.C., and we heard from Congressmember Rashida Tlaib. She'll be there at your news conference. Also you have Chuy García, Congressmember Jesús "Chuy" García from Chicago, Congressmember Jim McGovern of Massachusetts, as well as a number of people from Amnesty International, Law Students for Climate Accountability. Talk about the significance — I mean, you have so many supporters at this point at high levels, yet talk about what's at stake, what it is you exposed in Ecuador.

STEVEN DONZIGER: Well, I think the stakes are high, and it goes way beyond me personally. I mean, on a personal level, it hurts. I have a wife and a 15-year-old son, and, you now, we're hurting, OK?

But let's just get real here. What's really happening here is Chevron and these two judges and, really, allies of the fossil fuel industry are trying to use me as a weapon to intimidate activists and lawyers who do this work, who do the frontline work of defending the planet. What's at stake, really, I mean, not only my freedom — what's at stake is the ability to advocate for human rights in our society. I mean, the things I was charged with were — I was a lawyer litigating various court orders, you know, for years, ethically. You know, I'm proud of my work. And this judge just went after me. I'm the only lawyer ever in U.S. history to be charged with criminal contempt of court for challenging a civil discovery order on appeal. That's essentially what happened.

So, you know, I'm calling on judges and people in Congress, like Representative Tlaib and Jim McGovern and Cori Bush and others who stepped up for me, to continue speaking out, to enlist more people. We need people in the Senate. And ultimately, we need the Biden administration. I mean, I heard your previous guest. I mean, the Biden administration is essentially letting a climate change lawyer, me, an environmental justice lawyer, an Indigenous rights lawyer, an Earth defender, a water protector, be locked up on American soil.

And it's getting really embarrassing for our country. You know, it's not every day that Amnesty International issues an urgent action for an American citizen. It's probably the second time in 20 years that this has happened, OK? It's not every day that the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention issues an order that someone in the United States's case is a violation of multiple provisions of international law and shows an appalling degree of lack of impartiality by judges.

You know, so our country needs to deal with this. It really goes to what kind of society we want to live in. And it really relates to the climate issue, because, again, I believe this whole thing is being orchestrated by Chevron, not just for Chevron, but for the entire fossil fuel industry. They don't want people speaking out. They don't want successful litigation to hold them to account for their pollution in ways that will help save the planet. And I think, ultimately, that's what this is about. And people need to pay serious attention to what's happening to me —

AMY GOODMAN: Steven Donziger, you have called the devastation in Ecuador the "Amazon Chernobyl." Explain why. Explain the original lawsuit that resulted in an $18 billion judgment against Chevron.

STEVEN DONZIGER: Basically, Chevron, in the form of Texaco, its predecessor company, went into the Amazon of Ecuador and decided to create an operational system, with literally hundreds of wells, where they deliberately dumped toxic waste into waters — into rivers and streams that Indigenous groups relied on for their drinking water, bathing and fishing, creating a mass industrial poisoning of a 1,500 square mile area. And literally hundreds, if not thousands, of people have died. I've been there over 250 times.

The affected communities went to court, in the court Chevron wanted it, the trial, to happen, in Ecuador. They won the case. Chevron has attacked me, attacked them, for 10 years, with the help of these federal judges.

In the meantime, people are suffering. And, you know, the degree of contamination is appalling. I mean, it is the Amazon Chernobyl. It's the very definition of ecocide, in my opinion. I mean, it's just a deliberate decision, in order to save money, to dump 16 billion gallons of cancer-causing waste onto Indigenous ancestral lands.

And the problem is still there. The case has been going on 28 years. And no matter what happens to me — and I hope I'll be OK, I hope I'll get through this, I expect to get through this — the communities in Ecuador are suffering tremendously, and they need help. And Chevron needs to step up and comply with the rule of law and pay the judgment that it owes to the people of Ecuador.

AMY GOODMAN: Well, I want to thank you so much for being with us. Clearly, the fight against oil extraction in the Amazon continues. A lawsuit was filed just last week. Again, you tweeted yesterday — around breaking news, you tweeted, "After" — just to give people a sense — "After 100 pages of legal briefing, the appellate court today denied my release in 10 words. This is not due process of law. Nor is it justice." In these last 30 seconds, is it definite you will be jailed tonight?

STEVEN DONZIGER: Nothing is ever definite. We are going to make one final attempt to go back to my trial judge and ask for more time so I can get properly designated to an appropriate federal prison. I don't know if she'll grant it. We're going to do that shortly. I am prepared and fully expect to, around 2:00 today, leave my home on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and report to prison, where I will spend the next six months.

AMY GOODMAN: After serving over two years under house arrest for a misdemeanor. Steven Donziger, the environmental lawyer targeted by Chevron after he successfully sued the oil giant for ecological devastation in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

That does it for our show. Democracy Now! currently accepting applications for two positions: director of finance and administration and human resources manager. Apply at I'm Amy Goodman.

Sen. Tom Cotton gets called out for 'blatant effort' to perform for Fox News by attacking Merrick Garland

U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) put on a show for the Fox News cameras Wednesday afternoon, repeatedly calling Attorney General Merrick Garland "shameful" and demanding his resignation.

Retweeting video of the Arkansas Republican's performance, CNN's congressional reporter Manu Raju revealed Cotton had told him and Punchbowl News co-founder Jake Sherman to "Get your popcorn ready."

"This is, judge, this is shameful," declared Cotton, referring to Garland as a judge instead of as the nation's top law enforcement officer.

Attorney General Garland tried to defend himself, telling Cotton "that's wrong" but the performative lawmaker refused to allow him to speak, repeatedly calling him "shameful."

Further disparaging Garland, Cotton said: "Thank God you are not on the Supreme Court," reminding him how Sen. Mitch McConnell blocked him from even having a hearing after then-President Barack Obama nominated him to the nation's highest court.

Then, pointing at Garland, Cotton continued his attack, saying, "You should resign in disgrace."

Cotton wasn't apparently interested in anything Garland had to say, departing as soon as he finished his performance:

Public Notice founder Aaron Rupar notes Cotton succeeded in immediately getting on Fox News:

Merrick Garland knocks down GOP conspiracy theories one after another in Senate hearing

Attorney General Merrick Garland knocked down one right-wing conspiracy theory after another as Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) questioned him during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

The Iowa Republican pressed the attorney general to explain a memo issued earlier this month explaining how the Justice Department would work with state and local authorities to investigate violent threats against school board officials, which Grassley compared to "something that will come out of some communist country."

"The memo is only about violence and threats of violence," Garland said. "It makes absolutely clear in the first paragraph that spirited debate about policy matters is protecting under our Constitution. That includes debate by parents criticizing the school board. That is welcome, the Justice Department protects that kind of debate. The only thing we're concerned about, senator, is violence and threats of violence against school officials, school teachers, school staff, just like we're concerned about those kind of threats against senators, members of Congress, election officials, in all of those circumstances we are trying to prevent the violence that sometimes occurs after threats."

Garland explained that the FBI assessed reports of threats or violence against school board members, weighted against First Amendment protections, and made referrals where appropriate to state or local authorities, but he didn't know anything about Grassley's claims about school officials assessing the private data of parents who oppose the teaching of so-called critical race theory.

"I don't know about that," Garland said. "But the Justice Department certainly does not believe in anybody's personal information should be accessed in that way. If there is a federal offense involved or state or local offense involved, then, of course, those should be reported."

Ron DeSantis is openly recruiting anti-vaxxer cops — even though he ‘furiously’ denies it: report

During a recent interview with Fox News/Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo, far-right Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis indicated that he would welcome anti-vaxxer police in the Sunshine State — although he is now denying that he ever said that. Never Trump conservative Charlie Sykes, this week in his column for The Bulwark, examines what DeSantis had to say and shows why his words were damning.

"Over the weekend," Sykes explains, "Florida's Ron DeSantis suggested that his state would offer $5000 signing bonuses to out-of-state cops who left their jobs because they had defied vaccine mandates. Now, DeSantis is furiously insisting that he did no such thing."

After drawing criticism for his comments during the Bartiromo interview, Sykes notes, DeSantis walked them back and insisted, "It's for officers, period. It has nothing to do with their vaccination status."

But Sykes offers, with his column, a transcript of that interview, noting that DeSantis "talks about the bonuses quite clearly in the context of the vaccine mandates."

During the interview on "Sunday Morning Futures," Bartiromo asked DeSantis to weigh in on Chicago police officers who are "off the streets" after "defying the vaccine" in their city. DeSantis clearly believed that the anti-vaxxer police in Chicago were being treated unfairly, telling Bartiromo, "I can tell you, Maria, in Florida, not only are we going to want to protect the law enforcement and all the jobs. We're actually actively working to recruit out-of-state law enforcement, because we do have needs in our police and our sheriff's departments. So, in the next legislative session, I'm going to hopefully sign legislation that gives a $5000 bonus to any out-of-state law enforcement that relocates to Florida. So, NYPD, Minneapolis, Seattle, if you're not being treated well, we will treat you better here. You can fill important needs for us, and we'll compensate you as a result."

Sykes observes that DeSantis has had a "tortured balancing act on the vaccine issue," pandering to anti-vaxxers while insisting that he isn't against vaccines.

"Given the state of the GOP today," Sykes laments, "it may even be enough to propel him to the White House."

New video of pro-Trump lawyer is 'completely damning': legal expert

Conservative Claremont Institute lawyer John Eastman made an "incredibly damning" admission in a new video, a former federal prosecutor explained on CNN on Wednesday.

"The House select committee investigating the U.S. Capitol insurrection expected to hand down another subpoena today, this time for John Eastman, a conservative lawyer who worked with former President Trump's legal team," CNN's Erica Hill reported.

"The committee says Eastman tried to convince then Vice President Pence that he could overturn — overturn — the election results which, of course, Pence could not, legally, and ultimately decided not to do," CNN's Jim Scuitto said. "But now, in a conversation, caught-on-camera by a Democratic activist posing as a Trump supporter, Eastman admits — admits — on tape that was indeed the plan."

For analysis, the co-hosts interviewed CNN senior legal analyst Elie Honig.

"Eastman, after the memo that he drafted describing exactly this plan as to how the president could overturn the election, he then did an interview with the National Review online saying that's never intended to do that," Scuitto said. "Here you have him on tape saying that's exactly what we intended to do, in effect, and the only reason Pence stood in the way is he is, in Eastman's terms, 'an establishment guy.' You're a lawyer, how damning is this video for both for the investigation or any other investigation into the 2020 election?"

"Well, it is completely damning for John Eastman, Jim," Honig replied.

"Let's step back and remember who John Eastman is," he continued. "He's this lawyer who Trump discovers when he's in the process of trying to steal the election. Eastman starts telling Trump these really lunatic 'legal theories' — I put 'legal theories' in scare quotes here — on which Mike Pence can reject the electoral count."

"This tape really brings us back to reality, which is Eastman meant what he said in the memo, he was right there with Trump, trying to lead him down this very dangerous path," he concluded.


Elie Honig

Mississippi governor boasts about state’s 'roaring' economy as COVID continues to rage

As Mississippi continues to grapple with the effects of COVID-19 and its aftermath, Gov. Tate Reeves (R) appears to be more focused on the state's "roaring" economy. The Republican governor recently took to Twitter with a clip from his interview and a caption boasting about Mississippi's economy as he vowed to rail against COVID-related federal mandates.

"MS' economy is roaring because we've refused to let fear & pressure dominate our COVID response," Reeves tweet. "We'll fight unlawful federal mandates, & protect lives & livelihoods - like we've done since day 1. Good to be w/ [Ingraham Angle] to discuss how real America is getting back to normal."

Appearing on Fox News with host Laura Ingraham, Reeves discussed the importance of protecting residents' "livelihood."

"It's been a challenging time across the country, but the reality is we've done it right because we've focused not only on saving lives but also on protecting livelihoods," Reeves said from in Oxford, Miss., which he considers "real America."

Reeves went on to suggest that other states might be viewing his state and other red states as a model. "We're seeing people around the country looking at Mississippi and other red states because we've been open for business. We have a business-friendly environment, we have a great place to come visit," the governor said.

While Reeves continues to focus on the state's economy, COVID is wreaking havoc on the state. Despite his pushback against federal mandates, some officials in his state are going a different way. According to the Clarion-Ledger, the Mississippi college board voted 9-3 to require COVID vaccinations for all public university staff members, statewide.

Per the publication:

"Board President J. Walt Starr, along with Vice President Tom Duff, Ormella Cummings, Steven Cunningham, Bruce Matron, Alfred McNair Jr., Chip Morgan, Gee Ogletree, and Hal Parker voted for the new guidelines. Trustees Teresa Hubbard, Jeanne Carter Luckey, and Gregory Rader voted no."

The board's vote comes as institutions across the country are embracing President Joe Biden's executive order making the vaccine a requirement for federal workers. The Clarion-Ledger notes, "New guidance issued by the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force on Sept. 24 extended that requirement to federal contractors and subcontractors. Public universities with federal contracts also fall under the requirement."

A British radio host hoped to humiliate a climate change activist — and ended up humiliating himself

In the U.K., the group Insulate Britain has been trying to draw attention to the climate change crisis by blocking roads during its protests — a move that inspired U.K. Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps to seek an injunction banning the group from England's "entire strategic road network." British radio host Mike Graham hoped to humiliate Insulate spokesman Cameron Ford when he featured him as a guest on his show on Tuesday, October 26, but the only one Ford ended up humiliating was himself.

The tension between the two was obvious when Graham, in a condescending tone, asked Ford, "What are you glued to, Cameron?" — and Ford, sounding equally condescending, responded, "Just your screen, unfortunately."

It went downhill from there. When Graham asked Ford what he did for a living, the climate activist replied that he was a carpenter. Graham obviously thought he had found a way to humiliate Ford, saying, "A carpenter — how safe is that for the climate?" And Ford explained, "Well, I work with timber, which is a much more sustainable material rather than concrete."

Graham asked Ford, "You work with trees that have been cut down…. How is it sustainable if you're killing trees?" — to which Ford responded, "Because it's regenerative: You can grow trees…. You can't grow concrete." And Graham replied, "You can" before ending the segment and saying, "Cheerio! That was Cameron. He grows trees, cuts them down, and then makes things from them. I don't think I ever want to talk to any of those people."

Here are some of the tweets mocking Graham for saying that one can grow concrete:

Watch: Kyrsten Sinema comes under fire for ignoring a constituent and apologizing to a GOP senator

U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), accused of blocking President Joe Biden's agenda on climate change, infrastructure, and the social safety net, is being accused of being more comfortable talking to her Republican colleagues than to her own constituents.

In a video that's gone viral on social media, garnering over 1.5 million views in under 24 hours, the former Green Party candidate turned conservative lawmaker can be seen walking with hard core conservative U.S. Senator Tim Scott, Republican of South Carolina, through an airport.

While Senator Scott is rumored to have White House ambitions, Senator Sinema may want to be concerned about holding on to her current job.

Earlier this month The Guardian describes her, along with fellow Biden agenda blocker Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), as "DINOs," Democrats in Name Only. It also reports that in Arizona, "Democrats have become weary of Sinema. The state's Democratic party passed a motion pledging a no-confidence vote if she votes against the bill, while some members are plotting a primary challenge."

Closer to home, Elvia Díaz in an opinion piece at the Arizona Republic writes, "Arizona Democrats have a few good choices to primary Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, who keeps drawing the ire of her constituents."

Sen. Sinema did just that on Monday, ignoring a self-identified constituent as she walked with Senator Scott.

The unidentified woman in a video posted by People's Watch questions Sinema about "the package," the Biden Build Back Better bills. At one point Sinema accuses the woman of touching her: "Don't touch me," to which the woman replies she did not.

"How many times have you met with constituents in negotiations?" the woman asks. "Why won't you meet with my family, your constituents?"

Sinema ignores the questions but tells Sen. Scott, "I'm sorry about this."

Many are expressing upset over Sinema ignoring her constituent:

‘When do we get to use the guns?’: A right-winger's question shows how the GOP is spiraling out of control

When Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk spoke at a far-right event in Boise, Idaho, this week, he took questions from people in the audience — including a man who made it clear that he was ready to resort to violence over lies about the 2020 election. Media Matters highlighted the clip on its website.

Echoing MAGA Republicans' false and debunked claims of voter fraud, and hinting at animosity toward vaccine mandates, the man told Kirk, "At this point, we're living under corporate and medical fascism. This is tyranny. When do we get to use the guns? No, and I'm not — that's not a joke. I'm not saying it like that. I mean, literally, where's the line? How many elections are they going to steal before we kill these people?"

Kirk responded, "I'm going to denounce that," but he nonetheless used the man's remarks as an opportunity to bash liberals and progressives, offer some inflammatory rhetoric of his own and claim that progressives were provoking the man's anger.

"They are trying to provoke you and everyone here," Kirk told the audience member. "They are trying to make you do something that will be violent that will justify a takeover of your freedoms and liberties, the likes of which we have never seen."

Kirk went on to say, "To answer your question — and I just think it's, you know, overly blunt — we have to be the ones that do not play into the violent aims and ambitions of the other side. They fear — let me say this very clearly — they fear us holding the line with self-control and discipline, taking over school board meetings. They are the ones that are willing to use federal force against us…. If you think that you know Waco is bad, wait until you see what they want to do next."

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