Posts tagged with "Mitch McConnell"

Lindsey Graham doubles down on Trump’s hatefest against ‘The Squad’

July 16, 2019

In a town that has shown him very little love, President Donald Trump has found Three Stooges who will always step forward in his defense—Attorney General Bill Barr, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Alabama), and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina).

This week, it was Graham who tried to hold White House critics at bay. He appeared on Fox & Friends on Monday morning to champion Trump for attacks he made on Twitter on July 14.

In those posts, the president told a group of Democratic Congresswomen of color, better known as The Squad—Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (New York), Ilhan Omar (Minnesota), Ayanna Pressley (Massachusetts), and Rashida Tlaib (Michigan)—to “go back” to where “they came” from.

“You can’t leave fast enough,” he said.

And, referring to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s caution to the four freshmen legislators last week not to bash moderate House members, Trump noted, “I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!”

While many characterized those posts as “racists attacks,” Senator Graham supported the jibes—according to The Daily Beast, calling The Squad a “bunch of communists” who are “anti-Semitic” and hate the United States.

Graham—who played golf with the president on Sunday after the president sent those tweets said, “We all know that [Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez] and this crowd are a bunch of communists, they hate Israel, they hate our own country, they’re calling the guards along our border—the Border Patrol agents—concentration camp guards,” Graham was quoted by the Beast. “They accuse people who support Israel as doing it for the benjamins, they are anti-Semitic, they are anti-America. Don’t get them—aim higher.”

He further called on the president to take aim at their policies rather than personally attacking them.“They’re socialists. They’re anti-Semitic,” Graham declared. “They stand for all the things that most Americans disagree with. Make them the face of the future of the Democratic Party. You will destroy the Democratic Party.”

Co-host Steve Doocy, meanwhile, wondered if Graham was saying the president went “too far” with his attacks. Graham, however, wasn’t about to go down that road.

“I don’t think—aim higher,” he stated. “They are American citizens. They won an election. Take on their policies.”

Trump was obviously extremely pleased with Graham’s on-air performance. A short time after the senator’s interview aired, the president fired off a series of tweets quoting Graham calling the Squad anti-America, finishing it off by asking: “Need I say more?”

While Republicans other than Graham in Washington have remained largely silent on Trump urging women of color to leave the country, the president’s tweets Sunday provided Democrats with an opportunity to show a united front, however temporary.

Democrats across the spectrum, from Ocasio-Cortez’s fellow progressives to close Pelosi allies such as Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-New York), denounced the tweets, with Jeffries calling Trump a “racial arsonist.”

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Majority of GOP voters back Steve Bannon’s beef with party’s establishment

November 11, 2017

When former chief strategist Steve Bannon left the White House in August, many hoped he also would leave the political scene. Not so. Indeed, not only was he the force behind the unexpected win of Roy Moore versus Senator Luther Strange (R-Alabama)  in the November 7 election, but he continues to go after the GOP establishment.

Bannon  is now facing off with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell —and a Harvard-Harris poll conducted late in October among 2,159 registered voters found that the Congressional honcho was lagging in support.

Of surveyed Republicans, fewer than half (44%) want McConnell to stay on as majority leader, the poll found; while 56% say he should resign. What’s more, only 39% oppose Bannon, while a hefty 61%  support him.

The political environment has become even  more stagnant and joyless as a result. Already Senators Bob Corker of Tennessee and Jeff Flake of Arizona have decided to forgo their 2018 re-election.

Meanwhile, Bannon has set his agenda on full speed ahead. He told the New York Times last week, “…Why Mitch McConnell? Because the institution of the majority leader has so much power and he has used that power to, quite frankly, thwart President Trump ….Right?”

Asked if Mitch McConnell will retain his position at this time next year, Bannon said, “I absolutely do not think he will be majority leader…It’s not my personal mission, but it is an objective.”

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